All That Consumes Us by Erica Waters | Book Review


All That Consumes UsAll That Consumes Us by Erica Waters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I fully admit that I was drawn to this book by its very eerie cover. I did not research much about it, but I was intrigued by the mention of a gothic story set at a college. I guess I was hoping for something supernatural along the lines of Harry Potter or The Magicians, with a mystery element, but that was unfortunately not what I got.

The story follows a freshman girl named Tara, who is struggling to find her place at school. After some curious events, she is invited into the prominent, extremely selective and secretive academic society on campus called Magni Viri. This opportunity is everything Tara could ever dream of, but she soon discovers a darker side to the organization, as her fellow students seem to be all consumed in their independent studies to a potentially deadly degree.

The premise of the story is captivating, but overall I found the writing to be lacking. There is a definitive atmospheric feel to the book, a general foreboding that puts you on edge throughout. I kept trying to figure out exactly what kind of book I was reading as I was reading it. Is it a mystery? A crime novel? A ghost story? I guess you can say that the constant questioning plays into the gothic style, but it was a distraction for me. I also did not really like the characters, particularly the main character Tara, which made it difficult for me to have a vested interest in her story. The book does have diverse representation, including LGBTQ+ characters and romance.

๐™๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™  ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฉ๐™‚๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™™๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ. ๐™„ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข-๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ช๐™™๐™ž๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ง๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ (๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™– ๐™๐™ช๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š). ๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™—๐™–๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™ '๐™จ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ, ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ.

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