A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I read this as part of the Goodreads Inspired Read-a-thon. The challenge was pick a book because the cover is totally a beauty or just your aesthetic. I adore simplicity covers with intricate symbols and this one fit the bill.
tw: parent death, assault, swearing (I have no problem with swearing but Kori curses like a sailor and that might not be suitable for a younger audience)
It is apparent I am getting to science fiction. Who would have thought that would ever happen. Course, pair it with this absolutely breathtaking cover helps. I solely requested this book because of the cover. Once I read this book, I discovered my soul sister, Kori.
Kori Anderson. What an absolutely incredible MC. She reminded me a lot of Evie, from The Diviners series. Kori is not perfect. She is brash, wears her heart on her sleeve (but will never willingly admit it) and is just looking for someone to confined it after her mom died. She is a little lost and lonely, with her dad being in the military. She is an artist and is terrified of frogs. Yes, that is important. I am TERRIFIED of frogs and have never met an MC that was afraid of them until now. My heart sings with joy at this silly little detail. It literally is not mentioned after that one time but I can’t help but get super excited about it.
Moving on to the plot. For a time traveling/dimension book, I was not confused at all. Things were explained well considering Kori has no really experience with science. Her domain was art. With science fiction books that is one of the major things I look for, if the science makes sense. And it so did!
This honestly would have been the perfect book but there were a few things that really bothered me, hence why it got 4 (four) stars. One was Noah. He was so rude and so disrespectful to Kori for certain spoilery reasons at first. He was borderline abusive and I cringed whenever Kori talked to him or tried desperately to gain his approval. Granted he had a traumatic event happen but that is never a good reason to be abusive to someone. He turned out okay after a while and chilled out. But I still remember the cruelty and I wasn’t sold on him quite yet. The second book is about him so hopefully he’ll get some sort of redemption arc.
The other complain is Dylan. He was the “villain” of the story. I liked him at first because Jus Accardo made us feel sorry for him. What he was doing was born out of a need and that need drove him to do things that were unspeakable. But I could understand that and even very slightly empathize with him. But toward the end, he reminded me of one of those really over the top comedic villains. It was like he lost the reason why he was doing what he was doing. He was just doing things for sheer shock value. Look at me. I’m rooting for a villian. What is wrong with me??
Overall, this was great. The cover’s beauty definitely matches the story with in. I guarantee you guys will fall in love with Kori, like I did. She is in the top 10 best MCs ever. Don’t sleep on this book!