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The Waking Land
The Waking Land | Callie Bates
In the lush and magical tradition of Naomi Noviks award-winning Uprooted comes this riveting debut from brilliant young writer Callie Bateswhose boundless imagination places her among the finest authors of fantasy fiction, including Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murderand must flee for her life. Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstitionpowers that suddenly stir within her. But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart. Advance praise for The Waking Land Callie Bates has written an exciting and involving first book, and she looks to me to be a writer to watch.Terry Brooks A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read that held me captive from start to finish!Tamora Pierce The Waking Land is all about rising to challenges, and it succeeds wonderfully.Charlaine Harris A simmering tale of magic that builds to a raging inferno, and hits like a cross between Brandon Sanderson and Pierce Brown.Scott Sigler
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MeganAnn
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#7covers7days #coverlove Day 1

I was tagged by both @erzascarletbookgasm and @MrsMalaprop to join in. Sorry it took me so long to start off! Life got in the way and it‘s been an extra busy week at work.

I‘m going to tag my most recent follower: @Easytiger would you like to join in? Post your favorite covers 7 days in a row with no explanation. Tag someone new each day (if you wish).

Crazeedi Great photo!!❤👏 5mo
Easytiger I would love to participate ☺️that so for giving me the chance!!! 🖤🖤 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great cover and cool photo! 😉 5mo
Nute Beautiful cover! Wonderful photo! 5mo
Caroline2 😍 5mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Mehso-so

This book was just okay for me. I really liked the beginning, but after a while, the writing started to grate me a little bit. Not enough to not finish, but I found the last pages I skimmed more than actually read.

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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

Today I visited Hydrain's Library in Athens, Greece. How could I not take my book out and get a nice picture with the library?

Caroline2 Awesome!! 😎 7mo
Lady_Tigana_20 So cool! 7mo
Louise Wow! What an experience for you! So much history! 7mo
crazyspine Amazing! 7mo
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Ddzmini
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Just received my #BCCUNBOXING 📖😋

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jen_the_scribe
The Waking Land | Callie Bates

A whimsical, fantastical tale of a girl who feels lost and alone in the world, not fully understanding the power she holds. For lovers of nature and fantasy.

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Sweetkokoro
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Panpan

I finished this morning and frankly this was just...not good. The end was so rushed and Elanna‘s internal whining through the wholestory was so frustrating. The lore still doesn‘t make any sense to me. Certain things were talked about how they didn‘t know how worked but a few pages later she knew what to do, but it was never explained how. It was just frustrating and left me irritated. I‘m on the fence about reading the rest of the Trilogy.

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Sweetkokoro
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Finally started The Waking Land and I‘m about half way through and I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I want to know the story and lore of the land and how it unfolds but on the other Elanna‘s insistent internal whining over choosing sides is annoying, and the love story portion picked up way to early and quickly for me. At this point I think I‘m reading it more for my interest in Jahan‘s character then anything else.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this story which I thought was good with the potential to be even better as the author hones her craft. Elanna is taken from her parents at gunpoint & held hostage by the king to guarantee her father‘s good behavior. Years later, the king is murdered & Elanna accused of the crime & forced to flee. Add in a handsome stranger, a wicked duke, an affinity for the natural world, & magic & you have quite a story. Sequel is out in June.

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TracyReadsBooks
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This is my next read—love the cover. Here‘s hoping the words inside are equally awesome!!! I hear good things...

DGRachel I loved it and am looking forward to the sequel! 2y
TracyReadsBooks @DGRachel I‘m only a couple of chapters in but I‘m loving it so far! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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I have book mail coming today—or at least I think I do—but why wait until I get home to start a new book if I‘m carrying one around with me right now?!? Besides, look at this cover—it practically demands you open the book and start reading. Right. This. Minute.

DGRachel I really liked this one. 2y
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Linsy
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Sleep is proving stronger than Starbucks. Didn‘t get as much read as I‘d hoped, but I had a blast. Can‘t wait to get back to this book tomorrow!!

Good luck on the rest of the #readathon, Littens!

Cinfhen Such a striking cover😍 2y
GatheringBooks looks awesome! 2y
Linsy @Cinfhen @GatheringBooks I‘m enjoying it! Sometimes I just stare at that cover though. So pretty!! 2y
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Linsy
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Starting this series for my first Dewey‘s #Readathon!

zezeki That cover 😍 2y
Traci1 Gorgeous cover. ❤❤ 2y
Linsy @zeljka @Traci1 Honestly, the reason I bought it. It‘s holding up so far! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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A PSA for anyone who might pass through O‘Hare Airport. It can be daunting & not fun but our family will actually come early for a few of our favorite things:

Rick Bayless‘ Tortas by Frontera is awesome breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Head over to Vosges for an after meal treat. Their chocolate is delicious.

And what is a meal without something to read? Barbara‘s Bookstore is one of the best airport bookstores anywhere. I even picked up another...

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ailynk
The Waking Land | Callie Bates
Pickpick

I like the complexity of it, as well as a good fantasy book for a theme of identity crisis. Lady Elanna is like a teenager's rite of passage.

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ofbloodandstardust
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Day 1 of the riotgrams, a shelfie! This is mostly just books I've amassed since graduation; my older books are in storage due to a lack of shelving. #shelfie #riotgrams #februaryreads

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Chocomeiske
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Mehso-so

This is a debut novel and it reads like one. It's clunky and not very well executed and the main character is indecisive but the plot and the imagination behind it are pretty cool. The magic system is awesome and the lore is also interesting. The romance was boring and felt forced and totally unnecessary. I still think this had the potential to be really good and I'm curious to see where the story takes us in the sequel.
⭐️⭐️1/2

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vlwelser
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Pickpick

Just finished this one with an hour and a half to go on my timer. Book 2 of #24in48. Also part of #MountTBR.

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vlwelser
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I might actually make it. Maybe. Wish me luck.
#24in48

mcipher Good luck!! 2y
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annahenke
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Pickpick

What a deliciously vibrant #standalone #fantasy !! 😍

Godmotherx5 Gorgeous cover 2y
Usagi This book has been burning a hole on my shelf! I can not wait to indulge! 2y
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annahenke
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Bookcation74 Good to hear! This has been sitting in my bookcase for awhile... 2y
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JSW
The Waking Land | Callie Bates
Mehso-so

Not bad, a little rambling, but not great either. Intriguing world building. Rather frustrating lead character. Not bad.

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JSW
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“The knowingness in the deep silence of the forest...the trees are ancient, and legends claim that they hold great wisdom, for those who can understand their song.”

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JSW
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Guess I‘ll read something else. #gingerbrats #catsoflitsy #caturday

Bette 👍🐱❤️ 2y
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JSW
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Mr. JSW fixed my bike up so I could cycle to the library. It's a two mile round trip, and I enjoyed every minute. Also enjoyed picking up some more books. I figure I've saved about $200 this month by using the library. Exercise, books, and savings? #winning

Cinfhen Perfect 👌🏽 2y
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KirstieE
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Pickpick

This was the #yachronicles August pick , and I thoroughly enjoyed it ! It took a while to wrap my head around the world building, but I love detailed and intricate fantasy ✨🌲

4 ⭐️

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KirstieE
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After a rough morning with appointments and my mental health , happy to finally sit down and have some me time !
Duke's obviously trying not to stare at the food 🙄
#dogsoflitsy

CoffeeK8 So sorry for your rough morning, hopefully the vividness of the scenery in this book can distract you 2y
EvieBee Sorry! But, Dukes looks like my dog Dottie! Poodle mix? 2y
KirstieE @CoffeeK8 thank you! This book is a nice distraction , keeping me so concentrated on the plot ! @EvieBee no actually ! He's a Jack Russell x white hair terrier 😊 2y
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KirstieE
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Only a few chapters in to this one , and it's a lot to wrap my head around. A lot of world building to be done but already the plot is kicking in so I'm interested 🌲

sparrowssavvy Where did you get this bookmark? I absolutely adore it! 2y
KirstieE @sparrowssavvy one of my favourite shops ! https://www.inkandwonder.com.au ❤️️ 2y
sparrowssavvy Thank you!! I'll definitely be checking that out! 2y
Aqaa This is so beautiful, anything mermaid and book related is just ♥ 2y
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MeganAnn
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this book! Elanna is a smart, strong, but imperfect heroine. She's struggles with the circumstances she is thrown into and choices she has to make, rather than just following what she is told by those on her side, which I found to be a breath of fresh air. Unlike many other series, this did not end with a massive cliffhanger which I prefer and I still can't wait for book 2 so I can be back in this world. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #pagehabit

Laalaleighh I almost started this yesterday and changed my mind bc of the low Litsy score. But now that you like it I'll have to read it soon! 2y
mrozzz Love this pic!! 2y
MeganAnn @Laalaleighh you should. I think you will enjoy it!! I hesitated a bit because of the low litsy score too, but looking back now a lot of those reviews are from before the book came out and many are things that I didn't really notice or didn't bother me. Although I'm not always the most observant reader once I get lost in the story. I'm looking forward to seeing your review once you read it! It will be interesting to see what you think 😊 2y
MeganAnn @mrozzz thank you!! This gorgeous cover makes any picture look great 😍 (edited) 2y
DGRachel I'm happy to see someone else who enjoyed this book. I received an ARC and enjoyed it so much I bought my own copy on release day. 😊 2y
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MeganAnn
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Nothing better than reading at the beach while my son and husband play in the water 💦

This book has completely captured my imagination!
 @calliebywords

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Mehso-so

Book 1 of 3 for my YA Bookclub. The MC got on my nerves in the first half and the book had some jumpy parts moving to quickly to one thing from the next but overall it was an ok read of a girl coming into her powers of the land and a rebellion in a fantasy setting. 3 stars.

Yeah_I_Read I had trouble getting into this too. I rated it a pick tho because after the first 150 pages I really enjoyed it. I was also happy that it didn't end in a ridiculous cliffhanger like A Lot of YA does 2y
Bindrosbookshelf @Yeah_I_Read I think it's going to be a trilogy? I think I will continue to read it, I might just not preorder if you know what I mean? 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Bindrosbookshelf totally. Same here. 2y
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MeganAnn
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Starting this one now for a bit of reading before I go to bed. Got this in my first #pagehabit box last month and I'm excited to read with the author's annotations! Can't go wrong with a lovely #map on the first page 🗺

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Quippe
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Callie Bates' debut novel (the first in a trilogy) is a flawed and unsatisfying YA/crossover fantasy that incorporates interesting elements of Celtic mysticism and shades of the Jacobite risings but is hindered by an unconvincing political landscape, a main character with no grasp of courtly intrigue, unconvincing antagonists, a predictable and dull romance and magic that seems to exist for the convenience of the plot.

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Mommamanzi Love the cover! 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh I love green 💚 beautiful cover, yummy ice cream 🍦 2y
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Grimscythe
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Pickpick

Despite the fact I feel the main character is rather unreliable, I actually enjoyed this one. My full review can be found here: http://theghastlygrimoire.com/2017/08/17/book-review-the-waking-land-the-waking-...

DGRachel Yay! Someone else on Litsy liked it!! 2y
Grimscythe @DGRachel Yeah. I noticed it was unusually low rated and I get complaints about being too critical so I'm just like eh. Unreliable narrators do that. 2y
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Purple_and_Company
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“This is why magic is dangerous. It lures you in. It makes you curious.” ― Callie Bates, The Waking Land
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I'm feeling like stress is taking a toll on me again. I seriously need to sleep and get back much needed energy.
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Review for The Waking Land by Callie Bates is up on my blog. Head on over to follow and leave comments.

http://clistebella.blogspot.com/2017/08/book-review-waking-land-by-callie-bates....

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MadsBooks
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Pickpick

I found The Waking Land slow to get into at first, and hadn't immediately connected with the characters, but then the book really picked up and I enjoyed it and was really rooting for El!

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Grimscythe
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Just finished this beautiful book. It has a few flaws but overall, totally loved it. Review incoming... probably once I've actually slept.

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Grimscythe
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After talking to these lovely ladies, I realized this might be a good idea for me to take part in! I've dumbed it down for me, since as it is I am often too sick to read. Instead of the traditional 5x5 square, I am doing a 3x3 and have filled it with arcs that I REALLY need to get read. This makes up half of what I am behind on. 🙀 When I complete a row (since that will keep it a steady three books) I'll allow myself a book of my choice. #tbrbingo

Texreader Sounds perfect 3y
Laura317 Looks great! I realized mine was uneven - 4x3 I think? I need to take off a row. Edited to add: I like your idea of a book of your choice for a bingo. Perfect! (edited) 3y
LauraBeth I like the idea of reading through your ARCs 👍 3y
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Grimscythe
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About 75% in and these twists... omg. >.> QQ

On another note, I only had a brief reprieve from my last flare up. This one is significantly worse. I cannot keep food or liquids in me and I'm dehydrating faster than I can hydrate. She's considering taking me to the hospital for IV fluids.

Another visit Thurs w/ pain doc. I'm doing badly enough that at 26, my mother had to shave my legs.

Here's a fatso. #gingerbrat #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

DGRachel Sorry you're not doing well. I hope you feel better soon! 3y
Laura317 Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. On another note, I used to kid my mom when I was younger that I was growing my leg hair so long so I could braid it! (Not really, but just to get a ride out of her) 3y
Grimscythe @DGRachel Thank you! @Laura317 😹😹😹 That's epic. Thank you by the way. 3y
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Mamashep So sorry to hear that you're having such a rough time. Prayers that this flare passes soon. 3y
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 🌸🌸 3y
Grimscythe @Mamashep @JessClark78 Thank you, ladies. 😻 3y
Dragon Positive energy heading your way- feel better soon 💕 3y
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Purple_and_Company
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I did not know this was a thing before now and it is already 11:53PM out of my Aug. 9!! #celebrate #NationalBookLoversDay

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booksavvysissy
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Slow reading but it is an interesting concept... and it is beautiful so far... just slower, maybe it's because I'm reading a fast read and this on the side?
#fantasy #youngadult #arc #bookstagram #outdoorreads #bookishlife #booksavvy

Grimscythe It felt a little slow to me as well. Then picked up about halfway through. 3y
booksavvysissy Good to know, it isn't that it's poorly written... there's just a lot to take in. 3y
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Grimscythe
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Holy crap. I haven't posted in two weeks!? I honestly don't remember too much of the last two weeks. For those that have kept up with my health: I finally saw the pain management specialist. I'm on two pain meds and a back brace whenever I'm not just laying downing or sitting. I also had an MRI of my mid and lower back (results pending).

The meds take the edge off the pain and knock me out, so there's some silver lining there. 😽

kspenmoll So sorry you are going through such pain. Positive thoughts! 💕💕 3y
Texreader I have had chronic back pain for seven years so I am sympathizing beyond words. I hope you find real relief. 3y
irre Feel better! 💕 3y
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LiteraryinLititz Thanks for sharing. Thinking of you! 3y
DGRachel Back pain is no joke. I hope you feel better soon!! 3y
Megabooks I hope you get some answers soon! 3y
bookwrm526 Back pain is the worst, I hope they get you some answers and some relief soon!! 3y
LeahBergen Oh no! Hugs. ❤️ 3y
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nebrinkley
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#bookishemoji17 day two: 💪
Are there books you planned to read in a timely fashion that you just... haven't gotten to yet? With everything going on this year, for me, that's been most of them! But I'm still excited about so many of them, including THE WAKING LAND (whose main character is basically mimicking the 💪 pose on the cover). It looks totally beautiful and I need more gorgeous ethereal fantasy in my life.

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SiriuslyBookish
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LITTENS! I won a book from @penguinrandomhouse ! YaY!!!!!!! Now to finish my library book so I can read it next! Anyone read it yet??? #thewakingland #penguinrandomhouse #fantasybooks

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catiewithac
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Mehso-so

Some writers have a innate talent for lyricism and some just the dogged determination to publish; this author falls in the later category. The repetition is painful at times. The present tense of the adventure story may be somewhat to blame but a more skillful writer could have avoided eye rolls at least. Diehard fans of YA fantasy will likely love this tale. Me, not so much. 🌲🦌🍄🔮🛡

JPeterson My thoughts exactly! 3y
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CoffeeK8
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Totally fun fantasy-romance with really excellent world building. Alanna starts off TSTL (too stupid to live) but grows up quickly into a likable strong heroine. The author does some really interesting things with secondary characters who end up neither clearly good nor clearly bad. #romantsy

DGRachel Finally! Someone else on Litsy who likes this book! Yay! 🎉🎉 3y
CoffeeK8 @DGRachel yes! It got a lot of so-so ratings but I really enjoyed it. 3y
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KirstieE
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#theyachronicles July "Revolution" box !
Really love this months box , and we also received a little book that has chapter samplers for 7 upcoming new #YA releases ??
#Booksubscription #Bookmail

CoffeeK8 I just finished this book, it's excellent! 3y
SilversReviews Nice!! 3y
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CorLostForWords
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Such a pretty and intricate cover. This one just jumped off of the shelf into my arms today. 😉

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CoffeeK8
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Picked this book up today because of the cover, and i'm delighted so far. Excellent world building and the start of a lovely romance. #romantsy

DGRachel I really enjoyed this one. 😊 3y
CoffeeK8 @DGRachel good to know! I can't think of the last time I picked up a book without researching it. 3y
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The last #BookMail today is my #yachronicles box, this months theme was To The Revolution. Not very impressed with this month, it's usually much better than this. There are a few items I liked, the candle is called Rise Up & smells like a musky aftershave & the Feminist pin is very cute. But for the price, a paperback, a free chapter preview book, a small candle, pin, 2stickers & one magnetic bookmark is pretty average unfortunately.