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The Book of Life
The Book of Life | Deborah Harkness
"After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches--with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago"--
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JessClark78
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The Conclusion.

The cast reunites and the search for the Book of Life comes to an end. I really enjoyed the characters and world of All Souls. I absolutely love the author‘s attention to detail. Even when the story is moving slow the writing is rich and kept me glued to the pages. Glad I finally read this trilogy.

Book Three of All Souls

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

DieAReader 🥳Great! 5mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I read the first two many years ago, I really should circle back and finish it 😅 Have you watched the show? (edited) 5mo
JessClark78 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I had read the first book twice, with the intention of reading the whole trilogy both times. I watched the show last year. I thought it was good. It made me want to get back to the books and actually finish the trilogy this time. 5mo
Andrew65 On my reading plan for this year. Well done 👏👏👏 5mo
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Shemac77
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Pretty engaging on audible.
The protagonist makes me crazy with her poor me-ness which I get is character development but still. Irritating. Something I didn‘t notice when I read the book prior. Still a pick though

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Shemac77
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Next audible.

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HiMyNames_Alyssa
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Beautiful end to this trilogy. Thrilling and intriguing. I'm not usually a fan of series, they usually feel too slow and I can't commit that much time to them. I listened to this one after being recommended to by a friend and I'm so glad I did. Another beautiful reading by Jennifer Ikeda.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Title #WithLife#TemptingTitles ☔️🌸💜

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful shelves as always ❤️📚 1y
Eggs Beautiful ♥️♥️ 1y
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Finally got to finish book three, I enjoyed this series, love Diana and Matthew and all the characters,what I like about this series even though it has vampires,witches and demons it has cultural diversity, a historical aspect and a good love story !
#marchmadnessreadathon #marchmadness

DieAReader Great job!🥳🥳🥳 Glad you enjoyed it! This is the last book (I also thought it was trilogy) that I was just recently made aware of. 1y
Areader2 @DieAReader Times Convert is basically about the making of the vampires and Marcus and Phoebe story, so not sure if I will read it , it‘s not really a continuation of the story, I feel like she will continue the story with Diana and Matthew that I would read🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
DieAReader @Areader2 Good to know, ty! If that‘s all it is then I‘ll skip it. Took me way too long to read this series and imo only the last one was worth the read. 1y
Andrew65 I need to get back to these. Well done 👏👏👏 1y
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kissmehardy
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Such a satisfying ending. Justice is served, the Bishop-Clairmonts are a big happy family, we get to travel to more fun places. I'm already itching to dive back in! #reread #fantasy

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DieAReader
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Mehso-so

#Wardens2023 #BookSpinBingo #SeriesLove2023 #BookSpin (January) #UnpopularOpinion

This (book 3) was by far the best of them all. It took me just under 2 months to read whereas books 1 & 2 took me 6 months a piece to read them. Lots of reading sprints helped me to get motivated to finish this one!😝

Curious about book 4 ‘Time‘s Convert‘ but, I will definitely not waste, imo, more money on this series; I‘ll borrow it from the library instead.

EclecticBookLover I recently read the first book and there were aspects I really enjoyed, but overall my feeling for the book was just, meh. I way the romance was written really turned me off. It's so annoying. 1y
Andrew65 Well done on showing a perseverance and stubborn streak and getting it completed 🥰🍾🥂 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Sorry to hear that! I intend to read these books as part of the #serieslove2023 challenge. I hope like them, a lot of people have recommended them to me. 1y
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DieAReader @EclecticBookLover Very much felt the same. Kept 🤞🏻that there wouldn‘t be many/any drawn out love scenes😳 The ones that were present were cringe inducing as is. Thankfully it was kept to a minimum🙃 1y
DieAReader @Andrew65 Damned skippy! Tête de mule (stubborn person, pig-headed etc…)! As my Mémére would often say (as if she wasn‘t one herself??). I paid for the damned thing? I might as well read it??‍♀️? 1y
DieAReader @CoverToCoverGirl You My friend, are an exception to this #UnpopularOppinion. You love historical fiction & I predict🔮that you will enjoy them much much more than I did😉 Make sure to tag me when you get to them, if you wouldn‘t mind🧐 I‘d love to know what you think/feel about them🥰💜 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
DieAReader @TheAromaofBooks 💜Thanks! Feels like an anvil has been taken off my shoulders😅🤣 1y
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kimmypete1
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My second time with this book, first time reading in print. I enjoyed it even more the second time around.

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MoonWitch94
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I love this series so much & want to finish it this year for #SeriesLove2023 challenge. #HappyNewYear #Endings #Beginnings #Change

Andrew65 I forgot to add this to my #SeriesLove2023 but need to, thanks for the reminder. Hope you enjoy it. 2y
TheSpineView I loved this series! At some point I would like to reread it. 2y
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DieAReader
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#NovelNovember #BookNookBuddies #ReadMyRoom #BookSpinBingo #PenniesPerPage #SeriesReads

So🙄…made no🚫progress on ‘Portrait of a Killer..” or “Chicken Soup…”; minor pages in “The Executioner” but killed it on “The Book of Life” thanks to some amazing sprints, awesome friends and lots of power-house reading. I still am🤯over those pages (easier than figuring out the author‘s chapter schematic🙄).

Thank you😉 You know who you are😜📚🤓

TheSpineView Great job 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Andrew65 Fantastic progress with that #chunkster of all Chunksters! 👏👏👏🙌🎄🎉🥳🥰 2y
DieAReader @Andrew65 All thanks to the most amazing friends & many fantastic sprint stats😉Merci♥️ 2y
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ATB
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Beautiful day to read by a lake in the middle of a 5 mile hike. This was on American Thanksgiving (yesterday). Thankful for this time.

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ATB
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Great night to read next to the fire. No more work until nex Wednesday!!!

kspenmoll Enjoy!!! Happy Thanksgiving! 2y
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DieAReader
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#BookNookBuddies2022 #ReadMyRoom #SeriesReads #ImpulseChunkster #BookSpinBingo

Opening this one back up after a brief hiatus (as I‘m reading via the Trilogy Edition, the page count is ridiculous & daunting) and hoping it doesn‘t follow suit with it‘s predecessors. They both individually each took me 6️⃣months to read. Their only reason for surviving the DNF guillotiner was the fact that I paid for it🤣🤷🏻‍♀️

CoverToCoverGirl DNF guillotiner🤭🤣 you kill me girl! 😉 Too funny. 2y
DieAReader @CoverToCoverGirl 🤪😜😝All to make you smile my friend🥰♥️ 2y
TheSpineView 👍😊 2y
TheAromaofBooks Good luck!!! 2y
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ATB
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Perfect weather for a bonfire wile passing out candy. Full size at this house. Can‘t risk a trick. Happy Halloween 🎃

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ATB
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Gorgeous day to read at the park in front of the library.

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SmartSassery
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I'm really loving this series. It's a really nice read. I'm traveling and needing something I can set down and come back to time and time again without wanting to just stop reading all together.

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kissmehardy
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Absolutely plowed through this. All the characters who got to come back! The found family of it all! Oh, my heart. #fantasy

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MoonWitch94
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June 9th: By Your Favorite Author ✍️

✨Deborah Harkness is such a fantastic author, and I love her #AllSouls series. She has more stories planned, but is currently fighting Ovarian Cancer. I pray she can be healed & continue the world she created.

#BookMoods #ByYourFavoriteAuthor #June9th #DeborahHarkness

Dragon I‘ve read the first three more than once but haven‘t read the fourth yet. I have it on my Kindle. 🙏💚🐉 2y
Eggs Beautiful 😍 2y
BookishBelle There‘s a fourth book!?!? *Googles it immediately* 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!! Prayers for her ❤️🙏🏻 2y
MoonWitch94 @Eggs Thank you! @Dragon I haven‘t read it yet, either. I bought it the day it was published, but haven‘t picked it yet 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
MoonWitch94 @BookishBelle YES!!!! It‘s about Marcus. She‘s got a Gallowglass book & rumored Philippe novella too! 2y
MoonWitch94 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She has a positive diagnosis; she has quite a lot of treatment options. ((I follow her on IG & she‘s kind enough to share with her readers how treatments are going)) 2y
BookishBelle I bought it this afternoon! It‘ll be here Sunday. 😊 Has the book on Gallowglass been published? I didn‘t see anything about it. 🤔 2y
MoonWitch94 @BookishBelle No, it hasn‘t been published yet. But!!! Deb Harkness is in the UK right now on a vacation/writing trip for the next book. So it could be Gallowglass or maybe the Twins? She‘s pretty tight lipped. 2y
BookishBelle Ooh! That‘s exciting!! 2y
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jessjess
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This is the 3rd of the All Souls Trilogy which honestly I struggled to complete. The whole thing is boggy. Descriptions can run on and on. The vampires aren't very scary and the main character is way overpowered. And the entire premise of the story conflict - keeping creatures secret from humans - gets blown up in an unbelievable way where all the humans are totally fine with all the creatures in their midst.

jessjess The book before this one, Shadow of Night, was my #bookspin for April. 2y
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Lizpixie
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Bk2 of January 2022 & #JumpStart2022 is done. I was having trouble settling on a next read so decided to reread the last in the All Souls trilogy in prep for the new season of the TV series on Saturday. I love this cover so much, these editions are gorgeous with a main location on the spine & front of each book(Oxford,Elizabethan London & Venice I believe)While it was a bit disjointed, I still enjoyed the wrap up of the story arc. #BookspinBingo👇

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ElizaMarie
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Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to get to the next one!
#AllSouls #SeasonOfTheWitch

#DogsOfLitsy

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Bookishlie
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I never expected this series to become my favorite all time - but it has and I read it every year. Look forward to my second time reading Time‘s Convert. 5 stars :)

annahenke I love this series so much. Have you watched the show? 3y
Bookishlie I am on season 2 episode 3 of the show! I was afraid it would suck so delayed watching it forever. Lol 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Took a nice long bath yesterday while listening to this. Thank you again @ChrissyReadIt for the bath salts! I had temporarily “lost“ them in my attempts to clean/organize the bathroom!

Chrissyreadit 😍how were they? 3y
ElizaMarie @Chrissyreadit it was so very relaxing !!! Thank you so much :) 3y
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ElizaMarie
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Next in the series for my #AudioCommute :)

#AllSouls #SeasonOfTheWitch

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alisiakae
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Panpan

This books was SOO slow. And frustrating. And annoying. I can say without a doubt, I will never revisit this series again. But I am glad to have some semblance of a resolution.

And thank god for Gallowglass. He‘s the only character I could tolerate by the end.

#pop21 #meanttoreadlastyear

Amiable I couldn‘t even make it past the first book. 😖 3y
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slategreyskies
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I finally finished. It felt like it took forever to read this. The beginning seemed like it dragged and dragged, but the action toward the last part of the book sped things up. While I liked it, I didn‘t love it. Gallowglass was probably my favorite character. I also really ended up liking Ysabeau. Recommended if you liked the first two books in the series.

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alisiakae
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My kind of Saturday night. 📖 🔥 🍷

But also, it‘s taking me forever to finish this book. 😬

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 👌🏻that‘s my kind of Saturday night too 😁 (edited) 3y
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slategreyskies
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This time I remembered to turn on my #audiobook. Another hour down on the tagged book. It‘s okay, but it‘s a little slower paced than I‘d prefer.

Still reading for the #NovelNovember #readathon. I forgot to track my hours for most of the week, but I‘d guess I‘m only around 10-12 hours anyway, since it‘s been a slow reading week. It doesn‘t look like I‘ll meet my readathon goals, but that won‘t stop me from giving it a go! :)

RaeLovesToRead Love it! 3y
Andrew65 Doing brilliantly! 👏👏👏 3y
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alisiakae
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The number of times Matthew runs his hands through his hair in this book is becoming increasingly annoying.

ravenlee When I read Cinder I was distracted by Kai constantly flipping his bangs. Why do authors fixate on something like this? 3y
megnews @ravenlee and why doesn‘t a good editor notice? 3y
BarbaraJean Ugh, these kinds of things are such a pet peeve. @ravenlee @megnews My questions exactly!! When I read the Wheel of Time series, I was so annoyed at one character repeatedly tugging her braid. And don‘t get me started on the number of times a female character was described as crossing her arms “underneath her breasts.” 🙄 3y
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BarbaraBB You made me laugh out loud in a situation where I wasn‘t really allowed to at work 🤪 3y
alisiakae @ravenlee @megnews @BarbaraJean Glad I‘m not the only one bothered by things like this! I also wonder how editors don‘t pick up on this. Although this whole book needs major editing. 185 pages in and NOTHING is happening. And character development has been missing too. Only finishing this because it is the last one in the trilogy. 3y
ravenlee I think editors/editorial staff don‘t read books like reader-consumers do, and they don‘t have quite the same experience. Without sitting down and reading a book straight through, maybe these repetitions don‘t stick out so much, especially if the editor has read several versions. I bet that, after all the rewrites, some editors don‘t read the entire finished book again. Hopefully most do, but I‘m skeptical. 3y
julesG @ravenlee I agree. I often think the editor read and worked on the first two chapters, two chapters in the middle and, sometimes, two at the end. 3y
julesG Book 3 is awful. So many things do not happen. It was disappointing. A friend, who read the German translation, asked me whether I could give her a recap of book 3,so she could splurge on a different book. 😈 3y
BethM If you‘re not enjoying this one definitely skip Time‘s Convert. 3y
The_Penniless_Author @BarbaraJean Was wondering if someone would bring up Wheel of Time. The braid tugging is definitely my biggest pet peeve, although "skirt smoothing" isn't far behind ? 3y
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slategreyskies
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I know it‘s late, but I completely spaced on this, so I‘m posting it now! 🤣

What made me smile is that I completed my first art journal. I mean, I‘ve started and abandoned them so many times, but this one is completed. I‘m really proud of myself. I also made the next one (used the sewing machine to create it and everything), and I‘ve begun work on that.

When the author talks down to me and/or explains what I know from earlier in the book.

slategreyskies #ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94 @Catsandbooks @Yuki_Onna Thanks for the tags!! I‘m finally posting mine. Happy Saturday, everyone!! 🥰 3y
Catsandbooks Congratulations on the completed journal! It's such a great feeling! 👏🏼 3y
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alisiakae
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Finally made time to get my Covid booster yesterday! 🦠 💉

I have the same side effects I had with Dose 2 (headache, chills, body aches), so giving myself permission to stay in bed this afternoon. Taking a nonfiction break to pop in and out of this one between cat naps! *Cats napping with me, but they refused to participate in any photos 😹

GypsyKat Feel better soon! 🥰 3y
TrishB Just had mine this afternoon too. Ok so far. Hope you‘re feeling better soon. (edited) 3y
alisiakae @GypsyKat Thanks! @TrishB 🙌🏽🙌🏽 I don‘t mind the excuse to lay around and read 😃 3y
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SaraBeth_RN
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Book #15 of 2021 complete! I wish there was more to this series!!

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bookishbitch
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It was easy to get lost in the world within these pages. I loved the plot, and I loved all the bookish things. I found the story intriguing. My favorite characters weren't actually the leads which is interesting. It was also a story about racism. (Not sure that is the right word, but species purity was a major plot point.) I loved the world building with the witches magic. I wish there had been more about the daemons. It was a great adventure.

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451Degrees
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Well by far these best of the series... I guess it was worth reading on after the first book! I hate to say it but the time apart the main characters had really enhanced the book and the series. It spent more time focusing on Diana‘s magic and the histories that the other books always kinda hinted at that. With that said has anyone read the two books after this one? I always like to finish a series but this reviews seem a bit meh... Thoughts?

Vansa Definitely finish the series! I absolutely loved Time's Convert, I think Deborah Harkness has a great talent in weaving in historical events with paranormal romance. 3y
451Degrees @Vansa thank you! I‘ve been trying to figure out if I want to keep going or not! I‘m gonna give it a go😊 3y
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451Degrees
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I haven‘t been watching the Discovery of Witches tv show but the more into this series I get the more I am realizing how much better Gallowglass is than Matthew😬😍 #scotsman #cantsaynotoascots #gentleman #bookhubs

fredamans The show is fantastic!! 3y
451Degrees @fredamans I‘ll have to check it out!!😊 3y
KarouBlue True story!! ♥️ 3y
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DGRachel
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It took me all week, but I finally finished this audiobook. This has been as disappointing reread via audiobook of this series. I loved the trilogy 6 years ago. I didn‘t enjoy the books this time. I guess different world, different me, and this series just didn‘t work for me now. 😔

Patchshank I read the first book a few years ago. I didn't mind it, but I felt like it's intended for a younger audience. I think if I had read it as a teenager instead of in my late 20's I would have really liked it. 3y
MsMelissa I don‘t reread as a general rule, although I make a few exceptions, mainly because I don‘t want to be disappointed that a book I once loved no longer works for me. 3y
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Lizpixie
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TheSpineView Great job!🤩👍📖 4y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4y
Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 4y
Clwojick Such a stunning cover 😍 4y
Lizpixie @Clwojick I love these covers of the trilogy, the first has the Oxford skyline on the spine & cover, 2nd has 1590s London & this has Venice(I think!)💚 4y
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AllisonM89
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DNF 5 this month. 3rd DNF this week. 80 pages in and i really couldn't care less about the plot (or lack of a plot). As it is, I've hated Matthew since halfway through book 1.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Square 23 ✔️

rabbitprincess I hope your next book is better! 4y
AllisonM89 @rabbitprincess i think part of it is that I'm in a weird mood and have very limited patience and part of it is just this weird section of my TBR pile 😂 4y
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes I purposely line up books from my TBR that I don't think I'm going to like so that I can just have a bunch of bails in a row and move on with my life! 😂 Why do I put those books on my list to being with?! 4y
Catherine_Willoughby Currently reading. It gets better! You are missing a big plot twist - if you watch show (S2) you might guess were they are going ! I had watch show to get to know one or two characters I forgot 🤦‍♀️ 3y
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Addison_Reads
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My re-read of the trilogy has ended. Now I'm just waiting for my hold to come in on the 4th book.

This one wraps things up nicely, and although I think the action is a bit rushed, I still enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it. Secrets are revealed, some characters are lost, new friends are made, and the magic takes center stage instead of the romance for once. 😉

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La_Cori
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What a rollercoster ride this trilogy has been!!!
I like this one the least, at the beginning there's so much going on that the ending feel rushed and hasty 🤔 but maybe I wasn't ready to let go of these characters..
Now, I can't wait for season2 of the TVseries❣

Another book for #bookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4y
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My heart 😭😭😭😭

CaffeineAndCandy 😂😬❤❤❤ 4y
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My pictures don‘t do it justice but decided to order some cards to send some snail mail love to family and #litsylove peeps so ordered these from Designs by AnnaClaire on Etsy. AMAZING!!!!! Thanks so much will be ordering more!!! And I just started discovery of witches so woo hoo for me *wink:)

UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are so happy you like them!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 4y
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