Larp: The Battle for Verona by Justin Calderon


Title: Larp: Battle for Verona
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 204 pages
Release date:
Publisher: GMTA – Mythos press
ISBN: 1481231235 (ISBN13: 9781481231237)

Sometimes even a geek can become a hero.
Dennis and his friends have been LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) since high school. Now, in his 20s, Dennis is seriously considering giving up LARPing for good. He’s tired of dealing with his overzealous friend Mark; he’s tired of his older brother Brad’s constant put-downs; and he’s tired of the fact that he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Check that. Not a girlfriend, but the girlfriend.Alyssa—the one woman he’s been pining over for years.

Dennis and his fellow LARPers have never been considered cool, in their small island community of Verona, located off the coast of Washington State.
But all of that is about to change . . .
While Dennis and his friends are attending a big LARP tournament on the mainland, a rogue terrorist group of Mongolians in medieval garb, led by an American madman, invade Verona and take its citizens hostage—including their families and friends.
When the LARPers find out what’s happening in their home-town, they do what any dedicated LARPer would do: they put on their armor, strap on their swords, and fight their way home—LARP-style!

Justin Calderone started creating books when he was old enough to hold a pencil and crayons. He pursued writing professionally after reading Jack Kerouac’s Desolation Angels. His first book, the poetry novel Revolutions, was published by Lachesis Publishing Inc. in 2004.

Larp: The Battle for Verona.
I have mixed feelings about this one. Larp: The Battle for Verona has a very promising premise, but the excecusion of it, needed a bit more work. The characters, as well as they are developed leaves the reader a bit frustrated at some point. There is a lot of conflict, which kept me reading, but I have to admit this novel didn’t wow me. It was good but I wanted more.
Justin could have gone for a second round of editing and maybe not focus so much on repeating some things about the characters, we as readers will get it the first time.
The thing that I did like about Larp was that we as people will connect with the characters (although they sometimes will annoy you, but so does a lot of people). They are real, and all around us. Good job on that Justin
Other than that, it was something totally new. I liked it for what it was and I will recommend it to readers that likes this sort of fantasy.

I’m giving it a three, not my favorite but for some reason I liked it.
Good luck with Larp: The Battle of Verona, Justin.

Virtual Tour dates for LARP continues.

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September 26 Andrea Burginsky, spotlight/guestpost

September 27 Kisha Pletzer, Spotlight

Kind regards,
Adrienne Woods


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