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The Mad Women's Ball, by Victoria Mas

alicesyndrome's review against another edition

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

4.0

Sad and feminist and beautiful. Incredibly well-written. Very slow paced but that's not a negative. 

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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literalmint's review against another edition

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emotional informative 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? It's complicated

3.0

ladylazarus82392's review against another edition

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dark informative mysterious 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? It's complicated

5.0

zgriptsuroica's review against another edition

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

4.5


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siaragrace's review against another edition

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4.0

The Mad Women's Ball is an effortlessly gritty and meaningful story that needed to be told. Victoria Mas's writing is the standout to my experience reading through. In a short and to the point way the bitterness of the atmosphere kept me on the edge till the end. There was no sympathy for the characters which held the realistic brutal value it needed.
This was so close to being a five-star read for me but fell off just at the end. At a steady pace, the book left me wanting more. In conclusion, this was an eye-opening read that will be memorable and well recommended.
Thanks, @NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

tpanik's review against another edition

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5.0

Masterful, masterful storytelling.

This was an ARC.

michiberr's review against another edition

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dark reflective 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

5.0

bekahk's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative sad medium-paced

4.5

mahelstrom's review against another edition

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inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0