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Meddling Kids
Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale comes a tour de force of horror, humor, and H.P. Lovecraft. The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison. Scooby Doo and the gang never had to do this! 1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Keri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she s got Sean, an excitable Weimeraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter s been dead for years. The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting. With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Edgar Cantero s Meddling Kids taps into our shared nostalgia for the books and cartoons we grew up with, and delivers an exuberant, eclectic, and highly entertaining celebration of horror, life, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn."
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Geomancy
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A delightful romp into what happens to your local friend group after life and eldritch horrors get to them. There's a lot of similes. Like, a LOT. However when you get past the constant nostalgia callbacks, it's a great book.

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Read4life
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August #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books. I will post my bingo board soon.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
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Read4life
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Here are my three #Roll100 books for August. Thank you, @PuddleJumper for hosting and for posting them early enough that I can get them on my #BookSpinBingo list.

5feet.of.fury Meddling Kids is a weird one 👻 i thought it was fun though. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
PuddleJumper Looks good! 2w
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BookKenz
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Mehso-so

This book is very accurately described as Scooby Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft. I went back and forth between really enjoying it and absolutely hating it. Therefore, it's landed here in so-so land. The action and mystery was fun, but I hated the romance and all the unneeded descriptions. I really wish I could've just cut out about 1/3 of it. However, it has made me want to rewatch some episodes of Scooby Doo.

shanaqui Ha, yeah, it definitely left me feeling nostalgic! 1mo
Jari-chan Hp Lovecraft - Yey! Scooby Doo - Yey! Romance - D'oh! 🙈 1mo
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Breanne1
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Thanks to @StephMC82 for gifting me this book. I absolutely loved it and can‘t wait to discuss it during our book club!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I love the cover! The book not so much 🖤😱🏠

#HauntedHouse
#Savvysettings

TheKidUpstairs I wanted to like this book so bad and couldn't get into it. 5mo
AmandaBlaze Same. 5mo
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Patchshank I was disappointed in it as well 😔 I had high hopes and it started off promising then went to 😒👎 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I thought this book was dreadful, which is a shame because Scooby Doo Cthulhu mashup sounded awesome 5mo
Eggs 🖤💚💜 5mo
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Maggie4483
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Icy roads this morning (and quite a few wrecks on my normal route because we‘re Texans and don‘t know how to do this). So I didn‘t go to work. But, because the school isn‘t closed, and my boss and instructors and “kids” are all there, and because I NEVER call in, I‘m feeling a little guilty. But only a little.

There are worse ways to spend a day than reading and drinking coffee in your mermaid blanket. 🥰

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Maggie4483
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“The night was cold but gentle like an X-rated metaphor.” 😂🤣😂

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣👀 7mo
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Larkken
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Happy 2022!
The Hubs and I just finished a 2-day road trip, so I have some catching up to do. *hides fromthe #wintergames crew - don‘t worry, I need to tally points, I didn‘t forget, this last week was just too much for me!*
First up is my January #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
I am trying very hard to actually finish some of my yearly challenges this year… we‘ll see how that goes, haha!

MatchlessMarie I loved Eight Perfect Murders. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
Larkken @MatchlessMarie ooo good. Just starting it now! 7mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
Mehso-so

A odd book/story, audiobook was ok though. Read for #ReadHarderChallenge2021 3.5/5

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BookDragonNotWorm
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If you grew up watching Scooby-Doo like I did, you'll recognize the parallels here - four young people and a dog unmasking the villains behind mysterious circumstances who would have gotten away with their crimes if it weren't for those 'meddling kids'. There was no way I could pass this one up! ⬇️

BookDragonNotWorm What starts out as a nostalgic walk down memory lane quickly takes a sinister turn as the amateur detectives reunite to revisit their last - and most memorable - case, the one that's left them all struggling their own types of PTSD into adulthood. As they delve into the mystery, the story deviates from the Scooby track as they find themselves up against an enemy of supernatural proportions. I liked it, but it wasn't what I was expecting.

9mo
VioletBramble I liked this one as well. I thought the sections where it switched from normal narrative to movie script format were weird, but liked it otherwise. There's a sentence in the book -- Summer came early, and yellow, and mint flavored -- that I just love and have been writing that on my calendar in June every year since I read the book. 9mo
BookDragonNotWorm @VioletBramble I thought the switch was odd as well. And I kind of wish it had stayed true to Scooby form instead of taking a Lovecraftian turn, but there's no denying the author's a good writer! 9mo
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bthegood
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A mystery, but not a murder mystery, solving the lake monster mystery! Best summed up as......Horror:Grady Hendrix; Mystery : Edgar Cantero.
Fun read.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Make a great day🎃

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bthegood
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Hope to finish tagged book and Ghosts this weekend.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter #CurrentlyReading #TBR #ReadingUpdate

Make a great day everyone 🎃

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bthegood
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#Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter

Make a great day everyone -

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TamTracy
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As a Scooby Doo junkie when I was a kid I definitely was bought in. The characters were different and grown up but the similarities were obvious. The story got a little long about 3/4 of the way through but I stuck it out and am glad I did. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TH3F4LC0N Yo I just read this book about a month ago myself! I liked the story for the most part but damn did the writing get whack. 😆 10mo
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MommyOfTwo
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And on to the next. I‘ve had this book for quite some time. Hopping it‘s as good as I‘ve heard.

Mandoul I enjoyed this one. Hope you do too! 10mo
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TH3F4LC0N
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So I bought this on a whim, cuz I heard it was a mashup of Scooby-Doo and H. P. Lovecraft and I‘m a fan of Lovecraft (and Scooby-Doo! 😅). It was pretty good. Characters were pretty well rendered; story took some interesting turns. The writing was pretty awful, if I‘m being honest, but the story was still unique enough to get a pass. So yeah. Ok book overall. A good fun light read.

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MsRadioSilence
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I…hated this book and only finished it out of pure spite. Men should never, ever write lesbians, because it generally turns into some weird fetish thing? Also Andy was reallll predatory, and while Kerri was having a panic attack, there were two whole paragraphs about their boobs touching? Not to mention some transphobia and page-long run-on sentences… I‘m very disappointed.

#campreads #summerreads #badbook

MsRadioSilence Also I don‘t want to hear “well, it was set in the 1970‘s,” that‘s not an excuse for a cast of non-trans characters to be transphobic. It‘s tasteless. 14mo
MsRadioSilence Also also, really could‘ve done without the ghost/hallucination being racist AND homophobic, thanks. We get it, he‘s an asshole. 14mo
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Lena_writes
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First finished book of #20in4

I have mixed feelings about this one - it switches to screenplay at random intervals; there‘s purple prose and tortured metaphors galore; there are strange breaks to the 4th wall, for example two lines being left blank followed by “After a pause lasting two lines...”; many run on sentences, including one that lasted for two pages... and yet I didn‘t struggle to finish it. 🤨

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IamIamIam
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I loved everything about this book except for the chaotic action scenes at the end. Cantero's language is amazing but it didn't leave room for clarity in a fight scene. Also, so much verbing of nouns. 🤣 Otherwise, a fun romp through Blyton Hills after the lives of the BSDC fall apart following their last case and their return to magical madness! February #bookspin nailed! @TheAromaofBooks

Jadams1776 For some reason my brain read “Catholic action scenes” at first, and I was trying really hard to remember what happened at the end of that book 🤦🏼‍♀️🤣 1y
IamIamIam @Jadams1776 😂😂😂 You've got Ash Wednesday on your mind?? LOL 1y
Jadams1776 @IamIamIam I have no idea 😂😂😂 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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milpoolll
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On to the next tale! Very excited for this one. A darkly humorous concept inspired by the idea of the gang from Hanna-Barbera‘s Scooby Doo growing up and dealing with childhood trauma. So far— it‘s wonderful.

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IamIamIam
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1. I want to crawl inside of Cantero's world and live there forever.
2. I am in love with his writing style and his ability to give every single item its own life.
3. Of all the words to describe the sound of thunder, this might be the most loaded description ever!!! 🤣

I'm done gushing... back to business...

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That is a fantastic phrase! 2y
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clpreston
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If H.P. Lovecraft and Scooby Doo had a baby, and then that baby grew up to break out of an insane asylum and found the Necronomicon, that is the best way to describe this book. I loved it, from start to finish.

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clpreston
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I love this book.

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clpreston
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This book is insane, in all the best ways. One second it's totally H.P. Lovecraft, and the next scene it's Scooby Doo! I'm having so much fun with this book.

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ReadingOver50
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It was fun comparing this to the Scooby Doo series. Some similarities but still an original idea. A group of teen detectives, now adults, still dealing with emotional damage from their last case together. My only complaint is sometimes the descriptions were too flowery and overly complicated. I really liked the story and the supernatural elements. This was a great read.

EclecticBookLover Sammy!!!! I love Trick R Treat! 2y
Larkken I enjoyed this. Nice to read a scooby story with a ghost, tbh 🤣 2y
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ReadingOver50
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#littlechristmasswap Thank you for the book and candy @AmberWB I was super excited when I saw the book. I have been wanting to read it for awhile now. And the candy looks delicious 😄

bookish_wookish Looks good! 2y
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IhoardBOOKS
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I really loved Scooby Doo growing up so wanted to jump into this take of the kids all grown up and the idea that a case where spooky things happened might not have been an adult in a weird costume but something actually spooky. So far I‘m really liking it.

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CymbaX13
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@hannah-leeloo new book from my sis in our town trip thank u look forward to reading it

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hannah-leeloo
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This also just came. Perfect for Halloween coming up. Based on Scooby Doo theme but darker. Zoinks @CymbaX13 @Jackal121

CymbaX13 @hannah-leeloo jinkies 2y
Djspens Omg this sounds awesome! In a nostalgic, take me back to My Scooby Doo days, way! 2y
hannah-leeloo I'm just as excited to read it @Djspens got to love Scooby Doo 2y
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Roary47 I really enjoyed this one! Happy reading! 😊 2y
Caffeinated_Reader I loved this one! That is a great cover 😍 2y
hannah-leeloo Thank you @Roary47 2y
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Allydanielle88
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I watched 2 horror movies Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Child's Play. Read for 7 hours for two readathons. Weekly points come out to 150. Total comes out to 261. #teamharkness #scarathlon2020

StayCurious Hey you‘re awesome! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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There are some fun #kindledailydeals for Halloween today. I bought one thriller and this cozy set for $0.99

Roary47 I really liked Meddling Kids! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊 2y
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BethM
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure what to say about this one. It was weird- sometimes good weird, sometimes bad weird. The pacing felt inconsistent and at times overly detailed. A lot of gratuitous swearing, which I don‘t mind at all, but it felt forced and disingenuous, as did several of the subplots. The concept of adult Scooby Doo is awesome, but it just fell flat for me. I‘m also not at all sure how this is supposed to be classified as horror.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree!! 2y
Kappadeemom I agree. It was so-so 2y
Avanders 🤔 bummer... but always good for me to go into a book with managed expectations 😁 2y
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ThisIsAvaRose
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Started reading this for a book club and so far I'm enjoying it. It has enough campiness and nostalgic pop culture references to make it feel like a light read, but there's also enough originality to the characters and the story to keep it feeling fresh and engaging.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Book 3 for #LittensDressedInBlood! Meddling Kids was a little different than I thought it would be, but I liked it. It was weird and ridiculous, but I really regret not getting the glow in the dark hard cover version... 😆

RainyDayReading I have the hard cover and had no idea that it glows in the dark 😳🙈 2y
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Bookishlie
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So good. Loved it.....blew off the hubby and sleep to finish it and it did not disappoint:)5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️‘s. And now a reading hangover......

DarcysMom I am *so* glad you loved it, too! 2y
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Bookishlie
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Oh my! Halfway through and this is AWESOME! I get all the snarky scoob with adult words!! I like this so much better than my book I chose.....great choice @DarcysMom
#lmpbc

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Ash.on.the.line
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Mehso-so

I‘m on the board! My first book for my #bookspinbingo board. (Currently working on my bookspin)
It was okay but you can‘t help comparing to Scooby Doo which just threw me off the entire time.(Also Scooby Doo was my fave cartoon as kid) I think if that wasn‘t an issue I would have liked more. There was some good banter between two characters though so somewhere in the middle for me.

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it seems like an author should just do their own thing instead almost-someone-else's thing! 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm When I saw the cover, I honestly thought it was a grown-up telling of Scooby-Doo and the gang. I didn‘t expect it was an entirely different group basically masquerading. 😅 That‘s a bit disappointing. 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Ash.on.the.line @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I thought the same. It‘s a misleading cover 🤪 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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I'm having fun with this audiobook! #LittensDressedInBlood

Skygoddess1 I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. May need to check out the audio 2y
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audraelizabeth
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Mehso-so

I wished for a more scooby doo vibe and the lesbanism seemed thrown in without a real reason.6
#mmd recommended by a trusted source @RamsFan1963

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rwmg
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Mehso-so

Former kid detectives who grew up into troubled adults get together to re-investigate their last case, the source of their dysfunction.

A mash-up of Scooby Doo, the Famous Five, and H. P. Lovecraft.

All in all, it was OK in a spot the reference sort of way, but I won't be rushing out to find more of the author's work.

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JessTedrick
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I really enjoyed the story and the writing style. Cantero alternates between prose and script style writing and it kind of just worked for this style of novel. All in all, a really fun read!

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JessTedrick
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My new roommate is making it pretty tough to finish this book.

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DarcysMom
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I am still leaning toward Meddling Kids....
#LMPBC
@Bookishlie @BethM @Littlewolf1

BethM I‘m good with either. 2y
DarcysMom @BethM ❤😁❤ 2y
Bookishlie Yes please:) 2y
DarcysMom @Bookishlie ❤🥰❤ 2y
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DarcysMom
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Sorry it took me so long to pull together #LMPBC options. I didn't realize just how much of my paranormal reading is on my kindle. Meddling Kids is my first choice because it is so much fun.
@Bookishlie @BethM @Littlewolf1

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callielafleur Half-Resurrection Blues was fantastic 2y
Tanisha_A Meddling Kids sounds so good 2y
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JessTedrick
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Love the writing in this book!

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JessTedrick
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I tried this book years ago on a vacation and couldn‘t get into it. This time around though it‘s got me hooked! I‘ve always been interested in what happens to YA protagonists after their traumatizing story arc and this book aims to talk about a group of childhood detectives (and their dog) teaming back up as adults to confront their trauma.

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Eyelit
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Doing some #audiobaking this Saturday evening. I have yet to get tired of banana based baked goods, it‘s been a go to comfort food for these Covid times. Trying my hand at scones and hoping they taste just as good as they sound! 😋

night_shift I love baking with bananas! This sounds yum! How'd it go? 2y
Eyelit @UnidragonFrag the scones were delicious! The marbled banana bread I‘m on the fence about. 😋 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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This is, I think, the 4th book I've bailed on in the last month. I was super excited to read this one, as I love the premise, but I just can't continue. I don't want to continue with the random, jumpy style/formatting, and I certainly don't want to hear about Kerri's beautiful curly hair breathing and sighing and ooh/aah-ing anymore. I was ready looking for a fun adventure/mystery story, but this one is just not for me.

RamsFan1963 I found this book so disappointing. I was so eager to read it, but it definitely didn't give me what I wanted. 2y
TheKidUpstairs @RamsFan1963 glad to hear I'm not alone! 2y
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