Looking for Group (Steph’s Review)


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Title: Looking for Group
Author: Alexis Hall
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult Romance
Page Count: 294
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.

And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit’s real. Obviously.

Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.

The story starts out like many others. Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, a relationship starts to blossom however boy finds out girl is really a boy. This is where this story differs from others. This is a sweet story about loving others and finding your place in life despite labels.

This is the story Drew and Solace. They happen to meet when Drew applies to a new guild, and becomes enamored with the pretty elf named Solace. As they go on raids with their guild, their friendship starts to blossom into something more. Soon they are going off on quests on their own, just to spend time with one another. Eventually, Drew finds out that the girl he fell for is actually a boy. It takes him time to come to terms with all his feelings and what they mean. He realizes that despite Solace being a guy named Kit, he actually really does like him regardless of gender. Together they start to navigate their new-found relationship.

It takes multiple instances, but Drew finally realizes that if you truly like someone you accept them for who they are; not what you believe they should be for fear of what others may think. In the end, which is really their beginning; they find their HFN and it is left up to us as readers to fill in the rest.

Just a FYI, even though the author supplies you with a glossary of gaming terms, it does not cover everything. The book is 87% game speak, so if you are not familiar with the jargon, then you will, like me, be constantly looking up the terms to make sense of their dialogue. Honestly, it wasn’t bad and I picked it up pretty quickly. In addition, there is British slang that you may have to look up as well.

This book pulled me in to the point that, despite having to look up a lot of the words, I want to join a guild of some sort to test my new-found knowledge.

Overall this is a super fun, super geeky and super sweet book to read.


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Galley copy of Looking for Group provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange of an honest review.

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I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.