October 2, 2016

Nemesis Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Anna Banks 
Publication Date: October 4, 2016 
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Pages: 368 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook 

Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads 
*Pre-orders will receive an exclusive NEMESIS print and a NEMESIS bath bomb. 


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?  
Nemesis is a thrilling young adult fantasy that fans of the genre are sure to love. There were several aspects of the book that I really enjoyed, such as the amazing world building. It did take me a little while to get into the story and to bring the world the author created to life. I'm not sure what made it difficult - it just seemed hard to relate to and I couldn't seem to visualize it in my mind. The world building was fantastic though - great attention to detail and wonderful descriptions and imagery. The characters were well written, especially our two leads - Sepora and Tarik. Again, at first I found it hard to connect with Sepora - there was just something about the way the book was written that took me some time to adjust to. I think that was a big issue for me at the beginning of the novel and it's what held me back from really being able to lose myself in the story. 

Sepora is a great main character - she's complex, determined, smart, and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people. I enjoyed getting to know her throughout the story, as well as watching her relationship with Tarik blossom as the book unfolds. One big positive for me was the writing style. The author uses the first person point of view, with Sepora as the narrator. I'm a huge fan of this style of writing and firmly believe that it gives the reader the best connection to the character. It definitely applied in this situation. It took awhile for me to be able to connect with Sepora, but once I did, I loved getting to know her on such a personal level. It's like she was telling me personally what had happened, which made the plot all the more interesting. I believe this is the first book in a new series, which I really hope is true. I'm intrigued with where the author will take Sepora next and what new challenges lie ahead - and I'm really hoping to connect with the characters and their world  much better the second time around. Definitely recommended for fans of fantasy, dystopia, romance, and YA.
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. 

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(1) Winner will receive a finished copy of NEMESIS - US Only

Tour Schedule: 

September 28: 

September 29: 
Wishful Endings - Review 
BookHounds YA - Review Ink of Blood - Review 
 September 30: 
FLYLēF - Review 
A Backwards Story - Review + Favorite Quotes 
With Love for Books - Review 
Library of a Book Witch - Review + Playlist 

October 1: 
Such a Novel Idea - Review 
The Broke Book Bank - Review 
BookCrushin - Review + Favorite Quotes 
Confessions of a Readaholic - Review + Dream Cast 

October 2: 
Literary Meanderings - Guest Post 

October 3: 
Chapter by Chapter - Guest Post 
The Reader's Antidote - Review 
The Book Cellar - Review 
Pretty Deadly Reviews - Review 

October 4: 
Fierce Reads - Celebrating the release of Nemesis 
Two Chicks on Books - Interview 
Kindle and Me - Review + Playlist 
Curling Up With A Good Book - Review + Favorite Quotes 
The Eater of Books! - Favorite Quotes from Nemesis

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