book reviews, young adult

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid


Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Source: Bought
Edition: Hardbound
Publication: November 1st 2016 by Simon Schuster Books
Pages: 416 pages
Category: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Dystopian


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.



The story is about Nemesis and how she can protect Sidonia. While protecting Sidoni, she learned to feel emotions which are not normal for a Diabolic. Also, she was able to choose what path she would take. The story is full of family conflict which affects the entire empire. A lot of people die which would not be necessary if they were not greedy for power. Nemesis is a Diabolic who is treated as a human by people who became close to her.


I noticed that books and learning are banned from the empire. This is sad for me because I love books and learning. I am expecting to find some development on the second book regarding this matter. Also, most of the characters are not to be trusted, even her love interest. The story somehow suddenly centered on the romantic side which lessened the action part of the story.


I was surprised that the story was not that action packed. I was expecting more from it the action part of the story. I liked the first part but as I made progress reading the story the action became bland. This was not a pleasant surprise for me. I was expecting a lot and I am feeling sad because I did not get my fill of action. Yes, there was a lot dying and conspiracies but because Nemesis is a killing machine I just wanted her to kick some butt.


The ending confused me. I don’t know if Nemesis is faking or not. Also, Sidonia’s killer may still be alive. This would make me read the second book. I don’t know also who to believe in the series. I think they are all lying, just like their easy cosmetic procedures which make the empire people look a lot younger.


I learned that people are greedy. They would want to stay in power just to feed their needs. There are also people who would do anything to attain their ambition. However, there would be some who would help if not sacrifice their life for something or someone. Also, despite having no feelings, Nemesis was able to felt love and sadness which made her irrational decisions.


This story reminds me that when making decisions, it is best to use the brain than the emotions being felt. Sometimes, the brain feels and sees more than emotions. Our emotions could blind us and make us make the wrong decision.


I liked this book. The writing style though was sort of boring but I was able to push through reading it. the concept is what really made me interested with the story. I was really expecting a lot of action which I did not get. The romance of the story was unexpected but still I’m wishing they could have slow burn romance more. I think that the romance will dwindle and the second book would have more action (hoping!). I gave this book a 3 hearts rating because for me it was just okay. I was expecting  a lot but I just felt it did not exceed my expectations. The concept and characters were good but the action was just flat. Also, I predict that the romance will dwindle in the second book. I am willing to read the second book but it won’t be a priority.


“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 out path.”
― S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic
“We are all of us bust stardust shaped into conscious being.”
― S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic
“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.”
― S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic
“I looked at the stone, fragmented and cratered by my rage and jealousy. So this was a visual representation of a Diabolic’s affection, then: an ugly, broken, blood-spattered stone.”
― S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic
“I had only two goals going forward: to fool people into thinking I was Sidonia, and of course, to try not to die.”
― S.J. Kincaid, The Diabolic



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