Sunday, January 20, 2013

ARC Book Review + Giveaway: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Nobody
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Number of Pages: 393
Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by EgmontUSA
Source: Publisher (ARC Paperback)
Genre: Science Fiction > Dystopia
Reading Level: Young Adult

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There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Picture this: Your whole life you have been forgotten. You parents barely talk to you or even acknowledge your existence. You have no friends to speak of, most people pass you by without even a glance. You feel lost and alone but this...this is YOUR normal.

In a world where your either your a somebody or a nobody one girl knows first hand what it's like to be invisible. Sixteen year old, Claire is a nobody. Forgotten. Alone. This is "her" normal. The way it has always been. Claire goes about her life, day by day in the same way as always doomed to a Nothing, a Nobody. 

On a day just like any other Claire begins to get ready to go to the pool for a swim. While getting changed in her bedroom she gets a strange feeling that she is being watched, a prickle on the back of her neck. When she turns around Clarie get the shock of her life....SOMEONE is in fact watching her....and this someone is aiming a gun right at her. 

Nix is a Nobody, like Claire. He knows that no one cares about him and the only way he makes any kind of difference in the world is by KILLING. Nix is a hired assassin to kill other nobodies or Nulls. He works for a group called "The Society" and they have put a hit out on Claire. Nix knows his job well and is perfect at it. 
Until his job is to kill a girl his age, who also happens to hold a secret all her own. From the very moment Nix set eyes on Claire both teens lives now change forever.... 

Deadly secrets, murder cover-ups, and deep betrayals.... 
Even a not safe!

I feel in love with the concept of the story. I think everyone sometime in there lives feeling like a nobody, someone who just does not belong. The world the author creates gives the readers the sense of what's it like to be invisible and alone. In this case being a nobody is very wrong. They don't belong in this world, and should be eliminated. One of the best parts of the book for me was I was able to see and feel what Clarie and Nix had to go through both together and separately. Their personal growth through the hardships endured and seeing them find acceptance in each other was both beautiful and enlightening. Besides being able to relate to both of the characters, the story moves along quickly and had the perfect amount of  "end of your seat" suspense. The romantic aspect throughout the story was sweet, and set at a great pace.
I felt the only short-coming the book had was that I would have liked to get to know both Nix and Claire a little better individually before all of the action took place. Also, at a few (not all) parts during the book I found myself somewhat loosing interested; which slowed down my reading.

Nobody is the first novel I have read by author Jennifer Lynn Barnes and it wont be the last. I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading additional works from the author. The story as a whole was quite enjoyable and unique. A definite read for anyone who likes the Dystopia genre.

Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.

 About The Author:

Find Jennifer Lynn Barnes @ 

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She was awarded a Fulbright to do post-graduate work at Cambridge, and then returned to the states, where she is hard at work on her PhD.

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First and foremost, I want to give a huge thank you to Media Masters PublicityEgmont USA for supplying me with my print ARC of the book and for offering to host this giveaway. 
You guys totally ROCK! 

Here's what you can win: 
One of my lucky readers here @ Bittersweet Enchantment will have the chance to win 1 hardcover copy of Nobody and the new paperback release of Every Other Day, which pubs on the same day as Nobody (January 22nd). 

US and Canada residents only.
Closes: Feb 4th, 2013
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  1. I thought you gave a great and insightful review to NOBODY. You got me wanting to read it, LOL. How lonely it seems....

  2. I can't wait to read this book because I love Jennifer's books. I hope this book is as great as her other books.

  3. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Claire and Nix sound like awesome characters - complex but likable because of their predicament.

    That's why I want to read this book:)

    Lovely review:)

  4. Great review! I really want to read this now :D

  5. great review !! I like to read all kinds of books, and this one sounds good

  6. It's a very intriguing concept. As you say, everyone at some time, especially as a teenager feels like a nobody. I just think this would be a very interesting book to read.

  7. I really love the Raised by Wolves series and am looking forward to reading these as well.

  8. Very Informative blog and i became a great fan of this blog due to its impressive and informative data.
    Yüz Germe

  9. This book sounds very interesting. Who doesn't like a good assassin story?

  10. I love reading stories that have been recommended and a has assassins in it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  11. I want to read it because of its unique concept--I'm a huge sci-fi fan, so any book with these kinds of elements is one I'm excited to read! :)

  12. Ive heard so many good things about it! I also love scifi! :D

  13. Thank you for the interesting review
    Diane Baum

  14. Yes, I want to read Nobody. It sounds really good like the suspenseful part of it.


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