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In Deeper Waters
In Deeper Waters | F.T. Lukens
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Nelnjali
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4.75⭐ This book was like a warm hug -- a perfect palate cleanser after reading more serious works. It is heartwarming and sweet, and there is great chemistry between the characters. While the magical world isn't delved into in-depth, it is diverse and interesting enough to add a good backdrop to the adventure and romance in the book.

#BookSpinBingo - Square 4

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BookwormAHN
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This book was so cute and fun. It's basically the story of the Little Merman who finds his prince, and then chaos ensues 💜
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #lgbtbookclub @AbigailJaneBlog #Pantone2023 #beetrootpurple #ReadySetRead2023 #damagedhero @Clwojick #Tbrarot @CBee #WickedWords #castle @AsYouWish

Clwojick I really wanted to get to this in February, but I didn‘t. Hopefully I‘ll read it soon. I adore the cover! 3w
CBee Awesome 👏🏻 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
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PuddleJumper
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This is a quick, fast paced book that has pirates, magic, political intrigue and romance. It's remarkably low stakes for including all that.

It's an enjoyable read, the characters are fun, the romance is cute, and it's not deep. It's a book you read on a train and I'm not mad about that.

#LGBTbookclub Feb pick @AbigailJaneBlog

AbigailJaneBlog Wow, you did get through that quick! Glad you enjoyed it! 🥰 3w
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ozma.of.oz
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When Prince Taliesin, 4th in line for the throne, is kidnapped by pirates on his coming of age tour, he may have to place his hope of rescue in a myth.

This was delightful! It was a fast read, well paced. I loved the familial relationships, the magic, the bits & pieces of The Little Mermaid, the developing romance. But everything left me wanting more! More (so much more) world building, more of the secondary characters, more magic! 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

willaful I'm rather hoping it's the first in the series. So many family members to potentially write about. Though I guess they're rather old to be in YA. 🤔 3w
ozma.of.oz @willaful I would not say no to a Garret or an Isa novel set before this one! 3w
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AbigailJaneBlog
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I would suggest that the main theme of the book is making your own way despite your circumstances. Would you agree? How did you feel Lukens handled Tal's magic?

#LGBTbookclub

Kenyazero I'd say making your own way definitely plays a part in this story, mostly from the perspective of pushing against what you think you're supposed/expected to do when it's critical to break out of the rut. 4w
ozma.of.oz Totally agree with @Kenyazero Breaking away from expectations seemed integral, even to some of the minor characters. And the magic was interesting (fire and water and animals(?)), but I felt it could have been expanded on more. 4w
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AbigailJaneBlog Totally agree folks, especially with your point @ozma.of.oz Tal says he spent years learning about magic but we see very little evidence of that. I also think this breaking of expectations links to the idea of fairytale retellings, and especially family within them - how often do we see a hero with a loving family? 4w
willaful @AbigailJaneBlog Tal's family was one of my favorite parts of the book. 4w
AbigailJaneBlog @willaful ima say it, I preferred it to the romance. Nothing against Athlen and Tal, I'm just a sucker for good family dynamics 😅😍 4w
PuddleJumper This was like a shallow dive. Everything had more potential and I wanted to know more but then it wouldn't have been as light of a read. 3w
Nelnjali I think another major theme is the idea of what you do with your gifts. Tal wasn't destined to be evil simply because he had the same magic. Both he and his great-grandfather had the same potential for greatness, but one chose to use it for personal gain and terror. 2w
AbigailJaneBlog @Nelnjali I think that's a really nice way of putting it, the idea of choices was really prevalent throughout, I think. 2w
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AbigailJaneBlog
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There are strong family ties throughout this book - how did you feel about this twis on the usual fairytale dynamics? did you have a favourite prince or princess?

#LGBTbookclub

ozma.of.oz I liked Garret a lot, but that might be a little biased because he gets his own mini arc in the story. But I wanted so much more. The bits we got with each sibling was enough to make me want a whole second novel of just the different sibling interactions. 4w
Kenyazero @ozma.of.oz same! We got so little of Kest that it felt like the author was holding back for a book focused on him. 4w
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ozma.of.oz @Kenyazero Oh yes please! I‘m dying to know more about him and learning his magic and his relationship with Shay! 4w
AbigailJaneBlog Yess Garret was my favourite too, but I think that's because he's exactly how I imagine older brothers to be. It's funny but a week after reading it, it's the sibling relationships that I remember most (that and Athlen's hatred of shoes) so a second book of just that would be ideal 4w
willaful Maybe a prequel for Kest. :-) 3w
AbigailJaneBlog @willaful omg a prequel of him just turning into a bird and sneaking off with Shay? Sign me tf up! 3w
PuddleJumper I'm voting for Garret too but he did get more development than the other siblings. I liked the dynamic the family had, it would be great to see more of that in future books 3w
Nelnjali Oh, I would love a book about Kest! Garret definitely got more screentime, but Kest won my heart at the end. He was so torn up about leaving Tal, and he is so cute when talking about Shay. 2w
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AbigailJaneBlog
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This was a new take on The Little Mermaid, but it also referenced the fairy tale genre as a whole. What did you think of this retelling and the theme? Were there any parts that you thought were discussed particularly well or were missed out?

#LGBTbookclub

Kenyazero I got a pretty good giggle when someone or the narrative referenced fairytales. Otherwise, I thought this had a lot of fun nods to the original story but it never felt like a retelling. It felt more like a heavily-inspired-by story. But maybe that's all retellings are 🤔 4w
ozma.of.oz I just finished this and thought it was charming. It did feel a little fairy tale lite, but with enough winks to Fairy Tale Things TM to make me smile. But I did like how the ending incorporated a little more of the original. 4w
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BookwormAHN I loved it. It was just fun and the little mermaid nods were bonus. Also how often do we get a merman 🧜‍♂️ 4w
AbigailJaneBlog I love this concept of retellings vs inspiration @Kenyazero I did my MA dissertation on Beaty and the Beast retellings and I never even thought to question this 😭😂 I also agree with @ozma.of.oz and @BookwormAHN that the extra references were fun :) also you're right, a merMAN!? We love to see it 4w
willaful @BookwormAHN I felt pretty much the same. Just adventurous and sweet and fun. I enjoyed the nods to TLM. I wonder if Kest was a vague nod to The Seven Swans? His magic is so different from Tal's -- though not that different from Athlen's I guess. 3w
PuddleJumper Aside from the obvious references I didn't notice any others but I'm not a big reader of fairy tales 🤣 I liked it, it was frothy and easy. I'm actually glad it took more inspiration from fairy tales rather than being a retelling. I did think the ending was a bit too quick and neat but maybe that'll come back to bite them in the butt later on 3w
Nelnjali I'm way late to the party, but I just finished yesterday and loved it. I agree that it feels more inspired by fairy tales, with some Easter eggs and nods thrown in throughout. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for Lukens' new book. 2w
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AbigailJaneBlog
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Reminder that our February dsicussion will take place on Feb 26th this month - how are you all finding the book so far? I haven't started yet!

As always, this is open to everyone and content warnings can be found here:
https://booktriggerwarnings.com/In_Deeper_Waters_by_F.T._Lukens

Voting for March's pick is now live:
https://forms.gle/Dtt5eBtTo7DHwV259

#LGBTbookclub

willaful I haven't started yet either but will as soon as I finish my current read. 1mo
BookwormAHN I haven't started it yet but I do have the audiobook from the library 😺 1mo
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Kenyazero I finished a few days ago and thought it was pretty fun! 1mo
Nelnjali I just started it today, and I think it is going to be quite fun. I really enjoyed So This Is Ever After, so I'm hopeful. 1mo
willaful Oh I thought discussion started today, rats. Do we talk about it in individual posts or here? 4w
AbigailJaneBlog I'll be posting discussion prompts tomorrow! This was just the mid-month reminder/check-in! 🥰 Everyone make sure you vote for next months pick too! (Link in post) 4w
Kenyazero I Almost forgot to vote, then may or may not have voted for a book I've already read 😆 4w
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Bailedbailed

This didn‘t seem quite up my alley but it‘s the #LGBTBookClub pick and was available at my library, so I gave it a shot. Everything was too on the nose and it felt shallow; I wasn‘t interested in the romance.

You guessed it—I was in Lapland when I bailed on this book. This is the best picture I managed of the Aurora Borealis.

AmyG I think that photo is amazing. 1mo
KristiAhlers Oh you're so lucky! That's a dream destination for me! Beautiful photo! 1mo
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Kenyazero
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Secret magics, myths from the sea, kidnapped princes, oh my! This was a fun read, though nothing was particularly surprising about it. I loved the characters and was engaged by their plight at every stage. I didn't realize how many sisters were discussed in the book, which lead me to drawing the worst conclusions about what was coming! Overall, I would recommend this read if you love mermaids, fairytale love stories, or adventure. #LGBTQ #Merfolk

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KateKintail
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"Thank you for saving me."

"Thank you for not being afraid of me."

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LitsyEvents
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Repost for @AbigailJaneBlog

Hello folks, here is our pick for February: In Deeper Waters! Thanks to everyone who voted. Discussions will be posted on Feb 26th, and as always, this is open to anyone who wishes to join!
Content warnings:
https://booktriggerwarnings.com/In_Deeper_Waters_by_F.T._Lukens

#LGBTbookclub

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AbigailJaneBlog
In Deeper Waters | F.T. Lukens
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Hello folks, here is our pick for February: In Deeper Waters! Thanks to everyone who voted. Discussions will be posted on Feb 26th, and as always, this is open to anyone who wishes to join!
Content warnings:
https://booktriggerwarnings.com/In_Deeper_Waters_by_F.T._Lukens

#LGBTbookclub

Gissy Nice! I have this book!🤗 I‘m a little behind with January reading but I will finish it next month. Those are books I really want to read📚🙌I am in a couple of book clubs but I‘m a slow reader. But buddy reads and book clubs are an excellent activity to read from your tbr and know more about books😃 2mo
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Kenyazero Looking forward to it! I went ahead and requested this one from the library early this month because I wondered if it would be our top pick, and I'm first in line now! 2mo
PuddleJumper I've got this book so I can join in! 🎉 2mo
MoonWitch94 Oh fun! Looking forward to it. 2mo
peanutnine I've already read this one and really enjoyed it! I'll pop in for the discussion at the end of the month 😊 2mo
ozma.of.oz Oh I have this one! I‘d love to join in! 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog Glad everyone's looking forward to it! @ozma.of.oz I completely forgot to add you to the tags last month but you have now been added to my list! If you'd like to join in with the posts I just made for this month's discussions, you're more than welcome! 💕 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Gissy this is a no pressure discussion! The posts stay up forever so feel free to comment anytime 🥰 2mo
BookwormAHN I'm looking forward to this one. I read So This Is Ever After and it was fun but quite cheesey and the narrator didn't help. But I did like the complete escapism and the characters were very entertaining. 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I read another book by this author that really didn't do it for me, so I think I will pass this month. I hope you all enjoy it though!! 🏳️‍🌈📚 2mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Happy#TalkLikeAPirateDay‼️ I had sooo much fun recently getting my Pirate on to join Fictional Hangover Podcast in discussion of September's Book Club Challenge Theme of #YoHoHoAhoyMateys.

If you'd like to listen you can find it here:
https://www.fictionalhangover.com/ or wherever you listen to Podcasts.

And just because you couldn't see the boots doesn't mean you don't need to wear them. 🏴‍☠️

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I've been listening and loving. When I unexpectedly had couple of hours of quiet time during this busy Holiday weekend I poured a glass of wine and set down with my print copy.

Just loved it! Will finish listening to audio as well. 🏴‍☠️
#yohohoahoymateys
#september
#fhbookclubchallenge

LiseWorks Pretty flowers 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @LiseWorks from the Farmers Market. 😊 7mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I'm excited for this one! I've been saving for Fictional Hangover September Book Club Challenge. https://www.fictionalhangover.com/

#yohohoahoymateys is the Theme. 🏴‍☠️

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Christy2318
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Adorable YA Little Mermaid retelling. I can see why not everyone loved this but Tal & Athlen were sweet cinnamon rolls. I loved everything about this. Can I have a movie please?? 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

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Bookfan1414
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Was this book almost annoyingly cute? Yes. Did I enjoy every adorably disgusting minute? Absolutely.

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Missusb
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#currentlyreading #preview #junerso2022 #digital #gaypirates One third of the way through and Tal our hero prince is trying to be the good guy. His love interest Athlen is oh so charming but frustratingly enigmatic.

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peanutnine
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#Pantone2022 Color Challenge
Bubblegum @Clwojick

Clwojick Great match! 12mo
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peanutnine
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Pickpick

Ooo I loved this one, it was so cute! Queer fantasy with magic, romance, and pirates! Prince Tal has forbidden magic, the last of his kind, and has to hide his powers. On his coming of age tour, he meets the mysterious Athlen, who also has a secret. When pirates kidnap Tal, the boys team up to uncover the nefarious plot against his family and try to save the kingdom.
#RoaringWolf challenge "rainbow" @Roary47 @Littlewolf1

Roary47 Sounds Awesome! 💛 12mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A cute m/m fantasy romance about a prince with magic and a merman who made a deal with a sea witch for legs. It was a cute story about these two coming into their own amidst a whole lot of adversity. I had *kind of* hoped one of them would turn out to be a pirate but cute regardless.

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rachelsbrittain
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Finished my latest audio knitting project for my new little nephew

Soubhiville So cute! 12mo
Ruthiella Adorable! 😍 12mo
wanderinglynn Super cute! 12mo
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marleed Ohhh, I love this. 12mo
julesG Cute 😍 12mo
shellleigh33 So cute ❤️ 12mo
Tera66 Adorable ❤️ 12mo
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rachelsbrittain
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What I'm reading this weekend #WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great choices. 12mo
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TheBookDream
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First book finished of the #marvellousmarch #springbreak #readathon #extravaganza! A #queer retelling of The Little Mermaid, I really enjoyed this one. 4 ⭐️!

GondorGirl This was a really sweet book. I'm looking forward to Luken's new book. 12mo
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TheBookDream
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Just a small portion of TBR or books currently in progress, including my #BOTM books!

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mdemanatee
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Panpan

Unfortunately, despite the gorgeous cover, this one didn‘t really work for me. It felt a little simplistic at times. I would maybe recommend for early YA readers though. And the romance may appeal to fans of Timekeeper.

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Bookgoil
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Here are my top 25 reads of 2021 - novels and memoirs. It was hard to narrow it down but thanks to my countdown it helped narrow things. ❤️

Clwojick The Outliers!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
TheSpineView 3 books on your list are also on my TBR list. I need to get reading! 1y
Bookgoil @Clwojick now to finish the series this year.. 🤣 1y
Bookgoil @TheSpineView enjoy when you do!!! 1y
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Bookgoil
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For #October #12in2021 I‘m back to four - All of these were fantastic! #10thbookof2021
Boys Run the Riot is a fantastic manga starring a transgender MC
Measuring up is one of newest fave GN about cooking, culture and friendship
The Fell of Dark is likely the best vampire book I‘ve ever read and will likely revisit every year!
In Deeper Waters I had to buy a physical copy of I loved it so much - pirates, pride and magic

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 😍 1y
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Bookgoil
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I went to B&N yesterday and was very naughty and spent all my Christmas cash 😅😅😅. Totally worth it right?!?!?

Desha I did the same on Sunday...and oh it was SO fun!! 😂😃 1y
BookNAround I was also naughty at B&N. I don‘t have the kind of willpower it would have taken to skip that sale! 1y
Bookgoil @BookNAround yes i had friends going and I knew I couldn‘t resist I thought I‘d behave a bit better but nopeeee 1y
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Bookgoil @Desha yes I had a blast and got a wide eyed and double take by one older gentleman who saw me with arms full 🤣 1y
Desha Lol how funny! I bet you were so cute! Finally someone came up to me with those baskets and I was like “I‘ll need two”.....😂 1y
Bookgoil @Desha I was maybe hiding and didn‘t stay long enough for someone to approach me - books kept leaping into my arms somehow and I was trying not to tempt more 🤣 I somehow missed the baskets completely 1y
Desha Lol 😂...today I‘m debating going back...today is the last day of the sale where I‘m at...my budget is saying NO! But my heart is saying YES PLEASE! 📚 1y
Bookgoil @Desha I‘m going to my indie bookstore instead but my B&N isn‘t far soooo if I end up there.. sorry not sorry 1y
Desha 😂🤣😂♥️ 1y
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chasjjlee
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Wow. Consider my breath taken.
Why haven't I heard about this book??

Magical✔
Beautiful✔
THE purest love✔
Surprisingly action packed✔
Fast Paced✔

Wow. ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

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Bookgoil
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What a month. How I managed this many books… 51 is amazing. Must want to escape my own reality.l and some #scarathlon2021 help! Again a lot of audio and graphic novels as per my attention span lately.

Stand outs include In Deeper Waters, The Fell of Dark, Measuring Up, and A Lesson in Vengeance

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chasjjlee
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Starting November off with this beauty 😍 (and this 🍷)! I'm 35 pages in and LOVING it ♥️.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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November's very ambitious #TBR. 📚

Bookzombie I hope you enjoy Ham Helsing! 🐷 1y
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lindseypro21
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2 hours and 27 minutes for 68 (ebook) pages read. #24hourreadathon

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I have no idea why I ordered this one? File it under lockdown purchases (the cover is pretty cool - let‘s just say it was a cover buy)

I haven‘t really been in a YA mood lately - so I don‘t know when I‘ll read this one…

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Bookgoil
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Some more marvelous books for #scarathlon2021 read the past 10 days. 4 for #littenlisten and 3 for #bookspinbingo Altho I made add the other of these to my open spots. And all for #spookoweenreadathon

@StayCurious @TheSpineView @aperfectmjk

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 1y
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Sharanya
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Well, that was pretty mediocre. The concept & fairytale aspects were intriguing. Tal was a cute protagonist. I did really like how the author discussed themes of grappling with atrocious legacies left by your ancestors. But the characters & romance were SO bland. Everybody is good & kind & considerate ALL the time. I was yawning my way through the dialogue & definitely skimmed towards the end bc I just wasn‘t invested in the outcome. ★★★☆☆.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Starting one of my most anticipated releases of the year!

GondorGirl I adored this book! And the author has another one coming out that sounds just a charming! 2y
SassenachTheBookWizard @GondorGirl I saw! Another gorgeous cover 2y
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Zoe-h
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Mehso-so

For a few days I thought this was going to be a pretty terrible book all together, but it semi-redeemed itself in the last half. It just started off so slow and boring. It takes skill to make getting kidnapped by pirates boring. I only read this because Goodreads insisted I did and that I read another book by F.T. Lukens that was pretty good. 3⭐️ (Photo featuring Fitz) #CatsOfLitsy

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Nutmegnc
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BookTok made me do it! 🥰🤣😜🏳️‍🌈

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TracyReadsBooks
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This YA fantasy was every bit the fun escapist romp I expected it to be and if it follows a predictable path, that‘s ok—it‘s still very entertaining. Princes, magic, pirates, political intrigue, a very handsome, oh so charming, and, it goes without saying, mysterious stranger make for a great adventure. On sale 4/20/21.

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It‘s -3 feels like -21, we‘re under another winter storm watch with 4-8 inches of snow expected overnight so there is only one thing to do...escape to the high seas for a story about princes, pirates, magic, shenanigans and who knows what else?!? ❄️ 🏴‍☠️ 👑 🌊 ❄️