The Storm Girl's Secret (Paradigm Trilogy Book 3)

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The third book in a teen series. After being frozen for eighty years Alice comes back to set things right. ARC
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I like this whole series a lot. It's inventive and different to anything I've read before (in a very crowded genre) and the characters are well-developed. I do love a heroic teenage girl, and this series has quite a few of them! A very satisfying conclusion to an excellent trilogy.
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I had not read book 1 when I started this one but I kept reading because I was liking the story line so much. Overall I know I would have loved it if I wasn't a bit lost but that didn't take away from knowing this is a great series that many readers will enjoy. I would continue the series and will be re-reading this one after I get a hold of book 1 and read it.
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If you enjoyed the previous books then you certainly will not be disappointed with this continution! The characters stay true to their previous selves, and that is something I find is not always true in series, especially those that have action and intrigue.

The characters instead followed logical paths in fun and thrilling ways. I loved seeing where the story went, what decisions were made and what the reactions on consequences were.

A wonderfully fast paced and relaxing read at the same time, the writing style is perfectly suited to the story, keeping the reader invested and curious as to what will happen to the characters we have come to love.
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Thankyou to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author, Ceri A Lowe, for the opportunity to read a digital copy of The Storm Girl's Secret in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
 This is the third book in the Paradigim Trilogy. I was looking forward to reading this book as I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series. I certainly was not disappointed.
This book was well thought out and written with engaging characters. I thought it offered a really good read.
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As this is the 3rd book in the trilogy, ideally it would make sense to read the other two in order first.  I hadn’t read those, but I didn’t really have any problem following the story in all its complexities.

The Storm Girl’s Secret is a thrilling, dystopian tale that’s thought provoking in a very well constructed world. The characters a very well defined, complicated and so full of emotion and just like real life, you will love some and definitely hate others.

Ceri A. Lowe has written a tense, heart thumping tale and you do wonder if Alice will ever be part of the world she hoped for. A great, involved, YA series.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review
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This is a series which must be read in order.

I am so sad that this series has come to an end. Alice and her friends have endured quite a journey, and they all suffered immensely in the pursuit of restoring their world to its rightful path. 

I feel that there is more to come, and I would love the author to bring the characters back at some point in their lives. I don’t want to believe that this is it for Alice, Carter, Samuel and everyone else.

Huge thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy.
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Ceri Lowe has come up with a rocking action-filled finish to the series set in a dystopian world. The last in the Paradigm Trilogy, this book needs to be read in order.

This book started where the previous one left off with Alice being awakened by Carter after 80 years and finding that her adopted daughter Elizabet was in charge and the world being quite different from what she had envisioned. Alice's journey to make her world alright and put a stop to tyranny was filled with adrenaline, there was simply no time to breathe. The book left me gasping. Characters outside the barricades in the Township and the Village had their own unrest. 

Ceri Lowe is a master in writing a dynamic story with the world in disarray. I could just immerse myself back into Carter's world with ease, the twist plentiful led me down a merry trail. There was danger and death at every turn with secrets shocking me with suspense. The entire book gave me the feeling of seeing a vivid three dimensional dystopian thriller well directed under the talented hands of author Ceri Lowe
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I really didn’t like this book at all. 
Found it very hard to get into this book and each page was a drag to read 
Very disappointed
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The Storm Girl’s Secret is the final installment in the Paradigm Trilogy by Ceri A Lowe and I recommend that you read the first two books in the series. There is a lot of character/plot building that has happened so it’s vital that you’re up to speed with everything that has gone before.

At the end of book two (The Girl in the Storm) there was the jaw dropping reveal that Alice Davenport was alive and well having been frozen for the last eighty years. The story line I alluded to in my last review is now happening – Carter and Alice are in the same timeline! And what a story; this epic conclusion to the trilogy was definitely worth the wait.

The action is non-stop as the teenagers battle to overthrow Alice’s tyrannical step daughter Elizabet who is intent on destroying everything and everyone outside the barricades. There are shocks and revelations along the way and I was left reeling by the shocking events.

So if you’re looking for the perfect YA dystopian series look no further – The Paradigm Trilogy is exactly what you need!
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As a young teen Alice lived through cataclysmic storms that wrecked the civilised world leaving the few survivors clutching at anything. Paradigm Industries gave her a home and a chance to be an elite scout who would help form a new society. Alice loved and lost but never stopped clinging on to the fierce nature that made her a woman of tenacity and substance. This book sees Alice awakening to a world that is eighty years away from everyone she knows or does it ? Betrayed previously for her humanity the brutal regime Alice left behind has even more atrocities still to perform !
Ok I'm going to say do not read this as a standalone because you really need to understand the progression of all the characters involved here. Teenagers in charge and thousands willing to be cryogenically suspended might seem preposterous but this author tackles that and more with aplomb. You will be invested in the outcome although even then the author decided to surprise and twist the knife. It's impossible not to admire Alice and indeed even have faith in characters that support her. The only reason I haven't given a five is simply that when terrible things happen I didn't feel enough emotional tugging. Still it was a worthy conclusion to an excellent series that I fully enjoyed.
This voluntary take is of an advance copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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After the ending of book two I couldn’t wait to pick this book up let’s just say there was a big surprise waiting for the reader!  During this series the momentum has been building and building right to the events in The Storm Girl’s Secret. Well what a ride this book took me on in fact the whole series has been fantastic. This book well and truly had me on the edge of my seat multiple times wondering how it would all end!

I’m going to try my best to avoid spoilers especially if you haven’t started this series. To be honest though I would recommend starting at the beginning just so that you can really get all of the back story and character background. Plus I wouldn’t want you to miss out!

The characters are developed really well and I was rooting for them all the way through! With characters that felt real with flaws but also had such strong and resilient personalities. After all three books it felt as if I was saying goodbye to friends.

The dystopian world that Ceri A. Lowe created completely pulled me in with twists and turns that all came together to become such a powerful story! After each chapter ended I just had to keep reading with tension, drama and revelations around every corner. I didn’t want to miss a moment of it!

The Storm Girl’s Secret is packed full of action, danger and tension! Such a fabulous story but I think I need to relax now!
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Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. I loved the first two books in this series and I was so eager to get into this one after the way the 2nd book ended. 

We return just where we finished at the end of the 2nd book and we are right in the middle of the action. You get this feeling that things are about to kick off and everything its about to change. 

Carter and Alice are still our main characters and I really enjoyed following them both. I liked seeing their different perspectives. I also liked seeing the perspectives of the Township and the Village. It was very interesting to see how the different communities adapted and survived after the storms.

Elizabet really is an interesting character. Her skewed view on the world and the people around her really fascinated me. Ceri really brought her to life for me.

The majority of the world building was done in the first book but it was great to see more of the outside of the barricades in this book. To see what happened to places after the Storms and to see what after more than 80 years had still survived. 

I am actually a little sad that this series is over. I really immersed myself in this world and I will miss it and its characters. I am, however,  really looking forward to seeing what Ceri brings us next.
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The Storm Girl's Secret, the third and final novel in the Paradigm trilogy, is a nail-bitingly tense and explosive conclusion to what has become a thrilling and exciting dystopian world. I recommend reading the books in chronological order otherwise you may be rather perplexed at the storyline as it is heavily dependent on previous happenings.

This is an excellent and engaging dystopian world, and I was very happy to return to it. Lowe's worldbuilding is pretty darn incredible, her characters three-dimensional and easy to care about, and her storylines truly gripping. There are far more layers to this book than the previous two and many more shocking surprises, secrets and peril aplenty. The plot is both intriguing and suspenseful, I had a difficult time putting it down. In the end, I resolved to abandon my chores and finish it! I absolutely love Alice, she is truly fearless, I had much admiration for her.

Well, what an intense and majestic read, but I am truly sad that this is the concluding book. I guess the old adage - all good things come to an end - applies here. An unforgettable series. Recommended for fans of 'The Hunger Games', The Divergent series and Bella Forrest.

Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Rating 5/5

The final battle has arrived and with the discovery of Alice being alive at the cliffhanger of the second book, this finale was sure to be a showstopper.

Ms. Lowe did NOT disappoint! The story continues from the moment Carter awakens Alice and it hits the ground running as we learn that the stepdaughter Alice raised over 80 years ago is now the tyrannical Controller General who seeks to rebuild the community into her own twisted version of reality. Packed with a punch, we see these teenagers forego their stereotypical beliefs of "the enemy communities" and rally to overthrow the Industry and it's divergent ways. Each individual must learn to let go of their distrusts in order to succeed and reestablishment a world Alice originally envisioned - one where ALL are equal and not divided, one where the people rejoice in diversity and appreciate uniqueness. 

Lots of character development, loads of non-stop action and a tear-jerking ending. 5 stars for me and for a dystopian genre, that's really hard to accomplish in my books. Bravo Ms. Lowe!
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Great conclusion to a trilogy

The pacing 


Overall, I enjoyed the book and the story as a final instalment. It was a quick read and a read filled with a lot of action. 


The story follows the same characters and is again dual perspective. The story is also set in the same place as the two previous books. The main characters take up their issues and problems with the industry in this final chapter. Things come together. The past and present merge. Questions are answered.

I have to say the author has done the merging very well and things feel seamless. 

World Building

There is not much world building going on as its the third in the series. Having said that there is some as several questions get answered and knots gets untied. 


Carter is the recent character from the industry. He has been completely converted to rebel in the previous book and follows the path he is on. I did feel he forgives people too quickly, but that might have been just me. I like Carter as a character. He is easy to get to know. I somehow enjoyed Carter less in this book than the previous two, and I don't know why. It might have something to do with the amount of stuff going on, there wasn't enough "me and Carter" time...

Alice is one of the original scouts and has finally joined the present time. Her struggle to get with the times are short but covers a lot of aspects. Her beliefs from 80 years ago are now confirmed and she continues her fight for freedom and the truth. I also like Alice. I liked Alice a lot more in this book than the previous books which may be due to her experiences at the end of book 2 and her change of hearts towards the industry. Somehow she got a bigger heart than I was expecting.

There were several other characters and of all of them, I think maybe Lucy was my favourite. I think it's because she reminded me of someone I know but I don't know who yet.


Some but not the main focus. They do often refer to a world they would like to live in which shouldn’t be determined by who you are, who you love, or what you look like. 


I enjoyed the writing.

I read an ARC (Advance Readers Copy) and there will always be some minor issues with them. I found a couple of spelling mistakes etc. There were a few discrepancies for example when Samuel refers to Lucy when it should have been Angel considering Samuel doesn’t know that they meet with Lucy yet. But that's to be expected in an ARC and I hope they are corrected in the final version.

Apart from that I really enjoyed it. 


All in all, this has bee a very interesting and enjoyable trilogy which I highly recommend

I'm interested to see what the author does in the future and will pay attention to her writing.
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Wow this book is the best of the three and really goes to show just what ceri lowe has to offer..  I love the fact that this is dystopian and has one of the most unique ideas.

I do hope for much more to come from this author and this world
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