Survive (The Atlantis Grail book 4) by Vera Nazarian

This is the 4th and final book in The Atlantis Grail series.

Gwen Lark knows how to Qualify, Compete, and Win…
The time has come to Survive.

The Games of the Atlantis Grail have come to a ground-shaking halt and Gwen Lark, nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl, survived the remarkable ordeal, for the time being.

But the worst is yet to come!

Now, both the colony planet Atlantis and Earth are under a threat of annihilation, and everything is up in the air, including dire and stunning wonders in the Atlantean skies.

Will there be a Wedding? Will there be a future for Gwen Lark, her beloved, and all their families, friends, and loved ones?

Is Gwen’s rare and powerful talent, the Logos voice of creation, enough to resolve the greatest mystery of the Kassiopei Imperial Dynasty and its role in the events of deepest antiquity since the dawn of time?

The fate of the entire human species is at stake, and now there can be no respite, not a moment to lose. The final battle is here, and Gwen, and everyone she knows and loves, are in for the greatest fight of their lives.

It is time to survive.

This book was an intense emotional rollercoaster and I absolutely loved it.

I try and make my reviews spoiler free, but it’s going to be a littke tricky for this one, but I’ll try.

The storyline was brilliant and the plot developed well and not in the way which I’d expected. I’m sad that this was the final book.

I love the characters. Aeson is the best thing to come out of this series. I absolutely love him.

Gwen has been through so much in the story and each time she has come through the other end stronger. This book was no different. Ultimately, she played a big part in the end.

I was so excited to read the wedding and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The build up and events happening beforehand were brilliant, and also the things which went wrong were well placed. I kept saying to myself that nothing better get in the way of this wedding. It was exciting to read.

I loved all the other characters. We really got to know all of them in their own ways. The Astra Daimon, Aesons family, Gwens family and her friends. Each person was relevant in one way or another and played a part.

I felt like the Imperator had a massive character development from what he was like at the beginning of Win, to the end of this book. It definitely surprised me and I was actually quite happy with how it all turned out.

The interactions between Aesons family and Gwens family were brilliant to read.

The descriptions are brilliant and you can’t fault them. You can really picture the planet and even more so the space parts. It’s brilliant.

The storyline towards the end was nothing like how I’d expected. I loved the role the Pegasus played. It was imaginative and exciting to read. The whole ending in general was great, yet not how I expected. They were definitely not what I expected them to be.

All loose ends were definitely cleared up, although I would have liked a little more to the Epilogue, but that might also be me not wanting it to end. I’m actually glad that this book was super long. The little moments were necessary within with overall plot.

I savoured every part of this story from Qualify to the end of this. It’s my favourite series and I’d definitely recommend it. I’m quite sad that it’s over because I could read about Aeson all the time.

This series is just absolutely fantastic.

My rating: 5/5*

Conviction (The Sophisticates Book 2) by Christine Manzari

This is the second book in The Sophisticates series.

The Others are out there. Somewhere. And the Program wants the Deviant Dozen to find them.

As a member of the Dozen, Cleo is still learning to master her deviation and she’s not having much luck. With the ability to cause explosions with just a thought, losing control always results in fiery disaster, making Cleo feel like a monster. She vows to ignore the urge to use her deviation and reclaim her humanity. But when terrible things start to happen at the Academy and Cleo is blamed for actions and events she doesn’t remember, she fears that the monster is taking over and she is becoming the dangerous weapon the Program created her to be.

The one bright spot in Cleo’s life is Ozzy, the cocky Sophisticate with perfect aim who makes her heart race. But it seems whenever things start to heat up between them, Ozzy is sent away on another secret mission, and Cleo is left alone to ponder their relationship and deal with the aftermath of the accusations made against her.

As the evidence against Cleo becomes more compelling and her closest friends turn against her, she finds her own conviction waning as she wonders if she really is as innocent as she wants to believe. And Cleo isn’t the only one struggling. Ozzy has always defined himself by his perfect aim and superior deviant skills, but after failed missions and bad choices, he realizes he can no longer trust his skills—or himself.

Caught in a storm of shocking allegations and harsh punishments, will Cleo’s conviction finally break her?

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the plot continued to develop well and the characters are great.

I like Cleo. She’s a great a main character. She’s becoming strong, in the physical sense and strong willed, and yet she has such a strong compassionate side to her. I also loved how Ozzy had a point of view in this book. It was great to see what he was really thinking as well as what was happening when he was away. Both of their points of view gave a brilliant overall story and I enjoyed reading their relationship grow.

I love the other characters as well. Arabella, Sterling and Quinnie are all strong characters, and I did also lime the rest of the Dozen. I also liked Cassie. Her strong personality fitted amongst everyone great. Rune was a great addition to the story.

The storyline was great. I really felt for Cleo when all the accusations occurred and especially the result of them.

The ‘Others’ were brilliant additions and I liked the part they played in the story.

I found the ending to be a little unexpected which was a great change. We knew the Dozen planned to do that but to actually be told by Younglove was a nice twist, although the reason behind her doing so, not so much.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how the unexpected turn of events changes things.

I would definitely recommend this book. It has a great storyline and the characters are great.

My rating: 5/5*

Deviation (The Sophisticates Book 1) by Christine Manzari

This is the first book in The Sophisticates series.

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the plot developed well and the characters are great.

I like the idea behind the story and what makes the Sophisticates different. The group of them which are different with their own special gifts was a nice addition which made the story more exciting. I also liked the twist at the end with the ‘Others’.

Cleo is a great main character. She’s clever and very capable, but not in the sense for the military side. It was good to learn about this side of the program with her. I liked reading about her relationship with Ozzy. He’s a great character. He starts of quite mysterious, but we gradually get to know him and his secrets.

The rest of the group are interesting characters as well, particularly Arabella and Sterling. I also liked the mean girl vibe which went on between her and Quinnie. I’m intrigued to see whether they are able to work together towards the ‘Others,’ or not. They are all part of the Dozen after all.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the characters were great and the plot developed at a good pace. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Win (The Atlantis Grail book 3) by Vera Nazarian

This is the third book in The Atlantis Grail series.

The Games are Forever!
It’s one thing to Qualify and Compete… Now she must Win.

Gwen Lark, nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl, is among the lucky ones. She’s one of several million teenage refugees to escape the extinction-level asteroid barreling towards Earth and reach the ancient colony planet of Atlantis.

But Atlantis is a strange new world with higher gravity and a blazing white sun, where nothing is as expected. The new arrivals from Earth will now belong to the majority class of non-citizens who face a lifetime of hard work and limited rights.

To make matters worse, Gwen’s rare and powerful talent, her Logos voice, is viewed as a potential weapon to be exploited by the Imperator, as well as a threat to the Kassiopei Imperial Dynasty and its uncompromising control over the people of Atlantis.

A last-minute heartbreak prior to arrival turns to joy, when Gwen receives a declaration of love from an unexpected source. The Wedding date is set, but before she can be joined with her true love, she is forced to compete in the brutal and deadly Games of the Atlantis Grail to save herself, her family, friends, and everything she cares about. Once again, her intelligence, quick thinking skills, resilience, and creativity are challenged to the breaking point.

The Games are monumental, intricate, lethal . . . and the Games are Forever.

This time Gwen must fight and figure her way through the most difficult and sophisticated contest she has ever faced. Terrifying Ordeals and impossible Challenges, ruthless skilled Competitors, vicious secret assassins, and dubious teammates she must work with but cannot trust, are just the beginning….

Meanwhile, as the Games rage, the fate of two worlds is at stake as a new alien threat looms over Earth and Atlantis.

But Gwen Lark has a secret weapon of her own. It’s not her Logos voice and its untapped power to control orichalcum technology and perpetuate change.

It is Gwen herself.

I absolutely loved re-reading this book. Since this is only the second time reading this one, I found that I actually forgot some of the details, such as the whole third task.🤦‍♂️

I love Aeson.

I couldn’t review this series without saying it.

I seriously love Aeson.

I loved the whole beginning of this book, seeing Aeson and Gwen actually get to know eachother and then all the moments between them. I love it and I’m kind of jealous of Gwen. I also love the interactions with Gwen and his family. The things she, and in turn us, learn about Atlantis are also interesting. I have also discovered that I’m capable of learning their language of Atlantis better than I can learn any other language. Reading certain words have just stuck them in my brain.

That’s how well this book is written.

One of my favourite things is the training Gwen has with the astra daimon. All of them together is a great moment, and seeing them all laid back with Aeson is a great moment. Ultimately, they are the best of the best, so reading her training with them in comparison to her training in the past books was interesting.

Ultimately, the Atlantis Grail is the main plot of this book. The tasks are exciting and well paced. I love all the characters she meets and all the little twists which occur.

I like the twist with the Rim, but I’d love to know more about them. They go quiet, but then what? I hope we see more of them, otherwise what was the point.

The ending is crazy. Everything happens so quick and it leaves you feeling a little stunned.

I can’t wait for the next book and I’m actually glad it’s longer. I really don’t want this story to end. I’m looking forward to see what happens after the ending, and see how things develop. I’m also looking forward to see how the relationship with Aeson’s family develops, especially with his father.

I sware to god, there better be a happy ending, and a wedding in the next book. These characters are written so well that they are easy to get attached to.

I would completly and absolutely recommend this series. It’s brilliant and Aeson is a gift to read.

My rating: 5/5*

Compete (The Atlantis Grail book 2) by Vera Nazarian

This is the second book in The Atlantis Grail series.

It’s one thing to Qualify…
But do you have what it takes to Compete?

With Earth about to be destroyed by an extinction level asteroid, teenage nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark, and a few of her friends and loved ones, barely Qualified for rescue onboard one of the thousands of ark-ships headed to the ancient colony planet Atlantis.

Now faced with a year-long journey in space, life in a wondrously alien environment, and many tough life choices, Gwen must decide who or what she will become. Fleet Cadet or Civilian? Friend or lover? Average or extraordinary?

Can she make new friends? Can she trust the old ones, such as Logan Sangre, her sexy high school crush and an Earth special operative?

Time and time again, Gwen’s uncanny ability to come up with the best answer in a crisis saves her life and others. And now, her unique Logos voice makes her an extremely valuable commodity to the Atlanteans — so much so that her enigmatic commanding officer Aeson Kassiopei, who is also the Imperial Prince of Atlantis, has taken an increasingly personal interest in her.

Before the end of the journey, Gwen must convince him that she has what it takes to compete in the deadly Games of the Atlantis Grail.

It’s becoming apparent — the life of her family and all of Earth depends on it.

This book continues pretty much straight on from the first.

I love this series so much. The storyline is brilliant, the plot develops at a good pace and the characters are amazing.

I’m in love with Aeson. Completely and utterly.

I also love Xel.

I wish these were real people I could meet and keep. 🙄

In this book we learn all about Atlantis with their tech, their language and their way of life. It’s fascinating to read.

I love reading the journey through space. The different planets they pass and then with the jump. It’s interesting and it’s all described brilliantly. Very imaginative.

The storyline is great in that we follow Gwens journey in getting to know about Atlantis and space, but also her journey in getting to know the people. She works closely with Aeson and I just love reading their interactions and seeing them get to know eachother. Then there’s all the other people. Her relationship with Logan, her siblings and the other Atlantians in general.

On top of all that, there’s always tue bigger storyline with the whole asteroid. One simple sentence throws a deeper plot in to the mix.

Who are they?

It’s a brilliant book.

My favourite thing by far is Aeson. I just love him and I really can’t mention that enough.

The ending. I have never been so excited about an ending of a book ever. It’s just brilliant and I love what happened. I find that I really feel a connection to these characters, so that ending really had me feeling excited, and reading this for the third time, I felt exactly the same as I did the first.

Overall, this series is absolutely brilliant. It’s my all time favourite. Everything about it just brilliant so I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Qualify (The Atlantis Grail book 1) by Vera Nazarian

This is the first book in The Atlantis Grail series.

You have two options. You die, or you Qualify.

The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver ships to offer humanity help.

But there’s a catch.

They can only take a tiny percent of the Earth’s population back to the colony planet Atlantis. And in order to be chosen, you must be a teen, you must be bright, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.

Sixteen-year-old Gwenevere Lark is determined not only to Qualify but to rescue her entire family.

Because there’s a loophole.

If you are good enough to Qualify, you are eligible to compete in the brutal games of the Atlantis Grail, which grants all winners the laurels, high tech luxuries, and full privileges of Atlantis Citizenship. And if you are in the Top Ten, then all your wildest wishes are granted… Such as curing your mother’s cancer.

There is only one problem.

Gwen Lark is known as a klutz and a nerd. While she’s a hotshot in classics, history, science, and languages, the closest she’s come to sports is a backyard pool and a skateboard.

This time she is in over her head, and in for a fight of her life, against impossible odds and world-class competition—including Logan Sangre, the most amazing guy in her school, the one she’s been crushing on, and who doesn’t seem to know she exists.

Because every other teen on Earth has the same idea.

You Qualify or you die

I love this series.

I’m re-reading it… again, in preparation for the next book being almost ready, and since I didn’t review it then, I’m doing it now.

This is my all time favourite series. The storyline is brilliant, the plot flows brilliantly and the characters are absolutely brilliant.

You know a book is written well when you’re in love with the characters.

I’m completly in love with Aeson.

Completely.

He is the best thing ever to be written. I might be saying this because I’ve read these books before, but reading these books again is just as good as the first time I did. I’m just falling in love with him all over again.

Gwen is a brilliant character. She’s not the strongest, and she is by far not the best person competing, but her clever mind and crazy tactics save the day. I absolutely love reading her journey and I enjoy seeing her interactions with Aeson.

The storyline is brilliant. I love the dystopian and apocalyptic feel. The Atlantis culture we learn about is interesting. The qualifying trials are also interesting and exciting to read. I also love the fact that not everything always goes according to plan. Things are brutal. It only adds to the excitement of the story.

Overall, this series is simply brilliant. It’s my favourite, so I would definitely recommend it. Even if only to read about Aeson.

My rating: 5/5*

The Sorcery Trial (The Faerie Race Book 1) by J.A.Armitage and Claire Luana

This is the first book in The Faerie Race series.

Welcome to The Faerie Race—an epic adventure through a realm as compelling as it is deadly…

Fame. Fortune. Your most extravagant wish granted. These are the prizes promised to the team that wins The Faerie Race, the first and only reality television show to venture into the dangerous realm of the fae. But that’s not why Jacqueline Cunningham wants in. She’s after any sign of her sister—who vanished without a trace into the faerie world two years ago. Jacq thought getting into the race would be the hard part. But she didn’t count on the other competitors—who will stop at nothing to finish first. Or her distractingly-handsome jerk of a partner, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own.
Plunged into a world where everything wants to kill her, what starts as a hunt for the truth turns into a desperate contest for survival. Now that Jacq’s in the race, it will take all her wits to make it to the finish line alive.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun, the storyline was good and thr characters were good.

Jacqueline was a good main character. She was strong, yet thrown into these trials and the world of the fae, she wasn’t the most experienced, especially with magic. She learnt as she went and found out she is strong enough to make it through.

I liked the fae characters and how Orin turned out to be the one she could trust. He’s a mysterious character, but as the story progressed, we slowly got to know him.

I like the fact that there was a bigger storyline going on besides the trials with her sisters disappearance and all.

Overall, this was a fun story. The characters were good, the plot developed well and the storyline was good. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I would definitely recommend recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*