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Game Over

(Guardian #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Video game designer River Weston is ready to sell her soul to smooth out the glitches in her latest project. When she unwittingly taps into a parallel dimension via cutting-edge technology, a Dark Lord is quick to take her up on her inadvertent offer. Trapped in the world she thought she’d created for her game, River finds herself in a very real alternate dimension that sh ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Tor Paranormal Romance (first published October 23rd 2010)
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Mandi Schreiner
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
I usually write my own summaries for the books I review, but this one has so many facets and rules to it, I probably would have wrote three pages just on the summary. Game Over is the first book in the Guardian series by the writing team of Catherine Verge and Paula Fox. Not only is this book about River trapped in her own virtual reality game, but it is also the struggle between the Fae and Guardians protecting the world from the Dark Lord and all of the evil beasts that roam the streets. It is ...more
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I kind of remember hearing about this book when it was first release, but I did the unthinkable…judged a book by its cover (hides face behind hand)! I didn’t even read the synopsis, something I always do. The cover may be cheesy with the half naked man but the story within the book was great! It’s labeled as a paranormal romance but it was kind of light on the romance and heavy on the action; not that I’m complaining. I never read a book like Game Over before, where the writers blended elements ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
River Weston is a gaming and technological genius with untapped magical abilities and she’s working on a new game in her mother’s memory. A game which will feel so real, it will give people with debilitating injuries the chance to feel alive and whole again. Yet there are a few kinks she can’t quite work out yet, especially the fact she can’t defeat the Soul Man to win the game. What River doesn’t know is she has tapped into a Dark Lord’s virtual prison and he is looking for a way out – through ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Expectations versus reality... always tricky! I was disappointed by this book, as I was hoping for a straight-forward, fun, adventure-romance. Though it ultimately was a relatively fun adventure-romance, the mythology and attempts at world-building bogged down what should have been a simple story - girl gets trapped in game, girl must escape game. Less time was dedicated to the game itself (only 3 levels... really?!), with a greater focus on the overly-complex set up of the Guardians, the Fae an ...more
Renee Field
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book.

First off let me say straight off that I am not a gamer. I have no interest in it but reading Game Over by Taylor Keating has changed that. If only gaming could be like reading this sci-fi, edged with fantasy tinged with romantic elements that leave one breathless – well then, I’d be the first person to become addicted to gaming. I certainly loved Keating’s hard ass heroine, River. The mix of Fae elements and Guardian qualities she possess add that extra element of intr
Somehow, I knew, after reading the description, that I was going to like this book. After searching long and hard for a copy, I finally decided that it was worth buying. And after reading it, I'm absolutely glad that I did. It's a perfect addition to my collection.

The story begins with a flashback, in which a couple, a Guardian and a very pregnant (and in labor) Fae are trying to escape. Both die, but their child is born and abandoned by a river. The child is named River and is raised by the hum
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Vanessa by: Laurie Garrison
The book was good enough that I kept reading. It is a very interesting concept & world that Keating has created. The first thing I must point out is the spine declares it as a Paranormal Romance. This book would best be classified as an action adventure, perhaps fantasy. There is one sex scene in the book, well past the half way mark, possibly close to the three quarter mark. The book flows quickly and is easy to understand. I was concerned with having issues understanding some of the conte ...more
Donna Alward
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the TOR debut for the writing duo of Taylor Keating. I can honestly say that it is different from anything I have ever read before - blending the paranormal elements of Fae and Guardians with a post-apocalyptic world and the setting of INSIDE a video game.

River is a wonderful heroine - strong and kickass but with a feminine side too - is that the Fae element coming out? She's the game's designer, and goes inside the game to test/develop it. She has a sidekick while inside, but this time
This book had a great premise. I've always enjoyed stories about characters getting trapped in video games, and the authors managed to put an interesting twist on that idea by weaving fantasy elements into their story. The world building was the strongest part of Game Over. Unfortunately, the authors seemed to be too enamored with both their video game world and their post-apocalyptic version of earth to devote the same level of detail to their characters. I would have prefered more character de ...more
Mandy Saial
I was drawn in by the cover and the synopsis, but really never got into the storyline at all.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining enough, but text was bit bumpy.
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Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011, reviewed
First reviewed at So I Read This Book...

This is an interesting hybrid of styles. There are shapeshifters, fae, mystical guardians, a post apocalyptic world, and a cyberpunk setting. River, the heroine, is a gamer sucked into the VR world she has created for her newest game. This world is also somehow linked to the virtual prison of the Dark Lord, the big bad. The Dark Lord suspects River has some sort of power that will help release him from his prison a
Lilly Cain
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
What an awesome book! The world building in this clever novel is extensive and inventive. There are worlds within worlds in this amazing furturistic fantasy. Imagine it is our world but after the earth has been ravaged by a number of forces including disease and war. Video game designer River Weston is working to create a virtual world where anything can happen, including experiencing action and adventure outside what a person may have in their real life.

The difficulty comes when her game touch
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I didn't really have any expectations when I got GAME OVER in the mail to review, I don't consider myself a gamer so that aspect of the description didn't stick out for me but it seemed like it would be something different to read and I said what the heck and picked it up. GAME OVER ended up being very enjoyable. It was fast paced and filled with a fantastically imaginative world. There was tons of action with many twists and turns. River the
Bekah Martin
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first laid eyes on the cover and description, I was more than ready to make fun of this book as an over-the-top, swoony romance cliche. So I was quite surprised when I stumbled upon some seriously cool and intricate world-building. I have a soft spot for virtual reality gaming stories, especially when combined with magic, and this book pulled that off well.

There was some cliche, I'm not going to lie, but not nearly enough to detract from the overall ingenuity. I loved the main character,
Shawna Romkey
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Game Over is an amazing read! It's fun, suspenseful and HAWT!

This was unlike anything I'd read before, but I couldn't put it down. River and Hawk are interesting, well developed characters, thrown together in a paranormal, sci fi world, and fighting against time to save each other and beat the super villain. They were strong and sassy. I was especially pleased that River wasn't a typical damsel in distress. She was brainy and tough, unafraid to kick ass. She can take care of herself as well as s
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: entries
This book was a pleasant surprise. I went into it expecting super cheesy, romance fluff. I won this book on Goodreads, this is a First Read review.

The plot line for this was very interesting and I enjoyed the "in game" action. The author has obviously played games, giving the story a real gamer feel. The book is classified by the publisher as a paranormal romance, I would place it in a more action/adventure category. This isn't like the other romance books you pick up. The book is much more cent
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I am not a gamer. Never will be. So I was kinda on the fence about this book. In fact I have been hanging onto it for months. Anyway it was really great. Lots of action. Lots of sexual tension. River is trapped inside her own game she created. Of course everything goes wrong and the game isn't the way she created it. Someone else is messing with her game. River also is something she doesn't even realize. Meet Hawk.. Ohh yummy yummy Hawk... Sighs... Yeah po ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, read-l
I won this book through Goodreads.

I didn't like Game Over as much as I thought I was going to, but I really can't put a finger on why. It wasn't a bad book. In fact I found it enjoyable, and I moved through it quickly because I wanted to see what happened next. Maybe I didn't connect with the characters like I would like, or...I don't know. Something just didn't click to make me love it as much as I wanted to. I guess it just ended up not being entirely my cup of tea. But I would definitely reco
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
2.5, rounded up to 3 stars

Pro: lots of action, dual threats inside and outside the game, a lot of thought put into gaming detail and how the paranormal elements hang together

Con: final big confrontational scene seemed anticlimactic after all the buildup towards it, a bit too much 'reminding the reader' type repetition of various elements, one very funny (presumably) unintentional instance where the way a love-scene sentence is structured makes it seem like a pair of nipples are vocalizing indepe
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kamms-shelf
I loved this book. It combined gaming, a futuristic world created from technology, demons and Fae along with a corrupt government and a decimated human race into an intense adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat and broke my heart at times. I am a romance fan, but I also loved that this book had a subplot with developed characters and that the story outside the game was just as intriguing and suspenseful.
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars.

It took a little bit to get into this book. The Fae, Guardians, Dark Lord and cyber-monsters on a future post-war Earth as well as the computer generated monsters, Soul Man, and characters in the computer-generated game made for a confusing start. I'm not a fan of info-dumps, but a little more clarity would have been helpful. Once I got into the book, I didn't want to put it down. I had fun reading it and am interested in seeing what happens next.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Really in-between a 3-4 for me. I thought the premise was neat but the writing seemed a bit, I don't know, unorganized? Despite it' length, it seemed rushed. Also, it needs a new cover. It only has one sex scene, and I think it's being marketed wrong. It's really a sci-fi book with romance thrown in, not the other way around!
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
Picked this book up on one of my wondering down the stacks book selection adventure. It was hard for me to get into at the beginning because of the world building but it quickly got into the characters and quickly set out to be a fast and well-written book.
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very fast paced book. If you are a gamer, you will definitely enjoy the world setup, if not, you'll enjoy the other stuff ;). I enjoyed this more than I thought I would!
Gema Wegrzyn
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved how Keating used the game as a story line. I just think it was too rushed towards the end.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down.
Jul 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I ended up giving up this one after 40 pages. The premise just wasn't working for me. River wasn't a very likable person. This one just isn't for me.
Amanda A
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
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Taylor Keating is the pseudonym of writing team Catherine Verge and Paula Altenburg

Catherine Verge
A multi published author in the romance genre under another pen name, Catherine is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activitie

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