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Deborah42

Deborah42

Joined July 2016

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Alexandra Mountbatten is a clock-setter, but a twist of fate makes a job as a governess her only option to support herself. Her new charges, two unruly (and utterly delightful) young girls live with their guardian, an infamous rake with no plans to settle down. I loved the characters and their witty banter, which made me laugh out loud more than once.

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The Good Daughter: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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Holy trigger warnings, Batman. There is some extremely graphic violence here, including rape, extreme violence to children, and a school shooting.

This is a gripping psychological thriller revolving around two separate crimes, one in the past (a violent home invasion) and one in the present (a school shooting). I couldn‘t put it down, even when I wanted to. Not for the faint of heart.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Le Cirque des Rêves arrives at night, without warning. It‘s magical experience, fueled by a competition between two young magicians. Celia and Marco try to outdo each other‘s magical creations, but neither realizes that only one of them will survive the contest. But when they fall in love, the game suddenly changes.

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In this sixth installment, Inspector Gamache is on leave, recovering from a case gone horribly wrong. Of course, he is drawn into a murder investigation involving the long-lost body of Quebec‘s founding father. Meanwhile, he revisits a prior investigation to address a very important unanswered question.

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The Ice Queen: A Novel | Nele Neuhaus
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As a girl, she made a terrible wish and her mother never came home. As a lonely woman, her heart was frozen and she made another wish—to be struck by lightning. That wish comes true as well, but the aftermath leads her down a path she could never have anticipated, to a man who might have the power to melt her cold heart.

A beautiful story of connection and redemption that reads like a fairytale.

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Spin the Dawn | Elizabeth Lim
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Mulan meets one of those fashion design reality shows, plus lovely writing and immersive world building. With her brothers fighting in the war and her father ill, Maia‘s family receives a summons for her father, a tailor, to appear at the emperor‘s court. Maia dresses as a boy and goes to the court in her father‘s place. The competition to become the emperor‘s tailor is fierce, but dangerous magic could destroy Maia forever.

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, book one.

Three Pines is a quaint little village in Quebec. When a well-liked resident is found dead, Inspector Gamache is called in to investigate. I haven‘t read a lot of cozy mysteries, but I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this series.

There are parallels to Murder, She Wrote and The No. 1 Ladies‘s Detective Agency

Bookwormjillk You‘re in for a treat 3w
Deborah42 I read the first five in a week. Love this series! 2w
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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Arc of a Scythe, book three.

An action-packed conclusion to the trilogy, filled with political intrigue and mostly-satisfying endings for the many characters. I highly recommend the whole trilogy.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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A loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin featuring three young women whose stories intertwine as each looks for a way to subvert society‘s expectations.

Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender who freely lends, but never collects. Miryem takes over the business and discovers a talent for changing silver into gold.

Gorgeous writing and lovely female friendships!

Victoria_Clyne I loved this one too. 3w
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Thunderhead (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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An action-packed follow-up to Scythe.

Lots of political intrigue and murder. Oh, and the ending is one heck of a cliffhanger, so make sure you have the next book handy.

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The Heart Forger | Rin Chupeco
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Follow-up to The Bone Witch. If you love a compelling anti-hero, this is a must read. Fascinating plot and characters and gorgeous writing.

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A blend of fantasy and historical fiction about a group of witches fighting the patriarchy in Victorian New York.

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A collection of (mostly) sci-fi/fantasy stories that show Jemisin‘s amazing range. Highly recommend.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Creepy doings involving secret societies at Yale. Loved it!

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘ve only recently discovered Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and she‘s already become one of my must-buy authors.

In this Cinderella-adjacent tale steeped in Mexican folklore, Casiopea dreams of escaping a life of drudgery in her grandfather‘s home. When she snoops in a mysterious black chest in her grandfather‘s room, she finds the bones of Hun-Kamé, the Mayan god of death, and is soon off on a quest to recover his throne in the underworld.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Faeries may be beautiful and immortal, but they‘re also cruel and deceitful. As a human living in their world, Jude knows this all too well. Her determination to have some control over her own life leads her into a complex web of betrayal and political intrigue.

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Horrorstr | Grady Hendrix;
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Amy, an unmotivated retail employee dreaming of a better job and a better life, works an extra shift that may prove to be her last. Set in a haunted IKEA-like store that wants you to stay...forever.

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Ten | Gretchen McNeil
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Ten teens are invited to an exclusive party at the island home of a popular classmate. Before long, they realize that something sinister is happening.

There‘s a striking similarity to Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie.

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I Remember You: A Ghost Story | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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When three friends decide to renovate an old house in an abandoned village, they encounter a vengeful spirit who wants them gone. Their stories collide with a doctor investigating a suicide and mourning the disappearance (and presumed death) of his son.

Creepy!

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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“I can‘t take another dead girl.”

Because of her mother‘s drug addiction, Sadie had to take charge of her little sister. She‘s done her best to protect Mattie and give her a normal childhood. When Mattie is murdered, Sadie sets out to find and punish the killer. The narration jumps back and forth between Sadie telling her own story and a podcaster investigating the case. This is perfect as an audiobook.

TW: sexual abuse / other harm to children

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A ship is lost at sea while filming a mockumentary about the lovely ladies of the sea at the Mariana Trench. Years later, the film company sends another crew in the hopes of proving that the terrifying footage from the first trip was not a hoax and mermaids are real.

Action-packed and gory. You will never think of mermaids the same way again.

vivastory I really liked this one 2mo
Pogue That was a good book 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I am so excited that they are making a 🎥 from this. 2mo
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I‘m the target audience for this book (a cis-female feminist with some curiosity about witchcraft). Though there was some interesting information for beginners, I never really connected with the author‘s style.

Loved the cover!

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Anna Dressed in Blood | Kendare Blake
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Cas is a teenaged ghost killer who tracks down malevolent spirits and sends them on using an ancient blade he inherited from his father. When he encounters Anna, a ghost who wears a gown that is sopping wet with blood, he‘s prepared to kill her. But an unexpected desire to find out more about her leads him to discover that his calling is not what he‘s been led to believe. Best for middle grade/YA readers who want just a bit of gore.

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When Elephants Fly | Nancy Richardson Fischer
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TW: mental illness, suicide, animal abuse

T. Lily Decker lives in fear of developing schizophrenia, a mental illness that runs in her family. An internship at a newspaper brings her to a local zoo where she bonds with a baby elephant she nicknames Swifty. When the mother elephant rejects Swifty, Lily ends up on an adventure that will change her life.

Save it for when you need a good cry, because it‘s a five alarm snot-bomb.

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I loved this book. I kind of want to press it into the hands (or better yet, the ears, because it‘s perfect as an audiobook) of every white person I know.

The writing is beautiful, and Dyson‘s explanations and examples are clear and relatable. If you‘ve ever wondered what white privilege means, or how to tell the difference between prejudice and bigotry, this book is for you.

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A Curse Dark As Gold | Elizabeth C. Bunce, Elizabeth Bunce
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An inventive retelling of Rumplestiltskin that is far more satisfying than the original. I loved it!

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Roses and Rot | Kat Howard
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“This is the thing about fairy tales: You have to live through them, before you get to happily ever after. That ever after has to be earned, and not everyone makes it that far.”

A luscious dark fairy tale featuring two artistic sisters (a writer and a dancer) who escape their abusive mother and earn spots in a prestigious art program. Of course, the school is hiding secrets and not everyone is who they seem to be.

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Bitter Greens | Kate Forsyth
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A retelling of Rapunzel combined with the story of real-life French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force. Sexier than I expected, and also includes a rape scene that could be very triggering.

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A retelling of Cinderella from her stepmother‘s perspective. Lush language and plenty of captivating historical details. Highly recommended for fairytale fans.

thereadingowlvina This book was better than I thought. Loved it! 😊 3mo
Deborah42 I am definitely a sucker for fairytale retellings, especially when we get a new perspective on the evil characters. 3mo
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A collection of mini-biographies of (mostly) princesses that attempts to separate fact from the mythology that surrounds many of these historical figures.

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Lush historical fiction based on the complicated family saga of one of the first Impressionist painters, Camille Pissarro.

TrishB With a stunning cover ♥️ 4mo
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A good resource for young people who have no idea AT ALL about how finances work. If you already have a basic understanding of your financial life, other books would probably be a better fit.

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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A riveting, action-packed vampire tale set in Mexico City. Atl is the last surviving member of an ancient vampire family. She‘s on the run, desperately seeking a way out of Mexico when she meets Domingo, a street kid who is fascinated by the vampires he reads about in comic books.

I‘ll definitely be reading more by this author.

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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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“Reader, I murdered him.”

Jane Eyre meets #MeToo meets Dexter. A rollicking good time with a heroine who is not going to put up with men‘s bad behavior.

Loved it!

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Evie‘s stepfather returns from fighting in WWII and at first it seems like things are back to normal. But when he suddenly whisks the family away for a vacation in Florida, Evie begins to realize that all is not what it seems.

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What a depressing book. The chokehold the super rich have on our political system is both horrifying and fucking maddening. I had no idea that all of their philanthropic organizations are little more than tax shelters where they can fund things that directly affect their bottom line. If you‘re not sure we need more oversight, read this book.

What I wanted most at the end of this book was to know what we can do. I mean, besides DRACARYS.

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Histoire de Babar le petit lphant | Jean de Brunhoff, Laurent Brunhoff
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Enfin un livre que je peux lire en français. J'ai lu ceci en anglais il y a plusieurs années. Babar est aussi gentil que je me souviens.

Jari-chan I used to love those when I was a kid 😍 5mo
Eggs J‘adore Babar 💗💗 5mo
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Madison has been missing for three years. Naomi is an investigator who specializes in finding missing children, as she was once a lost girl herself. Her search for Madison leads her closer to her own awful truth. There is a side story about a missing infant that also got me right in the feels.

The writing is gorgeous and the abuse is mostly seen through a child‘s eyes (more emotional than graphic), but trigger warnings for harm to children.

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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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Grimly lyrical, steeped in magical realism.

An unnamed (until the end) narrator tells the story from his death row cell. He blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, victim and victimized.

All the trigger warnings and all the feels.

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A journey from the beginning of the digestive system all the way through to the end. Funny and informative.

Deborah42 @LiterRohde Stiff was fascinating. I liked it better than this one. Oddly, I find death less squicky than poop. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
LiterRohde @Deborah42 Agreed. 🤣 6mo
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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Cute retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

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While I didn‘t love every piece in this eclectic collection, there was enough weird and creepy deliciousness to keep me reading. And Gaiman narrates the audiobook, which is always a delight.

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The Radium Girls | Kate Moore (Writer and editor)
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While I didn‘t love everything about how this book was written, I cannot get the (TRUE) story out of my head.

The radium girls worked in a factory where they painted luminescent numbers on watch faces. The glowing paint contained radium, which was thought to be harmless. Of course, even after the factory owners knew it was dangerous, they continued to deny it.

A good book to pick up if you want to get in touch with your molten core of rage.

Ekkross I think being in touch with my molten core of rage is my default setting 6mo
marleed I completely agree, the facts you learn are heart wrenching. I had to remind myself the book was nonfiction. I wonder if she could have made the telling better as an historical fiction. It‘s one of those books when I hold the editing team at fault for the final writing. 6mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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Book three in the Winternight trilogy.

I don‘t know what to say without giving away spoilers from the first two books, except that it is lush and wonderful and a perfect ending to one of the best trilogies I‘ve EVER read.

BookwormM I agree brilliant trilogy 6mo
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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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Solomon Northup‘s memoir of being kidnapped and sold into slavery for twelve years, despite being a free man, is a chilling portrayal of a shameful time in American history.

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After her husband‘s death, an Indian woman plans a trip to America to find her estranged son. All the feels.

Suet624 I liked this one a lot 6mo
Deborah42 Me too. I especially loved the ending. 6mo
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Book two in the Winternight trilogy.

Vasya‘s adventures continue as she declines both marriage and life in a convent. Exiled from her village, she disguises herself as a boy and rides off to have adventures and save the world. Atmospheric and utterly wonderful.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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An angel and a devil have been living amongst humans and have actually come to enjoy life on Earth. With the Apocalypse fast approaching, they agree that they don‘t really want either side to win, so they‘ll just sit this one out.

This is the satirical retelling of The Omen that you never knew you needed.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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I liked this when I read it, but now that I‘m writing a review, I don‘t remember exactly why.

Alice and her mother have been running (from bad luck) for as long as she can remember. Something to do with a book of dark fairytales. When her mother is kidnapped, Alice joins forces with a fairytale fanboy to find a way into the magical Hinterlands to rescue her mother.

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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A dystopia featuring a spaceship that is supposedly on its way to a new planet. Darker-skinned people are housed on the lower levels and treated as less than human, while light-skinned people control the upper decks. TW for all kinds of trauma.

Aster is a healer who has learned to survive in the lower deck slums. She is queer, black, and neuro-diverse. A suspicious death leads her to clues her mother left that might lead to a way off the ship.