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The Leaf Reader
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
16 posts | 15 read | 12 to read
Like a contemporary take on Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle, Marnie Wells comes face-to-face with the occult, discovering she can tell the future by reading tea leaves. Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. Its not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, whos been their guardian since Mom took off is... eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old tea-leaf-reading book and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knowsand hopes everyone else does toothat none of its real. Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. Hes been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. Rumor has it Matt and Andrea were romantically involved, though theyd always denied it. A faint cloud of suspicion still hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association. Suddenly the readings seem real. And theyre telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous. But she cant shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, its getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly. From the Hardcover edition.
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TheDaysGoBy
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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This was between a pick and a so-so for me. There was nothing wrong with the book per se. It had good intrigue that kept me reading (though I already had a bit of an interest in reading tea leaves) and the MC was fine. It was a nice easy read. Maybe I just wanted more from it. But as it was, it was enjoyable.

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TheDaysGoBy
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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@IheartYA I got your package! Thanks so much! The book sounds interesting - I've always thought divination stuff like reading tea leaves was neat. And that has to be the most fun mailing envelope I've seen!

#penpals

IheartYA I liked the book. It was different, and an easy read. I bought the pink envelopes in bulk. 😝 4y
IheartYA Oh, and the letter was tucked inside, in case you missed it. 4y
TheDaysGoBy @IheartYA I got it. Thank you! I hope things are starting to look up for you! 4y
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IheartYA
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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Enjoyable and unique. I thought it could have been great if it were more complex and detailed. Overall, an easy read that I liked and finished in 2 days.

LibrarianRyan I was wondering if this was any good. Cool. 5y
aprilpohren This sounds awesome!! Adding it to my wishlist! 😁 5y
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IheartYA
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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I'm taking a break from the Astonishing Color of After. It wasn't holding my attention and the page length was daunting. The metaphor and assimile overload was becoming asinine.
On page 30 of the Leaf Reader and I like it (better) so far.

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Megaled
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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I just finished this tonight- from LitCrateJoys June book and it's a well-done YA thriller. The plot is tightly woven and everything and everyone has a reason in the story. Some genuinely surprised me, and the added part about Marnie and her family having a psychic gift was interesting! I can easily see this being adapted for tv/movie. My thing though is that while narrated from Marnies pov I never really felt like I knew her very well tbh.

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Ckbadara
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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Mehso-so

This was a very quick read. Overall I enjoyed it, however I did not feel that all aspects of the story were fully developed. I prefer Arsenault's adult novels.

IheartYA I agree 100%! 5y
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Teenreadsdotcom
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This is what our reviewer had to say about #TheLeafReader by Emily Arsenault "THE LEAF READER is a short but taut novel....Arsenault‘s writing is brisk and no-nonsense. While her characters occasionally fall into “type,” they are also realistically surprising....[A] well written and entertaining young adult thriller!" #SohoTeen #SohoPress

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Nitpickyabouttrains
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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Mehso-so

It took me a little while to get into this book, but it did eventually pick up. There were elements I was not expecting at all thrown in toward the end as well. But the characters were pretty flat.

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FoldedPagesDistillery
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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I really enjoyed reading about Leaf reading and a bit about how it's done and the interpretation of the symbols in this novel. I loved the protagonist, even though I thought the other characters were a bit flat. It's a quick read for anyone j to divination! I really wish it had been longer! I would have loved to read more

JazzFeathers You posted lots of great photos today, but this one in my favourite 😍 5y
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TorieStorieS
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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I've been a fan of the author for years now and her first foray into #YoungAdult is truly excellent!! An exciting read of missing teens and answers found in tea leaves! For #JubilantJuly this one opens up #AWholeNewWorld of tasseomancy! And my Chip cup is the closest I had to Aladdin! @RealLifeReading

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CaseyRoseReads
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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I'm intrigued and excited by the June pick for #litjoycrate!
And I loved turning the tea cup planter into a smiling face, bringing me joy every time I look at it!

Bellajo The cup is very adorable. What type of plants inside is it? 5y
CaseyRoseReads @Bella1217 it's a succulent, but I'm not sure what kind! 5y
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Nerdy.little.things
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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The @litjoycrate June box was sooo good! This book sounds amazing!

#litjoycrate #bookstagram #subscriptionbox #theleafreader

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jhm
Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
Mehso-so

I am not the intended demographic for this 'teen' tale. Pacing and dialog were good, but the prominence of teen issues and the relative weakness (incompleteness) of the core mystery prevents me from giving it a top rating.

I could not write any kind of review without talking up the production of the physical book. The accompanying illumination, the typography, the feel of the binding are all extraordinary. Only the paper wasn't top hole.

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LibrarianRyan
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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Another YA book that I feel the cover is too adult. It at the same time I like it. It took me a while to realize it's a broken cup. #coverlove.

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ElyssaReads
The Leaf Reader | Emily Arsenault
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#netgalley read! Slow start but surprisingly quick middle and ending once the story is set up. I feel like Marnie's friendships with other female characters could have been more fully developed, and it felt like there was more to the story of her mother than the book gives. It did surprise me with a couple of twists. Enjoyable story!