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I loved this retelling of The Taming of the Shrew! It's been a while since I read the OG version by Shakespeare, but Kate was always a favorite character. I like blunt, honest people better than those who play games. Just tell me like it is. And Kate Battista in Vinegar Girl does exactly that. In fact, I expected her character to be even more "shrewish" than she was ~ an example of when a character defies their intended place on the page. She was warm and caring and nurturing as well, taking care of her family. I also loved the dynamic between Kate and Pyotr, her intended through a set up by her father. I actually really didn't like her dad much, at least until the end. he was a jerkface. All in all, I found this book delightful, funny, lighthearted - a fun take on the Shakespeare version.
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This book was so good! I love a good murder mystery and this one creeped me right out! Unfortunately, I did figure out the who pretty early, but it didn't deter me from reading it until the end, rapt with attention. I didn't want to put it down; I had to know what was on the next page. The reader is led down the path of two murders, one in the past, one in the present - could they be connected? Then surprises pop up at you - like a haunted house of horrors. The tenaciousness of the main character Sarah was admirable, although sometimes I believe she went a bit overboard. Who can you believe, who can you trust? This book was awesomely scary, and I highly recommend it for those who like a thriller.