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Series: Juniper Unraveling #2
Also in this series: Juniper Unraveling, Kings of Carrion, God of Monsters
Published by Self-Published on October 29,2019
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Sequel to Juniper Unraveling.
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.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Life gave him those scars, but for some strange reason, I suddenly want to be the one who heals them. I want to crawl inside his darkness and illuminate the parts that have never felt the warmth of the light.❞
WOW! This is one of those books I couldn’t stop thinking about since the very first time I heard it was going to be written!! I simply love this world!
When I finished Juniper Unraveling in 2017, I was riding a book high. I named it my favorite read of 2017. So when Keri Lake announced a follow-up book — “Calico Descending”, I was both thrilled and terrified. Because OMGEEE a follow-up to this amazing book what could be better? and OMGEEE what if it doesn’t measure up? No, really! Would it MEASURE UP?! Let me assure you, Calico Descending surpassed my expectations. It left me in a puddle of tears, feeling broken and shredded. I’m a little freaked out right now that I have to wait for the release of the next book to read how this ends.
❝He is pain and agony wrapped in fire, but his hands and lips are sheer bliss. I won’t stand by and let this place destroy him. This is my silent vow, a promise I will keep to myself. No matter the cost, I won’t let them hurt Valdys.
He’s the flame that burns inside of me, the single spark that ignites my soul.❞
The story smartly unfolds as it flips between past and present. Keri Lake slowly guides you through the incidents of the past to catch you up with the present. We learn about Cali’s mother and sister, what happened to them and how they ended up at the “hospital”. I think this was so important as it laid the foundation for why and how Cali gained her strength.
❝She is the breath of air, when you’re drowning. The warmth on your skin, when the world feels colder. The sun that draws the universe into her embrace.❞
Truth be told, this dystopian world is eerie and unsettling. My heart raced while I caught myself holding my breath, as I waited to find out what happened next.
Cali, Neela, Roz, Valdys, Titus and Cadmus — Oh, my aching heart. What absolutely stunning characters! They were so cleverly written.
If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching, mesmerizing, character-driven dystopian love story, you have got to add Calico Descending and the Juniper Unraveling series to your TBR!
❝But time and love are criminals who spare no one — not even the most desiring. Time is the thief who comes in the night, silently chipping away at the present. And love is the killer of hearts.❞