Review: Blessed Monsters

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Title: Blessed Monsters

Author: Emily A. Duncan

Series: Book 3

Rating★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Note: I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Reviews for Book 1 and Book 2.

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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Anything broken could be fixed, he had to believe that. If only for his own sake.

This was not an easy book to review. As a huge fan of the series, it was hard finding out what kind of person the writer was. There was a lot of negative things said about this author and series, and I really struggled with whether or not to post my review. I had already received the ARC long before I became aware of the issues with this series/author. I knew I was going to read it regardless but I wasn’t sure if I should post my review.

After a lot of thought, I decided yes. First, because I wanted to uphold my end of things as a reviewer who requested the book. Second, because I wanted to be able to put out a more fair review of the book for those looking for an honest opinion of it. I saw a lot of reviews trash the book simply because they didn’t like the author as a person or praise the book initially only to edit their review to a completely negative review after the facts came out. Neither of those seemed really fair and I couldn’t blame them for pulling their support from the author after what she did, but I still wanted to be honest about my review and judge the book based solely on her writing.

So here’s my verdict: this book definitely has to be my least favorite in the series and it really felt like an awkward end to the series for a lot of reasons.

Of course, I loved the characters overall. I’d grown to love a lot of them and always enjoyed their banter. That was pretty much the same in this book and probably one of the few elements I liked.

And if we’re talking about the characters, we definitely need to talk about their relationships together. As I said, I enjoyed the banter among the group and the different friendships that had formed throughout the trilogy, but I think what it always came back to for me was the romance between Nadya and Malachiasz. I liked their complicated relationship and how awkward they could be at times, but I felt like at the same time their relationship never really changed. They still didn’t fully trust one another and it felt static when I looked at the relationship overall. It wasn’t terrible, there just wasn’t a lot of growth.

My main issues with the last book, however, were the pacing, plot, and ending. The overall pacing in the series is kind of slow. It’s one of those series where I have to be in the right mindset to read (like The Winternight Trilogy). But even though the books are generally slow, this last one felt extra slow. Things were dragged out. The characters had a clear direction they were supposed to go in but even though they knew what to do they spent most of the book doing other things. It didn’t feel like they were actively moving toward it until the very end which made the ending itself feel rushed.

So, all in all, this last book wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t the author’s best work. And that’s without adding in the anti semitic themes that have been pointed out about the series. The ending, especially in terms of Malachiasz’s character, left me a little disappointed. It left it open and kind of hinted at the possibility of him relapsing in the future. It felt like he didn’t really change at all and I wish we had seen a bigger change in him.

I hope this review serves as a more clear picture of what this book was like without adding all the weight of the author’s negative image. That being said, there are anti semitic themes to be aware of so if you haven’t started the series already it may be best to skip this one.

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