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This book was a little weird for me and I’m usually the biggest trailer for our weird but I did like it. I’m not sure I have a fully formed opinion on the story, but I didn’t like them. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

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this novella was certainly... interesting. it wasn't <i>bad</i> but it also wasn't good

things i liked
-this cover is insanely gorgeous
-the title grips you from the beginning and paired with the cover you know what to expect
-the plot idea!- old school Paris romance with horror elements: seances, possession, manipulation
-the slow transition <spoiler>from Cece to Selena as you realize what's happening with the necklace</spoiler>
-there is some great imagery
-quick and interesting read

things i didn't like
-3rd party dual POV left me feeling no true connection to any of the characters
-no character development (i know it's a novella but come on, give me <i>something</i>
-insta-love for people who didn't even really ever meet??
-i felt lost when it came to why these characters thought they were in "love"

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DNF’d at 51% I honestly could have DNF’d MUCH sooner but I tried to power through but it’s just so awful. This book is so misogynistic and I really don’t appreciate the sexualisation of sapphic relationships. Also, there was no need for that man’s perspective, everytime I read his thoughts I wanted to punch him in the face

TW/CW (not a complete list as I didn’t read the whole book) - Blood; Cussing; Death of a loved one (past); Mind Control; Misogyny; Nudity; Prostitution; Sex; Suicide (briefly mentioned)

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I really didn't expect how much I liked this book! The length was perfect, which I didn't expect as I thought initially that the concept would be better suited to a longer novel but nope! A great read with interesting characters and descriptions.

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Thanks NetGalley and Brigids Gate Press for a copy of the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

The reasons why I decided to read this novel are definitely the gorgeous cover and the intriguing plot.
After I read it I can tell you that it was worth it.
The story is weird (in a good way) and kept me entertained the whole time.

The book is narrated from three different points of view! Initially I was afraid it would be confusing but it is absolutely not the case. The author was very good at developing the story through the characters!

The only thing that didn't convince me 100% was the too predictable ending. Being an extravagant story I was expecting something more.

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i was really really excited to read this when i saw it on Netgalley. I've read plenty of dark books but nothing like this!

the premise of the book was really interesting and i was hooked in from the first page. like i didn't expect whatever this was.🤭

but the thing that put me off was the underdevelopment of the characters. esp cece's character! i can understand george's character being bland (he can take his yt man savior complex somewhere else💀) but i was really disappointed by cece and her selena's characters being written like this. they were just not ENOUGH yk??

anyways this was still a fun short read!

ARC received from Netgalley and author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Marionette is a horror novella with a little side of erotica and a whole lot of insta-love.

George is a young man, freshly arrived in Paris to work on his art. His dad instructs him to stay away from women. Focus on your work! Women are nothing but a seductive distraction! So what does George go and do? He falls head over heels in LOVE with the first beautiful woman he sees and finds himself embroiled in an unimaginable scenario and spends the rest of the story wanting to save his true love. Oh George you poor besotted fool. You really should’ve listened to dad on this one, lol.

If you’ve read a few of my reviews you might know that the insta-love trope drives me a bit ahhh! but it’s only because I’ve read a million romances that use this instant connection in lieu of a well-developed relationship. It bugs the hell out of me (usually) in a romance because the developing romance is the entire reason I’m there. Anyhow, it’s here but because this is a horror novella I was able to let George and his intense feelings slide a bit even though I can’t deny that every one of his declarations of love made me cringe down to my very toes.

His love is dancer Cece but alas Rossignol, the Prince of Debauchery, takes an interest in her as well and no one can say no to the Prince of Debauchery (and why would you?) so George is immediately in way over his head but wait because it gets worse for George and for Cece! During a dark and strange command performance at a party Rossignol hosts, something odd happens to Cece and I can’t tell you what it is without spoilers but it’s disturbing and leads to sexy times that are mostly dub/non-con so get ready to run if that’s not your thing.

I liked this book but it would’ve been even better had a few things been fleshed out a bit more. There isn’t a lot of room to get to know the characters or feel for their plight because things happen so quickly. With that said, I enjoyed reading it and there were some moments that I absolutely adored and one moment of violence that was such a pleasure to read. I’ll definitely check out future work written by this author.

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Sadly, not for me. A short, mildly erotic, somewhat slow paced story. Didn't relate to any of the characters or particularly care about what happened to them...

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Big thanks to Antonia Ward and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for a review.

Cece came to the big city to escape the humdrum life of small town poverty. She very quickly becomes a highly sought-after star with invites to all the right places and charming glances from all the right men. At least until one of those men brings her on stage for a more unique performance than Cece expects.
Suddenly under the control of another, Cece's dream of fame and fortune might not be hers to have.

There was a lot of oddly placed parts to the story and some with no resolution. It's a pretty dark story, combining several triggering topics.

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I don't know why I was expecting this to be a graphic novel, but for some reason I was. I think the cover gives off that definite vibe. Still, I won't judge the book on my failing. Instead, I will say this story felt a little rushed. I think it would have been better a little longer, and that the erotica tag is a bit of a stretch. I've read more sex in regular romance novels, so this was definitely more in the horror genre for me.

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This was an interesting, short, spicy, read. The storyline made sense, the characters were easy to distinguish, and it was definitely spicy.

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In this saucy erotic horror, we follow Cece, a sex worker turned performer in old Paris, as she gets invited to perform in a séance, Cece’s body ends up being possessed by an entity and sexual insanity explodes.

I quite enjoyed the premise of this novella. We see a woman, who is very sex positive, lose control of her body and how she deals with that. My favorite part, though, is the prologue. I had to laugh at the last line and it made me excited to read on.

Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

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It’s like Moulin Rouge if Satine got possessed by a horny & murderous ghost! Sitting at ~100 pages, this novella is a fast paced story about possession and revenge and the lengths a man might go to in order to save his beloved.

CW: suicide mention, violence, mutilation, dubcon

[arc review - all opinions are my own]

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Book Review
No Spoilers.

Thank you @netgalley for allowing me to read this fun novella.
Marionette is an erotic horror novella inspired by traditional folk tales and set in fin de siecle Paris.

I really enjoyed this novella. It was sexy, scary, thought provoking, disturbing...everything you could want from an erotic horror novella. The end, however, felt rushed and we lost a lot of detail that we had in the beginning.


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On the run from a life of prostitution and poverty, exotic dancer Cece Dulac agrees to become the main attraction at an erotic séance hosted by an enigmatic mesmerist, Monsieur Rossignol. As the séance descends into depravity, Cece falls prey to Rossignol’s hypnotic power and becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit.

Trigger warnings:
- References to suicide
- Violence
- Mutilation
- Dubcon

For some reason I thought that would be a graphic novel, probably because of the stunning cover. Unfortunately cover was one of the only things I liked about this novella, it was not for me. The story was quick and it was an easy read, however, I'd love for the characters to be developed more, although I do appreciate it wasn't a full-length book but a novella rather.
I liked the mystical/paranormal vibe this story had. It kept me interested enough that I wanted to finish the story.

Overall it wasn't a bad book, but not something I expected or necessarily my style. 3/5

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Interesting concept. Would've enjoyed more if there was more interaction between the hero and heroine so the romance part would be felt more. The ending was kind of a letdown. Good book though.

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Rating 3 🌟
Plot twist: 2.5🌟
Spiciness: 2 🌶

I absolutely loved the cover and the blurb! The book itself has great ideas and world building but it kinda fell short for me. If there were another 50 pages explaining a little bit more about the characters, I would have rated it higher.

I quite enjoyed the style of writing and the book was really easy and fun to read!

Overall, not a bad book at all, just not my favourite!

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This was... odd?
It sounded like something I should've loved. I think the novella format forced too big an idea into too small a box. The gore didn't make a ton of sense and felt unnecessary. The base of the story was pretty great though! And it had a lot of elements that could've made for a sexy successful story.

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This book will consume you. The unique narrative combined with incredible storytelling and descriptions beyond your wildest fantasies makes this one of the best novellas I have read in a long time.
The story is truly entrancing.

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Great cover. Interesting premise. Loved the paranormal aspects and the romance.
I wish the book was longer, and the characters got more back story. Lots of creepiness.
Albeit a tad predictable, it was an enjoyable read.
Would recommend for horror fans who like a bit of spice in their books.

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