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Blog Tour: Aim by P.R Castle

The Subjects: Aim by P. R. Castle

I am so greatful to Aus YA Bloggers for letting me join the blog tour for this book. I love any opportunity to read books by Aussie authors!

Review:

Aim is incredibly easy to read, from the first page you are thrown into this futuristic, whitewashed, technologically advanced, laboratory where you meet A and B.

To say this book is intense is an understatement, for the first half of the book, the twins are living in such a heightened state of awareness that it leaps from the page and drags you in to it too.

I did struggle with the amount of nothing that went on in the first half of the book. I understand it is important to build the plot and lay a foundation for the climax, but half the book is a little excessive. I am also struggling with the sisters as characters. I am finding them hard to relate to and quite empty. I realise they haven’t seen any other people or the real world before, and they havent had the opportunity to develop ‘real’ personalities, but they seem to be walking shells. One is Angry and the other is asleep or out to it in pain for the majority of the book.

Towards the end, I found the plot to be filled with cliches and highly predictable. I also found myself losing the ability to care for A and B. I think the problem is that there are so many scenes where nothing is happening, nothing is being added to the story, they are just sitting, stagnant, using dialogue to fill the gaps.

I will say, this book held my interest from the first page, It does have a unique spin on traditional YA Sci-fi. Filled with slight twists and turns that will force you to start connecting dots and an easy to read writing style.

Yes, Aim, is receiving mixed reviews, but if the blurb interests you, don’t let the reviews stop you from making up your own mind about A and B.

Thanks for reading!

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Blog Tour Review. Snow by Ondine Sherman.

Before we begin, This is the second book in this series and if you are interested in reading my review for Sky, the first book, click this LINK to go to my GoodReads.

Thank you so much to Aus YA Bloggers and Pantera Press for organising this blog tour.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it!

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Snow by Ondine Sherman

3/5 Stars

Published July 15th 2019 by Pantera Press

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Snow starts where Sky finished, almost to the day. Which makes it extremely easy to follow. Sherman has also taken time to fill in the blanks from the previous book, so if you haven’t read the first book, you could comfortably read this one and not feel as though you were missing out on any major plot points.

In Snow, we see Sky turn sixteen, we see her struggle with learning truths about her father, struggle with friendships, new family ties and working out who she is and what she stands for. A big part of this book is Sky, truly finding herself and what is important to her.

That being said, I did struggle with Sky, as a character. I still feel that she doesn’t act, think or react as a fifteen/sixteen year old would. She feels much younger than the age that we are told. Some of her actions seem a little far-fetched also. Without getting too spoilery, she seems, for the most part to be a little conservative, yet suddenly she has the confidence to hitch-hike and lie and deceive. Actions that don’t feel true to her character.

I also found issue with her as a character in that she speaks of sticking to her beliefs and speaking up for animal rights, yet she isn’t very educated about the animals that she is trying to save. She goes out of her way to endanger herself, where guns are involved and showed very little remorse or accountability for her actions. Although this happens in real life, this is a book aimed at younger readers, so for me this seemed like a scene that may influence negatively.

My last dig at Sky is that she is hypocritical. She constantly is upset by her father not telling her the truth about his job, it gets brought up throughout the book, that him hiding the truth from her was horrible and how can she trust him now? Then we see Sky, herself, doing the same thing to her Boyfriend, Oliver, hiding all traces of Jaxon from him. Which in the end has the exact effect you would expect.

I know it seems I wasn’t a fan of this book, but I did enjoy it. Maybe I am too old to fully enjoy this book, but there were aspects of Sky’s personality that just didn’t sit well with me, as a reader. I can see how she will be relate-able for younger readers though.

Snow, like Sky, is incredibly easy to read, the pages turn so quickly, you blink and the book is finished. Sherman writes scenes that flow with such ease, as well as capturing the beauty of the Alaskan scenery and the depth of the characters emotions.

This book speaks to the child in all of us, holding on to the innocence of animals, the strength of family and the hard decisions that lead us to doing the right thing. I believe that under all the twists and turns, at the heart of this series, is family. We see Sky, struggle so much in this book, yet by the end of it, she realises just what she is willing to do, to forgive, to overlook, if it means she gets to be a part of her family again. That just because she doesn’t agree with someone else’s life choices, doesn’t make it okay to cut them out of her life completely.

I am looking forward to seeing what happens when she returns to Australia in book three, Star coming out in February, 2020.

 

As always, thank you for reading!

 

Julie.