Guest Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Title: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X
Source: Library
Where to buy: Amazon

Description: (From Goodreads) In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board. Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

Bobbie Jo’s REVIEW: Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors – I have enjoyed the Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, and what I have read of Succubus Blues. She is an author that can easily go from YA to adult and not miss a beat. This is the beginning of a new series for Ms. Mead – so in this first book, I often felt confused, out of place, and wondering what the heck was going on. That being said, I think that is how this book had to be to set up – this world with praetorians (Mae), servitors (Justin), patricians, the RUNA etc. I somewhat liken it to when I first started the Maze Runner by James Dashner – to be confused is to be part of the story. In all I thought the character development was great – you have a tough praetorian in Mae who

also has a very soft side she always keeps covered up. Then there is Dr. Justin March – who you love one minute and hate the next – he can really be a good jerk. But I really can’t wait to see more about Tessa, the girl from the provinces, and strangely enough I hope there is more of her crazy friend Poppy! As the book closes, things begin to be revealed that take just enough of the confusion away to keep you waiting for more. I can’t wait to see where the gods will take us on this “gameboard” with human lives.

♥ ♥ ♥ ½


But I truly believe this series will knock it out of the park.

Do I recommend this book? Yes
Can’t wait to read it? Buy it now!

ABOUT THE REVIEWER: First a big thanks to the ReadingDiva for allowing me to be a guest reviewer! A wife, a mom, a friend, an employee …. I used to hate to read – literally despised it. Only did it when I had to, and even then it was like torture to my eyeballs. Then I ended up on bedrest with my second son. Some friends of mine (who I call the bizzos – an amazing group of women I met online after my first son) sent me many things to keep me busy while all I could do was lay around in bed. That was when I was introduced to Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum. Outside of reading on airplanes to pass the time while I traveled for work, reading was not a favorite past-time. Well I fell in love with Stephanie Plum – HILARIOUS. A few more years passed with a little reading here and there. Then with a heavy heart I finally watched the first Twilight movie – I mean I couldn’t take all the I love Edward crap coming from my friends and family so I figured I needed to see what it was all about. Well one week later, I had ignored my family, cooked with a book in my hand, fed my kids potato chips just so they would give me one more page … yep that was me great mom (wink). And I haven’t been able to take my nose out of books since. I found a passion I never knew I had – an escape that takes me places I never imagined. I am a newly reformed lover of reading.

My favorite authors include: First and foremost the amazing J.R. Ward! Darynda Jones, Jessica Andersen (aka Jesse Hayworth), Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacquelyn Frank, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine (yes there is a bit of a paranormal romance theme), Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, and I could go on and on I am sure J If you like you can follow me on Goodreads, just search for Bobbie Jo W.

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Thanks for visiting Bobbie Jo, I am looking forward to more of your reviews.