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SaraHasClass

Joined January 2018

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High Fae are the vampires of 2010 and this books delivers. A fantasy of mortal meets immortal, both raised to hate and fear the other, but when one holds the key to lifting a curse... gritty, gorgeous, fierce, fanciful & oh so sensual... I can't wait to read book 2 📚

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This Is My America | Kim Johnson
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Recommended to me by a student, this book is a story of betrayal, tenacity and love as seen through the eyes of Tracy, a young adult whose view of America is through the lens of racism. Clearly a book to promote diversity and inclusion, the story is riveting as it twists along the pages. If you like a good mystery, this is one.

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The Swan Thieves: A Novel | Elizabeth Kostova
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This is a mystery, a full circle story with much context, enthusiastic talk of art, particularly painting, and secrecy. An epic love story in which I had to be very patient. Robert is mentally ill. Andrew Marlow, his psychiatrist, is intrigued with his case. His quest to cure Robert leads him to uncover love in the many forms it takes.

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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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As someone who loves scents that evoke memories or happy places, I really wanted to like this book, but it fell flat for me. The storyline was all over the place. That being said, I really liked the characters.

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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This story is told through the eyes of several well developed characters and bystanders and evesdroppers. It delves into the psyche of a family who fiercely love one another but can not for the life of them figure out how to show it. When their mother goes missing after an introduction to a stranger the father is accused of murder. The family dysfunction kicks into high gear as they can not communicate & take sides on mom vs dad.

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My Calamity Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Funny, silly and utterly ridiculous, this book was a fun read. The authors take historical figures and create a new history of outlandish proportions. If you are a purist, you won't like this book. I, on the other hand like a good tale.

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This book was such a struggle for me to read. I'm not sure if it was the cadence, unusual language (oblong) or the very sad nature of it, but I didn't like it. Too much was undone, unexplained & uninspired. It's lacked connection (no world building) & despite being about love was very unloving. Sadly, it is the artificial friend (robot) who loves deepest. Its a treatise on selfishness of the human race.

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You Don't Want to Know | Lisa Jackson
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Excellent mystery with plot twists that will keep you guessing. A family & staff live on an island and more than one is a sociopath. When Ava suffers two traumatic events back to back she suffers memory loss. Slowly she begins to remember. Someone doesn't want her memories to emerge and gaslights her into thinking she's crazy. Most people believe it.

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The Golem and the Djinni | Helene Wecker
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Two creatures meet in NY at the turn of the century & learn about their current nature as well as their past. This book had a classic feel to me & an intriguing storyline. The story deep dives into the characters that was at times, boring & tedious for me. I did eventually like how each of them evolved and connected in the end. Throughout, I couldn't shake sadness all through this book either; it is a tragic story.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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This is the 3rd book in the series and as full of adventure and imagination as the first two. This one however, is poignant and bittersweet. The twists Bardugo takes near the end will leave your head spinning. It's up to you if you enjoy the ride.

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Namesake: A Novel | Adrienne Young
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This is the second book, Book 1 is Fable. I adore this story & these characters & Namesake was even better than Fable. Same fantasy land rich with trading guilds, gemstones, adventure, but with new unsavory, albeit rich & glamourous characters. More of Fable's life story is revealed & her relationships deepen as she learns more of who she is & what she is made of.

Liatrek Loved this book❤️ 9mo
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Pine | Francine Toon
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Dark, haunting, spooky, this is a book of guilt, self-doubt and gossip. 10 years have passed since Lauren's mother disappeared. Lauren is growing up navigating life with a drunk father, school bullies with the kindness of only one or two people in town. She has questions. When her dad drunkenly gives a teenage girl a ride home, blacks out, and the girl goes missing the answers to Lauren's questions come to light.

Darklunarose I read this a little while ago and really enjoyed it. 9mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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Fantasy, YA. This is the second book in the series and it does not disappoint. Alina & Mal are forced out of hiding to battle the Darkling and save Ravka whose King & Queen are incompetent. However, their estranged second son is a worthy leader if only he was first in line to the throne. Nickolai joins Alina & Mal in a contentious relationship to save their land, but the Darkling is more powerful than any of them believed possible.

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Historical fiction; this is the fascinating story of Belle da Costa Greene. Her notoriety as a career woman during the Gilded Age, personal librarian to JP Morgan, and partner in creating the Peirpont Morgan Library is an astonishing story, a nod to feminine strength & poise. Belle spent her entire life "passing" as white, hiding in plain sight & setting the art world on fire with her keen mind and sharp wits. This is moving story--one of a kind.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Book 1 in a trilogy; fantasy. Alina has a secret that even she doesn't know-not really. It's a revelation she's suppressed until it's unleashed in desperation. It's a secret that will change the world. Well written, imaginative. I'm looking forward to book 2 and 3. I might even watch the Netflix original series.

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A sequel to a book I adored, this one fell flat. I found the dialouge annoying, the characters shallow and the story slow until the end. I will think carefully before reading book 3, but as I really liked the first story, I will probably read it. Meh... sometimes artistic quality fails in churning out quantity...

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This is a new author for me and I adored this book! It is a murder mystery (ritual, serial spanning 100 years) combined with a magnificent backdrop, a circus in hell. Lara learns of her lineage through searching for her missing fiance. Family secrets are unveiled, a journal from 1925 takes the reader back in time and the vivid imagery of the Big Top kept me intrigued throughout.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Wow. First experience with this author and I will read his stories again. Unpredictable, this book has a classic English feel; brooding, dark, literary. Stick with it until the end, some things--that may feel tedious-- just aren't as they seem and bring this book full circle.

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Killer Instinct | James Patterson
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Typical Patterson, CIA, terrorism, action; well written. Atypical Patterson, the main character is gay married man/father of an adopted daughter/CIA agent with a beautiful, smart female, cop bestie. The good guys win. Entertaining read.

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Fable: A Novel | Adrienne Young
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A rich story that danced across the pages, Fable has an old world vibe with a folk tale feel. It's an adventure about an abandoned girl who has lived life on the sea. Her search for her estranged father leads her to a new family and inheritance. A book of made up places, gems, pirates and yes, love. YA

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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Historical fiction with an ode to classic lit, this is the story of survival as one young woman discovers her worth in the midst of WWII in London. I liked the characters but the story was 100% predictable. Nothing in this tale was surprising or particularly engaging. Instead it is as sweet as it is boring.

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19th Christmas | James Patterson
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Quick, easy story. Similar to other Patterson books, this is the Women's Murder Club series. This book didn't pique my imagination and the ending fell flat for me. It felt like just another book churned out quickly.

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Steelstriker | Marie Lu
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The second book in a series, Steelstriker continues the war against the Federation with Red leading the rebels & Talin acting as the evil Premiers Skyhunter, a lethal weapon/bodyguard (against her will through a mental link). Still naturally linked to Red she must act behind enemy lines keeping the two men in her head out of her head. Just like the first book, Skyhunter, this one is also YA with the most beautiful cover and book jacket.

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The Innocent | Harlan Coben
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Mystery genre with so many twists it keeps you guessing. I had hard time putting this one down. What do a Nun, ex-con, detective, PI, FBI, NV, NJ and strippers have in common? A big scheme gone bad, a cover-up multiple murders & people who aren't who they say they are. There are so many "bad guys" in this book it's hard to nail down the worst of them all.

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Daylight | David Baldacci
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This is my favorite series by Baldacci. The characters are exaggerated, but still believable and the plot is big enough to hold two stories while holding my attention. Mystery readers take note! (PS. This is a series but written well enough that this book could stand alone.)

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Defy the Worlds | Claudia Gray
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Book 2 in a YA series, Sci-fi. Sometimes a sequel gets stale, but not this one! The adventure of human Noemi and sort of human Abel deepens as Noemi is kidnapped, a new world is discovered and her home world is threatened. A perfect blend of imagination and interesting characters, this is a good second book, and I'm looking forward to reading number 3.

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Growing up near Villisca, Iowa, I was aware of the sensational murder of the Moore family (1912) who were bludgeoned to death with the blunt end of an ax. Heck, I toured the house. Here, within these pages I discover that this unsolved crime was most likely the work of a serial killer. This book is one with exceptional research, logical arguments and an interesting history of criminal justice in the early 1900s. Nonfiction. True Crime. History.

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A good legal thriller, this is a second book with the characters from A Time to Kill, so I had to read it. Though not as sensational as the first, I enjoyed the story. I'm a sucker for a tidy end where good prevails and I was left feeling a little empty. It does have a good ending, but the story is not finished. Maybe there will be A Time for Closure next?

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Target: Alex Cross | James Patterson
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If you've ever read Patterson, you are familiar with his Alex Cross series. DC detective, psychologist turned consultant who solves crime, often but not always political crimes with his tribe, a best friend, wife etc. Even his Granny Nana Mama can get into it. Entertaining if you like solving mysteries and can handle some of the more technical weapon jargon and assassin motives. This one is a conspiracy theorists dream scenario.

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Defy the Stars | Claudia Gray
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YA; Gateway Nominee. Noemi, a fighter pilot meets Abel, an enemy mech (AI) during an intergalactic feud. Thrown together with survival at stake, they learn life as they know it is not as they know it. Likable characters, surprising twists and an action packed story, this book is part of a trilogy (Book 1) sure to engage and entertain sci-fi fans and romantics alike.

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The Dragon Heart Legacy Book 1 is a fantastic story blending contemporary life with magical life. Breen Kelly has been manipulated by her mother her whole life, made to feel inadequate & abandoned by her father. An unexpected trip to Ireland to "find herself" results in more than she can comprehend. Half human, half fey Breen falls in love with her new world, but can't make the break from the old. I can't wait for the next book, due in November!

anncox Book 2 at Costco! 12mo
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Moonlight Becomes You | Mary Higgins Clark
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If you have a hankering for a good old fashioned clean mystery, Mary Higgins Clark is a go-to author. She weaves a who done it tale with several guilty characters leaving a reveal at the end. Mysterious deaths in an upscale nursing home leads Maggie on a quest to unravel the plot. Her meddling gets her buried alive and those who love her most go on a mission to catch her would be killer.

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Simple Genius | David Baldacci
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I'm a sucker for a good James Bond-ish mystery and that is what Baldacci offers. Pure, far-fetched entertainment in which all the characters have a sexy vibe.🙄 If you aren't capable of rolling your eyes and reading about government conspiracy, then don't pick up this one. This is not my favorite King & Maxwell tale from him, but I do enjoy their story and his other books in the series.

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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Anya has spent her whole life avoiding loving her daughters. They feel despised by her and at fault. Upon the death bed of their beloved father, he makes them all promise to know one another. Only Anya's love for him gets her to reveal her true self to her daughters. In turn, they learn much more about who they are. For me this book had a slow start & a slow build, but by the end I was devouring pages.

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When Hannah falls for Owen she has no idea who he really is. Then he goes missing, leaving her to protect his 16 year old daughter. I flew through this book looking for the next twist, the next turn (really liking it) and then it came to a grinding halt. I hated the ending--too many loose ends. I'm so disappointed!

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This fictional tale is so rich in imagination, yet so true in human nature, people want to be known for who they are. Mozart had a sister he loved dearly, & she had a desire to be remembered. Prodigies, they traveled Europe by day & visited the Kingdom of Back by night. In a "deal with the devil" she nearly trades her soul to desire. How rich we would be if genius wasn't lost for being a mere girl. Much world building; some tedious; a great story.

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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Ancient Egyptians believed in 2 ways to heaven & quantum physicists, a theory of parallel lives. What if you aren't living as you're meant to live? What if obstacles throw you off course? Dawn's life changes with a plane crash & new client's death. Does she stay in the safety of love & comfort with her daughter & husband or seek the path of love & passions she once left behind? Too much Egyptology/Quantum Physics threw me off the path on this one.

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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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I like historical fiction that tells of an event "off the beaten path" of standard history. I was really excited to find this story, about a group of college women serving people living in war torn France during WWI. Instead it's about a group mostly socialite women battling insecurities from the past. Imitating the author I might say, "This book is rather dull, Miss Litsy, & I shan't recommend it. Now I must quite go & fix my unruly hairpins."

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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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This is a sweet story about the complexity of relationships & loving someone for who they are rather than who you want them to be. Odile is a librarian in occupied France during WWII. Dodging Nazis is a way of life & life is hard. Lily is 12, living in Montana in the early 80s & on the cusp of adolescence when she suffers loss & life is hard. Together Odile & Lily 's story will converge & they will each learn something from the other.

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Skyhunter | Marie Lu
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YA, fantastic read with a promise of a sequel. Talin is a warrior, she takes pride in her skill of keeping her refugee nation Mara, safe from the Federation even though Marans believe her to be beneath them. Then she meets another refugee, one with the will to die and power so fearsome the Federation will stop at nothing to get him back, including destroying Talin & her adopted nation of Mara; likeable characters, action packed, imaginative.

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Even If We Break | Marieke Nijkamp
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YA for those looking for diversity, but for me, too little plot & too much lecture. Bi, trans, straight, Austistic teens with gay, poor & rich parents form a friendship;a role play gamer group. The teens go into the mountains for one last play & murder ensues. It's hard to keep characters & their angst straight (pun intended) & don't get me started on the confusing use of the pronoun "they" for a single human. The irony? The plot is a stereotype.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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Hannah knows how to turn ordinary folk into extraordinary folk--warriors, even. This is a story of victims of the Dust Bowl. It's a story of survival & being a mother. Learning to love yourself can take a lifetime. Elsa, using those around her as a mirror, discovers who she is in the midst of protecting her children from a dangerous world. For me, some of it was slow & drug on at times, but the end had me racing through pages.

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This is a well researched & written account of a little known & explored (beyond academics) topic of the Great Migration spanning American history (1915-1970). The exodus of mistreated blacks from the Jim Crow south changes the landscape of America, leads to mechanization of cotton farms, furthers civil rights & provides better & worse futures for the descendents of those who escaped the Southern caste system Epic, magnificent history.

SamAnne One of the best books I read last year. Hope to finish Caste next month. 2y
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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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The last book in the Red Queen series delivers! I adored this series for its imagination, action, character development and for giving me a colorful & vivid story I could escape into after a long day of stress. It's about love, loss and what it means to be complicatedly human in time of war. YA, Fantasy

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Dysfunctional dynamics with a creep factor that is off the rails, this story is told from the perspective of several characters. There is really no "who done it" moment in this mystery, rather it unfolds before your eyes. At points I avoided reading it because I didn't want to face what came next. Mothers beware! This will tear your heart up, but the the end is worth it.

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King's Cage | Victoria Aveyard
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This is the 3rd book in this series & I absolutely loved this book.Aveyward's storytelling gets better as the series unfolds in this epic, good versus evil fantasy genre (YA). Kings, Queens, palaces, warfare-- physical & mental, imaginative powers, alliances and subterfuge--all with characters whom I want to know what they'll do next. This book didn't disappoint. If you like fantasy series books, this one is a must read after book 1 & 2 of course.

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Something sinister resides at the Bartholomew, a Gothic structure with a creepy past and some elite residents. When Jules gets a chance to apartment sit, she thinks her run of bad luck is over. She could not be more wrong. As someone/thing lurks with sinister intentions, she only lasts 6 days in the famed building.

BooksCoffeeNurse LOVE this book and LOVE Riley Sager. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
SaraHasClass This is a first Sager book for me, but I liked it very much and will look for his others. 2y
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This book was given to me, so I read it. It's not my usual go to, but I was entertained by the story and the likeable characters. Two authors, antagonistic, bet each other he/she couldn't successfully write a book of the other's genre, but to do so they must tutor one another in the style of writing. One thing leads to another, steamy encounters ensue & love happens just in time to be derailed. It might not be a happily ever after ending.

Bklover I‘m adding this to my list! I keep hearing reviews that sound like yours. 😊💙 2y
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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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2nd in a YA series full of imagination, this book was enjoyable, mostly. With a varied cast of characters and good v evil storyline, Glass Sword carries on the Red Queen's quest to fight injustice & prejudice in a future world of fantasy. I found the protagonists constant self-doubt bordering on martyrdom tiresome. Still, I'll read the next because I have to know how it ends.

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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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Add Ruth Ware to my list of favorite authors. While her protagonists make me crazy with their insecurities and quirks, I'm always up for a good story and this one delivers. Dysfunctional, ✔ scary, ✔ intriguing ✔. This book has more surprises than you can handle right up to the "who done it" finale. Ware. Is. Masterful.

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