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The Living God

(The Living God #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The Living God is foretold to bring about the destruction of the world in order to rebuild it into a paradise. Some worship and welcome His coming, other's fear Him and would do anything to stop it. The Living God follows the internal struggle of two mages, Saran and Keleir, as they confront their fears and attempt to find meaning in the hand that life has dealt them. Sara ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Inkshares
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

DNF at 75%

At the beginning of this book I was thinking 'wow, the writing is so beautiful and the idea is so original'. Sadly, the optimism I felt in the beginning could not carry me through the confusion and the boredom to follow...


Writing: The writing was so incredibly beautiful, so descriptive and flowery it really caught my attention. And, as opposed to most other novels, the writing did not falter throughout.

"Today the earth
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Living God sounded interesting enough. While the story is engaging, it's too slow for my taste. A faster tempo would have made a big difference in the overall picture. The excitement factor was absent. Unfortunately, I dragged through and got bored with the story. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wow. Ok. So this book definitely exceeded my expectations! Right off the bat you are put in the midst of a battle that you know nothing about and no one in it. This is a really fun method of reading as it requires you to pay close attention from the very start. I love this because it stars you off pumped. Side note: this is NOT a standalone novel.

The setting of this novel was a little
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it

First of all, I must say that despite everything I wrote about this book, this is not a bad book. It is actually really nice read. I generally like the concept and in my "reading career" so far, I've never read this kind of fantasy story.

Originality of plot is the first, names and toponyms are second, and side characters are third thing I love about this book. I need to mention names and toponyms, since I found them really important in fantasy genre. Also, side characters are (in my humble opini
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a pleasant surprise. I loved the main characters and their story and how the main character struggles with her place in the world.

It did take a while for me to get the hang of the world. As a reader you are thrown right into the action (which I liked) and slowly you are told about the characters, their relation to each other and what’s happening.

There are three worlds: the first, where magic still exists; the
Jamie Pauline
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, exhibit-dnf
I probably should have known this book would be awful just by the first sentence of the blurb. Instead, I tried to be optimistic. Sometimes, hoping for the best pays off, but this time I was just disappointed. The Living God is just another book to add to my “Did Not Finish” shelf on Goodreads.

Chief amongst this book’s problems are its sucky characters. Saran is a gorgeous Time Mage who is engaged in a supposedly consequential rebellion against her father, the despotic yet sickly King Yarin D’Mo
nadia (( disquieting thing ))
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, arcs, fantasy, ya
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

dnf @ 67%

you know what, i keep thinking about how little time i seem to have for reading this year and it just gives me anxiety when i'm wasting it on something i really don't like.

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Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Disclaimer: I received this as an ARC from Inkshares via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this a lot and I wish that I knew anyone that had read it because I’m dying to discuss it!

The Living God is a YA Fantasy that follows three characters. Saran is a time mage and the daughter of the merciless King Yarin. Keleir is a fire mage with an Oruke (basically a demon) inside of him. He is also Saran’s romantic partner. Lastly, there is Rowe a lightning mage and Keleir’s brother. The
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was immediately pulled into this book because the premise is promising and the cover is gorgeous. However., you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and that definitely applies here.

I was thoroughly confused reading this book. You’re immediately thrown into action, but I’m not really sure who is fighting or why. You’re just launched into the middle of a world with no background or map to at least give you a clue to what’s going on.

Saran is the princess of a tyrant and is magically tied to Kele
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I received an ARC of this book.
I tried with this one. I really did. The cover is gorgeous. But as soon as I started reading, I was confused, more confused, and then disappointed.
Saran is a princess and a mage, and is seeking to overthrow her tyrannical father along with the help of her true love Keleir, who happens to be possessed by a demon. The two must keep their love a secret, along with their plans to lead a revolt.
It sounds like a promising and exciting story. But just a few pages in I fel
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
It was interesting. I liked the characters and the book went beyond my expectations. I love love the world and the princes, princesses, and the whole world of theirs. It really reminded me of Sarah J Maas so if you like her work then you're sure to like this one.

There were parts that were slow and kind of boring to get through. Sometimes i had to read something else then come back to this, or I would skim the parts that were boring.
Rebecca Akins
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
To slow paced for my taste. It just seemed to drag on and on.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to NEtgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange of an hinest review*

This book tries so hard, but it's not enough. It wants to be high fantasy, but the writing is pompous and devoid of any charm, boring and sometimes it doesn't really flow. The characters are insufficiently sketched, the worldbuilding is sorely lacking and seems to lift heavily from Shades of magic.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-release, arc, 2019
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this earc!

Full review:
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
***I received a free e-ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

YIKES, I have not been having the best luck with ARCs this year. With magic, a warrior princess, romance, vessels, and gods, this book has so many of my reading buzzwords! But the actually story? It was a complete disappointment and I’m sad to say that I regret requesting this ARC.

The Living God follows three mages, Saran, Keleir, and Rowe as they try to overthrow their corrupt king, Saran’s father, and
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given a free ARC of The Living God in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me feel some feelings… some very good feelings, and some not so much. But feeling something is better than nothing at all, so I’d say that it was worth reading.

The Living God is a bit of a mixed genre read- it feels like high fantasy, but there are other “worlds” within the story that are more contemporary which gave it a truly unique vibe. Our heroine is a princess with a madman for a father and king. She
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
-- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --

I like the title of this book a lot unfortunately, I have mixed feelings with my reading.

The author mixes the genres with this novel, we have a fantasy world with magic, royalty and other, plus parallel world including one similar to ours, and we feel that the author has a lot of ideas for her series. Unfortunately, I find that this first book does not go far enough, the political stakes of the book are hardly explored. There
Heather P
Apr 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I wanted to really like this book - the title and cover art drew me in, but unfortunately this book fell flat. I tried to push myself to get to Chapter 10 before making a decision, but I rage quit at Chapter 4. I'd give this book no stars, but it'll have to settle for one.
Immediately you're thrown into a conflict without any build to where the story takes place, no building up characters
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Inkshares and Edelweiss+ for this free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start with the good: I love the cover, it’s a beautiful color palette. And I’ve been reading a lot of epic young adult fantasy books lately, so why not one more?

This was not for me. The beginning starts off with Saran D’Mor, who is a princess, and she is in the middle of a battle. She is helping rebels fight against her father the king. I thought a fast start was promising but instead it left me conf
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series starter takes us to a fantastic magical world. In the kingdom of Adrid, Princess Saran D'Amor is a powerful Time Mage - she can control the passage of time with magic. Although she isn't able to travel through time, she can age things to dust with a single thought, and she can stop the flow of time to help others. She's also poised to rule when her father, Yarin, dies - but her father only wants to use her as a tool to find the next king. When Saran returns from a diplomatic mission, ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
See, I'm not exactly sure how to rate this.
I want to rate it 4.5 based on the plot alone, as I thought it was such great character development. At first I thought that the characters were quite bland. I didn't really care too much about them at the beginning. We have a male lead and female lead who are both powerful and destined in their own way. It seemed, and still is, quite cliche. However as the book went on, I started to grow to enjoy these characters. I believed in the romance a bit more
Cheyanne Lepka
This book really missed the mark for me. The premise was interesting, and I think there was the potential to be an interesting plot in there, but unfortunately it was overshadowed by dreadfully slow navel-gazing and a romance in which the two characters had no sparks. So much of the book was spent on things that just didn’t seem important. Basically, I got bored reading it, which, given how violent it is in places, is probably not a good thing. Not to mention. I love violence (I know, I know, th ...more
Susie Dumond
While the writing is solid and plot is engaging, I'll just say that this book wasn't for me. I won't go into my big critiques because I don't think that's productive here, and if you're a big fan of fantasy/magic/royalty narratives, you may enjoy this book. What I DO want to say is that I think the metaphor behind the central romance in this book is dangerous. Because of the "demon" living inside of him, Keleir is unpredictable and violent. In the past, he hurt the people he loved and he may do ...more
Nia Dragin
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Review of ‘The Living God’ (The Living God #1)
Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop

The Living God is a frustrating novel. Not because it is terrible or poorly written, it is neither of those things. It has an incredible opening and a great ending, but there is this massive chunk in between that makes the novel so incredibly dull. Moreover, the reason it is dreary is that there is a big problem with the pace here.

After an effective fast-paced beginning, the novel dives. The reader’s eye is pulled
Amber DuBois
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not going to say I disliked this book. The plot was great, I, for the most part, enjoyed learning about the characters, and a lot happened. There were some problematic factors with a few characters, and some of the foreshadowing was a little heavy handed and led to me guessing some critical plot points that I think were supposed to be more of a surprise element, but just weren't because they were alluded to SO heavily.

But, man, this was a SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW read. Even the action scenes were slo
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, favorites
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ok this book was so much better than I initially expected. First off the beginning was like a smack to the head. You're just dumped into the middle of a battle right away, no intros, no explanation. It was an unexpected beginning and I loved it. We are quickly introduced to our three main characters, Keleir, Rowe and Saran. They are all powerful mages of different elements. Keleir also happens to be ho
Michelle (Firstbooklove)
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
(I received a free eARC from NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)Book review: The Living god (The living god #1) by Kaytalin Platt (1 star)

The Living god (The living god #1) by Kaytalin Platt
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 1/5 stars

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Saran and Keleir’s fates are intertwined, she is a princess while he bears the soul of a Oruke within him. As Saran tries to overthrow her father and deal with
Caitlyn Warren
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Living God by Kaytalin Platt is not a stand alone book. That being said, there is a lot of world building here. I feel like it does mess with the pace of the book at some points.

In this book there are three worlds. First is the main characters world - there is magic and kings and rebellions to had. Second is Earth - but I think we are a lot closer to dying. I mean Earth is running out of resources. The Third is a world that we don't really know that much about but it doesn't sound great fro
Caitlin Janke
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
I want to start out this review by saying I think this book either needed to be longer so it would fill in some of the past better or cut out some of the extra content that seemed unnecessary until you finished the book. I found the living gods starts out so strongly but then talks about past events so often without completely filling in the events it brings up. At times I wondered if there was a previous novel I missed from the holes in the middle. I also found it scattered the plot too much fo ...more
Francine (asreadbyfrancine)
3/5 stars. A massive thank you to the publisher for granting an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! RTC.


A massive thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Living God follows three characters, Saran, a time mage who also happens to be the daughter to a merciless king; Keleir a fire mage with a demon inside him (is the former's love interest), and Rowe, Keleir's brother and lightning mage. Without wan
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Kaytalin Platt is a writer, illustrator, graphic designer, as well as a former publication designer and content editor. She grew up on a farm in southern Alabama, a place that inspired many of her future writings. Platt currently lives in Philadelphia. The Living God is her first published novel.

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