I am very excited today to share with you a guest review from a book friend I recently met at a signing event. Desirae is a veracious reader, she's a lot of fun to talk to, and super sweet! She's been thinking about starting her own blog, but isn't sure yet; so I offered her the chance to write a guest review for The Romance Bookie first, and then see how she feels about it :).
So everyone, please welcome Desirae with her review of Nil by Lynne Matson!
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.
I just want to say, thank you Mandy for letting post a guest review here, it means a lot. :) And I hope you all like it. :)
Nil was a really enjoyable read, so good, that I re-read it after I finished it. I loved how it took place on a mysterious island where dozens of questions piled up right away. The story has a lot of suspense, action, romance, and vivid descriptions of the tropical island that makes you feel like you are right there beside the main character throughout the entire story.
Nil looks like a beautiful place, but it's a very dangerous island. It isn't a place you want to visit. It isn't safe. The lack of supplies and wild animals looming about isn't the only thing you have to worry about there. It's the time limit you have to worry about.
One moment Charley is at the store, just like any other day, and the next moment she wakes up to find herself on an island where she finds out by the island's leader, that if you don't leave this island in 365 days, you will die.
Every day, every minute, you have to worry about time.
One of my favorite characters in the story is Charley. Not because she is the main character, but because she is a really strong character who survived on the island for 12 days by herself before finding the group of survivors on the island and teaming up with them. Throughout the entire book, I was rooting for her. Another favorite character of mine is Thad because he is always there for Charley. He's always optimistic and he is a caring leader who wants all the best for everyone on the island and just wants everyone to find their way back home before their time is up.
There are so many characters in this book. Some from Europe, some from America, some from Asia, some from Canada. And none of them know why they are here. They only know they need to survive. Most importantly, they try to make sure everyone gets off the island before they die. In the past, some didn't make it and it was sad.
But despite the terrible atmosphere Nil carries, and all the horrors the island brings, Charley and Thad stay hopeful.
This story is also told from two points of views, Charley's and Thad's, which makes it even more enjoyable to read.
I read this book in one day. It's fast paced. It's entertaining. And throughout all the pages, it keeps you questioning everything about Nil. How did it come to be? Why are these people here? Why is this islands so terrifying it only give you 365 days to leave?
I wish there were more answers at the end of the book, but it's okay because it was still really good and there is also a sequel. If you like suspense and romance, then you will like this book! :)
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