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When the Reckoning Comes
When the Reckoning Comes: A Novel | LaTanya McQueen
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A haunting novel about a black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind. More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the south to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced herself from her past: from her best friend Celine, mocked by their town as the only white girl with black friends; from her old neighborhood; from the eerie Woodsman plantation rumored to be haunted by the spirits of slaves; from the terrifying memory of a ghost she saw that terrible day when a dare-gone-wrong almost got Jessethe boy she secretly lovedarrested for murder. But now Mira is back in Kipsen to attend Celines wedding at the plantation, which has been transformed into a lush vacation resort. Mira hopes to reconnect with her friends, and especially, Jesse, to finally tell him the truth about her feelings and the events of that devastating long-ago day. But for all its fancy renovations, the Woodsman remains a monument to its oppressive racist history. The bar serves antebellum drinks, entertainments include horrifying reenactments, and the service staff is nearly all black. Yet the darkest elements of the plantations past have been carefully erasedrumors that slaves were tortured mercilessly and that ghosts roam the lands, seeking vengeance on the descendants of those who tormented them, which includes most of the wedding guests. As the weekend unfolds, Mira, Jesse, and Celine are forced to acknowledge their history together, and to save themselves from what is to come.
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DimeryRene
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This book was honestly so good! The audio was incredible. I‘m usually a 1.3x speed, but for this I listed at the normal 1x speed. It was that good. I was just lost in the voice. *content warning for racism and some serious torture scenes near the end.

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Kappadeemom
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I think this was a recommendation from All the Backlist podcast, but I am diving in today. Looks like I‘ll have good reading weather with Nicole hitting Florida tonight.

TheBookStacker Stay safe! This is a good read! 3w
Bookwormjillk Good luck with Nicole! 3w
mabell Love the cover! Take care! 3w
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traa
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Loved this book about how the injustices of the past still haunt our present!

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emily_roamswild
When The Reckoning Comes | Tanya McQueen
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This one is a doozy. Listen, it‘s amazing writing but the horror is also real and not the kind of horror that is easy to read—this horror is real. Obviously major trigger warnings for slavery and all the super fucked (and very real) horrors involved. This book is about retribution, personal histories and generational history—all wrapped up in a trauma sandwich. Read it. But understand that it might not be for you. Even so, important.

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Reggie
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I think McQueen has more than decent writing chops. However, I think the the construction of this story needed work. This is about a Black woman named Mira who is going to her white friend, Celine‘s wedding which is being held at a plantation house where all kinds of horrors were done to slaves. McQueen has very valid things to say about allyship and the through line of slavery into the present. The story just didn‘t work for me. Thanks Jenni 👇🏼

Reggie for picking this book and this round of LPMBC. 9mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie this was a good round! 9mo
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amma-keep-reading
When The Reckoning Comes | Tanya McQueen
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well damn, that was intense.

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Reggie
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Thanks for the tags, Cassie and Andrew. I‘m hoping to finish this one up this weekend. Pretty decent so far.

Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it. 10mo
Addison_Reads I liked this one, although I felt like the author held back some, which makes me excited to see what she does in the future. 10mo
Twainy 🙌 10mo
Cathythoughts Hi Reggie! Hi washing machine ! 😃 I hope you enjoy your reading time 😘 9mo
vivastory I finally watched the new Scream. Although it's not my favorite in the franchise, I enjoyed it. As far as the ending... I think it's more of a commentary on toxic fandom than fans of the franchise. Which I can actually get behind that. The way Benioff/Weiss have been relentlessly targeted years after the GOT finale 🙄🙄 9mo
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Kaarin
When The Reckoning Comes | Tanya McQueen
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A punch in the face

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BookishTrish
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Thank you thank you thank you @LeahBergen for my #littleChristmasswap (True confession I opened it early and gobbled up the book!) Earl very much appreciated the bookmark with the yummy-looking ribbon and beautiful kitty!

LeahBergen I hope you also gobbled some of the chocolate along with the book. 😆 Give that sweet Earl a kiss from me! 11mo
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When I closed this book, the only word that came to mind was powerful. It made me uncomfortable but in a necessary way. Mira is a Black woman who returns to her hometown for the wedding of her white childhood best friend Celine. Celine's wedding is to take place on a restored "working" plantation. As the ghosts of the past & the slaves tortured on the grounds return. Mira & Celine will confront the past in all of it's horror. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Suet624 Great concept for a story. 11mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Suet624 it was unique. I'm glad I read it. 11mo
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Thndrstd
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Mira left Kipsen years ago with no intention of returning. When her childhood friend invites her to Celine's wedding, she goes despite misgivings. The wedding is to be held at the recently restored & renovated Woodsman Plantation, now a tourist attraction with antebellum reenactments & mostly black staff. The plantation is also rumored to be haunted by the slaves who were tortured and killed there. A good mix of horror & reckoning with the past.

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Chili
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The book arrived today @sprainedbrain 😎

sprainedbrain Yay!! 12mo
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sprainedbrain
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One of these rounds, I hope to pick a phenomenal book that everyone will love for #LMPBC… but I fear this will not be that round. 😆

I have mixed feelings about this book, but it‘s just mainly not what I had hoped/thought it would be. Between a pick and a so-so for me, but crossing my fingers that it will work for the rest of #GroupH.

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This book is on the way to you, Karen!

Addison_Reads I enjoyed this one but I felt it really had the potential to be greater than it was. 12mo
sprainedbrain @Addison_Reads my thoughts exactly! 12mo
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sprainedbrain
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@Annie1215 I LOVE my #HauntedHollowSwap! 🖤

Thank you so much for these books I‘ve been itching to buy for myself (haha!) Love the socks, the mug, of course the chocolate, and the pins are so awesome I‘m going to do another post to show them up close.

Again, thank you so much for the thoughtful gifts! And thank you, @wanderinglynn for running such a great swap. 🎃🖤👻

aperfectmjk I love that MUG! 😍 13mo
wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 13mo
monalyisha Which socks are you going to wear first?! 😍 13mo
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sprainedbrain @monalyisha currently sporting the mummy ones. 😂 13mo
monalyisha @sprainedbrain YES! Waste no time! Love it! 😅 13mo
Deblovestoread That mug is so me in the morning 🤣 13mo
Annie1215 Glad you enjoyed it! I was so glad to be your swap partner 🎃 13mo
Annie1215 @aperfectmjk @Kdgordon88 right? I was so happy I found it 😂 13mo
sprainedbrain @Annie1215 love it! you‘re the best! 13mo
BethM Hahah love the mug! 13mo
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

I was not expecting a ghost story. A black woman returns to the home of her youth to attend a white childhood friend‘s plantation wedding. There‘s a lot going on in this book, and there are interesting characters. Some parts were really good and others were a bit of a stretch. Overall, it wasn‘t bad and the ending was not what it seemed at first glance.

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LaceyDoesLit
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Addison_Reads
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#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Excellent read! I loved the backstory in this book, and although the end wasn't the best, the rest of the read more than makes up for it.

McQueen has well developed characters with complex personalities and a small town full of secrets.

I'd love to read more by this author in the future.

vivastory I've heard great things about this one 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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TheBookStacker
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Finished The Ex Hex and now onto this! Starting off spooktober right! 👻

Addison_Reads I have this one on hold at my local library. I'm excited to see what you think when you finish. 14mo
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keithlafo
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An eerie and gripping horror story, steeped in history and told in a direct and affecting way. Highly recommended! #horror

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she.hearts.horror
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🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

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