Thursday, February 22, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Gods & Monsters - Saffron A. Kent

Gods & Monsters
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2018

He was an artist. She was his muse.

To everyone in town, Abel Adams was the devil's spawn, a boy who never should have been born. A monster.
To twelve year-old Evie Hart, he was just a boy with golden hair, soft t-shirts and a camera. A boy who loved taking her picture and sneaking her chocolates before dinner. A boy who made her feel special.
Despite her family's warnings, she loved him in secret for six years. They met in empty classrooms and kissed in darkened church closets. Until they couldn't.
Until the time came to choose between love and family, and Evie chose Abel.
Because their love was worth the risk. Their love was the stuff of legend.
But the thing about legends is that they are cautionary tales. They are made of choices and mistakes. And for Abel and Evie, the artist and the muse, those mistakes come in the form of lights, camera, sex.
NOTE: This is NOT a paranormal or a priest romance.

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4 Stars

Gods & Monsters is about what you think it is about in a very small way, but beyond that it really is a years long tale of two young children caught in the midst of a small town's ugly beliefs. It's a story of their strength and their bravery and their determination to not be like their parents. It's their journey into adulthood as their innocence is taken from them and they discover the truths of the world on their own. It's about companionship and hope and the unjust things that can weigh you down if you let them. The book follows Evie and Abel, children not meant to interact that ignore the rules and find friendship and love in one another. 

"But something makes Abel Adams different."

I loved Evie for so many things, but particularly for her strength and acceptance. She faced everything with optimism and viewed everything from childlike eyes, even as she grew into an adult. Abel was a hard character to love, his past making him hard and angry, the love from Evie barely enough to light his way. Though their friendship and romance is sweet, the journey they take together is dark and fraught with hardships. Both children do not know the type of love they deserve and, though they find it in each other, it affects them when they are older. Both struggle with anger, with their desperate need to be together and the things they must do to actually succeed together. They grow up to fast, missing the things they shouldn't have to miss, but finding a way to do it together anyway. It was heartbreaking to read, so many scenes hurt me and felt so real, and so many scenes made me very angry too, but ultimately I just loved these two and loved what they found in each other. 

"And then, when I've given you everything, I'll take. Whatever I want."

I deducted a star due to my need for more from Gods & Monsters, it just felt like something was missing especially with the lack of changing POV until the very end. I understood the reasoning, I absolutely felt the impact of the transition and why Saffron A. Kent went that route, but I think most of the gaps in the story stemmed from Abel. I wanted more of his story to be revealed, I wanted the recovery of their relationship to be detailed, I just...wanted more. I'm like Ariel from The Little Mermaid over here, haha. Additionally, I would have really appreciated timeline markers in Part I of the story, as the time moved quickly and it did take me a few pages into each chapter to realize that our main character had aged. That said, I did enjoy how the book was broken into parts and each had a very significant message and complex storyline that was unique to the characters and the story as it progressed.

"They say history repeats itself more often than not. There's poetry in nature. A symmetry."

Overall, Gods & Monsters was a fantastic read and I really found it to be a unique contemporary romance that readers will enjoy reading. Much of it was unexpected, yet relevant to many issues youth face today. As a coming-of-age story, it is very fitting of the times and I appreciated the introspective evaluations of self that each character went through. It's the sort of book where you can see something is coming and it's shocking when it does, but it also is the sort of book where you have to trust the characters, that they will do what's right and that the author, Saffron A. Kent, will do right by them too.
Author Bio

Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World. 

Saffron is a big believer in love (obviously). She believes in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But she also believes in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. She believes in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.
The kind of love she writes about is flawed just like her characters. And she hopes by the end of it, you’ll come to root for them just as much as she does. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful.
She is represented by Meire Dias of Bookcase Agency 

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