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asterese

asterese

Joined September 2016

Still writing. Hoards books like a dragon hoards gold. 🐲📚
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Last of the Talons by Sophie Kim
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Bookish People by Susan Coll
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The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams
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Last of the Talons | Sophie Kim
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Happy Book Birthday to Sophie Kim's Last of the Talons!!! 🥳😄

This was a surprise addition to my list of most anticipated reads this year. I could never pass up on Asian-inspired fantasy, especially when these are debut novels. 😯

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Bestie passed on her book organizer to me, and it made the perfect home for my small collection of Asian-inspired fantasy books. 😃🐲

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I don't think I can praise this book enough. I devoured this from the start, unwilling to put it down and go to bed (although I did have to). I loved the main character, the setting, the story, everything about this book. The writing was beautiful all throughout.

Without a doubt, this is the author's best work yet.

⭐: 5

(Photo in the background belongs to Minha Baek)

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It's been ages since I saw any book from The Dandelion Dynasty stocked in the local bookstore. 🤯 We need more copies of the whole series in these parts. 🥺

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Finally starting this one. Fingers crossed that this gets me out of a reading slump, and that I end up giving this 5 stars. 🥺

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I went into this book thinking it'd be a lighthearted story, a romantic comedy to read in between more serious tomes. I was not prepared for the depth and substance this book delivered on. Do not let the cover fool you. There's a bit of trauma discussed here, and it's not hard to empathize with the characters they affect.

The title really hits differently after the book's over.

Thank you to Netgalley, and Alcove Press for the e-arc!

⭐: 4

asterese (Photo in the background belongs to Christian Mackie) 4w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Love the bookmark that came with the book I recently got. 😍

Karisa Beautiful bookmark! I loved the book too😍 1mo
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The Valiant | Lesley Livingston
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✨ Book Mail ✨

Officially added to the TBR pile. Was browsing through some bargain books listed online, and this one caught my eye. We don't get many gladiatrix stories. I'm hoping I'll like this one. 🤞🏻

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Leave it to a chicken to throw my life into a tailspin.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Angel Mage | Garth Nix
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The Maid of Ellanda had returned to Ystara, and soon all would be well. For Liliath, at least.

(It's been nearly 2 years since I last read this. Putting this book at the top of my reread list!)

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Napoleon: A Life | Andrew Roberts
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Yesterday was the 253rd birthday of this man. Before going on to study History in college, I was already fascinated with the emperor's life and career, so it's no surprise that I immediately added this book to my wishlist the moment I learned of its existence. Thankfully, I was able to get the ebook last year. I still like seeing the physical copy in bookstores though. Will I be able to read this by August 15 next year? We'll see.

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The Last First Date | Hayley Quinn
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Mehso-so

To be honest, I wasn't so sure where this story was going, despite the synopsis on various websites. At times it sounded like a Sophie Kinsella book. Other times it tried to sound like a single person's memoir. The concept of a last first date sounds cute, but there were instances when it felt a little heavy-handed. Read this if you want something light and easy.

Thank you to Netgalley, and HQ for the e-arc!

⭐: 3

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Furysong | Rosaria Munda

"They can't imagine ideas could be more powerful than dragonfire."

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Furysong | Rosaria Munda
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Give this book ALL of the stars. This is without a doubt my favorite book of the year. It was just soo good. A fitting end to the series I've loved since I first heard about it on BookTube. The author really takes her political theory background, and gives the fantasy so much depth and substance that everything in it feels possible. And the dragons, I love how they fit into this story so well. 🔥

⭐: 5 (ALL the stars)

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Furysong | Rosaria Munda

"They watch us kneel, they see the back of our heads, and they think we've given in. They don't realize you can think from your knees just as well as from your feet."

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Furysong | Rosaria Munda
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Happy Book Birthday to Furysong by Rosaria Munda!!! 💚🐲

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Makes my heart full to see fully-stocked shelves in the bookstore. 💟📚

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The Meeting Point has an interesting premise. What if you go on a surprise trip to see your boyfriend, only to find out that he's been cheating on you the whole time, and you learn all about it from the Lift driver who finds his phone left behind in his vehicle?

If that interests you, I recommend reading this series. After all, that premise got me. Once I made it past 15% of the book, I couldn't put it down. I had to read until the end.

⭐: 4

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The Girl King | Mimi Yu
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"I wasn't made to torment you. I wasn't made for you at all. I was made for me."

All hail the Girl King! ?

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The Girl King | Mimi Yu
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THIS. This is the Asian fantasy book of my dreams! Mimi Yu really delivered on this one (I can actually go to sleep with a smile on my face). I cared about the characters, the story, the myriad of cultures represented here and their respective struggles in this fantasy setting. I am invested in Lu, Min, Nok, and the fate of the Empire of the First Flame. On to the sequel! 👑🔥

⭐: 4.5

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The Girl King | Mimi Yu

"Myths are what common men call history distorted by time."

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The Girl King | Mimi Yu
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Current read 🙂

(This was one of the books I was really looking forward to read back in 2021, but life happened. 😅)

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This book definitely had the most exquisite writing I've ever read. Truly a lovely tribute to Chinese fantasy. The worldbuilding is where this book excels. The characters, on the other hand, required a lot of patience from me to care about them, making this not a new favorite. I would still recommend this to younger readers though.

⭐: 4

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Was this where all paths to love led? Heartbreak, whether through separation, betrayal, or death? Was the fleeting joy worth the sorrow that came after?

(No idea where this story is going yet, but the writing is truly lovely.)

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Underworld | Greg Cox, Danny McBride
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Budapest was no stranger to war.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Finally finished reading this book. It's one of those books where the writing is really good, and the twist was also just as good, but I wasn't in the right headspace to enjoy it as well as I should have. Historical mysteries used to be very enjoyable for me, but these days, not so much. This book deserves high praise all the same.

⭐: 4

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"Meet every man as you find him, for we're all made the same under habit or robe or rags. Some better made than others, and some better cared for, but on the same pattern all."

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"Some scars are carved into our bones -- a part of who we are, shaping what we become."

(Finally diving into this popular book. Here's hoping it doesn't disappoint. ??)

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Excavation | James Rollins
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With a name, he had become flesh and blood again. Someone with a history, a past, even a family. So much power in just a name.

(Photo in the background belongs to Adrian Dascal)

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Excavation | James Rollins
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The best beach buddies: a mango smoothie, and my Kindle. 🏖☀️

Hope everyone's having a good summer! 😊

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Definitely the best Templar novel I've ever read! This was a strong start to the Cotton Malone series, and certainly one of Steve Berry's best works. I thought that nothing could beat The Romanov Prophecy for me, but here we are. Fast-paced, and almost impossible to put down, I really enjoyed this one.

You rock, Steve Berry.

⭐: 5

(Photo in the background belongs to Patrick Gillespie)

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Technically, this was one of the best epistolary novels I've ever read. All the separate forms of written communication employed here told a compelling story when put together. Sure this started slow, but with the premise this had, it's understandable. It's an unusual, and even absurd topic. But once I made it past the first half, I was hooked. Not knowing how I felt after the end was a bonus.

⭐: 4

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Daughter of Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Finally got the break I needed this weekend. No notes, no lectures, just books. And a whole lot of swimming, eating, and exploring under the sun. 🐠🌺🧀😊

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The Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
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Mehso-so

As much as I like slice of life stories set in Japan, there were times when reading this felt like a chore. It wasn't because there was no linear narrative, but more because I felt no attachment to the characters. 🤔 maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to read this. Would still recommend this as a light read though. 🙂

⭐: 3

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The Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
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This was what made love so difficult. Or rather, the difficult thing was first determining whether or not love was what I wanted.

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Wondering where this cozy mystery is going. 👀

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This sequel really delivered. Izumi's story has that Princess Diaries inspiration woven into it, but the author gives her own distinct mark on the ordinary-girl-is-secretly-a-princess tale, and that's what makes me love this series more. It was also a little refreshing, if not sobering, to see a glimpse of what imperial life could be like in Japan. Culture is a major element here, and anyone interested in Japan will surely have fun reading this.

asterese I hope this isn't the end of Izumi's story. 🥺

⭐: 4.5

(Photo in the background belongs to Kentaro Toma)
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The Ninth Rain | Jen Williams
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Been waiting a long time to get my hands on this book. 🥺 so happy to finally see it in the Kindle US store. 🤩

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Silence of Bones | June Hur
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This was a solid debut. I love June Hur's writing. I felt the historical K-drama vibes on every page, and had a really great time reading this. Sometimes I just wasn't sure where the main character's head was at, but that's my only issue here. I'm looking forward to reading more of June's books.

⭐: 4.75

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Unravel the Dusk | Elizabeth Lim
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This certainly made a good ending for the duology. I love how Maia fully came into her own here (that's real character development right there), and the Six Crimson Cranes references. The author took inspiration from several famous Chinese legends, and really made it her own in this world, and I loved that about this series too.

I don't regret sticking with this duology to the end at all.

⭐: 4

(Photo in the background belongs to Muye Ma)

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The City of Dusk | Tara Sim
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I need the sequel already! This book was fun, and reminded me why I usually gravitate towards fantasy. The worldbuilding was fantastic, particularly the mythology concerning the gods and the different realms.

The four main characters here are the heirs to each of the four Houses mentioned at the start of the book. I wasn't attached to any of them in particular, and at first I thought it made for a slow book to let them each have their own

asterese chapter. But the way Tara Sim writes. Just read this, if you love fantasy, magic, stories of gods and monsters, and necromancer characters.

⭐: 4.75

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I didn't even blink. We rarely get autographed copies in the local bookstore here, and when I saw this one, it was the only copy with that sticker. Picked it up, no further questions. 😂

I mean, you can never have too many copies of your favorite books. 🤭

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The City of Dusk | Tara Sim

"I do, however, believe that if we view those who rule as infallible—touched by the gods, and therefore sacred—we will continue to set a dangerous precedent for ourselves. It is one thing to show devotion for the gods. It is quite another to devote yourself to your people.”

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The City of Dusk | Tara Sim
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Finally got some time to read this weekend! Just in time for Asian Readathon 2022. 🎊 Starting off with The City of Dusk by Tara Sim.

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A Train to Moscow | Elena Gorokhova
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"It's always about choices, dead ends and mistakes."

The way this book struck me when I reached the ending. ? It started out slow for me, and I wasn't sure where the story was going, but the writing was worth sticking around for. The author writes beautifully, and as the story builds up, the more it comes alive.

⭐: 4

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing, and Netgalley for the e-arc!

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Happy World Book Day!!! 🥳📚📖

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Lucky Jim | Kingsley Amis
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When I said I wanted to read more classics this year, I did not have this one in mind. I saw this being sold online and no one seemed to want it. The cover was intriguing to me, as well as the title, and after a quick search of the summary, I found myself putting in an offer for the book, and here it is. 😂 #bookmail

BarbaraBB I read this ages ago but remember I laughs out loud a lot. Not sure if I still would, I was very young at the time. 5mo
batsy Like @BarbaraBB I also remember finding it funny, if a bit "laddish", as it were. 5mo
asterese @BarbaraBB @batsy Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Looking forward to reading this now. 😃 5mo
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Love & Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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Happy Easter, Litsy friends!! 🥰 I just want to thank this community for keeping me sane, and for keeping my spirits up with everyone's mutual love for books during the past few years. Last Tuesday I learned that I passed my country's Bar Examinations, which took place 2 months ago after several delays and postponements. Litsy was part of my life the entire time I was preparing, and it will continue to be so in this new chapter of my life. 💜💜

IuliaC Congratulations and Happy Easter! 5mo
Chrissyreadit Congratulations! 5mo
BookHoarder32 Love this book ❤️ Congrats! 5mo
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Extasia | Claire Legrand
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Today I had one of those really bad days, and this lovely Extasia art print arrived just in time to lift my spirits. 🏵🍄🥺

LiteraryinLawrence Hope tomorrow is a much better day 💗 6mo
asterese @LiteraryinLawrence Thank you! 💛 I hope so too. 6mo
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"You can justify anything if you do it poetically enough."

This book rendered me speechless at the end. I just love this so much. ? I don't even know what to say about it that won't spoil anything in the story. If you like dark academia, Shakespeare, The Song of Achilles (oddly, this book reminded me of it), and morally grey characters, consider reading this (if you haven't already).

⭐: 5

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