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OceanCityMama

OceanCityMama

Joined September 2016

• Ravenclaw • Court of Dreams • Diviner • INFJ •
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Vengeance Road | Erin Bowman
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This was fun! It didn't blow my socks off or anything, but it was everything I wanted it to be. Very straight forward plot and predictable characters, but still a fun jaunt into the Wild West. Don't recommend the audiobook though, I switched to print halfway through and that made all the difference in my enjoyment. Check my Goodreads for more details on that.

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Vengeance Road | Erin Bowman
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Happy December, Bookworms! #happyholidays #shelfie

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Pretty good! Its only negative is that it's kind of boring, tbh. I picked it up now because of the lower page count and it still ended up taking me 5 days to finish, which is 3 more than it should have. But everything else is really good, and now that it's over I'm glad I got through it. This story will stick with me, and I always admire Schwab's writing skills. 3.75 ⭐️

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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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This was a fun book, and quite the thrill ride! If you liked Hunted by Meagan Spooner or Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones than this is one for you!

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In a Perfect World | Trish Doller
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Currently reading In A Perfect World, figuring a contemporary after all the fantasy lately would be a good change of pace. I've studied Islamic and Egyptian art recently in my Art History course so it's fun to read about a modern Egyptian setting with references to the culture, architecture, and historical sites. Page 81 and it's exactly what I thought it would be so far. Really enjoying it.

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The cutest love story ever written, made even sweeter by the fact that the author's husband illustrated it. ❤️🦋🦋🍰 #lainitaylor #daughterofsmokeandbone #dosab

SiriGuruDevSingh 😍😍😍😍😍😍 2y
MelissaJCrispin I loved this series. Been meaning to check this out. The illustrations look amazing! 2y
OceanCityMama I read it originally as an audiobook, which is great because I love the narrator for the series so much. I was really happy they released this new edition. I checked it out from the library just so I could see the illustrations and it didn't disappoint! ❤️ If you can I recommend you do both, it's immersive and wonderful. 2y
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I was entranced by the audiobook for The Last Namsara! The narration is on another level. Just- wow. The story is perfect for listening to, as it is about storytelling. In this world, Storytellers are dangerous, and the practice is wicked. Asha has been living with the consequences of this since she was little, but now she's of age and everything is changing. I related to Asha, her character is beautifully written. Also, dragons! Great book. 🌟

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Roar | Cora Carmack
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I can't rave about this book enough, it is the perfect fantasy romance about a super cool magical world of sentient storms and political intrigue. Loosely described as a Sleeping Beauty retelling, Aurora is wide awake but her magic ability is asleep, and she must go on a journey to discover more about her world if she is to save her kingdom from corruption. This book fills my ACOMAF and Kricket series void and I am so happy I picked it up!

Bookcation74 This has been sitting in my bookcase for too long! Must get to it! 2y
OceanCityMama I had been staring at it on my tbr since it came out in June, I know the feeling! 2y
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Nightlights | Lorena Alvarez Gomez
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The art is gorgeous! I checked it out for myself and had to steal it back from my kids because they immediately took it and obsessed over it. The story is complex, I think I'm still processing. Definitely a winner!

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833 pages! Another amazing Readathon in the books. Great job, everyone!! 👍🏽👏🏼👏🏽👏🏾

Varshitha 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic job! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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Just under the wire!! Haha!! Official stats coming soon.

Sydsavvy 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
Varshitha 👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
TrishB Well done 🎉🎉 2y
GypsyKat Congratulations! 👏👏👏 2y
Reviewsbylola Great job!! 2y
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#24in48 audiobooking!

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Giant Days, Volume 5 | John Allison
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#24in48 Hour 24 Stacks and Snacks Challenge! I'm forever a child, comics and chocolate are my happy place! 😝

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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#24in48 Hour 15 Diverse Book Challenge

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#24in48 Hour Six challenge: Show Me Your Shelfie!

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#24in48 TBR ❤️

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This book is perfect. All the stars. Laini Taylor is a magical gift, she has stolen my very soul and made me grateful about it 💙Why is the library closed tomorrow? I am unprepared for how fast I devoured this book and I need to have the rest of the series immediately.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awww beautiful picture too! #CatsofLitsy 2y
MarticaMustRead LOVE that series so much!!!😍 2y
OceanCityMama @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's Max, he's a big fan of holding up my books for photos. He hasn't told me, but I can tell 😉 2y
OceanCityMama @MarticaMustRead I'm so happy I'm reading them after they're all out, the waiting for sequels would be painful! Yay binge reading! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @OceanCityMama He definitely doesn't mind! 2y
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I am so feeling this!! I think I'm obsessed with Laini Taylor, guys. How have I been without her for so long??

kricheal That cover art is gorgeous! 2y
398.2 I have been meaning to get to this. 2y
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Our Dark Duet | Victoria Schwab
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This book is great, such a perfect conclusion. I liked the first book ok but now with the two combined I can say that I really enjoyed this series, as a whole. The characters are still stronger than the world building but at least the characters are awesome enough to carry everything through. The story arc is brave and I love that it goes to all the places it does, V.S. is a boss as well as a talented storyteller ❤️💙

SassenachTheBookWizard I loved book one for the lack of romance. Does this book also go like that? 2y
OceanCityMama @SassenachTheBookWizard Nope! Totally gets kissy at one point. That's part of what I found so brave though; when your series is being so hyped for not having romance it takes a lot of conviction to turn around and follow through with a romance in book two! Especially because it's a small moment and could have been skipped if she'd really wanted to. But I liked how it ramped up the final scenes, emotionally. Tastefully done. 2y
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I had an awesome reading month 💙 #readingwrapup

JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏‼️‼️‼️ 2y
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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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#CoverReveal for Tower of Dawn! 😭😱🤗 Only 76 days to go! ❤️

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Our Dark Duet | Victoria Schwab
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My library is on it with the new releases!! So excited! #libraryhaul #newrelease #currentlyreading

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Flame in the Mist | Rene Ahdieh
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I just love Renee Ahdieh's writing. She has a flare for evoking the senses to create a real time and place, makes it easy to become immersed. Her characters are incredible, such strong development across the board. The end of this book is bananas and I'm so excited for the next one in the series. I was put off by the slow building plot. There's a lot of setup and tons of internal dialogue, it really held this book back for me, so sad. Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Salt & Storm | Kendall Kulper
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So good! Magic and drama and the most intense island town in the Victorian era since reading The Lie Tree. Witches! Families. Romance. Themes exploring the choices we make and how we carry our pasts into our futures. Great writing, fantastic storytelling. Dynamic characters. Emotional and suspenseful. I loved it!

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Just finished. Still in a puddle of emotions. Will definitely have to write something thoughtful later, for now I just wanted to share that I am really happy with how my emotions were just brutalized. 👍🏽👍🏽❤ Hurt so good... so good I need to consume all the chocolate and lie down for a while.

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Can't stop won't stop. Maasassin for life!! ❤ I will buy whatever she's selling, happily 😁 #queenmaas #missiontomaas #fangirling #sarahjmaas

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Got my copy!! Most anticipated book of 2017!

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is the perfect *otherworldly -romantic -hopeful -devastating -magical -mystical -transporting -evocative -visceral -imaginative -captivating -fantastical* story, best of 2017 to date! Laini Taylor's writing is masterful. I'm in deep with this one. Where's my fandom at? 🙌🏽🤣💗😱

KCorter This is on my TBR, so hold my spot in line for the fandom! 3y
OceanCityMama @KCorter Haha, consider it saved! 👍🏽 3y
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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Spending time with this beauty of a book. #springbreak #dropeverythingandread #DEAR2017 #recommendsday

MarticaMustRead 😍 ahhhh!!😆 I can't wait to start this myself! It's next up after my two current reads!!🤗 Enjoy!! 3y
RealLifeReading Sounds good! 3y
OceanCityMama @MarticaMustRead I will! I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I am. (edited) 3y
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I thought the audiobook added a lot of enjoyment to this one. Always impressed with Marissa Meyer's imagination but ultimately this felt long and winding with nowhere new to go. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#LitsyAtoZ

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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️What a beautiful story. The pain and healing from grief isn't my usual idea of a good time but I'm so glad I picked this one up. It's been a long while since I've read something that captures that magical combo of authenticity and poignancy the way that this book does. It's my first time reading Nina LaCour and I'm now anxious to get my hands on some more of her books. Her writing is incredible, both in story and in style. #LitsyAtoZ

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This was quite juvenile, not what I was expecting based on the reviews I had heard. I should have checked with Litsy first, lol. If I had never read fantasy before I might have been more impressed. I did like the magic and the world, most of my enjoyment came from those areas. But the writing was iffy and the characters are just bad. I won't continue in this series. #LitsyAtoZ

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Wintersong | S Jae-Jones
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Wintersong sings directly to my "romantic dark fantasy" loving heart! All the stars!!
#LitsyAtoZ

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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I found myself in need of an audiobook for some work driving the other day, so grabbed this one on a whim. I was in the car for 3 hours, yet I've finished this 12 hr book in two days! Couldn't stay away once I started. I have a lot of anxiety and do a lot of nerding out (shocking, I know) so Cath was a highly relatable character. If all boys could be Levi the world would be an awesome place. I loved this book, and the narrator was perfection!

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On Liberty | John Stuart Mill
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Educational standards are really not what they used to be.

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By Your Side | Kasie West
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#currentlyreading a light palate cleanser.

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Wayfarer | Alexandra Bracken
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I'm so sad. Passenger was an unexpected delight and Wayfarer was an unexpected disappointment. I could absolutely see the author's struggle to bring this story to a close. There were really well written key moments that shone and you just know those were the only parts that the author had confidence in. The rest is long-winded filler. I experienced minimal enjoyment in reading this and a lot of agony. I wanted to love it so much! #unpopularopinion

MrBook Popularity is not unanimity 😉👍🏻. 3y
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Wayfarer | Alexandra Bracken
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#currentlyreading Finally picking up Wayfarer! I've not been eager to end this series, I enjoy it too much. Buddy reading with my book bestie makes it worthwhile! #buddyread @coastalreader

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A Conjuring of Light | V. E. Schwab
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Oh, the feels! I can't even make words, my brain is just communicating in squee talk. It's all high-pitched fangirling, probably best you can't hear it. Just know that this is absolutely the ending you want for this series. It's so good.

ReadingSusan It was perfect! 3y
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I relate way more than I should to this comic series. Funniest book ever. I'm calling it the "Jenny Handbook" for everyone that's ever wondered what it's like to be me. ?⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Conjuring of Light | V. E. Schwab
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I'm only 40 pages in but this is already a pretty intense read. Loving it! #currentlyreading

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This was just the book I needed to kick my reading back into gear. It reads so fast! You just dive in and let the plot carry you along. There's suspense and a lot of action. There's new elements that are dropped into the series, but in very small, easy to digest pieces that won't take you out of the familiar flow. It's emotional and dramatic, and the ending- I'm just happy I'm reading this with the next book already in my hands! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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This book is a rich and detailed experience unlike anything I've read in a long while. The ambiance is so well crafted you can almost feel it. Every character came alive. Every piece of dialogue just lived in a way that felt authentic and easy. The nuisance of the writing, the plotting, the world building... I'm at a loss to describe it. I've read reviews that complain about it being "too much" but I completely disagree. I loved every detail.

OceanCityMama Also, the narrator, January LaVoy is the best I've ever heard. I know I say that a lot, and there are so very many amazing narrators out there, but I don't know if anyone can top this performance. Flawless. Nuanced. Captivating. Magic. 3y
Ian I completely agree with you on the narration. The sequel is amazing too!! 3y
OceanCityMama @Ian I'm starting it tomorrow, so excited! 3y
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[DELETED] 1409720085 I loved this one! Libba Bray is my favorite. 3y
BethFishReads This was a great audio!!!! 3y
BookNerdBritt Loved this book, and IMO the sequel is even better! 3y
skullsinthesea Agreed with @BookNerdBritt! Truly one of my faves. 3y
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I loved this book! My only other experience with Ms. Schwab was This Savage Song and I liked this one so much more. The world building is amazing, the writing is top notch, and the characters are interesting and memorable. The plot is so good and fun. It doesn't reinvent the wheel but it's a unique story that is magical and exciting. I'm eager to continue in the series.

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#Ravendor? Is that a thing?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've seen some #Ravendors floating around on Litsy 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @OceanCityMama Defintely! It's a popular one on Litsy it seems. 3y
OceanCityMama @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Litsy does seem like it would appeal to Ravenclaw and an adventurous social Gryffindor almost specifically 😋 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @OceanCityMama Yea... I'm thinking it's the main house of Litsians...Littens. 3y
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I adored this fairytale, the telling is clever and sharp and quick. There's twists and nuisances. I could see the things that might come together but I had no idea how or even if they would stay that course. I will only critique that it felt far too long. I really did love the themes and the metaphors about family, perspective, friendship, agency, sorrow, joy, power, history,and morality. A very memorable story. 3.5 ⭐️

valeriegeary It did feel a little long at times-- especially for a kid's book. But I still loved it! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon On my TBR for this month - glad to see you liked it! I did not love a previous book of hers so was hesitant, but this sounds worth it... 3y
OceanCityMama @elkeo Yeah, the story is good. I liked the writing. I just struggled with getting to the point of things faster. Once you know something is inevitable you shouldn't have to watch it happen in slow motion... I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. 3y
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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Feelings. All the best feelings. I feel like I know these people. They were my friends in high school, and I remember all the feelings that high school had. So honest and such tight prose that you feel smacked in the head with it in the best way. All the stars!

Sydsavvy Loved that book. 😊👏🏻 3y
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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This is some good sci-fi/ adventure. I didn't totally love the interview-style format, I had to suspend disbelief frequently over some personal details these people shared that I did not find to be realistic. Some of the voice acting felt over dramatic but reminded me a lot of the X-Files with all of its clandestine plotting and conspiracies, and I loved that. The ending was like-woah. I will probably pick up the sequel just because of that. 3.5

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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I love this. It's so true. ❤

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