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I Belong


Review: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

Nameless_450x675Title: Nameless

Author: Jennifer Jenkins

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Nameless (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-101942664427 (Month9Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1942664420 (Month9Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

Quick & Dirty: Amazing fantasy read that will leave you breathless and with the worst book hangover! If you are a YA fantasy lover you need to pick this one up!

Opening Sentence: Zo couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t fear the Ram.

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The Review:

The Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf, and the Ram are four clans that have been at war with each other for hundreds of years! The Ram have proven themselves to be the dominating race by teaching their clan members to be brutal warriors. The other three clans have decided to finally join together to try to take down the Rams!

Zo is a member of the Wolf clan and she has volunteered to infiltrate the Ram city by becoming a slave. She knows that her chances of survival are slim to none, but she had to do something to revenge her parents who were murdered during a Ram raid. She has come to terms with the fact that she will most likely not ever leave the Ram city alive, but circumstances change when her eight year old sister follows her into the city. Zo has to change her plans and help comes from those she least expect. Zo never suspected she would meet a Ram that would have an actual soul. One that is honorable and helps her even though she is the enemy! Maybe there is hope for this suicidal mission after all.

Gryphon is one of the best soldiers in the Ram army. He has had to work extremely hard to prove himself after the disgrace of his father. Growing up in the Ram clan is brutal but it has made them a superior race or at least that is what they are taught to believe. But the more Tristan immerses into the ways if the Ram the more he is torn between staying loyal to his people and following his own heart! Things really start to change when he meets Zo, a nameless healer that is more then she seems. Will Gryphon have the courage to do the right thing even if it deems him a traitor?

Zo is an amazing heroine that I instantly loved. She is smart, brave, loyal, caring, and witty. Volunteering for her mission is extremely dangerous, but the information she will be collecting is priceless to her people. She gladly risks her life to help others and that made me really respect her. She isn’t afraid to take chances and do whatever it takes to fulfill her mission. She makes mistakes along her journey, but she owns them and tries to make amends if she can. I found her very easy to connect with and I can’t wait to read more of her story.

I am madly in love with Gryphon. He is loyal, kind, intelligent, and gorgeous!!! He is an amazing solider and he cares deeply for his clan. His loyalty runs very deep, but he doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing, even if it means he is betraying his people. He’s not one of those people that makes rash decisions, he thinks things through and does what he thinks is best no matter what the consequences are. His relationship with Zo is sweet and slow burning. Even though they are enemies they learn to trust each other and they bring out the best in each other! Gryphon has quickly climbed the charts as one of my favorite book boys!

Nameless destroyed me in the best way possible. Do you ever get that nervous feeling where it seems like butterflies are fluttering around inside of your stomach? I felt like that the entire time I was reading this book!! I almost had an anxiety attack because I was so attached to the characters and I was worried some of my favorites were going to meet their untimely demise! I loved that the book was told from a dual POV. Both Gryphon and Zo had a unique story to tell and it added great depth to the story. The romance was subtle, but written beautifully. The plot was very intriguing and the pacing was spot on. I loved the entire cast of characters, every single one of them added to the story. Then there is the killer ending that left me dying to see what happens next. If you can’t tell from all my flailing, I LOVED this book and it has definitely been one of the best books I have read this year! Trust me when I say you should pre-order it, add it to your TBR, request it from your library, do whatever you have to do to get this book in your hands because if you are a YA fantasy fan like me you need this book in your life!

Notable Scene:

Gryphon kept his eye trained on the prisoner as he took the length of rope. The pain from his shoulder streaked through his whole body, pulsing and terrible, but he didn’t show his enemy weakness.

Blood dripped from the Wolf’s nose onto his lips and chin. He didn’t seem to be any older than Gryphon. One eye was swollen shut. A deep gash ran from cheek to chin. He stood tall, looking Gryphon in the eyes.

Gryphon couldn’t help but be impressed.

It was a shame the Wolf had to die.

Nameless Series:

1. Nameless (October 6, 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Month9Books provided me with a copy of Nameless.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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