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Garabrandtreviews

Joined September 2016

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A Touch of Malice by Scarlett St. Clair
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Neon Gods by Katee Robert
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The Tatami Galexy | Tomihiko Morimi
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Just started this book. Liking the narrative so far.

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Just finished and I loved it. I loved the whole series, and how it read like a continuation of each other (you really have to read the other two first). Four more stories of people going through time with the help of a special cafe, this one being the sister cafe of the one in Tokyo. We meet Sachi, the newest of the girls to pour the coffee at seven. I loved her, and the new characters, plus the nods to the Tokyo cafe and characters I met there

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I fell in love with these stories with Before the Coffee Gets Cold. I was so excited when I bought book two, but I wanted more. The characters are so amazing and multifaceted, especially considering that some don't get a lot of time in the book. Imagine my excitement when I saw a third book! 12 days and counting!!!!

Garabrandtreviews I just ordered a copy from Book Depository!!! I hope to be able to have it by release date so I can review with quotes. I have the eARC from netgalley right now 1mo
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The artwork is decent and I love the characters. I will say that certain characters are a little inappropriate, but nothing too over-the-top. I loved these and binged.... Maybe five volumes after watching it on Netflix.

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This comes out Tuesday but I got an eARC from netgalley. I was impressed by this book. Phoebe is a seventeen year old in a very conservative town who has an odd fascination with sex- not in a perverted sense... But as a researcher. To share knowledge she starts a blog that gains followers... And critics. When she is revealed, how will people react? I thought the characters were well done and it was just a great book.

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Audiobook choice for the month. Pretty excited!

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Neon Gods | Katee Robert

50% in and I see why my book buddy called this 50 shades of Olympus. Don't get me wrong, I am not mad about it... I like it. There's a lot of explicit sexual content- kink for days, but in those SUPER long passages, they are also talking, accepting one another and cementing their relationship even if neither know it yet. Plus, it's super sexy, especially as it delves into consent and mutual fantasy.

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Nicky, YES! This book was crazy and a little disjointed, but not in a bad way. Things happened, secrets came to light, and new Extraordinaries are met. We see it all through the chaos of a (slightly horney) teen boy with ADHD. The gang's back, and the parents have more of a role. I am kinda here for this, too. And yes, it gets heavy due to Aaron's past decisions and the villains... But then there's Dead Magician suits and dental dams.

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A Touch of Ruin | Scarlett St. Clair
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While I think I liked the first book more, I loved this. Persephone and Hades are together, learning more about one another. There's still a lot of misunderstandings, but I love them together anyway. When disaster strikes, bonds get tested. It doesn't help that her life in the upper world is in shambles, or that pieces of Hades'past are reemerging. Can their live survive?
This one brought all the feels. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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While it had some small issues, this book is so much fun! Nick is... A lot. And a bit self-centered sometimes... He is loyal and loving though and he wants to do good. I love the interactions between the friends- and between Nick and his dad. Plus, Seth is just this adorable cinnamon roll. The fan fic parts were not great, and portrayal of the police was interesting. Some problematic aspects, but not bad. Four stars all in all. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Ok... A third of the way through and I have to say. . this is adorably cringy (is that even a word?) The friends are basically squad goals, Nick is ridiculously loveable for all his crazy fan-boying and terrible ideas. So much freaking fun!

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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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I am going to love these characters! 💖

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A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair

Just found this and super excited about another Hades/ Persephone series. I also got the first book 📚 n a different series about them. So excited!

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I feel like there are three main themes here:
1. The stories of parents separated from their children during zero tolerance.
2. His own childhood and immigration to contrast.
3. The history of all the laws that made zero tolerance a thing that could happen.
It's a great, informative book with a lot of heart. The writing is a little choppy because the history bogs us down a bit but it's interesting and necessary to the book. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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14 Ways to Die | Vincent Ralph
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Just got it from my library app

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14 Ways to Die | Vincent Ralph

The_Elite_Bookoholic have you seen this one? Thoughts?

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The_Elite_Bookaholic, this is the book I told you about. Two people are starting a relationship over the internet when the Grid goes down. Would you walk across America to find your other half? Would you be a helper... Or a danger?
I lived this one. Read it in 2019.

The_Elite_Bookaholic I shall read, and enjoy it. Thank you for finding it! 6mo
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The Runaway's Diary | James Patterson, Emily Raymond
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Book mail!

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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This one is seriously twisted. Louise met a man in a bar and fell for him only to find he is her married boss. She makes a new friend only to find it's his wife.
The twists and turns here kept me guessing. I lived the play between the characters, the intrigue. Four stars!

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This is probably my favorite of today's new releases. Daisy and Nate share only one thing- a job where they spend minutes a day handing over the reigns... But as they spend more time together looking into odd happenings at the museum they find they might have more in common than they thought.
Both badly damaged by past trauma, can they help one another heal?

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Meant to Be Mine: A Novel | Hannah Orenstein

I asked for this ARC because I loved the premise... And it's good, but I keep getting distracted. Going to have to buckle down because it drops in four days.

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I recently sent this book via eBook to my friend's Kindle for her birthday as well as another book I loved. This series always makes me smile. How does everyone feel about sending eBooks as gifts, though? Does it feel strange? I think I like it.

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Nora Goes Off Script | Annabel Monaghan

Ten percent in on this ARC. Not in love. Nora isn't bitter or boring, per se ... She's just. .. there. I am hoping it gets better. So far, I can't connect.

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The Library | Bella Osborne
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Two very different people meet at the library and connect over books sparking an unlikely friendship between a socially awkward 16 year old boy and a pensioner. I loved the interactions between Tom and Maggie. There as some heavy material- grief, addiction, bullying, and standing up for yourself. It also has a lot of levity, though, and through it all, it was a charming read.

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The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor

For World Book Day Amazon has some eBooks for free as well as some discounted. This was one of the freebies, can't wait to get into it. My friend had trouble getting it to pull up with just the ten freebies but all I had to do was Google World Book Day. It goes s going on until the 27th.

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The Library | Bella Osborne
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I am loving this book! Tom is such a great character and I love his relationship with Maggie. Seriously, go buy this book lol.

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The Library | Bella Osborne
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I just started this one as an ARC for Netgalley only to find their release date (May 1st) is not necessarily correct. I bought the eBook for $5 because I know I will want to quote this in my review. On chapter 8 and in love with these characters. I have a soft spot for our socially inept teen.

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Must Love Books | Shauna Robinson

I am loving this book. Nora is an interesting and complex character that, even when I don't like her decisions, it's easy to care about. With a lot of sarcasm, heart, and soul searching I find this book really drawing me in.
To be published January 18th, I am definitely buying a copy

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Cazadora: A Novel | Romina Garber

I am in the middle of this eARC (courtesy of Netgally) and while I love it for th world building I have to say it's slow for me. It jumps in right after book one (Lobinoza) ends and it references that book a lot. I feel like I should have reread book 1.

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Kerri maniscalco has a new edition coming to Books A Million with extra content. Some will be signed. Mostly, you get a playlist, a recipe and a character interview. My question is this.... I loved the book but I am not necessarily fangirling. I own the eBook. Would you still buy the special edition?

Garabrandtreviews My bad. I just noticed the deal I bought was for book 2. 1y
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Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel | Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton

So, I know Evanovich is most popular for Stephanie Plum.... But does anyone miss this series? I also miss the Knight and Moon series tbh. To me, these were better. Any one else? I wish there was more....

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata

I just started this, but I am loving the narrator. I think the character might be high functioning autistic?

britt_brooke Loved this one! And yes, I agree with you, though I don‘t believe it‘s ever mentioned outright. 2y
Garabrandtreviews No, 30% in and it hasn't been, but I think I like it better for it. Watching her try to integrate, the way she thinks things through. This is all normal for her, which makes it easy for me to accept the train of thought as well. 2y
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I got this as an eARC, 20% into the book I ordered it from Book depository. I loved the idea behind it, the choice of phrases, character development.... Everything. What I really want is to find more books similar to this. Any ideas?

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From The Archive of the Forgotten by A J Hackwith. Second book in the Library of the Unwritten series. There are a hundred lines to love in this book.

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All my life I have tried to understand people and issues by reading. This is how I connect everything. The highlighted lines burned me.

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I am starting an ARC of this book and I am nervous. It sounds like it could be beautiful, letting me feel connected... But it could also wreck me.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends...

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Lobizona: A Novel | Romina Garber
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Manu lives in Miami with her mother and Pearla, an older woman who's taken care of her homeschool for a long time. As an illegal immigrant, she has to be very careful to stay hidden. Everything changes, though, when ICE comes for her mother.
Free for the first time ever, she has to figure out what to do next. She always knew she was different.... Maybe now's the time to find out why. A magical world of witches and werewolves await.

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Lobizona: A Novel | Romina Garber

Guys! Who else is reading this? Part of me is loving it, and part of me is ticked that I don't remember more Spanish from grade school making Google translate my buddy. I mean, I can still get the gist of things, but I'd rather know what people are saying.

WanderingBookaneer Don‘t feel too bad, this is mostly Argentinian Spanish. 2y
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The Mask Game | Sergey Gerasimov
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My favorite mask from Litsy.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray

I am reading this one, and it's really interesting.... But I find myself easily distracted from reading it. There's a lot of Bray's Witt, charm and sarcasm. She is definitely great at making good, well developed characters, and the plot is interesting. It's just... Meh. I'm only halfway through the first book, though. Has anyone read it? What are your thoughts?

julesG I liked it, but the MC's effervescent personality was a bit grating. I listened to the audiobook, though. 2y
LibrarianRyan This took me a bit to get through as well. I loved it but it was long. 2y
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I am God | Giacomo Sartori
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I heard about this in last week NYT book review, and I had to have it. It's fantastic. What happens when God falls in love? And to an atheistic scientist at that? How will he take to this very human emotion? With dry, subversive wit our narrator takes on the wild ride which is God's first (and hopefully last) crush. My only words of caution is that it is Frank in sexuality and the narrator's opinions... oh, and you might want a dictionary.

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No Escape Claws | Sofie Ryan
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The books in this series are basically insta-buys for me (her magical cats series as well, now that I'm thinking on it). Sarah is a fantastic, funny character that adores her group of geriatric lunatics...er.. sleuths. With her cat Elvis, she tries to keep the gang out of trouble. When they take on a case to prove a father's innocence, she might find herself on the side of the Angels on this one. Full review on www.garabrandtreviews.wordpress

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The Binding | Bridget Collins

I want this book SO bad but it doesn't come out in USA until April. Is anyone in the UK reading this? How is it?

Cinfhen Go to @WilliamMorrowBooks they have a giveaway going on right now for this book!!! 4y
WilliamMorrowBooks If you use Goodreads add it to your shelf - we are running giveaways all winter. 4y
Cinfhen My pleasure @WilliamMorrowBooks you guys are awesome 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 Thank you for sharing books with readers!!!! 4y
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I kind of love that the author took two such well known figures, with such a well memed relationship and made them his own. We start out with a slightly salty Biden missing his BFF. Then he gets pulled into the mysterious death of a train conductor he knew well. When no one else seems to be looking for answers what's a guy to do? Grab his bud and start searching! A touch old time noir, this is just a fabulously fun read. ☆☆☆☆☆

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Harbor Me | Jacqueline Woodson
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Six kids go to a room on fridays to talk. Once they learn this is a safe place, it becomes their spot to talk about anything bothering them. Loss of loved ones, bullying, racial profiling and change in circumstances. Told with depth and honesty, this is a really important book. ☆☆☆☆☆

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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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"It all started with a picture"..Ellis is on his way to cover another society gig when he stops and sees a sign. 2 children for sale. The boys, brothers are sitting side by side. The image grips him and he snaps a photo. When the boss gets the pic he's offered the chance to write- real stories.... but at what cost?
Loved this!☆☆☆☆☆. Full review. Pics and quotes on garabrandtreviews.wordpress.com

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Go get this! It is so gorgeous! I love the story, the adventure and preteen snark- it's all here with beautifully rendered art to give the story that added oomph.

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I chose the kindle edition, not having much room for books in house. I always loved this series, though, and knew the art work would be.... well... magical. There's a lot of beauty here, and some of the pictures move.

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Darkest Legacy | Alexandra Bracken
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Oh my god, I loved this book! I have it in eBook, but couldn't resist the signed hardback novel at walmart (bless them for catering to broke bibliophiles).
I loved Zu and Chubs in the other books, so having so much time with them, learning what they were doing now, was an amazing treat. The new characters and their story add a lot to the DM universe! 5 ☆'s!!!!

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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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I am so freaking excited! Illustrated books for Percy Jackson! Heaven knows the ones for HP are glorious.... I just want to hold this.