TheDiabolic-SJKincaidFrom the moment she was chosen, Nemesis has trained to serve the Senator and his family to the best of her ability. She slinks in the shadows, keeping an eye on their surroundings, always alert for anything amiss. The world around her lies in chaos. She knows that things could change in the blink of eye, and she must be prepared for anything at all times. Never once did she ever imagine how much her life would change upon agreeing to take the place of the Senator’s daughter in order to ensure her safety. Besides, what could go wrong in doing so?

The Diabolic captured my attention from the moment I opened my iPad to read it. A tumultuous, fast-paced story, I was swept up in Nemesis’ predicament from the get-go. This is a girl—I call her, thus, because that’s what she truly becomes—is one who will anything to make sure that she and those she’s come to serve survive by any means necessary.

Throughout the story, we’re given glimpses of the uncertainties and vulnerabilities that exist inside Nemesis. Mind you, she does her best to hide them. Every now and then, though, they surface, showing us that despite the fact that she was created to protect those she was assigned to, she still has feelings, hopes, and dreams tucked deep inside.

The further you get into the story, the more you find yourself rooting for Nemesis. Granted, the choices she makes are sometimes far out there, but she makes them in the hopes that she’ll be able to save and continue serving those she’s come to love. Diabolics aren’t supposed to care for the people they’re sent to keep an eye on. They’re to do as they are told and that’s the end of it. The fact that Nemesis does otherwise shows us that she has far surpassed the limitations that her creators imposed upon her.

SJ has created a complex world where everything you do or say is measured and taken into consideration. Wherever you go, eyes and ears will follow. We come to know of a broken world where its inhabits will do everything they can to survive. Lie, cheat, steal, and take lives—none of it matters as long as it ensures the people’s survival.

I anxiously await what comes next for Nemesis. I do wonder if she’ll ever get her happy ending. She’s done so much that she deserves it. The world around her, though, is fragile, its balance tipped onto its side. SJ shows us this with every step Nemesis takes. Nevertheless, I do so hope that things work out for her in the end. Only time will tell as to whether Nemesis achieves her every goal.




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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SJKincaidAbout The Author:

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 will be released in fall 2016.