Author: Laura Thalassa
Published: September 2018
Blurb: 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.
DNF @ 52 pages (31%).
Okay, here we go with another controversial review.
When I heard about the plot of Pestilence–basically, a romance quintet with the four horsemen of the apocalypse as the romance leads–I’ll admit, I was curious. How on Earth was this author going to balance that moral dilemma and make this a workable romance? I didn’t think it was possible, so I decided to not read it. Until I saw the cover for War and I’ll admit, my toes curled a little bit. Then, I saw some positive praise from authors I trust, so I figured, what the hell? Let’s try it.
That was a mistake.
First off, I was blown away with how many formatting errors there were? I’m not sure if I just got a rogue copy from my library or what, but the amount of spacing issues (starting a new paragraph in the middle of an ongoing one, for example) or improper punctuation (most notably, the incorrect use of quotation marks turning dialogue) floored me and was constantly distracting.
Secondly–and this was a case of me expecting something completely different than what the book is, due to my own lack of research into the novel, so I can’t really fault the book for this–I didn’t realize this was modern day? I just assumed it wasn’t going to be (why is beyond me) and I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary novels, so that wasn’t exactly a point in it’s favor.
Thirdly, Sara was just so annoying. I didn’t connect with her voice at all and, while some reviews I saw loved her snark, personally, it was grating for me (which is weird, as I usually love snark). And I couldn’t understand what she saw in Pestilence when, in the space of what I’d read, all he’d done so far was kidnap her, torture her, admit that his plan was to torture her (and why he decided to do this to her and not anyone else who tried to kill him before aside from the obvious, they can’t be in love if she’s dead, bit is also beyond me) and constantly put other people out of house and home in order to let her rest so he could begin the torture anew.
Fourth, I just thought the writing was…subpar? Perhaps it’s influenced from the fact that I didn’t connect with the voice and the formatting errors made me give it less credit than it deserved, but I was just not impressed at all by what I was reading.
Basically, I got 52 pages in and had no sympathy for Sara at all, questioned her reasoning every other paragraph, was irritated by the writing quality and had literally no idea how this novel was meant to pull off a deep, moralistic story such as creating a romance with the four horsemen of the apocalypse. I skipped ahead to see if the sex was good and even that scene was cringeworthy (and over halfway through the book, which I couldn’t justify reading through another 100 pages of what I had to reach an unimpressive romance).
I apologize if you enjoyed this book and my review seems a bit harsh–and I’m happy that you did!!! I’m definitely in the large minority here, but this book was just too riddled with problems for me to want to continue reading it or the series. I’ll just continue to enjoy the eye candy that are the covers.