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Angry God (All Saints High Series Book 3) (English Edition) Format Kindle
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- ASIN : B084V22LYF
- Langue : Anglais
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 386 pages
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Je lis absolument tout de cette auteure et une fois de plus, elle ne déçoit pas. J'attendais l'histoire de Vaughn avec impatience et toute cette attente en valait la peine. L.J. Shen lui a donné l'héroïne qu'il méritait et ces deux personnages se complètent parfaitement. Leur alchimie est tout simplement parfaite et leur histoire est unique. La plume magique de L.J. Shen envoute et nous transporte dans l'univers artistique du couple. Le côté sombre des personnages ajoutent du mystère à l'histoire. A acheter les yeux fermés et sans hésiter. J'adore !!
Vaughn est le digne fils de son père arrogant mais aussi sensible car on découvre au fil des pages qu'il a un terrible secret et qui le rend un peu plus humain malgré ses actes.
Lenora est une jeune femme qui a une telle repartie et qui ne se laisse pas faire je l'adore!!
L'intrigue est certes basique mais j'ai adoré!! et puis elle se passe dans une école d'art et on parle de sculpture donc forcément!!
La relation entre les deux est un peu bizarre mais elle est tellement bien maitrisé qu'on ne peut que tomber amoureux de cette relation!!
On revoit aussi Vicious et Emilia et surtout on a leur point de vue et cela fait du bien!!!
Bref, j'ai adoré ce livre et j'ai hâte de savoir si Hunter aura un livre!!
“We were an unfinished business, personal and always walking the tight rope between love and hate.”
Oh my god.
I have no words. NO words.
Everything in Angry God is heartbreakingly perfect. Vaughn and Lenora are so much MORE than what I was expecting. Oh and Vicious and Emilia... Ugh, my poor heart. I can't even begin to explain how I LOVE them. My heart hurts so much knowing that this is the last book in the series.
I'll stay extremely vague, as I don't want to spoil anything for you. With that being said, I can assure you that Angry God is hands down, one my favourite books this year.
Vaughn is working toward redemption with a vengeance and all his being is hateful as je hides a painful secret.
Lenora and Vaughn met when they were 8 years old, and continued to link their soul up to when they were 13, when she saw something he didn't want her to see.
This story is not for the faint of heart.
Bonus points : Baron & Emilia Spencer 💙
La relation entre Vaughn et Lenora, dont on a ressenti les prémices dans Broken Knight, est un mélange d’amour et de haine, et je ne comprends pas comment deux personnes trouvent l’énergie et la satisfaction de se lancer des crasses à longueur de temps. Lenora est une fille forte, qui ne se laisse pas marcher sur les pieds, malgré le harcèlement dont elle fait preuve à son lycée, et qui tente simplement de survivre dans un environnement hostile. Tous deux ne comprennent pas la nature de leurs sentiments l’un envers l’autre, et l’évolution subtile est bien amenée.
Vaughn m’a brisé le cœur. Malgré des parents aimants et protecteurs, on dirait qu’il est étranger aux émotions et n’apprend à y faire face qu’avec Lenora. Avec les révélations qui sont faites, j’ai énormément pleuré sur la famille Spencer, plus que sur tous les tomes de la saga.
J’aurais aimé voir les autres personnages de l’univers de la série, ainsi que le point de vue de Millie face à un drame personnel qu’elle a vécu dans la chronologie des évènements LJ Shen a plutôt conçu le livre comme un stand alone, avec quelques références subtiles, mais c’est vraiment dommage.
L’auteure prépare maintenant un autre spin off avec le personnage de Hunter, personnage secondaire et pas vraiment développé, qui est ami avec Vaughn et Knight. Espérons qu’il n’y ait pas trop de drama trop lourd…
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Broken Knight is my preferred.
This is an ok read, with good character arcs but I didn’t really gel with the story or their relationship.
But again, why do US authors STILL not know that the age of consent is 16 in the UK.
Mold is mould
Realizes is realises
It’s take THE piss, not A piss ( or was that a typo?)
Only northerners say lad.
We are not ‘seniors’ at school.
If your characters are English they will think in English, not American!
Attention to detail is really important.
* rant over
1. On a light note: If you are British (I am British) get ready to be annoyed: the characters attend an English boarding school in a castle where they have to bow to the teachers and wear capes; the English protagonist uses the word "fall"; the locations are a bit muddled, and, my favourite of all, the protagonist says she and her friend are taking "a piss" when they mean, of course, "the piss" (for Americans: one means urinating, the other means bantering).
2. On a heavier note: I have read every book in this series and I would say that this is the most triggering in terms of subject-matter. I would compare this in content to "Bane" and Jess's background. Child sex abuse is a main plot line and it is HIGHLY detailed. The novel uses pedophilia in a sensationalist way, with zero sensitivity. The author seems to draw a link between homosexuality and pedophilia being equally depraved, and at the end of the book the father of the child sex abuse survivor tells the mother to pretend she doesn't know about the abuse, in order for their son can preserve his "dignity". This implies that surviving sex abuse is somehow undignified or shameful? The novel uses the events themselves as plot points, but never once explores (or even hints at) the consequences of trauma. The survivor believes that he is sexually broken in some way, and offers an explanation of his sexual desire and history through the lens of trauma. It makes absolutely no sense and is yet another example of an author dealing with sex abuse in a highly insensitive way. We are also expected to believe that a young survivor was instantly able to realise what was happening, i.e. that the abuser had done something wrong, but didn't tell anyone and instead became aroused by murder? The abuse itself is not only explored graphically, but also the way in which the abuser manipulates those around him and grooms the family in order to hide his actions. The abuse also hinges around a moment in which the parents have suspicions, but the abuser uses this as an opportunity to flatter them and further ingratiate himself within the family. When the abuse is "revealed", the survivor is not given any type of support or even affirmation. Instead, the abuser is punished outside of the law, and the survivor somehow becomes miraculously healed of his trauma without the need to go through any type of therapeutic process or have the benefit of being in a healthy, supportive adult relationship. Note: by choosing not to report the crime and instead taking matters into his own hands many years later, allegedly to stop the abuser abusing others, the survivor actually allows the abuser to continue teaching. It is explicitly stated that the abuser abuses many other children. The book doesn't deal with institutional failings accurately at all, as the school would be implicated and it is hinted at that the abuser's actions were known about by hundreds of people. So not only does the book refuse to address the consequences of trauma for the character, it also refuses to address that the abuser had no chance of outrunning the law due to so many testimonies, which are never explored as by taking matters into their own hands, the main characters deprive the other young survivors of the chance to confront their abuser through the legal system and gain closure if they feel this is what they need. Overall the depiction of child sex abuse in this novel is a huge, problematic, dangerous mess.
3. By now it is clear that the book should come with some serious trigger warnings. I think that authors can deal with certain topics, such as rape and abuse, in a way that is sensitive and empowering, showing how survivors can heal and form happy, healthy relationships with others. This is not one of those books. On top of the harmful depiction of child sex abuse, self-harm is romanticised and sexualised too. Blood-letting is depicted as sexual, with cutting introduced into the sexual act. This is a specific fetish that alienated me, along with many other readers. Using the sharp end of a chisel in a vagina goes beyond mainstream fetish into dangerous territory. The sexual relationship that the characters have, even disregarding the blood-letting, is dysfunctional in the extreme. Other relationships in this series are incredibly loving and supportive, but this one is juvenile, toxic and unhealthy. All the characters seem to do is abuse each other and drink blood. We are then expected to believe that the main character believed, during the course of his relationship with his girlfriend, that she knew he was abused and hid it as a shameful secret. The unhelpful portray of post-abuse sexuality continues. I found it impossible to engage with the sex scenes as a result of all this, and I thought that the author was trying so hard to be sensationalist, wasting the talents of her writing and characterisation.
I have read every book in the original "Sinners of Saint" series and the spin-off, "All Saints High." My favourite book from the original series has to be "Vicious" and my second-favourite probably "Bane". My favourite of "All Saints High" would be "Broken Knight" purely because of Knight, he is such a well-drawn character and successfully straddles the line between being difficult/ tortured and a lovely, redeemable person. Vaughn is.... something else entirely. He is unlikable and remains so. Somehow Vicious could pull off being horrible, but Vaughn is downright creepy. Drinking blood (I mean this literally) is not sexy for most people. The carefree Californian vibes of the other books is lost completely here, but that was part of their charm.
I also don't like the recurring plot device that someone's personal history excuses their behaviour. Vaughn's history doesn't cancel out his terrifying actions. Obviously the characters stay together at the end, but they hadn't unpicked their issues enough or experienced any kind of stability. They played mind games with each other throughout the book and do some very messed-up things, so when the book ends with marriage and kids, I was worried for the future of their kids! As a reader, you can't really *imagine* Vaughan and Lenny having a healthy, adult relationship, whereas with couples like Baron and Emilia, at least you had seen them in semi-domestic situations together, and with Knight and Luna their character development led them to a mature, responsible place.
A main issue with the "All Saints High" books that I have seen in other reviews too is the age of the characters. Yes, you will read about some seriously young people meeting the loves of their lives. I'm only 22, but reading about 17 year olds having kinky sex makes me uncomfortable, so I can't imagine how older readers feel. Whenever you're invested in the plot and characters, remembering how old they really are is jarring. For every "All Saints High" book, L.J.Shen has tacked on first meetings between the characters when they are children, and "Angry God" is no exception. If two people meet when they are 13 or something and instantly have some kind of chemistry, then fast forward a few years and they're in a sexual relationship... as an adult, it does feel a bit weird to read about and I wish the characters were older. The age these characters are when they have children is disturbing, especially considering they have the emotional maturity of walnuts.
As a whole, the plot and editing of "Angry God" was much, much tighter than some of the other books in the series. There weren't any major inconsistencies, for example when Bane cuts his bun off, then a few chapters later puts his hair into a bun. However, a major family event happens in "Broken Knight" that isn't even mentioned in "Angry God", even though the timelines are the same. There was also a meeting between Vaughn and Lenny that took place in "Broken Knight" that isn't mentioned in "Angry God", even though it was significant enough to warrant it. Vaughn and Lenny actually go upstairs alone during a Christmas party at the Rexroth house but we don't get an explanation about this. In terms of linked events, I liked the funny explanation about the "mysterious girl" who Vaughn arrived in Indiana with in the closing chapter of "Pretty Reckless." I think a main disconnect between this book and the others is the location. It is partly set in England, and characters like Trent, Melody, Rosie, Lunar, Daria, Dean, and so on aren't mentioned at all or very little. Rather than wrapping up everything that is Todos Santos, "Angry God" takes a sharp departure from established territory and delves into the unknown. It is an odd choice from L.J.Shen. I thought that the book might end with a group gathering at the Spencer mansion, or one of the family barbecues that occurs in "Scandalous". That said, I loved seeing more of Baron and Emilia in this novel. It was nice to see that their lives were in order. I noticed that Bane and Jess were completely absent throughout "All Saints High" so it would have been nice to get a small mention of them.
Like everything L.J.Shen writes, "Angry God" is an addictive read and carries you along, caught up in snappy language and seductive characters. However, unlike her other books, the plot of "Angry God" is disturbing with very little light relief. In many ways, I liked reading "Angry God" but I definitely wouldn't return to it, whereas I would/ have reread "Vicious" or "Bane." Those books had a lot of dark moments in them but they were also a lot of fun. I think content-wise "Angry God" has a lot in common with "Bane" (r.e. abuse) but whereas "Bane" ended with such an incredibly hopeful, positive message, I was left quite freaked out by the ending of "Angry God". These characters 100% need some deep therapy. The book is not fun to read and you always know it is heading somewhere dark. As I've mentioned, when the book ends with the characters in a stable marriage, I did wonder how on earth they would be able to relax around each other after everything that happened. The jump from bullying each other to being in a healthy marriage is so sudden, out of all Shen pairings this reads as the most unbelievable. In order for the relationship to work, they would have to become completely different people but practically no development occurs (on-screen at least).
I would definitely recommend this book to people who have read the rest of the series, as I think it is one of the best written of the spin-off series, it is just a shame about the content. It is impossible to root for or believe in the main romantic relationship. To people who hadn't read this series, I would NEVER recommend "Angry God" as a standalone. I would warn them away from this subject matter, especially the narrative arc and the final redemptive event that left a horrible taste in my mouth. I missed the fun, easy banter of other books but overall still found "Angry God" addictive to read. Your main takeaway from this review should be that the book deals insensitively with disturbing, triggering content.
Angry God is the book I've been waiting for ages for so having it finally on my kindle made my day, week and year.
This book consumed me from the get go. The writing was perfection. Every word I felt something and every word played with my emotions.
The plot captivated me. The book was intense, dark and gritty and unlike any of the other books in the series. I love she made this book darker than the rest as we all no Vaughn was a dark character from the start of this series.
Vaughn was such a unique character. Everything about him and his personality captivated me and fascinated me. His mind and how he thinks was like nothing I've ever read before and how complex he was....don't get me started on that!
Vaughn and Lenny are perfect for each other but opposite in everyway. I loved there feel and dark connection.
This book is a masterpiece. I'm not sure how the author could ever top it but I bet she does and I can't wait until that happens.
I was so excited to see that Lenora was, in fact, Vaughn’s girl - as LJ wrote they are heaven and hell sent. They were so perfect for one another.
The whole plot was amazing I love how we travelled from America to then England (where Lenora and poppy were from.)
I was so surprised to see that him and Lenora knew each other from before and that they had such a complex history.
They fit so well together it was great to watch them grow - both their characters surprised me so much, the depth they both had and I was so surprised by some of the events in the book!
It was great to see daddy vicious and mum Emilia too!
The ending with the letter!
Just pure perfection, can’t wait for the Boston belles series!