Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Edit (5/28): I’m dropping my rating from 2.5/5 to 1/5. The author has not been the nicest on Twitter and she has stated that reviewers who don’t like her book need their hand held by authors. She’s been snide and inflammatory towards those who did not rate her book high. Also because I completely forgot about the random ass horse that appears at random in the book. Is it a magic horse? Does he have invisibility to the readers? Not sure. All joking aside about the dumb horse, I do have to say that I know when the trilogy is written and when read altogether they will make a clearer picture (according to the author on Twitter) but I have to be interested enough in the rest of the series to read books 2 and 3 and right now I’m definitely not.

Disclaimer: I received an earc from Wednesday Books and Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: First in a Trilogy

Rating: 2.5/5

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (Abuse, Self Harm TW, Language)

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: Okay so the premise of this book is amazing and it’s pretty much unlike anything I’ve thought I would read in YA. The plot is sound by what the synopsis promises, but that’s as far as my compliments for this book go.

I was so confused reading this book. I had no idea what was going on and nothing was outright explained. You’re just thrown into this world without any explanation or idea of what’s up or down. The execution for this book was sorely lacking. There’s no world building. There’s no description of what this world is. The characters have miles of adjectives that are overused. The book, while it looked on the surface to not adhere to clichés, had some really big clichés in it. The main character was very under developed and she felt more like a side character in her own novel. It really feels like her development was sacrificed to make room for this romance that I don’t agree with at all. The book is just really disappointing to me overall and I feel that there should have been a prologue or another book before this one to help make this one better. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: a book that forces me to read a synopsis to understand what’s going on in the book really irks me. The synopsis is completely independent of the book and an author should be able to make the book work without one, because a lot of people will not read a synopsis before reading a book. I choose my books on covers mostly and almost never read a synopsis twice (or even once).

Verdict: If you can get into it and follow along, then you’ll have a great time.

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