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Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn. Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn. Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.


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Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn. Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn. Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

30 review for The Never Tilting World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC gifted to me by Olivia! Thank you! “When the dead find words, the goddess and the Devoted son will meet atop a fish not a fish, on a sea not a sea. It is she who travels to the endless Abyss, and it is he who guides her.” It’s no secret that Rin Chuepco is one of my favorite authors of all time. I have supported and loved every book I’ve picked up by them, but I was still apprehensive how they were going to top The Bone Witch Trilogy, which is one of my favorite series of all time, but ARC gifted to me by Olivia! Thank you! “When the dead find words, the goddess and the Devoted son will meet atop a fish not a fish, on a sea not a sea. It is she who travels to the endless Abyss, and it is he who guides her.” It’s no secret that Rin Chuepco is one of my favorite authors of all time. I have supported and loved every book I’ve picked up by them, but I was still apprehensive how they were going to top The Bone Witch Trilogy, which is one of my favorite series of all time, but friends, The Never Tilting World might be my new favorite Rin Chupeco book. And this was such a perfect start to this duology. This book was originally pitched to me as Mad Max meets Frozen, and even though that sounds like the wildest of comparisons, it totally is true. The world of Aeon is separated into two cities after “the breaking”. Two goddesses have raised these two girls, while keeping secrets and never allowing them to know that they are twins and that their sibling is alive. Yet, monsters are breaching both shores Two Dying Cities: ➽ Aranth - Never ending night, cold, and frozen everything. ➽ The Golden City Never ending day, heat, and chaos. Two Powerful Girls: ➽ Haidee - Has a love for mechanical engineering and is expected to marry soon. ➽ Odessa - Lesbian, chronically ill, and I will protect at all costs. Two Traveling Companions: ➽ Arjun - Disabled (missing a hand), a rogue rebel, and likes Haidee. ➽ Lan - Bi, has PTSD, healer and bodyguard for Odessa. (Also, best library meet-cute ever!) Honestly, Lan is probably my favorite character and seeing their journey to love and heal was really so beautiful that it makes me cry just thinking about it. Truly one of the best fictional characters I’ve had the pleasure to read about in a really long while. Rin also always gives their readers the best romances, and this book was no different. I was in love with both romantic subplots in this book, but Lan and Odessa’s f/f relationship meant everything to me (who is surprised?). Also, Rin confirmed they are Gryffindor and Slytherin and *chef kiss* you all know that’s the best pairing. But Haidee and Arjun are the best Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw m/f to probably ever exist, too. But both of these two pairings go off on separate journeys, trying to uncover secrets that have been hidden from them their whole lives, while also willing to do anything to save their people. This book is for sure a metaphor for how the time is truly ticking until our own world becomes uninhabitable, while we all live in opposite ends of the spectrum of constant day and night. There are monsters in this book, but the most terrifying aspect is the waters rising too fast and the ice coming in too quickly, which threaten to erase an entire city. While another city cannot provide for their people because nothing will grow, therefore they have to be sealed away hoping to gain more time before everything dies. Rin also always celebrates the Filipino culture in all of their books with all their themes. Also, I always view all of Rin’s characters as Asian, unless stated otherwise. “We’re chasing a dying sea under an endless sun that kills us with a thousand little cuts every day. There’ll be nothing left soon. Nothing but sand and bone.” This story also is truly a love letter to womanhood, motherhood, and sisterhood, and how those powerful bonds can scare men. The feminist undertone is constant in this story, and the parallels to our world is also impossible to not see. Again, the world doesn’t deserve Rin Chupeco and their stories, and please protect them at all costs. “A demoness is what they call a goddess that men cannot control.” I will say that I know this magic system, world, and world building isn’t going to be for everyone. Just like Rin’s other works, people are going to say that it is too complex and the learning curve is too steep, and that’s valid. I will be the first to say that I always just feel instantly connected to Rin’s work and their stories, but I know that is not the case for everyone, so here is your warning. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and Trigger Warnings: PTSD depiction, violence, gore, mention of sexual assault, talk of death, and war themes. Buddy read with Alexa! ❤ (This buddy read meant so very much to me and I just really love Alexa so much and I’m so thankful for her friendship and her voice!) And thank you so much Shealea for putting this amazing blog tour together! (You’re the best, bb!) ❤

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rin Chupeco

    EDIT [3/28/19]: cover reveal! https://t.co/r1pRsQ06GC Hello, what you should know about THE NEVER TILTING WORLD: 1. Four POVs: + Haidee, goddess-mechanic with free-spirited Moana vibes + Odessa, bookish chaotic lesbian goddess energy + Arjun, sarcastic fire-wielding amputee and secret cinnaman + Lan, healer/ranger and fierce bodyguard in love with her charge 2. Twin goddesses scrambling to fix a world slowly dying of horrific man-made (goddess-made?) and destructive climate change. Yes, climate change EDIT [3/28/19]: cover reveal! https://t.co/r1pRsQ06GC Hello, what you should know about THE NEVER TILTING WORLD: 1. Four POVs: + Haidee, goddess-mechanic with free-spirited Moana vibes + Odessa, bookish chaotic lesbian goddess energy + Arjun, sarcastic fire-wielding amputee and secret cinnaman + Lan, healer/ranger and fierce bodyguard in love with her charge 2. Twin goddesses scrambling to fix a world slowly dying of horrific man-made (goddess-made?) and destructive climate change. Yes, climate change deniers are my villains now. 3. A world torn between night and day, and an endless abyss in the middle of the world where Horrible Things Climb Out Of 4. Sandworms! A sea-desert! Ships sailing on winds! Shadow demons and corrupted creatures! Sand dolphins! Two-tiered elemental magic system! Did I mention SAND DOLPHINS 5. Maybe some kissing? (While it's been pitched as Frozen meets Mad Max, I like to think that it's more of a Mad Max meets Avatar the Last Airbender aesthetic) Enjoy! <3

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    October Faecrate Unboxing! Click the link to see the GOODIES GOODIES LINK Another damn book that I hated!! I loved the authors Bone Trilogy BUT not this one. I’m getting so tired of these kinds of books!! I also think the cover is ugly, where many others love it. I thought her Bone Witch covers were better. Anyway, I only like two of the items in the book box so I’m seriously thinking of dropping all book boxes at the beginning and of the year. I wish they did boxes with just the goodies so we October Faecrate Unboxing! Click the link to see the GOODIES GOODIES LINK Another damn book that I hated!! I loved the authors Bone Trilogy BUT not this one. I’m getting so tired of these kinds of books!! I also think the cover is ugly, where many others love it. I thought her Bone Witch covers were better. Anyway, I only like two of the items in the book box so I’m seriously thinking of dropping all book boxes at the beginning and of the year. I wish they did boxes with just the goodies so we didn’t have to waste money on books that go straight to the trade in box! Anyhoo, Happy Reading Peeps! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 66 Oh man, this is another review that is probably going to get me hate, but you know what, I thought this book was bad and I'm not sorry about being honest. I'd be a pretty crappy book blogger if I lied to you and said this was amazing when I kept zoning out while reading this and thinking about all the other books I'd rather be reading instead. It was boring and 100% not for me. On the surface, THE NEVER TILTING WORLD sounded Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p. 66 Oh man, this is another review that is probably going to get me hate, but you know what, I thought this book was bad and I'm not sorry about being honest. I'd be a pretty crappy book blogger if I lied to you and said this was amazing when I kept zoning out while reading this and thinking about all the other books I'd rather be reading instead. It was boring and 100% not for me. On the surface, THE NEVER TILTING WORLD sounded amazing. LGBT+ fantasy set in a broken world where one half is always cold and dark and the other half is sunny and light. It reminded me of this planet I watched in this documentary called "Exoplanets from Hell" (which is totally amazing and you should track it down and watch it), and I believe the planet that I'm thinking of was Upsilon Andromeda b, a planet that is literally half-fire and half-ice. Obviously my nerdy heart started palpitating and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. THE NEVER TILTING WORLD turned out to be not my thing, though. The world-building is kind of a mess. I loved the premise, but it was so convoluted and confusing that I couldn't get into it. I had a similar problem with another book, THE TENTH GIRL, where I could not figure out if the author was doing a bad job explaining the story to me, or if I was just too stupid and uninterested to figure out what was going on. There are goddesses in this world, and they're at odds, and it has something to do with what caused the planet to "break" in the first place, and that's as far as I got. There's also some "this is my original character" fanfic vibes going on here. Two of the characters have LITERAL RAINBOW HAIR and one of the characters has two colored eyes (I think one is gold and one is violet/blue). Everyone in this book has a POV chapter of their own and unfortunately they all have very similar narratives, so it was impossible to keep track of who was who, which was another thing that made it difficult to keep track of what was going on. I shouldn't have to keep flipping back to the chapter heading to look at who's narrating. They should be distinct. I'm sorry to give up on this but I'm not going to waste my time on something I'm not enjoying, either. You might very well like this, and if you do, more power to you. Disclaimer: I am reviewing an ARC copy of this work and my copy may be different from yours. 1 star

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    First, can we talk about this cover? Can we just mention it for a moment? Cause it's nice. I like it a lot. That and the premise made me really excited to read this one. And you know what? I shouldn't judge books by their covers. Don't get me wrong, the book didn't totally suck, despite my sucky rating. It was just meh, which probably worse. My first issue is that I, quite frankly, didn't care about any single one of the characters. Whether they lived or died was not my concern. One of them could First, can we talk about this cover? Can we just mention it for a moment? Cause it's nice. I like it a lot. That and the premise made me really excited to read this one. And you know what? I shouldn't judge books by their covers. Don't get me wrong, the book didn't totally suck, despite my sucky rating. It was just meh, which probably worse. My first issue is that I, quite frankly, didn't care about any single one of the characters. Whether they lived or died was not my concern. One of them could have gotten hit by a magical bus and I wouldn't have batted an eye. The characters didn't seem original to me. There was nothing about them that made them interesting. Nothing that made them stand out. By the time the year ends in two months I probably won't remember any of their names. The only thing I might remember is the fact that the 'goddesses' had rainbow hair, if only because it gets drilled into our heads repeatedly. My main problem with this book is that no matter how much I tried I just couldn't get invested in the story! The POVs all started to blend together after a while and despite having such an awesome premise, I was bored while reading. I kept putting this book down and not feeling any desire to pick it back up. I actually thought about not finishing because my mind just wasn't in it. All of that said, this book is not actually horrible. The premise is super interesting. The writing is decent. The characters are pretty meh, but there was nothing that was necessarily wrong with them. It's like all the pieces were there and just the puzzle wasn't put together in the most effective or appealing way for me. Overall, as I  said, this wasn't exactly a bad book. It was OK. But life is too short to read books that are just 'OK'. With so many amazing books out there waiting to be read, I cannot in good conscience recommend this one. That said, if you do decide to give this one a shot, I really do hope you enjoy it! Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review Blog Twitter Instagram ARC provided by the Publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review “A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.” I have always wanted to read something by this author and when I saw this awesome cover on Edelweiss (Thanks for them for providing an ARC in exchange of an honest review) I did not think twice and requested it. I have been reading less YA recently and changing into adult fantasy and maybe I am not being fair to this This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 ARC provided by the Publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review “A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.” 🌟 I have always wanted to read something by this author and when I saw this awesome cover on Edelweiss (Thanks for them for providing an ARC in exchange of an honest review) I did not think twice and requested it. I have been reading less YA recently and changing into adult fantasy and maybe I am not being fair to this book because of that. 🌟 I decided to give this a chance as I thought it was a standalone but obviously it is a part of a series. That being said, this is not a bad book, I gave it a good rating which is 3 stars. but in a world full of good books, I am looking for something very good, extraordinary, something that stands out between all those books out there. 🌟 The Never Tilting world was good in all aspects but I felt it could have been better, some of the potential was lost somehow. The writing was good but I was bored every now and then. 🌟 The characters were okay, I would have preferred 2 instead of 4 POVs, I rooted for 2 of them and did not care about the other two. Their voices were not the same but it was not so distinctive either. I always say that writing multiple POV is very hard and it could make or break the book. In this case, it was more of the later for me! 🌟 The world building was unique and I liked the magic system but I also wanted more. I think there will be more in the next book but I won’t probably continue this! The pacing was inconsistent, I felt it was slow sometimes and fast sometimes. The plot was kind of predictable for me. 🌟 Summary: I think The Never Tilting World was a good book that could have done better. I may have picked it with different expectations so you can take this review with a grain of salt! I just thought that all the elements of the story were constricted and had more potential. You can get more books from Book Depository

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Me:*casually trying to look cool while reading the latest trendy YA book* *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Umairah | Sereadipity

    4.5 stars Plot: 5/5 Characters: 4/5 Writing: 5/5 It was a climate fiction fantasy novel about a world called Aeon split between permanent day and permanent night with extreme weather and dangerous magical creatures. I absolutely loved it- it was so imaginative and action-packed! The world building was really well fleshed out. I liked learning how both the day and night sides coped with their situations. I loved the backstory. It was inspired by Assyrian mythology and was really intriguing. The 4.5 stars Plot: 5/5 Characters: 4/5 Writing: 5/5 ∗ It was a climate fiction fantasy novel about a world called Aeon split between permanent day and permanent night with extreme weather and dangerous magical creatures. ∗ I absolutely loved it- it was so imaginative and action-packed! ∗ The world building was really well fleshed out. I liked learning how both the day and night sides coped with their situations. ∗ I loved the backstory. It was inspired by Assyrian mythology and was really intriguing. ∗ The plot was full of surprises and I never had a bored moment! I liked watching the two story lines converge. ∗ Odessa was a goddess who lived on the night side of Aeon ruling a city called Aranth. She became braver and more sure of herself as the story progressed. Her character arc was all about fighting the allure of power and how it nearly corrupted her. ∗ Lan was Odessa's bodyguard. She was fierce, strong and disciplined and she had PTSD after a traumatic experience. I liked how she started to come to terms with what happened to her and open up her heart. ∗ Haidee (my favourite character) was also a goddess who lived on the day side of Aeon and ruled the Golden City. Her and Odessa were twins but neither of them knew. She was really smart as a mechanic, extremely caring and definitely reminded me of myself at times. ∗ Arjun lived in the desert on the day side of Aeon and he went with Haidee on her journey. He was an amputee and also really smart and resourceful. My favourite thing about him was how he pretended to be all gruff but his softer side gradually emerged as the novel progressed. ∗ Both the romances were adorable and flawlessly done. ∗ Even though the climate change was caused by a magical disaster the message of being responsible for the damage we cause to our world applies to us all. ∗ It's a brilliant, creative novel- I'd definitely recommend it! Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. To find out more about the book, check out this interview I did with the author, Rin Chupeco.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    Frozen meets Mad Max with split-in-half-goddesses. also, I personally love finding out books I already wanted to read have queer leads

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    4/7/18 This cover is gorgeous! --- Pitched as Frozen meets Mad Max...what does that mean? Also, it seems like qutte a few books lately have been pitched as Mad Max meets *another famous name drop*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    I have waited obscenely long to read this book. Multiple requests for the ARC got rejected and while sometimes I lose interest in a book when that happens, it wasn’t the case here. Rin Chupeco has become a favorite author of mine this year and there was no way I wasn’t gonna read this book immediately after its release. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that I wasn’t let down. This world is brilliantly conceived. As a land that has stopped turning and has literally been cleaved into two, the I have waited obscenely long to read this book. Multiple requests for the ARC got rejected and while sometimes I lose interest in a book when that happens, it wasn’t the case here. Rin Chupeco has become a favorite author of mine this year and there was no way I wasn’t gonna read this book immediately after its release. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that I wasn’t let down. This world is brilliantly conceived. As a land that has stopped turning and has literally been cleaved into two, the effect this has on the world itself as well as the people is described with stark detail. The half with perpetual sun is basically a desert with even the strong rays of the sun too dangerous for people to be exposed to, the waters drying up in a way that leads to unprecedented droughts and deaths of creatures leaving very few sources of food remaining. The other half is endless night, with unbearable cold and oceans and ice encroaching on the remaining land that is left. There are also acid rains, sand seas, rivers and seas changing course and various other disasters, which make survival the only thing important in this world. The origin and basis of the magic system is pretty unique, even though the powers that each person possesses are pretty standard for a fantasy novel. I can’t go much into detail because I don’t think I can really explain it properly and maybe you should find it out yourself. However, the myriad of creatures, some sweet, some motivated and some hostile are all wonderfully described and I really dreaded every time a new one showed up. There really were some very monstrous creatures and I think the author captured the horror of them very well. The writing style of the author is definitely something that you need to get a bit used to. Just like The Bone Witch trilogy, you are either going to completely fall in love or not like it much at all - and you can obviously guess which side I fall on. The author definitely doesn’t believe in info dumps at all, so while we get to know the issues faced by the people in the world right from the beginning, the reason for the breaking of world and the mythology behind the story of the goddesses is revealed very slowly. The only thing that slightly miffed me was that we really didn’t get answers even by the end of the book, and while I’ll surely read the sequel, I just wish we had gotten some more revelations. The pacing of the story is steady but mostly on the slower side, with some interesting action sequences in between which thrilled me a lot. This book has one of my favorite tropes - a quest - and I really enjoyed the journeys the characters took across the two vastly different but consistently dangerous landscapes. We get 4 different POVs and the author does a wonderful job giving each of them very distinct voices and making me fall in love with all of them. The audiobook also has a full cast production, which made for a great listening experience. I actually read and listened to this book alternately and I loved both ways of enjoying it. The characters are another strong point of the story and it always gives me immense pleasure when I end up liking all of them. Odessa is the young goddess of the darker side of the world, while Haidee is from the desert side. They both have been brought up very differently but by very similar strict mothers, with Odessa isolated most of her life due to her chronic illness and Haidee a very talented mechanika (despite her mother’s distaste for it). But they both are inherently compassionate human beings who decide to do something to save their world and set out on very similar and perilous journeys. Odessa is also a romance novel lover and it was adorable to see her try to understand the mechanics of seduction by applying whatever she read in her books. Haidee on the other hand is very competent and practical, but jumps into things headlong without worrying too much about what might happen next. Lan is a former ranger who suffers from ptsd and is tasked with being Odessa’s bodyguard. They have a kind of established relationship from before the book starts, so it was nice to see it grow and change based on circumstances and also the push and pull due to the power imbalance. Lan is very honorable and her struggle to accept the trauma of her past and realize that it’s okay to sometimes ask for help is very painfully but realistically depicted, and I thought it was amazing to see some kind of therapy sessions happening in a fantasy world. Arjun on the other hand is a desert nomad who is very skilled at doing whatever it takes to survive and wants to kill Haidee because he assumes she is responsible for the breaking of the world and all his people’s troubles. But it’s obvious from the start that they are destined to be together and it was especially their banter that made for some lighthearted moments in an otherwise intense book. They also make for great partners when fighting off creatures hell bent on murdering them and I lived for those scenes. Arjun seems like a grumpy dude in the beginning but he really is a softie and there are some adorable heartwarming moments in the story between him, Haidee and a group of golugongs and I just wanted to give them all a hug. Right from the cover to the premise, it’s obvious that this book’s main theme is a direct parallel to the climate change emergency of our world. It really showcases how an entire world can be devastated just because a few in power get greedy for more of it. And how in such catastrophic conditions, those with more resources will essentially shut off relief for anyone they deem unworthy. The author’s note about her own experiences with climate disasters in Philippines really makes for a chilling read and gives the book a whole different perspective. It’s mostly a call to action to everyone to do their part in preventing this devastation from proceeding any further. There is also a whole subplot about verbal/physical abuse by superiors over their subordinates and I think the author gives us a lot to think about with the way she handled this part of the story - if we get to punish our abusers in the same way they abused us, is it really justice and are we really any different from them? Where is the line really between justice and retribution and what is it that prevents us from becoming abusers too? If you love books with excellent ensemble of diverse characters, a very complex world and some adorable romances, then you should pick this up. If you have previously enjoyed the Bone Witch trilogy, you’ll probably like this a lot too. If like me, you are fan of characters going on physical as well as metaphorical quests, then this book is a perfect choice for you. The audiobook is also excellently narrated, and I loved listening to a full cast. The book however can be a bit slow, so maybe keep that in mind before you dive into it. I may not be entirely satisfied with the ending, but I really loved the journey this book took me on and I’m already upset that I’ve got to wait a very long while to see how it all ends.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Boston

    4.5 stars methinks?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    that cover + that synopsis are killing me

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz I read an excerpt of The Never Tilting World because I've read Rin Chupeco before and found her plot boring and the writing too dense for YA fiction. And I really, really liked what I read... The cover is neat as it shows a representation of the world in The Never Tilting World... but I feel like it must be better in paper?! Because the digital cover is dark and muddy looking. I did really like the title... I think its totally perfect Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz I read an excerpt of The Never Tilting World because I've read Rin Chupeco before and found her plot boring and the writing too dense for YA fiction. And I really, really liked what I read... The cover is neat as it shows a representation of the world in The Never Tilting World... but I feel like it must be better in paper?! Because the digital cover is dark and muddy looking. I did really like the title... I think its totally perfect for to reflect the world when we have 4 POVs to follow. The Premise Whenever gods and goddesses are at the center of a fantasy series I fell like its a toss up whether I'll like it or not. Ultra powerful goddesses... where do we go with that?! Well to a wasteland of a world that has been ripped apart and kept going by these twin goddesses. I really love the idea of a world that has been decimated due to power hungry women. We see that Rin Chupeco is really hinting at the effect humans have on a world with all the environmental concerns that beset earth. And I loved the different problems The Never Tilting World has now because of their choices. Much of the mystery of the what happened to the world is hidden in a she said. but wait, she said sort of debate that we see through the newest generation of twin goddesses. Odessa and Haidee have been raised by mothers totally in the dark about why their world is in the shambles it is. But in The Never Tilting World we follow them as they try to fix the world. Along for the ride is Arjun, Haidee's buddy and Lan, Odessa's companion. Having 4 POVs sounds complicated but it really isn't. We are really following two storylines... Odessa and Lan's journey and Haidee and Arjun's journey. And to make it more fun we switch back and forth between the 2 POVs. And yeah, The Never Tilting World is totally a road trip through a hell of a wasteland. And I enjoyed how Rin Chupeco made both journeys different from one another. However, there is a lot of heavy mythology behind why these goddesses are leaving home to save the world. It feels heavy with religion though not of the Christian kind. This back history can get quite confusing because we learn about it from Odessa and Haidee's POVs and they don't have the truth!! They can only tell us what their goddess mothers have told them and what their people know about the world breaking. The Never Tilting World ends on a trite note. With the creativity woven through the story up to now I was really underwhelmed at the choices Odessa and Haidee make during the final pages of the book. I wanted these girls to stay in character and now I'll have to wait for book two to learn why their choices didn't stay in line with who we traveled with... My Experience Having read Chupeco before and not enjoying it, I couldn't help comparing the previous book's flaws to this new offering... The Never Tilting World is heads and shoulders better than the previous book I read by the same author. For one there is plot. Like actual things happening. I was jazzed to find the pace never slowing even if the story switched between the twin goddesses. Different this time was the POVs. And I really loved that there were multiple POVs. With two storylines and 4 POVs we could have gotten really muddled. And we really needed Arjun and Lan's POVs. Their POVs gave the story depth and kept the focused goddesses from becoming boring and repetitive. I appreciated that Chupeco stayed with the Lan, Arjun, Odessa, Haidee pattern that she established in the beginning. That should help readers who struggle with multiple POV know which character they're reading. There are some peculiarities to Rin Chupeco's writing style that remain the same and can be a turn on or a turn off to readers. The Never Tilting World... ...is a dense world. There is a ton of back history going on and we don't learn in through info dumping. The reader has to distill facts about the world from the POVs and how the characters act. ...is fascinated with morally grey characters. Odessa at times outshines Haidee's POV because she makes choices that take her down a much darker road than her sister. ...is beset by an unsatisfying ending. This feels like the beginning of a story. Like we literally only get to the first tourist attraction on our ultimate roadtrip list. And it's not as good as we hoped. ...isn't giving us any answers. We gather tidbits about why the world is broken as we read, but we never do concretely learn who did what and why they did it. -The magic is really neat. -I did like the twists leading up to the end. -I loved the creative galla (demon or hell derived creatures) and the part they played in maintaining the mythology of the world. -I adored the dolugongs and felt like they enlivened one of the storylines. -I adored the transportation that both goddesses take on their travels. -If you're a queer loving reader then this one will make you happy. -The romance is cute but also rather light too. Makes the book feel like its on the cusp between YA and NA. -There is a lot of fantasy stuffed into the story. The Never Tilting World sets us up in a compelling dystopian, goddess broken world and plops us down in a twisted situation with twin sisters whose roadtrips takes them on a journey to find the truth about their life and purpose. A creative start to a new fantasy series. ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building B+ Cover & Title grade Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews... Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    After this tweet by the author, I kinda really need it. My new series, THE NEVER TILTING WORLD, has 4 POVs: + chaotic Slytherin lesbian deity + PTSD-suffering Asian bi Gryffindor warrioress + Grouchy disabled Hufflepuff Asian gunner + Ravenclaw nerd mechanic who is also a goddess

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    This was one of my most anticipated reads for the latter half of 2019, and it did mostly live up to my hopes! It’s a really unusual fantasy inspired by climate change, set in a world split in two realms - one with in an endless desert day under a blitzing sun and another an endless frozen night under a cold moon. I was attached to all 4 narrators - a strong positive. One girl had an antiheroine arc - another strong positive. Also a f/f relationship - a third strong positive. An amazing, charming This was one of my most anticipated reads for the latter half of 2019, and it did mostly live up to my hopes! It’s a really unusual fantasy inspired by climate change, set in a world split in two realms - one with in an endless desert day under a blitzing sun and another an endless frozen night under a cold moon. I was attached to all 4 narrators - a strong positive. One girl had an antiheroine arc - another strong positive. Also a f/f relationship - a third strong positive. An amazing, charming male love interest with a missing limb - yet another fourth positive. The only negative things were that some small editing needed to be done (as expected, I was reading an arc) and the worldbuilding was so complex some could find it confusing. I’m still trying to fit my head round the brilliant but confusing idea of “gates” inside the body which are visible in the eyes (?) which then channel energy which then the users manipulate. Honestly it’s so creative and I love it, and different to the current energy systems around in YA right now. But I do think a little more explanation (just a tiny bit) could’ve helped. That, and this book lacked the oomph and connection I needed to give it a 4.5/5, but I am looking forward to the sequel. Full review shall also come soon! * this has girl goddesses and gays :)) has someone specifically summoned me here *

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Wunderkind PR for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review this cover and title are absolutely gorgeous i just want to stare at them for hours | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn |

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tara ☽

    "Frozen meets Mad Max" I'm disturbed yet excited

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . Here's the thing: it wasn'tbad per se, but I was just really bored through most of it? I almost DNFed (if I had a dollar for every time I saidthat,right?) but I kind of started caring about the characters a little, and also I am stubborn. See, at first, I didn't care about the characters, the world, the plot... really not much of anything. I still liked the concept, I really didn't quite You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . Here's the thing: it wasn't bad per se, but I was just really bored through most of it? I almost DNFed (if I had a dollar for every time I said that, right?) but I kind of started caring about the characters a little, and also I am stubborn. See, at first, I didn't care about the characters, the world, the plot... really not much of anything. I still liked the concept, I really didn't quite understand what was going on with the world. Maybe I should have tried harder, but alas. The plot, as it revolved around the actual makeup of the world, also was a bit convoluted for me. The author seems to have developed a very intricate world, it just didn't translate onto the page for me. The characters, like I mentioned, were the one piece I enjoyed here. Though I think it might have been a bit better with two POVs rather than four, I still grew to care about the main characters and their dilemmas and plights. Unfortunately, I wasn't invested enough to want to read the sequels so I'll probably never know. It's certainly not poorly written, but I just didn't find it particularly compelling, either. Bottom Line:  This could be a case of  "it's not the book, it's me" but who can tell? If it sounds interesting, I'd still say give it a go!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I remember the world back when it was soft and good, where I could watch the sun set before stars graced the sky with their shine. Do you know what I would give to see a sunset again, lad? Marketing is so weird. Frozen? Hardly. Mad Max, sure, if Mad Max invented cobbled-together dune buggies. Instead it didn't really fit into anything I'd ever read before. At least what I got from it was a high-octane road trip adventure, in a uniquely magical world, with two pairs of POVs belonging to some I remember the world back when it was soft and good, where I could watch the sun set before stars graced the sky with their shine. Do you know what I would give to see a sunset again, lad? Marketing is so weird. Frozen? Hardly. Mad Max, sure, if Mad Max invented cobbled-together dune buggies. Instead it didn't really fit into anything I'd ever read before. At least what I got from it was a high-octane road trip adventure, in a uniquely magical world, with two pairs of POVs belonging to some fantastic characters. And also, that amazing cover, gahhh. The Never Tilting World follows Lan & Odessa (part-bodyguard, part-healer & chronically ill cinnamon bun goddess being chaotic lesbians together), as well as a second pair, Haidee & Arjun (big mechanics nerd with too much heart for her body & cranky rogue-type being REALLY SWEET TOGETHER WOW). Both pairs are journeying to the place where eternal-day and eternal-night meet. On the way they meet hoards of monsters, spooks, storms, and overall mortal danger. This was especially inventive which I loved the most. It felt like a D&D campaign mixed with a book because of the outlandish monsters, travelling format, and magic system just fit for a D20. You're thrown right into the magic system and world with scant explanation, but I kind of enjoy scrabbling for purchase when it comes to that: that follows for the rest of the book's lore and rituals and the whole goddess thing, so hold on tight. It was also a fantastic character book! Precious beans, all of them. Only complaint was the long bit of slogging in the middle, which spilled into some big character moments that didn't quite feel earned. It's minor though, and there was enough fun along the way for me to be distracted from that, and the ending payoff was still really exciting. Again, I feel the dread of reading such early ARCs - I'm gonna have to wait FOREVER for the next book!! Still, I was super grateful and excited to get my hands on this one, and it didn't disappoint.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    DNF at 40% I could not get into either world enough to care about this story. And none of the characters was really doing anything for me either. It didn't help that the chapters were a little on the long side for my liking and they felt long. This wasn't a story I could just pick up and get lost in. But I did enjoy the different kinds of magic in the universe and how each world adapted their magic to their needs. But I think this story just wasn't for me, but I do think I'll give another Rin DNF at 40% I could not get into either world enough to care about this story. And none of the characters was really doing anything for me either. It didn't help that the chapters were a little on the long side for my liking and they felt long. This wasn't a story I could just pick up and get lost in. But I did enjoy the different kinds of magic in the universe and how each world adapted their magic to their needs. But I think this story just wasn't for me, but I do think I'll give another Rin Chupeco book a try sometime in the future - she has such unique concepts that I want to love so hopefully one will click. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi ♠

    hi hello uhmmmmm Frozen plus MAD MAX??? I NEED THIS and damn Edelweiss didn't even make me sweat for this, just gave up a copy right away ahahahaha

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Gillespie

    Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Flockhart

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 54%. “A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.” Rin Chupeco became one of my biggest discoveries of the year back in the first trimester of 2019. I read and loved her The Bone Witch trilogy so much that I was over the moon when I found out she had another book coming out this year. After reading the synopsis of The Never Tilting World and how the author sorted the main characters in Hogwarts ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 54%. “A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.” Rin Chupeco became one of my biggest discoveries of the year back in the first trimester of 2019. I read and loved her The Bone Witch trilogy so much that I was over the moon when I found out she had another book coming out this year. After reading the synopsis of The Never Tilting World and how the author sorted the main characters in Hogwarts Houses, I just knew I needed this book. I was very lucky to get an eARC of this book and jumped into it hoping to fell in love with this story. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Never Tilting World is a story set in a world divided in two kingdoms: Aeon and Aranth. Aeon is a frozen territory in perpetual night, while Aranth is a realm scorched by a perpetual sun. Both territories used to be part of the same kingdom ruled by twin goddesses until seventeen years ago, when one of the twins ruling by then—Asteria and Latona—betrayed the other one. Now, there is a new generation of twins, Odessa and Haidee, each one raised by one of the goddesses and without knowing they have a sister. Odessa is a lesbian deity with a strange and chronically disease. Haidee is a mechanic and a goddess who cares deeply for every living creature. The lives of both goddesses are about to take an unexpected turn when some dark creatures start to appear in Aeon and Aranth looking for them. The climate change is killing their world and only they can stop it before it is too late. Both goddesses will start their respective travel to the Breaking, the point where both kingdoms were split seventeen years ago. But they won’t travel alone. On the one side, Odessa will have Lan by her side, a bisexual Catseye with a strong healing power and who is dealing with anxiety and panic attacks because of her PTSD. On the other side, Haidee’s journey will intersect with Arjun, a disabled Firesmoker and a member of the Oryx clan. The premise sounds promising, right? Rin Chupeco has created once again an original world with its complex gears and an interesting prophecy. The thing is that, to my dismay, the execution of the plot was all over the place. I felt like the author was telling us a summary of the story instead of the real novel. The pacing was a mess, everything is way too rushed and it felt like some scenes were missing, leaving huge inconsistences in the plot and making the relationships between the characters too forced. I was really looking forward to read Odessa and Lan f/f romance, so imagine my disappointment when I found a lack of scenes between them. Actually, I found a general lack of scenes between all the characters from Aeon. It is as if some pieces were missing in the middle of those chapters and that storyline felt incomplete without them. Summing up, Rin Chupeco has create another very interesting premise with a fantasy story focused on raising awareness of the climate change and its consequences. Unfortunately, I found the pacing too rushed and the execution of the plot quite a mess. I strongly think that this book should have gone through a deeper editing process. “People don’t think much about the truth when the lies sound more interesting, Your Holiness.” P.S.: English isn’t my native language, so I apologise if you see any mistakes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    Buddy read with Melanie! I wasn't sure how much I would wind up enjoying The Never-Tilting World when I first cracked it open, but I needn't have worried because this was so. much. fun. I really enjoyed the lore, the multiple perspectives and characters and the story itself, as it takes recognizable tropes and puts them into a story that still feels really original. Cannot wait for the next one!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    lmao this sounds EXACTLY like the plot of the dance performance I was in a couple of years ago. NATURALLY I need to read this. Booktube Channel Twitter Instagram I received an ARC of this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! lmao this sounds EXACTLY like the plot of the dance performance I was in a couple of years ago. NATURALLY I need to read this. ♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦ I received an ARC of this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

  27. 5 out of 5

    ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆

    Thank you so much HarperCollins for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review. CHARACTERS: Four main characters and two ships: -Lan and Odessa (one part bodyguard/part healer and the other chronically ill chaotic goddess, both entangled in a complicated relationship) -Haidee and Arjun (nerdy goddess with a passion for mechanics, and a too big of a heart, and a cranky roguish McSassypants being super adorable). I didn’t have any struggle keeping up with the multi POVs Thank you so much HarperCollins for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review. CHARACTERS: Four main characters and two ships: -Lan and Odessa (one part bodyguard/part healer and the other chronically ill chaotic goddess, both entangled in a complicated relationship) -Haidee and Arjun (nerdy goddess with a passion for mechanics, and a too big of a heart, and a cranky roguish McSassypants being super adorable). I didn’t have any struggle keeping up with the multi POVs and each character had a distinct voice which made it very easy to follow the different personalities. The integration of secondary characters was well done and the story didn’t feel too much main-characters-only-centered. WORLD-BUILDING AND PLOT: I loved the magical system: I’m such a sucker for elemental magic! How the magic manifests itself, the rules, the two different tiers of power...at the beginning it’s quite overwhelming because we’re sorta thrown into it and there’s a lot to understand...but once you get the gist it becomes easier. Splitting the world into two separated (but flimsily connected) microcosms provides an interesting setting and the goal of merging back together the two provides a powerful goal that will serve the plot very well. WRITING: The writing is smooth, simple in a way that makes the reading experience go by without “having to work for it”. The pacing it’s written with almost feels like a big D&D campaign (the way traveling was approached, the multiple encounters with various kinds of monsters, the magical system). Which brings me to the only huge complaint I have: midway through it hits a lull in pacing which makes the story drag a lot, it took me quite a bit to get over that section and go back to the “fun” part. FINAL NOTE: I’m very curious about this series and I’m definitely gonna keep an eye out for the sequel...I don’t know why but this gave me huge road trip vibes, definitely a weird mix of medieval quests and magical adventures in a dystopian world.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shealea

    Before anything else, sign up for the international blog tour for The Never Tilting World, which means being one of the early reviewers prior to its release! - Rin Chupeco. Queen of My Heart, Goddess of Brilliant Fantasy World-Buildings, and as of The Never Tilting World, Patron Saint of Sexual Tension and Unparalleled Chemistry. I just can't even. None of us are ready. Review to follow.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Uhhh next book now please?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chelsies Crazy4Books

    On the dark and freezing side of the world we follow the young goddess Odessa and her guardian Lan. After spending a life hidden away by her overprotective mother due to a chronic illness, its difficult to tell if the change in Odessa was due to her recent freedom or if theres something more sinister at play. Either way I loved seeing her confidence grow the farther they traveled into the wildlands. I was not impressed with Lan being too afraid for Odessas safety to respect her decision to go on On the dark and freezing side of the world we follow the young goddess Odessa and her guardian Lan. After spending a life hidden away by her overprotective mother due to a chronic illness, its difficult to tell if the change in Odessa was due to her recent freedom or if theres something more sinister at play. Either way I loved seeing her confidence grow the farther they traveled into the wildlands. I was not impressed with Lan being too afraid for Odessas safety to respect her decision to go on the journey, but besides that I enjoyed Lans character. Despite dealing with PTSD from being the sole survivor of a deadly attack on her last ranger team she accepts a new expedition to find a cure for Odessa. I admired her courage and compassion. Lan has this wonderful female friendship with the amazing Noelle. A prim and proper lady who knows her way around a weapon and who actually use to run cons with Lan before they were both employed by the goddess. On the other side of the world where the sun never sets and everything is covered in scorching sand we follow the young goddess Haidee and a desert boy named Arjun. Having lost his only family when the godesses broke the world Arjun has every reason to see them as his enemy, but I wasnt a fan of his use of woman when talking to Haidee. It was nice to see Haidees hope and kindness finally grow on him. He cares a lot more than he wants to admit to himself. I loved how they constantly annoyed each other. I found Haidees inexperience and overall lack of preparation endearing. Shes a fantastic mechanika and determined to do the right thing, but her curious nature often wins out over her own self preservation. With her controlling mother, shes just never been given the chance to prove herself and learn from her mistakes. Her bond with the dolphin like animals in the sand sea was adorable. I really liked the young noble Haidee befriends at the ball and wish we saw more of him. The young goddesses believe the other died when the destructive divide was created and they have no idea they're both being called to where it all began. Not sure whats waiting for them when they get there, or what sacrifice they will have to make, they forge on ahead facing all kinds struggles in the hopes of mending the tear in the world before its too late. The romance for both pairs had some wonderful tension with one being forbidden and the other enemies to lovers. We dont know which of the young goddesses mothers was responsible for the Breaking, but their secretive nature and disturbing hidden smiles had me doubting both of them. This took me a while to read, but the pace never felt slow. There was a gripping sense of urgency and danger. Knowing one of the goddesses would likely have to die gave the story high stakes. The foreshadowing brought up some exciting questions that had me itching to get to the reveal. I thought the world was super fascinating. It was well thought out with a history of the goddesses and an elaborate magic system. Im not clear on all the specifics of the magic system, but its based on five elements and their gates. The goddesses can access all the gates, but most people are gifted with one. If a person channels wind through a water gate they can make ice, but the element needs to be present in their surroundings. I wish we had a chart explaining what the magic can do. All the unique details made this world really stand out. One pair of characters sail on a sea of sand while the other sail through magical air currents. Both with some dangerous monsters or creepy mirages of the long dead lurking nearby. The contrast between the two sides was really interesting. The writing created a vivid setting without being too descriptive and I was easily able to tell which character I was following. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the four perspectives and was equally invested in all them. This has so much going for it, I totally recommend picking it up. *received for an honest review

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