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Potency

(Glow #1)

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2.58  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The Maasai Mara Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it's popped up in New York, and it's wiped out an entire homeless shelter.

The same night of the outbreak, Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, stumbles across a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood. As her suburb goes on lockdown, Harper finds herself isolated from her
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 620 pages
Expected publication: July 16th 2019 by Ruby & Topaz Publishing
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Rachel Aranda
I was given a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Glow: Book I, Potency” by Aubrey Hadley isn’t a book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy Science Fiction and Young Adult books so this seemed like a great mixture of genres. The cover is undeniably stunning with a simple background with the person and sky being the main focus. Honestly, I expected to love this story, but I write this review disappointed as I'm unsure how to feel or rate this book. I go back and forth be
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erica
Oh boy. I don't even know where to start with this one. How could a book about aliens and alien-human hybrids be so boring?

Seventeen-year-old Harper is pretty much an average teen living in Reno, Nevada with her mom, older brother, and younger sister. Harper is homeschooled, and her mom is really strict, so Harper doesn't have much freedom, which is why she sneaks out to play soccer with her friends. It's summer vacation, but life isn't entirely carefree - a deadly virus has wiped out huge popul
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Sherwood Smith
Jan 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: sf
Glow is the first book in a series. Our first person narrator is Harper Loomis, a seventeen-year-old homeschooled girl who sneaks out to play soccer, and who hopes to go to Stanford to study science. She’s got a paranoid mom, no mention of a dad until way later, and an older brother with whom she argues all the time.

Her besties are more interesting than her family—Katie a bit of a wild child, Maria, a good-hearted, smart girl whose family thinks it a waste of time for her to try for college, and
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Karen
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In present-day America, a disease seems to be sweeping the nation. People seem to fall asleep and then they just die. On the night the disease comes back, seventeen-year-old Harper witnesses some glowing sort of creature. As her small town falls under quarantine, she begins to realize there might be something more to the outbreak.

Full confession: I made it 25%. To be fair, I did fly through that 2
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Jessica | Booked J
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-earc-queue
I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. You may also find this review here at Booked J.

This book captured my attention from the moment it was up on NetGalley. The synopsis sounded like pure gold and really appeared to be up my alley, while still being quite different from what I usually go for. (Plus, how could anyone say no to such a GORGEOUS cover? I was like, grabby hands, yes, please, take me aw
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Jocelyn
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a hard one to rate. On the one hand, it had a lot going for it: aliens and alien-human hybrids, quarantine zones, a mysterious illness sweeping the planet, and an utterly mesmerising cover I couldn't stop looking at. On the other hand, this book was long. I mean, really long. So long and meandering that I just lost interest and found myself skimming through most of the second half.

I read a lot of chunksters, but the second half of this book was so uninteresting that the length wasn't ju
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MJS
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was offered this by NetGalley, and thought it sounded in the line of the Death Cure or Hunger Games type books, so wanted to give it a try. This is not like those books though, and was very nearly a DNF. I had to force myself to finish it because I felt I should since I got it as an ARC, and that took me nearly a week, when usually I finish a book in a few hours. I’m not sure what the author was going for, but the result is a hot mes
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⠀annie⠀✧*ೃ༄
i’ll be honest. once she got to space or whatever, i stopped caring.

Edit: I feel like this is important to include because whenever I think about this book, this is the only thing that comes to mind. It was written like a 2014 wattpad fanfic. I don’t mean the good fanfics either. The novel consisted of bland telling. There was no showing.

Harper was extremely annoying and I could not get past the whole iM nOt LiKe OtHeR gIrLs aspect of her. Again, it seemed like she was a character taken from one
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Tara
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was not for me. I was hopeful as it sounded an interesting premise and I persevered with this , but sadly I just didn't enjoy it. It started off well but then it slows down and loses focus. I couldn't really connect with the protagonist, she felt a bit lack lustre.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
K.S. Marsden
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
After an outbreak of a deadly disease, only Harper survives. She's about to realise there's a much bigger picture, and she's been blind to what has really been going on.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was not what I was expecting.
From the blurb, I though it was going to be a zombie story. From the first few chapters, I thought it was a government conspiracy. Instead, it's a story about aliens, infecting humans with a deadly disease, to wipe them o
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Maureen
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story begins with an intriguing premise - supposing the earth is invaded by aliens and you discover that in fact you are one of them! The opening chapters are a fascinating mix of science fiction and horror -particularly when the protagonist, Harper, is taken to an alien location and integrated into a group of other part human, part alien hybrids. Unfortunately, the story then slows down to the consistency of the alien food - a tasteless gloop. Part of the problem may be that the narrative ...more
Red
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Red by: NetGalley
I am reading this book as an ARC. It is absolutely wonderful! I can't say that I've ever read anything exactly like it. No zombies, no vampires, just something totally fresh. The main characters are very likeable and there are many not-so-main characters that are likeable, also. It does seem to be rather long, but enjoyably so. I assume that there will be another book, since this one is called book 1. The book doesn't end in a cliffhanger, though. It just sort of ends.
Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
I never wanted to pick up Glow: Book I, Potency to read it and it was a sheer battle of will to just get through the novel. Glow : Book I, Potency suffers from severe pacing problems, flat characters, and cringy dialogue. Though the idea of the novel itself was interesting and obviously well-researched, its execution simply couldn’t save the novel.

The story follows 16-year-old Harper as a sickness, known as the Maasai Mara Sleeping Syndrome spreads throughout the world. This sickness renders th
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Alejandra Parrazal
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glow: Book 1, Potency
5/5 stars.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish!
Let me start off by saying that I am not a professional reader I am just someone who enjoys reading freely and organically.

The whole plot was from another world good! We start off with Harper, her family and friends. The first few chapters of course start off a bit slow because the author is introducing some of the characters in Harper’s life which is understandable.

What i loved about Harper is that she isn’t your
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Nikkolle Fuscaldo
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really did not see his story coming it was so different from the first few pages of the book to the middle but it was an awesome twist. I liked this book but I feel like sometimes the author got lost in their own story. there were a few things that didn't make sense or became confusing throughout. Spoilers Next: one of the main things that didn't make sense was the creation of the backstory for the hybrids. It included this big thing on how they couldn't breed but then during a meeting they sh ...more
Sara
Jan 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
• Title: Potency
• Author: Aubrey Hadley
• Series: Glow Book 1
• Pages: 620
• Genre: YA Science Fiction
• Rating Out of 5 Stars: DNF Not Rated


Unknown disease killing people off in droves, strange sightings, government cover ups, aliens..?! When I first read the premise I thought this sounded like a really interesting story.
I made it to about 45% before jumping back a few chapters to try rereading before I finally decided to DNF this title. I found the cast to be quite juvenile and unintersting, the
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Rachel McKitterick
*thank you to Netgalley, Aubrey Hadley and Ruby & Topaz Publishing for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2.5 stars.

Ok firstly, this is the most GORGEOUS cover I've seen in a while! I mean, just look at it! 5 full stars just for that.

Ok, so the story. It started out interesting enough, but right away I wasnt a fan of Katie and Harper's other friends weren't that great anyway but Katie just annoyed me. But then we have Harper herself and usually I like the main character, bu
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Kalli Bunch
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Glow is actually kind of awesome! The beginning is kind of slow, but I think that's mostly because I didn't know what was really going on at first. There's a slow burn up to when the action starts and then it just kind of hits you in the face with what it's about and what's going on. Aliens and hybrid aliens. Wouldn't be my normal pick for a book, but it's good. Sometimes you get surprised by a book. I really enjoyed this book. I really don't want to give away too much of this story, because it' ...more
LovelyReaderGirl
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was able to read this through Netgalley as an ARC.

I think this story had a lot of potential but it really fell flat for me. I wasn't a fan of the way the main character kept telling us every little thing she was doing or thinking. There were just too many details. It felt redundant and didn't allow me as a reader to use my imagination to visualize any of the world. I liked the beginning, it felt suspenseful and mysterious, but then it just got pretty dull for me. The main character was very o
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Siobhán
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book!

Not really sure how to rate this book. Cover is beautiful, blurb sounded quite good: a mysterious virus, a young adult protagonist and maybe sci-fi. However I was exzessively bored throughout the entire book. I even skipped some pages after having read half the book. No immersion into the story, I do not care about the character, yet the world-building was quite interesting.

I'd say maybe 2, 5 stars.
Stephanie
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
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Jypsy
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
The idea of a sleeping sickness killing droves of people is intriguing. That's the reason I chose this book. While I did like the story, I found the writing seemed lacking substance. Point of view was a little odd at times. The time period for the story is not distinctly identified. These things made the whole thing confusing. It's a good premise poorly executed. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
valerye memelord
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I um, quit halfway?? It was not a compelling read, i felt like perhaps it focused way too much on setting up future sequels and not in making the characters something interesting and people that you might care about, the plot sounded interesting in theory but in practice it fell through.
Susan
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2018, ya
Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy.

The concept was intriguing but I couldn't really connect with the characters. I can see people really enjoying this book.
Curly Carla Celebrity Readers
This book was just wasn't keeping my attention and every time I went back to try again, I would feel like it was work. And reading for pleasure shouldn't feel like work.
Guido Rosso
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got the ARC of this novel. Really fun read! Don't want to post any spoilers, but Vulgan an Arl are the best!
Emma Rossi
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

DNF at 20%. I don’t know if I was expecting something different when I read the description but I felt that this book was delivering a completely different story then what was promised.
I couldn’t connect to the main character at all and the dialogue was clunky and off-putting.
I just couldn’t keep reading this one.
Doon
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really struggled to finish this. The first 20% is engaging as Harper navigates an overbearing parent and an outbreak of a deadly disease in her small town. Then it becomes ‘alien school’ and the next 400 pages is endless description of relatively mundane comings and goings. Harper loses all agency, and her so-called abilities are just very confusing. The story is also really slow and full of ableist language that I didn’t care for.
Adjectiveplusnoun
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer—I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for an honest review, if you enjoy this review or my writing style, please consider heading to my blog for more.

I enjoyed this book, and ended up reading the last two thirds of it in one sitting. The beginning of the novel, however, was a little rocky. Harper’s initial characterisation, backstory and family dynamic is pretty close to every YA heroine you’ve read before— she fights with her (unbelievably restrictive) mother, babysits
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Shannon Holmes (Media Shadow Reads)
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