Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Diabolical by S.J Kincaid

One day I got a curious email from Simon & Schuster saying something about a reading study (maybe not quite in those exacting terms), and of course, I was like, “where do I sign up?”. The study is actually conducted by Jellybooks. So what happens is that they give you a choice of books, you pick one, and then they give it to you, and study your reading pattern through software in the book.

So, out of all the choices I was given, I chose “The Diabolic” by S.J Kincaid. The description just spoke to me better than the rest, and I was like, “Okay, it seems to be the best of the lot, let’s see”. At first, I didn’t really even want to read it, I was so sick of dystopian novels thinking that they can do something different by being extreme. Not that I don’t still love them. This book is quite the gem.

When I first started it, I expected to drop it in a few chapters, but even though, of course I got busy, I kept going back to it, reading it in the car, and pretty much everywhere. It was good from beginning to end. It was nothing I expected (except for the romance part), and the best part was that it didn’t end in a cliff hanger. There’s possibility for a sequel, but why bother? Unless it’s a spinoff for Neveni (*wink *wink).

This story is set in a space, in a world where the emperor has used false religion to divide the “kingdom”, and diminished the treasury for his own gluttonous needs. And then there’s Tyrus, successor primus and royal dominatrian heir.

And then there’s Nemesis Impyrean, diabolic to Sidonia Impyrean. What this means is that she’d die for Sidonia if needed, and so when the power-hungry emperor calls Sidonia to his pAlsace for crimes of heresy that her father committed, Nemesis goes in her place.

What she doesn’t expect is to become more than she thought she was.

I would definitely give this book a five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review, and recommend it to all my friends.  And now, I have to go find more S.J Kincaid books, because they’re said to be pretty much award-winning.

Breath of fire by Amanda Bouchet

In reading this novel, I challenged both myself and the author. I did not read book 1 of the Kingmaker chronicles; Promise of Fire, I only read book 2. I was perusing netgalley when I across the book, both the cover and description enticed me. I was most certainly not disappointed. I give this book a 5 star rating.

First, I loved how the story continued, and I love that I didn’t really have to scramble to figure out what was going on in the book. Sure, I didn’t read book 1 (I sure will now!), but I merrily went on the trip, and I was delighted. It was what I expected and more.

Catalisa Fisa aka Cat is Beta Fisa, heir to the throne of Fisa, when her mother dies. Problem is, her mother doesn’t want to die, and she is as far from benevolent as you can get, even to her children. gods are involved, Hades, Zeus, Athen, Poseidon, actively, there are oracles, tattooed snakes that come to life, undead wolves, and magick! It was a swashbuckling adventure! Mythological tales are woven to create this wonderful world of ice and thrones!

There was the continued romance between Cat and Griffin, Alpha (in spirit and name) Sinta (Read book 1! Or 2, you’ll get it), brotherhood, and wonderful suprises along the way! I would definitely recommend this to all of you, especially those who love tales that go in the archetypal David and goliath form, feminine heroes (I call the Female vanguards), and revolutions.