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The Witch's Heart
The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this fierce, subversive debut novel that reimagines Norse myth. Angrbodas story begins where most witchs tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to give him knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him grows reluctantly into a deep and abiding love. Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who she is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin's all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful lifeand possibly all of existenceis in danger. Angrboda must choose whether she'll accept the fate that she's foreseen for her beloved family...or rise to remake their future. From the most ancient of tales, this novel forges a story of love, loss and hope for the modern age.
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BookwormAHN
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I'm also putting myself on a book buying pause. If I try to do a complete ban I'll never stick to it. So I'm going to try to just enjoy BOTM, Kindle Unlimited, and a few preorders I've made 🤞🏻
Thanks for the tag @MaleficentBookDragon 😺
#NewYearNewBooks

Eyelit Ooh, a pause is a good idea and way more doable. I think I‘ll figure out my own pause! 😃 1mo
BookwormAHN @Eyelit Good luck 😺 1mo
DogMomIrene I‘m soooo looking forward to Hell Bent too! 1mo
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Sargar114 @BookwormAHN Hell Bent is a January BOTM selection! I‘m so excited!!! 1mo
KateReadsYA Hahaha the series one got me. I have been guilty of buying a full series like 4 books and they still haven't been read. I have so many unread series just sitting. I hope you get some of yours read and have an amazing new year 4w
BookwormAHN @KateReadsYA I hope you get some of yours read too and have a fantastic new year 😺 4w
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Nessavamusic
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A new Norse mythology retelling of Angrboda, legendary witch, lover of Loki and mother of “monsters”. This highly entertaining story follows the new trend of highlighting women in mythology, which I am loving. Though it has a slow start, it has a epic action packed last third. 4⭐️
#WinterReadathon
#bookspin pick done!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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DGRachel
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This is a beautiful, bittersweet tale of Angrboda, Mother Witch, wife to Loki, mother of Hel, Fenrir, and Jormungandr. The writing is lovely, even if the pacing is painfully slow in parts. It‘s a story that made me cry and rage, and also makes me want to dive deeper into Norse mythology. The audiobook narration is excellent, too.

Aimeesue I LoveLoveLoved this book. And also took up nålbinding. ? 2mo
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nichollinlove
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I haven't been around for a while but I have been reading. I have never been big into Swift but this album HAS me. And Instagram has books/tracks lists that I am living for. I'm making my own and I'm starting with Anti Hero. If you have any comparisons, please share!

Books, like music, often leave me with feelings. I love matching the two by those feelings.

I'll be back with more! 🤍

ICantImReading I love this idea! Great choices for this song! 2mo
yourfavouritemixtape What a very cool idea! 2mo
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Lizpixie
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #Day13 #Witch I absolutely loved this take on a Norse myth. In it, Angrboda is a witch, living in the outer forest after fleeing a burning from Odin for refusing to read his future. Highly recommend #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter 6pts

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CampbellTaraL
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I started this with cursory, pop-culture level of knowledge on Norse mythology and ended with a newfound appreciation because the story isn't centered on the popular cluster. This is the story of Angrboda and it's a fantastic telling. I loved the modernized dialogue which included lots of humour, wit, and heart.

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Mrs_B
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Thank you so much!!! I love it!
I‘m so excited about this book and the chocolate is going to last about 5 minutes tonight. It looks soooo good!
Thank you!!!
#Fffs #Fallingforfallswap
@Avanders

Avanders 🍂🍁♥️🫶🏽 4mo
Mrs_B Thank you @Avanders for organising the fun! 4mo
Itchyfeetreader You are very welcome - enjoy! 4mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful wrapping! The scarf looks so cozy 4mo
Mrs_B @ShelleyBooksie @Itchyfeetreader did such a good job! I‘m very lucky. 4mo
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Jilly6183
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A lovely Nordic tale from a fresh female perspective, reminiscent of Circe. A little slow at first but worth the build up. And if you haven‘t already, I highly recommend Neil Gaiman‘s Norse Mythology first for an introduction to many of myths referenced in The Witch‘s Heart.

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perfectsinner
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Part II

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perfectsinner
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Loki is insufferable and infuriating, like a lot of men! Yeesh
I'm finding myself smirking and rolling my eyes a lot @ what he says. Yet of course, he's charming in his own way, and doubtless that's why Angrboda puts up with him.

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perfectsinner
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Shopping haul from Saturday

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AshleyKorinE
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This book is a perfect addition to the new thing going on with women in myths finally getting their stories told. Angrboda is the wife of Loki, she‘s been exiled out of Asgard and she really just want to live safely away from the drama of the gods and one follows her to her wilderness. It‘s a good story steeped in Norse mythology and full of angst for the future and heartbreak to an extent. I gave it 4 stars!

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BooksNBowls
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Okay, Witches! Here are my picks for #GroupW #LMPBC! Let me know which one y‘all are interested in! I think A Discovery of Witches is long, so I‘m leaning away from that one. Blood Like Magic is also 500 pages I think. Practical Magic is the shortest one, but what do y‘all think? I‘m down for anything!

MoonWitch94 All excellent choices! 7mo
KateReadsYA Practical Magic 💫 7mo
sprainedbrain Such great choices! I‘ve read the top 3 (loved them all), so I‘d chose either of the bottom ones. But I can do a reread if needed! 7mo
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BooksNBowls @sprainedbrain i was actually leaning more towards paybacks a witch myself but let‘s see what @Pogue thinks! 7mo
Pogue The only one I have read is Discovery of Witches. So I am up for all of them. 7mo
BooksNBowls @KateReadsYA pick one from the bottom! 7mo
KateReadsYA @BooksNBowls Paybacks a witch since you are leaning towards that one 💜 7mo
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lumbricuslibri
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I find it fitting that I finished this today. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mother figures out there! 💖
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I loved this! I cried 😭
Made me want to read more about Norse mythology (and/or retellings) as I know very little of it.

lumbricuslibri The only things I know about Norse myth are from these retellings in different forms: Valkyrie Profile (PS1), Ah! My Goddess (Manga/ Anime), Ragnarok: Into the Abyss (Manhwa) and MCU Thor (Movies). 9mo
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BookwormAHN
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Day 6 of #WyrdAndWonderChallenge #Mythic
I love this retelling of Angrboda and Loki 🧡
@imyril @deargeekplace

imyril I‘ve heard so many good things about this one! 9mo
JaneyWaneyB I loved this book so much. So far my favourite read of the year 💖📚🤩 9mo
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lumbricuslibri
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Got this on Kindle for only $1.99. Enjoying it so far.
Thanks for the recommendation, @Ericalambbrown 😄

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

Johanna414 I loved this one! 9mo
Ericalambbrown Yay!!! I sure hope you continue to enjoy it (edited) 9mo
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Sargar114
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@CBee They came!!! Thank you so much 💛. I‘m super excited to add these to my shelf and read them and the book marks are very cute! They‘ll be great for my buddy reads…unless my boys get a hold of them and they end up being toys haha. Thanks again!!! 🥰

CBee Hooray! So glad to hear they made it safely! Those are two favorite books (and the whole Lunar Chronicles series is just 🔥) so I hope you enjoy! ♥️😊 9mo
Sargar114 @CBee I love a good series! I‘m so excited 😬 9mo
CBee @Sargar114 oh and my goodness you were NOT kidding about Part 5 in the Obama book - I still love it but it‘s just sooooo much foreign policy and I feel like it‘s totally going over my head 😂😂 9mo
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Sargar114 @CBee I feel the same way when it comes to the nitty gritty of politics! 🤪 9mo
CBee @Sargar114 glad I‘m not the only one 😂🤦‍♀️ Fave part though is when Malia basically tells him that he needs to save the tigers ♥️♥️ 9mo
Sargar114 @CBee Mine too! Makes that whole section seem a little more down to Earth. 🐯🌎 9mo
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alliworm88
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The Witch's Heart was actually very emotional. It took you on a rollercoaster of emotions from begining to end, which isn't what you'd expect from a fantasy but its what you get from this one. It was very interesting though with all that she gave birth to and all that was prophesied but I won't give that away. You'll have to read it to find that out, but it was an amazing book, if you ask me.

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alliworm88
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I'm loving this book so far. I'm 66% into it so far and it's so not what I expected. I thought it would be one of those books that I wouldnt get into or understand but I actually get everything that's going on and I'm totally into it.

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Insightsintobooks
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MicrobeMom Excellent book! 9mo
Soubhiville Yes! I loved this one too! 9mo
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cosmicgoddess
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Making progress! Almost done. Enjoying a relaxing bachelorette party on the great lakes with a great book.

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cosmicgoddess
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Great read so far! Started it off on audio and I absolutely love the narration.

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sebrittainclark
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4/5

I really enjoyed the reimagining of the story of Ragnarok from the perspective of Loki's wife. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and just an all around wonderful read.

JuniperWilde I love this book, too. Heartbreaking and heart expanding ♥️ 11mo
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sebrittainclark
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1. The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec and Good Enough by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie

2. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher

3. The Dragon's Bridge by Katee Robert

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

peanutnine This is the third time Paladin's Grace has come across my radar in the last week. The universe might me telling me something lol 11mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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This story is wonderfully crafted. The focus is on the characters, their thoughts, their desires & the fates that await them. You are not lost in descriptions but in the turmoil of the characters lives. About half way through I did wonder if I'd see the book through, then suddenly I was hooked. It has been a long time since a book made me cry but this tale did just that, a mother's love is the strongest thing in all of the Nine Realms.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🖤 11mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 238: Inanimate Objects with Courtney @Conservio

Courtney is back and before we jump into discussion of books we've read and liked recently, we discuss how our reading has changed over time.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy238

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Bookfan1414
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This is an awful book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ how dare you make me feel emotions….

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BookwormAHN
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I really loved this book. It's the first 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 book that I've read in awhile. It's a Norse mythology retelling of the witch Angroboda who married Loki and prophesied Ragnarok.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#WickedWords #winter (there were 3 years of winter before Ragnarok) @AsYouWish
#TheSupernaturalYear #Prophet @AkashaVampie
#Pantone2022 #Daffodil @Clwojick
#Booked2022 #religion @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Cool choice!! I‘m intrigued #stacked 13mo
StaceGhost Really looking forward to this one! I‘ve had it on hold forever and this makes me even more excited 😊 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Gorgeous cover, too!! 13mo
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AsYouWish Yay!!!! This books looks really good!!!💙💙💙💙 13mo
Clwojick Awesome colour match! 💖 13mo
AkashaVampie Great job sweetie... u are trying to cover all ur bases, aren't u? 13mo
BookwormAHN @AkashaVampie I may have signed up for a ton of challenges this year 😸 13mo
AkashaVampie @BookwormAHN haha sounds like it. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I am anxious to give this one a go! 13mo
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CBee
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#12booksof2021 #August @Andrew65
Amazing book that satisfied every part of my mythology loving nerdy self 😊😂♥️

Andrew65 Looks great. 13mo
Laughterhp I really need to read this one! 13mo
JacqMac This is on my TBR. I‘m looking forward to it. 13mo
CBee @Laughterhp it‘s SO good ♥️♥️♥️ 13mo
CBee @JacqMac hope you enjoy as much as I did! 13mo
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Conservio
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absolutely amazing. Never thought I‘d be on the side if the giants/trolls in Ragnarok.

definitely pulled at my heart strings.

5/5

#mythology #giant #magic #ragnarok #fuckloki

Yuki_Onna #fuckloki 😂 My year starts well... 13mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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A fantastic pile of books for Christmas 📚🎁🎄💚🎅 My TBR pile might be the size of a house now but I do love a good book and these beauties are perfect
Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas filled with bookish wonders 🥰📚🎁🎄🎅💚❤❄
#MerryChristmas #Booklovers #BookNerds #LibraryMouse #InkDrinker #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #BookWitch #BookGeek #LostInABook #SundayReadersClub #BookLover #JustOneMoreChapter #ProfessionalBookworm #LostInABook

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Conservio
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Trying to see how many books I can cram in before the new year #endofyear #mythology

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Jen2
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Loved it so much!!!

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EclecticBookLover
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Wasn't expecting this one to come in so soon, but im looking forward to it!

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Chrissyreadit
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Thank you Aletheia so much for the surprise!! I am so grateful for our friendship ❤️ and the thoughtfulness and generosity you always show. Sending you virtual hugs across the miles 🤍🤍🤍🤍

Avanders Yay!! I‘m glad you like it! ☺️🌺🎄♥️ 14mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders you always send the best packages😘 also I sent you an email 😁 14mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, some Marisha Pessl.
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BookMaven9
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. A heartbreaking telling in the world of Norse Mythology of Loki, Angrboda, the mother of monsters and the fall of Asgard with the coming of Ragnorak. Such a sad story of love and loss. Wonderfully written. However it felt a bit too much like Circe with that one being slightly better.

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intothehallofbooks
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t love it, didn‘t hate it. Loved the mythology parts and the way I wanted to read more about Ragnarok on my own. But I was annoyed by these characters and their vindictive drama. I wanted it to be atmospheric tale but it really was not.

Glad I read it. Probably won‘t read it again.

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Lizpixie
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Bk4 of #20in4 #readathon & the last is done! Managed to finish this just before midnight Monday so it‘s just scraped in under the wire. And it‘s another #bingo on my #BookspinBingo board for October(we have till the 3rd right?) I loved this book❤️I have a huge weakness for Norse myths, the hubby & son wish they‘d been born Vikings, so it was very much in my wheelhouse. Plus it was told so beautifully & it had witches. Perfect🙌 #RagnarokForever

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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GodsLioness
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I loved this book from the first page til the last, even if it did make me weep like a baby.

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Johanna414
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@kellyann28 I am SO glad you chose this for #lmpbc because who knows if I ever would have gotten to it otherwise, and it was just fantastic! Exactly the book I needed right now!
I'm finishing up my final thoughts and will get it in the mail in the next few days. @DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers

DanaManiac Wasn‘t it sooo good?! I don‘t think I would have come across it either! 1y
Johanna414 @DanaManiac Honestly, this was one of the best rounds of #lmpbc I've done yet. The book I chose was probably my least favorite of the 4, and I still really enjoyed it- I just LOVED all the others! 1y
TheBookKeepers I loved this one!! It really has been an awesome round! @DanaManiac I may be a little late mailing mine again 🙈 we‘re still renovating the new house and im behind my reading schedule. Also congrats on getting married!!!!!!!! Your new profile pic is so cute! 1y
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DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers That‘s okay- no worries! And thank you! ☺️ 1y
DanaManiac @Johanna414 I agree! This was such a great round. The books were all so different and great! 1y
kellyann28 I'm glad you all liked it too. I'm not sure how to describe this book other than it felt...refreshing? Unique? Uniquely refreshing?! 😂 I'm not sure but I loved it 1y
Johanna414 @kellyann28 finally got this in the mail today! You should have it by Tuesday 1y
kellyann28 Thank you! 😍 1y
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Cathy_J
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I loved this one 😍 A retelling/reimagining of Norse mythology, it brings to life the story of the witch Angrboda. It was all woven together so well and I loved the characters. There's just something about Loki that is so interesting. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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nichollinlove
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Angrboda, mother of monsters, has taken residence in my bookish heart. I've said it before here, but I love retellings. I love Mythology. Norse Mythology is something I have only explored with Gaiman. I could see the threads between his retellings and hers. The story got both emotional and tightly wound, making for a spectacular end. The audiobook narrator is a perfect fit for the story, truly. I will likely reread this in print.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Johanna414
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The library has been busy today, but I'm taking a few quiet moments to start this... loving it so far!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover! 1y
DanaManiac I can‘t wait to read your thoughts!! 1y
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Johanna414
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@DanaManiac This got delivered a few days ago - sorry it took me so long to let you know its here! It's been a crazy week... I can't wait to dive in this weekend! @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 #lmpbc

Soubhiville Oh, enjoy! I liked this one a lot. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 🖤🧡 1y
kellyann28 I hope you enjoy it! 🧡 1y
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DanaManiac
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4 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this retelling! I thought that the lack of chapters would have me feeling lost, but once things got going, I was so intrigued and couldn't stop until I finished the whole thing. I had never heard of this book until my postal book club, but am so glad that I discovered it and had the pleasure of reading it. It's such a complicated tale of love, heartache, betrayal and forgiveness. #LMPBC

kellyann28 I'm glad you enjoyed it! I, too, was a little scared of the "no chapters" bit at first! 1y
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Ericalambbrown
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Loved this book! It‘s was so good. It tells the story of Angraboda - wife of Loki, mother of ‘monsters‘ - from her point of view. I knew little about Norse mythology outside of Neil Gaiman‘s work and occasional stories I read here and there. This was a wonderful retelling that I recommend to anyone interested in mythology.

hissingpotatoes That COVER, be still my heart! 1y
Ericalambbrown @hissingpotatoes isn‘t it pretty? It‘s perfect! 1y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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When I started it, I was afraid it would be too similar to “Circe” and “Ariadne”, both in themselves each retellings of mythological women whose tales fail to tell their true stories, and give them a voice.
I loved each of those books, but I wasn‘t sure how the author would tell the tale of the little-known giantess witch who married Loki…. For the rest of my REVIEW https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4230208865

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Book mail! Other than Gaiman‘s “Norse Gods” and the D‘ aulaires Book of Norse Mythology, I have read very little on the subject. Excited to read a woman‘s side of the story, the wife of Loki, the Norse Giantess witch Angrboda. I have heard that what Madeline Miller gave to the voiceless Circe, Genevieve Gorbachev gives to Angrboda 🎉Here‘s hoping it will be wonderful 💙

BarbaraTheBibliophage I am definitely stacking this baby. I love Norse mythology and it has so many amazing women. 1y
Emily92Bibliophile @BarbaraTheBibliophage it‘s good so far! And I can‘t help visualizing Tom Hiddleston as Loki 😍 please Let me know of your other favorite reads about Norse Mythology + women if you get a chance ! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Emily92Bibliophile Here‘s one that‘s history, mythology, and a bit of fiction all rolled into one. It‘s excellent! 1y
Emily92Bibliophile @BarbaraTheBibliophage that sounds amazing! Thank you! 1y
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