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Jeralyn

Joined October 2018

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
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Mehso-so

Very insta-lovey but still a good book, I enjoyed reading it. The main character had a goofy personality which I love, and the premise of the book was pretty cool. I will say that nothing really stood out to me in this book. I'm having a bit of trouble writing anything about it because it just wasn't incredibly memorable to me. Even after saying that, I would still say it was worth the read, I got a few laughs out of it and it was a cute book.

Reggie Sometimes they don‘t have to be award worthy. Sometimes if they you smile that‘s enough. 5mo
Jeralyn I completely agree @Reggie :) 5mo
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The Beast Is an Animal | Peternelle van Arsdale
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Mehso-so

First of all, beautiful cover (just putting that out there). Second of all, I'm not a huge fan of the synopsis on the inside cover. I don't know if it's just me (which it very well could be), but it sounded like a beauty and the Beast retelling when I read it... And this book was pretty far from it. This wasn't a bad book, just not my cup of tea. The double F's annoyed me (forest+this book=fforest) like why?
But not a bad book, just a so-so.

tournevis Not an expert on English grammar, but I was taught that in early Modern English, the doubling of a letter could denote emphasis or specificity; at the beginning of a word it could mean "the one and only of" something. Like when one writes IFF, meaning "if and only if". I may have been taught wrongly there. Perhaps then if means the one and only forest, or the ur-forest. Perhaps not. 6mo
Jeralyn Oh ok, that would make a lot more sense, I didn't know that. I still wonder why she chose to do that, but it makes more sense, thank you:)) 6mo
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Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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Pickpick

I'm a total idiot, this book has been on my TBR shelf for years (literally like 3 years) and I had convinced myself that it wouldn't be any good so I didn't even give it a chance. Cut to the present: me ordering (with 2 day shipping) the 2nd and 3rd book to An Ember in the Ashes the minute I finished it.

Book_yogi Isn‘t it so good! 6mo
BooknerdsLife 😱 I guess I need to push this one up on my TBR pile too 😆 5mo
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Pickpick

The movie 'Big Fish' is one of my favorites, and I might say that I liked it better than the book. However, I really loved this book and the story Itself is irreplaceable to me, it's just that special.

JamieArc This is one of my favorite book to film adaptations as well (and I might also like the movie better). 6mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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Pickpick

Very touching book, I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down for a second. I would definitely recommend A Monster Calls, I think a lot of people would connect with this book and appreciate it as much as I have.

StayCurious Creepy cover 6mo
LiteraryinLititz I completely agree! This book was so moving and powerful for such a short book. I highly recommend it too. 6mo
suvata Awesome book 6mo
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biblioskye It‘s one of my favorite books! I‘m glad you liked it too 💖 6mo
Erofan Great book! 6mo
BooknerdsLife I LOVE this book so much!!! 💙I remember sobbing through half the book 😭 5mo
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Rosemarked | Livia Blackburne
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Mehso-so

This book was just okay for me. I don't have any issues with it exactly but as far as the characters and the plot goes... It just didn't really resonate with me. I will say that it was a very quick read for me, and although I'm probably not gonna pick up book 2, I still enjoyed this book and don't regret reading it.

booklover984 It's so weird that we can enjoy books but not resonate with them! And I've struggling with the word to use on how to describe it, but resonate is perfect for it! Thanks for helping me out with that lol 6mo
Jeralyn @booklover984 Yeah of course! 😂😂 6mo
Book_yogi Yep yep yep 6mo
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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I don't usually buy books at full price, but this looked so good that I splurged a bit... and of course this just HAD TO BE the best book I've read in a while. I was hoping this would be a bad book so I could say "well there u go, that's what u get for not waiting to buy it later" but NO, this book just had to go and be all original and amazing and BEAUTIFUL!
The best Beauty and the Beast retelling I've read yet!!! (And I've read A LOT of them).

Lucy_Anywhere I have this on my kindle backlist - it just got nudged to the top! 6mo
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Mehso-so

Not really my style of book, but I liked the author so I gave it a shot and I wasn't disappointed. It was a very cute book, and (after a little bit of thought) I enjoyed the ending (even though it wasn't exactly what I wanted to happen). Again, not my choice in the way of plot, but I did enjoy Lament. I do wish I was a little younger when I read it though, I might've enjoyed it more if I was.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. I don't know about endearing, but my name's Jeralyn and some people call me Jerry, to say I hate it is an understatement.
2. Probably Diary of an Oxygen Thief
3. Yes, a lot more than I'd care to admit
4. Very Important, my little cousin once said something along the lines of: "publishers wouldn't want good books to have ugly covers on them, but they may b more inclined when the book sucks"? a little harsh but it might have some truth to it.

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Blood Red Road | Moira Young
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Pickpick

This book had a certain grammatical aspect that was very different, but that didn't matter as much in the long run as I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of those stories for me where I had to pause a minute after I finished it and I just thought to myself: "bravo". Blood Red Road ended up being a pick for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a strong female lead.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I loved this series! I agree it was a little hard to get into in the beginning. But I'm a sucker for a strong female lead. 6mo
Jeralyn @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Same! And Saba was definitely that😂 6mo
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The Iron King | Julie Kagawa
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Mehso-so

This book is a tad too fairy-ish fantasy for me, but still a cute read that had some cool aspects to it. I liked the literal use of the modern world being an enemy within the fantasy/dream world, it created a bit more depth which is always a plus.
Overall, not a bad read, I just wish I had read it when I was a little younger.

Slajaunie This is part of a series. It was okay but not great. 6mo
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Crimson Bound | Rosamund Hodge
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Mehso-so

This book was VERY different from the classic Little Red Riding Hood story, but that only added to the creativity of it. Cruel Beauty (the first book in the series) definitely took creative licence with Beauty and the Beast, and this book was no different. Crimson Bound took a classic fairy tale and instead of just running with it, she sprinted (not to be dramatic😂), and it really paid off in this incredibly unique 2nd installment to the series.

SamHeartCoffee Looks cool! 6mo
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The Kiss of Deception | Mary E. Pearson
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Mehso-so

The plot twist between the two characters (the prince and the assassin) was well done, the result still managed to surprise me even when I was very prepared for it. Overall, this book didn't draw me in as much as I thought it would, but it was still a pretty good story with a decent bit of surprises mixed in. All in all I would recommend this book for the mystery between the two male protagonists, I enjoyed trying to figure out who was who.

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Written very unconventionally... I loved it! The almost skewed storytelling of the book created mystery that led to an awesome plot-twist ending. I picked up this book a long time ago, just putting it off because I though I'd hate it (don't know why), but against all odds this book became a pick for me. I would definitely recommend Smoke and Bone, it pulled on my heartstrings more than once and I think it tells a very special and unique story.

Geeklet Sounds very interesting! I‘ll keep an eye out for it. 7mo
Jovy One of my favorite series! Her writing is superb. 7mo
YasmiNova I'm going through your reviews and stacking almost everything! 7mo
Linear I just finished this trilogy! 7mo
Jeralyn @YasmiNova that's awesome! I really hope you like them:)) and @Jovy I definitely agree, her writing is soooo good! 7mo
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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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Mehso-so

Good world building, very unique magical aspects added to it, but the insta-love was personally too much for my taste. It was a relatively shorter book and although I would definitely call it a decent book overall, it didn't capture my attention as much as I thought it would.

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The Breeders | Katie French
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Mehso-so

Decent book, I read it in a single night and enjoyed it. It's very similar to a book I read called Breeder Nation (which I very much recommend, one of my favorites), but The Breeders did have its own spin. It was definitely worth the read, I just don't feel very passionate about this book if you know what I mean...

Linear Sounds interesting and disterbing at the sametime 7mo
Jeralyn Yes it definitely was, I liked it pretty well, but I gave it a so-so because like I said in my bio, it's just like a book called Breeder Nation (which is one of my favorites and loved by everyone I force to read it😂) and I would recommend both books, Breeder Nation a little more because it's just soooo goood😂 7mo
Exbrarian I liked it, but I had not read Breeder Nation, so The Breeders felt fresh. I also got this in a “dystopian 6-pack“ budget bundle, so my expectations were low. 6mo
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Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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Panpan

I'm really sad that I couldn't finish this book! I've heard such good things about it and I was really excited. It was written well but I just couldn't get into it. I didn't want it to become a chore to read this because then I would dislike the book, and I really don't dislike The Thief. I just couldn't get into it for the life of me if that makes any sense...

rretzler I got it for Christmas and plan to read it sometime this year. I totally understand, though. I‘m trying to read The Wheel of Time series and it‘s been really hard to get into so far but everyone else seems to love it. 8mo
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Dark Inside | Jeyn Roberts
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Mehso-so

Good book, had some great plot-twists, I just didn't fall in love with it like I thought I would...
I don't regret reading it though, it was a pretty good book and I would recommend it to people who enjoys books like this.

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Scorpio Races | Maggie Stiefvater
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Pickpick

In the first half of the book I felt very strongly that it was going to be rated a so-so for me. It just felt very slow paced with not a lot of important events. I'm very glad that I kept with it though because The Scorpio Races ended up being more than worth it, it's a very special book and it really spoke to me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, and it definitely turned out to be a pick for me.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I'm often disappointed by endings as definite at this one, but I'm very content with it, which is a huge thumbs up in the authors direction. I also applaud such a memorable villain, I felt more sadness for him than anyone else, living or dead.
I lost some tears in this book but they were very well deserved, Leigh Bardugo once again gave me a reason to love her writing abilities:)
(My favorite book is still Six of Crows though, just so you know...)

hjreviews I wish I would have read this series first because as good as it is, I just keep comparing it to Six of Crows which I love so much more! 8mo
Jeralyn Yes!! I get exactly what you mean, I feel the same way 8mo
Lisaw13 Six of Crows is still my favorite too 😊 8mo
StephanieP1 I loved this story also! And felt the same as you do about Darkling! 8mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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A lot of the book kind of dragged on, but the ending was absolutely spectacular. I was definitely on the edge of my seat out of nowhere, thats why I will give S&S a pick. I find that the second books in trilogies often don't hold my attention very well, this wasn't much different in the long run however, like I said, the ending was really good and made me really excited for the next book. I would rate it between pick and so-so if I could.

Shley9225 Also you meet Nikolai which is 5 stars in and of itself 8mo
Jeralyn Trueee, definitely a factor in the book rating, Nikolai is just that amazing😂 8mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Six of Crows is my favorite book of all time, that's the reason why I held off on reading S&B, (there was just no way it could compare) and although it still can't compare to the (for lack of better term) pure awesomeness and beauty that is Six of Crows, I was pleasantly surprised. S&B had its layers, wasn't translucent (at least for me), and it had that spark that I love so much that comes from none other than the miraculous Leigh Bardugo.

cariashley What a great endorsement for Six of Crows! It just came up in my library holds so I might finally be picking it up soon. I liked but didn‘t love the Shadow and Bone books. 8mo
Traci1 I have both of these books. Which would you recommend reading first? 8mo
Jeralyn @Traci1 I would honestly say to read Six of Crows first, it set the seen really well so you really don't have to read the S&B series first, and also it's just the best book ever (in my opinion) and S&B was good and a pick for me but definitely not my favorite compared to Six of Crows. These books are VERY different though so if u don't like one of them then don't quit on the other one too (edited) 8mo
Jeralyn And @cariashley I would definitely recommend that you at least try Six of Crows because its really something special and I cannot say in words how much that book means to me, it brings a smile to my face every time I think about it or the characters still after a year of first reading it. 8mo
cariashley @Jeralyn what a great endorsement! I‘m definitely going to have to read it next! 8mo
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Cruel Beauty | Rosamund Hodge
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Mehso-so

Yet another beauty and the beast retelling for me, and this was one of the most original version yet. That doesn't mean it was my favorite retelling, but it was a very outside of the box concept which I applaud. Overall I would give it a rating of in-between pick and so-so for me, it didn't hook me in as well as I thought it would.

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Pickpick

Always wanted to read this when I was younger and I figured why not now? 😊

RadicalReader @Jeralyn thanks so much for following me. Your dog in your picture beside you is the most adorable I‘ve ever seen seriously sweet 8mo
Jeralyn @RadicalReader Of course and thanks so much!! :)) 8mo
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War Horse | Michael M.B.E Morpurgo
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War has never been close to home for me, I don't have any family that has served and it's always been a distant topic in my house. Reading this book is the first time I've ever truly considered war as anything different from just existing, and I'm so conflicted.

War horse has a piece of my heart as well as my innocence, and not to be dramatic, but my world will forever be tinged with the ugliness Joey faced in this book.

cherinium Your comment about war being a distant topic in your family stood out to me. I DO have family that has served. My grandfather is a WWII vet, and I have an uncle who served in Vietnam. But, because of the trauma they experienced, war was never discussed in our family either. I'm ashamed to admit that it has often seemed very abstract to me. I've been trying to educate myself more in an effort to understand the trauma my loved ones faced. 8mo
Jeralyn @cherinium abstract is a good way of putting it, and I don't think there's any shame in that. I feel like you can't truly understand until you've faced it firsthand, like reading a summary of a book and assuming that you know the everything there is to know about the story. (edited) 8mo
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Mehso-so

For anyone who knows me, I love me a good Beauty and the Beast retelling, and this is exactly that:))

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Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
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The most magical and fantastical book I've ever read. I wasn't raised to believe that the Easter bunny was real, so reading this book is the honest to God first time I've ever felt like magic has existed in this world, whether it still does or not. This book is built on passion and dreams, I can only wish I was as passionate about anything as Ray kinsella is passionate about baseball.

suzisteffen I love this book so much! Great to see that people are still reading it. 8mo
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Rebelonging | Sabrina Stark
Mehso-so

Book 1 and 2 could be one book, the same plot seems to continue through both without a real stopping point to differentiate the two. With that said I enjoyed rebelonging just as I enjoyed unbelonging, it's your classic romance and I'm a sucker for romance:)

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Congratulations @GypsyKat for 3k!!!!

#3for3kGiveaway

The books I would choose are The Night Circus, Wintersong, and The Book Jumper.

Congrats again, I wish you many followers yet to come:))

GypsyKat ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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Unbelonging: Rebelonging | Sabrina Stark
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Definitely insta-love, but sadly I cannot say I'm always above loving books like this. It ended on a note that leads me to read the second book (without a doubt), and I would recommend this to anyone who dabbles in a love for a good old harmless romance.

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A Thousand Nights | E. K. Johnston
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Panpan

I usually love the spoken storytelling style of writing that I find in few books, but this one didn't really resonate with me. The book seemed to be a similar pace throughout all of it and I ended up feeling very indifferent to the story. To be fair, I could definitely understand how someone could love this book. I do get the slight magic aspect it holds, but that's about it for the +'s in my book.

Jeralyn I will say one more thing though, the cover of this book is beautiful and I will have trouble parting with it. 9mo
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Hunted | Meagan Spooner
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I really appreciated this book for how originally meaningful it was. Hunted went well beyond the classic beauty and the beast tale and I really enjoyed the lightness of it. Even though there wasn't much romance, it stilled filled my heart and calmed my soul:)

lover.of.the.classics That does sound interesting. I‘ll have to see if I can find it. 10mo
lover.of.the.classics Oh ... and WELCOME to Litsy!😂 10mo
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