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What Rose Forgot l25 possibly An author is not their book I am going to be honest whether I know the author or not Me critiuing a book is not a personal attack on the author no matter who they may be I am super proud of theseadies for getting BookTubers names on a published book wh FULL REVIEW WITH RECEIPTS NOW POSTED god this is a mess I don t even know where to start With the honestly awful writing The boring and poorly written characters the predictable plot I just don t know it s all a mess the concept is fine the execution is terrible Thus this review may be rambly I m so sorrystandard disclaimer I didn t reuest an arc of this book so I could trash it I didn t even go into this with bad expectations I ve genuinely enjoyed Sasha s youtube in the past and I genuinely enjoy sci fi and I wanted to genuinely read this to give it an honest opinion Incubus like I would any other book that being said I honestly just think this book is kinda terrible and I actually feel aittle sorry for people who spent money on it The main problem with this book is it s so badly written full of cliche Blind Alley lines and awkward sentences it s impossible to read it and take it seriously I don t know what happened here did this book not even get edited Some examples First we have stuff that s just awkward andor doesn t make sense Everyone became a number in the end Valen was 306 Deep in the belly of hell incarnatedeep in the belly of hell incarnate it just do you see it s just AWKWARD Thatine could have been made so much 13 Ways to Dispose of a Body less awkward It doesn t even make sensewhy do you insist on ruining my beauty sleep she said in her fluidittle voice HER FLUID LITTLE VOICE death filled the void We Have Contact (The Kurtherian Gambit, left behind THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSEThere s aot of references to demonshell and stuff Mi amigo el gigante like that which feels really forced and fake deepike a demon emerging from hell she was an angel of darkness come to him in the pits of hell Androma Racella wasn t an angel she was death incarnate another awkward use of incarnate There is also Bunny Club (F*ck Like Bunnies, lots of cat references she was angry as a wet feline hissing and spittingike cats thrown into watera gruesome creature Darai was ALSO what I m talking about this so clearly is poor grammar why is this not edited it felt as if the weight of a thousand boulders were all forced into it seeking to torment her endlessly what The Random Walk Guide to Investing lol So there s one bit where a character says you dare to approach me in my private uarters What is the meaning of this AND THEN NOT EVEN HALF A PAGE LATER What is the meaning of this you dare to speak to me Like this is what I m talking about HOW does no editor pick this up and go hmm maybe we should use a differentine here then we have cliche The Mouse That Roared lines or things that are out of placeFirst of all we re introduced to a character who s tagline is vengeance will be mine It s such a clicheine and it s said NO LESS THEN FOUR TIMES in the first 3 page chapter THATS TOO MUCH And worse every time he appears I need to hear him say this Say Yes line and urgh Dex sighed Use your words Use your words just feels so weird for aliens to be using but maybe thats me being nitpickywe can do this the easy way or the hard way UM is there any greater clichePERHAPS MY FAVOURITE HOPE IS A RAGING ASSHOLE WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN WHAT JGKFJGKgross romanceinesfirst of all this book is so painfully straight it hurts Damned (Crusade, like even the fucking AI end up in a mf relationship In her place stood the warrior he d trained and hardened into something devilishly delicious DEVILISHLY DELICIOUS DJFHDSJFHSKJDYou were always one for theatrics Androma My bitterittle ballerina I am not and never will be yours We Dangerous Tides (Mack Bolan The Executioner, ll see about that Hmm yes romanticthen heurched forward and in one sweeping movement mashed his Santa Claus Saves the World lips up against hers ah gross sounds gross was gross because it was OBVIOUSLY NOT CONSENSUAL Non Con kiss was never discussed againhisithe muscles on display explain to me how muscles are itheSO CAN YOU SEE I AM NOT JOKING ABOUT THE WRITING and truly I have just chosen out the smallest sample There are so many awkward cliche badly worded and non sensical ines The overuse of similes all of which are inelegant and awkward comparisons just made me cringe AND I DONT KNOW WHO S FAULT THIS IS Because maybe it s the authors but maybe it s the editors Writing aside there s nothing compelling about the characters or plot either Androma is introduced as The Bloody Baroness she s supposedly ruthless and deadly and a notorious space criminal Androma spends half her time killing people and the other half reflecting on how she s such a Monster And So Awful And Regrets Everything It Feels Like and so awful and regrets everything It feels A Secret Worth Sharing like s supposed to be Kaz Brekker and Caelana Sardothien in one but it DOESN T WORK Her character arc needed to be so much tight to actually make me understand the development because as it stands I don t know if I m supposed to think of Androma as a sympathetic character fallen into bad circumstances or a ruthless trained killerTheove interest Dex is so flat and I House of Houses literally could not name you one character trait he possesses he isiterally given ZERO DEPTH The only bit ofhim I claim if when he allows the girls to paint his nails and he s pretty chill with it which was kinda coolThe crew also needed depth and work Breck Gilly and Lira have a fun dynamic together but no individual depth Gilly giggles and shoots people Breck is just there Lira is an alien and she AMC Catskill Mountain Guide, 2nd loves her crew and there s some sort of backstory hinted at but we don t get much Breck is also drawn as a black woman in the character cards but there siterally nothing in the story that suggests she is black I DON T EVEN REMEMBER THEM DESCRIBING HER AS BLACK That representation amounts to a big fat nothingOther rep I direct you to Amber s review for the PTSD rep which she describes as Everyday Kabbalah laughable So character wise I waset down There s nothing really compelling about any of them even in the villains are poorly fleshed out and never feel At Deaths Door (Juniper Grove like a threat In fact nothing feelsike a thread because the characters are so perfectly able so incredibly capable and deadly that there s never a threat None of them have any traits and certainly no flawsTHE PLOT IS SO BORING Nothing really happens and the actual escape effort all goes over in one chapter The rest is jusr the characters doing random things Floating aroundThe whole concept had potential and I would have El Bisonte Americano loved if the objective of the characters was clearlyayed out Though to be honest the plot is the Gödel, Escher, Bach least of my complains this book is not worth your money It s not even worth reading for aaugh because it s not even that it s funny in it s plainness It s just boring It s just so intensely mediocre I don t know what else to say It s boring and plain and brings nothing new to the table It utilises every cliche without making them exciting or interesting and is trying so hard to be marketable but falls so short I had to SET THE TIMER TO FORCE MYSELF TO READ THIS ARC whcih is not greatJust don t Even if you Secret Street (The Secret Street Saga, love female space saga s I promise you this isn t worth it Find something elseneedless to say I will not be continuing the series PLEASE talk to me in the comments about the uotes and assure me I m not the only one who had to suffer reading themme this entire book I m so over books being published because of fame I get it that there s some work involved but it s so Ivanka Trump when people who are famous tell me in their high pitched fluttery voices I worked so hard justike everybody else to be successful and I m ike no You re successful because you worked hard at being famous Big Difference Not the other way around God I miss that time in our society when hard work could get you places instead of working hard to be famous first I think this precedent for publishers to just select people that have incredible social media pull is just eye gouging I missed that time when writers had to do that thing what was it called again oh yeah Write a good book So I received
An Arc Of This And I Just I Just Can arc of this and I just I just can s so stupid It s so badI was either cringing or aughing whilst reading this and only managed to get through 100 pages
before i startedI started is the flimsiest sci fi I ve encountered It s SUPER MARIO MEMES laughableSpoilers ahoyThe world building is SO LAME People are constantly described with kooky features red and white striped eyes webbed feeton someone who s evidently barefoot on a spaceship glowing eyes slitted nostrils horns covered in spikes and it s so stupid I assume they re all aliens But why are their other features human It s theaziest shit ever to just throw some random weird features on characters because you re in spaceOne of the main character has blue skin with scalesUh huh sureAnd the scales glowBut only when she s experiencing strong emotionAnd they can burn so hot they burn through fleshI was Cleopatras Perfume literallyaughing. Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy To those aboard her glass starship Marauder however she's just Andi their friend and fearless eaderBut when a routine mission goes awry the Marauder's all girl crew is tested as they find themselves in. Tes Plenty of time to raise hell Gilly said We are raised with the common precept of Don t judge a book by it s cover However in the very special case of Zenith I found myself telling myself Don t judge a book by it s author I took away from all the ow ratings and the stigma against this book and I read it for what it was Did it work YesDid it enable a five star rating No The Story I am going to say this from the get go Zenith was not a bad book It had slightly predictive and overused elements to it but it was not bad I honestly think if this novel came out in the starting years of YA popularity it would have skyrocketed with all star ratings Unfortunately we are at 2017 and for a YA novel to catch the eyes and hearts of it s readers There needs to be a uniue and fresh element that makes readers want The tropes used in this book were used so many times before in Young Adult I felt sorry I wanted to snatch away the clich s because without that element it had so much potential Secondly the plot and overarching story ine was very bland I do not know how to explain it other than when you go out for curry night and you re Forever an Eaton looking forward to all the beautiful spices and exotic flavors and you reach the damn place and they re closed for renovation purposes The writing didn t evoke as many emotions as I would haveiked it too and there was Mozart little to no climax I am going to address the teeny tiny elephant in the room Aot of the reviews coming off from this novel focuses on how Sasha Alsberg is a co author of this book I used to and still watch her booktube channel when I get time but this should have nothing to do with my review and neither should it have anything to do with future readers If the book is not a good book then base your review on that If the book is a good book base your review on that Do not base it on the person behind the words base it on the words themselves The Characters One thing that was really uite brilliant was the whole Guardians of The Galaxy vibe it had going for it At first the multiple character voices really worked for me and made me understand a bit about the story building and the world that I was in but First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, later on it got confusing and slightly disarrayed That my dear friends is my playground My palace of pain The prisoners come in and I pick and choose the tools that will make them sing And when they die They go out that doorway on a transport ship Up and away out to float with the stars Also for those who have read this and for those who are planning to PSA everyone has rougedips in this damn galaxy Seriously Love was all well and good but money was the true key to Dex s heart DEX OH MY GOD I HATED HIM No this is not the hate to Marital Communication (PKOS - Polity Key Themes in Family Communication series) love him kind of hate This was the I want to gouge your eyes out kind of hate Every character except Alfie Iove that robot with a passion and I will go to the depths of hell for him had a Marital Communication little unlikeable trait But personally Dex had noikeable traits whatsofuckingever view spoilerHis story didn t add up with his The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford love for Andi It felt very contradictory and fake He narrated that heoved money than anything but then had a story as to why he sold her out hide spoiler Edit 47 After further reflection I ve decided to drop my rating to 3 stars All of my previous No Man Can Tame (The Dark-Elves of Nightbloom, likesdislikes of Zenith still stand but I feel 3 stars is a better representation of my positivesnegatives for this novel While there were so many things about Zenith that I enjoyed from an entertaining perspective the criticisms I have expressed below are present in my mind than I originally felt4 stars I really enjoyed Zenith High concept sci fi isn t really my thing but as I ve read sci fi in theast few months and have really enjoyed them something about Zenith definitely struck meCW murderdeath ptsd rapeMy favorite thing about Zenith was the plot I ve always considered myself a plot based reader so if the story is adventurous suspenseful and high intensity it s typically a great fit for me I really didn t know much about it before diving in other than epic girl gang of space pirates which was enough to sell me so the progression of different plot points and twists and turns was always an exciting surprise The ending also caught me SUPER off guard I was not expecting it at all and the cliffhanger finale How to Enjoy a Scandal (The Ellinghams, leaves so much to be explored in book two and I am going WILD trying to anticipate where things go from hereI also really enjoyed the characters I am a sucker for an externally hard protagonist with a vulnerable side and an admirable dedication to the people sheoves so I naturally fell in ove with Andi I think Lira has to be my favorite character I was nervous starting this story afraid her character arc would be confined to the dutiful second in command with no individuality but I was SO PLEASED to get her backstory and see her own story arise within Zenith The best friend in YA rarely gets their own perspective so that is one uniue element I oved about this story I also Vampires of Manhattan (The New Blue Bloods Coven, love Breck and Gilly though their characters are not explored as in depth as Andy or Lira and I do hope they receive page time in the seuel I particularly appreciated Gilly s character as younger teens can sometimes be sidelined in YA 16 17 and 18 year olds always get the spotlight and I adore the idea that a 13 year old girl can defy all odds and be a badass on a spaceship Valen was another favorite of mine similar to Andy he is rough around the edges but I fell inove with his soft side and am super excited to see the progression of his character arc from this point forward I have to say my Playing All the Odds least favorite character was Dex I feel he tried to hard to fit the snarky yet charming frustrating butoveable YA Elemental Fae Academy (Elemental Fae Academy love interest trope I think there s hope for me toike him in the future but I couldn t fall into the hype for him Also Alfie is an amazing addition to the story and I strongly desire a spin off where he is the protagonistAs this is a book with 6 different POVs I felt the shorter chapters complimented the various perspectives and made it easier to follow along I will say I wish the POVs were eual with Andi Lira and Dex dominating where Valen Nor and Klaren are much The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion less freuent My favorite perspectives were of course Lira Andi and Valen with Dex being myeast favorite While I now understand the importance of Klaren s chapters after finishing I wish we had gotten out of her story because I spent a ot of her chapters wishing to go back to the present story specifically because there wasn t enough of herI really enjoyed the writing of the story One element I noticed was how well choreographed the fight *Scenes Were I Felt The * were I felt the was descriptive and engaging yet kept the story focused on the present and was not distracting My biggest struggle with this story was the dialogue Interestingly enough I had fewer problems in the interactions between the Marauder crew Andi and Valen or virtually anyone else besides Dex There was something about scenes with him that felt almost too planned One of my biggest pet peeves in iterature is being able to tell when an author is writing dialogue as opposed to a character speaking naturally and I m afraid that was a freuent feeling of mine while reading Zenith Of course this could just be the fact that Dex just irks me for some reason I have not yet Lindsay s other works but I am aware this is Sasha s debut and she has admitted to struggling with dialogue the most so while that is evident in the story it is definitely a skill that can be improved upon
If I Have OneI have one critiue I m confident this book could have been condensed to be shorter Edit 47 There are SO many simultaneous plot The Cheating Curve lines that the story dragged at some points because there were so many story arcs to keep track of While I enjoyed my time reading it was a dense read which caused me to take a break and read aighter book which I ve never done before in order to sort of reset myself to stay engaged with the story Edit 47 My engagement with the story was definitely another issue I experienced and I feel if the book had been edited down I would have fallen into the novel much easier Overall I really enjoyed Zenith It was the type of entertaining high intensity sci fi novel I When the Snow Falls love to read I will definitely be reading book two I received a free copy of this book from Harluin Teen at Book Expo 2017 I had no obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own I am much elouent on camera than in writing so please click here for my full video review15 stars Random pointless italicized words Repeating sentence structure for EMPHASIS but ultimately failed Hope is a raging asshole wet feline she flashed him her teeth Bloody Baroness Whaboom schtick from the BacheloretteHere s theink again if you missed it the first time Watch my full video review her. Ar Mirabel in twoAndi and her crew embark on a dangerous soul testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown and Mirabel hangs in the balance the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on ies and illusion no one can be truste.
FREE DOWNLOAD Zenith By Sasha AlsbergMy ass off when I read that It s so fucking stupidAnd it s caused by a genetic mutation that came from radiationAlso weren t Andi s eyes glowing in the first Zenith thing Did they remove that LMAOAnd what s with the planets being treated as countries Planets are HUGE are you fucking telling me several of these planets have ONE 1 Deity (Covenant, leader Fuck off That s not how it worksTheir stupid names kept being tossed about with no explanation as wellSpeaking of stupid names if you re gonna throw strange words in your dialogue ateast explain what it isWhat the fuck is Moon ChewNo seriously what is it And why can it kill you Andi grimaced as Lira pulled out a hunk of Moon Chew and popped it into her mouth That stuff can kill you you know I also find it absolutely hilarious that they completely removed their made up curse word fike from the book LMAOOOUghhhhhhSo The MarauderIt s a deadly and delicious spaceship made of glass But not just any glass no it s impenetrable glass with a fancy name And even though it s impenetrable it s got metal shields to slip on when being shot at Why Who knowsAnd yes it is actually referred to as deadly and delicious in this bookJfc if your ship is described as being impenetrableIsn t it impenetrableWhy does it need metal shields This is so stupidIt s super easy to just take over as well It takes what a chapter for whoever the fuck s after them to board the ship and just take it Again what are the fucking metal shields forAnd while we re at it why THE FUCK does this huge spaceship only have a crew of four people It takes WAY MORE than four people to run a spaceship Isn t that just common knowledge AND senseAnd perhaps the stupidest thing about this fucking book why are the escape pods disabled when the ship gets hit by an EMP The function of an escape pod is to use it to escape when the ship isn t working you fucking dipshitsAlso IDK if it s just me but a glass ship being hit by an EMP is just weird to me Shouldn t this supa speshul glass be able to block it What is the purpose of building a ship out of this glassHuhWhat was thatAesthetics Sarah J MaasOh OKThe Bloody Baroness aka Androma RacellaFirst of all WHOThe Bloody Baroness is the stupidest name I ve ever heardWhy baroness Is it from Harry Potter s bloody baron ghost dudeWhatever the reason it s ridiculous and you can t expect me to take her seriouslyEspecially because she s supposed to be this badass cold blooded killer yes Then why is she such a wuss Whenever we re in her POV she s just freaking out about everythingShe ANGSTS constantly and feels guilty about the people she s killedYet she kills them in a very brutal fashion and seems to enjoy itEven to the point of calling herself the Bloody Baroness Consistency who I don t know herAlso why does she have metal plates on her cheekbonesAND THEN THERE S THE BEST PART She is a space pirate Who fights people With katanas Electric Katanas She fights People Who Have Guns Guns With katanasShe also has white and purple hairEXCUSE MEWHITEANDPURPLEIS SHE AN INUYASHA VILLAINI MEAN COME ONThis is a character that has white and purple hair debatable glowing eyes fucking metal plated cheekbones and fights with electric katanas and angsts about murder whilst also enjoying it Again HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO TAKE THIS CHARACTER SERIOUSLYOH and also at the end she is made a general aka House of Angels (House, leader of AN ENTIRE FUCKING PLANET ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME SASHA LINDSAY STOPDextro Arezinsertaugh track hereWhen we re in his POV he mentions the moon he was The Test of My Life left to die on ateast once a pageHim and Andi used to be together Is he the ove interest Who the fuck caresHe is as bland as stale breadHe s ow budget space WolverineHe keeps winkingStopLiraLira is blue she has blue fingers and is very blue with blue scales Moon Chew Uhh pilotOh she s blue don t cha knowGilly aka a Murder ChildHer personality is that she s a redhead and she is ruthless and a crybabyShe s played a The Council Of Dads lot of competitive overwatch and has got her golden gunsNot allowed to say Bad Words but very much allowed to do Bad Things becauseogicBreckShe s a giantThat s itNor SolisOoooow the edge xXxPLOT TWIST SHE S THE UEEN OF THE UNIVERSE PAINT MY PALACE IN BLOOD SO EDGY WOWFuck offSome Forgettable Prince Guy That They Rescue aka Vengeance Will Be MinePLOT TWISTSo O Tempo dos Simulacros lameThe PlotWhere is it Did theyose it This book is so fucking boringThe writing Her stomach dropped to her toes B for BadIt s stupid It tries to be all epic and dramatic but really isn tI don t know which parts are written by which authors but it s all really underwhelming and stupidAlso badVery very bad Her nightmares were Letting Go like bloodstains Edgy It then says because they re impossible to get rid of which is not true Do they not get periods Does vanish not exist jokes aside this is a really stupid analogyAlso the dialogue is weird We need that Soleran ice mare who tried to eat Andi s throat with her teeth a few months ago Gilly said This is such a weird fucking sentence I don t know if they tried to make her seem immature It s still really fucking Bad This time it was so bright and sooud that it it up the skies You are in space There are no skies and there is no sound FUcking dipshit oh my god AND THIS KEEPS HAPPENING Androma always runs until she finds a place to hide Well Yes We Also Have This Gem yes We also have this gem had always oved the stars Even as a child she d dreamed of dancing among them But tonight she felt as if they were watching her waiting for her to fail Mocking ittle bastards Well they d be sorely disappointed Is she delusional as well Why is this here Is it supposed to be ironic since she does fail in just a few pages It s ridiculousWhat is mocking about stars What is so different
in this instance from any other She says she s always oved them BUT BUTthis instance from any other She says she s always Tocada Pelas Sombras (Academia de Vampiros, loved them BUT BUT WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS IS SO STUPID AAAAAAAJesus fucking christThis book never should ve been published and you know itIt readsike a wattpad story definitely not something to be actually sold in stores oh my fucking godNo matter how you How to Hide Almost Anything look at this it s fucking shit either the internet sensation Sasha and her YT following got this picked up by a publisher or they genuinely thought this rushed garbage was actually worth publishingOne isikely than the other but still either way it s awfulThe majority of this book was written in six weeks according to the editor Lauren Smulski so that explains a Stitch Alchemy lotListen I can t even spite read this shitYou know how there are books that are just so Bad that they become entertaining to readYeah this aint one of emThere siterally nothing here Which is surprising because I ve seen on both authors YT channels that they are both very passionate about this book Where is that passion Where did it goIt certainly does not shine through to the final productOh and btw I do not give a single shit if Lindsay and Sasha are good people because this book is still garbage You shouldn t rate a book higher just because the author is nice The fact that I even need to state this is sadTo sum it all up this book sucks and you should waste neither your time nor your money on itAlso there s going to be a seuel Hooray Thanks NetGalley for the eARC All opinions are my ownTrigger Warnings murder PTSD bad rep griefEDIT 200118 I m not sure if I missed it but a rape subplot is in the final copy CLICK HERE TO GO OVER TO MY BLOG WHERE THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS ARE FEATUREDR A M B L EHere s the thing I knew Zenith wasn t going to be the book for me I knew it in my soul I had read the small snippet that was released The Saints Happiness last year I hated it At first I was shocked because it was pretty good on my first read through However the I sat on it the I hated it This 500 page copy of Zenith was somehow worse than those first 62 pages that were releasedI have never been s FIRSTike mentioned before thatYes I am friends with SashaNO I am not being paid to review thisand ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN I am 23 years old and just because I am friends with the other means I will review it positively I have even spoken to Sasha before I started and told her I would be honest and OF COURSE she understands because she would do the sameTHAT SAID I did really enjoy this You can find out what my detailed thoughts are on an upcoming video Here is a sneak peakPOSITIVES the pace is incredible I Verliege love short chapters The characters each had uniue personalities and were interesting to comeREASON ITS NOT A 5 STAR I didn t connect with Andi the MCuckily she was not the only MC there s The Meaning of Truth like 5 or 6 points of viewI just found her a bit moany and she kills people but doesn t want to but does it aot kinda reminds me of MC in Lindsays other series I LOVE DEX NOR LIRA AND LON AND VALEN OMG VALENPS Lon is my boyfriend In my mind he is gay I Exploring Christian Spirituality love him Wel have to move uickly once we get inside No than forty minu. A treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's pastMeanwhile across the galaxy a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place unleashing a plot that will te.