The Only Good Indians Review

*Some spoilers below*

The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

It took me a solid 100 pages or so to understand what was even happening in this book. The writing just didn’t really gel with me and I had a hard time comprehending the prose. The story was definitely compelling and shocking but I didn’t feel as invested in these characters as what I probably could have been.

The book just launches into Ricky’s point of view and I was lost. I didn’t know whether or not what was happening to him was real and I was almost indifferent to his death. Lewis I felt more of a connection to and was actually invested in his character and the subsequent demise of his state of mind. The guilt he carried around all these years and the paranoia surrounding that day and how the elk was coming for him felt real and raw. I was shocked to see how far he would go to try to rid himself from the elk woman and how apathetic he was afterwards, reasoning with himself that he did what was necessary.

Again I didn’t really feel a connection to Cass or Gabe, I didn’t get enough time with either or them to forge that connection either. Which I guess kind of makes sense in terms of the plot. Ricky got a majority of the time because he was the one who killed the mother and the baby elk and was tortured the most, Cass and Gabe are just getting the repercussions because they were there that day as well. Leaning about the sweat was definitely interesting and I liked that they added Nate’s character into the mix as a way to explain what was happening and how the would resort back to these ancient methods on the Res.

Overall this was not what I was expecting at all! I almost forgot going into it that it was a horror and surprised by the graphic scenes, but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know what is going to happen next. I almost wish it was longer, but then I feel like overcomplicating this premise would of made it less intriguing. So it is what it is.

⭐️3/5 stars brutal, haunting and visceral

Prediction Book Tag 🏷

I did this tag around this time last year and thought why not revisit and do some predictions for 2021!

All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Picture1The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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Picture2These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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Picture1The Diviners by Libba Bray – I have a feeling I’m either going to love this book or hate it!

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Picture2Witchshadow by Susan Dennard– I have a few ships in this series so I’m excited to see what is going to happen!

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Picture4Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare 

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Picture5Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett 


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5 Diverse Books I want to read in 2021

Just like last year I’m making more of an effort to read from a variety of authors from different cultures and backgrounds or books featuring a diverse main character. These 5 books have been on my radar for a while now and are ones I really want to prioritise in 2021!

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Morena-Garcia

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

New Year Resolution Book Tag 🏷

I did this tag last year and once again I figured it was the perfect tag to start off the new year!

Picture1Fonda Lee – There has been so much hype for Jade City and I want to see how I will feel about it!

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Picture2The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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Picture3Again classic’s honestly don’t interest me, so probably none 🤷🏾‍♀️

Picture4I’d like to reread Crown of Feathers before I read Heart of Flames

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Picture5The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is haunting me at this point…

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Picture6A big book I would like to read is The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

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Picture7Emily Henry – I’ve only read Beach Read so far and she has so many more books I’m interested in.

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Picture8The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

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Picture9The Gentleman’s Bastard Series by Scott Lynch

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Picture10The Shadow Game Series by Amanda Foody

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Picture11I would like to read at least 100 books again this year!