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    Dark but engaging! Very hard to put down.

    A friend of mine, who is a teacher, is the one that pointed me to this book, late this summer. She was really enjoying this book, stating that it was as good as The Handmaid's Tale and it was quite dark, which she loved. High praise! I was THRILLED that I was approved to receive a digital copy of this novel for review from Netgalley and dove right into it shortly after. It was certainly enthralling, and very hard to put down. I was definitely revolted by one of the 'normal' parts of the culture of this little secluded society, as it is very TABOO in our normal world. I immediately began to doubt whether anything had actually happened to the world outside, or if a chosen few decided that they wanted to start over somewhere where they can make up their own dirty rules... What bothered me even more was that there was no explanation as to why this would even be part of normal life, whether some men agreed with it or not. It was an equally sad and intriguing tale, which never really reaches conclusions to any of the questions I had as a reader... yet I was not turned off by that, and was fine, for once, with using my own imagination in coming up with theories on what happens to some characters, or what may have happened to the outside world, if anything. I also enjoyed the changing POVs of different characters of different ages. Some sounded so adult, but then life was tough for these girls, and I imagine that they grew up very quickly living in this type of society. As tough and revolting parts of this book were to read, I thoroughly enjoyed this story for the disturbing and intriguing tale it was. As long as you can handle dark content, even if mostly implied vs detailed, I would certainly recommend this novel. Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.
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    Gather the Daughters

    It helped at the end to know the author is a professional who knows whereof she speaks but it was a dark book. It had some lighter and poignant moments but for the most part seemed pointless to me. Reminded me of VC Andrews books.

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