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Spinning Silver
Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, called "very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. Naomi Novik once again creates a wonderfully rich, multilayered fantasty world that readers will want to return to again and again.
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dgingo
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Book club today at a Korean shaved ice spot. 🍧 This is Earl Grey Bingsoo. Mmmm....

Cinfhen Yum 😋 2d
dgingo @Cinfhen I wasn‘t sure about it at first, but it was really good! 2d
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StellarDoc
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Book club day! I got the Earl Grey Bingsoo! With @Karizma and @dgingo

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Karizma
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I really enjoyed this. The perspectives switch between characters, and all of the females are smart, honest, and cunning. What a lovely fairytale experience. I can't wait to read more by Naomi Novik.

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Karizma
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These pair well together, with tea, Girl Scout cookies, and puppies too.

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dgingo
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I took myself out for an early lunch 🥗 where I plan on getting a little reading done prior to tomorrow‘s book club. 📖

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dgingo
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Time to start this for Sunday‘s book club. #LateStart #BOTM #BookClub

The_Real_Nani Just finished this one! So good. I hope it‘s a series... I haven‘t checked. 4d
dgingo @The_Real_Nani Oh good! Im glad to hear that you really liked it! I‘m about to dive back into it, but I‘m still early on in the book. I don‘t think it‘s a series, but I don‘t know. Does the ending (no spoilers yet, please) feel unresolved? 3d
The_Real_Nani @dgingo it doesn‘t feel unresolved but it does feel like more stories could be told. 3d
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dgingo @The_Real_Nani Like The Lunar Chronicles? I wonder if she plans to write more. 3d
The_Real_Nani @dgingo I‘ve never read that series so I can‘t say! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 3d
dgingo @The_Real_Nani Each book has connected characters, but is focused on individual characters‘ stories. Each major character is adapted from a fairy tale—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. I‘m on book three next. 3d
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Briary
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What better way to spend a wintery Sunday than reading.. And hoo boy have I waited rereading this one.

I've had an aggressive start for my reading year, to say the least. This is my 20th read and I have several other books going on as well. Probably running towards a reading slump, but oh well. 📚📚📚👾

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#TomKittleston loves #Caturday because we read all day. #CatsOfLitsy

ErinSueMreads TOM....KITTLESTON....OMMMGGGGG 1w
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Mishu94
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Still at it, I don‘t know why my progress with this book is so slow :/ I can‘t seem to read much in one sitting ☹️

ravenlee It‘s pretty dense, and trying to keep track of whose story is whose isn‘t easy. I had a slow time with this one, too, but it was worth it. 2w
raeintheworld I read the first half, put it down, then listened to the last half three months later. It took me forever, but in the end I loved it and still think about it. 2w
Mishu94 @ravenlee I get what you mean, the storyline is good, which is exactly what keeps me going! I really want to find out what happens in the end! Really hope it‘s worth the wait 😭 2w
Mishu94 @raeintheworld haha I am trying really hard not to put it down! Or else I‘ll leave it midway and not come back to it! I have made up my mind on finishing it by Sunday 😂 2w
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JaneyWaneyB
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐ There is a good story in here but it is confused by too many voices trying to tell the story and a bit of repetition. The characters felt too distant. I think I was spoiled by The Bear & The Nightingale triology that may have impacted on my enjoyment of this book.

#Russia #Relax #Books #BookNerd #ReadABook #Bookaholic #ReadingDay #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #Readers #BookWorm #BookLover #Reading #SouthendSunrise

JaneyWaneyB Picture was taken yesterday on the train. Very different morning here in Essex today 🌧 2w
TheAromaofBooks I had similar feelings when I read this one. It seems like if there needs to be more than three first-person voices to tell a story, maybe the story should be told in third person?? I was also distracted by how an uneducated/abused girl, an educated/loved girl, & a young noblewoman all sounded basically alike in language & tone. I didn't dislike the story, I just never connected with the characters. 2w
Mishu94 I‘m currently reading this and I have been at it for a week, I can‘t seem to read much in one sitting 😕 2w
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JaneyWaneyB @TheAromaofBooks I completely agree a third person telling would have been better. I didn't warm to any character. 2w
JaneyWaneyB @Mishu94 my rule is if I'm not hooked by around page 100, I bail. Life's too short to be stuck reading a book I couldn't get into especially with my TBR pile and list 😄 2w
Mishu94 Well I forced myself up till page 257! It‘s too late to give up now I reckon 😂😂😂😂 (edited) 2w
JaneyWaneyB Keep going @Mishu94 🏃‍♀️📚 1w
CarolynM I use the 100 page rule too🙂 1w
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Mishu94
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I got this book without any recommendations, I really hope it turns out to be good! The summary seemed promising enough 🤦‍♂️

AutumnRLS I love that cover! What publication is it? 2w
Mishu94 @AutumnRLS PAN publication! ☺️ 2w
AutumnRLS @Mishu94 beautiful! ❤ 2w
Mishu94 @AutumnRLS not more than you! ❤️🙈 2w
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JaneyWaneyB
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After a slightly slow start I'm now intrigued to find out where this story will take me with Miryem stuck in fairy land with a cruel Staryk King & Irina married to a beautiful Tsar with a dark magic & fire demon seeking to drink her life. The parallel story is becoming more intertwined keeping me hooked as I keep warm under a cosy blanket with a cup of tea
#BookNerd #Bookaholic #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #IWishThereWasADayBetweenSaturday&Sunday

ShyBookOwl One of my favourite fantasy novels! Enjoy 😊 2w
JaneyWaneyB @ShyBookOwl I've just hit the 'here we go' plot mover in the middle. I'm liking Miryem more & more 😉 2w
TheAromaofBooks Oh wow love that edition!! 😍 2w
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JaneyWaneyB @TheAromaofBooks I know right 😍 that cover grabbed my attention in the bookshop & I had to have it. Fascinated with snowy Russia at the mo thanks to Katherine Arden's triology 2w
TheAromaofBooks @JaneyWaneyB - I didn't enjoy Spinning Silver as much as Uprooted, but it still had a lot of fantastic atmosphere. I haven't gotten around to reading The Bear and The Nightingale trilogy yet, but it has been on my list forever!!! 2w
JaneyWaneyB @TheAromaofBooks you've just added Uprooted to my TBR pile I like the sound of that book 2w
TheAromaofBooks It's a very different type of book from Spinning Silver, but I really loved it. 2w
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staci.reads
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion I didn't love this one. I had a hard time engaging with it and nearly didn't stick with it until the end. This apparently isn't my genre.

CoffeeNBooks I felt the same way about it. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't. 1mo
alisonrose Same! I was sad because I loved Uprooted, and totally expected to love this one too, and it was pretty underwhelming. Not terrible, but just didn‘t draw me in and had way too many POVs. 1mo
MellieAntoinette Jury‘s still out. I‘m on ch12. I think character markers/separation would be very helpful as all 3 ladies are fairly similar! 1mo
staci.reads @alisonrose I haven't read anything else by her, and now I'm hesitant to. It was just so slow and the female characters were all too similar. Maybe I'll try Uprooted eventually. 1w
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The_Real_Nani
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Pickpick

An exciting retelling of Rumpleskiltskin, set in some Slavic kingdom where winter and summer fight a battle for survival, bringing together three unlikely allies to restore balance in the universe. A perfect story for Chanukah, if you ask me! I wish this was a series...

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staci.reads
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Thank you, @whippoorwill815 ! I'm excited to read this one! I can't wait to start reading and try the chocolate once everyone is in bed! Thanks @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this #jolabokaflodswap !

whippoorwill815 Yay I hope you enjoy!! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I loved this book so much! 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon Is that a ceramic tree I see? 💘 those! 🎅 🤶🎁🎄🍫 📚 Happy #Jolakabodflod 1mo
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Kanarthi
Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
Mehso-so

Evocative settings that mix fairy tale elements with realistic and domestic scenes. Deft point-of-view switching to keep up with ambitious plot. Interesting theme of repaying debts. Amazingly creepy romances. AMAZINGLY CREEPY.

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Settings
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Bailedbailed

This was nominated for a bunch of SFF awards so I feel like I should read it, but I don't want to.

Didn't like Uprooted (YAish with unsettling romance), this is a fix up novel of a novella I've already read and didn't like much either, and I think presenting it as in a series with Uprooted is a shameless cash grab.

Keep downloading the library ebook and keeping it from someone who might actually want to read it. Need to stop. Not for me.

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BookishTrish
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Evening reading view

vivastory Love this! 2mo
CaroPi I love it 2mo
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Deborah42
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Pickpick

A loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin featuring three young women whose stories intertwine as each looks for a way to subvert society‘s expectations.

Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender who freely lends, but never collects. Miryem takes over the business and discovers a talent for changing silver into gold.

Gorgeous writing and lovely female friendships!

Victoria_Clyne I loved this one too. 2mo
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Purplerosiepage
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This book has a lot of words, but it is engrossing. It‘s really good on audio.

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Lchnessmnstr
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Pickpick

A few cumbersome parts at the end and some of the transitions between characters were ambiguous but overall a great read!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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If this is on your tbr now is an excellent time to start reading!

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Tiltedwhirled
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed the three strong women that anchor this novel. All prove themselves to be smart, resourceful survivors that don‘t freeze in the face of terrifying events.

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cariashley
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this, maybe even more than Uprooted. Novik‘s world building was just incredible and the whole atmosphere was mesmerizing. The strong, multi-layered heroines were the best part of the book for me, though. #botm

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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

This is modern fairytale loosely based on Rumplestilskin. I liked the way that the main characters were females who were underestimated yet determined. It is well written with great imagery. A bit of a slow burn but a great read.

Asthecroweflies One of my favs!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
Victoria_Clyne Its the first Naomi Novik I've read. I'll definitely be giving another of her books a go. 4mo
tpixie @BrainyHeroine You might like this retelling! 4mo
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khooliha
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I have owned this Staryk King candle forever, but I am finally burning it (to see if I want to buy more from this store) and it smells SO wintery delicious, I love it.

khooliha It is admittedly far too early for a winter candle, especially since I am horror trash who is ready for fall candle goodness. I also live in Florida in the time of global warming, so seasons aren't super real, making every candle and anytime candle. 4mo
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Squidapus
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Pickpick

Oh man, Squidapus liked this a heck of a lot and way more than Uprooted. An amalgamation of folklore and fairy tales into something wholly unique in execution. A story about women being underestimated in a society that doesn't give them many choices or respect. The fantasy was so well thought out and the plot intricately wove varied plot points into a week connected whole. Any minor quibbles Squidapus had were thrown aside by some great writing.

jillrhudy I must say I admire Squidapus's taste in fairy tale fantasies. 5mo
Squidapus @jillrhudy For a cephalopod with an alien mind unlike ours he does have surprisingly consistent taste in literature 5mo
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Currently reading

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stephothebesto
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2. Currently, The Good Place. Honorary mention to Great British Bake Off 🧁
3. Coffee and a slice of toast. Maybe it will fulfill its destiny and become 🥑 toast.
4. Eastern
5. Floral Print Mirror. / Red Mirror.

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Tiltedwhirled
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These are my books for Book Bingo— minus The Chestnut Man. YA novel— The Hunger Games, fantasy novel— Spinning Silver, a cover I like— Gods of Jade and Shadow and a September Book of the Month pick— The Chestnut Man.

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Squidapus
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Real talk, Squidapus is only really reading this for his book club. He'll give her another chance cause there were parts of Uprooted he enjoyed but overall he didn't care for it. So here's hoping!

bromeliad Interesting! I greatly enjoyed the Her Majesty's Dragon series myself. But I am not a squid. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Squidapus @bromeliad To be fair, he has only read one book of hers and not that series so that could be more to his tastes! 5mo
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cariashley
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Just a ridiculously gorgeous night for some rooftop reading on the top of my building. I love New York City. And this book 💙

AmyG Beautiful. I miss Manhattan. 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Wow! Great view! 5mo
LeeRHarry What a view! 😮 5mo
cherylmorton Great view, great book! 5mo
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currerbelle
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I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as Novik's earlier Uprooted, but I'm the end I may prefer it! The examination of racism, prejudice, and class distinctions felt more relevant than I remember Uprooted being. And so entertaining that I didn't want to get out of my car and stop listening to it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 5mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 5mo
Beholderess I actually liked it more than Uprooted. The heroine is clever and resourceful, and the fairytale logic of the magic system makes perfect sense for me. By word and deed 5mo
currerbelle @Beholderess I thinks the end I preferred it to Uprooted, too. 5mo
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cariashley
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As @Liberty would say, HOLY CATS, this book is good. #vineyardreads

LeeRHarry Hope the wine is good too 🍷 5mo
SW-T 😊😊😊 5mo
cariashley @LeeRHarry always 🥰🍷🍇 5mo
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VioletBramble
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There are men who are wolves inside and want to eat up other people to fill their bellies. That was what was in your house with you, all your life. But here you are with your brothers, and you are not eaten up, and there is not a wolf inside you. You have fed each other, and you kept the wolf away. That is all we can do for each other in the world, to keep the wolf away.

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VioletBramble
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I‘ve been reading this book since April. While I was enjoying what I read I found myself not reading it for long periods of time. Well, I finally sat down and finished it in a day and a half. The story seems like a mix of various vaguely remembered fairy tales but is actually a unique tale with three strong female characters. Despite the slow start I ended up loving this book.

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Crimson613
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5⭐! Even though there were 6 POVs we follow, it's easy to keep up with each narrator because they each have their own distinct personalities. While the story runs much slower than I'm used to, I was just really immersed in the storybuilding and the eventual #slowburn #romance. The main selling point are the girls, but really liked how interwoven everyones stories were and the concept of debts, payments, and consequences

#MagicalReadathon2019

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Crimson613
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So the NEWTs part of the #MagicalReadathon2019 is happening right now! Found out about it because @Schnoebs is participating and figured I'd double book it and do my "make up exams" and the NEWTs ??? And because I think alchemy is cool, my Wizarding career is Alchemist!

I'm going to try to only use novels for as long as I can, then manga once it's almost time to end ??

Learn more about it here: https://youtu.be/Rq7vFHcngYs

Status: 5/29

Schnoebs That‘s so impressive!!!! Good luck! 6mo
Crimson613 @Schnoebs thank you! I'm going to work hard this month xD 6mo
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VioletBramble
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My planned reads for August. As usual many of them are for the Category Challenge at #LibraryThing
I‘ve actually been reading Spinning Silver for months. I‘m enjoying the book but finding it really slow going.

rachelsbrittain I love Akemi Dawn Bowman! Have your tissues ready for those 6mo
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Moll
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It was a grey cold day, and the sun did not come out, but the road glittered anyway.

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Moll
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If you tried to look right at it, you couldn't see it. If you looked away, it was there gleaming in the corner of your eye.

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I love a gritty, no nonsense heroine and Miryem definitely fits the bill. She drags her family back from the brink of starvation and faces every challenge thrown her way with grim determination. Novik‘s fairy tales are atmospheric and utterly gripping. You won‘t be released from her spell until you turn the final page.

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EastWind76
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My book club is having an amazing ladies' weekend in Galena, Illinois this weekend... of course we all brought books, so I just started this one!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

I finally got this from the library, and made the time to read it. I can see why some found it long in parts, but I enjoyed all the shifting POV‘s of the ongoing story, even as I wanted to rush to the end. I loved the mixing and melding of a few classic fairy tales into something new and compelling, and some great nods to ongoing human conflicts, Jewish culture and persecution, environmental issues, women‘s rights, etc.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hey @BarbaraTheBibliophage I finally finished a prompt from winter! A fairy tale retelling @Booked2019 😂 6mo
TheBookKeepers Loved this one! 6mo
SW-T Took me a bit to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Woo hoo—great pick and review! 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SW-T Same here! 6mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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....why does this make me think of someone specific 🤔

Bklover Boy no kidding. 6mo
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