The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid @simonteen ~ Review

The Diabolic by 
Hardcover416 pages
Published November 1st 2016 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars


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. Nothing else.

For Nemesis, that person is Sidonia, heir to the galactic Senate. The two grew up side by side, and there’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the Imperial Court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced Senators’ children, and Nemesis must find within herself the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. With the Empire beginning to fracture and rebellion looming, that could be the one thing that saves her and the Empire itself.


Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of The Diabolic for review, This in no way affected my opinion.

The Diabolic did have slower pacing in the beginning while setting up the environment and characters but let me tell you once it picks up this story will make you never want to set it down not even for a second. 

Nemesis comes off as the character you can never feel for. Yet she has been programmed to be that way and Kincaid did an amazing job at taking someone who has been programmed and trained to be a killer and show no emotion or love and show the growth from someone programmed to someone with a choice.

I definitely had a ship and was happy to see it play out. This story had action and twists and turns you never saw coming. Moments broke my heart and I caught myself drawn to tears. I have never read any of Kincaid's other books but I will be rectifying that as soon as possible. 

I am very picky about the science fiction books I love since some nail it and get it right but many over complicate their plot. The Diabolic was a home run for me and is a must read!

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About the Author:

S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.


  1. Oooh nice! Saw a lot of buzz over this one! I'm picky with sci-fi as well mostly I fear it being over complicated with things. Glad that wasn't the case here! Nice review!


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