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Maeve Fly

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Maeve Fly was a fast paced nightmare - but in such a great way. We follow Maeve, granddaughter of an Old Hollywood star, who also shares a few quirks her grandmother has. Now, she works at the Happiest Place on Earth as the Ice Princess by day while harboring dark fantasies over piña coladas by night. Until she can't only harbor them anymore. 

This was fantastic, gory, sometimes surreal. An excellent read.
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weird. weird and deranged and dark. one of the first heavy books i’ve read but i really enjoyed it. love an angry girl.
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I read Maeve Fly in early June and had originally rated it 3 stars. However, as time  passes, I keep coming back to it, so I upped it to a 4.

Reading this was like a fever dream. It was atmospheric, the descriptions made me feel like I was really in Disney Land on a hot summer day.

I loved having a main character obsessed with Halloween!

I really enjoyed the backstories for Halloween songs and the descriptions of LA.
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Interesting and weird story all the same time. Maeve lives with her grandmother, a formerly famous actress. There’s bad things inside of them, but they’re not allowed to tell anyone because no one will understand. See what happens when Maeve lets pieces of this out.
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Just imagine if Patrick Bateman from American Psycho was played by Elsa from Frozen. That's it. That's what you need to know. This book blew me away. 100% one of my top 5 books of this year, guaranteed. The utter depravity of this book means I will be eagerly awaiting the authors next book. Can she top this? We will find out on the next episode of Olaf's Warm Hugs.

This book comes out TOMORROW! So be sure to snatch a copy and go hide in your closet and devour it.

❄️You do not first need to be a victim to become a monster.❄️
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Lets be honest - I was always going to read something with this amazing cover! Luckily, the book itself is equally as dark and disturbing, with an unexpected poignancy running through it. Maeve is a fascinating protagonist. She is an unashamed misanthrope, a hedonist and a villain and yet, she loves working in 'the happiest place on earth' as a princess and loves her ailing grandmother deeply. Paying a debt to American Psycho, the prose is brutal in its honesty, holding a mirror up to the world and finding it wanting. We follow Maeve as she traverses the underbelly of the Sunset Strip, engages in sex parties and takes down people on the internet. Through it all is a deeply disturbing and violent undercurrent and C. J. Leede does not shy away from describing the violence in all its gory detail. This will not be a book for everyone, but I loved it and will be eagerly awaiting C. J. Leede's next offering.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Maeve Fly by CJ Leede


Maeve’s life is a dream. On one hand, she works as a pretty, pretty princess at the happiest place on earth and on the other, she’s a badass ball of feminine rage. Her best friend, Kate, a talented actress who is millimeters away from catching her big break, introduces her to her brother, Gideon, the ridiculously attractive hockey player. Together they feed into Maeve’s dark side without even understanding what they’re doing.


I’ve never heard of horror smut before, but here it is! It’s hot, it’s sexy, it’s bloody, but it’s also heartbreaking? Show me someone more badass than Maeve Fly. I’ll wait.
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Final Rating: 4.5
So the first third of this book didn't really grip me and I struggled with wanting to pick it up and read it, but once I got through that first third, I couldn't put this down! This book absolutely delivers, it's creepy, dark, surreal, and downright disturbing. I can't believe I'm saying this, but as much as Maeve was meant to be a deeply unlikable character I actually loved her, and at the end I found myself feeling so bad for her, but then I had to remind myself about what she did that got her in that situation to begin with! If you're looking for a book that starts fairly normal, but becomes absolutely unhinged and dark then this might be the one for you!
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4.5 stars rounded up to 5

This book is heavily compared to American Psycho set in LA, which made me nervous at first because I don't care for LA or Hollywood culture, and though I haven't yet read American Psycho, I remember not caring much for the movie. If you are like me....fear not! It was oddly fun to be in the head of Maeve, the Halloween-obsessed Ice princess who doesn't believe in villains needing origin stories or females needing a trauma or reason to be "evil".

This novel is filled with female rage, sexual energy, emotionally-detached graphic violence, and many, many music references (which I loved!). There is a lot of talk about LA as well, but it was done in a way that really suited our main character. We watch Maeve go from a tightly-controlled life of order to animalistic chaos....and what a fun ride it is! I never knew what to expect next, but I knew it couldn't be good.

I listened to this audiobook, and quickly ran out to purchase a physical copy, because I know there were things that went over my head, and I'm already eager to re-read this!
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Let's talk about Maeve Fly! 🪰

   It's taken me a while to write this review, because there were so many thoughts in my head both during and after reading this masterpiece. I've read it twice now and I'm ready to give my thoughts. 

   Maeve Fly is the debut novel by CJ Leede. The story follows a young woman named Maeve Fly. She works as a theme park princess and is mostly solitary - only having close relationships with her best friend (a struggling actress) and her dying grandmother. Something dark lives inside her though and, when she meets the right person, that darkness may just come out to play… 

   This book felt like everything I've ever wanted from a horror story with a disturbed female lead. Told in first-person, we're shown an unflinching look into Maeve's mind. We so rarely get female characters who are disturbing "just because" (something which the author also brings up). 

   ⚠️ A warning: Some of the violence and depravity in this book is *extreme*. I would not recommend this to anyone who isn't into that type of horror. If you have any triggers, approach this with caution and do research beforehand. 

   I've seen many compare this book to American Psycho. It's an understandable comparison - Maeve references the book herself and looks up to Patrick Bateman in a way. However, I wouldn't call her the "female Patrick Bateman". She's definitely her own breed. 

   Overall: Fantastic book. CJ Leede hit it out of the park with this one, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
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When people use phrases like "not for the faint of heart" or "entertaining extreme horror" when describing books, I just can't not read them. 
Maeve Fly was exactly these things and so much more. 
Maeve is different. There is a wolf that lives inside of her, hungry for darkness. A lover of literature and the dark underbelly of Hollywood.
She also works at a theme park as a princess and has an incredible love for all things Halloween - especially Halloween music. 

Everyone said how extreme this book was and although I was thoroughly enjoying it, I didn't think it was that outrageous. If you're feeling like I was, be patient - she gets cranked up to 1000 throughout the last half.

I honestly can't believe this is a debut novel. The character development, the boldness of the plot, all of it was exquisitely crafted into a nice, gross little package for us to enjoy. I'd highly recommend this one to fans of Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis - if you love their cheeky, disgusting style but desire the story from a female's perspective, don't walk but RUN to buy this book. You won't regret it.

Thank you NetGalley, CJ and Tor for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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Filled with rage, humor, halloween, and murder. I loved this book so much! I can't wait to read more for Leede!
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Full disclosure, I went into this novel not knowing what "splatterpunk" was as a subgenre or that Maeve Fly itself was classified as such. I only knew that it was considered extreme horror (sometimes both being interchangeable subgenres) and that the synopsis and cover were awesome. What shocked me the most about the book and what actually makes it splatterpunk is the depictions/suggestions of sexual violence and the graphic sexual/kink scenes. Now, we do not kink shame in this house, but that is not what I went into this expecting and it really threw me. Having since schooled myself in this subgenre of horror, I think the author did a good job taking the story where it needed to go. Our main character, Maeve Fly, is deeply flawed but very interesting and I saw myself connecting with her on many of her interests (obviously not the killing people one). I just wish we had gotten more back story from her from before she had moved to Los Angeles. It was a wild ride and a story I won't soon forget.
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Maeve Fly is the embodiment of a female rage story done right. Leede allows readers to get to intimately know Maeve in the first half of this book. We learn her history, her quirks, her passions. I loved how layered and real Maeve felt. I could relate to so much of what she felt and while her reactions at times were most definitely extreme, they also felt justified. 

It’s so hard to review this book without giving away details that I think are better left unknown in advance. I’ll instead share a favorite quote: “Men have always been permitted in fiction and in life to simply be what they are, no matter how dark or terrifying that might be. But with a woman, we expect an answer, a reason. But why would she do it? Why, why why?”

I don’t think this book will be for everyone. It’s incredibly dark and gory with scenes that are truly shocking. I loved every moment of this book and appreciate the accuracy behind the comparison of this story with American Psycho. As always, I recommend checking the content warnings on Storygraph.

🎧: I picked this one up on audio and strongly recommend checking it out in this format. Sosie Bacon does a phenomenal job of bringing Maeve and her story to life!

A huge thank you to Tor Nightfire for my gifted copy!
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This was a little too American Psycho for me. If you used to watch my booktube channel you will remember my loathing for American Psycho. I really felt that Maeve was meant to be the female Patrick B. I think I really dislike the way these books were written. The characters are really pretentious, and it is not fun to read. I do like the psycho MC pov, but I need more from it. There was some horror throughout with quite the gore, but nothing that held it up for me. I was disappointed because I really thought, from the synopsis, I would love this. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of the book, in exchange for a honest review.
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Maeve is a princess at an amusement park. We all know which one. She's famous for her beautiful dress and Nordic look and all the things that come with fulfilling the desires of children, and some adults, as she dances and sings her way through her days.
Her life outside the park is definitely not a magical kingdom, but it makes her happy. In all sorts of ways.

I knew this was a story of semi-extreme horror. Didn't realize how much sex and debauchery would be involved. Honestly, it was a little over the top for me and I started skimming past the sex scenes once I hit the 50% mark in the book, but I enjoyed the story enough to stick with it and see how it ended. 

I won't go into detail, but there are a lot of horrific death scenes. Even more graphic scenes of sex and mutilation. All in all, if you enjoy that sort of content, or can skim past it, it's a pretty decent little slasher/horror read. 

I've seen other people criticize the history of old Hollywood that comes at the beginning of each new chapter. I enjoyed those stories of days gone by and found them almost as interesting as the tale being told by Maeve about her grandmother Tallulah, Lester the Cat, and her search for something that made her life worth living. 

4 stars for the story. It loses one, for me, because I don't commonly care for explicit sex in my horror. But I would be willing to read another book from this author in the future. Maybe even a continuation of this story.
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“𝕀 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕟𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕠𝕕, 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕕𝕠 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕟𝕠𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕒 𝕨𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕟 𝕞𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕗𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕒 𝕧𝕚𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕙𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖 𝕤𝕠𝕣𝕥—𝕒𝕓𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕠𝕟𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥, 𝕒𝕓𝕦𝕤𝕖, 𝕠𝕡𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕡𝕒𝕥𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕣𝕔𝕙𝕪—𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕖 𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕠𝕦𝕤. 𝕄𝕖𝕟 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕝𝕨𝕒𝕪𝕤 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕞𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕚𝕟 𝕗𝕚𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕚𝕟 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕚𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕪 𝕓𝕖 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕒𝕣𝕖, 𝕟𝕠 𝕞𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕙𝕠𝕨 𝕕𝕒𝕣𝕜 𝕠𝕣 𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕚𝕗𝕪𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕞𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥 𝕓𝕖. 𝔹𝕦𝕥 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕒 𝕨𝕠𝕞𝕒𝕟, 𝕨𝕖 𝕖𝕩𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕒𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕤𝕨𝕖𝕣, 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟. 𝔹𝕦𝕥 𝕨𝕙𝕪 𝕨𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕤𝕙𝕖 𝕕𝕠 𝕚𝕥? 𝕎𝕙𝕪, 𝕨𝕙𝕪, 𝕨𝕙𝕪?“

Maeve Fly is an absolute MENACE to society and I love her more for it. I love a good unhinged fmc with questionable morals and this delivered that and more! I actually was not expecting it to be as gory as it was, but I ate it up (no pun intended). WHAT A WILD RIDE! 

My only critique is that I wish that it had been longer and—with that—given us even more scenes of Maeve’s depravity.
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Warning: Not for the squeamish!

However, if you're more than a bit bloody minded this book should tickle your fancy. Personally, this book hit my limit for gore and depravity but I'm still glad I took the ride.

By day Maeve plays everyone's favourite ice princess at the Very Happy Place™ but by night she haunts dive bars and reads books about misanthropes. Maeve's not our hero but as things unravel and she grows increasingly unhinged you maybe almost want to root for her. Probably don't though. She's not an antihero, she's a villain.

What's compelling is Maeve's exploration of being the villain without having to be broken first. She's never been anyone's victim to give her the compulsory tragic backstory. She is what she is without trauma and without apology.

A through line is Maeve's isolation. Her obsession with being seen, if only in brief moments, usually rejected by the seer. What is connection to a degenerate misanthrope? I'm not sure this book answers that question but it doesn't shirk trying.

In the end this book left me just a little bit unsatisfied. The ending sticks with you but I could have done with something more.
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Weird and wonderful in the best way possible. Unlike other genre mates I've read before - lives up to the hype as promised by the synopsis!
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It’s been a while since I’ve finished a book and thought, “DAMN! Haven’t read anything like that before!” Holy cow, Maeve Fly is an absolutely unhinged ride with so many wild elements that somehow all come together perfectly.

This felt like classic horror! It’s creepy, downright disturbing, yet there’s a lingering layer of vulnerability that our protagonist, Maeve, brings onto the page. It’s really hard to review this book without giving too much away, so I’ll leave it at this: the prose is strangely beautiful, the consistent homage to Halloween songs sparked much joy, and there were some scenes that had me nearly sick to my stomach 😅

Trigger warnings for violence/torture, but in my opinion, it’s not done gratuitously. Leede isn’t splashing gore on the page simply for the fun of it; she is building out a very complex character and honestly not pumping the brakes until the point has clearly been made. 

I’ll certainly be on the look out for more work from CJ Leede. It’s about damn time we see more unhinged female leads!
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