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rjsthumbelina

Joined December 2016

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Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I know I'm in the minority in this one. But I just couldn't connect with the characters. Also, I can't stand romances that are based on the physical stuff first and where everything else comes later. It's just sad to me. I really wanted to like it bc of the Asperger's representation, but found myself dreading getting in the car to start listening. Steamy, but without much substance in my opinion 🤷

QuietlyLaura I couldn't finish it, either. now
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I have been an anxiety mess lately, so I decided to re-listen to a Brene Brown book. Her research makes so much sense, and listening to her narrating her own audiobooks is like listening to an old friend tell their stories. I got just as much out of it this time around as last time. Probably one of my favorite books of all time

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Does watching Great British Baking Challenge Holidays count for points??
#wintergames #thefilthyanimals @rather_be_reading @Clwojick @StayCurious

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-Definitely salted caramel. I'm not a mint person
-Secret Santa
-Apple cider 😋
-Tough choice! Probably hot chocolate, but I love both!
-Elf. Though I do also really enjoy the Jim Carrey Grinch!
-Christmas lights
-Cyber Monday - hate Black Friday bc my hubby works for Best Buy, so I don't see him at all this time of year!
-cold weather
-wreaths
-eating cookies
-matching PJs! I'm gonna convince my husband that we need to match someday
#wintergames

Clwojick I have a weird allergy of mint, so I‘m with you on the salted caramel. Mmmm 6d
rather_be_reading i missed ur pts on this one. i will add them tomorrow! 4d
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Elite: A Hunter novel | Mercedes Lackey
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1. 93
2. 100, so close and yet so far
3. Elite by Mercedes Lackey
4. I love cozy-ness. I love snow, I'm excited to get in my Christmas decorations that I ordered online, I love blankets and snuggling with hot cocoa. Winter is my favorite
#wintergames #filthyanimals @Clwojick @StayCurious @rather_be_reading

rather_be_reading make sure the hash tag you use for the team is #thefilthyanimals thanku 💚 6d
rather_be_reading 26 pts 🎄 6d
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Hunter | Mercedes Lackey
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Easily one of my favorite books of the year! The beginning is kinda confusing, but worth it. This is a post-apocalyptic world wherein "otherworlders" (ie, far, dragons, ghost-types, all kinds of scary stuff) can come into our world to basically hunt humans. Hunters, humans with magic abilities, bind themselves with packs of hounds (otherworlders that are like dogs, but bigger) to hunt all of the other types to keep people safe. Craziness ensues

rjsthumbelina Joy is from a rural town, but has to move to the big city to help keep it safe. She quickly runs into all kinds of problems.

I love the worldbuilding and the characters. This book has easily at least 2 of my favorite side characters of all time. The plot is also well-crafted. Had to make sure that I had the next book in the series before finishing this one! (Just don't expect the plot to resolve whatsoever in this book.)
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Wrath and the Dawn | Rene Ahdieh
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My ambitious #weeklyforecast for the week. The 2 on the left are ebook library loans, 2 in the middle are physical reads, and the 2 on the right are current audiobooks. At the very least, I'm hoping to finish Hunter and The Wrath and the Dawn this week 😊 Almost done with Hunter, and it has been amazing so far! The Wrath and the Dawn is so good so far, too! Very different teen fantasies

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 7 | G Willow Wilson
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One of my favorite issues to date! Kamala faces the coolest enemy -though I can't say what it is without spoiling the plot. This series is always uplifting for me, renews my faith in humanity. And we finally get a Bruno update in this one, too! Plus, it's nice to get positive gamer rep, even if it's in a superhero comic

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Afar | Leila Del Duca
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The concept of this graphic novel is way out there. This girl and her brother are fending for themselves bc their parents had to leave to make money elsewhere. And the girl starts having dreams where she is inside an alien's body! Different aliens and different planets every dream. The story picks up from there. Very interesting and different art style. Hoping for a sequel soon!

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I love this graphic novel series! Probably wouldn't have read this yet if I had known it was the end! I really liked the ending though. The plot wrapped up nicely. This series about the US after an accident makes the world lose the effects of gravity is so much fun. And the art style is brilliant. One of my favorite graphic series

Karkar Oh no! I did not realize this was the last one 😭😭😭 2w
rjsthumbelina @Karkar neither did I, until the last page in the author's note! There was talk there of how much they would miss Willa and the world, and I was like - wait, what?? I guess it was a pretty good ending though... 2w
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Pretty dark and gritty graphic novel. A family of magicians trying to keep the world safe from other evil magicians. The character interactions were really the focus of the story. I liked all the characters. There were a few funny moments. The plot was just okay, but I liked the art. Netflix is apparently adapting this

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Paper Girls Vol. 6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I'm so sad that this series is over! I wasn't overly impressed with the ending, but I love these characters and this world so much. Great time traveling sci-fi with kick-ass girls and a strong 80s vibe!

Karkar I agree - I also did not care too much with how the ended the series. If I did not like the rest of them so much I was have been really disappointed 😔 2w
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This may have been the only Brene book I haven't yet listened to, which only means I will have to read them all again! I love her ideas and how well-researched her books are. I also love that she's a social worker. ❤️ Her research about shame and vulnerability speaks to my heart so tremendously as a person with anxiety. And listening to her stories is always like talking to an old friend.Was only disappointed that this audiobook wasn't read by her

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This fb add for audible escape (the romance one) really had me laughing! 🤣🤣 That mushroom, though!! 🍆
#whyistherenomushroomemoji
#audibleescape

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Wow. I'm not sure what I can say about this book. The first half moved kind of slowly. I was interested, but not enough to just want to sit and read. The second half I read in basically one sitting! (Which is good, bc I had to read it to run my Barnes & Noble's YA book club, and that's tomorrow.)

rjsthumbelina I don't understand how these characters aren't real people. It doesn't seem possible to me that Ana, Daniel, Puri, Julia, Nick, and Ben aren't actual historical figures. And the story between Ana and Daniel? Perfection. Absolutely beautiful. ❤️ 3w
rjsthumbelina I had never learned much of anything about Franco or what the people of Spain went through during the dictatorship following their civil war. I had certainly never heard about the children who were adopted. This story made me feel so much! I will definitely be going back and reading everything Ruta Sepetys has written. 3w
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Crazeedi I have read 2 of her books so far and I have wanted to read this one too, shes a very unique author. Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea 3w
Eggs @Crazeedi you will want to read her 3w
Crazeedi @Eggs I definitely want to read it too! Her writing is very different but good!! 3w
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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I listened to this one on audiobook, mostly while driving. I typically enjoy memoirs where the author is basically telling stories from their life, and this was no exception. I enjoyed it and found a few parts to be particularly funny or poignant, but overall it was around average as far as enjoyment level and what I got out of it.

rjsthumbelina I can't say that I believe I will remember much of this story when I look back at this review in a few month's time. But I will probably remember a few of the moments where it succeeded in making me feel something 4w
Megabooks Agree. It just wasn‘t enough for me either. 4w
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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What's interesting about this book is that I wasn't a big fan of Rogerson's debut work, like at all. But the premise of this one just sounded too good to pass up. That, and the cover was gorgeous.

I have to say, this one did NOT let me down! I know that most people have tended to prefer her first book over this one, but I will gladly stand in the minority here. This book is ten times better than Enchantment of Ravens, in my opinion.

🔽🔽🔽

rjsthumbelina I especially loved Nathaniel and Silas, and their complex relationship. Silas is easily one of my favorite characters in fantasy now, and I'm gonna need some Silas merch! I also just really loved the worldbuilding and the magic system in the world.Others have said that they found the worldbuilding lacking-I disagree.I will say that the author never spoonfeeds any aspects of the magic system or the history of the world to the reader. 4w
rjsthumbelina However, I would venture to say that it made the world all the more brilliant that I got to unravel it and piece things together about it myself.

I did guess a few of the plot points shortly before they happened, even though I am not normally very good at that. This leads me to think that it might have been pretty easy to figure out what was coming. Be that as it may, I still thought the plot was structured pretty well.
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rjsthumbelina I have also heard people say that the plot moved too slowly throughout the book.I disagree here as well, but I have been known to like slower plots.I thought that the times when things moved more slowly were important for character development or for the development of a relationship.Also,I ADORED the romance.
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rjsthumbelina I know this is a standalone, but I sincerely hope that Margaret Rogerson chooses to write more in this world. I would love to see what happens in the future. 4w
CareBear Omg just more Silas, please. 3w
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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“rowing dark waters of dead secrets“

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These Divided Shores | Sara Raasch
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I like the duologies trend, bc it means I'm more likely to actually finish a series! I liked this book a lot. The characters made this series worthwhile for me. I loved how they all had complex relationships with each other. Normally, I'm not into stories about a war, but I loved the way the nations were developed in this story. I loved the magic system too - plant based can be cool when done well.

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The first 15 pages of this book damn near gave me a panic attic, just from the atmosphere of the setting! A down-on-her-luck 20-something moves into a beautiful high-rise apartment building in NYC to be paid 4 grand a month as an apartment sitter. She finds that the apartment sitters are going missing. This kept me on my toes, as there were a lot of options about what could be happening! I liked the ending a lot.

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It's set in a different reality similar to 16th century France. A young witch ends up having to marry a witch hunter. The magic is interesting enough and different from what I have encountered before. The enemies to lovers and slow burn romance was done fairly well. I didn't love the main characters, though. The romance was at times a little graphic for YA. Read for the #BNYAbookclub

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Queer: A Graphic History | Meg-John Barker
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This was very cool. Super informative, gave me a good overview of queer theory and history, with a lot of research left to do on many topics. I really enjoyed the pictures as well as the humor mixed in. Definitely unique and fun.

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I enjoyed this, but not as much as I had hoped to. It was very dry, and I didn't find their lives very interesting. It was very interesting to learn about how foods that initially grew in other countries ended up moving around the world. It is fascinating to think that governments used to pay for explorers to bring back new food! It's also interesting that so many of our foods got here thanks to the same group of people.

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The Plus One | Sarah Archer
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This was a very different type of romance. The main character makes a robot to be her date to a wedding, and then falls in love with him! I really liked the characters and the quirky plot. A very fun read

Reggie Lol, can we say stacked!!! 1mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Not a perfect book, but a very good one. Tells a fictionalized account of an institutional "school" for boys, an alternative to prison, where boys were beaten and killed, especially in the black houses. Emotional portrayal, but not one that had me sobbing, which is kind of nice. Read this for the #BNbookclub, which I am hosting at my store tonight

Also, this was my E for Care of Magical Creatures in the #NEWTs #magical readathon

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I think I enjoyed this even more than the books Rick Riordan wrote! The best thing about this book is that it's HILARIOUS. I literally laughed out loud more than 5 times while reading. The adventure and the story are great, and I really liked most of the characters. The set up for the next book happened at the end of this one, so I will be getting my hands on a copy of the second one soon!

rjsthumbelina Read this for my A in Care of Magical Creatures (book that starts with "a") for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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Too funny, considering my current bookmark!

britt_brooke 😆 4mo
tpixie LOL!! 😃 4mo
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kspenmoll 😃❤️ 4mo
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This might be the best storyline yet! Captain Marvel approaches Kamala and asks her to lead a group of vigilantes. They are using intel from someone who can predict the future to arrest people before they come crimes. The moral discussions about profiling and guilt v innocence in our society were SO GOOD. I also really liked learning about her family and seeing her make some very tough decisions

rjsthumbelina Read for my E for Transfigurations for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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I had no idea that this book was going to be so brash, and not in a good way. I thought the beginning was very boring, but as it got into Bourdain's addictions I started to get more interested. Rather than being about what it's like to be a chef or work in the industry, it's very specific to his experiences. Also, in later chapters he mentions other cooks dying by suicide rather crassly, which was very strange, especially on audiobook

rjsthumbelina I read this for my A in #herbology for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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Descender Vol. 1 | Jeff Lemire
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This was a great introduction! Good world building, beautiful artwork, and characters that are interesting and that I want to learn more about. Very glad that I already have the second Cole checked out from the library. I will definitely be recommending this to anyone who enjoys scifi

This was my graphic novel for my E in Charms class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon

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I Hear the Sunspot | Yuki Fumino
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This had a few moments that were really good. Unfortunately, most of it was a little forgettable. I liked looking into the feelings of a person with hearing challenges, and i wish we had more of those moments. The other main character was a bit annoying and not memorable. The storyline wasn't great either, sadly.

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This counted as my standalone (E for Arithmancy) for the #NEWTs

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This Is Not a Love Song | Brendan Mathews
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This was unexpected at most turns. Character-centered and full of heart, this short story collection hits all the right notes in it's discussion of love in it's various forms and types. I will definitely be reading more from this author! Only 1-2 of these stories were less than 5 ⭐ for me.

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

rjsthumbelina This counted as a book with a #gorgeouscover, which was the A for charms class, for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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The Friendship Cure | Kate Leaver
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I wanted to love this. But it felt just a little harmful with the talk about genders supposedly acting so differently in friendships, as well as not acknowledging the role that mental health can and does play in making and keeping friends. Not anything radical or new to say. And, frankly, it was due back at the library and wasn't worth the fine

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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This book was a wild ride, and I NEEDED to know why and how it would end! Girls in a boarding school on an island off the coast of Maine, when a virus hits and they get quarantined. The virus affects all of them in different, gruesome ways and many of the girls die before the resolution. I didn't find the main characters very likeable, but it didn't affect my reading enjoyment that much. ⬇️

rjsthumbelina The descriptive writing and lush setting were all I needed with the danger and mystery of the Tox! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4mo
rjsthumbelina Read for #BNYAbookclub, which I host at my local store! 4mo
rjsthumbelina This also counted as my book with #LGBT+ rep, for my A for transfiguration class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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The Sugar Queen | Sarah Addison Allen
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As usual, this book was whimsical and fun! Magical realism dealing all about the relationships between people. Josey was not my favorite character she has ever written, but Della Lee and Chloe made up for it. Josey is stuck under her mother's every whim trying to make up for being a difficult child instead of living her own life. Until Della Lee crawls in her window one night and works hard to change her worldview! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

rjsthumbelina This counted as my book with even page numbers for my A in Arithmancy class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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The Dream Thieves | Maggie Stiefvater
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I am loving this series! I really enjoyed getting to know more about Ronan and Adam's abilities. The storyline was also great. Always a story that I can get lost in! Also, the audiobooks are fantastic.

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tjwill I absolutely love this series! I‘m rereading them right now in anticipation of the new series featuring Ronan. 4mo
rjsthumbelina I'm excited to see where the series goes from here! 4mo
rjsthumbelina This counted as a friend's favorite book (booktubers count as friends, right??) for my A in potions class for the #NEWTs #magicalreadathon 4mo
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Abbi is, as always, relatable and hilarious. She recounts her cross country solitary road trip, with many late-night insomnia sessions thrown in for good measure. It's not all fun and games, as she dives a lot into serious issues like mental health. But it is definitely like good conversation with a good friend: she's on point, tells a great story, and knows how to make you laugh!

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I'm not sure how well you'll be able to read my crooked pic, but damn it all if this isn't EXACTLY me on a page.

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Lol!

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Tea Dragon Society | Katie O'Neill
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Read this in one sitting! It was so fun. I loved the representation and how normalized it is. Moreover though, I loved the world that is created - it's so sweet and wholesome! The artwork is beautiful as well.

EliNeedsMoreShelves We just had this one from the library last week. It was wonderful 5mo
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Let's Talk About Love | Claire Kann
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My third book finished today! This book is so unique, with such interesting representation. As someone who has recently come to terms with being on the asexuality spectrum, reading a romance book about an ace main character was a great experience. I would recommend it to everyone to help you understand. But also, Takumi and Alice have the sweetest relationship in the world and I love them! All the character relationships here are great ❤️

Megabooks I‘m on the ace spectrum, too, and am in the process of coming out. This is on my TBR. 💙 5mo
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By Night Vol. 1 | John Allison
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This book was hilarious! And I loved seeing John Allison go for a fantasy tale. (He writes Giant Days.) I devoured this one once I got into the plot. It's a portal type fantasy, but we don't get to know too much about the portal world in this volume. Can't wait for more!

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I picked this one up bc it was getting a lot of feminist hype, and also bc I enjoy books that span across the life of main character. I felt like JW almost went into this trying to cram as much in as she could: injustices with race, socioeconomic status, LGBTQ+ issues ,sexual assault, and abortion.I liked the characters as a whole and enjoyed the commentary,but it felt like it was a bit much overall. Read on #audiobook via #Scribd

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Blackbird Vol. 1 | Sam Humphries
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The artwork in this is phenomenal! As is the magic system. The storyline and characters needed a bit more work, but I am WAY too intrigued to not continue reading this series.
Nina has always known that she is different, but not crazy, like her family says. When her sister is kidnapped by a giant demon, Nina goes in search of the magic she knows is real in order to get her sister back.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bc of the artwork & magic

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Just now starting this one- I'm pretty behind on the #botmbuddyread!

TheNerdyProfessor This was a good read. A needed perspective on domestic work. 5mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Forgot to post my #BOTM #bookhaul! I'm so elated with these choices. I can't even really decide which one I'm the most psyched about