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angieinwonderland

angieinwonderland

Joined December 2017

Fangirl in a fandom world/Reader/Tattoo collector/Slytherin
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The London House | Katherine Reay
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I really enjoyed this story, crossing between the contemporary family's story line and with old letters between twin sisters of an earlier time. The letters really made you know those characters just as much as the protagonist and I had built up some false hope for the endings so I was sad that it didn't go the way of my imagination but it did end with some great fuzzy feelings!

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I tried this on audiobook for the first time because Lauren Graham read it. This was such a comforting book with a touch of magic realism that I could not have read earlier in my grief process after losing my own mother.

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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This book is hard to describe in that it was pretty good, had some great sass and riveting parts to it that had me racing through some chapters but it never grabbed me by the ankles and dragged me in.

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November 9: A Novel | Colleen Hoover
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This is an emotional roller coaster. Only get on if you think you like roller coasters. There were times I was just plain frustrated then I climbed far up only to plummet farther down and in some parts I found myself upside down. That's it. That's my review.

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Something Wilder (Export) | Christina Lauren
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I read this for a reading challenge. I love their books but I wasn't in a rush to pick this up based on the synopsis. 4 stars for pulling me right into this story that I didn't think I was interested in and making me root for the characters and feel like I was on the edge of a cliff wanting to find out what happened next.

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The Orphan Witch | Paige Crutcher
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The story was so engaging that you want to know the whole story but the writing had me struggling through.

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It was a bit longer than could hold my careful attention steadily which means I think some minor details were missed. But I have to say that while it was a solid 3 star till 78% in, it did climb to 4 stars for the end. I was excited to see there is a Novella that follows. Worth the read.

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Mehso-so

This book ended my 5 star Witchethon. I liked it. It was ok. It could have been alot more though, it had good bones. It was missing something.

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This book has the "draped blanket over shoulders and rubbing arms" kind of comfort to it. The magic of this story was simply decadent.

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I loved this book and the parallels between suffrage and witchcraft. That's what lured me in and kept me there for the very long read. It delivered on what it promised in the blurb. I even learned about the misogyny of pockets (ps google it because while the link to withcraft is not hard to believe, it isnt entirely factual). I read the majority of it yesterday while enjoying a raspberry mocha.

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This story touched on so many social issues that could make you wonder if it is too on the nose but then those well placed zingers go straight to the readers heart. It is a story for everyone to enjoy.

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I think this was her debut and it is a great debut Thriller. It wasn't my favorite from her but there is definitely alot of twists and turns, perhaps too many for me.

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Like Under The Whispering Door, I loved this book for the lesson, the comfort and the journey. The story telling transports you into changing with the protagonist. Your typical feel good book but with teeth.

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Bailedbailed

I think it might be my mood but I couldn't get into this enough to continue. The setting was done well enough but it just didn't hook me at all. I may try this another time.

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Bailedbailed

What I love about historical fiction is that it teaches me historical events wrapped in people's stories in a way that keeps me interested. This book read like a non fiction in that it was all factual told in a "and then this happened, and then that happened, then right after this also happened". I had high expectations about this book and would love recommendations for books based on these interesting women.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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This book was quite the trip merging science fiction/fantasy in the world of fables. Sometimes the mention of current devices like mobiles and Playstation playing against an antiquated setting pulled me out of the story.

But imagine how fast I could get through my 3000 book tbr if I could eat them ;)

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This was good but I didn't love it. If you like to read about the rock star life, you will love this book. The characters were very well written though and even if I couldn't relate to them, I could definitely understand them. The setting is also written so well, the richness of the words amplified by the playlist to put you right there.

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Sweet. Inspiring. Heart-warming. Alluring and wishful.

Basically all the feel good words you can think of, mixed with a touch of pain and grief.

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Only Taylor Jenkins Reid could write a story about a prickly character in a setting that never held my interest and tell it in such a way that I read in one sitting, staying up past my bedtime to do it.

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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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That was a fantastic re-telling! I was getting impatient with the protagonist while recognizing she was written that way quite purposefully. This book may have opened up a whole new genre for me.

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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I was yanked into this story from the very first page. This book has everything you would want for a good story and perfected by the font and formatting to draw you in even further.

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The pace was rather slow despite being told in 4 points of view. Each girl had their distinct voice and took me with them around the table, out dancing etc. I learned a few things and was sufficiently absorbed in their stories and development.

In retrospect though, it highlights the fact that women's struggles haven't made leaps and bounds since then and into today's world.

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The Blame Game | Sandie Jones
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This had far too much going on that I found it increasingly difficult to stay interested as it became far too convoluted. The main character had some redeeming qualities but kept making the exact same mistake too often for me to remain sympathetic.

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Nora Goes Off Script | Annabel Monaghan
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Another surprising 5 star romance for me. It had all the right elements: well timed structure, loveable characters, anticipatitory tension and a high swoon level. I mean even the acknowledgements were swoon worthy!

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time | Gillian McAllister
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Ok I have to give this author kudos on keeping all this complexity together in a coherent fashion. I can't imagine how she kept track of this timeline to provide backstory. It is one of those endings though that leave you wondering if you liked it or not.

It was a good book to read with a cold brew float.

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This story will appeal to those that love the slow pace of a Victorian novel. I see the author did her research and wrote for the times well enough. I read it for a book challenge (set in the place of birth- Ontario) and I must admit it was a challenge to get through. It was no competition for the view here.

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I know people (including the author) has described this as a love story but this book (with the help of damn hormones too I am sure) put me deep in the throes of melancholy.

It was a very good read, despite the multi-generational sadness.

It was hard to keep track of the characters and timelines so maybe take a picture or bookmark the family tree at the beginning.

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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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This premise was normally outside of my normal genre and the 2nd paranormal romance I've read. It consistently stayed a 3 star for me until the last 30 pages when I felt I could exhale the breath I didn't know I was holding and got the extra star.

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Vacationland: A Novel | Meg Mitchell Moore
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It was great fun to read this book while on vacation in Maine and reading references to places i had recently been. These characters had depth and the storyline was good so I'm not sure I can describe what's missing for me.

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Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
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This book is one of those books packed with characters going from one event or conflict to another without diving in too deep. The Pick rating is with the caveat that it is read on vacation.

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The Summer Place: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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The backstories and revelations are as dramatic as you would want a summer read to be. Good themes and great use of multiple points of view.
This book had to compete with my view though, and it didn't always win.

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That was such a well told sequel. It gave enough hints to remind me of the first book I had read so long ago without being tiresome. Two p.o.v were told in the first person and the rest of the p.o.v were in third person and it really just worked so well to show significance. 4 stars! The first quarter was felt a little slow and then down the slide you go!

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This book is filled with despicable people doing disgusting things and then alot of funny. For that reason, this book is deemed unsafe to read beside a sleeping spouse into the early morning hours as you will not be able hold in your rage or laughter. Such a fantastic read that I couldn't put it down even to eat.

Mpcacher I absolutely loved this one and you summed up the feelings wonderfully. 4mo
angieinwonderland Thanks! I am still thinking about the book! 4mo
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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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The protagonist in this story frustrated me so much. None of the characters were especially endearing honestly, even in their best of times.

This one didn't work for me as her others did. I loved the setting, but it had too many half twists to keep me invested in the story.

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The Measure | NIKKI. ERLICK
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This masterpiece is heavy and deep. It needs to be followed by a light read. It will get you thinking, about your place in the world, your impact on it and your views on society who is quick to "other" groups of people based on fear. But it is a must read.

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Trigger Warning LP | Neil Gaiman
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This book of short stories has elements of the metaphorical, bizarre and fantastical. I enjoyed most of them but mostly the 12 that make the Calendar of Stories, especially October. What he does with one story is wild, barely any information yet the reader can formulate the picture, and likely each reader reads a different story.

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Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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This book is such an important read. The characters are so deeply real and flawed that your emotions run ragged. The story and all subplots pull you all the way in so that you rethink your position on everything. And that's a very good thing.

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The Beach Trap | Ali Brady
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This is a fantastic beach read. It has lots of angles and back story and the character development is awesome. I hated one of the characters for most of the book, though I grew to really get her and gasp...even like her as much as the other protagonist.
This one should make it to your summer reading list.

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The beginning was harder to get through but a turning point at the 20%mark made it a great read. The similies are strong and the choice of words so perfect. I really liked the protagonist and found that even the not so easy to like characters were done well.

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Though I kind of slogged through the first half, I enjoyed the last half alot. I liked the representation of Muslim girls living their lives in friendship and relationships and the pressures of all that. And the 4th star is reinforced by the last line of the acknowledgments. #iykyk

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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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This was a very good read. I guess this is the third romance I read that I enjoy and must stop saying I don't like the genre. It has a few elements to intrigue than just romance, and more steam too...with very well written words to describe the scenes.

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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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The carefully chosen words, well phrased descriptions and unusual first person story is what got me through the entire story.

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The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
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There were was so much imagery coming from perfectly written prose. It is dual timeline but not evenly interspersed which somehow adds to the gravitas. This book really puts you there the whole time.

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Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
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I went in thinking I would be happy that this memoire is segmented in short stories as a different approach. The stories/memories seemed so very pointless and the lack of a cohesive writing style didnt help matters. The stories lacked true emotion, insight and humor. It was short, I thought I would make it through...

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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Holy shit!!! The ultimate woman power book. I've not ever started a book review like that but this gem of empowerement deserved it. It has mystery and magic, what more can a woman ask for?

***Sitting here waiting for my powers to come and make menopause a gift ***

jlhammar Can't wait for this one! It's in my stack to start soon! 6mo
angieinwonderland Hope you love it as much as I did. 6mo
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This book didn't hook me as quickly as her others until about a third of the way till I slid down the rest of the way through to the end in a sitting.
Maybe it was the multiple occurrences of unrequited love or a sense of redemption but I loved it.
I only hope that ending is written in such a way to be open to other stories or it may drive me crazy if left that way forever.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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This was a heartening read, even when the characters pissed me off. Not Marcellus though, he has the exact personality you would expect an Octopus to have.

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This book was good and it kept me sufficiently intrigued. I didn't love it but it did entice me put a few more of her books on my list.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I didn't expect to love this book enough to read till 2:30 am but here we are. Emily Henry masters dialogue. So many good lines! And quite a bit of laughing out loud.

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I had wanted to read this for awhile and I am glad I got to it. Truthfully, there was a spell in the middle that lagged but I pulled through it and dived back in. The characters were well written and wholly developed the story was terrific but I am still stewing in my feeling about the ending and trying to find the right words to do this book justice.