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The Mad Women's Ball, by Victoria Mas

smblanc1793's review

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dark informative tense medium-paced
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3.5

An eerie, slow-burning read that’s biggest strength comes from the fact that it’s based in reality. Gulp. The whole story is steeped in tragedy, the atmosphere suffocating in exactly the way I believe it’s intended to be. The gaiety and brightness of the ball serves as a chilling juxtaposition to the reality of the situation. Though I think the pacing was odd—it was all wrapped up far too quickly. It was nonetheless a worthwhile read that packed a punch despite it’s relative brevity.

emma271's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.5

aseriesofvariousevents's review against another edition

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4.0

This story managed to be both absolutely devastating and a hopeful read. The stories of the different women at the asylum were complex and terrible, while the community they had formed in this place managed to still be one of almost joy. The supernatural aspects of the story were the most boring, but still necessary for both Eugenie's and Genevieve's stories. Eugenie's relationship with her family was really captivating and Genevieve's character arc was really interesting. The patients in this story were nothing more than props for the men around them to use and gawk at, but they didn't value themselves any less for it. This was a story about women, by a woman, and for women.

Thank you to NetGalley and ABRAMS for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

bookish_heart's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced

3.5

stephanieblackham's review against another edition

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medium-paced

4.5

annepiraat's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0

dreaming_rock's review

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75


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raehink's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative sad

mooska93's review against another edition

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

4.5

tamngn's review against another edition

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2.0

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