The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it? 

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MINI MONDAY: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic is S.J. Kincaid’s most recent novel, and since its release on November 1st, 2016, it has quickly sky-rocketed in popularity – and for good reason. The Diabolic is a strong addition to the Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre, with memorable characters, strong motivations and mind-blowing events that will leave readers reeling long after they’ve closed the book.

“Perhaps scorpions were the only ones who could save each other.
Whatever lay ahead, it would always be the two of us above the rest of the universe, and woe to any who dared step in out path.” – S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire (chapters.indigo.ca).

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November 2016 Reading List

It’s that time of month again (a.k.a. the start of the month) which means another book list, and another pile of books to add to my never ending TBR pile! I’m slowly falling behind on my TBR’s as school consumes more and more of my life (if I’m being honest, I’m spending most of my time reading textbooks nowadays!), but reading, writing and photo taking remain fun hobbies of mine. Basically, writing this is my break from the daily grind!

If you missed my October Reads, be sure to check out my Instagram page (@onepageatatimebooks) or visit my Book Reviews page to see a summary of my most recent posts! 

This month, the following books are on my TBR:

  1. The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (released October 25th)
  2. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (released November 1st)
  3. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (released November 22nd)
  4. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosemund Hodge (released September 27th)
  5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (released October 18th)
  6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (released January 19th, 2016)
  7. The Reader by Traci Chee (released September 13th)

In addition, I’ve decided to add a little section to these monthly Reading Lists wherein I list my Top 3 Books from the previous month as recommendations! Please be sure to let me know what you think of these books! Links lead to my reviews of these books – please be aware not all reviews are spoiler free! 

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

What’s on your November TBR?