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Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1)
Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) | Daniel Jos Older
The joyful, bold New York Times bestseller. Look for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out 9/12/2017! "Magnificent." --Holly Black, New York Times Book Review "A must." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Exceptional." --Publishers Weekly, starred review Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on. With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one. Now Sierra must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.
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Shadowfat
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I thought this was a fun YA story about family and heritage and tradition and magic. I can't wait to see where the rest of the series goes!

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BeaG
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Mehso-so

Meh

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OriginalCyn620
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As it happens, I‘ve recently read a book with #shadow in the title! #fallisbooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover!! 1mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This was an easy read with diverse characters and a great MC. I like that the author combined the spirit world with the art world, and there was enough creepy to keep my interest.
#booked2019 #pocmcparanormal

Cinfhen Great review and awesome photo!! 1mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Nothing like a book and coffee while snuggled under a nice #blanket! #fallisbooked
🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so jealous!! I‘m freezing at a ballgame 🥶🥶🥶 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Oh no! Hope you can a warm up soon! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I‘m in the truck now!! Lol 😂 1mo
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MrBook
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Today‘s author spotlight: Daniel José Older! The 39-year-old Cambridge, Massachusetts, native has one sibling, an older sister. He was an emergency medical technician in #NYC, working on his writing when he had free nights, until 2014. He started the successful campaign to have the World Fantasy Award statuette changed from H.P. Lovecraft‘s image to Octavia Butler‘s because of Lovecraft‘s racism. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

vivastory I've been meaning to check out Malka Older's work 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Love him! Such fun! He narrates a few of his own books too! 1mo
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LibrarianRyan
Shadowshaper: Legacy | Daniel Jos Older
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I am glad to prove myself not crazy for thinking there was a third book. It has just been so long since book 2.

January 7, 2020

#CoverLove
#YAedition

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Jasxnicole
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I was drawn to this book from just the cover, but then digging into the story kept me just as interested. Anything dealing with art will always catch my attention, but throwing in a little bit of magic and slight horror movie elements was right up my alley.

I loved the layers to Sierra‘s character and all of the shadowshaping scenes were described so beautifully, I could see them in my head.

#popsugar2019

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Jasxnicole
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May/June Wrap-up 📚

I only managed to get a few books checked off of my list here and there over the past two months, but they were all pretty great picks. My TBR stack still seems to be growing (🙈), so hopefully I can knock some more off in the next month or two 🤞🏾

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some good reads there, well done! 💖📖💖 5mo
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Jasxnicole
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I love Sierra! 😆

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Spacebrujita
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Short but action-packed, this story deals with the things we inherit whether we know them or not.

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Jasxnicole
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The beginnings of a beautiful relationship😏😊

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Sace
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This was a re-listen. While it held my attention more the second time around, I think I can say this is probably not the series for me.

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Writeme
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Panpan

Latest book for our library‘s YA book club for adults: Young At Heart. Not my favorite. Grounded in PR Brooklyn, but hard to know what is relative to PR traditions, culture, etc. or what is souped up to support the wild and slightly incoherent plot. Characters seem representational, with nothing to make me care about them. Would have put it down early had I not been expected to help lead the discussion. #librarylife

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Sace
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I've read/listened to this before but really don't remember a thing. I'm trying again.

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Kasie
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I thought that this was a good urban fantasy. The side characters are all really likable. I had a harder time with the main characters Sierra and Robbie. It had a very unique concept to how magic works in our world.

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Kasie
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Been listening to this at work. It is very interesting the way they put magic in this modern world. Who doesn‘t love art.

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veronicaeye
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I'm listening to the audio book & this passage was so sweet to hear this morning. Slight spoiler...

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Gillyreads
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Afternoon break

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LazyLimaLife
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A really fun read! Also a diverse YA book with Puerto Rican and Dominican leads. The story has some issues but the storytelling is fast, fun and full of adventure. Where the story lags is the abundance of characters who aren‘t fully developed. It was hard to track.

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LazyLimaLife
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I‘m enjoying this soooo much! It‘s supernatural. It‘s diverse. It‘s a little scary. It‘s also funny. 🇵🇷 🇺🇸 👻

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RebL
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I don‘t do scary, so I had to listen to this during the day. The good news is my lawn is mowed, my carport is clean, house projects completed.... Did I mention I don‘t do scary?
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#TFOB

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ReviewsMayVary
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‪My kid‘s friend came over in the summer to borrow a book and i butted in and loaned her a few faves of mine. Including several hard covers. I was immediately filled with the warm, squishy feeling of INSTANT REGRET. I just found the picture documenting the books. Urgh. ⚰️#YALit #KindnessOrStupidity?

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GatheringBooks
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Mehso-so

#BlackCatChallenge Day 8: The supernatural aspect in this fantasy novel had a touch of folk legend wrapped around it. This unique ability of Sierra as #Witch, passed down in her family across generations, is believed to be part of her ancestry, with her comatose abuelo perceived as the once-leader of this community of artists able to sense spirits, serving as conduits through spellbinding stories, art, and music. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-bBt

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Deborah42
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A rollicking good start to a new (to me) YA fantasy series.

Sierra Santiago has to rethink her summer plans when weird stuff starts happening. She sees a painting cry, and then her comatose grandfather starts apologizing for putting her in danger.

Sierra discovers that she is a Shadowshaper, a person whose art can host spirits who will do her bidding. Meanwhile, someone is killing other Shadowshapers. And that someone is after Sierra.

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JacquelynLovesYou

Listening on audio at work today for 6 hours. Engrossing. Two hours to go!

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MarticaMustRead
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🎧📖🤓 #Audiobook #AudioWalk #DiverseReads #Fantasy #LibrarianLife #WorkPerks

Solid 3🌟's.

Much like the diversity of produce that I saw at last week's farmer's market held in front of my work building, I thoroughly enjoyed the rich cultural diversity & expression in this well narrated audiobook. I only wish that Older had given us more exploration into the mysterious history & past of both Sierra's mom & her grandfather. I would've loved more!

CoffeeNBooks This is on my TBR list! 1y
MarticaMustRead In that case I'd recommend the audio version @CoffeeNBooks - the narrator does a great job and nailed NY accents !😊👍 1y
CoffeeNBooks @MarticaMustRead Great! I'll check it out. 1y
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Julsmarshall
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New basket for books next to my bed 😄 #decoratingwithbooks

LiteraryinLititz That‘s really cute! 2y
BarbaraJean Oooh, I like that idea! 2y
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callunakeep Oooh! What is the taller black book with the awesome little graphics??? 2y
callunakeep @Julsmarshall Thanks! It sounds (and looks) wonderful! TBR!!🤓 2y
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mdemanatee
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Today‘s #worklisten. Though I am having trouble focusing since it‘s Friday, so I may switch to music for the afternoon. This is a really good audio production and I want to give it more of my brain.

MarriedtoMrT Yes! Such a good audiobook. 2y
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TheNextBook
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This took me forever to read. Not because it was bad but because life and so yeah! Regardless, this was really fun read. The characters are great! I love that this story brims with culture and tradition and family! My pet peeve with this novel is one that I have had with plenty of other novels and it has to do with the way secrets are kept and how that does/does not drive the plot.

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TheNextBook
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I feel like I‘ve had this for a while and always kept it in the back of my mind. I feel like now is the perfect time to dive in!

JSW This is supposed to be fantastic!! 2y
TNbookworm I love this cover💕 2y
TheNextBook @JSW It‘s starting off good! 2y
TheNextBook @TNbookworm it is gorgeous!!!!! 2y
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ReviewsandReadathons
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Loved this one!! The magic is so wonderful and the setting just adds to it so well. A great diverse fantasy read! First book down for #readathon!

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megt
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Mehso-so

I think this is a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” I‘ve enjoyed Daniel José Older‘s work in the past so I went in to this one with some high expectations. This is a good book with fun characters and great storytelling, but it didn‘t blow me away like I expected it to. Some day I‘ll learn to go into books with no expectations! I still recommend checking this one out (and DJO‘s other work), especially if you like your fantasy mixed with reality.

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josie281
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This was a free audiobook last summer from that program @LibrarianRyan shared. Puerto Rican heroine who was spunky and relatable. Throw in art and spirits and BOOM! Yes, some parts were predictable, but that happens! Great YA! Narrator of audiobook did a good job.
Candle from @Robothugs and it smells amazing. #mtTBR

LibrarianRyan Yeah. There is a sequel. 2y
LibrarianRyan Audiobooksync starts again next month. !! 2y
Robothugs I can smell it all the way on the east coast 🤤 2y
josie281 @LibrarianRyan I will read it after I finish my #mtTBR challenge and thanks for the heads up!! 2y
josie281 @Robothugs it‘s all of my favorite smells! 2y
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josie281
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#mttbr This was a freebie from last summer. So far, so good! 🎨 🐉

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OneBookishBabe
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Hoping this is a good as this cover looks. #PrettyCover #WeekendsAreForReading #BookishBabe #BookLover

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BookishShelly
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Good action-packed fantasy novel. It‘s YA and I think teens will like it even more than I did.

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Kristelh
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Finished. First book of #tbrFebruary. YA diversity, urban fantasy

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Kristelh
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#tbrfebruary Currently reading Shadowshaper and The Third Man. Blonde is at 33%

Kristelh Oh, also reading The Power 2y
Chili I read Endurance and thought it was really interesting. I can‘t imagine going through something like that. I‘m only 24% on Blonde, but I‘m really enjoying it. 2y
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Kristelh
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Current read

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Liatrek
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ThriftBooks mail Monday 😊😊😊📚📚📚👍🏽

Lzzzvvvzz I have an unhealthy relationship with Thriftbooks 😂 Great purchases!! 2y
Liatrek @Footnotes_Fiction lol me too! And it doesn‘t help getting that 5 dollar coupon after so many purchases 😊 2y
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razmanda
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#firstbookof2018 and my first completed #readharder2018 prompt!

Sierra is a fierce protagonist and a fun voice to inhabit as she untangles her family‘s history and the mysterious murals that pepper her neighborhood.

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Bianca
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Roscoe's chillin, and I'm listening to this audio book. Almost to Texas.

Bookzombie I loved this one on audio. 2y
DGRachel I love your tattoo! 2y
Tanzy13 🐶 2y
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SoniaC He is adorable. 2y
saguarosally Almost to Texas 19 hours ago. Now you‘re still in Texas and it‘s excessively huge. I just did a jaunt from Phoenix to Tampa in September. Texas is so gigantic. 2y
Bianca @Bookzombie It's really good! @DGRachel Thanks! I love it too. @SoniaC Thank you! @saguarosally Yes! In El Paso now. Dang that's an even longer drive. 2y
saguarosally @Bianca you have about six hours to go. 2y
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Bianca
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Not gonna lie, I couldn‘t wait to dig in to the Farmer Browns before taking this pic. Also, I‘m getting full. 😬 #treatyoself

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Bianca
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Chillin with this book on this rainy, cold morning.

I realized that I much prefer to read paper copies of books at the moment, as well as listen to audiobooks. I‘ve got the audio of Illuminae queued up from the library. #ya

daena Great story 2y
MarriedtoMrT The audio of this one is FANTASTIC. Also, oddly, I‘ve been off print lately. Isn‘t it weird how those phases go. I miss it but the format is not pulling me in. 2y
Bianca @MarriedtoMrT Yes, it is! I‘m usually totally into ebooks because it‘s super convenient being able to read across devices, but right now I can‘t focus if I try to use a device to read. 2y
Bianca @daena I‘m really liking it so far! 2y
sammisho so good on audio. Princess Tiana reads it! 2y
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sammisho
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Shadowshaper is a book with a #magicalsetting and is amazing on audio, which makes it a perfect book for when #youarewaitingforbus. Pop in some headphones so no one will talk to ya!
#allthebooks2017 #survivingdecember @writerlibrarian

Daisey I agree! This book was great on audio! 2y
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Alicia
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Using my awesome new mug this afternoon from @PandaPanda - while many of you are dealing with cold and winter weather - here in Phoenix it‘s perfect weather for sitting outside and reading in the afternoon! 🌵🌞 it was a great Sunday! I‘m loving this book so far and so excited to meet DJ Older @ #tfob!!!

Bookish.Heart I love that mug! 😍😂 2y
Bianca I‘m moving to the Phoenix area after Xmas! 2y
Alicia @Bianca that is awesome!!!!! We have great bookstores here and great bookish events! Let me know when you are settled in if you ever want to get together! Also check out the VNSA book sale, it‘s usually in February! 2y
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Bianca @Alicia Sweet! That‘s exciting! Yes, I will let you know. 😀 2y
saguarosally @Bianca @Alicia It looks like I‘ll miss the VNSA sale this year for either the first or second time in fifteen years! :( 2y
Alicia @saguarosally oh no!! 😓😥😥 why?? 2y
saguarosally @Alicia Still in Florida as long as there is work, so it‘s not a bad thing. 2y
Alicia @saguarosally makes sense, yay for work!!! Also at least it‘s still warm in Florida!! ☀️ 2y
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Listener15
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I really enjoyed this book. DJO gives the book its own distinctive voice. Diverse set of characters and a very real life setting. Brooklyn isn‘t sanitized and is a character unto itself. LOVE the Spanglish and how different the MC and her mother react to the same thing. I listened to this which was narrated by Anika Noni Rose and she was FANTASTIC. Truly amazing and brought to life DOJ‘s words that just reading on a page can‘t. Listen to this.

callielafleur I loved this too!! I need to read the second in the series. 2y
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ReadingSusan
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Oh I loved this book!!! So good! What an awesome magical world Older built. I was initially a little confused how the shadowshapers worked but by the end it all came together. I can‘t wait to read the next one! #thankfullyreading

MarriedtoMrT So good! The audio is fantastic. 2y
rjsthumbelina Glad you loved it, too! 2y
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MatildaBaggins
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Daniel Jose Older is so funny and kind, again I could have listened to these authors talk for hours. The discussion was fantastic and I can‘t wait to start this series! #bostonbookfest

Bookzombie So cool! 2y
Cortg What a cutie! I haven‘t read anything by him but he‘s in my TBR stacks. (edited) 2y
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