Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham [Book Review]

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Title: Virtue Chasm
Author: Ashley Crookham
Genre: Speculative Fiction, New Adult

Series: N/A
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2020

Seeing the differences between men and women in real life, this book is a fascinating read.

I had to admit that it took me a little bit to get into the story. In the beginning, I had a hard time following exactly what was going on and what any goals were, but it picked up. Frieda goes on a journey to rescue her brother and, of course, things happen.

I enjoyed the characters. I thought they were likeable and relatable in some ways, despite this being a dystopian-type novel.

The writing style, aside from the slow-start of the beginning, was easy to read and follow. The author has a great way with words and built the world masterfully.

Overall, this was an interesting read with intriguing characters, a tempting plot, and an intricate writing style.

Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham

Conclusion

Plot
Characters
Writing Style

Overall

Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham is an excellent book if you’re looking for something new to explore. This takes outside-the-box thinking to a new level.

4.3

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Ms. Marvel: Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (Book Review)

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Title: Ms. Marvel: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: October 30, 2014

Plot

Kamala is an average teenage girl who does her best to handle whatever life throws at her. Then she becomes a superhero, just like the ones she looks up to. Except, she doesn’t necessarily know how or why she got the powers or what to do with them. My only complaint is the plot is a bit cliche… but what else do you expect from a superhero book? In a way, it was kind of normal rather than cliche.

Characters

I enjoyed the characters a lot. Yes, this is a “teenage” story. But, I think people from any age can enjoy this one, especially if you’re a fan of the Marvel universe and recognize the characters.

I believe the characters were captured in a great light. The teenagers were teenagers, the parents were parents… other than the superpower part, this is a pretty relatable book for teenagers. Kamala’s voice and narration is top notch, making this a fun read.

Writing Style

Being a comic book, this one is a quick read. The writing style is fun with speech bubbles or lack thereof along with the narration blocks. Some pages don’t have words at all and let the pictures speak for itself.

The art style is awesome as well. This was my first time reading a comic on my Kindle and the crisp colors didn’t disappoint. It was clear and I was able to see every detail that was drawn within its pages.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Conclusion

Plot
Characters
Writing Style

Overall

Ms. Marvel: No Normal is a quick read that’s fun. A younger audience will enjoy this one but if you’re familiar with the characters and Marvel as a whole, this will be a fun read regardless of age.

4.3

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The Loneliest Girl In The Universe By Lauren James [Book Review]

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I bought it at Barnes & Noble.

Summary:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comThe book cover was what drew me to this book in the first place. It’s simple, but definitely works for a title that says, “Loneliest in the Universe.” I like the colors as well.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.comI picked up the book after checking out the cover and the title seemed intriguing too. When I read the back blurb I wasn’t quite sure, but it sounded good enough, so I decided to give it a try.

Plot | RachelPoli.comRomy is stuck on The Infinity, a rocket ship that blasted from Earth years and years ago. She’s 16-years-old and has never stepped food on solid ground, she has no idea what Earth is like, nor does she know any human contact other than from her parents, who are now dead. She’s on her own, waiting to get to Earth II to start a new world there. NASA is sending The Eternity with another human on board to keep her company and to make it to Earth II faster. But things aren’t going too well on Earth. The Infinity is old and falling apart. Romy is going stir-crazy.

This is science fiction, so I’m entirely sure how accurate any of this rocket ship and NASA talk is. I’m also not sure how realistic this would all be – though, like I said, it’s fiction. Still, it’s not a bad plot. It’s all easy to read and it definitely keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. I enjoyed it.

Characters | RachelPoli.comRomy and J were great characters. I also really liked Molly, Romy’s therapist from Earth. I’ll admit, Romy did get annoying here and there, though given her circumstances, I couldn’t blame her.

She started to develop a crush on J which I wasn’t sure was needed. I couldn’t tell if it was there for the sake of a romantic subplot or if it was because Romy had read and seen a TV show with relationships in it and she was wondering too much what it felt like.

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This book was a quick read and certainly easy to follow. The chapters were short and they were broken up into days counting down until when the Eternity would arrive. Most of it was Romy trying to keep herself entertained or letters between her and J that took months to reach each other.

That was the one thing that confused me with this book – the time. Time is different in space but I sometimes felt it wasn’t going in order or it wasn’t matching up with the chapter headings.

Overall | RachelPoli.comOverall, this was a fun read. I found the plot and characters to be interesting and it was uniquely written. It was something a little different than what I typically read and I’d for sure look up more books by this author.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“It’s hard to focus on the future when the past is so distracting.” -Lauren James, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

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Username: Regenerated By Joe Sugg [Book Review]

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I bought a paperback from Barnes & Noble.

Summary:

Evie is safe home, but her heart remains in e.scape. She’s desperate to return, but the app that transports her has corrupted in the great reboot.
When besotted geek, Lionel, offers to help, he doesn’t just restore the gateway as she had planned. He opens up a series of revelations that calls into question everything Evie treasures in life. With a momentous discovery to be unearthed in the virtual realm, and an e.scape fugitive on the loose in reality, can our sidelined schoolgirl save not one world but two?

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

The cover intrigues me (both the front and the back) because it shows off the main characters and even shows off how the story will go, though you don’t realize it until you read the book.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I read Username: Evie a while ago and enjoyed it. So I was interested in continuing with the series.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

I have to be honest. There’s a lot of build up to the plot and then not much happens. Evie manages to get back into e.scape and meets up with some old friends along with some new ones. When some people from e.scape end up reality, they mistakenly hunt for one of their own so he doesn’t destroy reality.

This isn’t a bad plot and it had a lot of potential, but it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. There was a lot of build up to bring tense moments and then those moments ended up be pretty anti-climactic.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I didn’t mind the characters. Evie was a little bland this time around as was her estranged mother. I think Mallory, Evie’s cousin, was my favorite character. She’s a pain but, in a way, she ended up being the real hero. The hero that no one else seems to recognize.

The coded characters from e.scape were good as well, but I felt as though I was expected to care about them by the end and there just wasn’t enough time for me to develop feelings for me.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

As a graphic novel, a lot of the story is told through the pictures. The art was my favorite part. I love the style. I wish I could say more about it, but I don’t know too much about art to sound sophisticated about it.

The dialogue is just as good too. The characters told the story well. My only nit-pick was that a lot of the characters had thought bubbles, usually with a sarcastic quip. I felt as though that was thrown in just for a chuckle, but it didn’t do anything to me. I didn’t care to be inside every character’s heads for no reason – especially when the pictures say it all with their facial expressions.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was still an enjoyable read though it didn’t live up to the first book. I definitely wanted to see more action and feel more tension. However, if you read the first book or if this sounds intriguing to you at all, feel free to give it a shot.

Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg gets…
Book Review Rating System | 3 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com3 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“A crush can be fun, until it becomes a monster.” –Joe Sugg, Username: Regenerated

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Keepers By Sacha de Black [Book Review]

Keepers by Sacha de Black Book Review

Title: Keepers (The Eden East #1)
Author: Sacha de Black
Published: 
November 17, 2017
Genre: Young adult, science fiction
How I got the book: I received a free digital review copy in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

Eden’s life is balanced…
…until her soul is bound to her enemy.

When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.

As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.

Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.

Three boys.
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.

My Review:

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I have been following Sacha on her blog and social media for some time now. I’ve read and followed her through every update this book and I can’t believe the time has finally come – it is out in the world. Sacha approached me to advance read this book and I was more than happy to accept.

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Keepers has the most unique plot I’ve seen in a while. The world is fleshed out to the max and the characters are super important in their own way.

We follow Eden East as she tries to do right in her world, Trutinor. Everything changes when her parents are murdered, her soul is bound to not one, but two boys. One of those boys being her enemy and neither of them being the man she truly loves. Then it’s a race against time to fix their binding and Balance their souls once more.

It’s hard to explain only because this world was so cleverly crafted and the rules are complicated (but they’re easy to understand within the pages). A lot of worldbuilding went into this book and it certainly shows. The plot revolves around Keepers, Fallons, Shifters, etc., with the occasional human sprinkled in. While I would not want to be in Eden’s shoes, the world of Trutinor seems like an interesting place.

There was a good amount of romance thrown in, as once you’re Bound your soulmates. You may not be Bound to who you love. That called for a perfect opportunity for a love triangle. I’m not a big fan of romance or love triangles, but it was well done in this story and I found rooting for one guy over the other.

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I loved each and every character. They all fulfilled a certain role and no talent was wasted.

Eden made a great protagonist. I loved her voice and her strong will. I felt that she had a nice balance of being “tough” and “vulnerable” at the same time.

Victor made a nice antagonist. Though I have to admit, even though we were meant to hate him, I actually liked his character in the beginning… then I hated him.

Trey made a great supporting character as did Bo, Kato, and everyone else in the story. It was a great cast of characters.

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This book was written in the third person limited through Eden. I felt that was a good choice for the narrator for this kind of novel.

The pace was smooth, yet it was action-packed. It sped up and slowed down at the right moments. I never got lost in the reading as it was easy to understand and it flowed well.

There’s a lot of learning as you read this novel. It’s a big world with many new terms, but it’s easy enough to stay caught up.

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I don’t read a lot of science fiction or even this kind of fantasy for that matter, but I can very easily see myself getting sucked up in this world. The ending had a great twist. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

Keepers (The Eden East #1) by Sacha de Black gets…
5-Star Rating | Book Review 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“Scars are memories. They’re real. Moments we shouldn’t forget.” –Sacha de Black, Keepers

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