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Witchmark
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance. In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own. Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldnt leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles cant hide what he truly is. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patients murder. To find the truth hell need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man hes ever seen. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Laughterhp
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Such a great package! Thanks so much @Avanders !!
I can‘t wait to read both of these books! I also love the mug and can‘t wait to drink some tea out of it! Everything is great!

#AllHallowsReadSwap

Avanders Yay I‘m glad you like everything!! I thought that mug was pretty great 😁😘♥️ 2w
MaleficentBookDragon That mug is fantastic @avanders. You always pick great mugs. 2w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Bailedbailed

I am so glad to be one of those people who can DNF a book. In the middle of two I am struggling with and this one is not worth the struggle.
I love the cover though 😍

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shaynarae
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Pickpick

A charming and delightful story of mystery, familial struggles & tension, LGBT romance, and magic. It went along at a good clip, and is clearly part of a longer series. I‘m not sure if I‘ll read the next book because I‘m not so driven by the intrigue, but I had a lot of fun with the characters and their world.

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majkia
Witchmark | C. L. Polk

So... I've set aside Witchmark. For whatever reason it just wasn't clicking for me.

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silentrequiem
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Aaronlisa
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Mehso-so

I read this between Sept 9 & 12th and gave it 3.5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I liked it well enough to want to read the next book but I didn‘t like the pacing at times. It felt like it took forever to learn more about Miles‘ world and 50 pages for everything to happen. I did like the characters, which is what made it very enjoyable to read.

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Aaronlisa
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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01. Currently my Good Reads is set for 125 books and I am at 108 books. If I get to about 115 before the end of this month, I may go back to my original goal of 150. (I ended up changing it to the lower # due to a bad reading slump.)

02. I work from home & have done so for a year now. I'd like to get my home office arranged so it's more user friendly. Right now it's not very friendly.

#two4Tuesday from @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome goals! Thanks for playing! 😊 2mo
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Endowarrior21
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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1.) Yellow, Teal, Indigo, and dark purple
2.) The Moon and Ace of Cups
3.) Tigers Eye and Moonstone
4.) Little Women and Sky in the Deep
5.) Flower: Sunflower Herb: Lavender
6.) Gummy Bears/worms and Peanut M&Ms
7.) Lavender and Mint

#basicwitchswap @sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

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artdamnit_reads
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Omg i loved this book. Miles and Tristan are adorable, the magic system is interesting and the bad guys are deplorable. Loved it.

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artdamnit_reads
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Getting some rooftop reading done!!
#artdamnit_reads #CurrentlyReading #Witchmark

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artdamnit_reads
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xicanti
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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June spending log. I‘ve always dreamed of a reality where I read books as soon as I buy them, and last month I finally made it happen! Hurray!

I did acquire a LOT, though—5 purchased books, 5 freebies, 2 ARCs, and about a million library books—and as a result La TBR only saw a net loss of 4 titles. Blah. This month, I‘m gonna stay away from freebies and buy sparingly, and I‘ve suspended most of my library holds. Gotta do a TBR push.

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xicanti
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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A couple months back the Tor.com Ebook Club offered WITCHMARK for free. I try really, really hard not to snap up freebies I can get from the library so I passed on the offer.

Then I borrowed it from the library and fell desperately in love with it. Damn.

Now it‘s on for $2.99 and I snatched it right up. You should, too, if you like Edwardian-inspired queer fantasy about siblings and magical bonds and suchlike.

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BookHoarder32
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Found the ~ donate $2 to the schools, pick up an arc ~ shelf at Turtle's in Nisswa. There was nothing from 2019, but I think I found a gem.

See anything I should go back for? 🤔

DuskAngelReads Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan NcGuire is amazing. My favourite in the series so far! But it is book 3 so you would need to read the others first. All really good & super short though! Recommend. 😍 5mo
BookHoarder32 @DuskAngelReads Thanks! I did see that one and glanced at it. I need to put those on hold at the library. 📚 5mo
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The_Literary_Jedi
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Pickpick

Very quick read and interesting! There‘s an LGBTQ+ undertone with the main protagonists and the story is about magic and the power of those who wield it. There‘s a war, possession....I‘ll leave it there. Moves quickly and has a mystery you want to uncover. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The_Literary_Jedi
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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#currentlyreading
It‘s almost summer for me, and I decided to kick start with this one 🙂 #countdowntosummer #threedaysleft #apugnamedDunkin#pugsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

gradcat Omigod! Soooo cute! I‘m in love with your dog! 🐶 ❤️🥰 6mo
The_Literary_Jedi @gradcat - thanks 🙂 6mo
KirstieE Omg look at that face 🤭😍 6mo
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AiBBot
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Pickpick

If you want a perfectly polished and sterile story, do not read this book. If you want to story full of brilliantly flawed characters in a complex political/hierarchical world where one witch, who has escaped enslavement by joining the army to become a doctor, returns from the horrors of war to find a mystery of corrupted souls in soldiers, read this delightful book.

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Lucy_Anywhere
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Mehso-so

First lie in of the holidays, and I spent it in bed with a cuppa and this cute little historical fantasy. The world-building is a little skinny, and the mystery took ages to get anywhere, but I enjoyed Witchmark even though it didn't get me hooked. The romance is sweet, if a little instalovey, and I really liked the chapters that explored Miles' complicated relationship with his family.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
Mehso-so

I finished this one about 2 weeks ago. Not bad for a free book.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Reading and riding...Happy St. Patrick‘s Day!!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Finished this one recently and liked it! Interesting concept. Hope you‘re enjoying it! 8mo
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llwheeler
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Helpful cat helping me update my #sfftbrchallenge... Thank you, helpful cat. #catsoflitsy

25/50 prompts done! Tagged book was for the lgbtq prompt and I loved it. A great fantasy with intriguing worldbuilding and a cute m/m romance. It's a Lambda finalist too - well deserved.

Erofan Cutie helpful 😻! 8mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this one.
Edwardian-esque alternative-reality magical mystery. Witches and mages and war and m/m romance.

The ending was a bit confusing, but I just let it carry me along. Not my usual genre, but the pacing was good and the story quite original.

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llwheeler
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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"A competence of nurses"

I do love a good collective noun! Seems very appropriate.

wordzie 😎 8mo
Joanne1 So perfect! 8mo
Alfoster Nurses (and Hospice workers) are God‘s people for sure!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
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tournevis I agree completely. Except the first nurse who drew my blood today. That arm still hurts. The second nurse poked splendidly. 8mo
llwheeler @tournevis not fun, hope your arm feels better! 8mo
Crazeedi @tournevis phlebotomy is an art, some people are just good at it 8mo
tournevis @llwheeler @Crazeedi Today, the crook of my left arm (which I know is called the cubital fossa, turns out) is all glorious yellow and green. It stopped hurting over night. Fun times with my bad veins! 8mo
Crazeedi @tournevis wow you certainly had a bad stick! Heal quickly! Rub your arm toward your heart, it'll help the bruise fade 8mo
tournevis @Crazeedi Combination of bad veins + fibro (me) and a terrible poker (her). 8mo
Crazeedi @tournevis I hear you 1I 😣 8mo
tournevis @Crazeedi The struggle is real. ✊ 8mo
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xicanti
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Pickpick

I liked WITCHMARK from the get-go. Then I really liked it. Then I loved it. Then I started swearing at it because my emotions TOTALLY SWEPT ME AWAY.

It's a pseudo-Edwardian fantasy with a complicated sibling relationship, magical medicine, a maddening magical bonding system, power dynamics up the wazoo, and a gay protagonist.

Basically, I need 4000 words to tell you all the ways it was made for me. It's my second 5-star read of 2018.

xicanti (Although I've gotta say, the romance didn't captivate me the way I thought it would. This one was all about the sibling bond; my forever fave.) 8mo
jpmcwisemorgan I loved this one and it‘s such a pretty book too! 8mo
xicanti @jpmcwisemorgan it gloooooows! 8mo
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jpmcwisemorgan Wait! Are you saying the actual book glows? The library copy didn‘t glow. Was I cheated out of a glowing book? 8mo
xicanti @jpmcwisemorgan it definitely glows on a backlit screen, but I'm pretty sure the physical book only faux-glows. Tromp l'oiel. 8mo
jpmcwisemorgan I need it to really glow!!! 😀 8mo
xicanti @jpmcwisemorgan publishers should embed LED lights in book covers. Press down in a certain place and hey presto! Glowing book! 8mo
jpmcwisemorgan OMG why is that not a thing?! 8mo
xicanti @jpmcwisemorgan this is one of the industry's great mysteries. 8mo
jpmcwisemorgan Agreed. 8mo
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xicanti
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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I'll be SO GLAD when I don't have to swathe myself in layers of protective gear that interfere with my earbuds; ie, when I can #audiowalk again. It's been tough for me to squeeze audiobooks in these last few days, so yesterday I bought a bunch of puzzles small enough to do at my upstairs desk and tonight I did three of them while I listened to WITCHMARK.

It's seriously good, y'all. I kept #audiopuzzling an hour longer than I intended.

GrilledCheeseSamurai I've had this book in my hand at the store a couple of times now but haven't yet pulled the trigger on it. Maybe now I will. 😊 8mo
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xicanti
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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This was my Use Stuff Up meal: ground beef, tofu, kohlrabi, and zucchini simmered in adobo sauce and served over rice.

It was pretty good. I'll make it again if I ever end up with these exact ingredients in need of swift consumption. #audiocooking

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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I remembered to give more heads up this time! Tor.com eBook Club's newest offering, up until 11:59 PM, Friday night. Available as a .mobi and an .epub! #torbookclub

https://ebookclub.tor.com

ErinSueMreads Yessss! Thank you!! 9mo
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SmartBookaholicsIncBookstore
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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heikemarie Witchmark came out last year! Tor‘s free books are usually not ARCs. I‘m looking forward to reading it too, just downloaded it yesterday! 9mo
SmartBookaholicsIncBookstore Didnt know that! Oh well, still a book I havent read so im excited! 9mo
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Iindseyosborne
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Free ebook if you sign up for the Tor.com newsletter! 🥳💜 #fantasy #romantsy #lgbt https://lnk.bio/a/36JI

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Dragon
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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This months free ebook from Tor. Looks good! Fantasy m/m romance, I think.

KarmonR I downloaded it as well. Not sure when I will get to it. 9mo
Dragon Thanks @KarmonR , my tbr list is really a mountain, but I cannot resist ebooks 😀🐉 9mo
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jpmcwisemorgan
Witchmark | C. L. Polk

#LitsyPSA This is free until February 16 through Tor.com‘s eBook of the Month Club. I enjoyed this one and, while there‘s at least one more book planned, it‘s stand-alone enough to enjoy. Also, it‘s free if you join the club!

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Saw on review on Goodreads:
Historical fantasy 👍
Magical 🦹‍♂️
Edwardian 🥂
Gay 💕
Murder Mystery ☠️

Free today on Tor.com! Looks great! And that cover! 🤩

saresmoore Such a cool cover! I might have to start this one soon. 9mo
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for the heads up!! 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @saresmoore I started it, even though I‘m already reading too many right now. Whoops! 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
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saresmoore Haha! Great decision! 9mo
Dragon Downloaded this one today 👍🐉 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Dragon 👍 I‘ve only read the first 10 pages or so and it has a bang of a beginning 😁 9mo
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Carolyn11215
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Downloadable for free from Tor‘s E-book Club for next couple of days.

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LiteraryLona
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Pickpick

A breath of fresh air!!! I'm loving every page of this one.

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TracyReadsBooks
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Pickpick

Super fun gaslamp fantasy. Miles Singer goes to war, fakes his death, & returns home vowing to make a difference for returning soldiers even as he hides from his powerful family. When a stranger arrives at the hospital where Singer works with a man who says he was poisoned just before he dies, Singer‘s past catches up with him. Together he & the (very attractive) stranger have a mystery to solve. Sherlock Holmes in a fantasy world + danger!

Bookishthoughts Great cover and great review! 11mo
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TracyReadsBooks
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Next up is a book that has appeared on a number of year end “best of” lists.

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Mitch
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Mehso-so

There's some really interesting themes threading through this debut novel (the first in a series) - nationalism, freedom, individual liberty, love, romance & social class - skilfully played out in a fast paced adventure / mystery in an Edwardianesque setting, with gentlemen in tweed riding bicycles, performing magic and aligning supernatural forces to save the country. It has everything! Hopefully book 2 develops the female characters a bit more.

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JSW
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
Pickpick

Such a good read! A genre-busting steampunk/mystery/queer romance/magic/political story. Loved it!

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DyAnne
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Had to treat myself to a bookstore stop after I posted my students‘ grades. Heard about this book on BookRiot‘s “All the Books” podcast.

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JSW
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If it has witch in the title, I‘m much more likely to want to read it.

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Mitch
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#bookmail

I‘ve got to stop listening to Get Booked!

inthegreensandblues Beautiful cover! 12mo
chyepanda Get Booked? I feel like this is something I should know about. 12mo
Mitch @chyepanda it‘s a reading recommendation podcast from Book Riot...be careful, they recommend great books! 🤣 12mo
LeeRHarry Me too - my TBR is ginormous because of it! Amanda and Jenn 💕 12mo
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PickwickPlockPlock
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Mehso-so

It sounded interesting, a male doctor is a witch and has to hide in this kind-of Edwardian era fantasy novel. There are plenty of interesting ideas, but none are explored in depth. It would have been better if the author concentrated on one or two instead of cramming it all in. I didn't care that much for the protagonist. For the #SFFTBRChallenge prompt Includes LGBTQ+ relationship.

@DuckOfDoom

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Palimpsest
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Pickpick

This was quite a different kind of fantasy than any I‘ve read before. I loved the Edwardian feel but enjoyed that the alternative world it is set in allowed freedom for the characters and technologies. I don‘t want to reveal spoilers, so I‘ll just say I liked the main character‘s dual positions.

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ferskner
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Last but certainly not least, @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego sent me this fabulous #witchpleaseswap package! I'm in love with everything, but especially the moon phase necklace. The books are PERFECT: a spectrum of witchy tales that I'm so happy to own. Plus: Canadian candy!!! I confess that I was really looking forward to that when I realized I was paired with you. :) Thank you so much, Danielle! @monalyisha 🧙🧙🧙

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Whoo hoo. Glad you like it all, especially the necklace. That was a gamble. 😄 Enjoy the candy!! Thanks for being my halloween swap partner. 🎃👻 12mo
MinDea Mmmmmm coffee crispa and kit Kats!!! 🙌 12mo
LauraJ Coffee Crisp makes me want to move to Canada! 12mo
monalyisha Practical Magic is one of my favorite books ever! Also, I love kit-kats. Excellent taste, @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🙌🏻! The magical pet mask, whatever it is, looks preeeetttyyy awesome! Hope you both had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap! 🖤✨ 12mo
ferskner @monalyisha thank you for organizing it!!!! 12mo
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sweetpealsd
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Thank you so much @FantasyChick for my #witchpleaseswap goodies! I absolutely love everything. Thank you!😊

BethM Wow awesome! 12mo
FantasyChick Yay!!! You're welcome! I was so busy last night that is didnt get a chance to take a picture of the book you sent me but I'll do it tonight after work 😊 12mo
monalyisha I spy Neil Gaiman! 🙌🏻 Also, those color drip candles are 🔥. Hope you had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap! 12mo
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WeeziesBooks
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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My #WitchPleaseSwap arrived! Thank you @2BR02B

Still waiting on my #AllHallowsReadSwap box. Fingers crossed it comes tomorrow!

2BR02B Yay! Can't wait for you to open it! 12mo
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jpmcwisemorgan
Witchmark | C. L. Polk
Pickpick

Maybe kind of slow start with mixed success at world building. The magical system isn‘t as well-explained as maybe it could be, other than people who are “lesser” are bound to someone “better”. It does have more development later on, and the Fae make an appearance. But....there‘s a Steampunk feel with the aether and bicycles - very much an alternate universe. Oh, and the slow burn m|m relationship that had me silently screaming kiss already!

jpmcwisemorgan Note: this really reads like a stand alone but there‘s potential for it to be more and it looks like it might be a series. 13mo
Maewyn Yeah, I was under the impression that more were coming but the author did bring it to a tidy stopping point. I seem to recall it being a debut so I have hopes that any following books will get better and better. 13mo
jpmcwisemorgan @Maewyn I think it‘s a debut too. I‘m definitely interested in more and there are some potential loose ends so there could definitely be more but if there aren‘t it‘s still a solid story. (edited) 13mo
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jpmcwisemorgan
Witchmark | C. L. Polk

Finished it! Ahhhhhh....I will have to review later because as much as I‘d like to stay up and read the night away I have a long day tomorrow.

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jpmcwisemorgan
Witchmark | C. L. Polk

OMG! I‘m in Chicago for work and on the plane ride here I started this and I‘m soooooo close to being finished and you‘d better believe that I‘m not happy that thenplane landed. I only needed maybe 20 more minutes. If only this Lyft could go faster...

GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhh that‘s a special kind of hell! Were you tempted to just hole up in an airport coffee shop and finish??? 13mo
LibrarianRyan If you came into O hare it will take 45-hour to get anywhere. If you came into Midway, should be short. 13mo
jpmcwisemorgan @GlassAsDiamonds Yes! If I‘d been by myself I might have. Or if it had been an ebook. Unfortunately, I was reading a physical copy and that‘s hard to do in a dark car. @LibrarianRyan We came into Midway and it wasn‘t long to get to where we were going but still...! 13mo
LibrarianRyan @jpmcwisemorgan at least you came in in the same airport. Entourage your time in the Windy City. 13mo
GlassAsDiamonds @jpmcwisemorgan oh that‘s irritating!! I would have been deeply .... irritated? Unpleasant? Frustrated? Something! Glad to managed to finish it in the end!!!! 13mo
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Chasingmermaids
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A new fantasy world that feels both and new at once. Steampunk-esq. A m/m relationship that leave you 😍. It wasn‘t perfect but I honestly struggled to put it down after months of being on a fantasy break.