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Review of Removed

13 May 2014


Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

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.

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Overall, Removed is a fantastic book but it does start off rather slow. It took me several attempts to get into the book but once I got far enough in I was sucked into the storyline. This book has a Japanese twist to it and because of this occasional words and sentences are written in Japanese. It does add to the feel of the book but also pulled me out of the story slightly due to a lack of comprehension.

I loved how unique this book is; it doesn’t quite fit into any genre but is instead something special all of its own. There are some elements of dystopian, sci-fi, romance and even a little suspense but it doesn’t follow set conventions so you can expect to be surprised.

Sanaa is a smart, strong and determined young woman who’s life starts to change when she gets a mysterious new job in the post-apocalyptic world that she lives in. Sanaa is such a fantastic character, she has both physical and emotional strength and holds her own in some really tough situations.

I mentioned that Removed has some romance and it really doesn’t lack in that department. Jiro is a fantastic love interest and he and Sanaa have fantastic chemistry. The plotline of this book was fantastic but I can’t really go into why without giving away too much. Expect surprises and twists that you would never be able to guess at the beginning.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read book 2.

*A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way.*
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  1. This sounds like a great book, very interesting and unusual!


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