This is my second round of “Fun With Limericks,” a (hopefully) fun way of dealing with books I didn’t finish, or I finished, but for whatever reason, I felt I could not write a proper review. In the first go-round, I had a little fun with The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher and A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty.
This time, I’m putting my meager limerick skills to the test with Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. I was very surprised I didn’t like this book. I love Mead’s Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines series. Even though I knew Gameboard was very different, the synopsis still intrigued me, and I expected to recognize Richelle in the writing. What I found instead was book that was a slog, filled with so many, many repetitive descriptions. Mead seemed to have an obsession with characters’ appearances, and it wasn’t enough to hear who was blonde, who was a brunette, who had blue eyes, etc. just one time. We were told over and over. There was finally some action at the end, but it was a slow, painful process to get there. In lieu of a full review, I present a limerick:
Gameboard of the Gods is obsessed with appearance
Mae is too pretty, considering her parents
Plebians and patricians
Gods who aren’t Grecian
I’d rather have read about that odd disappearance
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.