by Rebecca Ross
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 12 Feb 2024
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.
After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.
To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish—into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love.
Shadow and Bone meets Lore in Rebecca Ross's Divine Rivals, an epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.
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Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books for the eARC of Divine Rivals!
Divine Rivals is incredibly moving and emotionally devastating. Rebecca Ross captivates readers in this stunning tale about two rival journalists- Iris Winnow and Roman C. Kitt. I won't give anything away because you will absolutely want to read this book and be surprised at every turn. Rebecca Ross' writing style flows beautifully and keeps you on the edge of your seat- always wanting more. Magical typewriters, a war between gods, and an enemies to lovers romance that will leave you swooning- Divine Rivals has all the right ingredients to leave you sobbing.
I highly recommend this book and will be pre-ordering for my shelf!
Thank you so much to the Publisher for sending me an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review of this.
I am so blown away by Rebecca Ross' storytelling that anything she writes just leaves me speechless and Divine Rivals is no different. Although i do think this book is my favorite by far. Reading about Iris and Roman left me speechless and i kept wanting to shake each of them as they spoke to each other and i found myself wishing i had a physical arc of this so i can annotate it properly.
I'm also upset that i have to wait until 2023 so i can talk about it properly because let me tell you, if you loved A Lovely War AND the anime Violet Evergarden. This should be right up your alley.
Truly the only complaint I have about this is that the sequel isn't out for ages and I need to know how it ends. This combines all my favorite trope of all time - the 'shop around the corner'/'you've got mail'/'she loves me', with a fantasy war epic. I was the target audience and I adored it. It's somehow both so dark and so light and fluffy all at once.
The characters were sublime and the world building was so different. It all worked in concert so well.
This book is profoundly beautiful. Divine Rivals is now one of my favorite books. The writing style is amazing (like everything this author writes) and the atmosphere of the book is stunning. Picture: warring gods, a magical wardrobe the two MC’s can (somewhat anonymously) pass letters through, a sentient house, lost loved ones, and a beautiful romance. The overall atmosphere of war-time, rainy days, and the MC’s working at the newspaper also make this the perfect cozy read. I literally couldn’t put this down and haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it.
I can’t wait to read this again and again.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an early eARC.
DIVINE RIVALS has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2023, so getting an e-ARC of this book was such a treat!
Two rival journalists during a war of the gods? I was instantly captivated by this story, and it was genuinely hard to put down once I began. It's compelling and magical -- and the romance! SWOON. It's well-written and unique, and weaves such an enthralling tale of magic with a story of war. It's unlike anything I've ever read and I can't wait to have a physical copy for my shelf! Well done, Rebecca Ross!
A big thanks to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.