Book Review: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)

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my rating: ★★☆☆☆

From Youtube star Sasha Alsberg and multi-genre author Lindsay Cummings, ZENITH is part one of a serialised young adult space opera, following the lives of The Marauder starship as they are forced into a job that could cause a war among the Mirabel Galaxy.

I’ve never had the best luck when it comes to reading books by Youtubers. The backlash I got from Girl Online was almost enough for me to never read another one again. Although I haven’t read a book by Lindsay Cummings and I don’t watch Sasha Alsberg anymore, I was expecting ZENITH to be better. An experienced author, with six books written, and vlogger who has been doing this for years. I guess I’m really underwhelmed by the result. It’s clear that these two work well together since I couldn’t tell who was writing what, their writing voice flowed together well.

As a fan of Sci-fi, I was hoping to enjoy this more. But it felt so predictable to the point it was a bore to read. I always had the feeling that I’ve read this story before. I was interested in the plot, the first chapter follows a person locked in prison, wanting revenge and that had me hooked but then the rest of the whole thing felt unpolished and could’ve done better with a more thorough editing process. There were moments where Alsberg and Cummings dump a whole load of information but leaves us with no explanation.

“Do we know who they are? Black market, Olenian, Mirabel Patrol?” 

This is just one example of where they place words specific to the setting without any kind of description. What’s the difference? Who should we fear the most out of the three? This might just be me being very specific but its drags the story down by dumping in stuff and expecting the readers to understand everything.

I don’t know about anyone else but when a character is described as having “honeyed skin” or “caramel” colour, I automatically go bleh. He was the first POC we get and his skin is described as food. I just think a published author and an experienced book vlogger should know better than to resort to such a lazy and cliche way to say something other than brown… It just shows a blatant lack of originality which might have been changed with further editing.

As I mentioned before, this book needed a better editing and should’ve been thought through properly. And in this case, releasing in parts just didn’t work at all. I understand Sasha at university right now and the two were probably super excited to get this released, but the end result was heavily affected by it and I think it would’ve been better to wait and give themselves more time. (Google search is telling me Sasha is doing a literature and publishing degree, correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems sensible to hold back and develop her own skill rather than push it out so quickly.) It’s sad watching her fans assume we’re being mean by rating it low. No one is disregarding what she’s done to get where she is now but if you’re not critical it’s unfortunate for Sasha because that’s no way to help an author grow.

Overall, I see the potential that ZENITH has. While I won’t be anxiously counting the days til the next one but I’ll check out the next ones, hoping it gets better.

Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Mirabel Inc.
ASIN: B01DIIU7DK
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Book Review: Kindred Spirit by Rainbow Rowell

26365537you can find the book at:
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Barnes & Noble (unavailable)
Author’s website

my review:
Rating: ★★★★☆

Elena holds Star Wars dear to her heart ever since her father introduced her to the films years ago. With the release of The Force Awakens just days away, Elena decides to queue outside her local cinema. She arrives expecting a ton of people, but it turns out she’s the last in line of only three people.

I’m just gonna say it, I preferred this to Fangirl. Even though this is a short story, released especially for World Book Day 2016,the portrayal of Fandom was just much better in this than it was in Fangirl. I love Star Wars, and I really enjoyed reading Kindred Spirits. It’s a cute short that celebrates fandom and even if you’re not into Star Wars, it’s still interesting enough to read.

I think better part of the book was tackling the idea of a fake fan. Elena has only seen the original trilogy and she gets worried that the others will judge her because she hasn’t seen the prequels. I was so worried for her because,in real life- actually online, people are rude as hell when they learn that you haven’t fully seen everything about something like movie series, read all the books or listen to a certain artists whole discography. I really appreciated the fact that they didn’t judge her. Kindred Spirit depicts Elena’s hilarious struggle with fandom, judging people before really getting to know them and that anyone can be a fan, doesn’t matter how much they haven’t or have experienced.

Paperback, World Book Day Edition 2016, 62 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books
ISBN: 1509820833

 

BOOK REVIEW: Killing the Dead By Marcus Sedgwick

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GoodReads Summary:

Set in a girls’ boarding school in Massachusetts a haunting and sinister story YA story for World Book Day from prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. 1963.

Foxgrove School near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. One of the oldest and finest academies in the country – but what really goes on behind closed doors?

Nathaniel Drake, the new young English teacher, Isobel Milewski, the quiet girl who loved to draw spirals, her fingers stained with green ink, Jack Lewis, who lent Isobel books – just words, just ink on paper, Margot Leya, the girl with those eyes – who are they, what part have they played in killing the dead?

Follow the dark, dark path Into the dark, dark woods To the dark, dark bridge. By the dark, dark water. Linger. Let the ghosts of heaven tell their story.

A stylish and creepy story for World Book Day from prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick.

My Review:

Rating: ★★★★☆

Set in a girls boarding school, Killing the Dead is a sinister YA story released for World Book Day 2015.

It is an enjoyable read – one that throws in a little paranormal atmosphere.Sedgwick managed to fit such an enthralling cast of characters into such a short book, bringing to life the private school for girls really well for a limited word count and it was pleasing to read. The story begins with just one view and then as the story progresses, more and more points of view are explored, so you could not guess what the climax of the story was going to be. The way in which information was revealed reflects one of the main themes within the story – spirals. However, I did guess that Margot had something to do with it. (Why would a ghost haunt you unless you’ve done something to piss it off?)

However, I feel as though I still didn’t understand some parts of it. There were certain mysterious sections that felt too vague, to the point where I didn’t know what was supposed to be happening and had to re-read that part. Overall, I did enjoy the book. It’s quick and easy, and a good creepy story from Marcus Sedgwick. I might look into his other book. 🙂