Book Review

The Parlor Girl’s Guide [eARC Review]


Trigger Warnings: Rape, sexual assault, very heavy drug use, slavery…oh…and…Extremely vulgar, like, not even GRR Martin would write this much explicit crap.

I didn’t think I’d rate this two stars when I started reading it. But then I kept going.

This book started with an interesting premise but seemed to just go downhill from the moment Molly’s old life is behind her. Also…he was so bad at making it clear what the hell time period we were in. I’m assuming between 1917-1924 but it could have been 1949, and people just drove old ass cars. IDK! Cotton and Molly weren’t relatable and I wanted to like Molly but as the story went on I just found no sympathy for her. The vulgarity in this book was something that detracted rather than added to the story and it was off-putting to have just some weird supernatural religious undertones that never went anywhere. Angels who let Molly see the future or know things/enter other people’s dreams and yet, and yet!!! NOTHING IS EVER EXPLAINED AND YOU’RE LEFT WITH THIS AWKWARD SENSE OF NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY IT WAS EVEN INCLUDED!!

It was a quick read and kept me intrigued enough to keep going but I would not recommend this book to anyone I know. The ending was completely…I don’t know how to explain it, but it felt useless as if you’d gained nothing by the end.

You just sat there and thought ‘well, wtf was the point?!’

I received this book from Edelweiss via the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The author has talent, his prose is nice to read when he’s not being a vulgar vulture but the story was just not a winner and I’ll be staying away from this sort of thing in the future.


By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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