Friday, 19 January 2018

Zenith by Sasha Ahlsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)Title: Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Most 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 all-girl 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 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, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor 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.

Image result for space gifNo, your eyes aren't lying to you, I really am posting on the blog... Finally! And I'm returning as one of the last stops on the Zenith blog tour. Zenith was advertised as a pirates in space adventure, with a kick-ass, all girl crew. It sounded like my idea of a good time, so I was excited to read and review it for the tour stop. But I wanted to mention something that I noticed when I added it to my Goodreads. There was a little controversy over the fact a Booktuber got a book deal, which felt like a no brainer to me. I'd rather one go to a book lover than a beauty vlogger who would just get a ghost writer to do it and then slap their name on the front. But maybe that's just me. This book faced much harsher criticism and scrutiny than your average book because of that. So please don't let that put you off, this book is worth your time if you love science fiction, space adventures, political intrigue, and a killer, all girl squad.

This is a space opera, so it means we get all of the space! I love being able to travel to the different planets and seeing the world that Sasha and Lindsay have created. Science fiction is a genre that just has such endless possibilities, and I really love what they did with theirs. I think it was obvious to see that they went for a large scope and have thought hard about their world, the people within it and everything else. It also means that their are many more places and things to explore in future books. I also loved that we get a deeper look at the past, and what led to the different planets and solar systems within the book being at war. This book has some interesting political intrigue and moving pieces all across the board. And it keeps you on your toes, as there were some twists I did not see coming at all.



Image result for girl squad gifThere's a large cast of characters and we actually get six different POVs. I think I could have been better with less, but they were all needed for one reason or another. I especially loved the Marauder crew, it was great to see that group of girls having such a close bond. They trusted and relied on each other and I loved their dynamic so much. I also appreciated that each of the characters were from different planets, so we got to find out about each of their worlds a little and about their races.


My other favourite thing about this series was the conclusion. The ending was action-packed and had some shocking surprises that I did not see coming at all. So much happens at the end of this book and it made it fly by and suddenly it was over. And it leaves you with some big questions that you need answering in that next book.

Now there were a few things that I didn't really enjoy about this book. Personally, I felt it was far too long. This story definitely could have been told over less pages and it probably would have been more enjoyable. Especially since this seemed a little repetitive at times. So much happens in this book, and maybe some of that could have been saved for the sequel. So it wasn't the most polished novel that I read but I still enjoyed it.

Honestly, if you're a fan of sci-fi and want a book with strong female friendship, than this would be perfect. Plus, who doesn't like an epic space adventure. I DO!




3 comments:

  1. Ooh this sounds really good and I do want to try it! I actually think it's terrible when people criticise booktubers for getting deals. Like authors are TOLD to grow their social media platforms, so that's what they're doing! People who get mad at that are just picking on people who have success. Smh. But anyway, I love that this has epic female friendships too, but hopefully I won't get lost with all the POVs. 😂😂

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  2. I think it's silly to *specifically* criticize booktubers for getting book deals--you're right, it makes more sense than a beauty vlogger. But I still understand peoples hesitation! I'm always hesitant when a celeb-type/influencer gets a book deal. Their name alone will sell copies--but that doesn't mean it will actually be any good. I'm always hesitant in those situations! This one does sound interesting though. I'm glad you liked it and I look forward to hearing what others thought of it.

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