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Where does Level Me Up rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I'm not going to compare the books but it was an ok listen. I'm on the fence whether I would listen to it again. I think it would depend on how the series develops. Will other books in the series come out in audio?
Who was your favorite character and why?
I can't say that I had a favorite character. Without having all the characters the whole story would have changed. But none really stood out above the other.
What does Lacey Gilleran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Ms. Gilleran gives the reader the experience of knowing how young these characters are. If you're thinking of people just graduating college, you don't want to have an "older" narrator reading to you because then you have a hard time imagining what the life these characters may have had. I think she was a great choice.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I wouldn't say that I had an extreme reaction to any parts of the book. It does bring back memories of what I went through after I graduated college and the relationship I had with my parents and brothers during that time. Not really into "gaming" so I can't really understand the fascination. Especially since my experience was pinballs.
Any additional comments?
This may be one of those stories that the "older" generation may not find the story interesting. It did have a feeling of being generation specific. In this case when you see the tag "new adult" I would take that seriously. It's not a teen read though. You get the experiences of young love and of young adults just beginning their lives. Experiences are new, mistakes will be made, and emotional and life experiences will be up and down. With the characters being young, I can't say that the ending is happy because we don't know what happens as they age but at least they're happy for now.
Just because this one book was not my cup of tea doesn't mean that I'm going to give up on this author. It's hard to connect with characters when we haven't experienced the same thing. Each generation experiences something different - gaming being one of them. The author does write believable situations and characters. I just can't see this as a book for everyone.
I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.
The blurb of the story caught my eye and I was curious to read about a gamer romance as I have never read one before in all my years of reading. The story started off strong but I had a hard time feeling the connection between Morgan and Dex. At times I felt like the author was telling us about their relationship and I wanted to feel it and fall in love right along with the characters. At times I felt Morgan to be a little wishy washy and slightly immature for my liking. She was very hot and cold and Dex had the patience of a Saint! I liked Dex’s character and he was a sweetheart and I enjoyed getting his point of view as well during this story. As the story progresses Morgan matures and I ended up really liking her character by the time I was done with the audio book. WE had a good introduction to the secondary characters and I am looking forward to reading about them as well. This was my first time “reading” this author and I did enjoy the story. I loved the narrator Lacey Gilleran and the way she was able to capture the various emotions throughout this story. I can’t wait to read and listen to more of these ladies in the future.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
Rating: 3.5 stars
I have found my niche: gamer romances. I'm a gamer myself (though not of FPS... first person shooters), and the Boyf loves his DOTA2. I'm only just discovering that there's a whole subgenre of geeky new adult and adult contemporary romance. And this even fits the sports romance theme this month, as esports is a legit thing! (It brought in $1.5b in revenue in 2017, and The International 2017 winners won $10,862,683. That's the biggest DOTA2 major, and yes, I watched some of the games with the Boyf.)
Everything started out really great. I started listening on my way to a convention – RARE18 London, a huge romance event in fact. I thought it was fitting when the book starts at ComicCon (and I am actually going to the London Film & Comic Con with my boyfriend in July). Bookish Morgan tags along with her friend to SDCC, where she meets Dex, a professional gamer. They cross paths a few times, an adorable connection clear from the start. It made me all giddy, as gamers and readers are good matches (and I would know).
They learn they both live in Chicago, so everything keeps going well. But Morgan is really insecure, and the regular travelling that Dex has to do for his job puts a strain on the relationship. Yes, ok, Morgan did take it quite hard, and some might find it annoying. I, however, found it relatable. I don't care what age someone is; if you've never been in a long-term relationship before, or if you've had previous experiences that affect your ability to trust people...well, you're going to have some teething problems. Plus, at the start of a relationship, when you're still developing a bond, it's normal to be working out your feelings and your dynamic together. So while I was shaking my head sometimes at Morgan, I could also empathise. She's a work-in-progress, as are all of us.
And you know what? Dex was a sweetheart about it all. He really cared about Morgan, and while other men might have found some of her behaviours a bit intense, he understood where she was coming from. Different people have different needs, and that's ok; it's all about meeting your match, and that's what Morgan and Dex found.
This was more of a sweet romance, a lot more innocent than new adult romances typically are. While there was some sizzle, it was all fairly tame and centred around feelings of love, understanding, and belonging, as well as being brave enough to fight for love when things aren't honeymoon perfect.
The end was unexpected and dramatic, but it tied up nicely. Plus, groundwork was definitely being laid for more books in the series, and I must admit I'm curious. Bring on the gamers!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.