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A Room Away From the Wolves
A Room Away From the Wolves | Nova Ren Suma
Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Binas cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mothera bond Bina thought was unbreakable. Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young womens residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Binas lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why shes come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave . . . .
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Nebklvr
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Panpan

What a confusing, cobbled up mess.

Megabooks Too bad. Her debut was great! 7mo
Nebklvr @Megabooks I checked out other reviews and others found it confusing too. I wanted to be sure I wasn‘t just being cranky. 7mo
Megabooks I do that, too. Other times, I‘m just cranky anyway. 🤣🤣 7mo
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Kaylamburson
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Pickpick

I didn't find this book slow at all, even though many other readers did. I appreciated the beautiful prose and the descriptive gothic feel. However, I'm so confused. I am trying to piece it together, but it seems like there aren't any fan theories. The author doesn't have any interviews discussing the end (that I've found), and anything I think then has five reasons why it doesn't make sense. Any littens have thoughts on this one?

kellyann28 I really liked this one! 10mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Definitely sounds intriguing 10mo
Kaylamburson Do you have any insight about what happened @kellyann28 ? Haha 10mo
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wanderlustywriter
Mehso-so

The writing was lovely, but I can‘t actually say I *liked* this book. I couldn‘t get a handle on any of the characters, including the protagonist, the mystery seemed obvious and at the same time the ending was very confusing, and there was just an overall lack of tension. It left me confused and sad and weirded out. So I won‘t say it was *bad*, it was just definitely not for me. On to something more substantial. 3/10 ⭐️

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wanderlustywriter

The fact that it‘s taking me over a week to read a short novel is not good. The writing is lovely but I don‘t like any of the characters and don‘t really know what‘s going on and don‘t actually care that much. I‘ll finish it because pretty writing and I‘m halfway through, but really looking forward to this one being over so I can read something more enjoyable.

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wanderlustywriter

This book is sad and weird

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wanderlustywriter
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Gah this prose 😍

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Johanna414
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Finally found a few minutes to look through all the #lmpbc comments in this - it was really fun to see all the things everyone else caught that I missed on my first read through. This is definitely a book I think I‘ll have to revisit someday! @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic @TheBookKeepers

kellyann28 Yes this was definitely a book to reread! 11mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Pickpick

Wow, ok so I feel like we need a full blown discussion over this #lmpbc pick! Lol @ConfessionofaBookaholic @kellyann28 @Johanna414 !

I agree w/Kelly this was not what I was expecting but I loved it! This is one of those books, if u reread it I bet you can catch a lot more of the story each time. So much symbolism woven in (some above my head lol)!

kellyann28 This book would for sure warrant a reread! 12mo
TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 I did go back& reread the section about The Vow once I finished the book. I was curious if it had any connections to like the 10 commandments or something. Like don‘t break these rules are you get “evicted.” I don‘t quite get the emphasis on no boys. But there was a lot about not doing anything that could start a fire lol...like no operating stoves, candles, incenses, or anything that may cause fire. 12mo
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers On the no boys policy, wasn't it because Catherine was abused or had some sort of problems with a male in her life? Kind of a "one bad apple ruins the bunch" mentality. I noticed most of the males in the book were abusive or generally not great 12mo
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Johanna414 I‘m really looking forward to reading everyone‘s comments on this one- maybe I‘ll appreciate it a little more on a reread. I was so distracted the month that I read it initially @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic (edited) 12mo
TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 oh yeah that‘s right... that must‘ve been what it was just something directly related to Catherine 12mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic I stand by what I said, I definitely finished with more questions than answers. Like how do you explain her mom leaving and leading an actual life? 12mo
TheBookKeepers @ConfessionofaBookaholic I THINK it was bc she jumped with the opal ring and that allowed her escape from purgatory & be brought back. Monet did the same (i think). But since the ring was cracked Bina tossed it into the air and it shattered, setting them all free as spirits but not to rejoin the living world. It may also have to do with their room assignments having some type of meaning... both Monet & her mom were in room 10 12mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @TheBookKeepers that‘s true, but it begs the question about how she would have died in the first place, if that‘s how they get there....then like, what happened to her body?....the ambiguousness drives me crazy but I kinda love that it leaves it open for debate 12mo
TheBookKeepers @ConfessionofaBookaholic YES I was wondering that too, we never got any solid details on how her mother ended up at Catherine House or even truly what led up to Bina being there other than being jumped in the woods.... I thought at one point maybe they were all in a coma - but that kinda flew out the window when Bina‘s body was found in the woods. 🤔 12mo
Kaylamburson I like your interpretation, @TheBookKeepers. I'm telling to sort through this myself. I'm still a confused why Bina's mom was ever there--perhaps the ex husband beat her that terribly? But also confused if Bina was always dead, how did her dad see her, and why would the police be looking for her, etc. @ConfessionofaBookaholic 10mo
TheBookKeepers @Kaylamburson Yeah I think her mom was killed as a result of domestic abuse but it does leave that up in the air a bit. I think Bina was dead the moment she “came out of the woods” and started towards Catherine House. I never quite understood how the outside ppl of the city fit into the purgatory - especially the police part. That was really odd to me. Unless they were other versions/levels of purgatory & maybe her dad was dead too? 10mo
Kaylamburson Oh, maybe. I also think Bina was dead right after the woods. But then I just don't get how the mom came back to life. If it was the ring, she should have become a spirit when it cracked, too. All so strange. I wonder if Nova has it all figured out in her mind. @TheBookKeepers 10mo
TheBookKeepers Haha right! I could use a full panel discussion with Nova on this one 😂 @Kaylamburson 10mo
Kaylamburson Hahaha for sure!! I did love it, though! @TheBookKeeper 10mo
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Ashley85
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Starting this tonight for the new book club I‘m joining! Has anyone read it yet?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Looks good! 13mo
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TheBookKeepers
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Got two books in the mail & mailing two books out!! 📚📚📚📚
@Johanna414 the next book for our #lmpbc is on its way to you!
@kellyann28 received the one you sent!

Looks like I‘ll have a bit of a wolf theme going on next month 🐺 🌙

Mailing my #JustABookSwap #round2 out to my secret match, can‘t wait for them to get it!

Soubhiville Fun! I was going to mention the theme, that‘s neat 😊📚 13mo
kellyann28 Haha that's awesome! 13mo
TheBookKeepers Haha right! One of the two was surprise mail so it wasn‘t a planned theme, but I‘m a fan of it! @Soubhiville 13mo
Johanna414 Yay! 13mo
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kaykay1
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Great book. Quick and easy read with enough mystery to keep you intrigued. Definitely the break I needed from the intense sci-fi kick I've been on lately.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

A sort of gothic ghost story. Haunting at times. It focuses a lot on writing style which is sort of poetic in nature. I never totally cared about the characters but I liked the plot.

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kaykay521
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Mehso-so

Bina is a girl who always seems to be in trouble. When one last transgression gets her kicked out of the house her mother shares with her step family, she high tails it to NYC to spend the summer at Catherine House. A place her mother also stayed in her youth. The book was ok, but I had lots of questions in the end.

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kellyann28
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Pickpick

I liked this book! It was the complete opposite of what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it! I will get it in the mail on Monday for it's next stop for our #LMPBC !
@TheBookKeepers
@ConfessionofaBookaholic
@Johanna414

TheBookKeepers Yay!! @Johanna414 always picks the prettiest covers for our lmpbc picks! 😍 13mo
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers I agree! @Johanna414 has the eye for covers! 13mo
Johanna414 I‘m so glad you liked it! I look forward to reading everyone‘s comments! 13mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic Awesome! It is definitely one of the prettiest covers I‘ve seen in awhile 13mo
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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Mehso-so

Just sent off this one for my #lmpbc @kellyann28 you should get it by Monday. I won‘t say much but I will say that it keeps you on your toes.

kellyann28 Thanks! Perfect timing as I am finishing up a book this weekend 14mo
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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Fell so far behind on my reading last month. Vacation turned out to be anything but. But I‘m finally finishing up my #lmpbc should have it in the mail by the end of the week! Looking forward to getting the next one in the mail 🤗

@TheBookKeepers
@Johanna414
@kellyann28

TheBookKeepers Glad to hear from you! 🙂 I just started Kill the Farm Boy tonight 14mo
Johanna414 Yay! I realized yesterday that I forgot to send the next book to you - it‘s on the backseat of my car! I‘ll send it tomorrow 14mo
kellyann28 Yay! Glad to hear from you ❤ I am excited for this one 14mo
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Brenley
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I'm lucky I get book money for my classroom and I have few students who love Nova Ren Suma as much as I do!

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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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Just took my last final exam yesterday and my #lmpbc showed up today! I‘m now equipped to jumpstart my winter break!!! 📚

@Johanna414 @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers

kellyann28 Hope everything went well on your finals! I bet you are breathing a sigh of relief. 1y
Johanna414 Perfect timing! I hope you enjoy it! 1y
kellyann28 Hey @ConfessionofaBookaholic , just checking in to see what the status is on this one! 14mo
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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

I *finally* finished this book! I don‘t know if it‘s the book itself that didn‘t really resonate with me, or if it was just the result of being in a major slump, but I didn‘t love this. I didn‘t necessarily dislike it either... I won‘t say too much about it though because it‘s my #lmpbc book
@ConfessionofaBookaholic It‘s headed your way! @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers

Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers also, your book came in the other day. I think I‘m going to read something light and quick before I dive into that 😄 1y
TheBookKeepers Glad it made it to you! 1y
ConfessionofaBookaholic I‘ll keep my eye out for it! 1y
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Johanna414
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Guys, I am in such a slump right now... I‘ve only read 2 books this month - one was an audiobook and one was a carry over from last month. I‘m plugging away at my #lmpbc book, but all I really want to do in the evenings is lay on my couch and watch tv! 😭😭😭
I‘m hoping the fact that I don‘t want to do any work today will be incentive to get through a good chunk during the slow periods in the library...

TheBookKeepers I think it‘s the season. I seem to always hit slumps around the holidays for whatever reason! 😑 hope yours subsides soon! 1y
ConfessionofaBookaholic I‘m in the same boat! I‘ve been trying so hard to keep reading but school seems to be sucking the motivation right out of me. 1y
kellyann28 Awww, I'm sorry you ladies are in slumps! @ConfessionofaBookaholic @Johanna414 I just got out of one myself! 1y
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Johanna414
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TheBookKeepers Ooo is this ur final pick for the next round?? 1y
kellyann28 Purple is my favorite color so I whole heartedly approve 💜 1y
ConfessionofaBookaholic Excited! I was very intrigued by this one 🤗 1y
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Johanna414
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Some possibilities for our next round of #lmpbc #groupb
See anything here that looks good? Have you read any? Are there any you have no interest in? @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers @ConfessionofaBookaholic

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kellyann28 I have read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (it's a good one!) 1y
kellyann28 Both look like good picks, Vengeance Road is going on my TBR for sure! 1y
Johanna414 @kellyann28 can you tell I was highly influenced by pretty covers when choosing books?! 1y
kellyann28 @Johanna414 😂😂 Yes, all of these have beautiful covers, as did your pick for this previous round! 1y
TheBookKeepers I like the bottom two! Haven‘t read any of them 😍 1y
Johanna414 @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers I‘m leaning towards one of the bottom two, but I won‘t make a final decision until we hear from @ConfessionofaBookaholic 1y
ConfessionofaBookaholic Sorry for the holdup! I‘m really digging the bottom two either one would make a great read 🙌 1y
Johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic no worries! I think we all just got excited- we‘re waaay ahead of schedule 1y
TheBookKeepers Hahaha yes what @Johanna414 said 😂 I personally am a bit obsessed!! 😝 1y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Pickpick

Nina runs away from home to a boarding house for girls in NYC where her mom stayed at after leaving her abusive husband.

It‘s very rare that a like a writing style like this authors. She has a knack for writing her stories where they feel real but surreal while including some supernatural elements. I had an idea where this story was going having connecting clues and enjoyed reading the story to its conclusion.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#screamathon

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alysonwrites
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Pickpick

Bina runs away from a troubled home life to the same New York boarding house her mother once took refuge in years ago, only to get entangled in a web of mysteries, lies, and secrets—but the biggest secret of all may be the one she is hiding from herself. I wanted to devour and savor every word of this book. Not all the pieces fit perfectly for me in the end, but the story is so compelling and so beautifully haunting that I fell hard anyway.

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IheartYA
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Panpan

I'm all kinds of confused. What did I just read? It doesn't make sense, and questions were left answered. This is my 2nd time trying to read this, and I kinda, sorta, really wish I hadn't. The beginning was so S-L-O-W. A disconbobulated mess! I gave it 2 stars on GR because it had potential. But...just...huh...what??

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LindseyJo
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Listening while I work. So far, I love it. I'm not surprised Nova Ren Suma is one of my favorites📚📚📚📚

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Do you have those authors that you preorder their books before there is even a summary for them? This author is one of those for me. I have all her books and love her writing.

#bookmail #octobertbr

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KimmyM
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Pickpick

This was really good. I feel like I'm not 100% clear on what exactly was going on at all times but I understand the big picture.
Wonderfully written. Worth checking out when it comes out next month.
#arc #ya #novarensuma

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Tanzy13
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In A Room Away from the Wolves, critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma weaves a spellbinding ghost story about who deserves a second chance, how we lie to those around us and ourselves, and what lengths girls will go to in order to save each other...

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KimmyM
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So excited to be starting this #arc tonight!
#ya #youngadult #currentlyreading

Kaylamburson I‘ve been meaning to read it! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts!! 2y
IheartYA Jealous! 1y
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KimmyM
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I came home to this awesome #bookmail from Thomas Allen. I am so excited to read this! I love Nova Ren Suma's books.
#arc #bookmailisthebestmail #ya

IheartYA One of my favorite authors but I didn't know she has a new book coming out ❤ 2y
KimmyM @IheartYA It's out in September! 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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1) so far I have read 111.
2) my GR challenge is set at 300 but I‘m hoping to surpass it.
3) that‘s too hard to just chose one!
4) my most anticipated was Sky in the Deep which came out last week. Now I‘m most anticipated the tagged book and Courtney Summers new book, Sadie.

#2018Checkin

PacingTheCage 😲 # of books read! WTG! 2y
jwashreads I have to know your secret! That's so many books! 2y
MinDea Holy butts! 111!?!?!?! I wish there was a bowing down 'we're not worthy' emoji! 🤓🤓🤓 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker @jwashreads I don‘t know if I really have a secret for how I read so many books. I get most of my reading done on my commute to/from work and my lunch break. I think I may just be a fast reader but I have never actually timed myself. 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker @MinDea haha. I instantly thought of Wayne‘s World when I read your comment. 2y
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Kelly
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Hello delicious read.

readordierachel Cute glasses! 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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I‘m so excited for this book! She is one of my favorite authors where I always preorder her books.

#coverreveal

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