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kera_11

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Joined April 2021

the c stands for constantly reading (mostly romance but sometimes other things)
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strong finish. I love the Kane siblings, and all their friends and side characters are so enjoyable. Dramatic ending and journey, didn‘t want to put this book now, I needed to know what was happening next. I hate the way Rick solved the love triangle he created for Sadie but that could just be me. But also she‘s 13, leave her alone. Anyway, beyond that, I really enjoyed this series. Rick, you are (mostly) a mastermind.

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The Throne of Fire | Rick Riordan
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things are heating up!!! a couple of teens just brought back a lost god that no one else has ever been able to find. not sure why Ricky is giving a 13 yr old a little love triangle, I wish he wouldn‘t but whatever. will be jumping into the third and final book very quickly.

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Expanding my RR universe into his Egyptian based series and I‘m really liking it so far! 2 siblings are surprise! descended from pharaohs and super powerful magicians. and bonus: are now being used as host bodies for ancient gods, so they‘re suuuperrr powerful rn, slayyy. They‘re funny, they‘re scared, they‘re arguing bc siblings. Still second to anything Percy is in BUT better than the Apollo series and learning about Egyptian gods is fun.

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Book 3, same cleric Chih, but now in the riverlands. They are looking for stories of the near immortal assassins from the region & the beautiful women among them. When in a tavern a truly horrendous looking woman asks Chih why only the beautiful assassins get their stories told? There‘s plenty of ugly people that did more impressive things. Moral: who gets their story told and why and do they want it told? (Selling point: surprise power throuple)

kera_11 Im obsessed with this novella trilogy, NGHI PLEASE WRITE MORE 1w
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The Dressmaker: A Novel | Posie Graeme-Evans
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my friend gave me this book and boy was it dramatic, even more than I anticipated. Ellen could not catch a break. She marries this horrible dude and when she ends up pregnant, he dips. She works to grow her skill and business as a dressmaker &once she‘s killing it, guess who shows back up? Mister no money bad attitude wack ass husband. But she‘s got friends & money on her side now. (not my fave historical romance but entertaining in the back half)

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Charlie is about to get married to please his family and hide away his true self (and written/drawn gay pornography collection too). He goes to get his fave book signed by his fave author, one who keeps his identify a secret. But why is there so much tension between them? Who would have guessed the smut author is great in bed? Can these 2 men figure out a way to get Charlie out of his fate? Read this so fast, entertaining af.

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Folklorn | Angela Mi Young Hur
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Our main character, Elsa, is a very unlikeable character, but so is everyone else, no one is perfect, that‘s the point. It weaves the magic of ghosts into the trauma of being haunted by one- both living &dead, by showing the danger of repressed grief &mental illness. Elsa‘s brother tells the myths as just that myths but Elsa sees the warning of them &the history. This was tough to get through at parts but I really liked it. Please look up TW!!

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Omg this book was gnarly and gory. Bored housewives with shit husbands have a book club. New guy comes to town, rich, hot, but he‘s a vampire and he‘s spotted in the poorer, Black neighborhoods, where kids are going missing or brutally unaliving themselves. This book was quite a surprise & went so many places I didn‘t expect &maybe it didn‘t need to. Not sure how I feel about it, need to think. TW: SA, gore, suicide, systemic racism, sexism etc

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As cleric, Chih and their guide are journeying through the mountains, they are stopped by 3 tigers. As distraction, Chih tells the tigers a story of a tigress and her scholar, human, wife. The tigers frequently stopping and correcting the story. Showing how the victor and those on their side are the ones who get to tell the story, who wins, who was betrayed, human or tiger depending on who‘s telling the story.

kera_11 These stories are all told through a not heteronormative and western centric lens and they‘re entertaining and I love them 3w
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Seoulmates | Susan Lee
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Hannah‘s boyfriend unexpectedly dumps her, citing they have nothing in common. She doesn‘t even watch K Dramas! Enter: Hannah‘s childhood best friend, Jacob, who is now a real life K-Drama STAR. He‘s got a bucket list for his summer break and Hannah has to be his guide. Rekindling a friendship with the only true best friend she‘s ever had won‘t ruin her plan to win back her ex, right? I mean, Jacob‘s leaving at the end of summer. right?

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Rabbit, an elderly woman, former handmaid to the recently deceased empress In-Yo, is our narrator. Telling cleric, Chih(they), the story of empress In-Yo, from her marriage and exile, to how she took the throne. This world is so full of secrets and strife, a world where wars are won by “fierce women raised by angry mothers”, and history outlasts all the silences and erasures. This is a novella but feels so much longer in the best way.

Mariasimon I have this available from the library right now!! Should I read it?? 3w
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Paris has generalized anxiety disorder but is undiagnosed for most of the book and it‘s really about how having anxiety impacts your relationships with others and yourself, with the back drop of a baking show. While this book has romance in it, it‘s not a romance book, so adjust expectations before reading. I really liked Paris and Tariq and was rooting for them together and as individuals. I do like how it all played out.

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What's Mine and Yours | Naima Coster
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The plot of this book is not what you‘d expect based on the blurb, the school integration is not as central as you would expect. Basically this book is about how families are hard. And racism and sexuality and sexism and colorism and boundaries, and yea it‘s a lot but outside of some pacing issues (for me personally), I liked it. Was pulled in by the cover so good work to the cover artist.

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The Holiday Trap | Roan Parrish
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A queer version of the movie The Holiday. Truman and Greta both need to leave home at the holidays and a mutual friend sets them up to do a house swap. Truman goes to an island in Maine and Greta to New Orleans. Self-realization, growth and new love abounds. I cared more about the mm relationship than ww so I wish they got more time but throughly enjoyable.

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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This was way shorter than I thought it would be but it was good. Myth of a statue come to life and when the sculptor can longer keep her controlled and subservient, he commits her and keeps her under watchful doctors until he can come to visit her for sex. But she can‘t leave her daughter home alone with him, so she turns her beauty on him, using it for manipulation.

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Her Body and Other Parties | Carmen Maria Machado
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Magical realism/horror short stories about women &their bodies & the way society & men feel entitled to them. None of these are easy to read, TW for assault, eating disorders, mental health etc but they are so well written & unique. The intermixing of queerness is appreciated, it‘s just there, it‘s not a plot point. The reimagined story of SVU episodes was so interesting. Why do we watch shows of women being assaulted? Bc they are. But why?

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Listen. It‘s basically a Hallmark movie, so it‘s not peak literature but it‘s two bi women being together and happy (mostly) AND CHRISTMAS AND TREE FARMS AND GOOD FRIENDS AND LETS MAKE SOME NOISE FOR A LUMBERJANE!!!!! throughly enjoyed.

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Kiss Her Once for Me | Alison Cochrun
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I was worried about this one with the potential sibling aspect coming into play but it was handled well. I really enjoyed this book, I‘ve loved both of this author‘s books so far. Christmas lesbians are a yes from me.

kera_11 S/o to @Mariasimon for telling me to go and get this book ❤️❤️ 2mo
Mariasimon ❤️❤️ the best!! 1mo
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Nope.
I hate the miscommunication trope and this couple miscommunicates and breaks up FOUR TIMES. Also, he warns her about a sketchy dude in the industry and then when he sees them alone, he assumes the worst of her?? And leaves her there alone?? With the man HE warned HER about a year ago?? I‘m sorry but bye, no apology good enough for that

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Christmas gays!!! One is a grinch who‘s never had to work for a thing in his life and the other is a sweetie who lives by the saying “hard work feeds the soul.” They were so good for each other. Read this so fast.

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The Bird Tattoo: A Novel | Dunya Mikhail
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Oh man this book is tough. It‘s so painful to read, historical fiction through and through, and I don‘t even know what else to say. It‘s well written and I see why it won awards but god it‘s sad.

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I picked this up to read about Punjabi widows telling erotic stories and it delivered. I was surprised by where else the plot went, did not see the crime aspect coming but I really liked it. It was funny but serious and sweet and sad, so much depth in these characters. Really enjoyed this.

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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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WELL! This book makes me want to never use a dating app ever again.
I‘ve never read a book about a sleuth who is so terrible at solving mysteries. In fact she doesn‘t, someone else tells her what happened & I truly couldn‘t have cared less about the poor murdered girl. Loved the idea for this book but the execution was not there for me. Too many pop culture references & it‘s def not a romance, she‘s just a lesbian. wish I knew that before.

marleed Completely agree we th your thoughts. 2mo
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The Sacrifice | Rin Chupeco
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I‘d describe this book as “colonizers fuck around & find out”. A hidden island is said to be home to a sleeping god who needs 8 specific sacrifices to rise. Over the years people have tried and never gotten to all 8. A docu-series crew is on the island now with a local boy as guide who acts as a caretaker to the island. plant related horror &plot twists abound. people slowly losing it. & it‘s a surprise queer book with male/non-binary couple SLAY

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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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Honestly, this book was a let down to me personally. Described as women being sick of men‘s shit so a bunch turn into dragons and disappear. thought this would be feminist and about female rage but it was really about silence and erasure and focused on white women which is sooo not feminist for a 2022 book (or ever but seriously now). maybe this is just me idk someone let me know if they disagree

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Acts of Violet | Margarita Montimore
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Violet is an incredible magician who disappeared in the middle of her stage act & hasn‘t been seen in 10 years. How? Why? On the anniversary, a podcast is being made diving into her world and who knew her best, but did anyone or was it all an act? Her sister has never publicly spoken about it, but things are getting weird so it might be time. Loved the idea, hated the ending, Violet is a piece of sh*t, bye girl, stay gone xo

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Drunk on Love | Jasmine Guillory
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Oh the joys of finding a good one night stand, only to watch them walk into the winery you own the next morning as the new person your brother just hired. Romance set against Napa Valley, oh does the wine flow. Not my fave of her books but I liked the characters and I read this quickly in one setting so can‘t say I didn‘t enjoy it.

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“So two things are gone. Dave is gone and you‘re gone. And maybe you get a moment to say for what, now, you will never be able to tell: that all the people you loved for a season had died, and that you, for years and years after, quite simply, had not.”
Linked short stories about the AIDS Epidemic and those who survived it and even those that didn‘t. I cried through every story, even laughed at a few, this is so tough but so so good.

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1 star. There‘s no knife in this book.

Sydneypaige Scissors on cover is now a give away it‘ll be sans knife lol 2mo
kera_11 @Sydneypaige I mean the scissors are clearly involved but I kept waiting for the knife and it never showed, I have other problems with this book too but the lack of knife when it‘s in the title was annoying 2mo
Chelsea.Poole lol. I didn‘t like it this one either. 2mo
kera_11 @Chelsea.Poole it was just soooo stereotypical and I hated every character 2mo
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This talked about intersectionality more than I thought it would which I appreciated. Discussion on racism, police brutality, athlete exploitation etc
I think it was well done, I think the title was more for draw than actual discussion of uncomfortable things but maybe that‘s just me

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This was a super tough book to get into world building wise but based in Colombian lore for fantasy instead of traditionally European. Seraipo is the crow god reincarnate and Xiala is a ship captain with water and storm powers. She needs to get him to the capital. They save each other on the boat and then they get to the city and Xiala realizes she might not support why he‘s there. There is another book but I don‘t care enough to read it

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Trials of Apollo Set | Rick Riordan
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Rick I still love you but could not care less about Apollo. A god turned mortal that you KNOW will be a god again is just not interesting. So many trials they face is bc Apollo wronged and cursed someone years ago. Jerk.
Just read this to get caught up on all the side characters from PJO that I actually care about, to read a character I didn‘t like die, and read one come out, slay lesbian/bisexual idk which one

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The Sunbearer Trials | Aiden Thomas
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Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games is a pretty good way to describe this book. This just came out in September and I may die waiting for the next book to come out. Teo is trans and a Jade demigod. Only the Golds get trained for the Trails. So how TF did he get chosen as a contestant?! At least his Gold bestie is there, I guess and oh look his ex best friend too. I‘m so obsessed with these characters and the story. AND LOOK AT THIS COVER

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Spoiler Alert | Olivia Dade
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Fanfiction lovers ruuun to get this book. We‘ve got a secretly dyslexic actor who hides behind a “I‘m hot and dumb” façade and write fan fiction of his own character. A hot, fat, geologist who‘s his best friend online who wrote fanfiction about his characters wife. And then they date without knowing they‘ve been online besties for years!! it‘s basic and I loved every single second of it. Read both books in this series now, Olivia, you are golden.

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I Was Born for This | Alice Oseman
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Angel is a HUGE fan of the boyband The Ark. She‘s Muslim, bad at school, & uses her obsession with the band as an escape from her own life. Jimmy is a member of The Ark. He‘s trans, has severe anxiety, panic attacks & paranoia. No one in this book is as they appear but a chance encounter may help everyone come to terms with what they need. I wish this was a romance bc duh, but I still really enjoyed it. Alice has a way with creating characters.

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Funeral Girl | Emma K. Ohland
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Georgia lives in the funeral home that her family owns and runs. And for the last few years she‘s been able to wake ghost‘s spirits when she touches a deceased person. None of those helps with her intense anxiety and crippling fear of death. Hoping to help grant peace and closure, she wakes the spirit of a classmate tragically lost, turning into a very intimate journey into grief, coping and communication.

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I think I‘m too obsessed with Percy Jackson and Annabeth that a new main hero, Magnus, just wasn‘t as enthralling. BUT! learning about Norse mythology was cool, we‘ve got a Muslim female warrior, a gender fluid shape-shifting child of Loki and a main hero who truly can not fight and relies more on his friends and interesting quests like a craft-off than the battles that percy had. Rick, you‘re a king of inclusivity and I love you for it.

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Dragon's Promise | Elizabeth Lim
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I just can‘t say enough about this book/series. I love it so much. There‘s a love story, there‘s mythology and lore and dragons and magic and supportive brothers. this is book 2 and I can‘t believe it‘s over now.

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like a bookish version of 7 husbands of Evelyn hugo. Kind of, bit of a generous review. This book was fine. Figured out the plot twist pretty early on and then it was just getting through to see if I was right more than being intrigued. MC is kind of boring and honestly naive, maybe this sits better with people who identify more with a 40-something mom looking for more, but I just didn‘t connect. Loved the cover though.

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Weather Girl | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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TV meteorologist, Ari and sports reporter, Russ scheme to get their divorced bosses back together to solve the hostile work environment. This brings Russ and Ari closer together until they can‘t ignore how they feel about each other anymore. We‘re talking women in stem, body acceptance, positive mental health/therapy rep, SPICE, communication, coping of past traumas. honestly nothing to not love about this book.

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Witchful Thinking | Celestine Martin
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Perfect October read!! A witch and merman who were friends in high school brought back together 10 years later. Can they finally make it past friendship and to forever? Absolutely adored. Read so fast. Desperately hoping the sisters get books too.

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Blair is a medium and hired to figure out what‘s going at Hartwell Hall. HH is the family home of Felicity and she doesn‘t believe in any of this nonsense for one second. Until maybe she does. And Blair may need her help. And why is she so pretty?! Suuuuuper short, feels rushed and underdeveloped but fine for a queer spooky season read I guess

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The Beautiful Ones | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Nina is telekinetic and everyone tells her to hide it. Until she meets Hector who is a telekinetic performer and helps her control her powers. While Nina is falling for Hector, he‘s feeling things for her too, but she isn‘t the reason (or person) he came to town for. Messy messy messy. Slowwww start but really liked it once it picked up about 100 pages in.

kera_11 This was compared to Austenian style and sort of is I guess, I liked it once it picked up 3mo
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5 Chinese-American college students stealing Chinese art from museums to get it back to China. WHERE IT BELONGS. intimate look at children of immigrants living in the diaspora and coping with familial pressure, while also being international art thieves on the DL. I was intrigued the whole time and surprised multiple times by where the plot went. Loved this book. Like seriously. Read it.

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Set on You | Amy Lea
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Crystal is a plus sized fitness instagrammer. Scott is a firefighter. They are gym nemeses. Except when they‘re flirting or when their grandparents are trying to set them up. Scott is so respectful, supportive &lovely (siiimp(respectfully)) love crystal‘s growth from body positivity to body respect/neutrality. read in one sitting, over all enjoyed

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Dead Dead Girls | Nekesa Afia
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Louise gets kidnapped when she‘s 15, fights back & gets away. Now she‘s 25 & young Black girls are being murdered. The police force her to do their job and surprise she‘s bad at it bc she‘s not a cop. Obvious who the killer is and it‘s grody. Plot is a cool idea, execution wasn‘t there. MC is pretentious and I swear her own gf barely likes her. TW/ attempted SA, murder, racism, hate crimes, “slut shaming” etc etc

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Eliot & Miranda Silver are twins who just lost their mother & are living in a haunted house. Miranda is mentally unwell &has an eating disorder. told from 3 different perspectives, one being the house itself, & tells true story of the past 4 generations of Silver women. The house thinks it‘s the best one to protect the Silver women, even if that means kidnapping them within the walls to keep them safe & luring the men outside & locking the doors.

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AGGHHHHGHGHHH
obsessed. Alex wants her grandmother‘s bar for redemption purposes & Jeremiah wants it for historical preservation purposes. But when something threatens both plans, they have to work together to save the bar. Would be easier if they didn‘t constantly want to rip each other‘s clothes off. Fantastic Mexican American rep in Kansas where A‘s family has been for generations but are still outsiders. (bonus: some of the best 🌶 I‘ve read)

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Hecate's Hollow | Tallie Rose
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this is a fantastic spooky season read. We‘ve got Lemon, a witch with a rare gift at divining ingredients to break curses/heal ailments hiding in a mountain town from her abusive father. And Claudia, an international jewel thief cursed to live like a vampire looking for a cure & way out. maybeeee they can help each other. maybe it‘s a bit spicy. and witchy. and magical. AND MAYBE EVERYONE IS SUPER GAY

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I read excerpts of this in college and finally read the whole thing, it is a thick read because the writing is done in an academic and factual manner but it is very worth the read as anything that examines race and feminism intersectionally is.

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