“My team – an actor, a drunk, and a sociopath – didn’t exactly inspire confidence.”
by Veronica Rossi
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: ” Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?” – Taken from Goodreads
First and foremost, can I just say how happy I am that I chose to pick this book up? It’s been a rough couple of weeks reading wise. Add to that the start of a new school year (I’m a 6th grade Language Arts teacher) and it’s a recipe for insanity. This book was a nice break from reality. It was just so much fun.
I have read other books from Veronica Rossi in the past. I really enjoyed her Under the Never Sky series. They all received 4 star reviews from me. So, it should really come as no surprise that I would like another book by Rossi. But, I really underestimated this book.
Picking it up was definitely a no-brainer. Who doesn’t want to read all about 4 young adults who are forced into the role of being the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse? I’m not going to lie my love of Supernatural definitely aided in my lack of restraint when picking up this book.
That being said I didn’t have any real expectations for this book. However, now that I have completed Riders I can definitely say that my love for Rossi has bloomed once again. Rossi is an author who creates an amazing balance within her stories. There are fantastical and even ridiculous sounding plot points or events. Yet, they work within the story and they never feel over the top or unnecessary. I was engaged and interested throughout this entire book. I was constantly left wanting to find out more about the story and the background of the characters.
On top of the crazy good premise Rossi created likable and flawed characters. Our main character was definitely not without his flaws. The same goes with the other characters in this story. They all felt real and justified. There was no drama just for the sake of drama. The conflicts, relationships, and resolutions all felt to be natural progressions rather than plot points.
I was a bit concerned about instalove when I first started this book. However, Rossi does a great job at showing why certain stressors may cause individuals to grow closer over a short span of time. Rossi continued to dangle the carrot for a certain relationship and I continued to chomp at the bit.
The characters. Seriously, they were very different yet interacted well together. I felt a connection and vulnerability with each and every one of the characters in this book. Hell, I even fell for the bodyguards who said all of about 5 lines throughout the entire story. Rossi got me hook, line, and sinker.
I gave this a 4/5 stars just because some of the resolution felt a bit rushed to me. However, I am very excited to read the second book in this duology. It is set to release sometime in 2017 according to the goodreads page and I. CAN’T. WAIT!
Have you read anything by Veronica Rossi? What are your thoughts?