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Nobody's Goddess

(Never Veil #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  769 ratings  ·  165 reviews
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In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains maske
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Month9Books
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Amy McNulty It's distributed through IPG (Independent Publishers Group), so any bookseller can actually order it for you if you request it from them. I think the …moreIt's distributed through IPG (Independent Publishers Group), so any bookseller can actually order it for you if you request it from them. I think the BooksAMillion site is a little slower to get the books up, but they do sell some other books from my publisher so I hope it gets there eventually!

Right now, you can pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo (e-book only) and direct from Month9Books. There are links to all four on my site:

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Feb 05, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
My very first thought: So this village just has straight men & woman...
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was spectacular and heartbreaking and approximately 753788543268 times better than I thought it would be. Quite possibly will be one of my favorite reads of 2015.

Review to come closer to release date.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spfbo
This was one of the #SPFBO books I was more excited to try as the cover is stunning and I love the fact that it's not the 'usual' girl pictured, but rather a girl of colour. I was hoping that I would really end up enjoying the story to match with the lovely cover, but although I did like it at times, there were bits I wasn't a fan of.

This story reads like a YA to me. It focuses on a young girl and her best friend (who she is secretly in love with). They live is a world which has a curse placed o
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! Interesting take on gender bias

I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this story. How did this world come to be? What happens if a man didn't find "a goddess" in any woman. Did women find it in other woman? So many questions and ALL WERE ANSWERED. I really enjoyed this plot line even though i didn't have a connection with any of the characters. This might review might read as if i didn't like it but i assure you that wasn't the case.

FULL REVIEW HERE Winterhaven Books
Amy McNulty
Jul 18, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait to share NOBODY'S GODDESS with all of you! ...more
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)

Check out all my reviews at Skye's Scribblings !

3.5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Told: First Person (Noll), Past Tense
Content Rating: Older Teen (mistreatment and abuse of women, violence)
Format Read: Paperback (library)

In a Sentence: An engrossing and thought-provoking fantasy about choices and consequences with a unique premise but selfish main character.

This was an interesting tale that considered what would happen if one gender almost completely dominated the other. Its main focus
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
*I got this book through NetGalley for an honest review*

Okay this book is unlike any other. Which is saying something these days but... it does kind of take it to the weird side. If a guy looks upon the face of a girl, he will die. Like fall over dead and never breath again. That's why I have to dock a star. It was just a bit strange to me.

So for the writing, I love it, it's a great plot. I love Noll. Not scared to stand up for herself and she is very strong. I like the flow of this novel, nothi
Melissa Giorgio
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the very first readers of NOBODY'S GODDESS, and I'm beyond excited that in just a few months it will be available for everyone to read. You may think you have this book figured out, but I'm here to tell you that you're wrong. I can't tell you how many times my jaw dropped while reading this, as Amy surprised me again and again with unexpected plot twists. If you're a fan of fantasy novels looking for something different, make sure you pick this one up! ...more
Kells Next Read
Definitely going to continue this trilogy. Lots of ups and downs and twist and turns in the plot. I loved it all ; ))
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Time Travel
2.5 Stars
ARC from publisher
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I’m sorry. I really am. But, y’all, I just really, seriously don’t like the main character. At all. But, y’all that’s only one of the things about this book that don’t really float my boat. Oh yes. Did y’all know that I’ve never read a time travel book that I have liked? Never. Never ever ever. I didn’t know this was time travel. *le sigh* The writing and composition was really on point- don’t get me wrong. But the book as a wh
Emma Adams
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nobody's Goddess is set in a village in which all the men wear masks, and each serves only one woman, his goddess. If she returns his love, he can remove the mask. I really liked the way the author dealt with all the possible implications of the curse (men can only love one woman, while if the woman rejects him, she faces a lifetime alone). This is an imaginative and complex page-turner with ever-building mystery, and I couldn't wait to see how it all worked out. A must-read for anyone looking f ...more
Katrin D
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-2016
An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Complete review coming soon!
What a strange little book.

Nobody's Goddess interested me primarily because of the cover. How often are people of color featured on YA covers? Rarely ever. So I was down to read this book. However, if it wasn't for the cover, I would have had no idea that the main character, Noll, was black. Her descriptions were kept to a minimum and I struggled to understand what she even looked like.

Like the vague descriptions of much of the characters, the novel can be best described as foggy. I never real
This is one of those times when a book sounds good in theory but…


* Playing with the concept of love. In Noll’s village a man has no choice but to love one woman whole his life. That woman is his goddess. On the other hand, a woman is free to do what she wants, but if she decides to reject him, she is picking a childless and loveless existence.

* Thought provoking and stirs a lot of questions, about love especially. I think some good what-would-you-do discussions can be made. Nobody
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kobo
This review was originally posted on Queen of the Bookshelves

I really enjoyed this one. I am super glad that I joined in on the Waiting On 2016 Twitter Chat because without it I might not have heard about -- or read -- this book. It was something so unique and different that I found myself really enthralled with the story. To the point that I almost had to blink myself out of a daze when I finished.

One thing that was huge and well done was the world building. There could have been a bit more th
Mollie C
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nobody’s Goddess by Ay McNulty Review

I was kindly sent a copy of Nobody’s Goddess in exchange of an honest review

Nobody’s Goddess is told through the point of view by Noll, who is a seventeen year old girl living in a world where men are masked and magic compels them to love only one woman whom they call their ‘Goddess”, woman are given the choice to reject or accept the only man that will ever love them. However a man will stay masked until their lover returns their love and the mask ca
Whitney Bunker
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
For all you Noll haters!
The main character was incredibly selfish however she is 17. What 17 year old is not selfish? I was. I felt this made her more real. Full of questions after losing the first love of her life by no fault of her own just because that is the way of this world. Then everyone is trying to force her into something she is not ready for.

This book was unique I enjoyed it immensely. I found myself unable to put it down until I finished the story. I wanted to know why the men had
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen.

I loved this book! It surprised me a lot and had so many plot twists! There are a lot of things that can be improved about this book but it met my expectations and more.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing magical story. A great start to what looks like a beautiful story. I can't wait for books 2 ...more
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

They say there is a man out there for every woman – in this case, quite literally.

Noll lives on a good sized village with a rather peculiar trait: men’s lives are dedicated to serve women. Or, more specifically, their respective goddess. Until they have their love returned for the women of their dreams, the men have to walk aro
Jodi Perkins
If I were to rate Nobody's Goddess on the storyline alone, I would give it five stars. The concept is intriguing as all get-out, with the complexity of the story deepening with every turn of the page. McNulty creates so many wild threads that I was sure the whole thing would unravel by the end...such as: Why did the first goddess put this horrible curse on the village in the first place? Who is the lord and where did he come from? What/who are the "specters" that shadow the lord everywhere he go ...more
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
You seem to have rolled out of a muddy pond and caught your dress on a hundred branches. Perhaps you also bumped into a fair maiden, making off with her apron.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So this was a book I added on impulse to my TBR about two years ago. I then received it from NetGalley last autumn and decided that now, June 2017, it was definitely time for me to read it.

This story follows Noll, a young woman who lives in a village where all men are for
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I liked: Imagine a world where every man is intended to love one woman, but the life of this man hinges on the balance that this one woman returns his love because if any woman sees his face before that one woman loves him, he dies. That's the basic premise of Nobody's Goddess, but it's not just that simple. It gets a lot more complex. While the beginning of the book starts out a bit slow, its paced that way to ease you into the world and how everything works. In this world, it is the women ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chalyss by: Melissa Giorgio
Shelves: favorites, ah-love, why
This book blew my mind.

At first I wasn't really sure what to expect but I'm all for a fun new world and a fantasy story, (plus a certain author I follow recommended it so I was all for it). Thus the adventure began.

While reading this book I was, I won't lie, more than confused but it was the type of confused that kept me enraptured in this mystical world of masked men and a rebelling main character. More than once I was unsure of where the book was taking me but I was stuck in the village with N
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't quite make up mind on this book. I couldn't put it down because I found the premise quite refreshing. It felt like a quick popcorn book but it also touched on some interesting gender/sex issues. The world created seems like it would only work in a solely heterosexual world but you may be surprised.

I liked that Amy McNulty tried to express that the characters where POC but I wish there were better character descriptions because they felt a little flat and hard to imagine at times. I woul
Dichotomy Girl
~I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

This book gets 5 stars for originality. The world is strange and fascinating, if hard to understand at the beginning. It also gets bonus points for diversity, having a matriarchal society, and a main character who is a POC. It does at first glance appear to be pro-heteronormative, but to avoid spoilers I will simply say that the topic is addressed.

The biggest problem with this book is the character of Noll. I fo
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, youngsters
Love's Complicated.

This book. I've been waiting for it to come out since February! And it was sooo worth it!
It was all sorts of wonderful.
Firstly, the cover is fabulous! The heroine is "chestnut coloured", which sadly is rare in this genre and was the first thing that caught my eye. Secondly, the description of the story was unlike anything I've ever read before which was awesome!
I am very happy to report that this book did not disappoint! It even has a heck of a twist! And definitely has a pl
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All my friends and the author as well
Recommended to BellaKara by: Goodreads
I loved this book. It was so much fun to read and had so many twists and turns that kept me wanting more. I fifnished the book in an entire day, it was that good, the very same day i got it. And the author was so nice to. I wrote a comment on her website to let her know how much I had enjoyed her book and wanting to know when the next book would come out and you know what she answered me and let me know that it might be out for next year around the same time. That was so cool, most authors don't ...more
Chasia Lloyd
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Super interesting book. I wasn't very thrilled with the strictly-hetero-seeming concept, but I had seen so many raving reviews from trusted bloggers that I decided to give this a shot. I ended up reading it in one go, stopping long enough to tweet it as a suggestion to someone else before finishing it.

I really liked how awful everyone was. Like, I know that sounds bad to say, but almost everybody had some critically terrible conditioning in them and it made the end game results emotionally rewar
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been in a reading slump for months unable to find the right book to get me out of it. The summary has intrigued me since last year, I couldn't wait until this book came out. I'm so glad I picked this up, I enjoyed it a lot. The story was unique and different from anything I ever read. There was mystery, adventure , mixed with a strong female heroine. The story kept me on my toes wondering what will happen next, I can't wait for the sequel. I hope the story continues about Noll, I have to ...more
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Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.

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