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Mel
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A beautifully written story centering around the dual narrative of Mayken, a young girl in the 1600s sailing on a doomed ship towards the Dutch East Indies, and Gil, a young boy sent to live with his estranged grandfather on a tiny fishing island off the coast of Australia in the 1980s. This story was unexpected and haunting exploring the different ideas of abandonment, sacrifice, friendship, and family. #NetGalley #TheNightShip

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Lara.Tomme
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Mehso-so

In the Shadows of Humanity is an interesting novel about a futuristic world in which humans and various types of AI live. Some times the terms used were confusing and the storyline a bit uninteresting. It was an ok science fiction.

3⭐

#arc #netgalley

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ashesofabookdragon
Three Kisses, One Midnight | Evelyn Skye, Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon
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The perfect way to kick off the Halloween season is with this novel. It has amazing happy Halloween vibes with Happily Ever After tones.
✨ Fun and Adventurous
✨ Relatable characters - all the angst & feels
✨ Diverse characters and cultures
✨ Seasonal must read
FULL REVIEW on my blog ~ Link in bio ♥️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*Thank you to #Netgalley and #WednesdayBooks for gifting me a copy for an honest review*

#bookreview #bookcommunity #readingcommunity

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rockpools
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Well, now.

I was invited to read The Darkness Manifesto by Penguin Random House, via #NetGalley. Of course, I was aware that light pollution was a problem, but I guess I‘d thought of it more as an aesthetic issue than an environmental issue.

Nope.

Johan Eklöf, a Swedish bat researcher, takes a look at the importance of darkness, and the changes light pollution brings, covering everything- biology, ecology, history, physics, architecture… - ?

rockpools and so much more! We explore how the land, sea and sky are all affected, understand the scale of insect decline, hear about Chengdu‘s plan for an artificial moon, and how pollution is being reduced or mitigated in (admittedly) small areas across the globe.

The approach is broad rather than deep - you will want to go away and find out more for yourself, but there‘s an extensive bibliography to help you with that. However, 👇
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rockpools I had a ‘what, really?!‘ moment almost every chapter. Quite fascinating, and incredibly eye-opening, and it will make me much more aware of tiny changes I can make.

UK publication 3rd November.

#NaturalLitsy Photo of Hawarden Church, North Wales, next to the #readingretreat at Gladstone‘s library - beautifully lit, but probably not wildly helpful to the neighbourhood bats 🦇
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TrishB Great review and pic Rachel! 2d
rockpools @TrishB Morning Trish 😁 2d
TrishB 👋 another lovely one. 2d
youneverarrived It sounds fascinating. Stacking 🤍 2d
julesG Great review! 2d
AllDebooks Fantastic review, I'm getting that!! 2d
jlhammar Beautiful photo! This book sounds amazing. 2d
squirrelbrain Love this photo! Book sounds good too…. 2d
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vlwelser
Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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This is very fun. Baba Yaga's house with the chicken legs is a central (though mostly silent) character. A modern fairytale based on Russian folklore.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

This is already out.
#ARC #Netgalley

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3d
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OutsmartYourShelf
On the Trail of Jack the Ripper | Richard Charles Cobb
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It seems that true crime aficionados cannot read enough about the murders committed by the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper‘ in 1888. I count myself in those gripped by the case as I've read countless books about the subject & I'm as fascinated as ever. This book is the literary equivalent of a walking tour around the sites which would have been frequented by those who lived in Whitechapel in 1888. (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf It seems wrong to say that you enjoyed reading a book about a series of real-life murders, but in this case, the focus is more on the physical places where the crimes occurred rather than the crimes themselves. (Having said that, there are several quite graphic photographs of some of the deceased)..........It's a fairly short book but it keeps the attention & the author has obviously done their homework. 5🌟
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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Pen & Sword, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4991932670
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OutsmartYourShelf I can't really count hours read for #Scarathlon2022 as I read the first couple of chapters yesterday so it's ineligible for all the readathons, but I am counting the words found during my reading today.

238 words found so 2380 points.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter #20in4
@clwojick @andrew65
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Clwojick Awesome job! 4d
Andrew65 This looks really interesting. Well done 👏👏👏 3d
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MrsK
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Death and Croissants is a cozy mystery with a creative premise. An attractive couple, each in a bit of a slump, with charming setting, quirky characters and clever bits of humor. What more could you want? Well, frankly I want a story that leads somewhere. Not something that wanders aimlessly with the sole point of introducing a lot of “quirky” characters. This wasn‘t a bad book, it just did nothing to engage me. #PoisonedPenPress #NetGalley

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OutsmartYourShelf
The Lighthouse | Alex Bell
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Mehso-so

I've always thought that lighthouses are naturally eerie places & this one definitely fits the bill. The plot itself was a little choppy - it was very fast-paced, so fast in fact, that I think some of the scene-setting & character development suffered due to this. Compared to an earlier book, Frozen Charlotte, the reader doesn't get to know the main character & therefore feels less invested in the outcome. (continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf There were some things that I thought were a little odd as I was reading it but these were explained in the conclusion & made more sense. The ending itself I thought was really good, it definitely wasn't happy ever after. Overall this was a mixed bag which gets a 3⭐ rating.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Little Tiger Group/Stripes Publishing, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

@andrew65 #20in4
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OutsmartYourShelf TW: If you are sensitive to animal (or in this case bird & gastropod) deaths then there are quite a few in this book - the birds killed by the hunters etc - & there is a very sad child death. There's also some scenes which may be triggering to anyone with claustrophobia.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4882976023

#NetGalley
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Andrew65 A great review, well done 👏👏👏 5d
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BoleyBooks
The Soulmate: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #thesoulmate #sallyhepworth #bookbeast #bookjoy #netgalley #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

AmandaBlaze Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi. 5d
Jemgirl2014 I‘m reading the same book as you right now. It‘s a slow burn but it has definitely picked up! 5d
BoleyBooks @AmandaBlaze I hope it‘s good, happy reading! 🤗 5d
BoleyBooks @Jemgirl2014 -I hope you enjoy the rest…Happy Reading! 😃 5d
Jemgirl2014 @BoleyBooks You too! 🤗 5d
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Addison_Reads
Toad: A Novel | Katherine Dunn
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#NetGalley #AudioARC

While this is not Geek Love, there's a certain beauty in the bleak, brutal writing. Toad is a slow-moving look into Sally's life as she navigates her way through a wide range of situations. This read is depressing and Dunn doesn't shy away from some pretty grotesque descriptions about bodily functions and personal hygiene.

The sadness infects all aspects of this book, but Dunn's writing is superb and unforgettable.

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