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Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman's actions from over a millennia ago are revealed. Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren't expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful stone necklace that ultim Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman's actions from over a millennia ago are revealed. Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren't expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful stone necklace that ultimately changes their plans for a relaxing summer. Strange things begin to happen to Kenna, like being the only one who can see and talk to the mysterious old woman with a golden aura. Or how in her dreams, a man with vibrant orange eyes keeps appearing who may or may not be real. Though, not all of Kenna's mysterious encounters are pleasant as she's haunted by massive beings carrying long swords and wearing armor covered in black scales. Besides solving the mystery of where the stone necklace came from, Kenna, Meegan, and their friends are taken to another world for a routine evolutionary assessment. The assessment gets sabotaged and causes more chaos for Kenna and her friends, especially for Meegan who is forced to open up and reveal her true identity and the magic she hides. There's one name that Kenna, Meegan, the Sendarians, and the monsters who've been hunting Meegan and her family for over a century all have in common... ISOLDESSE ***Author Note: This is a science-fiction story with elements of fantasy, mystery, and light romance.***


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Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman's actions from over a millennia ago are revealed. Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren't expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful stone necklace that ultim Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman's actions from over a millennia ago are revealed. Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren't expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful stone necklace that ultimately changes their plans for a relaxing summer. Strange things begin to happen to Kenna, like being the only one who can see and talk to the mysterious old woman with a golden aura. Or how in her dreams, a man with vibrant orange eyes keeps appearing who may or may not be real. Though, not all of Kenna's mysterious encounters are pleasant as she's haunted by massive beings carrying long swords and wearing armor covered in black scales. Besides solving the mystery of where the stone necklace came from, Kenna, Meegan, and their friends are taken to another world for a routine evolutionary assessment. The assessment gets sabotaged and causes more chaos for Kenna and her friends, especially for Meegan who is forced to open up and reveal her true identity and the magic she hides. There's one name that Kenna, Meegan, the Sendarians, and the monsters who've been hunting Meegan and her family for over a century all have in common... ISOLDESSE ***Author Note: This is a science-fiction story with elements of fantasy, mystery, and light romance.***

30 review for Isoldesse

  1. 4 out of 5

    FireLily

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC! DNF'ed at 40% I really didn’t want to DNF my first ARC. [disclaimer: I do actually think this book is enjoyable. It’s just that I’m not the kind of person that would enjoy it. This is based on my opinions only.] I requested this book because it looked intriguing, and also the pretty cover. The synopsis wasn’t quite my vibe - aliens? Boy troubles? But I figured it would be fun to try something new, and besides, the concept was cool. The prologue got Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC! DNF'ed at 40% I really didn’t want to DNF my first ARC. [disclaimer: I do actually think this book is enjoyable. It’s just that I’m not the kind of person that would enjoy it. This is based on my opinions only.] I requested this book because it looked intriguing, and also the pretty cover. The synopsis wasn’t quite my vibe - aliens? Boy troubles? But I figured it would be fun to try something new, and besides, the concept was cool. The prologue got me so ready. There was real tension, the writing was pretty decent, the character had some mystery and a goal and a purpose and was on a moon of another planet. Unfortunately, the cover was one of the best parts about the book. My first problem: there were ~speshul names~. Why? I don’t know. Kenna is a pretty good name. It’s pretty and it’s common enough. But...Meegan? What the fuck? Sure it makes sense to say it that way, but who spells it like that? I know Meagan and Megan, but Meegan just doesn’t look like a word, much less a name. Apologies to anyone out there named Meegan, I’m not trying to be a bitch. And Darci. Which is a name that I know but isn’t actually something I could imagine naming a miniature human. And Cahleen? What is a Cahleen? Kahlen is a name I know. Kalen. Cathleen. Kathleen. Kaelen. Caylin. But out of all of those decent names, our author went for...Cahleen. The characters were indistinguishable from one another. I kept forgetting names (hence the lack of other names on that list) and I barely even remembered which of our three (six?) main characters was who. Darci. This name literally tells you everything about the character. She’s a scatterbrained airheaded teenage girl with a passion for ~clothes~ and ~trends~. And that’s basically all we see of her until around a third of the way in, where plot twist she’s not actually that stupid. She’s not human, actually. Meegan is also an alien. Because...I don’t know. She needed to come to Earth for something, I guess. She...knew stuff. I really don’t know. She was the info-dump paragraph out of the boring essay called the cast of characters. “So, you’re over a hundred?” Kenna asked shakily while getting her bearings again on the road. “Don’t freak out, but I’m more like three-hundred-and-eighteen. Believe it or not, Earth’s time is similar to what we had on Anuminis. I’m assuming it’s because our planets are similar in size and have a relatively similar position around the sun. But I can’t say for sure.” Wow. Maybe you can tell me about the star position next. How is this relevant to you going to your friend’s house again? And lastly, saving the worst for last…Kenna. Kenna is...stupid. That’s the only word I have to describe her. She is clueless and despite being an “overworked straight-A student with a passion for space” or something, I couldn’t find a personality if I readjusted my telescope and stared into the void. Now that you have met these white-paper cutout things called characters, we can move on to the plot. Oh wait. I didn’t see one of those, either. Basically, there are alien races called the Anumen and the Obard, and they’re at war. I think. One or the other (or both) of these alien races worships a goddess called Idoldesse. I think. Anyway there are these people in positions called the Spiares, who have no real function as far as I know. And then there is Kenna, Meegan, Darci, and some other people that I don’t remember, on Earth. I just remember being annoyed. Kenna mysteriously receives an Anumen arcstone necklace that...sucks in her energy and makes her see the woman trapped inside the stone? I think? Something like that? And this introduces Kenna to the world of the Anumen aliens. But the thing is…*sigh* Kenna shouldn’t be able to connect to the stone. Somehow, something about this human girl is Speshul™ enough to connect to an alien necklace. This is when stuff starts getting out of hand. First of all, I couldn’t tell you the difference between Ally and an alien. Second, I have no idea what the hell happened for the 100+ pages that I read. What I read was: Kenna, Meegan, Darci and Ally stress out over boys. They cry because someone got broken up with or something. Kenna faints because she gets a magic necklace. Meegan reveals herself to be an alien and tries to figure out why Kenna has a magic necklace. They cry because someone got broken up with or something. Kenna sees the magical old lady and some other aliens in a war and gets confused. The girls...go to the mall? They cry because someone got broken up with or something. And then there are other alien spy people searching for one of their alien spy people who is on Earth who escaped or something. I am so confused. Meegan is over THREE CENTURIES OLD but she acts like an immature twelve-year-old. She throws tantrums, freaks out, and despite being on a ~mission to Earth~ from her planet, she’s all ~heartbroken~ because she had to break up with her boyfriend, who was a regular human guy. She is THREE HUNDRED and in the middle of an ALIEN WAR and her priority is to cry over some human who’s literally like 6.25% as old as her? And Gemma (who I just remembered existed) was supposed to be some kind of ancient, strong alien soldier and what she ends up doing is...having a meltdown at the mall because her boyfriend is “acting stupid”. Where is the alien war? Where are the cool hallucinations? Where is the STORY? I was promised a cool spaceship adventure and solving a mystery about a goddess. I read forty percent of this book. Almost halfway. And this book is over 400 pages. I read almost 200 pages and there was no? action? anywhere? Someone got kidnapped but it wasn’t even important because I didn’t know who the fuck they were. I just couldn’t find a plot. Maybe it left to find Kenna’s personality. “What did you just ask me?” Kenna’s tone was a mixture of surprise and anger. “Tell me you’re not the one who gave me this damn necklace? Or…” she lifted her wrist without breaking eye contact, “…put these things on us?” “No, I swear! I didn’t—I mean, I don’t know who did. Kenna, please—” “Don’t please me! Do you have any idea what kind of shit I’ve been going through? The pain and—and the hallucinations! I thought I was losing my mind!” Chill. Meegan is literally trying to explain. She asked one question and Kenna just decided to start ranting about how she started seeing insane things without actually waiting for an explanation of the insane things. It’s like she just wanted to complain instead of figure out what was happening to her or something. The world-building made literally no sense to me. You remember that quote about Anumen being in a close position around the sun or something? Does that mean this alien planet is close to Earth in our solar system? But no one knows that there’s a planet (maybe two planets) near the Earth in our solar system? And I don’t see the difference between the Anumen and Obard aliens. They’re at war. That’s all I know. All of the aliens have bright orange eyes (yes, orange eyes) and look gorgeous. As in, they’re mistaken for supermodels. I just didn’t understand. There was an alien rebel force from one planet but there was a group of spies from another planet and one other group was doing something about a goddess? What? I didn’t get any of it. The only thing I knew about the Obard and the anumen was that they were pretty and had orange eyes. “Your aunt has Spidey-Senses that work three states away? That’s freaking crazy, yet kind of cool.” “Like I said, she’s special. One of the more powerful Anumens. Someone we call a Sėara.” First of all...Spidey-Senses? Is this girl really nineteen? Second, a “Sėara”. Which sounds the same as a “seer”. Because this woman can sense things. Now for the longest, most tiring part of my review: the writing. "Oh, mother of—this is freaking insane!” She couldn’t look away. Her curiosity overpowered the flight part of her brain screaming for her to run inside. Those are smaller ships, like a dinghy on a bigger boat or—or a dropship like in one of my dad’s books. Shuttle ships for away missions! “Oh my God, am I seriously trying to rationalize this with science fiction!” This is Kenna, talking to literally no one on the roof of her apartment. Or is it her house? Apartment building? I don’t remember. I remember reading that she lived in an apartment and I know she had a roommate but I also remember her having a front door? And one apartment doesn’t have an entire roof for stargazing, so I don’t really know. Yay, inconsistencies. Anyway. Kenna is talking to no one after seeing a UFO appearance in the place of a star. She literally sees the UFO. And now she is...talking about it. To her telescope stand. Because she’s alone and stargazing. And she’s talking about her thoughts out loud. Because I absolutely will talk about my rationalization of a spaceship in the middle of a rooftop (or wherever the hell she is) to no one. “The overwhelming sense of emotions hummed beneath Kenna’s skin and filled her tear ducts.” What is this sentence? Why? What? “Why? Because you and your family are into witchcraft? That your little witch cult… what do you call yourselves, Anumens… are into voodoo spells and magic. You underestimate how much he loved you. Your secret life never interfered with our everyday friendship or your relationship. I’m sure he would’ve understood if you gave him the chance. We both would’ve!” A comprehensive list of all the things wrong with this paragraph: 1. All Meegan said was that she was an Anumen, which Kenna has only heard once before. And suddenly Kenna is calling Meegan a witch and talking about voodoo, which I didn’t even realize was also considered witchcraft? And she’s suddenly decided that the Anumen are a cult? A cult of witches? Even though Meegan hasn’t actually said anything about what an Anumen is? And Kenna doesn’t know what it means? Her logic really flew out the window on this one. 2. Why is “voodoo” italicized? It doesn’t have to be italicized. The inflection on that word makes no sense in the sentence. 3. Kenna is insisting that she and Meegan’s ex would have “understood” if she’d revealed her secret life, and yet she doesn’t even realize that Meegan isn’t a witch. So… Basically, Kenna is an obnoxious bitch who doesn’t have enough brain cells to comprehend the fact that she might be wrong. And she’s usually wrong. “Seriously, you know me well enough to know I don’t have time for that kind of drama. Ben was the name of the guy in my dream last night. I promise, he’s not real.” She picked up her phone. No new messages. “And Liam, well Liam’s a good friend. And—” “Ben is some guy you’ve been crushing on?” “Uh, no.” She shook her head and glared at Meegan. “Did you not just hear me? I don’t have any time to date. I don’t even have time for a one-nighter!" “I don’t even have time for a one-nighter.” Ahahahahaha - What. So Kenna tries to explain her dream about the aliens, and Meegan, despite being an alien herself, decides that the guy in Kenna’s dream is someone she wants to have a fling with? And Kenna's argument for not having a fling with him is that she doesn’t have the time? I don’t understand. “The older woman’s head dipped, and without looking up she said, “I didn’t see it coming. The blade that pierced my side. The pressure of her hand pushing the hilt harder against my dress. She pleaded with me to forgive her as her tears and my blood spilled. She shoved the arcstone into my hand and held my palm closed over it while she recited the ascension amula. My thoughts raced with everything I hadn’t finished. The family and friends I would never see again. Isoldesse took that from me. She took everything from me and left me in solitude. Yet—I cannot hate her.” Why the FUCK did Ulissa just randomly start narrating her death? “I didn’t see it coming. The blade that pierced my side. The pressure of her hand pushing the hilt harder against my dress...My thoughts raced with everything I hadn’t finished. The family and friends I would never see again.” This is literally a first-person POV inner monologue, and yet Ulissa is saying the whole thing out loud. Because naturally when describing your death you must switch to the dramatic first person monologue instead of actually talking about what happened. And then of course there were the basic grammatical errors. “The flame on the end of the candle flickered providing a soft glow over the mirror.” “The flame on the end of the candle” - we know where the fire goes on a candle. There should also be a comma between “flickered” and “providing”. “Meegan opened her eyes and saw her best friend smiling at her and mouthing reassuring cheers like you got this and you’re doing great.” This is a cringe-worthy run-on sentence. I could have written something better than this in sixth grade. I actually probably did. Anyway, it appears I have to take over for the editor of this book. “Meegan opened her eyes and saw her best friend smiling at her, mouthing reassuring things like ‘you got this!’ and ‘you’re doing great’.” “Ulissa nodded. Her brown hair twisted in a beautiful updo.” Um. This makes no sense. Is her hair twisting itself into an updo? Like an automatic hairstyle? Like those annoying trolls? You could say her hair is twisted into a beautiful updo, but otherwise it sounds like she’s an obnoxious glittery goblin creature. hahahahahaha I apologize for the overuse of annoyed memes, I have a whole Pinterest board I save for reviews. Overall, the concept of this book was intriguing, but I had way too many problems. If you get to the 25% mark and there’s still no plot, I don’t expect to care that much (unless it’s really, really good, which this wasn’t). I think the way this book was set up, my questions and the plot holes would have been resolved at the end. I just didn't care enough to get there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)

    If you don't think this cover is a stunner you might want to get your eyes checked. Like, seriously. GOLD NAVY IT'S BEAUTIFUL If you don't think this cover is a stunner you might want to get your eyes checked. Like, seriously. GOLD NAVY IT'S BEAUTIFUL

  3. 4 out of 5

    kaylie

    ☆ advanced reader copy from netgalley ☆ this is a classic, it's not you, it's me I went into this book thinking it would be a fantasy novel. The cover looks very fantasy and so did the premise. I was incredibly thrown off by the massive Science Fiction elements in this book. However, I am a big fan of Sci-Fi so usually, that wouldn't be a problem, but I just don't think this story meshed well with it. With the multiple points of view, it was jarring to jump from a "normal" life on Earth to an alien ☆ advanced reader copy from netgalley ☆ this is a classic, it's not you, it's me I went into this book thinking it would be a fantasy novel. The cover looks very fantasy and so did the premise. I was incredibly thrown off by the massive Science Fiction elements in this book. However, I am a big fan of Sci-Fi so usually, that wouldn't be a problem, but I just don't think this story meshed well with it. With the multiple points of view, it was jarring to jump from a "normal" life on Earth to an alien perspective on another planet. That being said, I think this book would've done well with just one or two points of view instead of four+ At the beginning of the book, you are completely thrust into this Sci-Fi/Contemporary world without any explanation. I think that was the book's biggest fault. It didn't hook me, it just left me confused. The idea behind this novel was very clever, just poorly executed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Grymes

    This story is science-fiction before anything. A lighter version of the science-fiction genre, but because there are aliens, alien worlds, and advanced technology, it's a science-fiction story. The fantasy side of this story involves a special magic, a biological connection to cast amulas (similar to casting spells) and magic stones from an alien world. Romance is a subplot to the main plot of two friends, Kenna and Meegan as they try and understand what's going on around them after Kenna is gifte This story is science-fiction before anything. A lighter version of the science-fiction genre, but because there are aliens, alien worlds, and advanced technology, it's a science-fiction story. The fantasy side of this story involves a special magic, a biological connection to cast amulas (similar to casting spells) and magic stones from an alien world. Romance is a subplot to the main plot of two friends, Kenna and Meegan as they try and understand what's going on around them after Kenna is gifted a mysterious magic crystal. It's an intricate story with multiple points-of-views, all connected one way or another. Heads up, I tend to write like I'm writing a TV series. I've always felt that supporting characters have stories too, and their stories help enhance the bigger story. The bigger story being who is Isoldesse and why do the Sendarians worship her as their Goddess? This book is the first book in the duology series, and I hope many readers love this story as much as I loved writing it and are hooked and eager to read book two!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    With thanks to Kimberly Grymes, and Netgalley for an Advanced reader's copy of this book. I'm not going to lie, I requested this book for the cover... It's just stunning. What I didn't expect was to get a story I absolutely fell in love with!! This has everything that I adore in a book: - Straight into the action - Multi POV - Mystery/Thriller while still being a fantasy novel. - Characters I not only like, but really enjoy being part of their story. There's nothing I could say that would do this book With thanks to Kimberly Grymes, and Netgalley for an Advanced reader's copy of this book. I'm not going to lie, I requested this book for the cover... It's just stunning. What I didn't expect was to get a story I absolutely fell in love with!! This has everything that I adore in a book: - Straight into the action - Multi POV - Mystery/Thriller while still being a fantasy novel. - Characters I not only like, but really enjoy being part of their story. There's nothing I could say that would do this book justice, so please just go buy it. I'm off to order a hardback right now, this cover belongs on a shelf.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paige| apaigeinthechapter

    Isoldesse follows the turmoil a host of characters lives get thrown into after a mysterious necklace turns up on Kenna's door. The cover of this book is absolutely stunning and it immediately drew me in, and I was particularly happy that we get thrust into the main plot around the 4% mark. It was a nice change of pace to read.a book that gets into the action from the get go. I also particularly enjoyed the balance Grymes achieves between the multiple perspectives in this book. All changes of per Isoldesse follows the turmoil a host of characters lives get thrown into after a mysterious necklace turns up on Kenna's door. The cover of this book is absolutely stunning and it immediately drew me in, and I was particularly happy that we get thrust into the main plot around the 4% mark. It was a nice change of pace to read.a book that gets into the action from the get go. I also particularly enjoyed the balance Grymes achieves between the multiple perspectives in this book. All changes of perspective are made explicitly clear, and despite the fact there is more perspectives than I anticipated, the author is able to strike a balance and demonstrate how all these points of view are relevant. This book is more SciFi than I expected it to be, which is entirely my fault as I should have looked into that. Being someone who isn't too familiar with this genre,I can't say to what extent this book fits or handles key tropes. It would have been helpful to have the glossary at the beginning of the book rather than the end, so I could familiarise myself with the concepts before entering the world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This book is PHENOMENAL! It’s a must read for sure!! Kenna and Meegan are best friends. They’re finishing up college right as some strange things start to happen. Meegan has a secret, their friend Darci has a secret, and Kenna is given a unique gift that opens up a whole strange, slightly scary, mostly exciting path before her and her friends. There are two different groups of people after this set of friends and you’ll spend chapter after chapter piecing together the clues as to what is the trut This book is PHENOMENAL! It’s a must read for sure!! Kenna and Meegan are best friends. They’re finishing up college right as some strange things start to happen. Meegan has a secret, their friend Darci has a secret, and Kenna is given a unique gift that opens up a whole strange, slightly scary, mostly exciting path before her and her friends. There are two different groups of people after this set of friends and you’ll spend chapter after chapter piecing together the clues as to what is the truth. I couldn’t put this book down. These characters and this plot are extremely well developed, and it’s fantastically told from multiple points of view giving you deeper insight into the characters, their circumstances and what they believe. There’s magic, space travel, advanced technology, dark characters, swords, and the ultimate bond of friendship that makes this my new favorite read. I’m automatically adding Kimberly Grymes to my list of must-buy authors, and recommending Isoldesse to anyone who’s seeking an epic SCI-FI Fantasy adventure! *I just hope I don’t have to wait too long for Fawness to release.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    ScavengedReads

    Isoldesse is a contemporary style new adult fantasy story of human college students that end up in the middle of a battle between alien races. Aliens does mean Science Fiction, and this is a story about aliens, but the entire writing style, drama, and plot, I think fits much better with the fantasy world and would appeal more to a fantasy reader than a sci fi reader, so I'm choosing to categorize it as fantasy. The story is told through multiple POV not only including best friends Meegan and Kenna Isoldesse is a contemporary style new adult fantasy story of human college students that end up in the middle of a battle between alien races. Aliens does mean Science Fiction, and this is a story about aliens, but the entire writing style, drama, and plot, I think fits much better with the fantasy world and would appeal more to a fantasy reader than a sci fi reader, so I'm choosing to categorize it as fantasy. The story is told through multiple POV not only including best friends Meegan and Kenna, but also Darci who is not introduced to our lead characters for quite some time. This makes the start a bit confusing to grip at first since all 3 have such different knowledge bases about what is going on. Once Darci meets up with the gang the story really begins to unfold. Thank you Net Galley for providing an ARC

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Bishop

    * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Isoldesse is a very detailed story about a group of friends Meehan, Kenna, Darci, and Ally who find themselves in the middle of an mission from people not of this world. Their friendship and trust in eachother is tested, as well as their honesty. I found this book to have very detailed world building, which caused the book to have somewhat of a slow pace. HOWEVER, the world building was VERY necessary for the amazin * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Isoldesse is a very detailed story about a group of friends Meehan, Kenna, Darci, and Ally who find themselves in the middle of an mission from people not of this world. Their friendship and trust in eachother is tested, as well as their honesty. I found this book to have very detailed world building, which caused the book to have somewhat of a slow pace. HOWEVER, the world building was VERY necessary for the amazing plot that the author built. This book had it all. Romance ✔️ Testing of friendships ✔️ Betrayal ✔️ Super hot aliens✔️

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars (rounded up) While it is a bit slow to start, I found Isoldesse to be a really engaging sci-fi/fantasy blend with everything from aliens walking among us to political intrigue and a bit of romantic angst. It's an ambitious debut novel, tackling a large cast of characters, multiple points of view, fairly complex world-building, and a plot filled with twists, turns, and betrayal. The execution is a bit of a mixed bag, but I have to say I had a good time with the book and wo Actual Rating: 3.5 stars (rounded up) While it is a bit slow to start, I found Isoldesse to be a really engaging sci-fi/fantasy blend with everything from aliens walking among us to political intrigue and a bit of romantic angst. It's an ambitious debut novel, tackling a large cast of characters, multiple points of view, fairly complex world-building, and a plot filled with twists, turns, and betrayal. The execution is a bit of a mixed bag, but I have to say I had a good time with the book and would be interested to see what happens next. I don't want to spoil things so I'm not going to go into a lot of detail, but this primarily follows a group of college-age young women who are friends, some of whom may not actually be human. They end up at the intersection of competing alien races, plus a rebel group. If this sounds complicated, it kind of is and at times I had trouble following what was happening with all the different characters and groups. It seems clear the author knows what's going on, but it's not always communicated effectively to the reader and can become a bit muddled. However, that didn't significantly take away from my enjoyment of the story. As I said, the beginning is a bit slow to get into. I think part of this is there is a lot of alien terminology that gets dropped starting on page 1. I'm not sure all of it was necessary to the story and limiting that might have made it a bit more accessible. Or at least wait a couple of chapters to start slowly weaving words in so they can be defined in text, and then have the glossary at the back of the book instead of the front so it doesn't feel so intimidating. Once I got into the story, the terminology mostly made sense, but again I think the introduction could be more accessible. The characters are interesting and fairly well-developed, which is significant given the large cast of characters and the fact that this is a debut. I do think Meegan and Kenna could do with more distinct voices in their points of view, and the male love interests are a little less fleshed out than other characters, but overall I found the main characters to be compelling. In general, I feel like Isoldesse is a very solid first book for an indie author. The ideas are there, the characters are pretty good, the prose tends to flow nicely, and the plot twists get the reader invested. It just needs some polishing, which will probably come with time. I hope we get more like this because the world and the use of magic alongside technology in this way is interesting and inventive. I received a copy of this book for review from the author. All opinions are my own. Content warnings include: abduction, medical procedures without consent, violence, physical abuse & torture (mostly off-page but one major scene depicted involving asphyxiation), suggestions of sexual assault having happened off-page, loss of a loved one, partial possession by a spirit (mild and not treated as a negative thing).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you NetGalley, Tractor Beam Publishing and Kimberly Grimes for an ARC of Isoldesse in return for an honest review. Wow! This book is incredible! The first few chapters were difficult as there is a lot of information to get through in order to develop the world, the characters and the plot. It didn't help that I picked this up after the Christmas holidays so my brain was in a bit of a holiday hangover and not retaining half of what I was reading for the first couple chapters. There are also Thank you NetGalley, Tractor Beam Publishing and Kimberly Grimes for an ARC of Isoldesse in return for an honest review. Wow! This book is incredible! The first few chapters were difficult as there is a lot of information to get through in order to develop the world, the characters and the plot. It didn't help that I picked this up after the Christmas holidays so my brain was in a bit of a holiday hangover and not retaining half of what I was reading for the first couple chapters. There are also A LOT of characters and species in this series and each of them are integral in the plot so keeping track of them all and their story lines required patience. Once I got a grasp of who's who and the incredible plot Kimberly had built, I was hooked. Beyond hooked! I typically don't read many science fiction books, but honestly I don't know if this book is sci fi or fantasy, it's like a perfect marriage between the two. Kimberly took so much care in creating this story. Even the smallest details brought so much light to the story. Like who doesn't wish they had a car wash like shower in their house. I have read stories before that put too much focus on the details that they lose sight of the plot, this isn't the case in Isoldesse. Meegan and Keena are fantastic leads, their strength and problem solving is forefront in the story. I love their inquisitiveness and how bravely they face being 'abducted' and taken to a new planet. You find out so much about these two and who they really are at the end of the book and it leaves you begging for more. There's mystery, romance, friendship, aliens and magic in this wonderful book. It is everything you could wish for in book one of a series (well that, and for the second book to come out as soon as possible). I highly recommend Isoldesse to anyone that loves a story that sneaks up on you and leaves you thinking. Isoldesse will stick with me for a long time, I have so many questions and can't wait so see what's next for this group of humans and Sendarians as they try to get back what is theirs. Well done, Kimberly, a fantastic story! Such a fun read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you TBR and Beyond and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Isoldesse By: Kimberly Grymes REVIEW ☆☆☆.5 First, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful cover art. I love a great book cover! As for the content, Kimberly Grymes's Isoldesse gave me mixed feelings. While the basic premise is unique and compelling, the execution of this is a bit muddled. Essentially, I lost the thread of the story somewhere in the midst of too Thank you TBR and Beyond and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Isoldesse By: Kimberly Grymes REVIEW ☆☆☆.5 First, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful cover art. I love a great book cover! As for the content, Kimberly Grymes's Isoldesse gave me mixed feelings. While the basic premise is unique and compelling, the execution of this is a bit muddled. Essentially, I lost the thread of the story somewhere in the midst of too many points of view. I don't mind multiple perspectives; however, when maintaining a coherent vision of who, what, where, when, why and how becomes a chore, my attention wanes in frustration. That is exactly what happened with this story. Other aspects are excellent. For example, the main characters, collectively and individually, are complexly layered with well rounded backstories, and strong female bonds. The plot is dense with elements of danger and foreboding that give credence to an unknowable reality lingering in the atmosphere, ratcheting up the levels of anxiety, tension and dread. As previously stated, the premise is unlike anything I have read previously and immediately caught my attention. If I were able to more easily distinguish between one perspective and another, I would have no issue with any part of the story. Overall, Isoldesse is a book that I would recommend, especially for scifi and fantasy fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Loved reading this book! So different from my normal reads (being sci-fi YA) but I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and blurb and it made such a nice change. Lead character Kenna is drawn into her college friend Meegan’s secrets when she receives a mysterious stone necklace that introduces her to a mysterious older woman with a gold aura. Kenna and Meegan are also about to be taken to another world for a ‘routine’ evolutionary assessment by an alien species with piercing orange eyes 🪐💫 There’s Loved reading this book! So different from my normal reads (being sci-fi YA) but I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and blurb and it made such a nice change. Lead character Kenna is drawn into her college friend Meegan’s secrets when she receives a mysterious stone necklace that introduces her to a mysterious older woman with a gold aura. Kenna and Meegan are also about to be taken to another world for a ‘routine’ evolutionary assessment by an alien species with piercing orange eyes 🪐💫 There’s one name that Kenna keeps hearing... ISOLDESSE. The book was imaginative, with new alien species and a fast pace throughout that meant I couldn’t put it down! I loved that it was quite a matriarchal type of alien society with a princess and queen at the helm. I really liked the descriptions of the alien world creatures too. I will admit, it was difficult to get into as there was a LOT of different characters, all with unusual names, to remember. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll stick it out because it’s a sign of good imagination when an author can maintain so many characters throughout a story and make you want to follow what happens to several of them. I would also have liked to have read more about the mysterious Ben and Ulissa - I don’t think the psychological gravity of the ‘Ulissa being bonded to Kenna’ situation really ‘hit’ Kenna at any point in this book... but I look forward to reading more about it in the next book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    _booktopia_Gem

    *~ ARC thanks to Netgalley ~* Things I loved - The cover - The story/premise - The ease of knowing who’s POV we were hearing from - Pace Things that could be improved - Glossary of terms at the front - The writing felt a little clumpy at times. Too much dialogue. - I felt I was reading a teen book rather than YA . - Confusing from the get go. Not sure if it’s intentional but I felt I needed more description at the beginning of the characters were being introduced to. I felt I knew nothing about them, *~ ARC thanks to Netgalley ~* Things I loved - The cover - The story/premise - The ease of knowing who’s POV we were hearing from - Pace Things that could be improved - Glossary of terms at the front - The writing felt a little clumpy at times. Too much dialogue. - I felt I was reading a teen book rather than YA . - Confusing from the get go. Not sure if it’s intentional but I felt I needed more description at the beginning of the characters were being introduced to. I felt I knew nothing about them, I wasn’t drawn to them and we jumped straight in. I want to know who they are, what’s their motivations? Great idea but just not written to its full potential. As it stands I’d rate it a 2.5 but could definitely be a 3/4 with some tweaking.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nydia

    Isoldesse follows a group of college students as they gear up for finals, graduation, and future plans, while also dealing with aliens meddling in their lives. The book is fast-paced and the reader is immediately thrown into the story action when Kenna receives a crystal necklace that causes strange things to begin to happen to her. It is also told in alternating perspectives that, while confusing at times, add a uniqueness to the story. Overall, I thought this book was good. The plot is interes Isoldesse follows a group of college students as they gear up for finals, graduation, and future plans, while also dealing with aliens meddling in their lives. The book is fast-paced and the reader is immediately thrown into the story action when Kenna receives a crystal necklace that causes strange things to begin to happen to her. It is also told in alternating perspectives that, while confusing at times, add a uniqueness to the story. Overall, I thought this book was good. The plot is interesting and the concepts are unique, but the characters and dialog fell a bit short for me. I also felt that the dialogue and characters were depicted as too juvenile for soon-to-be college graduates. If the characters in this book were high schoolers, I would have found it much more believable. This is a good book if you are looking for an easier science fiction novel. It is easy to digest and was a bit nostalgic for me. It reminded me a lot of the movie Zenon and Flight of the Navigator. It also sets up well for a second installment, so keep that in mind when reading! Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lousbookstuff

    I think the first thing that needs to be said for anyone considering picking up this book is that it is most likely not what you are expecting it to be. I decided to read this after being drawn to that absolutely stunning cover, it really is gorgeous isn't it? I read the blurb and it sounded really cool. Talk of magic, strange happenings, other words and all the stuff that I usually really enjoy so it was a no-brainer for me. So basically I was expecting a YA Fantasy but that isn't really what t I think the first thing that needs to be said for anyone considering picking up this book is that it is most likely not what you are expecting it to be. I decided to read this after being drawn to that absolutely stunning cover, it really is gorgeous isn't it? I read the blurb and it sounded really cool. Talk of magic, strange happenings, other words and all the stuff that I usually really enjoy so it was a no-brainer for me. So basically I was expecting a YA Fantasy but that isn't really what this is. This is more a weird blend of YA Science Fiction with a bit of fantasy and magic thrown in for good measure and do you know what? It actually really worked for me. It only took me two days to finish this book and I had a lot of fun meeting the characters and seeing the world that the author built here. The "aliens" are definitely not what you would typically imagine when you think about an alien and the concept is really unique and fun. As it is science fiction you will see plenty of technology and other science-y themes. The magic system is actually really interesting and is a sort of spell-casting that can only be done by females and is drawn from the elements in the environment around them. There are also various magical stones that are used to amplify magic and even store a females essence after death. Many questions are asked in the telling of this story, it is actually very intricate and detailed and a lot of questions are left unanswered particularly about Kenna and Rian and who they are and where they fit into the bigger picture. There is a royal family which is only touched upon but I believe have a much, much bigger part to play and there is also the rebel group who are trying to overthrow the government and gain more luxuries and freedoms for the Sandariens and who seem to be bad guy/good guys I'm really not sure yet but I am excited to find out more in the next instalment as at this stage I really am not sure! The story is told from multiple POV's but each chapter is clearly marked with whose POV you are reading so it doesn't take long to learn who is who and I think overall for me it worked well with minimal confusion. My main criticism with this book would have to be with the dialogue. Although I found the story intriguing there was something off about the way the characters all spoke. They talked like high school kids instead of 20 something college graduates so I think that definitely could have been better but it didn't ruin the story for me. It feels like as with most books that are written with a sequel in mind that is is setting the stage for a lot of action to come in the next book and I can't wait to dive into it when it becomes available.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Couple Chapters More

    1 star for the gorgeous cover + 1 star for the interesting world building + 1 star for the promising plot = 3 stars read. I requested the book from Netgalley because the plot sounded interesting and I am a big science fiction fan. I want to start out the review by saying that the book had promise, but it was just not for me. The first issue was the amount of characters introduced in the book. That combined with the many different point-of-views made the plot very jarring and hard to follow. Another 1 star for the gorgeous cover + 1 star for the interesting world building + 1 star for the promising plot = 3 stars read. I requested the book from Netgalley because the plot sounded interesting and I am a big science fiction fan. I want to start out the review by saying that the book had promise, but it was just not for me. The first issue was the amount of characters introduced in the book. That combined with the many different point-of-views made the plot very jarring and hard to follow. Another issue for me was small details in the story that took me out of being immersed in the world the author had created. One example is the aevo compendium. You learn about the aevo compendium early on in the story and the biggest issue for me is that this study of humanity's evolution takes place just in the states. So to sum it up. The many characters, constant jumping between point-of-views and small details in the story that ruined immersion kept me from getting into the book. If you are a fan of science fiction, interesting world building, a diverse cast of characters and enjoy multiple point-of-views, then this could be a book for you. *Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tik Tok

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Evans

    I was excited to start this story. The cover is stunning and I was surprised to find that it wasn't a fantasy novel but a sci-fi story. Putting that aside, I dived straight in and it was a deep dive. The story begins with action and it felt a little as if I'd missed something like I'd started in the middle of the story. There were quite a lot of characters and then chapter 2 began with a different point of view. This made it difficult as a reader to connect with the characters. There was a whole I was excited to start this story. The cover is stunning and I was surprised to find that it wasn't a fantasy novel but a sci-fi story. Putting that aside, I dived straight in and it was a deep dive. The story begins with action and it felt a little as if I'd missed something like I'd started in the middle of the story. There were quite a lot of characters and then chapter 2 began with a different point of view. This made it difficult as a reader to connect with the characters. There was a whole other language and world to get to grips with in the opening chapter and I do think a chapter or two before this might have helped so the reader could be acquainted with the backstory a little. The world building is excellent and there were plenty of surprises along the way. The downside for me has to be the number of characters and different points of view which made it difficult to form a connection and I couldn't get to grips with who the characters were as there were so many mentioned. One thing I will say is that this book is different from other YA books out there and there were some really great plot points. The idea is unique and fresh, but the characters just didn't seem to come to life for me. If you're a fan of stories with a large cast of characters and you love multiple points of view, this may very well be the book for you. Unfortunately for me, the lack of connection with the characters meant I didn't love the story as much as I wanted to.

  19. 4 out of 5

    April

    A group of Aliens have been chosen to watch Earth and report on our resource use and overall toxicity as a planet in an attempt to save Earth for their Goddess Isoldesse. The people of Earth, having no idea this happening, cannot recognize the spies in their midst. However as expected, an alternate rebel group is out to destroy the Aevo Compendium to allow their home planet to prosper and evolve. They believe they are the true followers of Isoldesse and that when She returns She will reward them A group of Aliens have been chosen to watch Earth and report on our resource use and overall toxicity as a planet in an attempt to save Earth for their Goddess Isoldesse. The people of Earth, having no idea this happening, cannot recognize the spies in their midst. However as expected, an alternate rebel group is out to destroy the Aevo Compendium to allow their home planet to prosper and evolve. They believe they are the true followers of Isoldesse and that when She returns She will reward them. With magic, alien refugees in hiding, incantations and alien spies all in the mix, how can this sci fi book ever go wrong? I, like other reviewers, was very drawn to the cover. It's simply gorgeous. I'm not a huge YA reader but am a sci-fi romance/fantasy fan, so I take Science Fiction a little less seriously than some people. I enjoyed the whimsical feel of this story. The world building is okay. Athru, Anumen, Sendarians and the Aevo C. were creative and imaginative concepts. However the new terminology all dropped on the reader in the first 3 chapters was a bit overwhelming, even for me. My advice is move the Glossary to the front of the book and I think that solves a lot. Once I read through the Glossary of Terms, I could re-read and follow the initial story much easier. The friendship between the Main characters remind me of a sci-fi version of Charmed (loved that show). I could easily visualize this in sitcom form. Overall it was good and I enjoyed it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    This book disappointed me. I thought the description was very interesting and the cover was beautiful, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I would have liked. There were a lot of POVs in this book and I felt this impacted my ability to connect with the characters because of the constant jumping around. Overall, I just didn’t really care about some characters and outright didn’t like some such as Meegan, and wasn’t invested in their relationships or their story. The plot had so m This book disappointed me. I thought the description was very interesting and the cover was beautiful, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I would have liked. There were a lot of POVs in this book and I felt this impacted my ability to connect with the characters because of the constant jumping around. Overall, I just didn’t really care about some characters and outright didn’t like some such as Meegan, and wasn’t invested in their relationships or their story. The plot had so much potential but the first part of the novel moved way too slowly and I felt like I was thrown in at the deep end with not very much explanation and just some massive information dumping. I’m still not quite clear on certain plot aspects of the novel. I couldn’t really get into the book and there were too many characters for me to connect with any of them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maddie Breda

    Thank you to Kimberly Grymes and Victory Editing Academy for this ARC! I have never been extremely interested in sci-fi books. Fantasy has always been my go-to. However, I really enjoyed this one! The addition of magic along with the technology and aliens was something that set this book apart from other sci-fi novels. I was worried at first about there being so many POVs, but Grymes's description of this book being like a tv show where even the side characters have their own stories to tell made Thank you to Kimberly Grymes and Victory Editing Academy for this ARC! I have never been extremely interested in sci-fi books. Fantasy has always been my go-to. However, I really enjoyed this one! The addition of magic along with the technology and aliens was something that set this book apart from other sci-fi novels. I was worried at first about there being so many POVs, but Grymes's description of this book being like a tv show where even the side characters have their own stories to tell made complete sense when I read it. It added so much more to the book to be able to watch all of these characters' storylines converge in a climactic ending that left me very upset that I did not have the second part of this duology. The only reason I rated this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was able to predict almost all of the plot twists that occurred due to being able to see so many characters' POVs. However, this didn't take too much away from the enjoyability of watching it all unfold. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction, or even to those who don't because this book was so much more than a book about aliens.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allie // Kitasai

    I received this in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley I really struggled to get into this and found myself after a while unable to pick it back up. It's meant to be a Sci-Fi but the cover looks fantasy and it reads like a contemporary. Unfortunately all those together didn't make it an easy read to get into and I've decided to DNF it. I received this in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley I really struggled to get into this and found myself after a while unable to pick it back up. It's meant to be a Sci-Fi but the cover looks fantasy and it reads like a contemporary. Unfortunately all those together didn't make it an easy read to get into and I've decided to DNF it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tarra Lyn | TLCBookNook

    Full review to come on Feb. 27th.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Célia Cross

    *3.5 stars* I received an ARC from TBR and Beyond Tours in exchange for an honest review. You can view the full book tour for Isoldesse on their website here: "https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2021/01/18/tour-schedule-isoldesse-by-kimberly-grymes"/ Thank you! Who needs guns when you've got electric swords? Okay, so this book wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be! I honestly just looked at the BEAUTIFUL cover and knew I wanted to read - it looked like an amazingly fantastical adventure! I kind of *3.5 stars* I received an ARC from TBR and Beyond Tours in exchange for an honest review. You can view the full book tour for Isoldesse on their website here: "https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2021/01/18/tour-schedule-isoldesse-by-kimberly-grymes"/ Thank you! Who needs guns when you've got electric swords? Okay, so this book wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be! I honestly just looked at the BEAUTIFUL cover and knew I wanted to read - it looked like an amazingly fantastical adventure! I kind of skimmed the premise to be perfectly honest, which is why when I started this book, I thought I might DNF it - it was so obviously sci-fi, it was unbelievable! That fact aside, I'm glad I forged on and finished it! First of all, if you're into short reviews, think Aurora Rising, but for adults with mythology, mystery, AND magic! If you're in for the long hull, here are my thoughts: The worldbuilding was very well done and thought out. I could clearly see the difference in cultures between the "aliens" and the humans - the "aliens" had their own curse words (something every language in fantasy/sci-fi needs), specific clothing differences pointed out, and the locations were painted well. Sometimes a little too well though, in my opinion - in the second half of the book, that is when I skimmed over the details of the setting because I got the just of it - sleek, futuristic rooms. There were many other interesting parts to this world too - how the "aliens" aged differently than us (freaking Meegan is 318!!! 😱), a mood ring detecting Obard (the evil guys - unique way to spot enemies), and the mythology. The mythology was a nice touch to add some element of the cause for the Aevo Compendium and why they do it. At times, all of the names of the "alien" objects/ locations got confusing, so maybe . . . there was a little TOO much planning? The characters were . . . unique. I loved that the core cast was mostly made of girls! I love when we have strong, female MCs! However, my issue was that there are A LOT of characters to remember. It made them even harder to remember because the POV changed every chapter - I sometimes got confused and had to look for context clues to remember who's POV we were reading from (versus going back to the chapter headliner). They were each unique in how they thought, like you could tell they thought and spoke differently, instead of always blending together. The plot and dialogue were both pretty good! Pacing was a little off for the plot though - for the first half of the book, I felt as if it was really slow-going in the plot progression and the second half was really fast. The dialogue was light and comfortable - not something you find often in sci-fi or fantasy books. I really enjoyed this because it felt as if I were talking to one of my friends, which made the book a little more engaging. This type of dialogue also allowed Kimberly Grymes to add much-needed humor to this epic sci-fi story. There were a couple of plot twists that I didn't see coming (view spoiler)[*cough, cough* Kenna's mom being Honnah and her dad being Prince Gerard 😱😱😱 (hide spoiler)] The inciting incident was . . . interesting. But I felt that Meegan should've known what would happen and the other alien race? So many questions were left unanswered with that ending . . . (view spoiler)[RIAN IS GONE!! IS NICK DEAD?!?!? (hide spoiler)] What does Fawness mean? Why did the Obard invade? What's going to happen next? Will Nick and Meegan end up together?!?! Who will Kenna end up with: Ben or Liam?!?! Overall though, Isoldesse was a great sci-fi read and I'm looking forward to the next book, Fawness!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Young

    *I was given an arc of Isoldesse in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Tractor Beam Publishing and Kimberly Grymes.* This review was posted on Young Creative Press if you like this review check out my other reviews at youngcreativepress.com Synopsis: Isoldesse is a contemporary sci-fi which takes place between Earth and Priomh. Told from multiple perspectives every character seems to have one thing in common, Isoldesse. On Priomh, a moon of Sendara, Isoldesse is a goddess of which they w *I was given an arc of Isoldesse in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Tractor Beam Publishing and Kimberly Grymes.* This review was posted on Young Creative Press if you like this review check out my other reviews at youngcreativepress.com Synopsis: Isoldesse is a contemporary sci-fi which takes place between Earth and Priomh. Told from multiple perspectives every character seems to have one thing in common, Isoldesse. On Priomh, a moon of Sendara, Isoldesse is a goddess of which they worship. Carrying out their goddesses work through the Aevo Compendium the Sendarians takes subjects from each world to keep track of how advanced their technology has become. Kenna, one of the main characters, is sent a strange necklace which allows her to see the spirit of a mysterious old woman. Not long after she and her friends are taken to Priomh for the Aevo Compendium, however, Kenna wakes up long before she is supposed to. There is something different about Kenna, she’s just not sure what. Review: This has been one of my favourite reads of 2021 so far. I loved that it was sci-fi but with a contemporary twist. When reading the first few chapters I genuinely forgot that this was a sci-fi and then when those elements did become part of the story I loved it. I don’t really read sci-fi that often and think the mix of the two genres worked really well for me. Firstly let’s talk about the areas that I was not huge on. There were just too many perspectives which at times made the story a little disjointed. I’ve never been a big fan of multiple perspectives anyway, with the odd exception, this not being one of them. This would have benefitted from just three perspectives; Kenna, Breyah and Gemma. They are the most important when it comes to the main plotline and seeing the perspectives from others such as Darci and Cahleen were not as necessary. The prologue was extremely confusing as there was a lot of terms being used that I did not know. This would have been ok if I looked at the glossary at the end of the book however as this was an e-arc that wasn’t very accessible. There was a lot of information thrown at you within the first few chapters which at times could seem quite overwhelming. However, as soon as this got going I was hooked. I was desperate to know more about the elusive Aevo Compendium and what it was actually for. The reason for this, at least to me, was not very obvious and I was constantly wondering why they were taking people. This didn’t ruin the book for me though. If anything I was desperate to keep reading because I needed to know more. I cannot review this book without mentioning its gorgeous cover. This was what drew me into Isoldesse in the first place. Gold and navy is one of my favourite colour combinations and it is stunning on this simple yet interesting cover design. Romance was a very small part of this book, and I was glad that the main focus was on the actual storyline. I feel like there may be a love triangle appearing in the next book, but I have huge confidence that it won’t take over the story. The story, although the pacing was a little off at times, was interesting throughout the entirety of the book. I genuinely have no idea where the plot will go next, but I do know that I am excited. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book and I’m sad that I’m going to have to wait so long to find out what happens after Isoldesse’s action-packed ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Williams

    I'd like to start out by saying thank you to Victory Editing on Netgalley for this ARC! If Goodreads had partial ratings, like The Storygraph, I'd rate this book a 3.75 stars. I never read the synopsis of a book before I start, so I truly wasn't expecting an urban sci-fi story with multiple races of aliens, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was action-y without being overwhelming and very dialogue-based. The foreshadowing didn't click for me until the very last chapter of the book, and I'm still k I'd like to start out by saying thank you to Victory Editing on Netgalley for this ARC! If Goodreads had partial ratings, like The Storygraph, I'd rate this book a 3.75 stars. I never read the synopsis of a book before I start, so I truly wasn't expecting an urban sci-fi story with multiple races of aliens, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was action-y without being overwhelming and very dialogue-based. The foreshadowing didn't click for me until the very last chapter of the book, and I'm still kicking myself for not seeing it from the beginning. Kimberly Grymes writing style isn't my favorite, but it didn't distract from the story. It was flowy and enough to keep my attention. At one point, I thought to myself, "Maybe this is like SJM, the author won't give us unnecessary information just for fun. This has to be relevant somehow." Then I dissuaded myself only to see I was correct in my thinking. Props to you, Kimberly Grymes. You bamboozled me. POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE! Things I liked: - I truly enjoyed multiple aspects of the story, but one of my favorites was the Peter Parker parallel with Kenna and her glasses. Not sure if this was intentional, but I thought it was clever. - I enjoyed the inner monologues of the characters and hearing exactly what they thought. I personally thought Kenna's monologue was semi-formal for her personal thoughts (ie at one point she's thinking about her parents and says "my mom and dad", instead of just mom and dad). Not a total deal breaker. She thinks like common Earthen college kids. - I loved the concept of the Phantom Tree and Kenna's ventures as a dreamwalker of sorts. I was sorta kinda team Liam until hottie lamottie Ben walked in. Catch me in my #teambenna sweater (Kenben? Kennach?) - I *L O V E D* that Kenna embraced the weird and jumped in to save her friends instead of hiding and whining like typical heroines. She recognized a problem and went to town on a solution. Props, girl. Things that frustrated me/I wasn't the biggest fan of: - THE ENDING???? I GET LEFT WITH THAT????? WHERE'S THE REST???? "We'll talk later. You know where." GIVE ME MORE PLEASE AND THANKS. - In a few places, it seemed like the author was a wee bit sidetracked and a few errors slipped through the cracks (I get it. We're only human and mistakes are bound to be made!), but one I noticed was a random name introduced as if we're supposed to know who it is. Someone was talking to Adam, but Adam hasn't been mentioned once in the entire novel. Perhaps that was a first draft name? I spent twenty minutes scouring the book for an Adam and couldn't find anything. Reasons for my rating: - The biggest reason was the grammatical errors. Again, I know we're all human, but there were numerous errors, and it made it hard to focus on the story in some places. Spelling errors, some punctuation, a place where a line of text was italicized but shouldn't have been. Not necessarily the author's fault, but frustrating as a reader to see more than a few errors. - I was really intrigued in the beginning of the book, but somewhere around 40%, I put the book down and didn't pick it up for a few days. It slowed immensely, and around 60% it picked back up and I couldn't put it down. Then my heart was racing and I was reacting aloud. I adored the last quarter of the book. It completely hooked me, and I look forward to reading the second book in the Aevo Compendium duology.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle W. - Sweaters & Stilettos

    I have so many thoughts about this book. The first is that I enjoyed it and that's also the most important. It accounts for most of my rating. I read books, first and foremost, for enjoyment. I couldn't put this down and I'm not usually into Sci-Fi. The problems with this book are many, though; and if you are a particular type of reader, you won't enjoy the way it is laid out, the way information is parcelled out or the many, many viewpoints. Mostly, I just don't care. While it was distracting to I have so many thoughts about this book. The first is that I enjoyed it and that's also the most important. It accounts for most of my rating. I read books, first and foremost, for enjoyment. I couldn't put this down and I'm not usually into Sci-Fi. The problems with this book are many, though; and if you are a particular type of reader, you won't enjoy the way it is laid out, the way information is parcelled out or the many, many viewpoints. Mostly, I just don't care. While it was distracting to have so many viewpoints and difficult to keep all the new information about this world in my head, it was probably one of the better choices for this novel. That being said, I received an ARC via NetGalley and it was definitely uncorrected. There were many tense issues I hope will be ironed out in the final copy due in March. The prologue plunges the reader into a well-developed new world. It was definitely well thought out and complicated. The prologue doesn't really seem to give any unique new information though and I kind of wish it had been left out or replaced with a look at the past when Isoldesse was around. Starting with Kenna's point of view would have plunged us into the new world the same way and we learn almost all the same information along the way anyway. The characters are hard to really get into; it's where I would naturally point my review, but the problem is the information. The book alternately trickles information out and withholds it so you get hooked or dumps it. There is no in-between. While I understand why certain pieces of information were kept back, one in particular that is "revealed" at the end of the book so as to be a cliffhanger for the next book - It didn't work. I guessed it halfway through and I want to read book two for entirely different reasons. It wasn't that hard to figure out and the sneaky information that wasn't spelled out, I'm pretty sure I guessed that too. The things I wanted to know were the things that were kind of left out entirely. The series is called "Aevo Compendium" and the book revolves around this, but I barely understand what that means as it barely starts at the end of the book. HOWEVER: I really did enjoy reading and learning what I did learn. I want to know more. I want to know if my suspicions about Kenna are correct. I loved that this book centred around female friendships. I sincerely hope the next book focuses more on the Anumens and less on the Sendarians. I want the full information packet on Isoldesse, because I feel like we only got like 75% at best and probably (hopefully) less. This book wasn't that long and if it is only a duology, I have seriously high expectations of the second book, but I can't wait to read it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angele

    "The bond between sisters is forever." I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Isoldesse was something I looked forward to reading because of its gorgeous cover, and I was surprised it was more of a contemporary young adult novel with a science fiction twist than a fantasy book that I expected it to be. This novel had a lot of potential, but I do have to say that there are some parts that could still be improved. The story began with a l "The bond between sisters is forever." I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Isoldesse was something I looked forward to reading because of its gorgeous cover, and I was surprised it was more of a contemporary young adult novel with a science fiction twist than a fantasy book that I expected it to be. This novel had a lot of potential, but I do have to say that there are some parts that could still be improved. The story began with a lot of bombarded information about the characters and world, and it left me disoriented for the first ten or so chapters before I finally got the hang of it. It helped that there was a glossary at the end of the book, but the amount of information overload during the first few chapters can be overwhelming to a science fiction beginner - despite it having a contemporary setting. I actually had to commend the author for coming up with a very intricate world, but it could often get lost if not done neatly. Plot-wise, it started off really slowly since everything was still new and being introduced, and I had a slight issue with its pacing. The story itself could have been fleshed out even more to further expand the story and world, but I guess that would be hopefully done in the sequel. The characters were the main driving force of the story, and what kept me continuing on. Like the world-building aspect, there was a lot of characters to take note of, but once you get past that hurdle, it's actually a bit easier to understand. The multiple POVs between the four main characters was a great help in understanding the story more because they all gave very different perspectives of the story. And it was also fun to see their friendship dynamics work. Isoldesse is a pretty okay novel for me, and I would still recommend it to anyone who finds its story more appealing to their tastes. It may not be mine, but I'm sure there are other readers who will enjoy it more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    E.Foster

    I was given a free digital copy of Isoldesse in exchange for a review. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. As much as I really wanted to like this book, I forced myself to push through to page 50 before I had to admit to myself it just wasn't working for me. I love the name and the cover. But let's be honest, that's not why we buy and read a book. The blurb sounded fun so I started with full enthusiasm. The multi-page terminology that the book starts with really put me off. I tried to be a good sport a I was given a free digital copy of Isoldesse in exchange for a review. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. As much as I really wanted to like this book, I forced myself to push through to page 50 before I had to admit to myself it just wasn't working for me. I love the name and the cover. But let's be honest, that's not why we buy and read a book. The blurb sounded fun so I started with full enthusiasm. The multi-page terminology that the book starts with really put me off. I tried to be a good sport and read through it, but after 4 pages... really; I would not have been able to name a single term + explanation. It just doesn't work for me without the context of the story. I would have preferred to have the terminology at the end, so I didn't feel like the author wanted me to read something first, that I wasn't going to remember without context anyway. The two reasons I didn't like the book was because: A. It was really disorienting to be constantly bombarded with foreign, and often hard-to-pronounce names. I can appreciate the sci-fi worldbuilding, definitely. But this was just too much, too soon. I prefer for the worldbuilding to be sprinkled in. B. I felt like I never had a chance to connect with any of the many POV's. Every time I felt like I was finally starting to get a little feel for this character, maybe...it would switch to a new POV. That made them feel hollow to me and I felt more like an observer than like I was actually IN the story. Since I only read 1/8th of the book I can't say anything about trigger warnings, sexual content etc. Just that there only seems to be a bit of very mild swearing. In conclusion I really appreciate miss Grymes efforts with this book, and I can see that there are people who really enjoyed it, which is great. It just really wasn't for me. I like me a world sprinkled in bit by bit, and I like full immersion in my main characters when I read. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try your art though, Kimberly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andee

    BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. DNF’d @ 57% TLDR; There are so many characters that it got overwhelming to try and understand the book. I really did try to give this story a fair shot. Firstly, for whatever reason, I assumed this was a fantasy. I’m not completely sure where I got that idea from, but this is very much a sci fi book. Secondly, there are so many mentioned-by-name characters wit BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. DNF’d @ 57% TLDR; There are so many characters that it got overwhelming to try and understand the book. I really did try to give this story a fair shot. Firstly, for whatever reason, I assumed this was a fantasy. I’m not completely sure where I got that idea from, but this is very much a sci fi book. Secondly, there are so many mentioned-by-name characters within this 4 POV book that by 50% I had completely give up on trying to figure out what was what and who was who. I genuinely want to know how this story ends, I want to know what happens to (?? One of the MC, the human one. That’s how many names there are, I literally don’t know the human MC name because there’s about 8 others). But because of the characters being referred to by name, without being fleshed out enough to be interesting, I’d rather pull my hair out than keep trying to keep up. My last little mention and somewhat “grief” with this book is that despite it having exciting events nothing uh...actually felt exciting. It’s written almost in a contemporary style, which made this a bit strange of an experience.

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