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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
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bookshelves: ya, fantasy

Ughhhh. I should have known the hype was too good to be true. This is on me, guys. I believed the hype and it steered me, once again, to a thoroughly three-star book.



Despite the haunting setting and skillful world-building, Wicked Saints fails to deliver on its essential promises.

My full review spends a lot of time on the really great aspect of this book, the worldbuilding, which blew me away. The two warring nations were fleshed-out and captivating. If the bloody, brutal, winter-is-coming fantasy kingdom is your thing, you'll love this book's aesthetic.

That said… I browse Instagram for aesthetic. I read for story, for characters, for theme, for plot. A slick look is no substitute for strong fundamentals. For me, this is where the book starts to fall apart.

With a poor grasp of point-of-view and a poorly conceived plot, Wicked Saints' story just doesn't live up to the visuals.

My full review is here. Three stars.
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Reading Progress

February 23, 2019 – Shelved
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
May, 2019 – Finished Reading
May 2, 2019 –
20.0%
May 9, 2019 –
45.0% "/Users/katherinelandoll/Downloads/WCmXbk7.gif"
May 13, 2019 –
74.0% "So this is what happens when you have an aesthetic​ instead of a story"
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: ya
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy

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