I’m sorry for directing you here from Goodreads, but as GR has recently been cracking down heavily on reviewers who mention authors in an even remotely negative fashion in their reviews, I wasn’t going to risk this one being on GR’s site.
I’m removing my rating/review because, despite having liked this at the time I read it, a few things have happened:
1) almost immediately after posting my initial review, I got over the Post-Read High™ (this is a very real struggle for me sometimes!) and realized that it’s… pretty mediocre writing at best?
2) something stuck out to me the entire time I was reading Wicked Saints and has only become a stronger feeling in the months since: I honestly don’t think I can jive with a book that has a character who is so obviously and blatantly written as a fanfiction of another character. If you think it’s just a coincidence, please take a moment to peruse the author’s social media for her endless obsession with Leigh Bardugo’s The Darkling, because even before I knew about it, I kept reading this book and thinking, “Wow, is this guy really just a rip-off of The Darkling?”
3) If you can separate art from artist, that’s totally fine and I don’t judge for that, but I can’t. I try really hard to in cases like this, because I feel like the YA book community has been dog-piling her a bit lately and I didn’t want to join it, but… dammit, Emily’s social media presence has ruined her for me. Even after realizing this book was more of a 3-star read for me (as opposed to the 4.5 I gave it upon completion), I fully intended to read the sequel, but after watching her make sweeping generalizations about teens, subtweet her negative reviewers constantly, and generally act like a jerk over and over again, I can’t stomach the idea of giving her another penny of my money, or of directing another reader in her direction.
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