Reviews tagging Mental illness

The Mad Women's Ball, by Victoria Mas

15 reviews

somewherehere_nz's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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charlereads's review against another edition

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

3.5


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caseyemorgan's review against another edition

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

4.5

“Truth be told, whether free or incarcerated, women were not safe anywhere. Since the dawn of time, they had been the victims of decisions that were taken without their consent.” 
I picked this book up on a whim when Barnes and Noble had their sale on hardbacks, and I am so glad that I did. Victoria Mas tells the tragic stories of three women and the Salpêtrière psychiatric hospital in 1880s Paris. She tackles the topics of grief, freedom, trauma, and sanity; all while she develops characters that you truly root for. I really enjoyed reading the stories of all of the “mad” (but not really mad) women who made the hospital their home. Oh, and there’s ghosts in there. Which really adds to any story. 
I loved it and will definitely pick up her next book. (4.5⭐️)

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misslisag's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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rosannariah's review against another edition

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dark emotional informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

2.75

Sujet intéressant mais le style d’écriture ne m’a pas plu (trop simple et les dialogues sont écrits dans la langue d’aujourd’hui alors que l’histoire est censée se passer au 19e siècle) - pas de la grande littérature mais sujet féministe qui informe sur une triste réalité 

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kaymichelle's review against another edition

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

2.5


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thelassinlinen's review against another edition

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dark sad tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

2.5


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pagesandpurls's review against another edition

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

5.0


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amvolbrecht's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was fantastic. Very atmospheric with really wonderful characters

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sarahleslie1's review against another edition

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challenging informative mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.5

J’ai apprécié de pouvoir le lire en langue originale; c’était facile à lire mais j’avais du mal avec la caractérisation 

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