Tamara Philip, Author

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Diverse Book Tours presents a review of Niko by Kayti Nika Raet


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My review of Niko-

A pragmatic heroine in a harsh world is a surefire way to get my attention, and Niko is a great example of a no nonsense, hard boiled survivor in a world where that’s the norm. Though the character is presented with many emotional obstacles that would trip up your everyday YA main character, Niko wins my adoration by the simple and elusive ability to compartmentalize. There is no reason to be eaten by monsters because you saw your crush pinned to the wall by ‘so and so’, and Niko never allowed this.

Another plus was that  it was reminiscent of Hunger Games with a firmer, realistically sound foundation/background.

So if you’re still on a Hunger Games/Catching Fire/ Mockingjay high and you need something like it or dare I say, even better than it? then Niko by Kayti Nika Raet is definitely the way to go!

Niko Cover

Niko by Kayti Nika Raet

ISBN: 9781301255191

Publisher: Kayti Nika Raet

Pages: 188

Format: Ebook

Genre: YA, Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Romance

Plot Summary:

One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her.

Then one night everything she’d ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured.

She’s rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease.

But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits.

All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that’s proving to be harder than expected.

Book Links

Amazon: Purchase Link

Goodreads: Connect about it on Goodreads!

 Kayti Nika Raet Author Photo

Author Biography

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.

She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.

She’s also a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Author Links

Website: http://kaytinikaraet.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kayti.nikaraet

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KNRwrites




Author: Tamara Philip, Author

Author of Interracial novels including but not limited to romance. Aspiring writer of supernatural fantasy books.

9 thoughts on “Diverse Book Tours presents a review of Niko by Kayti Nika Raet

  1. Tamara, I have to agree. I think The Outsider Chronicles are better than The Hunger Games. Great review and if you haven’t already, I would highly recommend getting the other books in the series, Harm and Outsider. So freaking good.

  2. Hi Tamara! I’m so glad you enjoyed it *hugs*
    I’m estatic that you caught the “no need to be eaten by monster because whohisface is kissing whatshername” aspect of the book. *double hugs*
    I think I can guess who your favorite character was 😉 but I would love to know what was your favorite scene! 🙂

    • I loved the Helicopter scene because it showed that Niko never lost her edge, that she still knew/felt she was an outsider so when the time came she was able to bounce back into survival mode. It was thing of beauty!! she wasn’t the typical cliched “can’t go back to hard times after luxury because they forgot how it was to live rough” that alot of books and shows seem to fall back on especially when it comes to female characters. * I’m just going to add this into the amazon review okay? LOL* HUGS

      • Wow! I think I love you even more now! The helicopter scene was my favorite one to write! And you’re absolutely right, Niko might have gotten comfortable living in the city for a few weeks but she’s been an Outsider all her life so that would be something she can easily default to when needed.
        Okay, now I’m being greedy… second fav character? 😀

      • LOL okay so, Niko was the absolute star of the book, her presence made the other characters pale in comparsion because you just wanted to know what SHE was going to do. but if I had to say, my second character choice would be Malik before he was caught out!! Malik was the most even tempered right next to Duc but I felt like Duc didn’t have a chance to truly shine as yet so maybe he could have been my second favorite? is he in the second or third book??

        my least favorite was Ben, he was such a damn creep!! something about him seems untrustworthy to me!

      • HAHA! You sound like a friend of mines in regards to Ben.
        And you’re right, Duc is one of the characters I would love to get into more (Lo and Norm too) but with everything that’s been happening with the other characters, I haven’t had the chance though. Maybe I should have him star in a short story? hm… the ideas…

      • There are some new characters who make an appearance in the second book. I think you’ll like them! 🙂


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