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CaitlinSiem

CaitlinSiem

Joined May 2016

"Book love is something like romantic love. When we are reading a really great book, burdens feel lighter, cares seem smaller." - Steve Leveen
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Mehso-so

Well this was underwhelming.

I decently enjoyed the first book, but this one was so rushed and the plot was a disaster and nothing really went anywhere. I don‘t know. I‘m not inspired to read the next when it comes out.

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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This was interesting. I enjoyed the world building and the details that went into this book. There were definitely some dreadful people which is always fun. And I liked seeing how everything played out.

I liked it but it didn‘t draw me in enough to love. I‘ll continue on with the second book though.

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Don't You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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I always find reading/listening to super British novels to be an interesting thing because our slang and word usage is so different. That didn‘t throw me off a few times throughout the story but I did find it interesting nonetheless. As a server/bartender (who is also a writer lol) I definitely connected with the MC and her struggles. And I appreciated that she had a different personality. This book had meat to it and felt a little different.

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The Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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This was a solid 3/5 for me. I enjoyed the first two books quite a bit and then this one kinda fell flat for me as the concluding book. I don‘t think I read it fast enough. But it was still entertaining and I can see why others would really enjoy it. It was a fun trilogy and I enjoyed how dreadful everyone was.

blithebuoyant That‘s one of the things I love about Holly Black‘s books lol everybody is pretty much the worst but it works? 6d
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This was a sweet little contemporary romance. I love that diverse romances are starting to become more widely published. The female MC was Brazilian and I loved learning about her family. I also really enjoyed and appreciated the male MC. He was trying to work his way through some things as well but he was very kind and caring and I appreciated that he was a little edgy but not a jerk. I enjoyed this one. Definitely left it with a smile.

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Panpan

So. I‘m pretty easy to placate on contemporary romance novels. I‘m a fan. I enjoy them. They make me happy.

This didn‘t make me happy. Nina is one of the most infuriating characters I‘ve come across. She‘s a jerk. For all her bookish love talk, she is hypercritical of all other book lovers. Really, she‘s super judgmental of everyone. I struggled to find any redeeming qualities in here. I tried. She didn‘t deserve a happy ending with a nice guy.

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I. Loved. This. Book. So. Much. But. Holy. Sh*t.

This trilogy may be one of my favorite audiobook sets of all time. It‘s incredibly done. And the story itself is HIGHKEY INSANE AND LITERALLY JUST WHAT

That‘s about as kosher as I can get.

I was a little unsure how book two was going to go since I loved book one, but not to worry. It was absolutely insane and interesting and fun. Loved it.

AJBowers This quote is so accurate 2w
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The Last Magician | Lisa Maxwell
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I feel like I was supposed to like this book a lot more than I did. I kept seeing the comparison to Six of Crows (which I loved) and I think that was a big part of the problem, because it wasn‘t. And I just felt bored with it too often. Too many things had to happen to push the book along, instead of the characters having to actually work through the plot in an organic way. I don‘t know. I‘m mulling it over. Not sure if I‘ll do book two or not.

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I. Loved. This. Book.

Look, I don‘t even know what else there is to say. It was so cute and so fun and it addressed important things head on. I loved both characters and everything made sense and it was so appreciated. I loved Chloe and Red.

I borrowed this audiobook via the library but I‘ll definitely be purchasing a copy for my personal library.

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So I just needed something quick to fill the time before I could go to the library later today to get my next read.

I knew I was going to enjoy this. I love most of Rainbow‘s work. What I WASN‘T expecting was to get so invested in Elena and Gabe that I am actually upset it‘s over and I will never know what happens with them next. I know I know that‘s how this usually works. But I just wasn‘t expecting this emotional investment.

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Starflight | Melissa Landers
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I‘ve been craving all of the science fiction this year, I‘m not sure why, but I‘m not complaining. And this book certainly itched that scratch for me. I wasn‘t looking for anything too overly complicated. I mostly wanted a fun listen, and that‘s exactly what I got.

I loved this. It was so so fun. It was interesting and nonstop action. It kept me interested. The characters were what I needed them to be. Gotta love enemies to friends to lovers :)

LibrarianRyan I agree. I loved this book. Still haven‘t read the sequel but I will some time this year. 4w
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Holly Black is rather talented at hitting you with a sledgehammer of crazy at an end of a novel haha. But it was enough to make me hungry for the last book in the trilogy.

This trilogy is two for two so far on entertaining reading with terrible irredeemable characters and I am apparently here for it.

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Mehso-so

I was a little bummed with this one. It seemed like the perfect tale for winter (I wish for so much snow and cold to find me here in North Carolina to no avail) but it came off rather bland. It truly doesn‘t feel like all that much actually happened in the book. I think I was hoping for more and was let down by what was given. I don‘t know if I‘ll continue the trilogy. I wasn‘t very inspired.

Lillie I had such high hopes for this one too. Oh well. I've decided to step away from the trilogy as well. 1mo
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The guy currently courting me (Shhhh, I‘ll probably actually start dating him soon, but don‘t tell) went to an Atticus signing for me last year because he wasn‘t going to be anywhere near me but Atticus was in his city. The guy not only picked which page he wanted Atticus to sign (he said Atticus was only signing front pages), he also read through the entire book and left me sticky notes of his thoughts on some of the pieces. It‘s swoon worthy.

MeganAnn Awww this is the cutest thing ever! He seems like a keeper 😍😉 1mo
Lizpixie Grab him while you can lovely! There‘s not that many like that out there, I love my hubs to bits but geez I wish he was a reader sometimes💁🏻‍♀️ 1mo
CaitlinSiem Thank you @MeganAnn and @Lizpixie We are seeing each other in two weeks and the plan is to make this official (it‘s going to start as long distance) but he‘s really been proving that he‘s a great man and a worthy catch :) I finally have felt special to someone who didn‘t just want a quick fix. 1mo
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I really enjoyed this book (as well as the narrator of the audiobook; she did an amazing job bringing all of the characters to life in different ways). It was interesting and I was never bored. I was in the mood for a good science fiction novel and this scratched that itch perfectly. Highly recommend this one if you enjoy sci-fi. I look forward to the other books in this world.

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Twice in a Blue Moon | Christina Lauren
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It‘s a fun, classic Christina Lauren novel. I know what I‘m getting with these authors and I enjoyed it as always. Cute story with a fun twist.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This is a book that everyone should read. It‘s needs to be required reading in high schools. I‘m so bummed I waited so long to read it but I‘m so so glad I finally did.

It‘s not an easy read. It will challenge everyone and that‘s important.

I have no other words.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black

“If you‘re the sickness, I suppose you can‘t also be the cure.”

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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This book is a lot of fun and pure entertainment if you don‘t try to take it too seriously or think on it too hard. And I‘m here for the ride of it. It starts off slow but boy when it takes off it‘s like a rocket. I was up finishing this book at 4:30 this morning. No regrets.

Everyone‘s despicable and rotten, and no one is redeemable and I love that so much.

ReaperOfTerrasen I finished the trilogy just recently, I enjoyed it. 1mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

It turns out that having kissed someone, the possibility of kissing hangs over everything, no matter how terrible an idea it was the first time.

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Mehso-so

This did not blow me away. I knew this one was a little rough compared to the rest of the series because of some reviews I had read but I wasn‘t quite prepared for how many things would frustrate me. I‘m not sure I‘ll continue the series. Either way, I‘m not eager to do so.

I will say, the narrator of the audiobook was fantastic though. I enjoyed listening to him.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

“Love is a noble cause. How can anything done in the service of a noble cause be wrong?”

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This is a beautiful story. Quite enchanting. I listened to it, which I enjoyed, but I think I am going to read a physical copy of it at some point so I can enjoy the poetic writing a little more.

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Scarlet | Marissa Meyer
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This book was so much fun to read! It was constant excitement and I was never bored. I thought Cinder was okay but it‘s definitely worth getting through book one to get to this book. I‘ve put off continuing the series for YEARS (even though I own them all) and I loved this book so much that I‘ll be jumping into Book 3 immediately.

It‘s not literary genius but it‘s a whole lot of fun and sometimes that‘s more than enough.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I‘ve read and listened to this book before and I still loved it. I haven‘t ever continued the trilogy and I‘m looking forward to doing just that this year. It‘s just fun and interesting.

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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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I enjoyed the third installment of this series. I didn‘t love Elias‘s storyline as much this time around but the other two storylines kept things interesting.

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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I think I love the Illuminae Files a smidge more but this one grabbed ahold of my heart nonetheless. Super interesting and fun and the characters are all what you hope they would be.

This author duo can do no wrong in my eyes.

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This is not a book you read quickly. It is incredibly immersive and dense, but in a good way. I‘ve never read anything like this book, and it makes me, as a writer, feel rather simple minded.

The author wrote a story you either will commit to or you won‘t, and he doesn‘t care which way you choose. It‘s not easy or lighthearted. It is brutal and thick. But if you‘re willing to delve into depths you didn‘t know existed, you won‘t be disappointed.

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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I somehow managed to go my entire life not knowing anything about this book (I knew there was a guy named Gatsby and a girl named Daisy and that it took place in the 20s. That‘s literally it). And I am so terribly glad I got to just sit and read and enjoy this book with fresh eyes. It‘s much sadder and darker than I expected it to be, that‘s for certain. And this novel rang truer for me than I expected it ever to. I‘m glad I read this when I did.

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown

“Martyrs are a dime a dozen.”

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Steal the Stars | Mac Rogers

We had to move quickly. So I didn‘t dare kiss you. I might never have stopped.

But, oh, the smell of your skin. Lock the door from the outside and starve us to death. I could die happily in here.

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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I haven‘t finished a book since July. A lot happened (an insane job, moving halfway across the country—in under a week, mind you—and stumbling across the man who I‘m pretty sure is IT) and I know this is all a big part of it.

WELL THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME. I FINISHED A BOOK!

This was a cute read. I crushed hard on Porter and enjoyed the overall ride.

MarriedtoMrT Loved this one! And the book also kinda mimicked what you went through...the move and the man part, at least. 2y
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A Conjuring of Light | V. E. Schwab
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Our Dark Duet | Victoria Schwab
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I have never questioned or doubted Schwab. I have more trust in her as a writer than I do in most people I know. And she did nothing to diminish that trust here.

This book had everything I needed there to be. I cried, I laughed, I was scared and nervous and angry and anxious and relieved and heartbroken and filled with hope. The villains are perfectly evil and the humans find ways to be monstrous. As for the monsters, well...

Laalaleighh I love your reviews to death! I wasn't like, sure I needed to read this- but now I am! 3y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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I loved this book. The characters were wonderfully done, beautifully flawed, quirky and nerdy, and endearing as all get out. There was nothing cookie cutter about this book.

WDMR educated me and it made me think while making my heart flutter at the same time.

I 100% recommend this book.

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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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I don't have a lot of words for this one. I loved it. Adored it. It spoke to me on an existential level. Seriously, there was soul bonding involved.

The audiobook was fantastic. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna listen to it again. Right now.

Zelma Yes! I love this one too! 3y
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I've loved everything Maas has written. I went into ACOWAR with blind faith that I'd adore it like all the rest.

I got burned. Bad.

To me, this is what earlier drafts of her other books looked like. This certainly didn't feel like a final draft. The writing was poor and messy and she forgot the show don't tell rule.

I finished it. It was fine. But it left a gaping hole in my heart where I know ACOWAR could've been so much greater than it was.

BookFreakOut Bummer, I liked it. Do you think she's trying to crank out too much too fast? Multiple 600+ page books a year can't leave much time for the writing to marinate, plus touring all over. 3y
LiteraryinLititz That's such a shame! I hate it when that happens with an author you trust. 3y
Bookworm-Bobbie Omg same!! I'm halfway through and really struggling. I've love everything else she's written, but I'm finding this kind of predictable and a bit 'meh'. 3y
victoriaburstrom Finally I see someone with similar opinions of this book as me!! Everyone seems to love it, but I feel really disappointed by it😔 3y
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This is not going well, my dudes. And I'm not talking about emotionally because of the book/plot/characters.

Maas has broken my trust with this poorly written semi-mess. I don't even know what to think of this. I feel betrayed. 😭😭😭

ScorpioBookDreams I had a few niggles with this book too. I loved it just because of the characters but it definitely had some pacing problems etc. 3y
AliBG My writing friend said "It feels like a book that was written fast--like very very good fan fiction, but fan fiction nonetheless." I think she's right. It's not Maas's usual quality. But it's also so fun to be with Feyre and Rhys again that I'm willing to keep reading... 3y
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Twelfth Night | William Shakespeare
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I rather enjoyed this play. I'm a fan of Shakespeare and this one did not disappoint. I did forget just how sassy Shakespeare was, but he reminded me on multiple occasions in Twelfth Night. I laughed out loud several times and found myself entranced throughout the play. It is one I would love to see acted out.

Laalaleighh It's ACOWAR day!!! ✨✨✨ 3y
Laalaleighh Well technically yesterday was but I haven't been to sleep yet so it's still today for meeee! 3y
CaitlinSiem Girl, I'm so crazy excited! I'm only 38 pages in but I'm already stupidly wrapped up in it. @Laalaleighh 3y
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Laalaleighh I'm working on my reread but I'm speed reading through ACOTAR to get to ACOMAF and ACOWAR. It's killing me just sitting there looking amazing. 3y
Laalaleighh Not clicking on your post for ACOWAR is killing me. 3y
CaitlinSiem It's not a spoiler about the book so much as my opinion on it lol. But I definitely say don't do it. I don't want to alter your opinion at all. @Laalaleighh 3y
Laalaleighh @caitlinsiem ughhhh I need to read faster. 3y
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Gemina | Arnie Kaufman
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In nearly a month, before starting Gemina, I hadn't finished a book. I'm not used to reading slumps, it's not something I do, but it did.

Thankfully, this book helped pull me out of said slump. It was a little slow to start but did it suck me in fast and hard when it did. I loved the cast of Illuminae and was surprised to find I enjoyed the crew of Gemina just as much. This book was twisty and mind blowing and parallel universes like whoa.

Laalaleighh Was it gut sickeningly horrifying again? 3y
CaitlinSiem I would say yes, some parts were pretty impressive on intensity scale. They don't back down from things, that's for sure. But it was SO GOOD. @Laalaleighh 3y
Laalaleighh I loved illuminate but it legit gave me nightmares. 3y
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Poison Princess | Kresley Cole
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I'm glad I listened to this on audio. I don't do dialect well so I'd have probably liked it less if I'd read it.

I couldn't get behind Evie. She did nothing for me. I liked the idea of her but she wasn't executed well enough to root for. Also, I love bad boys a lot, but Jackson didn't do much for me either. The best characters in the novel arrived toward the end, IMO.

I heard the series gets better as it goes, so I'll be giving book 2 a chance.

emoluvie I've read this series, and I have all the audiobooks. I definitely prefer the audiobooks! (edited) 2y
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I'm amped up from THE END OF THIS BOOK. Okay. OKAY. Really, the entire book amped me up.

This is really hard to write without spoilers so I'll keep it brief.

I'll be the first to say that Rhy and Kell and Lila have claimed little pieces (or big. Whatever) of my heart and I didn't think there'd be room for another (slightly a lie, my heart is divided up amongst many) and then I met Alucard. *swoon* He's in there too now (much to Kell's dismay).😏

Scott_BookInvasion I felt the same going through this whole. Such a great mystical story of good vs evil and the character development was great throughout. The final book was definitely a rollercoaster! 3y
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"I've never been a fan of farewells. Or hellos, for that matter. Unnecessary punctuation."

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I didn't read a lot of books this month, but they were all over 400 pages so I think that counts for something!

Gezemice Definitely! Long books are harder, IMO. 👍👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Lindy Do you already know what your favourite March reads will be? Or are these your February stats? 🤔 3y
CaitlinSiem And that's what I get for making this while I was tired, @Lindy hahahaha thank you! All fixed now. 3y
Lindy @CaitlinSiem You're welcome. Looks good now. 😀 3y
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This is a go-to book for me. The third, and final book, came out this week and so I started the series over to prepare for the end. And it was like coming home.

The characters are amazingly real and fascinating. The world building is impeccable. Schwab is an inspiration and her writing is to be admired and cherished. It's a wonderful fantasy novel that you can get completely lost in, that you'll want to get lost in. I love it, so so much.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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THIS BOOK GOT ME SHOOK LIKE WHOA

How is one supposed to give coherent thoughts after finishing this? Outside of it's gorgeous packaging (it's so aesthetically pleasing inside and out), the characters were phenomenal, THE TWISTS WERE ENOUGH TO MURDER ME, and I was so invested in what was happening that I could hardly think straight.

This is one powerhouse of a sci-fi novel, that has blasted my brain into smithereens, and each piece is smiling.

TrishB Great review 😀 3y
Gezemice It is on my list - your review makes me anticipate it with excitement! 3y
AmandaRS82 I agree with Gezemice 😜 3y
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[DELETED] 3216391035 Okay! Requesting immediately! 😊 3y
haileybean I loved this one so much that I'm hesitant to go in to Gemina. 3y
CaitlinSiem Thank you, @TrishB. 3y
CaitlinSiem I really hope you enjoy it, @Gezemice and @AmandaRS82. I seriously couldn't get enough! 3y
CaitlinSiem Yay!!!!! @Basia. I seriously can't wait for you to read it! 3y
AmandaRS82 It's been on my TBR list for awhile now....I might be bumping it up now 😂😎😇 3y
CaitlinSiem Right, @haileyhugsbooks? Illuminae was just so good! But I've heard Gemina is awesome, too. I have two books to read first (since A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab came out and I am dying for that) and then I'm gonna tear into Gemina. I just don't think I can wait much longer than that haha 3y
Laalaleighh I had no idea going in his creepy this book was going to be. It so messed with my head that I didn't read anything for like a month. 3y
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.

(I am positively loving this book)

Reviewsbylola This has been on my TBR for too long. 3y
[DELETED] 3216391035 Oh, this sounds good. I look forward to your review! 3y
CaitlinSiem I felt the same way, @Reviewsbylola. And I am so glad I finally took it off! 3y
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CaitlinSiem Awe, thanks, @Basia!!! Hopefully it'll be more than gibberish because it's kind of blowing my mind 😅 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 It is soooo good. 3y
melrailey Such an awesome series. 3y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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The last 100 pages floored me. So many twists and turns. I was glued to the book until the last page (which nearly killed me. Shook like whoa).

This was so entertaining! I found a new boyfriend (or two? Hmm) which always makes a read more fun. So many times I thought I knew what was happening only to find out I was clueless. And I love that.

(The film rights have already been picked up *flails for days* I am so down for this being a movie!!!)

Texreader So how do I not add this one to my tbr after that review??? 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker Loved this book! The ending was awesome and I was a little upset I have to wait for book 2. 3y
Laalaleighh I was dream casting this in my head the whole time! 3y
CaitlinSiem Agreed, @Laalaleighh! I am so excited for it to be a movie. And I can't wait to see all the beautiful people who will play these awesome characters! 3y
Laalaleighh Same! Good luck on casting Julian though. He's going to have to be perfectly cast. 3y
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This is my third time reading this novel (well, technically I'm listening to it via audiobook this time around) and I still love it just as much as the first time. Schwab is a spectacular writer (and an awesome person) and it's hard to believe that the third (and final *sob*) book is coming out next week!

Joe_Jones I'm counting down the days until A Conjuring of Light!!! 3y
Scott_BookInvasion Great series! I don't want it to end either😩 3y
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