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If We Were Villains
If We Were Villains | M.L. Rio
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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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I love a good book dedication. This one says: “For the many weird and wonderful thespians whom I have had the good fortune to call my friends. (I promise this is not about you.)” 🎭. This has been on my TBR list for a while. I even have the audio version of it on my audible.com account. I ordered a physical copy of it as well a few days ago from Amazon, instead of from my local bookstore, and my husband is making me feel so guilty!

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kecolem300
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Love love loved this book! Don‘t need a vast Shakespearean knowledge, like none at all, to enjoy this book. It‘s like I want to keep this book under wraps because it‘s still such a well kept secret. What do you all think?

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PickettT
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Bookgirl
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I liked it. A lot. I‘m a dark academia fan and have made it a point to read books in this genre. Somehow just got around to this one and I‘m glad I did. The story centers on 7 theater students at a fine arts college who exclusively study and perform Shakespeare. Of course there‘s a murder and mysteries. Definitely has Secret History vibes. I liked it better, but I don‘t love SH despite my love of dark academia. Loved the end twist.

LiteraryinLawrence Nice! Do you consider this one dark academia? 1mo
Bookgirl @LiteraryinLawrence Yes! It‘s pretty high on my to read list. Have you read it? 1mo
CherMoreBooks I‘ve heard great things about this one! 1mo
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BookBr
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Mehso-so

An interesting book in some ways — the Shakespearean conceit shaped the book in format but also in form, as its tragedy played out with an awful sort of inevitability. The characters were pretentious and careless and self-absorbed, but probably no more than any college seniors at the height of their field. My problem was that the story was engaging enough while reading, but didn‘t draw me back to the book when I wasn‘t. Clever, but not smart?

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AlysonCE
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Beautiful writing but just a tad too much Shakespeare for me. Also not enough mystery, I found the whole plot just a little bit too predictable. Still, interesting concept and kept me engaged throughout.

RaeLovesToRead Agree. I loved the atmosphere of this one, but the story didn't have enough complexity or twistiness for me to truly love it! 2mo
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BookBr
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A pick from my Christmas pile! Looking forward to digging in…

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MrsReads1
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I reread this book in April and it continues to be one of my all-time favorite books! The writing, the characters, the put of control shenanigans they het up to...and the SHAKESPEARE! If you like dark academia I encourage you to pick this one up. 5/5 stars

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asterese
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Happy World Book Day!!! 🥳📚📖

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Suelizbeth
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This novel is about a group of insular theater students set within an insular college that studies only Shakespeare. The camaraderie feels genuine, but with a sinister undercurrent. What could possibly go wrong? I was swept up in their love of everything Shakespeare, who they quote liberally, but naturally. It never feels contrived. Many parts of this novel just broke my heart, but All's Well That Ends Well. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.5⭐️

Readergrrl I think I‘m in love with this book and I haven‘t even read it! 2mo
Suelizbeth @Readergrrl it also reminded me a bit of The Secret History by Donna Tartt. 📚❤️ 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence This review makes me want to move it up my list! 2mo
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asterese
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"You can justify anything if you do it poetically enough."

This book rendered me speechless at the end. I just love this so much. ? I don't even know what to say about it that won't spoil anything in the story. If you like dark academia, Shakespeare, The Song of Achilles (oddly, this book reminded me of it), and morally grey characters, consider reading this (if you haven't already).

⭐: 5

Nute Lovely photo! 3mo
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asterese
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"Actors are by nature volatile -- alchemic creatures composed of incendiary elements, emotion and ego and envy. Heat them up, stir them together, and sometimes you get gold. Sometimes disaster."

When I say that the writing in this book is so darn beautiful. ? Also, I haven't really read outdoors in a long time. ?

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asterese

"Make art, make mistakes, and have no regrets." ?

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asterese
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1. If We Were Villains; The House of Marvellous Books by Fiona Vigo Marshall 💀📚

2. House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas 🦦

3. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu 🐅

#WeekendReads

@rachelsbrittain

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asterese
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Got the prettiest book mail today! 💕😊

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emmaturi
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This was a fantastic read, which kept me gripped to the end. It has love, romance, friendships and deceptions. There are seven friends and one is found dead, set in an elite conservatory, the friends are all aspiring actors. It's also set in present day when Oliver Marks is released from prison for a murder he may or may not have committed.

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acp
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really enjoyed this one but the ending was a bit predictable :)

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tracey38
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Finished this a couple weeks ago on audio. I really enjoyed this dark academia. I actually think I enjoyed it more an as an audio then if I read the physical book because of all the Shakespeare the characters speak. But the narrator in the audio did a wonderful job.

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emmaturi
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I hope to finish the tagged book today and also reading The Twyford Code and should finish it tomorrow.

#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Like the sound of The Twyford Code, I look forward to seeing your review. 5mo
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emmaturi
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I am currently reading these two books, only started the tagged book today. Enjoying both so far.

Cathythoughts I have If We were Villains ... look forward to your thoughts (edited) 5mo
Christyco125 I read If We Were Villains a while back. I really liked it. I loved all of the little tips of the hat at Shakespeare. 5mo
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DakotaWilde
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Book mail makes me happy

DivineDiana Me too! 😊 5mo
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thelastmabelcorn
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Honorable Mentions: The Last Graduate, Firekeeper‘s Daughter, Where the Crawdads Sing, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Circe, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Piranesi

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kyvennslibrary
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Panpan

I‘m really disappointed in this book. I expected more but honestly it was awful for me. Really upset about it.

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Sydneypaige
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A true tragedy. If the entire book wasn‘t a love letter to Shakespeare, I may not have been able to put up with the constant quotes and almost pretentious language between the fourth year students, but once I gave into the theatre world they occupy I ended up finding it endearing. I really enjoyed this pack of teenagers and their relationships and of course the drama. I can understand and give into the booktok hype here 🎭

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thewallflower0707
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I read If we were villains by M.L.Rio on my train ride to and back from Usedom, an island between Germany & Poland. I wanted to look at the Ostsee, so I did this day trip. The novel is great, and I totally got some The Secret History vibe (which is why I read this after all).

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,5

#darkacademia #ifwewerevillains #mlrio #mystery #novemberread

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MamaGina
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Finally read this one…what the heck was I waiting for, it was VERY good!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Oh good to hear … waiting on my shelf for me ☺️ 9mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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My terrible secret is this: I am no Shakespeare lover. 😱 I‘m always chasing that Secret History high though, so I gave this college-campus-set novel a chance. I liked the setting, but couldn‘t handle the characters speaking to each other in Shakespeare quotes. Which is on me. But I can‘t say I thought the mystery was surprising. A lot of theater major angst. Over all, so-so. But lovely cover.

Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I relate to chasing that Secret History high 👍🏻.. I have this one , so I‘ll give a go soon 9mo
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TheAliceEvers
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A murder mystery taking place at a drama school. It was slightly predictable but I enjoyed the premise, the characters and the details and having been to drama school myself certain bits were very funny! A fun, easy read!

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suvata
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DarkMina
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133 of 2021. A group of theater students are in their last year of college when things begin to unravel. One of them ends up dead and the question needs to be answered as to what happened. The reveal in this book is really sad. Good book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DarkMina
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Desha Just finished this! Loved it! 10mo
DarkMina @Desha I just finished it today. I really liked it too! 10mo
Desha 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
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jenniferajanes
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Part thriller, part mystery, part friendships gone wrong story, this one kept me turning the pages! It was interesting to revisit all the Shakespeare plays too. #Kindle #ebook #Libby

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reclusivepigeon
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I think this is hands down the best dark academia book I‘ve read. Not all the characters were straight up awful which was so refreshing. While the mystery was extremely predictable, I still really loved the book. The complete immersion of Shakespeare was just 👌🏻 I‘m really glad my Shakespeare class is starting in a couple weeks because I now have a fierce craving for his plays, specifically Macbeth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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suvata
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• ModernMrsDarcy.com #MMD book club pick for September 2021 #MMDBookClub

Source: https://www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/index.cfm/book_number/3571/if-we-were-villain...

“Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kimberlone I read this a few years ago and can‘t remember much of the plot, but I do remember loving it! 11mo
suvata @Kimberlone I have to be honest, I didn‘t think I would like it as much as I did. I certainly didn‘t think I would end up giving it five stars. 11mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent I keeping coming across this book and forgetting it. Consider it stacked! 11mo
suvata @booksellerofyourdiscontent You won‘t be sorry 11mo
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TrishB
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#motherdaughterread
Left is daughter‘s. We both had a day off today and just read. It‘s good having a mini me!
Back to work tomorrow 😞

Caroline2 Ahhh, what a lovely way to spend the day together. 😀 11mo
Cinfhen Such a wonderful way to spend your day off💚💚💚 (edited) 11mo
TrishB @Caroline2 @Cinfhen sadly work today! 11mo
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Cathythoughts So lovely! I just got the book your daughter is reading … Let us know her thoughts 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
LeahBergen I hope it was a lovely day! 😘 11mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen it was a lovely day ♥️ 11mo
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TheLudicReader
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Finished this last night and can recommend if you like slow-moving mysteries, self-absorbed actors, dark academia, and Shakespeare. Full review at theludicreader.com

LeahBergen I liked this one, too. 👍🏻 12mo
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JessTedrick
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Really liked this one.
If you were an insufferable English or Fine Arts student, or a fan of dark academia, lover triangles, murder mysteries, and Shakespeare, you‘ll like this.

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LostInSpace
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When I first started reading this, I thought I was going to DNF - I struggled through the first half really wanting to give up, but I am glad I didn‘t!

The second half of this novel is so much better than the first half, we learn so much about the characters, their relationships and their motives for the things that happen, in the end I really enjoyed the story 👌🏻

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TacoFromHell
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Recently I've finished this book and I'm thinking about the scenes inside it everyday. What I loved about it is the way the characters are, the way they are behaving and the situation in which they are. Also, there mistery and a well written drama that kept me contemplating and it still does, actually! Definitely 5 stars for this one, I will read it again for sure.

• Thanks to my beautiful @HellGL for the recommendation🔥

HellGL I'm so glad you loved it, babe!! 😍 1y
TacoFromHell @HellGL Now I'm just waiting for the moment when I will reread it😌💌 1y
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PandaPanda
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This left me with a lot of thoughts. Part of me hated all of the characters, alternating between actively disliking them and just feeling exasperated. That being said I was riveted. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more Shakespeare, but it was still solid and atmospheric and definitely a read I wild recommend.

TacoFromHell On some parts I felt the same 14mo
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alecia3dixie
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This book was ASTONISHING! Really well done M L Rio, applause to you! This book was remarkablely written, I actually could feel like I was a part of this crew. His writing made me feel every emotion, every breath, everything. And do not even get me started on that ending! MARVELOUS! I dont have enough words to describe how phenomenal this book was!

TacoFromHell I really loved it aswell 14mo
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abookishbutterfly

I‘ve made a terrible, terrible decision. I put all of my eggs in one basket with this one, choosing it as my “skull on the cover” book for my bingo board. I do not have enough time or resources to get a different book now. I‘d DNF, but it‘s the only book I need to fill the line on the board. 😭 270 pages left to go. I can do this. But, goodness, I hate this so far.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The covers fool us sometimes!!! 2y
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RainyDayReading
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I‘ve got a lot of options and I don‘t fully know which ones I‘m going to get to yet, but the middle shelf are all the books that I hope to/want to/can read in October for #screamathon #scarathlon2020 and #Sbooktober of course this isn‘t including the books I have my eye on from the library but I figured this was a good enough starting TBR 😅Got a mix of mystery and horror for the most part. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick R L Stein!!!!!!! 🖤🎃🎃🖤🎃🖤🎃🖤 2y
Clwojick Also, I‘ve had ghostly on my shelf for YEARS. Still haven‘t read it 2y
emz711 I'm living your shelf! 2y
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RainyDayReading @Clwojick I‘m not sure I want to know just how long it‘s been sitting on my shelf for 🙈 I‘m going to try to read one story out of it a day in order to get it read! 2y
RainyDayReading @emz711 Thank you! 2y
Clwojick Oh! Is it an anthology? Shows how much I know. *runs off to double check* I‘m going to do that too then, since it‘ll count for a ton of points. Anthologies and short story collections count as multiple reads! There‘s 16 short stories in it! Woot woot! 2y
RainyDayReading @Clwojick It‘s all good, I completely forgot it was an anthology too until I went looking for “spooky” books on my shelves 🙈 Good to know that they do! I‘ve got quite a few short story collections that I may have to bump higher on the TBR now...😁 2y
4thhouseontheleft You definitely have a lot to choose from! 💀 2y
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m back! Apologies for extended absence, I have finally finished my last lesson of my teaching course and just finished my first book of the last month! 🥳

I would have been obsessed with this when I was younger but it was harder to love now. I was expecting it to pull the Shakespeare around a bit more than it did, and it seemed more melodramatic than the secret history which it‘s often compared to. I‘m not the target audience probably tho

KVanRead Welcome back! Congrats on finishing your class!🎉 2y
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