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Amberlough
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
Le Carr meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup Welcome to Amberlough City, the illustrious but corrupt cosmopolitan beacon of Gedda. The radical One State Partynicknamed the Ospiesis gaining popular support to unite Gedda's four municipal governments under an ironclad, socially conservative vision. Not everyone agrees with the Ospies' philosophy, including master spy Cyril DePaul and his lover Aristide Makricosta, smuggler and emcee at the popular Bumble Bee Cabaret. When Cyril's cover is blown on a mission, however, he must become a turncoat in exchange for his life. Returning to Amberlough under the Ospies' watchful eye, Cyril enters a complex game of deception. One of his concerns is safeguarding Aristide, who refuses to let anyonethe crooked city police or the homophobic Ospiesdictate his life. Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, top dancer at the Bee and Aristides runner, who could be the key to Cyrils plansif she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever meansand peoplenecessary. Including each other. "Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world." Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award "An astonishing first novel!" World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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slightlyfoxed
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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#24in48 Hour 6 Challenge: Look, I read a lot of SFF. Like, A LOT. It‘s literally my job (#SciFiLibrarian). Picking favorites is impossible. So, here‘s a quick selection of SFF books that A) I loved & own in print, and B) were written by women. If you haven‘t read Murderbot yet, what are you even doing? Vicious is the best, it‘s first on my list of recs for SF haters. Amberlough caught be by surprise when I read it - there may have been tears. ⬇️

slightlyfoxed Holly Black is a YA classic for a reason. Too Like The Lightning is dense and twisty and confusing, but sometime I‘m in the mood for that, you know? 2mo
AbhisekBasu Check out the scariest book you'll read this year. Link in bio! ☠️ 2mo
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jpmcwisemorgan
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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#LitsyPSA: Look what‘s on sale! I‘ve not read the second one yet but I liked this one a lot and it has a bit of an ending that leaves you wondering but I think it can be read as a stand alone.

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kgriffith
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Making use of waiting room time.

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kgriffith
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Tuesday spicy roast duck ramen at Iyo. I don‘t usually get the same kind two weeks in a row, but I think I may have settled on this as being the best on the menu.

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lycomayflower
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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unabridgedchick
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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I went to the library.

RealLifeReading Nice haul! 12mo
RealLifeReading Out of curiosity how long do you get to borrow them for? 12mo
unabridgedchick @RealLifeReading a loan period is 21 days with two renewals possible if item isn't on hold 12mo
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belacat
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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"Queen and cairn and temple bells." I love the colorful way the characters of this fictional land speak.

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MartinClycle
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
Pickpick

The character work was superb, with everyone given their chance to shine and make things worse. There are a lot of little details throughout-how characters swear, how they dress, what concerns then the most-that add a lot of flavour to the setting without being obtrusive. My only sticking point was that all the spy craft happens off-screen, but we certainly still see the impact it has.

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TracyReadsBooks
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Pickpick

Well, this was super fun read. A spy, a dancer & a smuggler find themselves in the midst of a political coup. Each is juggling a secret or two or three & from the first page you just know it‘s only a matter of time before something blows up. Decadent, sassy, lavish, complex, life goes on even on the eve of regime change & these characters are living life to the fullest! Fast moving plot & the CHARACTERS! I enjoyed this one, first in a trilogy.

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MartinClycle
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Such a gorgeous cover!

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TracyReadsBooks
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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My next read is a book Holly Black described as “James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde.” Yes please!!!

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nycbookboi
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Pickpick

A truly stunning novel and I don‘t know how I haven‘t seen this circling around my little piece of the bookish world— I hope this post changes that.
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Can you imagine a fictionalized version of the Nazi take over of Paris with a spy, a drag queen and drug smuggler, and a really badass runner? Maybe. But why bother?! It‘s right here and damn is it good. Like, go-out-and-buy-this-book-and-read-it good.

Maike I love that edition! 1y
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nycbookboi
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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A bday audiobook

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prowlix
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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I‘m learning that I apparently can‘t get into spy thrillers 🤷🏻‍♀️ That being said, this setting inspired by early Nazi Germany certainly helps as does the great characters. I‘m hoping to finish it this weekend while we get scattered storms. Also it is great #LGBTQ representation for #PrideMonth

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RealLifeReading
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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A light summer salad of arugula, nectarines, mozzarella and smoked salmon accompanied by Amberlough and some golden osmanthus tea from Lupicia teas.
What do you like to eat when hot weather comes around?

LoverofLit I'm a huge fan of light salads during the summer. And frozen fruit popsicles. 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - this photo belongs in a magazine 😍 1y
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minkyb Beautiful photo! 1y
tracey38 What a lovely photo! 1y
RealLifeReading @LoverofLit mmm popsicles!! 1y
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RealLifeReading
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Currently reading Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
Spies! Double agent! Burlesque! Intrigue! Betrayal!

Intrigued?
Indeed!

Jabberwocky Intrigued!! 1y
Dragon Stacking! 👍🐉 1y
2BR02B I've renewed this on Overdrive at least four times and haven't even started it yet. 😖 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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One chore required not one but two trips to the post office to pick up some #bookmail. Yay!

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Sensitivemuse
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Hahaah savage.

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LadySarah
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Pickpick

This absolutely blew my mind. It's both a well-researched portrayal of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and a purely original application of that research onto a brand-new alternate world. The end result is something like watching the fall of progressive, pre-war Berlin in real-time without any of the comfort of being able to recognize historical events and outcomes. It keeps you on your toes. It also breaks your heart.

#fantasy #queerlit #fave

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Dragon
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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This book had been recommended by the Get Booked Podcast is on sale for $2.99 by Tor

Ashley_Nicoletto Yesssss. Thank you for sharing! I would have missed this. 1y
Dragon Thanks @Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m happy to spread the word. I‘m looking forward to reading this ebook. 😀🐉 1y
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jpmcwisemorgan
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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#LitsyPSA: I loved this book! It can be a stand alone, the ending can go either way. However, it is not and the second book is out May 15. Tor has their ebooks that have been nominated for the Nebula Award discounted and this decopunk book is worth trying out.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don‘t know anything about this book, but that cover is gorgeous! 1y
InLibrisVeritas Ooo this is one I have been wanting to read! 1y
jpmcwisemorgan @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s like Steampunk in that it‘s set in a different era with a what if this happened but it‘s Decopunk (20s to 50s) - think if the World Wars had gone a bit differently for this book. It does end in a way that means there could be a 2nd book (there is) but it could just leave you with a niggling what if. @InLibrisVeritas I got my library to buy it so I read it that way but when I saw this I thought why not get my own copy? (edited) 1y
jpmcwisemorgan @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Also, I don‘t think there‘s a lot of Decopunk out so if you need up like the genre you‘re not drowning in choices like some others. 1y
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allusory
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Got waylaid by life events last week. Finishing this over last night‘s stir fry leftovers today! #booklunch

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Settings
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Panpan

Terrible. No one should read this.

Redwritinghood Yep. I couldn‘t even finish it. 1y
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slightlyfoxed
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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I‘ve been insanely busy for the past week with #txla18, but here are my #MarchStats! Most of this month‘s reads were comics/graphic novels, but I did finish all the Nebula Best Novel nominees (Next up: the Norton nominees) and the newest Holly Black. And since I just got a (signed!) ARC of the sequel to The Cruel Prince, I may have to drop everything and read it immediately. #MarchWrapup #stats #ReadingResolutions

Andrew65 👏👏👏🙌 1y
ScarletQuill Dang Girl! Nice reading! 1y
MissAimz_55 Holy cow! Great job ❣️👌🏻 1y
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allusory
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Look what my library finally got! Starting this one today. #booklunch

JazzFeathers Can't wait to earth what you think. I've been eyeing this for a while 1y
allusory Really enjoying it so far! I‘ll definitely post a review of this one. :) 1y
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Settings
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Listening this because it was nominated for the 2017 Nebula awards.

Too far into the audiobook to bail now. The style is entertaining, but the espionage plot is handled poorly, the romances aren't compelling, and the political and social commentary is surface-level. The narrator gives several characters accents that add to the style but make it hard to follow. Hope it finds its momentum.

Settings Half way through and boredom's turned into active dislike. The characters are uniformly selfish, self-centered people. It's annoying. 1y
Settings And it's getting worse. The characters are deeply flawed, but it's not that that's annoying, it's that character interactions ignore this so the plot can work and certain characters can be best buds. 1y
Settings Also the only thing SFF about this is the fake setting, which functions as a crutch so the authors doesn't have to understand history. I expect more from a book nominated for a major SFF award. 1y
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slightlyfoxed
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Pickpick

I finally finished all of this year‘s Nebula nominees for best novel (just in time for the Hugo finalists to be announced tomorrow!), and I think this one was my favorite. It‘s described as “John le Carré meets Cabaret,” which is actually pretty accurate - a spy story set in a secondary fantasy world with a political climate much like pre-WWII Berlin. Highly recommended!

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thegreentealibrarian
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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I really like this book so far. The characters are unlikable but they fascinate me.

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ablachly
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Late, but the top 5 (plus 1) books I read last year, and those of the rest of us at LibraryThing:
http://blog.librarything.com/main/2017/12/top-five-2017/

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TieDyeDude
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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#5in2018
One gift and four purchases from the past year. Temp work and job searching ate up most of the second half of 2017. Hopefully, that will be worked out soon. I also have to slow down on library checkouts (but that's what we all say isn't it?)
@drokka @ssravp @ReadosaurusText @quirkyreader19 @Godmotherx5

Godmotherx5 Yep! Easier said than done. 2y
ssravp True indeed. 2y
MicheleinPhilly I need to read the third volume of March this year. 2y
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Heather_Allen
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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First book of the year! I‘ve set my #GoodreadsGoal for 70 books, up from 60 last year. Wish me luck!

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Monique
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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I enjoyed all of these books, which is great, because I adore their covers. Best Cover Designs of 2017! #favouritebooks2017

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JamesChatham
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Pickpick

Amberlough is a twisting espionage novel set in a fantasy world reminiscent of the western 1930s - cabarets, absinthe, etc. It is an emotional read full of love and betrayal and I loved every second of it. It‘s definitely one of my top books of the year!

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JamesChatham
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Good morning Littens! Trying to establish a routine of waking up early and getting in some reading before starting my day. Today I‘m reading the delightful Amberlough. Hope you are all reading something fantastic!

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ablachly
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
Pickpick

Gay spies and smugglers in an eerily prescient fascist state. So good. Go read it. Now.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. :) Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Check put my post from today if you're interested, because I added a link back to an older post with all my Litsy Tips. 2y
MrBook Welcome to Litsy! We hope you enjoy your stay. This is the best biblio-community around. 😁👍🏻 2y
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StaceyKondla
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Sipping on my first glass of wine in over 36 weeks while deciding which book to read next. I went without for so long due to health and my doctor has now given me the all clear to have a glass of wine 🍷 🎉😁

bookishkris Whoo hoo! 2y
Worldforreading Enjoy 😊 2y
Beckys_Books Cheers! 🤢🥂 2y
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Redwritinghood Cheers! 2y
Yeah_I_Read 🙌🙌🙌 2y
Dragon 🥂Cin Cin 2y
mrozzz Ohhhhh enjoy!!!! 👌🏻🍾🥂 2y
Libby1 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
RaimeyGallant Cheers! I have wine tonight too! 2y
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caityb_05
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Pickpick

Intrigued by this beautiful cover, I had to see what this book was about! And man, I was not disappointed! Multi-dimensional protagonists, incredible world-building, intense action and spy sequences all weaved together by passion and glamour: I could NOT put this book down. Apparently this is the first of a planned series, I cannot wait for the rest to come out!

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danimgill
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
Mehso-so

Oof, this ended up being a slog to get through. The pacing just felt off - very slow going and then suddenly things are happening and whoops it's the end of the book just like that. The setting was great though, the Cabaret comparisons are pretty apt and I loved some of the descriptions the author used. The characters and the overall plot just didn't do it for me in the end, unfortunately.

Redwritinghood I bailed on this one. The aesthetic wasn't enough to keep me reading. 2y
danimgill @Redwritinghood I don't say this often but I think I would have rather watched a movie version - all the aesthetic and a shorter time frame for plot haha 2y
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danimgill
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Starting in on my "espionage thriller" prompt for #popsugar2017! The spy novels I've tried in the past just haven't done it for me so I'm hoping this fun fantasy aesthetic one does the trick.

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CiViiLy
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Bailedbailed

I rarely DNF books. This is my first DNF in about 2 years to be exact. I had a really hard time getting into the story & I tried. I really did. I renewed the book a grand total of 8x from the library over the course of the last few months but I just couldn't get into it. By all accounts I should've really liked this book but I just couldn't get into it. I passed the 100 pg mark but still couldn't hook me.

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misselizabetka
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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This is everything I have ever dreamt of and everyone should read it. I haven't even finished it and it's perfect.

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StaceyKondla
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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I picked up these 4 beauties in my shopping spree this afternoon 😊

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CiViiLy
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Ever start a book that you can't quite get into but don't want to DNF? That's me right now with this book. I got about 50 pages in before abandoning it for other books a few months ago. So I'm restarting it right now and giving it another try.

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GemintheRough
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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If Moulin Rouge centered around queer men and had spies and smugglers in a city falling into a fascist regime. The book is dazzling and pulls no punches. I borrowed from the library but this is definitely going to be bought and put on my shelf. #diversebookbloggers

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CORDELIAAAAAAA 😭

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Redwritinghood
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Bailedbailed

I'm about 1/3 of the way into this one and it's just not holding my interest. For me, this is a little too much affectation without the substance to back it up.

JazzFeathers Noooo! I've been meaning to read this, mostly because of the setting. Is it really that terrible? 😮 2y
Redwritinghood @JazzFeathers Not that terrible and I've seen so many positive reviews. It just seemed to me that it was more about the aesthetic than anything. There is a story there, though. It just moved a bit slowly for my tastes. 2y
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ImAnAdult
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Day 11 of #riotgrams: Little Free Library. This is my very own LFL and a previous birthday gift from my parents. Curating it has been so much fun and a reader who's moving just unloaded a ton of books.

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caitfish4311
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Got this at the library today. Not sure how much I'll like it, but the cover really got my attention.

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lycomayflower
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Bailedbailed

I don't know if I am in the wrong mood for this or if the style isn't working for me, but I just cannot get into this. The psuedo-thirties setting and the diversity of sexuality, race, and gender expression is right up my street, but none of it sticks in my mind. I can't keep the motivations of the characters straight, I see details that should build the world but it's not working on me, and blamed if I can sort what the actual heck is going on.

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lycomayflower
Amberlough | Lara Elena Donnelly
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Up next in my weekend o' reading.

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