Daughter of Gods and Shadows (<–Amazon Affiliate Link)
by Jayde Brooks
Amazon Excerpt:
Eden Reid is not interested in prophesy. The problem is that a doozy of a prophesy is bearing down on her. Such is the case when you’re a twenty-four-year-old from Brooklyn, New York who is about to discover she is an ancient god. A truly powerful one. And with power comes problems. A truly formidable demon is gunning for her; a zombie-like pandemic is spreading across the country, creating creatures who are hungry for flesh, fast on their feet and clever; and there is the mysterious, handsome stranger with powers of his own who claims to have been her lover from a time and a life that Eden cannot remember. He promises to help awaken her powers for the upcoming war. A war where there is only one prize: survival…in Daughter of Gods and Shadows from debut author Jayde Brooks.

Do I
recommend it: Yes, but it is a slow read.
Diversity:
5
Characters:
5
Story: 4 (minus 1 for the zombies)
No Shame
to My Game.  I bought this book solely
based on the book cover. I kinda wish I had bought a hardcover so that I could
frame the cover and place it over my desk.
This is
what I wrote before I finished the book: Because
I bought it for its cover, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised
that I didn’t like it. I found it hard to connect with any of the characters. In
fact, I wasn’t even going to finish the book. But I decided it had fey and
black people. And since Coal has fey and black people I forced myself to
finish. And OHEMGEE. I’m so glad I did. I ended up loving it! Absolutely loving
it.
What I liked:

  • The unique
    twist on fey. Y’all know I’m all about fey.
  • Her
    descriptions of the troll Andromeda. I really hope Book 2 will focus on her.
  • Lilith the
    succubus who haunts everyone’s dreams. 
  • Khale the
    Shapeshifter. I also heart shapeshifters and Coal has shapeshifters. Khale
    would make Octavia Butler cheese with pride.
  • A great
    fight at the end with a silverbacked gorilla
  • The seer
    twins Ursa Major and Ursa Minor
  • Kifo the Djinn
  • The theme:
    How sometimes we have to become evil to defeat it
What I didn’t like:

  • The
    zombies. I’m tired of zombie books and there was nothing in Daughter of Gods and Shadows to change my mind.  Thankfully,
    they were gone by the end of the book.
  • The
    cliche bad guy who felt he was born to rule and do bad, bad things.
  • The convenient
    soul mate for the main character. UGH. I wanted them to work harder for their
    relationship. But I think I just have a grudge against uncomplicated love. 
  • The main
    character, Eden.  I never connected with
    her. But Andromeda, Kofi, and Khale, I heart.
Neutral

  • More sex
    than I was used to. It felt out of place at first, but it became less jarring
    at the end. 
If you love fey and urban fantasy, you will love Daughter of Gods and Shadows by the end. I can’t wait for Book 2. 

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