Review: The Queen of All That Lives by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll bet no one ever had to tell Laura Thalassa to go big or go home. The end of the last book in this series pushed these characters a full century in the future. The hero has once again inflicted his will on the heroine in ways that devastate her. And as with every other time he’s put his needs before hers, she has no choice but to take it, which has made it harder and harder for me to get on board with the Serenity-Montes love train. (More on that in a moment.)

As the story begins, enemies of the king have kidnapped Serenity from stasis. Not only does she wake up to a hostile situation, it’s how she discovers the depths to which her husband has betrayed her. His men get her back in short order, but once again, the relationship between these two is reset. Any progress they made in the last book regresses back to square one where Serenity hates Montes and has to push it down in order to do what’s best for the greater good. Because the world needs her now more than ever. [Read more…]

Review: The Queen of Traitors by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed by Jen

This book was an awful lot like the first one in the series. For some readers, that is going to be a major plus, but others might find it a little too familiar. Of course, I want a series to maintain its tone and feel from book to book. But with the amnesia Serenity has at the beginning of the story, she ends up following a very very similar emotional journey to the one she had in The Queen of All That Dies.

The amnesia itself does not last all that long, but the fallout takes us, I don’t know, nearly midway through the book. And as she recovers her memories, it’s almost like she is living them again, working through them the same way she did initially. Which means hating her husband, plotting his death, fighting her feelings for him. [Read more…]

Review: The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed by Jen

Though there were a few things that kept me from loving this book, I thought Laura Thalassa did a fantastic job painting the landscape of this world and drawing me into it. This is set in a post apocalyptic future, the devastation created by the hero. That’s right, the leading man is a bad guy and one the heroine ends up falling for despite her best efforts.

Serenity is a product of a war torn environment. Her mother died when she was a young teenager, the day the first bombs hit. As Serenity grew older, she became a fighter. It was the only way to survive. Her father put her first gun in her hand, knowing she needed to kill or be killed. He was right. [Read more…]

Review: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed by Jen

It’s not often that a cover draws me to a book the way this one did. I read the blurb and I was on the fence. I read some of the reviews and I was really on the fence. But at the end of the day, that cover won me over and here I am, done with reading this book in one sitting. Will it be for everyone? No. But I enjoyed it quite a bit and I can say for sure I will be back to read the next installment when it comes out.

The title and cover tell you a lot. This is a romance centering on Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. And I can tell you two things: One, Pestilence is not a good guy. He’s not a guy at all, really. He is disease made flesh. His one and only mission is to destroy the human race. So (two) if you can’t wrap your brain around how a woman could fall in love with a merciless killer, this is not the book for you. Obviously, Pestilence learns some human emotions as he falls in love, but this is his journey. For much of the book, he is an unrelenting force, bent on humanity’s destruction.

Still with me? Great. [Read more…]