Mini Reviews: Sea of Tranquility, Transcendence & Zodiac // Three Books From November I’m Really Not That Excited About

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3.0stars

3 stars – I liked it but maybe there where elements of the book I didn’t enjoy to much and subtracted from the awesomeness. I may have also had a bit of a meh reaction to it.

synopsis

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

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This book was SOOO emotional! However, unfortunate I just could never get really excited to read this book. I feel like maybe I wasn’t in then right frame of mind for it and if I’d read it at a different time I’d have an entirely different reaction to it!

I did really enjoy Josh and Nastya’s relationship, he is so patient and sweet and she is such a hard b**** but it just worked so well! And once her walls started coming down and she started trusting him!!! AJHSDGJKA Heart. Melt!

Both of their backgrounds were so heart breaking! I felt so badly for what they’d both gone through. But it’d made them both tough people for it, which was nice and interesting to read!

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20504754 (3)

1.5 stars

1.5 stars – I did not like this book, I had to force myself to finish it. It didn’t really interest me at all.

synopsis

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

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I actually hate saying this about a book, but I found this so boring! Like, nothing new happened for 80% of this book! You could not even count the amount of times their day went something like, Ehd thinks Beh is beautiful, they gather seeds, Beh tries to make Ehd wash, they sit by the fire, they have sex, they hold each others face. I’m not lieing, it’s like that stuff on repeat! EVER. SINGLE. DAY! I understand that this book is set in caveman time, hence the story really couldn’t have to much changes but it was just so boring after a while!

Another thing about this book that didn’t agree with me was that it is entirely told from Ehd’s perspective. That means we read the entire book from a caveman who doesn’t speaks perspective! I would have much rather read from Beh’s perspective, then we’d get to read about her coming from the future, and adjusting to life as a cavewomen, falling for someone like Ehd, having children in such a dangerous way! Plus we would have also had dialogue if Beh was the narrator! Instead of Ehd commenting that he finds the ‘mouth sounds’ Beh makes annoying. I would have liked some dialogue even if it was only a one sided conversation.

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20821306 (2)

DNF – Did Not Finish. It really really really did not grab me AT ALL, and I didn’t have the patience to finish it.

synopsis

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

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It’s not that I didn’t like this book per say, it’s just that I really was not interested in continuing it! I put it down for like almost the entire month without going back to it, so I decided to mark it as a DNF and put it back on my TBR to try and see if I like it better next time.

The first half of the book felt like a lot of info dumping and really rushed, so much was happening and very little time was taken in each scene to flush it out.

Within the first 20-30% of this book it’s evident it’s going to have a really annoying love triangle, and I just was not patient enough to deal with that. It was one of those love triangle were you know who the protagonist is going to end up with in the end, so you’r just annoyed with the author for wasting everyone’s time and introducing a new character.

Another thing that disagreed with me was the Rho, who is like the most unqualified person ever, is chosen to be the leader of her people at the age of 16. Just completely out of the blue. It was like The Chosen One trope, but without making me feel like she’s earned it.

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About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

9 Responses

  1. I really feel like Zodiac would be the spinoff from those Tumblr star sign posts that are like “Pisces are super emotional” and all those stereotypes. Also, what is the point to a love triangle if it doesn’t keep you guessing?

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