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Wicked Saints — Emily A. Duncan

April 1, 2019

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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  • Reply Briana | Pages Unbound April 1, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I’ve seen such mixed reviews of this one! I can’t wait to read it and see what I think!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 2, 2019 at 12:39 am

      I hope you love it! I was a little nervous about the mixed reviews, too, but this was just so firmly “up my alley” that I can’t even begin to describe it haha.

  • Reply mall3tg1rl April 1, 2019 at 11:44 am

    i am…so hyped for this book. omg. will there be tears? PROBABLY.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 2, 2019 at 12:40 am

      Oh, probably. I definitely had a couple of choked-up moments and some heartache. ♥ But… SO WORTH IT. I literally already want to reread it.

  • Reply eLPy April 1, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    First review I’ve read for this and I’m pleased. You’ve got me thinking I should push this up my TBR. Thank you for your insight!

  • Reply Sam || Fictionally Sam April 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    OMG YES DESTINY! I’ve seen so many eh reviews for this book that my anticipation for this tome kinda waivered and was about to cancel my pre-order, BUT THIS REVIEW HAS REVIVED MY FAITH AND I NEED IT NOWWWWWWWWW

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 2, 2019 at 12:42 am

      Saaame, I was getting nervous but WOW IT WAS SO INCREDIBLE and I just really hope you love it!! I feel like you’re going to live for the banter just like I did, omg. THE BANTER. Why did I forget to say that in my review?!?! *grumbles at self* BUT SERIOUSLY!

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  • Reply Chana @ Paper Procrastinators April 3, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I loved the characters in this book! They were all amazing, even the side characters just added so much to the story 😍

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Yesssss! 😀 The side characters were precious – I really loved Parj more than anything, I think. I heard that she’s getting POV chapters in book 2 and I’m so stoked!

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    Destiny I LOVED this review–you made me more excited for this book than I was before (which is saying something because it’s one of my most-anticipated releases)! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book later this month because it seems absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to fall in love with the world and the characters.

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  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends June 19, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I love this revised review. You are so valid in every reason that you gave here.
    Even though I haven’t read her book, I have sadly seen her social media and it’s terrible that she’s doing that.

  • Reply bookloverbookreviews June 20, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I’ve seen so many mixed reviews about this and so many discussions about the author that it has made me hesitant to read it but I might give it a chance later

  • Reply eLPy August 12, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Wow! So I came back to this to link back to you as I found this book in part because of you and another blogger. I listened to the audio book and really enjoyed it. I’m kind of fascinated to find your thoughts have changed and yet I totally get it. I would love to chat more with you and others about post-read high, something I plan to write about soon. I don’t follow people much on social media but I was interested and saw some of her instagram though not what you describe. I paid attention to the stuff about her writing and what-not. I respect that you came back around to this, so I just had to say something as eventually my post will come out linking back to this and my disclaimer to readers about this change.

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