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Looking for Group

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  880 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 1 edition, 294 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published August 27th 2016)
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allbooksnoheart you can also buy off riptide publishing's website as an e-book and then send it directly to your kindle [they give an instruction guide on there if yo…moreyou can also buy off riptide publishing's website as an e-book and then send it directly to your kindle [they give an instruction guide on there if you've never done this before] I bought two last night and it was pretty easy to do. (less)

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Aug 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I must confess to a certain level of trepidation in sharing my thoughts on this book as it is undeniable that of late one has to contend with the fear of retribution, gaslighting and public shaming/hounding when expressing opinions outside of the adoring party line.
I almost didn't bother with it because honestly? I could do without the hassle but then I thought well, no. I have an opinion on a book I read and I will write about it.

So here goes nothing. I thoroughly disliked this book - I'd go as
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
A few years later...

I didn't enjoy the book like I used to. The still super sweet romance could not make up for the otherwise quite tedious gaming setting. I still appreciate the book for what it is doing, though.

So, new rating: 3 stars for enjoyment and another 0.5 stars for appreciation of representation and style.

>> 3.5 stars <<


*** Just as good on a reread :) ***

Oh my goodness, I am dead of the cute and feelz.

For the Group Review on Just Love Romance in all pretty, I'd advise to l
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 hav
Jun 21, 2017 marked it as not-interested  ·  review of another edition
Maaaan I could not understand more than half of what was going on in the sample:-) I asked the BF to help, and even his nerdy background could not help me *pouting*.
Too bad, I love AH.
Karen Wellsbury
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
So, I’m prefacing this review by saying that I read this in June this year, and initially I wasn’t going to post a review for a myriad of reasons, but over the course of the last week it now feels like the right thing to do.
I buddy read this, and I sometimes wonder if buddy reading with someone who thinks similarly to you can create a skewed view, which can be positive or negative, but I have since refreshed my read and the majority of my initial thoughts still stand. I also think that I can se
Ulysses Dietz
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In spite of being a 61-year-old non-gamer, I grew to love this book. It's a foreign world for me, this online gaming community, but Hall translated it so that I was embraced in this odd, alien world. Here's my review from All About Romance.
Wart Hill
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

This book is super fun. Super nerdy and super fun. It's about Drew who meets and clicks with someone in an MMORPG. It's about Drew getting to know Kit through the game, and then getting to know him off line. It's about Drew figuring out that everyone balances their lives differently and his way not being Kit's way is completely okay. It's about two very nerdy guys falling for each other and it's super, super fun.

And I really enjoyed
Megan Erickson
Jul 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: romance, m-m
Can't wait to read this because it's been too long since I've read Alexis Hall. And sweet Alexis Hall is my favorite Alexis Hall.

*grabby hands*
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading this story, but it already has five stars. As a 10-year veteran of World of Warcraft, I am completely entranced with this book that most assuredly is set in that world. I feel like I'm in game...and quite frankly it has rekindled my interest in the lore and the little details that make WoW so wonderful. I'm not sure I even care if the romance is developed beyond casual. I am completely caught up in someone else's appreciation of tactics, achievements, transmogs, ilvl, artifacts ...more
Helena Stone
To say this book surprised me would be the understatement of the year. About five pages into the first chapter I was all ‘wtf am I reading?’ and ‘what does any of this mean?’ I was fully convinced this book might turn into my first DNF in ages because I couldn’t imagine getting hooked into a story half of which meant nothing to me. And then I did...get hooked that is.

The thing is, I know nothing about video games, I don’t play them and I’m not even the slightest bit curious about them either. An
2.75 stars.

 photo tumblr_m7idbfJcFi1ryj6qoo1_500_zpsph17d7zq.gif - <=== Me for 90% of the story.

So, this book should come with a warning.

- if you aren't interested in games (like me);
- don't know anything about online multiplayer gaming (like me);
- are clueless about gaming slang, terms, shortspeak (again, like me)...

Just. Beware.

This book is chock-full of slang, online chat logs, game strategies have to know gaming to understand all this geeky stuff, and actually be a fan of it to want to read all this in a romance novel.

Skye Kilaen
I really enjoyed Alexis Hall's foray into new adult romance, with this oh-hangon-maybe-I'm-bi? novel about Drew, who meets a great girl in an online multiplayer game, then finds out Kit is actually a guy. It's a seriously geeky book, with a ton of the events happening in-game, and my life has so much gaming in it that I'm not sure how to assess whether that works for a reader who knows nothing about games. But it's clear that Hall, like Kit, believes strongly in the power of gaming to build real ...more
Jul 08, 2016 added it
Exceeded every expectation.

Alexis Hall is one of my favourite authors. His Prosperity series is some of the best and weirdest steampunk I’ve ever read. He’s also an avid gamer, so when I heard he had a nerdy gaming book coming out, I pre-ordered.

The title of his new novel is Looking for Group, which is a phrase rife with anticipation. Some of the highlights of my World Of Warcraft and other MMORPG years were finding that perfect group. The team of four or eight (or forty) who seamlessly work to
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
***3.5 Hero & Legend Stars***

Ok, so lemme just say...this was a cute, fun, nerdy, geeky read.

I'm huge, huge Alexis Hall fan....and I can't wait to get my grubby hands on one of his books.

But Looking For Group, didn't quite work for me, and it was purely the gaming aspect of the story, the writing as always with Alexis is fantastic, original and refreshening.

Fenriz Angelo
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I feel i need to tell where i come from before explaining what i loved about this book because reasons, so let's see...P, K and I first met in Gaia Online on a latin forum and we basically only interacted via threads and random topics, when Gaia started to loose its appeal P suggested we could join him in WoW WotLK, K and I agreed because the game sounded interesting so one day we got the game and created our characters in the server P was. However, P was lvl 70-something and barely logged in so ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books

3.5 Stars

This story reminds me of my comic book club. When we meet, we spend the first part of the evening discussing the graphic novel/comic book for that month. When that discussion winds down the guys (and it is just the guys) start discussing what games they are currently playing.

Characters, kingdoms, quests, powers, levels, games etc etc. The conversation becomes quite intense and yet animated and I am intrigued but totally lost. I just sit and listen. I enjoy the banter but I have no idea
Kaje Harper
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light, ya, m-m
This book spends a fair bit of its time immersed pretty deeply into RPGs (Role Playing Games.) Since the closest I've come to RPGs is watching my family members play Oblivion, and since I also insist on being able to read a book from context, without looking stuff up on the fly, this story and I were a bit of a mismatch. But I love Alexis Hall's writing, so I went for it.

It worked. Just.

If you're a game-player, I think this story might be smooth sailing. I did enjoy watching a guy who prided hi
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, I read this with my group, and this is our review... or chunks and pieces from the discussion we had.

For me, seriously, I can not express how much I want this book to fall into the hands of young people. This is a book for them.

I wish that everyone could find their Group. I've found my own and I could not be happier about it.

May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads
I loved this super nerdy, super sweet story of love among MMO and IRL intersections and spaces. Superb writing!
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

4.5 stars rounded up

This review is a bit different from my usual reviews because I reviewed it together with Laura and w thought an interview kind of review would be best. You can also find the full review on the blog. :)

*We each got an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hello, readers! Annie and Laura here. We think it's fair to warn you that this review will be a bit different from what you're used to from us. We both are
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-ya, cozy-read
Guys, I can hardly believe it myself, but it seems I actually... liked this book. Even though I was fully prepared that I won't. I mean, the excerpt at Riptide site was overwhelming, the debates and blog posts surrounding the release of this book - kind of discouraging. Furthermore, some reviews and author himself wrote things like "this book is probably not for you if you don't know the meaning of *this long list of acronyms*", of which I knew maybe one or two. My entire gaming experience basic ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book and I immediately abandoned everything else in order to read it.

This was such a delightful, poignant and lovely story! Everything Alexis Hall writes is golden and this was no exception. It is a love story for the internet, for the friends and connections we make there, for gamers and gaming and for knowing who you are and what you love. I was so deeply touched by the credit and respect it pays to the friendships and deeper connections tha
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016-reads
I'm not a gamer, at least not an MMO gamer, and I didn't understand a lot of the terminology **glossary at the end of the book** (although I did have some basic understanding), and I'm equally sure I missed most of the in jokes.

You know what? None of that mattered to me. I fell in love with the characters and their world(s) regardless. The sweetness of two young people finding someone to care about is the core of the story. Finding that person online, in a game, and the validation of the relati
Xan West
Not going to write a full review right now but wanted to say that this was a comfort reread and totally hit the spot. It's an incredibly geeky very very NA sweet romance (in both the feeling and the no-sex-on-the-page way). The MC makes a ton of mistakes and I like that he is flawed and doesn't get how he is messing things up til he has. I especially like how meditative the gameplay is to read, it felt like this lovely slide into the kind of detail that makes me happy.

Trigger Warnings (view spoi
Pam Faste aka Peejakers
This book is adorable! Fun, irreverent, playful, frequently hilarious, and touchingly, innocently romantic. Thought provoking about the ways we define & value friendships, and online spaces. And omg, just so, soooo sweeet! <3

I could probably just put a whole page full of hearts here and call it a review . But as it turns out, I’ve got quite a lot to say about this :)

Looking for Group is a “nerdmance”, a sort of loving tribute to the gaming community written by an author who is himself a longtim
Rafa Brewster
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Below is my individual review. I also participated in a group review of this release at Just Love: Romance, for those who are interested.

Looking For Group is a sweet love story meticulously and lovingly written by a gamer for gamers. I personally don’t play MMORPG but I thoroughly enjoyed the book and finished it with a grin on my face. Granted, I spent the first few chapters learning/relearning gaming jargon, figuring out
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I haven't played MMORPG-s, but I did play text-based MUD quite seriously back in the day, and I love single-player RPG-s, so I could understand most of the game sequences (except for some very specialised vocabulary) and enjoyed them a lot. What confused me the most, I think, was the use of some characters' avatar names and real names in the same text (it was kind of hard to keep track of them all at first), but introducing many characters at once would probably confuse me in the beginning even ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awww this was adorable!

I really liked how the book dealt with the modern theme of online relationships and the struggles involved while keeping it mostly light and funny. The first 12% of this story is straight up live gaming. It’s like sitting next to someone doing it and reading the live stream of chat along with combat unfolding. I’ll admit. All the chat-speak, especially because it was mostly about strategy and game-related jargon, was over my head. It was a little too much. But by the end o
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