Oct 3rd

ARC Review of Nemesis by Anna Banks

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nemesis
4 Star Rating

Title: Nemesis
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Date Published: October 4, 2016
Where I got the book: Won an ARC through a Twitter giveaway
Where You Can Purchase the Book: AMAZON
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?

What a fun read! I haven’t read any of Anna Banks previous works, but if they are anything like Nemesis I will have to change that. While I had a difficult time in the beginning, I absolutely could not put this book down and I really loved it! The beginning moved a little slowly for me, and included a lot of both Tarik and Sepora repeating the same things in their thoughts. It was actually pretty realistic considering their circumstances. I think part of my impatience was due to them not being in proximity yet. I knew it was going to get really good when they eventually met and I was eager to see that happen.

I loved the worldbuilding in Nemesis. The idea of an Egyptian like civilization is really cool and well executed. I liked the serpent riding Serubelians and the cat loving Theorians. Having these civilizations be the antithesis of one another was vital to the story. I’d like to see some of Helmut, Wachuk, and Pelusia as well. I’m hoping we get a better look at them in the next installment. I also liked the magic, the elements, and the different creatures involved. Spectorium and nefarite are fascinating. While there is some magic involved, these are actual elements and they make the plot of Nemesis that much more unique to other books in the YA fantasy genre. The serpents, the cats, and the parani are really cool. I’m a sucker for mythical type creatures and these don’t disappoint! I MUST HAVE MORE OF THE PARANI IN THE NEXT BOOK!

Tarik and Sepora are great main characters. I love the ethical quandaries they are faced with and the way they value their people. Their chemistry is really good and I can’t wait to see how it develops after that crazy ending!! While I loved Tarik and Sepora, I’d also like to get to know some of the secondary characters better in the sequel. Cy, Sethos, and Rashidi are very interesting and I hope we see more of them.

Nemesis was a really enjoyable read. I loved the world and all the unique elements that brought it to life. I think the setting was unique and fascinating and the plot was really exciting and filled with delicious romantic tension. I can’t wait for the sequel, I know I’m going to devour it!

nemesis
4 Star Rating

Title: Nemesis
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Date Published: October 4, 2016
Where I got the book: Won an ARC through a Twitter giveaway
Where You Can Purchase the Book: AMAZON
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?

What a fun read! I haven’t read any of Anna Banks previous works, but if they are anything like Nemesis I will have to change that. While I had a difficult time in the beginning, I absolutely could not put this book down and I really loved it! The beginning moved a little slowly for me, and included a lot of both Tarik and Sepora repeating the same things in their thoughts. It was actually pretty realistic considering their circumstances. I think part of my impatience was due to them not being in proximity yet. I knew it was going to get really good when they eventually met and I was eager to see that happen.

I loved the worldbuilding in Nemesis. The idea of an Egyptian like civilization is really cool and well executed. I liked the serpent riding Serubelians and the cat loving Theorians. Having these civilizations be the antithesis of one another was vital to the story. I’d like to see some of Helmut, Wachuk, and Pelusia as well. I’m hoping we get a better look at them in the next installment. I also liked the magic, the elements, and the different creatures involved. Spectorium and nefarite are fascinating. While there is some magic involved, these are actual elements and they make the plot of Nemesis that much more unique to other books in the YA fantasy genre. The serpents, the cats, and the parani are really cool. I’m a sucker for mythical type creatures and these don’t disappoint! I MUST HAVE MORE OF THE PARANI IN THE NEXT BOOK!

Tarik and Sepora are great main characters. I love the ethical quandaries they are faced with and the way they value their people. Their chemistry is really good and I can’t wait to see how it develops after that crazy ending!! While I loved Tarik and Sepora, I’d also like to get to know some of the secondary characters better in the sequel. Cy, Sethos, and Rashidi are very interesting and I hope we see more of them.

Nemesis was a really enjoyable read. I loved the world and all the unique elements that brought it to life. I think the setting was unique and fascinating and the plot was really exciting and filled with delicious romantic tension. I can’t wait for the sequel, I know I’m going to devour it!

By Kate Woods

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