ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
DNF at Chapter 41
I’m sorry, everyone, I just can’t do this anymore. The incredibly short chapters that jump around to a million different points of view are just too much for me. This is such a jarring read that is really lacking any real cohesiveness.
Zenith is the first book in a YA series that stars Androma, AKA: the Bloody Baroness, and her crew, who are forced to do a very dangerous mission. This mission is the direct result of the ghosts from Andi’s past that have come back to haunt her. One of them being her past lover, Dex, who betrayed her, and Andi is now forced to work alongside him for this mission.
I don’t care about Dex, or Andi, or even her crew! And, more importantly, I don’t believe in any of them. Their motives f
FULL REVIEW WITH RECEIPTS NOW POSTED
god this is a mess I don't even know where to start. With the honestly awful writing? The boring and poorly written characters? the predictable plot? I just don't know it's all a mess. the concept is fine, the execution is terrible Thus, this review may be rambly. I'm so sorry
standard disclaimer: I didn't request an arc of this book so I could trash it. I didn't even go into this with bad expectations. I've genuinely enjoyed Sasha's youtube in the past, and I genuinely enjoy scifi and I wanted to genuinely read this to give it an honest opinion like I would any other book.
that being said: I honestly just think this book is kinda terrible. . . and I actually feel a little sorry for people who spent money on it.
The main problem w Know Androma Racella As The Bloody Baroness, A Powerful Mercenary Whose Reign Of Terror Stretches Across The Mirabel Galaxy To Those Aboard Her Glass Starship, Marauder, However, She's Just Andi, Their Friend And Fearless Leader
But When A Routine Mission Goes Awry, The Marauder's Allgirl Crew Is Tested As They Find Themselves In A Treacherous Situation And At The Mercy Of A Sadistic Bounty Hunter From Andi's Past
Meanwhile, Across The Galaxy, A Ruthless Ruler Waits In The Shadows Of The Planet [Sasha Alsberg] ☆ Zenith [tarot PDF] Ebook Epub Download ç Xen Ptera, Biding Her Time To Exact Revenge For The Destruction Of Her People The Pieces Of Her Deadly Plan Are About To Fall Into Place, Unleashing A Plot That Will Tear Mirabel In Two
Andi And Her Crew Embark On A Dangerous, Soultesting Journey That Could Restore Order To Their Ship Or Just As Easily Start A War That Will Devour Worlds As The Marauder Hurtles Toward The Unknown, And Mirabel Hangs In The Balance, The Only Certainty Is That In A Galaxy Run On Lies And Illusion, No One Can Be Trusted Thanks NetGalley for the eARC. All opinions are my own
Trigger Warnings: murder, PTSD (bad rep), grief EDIT 20/01/18: I’m not sure if I missed it, but a rape subplot is in the final copy.
Here’s the thing, I knew Zenith wasn’t going to be the book for me. I knew it in my soul. I had read the small snippet that was released last year. I hated it. At first, I was shocked, because it was pretty good on my first read through. However, the more I sat on it the more I hated it. This 500page copy of Zenith was somehow worse than those first 62 pages that were released. FIRST like mentioned before that:
Yes I am friends with Sasha NO, I am not being paid to review this and ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN.
I am 23 years old and just because I am friends with the other means I will review it positively.
I have even spoken to Sasha before I started and told her I would be honest and OF COURSE, she understands because she would do the same.
THAT SAID I did really enjoy this. You can find out what my detailed thoughts are on an upcoming video. Here is a sneak peak.
POSITIVES: the pace is incredible I love short chapters The characters each had unique personalities and were interesting more to come
Random pointless italicized words Repeating sentence structure for EMPHASIS but ultimately failed "Hope is a raging asshole" "wet feline" "she flashed him her teeth" Bloody Baroness = Whaboom schtick from the Bachelorette
Here's the link again if you missed it the first time. ✓ Zenith ✓ I'm so over books being published because of fame. I get it that there's some work involved but it's so Ivanka Trump when people who are famous tell me in their highpitched, fluttery voices: "I worked so hard just like everybody else to be successful" and I'm like, no. You're successful because you worked hard at being famous. Big Difference. Not the other way around. God I miss that time in our society when hard work could get you places instead of working hard to be famous first. I think this precedent for publishers to just select people that have incredible social media pull is just eyegouging. I missed that time when writers had to do that thingwhat was it called again?oh yeah. Write a good book.
“We’ll have to move quickly once we get inside. No more than forty minutes. ” “Plenty of time to raise hell,” Gilly said
We are raised with the common precept of "Don't judge a book by it's cover. " However, in the very special case of Zenith, I found myself telling myself "Don't judge a book by it's author. " I took away from all the low ratings and the stigma against this book, and I read it for what it was.
Did it work? Yes.
Did it enable a five star rating? No.
Edit 4/7After further reflection, I've decided to drop my rating to 3 stars. All of my previous likes/dislikes of Zenith still stand, but I feel 3 stars is a better representation of my positives/negatives for this novel. While there were so many things about Zenith that I enjoyed from an entertaining perspective, the criticisms I have expressed below are more present in my mind than I originally felt.
4 stars! I really enjoyed Zenith. Highconcept scifi isn’t really my thing but as I’ve read more scifi in the last few months and have really enjoyed them, something about Zenith definitely struck me!
CW: murder/death, ptsd, rape
My favorite thing about Zenith was the plot. I’ve always considered myself a plotbased reader, so if the story
Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga.
When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. She lives in Massachusetts with her dogs, Fraser and Fiona For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary.