Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nemesis Blog Tour: Review of Nemesis (Nemesis #1) by Anna Banks + GIVEAWAY

I'm very excited to be a part of the Nemesis blog tour! I've read Anna Banks' other series and couldn't wait to get my hands on her new book. Before that, check out the rest of the tour HERE.

And now for my review!

Goodreads rating: 4.0
Genre: YA fantasy (w/ Egyptian mythology!)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication: October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: Nemesis #1

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

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 from 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 could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. It was very unique (anything with Egyptian mythology is bound to be) and engaging for most of the time, but I couldn't help feeling that the author was trying too hard. I've read her other series, and the moment I picked up this book, it was everything but what I'd expected. Her last series was funny and paranormal, while this book felt like the opposite. There were some funny quips, and the characters were very fleshed. But I couldn't help thinking that the author was trying too hard to be a fantasy writer, especially in the beginning. I wish I knew how to explain it better, but it's why it took me so long to read this book. 

The two main characters were very different people, but also the same, something this author does very well. I didn't mind that it was from both of their points of view, but I wish she'd stuck to either first or third. I think the most fun part, though, was the mythology she incorporated. I don't know a lot about Egyptian culture, but the author really made it come to life for me. And while I wish there'd been a little more world-building in a show not tell kind of way, I was glad to see that it flowed pretty seamlessly into the narrative. I also wish there could've been a little more backstory on Sepora's life (like who she was friends with, etc). Her departure, while not sudden at first, began to feel sudden because of who she turned out to be. She believes greatly in loyalty, but left her own country for selfish reasons. Teenagers, am I right?

All in all, this was a gripping read. It was a little slow in the beginning, but there has to be time made for world-building. I also loved the tension that formed between the two main characters, and I can't wait to see how it's all going to turn out!

*Pre-orders will receive an exclusive NEMESIS print and a NEMESIS bath bomb.


Anna Banks is the 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.

Favorite Books:

Shatter Me, Cinder, Linger, Shiver, Forever, Pushing the Limits, Unravel Me,Shadow and Bone, Enclave, Divergent, Candor, Graceling, Fire, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Most of James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich makes me laugh through my nose in an unfeminine sort of way.

Visit Anna’s website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


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