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(The Diabolic #1)

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Nemesis e o Diabolică – un monstru, ar spune unii –, un umanoid creat în laborator special pentru Sidonia, fiica Senatorului von Impyrean. E nemiloasă, are o forţă fizică de temut şi i-a fost încredinţată o singură misiune: să ucidă pe oricine ar vrea să-i facă rău Sidoniei. Şi-ar da bucuroasă viaţa pentru ca aceasta să fie în siguranţă. Aşa încât atunci când Împăratul afl ...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published 2018 by youngart (first published November 1st 2016)
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Natalie C From SJ Kincaid's tweet, "It was a stand-alone, but now it will have two sequels" So I'm guessing that only one book was planned. But it's popularity…moreFrom SJ Kincaid's tweet, "It was a stand-alone, but now it will have two sequels" So I'm guessing that only one book was planned. But it's popularity made two more books possible(less)
August Rex Hey, it's the new and improved YA, we're supposed to be training all of our kids to grow up to be killers... (sarcasm intended)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on audio just in time for the second book coming tomorrow on Halloween 2017!! And I still freaking love it! Woot!


I freaking loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



All the stars baby!



I love Nemesis! She is bad @ssed but a really good diabolic and their not supposed to have feelings, goes to show what they know. She is a lethal weapon but she never really liked what she had to do to learn some things. She had to be trained to kill with no hesitation so she could go ou
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Miranda Reads
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Some might call us a monstrous pair, and they would be right.
There is just something absolutely riveting about getting inside the head of a monster.

Nemesis is a Diabolic - a genetically engineered "thing" designed with one, single purpose. She has to keep Sidonia safe - at any cost.

Sidonia, the only daughter of a minor nobility, is the absolute light of Nemesis's life. The one thing that holds her grounded and sane.

But Sidonia is not without her quirks - she keeps (stubbornly) insisting t
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C.G. Drews
This was very stabby and I LIKED IT. Because, well, I have a small love for all things stabtastic (shh, that's a word) and I loved how we got an actual vicious protagonist here who is all anti-hero and inhumane tendencies and stunted emotions and fantastic at stabbing things and WOW, I JUST REALLY ENJOYED THIS. Although I do not like one of the finale plot twists because #illogical. But pfft. Will I let a few small cantankerous feelings put me off? NO I SHALL NOT. GOOD BOOK IS GOOD.

Also you get
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Lola
I couldn’t help but repeatedly scrunch up my nose as I was reading The Diabolic.

It’s ridiculously brutal and annoyingly unsatisfying.

People die like petty, unimportant flies. No one even bats an eye, or so. I hated it. Normally, I only raise an eyebrow and then carry on (depending on who is dying) but the deaths in this book are revolting.

Come on, I get that this is a standalone and that, technically, the author can do whatever she wants with the cast since there will not be any sequels, but to
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That cover is shiny and gorgeous, right? It’s initially what made me start oogling this book from afar and keeping it on my radar for months before finally taking the time to read and review it. I finally had a legit excuse to jump on the bandwagon once my Literary Box copy arrived, and while I’ll go into more detail below, I was so grateful I chose to read their copy with the author’s notes inside. This detail made the difference in my final star rating, which I decided to round up to a 4 on Go ...more
Lia  (a paper pigeon)
THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK HOLY CROW THIS BOOK
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may ❀


I am scrolling up and down through The Diabolic reviews and seeing lots of strange things:

4 and 5 star ratings ?????

Average of 4.07 rating from almost 3000 reviews ????


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Excuuuuuuse me, ARE WE READING THE SAME BOOK???


The Diabolic takes place in a sci-fi world where Diabolics are created and chosen to protect their master. Nemesis, our MC, lives to protect and love and care solely for the Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. But when the power-hungry Emperor demands Sidonia as hostage for her f
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Maggie
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diabolics weren't people.
We looked like people, to be sure. We had the DNA of people, but we were something else: creatures fashioned to be utterly ruthless and totally loyal to a single individual. We would gladly kill for that person, and only for them.


When I first read that quote, I thought Nemesis was gonna be loyal so Sidonia, but I was quite wrong. Although I wasn't upset with it, I kind of wished Nemesis would choose Sidonia, but authors sometimes gotta bring other characters into the
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Sh3llraiser (grumpybookgrrrl)
I read this for the 2017 MacHalo Group Reading Challenge.



Review:

July 5, 2017: One of my favorite books is $1.99 today! If you like space operas with some stabby stabby, pick it up!

Please bear with me for a shameless bump. (But this book deserves it!) The most amazing thing happened to me... Someone reached out from Quarterly.co about their YA Literary Box. I was offered a sample box that had this book in it! Why in the WORLD would I ever say "no thanks?" Look at what was in it! I'm floored. What
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Candace Robinson
First off this is nothing like Red Queen or The Hunger Games. I hate when they try to compare books, and it is totally different. I loved this book, and Nemesis is an MC that was one like I have never read before. She was ruthless and lovable at the same time. I loved seeing her become more human but still maintain her protective stances. Towards the end things get pretty darn intense! Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

I received an awesome hardback copy of this book
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🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk


“A Diabolic is ruthless.
A Diabolic is powerful.
A Diabolic has a single task:
Kill in order to protect the person you've been created for.”


Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nemesis always thought she was an inhuman machine, a DNA-designed “thing” to protect her beloved Sidonia as a Diabolic.
So when Sidonia is threatened by the Emperor and send to the court of the Emperor, Nemesis secretly goes in her place.
Trying to protect Sidonia and her family Nemesis learns more of humanity by seeing all the friendships, skept
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A soft 4 stars, maybe 3.5. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

The Diabolic (2016) is set in some distant future, when humans have settled the galaxy using spaceships that travel through hyperspace. Humanity has also been experimenting with genetic engineering, and for a period of time it becomes fashionable to purchase so-called Diabolics as bodyguards. Diabolics are cloned humans, engineered to have superior strength and resistance to sickness and poisons, and trained from early
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April
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Can't wait for the sequel.
Christy
3.5 Stars!

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The Diabolic is a story about Nemesis. Nemesis is a Diabolic. Diabolics are genetically engineered weapons who are made to bond with one person. Once they do, they will do anything to protect their person. Only the powerful and rich families can afford this type of protection. Sidonia is the daughter of a galactic senator and she is who Nemesis is created for. Donia and Nemesis have a special bond, beyond that of a diabolics. Donia doesn’t see Nemesis as someone to protect her, she tr
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
First of all, a huge thanks to Quarterly for sending me this book along with their book box - Literary YA (see more below!)

I was actually quite surprised by this. I'm really not a huge dystopian/sci fi fan (there are exceptions of course.) With other books in that genre, I've found that the world building takes precedence over the characters and is generally confusing. Plus, I'm just a fantasy kinda gal.

All that to say, I actually got quite sucked into this one. It is definitely character drive
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Pouting Always
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a creature specially genetically engineered to bond to one person and protect them at all costs. Nemesis is bonded to Sidonia, the heir of a senator, and for whom Nemesis would gladly die. Nemesis's bond to Sidonia is tested though when the Emperor summons Sidonia to court, as punishment for her father's disobedience, and Nemesis must go in place of her. Nemesis will gladly masquerade as Sidonia if it means protecting her life, but everything is complicated more and more a ...more
Paul
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this novel with at least semi high expectations based on some reviews I browsed. it met or exceeded all of my expectations. not only a novel on bioethics and the question of the soul but an intriguing space opera.

I confess I am not surprised it met my expectations but am surprised a little at the pace the novel set.

this book didn't contain as much action as I thought it might, but I was enthralled by the world building and the political intrigue and the action was more meaningful by be
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Swaye
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, books
Wow. What a book! 😮😮😮

The Diabolic is a truly incredible read. Kincaid is a brilliant storyteller. It's full of twists and turns that you genuinely never see coming. It was honestly one of the most unpredictable books I've ever read, and after a while I was suspicious of just about every character and didn't know who to trust or what to believe!

The only reason why it doesn't get a perfect 5 star rating is because the flaws of this book are still sitting with me days after finishing. If it was me
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mith
Yknow, having reread this a second time, it made me notice things. Before, and admittedly, while reading this, I'd been so blindly enamoured with Tyrus.
But there's something off, something too strange for me and so I am no longer like that.
I do wonder how it will bode in the sequels.
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you can find this review on my blog as well!
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AHHH. GUYS. THIS COMES OUT IN LESS THAN A MOOOONTH.
And I so badly want to read it again. This book was BRILLIANT.
Like I've mentioned before, this book is NOTHIN
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Ishmeen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 stars 🌟 I am so shook by this book right now because I was not expecting to love it this so much?? Nemesis’s character was just so damn interesting to read about and the plot twists in this story made me not want to put it down. And boiiii the romance got me real bad I loved it 😍 I am not a big fan of politics but combined with science fiction I realised that I didn’t really mind it much in this story! Really looking forward to what’s to come next ❤ ...more
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
*ARC Review*

"A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you've been created for."

The perfect blend of dystopian and sci-fi. A story of friendship, humanity, family, politics and love.

Despite the initial pitch, this book is not Red Queen, though I do see where potential similarities may be drawn from. (view spoiler)
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Chesca
“Perhaps scorpions were the only ones who could save each other.
Whatever lay ahead, it would always be the two of us above the rest of the universe, and woe to any who dared step in our path.”

667 stars!
THAT WAS BLOODY AMAZING. I HAVE ANOTHER NEW FAVORITE!
Buddy-read with: Samantha (A History of Books)
for The Quarterly Book Club's 2017 1st Quarter - Kickass Female Leads


Nemesis was a Diabolic, designed to defend one person and kill all the others who posed as threat to her master. All her life
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
“To care was to be helpless in the worst possible way.”

This year is about to end but I could only count with my fingers books that really wowed me. I didn’t expect Diabolic was going to be one of them. That cover though very simple and unassuming is also completely gorgeous and captivating. It’s honestly one of the reasons why I bought the hardback and it pleases me to the bones to finally fully connect with the symbol at the front cover after reading the story. It’s perfect!

The story is wri
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Bibi
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This was fun, fast-paced, and intriguing. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Alyssa
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
4.5 stars


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have
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Jilly
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia, y-a
This book totally surprised me. It was the Donald Trump of books because it really grabbed my attention and wouldn't let it go.


*whispers* never let me go...

If you were a fan of Red Rising, you will really like this one. It has the same feel with a fake identity, court & political intrigues, twisty turns, lots of bloody death, and a bunch of insanity. There were so many times when you weren't sure who was trying to kill who. I loved that!

Our heroine is Nemesis, who is a genetically engineered
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Suzanne
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome read! I've had it on my bookshelf since around the time it came out but never got around to reading it for some reason or another. I am so glad I finally did! The world building does not override the plot, which I love since extended world building tends to annoy me. The characters are mostly vicious but that just adds to the story.

Overall, I enjoyed it so much that before even coming to review it on Goodreads, I went to Amazon and preordered the sequel that comes out this H
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Veronica ⭐️
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, young-adult
Wow! I loved this book. It’s fast paced and nasty.
The story is narrated by Nemesis. She is a Diabolic. Bred to protect their bonded human. They have no feelings, no love, fear or empathy, only a fierce loyalty to the person they are bonded to. Only thing is Nemesis has felt fear and empathy, but when it comes down to kill or be killed, she will kill.

Nemesis’ role is to protect Sidonia and when Sidonia’s father, Senator Von Impyrean, displeases the Emperor and Sidonia is summoned to the courts he
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Gavin
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, sci-fi
I had high hopes for The Diabolic because the blurb grabbed my attention and made it sound like just the sort of sci-fi book I love to read. The actual story definitely delivered on the promise of the blurb. S. J. Kincaid had an engaging writing style and I loved both the characters and the story itself. The world building was a little simplistic but it was effective so it did not hurt the story.

A Diabolic is a genetically engineered human designed to protect the human it is bonded to at all co
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Giselle
Well that took a while to get through, but overall a well written stand-a-lone. I did feel the book dragged on and there was a lot of exhaustive scenes with tons of build-up. Kind of felt the ending was rushed or maybe that just me? I did feel the faith versus science war would have made a better story-line than this problematic political family.. Yikes! The coolest part about the entire book was reading about their advancements such as med bots, beauty bots and even zero gravity dancing. That w ...more
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