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Within These Wicked Walls
Within These Wicked Walls: A Novel | Lauren Blackwood
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MartinaLove
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First, I want to start by saying that I am sorry that I completely disappeared from the winter games. I was very busy at the job and it resulted in a reading slumped. I spent the entire month of December playing on my Switch.

That being said, I don't have a reading goal this year. I am simply reading whatever I feel like reading.

📚 Currently reading this book. This is 1 of 10 of my birthday bookhaul.

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Eggbeater
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Panpan

I really did enjoy the supernatural elements, but in my opinion the book had a religious agenda that doesn't sit well with me. It also felt like it was trying to normalize and forgive child absue. I didn't like the romance. Magnus was a sniveling brat and Andromeda was too pious and self-sacrificing. I thought it sent a bad message.

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kimmypete1
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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio and wished I had read it as I probably would have liked it more.

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Kris10H
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Bailedbailed

I was drawn to this book for its gorgeous cover and promising synopsis. I hate to bail on a book - especially after I've invested hours in it - but over halfway through and I've got to call it. I found the story terribly disjointed, and there were a number of times throughout where I felt as though I must have skimmed over something important. It's as though Blackwood had this world all planned out, but forgot that the reader can't see it.

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staci.reads
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Mehso-so

Finished this on New Year's Eve. I enjoyed a lot about the story. It had a fun plot and lots of creepiness. It's badly edited, though, and that spoiled what could have been a good book. I was often flipping back a page assuming I had missed something, but, no, it was just disjointed and underdeveloped. It felt like parts of the plot and pieces of the backstory had been removed that would have made it make a lot more sense.

Kris10H Half eat through, and I was thinking I must have been skimming past things. Good to know it's not just me ;) 3w
staci.reads @Kris10H definitely not just you. It had so much potential 😔 2w
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Linsy
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Pickpick

I finished this at the beginning of the month and loved it!!! There were a few world building questions I had -- for instance, if people were disappearing from there why didn't every staff member run from the hills?? -- but other than that I just loved this Jane Eyre retelling. I particularly liked how the author brought the religious aspects of the original text into this world. I gobbled it up!

#holidayhorrors #wintergames2021 #hellosunshine

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Linsy
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I love when the inside hardcover is pretty! Silver and bells play surprisingly significant roles in this book. 🥈🔔

#silverbells #festivephotochallenge #wintergames2021
@Clwojick @StayCurious

TheSpineView 2mo
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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

I loved this book. It's set in Ethiopia where Andromeda is working her first job as a debtera, someone who cleanses houses of the evil eye. It was described as a Jane Eyre retelling but I didn't really see it that way.
Anyone doing the #ReadingAfrica2022 challenge might want to check it out.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#BBRC #TeenAngst #Hauntings @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 🌟❤️😁 2mo
KristiAhlers I have added it to my pile! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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MaggieCarr
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Bailedbailed

Too scary for me.

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Asthecroweflies
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Pickpick

I loved this book! It‘s an Ethiopian retelling of Jane Eyre with magic intertwined. I just wished it went more into detail.

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BookBelle84
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Starting this one this morning. I've never read Jane Eyre but I was completely lured in by the beautiful cover.

tpixie This may tempt you to read ! 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Current read. #reesesbookclub

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ICantImReading
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️💫

I was excited to listen to this gothic fantasy romance before Halloween, but it didn‘t really do it for me. It was atmospheric and haunting, but I wasn‘t a fan of the insta-love and thought the magic could have been explained better. Maybe it was just a little too YA for me? 🎧

#reesesbookclub

ChaoticMissAdventures I agree, I had so much hope for this but it just fell flat. 3mo
ICantImReading @ChaoticMissAdventures ah I‘m sorry you felt that way too, but it always feels validating when someone else feels similarly haha 3mo
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Charityann
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Pickpick

Finished this one earlier today! Really cool retelling of Jane Eyre. Fast paced and magical. 🎃📚📖 #teamslaughter #scarathlon2021 @Clwojick

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Twainy
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Pickpick

🎧 That cover! 🖤

It‘s YA. Be prepared for the tropes! It‘s a debut! It‘s tangentially an Ethiopian inspired spooky retelling of Jane Eyre. I loved Andromeda & Magnus!! The MC is in training to be an exorcist. She spends time in a gloriously creepy castle. The romance is sweet & the horror is a light touch. Perfect choice for a quick, fun story for Halloween.

Good stand alone debut & narrator.

Thank you NetGalley & Macmillan Audio for the ARC!

Twainy OOPS!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️7/8 😁 3mo
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Patchshank
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A quiz from Book Riot. Pick a horror movie get a horror novel.
https://bookriot.com/pick-a-horror-movie-get-a-horror-novel-quiz/

I've never heard of this book or the author, but it does sound super interesting. I guess it's a retelling of Jane Eyre. I've never read that either. I know roughly what it's about.

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Beatlefan129
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Guys, I won an ARC of this book! I‘m so excited (Evee not as much) #GoodreadsGiveaway

TiminCalifornia Love your dog! Very noble looking. 7mo
Melli I‘m reading my Netgalley arc right now I have been holding it until Halloween 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC
I wanted to love this, but it is 1 of those books that seems to stretch and stretch but have no depth. The main character falls for out rich grumpy young man the 2nd day they know each other, bug nothing about him screams lovable.
The atmosphere of the house is fantastically built, if this had just been about Andi & the house it would have been amazing. This felt a bit like a failed balance of too many story lines.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Climbing into bed early to finish this book with a glass of wine, and of course I perfectly match my bedding, down to my nails painted the same color as my throw. Doesn't everyone? 😏😆 I think I need to expand my personal color palette 😂