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A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel | V. E. Schwab
From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.Kell is one of the last Travelersmagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universesas such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the thronea place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never seea dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay aliveand that is proving trickier than they hoped.
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thebluestocking
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Mehso-so

I liked the idea of the four Londons, and I was certainly interested in the story. But I felt that it didn‘t have enough character development and that the pacing was off (all bad catastrophic stuff ALL the time). I liked the writing, though, and I‘ll probably read more Schwab in the future.

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Slajaunie
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Pickpick

Good story but not as interesting as I thought.

MommyOfTwo I love this series, I need to get the last one yet 1w
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hilaryreads
Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the world they created but I think I needed more action in the storyline. The writing didn‘t really connect me to the characters.

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dxmy
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V. E. Schwab signed the whole trilogy, and wrote my name in this one! I feel so happyyyy 🤭🤓

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dxmy
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I met V. E. Schwab today at YALFU in Utrecht!! First time ever meeting a 'big' author, it was so cool!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎊🎊 1w
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BookwormAHN
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1 I love the whole series 🖤
2 black
3 I started #Screamathon & #Scarathlon
Yea #TeamStoker @TheReadingMermaid 👻
4 I can do both
5 ✔
#friyayintro @howjessreads

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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TracyReadsBooks
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And A Darker Shade of Magic movie news too!!! Schwab posted this not too long ago on her Twitter—so excited to see these books on the big screen.

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KatieDid927
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October is here! I love themed reading in October! This is my slightly ambitious TBR pile for #Screamathon. We‘ll see how far I get, plus I have to finish The Testaments first! Happy Spooktober reading! #AllHallowsRead

cathipink Oooh, some good ones in there! 3w
4thhouseontheleft So many good books in that stack! Great idea to read Stiff in October. 3w
britt_brooke Love the magnets, especially Vonnegut! (edited) 3w
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LaurenELovesToRead Do you suggest The Chestnut Man? 3w
KatieDid927 @LaurenELovesToRead Dunno, haven't read it yet! This is my TBR for October. Will post a review once I do. 3w
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kate_reads
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Because my VE Schwab shelves needed it 🤩

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

I really liked this @Avanders , and I used your bookmark with it, because it felt like a perfect match.

I thought this was YA, but I‘m not sure after reading it... anyone know how it‘s usually classified?

Anyway, I thought it had a bit of a slow start, but once I got through the world building part the story was great. I‘ll definitely continue the series. ❤️
#Sietje

TheReadingMermaid Slow maybe, but good! 😘 4w
Soubhiville @TheReadingMermaid yes, definitely! 4w
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Andrew65 I want to get to this, well done. 👏👏👏 4w
valeriegeary I think this is adult fantasy. If I'm remembering correctly she uses V.E. for her adult fiction and Victoria for her YA/middle grade books. 🤗 4w
Cortg My library system has it labeled Adult Science Fiction. I would have thought Fantasy though. 4w
Avanders Yay! I agree... not quite ya... but almost like, new ya. Older and grittier... 3w
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Slajaunie
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Starting this one. Hope it is good.

ManyWordsLater It is good! 4w
TracyReadsBooks It‘s really good and, for what it‘s worth, is being made into a movie! 3w
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Soubhiville
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I‘m starting this morning with this one for #24b4monday. I have almost 6 hours on the clock from yesterday. Enjoying this so far!

Andrew65 A great start, will be interested in your thoughts on this book. 4w
Avanders I need to get back to this series.... ♥️ 3w
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nitalibrarian
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Soubhiville
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Hi #AuthorAMonth folks! September must be a busy month for us all, as only 2 folks have posted reviews! 😱 If you have read a VE Schwab this month and posted your review, please check your post to be sure you used the hashtag and tagged me so I can record it on my spreadsheet.

October will be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, put in your Library hold now 😊.

(Fan art found on Pinterest, artist not listed.)

ValerieAndBooks I am still waiting for the ebook hold to come in for this (edit: for Vicious) — I just couldn‘t touch the poor-condition print copy from the library anymore. I tried getting into the first of her Shades of Magic trilogy, but couldn‘t. Ebook hold just came in for this one 👉 and maybe it will do it for me for this month 🤞 (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks (Note edit above) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👌 I will read one before the month ends. 1mo
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julesG
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1) London, UK - not a unique choice 😶
2) overcast and humid morning - it's 8.15am
3) with a phycisist who only talked about his lab work, was sitting straight as a board in a pub and had no sense of humour
4) two kids, two cats
5) impatiently waiting for Friday to roll around the world. 😁

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Cathythoughts Oh dear number 3 😬. I‘ll have to think about that one .... 1mo
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Hahahah! So cute! 1mo
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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

I love this book. The reread was fun and I had forgotten what a badass Lila is.
#AuthoraMonth @Soubhiville @MinDea
#bookfitnesschallenge #BFCr3 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn What an awesome map! 😍 1mo
BookwormAHN @wanderinglynn Thank you, it came with the 3 book set 😺 1mo
Soubhiville This is the one I plan to read this month. 🤞 1mo
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MeganAnn
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I know I was late to the party on this series, but I read it this summer and absolutely ❤️ it!

Kell & Lila & Rhy & Alucard & the alternate London captured me completely. I raced through the series, reading each book as quickly as possible. This is the kind of fantasy I fall for over and over again. Compulsive, immersive, inventive with characters who capture your imagination and make you wish you lived in their world. A new favorite🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Centique I love it so much too! 1mo
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ness
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I got to meet Victoria Schwab again today, and this time, I could show her my Delilah Bard tattoo!! 📸 @Rabidgummibear

brilliantglow This is an awesome picture! 1mo
Palimpsest Awesome! I love her books. Just finished Tunnel of Bones Thursday. 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I met the fabulous V. E. Schwab tonight. Yes, I am the crazy person who goes out with a hurricane warning to see an author. #booklover #alwayslovedbook #publiclibrary

Daria.Adrianna21 So jealous!!!! 2mo
AmyG 🙌🏻 2mo
phantomx I am amazed at your power to defy mother nature (and weather warnings) in order to see an amazing author and get a book signed. Kudos to you! 2mo
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ShelfRighteous I just finished this written by her🤩 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Daria.Adrianna21 @AmyG 😁 @phantomx Thanks. The weather forecasts was surprising as it was mostly raining but I think the worst of it was overnight with the rain and wind. @ShelfRighteous She talked about that book. I need to read it. :) 2mo
ShelfRighteous @Graciouswarriorprincess Its even better than the first one!🤩 2mo
jmtrivera It's Schwab, so I get it. 😂 2mo
GardenJess I am so jealous! My son and his auntie got to go and meet her but I had another thing. *sniff* 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @GardenJess Aww, I'm sorry. :( 1mo
GardenJess Thanks! Next year I‘m there with bells on! 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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The fabulous V.E. Schwab.

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Kajohnson
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Pickpick

Loving it so far. 90 pages in 🙌🏻

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Meg4n6
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Pickpick

Had a seriously good time today at the National Book Festival in DC. Got to meet V. E. Schwab, David Grann, Joshua Hammer, and David Quammen. My feet are killing me but it was 100% worth it. Plus picking up some super cute book totes and a Bibliophile pin.

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rkeo
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Pickpick

3.75⭐ This book has so much potential, but was blandly executed. The author claims this is not a YA novel, yet nothing about it is more mature, complex, or dark than a typical YA fantasy novel. All PG-13 action and easy prose. The plot is good but not great, & the characters a tad underdeveloped & predictable (though likeable enough to root for them). I'm curious to see how the series ends, but I'm not dying to pick up the sequel anytime soon.

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bourne.shell
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Pickpick

Surprised how much I like this. I don't usually read pure Fantasy. Kell is such a great character and Lila!!... you just want to know more about them. So easy to read. Short chapters that just encourage you to get reading over and over. Just read it!

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Emily2002
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Pickpick

I finished this book this morning and it was phenomenal! This was my very first V.E.Schwab book I‘ve read so far,I absolutely adored it so much,I loved learning about the different London‘s,also Kell and Lila were just adorable? I must say! I can‘t wait to see more of Rhy in the second book I‘ll just love him! 💕Overall I totally recommend this book to the moon and back!
My Rating-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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eloreads
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Panpan

2.5
I had high hopes for this. The plot has potential but it fell flat. I felt indifferent to the characters, no matter how much I tried, couldn‘t like any of them. Lila felt like the typical badass girl that has become popular in fantasy. Kell was boring. Every other character was one-dimensional. As much as this book talks about the four Londons there‘s really no other explanation to them or differences aside from how magic is used in each.

bg_reads This is exactly how I am feeling about this right now! I was kind of chewed out on Instagram for saying it wasn't my cup of tea... I'm not sure I want to keep going! 😨 3mo
eloreads @bg_reads Oh no! I‘m sorry that happened to you. I‘ll never understand why people do that, people have different opinions, we don‘t have to like the same things! I‘m not sure if I want to continue either. 3mo
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eloreads
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Just a little over 200 pages in and feeling “meh” about it. Does it get any better?

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Sydneyreads
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Perfect Thursday afternoon

Reviewsbylola What a pretty cookie! 3mo
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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
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July has officially come to an end which means it's finally time for the #newtsreadathon2019 📚📚
I'm still working out some of my choices for my #newtstbr but I know I'm starting with A Darker Shade of Magic because it's the book club pick for #fictionfuedsociety

Books.Bottles.and.Babies Hopefully, I'll have a more solid TBR set in the next few days, but for now here's my July wrap up➡️
12 books:
*The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (reread, audiobook)
*Fearless Fourteen (audiobook)
*Lock Every Door
*HP and Sorcerer's Stone (reread, audiobook)
*Revenge
*Picnic at Hanging Rock
*I'll be Gone in the Dark
*Kingdom of Copper
*The Lying Game
*The Maze of Bones
*The Couple Next Door
*Nevernight
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Books.Bottles.and.Babies 📚🧙💚🐍🦁🦅🦡💚🧙📚
Who else is participating in the #magicalreadathon2019 ??? I'll be doing it with my boys and updating all of our readathon fun on IG, Litsy, and Twitter. Let me know if you're doing the readathon, I'd love to follow your NEWTs!
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Scochrane26 What‘s the newtsreadathon? 3mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies @Scochrane26 It's a month long Harry Potter themed readathon. It started with the OWLs in April, now we're starting the NEWTs. 3mo
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crystalizedbooks
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I adore this series! It was a little rough for me at first but I picked it up again, and still magical! It is definitely a book you have to fully be ready to dive into. Once you do you will fall in love with the story and how Schwab describes each London.

seaves582 I go back and forth on reading this. It sounds amazing, but I have heard some criticism. Have you read them all? 3mo
crystalizedbooks @seaves582 yes I have read them all. I would say each has a part in which it does drag on, but I enjoyed them! I think it's a book series you either love or not love. 3mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

Finally finished this on my drive to work this morning and I'm eager to get the second one to find out what happens next. This world and these characters are very intriguing. Definite pick!

jillrhudy I really enjoyed the trilogy. 3mo
TheSpineView I loved it too! Just bought the boxed set for my grandson. 3mo
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy I love it too! (So far 😉) I was able to check out the second audiobook so I'll be starting that on the way home. 3mo
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bookandbedandtea @TheSpineView I'm thinking about buying it for my son. I'm pretty sure he'll love it! 3mo
jillrhudy @bookandbedandtea No sooner do I get through a print series than everyone is raving about the audio! Then I feel as though maybe I missed the boat! 3mo
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy I've only started listening to audiobooks in the last year as I now have a long drive to work. I still prefer to read than listen but this helps me on my commute. I'm not sure I loved the narration on this one but I enjoyed the story which is definitely the biggest thing! 3mo
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MommyOfTwo
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cjk
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bookandbedandtea
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1- The Bride Test, The Key To Happily Ever After, and, on audio, A Darker Shade of Magic👰💝💫
2- The One and Only Ivan 🦍
3- Meeting up with my bestie for a girl's weekend in Palm Springs! 😁🔥

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book_princessBritt
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1) always here to rec VE Schwab 2) Spider-Man: Far from home 3) smoothies 4) 9 cousins I think (not counting second cousins) #friyayintro

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wideeyedreader
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1. I‘m pretty sure I‘ve told all my friends so read the tagged at least once!
2. Tolkien, the biopic about the author‘s life. I went to see it with my dad and fellow Tolkien nerd
3. Fruit salad! I don‘t know why, but it screams summer to me
4. Four, all much younger than me
5. @AmyK1 #friyayintro

emz711 I just audioread this recently, really good 3mo
wideeyedreader @emz711 It‘s one of my favorites! 3mo
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alegx
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the first book I‘ve read all year 😅
Nothing seemed to capture my attention until Kell and his strange coat and Lila and her knives came along, and now my eyes hurt a little bit, but it was worth it.

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bookandbedandtea
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I know I'm only about a third of the way into this, so much more info to come, but so far I don't like Lila or Holland much. Or maybe at all.
📷: pinterest

julesG 😼I get it. Read on. You might think differently soon. Or the same and keep disliking them. I wish I could read this series for the first time again. 3mo
bookandbedandtea @julesG I can see how they both might grow on me a little- Holland especially since he doesn't appear to have a choice right now- but currently I like Kell so much that his dealings with Lila, Holland, and of course the rock!, are giving me a bad impression of them. 🙃 3mo
julesG That's okay. Kell is great. I didn't like Lila at first, too. And Holland, well, he never really made it onto my faves list, but there'll be a few other badass characters to look forward to. 3mo
bookandbedandtea @julesG More BA characters sounds great to me! I'm eager to return to this world but probably won't get a chance till Monday. 😕 3mo
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bookandbedandtea
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🎧 Started this one on the ride home. I've heard good things about it.

TheSpineView I loved it! Hope you do too!😊 3mo
bookandbedandtea @TheSpineView I'm still in the first few chapters but I'm enjoying the world building. 👍 3mo
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mattthebookworm
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I hated how the beginning was a tad bit slow. The book did get better because of how action packed the rest of the book is.

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BooknerdsLife
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“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still”
#ColorMePretty #RedAndBlack
Reminded me of this #Fantasy series & first book I‘ve read by VE Schwab. About parallel Londons including Red, Grey & Black London. I was hooked by her writing & magical world building but most of all the characters she created! You might get hooked by the adventure but stay for the villains you‘d end up rooting for!
#booknerd #bibliophile #readinglife #bookworm

Sweetkokoro I have to say I like these covers so much more then the usual ones I see floating around at my B&N. I have yet to read it, but I feel I would be more enticed if I had seen these versions on the shelf. 3mo
julesG Loved this series! We do have a lot of books in common, it seems. 3mo
BooknerdsLife @Sweetkokoro Haha I normally prefer the US editions but in this case I do love the UK ones better too 😆❤️🖤 Oh I hope you‘ll get to read this soon! I‘ve now read most of her books & love them all! You can order this edition from bookdepository which offers free delivery internationally 👍🏼 3mo
BooknerdsLife @julesG Awww that‘s awesome!! 🤗How lovely we have similar taste in books! 😱💖 I love her YA duology too, which I think is a little under appreciated 😐 Still need to read the new one Vengeful tho🤗 3mo
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manoushka
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this was my second read of the summer, and so far my favourite ! It‘s been a really long time since i read a fantasy book that does it as well as this one. Can‘t wait to get my hands on the second book

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book_princessBritt
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Just a shelf dedicated to the queen herself!

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sherryvdh
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The weather has been gorgeous today! Enjoying some quiet time now that the baby has gone to bed. Just reading the last bit of my book while my older boy and my nieces play before they go to bed. #nslittens #sunsetreading

Tadams4 Sounds perfect! Beautiful view! That‘s a seriously green lawn! 4mo
Crazeedi Your lawn is mowed! Mine needs it again!!😉 4mo
brit91 Beautiful view!💖💖 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Oh, how I remember those days! 😊 3mo
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bg_reads
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I got this book (along with the box set) for my birthday in March and I'm finally reading it. So far the writing is nice but the storyline isn't very exciting... I hope it'll pick up.

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e.c.vitoria
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Lady_Tigana_20 Love that mask. ❤️ 4mo
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dxmy
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Okay just one more photo, I'm just really friggin' excited about them 😅😍