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This Is How You Lose the Time War
This Is How You Lose the Time War | Amal El-Mohtar
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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2nd Read on Audible. Beautiful narration. Liked that one of Organizations is known as Garden. And all the gardening refrences.
"We‘re grown, I think you know—seeds planted, roots combing through time, until Garden repots us in different soil.....Garden goes to seed, blows us away, and we burrow into the braidedness of time and mesh with it. There is no scouring hedge to pass through; we are the hedge, entirely, rosebuds with thorns for petals."

Crinoline_Laphroaig Listened while weeding and planting tomatoes 2w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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2X Reading. This time audiobook.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I'll be honest half the time I had no clue what I was reading. But it was really good! Time Traveling Spies who fall in love by letters sent across the Universe?

Definitely going to need a 2nd read to understand. I'm thinking audiobook next time.

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WJCintron
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There's no doubt 'This Is How You Lose the Time War' was my favorite read of the month.

Thanks to @chasjjlee for the template. #ReadingBracket2022
#favorite #reading #march #books #myfavorite

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Thanks for the tag! @EadieB 😊 @eggs

1. Wordle
That game is addictive! 😂
2. To be surrounded by nature and hug some trees. They fill you up with their energy. They are wise! 😉 💞🌲
3. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone BEAUTIFUL book.

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 2mo
Eggs I remember listening to this audio last year- haunting… 2mo
Dragon Love - Wordle 💚🐉 2mo
WJCintron @Eggs Yes! I love how Emily Woo Zeller narrates! She's my favorite. She narrated Blue.
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Eggs @WJCintron yes she is a great narrator 👍🏼 2mo
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OutAndAbout
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A lyrical futuristic romance, like Romeo and Juliet if the parents were different societies. The writing and plot movement is complex to the point of confusing, but especially in audio, the language is so smooth and sharp that you want to keep listening. Recommended for anyone looking for a beautiful political romance that will leave you thinking long after you close the book.

jeannasser @WJCintron read this recently and LOVED it. It‘s on my TBR for sure 🥰 2mo
WJCintron My favorite read of the year, so far! 2mo
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WJCintron
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Quotes from the book. ❤ ❤ ❤
My highlights!

AmandaBlaze Just checked it out of the library. 2mo
peanutnine The writing in this book is so beautiful 2mo
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze Awesome! 👍😃 Keep me posted! @peanutnine It's a beautiful book. LOVE the writing style. You can feel each and every line. Also a beautiful audiobook. Woo is an amazing narrator. 2mo
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WJCintron
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The photo of the painting they mention in the book. It helped me understand the why & the meaning of the chapter/scene.
The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis, painted in 1856 & now part of the collection of London‘s Tate Britain art gallery. It shows a young man lying dead in an attic room, having taken a dose of arsenic to end his life at the age of 17.
Below a link with information about the painting, in case you want to dig into it.

wanderinglynn Fascinating. 2mo
Gissy So sad😢 2mo
WJCintron @Gissy Right? Loved what the authors did with it in the book. 2mo
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Book 37
The 52 Book Club's Challenge
✅ Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover! - This Is How You Lose the Time War | Amal El-Mohtar ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
New Author

This is my favorite read of the year. It'll be hard to beat.
No words! This is a heart-wrenching beautiful book.
THANK YOU 🙏 @everlocalwest for recommending me this book! LOVED IT! ❤

My Review is posted in the comments. My apologies for it being so long!

WJCintron Again, this is a book I would have NEVER read if it wasn't recommended to me like it was. THANK GOD they did! I LOVE IT! Which teaches me not to judge a book by its cover!
I listened to this audiobook. Narrated by two females. One of them is my favorite narrator ever: Emily Woo Zeller.
I cried rivers and oceans. After I finished weeping, I read it as an ebook, so I could highlight ALL the parts I LOVED!
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WJCintron This book is NOT for everyone. It's 85% inner thoughts and narration, and 15% or less of dialogue.
The writing style is not simple and you need to pay attention to what you're reading or listening to in order to understand. To me, it doesn't drag, or bore, but readers may find it difficult or boring/repetitive because of the lack of dialogue and the fact it's all about their love for each other written through letters at the end of each chapter.
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WJCintron It's about two rival agents, assassins if I may say, each from a different world, that fall in love. They send letters to each other through time. As the story develops each letter becomes more emotional and full of pain, longing, love. The letters were my favorite part. Blue, my favorite character, but I also loved Red.
Their story is heart-wrenching and you'll root for them through all the chaos. You'll fall in love with those letters.
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WJCintron The authors write lyrically and most sentences from those letters grab your heart and squeeze it, till you ache for them. I found myself crying, screaming and palming my fist at times.
To me, this book is the true definition of passion and love. Because love hurts, and you'll hurt while reading their story.
LOVED the ending. I'll definitely read more from these authors.
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TrishB Have this on the pile- you have intrigued me! 2mo
Kyndrill This sounds amazing! Added to my pile too😊 2mo
WJCintron @TrishB @kyndrill YAY!! I hope you love it as much as I did!! It's SOOOOO GOOD! If you listen to the audiobook, it's even better. Woo is an amazing narrator! (edited) 2mo
jeannasser I‘m officially convinced (edited) 2mo
Itchyfeetreader Wow this is not something I would have picked up but your review is intriguing so o will stack. Thanks for drawing attention 2mo
GondorGirl This was one of my top reads last year. It was PHENOMENAL! 2mo
WJCintron @GondorGirl It is!! LOVED it!! It'll forever stay with me. Love when that happens. 2mo
WJCintron @Itchyfeetreader I hope you like it! It's definitely a beautiful book. 😃 2mo
everlocalwest This makes me so happy!!! 🥰💙📚 2mo
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Amelia ❤️
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#Amelia #digitalpainting #drawing #sketch #pencildrawing #audible #ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar #audiobook #WiredToBeTouched

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WJCintron @bthegood 😃 🤗 🙏 2mo
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Nessavamusic
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This is a strange little book. Sci-fi/Time travel/Queer love story with beautiful prose. I‘m glad it was short because longer would have become pretentious. At this length I was intrigued though I didn‘t love it. 3.5⭐️ ok #audiobook - I think I would have preferred reading physically.
#bookspinbingo another bingo!
#NoShameReadathon22 - Speculative

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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rabbitprincess
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I loved this. Perfectly crafted and I was in just the right headspace to read it. I was deeply invested in these characters and thought we got just the right amount of their story.

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Sapphire
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MMD features this on a list of time travel books. I ordered 3 and this is the first. The first part, I thought this is SO NOT my type of book. But I valued that it stretched my Brain to work out the clues of the worlds being built so I kept on. By the second half I was fully committed to the characters and the arc of the plot. Glad to have read it. #dogsoflitsy

Nutmegnc Great rec. I have it but haven‘t ever read it. 4mo
Soubhiville 💜 your doggos! 4mo
Sapphire @Soubhiville thanks! My very own Blue and Red if you have read the book! 4mo
Soubhiville Not yet, it‘s on my TBR though! 4mo
GondorGirl One of my favorite books AND two beautiful doggos! 🧡🧡 4mo
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Sapphire

“I want to be a context for you, and you for me”.

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Zoes_Human
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An epistolary time-traveling spy-vs-spy love story. A fascinating universe and a quick read.

#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Sydneypaige
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“I want to meet you in every place I have loved”
An enemies to lovers love story that focuses on the relationship between two women fighting on opposite sides of a futuristic war, and very little on building a world or a backstory for either individual woman, which feels like the right choice for this because then you don‘t have to take a side. You get to pine for the love and celebrate the cleverness of each. ❤️💙

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GondorGirl
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Here are my top 11-ish books of 2021!

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jmtrivera
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It was a really interesting premise, but I felt like I was lacking a lot of development in the background details that would have helped me connect more with the characters and their conflict.

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Oryx
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Good start to the weekend. Really liked this one - writing was lovely, poetic, and it felt like a really original story. Can't claim to understand all the details of the world they inhabit, but I kind of get the feeling that we aren't meant to understand, but just go along with the ride.

Caroline2 Great pic! 😃 6mo
Bianca Loved this book! 6mo
LeahBergen Your photos are killing me. ❤️ 6mo
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Mitch Perfect ♥️ 6mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh, lucky you!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Nelnjali
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4.75🌟 I absolutely loved this book. It is very poetic, and definitely requires a reader to just enjoy the ride and not try to figure everything out, but I found it to be quite lovely and fascinating. So much so, that I'm going to find a copy to add to my own library, since I borrowed this from my local library to read.

GondorGirl I did the same thing. I ordered my own copy as soon as I finished the audio book. This book was absolutely stunning. 🧡🧡 7mo
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Oh my, this strange book has grabbed me by the heartstrings and won't let go. I love this concept of love.

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Nelnjali
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I have a lot of work to do today, but first I'm going to enjoy this crisp fall morning by watching the day wake up and enjoying a good breakfast, a steaming cup of coffee, and a good book. Mornings like this are why fall is my favorite time if year.

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 285.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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Angitron
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Unpopular opinion but I really disliked this. I felt nothing for the characters, the prose was purple as hell, there wasn‘t a great sense of world-building or even plot TBH, and I didn‘t understand why these characters fell in love in the first place. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

CindyE09 I‘ve started this twice now and never made it more than a few pages in. Something about it just never grabbed me. 7mo
BookNAround Yes. 💯 Yes. 7mo
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StarDreams
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Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A wonderful story wrapped in poetry and I loved every minute of it. I will be getting a physical copy of this.

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walkwithabook
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I CHANGE MY MIND from a 4 star to a 5 star I can‘t stop thinking about it !!! I want this book in my hands I will have a copy soon.

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StarDreams
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"You asked me to tell truths. I have. What do I want? Understanding. Exchange. Victory. A game—hiding and discovery. You‘re a swift opponent, Blue. You play long odds. You run the table. If we‘re to be at war, we might as well entertain one another."

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walkwithabook
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

I might now understand the whole message but I can understand it was a love story & I love the letters. I love that it was 2 female characters. I also love the writing. I will buy this book so I can reread it just like I watch that movie shutter island 3-4 times until I understood it. But this book getting 4 stars because it was beautiful to me

GondorGirl This is one of very few books where I immediately started over as soon as I finished. I've read it twice and listened to the audiobook. It quickly became one of my favorites! 8mo
walkwithabook @GondorGirl I started then I didn‘t get it so I restarted I kinda understand but not really but I want to buy the book. So I can reread until I understand. Maybe it will become my favorite I love the letters I know I‘ll be thinking about this book. I read 5 books since September 1 I can tell you this one is one imma and Infinite is top. 8mo
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walkwithabook
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When the whole book club don‘t understand the book 🙄. I can‘t tell you how many times I started over because I can‘t  comprehend what‘s going on🤦‍♀️.

The book might actually win & I might just give up. 🙄

Nah imma read it & try to understand it. 🤦‍♀️

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ThePageantHam
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August reads 📚
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and A Cowboy to Remember were good but not faves 🌃
Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night came out of nowhere and was just what I needed 🧙🏽‍♂️
Cemetery Boys was everything I hoped yet totally different than I expected 👨‍❤️‍👨
Finishing This is How You Lose the Time War was worth the $8 library overdue fine ⏳
Quite a solid reading month, even as the whole world continues to be on fire 🔥

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kgriffith
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This feels aesthetic today, and I can listen to the whole thing while running errands. #HurricaneHenri

GondorGirl This was PHENOMENAL! It was one of the only books that I've ever finished reading and then immediately started it again. 9mo
kgriffith @GondorGirl I did the same! 9mo
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ErraticElle
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Time travel, lyrical writing, weirdness, & a heavy emotional undercurrent. I loved this. The time travel is a bit confusing, so don't overthink it & just enjoy the ride. The epistolary setup with a vague dual POV was a near perfect approach. It was something different & so well done. I loved the twisty, shadowy narrative. I loved the creativeness of the world & the composition. I just finished & already miss it. Beautiful. Argh. My heart.

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Citra182
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To soothe my disappointed heart, I decided on a shorter book. This book is definitely one of those books you need to read again because you just can‘t catch everything the first time. I read it purely to feel it the first time and I plan to read it again for the structure of it. It‘s written quite brilliantly and I quite enjoyed it. (42)

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honeydew_reader
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This is science fiction of the heart.

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ThePageantHam
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"This letter is a knife at my neck, if cutting's what you want."

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Schnoebs
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4.5⭐️

A world of two warring futuristic companies send their agents through history and over multiple timelines to try and come out on top. The encounter of each company‘s leading agent causes the beginning of a rivalry and interesting line of unique letters.

This is something I read earlier this year and absolutely loved. It‘s stuck with me for such a long time and I find myself constantly coming back to it.

tenar I read this last year and still think of it, too! 10mo
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LaurenMags
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Beautifully written sci-fi adventure about two rival agents in a war that fall in love with eachother. Excellent imagery and storyline.

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Brittbritt
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my may wrap up :) hated crown of gilded bones but ADORED the other ones, especially That Way Madness Lies which was the first anthology i‘ve read and was so pleasantly surprised by

Maike Black Sun was sooooo good! 12mo
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brandierickson
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book because it‘s got time travel, is epistolary, has lots of nature references, and is a romance. But it just didn‘t do it for me. It‘s beautiful and I think people should read it if they like any of the above things, but it wasn‘t the book I wanted it to be.

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broughtyoubooks
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Enemies flirting across a time war. Beautiful.

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Jari-chan
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This book was a surprise. I didn't plan to read it. I didn't know what it was about. It was on my TBR, it fitted a challenge, I read it. And found it great. Loved the Dr Who vibes, loved the letters - what a combination! And a love story absolutely to my taste, since it's so different. Yes, it's a short book, but to me it is perfect that way. Otherwise it might would've been to much and would've gotten boring.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more...

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derr.liz
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"We make so much of lettercraft literal, don't we? Whacked seals aside. Letters as time travel, time-traveling letters. Hidden meanings. I wonder what you see me saying here."

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peanutnine
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Thanks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick for the tag!
🐣It is way too hard to pick just one favorite even only 3 months into the year but the tagged book was very good and very different than most things I've read
🐣I like to read outdoors in spring. We have 2 cozy rocking chairs on the front porch that are perfect for reading
🐣This month I am doing #bookspinbingo for sure. I might do a readathon or two. I usually decide at the last minute
@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💐📚🐣💗😊 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It's great that you've had a few great books to choose from! I had 2 I think. 14mo
peanutnine @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick yeah! I've had a good reading year so far 😊 14mo
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rwmg
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Two agents on opposite sides in the time war start corresponding and eventually fall in love. Now all they have to do is to find a way they can be together.

It took me a while to get my bearings but once I had, I skipped and skimmed my way through the rest of it. It doesn't deserve a Pan but it's not really my cup of tea. And not a Dalek or Time Lord in sight.

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Bianca
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I enjoyed this immensely. Would've read it in one sitting if it wasn't for the pesky need to sleep last night. I will probably seek out TRAVEL LIGHT, the book mentioned in this one, and will definitely seek out more of El-Mohtar's work.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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DNF‘d at 47%