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Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2018, october-2018, read-for-review

You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This is quite a unique, feminist fairy tale! First- let me just put out a trigger warning for... Idk, literally everything? Perhaps I should have made more note of this as I was reading, but I didn't, so just... lots of awful junk goes down, but if you are able to read it, it does lead to a story that will make you as furious about our misogynist society as you need to be.

It poses, at first, as a quaint fairy tale, with a prince and a dragon. Though you can kind of tell that the prince is a bit of an asshat from the start, he isn't wholly awful. At first, anyway. But I think that's part of the genius- he isn't the most awful, so he thinks he's a real swell guy. (Don't worry, the story delves much deeper!) It's dark to be sure. The stuff that happens to Ama, that happens to all the women, isn't pretty, and it isn't pleasant. But of course, everyone wants Ama to accept it because that's "just the way things are". Which... who among us hasn't heard that line of B.S. before?

I really think that this is a story best experienced with knowing as little as possible going in, so I am done. The only thing I'd have liked a little more of is possibly a stronger connection with Ama, but overall I absolutely flew through reading this. It wasn't as much the story (though I did enjoy the story itself too!) as the idea that the author truly understands how it feels to be... well, not a man in a male-dominated society. It's a feeling of someone hearing you, in a sense. 

Bottom Line: Definitely dark, definitely unsettling, but absolutely worth the read if you're game. 
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Reading Progress

February 16, 2018 – Shelved
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: october-2018
September 9, 2018 – Started Reading
September 11, 2018 – Finished Reading
September 17, 2018 – Shelved as: read-for-review

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