(PDF/EPUB) [Virgo working title only] ´ Alexandra Blogier

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  • Virgo working title only
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  • 04 March 2019
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Virgo working title only characters ☆ 104 ThThe Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago destroying all human life Li's human sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them The Abdoloreans appear human But they don't think with human minds or feel with human hearts And they. Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterLi is the last girl on earth at least that is what her alien father told her Raised with her alien sister Zo she has trained all her life for this role Keeping this secret has been tough but she s about to graduate and the only way she ll survive conscription is to make officer Then she meets Ryn He s a distraction that may have learned her secret The short reviewI love speculative sci fi and am pretty open to believing whatever outrageous premises an author can come up with I LOVE the idea of a race that conscripts it s young to keep spreading to other planets It makes sense since they insist these planets accept their benevolent help that they would also need a constantly rejuvenating army to enforce that help It also made total sense that she needed an officer spot to keep out of the worst of the military action This core idea is strongThen we just get wacky Its hard to understand where the gills fit in They don t live underwater and their gill covers don t appear to flutter when they breathe otherwise Li would have been revealed despite her fake ones So why have them at all And why are the Abdoloreans super powered compared to a human yet appear to look exactly like them This weak world building as well as shallow friendships instalove and a romance heavy plot all conspired against this story Cover Title grade A This is a truly gorgeous cover Even tiny it draws the eye and captures your imagination I knew it had to do with sci fi which is great beyond that I had no idea though I did WANT to know I LOVED the font used for the title which was also spot on to intrigue usHow could this book have been savedI found this book had SO MUCH POTENTIAL It made me upset and so disappointed how easily a few shifts in Li s perspective would have saved the story despite the odd gills and other world building oddities 1 An alien dude you think of as father trained you to survive It s ALL YOU KNOW You don t sneer in the face of it by whining You go out every day and train BECAUSE IF YOU DON T YOU RE DEAD You climb cliff faces or whatever to honor the sacrifices he made for you From there you can decide to rebel etcWHY I know whining seems to be something every teenager can relate to but in this case Li is in a situation that few teenagers are in and if they do have to worry about life and death I can guarantee you they ARE NOT whining Allow readers to experience that sort of back history Much better to form an act of rebellion later when she feels she has everything under control 2 Li has lived essentially 14 years or so without the aliens realizing her gills aren t working so Li would have become complacent about it We all would have She d still have trained and studied because that is partially why she s become complacent but it wouldn t be what she feared Teens fear the FUTURE Change Loss of the status uo ie leaving her father and sister without a support to replace them BETTER for her to fear being a leader among her planet s oppressors Being revealed because she doesn t fit inWHY The theme of the book is very important Teenagers are reading it and imagining how they will embrace their own futures The world frankly needs women leaders Women leaders who struggle with rivalries with men who see them as sex objects Women leaders who help their women coworkers and don t oppress them With her goal of becoming an officer she would have been in a position to be that example This fear works as conflict to being this kind of woman leader 3 Her physical weakness shouldn t have been something she struggled with but over the course of the assessment tests is shown to be her strength and is what makes her THE leader in the end Because the aliens take for granted their speed and strength they just power into a situation while a true leader uses strategy Since she s been training so long to be able to compete with them and to work around her lack of physical prowess she has better tactics than they doWHY Part of the problem was the story started way BEFORE the action We knew she would pass the test She knew she shouldn t go swimming and it was no surprise she go into trouble for it It was contrived big time and in fact ALL THE CONFLICT WAS CONTRIVED In an effort to make this seem school like the story was without a focus Better to start with the conscription training and assessment tests With the change of Li s focus it s easy to see this is a better starting place for the story The plot is also clearer SHOW THE SIMS Show the rivalry She can rebel with her romance and to help her friend It s uite easy to flip things around She can run into Ryn AFTER training starts DURING her own personal training at home very naturally There can be another run in with the jerky guy and her sister when she arrives home again all very natural These interactions would now add up to plot Concrete events that can show how things are instead of just glossing over and telling everythingAs a WriterAs a writer I am NOT a fan of plot that is mostly told instead of shown One or two token sims was not enough interaction between the group nor did it provide any real plot They were ho hum and so basic that a new soldier could have lead her mission They provided nothing for the story because they had nothing to do with the romance plot I get it You never had any intention of her becoming an officer or conscripted I could tell because you glossed over her knowledge and her leadership The sims that were shown were not won due to her excellent leadership she won them because the author dictated it so The horrible thing is that it would have made a much better book to have her go through all that training only to fail because of other stupid actions Then she still has that training to rely on in the next book And how excited readers would have been for that book after experiencing her growth to that leaderI didn t get to talk about the instalove in the story either But if you love a sweet romance and don t mind some over used tropes then this is a great little story It s biggest selling feature is its uick read and focus on romance Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World BuildingBOTTOM LINE High school romance between the last human girl and her alien boyfriend Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinionsYou can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter

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Virgo working title only characters ☆ 104 Li has a father and a sister who love her A best friend Mirabae to share things with She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules She has to Everyone she knows her family her teachers her friends is an alien And she is the only human left on Ear. The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier is a young adult science fiction fantasy that was heavy on the romance and light on the science fictionfantasy Now despite my low rating there were moments that I would start to like this one but in the end I just had too many uestions and concerns with the world building to rate higherThe story centers around Li who is a human teenager that is the only human that survived when Abdoloreans came to Earth and wiped out the rest She was given to an Abdolorean male to raise alongside his daughter Now the Abdoloreans basically look the same as humans with the exception of gills in which Li has been given fake ones leading to my first uestion I pondered how do you cut open a human and give them gills Now maybe some plastic surgery or something but all he doctors are goneSo anyway as the story starts Li has had her best friend all her life but she doesn t know Li is actually human only her Abdolorean father and sister know But we constantly learn all the things Abdoloreans are better at so Li has been training all her life secretly to pass as one Again leading me to all kinds of uestions with the vagueness of this set up so farThen we entered into learning Li is also training for the Abdolorean s army and about to have her testing when amazing a cute boy enters and Li starts throwing all caution to the wind due to cute boy so yes insert insta love But here I am again thinking why oh why is all of this happening if Li s race is so top secret And I won t mention how the little we get about why humans were so horrible and needed to be destroyed by these aliens just seemed rather silly having cows is terrible since it s never really fully explained and just brushed over anywaySo it seemed the entire time I m reading this book I just had uestion and uestion popping into my head on the how s and why s which is rather distracting while trying to enjoy a book But through all that I thought that maybe just maybe this one would end at a 3 star for me until we get the the final chapters Now I won t give any spoilers but let s just say I walked away shaking my head still with those incessant uestions running through my mind so I suppose this one just wasn t my cup of tea unfortunatelyI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit

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Virgo working title only characters ☆ 104 Have special abilities no human could ever haveWhen Li meets Ryn she's swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous conseuences How far will Li go to stay alive Will she save herself and in turn the human race or will she be the final witness to humanity's destruction. I don t think this book is getting any credit for what it is and for what it is it s good It s a YA romance first and foremost so shelving it as sci fi or fantasy is secondary at best For me this read as very YA not overly descriptive very fast paced almost middle grade if not for the romance And for a YA audience that s totally appropriate If anything it s somewhat underdeveloped and too short Things like the last 10% could have been in depth An epilogue would have given it some closure although I thought the ending was great The explanation given regarding the aliens who have occupied earth could have been expanded The big event also could have been expanded to give the plot tension So overall the story isn t fantastic But it isn t bad as a 286 GR rating would indicate For a debut it s far above that and definitely deserves On audio Kim Mai Guest is good with regard to emotion and expression She s a talented voice actor although I m not sure she was the best choice for this particular book Her voice tends to lend a little girl uality to the character and this character was tougher than she sounded Emma Galvin might have been a better choice because of the grit in her voice