Damaged Gods Book Review

April 29, 2022 / 0 comments

Damaged Gods Book ReviewDamaged Gods by J. A. Huss
Series: Monsters of Saint Mark's Book #1
Published by Self-Published on July 27th 2021
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: ebook
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If you’ve gotta be stuck in a curse with monsters—they might as well be sexy monsters.

When I answered an ad for a caretaker at Saint Mark’s Sanctuary I thought I’d be dusting chandeliers and polishing floors. I didn’t expect to be tricked into a curse, going in debt to a monster, and being forced to take a self-paced “Let’s Learn Magic” course so I can fix a two-thousand-year-old problem.

And that monster?

Not your ordinary, everyday beast.

He has hooves, and horns, and fur on his legs.

But ya know where he doesn’t have fur?

Yeah. There.

Which is fine.

Except he doesn’t wear pants.

Nothing at Saint Mark’s is exactly what it seems.

The entire inside is magic, the hallways upstairs are nothing but parties from the past, and the super-hot guy who lives in the dungeon?


Not human.

My name is Pie and all I want is to be a normal girl with an average life.

I refuse to get stuck in this curse.

I refuse to learn magic to break it.

And there is no way in hell I will fall in love with a monster.




Liezel’s Thoughts:

I’ve been a long-time fan of J.A. Huss, and so, of course, I didn’t hesitate to start this book, especially since the second book was just released. HOWEVER, what I didn’t realize was what I was getting myself into. Damaged Gods isn’t your typical paranormal romance that I expected, not even close.

For me, it felt like a Beauty and the Beast and Alice In Wonderland mishmash combined with paranormal and mythology references. It was seriously a breath of fresh air.

The characters were peculiarly interesting. At first, I didn’t know what to think about Pie and Pell. They aren’t your run of the mill heroine and hero. Pell specifically disconcerted me but after being in Pie’s presence, he grew on me to the point where I wanted him to get his much deserved HEA.

As the story unfolds, a few unanticipated elements and even remarkable characters are thrown into the mix. This is when things get even more interesting. Curiouser and Curiouser! I love how the author continued to surprise me throughout the book. I personally can not wait to see what it all leads to in the second book Savage Saints.

The Verdict:

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About J. A. Huss

J.A. Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her book, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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