Split on Pestilence.
Ive got my last review of February for you and I am ready to share. Pestilence by Laura Thalassa was a strange read for me and I cannot wait to tell you all why. BUT before I do so.... I wanna make sure I disclose that this book is one very gory.... and two is somewhat on the verge of abusive in the fact that Sara is captive and somewhat tortured in the early chapters of this read. Fair warning. I warned your asses so yeah. So with out further ado let's jump in.
So Pestilence is book one in the Horseman of the Apocalypse series by Laura Thalassa. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book and now book two called War. I have been seeing this book advertised on Wicked Creatures as well as a few other place and was encouraged to pick if up because of my love for the Lords of the Underworld series written by fave Gena Showalter. This is paranormal romance based in the current world that is obviously on the brink of well the Apocalypse. And in this version the four brothers will come in waves to bring destruction to man kind.
SO.... I loved the concept of this book. I am a huge fan of the enemy to lover/hate to love tropes and this one takes both to the extreme. Now when I wrote my Goodreads review... I was on a massive high from this book. I liked the buttoning up and I finished the second half of this book in about two hours. The first half took me multiple days to get into the story and get past the immediate sorting of the situation between Pestilence and Sara. I, in the moment, really loved the slow transition with ample amounts of hesitation on Sara's part. Plus I absolutely adored the little old couple that ends up encouraging the change in Pestilence...
The problem lies in a couple of the more minor details of this story for me at least. I warn you once again that this relationship goes from slightly sadistic to loving. Pestilence has zero idea of all things human and is literally learning as he goes but has been around and seen it all for centuries. He knows that his end game is rid the world of humans using his powers of sickness and disease.... These are the things he KNOWS. That being said... he's been around for thousands of years and has yet to see any goodness point blank period.... yeah that came off as iffy for me. We watch Pestilence grow into a lover and protector to a fault but he never stops doing his job. Which I think works well for this story I expected him to break much sooner for the sake of the romance but this book really didn't get hot and heavy until the end and I was a bit disappointed in that.
Overall I gave Pestilence by Laura Thalassa three and a half stars. There were moments that I think needed some polishing that could have made the story flow better without just kinda leaving it as he's a God like being so he doesn't get it. But I totally enjoyed the flow of this book as well as where the plot is headed with War. I will be looking forward to breaking it open soon!
These pages take me places and I cannot wait to see where we go next!
All my love!