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A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic | V.E Schwab
Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelersmagicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. Theres Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. Theres Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London...
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TieDyeDude
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1. Getting married, new job, and buying a house (aka: All the adulting). Greatest challenge has been mostly financial and physical well being. COVID and above items have contributed to a lapse in discipline in both aspects. Time to buckle down!
2. Probably The Woman They Could Not Silence, though I'm ready to go deep with V.E. Schwab after reading A Darker Shade of Magic
3. Financial stability and to lose a few pounds. Also, no more masks 😁😒😷

DivineDiana Cheers to a wonderful year of life accomplishments! Yes! No more masks in 2022 🤞🏻 3w
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Trashcanman

But the thing about people, Kell had discovered, is that they didn't really want to know. They thought they did, but knowing only made them miserable.

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Nu-Bibliophile
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Pickpick

I regret not reading this soon enough!

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Texreader
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Successful run to Half Price Books today and got this boxed trilogy in perfect condition.

@freeatlast1137 Do you want my extra copy of book 1?

GingerAntics I love when that happens!!! 2mo
erinreads These spines look so good! 😍 2mo
freeatlast1137 Yes please! 2mo
Texreader @GingerAntics @erinreads It‘s so crazy and awesome when you get half off perfect-condition books! I couldn‘t believe it. 2mo
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MrT
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Pickpick

So I ended up passing on my paperback copies ( a mistake I regret), however consoled myself with finding these on eBay. AGOS & ACOL are both numbered and signed. Happy days! 😊

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AutumnRLS
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The end of October reading. Stella Fortuna and Evelyn Hardcastle were really dark. Both of the Sloan novels were whimsical and really great. I'm bummed that I've got a 10 week wait on the second V E Schwab or I'd have already read the whole series by now. So good!

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Butterfinger
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Pickpick

Love a good duel. This time, there are several duels. Between Antari. Between man and magic. A fascinating story. I was engaged from the first page. Thank goodness for challenges. I found a new series. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great job 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

So good! I need to read more from Schwab! #authoramonth @Soubhiville #bookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Endowarrior21
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@BookishBelle your book is on its way back to you. #lmpbc

BookishBelle Thanks so much! 3mo
Endowarrior21 @BookishBelle your welcome 3mo
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Endowarrior21
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Pickpick

I actually loved the book this time which was a shock seeing the first time I tried to read it I could not get pass page 25. I am truly glad I gave it another shot.
I will sending it out in the morning @BookishBelle 😁. #LMPBC #ROUND12 #GroupL @ozma.of.oz @kellyann28

peanutnine I love when that happens! 3mo
kellyann28 Sometimes you just need to be in the right place/time for a book! 3mo
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TieDyeDude
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Pickpick

Great world building, great character development, good pacing, well-developed rules for this story's magic. I appreciate that it is a complete, independent story with enough loose strings to make a sequel appealing, but not necessary. Looking forward to book 2!

miaelisabet Book 2 does not disappoint! I hope you enjoy it!! 3mo
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Texreader
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I‘ve been looking forward to this month‘s #authoramonth and had even bought two books that were long on my tbr. But now I‘m bogged down in a chunkster hard read and haven‘t started either one. I think I know which one I‘m going to have to choose but would love everyone‘s thoughts on both of them.

BookBelle84 I love them both but This Savage Song is an easier read if your looking for that. 3mo
Texreader @BookBelle84 I was hoping that was the case. Thanks for letting me know! 🤗 (edited) 3mo
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staci.reads
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Pickpick

This was my second VE Schwab, and while I wasn't as taken with it as I was with Addie LaRue, I really enjoyed it. It reads a lot like young adult lit, which is not a complaint, I love YA. It reminded me a lot of The Red Queen series or The Six of Crows. This was my pick for October's #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

AmyG Agree. Good but not as good as Addie LaRue. And yes, reminded me a bit of Six if Crows. 3mo
PaulaCappaAuthor Love author of the month. I do an author of the week but not every week. Discovering authors is an ongoing joy! 3mo
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Q84
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51% through this one. It's taken me a bit to start to get into it. Anyone else have this issue?

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Skygoddess1
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Pickpick

This was my second time reading this one and I decided to give it a try on audio. I‘m happy to say that even on audio, the book is still a favorite and holds up to my memories of it from the first time I read it. #BookspinBingo #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix #BFC2021 #AuthorAMonth +276 pts

YouReadMyEyes I just finished that one and started the second book. Excellent series, I‘m really enjoying it so far! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Q84
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Endowarrior21
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@kellyann28 this arrived to me today I can't wait to read it. @BookishBelle @ozma.of.oz #LMPBC #GroupL #Round12

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kellyann28
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Pickpick

This book was PHENOMENAL and I am definitely going to be continuing on the series! My sweet cinnamon-roll, Kell, must be protected at all costs! #LMPBC
@ozma.of.oz @BookishBelle @Endowarrior21

BookishBelle I‘m so glad you liked it!! Can‘t wait to read everyone‘s comments! 5mo
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kellyann28
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It arrived! I will be starting it this weekend ❤🖤
#LMPBC @ozma.of.oz @Endowarrior21 @BookishBelle

ozma.of.oz Wow! That was quick! 👍🏻 Looking forward to seeing what you think! 5mo
BookishBelle It was so good! I hope you like it! 5mo
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ozma.of.oz
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On its way @kellyann28 ! Tracking number is 9505 5066 7356 1242 2955 12 . Should be there September 2nd!

kellyann28 Thank you! 5mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Pickpick

Kell has the magic to travel between three Londons, Grey, Red, & White as an official messenger between the royalty. What happens when his smuggling side job saddles him with a dangerous artifact & a clever lady thief along for the ride? Trouble.

This was an intense read! A fascinating magic system, parallel cities, chases, fights! There wasn‘t a lot of breathing room in this. It‘s go from the start & doesn‘t slow down. But I loved it! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

ozma.of.oz #LMPBC #GroupL @kellyann28 This will be on its way to you this afternoon! @BookishBelle @Endowarrior21 (edited) 5mo
kellyann28 Awesome! This one has been on my shelf for a looong time so I'm glad to finally read it 5mo
BookishBelle Yay! I‘m glad you liked it too! 5mo
Endowarrior21 It arrived today thank you 4mo
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ozma.of.oz
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I have been working a stupid amount of overtime for the past few weeks, so I‘m finally getting to sit down with my #LMPBC #GroupL book for more than five minutes at a time.

I‘ve got a fresh cookie, my cinnamon apple spice tea with a bit of honey, and I‘m ready. ❤️

#Lucygirl napping in the background. #CatsOfLitsy

Crinoline_Laphroaig That mug! 🤣 5mo
Hooked_on_books Love your mug! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Love that mug! 😂😂😂 5mo
EclecticBookLover That mug is awesome! 5mo
Sungirl79 Love the mug!! 5mo
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ozma.of.oz
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@BookishBelle It‘s here! I‘m so excited to start it tomorrow! #LMPBC #GroupL

BookishBelle Yay!! It was so good! 5mo
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TheBiasedBibliophile
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I had this book on my TBR list for a while and I should NOT have waited so long to read it! Lila is the most perfect, bad@ss character! She was definitely my favorite character in the book! I think the world-building could have gone a bit more in depth, but I got a pretty vivid picture of what the four Londons would look like. There were some instances where I felt like the story dragged a little, but for the most part it was pretty fast paced.

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BookishBelle
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I just sent this out to you today, @ozma.of.oz . My husband got covid even though we‘re vaccinated so we just got out of quarantine. We‘re both fine, thank goodness. It should be there Monday. #lmpbc @Endowarrior21 @kellyann28

ozma.of.oz I‘m so glad you both are doing well! Your health comes first. I‘m really looking forward to reading jt! (edited) 5mo
kellyann28 I'm glad everyone is okay! ❤ 5mo
Endowarrior21 Glad everyone is doing well 5mo
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BookishBelle Thanks y‘all! @ozma.of.oz @kellyann28 @Endowarrior21 ❤️ 5mo
kspenmoll I am so glad you are all ok!!!! 5mo
BookishBelle Thanks so much @kspenmoll ! 5mo
DivineDiana So good to hear that you and your husband have recovered. ❤️ 5mo
BookishBelle Thank you @DivineDiana ! ❤️ 5mo
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em_books
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A beautiful beginning to this trilogy and I can‘t wait to see where it goes!! 🙌🏻

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BookishBelle
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Pickpick

This book was fantastic! The world building , the characters, all of it was great! My only qualm was that it seemed the mcs couldn‘t catch a break at times. I realized after I picked this as my #lmpbc read for this round, that the copy I had was one I had gotten at Shakespeare and Company when I was in Paris so I bought another copy to write in and send out. I‘ll get it in the mail soon! @ozma.of.oz @Endowarrior21 @kellyann28

ozma.of.oz Sweet! I‘m looking forward to it! I mentioned Shakespeare and Company to my dad, and he remembers his mother taking him there when they lived in France. ❤️ 6mo
BookishBelle @ozma.of.oz That‘s so sweet! It‘s a neat little shop! ❤️ 6mo
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jordanjamie11
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“I'm not going to die,“ she said. “Not till I've seen it.“
“Seen what?“
Her smile widened. “Everything.”

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canbku
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I really enjoyed a Invisible Life so I picked up another one by the same author. I haven't read fantasy in a bit, so that's another reason!

starlight97 I really loved this one too!💕 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Bingo card is all filled out and ready for a winning combo. #bookspin #bookspinbingo

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Aims42
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A little reading in between races. Couldn‘t ask for a better day; sunny, breezy, no humidity 😍😎☀️

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Aims42
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My bag is packed for our weekend trip to Road America in Wisconsin! Sunscreen, hat, book, backup book, fan 🙌🏻

Tamra Backup book most important! 😃 7mo
Aims42 @Tamra LOL! You know it! 😂 7mo
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Aims42
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Summer sunsets & good books, what could be better??

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JessTedrick
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Pickpick

It took a bit for me to get into the story but once I did, it was a fast read. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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JessTedrick
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Took me a bit to find my footing and get into this but I‘m 200 pages in and I think about it when I set it down to do other things so 🤷‍♀️

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NikkiM5
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Addie Larue made me very interested in this author. Adding this series to my TBR

#curiouscovers 2 June: Red and White

Eggs Love Schwab ♥️⚪️♥️ 8mo
AlisBookNookCorner Loved Addie LaRue too! Adding this to my TBR pile as well! 8mo
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Branwen
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I think Chaplin loves Victoria Schwab as much as I do! 😍😽💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

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Branwen
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It's a beautiful day to read at the park! 🌿📚💕

annahenke How lovely! 8mo
Nute Nice! 8mo
Hooked_on_books So pretty! 8mo
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Branwen
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💕📚🌿

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aburninwinter
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Pickpick

5/5⭐️ I LOVE this book, everything from the world building to the character depth, it captures you and doesn‘t let you go till the very last word, I highly recommend this if you‘re a fan of magic, thieves and sassy brunettes 💁🏻‍♀️

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BookwormAHN
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Day 3 #mapmonday
One of my favorite maps is from the Shades of Magic series 🗺
#wyrdandwonderchallenge #wyrdandwonder @imyril @deargeekplace @joriestory

Addison_Reads This is awesome! I love this series. 9mo
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shadowspeak17
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My #AprilWrapup
The top row were my favorites. The Schwab was for my friend rec challenge, the third year in a row that this particular friend has selected a book by her. Third time‘s the charm! I actually liked this one.

Total: 7
Print: 0
Ebook: 5
Audio: 2
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 2

#booked2021: 4
#friendrecchallenge: 1

MaleficentBookDragon How was the Lost City of Z? The 🎥 was terrible IMO and I was hoping the book was better. 9mo
shadowspeak17 @MaleficentBookDragon I enjoyed the book. I thought it was really interesting. 😊 That‘s too bad about the movie. 9mo
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x_anayax
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5/5 My absolute favourite book from my favourite series. V E Schwab is an amazing author and I fully recommend reading her books (in particular the shades of magic series)

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Emmybird01
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4/5 for this one! I just loved this unique world. Kell and Rhy and Lila and just great characters. The twins are so creepy and evil. You love to hate them. I cannot wait to read the next book.

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readordierachel
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Loved this. Left me wanting more of these characters and world and magic. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy 👍🏼👍🏼

Jas16 I really need to move these books up my TBR. 11mo
readordierachel @Jas16 This one is really fun, and I've heard that they just get better. 11mo
Nutmegnc I agree they get even better. I think she‘s going to continue writing in this world but not out any time soon. 😪 7mo
readordierachel @Nutmegnc Something to look forward to tho! 7mo
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Cathy_J
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Took me a while to get into this but I'm glad I stuck with it. I ended up quite enjoying it. Interesting world building with 4 different Londons existing in parallel and featuring some great characters ⭐⭐⭐

Kempii I absolutely loved this trilogy. I hope you give the sequels a try! They‘re excellent. 11mo
Cathy_J @Kempii You have talked me into it 😊 11mo
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readordierachel
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You know that feeling when you're discovering a new (to you) author and it feels like falling in love and you realize they've already written a bunch of books for you to read? I'm having that feeling 💕

Also: I've seen this cover floating around for years and I just had it pointed out to me that it is not in fact an upside down wizard in a pointy hat, but is in fact a person walking with their coat flaring behind them 🤭

Nalbuque I LOVE her sm 11mo
Centique So glad you‘re enjoying it! 11mo
HeyT Dead at upside down wizard but I can kind of see it now that you've said it. 11mo
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Addison_Reads I really loved this series. 💚 11mo
HOTPock3tt Oh I was falling her love with her too when I read this book! Just a heads up, book 2 is even better 😉lol 11mo
Jas16 That is the best feeling! 11mo
Mrs_B Ohhhhhh it is a person with a cloak! Now I see it! 11mo
readordierachel @Nalbuque I can't wait to read more by her! 11mo
readordierachel @Centique So good 💕 11mo
readordierachel @HeyT Ridiculous right? 😆🤭 11mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I have a feeling I will too 💕 11mo
readordierachel @HOTPock3tt Omg, I can't wait! 😍 11mo
readordierachel @Jas16 The very best 💕 11mo
readordierachel @Mrs_B Right?? My mind was blown when I finally saw it 🤯😆 11mo
DogMomIrene I‘ve seen her books floating around too. May need to read her sooner... 11mo
readordierachel @DogMomIrene I am really enjoying this one 👍🏼👍🏼 11mo
JSW This is one of my favorite book series and you have such treats in store!! 😍 11mo
readordierachel @JSW Yay! I'm excited 💕 11mo
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thewallflower0707
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I am going to be very sad if I end up NOT loving these books.
Look 👀 at this gorgeous book case!
Look 👀 at these gorgeous covers!
Look 👀 AT THIS GORGEOUS MAP!!!

#adarkershadeofmagic #veschwab #fantasy

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WriterAtHeart
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Wow, this book was awesome. I haven't read anything by Victoria Schwab before, but I am definitely going to read more now!

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ParkerFinn
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I went on a roller coaster with this book. At first, I could not get into this book, I found it too... Like beautifully written but just not capturing. But once I was in, I was in. I fell in love with all the characters and the different Londons! I cried with some characters and rooted for others. It was amazing. Definitely don‘t regret sticking with this book! It was beyond amazing!