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Magic for Liars
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
"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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theliteraryvineyard
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RATING: 5 / 5

From the moment the book started, I was hooked. We open in a library where someone is hidden among the books. A horrible crime scene, a heart-wrenching tragedy, and magic in the most mundane setting...

I couldn't put this one down and it's high on my would read again list!

#MagicalRealism #Fantasy #Mystery #MagicForLiars #FiveStars #5Stars

ozma.of.oz Sarah Gailey is great! I highly recommend River of Teeth if you haven‘t read it yet! 6d
theliteraryvineyard @ozma.of.oz I'm going to add that to the wishlist right now! 6d
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majkia
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey

Interesting take on magic and those who can wield it. Twins, one magic, one not, reunite when the non-magical sister begins an investigation of a murder at a magical college.

#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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kelli7990
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Here‘s my review for another book I listened to. I‘m counting this book for 2 reading challenges.

☑️Read A Book With A School Setting - #tbrknockout
☑️A Dark Academia Book - #popsugarreadingchallenge2021

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peanutnine
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#QotD What is the most recent book that you have finished and absolutely loved?

I've read a lot of good ones lately, but I'd have to say Magic for Liars. It's been on my mind a lot after the fact, which is always a sign of a great read.

@kathytrithardt Thanks @Ast_Arslan for the tag!

kathytrithardt I really enjoyed Magic for Liars! 5mo
Ast_Arslan 😉😘 5mo
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monalyisha
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Magic for Liars begins with a body cleaved cleanly in two. It ends with someone messily trying to make themselves more whole. It‘s a story about broken people…and MAGIC, which is my favorite kind of story. I‘ve long wondered if there was a murder mystery that could make me feel like I might enjoy the genre after all. Happy to report: I finally found it!

I lIked this book exactly as much as I hoped to and far more than I thought I ever would. 🖤

monalyisha Thank you, @MatchlessMarie, for gifting this to me in a swap! ✨ 5mo
monalyisha I loved The Magicians (the books — NOT the tv show) & was skeptical about the claims that this book had similar vibes to Grossman‘s series. But, guess what?! It really does! 😱😍 5mo
Schnoebs Have you read anything else by the author? If so, how does this compare to their others? I‘ve been debating about picking this one up 5mo
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monalyisha @Schnoebs I haven‘t. But I think I remember, from doing the #NewYearWhoDis matchups, that @sebrittainclark might have some wisdom to share? 5mo
sebrittainclark @Schnoebs @monalyisha yes I've read a few others. I absolutely adored the American Hippo Duology (River of Teeth is the first one). It's an incredible alternative history. 5/5 stars. I also really liked Upright Women Wanted which is Gailey‘s post apocalyptic western and The Echo Wife which is hard to even describe. All their books are so different from each other, but so good. 5mo
Hooked_on_books I just loved this one! I also loved The Echo Wife—so good. I didn‘t love Upright Women Wanted and River of Teeth is quite good but I found it too violent to really enjoy it. 5mo
MatchlessMarie So glad you liked it! 😊 🪄 5mo
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peanutnine
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I love Sarah Gailey's work, they write such great characters. Ivy is a non magic PI who is hired to investigate a murder at the magic school where her estranged twin sister works. There is a ton of mystery and family dynamics. Ivy's struggle with fitting into this other world is captivating and relatable.

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monalyisha
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It‘s a rainy, gray day — & I‘m finally reading this, instead of just toting it back & forth in my beach bag for two whole Summers in a row. 😅🙈

peanutnine I just finished it! I hope you like it as much as I did! 5mo
monalyisha @peanutnine Success! 💯 5mo
peanutnine @monalyisha yay! What did you think of the ending?? 5mo
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Moray_Reads
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There were times I wanted to shake Ivy and say “It's so OBVIOUS!“ when it came to the mystery but overall I enjoyed the book. It was fun, quirky and original.

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deirdrebeecher
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Overall I really liked this book. I felt it was a really focused story with a strong plot and world. There were times it made me feel uncomfortable. Ivy is such a wreck and her emotional upheavals through the book sometimes set my teeth on edge. I can't quite work out if that is a negative reflection on me, or on the book. Will definitely read more by Gailley.

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Anita
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Compulsively readable and so vivid. I loved the main character so much!

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suvata
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• Scribd audiobook • Kindle e-book

Everything I want in a book is in this novel:
• a great mystery
• a boarding school setting
• fantastic magic (a bit gruesome)
• family drama
all this AND an excellent ending.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheKidUpstairs I really enjoyed this one, too! 8mo
suvata @TheKidUpstairs 👍🏻 8mo
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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

This really got me. I kept changing my mind throughout the book about who the murderer must be as Ivy is forced to sort through truths, lies, and the lies she wishes were truths.

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sebrittainclark
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1. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey and The Handbook for Bad Days by Eveline Helsinki

2. Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

3. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey, and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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sebrittainclark
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1. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey and The Handbooo for Bad Days by Eveline Helsinki

2. Hardcover

3. A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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MeganAnn
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Book 3 #newyearwhodis
This mystery novel is set in a magical school with a non-magic PI investigating the death of a teacher. It was exactly the distraction I needed from work this week. It‘s not perfect, but I enjoyed it immensely. Ivy‘s difficult relationship with her sister and her issues with magic and high school made her a very real character in an unexpected setting. I very much enjoyed it.

BarbaraJean I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I came across it on a list of “feel-good fantasy” early in the pandemic, and while I don‘t know that it‘s really feel-good, it was certainly absorbing and escapist and a needed distraction for me at that point. I really enjoyed the fantasy + magic school + PI vibe. 10mo
mom2bugnbee This was a "pick" for me as well! 10mo
monalyisha @BarbaraJean Feel-good?! 😂🙈 Whoever created that list is deeply disturbed. But I just finished reading & I thought it was an *excellent* read! 5mo
BarbaraJean @monalyisha I know, right?! 😬 I really enjoyed it, but “feel-good“ is not the descriptor I would have gone for! (edited) 5mo
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MeganAnn
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After a long work week, I finally get to sit down for an afternoon with this book. The kiddo and I are enjoying some dedicated family reading time... and our book covers even match! 😆❤️✨

This is another one off my #newyearwhodis list from @BarbaraJean

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Bookgoil
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Well I‘m out of my slump! Thanks to #anywayyoureadathon and taking some mental health time I‘ve got my reading mojo back. I finished all of these books this weekend. ❤️ @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl @kimmypete1

Eggbeater Wow! You go, goil! Nice job! 11mo
Soubhiville Nice! Congratulations! 11mo
kimmypete1 Awesome!! 11mo
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BarkingMadRun
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StayCurious Great job!! 12mo
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BarkingMadRun
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My current reads... and a Book Bean. I just finished a shirt story in the bottom one, part of the #adventcalendar for #ouabc #wintergames2020 #teamrednosedreindeer @StayCurious

StayCurious Well, there's a real mountain of a book! Best of luck!! 12mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope you like it! I've heard good things about it. 12mo
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IndoorDame
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I Miss have read dozens of summaries and promo blurbs about this when it was first released and was surrounded by lots of hype, and while they, and the cover image, made me pretty sure this book would be up my lane, I was just never drawn to it for some reason. BUT I‘m really glad I downloaded it from Libby on a whim a few weeks ago, because this was awesome! It really was like reading a Harry Potter book for grown ups. #votedearlyreadathon

IndoorDame And I can totally see this one of those things I re-read when I need cheering up, even though it doesn‘t exactly end with “and they all lived happily ever after” 13mo
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j9brown
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Magic and a murder mystery! I enjoyed this a lot. I thought the main character was very clever but also very relatable, and the story was unique and it kept me guessing. So fun!
And 😍 that cover!

Eyelit I liked this one, too. Sarah Gailey is one of my new go-to authors 😃 13mo
j9brown @Eyelit This was my first by her but I can't wait to check out more! I snagged an arc of her newest from BookishFirst, The Echo Wife, it sounds really fun, too. Looks like the release is in February. 13mo
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monalyisha
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OMG, @MatchlessMarie ! Your package was AMAZING!!! I feel seen — & *SPOILED!* My husband looked over the towering hoard & said, “Wow. This person really gets you.” 4 books, piles of candy (including sour gummy bats!), Ray Bradbury gifts, Buffy swag (x2!), a glittering skull-shaped bath bomb, “Bite Me” socks, a ghost pin, Beetlejuice post-it tabs, & sweet, frosted cookies from a local bakery that brought me RIGHT back to my childhood. I die. 💀🍂🖤

monalyisha It truly feels like Christmas on Halloween. 😍 Thanks, @wanderinglynn , for hosting! This was perfectly executed & perfectly delightful. 💖 13mo
KatieDid927 Aah that Buffy shirt! 😍 13mo
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wanderinglynn Fantastic box! 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 13mo
wanderinglynn And I‘m with @KatieDid927 – that shirt is freaking awesome! 13mo
monalyisha @KatieDid927 @wanderinglynn Right?! And it‘s soft, too. I can‘t wait to wear it to bed! 13mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome package! 13mo
MatchlessMarie Glad you love it! You were fun to shop for. It was by chance that I came across the bunnies reference because I have never seen a single episode, but now I want to 😂 Happy Halloween! 🧛🏻‍♀️🖤🎃 13mo
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Johanna414
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Here‘s my potential books for the upcoming round of #lmpbc - have you read any of them? Are there any your really want to read? Any you do not want to read?
@TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @Jerdencon
Can‘t wait to read with you all!

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kellyann28 I've not read any! The bottom two are on my TBR list! 14mo
Jerdencon I‘ve read the book women of troublesome creek - which I loved! Any of the others are good! I like the sound of the ten thousand doors of January. 14mo
TheBookKeepers I haven‘t read any! The Shadows Between Us is on my TBR, but any of these are good with me! 14mo
Dasquirt8 The shadow between us I really enjoyed! Quick and a stand-alone 14mo
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @Jerdencon while sitting through an intensely boring zoom meeting, I may have just ordered all but the book woman... so I think I'll read the 1st chapter of each and see what sticks 14mo
kellyann28 Sounds good to me! It will be a true surprise haha! 14mo
TheBookKeepers Love your method!! 14mo
Jerdencon Great idea! 14mo
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Read-y_Picker
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So this was a solid 3.5🌟 for me. I read through it pretty quickly. It was a good story, very creative. But I really had trouble with the narrator‘s outlook. Overall it was enjoyable, though, and the conclusion was well done. I recommend for some light reading.

That‘s another 15 for #TeamHarkness #scarathlon2020 #Screamathon #October20in4 #OustandingOctober and #bookspinbingo I‘m sure I‘m missing someone lol

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
4thhouseontheleft 🎃👻 14mo
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Jesstifies
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3.5/5 ⭐️ Enjoyed the premise of the book for sure and found myself caring about the main character more than I thought I would. Picked it up hoping to feel more of the Magic universe, but found it was a tighter exploration of the characters and their relationships. Have some small complaints, and was surprised by the abrupt ending, but overall enjoyed it.

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ShyBookOwl
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This was one one of my favourite reads last year. I loved that it gave me a magic school setting, but still had an adult non-magic protagonist to relate to.
#BookHunt #scavengersaturday

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sarahgreatlove
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Detective stories combined with magic and fantasy are my jam. I loved it. I listened on audio, the narration was fantastic. Unpredictable plot, I truly did not know who did it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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mom2bugnbee
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Finished this one before I posted that I'd started it. 😁

This was fun & a page-turner. While there wasn't, IMO, a gasp-out-loud moment at the reveal, it was compelling enough that it kept me reading quickly.

⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Meaw_catlady
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#tarottakeover day 2 is The Four of Cups! The book I ended up choosing is Magic for Liars. Because in this book the character Ivy let‘s childhood bitterness disconnect her from her loved one and causes so much sadness and loneliness in her life.

ErinSueMreads Well that isn't what I was expecting 🤣🤣 1y
Meaw_catlady @ErinSueMreads hahahha I was trying to decide and I went with something completely different 1y
TheNeverendingTBR @ErinSueMreads @Meaw_catlady I'm unsure what Four Cups stands for? 😬 1y
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Meaw_catlady @TheNeverendingTBR here‘s a pretty straightforward explanation! 🖤 1y
TheNeverendingTBR @Meaw_catlady Thank you, I'll get on this soon! 🙋‍♂️ 1y
Branwen I love love LOVE this book! What a great choice! 👏💕📚 1y
Meaw_catlady @Branwen it is such a great book !!!!!! So glad to hear you loved it too!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
kgriffith I have this deck! Didn‘t love the book, but love that you‘re pairing cards with books 😊 1y
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kgriffith
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I hate to pan this because the author gives great Twitter but man oh man was this ever painful.

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BookishTrish
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Ik lees buiten bij de oceaan

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Jari-chan
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Bookish song Nr. 13: Rat-A-Tat

I sing a bitter song
I'm the lonelier version of you
I just don't know where it went wrong

Well, in the book at least it is stated where and when it went wrong. I think the whole dynamic of this song fits Ivy and her life.

#musicandbooks

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effani
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Here's my August #BookSpin list! Still only planning to read 1-2 books rather than going for bingo. (I drew up my bingo card for July...and now I have a sad bingo card with only two squares marked, not in a line. I may or may not manage to make it three by the time the month is over! 😂) @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sounds good!! I didn't do that great on my bingo this month, either, which is part of the reason we're back for another round! 😂 1y
ChasingOm I loved the tagged book. 😍 1y
effani @ChasingOm It's definitely high on my list, so if it doesn't come up this month I'll probably get to it soon. I'm looking forward to it! 1y
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raeintheworld
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I‘m a sucker for boarding school stories. This one includes magic and murder! The style is noir-ish and completely engrossing.

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kathytrithardt
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There is a lot I enjoyed about this book: the voice of the protagonist, the casual swearing, the complicated family dynamics, the way magic is portrayed, the way teenagers are still teenagers even when they have magic, the romance, the open ending....

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Zoes_Human
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Ivy Gamble is a Private Investigator whose job centers around uncovering deceit, but it can sometimes be easier to see other people's lies than it is our own. Called upon to solve a mystery at the boarding school where her estranged sister teaches, Ivy finds herself confronted with uncomfortable truths on personal and professional levels. An intriguing mystery Full of richly-drawn, nuanced, complex, and realistic characters.

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“In my mind, I took what had just happened ... and I put it into a box. A box with a tight lid. I dropped the box into a deep brick-lined oubliette. It landed somewhere next to my mother‘s last words and my searing loneliness and everything else I needed to forget, and just like that, I was fine again.”

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“So, the truth: it‘s not that I didn‘t have a choice. I did. I had a thousand choices.

I was so close to making the right one.”

A delightfully ominous start 📖

wicdiv I've enjoyed quite a few of Sarah Gailey's books so I hope you like this too! 1y
Zoes_Human @wicdiv I've only every read their short fiction before, and I absolutely loved STET. Thus far, I'm enjoying this as well. The protagonist is extremely well-written. 1y
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Kboltz
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Twin sisters, one has magic the other does not. The sisters do not get along until the bisected body is found!🥴. Liked this although at the end I keep thinking why the author chose such a procedure in a high school?? 🥴

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LKreads
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#QuarantineRead 13: Magic, mystery, murder. I enjoyed this book because it fit the psychological thriller genre, but had a nice fantasy/ Harry Potter esque twist as it took place at a magical school. ( I also am super into this cover art).

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Out of 66 books, I'm at 27 (41%) with LGBTQ+ protagonists and 18 (25%) authors. I have at least one book by a LGBTQ+ author that had a heterosexual couple as protagonists (The Invited by Jennifer McMahon), a good reminder that diverse authors aren't limited to #ownvoices stories.

Sarah Gailey has become one of my favorite authors this year; they write fantasy and speculative fiction with diverse characters and great plots! #integrateyourshelf

ozma.of.oz I loved Magic For Liars! ❤️ 1y
ChasingOm I love everything they write too. ❤️ 1y
Moll The tagged book here sounds right up my street!! Added to my 'to read' list. Thanks for the recommendation😍 1y
WhatWouldJaneDo @Moll yay! I hope you love it as much as I did. 1y
Moll @WhatWouldJaneDo Fingers crossed!😊 1y
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GirlNamedJesse
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What a world to be dropped into! I loved the technical aspects of this magic. I didn‘t understand a lick of it, but it was fascinating to see the terminology used to describe different methods, et cetera. The mystery was also captivating. I figured it out a bit before the reveal, but it was still fun to live through the drama. I wish there had been more of an obvious hope for a happy future at the end, but this fit the story well.

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BarbaraJean
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This sounded interesting, but I delayed on picking it up partly because I didn‘t like the cover. I still don‘t like the cover, but I did like the book. It‘s a murder mystery/detective story set at a private “academy for young mages.” I loved the setting and wanted more of it, but also enjoyed the way the book put the investigator‘s insecurities & family baggage center stage, letting the magic system & setting fall into place almost incidentally.

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madams421
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This one‘s not for me so far, but I‘m definitely going to get to the end to see who the magical murderer is!
#MagicalMay #CoolCovers

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ralexist
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A dash of noir mixed with a murder at a magical university. Estranged siblings, meet-cute with a handsome professor, dark secrets, and a dangerous prophecy all come into play in this book. And even with all that, there was just something missing for me, and I can't figure out what that might be. It reads well. The characters and mystery are interesting. The stories weave together smoothly. The dialogue is good. But it didn't wow me.

Bette Like your review, I felt the same...i kept waiting for something else. 2y
Beachesnbooks Agreed. Wanted to love it, but something fell short. 2y
Kboltz Same here, it had a good story going and then Something at the end did not fit in with the previous vibe of the book. 1y
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Monyca
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This was a fun read, something different from what I usually read and a complete change of pace from my bored-in-the-house quarantine life. I enjoyed the setting of a magic school, which was completely unlike Hogwarts, and the pace of the mystery.

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

PI takes a murder case at the magical school at which her twin sister works. Not a particularly strong mystery or fantasy. Meh.

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Monyca
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Up next... A complete change of pace from my last read!

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shaynarae
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This book was so incredibly painful to get through. All of the adults were written like they were adolescents, which I absolutely cannot stand. That‘s massive deal-breaker for me, and I regret not bailing the first time I had the inkling to. The murder mystery wasn‘t even that compelling, and certainly not worth trudging through a cast of the most juvenile adult characters I‘ve come across in years. 🙄😒