Nobody's Goddess

Nobody's Goddess

by Amy McNulty

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Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927940686
Publisher: Amy McNulty
Publication date: 09/21/2016
Series: Never Veil , #1
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 305,464
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

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Nobody's Goddess 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
DNF at 34% I first heard about Amy McNulty's Nobody's Goddess is a YASH contest a year and a half ago, and I even won some swag (EEK!!) So, when I saw it on NetGalley, I know I had to have the book. The beginning seemed pretty vague, as all beginnings go, but from the second chapter (present day) it all sort of fell apart for me. For one, I didn't UNDERSTAND it all. Men following a woman's every command, unable to look at anyone else once they found their goddess it seemed so - DRASTIC. I mean, sure, men CAN be unfaithful but in this book their being 'worthy' had them almost mindless? I hated that in empowering women, it made men a lesser, almost slave-like species. EQUALITY EVERYONE., IS THE KEY. Another thing I just did NOT get was the Lord's Manor/ Earthquake thing, but I accepted it as a plot quirk. When Noll, however, went there NOTHING HAPPENED? A meteor didn't crash into the village? Which brings me to Noll, who as I saw it for FEAR of abandonment managed to convince herself that she was in love with the man who was in love with her sister. I was like her WHOLE LIFE was a tantrum that I DID NOT UNDERSTAND. I simply couldn't go on. The book just wasn't for me.
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Actual rating 2.5/5 I really liked the premise of this book and enjoyed the plot, especially the twists and turns. I found that my enjoyment, however, was hindered by the main character Noll (aka Oliviere). I found her to be annoying, quite childish and selfish. The twist although surprising made me dislike her even more as a character especially as she was so thoughtless. I also found the beginning a bit hard to get into and I think the plot would have been improved if the twist was slightly different and Noll's actions were different. Overall, this book had a good plot (besides the plot twist at the end and Noll's consequential actions) and premise but I didn't like the main character Noll herself and found that both versions of the village, before and after the goddess, to be quite sickening. I think the plot would have been more interesting if Noll had of saved the day by remedying her previous actions and it would have been interesting to see the effects of this.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Noll lives in a small village, under the shadow of the lord's castle. The men supply the castle with the things he needs as no woman or girl is allowed to look upon the castle, or they turn to dust. When the boys reach a certain age, they fall in love with a girl/woman who is their "goddess". This book is incredibly in-depth and intricate. It has layer upon layer of story woven within its pages, and it will draw you in and keep you there until the story is over. There are lots of unique and fresh ideas within this book, so much so that I can't describe them all without doing the book a grave injustice. There is romance in this story, but I felt it actually took a back seat. It is more about Noll learning who she is, situations she has to live through to become who she needs to be. I was swept along right to the end, when my heart stuttered as I realised, along with Noll, just what was going on. Trust me when I say that I had to reread the ending more than once before I could convince myself to close the book. An excellent story, very well-written and with no editing or grammatical errors to detract away from the story, this is one Coming of Age Fantasy to be read and enjoyed more than once. Definitely recommended. * I received this book from YA Insider in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
SapphiredDragon More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Nobody’s Goddess. More so, even, than I was expecting. At the first it was not quite the story I expected it to be but this, in the end proved to be one of the things I loved most about it. For a start I really liked the premise of this novel. As I began the novel I thought the rules surrounding every man finding their goddess, such as men wearing masks so women could not look upon them, and women not being able to look at the Lord’s castle were more to do with custom. I soon realised that this world built by Amy McNulty was full of magic, and that magic truly did govern every aspect of these characters lives and this made me want to read further and learn more. There was an air of mystery from the first and my mind was full of questions. Who is the Lord of the Castle, why all these rules? What happens if they don't follow them? Why are they there in the first place? In some ways as I read further, I thought this might be a variation on a Beauty and the Beast kind of idea, but this was a mistake on my part as this was oh so much more and to my delight went of in such an interesting and intriguing direction. In her acknowledgements, Ms McNulty describes her novel as 'sometimes off the beaten path' and it was this characteristic of her tale that really made it the spellbinding and engrossing tale that it is as I truly did not know where the tale would lead me and this just pulled me in further. The way Ms McNulty weaves this tale with its mystery and slowly revealed truths is just perfect both in its pace and the threads that she weaves, I found the main character Noll, a little irritating and frustrating at times in the decisions she made though ultimately I understood them in the end.. She is a strong character who chafes at the rules that govern her life and that of her family and community. Having slowly lost all her childhood friends as each found their goddess, she feels isolated and rebellious but she also questions things are as they are this and it is this stubborness that sometimes causes her to make decisions she does. Overall this is a spellbinding and engrossing tale that leaves you wanting more. As this is marked as the instalment number 1 of the Never Veil series, I hope to learn more in future instalments about the world as I slowly fell in love with the characters over the course of the novel and am extremely eager to find out what happens next. A thoroughly satisfying tale. I give this story 4 stars! SapphiredDragon xx