Guest Reviewed by Candace
Author: S.J. Pajonas
Series: The Nogiku #1
Heroine: Sanaa Griffin
Genre: M/F Romance/Post Apocalyptic
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Onigiri Press
Release Date: September 11, 2013
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo
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Blurb: Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love, happiness, and excitement on New Year’s Eve. Ripped from the job she always loved, she is reassigned to work for mysterious Mark Sakai and spy on the corrupt leaders of her city. War looms on the horizon, and Sanaa must help Sakai determine the key players and their weak spots before it’s too late.
Mark Sakai has many plans for Sanaa that will take her into a web of lies and danger, and her only protection is to learn to defend herself. But defense training under the watchful eye of Jiro, a strong and enigmatic young man she has a crush on, was not what she expected. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts all of humanity in jeopardy.
REMOVED is the first book in a captivating post-apocalyptic series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.
I had to call it quits about 125 pages into the book; even that was giving it about 100 pages more than where I originally wanted to call it quits. I am not really sure what the overall book is about, because, even at 125 pages in, there was no clear indication of a plot.
The main character was not at all likable; in fact, she was downright annoying. The book droned on and on with so many meaningless details, that by the time any action happened, I was too bored to continue reading. The writing style was definitely not for me; it was as if the author had an aversion to semicolons.
I can appreciate series of short sentences, if the action in the book warrants them; however, there was no action, let alone intense action, to warrant such a long series of short sentences.
If you have a lot of patience (I don’t), and don’t mind waiting until halfway, or longer, through a book for action, then this book may be a good read. I just couldn’t make it all the way through the book.
Overall Impression: Did Not Finish
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*