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Foreign to You

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The harmony between humans and fianna, a species of shape-shifting deer, begins to wither as racial tensions and deeply rooted resentment turns violent.

Ruthless hunter Finn Hail and prophesied liberator Adelaide may be heroes to their own species, but they are enemies to each other. With war on the horizon, the reluctant pair must team up to find the most elusive of prey:
Paperback, First Edition, 329 pages
Published February 11th 2019 by Nine Star Press
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Jeremy Martin
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, duh. Writing this book nearly killed me. While I recognize my writing isn't perfect, my story has blemishes, I'm choosing to be proud of everything that went into crafting this novel. This is not my final novel, I will continue to grow and hone my craft, but right now I'm proud of my little bebe (read that last word like Moira Rose from Schitt's Creek) ...more
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

They tell you not to judge a book by its cover and they’re right. It’s just that they probably don’t mean “don’t assume a book with a pretty cover is good”... Which is exactly what I did and exactly why I’m disappointed right now. Honestly, this one’s on me.

So we got that out the way, now we all know Foreign to You isn’t a good book and we can focus on details. Why isn’t it a good book? Well, let’s start
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Princess Mononoke (maybe Over the Garden Wall)
I received an advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

UPDATE: I just saw that there will be a sequel? Which honestly means my rating might even be higher? The book totally stands on its own but there are still so many unanswered questions that left me feeling a tad unsatisfied - but now I am just excited. And just imagine the cover! *heart eyes*

This story wrecked me in the best way.

Martin created a rich and magical world where the humans of Norsewood and fianna, dee
Elaine White
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


Foreign to You, by Jeremy Martin
342 Pages
POV: 1st person, present tense; dual POV
Content Warning: contains scenes of bloody violence and character death

Foreign to You is an incredible debut novel. Impressive, engaging, and full of creative talents that seep through characterisation, world building, and clever plotting, this is one book that I'll happily re-read in the future. A story of friendship, faith, and se
TRIGGER WARNINGS: The death of a secondary character, blood, war, grief.


I liked this book enough to give it three stars, but it didn't necessarily surpass my expectations.

Foreign to You is set in a world divided by two species: humans and Fianna, shape-shifting deer. Finn, a merciless hunter, and Adelaide, a saviour to her kind, couldn't be more unlike. But with a war dangerously close to breaking out, Finn and Adelaide find themselves joining forces in order to find the
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was most certainly not perfect but I felt drawn to the plot line and was quite fascinated by the overall uniqueness of the story, never reading anything even remotely like it before. The use of language features were beautiful and left me turning page after page. I was quite content that this book lacked many of the common Young adult tropes you read time after time in fantasy books. I found the book to be rather slow paced and the concept quite difficult to get a grasp on until the en ...more
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is dripping with excellent description and beatiful imagery. With twists and turns I could never guess, and characters full of wonderful realism. Can't wait to read the next book and see what happens next! ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book wrecked me several times, just to put me back together and wreck me again. Packed with both action and beautiful, poetic prose, FOREIGN TO YOU was nothing I expected yet everything I wanted. I love love love the unique concept of shapeshifting, feral deer that bloom lilies from their wounds. Jeremy Martin delivers this story in a way that will leave you hanging on every word, breathlessly wondering what happens next.
Janna Mae Sensenig
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all—Fantasy/Adventure isn't my favorite genre. So it takes a lot for me to pick up a book out of my "reading comfort zone," much less actually finish it. But Foreign to You isn't just a fantasy novel. It's a story of heartbreaking forbidden love, totally strange friendship, and a plot that's bigger than you'll ever imagine. On top of that it's rooted in deep real-world problems, stemming from a place of hope, but not always a place where happy endings exist. Foreign to You made me cry, ...more
Tessa Novak
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly original and trope-defying. Every twist went in a different direction than I anticipated. Love it!
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I am a blemish in an otherwise blissful system."

This is a fast-paced story with lots of action and beautifully descriptive prose throughout. It is full of twists you won't see coming, unexpected friendships, morally gray characters, and really (I mean really!) bad baddies. Martin takes the narrative from what seems like a small story about enemies in a forest and instead delves into large, over-arching themes that explore big issues very relevant to today's world. And also, Jay. <3
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

A maiden of the white lily will awaken to harvest the lost. The doe with fur as white as snow who would save us all. The maiden.

I wanted to like this book so much, but I just didn't.
I honestly think that might be more my fault than the fault of the book, though. The entire thing reads like poetry. It's purple prose from start to finis
Lori Sellers-Kida
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, advanced-copy
I received a copy of Foreign to You from NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read Foreign to You when I read the description and immediately downloaded it when I saw that I had been approved for it. It had all the makings of my personal literary heaven - high fantasy, lgbtq themes and enemies being forced to work together. Unfortunately I think I set my expectations a bit too high as ultimately I was left disappointed.

Whilst the premise is fairly juicy, it fel
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I've always liked the Chosen One trope, there is something cathartic in screaming at some Superior Power directly responsible for someone's suffering. That's not something I can do in real life, and those poor Chosen Ones? They don't really have a choice, do they? Mx. Superior Power puts the literal weight of the world on their shoulders, gently taps their cheeks and says “Well, go on then!”. So I will be angry at every prophecies, ancient divinities and gosh-darned crystals in their stead, tha ...more
Shara Godwinson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy, enjoyable
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the deer shifters in this story. They're not as common when it comes to shifters. It was nice to see something a little different. Finn was an interesting character. His relationship with Jay was pleasant. It was obvious that they truly cared for each other. It may be because Jay is the only person who really cares for Finn in a meaningful way.

Finn's relationship with Adelaide, the Maiden, was far more complicated. She's the leader of her people, the Fianna an
Amanda Louise
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm having a hard time giving this anything higher than a 3 out of 5 stars. It was a great read and I read the bulk of it in one day despite being in a bit of a reading slump, but the flowery descriptions weren't quite to my taste (that's just my personal preference) and something about it reminded me of the Raven Cycle, which I didn't love either (I'm not saying this story is similar to the Raven Cycle, but it just gave me a similar vibe).

However, I think the story was captivating, it had many
Jamie Coudeville
This wasn't quite what I was expecting. I struggled to connect to the story, it was missing something for me. Also, I was promised Lgbt rep, it was barely there. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it.
Incredibly cruel ending by the way. Hopefully, book 2 won't take too long ;)
Emily Donnellan
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, arc
With 10% left to read I could not put this book down!! Usually I love beginnings of books, because there are so many possibilities, but I loved the END of this book! Perfection 🙌
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

First of all, I have no idea why “Foreign to You” is classified as Young Adult. The protagonists are the right age, I guess, but the story itself really has none of the typical young adult themes. It’s a brilliant Fantasy novel for adults, but I wouldn’t sell this as Young Adult.

Also, this is a “Literary/Genre Fiction” title by Nine Star Press, which, in this case, means there’s next to no romance here. And there’s a warning for “scenes of bloody violen
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“For the first time in my life, I’m looking at something new.”

I was quickly sucked into the world and the disparate lives of Finn and Adelaide. The perspectives were distinct and equally enthralling, and I found them to be fascinatingly different angles of the story as it developed and as Finn and Adelaide’s paths intertwined.

This is such a beautiful, layered story, with so much romanticism and fairytale darkness buried amid heartfelt prose. I found myself firmly wrapped up in the magical world
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley website in exchange for an honest review.

This book had the kind of plot I'd always want to read, and that cover is gorgeous, let's be honest.

Humans live not-so-in-peace with creatures of the Forest, Fianna, does who can take a times human form. Despite their differences, Finn the boy hunter and Adelaide the Fianna savior, will have to work together and confront the prejudices from both races to avoid open war. Even
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review Star System

1🌟 - DNF in the first half

2🌟 - Boring, predictable, probably DNF

3🌟 - Middle of the road, an average read

4🌟 - I loved it! Interesting plot and characters, however some clichés here and there

5🌟 - Utter literary perfection





”Centuries ago, the fianna were believed to be figments of the Stag's very soul. Creatures that became human to teach us, govern us, guide us. Yet, it has been a long time since this building has spoken such sermons.”

Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I really enjoyed the world Jeremy Martin presented to me here. Luscious greenery surrounds a small town, masking its inhabitants from the creatures in the forest. These creatures, in the form of deer, annually transform into humans and come to join the town’s residents for a festival-type celebration. Seems wholesome, yeah? No.

There are severe racial tensions between the humans and the deer-human hybrids - who are named fianna - within Martin’s world. He articulates this racism well, showing us
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I wonder what it would be like to look in a mirror and find someone foreign to you.”

Now, that was a wild ride from start to finish. The book didn’t have any parts that dragged - from the first page onward, you’re fully immersed in the story and don’t want to stop reading. Even if it’s the middle of the night and you have get up early tomorrow, even if this story has gripped you so tightly that you can practically feel it taking hold of your heart and give it a really hard squeeze. I may have cr
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A magical story with beautiful world building Foreign to You follows our two protagonists Finn and Adelaide on opposing sides of rising racial tension.

Finn is a hunter. Human. Ruthless.

Finn's life is a tangled mess with his insane father, a dead mother, the death of the man he loves right before his eyes, ongoing attacks from feral Fianna and whispers of legends that may be able to change his life around.

Adelaide is a Fianna. A shapeshifting deer. A prophesized leader of her kind.

Adelaide can
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Begin again, begin again, begin again...

Tragic. Brutal. Special.

I don't think the blurb does this story justice. It has a certain atmosphere to it that's hard to describe. Adelaide and Finn live in this tragic, helpless world and the irony and sorrow of it all is stark and terrible yet meaningful.

I will say that the author has room to grow, since there are a few loose ends to contend with and the world building could have been a bit more developed, but that there's something here in this
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Admittedly, the first couple lines of this book are some of the most beautiful and captivating lines I've ever read. The premise of this story was certainly interesting and I believe the beautiful writing elevated it to another level. It's always interesting to read these kind of books: ones that bring humans and a non-human species together, and in the process question which human acts are actually humane, what's right, how someone can go against what they think is right and moral when the situ ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Bear with my while I write a short review at 2 in the morning. I really liked the writing style. It made going through this so much easier! However, I couldn't identify myself with the characters, and that was the biggest disappointment for me. The storyline was good, though a bit hazy at times, and the world-building was good as well. ...more
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Jeremy Martin, born and raised in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, considers himself to be a part-time writer and a full-time mess. If he isn’t nose-deep in a book, he’s obsessively playing video games, re-watching The Office for the umpteenth time, or lost in nature

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