4 1/2 stars
I absolutely loved Red Sister, and it's currently not just my favorite 2017 release but my favorite new-to-me book read this year (I reread some pretty fantastic books). The highlight of the novel is the main protagonist, Nona, who is brought to train in a convent after nearly having been hanged for murder. She's compelling from the very beginning due to her fierceness and drive to protect her friends, and she's made all the more captivating because of her reticence when it comes to her past and her abilities. In addition to Nona herself, I also enjoyed the friendships, the dialogue, the badass nuns, the setting, and the writing. It could be a little slow paced due to classes filled with exposition, but this wasn't a huge problem for me since the world was interesting and the dialogue sharp rather than rote and bland.
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