I'd like help identifying a book about a teenage girl that goes to an arcade, and they have a virtual reality console that they hook you up to.

She goes back in time to a fantasy setting, but the equipment is damaged and she can't leave. She dies repeatedly but can't get out until she beats it.

It had a green cover, I think. That's all I remember.

  • Do you remember when you read it, or if it was geared towards any particular age group?
    – phantom42
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 23:25
  • I see you have been answered, but if you like that premise check out "Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension".
    – user36391
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 4:34

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This is "Heir Apparent" by Vivian Vande Velde

Heir Apparent is a science fiction/fantasy novel by young-adult fiction author Vivian Vande Velde, about a girl who becomes trapped inside a looping virtual reality role-playing game called Heir Apparent.

"Heir Apparent was a lot of fun to write because it's about a girl caught in a virtual-reality-type game. Even though Giannine finds herself in a vaguely medieval world, I didn't have to worry about historical accuracy. I also was able to keep throwing all sorts of things at her -- a dragon, an army of ghosts, and a poetry-loving/head-chopping statue."

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    Note green cover
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 23:27
  • That was it! Thank you so much! I love this book and look forward to reading it again. Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 3:54

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