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The Doll Funeral
The Doll Funeral | Kate Hamer
My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 92
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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JNilsson
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New book day! Let's see what this is like 📚

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Foxyfictionista
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Panpan

🌳🌳This was a whole lot of meh for me. I don't really remember how this book got on my tbr list. Probably from one of those listsicles (that I love) on bookish sites that I follow. The story wasn't cohesive and I didn't like any of the characters. I kept reading because I was curious as to how it would turn out but it was really disappointing.

Mommamanzi But at least you have perfect nails! Love that color! 4y
Foxyfictionista @Mommamanzi 😂😂😂😂😂 Thank you! ☺️ 4y
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Carlie
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Mehso-so

Confusing and hard to get into. Nearly didn't finish it but it had random good moments that kept me plodding through it.

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Carlie
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Hit the library today. Should keep me going for a while. Now to decide which one to read first.

CouronneDhiver Ooo! Slaughter 🖤 5y
Andrew65 Blindsighted is an e cell not start to the Grant County series. A truly great series, but quite gritty. 5y
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LeahBergen
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Look what I won from @DebinHawaii 's blog. If you love a good book and food pairing (and who doesn't?) check it out here:

kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com

Thank you so much, Deb! 😘😘😘

DebinHawaii Yay! I'm glad you received the book! I hope you enjoy it. (And thanks for the blog shoutout!) 💜😊 5y
Cathythoughts Sounds pretty creepy. I know I'm not alone in being terrified of old dolls when I was young 😳what is it that is so creepy about an old doll ? Should be so sweet ! But no ......😱 5y
LeahBergen @DebinHawaii It looks good! 👍🏻 5y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts It does sound creepy, doesn't it? It must be a holdover from my horror-reading youth but I immediately want to read anything with a scary antique doll head on the cover. 😂 5y
rubyslippersreads Doll heads are scary! 😱 5y
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Weave
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75 ~ The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer (Kindle edition📱) ~ Started: 26.07.17 ~ Finished: 31.07.17
Rating: 4/5📚

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Redwritinghood
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Between a pick and so-so here - rounded up because this was pretty creepy in a few places. Ruby has a strange birthmark and a stranger friend called Shadow. She searches for her parents while trying to get away from her abusive adoptive father. She runs away and lives for a time with some other children in the forest, but not everything is what it seems. This is a pretty good mystery/ghost story. On audio, narration is also very good.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! Great cover. Ruby lives with Barbara and Mick. They're not her parents, but she listens to them. She has bruises & a black eye. She won't tell them about Shadow, the chrysalis boy, the Wasp Lady, or the woman hanging upside down who had death crawl out of her. She hunts lost souls and for her real family. Called eerie, unsettling, and wonderfully descriptive are how reviewers describe its prose. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

TheRiehlDeal Man @MrBook, you know how to make any book sound good. 😂 😜 5y
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DebinHawaii
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Although it's tagged as a psychological suspense thriller on Amazon, it's more a family drama with a mystery & some magical realism woven in. Kate Hammer writes beautifully with fantasy & fairy tale elements. Alternating times & perspectives of 13-year-old Ruby (1983) & Anna, her mother (1970). My review & a recipe for Bruschetta with Celery & Beans + GIVEAWAY (US & Canada) for a copy of the book on the blog, link to post👇🏻

DebinHawaii Link to review, recipe & rafflecopter giveaway of a copy of the book: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-book-tour-stops-here-review-of-do... 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Trying to focus on your book but I'm hungry & want your food! Lol 😂 5y
LeahBergen Hmm... I'm not sure if my comment posted on your blog. 🤔 5y
DebinHawaii @ForeverNerdy Hah! It was pretty delicious for beans on toast! 😋👍 5y
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen Hmm... I don't see it in my comment moderation. Sorry--it can be persnickety at time times but every time I turn moderation off I get majorly spammed. 😬 5y
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DebinHawaii
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Some nights (homemade) hummus & root veggie chips make the best dinner.😋🍽 Although I promise I didn't eat all of this--I needed it pretty for some blog photos.😆Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Very Lemony Hummus is actually pretty bright & balanced & not too lemony. Here with an #ARC from my weekend reading stack for a blog book tour review next week. #wildfridaynight

LeahBergen I could eat all of it if it tastes as good as it looks. 😆 5y
tpixie Yum!!! 5y
Mimi28 I have still never tried hummus. I need to get with the program!! Lol 5y
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Ashley_Nicoletto Even if you ate it all who are we to judge. 😂 This looks delicious. 5y
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen @Ashley_Nicoletto RIGHT? I was thinking, "I'd devour that whole bowl. I'd just start eating it with a spoon if I ran out of chips." 5y
PurpleyPumpkin I had hummus too last night! It's so satisfying with some seed crackers. 😋 5y
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen @Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly Hah! As good as it was, that bowl was more than I could manage in one sitting! Not to say I didn't go back for some more later! 😋🍽 5y
DebinHawaii @tpixie It was yummy! 😋 5y
DebinHawaii @Mimi28 It is really good--you should try it some day! 👍😀 5y
DebinHawaii @PurpleyPumpkin Great minds/ stomachs! 😆👍 Seed crackers sound good with it too! 5y
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DebinHawaii
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#LitsyPartyofOne Tonight's reading snack is garlic hummus with Terra Chips and grape tomatoes. It is yum--though I may need to go digging for chocolate later. 🍫❤️ Checking out today's #bookmail then it's going on the #TBR stack for a while since I don't review it for a book tour until mid-August. I'm switching from reading to television soon for The Great British Baking Show. Yep, it's a #wildfridaynight here. 😆👍📚

Rachellynnwright This sounds like the most amazing Friday night!!! 👍 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love the title, and then the description has me going HELL, YEAH! Sounds good! 5y
Lmstraubie A meal isn't complete without a little chocolate 😉 5y
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Lakie
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Beautiful | Moving | Melancholy

Set in the Forest of Dean this novel weaves the woodland landscape into the story to give an enchanting fairytale feel.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#thedollfuneral #katehamer #faberbooks

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 5y
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BethFishReads
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The premise grabs me: an adolescent who discovers her parents aren't actually her biological parents leaves home to find her true family. I'm going to give it a try, though magical realism is more miss than hit with me. @Melvillehouse

Rhondareads Same with me I usually avoid it. 5y
BethFishReads @Rhondareads rarely works for me but something about this book is saying "try me." 5y
Rhondareads Let me know if you like it . 5y
DebinHawaii I'm on a book tour for this one but not until August. 📚👍 I generally like magical realism as long as it isn't too woo-woo.😆 5y
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HipsterKiki
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I don't really know how to explain this book. It's part ghost story, part family drama, part mystery.... there is a lot to The Doll Funeral. It's weird and sad, but also hopeful and happy. You never quite know where the story is going. I think The Doll Funeral is the first book I've read this year that I couldn't put down. It's an oddly inspiring book, and I adored it.

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Moray_Reads
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Panpan

Magical realism is a delicate balance of the fantastical and the mundane, particularly when there are serious real issues involved (abuse/mental illness/adoption). Here the balance is all wrong. The serious elements are just cheapened by the supernatural and deeply silly plot. The children and their isolated situation read like a pale imitation of Shirley Jackson without the psychologically convincing chills. The book darts are a #blameitonlitsy!

Alfoster Nice review!😍 6y
magictoyshop Curious about the book darts. How does that work? 6y
Moray_Reads @magictoyshop they're thin bits of arrow shaped metal for marking lines in your books. So much better than sticky notes! https://www.bookdarts.com 6y
magictoyshop @Moray_Reads neat, thanks! 👌 6y
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Moray_Reads
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I arrived at the chemist before it opened so I went into my local indie to "browse" while I waited. Oh dear, oh dear... But I did get a free tote bag so it balances out right?

LindsayReads Oh absolutely! 😄 6y
saresmoore The free tote bag is my favorite justification! 6y
cathysaid Absolutely. Pretty sure I learned that in Econ years ago. 6y
Kalalalatja Completely justefied! 👍 6y
LauraBrook Of course! Plus, now you have an eco-friendly way to carry home your purchases from the chemists too! Win-win! 👍🏼 6y
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