theshy_bookdragon's review against another edition

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

3.5

apholtz's review against another edition

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1.0

okay ,,, ew no ew. at first meh toodle oodle three stars then it *got* me for a moment and I devoured 100 pages at once but then no spoilers but, just, yuck. weird tortured fever dream bleh not a fan. I considered giving 2 stars since I did feel compelled to finish it but nope just 1.

mkmcelroy's review against another edition

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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

4.5

I’m not usually a horror fan but I picked up this book looking to expand more into the genre. It definitely delivered. I enjoyed the main character a lot and thought the pacing was mostly good, only lagging a bit in the middle. The imagery was captivating, effortlessly portraying the setting’s mixture of beauty and death. I didn’t think a book could unsettle me so much, but the descriptions of gore (with Howard) and some of the dreams really got to me. It was maybe a bit too intense for my taste but still very well written and a compelling enough story that I wanted to finish it anyway.

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victoriaz's review against another edition

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1.0

De los primeros libros que me alegra haber terminado. Cada página fue una tortura. Cada capítulo que terminaba decía “no puede volverse peor que esto” y la verdad es que sí podía. La felicito a la autora por mostrarme lo equivocada que puedo estar.
Le tenía muchísimas expectativas gracias al ambiente y a la tapa que no sólo era hermosa, sino que se leía: “Una mezcla entre Lovecraft y las hermanas Brontë ambientada en Latinoamérica”. Le sugiero al autor de dicha frase que deje de buscar en google “autores de novelas góticas” y que empiece a leerlas, porque fue una falta de respeto.

lilirose's review against another edition

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

3.0

 Un romanzo gotico ambientato in un piccolo villaggio dell'entroterra messicano: già questo basta a suscitare interesse, perché siamo abituati ad associare il gotico ad atmosfere cupe e nebbiose, non certo al sole dell'america latina. Gli archetipi del genere però ci sono tutti: l'antica dimora piena di misteri, uomini loschi e fascinosi nonché l'immancabile fanciulla da salvare.
Parte piano, si può dire che fino ad oltre metà ci muoviamo in una lunga introduzione che serve a gettare le basi della storia e a farci conoscere i personaggi; poi la vicenda prende il via ed assume tinte più marcatamente horror, con un colpo di scena niente male sul finale
Spoilerla tragica sorte di Agnes, né morta né viva ma condannata ad una sofferenza eterna, è veramente d'impatto
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La trama è solida ed i personaggi di contorno ben caratterizzati: a non funzionare è la protagonista, che sembra non trovare mai una sua dimensione, rimanendo sempre in balia delle circostanze senza riuscire a prendere una posizione netta. Non aiuta il fatto che le sia stato affibbiato una sorta di cavaliere senza macchia e senza paura, con cui intreccerà una fiacca storia d'amore inserita con l'unico scopo di allungare il brodo e far felici le amanti del romance.
Aggiungo a margine che la vicenda avrebbe potuto svolgersi nell'800 come ai giorni nostri e non avrebbe fatto la minima differenza, l'ambientazione anni '50 è puramente nominale.
Lo stile non brilla per ricercatezza ma è scorrevolissimo, si arriva alla fine senza neanche accorgersene; è l'intero romanzo in realtà a non spiccare sotto nessun aspetto, pur rimanendo sempre piacevole.
Il classico libro senza pretese, che non vuole offrire nulla più di qualche ora di puro intrattenimento. 

sarahnaatz16's review against another edition

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4.0

Some of the romance was extremely cringe-y, but overall a really great book and I loved how vibrant the settings were! Always enjoy a creepy house in the mountains! I really appreciated the infusion of flare into the general creepiness of the story.

melanielbooks's review against another edition

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4.0

This is one of the first horror books I've ever read. I wanted to try branching out for Spooky Season, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the creepy atmosphere and the plot. I had a little trouble engaging with the characters, though. I did not like Noemi all that much, felt she was under-developed, and thought she made some silly choices. Then again, if everyone behaved reasonably in a horror book/film, there'd hardly be any story. I guess I'd like to see a story where the bad guys/force of evil couldn't be so easily thwarted by rational behavior. I enjoyed the parallels between English imperialism and certain parts of the story I don't want to give away, also the more subtle/insidious violence against women that gets overlooked. Good book, overall.

jmronbeck's review against another edition

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

3.5

kaceyjh's review against another edition

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5.0

I get some serious Crimson Peak vibes. Loved the book. Can't wait for the show!

tiz's review against another edition

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

3.75