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{Blog Tour} Escape from the Past: The Duke's Wrath - Annette Oppenlander (Book Review & Giveaway)

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Escape from the Past: The Duke's Wrath
by Annette Oppenlander

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Time-Travel
Release Date: July 31st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:


When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he's sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn't realize that 1) He's been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game's rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever.

Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets' nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.

 
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Review
Where to begin on my review! I really enjoyed reading this book! It brings you to a whole new world and opens up a lot of possibilities.  I love the concept of a game transporting you back in time and for the gamer to be live acting with the game.   Max had to make real life decisions to figure out what was going on with the game and he needed to survive to get home.  

I loved Max from the beginning, the author did a great job developing him as a character.  At first we can see him as a kid who loves video games and just wants to be an expert at everything.  Max grows up so much throughout the book that I feel it is really inspirational.  I also love how he uses knowledge from different current television shows in medieval times.  I love watching the survival shows and love how this was incorporated into the book.  It really brings the past and present together for me.  Max also evaluates his home life during the game he really misses his family and friends and he reflects back on what he might do differently if he ever gets out of the game.

I loved the author's details of the surroundings that Max is seeing.  The details seem to real to the medieval times as you are reading I felt like I was transported to that time as well.   I also loved how Max would relate what he was seeing to modern day Germany.  It really made you see the historical significance of the past and how they shape what we see today.  Max not only got to see what the castle looked like in medieval times, but also told the reader how the castle looks in ruins today.   

I feel like in the end of the book the author leaves it very open to a sequel.  I still had a lot of questions and I feel like Max had just as many questions as I did about this game.  I did read the synopsis to the second book and it travels to a different time period. I will most likely read the second book at some point, but would love to hear more about what happens with Bero and Max's other friends!

I would suggest this as a end of the day read.  It was a very quick read and easy to follow.  It allows you to escape away from the day and immerse yourself in a different world.  I would highly suggest this book if you love historical fiction it is a great read!

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating 5/5 
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About the Author

Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults and anyone who loves stories set in the past. When she isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.



"Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story."
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