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A Skinful of Shadows
A Skinful of Shadows | Frances Hardinge
This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . . The Felmotte family have a dark and terrible secret: inheriting the title of Lord Felmotte means not only taking on centuries of family history, political allegiance and land, but also the souls of seven previous patriarchs - jostling for space within the poor beleaguered body of the heir. When civil war takes the Felmotte men into battle for King Charles, attention turns to 15 year old Kate, the bastard child of the current heir, in possession of the family 'talent'. Working as a servant and kept around in case of just such an emergency, Kate knows what that attention might mean and, rather than become a vessel for the bickering souls of generations of angry, volatile men, arms herself the best way she can - by taking on the spirit of a very angry, very dead bear. With the strength and instincts of the bear she is able to escape her family duty and head out into a country torn apart by war; but must soon decide which fate is worse: possession, or death.
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JoScho
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Day 7
#7covers7days
Thanks again for the tag @Leftcoastzen 🖤

LauraJ I love the bears 🐻 4w
Leftcoastzen You are welcome! What a beautiful cover! 4w
merelybookish Her books always have amazing and/or creepy covers! 4w
CoffeeCatsBooks Love the cover! Just read the description and it sounds very interesting. 4w
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ephemeralwaltz
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#covercrush #7days7covers #day1
This is the Catalan edition for a Skinful of Shadows but I'm pretty sure this is the same cover as one of the English versions :) gorgeous!
#currentlyreading

@Kalalalatja @cleoh and @ju.ca.no thank you for tagging me! :P

cleoh Wow 😍 1mo
Jas16 I love this cover so much I am afraid to read the book in case it isn‘t worthy. 1mo
Kalalalatja Love this cover! 1mo
Tanisha_A Intricate! 1mo
ju.ca.no Really pretty! 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I loved ‘The Lie Tree‘, and I‘m curious about this book, since I wanted to read more of Hardinge. It tells the story of a girl plagued by nightmares of ghosts tearing her apart, looking for the chance to possess her. She has a gift (curse?) passed down by her father‘s family..she can host ghosts in her body.

I‘d buy this just for the cover!

#lilithjuly #possession

Cinfhen Ooohh, I agree ☝🏾 both premise and cover makes me want to own it 🤩😍 3mo
Megabooks Cover love for sure!! 3mo
KarenUK 😍😍😍😍 3mo
gradcat Cover is great, I agree! 👍 3mo
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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

The plotting of this book is PERFECT. The story—about a powerful, corrupt family of necromancers during the reign of King Charles I & the orphan bastard girl who vows to bring them down—is intricately woven. The writing, though, is uneven. Take the way too frequent alliteration: from “pattering poplar trees” to “hollow horror” to “precariously perched.” 🙈 My opinion of this book is also precariously perched: I could go either way.
#NewYearWhoDis

monalyisha @ladyneverwhere I will say that I loved everything having to do with Bear! It‘s funny, because it‘s definitely the hardest/most embarrassing detail to get right when trying to explain what you‘re reading to others. 😅 But their relationship was so touching! And it‘s a great metaphor for the fierceness that women weren‘t/aren‘t expected to have (especially during that time period) but also, how inner fierceness is *absolutely* needed for survival. (edited) 9mo
Tamra Such a cover! Too bad it doesn‘t hold up. (edited) 9mo
monalyisha @Tamra There were aspects of it that were SUPER impressive! Her writing style just wasn‘t for me. I know it‘s worked for others, though! I didn‘t read this particular edition but, yeah. Whoa, right? It‘s beyond pretty! 😵😍 9mo
greenhairdontcare Aw that‘s a shame. It sounds really cool. 9mo
ladyneverwhere Aw I know, I loved bear ♥️ sorry the book didn't end up being for you! 9mo
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monalyisha
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🐺🖤

Art cred: “Plato‘s Dogs” by Thomas Roma

Itchyfeetreader Love this image 9mo
monalyisha @itchyfeetreader Oh! I meant to include credits! Thanks for the reminder! 9mo
Itchyfeetreader It‘s awesome and matches this quote brilliantly (which I also love) 9mo
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monalyisha
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The day‘s reading has certainly prompted some interesting research about womanly trends!

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/sexy-face-stickers/

I‘ve got a couple of (barely noticeable) chicken pox scars on my left cheek. Maybe I should bring the Pox Patch back? The star-shaped ones are pretty snazzy. Or maybe the horse & carriage design (bottom right)? 😅

#NewYearWhoDis

TheReadingMermaid Fascinating... 🤔 9mo
Karkar Never would have guessed! 9mo
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monalyisha
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Getting some sickbed (well, sickcouch) #NewYearWhoDis reading done today. Discovering all of the protagonist‘s many names (Makepeace, Maud, Judith, & her true name, which I have yet to learn) is making me think of all the different names of my favorite heroine. I‘m partial to “Joan.” 😅

P.S. Where my #buffythevampireslayer fans at? I‘ll tag you in my many (usually non-sequitur, stretch) references, if you speak up! 😉

Birdsong28 🙋🙋🙋🙋 9mo
TheKidUpstairs Yaaaaassss!! 9mo
jessinikkip Mmmeeee!!!!!!! 9mo
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VioletBramble Joan the Vampire Slayer! And her annoying sister Umad. One of my top 5 Buffy eps. 😍 9mo
monalyisha @VioletBramble Well now I have to know the others on your list. I don‘t think I‘ve ever rated mine. Tabula Rasa is SO GOOD but also, so upsetting! 9mo
monalyisha @VioletBramble I just tried. I think the best I can do is a Top 25. 😂😂😂 9mo
gradcat I happen to be a huge #BuffytheVampireSlayerfan! Count me in!! 9mo
Johanna414 “Hey, I‘m a super hero too!” 9mo
VioletBramble My Buffy Top 5: 1) The Wish 2) Becoming Part 1 3) Tabula Rasa 4) Once More With Feeling 5) Graduation Day Part 2. Special mention to The Body and Halloween. Those are the eps I re-watch the most. 9mo
monalyisha Damn, girl. You are cutthroat. 💀🖤⚰️ 9mo
BarbaraJean 🙋🏻‍♀️🎉🙌🏼 9mo
Pricel101 BUFFY RULES!! #buffythevampireslayerfan 💪⚰️ Am I right @samjmitchell 9mo
samjmitchell @Pricel101 - I always loved Buffy and Xander but remember Anya in the bunny costume?! 9mo
monalyisha @samjmitchell I LOVE Anya. And NO to Buffy & Xander! 😆😅 Although, I appreciate a good “untraditional” ship. It‘s *possible* that I‘ve written a Willow/Angel fanfic. “Ours is a forbidden love.” In reality, though... Buffy + Angel forever. 🖤 9mo
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monalyisha
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Cool, cool.

#NewYearWhoDis

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monalyisha
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Starting my next #NewYearWhoDis book; bathing in the blood of the innocent. You know. Just your typical Sunday night.

mrsmarch 🤣🤣🤣 9mo
Tadams4 That is so awesome! 9mo
Melismatic Yasssss lol 🧖🏻‍♀️ 9mo
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FantasyChick Sounds like the perfect night to me! I hear innocent blood is great for the skin 😉 9mo
monalyisha @FantasyChick It‘s truly worked wonders. I feel beautiful & rejuvenated. Highly recommend. 9mo
CouronneDhiver 👌🏽 9mo
Bookzombie That is exactly what I thought before I read your post! 😂 9mo
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brandymuses
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Mehso-so

The historical details are excellent and the concept is interesting, but it was hard for me to get into. This is the second Hardinge book in a row I‘ve felt meh about which makes me sad.

monalyisha Ditto! Except that this was the first of hers that I‘ve tried. 9mo
brandymuses @monalyisha If you want to give her another try, I really love A Face Like Glass and The Lost Conspiracy. 9mo
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brandymuses
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Day 3: Shadows
I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf for a year. I think today‘s prompt is a sign it should be my next book.
#anewchapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover!! 🖤🖤 9mo
vkois88 Perfect excuse 😉😉😉 also, I second @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 9mo
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KatWDV
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So different to #thelietree buy really enjoying it so far! #bear #ghosts

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Smithkatiea
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I am not usually a fantasy reader. However, on a recent trip to Ireland, I couldn‘t resist stopping at the young adult shelf in a little book shop in Lahinch. I thought since Ireland is such a magical place, I might pick up a book that includes ghosts and magic. I‘m about halfway through, it‘s a good story though I‘ll admit to struggling a little bit because this is not the type of reading I usually do. It is fun to try something new though!

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Bookworm-Bobbie
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😱 tidied my library today and these are all the books I own but haven‘t yet read! I‘m to scared to look at my actual TBR list 😳

Any one want to pay me wages to read all day? 😂

Clwojick I don‘t keep any books after I‘ve read them (except for one author) so I have three bookcases of TBRs. 😬 1y
Melissa_J Ha ha! That‘s nothing 😉 1y
Bookworm-Bobbie @Clwojick @Melissa_J I‘ve enforced a book buying ban so this is pretty bad. But I‘ll happily live in ignorance of my full TBR list. 😁 1y
Foragingfantasy @Clwojick I do the same. I only keep certain books. My shelves are almost all tbr. 1y
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ThisIsLilli
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I‘ve never read any Frances Hardinge before, but WOW was this good!! This is technically a Children‘s/YA book, but honestly I‘d recommend to anyone of any age. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are vivid, and the storytelling and magical realism element are totally unique. I had the pleasure of meeting Frances at Hay this year, & she is absolutely delightful - when she signed my book, she drew a goose! #author #impressed

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lauredhel
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How pretty is this book? Even in black and white.

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IheartYA
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I had a very stressful day yesterday- busy at work, long awaited Dr's appointment, then finished the day with unnecessary family drama.

Books are my distraction. Books save me from the world. I hope to really get into this one today.

RachelO Hope today's better - that is a beautiful-looking book! 2y
TrishB That‘s my take in life too!! Hope today is better 💕 2y
minkyb Glad you can look forward to some book comfort. 2y
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BookishBrooklyn
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Pickpick

This was such a gorgeous read 😭 I was hooked from the word go: and it was unlike ANYTHING I've ever read before 😍😍

Grim_Reader This is on my tbr I‘m so glad you loved this 2y
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Jas16
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Just as pretty without its dust jacket. Now to get around to actually reading it. #nakedhardcovers #riotgrams

Emma3 So pretty! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
Cinfhen That's a beauty 2y
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BeckyK 😍 2y
tammysue ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
lauralovesbooks1 Gorgeous! 2y
GripLitGrl 😍 2y
Linsy Oooh, this is so pretty it makes me want to read it! 2y
monalyisha 🔥😍 9mo
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Moray_Reads
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Moray_Reads
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Beauty is clearly more than skin deep 😍😍 Fingers crossed it translated to the text too! #nakedbooks

Mommamanzi Oh my gosh.... those books!!!❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Kalalalatja Wowowowowow! 2y
merelybookish Such a good author!! 2y
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brandymuses
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My January TBR #newbookselfie #newyearreads
All new! I hope to get to a store sometime today or tomorrow to pick up A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson to add to this stack.

Angieville My daughter is reading Snow and Rose right now and loving it. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Nice stack!!! 📚📚 2y
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Jas16
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Here is my modest December TBR stack because we all know I cannot stick to a reading plan. The tagged books has the #bestcover. It is so insanely pretty. Mostly I need to finish up the box of books I am sending to my sister and then I am looking forward to reading some fantasy and other books that she would never read. #jingleshelves

bookloo I had to crane my neck to get a better look at Skinful of Shadows! 😍 Gorgeous! ♥️ 2y
Jas16 @bookloo whoops! Sorry about the awkward photo! 2y
lesliemarie I just started A Skinful of Shadows last night! 2y
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bookloo @Jas16 No! No worries. If you had shown it in all its glory I still would have basically glued my phone to my forehead. Stunning cover. 😝💞 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s beautiful!!! And I get so excited to see someone reading Tell the Wolves I‘m Home!!! 💚💚Let me know what you think!!! 2y
Tamra I think I need to bump up Tell the Wolves! 2y
VinceReads I enjoyed Room, but really loved Tell the Wolves I‘m Home, can‘t wait to hear what you think. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra yes!!!! 💚💚💚 2y
Lcsmcat I‘m with @VinceReads, Tell the Wolves I‘m Home is great. 2y
tiarabooks Room is one of my fav! 2y
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deirdrebeecher
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Pickpick

There is nothing slight or shallow about this book, it is uses a historic fantasy setting to explore deep themes of mother daughter relationships, trust and empathy. Makepeace character is fully realised, complex, engaging and nuanced. The plot is dark and full of page turning peril. Don't be put off by the YA label it is a deeply satisfying read for all ages. I loved the Liar Tree and I love this just as much.

rubyslippersreads That cover! 😍 2y
RaimeyGallant Great review! And thanks for the advice about Merida. :) 2y
monalyisha Fab review! 9mo
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Jas16
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#bookmail. I am so excited about both of these but will hoard them until we have the perfect rainy winter day.

she_barks Jealous! 2y
Vedrana looks interesting 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I loved The Lie Tree SO much I knew investing in this one would pay off and it did - this UK edition is gorgeous! Shimmery foil leaves on the cover and then underneath is also amazing 🙀This edition also has dyed edges (but I couldn't get everything in one photo!) Well done, book designer! 👏🏻👏🏻
It also sounds crazy interesting. Best #bookmail! Wheeee!!

rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! 😍😍😍 2y
merelybookish Hardinge is so good! 2y
Libby1 🤤 That's me. Drooling over this cover. 2y
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LeahBergen That's a stunner! 2y
Laalaleighh I ordered this edition too! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I loved The Lie Tree! This cover is absolutely stunning! Now I should get my hands on this! 😅 2y
Kalalalatja Stunning edition! 😍 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Any excuse to show off this gorgeous cover!

Moray_Reads Such a pretty photo 😍 2y
TotoroReads That is a gorgeous cover 😍😍 2y
Redjewel_7734 😍😍😍 2y
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Litlady I'm a sucker for a beautiful cover! 💙📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it!!! ❤️ 2y
TrishB Lovely pic 👍 2y
LeahBergen It's stunning! 2y
books_from_my_shelves Absolutely love it! 2y
emmaturi definitely a beautiful cover! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @TrishB thanks! 💕 2y
minkyb Lovely. 2y
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TheLondonBookworm
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@Laalaleighh Just so you know you've bought a super beautiful book, this is the inside cover that's hidden under that dust jacket- still so beautiful and it's engraved along the spine 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Laalaleighh Oh my god I‘m so happy. That‘s so gorgeous! ✨ 2y
TheLondonBookworm @Laalaleighh 😝😝😝👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽😍😍😍😍 2y
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TheLondonBookworm
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Returning to my books after a terrible first date because books at where the best men at 😜😛 hehhehehe

rabbitprincess I am sorry to hear the date didn't go well. Glad that you have good company in the form of books! 2y
DivineDiana Onward! 📚 2y
Laura317 Ugh. I remember a couple of cruddy dates I endured. So sorry! As @DivineDiana said, "onward!" 2y
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tpixie Hang in there!! Enjoy your book at least!! Maybe you can find a guy at a bookstore! 2y
RealLifeReading Pretty book! 2y
drokka 👍👍 2y
TheLondonBookworm @rabbitprincess hehe thanks! The book is Amazingggg much better company :) 2y
TheLondonBookworm @DivineDiana to better books! 😜 2y
TheLondonBookworm @Laura317 haha I'm kinda used to it! I'll stick with the books 😜 2y
TheLondonBookworm @tpixie here's hoping hahahahha or just another book I'm always happy with that 😊 2y
TheLondonBookworm @RealLifeReading the insides are awesome too! 2y
TheLondonBookworm @drokka 😛😛 hehehe 2y
tpixie @TheLondonBookworm yes, men are overrated! 2y
TheLondonBookworm @tpixie ahaha so true 😛 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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Not as pretty as the Lie Tree. However the shadow is intriguing. #coverlove #YAedition

Laalaleighh OMG SHE HAS A NEW BOOK?! ASDFGHJKLTDFGXSSXHXLHXKYSKHXKBXLYS 2y
LibrarianRyan @Laalaleighh I take it the lie tree is good? I've been meaning to read it. 2y
Laalaleighh I loved it! I love her. Her writing is so great. She's one of my insta buys. 2y
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Laalaleighh I just ordered this from the U.K. for the U.K. Cover but I may have to get the US cover as well. Decisions. 2y
LibrarianRyan @Laalaleighh ohhhh. I know I have read something by here, and every time I see the lie tree I tell my self to. Should buy it. I will next time. 2y
Laalaleighh It's really great and also has a lot of feminist undertones that will resonate with anyone that ever was told they shouldn't be interested in their interests because they are a girl. Also magical realism galore. 2y
GatheringBooks that is an awesome cover. was a little bit on the fence about the lie tree. 2y
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TheLondonBookworm
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Out today!!!!! The absolutely beautiful new book from The Lie Tree author Frances Hardinge 😮😮😮 just look at that cover. Cannot wait to dig in to it 😜😜😜

Cinfhen Gorgeous cover ❤️ 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
drokka I agree, it's a gorgeous cover 😍😍 2y
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Laura317 That's flat-out gorgeous! 😍 2y
TheLondonBookworm @Cinfhen @rubyslippersreads @drokka @Laura317 it's soooo stunning 😍😍😍 I love it, got two copies so I could keep one pretty 🙄😂 2y
Laalaleighh Oh my god this cover is just oh my god. 2y
Laalaleighh I just ordered this from the U.K. so I could get this cover. 2y
TheLondonBookworm @Laalaleighh hahaha amazing!!!! It's so beaut I love it 😍 and the green leaves just shimmer when it catches the sun 😊 hope you love the story as much as I do as well!!! 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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I'm in love with this cover! 😍😍

Cinfhen Gorgeous 😍 2y
julesG 😍😍😍 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤ 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful 💜 2y
ju.ca.no really lovely😍 2y
DivineDiana It calls to me! ❤️ 2y
merelybookish So pretty. And I love her writing! 2y
Kalalalatja Gorgeous! Pretty! Amazing! All the words!! 2y
Owlizabeth Owls and bears?!? My favorites!! Stacked judging by the cover. (edited) 2y
DeborahSmall I'm tempted ❤️ 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @DeborahSmall I'll not get around to actually reading it for ages though xx 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Look at this beautiful cover for Francis Hardinge's upcoming book!! 😍😍😍😍😍

BookishJess 😍 I'd buy it just for that cover! 3y
TrishB Gorgeous 💗 3y
Moray_Reads Beautiful! I liked (but didn't quite love) The Lie Tree but I'll definitely pick this one up 3y
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Nonaroo That is a gorgeous cover! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This looks and sounds amazing. 3y
DeborahSmall This looks right up my street and I love the cover 💕 3y
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