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The Gods of Gotham | Lindsay Faye
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Thank you @Chrissyreadit for recommending this on audio. It was so good! Set in NYC in 1845, Timothy Wilde reluctantly becomes a copper star in the newly formed police force. He is set on the trail of a serial killer when a girl covered in blood runs into him as he returns home. Faye‘s use of the criminal slang of the time, called Flash, works really well. Although set in different historical periods, this reminded me a little of The Alienist.⬇️

Bookzombie Unexpectedly this fills the #politicalintrigue slot for #Booked2019 as politics play a part in the story.
I‘m also a little sad that this is only a trilogy as I already love several of the characters.
Cinfhen Didn‘t know it‘s a trilogy! I‘m definitely going to pick up my print copy beginning of 2020. It‘s been on the #BottomTBR #Booked2020 for too long 3d
Chrissyreadit @bookzombie- I know- it‘s partly why I hadnt listened to the second one, I did not want it to end. But I will soon. 3d
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Chrissyreadit Oh- I‘m so glad you liked it too! 3d
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I can‘t wait to see what you think. 🙂 2d
Bookzombie @Chrissyreadit I do that with series and trilogies too! It was really good and I‘m excited for the next one. Thanks again! 2d
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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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I'm really enjoying hearing this Space Opera filled with #PoliticalIntrigue #Booked2019 #Fall @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yay!!! 1w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Okay. It dragged a bit. It's a fairytale and a good escapism from the reality of the USA. I had a feel that I had read the fanfic all while reading it. Not a bad feeling, just a really big urge to track down the Merlin AU fic it reminded me of. Also a good thing because that fic was wonderful. #booked2019 #fall #politicalintrigue

Cinfhen Cute choice for political intrigue!! 💕💕💕 2w
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Among the Hidden | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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This is between a pick and a so so, as Haddix explores what if children has to be hidden- yet there are books and diaries where this is a reality to families around the world for centuries. It is an interesting way to introduce the topic to children who may not yet be aware that life can be difficult. #booked2019 #politicalintrigue #mounttbr

Cinfhen Ahhh, interesting pick for #PoliticalIntrigue 2w
LibrarianRyan I have read all but the last book in the series. I really liked how Haddix was able to say so much in so few pages. MG novels are getting so long now a days. 2w
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen I needed quick and easy or I would get depressed. If I had more time I would do Washington‘s Six I think. 2w
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Chrissyreadit @LibrarianRyan they are getting longer. But they are also returning to a length more similar to the early part of the century I think. Like Tom Sawyer and Little Women. 2w
Chrissyreadit @LibrarianRyan I typically like Haddix, and bought these when my teens were young, but for some reason I am thinking of how hard people work and struggle to get their kids to safety lately. The current state of the union sometimes seeps into all of my thoughts. 2w
LibrarianRyan @Chrissyreadit That I agree with. The literacy and reading rate in the 50-80's was so dismal they had shorter books to keep kids attention. It is also when the episodic series like Nancy Drew, babysitters club etc was popular. We still have those but not near as many. 2w
LibrarianRyan @Chrissyreadit Totally. I think these could lead to great discussions to what is happening in the world to day with immigration. Or even about China's one child policy. 2w
Texreader Good book 2w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I loved this book. Leigh Bardugo is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This book follows Alex Stern, a girl who can see ghosts, as she navigates her first year of Yale around the secret magical societies and tries to solve a murder. It's also a look into the world of rich kids and how much power and protection they are given ☠
#Booked2019 #politicalintrigue @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Great review 🙌🏻I wasn‘t really sure what this book was about but that summary was super helpful. 2w
lele1432 I agree @Cinfhen! I wasn't sure what the premise was either; very helpful review! 2w
Megabooks Same here @Cinfhen and @lele1432 🤷🏻‍♀️ Great, great review @BookwormAHN 2w
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BookwormAHN @Cinfhen @lele1432 @Megabooks Thank you, I wasn't sure what it was about either but since Stephen King liked I decided to read it 😸 2w
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 2w
readordierachel Yay! Looking forward to this one. 2w
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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Read this in one sitting today. It opened my eyes to a culture I admittedly know little about and broke my heart wide open. There are no quotation marks which I normally HATE but I soon didn‘t care. In addition to following Ana‘s journey in the U.S., we spend a lot of time in post-Trujillo period in the Dominican Republic, another subject I was woefully uneducated about. Because of that this is my #politicalintrigue pick for #booked2019. 5 HUGE ⭐️

BarbaraBB Great review! 3w
Cinfhen Great review!! I learnt a lot about the Dominican culture and history after reading 3w
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you ladies! I read Oscar Wao too many moons ago. 3w
Reviewsbylola Your review is very similar to how I felt! 6d
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Onyx & Ivory | Mindee Arnett
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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*Sigh* #UnpopularOpinion incoming...
I wish I hadn‘t read this. I hadn‘t expected it to be anywhere near as good as The Handmaid‘s Tale, but I had hoped for better than this. It just felt cheap, like it was written to cash in on fans of the show. Parts felt very YA (which is something I usually do not like and this was no exception), I found the plot twists painfully obvious, the ending underwhelming, even the writing felt ⬇️

shadowspeak17 lackluster. I ended up rolling my eyes and saying, “Seriously?” far too often... 😔 I really wanted to like this, but in the end I found it disappointing and unnecessary.

#booked2019 #politicalintrigue #catsoflitsy #Ember
BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree with your assessment. But, hey, at least it checks off a prompt! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @shadowspeak17 Thanks for the honest review. It‘s hard to speak so frankly in a less than positive way about a book that many people are celebrating. Great observations on your part - this book is an acquired taste for many readers. 1mo
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Cinfhen I applaud your review and had very similar feelings. I‘m glad I read it because I wanted to see if this book really could live up to the hype, which for me, it did not. I also felt this was a total sell out. But good for Margaret Atwood for at least writing her own ending. 1mo
shadowspeak17 @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad I‘m not alone in my opinion. 😅 Yes, just five more prompts to go! I think I might actually complete the challenge this year. 😬🤞🏽 1mo
shadowspeak17 @Come-read-with-me Thank you! I‘m really glad the people on Litsy tend to be kind when someone goes against the popular opinion on a book, otherwise I doubt I would have posted a review for this. 1mo
shadowspeak17 @Cinfhen That‘s part of the reason why I read it too, to see if it would live up to the hype. I honestly didn‘t really expect it to, so my expectations weren‘t actually that high going in. But of course I hoped to be pleasantly surprised. Yes, good for Atwood, and I‘m glad lots of people have enjoyed the ending she gave this story even though I don‘t happen to be one of them. 1mo
Cinfhen Same!!! Oh well!! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @shadowspeak17 Am I the only one scratching my head about the Booker Prize for this book? 🤔 1mo
Cinfhen Not at all @BarbaraTheBibliophage it‘s not fair to Bernadine Evaristo who actually deserved to win!!!!!! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I‘m anxious to read Evaristo‘s winning book. Sad she couldn‘t have all the glory. The judges bowed to book politics! 1mo
Cinfhen I think so @BarbaraTheBibliophage which is disappointing 1mo
shadowspeak17 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Definitely not. I don‘t get it either. I haven‘t read Evaristo‘s book, but the split prize feels like a total cop out that‘s not fair to either author. 😕 1mo
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The Manchurian Candidate | Richard Condon
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This book is heavy on the politics and I found it kinda slow. And for a book about an assassin, it wasn‘t very murder-y. But, at about the last 100 pages, it gets good! And the ending is great! 👍🏻
#booked2019 #politicalintrigue

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick for this prompt! 👊🏻♥️📚 1mo
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