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From acclaimed author Dawn Ius comes an edge-of-your-seat reimagining of one of the most chilling mysteries in modern history—Lizzie Borden.

Seventeen-year-old Lizzie Borden has never been kissed. Polite but painfully shy, Lizzie prefers to stay in the kitchen, where she can dream of becoming a chef and escape her reality. With tyrannical parents who force her to work at th
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Sep 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
did ryan and shane from buzzfeed unsolved write this book
Elise (TheBookishActress)
sort of just figured out this is Not an actual gay Lizzie Borden book i was fooled i apologize for queerbaiting my goodreads audience
I am 100% on board for a Lizzie Borden book and I was so excited to read this, sadly I was quite disappointed.

I read to 45% before I skipped to 80% and read the rest.

Lizzie was an interesting character. She’s got a horrible family life and is trying to be what she needs to be to everyone. There’s an unreliable narrator aspect to this story that was the main reason I kept going.

Plot wise, it was weird. I don’t know if some of the problem was the formatting of the e-arc or an intentional attemp
Amy Leigh
This book just didn't do it for me. The writing was rudimentary and that was really the YA part of it. I had trouble discerning what was actually happening and that really bothered me. I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out because a modern day Lizzie Borden book sounds fantastic! but it wasn't anything like what I expected. It was more about her crush on the new maid and her fighting against her beliefs.

I think if this story had been told by several POVs with cohesive writing that
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows I have a small obsession with Lizzie Borden. So when I saw a new YA book coming out about her, I knew I'd have to grab it. A lot of us already know the tale of Lizzie and this one is basically the same. However, it's an updated version and Ius added some modern flair. For example, Lizzie wants nothing more desperately to be the next Emeril Lagasse and is always cooking and creating new dishes for her father and step-father's bed and br ...more
The writing is a little over-the-top and the liberties taken here a bit absurd, but I sure did read this in about one sitting. A lot of the details about Lizzie's life are correct, and then for fun, she's queer here and (view spoiler). It's totally obvious from the beginning but....I didn't stop.

I'd r
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I can't pass up a Lizzie Borden tale! Dawn Ius drags Lizzie into the present, makes her 18 and working as a cook for her family's Bed and Breakfast (which makes me chuckle, since the real Borden house is an actual B&B now). Lizzie is struggling with both the physical and mental abuse she endures from her father and stepmother, and a poorly treated medical condition (physical and mental). Her older sister Emma is off at college, and Lizzie is stuck making meat loaf and watching Emeril Largess ...more
I picked this up at the library to preview for my classes, because kids are always asking for more scary books. It wasn't truly scary to the end, and while LIzzie's voice is compelling and I felt terrible for her, I was frustrated by the vagueness surrounding her illness. There's also a twist that I anticipated from the first chapter, having read too many books with this particular twist.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-worth-it
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
The subject matter of this book was interesting-- taking a YA horror slant on the tale of Lizzie Borden, which is why I picked it up in the first place. That said, it was an odd combination of historical fiction with present day that didn't quite work for me. I thought it was in the 1800s (when Lizzie really lived), because everything seemed so old fashioned. Then another character started talking about Star Wars, which was really weird for me, and took me out of the story every time this happen ...more
I really thought about giving this book 2 stars, but at the end the author gave me enough to make me say, "It was okay. Not great, but okay."

I think I went into this book expecting too much. I love reading re-tellings, and I really thought that's what I was going to get with this. I think I would've enjoyed it more in a not-so-modern setting. Maybe it's because I'm old fashioned about Lizzie Borden tales.

What worked for me: the development of the complicated relationship between Lizzie and her d
Ari Tinius
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Okay, I liked this book a lot! I loved the writing and just overall the general plot. It was interesting to see Lizzie Borden in a modern day world! My only problem with it tbh is sometimes the setting got really confusing??? Plus I felt the author kinda skimped out on the ending?????? Which lowkey sucked, but I highly recommend this book!!!

Very middle in the road for me. Review will come soon.
Melissa Flanagin
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is a modern retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. Very interesting.
A. Hydra
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This third installment is one of my favorites of the whole series. They appear for the first time characters that I adore, the characters are somewhat older and Harry has someone at his side apart from his friends.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“Oh yay, a queer book about Lizzie Borden, so we’ll get some murder but also some girls making out!”

This is what I thought. And yes. There is murder. And there’s girls making out. But the overall message that comes out of this book is *not* positive, and it actually rather suggests that loving a girl can make you crazy. Like, so crazy you murder your dad and stepmom with a hatchet.

Spoilers ahead.

So Lizzie has a condition where she blacks out when she gets her period. She also has a ton of anxiet
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When I first heard there was a YA reimagining of the Lizzie Borden, I was so excited! Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

“What if my family is right? What if my madness can’t be controlled?”
“We’re not so different, Lizzie.”
My mouth opens in surprise. “How can you say that?”
“Because I love you,” she says, and a ghost of a smile curls up her lip. “And love is a kind of m
Ava G. Wellbelove - the year of Wayward Son is upon us.
I reserve 5 star ratings for books that leave me sitting speechless, not knowing what to do with my life, the moment I have to shut their covers.

Lizzie left me heartbroken.

Now I just read a ton of negative reviews complaining about how inaccurate it was, but the idea is that it was a FICTIONAL REIMAGINING. Neither of those words mean it has to be accurate to the real life story. Anyways though. I am a huge sucker for A) kind characters, B) misunderstood characters/characters with crappy lives th
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I grabbed this book at the airport during a trip last week and finished it during my flight. I was intrigued by the concept of a new fictional adaptation to the Lizzie Borden story to appeal to a modern crowd.

Lizzie is eighteen years old in this adaptation. Her parents are controlling and abusive and force her to work as a cook in their bed and breakfast. She's yearns for more, to find her place in this world. Her budding relationship with the newly hired maid Bridget gives a glimpse of the per
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this ARC via Edelweiss Plus.

Lizzie Borden doesn't have a whole lot of freedom. Her father and stepmother see her as mentally unstable, and refuse to let her even think about culinary school for fear that she'll have a breakdown. It doesn't help that every time Lizzie gets her period she blacks out and terrible things happen. She's alone at the Borden B&B when she feels a similar attack coming on. Luckily, Bridget arrives at the door. Bridget is the new maid, and Lizzie falls hard for
Tayler K
6/13/18: I checked this in at work a couple days ago, read the flap, and went out to my coworker quietly repeating her name over and over until she looked up and I was like "This is a modern day Lizzie Borden retelling and I think she might kill her parents because they don't want her to be gay!" I haven't read a novel in months and I got so excited about the concept of this one. I hope it'll be great!


This book was 100% a 5-star book for me. Just the flap had me so excited. I was super-in
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This was a Goodreads Giveaway - 2.5 stars. I did not realize that it was a YA novel until I received it in the mail... I was disappointed but decided to read it anyway. I had issues with the first 2/3 of the book and couldn't really see where the writer was going with things...and was sick of hearing about meatloaf and Bridget!! For a person that wants to be a would think she would attempt to make more than just meatloaf and lemon loaf. I was expecting the book to be more horror than ...more
Dennise Pendergrass
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Like many other people, I am fascinated by Lizzie Borden. So when I heard there was a modern day retelling, I was on board!

I am very torn on this book. If half stars were a thing, this book would get 2.5 stars. I feel like this book is a cross between The Uninvited and Beautiful Mind with dashes of Lizzie Borden's story thrown in. Anyone who has ever heard the story of Lizzie Borden knows how it ends, but even things th
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept. Take a well known historical figure and write a modern day fictional spin on their story. Some of the liberties taken were obvious - there weren't any iPads around in Lizzie Borden's time. Others I'm still not sure about. I may have to seek out a nonfiction account of the story (though that might well be biased and incomplete, but I suspect it would still be very interesting).

I thought the story itself was interesting and well written. The tale of a girl who is very mentally
CJ Simone
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing is gorgeous - clear, crisp, and intense with loads of visuals and sensory details. Lizzie is a fully developed character the reader can sympathize with and wants to root for, even while knowing she's an unreliable narrator and knowing the horrific direction things must take. This is a dark story and full of unapologetic portrayals of the grittier realities of life, and it's definitely not for the squeamish, but it is written in such a beautiful way that it can be classified as "haunt ...more
The story of Lizzie Borden with fictional flair!
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Lizzie by Dawn Ius! Mystery sums up the prologue with the narrator disoriented and seemingly injured. Chapter one opens five years later. Facts about the historical and infamous Lizzie Borden are scattered throughout the story and some are facts that I wasn’t already aware of, even though I have read a few books about the true story of Lizzie Borden and the mystery
1.5 The dialogue in this book was INCREDIBLY bad, mainly because the author set the story in present day but then kept the dialogue — and Lizzie— late 19th century. ?! The characterization also and me rolling my eyes and saying REALLY in my interior monomial many times I lost count. How many times can she make a damn meatloaf? I also started out like the swipe, swipe, swipe device but then it was repeated ad nauseum and rejoined the effect. I found myself brainstorming swipe swipe swipe memes... ...more
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DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)—Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie, April 2018, as well as 15 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and a TV script for the fort ...more
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