Release Date: April 7, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
A side quest novella in the bestselling Geekomancy urban fantasy series—when D&D style adventures go from the tabletop to real life, look out!
Ree Reyes, urban fantasy heroine of Geekomancy, is working her regular barista/drink-slinger shift at Grognard's when it all goes wrong. Everything.
As with Geekomancy (pop culture magic!) and its sequel Celebromancy(celebrity magic!), Attack of the Geek is perfect for anyone who wants to visit a world “where all the books and shows and movies and games [that you] love are a source of power, not only in psychological terms, but in practical, villain-pounding ones” (Marie Brennan, award-winning author of the Onyx Court Series).
One quiet Saturday afternoon at Grognard's Grog and Games turned into one heck of a hunt where Geekomancers were attacked, injured, betrayed by a friend and sold out by a Steampunk Lieutenant. ATTACK THE GEEK concluded in the Minotaur's maze with the perp in custody only to discover that this is the first of coming attacks. One of the Geekomancers is a moving target because of a "noble" deed done in the past which upset the balance of time. Now the time police are on a mission to set things right and that means one of them has to die... ok this is a lame Geekomancer imitation but you get the point right?
Anyway, once again Michael R. Underwood had me wanting to be a Geekomancer. I wish I was more knowledgeable in some of these pop culture staples and icons he incorporated in the story but even if I'm handicapped, I was still able to appreciate the storyline and fight scenes so I can only imagine the level of awesomeness from a fanboy/fangirl's POV. ATTACK THE GEEK is a fast paced "side quest" novella filled with fun geek-o-mancing. At first I thought this won't have any bearing on the overall arc of the series but I was wrong so don't make the mistake of skipping this one if you're following Ree Reyes, there's an important revelation in the end that will be the premise for book 3 (I think).
Ree surprised me once again. Just when I thought I got this chick figured out, she keeps on growing and evolving, making me like her even more. Ree really turned on her Snarky Bitch meter in this one, I can't help but laugh when she went head to head with the arrogant and self-entitled Steampunk "Lieutenant", Abigail Wickham:
F8ck you, you worthless piece of sh!t. You belittle my friends, you can't be bothered to pick a real weapon for a fight, and you've got your head stuck so far up your own a$s that you can your boobs for goggles.
Yup. Hard not to be intimidated by Ree at this point, can't help but have a lady boner for her when those words left her mouth. Anyway, ATTACK THE GEEK is such a fun-filled novella with new characters, myths worth exploring and a good teaser for the coming book. Ree Reyes breaks the urban fantasy mold of a heroine in that she's bi-curious, latina, a geek and a killer barista! And in case you're unfamiliar with this series, Ree Reyes by Michael R. Underwood is every magic fangirl/fanboy's novel where every classic, pop and cult franchise can be found in one epic contemporary fantasy and adventure story, it's an adrenalin rush you won't want to miss. Recommended pleasure read to fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons and other pop culture fantasy franchises.