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I thought it would be how to

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-19

It wasn’t how to at all. She exudes gratitude and joy. There is no how too at all. It should be labeled only as memoir.

Funny unintentionally. I Enjoyed it.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-19

Skipped some of the early stuff because it was very painful, youthful, like being in someone's kidnapping fantasy. But that's part of the fun. Graphic. The main character has anxiety like a trapped animal which totally fits the circumstances but is more realistic than the reader, looking for escape, may want. I found it is what made the main character endearing to me and she was consistent, in a 'trapped in deception' kind of way. I still really enjoyed this. The tears of the secondary characters were also endearing rather than annoying. Unusual. The audiobook reader grows in to the role and voices as the novel progresses. Fun. Laugh out loud funny, perhaps unintentionally, which made those bits funnier. NSFW. Fun.

Sticks to its premise that people need stories

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-19

Too much emoting. I believe the author reads this herself and frankly I would've preferred the distance of a professional reader. Her tears, rather than feeling sincere feel as though the listener is trespassing in her personal space and as though she is feeling obligated to trespass into the readers. Not necessary. Not an experience I welcome.

She quotes from Simonds text 'In Sheeps Clothing' which is very good material indeed. His politics are outdated and unnecessary to the topic but otherwise he has covered the ground this work attempts to cover but does so succinctly. I found it good for building the readers backbone and being supportive in necessary ways. If you can only read one book on the topic read In Sheeps Clothing.

Mirza sticks well to her premise that readers need to see themselves and their very difficult experiences reflected on the page in order to recognize it for what it is. I think this work could be a cult favorite like Lundys. Lundys also is not for me, at all. But they strike a cord for those in the right head space for them. We all need works that up build us.

Best wishes to Mirza. Its important work to find the stories on a very heartrending topic.

This is not a good one for me personally though.

Fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-19

A touch more sad than other Shadowvale titles but resolves well. No disappointing scenes for the reader looking for a clear plot, laughs, development and resolution. A good choice for Shadowvale fans!

Charming. Lite.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-19

Laugh out loud funny in places. Charming. Lite. Not a disappointment which is challenging to find in its genre. Nothing brutal or unrelentingly dark in spite of supernatural themes. Very enjoyable.

Gah. Keep your guard up.

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-19

If labeled horror it would've been less disappointing. Disloyalty. No character worth rooting for, "We can only sell so much meth"....Just not a fun read though the writing improves as it goes. I wanted to like this. Tried very hard yet the unreliability of the narrator and worthlessness of 'good guys' gives NOTHING to identify with or want for the main character. Most of the way in I wanted for her to ditch them all, burn her bridges and fly to Tahiti. If you read for escape there was no where to escape to in this. The bad guys seem as good as the good guys. Moral wash out. No real high points. Better as horror. (Makes the real world look better by comparison which isn't saying much.) Leaves room for character growth and world building ahead. If you read it keep your guard up, don't get attached to any character.

Solid

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-19

A sturdy urban fantasy with a somewhat different emotional tone. Dour fun. Main character is less plagued by invincibility than many main characters in urban fantasy.

Best Listen Period

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Jim Dale is a superb reader. I reccomend this without any caveats. Do not miss this.

Solid Horror Romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Sturdy. I tired of the repetition of the protagonists initial conflict as a driving force for the narrative but overall the book delivers what it promises if horror rom is your cup of tea. (The repetition may be necessary if you do not listen or read all the way through in only one or two sittings.) If horror rom is your cup of tea. Well read and no structural faults with the story. A straight through line. Delivery on the promised angles with interesting emotional texture of highs and lows.

Tad!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Author shares about peers, fans and the joys and labors of work. No downside to this brief but interesting piece!