I am always pleased to be a part of the tours hosted by Candace@Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. Candace always mangaes to introduce me to books that are outside my normal reading genres. Thanks to Candace, I have found some great indie reads over the last year. The Exemeus is no exception. This was an incredibly imaginative and entertaining read that blends dystopian and fantasy. I am not always the biggest fan of fantasy but this one works and I like that it was set in the future. If you are on the hunt for a bargain book that is unique, check out this one! As part of the Exemeus Tour, I have a review for you along with the next clue for the scavenger hunt. Follow the tour and answer the questions for your chance to win a Kindle Fire.
Here is my review:
The Exemeus (The Exemeus #1) by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris
Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.
In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime:inspiring hope.
His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years. Paperback, 1st, 337 pages Published January 3rd 2013 by Royal Colours Ink.
Three and a half stars: A fantasy, dystopian blend that is very unique.
Dephon is just trying to survive the ninth grade, he has no intention of trying to change the world and oust the current dictator of the Treptonian government. He has plenty to deal with on his own such as the menacing football jocks. When Dephon comes home one day to find his father not in his normal spot on the couch, he knows something is up. What he doesn't expect is to find out he is a descended from a magical line and he will be inheriting his magical powers soon. Can Dephon with the help of a few magical friends try and save the world?
What I Liked:
- I went into this one a bit hesitant. I do enjoy a good fantasy every now and then, but not always are they are good fit for me. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself drawn into this book. I was impressed with the complex and imaginative story, engaging characters and whole new magical worlds. I appreciated that this was pretty easy to follow and that it was entertaining.
- Even though it takes a bit of getting use to, I like the style the authors used to tell the story. It starts in the future, Dephon, who is fourteen, lives in a post apocalyptic Earth, now called Trepton, run by a dictatorship government. Dephon has been kept in the dark as far as his heritage and magical abilities go. Dephon and his father receive an unexpected visit from an old family friend. After that, things get weird. Dephon is given a book to read called the Exemeus. It is the story of his mother and how she met and fell in love with his father, developed her magical abilities and tried to save the world. From this point on, the story is told from two view points. You have Dephon in the current time, reading the book from his mother's point of view. I liked following Dephon as he read his mother's story.
- I enjoyed the romance between Hyalee and Singleton. It starts out as an attraction, and then it hits some difficulties as the two find out they cannot touch without fire erupting. It takes time and patience before things can fully develop and I liked that. The romance is built on a solid foundation of friendship and trust since it takes awhile before the couple can truly be together.
- I always enjoy a book that blends genres and this story is a mix of dystopian, fantasy, and paranormal. There is lots of magic and even new worlds to explore. This certainly is an imaginative and creative read. I especially enjoyed the magical rooster who is a bit of a prankster, and he even plays checkers and Scrabble. I also loved the magical, transforming bedroom. Who wouldn't want a room like that?
- I liked that this book has plenty of humor sprinkled in. I am always up for a laugh and the comedic snippets throughout are a nice reprieve.
And The Not So Much:
- I was a bit frustrated that the story skipped ahead, this happens when Dephon is pressed for time and he chooses to jump forward in the book. This didn't allow the coverage of some of the events that I thought were crucial to the story, such as the moment when the couple is betrayed and someone close to them is killed. This devastating death is brushed over and there isn't much to the how and why. I was also disappointed that the wedding and birth were skipped. I realize that not everything could be covered as it would make for a long book, but still, there were many things that I thought that were important that were skipped. Especially at the end, where there is a big revelation regarding Hyalee. She is supposedly dead at the beginning of the book, but it isn't even clear how she died or who betrayed her.
- I didn't understand the relationship Hyalee had with her mother and father. It was clear that her parents were moving constantly to keep her from Singleton, but the why is not explained. There is a moment when Jacqueline discusses it, but even she is uncertain. I never understood Singleton's mother's reaction to Hyalee when they first met, either. When Hyalee runs away to train with Jacqueline, there is practically nothing mentioned on the aftermath of her disappearance for her parents. Why? Did her parents suspect where she went? Were they not worried? I didn't understand this at all. There is a hint about her parents at the end of the book and I am hopeful that it will be addressed in the next book.
- The villain is underdeveloped. There is so little information on the how and why he acts the way he does. Was he jealous of his brother? Was he born with a duplicitous nature? What was the deal with his relationship with Bristol? Why was his mother so shocked by his friendship with Bristol? I felt like I didn't know the villain at all. I wanted for him to scare me and all that, and he, in fact, is pretty much out of the picture.
- The world building was a bit shaky. I didn't have a complete or clear picture as to what Earth was like after the hostile take over and how the Treptonian government functioned. More detail and explanation were needed.
- This book ends with a bunch of unanswered questions and a cliffhanger.
The Exemeus is an interesting and entertaining book for those who are in the mood to try something unique and out of the box. It has a creative and imaginative storyline, interesting world building and plenty of magic and paranormal. It is a blend of dystopian and fantasy. If you are looking for a book that is inexpensive and different, pick this one up while you can get it for $.99. I am glad I took the chance on this indie book.
"A wise person once told me, 'It is always better to die like a hero than live like a coward."
"You wouldn't happen to have come bearing any good news?" Jacqueline's skin glowed at almost full strength. "Yes. I just saved five hundred dollars on my car insurance."
I received a copy of this book for being part of the tour. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
Now for the scavenger hunt:
Scavenger Hunt Time! (Win a Kindle Fire or $150!)
Only six more questions left on The Exemeus Scavenger Hunt and you’re home free! Here are you're next two clues. For those just tuning in welcome and read below for instructions on what to do and where to go to win a prize.
15. What is the name of Jacqueline’s pet?
16. Who is the villain in the Exemeus?
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There is an additional giveaway for The Exemeus Tour. Here are the details:
1 winner will get the Kindle 6" e-ink, 1 will get a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 1 will get a Paperback of Demon's at Deadnight by A & E Kirk. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter.
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