The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid | REVIEW

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Pages: 416
Format: ARC

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The DiabolicA 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 truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire


4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all.**

First Line:

Everyone believed Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear.


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WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is an epic Sci-Fi adventure with killer humanoid bodyguards! With a book so jam packed with political intrigue, revenge, murder, and space exploration, you are in for a wild ride!

The Good

The Diabolic has a lot going for it. It’s a great introduction book into the Science Fiction realm if you’re a new reader to that genre. It takes an easy approach to the genre which makes it a straight forward read. I quite enjoyed the reader experience this book offers and I definitely recommend it!

Their are certain characters in this book that I couldn’t help but grow an attachment to. One of them being our main protagonist and resident Diabolic, Nemesis. She was built for one purpose, and only that one purpose, protect her charge (Sidonia). She wasn’t meant to grow feelings, or be anything close to a human being. But things change when she is sent in Sidonia’s place to the Empire. She has some of the best character development in The Diabolic, and is the most fleshed out.

I also grew an attachment to Tyrus, the crazy heir to the empire. I can’t speak too much about him to avoid spoilers, but just know that he is a joy to read and watch develop before our eyes.

I think Kincaid did a fantastic job with writing this book. It was equal bits intriguing, and equal bits captivating to read. I loved the world she built about a society that no longer believes in math and science because they believe that technology is self reliant. They no longer need to know how to create or fix their tech. I thought that was pretty refreshing.

There was so many twists and turns in the plot that I couldn’t put the book down! Definitely worth the read.

The Bad

I only had a few issues with The Diabolic. One being that it was just too grand for one book. There were parts in the book that I thought could have been more fleshed out so we could appreciate it more. This would have been great as a duology, but I respect the decision of the author.

The plot, characters, and world could have been better developed if the story was longer and I think that is the main reason why I couldn’t give this book a 5 star review. I was left with wanting more. More details, more world building, more character development and interactions. Just more.

Finally I felt a bit underwhelmed with the ending. It’s not that it was abrupt or didn’t end well, because there was nothing left open that’s for sure. There were just certain things that occur that I wish went in a different direction. I will leave it that to avoid spoilers!

This would be a great introduction to anyone looking to give science fiction a try! Let me know what you guys thought of The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



S.J. KincaidS.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. Nice review! I didn’t like it as much, though (that is, if you read my review about it, you’ll prolly understand) but it was an okay read in my opinion.


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