Gods & Monsters is the new offering from Saffron (Author) and the second book I’ve read by her. I couldn’t decide what to read next and it was the other half who actually said this one just on the title alone.
I have slightly mixed feelings about Gods & Monsters, even as I write this review I’m on the fence as to whether its a 3.5 or a 4 star book. I’m hoping by the end I’ll have made my decision. The book follows the story of Evie and Abel. When I first started this book I felt like it was set maybe in the 80/90s. The time period felt dated and it wasn’t until Abel mentioned a mobile (cell phone) that I realised it was actually the town they lived in that was dated and not the books setting. I struggle with books a little like that, here in the UK we don’t really have the whole very religious towns or that kind of community. So its hard for me to imagine and empathise with the characters. However, I could understand the feelings between Abel and Evie. Even if I didn’t get the reactions of the town or the way the families acted (Again, Abel’s parents weren’t the normal even here but I don’t think they would have been ostracised in that manor).
Gods & Monsters is set in 3 parts with chapters within each. The first part was a little slow for me, starting when Evie was 12 (I think or was she 13?) and then going through till she was 17, it felt like Abel and Evie progressed really fast both emotionally and sexually. Again maybe that has more to do with the way of life? It didn’t sit right with me. The photography thing was great but the whole drawings and photographs were a bit (Dare I say creepy?) where a 17 year old girl is concerned. Part 2 was better but I think I accepted the book a little more as I got into my head Evie/Pixie was older when in reality she was only 18. I’m not a prude and I think maybe I’m coming across as one in this review (Please see some of the other books I’ve read, I’m actually really open minded), but the actions of these two just didn’t sit right for me. From the job Abel took, to the way they acted out. But, and I need to say this, I may not have got it but I think Saffron wrote their lives well from Evie POV. I can’t fault that writing at all. Part 3 went a little better, maybe its because it was told from Abel’s POV. Maybe its because I felt that’s where the characters grew and finally there was a lot more understanding. Did I like the ending? It fitted Gods & Monsters and the characters, but I kind of wanted the reality and not a HEA.
I do feel with my review of Gods & Monsters it sounds like I’m slating the book but I’m really not. I did enjoy it, but I didn’t understand a lot of it. I couldn’t feel the despair of their lives and how they great up. This was more of a new adult, coming of age, dark book with adult content. The sex scenes were HOT. I’m not going to say they weren’t, but I think my mind struggled with what category this book sat under. I did enjoy this but think I loved The Unrequited more. That book really was intricate and amazing – if you haven’t read it please do! You won’t be disappointed. I think I’ll give Gods & Monsters 3.5 stars purely as it wasn’t quite a 4 for me, but it was well written and different to other stuff I’ve read. This was a Kindle Unlimited book, so free for those who subscribe.