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  • Terrific, Easy Read

    I was incredibly invested in each character in this debut novel about finding your own happiness. I found myself unable to stop reading until I finished this book, as I had to know what was going to happen next! This book is mostly geared towards young adults, but given the diverse characters, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this novel!

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  • Great novel!

    Flawed Happiness is a great, new novel that will keep you wanting to read more! Every time a chapter ended, I found myself wanting to move onto the next, even though my eyes couldn't stay open. Athena, the main character, is full of energy and soul. She is searching for true happiness throughout the book with the help of her friends. I couldn't help but to relate the character to my own self. Athena has many great things in her life but feels as if something is missing. Author Cori Tadrus reeled me in as a reader with descriptive details and words that create imagery. Great read!! I can't wait to see what other books she will create.

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  • Manhattan Chic Lit Romance!

    Athena has spent her life trying to uncover the wellspring of happiness, and at age thirty-something, is still seeking a sense of satisfaction with her life, despite 'following all the rules' that were supposed to get her to that point. So when she accepts a new magazine assignment to write an exposé on how six strangers find happiness in the course of experiencing Manhattan's night life, the pursuit seems right up her alley both professionally (as a reporter) and personally (as one searching for meaning in life, herself.) What she uncovers is more than she expects, bringing readers with her on a romp through a Manhattan underworld that at first seems exotic and rough, but soon becomes familiar and even filled with characters who evolve to become not representations of forbidden excitements, but real people with their own keys to success. It's the transition from a life where "every day brings nothing but the usual" to a more purposeful world that engrosses both Athena and the reader following in her footsteps as chapters explore her expensive tastes and her search for something different. In the course of such a venture, characterization isn't just important; it's a key to success - and Flawed Happiness provides an intersection of personalities that are vivid, believable, and compelling in their uniqueness. An affinity for Manhattan social scenes and culture, a fondness for 'chic lit' explorations of self, and an interest in a night life exploration that begins by questioning what leads people to happiness and evolves into descriptions of the courses that lead to this goal will all lend to enjoyment of Athena's journey, which holds romance and more than a few surprises in the course of its action. Flawed Happiness touches deeply upon the process and impetus for letting loose pre-conceived notions in favor of challenging one's ideals and making new discoveries.

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  • A creative look into the "Souls of the City"

    Flawed Happiness is a creative and funny look into the “Souls of City” who bring meaning into the life of journalist, Athena Wallace. Athena always followed the straight and narrow path. But while on assignment for her weekly magazine column “Come Here Often?” she visits an array of establishments in Manhattan from sports bars and biker bars to dance clubs and jazz clubs and everything in-between. While meeting and interviewing the frequent flyers of these unique places she discovers that true path to happiness involves a crooked and curvy path—and that’s way more fun and fulfilling! A creative novel by Cori Veit Tadrus and hoping to read more Athena adventures in the near future!

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  • Impressive debut - Poignant search for meaning

    Flawed Happiness is a poignant story, written in an unassuming fashion, about Athena Wallace. Someone who has followed the rules, is successful by most conventional standards, yet feels something is lacking. Athena is searching for her meaning. It is an exploration worth following. The 30-year-old magazine journalist interviews a diverse array of characters for a series of articles about how “real” New Yorkers spend their Saturday nights out. Over the course of the six weeks it takes to complete the project, Athena learns to trust and follow her own instincts. The story opens with a comfortably deliberate pace and gives us a good sense of the protagonist’s dilemma. We meet two of Athena’s best friends who stay with us throughout the story and provide diverse perspectives for her to consider. As the weeks unfold and we get into the meat of the journey things pick up considerably. The cast of characters we encounter are interesting, their stories intriguing. In her impressive debut novel, Cori Tadrus adeptly portrays Athena with honesty, self-deprecation, and humor; enticing the reader pull for her as she navigates through the clutter. Athena, though somewhat flawed and perhaps a bit naïve, perseveres. There is no denying her strength and commitment to finding her meaning.

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