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April 7, 2014

Liked It: Attack The Geek by Michael R. Underwood

Series: Ree Reyes 2
Format: eGalley
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.









36 comments:

  1. This looks like a fun little series. I have seen it around. Star Trek and Star Wars fans are definitely different.

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    1. That's barely covers ALL the fanboy stuff, this series is like Comic Con!

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  2. Another new to me series. Sounds like a lot fun. I love your quoutes! LOL

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  3. Another series I need to read. Great review.

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  4. I hadn't heard of this series before, but I think I need to check it out. Great review!

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    1. It's a LARP-ing kind of series only their powers are real

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  5. Novella, eh, but the books, yes I should start from the beginning

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    1. I love this because of the diversity it brings to the table

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  6. Yay for snarky bitch meter. Still need to read book two.

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    1. Book 2 was very hollywood, celebutante meltdown

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  7. Gorgnard's , Grog and Games. Crikey say that a few times quickly. I think this series came to my attention when you read # 1?? Anyhoo Geek UF. Sounds kinda fun. If you want to be a Geekomancer, sounds like I would want to join in too. Great review. You have me intrigued because you wanna be one :D

    Mich

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    1. Just imagine, you can be any heroine you admired. You can be Kate Daniels, Mac Lane, Gin Blanco...

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  8. This looks fun, in fact the series looks fun, and I love that the characters keeps evolving and surprising you! Plus its geeks!

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  9. Cute cover and Ree constantly growing and changing sounds like a character that I would like.

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    1. This is my favorite cover in the series

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  10. I can't remember if I actually bought the first book or not. I know it's at least on my wishlist. I'm looking forward to getting to it though. Geeks rule! ;)

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  11. Oh wow, this has a lot going on! I'm not sure that I would able to follow all the lingo and terminology, but it does sound neat. Thanks for the review, Braine!

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    1. I felt lost in that aspect though, I'm familiar with some but I glaze over the rest. I just focus on the action LOL

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  12. This sounds like a neat book, I agree. I am worried about its being only 3 stars quality (although in the end this is always subjective). I'm a fan of Dungeons and Dragons though, so I'll probably check this series out when I have the time!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. Ooooh then you'll appreciate this that I'm sure of

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  13. I liked this one as well, it was a raelly fast paced book. But a nice one too, I was disappointed by book 2 but this one was ok.

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    1. Book 2 was very hollywood, reality TV, paparazzi meltdown. It's not my favorite too but I loved how Ree was in book 2

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  14. Now this is a series I have always had my eye one. Though I am not a fan of side novellas in a series, this does sound fun.

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    1. You can skip this, i'm pretty sure he'll do a recap on book 3 but just in case you get lost you can either (1) ask me or (2) read it LOL

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  15. I just wishlisted the whole series--these books sound hilarious! Pop-culture magic? Celebrity magic? See this is why I love the reviewing community. I'd seen this series half a dozen times at least, and I was just like, "Nah." No reason. Just too much to read already, and the covers and titles didn't hook me. So I would have totally missed out. Yay! for not missing out ;)

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    1. It is very unique, very fanboy/fangirl story, geek LARPing plus the heroine breaks the usual heroine mold.

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  16. Omg I LOVE the sound of this book, it sounds totally up my alley because I'm a total geek and fan of so many pop culture things. Great review Braine!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. If your boyfriend reads, I'm sure he'll be able to appreciate this as well.

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  17. Sounds like fun! And I love stories with geeks in them... I wonder why ;)

    Great review, Braine, adding more books to my TBR as I type ;)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Hahaah because we're all geeks! Geeks are the new sexy

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  18. I loved the first book in this series. I can't wait to have a chance to get caught up and after your review I know not to skip reading this one.

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    1. Oh that's cool that you've read book 1!

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