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A Study In Drowning

By Ava Reid
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53 Reviews

4.0
Slightly Smiling Face“I can see why people loved this book, but here’s why it wasn’t for me. The way that Ava Reid was able to create an atmosphere so vivid and transport me into this world was phenomenal. She used basic poetic elements (personification, metaphors and pathetic fallacy) to create immersive imagery that brings the story to life. You can hear the crashing of the waves, feel the chill in the air from a gloomy humid sky, it’s really transports you into the world. The was a quick and easily digestible but that’s about it for the positives for this book. Character work was subpar with backstories that had potential but didn’t explore. The conversations Effy and Preston had were bland and presented low stake challenges that I couldn’t invest myself into their arcs. Effy had strong prejudice towards Preston despite them falling in love within a short time span and I actually wished one of the would drown so it would make the plot remotely interesting. i didn’t like how Effy had memorized every single book and I didn’t love the references to things from our world in a fantasy world.”
Beautifully writtenLack of diversityPredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulBeautiful settingDark settingHeartbreakingRomanticThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Addictive, thrilling writing, this book is a page turner. I loved so much about this book: the gothic and horror vibes, the Pride and Prejudice tension and banter between the romantic couple, the foreboding and clues cleverly scattered through the story. I enjoyed the narrative style so much. The author did so many nice analogies, I was making a lot of quotes. I wished for a longer showdown so I could feel more gratification over the FMC's victory but it was still beautifully done. How the strength of the female characters was displayed was chef's kiss. There were was a well deserved HEA with a shocking line at the end which kept me second-guessing.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulMagical settingDarkRomanticBigotryMisogynySexual assault
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book was amazing right from page one. The descriptive writing had me there with them all the way. I couldn't put it down, the suspense was unreal. If there is one negative thing I'd say it would be that I wanted the final confrontation to last longer. Well done author, this was a work of art.”
Believable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulDark setting

About Ava Reid

Ava Reid was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken but currently lives in Palo Alto. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism.

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