Ruthless Gods (Something Dark + Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan – This One Hurt (ARC Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews Ruthless Gods - 5 Stars

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. All opinions are my own.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Ruthless Gods is an amazing sequel, delivering on it’s promise of gothic horror and monstrous romance.

“Would it be hope, then, that killed her in the end?”

[ Related: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture, Self Harm Mention, Body/Eye Horror , Alcohol Use, War Themes, Murder //

Release Date: 4/7/2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 544
Premise:

Ruthless Gods is the sequel to Wicked Saints, a book that has hurt me way too many times to count. And did Ruthless Gods hurt me? You betcha. I’m in pain. As for what it’s actually about besides causing my suffering- well, it takes place several months after the ending of Wicked Saints, as our main characters try to move forward with the decisions they made, and situations they were left in. I’m sorry that’s vague, but that’s literally all I can say without going into spoiler territory.

“The realm of the divine is vast and far reaching but it is mortals who change this world…”

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19 Best Book Releases of 2019 (Recommendation Nation)

19 Best 2019 Book Releases

*Cue shock that 2019 is ending*

We all know what happens at the end of the year- the “Best of” lists start coming in. Well, I may be a little late to the party, but of course I had to make one! There were a lot of amazing books that came out this year, and I really want to talk about all of them. And by all of them, I mean 19 of them because I only have so much time on my hands.

Before we get started, I just want to let you know that this list won’t be including debut novels that were released this year. I actually have a whole separate list featuring my favorite debuts, so make sure you check that out!

[ Related: 19 Best Debut Novels of 2019 (Recommendation Nation) ]

Standalones & New Series

11. Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Release Date: 10/8/2019
Series: Into The Crooked Place #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 384
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Click Here For My Full Review! ]

(I’m actually still reading this, but based on how much I’ve read so far, I know this book deserves a spot on the list)
Into The Crooked Place is Alexandra Christo’s sophomore novel, following her 2018 release To Kill A Kingdom, which was one of my favorite releases of that year. However, this book is very different from its predecessor, but definitely not in a bad way. It’s got major Six of Crows vibes, with four different protagonists who are entrenched in fantasy criminal underground, but it has plenty of factors that make it stand out.

10. Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Release Date: 1/15/2019
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Retelling (Fantasy | East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
Page Count: 389
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Click Here For My Full Review! ]

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, the story that Echo North is a retelling of, but this book got me obsessed with it. If you, like me, don’t know much about it, the best way I can describe it is that it’s like “Beauty and the Beast” mixed with the story of Cupid/Eros and Psyche, but with an epic quest. Echo North is a unique take on this fairy tale with gorgeous writing and a fascinating setting.

Looking for some new books to read? Keep reading for all of my recommendations!

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King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: King of Scars absolutely blew me away. It was everything I wanted and more, and I don’t think I’ll be able to function normally until I can read the next book!

“The monster is me and I am the monster.”  

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January 2019 Wrap Up & Possible End of Reading Slump!

January started rough. I was in the middle of a horrible reading slump and just had no motivation to get through books, but I think it’s really turned around! I spent the last week and a half of the month rereading some favorites in preparation for one of my most anticipated books of the year! I think those rereads helped me get back into the reading habit and saved me from my slump (although if you want to hear about more tips to get out of a reading slump, I have a whole post about it).

Read more to see all the books I’ve read this month!

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Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Ruin and Rising is a spellbinding conclusion to an amazing and unique fantasy series.

“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”B

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