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review 2018-06-03 06:32
Social Creature
Social Creature - Tara Isabella Burton

With a cover that practically screams 'Look at me!' and a blurb that piques the interest, I expected a hard to put down, psychological thriller. Sadly, putting this one down is all I wanted to do almost from the very beginning.

For me, a good thriller should have that nail-biting, what's gonna happen next element that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat. I didn't find any of that here. What I did find was a somewhat frenetic writing style and an over the top storyline. The biggest drawback for me were the characters. I didn't find a single likable character in the book - not even among the secondary characters. There's not a redeeming quality in any of them. Maybe this was intentional and I just missed something, but I couldn't even drum up some sympathy for the dead girl. 

With all the hype and the number of four and five-star reviews, I'm clearly in the minority on this one, but it's clearly not the book for me. 

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review 2018-05-31 04:00
Social Creature...
Social Creature - Tara Isabella Burton

Whew this story was intoxicating! I got sucked in to Louise and Lavinia's lives and couldn't come up for air. The next thing I know it's 4:30 a.m. and I'm on the last chapter. The first 97% of the book was fantastic! The author nailed the characters personalities and their actions to a tee.

Then we come to the last 3% of the book... I didn't care for the direction the story went at the end with Rex at all and I also thought Louise's story could have been wrapped up a lot better. I felt like the author completely copped out on the end. It seriously felt like one of those 'got a meet a deadline endings,' so lets just throw a few words on the page and call it a wrap.

 

I still recommend reading it though. Just don't start it late at night or you'll be up all night long.

 

 

*I received this ARC from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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review 2018-03-01 00:00
The Destroyer
The Destroyer - Tara Isabella Burton The Destroyer - Tara Isabella Burton I really enjoyed The Destroyer by Tara Isabella Burton. It’s set in a futuristic version of Rome ruled by Caesar and stars a daughter created by her scientist-mother. The world building is pretty interesting, which makes me sad that it isn’t longer. The mother had a lot of hubris because of her intellect which makes her make a lot of modifications to the daughter she created. I liked the main protagonist’s struggle for individuality and the portrayal of her relationship with her mother. My only real complaint is that I wish this was fleshed out more.
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review 2014-05-13 11:23
Tbilisi Unanchor Travel Guide - Weekend Break: Crown Jewel of the Caucasus
Tbilisi Unanchor Travel Guide - Weekend Break: Crown Jewel of the Caucasus - Tara Isabella Burton

currently-reading, georgia, e-book, essays, spring-2014, journalism, nonfiction, published-2014, travel

Read on May 13, 2014

 



This is a short essay on Tbilisi available online here

Opening: Lermontov’s house is gone now. The foundations have crumbled in upon themselves; the mock-ups of the reconstruction are now covered in graffiti. There will never be any reconstruction. The restaurant called Pur Pur, with its Victorian lampshades and Friday night chanteuse, has closed down without warning. We trade black-market rumors about the reopening. Of course, we don’t know anything. In Tbilisi, nobody knows anything.

Tara Isabella Burton‘s travel writing and essays have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The Paris Review Daily, The Atlantic, on the BBC, and more. In 2012 she received the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She has recently completed a novel set in Georgia.
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