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  • ebook
  • 320 pages
  • Trouble the Saints
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • English
  • 08 October 2019
  • 125017533X

10 thoughts on “Trouble the Saints

  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 unique exploration into legacies of trauma in BIPOC communities, and to 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 unique exploration into legacies of trauma in BIPOC communities, and to anyone intrigued by preternatural assassins grappling with morality and mortality.I 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 justice.The 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 questions how are certain people blessed cursed with these talents Where do they arise from Why do the hands even existYour 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 powerthe 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 bearers.To 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 writesSometimes 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 equal 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 yourselfThere would be norevelations Noholding my despised pieces to the light and finding them, improbably, preciousCONCLUSION 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 Tor Forge for this e ARC in exchange for an honest review


  2. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Assassin falls in love Don t need to hear anythankssssAlso this is by the author of THE SUMMER PRINCE, which is amazing


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

    3.5 stars Welcome to assassins and morally grey characters galoreTrouble the Saints is a story set in New York just as WWII begins to dawn on America Phyllis, a notorious assassin, wants nothingthan 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 pret 3.5 stars Welcome to assassins and morally grey characters galoreTrouble the Saints is a story set in New York just as WWII begins to dawn on America Phyllis, a notorious assassin, wants nothingthan 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 characters.Our 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 Setin 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 sequence 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 boxes.Anyways, 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 world.The reason I m giving this book a 3.5 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 3.5 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 view For me, a 3.5 is a pretty good rating, so don t let it convince you otherwise.Between 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. Amy Imogene Reads Amy Imogene Reads says:

    The dangerous magic of The Night Circus meets the powerful historical exploration of The Underground Railroad in Alaya Dawn Johnson s timely and unsettling novel, set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City at the dawn of World War II Whatcould you want in a book Love this description Thank you to TOR for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.


  5. Sana Sana says:

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


  6. 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 01 04 UPDATE Thank you Netgalley, Tor Books and Macmillan Tor Forge for the ARC.


  7. Corey Corey says:

    I absolutely loved the entire vibe of this book Captivating and vividly written, this novel revolves around the themes of racism and forbidden love Trouble the saints has definitely lived up to the hype and deserves to be one of the most anticipated reads of the year.


  8. Jordan Jordan says:

    3.5Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature If you re looking for something new in the fantasy genre, then Alaya Dawn Johnson s Trouble the Saints is probably exactly what you re looking for.Trouble the Saints is an alternate fantasy that takes place right around the beginning of WWII and focuses on Phyllis, a girl from alternate history Harlem who wants nothingthan to run from her past life and begin anew The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book is how immer 3.5Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature If you re looking for something new in the fantasy genre, then Alaya Dawn Johnson s Trouble the Saints is probably exactly what you re looking for.Trouble the Saints is an alternate fantasy that takes place right around the beginning of WWII and focuses on Phyllis, a girl from alternate history Harlem who wants nothingthan to run from her past life and begin anew The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book is how immersive it was I really felt like I was a part of this world and the way that Johnson sets up the world makes it feel vivid and and alive, though in a sort of noir quiet manner There s also a plentiful amount of references and word choices that really convey the time period that Johnson is aiming for and made me feel sucked into the setting.Don t let the comparison to The Night Circus fool you because this book really has nothing to do with it and that s to it s own benefit I thought The Night Circus was a beautiful story, but Trouble the Saints was beautiful in its own right and doesn t need any comparisons Although I had some trouble with the execution of the plot and XXX, I never put this book down because I thought the prose was beautiful enough in its own right to keep reading There s a very noir style feel to the atmosphere and I think Johnson did an excellent job of conveying this dark, mysterious sense that wasn t overwhelming, but that was constantly present in the background This book also tackles some really important topics such as sexism, misogyny, race, and others, all of which are vital components of this story and really help to convey some interesting discussions and ideas.Unfortunately, now we must move to discuss the elements of this book that I didn t like and which ultimately brought the star rating down I do want to preface this by saying that I completely believe this is a it s not the book, it s me situation in that I can see where it could easily be someone s new favorite read, so keep an open mind The biggest issue I had was that I found the plot itself fairly boring I mentioned that the prose was so beautiful that I kept reading, which is true, but the content of that prose just didn t grab me I found the events that occurred a bit disjointed and there weren t a whole lot of events that made me strongly desire to pick up this book against after putting it down.Additionally, I didn t really care for any of the characters themselves Phyllis and the other characters were all interesting enough, but something about the way in which they were written always left me feeling as though I were being held at arm s length from them In a way, this sort of fit the dark atmosphere that makes me feel like these characters wouldn t want to connect with others, but as a reader, there needs to be something that keeps me hooked I also didn t care the multi POV situation in this book, and I really felt like Phyllis should have stayed the sole narrator.Overall, I ve settled on 3.5 stars for Trouble the Saints I initially gave it three, but honestly, I really like the direction and style Johnson took this book in, and I think it really did play with something new in the fantasy genre I recommend this one to anyone who likes noir, alternate history, or simply trying new things in fantasy


  9. James Wade James Wade says:

    Some books are just undeniably cool like, assassins and alternate history cool Great prose, story, and characters Loved it


  10. Danielle Danielle says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book On the one hand, it s a unique premise and setting that I liked early WWII era NYC, complete with mob bosses and sketchy nightclubs, where certain nonwhite people have been blessed with magical saint s hands that give them each different abilities And, our protagonists and POV narrators Phyllis, Dev, and Tamara, are all complex, interesting, and fully realized characters.However The magic of the saint s hands and what Phyllis has done with hers is so I have mixed feelings about this book On the one hand, it s a unique premise and setting that I liked early WWII era NYC, complete with mob bosses and sketchy nightclubs, where certain nonwhite people have been blessed with magical saint s hands that give them each different abilities And, our protagonists and POV narrators Phyllis, Dev, and Tamara, are all complex, interesting, and fully realized characters.However The magic of the saint s hands and what Phyllis has done with hers is so purposefully obscured in the beginning as to be frustrating and confusing rather than intriguing, and the narrative often shifts back and forth from present to past without warning, which took a lot of getting used to I didn t feel hooked until well past 25% of the book, a point to which I d never have persevered if this weren t an arc that I felt obligated to finish to review


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Trouble the Saints[Ebook] ➤ Trouble the Saints ➪ 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.


About the Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Johnson graduated from Columbia University in with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures She lives in New York City.