Sunday, 20 December 2020

Book Review: No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull (Urban Fantasy)

Title: No Gods, No Monsters
Author: Cadwell Turnbull
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: 7 September 2021
Pages:
350
Format:
eBook - PDF
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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 unrelated events. Members of a local werewolf pack are threatened into silence. A professor follows a missing friend’s trail of bread crumbs to a mysterious secret society. And a young boy with unique abilities seeks refuge in a pro-monster organization with secrets of its own. Meanwhile, more people start disappearing, suicides and hate crimes increase, and protests erupt globally, both for and against the monsters.

At the center is a mystery no one thinks to ask: Why now? What has frightened the monsters out of the dark?

The world will soon find out.

 

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 deeply about them and their personal struggles outside of the overarching plot. Still, this is a fresh read and in a different style from most urban fantasy out there at the moment, so if you are a fan of the genre, I do recommend checking it out. For me, it was a 3.5-star read.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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