**Disclaimer, I have not read Wicked Saints or any spoilers about it. I received it from an Amazon preorder. The following post is pure speculation on what I think I will like and dislike about it.**
Title Wicked Saints
Author Emily A. Duncan
Description from Amazon
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
From what I have seen on bookstragram and all of the major book subscription boxes, this is one of the most anticipated YA books of 2019. The description sounds amazing and I’ll be honest, I completely fell for the hype. I am extremely excited to read this book.
The cover of this book is fascinating. It reminds me of a medieval Russia and I love that. Also, the red (possibly blood) dripping from the “W” of “Wicked” really gets my gears turning about what kind of mysteries are contained in this book.
I have both the original cover and the OwlCrate special edition cover. In my opinion, both covers are equally beautiful and have equal shelf appeal.
One thing I didn’t love was the spine of the book. There is a face there (not sure if it belongs to the author, because it doesn’t really look like her), but it totally creeped me out. I think these are going to be front facing books for as long as I have the shelf space.
Note on the Dust Jacket Description
“A girl who can speak to gods” — this reminds me of a Joan of Arc character. I want her to be fierce and fearless and amazing like Joan of Arc.
“A prince in danger” — In danger from what? Since the cover reminds me of Russia I want him to be in danger from a political plot (I’m thinking Romanov-esque).
“A boy with a monstrous secret” — I have no idea what his secret is but I’m sensing some kind of love triangle. For those of you who have read my reviewS before, you know how I feel about those. For those who haven’t, I hate them. But, I am willing to look past this because the rest of the plot sounds amazing.
I love that this is the start to a trilogy. And, the cover tells you that. I can’t tell you how much it annoys me when I start a book and I have no idea how many books it will turn into. I feel like I judge the story so much differently knowing if there are more installments following or not. I actually think I am more forgiving of things I didn’t like when I know it’s going to be a series.
Since I am doing the Goodreads 52 books in 52 weeks challenge and I have not read anything “gothic” yet, this book is perfect. The plot sounds fantastic and it crosses off one of the categories that I wasn’t sure I’d even get to.
Side note on the challenge, I have already read 73 books this year but I have not hit all of the categories yet.