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Girl in the Tower
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in this enchanting novel by the bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine Arden's enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family's wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa's gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko--Frost, the winter demon from the stories--and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost's aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch. Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey. But after she prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince's inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intrigues--and as Morozko provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy--she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself. Advance praise for The Girl in the Tower "Arden's lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all."--Booklist
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Rereading!

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Megokline
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Fantastic series! #2019book10

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SimplyShelia
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At first I didn't think I liked this one as much as the first in the series but then I found I didn't want to put it down. Enjoying this series and looking forward to the next book!

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ReadingOverSleeping
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I'm learning I have to be patient with this series. It's usually a slow build and it takes me many days to get through the first half, but when it picks up the pace it's incredibly hard to out down. Very cleverly written and I'm loving Vasya's hunger for owning her own life. She's brave, smart, kind and lives to build her own path. #teamnosleep for #girlinthetower #sequel #bearandthenightingale

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ReadingOverSleeping
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I've been going so hard the past few weeks. Just a busy time of year all around between 2.5 businesses. I decided to take today off, but, now I can't decide what to do. I'm enjoy the idea of mindless TV but I'm so behind on my reading this month. What would you do? I need an adult lol #suggestions #netflixorbooks #pickone

Texreader Both. Some mindless tv. Some reading. Back and forth all day. Sounds lovely to me. 3mo
DGRachel Pleasure reading or work/school reading? If it's pleasure reading, then I say Netflix. Don't turn something that is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable into another chore or work (a lesson I need to learn). 3mo
Ericalambbrown I agree with @Texreader Hope you have a gloriously day of frivolity! 3mo
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wanderinglynn I also agree with @Texreader – a little of both sounds perfectly lovely! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Both. An episode of a show binge, and then equal time reading. Then another episode, etc. Josh and I do this with house work. Work for an hour, rest. It actually makes sure he gets stuff done. 3mo
KatieDid927 Books. Always. 3mo
Megabooks For me definitely books, but sometimes I‘ll have a show on in the background (usually reality, lord forgive me 🤦🏻‍♀️) that I‘ll pop in and out of. Right now, I have an episode of My 600 lb Life on. I guess I do that because reality takes little investment to follow along. But if I really want to watch tv, usually it‘s a documentary. Right now, I want to watch The Family on Netflix. 3mo
DannyHattan Watching a book adaptation 😂🙌🏻 3mo
MellieAntoinette Mindless tv! Relax! Drink tea! Happy place it up! 3mo
Purrfectpages Omg I debate this sort of thing all the time. 3mo
Ravenclawsbookshelf I'm echoing the user's saying both. 3mo
ReadingOverSleeping I went back and forth all day! No guilt + bad TV. Win win 💪😎😂 3mo
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drneutron
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Russian fairy tale turned really good fantasy - can't wait for the next!

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 3mo
drneutron Thanks! 3mo
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thebeercolonel
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Exciting,convincing,fantastical and perfect for transporting one to a cold medieval Russian winter during a summer heat wave. Also Vasya is a fantastic heroine.

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artdamnit_reads
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Mehso-so

I...did not like this second book to The Bear and the Nightingale. Honestly? I think the first book would have made an excellent stand alone book. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading it, but it wasn't a "omg i need to read this right now" kind of book. It was very easy to put down. #artdamnitReads #BookReview

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sammisho
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These books are lovely on audio. I never want it to end.
🌟🌟🌟🌟

sprainedbrain Agree! ❤️ 5mo
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Deborah42
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Book two in the Winternight trilogy.

Vasya‘s adventures continue as she declines both marriage and life in a convent. Exiled from her village, she disguises herself as a boy and rides off to have adventures and save the world. Atmospheric and utterly wonderful.

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sprainedbrain
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I really love this series. 💕

I‘m a sucker for fairytale retellings, and the settings and characters of these books are just enchanting. Vasya is incredible—her strength, determination, and self-confidence are inspiring, and I love her witchy-ness so much. Can‘t wait to get my hands on book 3.

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Aswenson I love these too! I‘m saving the third, because I don‘t want to be done. 😊 6mo
ReadingOverSleeping What's the first one in the series? Sounds so interesting! 6mo
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StephanieMarie I'm listening to the 3rd on on audio right now! My hold finally came in after me waiting since the book came out! 6mo
sprainedbrain @StephanieMarie I‘ve got 7 weeks to wait... how is it so far? 6mo
sprainedbrain @Aswenson I do that, too! 😂 6mo
StephanieMarie @sprainedbrain So good!!!! I'm about halfway through 6mo
PatriciaU This series is one of my absolute favorites! 6mo
cbowlin1921 I love this cover! 6mo
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Aswenson
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I love this series! Book 2 was just as good as 1... now to finish right away, or come back to book 3 later? 🤔

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Jessrumely
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22 // THE GIRL IN THE TOWER // “Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thegirlinthetower #jessicareads2019

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Sylvilel
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UGH so many feels.

This series has carved my chest open, crawled inside the cavity and played some hardcore rugby with my heart.

Vasya, the MC, is strong, but not superhuman. She represents feminism without preaching, and builds a bridge between worlds in the process. She never claims to be more than she is, but she never denies her nature either.

I could cry with awe (which I‘ll probably do when I‘m done).

#winternight #thegirlinthetower

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thelizflynn
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This book is deep in my wheelhouse. Fantasy mixed with history, fun plot twists, and tons of action. Loved it! #litsyAtoZ

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GypsyKat
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Well, I only read four books in March, but one was a doorstop, so I‘m okay with that. #MarchReads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 7mo
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GypsyKat
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Mythology and fantasy, fairytale and magic, fire and snow. This book has to all! I‘m loving this series, it‘s not quite like anything I‘ve ever read before. I‘m taking my time with it, but that‘s only so I can savor it as long as possible. Such a great read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

nu-bibliophile I want to read this series so badly! 7mo
GypsyKat @nu-bibliophile I‘m loving it! 7mo
AlaMich I read all three in a row, and I never do that with series! 7mo
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valeriegeary This series is so fantastic! (So is this picture!) 🤗 7mo
BennettBookworm You‘ve made me really excited to check out this series!! 7mo
GypsyKat @BennettBookworm I hope you enjoy it! 😊 7mo
GypsyKat @AlaMich I can see why! 7mo
GypsyKat @valeriegeary Thank you! 🤗 7mo
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aprilpohren
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I just finished this a couple days ago and loved it! It took me a bit to read, but only because of my lack of reading time. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to put it down! This is #2 and the series just keeps getting better! I found myself so emotionally wrapped up in this that it was crazy! I can't wait to read #3!

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt7 I‘ve had The Bear And The Nightingale for almost two years now but it‘s just been lost in my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom but I think now I have the last two books in the trilogy it should motivate me to get started. I hate waiting for the next book so much that sometimes it puts me off picking up a great read. Am I the only one?

JennyM I ❤️ the cover...so pretty 8mo
rather_be_reading that cover 😍 8mo
Lizpixie @JennyM @rather_be_reading it‘s the UK cover. I would‘ve got the hardcovers but my copy of the first book is paperback & you can‘t get it in hardcover anywhere. Every site I‘ve seen it‘s sold out😞 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not read this series but I love seeing the UK editions. 😍 8mo
Karkar #mounttbrshelvesofdoom 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 8mo
aprilpohren Love this cover! I just finished this and loved it! Can't wait to read #3! 8mo
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Amanda23
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Wow! I thought this book was better than the first and the first was hard to beat. I love the writing and love all the rich character detail. Can't wait for book 3.

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ceruleanjen
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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The Books I read in February. 8.5 because I DNFed In Cold Blood halfway.

The Girl in the Tower & Dumplin' were my favorites.

Indian in the Cupboard was my childhood read.

Love Is My Favorite Thing was my new kids read.

Soppy was my graphic novel for the month.

In Cold Blood was our book club pick.

Overall enjoyed everything else!

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AmyG
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The lovely @Mitch is doing a #completetheseries #giveaway....in honor of an amazing milestone. Please check out her page for rules and how you can win!! Thank you, my friend.

I am reading The Bear and the NIghtengale which is a fairytale re-telling and I am just loving it! It‘s not something I usually read and found out that this is a trilogy. So I would love the tagged book which is the second book.

Mitch I‘ve got these on my TBR shelf, not my normal either but they general so much love .... good choice! 8mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m reading the last book in the series! I love it! 8mo
AlaMich This is a favorite series/trilogy for me. I just finished it last month. 8mo
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alayarachel
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I am a grown woman and absolutely, categorically *did not* stay up until 2am just to finish this book.

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shadowspeak17
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This was a fun read. The first third was a little slow, but after that things picked up. I enjoyed the slow build of book 1 and missed certain aspects of it, but my enjoyment of book 2 felt more consistent throughout, and overall I enjoyed it slightly more. One gripe I had though was that the foreshadowing was way too heavy handed at times. Now to wait for my hold on book 3...

#seriesread #catsoflitsy #Ember

TheSpineView 😊 9mo
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ceruleanjen
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Even better than the first. These books are a slower read for me but I enjoyed every minute of it. Vasya's journey gets even more interesting and dangerous. Highly recommend the audiobook. The writing and narration are beautiful. I read the physical, audio, and ebook so I could be immersed at all times. Solovey is my favorite.

5 ⭐

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shadowspeak17
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emmaturi
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I am nearly finished this, the second in the series. Continues on with what happens to Vasya. I have the final book so looking forward to see what happens next. #books #russianfolklore #bookcovers

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GypsyKat
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This is what weekends are all about! ❤️☕️📚

#MugsOfLitsy

Becksbee Suuuch a good series! 9mo
valeriegeary Perfection! 9mo
JackOBotts That mug = perfection... ☕️ + 📖 = 🤗 9mo
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GypsyKat @Becksbee It‘s great!!! 9mo
GypsyKat @JackOBotts Thank you! I love it! I got it at Barnes & Noble last weekend. 😊 9mo
GatheringBooks so glad to see you are enjoying the series! 9mo
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Olivia306
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This is such a beautiful love letter to the Russian fairytales. It's always nice when the 2nd book is just as good as the first. It brings new characters into the story, while the old are still fascinating. Add to that a gripping plot and intricate fairytale elements anchored in reality and one gets a great story. Ms. Arden's writing won me over. Can't wait to start on the final book. As a fan of Russian fairytales, this trilogy is a treat.📚

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Olivia306
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#currentlyreading I love this book already and I'm just a few pages in. I honestly don't know why it took me so long to start reading this awesome sequel but now I'm hooked. 🤓📚

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GypsyKat
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I somehow forgot that espresso truffles have caffeine in them. 🙈 So I‘m awake, reading. 😜

GypsyKat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s how I chose to look at it. 😉 9mo
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AJBowers
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LOVE this cover. 😍😍😍

GypsyKat Ohhh! It looks so much more vivid like that! I‘m reading the same book in hardcover, and the cover is pretty. But it looks GORGEOUS like that! 😍 9mo
AJBowers @GypsyKat I HAD to capture it, it looked so stunning 😍 9mo
GypsyKat @AJBowers Absolutely! 9mo
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TamAnder
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I‘m hooked to this story. A great build off of the previous and looking forward to picking up the third in this series.

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GypsyKat
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I‘m doing a little reading while my dog keeps my legs warm. ❤️ #DogsOfLitsy

SassyBookworm I just finished book 1! I can‘t wait to get my hands on this one! Hope you enjoy! 9mo
GypsyKat @SassyBookworm I‘m loving it so far! Im trying to make it last! 9mo
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Karionie
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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I read the first in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale, and loved it. So meaty for a fairy tale. I didn‘t realize it was a series until I bought the third one, the newly released The Witch of the Winter. So I had to go back and read this one. Glad I did. It‘s even meatier than the first one. A rollicking good read with a lot to say on gender roles, on growing up, and on growing into yourself.

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danimgill
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We‘re not even keeping track of the game in my apartment but I still had myself enough of a #litsypartyofone to finish this excellent second installment in this series. Anxiously awaiting the third, I‘m on the hold list at the library! Vasya is just such an incredible character, and I‘m in awe of the research that went into the cultural flavor of these books.

SassyBookworm I juts finished book 1 yesterday!! I can‘t wait to read this one!! So happy to see your good review!!! 9mo
danimgill @SassyBookworm Wasn‘t the first one just so good?? I‘m loving this series!! 9mo
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GypsyKat
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I stayed up too late tonight, but I have to start this one anyway! Maybe I‘ll be able to just read one chapter... 😉

Puredragonstar You mean 1+++++ chapters? lmao 😂. 9mo
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AshleyC816
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This was a fun sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. You can‘t help but root for the main character Vasya to win against all odds. I look forward to the third which is out now!

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TamAnder
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Feels like -25°F (-32°C) this morning in the Chicago area and this has become the perfect read. Morozko is likely hiding under the evergreen bows if someone wants to go looking.

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NHLibrarian
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My current view. The high(!) today was -1F (-18C). I did have to go outside earlier, but I find that if I‘m bundled properly, really cold weather can be quite beautiful. I once walked a mile to work when it was -17F (-27C). Probably that just makes me some kind of weirdo 😆🥶.

Rereading this to refresh my memory before I start the third book.

Suet624 It was unbelievably cold! Wish I had a fireplace! 10mo
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DanTheClam
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I fell in love with the wintery world that Katherine Arden created in the first book in the trilogy. The Girl in the Tower is a fabulous follow up, with more depth and magic. Vasya has grown into a complex character with rough edges and a huge heart. Every bit the modern day heroine. I cannot wait to read the final book.

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MellieAntoinette
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Man this book reviews itself! This “is a creature of smoke and stars.” Deep curlicues of enchanting smoke and bright lightning twinkles of stars on a snowy midwinter night.

The magic breathing off these pages is only enhanced by the beautiful cover candy provided by David G. Stevenson & Robert Hunt. Nobody ever thanks the cover guy! Well, a three-fingered sign of the cross over your cover illustration souls! Perfection from front to back!

tracey38 Beautiful cover. 10mo
BooknerdsLife What a great review 10mo
MellieAntoinette @tracey38 It‘s an even better book! 10mo
MellieAntoinette @BooknerdsLife Thank you so much! ♥️ 10mo
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MellieAntoinette
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😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲

So did not see that one coming! 🤯🤯🤯

MayJasper 😂👍 10mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Ooooh! I‘m loving this series. The last book comes out next week!

Like many of you, I liked this second book even more than the first.

I listened to this one on audiobook and enjoyed the narration.

MicrobeMom Love this series! Eagerly awaiting the last one! 10mo
Clare_Riley I have the next one preordered from Amazon, so it should be arriving next week - I‘m a teeny bit excited!!!! 10mo
audiobooklover What's the first one? 10mo
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audiobooklover Thanks 10mo
Lindsbooklover93 I love this series. ❤ 10mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Boy! That Kasyan is smoking hotly right off the page. It‘s kind of enjoyable! ♥️