The Writing Retreat, by Julia Bartz

Alex has had writer’s block for a year, ever since she and her best friend Wren had a devastating friend-breakup. Now she’s been invited to her favorite author’s estate for a month-long intensive writing retreat, and she couldn’t be more excited. Except that Wren will be there too. Alex swallows down her hurt and bitterness, only to find herself in a situation far more nightmarish than she’s imagined.

Y’all. This book. When I say “over the top,” you aren’t even beginning to imagine the half of it. Seriously. When hallucinogenic sapphic demon sex is the least crazy thing on the list, you just kinda have to throw suspension of disbelief out the window and go with it. Buckle in for a wild, chaotic ride.

I don’t have much to say about The Writing Retreat. It suffered from a lot of overused thriller tropes, but there was enough fun in it to keep me reading despite that. The whole thing is beyond ridiculous, but also impossible to put down. I enjoyed it while rolling my eyes the whole time. Don’t know what else I can say. It was a chaotic mess, so much that it may have been great. So I guess I’ll say this: If “hallucinogenic sapphic demon sex” causes your ears to perk up, read this book. If it makes you cringe away? Don’t read it. Easy litmus test, I suppose? Heh.

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