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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Loved this book! It was cute, romantic, funny, and steamy. The woman love interest had a lot of agency and goals beyond love and that was nice to see. Also loved the exploration of grief here.

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City of Glass | Cassandra Clare
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I do like this series! Not my favorite book if it but still good with beautiful descriptions, epic battle scenes, and intriguing characters.

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City of Ashes | Cassandra Clare
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Loved this! Why have I never read Shadowhunters until this year? Love the fantasy world-building and the characters. Not so much the incest. This isn't Game of Thrones.

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Invisible Ghosts | Robyn Schneider
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I found I really identified with Rose. In some ways, Rose was the ghost, trying to be as invisible as she could be and live in the past with her brother. I suppose in a way, grief can do that to us, keep us in a time loop and keep us from moving on.
I also appreciate the plethora of nerd culture references. The romance in the book was also cute. The one flaw? She let go of the breath she didn‘t know she was holding a total of three times.

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Beautifully written with complex characters and nodes to Harper Lee, Rachel Carson, and Thoroeau as well as poets. Maybe slightly genre-confused.

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Extasia | Claire Legrand
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I actually did enjoy Extasia aa a gory body horror with a focus on religious trauma and themes of the darkness inside us. There are A LOT of trigger warnings for this one. I thought the MC had good character development, though the other characters didn't. There were also some inconsistencies. Def not a book for the weak of heart and stomach, but I'm not normal so it didn't scare me. I gave it three stars.

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Great worldbuilding, forbidden romance, very slow burn. Could get stuffy at time with the historical and scientific background info, but a great paranormal dark academia read.

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Defy the Night | Brigid Kemmerer
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I love how Brigid always challenges assumptions commoners make of the royals and vice versa and while including political intrigue also looks at ways the rulers have failed and how they can do better, especially in areas of poverty levels.

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A beautiful five star coming-of-age novel about two Mexican-American boys discovering their identity and sexuality in the 80's. Loved the stream-of-consciousness writing, the quotes, the way it portrayed people dealing with trauma differently, and the familial relationships.

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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Though I didn't find this as good as Red, White, & Royal Blue, I still think it's five star quality. My favorite part is the found family dynamic. Just makes my heart so happy. The plot, while a bit too convenient at times, was super original: where else will you hear about time traveling lesbians stuck on a subway? Loved the themes of emotional vulnerability as well.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I loved the characters. They seemed relatable and messy. Loved the nods to The Hate U Give. Important themes. Did find the writing style not as good as the first book.

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The Stardust Thief | Chelsea Abdullah
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Amazing epic fantasy inspired by 1001 Nights. Though it is a retelling, I never knew what was going to happen next. (I thought I did but I was so wrong). Chelsea Abdullah had a way of taking the original narratives and making it into her own tale that evaluated morality and what that means.

KateReadsYA Oooo this sounds good 🤩 5mo
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This Woven Kingdom | Tahereh Mafi
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Loved this. It was basically a Cinderella retelling inspired by Persian mythology. Great characters, great worldbuilding, beautiful prosaic writing. Wish it had a faster pace though.

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I loved the characters and the themes of identity and purpose and belonging. While the heist plot was interesting enough, I do think there could have been a faster pace and more obstacles thrown in.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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While the story was confusing at first, I love how all the inner stories connected, the adventure we got to have with Zachary, and the stunningly beautiful prose. Not written for everyone, but as a bibliophile, I enjoyed it.

TheBookWitchON The Starless Sea got me out of my reading slump. The stories within the story were incredible, I kept finding myself wishing for a door. The awkward interactions between Zachary and Dorian made me smile. It's very poetry outside today. 5mo
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The Bone Spindle | Leslie Vedder
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Great worldbuilding, plot, and characters. The twists are a bit predictable but I love fairy tale retellings so much.

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I loved this swoon-worthy romance that had a dose of reality with it. I loved the banter and attraction between the two main characters and the inspiration it gave me as a writer.

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I loved how John could review various things with a humorous and personal touch, wrapping it all into the lived human experience and what it might mean to be human in this vast universe

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Silver on the Road | Laura Anne Gilman
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First Western I've read. Loved the worldbuilding, and the characters, especially Farron. The plot had potential but ran slow which made it frusturating when not much was resolved.

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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I'm not super intro thrillers but I really enjoyed this one. I didn't see some of the plot twists, and the ending left me reeling. I loved how all the characters were connected in ways you couldn't imagine.

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Very informative. Long-winded, reads like a Victor Hugo novel--but shares a lot of historical facts and inspires wanderlust. It can get confusing on who's perspective you're reading when there's stories within stories within letters.

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The Ancestor | Danielle Trussoni
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I'm new to the horror genre, and while I appreciaed the aesthetics, I found parts of the plot to be either unbelivable or disrespectful/problematic. Ex. Why did Luca leave in the first place? and how did they have a non-pregnant woman lactate? I don't have enough word count to go into the rest I found just...wild.

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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I don't know why so many people hated this book--I loved it. It had all the elements of a good dytopia with some major plot twists. I didn't like the love triangle though, bleh. Love quadrant? Speaking of which, Kilorn is totally Gale. Anyway, can't wait to read the next book.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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I will always pick up a book with the fake dating trope. This book made me cringe so hard at all the decisions the character made but even suffering from secondhand embarassment I wanted to read more. I love seeing characters slowly peeling away at each other until they know each other. I love banter. I hate problems that could be solved with SIMPLE COMMUNICATION COME ON. Anyway, I liked this book. Four stars.

shanaqui Oh dear, I'm worried about the second-hand embarrassment thing... I cringe easily... 9mo
living_for_literature @shanaqui I cringed so much haha but it made it enjoyable in a way 8mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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My word count allowance is to short to express how much I loved this cute, fun, and somewhat steamy queer romance. Alex and Henry are everything to me now and I loved the love quotes they sent in their emails, and I love the hope for a better world and all the complex characters.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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I loved this book! So many plot twists, with clever foreshadowing that I can see when I look back. Amazing, dynamic characters. Lessons on fate and forgiveness. Just amazing all around.

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The Existence of Amy | Lana Grace Riva
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I thought Riva did a phenomenal job and conveying the struggle of mental illness in a way that could also be relatable to those with similar struggles.
Despite these great points about the book, I found I just personally wasn‘t a big fan of the writing style: often choppy and a bit jarring to read. Plus, it seemed there was much more “tell” than “show.”

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This YA LGBTQ+ contemporary romance was so cute. The storyline in some ways seemed reminiscent of Prom (the musical)–I mean, a gay Indiana teen being ostracized because of prom things? In other ways, the novel reminded me of my own conservative midwestern town with powderpuff football games and tall cornfields. Liz as she tries to balance everything, complete with drama at each event. I thought it was also predictable but lovely.

GondorGirl I agree this one was predictable, but charming! It was nice to read about a LGBTQ+ PoC character in a YA romance though. 🧡 10mo
living_for_literature Yes! I loved all the representation! Very important and a needed novel! 10mo
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Hope and love. The very fact that love could exist in such a place as Auschwitz shows that there can be a glimmer of light in the darkest of times. The hope and the love–that‘s how these people survived.
I greatly admired Lale. He never gave up on trying to help others. He risked so much to help other prisoners within the camp. One recurring quote in the book really stuck with me: “Save the one, save the world.”

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I really liked the book. I was really drawn in with the descriptive writing and the well-researched “news articles.” I loved seeing the different perspectives and the way everyone‘s lives were connected. I loved seeing how there could be hope even in the most despairing of times.
My main issue was how jumpy it could be between the povs. I think it would have been better to divide them between chapters. I also wasn‘t too fond of the ending.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I might not be smart enough for this book! I appreciated the religious and perhaps even mythological symbolism but I'm sure there were metaphors and themes I didn't pick up on. It's a quick read, and a thought-provoking one, but not for every reader. Certainly not an escapism read.

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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I couldn‘t care less about how pretty Celeana was but the characters would ramble on about it. I also was a bit tired with the love triangle–especially because I already knew who I was rooting for and I predict they‘ll be together by the end of the series.

I still really enjoyed the read and I got more into it the further I read. The narrative really raises the question of morality. I loved the characters and worldbuilding.

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I really enjoyed this novel. It was very suspenseful at times but fun at others. While I love the 80s, I do think the nostalgia and references were a bit too much at times. The characters were also super cringey but I found that endearing, showing that even society‘s “losers” can be heroes. I also loved the theme of taking down monopolies and big corporations, almost as if it was directed at Jeff Bezos. 🤣

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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The chapters were short, and to the point. It was easy-to-read, as a middle grade book should be, but slam-packed with emotion. As I was expecting, Ness packed a punch in short sentences that a thirteen year old boy would use, which still made me feel all the emotions. The metaphors of the monsters really made sense, too. There are even some actions that caused me to wonder if the monsters were real–or were they in Connor‘s head.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I really adored Patroclus and how he always tried to do the right thing. Meanwhile, Achilles became too focused on his own glory that he sometimes lost his way. Patroclus was like his moral compass. I adored the writing style. I actually think The Song of Achilles was better than Circe. TSOA felt more personal and relational.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is I think it should have ended sooner than it did.

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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I was initially drawn into this book by the writing style. It was so descriptive and insightful. The setting was beautiful.

I was also so invested in the relationship between Lira and Elian. Their banter gave me life. Which is probably why I also loved the side characters so much.

. I thought the ending–betrayal to forgiveness and that sort of thing–happened way too quickly. I‘d think the characters would need more time to process everything.

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The writing style was captivating from the get-go. What I loved most about this book was how important the themes are–especially around sexuality. While I do in some part mean LGBT rights, I also mean how society pushes to either sexualize or desexualize women.
I also loved how the characters in it weren‘t completely good or bad. Evelyn Hugo wasn‘t the most likable character. She was self-centered and manipulative–yet capable of compassion.

kspenmoll This was such an enthralling read! Plus I live your sweater!!! 13mo
living_for_literature Thank you! 13mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I really liked the character development of Circe. She starts out as a shy little girl who wants to please everyone, desperate for approval. Later, she becomes hardened and bitter, hating everyone. As Circe learns, both these ways of living are not viable for a good life.
The writing style flowed well, almost poetically. The book, in my opinion, started out slow, but I later was enthralled in the story.

BkClubCare The audiobook is well done, too 13mo
living_for_literature I saw the audiobook also won an award! 13mo
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I‘d give this book three stars. It probably deserves more, but I couldn‘t deal with how sad this book was! It was a tear-jerker from page one. I think the pacing could have been better.
That being said, the descriptions and writing style in this book was beautiful.

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I liked the positive message that every life is worth living. I also love the idea of parallel universes and the foreshadowing of Nora working at String Theory.
However, the beginning of the book was a little slow and very depressing. In fact, a lot of the book is sad with little comic relief. I‘m also confused how some of the switching into lives works: where does the other Nora go when she takes over their life?

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A Vow So Bold and Deadly | Brigid Kemmerer
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What I like here is there is a theme of fear and how fear controls the actions of people. The book explores how fear can ruin us and how we can conquer fear. As well as how we can forgive those who have acted in fear.
However, SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH SKIP AHEAD. Brigid Kemmerer included my least favorite trope, the trope that most people hate. She had to make one of the characters pregnant.

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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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. It was the racism and sexism so potent in every page, an appalling prejudice even for the time it was written. The idea of the book sounds so appealing. But that‘s until you find out the road trips are just a means to get drugs, booze, and sex despite them having wives back at home. What was even more disgusting was how the character Dean would ogle and try to get with girls as young as 13.
The only characters I had sympathy for were the women.

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What I did like was the unique way the book was presented: different chapters had drawings, diagrams, emails, and journal entries making the book mixed-media.
However, that‘s where what I like stops. I felt the plot was way too slow. For much of the book, nothing happens. Then, when stuff does happen, the biggest plot flaw is how in the world do these two teenagers get money??? Plus, the romance was very insta-love.

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I absolutely loved this book. I read it slower because I went on vacation last week, and my days were so busy with activities, but whenever I could I grabbed the book and tried to read even a snippet at a time. It became addictive. So much so that I don‘t know how I‘ll be able to wait for the publication of its sequel.

Also I love Sel.

BookishMarginalia Lovely pic! 1y
living_for_literature Thank you! 1y
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Cinderella Is Dead | Kalynn Bayron
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I really, really liked this book, but I am always a sucker for fairytale retellings. The chapters went by fast. I love the representation, action, and plot twists.
What I didn‘t like as much was how the main character acted sometimes. This isn‘t necessarily a flaw to the book, as Sophia was always consistent in her character, but she still struck me as selfish sometimes.
I also thought the romance in the book was too insta-lovey.

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The Gilded Ones | Namina Forna
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The worldbuilding was fantastic. Namina really captured how the different cultures within the world interacted. An overall theme of the book was religion and this religion was very thought out.
I was disappointed with the writing style and pacing of the novel. The writing itself seemed too simplistic. In addition, the pacing was fast.
Plus, Keita was just too perfect to seem like a real character.

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I loved the theme of accepting the good and bad parts of yourself. The writing was so much better than the original trilogy. And I was excited to see Nina again.
Overall, I feel like we didn‘t get enough time with the characters. I also didn‘t like the way the plot was going towards the end. Without spoilers, all I will say is that they are calling to something in the original trilogy instead of bringing in a unique roadblock. .

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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So many chapters left me gripping the cover because I thought the characters were done for. the story looks through multiple perspectives so you always see limited knowledge of the job and events going on before jumping to someone with the other puzzle piece. The characters‘ banter with each other was on par. But don‘t get me wrong–I also cried at the book.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Usually, I‘m not too into heist stories but this book was amazing. The story shifted between five points of views but because it was between chapters that were clearly marked, I didn‘t find it confusing and actually appreciated the chance to get to know each person‘s story and background. Each character had their own gifts, beliefs, and backstory, as well as flaws that caused disaster throughout the novel. The dynamic was perfect.

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The final battle spans over almost the entire book, at least 260 out of 360 pages.
Also, I lived for Percy‘s and Annabeth‘s relationship in this.
I loved the theme of people being both good and bad. There were those who betrayed the Camp, and yet still saved the day.
I thought that Clarisse was kind of done dirty in this book. For most of the book, she‘s away, refusing to fight because of a silly disagreement.