Things I Noticed in My Reread of Nemesis by Brendan Reichs [blog tour]

I’m lowkey terrible and don’t pay enough attention while reading.

Like, there are so many things in books that I don’t realize and I just have to like,, reread the entire page??? Or sometimes I have to go back like, three pages because I’ve been aimlessly moving my eyes and not interpreting ANYTHING AT ALL.

(Sidenote: I’m so sorry for not posting within the last week! I’ve just had to manage assignments for school but I think I’ll be back with more regular posts < 3) (Also I’ll start blog-hopping again!) (My next post will be my February recap, and I love writing monthly recaps!!)

Things I Don’t Notice While Reading Include:

The appearance of the character (if it’s not described at least five times within the novel, then guess what, I don’t know)

The actual settings of the characters (sometimes I picture it a specific way but then a character does a specific action and I’m like ???? wait what)

Anyways, the point of this post is to point out things that I noticed in my reread of Nemesis, and this will be a three-part blog tour!! These are all of my posts in the blog tour (they will be linked once I post them):

  • Things I Noticed in My Reread of Nemesis
  • Favorite Aspects of the Nemesis series
  • Review of Chrysalis

This is going to be weekly, so this day next week (Thursday, for me) I’ll be posting my next post and so on the next two weeks!!f

I already posted my original review of Nemesis a year ago here and… my review is kind of terrible. Just a disclaimer.

Also, this featured image graphic is different from my usual graphics because I couldn’t find any well-done photos for Nemesis from when I was taking bookstagram pictures… so yeah… and also, that photo editing thing for The Gilded Wolves was a one time thing lol. (I stole this from May Everly and probably other people.)

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me the Nemesis trilogy!!! All posts for this blog tour are honest, of course!

I don’t know why but this picture just looks really aesthetic to me. I really, really like the cover of Chrysalis and it’s my favorite of the covers in the series.

<span style=”font-size: 10pt;”> Also, some of the links provided are affiliate links meaning that if you purchased from them I would get a small, but helpful (!) sum of money.

synopsis 2

goodreads / book depository / indiebound

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in the riveting new sci-fi thriller from the cowriter of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown–alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.


Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He is the author of The Project Nemesis series, and co-author of the Virals series, written with Kathy Reichs. Brendan lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.


the banter (mainly by Tack)

Tack, Min’s childhood friend, was so damn funny like??? Idk guys, I freaking loved him. Here are some examples of his classic, classic humor. (emphasis on the classic)

In this example, both Tack and Min are at Noah’s mansion:

“What a dump.” Tack strolled in like he owned the place, dropping onto a leather couch. “Is this public housing?”

Noah ignored him. Reset the alarm. “Wait here a sec.” He disappeared toward the back of the house, leaving Tack and me alone.

“Probably needs to check on his Sims.”

Yes, the first comment may have seemed mean but that SIMS JOKE OH MY GOD. I died.

In this example, Min and Tack torched a Jeep in the parking lot, but they weren’t caught.

Then her voice hardened. “You wouldn’t know anything about the act of terrorism that took place in our parking lot yesterday, would you, Mr. Russo?

Tack’s eyebrows rose. “I was at the opera, milady.”


Everyone in school was outside, hugging and high-fiving, hands in the air as they bounced to the beat… “Turn Down for What” was blasting from a speaker.

“That’s my kind of prayer circle,” Tack said “Hopefully this is a permanent change.”

I just feel like Tack’s humor matches mine a lot and I’m honestly Loving It.

WHY WOULDN’T YOU APPRECIATE TACK HE’S AMAZING?? <span style=”font-size: 10pt;”>get away from me, Noah. Noah fence,* Noah.

<span style=”font-size: 10pt;”>NOAH FENCE IDK WHY I FOUND THAT SO FUNNY


noah is literally a garbage can

Yeah, I don’t know if you could tell from me saying “get away from me, Noah” but guys… I did like Noah at first (in my first read), but then he started having a “romance” with Min and I was just like, ugh. Stop it. Stop it.

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Their “romance” just irritated me even more, and Noah would say things like “DoEs nO oNe elSe sEe MiN’s bEaUty” like okayyyyyyyyyy. Not even subtle, but okay. I genuinely do not understand how they got together because they talked like three times total and also NOAH IS AN ON FIRE GARBAGE  CAN.

Please, Min. Have some standards. You can’t be trashy like me, ok.

Also, Noah’s basically part of this posse led by another character, Ethan. Ethan is literal trash. Noah pissed me off because he kept on rejecting Min/Tack whenever Ethan was like “you’re not friends with them, right?”. I mean, I kind of get that Noah’s afraid of rejection from his group, but also… if you’re going to have a ROMANCE WITH MIN then you just should be good. It should be a given.


Tack deserved so much better???

Yes, I know I already dedicated a section to him, but I LOVE HIM.

Min was just like… not that good of a friend to Tack. I totally get that she wouldn’t tell him about her death on her even-yeared birthdays, because like… that’s highkey paranormal and Tack most likely wouldn’t have believed it, but… she should have treated him better, goddamnit

(how many ellipses did I use in that run-on sentence) (sorry, grammar friends)

I’m 70% sure that Tack is in love with Min, because that’s a pretty common trope (where a lead girl is oblivious to a best friend falling in love with her) and it’s not that Tack deserves anything from Min romantically, but like… he deserves so much from her, in terms of friendship.

Min easily stops talking to Tack and instead starts talking to Noah, and Tack has to force himself to be included with them. It was just frustrating, because I felt so bad for Tack. Min also usually sided with Noah if Tack and Noah had a disagreement?? LIKE STOP. MIN.

Legitimately, one time Min was talking with Noah and she was like “okay let’s go investigate” and they headed off without Tack, and then Tack emerged from the bushes and was just like “hey guys…. Include me.” YEAH, MIN, WHY DON’T YOU INCLUDE HIM.

Also, this is so weird, but one time Tack tries to sit in the passenger seat of Noah’s car. He opens the car door to that seat, but then Min just casually moves past him and sits in the passenger seat instead of Tack??

I totally get that Min is closer to Noah than Tack is closer to Noah, but goddamn. The damn disrespect for my man Tack. Tack if you’re reading this I think you deserve so much better. Also, let’s be friends.


some other things

  • I just want to note that… I noticed that there aren’t really many strong female characters besides the main character. I definitely didn’t notice this the first time, but yeah. Also, the book is written by a man. So. I’m just pointing that out.
  • The way that this is written is kind of unique?? I didn’t notice it while I was really reading the story, but it’s told in a lot of fragment sentences, which I think really helped me to read this book quickly. I personally didn’t really notice or mind at all, but I know that some others might mind??
  • THIS IS SO SUBTLY CREEPY! I loved it. I seriously got some chills even though nothing truly horrific was happening? It’s just like, the way that this town is is already weird and then it’s just creepier and creepier.
  • It’s kind of an adult read? In a sense? I read some other reviews which mentioned this, and I was like “WOW THAT’S TRUE.” I think that this book could be classified as New Adult, maybe? But the main characters are teenagers, and I considered it Young Adult while I was reading it.

tell me your thoughts 2

Have you read this book/what did you think about it? Are you planning to read this book? What do you think about Tack’s classic, classic, classic humor? Don’t you think that Min was just a terrible friend to Tack?



  1. The synopsis for this sounds so interesting!! Idk why but I associate this book with the diabolic. Maybe it’s because the covers kinda remind me of each other & I think they came out at the same time (?) or at least I first heard about them at the same time. Anyways, haha I’m just thinking of this because of your post on books you associate with other books. 🤣

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  2. i’m annoyed that i haven’t read this because i had to skim through most of your review (i just don’t like knowing TOO much about a book before i read it) the fact this is creepy and the blurb sounds so good makes me interested in it but idk if i’ll actually ever read it. i always associate this book with the diabolic for some reason as well. so strange. also the way you structured this review was really nice?? i might have to steal this format.


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