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From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash Series Book 1)
From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash Series Book 1) | Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Maiden Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppys life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers. A Duty The entire kingdoms future rests on Poppys shoulders, something shes not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden. A Kingdom Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel. Reviews for From Blood and Ash: "Dreamy, twisty, steamy escapism. Take me back!" -New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins Jennifer Armentrout has the power to control my emotions with every word she writes. From swooning to crying to racing through the pages to find out what happens next, I couldn't stop reading about Hawke and Poppy, and you won't be able to either. - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely Action, adventure, sexiness, and angst! From Blood and Ash has it all and double that. So many feels and so many moments it made me cheer for the character. Read. This. Book! You'll be obsessed! - Tijan NYT bestselling author From Blood and Ash is a phenomenal fantasy novel that is filled to the brim with danger, mystery and heart melting romance. I loved every single second of it and I couldnt get enough of this new fantastical world. A heart stopping start to what is clearly going to be a stunning series, perfect for both those who love fantasy and those who are new to the genre. A must read. Kayleigh, K-Books "If you think you are ready for From Blood and Ash, think again. Jennifer L. Armentrout has woven a new fantasy universe that will leave you reeling. Filled with action, heart wrenching twists and the most delicious romance, this unputdownable novel comes with a warning: keep a fan close by, because the temperatures are about to rise." Elena, The Bibliotheque Blo In this exciting new novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, she introduces a fantastical world filled with immense detail, and characters who are poignant and fierce, Jennifer truly has out done herself! BookBesties From Blood and Ash is a fantastic fantasy that will hook you immediately from the very first page! I loved every single moment and all of the characters are ones you will fall in love with! Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again with her amazing writing skills and lots of detail! Get this book immediately!!! - Amanda @Stuck In YA Books Jennifer has stepped into the fantasy genre with this absolutely amazing novel. With characters you will love and more than a few twists and turns, get ready for one amazing adventure.-Perpetual Fangirl
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SonyaBeatty
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My sisters and I started a book club just for us. This was pick #2. If my sister hadn't picked it, I don't think I would've picked it up. I like pretty much all genres, but I read fantasy less often. I ended up really enjoying it. Anxiously waiting to read book 2 in the series, because we said we wouldn't move on until we have our book club discussion for this one. Onene sister isn't finished yet... 😕

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maddy.renae
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if you love storylines that the “villain” gets the girl, this is the book to read.

persephone1408 @maddy.renae welcome to litsy! 3mo
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persephone1408
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Here is my #june2022wrapup if it wasn't for the blood and ash series...I would only have one. But that one is seriously long! Lol
3 audio books. All three are female authors. My favorite was from blood and ash. The other books after are slightly boring at times. I have completely stalled on the newest outlander book. I had to stop for fear of my life lol it was boring me to death🤷🏻 I will eventually gather my courage and go back to finish.

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persephone1408
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Besides seeing all the twists coming... I thoroughly enjoyed it. Already started #2. I give this one ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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deliasson
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A good fantasy novel but also falls somewhere in the realm of romance novels...the very graphic kind with a LOT of details! I didn't expect that but I'm also not complaining!

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Slajaunie
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Oh my! If you like Sarah J. Maas you will love this series. Enjoy! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Leniverse Is this YA? What I've read of her work before has been very... adult. 😅 5mo
Slajaunie @Leniverse I would say more adult. 5mo
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Kboltz
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Loved this and will read the rest of this series. Poppy and Hawke in a world in which history is hidden from the chosen Maiden. Vampires and wolven oh my! If you love the Court of Thorns and Roses series then you will LOVE this series. But should this really be YA? Beware…it‘s hot in this world!

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Pigpen_Reads
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Just finished this book and it was good!
Quite a few twists and turns and a cliffhanger ending!
Gonna start the second one now.

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Pigpen_Reads
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Finally getting to this series. I didn't expect to laugh a bit with this book. It's great!

Super_Jane I keep seeing a lot of people reading this recently. Is it worth it? I‘m a huge Sarah J Mass fan so I‘m wondering if it‘s like her books 7mo
Pigpen_Reads @Super_Jane I love Throne of Glass and ACOTAR. I think this series is along those lines. I just finished the first book yesterday and starting the second one today. 7mo
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abbipaige30
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He had me at ‘ Princess ‘. I am going to honest i‘ve been doing so much reading my critical thinking mind kinda ruined it for me at chapter 3.

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abbipaige30
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I am hopeful for this to be good. @paytanmal you better be right

paytanmal have i steered you wrong yet 😉 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Well this one ended up being a pretty soft pick for me, borderline so-so. There was a lot about it that I did enjoy, and I did stick it out through all 613 pages, but this book was way too long for what it actually accomplished, and the way it ended meant that I felt like I had read an incredibly long prologue. A lot more sex than I was anticipating, to the point where it kind of felt like getting laid was all Poppy really cared about. I haven't⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) decided if I'm going to read book 2 or not (it's on reserve at the library). I know I complained a lot during this review, but I did actually overall enjoy the story, it just needed to be a LOT shorter.

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#AlmostaChunkster
#BookSpinBingo
#FabulousFebruary - 1656/3000pgs @Andrew65
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TheAromaofBooks I think what really annoyed me is that Poppy supposedly really believes in her religion/that she is “chosen“ yet basically decides that her getting to have sex is more important than the lives of the people supposedly depending on her staying “pure.“ I get why she felt rebellious, but it made her come across as very shallow, especially since she rarely complained about any of her other restrictions. I'm also not a fan of the “your life isn't ⬇ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) truly fulfilled until you've had sex“ rhetoric, which was very strong throughout this story. There could have been an emphasis on a lot of the other freedoms that Poppy was missing, but sex became this borderline-obsession, the ONE THING that Poppy HAD TO EXPERIENCE in order to be a FREE WOMAN that really dragged the whole story down for me. 7mo
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TheSpineView Great job, especially considering it was a chunkster and not the best book on the shelf. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView - I'm kind of a bad reviewer because I tend to go on and on about the parts that annoy me when I actually enjoyed the book enough overall to give it a pick 😂 7mo
TheSpineView @TheAromaofBooks I do that too.🙃 7mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 7mo
LitStephanie I agree it was a bit long. I really liked the book but agree with your criticisms. It gets bogged down sometimes, but I found that just when I started to really get bored, some exciting monster or battle would live things up. If you are annoyed by the focus on sex in this book, you will probably not like the second one. The second one is all about the love story ad nauseum. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - That's good to know... I actually planned to read this one in January so I've had the 2nd book on reserve since then and still hasn't come in. So I guess I will cross the “should I read the next book“ bridge whenever it actually arrives! 😂 There was a lot about this book I enjoyed, so odds are probably good that I'll still wade through the next one lol 7mo
LitStephanie When I made that comment, I was conflating the first two books and forgot there is a third, oops. The second one does have a lot of sex but also a lot of action and plot progression. I enjoyed it as much as the first. The third one tried my patience with the emphasis on love, love, love. Curious to see your review of the second one if you read it. 7mo
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IheartYA
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Mehso-so

This book definitely had good moments but it won't be a stand out of my year. I enjoyed the storyline and character development overall. The writing was mediocre. There was a lot of fluff including dialogue; it could have easily been told in 400 pages. I am interested to know what happens next but would rather continue reading the books that have been sitting on my shelves. *Looking to make new book friends?Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook!

TheAromaofBooks I'm about 2/3 through this one and feel the same way - there is a LOT of padding in this book and I'm not sure how committed I'm going to be to reading several more 600pg books in this series! 7mo
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Booksbymybed
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This one was a quick easy read, I wanted some high fantasy romance to distract myself during a difficult week. And this one ticked all the boxes of the genre-a beautiful tortured heroine, a dark and handsome hero, a secret, high stakes. Romance was ok, a little too spicy for YA, perhaps. The storyline is somewhat generic,not much happened for about 65%, yet pacing felt ok. I will probably keep reading, it kept me entertained enough.

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EstherBluewood

Final blurb for this book—
It‘s been a couple of weeks since I finished the book and it still lingers. I‘ve read different things since then and find myself comparing characters and how I felt with the characters and feelings the book evoked. A book well done is when it lingers. I wish the books weren‘t so expensive or I would buy the next one faster.

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Booksbymybed

50% in and not a lot of things are happening. It‘s an easy read, but the plot needs to hurry up and unfurl.

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ParkerFinn
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I‘m in love! I‘m obsessed! I‘m dead! This was everything I ever wanted! A great fantasy! A great romance! Argh! Did I mention I‘m dead now? So good!

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Eggbeater
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2nd book finished for #JoyousJanuary #readathon @Andrew65

This book is entertaining and fun and a great escape and I need more of it.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 8mo
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Eggbeater
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I am reading No Touching by Ketty Rouf translated by Tina Kover for one book club, Fuzz by Mary Roach on hardback for another, and listening to From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout just for fun on audio.

I am enjoying all of them so far. #WeekendReading

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 9mo
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Lauranahe
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I initially picked up this book thinking it was more of a sexy-times story. Wasn‘t very much of that, but I got sucked into the story, of two kingdoms and magic and werewolves and vampires and sword fighting and on and on. Will absolutely be reading the next one!

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EstherBluewood

Made it to 476, chapter 40. It‘s nearing the end of the book and, as a true beginning to a series, I have way more questions than answers. This book hasn‘t been what I expected and, while definitely being sexy, it wasn‘t the complete wildly sexual liberation I expected. Poppy has been liberated in many ways on her journey (see my previously posted quotes) but we are discovering that truth does not equal freedom. Not even love is free.

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EstherBluewood

It was strange to know myself and be so certain when I‘d spent so long not knowing myself.

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EstherBluewood

There is no way I could be in that bed with you and not be all over you in ten seconds flat. We wouldn‘t even make it to the bed before that happened. I know my limitations. I know that I‘m not a good enough man to remember my duty and yours or that I‘m so incredibly unworthy of you it should be a sin. Even knowing that, there is no way I wouldn‘t strip that robe from you and do exactly what I told you I‘d do when we were in the forest.

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EstherBluewood

Maiden or not, good or bad, Chosen or forsaken, I deserve to /live/ and to exist without being cloistered by rules I never agreed to.

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EstherBluewood

I just finished page 325 and this is my realization. This book is about grief. It‘s about grieving for yourself and your loved ones. It‘s about grieving for what you lost and what you never had. It‘s about going over and over things that get taken away from you and what you can take back in your own hands to cope. It‘s about loneliness and how feeling pain is human. Feeling is human. Wanting is a necessity for all things living; feeling is human.

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EstherBluewood

“It‘s okay, you know?”
“What is?”
“Everything that you‘re feeling,” he said. “And everything you‘re not.”

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EstherBluewood

225 pages in, just finished chapter 18. There‘s something nice about knowing that the hot love interest absolutely is attracted to your main character and so enamored that he can only compare her to a goddess in mortal form. It‘s a huge boost in confidence and let‘s you focus on other parts of their relationship/dynamic since you don‘t have to worry about if he likes you or not. Hawke is in the story and we are safer and more tantalized than ever.

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EstherBluewood

A hundred pages in and I am here to tell you that this—so far— is not the fantasy book of sexual discovery that I was expecting. There is depth, plot, darkness, and the introduction to some friendly characters and intriguing societal questions to keep the story moving. Our steamy hero Hawke has not shown back up but in his place we have blood thirsty monsters, assassins, a growing body count, and a party! Everything I could want in a story!

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Tbirzer
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❤️❤️ Loved this book! From the first page I was hooked! 📚

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LitStephanie
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I like fantasy, but it is really hard to find good writing that doesn't keep reminding me how unrealistic it is. This book has a good balance of believable characters and fantastical creatures. I couldn't put it down. It follows the adventures of a young woman who has been cloistered her whole life for some mysterious purpose by a religious cult as she tries to find freedom to do what she wants.

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LitStephanie
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StayCurious Wow amazing! 9mo
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Cazxxx
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Started off a little slow and I wasn‘t sure about it but stuck it out and glad that I did. Ended up getting drawn into the story and finished it in a couple of days. It was fun, sexy and had some good humour too. I‘ll read the other ones when they become available at the library

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398.2
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I loved this book. It has some spice but I really enjoyed it. I got it from the library. I had to buy the second one because it was already OUT and it already had a hold on it. That‘s going to be my excuse when my husband asks. Lol NOW I need to buy the entire series. I can‘t just have the second book on my shelf.

nichollinlove The FBAA series is SO GOOD! I flew through that series the same way! I bought A Shadow In The Ember because I couldn't wait for it either 😆 11mo
Zuhkeeyah I trying to patient with my library but I have a feeling I‘m going to cave and buy the whole series 😅 11mo
398.2 @nichollinlove I was stalking the package and I signed up for text updates lol.It ended up being a day late. 11mo
398.2 @Zuhkeeyah Ya, I have been trying to get what I can from the library. I just don‘t have room or money to support my book habit. Lol Then books like these set me up to fail lol. 11mo
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AC4ever17
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Just received my fairyloot From Blood and Ash special editions!! They are so much more beautiful in person! These pictures don‘t do these books justice. I love them and now it makes me want to reread the whole series. #frombloodandash #fairyloot

BrittanyReads Stunning! 12mo
398.2 Those are beautiful! 11mo
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Maya.McClan
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I was worried I wouldn‘t be able to finish in time to return to the library (all 600 pages) but it wasn‘t a problem because I was thoroughly enjoying it. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 #fantasy #fiction #romance

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Brittany88
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Starts off a little slow, but man is sticking with it 100% worth it!

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JELEIGH
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July reading recap! (Sorry I‘m always late in life) July was a big one for me. I broke my foot when an AC unit fell out of a window so I spent most of my time lounging around, eating edibles, and reading. I seem to be reading mostly series in 2021 and I am here for it! finished From Blood and Ash, ACOTAR, and the folk of the air, made progress in Outlander, and started the Fever series. (I am loving so far!) What did you read?

ErinSueMreads I love everything about this post except the broken foot 14mo
JELEIGH @ErinSueMreads lol thank you ! Not going to lie though, it has been kind of nice not having to move around 😅😂 14mo
ErinSueMreads thats fair. I almost commented that I even loved the broken foot because of how much you have gotten to read lol 14mo
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Littlewolf1
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Birthday gift from one of my Besties... Harry potter bookmarks, charm bookmark and gift card that landed me a book that I‘ve had on my list for a minute. Thank you @Tiffanyrgp

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Zuhkeeyah
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What a fun, sexy ride. I always enjoy when the heroine can kick butt. The constant tension between her and her guard only added to the plot instead of being distracting. The humor was solid and even had me laughing aloud sometimes (who doesn‘t love a healthy dose of sarcasm?). Highly recommend.

398.2 I also really enjoyed the humor! 11mo
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CoffeeNMoreCoffee
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I read this 600+ page book in two days. Could not put it down. Great read!

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Lynsey40
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Just started....

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TheAromaofBooks
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@Tattooedteacher I love everything!!!! I am super excited about both these books. I have been meaning to read JLA forever & I have a total soft spot for books set at hotels/b&bs so this one looks right up my alley!! Socks, hot chocolate, seeds that I am totally planting today, and who can have too many totes? Not me!! Thank you so much!!!
#LitsyLoveSummerSwap @Bookgoil @rsteve388

Tattooedteacher Yay! I‘m so glad you liked everything! I was nervous about the books 📖, but how lucky is it that you live reading about B&Bs. Enjoy it all. 💜 1y
Bookgoil Stephens is my fave cocoa!!! 1y
TheAromaofBooks @Bookgoil - I've never even heard of it but I'm excited to try it!!! 1y
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Emmalou_56
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Love love love this book! Perfect romance/fantasy read for 18+! Couldn‘t put it down and obviously bought the second and the third straight away and have read all three in a week 🤦‍♀️ the first and third were my favourites with the second being a bit long winded with not much action. Would definitely recommend to older Cassandra Clare fans!

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Areader2
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This book is a long the lines of ACOTAR , but it‘s different at the same time. Just a fun read and I will continue with the series !

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Endowarrior21
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Thank you for everything @Chrissyreadit I love everything you got me. #Allagesswap

Chrissyreadit Let me know how the tea is- I‘ve read a lot about it lately. 1y
Endowarrior21 @Chrissyreadit I love them not to sweet and are perfect hot or cold. 1y
Chrissyreadit Yay! I‘m so glad! 1y
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Marni
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Oh my gods. I loved this book. The last 40% I couldn‘t put down. Starting book 2 tonight. No question.
29/60

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Skyrimir
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When books do this...is this anyone else‘s bookish pet peeve?

TheSpineView One of the reasons I prefer hardcover 1y
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Marni

I can‘t stop reading