Sep 30, 2016

Nemesis (Nemesis 1) by Anna Banks || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

HELLO AND WELCOME everyone! I am excited to present Anna Banks, the author of Nemesis. Join me in celebrating the release of her new book on October 4th 2016. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win a finished copy of Nemesis.

 

 

  SUMMARY  

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?

Publication is October 4th 2016: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Goodreads

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Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 4 out of 5

❝ IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to make you stay, yet impossible to let you go. Why is that Sepora? ❞ ~Tarik

Who would have thought? Waiting to be discovered just behind this strikingly visceral cover is a futuristic fantasy involving warring kingdoms, the Quiet Plague, and a slow-burn love story. Nemesis, by Anna Banks, is a surprisingly pleasant experience I never saw coming.

I don't generally discuss covers. This one strikes a chord with me because I’ve seen a lot of negative responses to it. This cover illustrates something very critical to the story—a story that breaks antiquated traditions to establish new rules in favor of change for an egalitarian world—making this series debut quite powerful, actually.

Set in a futuristic world with inspirations from the Egyptian culture, it felt simultaneous advanced and yet beautiful preserved. With fine-tuned prose and alternating first- and third-person perspectives, Anna Banks delivers a story that is easy to follow. The plot thickens quite naturally. However, I did feel that each new dilemma was resolved with ease. The twist in the story lies largely in the emotional turmoil between Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria—two rival kingdoms on the verge of war. Their struggles to remain steadfast in their duties to their kingdom are complicated by their unexpected feelings of love and trust.

Sepora is feisty and endearing, and Tarik is astute and charismatic. They are very likeable, with fresh dialogues that had me hanging on to their every word. As a Lingot, Tarik has the gift to discern truths from lies. The witty bantering as Sepora dances around Tarik’s questions with half-truths is quite entertaining and creates a humor that permeates the pages. Yet at the same time, their dialogue also portrays an attraction so searing their words practically burn up the pages with sexual tension. Anna Banks creates an exquisitely slow-burn romance that had my heart fluttering in all the right ways. If their chemistry is this tangible in a booked titled Nemesis, I can only imagine what it would be like in Ally (Nemesis 2). I can’t wait to find out!

{ I received this title in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

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.

Find Anna Banks: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

 

  GIVEAWAY  

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