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Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle
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Aug 06, 2012

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Read from August 06 to 08, 2012

I was fortunate enough to receive this book through Net Galley. As always, I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to read and review this book, and I never allow receiving a book for free to alter my opinion.

I instantly connected with Lucretia. I am not sure if it was because her Flushing apartment was described so vividly, and I grew up in Queens/NYC (my grandparents still live in a Flushing apartment); or if it was due to the way she stood up so vehemently for herself against her so called friends. Either way, I liked her and the story was off to a promising start.

I must say, the adventure in 6B was wildly, and artfully imagined. The author definitely repainted scenery I thought I knew. There were times that were truly scary, and times that were sad. Watching Lucretia accept the unacceptable portrayed more emotion than I thought most short stories were capable of.

Why only three stars then? Well, cigarettes, specifically smoking a cigarette, played a huge part in this story, and I was let down. After how imaginative the world was painted, I wanted a more creative way for the story to conclude than for a cigarette to save the day. It felt like a cop out to bring the story to a swift conclusion. All things considered though, I enjoyed this short story enough that the subsequent novel will be earning a spot on my "To Read" shelf. I recommend this book if you like horror stories, short stories, or well written Flushing Apartments.

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