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The Writing Retreat, by Julia Bartz

meganexclamationpoint's review

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

4.25

bzm0023's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious relaxing fast-paced

4.0

Super fun thriller, and held my attention the entire time.  Loved the locked door/isolated setting, the various twists, and vivid characters. 

cosiedupwithabook's review

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

2.25

piinkkranger's review

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

4.25

taylorgunter's review

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5.0

Her first book! It was amazing, I couldn’t put it down!

jamielit's review

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

2.5

This had the makings of a thriller I would love to stay wrapped under the covers on a snowy day and spend the day reading.  A literal writing retreat.  Huge, old mansion.  Isolation.  The premise was great, the setting promising.  But I wish a better writer had written this story.  The characters were immature, and the storyline too over-the-top and felt amateur.  I hardly ever rate books less than 3 stars, so this was pretty disappointing.  But I think with practice and editing, this author can produce something much better.

kelly_h's review against another edition

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

4.0

wereadatmidnight's review

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fast-paced

5.0

shalisa's review

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

4.0

I really enjoyed this story but at some parts near the end it kinda lost me. I don’t really understand the message but I think I do so that’s why we’re here sitting at 4 stars :) 

willa_rose15's review against another edition

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

4.5