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Kar2b

Kar2b

Joined June 2017

Ravenclaw | Cancer | Tiger | wannabe princess | Author, Editor, Reader... All around book lover!
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The Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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Met Holly last night at Boswell Books in Milwaukee and finished Queen of Nothing today on an airplane. It was a fast, satisfying read. I‘ve always loved Jude and Cardan, but the supporting characters shine too!

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I found a like new first edition copy of The Raven Boys at Half Price Books. This one has been on my radar for a while because I hear such great things about it. Well, it‘s reputation is well deserved. I loved this book and all the characters in it - Blue and her quirky family, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages way too late into the night. Highly recommend!!

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The Kingdom | Jess Rothenberg
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I loved this book! A quick, fascinating read. In the age of more and more talk of artificial intelligence, I can‘t help but imagine some version of this story could be a future reality. Ana is a fascinating lead character, and her world and her relationships with her sisters, are equal parts intriguing and creepy. If you‘re a Disney fan like me, you are sure to enjoy this book!

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I Hope You Get This Message | Farah Naz Rishi
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For much of this book, I did not like Jesse. I did, however, like Cate and Adeem, and in the end, Jesse grew on me. I give this one a solid 4 stars... an enjoyable read. Props to OwlCrate too for the lime green version of the dust jacket!

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Thank you so much, @Endowarrior21 - I could even fit everything in! Missing from this photo is a Frankenstein quote trinket plate, a book rating bookmark, and glow in the dark Halloween stickers. Thank you for such a fun and generous box!!

Thank you also to @sprainedbrain and @Meaw_catlady for organizing the #basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady Wow what a lovely collection of treasures! Bless Samhain! 🖤🎃 1mo
sprainedbrain WOW! What an awesome package! Happy Halloween to you! 🎃 1mo
Endowarrior21 Btw the Villains pouch has goodies in it too 🎃 @Kar2b (edited) 1mo
Kar2b @Endowarrior21 oh wow! Thank you!! 1mo
Endowarrior21 @Kar2b your welcome 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @Easytiger for the candy, confetti, tea and card. What a fun, festive package! I hope you have a wonderfully spooky Halloween! 🎃🦇🌗
#halloweencardswap

rather_be_reading LOVE it!! ☠ 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I feel very spoiled in the #halloweencardswap and see a peanut butter and chocolate food coma in my future! 😂

@Econaghan and @allureofbeauty Thank you for the lovely cards, candy, and homemade bookmarks!

@rather_be_reading Thank you for organizing the exchange.

🎃🎃🎃 HAPPY HALLOWEEN 🎃 🎃🎃

allureofbeauty I‘m so glad you like it 🎃👻 1mo
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Trick Or Treat! | Ann Braybrooks

My first #halloweencardswap and I‘m excited to open it! Thank you, @Econaghan 🎃

rather_be_reading yay! 🎃 1mo
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Trick Or Treat! | Ann Braybrooks
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My first #halloweencardswap and I‘m excited to open it! Thank you, @Econaghan 🎃

rather_be_reading yes! 🎃 1mo
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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Perfect read for Halloween. Creepy AF read... gave me strange dreams, but solidly written with strong female characters.

Am I the only one who heard Sean Connery‘s voice every time I read, “The Rock”? 🤣

Solid 4 stars from me.

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The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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I am surprised to see the lower reviews on this one. I‘m a big fan of Renee Ahdieh‘s writing, and The Beautiful was no exception. She shares that she was inspired by Ann Rice, and I think this story shares a similar lush atmosphere filled with mystery and intrigue. I really liked both Celine and Pippa who are strong females in a time when that was regarded negatively. I personally can not wait for the sequel!

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Haunted Mansion: The Junior Novelization | James Thomas, David Berenbaum
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All of my October packages are on the way for various exchanges. Happy Halloween! 👻 🎃 🦇

#halloweencardswap #basicwitchswap

TheBookKeepers That book sleeve is so cute! 2mo
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Kar2b @TheBookKeepers thank you! 2mo
rather_be_reading great job! 🎃 2mo
Endowarrior21 @Kar2b I got your package and I am apologizing now for your package being so heavy lol I truly hope you like what I got you. 🎃 2mo
Kar2b @Endowarrior21 I‘m sure that I will!! I hope you like yours as well! ❤️ 2mo
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Wicked Saints | Emily Duncan
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I wanted to like this, but I was just bored. I think it was pacing issues for me. Props for the cover art, though. It‘s stunning!

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This was another atmospheric, engaging read for me. I was intrigued by life on the island, the superstitions of its inhabitants, and the relationships between the sisters. It was lovely, sad and redeeming all in one.

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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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I loved this book! The perfect atmospheric read for October. Some gore and creepiness, but not overdone. I practically read in one sitting I was so enthralled!

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The Candy Shop War | Brandon Mull
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Couldn‘t resist signing up for this one to celebrate my favorite holiday!! #halloweencardswap

rather_be_reading yay! ty! 🎃 3mo
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#basicwitchswap

1- Green
2- Ace of cups
3- moon stone
4- too many to list!
5- stargazer lily
6- dark chocolate
7- lavender

@sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Endowarrior21 @Kar2b I tagged you in a post my dear if you could please and thank you read so I can know the answer 😁. 3mo
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Spin the Dawn | Elizabeth Lim
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My Labor Day weekend reads. I enjoyed them all, but Spin the Dawn was my favorite! Can‘t wait for the next book!!

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The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston
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#basicwitchswap

I love these short questionnaires!

1. Sage, lavender, sandalwood, vanilla
2. Popcorn, pretzels, ghiredelli dark chocolate
3. Potion bottles
4. Decorations, but I love all of it!

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Witchtown | Cory Putman Oakes
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#basicwitchswap #thisorthat

🌗Both - and hot chocolate!
🌗Fiction, fantasy preferred
🌗Light
🌗Dog
🌗Tarot
🌗Story
🌗Plants
🌗South

@sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

LeticiaToraci Tea, Fiction, Light, Cat, Tarot, Story, Plants, and South, it's usually warmer. 3mo
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I love Eleanor... and I felt so much while reading this book. I don‘t want to give anything away, but this is one I would recommend highly. It‘s beautifully told with memorable characters.

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The Blood Spell | C. J. Redwine
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This retelling of Cinderella is so good and while there are many nods to the original, it stands on its own. I sympathized with Blue throughout much of this book while also admiring how strong she is. Kellan was my favorite, though. We met him at the beginning of The Traitor Prince, and he grows so much in this story.

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The Traitor Prince | C. J. Redwine
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This was my favorite Ravenspire story of the four. I admired Javan‘s spirit and devotion to his god and his people. I loved Sajda for her fierceness and loyalty to those she cares for, and the world is so well described... I felt like I was in the arena with him. And, this cover is everything... actually, I love the book art in the entire series.

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The Wish Granter | C. J. Redwine
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Ari is the perfect heroine - confident, funny, intelligent, humble, thoughtful... I could go on. Needless to say, I REALLY liked her. I also loved her brother and Sebastian, and I will say the villain is this story well developed.

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The Shadow Queen | CJ Redwine
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Went on a reading spree this weekend and finished three of the Ravenspire novels: Shadow Queen, Wish Granter, and Traitor Prince. Traitor Prince was my favorite, but they were all fun reads!

Strong females, sweet romance, and a new twist on well loved stories. You can‘t go wrong with these if you enjoy fairytale retellings.

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The Beholder | Anna Bright
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I could not put this book down. Selah is a character with knowing. She and her crew were wonderful to follow, and I want the next book now! An exciting, engrossing fantasy... I highly recommend it.

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Dream a Little Dream | Kerstin Gier
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Kerstin Gier‘s Ruby Red trilogy is one of my favorites, so I was not surprised to find myself easier falling into the Silver trilogy. I read Dream a Little Dream in one night, staying up a bit too late to finish. Olivia, or Liv, and her sister Mia are very likeable characters. I also really love Grayson and Henry. Many laugh out loud moments. This is a 4.5 stars read for me!

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Super cute summer read! I really liked this one - the quirky characters and New York setting.

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Super cute summer read! I really liked this one - the quirky characters and New York setting.

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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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Another fabulous read from Margaret Roberson. I loved Isabel as a character, and Rook for his arrogance and sweetness combined. I find this to be among my favorite Fae stories.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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This reads like it could be the backstory for Monstrous Book of Monsters, and yet, it is uniquely its own tale. I loved it! Major book hangover!!

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I don‘t know why it took me so long to get to reading this one. I love Holly Black‘s books. I‘ve also always had a slight obsession with vampires. The world she creates could be ours - the characters are vivid and well developed. I loved Tana‘s bravery, and I really liked Gavriel, too. If you like a compelling vampire story, try this one!

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Caraval 3. Finale | Stephanie Garber
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For all the books I have read in my life, there are only a handful where I want to crawl through the pages and join that world. Caraval is one of them. Between Stephanie‘s beautiful prose which paints the scene to the magic, romance and mystery within... major book hangover. Like their covers, this series is simply stunning. #worldofcaraval #stephaniegarber

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The Red Scrolls of Magic | Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
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Feeding my shadowhunter habit one book at a time. 🤣😜

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INK1 | Alice Broadway
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And, here‘s the unwrapped everything! Love, love, LOVE it all! #makerswap

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 12mo
Avanders Yay!! I'm glad you like it!! 👏🏽👏🏽🥰🎄🎨💜💙 12mo
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INK1 | Alice Broadway
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Oh my gosh, Aletheia! I feel so spoiled. ❤️ This was my first #makerswap and you made it an AMAZING experience. Imagine my surprise when not 1, but 2 boxes showed up today from you!! I love the scarf you made me, I love the variety of craft and will have fun making them with my kids, and the books are spot on. Happy Holidays and thank you so much!

Avanders ♥️🎄♥️🎄🥰🥰🥰 12mo
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Part 2 of 2. Forgot to mention the hearts are for the books I‘m really anticipating! ❤️❤️❤️📚 @LibrarianRyan #40in2019TBR

And, happy, happy 40th birthday! 🎂

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhhhh 13mo
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This is part 1 of 2. My handwriting is not that small! @LibrarianRyan #40in2019TBR

LibrarianRyan Nice list!! 13mo
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I have a lot of respect for people who knit and crochet. I don‘t have the patience. Somewhat surprised sewing and quilting aren‘t on the list - I wish I was good at both! #makerswap

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The Lantern's Ember | Colleen Houck
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This was a very cute story that made my Halloween-loving heart happy. I found it very different from Colleen‘s other books, although it shares excellent world building. The steampunk tie-in was super fun, as were the references to traditional Halloween symbols and monsters.

The romance was innocent and sweet. This book is definitely appropriate for younger audiences of voracious readers. I fell for Ember and Jack, and I think you will, too.

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The Lantern's Ember | Colleen Houck
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Happy release day! I preordered this book back in February. Colleen is one of my favorite authors... she paints such a vivid picture in her books. I can‘t wait to dive into this Halloween read. 🎃

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The Lantern's Ember | Colleen Houck
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Colleen Houck always runs fun contests for her book launches. She has a “Dress this book” challenge on her blog for The Lantern‘s Ember.

I created this one in a gothic elegance motif. I love the shoes and the blood drip nails the most!

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The Lantern's Ember | Colleen Houck
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Colleen Houck always runs fun contests for her book launches. Often, she has “Dress this book” challenges. This was my recent creation, player by off the firefly glow on the cover. How fun would this outfit be for a night out?

In other news, cannot wait for this release!

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Royals | Rachel Hawkins
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Sometimes I just need a book for pure escapism and entertainment. Royals fit that bill nicely with a hilarious main character and a funny, interesting supporting cast. I laughed out loud at several points. It‘s not going to win any literary awards, but it sure is fun!

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Dangerous Creatures | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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Dollar Tree score today: Most of the stores near me don‘t have a great book selection, but the one by my work is a treasure trove!

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Binge read all three books this weekend. They were quick, fun reads. Looking forward to the movie coming to Netflix in August!

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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No... I want more!!! I‘m so enchanted with Caraval, Legend, the Dragna sisters, and EVERYTHING in the world Stephanie Garber has created. The book was a fast and fun read—I couldn‘t put it down! I want my invitation to Caraval, if for nothing else than to wear those killer dresses and become steeped in the imagery Garber so deftly describes. Caraval was my favorite read of 2017, and so far, Legendary is my favorite in 2018. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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Two of the most gorgeous book covers, IMHO. I can‘t wait to dive into Legendary! Caraval was one of my favorite reads last year.

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Hero at the Fall | Alwyn Hamilton
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Such an amazing end to this trilogy. I love Amani, Jin, Ahmed, Shazad, Sam, and the other rebels. The story had a non-stop pace. Magic, intrigue, romance... I highly recommend these books to any fantasy reader.

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Mehso-so

There are some shiny moments in this book. Funny and memorable, but overall, I feel many sections slow the story. I struggled to finish, but pushed through.

I like Aru‘s outgoing personality, and Mini balances her well with her brainy and hypochondriac style. I also love learning about Hindu gods and myths.

For me, it‘s a solid 3 stars. I liked it, but didn‘t love it. At this point, I don‘t see myself continuing the series.