Review: Nemesis by Anna Banks

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Author: Anna Banks

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis: Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?

Review

Escaping her father’s war thirsty wrath is all Sepora wishes for and hopefully live a nice, quiet life. However, her plans are hindered when she is captured and sold to the king of Theoria. As the last Forger, her spectorium is crucial for the survival of others…especially now that there is an uncurable sickness spreading throughout the kingdom of Theoria.

The beginning of this book starts with a slower pace. Now because this is a fantasy, there are elements to this world that must be explained to the reader to avoid confusion. While a slow start is not something I particularly favor, I understand the necessity of information that is crucial to the story. I urge you to read through the slower parts of this book because once the pace picks up, it really picks up. There were plot twists that I would have NEVER saw coming and the ending left me shattered in a million pieces.

Considering how much I loved the romance in Anna’s The Syrena Legacy series, it is no surprise that I also fell in love with the romance in Nemesis. Sepora and Tarik balance each other very nicely. Where Sepora is stubborn and rash, Tarik is patient and calculating. Yet Sepora is also kind and very generous. She risks her life to protect people she doesn’t even know. All she wishes for is a kingdom of peace.

The fantasy aspects of this story are the most unique I have ever read. There are “dragons” in this book that are unlike any other dragons I have heard of. They are called Serpens and they do not have legs. Imagine snakes with wings, but much more fierce. Then there is the Parani, a new kind of Merfolk.

I started reading this book on a whim and I am so delighted that I did. I am already counting down the days until I get the chance to read book two! I believe that this book is now my new favorite by Anna. If you love fantasy, read this book. If you love Anna Banks, read this book. If you are just looking for a book to read, read this book.

4.5 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: Of Poseidon (2012), Of Triton (2013), Of Neptune (2014).

Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.

I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

Waiting on Wednesday: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Now I Rise

Author: Kiersten White

Publication Date: June 27, 2016

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Synopsis:

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

I know the release of this beauty is eons away, but I couldn’t help but feature one of my most anticipated releases for 2017! If you haven’t read And I Darken, what are you waiting for?! It is hand down one of my favorite historical fictions of all time!

Monthly Wrap Up: September 2016

It’s October guys! While Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I do plan on carving some pumpkins and eating unhealthy amounts of candy!

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I’m posting this monthly wrap up way to late, but better late than never! This month has already been crazy. My family and I just arrived back home from vacation in Destin, Florida (more details to come soon)! I also plan on spending the day in Galveston this weekend and attending the Louisiana Book Festival at the end of this month! It will be my first book festival I have ever attended and I cannot wait! Anyone else attend this festival before? If so, please let me know all about it in the comments below!

As you can see, I read a decent amount of books in the month of September. Most of these books were wonderful. I don’t think I have such a fantastic month of reading like this month for the entire year! For those who want to know, Nemesis was amazing and Scythe was one of my top ten reads this year. Buy Nemesis now and pre-order Scythe. These are books you DO NOT want to miss!

 

Books Read In September

1. Nemesis by Anna Banks

2. The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

3. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

4. It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble

5. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

6. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Reviews

1. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (5 stars)

2. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (4 stars)

3. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl (3 stars)

4. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (4 stars)

5. The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill (5 stars)

October TBR

This month is almost half way over and I have only read one book on this list (yikes)! Hopefully, I knock most of these off my list soon because I’m dying to read all of these bad boys!

Blog Tour: The Row by J.R. Johansson – Review + Giveaway

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Author: J. R. Johansson

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Synopsis: A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent.

Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders. He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.

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Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Once a week, Riley visits her father in prison. Riley’s father has been convicted of horrible crimes that she truly believes he did not commit. In a desperate attempt to prevent her father from execution and finding the truth, Riley is leaving no stone unturned to prove her father’s innocence and find out what really happened to those victims. She also makes an unlikely friend along the way.

This book took me surprise. I work for the local district attorney and all I have ever seen is the victim/prosecutor’s side of a case. For the first time, I got to see the side of the defendant’s family. It has opened my eyes on a new level. In some cases, the defendant’s family still see the defendant as their loved one. How could their loved one commit such a heinous crime(s)?

The Row will have you hooked from the very first chapter. This book is one that will make you think and challenge your current way of thinking. The Row is a very refreshing read that breaks away from the basic contemporary mold. This unique contemporary book is one you need to pick up today!

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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J.R. Johansson’s books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. She lives in Utah with two sons, a wonderful husband, three cats, and a hot tub named Valentino.

She is represented by the stellar Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

Giveaway

Win a signed set of the author’s books (Insomnia, Paranoia, Mania, The Row and Cut Me Free

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Blog Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – Review + Dream Cast

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Title: Iron Cast

Author: Destiny Soria

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Amulet Books

Synopsis: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Iron Cast follows the daring adventures of two best friends who go by the names Corinne and Ada. Corinne and Ada are both hemopaths. Hemopaths are individuals who have special abilities, but are illegal to use in the world they live in.

There is so much to love about this story. The diversity, the era, the tight knit friendship, the setting, the plot twists, and so much more. While the beginning of this book was slow, it did not take long before I was flying through the pages. The “magic” in this book is very unique and I have yet to read anything like it before. The different abilities of the hemopaths was also quite fascinating.

Iron Cast was such a strong debut and I will be waiting for Destiny’s next novel with bated breath. Pick up this book today…you won’t be disappointed!

3. 5 out of 5 stars

Dream Cast

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Amandla Stenberg as Ada Navarra

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Imogen Poots as Corinne Wells

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Aaron Johnson as Gabriel Stone

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Leonardo Dicaprio as Johnny Dervish

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Cameron Monaghan as Saint

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Broderick Hunter as Charlie Lewis


Meet The Author

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When I was a little girl, I wrote a book entitled Horses of All Kinds (complete with illustrations and staple binding). I’ve been writing ever since, though with fewer crayons. I grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where I spent my summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland Fairy Princess.

Since none of those were actual college majors, I settled on English, so that I could read and write to my heart’s content—and earn a degree while I was at it. After college, I ran away to New Zealand for seven months, where I only pretended to be a character from Lord of the Rings on special occasions. The rest of the time I backpacked across the wilderlands, petted fluffy sheep, and gave tours of a haunted prison.

Nowadays I live and work in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in Birmingham, AL. In my spare time, I hula hoop badly, direct a Shakespearean web series called Shakes, and snuggle with my cat Sophie (named for the witch in Howl’s Moving Castle, of course).

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

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