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Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

atriasbookshelf's review

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5.0

Jennifer Moffett's writing is amazing. This novel was like a virus that spread through my mind and left me feeling lost a bit. I had the chance to observe the mind of a girl that had been brainwashed and how she perceived things and it shocks you at multiple moments. I have annotated the heck out of this book because I couldn't hold in all the thoughts brewing in my head any longer.

Its been a while since I have read a 5 star book but this one truly deserves it. I am looking forward to reading more books by her.

lucroo's review against another edition

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3.0

Il libro, al momento edito solo in inglese, narra la storia di Emily e della sua solitudine a Boston, lontana da casa e dai suoi affetti.
Quando verrà notata da Josh e dai suoi amici, farà davvero di tutto per sentirsi accettata e parte di qualcosa che la allontani dal suo triste passato.
La prima metà del libro è davvero meravigliosa, ma nel finale non mi ha convinta tantissimo.

Vi riporto alcuni passi che mi hanno lasciata con un forte senso di inquietudine.

hollye6's review

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

4.5


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hobiflowery's review against another edition

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

3.75

polkadotgirl's review against another edition

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4.0

4/5 started:

Those Who Prey started off as a slightly stereotypical exploration of a cult and how Emily, a freshman student in college, is misled into joining it through different manipulation techniques, and the emotional abuse she suffers the deeper in it that she gets. I didn't mind that the story read off as a fictional pamphlet for cult behaviors in the first 100 pages because I understood that it was "simplifying" a very complex process in order to make it better understood by the YA audience it's trying to reach.

Fortunately, the story finds its own voice from the second act onwards, when the main mystery of the plot is introduced and when we have Emily completely committed to the cult and its members.

I really liked Emily as a main character and how her inner monologue was so helpful in understanding the point she was at during every bit of the story. It was easy to never resent her decisions because her confusion, and her pain, and her need to belong was well established from the beginning of the book. When her thoughts began to turn questioning and even resentful you understood why that was happened and how her journey was beginning to come to unravel as she realized things that she had been blind to before.

My favorite part of the book was the last act, because I believe this is where we get to see Emily flourish as a main character, and we witness the growth she had throughout her whole experience, with her insecurities and doubts still present because she's human, after all. I also appreciated the slightly unresolved ending to the book, both plot wise and in Emily's emotional journey. I know it may not be the preferred ending for a lot of people, as it does not answer every question that the book introduces during the story, but it made the story feel more realistic and complete -what an irony- for me.

It was a pleasant surprise to find that the book includes mixed media aspects to it, like interviews and excepts from an article, but I would say that if someone were to pick it up for that sole aspect they could be disappointed, as it is a very small part of the book.

kharri13's review

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4.0

Good book. I liked the story and diving into Emily's story as she became a part of the cult. I do wish I could've learned more about Kara and her ending, especially with the cult. But all in all not a bad book.

yourstrulytay's review against another edition

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

3.5

aidaninasia's review

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4.0

This is the first book that I have read of its kind, thus I am uncertain whether or not my opinion is tinted by rose-coloured glasses, that being said, I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a light read, in a good way, though still interesting enough to keep you turning the page. I also think that if you come from a conservative upbringing but have since been disillusioned, you will also be able to relate to the protagonist, as I have.

moonblossomgemini's review

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4.0

It’s shocking how easily you can wind up in a cult if they pick the right moment.

krabcake's review

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challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective tense medium-paced

3.75