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211 reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

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adventurous challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

5.0

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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challenging dark emotional hopeful informative inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced

4.0

The Sex Lives of African Women, by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

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adventurous emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

5.0


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The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark

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adventurous mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

3.0

Notes on an Execution, by Danya Kukafka

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Before I Let Go, by Kennedy Ryan

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

4.0

I’ve come to expect solid stories from KR and this was no exception. Second chance romances don’t really do much for me but I liked this one and enjoyed the push and pull between the love interests.

Unfortunately, the attempt to introduce some external conflict fell flat on its face to me. I’d have loved to see the other lover interests be given enough space to become actual threats but I guess that wasn’t the vision and to be fair, Josiah and Yasmen already had enough going on between them. I did like how Josiah handled his relationship and I liked that while they were very human in many of their reactions and assumptions, they still managed to make many matured decisions in the end.

All in all, It was largely low stakes but also pretty angsty and I liked many of the secondary characters too.
It Starts With Us, by Colleen Hoover

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3.0

This felt largely unnecessary. 
Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata

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informative lighthearted mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

4.0

The Cheat Sheet, by Sarah Adams

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

1.0

I don’t think I’ve ever hated a female MC this much. 
The Swimmers, by Julie Otsuka

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

3.0