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The Extraordinaries
The Extraordinaries | Tj Klune
Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune's YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves. Hardcover edition comes with an exclusive, reversible jacket! Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right? After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova Citys mightiest hero (and Nicks biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And hell do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick's best friend (and maybe the love of his life). Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer's Renegades in TJ Klune's YA debut. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Branwen
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Pride Month: Day Three! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

In the past few years T.J. Klune has steadily climbed his way up into my top five favorite contemporary authors. This is the first book in his YA trilogy which is based on superheroes. I've been forcing myself to hold off starting it because I heard the second book ends with a big cliffhanger but now that the third book is due to come out next month it's time to jump in! 📚💕

#pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

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Kenyazero
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Pickpick

An absolute blast! This book is over the top and does it so well. I don‘t read a lot of humorous books or superhero works, but this one popped right onto my favorites list. Nick‘s gullibility and obliviousness is so extra but Klune pulls it off extremely well. I was constantly laughing and looking forward to the next antics. This book also represents ADHD and grief very well. #LGBTQ #SuperHero #ADHD #Comedy

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Kenyazero
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Did some audiocrafting to finish this watercolor! #AudioCraft #WaterColor #LitsyCrafters

Bookzombie I love it! 1mo
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Kenyazero
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I have this book on my shelf but decided I'm going to listen to the audiobook instead and I'm glad I did. Listening to the reader dramatize the fanfic that opens the book (and which I assume shows up throughout the story) is an absolute TREAT! Between the reader's character voices and the actual teen writing drama flooding that fic, I'm pretty sure I laughed for 5 minutes.

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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I CANNOT WAIT! I CANNOT WAIT! I CANNOT WAIT! 🦸‍♂️🏳️‍🌈❤️ Xx

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peanutnine
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
💖 Flowers I received from my boyfriend. My favorite color is blue so he always tries to get me a blue bouquet. This year was delphiniums
💙 The Extraordinaries - liking it so far but I just started
🖤 Audiobooks to get me through my long commute

Wanna play? @KateReadsYA @bthegood @Catsandbooks

Also doubling this post for #ItHadToBeYou
Prompt: flowers 💐
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Nice double play🙌🏻🙌🏻 How long is your commute? 4mo
peanutnine @Eggs about an hour depending on traffic 4mo
Ast_Arslan What a beautiful bouquet! 💐 4mo
Catsandbooks Thanks for the tag! Beautiful flowers! 4mo
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nichollinlove
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Pickpick

As a 35 year old straight woman, I had no idea how much I needed a YA about gay, teenaged superheroes 😆. Klune is all heart as always, this book gave me all the feels. Nick's relationship with his dad pulled ALL my parental heartstrings. I laughed a lot along the way also, Nick is a real character and I am excited to read what's next in the series.

The audio narrator was an excellent pick for the story. He totally nailed it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

chasjjlee This book has been on my shelf begging me to read it! I think it may be time. 5mo
GondorGirl I felt this exact way! I just ordered the second book, so I'm excited to see what Nick and his friends get up to. 5mo
nichollinlove @GondorGirl I put a hold on the second one also! I expect we find out more about Nick's headaches as the series goes on. I absolutely adore that even Klune knew that Nick wasn't ready for that responsibility yet! 5mo
nichollinlove @chasjjlee I had held off thinking that it was less likely for me to love my 3rd book by Klune but I was wrong 😆 I adore his writing. 5mo
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Kenyazero
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Noticed this book deal today and figured I'd share it here in case anyone's interested! I haven't read it yet, but I've heard many great things about this book and love other books by Tj Klune (author of The House in the Cerulean Sea)

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TheatreSpaz
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I loved this! It was so cute and interesting. The callout of Fandom culture made me laugh. I am looking forward to the sequel.

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Nessavamusic
Extraordinaries | Tj Klune
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Pickpick

This was really fun! A YA #lgbtq+ adventure romance, where super heroes are real. It‘s what I hoped Renegades would be (I DNF‘d that one). It‘s a little silly and definitely YA, but I still recommend. 4⭐️
#bookspinbingo

Zoe-h I‘m nervous to start Renegades now, my hold just came in at the library! 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

This was a really sweet story about a kid who loves Extraordinaries, real-life superheroes, and writes fanfic about his favorite, Shadow Storm. Everything isn't exactly what it appears, though.

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CoffeeNBooks
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Saturday morning #coffeeandabook. After finishing The House in the Cerulean Sea, I wanted to read more of TJ Klune's books.

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mdemanatee
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I did enjoy this, though there were parts that gave me pause (like the plot line where Nick‘s father had been demoted from detective for assaulting a witness after a personal tragedy, without much exploration) and there were opportunities for tightening—Nick‘s obliviousness goes on a little long and the freshness of the comedic voice struggles under the extension. Still, A+ manatee simile and charming characters.

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mdemanatee
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I‘m not even particularly a superhero person (I know, I know. I like powers but have to be in the right mood for superheros) but this is utterly charming so far. My second Klune and excited his voice is still resonating for me. I‘m not even a quarter in but think if you enjoyed the Rest of Us Just Live Here this would also be up your alley.

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This was so fun! And filled with such heart. I‘m glad to list it as my last completed book for 2020. It feels right. And a sequel coming in July? Count me in! #bookspinbingo #BOOKSPIN #wintergames2020 #teamreadnosedreindeer 16pts

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 1y
rockpools That‘s a fab book to end the year on! 1y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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@ads0123 this one is headed your way!

@bluestocking.book.nerd I loved it SO much! Cannot wait for #2.

#lmpbc #groupL
@Shakespearience

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cewilf
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Pickpick

Super cute, albeit somewhat predictable. I still loved it and laughed out loud throughout the book. And in the next week, onto a Green Creek reread, because I need more TJ Klune before 2020 ends.

Megabooks Are you on Christmas break yet? 🤞🏻🎄 2y
cewilf @Megabooks not yet! We go through the 23rd, a full day 😭 2y
Megabooks Omg!!! 😩😩 2y
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crowlows19
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Pickpick

It was campy and the fanfiction bits were about as cringy as real fanfiction but that was the whole point of the book. I loved it. 💕

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cewilf
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I already thought TJ Klune was brilliant, and I am once again sitting with a book wondering why I didn‘t read it sooner. I‘m 1/2 a dozen chapters in, but I just love his writing so much. Funny & endearing & I relate to Nick a little too much 😂 & if you want your heart ripped out and put back together again (slowly and painfully) go read the Greek Creek series. I can‘t wait to reread that one again soon.

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Sharanya
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Mehso-so

Everything about this book was GREAT except that ending. The BFF-to-lovers romance was really lovely, even though that trope is usually not my thing, dialogue was hilarious, characters beautifully drawn, & I didn‘t even mind that Nick‘s level of obliviousness strayed into unbelievability a lot. But man, as that last twist started showing up around the 80% mark, I was disappointed. It really undercut the most important theme of the book. ★★★☆☆.

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | do I know what the Big Twist is gonna be before I even open this book? Yep, but that doesn‘t mean the ride won‘t be enjoyable!

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bluestocking.book.nerd
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It's my second read of this book, which is unheard of for me now, and I'm having fun with my first time marking up a book specifically for others to witness. I'm noting that I have a similar sense of humor to the high school characters... I think it's my kids' fault. #LMPBC

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jessicawatson
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This is a story of a world where superheroes, or “extraordinaries”, are slowly starting to emerge into the real world. We follow a comic-obsessed neurodivergent teenager, Nick Bell, who has a bit of an obsessive crush on a certain extraordinary. He makes friends, deals with relationship issues, and trudges through school while he‘s creating an elaborate plan to become an extraordinary himself,
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jessicawatson in hopes to impress and get closer to the mysterious (and handsome) hero, known among the city as Shadow Star.

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jessicawatson If you like books about building friendships and relationships, or being able to see a young person go through the same struggles that a lot of high-schoolers do, this is an exciting and immersive story with just the right amount of action to keep you interested. This is definitely one of the best books I‘ve ever read. It‘s cliche enough to make you laugh, but not so much to make you cringe. I picked it up last minute and was pleasantly surprised. 2y
jessicawatson One of the main themes in this book is about overcoming internal conflict and mental disability. Nick has trouble functioning like his peers, and he finds himself in a lot of really bad or awkward situations that are usually self-inflicted. He gets overwhelmed and has a lot of internal conflict throughout the book because of his tendency to overthink, and because of his differences from the rest of the world. 2y
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jessicawatson Despite all of this, he accepts himself and has a group of friends who understand and love him and his antics. It‘s a heartwarming and down-to-earth story.
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jessicawatson lol sorry that was so long 2y
MissYaremcio Such a great review Jessica! It sounds like an excellent novel! And is one that I will be adding to my to-read list! Keep up the great work! 6/6 2y
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lurkykitty
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A hilarious queer superhero action romance. The main character is Nick, a gay teenager with ADHD who has a huge crush on Shadow Star, one of the local super heroes ( which they call Extraordinaries). Nick has a great group of friends who have each others' backs and a supportive dad. I was often doubled over laughing while reading this. Although this book is very funny, big themes of love, loss, grief, friendship, and acceptance run throughout.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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TJ Klune has my heart. I giggled, I cried, I AWEEEEEED. I had a hard time with Nick's dad since he was a cop and...you know, I'm reading this in 2020 but I just couldn't not love everyone. Klune has a series talent with writing characters and dialogue.

Rep: gay, bisexual, lesbian, f/f romance, m/m romance, ADHD

LiteraryinLawrence Can‘t wait to get my hands on this one!! 2y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I'm over halfway through this and I just absolutely adore this book. TJ Klune can have all my money

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

I picked this up because of how much I loved The House in the Cerulean Sea. I didn‘t love Extraordinaries as much, but it was still fun.

Nick is 16, gay, and neurodiverse. He writes fan Fic about his city‘s superhero and supervillain, and he really wants to figure out a way to become Extraordinary himself. He also may be developing feelings for his best friend. He‘s got a really supportive dad and a fun group of friends.

Cute, fun YA.

Hooked_on_books After Cerulean Sea, which was just so charming, I figured I‘d grab this right away. But then I read an early review that mentioned a strong pro-police bent in the book in maybe not a good way. Did you find that to be the case? 2y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books huh, no I didn‘t notice. It did show police as good guys, his dad was an officer. But I personally didn‘t notice anything problematic... it did show the media to be biased and liars, really just one reporter. I‘d say borrow don‘t buy on this though, unless you‘re very into YA, superheros, and clueless romances. 2y
Hooked_on_books No, definitely not very into superheroes and clueless romances. 😂 But that‘s good to know. I‘ll give it a try, but get it from the library. (And I think most of the media are biased, in one direction or the other.) 2y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I completely agree it very difficult to find any media reports without bias! 2y
Hooked_on_books I actually saw a chart once that rated major media outlets by accuracy and bias. The most accurate per the chart were The Hill, Politico, NPR, and Bloomberg, though each had a slight bias. So if I want the real scoop, I usually try to go to one of those. I think we all know which outlets are biased (cough, cough). 2y
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Soubhiville
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The perfect tea cup to go with this book 😊.

LeahBergen Oh, that‘s hilarious. 😆 I just thought it was regular Blue Willow for a second there! 2y
Sace That's awesome! 🤣 2y
Mrs_B Love it! 2y
Eyelit That cup! 💙 💯 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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In a world where some people do have powers and act as vigilantes, a teen wants to get them. Also he is maybe in the middle of a love triangle. And he is dealing with his own issues.

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DGRachel
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It‘s been a rough week - I think I‘ve read less than 100 pages all week - but I bought 3 new books from my local indie and downloaded 2 more books from NetGalley. @sprainedbrain I think I‘m doing the #NetGalleyReviewathon wrong. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣🤣🤣

sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 you might be doing it just a little bit backwards, but hey. Yay for new books! 🥳 2y
Mitch Hope the second half of the week is better 😘 2y
GingerAntics Oh new Tj Klune. I‘ve been thinking of exploring some more of his books, after how much I love The House in the Cerulean Sea. 2y
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TrishB If it helps ❤️ hope the week picks up. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel Sending hugs! Send me an email. I think I found another noir event. 2y
DGRachel @Mitch @TrishB Thank you 😘😘 2y
DGRachel @GingerAntics I‘m actually really looking forward to the one coming out next March. It‘s another adult fantasy with a whimsical cover. If I can find his tweet I‘ll post it and tag it, since my brain is fried and I can‘t even remember the title. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess You‘re the best, thank you! 😘 2y
GingerAntics I saw that in Apple Books a few days ago. It sounds really good. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel Right back at you! 😘 2y
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Nutmegnc
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It took me a minute to get into but it was surprisingly good! I‘m so impressed by TJ Klune‘s writing. #lgbtqia+ Also, I toggled between ebook and audio. Audio is great!!

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catiewithac
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I was on a high from TJ Klune‘s House in the Cerulean Sea and wanted more from this author. The Extraordinaries is his new YA series for Tor Teen. And it‘s okay, but not a wow for me. The MC is immature, self-absorbed, and annoying (he is a teen boy!). I like the idea of superheroes and positive LBGTQ+ stories. I guess the ending sets up a more interesting second book. Judgment withheld until next summer.

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Kaddele
Extraordinaries | Tj Klune
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Definitely shouldn‘t have read this part before teaching my own litter of tiny little show dogs. 😂 So very accurate ...

AutumnRLS I just gifted The House on the Cerulean Sea to a friend who is going through a tough time. It is the most lovely book I have read in a long time. It was exactly what my sad heart needed. Looking forward to reading this one too. It's been a busy year for Klune. 2y
Kaddele @AutumnRLS It‘s so lovely! I keep going back to it again and again when I‘m having a bad day. Extraordinaries is very different in tone with lots of action and it feels faster and more upbeat. But it‘s still got that loveliness when it talks about the character‘s real emotions and relationships among all the superhero madness. Just started to read Klune and quite impressed so far 😍 2y
Nutmegnc Will somebody put TJ Klune‘s work on tv already?!?! 2y
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Bookishlie
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Amazon said tomorrow and it came today! Has anyone not wanted to start a book because then they will have to finish it and they want to keep it in case of “need something special emergency?” I‘m feeling that now.....what to do, what to do.....

wanderinglynn Yes, I‘ve put off reading books for the same reason. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Yes, I‘ve done that. How does TJ Klune already have another book out? 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Bookishlie Mine gets here Thursday and I‘m so excited!! 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Klune wrote my favorite read of 2020, The House on the Cerulean Sea, and I cannot wait to finish this book about s young gay man who wants to be a superhero.

Chrissyreadit I love your backgrounds! 2y
Soubhiville I‘m really excited for this one too! 2y
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rockpools
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Just to be clear, I absolutely did not sob my way through a YA queer romance novel with superheroes. Not even a little bit.

Nick Bell is starting the new school year trying to be better. He‘s taking his tablets for ADHD & staying out of trouble, as agreed with his dad. But he is writing fanfic about the superheroes active around the city. Particularly ShadowStar. Also his best friend Seth has been MIA all summer- does he have a secret boyfriend?

rockpools I‘d been wanting to read TJ Klune for ages, but hadn‘t realised this was his first YA novel. I was very unsure to begin with - it‘s cute and funny and painfully awkward, and his Nick‘s friendship group is adorable, as is his relationship with his dad (don‘t tell any of them). But it did read as very young YA, and romance and superheroes really aren‘t my thing. By a third of the way through, I was absolutely can‘t-put-it-down, gripped. 2y
rockpools The story was fun, funny and sweet, but above all, I fell for the characters and just how much they cared.

Thanks to #NetGalley and #Hodder&Stoughton for finally getting me to read TJ Klune with a free ARC. This is published tomorrow 14th July.

Another for #bookspinbingo. #BBRC #PhysicalMentalEmotionalDiversity #Teen Angst #Booked2020 #MillennialAuthor (just) @TheAromaofBooks @Sarahreadstoomuch @LibrarianRyan @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
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squirrelbrain Aw, what a lovely review! ❤️ 2y
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rockpools @squirrelbrain I blame the hormone tablets! 🙄😭 2y
Cinfhen What a wonderful review 💗 2y
Reggie 😍 awwww you make me wanna read this. 2y
Sarahreadstoomuch Aww. May have to read this too!! 2y
Soubhiville I can‘t wait to get my copy! I ordered it for curbside, hopefully pick it up tomorrow 💕 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review! 2y
Centique Ok you had me at sobbing 🙋🏻‍♀️ - #stacked 2y
rockpools @Centique I hope you enjoy it! I‘m going to have to explore Klune‘s non-YA stuff some time. 2y
rockpools @Soubhiville Yay! Hope you enjoy it 😊. Any suggestions as to what else I should read by this author? 2y
rockpools @Sarahreadstoomuch You definitely do! 2y
rockpools @Reggie 😁 I think you might like this one! 2y
Soubhiville I hadn‘t heard of him until The House in the Cerulean Sea, which I loved. I‘ll be looking into his other books! 2y
Sarahreadstoomuch @Soubhiville @RachelO I second the house in the cerulean sea. One of my favorite reads this year!! 2y
rockpools @Soubhiville I‘d seen so many great reviews of Cerulean Sea, I had to snaffle this one when it appeared on NetGalley. I suspect ‘cerulean‘ may be one of his favourite words!! 2y
rockpools @Sarahreadstoomuch 👍🏻 I‘ll find a copy. Thanks! 2y
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