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QueenOfWands

QueenOfWands

Joined September 2016

It's always teatime. Loves gaming, reading, writing, knitting, tarot. Ravenclaw. Murderino.
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I always feel weird saying I "enjoyed" a #truecrime book, but there it is. Good for true crime fans and those just getting into it. Not sensationalized or too dense. Sensitive depiction of grief and what the families go through. Also an interesting, brief look at a part of the Japanese justice system.

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Page turner at first but it slows down in the middle as others have said. It does pick back up, though. I had it figured out pretty early on but the author kept me second guessing myself until the end so it was pretty enjoyable. The tarot parts were fun. #mystery #thriller

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The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston
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Mehso-so

I usually love #witchy things; however, this was not what I was expecting or hoping for. Well written but I just didn't enjoy it that much. #witches

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Magic Bleeds | Ilona Andrews
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Not as fast paced as the last one but still very fun. Learning more about Kate and her family. I'm interested to see where it's going. #urbanfantasy #fantasy #romance #shapeshifters

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Took a break from my urban fantasy binge to read this #historicalfiction about the deadliest disaster in maritime history, the sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff. This was so good. Haunting, vivid, and heartbreaking. Great weaving together of the four character viewpoints. I definitely recommend this one.

Eryn_Sutton Oh! I've been wanting to read this one for some time. Glad you enjoyed it! 1y
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Magic Strikes | Ilona Andrews
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Face paced and action packed. More so than the previous two. So much fun! I love these characters. I'm having fun bingeing these. #fantasy #urbanfantasy #shapeshifters

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Magic Burns | Ilona Andrews
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I enjoyed this much more than the first one. Emotional and fast paced. A lot of fun. The world building and use of mythology was interesting. I'm definitely hooked now. #fantasy #shapeshifters #undead #urbanfantasy

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Finally read a book I've had forever. I'm definitely interested in the characters and the world. It felt like I was missing a lot of information or that there should have been another book before this one but it was still enjoyable overall. I'm glad I have a whole series of books to jump into or I think I'd be more disappointed with this one. I hear it gets better so charging forward to the next one! #shapeshifters #vampires #fantasy

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How to Hang a Witch | Adriana Mather
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I really enjoyed how the mystery of the curse unraveled. #Ghosts #witches #magic and a tiny bit of romance. A lot of fun and emotional. #ya

KirstieE How good was it ! I'm reading the second book now 💁🏻 1y
QueenOfWands @KirstieE So good! I didn't know there was a second one! O.o Getting it now! 1y
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Mehso-so

Not my usual read, I admit. One of the most disturbing things I've read. Super triggering and twisted. While it was a page turner at first, I found myself disappointed over alI. I enjoyed the mystery and some of the twists. Unfortunately, the ending felt glossed over and rushed to me, which is kind of a bummer. I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Lol...

Cinfhen It was a meh for me too! 1y
MonthlyBookClub This book was crazy! I loved it lol. 1y
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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Another of my #tbr books is on sale today. Only $2.99! Have you read this one? #dailydeal

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This is on my #tbr. Maybe it's on yours too? It's only $1.99 today on Kindle! #dailydeal

MonthlyBookClub Ita hilarious a great read! 1y
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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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Loved it! It keeps up the pace of the series so far and keeps getting better. Intense and emotional. Some questions answered and more questions asked. I can't wait for the next one! On a side note, the new cover design doesn't match the other two in the series, which kind of bugs me. It's a beautiful picture though. #ya #yafantasy #fantasy

bunny It bugs me when the book design changes part way through a series! I like them all to match. 1y
ShelfSpaceLimited Just picked up this trilogy from the library. Very very excited for this weekend! 1y
QueenOfWands @ShelfSpaceLimited Awesome! I hope you enjoy it! 1y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Well, I didn't make it this time. One too many interruptions. I did get through two books and started a third so I'm still happy with how far I got. Congrats to all who hit 24 hours! I'm looking forward to the next #24in48

GypsyKat You did great!!! 🎉🎉📚⏱ 1y
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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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My #tbr stack is more of a shelf(s?) lol... I'm feeling like winging it this #24in48 rather than trying to plan out what books I'm going to read. This one is up first, though. I'm excited to finally dig in.

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Invisible Ghosts | Robyn Schneider
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I loved it. Heartbreaking moments but mostly sweet and touching. A love story with a ghost in it. #friendship #family #love #loss #ghosts #ya

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Invisible Ghosts | Robyn Schneider
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I love this dedication ✨

ReadZenRites That does speak to the book-collector/hoarder in many of us, doesn‘t it?😁💕 1y
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Literary_Siren You‘re welcome! 1y
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Wicked Deep | Shea Ernshaw
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A cursed town, a handsome stranger, and more than a few mysteries. Very atmospheric and beautiful. Slightly witchy and spooky. I didn't totally love the romance plotline but the mysteries kept me interested. Quite enjoyable overall. #ya #paranormal #mystery

IheartYA One of my favorites this year. ❤ 1y
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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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Sales get me every time. And I Darken and Now I Rise (sequel) are both $1.99 on Kindle today if they happen to be on your #tbr list. #yafantasy #ya

Dragon Thanks for the heads up 👍😀🐉 1y
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Not my usual pick but it was recommended to me. I'm not vegetarian but the concept of growing 100% real meat (or even just leather), sustainably, without having to raise and slaughter an animal is fascinating. Regardless of your viewpoint on the ethics of eating meat (either for the animals themselves or the environmental impact) this is actually a pretty interesting read. I recommend a #borrow from your library.

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Ink, Iron, and Glass | Gwendolyn Clare
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Beautiful cover. Awesome concept. Just okay execution. It was a struggle to get through. The writing style just kept throwing me out. I thought the character's relationships developed nicely but I just didn't care that much. Disappointed in this one but I get that I'm not the target audience. Recommend a #borrow on this if you want to give it a try. #ya #yafantasy #steampunk

Traci1 Pretty bookmark 2y
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Ink, Iron, and Glass | Gwendolyn Clare
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"Never forget that words have power... Our best weapons are words."

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Ink, Iron, and Glass | Gwendolyn Clare
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Struggling a bit with the writing style but not giving up yet! Let's take a moment to admire the beautiful cover 😍 And my favorite bookmark! @Babiesandbooks

Dragon A lovely photo 😀🐉 2y
Bookartbookmarks Gorgeous photo! Thanks for sharing! 2y
tonyahoswalt I'm a little over 100 pages in and I'm still not sure I like the writing style. Plus, with what it's about, I expected the words themselves to be more special, more magical, more lyrical. It's just okay for me so far. 2y
QueenOfWands @tonyahoswalt I still need to post a mini review on this one but yeah, I agree completely. I struggled through the whole book with the writing style. Overall it was just okay for me also. Too bad with such an awesome concept. 2y
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Ink, Iron, and Glass | Gwendolyn Clare
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Page 5, lol. "Famous last words?" I mean, it is #ya after all and the dust jacket promises "a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past." I'll have to read and find out. #rafo

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Ink, Iron, and Glass | Gwendolyn Clare
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Is it weird to be psyched that they used an Oxford comma?

wanderinglynn No, it‘s totally appropriate to be psyched. #oxfordcommaalways 2y
QueenOfWands 💕 ❤ 2y
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Twelve Kings in Sharakhai | Bradley P Beaulieu
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In the first 20 pages, it felt like the author was checking boxes with stereotypical examples of how his main character is a kickass female. Not such a bad thing. I like the trope. It just felt a little heavy handed at first. Ceda grew into a really awesome character. Kind of a slow start to the story but glad I stuck with it. Sometimes predictable, but enjoyable. Interesting world and cast. Definitely reading the next one. #fantasy #epicfantasy

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Of Sand and Malice Made | Bradley P. Beaulieu
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Quick read. A somewhat simple, straightforward story but I see glimpses of a complex, dark world dripping with lore and detail. This prologue has definitely sparked my interest in the main books in the series. #fantasy #shatteredsands

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Not my favorite story so far, but still another fun addition to the Alpha & Omega series. Heartbreaking and heartfelt in Patty's usual way. Anna is still growing and finding her way. I love her relationship with Charles and Brother Wolf. The way it plays out opens up some potentially interesting stories in the future. Can't wait for more. #werewolves

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Wow. I'd never heard of this story. It blows my mind to imagine radioactive material in everyday items and once thought to be healthy. The story of these women is heartbreaking, powerful, and inspiring. It's really distressing to read about the pain and suffering the Radium Girls went through. The lengths the corporations went to in order to cover up what they knew was hurting these women is infuriating. Excellent read.

RainyDayReading One of my favorites! 2y
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Emotional and adorable. I loved it. This is another book I needed as a teen. Anxiety and panic attacks are portrayed wonderfully. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting. Each one comes to life even with the single character first person perspective. I enjoyed watching the friendship of Steffi (selective mute) and Rhys (deaf) develop and grow. A book about friendship and love and speaking your truth. #ya

BookHoarder32 Yes! I loved it too ❤️ 2y
CareBear This is how I felt about this book. Where were these when we were teenagers? 2y
QueenOfWands @CareBear Right?! Completely agree. I loved Eliza and Her Monsters too. 2y
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I'm excited to start this. It already speaks to me. 😆

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It was quite interesting, though not a very focused book. There really isn't very much about the expedition itself. I would have liked more description of the time spent there. There were some really beautiful and terrifying experiences in the jungle. I enjoyed the discussion of the history of the area. The last section was about disease, which was fascinating (and horrible) but not what I was expecting. Maybe #borrow this from your library.

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"A soft yellow sun spilled into the rainforest, breaking into rays and flecks of gold, scattering coins on the forest floor..." So many beautiful moments... Contrasted with terrifying ones ?

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Yay! I did it! #24in48 I finished the second half of Oathbringer, read Scythe beginning to end, and got pretty far into The Shadow of What Was Lost. What a fun weekend!

DebinHawaii Congratulations!! 2y
theshrinkette Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Sharanya Omg wasn‘t Scythe AAAAMAAAZIIIING 2y
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Megabooks 📚📚🎉🎉🎉😀🎊🍾🥂 2y
Eyelit 👏🎉👏🎉👏 2y
LazyOwl Well done 2y
QueenOfWands @Sharanya YES!!! I'm looking forward to the next one. 2y
GypsyKat Congratulations!!!👏👏👏🎉📚 2y
mariaku21 Awesome 🎉🎉 2y
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Flame in the Mist | Renaee Ahdieh
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#24in48 I have so many beautiful covers it's impossible to pick one. I love the Flame in the Mist cover. As for the worst, there aren't many I don't like. The one I chose is one of the least interesting.

Dr.Who_number10 I have flame in the mist....Such a BEAUTIFUL cover!!!! I got it at #nttbf #nttbf17 for free. But I just couldn‘t get my head wrapped around and it didn‘t hook me very well😬but I‘m gonna try and read it again soon😁 2y
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#24in48 Hour 36. I've read both of these. I keep nonfiction and fiction separated. Fiction is in alphabetical order for the most part. Nonfiction is only sorta lumped together in categories that make sense in my head. Anthropology, craftbooks, writing books, etc.

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Shadow of What Was Lost | James Islington
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#24in48 update. I've done 16 hours and 30 minutes. Long way to go but not giving up. Been working on these two books. The Shadow of What Was Lost has been a pretty quick read so far for an #epicfantasy I think I disagree with the comparison to Robert Jordan but I'll wait until I'm done for the final verdict.

Vinjii And did you end up liking it? 2y
QueenOfWands @Vinjii Yes! I liked it a lot. Quick read for an epic fantasy for me. A lot of story similarities to authors like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, but with his own style and some new ideas. 2y
Vinjii @QueenOfWands 😍 Glad to hear! 2y
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The Silmarillion | J. R. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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#24in48 I've had this forever and still haven't read it. I actually have quite a few books that fit this category...

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Wow! What a ride. Great continuation of the #stormlightarchive Many surprises and feels. It's going to feel like a very long wait for the 4th book. #epicfantasy #fantasy #brandonsanderson I hit 8 hours and ten minutes in #24in48 On to the next book! @24in48

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The Last Unicorn | Peter S. Beagle
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#24in48 My favorite book to movie adaption is The Last Unicorn. Another nostalgic book for me.

Soubhiville ❤️🦄💜 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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#24in48 This is the oldest children's book I have. My Grandmother gave it to me in 1993. It was a gift to her when she was 8 years old in 1936. Wow, I haven't thought of this in years. What a neat challenge!

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Looking forward to finishing this and starting something new for #24in48 Have fun everyone!

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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"The longer you live, the more you fail. Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone. Trust me. I've practiced." #brandonsanderson #stormlightarchive

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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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Monster of an #epicfantasy Complex and fascinating world. Classic #brandonsanderson #magicsystem Love (and hate) these characters. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I usually say this one. It got me through a difficult time and I'll be forever grateful. "Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination." #stormlightarchive #fantasy #recommendsday

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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"Have you ever considered, bridgeman, that bad art does more for the world than good art?... You learn more from bad art than you do from good art, as your mistakes are more important than your successes..." #fantasy #epicfantasy #stormlightarchive #brandonsanderson

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Last Namsara | Kristen Ciccarelli
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Yay! #dragons I love that the dragons like to hear and "tell" stories. I hope we see more of them. Asha was awesome. I enjoyed her growth and change over time. The side characters had a ton of potential but never really fleshed out the way she did. Another redemption story, ha ha, I'm on a streak of those. Fun read. #yafantasy #ya

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Last Namsara | Kristen Ciccarelli
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Yay! All my holds came in at the same time. Better get busy reading. Hmm. Which one first? #libraryhaul

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Star Wars: Dark Disciple | Christie Golden
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A dark, emotional redemption story that was a more enjoyable read than I was expecting. Definitely rushed, which felt like a long Clone Wars episode in that way. You could probably read this without having watched the whole Clone Wars TV show but it brings greater meaning and understanding to the characters and events. A good read for fans. I recommend a #borrow on this one. #scifi #starwars

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I love reading about different customs. We desperately need more rituals around death in the west. Wonderfully interesting, thought provoking, and hopeful. Light #anthropology

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