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Lauranahe

Lauranahe

Joined January 2019

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Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop
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Mehso-so

I read this whole series when I was a kid. I remember it being light, full of puns, with a lot of emphasis on centaur boobs. I clearly did not remember this first book. It was problematic on so many levels: sexism, sexism, and...some more sexism. Piers Anthony makes it clear women are objects. I‘m going to keep reading the series and see if it gets better. It has to, right? I‘d remember if it stayed this bad, right?

RamsFan1963 This is why I don't reread books. I loved the first 3 Xanth books, I was 14 and just the right age for the puns and silliness. I know if I read them again, now at 56, it would only tarnish my memories of the pleasure I had reading them the first time. 5d
Lauranahe I kind of wish I hadn‘t reread it. But now I feel like I have to keep going. If I stop now, the series is ruined. If it gets better, maybe I‘ll feel better? I don‘t know. 2d
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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Mehso-so

So. I have mixed feelings. I was married to an abusive man, and I experienced many of the things that Richard does in the book. My ex married again, but I was too afraid of him to try to save the girl. Fortunately, she got away from him also, and is now happily remarried. Having said that, I didn‘t find the book super tense or triggering. The first twist came halfway thru; the end of the book was too improbable. So 🤷‍♀️

BarbaraBB It must have been a hard read for you, confronting to say the least. It was a so-so for me too 2w
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I really liked this book. I had never heard of the Alice network, so that was interesting to read about. I liked the woven storylines from 1915 and 1947, bringing together the shared tragedies from both wars. And I really appreciated the author‘s explaining after what was real and what wasn‘t, giving more facts, and printing letters from the actual people.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! After I read this, I realized how much I like historical fiction. 3w
Jeannineth This book has stayed with me since I read it. I wonder if given similar circumstances, would I rise to the level of bravery these characters exhibit. 3w
Lauranahe I‘ve wondered that too. I don‘t know if I would have been brave enough; these women were amazing. And I really like historical fiction! One of my favs is a book called Fever, about Typhoid Mary. So interesting. 3w
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Twisted Twenty-Six | Janet Evanovich
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GUYS. I met Janet Evanovich tonight!! She talked about her new book and all sorts of hilarity ensued. She‘s amazing.

vivastory Looks like a fun event 1mo
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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I. Loved. This. Book. It was very hard to read at times; the author writes of her traumatic childhood very straight-forward and unapologetically. It reminded me a lot of Educated, and it blows my mind that people can suffer like that and come out the other side.

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I finally finished it!! I feel like I was reading it for years. That was a lot, and could have easily been broken up into two novels. I have lots of thoughts, but not enough space on here to do it. In brief, it was good, dark, violent, complicated, not very stressful, and long. Whew.

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Lauranahe
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Y‘all, this book is taking FOREVER. Meanwhile books keep coming in from the library, and they‘re piling up! I have 150 pages left. Let‘s do this!

Hazel2019 I‘m in the same boat with 1Q84! I love the book but it‘s 950 pages!!!! 📖 😬 2mo
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Halloween | Laura Marsh

Is it too late to join the #scarathlon?? Why didn‘t I see it before? 😭

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Y‘all, this book is massive. I thought I put the ebook on hold at the library, but I put the physical copy. Which is normally fine, but this is HUGE. So yeah, I‘ll probably be in the ER with a broken nose or a fractured jaw soon.
Nurse: what happened?
Me: I tried to read in bed.

RaimeyGallant Nurse: Were you reading an anvil? 2mo
Lauranahe Me: I mean, pretty much... (edited) 2mo
Caroline2 😆 2mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Well this was a sad, emotional read. Sadie is on the hunt for the man who killed her little sister. The story is told from Sadie‘s point of view, in the past, and a present day podcast. It was interesting going back and forth between a first person narrative and interviews; I hear if you listen the audiobook the podcast parts sound like an actual podcast.

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I Hunt Killers | Barry Lyga
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Y‘all, I liked it. Granted, I read a lot of true crime and watch a lot of horror movies, so I kind of had to like it. Jazz is the son of the most notorious modern serial killer Billy Dent. When murders start happening again in his small town, jazz wants to prove to himself he‘s not like his dad and save the lives of future victims.

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Contagion | Teri Terry
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I enjoyed this book, though it was pretty predictable. After a science experiment goes wrong, and epidemic breaks out in Scotland. We follow the adventure of a survivor of the disease, a ghost, and the ghost‘s brother. It‘s the first in a new series called The Dark Matter trilogy. I‘m not in a rush for the next book to come out, but if I remember to I would read the next book.

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Mehso-so

Well. This was quite the ending to the trilogy. Still confused about some things, but it ended well. This is definitely a bonkers trilogy.

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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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I enjoyed this! It was quick, fairly predictable, but a fun murder-mystery. A couple bored in the suburbs turn to murder to spice up their marriage...but that never goes as planned, does it??

Cathythoughts A good read 4mo
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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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I LOVED THIS BOOK. So much. IRL, Eliza Mirk is a super awkward and shy high school senior. But she also happens to make the most successful web comic—anonymously. Then she meets a boy, and things happen, and teenagers and coming of age and mental health issues and all the things. I very highly recommend this!!

Johanna414 One of my favorites! 4mo
Lauranahe It was so good. I‘m having my teen read it now. 4mo
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I went into this not sure if I‘d like it, even though I‘m a fan of their podcast. But you know what? Loved it. They have some great insights and I enjoyed their personal life stories. SSDGM!!

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Royally Endowed | Emma Chase
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This was a fun sexy-times book. Sister of a princess and the royal bodyguard. That‘s really all you need to know.

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I loved this book! I‘ve read about the London smog in 1952, but it‘s still fascinating. Add in an active serial killer during that time, and you‘ve got a great (tho horrific) read. I had a hard time putting it down. Even the politics was interesting!

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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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This was a super-cute fun read while on vacation. Lincoln works in IT, and has to read office emails that get flagged. He reads an exchange between Beth and her friend, and instead of reporting it, he reads more, and more, and starts to fall for Beth. Who also happens to maybe have a crush on him...

LoveToReadLiveToRead Aww, this one was really cute, I think it started my love for Rainbow Rowell! 4mo
Lauranahe Fangirl was my first by her, and I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read since. 4mo
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This was super interesting, tho possibly the shortest true-crime book I‘ve ever read. Alice is a young woman in Victorian-era Memphis, TN, who murders her ex-fiancée Freda out of love and jealousy. Their story as lovers and the political/social beliefs of the time were fascinating, and being from Memphis, it was fun to read about local history.

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Loved it! Prince and the pauper with a fangirl and a movie star. I didn‘t read the first book, geekerella. It was fine, but I didn‘t know some of what they were talking about. Plot wise it was ok. It‘s super fun, lots of pop culture references for a nerd like me!

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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Loved it. The story is a spin-off from the author‘s book Fangirl, giving Simon Snow his own story. There is magic, vampires, spells, pixies, merwolves...everything! It‘s a quick read, super fun, and I‘m looking forward to reading the next one!

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Mehso-so

I didn‘t make it to the end. It‘s a fascinating story, but the last 100 pages got more political than true-crime (which is what I was interested in). I wish the trial itself had taken up much more than one chapter.

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Carrow Haunt | Darcy Coates
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This was a quick read. Not very scary, fairly typical haunted story. Still fun tho, especially the last 60 pages or so. Remy is a tour guide at a haunted house. She‘s asked to join a group attempting to stay at the house for 2 weeks; can it be done??

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Ticktock: A Novel | Dean Koontz
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This was fair Koontz. Not the best I‘ve read by him, but not the worst (I‘m looking at you, Forever Odd). Tommy opens his door to find a rag doll, which he brings into his house. Only it‘s not just a doll, is it? The book had some creepy moments, but it was more of a fun supernatural romp. I laughed out loud several times. Quick read, would recommend for lighter fare.

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Alril@May becomes a national celebrity after uploading the first YouTube video of an alien statue she found, which she called Carl. It‘s a super fast read filled with pop culture, and apparently the first in a series. Because the ending was not closure and I need more!

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Alril@May becomes a national celebrity after uploading the first YouTube video of an alien statue she found, which she called Carl. It‘s a super fast read filled with pop culture, and apparently the first in a series. Because the ending was not closure and I need more!

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Play | Kylie Scott
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Loved. It. Gorgeous rock star, Stephanie plum-esque girl, lots of stuff happens. What‘s not to love? I calls adult romance books I read my “sexy times books,” and this was definitely a sexy time. All the thumbs (and other things) up!

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Good grief this was long winded. Hodel provides a lot of circumstantial evidence that his dad is the black dahlia killer, but claims all the evidence is irrefutable. 🤷‍♀️ Also, he thinks very highly of himself. I say if you‘re interesting, read maybe the first half, then chapter 33, which is a summary of the whole book. Otherwise, pass.

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Well. I‘m not quite sure what I think of this trilogy yet, even though this is the second book. It continues the story of the characters from the first book, but several years later. A bizarre amalgamation of magic, darkness, child sexual abuse and rape, fantastical creatures (unicorns, dragons, etc) and toxic masculinity. But there is something compelling about the story, and I will finish the trilogy.

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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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Finn and Layla go for a drive, and at a rest stop Layla disappears. 12 years later, Finn is engaged to Layla‘s sister Ellen...and pieces of his past with Layla start popping up.
Super quick read, fairly predictable, not realistic. But fun for what it was!

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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
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I LOVED this book! Great score-fi story about a guy with a pretty awesome brain who investigates a secret project that has supposedly created a teleportation door. It was a fun mystery, definitely creepy parts (which, come on, when you open a door to anywhere, you can go out, but others can come in, amiright?). Great suspense, loved all of it. My husband is reading it now, and I‘ve convinced my book club to read it this summer. Thanks @Avanders

RamsFan1963 I have this on my TBR shelves. I'm glad it's a good read, I was unimpressed with his book Ex-Heroes 7mo
Avanders Yay I‘m glad you liked it! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 it‘s one of my favorite new sci-fi reads ☺️ @RamsFan1963 I‘d still give it a shot — I was also unimpressed with Ex-Heroes ... 🤷🏽‍♀️ 7mo
Lauranahe I though ex heroes was good. Like it was a fun, quick read. But I only read the first one, and none of the rest, so...🤷‍♀️. But the fold is soooo good! I‘m excited for my book club ladies to read it; it‘s our July book. 7mo
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Daughter of the Blood | Anne Bishop
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So. I was given this book (and its next two) by a friend. I had no idea what it expect, and what I got was...interesting. Darkness. Magic. Mentions of unicorns and dragons (maybe they come in later books?). Rape (men and women and children). Child abuse. Pedophilia. A dude named Satan (I mean, it‘s spelled saetan, but come on). Despite all that, I‘m intrigued. The world building was cool, though confusing, and I love the darkness of it. We‘ll see!

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Daughter of the Blood | Anne Bishop
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So. I was given this book (and its next two) by a friend. I had no idea what it expect, and what I got was...interesting. Darkness. Magic. Mentions of unicorns and dragons (maybe they come in later books?). Rape (men and women and children). Child abuse. Pedophilia. A dude named Satan (I mean, it‘s spelled saetan, but come on). Despite all that, I‘m intrigued. The world building was cool, though confusing, and I love the darkness of it. We‘ll see!

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Which Witch? | Eva Ibbotson
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Arriman is a powerful black wizard who‘s decided he needs to get married. Belladonna is a good witch who wants to be bad, but can she stop conjuring flowers and baby animals to become dark?
This was a super cute book. It definitely has a dark streak in it! All the characters are fun, and I love that her name is belladonna (I see you, poison plant!). I laughed out loud a few times, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very quick read.

Lauranahe @Avanders ☺️ 7mo
Avanders 🥰😍♥️♥️ 7mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Well. This was interesting. A woman accused of murdering her husband hasn‘t spoken in 6 years, and a psychotherapist decides to treat her. Can he uncover her secrets? It‘s a quick read, otherwise I don‘t think the twist at the end would have been worth the wait. It was fun tho, and I was totally wrong about the twist!

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A group of new moms go out for a girls night; after, one of their babies is missing. The story reminds me a lot of leane moriarty, and has plenty of twists. Tbh, I did not see the end coming, even if it was pretty outlandish. Still a quick and fun read.

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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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Thanks so much to @MyBookSwapClub for the #scififantasyswap! I‘ve already started one of the books, and some of the chocolate has somehow disappeared...😳🤷‍♀️😋 Love book swaps! #sffs. And thanks to @Avanders for setting this up! Sorry this is so late!

MyBookSwapClub My pleasure :) xoxo 8mo
Avanders 😘🥰💗 8mo
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I tend to forget between red rising books what happened before, so I have to read summaries. This book took that to a whole other level, with new characters and multiple points of view. Still, it was fantastic and I loved it. I loved seeing points of view other than Darrow‘s. (I do think maybe I need to start taking notes! It‘s like Wheel of Time-type dense). Can‘t wait for the next one!

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So excited for the #SciFiFantasySwap! Thanks @Avanders for organizing it! @MyBookSwapClub #SFFS

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽😄 8mo
MyBookSwapClub I'm glad you received both packages :) enjoy :) 8mo
Avanders Hi! I‘m hoping you can post a pic of the #SFFS package you received from Rina — I‘m sure she would appreciate seeing your thoughts! 😘♥️ 8mo
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I find diseases fascinating. So I was excited to read about the 1854 cholera outbreak in London, of which I knew only a little. The book delivered on teaching me about cholera, the history of it, the outbreak, how it was discovered that it‘s waterborne, and how it impacted the world. However, I did skim the last 75 pages or so, which seemed like a looooong essay on modern shanty towns and how mega cities are changing the world.

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Fat Girl on a Plane | Kelly Devos
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I really liked this quick read. Cookie is a girl who dealt with life as a cat girl; 2 years later she is thin, but life isn‘t better. I‘m glad this wasn‘t a fat-to-thin Cinderella story, and I like how things ended up with her men (I was gonna be so mad if things had gone differently!)

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Super Sad True Love Story | Gary Shteyngart
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The story is in the not-too-distant future, and America is on the brink of dying. The book seemed like it would be poignant and funny and sad. I guess it was, but it was also disappointing. I had to work to finish it. It wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t great...

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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LOVED IT. This a memoir. Tara was raised by a father who didn‘t believe in public education, or anything dealing with the gov‘t or medicine. She manages to leave her home and make her way to a doctorate degree. It‘s a fascinating story, at times difficult to read as it deals with mental illness and abuse. And as an ex-Mormon, I found myself reflecting a lot on my own transition out of the faith and finding my own mind.

Jeannineth This is definitely going to be on my top books of the year list. Tara is a resilient compassionate heroine in this story. It has been with me for a couple of months and I still reflect on her character. Outstanding! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 9mo
Lauranahe I think it‘s going to be with me for a while. I read it for my book club, and the meeting for it is next month. To make it more interesting, everyone but me and one other girl are Mormon. Should make for a fascinating discussion! (Both me and the other girl are ex-Mormon) 9mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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1. I‘m doing a sci-fi book swap!
2. I had a conversation about the best erotica/mommy porn at my son‘s bday party. The kids were playing, and the moms were talking! Probably too loud, but whatevs. We had fun.
3. Then his shoulders dropped, face relaxed and he looked up; it seemed to me that he‘d stepped out of himself.
4. @Lauren4181 #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 💗💗 9mo
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This is so fascinating! I had never heard of Vacher, the serial killer. It felt a little like reading an Erik Larson book; chapters alternated between vacher and the how the birth of modern forensics in turn-of-the-century France helped catch him. It was so cool reading about the history of forensics. I highly recommend this to any true-crime fan!

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I didn‘t like it. I have problems with the storyline, it made me angry, and I don‘t recommend it. I can‘t say more than that unless I put spoilers; I‘m sorry!

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Her Name Was Rose | Claire Allan
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I liked it. I didn‘t like any of the characters, and having been married once to an abusive man I found parts of it sad and angering. But it was a quick read that kept me wanting to know what happens, and the end was satisfying.

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Allegedly | Tiffany D Jackson
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I loved this book. I had a hard time putting in down; I wanted to know the ending like NOW. But I have to say, it did NOT go where I thought it would! I thought all the characters were compelling and well thought-out. I caught some of the hints that lead to the ending, like puzzle pieces, and wasn‘t sure how they‘d fit together. The ending could have been fleshed out a bit more, but I was left fairly satisfied.

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker, JD Barker
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LOVED IT. I never cared for the original Dracula, but this was great. My only complaint was how often Matilda screamed; it seemed to go against her character. Otherwise, I absolutely recommend this book!