Release Blitz + Review: Calico Descending by Keri Lake

Series: Juniper Unraveling #2
Cover Design: Okay Creations

I was fourteen when I was sold to the men in black uniforms. Too young to understand I served a purpose beyond that of the other girls they’d taken.

For the greater good.

Now, after four years in Calico, I’ve seen more death and suffering than during my days of surviving out in the Deadlands against the threat of Ragers and famine. I didn’t think this world could get any bleaker. Didn’t think it could take any more from me than it already had.

Not until I finally learned my purpose.

That same day, I walked the dark halls in the bowels of this hell, where the suffering is in silence, and ghosts of the dead whisper through the walls. A place where nightmares are real.

A place where I met my Champion—the most revered Alpha in S-Block—locked away in his dark cell.

For the greater good.

He’s their weapon, their only line of defense against the mistakes of the past: the mutations that could wipe out all of what’s left of us.

Me, I’m his whipping girl. His reward for good behavior.
And his punishment for acts of defiance.

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**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

Calico Descending is the sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2017: Juniper Unraveling. That stand-alone didn’t feel completely finished so I’m happy that Keri decided to dive into this dark dystopian/post-apocalyptic world again. Keri doesn't hold back and really does a phenomenal job in creating another dark and gritty story. I love that it is unpredictable and really anything can happen at any time. Like the previous book this one had me in tears a couple of times. The author really takes risks and I think they paid off. This book focuses on a different set of characters, mainly Calithea, and the story is told from her POV. I loved the flashbacks that were included because it gave us her background information, and showed her character development. She already has gone through a lot and life is continuing to give her a very difficult time. When she is given to the Alpha Valdys, she doesn't know what to expect. However, over time she understands that like her he doesn't have a choice in the things that have been done to him or the things that he has to do to stay alive. She feels a connection to him and this grows stronger over time. Eventually they know that they need to escape the facility if they want to stay alive. However, it is easier said than done.

"No matter the cost, I won't let them hurt Valdys. I can't He's the flame that burns inside of me, the single spark that ignites my soul."

This is a very strong and great sequel to Juniper Unraveling and I loved being back in the world Keri Lake has created. It sometimes is very difficult to read some scenes, but it also add to the atmosphere of a dystopian world. I was wishing for more scenes between Calithea and Valdys, however there is a sequel to their story, so I am hoping that we will get more of that in the next book. I also loved the two other Alphas Titus and Cadmus, I am especially intrigued by Cadmus who is a bit of an anti-hero with a lot of trauma. I really enjoyed learning more about the world and what is going on at the research facility. I am expecting even more action in the next book, and I am ready for it. I really look forward to what will happen in the next book, and how the characters will grow even more. This book like the previous one is very though-out and creativity of the author is amazing. The dystopian/post-apocalyptic dark romance genre is one of my favorites and unfortunately there aren't many books in this particular subgenre.

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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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