The Gods & Monsters Trilogy – Book 2
Notes: This book contains details of sexual, emotional, and mental abuse. The author herself has added trigger warnings for abuses, violence, and controversial themes. My reviews contain small spoilers that outline the plot rather than divulge the full story.
Jane’s journey continues to tear at your heart in this second installation of the Gods & Monsters trilogy. Just as you think you’ve got a grip on things, Janie Marie rips the rug out from underneath you.
Fallen queen covers Jane’s attempts to control the darkness within while struggling to overcome the abuse her husband brings upon her again, her feelings of abandonment, and then experiencing the true landscape of Hell. I spent so much time feeling anxious while being unable to put the book down and just walk away, plus moments of wanting to throw my Kindle at the wall. For at least 12 hours out of the last couple of days, Janie Marie has had me wishing I could take away Jane’s pain – that is just how incredibly well written this continuation is.
We rejoin Jane as she struggles with the disappearance of her Angel of Death while Prince David is her rock showering her with a love that she feels she is undeserving of. Jealous of her relationship with Death and David her husband, Jason, abuses her in unthinkable ways. His selfishness, narcissism, and unwillingness to understand the needs of the person he had married to leads to some of the most emotionally charged chapters of the book. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried for Jane.
Throughout Fallen Queen you get a feel of the underlying meaning of the series – Enduring pain, finding strength in the help and love of those close to you, and growing from it. This touched me on a personal level, yet again. It’s so much more than a book about zombies, wolves, vampires, and Gods.
Continuing past the emotional breakdown you will encounter moments of hilarity in the exchanges between Jane and her adoptive big brothers. I honestly laughed out loud and earned myself some raised eyebrows while being completely unable to explain to those around me what was so funny.
Jane’s moments of fearlessness include her base jumping from a freaking plane, to saving the ass of someone who hates her, and to take all of the hurt and pain she has weathered into an epic showdown in the arena of Hell.
We are also introduced to the Norse Gods in this release plus heroes and villains that are not quite so heroic or evil as you’ve been led to believe. The continuation of characters that are flawed, never perfect, and just trying to do their best outlines the humanity in all of us.
We all have our demons, we all have our own darkness, and we can all be a light for others when it really counts.
“A true goddess will not lower herself to blend in with others around her. She stands tall, admired and often envied. Do not try to be what society thinks you should be. You are my Jane, a shining beacon amongst flickering, dying candlelight. Let them burn out. Your beautiful heart will keep your light burning for all time, and I could not ask for a better gift than to watch my playful goddess dancing in the darkness.” – David
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