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Juniper & Thorn, by Ava Reid

annathegreat's review against another edition

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dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

rupu's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

rchll's review against another edition

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I really wanted to like this book and as lovely and poetic as the writing can be, the characterizations just felt so flat to me.

thereadingbanshee's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

fridag's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious slow-paced

3.0

beeriley's review

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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medievalmeal's review

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I know I’m so close to the end but I don’t really care to find out how it ends 😭 normally I’m down for brutal and weird but something that happens about 2/3rds through that just disturbed me so much I can’t get over it. 

deerbrush's review

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This book started out promisingly- the setting, central characters, and atmosphere are all quite good. I am a fan of gothic fantasy fiction, and Juniper and Thorn seems to follow in the footsteps of genre classics like Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber collection(a personal favorite of mine). 

Unfortunately, I found the male love interest painfully dull, and the overwrought consummation of the romance subplot, occurring directly after the revel that a heretofore sinister character is (of course) a gay pedophile, firmly killed my interest in this book. 

My issues with this book are largely personal, and I think readers newer to the gothic genre, and who are less sensitive to homophobia in their entertainment, might still enjoy this book. 

syltetoy's review

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

jraebk's review against another edition

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dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.0