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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. 4 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. 5 out of 5

    sol

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

  4. 5 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elena

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  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 5 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...

  9. 5 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly⁷

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

  11. 4 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lara

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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Valeria Vidal

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ishmeen

    THIS COVER AND TITLE😍😍😍

  17. 5 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. Full review at Write, Read, Repeat 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)]

  18. 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... 🎭🎭🎭

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 5 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Princess Irene Uddon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ⁉️SPOILER ALERT⁉️ First of all I wanna say thank you to Wednesday books for providing me an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review! "Divinity twists mortality." The book started with our beautiful monster Malachiasz waking up after being stabbed and dying. Alone and possessed by an ancient God. Malachiasz struggles to fight this ancient God who wants to destroy the world and wants to murder and eat humans~~ yes you read that right HUMANS! The book is wayyyy darker and macabre than the f ⁉️SPOILER ALERT⁉️ First of all I wanna say thank you to Wednesday books for providing me an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review! "Divinity twists mortality." The book started with our beautiful monster Malachiasz waking up after being stabbed and dying. Alone and possessed by an ancient God. Malachiasz struggles to fight this ancient God who wants to destroy the world and wants to murder and eat humans~~ yes you read that right HUMANS! The book is wayyyy darker and macabre than the first two books! And I love every single page of it! There's cannibalism and more killing but somehow maybe I have gotten a little twisted like the characters I love on this book! "You are a creature of darkness and chaos and starlight" As our beautiful monster makes his journey alone the story will progressed and we will get POVs for every single characters here which is cool and amazing! Every characters will play a very important part and we will find out more about their past and powers they were trying to supress or hide. Aside from the blood and gore I absolutely live for Nadya and Malachiasz' scenes together! I know their relationship is so toxic and they do nothing but betray and love each other! But the fact that their love is real or true is what got me weak on my knees! They betray each other cause they are both from different country that has been on war for centuries maybe even millennium and they want the very best for their own countries thats why they betray each other but also protect each other!! Also can we talk about these lines from the book? Im sobbing my dark dark heart out right now! “One last fight, my love. Together, this time.” she whispered." “A shame, then, that I love each and every wretched part of you: Black Vulture, chaos god, and all. I won’t ask it of you.” “All my parts are terrible, that’s true. It would also be impossible, so I’m glad you’re not asking it of me.” She did kiss him, then. Softly, because they had time now. Because she could kiss him whenever she wanted, and it was a thrilling feeling. To be able to tangle her hands in his hair and not have to prepare for him to be ripped away." “Lie to me,” she whispered. “Do what you do best.” His expression was difficult to read. “We’re going to live,” he said finally, his voice hoarse. “We’re going to live and put a stop this and convince our damned countries to end this war. I’m going to leave the Vultures and take you somewhere far away and you can be just Nadezhda, the nightmare girl who stole my heart. We’re going to be happy, finally.” “I love you,” he murmured, kissing her forehead. “Not a lie. You are the only good thing that has ever happened to me.” He kissed the bridge of her nose. “Not a lie then, not a lie now.” "But what haunted him most was the chill when, somewhere, the girl with hair like snow had been struck down forever. Her death was an ocean he would drown in. Better for her to be alive for him to quietly hate from afar. Let him live with the denial. "The longer he avoided that snapped tether, the longer he could pretend. He had to deal with this god and this cult when all he truly wanted to do was break down and shatter into pieces." But what I love the most in this book is how every characters I ship has sailed. How Serefins and Malachiasz' relationship progressed and have gotten better. How even if they have their own differences and have their own beliefs and gods they all worked together to save their broken and f*cked up world just to have more time with their littel circle that have gotten bigger and have gotten real with real friendship!

  24. 4 out of 5

    EmmaSkies

    When - not if - you sit down to read Blessed Monsters, I recommend having a blanket (for shock), a warm drink (for comfort), and a friend no more than a text message away (for emotional support). Blessed Monsters kept me STRESSED at almost all times in the best way. SO MUCH HAPPENS. The first two books in the Something Dark and Holy trilogy set such an epic stage that it's daunting going into the finale and not knowing how it could possibly all end, but Blessed Monsters does a fantastic job of l When - not if - you sit down to read Blessed Monsters, I recommend having a blanket (for shock), a warm drink (for comfort), and a friend no more than a text message away (for emotional support). Blessed Monsters kept me STRESSED at almost all times in the best way. SO MUCH HAPPENS. The first two books in the Something Dark and Holy trilogy set such an epic stage that it's daunting going into the finale and not knowing how it could possibly all end, but Blessed Monsters does a fantastic job of living up to its predecessors. The stakes are higher, the fear is greater, the eyes are impossibly more numerous, and Serefin is more sarcastic than ever. What more could we ask for? And while the SD&H series is a grand scale of gods and monsters and war, it's the characters themselves - both individually and through their connections with each other - which are the driving force of everything. Not one of the characters we see in Blessed Monsters is the same person we met in Wicked Saints (with the possible exception of Kacper who was perfect from the start and remains perfect, if anything he changes only to achieve a higher level of perfection) and that level of growth throughout these books is the beating (bleeding) heart of it all. I'm just fully in love with this entire series, what a joy this has been from start to finish. Well...maybe joy isn't the right word. A stressful, bloody, magical, fanatical time that I loved all the way. The pace of this book does move very fast and there were times where I wish things had slowed down a bit, where I got lost in everything moving so fast and five things happened before I'd fully processed the first, and there are some loose threads that I wish had been more explored by the end so overall I give Blessed Monsters 4 creepy eyeballs out of 5. This is definitely a book that will hold up well to a re-read in the future and I already can’t wait for it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    No talent and insecure racist pick a struggle...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Colby

    Edit: Emily Duncan is even more trash than before, so rated from a generous 3 star to 1 star (LMAO I rated the netire series barely a 3 star read before) First of all, thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I want to preface this review by saying I somewhat enjoyed Wicked Saints. Ruthless Gods was a bit long and...strange? for me. But Blessed Monsters? That was a TRUDGE. I felt like I was wading through a muddy puddle up to my waist in search of a plot Edit: Emily Duncan is even more trash than before, so rated from a generous 3 star to 1 star (LMAO I rated the netire series barely a 3 star read before) First of all, thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I want to preface this review by saying I somewhat enjoyed Wicked Saints. Ruthless Gods was a bit long and...strange? for me. But Blessed Monsters? That was a TRUDGE. I felt like I was wading through a muddy puddle up to my waist in search of a plot. Obviously don't read this review if you haven't even read books 1 or 2, but: What HAPPENED? What was this book even about? I'm just like... I'm so confused how this has such a high rating when there was a serious lack of a pathway through this novel. Over 500 pages, and I still can't even describe the events of this story! I've spent the last 2 weeks picking up and putting this book back down. Book 2 at least had a purpose: make you wonder who is good and who is bad. Are the gods really gods? But Blessed Monsters? I don't know. I could rant on and on about unnecessary scenes from this series, but Blessed Monsters feels like a bunch of random scenes thrown together and called a book. I have the Owlcrate edition coming solely because I want a matching set, otherwise I don't feel I can recommend this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I can no longer endorse these books due to the views of the author and things the author has done and said. 😔

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Update 4/18/2021: Well, as it turns out, I do have some bones to pick with this author. I'm not on Twitter anymore, so I missed the controversy when it occurred. I've mentioned in comments on other reviews that this author has a tendency to subtweet reviewers who don't like their/her books. I think it's unprofessional, petty, and childish, and I avoided bringing that discussion into my reviews of Duncan's books because I wanted to do better than that. In my mind, if I focused on reviewing th Update 4/18/2021: Well, as it turns out, I do have some bones to pick with this author. I'm not on Twitter anymore, so I missed the controversy when it occurred. I've mentioned in comments on other reviews that this author has a tendency to subtweet reviewers who don't like their/her books. I think it's unprofessional, petty, and childish, and I avoided bringing that discussion into my reviews of Duncan's books because I wanted to do better than that. In my mind, if I focused on reviewing the author's Twitter behavior, I was no better than she was. Little did I know this behavior extended past passive-aggressive tweets about negative reviews. Duncan has done other things, and she's done them intentionally, knowing the harm these things have caused. Harassing other authors and knowingly including anti-Semitic plot threads in your work is not something I want to support. Of course I learned about all of this after obtaining a copy of this book. Sigh. I'll still read it now that I have it, but probably not for a while, and I won't be supporting Duncan in the future. I already took issue with her other behaviors, and recent revelations have proved this behavior goes far, far deeper. Her actions are damaging and disappointing, and it's a real shame. ORIGINAL REVIEW Okay, I am excited about this, BUT I need to nit-pick a few things: 1) If black is the color we're gonna go with, I feel like there should be less white space on the bottom half of the cover to match the previous covers in this series better. Because the bottom half looks less filled out, this cover looks "off balance" when compared to the others. 2) Most people aren't gonna care about this, but why do these domes have Orthodox crosses on them? I get that Kalyazi is inspired by Russia, which is historically an Orthodox place. However, to my recollection, crosses don't exist as a religious symbol in Kalyazi, so why are they on this cover? The old covers of Shadow and Bone managed to incorporate the onion domes without the crosses. Surely this book could have done the same? I guess I'm just tired of my religion being used as an intriguing design motif or for the aesthetic, especially when said usage isn't accurate to the storyline. But any of these bones are ones I'm picking with the cover artists, not with the author. Whatcha gon do.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aless

    April 12, 2021: My rating has been removed for the books in this series. The author has lost all respect from me. I will say, the books themselves out of the real world, are good and enjoyable, BUT the darker hidden themes that relate to real-world topics and sensitive topics are not okay or respectful to those communities. I do plan to read this book because it is the ending of the series and I did pay money for 2 copies. 12/28/20 Snagged the FaeCrate edition and everything about this box sounds April 12, 2021: My rating has been removed for the books in this series. The author has lost all respect from me. I will say, the books themselves out of the real world, are good and enjoyable, BUT the darker hidden themes that relate to real-world topics and sensitive topics are not okay or respectful to those communities. I do plan to read this book because it is the ending of the series and I did pay money for 2 copies. 12/28/20 Snagged the FaeCrate edition and everything about this box sounds glorious, AND we are getting a whole DUST JACKET SET from the amazing warickaart!!!!! I am going to cry when I get this box. Now, to wait for the owlcrate to hopefully pop up. Also, contemplate if I should get the regular hardcover. 06/27/20 Now, that Goodreads has caught up... CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS COVER, TITLE, AND THE SPINE??? I want a whole print of just the spine😍 oh my goodness the spine is glorious and this cover and title are E V E R Y T H I N G

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becca Leigh

    Update 4/10/21 I am going back in this series and removing my ratings in light of everything that has come out regarding the author. Between online conduct and thematic influences (that while reading I knew nothing about) I can't in good conscience keep these star ratings posted. I was so disappointed to learn all of this as it came out recently seeing as I had read every book as an arc and had the series finished back in December. ___________________________________________________________ This ha Update 4/10/21 I am going back in this series and removing my ratings in light of everything that has come out regarding the author. Between online conduct and thematic influences (that while reading I knew nothing about) I can't in good conscience keep these star ratings posted. I was so disappointed to learn all of this as it came out recently seeing as I had read every book as an arc and had the series finished back in December. ___________________________________________________________ This has been one of my favorite book series from the moment I picked up the Wicked Saints ARC and I don't know what to do now that it's over. This last installment is more than I ever hoped for, and made me laugh hysterically way more than I expected. The perfect end to books and characters that have made a home in my heart.

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