ARENA by Holly Jennings

The lack of word count over the weekend is brought to you by Holly Jennings. Oh, and I went to a Ren Fair.

But Arena is great! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and really enjoyed a book. I had several tasks to do like packing and cleaning the house that tried to keep me away from the story once I’d started, but I bought the audio book too so I could keep enjoying the story.

It’s a sci-fi book where virtual gamers are the sports stars of the world. Kali is the first female captain to take a team to the finals. Kali’s voice is refreshing and keeps the narration fast paced. I love that she’s strong, independent and knows how to get the job done. In fact she’s so strong I would’ve liked to see her struggle a little bit more. The “sponsors” loomed large as the evil entity, but despite Kali throwing wrenches into their system repeatedly, they never came after Kali directly. Perhaps in the sequel? It’s something I’d love to see. That and more face to face interaction between the teams. This book was all about getting Kali’s team to work together despite drug problems, game addiction and the sponsors, which was cool, but we needed more smack talk between the teams :)

Holly is the master of action scenes. Wow. I wish I could write like that. My absolutely favorite part was the final battle. But I’m not going to go into that because I want you to go out, buy Arena and enjoy the awesomeness for yourselves! You will be very happy you did.

IMG_3078That’s an updated picture of Holly’s book from when I went to Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago. I hope to see it on the Best Selling Science Fiction shelf next!

A good book like Arena is always inspiring. I’m home from the weekend getaway and ready to write tons of words this week. I’m going to try for 5000 a day. I doubt I will make it today, because I’m starting now at 10 pm. I will resist the coffee. I hope you join me as I post my progress this week.

Ready. Get set. Go!


6 thoughts on “ARENA by Holly Jennings

  1. Go Holly! And Melinda!

    I’m getting back into the world of the living and have been reading Arena this week too. Plus I even got words written! Only about 500, but I’ll take it. Yay!

  2. Arena is on my pile of still to read and I am looking forward to enjoying it also.

    My weekend was slow as well. I took three days off from writing to celebrate Samantha’s birthday and our 24th wedding anniversary. Where does the time go?

    Another small word count as I just pushed words around while editing, but this week should pick up. I am finishing my second round edits, but in so doing I have created the need for two small transition chapters and a punch up of the new conclusion. I am jazzed for what the week will bring.

    • Wow! That’s great you’ve been married 24 years! And happy birthday to Samantha. I hope your writing goes smoothly this week. I’m 600 words in today.

  3. I read Arena too a couple weeks ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Total props to Holly for having such an amazing debut novel. I’m looking forward to reading the next one!