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  1. jenny✨ jenny✨ says:

    When we return to the wheel of life you and I we will find one another again and again until the colonized and the enslaved and the abused will rise up with the holy strength of the gods behind them and together we will make it right I feel really conflicted about Trouble the Saints But I also think it's important to say off the bat While it wasn't the book for me I would absolutely still recommend this for its uniue exploration into legacies of trauma in BIPOC communities and to anyone intrigued by preternatural assassins grappling with morality and mortalityI confess that I struggled for a significant portion of the book We're immediately thrown to the world building wolves launching into convoluted gangster conspiracies without fanfare or context Often I'd catch myself drifting because the words on the page refused to cohere into any sort of plot in my head And I had a hard time grasping the magic behind the hands and numbers which made it difficult to connect with the characters and their stakes◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️Trouble the Saints is a triptych of stories—three sections three intertwined narrators—set in an alternate history New York on the cusp of WWII It's a noir too gritty dark embedded within the city's mobster underbelly In this world people of colour are occasionally bestowed strange powers called hands which are indeed tied to their physical hands Some hands parse out your darkest secrets Some are lucky with lottery numbers Others—like those of Dev Patil—sense threats And the hands of Phyllis Green? Hers itch to mete out murderous justiceThe book is definitely cerebral so than I was expecting—literary spec fic on racial themes very much like Stephen Graham Jones's The Only Good Indians which I also highly recommend And the hands themselves pose interesting uestions How are certain people blessedcursed with these talents? From where do they arise? Why do the hands even exist? “Your hands are like the numbers aren’t they Miss Green? A little luck the Lord gives us to let us get on top just for a bit even though they got all the power” “the numbers” refer to an ingenious and illegal lottery that originated in Black communities and helped Black folks to not only survive but also flourish in the 20th centuryPerhaps the hands are a way to empower people who have for so long been disempowered Perhaps they will tip the scales in favour of those marginalized by white supremacy As the story unfolds we come to understand that the hands are indelibly tied to histories of violence and inherited trauma that Black and brown folks faced and still face in America The hands like this history are a complicated entity that empower as much as burden their bearersTo me though Trouble the Saints is above all a love story Among a mostly hazy storyline this stood out in sharp relief the complex love that Phyllis Dev and Tamara hold for the people in their lives Alaya Dawn Johnson's prose is so precise and perfect in these moments it literally snatches my breath away She writes Sometimes I don’t know how we will survive each other Sometimes the greatest violence you can do to another person is to love them Her characters betray protect endear and hurt in eual measure They grapple with what they are willing to sacrifice in the name of love Sometimes the price is too high—sometimes being with someone means owning up to the ugliest truths about yourself There would be no revelations No holding my despised pieces to the light and finding them improbably precious ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ CONCLUSION Even though I struggled to parse meaning from an often ambiguous plot the meaning managed to find me anyway That's the power of Trouble the Saints Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan TorForge for this e ARC in exchange for an honest review


  2. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    Assassin falls in love???? Don't need to hear any thankssssAlso this is by the author of THE SUMMER PRINCE which is amazing


  3. *:・゚✧ Isabelle *:・゚✧ Isabelle says:

    35 starsEdit 72120 Happy publishing day Welcome to assassins and morally grey characters galore Trouble the Saints is a story set in New York just as WWII begins to dawn on America Phyllis a notorious assassin wants nothing than to escape her killing life but her past isn’t that set on letting her go just yet Coupled with magic and a bit of supernatural Trouble the Saints bases itself off a very intriguing premise The story is split into three parts each focusing on a different character At first I was pretty averse to this format as it usually means that I won’t be able to develop any connection to each character but Johnson’s characters are just impossible not to adore They have lovable features flaws dual sided characteristics and are just overall very complex characters Many of them are very morally grey characters teetering on the edge of evil but just because they aren’t good people doesn’t mean they aren’t good charactersOur first part focuses on Phyllis and her internal struggle that her ‘hands’ makes for her While she has able to live a somewhat peaceful life under the protection of Manhattan’s biggest mob boss she now wants out The second part focuses on Dev a friend and lover who deals with leading a two faced life and not knowing whether his love is justified And finally the third part and also my personal favourite focuses on Tamara a cheerful bubbly friend of the prior two who’s oracle calling leads her into a mortal dilemma The characters are not your typical fantasy cast but this isn’t your typical fantasy book either Set in realism if you’re looking for a refreshing new take on the fantasy and historical fiction genres Trouble the Saints is the book for you Now while I love the spin Johnson puts on the genres the fantasy aspect took a while for me to figure out The book opens up with a card reading and dream seuence sort of scene which only left me confused during the following chapters It was only until about halfway through when I finally saw what was going on I wish that this aspect of the book was clarified at the start as that would’ve made the first part much easier to read To give y’all a bit of a head start the main fantasy aspect in this book revolves around a sort of power referred to as the ‘hands' in which different people are blessed or perhaps cursed with different powers through their hands The power is most prominent in Black families and not so much in white It brings very important racial themes to the book as well and considering the time we’re living in currently very fitting Not only racial themes are brought up through the fantasy of the book but Johnson also deals with issues such as morality and choice Again Trouble the Saints sets itself apart from others in its genres through the themes and issues it tackles in its narrative A fact that I think makes this an excellent and thought provoking read I’m a big sucker for books that make you think deeper and books with hidden messages and this ticks all of those boxesAnyways continuing on the subject of confusing writing the first part was filled with it Complex sentence after complex sentence purple prose one too many adjectives you name it The writing in the first part was not only hard to read but also extremely difficult to absorb I found myself rereading almost every sentence just to get a clear picture of what she was trying to say The author seems to almost leave all that behind as soon as the second part starts which was a relief While I struggled with Johnson’s writing in the first part I can’t deny that she is a good writer This alternate world she has built is sparkling in all its grizzly and bloody glory She deftly captures the vibe and aura of the 1940s and traps it in this book Every single aspect from the way the characters talk to the way they act just completely immersed me into her worldThe reason I’m giving this book a 35 star rating is because of how I rated each part Part one for me is 3 stars; for all that it is good I still can’t get over how hard it was for me to get through it Part two is 35 stars; an improvement from part one but the time jumps just made the writing and pacing too inconsistent for me to enjoy And part three is 4 stars; I loved Tamara and the complex conundrum she faces I could honestly read a whole book about her In fact I don’t think I would’ve minded if this whole book was set from her point of viewFor me a 35 is a pretty good rating so don’t let it convince you otherwiseBetween the fantasy the complex themes and the realism Trouble the Saints is a fascinating read that exceeds the confines of its identifying genres Highly recommend you give this one a shot I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Oh how bad I wanted to love this book I just couldn't connect with it I was looking forward to reading about Phyllis this bad ass character who is a black assassin in Harlem that specializes in throwing knives but my interest kept slipping The timeline flashbacks and visions had me a bit confused so I couldn't follow the story easily It also includes two other perspectives which didn't interest me I think I pictured the story differently from how it turned out and that may be the reason it disappointed me Great book bad timing Yet I definitely recommend Trouble the Saints because the elements in it may capture you differently than it did for me Trouble the Saints covered Harlem New York City the Russian mob night clubs corrupt cops assassins and magic While including people of color ethics and love Give this one a try it may be your next 5 star read Thank you Macmillan TorForge through Netgalley for approving my reuest to read Trouble the Saints in exchange for an honest review


  5. Sahitya Sahitya says:

    TW Racism description of a lynching that happened in the past violence and murders many scenes with descriptions of bloodIt’s probably of 35 but to be honest I’m still unsure This historical fantasy noir with supernatural elements is so far away from my comfort zone or anything that I ever read that even I’m surprised to see it on my tbr But I was very intrigued when I first saw the cover because it’s super pretty and I guess I just wanted to try something different But now I don’t know what to say The prose was beautiful at places but also harder to understand at others overall taking a little effort from my side to understand the meaning behind it all We are also pretty much thrown in the middle of things and have to figure out what’s happening in this world on the cusp of WWII where certain people of color seem to have magical powers We also follow three POVs but consecutively which is something I’ve never read before and I actually enjoyed how they could feel like three different stories but also so very connected The characters are compelling though not always likable but I was uite interested to know what was gonna happen to them And what a pleasant surprise it was to find that one of them is a biracial Hindu character whose beliefs influence how he perceives his magical giftWhile the story and writing are one thing it’s the thematic elements of the book that stood out As an America during late 30searly 40s racism is very much alive and we see it in small microaggressions to bigger scarier moments We also see biracial characters both white passing and not as well as Black characters try and navigate this world where they may have some magic of their own but ultimately they are powerless in the face of white supremacy We also witness the effects of generational trauma caused by slavery and everything after that and how this trauma influences the actions of different people in myriad unexpected ways There is also the underlying theme that it’s not enough to carve out a safe place for ourselves in a world that makes us powerless but it’s also important that we fight to make the world better and maybe take some of that power back with whatever resources we have We owe this to the ancestors who suffered unspeakable horrors which many didn’t survive In the end I honestly don’t know how to articulate what I felt about this book If you are a fan of noir enjoy reading historical stories through the lens of people of color living a tough life in those times don’t mind some purple prose and like your fantasy to have strong themes then you might enjoy this book But it also has mob bosses dirty cops and politicians and undercover operations; so be prepared for a good amount of gore and violence


  6. Karen Karen says:

    This sounded so promising A book described as The Night Circus meets the Underground Railroad set in New York on the eve of WW2 A girl from Harlem who works as an assassin haunted by her past If I have a single character weakness it’s fierce girls with knives I expected bloody murder maybe a moral dilemma or two It sounded fantasticI did really like the characters and how Johnson explored race through Phyllis the main character who can pass for white in order to work for a white mobster and get around in the criminal underworld There have been many stories of girls who pass for boys to infiltrate certain communities but I’ve never read about someone passing as a different ethnicity—at least not in such a memorable way as Johnson does here However I found it really hard to get into the story The writing didn’t really click with me It wasn’t bland or poorly written; I think the overall structure threw me off and I really struggled to visualize and stay grounded in the story It’s a pass for me largely because of the writing style but this is certainly a uniue novel I wish I could have enjoyed An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  7. Ms. Woc Reader Ms. Woc Reader says:

    Assassins? Old Harlem? Noir feel? Sounds like the ingredients to a great story Instead what I got was a dense and endless tale I knew this book wasn't for me when I was only 15% in after having read it on and off for a few hours I did not expect the book to be this disappointing Pea wasn't even an interesting assassin She's already given up killing at the start of this book and refuses to kill a woman who is clearly trying to and almost does take her out Dev was a love sick puppy over Pea Tamara had the most interesting story of them all with her powers as an oracle however this book was so convoluted that by the end I was weary and ready for it to end Please see longer detailed review on my blog Thank you Tor Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this bookhttpswomenofcolorreadtooblogspot


  8. Jules ✨ Jules ✨ says:

    assassin from harlem who is drawn into the underworld of New York in the late 30s and will have to fight magical realism meets historical fiction meets fantasy again what else do you need?0104 UPDATE Thank you Netgalley Tor Books and Macmillan TorForge for the ARC


  9. Sana Sana says:

    An assassin fighting her fate in an alternate history novel I WANT


  10. Mike Dillon Mike Dillon says:

    Trouble the Saints troubled this reader Even after reading other reviews I did not find in this book anything close to what I was expecting I was hoping for righteous women of color kicking ass and taking names Or an alternate history of World War II where soldiers wield magic along with rifles Or a story of forbidden love where our young lovers must overcome their obstacles and themselves to be together I did not find any of these things in Trouble the Saints What I did find was magnificent prose wielded by surgeon of writer intent on showing you the story you want to read just within your grasp but unwilling to hand it over satisfaction like the carrot before the mule dangling in plane sight but forever out of reachThis book followed three protagonists but contains no heroes Phyllis Dev and Tamara all think that they are good people who just happened to be wrapped up in a situation where everyone around them is evil They all think they're the good kid who sits above their peers on the moral high ground Each of them goes through a realization of their own faults and their own guilt and each set out on a redemption arc I found it incredibly frustrating how naive these three were in moments of self reflection when their judgments of each other and of the other characters in the story were so prescient Ultimately their failure to confront their own faults leads to their redemption stories lacking gravity to redeem them of their previous sinsThe magic in Trouble the Saints is interesting but not very well explained or utilized by the wielders Some people of color have magic powers tied to their hands Each of these Hands has it's own uniue abilities Phyllis's hands are imbued with superpowered dexterity which she has used to become a knife throwing assassin Dev's hands can perceive any threat to anyone Tamara's hands have the power to tell people's future using a deck of playing cards like a tarot deck These hands have always developed throughout history in subjugated peoples to be used against the white oppressor So it was disappointing that these three would be heroes used the power of their hands to serve the Russian Mafia rather than to break off the chains of oppression of segregated society in the 1940sThe love story between Phyllis and Dev or Dev and Tamara or Tamara and Phyllis is NOT one of forbidden love They all were able to be with each other at anytime Rather it seemed to me that one kept removing themself from the euation either as self punishment or to punish their lovers Again with seeing yourself on a moral high ground despite your own flaws They all were so close to satisfaction throughout the book and it was awfully frustrating to watch them all come so close to finding happiness with themselves and with each other and to miss it every time they were given the opportunityAlaya Dawn Johnson carved her prose in Trouble the Saints with as much grace as Phyllis had with her knives I was absolutely transported when she was writing of 1940s Harlem I swear I could smell the sweat and spilled liuor on the sticky dance floor of The Pelican the Harlem gin joint where most of our story takes place There was a lot of slow revealed backstory seamlessly woven with the action of the present The back and forth time jumps were easy to follow and came at just the right pace to keep my interest in both theaters Truly the writing itself is this novel's strongest point than the characters the magic the sex or even the setting itself which was also brilliant I didn't particularly enjoy reading Trouble the Saints As engrossing as the words on the page were the story they told was frustrating and unsatisfying I think that was intentional though The societal problems that our main characters all people of color in 1940s Harlem encountered are still prevalent in our society today and just as their own individual redemption arcs remained unfulfilled so does the promise of a future of euality To me this was a pessimistic story about three anti heroes who couldn't face themselves any than America was ready to face its' own heart of darkness in the 1940s As a work of literature it was outstanding in a genre that often lacks this caliber of prose and introspection As a speculative fiction book it just wasn't a whole lot of funI would like to thank the author publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson


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Trouble the Saints ❴Epub❵ ❧ Trouble the Saints Author Alaya Dawn Johnson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The dangerous magic of The Night Circus meets the powerful historical exploration of The Underground Railroad in this timely and unsettling novel set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York The dangerous magic of The Night Circus meets the powerful historical exploration of The Underground Railroad in this timely and unsettling novel set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City at the dawn of WWIIAmidst the Trouble the MOBI :Ê whir of city life a girl from Harlem is drawn into the glittering underworld of Manhattan where she’s hired to use her knives to strike fear amongst its most dangerous denizensBut the ghosts from her past are always by her side—and history has appeared on her doorstep to threaten the people she loves mostCan one woman ever sacrifice enough to save an entire community Trouble the Saints is a dazzling daring novel—a magical love story a compelling chronicle of interracial tension and an altogether brilliant and deeply American saga.