Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1) by Amy McNulty - Ashley's Review + GIVEAWAY!

Good morning! Today, we're super excited to be a part of the blog tour for Amy McNulty's thrilling new book, Nobody's Goddess, out now from Month9Books! Ashley really loved every twist and turn of this book, and we have her review for you today. There's also a giveaway where you can win your very own copy of the book, so be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Also don't forget to stop by all of the other fabulous tour stops. There are plenty of interesting guest posts, interviews, and even more reviews, all of which you can find by clicking the banner above!

About the Book

Title: Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil #1)
Author: Amy McNulty
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Synopsis: In a village of masked men, each loves only one woman and must 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.

Where the rest of her village celebrates this mystery that binds men and women together, seventeen year old Noll is just done with it. She’s lost all her childhood friends as they’ve paired off, but the worst blow was when her closest companion, Jurij, finds 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 loved her: she is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Thus begins a dangerous game between the two: the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled man is willing to lose.

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About the Author

Amy McNultyAmy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

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Ashley's Review

I've really been on a fantasy kick lately, which tends to happen at least a few times a year, so I was really excited to start Nobody's Goddess. At first, I wasn't entirely convinced that this was going to be a book for me. The synopsis just didn't grab me the way I hoped it would, and I almost passed on this book. But then I started reading it. And it was so much more than I could have hoped for, and I am SO glad that I gave it a chance! 

The rules of this world are a little confusing and strange, but as the book progresses, and Noll discovers more about her self and her village, things become more clear. I had so many questions - why does just looking at a man's face kill him? Why can he be looked upon once he finds his goddess? What kind of crazy goddess started these crazy rules in the first place? Why is just this one village affected? Plus a thousand more! Since this is a series, I didn't expect to have most of them answered, but Amy did give enough answers that I'm even MORE curious about this world and its people! 

In the beginning, Noll was not my favorite. She's kind of annoying, although I'd be upset if all of my friends started leaving me too. Then her best friend finds his goddess in her sister and she's even worse. I understand that losing your friend, who you're in love with, to your sister probably feels like the worst thing ever, but you don't have to be a jerk to your sister. It's not her fault. All she did was exist. And then there's no reason to try and convinced him that he really loves you, when we just went through this whole thing of him finding his goddess in your sister. I mean, I kind of get it, but good grief girl. Leave the poor boy alone, at least he's still your friend. 

Amy has this incredible way with words that make the world and its characters jump right off the page. I felt for all of them, even the minor characters, and I was sad when things didn't work out like I had hoped. The world building is just right - nothing is forced down your throat, and the world begins to unfold in a natural way as the book progresses. There's a little bit of exposition in the beginning, but a lot of it is the reader learning things as Noll discovers more of her world's secrets. I really enjoyed how magic is woven into the story as well. It's not overwhelming, and there are no wizards or witches or any of that; just an inherent magic of the land that calls to certain people and establishes its own rules.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Nobody's Goddess to anybody looking for a great fantasy book with a plot that's unlike anything I've read before. The characters and the world are all done incredibly well, and Amy's talent with making words jump right off the page to tell the story is just fantastic. Although I think this book could have acted as a standalone, I'm so glad there is at least one more book in this series. I want to know what happens next with Noll and her man, and with all of the rules that may or may not still be in effect. I'd give it a 4/5, and cannot wait to read the next book! 

The Giveaway!

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--Ashley & Paul

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