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Reading Update: All That Consumes Us by Erica Waters

Read Time: 2 minutes
Published On: March 20, 2024
All That Consumes Us by Erica Waters

Just 15% into the book, and it's already gripped my attention. It's a short read, so I shouldn't take long to finish it. This dark academia novel seems to be flying under the radar. I've previously tried reading books in this genre, like The Secret History, Divine Rivals, Ninth House, and The Atlas Six. However, none of them quite lived up to the hype at the time. I found them to be tiringly long and lacking a plot strong enough to hold my interest. I simply can't enjoy a book solely based on atmosphere.

All That Consumes Us, however, is a refreshing combination of mystery and horror fantasy with a well-developed plot. I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far and haven't found anything to critique yet. The eerie atmosphere adds a layer of creepiness that keeps me engaged. It reminds me of some of my favorite books such as Mexican Gothic and What Moves the Dead.

I'm excited to see how the rest of the book unfolds.

About "All That Consumes Us

Ninth House meets The Dead and the Dark in this gothic dark academia novel that delves into the human capacity for great love, great art, and great evil.   Magni animi numquam moriuntur. Great minds never die.  

The students in Corbin College’s elite academic society, Magni Viri, have it all—free tuition, inspirational professors, and dream jobs once they graduate. When first-gen college student Tara is offered a chance to enroll, she doesn’t hesitate.?  Except once she’s settled into the gorgeous Victorian dormitory, something strange starts to happen. She’s finally writing, but her stories are dark and twisted. Her dreams feel as if they could bury her alive. An unseen presence seems to stalk her through the halls.  And a chilling secret awaits Tara at the heart of Magni Viri—one that just might turn her nightmares into reality; one that might destroy her before she has a chance to escape. 

All That Consumes Us will pull readers into a hypnotizing, dark reverie that blurs the lines of reality and shows that the addictive nature of ambition—and its inevitable price—always claims its due.  

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