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Lauranahe

Lauranahe

Joined January 2019

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These Women | Ivy Pochoda
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I really liked this book. I was invested in to the story from the beginning; Murder, women not being believed, detective work…it has everything. I will say the book description gave too much away, and I figured out the end because of it pretty early on. So maybe don‘t read the description, and go in knowing it‘s about sex workers being killed and the female detective trying to solve it, delivered from 6 points of view.

magyklyXdelish I agree! The description gave it away!!! 1w
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Luna | Julie Anne Peters
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I got through this book super fast. Published in 2004, it tells the story of a transgender youth, but from the perspective of the sister. There‘s language that‘s outdated (G-girl instead of cisgender, for example), but the struggle is real. It‘s emotional and frustrating, and I‘m grateful things are somewhat better today. At least we have better terms.

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I initially picked up this book thinking it was more of a sexy-times story. Wasn‘t very much of that, but I got sucked into the story, of two kingdoms and magic and werewolves and vampires and sword fighting and on and on. Will absolutely be reading the next one!

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I‘m always down for some (semi) unreliable narrators. Paul goes back to his hometown to visit his dying mother, a town where he was a part of a horrific murder 25 years before. The murderer disappeared, and now there‘s a copycat. There are some twists I didn‘t see coming, and while the ending wasn‘t super climatic, I enjoyed the book overall. Also, the detective is named Amanda, and she‘s a badass, as all of us Amanda‘s are!

vivastory I really liked this one 3w
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The Orphan Collector | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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This was a doozy. I almost stopped a couple times because it got me so down. During the flu epidemic in Philadelphia, we follow two main characters: Pia, a German immigrant girl, and Bernice, a woman who takes children (often orphans) and sells them off. It‘s heartbreaking, and harder I think now with our own pandemic. Fortunately it ended well (well enough, anyway), and I would recommend.

Reggie Yikes- the selling of children. 1mo
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You Will Remember Me: A Novel | Hannah Mary McKinnon
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Ooh, this was FUN! I wanted to know everything from the beginning, so I read it quickly! Jack/Asher wakes up on a beach with no memory of what happened. Who is he? And who can he trust: lily, the woman who claims to be his girlfriend, or maya, who‘s his stepsister? Mystery and murder! And an intense, crazy ending. Thanks for picking this for #lmpbc!

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Fortune and Glory: A Novel | Janet Evanovich
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Ah Stephanie Plum. The perfect palette cleanser! Did not disappoint, and I enjoyed the addition of Potts.

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Dark Tide, The | Alicia Jasinska
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Sooo…not my favorite. The MC‘s decisions were very frustrating, as were some plot holes. The concept is awesome (witches, island slowly sinking into the see, magic, sea serpents), but it fell real flat for me. The only character I felt was compelling at all was the Witch Queen.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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This was interesting. I enjoyed the emphasis on reading and how much it impacts people. The emphasis on being white made me a little uncomfortable, and I felt the racial slurs at the end were unnecessary. I also felt like the ending was a lot in very few pages, very rushed. But the true stories behind this are fascinating (blue people, book women).

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This was a wild ride. What happens to the final girls when the movie ends? Well, here it is. I actually didn‘t like our narrator, but I think maybe we weren‘t supposed to? She was so damaged. But I loved the subversive jokes: the characters names corresponded to the actors who played the final girl in the real movie (ex: Adrienne‘s story is Friday the 13th, starring Adrienne King). It was fun figuring out which movie each girl was. (Cont…)

Lauranahe The twists were fun and very on point, and the chapter titles had me giggling the whole time. I‘ve seen all the movie referenced in the book; I love horror and I love slashers in particular. Not knowing if the narrator was reliable or not was…interesting. I definitely liked Horrorstor much more. 2mo
Lauranahe I also don‘t know how I feel about a man writing about feminist issues. 2mo
Reggie Sooooooooo I‘m with you kind of in a weird way…… have you ever seen a Pedro Almodovar movie? He‘s a Spanish movie director and there‘s some movies he‘s made that have nothing to do but spotlighting a woman‘s experience. In an interview he said he was raised by this big family of women and remembers fondly all the love that came from them. And you can see it in his movies. And I also think that‘s where Grady comes from because in some of his 👇🏼 2mo
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Reggie interviews on the Southern Book Club he talks about his mother in a very loving way which in a way I think he writes these books as a tribute to the strength of women and not so much a “look at me I‘m putting my hand down to bring women up” kind of way. And it‘s a phenomenon going on in horror where some of the best stories about female friendship are being written by men. For example-Paul Tremblay‘s Survivor Song. 2mo
Reggie But I‘m a guy so who knows what‘s real. lol but thanks for letting me throw it out there. 2mo
Lauranahe I think it was more the way it was written about. At times I felt like I was being lectured to, especially with how women are treated in horror films. But I‘m sure I‘m not the one Grady is trying to make a point to. And while I would agree that for a while violence to women drove the genre, I would argue that films/stories in general treat women like objects. 2mo
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I really liked this! I was so involved in the story that I didn‘t mark it up much. 😔 I‘d read a bunch of Ives then realize I hadn‘t stopped to do anything, much less write anything. It‘s a story of twin sisters and their lives as they make choices and live with the consequences over several decades. Very moving and thought provoking. #lmpbc

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The Dead and the Dark | Courtney Gould
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Loved it! Teens, friends of Ashley, are going missing in a small town; her boyfriend is the first to go. Is it a supernatural presence? Why can she see ghosts? And then Logan comes into to town with her two dads, hosts of a popular ghost hunting show, and things get even crazier. Especially when sparks fly between Ashley and Logan. It‘s a horror/thriller novel, with a bit of romance. Lgbtq YA. Highly recommend! @Endowarrior21 @HWarren

Lauranahe Also the cover art is BEAUTIFUL. 2mo
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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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I LOVED this. It‘s about an IKEA-like store that some employees learn is haunted. I know it‘s a little gimmicky, but I adore how the book looks like an ikea catalog. I love how each chapter starts with a different piece of furniture, and they become more sinister as the story goes on. I love how some of the furniture titles mean something (Drittsekk is Norwegian for sh*t bag). Sooooo much fun!

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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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This was so fun! It was written like it was a true crime book, complete with pics. Think Ann Rule, but fiction. And I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong, and I loved that. Two thumbs up!

magyklyXdelish That looks fun! 2mo
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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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Here are some picks I‘m looking at for #lmpbc #round013. What do y‘all think??

Endowarrior21 All those look great and it looks like its just the two of us so do you want to do a different book each month or wait and see if another person joins? 3mo
HWarren I am in! 3mo
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Lauranahe We‘re group N 3mo
Lauranahe Im going to go with the dead and the dark! 2mo
HWarren Ok. Sorry new to this. I am going with Luna. 2mo
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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Y‘ALL! I got the best #hauntedhollowswap!! 3 books, and so many things I couldn‘t get a good pic with them all in it. Thank you so much @Graciouswarriorprincess !! (Horrorstor is on my tbr list, and the book is so cool; it looks like an IKEA catalog on the inside!) AND mini waffle maker that makes the waffles into spider web shapes. 😃🕸

wanderinglynn That waffle maker! 😍 Great box! 🎃🧡 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess So glad that you liked everything! It was fun putting it together!! 3mo
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Love Is Love | Phil Jimenez
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Hey! We need one more person in Group N for #lmpbc #round013! YA books with lgbtq+ main characters. Come join us!

suvata If you can‘t get a fourth person then you can do it with just three people and skip a month. I‘ll wait until tomorrow and if another person doesn‘t sign up then I will send y‘all the contact information for your group. 3mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This was a page-turner! It was suspenseful, and it made me uncomfortable; gave me Get Out vibes. And as a white woman who knows nothing about Black hair, I learned some things about hair care. Can Jordan Peele go ahead and make this into a movie??

babyruth2510 It would make a good movie. I agree with it having Get Out vibes 3mo
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I got real worked up over this one y‘all! It‘s a historical fiction, based on the real-life crime story of Grace Marks. But oof marrón the sexism in the 1800s…and always…Fascinating read, if a little long.

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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I got my package today!! How am I supposed to wait until Halloween?!?! Thank you @Graciouswarriorprincess !!! #HHS

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Hurray!!! I hope that you enjoy it!! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Lauranahe I hope that you liked your package! 3mo
Lauranahe I love it so much! Thank you!! ☺️☺️ 3mo
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Finally got my package out! I was waiting for a book to come to put in it, but when I checked turns out I didn‘t order it…🤦‍♀️ Buuut I got what I needed at the store and got to the post office this afternoon! #HHS #HHS21 @wanderinglynn Happy Haunting!!

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
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Ooh I loved it! Some of the stories were horror, some…not so much. What an amazing group of short stories; I think Pop Art and You Will Hear the Locust Sing are my favorites. But honestly, all of them have that something that make each stand out in its own way.

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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Interesting book. I enjoyed the “things in the woods” trope, and I love dogs. Always appreciate a dog. And the inclusion of the diary from The White People by Arthur Machen was fun, though…kind of weird. The story didn‘t take me where I thought it would go, but I liked the humor throughout and the few parts that were actually spooky.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Loved this! It had me hooked from the very beginning. Darby finds herself stranded at a rest stop during a blizzard with a group of strangers…and a little girl in a cage in the back of someone‘s van. Who can she trust? By the last 100 pages, I just admitted nothing else was getting done and I hunkered down to read til the end. Definitely a fun suspense!

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Love Bites | Cynthia St. Aubin
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This was super fun! Quick read, laugh out loud funny. Could‘ve used more sexy times…also, I went into this thinking it was about a vampire, and it‘s about a werewolf. 🤦‍♀️

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I really liked this! I feel like it‘s kind of a comedy of errors, maybe like Big Trouble with Tim Allen. Lots of people connected in various ways with comedy and misunderstandings and misdirections. BUT under the silliness was a lot of truth and heaviness; I got emotional several times. I also read quite a few passages out loud to my husband, like “it‘s so true!” @magyklyXdelish @babyruth2510 @Bookish_AF

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Untitled | Unknown
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These are some of the books/authors I‘ve read that I liked, and an idea of the horror I read. Honestly, I read everything. True crime, slasher, ghosts, psychological…I love it all! Hope this helps my match for #HauntedHollowSwap! I also updated my tbr list on here with some more horror books I‘d like to read. I‘m up for anything! @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🙌🏻🖤 4mo
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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I love this world so much!! And this book did not disappoint. Though nothing with Kaz in it would disappoint (I hope). Does anyone pretend they‘re not so young, that they‘re really maybe mid-twenties?? Because that makes me feel better about having a crush on Kaz.

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I think the best word for this was Fine. It was fine. It was beautifully written, and I enjoyed it for what it was. I struggled to really want to pick it up and read it, so it took me longer than normal than get through it. For kids, I would say absolutely read it. For me…meh. I did, however, LOVE Fyrian.

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Oh, well, interesting book. I‘ve read it before, but didn‘t remember much. I think this maaaaay be a time when the movie is scarier than the book…also, the amount of times a character says “oh, well, …” was very distracting.

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"D" is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton
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Another fun Sue Grafton book! Not much to say, except she keeps ya guessing.

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Well…hm. Not sure how I feel about this. It‘s written in second person, so that threw me off a little. Most of it is pretty predictable, but the second person…I don‘t know. The main character was overly affectionate to her daughter. I mean, I get why, and I have kids and I loved to touch them and smell them and hold them when they were little. This was a lot tho. Kind of interesting, would not recommend.

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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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I mean, it‘s literally killer clowns in a cornfield, so…🤷‍♀️ Fun slasher, unnecessary commentary on society. When the phrase “make kettle springs great again” I had to go chase my rolling eyeballs down the hallway. The author isn‘t wrong, it‘s just a bit heavy handed. Take that out, and the gore is fun. Would see this movie.

Bianca 🤣😂 6mo
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Y‘all this was AMAZING. It was just…so good. I remember this storm, since I lived in Memphis when it hit. We didn‘t get nearly the tornadoes that Alabama did, but we got some PLUS the Mississippi River flooded part of our downtown. The first half of the book is buildup and the storm; I learned a lot! Second half is recovery and aftermath. I cried several times and had to put the book down for a while. Read it!!

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Y‘all i loved this SO MUCH. I think I might like it better than shadow and bone, but I‘ll reserve final judgement until after I finish this trilogy. Also, KAZ. Any guy who has a pimp cane wins my love (I‘m looking at you, Brooklyn!)

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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Second time reading this, and was surprised at everything all over again. I love haunted house books, and this gave me that with some nice twists.

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Warbreaker | Brandon Sanderson
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I love this so much! The magic in this story is so unique, and I love that it‘s a commodity anyone can use instead of something inherited genetically. And there are some awesome characters. I‘m very satisfied with the ending, but I hope Sanderson hurries up and writes a sequel!

BehindthePages I read this so long, all I remember is I loved the sword! 7mo
Lauranahe The sword was so cool! Sanderson has said several times he‘s planning a sequel, called Nightblood. I hope he does it! 7mo
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Mosquito Man | Jeremy Bates
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This. Was. Awful. I stuck with it because it was short, and I wanted to know how it ended. But it was not good. Two of the four main characters were 5 yr old kids, and I‘d bet anything the author has never actually been around a child that age. Or close to that age. All the characters were poorly written, the pacing was bad, the storyline went all over the place. Don‘t do it y‘all. And, no idea why there‘s a bird on the cover; no birds in the book

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I loved this trilogy. I think the only thing I wanted but didn‘t get was Alina being with Nikolai…I really like him. And I don‘t like Mal. But otherwise I loved it! Even Zoya, who grew on me. (But like seriously, how could she resist Nikolai??)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I was rooting for Nikolai too. 8mo
BooksChocolatesCoffees @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Me too! It was either Nikolai or the Darkling. 7mo
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The Perfect Couple | Elin Hilderbrand
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Another fun read, a murder-mystery. Celeste and Benji are supposed to marry, but the maid of honor is found dead that morning. What happened? I did not figure out the ending until the ending happened, which was explained in the last 2 or 3 pages. I would‘ve liked a little more, just to wrap a few things up. But overall I‘d recommend!

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This was a hard read. Violence against children is so difficult and heartbreaking, and Ann Rule has a knack for letting you get attached to victims before they die. It does keep their memories alive and bring justice and humanity to them, but it hurts also. I cannot fathom what this father went through. This was a devastating story.

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Dont Move | James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
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Oh my goodness this was so much fun. Giant arachnid. Douchy dude-bros. Bad-ass woman. The VASTNESS of the forest. Thrills. Chills. And an amazing ending that had me laughing out loud. @magyklyXdelish @Bookish_AF @babyruth2510 (my dog Nash says Hi)

magyklyXdelish Yay! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 8mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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I LOVED this book! So much better than the first. I loved the new characters, especially Nikolai. Cant wait to read the third!

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Confession. I watched the show first, loved it, and decided to read the book. First thing I noticed was the Crow characters were missing; gave it a goog, turns out they have their own trilogy. But they were my favs from the show! Other than that, I enjoyed the book, BUT I liked the show more. Mal is waaaaay better on the show. But I want to know what happens next, so I‘ll keep on reading!

JillsBookshelf Definitely check out Six of Crows if you can. It‘s so so good! 8mo
Lauranahe I plan to read it when I‘m done with this trilogy! 8mo
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Hm. I was in and out with this one. Sometimes I liked it, sometimes I was bored. I did like the subplot about the dude with the foot fungus, but I didn‘t like the sheriff‘s name sometimes spelled like Louden and sometimes like Loudon. It took me out of the story, as I grumbled about spell-checking and editing. I also didn‘t much like any of the characters, so I had no feelings about their ultimate fates. Overall, a disappointment. I‘m sorry. 😔

MayJasper Helpful, thanks 9mo
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Swan Song | Robert R. McCammon
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This. Was. Amazing. I loved every second of it, and I think that‘s the fastest I‘ve ever read such a long book. Apocalypse, evil men, kind-of magic, redemption, fights for survival...I can‘t believe I‘ve never read this until now. I absolutely recommend it!

TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 9mo
candority It‘s so good! 9mo
Bookish_AF I just finished this as well! I also loved it 9mo
Reggie I say this a lot about this book. It‘s been over 20 years and the part that I remember that freaks me out is when the Devil guy is maniacally laughing in the movie theatre watching Faces of Death while his face morphs into the people who look like they just happened to be at the accident but actually caused it. And the Kmart scene. I need to reread this. Glad you liked it. 9mo
Lauranahe I found all the keloids so gross. Every time they cracked open, foe some reason, it just really, really grossed me out. The sound of the cracking, the pieces scattered around...yikes. But what was underneath was fascinating! 9mo
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His and Hers | Alice Feeney
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This was a super fun book! There are three narrators—him, her, and someone we don‘t figure out til the end. A murder mystery with a twist! I could not put it down during the last 100 pages; I had to sit and finish it.

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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So...I was in until the end. It‘s a typical thriller à la gone girl or big little lies, but then the end...ruined it for me. I‘ll give it a so-so for the mystery built until then.

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I‘ve read these before, but I was a while ago, so it felt like I was reading them for the first time. Classic Clive Barker: twisted stories, gore, sometimes the bad guy wins, usually thought-provoking. Loved the stories! Well, most of them. A few were meh, but isn‘t that the way of short-story collections?

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Well, I‘m out. I made it to the halfway point, but I‘m done. I felt like I was reading someone‘s college thesis. I think seducing was mentioned once, in a paragraph, and there was some killing nazis. But it was very clinical, rushed through the story, no suspense. I think I could find a better story on Wikipedia.