I've read Battle Games by @talexratcliffe twice now. 😄 Here is my Goodreads review based on reading the new-and-improved, recently re-published version. I might share more thoughts in the coming days since I couldn't fit it all in here. I'm trying to be better about keeping my reviews short. 🤷‍♀️ ------------------------------------------------- Battle Games Book One was a fun read, yet it has enough drama and mystery woven in to give it a deeper layer. The arena combat scenes are exciting and well choreographed. The training sessions run by Anunna vice-captain Harpy (aka Ashley) are grueling, inventive, and sometimes hilarious. I really like the characters, especially those on team Anunna. One of my favorites is new recruit Gus, who embodies an interesting mix of hot-shot arrogance and youthful naivete. There's a backstory to explain why he is the way he is, and soon enough I was rooting for him and the team to accept each other. Another favorite is Anunna's team captain Frankie (aka Giant Slayer), who acts like an untamable, joyfully enthusiastic, reckless kid in a full grown elite warrior's body. He spends most of the book in the hospital, yet steals every scene he is in. I also liked team members Andrew and Henry, who often provide comic relief with their shenanigans and misfortunes. Again there is a deeper layer there, as we learn about Henry's grandpa and the "War of Billions" which ties into the history of the combat games. Vice-captain Ashley is the most complex character of all, with a backstory hinted at but not fully revealed. If I have any complaint about the book, it's the numerous secrets and mysteries left dangling without being resolved. There is a cliffhanger-like reveal of a new character at the end of this book, which seems to promise further exploration of those plotlines in Book Two. Because of the dangling plotlines, it's possible that this series must be taken as a whole to be fully appreciated. I'm definitely on board for that. Battle Games Book One was a great start to the series. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3870638137 #mindsauthors #writingcommunity #amreading
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