*Arc Review* Wicked Saints- Emily A. Duncan

36118682A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

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My Review:

“We’re all monsters. Some of us just hide it better than others.”

I know better than to believe the hype of a book. But I fell too hard because of the gorgeous cover. I need to stop falling for that sneaky trick.

Not very memorable but the cover is beautiful 🤷‍♀️

The story just wasn’t interesting to me and started off slower than I like. By the time it started to pick up, I already lost interest. In my defense, I already read 360 pages before I skimmed the rest.

What I was expecting was lots of blood, gore, and evilness dripping from each and every page but I got none of that. Nothing stood out from all the talking. I needed more action and less talking. And I thought the lead female was going to be this badass female kicking lots of ass and taking names but she was just a back thought to a yawn producing romance. *Sigh!* I think my eyes hurt from all that eye-rolling.

It hurts me to state all of this because this was one of my most highly anticipated books of this year. It will now become one of the most disliked of the year.

I guess we will always have that cover…..

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

This week I have some reading to do for Macmillan. I’m very excited about both of these titles.

What are you reading this week?

Wicked Saints- Emily A. Duncan

36118682   A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

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Red, White & Royal Blue- Casey McQuiston

41150487 A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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The Netgalley Tag

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So I was tagged by Devouring Books to answer these questions about Netgalley and since I am an avid user of Netgalley and it’s one of my favorite topics I figured I would do it right away. This Tag was originally created by Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator, Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this tag too.

NetGalley Questions

AUTO-APPROVED: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

There’s more than one author for me that’s an automatic read: Sarah J. Maas, Sara Raasch, Sara Holland, Stephanie Garber, C. S. Johnson, Caryn Lix, Astrid Scholte, Meg Kassel, Holly Black, Adrienne Young, Cassandra Clare, and Heather Fawcett. I know there’s a ton more authors on my list, but my brain is hitting a wall.

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REQUEST: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

Usually the first thing I look for is if I recognize the cover, especially if it’s one of a book I really want to read. But even if not, the cover, description, and author are reasons as to why I would request books.

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BADGES: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

I definitely do wish there were a ton more badges NetGalley had to offer. One I would love to see is the creativity and uniqueness of my reviews. We all review differently, so I think it would be cool to see how creative all our reviews are. Either way, I definitely think there should be a badge that focuses on reviews.

wishWISH FOR IT: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

The current book I really want to read is Wicked Saints by Emily A. DuncanThis book sounds absolutely amazing and I would love to have the chance to review this beauty. Plus, the cover was just revealed and oh my! It’s a gorgeous one!

challenge2018 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: What was the last ARC that you reviewed?

The last ARC I reviewed that I received from NetGalley was Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn.

Let’s Talk NetGalley!

I love using NetGalley, so I’m curious: do you use Netgalley? If so, what’s one title you are hoping to get approved for? If you don’t use NetGalley for your blog, I highly recommend!

For this NetGalley Tag, I tag…

  1. Paper Eyed Girl
  2. A Bella Fairy Tale
  3. So Many Books, So Little Time
  4. The Scarlet Reader