“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.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review! (I think this book was the first one I ever preordered on Kindle!)
“I cannot decide if you are a toxin or a tonic,” he says, lifting a hand to my cheek. “Only that you plague my thoughts and fill my veins.”
Stars (Out of 10): 8.5/10 Stars
Spoiler Free: Laura Thalassa is a super popular author in the YA Lit Discord I’m a part of, and therefore I couldn’t pass up on reading her newest release! Even though I had only read Rhapsodic by her before (a problem I need to amend soon!), I knew I’d enjoy this new book both from the reactions from my friends who read ARCs + all the teasers Thalassa shared. This prediction ended up being entirely correct!
I really loved the characters in this book, and the world/story this first book sets up. While I had a bit of trouble getting into at first, just due to warming up to the characters who were presented in such harsh and raw ways, I was hooked by 25% and spent the rest of the day shirking my responsibilities to finish it!
One of the things I already know from reading Rhapsodic is how well Thalassa does romances, so I had high hopes coming into this one! I didn’t think it was possible, but the romance in this book was even better than Rhapsodic (considering I haven’t read the rest of the books), and it had me flipping pages at points to see how it progressed!
Additionally, it’s fairly obvious that the focus of this book is the characters, and their emotional journey more so than the physical one. While in Rhapsodic I had issues with the plot coming on too suddenly, this book didn’t suffer from that at all! There was still a plot, but it never worked to overshadow the characters in the book, and blended along well with the relationship’s progression. It was like the main emotional storyline’s sidekick, always there and never wavering, but also never fighting for the spotlight.
Lastly, I think the one book per horseman/main character is a really fitting format for the series. While I would have loved to see more of Pestilence and Sara, I also know that the next book might not have been as enticing due to the now-resolved tension/issues that made this book as strong as it was!
Overall, I’m super excited for the next book in this series, and excited to read more of Thalassa’s work in general!