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Sweetkokoro

Sweetkokoro

Joined May 2018

All photos are mine, sometimes I take super fancy photos and sometimes I don‘t! https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/82174320-alyssa-sweetkokoro
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Panpan

DNF at 77%
When your female love interest is dwindle down to being a literal sexual object for your male hero, you have lost me. Eve does LITERALLY nothing through this whole book and Lazarus does nothing but complain about how he doesn‘t deserve a mate. Her purpose was literally just to have sex with Laz to help him control his inner demon. They also had zero chemistry and the overall plot didn‘t exist. I won‘t be continuing this series.

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Mehso-so

I like the idea of the story, Hakaba studies the languages of the Netherworld, so werewolves, lizardfolk & so on, but I think the execution is lacking for me. It‘s a series of small episodic chapters that sometimes feel like a cohesive story and sometimes not. I also spend a lot of time being just as confused as Hakaba because not everything the creatures say is translated because he doesn‘t know, which is interesting but sometimes pulls me out.

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My Broken Mariko | Waka Hirako
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An Emotional rollercoster following Tomoyo Shiino has she finds out her best friend Mariko dies by suicide. You learn both their pasts, how they met and what terrible things befell them and it‘s interesting seeing how chaotic Tomoyo reacts to the death of Mariko. I felt the wild and messy art style fit the overall chaotic atmosphere the storytelling was giving off. But there were some softer calmer moments that packed a punch in feels.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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May have gone overboard with my first in person library browsing excursion. The library has been open for awhile now I just haven‘t been able to go for personal reasons. I can‘t read Given or Boys Run the Riot yet as I‘m waiting for the rest of the series to come in from holds, but hopefully I can get through these in a decent manner!

Sweetkokoro @TheAromaofBooks I‘ll also be using these for my April book spin bingo board which I‘m late on making lol but I‘ll get it up soon! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I love a good library run!! 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Spine on the slipcase.

This set is so dang pretty

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Back of the slipcase. I love the little details.

kspenmoll Beautiful!!! 4mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Front of the slipcase they came in!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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The spines are also so pretty!!

LoverOfLearning Just stunning!! 4w
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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Illumicrate special edition!

BayouGirl85 @Lollymya OMG! What a beautiful edition! 4mo
LoverOfLearning I mean come on. Stunning. And what an beautiful novel. 4w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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My illumicrate special edition set for Circe and Song of Achilles came in today. I‘m so freaking happy, they are gorgeous

LoverOfLearning Have yet to read this one! 4w
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This turned into more of an experiment while reading. I thought “how much sexism/misogyny does one have to wade through to enjoy this? Those 37 tabs all indicate some form of sexism/misogyny & I didn‘t even mark them all since I ran out tabs. This is a good example of a book that is sorely ruined because the world of Xanth is highly imaginative but no one needs/wants to wade through this, & while the sexism is at most dumb it still ruins the story

wordslinger42 Yeah, I read some of this series, and I just kept getting more and more uncomfortable, so I bailed. 4mo
RamsFan1963 This is why I rarely re-read books. 14 year old me loved this book, but I know 58 year old me would have problems with it. 4mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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Got my #bookspinbingo board all set up!

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Children of the Drake | Richard A. Knaak
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My #Roll100 books for January

24 - Source of Magic
49 - Children of the Drake

Looking forward to finally getting around to these! I do need to read A Spell for a Chameleon before Source of Magic but that‘s okay!

@PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Bit of fantasy to start the new year 5mo
RamsFan1963 Ooooh The Source of Magic!! I remember reading it at 14 and falling in love with Piers Anthony's writing. 5mo
Sweetkokoro @RamsFan1963 I‘m currently reading A Spell for a Chameleon and I have mixed feelings about certain elements but I am enjoying the world, his writing is very easy to follow and it does go by quickly which is nice. 5mo
RamsFan1963 @Sweetkokoro I'm not sure 58 year old me would still love them like 14 year old me did, but I remember the first 3 books very fondly 5mo
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Jumping back into #bookspinbingo for January. My goal is to take part every month for 2022, I have so many books to get through that I own!
#bookspin #doublespin
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Attack on Titan: 2 | Hajime Isayama
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Hey hey all my manga readers, I redid my manga reading challenge from 2021 for 2022. I got rid of some of the prompts that required research to properly fulfill and put in easier more fun prompts that should hopefully open up more responses! So please come join us on Storygraph!

https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/01c3f367-17c8-47eb-91ec-723ff66...

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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m attempting to revive my booktube channel! I do all the recording and editing on my phone since that‘s all I have available to me so views and follows would be super awesome! I know it‘s kind of long but I put a ton of work into it!

https://youtu.be/66qpQlNLpdE

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Sadly this didn‘t work out for me. The biggest issue was that the author never explains how the ghost haunting Jake even latched on to Jake, considering his death took place in a completely different school. There was also a lot of ‘convenient‘ moments that crop up when they are needed and then just fade away like they were never really part of the whole story, this includes characters.

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Dead Wednesday | Jerry Spinelli
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Mehso-so

A creepy idea that doesn‘t really hit that scare factor, but still interesting. Worm is celebrating Dead Wednesday where he has to “be dead” for a day and is ignored by everyone at school (weird tradition) only he gets the actual ghost of his assigned dead person attached to him. Main take away lessons are live life and don‘t wallow in self pity. A fast read with a Weird idea with some cute moments sprinkled in

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3rd book in the Seven Swords novella series and it just keeps getting better! This is fast paced and full of action and the twist to the murder mystery left me impressed! Ryan‘s imagination really shines in this series and he found that sweet spot to make the novella feel like a full story without the length!

Full review: https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/09/18/city-of-songs-the-seven-swords...

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Fantastic this was full of heartbreak, fear, unknown secrets & world that is brimming full of fascinating & enchanting life. The end left me stunned & heartbroken & I need book 3 now! This series is amazing it‘s selfpub & deserves all the praise. There are anthropomorphic Birds! I love it. Also this has disability rep with Nella, who is deaf & Bruno worked with members of the community to make sure she was properly portrayed & she is darling!

Sweetkokoro @TheAromaofBooks This is book 15 for #bookspinbingo which is also my #Doublespin book! (I‘ll be posting all my reads since I forgot to do so through the month sorry for the incoming spam of tags) 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Look at all these adorable Jinbesan bookmarks I got from my sisters workplace! Ahhh I love them.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘m going to be repeating my October reading selection and IG theme where I focus on spooky middle grade books!

These are what I have picked out. I‘m looking for more recommendations. They can be MG horror, thriller, suspense or even Halloween themed!

I‘m gathering them now so I can get pictures done ahead of time. Please give me recs!

monalyisha This one‘s more cute than spooky but may still apply! 8mo
Sweetkokoro @monalyisha Both of those sound really good, especially The Nest! Thank you 8mo
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A dark and creepy tale that set my heart pounding. It‘s 40 pages long and I think free on kindle but so worth it. It has a melancholy end with a bit hope sprinkled in but I enjoyed that as it shows not everything can be solved instantly.

Please check out my full review I feel like I‘m fighting a losing battle with my blog.

https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/and-they-were-never-heard-from...

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Untitled | Anonymous
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A #redstack just because.

Also that Witcher book doesn‘t have that ugly Netflix sticker on it and I got it brand new at B&N not a used book store! That was an instant buy for me haha

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Untitled | Anonymous
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It‘s been awhile since I took part in #bookspinbingo so I‘ll do both #bookspin and #doublespin I have been slacking in my reading the last few months and have fallen behind on arcs and other book commitments. So I decided why not do this as it does get me motivated to read!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I love your layout!!! 9mo
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Wicked Nix | Lena Coakley
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Adorable and touching all rolled into one. It leaves you feeling like you were dragged off by fairies. There is some mystery as well that is weaved into the story wonderfully and this edition is full of illustrations.

Full Review: https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/wicked-nix-lena-coakley/

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Mehso-so

A decent debut but unfortunately I was not blown away like other readers. It really lacked a lot of depth to the character relationships. It has elements that are intriguing and it‘s very well written, it just didn‘t have that extra edge to really make me fall in love. I will pick up book 2 & see how it goes when it releases

Full Review: https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/08/02/the-hand-of-the-sun-king-pact-...

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Sorry for the very late post. My life is very hectic right now.
But big thanks to
@Karisa @cwarnier @allureofbeauty
For all these amazing bookmarks! My daughter wants to steal the drinks haha!

allureofbeauty Glad they made it okay. Hope you liked them 🖤 9mo
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Theft of Swords | Michael J. Sullivan
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I‘m going to marry Hadrian.
I loved this. The simplicity of the story with the classic tropes & the banter between Hadrian & Royce makes it so enjoyable.
A great pick for those who want to move out of YA fantasy but are worried about difficult worldbuilding & heavy politics, this has both but it‘s not overwhelming, and it‘s fun!

https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/theft-of-swords-the-riyria-rev...

book_em_danno Great series 9mo
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This is full of some of the most enchanting creatures I have come across in sci-fi. Bruno‘s imagination is like no other. The world is beautiful, the creatures unique, and the story enthralling. Full of action and heartbreak, In the Orbit of Sirens is one my favorite reads this year!

In depth review on my blog
https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/in-the-orbit-of-sirens-song-of...

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An interesting tale of a detective trying to solve an old case, it flips back and fourth between present and past. The beginning is a little bit hard to understand due to the character designs of the the two mains looking way to similar but once you figure out how to see the differences it allows for better enjoyment. The fun was watching these harden men respect and care for the cats at the local bar!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘m taking part in #indieaugust on Twitter and this is my TBR for it. I‘m really hoping I can get through a lot of these. I already finished The Silent Blade (it was good) A Warriors Burden (it was not good) and now I‘m currently on In the Orbit of Sirens and so far it is amazing!

Have any of you read any of these?

Clare-Dragonfly Nope! I‘m intrigued though! 9mo
Sweetkokoro @Clare-Dragonfly Ohhhh so it‘s not technically out until October 1st (I got an arc from the author) but it‘s about Sigyn one of Loki‘s wives from Norse Mythology. 9mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I still have my two other small ones which now hold paperbacks and my mass markets! And a few of my other hardback manga. The pile on the side are library books haha. All my other manga are on a shelf with my figures I‘m trying to get a picture of them but it‘s an awkward shelf in a weird place haha.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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The two on the other side! This is all more fantasy over flow from the first two, with Sci-fi and my really small collection of YA (barley two shelves haha) and then my middle grades! And of course my favorite Manga displayed at the top!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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I finally got two more tall white bookcases, not the ikea ones sadly but I don‘t care anymore. Im not going to keep waiting for a chance to get them. It took me all last Friday to build the two and rearrange them. So now I‘m gonna show them off . (I have 4 tall in total) they are split on either side of my tv in my living room as I don‘t have an extra room for my own personal library. This is all fantasy

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It‘s been a minute since I shared a picture here. I‘m putting a lot of focus into my blog and Twitter lol. But I‘m still here still reading. I‘m trying to balance my life but it‘s hard.

I did though get new bookshelves. I‘ll share them tomorrow!

TrishB Love these versions ❤️ 10mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My current TBR list. I had people on Twitter help create it. So hopefully this means they will read the reviews I post for them!

I‘ll make sure to post my thoughts here as well.

Has anyone read anything on this list yet?

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Untitled | Anonymous
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It‘s not in the database but Karik‘s First Battle is a self published short story. Bleak lands, death at every corner & a dragon to take down. Karik‘s story is just beginning & this is a great start. Oliver gave just enough to the tale but left much more to learn about who Karik is and why he is a man no one ever speaks of. Full review on my blog

https://intotheheartwyld.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/kariks-first-battle-legends-of...

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Lots of new middle grade paperbacks too. I can‘t wait to read all of these.

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A Tear in the Ocean | H.M. Bouwman
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Gots lots of new middle grade books in!

Branwen Excellent haul! 10mo
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Picked this up yesterday at B&N it‘s a one shot not a series (could change it‘s like that with manga) Harden Men who have a soft spot for kitties go to a bar called Kitty and Me, one iron clad rule: Never harm the cats. I don‘t know what to expect but I‘m here for it.

phantomx I've been keeping an eye on this one-shot. Stacked! 11mo
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I just preordered a signed 1st edition of this book for my baby sister! She is a huge fan of Brom (she named her kitty after him haha) but she doesn‘t follow the book circles like I do, so when the opportunity to purchase a signed book by him popped up I knew I had to grab one for her. It will be her first ever signed book and I know it being by Brom she will be so excited! I can‘t wait for Sept to get here so I can see her reaction!

Sweetkokoro I also entered my receipt of purchase for the preorder campaign to get her the signed poster too!! 11mo
BookwormAHN Nice 🧡 11mo
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Threadneedle | Cari Thomas
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Just sharing some of my most recent Goldsboro monthly books. These spayed edges are fire and they just keep getting better!

From top to bottom
The Library of the Dead by T.L Huchu
The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood
ThreadNeedle by Cari Thomas
SisterSong by Lucy Holland

Cheshirecat913 Those are fantastic! So cool. 11mo
WanderingBookaneer @gibblr would love this! 11mo
TrishB These are lovely ❤️ 11mo
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Oryx Stunning picture and edges 11mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile 😍 Ooooo LOVE it! 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😍🤩😍🤩 11mo
gibblr @WanderingBookaneer I have Library of the Dead and Sistersong. Would love Threadneedle! 11mo
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Queens of the Wyrd | Timandra Whitecastle
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I have been getting into more self published books and this is one of my most recent acquisitions. It‘s been pitched to me as Kings of the Wyld but with Ladies who are get this… MOMMAS.. yes a fantasy book with mother‘s in it!! This is what I, a mother, have been dying for. There are few others on my radar that include mothers but I am super excited for this one. Plus that cover is fire!!!!

vivastory I'll have to check it out. I was thinking just the other day about Eames & wondering when his next book would be released 11mo
Sweetkokoro @vivastory From the last interview I watched with him, he is struggling with writing the last book but he is hoping for it to be released next year. So while I patiently wait for book 3 I will dive into anything that gives similar vibes. 11mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Well I did what everyone else did. I caved and bought this. So I hope it‘s worth the hype haha.

magyklyXdelish I mean that cover though 😍 12mo
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Taran Wanderer | Lloyd Alexander
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A whole book about Taran wandering Prydain trying to find out his parentage, but learning so much more along the way. This has a lot of growth for Taran, the lesson he learned that I loved most was that “even he is capable of horrible thoughts but how he acts after those thoughts are who he truly desires to be” it‘s presented & taught that it‘s human nature to think in both “good & evil” but how we act in response to them is the important aspect.

Sweetkokoro While this one may have been full of a ton of “side-quests” for Taran, I felt they were important as each one helped Taran learn and grow and understand who he wants to be . I was sad that it was the 2nd book in a row with no Eilonwy but I understand why she wasn‘t present as this is all about Taran and his growth. 12mo
Moonprismpower I haven‘t read his series or author. Is it a book I could read without having read the others? 12mo
Sweetkokoro @Moonprismpower Alexander himself in his author notes (in each book) says that he wrote Prydain as both self contained chronicles and a story in a larger pattern. So I would say it‘s safe to read it by itself. This is specifically focused on Taran and even with what you learn if you start there and go back I feel it would be fine, each book really does stand well on its own. 12mo
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The Castle of Llyr | Lloyd Alexander
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So far my least favorite of the series. I thought I was gonna get a nice story centered around Eilonwy and instead got Taran running around the forest for majority of the book and her being nonexistent in the whole story until the end when she does appear and her will is completely stripped of her, zero signs of that strong willed girl from the two earlier books. Just a let down to be honest.

imyril I enjoyed this one as a kid, but as an adult it's my least favourite too - it feels like lots of railroading characters to do things for plot convenience and sells Eilonwy short. That said: it brings back Achren - I'm always here for Achren :) 13mo
Sweetkokoro @imyril I can‘t get into liking Achren and it‘s probably due to there never been enough of her in the stories. This one really got sidetracked and focused way to much on Taran and his “lost in the woods and being angry with Prince Rhun” bit. Definitely the most disappointing so far for me. 13mo
imyril @Sweetkokoro fair. I‘ll be curious to see what you make of Taran Wanderer! 12mo
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The Black Cauldron | Lloyd Alexander
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I actually enjoyed this one way more then the first book. The quest was enjoyable and there was so many new characters. The villain surprised me because I completely forgot about them since they are nonexistent most of the story haha. There was actual deaths, and the end with Islimach the horse left me shook, I was not expecting that.

imyril It feels much more grown up in some of its themes - I'm never getting over my crush on or grief for Adaon (or my delight in Orwen, Orgoch and Orddu). 13mo
Sweetkokoro @imyril oh my heart broke over Adaon. I was actually really invested in Ellidyr‘s downward spiral, he started out nasty but then over time you realized he was just desperate for recognition in a world we‘re he felt he had no chance. 13mo
imyril @Sweetkokoro oh gosh yes, Ellidyr is fascinating - I love how layered some of the characters are 12mo
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The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander
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Oh I am so sad I never read this as a child, it would have been an instant favorite. It‘s adorable, funny and oh so sweet. Also there were so many other characters that I loved and helped flesh out the story that were not included in the Disney movie adaptation. I‘m excited to start the next book!

imyril One of my lifelong faves - always happy to see someone discover them. Book two is probably my fave, hope you enjoy it! 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh, I adored this series when I was a kid. I really ought to reread it! 13mo
LibrarianRyan One of my favs!! 13mo
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@Branwen I‘m pretty sure I remember seeing you say you love this series. But also it‘s dragons and I know you love dragons! But Wings of Fire is getting a Netflix animated series!! 🐉

I still have yet to read this series but now I want to grab them before Netflix slaps their ugly non removable logo sticker on their gorgeous covers.

Branwen OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING NEWS EVER! 😃🐉📚💕 13mo
Sweetkokoro @branwen Ahhh I knew you would be super excited! I really hope it turns out good and is as faithful as it can be to the books. 13mo
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