Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Empress (Virtual Arcana #3) by Karen Amanda Hooper

The Empress
Virtual Arcana 3

The Empress by Karen Amanda Hooper
Series: Virtual Arcana Book 3
Expected publication: January 15th, 2015

The fourth book in the VIRTUAL ARCANA series. The series starts with book 0: The Fool.

In a faraway future, Kelsey Zellar is starting her senior year at yet another school thanks to her twin sister’s troublesome obsession with outlawed virtual reality games.

Every school they’ve ever attended is pretty much the same: lunchroom drama, rich kids binging on enhancement candies, and classmates rallying for or against the government’s strict control over everything from entertainment privileges to caffeine consumption.

Unlike her sister, Kelsey follows the rules and keeps her nose out of trouble and politics while sniffing out her next flavored latte and favorite novel. But when Kelsey meets a charming book connoisseur in a coffee shop parking lot, and accepts his offering of a tarot card, she takes the first step toward two new addictions: the guy of her dreams, and his illegal dealing of virtual escapes into her beloved storybooks.

Kelsey straddles the worlds of fiction and reality, but is she a fool for believing in her own happy ending?

My thoughts about The Empress ~~

I am always so excited when I get the next, newest episode of the Virtual Arcana series. I drop whatever I am reading and dive right in. I know it's not going to take very long to read. And it has been a little while since the last episode. I miss being in that world and can't wait to get back to it.

The Empress episode is pretty intense this time with Kelsey sneaking out late at night and breaking laws. Will this put her family in more hot water than they are already in? We also see the relationship between Kelsey and Xander grow deeper. But that relationship is another thing that could mean serious trouble for Kelsey and her family.

This episode seemed to be a turning point for me. I felt confused through the first few epsiodes but I think now that it was a reflection of the confusion that Kelsey was feeling as she was trying to figure out all that was being thrown at her. She is coming around to understanding and figuring out what she is supposed to do and how things work. I am able to relax a little bit and enjoy the story that Karen is putting out there. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here.


This series will be serial style with short episodes (15-20k) releasing frequently. For those who want to wait for a longer, more complete story, a collection of the first 7 episodes, Virtual Arcana, Season 1, will be available once episode 7 has released.


The Fool ~ Virtual Arcana #0
My thoughts
The Magician ~ Virtual Arcana #1
My thoughts
The High Priestess~ Virtual Arcana #2
My thoughts
The Empress ~ Virtual Arcana #3
The Emperor ~ Virtual Arcana #4
The Hierophant ~ Virtual Arcana #5 
The Lovers ~ Virtual Arcana #6

About the author

Karen Hooper was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

For more info on Karen or her books visit: www.KarenAmandaHooper.com

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  1. Thanks so much, Susan! Yay for turning points!
    I giggled at your slip-up of calling it The Mistress. Because Mistress is actually very fitting. Per Dictionary.com "6. a woman who is skilled in something, as an occupation or art."
    There's something for you to ponder. ;)

    1. OMG - I am so sorry for the slip, Karen. I swear I have had The Mistress embedded in my mind and have had to change it several times. Obviously I missed some. I even tried to find it on Goodreads and wondered why it wasn't listed. I am not sure why that title/word got stuck in my head. Maybe you need to write that story and I just knew it before you did. :) Good luck on your release day!


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