The Game by Shane Scollins Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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The Game
Shane Scollins
Release Date: 03/13/13

Summary from Goodreads:
No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The GAME”.

Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality gamecompetition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.

Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom. He is a man who is not what he appears, and not who he says. He has no name and his motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.

THE GAME is a mystery/thriller with an unpredictable paranormal twist. It has action and adventure and plays up the everyday exploitation of reality television obsession gone wrong.


Wow this book was one of those that it’s so creepy that you have to keep reading to find out what happens. I had a lot of the WTF did that just happen moments when I would be downright surprised and shocked. It was very fast paced and there was definitely no lag time even when it was setting up the scene. I felt like the stuff Candice was experiencing was happening to me.
Candice is your average girl (could be any of us) who is getting these really strange phone calls and being fed up with ignoring them finally begins answering. She ends up with a bunch of different creepy and I mean creepy voices saying random things to her and before she knows it her life is being pulled a part piece by piece. She’s left with nothing except these creepy phone calls that can find her wherever she goes. There is no place to hide, somehow they see her every move. Nobody believes her because she cannot prove it and she finds herself running out of options. With some luck she teams up with a couple of people that know what is going on but even with their help she can only elude her pursuer for so long before she finds herself thrust into sick brain child of a psychopath, The Game.
Candice is a strong main character, she isn’t easily pushed down and she rises to the occasion when it comes to protecting people and finding her way out of the mess. She does have a love interest, Lukas, but it does not over take the story and for those of you who hate the love sick heroine she is not one of those. Angus is a villain through and through and completely disturbing. I got shivers every time we encountered him. I enjoyed the characters and none of them were ever out of place.
The paranormal aspect enters the book about halfway through and to be honest in my head I was thinking, oh this going to be awkward but it wasn’t at all. It actually brought a nice little twist to the book and flowed in pretty well.
It’s written in many different perspectives and I never once found that confusing or annoying, it was done well and it gave us a glimpse of what was going on in all the different avenues. I have to say though Angus, Rena, Caleb and Mark are pretty creepy people and the less time I was spending in their heads the better.
This is a great psychological thriller that is fast paced and never dull. Full of twist and turns and a dash of paranormal. If you like romance this does have a light sprinkling of it, but it didn’t take away from the main focus. It slides in nicely with the rest of the story. If you are going to pick it up I would say give yourself some time because you might want to read it all in one sitting.


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About the Author:

Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next book.

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