Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publication Date: June 5th 2017
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First Line: “Cold droplets of sweat slide down my back like ghost fingers.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: My name is Z, and if there is one thing I know, it’s that amnesia sucks. I have no memories of my life before I was found practically freezing to death in the snowy streets of Detroit, Michigan. Within a year, my foster family—the Torrezes—adopt me and my kick-ass brother, Toby. Everything seems perfect, which of course means it all has to fall apart. Once again orphans, we are now on the run for murder. On my eighteenth birthday the unthinkable happens. Pulled from this world by a familiar stranger, I find myself in another dimension, where magic is reality. Faced with my forgotten past and a terrifying future, I must accept my role as princess and save a kingdom I never knew I had.
*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own ***
What I Liked
Strong Female Heroine
In the beginning of Z: The Abilities Series, we learn that Z is sarcastic, headstrong, curses like a sailor, and is skilled in martial arts. She can defend herself and doesn’t need help from anyone. Then she learns she’s a princess. Do you think she’s just going to sit around and look pretty? Nope! Her foul language and “unladylike” appetite shock her new family and friends. She wears her combat boots under her dress. She is determined to train and fight alongside the knights. That’s what I love about her. She is a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man!
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Magic Abilities in a Fantasy World
So for some reason, I didn’t catch onto this from the title, but many people in this other dimension have special abilities. Who knew? The book is called Z: The ABILITIES Series. Come on, Sydney, get with it! Anyway, it’s pretty cool to see what kind of abilities the people of Terra Pacieme (the kingdom) have. And it’s not magic abilities that you’d assume right away, like being able to fly or become invisible. Some have the shielding ability, some are protectors, healers, and can even slow time down. It’s fascinating to see what’s going to happen next or what ability is going to pop up! I’m usually not the biggest fan of fantasy novels, but I could get into this!
What I Didn’t Like
Awkward Dialogue & Unbelievable Plot Lines
Sometimes the dialogue between characters was a bit too corny or awkward for my liking. It made me think, “No one talks like that!” For example, Z says “I will be fine. Just tired,” while another character responds with “I guess it’s safe to say you have hit your limit for the day.” I think it seems strange to me because in normal, everyday language, we use contractions more!
Parts of the story sometimes seem a bit unbelievable. For example, when Z’s foster parents tell her that they are going to foster another child, they just tell her about it the night before. They say they applied the week before and he’s already coming the next day. That just seems kind of quick! Along those lines, even though Z has no memories of her life before she was in foster care, she adapts pretty quickly to life in the kingdom. If it were me, I’d be freaking out that suddenly I’m a princess and I have a whole new family and new life ahead of me. But Z just goes about her days, learning new things and piecing together her past. Just seems like she moved on quickly!
Overall, this was a fun read! I enjoyed learning about the kingdom of Terra Pacieme along with Z. This was author Lizzy Gomez‘s first novel (and first in a three-part series!) and I think she did a fabulous job! I believe her writing will only grow as she continues creating new worlds for us to dive into! Here’s a quick recap of my review:
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