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Book Review:

I think I have something for uncomfortable looking covers because I loved this one for this visceral retelling of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. Actual rating: 3.75 What I liked: I started this mainly because of the cover and forgetting it is a retelling of Poe's story. The story is gripping because obviously something is afoot, but you aren't quite sure. While the book goes on you keep reminding yourself of the title and yet you can't quite believe it. The ending was icky and delightful. What I hated: I listened to this and the narrator read SO slowly I had to speed it up way past my normal preference of 1.5. The other issue with the audio is the whole part about the pronouns was hard to follow because the narrator pronounced two of them the same way. I decided to just go with it because I knew it didn't make to break the story. Overall this was delightful, perfect for lovers of Poe or gothic literature. Be prepared that it is only a novella, so you'll finish it quick and be wanting more (there is a second book coming out in 2024). My review system is as follows: 5 stars - unbelievable, I am still talking about it, a book I'll recommend to everyone and refuse to hear any critiques of it (these are very rare) 4 stars - better than a typical read, I'll keep reading the series, really enjoyed but there were some minor issues 3 stars - average read (my most common rating) 2 stars - I didn't enjoy it, but I finished it 1 star - DNF or finished but it was awful

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