☠REVIEW: Beneath Blood and Bone by Claire C. Riley & Madeline Sheehan☠


It is the end of the world…

They call him Eagle. Like the grand and beautiful animal that symbolizes freedom. And during these dark times, when humanity is full of nothing but suffering, a man with such a powerful name should be a beacon of hope.

He is anything but.

Her name is Autumn. Though she hasn’t said this name, or much of anything else, in the four years since the fall of civilization. A shell of her former self, and living wild in a cave at the bottom of a ravine, Autumn is accustomed to being alone. She prefers it actually, especially when her only other options for company are either trying to kill her, or worse, lock her up inside their walls.

Captured by Eagle’s people Autumn is suddenly thrust back into the land of the living, though she would hardly call it living. The community of Purgatory is full of sinners, the most evil of which seem to have set their sights on her.

In an act born of anger and defiance, Eagle becomes Autumn’s unexpected savior forcing these two solitary people into one another’s broken worlds. Neither knows quite what to make of the other, but one thing is certain.
To survive Purgatory, they will need to learn how to rely on each other; a feat that could quite possibly teach them how to live again.




Beneath Blood and Bone by Claire C. Riley & Madeline Sheehan
Eagle & Autumn

I’m not entirely sure why it took me so long to review this book. I think I finished it a couple days after release but I’m guessing that it fucked me up that much that I had to put it aside and not think about it for a while. Beneath Blood and Bone is extremely horrifying. At times it even seems completely hopeless and like there’s no way out of this hell hole that Eagle in Autumn live in.

We get to meet Eagle in the first book Thicker Than Blood, and he is a total freaking asshole back then and it doesn’t seem to get any better in this one. I get that he’s harboring a million and a half horrendous memories from when life was normal. In this installment we get more insight into his early life. Back when he was a husband and a father and Jeffers was his best friend and neighbor. Even though Eagle seems to have become a better person in this part of the story, I seriously can not forgive him for the shit he did to Leisel, Evelyn, and Alex. Back in the first book.

Autumn seems to be a frightened a little mouse. She comes to Purgatory literally covered in shit, her own shit. She claims that it keeps the “biters” away. NO Freaking way would I smear my own shit on my body. There is other ways of camouflaging your scent, but Autumn being so young this is all she could think of. I have to give her credit, for being so young and surviving out in the wild alone. She actually cracked me up with her antics through the brothels trying to clean her up, to Eagle trying to clean her up, and Eagle trying to help her fit in within the walls of Purgatory. She’s actually smarter than you think, it just takes her awhile to realize what’s right and what’s wrong. I do like her, don’t get me wrong, but more times than not I wanted to slap the shit out of her, no pun intended!

The supporting character cast in this installment I either loved or hated. I loved Adam. He is so kind and lovable and seems to welcome Autumn with open arms. Jeffers is still a douche bag that still does not know his ass from a hole in the ground, and still taking shit from Liv. Now Liv on the other hand I want to choke the living shit out of her. Madeline and Claire if you write another book about this series pretty please with an insane amount of sugar on top kill that fucking bitch off. Make her death last uber long and be extremely painful! I’m begging you! She’s evil with a capitol E and she’s doesn’t seem to care about anybody but herself! Damn it, see I’m getting all worked up because of that C_NT!!!

So, this was not my fave… it was good and the writing style was effortless to read, it was the story line that I kinda detested. I liked getting to know Eagle on a more personal level, but I wanted to hear more about Leisel and how she’s doing out there. I wanted Liv to die a painful death. AND most importantly, I wanted to see someone working on a cure for this Vaal Fever! The pacing is perfect, the highs and lows were, eh, ok! I liked it a lot, just didn’t love it.

4 Stars

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Thicker Than Blood… get on it… It’s one of my faves… Buy it HERE



Madeline: Welcome to my world of fantastical romances,
full of unconventional love, and unscripted emotions
so real, so raw,
breaking all the rules, blurring all the lines,
yet basking in their glory, shining as bright as sun,
unapologetically glowing even under
the narrowed stares of society
and its screaming, self-righteous morals,
berating and judging that which it doesn’t understand.

Welcome to my world where people become reasons,
scars become stories, where fate rules,
and destiny is everything.

Welcome to my world where magic isn’t just a myth,
but a part of your soul.

Welcome to my world where love isn’t easy
and it’s more than just a little bit crazy.
But it’s always worth it.

Welcome to my beautiful and ugly world.
Where everything has beauty. Even the ugly.
Because without the ugly, there would be no beauty.
Because without beauty, we would not survive our pain,
our sorrow and our suffering.

Welcome to my imagination, dear reader.
…and please, enjoy your stay.

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Much love,

Madeline Sheehan xx
Claire C. Riley is a USA Today
estselling author & a #1 Bestselling British horror writer.

A reader and writer of dark paranormal romances and zombie and apocalyptic horror. I live in the United Kingdom with my three young daughters, husband and one scruffy dog!

I am represented by Michelle L. Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency.
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My work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. I fuse multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. I write characters that are realistic and kill them without mercy.

I am an avid reader of all genres, book collector, general procrastinator and have a great zombie apocalypse plan in place thanks to a questionnaire I asked my readers to fill in for me.

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