Book Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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Title:
The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Publication date: November 1, 2016
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. Nothing else.

For Nemesis, that person is Sidonia, heir to the galactic Senate. The two grew up side by side, and there’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the Imperial Court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced Senators’ children, and Nemesis must find within herself the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. With the Empire beginning to fracture and rebellion looming, that could be the one thing that saves her and the Empire itself.

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As an avid reader of science fiction books, I could not wait to dive into The Diabolic. However, this book did not live up to the high expectations I had for it. Overall, the book started off very slow for me but I did like the ending (no spoilers though). It took me a good 100 pages to finally enjoy the plot, and even after those pages I still felt like I was walking on eggshells every time I turned the page. Due to all the violence and what I believe to be several “unnecessary” deaths (GRRR!!!), some parts of the story made me irritated, cringe, or want to throw the book across the room.

Also, I was not a big fan of the main character, Nemesis. I cannot put my finger on it, but she just rubbed me the wrong way. For a character that was supposed to hold very “little” emotion, she was an emotional wreck and all over the place. Whenever I started to like her character, she would go and do something that made my “eyes roll.” Ugh, get it together Nemesis.

But in the end, I did not walk away from The Diabolic with regret. I mean there has to be a reason why I gave the book a 3-star rating, right? Well, you guys, I was utterly in love with the character Tyrus–a very smart and calculating person with the most swoony lines and scenes. Tyrus carried me through this book and I’m most grateful for his rebellious actions. If the book was solely told through Tyrus’ voice, I would probably have given the book 5 stars, and none for you Glen Coco…I mean Nemesis. 

Even though The Diabolic was slowly drawn out in the beginning, overall I liked where the book went in the end, and I would LOVE to read more of Tyrus in future books. 

3 star rating

My Rating: 3 out 5 Star

NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review. I received this book as a gift from a friend and reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Release Blitz: THE RIFT UPRISING by Amy S. Foster

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Title: The Rift Uprising
Author: Amy S. Foster
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
ABOUT THE RIFT UPRISING
Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.
Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.
When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 

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amy-s-foster-author-photo-headshotABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she’s not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.   

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ARC Review: Dark Energy by Robison Wells

Title: Dark Energy
By:  Robison Wells
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Pages: 288 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed 

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

25816859We are not alone.

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out.

They have arrived.

If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site—because her dad is the director of special projects for NASA, and if anything is a special project, it’s this.

And there’s no going back.

A shell-shocked country is waiting, glued to televisions and computer screens, for a sign of what the new future holds. But when the aliens emerge, they’re nothing like what Alice expected. And only one thing is clear: Nothing will ever be the same again.


The Rants and Raves of Dark Energy

I LOVE novels about aliens, spaceships, or anything dealing with space. I had heard very little hype surrounding Dark Energy, so of course I was excited for a non-spoilery, non-hyped read of  Robison Wells’ newest book. Overall, Dark Energy is a very quick and well-paced read. I read it in one sitting and I really enjoyed the steady flow that Wells carries throughout the novel. From my understanding, the book is a standalone, so it has the basic bullet points of a good story: introduction of  a main character/conflict, the climax, and then the much anticipated resolution. 

First, I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Alice. She’s a rich teenager, with an expensive car,  who is forced to go to a boarding school in Minnesota, because her dad works for NASA and he’s on a special assignment in the Midwest where a gigantic spacecraft has crashed.  Alice is a “go-with-the-flow” type of girl. She does not have that much of a personality–she’s just blah (sorry, I don’t know how else to describe her…she’s just there and she’s making the most of her world that is now inhabited by aliens). She has a very dry sense of humor and reveals very little emotional responses to the people and hysteria that surrounds her. I’m a big fan of people with “dry” and “sarcastic” sense of humors, but overall I found Alice to be a typical stock character that was underdeveloped. 

Even though Alice’s voice and personality never clicked with me, the storyline  was definitely engaging and unpredictable. And without providing any spoilers for future readers, Wells’ aliens are definitely worth exploring in this book. The aliens may parallel human beings in numerous ways, but they also hold their own secrets and talents. The aliens and their background story made me question my own knowledge of the universe, and everything from human understanding, to science, to ancestry, and to historical events. I loved the path that Wells provides to his readers to help connect his characters to the aliens and the other conflicts that invade them. The aliens and the reasons behind their crash in Minnesota are definitely the key factors make Dark Energy an engaging read. 

Even though I found the main character, Alice, to be one-dimensional, I think the plot, the twists, and the well-constructed ending are well crafted and make the book a good contribution to the science fiction genre. 

3 star rating

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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NOTE:          Even though this is an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC), I borrowed this book from a fellow blogger. I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher for a review. All statements and honest opinions are mine.