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BookishGamer87

BookishGamer87

Joined May 2017

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman
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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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Really enjoyed this little novella! I had so many emotions as I went on this journey, and it all comes back to the ocean, folks. Definitely recommend if you want something short but also thought-provoking.

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I enjoyed learning a bit about Josef Mengele and the following hunt for him. It's crazy the lengths people went to to hide him even after he was dead. My only issue was the notes for chapter 6 ended up being 2 behind, so for example note 47 was actually note 49 and so on. Hopefully they'll fix that before the book is released in January. Other than that, would recommend!

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I'm not usually one for mysteries, but being it's set during World War 2, I decided to give it a go. Glad I did! I loved the little village setting and the various characters that I think anyone who grew up in a small town could attach to someone they know. (Hopefully not the serial killer, though!) Really enjoyed it and definitely recommend!

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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Quitting 54 pages in. Just too overly descriptive for me to wade through 400 pages when I don't even want to pick it up. Not to mention the 2 of 4 authors I was introduced to in that span of time were just annoying. I was gonna try to make it to at least 100 pages, but I just don't care. Too many books on my TBR for that. Not for me.

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The Merciless | Danielle Vega
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Finally, a good book! Really enjoyed how uncomfortable this made me and how twisted it got! I'm glad I decided to grab the whole series off Book Outlet!

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Here There Are Monsters | Amelinda Berube
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Yet another meh book for this month. Took about 200 pages for anything even remotely creepy to happen. And even then it was angsty and dramatic to the point of being annoying and I just wanted to be done with it.

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The Monster of Elendhaven | Jennifer Giesbrecht
Mehso-so

I'm finding that I'm reading a lot of meh books lately. This wasn't nearly as creepy and scary and badass as I was hoping for just going by the synopsis. It was just meh.

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Mehso-so

Now I know why I've never watched the movie all the way through. I had to force myself to keep going back to this, honestly. Just really meh.

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Mehso-so

Other than a couple stories, Poe's writing really dragged this down. And I only really liked a couple of the reimagined stories as well. Probably just the wrong time for me and this book, but yeah.

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Rules for Vanishing | Kate Alice Marshall
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This was really easy to read and a lot of the imagery was quite creepy for a YA. Enjoyed it a lot and definitely want to read more from this author in the future.

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Thornhill | Pam Smy
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This was a lot sadder than I expected it to be. But the last 100 pages or so it got kinda creepy (it is MG, so I wasn't expecting to be terrified or anything). I loved how it was part diary entries and part graphic novel as well.

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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Oof. This one hit me harder in the feels than I was expecting. A quick read as well. More of a family story with the romance taking a backseat, which I'm perfectly fine with.

Also, my cat apparently decided she wanted her foot in the picture 😹

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Well, this was too cute and angsty for it's own good! Loved every bit of it.

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I just adore this angsty little series. Can't wait for the third one to come out!

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My brain hurts and my eyes are tired, but I did it. Would definitely recommend if you like all the courtly intrigue and political maneuverings. There's some action too, but it definitely takes a backseat, which I was okay with. Great story overall.

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#MurderFunding | Gretchen McNeil
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Mehso-so

Didn't like this one as much. More conspiracy and less murder, so it took about 150 pages to even really get going. So, not terrible, but not as good.

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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil
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This was such a fun book! So glad that I'm picking up the sequel immediately, cause that was a blast!

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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first book. I was so completely engrossed in the mystery and my heart is racing and I just need to know!

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Oh my god, I have never been more aggravated with a characters completely stubborn nature as I was with Annabelle! But I can absolutely see the reasons for it, and it was so good! I need the next book right now!

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I don't think this series could have ended any better than it did, honestly. Jay is a terrible, wonderful person. I laughed, I cried, it was everything. All the stars!

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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Really ended up enjoying this. Was a little confused by the different castes at first, but it really was a great book in the end. I wanted to punch people so many times 😅

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Mehso-so

All this book did was reaffirm my fears of being the one in charge! 😅 Honestly though, didn't really care about any of the characters, the love triangle was completely unnecessary, and I called the reveal extremely early.

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Really enjoyed learning more about the Calling and getting to meet young Duncan and Fiona. Love this game/book series so much.

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Oh. My. God! The last like 50 pages of this were just a complete mind fuck and I need Darkdawn now, please!

SassenachTheBookWizard Right?! I shrieked at the ending 3mo
BookishGamer87 @SassenachTheBookWizard I was just completely slack-jawed and wide-eyed 😂 I'm ready for Jay to rip my heart out! 3mo
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Swipe Right for Murder | Derek Milman
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This book was a real roller coaster ride! Both emotional and action-packed, it was a fun time. Looking forward to reading more of Derek's stuff in the future.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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After reading the Shades of London series earlier this year and having a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, I was honestly scared to pick this series up. But, thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised! It feels like it was written by an entirely different person! Thank goodness.

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Mehso-so

Pros: The anxiety rep in this is excellent and the way in which people (even your own family) can react to that anxiety was very close (sometimes word-for-word) to what I've personally experienced.

Con: I've about had it up to here with MCs (namely young girls, admittedly) who are so stupidly naive and trusting. Just stop.

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Stargazing | Jen Wang
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This was absolutely adorable! And I loved the little snippets of Chinese and Buddhist culture that were included.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Welp, I was completely wrong!

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I love a good post-outbreak story. And I didn't even mind the little love triangle in this, so that's a plus!

brit91 😻😻😻😻😻 3mo
BookishGamer87 @brit91 Yeah, she thinks she's cute. Took this a second before she started chewing on the corner 😂 3mo
brit91 @BookishGamer87 lol that sounds like my cat he likes my books but when I turn my back hes up to no good! But hes cute so he gets away with it!😂😹😍😻 3mo
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Oh man, this book made me full-on sob! This was amazing and I can't wait for Greythorne to come out!

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Mehso-so

This book just might have the most insufferable MC on the planet (we get it, the girl you're crushing on is frickin Mary Poppins: practically perfect in every way. You don't need to say it 20 times per page!) She really only became bearable once the action started about 100 pages in. The one time I'm thankful for xenomorphs. She did a complete 180 once the killing started. Makes it kinda hard to rate this one, though.

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Sanctuary | Caryn LIX
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Mehso-so

I don't know if it was just my mood or what, but I had a really hard time caring about any of these people. It was a good story, but I'm not gonna rush to get my hands on the sequel.

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Yours Truly, Thomas | Rachel Fordham
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This was so sweet and just made my cynical heart so happy!

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Oh my god. Leigh, why do you do these things to me?!

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The Dead House | Dawn Kurtagich
Mehso-so

I can definitely tell that this is a debut novel. It just didn't quite have that creep factor that I'm used to in a Kurtagich book. Was interesting, but not as good as her other two.

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Teeth in the Mist | Dawn Kurtagich
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I knew when I read And The Trees Crept In a couple years ago, that I had found an author who's creepy writing could get under my skin. Thankfully, this was no exception.

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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Jay and Amie are terrible, wonderful people who write terrible, wonderful books. I don't think I could love this any more if I tried.

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Oh man, now I really wish you could romance Loghain. Honestly, once a certain something was finally revealed, I just sped through this. Seeing Maric become the man (and king) he was meant to be, seeing Loghain endure heartbreak and love and then heartbreak again and just keep going, and seeing Rowan become queen for Ferelden's sake alone was just 🙌 Literally yassss queen!

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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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What the hell kind of fool was I when I DNF'd this like a year ago?! I adored this to pieces and I'm so glad I already have Godsgrave ready for next month. Mr. Kristoff sure knows how to dish out the pain, I'll give him that.

Ddzmini Any assassin story is great... but this one is so much more 😍🙏📖😋 4mo
BookishGamer87 @Ddzmini Oh, I agree! So glad I gave it another shot! 4mo
SassenachTheBookWizard Rofl we can be friends again 4mo
BookishGamer87 @SassenachTheBookWizard Oh, thank goodness! I also just ordered Lifel1k3 and Dev1at3 as well if that helps me any 😂 4mo
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I don't know how Kayla always manages to leave me a sobbing, happy mess...but she's done it again.

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Retribution Rails | Erin Bowman
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Welp, when an ending makes me cry and hug the book, I know it's a good one! Definitely want to pick up more of Erin Bowman's stuff now.

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Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, Volume 1 | Various, David Gaider, Ben Gelinas, Mike Laidlaw, David Various Artists, Mike Various Artists
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The love I have for this series of games knows no bounds, and I finally have the books in my possession to feed the flame! And, Maker's breath, some of the illustrations are just gorgeous! Just an amazing book all around.

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Vengeance Road | Erin Bowman
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I grew up on John Wayne westerns and, honestly, we need more YA westerns! This was just perfect. Can't wait to start the companion novel!

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Unraveling | Karen Lord
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I was unsure about this one for the first few chapters (magical realism isn't really my thing), but once things got going, I really enjoyed it. And, as per usual with these kinds of stories, I still have a lot of questions. But I'm oddly okay with that.

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I mean, are we really surprised that this was an amazing little jump back into the world of Illuminae? Loved those 82 pages so much! Been a few months since I reread the trilogy...just saying.

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Welp, this may get me wanting to do another reread of the trilogy, but I'm willing to risk it. So excited! ❤

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Passion on Park Avenue | Lauren Layne
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I'm slowly easing my way back into contemporary romance, and this was amazing! It's just that right amount of subtle steaminess! I adore hate-to-love slow-burn, and I was screaming when they finally kissed!

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The Prey | Tom Isbell
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So this book gave me real Maze Runner vibes, but mixed with a bit of WW2 prison camp stuff. Like, there's actually a twin-loving Dr. Mengele-esque character at one of the camps. It was a lot darker than I was expecting and I loved it.

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Mehso-so

Honestly just feel kinda meh about this one all the way around. But at least I got another book off my TBR!