Pastel Pink – Book Review #20 (2021)

Title: Pastel Pink

Author: Nikki Minty

Series: #1 of Zadok Series

Format: eARC

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Goodreads synopsis:

From one ending comes a new beginning…

Ruby was murdered on Earth eighteen years ago and reincarnated on Zadok as a Pastel Zeek named Harlow. To be born at the bottom of her race’s caste colour system to a middle-class family of Magentas has made Harlow a source of conflict amongst the ruling Purples, and a source of derision from all three colours.

When Harlow is attacked by a fuegor on Zadok, the effects of its slow reacting venom triggers an unforeseen phenomenon, and due to the strong connection she had with her former twin sister Jade, her human spirit is unexpectedly drawn back to Earth.

Now living a double life, she has plunged into a world of intrigue on both planets.

On earth, she watches on in horror as Jade reconnects with Lucas, the man who murdered her and got away with it. And to complicate things further, she’s being pursued by Alex, the ghost of Lucas’ twin. On Zadok, she becomes embroiled with Jax, the son of the Commanding family. He’s determined to bring about change to the colony’s colour system, but it’ll come at a cost.

As Harlow mixes with the political intrigue of the Zeeks, will she become a victim of those trying to rigidly maintain the status quo or will she usher in a revolution?

And will ghost Ruby resist the temptation of the handsome Alex or pursue an impossible relationship that could have dire consequences on both planets?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

This has a very interesting premise. So we have Ruby, a human who died on Earth and reincarnated in a different world. On this world, there’s a division of races and a person is grouped by their place of origin and their color and race.

Ruby was reborn as Harlow, a Pastel. Pastels are the lowest among the Zeek race. The Zeek has 3 levels of hierarchy. The highest are Purples, the strongest ones able to cast ice and water magic. Next are the Magentas, also strong but only able to cast water magic. And lastly, the Pastels where Harlow belongs. The lowest ones, treated like slaves and the poorest among the Zeeks.

World building wise, it is quite decent and I was able to imagine the world created by the author. The writing is engaging and I enjoyed reading the earlier parts of the book.

My main reason for not giving it that high of a rating is because of the characters. Among the many characters in this book, I only like RJ and he’s not even a main character. I just feel like it’s either the characters are inconsistent or are flat out evils without dimensions.

Harlow or Ruby irks me at a few instances. She’s so undecided on things that I don’t even know what to do with her. Maybe she’ll change on the succeeding books but at the moment I’m not a fan. My main issue with her is that among the 3 (yes there’s 3) people seemingly into her, she thinks/acts she can choose one but the other two are still hers. Got me? It was infuriating.😬

The plot has a potential and things might get interesting on the next book. It was a fast read for me and I still enjoyed reading it despite Harlow/Ruby.😅

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via BookSirens***

A lot more reviews to come.🤗


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