City of Gods and Monsters ★★★★★

I. loved. this. book. I literally was up until 3am just reading because I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was right there with the characters and that’s not something that I feel too often. The world-building and the characters were just so so good! And! The author doesn’t leave the book on a cliffhanger!! Amazing! Also…there’s some spice in this book.

Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to the city of Angelthene. We hope you survive.

Loren Calla has only ever been ordinary. As a human struggling to survive in a city that caters to the needs of vampires, werewolves, witches, and other supernatural creatures, she always assumed her life would remain simple, predictable, and as safe as her world would allow.

Until she barely escapes abduction at the hands of Darkslayers—supernatural bounty hunters that possess the Sight, a magical tracking ability that allows them to see a person’s aura—and one of her friends is taken in her place. The abductors are demanding a ransom: Loren’s life in exchange for her friend’s safe return. Loren will do whatever it takes to get her friend back—even if it means accepting help from Darien Cassel, the leader of the Seven Devils, the most feared Darkslaying circle in the city.

Darien specializes in tracking down demons and criminals that are better off dead than alive, so when he takes a job to track down Loren and finds out she is human—and couldn’t hurt a fly if her life depended on it—he decides to protect her instead of turn her in for a reward. As much as Loren doesn’t want to admit it, Darien is her best and only chance at finding her friend alive, if she can somehow manage to get along with him—and not fall head-over-heels in love with him in the process, which is far easier said than done.

When more women start disappearing, and some of them slowly turn up dead, Loren and Darien’s search for answers takes them deep into Angelthene’s corrupt underbelly, where they discover a dark secret that threatens to unravel their world. And when tragedy strikes, Loren learns that love can make an ordinary person do extraordinary things.

My review:

This book pulls you right into the story so make sure that you have time to sit and read! It’s not a small book but it really moves quick. I was a little hesitant about starting this book because of its size but I am so so glad that I didn’t listen to myself. I think a lot of this is because of the writing and how well everything flows together. I love the writing style of this book and am interested in reading more like it.

The main character, Loren, is human in every sense of the world. She makes mistakes, gets annoying, and gives in to her wants…sometimes. She wants to help everyone that she comes into contact with and I really admire that about her. Loren does it in the least condescending way possible, which is great. She watches as her friend gets kidnapped in front of her, because of her, and plans to stop at nothing to get her back. She is someone that I’d want as a friend because of her courage and ability to follow her emotions in a cruel world.

Okay so. The love interest in this book is as broody as they come. The tension that it creates between him and Loren is wonderful to read through. Darien and Loren are totally one of my new favorite book couples. This is a slow, slow burn! If you don’t like characters teasing the line between will they, won’t they, then this may not be the book for you. There is a lot of back and forth and it is delicious. The chemistry between the two is palpable and I really enjoyed the sexual tension too.

“Touch her again and I’ll cut your goddamn heart out.”

You get to know so much more about Loren and Darien because this book is written from both of their perspectives! I really enjoyed getting to see how they both reacted to situations and their thought process when they fucked up. There was something refreshing about how often the point of view switched between the two. It was so fluid it never brought me out of the book.

The main group of people, besides the main characters, were so interesting. The devils grew to be some of my favorite people to read about and I loved lots of the interactions that they all had with each other. They were a real found family and I liked how well Loren fit into that, not immediately becoming best friends with everyone.

I really loved this book and it’s going to be something that I recommend for a while. I’m excited for book 2 to come out later on (no release date yet) but for now, I will just think about Loren and Darien from time to time. If you have the chance to pick this up, you should! It is on kindle unlimited if you prefer to read your books that way too!

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