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magicalshelves

Joined February 2016

Magic, thieves, pirates and assassins are my aesthetic. Ravenclaw. Insta: magicalshelves
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The Toll by Neal Shusterman
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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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5 ⭐️

The WASPs were an amazing group of women and they deserve so much more recognition and it is criminal that it took so long for them to receive the military honors they deserved.

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My #BNSignedEditions came in! 😍 #bookhaul

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Mehso-so

3.5 stars

Oliver is a FOOL.

Shakespeare would love this stupid, ridiculous ending.

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4/5 ⭐️

This was a fun audiobook! It is full of twist and turns that I couldn‘t see coming.

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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I‘m suing for emotional abuse.

😭 WHY?!

Leftcoastzen I agree . 2mo
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Mehso-so

3/5 stars 🌟

This series just doesn‘t have the same charm as Percy Jackson and I am struggling to stay invested.

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The Beholder | Anna Bright
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This book was sold as a retelling of the Odyssey but a more accurate description would be The Bachelorette at Sea featuring the blandest heroine you‘ve ever met and tons of Insta-Love.

BrittanyReads Great review! 😂 2mo
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Mehso-so

3.5
The premise of this book was interesting and the parts that actually involved the robots and the dream puzzles were very good but I quickly grew tired of all the references to social media. The "chosen one" trope is strong in this book and April May can be best described as Katniss Everdeen if Katniss had access to Twitter and cared only about her follower count. I might pick up the sequel when it comes out but it‘s not a “must-read” for me.

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The Sleeping Prince | Melinda Salisbury
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Mehso-so

For a book that is called “The Sleeping Prince” the Sleeping Prince isn‘t in it very much.

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4/5 ⭐️

Anyone else disappointed with the ending? Overall, I loved this series and I enjoyed the majority of Darkdawn but the finale left me feeling really bitter.

Tric deserved better.

#darkdawn #nevernight

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The Sin Eater's Daughter | Melinda Salisbury
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Mehso-so

This book had a great premise but the plot was so slow and drawn out that the storytelling really suffered. The main character also doesn‘t have much personality and the Queen is so evil that I couldn‘t help but feel she was rather ridiculous. However, the story of the Sleeping Prince and his resurrection is very intriguing so I definitely want to continue this series to see what happens.

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DARKDAWN. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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HELL YES!!! My copy from Barnes and Noble arrived two days before it was expected to! Goodbye social life! 👋
#nevernight #darkdawn

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3.5 stars. This is a decent contemporary novel mixed with some fantastical elements. I liked that the main character‘s OCD and anxiety is at the forefront of the novel and that mental illness is not written as something shameful. The main character could get annoying and times with his whining about his love interest but it didn‘t make me dislike the story. The chapter titles are hilarious and are probably my favorite part of the book.

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It‘s here!!!!!

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Don‘t do this to me, Pierce! 😭
My friend got a couple of my books signed at SDCC and Pierce Brown responded to the note I put in my book. 😆
#whypierce #redrising #sdcc2019

tessavi I'm reading the 2nd book right now and Sevro is my favorite as well 😱 5mo
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I watched the trailer for the show today and decided now would be a good time to finally pick this up. I hope it lives up to the hype!

#thewitcher

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One of my favorite authors, Jay Kristoff, is hosting an awesome ARC Charity giveaway. Donate to Sea Shepherd to support ocean conservation and submit a proof of donation at jaykristoff.com for a chance to win a signed, personalized and doodled ARC of DARKDAWN.

#darkdawn #jaykristoff #seashepherd #darkdawnarc #nevernight

JanuarieTimewalker13 That is TOTALLY cool! 5mo
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White Cat | Holly Black
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Holly Black‘s older work is so much better than her Cruel Prince series. (Unpopular opinion maybe?) This book is about a teen who grows up in family of magic users, called Curseworkers, in a world where working magic is illegal. This book also features con artists and different crime families who use magic to control people and stay in power. It is dark, gritty and such a fun read!
(Too bad it suffers from an ugly, early 2000s, YA fantasy cover)

BookHoarder32 I loved this series so much ❤️ 5mo
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Starting a new book and enjoying the last day of the nice spring weather in SoCal. Tomorrow the heat returns. 🔥

#historicalfiction #mystery #rome

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Are there any Littens who are playing Wizards Unite? I‘d love to add you as a friend! 🧙‍♂️

#harrypotter #wizardsunite #littens #magic

wanderinglynn I am & using the same username as here. I just sent you an invite. 😀 (edited) 6mo
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Today‘s book mail! Michael J Sullivan has the best Kickstarter campaigns, his books always come signed and he sends extra goodies like bookmarks. Also, since I was a backer my name is in the book! 😊

#bookmail #bookhaul #riyria #fantasy

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😱😱😱
You guys!!!! A new adaptation of Narnia!!!! Child me is so happy!!!
#narnia #cslewis #adaptation

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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My first Agatha Christie mystery and it was so good! The sense of suspense and hints of supernatural influence really kept you guessing the entire time and toward the end of the book I was dying to know who did it!
#mystery #agathachristie #suspense

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3.5/5 stars

This was a fun read and great for fans of political intrigue. The dragons were adorable but I recommend getting the print version of this so you can reference the different types of dragons because it does get confusing. The book can be slow at times but I‘ve heard good things about this series so I definitely will continue.

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Tonight marks the end of an era. It is bittersweet for me because I‘m not quite ready for the end of a series I have loved and cried over for almost 10 years. It is also hard to accept the final chapter when the story is still not complete in novel form. With little hope that the last two books will ever be published, this will be a hard goodbye.
#gameofthrones

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Another gripping historical fiction by Sepetys. Sepetys is so good with her characterizations and descriptions that some scenes really had me on the edge of my seat.

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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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I met Jay Kristoff last night at YallWest! I also picked up a copy off Aurora Rising! He was so cool to talk to and it was worth the long wait.

#yallwest #yallwest2019 #jaykristoff #nevernight

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Fact about me, I am a special education teacher who works with kids with autism. I picked up this book for a class I‘m taking & it was such an insightful read. It was really interesting to hear about life with autism from an autistic person. My book currently has many colorful tabs in it marking thoughtful passages & quotes. I plan to keep this book handy, especially when reflecting on tough days, to remind me to have patience and understanding.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book had so much potential and such an interesting premise but it really missed the mark by the end. The characterizations were so over the top and the motivations behind the decisions the characters made during the game were so confusing and overly complicated that it all ended up feeling pointless.

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The finale to this series was so fun and full of so much delicious drama. This book was definitely the most engaging of the series.

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Starting book 2! I am so excited. #weekendplans

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Starting my “spring break” off with some required reading for my professional development course. This actually sounds like a great book and as a teacher who works with kiddos with ASD I‘m eager to hear from a kid‘s perspective.

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2.5 stars

This series just doesn‘t live up to the hype. The plot twists are completely predictable and the main characters are awful. The relationship between Cardan and Jude is so toxic it is painful to read about. Ugh. I doubt I will bother to actually finish the series.

Vinjii Huh. I was looking for a review like that among all the love. I liked it, a lot, but I will fully admit I see the toxic, I see the abuse and I see predictability. I don‘t really know why it didn‘t bother me more....thank you for sharing your thoughts. 8mo
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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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Bloody fantastic!
This book had everything I love; political intrigue, assassins, magic, impressive world building and badass female protagonists. I can‘t wait to start the sequel!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My beautiful collector‘s edition of AGOS arrived today! 🥰

#bookmail #beautifulbooks #collectorsedition #adsom

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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Beautifully written but haunting. I never knew how much the people of the Baltic countries suffered under Stalin. This book is absolutely harrowing.

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The Sword of Summer | Rick Riordan
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I love Riordan‘s chapter titles.

Stephaniereads1 Now I want egg rolls.... 9mo
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This was so much better than the first book. The ending was so good and kept me on the edge of my seat! I can‘t wait until I can listen to the third book.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Sword of Summer | Rick Riordan
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I am currently in a terrible reading slump. 😭
I hope some good ol‘ Riordan will help me out of it.

( I‘ve had this book on my shelf since 2015 and still haven‘t read it 😅)

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I have heard so many good things about this series that I broke my book buying ban and picked it up from Barnes and Noble today. I couldn‘t resist the educator discount! 😅 I‘m excited to get to this one and see if it lives up to the hype! (Hopefully I can read it soon. )

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The Brilliant Death | Amy Rose Capetta
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3.5 stars

I really loved the setting (pre-unification Italy inspired), the main characters and the magic system; the strega were so interesting! The ending felt very rushed and left me wanting more. Overall though I enjoyed the story and recommend it.

P.S. Cielo gave me a Wizard Howl vibe from Howl‘s Moving Castle and I loved it.

emtobiasz All you had to say was “wizard Howl vibe” and I‘m sold! 11mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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3.5 stars

I adored the movie when I saw it last summer and while I still enjoyed the book I found it a little slow and I did not think that many of the characters had distinct personalities.

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The Brilliant Death | Amy Rose Capetta
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I am enjoying this book immensely so far! Loving the 19th century Italian mafioso vibe and the shapeshifters are awesome!

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The Shadow Throne | Django Wexler
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Finished my first book of 2019!
I‘m still new to the military fantasy/flintlock fantasy genres but this series continues to be enjoyable. It is definitely a slow-burn fantasy but it is jam packed with political intrigue, secret societies and a bad ass group of female street gang. The magical elements that do show up are so intriguing and I can‘t wait to dive into the next book.
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Now that we are in the final hours of 2018 here is the list of my favorite reads of the year. I managed to even surpass my reading goal by reading 58/50 books. 🎉

#2018reads #2018wrapup #2018books

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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I don‘t normally read a lot of nonfiction but after watching a few short documentaries on Everest this month I picked up a copy of this book from my library last week and read it while on vacation. This book is haunting & the events described by Everest survivor, Krakauer, are terrifying. It is hard to give a rating to a book that is a true story/perspective piece of a mountaineering tragedy but I will say I enjoyed Krakauer‘s narrative & honesty.

MrBook Great review! 11mo
magicalshelves @MrBook Thank you! 😊 11mo
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2018 was full of good books but I also read some stinkers! Here‘s a list of the top 5 most disappointing books I read this year. Did any books disappoint you this year? What were your least favorite reads?

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#worstbooksof2018 #2018reads #readingwrapup #2018books

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Soldier Boy | Keely Hutton
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I finished this audiobook in a day while on a long drive up the coast of California. Ricky Anwar‘s story of being a child soldier in Uganda‘s civil war is heartbreaking, haunting and powerful.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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This felt like a very long episode of The Twilight Zone. It didn‘t quite live up to the hype for me but it was an enjoyable sci-fi story.
4/5 stars

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

This is decent so far but it‘s not really living up to the hype.