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Darker Shade of Magic
Darker Shade of Magic | V E Schwab
STEP INTO A UNIVERSE OF DARING ADVENTURE, THRILLING POWER, AND MULTIPLE LONDONS.Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.
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rkeo
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3.75⭐ This book has so much potential, but was blandly executed. The author claims this is not a YA novel, yet nothing about it is more mature, complex, or dark than a typical YA fantasy novel. All PG-13 action and easy prose. The plot is good but not great, & the characters a tad underdeveloped & predictable (though likeable enough to root for them). I'm curious to see how the series ends, but I'm not dying to pick up the sequel anytime soon.

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bourne.shell
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Surprised how much I like this. I don't usually read pure Fantasy. Kell is such a great character and Lila!!... you just want to know more about them. So easy to read. Short chapters that just encourage you to get reading over and over. Just read it!

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Emily2002
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I finished this book this morning and it was phenomenal! This was my very first V.E.Schwab book I‘ve read so far,I absolutely adored it so much,I loved learning about the different London‘s,also Kell and Lila were just adorable? I must say! I can‘t wait to see more of Rhy in the second book I‘ll just love him! 💕Overall I totally recommend this book to the moon and back!
My Rating-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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eloreads
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2.5
I had high hopes for this. The plot has potential but it fell flat. I felt indifferent to the characters, no matter how much I tried, couldn‘t like any of them. Lila felt like the typical badass girl that has become popular in fantasy. Kell was boring. Every other character was one-dimensional. As much as this book talks about the four Londons there‘s really no other explanation to them or differences aside from how magic is used in each.

bg_reads This is exactly how I am feeling about this right now! I was kind of chewed out on Instagram for saying it wasn't my cup of tea... I'm not sure I want to keep going! 😨 2w
eloreads @bg_reads Oh no! I‘m sorry that happened to you. I‘ll never understand why people do that, people have different opinions, we don‘t have to like the same things! I‘m not sure if I want to continue either. 2w
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eloreads
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Just a little over 200 pages in and feeling “meh” about it. Does it get any better?

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Sydneyreads
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Perfect Thursday afternoon

Reviewsbylola What a pretty cookie! 3w
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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
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July has officially come to an end which means it's finally time for the #newtsreadathon2019 📚📚
I'm still working out some of my choices for my #newtstbr but I know I'm starting with A Darker Shade of Magic because it's the book club pick for #fictionfuedsociety

Books.Bottles.and.Babies Hopefully, I'll have a more solid TBR set in the next few days, but for now here's my July wrap up➡️
12 books:
*The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (reread, audiobook)
*Fearless Fourteen (audiobook)
*Lock Every Door
*HP and Sorcerer's Stone (reread, audiobook)
*Revenge
*Picnic at Hanging Rock
*I'll be Gone in the Dark
*Kingdom of Copper
*The Lying Game
*The Maze of Bones
*The Couple Next Door
*Nevernight
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Books.Bottles.and.Babies 📚🧙💚🐍🦁🦅🦡💚🧙📚
Who else is participating in the #magicalreadathon2019 ??? I'll be doing it with my boys and updating all of our readathon fun on IG, Litsy, and Twitter. Let me know if you're doing the readathon, I'd love to follow your NEWTs!
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Scochrane26 What‘s the newtsreadathon? 3w
Books.Bottles.and.Babies @Scochrane26 It's a month long Harry Potter themed readathon. It started with the OWLs in April, now we're starting the NEWTs. 3w
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crystalizedbooks
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I adore this series! It was a little rough for me at first but I picked it up again, and still magical! It is definitely a book you have to fully be ready to dive into. Once you do you will fall in love with the story and how Schwab describes each London.

seaves582 I go back and forth on reading this. It sounds amazing, but I have heard some criticism. Have you read them all? 3w
crystalizedbooks @seaves582 yes I have read them all. I would say each has a part in which it does drag on, but I enjoyed them! I think it's a book series you either love or not love. 3w
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bookandbedandtea
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Finally finished this on my drive to work this morning and I'm eager to get the second one to find out what happens next. This world and these characters are very intriguing. Definite pick!

jillrhudy I really enjoyed the trilogy. 3w
TheSpineView I loved it too! Just bought the boxed set for my grandson. 3w
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy I love it too! (So far 😉) I was able to check out the second audiobook so I'll be starting that on the way home. 3w
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bookandbedandtea @TheSpineView I'm thinking about buying it for my son. I'm pretty sure he'll love it! 3w
jillrhudy @bookandbedandtea No sooner do I get through a print series than everyone is raving about the audio! Then I feel as though maybe I missed the boat! 3w
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy I've only started listening to audiobooks in the last year as I now have a long drive to work. I still prefer to read than listen but this helps me on my commute. I'm not sure I loved the narration on this one but I enjoyed the story which is definitely the biggest thing! 3w
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cjk
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bookandbedandtea
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1- The Bride Test, The Key To Happily Ever After, and, on audio, A Darker Shade of Magic👰💝💫
2- The One and Only Ivan 🦍
3- Meeting up with my bestie for a girl's weekend in Palm Springs! 😁🔥

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book_princessBritt
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1) always here to rec VE Schwab 2) Spider-Man: Far from home 3) smoothies 4) 9 cousins I think (not counting second cousins) #friyayintro

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wideeyedreader
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1. I‘m pretty sure I‘ve told all my friends so read the tagged at least once!
2. Tolkien, the biopic about the author‘s life. I went to see it with my dad and fellow Tolkien nerd
3. Fruit salad! I don‘t know why, but it screams summer to me
4. Four, all much younger than me
5. @AmyK1 #friyayintro

emz711 I just audioread this recently, really good 4w
wideeyedreader @emz711 It‘s one of my favorites! 4w
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alegx
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This is the first book I‘ve read all year 😅
Nothing seemed to capture my attention until Kell and his strange coat and Lila and her knives came along, and now my eyes hurt a little bit, but it was worth it.

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bookandbedandtea
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I know I'm only about a third of the way into this, so much more info to come, but so far I don't like Lila or Holland much. Or maybe at all.
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julesG 😼I get it. Read on. You might think differently soon. Or the same and keep disliking them. I wish I could read this series for the first time again. 1mo
bookandbedandtea @julesG I can see how they both might grow on me a little- Holland especially since he doesn't appear to have a choice right now- but currently I like Kell so much that his dealings with Lila, Holland, and of course the rock!, are giving me a bad impression of them. 🙃 1mo
julesG That's okay. Kell is great. I didn't like Lila at first, too. And Holland, well, he never really made it onto my faves list, but there'll be a few other badass characters to look forward to. 1mo
bookandbedandtea @julesG More BA characters sounds great to me! I'm eager to return to this world but probably won't get a chance till Monday. 😕 1mo
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bookandbedandtea
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🎧 Started this one on the ride home. I've heard good things about it.

TheSpineView I loved it! Hope you do too!😊 1mo
bookandbedandtea @TheSpineView I'm still in the first few chapters but I'm enjoying the world building. 👍 1mo
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mattthebookworm
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I hated how the beginning was a tad bit slow. The book did get better because of how action packed the rest of the book is.

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BooknerdsLife
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“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still”
#ColorMePretty #RedAndBlack
Reminded me of this #Fantasy series & first book I‘ve read by VE Schwab. About parallel Londons including Red, Grey & Black London. I was hooked by her writing & magical world building but most of all the characters she created! You might get hooked by the adventure but stay for the villains you‘d end up rooting for!
#booknerd #bibliophile #readinglife #bookworm

Sweetkokoro I have to say I like these covers so much more then the usual ones I see floating around at my B&N. I have yet to read it, but I feel I would be more enticed if I had seen these versions on the shelf. 1mo
julesG Loved this series! We do have a lot of books in common, it seems. 1mo
BooknerdsLife @Sweetkokoro Haha I normally prefer the US editions but in this case I do love the UK ones better too 😆❤️🖤 Oh I hope you‘ll get to read this soon! I‘ve now read most of her books & love them all! You can order this edition from bookdepository which offers free delivery internationally 👍🏼 1mo
BooknerdsLife @julesG Awww that‘s awesome!! 🤗How lovely we have similar taste in books! 😱💖 I love her YA duology too, which I think is a little under appreciated 😐 Still need to read the new one Vengeful tho🤗 1mo
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manoushka
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this was my second read of the summer, and so far my favourite ! It‘s been a really long time since i read a fantasy book that does it as well as this one. Can‘t wait to get my hands on the second book

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Just a shelf dedicated to the queen herself!

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sherryvdh
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The weather has been gorgeous today! Enjoying some quiet time now that the baby has gone to bed. Just reading the last bit of my book while my older boy and my nieces play before they go to bed. #nslittens #sunsetreading

Tadams4 Sounds perfect! Beautiful view! That‘s a seriously green lawn! 1mo
Crazeedi Your lawn is mowed! Mine needs it again!!😉 1mo
brit91 Beautiful view!💖💖 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Oh, how I remember those days! 😊 1mo
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bg_reads
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I got this book (along with the box set) for my birthday in March and I'm finally reading it. So far the writing is nice but the storyline isn't very exciting... I hope it'll pick up.

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e.c.vitoria
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Lady_Tigana_20 Love that mask. ❤️ 1mo
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dxmy
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Okay just one more photo, I'm just really friggin' excited about them 😅😍

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dxmy
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One of my favorite series, now in hardback!! This October, I'm going to a book festival in Utrecht and V.E. Schwab is going to be there, so I had to splurge on the pretty edition to get them signed! A perfect graduation gift to myself as well, as I graduated from college!! 🎉🎓

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litenthusiast
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#LetsTravelJuly This book has been on my TBR list for way too long. I'm looking forward to reading it this month. #Shade @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 Can‘t wait to hear what you think! It‘s on my TBR too! 2mo
jillrhudy I thought this whole trilogy was great. 2mo
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OriginalCyn620 I posted about this one too...can‘t wait to read it! 2mo
Melissa_J @OriginalCyn620 it‘s very good. I hope you enjoy it. 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I have not read the tagged book yet but I love V.E. Schwab! Also, if you haven‘t read Shades Of Grey, I highly recommend it. #shade #letstraveljuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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Schnoebs
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Trying to reorganize my life and declutter so I dropped a trunk load of stuff off at Goodwill today. Look what I found in their book section!

#thrift #goodwill #bookhaul #usedbooks #mpls #twincities

HOTPock3tt A darker shade of magic is AMAZING!!! 😃♥️📚 2mo
Schnoebs @HOTPock3tt I‘ve heard so much about it but I‘m worried about the hype so when I saw it really cheap at goodwill I went for it lol 2mo
HOTPock3tt I was being super cheap and got it from the library 🤣It has an intricate story and fun world building. Hope it lives up to the hype for you. It certainly did for me😎 I even read the little backstory novella. @Schnoebs (edited) 2mo
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GivenLemons
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So I had a lot of fun with this book! It has all the aesthetic elements I love - fancy coats, cross-dressing to commit crimes and women wielding flintlock pistols. But it also had a really engrossing plot and fantastic action scenes!

imyril It‘s so much fun! 2mo
BooknerdsLife One of my favourite series!! 🙌🏼❤️🖤 2mo
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sherryvdh
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Starting a new book while I wait at the airport. I'm flying to Ontario to get my nieces, and we are road tripping back here so they can visit for a few weeks. I'm super excited, and slightly sad about leaving my boys for a few days. I have a 2 hour flight ahead of me, perfect for lots of reading! #airportreads #nslittens #momcation

CouronneDhiver Ontario is pretty fun, sometimes 😉 Safe journey! 2mo
Tamra So fun! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love a good road trip! 2mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt1 Whilst I‘m back in bed for the foreseeable future, I am able to use a screen without my head trying to explode🤯so I‘ll post the books that trickled in while I was “indisposed”🤕First up is the UK version(I think)of the Collectors Edition of the 1st book in V.E.Schwab‘s trilogy about 4 versions of London. I thought I took pictures of the inside of this but I mustn‘t have🤷🏻‍♀️ #goodtobeback #hieveryone🙋🏻‍♀️

CarolynM Oh Liz! What a tough time you're having. I'm glad to see you back and glad you can enjoy some screen time again. Hope things keep getting better💐 2mo
Lizpixie @CarolynM thank you so much! I‘ve definitely missed everyone very much, you guys have been my only contact with the outside world for a lot of the last few years and to lose that as well was so depressing. To say I‘m happy to be back is an understatement!💃🏻 2mo
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tristan.bissett
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Amazing!
Great read for high fantasy fans and magic lovers.
Must read of the Summer!

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Endowarrior21
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@AlizaApp thank you for everything I hope it is all here this all I received in the package. I love the books and the cup and I love the bookmarks and tote. #summersantagoespostal @BookishMarginalia

AlizaApp Yay! There was also supposed to be some candy in there but I guess it fell out. All the main stuff arrived though! 2mo
Endowarrior21 @AlizaApp okay so only the candy is missing 2mo
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EmilieGR
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It‘s usual to feel that a fantasy/ sciFi book is “cozy,” but this one was. It was relaxing to just ease into these characters and this story line and give in to the story. Very atmospheric and effortless!

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My niece is having a baby girl in September, but they moved the baby shower to July. So, I‘m having to make quick work of the blanket I‘m making for her. Really enjoying this book on audio!

wanderinglynn The blanket is beautiful! I love the colors you chose. ❤️ 2mo
Kmmsellers @wanderinglynn thank you so much! 2mo
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Mitch I‘ve got to get to this soon - I‘ve been looking at it on the shelf for way too long! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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jen_the_scribe

An otherwordly take on the city of London, with four parallel worlds. The main character is the last of two magicians alive who can travel between the parallel Londons. This is a unique story with interesting characters.

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SmartSassery
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Oh. My. HECK! Mother trucking POEKA DOTS!!!! That's so punny!! I love them. And adore all the Sarah J Maas post cards. 💜💜💜 @4thhouseontheleft you truly outdid yourself here. Thank you so very much. Everything is perfect.

@TheReadingMermaid 's 🧜‍♀️ #MysteryMessageSwap

4thhouseontheleft I have the same Poe socks, and when I was Litsy stalking and saw you loved Poe, I had to buy you a pair! 😃😃 2mo
SmartSassery @4thhouseontheleft They are wonderful. 🖤 You have excellent taste. 2mo
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SmartSassery
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Look at how fat this mystery book is! Ahhh! What is it what is it?!?! The book looks really good too. Yes I already looked it up. 😂 @4thhouseontheleft you put together a very cool box!! Thank you.👌Let's look inside shall we...

Another perfect swap by by @TheReadingMermaid. After my 1st swap I was hooked. I love your swaps so much I sign up every time now. 💙🧜‍♀️💙

#MysteryMessageSwap

BooknerdsLife One of my favorite series 😍😍❤️🖤Hope you‘ll enjoy it too! 1mo
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emz711
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Now compared to my last post on Mistborn, this one I liked! I listened to it on Libby.

I think I only like certain kinds of fantasy. How about you? @chael0910 @wanderlustywriter @lauren.lerner @kramerh77

#gray #Red #white #black #London

AutumnRLS This one is on my TBR. I've only heard good things :) 2mo
JenFowler I LOVE this series!! 2mo
chael0910 Another one for my TBR List. Thank you for recommending me this😊🙏 2mo
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lauren.lerner I‘ll be honest, I‘ve read precisely zero VE Schwab. That said, lmk where to start because I‘m always up for something new these days! 2mo
emz711 @lauren.lerner this is my first! 2mo
wanderlustywriter I liked this. However I looooved Vicious and Vengeful! 1mo
emz711 @wanderlustywriter yeah? Maybe I need to get on that 1mo
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Johanna414
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My sister is visiting for a week and I gave her the Shades of Magic series for her birthday. She and Lane are happily reading them together. Lane “read” books 2 and 3, then told Emily she was a slow reader... 😂😂🤦‍♀️

Crazeedi ❣sisters are special 2mo
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I am not usually a fan of books which spend a lot of time on world building. I am just visiting, not moving in. However, the characters were unique and their interactions whether good or bad were intense. There was wit and adventure galore. Definitely recommend.

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AutumnRLS Just picked this one up! 2mo
Eggs Cool cover 😎 2mo
Godpants This one is so much fun! Hope you like it. 2mo
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RealLifeReading Thanks for playing! ❤️❤️ 2mo
BooknerdsLife Awww I love your list! 😍 some of my favourites too 🙌🏼💕📚 2mo
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