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monalyisha
The Key to Extraordinary | Natalie Lloyd
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Before Emma Pearl's mama dies, she passes on a family heirloom, The Book of Days. In the book, each of the women in Emma's family has written her Destiny Dream, a magical premonition which reveals her future. Emma's mama predicted that she'd have the Dream early, thereby connecting them forever, but her 12th birthday is fast approaching and Emma still has not seen her future.

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monalyisha 1/7: Meanwhile, Warren Steel threatens to buy out her Grandma Blue's cafe, and steal away the only home Emma has ever known. Will Emma have the Dream and figure out a way to save Blackbird Hollow before it's too late?

With The Key to Extraordinary, Natalie Lloyd gives her readers a story about friendship, mother-daughter relationships, grief, loss, love, ghosts, a treasure hunt, hot chocolate, and magical muffins. What more could one want?
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monalyisha 2/7: The realistically-portrayed relationships and complex characters will satisfy fans of realistic fiction. The treasure hunt, though not overly difficult to solve, will please those who prefer mysteries. The ghost story serves a dual-purpose; it will enchant fantasy-lovers and history-lovers alike, as its origins can be found in the Civil War era of American history. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha 3/7: The setting, Blackbird Hollow, TN, with its overflow of blossoming flowers, and sacred cemetery/old-church-turned-cafe, complete with stained glass windows & a signature hot-chocolate drink called Boneyard Brew, is a character unto itself. (edited) 2mo
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monalyisha 4/7: The audiobook narration, performed by Kate Simses, seems a little bit saccharine-sweet, at first. But as the listener gets to know Emma Pearl, it becomes clear that the sweetness is not an affectation; it's an earnest, genuine character trait. Simses nails the southern Tennessee twang, but her most impressive achievement is found in song. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha 5/7: Emma is the daughter of a folk rock singer and an aspiring drummer (& super-fan of The White Stripes). The ghosts who haunt the graveyard sing out clues for treasure-seekers who are pure of heart. Music is performed regularly at the Boneyard Cafe, and otherworldly flowers capture a trove of secrets and songs between their petals, which can be listened to if one holds them up to their ear, like a seashell echoing sounds of the sea. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha 6/7: Though the songs are simple, the way Simses sings them will give you an ear-worm that lasts for weeks! There are important lessons here about loyalty and making your own fate, divulged in Lloyd's trademark lyrical language. The aforementioned sweetness is balanced by the darkness of the thicket, which is, as Emma's BFF Cody Belle puts it, “spooky-creepy as all get-out!“ 2mo
monalyisha 7/7: The Key to Extraordinary holds something for everyone in its chest of treasures.

I knew I liked Natalie Lloyd after reading A Snicker of Magic. This second book only confirmed it for me, and ensured that I'll be following her career forevermore.
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Crazeedi Sounds like a truly magical book!! 2mo
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gby0822
The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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“It‘s true; life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny, the boy thought.” #YearofSpirituality #TheAlchemist #Destiny #Manifestation

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cdreincarnate
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Super adorable Bollywood-style YA romance that takes place in Princeton, NJ. 💯 recommend.

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cdreincarnate
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An afternoon of baking and listening to YA romance is tough to beat.

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cdreincarnate
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Just started listening to this audiobook, narrated by Priya Ayar, who also narrated the audiobook I just finished listening to. Always throws me for a loop when that happens.

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gradcat
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous ❤️ 7mo
SW-T 🙂🙂🙂 7mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️ 7mo
Crazeedi Happy fourth Minette! 7mo
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TK-421
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“Destiny was funny stuff, he knew. You couldn‘t trust it. Often you couldn‘t even see it. Just when you knew you had it cornered, it turned out to be something else—coincidence, maybe, or providence. You barred the door against it, and it was standing behind you. Then just when you thought you had it nailed down it walked away with the hammer.” #destiny #QuotsyJuly19

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Dragonfairykats
Untitled | Unknown
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