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Book Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

I just had to include both covers, even though the first one is so much better!

Title: Pestilence (The Four Horsemen, #1)

Author: Laura Thalassa

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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.

Rating: 4 / 5

A romance book series about Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse might be the weirdest thing I’ve heard of in a long time, but oh boy am I here for it!

Who knew one of the Horsemen, Pestilence, is actually quite a hot dude. Sara certainly didn’t, and she also didn’t know until she burned him alive, that he’s actually immortal. And now he’s keeping her alive (and torturing her) to teach everyone else and her a lesson. But even he didn’t think that he was about to be changed, for better of for worse.

I’ve never read a book that is about such a unique theme as this one and I found it so peculiarly written, although it was very enjoyable. I wonder how such a dark and gruesome topic as is sickness and death, can be so full of humor and so interesting. And even in times that we live in right now, where it feels like we have Pestilence of our own invading our world, that I found it funny it didn’t trigger me.

Pestilence’s character was something else entirely. He is completely clueless and has come to Earth with one task only: to wipe down the whole humanity because of our own selfishness and entitlement. And not even love can make him forget that.

“Ive stood in ancient bazaars, I’ve walked through city centers, I’ve lingered in castles and alleyways and everything in between. I’ve stayed in a thousand different houses, and I’ve kissed the brow of countless humans, and I’ve lain with each one. I came to Earth and I touched and the world knew terror.”

“I am Pestilence and my memory is longer than recorded history – it is even longer than man. I came before him and dear Sara, I will outlive his end.”

Since he isn’t really human (even his body is merely something existing only in human world), he doesn’t really understand concepts of mortal world such as love, shame and remorse as well as food, drink and pleasure. But Sara is the one who teaches him humans are not the embodiment of evil and he quickly learned what it’s like to be one.

“Love, affection, compassion – these are the few redeeming qualities your kind has,” he says, “and now I’m being tempted by them and it’s breaking me in two.”

Their love story reminded me a bit of Warm Bodies and I love how simple it was, almost like friendship or childhood love. This does have the famous enemies-to-lovers trope (obviously because he is the Horseman and she tried to kill him) but it was very well made and not brutish and weird like it can be in many books.

“This is not lust I feel, dear Sara. And I hope you are half as frightened of it as I am.”

I am religious and I love the part where they talked about God. I love how Pestilence says religions as we made them don’t really exist and that God is the same for everyone, and that us humans are too simple to understand the concept of God. I love how the author was pretty neutral about this because religion is very hard to talk about these days and many people can get offended by absolutely everything.

“You don’t have an easy task ahead of you,” she says. “For whatever reason, the Lord deemed fit for you to feel what is to be human – the loss, the heartbreak, all of it.”

This whole book was so amazing but still it was funny and easy enough where it just makes you read more and more of it. That is mostly because of the humor and the romance (which I loved!).

My favorite part was the old couple Ruth and Rob. The whole story about soulmates (and how their lives actually ended by each other’s sides) was very beautiful and they reminded me of my own grandparents.

Needless to say, I’m obsessed with this book and as soon as I finished it I picked up the next book War and am currently reading it. I am most captivated to read Death’s story although that will only come out next year if I’m not mistaken. I really need more of this.

Happy reading!

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