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The Cruel Prince
The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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Deborah42
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Faeries may be beautiful and immortal, but they‘re also cruel and deceitful. As a human living in their world, Jude knows this all too well. Her determination to have some control over her own life leads her into a complex web of betrayal and political intrigue.

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pariisannja
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Just brought this on my kindle today 👑

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megzlynn
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Today‘s Prompt: Trick or Treat: Name a character that is a trick and name one that is a treat.

Trick: Taryn

Treat: Oak

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fire_skyee
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Soon the adventure can continue!

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Shamzi
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A good fantasy book or series is not just about good story, its about creating a whole new world which is beyond imagination yet very believable. Its beauty lies in the fact that you see yourself living in this world. This is a good fantasy book.
The start was slow but once the story picked pace, it was very enjoyable. The end was superb. I quickly started book 2 and came to know book 3 is still to be released so will have to wait for a while.

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Chrissyreadit
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OMG!!! Read this on my flight and loved it!!! This is a favorite for sure. Faerie, mortals, angst, anger, betrayal- absolutely yes!

aprilpohren One of my favorite books! 1mo
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Shamzi
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Started this one, the start is slow, hoping it would pick up soon!!

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Schnoebs
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Mehso-so

3⭐️

With all the hype surrounding this book, I was really hoping for a lot more. And on top of it, I wasn't expecting to predict the endings of Book One and Two (especially coming from someone who can't predict anything).

Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2890109449

#bookmark #bookishbox #fantasy #overhyped #mpls #twincities

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Chrissyreadit
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I‘m reading 100% for me tonight. It has been a day of mourning in my area. A beloved co worker from my past job with Birth To Three was killed by a drunk driver. She served families in her job and as a volunteer at a special camp. We will feel her loss keenly for a very long time.

collegecatlady So sorry about your loss 2mo
Jas16 I am so sorry 2mo
RvnclawWhovian So sorry about your loss! Hopefully this book helps a little, I read it in one day and loved it 2mo
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TamTracy So sorry for your loss. That‘s terrible. On another note...this is a great book! 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry - such a loss to the community. 2mo
CBee I‘m so very sorry 🙁 2mo
cobwebmoth Oh, I'm so sorry. Sending hugs. 2mo
Crazeedi May God comfort you and her family, so very tragic. 💔 2mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 💔 2mo
twohectobooks Sorry for your loss! 2mo
AmyG Oh no. How horrible. I am so sorry. 😢 2mo
mrp27 So sorry for your loss, sending warm thoughts. 2mo
jmtrivera I'm so sorry. 2mo
bromeliad Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry for you and your community! 2mo
CarolynM That's so sad. I'm sorry for your loss. 2mo
Leftcoastzen So sorry for your loss. 2mo
xicanti Oh no. What a horrible thing. 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai That's horrible. So sorry for your loss. 2mo
Chrissyreadit @collegecatlady @Jas16 @RvnclawWhovian @TamTracy @Lcsmcat @CBee @cobwebmoth @Crazeedi @JessClark78 @twohectobooks @AmyG @mrp27 @jmtrivera @bromeliad @CarolynM @Leftcoastzen @xicanti @GrilledCheeseSamurai thank you all for your condolences. It‘s hard to share the type of impact this will have and how fortunate I was to have known her and worked with her. 2mo
Avanders Oh so sorry 😢🖤 1mo
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Schnoebs
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Damn, just attacking my storybooks and fairytales 😂

#hollyblack #thefolkoftheair #truth #mpls #twincities

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cewilf
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Hello #bfc team - I‘m still here! Fell off the wagon a bit this past week and haven‘t had a chance to catch up on everyone‘s posts, I apologize, but I‘m going to try to get to them tomorrow! Overall I didn‘t have a great week, but I‘m trying to pick it back up again 💪 if anything, I‘m reading more frequently now, so that‘s a plus! #bfcr3 @tjwill @Megabooks @bromeliad @Tineke @Emilymdxn @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Megabooks Me too. Honestly, I‘m not holding the fitness part together really well. Hang in there, Cassandra! ❤️❤️ 2mo
cobwebmoth Sorry you had a rough week. Hang in there.❤ 2mo
Suelizbeth But you do have a beautiful reading companion. 😻 😻 2mo
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tjwill Good job with the reading! I hope you have an easier week! 2mo
Dragon 😻 2mo
KathyWheeler The reading is good. That‘s the only thing I accomplished today. 2mo
bromeliad Hey, it's all good! Remember that health is a journey, not a destination! We're here for you if you need anything. 🤗 Also your cat is GORGEOUS. 2mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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While the fiancé watched college football, I started and finished The Cruel Prince today. A couple chapters in I thought, “Well, good thing we don‘t have plans today because this is what I‘m doing”. Now I can officially say I read more than one book this month ??‍♀️ This one reeled me in fast and didn‘t let go. Good thing I bought the second book first by mistake lol! Review forthcoming when I catch up on my increasing backlog ?

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Eva2
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Mehso-so

I can see why teens enjoy this, but it was all a bit ‘clunky‘ for me. Just didn‘t read smoothly. And little things annoyed me. Apparently, Faeries can‘t lie....yet they are all scheming, backstabbing and lying their way through the entire book!. Bizarre

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AbigailJaneBlog
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Super good, and nothing like I was expecting 😍

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Mishu94
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Almost done with this! I ordered the second book a week before so that I could start it without any delay butttt to my misery I got the wrong book through the mail! 😭😭 now I‘ll have to wait another week 🥺💔

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Eva2
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Another YA read. Haven‘t read this author before. Hope it‘s a good one!

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malloriebane
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This has been on my #TBR for what feels like forever now and this is the month I‘m finally reading it! I‘m so excited to dive into this world this month! What‘s your most anticipated book on your TBR this month? #newtsreadathon2019 #newtstbr #cruelprince

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majkia
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Ugh. Definitely not the target audience for this. Cruel teens being cruel for no reason. Ugh.

ofclumsywords I wasn‘t a fan of this book either! I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one 🙌 2mo
majkia Glad to be of help 2mo
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Snowphie
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To me it was a book that you needed to force yourself to keep reading to try to find the good bit, the bit that would get you hooked on it. It did have a couple of twists where you thought you knew what was going to happen but then it slightly changed. But for me the characters seemed a little flat, they weren't like able , they were predictable characters.

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AriThomas
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The BEST Fae/Faerie book I've come across!!!

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TamTracy
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I really enjoyed this book. YA fantasy is not a normal genre for me but this book came to me highly recommended and I really loved it. The characters and the world they live in were so interesting and the writing was amazing.

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MzTownsend
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I didn‘t find it as good as her other fae books!!! Took me forever to read it. But I am gonna read the next book whenever I get it.

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my.books.in.squares
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Picking this up for #thereadingrush as I had an early finish from work. Who else is participating and how are you getting on? 🙂

Challenge: book I meant to read last year.

Q84 I am but I havent even finished one book yet😟 3mo
Mishu94 I just started reading this, how did you like it? 2mo
my.books.in.squares @Mishu94 I loved it and I am looking forward to reading book 2. 2mo
Mishu94 @my.books.in.squares I‘m liking it so far! I hope the ending is good aswell 😂 2mo
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ElzBubble
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Another one of my favorite authors, Holly Black. I just can‘t get enough of her stories and I love her representation of fae worlds. Its amazing!

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witchyreader13
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How do I go about finding people to write to from #litsylove ? I'm 42 years old and I love reading books in any format (paper, Kindle, audiobooks). I enjoy paranormal/urban fantasy fiction, as well as some mysteries and historical fiction from the 1920s US and Victorian England. I read both adult & YA. Pic is Persephone sleeping on my Kindle. Tagged book is one of my current reads.

StayCurious If you would like to join the #litsylove pen pal group, check out @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks page. She‘ll give you the details 🤗 3mo
witchyreader13 @StayCurious Excellent. Thank you so much! 3mo
Kaylamburson Welcome to #LitsyLove!! I just joined that group, too, and everyone is so sweet and wonderful. 3mo
witchyreader13 @Kaylamburson Thank you! I can't wait to participate! 3mo
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BookFreakOut
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Audiobook challenge for #24in48! I don't buy audiobooks, and prefer the convenience of streaming through Overdrive and Hoopla, but will get CDs for readathons when I'm listening for a long stretch of time. @24in48

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mattthebookworm
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Sometimes the plot is hard to follow. There are to many events happening that are not needed in the story.

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shanaqui
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Right now, I'm afraid I'm mostly wondering when this will start going somewhere less well trodden, because it all feels entirely familiar...

Clare-Dragonfly I felt it really started to surprise me toward the end, and then The Wicked King ramped it up more. I have no idea where the third book is going to go. 3mo
shanaqui @Clare-Dragonfly Hmmmmmm. It's difficult to keep going for payoff at the end! :/ 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly If you find it difficult to keep going, maybe it‘s not worth it for you! I love this kind of book so the familiarity of the earlier parts was cozy for me. 3mo
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bernadette
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I'm not the target demographic for this one so maybe that's why I ended up skimming it. There are twists and turns in plot but I didn't really like the characters who perhaps should have been sympathetic for all the cruel things that happen to them but they somehow never earned my sympathy. I can see why people might like this one but it wasn't for me. But I would recommend The Coldest Girl in Coldtown also by Holly Black.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Okay I've read this thing twice now and maybe I'll get attacked for this but I still don't get it.

Is it a fun fantasy? Absolutely! Solid characters, romance and conflict

Is it "sell your Barnes and Noble special edition copy for $300 USD"? No

I'll absolutely read the sequel and the ending to this was great but I just don't get why it's so different from all other YA fantasies with faeries

Sweetkokoro I have to agree, while I myself did enjoy the book, and it‘s one of the few YA books I will recommend (I don‘t like much YA) it‘s definitely not THAT good. Haha. Sometimes the hype around a book can be so over the top. 3mo
Lucy_Anywhere While I enjoyed The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King and thought they stood out among YA fantasy, I just don't find YA as good as books aimed more at adults 3mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I am giving the book another shot

Lucy_Anywhere Stick with it 😀 I wasn't sure at first, but it gets deliciously dark. And The Wicked King is a great read! 3mo
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cewilf
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Current predicament: Out of my reading slump! I finished two books yesterday. But now I can‘t decide what‘s next 😂 I started The Cruel Prince, but alas, it‘s in present tense and that‘s incredibly hard for me to get past. I‘m five chapters in and not quite convinced I want to continue. Meanwhile, husband is reading TOG and I‘m jealous and want to reread it...but that would lead to a full series reread.. 🆘📚 Suggestions? Other books to pick up!?

Dragon Maybe try 3mo
cewilf @Dragon I have that one! It‘s been on my shelf forever. I think I will try to start it this week :) 3mo
Dragon Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🤞 3mo
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nordicscarab
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Fantastic, the world is so well written and the characters are too- Holly Black is a master of development!

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Meghan1
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Thank you, thank you, thank you @Nevermore88

I love everything! Thank you @rather_be_reading for setting this up.

#summerreadingswap

Nevermore88 You‘re welcome 4mo
rather_be_reading love it! love tht notebook 🍦 4mo
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Basement_Bookcase
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I honestly don‘t know how I feel about this book. I loved so many things about it but there were other things that didn‘t sit well with me. I don‘t want to spoil anything so I won‘t say much here but some of the relationships and how they‘re framed just...I see other authors get dragged for doing similar things in their books but I‘ve seen nothing about that with this author so I just...it feels like a double standard almost? Anyway ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read

Shley9225 Totally understand how you feel, I felt the same way 4mo
Basement_Bookcase @Shley9225 I‘m glad to know I‘m not alone! 4mo
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PaulaNovotna
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Recently I learnt my lesson with ordering all the books from a series at once. If I don't like the first book I feel like I've wasted my money. With this book I should have bought the second book though. I finished it and immediately crave more. The story twists are surprising and half of the time I had no idea which way the book will go which doesn't happen very often. I thought all the characters well well written. Totally recommend this!

BooknerdsLife It‘s my first Holly Black (solo) book & I love it! 4mo
PaulaNovotna @BooknerdsLife Thank you, I loved it too! I started The Wicked King today, looking forward to dive into it! 4mo
BooknerdsLife @PaulaNovotna Yah! Happy reading to you 🤗📚 4mo
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ferskner
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Ugh I'm awful at remembering to post my weekly #bfc updates! This was part of my walk today. It's on my usual route and goes beneath the freeway, which always gives me a little shiver.

I achieved my goal of at least 4 days of 30+ minutes of exercise this week! It's helpful for me to have some flexibility since I often get home late and I don't want to sacrifice sleep for exercise. 4/12 books read. @wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge

kspenmoll What a great week!!‘🙌🏻🎊🙌🏻 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done .. walking there would make me shiver too! 5mo
DivineDiana Good job! Cool photo! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 5mo
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
tammysue 🙌🏻👍🏻 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5mo
mabell I think I would jog through that portion! 😂 5mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Hello Sunday!! I finished this book last night...a great quick read!

cariashley 😻 5mo
jenniferw88 😹😹😹 love the paw positions! 5mo
JoScho So cute! 5mo
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squirrelbrain 😻😻😻 5mo
TheLibrarian 🤣😻🤣😻 5mo
Purrfectpages Omg what a great picture! 5mo
Myhusbandhatesreading @cariashley @jenniferw88 @JoScho @squirrelbrain @TheLibrarian @Purrfectpages this is definitely the weirdest cat I‘ve ever had, I think he thinks he‘s human. 5mo
rretzler 😻😻😻😻😻 4mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Pretty good so far.

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VioletMoonBooks
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esurient I haven't gotten into any of Black's books, but oh, your quote is luring me. 5mo
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Jess_Franzino
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Have only gotten in about 4 hours on #24B4Monday, as I pretty much lost yesterday, but, one book down. A solid 3.5 stars, but only due to me being a bit “meh” about Jude (the MC), but she seems to be getting better. Still, the world is AMAZING. Perfect Fae & Changeling setting. The supporting characters are great. A bit slow at first, then HOLY CRAP political intrigue! I loooove political intrigue! Will be reading the next book in trilogy ♥️

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Stacypatrice
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My neph-dog Cooper and isn‘t so sure about “The Cruel Prince” being in his space but the promise of a piece of cheese is allowing one brief photo opt. #dogsoflitsy #morningreading #morecoffeeplease

DGRachel Super cute! 5mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful 🐶! 5mo
MartinaLove Too cute!! 5mo
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Jess_Franzino
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My OFFICIAL #24B4Monday #TBR ! Not sure if I‘ll actually finish ALL of them, as I want to really savor the words in each of these books, & they‘re all filled with a lot of political intrigue so, despite 3 of them being considered YA, they‘re not “light reads”. Also, I have a lot of writing to do & am beta reading for one of my writer friends. But, I plan to finish all 4 of these by May 31st, so I can go into June with 50 books read so far in 2019.

Andrew65 Some great choices, good luck with the Readathon. 👍😊 5mo
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Jess_Franzino
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Despite how I‘m already 66% into this book, I just had to share the cover! I always remove dust jackets before reading hardcovers, as it annoys me when they slip off and I don‘t want them to get damaged. So, I LOVE it when the covers have little surprises like this behind the dust jackets 😍 When my book is published, I am SO insisting on cover designs. So much fun! #24B4Monday

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Jess_Franzino
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Words for all writers to live by ♥️

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Joreads
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I really disliked this book. Jude the main character is one if the most annoying I have ever come across I wil not be reading the next in this series

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Jess_Franzino
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You know you‘re old when you‘re reading YA and you agree with the parent/parental figure instead of the protagonist 😂

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chiquireads
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Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop.