Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: XII Genesis by Brian Palmer and Jason Rowe

Title: XII Genesis
Author(s): Brian Palmer and Jason Rowe
Series: Book One in the XII Saga
Published: December 12, 2012
Source: Copy Provided by the Authors (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 to 4 Stars!

Books Description:

A century after the world was predicted to end, it was indeed reborn. Under the leadership of the Overseer of New Earth, minds were united, diseases were cured, and the Earth was healed when population centers minimized mankind’s footprint, and the remainder of the planet was turned over to the will of nature. War was eradicated, the world embraced one religion, and the New Era began.

But darkness rises now, mistaken for a mere shadow cast by the bright light of human progress. It is the time of which the ancients foretold. It is the time when all things must end. It is the time of The Twelve. 

Six men and six women representing all creeds and colors are supernaturally gifted, but the unlikeliest of heroes. They are barely adults by the world’s standards, but still they are called.

Only they can stand against the growing darkness – but will they stand together?

XII: Genesis is the first installment of an eight-book series in the Young Adult / New Adult genres. If action excites you, if the supernatural intrigues you, and if love compels you - then you are invited to join The Twelve in their fight against the growing darkness that threatens New Earth!


My Thoughts and Review:

Right from the beginning I could tell this was going to be a truly unique look into a world very well created. The writing was smooth and drew you right into the story. 

I do need to say, right off the bat, that high fantasy really isn't my thing and I honestly had no idea going into this one that it would have as much fantasy as it did, maybe stupid on my part but, there you have it either way.

Having said that though, even though this wasn't really my thing per se, I still could tell this story really was very well done. The authors have to be commended for that and I truly think those that love fantasy and want something completely different and original, will really love this read.

There were quite a few twists in this one I didn't see coming and parts were a little, creepy if not horrific. The darkness was truly something to be feared and to fight against and I can't even begin to think how creative the authors must be to even dream up some of the things that they did. 

And although this was fantasy there are other elements that I think would appeal to other readers as well, a little mystery, a little romance and some pretty dang tough supernatural kids as well. Really there is a whole cast of fun characters (and some slightly disturbed ones as well) in this that I think will appeal to a lot of people, both male and female, fantasy lovers or not. 

This is only part one of an eight part series and I can't even fathom where the authors will take this from here. I am sure whatever it may be, it will be quite the adventure.

*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*


  1. An 8 part series? That puts me off a little bit! I can't think of many series that have worked for me all the way through when they are as long as that. I do like the sound of this, though. Fantasy is my thing, so thanks for putting this on my radar. Great review as always!

  2. This might be one I'd really enjoy since I love fantasy and unique worlds. I certainly can't fit it in right now, but one day I'll remember it!

  3. I hear ya Sam but hey, it worked for the H.P. Series, in fact I was sort of sad it ended after 7 books!

    Candace I think this is one you would really like!

  4. Thanks for the great review, Ali! We're glad you enjoyed it so much even though it was outside the realm of what you usually read!

    Sam, I hear what you are saying and totally get that. That being said, if you read book one then you will understand why the series is going to be eight books. Jason and I are biased, so obviously we think it works, but we'll leave that up to you if you decide to give XII: Genesis a try! And in that regard, we would be happy to send you a review copy if you are interested!

    Candace, please let me know if you would like me to email a copy of the novel to you (it is currently only available in ebook format, but we are preparing to introduce physical copies in the near future). No expectations, just something for you to have and check out at your leisure and decide if it's worth your time to review or not (when you get the time, that is!). I've read your review policy and will be contacting you with some questions about your promotional yours, etc.

    Thanks again, Ali, for the review, and thank you, Sam & Candace, for chiming in!

    Brian Palmer

  5. I enjoy fantasy, and some high fantasy. This sound interesting. Enjoyed your review.

  6. Sounds like an interesting book and I like that it is creepy and it makes you afraid of the dark!

  7. I love fantasy once in a while, its been a while since I have read one thought - mostly because I have to be in a mood. Great review though!

  8. Hi Ellen! Thanks for your interest. It is worth noting that this book is more urban fantasy/sci-fi than high fantasy or anything of that nature. Just so you know!

    Hi Heidi! Yeah, there are a few moments in there that might creep you out a bit and make you think before looking around a corner. We hope you like it if you get around to reading it!

    Hi Lily! Like I said to Ellen above, XII: Genesis isn't a full-on fantasy novel, so don't let that scare you off!

    Thanks for weighing in, all of you, and we hope this is an adventure you'll want to take with us!

    Brian Palmer