Book Review | The Diabolic #20booksofsummer

I’m off to the Edinburgh Book Festival today but I can’t resist stopping by to share another review for a book toward my summer reading challenge.


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…


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Goodness I have had this book on my TBR for quite some time I can’t believe it has taken me so long to pick it up especially since it has a lot of ingredients I love in a book.

It is such a clever premise and I knew from the start that this story was going to sink its claws in deep as soon as having a diabolic was banned and Sidonia decided she wouldn’t let Nemesis die, I could tell it was going to be a rollercoaster of a book. From there it just got more and more exciting as Nemesis had to pretend to be human and convince the galactic court that she was Sidonia. I won’t say any more about the plot except that it made for some tense and exhilarating reading.

One of my favourite elements in this book was the constant mind games that the characters were playing with each other, especially the ones that were trying to gain power. Every time I thought I might have someone figured out they did something so shocking and deceptive and it really kept me reading on the edge of my seat.

There were few likeable characters in the galactic court but that actually worked in favour for this story, I wanted them to be stabbing each other in the back and using each other to get ahead because that’s all part of the game.

Of course I did love Nemesis and that she was able to develop in the way that she did and even though she was at times very uncertain of things around her she was still a force to be reckoned with. There are a few choices towards the end of the book that were questionable however I think that because she was coming up against this different side to herself that she can be forgiven for it.

Tyrus was another favourite, such a clever character, I loved his unpredictability and that on-edge feeling that I got any time he made an appearance as I tried to figure out what his motivations were. I also liked the dynamic between him and Nemesis, they clash a few times but throughout the book I was hoping that he would win her over, I liked that he was being his most honest when he was around her.

Another fantastic read to add to my list, a space adventure with a thrilling pace and many a devious character this one is highly recommended.


20 books 2019


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