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Blerdgal_Fenix
The Merciless Ones | Namina Forna
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I vote Queen Dominique Jackson from hit series Pose & American Gods play the skillful “White Hands”. You can‘t tell me that she wouldn‘t rock this role!! Like it was meant for her. #dreamcasting #filmadaptation #booktok

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Now Kingdom of Souls is wrapped up, I rolled again and here I am. Another heavy fantasy story, this is Part 2 to one of my favorite fantasy series, The Gilded Ones. If you haven‘t read the series, add it to your TBR, you will not be disappointed.

#woc #poc #queerstories #booktok #ourvoices #warriors #mothers

Kenyazero I recently watched a virtual talk (more of a Q&A) by this author through my library (via the Library Speaker's Consortium). It was a good talk. She seems like an interesting lady. I wonder if it'll let me share the recorded webinar? https://libraryc.org/ppld/21698/42766 2d
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Blerdgal_Fenix
Kingdom of Souls | Rena Barron
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This book was crazy. I will say the unnamed Orisha - that story got me in a choke hold. I will be adding the next book in the series, because I need to know what will happen next. I hope they make a paper back of book 2, this hard back was heavy. Lol Now the foundation has been laid in book one, we can get to all the crazy in book 2

#booktok #woc #poc #orisha #africanfantasy #loyalty #slowburn #blackhistorymonth #blackgirlmagic

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Blerdgal_Fenix
Kingdom of Souls | Rena Barron
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This book is not for the faint of heart! I was clutching my invisible pearls in some moments. I will say be prepared for crazy family dynamics, war, and heartbreak.
Demon King (googled fan art)
#booktok #woc #poc #orisha #africanfantasy #loyalty #slowburn #blackhistorymonth #blackgirlmagic

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Blerdgal_Fenix
Kingdom of Souls | Rena Barron
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This book was a slow start. To build a strong foundation led to being slow in the beginning(my theory since there are 3 books so far).This West African inspired fantasy series allows for strong character building, world development, and even tone story pace. Main character Arrah (googled fan art) above.

#booktok #woc #poc #orisha #africanfantasy #loyalty #slowburn #blackhistorymonth #blackgirlmagic

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AsYouWish
Peaches | Evelyn Montgomery
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“Damn right I‘m hopeless. Desperate actually. For you to put that thing on, sit in that chair. Spread your legs,” he whispers. Oh, sweet Jesus. “And show me, just how you like to pleasure your soaking wet peach, Grace.”

#romcombook #booktok #bookstagram #enemiestolovers #emstreetcrew

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OriginalCyn620
Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Loved! I enjoyed Henry‘s other books and this one didn‘t disappoint either.

#loveathon #loveathon2023

Clwojick So glad you enjoyed it! I read this last month and adored it. 💗 4d
OriginalCyn620 #pop23 - #Booktok recommendation 3d
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squirrelbrain
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I think I share the same views as many Littens on this book from the #tob shortlist. I loved the language / linguistics elements (how clever to be able to dream up such a storyline?!) but found the colonialism debate rather heavy-handed.

It did feel a bit YA in places to me, despite all of the deaths, so I‘m not sure it deserves to be on the shortlist. I did thoroughly enjoy it though, which I didn‘t expect to do!

squirrelbrain #pop23 #abooktokrecommendation - I did a search in case this was on #booktok as I don‘t have a clue about such things and yay - it is! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/08/babel-the-booktok-sensation-that-m... (edited) 1w
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BarbaraBB I‘m using it for Booktok as well. Great review. I agree about the YA. It reads abut like Harry Potter with a lot more violence and deaths 1w
Ruthiella I‘m almost finished with it and my assessment mirrors yours: clever but heavy handed. 👍 1w
Megabooks I can see what you‘re saying about YA, but I do think it deserves to be on the shortlist. I certainly enjoyed it more than a lot of the others! 1w
Amiable Well done! 👍🏼👍🏼 1w
TrishB I‘m glad you enjoyed it though, always a plus! 1w
Cortg Great review! I have the audio on hold. I keep pausing the hold though, so hopefully the stars will aline and I'll be able to get to this one sooner than later :) 1w
julesG Good to see you enjoyed it. 1w
kwmg40 Nice review. I agree that it feels a bit YA in places. 1w
Hooked_on_books That‘s great that you enjoyed it! Honestly, with the beating message about violence in the last bit, I almost panned it. That turned my stomach so much. 1w
squirrelbrain Yes! @BarbaraBB - that‘s the perfect description! 1w
squirrelbrain The end felt rather jarring @Hooked_on_books - and rather a personality change for Robin too; it didn‘t quite fit. 1w
Suet624 Glad you enjoyed it. I have this stacked but I just haven't been inspired to find it yet 1w
Cinfhen I just got caught up in the power of words and their meanings, which I thought was both clever and fascinating. Many of the other books from the list are either trying to be different or are so ordinary- I feel like this one is amongst the better contenders🤷🏼‍♀️ 7d
kathedron I've got 🐿️SquirrelMail🐿️! Thank you, Helen ❤️ 7d
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome Kate! I forgot to put the card in the parcel 🤦‍♀️ so you should have a card from me too…! @kathedron 6d
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AsYouWish
Losing Neverland | Evelyn Montgomery
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“What do you plan to do with her,” John sighs, gesturing towards his sister.
“What I always planned to do with her,” I seethe. “Use her. Break her. Take what I want from her. The only way I know how.”
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Losing Neverland is available to read on all platforms where books are sold!
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#booktok #bookstagram #paranormalromance #fantasyromance #spicybooks #retellings #romanticsuspense #romanticthriller #emstreetcrew

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Lunarstar27
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