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Angry God (All Saints High Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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"Mother. Of. All. Angst. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is rip-your-hair-out frustrating and full of depth and emotion." - Lana, DG Romance.
From #1 Amazon Bestseller L.J. Shen comes a new, emotional standalone about first love, second chances, and overcoming breathtaking losses at a young age.
They call him an angry god.
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.
A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.
They say this place is haunted, and it is.
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.
Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.
"Buckle up and enjoy the ride, because you're not coming out the same way you went in. A top 2020 read hands down.” Helena Hunting, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
“Heartbreakingly beautiful, awe-inspiring, and gut-wrenching, Angry God is a unique masterpiece that will leave you gasping for air and crying for more. LJ Shen is in a league of her own and this book and series will forever leave a mark on your soul.” Rachel Brookes, Bestselling author
"A delicate web of destruction with Angry God. The artistry that L.J.is gifted with blows me away every single time, but Angry God was a whole new dimension." - Amo Jones, bestseliing author of The Elite series.
"I nearly forgot how to breathe as my eyes tried slowing down to savor Vaughn and his story. And still, I devoured each page as if they were embedding into my skin." - Bestselling author C.L. Matthews
"You are not ready for this book. It is raw. It is it's own masterpiece. Vaughn is nothing and everything all rolled into one and his goddess is perfection unlike anything Shen has written before." - Amy, Obsessive Book Whore Blog.
"Angry God is a straight up powerful read, managing to be bitterly funny , profoundly tragic and raw, as well as giving us great insight into art and music." - Yamina, Woman Who Stares at Books.
"The book has been written with so much thought and emotions, I'm left speechless. LJ Shen always manages to surprise me. I don't think any words can do justice to her and her work. With that being said I would definitely recommend reading this book." - Hades' Sinners Blog.
"LJ continues to grow and expand as an author, with every new story that she creates being better than the last." - Aundi, Musings of a Modern Belle Blog.
"I just finished reading this book and woof what a masterpiece it was. Vaughn's story had been a long time coming. There was so much hype, so much secrecy, so much curiosity... it was such and long wait too and it was SO WORTH IT." - Bookish Aurora.
"Vaughn Spencer was everything we wanted him to be but he was so much more than what we expected. A hero like no other, a man worth so much respect. In so much awe right now. I can't begin to explain. " - Blissfully Bookish Blog.
"A consuming love story, where Vaughn and Lenora bring the most beautiful emotions from the darkness of their own pasts, from the darkest depths hidden in some far away castle." - Isa, LaCroqueuseDeLivres
"This book is the true definition of a page turner. Leigh's an outstanding storyteller, who knows how to draw the reader in and keep them hooked. With her constant twists and turns and all the surprises that you just don't see coming she makes you totally addicted to her books. Angry God owns me fully- mind, heart and soul. LJ Shen ended All Saints High series epically." - Weronica, Little Steamy Reads.
"Whatever you think you know about this book throw it out. I was not prepared for the masterpiece L.J. Shen created." - Native Hippie Book Obsession.
"Love spanning Continents. Lives ruined. Bloodshed. Epic." - Nikita Navalker.
"LJ Shen truly outdid herself on Angry God, the final book in the All Saints High series. She held nothing back and gave us her all and delivered us with this heartbreakingly beautiful story that is Vaughn and Lenora." - Lisa, Two Bookish Brits
About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Christian Rummel is an actor and VO artist.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B084V22LYF
- Publication date : February 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1800 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,550 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters are UNIQUE! My Vaughn is..., I have no words, his personality fascinates me, a character so complex as I have never read another hero before, his mind is a vast universe full of thoughts that torture him, and he has such a pure heart under his cold outside. Lenny is his perfect complement, sassy and brave, determined and loyal, she is my author's FAVORITE HEROINE to date.
Although at the beginning they can't stand each other, L.J. does a masterful job narrating the evolution of their relationship and the characters, I loved the way in which the author gradually reveals layers and layers in their personalities. Wow! They are the perfect combination, innocent but sexy, vulnerable but strong, hurting but divine.
THEIR ROMANCE IS HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! I Ioved their deep and intense connection, their hearts and souls are connected through time and distance! And their scenes dear god, are sooo scorchingly hot, dark but sweet, wow, they took my breath away! Their love story will stay in my heart forever!
And Vicious as dad is the best thing ever!!
The author gives us a masterpiece that is beautifully tragic, emotion overflows in every page, the writing is exquisite, flawless and sexy bordering the dark and decadent. There is something so powerful in L.J. Shen stories, something that mesmerizes you, owns your soul and leaves you speechless. But ANGRY GOD GOES BEYOND EVERYTHING I'VE READ BEFORE, it is an unique experience, a roller coaster of intense and deep emotions.
Get ready to be owned, wrecked and ruinned by L.J. SHEN AT HER BEST!!
I went into this story reading nothing but the blurb. I like going in blind and living the story page by page. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the story unfold.
Vaughn is complicated. He's a dark and broody artist. He's emotionally withdrawn and introverted. He's cruel and manipulative. He's also an amazing talent, incredibly gorgeous and unforgettable. He seeps into your soul and takes hold.
Lenora is a good girl. She follows the rules, gets good grades, works hard and stays out of trouble. But she hides her darkness. After losing someone close to her, she wanted to change who she was. So she embraced her dark side.
They met as young teens but never forgot each other. Their first meeting left a lasting impression. Now it's senior year of high school and they are both in Todos Santos. Vaughn doesn't do feelings of any kind. So tormenting her any way he can becomes his only focus. Lenora doesn't let the haters phase her. She has grown a backbone and no longer backs down. He tries to make her life hell. She fights back every step of the way.
The rules do not apply to Vaughn. With a daddy that could buy and sell the town, he can do whatever he wants. Lenora survives him but could not wait to head back to her home country and chase her dream. An artist herself, she has been fighting for an internship at her father's exclusive art school for a long as she can remember. Her biggest competition is Vaughn.
The two end up together once again. Sparks always fly when they are together. She doesn't believe in love. He doesn't know how to feel anything. This is a story of self-discovery. Together they will fight through their past.
I had no idea what to expect and this final book of the series was dark and delicious. Vaughn will make you angry, get you HOT and bring you to tears. Your heart will ache for him. This story is heavy and complex. You'll read of pain and loss. Ultimate betrayal and acts of defiance. And the ANGST will overwhelm you at times. You'll embrace the thirst for revenge. And the Spencer's will once again remind us why we love them all. It's always hard to see a series end and letting this one go is the hardest. The series came full circle and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
This book was my most anticipated read of 2020!
The book I've read and devoured sadly did not measure up to any of sos books at all. First it started with pretty reckless I loved that book. Broken knight I was just ugh saddened that I cud barely even finish it. I loved vicious book absolutely loved his book. So when i found out we were getting vaughns book i wept for joy. I couldnt wait for this book. The hype and everything was there but sadly this book didnt even measure up for me. I'm now thinking mrs shen shudnt even have written these books. She shudve left vicious and emilia family alone and let them ride off into the sunset happy and content. I did not like what she did with vaughns story at all. I saw it coming from the beginning. Agh!. Just cudnt fathom why she would marginally put that in here. Severely disappointed. I expected more from this book. Sadden to rate this at a 1 stars outta 5
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Broken Knight is my preferred.
This is an ok read, with good character arcs but I didn’t really gel with the story or their relationship.
But again, why do US authors STILL not know that the age of consent is 16 in the UK.
Mold is mould
Realizes is realises
It’s take THE piss, not A piss ( or was that a typo?)
Only northerners say lad.
We are not ‘seniors’ at school.
If your characters are English they will think in English, not American!
Attention to detail is really important.
* rant over
1. On a light note: If you are British (I am British) get ready to be annoyed: the characters attend an English boarding school in a castle where they have to bow to the teachers and wear capes; the English protagonist uses the word "fall"; the locations are a bit muddled, and, my favourite of all, the protagonist says she and her friend are taking "a piss" when they mean, of course, "the piss" (for Americans: one means urinating, the other means bantering).
2. On a heavier note: I have read every book in this series and I would say that this is the most triggering in terms of subject-matter. I would compare this in content to "Bane" and Jess's background. Child sex abuse is a main plot line and it is HIGHLY detailed. The novel uses pedophilia in a sensationalist way, with zero sensitivity. The author seems to draw a link between homosexuality and pedophilia being equally depraved, and at the end of the book the father of the child sex abuse survivor tells the mother to pretend she doesn't know about the abuse, in order for their son can preserve his "dignity". This implies that surviving sex abuse is somehow undignified or shameful? The novel uses the events themselves as plot points, but never once explores (or even hints at) the consequences of trauma. The survivor believes that he is sexually broken in some way, and offers an explanation of his sexual desire and history through the lens of trauma. It makes absolutely no sense and is yet another example of an author dealing with sex abuse in a highly insensitive way. We are also expected to believe that a young survivor was instantly able to realise what was happening, i.e. that the abuser had done something wrong, but didn't tell anyone and instead became aroused by murder? The abuse itself is not only explored graphically, but also the way in which the abuser manipulates those around him and grooms the family in order to hide his actions. The abuse also hinges around a moment in which the parents have suspicions, but the abuser uses this as an opportunity to flatter them and further ingratiate himself within the family. When the abuse is "revealed", the survivor is not given any type of support or even affirmation. Instead, the abuser is punished outside of the law, and the survivor somehow becomes miraculously healed of his trauma without the need to go through any type of therapeutic process or have the benefit of being in a healthy, supportive adult relationship. Note: by choosing not to report the crime and instead taking matters into his own hands many years later, allegedly to stop the abuser abusing others, the survivor actually allows the abuser to continue teaching. It is explicitly stated that the abuser abuses many other children. The book doesn't deal with institutional failings accurately at all, as the school would be implicated and it is hinted at that the abuser's actions were known about by hundreds of people. So not only does the book refuse to address the consequences of trauma for the character, it also refuses to address that the abuser had no chance of outrunning the law due to so many testimonies, which are never explored as by taking matters into their own hands, the main characters deprive the other young survivors of the chance to confront their abuser through the legal system and gain closure if they feel this is what they need. Overall the depiction of child sex abuse in this novel is a huge, problematic, dangerous mess.
3. By now it is clear that the book should come with some serious trigger warnings. I think that authors can deal with certain topics, such as rape and abuse, in a way that is sensitive and empowering, showing how survivors can heal and form happy, healthy relationships with others. This is not one of those books. On top of the harmful depiction of child sex abuse, self-harm is romanticised and sexualised too. Blood-letting is depicted as sexual, with cutting introduced into the sexual act. This is a specific fetish that alienated me, along with many other readers. Using the sharp end of a chisel in a vagina goes beyond mainstream fetish into dangerous territory. The sexual relationship that the characters have, even disregarding the blood-letting, is dysfunctional in the extreme. Other relationships in this series are incredibly loving and supportive, but this one is juvenile, toxic and unhealthy. All the characters seem to do is abuse each other and drink blood. We are then expected to believe that the main character believed, during the course of his relationship with his girlfriend, that she knew he was abused and hid it as a shameful secret. The unhelpful portray of post-abuse sexuality continues. I found it impossible to engage with the sex scenes as a result of all this, and I thought that the author was trying so hard to be sensationalist, wasting the talents of her writing and characterisation.
I have read every book in the original "Sinners of Saint" series and the spin-off, "All Saints High." My favourite book from the original series has to be "Vicious" and my second-favourite probably "Bane". My favourite of "All Saints High" would be "Broken Knight" purely because of Knight, he is such a well-drawn character and successfully straddles the line between being difficult/ tortured and a lovely, redeemable person. Vaughn is.... something else entirely. He is unlikable and remains so. Somehow Vicious could pull off being horrible, but Vaughn is downright creepy. Drinking blood (I mean this literally) is not sexy for most people. The carefree Californian vibes of the other books is lost completely here, but that was part of their charm.
I also don't like the recurring plot device that someone's personal history excuses their behaviour. Vaughn's history doesn't cancel out his terrifying actions. Obviously the characters stay together at the end, but they hadn't unpicked their issues enough or experienced any kind of stability. They played mind games with each other throughout the book and do some very messed-up things, so when the book ends with marriage and kids, I was worried for the future of their kids! As a reader, you can't really *imagine* Vaughan and Lenny having a healthy, adult relationship, whereas with couples like Baron and Emilia, at least you had seen them in semi-domestic situations together, and with Knight and Luna their character development led them to a mature, responsible place.
A main issue with the "All Saints High" books that I have seen in other reviews too is the age of the characters. Yes, you will read about some seriously young people meeting the loves of their lives. I'm only 22, but reading about 17 year olds having kinky sex makes me uncomfortable, so I can't imagine how older readers feel. Whenever you're invested in the plot and characters, remembering how old they really are is jarring. For every "All Saints High" book, L.J.Shen has tacked on first meetings between the characters when they are children, and "Angry God" is no exception. If two people meet when they are 13 or something and instantly have some kind of chemistry, then fast forward a few years and they're in a sexual relationship... as an adult, it does feel a bit weird to read about and I wish the characters were older. The age these characters are when they have children is disturbing, especially considering they have the emotional maturity of walnuts.
As a whole, the plot and editing of "Angry God" was much, much tighter than some of the other books in the series. There weren't any major inconsistencies, for example when Bane cuts his bun off, then a few chapters later puts his hair into a bun. However, a major family event happens in "Broken Knight" that isn't even mentioned in "Angry God", even though the timelines are the same. There was also a meeting between Vaughn and Lenny that took place in "Broken Knight" that isn't mentioned in "Angry God", even though it was significant enough to warrant it. Vaughn and Lenny actually go upstairs alone during a Christmas party at the Rexroth house but we don't get an explanation about this. In terms of linked events, I liked the funny explanation about the "mysterious girl" who Vaughn arrived in Indiana with in the closing chapter of "Pretty Reckless." I think a main disconnect between this book and the others is the location. It is partly set in England, and characters like Trent, Melody, Rosie, Lunar, Daria, Dean, and so on aren't mentioned at all or very little. Rather than wrapping up everything that is Todos Santos, "Angry God" takes a sharp departure from established territory and delves into the unknown. It is an odd choice from L.J.Shen. I thought that the book might end with a group gathering at the Spencer mansion, or one of the family barbecues that occurs in "Scandalous". That said, I loved seeing more of Baron and Emilia in this novel. It was nice to see that their lives were in order. I noticed that Bane and Jess were completely absent throughout "All Saints High" so it would have been nice to get a small mention of them.
Like everything L.J.Shen writes, "Angry God" is an addictive read and carries you along, caught up in snappy language and seductive characters. However, unlike her other books, the plot of "Angry God" is disturbing with very little light relief. In many ways, I liked reading "Angry God" but I definitely wouldn't return to it, whereas I would/ have reread "Vicious" or "Bane." Those books had a lot of dark moments in them but they were also a lot of fun. I think content-wise "Angry God" has a lot in common with "Bane" (r.e. abuse) but whereas "Bane" ended with such an incredibly hopeful, positive message, I was left quite freaked out by the ending of "Angry God". These characters 100% need some deep therapy. The book is not fun to read and you always know it is heading somewhere dark. As I've mentioned, when the book ends with the characters in a stable marriage, I did wonder how on earth they would be able to relax around each other after everything that happened. The jump from bullying each other to being in a healthy marriage is so sudden, out of all Shen pairings this reads as the most unbelievable. In order for the relationship to work, they would have to become completely different people but practically no development occurs (on-screen at least).
I would definitely recommend this book to people who have read the rest of the series, as I think it is one of the best written of the spin-off series, it is just a shame about the content. It is impossible to root for or believe in the main romantic relationship. To people who hadn't read this series, I would NEVER recommend "Angry God" as a standalone. I would warn them away from this subject matter, especially the narrative arc and the final redemptive event that left a horrible taste in my mouth. I missed the fun, easy banter of other books but overall still found "Angry God" addictive to read. Your main takeaway from this review should be that the book deals insensitively with disturbing, triggering content.
Angry God is the book I've been waiting for ages for so having it finally on my kindle made my day, week and year.
This book consumed me from the get go. The writing was perfection. Every word I felt something and every word played with my emotions.
The plot captivated me. The book was intense, dark and gritty and unlike any of the other books in the series. I love she made this book darker than the rest as we all no Vaughn was a dark character from the start of this series.
Vaughn was such a unique character. Everything about him and his personality captivated me and fascinated me. His mind and how he thinks was like nothing I've ever read before and how complex he was....don't get me started on that!
Vaughn and Lenny are perfect for each other but opposite in everyway. I loved there feel and dark connection.
This book is a masterpiece. I'm not sure how the author could ever top it but I bet she does and I can't wait until that happens.
I was so excited to see that Lenora was, in fact, Vaughn’s girl - as LJ wrote they are heaven and hell sent. They were so perfect for one another.
The whole plot was amazing I love how we travelled from America to then England (where Lenora and poppy were from.)
I was so surprised to see that him and Lenora knew each other from before and that they had such a complex history.
They fit so well together it was great to watch them grow - both their characters surprised me so much, the depth they both had and I was so surprised by some of the events in the book!
It was great to see daddy vicious and mum Emilia too!
The ending with the letter!
Just pure perfection, can’t wait for the Boston belles series!