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Legendborn
Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonns YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic. After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her previous life, family memories, or her childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at a local university seems like the perfect escapeuntil Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called Legendborn students that hunt the creatures down. And a teenage mage who calls himself a Merlin and who attemptsand failsto wipe Brees memory of everything she saw. The mages failure reveals Brees own, unique magic and unlocks a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that she knows theres more to her mothers death than whats on the police report, Bree will do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn by becoming one of their initiates. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur and his knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far shell go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society downor join the fight.
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GirlNamedJesse
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I haven‘t fallen like this for a book in a while! I switched repeatedly between print book, ebook, and audiobook so I didn‘t have to stop reading no matter what else I was doing. I did not see where this was going, and I love that I was surprised! Mostly, I am gleeful at learning how maternal ancestors are incorporated in this magical world. I will be obsessively checking for an arc of book two until I find it or it‘s published. ⚔️

Bkwrm7 I just finished this one yesterday and loved it too! I feel like I should have seen the last twist coming, but sure didn't. I'm also eagerly awaiting book 2. :) 3d
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Bkwrm7
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Finished my first books of 2022 knocking out 2 spaces on my January #BookSpinBingo board.
Legendborn was fantastic - Bre has tons of personality and the world building is really interesting. I did struggle a bit with keeping the characters straight, but I think that's a me thing.
I was all in on White Smoke - so creepy! - until it just...ended. Now I'm not sure how I feel about it.
Doubling up as my first #BookReport of the year as well!
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 First #BookReport of 2022!!! I hate when books end abruptly!!! That‘s a TOTAL #PetPeeve 3d
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GirlNamedJesse
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Finally figured out how to make a pretty #BookSpinBingo board on Canva. 🙌 Started listening to tagged book this morning. You know it‘s a #chunkster when 45 minutes of listening gets you 4% through the book. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

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When I was in middle school the king Arthur stories where my obsession. I don't know why I put this off for so long. Probably because I don't read what the books are about and just jump in, but I finally got to this and I flippn loved it! My only frustration is there next book isn't out yet and there's not as big of fandom as I feel there should be!
I did not see the ending coming and I want more. Now!

TrishB My daughter is a massive fan! She keeps telling me to read it. 6d
BrittanyReads Yes!! This fandom should be MUCH bigger. This book is amazing! Very impatiently waiting for 6d
jessjess This Fandom should be way bigger, agreed!! It was so good! 4d
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Bkwrm7
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1. Legendborn; White Smoke; The Story Girl
2. Get my committee reading done; 100 books; keep my Goodreads, tracking spreadsheet and reading journal up to date; keep the new Silent Reading Club I started going for the year
3. Haven't finished anything yet, but Legendborn was the first newly started.
#WeekendReads
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Wow! What a fantastic start to my reading year! 🙌🏻 I loved every bit of this book. It has all the YA tropes in all the right places to make it feel comfortable and familiar, but it goes out and deep in all new ways. I loved the fancy European high magic, the use of Arthurian legend, the dark academia setting, and the way Deonn did not shy from confronting all that colonizer history. Plus the inclusion of African syncretic magical traditions!

Clare-Dragonfly First book for #newyearwhodis – thanks @HOTPock3tt and @monalyisha ! And it‘s my #bookspin as well! 3w
monalyisha Oooo may have to add this one to my list, too! Thanks @HOTPock3tt & @Clare-Dragonfly! 3w
shanaqui Good to hear this one knocked your socks off! I've been meaning to read it for sooo long now. 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui If it helps, this also has an important secondary character who is non-binary! Plus, Cymraeg! 3w
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I LOVE that this world has not only the Basic Important European Ceremonial Magick, but also acknowledges that other cultures have their own magical traditions!

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Pogue
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I started this book yesterday at 9:00pm and finished it this morning at 4:00am. I have not read a book overnight in a long time. This one was amazing.

LiteraryinLawrence I rarely do it but it‘s such a great feeling when you just can‘t put a book down and have to finish it! 3w
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Yay! I am in the middle of a couple of other books but I think I‘ll be focusing on this #NewYearsWhoDis pick for this New Year‘s Day 😁

monalyisha Hooray! Happy New Year! And happy first day of #NYWD22! ✨🎉📚 4w
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DarkMina
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HollyBolly
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#12booksof2021 #June

Excellent! Lots of LGBTQIA+ rep, which I enjoyed.

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AkashaVampie
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This is going to be a weird question since I am the one that came up with the prompts... haha

But do u guys think this would work for #BookedByHoliday for January's prompt, New Years?

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Lunarstar27
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One of the best books I read this year!

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SW-T
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I loved this one! Pages, Squires, Vassels, Rootcraft, Bloodcraft, mediums, legacy, belonging, grief and love. Bree learned to find herself and grow in a place that as she said, was built by people who looked like her, but was never for them or her. The Order is a microcosm of the world at large and Bree has decided to step up and claim her place in it. Chunkster, but every page a gem. Ready for book two!

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AkashaVampie
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Breakfast n a book! Good Morning Littens. 🤗😘🤗😘🤗😘🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧

@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

Jobridge Love that mug!!! Epic 🐙 4mo
ElizaMarie That mug is so fun! 4mo
ElizaMarie That mug is so fun! 4mo
AkashaVampie @Jobridge @ElizaMarie it is a good mug... one of my smaller ones, but still good. 4mo
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AkashaVampie
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Couldn't pass this one up. He's one cool ass dude!!!

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AkashaVampie
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I look gorgeous!!! Haha. Now its time to chill out and jump into a new book..... Legendborn. I heard it's a good book. 🤞🤞🤞

Cortg Your eyes and shirt match exact! 😀 4mo
AkashaVampie @Cortg it's funny u say that... my eyes are blue and my shirt is greenish. I love how cameras mess things up. 4mo
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Reign_1982 Your eyes are gorgeous 4mo
AkashaVampie @Reign_1982 thanks sweetie. 4mo
Reign_1982 @AkashaVampie you're welcome 4mo
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AkashaVampie
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Next up is.... Legendborn!!! Really loving Scribd!

♥️💙🧡🤍🖤🤎💜💗💚

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DarkMina
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135 of 2021. This book was so good! It had Arthurian and African legends mixed in with magic and plenty of adventure. I am looking forward to the next book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#fantasy #stackingtheseries #seriesread2021

TheSpineView Great job! 🤩📖📚 5mo
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Skyrimir
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Of course I would get over my reading slump as soon as the school year starts. Finished 3 books in a little over a week after struggling to finish pretty much any books. This one was so good. I‘m anxiously awaiting book 2!

wanderinglynn This one is on my TBR. I‘ve heard good things about it. 5mo
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Mshookquilts
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Wow, oh wow! Couldn‘t put this down and between this and the Caravel series my daughters may have converted me to Fantasy Fiction. A mix of Arthurian offshoot legends with African legends. Fast paced adventure and mystery that keeps you wanting more.

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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 226.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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BekahB
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I‘m late to this book, but wow, it was fantastic! I tend to turn away from contemporary fantasy and Arthurian fantasy - well, this is both of those things. The high reviews for this book convinced me to give it a chance. I read the first half and listened to the second half. I‘m really happy I decided to pick it up because this book is amazing and I‘m excited for the sequel! The narrator did a wonderful job. I hope she narrates the next book.

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Eggbeater
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Highly recommend if you like fantasy. This is the perfect blend of retelling of the Arthurian legend with new ideas. This book deals with grief, trauma, institutionalized racism, as well as flying demon 👿 imps. The world building is impressive and the pacing is nice and steady, especially for a longer book. There are also really good twists at the end.

Eggbeater Also, Bree, Nick, and Sel should become a throuple. That would solve that easy. 6mo
HOTPock3tt I LOVED this book!! 6mo
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kimmypete1
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Full disclosure: I am not big on fantasy. Read this for book club.

Legendborn is NOT bad, there is a lot to like, but it was too long for me, with too many things going on for me to keep track of. I did listen to the audio, but historically I do better with fantasy on audio than print.

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YAAASSSSSSS GIRL.

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BeaG
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The cover is jaw dropping! The main character Bree is one of the most realistic fantasy leads I‘ve ever come across in a novel. She is flawed yet powerful and I loved every minute of this book because of her. Nick and Selwyn were well developed characters too.

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Soubhiville
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Thank you Debra for the very generous giveaway! The books arrived today. I love passing on books too, after I‘ve read these they‘ll go in my Little Free Library for my neighborhood to enjoy. 💕

Kdgordon88 Yay! Glad they arrived. 6mo
Bookzombie This will probably sound weird. I was out on a walk with my husband and found a little free library that was sadly full of books hardly anyone would want. I thought of you and how you take such good care of yours. 🙂 6mo
Soubhiville @Bookzombie I like to try to keep a wide variety of choices in there so there is something interesting for everyone 😊📚💕. I‘ve seen a lot of them with nothing but old ratty cliff notes and dummy‘s guides, and that makes me sad too. If I can I bring books to add to those later! 6mo
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Zoe-h
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I have nearly nothing bad to say about this book. But, it lacked that umph to make it as good as the last amazing book I read (Ace of Spades. It was amazing and now I‘m comparing everything to it😅). But still, pretty good. After her mom dies, Bree starts a program for smart high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. While there, she discovers The Order of the Round Table, the descendants of King Arthur and his knights, an all white group. ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ Soon she wonders if The Order may be behind her mother‘s death. I wish the romance had been gradual throughout he book instead of right at the beginning. 4.5⭐️ 7mo
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rachelm
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I have been crazy busy, but I have been reading! Thank goodness for audiobooks. I enjoyed this one a lot. I can‘t wait to see the where the rest of the series goes. Some scenes felt slightly abrupt, but I adored the journey of the main character and I love this world of magic

SaraBeagle Saw Bridges and had to stop and say, Hello Iowan! 8mo
rachelm @SaraBeagle hey hey! 😊 8mo
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FeatherV
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“Legendborn” by Tracy Deonn is phenomenal. It is a king aurthur modern day retelling with a big twist, lots of fantasy and magic and the ending will blow your mind. It is incredible. Read it....read it now!

My full thoughts are on my blog: https://heartandsoulbooks.blogspot.com/2021/05/legendborn.html?m=1

BooknerdsLife Sounds fantastic! Have seen so many good reviews! Been waiting for my library copy forever! Maybe u should just get my own copy?! 8mo
FeatherV Personally I know I‘m going to reread this book several times, but there‘s nothing wrong with waiting for your turn at the library :) 8mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Got in another great read. I really liked the world building here and the unique take on magic. I also felt like the author built a solid plot that developed naturally. I have been in a bit of a slump recently, and Legendborn was a fantastic pick-me-up.

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FeatherV
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What‘s everyone reading this beautiful Sunday morning? It‘s super cloudy here and might rain so I‘m avoiding cleaning because it‘s perfect book reading weather.

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TrishB
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#motherdaughter read. Not much reading has been happening this week due to other stuff (work 😞)
Out tonight to sit in my niece‘s garden. Third time lucky getting married tomorrow (Covid cancellations) but can only have 15 guests so going to wish her luck tonight. Hoping for family party in July.

LeahBergen Aww, I hope her wedding goes off well. ❤️ 8mo
MsMelissa I hope your niece‘s day goes well 😊 I also hope you like Every Last Fear as much as I did, and that your daughter loves Legendborn since I just ordered that one for myself! 8mo
TrishB @LeahBergen thank you ❤️ she couldn‘t go through cancelling again so I‘m keeping my fingers crossed for a lovely day. 8mo
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TrishB @MsMelissa I‘m loving it so far. My daughter is loving Legendborn too- I think I may read that one as it sounds really good! 8mo
squirrelbrain Best wishes to your niece - hope they have a lovely day! 🥂 8mo
eanderson Looking forward to your review for Every Last Fear. Of course I own it, but haven‘t read it. 🤦‍♀️ Hope your niece‘s day is amazing!!! 8mo
CarolynM Hope your niece had a wonderful day💖 8mo
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ssleif
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There were a few Convienient moments, and I was hesitant to start this one personally just because of the profound grief in Brianna's situation at the beginning, but it was a Heck of a good ride with a hell of a good finalé. Can recommend. #BlackGirlMagic #queerbooks #lgbtbooks #pocfantasy #arthurian

ssleif Main character is not queer, fyi, so far as has been mentioned, but plenty of supporting characters are, including an excellent nonbinary character. And the language used in this book around sexuality and gender identity is so great. Just I cannot stress enough what a breath of fresh air it was to have that kind of stuff handled so consistently normally and inclusively throughout the narrative. 9mo
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LazyLibrary
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Hearing wonderful things about Legendborn!!! Liking it so far! In desperate need of a YA that‘s readable... #legendborn #botm

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jessjess
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I loved this book. Highly recommended for fantasy fans, especially those taking on Authurian lore.

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Brewychock48
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I just started this today. Wow,it is so good. This would make a great movie.

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jessjess
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Up next is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. This has been a hold forever in my Libby and now it's finally come.

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REPollock
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1. Sometimes.
2. Legendborn is FANTASTIC. Black girl magic and Arthurian legend and secret societies! ❤️💙❤️💙❤️💙
3. Age of the protagonist and the adolescent concerns of the narrative. (Not every book with a teen protagonist is YA.) I don‘t mean to put down adolescent concerns, only that the perspective is self-absorbed.

@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz This is on my TBR stack! I‘m thrilled to see such a positive review for it! Thank you for sharing! 9mo
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NikkiCureton
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Just finished Caste, so I‘m looking forward to something more escapist now. Up next, Legendborn!

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MichelleReads
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I loved this book. It was fun and exciting. King Arthur with a twist. It gave me such a book hangover. Can‘t wait for book 2

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Picked two books for April. I picked the tagged because I have heard so many good things about it and need it in my life. #botm

Beachesnbooks Legendborn is fantastic!! 10mo
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HOTPock3tt
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This will most likely end up on my #Favesof2021 list!! ☺️ It was an action packed thrill ride! With a totally relatable, vulnerable yet fiercely strong MC. It had legends, a touch of romance and plenty of black girl magic.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️& 1/2 out of 5

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Twainy
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🎧 Bree: Did you just Jane Austen me?

Alice: Did you just Star Wars me?

Bree: No I New Hoped you.

😆 I‘m in!

Three chapters later 🙄🤮

The MC Bree is so YA! If you aren‘t a fan of a majority of the more popular YA tropes stay away from the audio because the narration is impeccable, you‘re pulled in to trope madness.

Predictable plot. Super YA MC. Well why did I enjoy the book then? Well let me tell you ...

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4 👇🏻

Twainy It‘s a delightful King Arthur & the knights of the round table retelling. A cast of likable supportive characters. I feel that if I had read the book vs listened I would have been able to give the MC more confidence & a better spin to her angsty inner monologue.

Greatness: the magic system, the King Arthur retelling 🖤, the mystery, the other characters, the monsters.
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Twainy Cons: YA tropes and how every touch from every boy drew some huge physical feeling, heat, sizzles, sparks & 🙄

Looking forward to book 2! I really want to see where this goes!! I really think that if you aren‘t a fan of YA that you might like this if you narrate it yourself so you can lessen the tropes in this 1st person tale. Don‘t listen to me, find out for yourself! 📖 👍🏼
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Lovesbooks87
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I am going to need the sequel to this book ASAP!!!!! I listened to the audiobook in little over a two days. If I didn‘t have to be an adult I probably could have listened to it in a day. This book was action backed and kept my on the edge of my seat. I need more of Bree‘s journey! Hopefully the sequel comes out soon!
#bookspinbingo

HOTPock3tt I‘m listening now and LOSING SLEEP!! 😍 (edited) 10mo
Chelleo This was so good! 10mo
Lovesbooks87 @Chelleo it was. I wish I could listen to the next one now! 10mo
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READ THIS BOOK.
What a beautiful read! I am so obsessed!!!

tessavi Nice cover! And the food looks yummy 😋 10mo
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#TBRPile 📚 After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high-schoolers at UNC seems like the perfect escape - until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus...