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Cenote City by Monique Quintana
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really liked it

"She began to cry and cry and cry tears that felt like needles and blades."


Cenote City is Monique Quintana's gorgeous debut novella. Her writing is vivid and poetic, and this book was a great introduction to Quintana's style. I would say this book is speculative fiction / bizarro with some magical realism, horror, and fantasy vibes. It's a really unique story.

I really enjoyed this story, but I struggled with the format. It's not told chronologically, and I had a hard time keeping track of characters. There is a lot of jumping around, and I think it will be totally fine for other readers, but I had a difficult time with it. It was just a little too disjointed for my brain, and I was confused at times.

Although I had a hard time with the format, this was an entertaining and creative read. It takes you through all the emotions, and you feel for the characters and their situations. I would definitely read another book from this author.
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Reading Progress

August 31, 2019 – Shelved
August 31, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
September 25, 2019 – Started Reading
September 25, 2019 –
page 52
September 26, 2019 –
page 101
September 26, 2019 – Finished Reading

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