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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

⭐️⭐️⭐️
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

booksellerofyourdiscontent That cover art is gorgeous!!! 2mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent That cover art is gorgeous!!! 2mo
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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! 3mo
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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
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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!! 5mo
Bren912 Oh poo. I let my Facebook account go. 5mo
IheartYA @Bren912 we're on Instagram too😉 5mo
Bren912 @IheartYA how do I find you on Instagram? I did a search and I don‘t think it‘s the one… 5mo
IheartYA @Bren912 try @Literally.bookish for the book Club's account. My personal account is @iheartya311 5mo
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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! 5mo
emz711 Good ones! 5mo
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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. 5mo
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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!! 6mo
Brewychock48 I just joined the FB group. I want to do the 2022 reading challenge 6mo
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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. 6mo
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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. 7mo
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BookwormAHN I ordered the same one 😻 8mo
BarkingMadRun 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! 8mo
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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. 8mo
tracey38 Too bad. This is on my October tbr. 8mo
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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! 8mo
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11 Paper Hearts | Kelsey Hartwell
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Mehso-so

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! 10mo
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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐ 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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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. 12mo
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The Hollow Gods | Vrana A. J.
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The Echoed Realm is a very worthy sequel. This book dives deeper into the unique and multi-faceted world Vrana has created. The characters are resilient and bold, yet each has their own voice and tone. The aspect I appreciate the most is the writing style; it's engaging and exciting. This series definitely needs more attention!
My photos won't be as elaborate as I'd like for a while. I'm struggling with a torn tendon and ligament in my elbow.

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The Shadow in the Glass | J. J. A. Harwood
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Mehso-so

The Shadow in the Glass
by JJA Harwood
⭐⭐⭐
This book started off strong but slowly lost footing. I enjoyed the writing and the characters but the plot had pacing issues. The book felt too long. Definitely an interesting story worth reading, and an author to watch. Thank you to NetGalley for offering this e-book.

#theshadowintheglass #netgalley #ebook #kindle #kindledeals #bookish #booklife #bookishlifestyle #fantasy #bloggergirl #bookstagram

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The Stone Eater | Carol Beth Anderson
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Don't forget to head over to LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Saturday for the author takeover! A grand finale! The Magic Eaters has all the elements of a fantasy series, and more! Each ending leaves you wanting more, the writing is great, character development is thorough, and the plot is wrapped up nicely. I'm interested to see (or read) future work from this author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and this is my honest review.

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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is really weird but in a good way. The writing style and descriptions were fabulous, the pacing and execution were superb, and the idea was wholly original. It would have earned 5 stars from me but it was plagued by one of my pet peeves: lack of clarification as to "why?" I would like to read more by this author. It seems as though her brain has some unique gears running at different speeds.

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From chapter one, You've Reached Sam had plucked out my heart strings and played them like a violin. There's so much love, grief and relatable raw emotion poured onto these pages, blended together with seamless talent. Pacing, character development, writing style and world building were great. 4.5 stars (would have been 5 but my reason is a spoiler), and a new author to keep an eye out for. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy.

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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😴😴/5
This book was like a puzzle with too many pieces. Not much of it made sense and there was a lot of uneccessery information. It was hard to tell what the point was. The writing was enjoyable, earning it a generous 2 stars, but everything else about it was disappointing. I probably wouldn't have finished this book if it wasn't a buddy read in LiterALLy BOOKiSh (on Facebook).

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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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Rom-com is not a go to genre for me but I've loved every Christina Lauren book I've read so far. There's a certain magic that no other author duo can replicate. The writing is fantastic. The only major hiccup for me was how quickly (or so it seemed) the characters fell in love. I'll continue to read CL's books as long as the keep making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy. This is my honest review.

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Voices in the Snow | Darcy Coates
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This book felt manufactured, like one of a million lemon candies on an assembly line. There was nothing spectacular about it. The writing was ok but not memorable. I did like the MC however; you could sense her fear but that was really the only positive aspect. I definitely don't like books (like this) that don't explain why or how something happened. It could also use a more appropriate title.

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A Vow So Bold and Deadly | Brigid Kemmerer
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I didn't want this series to end, but like all good things, it had to. I do not do well when reading a trilogy or series as I tend to get bored. Book one was OMG, book two was GREAT and book three was OK but this is a common pattern of mine. I loved the writing, but parts seemed to drag. It didn't have as big of a punch as the other books. It's still a trilogy I recommend by an author I love.

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The Infinity Courts | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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What a great book! The synopsis did not make it stand out from other dystopian books so I really didn't know what to expect. It is written in first person which I usually don't like, but it was written well. The twists at the end were shocking and unpredictable. My only gripes are the length, and tedious inner monolgue of the MC. This book will be a stand out of my year. Thank you to Goodreads for granting me a giveaway ARC.

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Nightmares! | Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
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I was gifted this book for a Blind-date-with a book swap.

Although I would have most likely not chosen this book myself (as it's middle grade), I'm glad my match chose it because it's quite good! It's a well written and paced adventure with underlying themes for adults. The storyline is unique. I might even read the second book.

Twainy Sometimes a middle grade book is a nice change of pace from the heavy reading I‘m normally doing. Adding to stack. 1y
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The Dating Plan | Sara Desai
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Cute and predictable, but all rom-coms are and it's usually expected.The characters were likable, relatable and developed well. The writing tripped me up a few times; there were many sentences that should have been worded better. I cringed every time "thick finger" was used and will be happy if I never hear it again. Some scenes and dialogue were long winded, and the conclusion felt dragged out. The story was entertaining it will not be memorable.

monalyisha Does “thick finger” refer to a digit on someone‘s hand or...NOT? 🙈😅 I can‘t. 😳 1y
IheartYA @monalyisha 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 1y
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Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I almost didn't read this book (because the blurb sounds very similar to other books I've read) but that would have been a shame since this book was AMAZING! ❤ I almost shouted and cried at one point of the story (if you read it, you might know which part). The MC is chock-full of humility, honor and courage. Engaging, enthralling and entertaining, earning a whole-hearted 5 stars from me and a spot on my favorites shelf.

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Favorites on top.

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The Dead and the Dark | Courtney Gould
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An entertaining and unique story. I liked the character development and world building. The characters were fleshed out well enough to evoke emotions. I had been teetering between a 3 and 4 star rating for most of the book. I decided on 4 stars because, although mildly flawed, I was able to read it without worrying about the page number or time. I will keep an eye out for more work by this author.

Thank you to NetGalley for granting me a copy.

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Untilted | Autechre
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A quick and easy third installment of this series. Character development and world building were great. The first 30% was a bit slow but after that it really picked up. I felt there could have been a little more meat to the story, maybe a couple more twists or situations to vamp up the mystery and suspense. I hope the next book digs deeper into his relationships and self worth. Another entertaining and original read from Alexander Lound.

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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We are planning to buddy read Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse in March. Head over to LiterALLy BOOKiSh for details! And AT THIS MOMENT the hardcover is only $12.89 on Amazon. 😯😯 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1208628009497556/?ref=share
#bookchat #booktalk #bookaholic #buddyread #bookclub #bookdiscussion #bookart #bookalicious #bookaddicted #bookstagram #bookcommunity #bookishfeatures #bookish #bookishthings #bookmerch #favoritebooks #newbook

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Spells Trouble | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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Unfortunately this book was as flat as old soda. It read like a middle grade book (or a corny, silly, satirical movie) and then *bam* you get hit with a sex scene that doesn't help the progression of the plot at all. The writing style was boring and subpar. I definitely expected better from such experienced authors. I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1 due to the originality of the idea; it had potential but needed to be developed and written better.

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