Flowers and Keyboards #1: Her Elysium Review

Her Elysium (Flowers and Keyboards 1)
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Her Elysium is a romance novel by Emmy Engberts about two girls who find each other by playing an MMORPG. Fleur thinks that the tank of the guild is a cute guy named Alex, and she starts to fall for him before even getting the chance to meet him. To her surprise, Alex is a pretty girl who has been crushing on the talented healer who recently joined the guild. Fleur has never had a girlfriend before, but she can’t seem to stop thinking about Alex. She fell for Alex the person; does it matter if Alex is a boy or a girl? Alex knows that she and Fleur could work well together, but she wants to make sure that Fleur is ready for a relationship first.

I randomly stumbled upon this book, and I am so glad that I did! Not only is a LitRPG book where the author actually knows a lot about games, it is a really sweet YA romance novel! When I heard that Fleur was going to be a healer, I was bracing for the typical “gamer girl” stereotypes to come out. The healer can’t do anything, and so girls choose to be healers so they can rely on the guys in the game to do everything. Some girls might do this, but I personally don’t know any who have. Instead, Fleur is a really talented healer! Good healers have to make sure that they stay out of harm’s way while keeping the whole team alive. Fleur had to know the battles by heart in order to learn the boss’ patterns and be a better healer for the team. This is what real healers and people who play these sorts of games would do, and I was happy to see this represented in this book!

Back to the romance. I like that the author didn’t make this an ultra-sexual romance novel simply because the two characters were both female. In fact, she went on to discuss in the novel how people unfortunately believe that LGBT+ couples are more sexual than straight couples. Alex and Fleur were just two normal high school aged girls who liked each other and were happy going out with one another. They became close friends first because of the game, and then they continued to play as they fell for each other.

Overall, this has been one of the best F/F YA romance novels that I have ever read. I would definitely recommend it, and I am definitely going to read more books by Mrs. Engberts!

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books

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Final Fantasy XIV First Impressions

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I had always wanted to play Final Fantasy XIV ever since I first heard about it a few years ago. When I logged onto Twitch Prime and saw that it was going to be free for a month, I just knew that I had to try it out. I didn’t get to play for that long, as the free trial was only for a month and I can’t see paying right now in the middle of the semester. But for what I did play, the game seemed a bit….lackluster.

For starters, The character creation was ok, but I couldn’t design my outfit! I wanted my character to have bright purple hair, but then the rest of her outfit came up and it was a bright red skirt. It clashed AWFULLY, so badly that I ended up just changing my hair to match. If you were able to pick at least the color of your character’s outfit, it would make things a whole lot simpler and a whole lot more fun at the start of the game.

The combat seemed to be very uninvolved. I chose Archer because I wanted to be a rogue further down the line in the game, but I felt like I was just sitting for most of the first few levels. Sure, I got to attack all of these cool monsters, but it was more just me watching my character attack them. Sometimes I had to hit a button or two, sometimes I didn’t. The Tab Targeting was pretty bad, I felt like I would have to click three or four times just to get my character to attack the squirrel right in front of her. Then, I accidentally got a bit lost, and ended up in an area with monsters that were far above my level. I felt like I was in

The best part of the game did seem to just be the environment. It wasn’t dark like many other games, and felt vibrant with all the NPCs, animals and magical creatures around. I didn’t get to talk to many other real people in the game, but I was having enough fun on my own.

Where I ended up stopping was around levels 11-12 where I had to put these things into some pots in a cave? But there were these skeletons that would run up behind me and kill me without even really allowing me to fight back. If I had googled it I could have probably gotten past this point, but school made me busy again, and this was where I stopped.

Overall, I am so, so, so happy that Twitch Prime gave me the chance to try this game for a month for free. Even though I ended up not using that entire month, I was still able to give it a try. I might even buy another month during the summer to get another chance. If you have Amazon Prime, you automatically have Twitch Prime, and you can get the game for free right now to try it out for yourself. Just go to this link: https://amzn.to/2D7ge4W (Affiliate Link) and sign in with your Amazon Prime account! There are also a few other free games and deals that they come out with every single month. I’ll be reviewing my first impressions of the other Twitch Prime games that I have, as I love a good freebie.

Thanks for reading!