ARC Review: No Gods, No Monsters // Captivating, diverse, and bewildering

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title: No Gods, No Monsters
Author: Cadwell Turnbull
Series: Convergence Saga #1
Genre/s and tags: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, POC, LGBTQ+
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: September 7, 2021
Content warnings: Police brutality, Gun violence, Violence, Gore, Blood, Drug abuse, Domestic abuse, Death, Murder, Suicide, Suicide attempt
Goodreads synopsis: 

No Gods, No Monsters book cover

One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

As creatures from myth and legend come out of the shadows, seeking safety through visibility, their emergence sets off a chain of seemingly unrelated events. Members of a local werewolf pack are threatened into silence. A professor follows a missing friend’s trail of bread crumbs to a mysterious secret society. And a young boy with unique abilities seeks refuge in a pro-monster organization with secrets of its own. Meanwhile, more people start disappearing, suicides and hate crimes increase, and protests erupt globally, both for and against the monsters.

At the center is a mystery no one thinks to ask: Why now? What has frightened the monsters out of the dark?

The world will soon find out.


I got an e-ARC from NetGalley!
(This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)

Hello book nerds! I hope you’re doing good! September has been hectic for me, filled with stress and anxiety (definitely not the most fun), so that means I’ve been reading less. However, I think I found my favorite read of September, and it’s No Gods, No Monsters! I was able to get approved of an e-ARC from NetGalley a week before this book released and I was so excited to dive into it!

No Gods, No Monsters truly surprised me. Blending urban fantasy, science fiction, and horror, this book is a roller coaster ride highlighting humanity, the world, and the reality we know.

My thoughts on No Gods, No Monsters

First of all, this took me on quite a ride! I first thought I was just going to read a usual SFF book, but wow wow wow. No Gods, No Monsters gave me chills, not just because of the gruesome or startling scenes, but also because it made me question what we know about the world.

This book dove into the paranormal and the supernatural, featuring the creatures in the dark and mythology from different parts of the world; the secret organizations that operate in our society; the blend of magic and the scientific theories that surround us; the reality that we know and how much we don’t know about the world; the hardships and the different experiences people go through; as well as the society and the system we live in and how it can be unfair and oppressive. I absolutely love this because this book showed range, all the while capturing the readers’ attention and keeping them on edge.

Another thing that really impressed me is the writing style and the prose. It was dark and eerie and so captivating. Several times, I had to stop reading and pause because the writing gave me chills. Especially the unnamed narrator! That really threw me off a few times, but I was so bewildered and impressed at the same time. The author has blended horror, fantasy, and science fiction, and I must say he did it so brilliantly.

I have to say, there were a lot of characters and it can get confusing and hard to keep up at some points. However, I also have to point out the fact that the way these different characters and their perspectives intertwine was impressive. (And again, that unnamed narrator?!) Kudos to the author for creating such an intricate yet satisfying network of point of views.

Despite the number of characters though, I was still so invested in them. The writing style of the author makes it so easy to learn about the characters and get attached to them and their stories. I was rooting for them, and I loved learning about their journey and where the story will take them.

I also appreciate the fact that this story tackled racism, police brutality, mental health issues and family conflicts, open relationships, the oppression and the discrimination towards people who are different, and more.

Of course, I also adored the queer rep in this book. There is a trans and ace rep, sapphic rep, nonbinary rep, and more! This book showed diversity not just in the themes or the concepts, but also the characters themselves. I love that.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. The ending was a little vague and it makes you anticipate for the sequel, too! No Gods, No Monsters surprised me and I loved it!

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review: No Gods, No Monsters // Captivating, diverse, and bewildering

  1. Great Review! this is one of those books I cannot wait to get my hands on but my library only has the audiobook. The multiple characters make it a hard pass for me in audiobook format, treating myself to a physical copy cause it just sounds like a future favorite lol. Love when an author can blend multiple genres while also weaving in tougher themes. *Crossing my fingers I’ll also love it* Happy Reading! ❤

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    • Oh yeah, if I remember correctly, I talked to someone who listened to the audiobook of this and the long character list definitely made it hard for them! I hope you get that physical copy soon then! 😆 And yes to that, I hope you enjoy this one because the multiple genres mixed with the tougher themes really amazed me in this book!


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