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The Price Guide to the Occult 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Price Guide to the Occult
Author: Lesley Walton
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 272
Publishers: Candlewick Press
Rating:

3.5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting maelstrom of magic and murder in the lush, moody Pacific Northwest.

When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarch’s backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.

The Price Guide to the Occult book cover. Black background with lime green title surrounded by fern leaves & vines of the same colour. Three of the fern leaves have red on the tips.

Trigger Warning: Child abuse & self harm

I was pleasantly surprised by The Price Guide to the Occult. I previously attempted The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and couldn’t get into it at all so this was a surprise that I enjoyed this one.

Firstly, the story was a bit choppy and confusing at times. Especially when we swap time frames and jump back to her childhood without any warning at all. This led to a bit of confusion until I realised what was going on. I did enjoy that we had those glimpses into the past as they set the picture of what Fern, the MC’s mother was really like. However, I do wish they indicated that change somehow in the book by maybe putting a date at the top or even Nor’s age at the time of the event. This confusion was also present when Nor was having a dream. It took a couple pages to realise that she was not doing these things and that it was a dream..

The other small thing I didn’t like was the romance. It felt forced and a little flat and I don’t feel like it was really necessary. It would of been a lot more enjoyable if they had the focus on the friendship between Savvy & Nor rather than the romance between Nor and another character. Also what the heck was that random bit of love triangle thrown in at the end?? I get that if you are in a situation where you believe you’re about to die that you may do something unexpected but it just didn’t make sense and added absolutely nothing to the plot.

The Price Guide to the Occult was an enjoyable, quick, fun & easy read. It’s super short but packs a lot in and is fairly action packed so I found myself flying through it. I think I read it in basically 2 sittings which is quick for me even for a book just under 300 pages. I was also engaged the entire time and didn’t want to put it down. There were a couple things I didn’t understand but overall and enjoyable reading experience.

I loved that we got a prologue that really set the scene and explained the world and magic systems. For such a short book I feel like we got a tonne of world building and explanation about the magic. There were a few things that were never explained and I feel like this book was set up to have a sequel where we got more explanation but alas, it is only a standalone.

The ending was also slightly disappointing. There was tonnes of build up to this big ending and then when it came to defeating the bad guy it just kinda happened and then that was it. It wasn’t draw out and there wasn’t some big battle or anything. There was like 2 lines and it was all over. So the ending definitely felt a tad lacking compared to the rest of the plot.

Most of the major characters like Nor, Savvy, Judd and a couple others felt fleshed out and we got some background from them however there were a fair few side characters that were talked about but weren’t really given any depth. They were kind of just a name and that’s it.

Overall while this book was enjoyable there were a few things that definitely could have been improved. I feel like this book would have made more of an impact if it had been a duology rather than a standalone. There would have been more time for explanation and also a better conclusion possibly. However, that is not the case and while I did enjoy the reading experience this isn’t a favourite.

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Loveless 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Loveless
Author: Alice Oseman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: July 9th, 2020
Pages: 435
Publishers: HarperCollins Australia
Rating:

5 Stars

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The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.

Loveless book cover: Pink background with drawing of girl holding a love heart with hearts floating away

Firstly, the representation in Loveless is AMAZING! Loveless features a Latinx Lesbian, Asexual/Aromantic, Gay Asexual Indian, Bisexual or Pansexual (not specified but liked both male & female) & Bisexual Aromantic! I’m not sure I’ve actually read a book with an Asexual or Aromantic character before so this was awesome.

I loved the themes of friendship that were prominent in Loveless. As someone who doesn’t love romances in books its amazing to see good friendship themes instead. I loved how the friendships developed in this book and I also loved that it showed the rocky side of things when it comes to friendship.

I also really enjoyed the characters, especially Georgia. There is so much character development for all the characters in Loveless but especially Georgia. It was amazing seeing her learn and struggle and grow throughout the book. I also love that even when she did something that was problematic she realised that mistake and genuinely apologised for it. It’s so annoying to see problematic actions made by characters thats never discussed afterwards or rectified in any way. *Cough* Leah on the Offbeat *Cough*…

This book was also super fun and easy to read. There were lots of drama to keep you interested and it was very unpredictable. I had a tonne of fun reading this and it definitely helped with my reading slump!

Overall I really enjoyed Loveless and I highly recommend picking it up! I can’t wait to see what Alice Oseman brings out next and I’m super keen for Nick & Charlie to release in physical copy! I will definitely be jumping on that one!

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Ever After 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Ever After
Author: Olivia Vieweg
Genre: YA Horror Graphic Novel
Publication Date: June 4th, 2012 (Sept 1st, 2020 for English Translation)
Pages: 288
Publishers: Lerner Publishing Group
Rating:

2 Stars

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Vivi and Eva are two travelers in a countryside filled with the undead. After a train breaks down, stranding them between safe zones, the young women partner up to stay alive. Vivi is struggling with grief–and guilt–over the loss of her sister. Eva is hiding the start of a horrifying transformation. Together they’ll face heat, zombie hordes, and their own inner demons, searching for signs of life in a land of the dead. This graphic novel addition to an enduring genre is thoughtful and emotion-driven, but also full of zombie scares and action.

This graphic novel was just straight out confusing. I still have no idea what really happened in this graphic novel. It was very hard to follow and didn’t have any context or really explanation as to what the heck was going on. I found my self not really following what was going on for majority of the book. There was a couple sections where I thought ‘ahh okay, I get it’ and then the next page I was back to being confused.

This is on the longer side for a graphic novel. This one is nearly 300 pages and majority of graphic novels are around 100 – 150 pages. So this had the potential to really build the world and grow the story but it simply didn’t do any of that. There is a zombie apocalypse but that is literally all we find out. I don’t think there was really any world building to this and the characters were just flat and didn’t really developed or even get fleshed out at all. I couldn’t follow what was going on in the plot so really there is nothing positive for me to really say.

Also this book kinda just ended. It didn’t wrap anything up or answer any questions at all. It feels like there should be a book 2 to explain everything but this is a standalone. So that definitely felt off.

The only positive is that the art is nice but even that left me slightly confused because when you look at the cover compared to the inside of the book it REALLY doesn’t match. The cover makes it look like it’s going to be a cute or whimsical story (well thats the vibe I get at least) and then the themes of the Graphic Novels are mental health & zombies… So I’m not sure how that fits at all.

Overall I don’t recommend this book. Nothing was explained, nothing made much sense and nothing was concluded.

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The Tea Dragon Society 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Tea Dragon Society
Series Name: Tea Dragon #1
Author: Katie O’Neill
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: Oct 18th, 2017
Pages: 72
Publishers: Oni Press
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Society Book Cover: Green forest looking background surrounding 2 characters sitting on a picnic blanket drinking tea. One character has brown skin and black hair with short stumpy horns. They are wearing an orange striped singlet, 3/4 jeans & orange thongs. The other character is fair skinned with pink hair and antlers. They are wearing a cream short and grey skirt and is petting an orange colour Tea Dragon that has flowers growing from its head.

This Graphic Novel is just so cute and lighthearted. I love the artwork and tonne. The art style is so colourful and flowery and makes for a pleasant reading experience compared to other Graphic Novels that just feel busy and chaotic. I really like that the characters in the story are drawn as either slightly human looking animals or humans with animal features like horns and such. Makes it interesting and easy to follow who and who.

While not a tonne happens in the actual plot itself it does build an image of this world and gives us a base to expand on. It sets the seen nicely and I already love these characters and tiny dragons and want good things to happen to them!

I especially love the representation in this book! We have a character that uses a wheel chair, a character with amnesia, a woman of colour and a male/male romance so far and this graphic novel is only 72 pages! Thats a good amount of rep for such a short book. All the rep was also handled really well which I love to see. Everyone is just accepting of everything which is refreshing to have these different representations simply seen as normal and not something to question.

Overall this is such a sweet & magical read and I highly recommend giving it a go! I am super keen to get to The Tea Dragon Festival (which I have already purchased).

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Fable 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Fable
Series Name: Fable #1
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 1st, 2020
Pages: 368
Publishers: Wednesday Books
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

Cover shows half the face of a girl with red curly hair & lots of freckles. Her eyes are blue and have the reflection of a boat in them. “Trader. Fighter. Surviver” is quoted on the book.

This book gripped me from the very first chapter! I absolutely loved and flew through it. Fable is incredibly written and was just overall amazingly done. It was completely unpredictable, fast paced & engaging.

I loved the characters, especially the MC, Fable, who was a badass but also just felt so real and developed and grew amazingly throughout the book. I also really enjoyed Willa. She was sarcastic and didn’t take shit but also was super caring.

I enjoyed that we had some diverse characters mixed in. There was POC (hinted anyways) & LGBT+ rep in the book which is always nice. All the characters just felt well rounded & real.

The world building in this book was amazing. Young described the world so vividly that it made it so easy to imagine. The magic system is also very interesting and unique. I would love to learn more about what’s behind the magic, so fingers crossed we get that in book 2!

Overall I really enjoyed everything about this book and don’t have a negative point to give it! I can’t wait for book 2 which is set to release March 16th 2021. Also, can we just talk about how stunning the covers are for these books! Like damn. Usually I am not a fan of books with people on the cover but these are just amazing.

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Serpent & Dove 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Serpent & Dove
Series Name: Serpent & Dover #1
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 513
Publishers: HarperTeen
Rating: 

4 star

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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Serpent & Dove cover: Black background with a heap of black items in the middle including leaves & a bird. On top is a gold snake. “Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.” is quoted at the top

So let’s start with the main things I disliked. Which was the romance. I totally understand the point of the romance being a main part of the plot but I’m just personally not a huge fan of books with romance as the actual plot. I don’t mind it being on the side with the main focus something else but in this case it definitely took over the book. That is simply a personal preference though. The romance was done well but it just wasn’t my fave part.

The second thing I slightly disliked was that the middle of the book was fairly slow for me. The middle was where the romance was really a focus and because I wasn’t the hugest fan of the romance it just felt slow. I wanted more action and more going on but that just didn’t happen.

Now onto the things I liked. Firstly I did like the characters and also the side characters. I think they were all very detailed and fleshed out. They also grew and developed throughout the book. You saw a lot of struggle with right and wrong for the characters in this book and I think it was all done really well.

I did really enjoy the beginning and the end. At first I was super hooked and then it got slow and then towards the end I was super hooked again. So it was a bit of a rollercoaster of good & boring but overall I did like it and I did engage me for the most part.

Lastly I did enjoy the magic system and I liked the world and setting. However we could of done with a little more detail on the world but hopefully we get that in book 2!

Overall, I did enjoy the book but there were a couple things that I think could have been done better. I will be picking up book 2, Blood & Honey, and I have already pre-ordered it actually. However it was not my favourite. I’m hoping for a bit more from book 2, so fingers crossed.

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Nocturna 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Nocturna
Series Name: A Forgery of Magic
Author: Maya Motayne
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 471
Publishers: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating:

4.5 Stars

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Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

Nocturna Cover: Entire cover is Red & Orange tones. Background appears to be square tiles with a round section of mosaic like tiles in the centre. A crown & mask is made in tiles around the title. “A faceless thief. A desperate prince. A darkness unleashed.” is quoted at the bottom of the cover

Nocturna was super engaging from the very beginning! I did not want to put this one down and enjoyed every moment. It also flowed very well which made for an easy and quick read.

I absolutely loved the characters in Nocturna. They were all very fleshed out and developed amazingly throughout the book. I loved reading the struggles Alfie faced throughout the book which made him feel even more real. Both Alfie & Finn had well written POVs but I loved reading from Finn the most as she is sarcastic and fun to read from. I also enjoyed her backstory which added to the love of reading from her POV.

I loved the world building and detail given to the magic system in this book. The unique magic system was probably my favourite aspect of the book. I love that everyone with a propio magic had such a unique ability. They were all very interesting to learn about and I especially like Finn’s ability to steal faces & Alfie’s ability to adapt his magic to other peoples. Both were interesting and unique abilities.

Overall I loved the magic system and really enjoyed Finn as a main character. Alfie was also amazing but I just loved Finn! Nocturna is very unique and engaging. I loved reading this one and I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2, Oculta.

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From Fire & Shadows 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: From Fire and Shadows
Series Name: A Tale of Six Sources
Author: J.F. Baptista
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 15th, 2020
Pages: 313
Publishers: BooksGoSocial
Rating: (I do not give ratings to DNF books)

Goodreads Synopsis

A girl with a dangerous power.
A warrior they call the shadow of death.
A world divided and slowly dying.

Six-year-old Theodora grew up at the House, a place for girls born without power. Abandoned as a baby, she has no memory of her past beyond the melody that invades her dreams. So when an ancient presence starts whispering in her ear, she answers.

The reward is fire; the price is the destruction of the only life she has ever known. Yet from the loss comes a chance at a better future… if she can learn to control a power that no one seems to understand.

Across the ocean, Death’s Arm warrior Kai struggles with the changes forcing him out of the shadows. With the neglect of those in power breeding dissent, he is called to do his job as their occasional assassin: cut it at the root.

But when a strange restlessness makes him question an order for the first time… he finds himself on the path he never wanted, but can no longer avoid. After all, he may be the only one capable of stopping what is coming—a war where death is just the beginning.

From Fire & Shadows cover: Shows vines & leaves over a dark background

I am DNFing at 17%.

I have 3 main issues with this book. Well 3 & a overall, I am bored….

Firstly, the sentences do not flow. They feel very choppy which makes it hard to follow and difficult to read as there is just no flow to it. I am confused as to what is going on because it is so jumpy. It feels like I am just missing something.

Next, there has been basically no world building (besides names of towns really), explanation of the magic or really plot since the first few paragraphs. Nothing is really happening to interest me in continuing and I keep finding myself putting it down and getting distracted by other things because it’s just not gripping me in any way.

Lastly, the characters feel very 2 Dimensional. I feel like I don’t know the main 2 characters at all and it’s been 17%. Things are happening and they are talking but I feel no personality to them at all. Which is another reason that the book isn’t gripping me. I couldn’t care less what happens to the characters because nothing has made me like them as they just feel like cardboard cut outs of people.

Overall, this book sounded really interesting but it’s just not gripping me enough to make me continue. At this point I would be forcing myself and I just do not do that to myself. Reading is for enjoyment, so unless I am enjoying it, I don’t keep reading.

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House of Dragons 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: House of Dragons
Series Name: House of Dragons
Author: Jessica Cluess
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 12th, 2020
Pages: 448
Publishers: Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating:

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

Dark Blue cover with red smoke coming from bottom left corner. 5 swords crossing in the middle with different cover handles (Gold, Purple, Green, Blue & Red) that are shaped as different dragons. “Win at all costs” quote at the top.

I absolutely loved House of Dragons! This book is incredibly written and was extremely gripping! I simply didn’t want to put this book down.

Firstly, I love the diverse range of characters we see in the book! Every character, even the side characters were very well written and fleshed out amazingly. The book follows 5 points of view and every single POV had it’s on personality and feel to it. They also all developed and grew really well throughout the book. I loved reading every POV even if I was rooting for some characters more than others!

I really liked how detailed the world building was and how much description went into the magic system. Of course there is still some mystery but I liked how much detail we got and it made sense for the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed House of Dragons & I can’t wait for book 2! I love how House of Dragons ended but it also ended on a bit of cliffhanger, so I’m super keen to see what comes next.

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The Celestial Gate 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Celestial Gate
Author: Avital Dicker
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 9th, 2020
Pages: 346
Publishers: BooksGoSocial
Rating:

2.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The world is about to end. There is only one way to save it. But the price could be her life.

The paths of three teenagers cross at the heart of a large-scale terror attack in which their parents are injured.

In order to save themselves, they will have to give up everything they know and love.

Jerusalem is burning and they are trapped. They have no choice but to follow a mysterious map and escape into a network of secret passages under the old city, where they are forced to fight for their lives against dangerous armed terrorists.

Time is running out and the only way to save themselves and the city is to find the Celestial Gate.

To accomplish this, they will have to overcome their differences and find the meaning of the secret bond that connects between the three of them, rooted in a previous life and in ancient history.

Will they manage to find the secret gate and save the city from death and destruction?

Book Cover: Three silhouettes standing in an archway with a vast city on a hill showing through the other side.

This will not be the most positive review… I get more and more confused about this book every time I reread the synopsis honestly!!

So, let’s get the one good thing (which was the only reason I kept reading this book) out of the road first. That is that the book is very fast paced & quick to read. Yep, thats my positive thing.

Now, onto the less positive things. Firstly, and the main thing that I simply do not understand is the synopsis of this book! I received this book through NetGalley and had never heard of it before hand, so the synopsis was what I read and what I thought sounded interesting. HOWEVER, I have now discovered that the book & the synopsis are BARELY similar… First off, the events that are mentioned in the synopsis do not even play out until 35% through the book. Which was weird to start with as why didn’t the synopsis tell us about the start of the book & the basic idea of the world instead of details about events that happen around the middle of the book?? Confused. Then there is the fact that the synopsis is inaccurate.
So, let’s break some of the synopsis down. The bits of information between the emojis is spoilery, so skip those sections if you want no spoilers!

The world is about to end. There is only one way to save it. But the price could be her life

As far as I saw the world was not ending… There was a terrorist attack in Jerusalem which was also happening in some other areas. There was mention that there could be a full on War but that still isn’t the world ending.. I’m not sure what this ‘one way to save it’ was exactly because it was never mentioned. 🙄 The MCs blow up an old building or something to stop the bomb blowing up most of the city instead (which was a split second decision nearly) but that wasn’t exactly the only option. They could of disabled the bomb or literally anything else.. 🙄 And lastly besides trying to avoid being killed by terrorists there wasn’t any big events that could of been succeed by costing them her life..

The paths of three teenagers cross at the heart of a large-scale terror attack in which their parents are injured.

No they didn’t… 2 of them literally knew each other since birth (not to mention they all knew each other anyway before being reincarnated at this time – which is not even mentioned in the synopsis, except one tiny hint. Yes the entire book is based on reincarnation and religion)… The other one did cross their path but not all 3.

Time is running out and the only way to save themselves and the city is to find the Celestial Gate.

I don’t recall the characters actually mentioning that they thought finding The Celestial Gate would save the city. The female just wanted to find it to get to God so she could tell him that the system of reincarnation they are stuck is wasn’t working…

To accomplish this, they will have to overcome their differences and find the meaning of the secret bond that connects between the three of them, rooted in a previous life and in ancient history.

‘find the meaning’?? They literally get to a certain location and each of them remembers everything about the reincarnation and everything else… It wasn’t exactly something they were looking for or discovered. Their memory just came back.

Will they manage to find the secret gate and save the city from death and destruction?

Finding the gate did basically nothing in saving the city. They did that all on their own after they were sent back from Heaven.. Unless I missed something finding the gate really didn’t achieve anything except understanding a couple things.

So overall the synopsis was just all over the place. It does not mention religion once when that is literally the main focus of the book. It very very briefly hints to reincarnation which again is the major part of the world… Then other parts just simply aren’t accurate to the book I read. I just do not get it at all..


Enough about the synopsis and now onto the parts about the actual book I didn’t enjoy.

Firstly the 3 major characters felt very 2 dimensional.. The parents whose lives we briefly follow before the main plot felt more fleshed out than Mor, Anise & Yam. Due to them being so flat I just didn’t really care what was happening to them.

The plot itself was kind of interesting at times but also kinda bland even more often. I found myself getting bored a lot and also dosing off and having to reread the same sentence 5 times before I actually took it in. It was also very predictable which didn’t exactly help to make the book more exciting.

Lastly I didn’t enjoy how the POV was written. It swaps between the parents and the 3 major characters. However only 1/4 of the time did the paragraphs start with the characters name so you knew who you were following. I did however read an ARC of the book, so this could have been rectified in the final copy, I can’t be sure, but it made it very hard to follow in the ARC. I also found a couple times where the POV would change from one character to another half way through a paragraph without warning. Which means I was going back and reading sections trying to figure out who was doing what and what the heck was going on.

Overall I don’t recommend this book, even without the obvious synopsis issues. It was bland and not overly well written.
Majorly though, I went in expected an action packed adventure/quest book following 3 young adults and instead got a heavy religious based reincarnation story with a little bit of action but an overall quest to find God.. Not what I signed up for at all. I also wish that the heavy religious base of this book was mentioned in the synopsis so readers could have the choice on whether to read about the topic or not. It is not something I would have picked up if I had know and that should be something people have a choice on. Just being thrown into that expecting something completely different is not on and it’s not fair to the reader…

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