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  • 09/2016
  • 1927940680
  • 312 pages
  • $13.99
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  • 09/2016
  • 978-1-927940-68-6 B01LWYA52V
  • 314 pages
  • $2.99
Amy McNulty
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Nobody's Goddess (The Never Veil Book 1)
Amy McNulty, author

In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to 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. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found 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 chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

Winner of The Romance Reviews' Summer 2016 Readers' Choice Award in Young Adult Romance.

Reviews
McNulty’s opening entry in the Never Veil series is a complex exploration of gender roles, romance, and stereotypes in a village where women are revered. Readers first meet Noll as a 12-year-old tomboy, angry that her male childhood friends are finding their “goddesses,” their true loves. Each goddess is destined to be loved by only one man, and males must remain masked from birth until his goddess “Returns” his love after she turns 17. To be seen without his mask by a woman who isn’t a blood relation means instant death. Noll chafes against these rules and despairs when her lifelong friend Jurij, whom she loves, finds his goddess in Noll’s sister. Just before Noll’s 17th birthday, the lord of the village finds his goddess in her, a situation neither party appreciates. The next months are a whirlwind of time-bending adventures that immerse readers in a maelstrom of plot twists and allusions to “Beauty and the Beast” and other fairy tale love stories, while Noll’s understanding of gender-based social and cultural dynamics develops. Books two and three are also available. Ages 14–up. (BookLife)
Melissa Giorgio

"You may think you have this book figured out, but I'm here to tell you that you're wrong. I can't tell you how many times my jaw dropped while reading this, as Amy surprised me again and again with unexpected plot twists. If you're a fan of fantasy novels looking for something different, make sure you pick this one up!"

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—When the first goddess cast her spell a 1,000 years ago, she decreed that all men must wear masks until each finds his one true love—his goddess. Noll lives in a small village where men are at the mercy of their women. Meanwhile, she and Jurij play as childhood friends until Jurij recognizes his goddess in Noll's sister, Elfriede. Noll is devastated. With no other eligible candidates in her village, the teen sets out on a pilgramage to find answers. On this quest, Noll encounters a magic sword, which allows her to travel between the past and present to find the answers she desperately needs about the first goddess; the spell, which man was meant for her; and how to save Jurij. McNulty has created a setting which seems both familiar and foreign. There are many terrestrial qualities to this 16th-century village, such as mountains, meadows, forests, and lakes. But there are also hints of magic throughout. Slightly underdeveloped world-building makes it difficult to keep track of all the rules. As the plot develops, the heroine encounters the lord of the castle. The story line then follows the pattern of many "Beauty and the Beast" adaptations. The lord takes Noll to his castle where she is imprisoned, and they only have each other for company. The character development flounders a bit as McNulty sets the scene. Despite its slow beginning and choppy pace, the story is fun and engaging, featuring a female protagonist who will resonate with young teens. VERDICT Recommended as an additional purchase.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 09/2016
  • 1927940680
  • 312 pages
  • $13.99
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 09/2016
  • 978-1-927940-68-6 B01LWYA52V
  • 314 pages
  • $2.99

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