Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf, and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors. Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the Nameless. Hers is a suicide mission—Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe. What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground Nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty, and love are more complicated than she ever imagined.
Bubby: One of our favorite things to do here at Bubble Bath Books is to introduce our readers to amazing new authors. Well, do we have a treat for you today! I have had the privilege of being friends with Jennifer Jenkins for some time now. I knew her for her beautiful singing voice and sparkling personality long before I realized that she had the ability to make magical stories flow from her mind onto the paper and into our hearts. Nameless is not our usual fluffy romance or cozy mystery story. It’s not a YA dystopian or magical realism novel. It’s something entirely new – action and adventure mixed with intrigue and romance all set in a world far away and a time long ago.
Sissy: I will be honest here and tell you that I did not want to read Nameless. I met Jennifer Jenkins through Bubby (cough *namedropper* cough) at Teen Author Bootcamp (of which Jen is a founder) and thought that she was a real nice, regular person. She did the cover reveal for Nameless at that event, which seemed to really appeal to the hundreds of teens present and I thought, “So not for me.”
Bubby: Boy howdy were you wrong!
Sissy: Boy howdy? Who ARE you, Honey Boo Boo? Anyway, then I read the synopsis. Four clans at war, death and destruction, dangerous missions–this all solidified my “not for me” position. Besides, when you meet the author who is such a normal, down-to-earth person, it’s hard to imagine pearls of delight coming out of their brain. But then Bubby threatened my life if I didn’t read it immediately and I was so scared that I did. Of course you know what I’m going to say now. Jennifer Jenkins is a writing genius. She stirred all of that war and adventure and destruction into her writing pot and came out with a story that dragged me in like a Venus Flytrap and spat me out feeling incredibly satisfied and dying for the sequel. I was so wrong, I’ll admit it.
Bubby: Wait a minute. Hold the phone. Did you just say that you were wrong (thereby implying that I was right) IN PRINT? Published for the whole world to see? Wow. This is a banner day. A red-letter day. I-
Sissy: Keep your panties on. You’re still wrong about most things. No, that’s too rude. I’ll say rather that I’m still right about most things. Continue.
Bubby: I’ll take what I can get. Now, let me heap more praise on Jen Jenkins. It’s not uncommon for me to get attached to characters in a book, but usually it’s around book three or so that I’ve really formed a deep bond with them. (Just ask my kids how long I cried when Sirius Black and Fred Weasley died!) I’ve only had 300 or so pages with Zo, Gryphon, Joshua, Gabe and Tess and I. Love. Them. Especially Zo. And Joshua. I wanted to take Joshua home and feed him a cookie. I can’t hardly wait to find out what happens next. Where do they go? Are they safe? What’s the fate of the clans? Aaarggh! It’s a good thing that I know Jen hasn’t completed the series yet because I know where she lives and I’d go camp out on her doorstep until she handed over the books. I guess patience is a virtue that I have yet to cultivate. Long story short: Nameless is amazing. Readers will take these characters and their dilemmas straight into their hearts.
Sissy: You cry when the mop gets thrown over for the Swiffer in the commercial on TV, so I can’t say much for your “deep bonds”. However, I do agree with you about the characters in Nameless. Zo, for example, is so real in how she keeps learning life lessons yet is so loyal, nurturing and brave. And then she’ll kick your butt twice for good measure if you cross her. I loved Gryphon. He’s such a complex mix of dedicated soldier and man with a heart of gold. I could go on and on-
Bubby: And on, and on and on….
Sissy: Says the pot to the kettle. Nameless is a fabulous début novel. Do not be distracted by the tags (young adult, action adventure) or the synopsis (death, destruction, mayhem) and trust me that people of all ages and genders, regardless of what genre they usually prefer, will love this book. Now go buy it and read it.
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We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.