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Booklover2

Booklover2

Joined May 2016

Loved puppers, books, film buff, super heros and the 10th Doctor
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟WOWZA! A slow burn 🔥 that toggles between a span of 25 years from when Catherine‘s husband, Simon, gets up one day for a run and literally runs out of her life and their kids. The story runs between 25 years past to present day as Simon reveals the why of it all. It definitely keeps the pages turning.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Huzzah! Another Powder Mage book in the bag! These continue to be entertaining as hell! I was so happy when certain faves showed up in this one! One more to go!

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Mehso-so

🌟🌟 I have always loved Shirley Jackson‘s style is dark and atmospheric much like her other books. I found Merricat an interesting character study in someone who suffers from mental health from abuse. The reactions from the townsfolk who were really the true monsters here was appalling. That‘s is where the true horror lies in this reading.

However this one didn‘t drop the jaw as her other books have for me.

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Pretty Girls: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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🌟🌟🌟🌟A solid dark and twisty thriller for sure. I almost gave it 5 stars but the ending sort of fell apart and ended fell towards typical tropes. Other than that it‘s a rapid fire Paige turner and not for the feint of heart..

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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟one of the most dependable authors today. Her books are consistently good. She had a pitch perfect tone to her work her people feel so alive ♥️I loved it!

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The Fourth Monkey | J. D. Barker
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Bailedbailed

🌟completely unoriginal! Same boring tropes and uses torture porn to ram it up instead of well@fleshed out characters to care about DNF‘d

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🌟🌟🌟3.5 actually. I needed a fun Godzilla monster story with lots of action and fun for the soul. Oh and don‘t forget the alternate world which is another favorite genre. Only gripe was that it threw lots of 2020 horrors in the mix which takes me out of the story and puts me in the funk I don‘t want to relive. I feel the same way as Scalzi about 2020 and perhaps writing about it in cathartic as a writer, but I need to escape this world.

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Sins of Empire | Brian McClellan
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟omg I‘m so happy to be back into the world of the Powder Mage! Love my characters, the magic, oh just everything! Strong women♥️

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟heartbreakingly honest and sad! You don‘t have to know who she was as a child to feel all of this. Abuse comes in many forms. She has come out stronger and more clear who she is today. I applaud this woman.

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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟This was fairly unbelievable with irritating characters, especially Hannah. I gave it 3 stars because of the narrator, she was excellent. But the story was week. The mystery was lame and no person would turn help away and then go off and do all the investigation themselves like that. Sillinesss

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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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🌟🌟🌟🌟read at your own risk! This is a realistic look at a nihilistic society that I can see happening in this overly capitalistic, consumer riddled world. I didn‘t get as emotionally invested as I thought due to the clinical way it all presented itself. But legalized cannibalism and farming “humans” and learning the process was enough. Trigger warnings: graphic, animal abuse (I skimmed that page)

BkClubCare And OH! That ending. I was and I wasn‘t expecting it. 2mo
Booklover2 Despicable man 2mo
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WHOA! Where did this author come form? Lol! If you need a pager turner, this is your guy!

kspenmoll This was a wild ride!! (edited) 2mo
Booklover2 Super fun read! What characters! 2mo
bookandbedandtea This is my favorite of his 💛 2mo
FromMyLectory I still remember picking this up on a whim from the airport bookstand. Funtastic read 🥰 2mo
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BLACKWATER | MICHAEL MCDOWELL'S
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Mehso-so

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Mostly family saga, southern gothic with a sprinkle of horror. It was very long over 800 pages, took me a month to finish. Interesting story but unsatisfying

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟the only reason for the 3 stars instead of less, is the incredible writing. Her writing is like music and I found it beautiful. However this book was a huge, boring slog as far as plotless and stories go. But if you love wonderful prose to savor, you may like it.

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 . I started with Wayward Pines and haven‘t stop! What an interesting and fun author.

Upgrade is a wild ride from beginning to end. A lot of the concepts in this book and just an arms reach away from us in terms of what our further may be. Making this so near in the future it makes it all feel so probable.

If we could upgrade humans for the better would we? This is a pretty loaded questions. Read this and find out!

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This one is pretty dark and has a Whatever happened to baby Jane vibe going on but instead of sisters it‘s a mother and daughter dynamic. Nina chains her mom to the attic upstairs out of vengeance but why?

I have to say this was a great page turner trying to figure out how these two women ended up in the situation they seem in which is dysfunction to the extreme!

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I already miss the sound of his voice in my speakers uplifting my ❤️! What a gift this man is with his passion for music, love, life, and family. I can‘t get enough.

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Stolen Tongues | Felix Blackwell
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟 Seriously how do you tip the creeps that was the opening of this book! I don‘t scare easy, but I was pretty creeped out with the opening intro. Then sadly, the book sort of loses me a little as it goes. I mean it‘s super creepy it just went on too long and the reasoning and ending were weak. But I would recommend for that great opening !!

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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fun, light, quick SF with quirky characters, interdimentional multi-verse theme along with mystery, monsters and fun dialogue. I would say this one falls in line with something similar to a Michael Crichton book.
It definitely keeps you turning the pages and grabs you right from page one. This is NOT hard sci fi! It finishes the last 1/3 of the book as mostly horror so a nice blend of fun for all.

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Jamaica Inn | Daphne Du Maurier
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????? Another classic in the bag. There is nothing I love more than a good old fashioned gothic tale. Jamaica Inn gives you all of those things. It felt very much like a mixture of Brontë and Collins. The mystery of Collins Lady in White and Bronte‘s Jane Eyre (a personal favorite). The mysterious, dark inn, the moors, the heather the crashing sea all things I love.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟What a harrowing tale of some of the toughest people I‘ve ever read about. Not only does this cover the Donner Party and all the horrors they experienced, but he manages to put in all kinds of history at that time. I love how the author followed up on what happened to the survivors and how they managed to live with their past.

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Six Crimson Cranes | Elizabeth Lim
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Excellent storytelling right from the start. Who couldn‘t love the characters in this tale along with magic, evil demons, dragons and lush lands. A young adult story that is accessible to anyone to enjoy.

The magic is lovely, the fairy tale quality of the story is compelling and rich, world building beautiful. Six cranes, dragons, snakes, demons.

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Gone for Good | Harlan Coben
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟The twists and turns were solid. It all came together like a thousand piece puzzle. However the writing on this one was cringe-worthy. Ive read him before and he can write better than this. Hard boiled should be saved for detective novels not this.

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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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DNF! I couldn‘t get past 40% of this bore me to death book! Great premise weaving supernatural elements into the Donner Party tragedy. Idea was awesome, execution was a mess.

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Autumn Republic | Brian McClellan
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 And that completes this wonderful first trilogy of the Powder Mage books! Wow what an awesome ride! I can‘t recommend this enough. Powerfully imagined world and strong characters especially the women!

Looking forward to Gods and Powder. A new favorite authors!

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Just Like Mother | Anne Heltzel
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When you combine, cults, motherhood, and creepy baby like AI dolls, you get one twisted, unsettling read. I‘m unnerved by cults and women cults so this his all the special dark vibes for me. Highly recommend!

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 A wonderful story about how one woman pulls herself up and out of depression finding her love for horses and passion about riding. Taking the dangerous challenge of learning polo and how to incorporate work, life, motherhood and spousehood while filling the hole of dpression. Excellent reading.

TJAhearne I agree. Did you feel you could relate through the whole thing or did it get dry in spots for you? It did for me. 3mo
Booklover2 I loved her natural way of healing herself through something more organic than meds. But yes, it was definitely an uneven read in places and I did feel a checked out here and there. But conceptually it was excellent 3mo
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Mehso-so

🌟 🌟An unpopular opinion here. This one has many 5 star ratings and is pretty beloved by many, however, not me. It doesn‘t deserve a 1 star rating, I finished it because I did want to know how it ended, but in a day or two I‘m pretty sure I‘ll completely forget about this story.

Disconnected characters, flat, emotionless and yet it read like a Hallmark movie. This just missed all the marks for me. But that‘s just me.

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Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟I love me some revenge tales and this one was dark and twisty, however since I couldn‘t connect or even like the characters much, it was hard to be invested in the outcome. The revenge was a doosey, it didn‘t exactly WOW me.

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Mehso-so

🌟🌟I‘m definitely in the minority on this one. I thought this was a bit of a slog to get through. Lovely writing but slow and uneven. I gave it a listen, but I believe if I was reading it, I might now have finished. It has all the great elements for a wonderful story, but it just didn‘t work me.

bthegood I felt the same way - gave it the same so-so - seemed long,- I felt the ending saved it for me. 5mo
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Crimson Campaign | Brian McClellan
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WOW! Can i love a series as much as this!! The Powder Mage series will not be suffering from middle book syndrome. Book 2 was even better than book one.

The book picks right back up from where we left off and hits the ground running. There is so much action along with deeper character development. I literally lost myself in this rich landscaping of world building, magic, war and much loved people.

JUST READ THIS!

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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💜♥️🖤💚💛This book is so packed with hilarity and big heart, I dare anyone who doesn‘t absolutely fall in love with Guncle. Oh and the new words to be learned, Guncle *gay uncle”, niplings “niece and nephew” throuple “threesome” and edu “gay” tion. LOL! What a delight.

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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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It may not be October, but Mr. Bradbury is for anytime. A@wonderful collection of stories with The Crowd and The Small Assassin being my favorites!

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Aside from being a bit longer than necessary and drawn out, I am happy to say Liane Moriarty is back! After that last disaster of a book, 9 Perfect Strangers, she still has my faith to spin a good story. Recommend

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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Diving into a Ray Bradbury book is like comfort food for the soul.♥️

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This was a clunky, misogynistic read throughout! Each story with women got worse and worse. Rape, harpies and shrews. Bitter, angry man. Don‘t recommend this at all!

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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My first flintlock fantasy and I‘m so excited to read the next one. I think Ive found another favorite author.

Power mage, gods, and inspector and lots of cool magic!!!

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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Squeezing in some reading and sunshine before the rain comes back tomorrow

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A Canticle for Leibowitz | Walter M. Miller
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I know this is a classic and been wanting to read it for years. I think it‘s an important read for it‘s philosophical teachings and learnings, but it bored the tears out of me. I just wasn‘t the audience for it. I would never talk anyone out of reading it.

TheNeverendingTBR I finished this last week 6mo
Booklover2 What did you think about it 6mo
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How have not known about this fantastic classic author! These gothic tales are so satisfying and dark. I watched the movie Mr. Sardonicus so many times as a kid, I had no idea it was based on a short story. These stories are all equally delicious. Highly recommend! And that cover🖤

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I‘m good with YA books but not this one! The best part of this angst ridden YA book, is it‘s cover 📕.

NOT EVEN CLOSE TO KNIVES OUT which was how it was marketed. That is all!

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Birdman | Mo Hayder
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Mehso-so

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This was a completely generic serial killer read for me. Ive read tons of them and there was nothing about this one that stood out. Extremelly weak. character development. The scariests serial killers are the vile, disgusting people, it‘s the normal boy next door or extremely charming that are scary. This was all over the place shock schlock.

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Wow! What a deeply profound memoir. Listening to Amy Bloom write about her husbands diagnosis with Alzheimer‘s and then to cope with his decision to assisted suicide is as deeply personal a memoir I‘ve ever read. The humanity, grace and dignity throughout is mind blowing.

EvieBee I thought it was beautifully written. 6mo
Booklover2 It was. It definitely came from the heart 6mo
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🌟🌟So i gave this 2 stars for the lovely writing, however this book wasn‘t for me. I loved Never Let Me Go and speculative fiction in general, but this was just a slog. I‘m afraid I missed the point of it entirely.

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Finally completed the Farseer Trilogy! What monster books they were at 800 plus a piece. I loved the series as a whole, although I must say the conclusion was more 🌟🌟🌟🌟stars For me. It was a bit of a slog in the middle lots of repetition and for all the journey I went through with them, the ending was rushed, I needed more! That said, I still loved them and my characters, especially Nighteyes and the Fool. Dickens meets Fantasy!

TrishB You have to carry on now 😁 6mo
Booklover2 ive already got the other trilogies lined up. 6mo
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🌟🌟🌟1/2 A crazy ride through the galaxy with some quirky folks from earth and other. It‘s absurd, silly, and brilliant in places. Marvin the android is my favorite hands down. There isn‘t any way to explain the book, just go with it, don‘t overthink it you‘ll have more fun. And don‘t forget your towel.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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A BIG FAT DNF! Only 305 pages and I just can‘t do it! I got to 245 and had to bag it. One long, boring slog! I have only so much life to give to my books and I have stack and stacks of them just waiting to be read. I cannot waste my time. I‘m sure I am in the minority here as so many people love this book and I‘m glad for it. But for me, this book tried to kill me! That is all!

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Thank you Mr. Gaiman for entertaining me with these amazing stories! Long live Loki 💚

vivastory This is one of my favorites by Gaiman. 7mo
Booklover2 I couldn‘t agree more. Bravo! So good! 7mo
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I can‘t imagine anyone not completely loving this wonderful book of two unlikely friends. Aurora, an outspoken delightful girl and her non verbal friend Frenchie and their lives together until Frenchie goes missing one day. What a wonderful way to give voice to neurodiversity in a positive light.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

More like 4.5 🌟

This was way better than book one! The world building and characters are well drawn out, a bit more clarity with the magic system in this second installment. I think i am beginning to understand it better. I learned nothing more about the red ships.

With all that said, I love love love Nighteyes, the wolf and his character has upped the whole story for me. The last 150 pages also were incredible.