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Heir Apparent (Rasmussem Corporation #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,888 Ratings  ·  613 Reviews
In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed--and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2002)
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Mar 01, 2016 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of scifi, people who like roleplaying games
I really don’t think you guys understand how much I mean it when I say: This is seriously one of my favorite books of all time.

I read it for the first time when I was in middle school and I’ve read it several times since. Even now, at the geriatric old age of 24, I still absolutely adore this story. It’s everything I want, ties in so beautifully with some of my most excitingly dramatic fantasies, and I JUST WANT IT TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE SOSOSOSOSO BAD!

Heir Apparent follows 14-year-old Giannine
I'll be honest, I mostly picked up this audiobook because it was narrated by Carine Montreband and I was so in love with the Uglies books by Westerfeld that she narrated that I wanted to hear her voice again. The unconscious mental comparison between Westerfeld's book and this one may be skewing my opinion of it.

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Giannine becomes trapped in the virtual reality game Heir Apparent when an activist group attacks the gaming center where she's playing. Suddenly the safety m
May 18, 2007 Emma rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and/or the movie "Groundhog Day"
Vivan Vande Velde is one of the best fantasy writers out there. Her stories are believable and populated with characters you'll remember long after the book is closed. Her stories are also surprisingly believable given that they are fantasies. Such is the case with this novel, which takes place in some undisclosed future time. The story gets into gear when the narrator, Giannine, enters a full-immersion virtual reality game (by the same name as the title of the book) to compete to rule a kingdom ...more
One of my favorite books because it combines fantasy and reality, as well as future-tech gaming with present-day frustrations. But besides the content, I continue to be amazed by the way the book is set up. The main character Giannine is stuck in a virtual fantasy game in which death can occur to the protagonist. Every time Giannine 'dies,' she begins anew from the the start, able to revise her decisions and react differently to the opportunities and threats presented to her. As she goes through ...more
This book is an excellent example of how much the YA genre has shifted over the past decade. I read a fair amount of current YA, and while I'm technically old for it, I'm clearly not that far out of the marketing department's sights. Publishers Weekly informs me that today's YA is generally aimed at the sixteen to twenty-five set.

But Heir Apparent was published in 2002, when YA was still aimed firmly at young adults--that is, at kids who hadn't yet left home. Even if I'd found in 2002, when I wa
Apr 04, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Scifi/Fantasy Lover
If someone asked me to recommend a true Scifi/Fantasy book, not the cheap, poorly written pieces of junk that some books are, I would tell them that they would HAVE to read this book! It is wonderfully written, with the right amount of humour, Drama, Suspense/Horror and to top things off it is written in the realm of medieval times=)
Gianne is a believable character, she takes on the situations that are thrown at her whether its reciting a different poem multiple times to searching through spide
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This book has the unique accomplishment of being on both my YA science fiction and YA fantasy shelves. It's a fantasy RPG (role playing game) with magic, dragons, princesses, etc., wrapped in a SF shell (technology gone wrong).

The main character is a 14 y/o girl, Giannine aka Janine, who is playing a total immersion RPG that requires her to prove herself the rightful heir to the throne and overcome conniving relatives, dragons, rebelling peasants, an angry king of a neighboring country (his mag
May 27, 2009 Trish rated it really liked it
What I liked about this book was the idea that you could build an entire story just to make a statement. I suppose that's all anyone ever does when they write, but it was obviously done. Before you even begin the story, there is the page that is made to look like a gift certificate, which sets the tone for what's in store. It's a ticket for the reader to come along to another world within another world--just as the main character goes, too. And then at the end, in case you were taken in by a pri ...more
Harold Ogle
A fun read, Heir Apparent is a story about a near-future girl stuck in a VR game (resulting from a terrorist attack) with only a little time to win the game before her nervous system collapses from prolonged exposure to the VR stimuli. Apparently it's second in a series, but I had no idea, as this was another random selection from the library. Also, the author makes it clear that this was written - at least in part - as a reaction to fundamentalists and others who rail against the value of fanta ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Video game fans, sci-fi fans
Shelves: favorites
This is another book I find myself rereading at least once every year. That could just be because I am a video game fan, and this book is about a virtual reality video game, or just because it’s a damn good read.

Of course, it’s also one of those books that pulls off the stunt of “changing something” that’s always worked a certain way, but the way it was pulled off… you didn’t even know it was happening until the very end when they mentioned it.

The writing style is easy to understand, and flows b
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The cover doesn't do the book justice. Basically, it is about a girl who is playing a virtual reality game called "Heir Apparent". Some child safety group against video gaming sabatoges the establishment while she is at play. She can't get out of the game until she wins, but with the sabatoge, there is a chance for her brain to get fried if she stays too long in the game.

This book is great for the younger audience that is past the chapter book ph
Heir Apparent is one of my favourite middle grade books. Rereading it more than 10 years later, it's every bit as good as I remember. It doesn't have the most original premise-- getting stuck in a high stakes virtual reality game --but Giannine's narrative voice makes it special. I love her dry, sarcastic take and all the puzzle-solving.

Pairs well with Hexwood by Dianna Wynne Jones.
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May 21, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
As a avid gaming fan myself, I was overcome with giddiness when I learned that the main protagonist of this fun read about a gamer trapped inside a medieval virtual reality strategy setup was also a female. I give major one-ups to V-cubed (Vivian Vande Velde) for not making this seem like a big deal. Rather, she just stated that girls can also like games, so let's get on with the awesome adventures, shall we?

Giannine is witty, smart and believably determined as your typical 14-year-old girl une
Oct 10, 2011 Faith rated it did not like it
It was Giannine Bellisario’s fourteenth birthday, when she received a gift certificate to a gaming center, given to her from her ignorant, and un involved Father. To get into this gaming center, she had to get through the Citizens to Protect Our Children (CPOC) first. Once she was in Rasmussem Gaming Center, the games began. The place was filled with virtual games, and she had to decide which to choose. Giannine selected the virtual game, Heir Apparent, but she was limited on time. The time in ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Amber rated it liked it
The book Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde, is about a girl named Giannine Bellisario who gets sucked into the video game Heir Apparent. Giannine is turning fourteen and her father gives her a gift certificate to the gaming arcade called the Rassmusem Gaming Center. To start off the beginning of a “fantastic” day she has to pass the CPOC (Citizens to Protect our Children). Once she gets in, she has a few games to pick from. She chooses a game where they completely put you and make you feel l ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Jenifer rated it liked it
I thought this was a good Y/A offering. The heroine becomes stuck in a video game. I thought a lot of the scenes really were reminiscent of video game play; every time she starts over she has to repeat the opening sequence; it's hard to tell weather the characters' scripted parts were important clues to solving the game or just side characters nattering on like they sometimes do; at times the main character as well as the reader is completely immersed in the story and other times thinking about ...more
Maureen Mae
Apr 28, 2012 Maureen Mae rated it it was amazing
at first I'd thought that this was a sci-fi book that would bore me out of my wits with computer jargon.
Vivian Vande Velde proved me wrong. this was not a sci-fi book at all, nor did it bore me out of my wits. it actually did the opposite--i could not get my hands to let go of this book and stop reading!
i can hardly imagine anyone reading Heir Apparent and not tingle with excitement as Giannine goes through the seemingly never-ending game. she has to somehow finish the game by making the right
Sep 09, 2014 Emily marked it as skimmed-abandoned
Shelves: speculative-fic
I'm embarrassed to say that I tried this book. I don't remember why I picked it up off the shelf at the library, or why I was excited to start it. I don't think I fully read the premise.
When I read the dedication ("This book is dedicated with affection for, but no patience with, those who would protect our children through humorless moralizing and paranoia about fantasy.") I thought I would enjoy it. But from just about the first page, I could tell it wasn't my type.
I found Heir Apparent rep
Talea Medynski
Feb 16, 2015 Talea Medynski rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great characters, very funny, tons of obstacles the protagonist had to overcome. I would definitely read more books by this author.
Oct 15, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
I read this because I found it at the thrift and it was 50 cents and about computer games. I thought, hey, ok, it might be YA lit, but maybe if I put it in our miscellaneous fiction, some game art major might find it and read it and get something out of it. Unfortunately, it was not good enough to do even that, and I'm embarrassed to put it on here that even I read it. But I'm doing an experiment in total book-reading transparency, which is why I copped to reading Angels & Demons. Because I ...more
The frame of this frame story was pretty weak, and didn't seem to connect well, motif-wise. There were some father issues which didn't quite seem to work out. The cute guy there was introduced here, but there wasn't enough book left for things to happen. The story in the game was really quite interesting, sort of a mix between choose-your-own-adventure and watching someone else play a video game. (Also reminded me of Killobyte by Piers Anthony.) I would have enjoyed this more at a younger age.
I don't really enjoy the first chapter of this book (even in a futuristic society, every-day life just bores me) but once she gets inside the game I'm so there for this book! SO THERE that I can't knock off a single star. I absolutely LOVE this book. Sister Mary Ursula, in particular, makes me laugh. But the whole book is entertaining! I recently recommended this to a friend and she loved it as well, and is giving it to one of her friends to read! I've read this numerous times and my enjoyment h ...more
Nicole Prescott
Dec 18, 2012 Nicole Prescott rated it it was amazing
I love video games and books. And I love how Vivian Vande Velde combined both of these into one really fantastic book. The main character continues to get frustrated as she tries to find an escape out of the game realm. The end is definitely my favorite part, she meets her prince in the real world! She was very persistent in trying to find her way out in time. It was very interesting to read about her attempts of getting out of the game. I think it took some serious skill to actually get out and ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Mom
What a fun premise, Giannine goes into a virtual reality game room and gets stuck thanks to picketing mothers against children wasting their time and minds on fantasy (very funny, since I'm always bugging Tyra about having such a heavy preference for fantasy novels!) Someone gets inside the gaming center and ruins something in the computer that makes it so that basically the heroine has to win the game she's hooked up to or she'll die.

The fun part is that she just goes around getting killed and
Nov 03, 2007 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
over all it was a good book. i liked how it turned out the system was damaged because of a group trying to protect kids and ended up nearly killing one. i thought it was going to be some virus thing hidden in the game that killed her if she failed to finish the game. the queen is a gold digging bitch though...not surprising really. But honesty i found myself liking Wulfgar more that Kenric, which is a bit surprising because i like the "Kenric" type more when it comes to these books, but Wulfgar ...more
Feb 28, 2012 JilliAnne rated it it was ok
It was a good book, I think the reason why I didn't like it so much was that it was not real. The whole story was about her progress in a video game...I felt like there wasn't very much character progression. Those that enjoy RPG games or video games will probably like it, but I've never really liked video games, so it wasn't as enjoyable for me. I do have to admit, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church) it got me think about Free Agency. That part was ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Linnae rated it liked it
Giannine has a dead-beat dad...and mom, actually. She lives with her grandmother. Her birthday present from her Dad--a $50 gift certificate to a local virtual reality gaming center--isn't awesome, but it's better than nothing. When she has to cross a picket line to get into the center, it never occurs to her the protest could become a life or death matter--for her.

The game she chooses is Heir Apparent, and there's no one right way to win. If you die or get killed, you get another chance to win,
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Chris’s Rating: 4 Stars

Having requested a certificate to Rasmussem’s Gaming for her 14th birthday, Giannine makes her way through a slough of protestors and decides to play the total immersion game “Heir Apparent.” In this game she is an illegitimate heir to a medieval throne…except the game appears to be threaded with betrayal and assassins at every turn. But this shouldn’t matter, as she will re-spawn and have the chance to try again…except that the protesters break i
Mar 31, 2015 Madeleine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I picked it up mostly because of the colorful spine. I was in the mood for an exciting, fast-paced book, and to book satisfied my desire. The characters were layered, deep, and they changed so many times over the course of the book. I loved how at the beginning, Kenric seemed like such a bad character, but after Giannine trusted him, he became a completely different person. I loved feisty Giannine, and how she didn't seem to be outrageously heroic, nor extremely cowardly, ...more
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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“She sighed. Loudly. "Physical appearance is not what is important."
Yeah right. Tell that to any girl who hasn't bothered to put on a presentable shirt or fix her hair because she's only running into the grocery store to get a quart of milk for her grandmother, and who does she see tending the 7-ITEMS-OR-LESS cash register but the guy of her dreams, except she can't even say hi—much less try to develop a meaningful relationship—since she looks like the poster child for the terminally geeky.”
“They'd poisoned me, dammit. Probably to trade my dead body to the barbarians for Wulfgar's safe return. Or maybe just for the fun of it.” 23 likes
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