Monday, April 2, 2018

Buddy Review - Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

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.

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Before we dive into our reviews, we had a chat about Pestilence since we buddy read it.  Hope you enjoy!

M- Did you finish Pestilence yet jerk face?

J- I did... I'm almost afraid to tell you how I feel. You go first.. how did you like it.. what are you rating it?

M- Oh dear.  I liked it a lot I'm rating it a 4, I'm scared to ask what you're rating it, talk to me lady!

J- I'm giving it a 3... *sobbing* It just didn't give me the usual feel that I normally get when I read Laura's books.  I still love her though!  Don't hate me! LOL

M- I get it.  I feel bad not giving it a 5 but it wasn't truly a 5 to me. I feel like each book in this series will be better than the last you know, and I do hate you but not for that, I just hate you in general.

J- AWWW love you too.. YESS.. I feel like Death will be my favorite... you know I love me a dark hero, I’m assuming he's gonna be a dark hero LOL

M- Yes!!! I know and I also saw when she went live someone asked if all of the horsemen will be like Pestilence in terms of him being void of human emotion and she said no so that should be interesting.

J- Cant wait! Shall we move on to our reviews?

M- Me too ok onto reviews my pet!

M's Review

What can I say, Laura Thalassa can do no wrong by me. I really liked this book. I was really stretching it out because I literally didn't want it to end. I'm so sad right now, ugh. So this is more of a post apocalyptic type book, and Pestilence lacks all human emotions and the ability to understand human nature as a whole. To be honest usually this would annoy the crap out of me when a character doesn't understand common human terms/emotions/or even intimacy but for some reason it not only didn't bother me, but I didn't even really notice it at all. Laura's writing is what does it, she writes in such a way that you truly get sucked into the story. I really can't think straight right now so I'm going to leave it at that. I can not wait for then next book in this series as I have feeling they're going to get better and better!

J's Review

This review is really hard for me to write because Laura is one of my FAVORITE authors. I was so excited to read this because well hello, Laura wrote it.  Pestilence is the start of the Four Horsemen series.  It follows Pestilence, the horseman that basically carries the plague and is sent to spread it throughout the world, and Sara, the girl that is supposed to stop Pestilence and kill him.  It totally gave me Montes vibes from The Fallen World Series, and that is my FAVORITE series of Laura’s to date.

“Oh no, I’m not letting you die. Too quick. Suffering is made for the living. And oh, how I will make you suffer.”

In the beginning of the book, Pestilence came off dickish, which I LOVE in a hero.  That sort of antihero feel had me really liking his character, minus the robotic way he came across.  I thought that further into the book, he’d change or come out of his robotic ways, and he did, but he was flip floppy.  One second he would act confused about the ways of the present world and just totally act emotionless, and the next second it was like he was hip to the game, knowing phrases, and just acting with more emotion.  It confused me.  It was almost like he was two different characters built into one, but at times it just didn’t make sense.

I did enjoy Sara’s character.  Laura is the only author I know that ONLY writes legit bad ass heroines.  You’ll never read a weak female from Laura, and that is one of my favorite things about her books.  Sara was the one picked to stop Pestilence, and when her plan doesn’t work out, she is basically forced to be Pestilence’s captive.  She had a smart mouth, and regardless of the power that Pestilence clearly had, Sara gave NO fucks, which I absolutely loved. 

"A petty part of me mourns the sweet smoothness of my skin, but the tougher part of me, the Sara-motherfucking-Burns who fought fires and shot a horseman from his steed to protect her town, is simply happy to have escaped death."

I have to be honest, a big reason for my rating Pestilence a 3 star is because, and I really hate to say this, I just feel there was a lack of story.  I just feel like nothing really happened.  For me, especially compared to Laura’s other books (which are phenomenal might I add) this one was just lacking… I didn’t feel like there was an actual story line, more like two characters who were traveling and kind of arguing with each other the whole time.  That was really it. 

I will say, Laura’s writing is just great.  I believe if it were any other author I might not have continued, but Laura’s words kept me going until the end.  I’m addicted to her writing. 

Please, don’t let this review deter you from reading her books, though I did not love this specific book, Laura will always be a favorite author of mine, because the girl can write! 

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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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