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sarahgreatlove

sarahgreatlove

Joined May 2016

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I love Hope Larson and am a bit late to the party with her writing batgirl. I don‘t read anything in order and don‘t have much idea about what‘s going on, but I loved this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I forgot to take a photo. My first Tamora Pierce, loved it. It‘s a book of a certain type: reminds me of the Prydian chronicles, or of Narnia. Short and to the point. But fabulous. Looking forward to the others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Had read the paper book, had to do the audio as well though! Loved the voice of Pax.

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I love Linda Holmes on Pop Culture Happy hour and thought it was so great that she wrote a book! This is a romance but it differs from a lot of them in some noticeable ways. There‘s pretty much no “male gaze” at all.I loved watching Evvie “find herself”. I loved her courage. I loved that a lot of her journey she had to do alone. I liked this book a lot and I was so happy I did. I cried, happy tears, and it‘s a rare book that gets me to that place.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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I LOVED this. A beauty and the beast retelling that wasn‘t predictable. Had me interested from the first page, and kept me up late reading. I loved Harper, the heroine, and I‘m excited there‘s another book coming up soon! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Stunning. So, so beautiful. In the book, Emoni‘s food made people cry, it made them feel. I felt like that at the end of this book. I just wept, not because of anything to do with the plot, but because of how it made me feel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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Well, this was enjoyable. Probably a good Halloween read, if you‘re into that sort of thing. A witch and a witch hunter, forced into marriage. Gorgeous compelling heroine and a fast paced plot. I finished it off in a day and would read the next book. I‘m not a huge witchy book fan but this was fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I‘m listening to these books and really loving them. I found the pace faster here, book 2 of the series, and the emotions between the siblings very authentic and honest. Nothing ever seems to turn out how you want it to, and I‘m hoping for a good ending, eventually in book 4. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I spent a random Saturday trawling through some of my favorite authors favorite books and adding them to my TBR, and buying those that are less than $2 on kindle. Classics stocked up 👍🏻

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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I loved this book, and I want the third one. Carry On has really grown on me this year - I liked it originally, but the audiobook was incredible which then led to me reading it again on kindle. So I‘m just a Simon and Baz addict and rainbow can do no wrong for me. I did find they had some moments which just made my heart ache 💔 All the feels. Penny and Agatha too, I liked even more here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Olivia Twist | Lorie Langdon
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I really liked this! It was cheap on kindle, I loved the cover, and a reliable goodreads friend had given it a 5 star, so I thought I‘d try it. A retelling of Oliver Twist, a story which I‘m not that familiar with, this is instead the story of Olivia, who grows up homeless on the streets pretending to be a boy until a stroke of luck means she‘s discovered by an uncle and cared for. Adventures but also romance that‘s not too Romancey. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love these books, and this one and the one before have been my favorites since book one. Seeing Laurence and Temeraire work out what to do since being accused of treason was thrilling and stressful. I love these books. 🐉😍 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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I had this pegged as another violent, angsty bleak YA, but I ended up really enjoying it. I found Mare really likeable and the plot was gripping and kept me guessing. I‘ll be back for the next books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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Only upon posting this review have I realized that I‘ve listened to the abridged version 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ In any case, I went to the audiobook on recommendation by Leigh Bardugo on the Barnes and noble YA podcast, and it was brilliant. Maybe I‘ll buy or rent the book and read it to find the differences. The narration was fabulous. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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The Young Elites | Marie Lu
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Oh it‘s nice to read something that grips you from the beginning until the end. I‘ve been wanting to read more of Marie Lu‘s books, and enjoyed this one. It was a bit bleak in some places and the characters motivations were very hard to pin down. I will be picking up the others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Not so much a book, as an “audio production”, I had high hopes for this, but it didn‘t meet them. I found it hard to keep track of who was who. I don‘t mind jumping around between timelines, but it was a bit too abrupt. Meh 🤷🏼‍♀️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Austenland: A Novel | Shannon Hale
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Really enjoyed this book but forgot to take a photo. Lovely change of pace from my other angst fantasy books, and unpredictable too. Been trying to make my way through Shannon Hale‘s extensive back list, since being so impressed with the Books of Bayern series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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I‘ve been on a re-reading kick lately and since listening to this on audio I love it so much more. Preparing for the arrival of my Wayward Son pre-order and loving this book so much. Been reading on kindle and am re-posting my old photo, but upgrading from 4 stars to 5! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jesstifies I just read this for the first time and loved it 💖 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Ahhhhh. Worth the wait. Sweet, adorable, funny, lovely. I‘m looking forward to reading it with my daughter too. 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

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This weekend was so pleasant: I‘d been concerned that I had nothing good to read, so I picked this one up off my shelf and oh, what a delight. Being back in the world of temeraire and Laurence was exactly what I needed. I adored book 1 in this series, absolutely snored through book 2 (it sets some important groundwork tho), but 3 onwards 😍 this one is number 4 and was fabulous. Dragons, war, friendship, history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had book 1 on my tbr shelf for years now...sounds like I need to move it up the pile. 👍 2mo
sarahgreatlove Book 1 is amazing! And unlike other series, I‘ve found it easy enough to remember details even if I take a break between books. It‘s so nice to have something you enjoy to come back to. 2mo
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I love the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I love mysteries with a sassy lady detective type, so I thought this book would go down a treat, and it sure did. I loved Charlotte and John‘s weird relationship, I loved the parallels between the original Holmes and Watson, and I just love watson, in general. Hanging out now to read the others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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W O W. I spotted this book on the table at my favorite independent bookshop, and requested a copy from the library. The premise was fascinating: a girl who can walk through mirrors, but it‘s more than that. A mystery and complex, fascinating worldbuilding, a plot that makes it impossible to put down. Cannot wait to read the next books!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Girl of Ink and Stars | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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I had heard a great interview with the author about this book so had it on my TBR. I listened to it on audio and it was pretty exciting, the narration was good and I was certainly interested enough to keep going and finish it pretty quickly. a story of 2 brave young girls on an adventure to save their island. Lots of magic and fantasy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Forest Born | Shannon Hale
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This series - the books of Bayern - has been amazing 💚🙌🏻 I read The Goose Girl on summer holiday and wrapped up the series with this one over one day. Medieval fantasy - castles, princesses, magic powers - but suitable for pre-teen and teen readers (no adult content warnings needed), they‘re gripping and full of loveable heroines and heroes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love Jyn erso, and this book was a great back story, leading up to exactly the beginning of Rogue One. Not my favorite Star Wars book by a long shot, but if you‘re a fan of that movie, you should like this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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This book was really helpful and practical. While it‘s written in a style that usually irritates me (“Bob is a leader who blah blah blah”: stories about people who don‘t actually exist), the information and insights contained were pertinent and revelatory enough that I could let that go. Highly recommended for anyone involved in church or ministry leadership. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 10 | Rainbow Rowell, G Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed
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Loved catching up on Ms Marvel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I attempted to read this aloud to my 8 year old son last year, but I believe he was too young for it. And I was getting tripped up on the funny words. I switched to audiobook this year and it was awesome. The story is gripping and funny and the emotions, particularly between the siblings, are very real and relatable. I could see what was coming in terms of The Big Secret, but that didn‘t ruin it. I‘m eager to read the others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Alphabet Squadron | Alexander Freed
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Well, I love the cover. I usually do Star Wars by audio where possible, but they‘ve not released this in NZ yet in that format. I did like the story but I found it a bit confusing in places. I‘m still questioning some of the characters motivations and loyalty even when the story is over. I do think I‘ll come back, perhaps reread this one before the next ones come out, (this is a trilogy) as Yrica Quell is engaging enough to want more of. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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Terrible photo, but great book. I had been eagerly awaiting this and it didn‘t disappoint. It was fascinating to see more detail about Padme, down to her outfits and hair (and their real function) and her weird voice... everything is intentional and it was fascinating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ReadingOver50 Looks interesting
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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This was a good read but nowhere near as fun as Circe. I‘m definitely into the myth retelling genre now though! This one is about Achilles and Patroclus and the story of Troy. A different perspective than that which has gone before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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I loved this 😍 I listened on audio, which was actually really fun. I‘d like to own both these books though. Sweet, fun, romantic books for nerds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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So excited to be getting back into this series. My only problem was that it had been so long since I read the last one, I‘d forgotten how it ended. I‘m glad I don‘t have to wait long for the next. I can‘t believe how fast she keeps churning these out, it‘s awesome! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca | G. Willow Wilson
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I‘ve spent my holiday catching up on my comic reading. I love Ms Marvel but do admit that jumping in after not reading a comic for a year or so is confusing. I liked the addition of Red Dagger in this also.

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Oh, C3PO. I‘m so nervous for you. I need volume 3 but for some inexplicable reason it wasn‘t in my library holds and I can‘t go to volume 4 without it! Love these comics. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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I had heard these comics were good, and I‘m definitely in agreement. Poe‘s behavior in the movies is frustrating and arrogant at times (especially in the last Jedi) and it‘s very helpful to see his back story and everything he has done so far for the resistance. Also I ❤️ bb8. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Vision of the Future | Timothy Zahn
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I enjoyed this more than Specter of the Past, but it‘s far from my favorite Star Wars book. I listened on audio, which is always great, though some of the alien voices drove me nuts. i did at least get the Luke and Mara action I was there for and some of my questions got answered. Also loving seeing Leia‘s growing strength in the force. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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This book blew my mind. I grew up deeply entrenched in the Christian purity culture she writes about, and as such I read this book and whisper “is what she says really true?”
I hope so.
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I enjoyed this one, but forgot to take a photo before it went back to the library. Interesting having Luke‘s point of view of things, not something I‘ve seen much of in the current canon. Not my fave Star Wars book but not bad either. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Specter of the Past | Timothy Zahn
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This was very average. I was only in it for Luke and Mara jade and there just wasn‘t enough of that for me. Sigh. ⭐️⭐️💫

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These covers are STUNNING. And I was totally satisfied with this conclusion. There were so many amazing moments. Especially the clone meeting scene 😂 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Argh. I love this series. I‘m a huge Paul fan and I love how the narration flashes back to their times together. Margarette goes through the wringer in this one and questions everything she thought she knew. You just have to go straight to the next book though 😂 addictive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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Well this was a re-read, but I got the audiobook after seeing the author post that the narrator is playing king George in Hamilton on Broadway 🙀 No regrets, I love the book even more now that I‘ve listened to it. Argh. So good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This book is a beautiful love letter to humanity, in a way, especially to all of us who struggle with anxiety and overwhelm. It‘s very poetic but also very practical. I‘ll definitely be buying this one for friends. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This book has made an impact on me already, though I‘ve read my fair share of habit and productivity books, this had plenty that stood out. The idea of making very small, almost insignificant changes, but sticking with them regularly even to the point of boredom has left me with plenty to ponder. Also dropping the guilt around easiness. Ease is natural to us and even the most accomplished people make their habits super easy to achieve. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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This book made me feel simultaneously heartbroken and hopeful. I‘m not American but the Obama‘s represented to me the best of that beautiful nation. Reading this will make anyone who agrees grieve deeply the differences between then and now.
I listened to the audiobook, which is of course, amazing, as it‘s narrated by Michelle herself.
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Susannah I couldn‘t agree with you more about the Obamas representing the best of us here in the United States. I feel so ashamed that we could wreck it all so quickly. 6mo
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Defy the Fates | Claudia Gray
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I was so happy to get these both out of the library at the same time. The final in the series, I won‘t give anything away, but it was gripping and also grappled with tricky issues rather than brushing them away. A bit of a scary insight into what could be in store for humanity in 200 years, but still, I‘m here for it 🤣 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Defy the Worlds | Claudia Gray
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I looooooove these books. Book 2 in a trilogy, these keep me on the edge of my seat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Defy the Stars | Claudia Gray
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Wow. This was a fantastic read. I don‘t have the right words, but man, so so good. Set far in the future (2527, I think?) where earth is no longer a nice planet to live on, and there are 4 other inhabitable planets connected by gates in space... a story about a human solider and a Mech- sophisticated one of a kind robot- I didn‘t want to put it down. Great characters, fast paced, romance, mystery. Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thousand Pieces of You | Claudia Gray
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Argh oh my goodness, this book 🙀🙀🙀 this was one of the first audiobooks I ever listened to, but I got a third through and it returned to the library, and I never got around to going back to it until now. Wow, I loved it so much. Time/dimension travel, romance, mystery, suspense - so so good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️