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Contagion by Joanne Dahme
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Jul 25, 11

bookshelves: ya-books, historical-books
Read in July, 2011

So flowery, over-written, and slow paced, I couldn't read it. And I hate that because the premise is interesting (but doesn't make up for the fact that 3/4 of what I read should have been on the cutting room floor.).

Examples of the overwriting? "Her red hair appeared to blaze in the wash of sunlight." "I heard my voice rise defensively, buffeted by a wave of annoyance." "His eyes, which took on the shade of twilight shadows, shone beneath the light of the hallway chandelier with their usual zeal" ~~These were all from the same page. And you'll notice they are descriptions. ALL descriptions in the book are handled this way.

And then the character development and pacing and backstory is so bad that I feel a need to set the entire thing ablaze in the wash of my own sunlight.

Definitely a pass from me.
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