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The Black Witch
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
A new Black Witch will riseher powers vast beyond imagining. Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of peopleincluding the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardneriansis a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfitsif only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.
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JeniReadABook
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
Mehso-so

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Inkblotsandcoffeestains
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

I‘ve seen this book get a lot bad publicity for what is in my opinion, no good reason. Yes, there is a lot of racism in this book. However, I do not believe the author is condoning this, and the MC grows and realizes a lot of things may not be as she was raised to see them! I believe everyone should read this to judge it for themselves! I enjoyed this, and will eventually read the next books in the series!

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Court7
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
Panpan

This was...not good.

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Twainy
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

🎧 I had a love/hate relationship with this book. It felt a little too much like The Red Witch with the angsty fake teen love. If that had been drawn out or more realistic I might have liked it more. The story was predictable but fun enough to keep me interested. I think I‘ve had enough of these two series for awhile but I‘ll return to them. I think a young adult would enjoy this book a lot more than I did!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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cwarnier
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
Mehso-so

#controversialbookclub
@collegecatlady @LibrarianRyan
Finished this up this morning. It was defintaly outside if my normal read. I dont know that I would have finished it if it would be on my own. I can see why people think of this as a controversial book.

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WriterAtHeart
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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@Chrissyreadit - Thank you so much for the #allhallowsreadswap - it was such a nice gift to open after my long Wednesday! ❤❤❤

Chrissyreadit Hope you enjoy everything! 4mo
Avanders 😍😍 4mo
Gissy Black witch, wow! Let us know how you like those books. I want to read too😍👌 4mo
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IheartYA
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Midlife_nerd_girl
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Pickpick

Ok this was most definitely a 5⭐️ read for me. In fact...I‘m just going to put it out there that this was probably the very best book I‘ve read ALL YEAR. Great character development and an intriguing storyline, and all mixed up with highly relevant real world social, moral and ethical issues. I couldn‘t put it down and immediately bought the next book in the series.

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collegecatlady
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Hey #controversialbookclub buds! This is just a check-in to see where each book is. Please comment what book or books you are in possession of please!

I currently have no book in my possession.

LibrarianRyan I have never received any of them. and I believe @cwarnier has the Black Witch because we were talking about the Book Hugger it was sent in. (edited) 5mo
collegecatlady @LibrarianRyan I‘ll check in with Jamie and see what‘s up! 5mo
cwarnier I do have The Black Witch. I have read 3 of them, and yet to read Satanic Verse. 5mo
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collegecatlady @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier Jamie had some personal issues and will be getting the three books in his possession sent off to Ryan as soon as possible. 5mo
cwarnier Awesome 5mo
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cwarnier
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Reading during lunch today.
#controversialbookclub

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TheHungryBookworms
Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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My two favorite witch books. Spooky picture👻🎃💕

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Laughterhp
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Ahhh absolutely loved everything in the package! I can‘t wait to read all of these books! And I can‘t wait to wear these socks! They look so cozy and awesome!

Thanks so much for the books and all the goodies!

#ScreamathonSwap #Screamathon

bullbunny Jealous of those socks and that coloring book!! 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Nightmare Before Christmas socks!! 😍 5mo
Catsandbooks So glad you like everything!! 😊I had so much fun picking stuff out and was super excited when I found those socks!! Happy October! 🧡🖤 5mo
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paulareadsallthetime
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

Such a good book and something our world needs to understand right now.

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IheartYA
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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The Black Witch discussion with the author is this Saturday! @MonthlyBookClub
https://www.facebook.com/groups/693260370883251/
Follow me on IG: Iheartya311

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DaniRey
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

I saw the controversy on this on after finishing the book. I commented to myself, while reading, that there were a lot of racial overtones through. I don‘t, however, find that this book is racist though. Merely, it highlights the racial injustice in the world and shows a girl who was brought up learning flawed logic, but is learning how wrong it all is. #bookclubpick

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kellyann28
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

This was the best magical book I have read in quite awhile! I immediately bought the next book (The Iron Flower) upon completion of this one. The character and world building is great. It has characters you love and characters you love to hate. I would recommend this to anyone who loves magic and fantasy books!
I need more information and chapters with Yven, pronto.

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TheHungryBookworms
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Pickpick

I loved this book! I got so hooked in the story almost immediately. Loved the characters especially Yvon😍I had so many mixed feelings, I cried, I laughed I scream in frustration which makes this one of the top books of this year.
5 out of 5 bookstacks📚📚📚📚📚

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IheartYA
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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dizie_lizie Beautiful photo! 5mo
IheartYA @dizie_lizie Thank you. It took a long time to get right. ❤ 5mo
MommaReads I loved this book! Devoured it ❤️❤️ 4mo
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TamTracy
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

This book started off slow and took me a lot longer to read than normal. Once I got halfway through I started to like it a lot more and looked forward to continuing to read it. Will definitely read the next in the series. So many unanswered questions! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LibrarianRyan And the ending. It doesn‘t end. You like WHAT?? 6mo
TamTracy @LibrarianRyan Right! I was like hold up we were just getting good!!! 6mo
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IheartYA
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Cathyloves2read I just won a copy!! So excited!! (edited) 6mo
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xxjenadanxx
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

SO GOOD.

Not going to lie, it took me a little while to get into this one after reading the prequel and finding that this was a whole new generation of characters and not my beloved Vale and Tessla. However the world building and story line is so good in this series it was hard to resist long and I've found myself loving Ren and the gang just as much. This is the kind of series you obsess over!

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xxjenadanxx
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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I just finished my 200th book of the year!! Woohoo!!

candority Incredible! 👏 6mo
Dawnrod1970 Wow Awesome! 6mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
CouronneDhiver Holy cow - that‘s unreal! Good job 6mo
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MonthlyBookClub
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

Ahhh we are so excited to announce that Laurie Forest will be joining us for our discussion this month!!!!!🤯😍
If you haven't read The Black Witch you NEED to!! It was such an amazing book with a deep message! We hope to see you there! 💚🐸💚
https://www.facebook.com/groups/693260370883251

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elyseh
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Ahhh we are so excited to announce that Laurie Forest will be joining us for our discussion this month!!!!!🤯😍
If you haven't read The Black Witch you NEED to!! It was such an amazing book with a deep message! We hope to see you there! 💚🐸💚https://www.facebook.com/groups/693260370883251

LibrarianRyan Loved this book 6mo
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MellieAntoinette
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

BUT! My favorite thing about this was the lack of a romance subplot to carry the story. I loved the story. I loved the characters. A book boyfriend was neither added nor needed and I loved that. And I rarely say that by the way. I‘m a firm hugger of my book boyfriends, but this was good reading without one!

4 ⭐️ with a strong eye towards picking up book 2 (and rereading Maguire‘s Wicked!) in the fall!

LibrarianRyan I agree. 6mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Pickpick

Strong Wicked vibes a la Gregory Maguire. Talk about big ruby red slippers to fill! 👠

I sort of loved this one. There‘s a lot going on and you definitely need book 2 to finish the story, but it was easy, interesting reading with just enough explanation of the world and magic system to feel like excellent low fantasy writing.

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cwarnier
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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@collegecatlady #controversialbookclub
I cant wait to start this. I love this cover, I want to figure out how to make one myself.
I am sorry about the address mix up.

collegecatlady I‘m just so glad it made it! And @LibrarianRyan is so talented making those fabric covers!! 6mo
LibrarianRyan Cool. I must have missed that you were part of the group. Yeahh. 6mo
Princess-Kingofkings I love the cover!!! 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I've never seen a cover like that before. I love how it's adjustable. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego yep. I make two sizes, mg and adult. It will hold a book as thin as Binti and as thick as TheNameof the wind ( and bigger but TNOTW was the biggest I had. 6mo
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Wendyloohoo77
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
Bailedbailed

I had to bail on this book. Way, way to descriptive and not in a good way for me. I just felt it not going anywhere and I was struggling through. I hate to give up on books, but this one just killed me.

LibrarianRyan It did take a while to get in to. For me it was worth it, but for as long as that dang book is it ends really early. I‘m not sure you would have been a fulfilling ending for you. 7mo
Wendyloohoo77 I usually like to give books a chance, and I‘m ok with being disappointed from time to time. But I was forcing myself to try with this one. 7mo
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elyseh
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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This is probably my favorite book that I've read thjs year! Such an important lesson in this book.

thereadingowlvina So true! 👍 8mo
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collegecatlady
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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I‘m going to join in on the #24b4Monday #Readathon #24b4MondayReadathon because I have this huge stack of books I‘m either halfway through or need to read and send along!

jb72 Good luck 🍀 glad to have you aboard. I‘m in the same boat with several books I need to finish. 8mo
Andrew65 Thanks for joining and good luck with the Readathon. 👍😊 8mo
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collegecatlady
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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It has been about three months and I wanted to go ahead and check in with everyone in the #controversialbookclub! What book do you have in your possession? Have you enjoyed the books you‘ve read so far?

LibrarianRyan I am sending out Black witch tomorrow. 9mo
collegecatlady @LibrarianRyan Sounds great! I‘m looking forward to reading your pick! 9mo
cwarnier I have all the ugly and wonderful things. I will send you an email as I am moving the beginning of July. I am loving what I have read is far. 9mo
collegecatlady @cwarnier Sounds perfect! 9mo
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brittanythebookdragon
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

I spent the first 60% of this book wanting to kick Elloren in her hoohah because she was so blinded by believing what she had been told her whole life. But again, on the flip side of that, it‘s hard to break what you‘ve grown up being told. Finally she starts waking up to the reality of what‘s really going on around her. I really enjoyed that she gained some perspective and dare I say ended up a little bit WOKE by the end.

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Malisa
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Book haul!! I got to stop in an actual bookstore for the first time in a very looooong time and it was wonderful 😭 Stocked up on some manga and fantasy reads and a couple of others too. So excited!!
#bookhaul

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LibrarianRyan
Pickpick

4 🌟
This is for a litsy traveling books club. So to see the full review check out Library Thing or Goodreads.

#MountTBR
#LittleLoveBing #free
#nancyDrewChallange #BlackCover
#BNFantasyChallenge #EpicFantasy
#KillYourTBR #fictionallanguage
#BFC
#SFFTBRchallenge #includesaprophsey

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LibrarianRyan
Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Finally done. And the ending. Thank goodness I have book 2 upstairs.

It started slow, but it progresses like good sci-fi should. And it leaves you wanting the next book. Now to write my “spoiler” naive and get it ready for shipping.

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LibrarianRyan
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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@Jee_HookedOnBookz here is the one on my current book (which is tagged). This one has hidden snaps where the ones I‘ve sent out lately have colorful snaps. The snaps help keep it closed when you are not reading so you don‘t snag edges or anything. There are 4 intervals of snaps so you can still close it on various book thicknesses.

This one has been washed a few times and is STIL covered in puppy hair!

Jee_HookedOnBookz O M G! I lurrrrrve it! And Llamas 😍😍I think it's a fantastic and versatile design, and so darn practical, Ryan! How many designs do you have now? Just start selling it via Litsy first 😉I'm sure they'll get sold out in no time! 10mo
LibrarianRyan @Jee_HookedOnBookz oh my goodness gonna make me think. I have some Myth and Legend designs that will be revealed in the next box opening. One Star Wars. A few space varieties (not like I sent Carrie as I made only two of those and sewed her name into it). hello Kitty, 2 different Skulls, a pin up day of the dead is on my machine now. Disney villains, tums tums, cat in the hat, ummmmmmmmmm. I don‘t remember. Some I made from leftovers. Soon. 10mo
LibrarianRyan @Jee_HookedOnBookz also the llama was a one of. I love it but was not thinking when I chose white. 10mo
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LibrarianRyan @Jee_HookedOnBookz I make sleeves too but normally from leftovers. I hate not using left over foam. 10mo
LibrarianRyan @Jee_HookedOnBookz if you do any type of making, it doesn‘t have to be sewing, I‘m hosting a summer #makersswap. 10mo
Marilyncjackson Oh I want one! This looks so practical and cute 10mo
Leftcoastzen Very Nice! 10mo
gradcat Oh, gosh...how cute! I love those...you‘re very creative & imaginative! ❤️🥰 10mo
Ddzmini Love it 😍 10mo
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LibrarianRyan
Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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@ErinSueGreads and @WhiskeyMistress I‘m currently #packingaround The black Witch. It‘s a little mini mail book club pick dealing with “problematic” titles.

Congrats on the new house!

#packingpages

ErinSueMreads Love the concept of that!!! I‘ll have to check it out! 11mo
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dialogofadream
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

I will admit, I couldn‘t stand the narrator at first—her ignorance, her naïveté, her prejudice. But seeing her in that way first only led to a deeper bond later on as I watched her grow and learn and become revolutionary. Sooooo excited for the next one.

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StaceyKondla
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Pickpick

I bounced back and forth between print and audio for this one. While I have some criticism of the main character, overall I quite enjoyed the plot, the world building, and the writing. The main character came around enough by the end that I will definitely read book 2

InBooksILive I got this one on audible and kindle too so I'll be jumping back and forth as well. I kind of like being read to when I have the print form in front of me to follow along lol 13mo
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IheartYA
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If you're into "the Black Witch Chronicles" please join the Facebook group. It has the same name. The author was invited and joined yesterday!!
#ya #youngadult #witchy #witch #halloween #facebook

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IheartYA
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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#adventrecommends Day 13 (forgot)
A great YA read.

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hmgbrdhart
Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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Pickpick

I like this series and have the next book on my calendar. Magic and dystopia! Not only is this a good story with interesting characters, it weaves in a message of tolerance. The main character learns that prejudices she learned growing up are not true once you meet people and get to know them.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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It's actually not fair how good the last chapter of this book is! It SHOOK me!

Mitch Wow....that needs to be quote on the cover of the paperback edition! 1y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Time for another reread!

Joy0201 I have this book on the TBR pile! 1y
gimlibeesbooks I think you might be in a relationship with this book ;) 1y
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KelliJo
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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And just like that....... This book was amazing! I'm impatient to start the next book!

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KelliJo
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When reading is my only escape from the stresses of life! Time to dive back in to this wonderful new world!

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KelliJo
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I am enjoying this book. The first part dragged a bit more than I would have liked. As I got closer to part two the story picked up and I have had to force myself to put it down. Diving back in today and slowly falling in love with all of the characters!

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Joy0201
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It‘s like Christmas over here! Thank you so much for my wonderful witchy box! I love it all and can‘t wait to dive in to The Black Witch! Happy Halloween! #witchpleaseswap

monalyisha OoOOo just looking at this package brings me calm (I think it must be the Epsom salts ☺️). I love the beads! Such a beautiful color. Great package! Happy #WitchPleaseSwap & happy holidays! 🔮 1y
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Chrissyreadit
The Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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From my TBR. Not sure if she is a #blackmagicwoman . #octoberxfiles

Slajaunie Beautiful cover! 1y
Cinfhen I‘m thinking it‘s a safe bet 😊 1y
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booksandsympathy
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Two amazing #witchystories that I've read recently. Looking forward to reading the sequels. #witchyreads

IheartYA Black Witch was amazing! I tried Bone Witch but I couldn't get into it. I do plan to try again. 1y
Linsy Loved The Bone Witch!! Clearly I need to pick up the other one! 🖤 1y
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