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NicoleCeBallos

NicoleCeBallos

Joined October 2016

Librarian. Reader. Lover of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, dinos, and space.
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Re-reading this world before the Netflix show comes out. She's my favorite YA author.

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Jade War | Fonda Lee
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I really liked Jade City and was excited to read the sequel! It dragged in some places, but overall was worth the wait!

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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I really liked this book! Four horror writers agree to do an interview in a haunted house, but the house needs its legend to grow, so it takes matters into its own hands. It was very much a tribute to the genre and kept me entertained. #horror

vivastory I used to live directly across from the library they meet at in the beginning of the book. 1mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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"If you leave a door half open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken."

This book was so good and I flew through it. The hype for it was real. #spooky #thriller #ghosts

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A Mayan Death God and a heroine go on a quest to restore his throne and save the world? Yes, please! It was great!!

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Turf Wars Library Edition | Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
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Team Avatar is back! I love everything to do with the Avatar world!!!

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This was just an okay read. Some parts were interesting, but I didn't understand why some of the chapters were in there.

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This was an entertaining read! At first you don't know if the apartment is haunted or not. There's so many details and history on the apartment that ot feels like one of the main characters. I definitely recommend this.

xxjenadanxx I'm seventh in line for this one at my library! Hopefully those people read fast! 2mo
NicoleCeBallos @xxjenadanxx have you got it yet? 2mo
xxjenadanxx @NicoleCeBallos nope 😭😭😭 still 3 people ahead of me! 2mo
xxjenadanxx @NicoleCeBallos there were 7 ahead of me originally so fingers crossed they hurry up and get done! 2mo
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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This was fantastic!!! We read it for our book club and I loved it! It's the perfect kooky coming of age story.

Aims42 Ooo i bought this at a used book sale a few months ago, been saving it for October 🕸🕷🦇👻 3mo
Jesstifies I LOVED THIS SO MUCH too. Loved that it was inspired by Jungle Book too. 3mo
Sweetkokoro This is my Favorite Neil Gaiman piece!! 3mo
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NicoleCeBallos @Aims42 it's perfect for October! 👻🧙‍♀️🧛‍♂️ 3mo
NicoleCeBallos @Jesstifies I really liked how the chapters were short stories that all interconnected. 3mo
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Search | Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
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We finally found out what happened to Zuko and Azula's mom!

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The Promise | Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (ART)
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I love ATLA and I loved this comic. I missed Aang, Sokka, Toph, Katara, and Zuko.

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Pretty Girls: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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I've heard Karin's books are amazing, so I borrowed this from a friend. It was ok. There were some really graphic scenes that I wasn't a fan of. One of the main characters was described as "really clever," but that was clearly not the case. At all. I'm curious to read more of her books though. I give it like a 3/5 #thrillers

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Bruja Born | Zoraida Cordova
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Lula was in a horrific bus crash with her classmates and boyfriend. She decides to save Maks and performs a dark spell to bring him back to life. The spell works, but brings back all of her classmates and they aren't their old selves. I enjoyed book 1 better than this. #brujas #YA

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It was just alright. I thought she would write more about how to actually design a room. It was mainly "add plants" and "what's your spirit animal, plant, and color" A lot of rooms looked very cluttered with all the plants in them.

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Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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There's one fairytale retelling that I can never pass up, Ursula's origin story. I've no idea why. Maybe I just like a villainess. This story was fine. I would've liked to see her using her powers more or wrecking vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. It was a nice read, but I'll most likely have forgotten it in a year.

Shley9225 There is a sequel too, just so you know. Probably has more vengeance and power-using in that one 4mo
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Seafire | Natalie C. Parker
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I can go either way with pirate books, but I was a fan of this! Caledonia Styx is the Captain of an all female pirate ship. The crew have all lost their families and friends to the Warlord Aric, so they spend their time attacking his ships. Can't wait for the sequel! #pirates #YA #sisterhood

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This was so adorable and I'm not even really into the romance genre. Alex is the son of the first female (and Hispanic) president and he falls in love with his frenemy, Prince Henry. The characters were cute and the plot was solid. I wish our reality was like this. The hype for this book was totally worth it. #newadult #LGBTQ #happilyeverafter

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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An interesting concept that fell apart in areas. The entire book built up to this epic battle, which was over in like 2 pages. The characters made some leaps that they shouldn't have been able to come up with on their own. It would've been better if the author had fleshed it out more.

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Half Bad | Sally Green
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This was a pleasant surprise. Nathan's father is a murdering Black Witch and his mom is a White Witch. He was forced to live in a cage because the council was not sure if he would be a Black Witch or a White Witch.

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Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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This was a great sci-fi book! In the future, humans are living much longer and Japan is importing foreign nurses to take care of their aging population. Hiro is an AI given to Sayoko by her son to be a companion. Anjelica is her nurse, who doesn't trust him. It's a fascinating story about humanity, secrets, and a dark part of WW II that the Japanese don't speak of. #robots #artificialintelligence

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Why is this band not real?!? I fell so in love with this book that I never wanted it to end.

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This started off slow and really confusing. The author just dumps you into this world and makes no effort to explain anything about it. But, once you understand the world, it really picks up. The characters are engaging and the plot pulled me in. It's a solid start to a fantasy trilogy.

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The Red Scrolls of Magic | Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
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Awww. I've always liked Alec and Magnus better than Jace and Clary, and this book just reaffirmed they are one of the best couples in the Shadowhunter universe. This is their European "vacation," but it doesn't go according to plan.

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I combined Vol 2 and Vol 3 into one post because not much happened in either. There was a surprise from the Avengers and one of the orginal X-men joined Cyclops and his merry band of mutants. Oh and Jean has no idea how to control her powers, so fun for everyone!

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The Hidden Witch | Molly Knox Ostertag
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I love Aster and Charlie! Aster is learning how to be a witch and helping his grandma cure her brother. Charlie has a new friend at school, who is just an awful person. There's a magical shadow that is terrorizing the school. And one of the shifters has decided he doesn't want to shift anymore, he wants to go to normal shool. There's a lot happening in this book and it's so good! #graphicnovels #witches #shapeshifters

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I still don't get the love for the Weasleys. But I love the series! #HarryPotter #sisterread

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I ❤ Bobbie. Not as good as Vol 1, but I still enjoyed it. #Marvel #spy #agent #detective

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Marvel Rising | Ryan North, G Willow Wilson, Devin Grayson
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Don't be fooled by the cover. There's only Ms. Marvel, Inferno, Miss America, and Squirrel Girl in this. I've tried so hard to like Squirrel Girl, but she's an idiot and I don't. I picked this up for Kamala and America. It was ok. Nothing amazing.

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Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain | Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk
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Bobbi is my favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Always has been and always will be. #Marvel #BobbiMorse #Mockingbird

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I'm trying to get back into reading the X-Men. They're just really hard to keep up with, and if you don't, then it's hard to get caught back up. There's so many different teams, different timelines, and different mutants that it's hard to keep straight who hates who, who is dead, and who has been resurrected. #marvel #xmen

TobeyTheScavengerMonk All-New is a great place to get back into things. Timey-wimey well-written fun! 8mo
xicanti The nice thing about the X-Men, especially in this era, is that none of them ever shuts up about anything important that‘s ever happened to them, so it‘s easier than it looks to catch up! 8mo
NicoleCeBallos @xicanti LOL. I noticed. 8mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Ostertag
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This was amazing!! The artwork was superb and fun. The characters were likable. I'm all about spooky plots. Aster is a 13 year old boy who wants to be a witch, but the females in his family are the witches and the males are shape shifters. Anyone who doesn't conform to this is ostracized from the family. #LGBTQ #spooky #fittingin #graphicnovel

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I read the Wonder Woman one a while ago and so I picked this up. Catwoman teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to rob Gotham. It was a fun read and an interesting take on the comics. #DC #Catwoman #PoisonIvy #HarleyQuinn #YA

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I forgot how moody and sassy Harry is in this one. Yet, I still love it #harrypotter #sisterread

annahenke So angsty 8mo
Avidreader25 I just finished rereading this one! So sassy. 😆 8mo
NicoleCeBallos @annahenke @Avidreader25 so angsty and sassy!! And DRAMATIC! 8mo
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The Queen's Poisoner | Jeff Wheeler
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I read this because of the cover and I wanted to read about the queen's poisoner. Sadly it was a disappointment. It was just really boring. It was told through the perspective of an 8 year old boy and this boy thought, acted, and spoke like a 40 year old man. If you want to write a book through the eyes of a kid, then it needs to sound like a kid. The queen's poisoner was barely in it and didn't do anything. Skip it.

Johanna414 I‘ve read one of his books and felt pretty much the same way. It was also told from a young child‘s perspective really poorly 8mo
NicoleCeBallos @Johanna414 I don't think anyone would really want to read a book told from a young kid's perspective, but if that's the perspective he wants to take, then he should commit to it. 8mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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This was part ghost story, part mystery. I picked it up for the ghost story part of it and found myself enjoying the mystery aspect of it too. I thought it was good. Right up until the very very unrealistic ending (keep in mind, there was an actual ghost in this and yet the most unrealistic part of it was the villain). I was waiting for the villain to start twirling his mustache as he monologued. #ghost #coolcover #mystery

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This was a fast read. Each chapter was very short, but engaging. Which is worse: being a serial killer or helping one get away with murder? Ayoola and Korede's story is a fascinating one. #serialkiller

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This was an amazing book!! I learned so much from this book. Did you know T-Rex were feathered and hunted in packs? Ptredocytals are not dinosaurs? Mainly I learned I should have stayed with my childhood dream of being a paleontologist.

#dinosaurs #bookstagram #bookrecommendation #paleontology #SteveBrusatte

Crazeedi Looks like a very interesting read! 9mo
NicoleCeBallos @Crazeedi it was very interesting! I learned a lot. 9mo
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The Red Pyramid | Rick Riordan
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The book started off a little slow, but picked up and was just as enjoyable as Percy Jackson. I vaguely remember reading it when it first came out, but I can't remember the next books at all, so I'm looking forward to reading them. #juvenilefiction #mythology #Egypt

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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I watched the show and thought it was creepy, so I checked out the book. The book is a lot more creepy and raunchy than the show because it's all told by Joe. #creepy #stalker #serialkiller

ReadingOverSleeping I agree. I watched the show first but Joe is really deeply deranged in the book 9mo
NicoleCeBallos @ReadingOverSleeping he is! I felt icky reading it. 9mo
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This series is a lot of fun. And the artwork is amazing! #graphicnovel #juvenilefiction

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I read these all the time when I was a kid. Literally all the time. I'm still a little surprised by some of the stories that are in here (the hearse song). I wish my library had the originals with the super creepy illustrations. #scarystories

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Unpopular opinion but the Weasleys are the worst. Especially Ron and Ginny. #harrypotter

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Completely lived up to its hype. She's such an amazing woman. #autobiography #memoirs #nonfiction

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This was brilliant! It was a time traveling, body switching, Agatha Christie style murder mystery and I loved it! Aiden is trapped in this house and has 8 days to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, but each day he wakes up in a different body. #mystery #bodyswitching

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The Last Olympian | Rick Riordan
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A fantastic ending to this series arc! I love Percy and Annabeth and Nico and all the other characters. I can't wait to pick up the next series. #percyjackson #mythology

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The Titan's Curse | Rick Riordan
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Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia try to help Grover take two half-bloods to camp, but a battle happens and Annabeth is taken. Percy, Thalia, and two Hunters head to CA to save her and Artemis. Another solid installment. #percyjackson #mythology

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Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson go exploring in the labyrinth to find Daedalus to save their camp. I kinda got teary eyed at the Pan part. #percyjackson #mythology

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This is my favorite Harry Potter and the illustrations were fantastic! #sistereead #harrypotter

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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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I was so excited to pick this book up and it didn't disappoint!!! I really loved Nari in book 1 and she's still good in this one, but Ali jumped from one of the characters I liked the least to being my favorite. Dara is still being Dara - poor guy. Jamshid and Muntadhir actually got some depth. I can't wait for the last book. #fantasy

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I haven't read Percy Jackson in years and apparently I've forgotten everything that happens. It's like I'm reading them for the first time and it's great! #mythology #juvenilefiction #percyjackson