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AshRaye

AshRaye

Joined October 2020

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

I started reading this back in January, yet I kept putting off finishing it for some reason. Well, I finally decided to read the last half of it today. From what I remember it was a little slow in the beginning, which was why it was so easy to put off for so long. I did enjoy the story, though. I'm glad I finished the book, the last half was far better than the first. I loved the ending and can't wait to see what happens next in the series.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

This one felt a little slower than some of the other ones, but I actually really enjoyed the mystery. However, a lot of the characters came across as dumb for believing the scam happening in the story. But, ultimately, it was interesting and I enjoyed it.

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Welcome to Camp Killer | Cynthia Murphy
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Mehso-so

This was okay. It wasn't very original, but it was entertaining for an hour. It actually would have been a bit better if it had been long enough to really flesh out the characters. I felt like I knew nothing about them, so I didn't really care what happened to them.

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Pickpick

Started this one a couple months ago for a study at a friend's church. Some of the stuff it talked about was already things I did, but this organized it all in a different way to give you a solid structure for how to read the Bible. I'm not quite sure about everything she had to say, especially in the beginning chapters, but her desire for proper Bible study bled through the pages. I'm definitely going to begin using her method.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

This is the first time I've read this author, but she has a nice way of building suspense. I felt like I was actually in the story, feeling the strong emotions of the main character. I did have a lot of strong suspicions about certain things which ended up being true, so some of the twists didn't feel too surprising.

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I Hated You First | Rachel John
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Mehso-so

I don't know if this qualifies as enemies-to-lovers or friends-to-lovers. Their relationship in the beginning was a little weird, almost like the author forced them to be enemies when they clearly would have worked better as friends. Other than a few other little complaints throughout the book, the store was actually really cute. Things moved quickly and never got boring.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I can honestly say I had no clue what I was going into when I picked up this book. I knew next to nothing about Tom Felton, only picking this up because it was recommended to fans of Harry Potter. I loved how genuine he was as he told his story. Some things had to have been difficult to write about.

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AshRaye
The Christmas Wish | Lindsey Kelk
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Pickpick

I started reading this back in January. Somehow, it got away from me, but I've finally finished it. This book is wild from start to finish. I couldn't tell if it was funny or horrifying, probably a little bit of both. I got secondhand embarrassment for the main character many times throughout this book. She really knew how to get herself in crazy situations. But, there were also some touching moments mixed in with all the hilarious moments.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

First of all, the cover is gorgeous. I loved the art throughout the whole book, but the story left a lot to be desired. It just didn't flow smoothly or explore some of the elements it introduced. I was kind of disappointed with it, but I did like the concept.

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AshRaye
World Trigger, Volume 1 | Daisuke Ashihara
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This manga was highly recommended to me, so I decided to give it a try. I found it really interesting. I already care about the characters and can't wait to see where the story goes from here.

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Witchlings | Claribel A. Ortega
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Mehso-so

I didn't care for the book at first, but somehow, by the end, I was actually interested in the story. I think the first part was a little slow for me, but it did set up some of the stuff to come later in the book. There was quite a bit of world building that had to happen without being overwhelming. I think the author did a decent job of it. I found the concept interesting and will probably read the next book in the series.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I had been meaning to read this book for a while now. Her death reminded me of this book, so I figured it was the right time to pick it up. I'm amazed by how vulnerable she was throughout the story. There were a lot of things about her I didn't know. The way she managed to overcome some of her hardships is inspiring. I admire the way she owned who she was and showed her love for the Lord. She managed to touch a lot of hearts while on this earth.

curiouserandcurioser @AshRaye she was quite a light! 3w
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Saving Sunshine | Saadia Faruqi
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Pickpick

I really liked the story, I feel like it had a strong message. However, I think it was trying to do too much in the short amount of pages it had. There was a lot to deal with, and the author did an okay job. It all just needed a bit more to truly feel complete.

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Suspended in the Stars | E. A. Hendryx
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Pickpick

I can honestly say that this isn't the type of book I usually read. I only decided to read it based on a recommendation, and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the story, though it did feel a little repetitive during parts of the story. I look forward to reading the next book whenever it comes out.

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Over My Dead Pitch | Brooke Benson
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Mehso-so

This was between a pick and a so-so for me. I liked the story, but it was a little too short to get all the development that was needed. It turned from enemies-to-lovers a little too quickly to be believable. But, I did enjoy the book and look forward to whatever else this author might write.

*ARC review

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I truly think this was the best one of the series. The storyline wrapped everything up neatly, it was a great way to end the series. I think I'll miss these characters, even if I wasn't too sure about them during the first book.

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AshRaye
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Panpan

I wanted to like this book, but I was bored and just couldn't stay focused on it. I loved the symbolism it brought in and the journey of self-discovery the character went on, but it wasn't enough to make me enjoy the story.

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Graceling (Graphic Novel) | Kristin Cashore
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Mehso-so

Perhaps I should have read the novel before the graphic novel adaption, because now I don't know how to compare it to the original. It seems like there was a lot of storyline that wasn't developed, but I'm guessing that isn't a problem in the original book. It left this graphic novel feeling incomplete. I did enjoy the main storyline, so I will probably read novel soon. I liked the illustrations, I thought they were done really well.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I'll admit this book went how I expected it would, but it was fun and entertaining for an afternoon. I really liked some of the characters, but there were some annoying ones mixed in. Overall, it was basically a Hallmark movie, something light and fluffy to get lost in.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I was a little annoyed with the story when it first began. The characters didn't make some very good decisions. However, they managed to work through it during the book. There was a mystery element to this story that was really interesting. I would have loved to see more of it. I'm completely invested in this series now and can't wait to see where it goes.

*ARC review.

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AshRaye
Wildoak | C. C. Harrington
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Mehso-so

Unfortunately, I found this one to be a bit boring. I liked the general idea behind the story, it just couldn't keep my attention. The story was meaningful, though. I liked how it ended even if the middle was a little hard for me to get through.

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Love, Unscripted | Denise Hunter
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I always love a Denise Hunter book, so naturally, I got my hands on this book as soon as possible and read it in a couple of hours. I have read a lot of books with the fake dating trope, especially with a movie star, so this one didn't quite seem original. I still enjoyed it, but I would have loved something a little more to make it stand out. It was a cute story, though. I loved all the characters and would have liked to see more with them.

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Snowglobe | Soyoung Park
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Pickpick

This was a little different from what I usually read, but I actually ended up loving it. The twists and turns toward the end there kept me glued to the story. It did end with some unanswered questions, but that builds up anticipation for the next book.

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Pickpick

Squirrel Girl is by far my favorite superhero. I have to read everything with her in it. This was mostly told from Ms. Marvel's pov, but it was done in such a way that we got a good sense of all the characters. It's fun, not too serious, and highly entertaining.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

Read this one over a week ago and forgot to post about it.
I was surprised by how intense the story was. I figured it the subject matter would have been toned down a ton for younger readers, but we still ended up getting the serious weight of that battle. It was a great book.

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AshRaye
Wingbearer | Marjorie Liu
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Mehso-so

The world building is unique. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I was a little bored with the story at first, but once I got into it, I ended up really enjoying it. I can't wait for the next book to come out to see what happens.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

This is between a pick and a so-so for me. I found it easy to get into. The story is on the shorter side, but it was light and fun. I loved the characters and would have been happy to read more about them. Due to how short the story was, I do feel like some parts moved a little too quickly. Things wrapped up in a blink of an eye, I would have liked to enjoy that moment a bit more. But, the book was sweet, and I really did enjoy it.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one. I loved meeting some new characters. I liked the journey the characters took and can't wait to see where the story goes in the next book.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I met Ms. Donna last year, but it feels like I've known her forever. She is one of those Christian women who lives out her faith and ministers to those around her. She's truly an inspiration. Reading this book was like sitting down with her and hearing her tell a story. Through her story, I got to see how God can work all things for the good of those who love Him.

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Odder | Katherine Applegate
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Oh my gosh, this was adorable. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked it written in free verse, but once I got used to it, I was invested in the story. I liked that it was based on real otters.

Karisimo Loved this too 🥰 2mo
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Love on Deck | Kasey Stockton
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I loved this book. This is my first time reading this author, but it won't be the last. The characters were adorable together. Their story perfectly hit all the right notes for me. I didn't want to stop the book to do anything.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

I honestly wasn't sure if I would like anything having to do with Piggy, but this was surprisingly entertaining. I actually really enjoyed it. The story was cuter than I thought it would be.

Roary47 Oooo this looks like my jam! Cute but spooky!👻😍 2mo
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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

I kept seeing this book series, so I had to find out why everyone is so obsessed with it. I can see why kids would love it, it matches their type of humor. I was entertained, but I only thought it was okay, nothing I would particularly seek out. But it seems like it would be great for a lot of kids, especially the reluctant readers.

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Book Fair Day | Lynn Plourde
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Volunteered to work the book fair at the school where my sister works. Hopefully, I will make it out of there without buying literally everything. Today was only day one, and I already have a stack of books I plan on getting.

TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💸💸💸💸💸💸💸 2mo
RobinMcElveenAuthor Oh, gosh! I lived for the book fair when I was in elementary school. My cousin is a principal and now I‘m going to ask if I could possibly volunteer to help. Can‘t believe I never thought of that! 😊 1mo
AshRaye @RobinMcElveenAuthor You should! It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed seeing the kids get excited about all the books. 1mo
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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

I couldn't stand the book at first. It seemed to be poorly written, and I didn't want to continue reading it. However, after the first couple of chapters, it got better, and I found the writing was more appealing. I was wrapped up in the story by the end of the book, and the way it ended definitely wasn't what I was expecting from a middle grade book. Ultimately, I don't have many complaints. However, it still could have been better.

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Kindling | Traci Chee
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Panpan

This book just wasn't for me. I almost bailed on it, but I hate doing that, so I pushed myself to continue. The writing style didn't appeal to me, I didn't agree with some of the narrative choices made. Second person POV is hard to get right and I don't think this book did that. I didn't connect with any of the characters, I honestly didn't care what happened to them. I didn't find the story to be particularly meaningful either.

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Vincent in Wonderland | C. E. White
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Mehso-so

It's hard to review this one. I enjoyed the book, but it never got higher than just being okay. I liked the story, it's something that is usually right up my alley, so I don't know why I didn't love it. This is a prequel, but I chose to read it first. I'm hopeful for the series even though this one was just okay.

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Four Leaf Felony | Tonya Kappes
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Mehso-so

The story itself was good, but the audiobook was horrible. It repeated a lot of parts throughout the book, but the ending was the worst. If it hadn't been for the audio, the book would have been pretty good. It was a nice, simple, cozy mystery. I love how the holiday theme was brought into the story. I think the rest of the series will be fun as well.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

I love the Criminal Minds vibes this book gives. It keeps you guessing and always questioning each person who makes an appearance in the story. I did find I struggled to really get into the story, some parts of it did get a bit dull. However, some of the things in it has me curious about how the rest of the series will go.

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Midnight in Everwood | M.A. Kuzniar
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Panpan

I was underwhelmed by this book. The general concept of the story was great. I actually liked a lot of the little touches that hinted at The Nutcracker. That being said...I didn't like much else about it. The pacing of the story left me bored. I had to push myself to finish it. Then the relationship between characters felt underdeveloped. Same with a lot of the story. Some parts just seemed thrown together. I don't think this is the book for me.

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Elixir | Hilary Duff
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Panpan

This is somewhere between a so-so and a pan for me. It didn't take much for me to get invested in the story. I thought the idea behind the book was really interesting, but the execution left a lot to be desired. Things happened too quickly, ideas weren't fleshed out enough, and I didn't care about the characters. There were a couple good moments, and it did keep my attention, but I was bothered by too many things to truly enjoy it.

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The Cheat Sheet | Sarah Adams
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Mehso-so

While I did enjoy the book, I found that it didn't completely hit the spot. I feel like it was a bit of a letdown toward the end there. It had a great buildup to their relationship, but it didn't feel right, it all happened too easily. I also felt like all the problems were smoothed over without actually being dealt with. I didn't really notice any of the issues until after I finished the book and really took the time to think about it.

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Castle of Refuge | Melanie Dickerson
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I absolutely loved the main characters. We got to meet one of them in the book that came before this one, and he was by far one of my favorites. When I found out this one was about him, I couldn't wait to read it. It was such a cute story. The book did have some strong Christian themes that were woven throughout the story. There were one or two moments where it felt a little forced, but for the most part, it was natural.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

I finished it in a day because I was enjoying it so much. Enemies-to-lovers is my favorite trope. I do think the switch happened a little too quickly, which then caused their relationship to feel rushed. I think that kept it from being perfect. That and Brynn was a little annoying at times... But I loved the characters and can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

Overall, as a story, it was really good. However, as the last book of the series it dropped the ball a little bit. There were some plot holes and some things just generally don't make sense the more you think about them. It did wrap a lot of things up, but it wasn't as satisfying as it could have been. I feel like there is still more that could happen, perhaps there will be a second series.

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AshRaye
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Pickpick

This was short and to the point, but the mystery was interesting. I think this one of the series used a lot of the secondary characters better than the other books did.

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A Whisker Behind | W. R. Gingell
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Mehso-so

While this is a spin-off of a series I really enjoyed, I just don't think this one had as much charm. I don't really have strong feelings about it either way. I enjoyed parts of it, like the beginning of a redemption arc. Stuff happened, but at the same time, not much happened. Perhaps it's because it was setting up the series while still giving a sort of nod to the original series. I plan to continue, so hopefully, it will get better.

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Tempests of Truth | Melanie Cellier
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What a great end to the series. I'm sad to see it go, but everything got wrapped up nice and neat. I flew through it because I had to know how it all would end.

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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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Pickpick

This was a cute story that focuses a lot on friendships, though it does have some romance. I wasn't too sure about the characters going into the book, but they both really grew on me.

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AshRaye
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I really enjoyed this one. It was what you would expect from Eason, she really has this genre down. I don't think you can read Christian suspense without coming across her books. This was the first book in the series and I can't wait to see where things go. I'm already invested in some of the secondary characters and hope they will get books soon.