Kelsey loves books and lattes, preferably together, and is the kind of girl who follows rules to the letter. Unfortunately, her twin sister is obsessed with outlawed virtual reality... a bad vice to have when the government controls everything from entertainment privileges to caffeine consumption.
If her sister would just keep her nose out of trouble, maybe they could survive senior year. But when Kelsey meets a charming book connoisseur and accepts his offering of a tarot card, she takes the first step toward her own risky addictions: the guy of her dreams, and his virtual escapes into her beloved storybooks.
But the tarot cards can't guarantee a happy ending when the line between reality and fiction becomes dangerously blurred.
I had received a review copy of Karen Amanda Hooper’s Virtual Arcana quite some time ago and had put it on the backburner. My TBR pile is unending and I just kept finding or receiving other books I would rather read. A few days ago I was looking for a quick read to get me out of a slump and came across Virtual Arcana once again. I decided to give it a go finally. I was blown away by how much I loved it!
Virtual Arcana is unlike anything I’ve read before story-wise. At time’s it was a bit confusing and I had so many questions, but it gave just enough hints to keep my attention and I found myself reading through meals because I couldn’t stand to put it down. The ending was very satisfying and, for me at least, it was unpredictable. Despite that, the story tied together wonderfully in the end and set the stage for a sequel that I am highly anticipating!
I loved the feel that Virtual Arcana had to it. It reminded me of how I felt when reading A Wrinkle In Time. Both are books that are utterly unique and show immense amounts of creativity from their authors. I really admired Hooper’s ability to build a somewhat complicated world but keep it uncomplicated enough to hold the reader’s attention and to make it all come together perfectly in the end!
Virtual Arcana is definitely a book that I would recommend to everyone. It’s in my top 5 reads of the year so far. It’s a fast-paced, fantastical, unique, and incredibly enjoyable read that I plan to revisit over and over again.
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