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Year of the Witching
Year of the Witching | Alexis Henderson
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A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut. In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet's word is law, Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. Her mother's union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement. But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood. Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
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FantasyChick
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Playing a little catch up this morning because this past week was BRUTAL!

This was the first book I read this year and I flew through it. It just captivated me and kept me wanting to continue. I hope the year finishes on the same sort of high note!

#AdventRecommends #Day1
@emilyrose_x

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arlenefinnigan
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This is a brilliant feminist fantasy horror novel. Rooting for witches to destroy an abusive patriarchal theocracy is exactly what you need in your life.

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iread2much
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Panpan

I was very disappointed with this book, the choices of the main character didn‘t make any sense given her background and experiences.
Immanuel is raised in a strict religious community, where women are barely allowed to read and there are multiple wives for religious leaders. Her mother was murdered as a witch and she is accused of following in her footsteps. Will she save her community?
1/5 stars, poorly plotted and bad character development

iread2much And it‘s off to the next reader! 1mo
sarahbellum *boop!* 1mo
Leftcoastzen 🐶💕 1mo
iread2much @Leftcoastzen ☺️🐕💜 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Dark and witchy, perfect for the season!
This is well written, a world similar to our Puritan 1600's but with magic. Immanuelle was a great character that you could root for. There were some small discrepancies in the writing (she looks at a man who is walking away from a group and then looks back at them all together, that sort of thing a couple of times), but overall a rich world built and characters that are likable.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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My Halloween reads this year.

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JamieArc
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Thank you @OndinetheSea for this great #HHS box! The books look fun and perfect reads for the season, and I‘ve been meaning to read the tagged book for a few years now, so I‘m glad to finally have it on hand! I hope you have a great Haunted Hollow Swap day and Halloween!

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃 1mo
OndinetheSea my goodness I forgot to comment😅 I'm glad you like everything! I hope you're having a wonderful Halloween 🧡🦇👻🎃 1mo
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erickahhh
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Panpan

I have seen so many great reviews for this book. I just could not get into it. This book just did not grab my attention. Maybe I have just been too distracted or thinking of other things, but I noticed myself having to reread sections of the book because I did not comprehend anything that happened. It has all the pieces that make up a great book, it just wasn't for me.

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underground_bks
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You should definitely read this if you‘re looking for a dark, bewitching, gruesome, atmospheric, and feminist read set in a puritanical society by and starring a woman of color. Personally, I felt like I should have LOVED this but it was more so-so for me because it turned out I was hoping for more religious deconversion/exvangelical depth, and this book is more interested in plot and world-building than that level of interiority.

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BookBelle84
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I was completely immersed in the cultish, gothic, witchcraft filled world the author created. I didn't want to put it down and I also didn't want it to end. The underlying feminist stance of the book was perfect. With one novel Alexis Henderson has become an auto buy author for me. And a great start to a spooky October reading month.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really enjoyed that one as well. 2mo
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Nessavamusic
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Mehso-so

I wish I could rate this higher. It has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere and is so ominous. Perfect vibes for spooky season. Where it fails is in the characterization and magic system. Our wonderful main character becomes a Mary Sue at the end which is so frustrating. I would still recommend if you are looking for a spooky witchy dark read. 3⭐️
#bookspinbingo #bodycountbingo #littenlistenbingo #scarathlonwordsearch +3630 points

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BookBelle84
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My October TBR. Might be slightly ambitious as I have a stack of library books to get through, but I thought they made great October reads. King Arthur is for #childrensclassicread2022 #tbr #october

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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 20: a horror by a BIPOC author

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AllDebooks
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#basicwitchswap

1. Navy blue, emerald, black
2. Floral tones, lemon, apple or pumpkin spice
3. I love histories of witches, magic, witch trials as well as gothic, scary stories
4. Idk, don't use them. More of a herbalist witch.
5. Ruby, emerald, rose quartz
6. Both 😊
7. Lavendar, clary sage, rose
8. The whole spooky shebang! Autumnal vibes with the Earth taking a rest, cosy nights that start at 4pm.

@sprainedbrain

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HeathHof
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Finished this one up for #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks Between a so-so and a pick but I always round up. It had some good witchy elements and was a fast read but I couldn't get into it like I hoped to. A few things didn't make sense to me. Probably a right book at the wrong time sort of thing. Looking forward to hearing what you all think of it.
@jessinikkip @iread2much @RinaBrahmbhattBarot @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

iread2much I‘m looking forward to it as well! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 🖤 🧙‍♀️ 2mo
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HeathHof
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Settling in for a late night with this one.
Book #5 for #trappedonanisland and book 1 for #litsylovewritesnbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic 🖤 3mo
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Cazxxx
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#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Witchcraft and feminism always make a great read for me!

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Bamazin
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Bailedbailed

A creepy walk in the woods and an unfortunate #dnf
I just couldn‘t get into and then got scared of being outside with the descriptions of the woods in the book 😂😂 #26

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eri.reads
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The Darkwood is off limits. It is said to be home to witches. When an outing goes away, Imanuelle is forced to venture into the woods and defy the Prophet. Will this leave her unfazed enough to continue in her life of submission and devotion to the Father? Or does this help her to realize just how wrong it is to be a woman in Bethel?

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sparrowssavvy
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Finished up this amazing read. This book was everything I wanted the tv show Salem to be. I loved the eerie ambience. I originally thought that this was historical fiction, but loved the originality of recreating similar religions and cultures. I found this book kept building and building and really nailed the ending. It unfolded in a great manner and the pacing really worked.

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FantasyChick
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Oh I definitely needed this book. Puritan, cultist, witchy, "Burn that shit to the ground" vibes. I couldn't put it down!

#bookspinbingo #aestheitcallymatched #jumpstart2022 #joyousjanuary @TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie @Clwojick @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 Stacked. 11mo
Tera66 I loved it too 11mo
Clwojick Yes! You're the first to match this photo! great job! 11mo
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FantasyChick
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It appears we are stuck in our house today and the storm continues. That means the slow cooker is on, Movies being watched and lots of reading and puttering around to do.

Tagged #audiobook on while I make up some waffles for breakfast 😊

#SnowDay

Laughterhp Wow! That‘s a lot of snow! 11mo
AmyG That storm! Enjoy your snowy day. 11mo
deeannloso Holy cow! That‘s a lot of snow! 11mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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A brilliant, sinister tale of what happens when witch craft and religious fanaticism meet. I was hooked by the story and it had pace that kept you reading. It is dark, gory and a little horror but that made it a good read.

#Horror #Witches #Power #Feminism #Patriarchy #BookWitch #WitchyReads #BookNerd #Bookworm #InkDrinker #LibraryMouse #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #WeekendAllBooked

ddbookreviews Do you know about Readers favorite? They pay gor some reviews. 12mo
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Nik_reads
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Excellent story! Grabbed my attention from the first page and I couldn‘t put it down. Wanted a little more from the ending but I‘m like that with some books. Especially the ones I like because I‘m not ready for the story to end.

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JaneyWaneyB
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First morning commute in a while but I get to get stuck into this thrilling horror or so the cover says. Happy Hump Day Littens. Have a great day 😀

#ReadingCommuter #TrainJourney #Reader #BookWitch #InkDrinker #LibraryMouse #BookNerd #BookGeek #Books

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m towards the end of my hump day - and I‘m finishing with gado gado from my favourite restaurant near work (we‘ve only just reopened to the public after lockdown) - happy reading! 13mo
JaneyWaneyB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag hope you enjoyed your gado gado 😊 13mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @JaneyWaneyB, sure did! and the curry puffs 😍 13mo
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Littlewolf1
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Here is my wrapup for October 2021. All in all it was a pretty good reading month, with pretty high reading marks on everything. Still some questioning regarding Soulless, but I‘ll have a better understanding of my feelings after the next book.

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Cazxxx
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🦇 The perfect day to start this book 🕷

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sleepy.ash87
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4/5
This was a fun read, especially for Halloween. It was engaging for a long time, then very exciting about 3/4 into the story. I would recommend this book. I don't think there was enough development around many of the characters, though. It was a great storyline and fun, but I think the author could have done better in that regard. I don't know. I'm also only just warming up to fantasy, so...? Send rec's if you have them!

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tracey38
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Very creepy, witchy book that isn't my usual read. But I enjoyed it for this October spooky season. It has the whole ugly patriarchal theme that is horrible and women suffering. But the storyline of Immanuel was intriguing.

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LaraS
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Mehso-so

The pacing was a bit off for me on this book, but overall I enjoyed it - great witchy vibes for the season, perfect to curl up with under a blanket with a cup of tea! #screamathon #witchinthetitle

Artwork from:
https://www.deviantart.com/mimadeo/art/The-Old-Forest-756992372

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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A witchy read in the vein of The Handmaid's Tale, there was no way I wasn't going to love this book. Lots of creepy bits, and a strong female MC. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love your bookmark! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! It's a book tracker, but it's too pretty for me to write on. 13mo
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wanderinglynn
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#unpopularopinion but I didn‘t care for this book. Despite an intriguing premise, I found it basic and lackluster. Too many themes that are never adequately addressed. And that ending was utterly disappointing.

Book 15 for #Screamathon + week 3 hocus pocus
#SpookOWeen readathon
#roaringwolf – complete book during full moon

TheSpineView Hate when that happens. 📖📚🧙‍♀️ 13mo
wanderinglynn @TheSpineView yeah. But there‘s always more books! 📚📚📚😀 13mo
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Laughterhp Glad I bailed on this one last year. 13mo
wanderinglynn @Laughterhp I almost bailed but I kept thinking it would get better. Nope. I did skim more than half and had no problem understanding what was happening. It was that basic. 13mo
Roary47 Wow! You got all 6 challenges! Awesome job. 😍💛 13mo
CherMoreBooks I was wondering how this book was! Thank you for your review. The cover is stunning but I wasn‘t sure about it. 13mo
wanderinglynn @CherMoreBooks to be fair, I am in the minority. A lot of readers really liked it. 13mo
CherMoreBooks @wanderinglynn ah okay, good to know. Thanks 😊. 13mo
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Littlewolf1
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5⭐️ yes, yes and yes… this book was so good. It had a false accusations, conspiracy, political injustice, and seriously dark witches. I received this book last year one of my swaps, and finally got a chance to read it now. I‘m so mad at myself for waiting. I loved everything about the story. This is also my #bookspin for #bookspinbingo. #TeamHendrix #scarathlon2021 #scarathlon

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
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LadyCait84
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Fitting seasonal read with a strong feminist core.

Its setting - in both time and place - is fictional, but pulls strongly from historic influence (17th century Salem, the Crusades) as well as classic dystopian stories (Handmaid‘s Tale, for example).

Those who like witchy things, and/or have felt the burn of righteous fury over patriarchal injustices, should pick this one up.

sleepy.ash87 I just placed it on hold through my library. Can't wait to start! 14mo
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Nelnjali
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My #Screamathon reading is going well. I'm 2 for 2 on the challenges. The tagged was my book for last week's challenge. I plan on reading The Midwinter Witch for this week's challenge.

@4thhouseontheleft

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Nelnjali
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4.5🌟 This book was a fabulous creepy read. It has all of the magic and darkness one would expect from the title all wrapped up in a story that shows that it isn't always monsters that are the most horrifying. I think this book works well on its own, but I will definitely check out the sequel when it comes out.

#Screamathon - Challenge 2: Read a horror book by a female author of color @4thhouseontheleft
#Scarathlon
#Spookoween
#Necronomathon

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wanderinglynn
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#outstandingoctober

I aim to finish:
📚 the tagged for #Screamathon
📚 Sisters of the Snake for #bookspin
📚 Witches Steeped in Gold for #doublespin

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 14mo
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Nelnjali
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I'm achy and tired from everything I had to do today, but I get to end the day with a good book, my snuggly kitty, and companionable quiet with my partner, so all-in-all, I call today a win.

#Scarathlon

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Nelnjali
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I started reading this yesterday for the #Screamathon "Diversify your horror shelf" challenge, and I am loving it so far. I just want to read the day away, but alas, I have to work and have a mound of chores to do today.

Also reading for:
#Scarathlon
#SpookoweenReadathon
#Wickedathon
#Necronomathon

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Littlewolf1
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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wanderinglynn
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#two4tuesday

1. No, but I am participating in #Screamathon2021 hosted by the awesome @4thhouseontheleft

2. So hard to choose! But I guess the tagged.

Thanks for the tag Lisa & Rachel 😘

Tagging: @Moonprismpower @AlaMich @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

TheSpineView You're welcome and Thanks for playing! 🖤🧛‍♂️🖤🧙‍♀️🖤🎃 1y
Moonprismpower Are these scream or scareathons just like a reading challenge for the fall? 1y
wanderinglynn @Moonprismpower #Scarathlon is a month-long team-based game where they watch movies & read books for points hosted by @Clwojick & @StayCurious - it had a sign-up because there are teams. 1y
wanderinglynn @Moonprismpower #screamathon is hosted by @4thhouseontheleft & is a more casual reading challenge with weekly prompts. Much more low key than scarathlon. 1y
alisiakae @Moonprismpower Here is a link to the #Screamathon Google From if you are interested! It is a low key challenge, kind of make what you want of it 😃. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EFRjCTeEvr3FO_WMecKCAkoiuB8jlArb1DBLi-tvuqE/edi... 1y
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brittanythebookdragon
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A little culty. A little witchy. A little Salem Witch Trials-eque. A whole lot of badass woman. And fuck the patriarchy!

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wanderinglynn
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#littensdressedinblood

My fall TBR stack.

This will be added to as the fall challenges start.

MidnightBookGirl That is a gorgeous stack! 1y
DinoMom Nice stack! 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks! ☺️ @MidnightBookGirl @DinoMom It‘s going to be a fun fall! 📚🍁👻 1y
tracey38 Great stack! 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks @tracey38 ☺️ 1y
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Tera66
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#Maycharacters #Marginal
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Immanuelle Moore has carried the stains of her parents sins her entire life, her parents union was forbidden by her strict religious community of Bethel. Her father was an outsider and executed while her mother fled into the woods. Immanuelle did everything she could to fit in and and follow the rules, but she was always treated as an outsider.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww sounds sad 😞 2y
Tera66 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It is...but then we have witches, then its scary😂 2y
Eggs Great choice 🖤📚❤️ 2y
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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 123.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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Jgacreations
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Slow at first but def held my attention. Long read but good.

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CharismaRaven13
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Almost done reading this book and it‘s such a beautiful, tense, unique and eerie written book. It‘s a dark and dramatic tale of oppression and rebellion, ideology and morality. “A young woman named Immanuelle Moore, lives in a rigid, puritanical society when she discovers dark powers within herself.”

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Addison_Reads
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#TBRDeckofCards @Clwojick

I really enjoyed this one! ? There were some sections that felt a little slow, and things tended to just get "figured out" quickly by the main character without any real struggle, but overall I enjoyed it.

I loved the characters and the setting. I listened to the audiobook and felt it really helped to create the atmosphere and tone.

I'm excited to see what happens in the next book. ?

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Gissy
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Feb #DoubleSpin this is about a puritanical community with misogyny religious believes and traditions. I didn‘t like much the end but still love this story full of action, mystery, suspense, paranormal and some romance. It is about prophesies, visions, lies, betrayals, curses and witches. Love the cover😱3.9⭐️Love author acknowledgements specially when she mentioned her mom. Someone told me about a sequel, is that true? Thanks @Chrissyreadit ⬇️

Gissy @TheAromaofBooks
I finished this one yesterday ##20in4Readathon
@Andrew65
#Historathon (YouTube) prompt-HF with sub-genre
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Chrissyreadit @Gissy would you make a post of your 5 star reads? 2y
Gissy @Chrissyreadit I can but I don‘t have many 5⭐️Books. I‘m not an expert but I think 5⭐️is something extraordinary in creativity and language. But that is my subjective opinion. Many books had won awards and some of them are not necessarily the most popular one. Many books in movies or TV series not necessarily have great ratings. Some of my 5⭐️Are classics: like Crime & Punishment, I loved King Lear, Cancer Pavilion, some books of Voltaire, (edited) 2y
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Gissy Chekhov Short stories, etc But my 4⭐️ And 4.5 are special because of the language, or the topic. I know, I‘m not “normal@🤣 @Chrissyreadit 2y
Chrissyreadit @Gissy yes- it‘s because it is so rare for you that I am so curious to see them 2y
Gissy @Chrissyreadit ☺️But I‘m so sentimental with my books because even if I didn‘t like them much, it is so hard for me to unhaul them, maybe because I‘m in love with the cover or maybe because there were parts that I enjoyed or adored. This month I definitely not going to unhaul any, not the so-so ones neither the Pan one. They will stay with me🤗I unhaul those that I know I will never re-read them at all for many circumstances. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
Chrissyreadit @Gissy you made me laugh- and my whole body hurts from the vaccine! 🤣 2y
Bookzombie It looks like this will be a series. I didn‘t realize that until after I read it. The second book has a December publication date now. 🙂 2y
Gissy @Bookzombie Thank you for let me know. So excited. I hope they don‘t change the cover much, you know how publishers are🙄She changed the name of the year...so let‘s see if something happens a year later...🧐 2y
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CortexVortex
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This book reminds me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale but with a magical spin: a religious society located at the edge of an enchanted forest and governed by powerful prophets with multiple wives, some of whom are in their teens. I thought the protagonist was well-developed, and the story was persuasive.

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