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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, th
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 381 pages
Published September 14th 2018 by Laura Thalassa (first published March 20th 2018)
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Laura Thalassa Yep, it does! This book is NA (new adult), which means the main character is between the ages of 18 to 25, and it deals with sexual situations. Expect…moreYep, it does! This book is NA (new adult), which means the main character is between the ages of 18 to 25, and it deals with sexual situations. Expect about the same level as a regular romance novel!(less)
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Katerina's Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse
(or Pestilence and All His Friends)

DO not, I repeat do not, let mind-blowingly beautiful covers seduce you. This is the first step towards your doom.

IF you were weak like me and gave in to the temptress called Cover, you must be prepared to shut your moral compass. That is necessary if you do not wish to spend your entire reading experience hearing the voices in your head screaming

ACCEPT that you WILL NOT dive int

Okay, so here's the thing, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book like this. You know, one where there's a borderline Stockholm Syndrome relationship going on.

Because feminist rage.

This author pulled it off for me, though, and I'm so frigging happy she did, because sometimes I just want to tune out and enjoy a love story that's dark and twisted and oh so wrong that it's right.

However, I can definitely see other readers having a problem with this book and the romance that
ⒶH-ℳℰⒾ ♔♚♛Queen Of The Fat Cats♛♚♔
Update 9
♛♚♔JULY 11 is the official release date. ♛♚♔
I can't wait! Grow up and don't let people tell you don't read this book that's so childish
Update 8
On second thought this is a 6 stars read!!! Seriously so good. I'm upping my rating 'cuz I recently finished Dark Harmony and it's not as good as this one but I still enjoyed it so much!! So I found a few flaws there and still a 5?? Then Pestilence is 6 'cuz it's so so good. GUYS!!!! you really need to read Thalassa sensei, she's
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
Update 07/22/19
I finished the sequel of this book some hours ago and I have to tell you that I was seriously underating this series. I'm upping my rating to 5 stars beacuse book 2, War has some issues, but it's another safe book that in no way ruins the good things built in Pestilence. If you like me hate cheating heroes and OW after meeting I highly recommend this series.

I also want to point out that Goodreads is a site to express our opinions about books and to discover new books. Any member
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

“Because naming things humanizes them. And once you humanize something, you are essentially recognizing it’s existence.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Four years ago four horseman landed on earth. With their arrival humans thought the end of the world was there.
But they were so wrong. The horseman disappeared as fast as they appeared on earth.
Only four years later one of them appears again - Pestilence the conqueror of the world. Spreading a plague through the world he’s destroying Pestilence is attacked b
Things I have never expected to say:
1. I think I'll pass on dessert.
2. This is my natural hair color.
3. You girls go get drunk and wild in Vegas without me.
4. I love Pestilence and I can't wait for War!
Okay, so I have still never said the first three, but number 4 is very true. Pestilence is my new book boyfriend. And, good news, HE is actually robbing the cradle, instead of me being a cougar this time. I think I read Paranormal just to get book boyfriends my own age - ancient.

Actual footage of
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Holy shit!

Review to come later!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

"Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer".


This is the first book that I have read about the Four Horsemen. And damn if it wasn't good.

This book is a great combination of a very realistic and sarcastic female char
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

1st Read: 3 Stars
2nd Read: 4 Stars

Quarantine + Pestilence = The Purrrfect Escapism!

If only . . . this Covid 19 pandemic we’re facing right now could be as easily overcome with me romancing Pestilence’s sorry arse. Alas, that kind of scenario only happens in books. But hey, a girl can (day)dream, right? Anyhow, my morbid sense of humor steered me into rereading this post apocalyptic paranormal romance.

And surprise surprise, what a stellar combo this turned out to be! It was strangely comforting t
Whitney Atkinson
This book was like a train wreck—so, so bad, but so, so fascinating. I have very little positive to say about this book other than it was just damn easy and fast to read, but there’s really no literary merit to it other than that. This book is just a trashy light read that’s fun to read because it’s easy to make fun of while still enjoying yourself as you read it. If you don’t take it too seriously, it’s just smooth sailing, mostly because of how ridiculous this book is. I could sit here and cri ...more
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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Writing this review makes me sad because I really wanted to love this book for several reasons. One, because I'm friends with the author on Goodreads, have chatted with her, and really like her as a person; she seems really kind, laid-back, and funny. Two, because I am in love with that cover. It seems to be paying homage to the bodice-rippers of the 1980s and 90s, which I am all for, as you probably know, being the self-professed Bodice
That cover!

EDIT 09/14/18

I hate the new cover. I had already paid for the paperback and now the new covers won't match. This is the last time I buy a print book of an incomplete series.
Rachel Reads Ravenously


In a totally random and weird review, I will be using gifs from the movie Elf to express ALL THE FEELINGS!

So me about Laura Thalassa all the time:

Which will probably lead to this:

Anyways... from the moment I saw the cover reveal for Pestilence, I was DYING (get it?) to get my grubby hands on a copy of this book. I preordered and everything, which I rarely ever do. Then once it hit my kindle I couldn't put it down (except for sl
Renégade ♥
5 stars

This book is now on my favourites shelf.

I will definitely be reading it again.

And the general consensus from our buddy read (BR):

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It was a total roller-coaster.

(There were some moments where it seemed to damn near fly off the tracks just to keep us screaming and hanging on for dear life...)

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And even though this tale was filled with darkness, devastation, suffering, violence, heartbreak and despair?

While it also explored some of the deeper questions about life, death, faith, morality, and G
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Edit 3/15/2019: Does anyone know WHY the first cover was removed and is nowhere to be found? Did the author lose rights or something? I liked it SO much better! :( Did anyone save it?

This is my first book by this author, and I was quite pleased by how great this was. I don't usually like dark romances, but the author totally made this work. It's an apocalyptic/dystopian story about the Four Horsemen arriving on Earth to bring about the end of days. Pestilence is first. All he has to do is ri
Aisling Zena
Free on uk on 8/6/19

4.5 stars
Review sort of posted 23/6/18

I was planning to write a review for this but my body has let me down. Apparently when I get sick I have to do it to extremes. I have the nastiest cold I've had in years while on that time of the the month and battling migraines. I've had quite enough these past three days to be honest.

Anywhocaresaboutthisbitcheshealthproblemsway, I loved the book. I loved the concept and the writing wa
chan ☆
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
take me away, plague daddy

this surprised me! essentially, pestilence comes to town and our dear friend sara tries to murder him and burn him alive. he’s not real happy about being made into human bbq so after his immortal ass recovers he takes sara prisoner and true love ensues. duh.

I was definitely surprised at the discussion of immortality and morality in this. also by the characterization. plague daddy was really endearing after the whole rah rah pustule nonsense & sara was compassionate and
real talk - this story is not for everyone. heck. i didnt even think this would be for me. so imagine my surprise when i found myself somewhat entertained!

there are two major parts to this story - the dystopian, post-apocalyptic world that is present after the arrival of the four horseman (pestilence in particular) and the stockholm syndrome-esque romance between pestilence and sara. its the first part that really got my attention.

not that the romance is horrible - i just couldnt stand sara. i
Parvati Patil
Love it! I needed more from the epilogue, but other than that Pestilence is my favourite book of the year so far.
Penny Reid
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-authors
I almost stopped reading this book at 75% because it was soooooo gooooooooooood. This train of thought probably doesn't make sense to most people, but the beginning and middle were so great, I worried the ending wouldn't adequately pull everything together / would ruin it. I kept thinking, "How is she going to pull this together?!?!!?" But since the beginning / middle were amazing, I decided to have faith that the end would be as well.

The ending didn't completely ruin the book. But it did (view
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa (Ever So Mela) by: jilly

If paranormal romance was more like Pestilence, I would actually give them a chance.

This exceeded expectations. Though, I do have to be honest, they were very low to begin with. I mean, all I expected was some strong alpha douchebag to conquer some supposedly "strong and ballsy" female and then make her succumb to his whims in the name of lurve. But that wasn't necessarily what happened. I mean, yes and no. But more no than yes? I don't know, you'll have to read and fin
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-2-stars-read
Worldbuilding - 2 STARS
Pestilence is a romance set in dystopian world but in its core this is not a dystopian novel. This should serve as a warning for all of you hardcore dystopian/fantasy/paranormal lovers who (like me) expect actual worldbuilding when presented with new world/creatures - there is almost none worldbuilding in this book.

Plot line - 1 STAR
Worldbuilding aside, this novel also lacks plot. Literally, there wasn't happening anything remarkable that would push story forward. There wa
Robin (Bridge Four)
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I love Pestilence!


Don’t judge me, it’s not your job. The apocalypse is nigh and the Four Horsemen have come to bring the end of days to humanity. So technically it's their job.

This is not going to be for everyone. It is a hate to love story and some of it is not nice. I mean take Sara for instance on her first meeting with the horseman she ends up shooting him and then burning him alive. Hey she feels bad about it and she did draw the short straw. Don’t
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
4.5 -omg Jewelsy actually loved this and is baffled by that, so is actually taking the time to write a longer review than normal- Stars

Disclaimer: most people know that paranormal or fantasy or dystopian stories don’t really pump my nads at all. Too much world building, other-world jargon and overly informational dialogue tends to put me into a coma before I can even get to the romance and swoons.

BUT even I was surprised by how awesome and easy to understand/follow this book was. For a pnr/dysto
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

1.5 stars. Did you think that after months without reading somewhat critically (don't tell my uni professors I said that, okay) I'd be more lenient towards extremely cringy stuff? I'm asking because for some obscure reason, I did? Way to misunderstand your own-self, Anna. The fact that I couldn't look away is more a matter of my bewildered disgust sparring with my profound disinterest than anything else.

I'm sorry but fantasizing about boning an inhuman creature with purrfect abs while people ar
Sentranced Jem
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who wouldn't want to read a book with a cover like that?! Right?!

The book is just as good as the cover!
I couldn't put it down..from the moment I finished reading the first chapter...I was hooked! My brain can't comprehend the torrent of emotions I'm feeling for this book...
This book was addiction! From the ever present feeling of confusion, this book was insane! I didn't know whether to hate the male protagonist because of his cru
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars.


I loved this book.

Such a slow build up. Very slow pace. Very quiet story. Yet, truly BEAUTIFUL.
So great. No blacks and whites, all grey.

The development of the characters, their relationship, their falling in love . It was so well crafted, that even though it all happened in a fantasy world, it felt real, perfectly believable. Just beautiful.

Hands up to the writer. Well done.


P.S: There is no doubt in my mind I’ll keep reading this series and this author.
Stacey is Sassy
It's time to prepare for FAMINE!!

It's a funny old thing re-reading/listening to a book and having a different reaction each time I take the journey. Listening to Pestilence this year was very different from last year. Last year our world was not fighting a deadly disease. Last year I didn't imagine that Laura Thalassa's story would hit a little too close to home.

Each year I have read this series, I've thought that if we just changed our attitude, cared and shared a little more, we could be a be
****4.5 Stars!!!!!****

Wow! What a unique book I just read! Such a dark, horrific, profound book! And yet, somewhere hidden underneath the torment blossomed a love story that is unlike any other that I have read! I love finding stories like this that completely stand on their own, and keep me intrigued from start to finish. I will admit that I had to take a half a star off mainly because I found the first half of the book monotonous at times. Even saying that though, my curiosity had been piqued
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