Gravemaidens | Review // Disappointed, but not surprised (mostly because I wasn’t expecting anything from this)

Greetings readers!

I would like to thank Penguin Teen CA for the ARC they sent me! I know this review is coming late, but I am finally in the struggle of getting my blogging life together!

Lol, that’s a lie. I’m such a mess right now. Send help. But also please enjoy my rant-y review, it was very cathartic to write!

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)
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Pub Date: Oct 29, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself. 


Look. I was not expecting much from this book. I had no standards and was ready to have a fun time. BUT I did not have a good time with this book. I almost chose to not finish it for several reasons.

But we shall start off with some positives….

Ummm I liked the concept. I liked the idea of having to deal with traditions of a culture that just don’t make any sense. This book dealt with human sacrifice–although not as bloody as you’re probably thinking. It was a very interesting approach to the topic because of the differing opinions. The MC was very against it and she tries very hard to convince everyone else of how obtuse it is.

I also liked the flashback, a very specific one about the mother, it just gave such great context to the story. It was devastating and I was very into it. Unfortunately it didn’t appear until around 75% into the book and by the time I got to it I was so over it all.

Now let’s just get into how much I did not like this.

I hated the characters. I don’t think there was a single character that I actually liked. I know there are lots of arguments about likability, but let’s be honest if there is not even one character that appeals to you then why read it?

So…Kammani. No. I could not with her. There is flawed and then there is down right flawed to the point I’m tired of your bullshit and Kammani was at the latter level. I just grew more and more frustrated with her as time went on. She always had to be right. Always. Even when she tried to be sorry, she had to be right in some way. The way she treated Dagan was no. I understand that she did not want her worth to be tied to a man and she didn’t want to have to be “grateful” for all his help, but god she was so obnoxious about it all. If Dagan couldn’t be with her, then he couldn’t be with anyone and that is not fair. And she recognizes its not fair, but goes ahead and uses him anyways. Then with her sister. Look, I get that Kammani had a lot on her plate, she felt like she had to do it all herself–that’s the whole point of the book. But I didn’t get that humbling moment where she had to accept help. I didn’t see it. And if it was there, it was not impacting enough.

Dagan. Man, get your head out of your butt and look at the world. See how you are being treated and get some self-respect.

Nanaea. Girl. I get that you had problems too, but gosh you were such a b*tch. Spoiled and needy. And if you complain about your sister being distant, you didn’t exactly try to get closer. It’s a two-way street, love.

I got bored fast. I’ll be honest I skimmed most of the exposition so perhaps this is why I didn’t see the attractiveness of the world. From what I did gather, I did not find particularly special. I know the politics of it all were supposed to be really messy and tricky and they were and I can’t say things are left in a better state, hence the sequel coming.

Stylistically in the writing, I do believe the word “cute” was used and…I just don’t think it matched the style she was going for in this world at all.

There was a fair bit of action and deception, but I didn’t care much for any of it because I did not care for these characters. And for the most part, this was super super slow going.


Overall, I did not enjoy myself while reading this. It was highly frustrating, I didn’t find any of the characters appealing, the action and political plot were meh at best. Nothing is resolved since there is going to be a sequel, but I don’t think I will be reading it.

Rating: 1.5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: It’s a NO from me dogs.

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Did you enjoy it? What do you do when you don’t like any of the characters?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe | Review

Greetings readers!

Earlier this month (March), I had the lovely opportunity to do another Buddy Read with the fantastic, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews! Reading with Mandy is always great fun, she comes up with some really insightful notes that lead to such great discussions. And I am so looking forward to our next read together…whenever and over whatever book it may be!

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
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Pub Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Price: $24.99
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Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.

Revenge. 

Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.

Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with an intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.


Buy It 

Amazon CA | Indigo.ca


*Thanks to Penguin Teen CA for providing me with an ARC. This does not affect my opinion*

Despite having had some amazing discussions with Mandy…this book really just didn’t work out for either of us. (If you want to know more about Mandy’s thoughts click here!) While the premise was something to really draw us in, it unfortunately lacked in execution.

It Was Just…Okay

The short chapters kept up whatever suspense this book had. It’s not that the book was entirely boring, but the most absolute positive thing I can find about it at the moment is that the short chapters kept up the suspense.

Poe was…well she was okay. There are two versions of her presented. Her life before a traumatic event and her life after, it should be noted that the former version of Poe is in the book for a prologue only. Otherwise…I just didn’t feel like I got much out of Poe. She was simply a vengeful amateur captain with the love for a boat. I rooted for her, don’t get me wrong, but there was no real connection for me.

None of the other characters had much personality. Brig…served one purpose, otherwise he was irrelevant. Map girl, whose name escapes me, didn’t do much, Naomi who I sometimes forgot was even present in the story *which presents a huge problem for reasons* and Tam. The only one with a semblance of a personality that was more than one-dimensional.

The actual antagonist, was probably the most underwhelming character of them all. He had very little page time which is why I think his character suffered so much. There was really no time to spend with him in person to get a sense of his sinister-ness. Instead we just got indirect knowledge from Poe and the other characters.

The world building was also fine. Umm I assume people who have read Condie’s Matched series would have a better understanding. What bothered me the most was the visualization of the ship and this epic armour that Poe had designed for it. Turns out it looks more like a porcupine than a ship, which brought up many questions about it’s ability to float…but that’s just me taking things too far. There was also lots of commenting on environmental issues in the book which were important.

I’m also like 95% sure Condie used this book to comment of settler society and colonialism. There was one point where I even found a sort of parallel to the residential school system and the Settler kidnapping of Drifter kids to give them a “better chance at life”. However, I don’t think that Condie approached this message or theme sufficiently or effectively. It’s simply mentioned in passing and while it did have some impact to the plot, it was more of an impact on Poe’s character, a settler. I just don’t think it was handled well.

The book is not bad. It has drama. It has action. It has heartbreak. But it is all so completely underwhelming. The danger these characters were in lasted a few pages at most and then it would turn into smooth sailing. I just…it lacked so much for me.

The ending…I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I understand that it is supposed to signify a new start for Poe…but I don’t think she has changed that much except in some ideologies. I would share more things but spoilers.

All I can say is that this book builds and builds and builds…but then instead of this smack to the head, all the drama fizzles out. 

And one random detail drops in that…no I just couldn’t get on board with it. XD


Overall, I had an okay time with this book. I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. It’s not something I would read again. It was just okay. That’s the best way I can describe it! Perhaps the experience for you will be different, who knows, but for me…it was simply okay.

Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars 

Recommend: Imma say no this time.

Let me know what you think! Have you had the chance to read it? Are you thinking of picking this one up? What is a revenge story you have read? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Oh Look I Remembered That It Is Monday and Also #ARCstravaganza!

Greetings readers!

When summertime rolls around, Rendz tends to lose track of time. Some days (most days) I wake up without a clue as to what day it actually is. Hence why I missed so many Mondays of this lovely meme!

#ARCstravaganza is hosted by the wonderful ladies of YA and Wine and The Clever Reader– Krysti and Sarah respectively – where each week, we showcase one of the best perks of being a book blogger – those glorious ARCs – on our blogs, Instagrams, or both! And when you participate? You’ll be entered to win a YA ARC each month! How cool is that? Find out more about it here!

Today I shall show off a Great Canadian Apocalypse Adventure! (It’s still July so Rendz continues to be very patriotic),

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

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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…

I read this at the beginning of July and holy smokes it was NOTHING I expected it to be. It was FANTASTIC! Holy Cannoli! I flew threw this and this is a 400 page novel!  I’m just letting you know that I didn’t leave my room for a solid five hours and for the most part ignored my family. Oops.

But yeah, it was good. I really enjoyed the action, the suspense, the thrill of the apocalyptic ride. And yes it is set in Canada, specifically Calgary and other places in Alberta! So you know Rendz was like “Yessssssssss” every time anything remotely Canadian was mentioned.

Still missing that Tim Horton’s reference though… 🙂

Oh yeah…did I forget to mention it is a very (very) loose Beauty and the Beast retelling! It’s not really a retelling, but rather has specific elements of that story intertwined in the situation that Raven and Eighth are put in.

I won’t go into too much detail about it because that will be coming in my review! *Whenever Rendz gets around to writing it!* But two things I will share with you.

  1. Sign language
  2. Title AND cover epiphanies

It’s one heck of a ride. I am so utterly devastated that I have to wait over a year to have book 2!

*cries*

Question time! Have you read this? Does it look appealing to you? For my alien fanatics out there…these aliens may not be green, but they are definitely out of this world!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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#ARCstravaganza : Scion of the Fox

Greetings readers!

So I realized that I totally forgot to join in on this tag last Monday and since I was on holiday, I was everywhere but here! BUT I remembered today and decided to partake despite having to write this really fast!

Mandy I’m borrowing your description of the meme because it was there and I needed it…..😁

#ARCstravaganza is hosted by the wonderful ladies of YA and Wine – Krysti and Sarah – where each week, we showcase one of the best perks of being a book blogger – those glorious ARCs – on our blogs, Instagrams, or both! And when you participate? You’ll be entered to win a YA ARC each month! How cool is that? Find out more about it here!

So this week I shall be showing off a lovely eARC that I requested off of NetGalley!

Presenting…

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko!

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As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

This book sounds absolutely fantastic! Let me tell you something though, I was really attracted to it because it has something to do with foxes? They are literally my favourite animal and I know next to nothing about foxes other than that they are orange.

After all, what does the fox say?

I’m sorry, that was awful but I had to!

It’s compared to American Gods and Princess Mononoke, neither of which I have read or watched but I hear they are utterly amazing and mind-blowing so I feel like I am really going to like this one!

So yeah, this synoposis has me hooked, I mean magic, family secrets, ancient powers, snake-monsters and foxes! Give me a Y. E. S.

PLUS A CANADIAN AUTHOR WHICH BRINGS OUT PATRIOTIC RENDZ BECAUSE CANADA IS CELEBRATING ITS 150TH BIRTHDAY SO WHY NOT READ CANADIAN YA!!

This book does not come out until October 17th! I am planning on reading it in June perhaps July, if things do not go according to plan but I am super excited for it!

When will I ever say no to fantasy…or foxes? NEVER!

What exciting reads are you waiting to pick up?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Blood Rose Rebellion ARC Review

Greetings readers!

A mini story…

So I had this week in my life where I won three giveaways. It was one of the best weeks of 2016 for me. And one of those giveaways was for an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves! Just imagine, I was sitting in my Advanced Functions class, bored out of my mind (practically falling asleep) when I decided to check my email. I’ll never forget seeing the word WINNER in all caps ever! I read the email and got all happy and giddy, I had finally won something! So with my mind on books, I missed the rest of my math lesson.

Oops.

I won this  book way back in December and only until recently I have had a good solid amount of time to read it. I’m so happy I waited because when I read books at busy times, I tend to put them off for long stretches and I forget points of plot or characters, which is never a good thing!

That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I think Rosalyn will have great success with her debut!

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

*Goodreads Synopsis*

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)
via Goodreads

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

First, I would like to start off by saying that the cover is gorgeous! *Heart eyes all around!*

What I liked

The World: This story is set in mid-1800s Europe specifically Hungary, but with a fantastical twist. The nations are governed by the Luminate, a Circle of magical beings who are wealthy, powerful and slightly (very) oppressive. Only the aristocracy get to enjoy the perks of magic, except for Anna who is Barren. Without magic, she is basically shunned and seen as the lowest of the low to the rich. This book explores the world of the aristocracy and Anna’s struggle to find her place as a Barren among her society. It also explores the lives of the oppressed. The Hungarians struggling under the rule of the Austrians and Luminate and the Romani who are subjects to the oppression, prejudice and racism from all societal groups. I think it was an excellent and interesting setting and the thoughts of the characters matched the societal norms and practices of the time period.

The Characters

Anna: My thoughts on Anna were conflicting here and there, but ultimately I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. She was strong, spunky, brave and caring. However, she was also lost and wanted to find her place. At first I sympathized with her. She was struggling to make her mother happy, meet society’s standards and flourish a romance with a boy who didn’t love her. She felt lonely  and she wanted to be cared for. However, I kind of got sick of her moping and self-pity. I felt like she would never stop whining about her lack of ability and sad life. Then I started to think and realized that she had it tough. Her mother and sister regretted her existence, her father loved her but did not see her internal struggle, her society shunned her, she was sent away to a foreign country and the government she so trusted began to hunt her as a threat. Anna grows throughout the story, she realizes that the society she was raised in, was not the one she belonged to and the search for her place in her world led her to new friends, enemies and possibilities.

There were many secondary characters I liked too, such as Gábor, Noémi, William and Mátyás! They all had different personalities and backstories that I enjoyed. Their relationships to Anna developed and changed over the course of the story which was great to see. They brought even more life to the plot even if their perspectives were not shown.

Hungarian Influence: I love it when books have words or phrases that  are in a different language. This one had a lot of words and phrases in Hungarian and German (I believe) which was a major bonus. Although I’m pretty sure I pronounced every word wrong! Luckily, there is a glossary at the back which has the definition and pronunciation of each word. Unfortunately, I did not discover this until after having read the entire book so I had been saying everybody’s name wrong…

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There were also many myths and creatures from Hungarian folklore presented in this which I enjoyed a lot. They were creep and malicious and added a darker element to the story! 

The Romance: I had a mini let down at the beginning because I thought it was going to be insta-love. The warning bells went off in my head, but I was wrong. The chemistry between the Anna and Gábor was nicely paced and sweet. They grew to become friends first and then they found their romance which led to struggles and mishaps as romances usually do. I loved them together and hope that they grow even closer in the next instalment.

The Ending: Rosalyn tricked me! The final chapter was an ending. It rounded everything off nicely and perfectly. If it were a stand-alone I would have been satisfied but luckily I knew there is going to be a sequel, so I thought to myself “I can wait, it’s not so bad.”

Then I read the epilogue.

OH SNAP!

If the epilogue is what I think it is…my anticipation for the next one just skyrocketed!

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What I disliked:

More magic please: I understand the whole premise of the story was that Anna had “no magic” and that she had to learn to deal with that. However, there were still many scenes with magic that I think could have been further explored. I wanted to know more about it’s mysterious history and origin. I wanted to know the difference between the types of magic used. It was a great magical system, I just wanted to know more and see more.

I don’t fully understand the title: You know how in every book you read you are supposed to have the epiphany where the title and the story make sense together…well I missed it in this one. I get the “Rebellion” and the image on the cover but I do not see the relationship between the words “Blood Rose” and the plot. Perhaps it was there and I missed it.

Suspense on the down low: The suspense lacked for me a little. There were definitely some intense moments. There is one particular scene that was brutal to read because it was so sad and dark, however I never felt true intense emotions. My heart was not racing and it was pretty mellow throughout the whole book. There were some great action scenes just not enough for my liking and even those scenes could be more suspenseful.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story was intriguing and the characters were fun to read about. There were some minor things that I think could be improved, but I still enjoyed it very much. I anticipate the next book and hopefully there will be more detail into Anna’s mysterious power and her new role in society.

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Recommend?: Yes, for those who are looking for a great historical fantasy!

Bonus Detail!: Rosalyn has read the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall so I am ready to fangirl when she is!

Let me know your thoughts if you have read this, or if you are excited to read it! Or comment a debut you are looking forward to reading!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Replica ARC-Review

Greetings readers:

Any of you who have been following me for a while know that it took me a while to read Replica. Now, it is not because I didn’t like it, it was just that October was an extremely busy month for me and I hardly had any time to read! However, I was finally able to finish it, so keep reading for my review!

Replica by Lauren Oliver

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Good reads synopsis:

From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

*I received an ARC from the Indigo Fall Preview Event

The length of time it took me to read this book does not necessarily show my opinion of the book. In fact I rather enjoyed Replica, I thought it was interesting and fun. It is science fiction so there were many pharmaceutical and medicinal words that had to deal with the “research facility” which at times required further research (not complaining though, it was fun).

The “flip-book” aspect itself was very fun. Even though I did not alternate perspectives, I enjoyed flipping the book back and forth and finding the connections between the narratives. I decided to read Lyra first followed by Gemma for no particular reason. I just chose to read it like this!

What I liked

The characters: I enjoyed reading both Lyra and Gemma’s stories. Even though many parts intertwined within the two and there was some overlap, they each had their own unique experiences and perspectives. I think Lyra’s characteristics perfectly reflect her life in a closed of facility. She is a curious soul with a knack for finding and discovering ways to use opportunities that fly past her. She may think herself as lost and dumb, but she is in fact very intelligent and observational. Her internal conflict dealing with her own humanity is often an excuse she uses to complain about her problems. I thought her romance within the story was very cute. There is not too much focus on it, but in the few scenes that are there, I found it adorable. Gemma has more typical teenage problems. She has strict parents who don’t allow her out of the house much. She only has one friend, April and is a target for bullies at her school. And although her life may seem dull, it turns into an adventure and mystery over one spring break. I think what I liked the most is her quirkiness and awkwardness. She always has so many things going on her head, some that come up at not the right moments. Many of them about boys. Overall Gemma’s story was more action packed, I believe and it had more information about the actual plot of the story. This is probably because she understands the world better than Lyra.

The Romance: There is not a lot and I usually tend to like more (I’m a hopeless romantic, let me be) However, there are only a couple  romantic scenes in this book and it seemed to be enough for me. I think of the two Lyra has the cutest romantic connection and Gemma has the more humorous one. Lyra, does not understand much about the world or romance, so seeing her discover these new feelings within her is cute. Gemma definitely has the more hilarious romance because her mind is always racing about the various possible situations in which she may find romance.

What I didn’t Like:

The pace: I think it is really slow at the beginning of both stories. Lyra’s first couple of chapters are mainly just her wandering around in Haven. Gemma’s are mainly her complaining about her parents and limited freedom. Gemma’s chapters are more intense than Lyra’s mainly because she knows how the world works, but there are still moments that drag on until we can get the information we need to move on.

The action: It is minimal. There are definitely suspenseful moments within both stories and the ending scenes are fantastic, but I feel as if it needs more. This is more of a personal peeve because as a fantasy reader, I see more fight scenes and magical battles. But it could have more explosions at least. Even the scientific laboratory, Haven is not fully explored since Lyra does not spend much time there as I thought she would in this book.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I read the ARC so there may have been some changes to the story, but over all I liked the book. It was an enjoyable read, the stories were cute and inspired many questions about humanity and what it means to be human. I loved the “flip-book” aspect of it and I am looking forward to the next one called HELIX.

Favourite Quote: “You are mine and I am yours.” (You can definitely tell now that I am a hopeless romantic)

SO, have any of you read REPLICA? If so, comment and tell me what you thought of it, I would love to know!

-Rendz

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