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AmandaBlaze

AmandaBlaze

Joined January 2022

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Hokuloa Road | Elizabeth Hand
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Tonight's read.

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This may be my favorite book yet by Goodman. It has thrills, chills, creepy folklore, and a story within a story. Friends fleeing a pandemic 10 years into our future are trapped on an island. Chaos ensues as they try to figure out what is real and what is imagination.
#AwesomeAugust @Andrew65

bthegood stacked in my TBR - thanks for the review - have a good day 🙂 2d
PaperbackPirate I love her and I haven‘t heard of this one! Thank you for sharing! 📚 21h
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5h
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My goal is to read 3 to 4 books.
#AwesomeAugust @Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 3d
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Heartstopper: Volume 4 | Alice Oseman
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Perhaps the most heart-wrenching of the series so far, this volume deals with Charlie's mental health issues.
@TheSpineView #SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Great job 5d
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Heartstopper: Volume 3 | Alice Oseman
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In this volume, Nick, Charlie, and the crew head to Paris. The focus is on a variety of non-binary relationships.
@TheSpineView @SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Excellent 5d
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This is becoming one of my favorite graphic novel series. In this volume, Charlie and Nick further explore their relationship. It's both heartfelt and entertaining.
@TheSpineView @SeriesRead2022.

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Alas, Babylon | Pat Frank
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Starting the game a little late.
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #AlphabetGame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 5d
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Another charming adventure with Dex and Robot, seeking the answer for “What do humans need?“ The novella had a lighthearted feel throughout.
@TheSpineView #SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 6d
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Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey
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Lots of creepiness and atmosphere in this haunted house novel. It starts out slow and then picks up the pace and tension. 4.5 stars

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I needed this charming break before I start my thriller\horror binge. I'll have to finish the series now. Realistic black and white drawings add to the text in this graphic novel about a non-binary relationship.

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The One | John Marrs
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Short chapters really help to the develop the pace in this novel as you try to figure out where the next twist is going to go. The premise that your DNA can be matched to your soulmate is plausible in today's society. When devious scientists and others bent on revenge are involved in this match, chaos ensues.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!! I needed this today 🖤🤍 2w
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The One | John Marrs
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1. The One, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Fables, Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage.
2. Green is my favorite color, so yes.
3. Our Crooked Hearts and When Women Were Dragons, Someone is Killing the Children.
#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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An entertaining romp through modern fairy tales. A villain, known as The Adversary, exiled the fairy tale characters into our world. In this volume, it looks like someone or something has killed Rose Red. Bigby, the Big Bad Wolf, is investigating the case. The prose and illustrations blend seamlessly together. 4.5 stars
#20in4Readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds fun! Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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The One | John Marrs
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My goals are to read 20 chapters and finish at least one book. On deck are The One, The Disinvited Guest, and Hidden Pictures.
#20in4 Readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck 👏👏👏 2w
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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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This was not my favorite book by Ware; however, it was still a good mystery. I figured out the killer, but not the motive. I liked the dual timeline, but the pacing was a little slow. Sometimes Hannah exasperated me. 3.5 stars.
@LKK526

LKK526 Agreed. Good review👍 3w
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I'm addicted to James Tynion IV's graphic novels. The horror and illustrations work so well together. In this series, Walter gathers some friends at a lake house to try to save them from intergalactic annihilation. Looking forward to Volume 2.
#JubilantJuly @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3w
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Aunt Dimity: Detective | Nancy Atherton
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1. I love the Aunt Dimity cozy mysteries.
2. Outside
3. Iced tea
#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Cozy mysteries are great! Thank you for sharing! 3w
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Volume 3 continues as the town of Archers Peak goes under lockdown to protect its citizens. More about the Order of St. George is learned. Erica continues her quest to rid the town of monsters. Beautiful and often gruesome artwork completes the package.
#JubilantJuly @Andrew64

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Vol. 1 continues where Vol. 2 ends. More of Erica's back story is explained as she and others attempt to fight the 5 monster babies from the first story. Good suspense and horror throughout.
#JubilantJuly @Andrew65

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 3w
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Awesome graphic novel, if bloody. Combines a missing persons mystery with a monster feature. It also contains a badass heroine. I loved the illustrations. There are 3 more volumes.
#JubilantJuly @Andrew65

AmandaBlaze @braddsibbersen You might want to check this out. 4w
braddsibbersen Sweet! Thanks for the recommendation! 3w
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Sometimes I don't mind FB ads. Especially about authors I love. I almost missed this release.

LKK526 @AmandaBlaze she is one of my favorites also missed this one too 3w
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1.) Neil Gaiman
2.) How High We Go in the Dark
3.) Litsy, especially #LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
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I admit I didn't mind The SanatorIum by Pearse. However, a couple chapters into her follow-up in the Elin Warner series and I don't know if I can last.
Example: “the air feels sticky like gum, catching in her eyes, hair.“
The only reason I'm not dropping this for The It Girl is I only have a 7 day hold on this one, and I hate bailing.

LKK526 @AmandaBlaze I have The Retreat on my stack but I‘m not sure I will read it. There was something about the MC in The Sanatorium that irked me and I did bail although like you I hate to do that. I‘ll be looking for your review after you read It Girl. Anxious to know what you think😊 (edited) 1mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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I enjoyed this one a lot. Basic concept: Throughout history, when women are oppressed, they can change into dragons. The book centers on the uprising of 1955. Alex is left wondering if her mom chose to be a dragon, or her aunt didn't, would this have changed her fate? There are also research snippets from other uprisings to show what women were facing throughout the centuries. Unlike some feminist writings, not all men are portrayed badly here.

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1.) Unless for the fact they are all through my house, no.
2.) Television in the background. I can handle radio.
#Two4Tuesday @ThreSpineVieew

TheSpineView No a TV person. Thanks for playing 1mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Mehso-so

This wss a Booker Prize Winner; however, I just couldn't get into it. It was beautifully written, and I enjoyed how Lockwood described social media, known as the Portal in the book. It's when she starts describing real life that I couldn't connect the two halves of the book.
#JubilantJuly @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Tonight's book.

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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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A retelling of the House of Usher. Kingfisher sought to expand on Poe's tale and provide some explanations for the family illness.The narrator is non-binary and used different pronouns, such as ka and kan for sworn-swords. While I thought Poe had more suspense, this novella was well-written by T. Kingfisher.

AmandaBlaze This was meant to be a “pick“ review. 1mo
Soubhiville This cover is the perfect combo of creepy and cool. 1mo
AmandaBlaze I definitely agree. 1mo
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I plan to read at least four books for the#JubilantJuly Readathon.
Thank you, @Andrew65 for hosting.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 1mo
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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This is my new favorite book by Albert. I was drawn in by the magic and stayed for the relationships. Well-written with beautiful imagery.

braddsibbersen Great cover 1mo
GondorGirl I'm reading this one right now! I'm really loving the dual time line and the way Albert crafts a story. The dead animals... not so much. 1mo
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Hell House | Richard Matheson
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1. Illuminae Files
2. Horror, especially ghost stories
3. Hell House or House of Leaves
@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗 1mo
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1. Most definitely!
2. I bet you thought I was going to say Murderbot. The Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn are told from the point of view of Bernie's dog Chet and are hilarious.
#Two4Tuesday
@TheSpineView

TheSpineView I read the first book and thought it was funny. I need to read the series. Thanks for playing! 1mo
LKK526 @AmandaBlaze @TheSpineView I LOVE Chet and Bernie 1mo
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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Getting pulled down a dark an twisty rabbit hole with this one.

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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BotM club box has arrived! I have my week set up with Our Crooked Hearts; The It Girl; Tomorrow and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow; and This Poisoned Heart.

LiteraryinLawrence Sounds like the makings of a great week! 1mo
LKK526 @amandablaze just started The It Girl. Haven‘t read much because these damn chores like changing the sheets and feeding my cats keep getting in the way. Joan Rivers used to say “you cook and clean and 6 months later you have to do it again”. 🙄 1mo
AmandaBlaze @LKK526 Darn chores! 1mo
LKK526 @AmandaBlaze I gave my staff the summer off I‘m too generous 1mo
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Slender Man | Anonymous
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I love novels told in epistolary fashion. This one explores the urban legend of Slender Man through journal entry, blog posts, IM, and emails. It explores Slender Man's effect on a teenager as he tries to unravel the disappearance of another teen. It has good atmosphere, but the ending seemed somewhat forced.

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Slender Man | Anonymous
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Slender Man, elevation, and meds to work on taking the pain away.

Nutmegnc Hope you feel better!! 1mo
AmandaBlaze Thanks! 1mo
BookNAround That doesn‘t look like any kind of fun at all! Heal quickly! 1mo
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DivineDiana Sending get well wishes your way! 1mo
julesG Feel better! 1mo
bthegood get well soon - 1mo
TheLudicReader Oh no! 1mo
WJCintron Here to say hi and wish you a fast recovery! 😃🤗 1mo
AmandaBlaze Thanks, everyone! 1mo
PaperbackPirate Get well soon! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!! What happened? I hope you feel better soon ❤️‍🩹 1mo
AmandaBlaze @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Surgery on my foot. I'll be 2-3 months non-weight bearing, but at least I should be able to read a lot. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmandaBlaze I hope you recover quickly!! ❤️ 1mo
WJCintron How are you? I hope you‘re doing better every day! 🙌😃 3w
AmandaBlaze I'm doing alright. Swelling is slowly going down. :) 3w
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House Across the Lake | Riley Sager
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The premise of the book was similar to Hitchcock's Rear Window in that what you see when no one thinks you are watching can lead to trouble and danger. I never read Sager before, so I don't know if it's his style, but the book started off really slow. So much so that the first major plot twist doesn't hit until about 100+ pages in. Then the action finally ratchets up to the climax. I consider it a solid 3.5 stars.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 1mo
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The lake is darker than a coffin with the lid shut.

LKK526 @AmandaBlaze The It Girl. “Afterwards, it was the door she would remember” 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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Thank you, @BeaG, for the book and goodies!
#SpookySummer Swap

wisherwishinguponastar “This Poison Heart“ was a lovely book with a beautiful cover! I am super excited for the sequel that just came out as well. I hope you enjoy! 2mo
DanaManiac Such a good book! I hope you enjoy! 2mo
DanaManiac @booksellerofyourdiscontent I‘m so excited for the sequel as well!! 2mo
BeaG You‘re welcome 1mo
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The Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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Bailedbailed

I tried so hard to like this book, but couldn't get further than the first couple chapters. Maybe it's because I liked A Deadly Education better. The illustrations were good though.

julesG I don't understand the (TikRok) hype around this book. It also read very YA despite the characters being out of their teens already. 2mo
AmandaBlaze Agreed. 2mo
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This beautiful verse novel really tugged at my emotions. It describes the aftermath of an accidental shooting and how two families lives are forever changed.
#20in4Readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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More Happy Than Not | Adam Silvera
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1 Ziggy, Stardust and Me
2. Tagged above
3. Gregory Ashe
#sundayfunday
@ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I‘ve heard great things about Silvera! Thank you for sharing! 💕 2mo
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Bruiser | Neal Shusterman
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A good start to the #20in4 #Readathon. The book was well-written and engaging. At its core, it's a story of love and pain. I enjoyed all the characters. Uncle Hoyt made it easy to hate him.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute cover 💗 2mo
Eggs Fun movie !! 2mo
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