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Darling Girl
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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In this beautiful, grounded, and darkly magical modern-day reimagining of J. M. Barrie's classic, to save her daughter's life one woman must take on the infamous Peter Pan--who is not the innocent adventurer the fairy tales make him out to be . . .
Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy — yes, that Wendy. She's running a successful skincare company; her son, Jack, is happy and healthy; and the tragedy of her past is well behind her . . . until she gets a call that her daughter, Eden, who has been in a coma for nearly a decade, has gone missing from the estate where she's been long tucked away. And, worst of all, Holly knows who must be responsible: Peter Pan, who is not only very real, but more dangerous than anyone could imagine.
Eden's disappearance is a disaster for more reasons than one. She has a rare condition that causes her to age rapidly — ironic, considering her father is the boy who will never grow up — which also makes her blood incredibly valuable. It's a secret that Holly is desperate to protect, especially from Eden's half-brother, Jack, who knows nothing about his sister or the crucial role she plays in his life. Holly has no one to turn to — her mother is the only other person in the world who knows that Peter is more than a story, but she refuses to accept that he is not the hero she's always imagined. Desperate, Holly enlists the help of Christopher Cooke, a notorious ex-soldier, in the hopes of rescuing Eden before it's too late . . . or she may lose both her children.
Darling Girl brings all the magic of the classic Peter Pan story to the present, while also exploring the dark underpinnings of fairy tales, grief, aging, sacrifice, motherhood, and just how far we will go to protect those we love.
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MotherOfCats
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Bad Peter Pan? Let‘s go! As long as baby boy stays asleep that is…

wanderinglynn Aw, how sweet! ❤️ 1mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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12-1-22: My November Book Wrap Up part 2! These 8 books were all 4⭐️ and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

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lissafraser
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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I loved this book. I did find it a little slow paced sometimes. However, I loved the characters and the story.Great book.

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GidgetsTreasures75
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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11-1-22: My 109th finished book of 2022! A fascinating take on the Peter Pan story. Holly Darling, a scientist, is the granddaughter of Wendy, from the Peter Pan story. She owns a successful skin care company in NYC. When her invalid daughter goes missing, she takes her son Jack to England to search for her. I don‘t want to give too many specifics because the author really worked in all the Pan characters so well.

GidgetsTreasures75 I wanted more from the ending, a more front row seat to the final action but other than that I really enjoyed this story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣9️⃣ (edited) 3mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3mo
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Booknerd222
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mdion1993
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Panpan

Holly Darling, a descendant of the famous Darling family, suspects Peter Pan is behind her daughter‘s mysterious disappearance.

Motherhood ✨ Sinister ✨ Retelling

NOTES: I found the plot to be slow moving and boring, and felt robbed of a satisfying showdown at the end of the story. I also get incredibly frustrated with stories in which the character creates additional problems just because they refuse to ask for help or call the police.

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Allylu
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Finished Darling Girl by Liz Michalski. It‘s a reimagining of what happened long after Wendy came back from Neverland. Peter is not a good guy - evil really. Why? There were lots of twists and interesting things that happened, but it was a little dark. Characters were rearranged. But I‘m still glad I read it. #92 #BookSpin #BFC22 #ReadMyRoom #OUBC #Pantone22 #NotSoScaryAthon #Autumnbingo2022 #FallReadathon #LitsyLoveReads

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Ann_Reads Great progress! 😁😁😁 4mo
Clwojick Way to go! 4mo
oddandbookish I loved this one! 4mo
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Allylu
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Started the tagged book for the #NotSoScaryAthon by @TheBrightSideGirl . It‘s a reimagining of Peter Pan and one of my Once Upon A Book Club selections. So glad to be getting to one of those! I have 3 more in my stack and undoubtably one on the way. Maybe if I sprinkle my pixie dust all will be well! 🧚📚😊 The other books are my TBR for this Readathon.

TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to reread my Nancy Drew collection!! 4mo
Allylu @TheAromaofBooks Always good to have a Nancy handy! 🕵️‍♀️📚🥰 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good!! 4mo
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dmanto00
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Pickpick

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Pretty unique and interesting spin to Peter Pan. I loved the characters and different story lines. Especially Captain Hook, I mean Christopher Cook in this story 😍 Makes me want to rewatch Once Upon A Time!

#darlinggirl #lizmichalski

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bridge12
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mehso-so

I‘m torn on this book. I liked the idea of the story but the execution wasn‘t quite there for me. It did fulfill a dark retelling of Peter Pan, I was just bored with the main character. There were plenty of other characters we really missed out on in this story. 3⭐️ #botm

marleed I couldn‘t quite give it a pick either. 5mo
bridge12 @marleed right!?!?!? I had high hopes for the concept but it didn‘t really follow through 5mo
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Cathyloves2read
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
Mehso-so

The idea behind this book is great! What a twist to the Peter Pan story that many of us grew up with. Nobody is who they seem, and everything is backwards. The book did seem to skip around more than I‘m used to. I felt lost a few times. Other than that, it wasn‘t a bad read at all. I‘ve always loved the scene where the children flew around Big Ben. Take scene also appeared in the book.

fredamans I'm with you on this one 100%! At times it was just confusing, but it was a great premise! 5mo
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angieinwonderland
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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That was a fantastic re-telling! I was getting impatient with the protagonist while recognizing she was written that way quite purposefully. This book may have opened up a whole new genre for me.

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BarkingMadRead
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Time to start my next #ouabc book!! I‘m so far behind!

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SilversReviews
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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“In this beautiful, grounded, and darkly magical modern-day reimagining of J. M. Barrie‘s classic, to save her daughter's life one woman must take on the infamous Peter Pan—who is not the innocent adventurer the fairy tales make him out to be . . .”

FULL POST: https://tinyurl.com/yck6xzh4

@lizmichalskiauthor
@wunderbookspr

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Betty_Boa
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski

Sometimes it's easier to remember sorrow than joy, Sorrow doesn't hurt as much"

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

I thought this book was magical. This modern day retelling/ extension of Peter Pan was dark and suspenseful and everything I had hoped it would be. I didn‘t want to put it down and never wanted it to end. The author did a fantastic job of blending the fantasy with the modern time and I loved reading about the Darlings and her interpretation of what they would look like after a few generations. Excellent writing. Compelling story. I loved this!

kstadt929 The cat 😂 6mo
Victoriahoperose He was not moving 😂😂 that‘s okay. He‘s lucky he‘s cute 😂😂 6mo
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Katie.happens
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Pickpick

I loved the twist on the narrative, I just wish there as a little more information on the world building. The way Neverland functions and the ability to get there and come back is quite important to the story, but never really explained. I was left with lots of questions, but I do think that was what the author was going for. To leave the reader in wonder.

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Betty_Boa
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"The way I see it , the ones who feel sorry for themselves don't survive. Not with any kind of life to speak of. So I could whinge or I could get on and make the most of what I still had, So that's what I did" - Christopher Cooke /Liz Michalski

Same Captn ? same

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MeJeMiller
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Pickpick

So I understand the mediocre reviews but surprised there aren‘t more overly enthusiastic reviews. Loved the concept, Peter is just as creepy as I thought he would be. It may have taken a little longer than necessary to get to the point but I enjoyed it.

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Roary47
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mehso-so

3✨ I have very mixed feelings about this book. I think the main plot line is excellent. The writing is even better. I was hooked on finding out what exactly Holly was doing and trying to navigate through her past to understand what happened. It was her meeting with Peter that threw me off this story. Yes, it was necessary for this plot line. However, how I translated and viewed it was a pedophilic situation in the beginning. ⬇️

Roary47 While Peter is obviously older because Hollys grandmother is Wendy it still didn‘t sit right with me. I think I also had trouble viewing Peter as a bad guys, but also see that it can happen to a neglected child. 6mo
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Roary47
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Okay… that just got weird… I mean still a good book, but that scene alone is unhauling this book from my shelf when I‘m done. 😱🥺🤢

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candc320
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mehso-so

This took me so long to finish! I kept picking the book up, putting it down to read something else, picking it back up again, over and over. The writing is beautiful but I just had such a hard time connecting to it or the characters. I ended up finishing it on audiobook and did enjoy it more that way. Sort of a bittersweet story. Neat concept though. 🌟🌟🌟

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marleed
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Mehso-so

I started out liking this imagining of the life of Wendy Darling‘s granddaughter and her children. I became less enchanted (ha!) as the end grew nearer. I couldn‘t reconcile Eden going from here to there (no spoilers). Then as Peter became more prominent to the story - I mean, I just thought I knew him better ;)

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Bookish_Gal
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Mehso-so

Ehh. Feels like it tried to hard to be a retelling, since besides character names or similar aspects there really wasn‘t any connection. This Peter is manipulative. Hoped to get more of him fleshed out. The line of magic was so blurred it didn‘t make sense; where‘s Neverland? Slow storytelling is good, but this never picked up. Had trouble putting it down either way.
#ouabc

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sprainedbrain
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Reviews seem to be mixed for this darker, sadder reimagining of the Peter Pan story, but I‘m firmly in the loved it column.

For a fantasy, it‘s starkly realistic in dealing with grief, tragedy, trauma, and family relationships. It‘s not whimsical, but it has nice touches of joy and magic. I had a love/hate relationship with our main Darling girl (Holly—Wendy‘s granddaughter), but found her oddly relatable.

Great on audio!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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NikkiKey94
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I really loved this book! I‘ve heard so many good things and I was not disappointed. I loved the story of Peter Pan when I was younger and I loved this much darker spin-off as an adult! I was so excited to get the book in my OUABC box. I loved all the gifts!

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oddandbookish
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Wow! What a book! This was a dark retelling/reimagining of Peter Pan that managed to creep me out quite a bit. This book won‘t be everyone‘s cup of tea, but for me it worked.

I loved the dark take on Peter Pan. There is something inherently a little sinister about the original story and this book really delved into that.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2022/06/12/review-darling-girl/

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DGRachel
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Reviews for this book are all over the place, but I LOVED it. On the surface, it‘s a retelling of Peter Pan, and Peter is not the hero in any way, shape, or form (my favorite kind of Pan retelling!). More importantly, it‘s a novel about grief, loss, and how we cope with tragedy. It‘s also about forgiveness, empathy, and the power of a mother‘s love. It‘s brilliant.

Graciouswarriorprincess I have this as BOTM pick from last month. Still need to read it! 8mo
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess I was really surprised to see the breadth of reviews. I think you‘ll either really enjoy it or really hate it. There doesn‘t seem to be much middle ground. 😳 8mo
wordslinger42 I just finished it and really enjoyed it! I appreciate books that deal with grief in a really vulnerable way, so this was a pick for me! 8mo
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reading_rainbow
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Bailedbailed

I‘m quitting this book exactly halfway through. It‘s just giving me bad feelings. It also gave me mean dreams last night.
What a bummer of a novel.
I enjoy dark Pan retellings but this was not it. This book felt clinical and stale and sad.
There is no magic or beauty to this retelling, no feeling. No fantasy element to the darkness.
I‘m proud of myself for not forcing myself to finish it.
⭐️⭐️

ICantImReading I‘m sorry it didn‘t work for you, either 😔 I think it was a good decision to bail if you weren‘t enjoying it, I kind of thought it got worse as it went along 😬 8mo
reading_rainbow @ICantImReading good to know I didn‘t miss anything, I tried skimming the second half but it was just slow and the characters were really one dimensional and the whole plot in general was a mess. One sad stale mess lol 8mo
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CaitlinR
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This wonderful, painful book is about the tragedies wrought by keeping secrets from those we love. A retelling of Barrie‘s Peter Pan, this is not a story about youth and innocence: Peter has become evil, warped by a search for freedom without morality. He has haunted the Darling family for generations, and now needs to destroy his progeny to survive. Well worth reading, but buckle your seatbelt. “Sometimes it‘s easier to remember sorrow than joy”

CaitlinR Image: Solomon Caw and Peter Pan by Arthur Rackham 8mo
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reading_rainbow
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Getting around to my May #BOTM pick on the last day of the month. Heard mixed reviews about this one, excited to see how it goes ✨

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fredamans
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Sara_Planz
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Pickpick

I loved this dark reimagining of the classic Peter Pan tale. Michalski creates a sinister and manipulative version of Peter Pan. The author also works the fairy tale into modern times, mixing it with magical realism in an entertaining way. The surprising twists along the way kept the pages turning. If you like a good retelling and Peter Pan, then I think you will really find this one to be a satisfying take on this iconic character.

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GondorGirl
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Pippin and I are enjoying a beautiful evening on the sun porch. So far I'm enjoying this dark, twisted take on Peter Pan, though I'm very glad I checked the trigger warnings before I started! 😳

CoffeeNBooks Hi Pippin! 💜 9mo
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ICantImReading
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Panpan

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#BOTM usually doesn‘t steer me wrong, but this was a mess. Weird (but not in a good way), slow, underdeveloped, and confusing. Holly was unlikable and nonsensical. Can anyone recommend a different Peter Pan retelling?

reading_rainbow This one is told through Tinker Bells pov and follows Tiger Lily. I really liked it 9mo
ICantImReading @reading_rainbow ooh thank you so much, stacked!! 9mo
Yuki_Onna I heard this one is very good... It's LGBTQ+, too. 9mo
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Yuki_Onna And, having liked her dark turn on Alice in Wonderland very much, you might want to check Christina Henry's book. (edited) 9mo
kbranscum I'm sad to hear this one isn't as good as you'd hoped. I almost added this to my box, but went with a safer pick. Glad I did. 9mo
ICantImReading @Yuki_Onna thank you for both of those options, I‘ll check them out! 🥰 I‘m hopeful a different take on the Peter Pan story will work better for me than this one did! 9mo
ICantImReading @kbranscum I would never want to discourage anyone from trying it, because you may feel differently of course! But it was disappointing for me. Maybe one to borrow instead of buy? 😊 9mo
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jdiehr
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Pickpick

Life hasn't been easy for Holly Darling (yes, those Darlings).

She lost her husband and one of her twin boys in a car accident and is keeping her surviving son healthy with the blood of his comatose half-sister.

The fairytale aspect of the story helps with the heaviness.

Peter Pan isn't young and innocent anymore, Tink now goes by Bell and is no longer loyal to Peter, and the guy with the hook isn't so bad after all.

I enjoyed this #botm 🙂

rubyslippersreads I 💚 everything about this photo! 9mo
Gissy Great photo!👌 9mo
DivineDiana Adorable Tink! 💖 8mo
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Bookfan1414
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Pickpick

So when they say no redemption arc, and that this is not for children, they meant it… like it was a good book but damn. Imma need a sappy happy ending book or twelve to get past this traumatic book 😳😳😳

Aims42 Good to know! 👍 9mo
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wordslinger42
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I was feeling ambitious, so I made my June #bookspin list 😊📚 My May bingo board is coming along really well! I think this might be the first time that I actually clear the board!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 9mo
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JennO1
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Panpan

I am so sad that this book was so not good. Utterly disappointing is the best I can describe it. Plot holes, very little character development, a complete lack of describing the setting. I love the idea of the book but I‘ve got pan this Peter Pan tale.

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KristiAhlers
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Mehso-so

Ugh I‘m so conflicted about the rating for this book. I‘m going to give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ because there was just something that kept me from fully connecting. Perhaps it was Holly the granddaughter of Wendy. She was rather difficult to like. It was though a unique take on the Peter Pan story. #peterpanretelling #mayread #springread

Aims42 This was my BOTM pick this month, but I only picked it because I was more interested in the add-ons 😆 I kinda bought it with zero exceptions lol 9mo
KristiAhlers @Aims42 smart 🤣. I think I came with overly high expectations. To be fair the blurb sounded intriguing. But Holly was just too…I don‘t know what to call her. 🙄. I liked that Peter was dark though. So some “like” points. Let‘s just say I‘m not keeping my copy and I‘ll donate it or pass it on. 9mo
Aims42 @KristiAhlers That‘s a perfect summary 👍 I totally know the ‘borrow don‘t buy‘ scenario 😆 9mo
KristiAhlers @Aims42 the struggle can be real! 😝 9mo
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jdiehr
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"In a very tall tree sits a girl."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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I receive an average of 2-3 books in the mail every month. Book of the Month is the one I look forward to the most. I‘m looking forward to reading this, and have promised a Peter Pan obsessed family member that I‘d pass it on to her as soon as I finish it. 🧚‍♀️

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jdiehr
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1) My Book of the Month (Darling Girl) is out on an adventure in the land of late packages. I am most anxious to read it because it should have been here last week...

2) No. No music while reading.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday @The_Penniless_Author - thanks for the tag 🙂

Suzze Mine came Saturday. If you‘re on TikTok you can see it @ suzzereadsalot. 🫣 They‘re sending a new package. (edited) 9mo
jdiehr @Suzze I'm not on TikTok. So this was a wide-spread problem?? This is the first time I've had trouble. 9mo
Suzze @jdiehr Mine was mangled. Box was taped together, books had major damage. 9mo
jdiehr @Suzze 😧 9mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 9mo
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fredamans
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Mehso-so

Not the Peter Pan we all know and love. That could be a good thing though... 3⭐

Read my full review and enter a giveaway: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2022/02/darling-girl-liz-michalski.html

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nitalibrarian
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I think this is the fastest I've ever gotten my #botm.

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ICantImReading
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Excited about this one!! “The Change” also looks SO good - I pre-ordered it on Audible! #BOTM

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GondorGirl
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My #BotM picks for May! I'm kind of sick of retellings, but Darling Girl sounds darker and more inspired by... but really, I just needed to pick something so I could get The Change. 🧡

Aims42 That was also my “well, I guess I gotta pick something” pick so I could get the two “add-ons” I reallllllllllllly wanted 😆 (edited) 9mo
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reading_rainbow
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What a great Birthday Month! Not only do I love and collect Peter Pan retellings but Holly Blacks new novel was an add-on and I was able to get it for free! I‘m so freaking excited! 🌷🎂🎈🎉🎀
#BOTM

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jdiehr
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I love when I lazily open Litsy and discover that the #botm picks are out!!

Fantasy is not normally my jam, but this one sounds so good 😁

JamieArc I didn‘t choose that one, but I‘ll be really curious to read reviews. 9mo
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