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Witches Steeped in Gold
Witches Steeped in Gold | Ciannon Smart
Trust no witch . . . In the empire of Xaymaca, no one is right and everyone is wrong. Iraya Adair has recently been released from prison in order to serve as a magical generator to the very people who overthrew her family's decades-long rule and killed everyone she ever loved. Her caste wants to rally around her as their leader. Her enemies want her dead. She just wants vengeance. Jazmyne Cariot is the daughter of the most powerful witch on the island. She has been selected to compete in the Yielding, a bloody contest to the death designed to preserve the magic of the stronger, more skilled elders and maintain her caste's new position of power. She might not have magic yet, but she has no intention of dying in her mother's twisted game of sacrifice. Some people don't belong on top. Iraya needs access to Jazmyne's mother. Jazmyne needs Iraya's magic. The hatred between their castes runs deep, but the desire to overthrow the leader of the Witches Council runs deeper - for now. The more Ira sees the cruelty and hardships her people have endured, the harder it is to turn a blind eye to the hopes they're pinning on her. And the closer Jaz gets to her goal, the more intoxicating she finds her new power, and the lines she resented her mother for crossing slowly begin to blur. Their agreement becomes more and more of a liability every day, but they've set something in motion now, and a war of the witches is coming.
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PageShifter
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Panpan

I just couldn't relate to main characters. I disliked the writing style and maybe that made it impossible to care about characters. I feel so bad because many has loved this.Didn't work for me and that's so rare thing to happen.

I read fantasy a lot but this was still so confusing and I really hated how information was threw at the beginning. That made me to loose my interest and I couldn't have been less interested in the story.

#SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Great!💛📖🧡📚🍂🧡 3w
Addison_Reads When I read this I kept thinking the author needed a glossary of terms. Words were just made up for this world without a clear explanation in the story. It could have been such a good book too if it wasn't so confusing. 3w
PageShifter @Addison_Reads Yep exactly! And I am so happy that I wasn't the only one who felt it to be confusing ^_^ 3w
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KateReadsYA
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JULY WRAP UP: I read a total of 4 amazing books. My favorite of these was the tagged book!

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KateReadsYA
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Pickpick

(Pinterest photo) Wow. What a wild ride of jamaican folklore featuring witches, voodoo, and even pirates! This book had so much adventure, although hard to keep up with at first I ended up really liking it. @sprainedbrain I'll be sending this off to you by the end of the upcoming week!

sprainedbrain Yay! This sounds so good. 2mo
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KateReadsYA
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I. Am. Struggling. With this one! Hahaha soooo much about ruling and fighting to stay in a ruling position for power!!!! But I'm here for the romance and it needs to present itself more because I'm barely hanging on! This one's difficult to keep up with but I like it? Yeah, I think so.

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KateReadsYA
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What I'm reading this week! Ciannon's writing style is very different in a way that I'm having to read pages twice to understand quite a bit! This is not a light read hahaha but I feel it's gonna be worth it.

Linsy Oooh, this looks good! 3mo
KateReadsYA @Linsy so far it is. Lots of war coming haha 3mo
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KateReadsYA
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Shout out to Pango Books! Got 2 hardcovers for a steal and just in time for my LMPBC read!

Side Note! @Endowarrior21 @Readergrrl @persephone1408 I didn't even realize this book is about 530 pages. It didn't occur to me because I usually read books about this length, is that gonna be too much for anyone?? Please let me know. Also I'll be sending it out without the dust jacket 😄

persephone1408 @KateReadsYA Idk maybe. I work 2 jobs but I only joined one group this time. I say go for it. 3mo
persephone1408 @KateReadsYA I thought we were reading something else. 3mo
Endowarrior21 I already read that book but don't mind a rereadin 3mo
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Readergrrl I haven‘t read it, but I‘m not against the length. Like @persephone1408 I thought we were reading The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea. If you‘ve changed your mind, no worries!! I‘m sure it‘ll be wonderful! 3mo
KateReadsYA Lmao sorry guys!!!! This is supposed to be for my other group!! @Readergrrl @Endowarrior21 @persephone1408 ugh, I am so sorry! 3mo
persephone1408 @KateReadsYA no worries😊 3mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls @sprainedbrain @Pogue I meant to tag you all in this one hahahaha! It's was a long day. 😆 3mo
Readergrrl 🤣🤣🤣 No problem! I figured as much! Now that the school year is over, my brain is on strike. I‘m lucky if I remember to put shoes on before I leave the house. I wore slippers to run errands the other day! 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
KateReadsYA @Readergrrl hahahah yes I know exactly what you mean! I don't know if I'm coming or going some days lol. 3mo
BooksNBowls I order my book on there for $5 but it hasn‘t shipped yet. :( 3mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls how many days has it been?? They are only supposed to take I think 3 days to ship it out. 3mo
BooksNBowls @KateReadsYA it‘s been 3 days today I have the receipt but not the shipping confirmation I‘ll probably contact them on Friday if I haven‘t heard anything 3mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls oh dang. Yeah definitely reach out! I've always gotten mine super fast. The sellers usually ship mine next day. I've been buying quite a bit from them! 3mo
Tera66 @BooksNBowls I sell on Pango and they definitely should have shipped it within 3 days, and contacted you. 3mo
BooksNBowls @Tera66 I emailed pango to see if they can check in with the seller. Hopefully she just got busy and forgot! 3mo
Tera66 @BooksNBowls I hope so 🤞 3mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls have you messaged the seller yet?? I just bought a book today and the seller messaged me and told me she was shipping it today! 3mo
BooksNBowls @KateReadsYA that‘s the thing is it doesn‘t show up on my purchases but they sent me the receipt and the money came out. 3mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls That is sooooo weird! 3mo
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BookBelle84
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Pickpick

I went into this with pretty low expectations because reviews have been poor but I absolutely loved it. I devoured this book in two days. I loved the Jamaican/Island magic setting, two strong female characters with many interesting secondary ones, an army of the dead, unique creatures, pirates, a horrible villain and morally grey characters. I can't wait for the next one and this book will remind me not to always rely on reviews. #pop22 #popsugar

rubyslippersreads Gorgeous photo! 6mo
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BookBr
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Pickpick

Truly outstanding read. Myth and magic, the foundations of legend, Anansi stories — in a smashing power struggle between covens. I don‘t always love having two alternating narrators, but these were so skillfully written that I honestly still am not sure who I am rooting for. Both? Throw in some intrigue, mystery, and a gentle hint of romance, and you‘ve got everything. Plus, the COVER!

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Happy Jolabokaflod! Thank you for the amazing book!! I can‘t wait to read it🥰hmmm hot chocolate 🖤 #Jolabokaflodswap

Jerdencon Enjoy!! 9mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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Pickpick

My first completed read. I tried this on audio and one of the narrators was too distracting. Overall it was unique and the story really grew on me as it went. #bookspinbingo

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wanderinglynn
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I removed the dust jacket to start reading this OwlCrate edition and happily found some art inside the dust jacket. I love when that happens. I also love when there‘s a design on the hard cover. 💚🖤

MayJasper A win win 12mo
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AbigailJaneBlog
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A lovely quote for todays Witchy Wednesday! I look forward to reading the tagged book very soon.

#haunted @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 12mo
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ParkerFinn
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Bailedbailed

I was expecting so much more from this book. But the pacing was off and a lot of times I forgot who‘s POV we were on and I ended up DNF-ing it after about halfway through. Super disappointed.

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

The concept of this and the cover are stunning. The actual read though was confusing and far too long. I feel like had the author included a list of terms it might have helped because there was a lot of terminology specific to this world that didn't get explained in the story.

I would definitely try another read by this author. She has great potential, but this one didn't work for me.

TheAromaofBooks Yes! It drives me crazy when an author just makes up words for things in the world they've created... but don't actually tell us what they MEAN. I either need some organic in-story explanations or a glossary because I like knowing what words are actually saying! 13mo
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SilverShanica
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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, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 191.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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WriterAtHeart
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Mehso-so

This story was hit and miss for me. At times, I was into the story, but I never became fully invested in the plot. I do wonder if I would have enjoyed the story more reading it compared to listening to it. Mayne I'll give the book another chance at another time. We'll see.

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DanaManiac
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐️

The concept of this book had me nearly drooling with anticipation. A Jamaican fantasy YA novel featuring witches?! Right up my alley! The book was very slow and could have been much shorter. I also wish that we were given more of an explanation for events and terms that exist only in that world, as it came across as though the reader would already know the details of everyday life.

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vlwelser
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Mehso-so

I'm not totally sure that I actually liked this. There was definitely some skimming going on.

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Catsandbooks
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Fairy Loot May box! 🧚🏻

The book is Witches Steeped in Gold (tagged) and it's so much more gorgeous in person than in this picture!

Other items:
Throne of glass tumbler
Serpent and dove coasters
Raybearer phone stand
TBR Dice game

I've been subscribing to Fairy Loot for a couple months now, but I keep forgetting to post 🤦🏼‍♀️

#fairyloot

LeslieO What fun! 1y
Catsandbooks @LeslieO It is fun! I've been enjoying getting the boxes and the books are so pretty! 😍 1y
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Lizpixie
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Today‘s #BookMail is this gorgeous edition of the tagged book from Fairyloot. It has a completely redesigned dust jacket, embossing on the cover, stenciled edges, artwork on the reverse of the jacket & is signed by the author. They always pull off a better redesign cover than Owlcrate who generally just change a colour & call it “exclusive”(though I do love owlcrate boxes too).

DivineDiana A beautiful design! 1y
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HeatherBlue
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Took today off to recover from a not great week, and it‘s been a lovely day hanging out with my girl 💛 don‘t tell her she has a vet appointment in a few hours.....
#catsoflitsy

jb72 I hope all goes well at the vet! 1y
HeatherBlue @jb72 Thanks 💝 It was just a checkup and they‘re healthy...but now we get to endure days of hissing until they remember they like each other 🙄 1y
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Emmybird01
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Pickpick

4/5 for this one! This book was so detailed! It was easy to follow each POV but you have to pay attention to the world building, the magic was amazing. There is also a pirate which I love! There were so many twists and turns too that I didn‘t expect. I will be continuing this series.

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aryapdane
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Panpan

It hurts me to say how disappointed I am with this book because this could have been epic. It had all elements. Powerful lore. Jamaican inspired setting. Powerful witches. Political intrigue. And it pains me to say that everything was so underwhelming. I couldn't connect to the characters, the foreign words thrown about only confused me, the magic system was so random. I'm not looking forward to the sequel nor am I recommending it to anyone.

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rachelsbrittain
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Came home to a new package from my favorite subscription box 😍 So glad I forgot to cancel my subscription after December because I've honestly been loving getting a book subscription box again

(I'll put the actual box name in the comments under a spoiler so anybody who wants to know can and anybody who doesn't want to be spoiled won't be.)

rachelsbrittain This is the April YA Owlcrate box! 1y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Pickpick

"...????? ?? ??? ???????? ?????????? ?? ?? ?????????? ??????? ?? ?????? ???????."⁣⁣
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A Jamaican-inspired fantasy based on the Obeah magic of island legends. Alternating viewpoints between Jazmyne & Ira, the reader learns the history of the reigning power struggle between their families. While Ira is bent on revenge, Jazmyne is determined to take down the cruel ruler, her mother.⁣⁣

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds really interesting! Stacking!! 1y
sprainedbrain Oooooh, that sounds very cool. I saw that it‘s labeled as YA, but would you say it super YA-ish? If that makes any sense. 😅 1y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @sprainedbrain haha idk if I'd say "super" YAish, but definitely is YA, no doubt about it lol 1y
sprainedbrain Thanks! I will try it. 😉 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

The strength of this YA fantasy, the author‘s debut, is the world the story & the characters inhabit. The world building in this Jamaican-inspired story is thorough, fascinating, & fully immersive—sometimes too much so which means that the book has some pacing issues. All the elements are there, however, & readers who like a slow build may well enjoy this story. I think it has unrealized potential which, with luck, the second book will realize.

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