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Sorcerer to the Crown: Sorcerer Royal 1
Sorcerer to the Crown: Sorcerer Royal 1 | Zen Cho
In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England's first African Sorcerer Royal. And that's only the first of his problems. He must juggle the conflicting demands of a wayward Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, where a faction schemes to remove him from his position by fair means or foul. He must cope with the Fairy Court refusing to grant Britain the magical resources it needs. And now the British Government is avid to deploy this increasingly scare magic in its war with France. He must also contend with rumors that he murdered his predecessor and guardian, Sir Stephen Wythe. But this task would be easier if Sir Stephen's ghost would just stop following him around. And now he has to deal with something even more outrageous than any of these things: a female magical prodigy.Ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman is desperate to escape the school where she has drudged all her life, and a visit by the Sorcerer Royal seems the perfect opportunity. For Prunella has just stumbled upon English magic's greatest discovery in centuries - and she intends to make the most of it.
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MatchlessMarie Omg I love your bookmark 😂 3mo
Eggs Beautiful!! 3mo
SusanLee @MatchlessMarie thank you 😘 it wasn‘t easy to crochet it 😅 (edited) 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💛 3mo
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SusanLee
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🖤 8mo
Eggs Lovely cover! 8mo
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SusanLee
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous cover!! 🖤🖤 14mo
Eggs Beautiful 🖤🧡🖤 14mo
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Karisa
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Dueling gentlemen magicians, powerful witches, familiars, fairies, disrupted social structures, race, and politics all combine in this ultimately fun novel. Cho (pictured above) is a great world builder who gives a new spin on this sub genre. Magic is not just for old white men in this fantasy‘s version of regency England.

Karisa Poor Nidget! 😱 1y
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silasreads
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Funny, magical, adventurous - but Prunella and Zacharias were by far the best part! Because of the serious, old-fashioned writing style (which was masterfully pulled off), it took me a while to realise the book isn't as serious as it reads as; after that, I just fell in love with it. Looking forward to a reread ASAP.

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fun fantasy read that had a lot of wonderful things going on. Racial and gender inequality amongst London thaumaturges along with familiars and fairies and dragons, this was a very thoughtful book that packed a lot of story in but did a really good job not making the reader feel overwhelmed. I really liked this one. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 19 pick.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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AllisonM89
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DNF. There's nothing wrong with the book, really. But i just don't care. I'm not invested in the characters. The plot is inferiorly reminiscent of Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell. And, Good Lord, is it slow. Gave up after page 100.

And it was a bookclub pick, so i wanted to finish it so i could join in on the discussion. But it just isn't worth it....

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Life is too short for books that don't engage you!! 2y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks exactly! The only reason i got as far as i did was because i wanted to be able to join in on the book club discussion. But so not worth it. I know the rest of the world seems to love this book, so i guess I'm the outlier 😂 2y
TheAromaofBooks That happens to me a lot. I'm like... is this the same book everyone else loves or did I pick up a different one with the same title?!?! 😂 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Yes, yes, yes to everything about this book 🙌

British magicians, witches and sorcerers, fights against racism and sexism, diversity, a little bit of romance, and a lot of intrigue are the foundation of the story, and I‘m here for it!

I can‘t believe it took me this long to read it, but I‘m so glad I did. Now I just need the second book.

AllisonM89 Oooo! This is my next read! 2y
Centique This was such a fun read. And the second one is great too! Hope you enjoy it 💕 2y
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wen4blu
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I‘m trying to alternate between new books and those that have been on my TBR for ages. Next up, this one from the bottom of the stack.

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humouress

.... he was left in peace to pursue truth—even if that involved the occasional ingestion of a dubious cabbage leaf.
The caterpillars were a problem, however. Fat, fuzzy and complacent, they sat upon his vegetables in veritable hordes, ignoring him until he addressed one directly.
“Good morning, sir,” he said.
The caterpillar paused the busy movement of its jaws to reply:
“Pleasant weather, this, eh?”

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humouress

Just starting this. Regency fantasy. Fun

💖 💖 💖 💖 🤍

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MeganAnn
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Book 4 #newyearwhodis
This is a book I‘ve wanted to read for a long time but never quite got around to picking up. I‘m so glad @BarbaraJean had it on her list! A delightful fantasy set in regency England with magic and fairy familiars. I loved Prunella as a strong female character who does what she wants regardless of societal expectations. I liked Zacharias also and his advocacy for the change in women‘s rights to magic was well done. ⤵️

MeganAnn My only issue with this was that the romance part of the ending was kind of abrupt. The few hints into the characters feelings through the story were brief and sporadic. I would have liked the threads of their feelings for each other to have been a little stronger part of the story so we could feel them coming together. Overall though, I loved it and gave this 4.5 stars. I‘ll definitely read the second book! Also my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2y
Deblovestoread Great review! Stacked! 2y
MeganAnn @Kdgordon88 thanks!! 2y
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Bookzombie Great review! This has been on my TBR for a long time. 2y
monalyisha Everything @Bookzombie said! 2y
BarbaraJean This one was so much fun—glad you liked it! 2y
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Moray_Reads
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This was just what I needed. It's not often you get a fantasy so fun and original. A diverse cast, a well-realised world and writing full of sparkle and wit. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Kalalalatja This has been on my tbr for YEARS! But I keep forgetting about it, but no more. I‘ll have to find the audio! 🤞 (edited) 2y
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja I really enjoyed it. The regency setting was great 2y
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Moray_Reads
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I hadn't realised that The True Queen was a sequel so I'm switching it for this one on my #bookspin bingo card. So far it's a fun, original story and it's been in my TBR for SO LONG @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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lahousewyfe
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Fun romp through an alternate historical English magical kingdom with a little added social justice lesson. I liked it.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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#friYAYintro @howjessreads @4thhouseontheleft

☀️ Sunny and comfortably warm

🏕 Not a camper at all

👑 Prunella from the tagged book

☕️ Pre COVID, Saturday was always a work day for me. I‘d be happy to be doing that. But ... coffee and a book will be part of tomorrow morning for me.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Love fantasy that‘s a blend of historical fiction, magical fantasy, and social reality? Here, both MCs are POC and Cho blends her story with social commentary—against racism, classism, and ableism. She weaves these issues into the universe she creates, although her characters deal with their situation more magically than today‘s people of color would.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020 #booked2020 #panasianauthor

Cinfhen Love the review 2y
Centique This was such a fun read 😍 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Centique I thought so too! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Changed up all my plans and decided to use this one as my #panasianauthor pick for #booked2020. So far it‘s intriguing.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I enjoyed it as a fun read. 3y
Sharpeipup I‘m reading it right now! It‘s rather enjoyable. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Sharpeipup Yay—so glad to hear. I remember it getting a lot of Litsy love back in the day. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think you gave it a 3 or 4 star on GR. That helped me decide. Plus I‘m trying to read my #alreadybought books! 3y
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imyril
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#WyrdAndWonder day 23: comfort reading

Why yes, when I think about the fantasy that gives me the warm fuzzies it DOES typically involve smashing the patriarchy 😇

Zen Cho‘s effervescent alt Regency romps have a dash of romance, a spite of Fae, a disdain of dragons and joyously obstinate heroines I adore (plus Zacharias is a cinnamon roll). What‘s not to like?

DGRachel Those editions are gorgeous! 😍😍 3y
imyril @DGRachel they really did a gorgeous job on this series! No way I was resisting the sprayed edge special edition although it‘s just as gorgeous without 😍 3y
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Sharpeipup
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Trying to read amid my hubby‘s home improvement projects.

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BarbaraJean
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This was a delight. I think this is what might result if Jane Austen was tasked with writing Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Take a similar setting and themes—a decline in English magic, quarrels within a society of English magicians, some back-and-forth with Fairy—but treat it with far more lightness, throw in some witty banter & a charmingly nonconformist female magician, make it 400 pages shorter...and you have Sorcerer to the Crown. Loved it.

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BarbaraJean
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April reads! I‘m in the middle of a few others, but doubt I‘ll finish any of them tonight. So here are my #AprilStats!

🗡SFF: 2
📕Nonfiction: 2
👧🏽Kids/YA: 2
📚Fiction: 1
✒️Poetry: 1
🗯Comic: 1

📚Print: 5
💻eBook: 4

📚TBR: 4
🏫Library: 4
🔂Re-read: 1

Favorites were Sorcerer to the Crown and The Little White Horse—both were an absolute delight! And Word by Word was lovely (daily readings). I still need to write reviews for most of these...😬

HKGirl I loved The Little White Horse growing up! I need to reread it. ❤️ 3y
BarbaraJean @HKGirl It is so sweet! I wish I‘d read it as a child—I would have loved it. I loved it now. 😍 3y
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Ubookquitous
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Enjoyed the characters, the political intrigue, and a nice twist. A well done allegory about women's place in the world during an period in time where few felt women should be in the halls of power.

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broughtyoubooks
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This had a lot of good aspects throughout; the characters and world - even being another imperialist Britain injected with magic - were engaging and new, despite with a lot of repetitiveness during dialogues and some of the context given being heavy handed. Will definitely be reading the sequel.

Caffeinated_Reader The cover is beautiful! 3y
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MamaGina
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So, in total I currently have 11 books checked out of the library. What am I currently reading? This one from my own shelves! 🙄

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Gnora
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Let's do this thing! Going to have to go out latter for reading snacks, but it's the dawn of the first day and I WANT to read for 24 hours!

#24in48 #challenge #librarybook #fantasy #book1

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Slajaunie
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Loved this story of magic, treachery, and politics. Prunella and Zacharias were wonderful complex characters. The ending was not a great surprise but I enjoyed the journey so very much. I intend to find the next book and read it as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Leelee.reads
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Mehso-so

Bailed on this last summer, picked it up again this summer and pushed through. Just didn‘t do much for me, even though fantasy and kick-ass females are usually my jam. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Soubhiville I love what you did with the stickers 🤣 3y
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Slajaunie
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Sitting in my hotel room in Atlanta the night before the race reading. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Peachtree Road Race so I bought the shoes to commemorate it. Also, the books I purchased today. Enjoying my trip!!

TheSpineView Awesome! 3y
Dragonfairykats Oh, be careful! Our humidity is supposed to be killer tomorrow. http://www.fox5atlanta.com/weather/scattered-showers-and-thunderstorms-for-the-4... 3y
Texreader Good luck!! 3y
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Slajaunie We have been getting warnings all day. I‘m from Louisiana so I am no stranger to running in humidity. I will be well hydrated and take it easy. @Dragonfairykats 3y
Slajaunie Thank you! @Texreader 3y
Dragonfairykats @Slajaunie Great! Good luck and enjoy yourself! 3y
Crazeedi Good luck! Stay hydrated and beat your previous best!!👏👏 3y
Slajaunie I did by almost a minute! Thanks @Crazeedi 3y
Crazeedi @Slajaunie that's awesome!!👏👏 3y
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Slajaunie
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So someone sent me this book but I don‘t remember who it was. Sorry! This is the arc but it was published in 2015 so anyone can read it. Going to start this after a nap.

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dawn-pInk
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I love everything about this book. Had to force myself to slow down this second reading, as it only took me a day the first time. Took me two days this time. The voice is one of my absolute favorites, the protagonists are two of my favorite fictional characters. I have ridiculous high hopes for the sequel. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Panpan

Well...this is awkward. Everyone I know who has read this loves it...like LOVES it and I feel like I'm missing somsthing or...got the wrong book? I was bored the whe damn time! Its like another Cruel Prince situation where I have no idea ehat I'm missing while 99% of readers would have themselves buried with this book.

I just...meh about the whole cast (though props for the diversity), the magic, the world. I just...dont get the point?

TheWordJar OMG!! Sorry, this has nothing to do with the book. When I saw the pic, I only saw your Funkos! Are you an ARMY??? 💜💜💜 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheWordJar Sunshine + SOPE stan reporting for duty 🤣🤣🤣 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheWordJar Just realized Sunshine stan might not make sense 🤣🤣🤣 yes big ARMY, Came for president RM, got bias wrecked by J-Hope and now I keep falling down new K-pop holes 3y
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TheWordJar I looooove it!! My book world and K-pop world finally collide!!! That J-Hope is a sly one...V is my bias, but J-Hope is constantly wrecking! I bought my first two Funkos ever (VOPE) because of them. Did you get to a concert last month? 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheWordJar Ugh no sadly they didnt come to Canada this tour 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheWordJar Also, Tae's duality is concerning. No one should be able to do that shit 3y
TheWordJar Right? Have you seen the Naver photos that dropped tonight?? They all need to stop! 🤯 3y
BooknerdsLife Ah! Totally get how you feel! It's like me with Aurora Rising 😅🙈 But I do Looove the Cruel Price 😁 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheWordJar Lol we say that but then I panick when I see no J-Hope for like 24 hours 🤣🤣🤣 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @BooknerdsLife Oh really?! I havent heard of anyone not liking Aurora yet! (Mind you, it just came oit) dod tou hear its being made into a TV show 3y
TheWordJar True! It‘s really a sickness! 😂🤪🤣 3y
BooknerdsLife @SassenachTheBookWizard hahaaa I know! Saw the news this morning &very happy for them! I like it ok but didn‘t love it, unlike Everyone else 😅🙈 3y
LeeRHarry DNFed this one myself...you‘re not alone 😊 3y
ErikasMindfulShelf I didn‘t love it either. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
WriteRead_Think I always look into people before following them back and I was like, "ARE THOSE BTS FUNKOS?!" Hey fellow ARMY~ ? 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @WriteRead_Think *waves in purple gucci army* i also have a set of BTS tarot cards on the shelf above 3y
WriteRead_Think BTS TAROT CARDS?! BE STILL MY WITCHY HEART! Where did you get those?! 3y
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NeamhainHughes
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Goodness this book was so delightful. I am in love. The setting, the world building, the characters all were fantastic. The twists and turns and way she wove everything together was riveting. I can‘t wait to read more by the author, this book was such fun. Highly recommend.

RaimeyGallant Lovely review. 3y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Starting a new book!

wanderinglynn That‘s on my TBR. I‘ll be curious to see what you think. 3y
AutumnRLS I've got this one on my tbr too! 3y
dawn-pInk I just started rereading this so I can finally read the sequel! 3y
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vlwelser
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This was really good. I definitely recommend it. 🐉🐲

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NeamhainHughes
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Got this from the library, now I just gotta finish Children of Blood and Bone first. Yay books!

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SusanLee
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Mehso-so

Finally finished this book after abandoning it midway. Definitely not my sort of reads with it‘s British prose and politics. Luckily the good ending makes up for the overall book.

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shanaqui
Pickpick

Reread! Now I'm ready for The True Queen. Prunella is a delight and the ending is cute.

9th #WyrdandWonder read! Not on my #TBRbingo card at all, but is from the list of 22 I picked for this month. (Did I mention someone bet me I can't finish all 22? Dangerous, I hate not taking bets, though if I want to win I need to read faster!)

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shanaqui

Rereading! I picked it up to read a couple of pages to gauge how fast I might finish it... looked up 100 pages later. Oops! :D

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jenniferw88
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Realised that you couldn't really see the candle @TCLinrow got me in my #sffs, so here's a close-up! It smells gorgeous as well as being in one of my favourite colours!

julesG This candle seems to be perfect for any Litten. 😁 4y
TrishB Lovely 💕 4y
xxjenadanxx Omgosh how awesome! 4y
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Cathythoughts Beautiful 😍 4y
Tanisha_A That sounds so good 4y
Tanisha_A And I love the name Ruthless Heroines! 4y
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jenniferw88
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@TCLinrow thank you so much for the everything in my #sffs package! I ❤ everything, especially the tote bag (When in doubt, go to the library), candle (infinite tbr), and books! I'm probably going to start the tagged one today as I've just finished one of my other books!

Also thanks to @Avanders for organising!

Avanders 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 4y
TCLinrow Yay! I'm glad you liked it 😊 4y
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Yeah_I_Read
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I really enjoyed this! If you liked Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, or if you like the idea of JS&MrN but found the footnotes tedious, pick this up!!! Very Jane Austen-ish, a bit slow to start, and I still haven‘t decided if I truly like Prunella, but overall a good read! 4 🌟‘s

SW-T Great summary! Haven‘t read second book but wondering how the characters develop in 4y
Yeah_I_Read @SW-T I just ordered The True Queen! I‘m interested to see where she goes with it 😊 4y
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Yeah_I_Read
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“But that was the trouble with children...They were confoundedly liable to pattern themselves upon one‘s conduct, when one would rather they simply did what what they were told.”

Story of my life 😫😫

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Vinjii
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This is a Jane Austen type fantasy. Humorous prose, filled with wit and social commentary. If you loved Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, you will like this! #fantasy

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Moonpa
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So good! Love Prunella!

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KarenUK
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#frideas @SailorMoon

1. Cinema Paradiso
2. Atonement
3. One Day (That English accent!)🤦‍♀️🙉
4. Keira Knightly
5. ⬆️tagged....

Lauranahe How do I get this pic and put it on my own page? 4y
KarenUK Do a screenshot, then crop it once you attach it 👍 @Lauranahe (edited) 4y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I got concerned for a few minutes so I bought another book just to make sure I still had no self control. Phew

TheSpineView 🤣 4y
SW-T This was a good read! Think her follow up is out this year. Sorcerer Royal is the title, if I recall correctly. Plus, self control and books don‘t mix well 😉😂 (edited) 4y
Shley9225 😂 4y
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dawn-pInk This book is AMAZING! I hope you love it as much as I did! 4y
SassenachTheBookWizard @dawn-pInk oh good to hear! 4y
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣🤣📚 4y
Chelsey I‘m so glad to hear it! Self control is overrated 😂 jk jk 4y
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“I call you a sad incompetent, and your toad-eaters a pack of cowards, to seek to murder a man by committee.” You tell ‘em, Damerell.

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I mentally cast Jameela Jamil as Prunella early on, and aside from the fact that she‘s probably too tall, this passage suggests to me that this may have been a good choice.

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gingerandjazz
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I‘m only a dozen or so pages in and I‘m already in love with this book. This is the second book I‘ve read in the last few months that I stumbled upon purely by accident, but which felt like it was written specifically and entirely for me alone.

LadyBedivere I think I have this one in my TBR list; I shall have to bump it a little higher! 4y
gingerandjazz The sequel doesn‘t come out until March, so plan your initial read accordingly so you don‘t have to wait too long like I am 😂 (or like, you know, the folks who read it four years when it actually came out). 4y
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