Book Review: Gamer Girl, by Glynis Astie.

20 Aug
Book Review: Gamer Girl, by Glynis Astie.

Thank you to Author Glynis Astie for inviting me to read and review her new book ‘Gamer Girl’. Glynis told me that another Author Tracie Bannister had recommended me as a good bookblogger, which I was very flattered by. So, thank you to both Tracie and Glynis. Now for the book….


Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn’t in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger.

But when Meri meets Morgan, equal parts gorgeous and goofball, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to rejoin the so-called real world. Channeling the bravery of her fairy warrior alter ego, Meri slowly lets Morgan beyond the protective walls she’s built around her heart. Just as she finds a comfortable groove in an uncertain world, Morgan succumbs to insecurities of his own, leaving her lost and confused. Through her battle to regain her equilibrium, Meri will discover that even in reality, things aren’t always what they seem.

Will Meri win the battle raging in her heart and summon the will to rescue her knight in shining armor? Or will she give in to the fear and find her game over?


Tikinou Publishing (31 May 2016)

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My Thoughts:

I liked the initial blurb when I was offered to read and review Gamer Girl. It actually reminded me a little of Sophie Kinsella’s ‘Finding Audrey’. I think that this idea of mine mixed up my thought processes of the book initially, as I was imaging Meri as a teenager. However, she is actually in her 20’s. So my ideas of what to expect were wrong. 

Once I got into the book, I grew to love the main character Meri. She has had a tough time growing up, and now living with her Grams. (brilliant character, funny, caring, the kind of Grams I’d like to have myself!). The story follows Meri as she alternates between her virtual fairy world and her reality of work, life and the struggles that it always brings.

I am not a gamer, I don’t know anything about the gaming world and don’t have an interest in it. It didn’t matter in this book. The gaming part of the book is the way that Meri is showing her fears and insecurities. It was very cleverly done.

I liked how it’s not only the female character that has insecurities. When we meet Morgan, he seems pretty perfect for Meri. He gets her Yoda obsession. (Something I think is close to the Author’s heart too, I suspect?!)  😉     But as Morgan’s character develops, we learn he is not so perfect, and he has secrets and insecurities too.

He is cute at the beginning when he comes to Meri’s birthday party, Morgan gives her a Yoda pendant necklace, and says:

“This Yoda can stay with you through all kinds of weather. Not just the bad stuff.” 

Meri as a character is so relate-able, she is insecure, but despite her insecurities she has a passion and as we read we see how Meri strives for her passions. She is stronger than she thinks. Meri is also very funny in a relate-able way too. Between Meri and her best friend Declan, there are certainly quite a few chuckle worthy moments in this book. Before an upcoming tennis match, Declan tells Meri:

“Besides the catastrophic danger you face in these situations – of injuring both your pride and your body – you do realise you’re going to sweat.”

Sometimes in a book its the small things that are not really hugely relevant in the story line, but these small things make the story so much more real and pull the reader in to the involvement of the characters lives. For the first half of the book, we don’t know what ‘Meri’ is short for. She doesn’t tell Morgan, as she thinks its a weird name. I didn’t guess the name, but it kept me wondering. That’s what I mean by the smallest parts of a story line. Her name is very fitting by the way. You will have to read to find out what it is!

I love how Authors can bring to live imaginary characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and are so memorable and distinct that they stay with you, almost as friends you are waiting for your next catch up with. I really enjoyed Astie’s smooth writing style.She developed amazing characters in Meri, Declan, Grams and a couple of other brilliant sideline characters. I recommend this book, and I look forward to more from Glynis Astie.

Overall, this is an enjoyable book, with love, friendship, laughter and a good old bit of Gram’s ‘phelgm speak!’. This is funny not disgusting! You will need to read it to find out what I mean by this! 









Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how, in only six short months, she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After she finished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to write straight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with a hint of fantasy. When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.

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15 responses to “Book Review: Gamer Girl, by Glynis Astie.

  1. winnettes

    August 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I love a good book and always find it hard to choose which one to start reading. This isn’t the usually genre I would go for but it sounds intriguing to me. I have lost my inner fantasy land long ago and sometimes feel my life is the worse for it. I shall be adding this to my reading list, Thank you.


    • chocolatepages

      August 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

      We all need a bit of fantasy in our lives! I hope you enjoy it if you read it. Thanks for your comments.

  2. Emma

    August 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I love finding a good book and this sounds like something id read 🙂 I haven’t had a chance to read for so blinking long tho! I miss it ! #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      August 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      There are so many great books to read, I find part of the fun is choosing the next one to start. I hope you find a good one for you.

  3. irena_bookdustmagic

    August 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Ohh, in Finding Audrey brother (can’t remember his name atm) was my favorite!! His obsession with Halo was that something that gave the whole novel that special something on the sidenote.

    But here, as I got from the synopsis and your review, it was easy to understand the main character even if you don’t actually know all those game phrases and sre not int gaming, bc she uses gaming in somewhat tool for escapecism, just like we readers often do even if we’re not aware of it always.
    I can even imagine that fantasy readers can especially relate to that.

    Great review as always, and I am so glad you got mentioned as a great blogger but at the same time I am not surprised bc you are one! 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      August 21, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much Irena. That was a lovely comment to receive, you cheered me up! Yes, I think gamers and fantasy/ chick lit lovers would enjoy this. To be honest I wish I had read the fantasy part a bit more thoroughly as I didn’t realise it was going to be so relevant at the end of the book. I agree wit you about Frank ? Audreys brother. He was a great character. X

  4. Glynis Astie

    August 22, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Thank you again for the review! I’m thrilled you enjoyed Gamer Girl. 🙂 Grams was so much fun to write — I really wish she existed! And yes, you are absolutely correct about Yoda. I *may* have a small obsession…

    • chocolatepages

      August 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks. The yoda hat was really cool, the pheglm talk – not so much. Very imaginative. Thanks for letting me read and review. I wish you much success for this book.

  5. Hannah Spannah Coco Banana

    August 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I’m intrigued as to what Meri’s full name is and what the Gramps phlegm speak is! It sounds…erm…interesting?! I’m not surprised you were recommended as a good book blogger. You are. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare and I’m sorry my comment is so late

    • chocolatepages

      August 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      I appreciate comments at any time, there is no late ones. Thank you for your compliments and for hosting #weekendblogshare.

  6. The Speed Bump

    September 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    This definitely sounds like something I’d read! I love gaming (and I love your reviews so I know I’d love this book!). Thanks for the recommendation! #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      September 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      That is good to hear thank you very much. I hope my review wiĺl have done the book justice should you get to read it.

  7. Silly Mummy

    September 3, 2016 at 12:40 am

    This sounds like a good read. They sound like complex & engaging characters, which is always good. #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      September 3, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thank you. Glynis is a brilliant Author and I really enjoyed the book.

  8. ickarus1976

    September 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Nice review


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