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Not for me 😔

It could be interesting but ends up being plain and unoriginal like it's checking items on a list.

EverMarked's Jayla and Sienna are the standard badass heroines. Yeah, they kick ass and have tragic backstories, but there’s not much more to it. What are their hobbies? What makes them laugh? What do they like? They feel like cut-outs placed in the story to play a role, not like real people.

Both girls have a female best friend and a male love interest as if that is a requirement that must be filled. However, both girls have more chemistry with the girls than with the guys, particularly Sienna and Vic. While the guys are the expected overprotective, vaguely flirty type, Vic and Em have actual personalities, with the bonus that they are closer to Sienna and Jayla, respectively.

The fact that I wasn’t all that invested in the characters meant that I didn’t care about the plot either. It had potential, but it relied on the naïvité of the characters and on a world-building that wasn’t strong enough.

A common mistake in sci-fi is having a society like ours but in the future, or with flying cars, or after the apocalypse. Same fashion, same gender roles, same attitudes. Our society is vastly different from the one a hundred years ago, so how would it stay the same a hundred years from now? It has nothing to say, and it’s short-sighted and uncreative. This world suffers from such a problem.

This is not EverMarked's only issue, however. It's also very vague and confusing. We know there was a war between humans and Carbons, but we don’t even know what Carbons actually are. Carbons are a great degree more powerful than humans, so why are they treated as if they lost the war instead of winning it? This past war and the relationship between humans and Carbons are poorly explained despite being central to the plot.

Throughout the book, bits and pieces of a hidden history are revealed, but it has little impact because we don’t know what the history was supposed to be in the first place. Then the book just ends, rather suddenly. All the plot threads are left hanging and no arc is finished. Even if there is a sequel planned, this feels like an interruption, not an ending.

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I've been passionate about stories for as long as I can remember. That's why I'm an avid reader. Somewhere along the way, I started thinking more and more about the books I read, so I started analyzing and reviewing them. When I'm not reading, I can be found in med school or learning something new.


About the author

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series and the upcoming EVERMARKED series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she's not writing, she can be found binge watching movies and eating copious amounts of candy. view profile

Published on July 28, 2020

Published by Aelurus Publishing

90000 words

Genre: Young Adult

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