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Book_yogi

Book_yogi

Joined June 2017

I just a weightlifter who teaches yoga and is crazy about books.
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Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Wow, was this a surprise find! I got this in Book of the Month Club, no opinion but that it sounded interesting, and I ended up loving it! Quirky, funny, witty, and heartwarming with just the right bit of sass. Lillian is almost an antihero she is so quietly awesome and unapologetically authentic. I just love this book.

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Sway | Kat Spears
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Wow, this was a great, total surprise read. I loved this book! Funny, endearing, witty, sarcastic and uplifting.

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The Sky Weaver | Kristen Ciccarelli
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Now that is how you tie it all together. What a great end to these books.

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The Last 8 | Laura Pohl
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I read this as part of this weeks Epic Reads book challenge in which we are to read a book with a number in the title. It sort of left me with, Meh. It‘s ok, but always like to break out and read book challenges reads.

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Mehso-so

This was a cover buy for me, not knowing anything about the book. Pretty good...

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Another great series comes to an end. How fun would it be to get inside Neal Shusterman‘s head for a day just to see how warped it really can get in there. This series is 100% worth it from start to finish. Each character is uniquely flawed for good or bad. I had to have yelled out loud, “I hate Goddard” at least 5 times, and thought it at least 20 times. A great ending to a fantastic series.

Rachel.Rencher Have you read any of his other books? I haven't but I'm dying to get my hands on the Unwind series! 4d
Book_yogi @Rachel.Rencher Yes, I have read the Unwind series and it is really good! I also read Dry and that is good too. 4d
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Queen of Ruin | Tracy Banghart
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Mehso-so

I read book two to complete the weekly Epic Reads challenge. I liked book one Grace and Fury. This series was ok, not great, but good enough to read. Does that make sense?

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The Burning Shadow | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Jennifer Armentrout does a great job of reeling us in with her characters. I want to hear about all of them, old and new. Oh, she‘s good, and that ending - 😳 now we have to wait...

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Fire & Ash | Jonathan Maberry
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This series is perfect for the Halloween season. Just the right parts zombie, creepy, scary and icky.

xxjenadanxx I loved that series! 2w
TNbookworm Loved this series! 2w
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Dust & Decay (Reprint) | Jonathan Maberry
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Aren‘t these perfect books for Halloween?! I just wish the author would stop killing everyone!

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Rot & Ruin | Jonathan Maberry
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I think I am going to like this little zombie series.

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Into the Crooked Place | Alexandra Christo
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If you like squads and heists and magic and books that are a nod to Six of Crows, try this!

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Mehso-so

I read this because it is considered a classic horror book and it is mentioned as a favorite of characters in many books I love. I kept waiting for that moment that everything falls apart and it gets wickedly scary, but it never came. It is hailed as, “a perfect work of unnerving terror” but seems to be more about mental illness and declining sanity.

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The Lady Rogue | Jenn Bennett
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This is a fun, witty, quick historical fiction read. The journey, mystery and sass have shades of A Gentleman‘s Guide to Vice and Virtue with Theo and Huck searching for Theo‘s missing father. While this is my first time with this author I don‘t think it will be my last.

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Rebel | Marie Lu
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Legend was the series that got me into voracious reading. I fell in love with Day and his and June‘s story. I eagerly entered this world again and hearing Eden‘s story, learning his own way while living in the shadow of his infamous brother. Some of my favorite parts of the book are Day or Eden‘s memories from the first three books. This book felt more like an homage to the Legend, and that‘s ok, anything that allows us back to Day, is good.

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Rot & Ruin | Jonathan Maberry
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Rot & Ruin is a fitting read for October, dystopia, ruin, zombies, fierce females and family.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Ok, so that answers that. Leigh Bardugo can transition easily from YA to Adult. Alex, Darlington, and Dawes are new favorites added to the list of fantastically inventive characters. I can‘t wait for book 2.

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The Tenth Girl | Sara Faring
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This is a solid book to read for Halloween month. Mavi and Angel are interesting and complex and I did not see that plot twist coming!

Just a note on the YA rating. There is a lot of pretty intense violence and cruelty and profanity that needs to be considered when offering this book as YA. The writing also suggests an older reader as well. Perhaps New Adult would be better.

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The Things She's Seen | Ambelin Kwaymullina
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Mehso-so

3 1/2 stars. This is a quick read with lots going on. At first it feels like it might be a middle grade book but as the story continues it moves into YA. The truth of aborigine children being take from their homes is told and the sadness it leaves for the family is clear.

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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Mehso-so

The Bone Houses is story about a gravedigger where the people don‘t stay dead and a mapmaker that needs direction. Ellis is endearing, but I think my favorite character in the book is the bone goat; he‘s a keeper.

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I Have Lost My Way | Gayle Forman
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I remember why I like Gayle Forman books; they all have a quiet, ethereal feeling. You get to know the characters deeply, down inside their souls. This is no different. She picks such a genuinely interesting way for them to meet, a jumping off, so to speak of this incredible day.

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There is a lot about this book I like. There is Adam, who is intelligent, sweet but suffers from depression. There is Caleb who has a super human ability to feel others emotions so deeply they tangle constantly with his own. There is their relationship, which is so sweet, you can‘t help but root for them. While at times the writing can be a little too on the nose, it is a good book.

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Mehso-so

This book has a similar feeling to Dread Nation but the main characters are a bit more reserved, including the zombies. However, since Dread Nation came after this book, perhaps it is that Dread Nation is an intensified, more full bodied Something Strange and Deadly. Chicken or the egg...

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Mehso-so

This book has been publicized pretty widely on social media, and I had some high expectations. The story was interesting in parts, but my mind would wander in many other areas which is a red flag that a book isn‘t holding me captive. The relationship between Jasimir and Tavin is endearing but for the most part the book is predictable, but still ok.

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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo
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Soul crushing heart tugger.

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I haven‘t enjoyed this series that takes place after The Uglies as much as the first and am finding a hard time connecting with the characters. It is just not as interesting, especially the story line in which Frey becomes addicted to emotions available at the click of a button. It is unnecessary, becomes a constant distraction, and just doesn‘t really add anything. So, I leave book 2 a bit disappointed, unsure of my future with this series.

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I first read Lunar Chronicles back in 2016 and hated Levana enough I decided to not read Fairest. Flash forward and Epic Reads has a weekly challenge and this week is Novella so I thought I am far enough away from this series to read Fairest. I still hate Levana...maybe even more now. She. Is. The. Worst.

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The Last | Hanna Jameson
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Mehso-so

What happens when the unthinkable occur and nuclear war strikes. It‘s the after, where John Keller is at a conference at a remote Swiss hotel with 20 survivors. The story is told from John Keller‘s accounting of events at the hotel over approximately three months. There are few twists and turns, but for the most part everything remains averagely realistic…oh except for a weird turn with the dead girl in the water tower.

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Eleanor & Park is my first Rainbow Rowell book. I love this misfit story about two unlikely characters falling so fiercely in love. Eleanor‘s life was tough to read at times, but an important reminder to take care of our children. I loved Park‘s parents almost as much as I hated Eleanor‘s. Thank you Rainbow Rowell for making me want to read another one of your books.

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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This book takes on difficult, relevant issues and handles them with honestly, sincerity, fiercely and with humor, never shying away from the hard questions. Penn and Rose love their kids fiercely, protectively and with so much care, we as parents should all take note as a baseline for successfully raising children. Oh, a shout out to Mr. Tongo, not their doctor, but the best therapist ever celebrating each obstacle as amazing.

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This book does not disappoint. I received it as an ARC earlier this year and just finished a reread with this beauty. Still a 5 star!

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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Well that was a fantastic surprise; a five star, favorite book of the year! For those that liked Ace of Shades, Serpent & Dove feels like a similar world with hidden magic, secrets, cunning thieves and heists. Also, for those of us that miss the ardent loyalty of Matthias and sassy impropriety of Nina with their swoon filled love, this is yet another reason this book is right for you. This book has it all.

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American Royals | Katharine McGee
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For those that enjoyed The Selection, this one is for you. What if when George Washington was asked to be king, he said yes, and instead of a democracy, America was a monarchy? If you are looking for something with the same dark bite as her first books, you may have to wait. While we see small glimmers of that edgy writing, this book is far more tame and reads similar to The Selection.

BooknerdsLife Ah! What a shame! That cover is gorgeous tho and I love your photo 😍❤️ 2mo
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This book is a fictional story based in the real life event of September 11; I like Abbi; she is held up as an unwilling idol, but handles it with kindness. Now enter Noah, I don‘t like Noah; he uses blackmail to get Abbi to help him under the guise of a school newspaper article. Heartfelt, heart tugging and still hopeful.

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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I really liked this book. It provides all the feelings. From the first email from Somebody/Nobody (SN for short) I know his character is going to be a favorite. While SN identity is supposed to be secret until the near end, hints give it away early on. But still, this book is a solid 4 star read. I would love to see what happens next…

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This book started out as a typical unrequited love story that read like a middle school age read with high school characters. Then BAM, huge plot twist and the entire story changed. I didn‘t know anything about the book so the twist took me completely by surprise. The story improved greatly after that, maturing and becoming more about love and loss and the various stages of grief, hence the additional half star and rounding up.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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I heard mixed reviews of this book. They story is an interesting idea, creepy in a good way. But then, at times it just seems creepy to be creepy. Hetta and Byatt have the promise of interesting storylines, but then there are holes throughout. I liked it, but didn‘t love it. I thought it was creepy, but more like seeing a car crash I can‘t look away from. The plot twists are well done with some you can see coming. So, liked it, but didn‘t love it.

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Things that I love about this book: 1. The cover. 2. The synopsis with the promise of intrigue and mystery. I was looking forward to this one, but with a book that suggests murder and ghosts and more death, I was surprised at how prim and vanilla this book read. I don‘t know what it is for sure, but this one just didn‘t work for me. I know there are others that loved it, so perhaps it was me for this one.

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Genuine Fraud | E. Lockhart
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Not bad, very quick read, and Jule is a bad bad girl. I am not sure why she is exactly so devoid of that part in the brain that says killing people is bad, and think a little bit of background for this would have been helpful for the story. In any event, there were some surprises and it was a suspenseful quick read.

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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Every girl should know Libby Stout, a girl who figured out how to live boldly and with no boundaries as well as everyone should read about Jack and understand face blindness with it widely reaching effects. This book teaches us to be a little more kind and a little more understanding, to celebrate our differences and embrace who we can become when we stop hiding. One more thing, I love Libby!

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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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This book was hard to read, but good to read. To me, it really isn't much like Fault in Our Stars, but is a different story about loss and mental illness. Finch shines brightly and full of life, though he spends his time deciding whether or not to die. His relationship with Violet is just as bright and heart tugging as the rest of the story. It can also serve as a warning to all parents, to listen, even when nothing is being said.

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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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If you are looking for a great high fantasy, these are 💚💙💚💙

VioletBramble I love this series💚 3mo
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I had no expectations, only that of being intrigued by the synopsis I read on Netgalley. With threads of Norse mythology is the story of Bayr, the bastard son of Desdemona, who lays curse to the land in her dying breaths shortly after giving birth. From that day forward, no daughters shall be born. The characters seem to have seeped in my soul bit by bit. I fell in love with Bayr; he is innocent and good, down to his very nature.

SharonAlger Ooh, this sounds right up my alley! 3mo
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Dreamers Often Lie | Jacqueline West
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Arghtjkd&ke#$@*(. And that‘s how I feel about this book. It gets three stars because I was very interested to see where this book was going to go. It doesn‘t get more because it didn‘t actually go anywhere, even to the very end I was left with thinking someone must have torn out the last pages. This can‘t possibly be the end. It doesn‘t get more because of the illogical and circuitous route the book takes. I am left...unsatisfied.

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Last Things | Jacqueline West
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How did I not hear about this book until now? It is Twilight Zone meets Stranger Things. Creepy characters abound and strange things are happening to Anders Thorson, the unusually gifted guitar player of the band Last Things. It dives in and isn‘t afraid to get weird, with plot twists and a satisfying conclusion. Seriously, how did I not hear about this freaky book until now?

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Black Wings Beating | Alex London
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I just finished this forgettable fantasy. I am surprised I didn‘t enjoy it at all since it was on a recommended list by Adam Silvera and I see there are others that loved it. Does that ever happen to you?

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This week‘s Epic Reads Challenge was to read a book recommended by a favorite author. Sooo I asked Brigid Kemmerer, her books are ❤️❤️ and she hit it out of the park!

I have just two things to say. 1. This book makes my heart happy. 2. I wish this was, “based on a true story.”

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Where She Went | Gayle Forman
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Oh, my heart my heart my heart. I love this book. Here‘s how much – I started by reading it, then I started listening to it because the narrator‘s voice was perfect, but I also loved slowly reading of it, then I stayed up late reading more, then I went back to where I left off from the reading and listened to what I had read, basically reading it twice at the same time. Now I have a massive book hangover.

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If I Stay | Gayle Forman
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If she stays, she is an orphan; if she goes she leaves Adam. Heartaching accurately describes this book and the choice Mia must make after a catastrophic car accident kills her family leaving her in and in between states to decide whether she will live or die.

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Lock Every Door is my first BOTM purchase, a thriller with so many twists and turns. It starts in the middle and then takes us back to the beginning, with more and more plot twists with each chapter. At one point I was a little disappointed in what I thought was the answer, to then be victim of yet another, so much more interesting plot twist, with many great aha moments. If you think it is a typical mystery, don‘t, may be surprised.