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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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This is my first Lavalle and shame on me. He‘s really good. In 1920s Harlem, 20yo Charles Timothy Tester keeps going out of his neighborhood with his guitar case and no music talent doing errands for folks of the occult/arcane. It‘s a cosmic story on a grand scale that wraps itself around a person who is pushed into becoming a monster. So effing good!

Megabooks Ive apparently already stacked this! 😁 great review! 13h
Reggie @Megabooks thanks, Meg! This is one of those books that‘s only like 153 but felt like 500 in the best ways possible. 12h
Twainy Stephen King recommendation AND Reggie! Interested. 9h
BarbaraBB Great review. I enjoyed 9h
batsy What @BarbaraBB said. Changeling feels like a Reggie kind of book! 9h
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Certain Dark Things | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This one has a very interesting world concept — vampires of many species all inhabiting our world and relegated to certain areas. Fighting amongst themselves seems almost inevitable… the story was solid and engaging overall, but the pacing felt uneven and that made it hard for me to keep a sustained interest. Still a good read if you like the darker side of vampire fiction.

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Wolfsong | Tj Klune
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Ok, so I'm gonna go ahead and blame #pop23 for this one!

Demon Copperhead - a modern retelling AND Oprah's current pick
True Biz - features 2 languages AND a Reese Witherspoon pick

Wolfsong - LOOK. AT. THOSE. EDGES. What can I say? I am weak.

And the synopses for Peaces and Diary of a Void piqued my curiosity!!

@BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Laughterhp @Cortg @KarenUK @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @alisiakae

Susanita Oooooh 24h
squirrelbrain Oh, good idea on Demon Copperhead! Not that I‘m doing #pop22, you understand?! 24h
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain Just let me know if you want me to stop tagging you! This is the flurry at the beginning where I start looting my shelves for possibilities... 23h
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MicheleinPhilly Excuses, excuses. 😉 23h
MicheleinPhilly Also, I may need that edition of Demon Copperhead. 😍 23h
TheEllieMo OMG those spredges!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 22h
Gissy Sooooo beautiful 😍🙌 18h
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly Waterstones does deliver to the US 😊 (but the special sprayed versions do sell out quick 😋) 18h
RaeLovesToRead @TheEllieMo @Gissy I couldn't resist these beauties 🥰🥰🥰 18h
MicheleinPhilly Oh I‘m a frequent Waterstone‘s customer. ☺️ 18h
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly I have been known to (occasionally) visit myself..... 🤣 17h
Cortg Woah! Are the fore edges on these books illustrated! So pretty! I keep hearing great things about Demon Copperhead! 17h
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Now that is a pretty book. 🤩 12h
Cinfhen Gorgeous gorgeous books!!! Wow!!!! Well chosen ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 2h
RaeLovesToRead @Cortg Not sure what a fore edge is, but the colour goes all the way around 😊 1h
RaeLovesToRead @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope it's a good read too! 😁 1h
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen Thank you!!! 😊💕 1h
Cortg Very cool! 37m
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OMG, I haven‘t realized this was a #Christmas special!

(For those who hate Christmas)

A fast, neat #shortstory. Technically, I think this could work as a #standalone, although being familiar with the mythology of this #urbanfantasy #series enriches the experience. One more time, a unique combination of #comedy, #horror, and corporate life.


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I'm using #adventrecommends to catch up on some reviews I didn't get to this year!

I was honestly surprised by how much I LOVED this book. I've been on a vampire kick lately, mostly classics, and I'm not super into post-apocalyptic stuff, but this thing got it's fangs into me early and I'm SO glad it didn't let go! This was addictive and sexy, and yet I feel like it also let you grapple with the horror. Highly recommend!! 💙🧛🏼‍♀️

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Calculated Risks | Seanan McGuire
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Although I like some better than others, I never dislike a Seanan McGuire book. This is no exception, but it started on shaky ground. It felt a bit like an excuse to create an old early 50‘s/60‘s sci-fi style dimension (eg Fantastic Planet) with giant spiders to have our heroes stuck in, with the addition of zombies, but it worked out okay and I‘m glad the book ended how it did. I am glad that the POV changes character every 2 books, for variety

Sorcery Reborn | Steve McHugh

Well, darn. This didn't work out like I expected. This is a straight follow on to his previous series, which I only read the first book of. Sigh. Now I'm back to that series, because I loved this even though I didn't understand parts based on the previous series.

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This was my irl bookclub's pick for the month. I thought the magic system was super interesting & the main character was delightfully snarky. It played on an old noir theme with a very dark magical murder to solve. There were some issues with misogynistic descriptions about women & not giving enough background info on some aspects of the magical world. But as first in a series and one of this author's earliest books, there's room for improvement.

Smoke Bitten | Patricia Briggs
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While not as good as some of the other books in the series, this is still a good book. I like the building of the Fae tales and powers.
When a shapeless power can take over the people it bites, it‘s up to Mercy to use her resistance to magic and her growing knowledge of the Fae to protect her family and her city.
3.5/5 read if you love the series and if you want a dark Fae story

Texreader Your dog is a beauty 3d
iread2much @Texreader thank you! 17h
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Very odd book about darker fairytales. I have never read a story quite like this before. I liked it but it didn't have a satisfying ending
Very quick read, read it in a couple days.