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A Blade So Black
A Blade So Black | L.L. McKinney
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A Blade So Black delivers an irresistible urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland . . . but it's not the Wonderland you remember. The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than shes ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally. Debut author L.L. McKinney delivers an action-packed twist on an old classic, full of romance and otherworldly intrigue. An Imprint Book
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MallenNC
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#Two4Tuesday

1. In movies, I prefer super powers but in books I think magic is more interesting.

2. I don‘t know about the best, but one of the most recent ones I‘ve read with magic in it is the tagged book.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Homage to Alice in Wonderland w/nods to Buffy &Sailor Moon. Monsters dubbed “Nightmares” -manifestations of trauma- spill over from Wonderland &can only be killed by humans. Alice is found by Addison Hatta &trained to do just that, while also trying to be a good friend and daughter.

Her white BFF Courtney tries, but can‘t relate to her struggles in Wonderland or in the real world after the death of black teen Breonne.

Male characters are 1D tho.

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5feet.of.fury
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Started this today 🎧 and it kept me entertained through 9 treadmill miles that I didn‘t really want to do after shoveling out ❄️😂🏃‍♀️

Blerdgal_Fenix This is one of my favorite series ❤️❤️🖤🖤 8mo
5feet.of.fury @Blerdgal_Fenix Nice! I‘m only a couple hours in but it‘s hooked me! 8mo
paperwitchs Girl getting miles and reading is SO SMART I HAVE TO TRY 8mo
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Branwen
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Your package safely arrived today, Lynn! What exciting bookmail for the weekend! 🎉🎉🎉 Thank you so very much! ❤📖❤ Chaplin was also very excited when I opened the package - he loves book mail almost as much as I do! 😁😸

@wanderinglynn #bookmail #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

Leftcoastzen Chaplin is so adorable! 8mo
wanderinglynn I am so glad it finally arrived! 😀 That took longer than normal and I was worried they got lost! 8mo
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jmtrivera
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I don't know what it is about Alice in Wonderland, but I find retellings of it to be such fun. This one in particular includes a butt-kicking Alice, which made me happy. The pacing was off for me, though, especially when it came to balancing action-filled fight scenes and story development, but I liked it well enough to want to check out the second one.

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ozma.of.oz
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@TheDaysGoBy Thank you so much for the beautiful book! I‘ve had this on my TBR forever and I am so excited to get started on it! I‘ll be taking the chocolate in to work tomorrow!

Many thanks as well to @MaleficentBookDragon for putting together such a wonderful swap for Christmas! ❤️ Happy holidays everybody and merry #JolabokaflodSwap ! 🖤📕🖤

TheDaysGoBy Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄 9mo
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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

This is between a pan and so-so. I‘m giving it a so-so because I appreciate what the author attempted to do. But it‘s not my cup of tea. I‘m not a big fan of retellings or reimaginings in the first place. And this one had issues with the plot, world-building, and character development. The writing was just okay. I ended up skimming the last 1/3 of the book.

Book 6 for #Screamathon + diversify your horror shelf
Book 6 for #SpookOWeen readathon

TheSpineView How disappointing. 😔 12mo
Chrissyreadit I felt the same way. I had to dnf and was really bummed because I LOVE Retellings. 12mo
wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit I almost DNF‘d it but I kept thinking it would get better. It did not. 12mo
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wanderinglynn
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#two4tuesday

1. Tagged. I finished my last audiobook & haven‘t found another one to start yet.

2. I‘m not a fan of retellings/reimagining, & yet this one is turning out to be better than most. I like the whole Buffy meets Wonderland vibe. That being said, it‘s very YA. Do we really need a freakin‘ love🔺in every YA book? Clearly, I am not the demographic (#toomiddleaged). I predict I will rate it 3⭐️ unless it does something super dumb.

TheSpineView The love triangle is most definitely overrated and used too often. Like a crutch you no longer need. Thanks for playing! 12mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 “Alice couldn‘t cry. She couldn‘t scream. All she could do was run.”

GondorGirl This book was so good! 12mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book75
I've never really liked Alice in Wonderland, but for some reason, I have loved pretty much every adaptation of the story that I've read. And this one might be one of my new favorite versions. It's modern, gritty, diverse, and focuses more on the importance of family and friendship than romantic relationships. So even if you're not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, you'll still likely enjoy this book.

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Tattooedteacher
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Just received my next #LMPBC. Looks like it‘s going to be a good one… so I started right out of the package. 🤷‍♀️

peanutnine Yay! I hope you like it 😄 13mo
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MallenNC
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This series is set in the nightmare-verse where, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer fashion, a girl named Alice fights monsters called nightmares. There‘s one book left in the trilogy, which is inspired by Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland.

#PersonVsNightmare #ConflictedWorlds

Eggs Beautiful collage ❤️💜🖤 13mo
LoverOfLearning Those covers are awesome! 13mo
MallenNC @LoverOfLearning I love the covers too. 13mo
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wanderinglynn
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A perfect day to get a #VeryMerryUnbirthday box! Thank you so much Shelley! 😘💜💜💜 And yes, why I did open it sitting in my car in the post office parking lot. 😆

It‘s perfect and much needed after this long week. And this tea tin! I do love a good English tea but this tin is awesome! Plus, I was just going to buy a new journal—this one will work great! I love it all!

And I‘m so happy it‘s almost the weekend so I can dive into the book.

SeaToSkyes Yay I'm glad it finally arrived!!! And glad you like it! 😁❤️ 13mo
TheBookHippie How fun is this!!!! 🐇 13mo
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Zoe-h
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Loved it! I felt engaged since the first page and I didn‘t want it to end! I wished that there could have been a little more story featuring Alice‘s Dreamwalker training. 4⭐️

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MallenNC
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This is an Alice in Wonderland inspired series where the main character fights monsters. There‘s one more in the series still to come.

#PersonVsSupernatural #ConflictedWorlds

Eggs Great cover ❤️ 🗡📖 13mo
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Zoe-h
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Just got your book, @peanutnine and @persephone1408 ! Can‘t wait to start reading!

#GroupThree @Tattooedteacher

peanutnine Yay! Hope you enjoy ☺️ 14mo
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peanutnine
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I liked this spin on Alice in Wonderland. It's a modern, darker, creepier version of the fantasy. I won't give too much away, as this was my #LMPBC #groupB pick. I meant to send this out yesterday but the day got away from me. It will be on its way to you @persephone1408 first thing in the morning
@Tattooedteacher @Zoe-h @suvata

persephone1408 Awesome! 14mo
peanutnine @persephone1408 good!! 👍🏻 14mo
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persephone1408 So, where do I send it when im done??? 14mo
peanutnine @persephone1408 done already? Yay! Now you send it to the next person! 14mo
persephone1408 No @peanutnine I'm saying Idk who to send it to when I'm done & the address 14mo
peanutnine @persephone1408 oh it's the person below you on the list. The same person you sent your book to, @Zoe-h 14mo
persephone1408 What list? See I knew nothing about how this works. Or what is going on lol I'll get get the list & send this one on. Where do I find this list? @peanutnine 14mo
peanutnine @persephone1408 you should have gotten an email from @suvata when you signed up with everyone's addresses 14mo
persephone1408 Yea I get so much junk mail. I've been trying the #LMPBC to look for it. I thought for sure that would work. Anyway I just looked under litsy & found it. I'm gonna go send your book to Zoe because I hace no idea what to do & didn't read one of them. Maybe next time huh lol I had been wondering why I hadn't heard anything about it! 14mo
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peanutnine
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13 hours read so far for the #20in4 readathon. I'll get a few more hours in tonight, especially now that I have Ben as my cuddle buddy 😻
#catsoflitsy @Andrew65

BookNAround What a snuggle kitty! 1y
peanutnine @BookNAround he is the most clingy cat I have ever met! Whenever I sit down, he wants to be next to me or on top of me 😂 1y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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Brooke_H
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Meh, it wasn‘t for me. I won‘t be reading the next one.

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MallenNC
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Alice in Wonderland is not my favorite but I couldn‘t resist this cover. The book is described as Alice in Wonderland + Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For me, Buffy comes through stronger. Alice is a teenager in Atlanta who ends up fighting creatures called Nightmares while trying not to get in too much trouble with her mom. The audiobook was fun. This ends on a cliffhanger so I‘ll have to see where the series goes!

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howjessicareads
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Just finished! And really liked it! Woot! 21 books in the first 21 (and a half) days of the 21st year of the 21st century! I love being a nerd. 🤣 #howjessreads2021

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Gissy
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At the beginning I found this retelling quite boring but then it was pure action. I like the concepts of nightmare and dreamwalkers which have some psychological elements to explain what was happening. I think the end was perfect to continue the story. However, in some parts I found the story almost like middle grade one than YA, but that‘s my opinion. Author‘s acknowledgment was so emotional! Definitely I will continue this story. 3.4⭐️

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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An action-packed, Alice meets Buffy, YA adaptation. And of course it ends on a cliffhanger. ♥️♠️♦️♣️
#FairytaleReadingChallenge @Charityann

Powered_By_Plants Ooh this one sounded great! Glad you liked it ❤️ ♠️ 2y
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Addison_Reads
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#fairytalereadingchallenge @Charityann

I really enjoyed this diverse, action-packed, darker retelling of Alice in Wonderland. The idea of the nightmares was a great touch and I loved the Gothic Tweedles. 😀

This book ends on a cliffhanger though, so I'll have to get my hands on the second one asap.

wanderinglynn Ooh, that sounds interesting. 👍🏻 2y
Charityann This one is on my TBR list too.😊 2y
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Skeeterisme
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Awesome

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Liatrek
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I am always so grateful for fantasy books that feature POC as the MC. I wish more books like this were around when I was a kid. I enjoyed the characters and the story but there were some YA elements that bugged me but that was more from me being a mom now 😊 I‘m looking forward to reading the next books in the series. Also, I ❤️ this cover so much!

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Liatrek
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Sadly I remember being called that in Highshcool for the things I loved. I asked my son and he said yeah he had been called a version of this too. I hope one day people can love what they love and not be judge or name called ❤️

howjessicareads ☹️❤️ 2y
VeganCleopatra Sorry, people suck. I hope it never kept you from being you. 2y
Butterfinger I hate that. I hope you and your son have a Chess to remind you both of how cool you really are. 2y
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Liatrek @VeganCleopatra Thank you❤️ 2y
Liatrek @Butterfinger Thank you ❤️ 2y
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Bookgoil
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Currently I‘m reading 4 books. I‘m hoping to finish the top two today and then focus on the other two this weekend. A Blade So Black and Truly Devious are my audiobook reads and Blackhearts I own a physical copy. Truelif3 I have a eARC on my Kindle.

What are you reading? #currentlyreading

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living.dead.ghoul.writes
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Muchness: the part of you that believes in yourself even when the rest of you doesn't.

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Kar2b
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Curioser and curioser... This was such an interesting take on Wonderland. I loved Alice. She is smart, funny and brave. The Wonderland crew: Hatta, Maddi, Duchess and the rest are all uniquely quirky. Wonderland itself it stunning in McKinney‘s descriptive prose. I read this in one day and immediately ordered the sequel. The only thing that makes me sad is I have to wait until next March for the final installment in the trilogy.

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LibrarianRyan
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For #blackoutTuesday and #blackpublishingpower I went and splurged on a trilogy. Books 1 and 2 are out now, but I‘ll have to wait til April 2021 for book 3.

Most of the new/newer titles were sold out so I will have to try again for those later.

Plus I supported indies by using Bookshop.org.

bibliobard Thanks for posting this! Just placed an order for two books — one that has been on my TBR for awhile and I finally bought and the other is on backorder due to demand I suppose. 2y
LibrarianRyan @Shakespearience yes the #blackpublishingpower has been working. Hopefully it lasts and we see more representation in what and who we read. 2y
Kar2b I‘m going to start “A Blade So Black” tonight... I‘ve had it on my TBR shelf. 2y
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Robii
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👌🏾👍🏾

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ErikaB
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As I was saving things to my Scribd list (unsurprisingly over 400 items in a just a few weeks), I realized I somehow left this title off of my favorites of 2019 post. I love darker retelling of classics (I‘ll take “Return to Oz” over “The Wizard of Oz” any day) and this one didn‘t disappoint, with a very strong heroine and a Wonderland that was unsettling enough to make the stakes feel real. I need to move the sequel higher up on my TBR.

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Chrissyreadit
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@TheAromaofBooks here are my April #bookspin choices. I‘m just replacing the ones I‘ve read with new from my TBR. I‘m having a hard time getting into A Blade So Black - has anyone else read it?

TK421 I loved Six of Crows! I hope you enjoy it too.☺ 3y
Clare-Dragonfly I didn‘t think A Blade So Black was anything special—rather disappointing. If you‘re looking for a blessing to bail, I say go right ahead. 3y
Chrissyreadit @Clare-Dragonfly yes- I rarely bail but I think this one will go on a back burner at least. 3y
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Chrissyreadit @TK421 I will go where the #bookspin takes me 🤣 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great list!! Can't wait to see what #bookspin fates choose for you! 😁 3y
JamieArc I was disappointed with A Blade So Black as well. I felt like it had potential to be a great story but should have been fleshed out - that one book could have been 3. 3y
BethM Looks like some great choices! 3y
Amandajoy I thought it was entertaining. I tried to remember that I‘m not the target audience. And I think it‘s her first book, so I was a little more patient with it. (edited) 3y
BookLove4Ever I loved Well Met! 3y
Kenyazero These look like a great selection! 3y
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brandierickson
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Favorite tea ✔️ Favorite bookmark ✔️ Yet another Alice in Wonderland retelling ✔️

Blerdgal_Fenix Loved this book !! Have you read the second one ?! 3y
brandierickson @Blerdgal_Fenix not yet!! I have it on hold at the library though! 3y
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Chittavrtti
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I read all the Alice rewrites:) A book probably best borrowed from the library. I‘m curious how it all ends. But not enough to buy it for my collection.

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Amandajoy
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The husband tried to prevent me from taking his spot on the couch when he went to the bathroom by taking my book with him. Little did he realize I had another one within arms reach. 😂

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 3y
Tracyantoon Well played😉 3y
Amandajoy @wanderinglynn @Tracyantoon my husband was not amused, but I couldn‘t stop laughing when he returned. 3y
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Eggbeater
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Curiouser and curiouser. This story is a great take on Alice in Wonderland. It does leave a lot of unanswered questions, so you have to read the next installment, but it is very imaginative like Alice should be. The characters are entertaining and well fleshed out. There is a lot of action and heroic fight scenes with creatively realized nightmarish creatures. I appreciate Alice's story within the story.

HOTPock3tt I‘m so curious about this one!! 😃♥️ 3y
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Victoriahoperose
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I read this one for #booked2019 for the #pocmcparanormal prompt. I love Alice in Wonderland and thought this was a great modern day retelling of the original. I thought the characters and plot were really fun and exciting and the way that they incorporated bits of the original were really interesting. This reminded me a little bit of The Mortal Instruments series, which I also love. I thought this was a really fun and exciting book!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Fun pick! Good job on another prompt! ♥️📚👊🏻 3y
Cinfhen Agreeing with @BarbaraTheBibliophage cool choice 😁 3y
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Laughterhp
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Sigh, has anyone read this book? I‘m about halfway through and I‘m just struggling to turn this on and listen.

It‘s just so YA! And I don‘t really care about Alice‘s journey unfortunately.

This was supposed to be my book for POC Main Character paranormal read for #Booked2019 but I don‘t know if I have another 5 hours in me.

Is this book worth it? If not, suggestions welcome (not YA).

Hooked_on_books Oh yeah, Dread Nation is awesome! 3y
lele1432 I don't typically like these YA novels either...😕 This one seems to be pretty popular and should fit in your prompt 3y
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Chrissyreadit I‘m having a hard time getting into this book and I stink at bailing. 3y
Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit Oh no.. honestly, I would just bail. I did... 😬😬 Are you reading it or listening? 3y
Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp I‘m reading on kindle app. I think I will just bail- life‘s to short 🤣 3y
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Liatrek
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Lovesbooks87
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Forgot to post this yesterday. Alice is a kick ass teenager that battles monstrous creatures in a dream realm known as wonderland. But when a creature starts to show up in her world it changes all the rules. I finished this just in time yesterday for the sequel to show up at my doorstep.

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Skygoddess1
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Last night, my Mom and I went to our local Independent Bookstore, Tattered Cover‘s, Private shopping event for their members and I came away with a great and diverse range of books. Now to figure out where to start.

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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OMG fun read. I give it 8 out of 10. Wish I had this as Commuter read but sitting a salon chair for 5+ hours allows you to focus on the task at hand. I will say, this should have been on my fall commuting list because the next installment comes in Sept 2019. So now I have to wait a little bit to find out what happens next. They got me curiouser and curiouser.... #femalelead #poc #fantasy #wonderland

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Picked up this book from the ELibrary. Very interesting story, literally a new take on Wonderland. I decided it would be a good read while getting my hair braided. 5 hours in and and almost done. Fun read #strongfemalelead #poc #fantasy #aliceinwonderland #warrior #summerread #kindlereads

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GivenLemons
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One of my favourite takes on Wonderland! I really liked seeing it from the point of view I could relate to and I loved the whimsical geography of Wonderland. I stayed up late to finish this book too

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RebL
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All over campus lay the remains of so many graduation photos, evidence of good dreams pursued & achieved. Also, a mess for someone else, I guess.
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All my holds came in an avalanche. I wasn‘t in the mood for an Alice story, but McKinney managed to cast a spell on me.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I love re-tellings. This Alice in Wonderland reboot has lots of other references as well. A very fan-fic vibe.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/a-blade-so-black-l-l-mckinney/

QueenJen I loved this book so much...... until the end! 3y
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