Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast

Zero Repeat Forever 

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast

 

Reminiscent of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, Zero Repeat Forever features an apocalyptic alien invasion. But this story lacks the rich world building and the characters are one-dimensional.

I am obedience. I am malice.

I think Eighth’s character is particularly undeveloped and I struggled to connect with him, feeling zero emotional empathy (the tantrums didn’t help!) By the end of the book I still knew very little about him, his people and where he came from.

Dart each one. Leave them where they fall.

What are the aliens there for? There are so many unanswered questions… I guess the sequel will reveal more but I think this book could have given us a little more of a solid background.

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Why?

Why did they invade earth? Why do they leave the human bodies where they lie and why are they preserved? Are they going to make them rise as soldiers like Game of Thrones? Why is there a budding romance between August and Raven?… where can it lead – no mouth means he can’t even kiss her!

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I only nod. I can’t answer.

The storyline is repetitive and the pacing patchy, with the long slow parts broken with the occasional burst of energy.

Slow sweet muddy death. I need to sit down.

But oh! The cover is stunning.2 Star

 

 

Title: Zero Repeat Forever  Zero Repeat Forever 

Series: The Nahx Invasions #1

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Publication Date: 29 August 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: Review copy

 

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He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting. Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

… but how a person feels on the inside apparently has nothing to do with how they look on the outside.

Starfish is a treasure chest, bursting with succulent emotions which spread over the reader trapping them within the words.

I paint a girl with wings instead of arms, flying along the border where darkness becomes light, unsure of where she’s supposed to be.

I fell in love with the cover and then with Kiko who I identify with more than I want to admit. I was with her on this journey, all the way. With her insecurity and anxiety combined with honest, edgy emotions result in a powerful book which swept me up and kept me awake long into the night.

I draw a girl with arms that reach up to the clouds, but all the clouds avoid her because she is made of night and not day.

Kiko has her own inner running dialogue expressed through her art which reminded me of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun. This sensitive insight brings the book alive and binds us to her heart.

I draw a girl without a face, drawing somebody else’s face onto her own reflection.5 Star

 

 

 

Title: StarfishStarfish

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Publication Date: 26 September 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Review copy

 

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Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

Wicked Like a WildfireWicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

 

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in Lana Popović’s Hibiscus Daughter series and what a way to start. As you know I am not a huge fan of tackling series until all the books are published (seriously no patience #bookwormproblems), but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist. The cover and title are begging to be read and I am so happy the story didn’t disappoint.

She was alone when she woke and the waking hurt.

I found it difficult to get into the story at first, almost as if the weight of the rich, descriptive writing forms a barrier and I was easily distracted. The story sat just beyond the brink, so I could reach out and touch it but not quite able to submerge into the words.

An electric warmth swept through me, like I’d swallowed one of the lightning bolts that still flickered above the water.  

The change over to a dramatic, gripping and mesmerising story was so smooth, I didn’t notice until I realised the day had gone while I was buried within the pages.

Turning girls’ blood into glitter happens to be my specialty.

The story is as lyrical as it is melancholy. I love the focus on the complexity of the relationships between the sisters and their mother as well as the secrets, the twists and the dark, simmering magic.

We had been so beautiful together, reflecting each other like a family of mirrors.

Now I am just going to have to recover from the ending and hope Ms. Popović is kind enough to write with speed.4 Star

 

 

 

Title: Wicked Like a WildfireWicked Like a Wildfire

Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1

Author: Lana Popović 

Publication Date: 15 August 2017

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Review copy

 

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor

Law of Tall Girls

The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor

 

When I am queen of the world, the second thing I’ll do is pass the Law of Tall Girls.

The Law of Tall Girls is a magnificent story from Joanne Macgregor. Her writing is flawless and with a string of brilliant books behind her, this one stands out as her best yet!

We freaks were the ones that belonged.

Don’t be put off by the slightly whiny, repetitive ‘setting the scene’ beginning, the story needs a chance to warm up. As you get to know the characters and begin peeling back the strategically placed layers, the Law of Tall Girls very quickly breaks out into a gripping story, stuffed full of humour, grit and sizzling romance.

Look, is there any way I could persuade you to kiss me?

Peyton is a complex character and my thoughts of her changed dramatically along the way and were pushed over the edge when her dark secrets are revealed in an unpredictable twist. Brilliantly done Ms. Macgregor!

I was good at keeping secrets. I had to be.

I love this book! And eeek! Have a good look at the stunning cover, which I am proud to say I voted for on her Facebook cover concept choice post

5 Star

 

 

 

Title: The Law of Tall GirlsLaw of Tall Girls

Author: Joanne Macgregor 

Publication Date: 2 September 2017

Publisher: Joanne Macgregor 

Source: Gift

 

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Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her.

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

They Both Die at the End… Is it contemporary or is it sci-fi? This is the question that plagued me throughout the story. Obviously, it doesn’t matter. The story certainly emanates the intended message of seizing the day and I think that’s the most important thing. But… I found myself constantly distracted by the futuristic approach and this affected my enjoyment of the story.

Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime – I’m going to die today.

I also battled to connect with the characters whose lives on paper lacked depth, so I didn’t feel the emotional impact of their fate. This is crazy for me as I am probably one of the most sensitive readers, frequently sobbing over characters and ruining the pages of my books.

I turn around to tell Mateo everything but he’s gone.

The Decker element is also repetitive, explained over and over, and detracts from the characters personal stories. I liked the interaction of Mateo and Rufus’s friends throughout the story, but the periphery characters and the way they interweave through their last day seems contrived and, unlike their friends, ultimately didn’t add anything to the story.

And just like that, my last hope is obliterated.

This is my first Adam Silvera read and I am underwhelmed.  I gather from the outpouring of love on Social Media that mine is not a popular opinion *ducks*, and I am glad the book is well-loved by most even if it didn’t work out for me. I will definitely try another one of his books. Any recommendations?

It sucks that was the last time I’ll ever dream.

On a positive note; I love the personal note from Adam Silvera preceding the story giving perspective to the book – I wish more authors did this.

…I’m going to die today, and I am more alive now than I was then.2 Star

 

 

Title: They Both Die at the EndThey Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publication Date: 5 September 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: Review copy

 

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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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