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Kristy_K
The Weekend Retreat | Tara Laskowski
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Mehso-so

This felt more dysfunctional family drama than mystery-thriller, although there are plenty of secrets to lend toward suspense. I was curious who the identity of “The Party Guest” was, but with limited characters, it‘s not hard to figure it out.

⭐️⭐️💫

#arc #netgalley

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PuddleJumper
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Pickpick

This was such a wonderful and heart-warming asexual/aromatic coming of age story. The characters and relationships were really well done and interesting. There was exploration of what being in a relationship meant, what love meant, and that platonic relationships can be just as valid as romantic and sexual ones.

The art style was great and I really enjoyed reading it.

Thanks to #Netgalley for the #ARC of the book

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TheKidUpstairs
Blessings | Chukwuebuka Ibeh
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Pickpick

Heart wrenching and emotional, with moments of beauty, joy, and love. It's a wonderful debut, engaging crafted, filled with genuinely human characters at their best and worst.

Be prepared, there is no real resolution in the ending. Personally, I loved that, but I know that doesn't work for everyone! I found that lack of finality echoed the balance of heartbreak with just the slightest light of hope that Ibeh walks so beautifully.

#ARC

squirrelbrain The ending didn‘t work for me, but I really dislike non-endings. 😬 7d
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I totally get that. I think I'm in the minority for how much I like non-endings! 🤣 I'm excited to see what Ibeh writes next - he's SO young! 7d
squirrelbrain Hi Megan, I saw on one of the #camplitsy posts that you wanted to read this one but it didn‘t have a release date over there. It‘s a bargain on Amazon right now so I‘ve ordered you a copy and will send it on in the next few days. I hope you like it - I loved the ARC and I think you will too but it‘s very ‘of my era‘ and set in Yorkshire as well. (edited) 6d
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain thank you so much!!! 6d
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Monica5
It Had to Be You | Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
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Pickpick

The 8th book in the Under Suspicion series was another good addition to it. Two identical twins were accused separately of killing their parents, but each has said the other one did it. Their sister, Frankie, was 12 when it happened, now fixing to be 22 she contacts Under Suspicion True Crime show to find out what really happened. Laurie Moran and her team decided to do a special on the crime. I thought half way through that it was for ⬇️

Monica5 sure someone else, then toward the end I changed my thinking to somebody else, and right before the end I thought oh it's this person.

Clark & Burke capture the reader at the beginning and keep them engaged. The main characters of the book continue to grow, so that it's not the same ol same with them. As prominent as True Crime shows are, the behind the scenes fictional glimpse gives True Crime enthusiast a chance to see how True Crime docs may be made.

I have read all the books in this series and enjoyed them all. I do think they could be read as stand-alones, but you could get confused about past stuff. Though, really, it probably wouldn't be that confusing. I recommend this book and series.

Tentative Publishing Date: April 16, 2024

Thanks to Netgalley, Simon & Schuster, and the authors for the E-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

😊 Happy Reading 😊
#arc #readaway2024 #serieslove2024 #bookspinbingo #doublespin
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vlwelser
Mina's Matchbox | Yoko Ogawa
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Pickpick

This is an early book from this author. Totally enjoyable. Added bonus is a pet pygmy hippo living in the family's garden.

#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

US pub date is 8/13/24
#ARC #Netgalley

JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking!! 1w
batsy Sounds good! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Monica5
Thorn Tree | Max Ludington
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Panpan

I have to say that I am glad I am done with this book! It was ssoo slooow. The chapters are extremely long. Characters come and go for no reason, I could understand. I kept losing interest and fell asleep reading it a couple of times. I got to 70% in the before it finally dawned on me what it was all about. Then it just abruptly ended. Of course, this is just my opinion and some others liked it and even loved it. Read it and find out ⬇️

Monica5 what you think about it.

Tentative Publishing Date April 16, 2024

Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin's Press and Ludington for the E-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

#netgalley #stmartinspress #maxludington #thorntree #arc #readaway2024 #bookspinbingo
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dabbe #fanofthepan! #betterbooksahead 🤩🤩🤩 (edited) 1w
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KristiAhlers
Hearts Still Beating | Brooke Archer
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Pickpick

This is a post-apocalyptic YA romance and honestly I'm not a fan of this kinda genre (post-apocalyptic) but this story was a solid Sapphic romance. #ARC #bookspin #LittensLoveRomance @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

I loved this. It's like most of the author's books I have read in that you get sucked into the characters and it feels like a nice warm hug. Highly recommend.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Pub date is 4/16/24
#ARC #Netgalley

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Nina Hill 💛 2w
Sparklemn Added to my list. Thanks! 2w
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DebinHawaii
Bright and Tender Dark | Joanna Pearson
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#LibraryBookHaul My library hosts AARP tax seminars on Saturdays which is a lovely thing for our Kūpuna (grandparents/honored elders) but makes tax season Sat. parking tough. It‘s open late Thursdays, so I dashed out last night to grab my holds for #NancyDrewBR #SheSaid & #Naturalitsy + All In (Book 3 in The Naturals series). I also found Mr. Kato Plays Family which looks sweet & my favorite librarian gave me the tagged #ARC
The book🐔🐔approve.

Librarybelle So glad the chickens approve! Lots of good reading! 2w
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BookLineNSinker
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I was lucky to get this as an #ARC from #NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. What can I say, this is a drama packed book! It's not really a thriller but more of a domestic suspense but some parts of it triggered me. Especially, the relationship between Daphne and Jackson... Toxic isn't a strong enough word. Still, I love a good real housewives she drama every now and then and this fit the bill. ⭐⭐⭐✨

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