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sarahgreatlove
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This was a moving, challenging, beautiful book. For anyone who hates being given cliche easy answers, Kate bowler is a breath of fresh air. I want her to live forever 💔 Loved this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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I did the first 75% of this book on audio and the final in paper. The audiobook narration is excellent and really gives a great impression of all 6 characters. A hyped book but one I really enjoyed and I‘m thrilled I read it as the sequel came out because otherwise that ending would have really annoyed me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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City of Illusion | Victoria Ying
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Book 2 in the series and I really liked this. Intrigue, adventure and suspense as we see the kids team up with others to fight the bad guy. Gorgeous art, Victoria ying is a legend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Blade Breaker | Victoria Aveyard
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Solid fantasy read 🗡 Enjoyed this a little more than book one, which I did also enjoy. Felt more involved in the world and a little more on top of what was going on, a lot more invested, and I‘m definitely looking forward to book 3 - but I think I‘ll reread 1 and 2 when that time comes. There‘s a lot of names, lands and details to keep track of in these books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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I am a couple of decades late to the party but heck, I‘m glad to be here! Talk about a fun, gripping novel. I was hooked the whole way through. I love what Rick Riordan is doing with his platform so was excited to read his work alongside the awesome new work he‘s promoting by diverse authors ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ozma.of.oz Oh boy are you in for a treat! As good as this one is, he only gets better from here! ❤️ 2mo
sarahgreatlove @ozma.of.oz I‘m excited! I need something to do while I keep waiting for the next nevermoor book 😭 2mo
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sarahgreatlove
Ride On | Faith Erin Hicks
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Amazing graphic novel! Faith Erin Hicks is SO reliable and her books are always fantastic. My 14 year old daughter and myself both loved this book about friendship drama in a horse setting. Also the added bonus of geeky sci-Fi content was so cool - the main character is obsessed with a Star Trek-ish show called “beyond the galaxy” and it was so fun seeing this incorporated ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Thirteens | Kate Alice Marshall
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Wow- what a great read! I got this digital arc a long time ago and am annoyed I didn‘t read it sooner - but it is PERFECT for this time of year. I love that it‘s set in Halloween and is spooky but not typically witchy. Super fast paced, not a dull moment. A big weird haunted house, random weird fantastical animals, creepy grown ups and friends sticking together to solve a frightening mystery, this book has it all.
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Thank you NetGalley.

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sarahgreatlove
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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SO funny. SO sweet. I loved this book. The banter with Luc‘s workmates gives me life 😆 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Pacing: excellent, Writing: excellent; Premise: horrifying. 😆 an addictive series that shows you just how bad things really could be in the far future 😵🤯😆 also the narration changed for the male lead between books 1 and 2 which is annoying, and I preferred book 1. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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sarahgreatlove
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An interesting read about the formation of Disneyland. Well written and researched but I will say it‘s very male-centric and glosses over or ignores the mistreatment of women and the misogyny that was rampant in Disney‘s early days. Highly recommend reading “The Queens of Animation” by Nathalia Holt alongside any history of Disney in order to get a balanced viewpoint. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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I was really excited to read this book, to the point where I probably over hyped it a bit for myself. I did enjoy it but my son found it “too romancey” 😆 kids who like fantasy graphic novels with romance will love this though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Over the Top | Jonathan Van Ness
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I‘ve been going through a major queer eye phase lately and loved this audiobook. I knew Jonathan had had a hard upbringing in many ways but reading the details was sobering. Really respect the honesty. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Cinderella Is Dead | Kalynn Bayron
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Oh I LOVED this. Such an inventive retelling, it gave me all the feels, especially the final paragraph. Rocketed to my list of all time favorites. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Garvey in the Dark | Nikki Grimes
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A wonderful book in verse. Told from the point of view of Garvey, a kid who is just finding his place in his family, learning guitar and enjoying his life when the pandemic invades and strips so much of what he loves away from him.
I haven‘t read many novels in verse but I really enjoyed this. The impact that is made using so few words is remarkable.
Thank you to NetGalley for the digital review copy
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sarahgreatlove
Across the Universe | Beth Revis
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I do not know how I feel about these books. Totally engaging, compelling and page turning but straight up the most terrible version of the future I‘ve ever read in YA sci Fi 😆 I mean, please, do not put me on this ship. I much prefer the peaceful lovely Becky chambers approach 😆 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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What a cool series. This was the first one id read on paper rather than listened to, purely because it‘s what I could get my hands on. I missed the narration. But still a really satisfying read and end to the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Tunnel of Bones | Victoria Schwab
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These books are soooo great. I‘m listening on audio and loving the narration. Brilliant sense of place, this one set in Paris. I like the escalating mystery around Jacob too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Loved this graphic novel by one of my favorite creators. Relatable coming off age dramas and a cute fall / Halloween backdrop. Perfect read for this time of year. 🍁 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Hollow OGN | Shannon Watters
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I don‘t know anything about the legend of spooky hollow, but I loved this modern day graphic novel retelling. Atmospheric and unpredictable, it manages to be both scary and heartwarming. Gorgeous inclusive characters you can really get behind. Thank you NetGalley for the digital review copy 😍

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sarahgreatlove
Pint of Contention | Susannah Nix
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I love Susannah Nix, she writes fabulous characters. This was a fun read, lots of emotion and heart and also QUITE steamy - more than most of the Women in STEM series of hers I‘ve read definitely. Ryan and Maggie are both loveable and frustrating and it‘s delightful watching them love and frustrate each other. Thanks NetGalley for the advance digital review copy 😻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Ooo I really liked this. I expected to, as I LOVED the Once upon a con series by the same author. I loved the setting of the publishing industry and the writers insights… there were lots of little nuggets and Easter eggs for fans of books, particularly romance. I really loved Florence and Ben and went through ALL the feels, with twists I did not expect and that nearly broke me 😂 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ thank you to NetGalley for the digital review copy!

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sarahgreatlove
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Awesome graphic novel about a cool kid who doesn‘t feel like she fits the mold of her family. Beautiful representation of her culture also - it is set mostly in Honduras. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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I adored this book. It was just what I needed. I liked Tweet Cute a lot, but this one exceeded it for me, which I was not expecting. It gave me just the right amount of feels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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City of Secrets | Victoria Ying
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Beautifully drawn graphic novel set in a steampunk style building/world. Looking forward to reading book 2 😍 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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See You Yesterday | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Oooo I really liked this. Sweet and funny, I liked the completely bonkers nature of the time loop being combined with a very normal college day. It kept me guessing and kept me coming back and didn‘t use the typical “let‘s get mad and have a big misunderstanding” thing at 85% like so many romances do (that annoys me). Big thanks to NetGalley for the digital advance copy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Gallant | V.E. Schwab
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This book was creepy as. I listened on audio, the narration was great. Perhaps not my favorite Schwab book. But that‘s far from an insult as I think she‘s fast becoming one of my most favorite authors. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Really liked this one too but it ends on a cliffhanger, so I really hope they make more! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Really enjoyable book set in the DC/Superman world. Claudia gray is fantastic writing these sorts of books, I really liked the characters. The world of krypton is drawn wonderfully too.

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The Marvellers | Dhonielle Clayton
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I love the world of the marvellers! This was a brilliant book and I‘m looking forward to reading more. I think there‘s a lot of setting up and explaining happening here, so I imagine the series will keep getting better and better. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
The Blood Traitor | Lynette Noni
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5000 stars. A wonderful conclusion to the trilogy, I LOVE these books, I‘ve gone back to book 1 to start again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Frizzy | Claribel A. Ortega
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I love a book that puts you right into the world and experiences of someone else. Marlene‘s world, her culture, the discrimination she faces, her hair and her Neighbourhood weren‘t familiar to me at all, and I loved learning about them. But the mother/daughter dynamic and the double standards of behavior between family members - these things are universal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you NetGalley for the digital advanced review copy

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Smaller Sister | Maggie Edkins Willis
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A really wonderful graphic novel. I didn‘t really read the blurb for this before diving in, I figured it was just a story about being the younger sister and getting along with each other. In fact “smaller sister” refers to the older sisters battle with anorexia. It‘s a really engaging and honest story, beautifully done. My 14 year old read it after me and said “wow mum I can see why you hate diets now”. So thank you to the author!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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SUCH a transformative read. It has been a long time since I read a non fiction that had an impact like this. It‘s really made me rethink my life, how hard I push myself, why I do, why I‘m so hard on myself, and all the ways I‘ve bought into the “laziness lie”. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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After finishing a Louise Penny I had to get back into my other favorite detective, Brunetti. Loving being back in Venice again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Well this book took me about 2 years to read. I love Gamache and I can‘t really say what wasn‘t doing it for me to be honest, I just stalled part way through. However I got covid recently and returned to the last third of the book and really enjoyed it. Turns out detective fiction is just what you need when you feel like crap. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

kspenmoll Glad you are feeling better, and revisited your book. 6mo
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sarahgreatlove
The Gilded Cage | Lynette Noni
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Book 2 in the prison healer series! I was excited to read this before book 3 comes out this month. Really enjoyed this story. I love the characters and the intrigue. I‘m glad I have the next one to read soon though because that ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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Finally photographed this after finishing it ages ago. Wow. SO good. After finishing this I jumped on WEBTOON and binged the entire rest of the series which I highly recommend. Trigger warnings for themes of sexual assault, rape, toxic relationships etc but in terms of that content, I think this is one of the best portrayals of the emotions behind it and the aftermath a person suffers. So well done. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

magyklyXdelish I did the same after I finished this as well!! Sooo freaking amazinggggg 6mo
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sarahgreatlove
City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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Love love LOVED this audiobook. Set mostly in Scotland it‘s so atmospheric and just the right amount of spooky if you‘re a bit of a wimp. Looking forward to recommending this to my 14 year old too 😻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Loved this book 🌼 The author perfectly encapsulates the loss of identity experienced in early motherhood and the bizarre often embarrassing ways it reasserts itself years later. In her case, with an obsession with Benedict Cumberbatch, which means this book isn‘t a depressing tome about Why Women Feel Sad but instead SO FUNNY. I loved the musings on how we feel about what we love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(thank you to NetGalley for the digital review copy😻)

sarahgreatlove Pretty picture taken from the authors Instagram 😬 6mo
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Echoes and Empires | Morgan Rhodes
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So exciting to have read such a new fantasy book! Josslyn Drake is living the best life she can as a popular society girl, bar the tragic loss of her father a year earlier, when she accidentally comes in contact with forbidden magic. She teams up with a gorgeous criminal in an attempt to get rid of the magic and chaos ensues. I listened and the narration was great. I enjoyed the pacing and couldn‘t predict the plot. Bring on book 2! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
Sabriel | Garth Nix
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My first Garth Nix and I REALLY enjoyed it. The narration was fabulous. Sarah j Maas gives this book 5 stars and if you‘re a fan of her early work I highly recommend checking this out. I got like PG throne of glass vibes from parts of it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

StaceGhost I looooved this book when I was a kid— reading terciel & Elinor now too 6mo
ozma.of.oz Such an amazing series! ❤️ 6mo
sarahgreatlove 😻😻😻 6mo
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Displacement | Kiku Hughes
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Such a good graphic novel. I knew next to nothing about the world war 2 Japanese internment camps. This graphic novel was so informative and heartfelt. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to gifting this to many friends. I listened in bites as I drove around and it was perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sarahgreatlove
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Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to gifting this to many friends. I listened in bites as I drove around and it was perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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An Impossible Impostor | Deanna Raybourn
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I love this series. This wasn‘t my favorite purely because I was so stressed and anxious throughout. It really needs to be read in one sitting preferably with the next book in the series (which isn‘t out yet😆) next to you. The author has a few things to put to rights in my mind and I need that book asap. Veronica and stoker still have my whole heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Princess Academy | Shannon Hale
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Really different than what I expected! I don‘t think the title conveys what this book is about. I wasn‘t expecting it to be like the goose girl but it was, and I loved that book. I listened to the audio, it has full cast narration which takes a bit of getting used to. But it made the scary parts REALLY scary. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cast in Firelight | Dana Swift
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I‘m enjoying reading some less hyped YA fantasy books lately, usually found through uppercase YA‘s Instagram account. This one was good… I listened on audio and I liked it enough to want to finish it, but it wasn‘t the most wonderful thing I‘ve read either? The plot was unpredictable, which was good… nice world building… I liked the characters but got annoyed at their choices 😅 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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Hmmmm. I think… that I don‘t like SJM in adult as much as I do in YA? The plot of this was excellent. But I found myself skipping past stuff that was just a bit… too much. For me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I did appreciate that they‘d edited out some of the excessive f bombs which, IMO, were every second sentence at the end of the first book 😆 tiring. that ending though. 😵💀 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca K. Reilly
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Greta and Valdin was SO GREAT. This book is FUNNY and full of so many delightful tidbits especially if you love our New Zealand cities. It‘s set in Auckland and as an ex-aucklander it was so cool to read about the city I was a teenager and young adult in, in the vein of so many books I love set in say NYC or LA eg permanent record. The ambling around through the city, the sense of place, the FOOD. The quirky cast. So good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LiteraryinLawrence This wasn‘t on my radar at all but sounds great! Thanks for the review! 7mo
sarahgreatlove @LiteraryinLawrence it‘s so great! 😻 7mo
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sarahgreatlove
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Crying, crying, crying so much. This book was gorgeous and just, lots of feels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️