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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly | Stephanie Oakes
A hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faithand the power of having faith in yourself. Now a Morris Award finalist and Golden Kite Honor Book! The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows somethingbut she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed ofif shes willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past. Gorgeously written, breathlessly page-turning and sprinkled with moments of unexpected humor, this harrowing debut is perfect for readers of Emily Murdoch's If You Find Me and Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us, as well as for fans of Orange is the New Black. From the Hardcover edition.
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Mommamanzi
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Mehso-so

I was immediately drawn in by this book. Before I knew it I was halfway into it and could not put it down. I have not read anything like it before. BUT the ending left me with SO many questions. I like a neat, tidy, and definite ending. The ending still has me thinking (totally in a good way). Step up for others, question when something doesn‘t seem right.

BethM Your new profile pic is gorgeous 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1y
Mommamanzi @BethM haha thank you! My oldest loves my hair now because it‘s “normal person” hair. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
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dicey78
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Pickpick

Loved it! A young woman raised of the grid in the Kevinian Cult will question everything she's learned..... at a gruesome price. A solid read.

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r0sepetals
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “He watches me a moment, and I wonder if he can read in my expression that I will never tell him the truth. I‘ll give him a version of events, a half-truth, but I haven‘t told anyone what happened in those smoke-filled moments in January when I stood over the Prophet‘s body and watched him breathe his last ungodly breath. And I never will.”

#fiction

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r0sepetals
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“...and I think that was the biggest difference between us. That we could look at the same stars in the same sky, but not have the same questions - not want the same answers.”

#quotes #blurbs

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Bertha_Mason

"The pink-walled room of my diaphragm went pinched and strange shaped at the sound of that voice."

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Bertha_Mason

"The idea pulled a laugh from my lungs and threw the laugh into the air where it hung awkwardly, certain there had been some mistake, it couldn't possibly belong in a place like this."

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Bertha_Mason

"God's real name is Charlie, he told us." ?

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Bertha_Mason

"Fear floated around like constant pollen, but none of us were allergic."

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MoniqueSnyman
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As the Northern Hemisphere enter spring, down here in the Southern Hemisphere, we‘re heading into #autumn. It‘s my favorite time of year (not too hot and not too cold). I thought I‘d celebrate the new season with an underrated #ya #horrornovel! 🍂🍁 It is loosely based on a fairy tale, but it‘s dark and rich and definitely a book you should read with the lights on. 😊

#booknerd #bookish #epicreads #yahorror #fairytale #happyfriday

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SnGilmoreGirl
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Pickpick

Discovered the book because it is also a series on Facebook Watch. I'm not sure if I like the show or the book better because they were honestly both kind of cool. This story is an interesting take on cult and offers an interesting point of view from someone who doesn't at all understand the modern world.

Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎊🎊 I hope you enjoy it 😁 To start you out check @LitsyWelcomeWagon and @LitsyHappenings #litsywelcomewagon 4y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 4y
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Jillsandypants
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Pickpick

This is a YA book about a teenage girl who escapes an isolated religious cult in the woods only to land in prison (that happens right at the beginning) where she learns about the “real world”. You then start to learn about her life in The Community and what led to her arrest. Goodreads says it is based in a Grimm fairytale called the Handless Maiden, but I have never heard of that. Entertaining read.

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Chelsea
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It‘s been a busy few weeks, but I‘m happy to have time to read again. #currentlyreading

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kernelatrox23
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Pickpick

A good way to finish off the night. This book gave me subtle flashbacks to Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson (ie, what REALLY happened). Would recommend. #winenot #thesacredliesofminnowbly

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kernelatrox23
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“So how do you avoid becoming a moth?”
“You tell me,” I say.
“No.”
I look up. His face is shadowed against the light. “What?”
“That‘s how you avoid becoming a moth,” he says. “Stop asking others what to believe. Figure it out for yourself.”

I am loving this book so far. Also, with the current wait time at the car wash, I might be able to finish it soon? #carwashreads

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SiriuslyWeasley
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A lovely little haul from Half Price Books. All were on my TBR list, with the exception of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by @StephanieOakes Happy to have made a new discovery. I'm looking forward to diving in! 😊📚☕

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Matilda
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RadicalReader @Matilda I have never seen a dog look so focused in my life such concentration 5y
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JennaAZ
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This was beautifully written and intriguing. Despite a couple difficult-to-believe moments, I enjoyed it. Definitely dark, though you can tell that much just from the description.

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MarauderErin
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Pickpick

This. Book.

One of the best I've read recently. It's definitely dark, and there were parts that made my stomach turn, but just an excellent book overall.

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Samwise_Gamgee
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September 1st and the air is crisp but the sun is still warm. Best weather. Enjoying late mornings while we still can #dogsoflitsy

Alicia Your pup is so cute! 5y
GypsyKat Awe! 🐶😍 5y
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Samwise_Gamgee
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I haven't been keeping up with my #LitsyAtoZ challenge this summer, but I'm getting back on track with 14 books to go. #letterO #currentlyreading

vicgreentoriafield I just bought this from kindle deals 😊 5y
Samwise_Gamgee GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE @vicgreentoriafield 5y
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mangokittty
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1.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
2.) Not currently it's too difficult with one side pressed up against the wall.
3.) 81 degrees Fahrenheit
4.) Probably pirates I used to love reading about them in grade school.
5.) Okay! 👍🏻

#friYAYintro

@jess.how

Dolly Hello new friend! Cat lover ? 5y
mangokittty @Dolly I do love most cats. 🐱 I'm really a guinea pig gal though! 5y
Julsmarshall Hi Mangokitty! Is that your real name? 😂 5y
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mangokittty @Julsmarshall I wish then I'd be pretty awesome. My names Kaley. 5y
Julsmarshall Kaley is pretty awesome too! 5y
mangokittty @Julsmarshall I think so too. It fits me pretty well. 😊 5y
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amma-keep-reading
Pickpick

An interesting read.

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amma-keep-reading

" 'F*ck,' she whispers back, a smile creeping into her face. And, inside that smile is the knowledge that some things are just too sad, too screwed up. Sometimes there's nothing for it but shouting 'F*ck' with your best friend at the top of your lungs."

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amma-keep-reading

"When I remember her, I picture that expression, like behind her eyes she had entire rooms that she didn't let anyone see. And I realize now it was the book in her hands that made them."

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amma-keep-reading

" My father once told me that all you needed to hurt someone is a single word, said just wrong enough. Anybody is capable of enormous harm, anyone with a mouth or a hand to write with."

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IheartYA
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Mehso-so

Anticlimactic. Slow. It's like almost walking to the top of a mountain but not being able to get over it. I abandoned this book a few times over 2 weeks but had nothing else to read. I did want to know who dunnit but there wasn't really a resolution in the end.

Gissy Another one that was in the wish list, now I don't know... 5y
IheartYA @Gissy I have a friend who read it and liked it a lot more than I did. It's worth trying. 😕 5y
Gissy @IheartYA let's see! 5y
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Onceuponatime
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Pickpick

I loved this story! Heartbreaking and violent but such a strong female protagonist. An interesting look inside a cult experience. #oregonbattleofthebooks #obob

ReadingRover Fantastic book!!! 5y
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Onceuponatime
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The view from my blanket #PlacesIRead

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Onceuponatime
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This is a fantastic example of why I love stories and why I think the world would be a better place if more people read more books. We find ourselves through stories. They help us process emotions, gain understanding, and overcome fear. They help us work through love, grief, anger, ambivalence, and doubt. They help us feel connected at times when we feel alone or lost. Books don't just entertain; they ground us.

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Onceuponatime
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I'm having a hard time putting this one down! Cults baffle me...I just don't get how so many people will "buy in" and live to such extremes. Sure makes an interesting story!

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Teenta
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Pickpick

A 2018 #sequoyahnominee. I love cult stories so this is one of the first I picked up. I'd say it's a 3.5/5 for me. Kinda slow in spots but overall a good story.

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paperbckprncess
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Pickpick

❝So that's why I'm deserving. Not because I need your help. But because I am going to make it with or without anybody's help.

5🌟

Oof. This was at times brutal and at times weirdly uplifting. It was slower paced than you might think (given the subject and especially given the way it opens), but I enjoyed that a lot. Much more character driven than plot driven but if that's your jam I highly recommend this!

Full review on my goodreads!

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paperbckprncess
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❝I am a blood-soaked girl.
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I've been really bad with reading lately (in that I haven't been) but I've decided to dedicate this weekend to some Me Time, which will include wine, a bubble bath, and a good book! 🍷📖😋 Super excited to sink into this one, I've heard great things!
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#currentlyreading #socksunday

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Nuwanda
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Pickpick

Definitely a page-turner! I found myself gripped by the events unfolding and cheered for Minnow as she began to gain her independence, even while being held in a juvenile detention facility. If you enjoy books about cults or fringe religious practices, this may be a good fit. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterS

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ReadingRover
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Pickpick

This book was fabulous. It's about a girl who gains the strength to go against everything she had once been taught to believe in and overcome the torture she has endured in order to create a new and better life for herself after committing a terrible act. It's fascinating and horrifying all at once. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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collegecatlady
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Mehso-so

This book makes some amazing points about religion and the justice system. However, it wasn't as engaging as a read as I had hoped. It didn't really live up to the hype.

tricours The hype is dangerous! 6y
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aeeklund
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My favorite example of a case where #thiscovermakesnosense : this book is absolutely phenomenal, but is based on the fairy tale "The Handless Maiden." Um...

#readjanuary

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ReadingRover
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Do I have the best freaking Secret Santa or what?!? I got two awesome books I've been wanting, an Eeyore ornament, some tea and some signed bookmarks! 🙃

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kimchi_hannah
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"I think that‘s what love does, makes you strong. Makes you think nothing can bring you down.

It‘s the only kind of lie that I‘d be happy to live with."

- The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.

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kimchi_hannah
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Had a relaxing day with my boyfriend at Melbourne city. Gotta love my city ❤

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kimchi_hannah
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This book is giving me the hibbie-gibbies.

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Kristy_K
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"...at the end of [my] arms, an absence of hands, of fingers, of fists, of nails."

I don't normally dress up for Halloween and when I have previously it was always cute or fun characters; however, I feel Minnow Bly could be the perfect, scarier Halloween costume.
#booktober - #characteriddressupas

#halloween #giveascarybook

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RuSirius3
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Finished!!! Finished today during chemo. Great book. Loved the resilience of the main character!

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Lauren_reading
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This #firstline is awesome. In fact this whole book was great, but that first line sucked me in. #booktober

alibrarianslibrary LOVE! Still my favorite read of the year I think! 6y
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RuSirius3
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Excited to start this book tonight!😀

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Notmacaroniandcheese
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Pickpick

This YA mystery is the firsthand account of Minnow, a handless seventeen-year-old girl who has grown up in a cult. Minnow is arrested for assault on the night the cult community was burned to the ground and their prophet supposedly murdered... and Minnow knows something about it. This is probably my favorite book of this year and one that I recommend for anyone who is trying to become their own independent person.

Lauren_reading This was such a good book!! 6y
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Notmacaroniandcheese
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Guys! Getting a MSLS degree is awesome. This is homework along with 9 other YA books.

BekahB Nice!! My friend graduated with her masters in library science a couple years ago. I remember telling her how lucky she was that she got to read all the time! She said it was great but exhausting. 😄 6y
DreesReads I so regret not going to library school 25 years ago. Now I'm tied down by kids (not complaining!) and the only program here is sooooo $$$. I'm too old to spend that much money for what might be a 15-year career! 6y
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