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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 know 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.… (més)
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Man, I really loved this. It's just really sweet. mlm ya romance. Drew identifies as straight, develops a crush on someone he meets in an MMPORG playing a female character, discovers that the player is male, but still has a crush... and things go on from there. I was kind of thrown by all the gaming jargon but fear not -- there's a glossary in the back. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | May 23, 2021 |
September 19, 2016

I must say I'm really really glad Alexis Hall exists and writes.
Can that man do anything wrong? /fangirling

This book appealed to me in many ways.

First off, if it wasn't already obvious, Alexis Hall is one of my favorite writers. /fangirling

Also, RPG games and fantasy books are almost single-handedly responsible for the first real friends I made in high-school, met over the internetz (and we've been going at it for the last 10 years so I'm pretty sure I hit the jack-pot).
I haven't played WoW (or any MMOs), but I lived and breathed Baldur's Gate for most of my high school days (and I spent the last year playing the Enhanced Edition and a chunk of this year's spring playing the SoD expansion). So you know, I got some of the references (and when Edwin was mentioned I realized he and Bjorn are probably related in some way, and if there was an anthropomorphic personification of SoD I would name it Tinuviel :P ), and I didn't get a lot of the abbreviations and slang, but there's a glossary so I managed :D

What I loved about this book is basically everything. I loved the setting (obviously), I loved the MCs (I could relate to both Drew and Kit in some ways) and the ending was so utterly sweet (I still want more, but I also kinda liked where it was left). Not to mention the writing.
It's a book about finding somewhere you fit in and love being and not letting anyone tell you it's wrong. The fact something happens only in your imagination doesn't make it less real. If you are moved by an emotion, if it touches a part of you in any way, it becomes real at that moment, and if it makes you happy the perception/judgement of others shouldn't ever matter. That's what Drew was learning and what Kit was showing him.

"When you got right down to it, killing imaginary pigs with a bloke who lived on a different continent was no worse or sillier a way to spend your evenings than throwing a piece of plastic around with a bloke who lived down the corridor. The really silly thing was that he’d ever believed there was a difference. As long as you cared about what you were doing and who you were doing it with, then it didn’t matter if you were in a pub or your living room or on a virtual rock in an imaginary kingdom in a video game."

A bit on the morbid side - I have this thing I do when I really love a writer, that is I start planing on stretching his/her books to last me a lifetime. So, when I heard Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's? I basically stopped reading Discworld, because he's gonna stop writing soon because death and then I will have read all of his books and then what am I gonna do the rest of my life without anything new to read written by him? So I pace myself. I realized I started doing the same with Alexis Hall books, and that's why I haven't read this as soon as it got out, even though I had it on pre-order. And also why I stretched it over a few days rather than reading it in one sitting. My point being, Mr. Hall, please please please live long and prosper.

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May 12, 2016

A new Alexis Hall book! A NEW ALEXIS HALL BOOK EVERYONE

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  NannyOgg13 | Mar 27, 2021 |
I would give this book 6 stars if I could. It is a realistic portrayal of playing an MMO. Highly recommend!! ( )
  GigaClon | Mar 21, 2020 |
Drew, a nineteen-year-old college student with a perfectly normal, well-rounded social life, likes hanging out with friends for movie and board game nights and only plays Heroes of Legend (HOL) online a few nights per week. When Drew falls for a girl in his new HOL guild, his friends suggest that she is probably a guy, which turns out to be true. The guy’s name is Kit, and he is another college student who lives nearby. Drew still really likes him; however, Drew worries that Kit spends too much time playing HOL and hanging out with friends online. It doesn’t seem healthy, and people online aren’t real anyway, so why won’t Kit just spend more time with Drew and his friends in real life? Is there something wrong with him? Or is Drew the one who’s missing something?

In this fun, satisfying contemporary romance, Drew’s third-person narrative alternates with gameplay logs and a good portion of the action takes place inside of a massively multiplayer online game—similar to World of Warcraft—which is so well done that any reader familiar with that environment will feel right at home. (Hall even includes a helpful glossary of gaming terminology for readers who are not gamers.) The book’s themes of friendship and first love will resonate with young readers while they join Drew, Kit, and their lively circle of online and offline friends in some quite complex examinations of identity, gender, personal fulfillment, and the nature of various interpersonal relationships.

An outstanding addition to queer-inclusive collections, this novel will please readers who enjoy stories like Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . While Hall is best known for his adult LGBTQ romance novels, this book does not contain explicit sexual content, although there is profanity in some of the dialogue. ( )
  amaranthe | Jun 2, 2019 |
Very sweet, extremely nerdy, quite light. Great for queer World of Warcraft players looking for some YA romance :) ( )
  Gretchening | Jul 20, 2017 |
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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 know 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.

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