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Plain Bad Heroines
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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OutsmartYourShelf
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Mehso-so

I was rather looking forward to reading this book, which from the synopsis, seemed like it would be a gothic, sapphic mystery. There were indeed elements of all three in the book, but they were smothered out of existence by the painfully sloooow pace.

It runs on for over 600 pages & includes many a footnote which lead to asides which were meant to be witty, but on many occasions fell flat for me. I can't rate it more than 2.5 ⭐

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK/The Borough Press, for the opportunity to read an ARC, & I apologise for the lateness of my review.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4272972272
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TracyReadsBooks
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Mehso-so

This is the sort of book that if you like the way it is written, you will likely forgive everything else. If you don‘t, however, the writing is one of many things likely to disappoint. Jumping between two storylines, one in the past, by far the more interesting, & one in the present, which is actually a story within a story, this book tries to do a lot and ultimately, for me, wasn‘t really successful. Maybe me & not the book but I didn‘t love it.

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TracyReadsBooks
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Spending our unusually warm late October weekend (mid-to high 70s instead of our usual low 50s) with a chunkster. This is another recommendation from a friend that has sat on the shelf way too long…

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LeslieO
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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It‘s a terrible story and one way to tell it is this: two girls in love and a fog of wasps cursed the place forever after.

#FirstLineFridays

BookBelle84 Such a good book! 2mo
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Andrea4
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Pickpick

I must share the disgusting state of the house we just bought!! Obviously I have finished this audiobook while cleaning.
I wanted to slap Merritt through the first half and then she grew on me. All the characters seemed so real to me. The story tho involved was easy to follow up until the end. I got a little lost and I'm not entirely sure what the Roy happened But the unraveling did seem to be the last hour, until then I was pretty captivated.

SRWCF Oh my lord! Good luck with the cleaning. 6mo
Andrea4 @SRWCF thank you! I think we can use all the luck!!! 6mo
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Andrea4
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Perfect book to be listening to for Pride month, not that this was intended at all.
It's especially fitting because of the fluidity of some of the characters. I was expecting (from description) more "lesbian" rep than anything. Happy to learn that's not the only rep going on.

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

I am surprised with how much I liked this book. Though it did creep me out with the bees. And now I see bees and get freaked out even more.

I liked both timelines and I think Audrey was my favorite. I thought I was going to be annoyed about reading a book set in RI, but I didn‘t know this area too well, so it was fine.

This would work for sapphic novel for #pop22

Cinfhen Definitely freak me out too🐝 7mo
Cinfhen Love your pillows 😍 7mo
Megabooks Beautiful pillows! Glad you enjoyed the book! 7mo
squirrelbrain Great choice! 7mo
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Laughterhp
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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I was today years old when I realized lede and lead were 2 different words 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

#AlwaysLearning

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Laughterhp
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Currently in a mood of not knowing what I‘m in the mood to read. Here is my May #BookSpin list. I don‘t think I read a single book actually on my April list. 🤷🏻‍♀️

We‘ll see if I do better in May.

marleed Hey, I admire your power to stray from your list. I‘m thinking of trying a month where I can only read the BS and DS and anything else is anything other than the other 18! 7mo
Laughterhp @marleed I‘m such a mood reader, it‘s easy for me to stray! Though it does bother me I haven‘t read both or either of the BS and DS books the last couple of months. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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AWahle
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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I am so happy I am reading this indoors while there is still a chill in the air because I would be freaking out about flying insects if I was reading this outdoors in the Summer.

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AWahle
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Lots of book mail today! 📚My BOTM choices for March, tagged book for #challengeyourshelf run by Bettie‘s Pages in Lowell, MI and the mystery looked fun. Sticker is from the same challenge.

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sparrowssavvy
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book. It definitely had people who hated it and people who loved it online. The writing was quite beautiful and flowed so nicely that it was so enjoyable to read.

I wanted more development in certain parts of the story with more background and explanation. It was left very ambivalent about certain things and plot pieces. It had a wonderful build though, which I was expecting to lead to a much bigger end.

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sparrowssavvy
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book. It definitely had people who hated it and people who loved it online. The writing was quite beautiful and flowed so nicely that it was so enjoyable to read.

I wanted more development in certain parts of the story with more background and explanation. It was left very ambivalent about certain things and plot pieces. It had a wonderful build though, which I was expecting to lead to a much bigger end.

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BookwormM
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Pickpick

#Netgalley #ARC #PlainBadHeroines

This ARC was provided by Harper Collins UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

1 Word Review – Intense. 3 Word Review – S**t Gets Weird!

I would recommend this those who like books that keep you off balance & who love it when a book steps outside the strict confines of genre.

Full Review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/02/14...

Alfoster I do, I do!😳👍 10mo
OutsmartYourShelf This one is coming up on my TBR list. Looks intriguing. 10mo
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Laughterhp
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Opened up my #LitsyLoveValentinesDaySwap package today!

Thank you so much for the books! Can‘t wait to pick them up and read them! I love the mug and bookmark. The chocolate did not make it in the mail 😬 (it melted) but thanks so much for the candy!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 10mo
BookwormM Just finished Heroines loved it 10mo
Littlewolf1 So sorry the chocolate melted… Hope everything else is OK and that you loved it. 10mo
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Dcueto
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Pickpick

Gothic creepiness? Check. Interesting characters? Check. Interesting plot? Check check

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Beachesnbooks
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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All of the physical books I read in 2021! It was a rough year and books are what got me through it. Hoping for a better 2022! 📚

AmyG Wow. Yep, books got me through the year, too. 11mo
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Zuhkeeyah
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Pickpick

Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Well this book genuinely freaked me out. I heard a buzzing in my kitchen from a random bug and my first thought was “Wasp!”. This book keeps a steady level of tension. The deflation of that tension was too abrupt for me. I wanted more. I wanted to know what was real and what wasn‘t. Still recommend as a great horror read.

#doublebookspin complete @TheAromaofBooks

shanaqui I had this experience too -- I felt like it was building up really well, and then it kind of fizzled out and didn't do anything with the tension... 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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Auntynanny
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this! The story revolves around a movie being adapted from a book, and the relationship between the author of the book and the two lead actresses in the movie. I really wish I could somehow watch the movie they were creating in the book, if that makes sense :)

ShyBookOwl It completely makes sense and I agree! 1y
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AkashaVampie
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Listening for the night. 🌌🌃😴😴

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rjsthumbelina
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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I read 15 books in July! Favorite book is tagged. So many great reads this month, though. Only 1 DNF (No One is Talking About This) and 1 2-star read (The Comeback). 5 audiobooks, 4 ebooks, 6 physical. 9 owned, 1 #LMPBC, 2 borrowed from #Scribd, 3 from my #library. Not bad at all!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: One Last Stop, And Then There Were None, All Systems Red, The Seep, Plain Bad Heroines, Turn of the Screw, If Beale St Could Talk, Siege and Storm

rjsthumbelina ⭐⭐⭐⭐: Other Words for Home, Tokyo Ever After, What If It's Us 1y
rjsthumbelina ⭐⭐⭐: A Woman in the Polar Night, This One Summer 1y
rjsthumbelina ⭐⭐: The Comeback 1y
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rjsthumbelina
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That club sounds like so much fun!

❤️ing this just as much as I'd hoped to!

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AkashaVampie
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Here's pic 2 of 2!

I got 2 books from B&N today. I wanted to buy the whole store becuz I kept seeing all the wonderful books I see on Litsy and BookTube.

@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

BookishMarginalia I feel the same way! 1y
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Beachesnbooks
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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June wrap-up! 🥇was definitely Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth, which I LOVED! I focused on books featuring LGBTQIA+ authors and/or main characters, and really enjoyed almost everything I read. 🥈Kit Webb; 🥉Somebody's Daughter or maybe Conventionally Yours!

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RaeLovesToRead
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Back to Plain, Bad Heroines this morning ❤

My new phone has just arrived, so now you can all enjoy a slightly higher resolution Pickles this morning 😊 She's still just as soggy. #catsoflitsy

Also, now I can use these emojis 🥰🤪🤭 yay 2021.

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shanaqui
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth

I expected to get creeped out by this book and all the insects, but... not really? Maybe I've just grown out of being creeped out so much.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Loving this so far 😊❤

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shanaqui
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth

This book is so chonky, but I'm not finding it difficult to stay along for the ride (albeit at the slow pace my brain is capable of digesting stuff at the moment. Really wondering how supernatural (or not) it's going to get. (Don't spoiler me!)

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shanaqui
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth

Whoa, this is a whopper of a hardback. Intrigued so far, though horror isn't always my thing so not sure if I will stick with it...

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ErraticElle
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Pickpick

Creepy & haunting with excellent atmospheric writing. The characters were incredibly tactile. I loved that there were so many distinct personalities at play & so many different backstories. The complexity worked. There is a LOT of mystique. It's something like a dark fairy tale juxtaposed with real life. The ending wasn't my favorite, leaving things slightly open, but I still enjoyed the eerie way it left things. I need more books like this.

TrishB I‘m about half way through 👍🏻 2y
ErraticElle 👍🏻 2y
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TrishB
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Sansa is waiting to go for a walk and can‘t believe I‘ve picked another book up. It‘s big and I‘m a bit frightened of the wasp. But really want to read it anyway.

MsMelissa Better take her or she might eat your book as revenge 🐶 2y
LeahBergen She‘s so pretty! 💖💖 2y
squirrelbrain Poor Sansa - how can you ignore that look?! 2y
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TrishB @MsMelissa @LeahBergen @squirrelbrain she had a long walk before I even finished the first chapter!! 2y
Paperback.Propensity I loved this book. A good chunk of the pages is notes so it's not that big. 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one Trish 👍🏻stacked. Hi Sansa🙋🏼‍♀️ .. enjoy your next walk 2y
TrishB @Paperback.Propensity @Cathythoughts it‘s great so far. 2y
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Nouveau
Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Pickpick

Read by the talented Xe Sands who is one of my go-to narrators. I had to take a look at the physical book to check out the illustrations and lo and behold I find the cutest fish bookmark. It‘s the type of bookmark that‘s like a paper clip. I‘ll of course leave it in this library copy and hopefully it will find its way home .

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oddandbookish
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This was such a unique read!

The best part of this book was definitely the overall vibe and aesthetic. It had a slightly creepy and gothic feel that ran throughout the entire book, even the present day parts. There was also a fair amount of humor and satire that worked well with the gothic vibes and made for an interesting juxtaposition.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2021/04/21/review-plain-bad-heroines/

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Kimbono
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Saturday afternoon reading soundtrack #readingsoundtrack

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Lindy
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Pickpick

A creepy, complex story, chock full of lesbians in two timelines. New England WASPs with corseted wasp waists. Sapphic Hollywood buzz. Spooky secrets and yellow jackets. So many yellow jackets. #LGBTQ #audiobook read by Xe Sands.

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Lindy
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In the language of the day, Mrs Brookhants was a young widow and Miss Trills was her devoted companion. Her very, very dear friend. Her confidante. Her bestie. But, like, with benefits.

(Internet photo)

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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

Reader, I LOVED it! I loved: the narrator, the dual timelines, the gothic setting, the knowing nods to the reader, the dramas, the recurring motifs, the intricacies. I would have liked a bit more depth to the characters, but otherwise I loved it all. Will reread.

Twainy This book has been on my library hold list forevvver! 😁 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Bailedbailed

I'm marking this as a DNF for now, which is very disappointing as I highly anticipated this book, having loved Cameron Post. But this one is not doing anything for me. The characters are all so bland. The story is not grabbing me. I can't bring myself to care. #QueerBooks

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mklong
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Panpan

I hate panning books, but this was a miss in pretty much every way for me. There is way too much going on and it never felt, to me, like Danforth had a good grasp on any of it. The only story that I was really interested in, about the students in the early timeline, (Florence, Clara, and Eleanor) got the least attention. Disappointing, but on to the next…

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BookishTrish
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SamAnne What a beautiful random photo. 2y
slategreyskies I love this. 💕 2y
Come-read-with-me It‘s like a little moment of awesome! 2y
kspenmoll Lovely Color contrast. (edited) 2y
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RainyDayReading
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Mehso-so

Eh. This was fine. The synopsis is fairly misleading. Wasn‘t really attached to any of the characters, the story felt like it took forever to get going, there was a few horror-esque descriptions but not nearly as scary as it was pitched. Overall I would have been fine not finishing it, the ending didn‘t resolve or explain anything and was frankly unsatisfying. #bookspinbingo

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BookishTrish
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Ever start a library audiobook so long you know you won‘t finish it, but start it anyway? #audiostitching

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KimmyM
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Mehso-so

3⭐I had high hopes for this book, so perhaps it was a case of misplaced expectations, but I thought it was just okay. It definitely wasn‘t as creepy as I hoped it would be, and while I really liked the historical fiction aspect of the story, the present day story was much less interesting.

There was so much going on, and maybe I would have enjoyed this one more had the focus been on just one story or the other, but I struggled with this one.

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ShyBookOwl
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It's a terrible story and one way to tell it is this: two girls in love and a fog of wasps cursed the place forever after.

#firstlinefridays

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Owlizabeth
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Owlizabeth
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I really fucking loved this book. I loved how unapologetic it was - it is messy and sprawling and weird and so incredibly queer - and proud of it. It is dark and spooky and delicious. It is sexy and overblown and winking and witchy. It is the first time you almost felt grown up, a campfire with slightly older kids and sticky sweet alcohol and laughter and shivers and shadows and undercurrents you don‘t understand yet but crave. 4 1/2👍🏼

LeahBergen Fantastic review! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
readordierachel Fabulous review! Really looking forward to this one. 2y
Owlizabeth @readordierachel @LeahBergen thanks!! 🤗🤗🤗 2y
ShelleyBooksie Your review makes me want to read this! 2y
batsy Excellent review. Now I really want to read this! 2y
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ElleSkel
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2
I loved the 1902 storyline, and the writing was wonderful. It was just so long and I couldn‘t get into the present day sections so for me they seemed to drag.
*I went back and changed it to a pick. It was way better than so-so.*

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ElleSkel
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About halfway through this one and have to say I am struggling a bit. Luckily scary bits are set in RI where I am so it has been holding my interest for more reasons than just the story. I REALLY want to love this one so I hope it picks back up soon.
Thanks again @Megabooks for the bookmark. It is fitting with this story!

Side note, I changed my Litsy name to ElleSkel to ditch that cumbersome underscore. Sorry it took me 2 years to do that! 😂

LoveToReadLiveToRead I‘ve got this to read but I keep seeing mixed reviews. 2y
ElleSkel @LoveToReadLiveToRead I have been switching audio/hardcover. Some say they do not enjoy the narrator, but I think the voice is great. BUT I will say that there are pictures( including a map), and LOTS of footnotes that add so much to the book that it would be a shame not read the physical copy. So far IMO this book is best experienced in hardcover. It is like you need the atmosphere of it to push you through. (edited) 2y
Megabooks So glad you like the bookmark! 😊 2y
monalyisha Such a perfect bookmark! 2y
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Mesica25
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Did anyone finish this and like it? I could not get into to listening to it bc I hate the narrator. Is it worth reading though?

BookishTrish I loved it and also loved the narrator. 2y
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thewallflower0707
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Mehso-so

Phew, I made it and I finished my last book for 2020. Its beautifully written and full of mysteries, but the whole thing gets old very fast and it felt like a snoozefest.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,5

#plainbadheroines