Review Highlights:

Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy

Age: 15+ ( age based off of mild sexual content/war themes)

Recommendation: Oh my gosh, yes! I have been looking for a new YA series to get into and this is it!

Type: Multi-book, there will be a second book, Ally, that will be released sometime next year.

Pages: 368

Format: E-book and Hardcover (per Amazon)

Summary: + original plot +well-developed characters +not overpowered by romance +tangible romantic chemistry between mains -cliffhanger +controversial cover +descriptive world building

Description: 

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?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world’s energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.

Full Review:

Finally! I have been looking for a new obsession and I think I’ve found it. I wished for this book on NetGalley, immediately taken with the cover, and just my luck I got it! I read this cover to cover in about three and a half hours, staying up till two am on a night I had to wake up at five am to go work a twelve-hour shift. Yes, that is how great this is. So enough with my blabbering, let me tell you why.

Nemesis is the story of a princess with both a precious gift and a huge burden. Being the sole person able to create a highly sought after mineral with unlimited energy potential, she is imprisoned by her father and forced to forge or create spectorium. After escaping with the intention of hiding away to prevent her power-hungry father from using spectorium to take over all five realms the princess is captured and given to the newly crowned Tarik, ruler of the kingdom her father considers his greatest enemy. After gaining the attention of Tarik, Sephora continues to attempt to hide her gift and prevent a war between the realms.

I absolutely love Sephora’s character. Yes, she gets a bit annoying at times because she is so afraid of everything but at the same time she holds her own and remains confident of her plight. Tarik intrigued me because he is multi-faceted and struggles with both following in his fathers footsteps and forging his own path as a ruler. The dynamic between the two is almost addicting. Teetering the line between need and want, both Tarik and Sephora have so much baggage and so many things on their shoulders it is almost painful to watch them attempt to get it together.

This book is full of original ideas and even though it is written as a Romeo and Juliet style YA novel it is more developed and deeper than that. The plot is also not overpowered by teenage angst and lust either. Yes, there is emotional development between the two of them and it is obvious that they have something between them but it isn’t more important than all the issues they have going on, it simply compliments the rest of the story. The world building is very descriptive and allows you to imagine what you are reading. It doesn’t leave you confused either, which is nice considering a lot of this world is composed of fantastical elements.

/begin rant. Last thing I will mention is the controversy around the cover art. Holy crap people stop being so quick to judge it as prejudicial. I have read so many things by people who haven’t even read the book about how it resembles blackface. Just because a fair-skinned model (whom represents the actual character’s physical appearance in the book) is painted in dark silver paint (which is customary in the book and is among a cast of characters that wear metallic paint) doesn’t mean it is inappropriate. Please read the actual work before you assume an entire publishing company, author and group of editors and publicists are ignorant enough to put something blatantly inappropriate out there to the public.  /end rant. 

This book is set to be published October 4, 2016.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this work via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much Anna Banks and Macmillan Children’s Publish Group Fiewel and Friends for this wonderful read.

On Amazon: Nemesis