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The Art Forger
The Art Forger | Barbara Shapiro
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there s more to this crime than meets the eye. Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.
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BlueStockingReviews
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THE ART FORGER was as captivating as a Degas canvas. The story cleverly weaves a plot that includes both facts and fiction that seems ripped from the headlines real. But only a few parts are real... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/the-art-forger

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readtheworld
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Thirty years ago, two men broke into The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 works of art. The paintings—including a Degas and a Vermeer—were never recovered.

The Art Forger is a captivating novel about a struggling artist who is hired to make a realistic copy of a painting — only to discover that she‘s actually being paid to forge one of the stolen masterpieces.

#boston #booksaboutart #coverart #bookcover

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Ncostell
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This was my A title for #litsyatoz2019 and it has been on my shelf for several years since I picked it up at my library‘s book sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it had been signed by the author. It was a fast paced read touching on the art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The author clearly did a lot of research regarding art forgery which I found very interesting.

DivineDiana What a wonderful surprise! I liked this book! 12mo
AmyG Yes...great surprise! 12mo
Ncostell @DivineDiana, @AmyG. Yes, it‘s been on my shelf for about 2 years so it was a neat surprise! Love those library book sales! 12mo
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DivineDiana As do I! But I must try and stay away. Overcrowded with unread books! 😉 12mo
Ncostell @DivineDiana I know, that‘s why it‘s taken me two years to get to this book! 12mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 12mo
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Reader802List
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“I see movement, thick paint flowing, always flowing, over and under itself, forward and back. Wet on wet. Scraping through the layers of paint to reveal what‘s underneath, scraping through the layers of time. All there, but above and beneath each other, some scene, some on the scene, some overwhelmed and hidden by another layer of time. “ Claire

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LiteraryinLititz
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When @BennettBookworm recommended this book to me, I was a little worried it would be too artsy for me. I don‘t really know much about art history. But I really enjoyed it! The author does a good job of explaining what you need to know about different artistic periods and art restoration. The characters felt vibrant and the author revealed their history at a good pace. It was a Pick for me!

BookBabe Yes!! I loved this book! ❤️🎨 13mo
BennettBookworm Love!! 13mo
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BennettBookworm
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As an art history major, I felt this book wrap around me like a great, big hug. 👩🏻‍🎨 The characters were delightful, the mystery was engrossing, and I loved the way Shapiro played with multiple flashbacks. I would love to read other books by her!

LiteraryinLititz That‘s awesome! If I don‘t understand the art references, will you explain them to me? 1y
BennettBookworm Totally!! 😆 1y
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NatalieR
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As an art lover, I truly enjoyed this book. The story includes an art heist, art forgery, and some romance. Degas‘ After The Bath is stolen and the suspense keeps on building. Degas is one of my favorite artists so I couldn‘t resist buying this book. (It just took me forever to read it.) 😬 #MountTBR

mcipher I gave this on my shelf and it‘s been in my list for years. So many books and not enough time to read them! 1y
NatalieR @mcipher I completely understand!! 😛 1y
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tpixie
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Prepping for an author event on 10/24! Enjoying this book so far! I also loved The Muralist! I hope to also read at least some of her books written as Barbara Shapiro! ♥️🎉📚🎉♥️

Cathythoughts Love that cover ❤️ 1y
tpixie @Cathythoughts yes! There‘s another cover- i‘m not certain which one was first-but this cover is gorgeous! 1y
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MeganAnn
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This book had me from the epigraph with this quote from Degas. Being a bit of an artistic soul myself, I found the logistics of forgery and painting immensely interesting. Belle seems like a firecracker for her time and I enjoyed the way her story intertwined with Claire‘s. I would love to visit the Gardner someday. I figured out the final reveal pretty early on, but that in no way detracted from my enjoyment in finishing the story. Recommend! 🖌

MeganAnn This was book 9 from my #makemereadit stack. @TheReadingMermaid 1y
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Mdargusch
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This was an interesting look into the art world and a heist of priceless paintings from the Gardner Museum, mixing fact and fiction. The main character was a little clueless and naive and there were some parts that were far fetched, but overall a fun book. #pop18 #bookaboutaheist

Reviewsbylola I still need a book for this prompt. Adding it to my list of possibilities. 2y
minkyb I remember when this was published I wanted to read it. Glad you put it back on my radar! 2y
emilyhaldi Another one off the list! ✔️ 2y
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emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I was told by someone that this book could be used for this prompt... did you read it this year or last? 2y
Reviewsbylola Ohhhhh yeah I can see that. ✅🎉🎉 @emilyhaldi 2y
Litsi I think this is the painting they found in airline cargo last month 2y
Mdargusch I need to google this @Litsi! 2y
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Cheekymom3
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Once the story picked up ... it was hard to put down... hence why I am up at 4am finishing it.

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Mdargusch
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This is 3/4 of my TBR. There are more shelves underneath you can‘t see. Total #blameitonlitsy
#readingresolutions

LeahBergen Your house looks beautiful. 😍 2y
Aims42 I bought that same copy of ‘Confederacy of Deuces‘ ❤️ 2y
Reviewsbylola I feel like that‘s completely reasonable. 2y
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Smarkies I am glad that mine is not the only TBR that looks like that. 😂😂 2y
Mdargusch Thanks @LeahBergen 😁 2y
emilyhaldi I'm with @Reviewsbylola - this is GOOD!! 2y
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Jennivardier
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I really enjoyed being immersed in the painting process, and all of the intertwining stories in this book!
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Claire is paying her bills by painting reproductions of famous works when she's offered a chance at her own show in a prominent gallery. The catch? She has to forge a stolen painting. Things get more complicated when she realizes that the "original" is a forgery itself.

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Cinfhen
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#NuYear Struggling artist Claire paints #replicas of master artist to pay the bills but what she really wants is to show her own art. Enter Aiden Markel, a successful gallery owner who has a proposition for Claire. I liked this one, it mixes fact with fiction and provides a fine eye for artistic detail. Would work for #pop18 #InvolvingAHeist

RachelO Sounds good! 2y
Cinfhen Not perfect but a solid read! If u can find a cheap copy (ha, no pun intended) I'd say buy it or try the library ❤️ @RachelO (edited) 2y
TrishB Will keep my eye out for this one in the charity shops or the online offers 👍🏻 2y
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Cathythoughts Lovely picture ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch I‘m going to keep this one in mind for #pop18! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Woke up and looked at the prompt. Wanting to get back in the game. Thought of a book. And then scrolled through to check before posting. All I can say is “great minds think alike”! 😉😀📚Enjoyed this Book! (edited) 2y
Cinfhen We have a knack for thinking alike @DivineDiana 😘I‘m sure you could easily find this from the library @Mdargusch ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 2y
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kyraleseberg
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I was about 30% in to this book and considering bailing when it began to pick up. I actually stayed up until 1am to finish it because I was genuinely curious about what was going to happen.
Characters were so-so & some of the plot (mainly the naïveté of the MC) had me annoyed but the historical fiction aspect was definitely a pick for me.

TheSketchyReader I love this one 2y
mcipher I have this in my bookshelf from a little free library in Boston (last year!!) - I need to get around to reading it. 2y
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wallacereads
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I loved the descriptions of how to strip and build a painting back up. The ending was a bit weak but overall a thumbs up. Thanks for the bookmark @Clwojick

readtheworld I loved this book when I read it a few years back. I think she has written a second book since... will have to find it soon! 2y
wallacereads @readtheworld - oh nice...will have to check it out. 2y
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MeganAnn
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So I may have gone a little overboard book shopping today... 🙈 30% off everything's Book Outlet + I received $10 off so I ended up with 13 books for $36. Thrift books had buy 4 get 1 free and between those two sites I found gifts for #lgpogsecretsanta. And B&N had 15% off your order so I purchased one last book for the #jryulebookswap and a gift for my sarcastic husband. I had to add books for myself to get free shipping on everything, right?! 📚

BookwormAHN I did likewise plus Amazon had $5 off $20 in a physical book purchase. 🙊 2y
MeganAnn @BookwormAHN good thing I didn't see this until this morning. 🙉 😂 2y
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BookShark
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Recommend reading this book for a Boston vacation. Be sure to include The Gardner Museum on your itinerary where the real heist took place that is the genesis for this intriguing fiction. Much art world background is revealed here, and if you read The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch of course this has similar brush strokes so to speak. While those were better, this was quick & somewhat predictable in a good way.

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BookInMyHands
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Apparently, yesterday when I was having oral surgery (gum grafts) I finished one audio book and started The Art Forger and Funny in Farsi.

I don't remember any of it of course. Next time I'll listen to something I know well, like Harry Potter.

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jlondon1963
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This was our June #bookclubread for our group. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed and overall our group liked the book. Would have been cool to see the art.

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Bookchipmunk
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The Sunday road trip continues, this used bookstore can be found by the Russian River 🌅😎

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Sace
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Loved this book. The ending felt a little rushed but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. I need to read more books about art and artists.

MaleficentBookDragon I have had this book for a while. I'll have to move it up my #TBR. 3y
Sace @MaleficentBookDragon it is a quick and entertaining read. 3y
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Sace @Cinfhen I've looked at that one before. My library doesn't have it, but I'm going to stack it and hope the library eventually gets it. 3y
Bookdodger Try Tracy Guzman's Gravity of Birds--it's excellent! Also, Jessie Burton's The Muse--also wonderful. 3y
Sace @Bookdodger thanks for the recommendations! I just put Gravity of Birds in my library wish list. Unfortunately The Muse is not available on overdrive, Hoopla or the library in book form. *pout* 3y
Lindy Another one about art forgery: 3y
Sace @Lindy Stacked, stacked and stacked. 😊 3y
Sace @Lindy Geez. And my library doesn't have any of them! Trying so hard to stay in book diet... 3y
Lindy @Sace Do you like historical fiction based on the lives of real artists? If so, I can suggest others. There are 113 titles on my goodreads art & artists shelf (much of it nonfiction) 3y
Sace @Lindy Your shelves! I am 😍... 3y
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Sace
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My weekend plans.

Lmstraubie Nice! 3y
MysticRaven03 Perfect weekend! 3y
Sace @Lmstraubie I call it my escape kit 😊 3y
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Sace @MysticRaven03 all it needs is a grande caffeine and sugar bomb from sbux. That might be tomorrow. 3y
MysticRaven03 Yessssssss! 🙌🏻😂 3y
Lacythebookworm Perfection! What are you knitting? 3y
Sace @Lacythebookworm it's going to be a baby blanket for a knit-worthy colleague. It's knit from corner to corner. 3y
Lacythebookworm Nice! I know exactly what you mean by knit-worthy! 😊 3y
rabbitprincess Great colour for the blanket! 3y
Sace @Lacythebookworm and I am harsh. There aren't many knit-worthy people on my list. 3y
Sace @rabbitprincess it's what the first-time mom-to-be wanted. It was a wise choice. No one will see the spit up stains. 😂 3y
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Sace
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Now that I'm back to work I have so little time for redding and Litsy. 😢 I'd rather stay home and read about art forgeries.

LauraBeth I love a good art forgery 😀 3y
Betty_Bookworm I liked that book! 3y
Sace @LauraBeth I was really hesitant about this one. I'm not a fan of anything "heisty", so this was an odd choice for me. So far not a heist type book at all. 3y
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Sace @Betty_Bookworm I'm liking it so far! 3y
ValerieAndBooks I liked this one! But then I like almost anything art-related (either fic or non-fic). 3y
CaramelLunacy Ooh, this has "things i like" written all over it. Adding! 3y
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erista
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Red books. #17booklove

Peaceful_Reader I enjoyed The Storied life of A.J. Fikry. 3y
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Thekelburrows
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When momma says "you must read this" then you must read this.

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utterKATEness
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I really enjoyed the attention to detail in this novel. I've visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston more times than I can count and I love that the soul of both Belle and the museum are wonderfully conveyed. That said, I found the plot a bit contrived, but overall a wonderful light read for anyone who loves art or art history.

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Intellectually, I knew i hadn't caused his death, but there was a great distance between my head and my heart, and guilt filled my gut.

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jessicarenee
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This has been on my #tbr for awhile now. The author will be at my local library this Tuesday so I figured I should get going on it! 17 pages in at the moment and I'm liking it a lot! And yes. I'm using my cat as a book-holder. And drinking organic ginger turmeric herbal tea. 📖😺☕️

MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
Suzze Cats are great for leaning books on, and they usually don't mind a bit. 🐱🐱🐱 3y
Zelma This was a huge hit at my library's book club. Should be a good event with the author. 3y
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catieohjoy
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I really enjoyed this novel! Nice writing, and certainly compelling subject matter. This is a fun fictional twist on the art scene, the Gardner heist, and the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner. You might find yourself screaming "No!" as you read about Claire's increasingly foolish choices, but the story and its twists are worth that frustration. (And Xe Sands is a great narrator for the audiobook!)

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Mehso-so

Not a bad book. I'm just not fan of stories where the gullible woman repeatedly allows the men in her life to take advantage.

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Heatherfeather
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Good book! I did not care for the narrator's male voices but the story had me riveted. It has everything I love in a story, particularly the present and the past intertwining.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Kindle @ Night, Book in Daylight, Audio for Travel and Housework. #AlwaysReading

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Well-ReadNeck
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$1.99 on today's (10/3/16) daily deal. I like Art Heist books and this was a particularly good one.

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BillKathyWms
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If you love art & a little mystery this is the book for you! Fiction but based on the true events surrounding the 1990 ($500 million) heist of the Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Paintings are still unaccounted for..(Gorgeous museum- home private collection of wealthy patron) Thank you to a recent Litton who recommended this book! 💗📚🎨

MrBook And @BookBabe liked this one as well 😊👍🏻. 3y
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BookBabe
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Great book! Exciting, suspenseful, and entertaining. A particularly good book for artists and art lovers to read! 🎨

Heatherfeather Just used my Audible credit for this :) 4y
BookBabe @Heatherfeather nice! 😊👍🏻 4y
MrBook 😍 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage On my TBR - it was a Kindle special not long ago. 4y
DivineDiana Enjoyed learning about the art world! 4y
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BookBabe
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This makes any Monday better!

MrBook Indubitably! 😎👍🏻 4y
LauraBeth Can't wait to read this! 4y
LukkiAnn Didn't like the novel but discovered really interesting history events behind it 4y
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Hugoreads Lucky me I live in Boston and frequently visit the Gardner Museum so this book had me hooked. A great read! 4y
BookBabe @Hugoreads that's awesome! 😊👍🏻🎨 4y
BibliOphelia On my TBR and eagerly anticipated! 4y
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Mimi
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I learned a few things from a world that I knew nothing about. The descriptions of art plus the descriptions of forging art were very interesting. Plus there was a good plot with a twist.

Alena Hmm.. Just finished The Last Painting of Sara de Avis. Sounds like we were reading the same subjects. 4y
Mimi I'll have to check that one out @Alena 4y
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capriciousreader
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Why? WHY is this the first time I'm listening to Xe Sands read a book? My life is forever altered.

intothehallofbooks Yay! I like listening to her to! 4y
Imlostinbooks She rocks. 4y
NikkiDolson I do love her narration. 4y
MizDoniaBuding def adding her to my list of favorite narrators 😀 4y
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Julsmarshall
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Finally reading this, really looking forward to it!

Lova I bought it a while back and keep forgetting I have it. Can't wait to hear how you like it. 4y
Julsmarshall I liked it, maybe a bit lighter than I expected but interesting, well crafted, and kept me up late reading. Definitely recommend! 4y
MizDoniaBuding awesome read 4y
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RamblingRamblerPress
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Thoroughly enjoyed the audio performance of this book from My public library's Overdrive account. The internal conflict, paired with the technical details of copying, made this book a quick and entertaining read.

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