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Adapt

A Touch of Power, Book 2
By: Jay Boyce
Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
Series: A Touch of Power, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Improvise. Overcome. Adapt.

Only five days have passed since Jade was brought to a distant world and a new life. Mobile for the first time ever, Jade is given the chance to do something she’s always wanted: attend school.

Dracona isn’t your typical school, however. In Andara she needs to learn all the skills an adventurer needs. For her, that means how to cast magic and use weapons without hurting herself. She’ll have to learn fast because the obstacle course isn’t the only thing challenging her progress; she’s racing against the clock to learn how to beat the Mesmer before they find her.

With both enemies and allies all around, Jade must hit the ground running, because what’s chasing her may be worse than the hospital bed she left behind. Turns out that adapting to a new world is only the first step.

©2019 Mountaindale Press (P)2019 Mountaindale Press

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... disappointed

right so this is a return of Jade my favorite Mary Sue and while in the first one book she was happy-go-lucky and a fun interesting character that while absolutely a complete Mary Sue was relatively harmless and easy to forgive here she becomes a lot more annoying from her casual abuse of her power to making demands of people like a brat there's so much about her to like and every time the book starts to get me back on her side she inevitably crosses a line that makes me uncomfortable with the direction her character seems to be headed and the fact that everyone casually accept these things from her instead of confronting her with the fact that she's a little bit of a terrible person makes it worse I genuinely liked her in the first book she was so fun and happy and full of light and while I understand that living in the sort of world that she now exists in will cause her to change the problems that I have with her new Direction have nothing to do with the dangers presented by the world and more to do with a casual disrespect for other people she's a nice person she really is but she doesn't understand what respect is or boundaries but I fully admit that these are personal knit picks and assuming you're comfortable with someone casually mind-controlling another person into being a good guy or cheating to get her way and then berating others and not to mention throwing a full-blown temper tantrum because people didn't understand something that she did these moments soured the story for me I made it hard to enjoy enter root for The Lovable Mary Sue that Jade truly can be assuming you can ignore those things then you you will really really like this volume but I think I'm done after this installment

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  • 05-29-19

The Mary Sue aspect it just too much.

I really like the setting and wanted this to be a better book but, the shear amount of Mary Sue in this novel is staggering. The entirety of the book is the MC gaining and mastering new skills with little to no effort whatsoever. The most effort anything seems to ever take is her magic being drained but, she has something like 4 or five times the magic of a master and can completely recover in minuets. I was really hoping that MC would be challenged at some point but, at no point do you really feel like anything is a real threat to her anymore. The story then ends with everyone still "preparing" to leave on a mission that the entire book had been building up since early on. It really feels like most of the book was just padding so that the story could be split into two books. I hope this isn't the case but, the vast majority or events in this book where just repetitive instances of her instantly mastering something and everyone fawning over her.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Really terrible main character

I can't personally advise anyone buy these books, they are pretty mediocre at best, and I apologize to the author for having to say that. I have read/listened to a great many books, and this might be the most unpleasant main character I have ever come across. She is immature, conceited, rude and quite frankly an insult to the planet she comes from, ours. I have never seen a character vacillate between friendly and outright rude and immature so often. This is also the second book where literally nothing has happened. She thinks she knows everything, is better than everyone else and can act any way she wants with no consequences. I don't believe this is the way actual living human beings would act.

There has been no world building in two books, I can't tell you what kingdom they are in, the ruling family seems to have no duties or responsibilities, and there is nothing to explain the political or social structure. Nobody has any intellectual interest in the world she comes from, nor the things she creates, beyond lip service.

Ultimately these are extremely shallow books that mostly amount to a teenage high school angst story with little to no plot to speak of. The first book spent a decent amount of time going through the system she uses for her abilities etc, the second book almost entirely forgot this and instead the focus shifted to the main characters social life.

If the author insists on subjugating their audience to a third book, I desperately hope they spend some time on world building, because so far the world she lives in now is paper thin.

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More!

All I want is for the next book in the series to be ready now! Amazing MC, great supporting characters, and the perfect narrator for the job!

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Not the evil triteness some claim

I’ll be brief: If this we’re about a man, and focused on manly pursuits with manly people, people would be flocking to this great series. But because it has a girl, and relates to girly things (A no longer crippled girl takes pride in her recovering and developing body, oh no! Boys, oh no! Romance, ewww!) there is a segment of the litrpg fan base that can’t handle it.

Is it a power fantasy? Sure! What’s wrong with that? After reading 20 mildly different takes on grimm and dark, I was ready for something lighter, and this landed. Booyah! I loved every moment off it, and hope the author ignores much of the critics. (Though ok, laying off her Super Growing Breasts might be nice. She’s more than a D at the end of this book, and that is not a nice thing for the girl in question.)

Unless you take it all the way, research HHH or II, true body horror it and make her have to learn flesh sculpting or face a lifetime of pain and low mobility. ;)

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No where close to the first book.

I couldn't bring myself to finishing the book. There are other reviews that sum up the issues I had in book 2. I get she's going to be OP, but it's her characteristics and attitude that starts to really grind on you. to the point where she would think if certain people as being rude and spoiled, and immediately act basically the same way and think nothing of it. there are so many other little things (not wanting to soil anything) that just finally add up to make the book a huge disappointment.

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  • A. Morgan
  • Cary, North Carolina United States
  • 06-13-19

Still fun, but...

I am going to say some negative things in this review. Please keep in mind that I gave this book a 5 star rating for a reason. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. And I can't wait to see the next installment. Sorry if this seems vague, but I try to avoid spoilers as much as I can If you've read book 1, then nothing below should seem totally new; but if you are spoiler sensitive, you might want to stop here.

That being said. This book had a few things I liked less. The MC is going through some stuff here and it is bound to change her some. But imho, she gets a little too scary.

Also, and this is purely my thing, the more beautiful she becomes, the less relatable I find her. Maybe because my mental image of her was 'pretty but approachable' and is now 'goddess incarnate: look but don't touch'. The use of her magic to blunt that was a nice step. But that just means she's now lying to everyone (in the same way makeup could be considered a lie). I also get how much attention she'd attract as she got more beautiful. But I also feel bad for the guys...

Ok, enough about that. Last bit. I am not a fan of cliffhangers. I will read the next book without one. If, for whatever reason, another book is never published, the readers will be left with this...thing. Probably just a pet peeve of mine, but I wanted to mention it.

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Surprisingly better than expectrd

I have read reviews all over about Mary Sue this, overpowered that. Don't get me wrong, the main character is powerful, very powerful, but so are so many other main characters in a ton of other stories I've read. Jade has nothing on Richter whose personality changes three times in the same paragraph, from selfless philanthropist to juvenile frat boy to mystic sage of wisdom...at least this main character has a personality you can believe and follow.

Besides, we love Mary sues. Syler anyone?

Other things I've heard are that there is no world building and that the level of apathy in the culture is not something people are ready to believe. I think that's actually naive, and find it actually refreshing that a story is willing to not put backwards societies on a pedestal as if they were something to strive for. Too much of fantasy is laden with glorifying monarchistic societies, and it's about time they were put in their place.

100 years ago people were putting aspestos all over their houses and painting over it with lead paint, all while smoking unfiltered cigarettes. If someone did that today they would be arrested for two of those things. On the other side, if you brought your cell phone back 400 years and tried to show them your Instagram account, they would string you up on a stake and burn you as a witch.

You are going to have shocked people in any society, and the explanation that was given for the lack of development in the culture is actually believeable. Sorry no spoilers.

For people who still have an intelligence of less than 10, let me spell this series out for you. This is a mixture of a culture shock book like "a connecticut yankee in king arthur's court", but also a flare of young adult as well as romance, all written under the LITRPG genre. However, this is written as a day to day account of everything Jade sees and experiences from the moment she woke up in the new world. Hence, a slice of life. If you didn't know what you were getting into when you bought the book, it's your own damned fault.

Anyway, I hope the book continues at a steady pace and they get the next part out quickly.

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excellent addition

the story was captivating from start to finish. There was no moment where I felt it was dull or just dumping infoemation on me. Everything just felt so alive.

The narrator did an excellent job portraying the different characters, making it all flow so easily, and making it that much easier to immerse myself into it.

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Great book

Lots of laughs and a bunch of happy tears. I can't wait to see how her opinion of the world changes when the truth of the "monsters" is revealed.