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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Kings of Carrion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    ALL. OF. THE. STARS!!!!! In many ways, we’re the same, though. He’s still the scarred boy who touched my heart. And I’m the wounded little bird, whose wings he made fly again. When was the last time a book ruined you? I'm talking utterly gutted you. Like wrung every single emotion out of you until you were an inconsolable mess only to stitch you back together piece by devastating piece? Because THIS BOOK. Y'all. I was lucky enough to beta read Kings of Carrion a few months back and I STILL ALL. OF. THE. STARS!!!!! In many ways, we’re the same, though. He’s still the scarred boy who touched my heart. And I’m the wounded little bird, whose wings he made fly again. When was the last time a book ruined you? I'm talking utterly gutted you. Like wrung every single emotion out of you until you were an inconsolable mess only to stitch you back together piece by devastating piece? Because THIS BOOK. Y'all. I was lucky enough to beta read Kings of Carrion a few months back and I STILL can't stop thinking about it. I worship at the evil genius feet of Keri Lake. If you're looking for an utterly unforgettable read, you NEED this in your life. Kings of Carrion was darkly captivating, emotionally devastating, and positively unforgettable. It owned me from beginning to end and I still can't get over it. I'm RUINED. Completely ruined. Full disclosure here, this story emotional eviscerated me. I spent the latter part of the book a hysterically blubbering mess. There was no consoling me. If there's one thing that Keri Lake knows how to do, it's to reach into the pits of her readers souls and rip their damn hearts out. This was no exception. This is not a standalone and you need to read Calico Descending first. This is the conclusion of the story that starts there. If you've also read Juniper Unraveling, then you'll be thrilled to get more Six and Wren here. If you loved Cali and Vladys in the first book, you will fall even harder for them here. I loved Cali's fierceness and the way she fought for her beloved. I loved Valdys's undying love for Cali. And everything that happens in between? Unforgettable. beta read Find me on:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    RATING: 5 'Verisimilitude' HEARTS! <3 [W]e carry on, with bruised hearts and torn skin, because we love, and that’s what gives us purpose. Air gives us breath. Food gives us strength. And love gives us hope. Kings of Carrion is a devastatingly beautiful conclusion to Cali and Valdys’ story, vividly capturing the atrocities and tribulations of their decimated world, but also masterfully personifying the urgency of love and the power of its expression—leaving us breathless and reeling in the RATING: 5 'Verisimilitude' HEARTS! <3 [W]e carry on, with bruised hearts and torn skin, because we love, and that’s what gives us purpose. Air gives us breath. Food gives us strength. And love gives us hope. Kings of Carrion is a devastatingly beautiful conclusion to Cali and Valdys’ story, vividly capturing the atrocities and tribulations of their decimated world, but also masterfully personifying the urgency of love and the power of its expression—leaving us breathless and reeling in the best possible way. Cali is an epitome of strength, bravery and fortitude, steadfast in her belief that she will be reunited with Valdys despite the macabre denouement of Calico Descending. While the love between her and Valdys is palpable, what is more heartfelt is the bond she shares with Cadmus and Titus, a stunning amalgamation of enduring friendship and unconditional love, made even more prominent as they fight an uphill battle to rescue Valdys with the help of new (very welcome) friends Six and Wren. What follows is a journey full of physical pain, emotional heartbreak and utter joy, and we find ourselves experiencing the gamut of those emotions with Cali and Wren every step of the way. He’s still the scarred boy who touched my heart. And I’m the wounded little bird, whose wings he made fly again. The sophistication of Ms. Lake’s storytelling is embossed in every word, her terrifying world emerging from the confines of ink and paper to become reality so that we are not just readers but rather companions of its inhabitants. While tremendous loss and heartache fill its pages, Kings of Carrion is ultimately a captivating story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope and love. And though we are left with an exquisite ending, the days until the release of the next book cannot pass by quickly enough. I want more of this world! Posted: December 23, 2019

  3. 5 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Dark Dystopian Romance Type: Book 3 of Juniper Unraveling series POV: First Person – Multiple Rating: It had been weeks since Calico and the gruesome inhabitants were sealed off. As hope and humanity died out inside the reinforced walls, the escaped survivors clung on the chance of a cure. But to reach it, they must break into the very horror they escaped from without even knowing if it would be worth it. Reading this book was like immersing myself into two different worlds. Part one was Genre: Dark Dystopian Romance Type: Book 3 of Juniper Unraveling series POV: First Person – Multiple Rating: It had been weeks since Calico and the gruesome inhabitants were sealed off. As hope and humanity died out inside the reinforced walls, the escaped survivors clung on the chance of a cure. But to reach it, they must break into the very horror they escaped from without even knowing if it would be worth it. Reading this book was like immersing myself into two different worlds. Part one was the calm before the storm where hopes were still alive. Going into part two was like bracing a Category 5 hurricane and hope for a quick death. “I’ll not lie to you. This is, perhaps, the most foolish thing we could possibly conjure.” I liked the storyline, however, I felt some aspects were too perfect for a dystopian story. I also wasn’t a fan of a certain character who I thought was selfish and unreasonable. My favorite character in this book was still Cadmus and I’m glad he got to show his true self. More thumping against the door startles my muscles, and I look up through a small square window in the panel, to see those faceless creatures tipping their heads back, as if trying to smell us through the steel. Like previously mentioned, part two was intense and nerve-wracking. There were times I felt like I was in a horror survival video game. Thank god I was just a reader safely living behind the words lol! Kings of Carrion is a grisly tale of desperation and survival. It would appeal to readers who enjoy romance in a dark dystopian setting. Books in the series: ⚙💀⚙. . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC & Loyda . . .⚙💀⚙ For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    4.5 "We are broken pieces, stitched together..." Kings of Carrion is the third book in the Juniper Unraveling. It is critical to read each book as the characters play a critical role in each piece of the story. The fate of Calico and the people in which live in this world are left hanging in the balance, as the intensity climbs life and death are the only two options. Valdys' fate is still unknown as Cali, Titus, and Cadmus are still searching for a way to unlock the truth. Throughout their ★4.5★ "We are broken pieces, stitched together..." Kings of Carrion is the third book in the Juniper Unraveling. It is critical to read each book as the characters play a critical role in each piece of the story. The fate of Calico and the people in which live in this world are left hanging in the balance, as the intensity climbs life and death are the only two options. Valdys' fate is still unknown as Cali, Titus, and Cadmus are still searching for a way to unlock the truth. Throughout their journey, they find Six and Wren (two other survivors). "In a world of monsters, love makes us human." Told in multiple POV, Kings of Carrion shifts between two stories with the same integral theme. People that want to live and thrive with the people that they love. There were quite a few moments of brutality and great loss which only makes the gains these characters experience that much more precious. "The fate of women these days always seems to rest in the hands of men, whether we wish it that way or not." Overall, Kings of Carrion would appeal to dystopian romance readers who don't mind a little dark and despair injected into their romance. As always, Keri Lake has painted a world full of unforgettable characters and the beautifully tormented world in which they live. I look forward to more Keri Lake greatness to come! ⁂ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!⁂ For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  5. 5 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    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, lie trapped within its tunnels, waiting to be set free. With this third installment in the Juniper Unraveling series, we are taken back to the hospital in search of Valdys and the cure for the Dredge. Take heed to the warning given at the beginning of this book. Some scenes are brutal. Some so heart-wrenching I sobbed! S O B B E D! And ❝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, lie trapped within its tunnels, waiting to be set free.❞ With this third installment in the Juniper Unraveling series, we are taken back to the hospital in search of Valdys and the cure for the Dredge. Take heed to the warning given at the beginning of this book. Some scenes are brutal. Some so heart-wrenching I sobbed! S O B B E D! And while I was so angry, and maybe even cursed Lake a few times, I absolutely loved Kings of Carrion! As usual, Keri Lake's characters are flawless, and we are gifted not only with Cali, Valdys, Titus and Cadmus, but we also get more Six and Wren. ❝We are broken pieces, stitched together by the pain of our losses ... In a world of monsters, love makes us human.❞ Bonded by horrific circumstances, their love for each other is fierce, and there isn't anything they wouldn't do to protect each other. Kings of Carrion is a heart-wrenching story of love and loss, and of friendships that know no bounds. Lake is a master at world-building; whether a story about an anti-hero, a thriller, or dystopian, Lake has an unmatched ability to immerse the reader within each scene. We stand at the edge of towers overlooking the world below, we stare at tortured bodies, and we smell the stench burning from hospital stacks. Lake's readers experience the same heartbreak, and heart-wrenching sadness that her characters feel. But we also experience all the feels that come with the strongest, most beautiful unconditional love. I think I've written this in every review of one of her books, but Keri Lake is by far the most underrated author I know of. I can't wait for the world to discover her. The Juniper Unraveling series is one of my all-time favorite series! This post-apocalyptic story is angsty, brutal, steamy, violent, haunting, and unsettling, all the while holding a captivating love story. I was provided a review copy by the author; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    So this is the third book in this series and my god what an emotional journey this turned out to be. This continues the story after that shocking finale with the whole of calico being locked down and Valdys being trapped inside an impenetrable prison trapped within with all those dangerous mutations and Ragers. Cali who is not prepared to give up on her lover and Alpha scours the deadlands with Alphas Cadmus and Titus and Former Legion Brandon searching for the Skulls, The Rebels she believes can So this is the third book in this series and my god what an emotional journey this turned out to be. This continues the story after that shocking finale with the whole of calico being locked down and Valdys being trapped inside an impenetrable prison trapped within with all those dangerous mutations and Ragers. Cali who is not prepared to give up on her lover and Alpha scours the deadlands with Alphas Cadmus and Titus and Former Legion Brandon searching for the Skulls, The Rebels she believes can assist her in opening the gates of Hell itself. This was not just Cali and Valdys story but also a continuation of Wren and Six's from book one as here the two timelines collide in a dramatic fashion and all roads lead back to where this all began the nightmare that is Calico. Raw dark and gritty right from the onset this certainly didn't pull any punches. Kings of Carrion is a stark post-apocalyptic dystopian drama and I literally had my heart in my mouth throughout this tense and heart-stopping tale. Cali here showcases her blind loyalty and steadfast determination prepared to do whatever in the liberation of her mate. While Cadmus also comes into his own here and I just adored how protective he was of Cali in the absence of Valdys. This one also had me bawling my eyes out I was an emotional wreck and it's not often a book reduces me to these levels, I was a bloody mess. But beneath the tragedy was also a flickering hope for the future and despite the sadness and tears, I shed that epilogue managed to lift my spirits making me smile even with the grief. I was so glad that we arrived where we did and that Happiness was achieved but also bittersweet at what we lost along the way. This was an epic masterpiece that I enjoyed immensely. It's dark and gritty and an emotional rollercoaster but one I am ever so glad I caught a ride on. Highly recommend this series it is fantastic. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Kings of Carrion (Juniper Unraveling, #3). Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** Kings of Carrion is the conclusion to the Juniper Unraveling series. First of all, I am so happy that the author decided to include Wren and Six' POVs (main characters from book#1 Juniper Unraveling). So we have Cali and Valdys' POV and Wren and Six' as well. Everything came together in this book. It wasn't easy to read because I already knew my heart would get destroyed. This book is about survival and sacrifice. This book was dark and brutal, **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** Kings of Carrion is the conclusion to the Juniper Unraveling series. First of all, I am so happy that the author decided to include Wren and Six' POVs (main characters from book#1 Juniper Unraveling). So we have Cali and Valdys' POV and Wren and Six' as well. Everything came together in this book. It wasn't easy to read because I already knew my heart would get destroyed. This book is about survival and sacrifice. This book was dark and brutal, and it hit me even harder because of the bond I created with certain characters. I knew to expect the unexpected and Keri Lake definitely delivered. I loved the twists and turns in the story, and the growth in the characters. "In a world of monsters, love makes us human." I think this book was the perfect ending to this series. Would I want more books set in this world? YES! I love the world Keri has created. It is very intricate and super intriguing. I hate saying goodbye to the characters but I don't want them to go through even more. This was such an emotional roller coaster, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. It was so suspenseful and heartbreaking, but also very beautiful and uplifting. Kings of Carrion is one of my favorite books of the year, and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store next. If you love dark, twisted and brutal post-apocalyptic/dystopian romance, then look no further because this series is in my opinion one of the best.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    Kings of Carrion picks up after the doors of Calico have been sealed trapping the evils done inside and unfortunately Valdys. Cali, Titus and Cadmus have been searching for the Rebels for help. I have to say when they finally found Wren and Six I was thrilled, they still remain my favorite couple of this series. The first part of this book was supposed to be calm and full of hope but I'm very familiar with this author so I knew it was only a matter of time before it all feel apart. The second Kings of Carrion picks up after the doors of Calico have been sealed trapping the evils done inside and unfortunately Valdys. Cali, Titus and Cadmus have been searching for the Rebels for help. I have to say when they finally found Wren and Six I was thrilled, they still remain my favorite couple of this series. The first part of this book was supposed to be calm and full of hope but I'm very familiar with this author so I knew it was only a matter of time before it all feel apart. The second half had me on the edge of my seat. Gong back into Calico was a suicide mission but Cali was determined to find her Valdys. So much goes on in this book, there are moments of hope and then despair. If there is one character that stood out to me the most it was Cadmus. The horrors that were done to him and then the female who would never be fully his but in the end what would have been a good man shined through. I loved the two Epilogues and I loved that a piece of Cadmus will always remain. I hope someday we get a story about Titus. ***ARC Provided by Author***

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam Godwin

    Give me competent writing, a tortured hero, and vividly creative world-building, and I'm your fangirl for life. Before this series, I was already a fan of Keri Lake. But these books--these dark, grisly, spine-tingly, romantic, sexy as hell books--not only gave me all the elements I love in literature, they also solidified my admiration and respect for KL's diabolical skill. What a story she wove. It's smart and unpredictable, thought-provoking and tear-inducing, and at the heart of the savagery Give me competent writing, a tortured hero, and vividly creative world-building, and I'm your fangirl for life. Before this series, I was already a fan of Keri Lake. But these books--these dark, grisly, spine-tingly, romantic, sexy as hell books--not only gave me all the elements I love in literature, they also solidified my admiration and respect for KL's diabolical skill. What a story she wove. It's smart and unpredictable, thought-provoking and tear-inducing, and at the heart of the savagery lives the kind of crushingly powerful love that every romance reader craves. The plot plays out like an action movie in the mind--the scents, the visuals, the feels... Oh God, you will feel everything. Truly, a magical experience. Thank you, Keri Lake, for putting your blood, spit, and sweat into this series. You are a rare and brilliant talent. I recommend everyone read these books. Afraid of monsters, you say? Don't be a pussy. There are monsters in this dark gritty world you will not want to escape. Start with Book 1: Juniper Unraveling.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CC

    Continuing in the series timeline, the search for answers remains a priority for those who escaped Calico. With a cure possibly being stored underground and the status of Valdys’ condition unknown, Cali and the Alphas, Cadmus and Titus, continue on their path to find those who can gain access. Along the way, they intersect with those who have also endured. "Are you batshit crazy? Open the doors of Calico? You might as well kill us all now!” Narrated in dual POV, the storyline shifts between Continuing in the series timeline, the search for answers remains a priority for those who escaped Calico. With a cure possibly being stored underground and the status of Valdys’ condition unknown, Cali and the Alphas, Cadmus and Titus, continue on their path to find those who can gain access. Along the way, they intersect with those who have also endured. "Are you batshit crazy? Open the doors of Calico? You might as well kill us all now!” Narrated in dual POV, the storyline shifts between integral characters and how their experiences before, during and post Calico have shaped them. With similarities in determination and strength, they are willing to sacrifice for those they love. “Hang on to what you suffered, because those experiences are what set you apart from people here.” What I enjoyed about this book is the tightly created dystopian world and how the communities behind the wall, desert and Calico are in stark contrast to each other. The level of deception that pervades is eerily manipulative. The bond among certain characters was strong and the sacrifice made by one made an impact, even though it was foreseeable. This story could be divided by the first half that covered knowledge gained and the second half with vividly conveyed action. The science behind the search for a cure of the Dredge is intriguingly disturbing and still holds some mystery. Kings of Carrion is a dystopian story steeped in heart-throbbing action in a setting where humanity has waned, but hope remains. *An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.* *This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey and Loyda!* For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lo Bookfrantic

    4.5Stars Genre:Romance Dystopian Type:Book 3 from Juniper Unraveling series POV:First Person – Multiple "Evolution is the only means of survival in this world." Kings of Carrion opens up few months after Calico's doors were sealed. No one knows what is happening behind those closed doors if anyone is even alive. The ones that escaped are going to try anything to get back in. Going in means so much, some want the cure to this illness and others just want their lovers back. "That's the 4.5★★★★Stars Genre:  Romance Dystopian Type:  Book 3 from Juniper Unraveling series POV:  First Person – Multiple   "Evolution is the only means of survival in this world."   Kings of Carrion opens up few months after Calico's doors were sealed.  No one knows what is happening behind those closed doors if anyone is even alive.  The ones that escaped are going to try anything to get back in.  Going in means so much, some want the cure to this illness and others just want their lovers back.    "That's the problem with the heart, it's too independent for the mind, and hungry for pain."   I freaking loved this story so much because we got to see some characters from book one.  I feel like I just can't get enough of them, kinda sad but I preferred their side of the story versus the other haha.  We get two stories in this book and suddenly you find out why their paths will eventually have to cross each other.  The suspense and the build up was so good, the action and terror was amazing and I found myself devouring every single page as fast as I could.  I ugly cried my eyeballs on one scene but that's because I just truly loved the character who will forever be in my heart.      "Fate led me to you, Wren.  We both stand to lose something impossible to fathom."   Without giving anything away I feel I have to keep this review short but as you can tell with all my excitement and tears I truly enjoyed this third installment from the Juniper Unraveling series.  Readers following the series will find this story appealing with all the action and gore involved.  I am really looking forward to the conclusion of the series and see how this madness is going to end.     . . . This was a (F)BR With CC & War . . . Books in the series:    For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:  

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I love it when an author is bold enough to color outside the lines. Because it's in those wide open spaces, beyond the confining black lines, that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Enter Keri Lake and Kings of Carrion. Kings is a devastating, beautiful, and emotional experience that quite literally broke me. Weeks later, I’m still in recovery. I feel a weight on my heart and tears in my eyes whenever I think of it. That’s not to say that it didn’t end beautifully, it did, or that I would have I love it when an author is bold enough to color outside the lines. Because it's in those wide open spaces, beyond the confining black lines, that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Enter Keri Lake and Kings of Carrion. Kings is a devastating, beautiful, and emotional experience that quite literally broke me. Weeks later, I’m still in recovery. I feel a weight on my heart and tears in my eyes whenever I think of it. That’s not to say that it didn’t end beautifully, it did, or that I would have changed a word, I wouldn’t. Keri wrote this story exactly as, I believe, it was meant to be. Had to be. She stayed true to the world, the characters and the story, even when it may have been easier not too, delivering an epic story that will be permanently etched into my heart. The Juniper world isn’t a fluffy one full of hearts and flowers. It’s harsh and at times, exceedingly cruel. But it also demonstrates that through all things, love is possible and the heart can survive. So I suppose, mine will too…eventually. I highly recommend the entire Juniper Unraveling Series for anyone up for original stories full of heart stopping action, emotion, and passion that ultimately demonstrates the power of love and humanity.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    AHHHH Keri Lake and her stories are always so gripping, raw, edgy and most of all addicting. I am OBSESSED with the Jupiter Unraveling world and could not stop reading Calico Descending until that shocking cliffhanger. But now in Kings Of Carrion, as Cali looks to find Valdys, she is set upon a course with the other Alphas that will forever change her life! Ahhh! I dieeeeee for this author's words. They are always so compelling that you can't help but picture the stories in your mind and the AHHHH Keri Lake and her stories are always so gripping, raw, edgy and most of all addicting. I am OBSESSED with the Jupiter Unraveling world and could not stop reading Calico Descending until that shocking cliffhanger. But now in Kings Of Carrion, as Cali looks to find Valdys, she is set upon a course with the other Alphas that will forever change her life! Ahhh! I dieeeeee for this author's words. They are always so compelling that you can't help but picture the stories in your mind and the harrowing trials and tribulations her characters go through. I absolutely loved Cali and her determination to rescue Valdys. And Valdys - Sigh. He has my heart. He was fierce and aggressive with a heart and soul that beat for Cali. I loved this story so so much! It was so heartbreaking, pulse-pounding and incredible! 5 stars! ~Ratula 

  14. 4 out of 5

    Timitra

    Kings Of Carrion is a fucked up yet compelling read. It's brutal, gory and oh so good. I had a hard time putting it down. Even though it had me nervous, scared and anxious to the point where I was tempted to read through the spaces between my fingers I loved it. It's a tale of epic proportions that I can't recommend enough. I know this story and characters will stay with me for some time. Copy provided by author

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joyffree

    "We are broken pieces, stitched together by the pain of our losses. I don't know if we'll ever be fixed again. The only thing that's certain is the uncertainty that awaits us. " - Cyrus "Air gives us breath. Food gives us strength. And love gives us hope. In a world of monsters, love makes us human. " - Cali (never stopped believing) "Someone has to be the bad guy " Cadamus I need a moment to compose my thoughts. Bring my heart-rate down. Release the tension. I don't want to leave - I'm not "We are broken pieces, stitched together by the pain of our losses. I don't know if we'll ever be fixed again. The only thing that's certain is the uncertainty that awaits us. " - Cyrus "Air gives us breath. Food gives us strength. And love gives us hope. In a world of monsters, love makes us human. " - Cali (never stopped believing) "Someone has to be the bad guy " Cadamus I need a moment to compose my thoughts. Bring my heart-rate down. Release the tension. I don't want to leave - I'm not ready to say goodbye. The series as a whole has been one of the most emotionally trying and all-consuming reads I have had the pleasure of coming across. Whether you normally read the post-apocalyptic genre or not doesn't really apply here with the Juniper series. It wasn't about surviving zombies or traversing miles of empty buildings and barren land. Don't misunderstand the above is present just not the story. This was more. So much more. It was about two couples - Their families - Both blood and chosen. It was about the darkness that lives in all of us. It was about loss, greed, hope. It was about living and dying -Hate and love. It was everything and still not enough. If you take a chance on one author one series let this be the one. Will be back to review- wasn't kidding about being emotional (I came back this is the updated version)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    5 STARS Wow. WOW. W O W. ''They didn't have to put those scars on my body. They were already inside my head.'' Keri Lake, what have you done to me, my mind, my heart, my freakin soul?! I knew this would be amazing but I didn't know that it would be this fucking exceptional, this heartbreaking, this astonishing. I didn't know that this book would tear my heart out and place something far more fulfilled in its place. I'm putting sad gifs in my review simply because I am shredded right now. This book, 5 STARS Wow. WOW. W O W. ''They didn't have to put those scars on my body. They were already inside my head.'' Keri Lake, what have you done to me, my mind, my heart, my freakin soul?! I knew this would be amazing but I didn't know that it would be this fucking exceptional, this heartbreaking, this astonishing. I didn't know that this book would tear my heart out and place something far more fulfilled in its place. I'm putting sad gifs in my review simply because I am shredded right now. This book, this whole series, is just so mind-blowing. I will tuck these stories, these characters deep inside me and never let them go. And the best thing about this whole reading experience is that even when this book breaks my heart one minute, in the very next it's kissing my cheek and slapping me in the face with an avalanche of hope, of love. ''It seems to come down to the same thing every time. The world is designed to take, not give.'' This book - this whole series - is about the importance of love. It's about showing us that even in the darkest, most fucked-up world, love is the only thing that perishes. It's the only thing that gives us and our lives a meaning. Love is the essence of life and that without it we are reduced to nothing more than monsters. ''There is no life without you by my side.'' This book broke my heart. It did. I'm not going to lie about that. But you know what? I never, for one second doubted that I would end this book hopeless or defeated. Because from the beginning, Keri wrote this story in a way that made it clear for me that in the end, light always banishes the darkness. And now, having finished this book, this amazing story, I have no doubt that it's true. "Open your eyes," I whisper. "I'm right here." **I received an arc in exchange for an honest review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mimiorphee

    I can only applaud Mrs Lake for writing such anexciting, thrilling story. I am beyond enthusiastic, Kings of Carrion, third installment of the Juniper Unraveling series, was everything I needed at the moment... and then more. Wait until you're immersed into the incredibly eerie atmosphere of Calico. You'll feel the threatening, frightening ambiance sink itsclaws into you, and it won't let go until the end. It's the kind of chill that will twist your stomach. Imagine an urbex session gone wrong, I can only applaud Mrs Lake for writing such an exciting, thrilling story. I am beyond enthusiastic, Kings of Carrion, third installment of the Juniper Unraveling series, was everything I needed at the moment... and then more. Wait until you're immersed into the incredibly eerie atmosphere of Calico. You'll feel the threatening, frightening ambiance sink its claws into you, and it won't let go until the end. It's the kind of chill that will twist your stomach. Imagine an urbex session gone wrong, bringing to life your worst nightmares, trapping you in an horrifying place. I read Cali and Valdys' adventures with eyes large as saucers, as I lost myself in the pages.  Danger, violence and atrocities reign in Calico. Pitch black is what comes to my mind when I think about it. But. Yes, there is a but...  the raw emotions, the passion, the love, the desire to live was still palpable all along.  The alternating of the different points of view, combined with the action scenes created the perfect rhythm.  I highly recommend Kings of Carrion to readers who want to experience an thick atmosphere and a brilliant storyline. It raised a lot of questions about science and ethics which I really enjoyed. I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED AN ARC COPY OF THIS BOOK. THANK YOU!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Kemmerly

    It is official! I’ve read every brilliant book from you, Ker Lake! Kings of Carrion brought me to my knees more than a dozen times. I wiped out an entire box of tissues, yelled out loud from the top of my kindle, all while slapping the invisible high five for the fierce women who reign among the kings. What an honor to read this book. “We are broken pieces, stitched together by the pain of our losses. I don’t know if we’ll ever be fixed again. The only thing that’s certain is the uncertainty It is official! I’ve read every brilliant book from you, Ker Lake! Kings of Carrion brought me to my knees more than a dozen times. I wiped out an entire box of tissues, yelled out loud from the top of my kindle, all while slapping the invisible high five for the fierce women who reign among the kings. What an honor to read this book. “We are broken pieces, stitched together by the pain of our losses. I don’t know if we’ll ever be fixed again. The only thing that’s certain is the uncertainty that awaits us. Moments like these, when we close our eyes, and the images of our past remind us of how fleeting life can be. How, in the shutter of an eye, the universe can change. How quickly the world will take what’s given. Yet, we carry on, with bruised hearts and torn skin, because we love, and that’s what gives us purpose. Air gives us breath. Food gives us strength. And love gives us hope. In a world of monsters, love makes us human.” This is just one example of phenomenal writing in Kings of Carrion. A Dark, post-apocalyptic saga, but one that will change your mind, body, and soul!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hanan

    After reading Calico Descending I didn’t think Ms. Lake could top it. But she absolutely did that with Kings of Carrion. Holy Smokes what a world she created! This author took me into a world of cruelty and evilness. Where some hold all of the power while the vast majority fight for their lives. The scenes and the atmosphere are described with vivid details and precision it felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. The characters Ms. Lake brings to life stole a piece of my heart. This After reading Calico Descending I didn’t think Ms. Lake could top it. But she absolutely did that with Kings of Carrion. Holy Smokes what a world she created! This author took me into a world of cruelty and evilness. Where some hold all of the power while the vast majority fight for their lives. The scenes and the atmosphere are described with vivid details and precision it felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. The characters Ms. Lake brings to life stole a piece of my heart. This book was an emotional read for me. Parts of it just devastated me. Other parts brought I smile to my face. I loved how the power of love and friendship shines throughout the book. I was in tears with parts of this gripping intense story. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the main characters of the book. They are the definition of loyalty,friendship and true love. Hats off to you Ms. Lake for delivering such a phenomenal story!

  20. 4 out of 5

    We Like them Dark **

    This is the best book I have ever read. End of discussion. I really can’t convey in any kind of words how much I loved this series. Looking back, I simply can’t comprehend how this author has created something so utterly perfect, it has left me completely dumbfounded, yet flooded with emotion. This series has been breathtakingly disturbing in the best, most addictive way, and this book truly was the most perfect ending to such a wild journey. I’ll admit, this sub genre is not my particular This is the best book I have ever read. End of discussion. I really can’t convey in any kind of words how much I loved this series. Looking back, I simply can’t comprehend how this author has created something so utterly perfect, it has left me completely dumbfounded, yet flooded with emotion. This series has been breathtakingly disturbing in the best, most addictive way, and this book truly was the most perfect ending to such a wild journey. I’ll admit, this sub genre is not my particular favorite-but the amount of emotion this author poured into the story, can be recognized by any reader-who enjoys any genre. The amount of appreciation, and awe that I have for this author knows no bounds. Callie-god she’s so strong-so resilient, going in search of her love. It’s a journey she’s laying her life on the line for-and as a reader we’re reminded constantly of the dangers virtually everywhere. No one is safe-surely not her, or any of her protectors. We see more of Wren and Rhys in this book-they’re from book 1, and it was all woven together seamlessly to create an edge of your seat adventure. The supporting characters-all of them, were intriguing to no end. This book should certainly be made into a movie- there’s no question that it would be a hit. I’m literally standing by the fact that this, is my absolute favorite book-favorite series out there. I’ll forever recommend it. One click this ASAP!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I seriously can't even...this book, this entire series is something no book lover should pass up. From the very beginning of Book 1, (Juniper Unraveling) this world is captivating and full of emotion. Tears and heartbreak, this journey is beautifully tragic, but still full of perseverance, hope and love. I finished Kings of Carrion days ago and still weep when I look at the cover. Book hangover doesn't even come close to describing the imprint of this story on my heart and soul. These characters I seriously can't even...this book, this entire series is something no book lover should pass up. From the very beginning of Book 1, (Juniper Unraveling) this world is captivating and full of emotion. Tears and heartbreak, this journey is beautifully tragic, but still full of perseverance, hope and love. I finished Kings of Carrion days ago and still weep when I look at the cover. Book hangover doesn't even come close to describing the imprint of this story on my heart and soul. These characters will suffer and bleed and you will right along with them. If you had asked me a year ago if I liked dystopian stories, I would have said no. But this series, it isn't just a dystopian story, it's a dark and gritty look into survival, wrapped around the brilliant light of love as it shines through all the cracks and crevices of despair. It's not for everyone, but if you're anything like me and you crave more to your story than just the romance I encourage you to take this journey. I promise you won't be disappointed. I wish I were a better word smith, this review can't even begin to express all the feelings I've experienced at the hands of this amazingly bold and brave author, and this thought-provoking journey she's taken us on. I implore you, please don't let the word 'dystopian' deter you. I won't lie, there are times it's hard to read, but those are the times not to look away, I promise you, this story will leave an unforgettable impression.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Fisher

    Absolutely loved this series!!!!! Keri Lake completely outdid herself with this with this one. After book one we were left with a feeling of 'what's gonna happen next?' Well the conclusion is here and Oh My Goodness the book hangover is gonna be a killer. Make sure to hang on to your kindles, they may end up across the room. The feels that this book evokes is unlike any I have felt in awhile! One minute I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what lays ahead, and the next I'm gripping Absolutely loved this series!!!!! Keri Lake completely outdid herself with this with this one. After book one we were left with a feeling of 'what's gonna happen next?' Well the conclusion is here and Oh My Goodness the book hangover is gonna be a killer. Make sure to hang on to your kindles,  they may end up across the room. The feels that this book evokes is unlike any I have felt in awhile! One minute I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what lays ahead, and the next I'm gripping my kindle so hard I'm afraid it's gonna crack, then I'm grabbing the Kleenex box and crying like a baby. I'm telling you this one has it all! These characters are so real you feel their pain, see their scars. Cali, Valdys, Camdus, Titus, Wren, Rhys. They all will forever have a place in my heart and I plan to revisit them again and again!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    5++++++++++ Stars I want to give this book and this series all the stars that I can. Kings of Carrion is third and final book in the Juniper Unraveling series and wow, Keri really knows how to end this series with a bang. HOLY SHIT! I have always been in awe and amazed with the stories and characters that Keri brings us with each book she writes. This series is just WOW. It is dark, suspenseful, dystopian, post-apocalyptic series and one that I will never forget. I have never felt more emotion in 5++++++++++ Stars I want to give this book and this series all the stars that I can. Kings of Carrion is third and final book in the Juniper Unraveling series and wow, Keri really knows how to end this series with a bang. HOLY SHIT! I have always been in awe and amazed with the stories and characters that Keri brings us with each book she writes. This series is just WOW. It is dark, suspenseful, dystopian, post-apocalyptic series and one that I will never forget. I have never felt more emotion in such a dark and twisted series before. I loved every single bit of this series. This is a series that I urge people to read. It definitely takes a strong stomach and readers with the understanding that there is a lot that may offend you. If you can look past that, then read it. If you can't just take my word for it - it's a great series. There are a lot of sensitive subjects in this book and I don't want anyone to go into this book thinking just because there is some romance, that they can handle the rough edges. This book is raw, terrifying and speaks of the atrocities that could happen when the entire world is all but wiped out. Heed the wrarning that the author gives you in the blurb. Keri's writing is so descriptive and vivid, it's impossible to not experience this book as though you are watching a movie. You become vested in these characters and their lives that you want to see where their choices take them. I am actually sad for this series to end but with all great things, there needs to be an ending. And Keri does a magnificent job of wrapping everything up and giving these characters an ending that makes sense. As you can see - I am giving NOTHING. NADA. away with this book. If you have already read books 1 and 2, you know what you are in for. If you have not, read Juniper Unraveling and Calico Descending before you start this, as you will be utterly lost if you don't. Keri - I have been with you since book 1. You have grown with each book and I truly cannot wait to see what awaits us in the years to come. I love your stories, characters and how you bring them to life. Bravo on this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Book-Lovin-Momma

    Kings of Carrion has utterly wrecked me! I'm still tingling all over thinking about this book! This is in no way your average dystopian read. You'd better get ready to bear down and brace yourself for the battles, the angst, the fear and destruction, but also for the love and loyalty of this cobbled together family. So many times their backs are up against the wall, where there is no magical exit, no easy fix, and things are indeed as bleak as they seem. My heart hurt so badly. I desperately Kings of Carrion has utterly wrecked me! I'm still tingling all over thinking about this book! This is in no way your average dystopian read. You'd better get ready to bear down and brace yourself for the battles, the angst, the fear and destruction, but also for the love and loyalty of this cobbled together family. So many times their backs are up against the wall, where there is no magical exit, no easy fix, and things are indeed as bleak as they seem. My heart hurt so badly. I desperately wanted Cali and Valdys to find each other again, but everything comes with a painful price. This has been one huge breathless story of survival at its best! It's ugly, but it's also sheer beauty. I loved this so damn hard!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    This book just devastated me! I fell in love with this series from the first book, and have eagerly read each subsequent book. Once you start reading, you won't want to put it down until the very last page is read. I loved Cali and Valdys, but my heart ached for Cadmus too!! I loved seeing all the characters back together in this final book. I didn't want the book to end, and that's truly the mark of a good book, when it hurts to close it and set it aside at the end, knowing there's no more to This book just devastated me! I fell in love with this series from the first book, and have eagerly read each subsequent book. Once you start reading, you won't want to put it down until the very last page is read. I loved Cali and Valdys, but my heart ached for Cadmus too!! I loved seeing all the characters back together in this final book. I didn't want the book to end, and that's truly the mark of a good book, when it hurts to close it and set it aside at the end, knowing there's no more to read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    3.5 stars I'm a little conflicted about how I feel about this book. It was good, more towards the end it got really good...but it just wasn't what I was hoping for. My biggest problem was that there was not enough of Rhys and Wren at all, and way too much of Cali and Cadmus. I just love Rhys. He's so sweet and so smart and ridiculously swoon worthy despite his violent tendencies. I didn't really like Cali in her own book, and certainly didn't like her much here either. I just hate how she acts 3.5 stars I'm a little conflicted about how I feel about this book. It was good, more towards the end it got really good...but it just wasn't what I was hoping for. My biggest problem was that there was not enough of Rhys and Wren at all, and way too much of Cali and Cadmus. I just love Rhys. He's so sweet and so smart and ridiculously swoon worthy despite his violent tendencies. I didn't really like Cali in her own book, and certainly didn't like her much here either. I just hate how she acts and how she is with the other alphas despite her words. I also don't like Cadmus but that was just because I hated his personality. I was so excited for Cali and her group to meet up with Rhys and his people, but the way it went down was nothing like I was expecting. I was actually a little shocked. And that pretty much set the whole mood between these groups for most of the book. We start with Valdys after being dragged back to Calico and the timing being when Rhys and his people are destroying the place. With all that's going on, it doesn't look good for him. Then two months pass and we have Cali and her group still trying to catch up to Rhys and his people. Despite what she knows it's bound to be like in there, Cali is still determined to rescue Valdys and she doesn't care what she has to do to do so. Even if it means dooming the world by opening the sealed doors. When they finally catch up to Rhys, instead of trying to talk to anyone like I really expected, they simply try to kidnap Kenny. Thanks to Rhys, that doesn't go so well for them. There's constant tension between these groups not only because now there are three alphas (I'll be honest I REALLY wanted Rhys to show those boys who the real alpha was...sadly that didn't happen), but because of what Cali wants to do. How selfish is it that she wants to release all those mutations out into the world in order to rescue one person who is most probably dead? That remains Rhys and Wren's position until they find out something devastating. See, Wren is pregnant. And unlike Cali, her body has not been changed to be able to carry an alpha's child. So when Rhys learns that the way to save Wren may lie below Calico, he's more than willing to risk his life for hers. I was surprised at how easy it ended up being for them to get back into the city and then back into Calico. But from there is when things really picked up. The facility is the nightmare that was expected and we get lots of blood and death. Despite all the losses, there are a couple wins as well. There's even a traitor that I did not see coming. But in the end, there's a happy ending for everyone left alive. One that I'm sort of happy about, but also rolled my eyes at parts of.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Green

    Received ARC from Author for Honest Review I Give this Book a 4/5 Star Rating Cover: 1000/5!!, It’s Divine!! HEA(?): Yes, but man did I bawl my eyes out anyways Lol. No Spoilers. Just Keep Kleenex Handy is all I’m sayin. I Can’t Give an In-depth review for this because it will just give way too much away no matter what lol. But I thought this book would go one way and it went another route that still made me a satisfied reader, but I wish it went a bit different. Rather Vague Huh? Lol This is a great Received ARC from Author for Honest Review I Give this Book a 4/5 Star Rating Cover: 1000/5!!, It’s Divine!! HEA(?): Yes, but man did I bawl my eyes out anyways Lol. No Spoilers. Just Keep Kleenex Handy is all I’m sayin. I Can’t Give an In-depth review for this because it will just give way too much away no matter what lol. But I thought this book would go one way and it went another route that still made me a satisfied reader, but I wish it went a bit different. Rather Vague Huh? Lol This is a great book and filled in many blanks, the books MUST be read in order. Dark(?): A Bit, Yes. (To Me:) 3-3.5/5 Heat: 3.5/5 Romance: 3.5/5 Suspense: 4/5 Drama: 4/5 Omegaverse(?): I would say this is a slim variation of one, yes. :) It looks like there will be a Book 4, set in this universe! I’m looking forward to reading that!! :D

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This story starts with Calico being sealed off with the inhabitants inside the walls. Cali, Valdys, Titus and Cadmus are searching for the rebels to help reopen Calico and the horrors it contains to save them all. They also run into Wren and Six so we get their points of view which makes the story more interesting. Will they be able to save themselves and what will need to be sacrificed? A gory, horror filled romance with all the feels. You won't forget this book and series. I received a copy of This story starts with Calico being sealed off with the inhabitants inside the walls. Cali, Valdys, Titus and Cadmus are searching for the rebels to help reopen Calico and the horrors it contains to save them all. They also run into Wren and Six so we get their points of view which makes the story more interesting. Will they be able to save themselves and what will need to be sacrificed? A gory, horror filled romance with all the feels. You won't forget this book and series. I received a copy of this book and am leaving a review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anita _booktoread

    Oh my heart!! Keri, how could you?!? While we got soo many answers there was still so much pain. I’m broken and happy all at once. Without too many spoilers- We have Calithea’s mission to rescue Valdys from Calico but we also get Wren and Six with a mission of their own. It’s all tied up with going back inside Calico but how do you get inside something that is supposed to be sealed shut? And who can you trust? There is still huge suspense, many more mutations, and a massive betrayal that you don’t Oh my heart!! Keri, how could you?!? While we got soo many answers there was still so much pain. I’m broken and happy all at once. Without too many spoilers- We have Calithea’s mission to rescue Valdys from Calico but we also get Wren and Six with a mission of their own. It’s all tied up with going back inside Calico but how do you get inside something that is supposed to be sealed shut? And who can you trust? There is still huge suspense, many more mutations, and a massive betrayal that you don’t see coming. Plus, don’t forget how Keri killed everyone off in Calico Descending- she hasn’t finished thinning the crowd yet, so be prepared with tissues. It’s a brilliant ending to an epic story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Thompson

    Third in the series and still just as strong in the storytelling as the first! This series is everything I could want in a dystopian zombie apocalypse thriller. We get the worlds from Juniper Unraveling and Calico Descending here - Cadmus, Titus and Cali on the hunt for a way to get back to Valdys so naturally they need to locate Wren and Six. SO GOOD. Do not read this series if you have an issue with gratuitous and unapologetic death, destruction or hard emotions. If you want something in your Third in the series and still just as strong in the storytelling as the first! This series is everything I could want in a dystopian zombie apocalypse thriller. We get the worlds from Juniper Unraveling and Calico Descending here - Cadmus, Titus and Cali on the hunt for a way to get back to Valdys so naturally they need to locate Wren and Six. SO GOOD. Do not read this series if you have an issue with gratuitous and unapologetic death, destruction or hard emotions. If you want something in your face, well fabricated and with constant action, surprises and pure true-mate love, START NOW.

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