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GeekGirlOnAQuest

GeekGirlOnAQuest

Joined May 2018

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
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Winterwood | Shea Ernshaw
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What a beautiful novel. The language entranced me from the very beginning and I couldn‘t put this down. I loved everything about this book and wanted to stay in its world and learn more about the woods. A great read for a cold December day!

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This was a fun read - I liked the beauty and the beast type story and the world Maas created. The writing was a bit uneven, and Feyre as a character was...annoying at times, but I am still looking forward to what the next books bring. I wanted more from this book, it felt like there could be so much more - but what was there was a good read.

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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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I wish it didn't take the movie coming out for me to find out about this book - I have always loved Stephen King but hadn't read him in years, other than re-reads of some of my favorites. I loved The Shining, but I think Doctor Sleep is even better. I'm still creeped out from reading it! But it was fun to read more about Danny Torrance and finish his story.

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Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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What a wonderful book. I read it with my kids and we all enjoyed it so much. I had trouble reading the last chapter through my tears, it was so touching - but there was plenty of creepiness and excitement throughout the book as well! I love all of Neil Gaiman‘s books, and this one was no exception.

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Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I had read mixed reviews going into it, but it was an interesting take on the Beauty and the Beast story and I couldn‘t put it down. I‘m looking forward to reading the next book to see where it goes!

hannah-leeloo I loved this book and my fiancé pre ordered the sequal for me 😁 can't wait to read it 2mo
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What a fun read! Felicity and Percy were my favorite parts of Gentleman‘s Guide - so I was thrilled that this book focused on Felicity. And it says a lot that although we‘ve come far from the time period this is set in, women still have to work harder and do more just to be seen as being equal to men in many fields. There were so many quotes in this that I loved and I saw so much of myself and women I know in Felicity, Johanna, and Sim.

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect going in to this - it didn‘t sound like my thing. And it wasn‘t - except for Cath. Reading about someone who had the same struggles I did, the same fears and ways of thinking about things was so...comforting. I just finished and need to let it settle, and probably have too much to say about it for this small space, but overall it was a fun read and I‘m glad I gave it a chance.

marleed I discovered this author though Litsy and read this book last month. Yesterday I thrifted the hardcopy for $2. - yeah me! Then today I saw a pristine copy at the friends of the library for the same $2. I resisted replacing my yesterday copy! Now I‘m waiting for my library holds of carry on and wayward son! 2mo
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Me Before You | Jojo Moyes
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I have been trying to break out of an extended reading slump so I thought I‘d read something I normally wouldn‘t pick up. I flew through this in a couple of days and enjoyed it more than I expected. I don‘t plan on reading the other books in this series, but this one was a good read. The subject matter is heartbreaking, but the characters drew me in, and even though I knew how it ended I kept wanting to read to see how it was dealt with.

LaurenELovesToRead The reading Queenie if you want to break out of a reading slump! 2mo
GeekGirlOnAQuest @LaurenELovesToRead Thanks - I‘ll check it out! 2mo
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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I read this with my kids and we all loved it. It‘s creepy and twisted and a wonderful quick read for spooky month! I always recommend any Gaiman work - and Coraline doesn‘t disappoint!

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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I‘m torn between so-so and a pick but I‘ll go with pick just because it is a good read for spooky season. It‘s very reminiscent of Stephen King, but without the character development that makes you care what happens to them. Haunted house stories are fun, and this a pretty typical one - a little too predictable though - I was hoping for a good scare and was disappointed.

batsy Yeah! I'm a wimp about horror in general and even I found the ending to be a disappointment. Which surprised me, lol. 2mo
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Lost Boy | Christina Henry
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This book was exactly what I needed right now - a familiar story with a twist, fast, fun, and exciting. I was never a fan of Peter Pan, so I loved seeing him as the bad guy in this. It was a bit predictable, but I was rooting for Jamie and that kept me going.

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Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This was beautifully written, but a struggle for me to get through. I can‘t blame the book though, I have been in a reading slump most of this year. The first 2/3 of the book took me forever to get through, but then the last 1/3 got so exciting I couldn‘t stop reading. I wasn‘t thrilled with the ending, but as I said it was so beautifully written that overall it was a satisfying read.

BookwormM Will you reading the rest of the series 3mo
GeekGirlOnAQuest I will eventually because I love his writing style. I just need to get myself out of this reading rut before I take that on! 3mo
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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I read this in one sitting - the story just pulled me along and made me want to find out what happens next. I love dystopian novels, and can‘t believe I hadn‘t read this yet, but it‘s the first book we‘re reading in our new homeschool year so I wanted to know what to expect. I can‘t wait to read it again with my kids, I think they‘ll love it! The ambiguous ending was a little disheartening, but it made me want to read the rest of the quartet.

AshleyHoss820 I‘m so glad you got to experience this! It‘s wonderful!! 😊😊 2mo
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Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch
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I really wanted to like this book. The story seemed interesting but something about it was off. It felt too modern for a book that takes place in the 1600s. It also dragged on too long. I wound up skimming over whole pages just trying to get to the end, and I never do that. I‘ve been in a reading rut and this was not the book to pull me out of it.

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Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch
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I have been in an extended reading slump that has been going on for months 🥺. I haven‘t finished a book since February and fell into a bad cycle that I am trying desperately to break. I‘m only 30% through this book, and it isn‘t great, but I‘m hoping I can just finish it so I can break this cycle and get back into the flow of my reading life. I miss my books 😢

Cortg I have this on my kindle. It‘s been there for years. I‘d like to read it but it just hasn‘t happened...yet. 7mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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My February Reading Wrap-up! Not as many as I‘d hoped, but I‘m still on track for my annual goal. I loved everything I read this month - what started as a couple of choices for #BlackHistoryMonth led to an entire month of amazing black female authors! I still have more books to read from my list, so I will definitely be extending this into the rest of the year!

#februarywrapup
#monthlywrapup
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | Mildred D. Taylor
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Fantastic book. I read this with my kids and we were all enthralled. It was hard at times, but it lead to some good discussions and research on their part. We were surprised to find this was part of a series - they want to read all the rest of the books because they really loved the characters and wanted to know more about them!

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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I have so many thoughts about this book - more than I can fit here. Overall I‘d call it a pick though - it‘s definitely an interesting read. It‘s more historical fiction that uses science fiction as a vehicle - and telling the story in the way Butler did was powerful at times. Witnessing slavery through 20th century eyes gives it our own perspective, puts us into the story and makes us think- who would we be, how would we react?

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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What more can I add to what has been said about this classic? It is powerful - at times heartbreaking and joyful, and a beautiful reflection on relationships, identity, and god.

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Gathering of Waters | Bernice McFadden
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This book was a wonderful surprise. I found it on Libby and had no idea what to expect but I really loved it. The story is haunting, and the truth behind it is a part of our history too many people refuse to deal with. Reading it in this context and in conjunction with some of the other books I‘ve read this month had an affect on me that the history books never came close to having.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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When I saw my library loan for this came in I started it immediately and could not stop reading! Angie Thomas brought us back to the world of THUG with a whole new perspective. She brings her characters to life with such feeling and makes you care about them so much that their pain and joy is as real as your own. I loved this book so much, maybe even more than THUG if that‘s possible. But like THUG, it made me angry that it is our reality.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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The second book in the series definitely didn‘t have the same power as the first book did - but it was a good read.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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It always delights me how my understanding of a book can change when read at different times in my life. I loved this book when I first read it in college, but I think after this reading I love it on an entirely new level now that I‘m closer to Janie‘s age at the end of the novel. There is so much life and truth in this book, and the writing is just beautiful. This is a must read at any stage of life.

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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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This was such an enjoyable read! I love reading and learning about other cultures and was looking up so many things as I read. The mythology, food, and music were wonderful to learn about, but the story was also so exciting that I couldn‘t put it down. I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series and more from Okorafor!

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My #JanuaryWrapup - a great start to the year! I loved everything I read except A Head Full of Ghosts. Behold the Dreamers is still sitting with me - I definitely would love to read more like that. Ocean and the Night Gardener were delightful surprises. I loved the fairy tale vibe and the characters were so much fun. My kids adored The Secret Garden and that made my heart sing. And ending with Shirley Jackson was so much fun. On to February!

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No Exit and Three Other Plays | Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre
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Was in the mood to read No Exit yet again. I don‘t know what it is about this play, but it always creeps into my mind and won‘t let go until I re-read it. This time around I was struck by the idea of hell as “life without a break.” Maybe it‘s trying to tell me something.

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I love Shirley Jackson more with each work I read! This slim little book is fantastically creepy and wild. It‘s definitely a book that will linger in my memory. I want to read it again because now that I have the whole picture I‘m sure I will notice things I overlooked on my first read.

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Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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A perfect classic. I just read this with my kids and we all adored it. The characters and their development through the novel captured our imagination and we loved the pure joy of their growth along with their secret garden. My kids lamented that it was too cold out for us to go into our own garden and start planting!

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The Night Gardener | Jonathan Auxier
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I loved everything about this book! It‘s a story about the importance of stories, told in a beautifully creepy tale that evokes the fairy tales and fables of childhood. The characters were charming and the ending was satisfying - definitely a recommended read!

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This was an incredible book. I loved the characters, the writing flowed beautifully, and the story kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It was at times heartbreaking, especially in light of what is going on in the world today (and the time period the story is set in), but it was also joyful and uplifting. It is a story of humanity, and it reminds us that we all struggle and we all want the best from life. Highly recommended!

Samplergal I loved it too. I just finished it today! 11mo
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I honestly felt like I was reading a different book from all the reviews I had read. There was nothing scary about this book, most of it seemed a bit ridiculous even. I stuck with it because I was expecting something to happen that would justify the Stephen King blurb, but all I got was disappointment.

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I was a huge fan of Gaiman‘s Sandman series, but amazingly this is the first novel I‘ve read by him. I flew through it in a matter of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved that the main character lived in his books, and the Hempstocks were such a joy to read about I wished there were more books about them and their experiences.

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Common Sense | Thomas Paine
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My first read of 2019. I‘m giving it a pick because I think it‘s important that we are well versed in our country‘s history - and that includes the racism and sexism of the founding ideas. I don‘t believe the founders or their influencers are beyond reproach- we can appreciate what they did brilliantly, but we must also deal with what they got wrong or we‘ll never move forward.

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A little late posting this, but it was my last read for 2018 and it was a perfect choice! Miranda‘s tweets are so inspiring, and having them all gathered in this adorable book (with illustrations reminiscent of Shel Silverstein) is a wonderful treat!

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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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I‘m not sure how I feel about this. It was a good read - kept me interested and fast-paced, but I was disappointed in the ending. And the depiction of mental illness didn‘t sit well with me, but that‘s a personal peeve of mine. Definitely not one of my favorites for the year, nor the one I want to end my reading year on. Off to find a quick read to finish on a better note!

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I could not put this book down! It grabs you from the first page and just keeps going. I read it because I want to watch the movie, but this was so good I‘m going to need to wait a bit before seeing the movie to let it sink in. I love suspenseful horror, and although this had its fair share of violence the premise of this story was scary enough to make me regret reading it at night before closing my eyes to sleep!

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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It was too slow at the start and the writing style did nothing for me. Since it was a short book I kept with it, but don‘t see myself reading the next two in the series. I wanted to like it, but it felt all over the place and just never came together enough to really grab my attention.

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This short essay can be read in one sitting and should be read by everyone, man and woman. So much of what Adichie says seems obvious, another reviewer said she was nodding her head as she read the essay and I found myself doing the same thing. But Adichie‘s main focus is that we need cultural change to have true equality. We need to raise both our sons and daughters to think differently about gender roles. It can be achieved!

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The Life She Was Given | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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This was a decent read. I didn‘t love it as much as some of the reviews I read, but it was an interesting story. It‘s very sad and depicts a lot of violence and cruelty (to both humans and animals), but leaves you with an optimistic ending. But it seemed to be reaching too hard in the chapters leading up to the ending and I found myself just wanting to finish the book.

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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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After falling into a bit of a reading slump I wanted something fast paced and engaging and this fit the bill. I‘m torn between giving it a so-so or a pick - but since it accomplished what I needed it to do, a fast read that I didn‘t have to think too much about, I guess it‘s a pick. The characters were uneven and the ending was absurd, but I wasn‘t expecting much from this. Warning: there is a lot of violence and rape depicted in detail.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I had read this years ago but somehow did not remember a single word of it. Blood and gore type horror stories never scared me, but I love these psychological types of stories. This one has a great buildup of the tension throughout the book, although I was hoping for more. Still, a fun read for this time of year.

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This book was draining. It‘s messy, like life is messy, like people are messy. The characters frustrated me. But something shines from within its pages that comforted me - made me remember that life isn‘t always how we want it to be. So while it‘s not my favorite, it might be one I remember long after it‘s done.

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Girl with the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke
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I really enjoyed this book - normally I avoid books about the Holocaust (Night and Schindler‘s List destroyed me) but this was done in such an interesting way that it just drew me in and kept me reading. After reading this and The Night Circus I‘m realizing that books about magic just entrance me and make me so happy. Those two books are my favorites I‘ve read this year and I need to find more like them!

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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It took me too long to get through this book. I‘m not sure if it‘s the book‘s fault or my own, but it took me to the halfway point before I was able to get a good pace going. I did enjoy it, however, and found it an interesting take on the Iliad.

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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick read, I finished it in a matter of hours, but it‘s well paced and keeps you involved in the story. I enjoyed the weaving in of fairy tales and the Lear inspired subplot - books with literary references always capture my heart!

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This edition is beautiful, and includes a lot of interesting materials and commentary - but I cannot recommend the story itself. I was familiar with Peter Pan, but had never read the actual story. In anticipation of reading Lost Boy, I decided to read it and was so disappointed. Even accounting for the time in which it was written, the blatant sexism and racism is off-putting.

SinkLikeTheMoon That's a shame. It does look beautiful though! 1y
mabell @MayginReads Had a great blog post about Peter Pan and racism in the classics in general. Very insightful! https://notquitealiterarycritique.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/peter-pan-a-reflectio... 1y
GeekGirlOnAQuest @mabell Thanks for the link! I‘ve been doing some reading on that since I finished Peter Pan. 1y
MayginReads @mabell thanks for the tag and link! 💗 1y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I‘m conflicted on this one. It had such great reviews, but I struggled to get into it at first. The characters just didn‘t interest me. But I flew through the last third of the book and the premise of a worldwide pandemic that grinds civilization as we know it to a halt definitely got me thinking. I was unsettled thinking about how life is so fleeting and how it can all change, or be gone, in an instant.

Caroline2 I absolutely loved this book but my husband hated it and bailed? 🤷‍♀️ I think it‘s a bit of a marmite book! 1y
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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What an emotional read. I knew too much about the story from the hype around the movie so I felt like I was rushing through it, but the characters certainly had me hooked. I wanted to continue on with their stories - to know what happened after the book ended. It made me think a lot, and that‘s always a sign of a good book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 1y
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I was looking for a quick read and a good thriller, and this book had some rave reviews ( but also some critics - I should have listened to them). I hated this book from the start but I won‘t go into all my criticisms due to spoilers. Let‘s just say I figured out the ruse rather quickly and was puzzled by all the reviewers who said they couldn‘t figure out the ending or didn‘t know what they just read. It was disappointing from start to finish.

GeekGirlOnAQuest I hope my review does not come off as harsh toward other readers of the book or people who liked it. That wasn‘t my intent. My criticism is of the writing and my understanding of how the author treated a serious subject. It‘s hard to be precise without spoiling the story. 1y
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