Power Play by M.E. Sutton
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received electronic version for review
Genre: Middle Grade action
Book Description: All Jaycee Hiller wants to do is survive eighth grade. Mostly that means hanging with her friend, Stu, avoiding the cheerleading squad, secretly
crushing on Nate Fletcher, and playing her favorite video game, Hero’s Sword.
When she receives a new video game controller, Jaycee finds herself magically transported into the Hero's Sword video game world. Survival takes on a whole new meaning. No longer battling with a plastic joystick, Jaycee picks up a real sword and bow & arrow and readies herself for battle.
Can she save Lady Starla's rule in Mallory, keep herself in one piece, and maybe even learn something about surviving middle school?
Kids will love this fast-paced adventure novel and will cheer along with Jaycee's thrilling adventures. What kid hasn't dreamed of actually fighting and battling the villains in their favorite video games? Jaycee finds out if she has what it takes - and what she learns in the fantasy realm of Mallory impacts her mundane, middle school life in unexpected ways.
My thoughts: Jaycee is a thirteen year old girl who is bullied at school. She loves to play her online game "Hero's Sword". There she can escape into a fantasy kingdom she created as the hero.
She rushed home from school to retrieve her new controller, and is magically transported into the game. In the game she has all of the hero abilities and the confidence to bring evil doers to justice.
Her problem ends up being how to bring those traits back with her to the real world, and how will she get back to the kingdom?
This is a quick and fun read. The language is simple, so it is perfect for the intended audience of a middle grade child. It is full of action and I think kids will love the concept of falling into their favorite video game and living out the fantasy.