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Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa @LauraThalassa

Pestilence
Pages: 382
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Paranormal Romance
#1 in Series
Source: Kindle Unlimited
They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.
Quick Thoughts

There are two different versions of me who read this book and had two opposing feelings at the same time. The Ashley who hated it, and the Ashley who loved it. I'm not sure which one is right.

Maybe I'm crazy.

Review

I'm going to write this review from the perspectives of both aforementioned Ashleys. I'll start with the one who loved the book.

Fangirl Ashley's Review
To give you some context, my fav book in the whole world is The Phantom of the Opera. Why do I bring this up, you ask? Because it tells you that I'm an absolute sucker for the "heroine teaches main male anti-hero what love means even though he's a dick" trope. If that wasn't a trope yet, it is now. It's the archetype that makes Beauty and the Beast work. 

I am fascinated by watching those kind of relationships grow. Where one side is all but clueless as to how love and attraction work, but those feelings start blossoming and so they need to be figured out. As Sara travels with Pestilence, the transition from cold Horseman of the Apocalypse to Dude Who Kinda Has A Boner but Doesn't Know What To Do With It is so entertaining, and Laura Thalassa had a way of writing it so the tension between Sara and Pestilence was always high. 

Normally, I don't like covers that show you how the characters look but holy sweet Jesus is this cover beautiful, and I pictured Pestilence exactly the way he's drawn on the cover. So, that's always nice to have some eye candy. 

Honestly, as crazy as it was, I was rooting the couple on and hoping they'd be able to get over their issues at the end. The sex was fun to read about, especially since Pestilence was a virgin and had that virgin moment of like oh wow this is the best thing ever!!! But this wasn't an erotica novel, so it wasn't at the forefront :(

Hater Ashley's Review
Where do I begin? Oh, let's begin with the fact that Pestilence literally tortured Sara. Like actually tortured. Can we say "Stockholm Syndrome"?? Whether or not the romance was cute as it continued on and Pestilence stopped being a psychopath, it still doesn't erase all the shit he did?

Honestly, based on the description, I was expecting something world-shattering in terms of plot. But, as some other reviewers have mentioned, the entire plot consisted of the exact same actions over and over again. Pestilence and Sara riding through a town and stealing someone's house as the inhabitants of the house died horrible, painful deaths. Someone would try to kill Pestilence, and Sara would freak out against her own better nature. Wash, rinse, repeat.

I'm not sure how the other books will play out, but I'm just concerned there's going to be more of this torture you and then stop because I fell in love with you kind of thing going on.

Pestilence can be purchased on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle copy (Kindle Unlimited).


About the Author
Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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