Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

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For fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, or anyone who has ever geeked out about something.
The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.
Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she's not living her best life. But that's all about to change.
Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she's offered a job. A job that she's woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).
Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she's just the girl to deal with them.

Book releases October 20, 2015
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*** 3 Stars ***
The cover of this book caught my attention. I will admit, it’s not necessarily eye-appealing but it is definitely eye-catching. So I read the blurb. I was in the mood for something different and funny, and I like mysteries. So I figured this was a no-brainer for me.
The first part of the story was so slow that I almost didn’t finish it. It wasn’t what I expected from the blurb. I mean, nothing like the blurb. I was annoyed and a little put-off. I am not into video games and the premise didn’t catch on in my brain. As the story moved on, I have to admit that I was bemused. The quirky, funny I was hoping for kicked in here and there. So I kept on moving.
The story overall wasn’t for me. I can see where many are already loving this book, but it isn’t my cup of tea. The writing didn’t flow for me. It seemed forced and over-developed at places. Although unique, the story fell a little flat for me. I am more used to having the psychological component with a mystery, so maybe that is where I felt it was lacking. I am too used to certain books, and this one just didn’t real me in like I had hoped.
This is definitely a light read. If you understand video game and gamers humor, this book will be great for you. It will be a quicker read for you than it was for me. If you are looking for something that won’t take up too much brain power while reading, this could be a book for you. Overall, this was an average book for me. There wasn’t anything spectacular that stood out that I am able to rave about.

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