Playing Tyler

Tyler is smart yet he is also caring. He visits his brother, Brandon in rehab. Tyler’s dream is to go to the Air Force Academy. He already is one step closer being a member in the Civil Air Patrol. However Tyler knows his dream will stay just that…a dream. That is why when Rick, Tyler’s mentor in the Civil Air Patrol offers Tyler a chance to assist him with a new video game and the chance to make his dream a reality he jumps at the chance.

Ani may be in high school but she is a super whiz. She created her own video game. Tyler and Ani meet and form a connection. Soon Tyler and Ani realize there is more than meets the eye with the video game, especially when Tyler’s brother, Brandon goes missing.
I was really amped to read this book. I have read a few role playing or virtual gamer books and enjoyed them. It is like a double feature…reading a story within a story. Sadly this book did not live up to the hype that I had set for it.

It was missing the virtual world element that includes action and intriguing characters. While I did like Tyler and Ani, I was not fully invested in them. I might have liked Ani better. She seemed to have more depth and was smarter. I do have to give up however to people who are as smart as Ani and Tyler that they can creative video games with just their little pinkie. Also, I felt that the romance story line felt forced. Like Tyler and Ani needed to form a romantic bond in order to hang with each other. This book would have been better if there had been more action, not so much dialect, and the story had spent more time in the virtual game world.


T. L. Costa is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and has a Masters of Teaching from Quinnipiac University who taught high school for five years before becoming a full-time mom and writer. She has lived in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Spain. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.


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