Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Book info:
TitleThe Diabolic
Author:  S.J. Kincaid
Genre:  YA Science Fiction
Published:  November 1st, 2016
Source:  ARC from bookstore where I work
My rating:  5 stars

I have been very interested in this book since I first heard about it last May when there were samplers put out at the B-Fest, teen event, that we had at Barnes and Noble.  I was extremely thrilled when an advanced readers copy of this showed up at the bookstore and my manager saved it for me!  I probably did a little dance when I saw it on her desk for me.  I picked it up to read last week and it turned out to be a really good book.  The first part was a little odd.  I felt like we would get a little bit of the story, then it would speed up to another part that we'd spend a little time on, and then it settled into the main time period for the story.  At about a quarter of the way through, it got really good and I was hooked!

The title refers to the main character, a girl named Nemesis.  But she is a Diabolic, so not really a girl.  She is biologic, but she was made to be a killer, and in the end, she was taught, no programmed to have one person that she would protect above everything else.  One person that she would kill for.  For Nemesis, that girl was Sidonia.  Sidonia treats Nemesis as if she is a best friend, or even closer, a sister.  But soon the new leader decides that all the Diabolics must be destroyed. They are considered to be against the new religion.  Sidonia doesn't want to lose Nemesis, and her family also doesn't want to lose the best protection for their daughter.  Since Sidonia's father is a bit of a rebel, and the Senators and Emperor do not like his ideas, it is felt that it is important to keep Sidonia's body guard.  

But then, the Emperor calls for Sidonia to come to the Imperial Court.  Since no one has ever seen her, and they don't trust the Emperor, they send Nemesis instead.  At court, Nemesis must do her best to become Sidonia.  But once there she will have to fight off the people who don't trust her because of the family she comes from.  There is all kinds of intrigue in the court between the people there who may not agree with the Emperor, as well as within the ruling family itself.  The heir to the Emperor is a boy/young man who seems to be a bit mad.  

Soon it seems as if all the children of the families that are considered the rebels have arrived.  And at this point, the Emperor makes a move against the families, thus leading Nemesis to wanting revenge on the Emperor in any way possible.  It is then that she will begin to find an ally in his heir, Tyrus.  It seems maybe he isn't quite as crazy as he lets everyone believe.  If it gets out that Nemesis is really a Diabolic and not Sidonia, things could get really bad.  And Nemesis must depend on the allies of the families that are on the same side as the family she comes from. But along the way she will begin to feel that she may be more similar to the humans that she thought.  Maybe she isn't just a robotic killing machine that cannot care for others.  Maybe she can be Sidonia's friend, maybe she can care for more than just protecting the one person she was programmed to protect.  

I really enjoyed the story.  There were some parts that I was in shock about and unsure how things would happen next.  And that is the way I like a good story!  I liked the characters as well, another big favorite of mine.  I've seen some not so great reviews and some DNFs on this one, but if you can get to about 25%, I think you'll definitely get sucked in to the point you don't want to quit!

 

16 comments:

  1. I looooooove this book so much! It was totally unexpected but it phenomenal! How is this not getting more buzz? Great review, thanks for sharing!

    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. I know, right? I really liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I just started reading this Lisa and I love the sound of it! I'm of a fan of scifi and couldn't resist trying THE DIABOLIC out. There's been a touch of mixed feelings so I'm crossing my fingers. Thanks, for the lovely review :)

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    1. I really liked it. Like I said, the beginning seemed kind of rushed, but once the main storyline got going I was hooked. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. I have heard a lot about this novel, but haven't had the opportunity to pick this one up for myself yet. But when I do, I certainly will! I love the sound of it, and how full of action and sci-fi it sounds. I'm glad that it managed to pick up after the first quarter :D

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    1. I think if you get a chance you'll really enjoy it. Hope you get to read it soon!

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  4. I'm so glad you liked it! Science fiction is like my favourite genre and I was worried about the mixed reviews I've been reading! Every time I see a positive review, I feel excited :) Great review!

    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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    1. I can kind of get issues people had if the beginning was too slow for them. But once I got into it, I loved it. Hope that you do as well when you get a chance to read it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. *squee* I have this one on my shelf waiting for me to make time for it, Lisa. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it so much! I'm even more eager to crack it open now. :)

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    1. I really did enjoy it! Hope you're able to get to it soon! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I'm just about to start reading The Diabolic! I've actually read the first chapter to get a feel for it. This review makes me want to pick it up right away! Thanks for the heads up about the first 25% of the book. ��

    Have a good week!
    Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

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    1. Hopefully the first chapter didn't go too slow for you. But if that got you ready to go on, then I think you'll really enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I'm currently reading this and have been struggling with it. I'm at the Nemesis/Tyrus alliance part. I have to admit that I was definitely shocked at some of the things that happened before this. Now I'm having trouble wanting to pick it up and continue reading. Hopefully I can get over this hump to keep reading!

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    1. Ah, that's too bad. I liked it a lot. But hey, everyone enjoys different things! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I've heard mixed reviews about this book too. Maybe I'll check it out from the library before I buy it. It sounds very good.

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    1. Yeah, might want to wait to buy if you're not sure. That's what the library is awesome for! Thanks for visiting!

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