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And I Darken
And I Darken | Kiersten White
This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO's Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story's atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters. Fans of Victoria Aveyard's THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore's GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won't want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in a trilogy. NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who's expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he's made a true friend--and Lada wonders if she's finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against--and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.
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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

I finally finished a book - it feels like I haven't had any time for reading this year! I didnt love this as much as I hoped, but I did enjoy it. Lada is a great character and I really liked the setting. I sometimes found myself losing track of secondary characters and getting a little bogged down in the political intrigue though

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Johanna414
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The kids and husband are all napping. A nap sounds lovely, but so does an uninterrupted hour to myself! Enjoying a little #audiocrochet until someone inevitably needs me

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Johanna414
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Starting the border on this blanket that‘s consumed my life for the past month... didn‘t get it done by Christmas, but I‘m almost there. Naturally all my audiobook holds came in at once, so I‘ve got to decide which to start tonight. #audiocrochet

Saknicole A conjuring of light is good so far! I don‘t love the narrator, same as last book but the first book was different. Happy crocheting! 3w
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Ubookquitous
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A surprisingly dark, somewhat unstable lead is the focus of the novel set in an alternate Ottoman Empire. The sibling relationship is done well and the three maim characters are complex. Not typical YA - looking forward to the others on this series. 2019 no. 16

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pythoness
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I‘m eight pages in and I already love both this book, not to mention Lada herself. Thank you, Kiersten White, for my vicious lady protagonist rights.

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wideeyedreader
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Day 2 #7covers7days #covercrush

Post seven favorite covers over seven days, no explanation. Tag one Litten each day! Today, I tag @Reading_in_the_meadow

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LaylaMazar
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”On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied”

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hissingpotatoes
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3.5/5⭐ Aside from 2 clearly stolen moments from Disney's Mulan, I thought this book & its characters were unique. I LOVE the sibling relationship between Vlada & Radu. The contrast & exploration of their individual strengths/weaknesses & how each either helps or hinders them is fascinating. There's also complexity with side characters, especially women, & how they attempt to find power. I'm excited to read the next book. #NEWTsReadathon2019

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Basement_Bookcase
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A retelling of Vlad the impaler?! Loved this series! Lada is a strong, fierce girl who does what she wants and takes no shit from anyone. This book and the series as a whole has great representation and the plot is very well paced. You get to dive deep into different cultures and you can tell the author did her research! Would recommend this whole series to anyone who loves history, retellings, strong female characters and diversity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EmilieGR
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Too dark and angry for me

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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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Dirt Cheap, Taco Bell, Books-A-Million, Starbucks, and home for dinner. A great visit with my BFF and her two tiny humans ❤️ Also, great #BookHaul 🙌 Most is these were on clearance and two are signed!

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imabusybee
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A little behide on my reviews This one was a 3.5 for me but I can totally see why others gave it 5

annahenke I felt the same. 10mo
imabusybee @annahenke Good to know I am not alone 😊 10mo
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imabusybee
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Starting this on this dark and gloomy afternoon.

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hmgbrdhart
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This story reimagines Vlad Dracula as a girl instead of a boy. The account follows some of the bones of Dracula‘s real life story but weaves an intricate tale around it. Much of the historical backdrop is correct though. I loved fierce Lada. The story begins with she and her brother‘s early years when they were held hostage in the Ottoman Empire. I highly recommend!

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autumnlupin
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A sample of my fave books this year... There was a lot more for sure (like The Hate U Give and all the other Rick Riordan books)

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ReviewsMayVary
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And I Darken by Kiersten White❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I loved this book. Likely to an degree unwarranted by the book... but it is what it is, y'all!

Lada is a reactive, emotionally unavailable princess. Her brother, Radu is a bullied sissy-man. They meet a prince who was never meant to lead, born of an ambitious concubine. You can see where this is going. It's gold, I tell you. Gold! I'm on hold for book 2. #YALit #AmReading
https://buff.ly/2Gvo0tB

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Robothugs
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#CurrentlyReading I have been wanting to start this trilogy for a while, so here I go!

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Ddzmini
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So guess what I did last night.... all night 👀😳📖 yep finished this in one setting but like I said yesterday I was excited and it was great highly recommended read I have to go get the second book now 😝📖 very interested in what happens next 😉

jfalkens How did you like it? It's on my to-read bookcase 1y
Ddzmini @jfalkens read it in one setting 👀😳 loved it have to get the other books now 1y
jfalkens @Ddzmini I might have to move it up on my to-read bookcase lol 1y
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Ddzmini
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Then the Genealogy chart shows a relationship to Vlad Dracula... I‘m so excited now 😋📖

ralexist Love this whole trilogy! 1y
Ddzmini I loved the first book I‘m going to have to get the other books now @ralexist 1y
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Ddzmini
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So opening page is a map it‘s amazing 😉

Crazeedi ❤️❤️maps! 1y
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Ddzmini
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I am starting this tonight hope it continues to be a great reading week for me 😋📖

HOTPock3tt That cover!‘ 😍 1y
Ddzmini @HOTPock3tt I know right 📖😋 1y
HOTPock3tt 📚 🤗 1y
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the_hibernator
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Finally finished my galley copy of And I Darken, by Kiersten White. I hadn't read it in all these years because the beginning was slow...but it picked up towards the end, and now I am interested in continuing with the series. It is the story of a female Dracul (Dracula) of Wallachia. It's good to see a female anti-hero.

For my full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/16/and-i-darken-by-kiersten-white/

Nitpickyabouttrains I liked the rest of this series much more then the first book. It picks up a lot. 1y
the_hibernator @Nitpickyabouttrains That's really good to hear. It's a solid concept, but it started slowly. Hopefully I'll get to the rest of it soon. 1y
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the_hibernator
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Hour 4 of #24b4Monday - with mixed shame and pride, I am finally reading my NetGalley ARC of And I Darken. Good so far!

Clwojick Ooh. I have this! Let me know if you like it! 1y
the_hibernator @Clwojick So far, so good. It's not one of your unreviewed Netgalleys too, is it? 😂🤣 1y
Clwojick No! I found it at the thrift store a year ago, but still have yet to read it! I have too many! 😂😂😂 1y
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the_hibernator @Clwojick Yup! I know how that feels! 1y
the_hibernator This book is also hour 8. 1y
the_hibernator Also hour 12 - half way there! I'd better hurry up! 1y
the_hibernator Also hour 15 - can I still make it to 24??? 1y
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sammisho
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#pop18, DONE!

Bklover Wow!! Congratulations!!!🎉🎈 1y
Pamwurtzler Yay!! 1y
LoverofLit You're amazing! ❤❤❤👏👏👏 1y
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Johanna414
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When I walked out to my front porch this morning, I was expecting just one package containing the #justabookswap book I bought so I can send it out today. It was an exciting surprise to find this as well! Thank you so much @sammisho for the book! I have almost purchased this so many times and then talked myself out of spending the money. Can‘t wait to read it! @TheBookKeepers

TheBookKeepers I haven‘t heard of this book! Gonna have to add it to my TBR! Excited to see ur review of it! 1y
sammisho I hope you love it! I just got the sequel from the library and so excited to start! 1y
LoverofLit That cover is so pretty! 😍 1y
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Deborah42
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Loosely based on Dracula and Transylvania.

Siblings Lada and Radu are opposites. Lada is ruthless and doesn‘t have a minute to spare for patriarchal BS. Her brother is the timid one and better at diplomacy. In order to keep his throne, their father abandons them at the Ottoman court, as hostages. Once there, they meet Mehmed, the sultan‘s youngest son. The three form a strong, complicated bond.

A Game of Thrones vibe, but less rapey.

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InLibrisVeritas
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This was a part of my #makemereadit challenge and I LOVED it! Lada is amazing. Well she's more than a little cruel, but I love her anyway. She's so different from your typical YA female. She's not pretty and she has very little use for soft natured things. Instead she is fierce, feral, and cunning. I am so glad I finally got to this one. Thank you Litsy!

@TheReadingMermaid

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CyaneFillion
And I Darken | Kiersten White
Mehso-so

As the first book in a trilogy, I felt the buildup was a bit slow and the romance seemed a bit like an obstacle in order to enjoy the book for me. However, the story seems to go into an interesting direction and the historical setting of the Ottoman Empire is one that I haven't read about before, which makes this a fun way to explore and learn new things! Will be starting the next book now!

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sammisho
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I picked this book because of the cover, with no idea what it was about, and I am so glad I did. Instead of Vlad the Impaler, Lada The Impaler? I am here for it! Historical fiction, fantasy, epic storytelling.
#pop18 #abookyoumeanttorsin2017butdidntgetto

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sammisho
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Pre dinner snack.
Hoping to finish this book tonight. So good, I wish I had the sequel ready to start next!

tpixie Fun looking snack! 1y
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sammisho
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1. The Princess Bride
2. Onion Rings
3. If I am not listening to an audiobook, I listen early 2000s pop.
4. Man, it's good!
5. hey y'all!
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

tpixie I love onion rings- but I have a hard time finding the flaky kind that I like!! 1y
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MellieAntoinette
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Part 5:
This book lost one star because it is a long read (I would vote this full on Fantasy novel may be miscategorized as YA) and at the end of the day, while I am intrigued as to where her story will lead, I‘m not invested to follow it immediately. I think Bogdan will change that for me in book 2! Let the conquering begin! ⚔️ ⚔️ ⚔️ ⚔️

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MellieAntoinette
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Part 4:
I love that this series is called The Conquerors Saga. I love that Kiersten White placed her in an unlikeable world and challenged the reader to love her. I love that I hated her choices and yet I understand them for what they are - the search for companionship in an otherwise lonely hellhole; a teenager‘s growth to the independence of adulthood. Lada quite literally knocks on every door. Who wouldn‘t linger at the few that open?

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MellieAntoinette
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Part 3:
She gets lost in the things all teenagers do - angsty personalities, first ... loves???, and the general search for meaning in the years when none is meant to be found. She‘s a pretty tough cookie who matches her masculine world through harbored hints of femininity. Hello, Ottoman Empire circa 1450s. And she‘s a girl. Talk about the ultimate underdog tale.

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MellieAntoinette
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Part 2:
“And I Darken” is a beautifully titled, fully developed character study that begins where we do - at birth. There is not a lot of world building here, in the sense of Harry Potter or Caraval, and yet you traipse through pages and pages of history mired in the world that darkens her doorstep and colors her character.

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MellieAntoinette
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So much to say about this book - Part 1:

First off the cover - very Hello Gorgeous. Me like!

“Knock on every door, if you must. You only need one to open.”

Lada is fierce. She‘s the daughter of a dragon. But when betrayal turns her world upside down, it takes her many years to remember that dragons only fight for number one. And Lada is a dragon!

And yet she is not what weighs this story down...

RedxoHearts Great review! I just picked this one up the other day so I will have to dive in soon. 1y
MellieAntoinette @RedxoHearts 🙏 Hope you love it!!! 1y
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Wan.der.love
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Weekend coming to a close and so is my time with “And I Darken.” I can understand the fan love for this one, but never found myself rushing back to it. Maybe next books in series get better, but not inspired to try.

Likes:
Story idea, female Vlad the Impaler? Yes please!
First few chapters = amazing
Different vibe from typical YA

Dislikes:
Story seemed to go on repeat, dragged on, then got interesting right at the end
Never connected w/Lada

Victoriahoperose Omg 100% agree with your review. But I‘m still down to read the next book. I want to see where it goes! 1y
Wan.der.love @Victoriahoperose for sure! - I actually had “not inspired to try at the moment” written and had to delete bc of word count limit 😂 I think eventually I‘ll give the series another try - it seems to be moving into a groove now 1y
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Wan.der.love
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Really trying to get into this one... started reading it when I saw people give the latest release in the series high marks. Plus, series binge possibility.

I love the idea of a female Dracula - even as a student of history I think it‘s a great twist to the legend. It reads well, but having trouble connecting with Lada.

I just want to give Radu a hug the whole time.

Is this a “get through the first book the rest are awesome” kind of series??

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mutlee
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Such a love/hate relationship I have with these characters!

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QueenOfWands
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Sales get me every time. And I Darken and Now I Rise (sequel) are both $1.99 on Kindle today if they happen to be on your #tbr list. #yafantasy #ya

Dragon Thanks for the heads up 👍😀🐉 2y
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somebooksaround
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Some books from the ever growing tbr pile 😂😬
Can‘t wait to see what stories these hold😍🙌📚
#litsy #tbr #shelfie #books #home #novel #ya #fantasy #fiction

Cathythoughts Some interesting stories there Is say 👍🏻 2y
KirstieE Stalking jack is soooooo good !! 🤗 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Beautiful! 🖤🖤 2y
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Moony I love your pictures so much! 2y
somebooksaround @Cathythoughts yess! Can‘t wait to delve in! 2y
somebooksaround @KirstieE yaaas! I‘ve heard such good things that is for sure one of my soon to reads!! 2y
somebooksaround @Sorceryandswords thank you lovely!! ❤️❤️ 2y
somebooksaround @Moony aw thank you so much! That means so much!! 💛💛 Happy Reading!!✌️✌️ 2y
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HeathersReadingHideaway
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[#BookReview] And I Darken by Kiersten White! I absolutely loved this book! I don‘t typically pick up historical fiction so I wasn‘t sure if I‘d be into this story but I‘m so happy to say that I loved it. The main characters are great and the story is such a beautifully written one! Have you read it? I‘d love to discuss. ⚔️📖
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Full review:
http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2018/07/book-review-and-i-darken-by-...

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Bookworm-Bobbie
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White has taken huge liberties with history and I love it. Think of this as an origin to Vlad the Impaler. If Vlad was a girl, a ferocious, fierce girl who (metaphorically) rips out her heart in order to remain strong in a mans world. To reclaim what is hers. To be true to who she is. I have no doubt she‘ll cause mayhem in the next book.

Ddzmini Now that‘s a review I like 🤨😋📖 2y
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Bookworm-Bobbie
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Perfectly describes me with this book! It‘s so intriguing.

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Bookworm-Bobbie
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As much as I hate the Facebook sponsored posts (mostly because it‘s creepy), sometimes good comes out of it. Like the ad for this book.

The tag line for it is “Heads will roll. Hearts will be broken” and I couldn‘t resist.

Sace That's a gorgeous... Lamp? Candle holder? Goes perfectly with the book! 2y
julesG Agree, great lamp. And I had to stack the book. 2y
Bookworm-Bobbie @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @julesG thanks guys, it‘s a candle holder. It was a gift from a friend for my library 😍 2y
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Wordsunreined
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This book is amazing!

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ashesofabookdragon
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I ADORE Kiersten White‘s writing~ so ask me how excited I was to learn that she‘s writing a book for the #BuffyVerse ?!?? I was lucky enough to grab a sampler at #thebookcon ~ I need #Litsy to add the book ASAP so I can stack it 😂😂😍😍 #newreleases #coming2019 #Buffy #bookworm #TBR

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The_Little_Librarian
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Got to meet Kiersten White today 📚🎉

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