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Summer Sons
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Just as Andrew was to join his lifelong friend Eddie in a graduate program, Eddie apparently dies by suicide. But Andrew is convinced he‘s been killed. He works to embed himself in Eddie‘s life to try to get to the truth. There‘s also a supernatural element shared by the two which adds an interesting layer to the story. The ending was a bit messy (both too drawn out and too short), but otherwise I really enjoyed this.

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MsRadioSilence
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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I loved this book the first time I read it and I continue to love it. The atmosphere, Mandelo‘s voice, the characters… I didn‘t realize that they were first year Master‘s students and now I‘m older than them? That‘s weird to me lol but I love this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#wintergames #wintergames2023 #wintergames23 #snowangels #teamsnowangels #20in4 #ScaryChristmasReadathon #Rushathon

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MsRadioSilence
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My first #wintergames read will be Summer Sons! I read it last year and it‘s honestly one of my favorite books, so I can‘t wait to start this month off with something I know I‘ll love.

#wintergames #wintergames2023 #wintergames23 #snowangels #teamsnowangels

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Lin3han
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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One of the best horror books I‘ve read. The suspense and dread builds throughout the book so wonderfully. It‘s absolutely beautiful prose and has fantastic ideas and responses to grief. READ THIS!

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Kenyazero
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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I don't know how to review this. I feel like I didn't enjoy it as much as it deserves, though I did enjoy it. I couldn't fully get into Andrew or Sam as characters, so even though the writing was good and I enjoyed the story overall (other than a few things that needed a bit more development toward the end), I feel so-so on it. I also don't love atmospheric books, and this was very atmospheric. This came to me from #RainbowCrateBookBox. #LGBTQ

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Kenyazero
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Imaking my way through my goals for the #JoyousJanuary challenge from @Andrew65 !

✅Finish Flocks
✅Start and finish Stage Dreams
🎧Finish Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
📖Read 100 pages in Summer Sons (from 234): reached page 252
🎧Start a new audiobook

#Readathon

Andrew65 Making great progress 👏👏👏 1y
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Kenyazero
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Here are my goals for the #JoyousJanuary challenge from @Andrew65 :

📖Finish Flocks
📖 Start and finish Stage Dreams
🎧Finish Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
📖Read 100 pages in Summer Sons (from 234)
🎧Start a new audiobook

#Readathon

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😁 1y
Andrew65 Will be interested to see what you think of the Gabrielle Zevin book. 1y
Kenyazero @Andrew65 I'm loving it so far! 1y
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ElisabethRose
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Talk about a chill-inducing first paragraph. Can't wait to get this one started for spooky season! I've heard such good things about it.

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Karkar
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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I had no idea what this about going just that the cover was cool and it was shelved under horror. I really enjoyed this story. Not really scary horror but maybe cause it deals with some supernatural elements maybe.

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BookNightOwl
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Andrew and Eddie are the best of friends. That is why Andrew is having a hard time dealing with Eddie‘s death due by suicide. When Andrew inherits Eddie‘s position clues start coming to light that Eddie‘s death looks more like a murder.

This book was just not for me. I didn‘t enjoy the writing. It took me longer to get through it then it should have. Even with trying the audiobook I just couldn‘t connect with any of the characters.

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Pride Month: Day Twenty Two! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

If you like your queer books to be a little spooky, than this is the one for you! I really really enjoyed this one! #pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

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MsRadioSilence
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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LOOK AT THAT COVER, HOLY SH*T.

Anyway, I really, really didn‘t want to put this book down, but also I picked it up during a super heavy homework weekend (whoops). Andrew gets propped up by an amazing cast of side characters in this book, BUT THE VIBES? Immaculate. Beautiful prose, a good ghost story, but a lot - A LOT - of cars.

Full review at: https://www.rainyreader.com/single-post/summer-sons

MsRadioSilence ALSO PLEASE CHECK CONTENT WARNINGS. This book has some heavy topics, proceed with caution!! 2y
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Larkken
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Elf and a sploot to make up for the fact that this tbr read is definitely out of season 😲😂
But I‘m a sucker for a southern gothic, and this one has infernal inheritances, negotiations of queerness amid toxic masculinity, and a low-key indictment of higher education, and I am here for it!

I‘m other news, I cleared 12561 points last week for #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 👊🥰

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chasjjlee
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Getting organized and preparing for all the 2022 reading! I have jinxmoon's #NewYearWhoDis list in my Reading Challenge notebook along with a few from Story Graph. Getting really excited!

@jinxmoon
@monalyisha
#NYWD22

monalyisha I love seeing people‘s handwriting. 💕 3y
chasjjlee @monalyisha Oh Lord, this was me trying really REALLY hard not to be sloppy 😂. I agree, everyone's handwriting is unique! 3y
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theliteraryvineyard
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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RATING: 4/5

According to Oxford, characteristics of Southern Gothic include the presence of irrational, horrific, and transgressive thoughts, desires, and impulses; grotesque characters; dark humor, and an overall angst-ridden sense of alienation.⁠

This could not have been more fitting for Summer Sons.⁠

I stepped into Summer Sons expecting a coming-of-age story that would make my skin crawl.⁠

I wasn‘t wrong.⁠

#Horror #SouthernGothic

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Kenyazero
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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The #RainbowCrateBookBox is running their photo challenge for the October Dark Academia box, so I thought I'd pop over from Instagram land to share a photo of everything in October's box. I'm very excited to read the book of the month (tagged), and can't decide whether the mug or the notebook are my favorite items from October. #BookBox #SubscriptionBox #RainbowCrate

BookwormAHN I recently read Summer Sons and loved it. 3y
Kenyazero @BookwormAHN I'm seeing a lot of positive experiences with this book, which is making me even more excited to read it! 3y
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BookwormAHN
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October wrap up: I read 27 books, some were children's books. My favorites were Summer Sons, The Book of Magic, And The Trees Crept In, and Silence For The Dead. Above is my bingo card for #BookSpinBingo I got one bingo. @TheAromaofBooks
I plan to readjust my plans for #BFC21 I did really well on my reading goal (over 10 books) but not my exercise goal (no where close to 21 days). I did drink more water and watched the candy. @wanderinglynn

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 3y
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GerardtheBookworm
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Queer based southern gothic. After the sudden death of his best friend, Andrew returns to his BFF's Nashville home only to be confronted by secrets and something sinister and supernatural. Fans of Mexican Gothic will enjoy this LGBTA+ horror read.

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BookwormAHN
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I loved this book. Andrew whose best friend committed suicide and left him everything including his wraith and family curse. But Andrew doesn't believe Eddie killed himself so he goes to Vanderbilt to investigate 💚
#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix
#wickedathon @StayCurious
#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft
#Booked2021 #AppalachianNoir @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#OmniousOctober #RoaringWolf #FamilyAffair @Littlewolf1 @Roary47

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Really enjoying this so far! It's very spooky, with an added bonus of queer romance, street racing, and academic mysteries! 👻🎃

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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I'm about a third of the way through this book, and it's much MUCH spookier than I thought it was going to be! 😨 It's perfect to read outside on a crisp, cloudy, fall day! 📚🍁

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Another perfect forest-y day! 🌿📚💕

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Another very stormy Fall night! Perfect atmosphere for this spooky book, which I'm really enjoying so far! ⛈💕📚

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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The most perfect spot to start this new book! 😍🌿💕📚

wildwoodreads That is perfection! 3y
LauraBeth This looks so peaceful! 3y
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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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I think I picked the perfect week to take off! It's been very rainy and cool, and the park smells like damp earth and damp rock. It's magical! 🌿🍁💕📚

wildwoodreads So pretty 😍 3y
Kenyazero This is such a fun shot! 😍 4mo
Branwen @Kenyazero Thank you so much! 🥰🌿 4mo
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TracyReadsBooks
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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I really wanted to like this book billed as a southern gothic with ghosts, death, fast cars, bad boys…and, well, you get the idea. All those elements were there & on occasion well executed but it never felt like the characters had any real substance (they were also all really angry or really not nice), the pacing was erratic so the story sort of just lurched along. This may be me & not the book though, I‘ve seen lots of rave reviews.

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Branwen
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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My mini Barnes & Noble book haul! 🎉📚

I was excited and surprised to find BOTH these titles in the store today, since they technically debut on Tuesday! Also, how cool is that tote?! 😍

MeganAnn Love the tote! How exciting to find those titles early 3y
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Addison_Reads
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Wow! I loved this book.

Summer Sons is being called a "queer southern gothic" tale and its definitely that and so much more. I didn't quite get the street racing world it was set in, but the dark academia side was handled excellently. The folklore and haunted tales of the Appalachian region take center stage here and create such a spooky read full of action and a lot of heart.

#NetGalley

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ReadingEnvy
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"Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost." (Publisher summary)

I found out about this book on an August Tor.com article, "The Hills are Haunted; the Mountains are Hungry: Digging Into Appalachian SFF," and went looking for it immediately. It comes out September 28, 2021.↘️

ReadingEnvy Andrew and Eddie were inseparable from childhood until Eddie decided to go to grad school early and kept making up excuses for Andrew to wait, then Eddie died by apparent suicide. Eddie is left to clean up the pieces and try to figure out the truth, but from when he first arrives in Nashville and picks up Eddie's car, he finds Eddie isn't *completely* gone.↘️ 3y
ReadingEnvy There is some fun juxtaposition here between south and north, rich and not, academics and country (and some who seem to bridge the gaps - I've been in a Folklore PhD program and it's hard to picture those students racing cars and doing drugs but that is the world of this novel.) It also has a found family element that is pleasing! A great read for October if you're spooky. 3y
AkashaVampie That cover looks amazing! 3y
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Twainy
Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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🎧 NetGalley has this audiobook labeled as “sci fi & fantasy”. They left off the main thread weaving through the story, LGBTQ+ southern gothic!

Andrew & Eddie were closer than brothers until Eddie took off to graduate school without Andrew. Six months later he‘s dead & Andrew is coming to the conclusion that he didn‘t know Eddie at all.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️👇🏻

Twainy There‘s a family curse, an entity trying to get into Andrew, nightmares, blood rituals & murder. Dark academia.

There‘s fast cars, hot guys, a thrilling mystery & one massively repressed protagonist. Mt Vesuvius eventually erupts in pretty graphic splendor.

Thank you NetGalley & Macmillan Audio! Great book!!
3y
Reggie I‘m totally waiting for this one to drop. Heard such good stuff about it. 3y
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