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When Villains Rise

(Market of Monsters #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  296 reviews
Dexter meets Victoria Schwab in this dark and compelling fantasy about a girl who is determined to take down the black market once and for all in the conclusion to the trilogy that started with the critically acclaimed Not Even Bones.

Nita finally has Fabricio, the boy who betrayed her to the black market, within her grasp. But when proof that Kovit’s a zannie—a monster who
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Clarion Books
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Grace Yes. It's a great finale though. The author has said she might write more books in this universe.…moreYes. It's a great finale though. The author has said she might write more books in this universe.(less)
Nika It's better. EVERYTHING in the other books is just leading up to this breathtaking (literally) finale. I laughed and cried and raged. It was a beautif…moreIt's better. EVERYTHING in the other books is just leading up to this breathtaking (literally) finale. I laughed and cried and raged. It was a beautiful experiance.(less)
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♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
NetGalley is too good to me
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the cover,how it's looks like Kovit knife blade and Nita's scalpel entangled 😎✌️ ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
The finale, plot-wise, was everything I could have wished for.

My only issue is with the romance, which - to frame it bluntly - took a long walk off a short pier. More details in the spoiler tag.

(view spoiler)
Sleepless Dreamer
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, this is one of the only series that I've been following in the last few years and now I'm done with it as well, this is so sad. Review to come! ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, 2020-reads
After three books I still find this series so odd but at the same time very brave for making a trilogy focused on characters who are essentially monsters and making me root for them to win in the end.

“When Villains Rise” finds Kovit and Nita trying to figure out what to do with the two people they are holding hostage and how to save Kovit from finding himself on the list and being hunted by those who believe they are following the law by killing him as soon as possible and with the final stages
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing ending to an extremely unique trilogy!! I loved the morally grey characters and the writing style definitely got so much better as the series went on - So glad I decided to keep reading after the first book❤️
Imani Caesar
read the webtoon ... it is amazinggggg...
Stacey Trombley
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This series is SO GOOD and OMG the ending is intense! I'm not ready for it to be over (this book completes the story as is, but will there be more? I HOPE SO) I can't wait to see what Rebecca has done with it since I got my hands on it (I was a beta reader) but even before several rounds of revisions and edits, this book was GOOD. So I'm super pumped for it! <3 ...more
The Nerd Daily
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Erne

When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer left me utterly speechless. For days. I couldn’t even talk about it until now. I was captivated from start to finish and although the plot deviated from my own expectations, I was left satisfied with how it all ended. That’s an amazing feat for any writer and their work. I’m sad to see these characters and their stories end, I will miss them dearly, but my goodness these books are amazing. I can
Maggie ☘
Uff. Final book in a one-of-a-kind trilogy! What a wild ride this series has been!

Market of Monsters is truly very different from many other YA paranormals. A story following morally ambiguous characters maaaybe turning full on villain-y, but do they really? The truth is, not a single character in this trilogy is just good or bad and often you can't really tell even the third book in. (If you don't count the corrupt rich people or black market traders, nothing to question here.) But overall, nob
Celia McMahon
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Begins panicked chant whilst breathing into a paper bag*

"This can't be over. This can't be over."


If you haven't read this series yet, drop what you're doing to GO READ THEM. This is probably one of the best YA trilogies out there. I haven't been this sad about a series ending since the last episode of Jericho, and that shouldn't have ended when it did. Alas, this last book had a better ending and wrapped things up rather nicely, despite my tantrums.

I've never ever rooted for the vill
This is my most anticipated release of 2020. Please don't be like the year.
Hush! It's good nothing like 2020.
With Aro Ace characters!!
You know the kind of review where you don't even know where to begin and the only thing you're sure of is that your feelings could be translated into one long inhuman screech devoted to your love for the book? Well, it's that kind of review for me.

I can't exactly remember how I came across the Market of Monsters series; I just know that I read the summary of the first book and immediately thought, YES, PLEASE. I absolutely adored it, just like I was ready to die for the second book and its new c
Ava Night
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kate (GirlReading)
"So much murder, so little time."

From the beginning right until the end, this trilogy has been a wild, gruesome, all consuming journey and I've loved every moment of it. It defied all my expectations. For not one moment upon picking up book one did I expect to read such a self aware exploration of humanity, morality and what it means to be human yet that's exactly what I found hidden under the brilliantly unrestrained murder and gore.

Spending three books inside the complexities of Nita's mind w
Sara Jovanovic
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-it
I think I actually screamed for real when I saw this ARC approved on my Edelweiss profile, and I'm so grateful for it, because I already felt like my life didn't make much sense after I finished Only Ashes Remain. But this didn't disappoint. Fortunately, it was everything I ever wanted from this conclusion. (view spoiler)

The book took off right after the events of the previous book, and this time, Nita and Kovit found themselves
Ezgi Tülü
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This series has a lot of representation and a cast of very intriguing characters. However, I didn't enjoy the plot at all. I read the whole thing only for Nita and Kovit.

I believe the author is onto something, and I'll be keeping an eye out for her future novels. I would like to see more books like these published, even if I didn't particularly enjoy this series.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of this series, but the last book of the trilogy let me down.


Plot: 3/5
The plot was average. It was not too bad nor too good. There were some elements that were impressive and some that were disappointing. There were some gaps, which made the story vague, rushed and incomplete, ruining my overall experience.
There was a slow pace within the 1/3 of the story. There was not a lot of action. The characters were not doing anything, except torturing Fabricio an
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-“But not even bones, only ashes remained when Nita rose” UHM YES I NOTICED THAT
-Nita’s steely determination to kill her mother
-Kovit’s near-death scene (when I tell you I almost cried)
-The fact that the story didn’t end perfectly
-“he’s a monster.” “Aren’t we all?”
-Watching Nita’s plan unfold on the internet
-smug Adair
May 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I never really get tangled with unpublished books. So many are already out there, only waiting for me to pick them up, so why should I get angsty over a novel that isn't published yet?
Bc volume 1 and 2 literally got me through quarantine and I got so tied up with the story I need to know what happens to Kovit and Nita this second.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you deal with bad people, sometimes there are no good choices. And if you keep dealing with them, well, you might just find it’s no longer about bad choices, but the choice to be bad. To be monstrous.

Monstrousness has always been the heart of this trilogy, and the question of what makes a monster is all the more pertinent in When Villains Rise. Is it birth, nothing more than a genetic quirk that somehow plunks people to one side or the other of a moral black and white? Is it upbringing? Th
❐ Overall Rating 4¼ | Narration 4¼
❐ Narrated by Almarie Guerra
❐ Listening Length: 10H 45M
❐ Market of Monsters #3
❐ Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
❐ Dark, with morally gray characters

This series really brings something different to the urban fantasy/paranormal genre...and even has a bit of a dystopian-ish feel to it. Which I loved, because sometimes for me the paranormal genre feels too saturated with cheesy romance, featuring shifters or vampires that make humans googly-eyed for them. There is none
Rue&Waffles (Ivana Party)
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
But not even bones, only ashes remained when Nita rose


This was a great way to end the series.
If you want a teen book that is dark but also aimed at younger audiences I would highly recommend. I love the moral dilemma of what it really means to be evil and a villain. No one is really a good guy in this series. I didn't really mind all the gore (it wasn't gorey, more like bloody). Also I love the idea of monsters in our modern world. Normally books and movies in modern day that use pho
Virginja ↢ 99% imp
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2020
Maegan (
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
To be honest, I found a little to quibble about this book, but it wasn't a big deal--it didn't leave me as annoyed as some other trilogies.

(view spoiler)
Mar 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Just finished the first 2 books and I couldnt get enough of it. Cant wait to read this one!
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I had hoped that we would finally have some development.

What’s almost upsetting is that I could have written this story. And I don’t mean that I could have written something similar. I mean that I could have written this exact story. The pros is juvenile enough; the world building is vague enough; the characters’ are on a CW-scale of bipolar. It’s easy. Too easy.

My main issue, which I realised roughly 200 pages before the end, is that the characters are never challenged. Sure, sometimes there
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This thrilling conclusion starts right where the second book ended. Are you ready to read it? Cause I am now pretty sure I wasn't.
The stakes, as always, are sky-high and the time our protagonists have to pull off their very complex and incredibly high-aimed plans is running out FAST. Filled with way too many obstacles, the paths Nita and Kovit have to take are never easy or set on moral high-ground. Personally, I really enjoyed the dark theme of the whole story and the morally grey characters,
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure if I liked the wandering around and long inner monologues and musings but it didn’t take me long to realise that it’s exactly those monologues and self assessment that I love and keep coming back for. And obviously, the book picks up in pace and a lot of things happen that I didn’t expect would happen and we get answers to things I didn’t even know we needed answers to and even though there isn’t any scene that’s super action packed, everything that ...more
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Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her itchy feet took her far from home when she turned eighteen, and she hasn't returned for more than a few months here or there since. You can find her sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters.


I read a lot of books and have a lot of opinions, so the

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Market of Monsters (3 books)
  • Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters, #1)
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