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Magic for Liars
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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"Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch. Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in this fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey. Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life lifeshe has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It's a great life and she doesn't wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha. But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabithas private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Meaw_catlady
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I love a good PI mystery book and this is a mystery + magic. A modern story of magic and mystery! Love the characters and the unique ideas. I did figure out the ending before the ending but this happens a lot when I read mysteries . An excellent read!

NicoleCeBallos This one has been on my To Read list! I'm glad to hear it's good! 4d
Meaw_catlady @NicoleCeBallos it has really cool concepts and great imagery. I finished it in about a day which is very quick for me nowadays haha I just needed to get to the ending and understand the mystery! 4d
Branwen I really loved this book too! 😍📚 4d
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Sace I'm trying so hard to control my impulsive book buying, but I failed utterly with this book. It sounds so good! 4d
Meaw_catlady @Branwen glad to hear you loved it too! 4d
Meaw_catlady @Sace do what I did check it out from the library. However now that I know that the cover is fantastic and the book is good I might go buy it... 4d
Sace Hee hee... too late! I've already hit that one-click button 🤣 4d
Meaw_catlady @sace I can‘t blame you!! 🖤 4d
Sace I did check the library.... A 7 week wait. And they have 14 copies! 4d
Meaw_catlady @Sace oh wow!!! I guess I got lucky ! 🍀 4d
Sace That was the Brooklyn Public Library. My local library doesn't have it at all 😢 4d
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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

Finished this tonight! Loved the premise, but I felt let down by this book by the end. The magic was cool but the plot played out like a pretty mediocre murder mystery story. Now, onto Dracula...

#scarathlon #teamstoker #scaryscavengerhunt #whereacharacterdies @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid okay so I'm going to give you two points for this one. 1pt for the book and 1pt for the post. Does that sound right? 🧟‍♀️ 2w
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bookladyreads
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I finally finished this book this afternoon after taking a wonderful 2-hour nap. #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #magicforliars

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Augustdana
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Fall is in the air. I‘m gonna try my best to read a bunch. I‘ve got about seven days to read both these books. Magic for liars is up first because 20 people are waiting for it at the library 😮😮

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valeriegeary
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Happy weekend, reader friends! My week was pretty uneventful. I wrote a lot. I ran a lot. I watched too much TV. So, yeah, a pretty good week. 😂

I know I'm a few days late but this is my October TBR stack! I already finished the tagged book & it is fabulous! A fun genre bender--part gritty private detective novel, part wizardry prep school scandal! I'm really looking forward to digging into the rest of this stack soon. See anything you like?

Christine Humanimal is definitely an intriguing (and new to me) title! 3w
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SkeletonKey
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Hot tea and trying to finish this up before work.

#booksandtea

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bookladyreads
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Back to reading. #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon

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bookladyreads
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Decided to watch the latest episode of American Horror Story while I eat dinner. #TeamSlaughter

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bookladyreads
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Just finished chapter 16. I'll be done reading this book tomorrow. Has acting anyone read Magic for Liars? #TeamSlaughter #MagicForLiars #currentlyreading

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I listened to the audiobook a few months ago. I really liked it! 3w
bookladyreads I'm really enjoying it too. 3w
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bookladyreads
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Hey #TeamSlaughter

Here's what I plan to read this month.⁣

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox⁣
Magic is for Liars by Sarah Gailey⁣
Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware⁣
The Familiars by Stacey Halls⁣
Into the Drowing Deep by Mira Grant⁣
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett⁣

#Scarathlon

samanthagutt This is a gorgeous photo! 😍 3w
bookladyreads @samanthagutt Thank you very much 😀 3w
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kyraleseberg
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Started this today and I'm intrigued already!

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Kimberlone
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A bad #spell is at the center of the investigation in this book. Started this the other day, and totally into it so far!

#chillingphotochallenge #day2 #scarathlon #teamstoker

@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I squeaked with excitement when I found this on a library display shelf! I‘ve only been wanting to read this since I first read about it! A private detective gets called into an elite school to investigate the death of a teacher after it was ruled a suicide. The twist? It‘s a school of magic and her estranged sister, is a teacher there. I broke quite a big reading drought on this - loved it!

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valeriegeary
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Sunday evening plans. I'm really enjoying this one!

ShyBookOwl Love the mug! This in in my TBR 3w
valeriegeary @ShyBookOwl So far it's a pretty fun read! The mug also says keep calm and carry on but it wraps around so I can never get it in a picture 3w
Eyelit That mug is delightful! 3w
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valeriegeary
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I'm in love with these end papers! ⭐✴️🌟💫👁️

mcipher They‘re awesome - and the book is even better. I loved it! 3w
JennyM Ooooo... very cool end papers! 3w
valeriegeary @mcipher I'm really loving it! It's fun and different! 3w
valeriegeary @JennyM I may have exclaimed out loud when I saw them. 😂 3w
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valeriegeary
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Starting this one tonight. A murder mystery revolving around a secret school for wizardry and magic? I could be into that. 🤞🤞🤞

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SkeletonKey
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Currently reading.

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xxjenadanxx
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When the headmaster of The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages shows up in Ivy's office with an offer she can't refuse she finds herself living at a school of magic - the same one her sister teaches at. The first thing she notices is how ordinary everything is. Tiled hallways lined with lockers is hardly the Hogwarts she was expecting. But as she begins to investigate the gruesome murder of a teacher she realizes just how little she actually knows.

AutumnRLS I really really enjoyed this one. Hoping there will be a follow up. I just feel like the characters have so many other places to go. 4w
xxjenadanxx @AutumnRLS I think there is the potential for a lot more there too but she did write on Goodreads that it was a standalone 4w
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thebacklistbook
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Murder mystery meets Hogwarts, what's not to love! Helped me on the way to getting rid of my post #elementary hangover.

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xxjenadanxx
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New library haul! I'm so excited about these! Where should I start?

Top to Bottom:
-Outer Order:Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
-The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden
-The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
-Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
-Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
-The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J Ryan Stradal
-First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

Librarybelle Lager Queen is high on my to read list! 1mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Me : *major book slump, mildly stressed about being behind on my goodreads challenge, not short on book options*
Also me : maybe more books would help? #libraryhaul

Will I read any of these?! Only time will tell 😉

I couldn‘t be bothered checking to see if any of these were sequels - two of them are - so they‘ll be going back until I can track down the first as I much prefer to read in order.

Eyelit In my experience, more books almost always helps 🤣 1mo
Hooked_on_books Magic for Liars is great. Hopefully it helps you out of your slump! 1mo
bookladyreads 🤣🤣🤣. Great library haul. I had a library haul this past Friday and Magic for Liars was one of the five books I checked out. 1mo
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JoScho
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This was a magical murder mystery. A private investigator takes on a murder case that happened at her twin sister‘s school-a school for mages. Lots of magic, family drama, and self-awareness.

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Better late than never right?
Recap of the 17 books I read in August.
Would love to know what you think about any of the above books pictured.
#readingrecap #monthlywrapup

Bindrosbookshelf @Crinoline_Laphroaig it was soo good, a five star read for me 🙌 1mo
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JoScho
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I had to take like 50 pictures to get a decent one of his face. He hates having his picture taken. I have to be sneaky. He thinks it steals his soul.
#dogsoflitsy #millhouse

AmyG Awwww ❤️ 1mo
Hollie That tongue! How cute! ♥️ 1mo
Kappadeemom Mine hates it too. He turns his head every.single.time. 1mo
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LauraJ I looooooooove him! 1mo
wordslinger42 Aww he's so cute ❤❤❤ 1mo
Mimi28 He‘s adorable!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😂so cute! 1mo
Soubhiville I love him so much! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww! 😊🐶 1mo
LauraJ @Soubhiville He and Froedrick should be besties! 1mo
Maria514626 That‘s quite a unibrow! 😄 What a sweetpea! (edited) 1mo
UwannaPublishme What a cutie! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Soubhiville @LauraJ I can just imagine the trouble they could get into together. 😼 1mo
JoScho @AmyG 😊❤️ 1mo
JoScho @Hollie thank you-sometimes that tongue sticks out super far! 😋 1mo
JoScho @Kappadeemom it is funny and frustrating at the same time. Like why little weirdo? 1mo
JoScho @LauraJ thank you ❤️😊 1mo
JoScho @wordslinger42 thank you! 😊❤️ 1mo
JoScho @Mimi28 thank you Michelle 😊❤️ 1mo
JoScho @Leftcoastzen thank you 😊❤️ 1mo
JoScho @Soubhiville thank you Soubhi! I know you can appreciate a hairless companion ❤️ 1mo
JoScho @DaveGreen7777 😊❤️ 1mo
JoScho @Maria514626 lol yep-that is pretty much the extent of his hair other than a slight combover down the back of his little head. 1mo
JoScho @UwannaPublishme thank you 😊❤️ 1mo
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JoScho
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Dinner is in the oven so we are sitting on the porch enjoying listening to this audiobook.
#dogsoflitsy #mork #millhouse

Bookzombie 💕🐶🐶 1mo
BookNAround I wish it wasn‘t so chokingly humid here so we could sit on our deck! Very jealous. 1mo
LauraJ I think we need to see the dog‘s face! 1mo
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JoScho @BookNAround it has been unbearable the past few days but it is marginally better today. 1mo
JoScho @LauraJ which one? The hairless one? 1mo
JoScho @Bookzombie 😊🖤 1mo
Leftcoastzen Puppers!🐶 1mo
LauraJ @JoScho yes, please! 1mo
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Melmar
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Listening to this using Libro.fm. I‘m I. The beginning intrigued, but not yet to anything juicy. Excited to see where it goes

chaoticgoodhufflepuff It gets real good! 🔎 1mo
Melmar @chaoticgoodhufflepuff can‘t wait! 1mo
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kd_lawson
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Finished “Magic for Liars” this morning.
It‘s an interesting mix of old-fashioned noir and magic school fantasy.
I‘m still processing my feeling before I rate it.

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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

I actually quite liked the story. It was interesting and innovative and had some nice twist and turns.

The only reason, that it's not a complete pick for me, is that I am tired of the literary figure of the “down on his/her luck“ cop or PI.

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mdemanatee
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Back to school

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IhoardBOOKS
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On the one hand...it would be very unprofessional to skip an interview.
On the other hand she could explode me with a touch.
Judging by the way she was looking at me she‘d be very happy to do so.

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daena
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A very delayed week 4 wrap up post for #bfc Ended up going to the gym 2x, did a yoga class (I was short one) and walked way over my weekly goal (weather has been beautiful here). One walk included a big family hike of 3.5 miles. This book will wrap up my challenge goal of 6. I am struggling with it a bit though. Sadly it feels just ok for me, I guess my expectations were too high. #TeamFitLit #bfcr3

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
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BookHoarder32
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#libraryhaul Now, what to start first? 🤔

kyraleseberg I'm so excited for 2mo
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JSW
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I‘m going with pick. The characterizations sold it for me. The insight Ivy has into others, while ignoring her own complexities, was a fascinating contrast. I‘ve been reading more books lately where characters are LGBTQ and it‘s just one aspect of who they are, just part of the fabric of community, and that was cool about this book too. However, solid, if not predictable, mystery, and the premise wasn‘t as cool as I hoped.

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JSW
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Hahahaha!!! What a great description. “I had an immediate fantasy of shoving him aside on the train so I could sit.” 😂😂😂

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Copwithabook
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Mehso-so

This was an easy read, but I can‘t say I was gripped by it. Overall, I felt like it could have been more.

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Scash1114
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Bailedbailed

DNF

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Areader2
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Bailedbailed

I bailed, I couldn‘t get into any of it ! I hate not finishing 😫
🎶thank you next 🎶📚📚🤣

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Heather_Allen
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Latest library haul: Magic for Liars, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, and Circe by Madeline Miller

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Mehso-so

It first seems like a murder mystery set in a contemporary magical boarding school but then it pulls in a magic-less functioning alcoholic detective and then a weird abortion plot. The characters were fine and the mystery did keep me guessing for the whole book BUT I don't know about the ending. The ending for the detective seems abruptly ended & the ending for the detective's sister seemed very idealistic & to not really fit the rest of the book.

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emtobiasz
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This one totally lives up to the premise: a PI in her 20s-30s is hired to investigate a murder at the magical high school where her estranged sister teaches. Gailey plays around with the fantasy tropes of schools of magic, as well as the perspective of a non magical sibling who gets left behind. Plus, I‘m always a sucker for a mystery.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I am just oh so curious about this one

rachelsbrittain So good. 2mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Me, too! 2mo
Ottergirl Sorry to nose.... but your notebook looks very interesting! I‘m a bit of a planner addict and always on the lookout for a new one 😊😜 2mo
SW-T I liked it. Family, magic, romance, murder, and tons of tension and suspense! 2mo
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emtobiasz
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We woke up early this morning after a rough night (fireworks at the local community day make for a sad beagle). Got breakfast before it was busy and still had a few hours with my book before noon. I wish I were more of a natural morning person, because lazy Sunday mornings like this are so nice! #dogsoflitsy #beaglesoflitsy

Nute It would be nice if fireworks could be a silent visual treat only! 2mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Poor baby! I‘m definitely with your beagle on fireworks! Way too loud for me! ❤️❤️ 2mo
SharonAlger Oh, what a beautiful pup! 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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I couldn‘t resist. Of course, I was the only one in the family who got books on sale but we all left happy and with new reading material. These are my three—V.E. Schwab blurbed the tagged book which is all the recommendation I need. Women Talking has been on my radar for awhile so I thought why not. I know nothing about the third book except it‘s a MG mystery with a great premise and a cool cover.

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Areader2
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Why though ?🤦🏼‍♀️ because I wanted to! 😍#bookhaul
#barnesandnoble 50 % off books,free tote with three books🎉🎊

Bklover Me too! Fun stuff! 2mo
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strandbookstore
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Author Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) loves our Book HookUp subscription boxes! She said, “I‘ve been waiting (im)patiently to get my hands on both of these books from Ocean Vuong & Sarah Gailey and the wait was totally worth it for all of this wonderment.“ Sign up for the upcoming Book HookUp box here!: www.strandbooks.com/strand-subscriptions (Pictured: Last quarter's box)

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danibel
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marleed
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I‘m not sure if this was more fantasy or detective-mystery. Whatever it was, I liked it. The remaining mystery for me is whether or not I‘m the only one that sees a crossed-legged bear gracing this cover!?

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gingerandjazz
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Veronica Mars investigates a murder at Hogwarts? Who knew that was exactly what I‘ve been wanting? Magic for Liars is a kind of culture clash between Chosen One fantasy and crime noir, playing with tropes of both genres in all the best ways; it hits every note dead on, and manages to come up with a solution that feels both satisfactory and unexpected.

tpixie Sounds great!!! 2mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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An amazing, magical read. The characters were well made and the plot moved along nicely. Hope to see more of this character in the future.

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amma-keep-reading
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Ugggggghhhhh! That ending! So good.. until the end.
I don't know if we're meant to create “ever-afters“ but I personally felt robbed. I need a novella or something to quench my curiosity. 🤔