Thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for the chance to review The Exemeus, the first book in a series that promises to be excellent. The authors will be giving away a $30 Amazon gift card to a randomly chosen commenter. To see the other stops on the tour, check here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/05/virtual-book-review-tour-exemeus-by.html.
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.
This YA book is actually a book within a book.... Dephon is a ninth grade boy who is terrorized and tormented by the football team. However, it's not at a school like we know it. The earth has been taken over by the Treptonian government--and group activities are forbidden. Schools and team sports are all secret--but one day, Dephon learns an even bigger secret.
He is given his dead mother's Exemeus--the story of her life--and told to read it. And, we enter into the story within the story.
The majority of the book is Hyalee's story... at least that part of it the Dephon reads. He tends to skip around--and that will come back to haunt him. I don't want to say too much, though, because you need to read it for yourself. Be aware--the story does not resolve at the end of this volume--the author leaves you with a true cliffhanger. And, I personally can't wait to find out what happens next!! Looking forward to the next book with bated breath.
Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus series, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their facial similarities, tendency to finish each other’s thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they’re not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio.
Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo Ca, where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A in physics and her B.S in Biology. After graduation she returned to California, to live in an even smaller city, where even less happens, Antioch Ca. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing the Exemeus. She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren’t so bad.
As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.