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AshleyKorinE

AshleyKorinE

Joined August 2016

Books, dogs, and Slytherin for life
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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A new favorite book of 2019! This is pure fan fiction of what everything after 2016 should have been with a male male romance thrown in for the sexy fun. Henry and Alex were wonder, I laughed a lot, cried some for the world we could have, and just loved this book. Now where‘s Nora and June and Bea‘s stories?!? I need them now!

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The most fun and the most emotional in this series, I loved this book! Lucia was so human and Tom just so lovable. His boyishness and playfulness was what made this the most fun of the series and I want more of their story. Also this is the steamiest mainly because the emotional connection felt more real to the characters. The build up to their relationship, their banter, and conversations felt like actual bonding. I need more Eva Leigh books!

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This was a fun read through smuggling and law breaking with love in the mix! Tamsyn just wants to save the day and she‘s not sure how it‘ll come about, and Kit just needs some money. They find that in each other and also romance, surprises, lots of the good stuff. I loved Kit, he‘s roguish but broken and he‘s provably one of my favorite hero‘s in historicals that I‘ve ever read. It‘s just a good book, I don‘t really want the series to end.

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Another fun romance but this time the woman‘s the criminal and the mans an honor bound duke who has gotten swindled! I loved that twist and Cassandra, but I wish she‘d have accepted herself more, who doesn‘t love a villain? Alex is the Duke of Greyland in love but doesn‘t know how to be loved and the HEA for him is really touching. I love the cover of this novel, and I love the odd adventure and can‘t wait to read the rest of the series!

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There was so much emotional depth in this book the heartbreak, the past mistakes, I was surprised and emotionally invested in this story. Finn was amazing and loving and broken, and Vivi was strong, broken, and also so amazing. I loved how they clearly aren‘t meant for each other yet they love each other anyways. Love is work, opposites attract and then you have to fight for the relationship. It‘s an HEA, it‘s romance, what more is there to want?

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I love historical romance. I could spend my life reading nothing but historicals with the same storylines over and over just different names. I haven‘t found one I don‘t just outright love yet and this one fits that bill too. Gillie is strong and sad and I want the whole world for her Thorne is manly and in love. I wasn‘t as fond of the poetic language during the kissing scenes but it‘s romance, what else is there to expect?

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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I started this book and finished it in one night. I love historical fiction and this is a time frame that isn‘t written about often. I loved the political element mixed with the personal feelings because it‘s often forgotten politics have real effects. Beatriz is such a strong character with big feelings and I loved reading from her perspective. Her knowledge of her dreams and willing to move over for those she loved was so admirable. I need more!

Mdargusch Great review! I‘ve been wondering about this book. 2mo
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This hunk of a book took forever to read but was so good. I can‘t articulate how much I loved it. Ead is amazing, Sabran is amazing, even Tané who isn‘t amazing is amazing. The world building is so incredibly detailed, to the food they ate, how they slept, and what they wore. The dragons were the enemies and the friends and I need a sequel now! I want to know what happens, 10 years to the day. Also you will get a book hangover, worth it!

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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This book was fun and so good. I hope Leckie expands this story with more books because I loved the characters and need to know what happens next. The writing style was odd at first but once you figure out who‘s talking it gets so much better. I suggest reading the physical copy because there‘s no character change break on audio. If you love epic fantasy with hidden POVs this is a good pick it reminded me of The Fifth Season but slightly better.

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Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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This had such a good start, there was world building and fun criminals and then it went sideways to down right bad. I don‘t want to spoil anything, so I won‘t but the mystery was kind of ridiculous, and I really didn‘t like the twist. I love standalone fantasy so I did enjoy the fast paced movement of the book even if I didn‘t enjoy where it ended. Keralie was a good main character and I did enjoy the queens, it wasn‘t a total bust. So-so fits.

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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Such a sad poetic book that just... speaks to the state of America in the 1970s to today really. Still relevant both for the wrongful imprisonments but some on how women are often treated. It‘s good, it‘s hard, and I love the way Baldwin puts his words together. Now I plan on watching the movie.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This meet the band, where are they now fictional book set in the 70s blew me away. Just... I‘m reading at work and completely forgot what I was suppose to be doing. Daisy is so real you feel like you can touch her, Billy is perfect and awful. I loved their relationship and the band! Karen is so strong, Graham deserves love and god Eddie is pretentious. Every word had me on the edge of my emotions. I want to eat it, it feels so real. I love it!

DeeLew Yes!! I finished this one this afternoon. Oh, I loved it so much!! They are supposed to be doing a thirteen episode tv series based on the book. It‘s going to be on Amazon. I‘m already trying to figure out who should play Daisy. I hope they do it justice because I want to hear the music!! ❤️ 3mo
AshleyKorinE I know! I want the music to be real so bad! I saw they were making a mini series and got so excited! @DeeLew 3mo
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the mermaid's voice returns in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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This poetry series has meant so much to me and to see it end is sad but so good at the same time. Princess just put pieces of me together, witch called to my fire, and mermaid is about healing hurts we don‘t know how to get past. Lovelace told her story mixed with fantasy and fairytales and opened up so many people to the world of hurt women go through and it‘s amazing. I love mermaids!

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Did I just read a style guide on writing for fun? Yes! Did I enjoy it like a textbook on grammar? Yes! It‘s fun but also full of grammar and rules so I don‘t think this would be for everybody. There are fun witticisms along with the rules and stories of copy editing through the 90s to now so it‘s kind of got a memoir feel but it‘s mostly grammar.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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This book! Angie Thomas definitely does not suffer from the sophomore slump with her second novel. This is imaginative and fun and emotional and all the things a good book should be. I cried and laughed and she knows how conversations flow to make every page feel real. I loved the look at the city after THUG, I love Bri, I loved the real struggles Thomas wrote about being poor and the world around you seems to be making it. Honest, the best book.

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This was the most fun middle grade with a morbid main character named Morrigan Crow and her upbeat friend Hawthorne! It gave me Harry Potter feels with magic and unicorns and it just hit all my mushy feeling spots with the ending! I hope this series never ends and I can‘t wait to read the next one!

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A dystopian end of the world novel about a Chinese immigrant pregnant main character named Candace Chen just trying to survive. It was a weird juxtaposition between her going to work and everyone else forgetting and turning into non-violent zombies then hanging out with this group also trying to survive and looting. I liked it, didn‘t love it. It is better but in the same vein as Future Home of the Living God though.

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Starting off the year with a bang and a little murder! This book is short and fun, full of stories about an elderly lady named Maud who just wants to be left alone for the most part. I loved it! She‘s funny, she‘s conniving, and she‘s a cold blooded killer. I don‘t know what else anyone would want, it‘s great! Also fits the translation challenge for #Readharder2019

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Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J. Krosoczka
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I‘m still trying to read nonfiction through November and I‘ve got a few graphic novel memoirs and this one was on top. It‘s a fast read with a big impact on how addiction and a broken family effects the kids in the situation. It‘s about how those kids can grow up to become successful adults who still love their parents. His attachment to his grandparents means a lot to me as someone who adores my own. It‘s heartwarming and the art is fantastic.

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A memoir by a girl who was sexually assaulted and her struggle to defend herself and tell her story while still being respected. It was good, I cried, it was hard to read because she does go into details of her rape and the extreme depression and panic she dealt with afterwards. But it‘s mostly a book about hope, about healing, about making friends and surviving after tragedy. She‘s strong and more women deserve to have their stories told.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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This book was amazing, the inside look at her life from childhood to the days after the White House was delightful and could be serious but fun to read. Her commitment to her family while striving for independence and learning how to balance was something I think all women would enjoy reading. Her real take on the depression after 2016 was telling of her character and her dedication to her causes shows what anyone can be. I really loved this book.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Who knew I‘d be left crying at the end of a book about a library fire? My tears have a lot to do with the acknowledgement at the end but the book is wonderful. I loved the way she tells the story from the beginning to the fire in 1986 to now with the people who help keep the library running. It was delightful, informative and I feel like I got to visit a chunk of the world I‘ll probably never see with my own eyes. It‘s what I love about reading.

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Well that was a twist! I wasn‘t thrilled with the characters in this novel, they all felt very on the service and shallow. I did end up enjoying the ending with the unreliability of several narrators. Also I don‘t really enjoy police officer characters and they didn‘t necessarily add to the story for me, more from the husband would have been better. It was a good interesting mystery and I enjoy this author as it‘s the second I‘ve read of hers.

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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I love this one more than The Wedding Date! Carlos was funny and adorable and I love his family so much. Nik was delightful and smart and emotionally messy but what heroine isn‘t? I love her friends and I want their stories, especially Courtney‘s so much! It was the perfect mushy love book to get me through the end of October and misty set in summer so a perfect distraction from the cold weather! I loved it!

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I love the way Tana French writes, her sentences just put you in the story. This was a long mystery that didn‘t always feel like a mystery. Her main character was unreliable but you wanted to still believe in him. I loved the side characters, his cousins and how they seemed to be tangential connected but not actually a part of his life. I wasn‘t totally surprised by the reveal but it was a twist, and I enjoyed how it played out. It‘s a good book!

Bklover So glad to hear it‘s good! I‘m so looking forward to it- waiting for the paperback (it‘ll be a while!). I still have The Trespassers to read. 8mo
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This book is good. It‘s one of those that leaves you in physical pain from the heartbreak but you love every page. This memoir tells the life from a black son to a black mother and it‘s gorgeous. He ties in abuse and violence to his weight and how American violence reacts to black bodies. It wasn‘t what I thought it would be when I picked it up but I‘m glad because it was so much more. Every word had meaning.

UrsulaMonarch Well put! 5mo
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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The creep factor in this book was pretty perfect. I love monster stories and portal stories and badass girl heroes and it‘s got a mix of all three! Marion is new in town and she learns it‘s kind of spooky and girls are going missing, Zoey lost her best friend, and Val is at the center of it all even if she doesn‘t want to be. Val was my favorite because she‘s broken but still strong and her story arc got to me the most. Perfect for October!

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Reading on a theme of spooky books for October has been fun! Neil Gaiman just knows how to craft a story with characters you can visualize and they make your skin crawl. Richard Mayhew just stepped off into a new London Below and now he has to figure out how to survive and maybe save the day. This book was fun, and creepy and a slow read which I didn‘t mind. Also the cover is gorgeously perfect for Halloween!

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Toil & Trouble | Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
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This was a lot of fun to read! I love the idea of women taking back our power and often times taking back our history too. My favorite stories were the first one, Starsong, The Gherin Girls, Love Spell, and The One Who Stayed. I enjoyed how the different authors played off troupes and history to create such diverse characters and stories while keeping the themes the same, love who you are and believe in yourself. One of my favorite anthologies!

Johanna414 I just got this in at my library. It might have to come home with me this weekend... 8mo
AshleyKorinE It‘s worth it if it does end up at your house! 8mo
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The perfect spooky book to start out the month of October and Halloween. Kiersten White is one of my favorite authors and the way she takes and turns Frankenstein actually makes me love it! Elizabeth is almost a caricature of a person due to her circumstances growing up needing to be there for someone else all the time, never knowing her own self. But I love her for it because she has to learn who she is. It‘s the Frankenstein I always wanted.

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The Marsh Girl is probably my favorite character of 2018. Kya was just so intriguing and I had to know how her story ended. I loved and hated how sad this book is, her loneliness and her need for people broke my heart. I honestly didn‘t know it was a murder mystery until I was already invested. It‘s one of those books that the language just fits the setting and characters to where you feel like your standing next to them in the story. It‘s good!

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Navigator's Touch | Julia Ember
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I love mermaid books and Norse mythology and badass women warriors and this book has all of those things. This is Ragna‘s story of taking back her home and trying to save the day. This is a super short book so Ember didn‘t really get into the emotional aspect of the story but I still did enjoy it for the action. I need the next in the series as soon as possible because this book has the perfect kind of cliffhanger!

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I love Tessa Dare and I love this series specifically! Alex and Chase were funny and lovable and I so wanted their happy ever after by the end of this book. Dare does comedy in historical romances so well, the girls were a delight and honestly one of my favorite part of this book. I just want more, is Penny‘s story next?!?

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To Make Monsters Out of Girls | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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I couldn‘t really connect with this poetry collection like I have Lovelace‘s other ones. Princess is my favorite out of all poetry books and this one mainly focuses on one relationship and all the poems ran together. It‘s good, the illustrations are great and the outside is beautiful I just wasn‘t thrilled with the inside.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Wow... this book hurts... It‘s so good and I just got so sucked up into the story, I had to know what happened next even if it‘s heartbreaking. Sadie was such visibly real character in a way most mystery/thriller books can‘t capture in main character. I felt her hurt and also felt the ending coming. The sad thing is so many girls do go missing, making it seem almost like a true story. Now I want to go listen to the podcast!

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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Oh gosh, I just love everything Schwab writes so much I‘d read her grocery list. Cassidy is a wonderful main character who goes on an adventure in another country with a ghost best friend named Jacob. It‘s fun and a fast read, a slightly scary middle grade but not too scary. Who doesn‘t love a good ghost story?

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The third book in a row that won Jemisin the well deserved Hugo award! Her world building blows me away, I can‘t fathom how her brain works but I love it. The mother daughter relationship was really my favorite part, only if they are on the page together a handful of times. This was a series that took me awhile to get through I couldn‘t just read it all in one sitting because of the complex writing style but I enjoyed it more for its differences.

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This was... long and vastly detailed. Jemisin is so good at world building, it‘s so very visible and readable. I understood the magic system without being bogged down and the characters have such real emotions. This is not a fictional world I want to live in but I love reading about it and I can understand how she won and deserves her Hugo awards. Science fantasy perfection.

Emilymdxn You‘re making me want to read this series even more now! 10mo
AshleyKorinE I‘ve got the last to go but highly recommend it. The writing is different than most sff with the POV perspective but I liked it more for the differences. Also she won 3 Hugo‘s in a row for this series so it has to be good. @Emilymdxn 10mo
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Giant Days | Non Pratt
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Giant Days is one of my absolute favorite comics so when I found out it was going to be a prose novel I was ecstatic! Esther will always be my favorite, her constant upbeat happiness next to her love of goth just makes me love her. This was a fun book, much like the comics with a storyline based on Daisy falling into a yoga club that goes south. I just want to live in these pages and have these characters as friends. Is that to much to ask?

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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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This was one of my book of the month picks and I did overall enjoy it even though lit fic usually isn‘t for me. I liked the main character Sabrina but I didn‘t like the plot twist of the story. The addition of Audrey Hepburn was nice, half the guest dead and the other half alive. I will say it‘s one of those books that I couldn‘t stay into because the fiction is so far out of bounds. Not with the dead characters with the unrealistic relationships.

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From Twinkle, With Love | Sandhya Menon
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Twinkle wants to be a director and writes in her journal to famous female directors she admires. But It doesn‘t feel as a book written in a journal though, more an odd quirk at the beginning of each paragraph. One of my favorite parts of this story was the complicated friendships that a a huge part of life, it felt realistic in a way few books capture, also the insecurities the characters felt. It was good and it was a fun, fast book to read!

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All Your Perfects | Colleen Hoover
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When I started reading this I didn‘t know how I would feel because who wants to read about an unhappy couple. Then it got into some of the emotional upheaval and infertility and I got invested. I‘ll admit this book is not her usual love story but I still liked it. Also because I have never dealt with the problems these characters face I don‘t know if the representation is accurate but I feel it‘s mostly a surface level look at the problems.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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This book started out really slow for me but the ending was so worth the time I put in reading. The idea to turn silver into gold has been around forever but the way Novik twisted and turned this story gave me so much to enjoy. The writing is very fairy tale-esque like Uprooted but I liked it better. Miryem, Irana, and Wanda were the perfect main characters to follow and I just want to know the rest, I want to live in her book.

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This book started slow for me but just like A Long Way the ending was worth every word. The character POV changes came fast at first so I had a hard time connecting to the characters but the longer it goes the more I fell in love. I just want to live in space with these people. It‘s a beautiful story, family, friends, finding yourself and where you belong is probably the main point and everyone needs those things. It‘s just good science fiction.

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The Martian Chronicles | Ray Bradbury
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Man goes to mars and then comes back from mars. It‘s classic sci-fi in a way that‘s good but also old. I enjoyed the story but how female characters were treated tells it‘s age considerably. I did like the ending even if it only gives us 40 years to get our stuff together. I liked the way it was written with the social commentary on colonization, art, and politics through a red scare haze. It was good and I enjoyed this short novel.

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Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell | Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson
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For a book pegged to be a mix between Monty Python and the Holy Grail Ana The Discworld Series by Prachett it was long. I enjoyed it, and I did find a lot of it funny if campy. The characters were dramatic and the troupes they made fun of made me happy. Fia just saving the day in a chainmail bikini. Ending the story where they did though was great, I can look forward to the sequel which I will be picking up without cliffhangers!

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A book about lady monsters saving the day! I enjoyed it but it took forever to read. Mary Jekyll was an interesting character, and Catherine and Justine were the found family storyline I adore. I loved the concept but the pacing is what bothered me the most. Also, it has a somewhat different style with the characters interjecting in the middle which was odd. Overall it was good and I will read the sequel coming out.

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Summer of Salt | Katrina Leno
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This is fairytale-ish in a way. I enjoyed the story with the sisters Georgina and Mary, I feel like the world building could maybe have been more fleshed out and explained. The magic was quaint until the end. I will say I wasn‘t surprised by anything, I knew where it was heading before it got there and I‘ll give you a trigger warning for sexual assault. I don‘t know, it was good but mostly just average.

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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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This was such a fun read! It‘s Jane Eyre with ghost! I loved the cute romances, the fun author commentary, and the way Jane was turned into a real person. Charlotte was the best character, fun, strong, and delightful. I loved the way they kept it in the Victorian era while also making fun of it at the same time. It was a relatively fast read and I‘m glad I picked it up so fast!

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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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Oh I loved this book so much! The character changes and the time changes were written out so well. Peppers story just hurt my heart and made me so happy because I knew the ending in a way. Lovelace was delightful because being human isn‘t easy. I loved the emotional drama and the relationships, I loved the alien characters, and this one is set mostly planet side which I prefer. I honestly think I like this one more than the first, it‘s beautiful!

Emilymdxn I adored this book too! 11mo
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