Kings of Carrion by Keri Lake

November 02, 2020

Kings of Carrion by Keri Lake
He's still the scarred boy who touched my heart. And I'm the wounded little bird,whose wings he made fly again. - Wren, about Six
Kings of Carrion by Keri Lake

Kings of Carrion by Keri Lake

Juniper Unraveling #3
Release: December 3, 2019
Genre: Apocalyptic Dystopian Romance
Multiple POV: primarily 1st person
Heat: 4
Format/Source: ebook borrowed through KU
Length: 317 pages

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.
My review of book 1 - Juniper Unraveling
My review of book 2 - Calico Descending

I am so freaking hooked on this series!! Who knew the scaredy cat who avoids anything that could make me jump would love these books so much?!

Valdys is stuck in the locked up facility of Calico and Cali is desperate to save him. While she travels to find the rebels known as the Skulls (Six's group) with Cadmus and Titus, she refuses to give into despair. I admired her determination and her giving heart. I still didn't love her though, for a number of reasons...

💟 I'm not a fan of the whole 'estrous' or 'heat' theme that the author had going for Cali. While it gave her an excuse to sleep with more than one Alpha, it didn't feed the story. If this wasn't a part of the story, it wouldn't have been missed. It wasn't necessary and it was gross.
💟 her logic lacked logic. She was annoyingly dense and I don't know why no one ever called her out on it.
💟 her intentions, when it came to the heart, were hard to read. While I believed that she cared for the Alphas, it was too weird to take seriously. I know I'm in the minority with this, but her scenes with Cadmus rubbed me the wrong way. Again, that's probably because of the 'binding' nonsense that was introduced in the last book.

I don't even want to get into the other reasons. I liked getting Wren's perspective, if only because it gave me much needed glimpses of my beloved Six. Can't get enough of that guy! The way that the author developed these characters, the world they live in, and how believable most of it was had me completely engrossed in this story. It's scary as heck. Seriously, getting back into Calico reminded me of a literal version of the video game The Last of Us. If you think the Ragers are bad, there's an entire underground area overrun with the worst mutations you can imagine. I was freaking out!!

And then you get to the end, which was so bittersweet that I'm having a hard time dealing. While there were happy endings, there is still one more book in the series, detailing what happens to Titus and I'm probably going to read that too... once my heart has a chance to heal.

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Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees. When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing). She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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