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Feyland: The Dark Realm (Feyland #1)

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~ Book 1 in the award-winning YA Urban Fantasy trilogy ~

What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

WHEN A GAME…

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life agai...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 16th 2011 (first published December 1st 2011)
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Karla(Book Addict)
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Ginger
Feyland: The Dark Realm

3.5 pleasently suprised fangirl stars

I enjoyed this YA journey into *fangirl*



Not usually a fan of YA but I pick them up everyonce in a while, they seem to permiate the market right now.

If you have ever played an RPG and become far too attached to your character ~hangs head~ you will have a soft spot for this book.
Jannet has entered the forbidden land of FayLand, a computer game her father is working on, and loses more than she barganed for.
Enter Tam Linn (yes I LOOOOOVED...more
Lynne
Have you ever played a computer simulated, role playing game for a reeeeally long time and then felt like you have actually lived inside the game? well, that's what happened to Jennet in Feyland, the mystical realm in the top-secret software her father's company is working on.
Jennet snuck into her dads high-tech simulation room to try out the beta version for the game - and after facing and losing to the Big Boss in the questing game, none other than the Queen of the Dark Realm, she begins to re...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Netgalley and Indie Inked for giving me this book and the rest of Faery Worlds to review.

Jennet is lucky enough to try the prototype of the world most immersive computer game, Feyland. However, she soon figures out that it is not a game, and that part of her soul is trapped in it by the Dark Queen. Jennet must find a person who is better at playing computer games than her to save it and her life. Tam is br...more
Julianna Helms
Quick reaction: I really enjoyed this one! Very fun and quick read--with lots of good stakes. There were a few parts I felt could've been smoothed out, but overall, a definite page-turner.

Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

With a fresh twist on the faery lore, Feyland: The Dark Realm will slowly find its way into your mind... and your heart.


Anthea Sharp proves that self-publishing does not equate poor quality. The prose of F...more
Charli Denae
I was sent a digital download of 'Feyland: The Dark Realm' by the author, Anthea Sharp, in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'd read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting but really, hadn't the 'teenagers-being-sucked-into-a-computer-game' plot been done before? What really intrigued me, though, was the mention of the computer game being 'a gateway to the dangerous Realm of the Faerie'. I love fairy tales, especially retold tales, so I decided to go in with an open mind. I try to...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
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Virtual Reality Bites

A mixture of sci-fi and fantasy, FEYLAND asks readers the question: what if those fantasy worlds within computer games were real?

I've never been much of a gamer. I had a brief period where I was addicted to Gran Turismo - totally wupped my husband's butt, too - and another bout of trying to get that cow Lara Croft to do as she was told. But other than that, it's not really my thing. It was enough, however, to understand...more
Scribs
I was kindly offered an ARC for this book and after reading the summary, decided to give it a shot. I'm not a gamer myself but I thought the premise could be interesting. The book begins by introducing us to Jennet--the daughter of an electronic company executive who has access to the latest gaming technology. The world is dystopian, which yes, I know, is being overdone, but I still love it. Jennet has reached the highest level of Feyland, a game that completely immerses the player, body and min...more
Christina M Condy
Since I met my husband in a video game I can relate to reality and gaming crossing lines. So when I read the premise of this book I just had to get my greedy hands on it. Well I can say I was NOT disappointed!

The story starts with Jennet who is such an interesting character, her father works in the gaming industry and is responsible for the creation of the best virtual reality gaming system ever created. He brings home the prototype and Jennet of course gets to play. She discovers the game Feyl...more
Rebecca McKinnon
Wow. This book is incredible. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. Seriously, buy it now.

I loved the whole premise of the book. A computer game that starts to cross into reality? Um, yes, please! The game, Feyland, is fantastic, and a little too real.

Jennet is such a fun character, and I'm claiming her as my friend. A little self-centered at first (aren't we all?) she learns what true friendship is, and how much it's worth risking.

Tam. What can I say about Tam? He's had a hard life. He know...more
Jennifer Whitehead
Thank you NetGalley and Anthea Sharp for access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

While I am not a gamer, I see the merit of this book for those that are - you have two devoted gamers, or "SIMers" who play in a reality simulated game that serves as a gateway to the oh-so-wicked fey. What a fun, genre-crossing, YA read! As Jennet and Tam seek to conquer this risky prototype simulation game, they unknowingly cross a cultural divide in their futuristic dystopian society and stir up more...more
Lauren
When lines are blurred between reality and gaming, Tam Linn discovers that a game can turn into a different realm making him the hero of the show. As his world is turned upside down (for the better) Tam is tasked with helping the rich-girl Jennet pushing their limited in the Dark Realm of the Fairyland.

The world building the author is able to create was fun and inventive with the characters flowing in and adding to the concept. I thought the rich girl, poor boy kind of thing was a little overdo...more
Sheetal Dash
I love the authors imagination, but she didn't do anything at the beginning to set the hook at the beginning.I am serious.BUY THIS BOOK NOW. The characters, Tam and Jennet, are believable and likeable, with stories and predicaments that you can relate to easily. The premise of the book is fresh and exceptionally well-written. Looking for the best of both futuristic sci-fi and fantasy to make a pretty much flawless novel without making it confusing? A novel that effortlessly weaves ages-old folkl...more
John
One of the BEST self-published books I have read. So, so awesome. Hit all my like-buttons and was one of the few plot-focused reads to actually GRAB me in a while. Pick this up, please, if you have the chance - it's so much fun.
Christine
I loved this story.

I am not a 'gamer' although I have played WOW casually since it came out. This helped me get some of the game references, although of course the system in Feyland: The Dark Realm went well beyond anything we have available right now. I liked reading the authors thoughts of what technology would be like in the near future. Reading this had me itching to get back online into an RPG world.

I clicked with the lead character Jennet. It wasn't all teen romance, woe is me, I need to...more
Jen Wylie
Loved this book. Very well done, excellent story, plot, characters and quite engaging.
Aine
I have to admit when I picked up Feyland: The Dark Realmby Anthea Sharp I was nervous. While I love books about faeries, I'm really picky about the use of folklore. Thankfully, Anthea Sharp knows her lore.

Our two main characters are Jennet Carter and Tam Linn. I love the names. They come straight from the Ballad of Tam Lin, an old Scottish ballad. In the prologue, Jennet is playing the final level of the new Full-D sim video game, Feyland. It's not available yet, but her father is a developer of...more
Sandra
Feyland is an intensely creative novel. In the technologically advanced future, Jennet is an avid sim gamer who comes upon an alpha version of a new game her father's company is making. But as she starts playing Feyland, she realizes there is a lot more to the game than meets the eye. When the evil queen steals part of her soul, she needs to find another gamer, a really talented gamer, who can help her battle the queen for her soul.

This book was so interesting to me! I've never been into gaming,...more
Lulu (The Bookworm is Here!)
Wow. This is one of those books that goes to show, even if they aren't published in the general market (big name publishers), they can be wickedly awesome and that the quality can still be there! It also goes to show never to judge a book by its cover! The story behind this one had me glued to it!
We read the story through two POV's. Jennet's and Tam's. I loved how it rotated between them (my favourite was Tam's POV). It gave different perspectives to the unfolding events. It also allowed the...more
Kelley Smith
Title: FEYLAND: The Dark Realm
Author: Anthea Sharp
Publisher: Self
Publication Date: 2011
Source: received copy from author in exchange for honest review

Genre: YA Fantasy/Gamer Romance

Cover: The cover definitely makes sense for the content. I think how you feel about the cover will dictate, in my opinion, how you’ll feel about the book, within reason of course. This book is heavy on the gamer/fantasy/folk lore element and that’s definitely reflected in the cover choice.

Plot: This book was new terri...more
Monaliz
My rating: 4/5 stars
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May contain some spoilers
If I would summarize this book in one word, it would be exciting. Just wonderful read. At first, I was little iffy, since I count so much on the beauty of the cover, but yet again, I was proven wrong. Like most of the time.

The female lead is girl named Jennet. She and her father move to a new city. She's a gamer, and in a lot of trouble after playing Feyland. A game, where fantasy becomes reality. If you get hurt there, you...more
Kelly
I am extremely impressed by Feyland: The Dark Realm. Once I read the synopsis for it, I was sure I would love it, but I certainly did not expect to love it as much as I did. I have to admit, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting it to be, but I loved what it was.

The blend of faeries (fey? I still don't know what the right term to use is. Someone please tell me!), ballads, and video games was amazing. It might seem like a strange combination, but Anthea Sharp wove everything together perfectly s...more
Cathy  Keaton
* Plot: Jennet's father is the head of a computer game development company and Jennet gets to play the beta version of a new extremely immersive game called Feyland. Only thing is, Feyland is a gateway into the realm of the Fae, so what happens in Feyland does NOT stay in Feyland. She loses to the final boss, the Dark Queen, and the old crow takes some of her essence. Jennet needs another gamer in the real world who can defeat her to get it back, or Jennet will die. So, Jennet recruits a kid nam...more
Stephanie
Anthea Sharp! You go girl! You got yourself a new fan here :) Feyland was such a quick and engrossing read I couldn't help, but read it in one sitting! It flowed seamlessly and was so vivid I felt like I was right there in the dark realm.
Jennet has the awesome opportunity to play prototypes of new virtual games that the company her dad works for makes -- what more could a teenage gamer want! But when things start to get too real in the latest prototype Feyland, Jennet must recruit badass gamer,...more
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What happens when a virtual world invades reality?

In a world where technology is crucial and video games are the highest level of entertainment winning is everything especially for young Jennet Carter. After loosing to the Dark Fairy queen in a new prototype called Feyland Jennet fears for her life and the only way for her to recover was taken from her is to find herself a real life Knight. Enter Tam Linn a very poo...more
Lola
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to read this book, because it sounded like an original story. It certainly was an original story and I really enjoyed it. The story really is the best thing about this book.

The story is really original and I liked how the game world en real world interacted. I am a gamer myself and I liked reading a book about it like this. The story is at first a bit confusing, because it is in the future and the author has made up a few words he...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
WHEN A GAME…
Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.
TURNS REAL…
Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help...more
Dorian
I don't know about any of you, but one things that I love to besides reading is game. When I saw that this book dealt with pretty advanced gaming technology, I was psyched. The main setting of this novel is the game world. After I read it, I did some research and also found that this book is based off of a Scottish Ballad, Tam Linn. From what I could gather, she did a very good job weaving the two together. I loved this book, and was able to easily finish it in a couple of days. This book was fa...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Jennet Carter’s father is a program manager for a company called VirtuMax and they make video games. They’re working on a Full-D system where the gamer is completely immersed in the game. Full sensory simulation where it feels like the gamer is actually in the game world. When the lead game developer dies the company transfers Jennet’s dad to Crestview and Jennet moves with him even though the school is well below what she is used to. Jennet has to stay close to the prototype Full-D system her d...more
Rebecca
When I read the description for Feyland it sounded so amazing. Little did I know that Feyland would have an addictive quality that would keep me reading.
Anthea Sharp is an extremely talented writer and I was floored by how well written Feyland was. Not to mention it was incredibly enjoyable as the whole premise sounds like my kind of book. I loved the fairy world and how it was incorporated into a video game. It is quite unique and really good.
I liked both Jennet and Tam. I found them both to be...more
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Growing up, Anthea Sharp spent her summers raiding the library shelves and reading, especially fantasy. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, plays the fiddle, hangs out in virtual worlds, and spends time with her small-but-good family. Contact her at antheasharp@hotmail.com, follow her on twitter, find her on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AntheaSharp), and visit h...more
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“You're not spoilage," Jennet said. Then she tilted her head,giving him a long,level look. "I think you're fine how you are." A tiny flame of a smile warmed him inside,though he tried not to let it show. "Ok, then. Let's play.” 2 likes
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