January 25, 2013

Review of NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes with G!veaway

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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 are—because no one else ever notices them.

add to goodreadsNobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date:  January 22, 2013
Publisher:  EgmontUSA

Available for Purchase:
amazon | B&N | TBD | indiebound

[youtube_sc url=”″ autohide=”1″]

** This title was provided to us by the MM Publicity for an hones review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

MaryAnn NewI’m conflicted!  I love author, Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing.  Every Other Day was an amazing read!  I was so excited to read Nobody.  The whole premise sounded so interesting!  Who wouldn’t be drawn in this synopsis, with an intriguing cover to boot!

Claire is a 15 year old girl who has lived her life as a nobody.  No one notices her…not her classmates, not her teachers, not the strangers she encounters every day, not even her parents.  Constantly being ignored, left behind at store and restaurants by her parents and not even realizing that she was left behind, Claire has simply just existed.  Craving the loving looks and touches from her parents that just never come, craving the friendly look and voice of a potential friend….just to be called upon in class when her hand is raised, or to even be acknowledged when asking a simple question.  And it isn’t until an incident where she is finally noticed by a girl who says one word “nobody”, where Claire finally gets noticed!  But not the kind of notice she was hoping for.  For some reason, she has attracted the attention of 17 year old Nix.  But it’s not the kind of attraction that most girls dream of.  Nix has one mission… to kill Claire, under the direction of The Society.

Who is The Society, you might ask?  The Society is the very place and people that trained Nix to become what he is today.  A cold blooded killer.  From a very early age, The Society has drilled into Nix’s head that he is a Nobody.  Someone that people would not even take a second look.  A ghost of a person.  Someone that could come and go without any notice from those around them.  The perfect assassin.  A Nix is very good at what he does.  So when he is commissioned to kill Claire, the reason given was that she was a Null.  A Null being the very people that The Society trains Nobody’s to kill.  Nulls being individuals who have the ability to make people do whatever they want…and Nulls are most always the most terrible people in the world  Sociopathic killers, sexual offenders, cult leaders.  So Nix doesn’t even question The Society’s directions to eliminate another Null…Claire.

But, Null’s aren’t supposed to see Nobody’s when they are faded (basically in space between the reality dimension and the in between)…and Claire sees Nix.  And slowly, this kill or be killed relationship shifts, and both Nix and Claire come together and work together on a mission that they’ve made their own.

As I started reading Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I didn’t know what to expect.  I was hoping to be instantly gripped!  I was hoping to be instantaneously captured by the subject matter of this book.  But I just found myself irritated.  I was getting frustrated by the repetition of the words and phrases.  The morose demeanor of characters, Claire and Nix.  And I couldn’t help but let frustrated sighs escape my mouth every time Claire started her thought process with “Situation”.

But well after the half way point of the book, with a well thought out plan by our two protagonists, Nobody started to become what I hoped it would be.  Action packed, suspenseful, intriguing, gripping…everything I was hoping that it would be from the beginning of the book.  After Claire and Nix figure out what exactly The Society has been doing, and what their evil plan is the book made a complete 360 and went from an “I-don’t-know-how-I-feel” read, to an “Yes!-This-book-is-fantastic!”.

I also found myself feeling terribly sad for both Nix and Claire.  I can’t even imagine being ignored and basically non-existent to everyone around me.  My heart went out to both Nix and Claire as they described their loneliness.  And the mantra that they would chant which helped them fade was depressing.

And when it came to the action…it was fantastic!  In and out of the fade, the hunt, the descriptions of Nix’s previous kills.  Very exciting and wonderfully written.

Aside from a not so strong and great beginning, Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a read worth checking out.  Just power through the first half, and you’ll be glad you did when you are thrown into the world of Nobodys, Nulls, Sensors, and The Society.

About the Author:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---GiveawayThanks to the EgmontUSA, just complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win:

Hardcover copy of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Paperback of Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Christina K.

    Looking forward to both because they’re so different but equally awesome with wonderfully original premises:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Cassi

    I really want to read Nobody.

  3. Ashley

    I’m glad it finally got better at the end! Bummer about the beginning though. :(

  4. Viki S.

    I’ve read and loved EVERY OTHER DAY so I’m looking forward to reading NOBODY.
    Thank you.

  5. I am really looking forward to reading this. Great review. I am glad it picks up, and turns out to be great.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  6. H.L. Pauff

    Not really my cup of tea, but it does sound very interesting. I might have to check it out. Nice write up!

  7. Rose. P

    Both books sound really good! So I’m not too sure which one I’m more excited for. lol

  8. Deborah

    They both sound good to me, but looking forward to Nobody!

  9. Tia

    Both books sound awesome! I am really wanting to read Nobody

  10. Carl

    Well both really but Nobody is the new one so it’s got me more interested right now. Thanks!

  11. Lauren

    Every Other Day has been on my TBR list for a while.

  12. Holly U

    Nobody sounds amazing! Adding it to my TBR list. :)

  13. sarah p

    Both sound fantastic, but I have been looking forward to reading Nobody for quite some time, so if I had to choose it’d be that one :) Thanks!

  14. sarah c.

    I have been looking forward to both books. Nobody would be my top choice!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  15. Raina

    Sorry to hear it wasn’t as great as you hoped it would be in the beginning, but I’m happy to know it got better. I’ve been wanting to read “Nobody” for a while now, but I might just pick “Every Other Day” first.

    Great review. Thanks for sharing. :)

  16. Booksie

    I’ve been looking forward to Nobody; what a unique book idea!

  17. Vivien


  18. Erika

    I’m most looking forward to Nobody! Thanks!

  19. Joy F

    Nobody, thanks for the chance.

  20. vera mallard

    i am looking forward to Nobody
    vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

  21. Traci

    Looking forward to both, but Nobody really sounds good….i love to read new things and the review you did makes it sound like something i would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway…

  22. Joani S

    They both sound good, but I’m really wanting to read Every Other Day. It’s in my wish list! :)

  23. alicia marie

    Definitely looking forward to Nobody : )

  24. Chelsea B.

    I would have to say I’m most looking forward to Nobody!

  25. Meghan Stith

    I think “Nobody” looks really great!
    I love that cover so much!

  26. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I’m looking forward to both of them equally! I cannot wait to read them both. These two books will be on my favorite book list!! This is such an AWESOME giveaway, so thank you so much for having the giveaway!!!!

  27. Dione Sage

    I want to read Every Other Day!
    Thank you for the review, giveaway and sharing the B&N author interview!

  28. corey

    Hostile Shores:…by D. Lambdin

  29. Holly Letson

    I’m looking forward to both books, since I haven’t read any of this author’s books before, but I really like how *Nobody* sounds.

  30. Book Wookie

    Both books sound fantastic! That cover alone makes me want to read it.

  31. Amanda T

    I’m looking forward to Every Other Day!

  32. Hollow May

    I’m looking forward to both, actually. They both sound really good.
    Thank you for the giveaway =)

  33. Samantha D

    Honestly Ive been wanting to read both for a while now! :D

  34. Natasha

    I am looking forward to Nobody the most. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. kimbacaffeinate

    Appreciate your honest review, and they have been very mixed on this..thanks for breaking it down!

  36. Looking forward to Nobody as it sounds very interesting.

  37. Jolene A


  38. Brittany Utley

    Really wanting to read Nobody! Thanks for the Giveaway!

  39. Katherine Beaulieu

    I’d like to win a copy of Nobody, the cover looks too darn awesome to pass up:)

  40. Merisha Abbott

    I’m so excited for Nobody!!

  41. Grace Lo

    I’m super excited for Nobody because I’ve already read Every Other Day!

  42. Danielle

    Both of the books sound amazing but I have to say I am a bit more excited about “Nobody”. Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a great writer and I am sure both books will be brilliant.

  43. Sam Kasbrick

    Nobody, but they both sound really good! :)

  44. bn100


  45. Danica Page @Taking it One Page at a Time

    I’d be more interested in Nobody, but both do sound great.

  46. Bonnie Hilligoss

    I would give Nobody a try even if it does have a slow start. Sounds like a new concept that would be interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Tamara

    Nobody sounds pretty interesting and I want to give it a try.

  48. Kristie M

    Every Other Day sounds great!

Leave a comment

Your comments make us smile!