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sebrittainclark

Joined January 2017

book nerd | software developer | she/her
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Termush | Sven Holm
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3.5/5

This strange, speculative story takes place immediately after a nuclear disaster where a group of wealthy people have pre-paid to stay in safety at a hotel. The narrator and the other guests become increasingly disconnected from the world outside the hotel as they face censorship and their inability to adjust psychologically to what has happened. It's a quick and unsettling read told from the perspective of an unreliable narrator.

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The Reanimator's Soul | Kara Jorgensen
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4/5

After a necromancer is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Felipe and Oliver are drawn into a new case as they also navigate Felipe's reanimation and their relationship.

I had a little more trouble getting into this one, but I thought the ending was very good, and I think it set up some interesting things for the next book to dig into.

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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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ebook: The Reanimator's Soul by Kara Jorgensen
audiobook: Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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What Feasts at Night | T Kingfisher
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4.5/5

I loved this sequel to What Moves the Dead that moves away from the retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher and into a reimagining of European mythical creatures. Just like the first book, it's very atmospheric and gothic. I thought it took slightly longer to get as unsettling as What Moves the Dead, but when it did it was fantastic. I would happily read about Alex Easton's interactions with mythical creatures again and again.

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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Salt water and blood taste the same. She'd never thought of that until now, until she was drowning in both, blood gushing from the wound in her temple, the sea rushing into her mouth. Both are warm, tangy. Both threaten to consume her.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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What Feasts at Night | T Kingfisher
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ebook: The Reanimator's Soul Kara Jorgensen
audiobook: What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Reanimator's Soul | Kara Jorgensen
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Herman Judd awoke in the dark. For a long moment, he lay there, distantly wondering if he was dead and staring into blackness was all the afterlife had to offer

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How You Get the Girl | Anita Kelly
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4/5

Another wonderful romance from Anita Kelly. Julie has never really known what her identity is within the LGBTQ+ community, but when her childhood crush walks into the gym where she coaches a high school basketball team, she's ready to try to figure out who she is and what she really wants in her life.

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4.5/5

This is a book about change and grief and love and family and motherhood. It was both sad and hopeful. While there are many characters, it centers around Wren whose life is transformed when her husband begins to turn into a great white shark. Habeck doesn't shy away from the horrors of a world where humans can transform into other creatures, but it's not about the horror, but about the lives people live through devastating change.

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How You Get the Girl | Anita Kelly
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ebook: How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly
audiobook: Shark Heart by Emily Habeck

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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LEWIS: In the early days after I left New York, I would ruminate, doubt all my choices. But when I met you, I began to thank my failure. Maybe failing was a kind of miracle. Maybe everything happened just right.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl You're the 2nd litten I've encountered using this book for #firstlinefridays this week! I'm getting more and more curious about it 3w
sebrittainclark @ShyBookOwl I kept seeing it recommended. It's a strange premise, but I really liked it. 2w
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Paladin's Faith | T. Kingfisher
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4/5

Marguerite is back with a mission the White Rat is interested in, and she could use the help of a paladin, specifically Shane, who struggles with having lost two gods.

I wish this book had more directly tied into the big reveal at the end of Paladin's Hope, but it did continue to give some insight into what happened to the Saint of Steel ,and how gods and paladins work in this universe. I look forward to where this series continues to go.

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4/5

A fun audio novella sequel to The Unhoneymooners. This time Ami is in Maui for Ethan and Olive's wedding, which she's planning with the help of the very cute best man, Brody. Now it's Ami's chance for a tropical romance.

It was a fun short read, and I was glad Ami got a chance at love.

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4/5

Cherry was kidnapped by a dragon five years ago, so when another dragon shows up Cherry decides to convince him to save her. When Dante sees Cherry and realizes he's finally found his mate, he doesn't need anything to convince him to rescue her and convince her that they're meant to be together.

This was a fun read, but I do wish this had spent more time focusing on Cherry reuniting with Cinnamon and the rest of her family.

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4/5

This series is fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously, and I love it.

Local cheesemaker Brie throws a drink at a guy who is bothering her, but it turns out the drink was a love potion and the ducks, so instead she hits Felix, a werewolf. Felix knows as soon as he lays his eyes on Brie that she is his fated mate, but Brie's pretty sure that's the love potion talking, and he'll forget all about her as soon as she finds an antidote.

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The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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4/5

Mack and Noah have never gotten a long despite both being doctors at Denver General and werewolves. But when a situation happens where they would both benefit from being in a relationship, they decide the best thing to do is pretend to date each other. Of course, their feelings don't stay fake for long as they spend more time together.

This book surprised me in a few ways I'll put in a comment, but overall a fun, spicy read.

sebrittainclark I didn't read any reviews before picking up this book; otherwise this might not have been a surprise, but this is lightly omegaverse and even more lightly reylo. I don't think it was originally fanfiction, but certainly inspired by some fanfiction tropes. 4w
Booksofkell I loooved this one! So much fun 😍 3w
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Paladin's Faith | T. Kingfisher
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ebook: Paladin's Faith by T. Kingfisher
audiobook: The Honeymoon Crashers by Christina Lauren

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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I only managed two #auldlangspine reads this month, but they were both new to me authors that I really enjoyed, and I definitely plan to read more from both. Thanks @peanutnine for such a great list and @monalyisha for organizing!

monalyisha Thanks for participating! Two books is totally great. No shame in your game. 🙌🏻 4w
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“Gods, I am so fucking scared right now.”

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Paladin's Faith | T. Kingfisher
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#bookspin: Paladin's Faith by T. Kingfisher
#doublebookspin: That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Human by Kimberly Lemming

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!! 4w
willaful Nice range you got there. 😂 I suppose technically they're both fantasy... 4w
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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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I had a very good month of reading in January and even managed 3 bingos!

#bookspin #doublebookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! 4w
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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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I came close, but didn't manage to get a bingo in January.

#ISpyBino @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 4w
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The Heiress: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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A Rival Most Vial and System Collapse were also favorites (and might take a bonus spot when I get to those), but The Heiress was definitely my favorite January read.

#readingbracket2024 #bookbracket2024 @CSeydel

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Clockwork Boys | T Kingfisher
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4/5

I've been wanting to read more of Kingfisher's books set in the Saint of Steel universe, and this is a fun adventure that feels like it's creating the foundation that Saints of Steels grows on following a disgraced paladin, a forger, an assassin, and a holy scholar on a mission to reach Anuket City.

This is a duology, and the ending felt like a halfway point in a larger story rather than a conclusion to a story within just this novel.

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The Heiress: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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5/5

Ten years after the death of his adopted mother, Ruby McTavish, Camden along with his wife Jules return to Ashby house to deal with the inheritance and extended family members left for Camden to sort through. Ruby's secrets are slowly unraveled as Camden and Jules confront their future.

I loved this gothic thriller and the way the story was told through Ruby's letters as well as Camden and Jules's perspectives.

SilversReviews Loved this book!! 1mo
Crazeedi I have this one on hold, can't wait, since I just read a couple others by this author 1mo
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4/5

Cinnamon saves a trapped man, she certainly doesn't expect the man to turn out to be a demon, or that demon to tell her everything she believed about the world is incorrect. Now Cinnamon is going on an adventure to save demons from an evil witch.

This was such a fast, fun read. I liked the magic and mythology of the world, as well as the romance between the main characters, and I'm really excited to see where the next book goes.

CoffeeK8 This author is so much fun! 1mo
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The Reanimator's Heart | Kara Jorgensen
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4/5

Oliver understands the fear around necromancy and has strict rules he follows to manage his gift. However, when his crush, Felipe, is killed; Oliver accidentally brings him back to life throwing both their lives into chaos as they attempt to work together to solve Felipe's murder.

I really enjoyed the world building in this, and I loved that both the author and Oliver are autistic. Another great #auldlangspine read @peanutnine @monalysiha

peanutnine So glad you enjoyed it! The world building was so interesting, I hope they get into it even more in the sequel 1mo
sebrittainclark @peanutnine Me too! I'm definitely adding the sequel to my TBR. 1mo
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Midnight Ruin | Katee Robert
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4/5

Eurydice is ready to move forward with her life after Orpheus left her heartbroken, and Charon is ready too, but Orpheus still wants to make things right with Eurydice. All three are brought together in the midst of turmoil in Olympus.

This really moved the plot of Dark Olympus forward in big ways, that I loved, but I did wish the book had been a little longer to give more focus on the relationship between the protagonists and their growth.

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Midnight Ruin | Katee Robert
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ebook: Midnight Ruin by Katee Robert
audiobook: Reanimator's Hear by Kara Jorgenson

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Boss69Lady Maybe Next Time by Cesca Major 2mo
Lynnbooknerd Kissing Bandit ( arc) 1mo
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The Reanimator's Heart | Kara Jorgensen
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God only granted Sister Mary Agnes glimpses of the sublime on Thursday nights when the moon rose high enough to peek through the tallest windows of the monastery.

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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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4.5/5

A sequel to Network Effect, Murderbot is still working with ART to help Preservation and the University to help colonist affected by alien remnant contamination, but as usual there are plenty of Corporate interests making things complicated.

Another great book in the series. I do wish I'd reread Network Effect more recently, so that I remembered more of the context at the beginning of the novella.

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4.5/5

A new rivalry is formed when Eli opens a potion shop across the street from Ambrose's potion shop in this romantic, cozy fantasy. I loved the rivalry and eventual chemistry between Ambrose and Eli. I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.

This was a perfect #auldlangspine read to start off my year. @peanutnine @monalyisha

peanutnine I'm so glad you enjoyed it! A perfect cozy read to start the year ☺️ 2mo
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#bookspin: Happy Mama Postpartum Self-Care by Robyn Weller
#doublebookspin: System Collapse by Martha Wells

I guess this is as good a way as any to let my litsy friends know I'm having another baby in a few months.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

MissyD Congrats 2mo
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La_Cori Congratulations!! 🎊👶 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Lovely bingo card and yay baby!! ❤ Hope all is going smoothly!! 2mo
dabbe Congratulations! 🖤💙🖤 2mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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Check In 1: 12,789
Check In 2: 12,599
Total: 25,388

#wintergames #uss @dabbe

dabbe #yahooyou! 🖤💙🖤 2mo
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One of my reading goals for 2023 was to finish all my #bookspin and #doublebookspin reads. I finished all 24, and 23 out of the 24 I finished during the month they were selected. I love what a wide variety of books this encourages me to read.

@TheAromaOfBooks #bookspinbingo

Megabooks 🎉🎉 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird I love Wolfsong so much! 🎉🐺 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous year!!!! 2mo
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It was a really hard choice between How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis and A Power Unbound by Freya Marske, but at the end of the year, I think How to Keep House While Drowning is the standout book for me in 2023.

Thanks for making this fun 2023 graphic @chasjjlee!

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Eight Winter Nights | Liz Maverick
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I managed 3 bingos in my Decemebr #bookspinbingo. I love this challenge and am excited to continue doing it in 2024.

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspin #doublebookspin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
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Just Like Magic | Sarah Hogle
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4.5/5

Bettie Hughes is broke and trying to figure out how to keep her family from discovering that facts over Christmas. When she accidentally summons the Holiday Spirit (Hall), things only get more chaotic.

I really wasn't sure I would love this book, but it really surprised me. Bettie transforms from an unrelatable and selfish character to someone I was really rooting for. It made me smile, and it made me cry. A perfect holiday read.

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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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Pajamas
Sleep
Mug
Couch
Slippers

I used to do a little more to mark the end of the year like a special meal and some cleaning, but now I'm way too tired for that after chasing after a toddler all day. Instead I'm just reading and journaling until my usual bedtime.

#wintergames #uss @ShananigansReads @dabbe

tpixie Yes! 100% 2mo
dabbe Same as me, too! (- the toddler! 🤩 Though I do have young GSDs!) 2mo
sebrittainclark @dabbe My sister has a GSD mix that has a similar energy level and ability to cause mischief as a toddler. 2mo
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Written in the Stars: A Novel | Alexandria Bellefleur
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4/5

Darcy and Elle make a terrible first impression on a disastrous first date, but when Darcy lies to her brother about being in a relationship, she and Elle are forced to spend time together and get a second chance at the spark they both felt.

This pride and prejudice retelling is set over the holidays, but doesn't feel like a holiday romance. It was a fun read, and I liked the ways it was inspired by Austen without being a strict retelling.

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Just Like Magic | Sarah Hogle
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ebook: Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
audiobook: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

I'm trying very hard to finish both of these today, so I can have a fresh start on reading for the new year tomorrow.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Just Like Magic | Sarah Hogle
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Lumpy snowflakes tumble from above, “Blue Christmas“ dancing out of the speakers of Mary had a Little Boutique.

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1. How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis
2. Tie between Love Quest by Camilla Isley and Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss
3. Just my usual evening plan to read and relax after my toddler goes to sleep.
4. No, it's not really a thing here.
5. Brown, but that's to be expected here. I think I've only ever experienced one or two white Christmases.

#WinterGames #USS @dabbe

dabbe I'm with you totally on #3 (- the todler + add 2 dogs!) 🤩😍😃 2mo
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2.5/5

Nory is returning to her hometown and she'll be staying as a guest in the castle bringing Nory back into contact with the gardener who is not a fan of her friends.

There were some side characters I liked, but there were a few who were awful, and it felt like most of the book was just waiting for when their awful behavior would mess everything up. When it finally happened at 80% through, I almost dnf'ed the book I was so frustrated.

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@rachelsbrittain and I started doing a mini jolabokaflod exchange last year and are continuing this new tradition. Super excited to read these novellas.

#wintergamesphotochallenge #photochallenge #USS #wintergames

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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I'm so excited for this #auldlangspine list from @peanutnine. It's always a good sign when I've read and enjoyed a number of books on the list (A Marvelous Light, Something Wild and Wonderful, Redshirts, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, and A Lady for a Duke). I've decided to focus on these four in January:

Malibu Rising
A Rival Most Vial
The Reanimator's Heart
The Princess and the Grilled Cheese

Thanks for organizing @monalyisha

peanutnine Ah yay!! Your list was also filled with some favorites of mine! I think we'll be a great match. I'll post my choices soon 😄 2mo
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