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Surviving in the slums as an Ordinary is no simple task, and Paedyn knows this better than most. Having been trained by her father to be keenly observant since she was a child, Paedyn poses as a Psychic in the crowded city, blending in with the Elites as best she can to stay alive and out of trouble…easier said than done.

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The Elites have possessed powers for decades, gifted to them by the Plague, while those born Ordinary are just that, banished from the kingdom of Ilya and shunned from society.Both the plot and writing were also pretty good!! 🫶🫶 I really enjoyed the writing style and how easy it was to read, it made the book FLY by. There were also some seriously gorgeous lines that had my jaw on the floor. it was really good writing for a debut!! 😍😍 The plot was very entertaining and fast-paced. There was minimal worldbuilding and it was very easy to understand, so this is a great book if you want to get into fantasy! 💜💜 Wow. What a debut. I read this in 2 days and I'm dying for the sequel. The romance, the angst, the ending... YES. The book follows Paedyn Gray, an Ordinary, into the Trials of Ilya where she will either succeed or die. But in this Trials, she faces people that have been training for years for these games… sound familiar?

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If the Trials and the opponents don’t kill her, the prince she’s fighting feelings for will if he discovers what Paedyn really is . . . completely Ordinary. I grew up reading Wattpad, and a metric shit ton of it. So, I'm very familiar with amateur writing, unpolished writing, and writing for fun, for the sake of writing. I do think writers should be compensated for their work, I can't expect everyone who's just writing what they love to do it for free, but like... there should be standards for a published novel that elevate it above something you can access for free on Wattpad (IN MY OPINION). let me start by saying that i didn’t (and still don’t) know who lauren is on booktok. so this review is unbiased as possible. 🫶🏻 (please don’t forget that a 3 stars isn’t a bad rating either.)

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This was a really enjoyable fantasy romance!! 🤩🤩 super fast-paced and easy to read, major Hunger Games vibes and the romance had SO MUCH chemistry 💜💜🫶🫶 I was slightly worried that my expectations for this book were too high, especially considering the letdown that was last year's most viral (and controversial) BookTok book that couldn't follow through on its promises.

Powerless by Lauren Roberts - 9781398529489 - Dymocks Powerless by Lauren Roberts - 9781398529489 - Dymocks

The book is needlessly long, with self indulgent scene after scene that served little purpose to the plot or to further character growth. Yes, I know they're fun to write. But it became very repetitive and very boring very fast. The tropes are fun, knife to throat and whatever etc etc, but I have to wonder why there are like 4 different instances of it and why they're almost identical in purpose and tone. And, what's worse, they're very telling rather than showing. The author needed to kill some darlings, kill MANY darlings.And this we can see in how the whole plot is based on The Hunger Games. The Trials are the Games, the Elites are the Capitol, we even have the interviews and sponsors. Paedyn is clearly a Katniss variant and Adeana is a combination of Prim and Cinna. These similarities are unabashedly thrown at the reader’s face. The host of the interviews even has bright blue hair, I’m not joking.

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