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Roses and Rot
Roses and Rot | Kat Howard
Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from a remarkable young writer (Neil Gaiman). What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of? Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldnt imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts programImogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that theres more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale shes dreamed about as a child, but its one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her hearts desire.
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Mehso-so

Two sisters reunite at an elite school for artists after escaping an emotionally and physically abusive mother. There are secrets at the school, and the price when they are revealed may be more than the sisters can pay.

Seeing the sisters relationship rebuild was wonderful and the amorality of the Fae was well done.

But there was something missing, and I can‘t quite put my finger on it. The narrator, though, was perfect for this book. 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

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Deborah42
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Pickpick

“This is the thing about fairy tales: You have to live through them, before you get to happily ever after. That ever after has to be earned, and not everyone makes it that far.”

A luscious dark fairy tale featuring two artistic sisters (a writer and a dancer) who escape their abusive mother and earn spots in a prestigious art program. Of course, the school is hiding secrets and not everyone is who they seem to be.

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Lizpixie
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#MarchIntoThe70s #day8 #TinyDancer This novel is the last one I‘ve read with a character who‘s a dancer. Imogen, an author, and her sister Marin, a ballet dancer, are accepted into a prestigious arts school for a year. Marin has a gift for dance, one that has caught the eye of her mentor, a principal dancer at the National Ballet Theatre, but he has a secret, one that‘ll turn Marin‘s world upside down.💃🏻

Cinfhen I remember seeing this book on Litsy a year or so ago when it was released. I remember it being a popular pick!!! And maybe there‘s even a #LittleDanger in this story too!?!!!? 😂 9mo
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Lizpixie
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Pickpick

Another sunrise from the wrong end, but wow,was this book worth it! A story of two sisters,eldest a writer,youngest a dancer, besieged by an evil mother who undermines & abuses constantly.Years later, both are accepted to a arts retreat,not knowing that the Fae run it & expect payment. Dark, dangerous & gorgeous. #Booked2019 #FairyTaleRetelling #MountTBR2019 #Bk7 #LitsyAtoZ2019 #LetterR #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #FeaturedInALittensPhotoChallengePost

Cinfhen Beautiful sunrise 🌅 sorry you can‘t sleep but glad you enjoyed your #fairytaleretelling 10mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen thanks! I have now finished the #Winter portion of #Booked2019 with over a month to spare. Even though I‘m attempting 5 challenges, I‘ve been doing remarkably well this year. I think it‘s because I‘ve started a Challenge Journal to keep track of them all. I highly recommend this book if you haven‘t read it yet👍 10mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 You‘re a #ChallengeSlayer 10mo
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Lizpixie
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I‘m so glad I asked hubs to pick, this book is fantastic! Almost 4hrs later and I‘m at halfway, I can‘t put it down. It‘s the kind of faerie story I love, where the Fae are cruel & amoral & Faerie is a seductive but dangerous place. Just having a tea break before diving back in. #Booked2019 #FairyTaleRetelling #MountTBR2019 #Bk7 #LitsyAtoZ2019 #LetterR #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #FeaturedInALittensPhotoChallengePost

Cinfhen Yay!! Hubs picked well💜 10mo
BarbaraJean Oh, I LOVED this one. 10mo
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Lizpixie
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I couldn‘t choose from these 4 which 1 was going to be my #Booked2019 #FairytaleRetelling so I asked hubs to choose for me. So,Roses And Rot it is! I think I gave him variety,from bottom up it‘s Cinderella, Russian Folktales, Snow White & Rose Red.It will also be #MountTBR2019 #Bk7 #LitsyAtoZ2019 #LetterR & #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #FeaturedInALittensPhotoChallengePost I just checked & this went into my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom over 2yrs ago!

Cinfhen Hope hub chose well 🤞🏼🤞🏼 10mo
LibrarianRyan Six gun Snow White was interesting. Odd but interesting. 10mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen he did! I‘m already at pg77 and loving it. Have you read it? @LibrarianRyan that‘s the one I was edging toward but hubs chose the tagged book instead. Six Gun will be my next read I think 💭 10mo
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Rudis
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#literarylove #roses A story of tragic romantic love, and a deep sisterly love.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!!! 10mo
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toofondofbooks
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Panpan

This was really terrible. I only finished bc I listened to it on 3x speed. Weird setting, story and characters that just were very two dimensional. My hubby says he can tell when I really don't like a book bc I do this eye-roll thing as I'm reading/listening to it. Well there was much eye-rolling with this one lol 🙄

Also, I read this bc Neil Gaiman blurbed it. I feel so betrayed 😟🤣

BarbaraTheBibliophage You should tweet him and tell him! 10mo
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Laughterhp
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Book: Harry Potter (all)
Author: Kat Howard
Movie: Harry Potter (all)
Food: Ham

#manicmonday #LetterH

JoScho All the Harry Potters!!!! 1y
LoverofLit Everything Harry Potter! Always! ⚡❤ 1y
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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyJune18 #rotten

"...a thick haze that smelled equally of roses and of rot." Something is rotten at Melete--the artists' colony where Imogen and Marin are awarded nine-month residencies...

If you haven't read it and like stories steeped in fairy tale & folklore, Roses and Rot is a great summer read.

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #bookandflowers couldn‘t resist the contrast between the two covers of flowers.

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BookishBlonde12
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Pickpick

Imogene and her sister Marin have left their terrible mother behind to attend a prestigious artist retreat. The retreat seems like something straight out of a fairytale, but soon the sisters learn that fairytales come with their own set of sacrifices, be it for art or for love. Imogene, a writer, and Marin, a dancer, must learn what they would sacrifice in order to become the best. Only one sister can claim the top spot.

HeatherBlue I love that top right image! Absolutely beautiful ❤️ 2y
BookishBlonde12 @HeatherBlue credit goes to Pinterest/DeviantArt 🤗 2y
Bookcation74 Pretty collage! I loved this book! Her second one is also fantastic 2y
BookishBlonde12 @Bookcation74 Thanks for the recommendation! Added it to my #TBR 2y
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BookishBlonde12
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New #audiobook for the workday commute. 🚗 💨

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Rudis
Roses and Rot | Kat Howard
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#readingresolutions #fairytale Other than the original tales on the bottom, I seem to gravitate to retellings of fairytales; I‘m always curious how fairy tales can be reimagined for our modern world.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm just starting to get into retellings. I like them, they're fun. 😊 2y
lyradora In that case, I heartily recommend two literary ezines: Gingerbread House and Enchanted Conversation. Both specialize in poetic and short story retellings of fairy tales. 😊 2y
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dreabooksit
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Pickpick

Imogen and Marin are two sisters using art to strengthen and escape a cruel, abusive mother. When they get accepted at Melete, a prestigious school for artists, they begin to experience things that test the bonds of their sisterhood. Fabulously written with a fairytale element. Kat Howard is becoming a favorite

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JulAnna
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Pickpick

I really liked this and stayed up late last night to finish (so glad it was Friday). 😊The writing reminded me of Gaiman in places but the author definitely has her own voice. A solid storyline, fairy tales mixed in with the story, and some thought provoking quotes made this a winner for me! 👍🏻

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #windows I love the cover of this novel - the old stately manner & colouring really set the tone for the novel.

Jess7 Pretty!! 😍😍 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Truth

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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Hopefully this one will be perfect for hibernating until the snow stops. #SFF

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Pickpick

Finished this up in bed early this morning. I loved how she mixes fairy tales with her story.

Book 1 of #theunreadshelfproject2018

MicheleinPhilly Did you get anything at the bookstore to add to that shelf??? 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly I didn't! I've been completely overwhelmed the last few months by the number of unread books I own. So I won't buy anything unless it's a super good deal or it's really calling to me. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Holy shit.

"Not every princess climbs out of her coffin."

Bookcation74 I LOVED this book! And her 2nd is even better! 2y
Melissa_J I have this one on my TBR. I think I might have to move it up closer to the top. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Bookcation74 I didn't know she had others. She's a new author to me. I'll definitely look into it. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Melissa_J I really enjoyed it and the passages like these made it even better. She intermixes fairy tales with her story. Makes for an interesting format. 2y
MarriedtoMrT Awesome quote! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Seriously, TGIF.
Leggings, fuzzy sweater, and all.
Must finish this one tonight.

#theunreadshelfproject2018

HotMessJess Every time I see a post with you reading this I think it‘s rot and ruin by Jonathan Mayberry! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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My alarm goes off at 4:25.

Reading in bed in the dark by 8:30 ✔️

Andrew65 That‘s a very early alarm! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I have 2 hrs and 1 minute left in this book and I only have 1 hour until my workout.

Predicaments.

vivastory I mean, reading is a workout of sorts... 2y
Melissa_J Can you WhisperSnyc it? 2y
alvingregorio Is the Oasis worth it? I got the Voyage when it first came out. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Melissa_J Probably, but my gym hosts a crossfit style workout on Sunday. So it would be weird if I listened to headphones. 😂😂 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I really like the bigger screen on the oasis and the page buttons, but honestly it's not that different from my voyage. I mostly wanted it for it being waterproof and because I can't help myself. I like it a lot, but if your happy with your voyage it may not be worth the upgrade. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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0 degrees is the warmest it's been here today.

Afternoon coffee necessary.

rachelm The roads were bad up here near Ames yesterday. Hope you get around safe if you need to go out! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @rachelm I have to drive from Ankeny to WDM and last night after work was horrifying. But we made it safe. Thankfully we have nowhere to go today. 2y
RadicalReader @Ashley_Nicoletto gosh you‘re certainly braving the elements 2y
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rachelm Ugh. Glad you're safe!! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @RadicalReader 😂😂 We prefer our elements outside and to stay inside where the coffee is. 2y
RadicalReader @Ashley_Nicoletto absolutely positively perfectly plan as Mary Poppins would say 2y
shendrix413 Wow! The high today here in San Antonio was 60! Stay safe and warm! 2y
Reviewsbylola It‘s sooooooo cold here too. ❄️ 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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When there's a blizzard outside.

Bailey - "Momma, I don't like the snow. We shall stay right here."

MicheleinPhilly Bailey! 😍 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Not digging the new Christina Lauren so switching it up for fairies and mug cakes. 🤷🏻‍♀️#joinin

ScientistSam I loved this book! Hope you do too😀 And the cake looks scrumptious. 2y
CouronneDhiver Yummy! 2y
ReadingSusan That looks delicious. I liked this book! 2y
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RadicalReader @Ashley_Nicoletto nothing more divine than a mug cake 2y
BookBabe Is that the new waterproof Oasis? 😍 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @BookBabe Yes, Christmas present from my parents. Im in love. 😍 2y
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KassKho
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Two for me and one for someone else. That‘s how you do book math right?

TheKidUpstairs That adds up! 2y
Tamra 👍🏾 2y
PurpleyPumpkin That‘s my kind of math. 😉 2y
BookishTrish Makes perfect sense to me 2y
DGRachel Yep! 2y
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Aaronlisa
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Illusions fail. Magic ends. The clock chimes.

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BarbaraJean
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Pickpick

I really, really liked this beautifully written dark fairy tale. Kind of Tam Lin meets Goblin Market. I loved the depiction of the sisters‘ relationship & gradual revelations about their childhood, and the gradual reveal about the true nature of Melete. Two weak points: Imogen‘s writing (way too bland for a character supposed to be an amazing writer) and the wrap-up of the mother storyline (needed a lot more development). Overall, though—loved it!

brandymuses I enjoyed this one too and agree about the mother. Not my favorite Tam Lin retelling but still a great book. 2y
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thereadingwomen
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We've already seen so many amazing costumes and spooky #bookstagram posts this weekend! ⠀
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ROSES AND ROT was one of Kendra's favorite fantasy books of 2016. It's reminiscent of Holly Black's gritty and raw stories, but Kat Howard's interpretation of the Fae possesses a maturity, a dark beauty that glitters with its own type of literary magic. ⠀
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What are your favorite #spookyreads?⠀

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HeatherBlue
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‘The long afternoon shadows followed them, twisting and turning. A ballet of thorns and velvet petals and cold, perfumed darkness. I stepped off the path and into the thick of the flowers.‘

aprilpohren Love the cover!! 2y
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timiddrake
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A slightly creepy modern day fairytale. #fantasyfriday #hallowreads

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RealLifeReading
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Love her writing

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RealLifeReading
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#uncannyoctober day 25: #cursed
Perhaps too sunny-looking a photo for this prompt and this book.
I'm about halfway through this book and it is so not what I expected. It's definitely a fall kind of read, with a strange setting at an artists' residency, and the haunting fairytales that Imogen writes.

SkeletonKey I read that one a few months ago, can't wait to hear your thoughts. 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Of all the #TBRs on my shelves, nothing was clicking for me last night. So naturally I started a new library book. 🤷🏻‍♀️

JazzFeathers I'm so curious about this one. Heard both good and bad about it 2y
BarbaraJean @JazzFeathers I saw lots of mixed reviews as well... but the Neil Gaiman endorsement convinced me to check it out! I‘m really liking it so far. 2y
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MadCatRamble
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this book and maybe that‘s the problem - too much expectation. In the end, I was underwhelmed. It‘s not bad, but I was in no way compelled and started skimming towards the end. The premise is great, but the plot and character development are muddy and underdeveloped, as if the author were skimming to get to the end to. Fun enough, but a pretty hollow reading experience overall.

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RealLifeReading
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My favourite kind of browsing

Natasha.C.Barnes Me too!! My mom just offered to drop off books at the library for me and I said NO!! I love my library errands because I love looking through the sale and free piles in the corner. ☺️ 2y
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Bookgirl
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Pickpick

This is actually almost a pick as I can't universally recommend it wholeheartedly. There are some seriously weak plot points, aspects of the story that make no sense, lack of character development and a clunky transition from real to fantasy world. With all that, why is it a pick? One reason - the writing. It's gorgeous. I wanted this to be an epic poem rather than a novel. Very "Goblin Market" by Rosetti. Read for the writing, not the plot.

jpmcwisemorgan It was a pick for me because I liked the fairy-tale aspect of it. I read it after Wintersong so the Goblin Market was definitely prominent in my mind. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I was so-so on it for plot but I thought the imagery was delicious 2y
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SkeletonKey
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Managed to finish four books on a 3 day weekend and am starting another before work today. So much for getting real-world stuff done.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Pickpick

The first goal of my #24in48 #readathon was to finish this for #sirensreadingchallenge. Beautifully written retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin set in a modern day US artist colony & centered on 2 sisters. The Fae scenes are gorgeously terrifying—think Rosetti's Goblin Market—and the human artists are complex, well-drawn. No wonder Neil Gaiman blurbed it! Kat Howard will now be an auto-read for me
@batsy - this reminds me of Pamela Dean's Tam Lin.

batsy Oooh, you said the magic words! Thanks, great review and will definitely check this out. 2y
rubyslippersreads This sounds wonderful! 2y
Chachic I have this one in my Kindle but haven't read it yet! 2y
aeeklund WAIT UNTIL YOU READ HER SECOND BOOK!!!!! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @aeeklund I have it on order! Can hardly wait... 2y
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