Tuesday, 20 January 2015

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY- Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin

Title: Breaking Saint Jude  
Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: January 14th 2014
Genres: YA M/M Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N 
Source: Bought ebook

When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.


I'll be honest. When I first heard about this one I was a bit hesitant to read it because I absolutely hate taxidermy. I can't stand the thought of animals being treated that way. But because this is Nikki Godwin I knew I had to give it a shot because I have adored everything this woman has wrote so far. I went into this with an open mind and I am so glad I did because like all of Godwin's other books, I loved it.
I'm not sure what I can say about this book and about my love for it. I loved the crazy cast of characters, especially Levi, the living Nightmare Before Christmas. I loved Jude's hobby of collecting broken glass in the colours of the rainbow. And I loved this quote:

“Maybe broken doesn’t mean you’re shattered,” Dad says, apparently in favor of an explanation. “It just means you feel every piece of your soul. Maybe you’re not meant to feel like one complete piece, but instead, a lot of different pieces that complete you. Sort of like your glass collection. You couldn’t form the rainbow without the broken pieces of each color.”

This book was heart-warming. It was quirky. It was fun. And it was everything I've come to love about this authors writing. Even though I didn't exactly like what they were doing, I was still able to enjoy the book regardless. I could appreciate why they started doing it all in the first place. Nothing will ever sell me on taxidermy but Godwin wrote about it in a way that didn't put me off reading. And I think that alone makes this book amazing.

Nothing about this book is typical. It is oh so very weird and oh so very wonderful. It seems Godwin can do no wrong. 


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