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#BlogTour #BookReview Plain Bad Heroines By Emily M. Danforth #PlainBadHeroines

Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop of the Blog Tour for Plain Bad Heroines By Emily M. Danforth and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

Thank You very much to the publisher – The Borough Press for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-0008346959
Genre: Gothic Fiction/YA
Release date: 17 02 2022
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.49 (GBP)
Kindle $11.99 (USD)/ Paperback $9.82 (USD)
Pages: ~ 640
My rating: Really liked it.
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: I had a better insight into lesbian feelings.

Description of the book: BROOKHANTS SCHOOL FOR GIRLS: Infamous site of a series of tragic deaths over a hundred years ago. Soon to be the subject of a controversial horror movie about the rumoured ‘Brookhants curse’:

In the early 1900’s, Brookhants students Flo and Clara fell madly in love, brought together by their obsession for a scandalous memoir.

A few months later they were found dead in the woods, after a horrific wasp attack, the book lying next to their intertwined bodies. Three more grisly deaths followed before the school was forced to close.

Now, the school’s doors are open once more. But as the crew of glamorous young actresses assemble to start filming, past and present begin to blur. And soon it’s impossible to tell quite where the curse ends and Hollywood begins…

How this book made me feel: I have seen this novel everywhere, and the colours of the cover certainly make you notice this novel. Another thing that had me intrigued is the boarding school setting, I love books set in boarding schools. 🙂 And this book has a lot to offer to the reader.

This book has surprised me with the number of protagonists it has, there are at least five very important characters in this book (at least for me) but this is just a beginning. Yes, this novel is very character-driven and the author developed them incredibly well. Harper and Audrey are actresses from the present day who are cast as Flo and Clara for the new horror film, and they are accompanied by Merrit, a young woman who wrote the book about Flo and Clara. There is also a short story of Clara and Flo and their tragic death, even though they appear in this book briefly, they leave a long-lasting effect on this entire story. There is also Eleanor Federman, with her tragic story in search for understanding, and not to forget Libbie and Alex, a principal and a teacher whose love story is quite dramatic but at the same time absorbing. All these characters are only the tip of the iceberg, there is a huge variety of riveting and engaging characters that play very important parts in the development of this story. My favourite character has to be Merrit, I loved her sarcasm, jealousy and “prickliness”. 😀 I have to agree, that I would have liked an index of all the characters because sometimes I used to get lost with who is who. 😀

This novel is told from multiple perspectives and I had an amazing insight into the character’s thoughts, feelings and lives in general. Every chapter tells a different perspective and the timeline is constantly changing between the past and the present times. However, both of the timelines are beautifully entwined and the whole story flows elegantly. This book has quite a bit of death and creepy scenes, but I didn’t find this book scary, maybe a bit unsettling. There is a very wide amount of topics discussed in this novel, such as lesbian relationships, looking for understanding and acceptance, the life of the famous, difficult family relations, need for love, self-exploration, curses and many many more. In general, the narrative is quite steady flowing without extreme twists and turns but I thoroughly enjoyed every single chapter.

The writing style of this book is poetic and imaginative, and even though this book has a gothic darkness element, I still found it soft, feminine and quite soothing, to be honest. The chapters have medium length and every each of them is part of a different story that is going on in this book. The author ended the chapters with a little cliffhanger and I was always hooked to find out more. 😀 I think the ending of this book was quite eventful and it did conclude the story well. I have to throw in a disclaimer, this novel is about lesbian relationships, it is not gory and super erotic, but it is passionate and filled with desire, so if you don’t like LGBTQ+ books, this one is not for you.

So, to conclude, I found this novel truly enjoyable and very educational. The characters are very compelling, fascinating, and the plot is flowing like a river, entwining different timelines and different stories to one delightful journey of these plain bad heroines. I hope you will give this book a read and will enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

Thank you for your time!<3

About the author: Emily M. Danforth’s debut (YA) novel, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (2012), was translated into half-a-dozen languages and won The Montana Book Award and was a finalist for both the Morris Award and a Lambda Literary Award. It was also adapted into a Sundance award-winning feature film of the same name in 2018. Emily’s second novel, PLAIN BAD HEROINES, is a meta-gothic sapphic romp about a cursed New England boarding school and the horror film being made about that school. PLAIN BAD HEROINES will be published by HarperCollins in October of 2020.

Emily has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a PhD in English-Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Rhode Island with her wife Erica, her mother Sylvia, and two of the most spoiled dogs on the planet, Kevin and Sally O’Malley.

Emily was born and raised in Miles City, Montana, a cattle town best known for its Bucking Horse Sale-which was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the most intoxicated people, per capita, of any US event. She has worked as a lifeguard, a swim coach, a not-at-all reliable waitress and bartender, an aquatics director at a YWCA, and as a Professor of English and Creative Writing. You can often find her on eBay checking her auction bids for things like vintage store display stock of toothbrushes. (No, but really. Her wife would prefer her to maybe not have quite so many collections, but her family will confirm that she has been this way since childhood.) emily’s favourite 1980’s slasher movie is April Fools’ Day (1986) and no, she doesn’t want to hear why you think she’s wrong about that choice.
Website: http://www.emdanforth.com / Twitter: @emdanforth / Instagram: @emdanforth

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