Convince Me To Read (1): Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

Posted January 23, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 1 Comment

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While we all have fairly similar tastes, sometimes we need a little push to read a certain book. The Convince Me to Read Review will be a review of the novel plus a section on why we think the others would enjoy it. It may lead to a Two Peas in a Pod Review!

Convince Me To Read (1): Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNultyNobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty
Published by Month9Books on April 21st 2015
ISBN: 0692337385
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 274
Format: ebook
Source: Kobo

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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.

Jamie’s review

I really enjoyed NOBODY’S GODDESS. It was something so unique and different that I found myself really enthralled with the story to the point that I almost had to blink myself out of a daze when I finished.

One thing that was extremely well done was the world building. There could have been a bit more throughout the novel instead of the majority of it in the last couple of chapters, but I still really enjoyed it. I was so intrigued with the story and the world. It was so unique and creative, which is something I really admire about this book. At first I was ehh about the fact that women had so much power over men because while it is great I wasn’t happy about the fact they literally died if they saw a woman’s face.

I understood why things happened the way they did once we got to the ending — and I did enjoy how it all came full circle. I just thought a bit of the alternate/past world was a little rushed and not as thoroughly developed as I would have liked. I thought for the amount of time that Noll spent in this world, too much happened too quickly without a real explanation or warranting it to actually occur.That’s my only real complaint, though.

I thought the characters in NOBODY’S GODDESS were all well developed and I liked that Noll really came to realize this, especially during her speech at the end. I thought it was a pretty perfect ending and I’m glad that it wasn’t wrapped up with a neat little bow to make an actual “happy, perfect” ending, if you know what I mean. There are unresolved issues and tensions and I think it is exactly what this book needed. People need to realize that making a choice doesn’t exempt you from the consequences.

I have some status updates on Goodreads but they are spoiler filled so have caution while reading them. I thought it was really well written but some parts of it were jarring. I did like the conclusion though and I am excited to see where this story is heading. I have already preordered NOBODY’S LADY and am secretly hoping Dani and Iris will buddy read it with me when it’s released in April 2016!

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I see that Dani already has NOBODY’S GODDESS added to her TBR on Goodreads, but I want to expedite her reading of it and also convince Iris to pick this one up.

With the fantasy elements and a strong female character who is also vulnerable at times, I think both Dani and Iris will enjoy NOBODY’S GODDESS just as much as, if not more than, I did. Dani will really like the fact that every action had a subsequent consequence and Iris will really connect with Noll and her decision making at times. I think both of them will feel all the feels at the end when Noll makes her speech. I most selfishly want them to read this book so I can talk to someone about it and what my theories are without spoiling the book completely for anyone.

Since this one has already released, I think they should both pick it up ASAP and read it together for a Two Peas in a Pod Review, then we can read the sequel as soon as it is released on April 12, 2016.

About Amy McNulty

Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

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