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In Other Lands
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
103 posts | 54 read | 2 reading | 108 to read
Elliot doesn t want to fight, keeps saying the wrong thing, and is definitely the grouchiest human in fantasyland."
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mollyrotondo
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had no clue while reading this that it was really written as an internet serial. It explains why there was little plot development and more character building. There were some great ideas in this one about being transported to a magical land but being faced with diplomatic issues instead of magic but it never developed into a story.

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AllisonM89
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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Two stars simply because i enjoy sarcastic characters. Otherwise, very much not a fan. I'm counting this for my July#bookspinbingo board @TheAromaofBooks. It's no. 2 on my list for this month

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TheAromaofBooks
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For the most part I have been letting my random draw decide which book is next from my windowsill, but I may need to bump the tagged book up the priority since it's my #LMPBC read this month. Otherwise, nothing new, other than adding in the second Percy Jackson book!! #WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

cariashley Whoa, that Samantha Shannon one is huge! Didn‘t realize how long it is! 9mo
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Zoe-h
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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Mehso-so

The book was fine plot wise. The delivery was a bit fast paced, but the book took really long to read. It was the kind of thing where the twists were really sudden and then just mention calmly, even if it was shocking stuff. I think it would have been better as five separate books instead of only five chapters in the entire 437 page book. ⬇️

Zoe-h Elliot is one of the few humans in the otherlands (the name changes depending in which side you‘re from). There he meets Sere-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle (Serene for short) and Luke Sunborn. 3.5⭐️ 2y
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khooliha
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I should have left more of this book for today, when I would like to spend an evening elsewhere. I loved this book wholeheartedly, every little bit of it. Can't wait to read it again in the future!

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khooliha
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Turns out I could not have read this book when it came put, as one of my oldest friends was in the process of abandoning me. I have a hard time making friends, it's hard to trust that people don't want to hurt me, and seeing it work out for the leads of this book in late 2017? It would have made shit hurt that much worse.

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khooliha
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan

Pretty sure I preordered this book, have had it sitting on my shelves for 3.5 years, I am a criminal, I am going to jail for the crime of book ignoring

shanaqui I mean, I think many of the rest of us are with you there, so you'll be in good company! 2y
khooliha @shanaqui Good point! 2y
TaraTLK I confess, I put off reading this one for a bit and was mad at myself when I finally did. But. Wrong attitude, because, books don't expire. 2y
khooliha @TaraTLK I'm delighted at how many opportunies I will have to recommend it to people! Never too late to read a book. 2y
TaraTLK Exactly! 2y
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khooliha
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I'd say I fell in love with the irritating weird child on page 1 but that's a lie, I fell in love with him on this page 0 illustration. I am gonna lose it for these kids, I bet!!

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Lindy
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Elliot, bisexual & a “stone cold pacifist,” chooses the diplomatic stream at a military academy when he discovers at 13 that he has the magical ability to cross into the Borderlands. There‘s no magic, but Elliot‘s happy to find mermaids, trolls, unicorns & such like. His best friend is a female warrior elf, Serene-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, from whom he learns that gender roles are opposite in elven culture. A fun #LGBTQ portal fantasy #audiobook.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds intriguing...stacking! 3y
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Lindy
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Seen on my #audiowalk this evening: wild creatures at my neighbour‘s back step.

Come-read-with-me Spring is on the way! 3y
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Yes, the hares have put on their brown summer coats. 🌞 3y
Come-read-with-me @Lindy That is always such a welcome sight after a long winter. 3y
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Sharanya
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THIS. BOOK. WAS. INCREDIBLE. If the Tortall books & “Red, White & Royal Blue” had a baby — a hilariously adorable, sweet, enchanting baby — you‘d get this. Which means it has a little bit of everything: enchanted setting, intriguing politics, boarding school antics, a romance that is the best single-book slow burn frenemies romance I have ever seen in possibly my entire life, and, best of all, an abundance of shriek-out-loud humor!! ★★★★★.

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | “Elliot? Who‘s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He‘s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit.”

😍😍😍

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Preciouz29
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t finish this. Elliot was a snot and off the bar you can tell he and Luke will get together. And the chapters are so very long!

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JSW
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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Snarky and funny as all hell. I loved this gentle roast of Harry Potter. I loved the characters, the subversion, the matter-of-fact queerness and awkwardness of adolescence. So so good.

Bette Sounds good. Thanks. 😊 3y
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Caffeinated_Reader
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#109 of my year and this one was recommended by an Owlcrate team member, Shanleigh. I am looking forward to reading this one and seriously need to order Step Sisters still lol too many books, never enough time!

Caffeinated_Reader Was on vacation for 3 days with 2/3 lol of my kids so I‘m gonna finish this today. I‘m 290 pages in 🥰 (edited) 3y
Caffeinated_Reader This was such a charming story. Elliot is such a great character. He‘s so smart and hard to love but easy to like. I laughed so much with how brutally honest he was. I totally predicted the ending and although it was a much loved one I really wish it would have worked out sooner because man...sometimes you just wanna grab two characters and make them really look at each other so they can fall in love quicker lol but yeah great book! 3y
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LibraryLadyReads
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I really enjoyed this, with a super-sarcastic protagonist (who antagonizes everyone else!), a great "how oblivious can you be?" pairing, and wonderful character development over the school years. Read a lot like fan fiction (GOOD fan fiction, it's a compliment!), for a fandom you never knew you were a part of! Fun and frothy, made me chuckle out loud more than once - as if the kids need any more reason to think I'm a bit batty!

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Missusb
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Has been on my #tbrpile for a couple of years. Finally #currentlyreading #hardback #fantasy #lgbtqia #merpeople (I think).

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Jas16
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I looooved this book. Full of snark that kept me chuckling aloud but also so full of emotion as prickly and annoying Elliott, who learned nothing about loving and being loved at home, tries to find his place in a magical world to which he has just gained admittance. Elves, harpies, mermaids, and sarcasm. I definitely need to buy a hardcover copy of this@one for my keeper shelves. Second book completed for #24in48

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Jas16
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I am awake and once I have my laundry going (thank goodness for audiobooks)I will diving into this YA #sff and my first cup of coffee. I have been looking forward to this one. #24in48

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Book_yogi
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As I was reading this book, I was thinking 3 stars in my head. But then when I was about 80% in, it moved up to 3.5 stars. I liked this book; while it was slow for me at points, it was also fun, creative and full of humor. Serene, Elliot and Luke are an interesting trio, all sorts of love triangles and they make great team. It ended as I suspected which was gratifying and ultimately rounded this book up to 4 stars.

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BrittyReadsBooks
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Bailedbailed

If I see the name Elliot one more time I may go insane...I don‘t know maybe if this had come out when I was younger maybe then I would have enjoyed it...but today I had to quit after just 25 pages 😕🤷🏻‍♀️

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kathytrithardt
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I adore this sarcastic, ironic piece of delight.

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irasobrietate
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Real talk: this is SO important. Recognizing what you deserve to have in a relationship is crucial for your well-being, as well as the well-being of any potential partners. I love that this snarky portal fantasy book addresses this so well.

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irasobrietate
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This book gives me emotional whiplash I am CACKLING

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irasobrietate
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The scene with Eliot's mother makes me cry every. single. time. I'm just having so many emotions 😭😭😭

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irasobrietate
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God such a good!!! 🥰💞😍

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irasobrietate
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😭😭😭😭😭

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irasobrietate
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So. Damn. Self. Aware. I love it!💙💜❤

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irasobrietate
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Seriously, the way this book plays with our (and Elliot's) expectations regarding magic lands and portal fiction is just *so good*

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irasobrietate
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This book starts off amazing and keeps it up all the way through. There are few characters I love more than the sarcastic, prickly little pain in the ass that is Elliot Schafer.

esurient Oh, I love this book! 4y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This book had a fun and witty tone. It was snappy and quick and from the point of view of a very sarcastic character.

Mdargusch I love sarcastic characters! 4y
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hissingpotatoes
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Bailedbailed

1/5⭐ I could not get into this book. The main character is annoying. The writing style is so lighthearted it just comes off as superficial. There's no depth to the characters, the world, or the situations to connect with. #irishreadathon

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TaraTLK
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Portal fantasy is not usually my jam and this one had me laughing, and then getting exceedingly sucked in and worried for Elliot and his abrasive, snarky, delightfully curious self.

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GivenLemons
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I loved this so much! It was fun and cute and sweet and charming! But it wasn‘t just fluff. Elliot is both an everyday person confronted with a fantasy land and such a unique character. I just want to hug Luke and Serene and Elliot

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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I finally wrote one of my year end review posts on my blog Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian. This list of my favourite #LGBTQ books includes Little Fish by Casey Plett, What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris, and more! #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks

Eyelit Great list! There were a few I hadn‘t heard of and I‘ve stacked them 😁 4y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Eyelit Yay! Glad to hear 😁 4y
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BookishTrish Thanks for sharing, Casey. I love your lists. 4y
queerbookreader Love this 💜💜 4y
Bibliogeekery Such a great list! Thanks! 4y
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esurient
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Clare-Dragonfly I haven‘t read the tagged book yet (shame on me!), but I have read most/all of her other books and I highly recommend them. Especially the Lynburn Legacy trilogy—start with 4y
esurient @Clare-Dragonfly Oh! That's on my list! So great to hear it comes recommended. 4y
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Beachesnbooks
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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Top 10 favorite books I read in 2018! It‘s always so hard to narrow down this list. Have any of you read these?? #bestof2018

VinceReads I loved If We Were Villians! 4y
Alfoster @VinceReads Me too!😍😍😍 4y
Freespirit I haven‘t read any but will put them on my radar😍 4y
Emilymdxn I just finished nasty women and it was astonishingly good!!! So good! 4y
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sakeriver
In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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I had some trouble with this book at first, finding the protagonist overly abrasive. But by the end, the whole thing just made me radiantly happy. What a sweet story.

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sakeriver
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ferskner
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I didn't LOVE this, but I absolutely get why it's so popular with many readers. (Fantasy is rarely my thing.) The writing is clever and funny with great commentary on the genre. I did love the gender role reversals (Serene's comments made me laugh so much!), but there's a reveal in the middle of the book that I found jarring considering the first half. I liked where it went, but I didn't like how it was introduced.

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esurient
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Gotta switch off the other book for a bit. #medicinalbook #thisisareread

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mrsmarch
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#whereiread In the shade, pool side #LitsyAtoZ #I

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mrsmarch
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This is my collect-all box for #hpbdayswap. I like to have a theme, to bring all the contents of a box together, like #wellbehavedwomen or #homefortheholidays. This swap will be #oldemagick, celebrating HP‘s and JKR‘s birthdays by visiting some of my favorite OLDER magical series. I really hope my swap enjoys it!

BookaholicNatty Soooooo fun!!!!! I love that idea!!! 4y
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Beachesnbooks
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May stats! I finished 9 books in May: 6 physical, 2 audio, 1 ebook. Favorites were In Other Lands (one of my favs of the year so far!), Furyborn, and The Color Master. Lots of YA and fantasy this month!
#readingresolutions @Jess7

Reviewsbylola 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
Briary I went and read a sample of In Other Lands and boy am I in trouble with my Big Bad Book Buying Ban.. How have I missed this gem? 5y
rjsthumbelina Whoops! I slipped and bought In Other Lands, too! It's cheap on the Kindle app, and I love Sarah Rees Brennan - somehow I had missed this one 4y
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Beachesnbooks
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It's rare that I read a book I want to give more than 5 stars to. This is a new favorite for me and it's everything I want from YA fantasy but rarely find: flawed but lovable characters, laugh-out-loud funny yet made me cry, explores portal fantasy while critiquing and subverting its tropes. I loved the heck out of this one. It's weird because I can also totally see why people might not like it, but it worked so well for me.

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Beachesnbooks
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There are so many hilarious lines in this book that it's hard to pick. I love Luke! And Elliott!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Omg I love this book so much 5y
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Beachesnbooks
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So I'm currently reading (and loving) Sarah Rees Brennan's In Other Lands, which fits into one of my favorite subgenres: books that are a tribute to/commentary on classic portal fantasy tropes, books that work within the portal fantasy genre but also subvert it. I'd include the above books in this category too; loved them all. Does anyone know of any other books that fit this very specific category? I would love to find more 😄

catiewithac Nice mug! ☕️ 5y
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Lauredhel
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Beachesnbooks I'm reading this right now, love it! 5y
Lauredhel @Beachesnbooks I took quite a long while to get into it, but liked ur a lot in the end. It could do with a thorough structural edit though! 5y
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Beachesnbooks
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https://www.tor.com/2018/04/30/announcing-the-2018-locus-award-finalists/
Any SFF fans out there see this yet? It looks like a great list of finalists; I was especially glad to see some of my faves from last year like The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente and Her Body and Other Parties by Camen Maria Machado on here, as well as my current read, In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. Also makes me want to switch up my tbr...

bunny I‘m having the same thoughts about my TBR. So many things that sound good! 5y
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Beachesnbooks
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May TBR! I'm #currentlyreading The Female Persuasion and In Other Lands and am really enjoying both so far; today I also started The Color Master by Aimee Bender, which is a short story collection. After I finish one of those, I'll be picking up Furyborn! Overall, very excited about my May reads. And also patiently waiting for my pre-order of ACOFAS to get here 😂) @Jess7 #readingresolutions

olivia.ferz I'm loving that mug over there!❤ 5y
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