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Murder Your Employer
Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide | Rupert Holmes
From the diabolical imagination of Edgar Awardwinning novelist, playwright, and story-songwriter Rupert Holmes comes a devilish thriller with a killer concept: The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, a luxurious, clandestine college dedicated to the fine art of murder where earnest students study how best to delete their most deserving victim. Who hasnt wondered for a split second what the world would be like if a person who is the object of your affliction ceased to exist? But then youve probably never heard of The McMasters Conservatory, dedicated to the consummate execution of the homicidal arts. To gain admission, a student must have an ethical reason for erasing someone who deeply deserves a fate no worse (nor better) than death. The campus of this Poison Ivy League collegeits location unknown to even those who study thereis where you might find yourself the practice target of a classmateand where ones mandatory graduation thesis is getting away with the perfect murder of someone whose death will make the world a much better place to live. Prepare for an education youll never forget. A delightful mix of witty wordplay, breathtaking twists and genuine intrigue, Murder Your Employer will gain you admission into a wholly original world, cocooned within the most entertaining book about well-intentioned would-be murderers youll ever read. Rupert Holmess much celebrated career ranges from chart-topping story songs with surprising twistsEscape (The Pina Colada Song)to Tony Awardwinning whodunit musicalsThe Mystery of Edwin DroodEdgar Awardwinning comedy-thrillersAccompliceand the Nero Wolfe Best American Mystery Novel nominated Where the Truth Lies, made into an Atom Egoyan motion picture starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon. Called an American treasure (Los Angeles Times), a true Renaissance man by Newsweek, a comic genius (Kirkus Reviews) and simply a genius (The Times, London), Rupert Holmes brings his wickedly clever storytelling talents to this outrageous and darkly comic mystery set in a secret, idyllic campus where students learn how to do in others as you would have others do you in.
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Bookwormjillk
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Once again I was a victim of a Barnes & Noble buy one get one 50% off sale. This time I am determined to actually read the books I bought!

KathyWheeler I loved this book. 2w
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451Degrees
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Pickpick

The book follows three students who have found themselves at McMasters Conservatory for the Applies Arts which is a university to teach people how to effectively “delete” people then closes out with each students “thesis project” which is how well they murdered their target. This was a well thought out original idea for a novel and it is humorous as well to lighten up the mood of planning someone‘s ultimate demise. Highly recommend!

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Magdalenka
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“When a man dies from a bullet entering his chest, it's a homicide.
When a man dies from a meteorite landing on his head, it's a tragedy.
Don't use bullets. Use meteorites
Don't commit a homicide. Commit a Tragedy.”

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K.Wielechowski
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Mehso-so

Three people attend the McMasters school to learn how to delete (murder) their employers.

I don‘t know if I would‘ve liked it just reading it but the audiobook is very good.

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iread2much
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Pickpick

I enjoyed the way the author brought the painful realities of employment in a satirical way highlighting that most people don‘t want to kill their employer but due to the unequal power structures they find they must.
When he fails at murdering his employer Cliff is brought to a school that will give him, and his classmates, the skills to delete the awful man.
3.5/5 read for more satire than murder, with light social commentary.

AnnCrystal 💕🐕💝. 5mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
iread2much @AnnCrystal 😊💜🐕 5mo
iread2much @dabbe 💜🐕☺️ 5mo
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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Rupert Holmes has presented us with an interesting premise, and at times the story is engaging. Unfortunately there are also clunky bits that drag, and also sections that are just overwrought and border on the farcical.

Cliff Iverson, after an unsuccessful attempt to murder his truly awful boss, is enrolled at a College formed to instruct in the fine art of murder. His story, and that of other students, make up the plot. Bit of a slog.

CaitlinR Photo of the author by Susan Woog Wagner 5mo
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Captivatedbybooks
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I opened my package and ran out the house and forgot who sent me my #CreepyChristmas swap. I loved the wrapping and the dish towels!!!!! I cannot wait for next year so I can decorate my bathroom with them. I love the choices of books and those bookmarks are soooo stinking cute ❣️❣️❣️

teebe This would be from @ImperfectCJ 6mo
ImperfectCJ I'm so glad you like it! It's a minor miracle that everything made it to you as I was sorely tempted to keep a couple of the items...I might have to buy duplicates for myself! 6mo
Gissy Great package!🖤🖤🖤🖤 6mo
Gissy @ImperfectCJ So funny! That happens to me in every single swap 😂 6mo
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Bluebird
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#12booksof2023. However, I could not pick just one!

Rupert Holmes: Great storyteller. Absolutely wonderful premise: a school to teach one how to ‘delete‘ a hated boss. Unique, creative and fun! I must read more by him!

The other fav is quite different. A beautiful memoir about a guard at the Met. Lovely insights into the art, the visitors and his personal journey dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. This went straight to my heart!

Andrew65 Look wonderful books. 6mo
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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

I did end up liking this book in the end. I think it‘s just a tad too long, but that doesn‘t really hurt it. I am particularly fond of the ending. Up next is An Assassin in Utopia — non-fiction about how the Oneida utopian community may have had a role in the assassination of the US‘s President Garfield. #audiowalk. Upper left is one of the botanical garden‘s cats. He kind of blends into the sidewalk.

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KathyWheeler
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I have a bit over an hour and a half left, so I should finish it tomorrow. I hate when it gets dark so early! A benefit to being retired though is that early dark doesn‘t have to interfere with my walking outside as I can just go earlier. 😊 #audiowalk

Suet624 How long was your walk? 7mo
KathyWheeler @Suet624 3 miles. 7mo
Suet624 @KathyWheeler wonderful. I‘m trying to push myself to walk more. 7mo
KathyWheeler @Suet624 I get a lot of listening done, plus I‘ve found that I can work through issues and my mindset is more positive when I walk. 7mo
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KathyWheeler
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Back to warmish weather today for my #audiowalk. Our heroes are now working on their Murder University theses. We‘ll see how that goes.

Megabooks I enjoyed walking today too. Much better weather! 7mo
KathyWheeler @Megabooks Yes! Much better! 7mo
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KathyWheeler
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More weirdness at the McMaster murder school. I‘m most interested in Gemma‘s story, and she‘s a side character. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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I had to go home to change in order to walk; I‘d have been too cold in what I had on! So I had a nice #audiowalk in long sleeves and sweatpants. I‘m reserving judgement about this book because it‘s just so odd, but I think I like it.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This one starts so strong—funny, interesting. But it quickly focuses more on one of the main characters to the detriment of the other two, who feel tacked on. Then, the whole book starts to sag when they leave the school and each storyline is followed individually. I wanted to love this, but it just has too many issues.

rubyslippersreads I was really looking forward to this one, since the author created one of my favorite TV shows, Remember WENN. 8mo
Hooked_on_books @rubyslippersreads A lot of people are loving this, so hopefully you‘ll be among them rather than reacting the way I did! 8mo
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Nessavamusic
Bailedbailed

This started strong, but half way through it became tedious and I am totally bored so DNFing at 60%

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Read-y_Picker
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When you thought you waited late in enough to poste your #scarathlon TBR but the library holds you weren‘t expecting for weeks suddenly come in… 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
#BlackCatCrew

Larkken Haha, relatable 9mo
BookwormAHN I also know that feeling. Great bag 🐈‍⬛ 9mo
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ICantImReading
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

“Do in others how you would have others do you in.”

An unexpected, clever, quirky, and darkly funny back-to-school read! The McMaster‘s Conservatory trains “deletists” in the homicidal arts. The narration was top notch! I think fans of “Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone” and “Killers of a Certain Age” would also appreciate this. 🎧

5feet.of.fury Love NPH 9mo
ICantImReading @5feet.of.fury I was excited to see that he was one of the narrators! Perfect casting! 🙂 9mo
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deirdrebeecher
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Pickpick

Funny isn't it how a very good book which ends a little flat feels so much worse than an okay book which ends on a high. I thought this would be an automatic 5* and yet somehow it isn't. McMasters is a school for murderers. Cliff, Dulcie and Gemma all have very good reasons for signing up. Plots, characters, writing all great. Feel they got too caught up in making it cozy and tying up all the loose ends. Still recommend as a 4*

julesG I like the cover on this edition. Very fitting. 9mo
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Bookzombie
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Pickpick

I can‘t put my finger on why, but this pick is on the lower end. The narration by Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Vance was great. I enjoyed when the characters were at Hogwa…er, I mean McMasters the most. Maybe it was just too long or maybe it was just me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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lisakoby
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The best kind of impulse buy!

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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

Cute concept fairly skillfully executed (pun intended). The multiple storylines are sometimes tricky to follow, but the settings are immersive, and the novel is enjoyable overall, especially reading it in the first month of a new job.

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

I randomly found this book when I was walking through the bookstore and picked it up. But then I saw who the narrators were and decided it would be a better listen! NPH and Simon Vance are both amazing! It was my first book read by NPH but I love Simon Vance!

This book was great. It‘s not really a mystery except for who his benefactor is. I really enjoyed this book. Sun fun!

#jubilantjuly

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘ve added this to my audible wishlist - for when I‘ve finished my current reads. 11mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 I love listening to Simon Vance reading books. 11mo
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Jen2
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Pickpick

So fun!

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limada
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Pickpick

I loved this book. What a great twist on a mystery. I've no intention to "delete" my employer, but there's some really fun information in these pages. Looking forward to the next volume, though i expect it may be a different narrator... #32-2023

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DGRachel
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Pickpick

Unique, clever, and highly entertaining. Neil Patrick Harris narrates the POV of one of the students and Simon Vance takes on the roll of narrator for all of the third-person sections. Both are brilliant.

CSeydel Is this Rupert Holmes of the “piña colada song”? 12mo
DGRachel @CSeydel I‘m not familiar with the pina colada song, so I‘ve no idea. 12mo
CSeydel Oof. I was trying to make a joke, but now I just feel old 💀 12mo
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DGRachel @CSeydel Oops. Sorry! Don‘t feel old. I‘m just clueless about a lot of things, so blame my ignorance! 12mo
CSeydel Lol! Well, my kids are teenagers/young adults, so my immediate response to anything is “god, I‘m old” 😂 12mo
AlaMich @CSeydel That‘s the first thing I thought of too! 12mo
DGRachel @CSeydel @AlaMich I had to go Google the song. I‘m older than the song, so it‘s definitely not you, it‘s me. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 12mo
DGRachel And YES! Apparently it‘s the same person. 😱 12mo
AlaMich It‘s a fun song, and it really tells a story. 12mo
CSeydel @AlaMich It‘s definitely one that sticks with you 😆 @DGRachel it‘s really the same person? I thought I was kidding! I didn‘t know he wrote a book. 12mo
DGRachel @CSeydel It is! I found his website and he has done a lot of different things. https://www.rupertholmes.com/ 12mo
CSeydel 👍🏻 12mo
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bthegood
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Pickpick

Follows 3 students (McMasters School) who are learning how to delete someone. A Hogwarts for adults (without the magic)- the campus is beautiful, teachers are quirky, students form tight bonds, goal is ethical/well rounded deletists. Humorous and engaging. Really enjoyed each students back story - thesis (how they would delete someone) - and final exam (carrying out the deletion).

#BookSpinBingo #AlphabeticalBingo

Make agreat day everyone 🙂

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bthegood
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2 of 3 books finished for #MagnificentMay - still reading tagged book (probably done by end of tomorrow) -
Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 -
And Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there in Litsyland - 🌹
Make a great day everyone 🙂

Andrew65 Well done, that‘s excellent 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳 Have a great Mother‘s Day. 13mo
bthegood @Andrew65 thank you - 13mo
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bthegood
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One more book (the tagged) to reach my #MagnificentMay readathon goal.
Working toward some bingos on my #BookSpinBingo and #AlphabeticalBingo .
Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks and @Clwojick -

Make a great day everyone 🙂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 13mo
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

Simon Vance + NPH = magic

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I Probably shouldn‘t read this at work!! 😂😂 13mo
dabbe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Or ... you could put a copy on your boss's desk for Boss's Day! 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
Laughterhp Oo I bought the hardcover of this, but I might need to switch to audio! 13mo
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bthegood
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My goals for #MagnificentMay readathon is to finish tagged book, and “Life Expectancy“ and “The House of Dark Shadows“ -
thanks for hosting @Andrew65

Make a great day everyone 😎

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Sharpeipup
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Probably not the book to read the first week of a new job.

Pageturner1 lol, probably not 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Or any day at work lol!!! 🤣🤣🤣 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s a beautiful cover though ❤️🖤 14mo
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vlwelser But it's so fun. Simon Vance and NPH do the audio. 14mo
Sharpeipup @vlwelser bet I could listen to it in the office…especially with those narrators. 14mo
vlwelser Definitely worth the attempt. 14mo
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Follow.my.read
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Oooo it has a MAP!!!! #MurderYourEmplyer#volume1#The McMastersGuideTo Homicide#RupertHolmes#InsideArt

Soubhiville I thought this was a fun book. Enjoy! 14mo
Ruthiella Is he the guy who sang the pina colada song? 14mo
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paisleyjess
Bailedbailed

Very "cheeky" narration with breaks in the third wall as another narrator interjects. Just not my cup of tea right now even though the idea is cute.

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ncsufoxes
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I listened to this one on audio. Neil Patrick Harris was one of the narrators, so that sold me. Both Harris & Vance bring the story to life with their different voices for the various characters throughout the story. It was a fun, quirky story about a school that teaches you the fine arts of deleting someone. I‘m hoping there are more books in the future. The down side is it‘s a long listen. 14 hours but worth it. #bookspin book

AmyG Sounds good! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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TheBookbabeblog84
Mehso-so

I don‘t know if it was the audiobook or the over all story line but I didn‘t love it. I am going to have to real sit with this one for a moment to figure out what didn‘t thrill me.

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YouReadMyEyes
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I have to admit, the checkout clerk at the bookstore gave me a weird look when ringing me up for this title 🧐 😂

#murderyouremployer #mystery #thriller #crime

tpixie 😀😂🤣 1y
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BookBelle84
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Mehso-so

This was funny and clever. The audio is definitely the way to go. I do have to say that I loved the first part in the school. The author lost me a little in the second part with the students back in the real world because the murders were rather complicated and convoluted. I would be interested to read more in the school setting.

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Soubhiville
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I reserved this as soon as I found out Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Vance narrated it.

Cliff tried to push his boss in front of a subway train. (He deserved it!) Things didn‘t quite go as planned and Cliff finds himself enrolled at McMasters, a school that trains would be killers.

Definitely recommend! I laughed a ton.

BiblioLitten I should keep this at my workplace… just for laughs 😏😏🤭 1y
Aims42 I read the book, will definitely listen to the audio for NPH‘s narration 😁 It‘s gotta be legendary! 1y
dabbe The best Boss's Day gift I've ever seen! 😂 1y
bthegood Thanks for the review - put in my library request (on hold) always looking for good audiobook!! Make a great day 🙂 1y
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Branwen
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This book is wonderful! I just finished it earlier today, and it was an absolute delight! Very witty, and lots of mysterious plot points to navigate! Plus, there's a gorgeous map in the beginning of the book! 💕📚

Ruthiella What a title! 😂 1y
Branwen @Ruthiella RIGHT?! My favorite thing was keeping it with me at work and delighting in everyone's double takes when they asked me what I was reading! 😂📚💕 1y
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julesG
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So much fun.

Set in the 1950s, in the US and UK and at the secret estate of the McMasters school.

Students at McM's are of all ages and trades of life, they come to the school for one reason: they need to kill someone without it tracing back to them.

Three students need to kill their respective employer.

I'm hoping there's going to be another part coming out soon.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#20in4 #readathon

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1y
LeahBergen This sounds so fun! Stacked. 👍 1y
Andrew65 Sounds great, well done 👏👏👏 1y
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Aims42
Pickpick

This was a fun, enjoyable read! I heard it was “Harry Potter meets The Kingsmen” and I have to say that‘s pretty accurate lol I‘d give it a solid 4 stars and I hope there‘s a series 🤞

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kelli7990
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Today, I‘m sharing this book I preordered in 2022. It‘s an exclusive edition. It‘s signed and has a map in the front and back of the book. I like when books have maps and I like the book cover. It‘s pretty. I‘m looking forward to reading this book.

julesG OMG!!! I wish I had preordered this edition 1y
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julesG
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Total #CoverLove #CoverBuy

Was published 21st February. So brand new.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

#20in4 #readathon

TheSpineView Pretty ❤🖤 1y
Read-y_Picker Definitely showing up to work with this one! Lol 1y
dabbe I stacked it based on the cover alone! Stunning! 1y
Andrew65 What a stunning cover. 1y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover ♥️ 1y
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Preciouz29
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This was a fun and entertaining read. I will say it took me a while to get used to the style of writing, but the story was captivating and once I got used to the narrative style, enjoyable. The plot was unique and the scenarios were fun.