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Helix by Mary Ting | Book Review

July 22, 2020
Helix by Mary Ting | Book Review

Hi book friends! If you’ve been following us on Bookstagram, you already know I’ve been devouring Mary Ting’s latest fast-paced YA Dystopian series. Today, I’m sharing my review of Helix, the second in this exciting series.

QOTD: Do you have a favorite genre?

One of my favorite genres (after romance), has always been the dystopian. Once the pandemic struck, I stayed away from this genre because everything I was reading in my books suddenly seemed a little too much like what was going on in the world.

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Helix Mary Ting book review

HELIX by Mary Ting
Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #2
Published: September 10, 2019 by Vesuvian Books
Genre: Science Fiction, YA Dystopia
Length: 376 pages
Format Read: Kindle
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Reviewed by: Megan
Challenges: 2020 AtoZ Reading Challenge – Letter “H”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5 stars)


Alliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins – previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix – is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels – if she isn’t killed first.

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While I really enjoyed ISAN (book 1 in this series), I enjoyed Helix even more. I absolutely loved Rhett and Ava. Throughout the book, they’re rediscovering their relationship (as Ava gains more of her little memory blips), and Ava’s eyes are being open to the evils of ISAN.

Yay new characters!

Cleo was a bit of an annoyance for me at first, but only because of her serious crush on Rhett. Seriously, get over it, girl! I just wasn’t in the mood for a love triangle, especially not as Rhett and Ava started falling in love all over again. As the book progressed, though, I warmed up to her. She’s actually a pretty decent character and I hope to see more of her💕

New branches of ISAN, bigger evils.

This time around, I didn’t feel like they were so isolated. And I really loved how loyal Ava was to Brooke. She could have just walked away from ISAN and never looked back, but she was determined to get Brooke out with her.

And that cliffhanger! Oh no!

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  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf August 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    This might not be the series for me, but I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I can get into dystopian sometimes, but I usually like historical romance or contemporary YA.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms August 2, 2020 at 10:06 am

      I think dystopian is probably a take-it-or-leave-it kinda genre. It was my first love and that’s why I keep coming back 🙂

  • Reply DJ Sakata August 2, 2020 at 3:20 am

    I just can’t do dystopian – I’m women’s fiction first and thrillers second

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms August 2, 2020 at 10:03 am

      To each her own genre 🙂 Dystopian was my first love and I think that’s why I still enjoy it so much.

  • Reply Whispering Stories August 2, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    I like dystopian novels but cliff hangers are a no-no. Great review.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms August 2, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Most of the time they are for me, too. Being that I had the second book handy, I was okay with it 🙂

  • Reply Bianca August 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

    I love a good YA dystopian!

  • Reply Shelleen Toland August 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I really like dystopian but haven[‘t read one in awhile.

  • Reply Robin Loves Reading August 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Really not fond of cliffhangers.

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