Review: Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard

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In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.

Actual review/rant:

Before I start with everything, I would like to thank Netgalley and Sky Pony Press for providing me a digital copy of this book.

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DNF at page 108

The writing felt too clunky and forced. I didn’t care for any of the cookie-cutter characters, their names, their inconsistent appearance descriptions and personalities. The premise was a nice idea, but the execution fell flat. It felt like something out of a fanfic.

I’m sorry, i’m not finishing this.

(The only good thing about this book is the heroine’s adorable younger brother, and the markings the girl on the cover has got going on.)

Verdict:

No Rating

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Actual Review/Rant:

Warning: This review contains spoilers….And rants. You’ve been warned.

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Let me tell you guys a story. It’s about a girl named Ktine who discovered Divergent. She loved it and even got addicted to it to the point that she couldn’t wait to read the second book. She picked up Insurgent and she thought it was…. okay. Not good, but not terribly bad either. She had doubts about picking up the last book but since she trusted that the author probably just had a case of that so called “Second Book Syndrome” and that Ms. Roth would end the series with a bang, she picked up Allegiant.

This story does not end well.

Well, the series DID end with a bang. A terribly bad bang… A bang of the train wreck variety.

It’s not even Tris dying that made the book bad. I could deal with protagonists dying. (We’ve already established from the previous books that that Tris is pretty selfless to the point of being stupid) IF they had any reason to. I could love a book that had many deaths of characters I fell in love with (think Hunger Games) IF the rest of the book was magnificent. Sadly, Allegiant fell flat. This book was filled with so many wrong moves.

I was expecting this book to resolve the feud between the factions and the factionless, instead it decided to create ANOTHER issue to be solved. Genetically pure and the ones damaged. I could deal with that, but in this case it was a wrong move. In the last book, you were supposed to further develop characters and wrap up all of the mess neatly and tastefully. Instead, what I got was underdeveloped characters and a terrible wrap up… They even forgot to use tape so all of the mess is still spilling out,

Dual POVs are double edged swords. If done right, it’s awesome. Done wrong… No, just no, In this case the dual POV was not done well because Tris’ and Four’s voices were indistinguishable. They had no distinct voices. It just made things confusing.Also I found myself crying out in frustration because the awesome Four I knew in the first book was gone. Who is this bumbling idiot who made rash decisions and what did he do to Four?

ALSO. I was sort of expecting Caleb to redeem himself in this book. The perfect opportunity was presented during the last parts of the novel; him instead of Tris dying. Sacrificing his life instead of Tris. Sadly, this did not happen.

Once again, numerous deaths happened and I didn’t feel a thing. Probably because the characters weren’t fleshed out enough for me to care for them.

So, my advise to all of the people who want to start reading this trilogy is to read the first book (Divergent). ONLY the first book. Allegiant? What Allegiant? Does a book like that exist?

Verdict:

No devious smiles. I should develop a new scale… Devious frowns. After reading this, I couldn’t pick up another book until after a week or more.