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What We Devour

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  76 reviews

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

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 6th 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Linsey Miller Hi! Lorena is ace, but she is not aromantic. I would hesitantly describe her as a biromantic ace.

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Linsey Miller
Oct 08, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mg-ya-fantasy
Hey friends,

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 <3


Thank you for asking! WHAT WE DEVOUR is a standalone dark YA fantasy abo
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-for-me, arcs
↠ 3.5 stars

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
rachel ☾
you had me at bloodthirsty queen but there's ace rep! magical doors! blood magic! demons!

do i need to say more?

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Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this SO MUCH!!!
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.

Read this review and more on the blog!

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:
I liked many things about this book. The magic concept, the sacrifices, the world-building, and the queer representation in the characters were great. But you are introduced to them so quickly that they constantly confuse you. I was uncertain about the plot-line until three quarters in. Overall great concept, I would pick up the sequel but the introduction to this universe is extremely confusing and diminishes the reading experience.

Thank you, NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire, and Linsey Miller for t
Jesse Ruth (I need all the book boyfriends please)
Thank you Netgalley for this incredible read!

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
Aug 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
August 06, 2020: The title is just announced and I'm so excited because this book is going to have an ace protagonist, fantasy politics, and dark & weird magic!!! ...more
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Filled with raw moments, bloody moments and rare and forbidden powers, WHAT WE DEVOUR by Linsey Miller is a dark young adult fantasy that is both spellbinding and cringe-worthy, but most definitely a powerful read.

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
Eva B.
Even if Belle Revolte hadn't been one of my favorite reads of 2020 I would still be beyond hyped for this.
Since it was, I'm even more excited, if possible!
Feb 26, 2021 marked it as anticipated-releases
Shelves: i-need
If you can't tame your demons, set them free

Miley Cyrus said we can't be tamed!
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
cunning ace girls, terrible nerds, eating the rich, moral dilemmas, & magical apocalypses
I 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.
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The Smol Moth
Jun 03, 2021 marked it as to-read
So I've only got a shaky idea of what the book is actually about, but I heard it had evil princes and biromantic ace rep??? (Is the evil prince the love interest because if not I may just need to sit down and write a book myself (FINALLY)) ...more
Avery (Book Deviant)
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come...
Greta Kovacs
Jan 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
please don’t throw rocks at me but my top reason to read this book is definitely a prince named ALISTAIR
Sean Reads Books
May 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like dark books
~~I received an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review~~

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
CW: gore, violence, acephobia (heroine is ace)

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
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Noblewrought who creates, vilewrought who destroy. This is the magic that lives in the Lorena's world. But she is a special one, she is a dualwrought: she can destroy and she can create. Plus, she's unbound. She doesn't serve to anyone, she doesn't serve to the Crown, her magic and her will are free. Lore's life was a happy one: she finally got a home, friends and a boy she loves. But all this will change when the Heir of the Crown come to her town amd made with her a deal.
Now Lore must to help
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2021
This was an interesting book for me and upon finishing I’ve decided to rate it 3 stars. The concept was intriguing and interesting, however I think that the writing style just wasn’t for me. I found myself wanting just a little bit more from everything in this story; from the characters to the environment. The pacing was also slightly off for me which made it feel disjointed in some parts and in conjunction with the sparse writing style left me occasionally confused throughout the book. It had a ...more
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
I devoured this book! The beginning was a little bit slow, and I wasn't 100% certain about it, but when it gets going it REALLY gets going. I loved Lorena, the main character, her tricky way of manipulating the people around her was amazing to read about. She's also asexual! I also loved how much eat the rich energy this book is filled with. Overall an amazingly dark and delicious read.

Thanks to Sourcebooks and netgalley for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
cw: self harm, death, major character death

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
Brittany Smith
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Jackie for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free*

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
Apr 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm stuck between a 2.5 and a 3 on this book, so I'll round up since Goodreads is tyrannical in not allowing half stars.

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
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
CW: Death

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.

The Characters
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
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received an ARC of this book, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.***

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
Emily Katzenberger
May 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
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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
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wielding power frequently requires sacrifice and the reality of both power and sacrifice is shown in What We Devour by Linsey Miller.

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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
Nannette Demmler
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
ARC provided by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for an honest review.

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
what we devour sets off at a dash and doesn't stop to see if it has left you in the dust. Miller spins a spell-binding saga of a withering kingdom - a land that's a little worse for wear - that has seen to shoving its shadows behind a Door that's not quite what it seems - until they start to spill out, summoning oh-so-many questions about sacrifices and scruples when the shambolic dangers that spring up must be dealt with. spooling the shibboleth 'eat the rich' into a spine-chilling reality, set ...more
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Originally from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. She now holds an MFA in fiction and is the author of the Mask of Shadows duology, Belle Révolte, The Game, What We Devour, and the upcoming Disney Princes YA books for Eric and Phillip. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.

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