Book Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
Author: Laura Thalassa
Series: The Four Horseman #1
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, NA, Paranormal, Dystopia
Pub. Date: March 20th 2018
Length: 382 pages
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.
I came into this book because I received many re-assurances that this book, in fact, an actual slow-burn. From a person who is OBSESSED with slow-burns, I can assure you, this book does have a legitimate hate-love relationship. So if you love this trope (like me), read away. I also have a hate-love relationship with the portrayal of Pestilence. I am not in any way flat-out just rejecting the author's portrayal of the character. Pestilence begins a horseman and the "superior being" that know little of human culture, his character's action choices, even dialogues are very accurate... ...but it can also be kind of weird. Pestilence's lack of knowledge with the present-day human world can make som every awkward scenarios *cough* trying to marry her *cough*, and even though it's "understandable"...couldn't it be still understandable if he's less...(makes awkward hand gesture)...that? I mean, he did say that although he as never pshyciailly experiences with actual humans, he did watch them for a long time and even had "lovers" before. I'm not saying he needs to be the typical "bad-boy" we see in contemporary YA (because that would then be really ridiculously unrealistic), but I still would've maybe prefered it more if he was less (awkwardly) dramatic, because (some worse than others) those scenes can be really cringy to go through. And the story is okay. I mean, what do you expect? He's literally riding horses around the north-west continent just...letting plague spread. However, I do appreciate how this romance is a legitimate "hate to love" romance. The relationship definitely had enough for the hate part (thank god), and the pace was decent. I'm really looking forward to the sequel! I'm extremely excited to see what the author would bring to us with War. I did enjoy this book, but not as much as I could've so fingers crossed, I really hope I'll enjoy War a lot, lot more.
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.