2 Oct 2015


Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date:  October 6, 2015
Publisher:  Month9Books
Genre:  YA, Dystopian

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.

NAMELESS is in development for film by Benderspink! That’s the same company who optioned Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and produced the I AM NUMBER FOUR film!

Check back on my blog later today for a reveal of Chapter 2 of NAMELESS!
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I really liked this one. I thought the first 20% or so was a little slow considering we were thrown right into the fray of things without much explanation, but it definitely picked up good pace.

I really liked Zo. I thought she was a great heroine. I liked that she was willing to be the martyr for the greater good. I also liked her dynamic with her sister, Tess. I think it is one relationship that could still grow into something more developed but I thought what they have right now is solid. I think it was great that Zo cared so much about Tess while also realizing that Zo was only thinking about herself by entering into the Gate.

Gryphon is like ultimate book boyfriend, tbh. I don't even know how to use words to describe how much I love him. He tries so hard to be the best for his clan, but also wants to do right in the world. I am a little weary about his temper and how he uses physical force as an outlet, but I'm still so chill with him. He worked so hard for everything he has but he realizes that it means nothing if he isn't doing what is best. And I just like love him so much for that?? HE IS JUST PERFECT, OKAY.

The romance was great because it was slow burn. I liked that both Zo and Gryphon admitted to themselves that their relationship was going to be hard because they are from warring tribes. But like I AM ROOTING FOR THEM. SO HARD. MY PRECIOUS BABIES.

I thought one thing that needed a bit more for me was the world building. The foundation was there but I felt like there was some information I was missing. But what I enjoyed was that there wasn't info-dumping. Everything came out naturally as we went along with the story, which made it a really great read. I have some ~theories~ about things to come but I don't want to spoil the book so I am just going to zip my lip.

I would highly recommend this one if you liked the movie 300 or if you like ancient history in general because there are so many parallels that I just loved reading (since I have a minor in Classical Studies). This is one of those books that everyone is going to be talking about, so get in on the conversation. Plus if you are doing #YASH, you can get a clan tattoo from Jennifer if you go to her exclusive content post! (I emailed her and was super embarrassing but hopefully she sends me my Wolf clan tattoo anyway because ZO IS SUCH A PEACH) And I give it 4/5 stars. I just thought the pacing could have been a little better at the beginning but otherwise it was perfect.
About the Author
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid). Visit her online at jajenkins.com

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