Book Title: Pastel Pink (Zadok, #1)
Author: Nikki Minty
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: April 15th 2021
What it’s about
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?
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What I Thought
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I don’t feel it’s often that I start a review with that sentence. It was one of the few times that I didn’t get confused by the POV’s that were in here and they are clearly labelled.
This brings me on nicely to Harlow/Ruby. I was unsure how Nikki Minty was going to bring what I thought would be two different personalities across but it was very well done. I like that you know when Harlow is Harlow and when Harlow is Ruby and I didn’t really need the POV’s labelling to know this. I relished how she made this one person have two lives and how it all ties in.
Some of the side characters were a little annoying, such as Zavier who was the typical “friend-zoned” butt hurt boy who deserves more because he’s been Harlow’s friend for years. No boy deserves your romantic love because they’re your only friend. This type of character just grates on me but again he’s well written for this to actually annoy me to this level.
Floss and Jade were strange in their complete contrast to each other and I am still unsure what to make of this.
I thought the world-building was done well, especially when we take the whole colour conflict. When Ruby Red comes out later this year I would like to get to know more about the colours and the differences between them. The only thing that got a little tedious was Harlow translating the things Zeeks have to human comparison. Such as the “cafe” Zavier works at by calling it a coffee shop. I got that without the explanation.
The ending caught me off guard and because of that, I will be waiting not so patiently for Ruby Red to be released.
Have you read Pastel Pink? Let me know in the comments