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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Sanaa must deal with her fate.

Left in the desert to recuperate from her injuries, Sanaa Itami paces the floors and contemplates her mistakes. She trusted too easily, and now people she loved are dead, killed at the hands of men coming to assassinate her. Sanaa feels beaten, but life awaits her at home. While her city recovers from the devastating earthquake, negotiations f
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Published December 13th 2013 by Onigiri Press
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Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've fallen in love with the series, and I can't wait for the next books!

Originally posted at Sporadic Reads

After reading Removed by SJ Pajonas, I knew I had to continue with the series to find out more about Sanaa and Jiro's journey, so I bought a Kindle-copy of Released.
I can't see Jiro's face and know he still loves me or regrets ever having met me because Sakai has sent me away. Mark Sakai, you are a dead man.

The story picked up from the ending of Removed. Since the story was fresh off my m
Iza Brekilien
Second part of the adventure and I keep loving it !
You can't say the rhythm is hurried and fast paced, but I'm totally ok with it and at the end of the book, there's a huge cliffhanger : what's going to happen next ! Can't wait to read it - already have it ^^
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from S. J. Pajonas! I was a reader of the early drafts of this book and received an ARC from the author. Released picks up right where Removed left off and takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride to another breathtaking cliffhanger. Pajonas's superb world building gives this tale of political intrigue, romance, and action an incredible backdrop as the reader is pulled deeper into the world of Sanaa and her circle of family & friends.

As preparation for the colonizat
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
I read the first book of this series, Removed, as part of a read-it-review-it for a book club. Removed was so good, I purchased Released as soon as I was able. You never know what you will get with the later books in a series. Rest assured, you get a whole bunch of awesomeness with this book. It was everything I wanted and then some. I absolutely loved it. The story and characters are simply the best I have read in a long time. The writing is so well done you would never know it is a self publis ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Released is the second book in Pajonas’s unique dystopian Nojiku series. I’ve been loving this series, especially because it’s based on Japanese culture, which I’ve found incredibly interesting. I was happy to see that this second book lives up to the first!

This book picks up right where Removed left off – Sanaa has been left alone out in a house in the desert while Sakai attempts to eliminate the threats to her safety
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I fell completely in love with Removed, the first book in this series and as I had gotten an ARC for Released I decided to start this one right after Removed. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I think I might love Released even more then I did Removed. I was completely engrossed into the story and just wanted to keep reading. This is one of thsoe few books that I kept reading late into the night and then being surprised it was 1:30 when I finished. I
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.

From the second I saw its cover of origami paper cranes, I couldn't wait to dive into it. It just made me instantly curious as to where this imagery would pop up in the book. You see I have always been the sort of person drawn in by really neat looking book covers. The neater the cover, the more likely for me to have picked it up to at least look at it.The same was true of the previous book 'Removed.'

Now onto the review, the fir
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
4.5 stars.

*I’d like to thank the author for providing me an ARC, in exchange for my honest review.*

With the way Removed ended with Sanaa all by herself in that house, I couldn’t get back to her fast enough. I wanted to know what was next for her, and how she’d get out of the situation she was in. I wanted answers, and I wanted to know what would be the consequences of everything that happened in the first book. Lucky for me, I got answers, along with character growth, as well as relationship
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there is one thing I love and admire about S.J. Pajonas, it's her ability to paint the best picture possible of a strong, independent woman.

I received an ARC of Released in exchange for an honest review. Having read and loved Removed, I was bouncing off the walls at a chance to read Released before many others :-)

In Removed, Pajonas left us salivating to see what was going to happen with Sanaa. We quickly find out as she dives right in on Book 2. This book was full of action and adventure ..
Heather McCoubrey
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: Tracy
Immediately after finishing Removed, I bought Book Two of the Nogiku series, Released. I should have waited until a decent hour in the morning, I should have gone right to sleep - but I was so immersed in the story, I had to find out how the next book started. I had to know what happened to Sanaa and everyone else!

Released continues Sanaa and Jiro's journey of love and discovery. Their relationship has grown a lot in this book and it's a lot of fun to be a part of that growth. To listen in on th
Sarah LaFleur
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to be part of the early reading process of RELEASED by S.J. Pajonas. The second installment of the Nogiku Series brings more depth to the original characters, answers some of the questions posed in the first book, and introduces some fantastic new characters. The themes of dynasty, love, and political revenge are further explored as Sanaa struggles to find balance between her family and the obligations that accompany her new station within the government.

RELEASED picks up where R
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me as an ARC for review.

RELEASED is the second in the Nogiku series by S.J. Pajonas & picks up where REMOVED left off. We are there with Sanaa confused, wondering & waiting to see what happened after the cliffhanger in REMOVED (no spoilers here, just read it). Pajonas does a wonderful job crafting the tension and unease of Sanaa’s uncertainty within herself and her new place in this world.

RELEASED continues in the action packed, tension filled pace of REMOVED and doesn’t
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of Released from the author, SJ Pajonas in exchange for a review. After reading her first book, Removed, in the Nogiku series, I couldn’t wait to get back to Sanaa’s world. This was a fantastic way to continue the series! In the first book, Sanaa discovers who she really is and in this 2nd book, she is adjusting to her role as Empress while preparing to leave Earth for a new home/society where she will lead her people.

The second books picks up right whe
Kimberly Sabatini
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Now that NA (New Adult) has taken off, I find myself listening to lots of people wanting NA but "different." Different is what the Nogiku series is all about. And I'm saying that in the very best of ways. There is something in it for everyone, but there are also things in this series that I didn't know I wanted out of a book until I was immersed in it. Unique world building, romance without a frustrating love triangle, action and adventure, interesting science fiction, suspense, friendship, dive ...more
Diane Burton
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Pajonas hooked me on this series with the first book Romoved. Intriguing characters, surprises, fascination. Until I saw a picture of the author, I thought she had to be Japanese because of her descriptions of Japanese customs and the culture. Apparently, she loves it and must have done a lot of research.

This book continues Sanaa's story in a post-apocalyptic world. Rather than depressing (as I've found post-apocalyptic stories) this series shows how the survivors and their descendants ma
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Loved the new family dynamics and the interesting way they play into the story. I'm a little disappointed with how things happened with Sanaa's aunt. I thought there would be more to that backstory but there wasn't. ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction was given a copy of Released for an honest review

I had the pleasure of reviewing S.J Pajonas’ debut book, Removed, and it earned an outstanding five stars. Imagine my joy when I was asked to read and review book 2, Released. Released was another great work of New Adult Science Fiction by Pajonas. After being blown away by Removed, I admittedly went into Released with some pretty high expectations. Second books are a common struggle for writers, myself included, because of the
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
4.5 stars.

*I’d like to thank the author for providing me an ARC, in exchange for my honest review.*

With the way Removed ended with Sanaa all by herself in that house, I couldn’t get back to her fast enough. I wanted to know what was next for her, and how she’d get out of the situation she was in. I wanted answers, and I wanted to know what would be the consequences of everything that happened in the second book. Lucky for me, I got answers, along with character growth, as well as relationship
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I hate to be nit-picking, but, although this book had significantly fewer typos than book 1, there were two things that jumped out at me and pulled me away from the story in the very beginning... First - Sanaa has been trapped in an apartment without any way to communicate with anyone, but then we find out that her loved ones have been watching her via video feeds from across the world..? Ok, so there would have been ways perhaps to explain this, but it felt inconsistent and not well thought out ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book to give an honest review. Thank you S. J. Pajonas.

The book has recently changed their covers to all books in the series to more bright and colorful, beautiful!

The Released is the second book in the Nogiku Series, I found it slower than the first book and by the middle of the book the story took unexpected turns and I admire the author for changing the story this way. It's true, authors have all the power to change and influence the stories, they have full credit of making ch
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K.R. Slifer
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I've read several versions of this book, including the ARC, which Stephanie was so kind to share with me!

I was super excited to read this after having read the first book in the series (REMOVED). You never know how books in a series will go, but in this case, I was not disappointed! In fact, I may have liked this one even more than the first, if that's possible. The books starts out where book one left off and she doesn't start the book off in that way that subsequent books some
Katie Carroll
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

After recovering from an earthquake and an attempt on her life, Sanaa Itami is finally brought rescued from her isolated apartment in the desert and brought home. She jumps right back into her plans to rule as rightful empress when she and her people leave a dying Earth for a new planet, and back into love with the man of her life Jiro. But before the big journey happens, Sanaa must face lingering threats on her life
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, I’d like to thank S.J. Pajonas for providing me an advanced reader copy, in exchange for my honest review.

So far, this series is the kind you don't want to put down. The only reason it has taken me so long to read it is because I'm a parent to two small children. If given the time, I would have read it cover to cover in one sitting and when I got a block of time this weekend, I read the last half in just about one go of it.

I am completely invested in all the relationships in the series, g
Karen’s Library
Another very enjoyable read from Ms. Pajonas! I loved watching Sanaa come into her own with her new identity. I enjoy her playfulness and her love for Jiro.

Learning more about the Japanese culture was extremely interesting as well!

And I can't wait to discover more about Kentaro! He's becoming another favorite character! I've been waiting two books for what finally happened at the end of this book. I need the next book right now!!!

I rated this a 4 because it felt like the middle became a bit bog
Laz the Sailor
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, scifi
A quick note on the YA tag: for 99% of the book this is a story of a few young adults working through various challenges and dilemmas, and to me it reads like a YA adventure. However, there is *one* fairly explicit erotic scene about 1/3 into the story. A few other references to "how good it is to sleep together".

As the middle story in a trilogy, it is understood that this is the transition phase, and it meets that requirement very well. There is a bit more angst here than in the first book, as
T.K. Toppin
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Nogiku Series did not disappoint. Continuing straight off from where Book 1 ended, we delve deeper into Sanaa and Jiro's relationship and experience a more in depth look at their emotions. S.J. Pajonas has cleverly managed to evoke the right amount of angst brought about by the various acts of betrayal, lies, and secrets that come into play in this book. Set amid a domed world in a post apocalyptic Earth, Book 2 brings us to the point where Sanaa is poised at the brink of ruling th ...more
Jolie Mason
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, ho. This is that rare occurrence. The sequel that outshines the first of a series. Oh, man. The excitement and political intrigue really ramp up here. I enjoyed the heck out of the first Nogiku, but this one blew me away.

The strength of these books is in the romance, no question. Book two has a clear focus on the love story that does not detract at all from the scifi plotlines. There was so much going on that I wondered continually how I kept up. The answer to that question is that Pajonas
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC. An amazing follow up to the outstanding book one of the series! This book keeps you engaged from the moment you start reading it all the way the jaw-dropping ending! You will be begging for book 3, Steph plays her readers with the same cunning that Sanaa plays the clan leaders of her world. Once again the book is filled with amazing attention to detail and great character development. You will fall in love with these characters, laugh with them and cry with them. ...more
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