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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
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it was amazing
bookshelves: dark, erotic-scenes, fantasy, magic, new-adult, romance, signed, read-in-2017, lgbtqiap, f-f
Recommended to Melanie by: chai ♡



1.) Nevernight ★★★★★

“The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”

Well, I’m not entirely sure how I’m supposed to function while lying in wait for the third and final book in this series. That last chapter made me feel things that very few books are able to evoke from me. I honestly am not sure how I could possibly string together words to let you guys know how much I loved this book, but I do suppose I should at least try.

Godsgrave picks up right after the events of Nevernight. But where Nevernight felt like an adult Harry Potter (with an amazingly gothic floo powder network) where our main protagonist, Mia, is learning to become an assassin for the Red Church and the Lady of Blessed Murder, Godsgrave is an all-out gladiator gauntlet, where our characters are fighting to the death and only the very best may rise in rank.

Mia also has grown a lot since the end of Nevernight, and she is figuring out rather quickly that she is truly unable to trust anyone. Godsgrave is way more brutal and gory, but it’s also much more raw and emotional.

“The choice between looking plain and pretty isn’t really a choice at all. But any fool knows looking dangerous is preferable to both.”

One of my favorite parts of Nevernight is how Mia never explains that she is bisexual, but her actions just show it. There isn’t a big coming out story, or any explanation on why she feels the things she does for men and woman, Mia is just herself and I loved it more than words. Well, Godsgrave really delves into Mia’s sexuality, and it’s honestly a thing of beauty. Honestly, all I want in my adult fantasy is to read about queer girls saving their worlds, and Jay Kristoff delivered that to me better than maybe anyone else has. I will forever cherish this series for that alone. Also, I will go down with that fucking ship. OTP is an understatement. This is honestly the queer, f/f, assassins taking over the world, high fantasy, love story, I’ve been searching for my entire life.

Mia Corvere is one of my favorite characters of all time. She tries so hard to be morally grey, and I guess she truly is to most extents, but seeing her able to be soft and capable of unconditional love is something I don’t even have words for. Mia is strong, and brilliant, and clever, and brave, and everything I love in a main protagonist. And she always acknowledges how beauty, too, can be a weapon, but how important it is to never have it be your only weapon. And Mia has had so many shitty hands dealt to her, but she is able to overcome it all realistically and inspirationally. I honestly love Mia, and Mister Kindly and Eclipse also bring me more joy that I should probably admit.

Also, let me state that this book is definitely not Young Adult. Not only do I believe this is Adult Fantasy, I think it holds up to all the beloved and highly praised High Fantasy out there. This book/series can get rather dark at times, so know that going in. Also, there is a decent amount of sexual content in this book, so use caution if that makes you uncomfortable. And trigger warnings for violence, murder, gore, slavery, child abuse, and things along those lines. But I hope that doesn’t discourage you, because this world is amazing, these characters are perfection, the messages are beautiful, and the discourse is so damn important.

“So much wealth held in so few palms. A kingdom of the blind, built on the backs of the bruised and the broken.”

From the first page to the last page, this book had me so enthralled. I loved this more than words. Godsgrave will easily be one of my top ten favorite books of 2017, and the third book will be all I look forward to in (hopefully) the coming year. Jay Kristoff has perfected his craft at writing, and I’d honestly do just about anything to get my hands on anything new from this world. Even though I shouldn’t give him anything, because he is now the proud owner of the heart he ripped out from me reading the ending of this book.

“That's the power of words; twenty six little letters can paint a whole universe”

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Reading Progress

October 21, 2017 – Shelved
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: dark
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: erotic-scenes
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: magic
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: new-adult
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: romance
October 21, 2017 – Shelved as: signed
December 1, 2017 – Started Reading
December 1, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
December 8, 2017 –
page 300
66.96% ""That's the power of words; twenty six little letter can paint a whole universe.""
December 12, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 28, 2018 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
July 14, 2020 – Shelved as: f-f

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WOW they look great together Mel :@)


Melanie ( A Bald Mage) Keith wrote: "WOW they look great together Mel :@)"

Thank you, Keith! ❄☃💙xx


Melanie ❄️Nani❄️ wrote: "😍😍😍"

💙💙💙xx


Melanie Meghan wrote: "Ohhhhh mannnn I love these books!!!❤"

I have three chapters left, and I'm so in love. This is easily going on my best of 2017 list. ❄☃💙xx


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Kavita Kumar-Karthik Wow ! TBR..


Delia Ahhh my boyfriend just bought me this book. Can't wait to delve in


message 8: by Jessica's (new)

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession Great review sweetie :)


Melanie Delia ✨ (Bookish Nymph) wrote: "Ahhh my boyfriend just bought me this book. Can't wait to delve in"

I hope you love it, Delia! It's so damn good! Happy reading! ❄☃💙xx


Melanie Jessica's wrote: "Great review sweetie :)"

Thank you so much, Jess! You are so kind! ❄☃💙xx


Gelisvb I am very anxious for this one


Melanie Gelisvb wrote: "I am very anxious for this one"

Oh my gosh, the last chapter is going to hit you especially hard! You have to read it and then come talk to me, Gelisvb. Also, I miss you so much. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season, love. ❄☃💙xx


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Awesome review Melanie! xxx


Melanie SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Awesome review Melanie! xxx"

I can't believe I'm just now seeing this! Thank you, my love! I hope you're having the happiest of reading! 💘xx


message 15: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Excellent review, Melanie!! <3


Melanie Deanna wrote: "Excellent review, Melanie!! <3"

Thank you, Deanna love! I hope you're having the happiest of reading! 💘xx


TheYALibrarian My thoughts exactly great review. I don't know how I'm supposed to wait either :(


Melanie TheYALibrarian wrote: "My thoughts exactly great review. I don't know how I'm supposed to wait either :("

Awh, thank you so much, love! And yeah, hopefully Lifel1k3 can hold us over. Hopefully. Happy reading! 💘xx


Melanie AMY♥Queen Of The Fat Cats♥ wrote: "You're review is awesometacular♥! xoxoxo"

Awh, thank you so much, sweetheart! 💖xx


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