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Girls of Paper and Fire
Girls of Paper and Fire | Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel. But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire. In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge. Presented by James Patterson, Natasha Ngan's lyrical, searing, visceral fantasy, Girls of Paper and Fire, will remind us how precious freedom is--and the price we must pay to achieve it.
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thewallflower0707
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Finished this in one day. While it does have some elements that often lack in YA (wlw relationship, human trafficking, sexual assault, lots of Asian rep) it suffers from the typical faults that YA often has. Clumsy characterization, weird twists, etc.
⭐️⭐️⭐️
#youngadult #girlsofpaperandfire

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AuthorJensenReed
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I love this description

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vkois88
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This book is NOT my typical cup of tea but I've always been drawn to it by the beauty of its cover. When I saw the audiobook was available through #Libby, I jumped on it. It was a blind leap of faith since I actually didn't know much about it. I'm glad I did. Despite definite trigger warnings & parts that are capable of just making you feel uncomfortable... it was SO well written! Also happy for, again, unexpected LGBT rep for #PrideMonth ❤ 4.5🌟

tracey38 I really enjoyed this one as well. 3w
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Shley9225
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Omg I LOVED this book. I got it in my Owlcrate and was kind of interested by the description but not totally wowed. And the content warning didn‘t exactly scream “you‘ll love this!!” But omg, I‘m so glad I got the excuse to read this. The world was fascinating, and different from what I usually read. And I loved Lei and Wren and Lei‘s family and the writing and GAH THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL TOO! No complaints, can‘t wait for the sequel :D

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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
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Oops!! Almost missed this one!!!
Week 4 check-in for #bookfitnesschallenge
Much better fitness week! Got in almost 19 miles this week. I also finished two more books, Moonology and Girls of Paper and Fire. That brings me to just one book away from my reading goal, read: 7/8 books #bfc
@wanderinglynn

audraelizabeth Great job! I know getting your hair cut at certain times of the moon seems to affect how fast it grows back. 1mo
jessinikkip Awesome! Do you use something that tracks the steps weekly, or did you do that yourself? 1mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies @jessinikkip I just have cheap activity tracker. The app gives me a weekly summary. 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 4! 1mo
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WeeziesBooks
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#SaturdayReads I‘m only about 30 pages in but this is so good!

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GondorGirl
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This morning I did a little #AudioGardening. This planter is right next to our front porch and had a hideous and overgrown bush in it. A few weeks ago I dug the bush out and now I've planted things that should suit the space better. Plus, it shows off the solar dragon statue my folks got us for our first anniversary (which is tomorrow)!

Samplergal Looks lovely. The only thing I miss about not having a “house” any more is the garden. Post often how they grow and I‘ll live vicariously! ( no weeding!) 2mo
GypsyKat Love it! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Cute! 2mo
Lmstraubie Happy Anniversary! 2mo
kgriffith Awesome dragon 😊 2mo
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kitteh_reads
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Pickpick

In the beginning, I was skeptical of the plot. Then more details came about the characters, Moon, Steel and Paper caste and it was very interesting! To say anymore, I think would give it away...

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Gissy
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Book 3 in Asian readathon-read a book with an intersectional character/author-in this case female-female romance. 3 copies of the same book,I need to give away one at least.Paper girls are concubines of Bull King.Paper Caste will take revenge of what happened during Night War. Story is slow & repetitive at the beginning. Last 30 pages are pure action with some rushed endings. I enjoyed it I'm waiting for the sequel 3.5/3.6⭐️Has violent/rape scenes

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OnlyYoo
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Panpan

I wanted it to be about empowerment for women and instead I felt that it pitted woman against woman. For my full and scathing review check out my goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2605893963?book_show_action=false

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Daria.Adrianna21
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Mehso-so

It was eh. I'm not too thrilled but I don't think it was terrible. I think the main romance would have functioned and made a much better impression as a friendship rather than romantic love. I think it was just put in there for representative purposes. The culture was interesting, and it was so refreshing to see a character WHO WAS NOT THE CHOSEN ONE!
#girlsofpaperandfire #natashangan #jamespattersonpresents #littlebrown

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Daria.Adrianna21
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The naked cover is absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm on page 106 and it is keeping me guessing already!
#girlsofpaperandfire #natashangan #jamespattersonpresents

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alisonrose
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GIVE ME ALL THE FANTASY BOOKS ABOUT QUEER BAD ASS NON-WESTERN BABES TAKING ON SHITTY ABUSIVE MEN. Ahem, excuse me. I really enjoyed this! Loved the setting, really liked Lei, she felt more believable to me than many YA female protagonists. The romance was lovely & authentic, too. Plus I appreciate that the plot is well drawn & not convoluted (*cough*GildedWolves*cough*). Didn‘t find it slow to start like some did, felt appropriate to me. 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose

More than anyone, I know how some wounds can stay hidden and yet still be felt so keenly, day after day, year after year.

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alisonrose

Blank, beige-colored masks have been strapped over the assassins‘ faces, curving creepily over their foreheads and noses to leave only the small lines of their mouths underneath. Another trick of this awful performance. Hide the faces of the people you‘re about to kill, so they don‘t seem human.

[Oof. Never thought of it that way when I‘ve seen images like this. But that makes horrifying, twisted sense, considering execution is itself inhuman.]

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alisonrose
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RainyDayReading I love it 😂 2mo
LeahBergen Ha! 😆 2mo
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alisonrose
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It‘s generally impossible for YA fantasy books to “live up to the hype” because the community hypes some of them up SO MUCH and then some people are like “Aw it wasn‘t as good as I thought it would be” and I mean, what *could* be in that situation? But hoping this one at least comes close!

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Chasingmermaids
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Pickpick

I really loved this. I loved the world building, the characters. It took me a bit to get into it but once it did it I was hooked. The end got me bad.

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bookswithbec
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Pickpick

This cover is beautiful. This story was amazing and I can't wait until the next book. 🚨This book does contain sensitive material. 🚨 it's a great story though

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NeamhainHughes
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I had to bail for personal reasons. A great book, riveting and gorgeous, but I‘m not in a mental place to read this subject matter right now. Still recommend though!!

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bookswithbec
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Stating this beauty today❤️

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NeamhainHughes
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Library book and puppy snuggles. Not very far in, so far it‘s intense but good. She starts the book with a warning so I was prepped for it though. I appreciate that she did that. Appreciate it a LOT.

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Daria.Adrianna21
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My To-Be-Read pile went from six books down to three! I call that a little victory!
Any recommendations on my next book purchase?
#SpringintoReading #girlsofpaperandfire #thekremlinconspiracy #gravemercy #goodreads #natashangan #joelcrosenberg #robinlafevers

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 3mo
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Daria.Adrianna21 Thank you very much! @rather_be_reading 3mo
tpixie Congrats!! For knocking down your TBR list! 3mo
Daria.Adrianna21 Yes! I am so proud of myself! @tpixie 3mo
tpixie 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
Libby1 Cute fabric behind the books! 😻 3mo
RaimeyGallant That's amazing! I'm drowning in mine. And welcome! 2mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 2mo
Daria.Adrianna21 Thank you so much! @DebinHawaii 2mo
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Daria.Adrianna21 Thank you! You're too sweet! @PurpleyPumpkin 2mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Mehso-so

This book was mediocre in my opinion. The characters all felt a little flat and I just never could quite connect with them. It was an easy read and I liked pieces of it, especially the pro LGBT angle. But the world building and plot just felt “meh.” I don‘t think I‘ll be continuing the series.

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imabusybee
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Here we go.

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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

This was a fantastic book that had me riveted from the very first page! It was beautifully and sensitively written, with complex and interesting characters, wonderful world building and such a good plot. I‘ll definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy when it comes out!

BooknerdsLife Your cat is so gorgeous!!! 😻😻 been wanting to read this book too! 3mo
Daria.Adrianna21 Your cat is the highlight of this picture! So cute! 3mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Weekend vibes with this cutie!

Kloves2read Beautiful kitty! 😍 3mo
rretzler 😻 3mo
booksandsympathy ❤️😍 3mo
TheBookKeepers @Kloves2read thank you!! 🖤 3mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Pickpick

Wow! What refreshingly new YA Fantasy. I really enjoyed the story and characters. There were times where I felt Lei kind of felt lost in the story and the side characters were outshining her by leaps to the point where I didn‘t care what was going on with Lei. But then it would pick back up and I couldn‘t put the book down.

And the ending! I need the second book now.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LauraWeasley Oh, I love that naked cover! I wish my book had that, too! (Though I have the FairyLoot edition with sprayed edges which is amazing! 😁) 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @LauraWeasley I love sprayed edges! I got this one with my owlcrate. I wonder if it just the owlcrate edition that has this naked cover. I thought they just changed the cover. Lol I‘m pretty new to having a book subscription box so excuse my naivety. 3mo
LauraWeasley @That-Bookish-Hiker Haha, no worries! I've never gotten a box from Owlcrate (shipping to Europe is too expensive) but I think they have been including exclusive books in the last months, haven't they? So maybe only their books have the naked cover... I've been subsribed to FairyLoot and Illumicrate for a while and I love that they do more and more books with sprayed edges! 😍 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @LauraWeasley I‘ve wanted to do Illumicrate too but the shipping is the reason I don‘t. Dang international shipping! (Shakes fist at sky) 3mo
LauraWeasley Urgh, I know! 😒 It's the same for me with Owlcrate. I've been an Illumicrate subscriber from the very start because I was so happy I found a box that is shipped from the UK... 3mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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“When the world denies you choices, you make your own.”

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witchinguptales
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“We might be Paper Girls, easily torn and written upon. The very title suggests that we‘re blank, waiting to be filled. But what the Demon King and his court do not understand is that paper is flammable. And there is a fire catching among us.” 🔥

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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I‘ve seen this warning in romance books but this is the first time I‘ve seen it in a YA book.

Quite a warning but I‘m diving in!

#currentlyreading

Shley9225 This book is very good. And absolutely does not glorify the events within it at all, if you‘re worried about that 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @Shley9225 oh good! I like how it warns people though just in case although I hope it doesn‘t deter someone from reading the book. So far I‘m really enjoying it. 3mo
BooksAndTea97 I really liked the fact that they put the trigger warning at the start. Honestly I've read more graphic/disturbing YA books without the warning. Also.. I hope you'll like it. I love the message of the book. 3mo
LauraWeasley I'll admit there are some tough scenes but I really loved this book. Hope you enjoy it, too! 3mo
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BooksAndTea97

I'm still here people! 😁📚
33% into this audiobook and currently I think this is everything The Selection should've been( which says a lot since I love the Selection - though I'm aware of it's flaws *cough*girls taken away for royalty *cough*).
This book is dark though, it deals with the topic really realistically. (Girls are being taken to be king's mistresses and MC wants to fight against the system... at least now, I hope it won't change)

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GirlofPaperandFire
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It doesn't matter how beautiful the cage is. It's still a prison.

jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉🎉 Also, I need to actually read my copy of this book. 😬 4mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 4mo
GirlofPaperandFire Thank you so much only just heard of litsy love it so far! Xx 4mo
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ValkyrieAndHerBooks Welcome to Litsy!🎉📚💕 4mo
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 4mo
Ericalambbrown 👋 Welcome to Litsy 📚 4mo
GirlofPaperandFire Thank you so much you are so welcoming I love that xxxx 4mo
RaimeyGallant Great quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
candority Welcome to Litsy! I loved this book - can‘t wait for the next one! 📚💕 4mo
GirlofPaperandFire Me either the way it ended though omg!! 4mo
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GirlofPaperandFire Thank you all so much xxxxx 4mo
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flying_monkeys Welcome! Have you checked out #friYAYintro or #QuotsyMar19 ? It‘s a fun way to get to know other littens. 4mo
GirlofPaperandFire Hi no I haven't what are they? Xxxx 4mo
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pocketmermaid
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On a train, listening to a playaway. Basically living the dream.

WhatDeeReads You are definitely living the dream. 4mo
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mandi1082
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Panpan

This book started off good but it was just ok. I felt like I couldn't get into any of the characters. I'm not sure if I even liked any of them. I knew going into this book there would be triggers for rape, kidnapping, abuse,etc. So just know that if any of those set off triggers dont read this book.

3☆☆☆

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Redwritinghood
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Bailedbailed

I got about halfway through this audiobook, but I‘m just too creeped out by the idea of teen girls being kidnapped and made to be sex slaves for this half man/half bull demon thing. That‘s a little too dark for my tastes, so I‘m quitting this one.

GypsyKat Ugh! Good to know! Removing this from my TBR immediately! 😳 4mo
iread2much Sounds creepy, but sadly realistic 4mo
wordzie Yea thanks for that. 👍 4mo
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tinytreeleaf
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Went to B&N to pick up the next manga in my current series and couldn't help but stop by the book haul tables haha. I'm honestly super excited about Girls of Paper and Fire as well as The Magic Misfits. Loved the first Misfits and I've heard good things about paper and fire.

What are your opinions on the books I grabbed?

#bookhaul

glitterkitty459 The Boneless Mercies was awesome!! 4mo
tinytreeleaf @glitterkitty459 oh great! I've never heard of it but it sounded cool 4mo
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BillBlume
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B&N‘s Book Haul has had me eying this book (not that it wasn‘t on my radar long before that), and today I couldn‘t resist any longer. I was going to be so good this year about not buying books until I was ready to read them. I need to officially wave the white flag. 🏳️#bookdeal #ImSoWeak

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Mommamanzi
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Treated myself! So excited about these. What‘s your favorite cover?!

Ashley_Nicoletto I love the cover for the girl with glass feet and I haven‘t heard of this one yet. Looking it up now. 5mo
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Purrsistently
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I enjoyed my "Owlcrateathon" reads.?

Santhoshthomas ,😀😀😀😀😀 5mo
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IndoorDame
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I appreciated the ways in which this was difficult. I think ya novels have a tendency to gloss over hard subjects w/ moralizing & fairy tale endings when they should embrace the messy world young people live in. I didn‘t find this to be as I‘d expected from the hype (but I think that‘s mostly a personal thing compared with other stuff I‘ve read). I‘ll read the sequel cause I‘m invested in the world, but it works fairly well as a stand-alone.

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Mccartershanon
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If you are triggered at all by rape/sexual assault DO NOT READ THIS. In fact I wouldn‘t recommend this book at all in general, it‘s a hot mess

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chyepanda
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New books :) Everyone needs a new book every once in awhile. ;) #books #wanttoreadthemall

Crazeedi Enjoy!! 5mo
Lovesbooks87 I have read the top three and they were great! Enjoy! 5mo
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Purrsistently
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4/5, LOVED IT but too tired to write much. It's been a physically hard day of migraines. 🥺

cobwebmoth I hope tomorrow is better. 5mo
Velvetfur Ugh, you have my sympathy, I hope you feel better soon x 5mo
Eyelit 💚💚💚 5mo
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rmaclean4 Migraines are the worst. Take care. 5mo
Smrloomis 😣 hope you feel better soon! 5mo
Purrsistently @Smrloomis @Velvetfur @cobwebmoth @rmaclean4 @Eyelit thank you, feeling quite a but better today❤️ 5mo
DGRachel Migraines suck. I didn‘t even look at my phone yesterday and I haven‘t read in days. Glad you‘re feeling better today! 5mo
Purrsistently @DGRachel thanks💕💕 sorry you get them too:( 5mo
Puredragonstar I have a question? Does this end on a cliffhanger for the next in the series? Or does it give you a solid ending so we can wait for the next one? Hope your feeling better! 5mo
Purrsistently @Puredragonstar it didn't feel cliffhangery to *me* but that could be a bit subjective. I do want to know what happens next and am concerned about various characters but you're not left wondering if someone died or anything like that. 5mo
Puredragonstar @Purrsistently thanks bunches!!! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
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CMCurtis77
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Starting a new book I got from Owlcrate. So far I‘m in love with it!! James Patterson presents has hit it out of the park ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #owlcrate

Purrsistently I just started this one the other day too, how are you liking it so far? 5mo
CMCurtis77 So far im really really liking it!! Im finding it super easy to read and get swept into the story!! How about you?? 5mo
Booknerd222 It‘s spoooo good!! 5mo
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BookBelle84
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JSW Me. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 5mo
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