Review Rendezvous: 8/19/17

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
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Genre(s): Dystopian, science fiction, fantasy
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 416
Publish date: November 1st, 2016
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DiabolicNemesis is a¬†Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic 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 corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire.

This particular book has been on my to-read list for some time. I always thought that the concept was quite interesting, so I had to read it. Fortunately, I finally got the chance, and it was just as entertaining as I’d hoped.

We open the book with Nemesis in her “training” period when she’s being raised as a Diabolic. It never really does explain if they were human to start with (as I suspect), but they’re genetically engineered for rage. Yet, they are attached to one singular person, and would do anything to save that person.

The downside to this is that eventually, her kind are outlawed, but the people who own her (as diabolics are property, not people) keep her safe and hidden. Of course, the family she is employed by are not the most respectful citizens, barely threading the line between outlier and insubordinate. The emperor knows this, so he calls the daughter away to the court. Of course, the family isn’t going without a fight, so they send Nemesis instead.

Nemesis journey throughout this book is highly intriguing. We see her go from completely subservient to thinking and acting on her own. She also befriends some interesting people at court, and though there is a lot of backstabbing going on, she manages herself not terribly bad.

I will say, the very ending had me so conflicted over who was telling the truth and who wasn’t. Kincaid keeps you guessing, which I liked very much. There wasn’t a specific ending I could pick up halfway through the book, as I’ve been known to do that before. Definitely give this one a try, you’ll enjoy it.


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Review Rendezvous: 7/22/17

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
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Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 332
Publish date: January 2nd, 2007
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VALissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the¬†earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires‚ÄĒthe ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger‚Ķand the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

I picked up this particular book while I was in Orlando as a WDW intern. Originally, I had picked it up because I wanted something to read on the bus rides to work and it seemed interesting enough. Boy was I underselling it. Normally, I’m not the type to go for vampire novels, and while I wasn’t particularly hooked after the first one, I continued on with the series and by the end, it had become one of my favorites.

The thing that I love reading the most in this series is the growth of the main protagonist, Rose. When you meet her in the beginning, she’s rash, stupid, selfish, and rebellious, mostly without justification. She does care very much for her best friend and does things with good intentions, but they usually blow up in her face.

Without spoiling information about the series, I can’t explain much about how Rose grows up in the later novels. There’s a big theme of duty and sacrifice as well, which is an interesting sub-plot. I accidentally spoiled myself to the ending of one of the side issues, although I’m not too worried about spoilers so it’s fine.

There is a movie adaptation of this first book, and while it is interesting and well-produced, it’s not entirely true to the source material. Of course, that goes for most book to movie adaptations nowadays, so I suppose slight inaccuracy can be overlooked in some instances.

All in all, yet another amazing series that I have stumbled across. Makes me lad that I picked up the first book to begin with. There is also a second series, the Bloodlines series, that I just recently finished. I’ll post a separate review of it on a different day, but that one was almost as good as this series, so it’s well worth the read!



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Review Rendezvous: 12/24/16

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, science fiction
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 395
Publish date: January 3rd, 2012
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cinderHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Holy cow was this a good book. A great opening to an even better series. This is the Cinderella retelling that I had no idea I wanted. I love the Disney classics, but there is something about throwing Cindy into a whole new world (pun very much intended) that I love!

Cinder goes through such great character growth in this book, and she has plenty of room for more. I hate when authors build their character up too far or flesh out their problems too much and then do not have anywhere to go in the coming additions to the series. But seeing how Cinder isn’t the perfect Cinderella (she’s none to quick to forgive her stepfamily, she isn’t particularly the best dancer, although there’s a logical reason for that) makes the story just that much more realistic. I don’t know how realistic you can get with a futuristic society involving moon people, androids, and old fairytales though.

The fight she has between herself, her duty, and her current situation makes for such a good read. I was afraid that she was gonna ditch everything and we were going to be left with a terrible conclusion, but that evidently did not happen. I was right there with her, feeling the anger at her terrible life circumstances. She certainly didn’t choose them, after all.

Then in the end there is also quite the revelation that completely turns the tables. Meyer has done a great job of interconnecting the fairytale but also throwing in her own twists and changes that keep everything fresh. I loved the fact that it was Cinderella, but Cinderella as you’ve never seen her: kicking butt as a half-human, half robot android.

I would one hundred percent recommend this book. I’m waiting on a hold at the library so I can read the last book in the series, and boy am I excited!



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Review Rendezvous: 05/03/2016

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 383
Publish date: February 10th, 2015

Red QueenThis is a world divided by blood ‚Äď red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance ‚Äď Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel I’ve well and truly liked. Well, I did read another today, but that one I’ll have to get to later because this book blew my mind so much that I couldn’t possibly resist writing up a review for it.

I’ve had the first chapter of this book on my Kindle for a while since it was the free sample available on Amazon’s store. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while as well, but just couldn’t handle paying for it because I never really find that to be worthwhile to me. But, I did recently find out that my sister actually owns a copy, and thus set forth to read it automatically.

It took a second for me to get into this world, but once I did I was in and did not put this book down for a second. I genuinely felt for Mare, as she was thrown into a world where she had no idea how to handle herself or what to do, and it was no fault of her own.

She’s forced to become a princess and deny the very life she was so accustomed to living. One would think that she’d have a much better life in a gilded palace, but that is not so as the palace is rife with vipers willing to cut her down at a moments notice. The worst part is that one hides in plain sight, and towards the end commits such an act of treachery that I was stunned and did not see it coming at all.

Aveyard builds her world so well, though it takes a bit to learn about as we learn the rules of the Silver world along with Mare. For a debut author, she has written such a compelling book, so much so that it was a Goodreads Choice 2015 winner. I cannot tell you just how excited I am to get on to reading the sequel to this one.


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Flash Review: The Crown by Keira Cass

Okay friends, I hate going all unorganized and not posting an real review yet, but I just finished¬†The Crown five minutes ago and I’m still reeling. The final installment in the much-loved Selection series just hit stores today, and by today I mean two hours ago. I pre-ordered the Kindle version, and was about to fall asleep when my phone dinged to tell me it’d been delivered. So, naturally, I had to read it.

I will admit, Eadlyn was quite a bit on the whiney side when she first started out, but the character development is marvelous. In this book, you see how much she’s grown and what she really has to deal with as a queen-in-training.

Also, there’s the matter of the Selection. So much drama going on there, I’m not even going to poke it with a stick. And it doesn’t help that someone from the outside actually ends up forcing Eadlyn’s hand. She also makes such a stunning choice, I had to reread a few times. I was so afraid she was going to make the wrong one, because she was about to up until the last few moments of the book. Gah, everything is just so beautiful!

Well, there’s my thoughts on the book right now. Official review to come soon!

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