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Daughter of the Burning City
Daughter of the Burning City | Amanda Foody
A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival's Freak Show.But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just thatillusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believeduntil one of them is murdered.Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn't actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina's illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear."
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IhoardBOOKS
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This one was an interesting read. I thought the world was cool, a traveling circus city that moves around, and the magic was intriguing as well, a girl with no eyes that creates illusions, real actual illusions that have become her family, and still sees, and all sorts of other inherent jynx magic.
The story was more whodunnit and I figured it out pretty quickly but still enjoyable enough. Not particularly memorable, but a fun read.
3.5 ⭐️

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Alfrazier21
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Mehso-so

Daughter of the Burning City had a promising storyline, but failed to deliver for me personally. I think the characters and the plot were interesting, but I was left at the end wishing there had been more world building and a better explanation of the magic system. #LMPBC #Round9

I put this one in the mail for you today @sweetpealsd 🎪

@gibblr @hes7 @suvata

Alfrazier21 @hes7 Hi! Do you happen to have the tracking number for the last book? I haven‘t received it yet. 2y
hes7 😬 I still have it. I promise I‘m going to send it on Monday. 2y
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simplycourtney
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Daughter of the burning city is so magical and creative. The writing was astounding and vivid. I loved every minute of this book. I went into it not knowing much about the book other than it revolved around a show, similar to a circus or carnival. I was so amazed by everything in the novel and completely blown away by how good it was.
Overall the creativity and imagery were just mind-blowing.

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Allydanielle88
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My goal is to finish 9 books and read for at least 24 hours for #EasterExtravaganza
Day 1: I'm half way through the tagged book and I've read for 2 hours.

Andrew65 9 books, that‘s a great goal. Good luck. 😊👍 2y
Buechersuechtling Very ambitious goals you set there, I keep my fingers crossed for you to reach them. 2y
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chlolovesbooks
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 🎪

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absolutebookish
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Hello my friendly neighborhood Bookish Lepidopterans!!! 🦋 (Wow, that was a long greeting.)

Sooo, I crashed yesterday before I could post my last #24in48 update! Buuuut...

I did it! I read for over 24 hrs! Yay! 😄

And I managed to start Daughter of the Burning City, which has been on my TBR list for a long while now.

How about you? Did you accomplish any of your reading goals this weekend?

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Cinfhen
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#SeptemberDanes #CityOfDreams Set in the world of illusions this YA fantasy is a murder mystery unfolding in the middle of a dark and mysterious magical circus. At the heart of this novel is Sorina, a girl with no eyes, yet graced with the ability to weave complex and realistic illusions. My first (and only)YA fantasy ~ great world building but the story, romance and mystery was thin & weak! I tried...#MoreMehThanYeah **image from Google**

TrishB There is some good YA fantasy - but it‘s probably just not for you 😘 4y
Kalalalatja I‘m with @TrishB - you gave it a shot at least 👏 4y
LeahBergen You read YA?? Gasp! 😆😆 4y
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Cathythoughts Lovely post ! The colours 💜! I‘m definitely not a YA fan ... not for me either. 4y
Cinfhen I agree @TrishB @Kalalalatja and I “might”try again @LeahBergen but probably NOT @Cathythoughts 😜 4y
emilyhaldi YA *fantasy*?!?! Brave 🙌🏻 4y
SilversReviews Love this photo. 4y
Cinfhen Can‘t take credit, it‘s from the internet @SilversReviews 4y
Cinfhen I tried @emilyhaldi but it REALLY wasn‘t for me 4y
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HeathersReadingHideaway
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Mehso-so

[#BookReview] Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody was such a fun read! It is not a perfect book and I had some issues with the execution as a whole. However, the story and the murder mystery completely hooked me and had me needing to know what was going to happen next. Click the link below for my full thoughts! Have you read it? 📖🔥🌆

http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2018/07/book-review-daughter-of-burn...

ericarobynreads Great book photo!! 4y
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Crewgurl
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Mehso-so

This was a weird one for me. It was literally painful to read, but I kept going because I needed to know what happened. So good story, but poor execution I guess 🤷‍♀️

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Elisa
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Pickpick

Quite enjoyed this magical, quirky, dark read. Inventive and detailed world building, original yet relatable characters, intriguing plot (albeit at times perhaps slightly predictable, but more of a guess than an actual “I solved the mystery!” sort of situation). The pace slows a bit towards the middle but then picks up again. The writing was ok, but the world was so immersive it did the job. A very satisfying read! Thank you so much @Cinfhen 💜💜

Cinfhen I‘m glad u enjoyed 💜your review was way better than mine 😀 4y
MarriedtoMrT Pretty cover and lovely photo backdrop. 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen haha, mine is just more “gushy” 😄😄 (edited) 4y
Elisa @MarriedtoMrT thank you! That‘s its actual place on my shelf. I have a spot where I alternate my favorite covers 😊 (edited) 4y
MarriedtoMrT @Elisa I love that idea! 4y
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ConstanceSummar
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Pickpick

In this den of assassins, thieves, and entertainers, we find an illusionist with the power to turn her imaginings into flesh and bone. When the impossible happens and one of them is murdered, her world begins to splinter apart as she searches for the villain who‘s systematically killing off her family. Daughter of the Burning City contains unique characters not frequently seen in its genre thrown into a world of magic, murder, and self-discovery.

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thecommonshelf
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Pickpick
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IheartYA
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A few good deals on Amazon today. I have my eye on 2 others as well. Trying to resist BUT my birthday is coming up...lol.

Elisa Oooh, what others?? I would have snagged this one immediately hadn‘t I received it as a gorgeous, unexpected gift from the ever-wonderful @Cinfhen 💜💜💜 4y
Dragon Thanks @IheartYA can‘t resist so downloaded the iBook, thanks for the suggestion 👍🐉 4y
Cinfhen Thanks 😘 @Elisa 4y
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IheartYA City of Brass looks good. I tried to copy the link but it's not working on my phone. Its "up to 80% off beat of goodreads". Maybe a Google search will show the page I found? @Elisa @Dragon 4y
Dragon @IheartYA I bought the City of Brass ebook during a previous sale. Thanks for the heads up , it has good reviews 👍🐉😀 4y
Elisa @IheartYA oh yes I got City of Brass earlier this week! And Nevernight 🖤 It makes me so happy when books I had on the top of my wishlist go on sale 😍😍😍😍 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 4y
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Witchy_Book_Dragon
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Pickpick

I loved how the world of Gomorrah was described. The language was lyrical and so easy to escape into. I enjoyed the mystery and the subtle romance (it wasn‘t overt and in your face, which is nice). I did figure out who was commuting the murders pretty early on but there was a twist that I didn‘t see coming, which I enjoyed. I do hope to see more of Gomorrah and it‘s traveling shows.

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Elisa
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It‘s here!!!! 😍😍😍
Thank you so, so much @Cinfhen !💜💜💜
I‘m so excited, I can‘t wait to start!

Cinfhen Yay! Enjoy 😊 I still can‘t remember the name of this book....but I‘m happy it‘s found a new home 🏡 4y
julesG Interesting, I was just checking out another that new book of hers - but decided against buying it right now. 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen 😄😄 I appreciate it so much!!! And I think it‘s really happy with other purple books on my shelf, waiting its turn until I finish this Stephanie Plum novel 😁 4y
Elisa @julesG ah, that‘s from the same author? She‘s got good cover designers. The second books is getting mixed reviews though. 4y
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faithlovebooks
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Everyone should read this book💜🖤

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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

So...I read a YA fantasy book and it wasn‘t terrible. I was engaged for the first half but then the plot and story started to dragggggg and I figured out from the onset who the “bad guy” was. Glad I tried it but I won‘t be reading another YA fantasy for awhile.

emilyhaldi Oof, YA and fantasy in one?! Brave! Atleast it want half bad 😄 4y
MicheleinPhilly Did you lose a bet? 4y
Soubhiville Interesting... I have been disappointed with all the YA fantasy I‘ve read this year, and it‘s a genre I used to love. Have you ever enjoyed it? 4y
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Kalalalatja Another YA fantasy!? Man, you are really branching out at the moment 😂 pretty flowers, though! 4y
Cinfhen I know @Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly @emilyhaldi the blurb sounded really good...and this was actually not bad but it‘s really NOT my preferred genre @Soubhiville and with so many books I really want to read I‘ll probably be skipping YA fantasy for a while. It‘s good to branch out once every so often😀 4y
TrishB I was so surprised when you read this! 4y
TracyReadsBooks When (if) you are ready to try another YA fantasy, take a look at Leigh Bardugo‘s Six of Crows and it‘s sequel Crooked Kingdom if you haven‘t already. It‘s a heist story set in a fantasy world and it does not disappoint. Complex plot, engaging characters, phenomenal worldbuilding and, best of all, great writing. In a saturated field, Bardugo‘s work stands out. Can‘t recommend this duology highly enough (and you don‘t have to like YA to enjoy it). 4y
Mdargusch At least your flowers are pretty. #fowerfriday on Saturday 👍🏼 4y
LeahBergen Gasp! You read YA?? 😆 4y
Reviewsbylola You‘re braver than me. 😂😂 Not only was it YA but it was YA FANTASY!! 4y
Cinfhen Thanks for that endorsement @TracyReadsBooks you‘ve presented a compelling review and I will definitely give it a go at some point...thanks @Mdargusch my Saturday bouquet was compliments of my son 💐💐💐I saw the words Sodom & Gemorah and thought I‘d give the book a try @LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola 😂😂 (edited) 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ohmigosh ... you‘ve gone over to the dark side. ♥️ 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful pic!!! 4y
Elisa I take it it isn‘t your go-to genre 😉 I think YA fantasy may often be more predictable than adult fantasy. Then again, I don‘t think unpredictability is necessarily the main quality that is called for in fantasy work, unlike say, thrillers, which revolve around it. Fantasy is more about originality and world-building, and that‘s what it mostly gets judged for — is this world believable? Can I picture it? But I agree, good twists make it better. 4y
Cinfhen Yes!!! The world building was fantastic and on those merits it‘s a total pick but you‘re correct...this clearly wasn‘t my preferred genre🖤 thanks for your response @elisa definitely helped shift my perspective 😊 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen as a fantasy lover (and someone who has this book on her to-read list 😉) I‘m happy to hear that it had good world-building! I think it‘s cool that you ventured out of your “reading comfort zone” — I do that once in a while as well to shake things up or get out of a book hangover 😅 but I‘ve been mostly on a fantasy kick for the past couple of years, so that‘s what I tend to go back to 😊 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen if you want to recover your faith in YA, Illuminae might be a better pick. It‘s a sci-fi thriller (which sounds completely cheesy, but somehow isn‘t) and surprisingly worth of the hype (shocking, I know! Hype tends to let me down). As for fantasy recommendations, I personally really dislike the Six of Crow duology so I can‘t second that rec 😅 But if you ever decide to give epic fantasy a try, Brandon Sanderson is The King 😉😁🌟🌟🌟🌟 4y
Cinfhen 😂 so many different opinions...I‘m happy to mail u the book @Elisa since you‘ll give it a proper home...let me know 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen oh that is incredibly kind, but I live in Europe, so shipping might be a bit steep and I couldn‘t ask you to do that! But that‘s such a lovely offer — only on Litsy 😍😍 4y
Elisa And yes, it‘s a constant source of amusement and curiosity for me to see how varied opinions can be on the same books! 😂 4y
Cinfhen I‘m actually in Israel, so shipping to EU is reasonable...I‘m happy too @elisa 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen Oh my goodness, if you were willing to do that, that would be amazing!! 😃💜💜💜 Thank you 🌸🌸🌸 4y
Cinfhen I sent you an email @Elisa ❣️ 4y
Elisa @Cinfhen got it!! 💜 4y
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Cinfhen
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About to start something completely different 💜the #purplecover is stunning and this was from my #ssgp @scripturient 🙌🏻🤗🤗 photo isn‘t doing this cover any justice~ hope the inside is equally breathtaking!

Christine11 It‘s beautiful! I hope it‘s as good as its cover! 😊💜 4y
scripturient Enjoy, lovely! I really liked this book as it was full of weird characters. Looking forward to hearing what you think. 😊 4y
Cinfhen It‘s surprisingly good @scripturient @Christine11 so different than my normal reads... 4y
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ReadingRover
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I‘m really liking this audiobook so far!

RadicalReader @ReadingRover most gorgeous audiobook cover ever 5y
kamoorephoto So I just finished (her next book) Ace of Shades - which I need to review - and wow. What a ride. You will have to add it! 5y
ReadingRover @kamoorephoto I definitely will. I enjoyed this one but I think things kind of got muddled with all the political stuff. I wanted more of the circus atmosphere too. The beginning was great and so was the end. It was the middle I didn‘t love. 4y
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acepages
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"'But you‘re an illusion,'” I say. 'I created you.'
'That doesn‘t mean I‘m not real.'"
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I loved these books. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody is an INCREDIBLE novel that I highly recommend.
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#bookstagram #book #bookshelf #bookworm #purple #booksofinstagram #bookporn #bookphotography #bookphoto #purplebook #cards #playingcards #ace #bookcoverdesign #bookcover #bookcollection

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Cinfhen
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#DecDays I ❤️Litsy #MoreThanYouKnow 😍Thank You soooooo much @scripturient for surprising me in the BEST WAY POSSIBLE ❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚Your gifts are fabulous, I‘m especially intrigued by the tagged book !!! Candle smells heavenly and I‘m about to have a cup of tea & a 🍪 Extra joy for the @BookBabe bookmark 🙌🏻I‘m so in awe from the generosity of this community #LittensaretheBest #ssgp

LeahBergen Lovely! 💕💕💕 5y
ferskner Benjamin Ingrosso! I know who that is! 5y
scripturient I‘m so glad that you like it. 😊❤️ 5y
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Cinfhen Really @ferskner I‘m assuming he‘s a local DJ!? 5y
Cinfhen I honestly couldn‘t remember tagging these books but after reading the blurbs, I remember being intrigued when Littens posted them💚I‘m excited to broaden and challenge my reading @scripturient Thanks again😍 5y
scripturient @Cinfhen 😂 Well, they were all on your Litsy TBR. 😁😁 5y
ferskner If it's who I'm thinking, he's a Swedish singer. 5y
ferskner Haha nope, I'm wrong! It looked like him in the picture, but Google tells me otherwise. I'm up way past my bedtime :) 5y
TrishB Fab gifts 👍🏻❤️ 5y
Kalalalatja Great gifts! ❤️ I really liked 5y
Cinfhen I know @Kalalalatja I stacked that one because of you!!!! Need to scroll and see what u guys got @TrishB 5y
Cinfhen It's a fun song @ferskner and sometimes Google is wrong!!! Sleep well! 5y
TrishB Waiting until peeps have disappeared to work/school!! I‘m being very patient. 5y
Robothugs Ooo!! Looks like you got some great books! 😁 5y
Cinfhen I really did @robothugs💗 5y
alisiakae I think I own that same candle! Lovely box! 💗 5y
Avanders 😍😍 5y
BookBabe 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎄🎁 5y
Mdargusch 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼❤️❤️❤️ 5y
emilyhaldi Love! ❤️✨ 5y
Reviewsbylola ❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄 5y
RaimeyGallant Nice haul! :) 5y
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bookaddict86

Just got to ch. 3 and its really interesting. Hello mysterious death....what?!?! Whoa. Okay....😯

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NeverendingTBR
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Mehso-so

Was hoping for more from this - I really did want to love it

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NeverendingTBR
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Just started this, heard so many good things about this book that I can‘t wait to dive in

GondorGirl I really enjoyed this one. I'll be curious to see what you think once you're done. 5y
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Big-Book-Little-Book
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Pickpick

Really great read with an interesting premise, fantastical world building and likeable characters all topped with a tense mystery. I really loved the clever use of simple illustrations to give a glimpse in to the past and to add another "voice" to this first person present tense narrative. Like the smoky nocturnal city itself, this book invites you in to its constantly moving world of magic and stomach twisting entertainment.

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Deechenreads
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Pickpick

It started a bit slow for me, but i love the story line a lot! Plot twist over plot twist!! I love the deep characer she made. Recommended!

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TheOneWomanLibrary
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Sometimes you just really need to visit a carnival.

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anniekslibrary
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Pickpick

Daughter of the Burning City was such a treat! It was mysterious, thrilling, original and cute all at the same time, with really amazing characters. A central theme in the book is what makes someone a 'real' person, something that's definitely less clear than it seems. I would have preferred a somewhat less predictable story though - it was pretty obvious who the murderer was throughout most of the book...

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LibrarianRyan
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A burning city would surely leave #ashestoashes. #septembowie

Cinfhen I'm oddly drawn to this one ‼️ 5y
LibrarianRyan @Cinfhen I understand. I finally broke down and bought it last week or so. Now to find time to read it. 5y
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iUhndreah
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Mehso-so

I love the plot of the story, cause for me travelling circus are fun. Not that i've experienced it, there arent any in my part of the world. The story line is also good! However, i feel that it is a bit rushed... i think it could have been a great series or perhaps duology... just to get more into the details on how things turned out like they did.

Grim_Reader Love everything about this photo 🖤 5y
iUhndreah @Grim_Reader thank you so much! 5y
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InLibrisVeritas
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Another random pick to listen to while I work and another winner! I loved the mystic atmosphere of the carnival as well as it's history. The additional of some Old Testament lore involving Gomorra was pretty cool and I also think that focusing on the Mystery element was a great touch. It seems like YA novels tend to stay away from Mystery novels.

Hopefully my next #workaudio is a good one. I've had some trouble finding binge worthy listens.

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InLibrisVeritas
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Work audio! About 3 hrs in and so far it's pretty good.

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pagesofgrace
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Love this! ❤️

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pagesofgrace
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Mo loves that new book smell 😂

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pagesofgrace
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My favourite reading spot 😍

gibblr I want one of those!!! 😍 5y
Librarygal08 Love! 5y
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Laughterhp
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#NewAuthors I've only read 2 out of the 4 so far, but the other 2 are on my TBR for the month! Technically Jessica Estevao isn't a new author, as her 2nd book is coming out this month. I just really liked her first book!! #AwesomeAutumnBooks

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Xenatine
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I need to find time to read this book!

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Xenatine
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Can't wait to read this beauty!

HollieOhs_BookReviews @DBiswas check out this account :) 5y
damyantig Lovely, @HollieOhs_BookReviews ! Will follow 😊 5y
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Read4life
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My #BookRainbow for #FallIntoBooks photo challenge. A mix of read and #tbr 🤓📚

Read4life I just realized that with the exception of my signed copy of The Giver, they're all ARCs. 5y
MinDea How do you get so many ARCs? 5y
Read4life @MinDea I'm a bookstore manager. 🤓 I only take about 1/4 of what I get sent. I offer the rest to my amazing staff. 💙ARCs are fun to get but I love seeing them excited about getting an advance from a favorite author or in a favorite genre. 5y
JaclynW The Giver! ❤💛❤ 5y
MinDea I am in the wrong business! 😁😊 5y
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TheLibraryMonster
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this book ! The best part was the worldbuilding. It was fascinating, and portrayed the setting almost like a character. Loved the eerie dark parts. Would recommend this if you'd like to read a mystery thriller-like whodunit in a fantasy setting, with a gasp-worthy plot-twist ! Full review: https://alibrarymonster.wordpress.com/review-daughter-of-the-burning-city-by-ama...

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TheBookwormBrittanyReviews
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I finished Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody! I really found myself enjoying this book and found it so fascinating. I loved the world and the characters! It was just a magical time!

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GondorGirl
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Pickpick

Sorina is an illusionist in a traveling show whose illusions start getting murdered. In order to save her illusion family she has to find out who's you blame. Add in magic, political intrigue, and a touch of romance... you've got a unique and engaging story.

At times Sorina's voice seems a little too naive and childish, but she's only 16 and has been sheltered. And as the book progresses you start to understand why that's the case.

Enjoyable.

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GondorGirl
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It's raining and I have nowhere to be for the next five hours. The prefect morning...

GypsyKat Great mug! 5y
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Manganet
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Pickpick

4/5

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GondorGirl
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I had a rough day at work, so tonight I'm settling in with a new book, a mug of tea, and childhood comfort food (a peanut butter and cheese sandwich).

Lmstraubie Enjoy your evening 🙂 5y
rubyslippersreads I've never tried that combination, but I do love peanut butter and pickle ( but only with bread-and-butter pickles). 😀 5y
GondorGirl @rubyslippersreads I don't know anyone outside my family that eats it, but the combination is really good. ☺ 5y
rubyslippersreads @GondorGirl My mom loved peanut butter and onion sandwiches. 😊 5y
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Xenatine
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I can't wait to read this one! It has such a gorgeous cover and sounds so interesting.

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booksandmunches
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Laurenspageturners It's so pretty 😍😍 I have an e copy of this, which I can't wait to get to :-) 5y
booksandmunches @Laurenspageturners I still haven't read it but I reallyreally want to read it! I'll probably put it on my TBR for October. 😄 5y
Laurenspageturners @booksandmunches I'm hoping to get to it some time soon! It's sat on my kindle 😁😁 5y
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