Gripping but heartbreaking
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I really enjoyed this book, but after I read it I did not read the sequels. I just couldn't stand having my heart ripped out of my chest so many times in one book, and I knew it wasn't going to get any better in subsequent books.

That said, I heartily enjoyed the HBO version of this book and I'm looking forward to season 2 so I can find out what happens to all the characters in the subsequent novels. TV provides enough distance for me to able to enjoy it, but the books are just a little too gritty for me.

Trigger warning for sexual violence.