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Half Sick of Shadows
Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian
The Lady of Shalott reclaims her story in this bold feminist reimagining of the Arthurian myth from the New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess. Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come--for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future. On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends--countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic. When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle. As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change destiny--and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.
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CrowCAH
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This is my #BlindDateWithABook; looks good! 🗡️
It was a #BookOfTheMonth selection.

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mrsmarch
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This candy-corn themed wrapping scheme from @AmyG 😍#MWS #ModernWitchSwap

AmyG I am so happy you like everything! 😘 9mo
BookwormAHN 🧡🐈‍⬛️🧡 9mo
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mrsmarch
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I‘ve been on an Arthurian kick lately so opening Half Sick of Shadows first thing gave me literal chills! 🥶 A beautiful and joy-giving package, and I‘m so glad I participated I‘m going to post a separate photo of @AmyG ‘s clever book wrapping. Going to use the journal to record my daily tarot cards that I pull for my BFF and I.

mrsmarch Thank you @BookwormAHN for organizing #ModernWitchSwap!! 9mo
BookwormAHN Great bag 💜🧡💜 9mo
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Meshell1313
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This was a King Arthur retelling told from the POV of his advisor and oracle Elaine. She sees dozens of possibilities for every event so this novel struggled with time- there were constant flashbacks and flash forwards and possible futures that interrupted the main story line and were sometimes hard to keep track of. But, I still enjoyed it and the new twists on this classic tale. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 stars!

Cuilin An Arthurian retelling you say. Stacked. 1y
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TheSpineView
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Bailedbailed

After 3 attempts to finish this book, I bailed at around 120 pages in. I gave it a good go. However, this King Arthur retelling just didn't work for me. The plot was so slow and the jumping around between past, present and future was confusing. The deal breaker for me was the characters. I just never cared about any of them. Total waste of time. 1⭐️

TheSpineView Forgot to mention, this was my #BookSpin pick for December. @TheAromaofBooks 2y
TheAromaofBooks That's a shame because I love that cover!! 2y
TheSpineView @TheAromaofBooks I had high hopes for this one. Oh well.... 2y
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TheSpineView
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#FirstLineFriday @ShyBookOwl

"I will die drowning; it has always been known. "

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Ellen_C
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Brilliant re-imagining of Camelot/Arthurian Legend from perspective of Elaine Astolat. https://cannonballread.com/2022/11/half-sick-of-shadows-elcicco/

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Ddzmini
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Mehso-so

I don‘t do this that often but couldn‘t get into this idk I‘ll have to see if it‘s just a mood so for now this is my thoughts I couldn‘t get into the storyline as it places a favorite tale of mine in an awkward place… I will give it another chance at a later date but not really connecting for me 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Ddzmini
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Starting this 🤗📖

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AllisonM89
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Part of me adored this book. Part of me felt like I was reading some sub-par BBC Merlin fanfic. There is so much perfection in this book. Then lines that don't fit. A chapter than infuritates me beyond measure (chapter 32 - WTF WAS THAT ABOUT???). And a lot of drama. I should have stopped reading about halfway through. I was much less angry at this book then.

@bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks #20in4 @andrew65

TheAromaofBooks I hate it when I push pass that halfway mark and instead of getting better, everything just goes off the rails! 2y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks i had such a love/hate relationship with this book. Then chapter 32 happened and i considered chucking the book into the garbage. And I'm still mad lol 2y
TheAromaofBooks A book I read a while back the ending made me so mad that I could not stop being mad about it and for the first time in our marriage my husband asked me if I could PLEASE stop talking about a book 😂 But it's been like two years and I'm still secretly mad 😆 2y
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AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks I'm still angry about Where the Crawdads Sing 🤣🤣 2y
Leftcoastzen It‘s been on my TBR for awhile, I‘m almost thinking of skipping, life is too short . 2y
Leftcoastzen Or maybe I‘ll just read chapter 32 !😄 2y
Andrew65 Oh dear! 2y
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AllisonM89
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A line like this is almost laughable when the book is based off of The Lady of Shallot.... 🤦‍♀️

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AllisonM89
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Chapter 32, WTF was that?? @mollyrotondo - i have no idea what i think of this book anymore.......

mollyrotondo I‘m excited to read it only because I want to know what went wrong lol 2y
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AllisonM89
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#20in4 @Andrew65

Goal: Finish reading the tagged book. That's about 100 pages/day. Completely doable if i actually commit to it...

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2y
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Bookfan1414
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Mehso-so

If I‘m being completely honest this book kind of hurt. Like it was one injury after another kind of hurt. Did I like it, yes, I rather suppose so. But I don‘t really know how I feel about it…..

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KristiAhlers
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A Camelot retelling and I loved everything about it. There are some new twists and turns and if you love a strong feminine driven story do yourself a solid and pick this one up! #aprilreadinglist #readingchallenge2022

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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨The King Arthur story is not one I‘m completely familiar with, and this story changed some of the family dynamic I was used to from what I did know. Basically, there are 5 characters that are really good friends and trying to manage their fates as the oracle sees into their futures. I struggled with the audio version of this book because the visions came suddenly all the time and I wasn‘t sure what was going on. A fun read with magic elements.

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Littlewolf1
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4.6⭐️ I really enjoyed this book, and the twist that were added to the original legend. The characters were intriguing, and has interesting gifts. It was a good read. This is my first book by Laura Sebastian but will not be my last. This is also my #bookspin for #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Roary47
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Running a little behind on this one. I am finishing the tagged book for my book club tomorrow. I‘m also trying to read Let it Snow and The Spectacular Now. I‘m likely going to start Son of a Witch tomorrow.

Andrew65 Sounds a good reading weekend. 2y
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BookBelle84
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This King Arthur retelling was one of my favourites of 2021. #12booksof2021 #2021 #September #bestof2021

Leftcoastzen Oh I‘m glad! It‘s on my TBR need to push it up the pile! 3y
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Bookfan1414
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I think my favorite thing about reading Arthurian retellings is that technically they are ALL cannon. The legends have no known author and we‘re originally an oral story! So on that note say HI to my first Book of the Month book.

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HaleyG14
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book. I like Arthurian tales and this one had an intriguing premise of it taking place through Elaine‘s perspective and her visions of the future. Sometimes the pacing was a bit slow and the going back and forth between visions and reality could be confusing. Overall it was a fun read.

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sprainedbrain
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I‘ve been a fan of all things Arthurian legend since I was small, and I loved this twist on the Camelot story. Told from the perspective of Elaine, the Lady of Shalott, the story jumps around from the youth of our heroes to Arthur‘s quests, and on to the tragic later events, presenting an original view on these legendary characters and stories. Beautifully written, and omg did it complicate the Lancelot feelings for my Team Arthur heart.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain A new record for me: I‘ve actually read a swap gift book within mere months of receiving it.😅 Thank you so much for this lovely book, @DebinHawaii ❤️ 3y
keys_on_fire I wish I had brought this with me to my parents for the holiday! Going on my list for January! 3y
BookBelle84 One of my favorites that I've read this year! So well done 3y
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reading_rainbow
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Bailedbailed

I read nearly 150 pages but I just was not enjoying this at all. I hated the jumps to the past I thought they were boring and I thought the characters were boring, what a slog. Disappointing because I love Arthurian stories and I was curious about how things played out but I just can‘t do it. Not for me, donating to the free library ⚔️

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reading_rainbow
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Feeling really inspired to start chipping away at my #BOTM pile… 📚 ☕️ 🍪 finally starting this King Arthur retelling

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Grizzlan
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Total: 7
📖: 2
🎧: 5

Favorite: Half Sick of Shadows

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Grizzlan
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4 🌟

A beautifully written novel. I enjoyed this retelling of King Arthur and seeing his rise to the throne through the women in his life.

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Leftcoastzen
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I think my unread #BOTM books are asking who‘s next . Especially since I have 2 more on the way .😄
I returned some books to the library unread , getting bogged down.

Nutmegnc Those are some great choices!! 3y
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Traci1
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Starting my #doublespin book this morning. Hoping it's a good one. 🤞

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BookBelle84
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Kate Quinn called this author the next Madeline Miller and I had my doubts. But this Camelot retelling was incredible and I understand the comparison to Circe. Following Elaine of Shalott was fascinating, I had never heard of her. I was completely immersed in this world and never wanted it to end. A beautiful retelling that will stay with me for a long time. #mustread #highlyrecommend #bestof2021

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BookBelle84
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Loving this book, I never want it to end!

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Gnora
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I‘m trying this spinner app to motivate me to read my BOTM backlist in September. First up is Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian. Here‘s hoping it goes well.

#BOTM #backlist #random #fantasy #myth

rather_be_reading LOVE using that spinner app! 3y
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Books88
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Camelot retelling? Say no more!

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TorieStorieS
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In high school, I went through a Camelot phase where I read any and everything to do with the Arthurian legends, so this was a bit of a nostalgic pick for me! I loved the new twist on the Lady of Shallott and the structure to incorporate not only the present and the past but flashes of the future really worked well here! I wish that the conclusion had felt a bit less rushed though! Otherwise I can‘t wait to see what Sebastian weird next! #BOTM

Littlewolf1 Wait… How do you get this book so early. I pre-ordered it I still don‘t have it 3y
TorieStorieS @Littlewolf1 I ordered it through Book of the Month club! They sometimes have early releases! You can sign up here- https://www.mybotm.com/rh5h98u085?show_box=true 3y
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laurel.orourke
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June #BOTM pick is off to a good start!! I‘m not super familiar with the Arthurian legends so I‘m really enjoying reading it through this lens.

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wideeyedreader
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More of a soft pick, as I really wasn‘t sure of this one for a while there. I felt some of the character choices and conflicts were too contrived to feel realistic, even in the framework of Arthurian legend, but in the end it worked for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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NikkiCureton
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Mehso-so

Good Arthurian retelling. Slow in places, but overall interesting and enjoyable.

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Leftcoastzen
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#BOTM So will the ego stroking from the box make me buy more books?😁🤔Came yesterday!

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Loreen
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wideeyedreader
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My box came!! I was able to get my BFF tote too, and I absolutely love it #botm

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Got my #botm box today! They gave me 3 bookmarks!

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Traci1
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Yay for Blue Box day!!

#botm

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reading_rainbow
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Book mail 💌💕 #BOTM

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GardenJess
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Selections made! What did you get for #botm ? It‘s my birthday month so Beasts was chosen with my birthday credit.

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Leftcoastzen
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#BOTM so that‘s what I did.unlike the rest of Litsy pretty much this will be my first Taylor Jenkins Reid .
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The_Heeler_Booklife Enjoy! I absolutely loved it! 3y
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Skyrimir
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My June #botm picks! Plus the socks for completing the challenge.

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laurel.orourke
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My June #BOTM pick!!! Super excited for this month!

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reading_rainbow
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#BOTM

⚔️ Arthurian Retelling? Absolutely. ⚔️

also picked The Martian as an add on because everyone says how great it was and it‘s been awhile since I‘ve gotten lost in a good SciFi 🌌🚀

BookmarkTavern The Martian is fantastic! I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 3y
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Traci1
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My June #botm 📦

Not sure if I'm more excited about the books or the socks and pins. I'd love to go back in time and tell 10 year old me how psyched I'd be to be getting socks. 🙄 She'd think old me had lost my mind.

WanderingBookaneer One Last Stop is so good! 3y
Traci1 @WanderingBookaneer I'm really bad about choosing books by just the cover, and that one didn't really appeal to me (too rom-com/YA), but then I read the blurb. It sounds really good. 😁 3y
The_Heeler_Booklife One Last Stop is good! I hope next month after getting through like 28 library books that I can hit my BOTM books hard because I want those socks! 3y
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TEArificbooks My hubby says you know you are an adult when you actually want socks and underwear for Christmas. 😂 3y
Traci1 @mdm139 at Christmas, we tell our kids that Santa brings socks and underwear if you're naughty. 😆 3y
Traci1 @The_Heeler_Booklife I'm just hoping they fit my big old feet. 😄 3y
TEArificbooks @Traci1 we do the same thing! It has also become a tradition that my mom gets my hubby socks for Christmas every Christmas now, because of his comment. 3y
Jemgirl2014 Ooh! How'd you get the pins? I thought the socks were the swag for this year's challenge. I want some pins! LOL 3y
Traci1 @Jemgirl2014 I signed up for a second box last month because there was an extra book I wanted. When you refer someone (even yourself), you get a free credit and the pins. 3y
Jemgirl2014 @Traci1 Thanks, for the info Traci! 🤗 3y
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wideeyedreader
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My picks for this month! As soon as I saw that the tagged was an Arthurian legend retelling, I knew I had to have it! #botm

Traci1 I picked that one, too. 3y
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