A seductive, gothic-infused tale of literary suspensethe debut of a spectacular new voice about a dangerously curious young undergraduate whose rebelliousness leads her to discover a shocking secret involving an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her schools promise of prestige.
You are in the house and the house is in the woods.
You are in the
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I've applied to like three giveaways of this book on Goodreads. I want a copy SOOOO BAD. It sounds like everything I want in a book and I NEED it.
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Really enjoyed this dark and gothic read! Also had a wonderful time chatting to Elisabeth herself about the book! :D
A huge thank you to Custom House for gifting me a copy of this book, really up for some dark academia! :)
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Here, no one knew who I was or what I'd done.
Why, why, why, do the protagonists in these 'academia/campus' novels always have a dark secret related to their dark past?
It would be different if the narrator mentioned their mysterious past later on in the narrative but here she alludes to it within the very first chapters...
Plus, the narrator tries hard to be taken as this 'edgy, not like other girls girl' and I'm also kind of done with these type of characters:
My hair slunk over my...more
It reminded me of art history class - staring at priceless scribbles for hours and rolling my eyes when the professor would say "the artwork is not on the canvas, it's how it makes you feel."
Well, this book left me feeling profoundly confused, disturbed, and a little grumpy, primarily for the lack of payoff after a buildup that is stretched day in and day out over the course of three years of college. And for all of the mystery and intrigue of ...more
The book is quietly wild in the way that the best gothic build books are. This is indeed a slow burn (even the climax is more of a sinister simmer than an explosive denouement), but like all solid gothic, it boasts an off-the-charts sense of atmosphere and setting.
The plot is more suspense/coming-of-age than true gothic horror (Think Donna Tartt mixed with ...more
Throughout the whole time I was reading this book I was hard-pressed to articulate why, exactly, I was enjoying it so much but now I feel sure that it's because this book does pretty much the exact opposite of what you expect it to. A narrator arrives at an austere and beautiful but also quasi-cult-like school that just so happens to be in control of a mysterious substance? Well, obviously our plucky heroine is going to spend the majority of her ...more
I love boarding house books- and when this book began I got a "Down a Dark Hall" vibe- my favorite book by Lois Duncan. The house was spooky, each person in the house seemed to have a certain talent and they referred to the house as if it ...more
Even so, I didn't really connect with the characters or the plot the characters and the story are just not really compelling. There are several plotlines that just do not play out well, especially the most important one of "plasma." I can appreciate the attempt, but the execution ...more
Ines is an unlikeable and sometimes downright despicable character, but I've always found those types interesting. The mystery of the boarding college is revealed slowly, and though I don't think I ever fully understood the concept of plasm, it was creepy.
Yaya was the best character and her open and forgiving friendship with Ines is what really made this book worth it to me. I look ...more
This story just didnt go anywhere. It was so repetitively boring. I made it through 50% and I honestly couldnt tell you what happened. Nothing did. The writing was very choppy, vague, and unexciting. I hate to say this but this one is worth passing on. I really didnt get ...more
Having grown up in rural Pennsylvania I can relate to this nightmarish boarding school that makes many promises but delivers nothing but nightmares.
Catherine House is a 'community of minds' and what many fail to realize is there's educational smarts, streets smarts aka life of hard knocks, and there's common sense.
Which avenue you choose depends on many factors such as upbringing, education, ...more
As much as I wanted to like this book, it didnt work out in my favor. I didnt really care for the main character Ines. I feel she is written in a way that you will either like or dislike her character. I did like Yaya who is a secondary character.
The book started off slow but I knew that was needed to set the scene for the ...more
I loved this book and the characters. But I dont easily dislike books, I always tend to rate high because I just go by how they make me feel and then I get to a book I love even more and cant give it more than 5 stars.
Whatever you think this book is going to be like, it isnt. Its bigger and more descriptive and moody and velvety and the characters are all complicated.
Were all infinitely connected, all part of the same structure.
The cat ...more
Those that attend give themselves up to it entirely, no outside contact and leaving the world behind. The promise being you come out a whole new person, ready to take ...more
ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
I did not finish reading this book. I read around 43% of it and had to quit.
Maybe the synopsis of this book spoiled me. Maybe I would have been able to finish this book if the synopsis wasn't so much better than what the book actually delivered. However, this synopsis promises a much better book than what's actually there.
I was hooked on getting a copy of this book after reading the synopsis. Let's just say that I'm glad I won a ...more
Ines has been given the chance to study at Catherine House, a university for the gifted and bright. The conditions set upon entry, are that all students must cut any contact with their relatives and friends, and they must commit to the chosen studies. Any student who ...more