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The teenage daughter of an executioner and the traitorous prince she can't kill must reluctantly join forces to dethrone a paranoid queen after discovering they are trapped in a video game in Sheena Boekweg's fast-paced YA debut, Glitch Kingdom... Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy The teenage daughter of an executioner and the traitorous prince she can't kill must reluctantly join forces to dethrone a paranoid queen after discovering they are trapped in a video game in Sheena Boekweg's fast-paced YA debut, Glitch Kingdom... Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy as minor members of the court, but when their father, the king's executioner, is branded a traitor, they each must deal in death in order to survive.. McKenna, queen of the enemy realm, has inherited a mission of conquest by assassination, but worries she's not up to the role. But behind the crowns and masks hides a secret... All of these teens are actually players in the newest, shiniest, most immersive virtual reality video game, competing against each other for a highly coveted internship with a prestigious game developer. But now this life-changing opportunity has suddenly become a deadly trap. A glitch in the software has locked the players inside the game, and they'll need to escape before the fantasy world corrupts around them. The only way out is to win.


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The teenage daughter of an executioner and the traitorous prince she can't kill must reluctantly join forces to dethrone a paranoid queen after discovering they are trapped in a video game in Sheena Boekweg's fast-paced YA debut, Glitch Kingdom... Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy The teenage daughter of an executioner and the traitorous prince she can't kill must reluctantly join forces to dethrone a paranoid queen after discovering they are trapped in a video game in Sheena Boekweg's fast-paced YA debut, Glitch Kingdom... Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy as minor members of the court, but when their father, the king's executioner, is branded a traitor, they each must deal in death in order to survive.. McKenna, queen of the enemy realm, has inherited a mission of conquest by assassination, but worries she's not up to the role. But behind the crowns and masks hides a secret... All of these teens are actually players in the newest, shiniest, most immersive virtual reality video game, competing against each other for a highly coveted internship with a prestigious game developer. But now this life-changing opportunity has suddenly become a deadly trap. A glitch in the software has locked the players inside the game, and they'll need to escape before the fantasy world corrupts around them. The only way out is to win.

30 review for Glitch Kingdom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    ARC received via publisher!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    After this book sitting in "currently reading purgatory" for the better part of a month, I think it's time to throw in the towel and DNF. So boring. :/ GR review to come, or read it early HERE. After this book sitting in "currently reading purgatory" for the better part of a month, I think it's time to throw in the towel and DNF. So boring. :/ GR review to come, or read it early HERE.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    This isn't a want. It's a need. Me sees cover When your publisher does you dirty with a cover This isn't a want. It's a need. Me sees cover When your publisher does you dirty with a cover

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    So, is this cover a mock-up for syfy tv shows? or is this a legit cover with no background story and it's just this bad? I need answers..... Still excited for the book and some *hopefully* positive disability rep!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsies Crazy4Books

    My sincerest condolences to the author for this terrible cover. I have no idea how a publisher okayed it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    MY GAMER HEART NEEEEDS THIS.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sheena Boekweg

    Glitch Kingdom will press start (get it?) FEB 18, 2020! Buy links https://us.macmillan.com/books/978125... https://www.indiebound.org/book/97812... https://www.amazon.com/Glitch-Kingdom... (Keep your receipts! A preorder campaign is coming!) ARC links https://www.edelweiss.plus/#keywordSe... https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/?te... Glitch Kingdom is a standalone. It's absolutely the book of my nerdy heart, and I can't wait to share it with you all. Glitch Kingdom will press start (get it?) FEB 18, 2020! Buy links https://us.macmillan.com/books/978125... https://www.indiebound.org/book/97812... https://www.amazon.com/Glitch-Kingdom... (Keep your receipts! A preorder campaign is coming!) ARC links https://www.edelweiss.plus/#keywordSe... https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/?te... Glitch Kingdom is a standalone. It's absolutely the book of my nerdy heart, and I can't wait to share it with you all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    April Clausen

    I'm very lucky to have read this book before its release. It is beautiful. The characters! They are so well written - you wish you could spend an afternoon hanging out with them. Each of the characters has their own battles, and you are cheering for each of them to find their own happily ever after. The world building is amazing, and I think I won't be the only one who wants to step into this virtual world. I cannot recommend this enough!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. That moment you try a book in a genre you don't usually read, only to DNF it... sorry Glitch Kingdom. It was just not meant to be. I gave the book not quite 200 pages, so over halfway through, and it was a struggle. Not a difficult or dense read, but I found myself unable to stay focused on the story or come up with a reason Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. That moment you try a book in a genre you don't usually read, only to DNF it... sorry Glitch Kingdom. It was just not meant to be. I gave the book not quite 200 pages, so over halfway through, and it was a struggle. Not a difficult or dense read, but I found myself unable to stay focused on the story or come up with a reason to care about the characters enough to invest in their actions. The premise spoke to me in an unexpected way. You learn from the synopsis that three of the characters are trapped in a video game but don't know it. In school, I remember talking about the "brain in the vat" concept, in which a person's brain is in a jar of goo essentially but the person experiences what they believe is reality through simulations. Probably not the best explanation but hopefully you get the idea. That's what Glitch Kingdom reminded me of right off the bat. And I love the idea, especially merged with video games. Give me that YA sci-fi I've been dying to fangirl over, why don't you? Which... didn't happen. Ryo is the first character introduced and I wasn't terribly fond of him, both during his point-of-view chapters and in Dagney's. She was definitely more tolerable but I wasn't making that reader/character connection. I felt distanced from the story. And after over 70 pages, you finally meet the third of the mentioned cast, McKenna. I'm already bored with the book, introducing a new character isn't helping. I considered pushing through and reading the rest but my gut was saying this wasn't the book for me and there wouldn't be anything terribly worthwhile in those later pages to look forward to. Also doesn't help I couldn't stop comparing it to Warcross which I absolutely adored. Different sorts of stories but there you have it. And while it didn't impact my opinions on the story any, I'd like to know who thought the cover design was a good idea??? It looks like a really bad photoshop job more at home in my middle school tech education class. I really hope it gets a redesign should they print paperbacks. I certainly wouldn't have even thought about picking it up in stores just seeing the cover alone. So. Glitch Kingdom. Might be a good fit for gamers, and I thought it would be a good fit for me, but I'm just bored with it. The story wasn't holding my attention and I have no desire to pick it up again. And to be clear, I don't think it's a bad book, but I wasn't feeling it, personally. For More Bookish Content: Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Bloglovin'

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mikki Helmer

    I loved this book! I was surprised by the beginning and delighted by the middle and thrilled by the ending. This is definitely another “don’t judge this book by the cover” reads! But now that I’m done I love the cover! Rio is a charming guy but I am Team Dagne forever. I love seeing big girls get the job done without all the skinny girl fuss. Can we just talk about the diversity? The author did her homework and these characters felt so real! 10/10 will read again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Schoen

    I've just started and this is decent but oh MY that cover is SO, SO, BAD. Like bad enough that I don't want to put the book in my currently reading poster I keep on my desk at my library, or even post on Goodreads that I'm reading this book. This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss. Update: OK, done. A group of players are testing out a new, totally immersive role-playing game. In fact, it's so immersive some of them don't even realize they're playing a game, instead believing they're princes, m I've just started and this is decent but oh MY that cover is SO, SO, BAD. Like bad enough that I don't want to put the book in my currently reading poster I keep on my desk at my library, or even post on Goodreads that I'm reading this book. This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss. Update: OK, done. A group of players are testing out a new, totally immersive role-playing game. In fact, it's so immersive some of them don't even realize they're playing a game, instead believing they're princes, mystical queens and warriors, when their real bodies are in a lab, unconscious and connected to tubes and wires while their unconscious minds play out the game. But now something has gone wrong, and dying in the game can mean dying in real life. It's a good idea, that starts out strong and then just doesn't really go anywhere? It ends as you would expect it to end, with the pairings you expect it to have and essentially no consequences (except for the off screen players who died, who no one seems to miss very much).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alechia

    HOLY ADVENTURE BATMAN. Dagney is so badass, and I love, LOVED, the positive body rep. Also Grigfen. He's adorable. This book will definitely resonate with readers, especially gamers and anyone who loves the idea of The Witcher meets Jumanji. It's really fun and engaging, and I can't wait to read more from this author!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Ever been on the wrong side of an in-joke? Ever wanted a do-over with someone you screwed up with? Ever been in a dream that made you feel trapped? Welcome to the Glitch Kingdom. Imagine a computer game so big and vivid you can feel like you're really there, then imagine that actually happening. This is the situation a bunch of teens find themselves in. Most were selected following a worldwide competition, but there's one who was snuck in for a different reason and that inclusion came with conse Ever been on the wrong side of an in-joke? Ever wanted a do-over with someone you screwed up with? Ever been in a dream that made you feel trapped? Welcome to the Glitch Kingdom. Imagine a computer game so big and vivid you can feel like you're really there, then imagine that actually happening. This is the situation a bunch of teens find themselves in. Most were selected following a worldwide competition, but there's one who was snuck in for a different reason and that inclusion came with consequences. Now the software is glitching with fatal consequences and unless someone wins the game quickly, it won't be pretty. This is a fascinating plot, well done and is extra enjoyable for serious role playing gamers like I am. Definitely strong consideration for any library where action fiction is valued and/or teen patrons are into gaming.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah ➖Goddess of Mischief➖

    Wait--you mean to tell me that this book is about A GROUP OF GAMERS WHO GET SUCKED INTO AN RPG?! Update: THIS SOUNDS LIKE SAO! *Flashback to when I was in fourth grade and my friends and I wrote a short story about some kids who got sucked into Minecraft* UPDATE: Oy, that is one cringe cover, but the author says there's a gonna be a disabled black Whovian so I'll stick it out

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    This was legitimately badass! I appreciate the nerd culture head nods, the diverse cast, and the high stakes that gave me tummy aches forcing me to keep reading long into the night.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    So to be perfectly honest, I almost put this book down after the first bit. I didn’t *get* and it just kinda throws you into a story I wasn’t prepared for. But I’m so glad I stayed with it. The characters were all so believable and diverse. It had a great ending too. And I’m always a fan of a plus size girl loving herself, and being loved by others. It does remind me of other works I’ve seen, and it even has a call out to Sword Art Online which is very similar...though I hated that anime. And end So to be perfectly honest, I almost put this book down after the first bit. I didn’t *get* and it just kinda throws you into a story I wasn’t prepared for. But I’m so glad I stayed with it. The characters were all so believable and diverse. It had a great ending too. And I’m always a fan of a plus size girl loving herself, and being loved by others. It does remind me of other works I’ve seen, and it even has a call out to Sword Art Online which is very similar...though I hated that anime. And ending up loving this book. And it made me glad to be part of the nerd family who would totally fit in with all these nerdy characters. 10/10 would read again. Also, I listened to the Audible version of this and I really enjoyed...so if you have the chance to listen to it, you should.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I enjoyed the book, but I hope the authors publisher looks at her goodreads. You did this author dirty by giving her this book cover. I almost didn’t read it, even though I love the concept and enjoyed the book. What on earth are you doing over there, Macmillan? This cover is awful

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I was lucky enough to read an early edition of this fantastically creative novel. It was AMAZING. There were so many plot twists and mysteries... I sped through the story because I just HAD TO KNOW what was going to happen. I’m so excited this story is going to be out in the world soon and I can wait to read the final version!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary H

    Hi, yes, I need this immediately.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Mostly, I found this book entertaining, filled with gamer and nerdy references that made my nerd heart happy, likable characters that come alive on the page, and positive representation of atypical heroines (AKA a curvy girl who has been bullied but is totally BA and fiery and a Black disabled girl who refuses to let her disability keep her from living her life). I did love these positive aspects. Plus, all in all, I look f *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Mostly, I found this book entertaining, filled with gamer and nerdy references that made my nerd heart happy, likable characters that come alive on the page, and positive representation of atypical heroines (AKA a curvy girl who has been bullied but is totally BA and fiery and a Black disabled girl who refuses to let her disability keep her from living her life). I did love these positive aspects. Plus, all in all, I look for a book that keeps me entertained. The game-world was immersive and interesting (sometimes making my fantasy-loving heart just want a straight-up epic fantasy that built up this world and the imaginary quests more). The plot was pretty standard and predictable for a glitching VR game that traps and threatens players’ lives, IMO, but you come into the book expecting that storyline and living for the adventure along the way. Or at least, that is how I approached it. My main issues with the book: the ending wasn’t super realistic for me. I wasn’t buying it. A game KILLS some teens and the repercussions and grief and trauma did not seem to reflect the level of disaster there. That really pulled me out of the story and frustrated me. My other issue, which maybe is just me being overly picky, was that I felt that Dagney was made to be this stereotypical “big girl”, mentioning her love of food and food cravings on the regular and comparing moments of joy to Brownie Blizzards and the like. Seemed... Ugh. Cliche in ways that annoyed me. Sure, I smiled and thought about my own love for food, but why not have some skinny kid going on about their love of brownies now and then? Why is it always bigger characters given this trait? In the attempt to be body positive, maybe we could also acknowledge that some people are larger even when they try to eat healthy and then have to learn to accept their bodies as they are. I don’t know. To me it almost downplayed the positive side of representing a curvy girl and reminding us she is beautiful by then falling prey to the “fat kid loves you as much as she loves cake” stereotype. But like I said, maybe that is just me being picky. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. I’m not usually picky about books, but this aspect annoyed me enough, more than once, that I felt the need to mention it. All in all, the book was an entertaining, light-hearted ride. And hence, despite my frustrations with the unrealistic ending, that is why I’m still giving it 4 stars. PS— This is in no way part of my book rating, as this is not the author’s fault, but I DO NOT like this cover. At all. If I hadn’t received this book as an ARC, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. I know that’s shallow of me, but we live in 2020, the era of stunning, artistic book covers, so there is really no excuse for a bad cover anymore. It feels cheap, which is not good. Definitely not fair for the author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    A medieval fantasy given a unique new twist...it's all just a game. But the consequences are deadly real. A dethroned prince, a feisty noble woman, the prince's best friend, and a quest to reclaim lost treasures to keep the kingdom safe. So far, so normal, right? But this is anything but normal. The characters are players in a hugely immersive new game. A glitch in the software means they're trapped until they win the game, and if they die, they really die. And one player, who must kill all the o A medieval fantasy given a unique new twist...it's all just a game. But the consequences are deadly real. A dethroned prince, a feisty noble woman, the prince's best friend, and a quest to reclaim lost treasures to keep the kingdom safe. So far, so normal, right? But this is anything but normal. The characters are players in a hugely immersive new game. A glitch in the software means they're trapped until they win the game, and if they die, they really die. And one player, who must kill all the others to win, doesn't understand the glitch at all... First of all; in my personal opinion, this is not a good cover for a book. It makes it look like the movies Syfy play at two in the afternoon. It's a shame, because this book deserves a really good cover, one that will attract attention for the right reasons. The medieval plot is fairly usual; some people have magic, some don't, there are rival kingdoms, there's a scheming brother. The worldbuilding could be a little better; I'm still not a hundred percent sure on the difference between Devout and Devani. What makes it stand out is the reaction our modern teens have to both the medieval tropes and the game tropes. My favourite was the moment when a character threw some random items in a frying pan, put it in the fire, and withdrew a perfectly cooked and delicious bird. It's a very entertaining book, with a few heartwarming or terrifying moments. It's just such a shame about the cover.

  22. 4 out of 5

    BookishLor

    3/5 stars I thought this YA fantasy gamer story was fun, action packed with a side of teen romance. Even though the story started off well, I did get a bit confused. I didn't understand that the characters didn't know yet that they were really humans trapped in the game. After a few chapters, I realized what was going on and the story was better. The overall pacing was a bit slow and there were multiple player points of view throughout the story. I really enjoyed when the characters came across co 3/5 stars I thought this YA fantasy gamer story was fun, action packed with a side of teen romance. Even though the story started off well, I did get a bit confused. I didn't understand that the characters didn't know yet that they were really humans trapped in the game. After a few chapters, I realized what was going on and the story was better. The overall pacing was a bit slow and there were multiple player points of view throughout the story. I really enjoyed when the characters came across common gaming situations and themes. The gaming and pop culture references made me laugh as well as the banter here and there between characters. The characters themselves definitely had a lot going on inside and outside of the game. I wish I could've seen a little more depth not only in their personal lives, but between each other. While funny at times, their interactions between each other needed a little boost. Overall This was a good story overall with plenty of action, teen drama, and gaming references once you got into it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a lighter YA story and enjoys gaming. 3/5 stars I thought this YA fantasy gamer story was fun, action packed with a side of teen romance. Even though the story started off well, I did get a bit confused. I didn't understand that the characters didn't know yet that they were really humans trapped in the game. After a few chapters, I realized what was going on and the story was better. The overall pacing was a bit slow and there were multiple player points of view throughout the story. I really enjoyed when the characters came across common gaming situations and themes. The gaming and pop culture references made me laugh as well as the banter here and there between characters. The characters themselves definitely had a lot going on inside and outside of the game. I wish I could've seen a little more depth not only in their personal lives, but between each other. While funny at times, their interactions between each other needed a little boost. Overall This was a good story overall with plenty of action, teen drama, and gaming references once you got into it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a lighter YA story and enjoys gaming. ***Thank you so much to MacMillian Children's publishing and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Takaoka

    GLITCH KINGDOM is a wild ride. This RPG-inspired YA debut includes multiple layers of rich world-building, deploying a breakneck story-within-a-story structure that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. Sheena Boekweg has conjured up a fantastic premise, but ultimately what hooked me the most were the characters: Dagney, gutsy and resourceful; Ryo, a flirt with hidden depths; sweet, loyal Grigfen; Bluebird/Zoe, the most adorable nerd-girl who also happens to kick ass. I was roo GLITCH KINGDOM is a wild ride. This RPG-inspired YA debut includes multiple layers of rich world-building, deploying a breakneck story-within-a-story structure that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. Sheena Boekweg has conjured up a fantastic premise, but ultimately what hooked me the most were the characters: Dagney, gutsy and resourceful; Ryo, a flirt with hidden depths; sweet, loyal Grigfen; Bluebird/Zoe, the most adorable nerd-girl who also happens to kick ass. I was rooting for them all every step of the way and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Perfect read for fans of the WARCROSS series, gamers, fantasy-lovers and anyone who wants to be immersed in a high-stakes adventure from start to finish.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McLaughlin

    GLITCH KINGDOM is such a fun read! It is filled to the brim with nerd culture references, while simultaneously tackling diversity in the form of having a badass black disabled girl (muscular dystrophy) who goes by Bluebird and happens to be the best at what she loves; an Asian-American boy (Ryo) who must deal with the loss he has suffered in his real life which makes the virtual reality all the more painful yet tempting to stay in; and a proud and strong girl, who has suffered bullying due to he GLITCH KINGDOM is such a fun read! It is filled to the brim with nerd culture references, while simultaneously tackling diversity in the form of having a badass black disabled girl (muscular dystrophy) who goes by Bluebird and happens to be the best at what she loves; an Asian-American boy (Ryo) who must deal with the loss he has suffered in his real life which makes the virtual reality all the more painful yet tempting to stay in; and a proud and strong girl, who has suffered bullying due to her weight and unapologetically strong and vocal opinions. This story bounces between multiple points of view and does so with wonderful skill--the voices are all unique, and the romances that blossom on page are touching and realistic. Great job, Sheena!

  25. 4 out of 5

    CR

    This one didn't have a cover when I grabbed and now that it does..............Well I am kind of disappointed. The story though was one that was very unique. I am kind of torn between really loving it and well really hating it. It is one of those stories that although I liked parts of it others just didn't do it for me. This one though was one where kids are put into this VR game and its so real that some of them don't even remember that they are in a game. It really gave me vibes of Ready Player This one didn't have a cover when I grabbed and now that it does..............Well I am kind of disappointed. The story though was one that was very unique. I am kind of torn between really loving it and well really hating it. It is one of those stories that although I liked parts of it others just didn't do it for me. This one though was one where kids are put into this VR game and its so real that some of them don't even remember that they are in a game. It really gave me vibes of Ready Player One and a few games where it has your MC going into a VR world. It really didn't bring anything new to the world of gaming stories and was pretty predictable. If gaming is your thing this one might be for you. Go Into This One Knowing: Gaming

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Fiend

    Thank you edelweiss for the chance to read and review this free copy. I enjoyed this book! The four star rating isn't because I found anything majorly wrong with it, but it's because I sort of forgot about the book for a while after reading. It didn't latch itself in my mind, like the book I rate 5 stars do. But I enjoyed the positive fat rep and the overall nerdiness of this book quite a lot! It just didn't feel super innovative to me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karin Biggs

    Yes, the cover could be better....but this is a great book, guys! I'm not a gamer and I really enjoyed it - there's romance, epic battles, magic, pretty much everything you could hope for from this genre! Plus, the writing is spot on and the character development is super engaging. (Dagney is my hero!) So, please don't let the cover stop you from picking up this gem - it's well worth a read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Lusty

    So I really love this book. I thought it was fun and fast paced. I love the RPG tropes, but more than that, I love the characters geeking out over the the RPG tropes. They're adorably gleeful over the terrain and challenges, and with good reason. The dungeons, landscapes and castles are so beautiful and imaginative. And holy cow that kiss.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bev Kodak

    Ready Player One for women. Y'all, this book is so good. It has it all- epic battles, fierce loyalties, friendships, romance, video game and pop culture references. It is so good. The only two things I didn't LOVE are the title (Glitch Kingdom is a bit lame), and the cover (could've been so much more epic). Read this book. You will not be disappointed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynne ♠ The Book Dragon ♠

    wtf is up with this cover ROFL

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