What We Devour
From the author of Mask of Shadows comes a dark and intricate story of a girl who must tether herself to a violent ruler to save her crumbling world.
Lorena Adler has a secret—she holds the power of the banished gods, the Noble and the Vile, inside her. She has spent her entire life hiding from the world and her past. She’s content to spend her days as an undertaker in...more
It's that time again. As WHAT WE DEVOUR nears completion, I would like to describe the book and then outline my initial content warnings for it. They may change as final edits happen. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like page numbers, please ask and I'll answer as best as I can.
Thank you for giving this odd little book a chance. I hope you all enjoy it.
LINSEY! WHAT IS THIS BOOK EVEN ABOUT?
Thank you for asking! WHAT WE DEVOUR is a standalone dark YA fantasy abo ...more
Author Linsey Miller blends Beauty and the Beast with Wicked Saints in this dark fantasy standalone that packs quite the punch. Lorena has always known what her life would hold and has never thought to expect anything different than what was given. Keeper of a rare power, one that combines the powers of both nobel and vilewrought, she has lived her life with a target on her back. When the elusive crown prince Alistair cuts her a deal in exchange for the freedom of her betrothed, Lore ...more
Cunning & strategic ace protagonist, a horrifically fascinating magic system, and full of cannibalistic vibes, the excellent writing and layered worldbuilding made this a whole experience to read and so, so intriguing from the very first page onwards.
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Content warnings include: violence, gore, death, magic system based on self-harm and harming others, mistreatment of workers, classism, aphobic microaggressions, mass murder; Mentions of: ...more
Thank you, NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire, and Linsey Miller for t ...more
This story puts a whole new meaning to the idea of Sacrifice. And it's so so hard hitting! Especially with the way it ends! I do not think I will be forgetting this story or any of these characters anytime soon.
This magic system is all about having either the power to create or destroy (or both) and to use this ability comes with a high price. Lorena has been living under the radar her whole life and is an unbound dualwrought (meaning she has a vilew ...more
Lorena must decide to ally herself with a dark prince in order to save the people she loves and the only world she has ever known. Dark, raw and often heavy with atmosphere, this tale has strong characters who will see themselves betrayed, vilified and often misunderstood. Intense from ...more
cunning ace girls, terrible nerds, eating the rich, moral dilemmas, & magical apocalypsesI need this book immediately.
eARC provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Edelweiss for my honest review. This has not impacted my opinion nor the contents of my review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and are subjected to change upon final publication. ...more
I adored Miller’s Mask of Shadows & Belle Revolte, and was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately What We Devour is far from what I would call a satisfying book.
If you want a dark book that’s a character-heavy story, this could be the one for you. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I enjoyed the characters so much.
I liked Lorena Adler’s character and her development. Seeing her change from the kind and gi ...more
This one left me feeling some type of way.
On one hand, I appreciate that it's big on social commentary and complex character relationships and eerie cosmic horror element.
On the other, the execution felt messy; I was deeply bored all throughout the first half but excited albeit rather confused in the second half.
I am a sucker for villainous/morally grey heroines, and Lorena Adler certainly fits the mold. She's downright vicious without being evil, p ...more
Now Lore must to help ...more
Thanks to Sourcebooks and netgalley for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
What We Devour was practically a perfect book for me. Initially requesting this book for the asexual representation outside of contemporary fiction, it wasn’t long before I was glad to have requested it for a vast number of reasons. I even managed to tolerate mentions of self-harm, one of my biggest triggers, and move on to be able to keep reading this book and keep seeing the events unfold. And by god, did they unfold at a pace I was not expecting desp ...more
When I heard cunning ace girls and eat the rich I came running. SAY LESS.
What We Devour is about an absolutely fascinating society once ruled by magical beings called the Noble and the Vile. This society devoured and locked away these deities and gained magic from them, namely, those that devoured the Vile became vilewrought, people with a Vile spirit attached to them, and same with the noblewrought. These spir ...more
I was intrigued by this book to some extent, but I wasn't 100% sure on it. I'm not quite sure why. I knew it was something I'd like to pick up eventually. But one of my friends was super, super excited about this book and we have very similar taste, so my mild excitement ramped up a lot. Plus, ancient demons descending upon the kingdom, a girl who does not know what to trust, and rebellion coming closer and closer all sounds like things that I would really, really enjoy! Trigger wa ...more
Let's start with the positives:
I was REALLY into the premise of this book. I saw the author talking about it on Twitter and was immediately into it, which is why I ended up requesting the ARC. The set-up is good, I was hooked very quickly, the magic system is unique, I really liked most of the characters, and I was intrigued by the story!
Lore, as a main character, is great. I ...more
Before I start, allow me to thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review this book. I wasn’t expecting I would get approved for this one, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was. Now… on to the review.
So we all know that one of the things that can make or break a book are the characters. I have a few thoughts on some of the characters for you.
I very much enjoyed Lorena’s character. The book is told from her point of view. She’s a grea ...more
TRIGGER WARNING: First things first...if self-harm/mutilation triggers you...this is not the book for you. In order for people to access their wrought/wrights, they need to provide a sacrifice. In most cases, the sacrifice is flesh and blood from themselves or others.
This was one of those books that took me longer to fully digest...and for a good portion of the start I was worried I was reading a book that ...more
Based on the synopsis of this book, I really had high hopes for What We Devour! It’s basically about a girl who lives in a Kingdom where some people have magical abilities based on immortal spirits that attach themselves to mortal beings. The protagonist, Lorena, is unique because she has both a vile and a noble spirit attached to her, which is extremely rare. When the crown prince discovers Lore’s uniqueness, he essentially kidna ...more
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Within a world where the constructive and destructive abilities of banished gods, the Noble and the Vile, respectively, some people wield one of those powers through a wright bound to them. Though Lorena has demonstrated that she has a wright, serving as an undertaker in ...more
This is going to be a hard review to write, because while I didn’t exactly dislike this story I didn’t really like it either. I found all of the characters unlikable, and none of them had any morals, gray or otherwise. I also found the world to be utterly confusing and not well explained, which did not help with the very confusing and disjointed plot.
I tried really hard to like Lorena, she is the sole narrator of this story, but ...more
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