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The Bottom Rung

(In the Lap of the Gods #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  26 reviews
I may have been born in the Quarter, but I refuse to die here.

I live in the Quarter, the societal cage where all of Cremorne’s paranormals have been locked up, but I’m neither vampire, werewolf nor witch. I’m the lowest of the low, doomed to be one of two things: junkie or vampire’s pet.

Desperate to escape, I’ll do whatever it takes to get out, to get all of us out, even i
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published August 31st 2019 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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So. I'm super confused. I feel like I missed some major information because by about 60% things became disjointed and left my head reeling trying to keep up with the information overflow.

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Daisy Sauceda
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**** I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy ****

This is a great book to read. This book is a dystopian paranormal romance. It has action, love, betrayal and so unpredictable. You have vamoires, werewolves, witches and down humans who want freedom. Well the ones that are not under any kind of influence. The main character is Lethe, who wants freedom and is wanting freedom. However, because of what she is, she has to figure out how to navigate through the factions to survive. Her
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly unique.

This book was completely different to anything I've read, probably this year. Yes it's a dystopian novel and also an RH but it's actually so much more than this! The way Sam Hall has written the dystopian genre is gritty and real and doesn't shy away from all the problems such societies may face. The characters were all messed up and the lines between the traditional 'good and 'evil' were constantly blurred. Despite this there's is love and affection and loyalty almost to a faul
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sam-hall
This is a very interesting and unusual series and I have never read anything like it. It has a quite dark tone, complex plot, interesting characters, story set in a well planned dystopian world based on magic and mythology, and the authors writing is fantastic.
The darkness I mentioned is a result of dystopian society that involves genetic manipulation and mistreatment of certain humanoid species. There is also internal strife among the species isolated in the quarantined Quarter, there is greed
Lawanda Gail
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paranormal Romance

Well damn , I didnt expect that ending to book 1. I have massive speculations now. After the Terror, All paranormals were placed behind a wall. There are 3 sanctions: wolves Vampires and witches. Low on the life totem pole are the albinos. They are used for blood and sex. A brave albino, Lethe is their only hope of salvation and freedom. Can she do this without self destructing? I want to find out in book 2. Sam Hall has done it again. She captivates her reading audience.
Didn’t Quite Hit The Spot

Sometimes you can get really excited a book because of the blurb and the really cool cover. Sometimes you can start reading and think ‘ok this is interesting’. Sometimes those books don’t quite deliver and this is the most disappointing thing in the world.

I really *really* wanted to love this book. It has so many of my favourite ingredients for a book; reverse harem, vampires, witches, werewolves, suppressed minority with evil overlord, plucky underpowered MFC and so on.
The Lusty Literarians
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*ARC Review*

The Bottom Rung is a wonderful combination of two very different things: dystopian societal injustice and paranormal reverse harem. The story is set in the land of Cremorne in which all of the non-human "anomalous" are forced to live in a concentration camp called The Quarter, while the humans are allowed to live outside The Quarter. The two groups are divided by, you guessed it, a wall. We don't learn much about the human side of the wall, mostly we learn about the residents of the
Alisha Thompson
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good start!

Sam Hall is new to me and I enjoyed this book very much.

🖤genre: dystopian fantasy RH
🖤pace: medium
🖤 slow-burn

A good portion of the relationships are already formed. Gavin, Bennett and Lethe have a past, one that Lethe can’t quite rekindle because she feels betrayed by them. Otherwise there are a few that are very interested in Lethe but she is closed off. Now that’s not to say that she doesn’t experience some sexy times on the contrary she has some pretty hot scenes, no I say slow-bur
Rachel Osborne
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg! What a world to get stuck into. The world we're thrust into has so much adventure, intrigue and hot hot scenes that you'll be thinking about this book for weeks to come. The story is built up beautifully and has so many detailed layers intwined with the pages. The characters have depth and details that make them realistic to the reader and relatable. Lethe is the main heroine and I loved reading her journey. The subject matter expressed in this novel brings upon a whirlwind of emotions. The ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Different take on a well explored genre

Confession, I read this book, because the cover art reminded me of Caro’s series by Scarlet Dawn. It’s my 1st read from this author.

Honestly most books in this genre or is it “trope”? Bore me to tears. I can’t get past the first few pages by most self published authors. But this was a pleasant surprise. So much so that I put the sequel on my wish list and downloaded another of her novels.

I am an avid reread. I use my kindle unlimited membership take chanc
Danyelle Williams
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved what the author did with this book. Not to mention the main character. Loved her. As the title suggests she is considered the bottom rung in her society but she doesn't act like it. Even though she was a the lowest position she made her way and stood up for not being what people expected her to be.

I liked the dynamic between the different characters. The relationships between her in the brothers was sweet but also super sad. You wanted the relationship to mend but there was just
Louise Williamson
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Janet Dunbar
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay... soo... Wow!! This is different than other books I’ve read before. I absolutely love that Lethe is so strong and refuses to fall into the “norm” of what her kind is meant to be. She unknowingly captivated many around her just by refusing to give up. Every single twist kept me pushing through the book, as I couldn’t put it down. The authors way of writing just makes you fall into this world and immerses you into a story that you don’t want to end.

**I received this book as an ARC, in exchan
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Bottom Rung is a really interesting paranormal reverse harem debut. Our fmc finds herself at rock bottom, on the wrong side of the wall and in the sights of a vampire leader who covets her. Through all this she is also working through her feelings for two childhood sweethearts. This book is exciting and refreshing in the saturated vampire-paranormal reverse harem genre. I look forward to the next instalment.
Cherie Stauffer
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sam has created an amazing new world. Think of every supernatural world you could ever dream of and smash them together into one small area of the world. Not everyone gets along and the Female MC has to navigate through each faction whilst trying to survive and not be found out by the humans who police the Sups.

Mind spinning crazy new world where you are chucked in the deep end from the get go. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc for an honest review, this was hands down the best book I’ve read all year. Sams second book ever is absolute perfection the world she’s created is detailed and you get sucked in and the next thing you know hours have passed and your child wants to be fed haha. Seriously though it’s amazing and your gonna want to read it...
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I’m so happy this is a first in series, because I absolutely cannot wait to read more.
I found that I loved the mix of dystopia and paranormal. It was blended well into this refreshingly original story.
Additionally, I really loved the mix of romance and action. This story was fast paced, so I was entertained and engaged throughout.
All in all, I definitely recommend this book.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and fresh

It’s a very interesting new world that is very well built and full of intelligent plots and well developed characters. Even beyond the very cool story there is amazing sensuality and well presented sexy times of the 18+ variety. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique read, it combines a dystopian world and paranormal reverse harem romance. The world building creates a complex world that is easy to escape in. The use of the POVs took some getting use to as first and third person perspectives were used. I cannot wait for book 2. I am voluntarily leaving an unbiased, honest review.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a unique read, it combines a dystopian world and paranormal reverse harem romance. The world created made me loose myself in it. The characters are great and it's an amazing and well written story. I cannot wait for book 2 and see what happens next!! I truly recomend this book!! ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fresh and page turning

I can't believe I hadn't read this sooner! I can't wait to read subsequent books in the series. This will be a series that hard to wait for the next book to come!
Robin Dorf
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!! Dystopian books are my jam!! The world created provides the reader with a Dystopian, Paranormal, RH experience.

Strong characters, great plot with several unexpected twists and turns!!!

I cant wait for book 2!!!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book.... TOTALLY MIND-BLOWING!!! It was intense and gritty and so hot but so deep. Sam Hall is an incredible story teller and I couldn't put this book down!! ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mix of just about everything! Dystopian, with supernatural creatures and a badass MC. This was crazy different than what I read but after starting it I loved it.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was a good read I enjoyed reading it and hope to read more of the authors work in the future
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! The beginning was a little hard for me to get into but after I did, I didn't put it down until I finished it. Definitely worth the read! Excited for what’s next! ...more
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