Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Strange Gods by Alison Kimble – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  20 July 2021

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 336

Publisher: Immortal Works

Source: Author


Spooky arrives at a wilderness boot camp for troubled teens with two suitcases and an ultimatum: either she keeps her head down over the summer or she won’t be allowed home at the end of it. All she wants to do is survive the pyros, bullies, and power-tripping counselors, get through senior year, and start her life somewhere new. She’ll do just about anything to protect that future.

But when an encounter with another camper goes awry and ends with Spooky hiding in the woods, something else finds her. Something ancient and powerful has sent out feelers, hoping to catch a human alone. For its purposes, one human is as good as any other. Even a delinquent teen will do.

If Spooky wants to survive to see any kind of future, she will have to figure out how to gain leverage over a god. And as if the one wasn’t bad enough, a pantheon of dark entities are lining up between her and the life she’s always wanted…



Thank you so much to author Alison Kimble for sending me a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Spooky is living at a reform camp, after being sent there by her parents. There are rules upon rules and breaking them earns you punishments tailored to affect you the most. Sneaking out after dark for her first kiss doesn’t seem too risky though…. until she finds herself face to face with a terrifying God who has big plans for her. 

Strange Gods was such a fun read. I really enjoyed Spooky’s character and the part mundane life at camp, part fantasy, part scary trip through the woods worked well. As well as being part of the drama of watching Spooky dodge the camp leaders rules, we got to meet a range of Gods, monsters and witness budding human relationships (honestly, I’m going to have nightmares over the deer in this story 😅). 

There was another character in particular who was really intriguing and I’m so hoping this will be a series, so I can find out more about him and his background.

I was really needing something fantastical I could get lost in, when I picked up this book and it was just what I needed! 

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