ARC REVIEW: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by, Max Wirestone



PRE-ORDER LINKS: Out – October 20th 2015!

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~ Synopsis ~

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.



I received an ARC From NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh Dahlia Moss – what have you gotten yourself into?

I found this book browsing around NetGalley and the cover peeked my curiosity, the synopsis too – because I myself have geeked out on quite a few things in my 37 years (still do).  I gave it a 4 star rating  on Goodreads, but it was a toss up between 3 – 3.5 – and 4;  because although I did really like it, and even laughed out loud in many parts, I did get lost in the geekdom – there’s a fine line between geeking out and full on falling down the rabbit hole of another universe. The universe in this book is Zoth – a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) think World of Warcraft.

Dahlia is flailing through her existence at the moment – a unemployed college graduate basically living of her roommate. Just when Dahlia thinks things can’t get any worse – Jonah comes in with a job offer, one that will land Dahlia head first into the world of Zoth. Jonah offers her a large sum of money to help recover something that has been stolen from him within the land of Zoth and Dahlia is still just trying to figure out how Jonah thought to ask her? She’s not a private detective, she’s not even a member of Zoth – how in the hell is she going to find his precious?

Games like this take on a life of their own – the players very, VERY much into it and their characters – quests and what not, and that’s the thick of this story. Jonah hires Dahlia to help recover something that’s been stolen from him – but before she can even get the answers as to why he chose her to solve this crime – Jonah is dead. Thus starts a very strange and yet engaging story about a girl trying to find something that was stolen, and in the midst of it possibly finding herself as well.

Max Wirestone has written a very clever and hilarious story about a girl whose self-deprecating humor will instantly make you love her – you’ll care for her and root her on as she weaves through the realms of fae and dragons to try and figure out what the hell she’s even doing “playing” private detective. it is a who-dun-it in a far-stretch path of both fantasy and reality, and though I did get lost in some of the geekdom, I came out at the end with a massive smile on my face and curious if there will be more miss-adventures for Ms. Dahlia Moss.


About the Author – Max Wirestone

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Max is a graduate from the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science and has a degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis. Max spent his twenties as a librarian-nomad, crossing the United States, and shelving (and reading) a lot of books along the way.

After moving to New England, Max became the director of a small-town library, where he could unite his love of books, mysteries, and geekery. Since then, he’s taught a lot of small children how to dust for fingerprints, helped tens and tweens build competitive Lego robots, and has become the town’s definitive source on how to correctly pronounce character names in Games of Thrones. 

Max cleverly married an editor, he and his husband have a 4-year old son. They live in a 135 year old house in Concord, which is filled with toys, games, and blasts of  cold air.

Currently, Max is busy working on Dahlia Moss’s next adventure. That, or he’s just playing Hearthstone. (via the author’s website)


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