Book Review: An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

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An Exaltation of Larks (Venery, #1)An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Under normal circumstances, it’s easy for me to write a review directly after I’ve read a novel. Occasionally, the book is so strong, I need time to think about what I want to say. I only finished Exaltation of Larks, the first in the Venery series by Suanne Laqueur, last night but feel compelled to get some of my thoughts down before I have so many, I can’t organize a review. This book was recommended to me by a very generous blogger who wrote a stellar review of one of my books. Given how much she thought I’d like Laqueur’s work, I accepted the recommendation and got a copy of the book to read. I allotted it as an October read, slightly nervous that it was ~550 pages and I’ve been focusing on other genres lately. After 30 minutes in, I couldn’t stop reading it… and that’s just how it kept on going until I devoured the entire tome in 2 1/2 days.

Do not be fearful of the page count, or that it’s only the first in a series. I haven’t read the others (definitely will this year) but even if you only stopped at the first one, it would be the kind of read you always remember. It goes extremely quickly… I’m a quick reader but I was flipping pages so fast and connecting with the story on a different plane than normal. I’d read 25% before bed the first night and still wanted to keep going despite how late it’d gotten. I finished 50% the next day and then the final 25% before bed last night.

The book was written in a way that I couldn’t help but feel part of it. Between physical and emotional attraction to the main characters, a thirst for something ravenous to happen, a moment or two of crying in pain, and a recognition of things I have and might be missing in my own life, this book kept pushing me to want to climb inside the spine and become one with it. Those are some powerful words, images, and thoughts, but Alex, Val, and Jav are truly the kind of characters I navigate toward. Throw in a dysfunctional set of families, cliffhangers, over-coincidences (which ultimately I love), and a statement about the value of life, I am in awe of Laqueur’s plot and character development to the umpteenth degree.

I’m sure I’ll come back to write more… you don’t need me to describe the plot, just read the summary and you’ll get it. If you’re comfortable with LGBTQ stories, somewhat occasional graphic descriptions of intimacy, and language with multi-cultural references and speech, you will love this book. I bring these things up not as a warning, but as the primary reason this book was so phenomenal. It opens your mind to understanding physical attraction, chemistry, longing, and fear of taking an alternative step in life. It’s about deciding who you are and who you want to be versus what people think you should be or where you’re initially born.

I’m sure there will be more to come in the future, but this is what I’ve got left emotionally to say… just go read it.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


21 thoughts on “Book Review: An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Ooh… you’re review/ thoughts are very compelling. Will take a peak at the blurb.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      I can’t even explain it. There’s a lot of sex and Suanne could definitely give me a run for the money in drama/coincidence/connections… but if you’re good with that, the writing, chemistry, and characters are wicked good.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:41 PM

        Jay, I do not need a 500+ page book on my TBR!………..

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:48 PM

        I know, and I’m so sorry, but… but… it’s like truly awesome. I can send you a section to convince you. Okay, I’ll behave.

        Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:49 PM

        Hahahaha… I’ll just take a peek on Amazon…

        Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:52 PM

        Big mistake… the blurb opened with the fall of Chile to the military coup in 1973…. I’ve bought it 🙈
        Now I’ll have to turn off your reviews for the rest of the year! 😜

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:55 PM

        I know, but that’s why I am pushing this one… because of the connection I thought you’d have with it. I promise only to push ones that would be this fantastic!!! And I understand, no more from me this year. 🙂

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:56 PM

        Hahahaha. Such a way with words. You should consider becoming a writer…. 😘

        Liked by 1 person

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    An excellent review.

    Liked by 1 person

    delphini510 said:
    October 11, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Excellent review that makes this book such a temptation.
    Will definitely check it out.


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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    October 11, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    And once again I’ll say it: fantastic review and you made me very happy (and Suanne too) ;-)))

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    October 12, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    A very thoughtful and heartfelt review Jay. Sounds like a wonderful book, I hope the rest of the series is as enjoyable for you.


    Rae Longest said:
    October 29, 2018 at 9:50 PM

    WOW! What a positive review. You definitely had quite a reading experience! I will definitely put this on my TBR list. I think it will expand my reading habits as well.

    Liked by 1 person

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