Uthor who wrote The Miseducation of Cameron Post so pls pls be gay When your protagonists are this kind of wrong do you ven want to be right This book left my brain buzzing so much it s hard to know where to start It is a big fat doorstop of a novel with multiple storylines spanning over a century a horror novel about a curse that follows a certain kind of independent minded woman a Hollywood novel with a behind the scenes feel and a book where almost very single character is ueerA big doorstop of a horror novel should have a few plots and several characters to help drive the momentum and this book mostly does the trick It stalls out in certain sections but having another timeline to jump back to makes up for #much of that Meandering is pretty much inevitable in the big doorstop #of that Meandering is pretty much inevitable in the big doorstop is baked in the important thing is whether you want to keep coming back to it and I always did What s particularly impressive is that I wasn t really reading to find out the Why which is usually the horror novel way I just wanted to see what happened to these characters how they would crack under the intensifying conditions You do get the Why but Danforth wisely doesn t dive all the way into it you have to leave a little mystery and I think she gets the balance just rightReaders who are not usually that into horror will find a lot to njoy here though the book is not trying to be sneaky about what it is It starts right off with a rather gruesome pair of deaths and it tells you that is what it s going to do who will die and how is right up front as is the uniue voice and style of the unnamed narrator and this is clearly Just the Beginning But while there may be a Big Unspeakable Evil there is so much I am sure ueer readers will approach with both Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars excitement and caution Several ueer women die in this book So let s just get that right out in the open And there is ueer suffering in this book but there is a lot less of it than youxpect Mostly it s from our Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life early 1900 s storyline a time when girls are allowed to fall in love but only while at school with other girls and then they must go off and marry men The book starts with a man being mad at a woman for not being womanlynough and indulging in general sapphic inappropriateness but that first chapter is about as much as you ll get for the rest of it The general difficulty
of being a ueer woman in the arly 1900 s is certainly a part of the story but actually our being a ueer woman in the arly 1900 s is certainly a part of the story but actually our of the time have a pretty good situation for themselves and are able to live basically how they like You get plenty of indulging in happy Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society early 20th century lesbians along with the horrors a horror novel promises And then we have the contrast with our modern protagonists a trio of young ueer women including celesbian Harper whose ueerness is almost never a hindrance to their lives My critiues are pretty minor Our present day trio Harper Audrey and Merrit. Hard the setting of their wildest happiness and ultimately of their macabre deaths This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them the victims of a swarm of stinging angry yellow jackets Less than five years later The Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever but not before three people mysteriously die on the propertyach in a most troubling way Over a century later the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the ueer feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded Age institution Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harp. EDIT Upon closer inspection I have to say This #ARC dition is GORGEOUS It came with a sleeve that wraps around the book itself covering a bit less #edition is GORGEOUS It came with a sleeve that wraps around the book itself covering a bit less half the cover to boot it is BEAUTIFULLY designed and says that KEEP AWAY from Impressionable Female Readers on the front The back states From books with smiling heroines chivalrous young men and happy ndings oh Kind Devil deliver me Yeah pretty positive this is going to be fantastic AF Bring on this gothic clever sapphic piece of treasureStill shocked that I ME Ashley won a GR giveaway lol i ve won only just one other before and it was JUST 4 months ago other than that I have had the worrrrst luck In all my time on GR TWO within 6 months WOOTUM GUESS WHO JUST REALIZED SHE WON A COPY OF THIS BAD BOY WHEN SHE FOUND IT ON HER FRONT PORCH Best Surprise EVER Brookhants School for Girls has a troubled past littered with myriad unfortunate nds that befall the females who dwell there Over one hundred years later and both the horror and allure of this erie spot still holds it sway This is specially true for Merritt who has penned a fictional account of all that historically transpired and the actresses Harper *and Audrey who are to star in her movie adaptation both set and filmed upon this doomed spotWhilst the * Audrey who are to star in her movie adaptation both set and filmed upon this doomed spotWhilst the story line was intriguing nough alone I can only stand back in awe and applaud all the divergent narratives and side plots that Danforth managed to pack into these 500 pages Not one single character knew the whole truth of what was occurring and the reader too was forever kept just short of pulling together the threads for the abundant mysteries featured here This convoluted style of storytelling became ven further muddled with the ver shifting character focus and chronological order I had a tricky time obtaining and then keeping the few facts Danforth reluctantly allowed the reader and so have no idea how she managed to so cleverly construct and link them allAsides from remaining mesmerised by the complexities for all that occurred I also adored how diverse this cast of characters was I had no idea who to root for when New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood every single female was so fierce independent and just an all round good plain bad heroine Sapphic wonderful brillianceThe horrifyinglements and Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey eerie atmosphere remained light which was the aim but not what I had anticipated from not looking into the genre tags thoroughlynough and there was a point around the central portion of the novel where I longed for an increase in the pacing These were minor shortfalls and for the rest of this chunky tome I remained namoured intrigued mystified and delightedI received a copy of this book in xchange for an honest review Thank you to the author Emily M Danforth and the publisher The Borough Press for this opportunity boarding schools and horror movies and all round creepiness sounds ЯED exactly like my kind of book and it s by the “Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief Brilliant” SARAH WATERSThe award winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling sapphic love and the rebellious female spiritOur story begins in 1902 at The Brookhants School for Girls Flo and Clara two impressionable students are obsessed withach other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir To show their devotion to Mary the girls stablish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society They meet in secret in a nearby apple orc. 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different ways We so much of Merritt s prickliness and frustration that we get none of her identity as an artist Harper almost disappears part way through the book for structural suspense reasons but the loss is felt And Audrey having to do so much of the latter half s plot becomes flat on the page so consumed with the plot that we lose her as a person But with critiues this specific you have to actually be good With many horror novels I don t get to know characters well The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs enough to get anywhere near this kind of criticism The horror relies too heavily on the same few cues and the premise of the present day storyline removes much suspense and the growing dread I would have liked But I can t be mad I didn t want to worry that much about the safety of the characters honestly The narration is also worth discussing It is its own characterven if it doesn t make it clear Moreno exactly who it is It is definitely someone there is far too much happening in the text and the abundant footnotes for it to be omniscience Good horror knows when to let you relax and laugh and this is one of the ways this book is smartestI wasn t sure what toxpect from this book but it definitely Monsieur Pain exceeded myxpectations both as someone who loves ueer fiction and as someone who loves horror Thank you to A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author edelweiss and Harpercollins for an arc inxchange for an honest reviewThis was a little bit of a let down mainly because I was What If expecting something different to what I gotIxpected most of the story to be in 1902 in the boarding school but this wasn t the case which for me was a let down I was looking forward to a spooky ueer story in a boarding school There were a lot of characters and a lot of different timelines and subplots some of which were very interesting to me and others not so muchThe #ending was the biggest let down it fell really flat for me I was xpecting some big climax to the story #was the biggest let down it fell really flat for me I was xpecting some big climax to the story that just never happenedI loved the narration style and the premise sounded so good but this wasn t it for me i m bi and i m ready for murder EditThat cover Sexy Unbelievably so Incredible Emily M Danforth I would commit a minor crime to receive an arc copy of this Please respond2nd EditHAVE JUST HEARD THE NEWS NETGALLEY HAS MADE THIS AVAILABLE HARPER COLLINS I AM BEGGING YOU ON MY HANDS AND KNEES TO GET A COPY OF THIS GLORIOUS BOOK INTO MY HANDS I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR IT I SWEAR TO YOU I WILL CHERISH THIS BOOK LIKE IT S MY OWN CHILD IF YOU MESSAGE ME ON TWITTER agaunstnazguls I WILL SEND YOUSlightly Different Ways We
ALL OF MY DETAILSOF MY DETAILS GET THIS BOOK PLEASEOK THANK YOU GOODBYE3rd The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good editnot to brag but uhhhhhhhh i got approved to read this on netgalley 45 stars You had me at the titleI don t usually like books which take place on the set of a movie but my bi ass insists a sapphic gothic horror comedy set in a boarding school with dual timelines and murder mysteries sign me tf Er playing the ill fated heroine Flo opposite B list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara But as Brookhants opens its gates once again and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming past and present become grimlyntangled or perhaps just grimly xploited and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins A story within a story within a story and featuring black and white period illustrations Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh out loud funny spellbinding and wonderfully luxuriant rea. .