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Review: King of Carrion by Keri Lake

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: King of Carrion by Keri LakeKings of Carrion by Keri Lake, Julie Belfield
Series: Juniper Unraveling #3
Published by Amazon Digital Services on 3rd December 2019
Genres: Dark romance, Dystopian, Fantasy
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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Decades have passed since our world was decimated by the Dredge. Some say it was an act of God. Others believe the devil himself breached the gates of hell and turned the masses into the mindless infected with an appetite for carnage.
Those of us who’ve survived the Calico experiments know the only thing more terrifying than the monsters that seek to ravage what’s left of us, are the men who created them. Ones too capable of hiding their true form, and burying their darkest secrets.
Somewhere beneath the facility lies the answers, a cure for our suffering. To reach it, we’ll have to open the haunting tomb, where man’s deadliest mistakes, the most violent mutations, lie trapped within its tunnels, waiting to be set free.
Our only hope in surviving them are the very Alphas who were designed to hunt us down. The titans forged by cruelty and pain.
Kings of carrion.
We taught them to love, and in turn, they vow to protect us. To deliver the cure for humanity’s sake. Except this world doesn’t give without taking, and any chance of saving us will require the greatest sacrifice of all.
WARNING: Graphic violence with scenes that some readers may find disturbing. This is a brutal post-apocalyptic world where women are scarce due to gendercide, and therefore, makes for an unconventional romance.

Honestly I’m super sad and disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this. I don’t wanna hash this too much, but basically the quibbles I had for Calico descending were multiplied.

There was just too much of Calithea and Camdus for my taste, seeing as I already didn’t like them together, having a lot of it in this book made me really struggle to get through it. I disliked Camdus to begin with and what I liked about Calithea was just drifting away for me the more time she spend with the alphas and not with Vladys. On that note, it took them ages to back to each other, for Vladys and Cali to reunite. Too much time spend apart for me to see them as a great couple. Especially since I mentioned this in the last book, they hadn’t spend a lot of time with each other to begin with.

It was nice to Rhys and Wren again though! I had really enjoyed their book so it was lovely seeing them. Perhaps I was more interested in them than Cali and Vladys which probably didn’t help matters.

It’s undoubtable that Keri Lake is a great writer, she excels at the dark, gory and twisted stories and the beautiful, heartbreaking romance/love that blooms in it. I just had a difficult time with this one but this might just be me.

Overall, I was left feeling unsatisfied, unsure if I’ll read the next book in the series (I might get curious and try it out or just stay clear, we’ll see I guess….) It seems like I’m in the minority for this so if you loved Calico descending, then you’ll enjoy this one too.

About Keri Lake

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

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