Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review: The Exemeus

Release Date: January 3, 2013
Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris
Publisher: Royal Colours Ink
Length: 337 pages

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime:inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.

Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!


Protagonists: This book tells two stories, the frame story of sorts since it's the least prevalent, is about a boy named Dephon who learns he comes from the two magical royal families and he needs to read his mother's Exemeus to learn how he can save the world. Hyalee Smith, Dephon's mother, takes center stage as the subject of The Exemeus and it's her journey of growing into her powers and falling in love with Dephon's father that he needs to read. Over the course of the book we see Hyalee grow not only into her powers but into her role as a very powerful protector of earth. We don't see much of Dephon's character development as we only see him every few chapters or so and then we go back into the world of the Exemeus quickly after.

Romance: The only romance that's in this book is the romance between Dephon's parents Hyalee and Singleton. I had thought I wouldn't be invested into the romance because we as reader's know how it ends, but I actually loved it way more than I had originally thought. Even though we know how it ends there is still a bit of drama and intriguing moments. There were moments from their life that Dephon does skip over that I would have liked to see if only to give a bit more background on his parents.

World-Building: In this story it begins as Earth has been called Trepton and all the cities Trepton followed by a corresponding roman numeral (eg. Trepton IV.) The world is ruled by the Demontros a man who has taken over the world and made the entire planet his own dictatorship. In this post-apocalyptic Earth school has been outlawed as well as gathering in groups with exceptions such as buying groceries. In this world there is also magic as well as wormholes to two other planets each with their own philosophies about life and war.

Predictability: The funny thing about this book is that a good ninety-nine percent of this book is very predictable, I figured out the Demontros as soon as he was mentioned and there weren't very many other twists that were revealed in this installment. However, there was one twist that completely shocked me and even though it probably shouldn't have, I had to reread the section where it was revealed a few times before it completely sunk it. I loved that they had that twist lined up to throw me completely off guard.

Ending: As I got closer and closer to the ending it became clearer that this wasn't going to be a stand alone book and is in fact the first in a series. The other thing I was hoping for was that this book would end with a great action sequence, which it sort of did. It was definitely satisfying, but I was hoping for a little more. The ending was where that crazy twist I mentioned above was finally revealed which made the ending all the better. In the very end there is a cliffhanger though it isn't all that torturous, which means it should hold until the next installment.


This book is great but I felt like it could have been a bit better, and there were a few things that I felt it was missing to make it a five crest home run. I would wholeheartedly suggest picking up this book from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing our book on your amazing blog. We are thankful for your very in-depth read. We would love it if you posted your review on amazon and Barnes and nobles; its so detailed and informative.

  2. This is the second review I've read of this book. Looks really good. Always love your reviews Zach.