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The Rook
The Rook: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
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ellie_ember
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1. Not sure of it's made me cry the most, but the most recent is Little Women.
2. Fiction-- and that includes fantasy and paranormal. I like stories a lot and, after a long day, it's nice to kick back and unwind. I read a lot of non-fiction, bit it's not relaxing in the same way.
3. Well...I kind of mentioned 3 genres...so, here's 3 titles I really enjoyed...Little Women, The Powder Mage Trilogy, and The Rook
#wonderouswednesday
@a_bit_bookish

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Avanders
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I‘m so glad I finally read this. A nice, hearty 4.5 🌟s. It‘s immersive, but not dry; has great world-building, but still good action/movement; and is thought-provoking, but fun. Book 2 is already awaiting a hopefully-soon read!

In other news…📰

* Sent the recipe portion of #LitsyRecipeSwap today! @BennettBookworm 🥣🍫🥮💌

* And I finally made it to the PO to send you Nightbooks @KateReadsYA !! It‘s coming media mail, but expected on Monday!

wanderinglynn I need for reread this and pick up book 2! 9mo
Avanders @wanderinglynn I really want to watch the series too… but I‘m glad I read that it deviates *much* from the book. The 2nd book is almost 600 pages! 😯 9mo
KateReadsYA Okay 👍can't wait 9mo
wanderinglynn I totally missed that there‘s an adaptation. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I should check it out. 9mo
aa_guer2021 I remember this being fun! Glad to know there is a book 2!! 9mo
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward
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Panpan

I wanted to like this. So, so badly. It was sent by a friend, with much hype from them and beyond. But, from the main character‘s first examination of their body, IMMEDIATELY POST AMNESIA, waking among unconscious or dead people being “Well, my boobs are small, but at least I don‘t have cellulite” to the….
Y‘know.
Honestly, I pretty much lost interest there.

#rook #unpopularopinion #fiction #fantasy #sad #omalley #danielomalley

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Addison_Reads
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#SeriesRead2022 Thank you again for sending me this book @TheSpineView 💚 I can't wait to read the next one now.

Although I did feel like this book was slow in the middle, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Having the story start with an amnesiac woman who wakes up bruised and bloody instantly pulled me in. The setup of a secret organization based on chess pieces was so much fun too. I loved the mystery, the supernatural, and the creative characters.

TheSpineView Glad you enjoyed! 👍🤩📖 11mo
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Fofall247
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This is the first book I got on audible and it turned into my all time favorite. It has this quality of being intriguing without taking itself wayyyy too seriously like a lot of fantasy tends to do. It‘s got rich characters, awesome lore, and a great storyline that I have read (listened to on audible) at least 10 times

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Nessavamusic
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This was such fun! I want to call this urbane - fantasy. Very British adventure-spy type of story with supernatural elements. It‘s really hard to describe. I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator is excellent. 4.5⭐️ 2 squares for my #bookspinbingo too!

TrishB I read this years ago and enjoyed 👍🏻 1y
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Nessavamusic
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Here is my #14Books14Weeks final results:

Finished 11, 1 dnf for now!

I‘m currently reading The Rook and hope to get to Crown of Feathers soon.

Thanks @TheHeartlandBookFairy for hosting!

TheHeartlandBookFairy Good job! I'm right at the same place with you except for the DNF. I will finish soon though 😁 1y
CoverToCoverGirl 👏👏🙂 1y
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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 87th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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FantasyChick
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This I picked up on a whim. I've heard very little about it but good reviews for the most part. Amnesia story, secret societies in a modern world, X-men style powers and a whole chess based ranking system. Interesting, unique and engaging though a little drawn out and hard to follow at times. I just might keep on with this series!

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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FantasyChick
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I.....am out of shape 😓

Took the minion for a little walk to the park to play and realized I really need to get back out there

#audiowalk #WalkToMordor

Alfoster Glad I‘m not the only one!😳😂😂😂 2y
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Ubookquitous
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Memento meets the MI-5 meets X-men LOL enjoyed it.

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TiffanyMichele
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Finally finished a book!!!
This was a reread and it‘s still a four star. Would be a five but it has about a dozen f bombs in it.
Supernatural MI5 with an amnesiac MC. What more could you ask for??

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kristilabrie
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This has been a delicious read so far and a nice escape from 2020, but I‘ve got an Angela Y. Davis book on deck because there is always more work to be done! #blacklivesmatter

That-Bookish-Hiker Love this book! The show is pretty good but not like the book. 3y
Bibliotekate Beep boop! 2y
Foxnorth sounds very cool! (edited) 2y
Foxnorth also very topical 2y
Foxnorth and interesting 2y
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Lillie
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A look back at my 5🌟 in 2012 #DecadeofBooks

I loved every single one of these books! Each so unique and wonderful or adventurous or funny or sweet or a deep dive. I highly recommend each and every single one.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Love The Rook! 3y
ralexist The Rook is the best! 3y
Lillie @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @ralexist I couldn‘t put it down! Read it so long ago but I still remember details. 3y
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Kimberlone
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View from my #audiowalk today. Up to 11 hours reading for #24b4Monday

MyNamesParadise Whoa, that is beautiful! Where is that? 3y
Kimberlone @MyNamesParadise Chugach Mtns in Anchorage, AK 3y
Tanisha_A Wow! 😍 3y
Andrew65 Wow! Beautiful. 3y
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ceilidh_gibbons
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Re-read this year. Imaginative and entertaining.

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violabrain
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Not my usual genre and not really my cup of tea. I enjoyed the incredible creativity of the first half, but once it got to the fight scenes, like all fantasy books, it just struck me as so juvenile and something only a 13-year-old boy would find cool. The humor also struck me as stupid and silly, which made it annoying. It made the main character sound like an airhead, when actually she‘s incredibly smart.

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Cinsarly
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Awesome supernatural spy thriller about a woman who wakes up with the ability to control people's bodies and no memories. It turns out she's a member of a secret supernatural agency within the British government. The world is amazingly well built, the characters are well rounded, and the plot was well done. Plus, all the weird powers are super cool. #WinterGames #SlayBells #TBRRead @MidnightBookGirl @StayCurious @Clwojick

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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After watching Season 1 (only 8 episodes) I‘ve come to the conclusion that the show took the title of the book and the very bones of it and took it in another direction. Do I hate it? No not really. Am I disappointed? A little.

So far they have taken what makes this book so great- Myfawny‘s humor. I loved her humor in the books and so far she hasn‘t shown that in the show.

I‘m going to continue watch to see where it goes.

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jpmcwisemorgan
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I‘ve not read the book yet and I‘m considering watching the show - what‘s the word, Litsy?

DGRachel I thought the book had potential, but had serious pacing issues. I haven't watched the show, but I'm interested, too. 3y
jpmcwisemorgan @DGRachel I have the first one as an ebook. It must have been on sale and I decided it looked good but never read it. 3y
DGRachel It was one of the first books I bought on a bookseller‘s recommendation at Park Road Books. It was good enough that I bought the sequel, but I haven‘t read it, yet. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3y
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AnneFindsJoy
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#booked2019 Summer! Tagged book was a fun read - a genre mashup of urban fantasy, mystery, paranormal, science fiction. It‘s now a STARZ tv series too - need to watch!

Cinfhen Ohhhhh!! Love finding series suggestions ♥️ 4y
jb72 I thought I saw something about that book made into a show. I think my library has it in ebook so I‘ll have to see the wait time. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a fun book and series! 4y
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Lillie
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1. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - read it now!!
2. Crazy Rich Asians - don't go to the movies often
3. White peaches, cherries, watermelon
4. 8 cousins
5. ❤

#friyayintro

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Squidapus
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This book was phenomenal. Squidapus was hooked from page one when a woman wakes up standing in the middle of a circle of dead people all wearing latex gloves with no memories. While a secret organization protecting against the supernatural isn't original, the execution is fantastic. An intriguing plot is carried along by an absolutely riotous dry humor that never detracts from the seriousness or horror of events. Unique and wonderful characters

Erinsuereads OMG I loved this book! 4y
Lucy_Anywhere I loved this book! It's hilarious and imaginative, and Myfannwy is a fab character! 4y
shanaqui I really wanted to read this, but I'm so utterly put off by the fact that it moronically proclaims "Myfanwy" to sound like "Tiffany". I know Welsh names aren't common, but a tiny sliver of respect would be nice... 4y
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Squidapus @ErinSueGreads Squidapus had to pull me off the floor when she threw her gun down the passage then went back to pick it up! 4y
Squidapus @Lucy_Anywhere I loved both of them! 4y
Squidapus @shanaqui Being an American with no cultural pride or identity, Squidapus just kinda accepted stuff the book said about the UK. We can promise you that the rest of the book is worth the stumbles. 4y
Erinsuereads OMG right??? There were so many little things like that that had me cracking up 4y
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Squidapus
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So confession, Squidapus has already been reading this for a day so he'll probably review it tonight or tomorrow because he is ripping through it. He absolutely loves it. I was shocked to see it came out in 2012 and didn't get any awards (I think) cause it's pretty damn brilliant.

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jackilynn
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Michollio
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Wanted to reread this because Starz made a show based on it, which I'm pretty psyched about. I might need to reread the second one now.

I'm also going to go ahead and use it for the psychological thriller space for #BookishBingo.

HOTPock3tt Ohmygosh I love that book so much lol! ✨😍 4y
Michollio @HOTPock3tt Right? I laughed aloud a lot 4y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Book mail!!!

Finally got my own copies of The Rook and Stiletto.

DGRachel I love those covers! They‘re so much better than mine. 😭 4y
LibrarianRyan I like those covers 4y
That-Bookish-Hiker @DGRachel @LibrarianRyan I got them from Book Depository. I love all the detail on them! (edited) 4y
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jackilynn
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Well remind me not to go to Bath 😂😂

That-Bookish-Hiker Love this series! Are you watching the show on Starz? 4y
jackilynn @That-Bookish-Hiker I watched the 1st episode and was slightly confused as to what was going on. I figured I would pick up the book before I went back to series that way I would understand it better. I am really enjoying the book so far & am eager to get back to the tv series. 4y
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jackilynn
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Picked this up at work today. The TV show looked interesting so I figured I better check out the source material first.

GypsyKat I haven‘t seen the show, but I love this series! 4y
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IndyHannaJones
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Anyone else out there watching the show????

Jillylovesbooks I‘m watching now! I didn‘t know about the book until now. I‘ll have to go back and read it. 4y
GypsyKat I haven‘t watched it, but I loved the books! 4y
Lostinagoodbook I haven‘t yet and I‘m nervous to start. It just doesn‘t look like they‘ve tapped into the humorous side of the book. 😐 4y
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IndyHannaJones @Lostinagoodbook so that is exactly what irritated me about the premier. The new Myfawny is super sassy and funny...and the tv one was...not. I honestly was disappointed because it is such a goofy, surreal book and thr show just felt like a government drama. 4y
IndyHannaJones @Jillylovesbooks the books are super funny and the 'aesthetic' of the show feels really different sooo...take that as you will... 4y
Jillylovesbooks @IndyHanna That‘s too bad. Maybe the show will introduce some humor as it goes along. 4y
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Michollio
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Love this book 🤣

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Ahhhhh!!!! I know what I‘ll be watching Sunday.

@GypsyKat did you know this was happening?

GypsyKat I knew it was happening, but I didn‘t know it was happening so soon! Such a great series!!! 4y
hermyknee Did you watch it? What did you think? I went over to one of my friend‘s houses to watch it last Sunday 4y
That-Bookish-Hiker @hermyknee I loved it! Pretty similar to the book and I love the actors they chose so far. I‘m excited to see another new episode Sunday. 4y
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mcipher
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Truly enjoying my re-read of this book via Hoopla audio - I‘ve been driving for work so much this week I already clocked more than 4 of the whopping 17 hours...I can‘t believe how much I forgot in 7 years!
My only quibble is that the narrator does this weird thing with her voice where she drags the last word of each sentence out and kind of down - I get stuck on things like that and they annoy me! Too picky... 🙄

GypsyKat I love this series!!! ❤️🖤❤️🖤 4y
mcipher @GypsyKat I just discovered that there is a show based on the book, on Starz! 4y
GypsyKat @mcipher I know! I think it just came out! It‘s such a unique and complex series, they can really do so much with the show. 4y
mcipher @GypsyKat I hope it‘s good. Now to finish up my other shows so I can justify a new one... 4y
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Anyone read The Rook? I really liked it, but used some disturbing language I just couldn‘t get behind. They‘re making a show about it. Not sure how I feel and if I‘ll watch. Thoughts?

TrishB I‘ve read a while ago and enjoyed at the time! Don‘t particularly remember language, but it is a while ago. 4y
DGRachel I read it several years ago and struggled with the pacing of it. I don‘t remember having issues with the language, but I also don‘t really remember much of it at all. I may give the show a chance, but I don‘t have high expectations. 4y
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Nessavamusic
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Opened my #summersantagoespostal box and it‘s amazing! Thank you @Chili !!!

j9brown Cute tote! 4y
Chili @Nessavamusic I‘m so glad you like it!!! I was so much fun to put together. Omg! I forgot it was opening day.🤦‍♀️ 4y
squirrelbrain Great gifts! ❤️ 4y
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mreads
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One of my favorites set in London. Myfanwy is a Rook, in a secret organization called the Chequy that battles supernatural forces in Britain. She has a rare dangerous ability but we meet a fast number of agents with obscure and humorous 'gifts'.

#londoncalling #wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen If you like fantasy this one sounds good!! 4y
BarbaraBB I have no idea what you‘re posting about 😂 4y
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HOTPock3tt
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#AudioBook Well!😵 I‘m wondering exactly what to think! This had a very compelling story with lots of extremely fun characters! Lots of court intrigue too. The villains were a bit corny, So you might want to go for the print version 🤣 and the ending was kind of meh. But overall it was really fun and I‘m looking forward to the tv series! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ /5
Btw, I nominate MYSELF to play the Black girl Shantay: Bishop of the American Checquy! Lol😝♥️

SW-T 🤣🤣🤣 4y
HOTPock3tt @SW-T 😎 4y
BookNAround I thoroughly enjoyed this one even though it‘s not my usual kind of read at all. Now I‘m trying to convince myself the sequel won‘t ruin the first one. 4y
HOTPock3tt @BookNAround Same here! It was my usual type of thing either and I was shocked by how much I liked it. I also had a similar feeling where I am scared to jump into the sequel because I‘m afraid it‘ll mess up the feel of the first one or go in a weird direction with the characters 😅 but I liked this one so much I doubt I‘ll be able to resist a chance to go back into that world 😎 (edited) 4y
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Bookgoil
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I read 15 books in May... my lowest amount this year but I have been gaming more and enjoying some good weather with my dogs (when it‘s not raining...)

Here‘s the run down:
* 5 audiobooks
* 4 library books (one audio)
* 2 rereads
* 4 graphic novels
* 3 ARCs
* 3 TBR pile books

How was May for you?

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Kristy_K
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3.5 Stars

The Rook blends fantasy, sci-fi, action, and more into an exciting novel about Myfanwy, a woman who wakes up with no memory of her past self. Through letters her previous self wrote (knowing this was to come) and through her own investigation, Myfanwy works to figure out who wiped her memories and tried to kill her. It‘s not an easy task considering she works for an elite government agency that deals with the paranormal.

JazzFeathers Oh, wow! Of course l'm staking it! 4y
Kristy_K @JazzFeathers I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 4y
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Dragon
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A literal trunk load of books for donation to the Times Colonist Raise-A-Reader . I look forward to the booksale in May , Mother‘s Day weekend.

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Lara.Tomme
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I loved it! Thrilling magical suspense novel. Loved the characters, the organisation and all the weird stuff happening!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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TiffanyMichele
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This was an a-okay Read. 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️. I wasn‘t able to fully enjoy it this time around due to high expectations(one of my brothers read it and loved it and so did my mum)so in a year or so I‘d love to give it another try 🙈.

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TiffanyMichele
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Watching Alias and reading The Rook while my dad warms up my feet 🤣.
I‘m loving this story— my second brother and my mom read this one loved it soooo I had to read it!—and am using flags to give me a % of far I am #worldhoppersvideo . I keep the flags as trophies 🏆 until the end of the book though 😁.

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Dragon
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#woundrousWednesday thanks for the tag @Eggs 1. Books of course 2. Does babysitting count? 3. The Sparrow but I‘m feeling bad about bailing so hopefully I‘ll get back to it. 4. The tagged book is a super fun thriller 5. It‘s too late to tag anyone ?

Eggs Never too late 🤗😂😊❤️❤️ 4y
Dragon Thanks @Eggs 😀👍🐉 4y
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RyeAnnUh
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Finally finished this! And ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book. I never really wanted to put it down but stress and life had me holding off on it until I could put my full self into reading it. I have already added Stiletto to my April reads stack! 😍

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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"she paused for dramatic effect..."

?? I seriously love this book. It's quite witty.

BookNAround I love that book too. 😁 4y
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RyeAnnUh
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Finally getting over my migraine I've had for the last 6hours. Going to try and get some reading in now!

Gotta love this amazing VE Schwab bookmark I got from lastonths Flick The Wick box! 😍😍

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RyeAnnUh
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I've been stressed out lately! It's been putting a real damper on my reading times. I just feel like I have a thousand things going through my mind all the time (when it's only like 2 things) and feel like I can't focus. Then not being able to focus stresses me out. 😂😟

I really like this book and just want to pick it up and finish it( 180/490) but I can only sit for like 5minutes at a time. Any suggestions to help focus and get rid of stress??

Slajaunie Walk and audiobook, yoga and audiobook, some type of physical activity and audiobook! 4y
RyeAnnUh @Slajaunie I usually run and audiobook(outlander) but I haven't ran in the last couple of days. I'll do that today. :) 4y
BookNAround Sometimes you just have to wait it out. ☹️But I hope you enjoy the book when you get back to it. I loved it very unexpectedly. 4y
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RyeAnnUh
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Finally after a long weekend with friends and family I'm curling up with my book and getting some reading done!

Excuse the awkward photo I don't take many selfies. 😂

sprainedbrain Love your hair!! 💜 4y
RyeAnnUh @sprainedbrain thank you. I just got it redone. :) 4y
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