Book Review: Power Play

Book Review:
Power Play 
Author: Mary Sutton
Hero's Sword, Volume 1
Published November 2012
by Delabarre Publishing

All Jaycee Hiller wants to do is survive eighth grade. Mostly that means hanging with her friend, Stu, avoiding the cheerleading squad, secretly crushing on Nate Fletcher, and playing her favorite video game, Hero’s Sword.

When she receives a new video game controller, Jaycee finds herself magically transported into the Hero’s Sword video game world. Survival takes on a whole new meaning. No longer battling with a plastic joystick, Jaycee picks up a real sword and bow & arrow and readies herself for battle.

Can she save Lady Starla’s rule in Mallory, keep herself in one piece, and maybe even learn something about surviving middle school?

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My Review: Power Play is the story of Jaycee, a typical young teenage girl who loves to play video games. She can't wait to receive the special controller she ordered, and when it arrives, she discovers this controller is more special than she ever anticipated. Magically transported to the world of her favorite video game, Jaycee finds herself facing danger that never existed in the actual game. In this world, she's known as a great heroine, though there are some who doubt her authenticity. She must prove herself worthy of undertaking a great quest to save the kingdom.

This is a very enjoyable middle-grade story kids from nine and older will enjoy. I think most middle-school teens will identify with Jaycee and will root for her success. As the mom of two teenage daughters and one video-game-obsessed preteen son, this book definitely gets my mom stamp of approval. I'm always happy to discover books that portray girls as everyday heroines. Jaycee doesn't have any special skills. She isn't bad-ass. But, she's a girl who cares about others and is willing to overlook her own fears or physical discomfort in order to do what she can to make a difference.

I would recommend Power Play to readers who love a fast-paced story with a bit of mystery, lots of action, and tons of fun. It was a great read.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Author Bio:

A software technical writer by day, Mary has been making her living with words for over a decade.

She writes the middle-grade fantasy ebook series Hero’s Sword for Delabarre Publishing under the name M.E. Sutton. Power Play: Hero’s Sword Vol 1 is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony KoboBooks, and the Apple iBookstore.

She also writes crime fiction, including The Laurel Highlands Mysteries police-procedural series, under the pen name Liz Milliron.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Sisters in Crime, the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter of Sisters in Crime (of which she is the secretary), the Sisters in Crime “Guppies,” and the Mysteristas.

Mary is a red-belt student of Songahm taekwondo and writes for her school, Oakmont Martial Arts. She writes a personal blog at

She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children. She hopes to have a dog again soon.

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