Lorena Alder has a secret that she has hidden from everyone her entire life. But when her best friend’s father is threatened, she may have to reveal the secret to the one person she has been hiding from.
Oh this book… oh this book was goooooood y’all….
I received this book as an ARC thanks to NetGalley and I am beyond grateful. Not only was the cover so good, the beautiful words inside it were even better! This book was packed with so many wonderful things and I could NOT put it down until the very end. I just had to binge this stupendous read because I NEEDED to know what happened next and I was just too impatient to wait.
The book is a standalone fantasy with so many twists and turns that make your head spin. This book world is full of legends and complicated magic systems and although they were very intricate, the author explained it all in such a beautiful and never boring way. The stories of the Noble and the Vile were just so intriguing and I was obsessed with their magic. I mean the element of the door was AMAZING and pure genius to any fantasy reader.
Not only was the magic systems in this book awesome, the dynamics of the book world were amazing to read too. The power struggles between the Prince and the Queen were just so good to read….. I mean it was like a dark and twisted soap opera and I was hooked by it all. I also loved the other power struggles that this beautiful world had to offer. IT WAS ALL JUST SO FASCINATING! Rebellion and royalty are the coolest things that could be added to a fantasy and this author did such a great job with it all. Also…. There were so many amazing surprises and twists to characters and their loyalties that I couldn’t possibly predict what would happen and I just loved that about this book as well.
So… yes the book world and magic system of the book were amazing…. BUT THE CHARACTERS…. Oh I just adored them all… even the evil ones were entertaining ladies and gents…
First of all…. Lorena was such a dynamic and complicated character and I just loved her so much. She is a character that is asexual and through her perspective, she is very open and honest about her feelings about touching and relations with other people. I really liked her as a character and I loved that she was also a way for people that are not familiar with asexuality or an asexual perspective. I mean I have heard the word used and I know what it means, but through Lorena’s words and behaviors, I received a much better understanding of the word. I also understand that this is one person’s perspective and not everyone’s, but this book demonstrated a path towards better understanding of one person’s point of view and that’s what reading is supposed to be about. I just also found her and her humor extremely entertaining. Yes, it was subtle and not very often, but it was just good when it was good. Also the sass on this girl was EXCELLENT!
I was also in love with the steam so much. Yes, y’all, there was steam…. I mean it was very slow burn, but that almost added to the flames of the romantic heat between the characters and it was all so amazing. I really loved every minute.
Overall, this book was a wonderful and unique fantasy that was such a joy for me to read.
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
What We Devour by Linsey Miller
Published by July 6, 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
Copy Read: ebook (ARC)