Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

“We’re all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.”

*Warning* Spoilers ahead

I wanted to preface this by saying that if you are reading this review to determine whether or not you want to read this, this is not the review for you. This is more of me just explaining my experience of reading it, rather than an in-depth explanation of what I did and didn’t like about Wicked Saints. This is the first book in a really long time that I gave 1 star. This is more a representation of me not being able to understand anything than the book itself. Let’s just get into this.

The one thing that I actually understood was the relationship between Nadya and Malachiasz. I’m a big fan of enemies to lovers and this was well done. The moments between them and the tension that came from it was one of the few things I picked up on while reading Wicked Saints.

That is just about the end of my understanding of this book. I understood Nadya’s power, but I didn’t understand anything else. For some reason, this book went in one ear and out the other. What are Vultures and why does everyone hate them? What does everyone hate Serefin? Why is there a war between Tranavia and Kalyazin? I don’t know who any of the characters are besides the main three and I missed the tragic backstory behind Malachiasz, which I’m upset about.

Since I clearly couldn’t pick up any information about this book, I also didn’t pick up any of the world-building. The world fell flat along with the characters.

I genuinely don’t know why I couldn’t get into this book. Sometimes I will start a fantasy book and I won’t get into it until I’m about 80 pages into the book. This happened when I read A Darker Shade of Magic and I still ended up loving the book and completely understanding the story by the end. I thought that I would eventually become attached to Nadya and the rest of the characters, but this entire book went in one ear and out the other. I really wanted to love Wicked Saints, but I couldn’t.

One day I will pick this book up a second time and give it another chance. I wish that I didn’t give this book 1 star. It wasn’t bad by any means. I just picked it up at the wrong time and had no motivation to read it, which caused me to not pick any of this book up. My last thought is an apology for the strangest review/not-review I have ever written.

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