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The Queen of Blood
The Queen of Blood | Sarah Beth Durst
Set in the magical world of Renthia, The Queen of Blood is Sarah Beth Dursts ambitious entry into adult epic fantasy. With the danger of Peter Bretts The Warded Man, heart of Naomi Noviks Uprooted, and lyricism of Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind, this is the first chapter in a series destined to be a classic. Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms. With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits restlessnessa journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before its bathed in blood.
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I liked the magic, I liked the characters, the pacing and POV switches were a bit clunky for me at parts

Shaylaina Here is the first book. I should have looked first. 😊 2mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Today's game plan! We're group watching the Jumanji movies (RIP Robin Williams) and I'm also working on binging the Queens of Renthia series. This and book 2 will be a reread and then I'll finally tackle the last two!

Jensol77 My kids love Jumangi. 🚔🐘🦏 2mo
BookFreakOut Man, I need to catch up on Queens of Renthia, didn't realize there was a 4th! 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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I finally managed to read beyond Chapter 3! There‘s a lot to like about this book—each of the three main characters are well-developed & interesting & only occasionally do or say things that don‘t make sense & the worldbuilding is top notch. That being said, the way all the characters interacted didn‘t always work & transitions between scenes were often abrupt. The story itself was good but not enough I feel I need to continue with the series.

Schnoebs Love this book!!! Probably one of my favorite worlds and really enjoyed the second book. I‘m hoping to get to book 3 in january 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Third time‘s the charm?!? 🤞 Continuing with my dive into the deepest reaches of my TBR stacks, I‘m going with a book I‘ve tried to read on two previous occasions—unfortunately, it didn‘t take either time! 🤣 I‘ve seen good things about it here on Litsy so I‘m going to give it another chance! I mean I bought it so at one time it sounded really interesting to me, right?!?

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Shaylaina
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I was wrapped up in this book and spent a few nights staying up late.
It has the feeling of a young adult book.
Some of the deaths are gruesome.

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LittleBug
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Not just beautiful world building, but Durst also makes it come alive. Although I‘ve seen it labeled ‘YA‘, it didn‘t read that way for me. Sure, a younger audience would love this, but so would an older one. I for sure really enjoyed it. So, thank you @Velvetfur for including it in the #MythsandLegendsSwap 🤩🤩

👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

LittleBug Although Robert Jordan isn‘t mentioned in the acknowledgments as one if the authors that inspired Durst, the academy reminded me of Tar Valon. The way the spirits are commanded reminded me of a book about dragons, that I read ages ago...Possibly the one from Anne McCaffrey that is mentioned in the acknowledgments😊 3mo
Velvetfur Aaww I'm so glad you enjoyed it! 💜 3mo
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pyjamaviking
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Not the book for me. If you love fantasy schools and you're looking for something that's on the younger end of YA, you'd like this. #queenofblood #fantasy

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Laughterhp
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This was my favorite listen so far while participating in the #BookFitnessChallenge - Photo Challenge

It was the most enjoyable book that I‘ve listened to so far. I was engaged the whole time (which is sometimes tough when listening to audio). The story itself was enjoyable this and it was actually on my TBR so that‘s always a plus.

#bfc

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 7mo
Read4life I‘ve been using the #BFC to read/listen to books on my TBR. I like seeing the list get smaller. 👍🏻 7mo
BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 7mo
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Laughterhp
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Finished audiobook 1 for #bfc

This book was an interesting fantasy. There is a queen that rules Renthia and controls the spirit but she is basically corrupt. Girls with an affinity for spirits go to school to learn and try to become heirs for when the queen dies. There are champions who train the heirs with real world experience. My main complaint, there was a romance thrown in that did nothing but aggravate the story. I will continue series.

DivineDiana Already? 👏🏻😲👍🏻 8mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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jillannjohn Nice! 8mo
TheSpineView Excellant! 8mo
Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
kspenmoll Fantastic! 8mo
Caterina That was quick! 👍 Sounds like a fun read! 8mo
Laughterhp @DivineDiana @Caterina I started before this challenge, but any book counts that was finished during this time period. 😊 8mo
dariazeoli 👍🏻 8mo
DivineDiana 👍🏻 8mo
minkyb Love the series! 8mo
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Laughterhp
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I‘ve been audio puzzling lately! It‘s probably been a year or so since I‘ve worked on puzzle and it‘s been so relaxing! It‘s all I want to do!

I‘m enjoying the tagged audiobook as well. I of course started 2 fantasy books around the same time. 1 audio 1 print. They both follow girls going to a school to learn their strengths. I‘m trying really hard not to confuse the 2 plots! So far so good! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

#audiopuzzling #disneypuzzle

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Soupkidmc
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Pickpick

This one took me a while to get into, but in the end I enjoyed it.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Mehso-so

Unfortunately, I did not care for this book. The concept of the world was interesting but everything else was lackluster. Definitely won‘t be continuing on with this series. I don‘t know why I keep trying YA, I‘m almost always disappointed.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Yikes! This is an unfortunate map. I hope the book is better than this first impression.

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GivenLemons
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I really loved this for so many reasons. I loved the settings and world building - it made me want to draw the village trees. I loved how the main character doesn‘t rely on brute strength. It was so good

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Schnoebs
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So I finished reading the tagged book over a week ago and I loved it so much that I still can‘t get it out of my head. But that‘s a problem because I‘m trying to read the #bbbbc pick this month. Sadly I‘m thinking I‘m going to have to put down Mistborn for a little bit because I‘m not able to concentrate on a brand new world yet, let alone a Sanderson world. So here‘s hoping the gentleman‘s guide will be a good palate cleanser!

#mpls #twincities

BookHoarder32 The gentleman's guide is one of my favorite books. Enjoy! 11mo
InLibrisVeritas I understand about Mistborn. I am loving it but my focus is pretty much nil right now so I haven't progressed very far. I hope you get your reading groove back soon! 11mo
Schnoebs @InLibrisVeritas it‘s funny because I‘m still in the mood to read but I feel like I might be in an epic fantasy slump 😂 because I just can‘t stop thinking about the elemental spirits and tree houses from the queen of blood 11mo
phatsallylee I just read both of those books. Mistborn took awhile before it swept me in. 11mo
InLibrisVeritas @Schnoebs That's one I still need to read! Don't you just love reading a fantastic book only for it to ruin you for others for a little while? 😂 11mo
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Schnoebs
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4.5 ⭐️

The sarcastic humor by the characters, the natural world that was built, the uniqueness of every individual of the spirits with such detail, a background romance that wasn‘t forced, the greatness of a wolf companion and so much more had me turning page after page and not wanting to put it down. I can‘t wait to finished this series in the next couple of months.

#queensofrenthia #love #queendom #spirits #fantasy #mpls #twincities

Schnoebs @Jules I think I‘m using this for 27 for #sfftbrchallenge because so much death occurred in this that I‘m pretty sure one of them was family or a POV 🤷‍♀️ I guess that‘s what happens in a world of blood thirsty elemental spirits 12mo
Schnoebs @Birdsong28 I wasn‘t sure how well this one would apply to #52booksin52 but it‘s printed by Harper Collins 👍 12mo
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Schnoebs
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Guess who found the title of the book on page 316. I am such a nerd for when this happens 😂 I always feel so cool...

#queensofrenthea #elemental #spirits #fantasy #mpls #twincities

Leniverse The best ones are when the title is a bit puzzling and then you reach that point in the book where it suddenly becomes clear. 😄 12mo
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Schnoebs
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Getting some reading done before I can convince myself cleaning is a good idea 🙃

#tea #teanandbooks #fantasy #queensofrenthia #renthia #mpls #twincities

madamereadsalot1 SAME! I just finished Lethal White, and I'm trying to convince myself to clean before picking back up one of the other books I'm working on. 12mo
Schnoebs @madamereadsalot1 who needs to clean when you have books to read 😂 12mo
madamereadsalot1 What's funny is your only the first of a few posts I saw of people saying they're gonna read instead of clean... Y'all are being bad influences. 🤣😂🤣😂 12mo
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Schnoebs
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Roasting a sausage 😂😂😂 this book is pretty much becoming the most quotable book I own to date. I can‘t handle!

#doubt #selfconfidence #quotable #irelate #yup #prettymuch #mpls #twincities

julesG 😂 12mo
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Schnoebs
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Well that‘s one way to start off a series...

Also thanks to @BarbaraTheBibliophage for your bookmark I got a little while ago. I love matching my bookmarks to the covers of what I‘m reading and yours was just right ☺️

#fantasy #newserieswhothis #bookmark #mpls #twincities

JPeterson Enjoy! I really liked this series! 12mo
Bookgoil This is on my TBR! 12mo
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eclecticreading
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The story is interesting as is the world but some elements of it are kind of meh, namely the school setting and the Hunger Games-like trials 🤷🏻‍♀️ If you‘re into those elements, cool. Me, not so much. But anyway...#currentlyreading

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Kristy_K
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Mehso-so

I think fantasy and I have broken up. It‘s been ages since I‘ve read a good fantasy book. I‘ve struggled with every one I‘ve read this year and The Queen of Blood was no different. It had some moments but I was waiting for a wow factor that I never got.

⭐️⭐️💫

#fantasy

Moray_Reads I struggle too, it makes me sad. I want a good traditional fantasy but without all the clichéd problems. So difficult! 1y
dawn-pInk Any strong feelings about the Kingkiller Chronicles? 1y
Kristy_K @dawn-pInk I haven‘t read that yet. Is it worth the read?? 1y
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dawn-pInk It‘s the best fantasy I‘ve read in a long time. The author, Patrick Rothfuss, seems very aware of what is problematic in fantasy and is trying to get rid a lot of that while still playing with popular fantasy tropes. Would highly, highly recommend. First book is Name of the Wind 1y
Kristy_K @Moray_Reads Right? I feel it just got oversaturated with basically the mediocre story. 1y
Kristy_K @dawn-pInk I‘ll add that to my TBR. Thanks!! 1y
DannyHattan Kingkiller is awesome but frustratingly so it‘s not complete 🤦🏻‍♂️😡 Raymond E. Feist, Magician. Is a great start if you haven‘t read it, should rekindle your interest 🙌🏻😊 1y
Kristy_K @DannyHattan Thanks for the suggestions! I‘ll look these up. 1y
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jfalkens
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Mehso-so

Very good, I'm interested in continuing Daleina's story
*Edit after thinking on it overnight I have to change my review. While I enjoyed the world and some of the characters, it was very gruesome and detailed gruesome which is not my cup if tea.*

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jfalkens
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Samplergal It‘s 160 pages towards a finish. Litsy police are still at the beach. 🏖 No worries! 1y
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jfalkens
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Samplergal Almost halfway there! 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Today was #mfbs day, right? @Captivatedbybooks thank you so so much. I haven‘t read any of these! I would love to hear why they are your favorites. And the book marks are so cute. A fantastic #myfavoritebookswap !!!!!

Captivatedbybooks I love anything Cleopatra, little boy blue will make you cry both happy tears and sad (im a sucker for animal rescue stories), the scary one i have a copy so maybe we can read together! And The Queen was on your TBR (incase you didnt like any of the other books) 1y
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jfalkens
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I'm not very good at planning my reading in advance(so it's very possible for it to change) but here's the book I'm currently reading, the second book in the series and a book I'm expecting the first one in soon(bookoutlet mixup) #Septembertbr #Readingresolutions @Jess7 #AnticipatedSeptemberReads #SeptInBooks18 @bookisglee #BookAWeekChallenge @TheReadingMermaid
87 of 350 pages
#TwoInThree @Samplergal

Samplergal I‘m exactly like that. I am a mood reader so I‘ll likely change as well. Have fun! 1y
jfalkens @Samplergal thank you 😊 I hope you have fun too! 1y
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jfalkens
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Quirkybookworm
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Mehso-so

I‘m afraid to read the next book due to the fact the heroine was constantly cut short of believing fully in herself due to not having great powers but she made up for it in other areas. It irks me how she became a queen and not truly understanding how great she is instead of being under average. However,I did like fantasy parts. Great descriptions, which is why I gave it 3 stars.

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Quirkybookworm
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mabell Semantics? 😄 1y
Quirkybookworm @mabell lol nah. I was referring as dr stated I cannot read in bed due injury and migraines I‘ve had. See earlier post. So I‘m thinking I‘m prone on bed instead of sitting up. But good news I‘ll find out for sure when I ask him in couple of hrs. 1y
mabell I saw your earlier post, that's why I thought you might get around dr's orders with semantics 😉 I hope you feel better soon by the way, and get good news! ❤️ 1y
Quirkybookworm @mabell thanks. It‘ll be a long process but I intend to get to the light at the end of the tunnel! 1y
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MicrobeMom
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I finished this one on my beautiful #audiowalk before storm roll in this afternoon. I think any fan of fantasy and strong female protagonist will enjoy this one. The story follows Daleina who has the ability to control spirits through her training to see if she will become the queen to control all the spirits. Well written believable characters, great story of self-discovery, and a new beautiful world. 4 stars. Ready for book 2!

TracyReadsBooks Looks like I should give it another go! 2y
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MicrobeMom
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The finished product! Yay! Now onto the baby burrito blanket. #audioknitting

Craftylikefox Gorgeous 😍 2y
Wife Lovely!🌹 2y
LiteraryinLititz Wow! It‘s so beautiful! 2y
ladym30 Beautiful!! 2y
Stacy_31 Ooh that is gorgeous! 2y
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MicrobeMom
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Audio knitting tonight. Only 8 more rows to finish this baby blanket for my soon to be niece! #audioknitting

Reviewsbylola Wow, gorgeous!! 2y
Chellebearss That‘s awesome! 2y
MicrobeMom @Reviewsbylola @Chellebearss thanks! Just finished it! 2y
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MicrobeMom
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Starting this series today. Has any one read it? I have not heard of it before. #fantasyseries

TracyReadsBooks I have it, have started it twice and then have put it down when I got distracted by other books. So, I haven‘t made it pass the first couple of chapters. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think and to know if I should try reading it a third time! 2y
MicrobeMom @TracyReadsBooks thanks. I am audioing it and that usually helps when I have a hard time getting into a book. I will let you know what I think when I finish it! 2y
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Daisey
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Today‘s #bokhaul! The Queen of Blood is from our #KCLitsyMeetup today, and I‘ll be adding some more books from our discussion to my TBR. Then I stopped to browse Half-Price Books on the way home. I picked up a copy of Don Quixote so I can attempt it at some point for #1001books, and another Tolkien book I don‘t yet have on my shelves.

Chelleo Great bookmark and nice haul!! 2y
Daisey @Chelleo Thanks! @BookFreakOut made the perfect bookmarks for our meet up. 2y
tpixie Great #BookHaul ! Those bookmarks are great !! @BookFreakOut 2y
Chelleo Nicely done, @BookFreakOut 2y
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Schnoebs
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Still waiting on one more but these were the books I got thanks to my family loving me and giving me a BN gift card! #family #bookhaul #books #thankful #mpls #twincities

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Josie
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I recommend this book for anyone who likes YA, but doesn‘t want the premise to be “the stunningly gorgeous teenage girl is the only one who can save the world, but she‘s going to waste her time choosing between 2 f*ck bois.”

cathysaid 😂😂 2y
faelinwolf This is the best & most compelling review I have read in a long time. 😃 Sold! 2y
398.2 Hahahaha.... I love your review. I have already read this and really enjoyed it. 2y
Bookzombie Your reviews are always great! 2y
niki.inwonderland I'm going to read this book next. Mostly because your review was 👌👌👌 2y
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sparrowssavvy
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Definitely a unique fantasy tale. The character building was really well done, and watching the main protagonist deal with her own stubbornness versus her own weaknesses was great. Having a main character who is at a disadvantage and less powerful to those in her station around her was a really interesting plot development. I liked how she wasn't the chosen one or the best of the best. Can't wait to read the next one! Loving this world!

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sparrowssavvy
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Best way to enjoy breakfast on a beautiful sunny day, with tea and a good book!

Mdargusch Looks perfect! 2y
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NicoleCeBallos
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Mehso-so

It was an ok read. The kingdom has a queen who keeps the spirits in check. The spirits were interesting, but I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters.

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melrailey
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Just finished this one and it was terrific!

DebinHawaii Oh this makes me feel guilty--I won this one (from Litsy or Riotgrams?) last year & it has been languishing in my TBR stacks ever since. 😬Glad to know It was good! 👍 2y
melrailey @DebinHawaii I might move on to the second book tomorrow in audio. Still deciding on that though. 2y
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steffakish
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1. Laffy taffy banana (eww!!)
2. The Queen of Blood!! (Fav book atm!)
3. Mexican food (very hard decision btw!!)
4. 14!
5. 💖💖💖
#FRIYAYINTRO @jess.how

Sharpeipup I only know 1 person who likes any kind of banana candy so we always send her our banana laffy taffy (edited) 2y
steffakish @Sharpeipup thats funny! That would probably be my worst nightmare! I dislike bananas so much! 😝 2y
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Yeah_I_Read
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My current read

Beachesnbooks Oo how is it?? 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Beachesnbooks sooo good 😊😊 2y
Beachesnbooks Aww yay! I need to move this up on my tbr 2y
melrailey I‘m going to be reading this soon. 2y
398.2 I really enjoyed this!!! 2y
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rjsthumbelina
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This book took me FOREVER to get through. But in the end, I did find myself engrossed in the world. And in what would happen to it. It was so interesting that the spirits need the queen to control them so that they can keep the earth growing. The last half of the book flew by. Glad I trudged through. However, don't pick it up as a light read- some very heavy things happen

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gossamerchild
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Getting my hair did and reading some epic fantasy to carry me over till the next chapter in #fellowshipofthering for the #lotrchapteroftheday readalong. It's very difficult to not read ahead 😁. Met the author and got this signed and #alaac17

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amckiereads
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This was so good! And creepy to read while camping. Trees haven't attacked yet though so all seems okay. For now. 📚⛺️🌲🌳🍃☠️👻

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JPeterson
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Started this from Hoopla on a whim and is pleasantly surprised. Halfway through, but has everything I want in a YA fantasy - an atypical heroine, adventure, magic, and world building.

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