Thursday, February 22, 2018

REVIEW: Gods & Monsters by Saffron A. Kent

Title: Gods & Monsters
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2018

OUR REVIEW...or a retelling of our reading experience:

Ever since The Unrequited I've been anticipating Kent's next book. 
From page one, I know shit's going to go down. Every page forward I wonder if the next will be when the thing happens. And I wonder, what will be the thing? But then, I think it's too early in the novel for the thing to happen. Butttttttt then again, maybe not.

Fast forward several chapters...
Is she trying to kill me with this novel?  The ending of the last chapter of Part 1 indicated that yes, yes she is.

I find myself stalking her IG for hints about what's to come because I won't read the last page but I need to know that I'm going to make it out alive.

Feels like a twisted fairytale...and I like it.

The foreboding. 
You know it's coming and as much as you may want to flip to the end, you just can't. You have to know not just what happens but how it all goes down. So you read while with this sick anticipation because you just know it's all going to go downhill fast and you can't help but notice that part 3 is marked by days instead of something else and you wonder WHAT THE HELL is about to go down. 

And then it happens. All hell breaks loose and you know what?! I survived it. Barely. But when I stepped back from it, I actually saw that absolute need for Kent to do what she did to and for her characters. And with each new span of time in Part 3, I could see that even though the characters weren't past the hard stuff yet, I was. I was going to make it out of this with an intact heart and an intact Kindle. Barely. I was barely going to make it out alive, but I count that as a win.

And that, my friends, is how that reading went down.

I like that Saffron A. Kent writes these novels that feel slightly otherworldly. They show us the darker side of desires. She throws us into these hedonistic experiences and twists fairytales. She toes the line, crosses the line, and gives us new lines. The love story of Evie and Abel has a little bit of all those things, mixed with a dose of the real life hardships of coming of age without any real guidance in how to do that. 

I didn't know what to expect with this novel, having only read and loved The Unrequited, but I knew I wanted to read it. I'll admit that the first part of this novel was stylistically not what I was expecting and the 'voice' of the characters kinda threw me, but I stuck with it because I was intrigued. Now having read Gods & Monsters, I know I need to circle back to her debut novel and read it as I wait to see what she'll do with Sky and Duke (that looks like it's going to be a ton of fun to read!).


He was an artist. She was his muse.

To everyone in town, Abel Adams was the devil's spawn, a boy who never should have been born. A monster.

To twelve year-old Evie Hart, he was just a boy with golden hair, soft t-shirts and a camera. A boy who loved taking her picture and sneaking her chocolates before dinner. A boy who made her feel special.

Despite her family's warnings, she loved him in secret for six years. They met in empty classrooms and kissed in darkened church closets. Until they couldn't.

Until the time came to choose between love and family, and Evie chose Abel.

Because their love was worth the risk. Their love was the stuff of legend.

But the thing about legends is that they are cautionary tales. They are made of choices and mistakes. And for Abel and Evie, the artist and the muse, those mistakes come in the form of lights, camera, sex.

NOTE: This is NOT a paranormal or a priest romance.

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Author Bio

Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World. 

Saffron is a big believer in love (obviously). She believes in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But she also believes in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. She believes in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love she writes about is flawed just like her characters. And she hopes by the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as she does. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.

She is represented by Meire Dias of Bookcase Agency 

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