Preview Excerpt Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

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****While technically this isn’t a full book review I still read about 20 chapters of this book and therefore would like to review it****


For eighteenyear-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

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.

They fail.

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?


This was really disappointing, I REALLY wanted to love this one! I love the entire concept behind this book, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Yeah that sounds entertaining as hell! Unfortunately from what I read in this excerpt I was not impressed.

First of all the pacing was extremely slow, it really just dragged on. If I’m reading a 20 chapter excerpt it should not be this hard to finish! I skimmed parts towards the end, I really should not have to do that for something that’s only 20 chapters!

The only interesting part whatsoever concerning the overall plot and story of the book was the premise. There’s incarnations of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and there’s their horses. The horses were badass from what I read and the mythology concerning the Four Horsemen was fascinating. Unfortunately not enough of either was provided in the excerpt I read.

Also I didn’t like any of the characters, I really don’t know what it was but they were just blah. Gideon Blake, our main character, was especially boring. I didn’t find all of his humor to even e the least bit funny, it was like he was trying way to hard to be hilarious.

Like I said earlier though, I’m very sad that I felt this way since I very much wanted to love it. Maybe the rest of the book gets more enjoyable I don’t know!

Also I adore the cover, just saying. I think it’s gorgeous! Just one other plus side to this book.

I don’t think I’ll be buying this when released, however, the excerpt I read kind of failed at drawing me in. I’d still be interested to see how the story plays out though!

The Sassy

4 thoughts on “Preview Excerpt Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

  1. Emily Witt December 12, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Oh, boo. I had high hopes for this one. I’ll probably still check it out, but I will keep my expectations low.

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    • thesassygeek December 12, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      That would probably be the best thing to do! It’s always a great surprise when something exceeds your expectations! I hope you enjoy it when you check it out! đŸ™‚


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