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Joined June 2017

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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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I'm gonna toot my own horn here... just a little bit. My favorite book gifting group invited me to be an admin and I'm so excited! If you enjoy RAOKs and swaps, you'll like this group. My favorite activity is Bedtime Blessings, it's like a RAOK posted every night. 💜 Check out the group on Facebook:
Book Lovers Amazon Wishlist Giving!!

#RAOK #swap #bookstagram #kindle #gift #giftinggame #giveaway #bookclub #booksubscriptionbox #readingchallenge

wanderinglynn Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 But what is RAOK? I‘m not familiar with that acronym. 3mo
LeahBergen Congrats! 3mo
jenniferw88 @wanderinglynn random act of kindness! 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 3mo
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The Postcard | Beverly Lewis
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Make sure to check out LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook for this giveaway!
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A year long subscription to the postcard prompt challenge from Your Adventure Awaits!

LiterALLy BOOKiSh (Book Club)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1208628009497556/?ref=share

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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*All of my bookish prompts are packed away so digital edits will have to suffice for now.*

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

🖤 2022 challenge prompt: #25 - favorite author's favorite book
🖤 November bingo prompt: recommended by a parent
🖤 Bookish First bingo prompt: Author has written YA and adult

Original, oddly satisfying and well-written. This was my first Neil Gaiman book but definitely won't be my last.

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We Deserve Monuments | Jas Hammonds
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Mehso-so

2 stars - The premise and writing style are what first piqued my interest of We Deserve Monuments when I saw it offered on Bookish First. I really liked the beginning of the story but my enthusiasm quickly faded as the storyline became muddy and stagnant. It felt very anticlimactic. A few dramatic twists and turns to make the story more complicated would have definitely made it more interesting. Overall, it fell very flat.

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The Poison Season | Mara Rutherford
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Wow. I didn't expect to read this book for hours and lose track of time. I was immersed in the story for almost its entirety. There were some lulls in the story and action but considering the very satisfying ending, I decided to give it 5 stars. Thank you to BookishFirst for offering this title in their catalogue. This review is entirely my own. Not on BookishFirst? You're missing out on FREE BOOKS! Sign up with my referral code: c2c277e5792a7a0ab

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😍We still have LiterALLy BOOKiSh 2023 challenge and group bookmarks available for purchase! Please refer to the pinned post in group for details:
LiterALLy BOOKiSh (Book Club on Facebook)

#bookmarks #2023readingchallenge #bookmark #sale #merch #merchshop #groupmerch #bookstagram #readingchallenge #readingprompts #readathon #booksubscriptionbox #hotcocoa #booksandcats #booksandtea #booksandcoffee #reading #novels #library #freelittlelibrary

NovelGirl82 Awww one of the few things I miss by being off social (except Litsy) for now 💚 4mo
IheartYA @NovelGirl82 I'll send you a bookmark if you'd like. 😃 4mo
NovelGirl82 @IheartYA I‘d love that! Thanks Patty! I did keep my messenger active. 4mo
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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My rating teetered between a 3 and 4 throughout this book, but the ending tipped it over to a 4. The characters were well thought out. Overall, I enjoyed the writing style but there were times when it was clunky with a poor choice of words. Most of the chapters that took place in the past fell flat for me, and seemed to hinder the progression of the plot due to long-winded events. The conclusion of the story was very redeeming.

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This was a unique and well written story. I enjoyed the character development and world building. The main character was very relatable, and you could feel how much she grew and learned by the end of the story. I'll be on the look out for future work from this author. Thank you to Bookish First for offering this title in their catalogue.
https://www.bookishfirst.com/
My referral code: c2c277e5792a7a0ab
#bookishfirst

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Wake the Bones: A Novel | Elizabeth Kilcoyne
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Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I absolutely loved the writing style and the creep factor. The storyline held my interest immediately although parts of it jumped around, and some actions of the characters seemed inconsistent. Overall, this story is exactly the type I love so I'm rating it 4 stars.

(Bookmarks from SJwonderlandz)

#wakethebones #ya #youngadult #bookmail #bookmarks #bookstagram #debutauthor

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Aren't these book sleeves from CAM Creations Booksleeves & More adorable?!?! They're very well made, too. Find CAM on Facebook. ❤️

#booksleeves #booksleeveshop #bookshop #bookishshop #BookAccessories #strangerthings #HocusPocus #nsync #nkotb #thenightmarebeforechristmas #bookstagram

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love these!! 🖤 6mo
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Bookmark Days | Scot Gardner
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Ordered a Halloween box and extra bookmarks from SJWONDERLANDZ. So cute!
#sjwonderlandz #bookmarks #hocuspocus #bookshop #smallbusiness #swap #fallvibes #halloween #subscriptionbox #bookmail

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🖤🧡 6mo
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This book can be very useful for people who suffer from anxiety, and people who want to understand anxiety better.

Thank you to Bookish First for offering this book in their catalogue. Sign up with my referral code: c2c277e5792a7a0ab

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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Lakesedge | Lyndall Clipstone
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⭐️⭐️/5. I have mixed feelings about this book. I had really hoped to like it more considering the blurb sounded so interesting. I loved the strong, resilient and clever main character. The world building was just okay, and most of the characters felt one-sided or flat. The writing was mediocre, and the core premise of the story has been used many times. Cont...

IheartYA There could have been many more twists and turns, and action. My biggest gripe was the pacing; there were many chunks of time where it felt like nothing was happening or time was too slow and this very much affected the progression of the plot. The romance was shallow and lusty, and I had a hard time sensing the emotion of the story but it had a lot of potential. The conclusion felt incomplete, the why or how wasn't answered. . 7mo
IheartYA The cover is magnificent, however. Unfortunately, I don't think this is a book I will remember. This writer has talent though, and room and time to grow. Thank you to Bookish First for offering this book in their catalogue. The opinions stated here are 100% my own. 7mo
KristiAhlers I have picked this one up and put it down countless times. I haven‘t yet committed to buying it yet. 7mo
Jas16 Great review. Totally agree 7mo
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The Giveaway Girl | Rose Marie Lambert DeHart
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We're into the last week of giveaways in LiterALLy BOOKiSh (Facebook book club). Our sponsors are donating all kinds of awesome bookish goodies - book sleeves, stickers, mugs, candles, bookmarks, shirts, signed books, e-books, & more! Don't cha just love the background of this graphic? It's a book sleeve fabric offered by one of our sponsors, CAM Creations Booksleeves & More (also on Facebook).

#giveaways #bookgiveaway #bookgiveaways #bookmerch

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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We All Fall Down | Rose Szabo
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This book was not what I expected after reading the summary. I thought the story was going to be action and plot driven but the characters were surprisingly interesting and complex. I was absolutely invested until about halfway through when the story slightly lost its footing as the details of the different characters became confusing and muddled. The writing was great and I was extremely impressed with how engaging and beautifulit was.

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Small Favors | Erin A. Craig
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My April wrap-up. Small Favors, Only a Monster and Lady Rogue were definitely my top 3.
Not my best editing. But this is the most books I've read in one month in years.

#wrapup #monthlywrapup #aprilwrapup

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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🎉𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗴𝗼! 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝗧𝗕𝗥𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆!🎉
Head over to LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook to play!

#bingo #monthlybingo #bookgame #bookclub #bookcommunity #kindle #reader #barnesandnoble #bookstore #bookmail #favoritebooks #bookprizes #bookgames #readinggames #readingchallenge #bookstagram #bookgirl #booksbooksbooks #tbrpile #bookish #goodreads #storygraph #litsy #library #bookhaul #newbooks #bookfriends #bookpals

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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Mehso-so

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I'm a big fan of Jenn Bennett and have loved (or almost loved) all of her books so far. While this one was good, it fell a little flat for me. It dragged in parts and didn't pack the emotional punches that I'm used to from this author. The blurb contains the biggest spolier, which is a major bummer. Still a worthwhile read.

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This book was extremely entertaining and emotional. You're brought right into the action with little backstory, and the story is complex but woven with mastery. The writing style was phenomenal. The character development, pace and world building were spot-on.
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Thank you to Bookish First for offering this book in their raffle!
Please use my Bookish First referral code: c2c277e5792a7a0ab

wisherwishinguponastar That cover art is gorgeous!!! 12mo
wisherwishinguponastar That cover art is gorgeous!!! 12mo
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Battlescars | Kathleen Maree
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April Reading Battle sign ups are live.
LiterALLy BOOKiSh (Facebook Book Club)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1208628009497556/?ref=share

We also have a readathon coming up in a couple weeks that will be announced soon. 😃

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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️This book was good but not great. There was no lightning or thunder for me. It was like being on a roller coaster without hills or loops, waiting for the exciting pivotal point that never happens, then finding out you're actually on the kiddie log flume. The writing was decent and I liked the characters, but I just couldn't feel the passion.
**Looking to make new book friends? Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook.
#bookreview #bookstagram

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Head over to LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook to check out our Round Robin Game!

#roundrobin #swap #bookswap #penpals

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Mehso-so

This book definitely had good moments but it won't be a stand out of my year. I enjoyed the storyline and character development overall. The writing was mediocre. There was a lot of fluff including dialogue; it could have easily been told in 400 pages. I am interested to know what happens next but would rather continue reading the books that have been sitting on my shelves. *Looking to make new book friends?Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook!

TheAromaofBooks I'm about 2/3 through this one and feel the same way - there is a LOT of padding in this book and I'm not sure how committed I'm going to be to reading several more 600pg books in this series! 13mo
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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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I really enjoyed this book. I sometimes sensed hints of Fable, another pirate book I recommend. The story and characters were great. The pacing was steady for the most part but had a few hiccups at the end. This book held my interest to the point of not wanting to put it down. I'm glad I have book 2 on hand! 4 stars. **Looking to make new book friends? Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook to read reviews, play games, join discussions and more!

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This book was not what I expected, it was better. The cover, as gorgeous as it is, is misleading. Without reading the blurb, I thought it would be fantasy but it very much is not.

I usually struggle with first person POV but it was written very well. The MC had a clarity to her tone that created compassion from the reader. (Not full review)

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Girls with Sharp Sticks | Suzanne Young
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The Family Plot: A Novel | Megan Collins
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Mehso-so

Overall enjoyable with an engaging pace. I appreciated the character development and writing style. I did feel that some of the conclusions happened too quickly without a good lead up. Three solid stars and a promising start to my 2022 reading.

CHALLENGE PROMPTS COMPLETE
LiterALLy BOOKiSh: #15
Forever Young YA Readers: (not YA)
The 52 Book Club: #4
The Nerd Daily: #4
Words & Whimsy: #11 (easy)

#bookreview #bookstagram #bookstaging #bookstack

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Crazeedi I joined the group on FB even though I dont go on much, but I'll try to do this challenge and also I did sign up for pen pal and contacted her too!! 1y
Bren912 Oh poo. I let my Facebook account go. 1y
IheartYA @Bren912 we're on Instagram too😉 1y
Bren912 @IheartYA how do I find you on Instagram? I did a search and I don‘t think it‘s the one… 1y
IheartYA @Bren912 try @Literally.bookish for the book Club's account. My personal account is @iheartya311 1y
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Thank you to my Secret Santa for my Santa Thing books! Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄

#santathing #bookmail #swap #bookswap #ninthhouse #leighbardugo

erinreads Loved Tuesday Mooney! 1y
emz711 Good ones! 1y
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Banned Book Club | Kim Hyun Sook
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Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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(Stole this idea from @readwhenthebabyreads on @literally.bookish)
My top 5 and worst 5 of 2021.
The "worst 5" are hard for me to sort because I easily DNF books that aren't promising.

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my list?

#bookstagram #bookgirl #igreads #bookish #booklife #bookishlifestyle #fantasy #ebooks #goodreads #worstbooksof2021 #bestbooksof2021 #bookcommunity #instabooks #booksbooksbooks #bookclub #booklist

Bookjunkie57 I didn‘t care for Spells Trouble either. 1y
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Do you use Bookish First? If not, you're missing out on FREE books. Next week they will feature I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys, and I'm pretty stoked. I have enough points to claim this book. Check it out for more details AND use my referral code so we'll both earn extra points. 😉 My referral code: c2c277e5792a7a0ab
https://www.bookishfirst.com/

#bookishfirst #freebooks #bookreviews #bookishfriends #bookstagram #bookish #coverlove

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New Challengers | Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie
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Crazeedi I just recently joined this group, I hope to be more active!! 1y
Brewychock48 I just joined the FB group. I want to do the 2022 reading challenge 1y
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Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw ⭐
This "book" fell short, literally, it's a short book. So much potential, so much disappointment. There was no story here, no substance, but there could have been. The writing was decent but the characters were emotionless, and the story was nothing but nothing. This book seemed to be everywhere and publicized very well but it's a prime example of not believing in the hype.

Erinreadsthebooks YESSSSS, I completely agree. 1y
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The Corpse Queen | Heather M. Herrman
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The Corpse Queen
By Heather Hermann
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Fantastic book! Everything was great from the writing style and pacing to character development and world building. I loved the story; it was creepy, weird and original. A well deserved 5 stars!

#bookreview #bookstagram #thecorpsequeen #gothic #gothicbooks #bookish #booklife #bookishlifestyle #fantasy #favoritebooks #5starreview #5stars #tbr #tbrstack #onmyshelf #mustread #booksbooksbooks #newbooks

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐.5/5

Easy, fun, quirky and fluffy. Not much substance and the writing was mediocre. Nothing to note that was memorable, really.

KristiAhlers I went to buy this one today, had it in my hand and yeah walked around the store before putting it back down. I just can‘t seem to make myself commit to this one. 1y
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BookwormAHN I ordered the same one 😻 1y
BarkingMadRead I ordered an Erin Condren this time, there were a lot of pages in this one that I never used! It is so beautiful though! 1y
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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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Mehso-so

I was very excited for this book. Based on the synopsis it should have been right up my alley. The writing was pretty good but the plot had major pacing issues and the story didn't become interesting until 3/4 through the book. If I hadn't already bought the rest of the series I probably wouldn't continue with it.

How cute is this booksleeve made by The Handmade Sales? 😍

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The Nature of Witches | Rachel Griffin
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Should have DNFed this one but I felt compelled to finish it because I was gifted a copy. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2021; saying I'm disappointed is an understatement. The MC is annoying whiney, and hard to root for. She was very melodramatic. It took too long for anything to happen in the story, it was shallow and was mostly boring. The writing style had no pep. I do think the author has a talent just waiting to peek out.

ReadingEnvy Dang too bad, such a great cover. 2y
tracey38 Too bad. This is on my October tbr. 2y
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Dark and Shallow Lies | Ginny Myers Sain
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Dark and Shallow Lies is an excellent book. The story is unique, and the world building is executed superbly. The characters are complex, relatable, endearing, emotional and interesting.

I usually struggle with books written in first point of view but not with this book; it seems it is the only way it could be told. There were lulls and hiccups in pacing....

IheartYA ...and the writing style became too plain at times (more tell than show) but I wasn't bothered much by it.

As much as I loved almost all of the book, the ending was kind of a let down. It would have been better if more information was provided to make the culprit feel plausible. It felt rushed, impassionate, not powerful. It's hard to put my finger on exactly why the ending left me deeply unsatisfied, and my rating was 5 stars until then. ..
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Regardless of the uncompelling and disappointing conclusion, Dark and Shallow Lies has earned a spot on my 2021 Favorites shelf on Goodreads (where it joins only 4 other books-- I'm very critical and picky). I will be on the lookout for more work by this author. Thank you to BookishFirst for offering this book to review.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 awesome review! 2y
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11 Paper Hearts | Kelsey Hartwell
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11 Paper Hearts
by Kelsey Hartwell
⭐⭐⭐

This book was cute, on par with YA contemporary. It started off very slow but once the pace picked up it remained consistent. The end didn't jive with me though, and it could have wrapped up much tighter. An unnecessary event is tossed in toward the conclusion like an like an apple in a pumpkin field, unexpected and out of place. Overall enjoyable but not memorable.
#bookstagram #11paperhearts #youngadult

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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@literally.bookish has recently announced its fall event, Falling for Fall Bingo. The prizes are pretty great! To see the list of prompts, head over to LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook.

#bookbingo #bookgame #bookgroup #bookstagram #bookcommunity #bibliophile #booklife #bookishlifestyle #groupread #buddyread #bookmail #bookprizes #goodreads #bookaddict #bookpals #penpals #bookish #booksbooksbooks #tbrpile #bookswap #bookprompts #bookreview

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4 stard. The writing style is gorgeously stunning, and the story is so original, fresh and magical that it will whisk you away to a unique world. It's rare to find a book that you can just keep reading, not worried about the time. The only quality that bugged me was my biggest pet peeve- too much description. Overall, I'm very impressed with this author and excited to read her other work. Thank you to #NetGalley for offering this book.

GondorGirl I loved Cordova's contemporary fantasy series, so I'll definitely be checking this one out! 2y
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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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⭐⭐ A very slow start had me uninterested but the story became engaging about 1/3 through. The plot was unique & imaginative but some of the dots didn't connect. The execution was lacking as most of it felt rushed, the characters came to conclusions out of the blue with no lead up. The "secret" that was revealed at the end by the MC didn't make much sense since the story is told in first person POV. It felt disjointed but had potential.

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Mehso-so

This book is hard to rate fairly. A few parts felt like 4 stars, others 2 and 1, but most were 3. The writing had a soothing, elegant flow and the characters were interesting but the story lacked oomph and action. I often found myself bored and paying attention to the page count. It simply felt like the plot was not progressing. I did, however, enjoy how the past and present were woven together. Overall, an easy, unmemorable read.

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You can always expect the unexpected from the consistently-pleasing Riley Sager. A slow start quickly leads to unforeseen twists. The writing was engaging and the storyline unique. The unlikeable, whiney MC was my only gripe; her inner monolgue was cringy and grated on my nerves. A solid 4 stars overall, but The Last Time I Lied remains my favorite of his work to date. Thank you to NetGalley for offering an e-ARC.

OriginalCyn620 Oh, I will be buying a copy when this comes out! Love Sager! Great review. 2y
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