Released (The Nogiku Series, #2)

Released (The Nogiku Series, #2)

by S. J. Pajonas

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BN ID: 2940046251470
Publisher: Onigiri Press
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Series: Nogiku Series , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 438,590
File size: 940 KB

About the Author

Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical. Find her online at 

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Released 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I've read several versions of this book, including the ARC, which Stephanie was so kind to share with me! I was super excited to read this after having read the first book in the series (REMOVED). You never know how books in a series will go, but in this case, I was not disappointed! In fact, I may have liked this one even more than the first, if that's possible. The books starts out where book one left off and she doesn't start the book off in that way that subsequent books sometimes do, with so much retelling and catching up that you get annoyed at not getting right back into the story's world. She picks right up where we left off previously and we jump right back into Sanaa's world (and her frustration!) The characters and their relationships really grow and change in this book. They really come alive and it's fascinating to start to see some of the reasons behind their actions as we find out more of their history. Much more of this book is spent in Sanaa's head - she is often alone and seeing her try to navigate the delicate balance between duty and personal happiness and between safety and freedom is both exciting and heartbreaking. The colonization really moves forward in this book and the cliffhanger ending will have you reaching for the next book in the series as soon as it's available!
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review. I fell completely in love with Removed, the first book in this series and as I had gotten an ARC for Released I decided to start this one right after Removed. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I think I might love Released even more then I did Removed. I was completely engrossed into the story and just wanted to keep reading. This is one of thsoe few books that I kept reading late into the night and then being surprised it was 1:30 when I finished. I just couldn't put the book down before I had finished it. And that ending, I want book 3 like now! Released picks up shortly after the ending of Removed, I still remembered everything that happened in Removed, but enough reminders are dropped for readers who read Removed longer ago. The first chapters where a bit slow, but that didn't take long and after that I couldn't put it down. I loved Released! It is such a great book and I fell even more in love with this series, the story and the characters. There are some new characters introduced in this book and I especially came to like Kentaro, he turned my expectation from when he was first introduced upside down and I really liked him at the end of the book. I liked seeing the characters grow and develop and some quite big and important events take place in this book. Sanaa and Jiro are still so perfect together and I loved seeing their relationship grow and develop! Really they are one of the most amazing couples I have come across in a book. They are so perfect for each other and I just loved reading how they interacted with each other. There is also much to learn about some side characters. Even though I call them side characters, most side characters play a important role and you really get to know them well. All the characters in this book really come alive. Concerning the world building, this book builds upon the world building already done in Removed. The basis is already there and now there is still so much more to learn. Also the science fiction aspect plays a more important part in this book, and even though we don't learn much about Yusei, I suspect the next book will focus more on that. I had guessed roughly where this book would end, I was mostly right, but damn that ending! It's a cliffhanger, but it's also a nice ending, and I really really want the next book now! To conclude: Released was amazing, I fell even more in love with this series and I couldn't put this book down. I liked where the story went and I liked meeting the new characters and getting to know others better. There is also some added world building, but not so much as in the first book. The ending left me wanting more and the wait for the next book is going to feel really long, because I want book 3 now!
jukelley More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of this series, Removed, as part of a read-it-review-it for a book club. Removed was so good, I purchased Released as soon as I was able. You never know what you will get with the later books in a series. Rest assured, you get a whole bunch of awesomeness with this book. It was everything I wanted and then some. I absolutely loved it. The story and characters are simply the best I have read in a long time. The writing is so well done you would never know it is a self published book. According to the author's website, there are two more books in the series set to come out 4 o 6 months after the book before it. Removed came out around Dec 15, so I estimate book 3 to be available around April - June. I hate to wish my life away, but I really cannot wait until I get the next two books. This truly is a must read series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of Released from the author, SJ Pajonas in exchange for a review. After reading her first book, Removed, in the Nogiku series, I couldn’t wait to get back to Sanaa’s world. This was a fantastic way to continue the series! In the first book, Sanaa discovers who she really is and in this 2nd book, she is adjusting to her role as Empress while preparing to leave Earth for a new home/society where she will lead her people.   The second books picks up right where the first book ends. I have read a version of this 2nd book already, and knowing the cliffhanger SJ was going to leave us on, I dragged my heels in finishing this final edit of Released.  I didn’t know how long I would have to  wait until the 3rd book in the series comes out. Damn it SJ! Write faster! Things I especially enjoy about the series –  relatable heroine, romance, some ass-kicking, some heartache, continued character development, richly developed post apocalyptic society steeped in Japanese culture, and yes, that dreaded cliffhanger.  Surprising to me was how emotional I felt as Sanaa dealt with her growing loneliness and isolation as she outwardly projected a tough girl exterior. That’s what I love about reading a series – you get to see these characters grow in their roles as well as meet new characters to love/hate/or both. Can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series!
1morepage More than 1 year ago
Immediately after finishing Removed, I bought Book Two of the Nogiku series, Released. I should have waited until a decent hour in the morning, I should have gone right to sleep - but I was so immersed in the story, I had to find out how the next book started. I had to know what happened to Sanaa and everyone else! Released continues Sanaa and Jiro's journey of love and discovery. Their relationship has grown a lot in this book and it's a lot of fun to be a part of that growth. To listen in on their private conversations, to spar with them in the d¿jo, to join them on their dates - it makes for fun reading and dreaming! We also see the continued efforts of gaining supporters for the colonization and Sanaa's eventual rule. A new friend (though we don't know that at first) is introduced and I really enjoyed watching Kentaro blossom from a cold, rude idiot boy to a fun, open and trustworthy man. It will be interesting to see how the clan leaders decide to support, or not support, Sanaa. Something that really struck me was the lack of support Sanaa received from the Sakai family members after she came back from the desert. Her relationship with Jiro's mother has cooled quite a bit and she is distanced from everyone else, except Jiro. To keep Sanaa safe, she is ordered to stay inside the apartment building, which in turn increases her loneliness. I was relieved, like crying and awwwing relieved, when Sanaa finally said something to Jiro. He stood up to his mother, his family and took charge - it was quite the experience! I really cannot wait to return to their story, to continue the journey and find out how it all ends. You can be sure that when the next installment of the Nogiku series is released, I'll be one of the first in line to get my copy!
ktlc1113 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. After recovering from an earthquake and an attempt on her life, Sanaa Itami is finally brought rescued from her isolated apartment in the desert and brought home. She jumps right back into her plans to rule as rightful empress when she and her people leave a dying Earth for a new planet, and back into love with the man of her life Jiro. But before the big journey happens, Sanaa must face lingering threats on her life from rival clans, navigating the tricky balance of personal life and obligations to her people, and the doubt that comes along with being a strong woman in love with a strong man from a powerful family. RELEASED, S.J. Pajonas' second book in the Nogiku series, did not disappoint. In fact, having already been familiar with the construct of the world in which Sanaa lives, I found myself jumping right into this new story and hardly coming up for breath. Exciting action, sensual love, and intriguing but light sci-fi combined to captivate me as a reader. And the ending left me on the edge of my seat waiting for the third and final installment of the Nogiku tales. Perfect for fans of romance, sci-fi, or New Adult, RELEASED is fast-paced and wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to be part of the early reading process of RELEASED by S.J. Pajonas.  The second installment of the Nogiku Series brings more depth to the original characters, answers some of the questions posed in the first book, and introduces some fantastic new characters.  The themes of dynasty, love, and political revenge are further explored as Sanaa struggles to find balance between her family and the obligations that accompany her new station within the government. RELEASED picks up where REMOVED left off, with Sanaa stuck in a desert location by herself.  Of course, she eventually is reunited with her loved ones despite the danger her very existence presents to all of them.  The same cast of characters from the first book is all there: Mark Sakai, Jiro, Miko, and Helena, along with some new faces.  I particularly like the addition of Kentaro, the son of a rival clan head. Unlike REMOVED, Sanaa spends much of her time alone and in her head.  We get to experience her frustration and despair as one by one, each member of her close circle retreat from her.  Along the way, Pajonas gives us glimpses into traditional Japanese culture, including a wedding and a lovers’ holiday.   Where the first book excels in its descriptions of the world where Sanaa lives, RELEASED explores her raw emotions as she grows into her role as a powerful leader.  I love this strong female character, who outwardly displays her conviction despite the withering abandonment she feels inside.  The final few chapters are action packed, and the finale is so spectacular, it will leave you with a spinning head.  I very much look forward to the continuation of this series!