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The Exemeus

(The Exemeus #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfor
Paperback, 1st, 337 pages
Published January 3rd 2013 by Royal Colours Ink
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The summary does not do this story justice. Nor is it quite how I would describe this book. It is SO much more! This has been one of the greatest books I have read so far this year!
The book starts off with young Dephon meeeting a strange woman and given a book (The Exemeus) and told he has 10 days to read it before others would try to kill him. He learns his life is much more than he grew up knowing and it is about to be turned completely upside down.
The setting is a couple decades in the future
I thought dystopian wasn’t for me. I thought I’d seen it all when I read The Hunger Games, enjoyed it, but then suffered endlessly as the book was turned into a movie and the dystopian hype began. Book after book set in said genre passed my review cue, and I thought it would never end.

After reading The Exemeus, I’m glad it didn’t. I’m glad that, despite how I felt baout the genre, I gave this one a shot. Because it was awesome.

Hyalee is the greastest warrior Trepton has ever known. But she’s bee
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A fantasy, dystopian blend that is very unique.

Dephon is just trying to survive the ninth grade, he has no intention of trying to change the world and oust the current dictator of the Treptonian government. He has plenty to deal with on his own such as the menacing football jocks. When Dephon comes home one day to find his father not in his normal spot on the couch, he knows something is up. What he doesn't expect is to find out he is a descended from a magical line and h
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

“Life isn’t about how long you live it, but what you do with it. When you have lived for too long and experienced so much, the lines between right and wrong, good and bad, begin to blur. Immortality isn’t a goal, it’s a temptation–a punishment.”

I really was so surprised by this book. I'm not gonna lie, The Exemeus started off a bit lackluster for me and I nearly put it down because I wasn't feeling it. After reading some reviews which assured that it did in fact pick up The Exemeus turned
Zachary Flye
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Real rating 4.5 stars

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Protagonists: This book tells two stories, the frame story of sorts since it's the least prevalent, is about a boy named Dephon who learns he comes from the two magical royal families and he needs to read his mother's Exemeus to learn how he can save the world. Hyalee Smith, Dephon's mother, takes center stage as the subject of The Exemeus and it's her journey of growing into her power
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Exemeus is a very lovely read. It's very descriptive, providing vivid pictures of what was happening in the book which made it even more enjoyable. Also, the settings were downright lovely; Oreland, that is. It's very different than what I have ever I came across of and everything was so beautifully enchanting ─ almost... magical. (See what I did there?) Although there were times when the names and places didn't make any sense to me, it's still bearable and po
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I went in thinking a fantasy, and it was more a fantasy/dystopian mix, but almost had that time travel feel, but not. Let me explain. Dephon is a young boy (wish he was older, not ninth grader, hard to connect to him for me) who lives in a restrictive future with magic all around, sortof. Well, he gets ahold of the Exemus and it’s a magical book that has the history and thoughts of Haylee, now it gets interesting, as she has been dead for 13 years. So w
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
**4.5 Stars**
I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour.

MY OVERVIEW: I really enjoyed this book. There wasn’t too much that I found wrong with it. It was a little long however. I feel it should have transitioned over to the next book in the series about 100 pages before the end.

PROS: I love Hyalee! If the whole book could have been about her and Singleton, that would have been great. I also love Mallea. She has such a fantastic personality. I actually hope that s
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I read this because one of the authors was in my class… and I just picked it up because I like fantasy.

It was really good!

Off the top of my head:
+ banter
+ fully created world
+ great use of flashback
+ great characterization

Some parts, were admittedly a little slow, and I had a few preference issues (like, I don't like how inner strength/magic seemed to correlate with physical beauty; i don't like sappy story lines; Hyalee specifically said her name was Hi-a-lee and not Hay-lee, and she was cal
Elisabeth Wheatley
It’s always a joy when a book you thought was going to be “alright” turns out to be “utterly, indescribably awesome.” I started this one, not really sure what to expect, but what I got was a suspenseful and original story of love, betrayal, magic, adventure, greed, and pretty pranks. This book expertly blends humor and tragedy and writing styles. The Exemeus was written by two sisters and I honestly couldn’t tell you where one stopped writing and another started. The story flows into a single, s ...more
Tanja (Tanychy)
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

It's not a secret that I love fantasy, but another thing is that I like that old kind of fantasy. Where you have old books and good old mystery around. This book has all of that and what's even more interesting it's dystopia at the same time.

This book is divided into two stories basically and they're intertwined. We have a story about a young boy Dephon who lives in a future world. The world as we know it has been destroyed and now the Treptonian government
Maghon Thomas
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to one of the coolest dystopian worlds made! What an interesting story this book has become. And yes I have seen the comparisons to Hunger Games but other than being in a dystopian setting I didn’t find that many similarities. Sure some, but not enough for me to automatically think HG. Anyways this was a wild ride for me.

First lets talk about how freaking awesome it is that the main character is a DUDE! I’m loving this! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good lady heroine but I’m a huge fan of
Beth  (YA Books Central)
I was not sure what I was getting in to when I began reading this book. The synopsis seems to lean towards a more of a fantasy type novel and sometimes those can be hard to get into. Yet after the first two chapters I found myself digging into the story and wanting to read more!

The story begins with Dephon, a young boy who is living in a futuristc world and has yet to realize that he will be the person solely responsible for the future of the world. He begins his day like any normal teenager an
Krystal Willingham
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What to say about this book that hasn't already been said? How about, holy crap! Seriously, this was an awesome book that kept my attention and kept me turning the page long after I should have put the book down to actually try to get work done. I read this book in just a few days because of this. I was sucked in as soon as I finished the first paragraph.

Favorite character is definitely Hyalee. She isn't your normal one dimensional character and I loved that. She has depth and isn't your typical
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The whole idea of this novel is extremely interesting to me. It's a very complex sort of setup with the tyrannical government, the horrific high school kids, and the magical powers that are bound to show up. Typically, I get to handle at least one of those problems at a time when tackling a novel for a review. So, of course the whole premise of the story caught me by surprise. I honestly couldn't wait to read it.

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris is the tale of two different people bound by
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Dystopian, Magic, Dual Worlds

It seems that a boy as the lead character is starting to bloom in the Young Adult genre. The Exemeus is a complex storyline that has twist in a wonderfully thought out plot of betrayal, family, love, secrets and lots of magic.

The Exemeus follows Dephon who discovers he’s meant for much more than just being a normal teenage boy. He is given a book (called Exemeus) that belonged to
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
What an interestingly paranormal twist on a dystopian. Yeah, that was a mouthful, but this book definitely warrants it. With the only downfall being it's lack of a solid back story, The Exemeus was a thrill ride, and an enjoyable, quick-paced read for those who enjoy all genres of YA.

A little known fact about me: I love magic in ALL of it's forms. But actual magic gets me every time. This book had magic, and then some, in varying and wonderful degrees. The Exemeus revolves around Dep
Kayla Beck Kalnasy
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

I've been burned a lot lately with the indie books that I have agreed to review, so The Exemeus was a pleasant surprise. The story was way different than what I've come to expect from "fantasy" or "dystopia" tags. The characters were also odd, but easy to relate to. The humor that permeated the novel was fantastic, and the story itself reminded me a tiny bit of The Neverending Story .

The prologue of the novel confused me a little. I tho
I just have to say it: Wow! What a fabulous story. I will admit that when I began I wasn’t that drawn in. I was expecting more of a story in line with the synopsis above and I wasn’t getting it. I think this synopsis would be better suited to the overall series and not just this book.

The protagonist, Dephon is a bit of a geek, no friends, gets picked on by all the school bullies. His world is bleak and ominous. It reminded me of Orwell’s 1984 in some ways. Dephon’s father spends his days staring
3.5 Stars

I got to read this book as part of the blog tour for an honest review. (See below for all the other lovely stops.)

When I first picked up this book, I wasn't sure what to think. There is a lot to take in. Our story follows Dephon as he finds out just who he is and more about this heroic task others expect from him. Along the way he is given a book, a book that will change everything. In it is the story of Hyalee and her struggle and ultimate failure with her heroic task that leads to the
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Exemeus is a rather difficult book to review. It's very, very different and I know it won't be a book for everyone. It's hard to say who will enjoy it, but I know I did!

When I first started reading I initially felt like it had a Harry Potter feel to it, like a futuristic science fiction HP. But my opinions about that changed as I kept reading. I think the strange things that occur in the book, like the girl that protects The Exemeus book and lives inside it who pops out and helps Delphon. A
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Honestly going into this novel, I was expecting a middle grade book. Not so, this is definitely a Young Adult Fantasy complete with a romance (clean) and a dystopian/apocalyptic world though we don't see a lot of that. There are several worlds we see and it's interesting how the authors chose to narrate the novel.

I'll start with Dephon Johnson. He's a bit of a weakling. He's not exactly a "nerd" in that he's not especially smart. He likes to read, but that doesn't really make him a nerd. He's d
3.5 stars

This book turned out to be a pretty decent story. I didn't really know what to expect going in, only that the blurb sounded like something I'd enjoy. The Exemeus is a story within a story. It's about a couple named Hyalee and Singleton and their magical fated journey. It's about a raging and magical war where good was destroyed and evil was made to fester. But, it's also about a boy named Dephon Johnson who never really fit in at school but takes comfort in losing himself in his history
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm going to admit something, I wasn't too sure about this before I started it. As most of you know, I seem to have a love hate relationship with most fantasy novels. I have no idea why. Maybe my expectations are too high or maybe I just have a hard time believing the unbelievable, either way, there you have it, I am drawn to fantasy but very seldom really get in to it and enjoy it.

So it is understandable that I went into this with trepidation, very low expectations and maybe even with a not so
Alison (Ali's Books) Flores
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Exemeus takes you on an exciting trip through a post-apocalyptic time where magic is not only real, but plays a major role in the world.

Dephon’s an amazing kid!! How he keeps his attitude as positive as he does, is beyond me!! He goes to school all day to be bullied relentlessly, only to come home and be completely ignored by his near comatose father, who just stares at the TV. This is his life, but in one day, that all changes. Dephon learns his father isn’t the boring man he thought he wa
Roxanne Crouse
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The Exemeus by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris is a middle-grade fantasy about Hyalee Smith and Dephon Johnson, two people living in different times who must come together somehow and help each other save the world from the Treptonian government, an evil force controlling earth.

The Exemeus is a fun, fast-paced, fantasy adventure young readers under the age of fourteen will enjoy. It has magic and other very interesting alien worlds and many explorations. The writing is well done for the younger a
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Opening up The Exemeus was quite the experience. From page one, this story takes off at a manic pace. There is so much to absorb, so much to catch up on, that it all but left me breathless. This isn't like anything else that I've read lately, so it swept me up and made me want to figure things out. I'm just giving you a warning that this book doesn't stop to wait for you. It moves, and it moves quick.

The story follows Dephon as he slowly discovers who he is, and what he is meant to to do. As the
Debbie Narh
Most of the book is told from the perspective of Haylee and her life on Earth while Dephon is just reading about her. The Exemeus
Isn’t a bad book, but it is a bit on the mediocre/ mainstream side. The romance in the book has been done before. With the insta-love and everything that goes on with the couple, it gets very annoying. But I still liked the book with the many different types of magic, worlds, and love. The Exemeus is a (mostly) fun read that many people will enjoy.

It’s blindfully obvio
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading a lot of dystopian novels, I asked myself, “Is dystopian the next cliché?” Some authors have the talent to write good ones, while others need a lot of improvement first. I am glad that with this book, I never felt reading an experiment novel. The flow of the story is natural and though it didn’t give much of a rise in my emotional scale, I can say that the book accomplished more than what I initially expected.

The book is filled with lots of magic and adventures and I was easily car
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at my blog Donnie Darko Girl.

With the overarching theme of good vs. evil, The Exemeus takes a dash of Harry Potter, adds it to a dystopian setting like that of The Hunger Games, and what you get is a fresh twist on both the fantasy and dystopian genres. To say that Dephon's existence is a harsh one would be an understatement. From the way he describes his life, it sounds as though his dad is providing just the basic
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