Romantic or Sexist – Review of Pestilence, by Laura Thalassa

Before I start with the review, know that you might find some spoilers!

Laura Thalassa is a YA, Fantasy and Romance writer known for her series of books “The Fallen World” and “The Bargainer”. She has written the first book of the series “The Four Horsemen”, which is the book I’m here to review. There’s only one book published; she is now working on her second novel. The title of the book I’ve read is called “Pestilence”, and as you can imagine, it is about one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Although the title might be quite misleading, it is about the romance between Pestilence and Sara Burns, a mortal young woman who tries to murder him and ends up being his prisoner until they both fall in love with each other.

If you ask me, I have to say that this book is quite sexist. The woman constantly depends on the man, and although she shows some strength, she is always weaker than him. Pestilence is always commanding her, and he is the one who has to protect her because in every situation she is the weak one. And I hate it!

It is quite disappointing the fact that this book is written by a woman and she publishes a book this sexist… And this is happening with too many writers.

It is not like “Fifty Shades of Gray”, but it ends up sending the same message.

I only started reading this book because the idea of a mean-angel-whatever-the-name-is called Pestilence that falls in love with a woman got me wondering how the hell does the author make that happen. And so I read it. But I had to put it down a few times because at some point it got really boring. It is constantly repeating the same problem they’ve already had only with a further step.

You are reading the same plot over and over again when this book could have been written in, let’s say, three chapters: one for the introduction (woman tries to kill a semi-god and he gets mad), the second chapter would be for all the problems they have (you are now my prisoner and I torture you but I can’t stand other people hurting you because I kind of like you) and the third chapter would end up having the Disney-princess-ending we all expected (now I love you and you love me but we can’t be together but in the end turns out we actually can).

That last chapter was a real big deus ex machina.

I’ve read a few romance books and literally they are all the same. I’m not talking about the classic ones like “Jane Eyre” or “Wuthering Heights”, but these novels feel like they all have the same pattern even though they are written by different authors.

In them, we can always find the broken young woman who will fall in love with the tough, badass man that ends up being the sweetest human being on earth.

Also, one of them (if not both of them), will surely be on the verge of death at some point, and that’s usually when they find out they are in love with each other, only none of them will recognise it until the last page, because they are as stubborn as they can be and that’s supposed to make it more dramatic.

So, in conclusion, I don’t recommend this book to anyone who finds irritating the fact that these books are so sexist. But if you like these kind of reads, go ahead, but don’t expect anything new in this one.

But I have to be honest with you; this is one of the worst books I’ve read in a while.

Thank you, guys, for reading my review!

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See you in the next post!
Mireia

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