The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid 

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About the book:

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 grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia – a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity inside her that is true and pure – more so than that of most humans she encounters. Amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life – and the empire.

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My thoughts:

The Diabolic has been on my TBR for months as I got it in an Illumicrate subscription box in 2016. I managed to slot it onto the June TBR because I’ve been dying to read it, and life is too short to not read the books you want to read!

The Diabolic is a Young Adult sci-fi novel that focuses on Nemesis (a Diabolic) and her master, Sidonia Von Impyrean. A diabolic is a creature made to guard an important person. They are made to look human, but they have super-human strength and abilities that enable them to function as a diabolic.

Sidonia’s father has been shamed by the Emperor for denouncing their opposition to advantages in technologies that would help them to keep their world longer. Due to this, Sidonia has been summoned to The Chrysanthemum as a hostage. Sidonia’s family decide to send Nemesis in her place, masquerading as Sidonia, to ensure that no harm befalls their daughter.

What follows is an engaging story of rebellion, war and the lengths to which one will go to protect those they love and serve. The Diabolic was a thoroughly enjoyable read, the first in a trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Full of twists and turns, and packing a huge amount of secrets, it definitely kept me guessing until the very end!

Highly recommended!

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