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Lovely Tangled Vices Paperback – Oct. 29 2018
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- Publisher : Independently published (Oct. 29 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 324 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1729309585
- ISBN-13 : 978-1729309582
- Item weight : 558 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.06 x 22.86 cm
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Ariadne and Aurora are twin sisters who endured the same difficult upbringing, which shaped them in wildly different ways. Their perspectives feel so different - it almost felt like switching genres - even though they're both searching for magic and connection. They try to take care of each other and generally fail, and they underestimate each other after they grow apart to grow into themselves. There is a lot of anger and so much pain as their bond is tested.
This book also looks at the family you choose for yourself. Aurora joins a coven/sorority and there is a whole cast of distinct female characters with different priorities, values, and worldviews, including a delightful and ambitious antagonist in Celeste. She, like Aurora, is obsessed with control; but, while Aurora prioritizes mastering herself, Celeste needs to be able to manipulate others. She tugs on strings of loyalty and obligation, instead of trusting people who love her. Like Ariadne, she wants to belong, but Celeste needs to be first in her friends' hearts. Celeste, Aurora, and Ariadne all want and need different things, but there are parts of themselves reflected in each other.
The climax is brutal. I was awestruck by the magic, and the emotional revelations are devastating. I loved it.
One of my favorite characters is Celeste Marlow. She reminded me of that saying where a villain would always see themselves as the hero in their story and I found that it was how Celeste viewed her actions, simply protecting the sisterhood in her own way.
Another thing I loved while reading the story is how Olivie’s writing reads like a movie. Each scene is so vivid and I could imagine how it would play out on the screen. I honestly wish I could watch this in the cinema!
Lastly, this story resonated with me personally in terms of my relationship with my own sister and I’m forever grateful to Olivie for writing and sharing it with the world.
P.S. I can’t wait to try that cocktail!!