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The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen. They broke the world. And some things can never be undone. In Emily A. Duncan’s Blessed Monsters, they must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they've unleashed—but is it already too late? The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy. The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen. They broke the world. And some things can never be undone. In Emily A. Duncan’s Blessed Monsters, they must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they've unleashed—but is it already too late? The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


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The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen. They broke the world. And some things can never be undone. In Emily A. Duncan’s Blessed Monsters, they must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they've unleashed—but is it already too late? The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy. The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen. They broke the world. And some things can never be undone. In Emily A. Duncan’s Blessed Monsters, they must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they've unleashed—but is it already too late? The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

30 review for Blessed Monsters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily Duncan

    things in this book: cannibalism swamp zombies eldritch gods really big spiders monster-sonas of course more eyeballs sibling bonding under duress oh god so much kissing Katya Thinks Her Life Was Better Before She Had Friends. Her New Friends Are The Worst. Serefin is gifted an entire bottle of vodka. He's delighted. This is maybe bribery? Borzoi more cults! so many messes that need to be cleaned up. things in this book: cannibalism swamp zombies eldritch gods really big spiders monster-sonas of course more eyeballs sibling bonding under duress oh god so much kissing Katya Thinks Her Life Was Better Before She Had Friends. Her New Friends Are The Worst. Serefin is gifted an entire bottle of vodka. He's delighted. This is maybe bribery? Borzoi more cults! so many messes that need to be cleaned up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠

    FYI: I'm sad & weary to report this author has been outed as yet another person who finds it easier to be problematic than supportive of PoC and their cultures??? I just want to know all the characters are gonna have a happy ending and time to cuddle with their SO's after all the t r a g e d y they've been through FYI: I'm sad & weary to report this author has been outed as yet another person who finds it easier to be problematic than supportive of PoC and their cultures??? I just want to know all the characters are gonna have a happy ending and time to cuddle with their SO's after all the t r a g e d y they've been through

  3. 4 out of 5

    sol

    the author has been saying racist and anti-Semitic shit on twitter so no

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    we don't support authors who are anti-semitic (and other problematic things) in this household https://twitter.com/freedofdark/statu... https://twitter.com/RinChupeco/status... https://twitter.com/hafsahfaizal/stat... https://twitter.com/anon25096638/stat... https://twitter.com/alittlebitana/sta... https://twitter.com/yourtitakate/stat... https://twitter.com/mocaw_/status/137... https://twitter.com/LegallyPaige/stat... https://twitter.com/asimonereid/statu... https://twitter.com/SarahAEW/status/1... books we don't support authors who are anti-semitic (and other problematic things) in this household https://twitter.com/freedofdark/statu... https://twitter.com/RinChupeco/status... https://twitter.com/hafsahfaizal/stat... https://twitter.com/anon25096638/stat... https://twitter.com/alittlebitana/sta... https://twitter.com/yourtitakate/stat... https://twitter.com/mocaw_/status/137... https://twitter.com/LegallyPaige/stat... https://twitter.com/asimonereid/statu... https://twitter.com/SarahAEW/status/1... books with real jewish representation that is not offensive: https://twitter.com/HELENEH4RPER/stat... remember to support asian authors: https://twitter.com/gideonharrows/sta... read to learn about the holocaust https://twitter.com/moontwerk/status/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Meh, I don’t know! I skim read a lot of the book. I liked it, but I wanted All the heated scenes with Malachiasz and Nadya but it wasn’t like that. Yes, there is stuff but it dragged arse to those parts. It was more a little this and that, all these people, torture and bleh and shit. I guess I’ll be trading in my Owlcrate editions to make room for other books. I will get these on kindle when they go cheap and hope I decide I don’t want all the kissy kissy later on 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ******** The freak Meh, I don’t know! I skim read a lot of the book. I liked it, but I wanted All the heated scenes with Malachiasz and Nadya but it wasn’t like that. Yes, there is stuff but it dragged arse to those parts. It was more a little this and that, all these people, torture and bleh and shit. I guess I’ll be trading in my Owlcrate editions to make room for other books. I will get these on kindle when they go cheap and hope I decide I don’t want all the kissy kissy later on 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ******** The freaking limited edition pin that came is a whole mood for me!! Mel

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mash

    I was really anticipating this release but I have been made aware of all the issues regarding this author and I no longer support them/her. If you are interested and would like to know more, I suggest going through this thread of tweets: https://mobile.twitter.com/RinChupeco... I was really anticipating this release but I have been made aware of all the issues regarding this author and I no longer support them/her. If you are interested and would like to know more, I suggest going through this thread of tweets: https://mobile.twitter.com/RinChupeco...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    Update 4/6/2021: It has recently come to light that this book series was confirmed by the author to have antisemitic plotlines centered around blood libel and the conspiracy of Jewish analogs as the shadow government who are pulling the strings in the Royal palace. They thought they a “handled it sensitively” when in truth it just perpetuated harmful stereotypes that I didn’t notice until I had finished the series. -The main character Malachiasz (Malachai...) is a Jewish stereotype with dark ey Update 4/6/2021: It has recently come to light that this book series was confirmed by the author to have antisemitic plotlines centered around blood libel and the conspiracy of Jewish analogs as the shadow government who are pulling the strings in the Royal palace. They thought they a “handled it sensitively” when in truth it just perpetuated harmful stereotypes that I didn’t notice until I had finished the series. -The main character Malachiasz (Malachai...) is a Jewish stereotype with dark eyes and unruly curly black hair filled with bones that he uses in his magic (blood libel). -He is the leader of the “shadow government” who uses blood magic and kidnapping to gain power, which is the definition of blood libel from Jewish coded characters (which Emily confirmed that Malachiasz was in fact a Jewish inspired character) -The Jewish coded characters are also described as “vermin”. The idea that a Jewish analog is trying to control the government is something we see far too often even today with white nationalist conspiracies. I’m honestly appalled and disappointed that this is in the book and was confirmed by the author. There were also derogatory comments made to Asian authors at events and in business group chats and they dismissed and belittled book bloggers and a survivor of CSA. Now that I know what I know, I cannot condone promoting this so I will be marking my review down to one star and removing my original review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    No talent and insecure racist pick a struggle...

  9. 4 out of 5

    FireLily (HAPPY PRIDE MONTH)

    ah yes another problematic/racist author who has perpetuated harmful stereotypes and (literally, in-mental-health terms) triggered people with their insensitive behavior and refusal to own up to any of their actions truly inspiring for aspiring authors like myself and my friends, who have enough trouble finding mainstream representation without the harassment (: please see Elena's review for sources and information ah yes another problematic/racist author who has perpetuated harmful stereotypes and (literally, in-mental-health terms) triggered people with their insensitive behavior and refusal to own up to any of their actions truly inspiring for aspiring authors like myself and my friends, who have enough trouble finding mainstream representation without the harassment (: please see Elena's review for sources and information

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    fuck no and y’all know why

  11. 4 out of 5

    ash | novelly rooted

    a concept: serefin finally gets to sleep 01 Wicked Saints 4 stars 02 Ruthless Gods 4.5 stars a concept: serefin finally gets to sleep 01 Wicked Saints 4 stars 02 Ruthless Gods 4.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Skye (skyeslibrary)

    OH. MY. GOD. Where do I begin?! If you follow me on Bookstagram (@skyeslibrary), then you know Something Dark and Holy is my favorite series. I’ve dedicated many posts to expressing how much I love it and why. So, it isn’t a surprise to anyone that Blessed Monsters was my most anticipated read of 2021. I’m not going to lie, though — I was nervous. I just didn’t know how Emily could give these beautiful characters the endings they deserve without completely ripping my heart out. HOW COULD I HAVE E OH. MY. GOD. Where do I begin?! If you follow me on Bookstagram (@skyeslibrary), then you know Something Dark and Holy is my favorite series. I’ve dedicated many posts to expressing how much I love it and why. So, it isn’t a surprise to anyone that Blessed Monsters was my most anticipated read of 2021. I’m not going to lie, though — I was nervous. I just didn’t know how Emily could give these beautiful characters the endings they deserve without completely ripping my heart out. HOW COULD I HAVE EVER DOUBTED HER?! This series ending is truly EVERYTHING I could have asked for! The Summary includes minor spoilers for Ruthless Gods We pick up a few weeks following the ending of Ruthless Gods. Our characters are split up all over the place. Serefin and Nadya are plagued by their regrets and grief. Malachiasz is a whirling ball of chaos trying to grasp onto the little bit of humanity he still has. And the others are somewhere in between all of it. One thing that’s absolutely certain is what they did on the mountaintop has had MASSIVE repercussions. The eldritch gods that were locked away for ages have been freed and are ready to strike — ready to consume the world and cover it in everlasting darkness. It’s only a matter of time (and not a lot of time) before they overtake the world. And who is the one that gets to remind our motley crew how badly they’ve screwed up and what they need to do in an attempt to save the world? Our resident salty witch, Pelageya, of course! The question is: can these monstrous characters who’ve so brutally betrayed each other at every opportunity come together to save the world and redeem themselves? · The Characters Ever character — main and secondary — experiences significant growth. We get to journey with each of them as they dig deep to recognize who they truly are and who they want to be. Each has to FIGHT to bring about the change they want to see in themselves and in their world. I’ve always loved the inclusion of a polytheistic religion in this series, and Nadya’s spiritual journey has been such a constant theme weaved throughout Something Dark and Holy. Even after everything they’ve put her through, she still wants to hope in her gods. But can she exist as she is — with her inner darkness breaking through the surface — and still keep her faith? Can she accept who she truly is and own her power, or will she continue to tamp it down and pretend to be less than she was born to be? Malachiasz has always been our lovable, anxiety-ridden, monster boy that just wants to create peace for his country and its people (he also wants to possess all the magic he can — that doesn’t change). But now that he’s in the grasp of a malevolent god after being so thoroughly betrayed by the only people he has ever loved, will he succumb to the darkness that is waiting with open arms? Or will he be strong enough to overcome it and sacrifice what he must in an attempt to save the world and make it better than it’s ever been? Serefin never thought he’d make it off the battlefields to claim his rightful throne. He has gladly accepted his reputation as drunkard, soldier prince. Now that he is a gods-touched boy that wears the Tranavian crown, can he grow up and bring about the peace his people so desperately need? I would never forget our amazing supporting cast! We get so much of Parj, Rashid, Katya, Anna, Kacper, Ostyia, and a Vulture or two. This is one of the best ensembles I’ve ever read, and I can’t get enough of them! · The Review As always, Emily does an incredible job getting us into the headspace of each of the characters. We feel their pains, their doubts, their hopes, their fears — everything they feel, we experience right along with them. Emily’s writing is so beautiful. This chaotic, mad, macabre, gothic world comes to life so easily thanks to her world-building. She stays true to it from start to finish. This world is fleshed out thoroughly, and she builds on the solid foundation she laid in the first two books. I am obsessed with the different magic systems within this series, and I love that we get to see even more of that in this one: blood magic (my personal fave), divine magic, healing magic…ALL the magic! And it doesn’t hurt that my love, Malachiasz, is a such curious magic monster! I love his desire to break down and analyze every piece of magic he encounters so he can understand how it works. He continuously wants to push the boundaries of what exists in order to move his country forward. The relationships just get better and better! I was all-in from the moment I read Wicked Saints because the relationship dynamics are SO GOOD. Ruthless Gods explored that theme even more. And Blessed Monsters takes it to another level by increasing the amount of relationship content we get. Emily is a master at exploring individual relationships as well as weaving them all together as a collective. Topics you can find in Blessed Monsters that make it AMAZING: - friendship in the midst of betrayal - love at the end of the world - hesitant brotherly bonding - forgiveness - self-acceptance - riddles - international relations - queer representation - magic - cults - transportation huts If you have a weak stomach, be warned this book includes massive amounts of: - blood - gore - mutilation - cannibalism - eyeballs - spiders - death · I highly recommend this series, and I can’t gush about it enough. It really is my favorite! If you are reading this before April 6, 2021, please preorder Blessed Monsters. If you are reading after April 6, 2021, please go buy it immediately! If you already own it, share it with everyone you know! Thank you so much to Emily A. Duncan for writing this beautiful, messy, bloody, series! We are undeserving, and I don’t think I’ll recover anytime soon, but I don’t really want to! · Thanks to Wednesday Books and D.J. DeSmyter for providing me with a digital ARC of this book to read and review prior to publication date! You made my dreams come true.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    Blessed Monsters: another awesome Title and Cover for this series! What? I have to wait until April 2021... c’mon already! Blessed Monsters: another awesome Title and Cover for this series! What? I have to wait until April 2021... c’mon already!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Don’t read it. Don’t support this asshole.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Valeria Vidal

    How do you know a new Something Dark and Holy book is coming? Your eye starts to feel weird.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    **Things have come to light about this author and we all can see she’s a shitty person now. No longer supporting the author (I had read an arc of this back in Feb) but I’m not changing my review because it’s how I felt at the time.** Dark. Horrifying. Monstrous. It is incredible to me how absolutely different this book feels from the first two, while simultaneously being the perfect conclusion to the story. I loved this so much from the very beginning and truly cannot find anything with it I’d wi **Things have come to light about this author and we all can see she’s a shitty person now. No longer supporting the author (I had read an arc of this back in Feb) but I’m not changing my review because it’s how I felt at the time.** Dark. Horrifying. Monstrous. It is incredible to me how absolutely different this book feels from the first two, while simultaneously being the perfect conclusion to the story. I loved this so much from the very beginning and truly cannot find anything with it I’d wish to change. The layout of the plot and how it progressed, the POV set up, the character development - all perfection. And MY GODS the character voice? It was a never ending cycle of me screaming, laughing, :( :( :( and !!!!!!! The conversations between characters in this book are just A+ content I am in love with them all and wish they would all love me back. I cannot wait for everyone else to get to experience this creepy ass perfect book. (I also cannot wait to be able to share all of the highlights I have from this book but alas, you must wait until release day)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nastassja

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars “Lie to me,” she whispered. “Do what you do best.” Blessed Monsters is a highly anticipated release I've been waiting for and dying to read. I've been following the story for three years and it is hard to say goodbye. But I'll try. I decided to start with a spoiler-free part of this review because I want to express my admiration for the work Emily A. Duncan has done with this story. The world-building of this universe was one of the things I highly enjoyed throughout the Actual rating: 3.5 stars “Lie to me,” she whispered. “Do what you do best.” Blessed Monsters is a highly anticipated release I've been waiting for and dying to read. I've been following the story for three years and it is hard to say goodbye. But I'll try. I decided to start with a spoiler-free part of this review because I want to express my admiration for the work Emily A. Duncan has done with this story. The world-building of this universe was one of the things I highly enjoyed throughout the books. Slavic-based with religion mixed with blood magic was exactly what makes the story stand out. Unlike Leigh Bardugo with her The Grisha Trilogy, Emily put more diligence in researching various Slavic-based cultures and harmonically integrating them into the story. There's almost no seams, how perfect the layout of the world was integrated into the carcass of the story. The one thing I really loved is the dark tone of the story. This is a highly Gothic and bloody narrative. You can feel the darkness seeping off the pages to the extent when sometimes it does look like madness and it is hard to understand what is happening. But as it has added certain darkness to the story it has also confused it. By book three I was a little bit wary of all the craziness going on around characters and couldn't understand much. Hopefully, the second part of the book cleared things considerably but it still left an aftertaste that some things would only be comprehensible to the author, not the reader, which kind of disintegrates a reader from the story. Not much but still. Another thing that bothered me considerably is the repetitiveness of action in this book. I had a deja vu quite a few times, feeling like we have been here before, have done it before. Some phrases and descriptions were similar or the same (?) as in previous books and it felt 500+ pages were too much for this one. I'd cut it, taking some overly poetic parts. But I also understand that it's the author's love child; she put her soul into this book. Knowing how much Emily A. Duncan poured herself into this story, it saddens me that the situation with some of her statements on Twitter was projected on her books as well and people madly give bad ratings to a book they haven't even read because of their opinion about the author. I still stick to the opinion that a book should not suffer because of its creator. I separate a person who wrote a book from their opinions, religion, or political views, no matter how offensive they are or might seem to others. If I have something to tell the author, I'd do it directly on social media without organizing a witch hunt on the author's books. In the second part of this review, I want to make a spoiler part because I need to talk about my favorite characters and I can't do that without spoilers, so SPOILERS ALERT!!! The reason I gave this book 3.5 stars is I felt underwhelmed. I loved and enjoyed Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods so much I hurt when characters hurt. But in Blessed Monsters I felt a little bit detached from them. Why? Because I didn't feel character development to the extent I wish I could. Granted, the way they decided at the end to sacrifice their lives was very emotional and I loved it but it also felt abrupt, too fast. The whole book Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz did exactly the same thing they did in the previous installment - being themselves. The story lacked show, don't tell factor for me. For example, we were told how charming Malachiasz to everyone was, why Vultures chose him as their leader, but we were never really shown that. Nadya turned from a mild special-snowflake to major pain in a backside with her talk of monstrous boys, plus her newly awakened monstrous powers. We get that you and Malachiasz are the same now, but I didn't feel the fringe when one thing became the other. This book has a lot of jagged edges that do not fit together perfectly. I love all charters separately and as couples but I did not feel the gradual fondness of them as the whole team. I wanted less pathos and more sanity (as much as possible), but this story gave me more pathos and more chaos, which I get but also find very confusing and maybe more suitable as a motion picture for a visual perception but not in a written form. I lost a thread of events more than once and struggled to grasp it again. Then there's Pelageya, which I found highly confusing and her being a prototype of Baba Yaga was quite weak compared to the original. She confused the narrative more than she served a purpose of some kind of twisted spiritual guidance. I understand that Emily wanted her to be that way but in this book I found myself liking Pelageya less and less, and she took quite a lot of book space if you ask me. And don't let me start on the sex scene! We've been waiting for Nadya and Malachiasz to do it for three books, and all we get they kiss and the screen goes blank?! I wasn't expecting the level of Sarah J. Maas nakedness, god no, but considering how bloody this book was, some naked skin would do it well. Apart from the aforementioned issues, I am still very fond of the whole trilogy. The ending, in my opinion, is very fitting. The characters didn't get their happily ever after but they got to hope and it is more than they had at the beginning of their journey. I loved how twisted and wicked they were, that basically all of them were monsters, not heroes. And even saving the world they were destroying it, in a way. It's refreshing. Antiheroes are my favorite type! Plus, I really liked how the darkness of the story was diluted with humor. Serefin, the light of this story, even at the darkest hour still stayed funny and hilarious. Other characters as well joked quite a lot at the doomed hour and it lightened the story, otherwise, it would've been too dark, considering how dark it was already. Overall, another age is gone with this trilogy's ending. I am sad and happy, at the same time. It will stay in my heart forever. All characters - main and secondary - play a significant role in the story. No one missed or mistreated and it warms my heart, knowing that even if there wouldn't be any other books written in this world, at least for them there's hope in the future and I can close my eyes and go back to the world of Something Dark and Holy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly⁷

    I shall perish with this book if anyone is harmed in an irreparable way.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Ms. Duncan, please help Malachiasz and Nadya, they are literally one of my favorite book-couples. Ever.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Update April 2021: While I have enjoyed and supported this series from the beginning, recent discoveries about the author's appalling behaviour towards others (to name one of several issues) have eradicated any love I have left for it and I can no longer support the series or author. (view spoiler)[ARC Review: I was over the moon when I got the email from Wednesday Books telling me I had received an ARC of Blessed Monsters. Like, Cloud Nine, all day. Now I'm just sad. Gutted, really, because I fin Update April 2021: While I have enjoyed and supported this series from the beginning, recent discoveries about the author's appalling behaviour towards others (to name one of several issues) have eradicated any love I have left for it and I can no longer support the series or author. (view spoiler)[ARC Review: I was over the moon when I got the email from Wednesday Books telling me I had received an ARC of Blessed Monsters. Like, Cloud Nine, all day. Now I'm just sad. Gutted, really, because I finished one of my all-time favourite series and don't know what to do with myself now. *Warning* This review will contain Ruthless Gods spoilers. Straight up, no one is having a good time in this book. The story picks up pretty close after the end of the second's finale. Malachaisz (I finally know how to pronounce his name properly ya'll!) died after killing Nadya's god and came back to a few problems. One, Nadya stripped Tranavia of its blood magic, which means Serefin and Malachaisz are both powerless. Well, sort of. Malachaisz's other problem is that a certain old god of chaos has left Serefin to dwell in his eyeball-riddle body with the intent of covering the world in darkness. And Serefin only got said god to leave by tearing out his own eyeball, really messing with his barely functioning depth perception. And now he has a new visitor in his head. While Malachaisz and Serefin team up, Nadya believes her beloved monster boy to be dead, and she is headed into the heart of Kalyazin with far too many gods in her head and the very real possibility of turning into something dark and holy. Hopefully none of the trio will be responsible for letting the world be devoured by hungry old gods. Or they all will be. Who knows? At over 500 pages, this bloody book has a lot going on for it. As with its predecessors, the story unfolds through multiple POVs. The three main characters, Nadya, Malachaisz and Serefin get their own chapters, but we also get shorter interludes from Parijahan, Rashid and Katya! Mad props to Duncan for striking the perfect balance between alternating the POVs. I whipped through this because I needed to know what happened next to each character. As for the other cosmic fantasy horror things we get with zero context: 🩸 Mad old gods! 🩸 Star magic! 🩸 Swamp corpses! 🩸 Sexy times! 🩸 God graveyards! 🩸 Ginormous spiders no one asked for! 🩸 Travelling cabins! 🩸 So. Many. Eyeballs! 🩸 Icons weeping blood! As for the ending itself, I do believe that I am satisfied. I wasn't too sure where it was going to go, and a reread is definitely in my future sometime, but I think Duncan ended it how it needed to. These teens have made enough messes that the right ones get cleaned up. However, there are still a few loose ends that leave it a little open to interpretation. But overall, I think it was worth the pain and love of this trilogy. Have I been vague enough for you? I think my only regret about this book is that I did not reread Ruthless Gods beforehand. It did keep me a little at arms' length in the first half while I tried to remember what had happened. Turns out when you read 100 books in between you don't retain information the way you should. Funny, that. The book is a little lacking in recaps that outlined the previous events, so I highly recommend you reread the series for maximum enjoyment. Look, this series is utterly bizarre. It is bloody, dark, and so unbelievably effed up ... and yet I love it with every inch of my cold black heart. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diabolical Duckling

    LISTEN UP DUNCAN YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH NADYA AND EMO VULTURE BOY BUT SERAPHIN, KACPER, OSTYIA, AND PARIJAHAN ARE OFF LIMITS! NOBODY BETTER HURT MY BABIES. Update 06/26/2020 - THAT COVER. OH GOD. OH FUCK. THE RAVENS. THE ONION DOMES. THAT CREEPY ASS RED EYE. I AM SO FUCKING HERE FOR IT.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Okay, so, yes - I dove into Blessed Monsters guys. Long before the drama came out to play, I knew that I wanted to see how this was all going to end. I fell in love with each book and the characters that I got to know.. so I just really wanted to see what was going to happen next. Certain characters definitely wormed their way into my heart. I'm not even mad about it because I became very protective over them. Plus, shipping certain people kind of helped form a light at the end of the tunnel. I s Okay, so, yes - I dove into Blessed Monsters guys. Long before the drama came out to play, I knew that I wanted to see how this was all going to end. I fell in love with each book and the characters that I got to know.. so I just really wanted to see what was going to happen next. Certain characters definitely wormed their way into my heart. I'm not even mad about it because I became very protective over them. Plus, shipping certain people kind of helped form a light at the end of the tunnel. I still think, however, that I deserved more romance from one ship because I freaking earned it. As for the actual story, well, it's safe to assume that I actually ended up zoning in and out of this audiobook. Which is definitely weird for me to say because this never happens to me. So I would constantly pause and go back to where I was and just listen to it all over again. At times I think not a whole lot was happening and that's when I would start to zone in and out. Then at other times, I felt like so much was happening that my mind was to slow to catch up to it all. Other than that, it was a good conclusion to this trilogy. Just like the prologue, the ending sucked me in and left a bittersweet feeling. I'm just overall happy that I was able to see this thing through and form my own opinion of it all. I can't wait to dip my toes into another dark adventure... wherever that book may be.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ishmeen

    THIS COVER AND TITLE😍😍😍

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Thank you to Wednesday books for the ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to start this review by saying that I was already in the middle of reading this book when all of the drama surrounding the author began on Twitter and Instagram. Before that, I did not recognize any plot lines in the book as being antisemitic and was unaware of the actions that the author had taken towards members of the book community. I realize that many people do not want to support this author and Thank you to Wednesday books for the ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to start this review by saying that I was already in the middle of reading this book when all of the drama surrounding the author began on Twitter and Instagram. Before that, I did not recognize any plot lines in the book as being antisemitic and was unaware of the actions that the author had taken towards members of the book community. I realize that many people do not want to support this author and series anymore because of these issues, and I think that is completely fair. I did, however, enjoy the characters and the stories, and my review is strictly about the book that I read and what I recognized in it. 4.5/5 stars This book felt very similar to the first two in the darkness and the back and forth questioning of the magic and the gods. There was a lot of exciting action balanced with some slower scenes that continued to develop the relationships between the characters. The characters are my favourite part of this book. Serefin had me laughing so much, and I loved his relationship with Kacper. Nadya is scary and powerful and amazing, and I adore her and her relationship with Malachiasz. Malachiasz is a monstrous, dark and powerful character, and yet I just want to give him a hug and protect him. He’s been my favourite character of the series hands down. I found the plot to be exciting and I was on the edge of my seat while reading. I was so nervous for these characters, and I think the ending fit really well. I’m super happy with how everything wrapped. The writing flows well, and I thought it was a good balance of action and information. There was also a good balance of old questions being answered and new questions coming up. Overall, I thought this was an excellent conclusion to the trilogy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Longmei Ge

    In my head I keep pronouncing the title “Blessèd Monsters” instead of “Blessed Monsters”. I think the Shakespeare units of my middle school English classes have stuck with me more than I thought... 🎭🎭🎭

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melody Boggs

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review can also be found on my blog, Where the Words Take Me. Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. For the record, I’m not going to be reviewing the author and her behavior here but the book. If you’re curious about the former, plenty of folks on Goodreads have already done so for me. I have, frankly, read much better from much worse people. So what’s the deal with Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan? Well, it turns out it’s bette This review can also be found on my blog, Where the Words Take Me. Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. For the record, I’m not going to be reviewing the author and her behavior here but the book. If you’re curious about the former, plenty of folks on Goodreads have already done so for me. I have, frankly, read much better from much worse people. So what’s the deal with Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan? Well, it turns out it’s better than Ruthless Gods, but it’s still not good. Descriptions of cosmic horrors and eldritch monsters were emphasized vastly over setting, so I never got a clear sense of where we were in Kalyazin. Characters would be at a nondescript palace, manor, safe house, graveyard, capital city, etc., and then they would be at the next nondescript place. So my brain did what it does: imagined whatever it wanted with nothing to ground its imaginings. Neither author nor editor has gotten a handle on the comma splices, either, so they were beyond annoying, along with the “noun and noun and noun and noun” description style. Whatever weight those had before gets beaten to death in this book. Whatever enthusiasm I had left for this trilogy was slowly chipped away as I read, to the point where even if other books were planned to be set in this world, I wouldn’t reach for them. As with the first two books, the strongest feature here that I found was with the focus on its lore: the gods, the magic, and all the facets of life that are affected by them, especially now that the world is apparently ending as Chyrnog slowly takes over Malachiasz. At last, our characters are focused on the actual plot, namely how to stop Chyrnog and set the world back in order. Nadya is finally focused on what matters now that she thinks that Malachiasz is dead. I was so happy to have her back and away from Malachiasz for an extended period of time. I was even happy to have many chapters where Serefin and Malachiasz were forced to interact and navigate their whole brother thing. This was all sorely missing from Ruthless Gods. And then I realized I had read over half of the book, and nothing was happening. Nadya and Malachiasz inevitably, unfortunately, reunite, and my interest plummeted. We have a decently-sized cast here that slowly came together, but they were all Extremely Cool with each other for no reason other than Duncan wanting everyone to get along. In the previous book, Malachiasz killed Nadya’s god, Serefin killed Malachiasz, and Nadya destroyed Tranavia’s access to blood magic. All three of these characters betrayed each other in enormous ways, but aside from them wringing their hands, worrying that the other two must hate them for their actions, it turns out they needn’t have bothered. Everything is fine actually! We’re all cool! Let’s all hug and kiss and have a trite argument, and then it’s all fine! Even when Katya kills Zywia, Malachiasz’s right hand Vulture who he apparently views as a sister even though this is the first time I’ve heard it, everyone is fine with it. Even Malachiasz. Oh, sure, he’s tense and angry for a few pages, but who cares? Nothing at all comes of it. No consequences. We also never ever talk with any weight about the fact that Malachiasz is now eating people under Chyrnog’s compulsion because why should we? Let’s just make deadpan remarks and witticisms about it instead. Dealing with the old gods situation matters more, except the characters spend most of the book not doing anything about that, either. We have eight to nine people in the same area, and all of them just constantly wonder, “What should we do?” for a whole book. It’s like watching a DnD campaign where the players decide not to actively search for information; they just sit in a tavern and on the rare occasions where they deign to not sit in the tavern, the DM gives them absolutely nothing to work with. What could’ve helped make this a bit more interesting to read would’ve been having our cast work through their lingering problems with each other. Except, no, we can’t have any real conflict between our precious main characters, can we? We have to force found family dynamics by ignoring everything that could cause the slightest bit of friction between them. Which, okay, but that does make it very boring reading when you have seven plus characters on the same page who have no tension between them. Everyone in this book has the exact same sense of humor, even random, barely-there characters. Everyone is cuddling and kissing each other, so you know they Love Each Other Very Much. Everyone sounds like everyone else, even Serefin, who in the past always stood out to me in more distinctive ways. In fact, Serefin, who was my main reason for reading this trilogy, almost might as well not have been here after his Malachiasz-bonding scenes were over. I barely recognized him in this book, which kept affirming that he was charming, but the charm was all but absent. He really was here only because the plot demanded he had to be. I was proud of him from accepting his role as king and choosing to stop running, but he didn’t get much chance to actually demonstrate that resolve here. We never even went to Tranavia where all his political issues are. He also largely stopped drinking as a coping mechanism despite relying on it for two books, but he experienced no side effects or withdrawal symptoms, which was pretty unrealistic. But besides the main three characters, what’s going on with the rest of the cast? Nothing, really. Ostyia is brutally shafted to the side for a lesbian romance with Katya that happens largely off-page, so why should I care? I don’t. Kacper is there just to kiss Serefin and assure him he loves him even though Serefin is king and will have all the responsibility a king is expected to have. For two books, I kept waiting for Parijahan and Rashid to be developed as characters and explained why they are involved with this plot and these people, and I was so let down. Turns out the answer is Plot Conveniences and to assert that more people like Malachiasz as a person besides Nadya. I learned that Parj’s magic is unconscious of her control, and it’s some sort of rational magic. Apparently, the reason why Malachiasz becomes less chaotic/more human—especially in Wicked Saints—is all due to Parj’s magical influence, and I cannot begin to summarize how much I hated that. I also learned that Rashid has rare healing magic, and you know in that moment exactly what that means he’ll be using it for: resurrecting dead main characters. Since I’m bringing up Malachiasz, let’s get this out of the way: I officially will never like or understand this character, and people who say he’s like the Darkling or Kylo Ren do owe those characters an apology. I have never seen the amount of pretzeling that these books do to justify this character’s actions while constantly flip-flopping between “unrepentant monster” and “he’s just a scared boy uwu.” While he doesn’t get called a “boy” as much here as in Ruthless Gods, it’s still way too much. For the first time in Blessed Monsters, Malachiasz reveals that he gave away the rest of his soul somehow, and that’s why Chyrnog has control of him. The book (and Nadya) believes his lack of soul is why Malachiasz acts without conscience or remorse for anything he does. Meanwhile, Malachiasz’s POV chapters constantly demonstrate his guilt, hee-hawing, and inconsistencies. So what is the truth? Who knows? Who cares? Blessed Monsters affirmed for me why Malachiasz is such a poorly written character as a villain because not once has he actually had a goal or a purpose. He constantly thinks he does while floundering between choices nonstop. Now that I’ve read this book’s lackluster conclusion where Everyone Passes Out at the End, I can confidently say that Malachiasz never achieved any goal he claimed he had because he’s still in the exact same position as when he started. Sure, he has eyeball clusters popping up every second and mouths everywhere, but so what? He’s still mortal, he’s still the Black Vulture, his country’s still a wreck, the old gods are sealed off but not destroyed, he killed Marzenya but it’s loudly implied she’ll be reborn, so what was it all for? I am glossing over how different magic is in the world now, but as far as I can tell, that’s the only thing that’s truly changed that matters. Serefin is still this godstouched moth king that can handle stars, but so what? Nadya is made of the same stuff as the old gods and accepts her power as hers, but so what? The eldritch descriptions have become so repetitive that they’ve become blasé even to the other characters in the book. No one reacts realistically to the stars around Serefin’s head or Nadya’s spider eyes, and even if normal people existed in Blessed Monsters, I’m sure they wouldn’t have any kind of reaction either. Anna sure doesn’t. In a 528-page book that’s a conclusion to a trilogy, I expected so much more to be accomplished than what actually was, to the point where it strongly feels like other books in this world might be planned, but I don’t care anymore. This was the place where the landing needed to stick, where I could sit back and be glad that I invested the time I did in this world and these characters. Instead, all was wasted on the characters having a lack of direction for the entire thing, but don’t worry! There are plenty of scenes featuring empty conversation, quippy responses, cuddle time, and reminders that eldritch horrors are happening, which we’ll skip over as quickly as we can.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    feelings were hard. heartstrings were pulled. review to come when its out.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gretal

    So, this book didn't call Malachiasz a boy as much as Ruthless Gods did, but it still was pretty bad at 72. I have nothing else to say about this book. I hated it. So, this book didn't call Malachiasz a boy as much as Ruthless Gods did, but it still was pretty bad at 72. I have nothing else to say about this book. I hated it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    *I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is for the book alone, without bias toward the author.* Much like the previous two books, Blessed Monsters was a slow burn at the beginning and a raging story by the end. Although it took me a bit to get into the story, I loved seeing the characters and plot develop even more. As usual I adored the dark setting, the gothic world, the banter between characters, and the magical elements. The multiple POVs *I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is for the book alone, without bias toward the author.* Much like the previous two books, Blessed Monsters was a slow burn at the beginning and a raging story by the end. Although it took me a bit to get into the story, I loved seeing the characters and plot develop even more. As usual I adored the dark setting, the gothic world, the banter between characters, and the magical elements. The multiple POVs really helped me feel for each of the characters and helped get me back into the series after the year-long wait. I loved the action, sarcasm, romance, graphic descriptions, and character development. I don't think that there's a whole lot else I can say without spoiling anything, so I'll just say that I'm happy with this book and sad that this trilogy is over!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Bookwormgram

    Edit: I am leaving my review up, but things have come to light about this author and I am no longer comfortable supporting this series. I do not condone bullying in any form, especially when a white author uses their popularity to bully and be hateful to the BIPOC community. *** I love how the author ended this series, but I couldn’t get over the repetition of words at points. I’m hoping the final copy has the word “entropy” at least a dozen less times. Other than that, I loved it. These kids neve Edit: I am leaving my review up, but things have come to light about this author and I am no longer comfortable supporting this series. I do not condone bullying in any form, especially when a white author uses their popularity to bully and be hateful to the BIPOC community. *** I love how the author ended this series, but I couldn’t get over the repetition of words at points. I’m hoping the final copy has the word “entropy” at least a dozen less times. Other than that, I loved it. These kids never listen to anyone and they’re disastrous and I had such fun with them! It was a wonderful end to a trilogy have had enjoyed so much.

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