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Muse of Nightmares
Muse of Nightmares: Book Two of Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise. She was wrong. In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves, or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of. As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead? Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer. Praise for Strange the Dreamer 'Magical' Grazia 'Prepare to be enchanted' Sun 'Leaves the reader enthralled, enchanted and entirely entranced' New York Journal of Books 'Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other' Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
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Nutmegnc
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The second in the series that started with Strange the Dreamer. This is one of my top books ever and one of my favorite authors, Laini Taylor. It‘s strange and poetic and lovely. #LetterM #alphabetgame @AlwaysLoveToRead @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💜🤍 4mo
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ItsAnotherJen
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Do you ever go about your day, doing what needs done, and keep having that nagging thought "I want to get back to that show I was watching and finish it. It's so good." Then you remember that wasn't a show you were watching, it was the book you are reading.
Laini Taylor is exceptional at what she does. The story so well written it plays out like movie within your brain. It is a complicated, magical, and beautiful place to be. ?

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This sequel to Strange the Dreamer does not disappoint. Taylor takes the story to new and unimagined (at least by me) twists that fit perfectly with the world she created. All the narrative threads, so patiently woven, came together seamlessly and with authenticity, and all couched in her silken syntax that so delights my English teacher heart. In short, I am a devoted Laini Taylor fan!

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I NEED more from this universe!! Dreaming of a future where Sarai meets up with Karou ✨ so many emotions and redemption arcs in this one with a satisfying ending, loved it 🖤

Nutmegnc The Author has a short story set in this world but you have to be a patron to see it on Patreon. But soo worth it!! This is one of my most favorite series ever. And I don‘t say that lightly. 7mo
reading_rainbow @Nutmegnc I saw that!! About thyon and ruza, definitely joining 7mo
AkashaVampie i love this picture!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7mo
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Twainy
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I enjoyed the Strange the Dreamer duology! #LainiTaylor writes a great book.

The Mylar book jacket covers really don‘t cut the glare! They look nice in person.

I love book shopping❣️

lirahlu I love Liani Taylor 😍 7mo
Twainy @lirahlu I look forward to her next book! 7mo
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Diving right into the next one ✨🌙

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MsRadioSilence
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Mehso-so

Minya gets a story, but so do other characters that were entirely unneeded. For an almost 600 page book, it was pretty boring. I was hoping for a lot more. 😕

Read my full review here: https://www.rainyreader.com/single-post/muse-of-nightmares.

#disappointed #fantasy #YA

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lumbricuslibri
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lumbricuslibri
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?"Why should ?? have to disappear just because men are animals?"

#lainitaylor #museofnightmares

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lumbricuslibri
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I've seen maps but never this, whatever this is.

#lainitaylor #museofnightmares

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Nessavamusic
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Loved book 2 in this duology! Such beautiful lyrical prose. A completely original fairy tale. I don‘t really want to say much about the books other then you should read them. 5⭐️ 2 more squares for my #bookspinbingo and another book complete for #NovelNovember

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! 12mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 12mo
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Kenyazero
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I'm combining #Haunted prompts 18 (Raven) and 19 (possessed) with a favorite of mine (instead of posting an Enchantment of Ravens like I was going to and several other smarties did!). This book comes with a bit of a possession reversal, where the ghosts aren't the possessors, they're the possessed! (Content warnings for implied rape, memory loss, loss of body autonomy, murder, toxic familial relationship, grief). #Ghost

ozma.of.oz That is an amazing pillow! 💚 13mo
Kenyazero @ozma.of.oz Thanks! I'm a huge fan of it ;) 13mo
Eggs Great photo w the “succulent” pillow 13mo
Kenyazero @Eggs Thanks! 13mo
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zezeki
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As someone who is currently going through a phase in their life in which they're trying to make changes and stop repeating old patterns, this quote really hit me hard. 📚📚

slategreyskies That is a really good quote. I needed that one too. 💕 14mo
zezeki @slategreyskies 🤗🤗💕 14mo
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zezeki
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I ended up loving this book more than the first one! Just like the first, this one also deals with heavy and complex topics, but I was much more engrossed in the story this time around, and I've found myself crying on several occasions. And I'm also now feeling a bit of a book hangover, because it really hit me in the feels which I really didn't expect, and I'm gonna need some time to just sit with it. 🙈🙈

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Nessavamusic
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#Scarathlon photo challenge Day 2: Night

Just finished book one of this duology. This isn‘t on my October TBR, but if I don‘t pick it up anyway, it will definitely be on my November tbr.
#teamhendrix

StayCurious Great choice! 14mo
BkClubCare Pretty cover 14mo
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zezeki
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My reading spot for today! 🌳🌳

BethM Perfect! 1y
Cathythoughts Love it ❤️ 1y
Mollyanna Beautiful. 1y
UwannaPublishme How cozy! 14mo
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zezeki
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Picking up second book in the duology! I was reading a lot on my phone lately and I actually started to miss holding a physical book. 📚📚

Ruthiella I really disliked reading on my phone. I think I find the format simply too small...🤔 1y
RaeLovesToRead I really liked this duology! Enjoy! 😊 1y
zezeki @Ruthiella I don't mind reading on my phone, but I do have a desk job, so I spend most of my day staring at the screen. 🙈🙈 1y
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alecia3dixie
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Panpan

Sadly I'm going to have to give this one 2 stars. I liked the first one but this one was just too lengthy. I got about half way threw the audio and thought wow that was a good sequel, then it went on for another 8 hours. Near the last couple hours and I just didn't care anymore and just wanted to be done with it. There were so many things that could have been cut. And I just didn't like the plot.

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RaeLovesToRead
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So much love for this gorgeous book 🥰🥰
It was full of magic & heart.
Fairytale storytelling at its finest ❤
I always think I like my fantasy novels dense and serious... turns out I'm also an incurable romantic.

Now to try to get some sleep 😅😴

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Nessavamusic
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ✨📚🙌🏻 1y
Eggs Lovely 📚🌟👍🏼 1y
Kenyazero Great pick! 1y
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Dragontrill
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I really enjoyed this book. There was some real character development in it that I especially enjoyed. A lot of questions from the first book are finally answered and tensions reach a mostly satisfying resolution. Not everything is black and white in this well written young adult novel.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Really excited to get back to the city of Weep and find out what happens next for my #doublespin 😊😁
Also, it's probably time for a haircut 😂

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RaeLovesToRead
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Ordered Muse of Nightmares immediately on finishing Strange the Dreamer... simply must know what happens next!

Also ordered another book on politics and psychology to continue my non-fiction marathon.

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Twainy
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🎧 I loved Strange the Dreamer. This is a perfect follow up. Steve West has an amazing voice! I will relisten to this so I‘m spending my second credit of the year! 😁 This is a slow magical story that keeps you turning the pages. I like the writing style. I don‘t want to give anything away so I‘ll just say that if you liked Strange the Dreamer I think you‘ll love this one! Adding the hardcover to my Amazon wishlist! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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My #bookspin is done! This is a slow moving story but very magical and enthralling. I just loved it. Its hard to describe but I kept thinking about it. I just loved it! 😅
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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LazyOwl
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Once again I enjoyed Laini's ability to create vivid flawed characters in the second installment of Strange the Dreamer.

Like the first book, this story is very character driven, probably even more so than the first book. I found the conclusion of this to be satisfying, but IMO it left it open for further stories within this world.

I particularly loved Steve West's narration.

A solid 4 star read.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Kenyazero Good choice! This is such a fun read (as you no doubt saw) and the audiobook narrator does a great job! 2y
BookBelle84 I love her descriptions. Always so magical. 2y
Nutmegnc One of my all time favorites!!! And I LOVED the narration!! 🔥🔥🔥 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
LazyOwl @Kenyazera @Nutmegnc yes, I loved the narrator 😃 (edited) 2y
LazyOwl @BookBelle84 totally agree 😃 2y
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Kar2b
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This was such a rich, imaginative duology. I loved Sarai, Lazlo and all the godlings. The world building was exceptional, and I didn‘t anticipate where the storyline was going, but I was happy to travel along. Can‘t recommend these books enough - if you haven‘t read them, you should!

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Lizpixie
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Bk6 of #FabulousFebruary & my #LainiTaylorathon is done. What an awesome story! I really really hope she‘s currently working on the next series of companion novels.I loved how this duology has ties to DOSAB. Highly recommend🙌 #LitsyAtoZ2021 #LetterM #PennyPerPage #522cents #SeriesRead2021 #StackingTheSeries #PickYourPoison #ChunksterChallenge #NerdReading2021 #MountTBR2021 #BacklistReaderChallenge #FinishingTheSeries2021 #BookspinBingo #Pageathon

Lizpixie It‘s also a #ReadingRomance book❤️💙❤️💙 2y
TheSpineView Great job! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
LazyOwl I just started listening to this on Audible 🎧 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Lizpixie
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Probably going to finish off my #FabulousFebruary #readathon with the last book in the Strange The Dreamer duology. Though I really should call it a #LainiTaylorathon as that‘s all I‘ve read this past week! I can‘t believe I‘ve had her whole catalogue on my shelves & never read any of them till now. What was I waiting for?? She‘s now on my list of #TopAuthorsOfAllTime Highly recommend either series🙌❤️

BarbaraBB I‘ve never even heard of her ☺️. I must check! 2y
Kalalalatja Love Laini Taylor! And @BarbaraBB it is fantasy, so I‘m not sure she‘s for you 😊 2y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Thanks, that‘s probably why I don‘t know her! 2y
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julesG 🎉🎉🎉 Liz, so great. Laini Taylor is among my favourites too. I'm introducing my daughter to LT with 2y
Lizpixie @BarbaraBB I agree with @Kalalalatja she‘s a mix of high fantasy with romance and a splash of YA, probably not your bag. But if you want to dip a toe into that genre, she‘s a good place to start! @julesG I honestly don‘t know why I waited so long. And I‘m definitely tracking down Silksinger!🙌 2y
Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it. 2y
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I started this last night and I'm still surprised by this author, in book1 the characters as well as the plot of the story are great, always something new. Then the end 😱 After that said, I'm reading book2, even if it was not part of my #TBR for this year.

P.S. I've been feeling ok for 24 hours, finished a book, had stuff organized, wrote projects for this year. Pls send good vibes so I can keep going. 💙📖💙 #PositiveAF #StrongAF

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Karisa
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#12ColorsofDecember#Silver

Not so many silver books from my 2020 reads, but these were both amazing!

#WinterGames #MerryReaders

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So I absolutely loved the first book, Strange the Dreamer. And I thought this story was so beautiful as well. This author is a fantastic writer. It deserves the four stars. I just thought this second book felt more like a stand alone. It did not have enough Lazlo Strange or Nero in it though. But still great! This was my #bookspinbingo No. 24 pick.

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Kenyazero
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I wasn‘t sure what to do for #DecemberSong prompt 10: Holy Night. I decided to choose this book because dreams play a major role as an imaginative, beautiful place to hide from generational trauma and real-world pain.

Eggs Holy nightmares, as challenging as they are 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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AllisonM89
Mehso-so

Taylor writes beautifully. I just wasn't nearly as invested in her story as I should have been. I didn't love the characters or the plot ENOUGH. It's a good read, worth your time, and enjoyable, but it fell short for me.

#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks
Square 1 ✔️

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks this book took me entirely too long to get through. I don't have high hopes for my December reading goals! Pretty sure the post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas madness is going to take it's toll 😂 2y
TheAromaofBooks That's how I felt all fall! I wasn't reading anywhere close to my usual levels. You know it's been a rough fall when December sounds like a relaxing change of pace 😂 Hopefully all the pre-Christmas madness falls into other categories like “family fun“ along the way!!! 2y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks Thanksgiving was wonderful, but particularly draining this year. I think that it was just such a stark contrast to the rest of the year... 2y
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AllisonM89

This week's reading plans:
Finish reading the tagged book.
Read Nottingham (#bookspin)
And the next Newford book (#doublespin)
@TheAromaofBooks

MsMelissa Is the Nottingham book you plan to read by Nathan Makaryk? That was one of my favourite reads last year! 2y
AllisonM89 @Book_Fiend_Melissa yes! So glad to hear you liked it- i haven't heard much about this one. Picked up a free arc that the library was discarding after the book was published 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!! 2y
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#TBRPile 📚 I LOVED Strange the Dreamer when I read it a few years ago, so hoping I enjoy the sequel just as much

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zezeki
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!!Okay Littens, I need your feedback on this one!!

Would anyone be interested in doing a genre themed reading challenge in December? Basically, you just choose ANY fantasy book(s) from your TBR and read it during the month of December. I plan on doing this and would love to have you join in, I feel it's sometimes easier to read when you have support group. 😄😄

We could call it #FantasticalDecember. 😅

#readalong
#fantasy

LazyOwl I'm always reading fantasy, so these would be an easy one for me 😁 2y
zezeki @LazyOwl Thanks for letting me know ☺️. I rarely read fantasy but I'm often stacking it, so I'm gonna try to read at least the fantasy books that I do own. I do not own a lot of books overall, but they do make a significant portion of it, which is kinda funny now that I think about it. 2y
Jess861 I'd love to get a Fantasy book in before end of year. I used to read a ton of it but I don't read much of it now days and I think it is time, lol. 2y
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zezeki @Jess861 Great to have you join in! 🤗 2y
RainyDayReading I‘d be up for this! Love fantasy ❤️ 2y
zezeki @RainyDayReading Great! 😄 2y
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Court7
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Good!

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TheBookKeepers
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Loved it! The Strange the Dreamer series was so whimsical and had a very interesting cast of characters! I loved the added plot lines in this follow up & how the series tied up! Beautiful writing & a great fantasy read with a love story in tow!

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DustyPages
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Finally read Muse of Nightmares which I've had since it was released and I really enjoyed it, didn't love it as much as Strange the Dreamer but it was a good ending and I can't wait to see if Laini Taylor will explore the world more!

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CyaneFillion
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Oh I did not enjoy this book. I nearly stopped reading the last 100 pages, but forced myself to skim read through to the end. I still have the same issues as the previous book ( if the romance wasn't so flourished the book would be half its length). Specific to this book was that it had too many non MC povs that contributed nothing to the story. These povs had similar arcs as more important characters, thus being repetitive and boring to me.

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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Oooh! Finally to the place where the past meets the present! SO GOOD. Fan Art by Francesab on Instagram 💗🌸💗

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I could not put this book down. I started in the morning and finished at 11:30 pm! That has not happen for a long time.

Laini Taylor is a genius. There is so much depth in these stories and so many side stories that don‘t overpower the main storyline. The characters feels so real and are so well written and their stories! I bow down to Laini Taylor, she is queen.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(a million stars)

Kenyazero I‘m looking forward to more books from this universe as the last pages strongly hint at! 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker @Kenyazero same! I want more. And that little paragraph mentioning the Smoke & Bone world made me so happy lol. I just am in awe still and need more. 3y
Kenyazero @That-Bookish-Hiker That paragraph made me happy too! Can‘t wait to see what she has planned for this world. I‘m in awe of her work too, and can‘t wait for more of her amazing wordsmithing. 3y
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“‘Are you telling me it was your job to read books?‘ Feral asked with as much or more yearning than Ruby had earlier shown for cake.”

Kenyazero Haha he's so amazed by this! 3y
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Maike
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I started the day with an audio walk - after being cooped up inside with a heavy migraine for the better part of the week, this really helped to get my mood back up.

Cortg Glad your feeling better! 3y
kathedron That looks lovely! I had a migraine earlier in the week, too: wretched, miserable things they are. 3y
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Though considerably less whimsical and much darker than the first, I still adored this. Somehow it‘s heart wrenching AND heartwarming, and occasionally both at once. Taylor‘s writing is gorgeous: her imagined world is so immersive and original without being overly detailed, the romance is charming and pure, not angsty or overdone. I‘d like to see a couple characters developed further; I‘d definitely read a sidekick series about Thyon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SauerPatch
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A rarity for me and and my Merlin 🥰

#catsoflitsy

shortsarahrose He‘s so pretty! 3y
Gissy 😻❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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SauerPatch
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“Fear was vying with courage, and courage was winning.”

#KeepLitsyPositive

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SauerPatch
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“‘That‘s just his face,‘ said Calixte in a pretense of defending him. ‘He can‘t help having indignant nostrils. Can you, Nero? You probably come from a long line of indignant nostrils. Aristocrats are issued them at birth, along with haughty eyes and judgmental cheeks.‘”

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“‘Can we leave the past behind us?” she asked. ...

‘That‘s an excellent place for the past,‘ said Suheyla. ‘If you don‘t leave it there, it clutters everything up and you just keep tripping over it.‘”