Friday, January 11, 2013

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Review and Giveaways

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Goodreads Summary: 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 verare—because no one else ever notices them.

We've probably all felt like a nobody at some time or another, like we were in a room full of people and yet we were all alone. Some of us might have even felt like that at home in our own families. But what if it were really true. No one saw you. No one noticed you ever. You could shout in their face and they wouldn't hear you. Your parents had to have notes on the back door to remember they had a child. They would leave you at the park, in the car, at the mall. No one ever noticed you feel the hairs on the back of your neck raise and a chill run down your spine. You turn and look and are thrilled and terrified. Someone has noticed you. He's looking right into your eyes and he sees you and he's pointing a gun  right at your heart.

Quite the way to meet someone, right? Nix is a nobody who while not supernatural, seems to have some kind of unique power that makes him fade so that he is "nothing." In that form he can walk through walls, people, trees, nothing can hurt him and no one can see him. Except Claire and she thinks he's the most beautiful boy she's ever seen. But he's supposed to kill her. From a distance, no needles, no knives.  But once he sees her and he knows she's seen him, he has to make it personal. He's been told she's a Null, an empty shell of a human with no conscience who kills randomly and charms people into doing whatever she wants them to do. She must be eliminated. But each time he tries, she contradicts him. And why can she see him? Is she that good of an actress?

This story is funny, a romance, a thriller and a bit magical. Love always is a bit magical, isn't it? 

I did have a few problems with the novel. I couldn't remember what a Nobody or a Null was. Which one was okay to be and which was the psychopath. And in the middle the pace dragged a bit to where I found my interest flailing a bit, but then something would happen and I'd be drawn back in. The ending was fast and very unexpected. I thought for sure there was going to be a sequel but I think everything is wrapped up. I liked the ending, it fit very well.

And now, I have the opportunity to give away not one, but two books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
A Hardback copy of Nobody and a paperback copy of Every Other Day which comes out in paperback on the same day Nobody comes out!  US and CANADA ONLY. Thanks to Karen at Media Masters Publicity and Egmont for the giveaway! Just fill out the form below!

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  1. This sounds really good. Great review. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Wow, this sounds like a really unique read. I, too, am wondering if Claire is just playing around! Thanks for bring this book to my attention as I haven't heard of it before and an opportunity to read it.

    1. Rummanah-

      It's very different and funny. You can feel the loneliness Claire and Nix have both felt all their lives. It's very profound. But Claire is never whiny about it which I love about her.

  3. I loved the beginning of this book, Claire's inner monologue about her invisibility had me laughing:) I struggled a bit with the Nobody/Null concept as well, I didn't necessarily understand what made someone a Null rather than a sociopath - they didn't seem to have any extra abilities, they were just emotionless manipulators and murderers. Still, I love the way Jennifer Lynn Barnes tells a story:) I thought there might be a sequel too, but I don't think there is. Bummer.

    1. Jenny-
      I forgot to mention how funny Claire was in the beginning comparing herself to certain things and how irrelevant she was.
      There's just something funny about bathroom humor isn't there, no matter what it is! I have that part all marked up in my book for how funny it was.

  4. I'm going to be picking this one up for review very soon. VERY soon. So glad to see that you enjoyed it even though it was uneven. Sometimes sci-fi books can be confusing at times and now I'm prepared. Can't wait to read it.

    1. It was so good! My son tried to grab it from me constantly when I was sleeping or set it down to do something else. I had to finish it in two days or he would have taken it into the black hole that is his room. Books go in and never come out!

  5. I think the concept for this one is so interesting and I love that it appears to be a standalone-love to see some non-contemporaries rest on their own.


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