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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

5.0

Love on the Brain, by Ali Hazelwood

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funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

Half a Soul, by Olivia Atwater

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adventurous funny hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

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

2.5

Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus

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emotional hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

The Maidens, by Alex Michaelides

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

2.0

For the Wolf, by Hannah Whitten

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

2.5

For the Wolf left me conflicted. I really wanted to love this book. From the beginning, the mystery and darkness shrouding the wilderwoods captivated me. I wanted to slowly uncover the secrets built on generations of tradition and religion. However, the book is too convoluted. The world feels choppy. Too much happens without exploring the nuances that hook a reader in.

Great ideas. Okay execution. 

Still worth the read though 
Act Your Age, Eve Brown, by Talia Hibbert

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted 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

4.5

Funny and lightheaded. Out of all the three Brown sisters, Eve’s struggle to find her calling hits the closest to home. Perfection and mastery dominates the modern world. For some of us who are perpetually jumping from one passion to the next, mastery is not an option.

Eve’s recognizes that your passion can come from non-conventioanl sources; you can enjoy something passively without perfecting that craft. That message is important, and Act your Age, Eve Brown explores that message throughly and thoughtfully
Vespertine, by Margaret Rogerson

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

4.25

Vespertine caught me completely by surprise. The book throws you into a dark world where spirits threaten to inhabit those who are gifted with supernatural abilities. God is a Woman. A Catholic Church adjacent group governs over a theocratical society. There is a underlying feeling that something just doesn’t feel quite right.

Margaret Rogerson takes the time to introduce our  shy and imperfect MC.
Spoiler Artemisia suffered a painful childhood that and the author does not shy away from that. Her childhood absolutely impacts her decisions and shapes her fear.
 The fact that Artemisia is not a perfect hero is my favorite aspect of the book. She is a relatable person. Her decisions make sense given her past. Her awkwardness is honest. She makes mistakes and tries her best to just be a decent person. What more could you  ask for in a MC?
The Blood Traitor, by Lynette Noni

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adventurous emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0