REVIEW: The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

REVIEW: The Diabolic by S.J KincaidThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
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Series: The Diabolic #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: eBook

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire


“The moment you read the first line; it is unputdownable”

Benson Ekpo

This book was love at first sight. At around eleven pm two days ago, I stumbled upon it and the cover literally knocked me off my seat (no jokes, it actually happened.) I remember jumping on twitter to confess my love for the diabolic cover to the author, who retweeted and responded to me (epic fanboy moment.)

My advice to anyone who wants to read this book; make sure you have no important appointments pre-scheduled and you have completed all your chores. The moment you read the first line, it is unputdownable (is that even word?) The author brilliantly envelops us with the world she created in this book. Although I could not pronounce half the words in the story, I still found every detail riveting. The world building was definitely en pointe. I had to do a little bit of catching up while reading the story to understand just how futuristic the story was set, and the moment I got it, everything flowed nicely.

I read somewhere that the story was a hybrid of Red Queen and the Hunger Games. To a certain degree it is. However from the beginning, you can quickly tell just how outstanding the diabolic is. Sure it had the *spoiler alert* impersonation theme and what not but i honestly disagree, i believe the diabolic in itself is a world of its own. The characterization was beyond brilliant, the author gave each character a life of their own without digressing from the main character and it was very exciting following them throughout the story. I loved how she made it very believable that an automaton could somehow develop human feelings. Love, hate, contempt and even happiness. By far, the most compelling thing the author did to her characters has to be making them actively involved in the story. I hate how you read a book and all the characters are just mere static; responding to whatever the narrator throws at them (peeve.) Talking about the narrator. The first person POV used in the story was so stable and consistent it was easy to just slip into the autopilot. The tone was just right for the character and I found that oddly comforting.

I don’t think there was anything I disliked about this story (probably because i’m still fan boying.) The diabolic is the first story I have EVER given a 5 out of 5 stars rating and it’s for a good reason, the book deserved. I highly recommend it to everyone. If you have read or will read the diabolic, please share your thoughts with me via social media or down in the comment section. I really want to know what you thought of the book, and maybe you can point out some cons that I missed.

Thank you for reading.

~ Benson Ekpo


About S.J. Kincaid

S J Kincaid headshot

S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer.

Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic was released in the fall 2016.

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