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A Deadly Education
A Deadly Education: A Novel | Naomi Novik
From the New York Times bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic. I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life. Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as Im concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. Im not joining his pack of adoring fans. I dont need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do. Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts. Im probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and Ill level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world. At least, thats what the world expects me to do. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing thats crawled out of the drains. Sometimes I think they want me to turn into the evil witch they assume I am. The school itself certainly does. But the Scholomance isnt getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyones idea of the shining hero, but Im going to make it out of this place alive, and Im not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either. Although Im giving serious consideration to just one. With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a heroine for the agesa character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.
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squirrelbrain
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I listened to this on audio and at first I loved it; it was funny and sarcastic, and really quite clever. After a while, though, things started to grate on me; typical YA angst, but with added magic. So instead of who is friends with who, it was about who was in which magic enclave, repeated ad infinitum.

Still a pick though, but not sure I‘ll read any more by this author, even though she‘s the #aam later in the year.

#pop22 #abookaboutwitches

Megabooks I‘m looking for a witches one, but I so can‘t take that YA angst. Glad you enjoyed it! 3w
Laughterhp You should try her other books. Maybe just not in this series. I don‘t think they have as much YA angst. She also has a series about dragons. 3w
Cinfhen Excellent review! But does not seem like my cuppa 3w
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squirrelbrain Yeah, if you don‘t like angsty teens, it‘s not for you! @Megabooks 3w
squirrelbrain Hmmm @Laughterhp - not really sure about dragons either…! 🤔 3w
TracyReadsBooks I‘m a fan of Novik‘s work but I would not suggest starting with this one. I absolutely love Uprooted and Spinning silver is also really good—and, like her Temeraire series, they are geared towards adults. I highly recommend both if you are willing to give her another chance. 3w
Laughterhp It‘s talking dragons, if that help either way lol. But the one I tagged or this one are a stand-alone. 3w
Caroline2 Oh no, that‘s disappointing. 🙄 I do not have the patience for teenage angst. 3w
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KateReadsYA
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WOW! I don't even know what to say. This box was too heavy for one book and I open it and see all these amazing books! Your kindness is too much. Thank you so much. I am seriously so grateful. I am very very excited to read all of these @Avanders

Avanders Yay!! Yeah I didn‘t want to spoil the surprise 😉😁 I saw these on your wishlist 🥸☺️ Enjoy! ♥️ 3w
KateReadsYA @Avanders I feel so overwhelmed with happiness haha 🤩😊 I am definitely gonna enjoy these! 3w
kspenmoll What a wonderful surprise! The best kind, books! 3w
Branwen Sorcery of Thorns is SO SO SO GOOD! 💕📚💕 3w
KateReadsYA @Branwen I've seen so many good reviews. Can't wait to read it!!! 3w
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night_owl
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I loved the dark humours aesthetic of her writing. Its the ultimate source of magic apart from the monsters that can it you for breakfast.

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AmandaBlaze
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Deadly Education\Scholomance would be a fun pick.
@KateReadsYA

KateReadsYA I've added both of these to my TBR list! Thanks for posting. I definitely think after reading the synopsis that these would be movies I'd watch 😁 1mo
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Lauredhel
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Finished A Deadly Education. I rarely say this, but for me this was a novel that should have been a novella. The world-building was interesting but a bit repetitive, while the story was slight. If this was pared down to a hundred or so tight pages I think I might have liked it quite a bit more.

Fills Dark Academia prompt for #booked2022 and Blueberry prompt in #pantone2022
 @cinfhen @BarbaratheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 🔥🔥 1mo
Cinfhen At least it knocked off some challenge prompts for you!!! 1mo
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Lovelylottereader
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I quite enjoyed this book and found that I couldn‘t put it down, it was full of thrilling adventures and missions with amazing characters. I really liked the narrative voice and the way it was written though, this might not be for everyone. I do highly recommend this book and can‘t wait to start the sequel!
4⭐️

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“And I wasn‘t wrong! I wasn‘t dating him.”
“Yeah, that‘s fair,” Aadhya said. “Only a boy would date somebody for two weeks and not mention it to them.”

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“‘I‘m not dating Orion at all, we‘re just friends,‘” Aadhya wheezed from the floor without even getting up, mimicking what I‘d told her and Liu the night before we‘d shaken on our alliance: I hadn‘t wanted them to come into it on false pretenses. “You fail at dating so hard.”
“Thanks, I feel loads better,” I said.

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Yes, I sincerely hadn‘t any idea: whatever was Orion doing, trying to hold hands with me in the moment of what he thought was his imminent demise, and then as soon as I spared it that much of a thought, the answer became so obvious that I felt like a complete idiot. “You are dating me?” I yelled at him, in a fury, and he turned around with his face screwed up in pinched determination and grabbed my face and kissed me.

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“Yeah, sorry. Do you mind my staying, or should I leave you alone with a gut wound to be attacked all night?” I‘d evidently pushed him so far he‘d found some sarcasm himself.

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Lovelylottereader

“You know, it‘s almost impressive,” he said after a moment, sounding less wobbly. “You‘re nearly dead and you‘re still the rudest person I‘ve ever met.”

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monalyisha
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Delightful - though I‘m (probably futilely) hoping that the next book has less battle prep & expository world building, & more deep dives into the characters & their relationships. But…I think that‘s a common gripe of mine when it comes to Fantasy.

I love Galadriel: her surprising morality & sense of justice, her tender loyalty, her DEEP anger, & the way she‘s totally unwilling to suffer fools. Her friends are great. I‘m rooting for her & Orion.

Laughterhp Definitely less world building in the second book. However, there is a lot of training and prep! 4mo
monalyisha @Laughterhp Who likes that — and why? 😅 I mean, people must. But it‘s totally perplexing to me. 4mo
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monalyisha
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“My mother got me an IUD.”
“I tried one. I got massive cramps,” Aadhya said grimly.

This is the only time I‘ve seen this acknowledged in pop culture. IUD‘s are only ever lauded. Once, I even attended a wrestling match put on by BLOWW (Boston League of Women* Wrestlers - now, the more inclusive *Wicked Wrestlers) & Planned Parenthood where each wrestler personified a contraceptive device; the IUD won.

But this is my experience & it -ahem- blows.

rockpools Just yes. 4mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I had mixed feelings about mine. The first year was horrific, all my cramps were extremely painful when they‘d never been before. Then my body seemed to get used to it and I pretty much forgot it was there. The pinching pain of insertion and eventual removal was definitely not fun. It‘s the only contraceptive I‘ve tried, so I don‘t have a comparison. 😅 I‘m definitely going to try a different option once I‘m done adding to our family. 4mo
monalyisha @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘ve had mine for a few years. It still sucks. We‘ve been considering the possibility of a vasectomy, actually. But we‘re just getting back to pursuing our physical health lately (finding reliable PCP‘s, making specialist appointments, etc etc), so — small steps! 4mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @monalyisha I‘ve heard complaints from several other people that had them, so I know it‘s not a pleasant option for many, despite what is normally advertised. I hope you can find something that works for you. 🤗❤️ 4mo
Laughterhp IUDs scare me! We‘ve also been talking about vasectomy but idk if I‘m ready yet. 4mo
monalyisha @Laughterhp That‘s all totally fair! Huge life choices. 4mo
GondorGirl My best friend in college had hers perforate her uterus... I never considered one after that. 😳 4mo
Kimberlone Such a wide range of experiences with IUDs, amongst my girlfriends some love theirs and others had HORRIBLE reactions. Lucky to have found a good groove with my chosen BC 4mo
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DakotaWilde
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Another addition to the endless TBR pile. 📚

5feet.of.fury Gorgeous cover 😍 4mo
TheSpineView Loved it! 💙📖 4mo
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robinb
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I enjoyed this one as I have all Novik‘s that I‘ve read. Galadriel (El) is a teenager attending a school in the “void” for wizards. She has been told she is destined to destroy humanity. Orion is a classmate from the elite NY enclave of wizards who is able to fight and destroy mals/monsters (as well as collect their “manna” which is used as wizard power). They become reluctant friends and allies when they must face a horde of mals to save 🔻

robinb their fellow classmates. Once she established/explained the fantasy world of the school/outside world and fleshed out the characters, I was invested. El, while rough around the edges, turns out to be a loyal and brave heroine, and Orion is, well, a sweet and tender-hearted hero. This reminded me of Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Maze Runner with a lot to say about elitism, outsider loneliness and finding your squad. 🔻 4mo
robinb It‘s first in series, and I‘m looking forward to continuing on. 4.25/5⭐️ #BookSpin for January (edited) 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I really enjoyed this one. I own the second but haven't read it yet... and now I'm just thinking about waiting until the final book comes out this fall and reading all three in a row!! 4mo
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robinb @TheAromaofBooks I need to pick up the second one and try to fit it into my reading schedule. ;) 4mo
ScientistSam I'm so glad you liked it! I loved this and greatly enjoyed book #2 as well. Just be aware there is a cliffhanger! Can't wait for the last book to come out. 4mo
robinb @ScientistSam I really did! Loved the characters, world-building and the banter. 😊 I‘ll look forward to the second one, even with a pesky cliffhanger. 😉👍 4mo
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Read-y_Picker
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Another one off my TBR. Again, why have I been holding on to this one for so long?! I feel very fortunate to have found 2 #slumpbusters in a row this month. They‘re going on the recommendation list for sure! #bookspin✔️ #doublespin✔️

TheAromaofBooks I really loved this one!! Haven't read the second book yet, though. 4mo
Read-y_Picker @TheAromaofBooks I‘m so glad there‘s a second one to dive into straight away! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! The third is coming out this fall... I may wait to read the second one then! 😂 4mo
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MelKelsey
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I listened to A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. It's a darker Harry Potter-like story. Very fun. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

tpixie A seller at B&N recommended this to my 29 yo son. He really enjoyed it! I bought him the 2nd book for Xmas. I think the 3rd will be published in Sept. It sounds very interesting! 5mo
MelKelsey @tpixie Thank you for commenting and letting me know about the publication of the third book in the series. 5mo
tpixie @MelKelsey ♥️🥳📚🥳♥️ 5mo
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wildwoodreads
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2021 started off kind of rocky. I didn‘t read anything I particularly loved, and I had several that really disappointed me. So here are my most disappointing books of the year. They just didn‘t work for me.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/12/28/disappointing-books-of-2021/

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TK-421
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My holiday #bookhaul!

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cariashley
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I loved this with the heat of a thousand suns. Or a thousand monsters. Why is everything Novik writes so excellent?!

(#percycat is not as entertained)

Crazeedi Percy must be my Klinger's cousin! They surely look alike@ 5mo
cariashley @Crazeedi wow they do!! Klinger is such a cutie!! 😻 5mo
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HOTPock3tt
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“Just give me a chance and I‘ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the Dark Queen of the world” what a way to start a book! 😎 #NaomiNovik

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coffees
Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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Rereading so I can check out book two and it's just as fun a read as the first time! There are a lot of breaks between the story where El talks to us but it still reads very well. Plus, she's so snarky and Orion is just the cutest. I'd forgotten that ending tho so now I'm ready! Also, fun that this time I listened to the audiobook #yafantasy #magic

https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/3ca6f1ac-d634-4f33-b2c1-41739675c0db

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aroc
Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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Thabk you @rsteve388 ! I thought your box didn't arrive, but the hubby had it in the garage!? Thank you so much!

The little one asked me, "Mommy, what did you get? More books! You love books!" ???

#LitsyLove #LLFS

Bookgoil Well Met is such a great book! That mug is cute! 7mo
rsteve388 Glad you liked it and that it was safely stored away 7mo
Avanders Ooooh that mug! 😍 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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thewallflower0707
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I also started reading ? A Deadly Education on my kindle, as I saw the book displayed widely in my favourite bookstore - Dussmann - in the well-known Friedrichstraße. The picture shows the Humboldt Forum, a huge building with many interesting and scientific exhibitions, which I recommend. And I think the grand, old halls fit the tagged book as well.

#naominovik #adeadlyeducation #autumnreads

julesG Berlin 🤩 7mo
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Johanna414
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It's a quiet morning at work, so I skimmed the ending of A Deadly Education in preparation for starting The Last Graduate.... I'm so excited!

vlwelser 😍 8mo
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trollsdotter
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The umpteenth reread/relisten. Excellent!

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Beachesnbooks
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September reading wrap-up 🍂 I finished 10 books this month, including a bunch of great ones!
🥇A Deadly Education
🥈A Cathedral of Myth & Bone
🥉Half Truths, Walking in a Witchy Wonderland

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Jen_Reads
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I started this book yesterday and so far I am really enjoying it.

GondorGirl I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. I can't wait to read the second one now! 8mo
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BookishlyPleasant
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Continuing with the magic theme that my autumn-loving heart desires ❤ Plus dark academia? Im excited! 😁 When my checker at B&N saw this in my stack, she told me she was currently reading this and couldn't put it down!

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kimmypete1
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Pretty good and will continue.

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dimedgirl
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Just got my Libby account up and running so I‘m currently trying out this book! Though I just started this book, our main character seems to be a bit bratty for my tastes…not sure if I‘ll finish but I do like the concept a lot 🖤 Hoping to see either more action or see character growth!

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl This one is heavier on the action than the character growth, but there's definitely some of that too! 8mo
dimedgirl @ShyBookOwl thanks for the heads up!! I‘m excited for the action scenes, most of my books have been too tame lately 😂 8mo
ShyBookOwl @dimedgirl haha well I hope it's what you're looking for 8mo
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j9brown
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So much fun! Really enjoyed it. It's a magical school plagued by monsters, full of interesting characters and really cool magic. Excited for the next!
Be ready for a big infodump right at the beginning, though, it's a bit much. Worth sticking with it, it's a good time after that!

Edit: Goodreads was displeased with this one. I spotted a few insensitivities, but I guess they were worse than I thought?

Johanna414 I really liked this one too. I kind of felt like this was one of those cases where the goodreads mob blew things out of proportion. It wasn't a perfect book, but not the worst I've read either 8mo
j9brown @Johanna414 Yeah. Not my place to say "not that bad" or not, but some of the people criticizing it definitely didn't even read it. Guess I'll have to find more thoughtful reviews somewhere else. It seems pretty well liked here on Litsy but I didn't dig very far. 8mo
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AvidaLectrix

I'm on chapter 3, but it feels slow-going so far. Does it get better? So far, I'm getting a lot of information, but all I've learned about the story is that our main character hates the main boy that's been introduced. Will this be a story that ends up on my DNF list?

GondorGirl There was a lot of info dumping in the very beginning, but once the MC starts interacting with the other characters the plot really gets going. I ended up really loving the book and am excited the second book comes out soon. 9mo
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DarkMina
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Eggs Brilliant 🖤🧡🖤 9mo
ShyBookOwl Looking forward to the sequel this month! 9mo
DarkMina @ShyBookOwl Me too! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 🖤💛 9mo
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AvidaLectrix

Starting this evening!

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vlwelser
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I loved this. I want the next book now. So basically this is a school of wizards and there are all sorts of magical things trying to get in and eat the students. It's funny and exciting. The narrator is great. She's powerful and rude and she hates having her life saved.

GondorGirl I loved this one too. The main character was so snarky! 9mo
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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 225.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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K.Wielechowski
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The Scholomance is a magic school to teach young wizards to control their power but Hogwarts it is not. The stakes are oh so much higher as the school is full of mals that see students as a tasty treat.
El is a loner, desperate to survive. The two ways to do that is to stockpile magic and to make alliances, things she is struggling to do.
Then there‘s Orion Lake. Golden boy of the NY conclave and inexplicably clinging to El like a hungry mal.

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Decalino
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I loved this book from the start: Galadriel, an angry outcast at a very dangerous school for wizards, must keep the true extent of her power under wraps, since it tends toward the wrathful smiting end of the magical spectrum. El may be cranky, but her mother, a renowned (but poor) healer, raised her to control her anger and be a good person at heart. Brilliant world-building, a riveting plot and irresistible characters made this a delightful read.

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DarkMina
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122 of 2021. This story is about a girl named Galadriel who is attending a magical school where only those who survive a school that actively tries to kill you graduate. I wasn‘t sure if I would like this book. It was recommended to me by a friend. I have to say I really liked it. I am looking forward to the next book that comes out soon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#magical #stackingtheseries #seriesread2021

TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖 10mo
ICantImReading I‘m really looking forward to the second book soon!! 10mo
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Grrlbrarian
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Holy crow! I binge-read my #Bookspin in one day and totally disregarded my bedtime and forgot my phone was in my lap. This magical school is deadly, Galadriel is a brilliant student who just might go (be?) bad despite her best intentions… and I hope there‘s a sequel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraJean Ohhhh, I loved Deadly Education!! And there IS a sequel—to be released in September! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I really enjoyed this one, too. And yes, the sequel is out in September & I'm SO excited!!! 10mo
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DarkMina
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#FirstLineFridays

“I decided that Orion needed to die after the second time he saved my life.”

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Laughterhp
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Chrissy! I got my book back last week. Thanks for the bookmark and the sticky notes! I can‘t wait to use the bookmark. I will always be obsessed with this card.

I loved reading all of your comments!

#LMPBC Round 11

Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you love the card! I think it is so much fun! 10mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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After a busy week and weekend I have a few posts to catch up on! This is my #bookspin for the month. I really enjoyed this one. Lots of info and world building but I loved the idea of this dangerous magical school! #bookspinbingo

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Chrissyreadit
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I really enjoyed this book- so much that I also bought the audio so my family could listen on our drive home from vacation- and they loved it too! I have a few critiques about the way Novik shares information, but she is definitely a go to author for me.
I loved this round of #lmpbc- all of the books were great!!!

Laughterhp It really was a great round of books!! 11mo
Allylu I agree! I loved them all. Novik is a go-to author for me, too. Just finished Namesake. I got so much enjoyment from the books on this round! 11mo
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magyklyXdelish
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I was out of town all weekend. We took a mini trip to Ann Arbor for my birthday. Came home to this birthday gift from @Kdgordon88 thank you soooo much ♥️♥️🤗🤗 I love all my litsy friends I feel very spoiled this birthday 🥳

Trashcanman Happy belated birthday.🎉🎉🎉 11mo
magyklyXdelish @Trashcanman thank youuuuuuu 🤗 11mo
Kdgordon88 So glad it arrived! 11mo
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Shmemilina I love Ann Arbor! I was just there too! 11mo
Shmemilina Oh, and happy birthday! 🎂🎁🎉 11mo
magyklyXdelish @Shmemilina was my first time in Michigan. I really enjoyed it. Ann Arbor is such a lovely little town. My hubby is a big sports nut so he was in awe of all the sports complexes for the college. I was in awe of all the cute little shops and buildings lol 11mo
Shmemilina Did you get to go to Dawn Treader? My fiancé‘s from Ann Arbor and it‘s his favorite bookstore ever. 11mo
magyklyXdelish @Shmemilina I really wanted to but since I got so many books for my birthday we decided to skip it. That was rough lol but fair haha 11mo
Shmemilina Lol! You‘ll just have to keep it on your list for next time! 11mo
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ElspethY
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A fun dark-humoured and witty read. Definitely a cliff hanger of an ending, which is unfortunate… a cool concept, but not quite as good as her Uprooted/Spinning Silver books

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Chrissyreadit
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Working on my #lmpbc book. Im on my first real vacation in years at Hot Springs National Park. We are leaving tomorrow but I want more time to read….

CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy! Where is Hot Springs? 11mo
KatieDid927 Fun! 11mo
wanderinglynn I‘ve loved seeing your vacay photos! 💚 11mo
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Chrissyreadit @covertocover in Arkansas. 11mo
Chrissyreadit @KatieDid927 yes- The stay is fun. The two day drive each way is debatable 🤣 11mo
Avanders 😍😍😍 Yay! Hot Springs 🙌🏽🙌🏽 11mo
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wildwoodreads
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I hope y‘all had an awesome Memorial Day! We spent the day with our family and it was great! I didn‘t get to post my May Wrap Up yesterday, so I just combined it with my short June TBR.

🌲What was your favorite May read? And what are you reading in June?🌲

Full post: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/06/01/may-2021-wrap-up-june-2021-tbr/

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Chrissyreadit
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@Allylu it arrived yesterday! I‘m still reading A Thousand Ships and will mail priority on Tuesday. #lmpbc

Allylu Oh, I‘m so glad it got to you quickly. I loved A Thousand Ships!!! 12mo
Chrissyreadit @Allylu I‘m really enjoying it too! I‘ve loved the books this round. 12mo
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