Never have I seen a second novel in a series so completely outdo the first in nearly every way I ll be honest here I probably wouldn t have picked up Gauntlet by Holly Jennings if the publisher hadn t sent me a digital copy I found Arena the first book in the series disappointing I could see the potential within the novel and desperately wanted to love it but found it fell short of the mark I was hesitant to start reading GauntletIt is immediately obvious that author has grown as a writer Gauntlet is an exciting suspenseful near future sci fi that will have you rooting for Kali and Team Defiance all the way I am eagerly awaiting the ne I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 I couldn t put the book down StarsYoung Adult age range 12 depending on the maturity of the reader Virtual reality game violence Mild cussing Kissing Fade to black sexual situations Addiction After reading Arena about a year ago I feared being lost at the start of Gauntlet but the two books flowed together seamlessly with no confusion to be had Without giving away spoilers what a thrill ride I was gripped the entire time feverishly clicking the pages to now what happened next At the end I wanted immediately Kali is a strong role model throughout After making mistakes in Arena compassionate and fierce Kali is trying to protect her team at all costs An unknown location surrounded by publicity catering to professional virtual gamers The Wall is in her hometown at the start of the novel she tries to figure out how this will affect her and her people which spirals into the major plot one I won t spoil As a new team owner Kali has to deal with political maneuverings sponsors image misbehaving teammates and the publicity surrounding it all The very reason she bought a team is slipping through her fingers as she tries to play their game by their rules losing herself in the process As for romance the gossip mongers are using false reports to tear Kali and her team apart but some of the strife comes from within These situations and emotions were very real hitting human nature There was a large thread dealing with the drug HP One of the closest teammates is addicted struggling and Kali has to be the tough love refusing to be the enabler after they all lost Nathan in the last installment Now let s get to the gamingWOW I am beyond impressed at the level of imagination the author uses within Gauntlet As the reader I could envision the game arena with lifelike accuracy Fantasy readers shouldn t have any issue connecting to this portion But for those of us who are gamers we ll get it and be totally immersed into the heart pounding action With this new development I was unsure whether or not what happened in the arena wouldn t affect them outside of it With the political maneuverings targeting Defiance I wasn t so sure they d respawn wake up in their pods or just be poof This lent to a thrill ride of epic proportions Recommended Young adults and the young at heart gamers will appreciate this book Gamers of all ages who do not read could most likely be swayed into giving it a try which would most likely turn them into avid readers When a person doesn t like to read it s usually because they haven t found the right book to flip that switch in their brains Parents if you have gamers Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, kids I d give this series a try to see if they will catch the reading bug Adults who love to read but your partner doesn t maybe they re always playing video games lol buy them this book and read it together While the series is narrated by a female Kali she is fierce flawed and rational enough to appeal to all genders I cannot wait for the next in the series The next book s setup in Gauntlet gives me the feeling it s going to be the most epic of them all Source PublisherGenre Science FictionRating 40My ThoughtsGauntlet is the second installment in author Holly Jennings Arena series Several months ago Kali Ling s dream of becoming the first female captain to lead a team to virtual glory came true Now she is on a mission to erase the corruption and drug abuse stigma that infects both players and owners in pro gaming by becoming the youngest team owner ever Kali is world renowned as the Warrior in Virtual Gaming Rage Tournaments She is pure simple a badass with skills to back up what she brings to the gaming world But she also has than her fair share of enemies who would do anything to see her failFull Review Gizmos Reviewshttpgizmosreviewsblogspotcom201 Gauntlet is the second book of the Arena series by Holly Jennings In the first book Arena we met Kali Ling who had achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a professional gamer in the Virtual Gaming League s RAGE tournaments The league has the best players in the world competing weekly in virtual reality tournaments the weapons are digital but the pain is real for the players They eat sleep and breathe their training and workouts However the players also lived the rock star lifestyle with partying and drugs and it cost the life of one of Kali s teammates Now in Gauntlet Kali is still overcoming her teammates death and she has taken control of her life and her virtual gamer teammates by becoming the team owner and hopefully cleaning up the drugs and partying There is now a new tournament going on that is bringing the top athletes in gaming from all over the world to compete that uses new VR pods that adapt every time a gamer makes a move bringing the players to their physical and psychological brinkThe further I get into this series the I have actually been enjoying the world and characters that the author has created The story takes on a tough subject of the young athletes getting involved in drugs and alcohol and digs deep into that subject even into the second book which makes this fantasy world deal with a real life problem while still entertaining a reader with the virtual gaming and fantasy elements Kali is a very likable character that has many different demons to battle and a lot to live up to Watching her grow and struggle is certainly intriguing and you can t help but to root for her to find her way and develop an inner strength The rest of Kali s team also have their struggles in this edition that gave them depth and had them stepping up as individuals so than in the first book so I was uite happy with getting tonow them better this time around Overall highly enjoying this young adult fantasy series about virtual gaming Looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what else is in store for Kali and her friends and teammates I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit This was EPICAhh I m so satisfied as a fan right now I m a huge fan of Jennings debut ARENA which I thought was so exciting and introduced me to one of my favourite heroines the marvellous and badass Kali Ling So I had the usual worries I have before starting any sort of follow up to one of my favourite books would it be as good I shouldn t have worried because this book is freaking awesome It s an intense and thoughtful thrill ride filled with great writing fun action scenes and heaps of heart One of my favourite things about this book was the gameplay I love the fight scenes in ARENA but I m glad this one shakes things up The games are now capture the flag battles set in a cyberpunk style futuristic city WHICH WAS SO COOL Jennings writing is incredibly cinematic and I totally loved being immersed in this incredible setting Additionally the games themselves now change as the tournament progresses so no one battle in GA. Plug back into the dangerous world of virtual gaming in the next thrilling novel from the author of Arena Kali Ling isn’t afraid of dying She’s been The Solitary Self killed hundreds of times in hundreds of different ways And shenows there are things much terrifying than death There’s a new game in town A brutal winner takes all international video game tournament be.
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Ely high hopes for its seuel Gauntlet was everything I d hoped for and It s imaginative addictive and tense You never now what will be thrown at Kali and her team next and that s just the way I like itKali Ling the youngest team owner in the history of virtual games is out to change the world of gaming In a world where gamers are celebrities their images managed their moves dictated and their addictions covered up Kali is determined to have a team that s clean honest and the players can be exactly who they are But being a manager is a hell of a lot harder than being a captain Kali s drowning trying to be a manager player and friend and that s without the added problem that her actions have pissed off the Virtual Gaming League Even with all that on her shoulders Kali has another new challenge her team has been invited to play in a new all star tournament But this game is unlike any anyone has ever seen It learns it adapts and it will push Kali and her teammates to their very limits both physically and psychologicallyLike Arena Gauntlet is suspenseful engaging and just plain cool The added twist of the new game that learns and adapts plus a few other elements I can t reveal without spoiling the story upped the ante The obstacles facing Kali Rooke Hannah Lily and Derek forces them to grow and I loved watching them develop as characters and come together even closer as a team While Kali is the heart and soul of the book I cared about each member of team Defiance and loved seeing of their true selves come outCompelling characters aside I loved the new challenges thrown Kali both in the game and outside of it I enjoy not nowing what s coming next loved facing each new challenge alongside Kali Her frustration pain and determination were palpable and had me reading late into the night wanting to see what she would do next I hated having to put Gauntlet down and my only complaint is that the end of the book left me on the edge of my seat eager to see what happens nextIt s difficult to write about Gauntlet without revealing things that would spoil the story The fun is in not One Wish (Thunder Point, knowing what obstacles Defiance faces and what internal and external challenges they will have to overcome I m not a gamer but I loved all the detail Ms Jennings has put into her elaborate world of virtual gaming The Arena series is vivid and wonderfully entertaining I can t wait to see where Ms Jennings takes Defiance next FTC Disclosure I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ready because it s time to enter the arena again Gauntlet is everything a reader dreams of in a seuel bigger world higher stakes and even dangerous and violent challenges I had a really good time with the first book but at the same time I was also curious to see how this follow up would build on its potential and whether or not it would improve on a few of the weaknessesuite a lot has happened since the end of Arena With her RAGE tournament winnings and money she made from her new found fame our protagonist Kali Ling has returned to buy out Defiance becoming the captain and owner of her gaming team When the story begins Kali is troubled by a new development that has been sweeping the virtual gaming world a house Though in truth this house is of a colossal mansion Nicknamed The Wall it sits nestled on a sprawling estate sealed away from the public For weeks rumors have been flying around that the best gaming teams from around the world have been invited inside but no onenows what goes on during these visits Wild parties Drugs Not La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi knowing is driving Kali crazy and yet she can t help buteep up with the coverage to see which gaming superstars will show up at the mansion nextLittle did she expect however that soon her own team would be getting their chance to visit The Wall The elusive owner of the mansion turns out to be the CEO of Tamachi Industries a tech giant which has developed a new Remembering and Repeating kind of gaming pod which if effective could change the face of virtual gaming forever Now the company is on the cusp of revealing their product to the world and they re planning to do it with style by organizing a huge tournament where the best teams from around the globe will be competing for prestige and the grand prize in the form of a nine figure check Like all the others before them Defiance has been asked to meet with Mr Tamachi at his mansion so he can extend an invitation to join his tournament Would Kali wish to accept Well I think we allnow the answer to thatTo start there were some nice improvements over the first book and probably the biggest one is the characterization of Kali herself She is noticeably mature in Gauntlet having taken over the responsibilities of being Defiance s owner In the aftermath of her recovery with drug addiction she has also made it her personal mission to eep herself and the team clean happy and healthy even if it means she has to play the mother hen once in a while Still on the whole I enjoyed seeing these changes to her personality because they made her a much likeable protagonist No longer is she the angry and impetuous teenager she was in Arena now her thought processes have shifted towards being level headed and rational as well as much less self centered As a bonus for all the scenes we get to watch Defiance icking ass in game we also get to spend plenty of time outside the virtual world watching them grow closer as a team and a family These were all changes that pleased meThat said this book still has strong Young Adult vibes attached to it which if you did not enjoy in Arena chances are you will also find this seuel problematic Again the logic behind the premise is a little shaky and may reuire a bit of a stretch in imagination There s also a romantic side plot that takes up a lot of the focus and I felt that many of the story s conflicts are inflated when they are actually very trivial or easily solved In addition we did not see an expansion in the scope of storytelling everything is still seen through the limited sphere of the gaming world behind Kali s eyes and as much as she has matured this bubble is apparently still all she nows Gaming is like the only thing that exists to her ie in her mind the only news worth following is gaming news no one else in the world has any interests besides following virtual gaming tournaments and their players gamers are the gods of the human race etc On a character level it made her feel somewhat shallow and on a world building level it also meant less of what I d hoped to see in this seuelStill the story was loads of fun Just like Arena the plot was a bit simplistic and predictable but it also had a lot action and grit If you enjoyed the feverish frenzied tone of the RAGE tournaments in the first book then I guarantee you ll love how Holly Jennings has stepped up her game no pun intended in Gauntlet And if you re gamer you ll probably get even out of the book s atmosphere and references to games and gamer cultureOverall I was very satisfied with this seuel While a few of the stumbling blocks from the first book have carried over in general I felt there were many areas which have been improved Gauntlet once again fits my perfect definition of pure entertainment dynamic fast paced and gripping I sure hope we ll be seeing of Kali and Defiance because it would be so cruel of Holly Jennings to leave us hanging with that ending I can t wait to catch up with the team again in the pages of the next book. As the all star tournament heats up her determination begins to waver and the pressures of media sponsors and the game itself begin to put cracks in her hard set convictions If Kali’s Team Defiance is to survive they’ll have to find a way to be stronger than ever before But battling the system may prove too difficult for even the most hardened of fighte.
UNTLET is the same I won t spoil it but the team is constantly having new things thrown at them Like new rules new obstacles and even deadly NPCS The NPCs in this are seriously my fave I won t spoil what they are but I think they re awesome and were really inventive and terrifying The characters I grew to love in book one are also all back and all have moments to shine Kali is her incredible self She s in control in this book and I loved watching her grow into an amazing leader I also loved Derek in this one he was hilarious and also charming and just great He stole the show a few times in this one This is fantastic seuel to ARENA and an amazing book on its own It s a super fun and action packed book with a lot to say I m pretty obsessed with this series and I really hope there s a third book Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasySexual content Non explicit sex sceneGAUNTLET is all about seeking a balance in life and in virtual reality After exposing the corruption within the Virtual Gaming League Kali Ling has a placed a target on her back It turns out that owning a team is expensive demanding and a lot responsibility than expected In GAUNTLET Kali learns there s a huge difference in being a player and being an owner She now has to worry about the image of her teammates and the narrative that the media creates about them When Team Defiance is invited to participate with new artificial intelligence gaming system they can t turn down the shot at winning the grand prizeThe novel takes place in the future but the themes of addiction and cyberbullying are still very relevant Kali Ling is still struggling with her addiction from the first novel There s no easy fixes Her addiction is always there just one bad night away She aims for calm and serenity but sometimes it s easier to just throw a phone against the wall The book also addresses the toll of being a female public figure Whether it s being a gamer a celebrity or an athlete women are held to a higher standard When gossip and rumours about Team Defiance start it s not a surprise that they impact the female members of the team harder than othersThere are no pained silences in this book All characters are uick to share their feelings It s refreshing but can drag down the action You just want the character to get back into the arena Even though it s clear that in game warfare has no real world repercussions the fights are well written and suspenseful Reading GAUNTLET is a lot like getting lost in a video game It s engrossing enough to make up for any problems Even if you re a casual gamer the pop culture references are easy to pick up For non gamers Holly Jennings is uick to explain any important lore While there is an obvious comparison to the Hunger Games series GAUNTLET is a fun read that stands on its own Wow WOOOOOOOOW Get ready for this spoiler inda free review Press Start to Begin HOLY FRIGGEN FRIG I read Holly Jennings first book Arena a while back since a friend had recommended it to me I was looking for something similar to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I was pointed in the Arena direction I must admit it wasn t the book I was expecting Probably because I was expecting Ready Player One and that s mainly my brains fault Once I heard Gauntlet was on it s way I was promised a different take on the series I didn t fully enjoy the first book due to the lack of gameplay and the main focus of relationship building After skimming through Arena uickly before I started Gauntlet I was ready Just Fly Away Home (South Africa Series, kidding I wasn t ready for this amazing book Halp Can t breathe ANYWAY This book delivered everything everyone had asked for The relationship building was still there but it wasn t the main focus I did enjoy the romance and the team building a bit because it relied on the tournament I loved that because a lot of the situations the characters were dealing with I could relate to most of them SPOILER A lot of the characters are forced to face their biggest fears Their mental struggles were all put against them and how they overcame all those obstacles was inspiring You see a lot of characters begin to open up and show another side of them I was really happy to get involved with the other teammates and even the other teams in the competition It made the world become in depth and by the end of it I felt like I couldn t read fast enough to find out what happened next The end game was awesome too Holly s writing and her ability to make the fight scenes the wounds characters gain the game itself feel like it s alive and like you re actually there END SPOILER I ve never seen an author fully transform a book series this well She took the feedback Arena received and resolved a lot of the complaints with Gauntlet My one complaint was the HUGE slap in the face cliff hanger But in a way WELL DONE HOLLY You made me angry in the sense I have to wait for the next part of the series I find when authors have grasped my attention like that they ve done an impeccable job I absolutely love story telling and crave a good one Gauntlet provided and it s perfect for every gamer out there If you re not a gamer you still might enjoy the book if you like the Sci Fi genres but gamers will definitely love it I recommend this book 100% and I would also say read Arena It will build this book s emotion up waaaay 5 Stars 3Love Grimm I ve never really been into gaming so what possessed me to want to read Gauntlet I have no clue Okay I donow the blurb Dangerous world Winner takes all Female captain and youngest team owner Things much terrifying than death Yeah that and lots grabbed my attention I needed a break from all the romance I ve been reading lately and even though I haven t read the first book in the Arena series this book by Holly Jennings looked to fill the billWow just WOW Gauntlet blew me away and once I started reading I couldn t put it down Kali Ling is strong and incredible as both a team owner and a player The author really managed to capture all her strengths and flaws as she worked through the problems she faced Not just Kali but all the characters They start together struggle stumble then come back together as not just a team but as a familyLet s talk graphics The attention to detail that some authors use can sometimes be wording and boring however since we are talking virtual worlds detail is a must I could just see it all so vividly in my mind See the thing I love about books like Gauntlet are the possibilities the chances that something like this the technology and its future could really happen That makes them so much real for me Ms Jennings description of the gaming worlds she created astounded me and yes I could really see it happeningThe real winner is the story itself Twisting turning with heart pounding action the struggles Kali and her team go through the world of virtual gaming the new pods the truths they hold and everything else in between I thought I would miss out by not having read the previous book but the reality is the author did a great job of Soldier O - Bosnian Inferno keeping the reader informed of what happened previously The finale of the game is spectacular and is only topped by a cliffy that had me screaming I m not 100% sure that I will restart the series from the beginning but Inow that I ll be looking for the next book I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review The opinions and rating of this review are solely mineStars 5 Flames 15 My review cross posted from Wit and Sin falling in love with Holly Jennings s intense exciting world of virtual gaming in Arena I had extrem. Tween the world’s most elite players promising fame prestige and unbelievable fortune But there’s a catch The game uses new VR pods guaranteed to push digital warriors to their physical and psychological brink adapting every time a gamer makes a move As the first female captain and youngest team owner in VGL history Kali is used to defying the odds But.
Holly Jennings is a self proclaimed nerd and lover of all things geeky and weird As the firstborn to a sports enthusiast it was soon discovered that the only games she'd ever learn to master involved consoles and controllers Her childhood was spent crushing virtual foes racing on simulated tracks and rescuing digital princesses As a young adult she fell in love with English class speculati