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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  24 reviews
One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

As creatures from myth and legend come out of the shadows, seeking safety through visibility, their emergence sets off a chain of seemingly unr
Expected publication: September 7th 2021 by Blackstone Publishing
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Dec 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
As like the king of authors said: “ Monsters are real and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us,sometimes they win.”

This story starts with a dead body! Laina opens her eyes on early October morning to learn the new tragic news about her brother’s brutal killing by Boston police officers. Is this just police brutality or there is something more vicious, blood thirsty and extra violent hidden behind the incident? But there is one reality that no one can ignore: MONSTERS ARE REAL! Mythical cre
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok

Let me just start off by saying that the writing in this book is incredibly beautiful. There is no doubt about that.

Now, I can see fantasy lovers, or even anyone who loves supernatural beings, be SO into this. I could see them eating it up and enjoying and hanging onto every word of this story.

But, unfortunately it just was not for me.

I am not the biggest fan of fantasy to begin with, and I would almost lean this more towards supernatural (which I do enjoy, sometimes). And the synopsis o
All Cops Are Bastards
Jan 06, 2021 marked it as to-read
Check it out y'all, we did it. A queer fantasy book named with a pun on an anarchist slogan. Anarchism has arrived. We have penetrated the public consciousness. And all it took was America going full fascist dystopia! ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: Black bi mc, Puerto Rican American sapphic mc, biracial bi ace trans mc, nonbinary side character, Black bi side character, Black side characters

CWs: implied sexual abuse, drug abuse, implied domestic abuse, police brutality, gun violence
Circe Moskowitz
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, arc
Utterly spectacular.
Justin Bowers
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review **

First and foremost, this is a book you have to pay attention to. Yes, it’s a casual read, but the subtext is almost its own character in this one. No Gods, No Monsters is the kind of book that almost demands a re-read upon reaching the final page. It’s just that powerful.

Most blurbs and reviews say that this books opens with Laina discovering the news that her brother, Lincoln, has been shot and killed by
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I feel, in some ways, this book is either the novelization or embodiment of a charcuterie board. The parts are individually fantastic, but you spend most of your time looking for a way to get that perfect, magic combination before eventually, even if you're still a little hungry, getting tired of and giving up on the whole process only to drink a vodka cran in the corner. ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

No Gods, No Monsters spits in the face of genre labels, which I love. There are plenty of nods to familiar concepts: a police shooting, fantastical creatures colliding with cityscapes, and underground magic societies jostling for power. However, no theme is presented in a familiar way. This book is truly ambitious, one of the most sincere compliments I can give a contemporary novel.

Turnbull displays real craft with his dialogue and
DJ Arruda
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
No Gods, No Monsters, aptly named in nod to the famous anarchist slogan, examines the classic question of who monsters really are against the backdrop of our world as it is now. Weaving together werewolves and secret societies, quantum physics and anarchism, cooperativism and magic, with a wonderfully diverse cast of rich and compelling characters who all must struggle with a new reality when the truth about monsters becomes known and turns the world upside down.

Using this lens of monsters, Tur
This structure of this story, which winds backward and forward and in other ways through time, didn't give me enough of a throughline to follow the main plot, which I actually found very interesting. I loved the politics of it too-- lots of worker-owned/co-op/anarchist discourse but something about the structure really threw me off. In addition, my ARC was not formatted very well :( no indents or page breaks or anything, so that definitely contributed to its difficulty. I might pick it up again ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, horror
I got an ARC copy from Netgalley after reading about how this was one of the most anticipated books of 2021. I love the premise of this book-it essentially examines the age-old question of who is the real monster? And, what makes a monster? And all this is told through a contemporary lens with characters of many ethnicities, and across the gender and sexual spectrum.

The world is built over an anthology of interconnected stories. We find out how these stories interact with each other as more cha
Stephanie Carlson
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
**This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.**

This is going to be a book people either love or hate.

On paper, No Gods, No Monsters is extraordinary. It’s a subversive, genre-bending, philosophical take on intersectionality, quantum theory, and the nature of humanity. It features a cast of BIPOC, queer, and monster characters (often all three at once). It questions the assumptions on which we build our world and the ways in which we can reshape it. It find
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
𝙱𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚁𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠 - 𝙽𝚘 𝚂𝚙𝚘𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚛𝚜

𝑵𝒐 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔, 𝑵𝒐 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 by Cadwell Turbull

“Everything is connected. Every imagined world is real. all the underworlds and all the heavens. All the worlds within us and without.”


~4 hours

Adult Fantasy

𝑵𝒐 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔, 𝑵𝒐 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 follows the stories of multiple unique individuals. Some with stories of trauma and triumph. Others with stories of confusion and capture. A mysterious being floats through these stories watching and waiting for the moment to emer
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-books
DNF, unfortunately.

The description of the book really drew me in. It sounded like something I would love. Magical creatures? Dystopian elements? Main characters that are POC and/or queer? Yes, please.
I loved Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House and was hoping for something in that realm. I am disappointed and I wanted so much to like this book, but it just didn’t work for me.

This is the story of The Fracture, the events leading up to it, and the events that occur as a result of it. It starts with a pol
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Firstly, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read a copy of this book!

This book starts by introducing us to several characters, one of which is Laina who has been asked to identify a dead body. Her brother has been shot and killed by police, and while it appears that this was a case of police brutality, a video unearths a much larger issue at play. The video reveals that monsters are real, and are walking among us. The question of who is a monster, and why, is raised mul
Disorienting, is the first word that comes to mind. Disorienting, in the best way. This book jumps between character POVs, across time, between storylines without notice and seemingly without pattern. We are introduced to an unnamed narrator who seems to immediately disappear from the story, and as we try to puzzle out the connection between the characters we meet some links are revealed and others are not. But this struggle for understanding is what is at the heart of NO GODS, NO MONSTERS. In t ...more
Nicki Markus
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
No Gods, No Monsters was a book with an interesting premise and themes. There was plenty to love about the concept and the messages the author was trying to convey, and overall the story was entertaining and moved as a reasonable pace. There were quite a few characters, though, and because we were swapping back and forth all the time, I felt some were less developed than I would have liked, because we didn't have enough page time to truly get to know them, and this made it harder for me to care ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by Netgalley

This book had a promising start and storytelling style which remind me of American Gods (Neil Gaiman) and Cradle and All (James Patterson).

There is a lot of character, but maybe a little too much. I really like some of them (Dragon is my fav, such precious boy) but I couldn't dive into the rest. Maybe it was the lack of description or backstory. So I had to cut the stars. It was 3.5 for me.

Overall, No Gods, No Monsters, is a good book with interesting premise. If you are
Eva Leppard
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an incredibly ambitious book, and to make a long story short it, it achieves what it aims for. Multiple POV, time skips, and meticulously interwoven plots all work together to create an unputdownable read., Each of the different story streams are compelling, and I would love to read novels devoted to each of them. I will definitely be rereading this, as the sheer amount of content packed into the pages and the speed at which I wanted to read it meant that I missed a few plot points. Abso ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Laina's brother is dead, but nothing is at it seems. Tape from police was really disturbing. What is this creature and where it come from?

Monsters are real, parallel worlds collide.

Exciting read.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
the publisher kindly provided me with an arc through netgalley

I really wanted to like this book as the story sounded so interesting but the changing of pov every time just really made it not work for me. Besides that the writing was fine and the diversity really good.
Shannon | readwithhugo
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, netgalley
This is a juicy story that opens with quite the bang. It was a super quick, page-turning read and this kind of ‘urban fantasy thriller’ was a new genre for me and one I’d love to read more of. I always enjoy when books/tv shows/movies/etc. take place in my city (doesn’t everyone?) so the fact that this book is set in Boston really brought the story off the page and into real life for me. There are a ton of characters in this book and a very busy plot, so it could be overwhelming and a bit confus ...more
Jan 11, 2021 marked it as arcs
Shelves: fantasy
Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing an ARC!
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Hello, I'm Cadwell Turnbull, author of the science fiction novel The Lesson.

My short fiction has appeared in The Verge, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. My short story “Loneliness is in Your Blood” was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. My short story "Jump" was selected for the Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019.

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