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The Mark of Noba

(The Sterling Wayfairer #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a fe ...more
Paperback, 1st, 334 pages
Published August 12th 2015 by Rebellious Valkyrie Press
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Norah Una Sumner
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers,young-adult readers
OMFG.I am obsessed.

I can't believe I read this book in one sitting.Wow.
Also,how freaking beautiful is this cover?


I loved reading this.Oh my God.The characters are phenomenal-Sterling is extremely funny,sarcastic & sometimes pretty awkward.However,his life will completely change when he "meets"(you'll understand why I've put it like this when you read the book) Tetra(phrimaportacheeq♥) and realizes that he is not a normal teenage boy from Geo.He and Tetra(as Sterling decides to call her) are from
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Huge thanks to G.L. Tomas better known as "The Twinjas" who sent me a copy of The Mark of Noba after I kept pestering them to hurry the hell up and finish writing the damn thing.

Now they need to hurry the hell up and finish the second book.

Update 11/30/16: can we talk about that brand spanking new cover and how if there was an award for Best Feminist Book Cover Ever, this book would win it hands down. I mean look at it. The heroine is at the top. She's front and center. She's shown as powerful.
Fafa's Book Corner
Sep 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up last night from the Kindle Prime Lending library, though I am totally going to buy it, too. As I advise basically everyone reading this to do.

I read an even split of YA, NA, and fantasy. When I heard that GL were writing a book together, this was legit the coolest thing to happen in 2015. It's always great when you see other people you respect writing great books. Makes the whole indie/small press publishing world feel warm and cozy, rather than shouting across an abyss.

Mary Fan
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sterling Wayfairer just wants what every high schooler wants: to stand out as his own person. To stop being overshadowed by his athletic best friends. Maybe finally ask out his crush. But things get much more complicated when the new girl, Tetra, enters his life. For one thing, no one else seems to notice she exists. For another, he finds himself losing time... waking up in places he doesn't remember going to wondering what happened in between. And what's more, students are vanishing, and no one ...more
Tricia Drammeh
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sterling is always in trouble. His parents are furious he's broken curfew - again. Something weird happened at school, and he was blamed for it. And there are strange lapses in time he can't explain. But things are going to get worse. Much worse. When Tetra begins popping in and out of his life, Sterling fears he's losing his mind. She claims to be from another world and says the two of them share a unique bond. If they are going to defeat their enemy, Sterling is going to have to accept the tru ...more
I DNF'd this book at 57%

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

I was really looking forward to this book, maybe it was a case of too high expectations or wrong expectations, but this book just didn't work for me. It basically follows a normal guy called Sterling, I liked how Sterling wasn't one of the popular guys, but still had friends. Weird things are happening and he loses parts of time, although he doesn't seem overly concerned about this. Then he meets Tetra who tells them they
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

I was lucky enough to have received my copy of The Mark of Noba through a giveaway from the authors of the book, GL Tomas. With out a doubt, anyone can sit down with this book and not realize they’ve been reading for six or seven hours without stopping. 0__0 I do not want this to turn into an essay or anything, but there were a lot of things that were so great about this book.

The GL Tomas duo have fashioned a realistically believable, angsty yet pleasingly comical Young Adult/
B.R. Sanders
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
FTC disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Notes on Diversity
Given that the authors of The Mark of Noba are so deeply involved in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, I set my expectations high in terms of diversity. I am happy to say they delivered!

The book starts with Sterling Wayfairer, who is a blond, blue-eyed cishet straight dude, but he is basically the only one of his kind in the book. And unlike in  The Windup Girl , where th
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, kind regards to Lola's Blog Tours and the Author


This book is very interesting, it's nothing like I thought it would be. Time travel and Sci-Fi mixed in to one? Nice. I can tell you the Author did a very good job of it, this book is definitely intriguing!

Two main protagonists; Sterling and Tetra. Both are very alike but different at the same time. Both Sterling and Tetra are shown to be from another world called Noba, than the one they ar
Thelonious Legend
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
What is "The Hero's Journey" and why is it so widely used? In short "The Hero's Journey" is a pattern narrative driven by an archetype hero who finds him/herself newly gifted with extraordinary powers/magical items and goes on a symbolic journey to right a wrong or vanquish an enemy returning home changed forever. And "The Hero's Journey" is so popular because it works. Every person can see themselves as a Harry Potter or a Katniss. A well-developed hero is easy to identify with and root for. En ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will straight up say that YA is out of my lane. I barely read YA when I was YA, so there you go. And I get squiffy when I trawl through the YA shelves in bookstores looking for books for my kids because it is a challenge to find diversity in both characters and storyline. My 16 y.o son once said when I pointed out a book to him "Let me guess, the world is dystopian and the young people are re-enacting some version of Lord of the Flies again?" He is a cynic. I wipe a tear of pride.

But this book
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sent-by-author
Original Review @

The authors were kind enough to provide me with a copy of their book in exchange for an honest review.

Sterling is entering his senior year of high school and is determined to leave a mark, but when he meets Tetra the new girl at school she turns his world upside down. She tells him that he is not from the world Geo and that they both come from a whole different world called Noba and that they are being hunted by a shapeshifter called a Na
T.M.B.A. Corbett
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like YA books and it doesn't matter how old I get I will always like YA. This book has all the characteristics of YA that I love. A determined young person with his mind set on making a change, who then encounters new abilities and an evil plot he must end. All the characters in this book are some of the best written characters in YA. They are all diverse, have their own distinctive personalities, and all have their own agendas. This led to a well written plot full of twist, laugh out loud mom ...more
Heather Heffner
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Warning! Spoilers!*

IN THE DEBUT NOVEL OF GL THOMAS, otherwise known as the mighty Twinjas, space adventure and time travel collides on the Earth-like “Geo,” a modern-day high school setting where people are classified by Types. However, a ruthless Naga has come to Geo with the intent to eradicate the last of the Nobans…an unsuspecting boy named Sterling Wayfairer.

Sterling is a likeable high school boy. His world isn’t very big outside of attending classes, parties, and athletic events, but he
Chasia Lloyd
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a wildly fun fantasy with two lovable main characters! I laughed so much while reading this book and was surprised to see how entangled in in Sterling and Tetra's story I became. Add a super developed portal world and a rich cast of diverse characters, I was sucked into the book.

Sterling is our narrator for most of the book. He's a goofy, big-hearted white teenager who is struggling between a normal high school life and being a caretaker for his schizophrenic mother while his dad works. His
Lisa Cresswell
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was really good! It had a bit of a Buffy feel to it. My actual score is 4.5 out of 5 because there were moments that confused me. Reading the ebook, I didn't realize there was a glossary in the back until I got to the end. It might have helped me out had I known. My confusion might stem from the fact that I'm not a hard-core scifi reader, but I did manage to get through quite a bit of the Dune series, so I'm not too shabby. The main characters were well crafted and diverse. I liked tha ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this story was really cool. Before a mysterious girl shows up Sterling has to deal with teenager issues like getting good grades, dealing with a strict curfew but he also has to deal with his mum's mental illness. When Tetra shows up she tells Sterling that they are bonded and come from a world called Noba. It's difficult for Sterling to understand this bond since he doesn't know Tetra. Though Tetra feels familiar, he still has to learn to trust her.

I really enjoyed reading the story f
Ellie Ann
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. the pages flew by and I loved the mystery, but most of all the characters! Sterling had just such an awesome voice and world--from his mother to his best friends, I connected to everyone. AMAZING writing. Then the adventures and mystery begins and that sucked me in even more. Oh man, it's one of the best books I've read this year! SO GOOD. Can't wait for more. ...more
Anthony Otero
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is rare to see black women in lead roles and I am down for it. Tetra is one of those characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. This is a brilliant story that is engaging, thoughtful and funny.
EDIT:I don't know if I should rate it 1 or 2 stars, so my final rating is 1.5 stars.

So. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I should stop having high expectations about books with pretty covers. *sigh* Full review coming soon!

Thank you netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange of a honest review!

For once I am going to rely on the goodreads rating system to rate this book. So yeah, this brings me to "2 stars=it was okay". I am not used to rate books lower than 3 stars, because I
Maberan Potato
This isn't the most nothing book I've read, but it's up there. The stuff the blurb mentions, the missing teenagers, Sterling losing time, the Naga trying to kill Tetra and Sterling, their bond and powers? Barely 10% of the book. Nah, it gives us what people really want in these "you're a wizard harry" stories; high school drama! Oh, will Tetra go out with Sterling or Kip? Will Waverly reciprocate Sterling's feelings? What about prom, who are they going to invite! Wait, you think... you think tha ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-series
I loved this book! It was not what I expected, it’s something totally new and had me wanting to read more and more that I actually read it in one sitting.

Sterling is a normal 17 year old with 17 year old problems which a lot of us can relate to (damn you mum and dad for the god damn early curfews!) then you find out his life at home with his family is a little more complicated, which I can totally relate to and it is nice to see what I would call my normal family life in a book rather than what
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Before the strange girl showed up at his high school, Sterling Wayfairer only had mundane troubles to deal with: getting his grades up, dealing with his mother’s mental illness, explaining his strict curfew to his friends.

Now, he now has a glowing hand, gaps in his memory, and a bizarre new roommate who can control water and read minds. Tetra tells him they’re both from a world called Noba- and that they’re spiritually bonded. Her mission: to take down a body-stealing
Alexandra Engellmann
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I got a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review

This book is about Sterling, a young boy who is unhappy with his life as it is. On top of it, strange things begin to happen around him, and they bring him even more trouble. He feels like a nobody, he fights with his parents, and his goal to make his senior year special seems to be out of reach.
My favorite thing about this book was the two characters’ relationship. Sterling’s careful attitude plus Tetra’s blunt actio
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by this premise and cover – the colors are really pretty together, as well as by the fact that the story was supposed to be written from the POV of a high school boy. Though I’ve been reading a lot of YA in dual POV, those books are often led by the female protagonist, which wasn’t what this one suggested. I was surprised that Tetra also had a POV, but I guess it’s safe to say that this was Sterling’s story.

Sterling had a good voice. Funny, real and a bit sarcastic in a good way.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the perspective swapped between Sterling and Tetra (once Tetra was in the story). Sterling was your average high school student, not the jock type but had popular friends. He has a love interest in Waverly (who is one of his best friend’s cousin) but he keeps seeing this girl that no one else sees. Then others start to see her, she moves in with Sterling and his whole life changes. It was interesting to learn about Geo (the planet Sterling lived on) from T ...more
Tamara Philip
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
***Note*** I haven't finished reading The Mark of Noba so this review will be amended when I do.

So far I'm enjoying the book. Interracial YA novels and in general diverse books automatically get me interested so The Mark of Noba was right up my alley. This book did not disappoint. I want to know more about the planet Geo, more about the different districts. The world building in this story was HUGE, like i found myself rereading paragraphs to fully grasp the descriptions. There is so much potent
First of all I would like to thank the author(s) for sending me a copy.

I enjoyed this book. It's a book about a high school boy named Sterling. Everything in his life seems to be normal (except for his mom) until one day Tetra shows up. She tells him how he really isn't from Earth. Then she stays with him on Earth for a little while. It was enjoyable reading about her learning to live on Earth. Compared to her world everything was so different. I will leave you with this that if you have read an
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
Once again I voluntarily reviewed a copy from the "Rachel E. Carter's YA Book Club" on Goodreads. If you guys haven't joined yet, you really should, it is so much fun to get to review books :)

As you know I enjoy Science Fiction so I was excited to see that this book was to fit in this genre. I was immediately grabbed by this book and the only reason it took me so long to read was that I had some other book deadlines get in the way and I traveled with my family to the other side of the world.

I en
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