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BookAndABrew

Joined April 2016

I'm a librarian; surrounded by books all day!
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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
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We'd seen #CursedChild the day before this photo and Potter fever was still running high. It was seriously the best thing I've ever seen in my entire life. Such a spectacle, with magic happening right in front of your eyes on stage! Embarrassingly, my eyes started leaking almost as soon as I sat down (I'm not crying, you're crying!) and I was so emotional during both parts. It was amazing to be back in that world. Go see it if you can! ⚡️

TheLondonBookworm I was exactly the same- it's totally understandable! 3y
BookAndABrew @TheLondonBookworm Glad I'm not alone! Ahhh it was so good, wasn't it! 3y
RaimeyGallant Popping in to spread some #BookLove as part of today's #SmittenByLittens challenge. If you're interested, check out my post from two days ago, because there's a link to a bunch of Litsy tips. 2y
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Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake
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Loved it! Arsinoe, Katharine and Mirabella are triplets borne to the Queen and separated at 6 to hone their gifts; naturalism, poison and elementalism. At their coming of age, one of the three young Queens must kill the other two in order to claim the throne. Add in lots of juicy political plotting, intrigue and solid characters and here we are. Unfortunately now I have to wait for the next book! No swearing, some mild sexual references.

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Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake
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I'll be so sad when the holidays are over and I can't escape to the park to read. Diving into my proof of Three Dark Crowns, released on the 22nd of next month. Love KB so hoping for good things!

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Starting the day off the right way! First pick for #24in48 - finishing off the one I started yesterday. I'm super busy this weekend but you can't let that get in the way of a bit of reading :)

Bookworm54 What a beautiful cover! 3y
BookAndABrew @Bookworm54 Isn't it! It's silver foiled so when it catches the light it's gorgeous. 3y
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Pokemon hunting by the canal with a lovely new book. I love summer holidays ☀️

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This is such an important read. Highlights the plight of the Burmese Rohingya people, declared by the UN and Amnesty International as one of the most persecuted people on earth. Hunted into extinction by the Myanmar government, forced from their homes and killed or left to die. Many end up in refugee camps and detention centres like the one described in the book and never get out. Read it. Read it. Read it.

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About to settle down with my beautiful proof of The Bone Sparrow. I love proofs even more than regular books. There's something so special about them and I'm so greedy for them. They're like the shiny Pokemon of books.

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Got my copy signed by the incredible Jim Kay 😍😱 Listened to him give an absorbing and interesting talk on illustrating the novels; he's such a brilliant man, really friendly and funny, and his illustrations are sublime.

thebookmagpie Awesome! 3y
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I devoured this in one sitting as soon as I got my hands on it and then made my SO sit and listen to my (many) favourite poems. Longfella is amazing, go see him live if you can. Super inspiring, passionate, terribly sad and wonderfully funny. Get it!

MrBook Nice!!! 3y
BookAndABrew @MrBook Thanks! I'm in love with it! You can YouTube some of his poems, he's awesome 🙂 3y
MrBook Will do 😊👍🏻. 3y
BookBabe Awesome. I'm going to check this out too 👍🏻 3y
BookAndABrew @BookBabe Great! Let me know what you think! 'A Girl, Like, Y'know" is very powerful. 3y
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I can't explain how much I love this.

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Magrit | Lee Battersby
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ADORE ADORE ADORE this book! It's beautiful and charming; lilac edged pages and wonderful typography, and a sweet and melancholy story I didn't want to end. A million stars out of 5. I want to give it to everyone I meet. Please read it!

angrylilasian Oooo! Just read the description. This is definitely my kind of book! 3y
BookAndABrew @angrylilasian It's wonderful! It's only slim, so don't expect a huge tome, but I can't fault it. I wish I could read it again for the first time! 3y
thebookmagpie That cover is gorgeous 😍 3y
BookAndABrew @thebookmagpie Isn't it! Did you see the other picture I put on for it? The inside is beautiful too 😍 3y
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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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Yay! Won a free copy of this for my library from Penguin and it came this morning! May have to check it thoroughly before I let the pupils at it..! It sounds excellent.

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Girl Out of Water | Nat Luurtsema
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READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! It was SO funny; it's been a long time since a YA book made me laugh this much. Reminiscent of the late great Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson books but with less sarcasm towards parents. Funny, smart, and I want Lou as a best friend! 5⭐️

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Magrit | Lee Battersby
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I'm in love with this book! It's so beautiful and has a bit of a The Graveyard Book vibe to it.

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The best thing about this was the Goo Goo Dolls ref in the title. I found it too coarse and vulgar, almost for the sake of it. The characters seemed cliché, which is a shame if it's based on true events. Didn't bail but didn't enjoy. ARC from NetGallery.

StaceyKondla I didn't like this one much either. The author can write very well, but I just couldn't like the main character. Agreed that it felt pretty cliché 3y
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Ketchup Clouds | Annabel Pitcher
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'Zoe' has done something awful, something she can't admit to her family, so she decides to write letters to a death-row inmate to confess. Interesting, engaging characters, kept me on my toes til the end. Love her little sister, Dot! 4/5*

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Got this as an ARC from NetGallery for an honest review. I enjoyed this a lot; more than I expected to. Risuko and other children are bought and trained to be kunouchi - assassins and spies and bodyguards. Only downside was "smirked" was used on almost every page ??

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Getting started on my ARC of Risuko - love it so far. Risuko ('Squirrel') has been bought from her family by a cantankerous Lady and is being trained for... something. Lots of samurai, fighting and intrigue. YA.

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Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Nothing better than lying in the sun with a brand new book ☀️

ReadingOver50 Agreed! 3y
CouchCrewChief Though it was sunny out I sat inside reading, feeling the nice warm breeze come in. 3y
Mystic.Archives.Of.Dantalian The title sounds interesting, what kind of book is that? 3y
BookAndABrew @CouchCrewChief Sounds lovely! 3y
BookAndABrew @The Mystic Archives Of Dantalian It's a fantasy. All of GGKs are, to some extent, but if you aren't a fan don't let it put you off. He's amazing at creating characters you love and his prose is beautiful. I love him (but admittedly prefer his earlier stuff). 3y
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The Problem with Forever | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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ARC from NetGallery. Hmm, this was ok. Mallory's a painfully shy ex-foster kid who was abused as a child. She runs into her old protector on day1 of school and they fall in love. The writing was good, but all the way through I kept asking myself "what's the point of this?". I wouldn't read it again.

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So glad I got an ARC of this from NetGallery. Hawthorne feels like an outsider in her own life, and when pretty popular Lizzie Lovett disappears one day she finds herself creating wacky theories about it. A strong voice from p1, funny and relatable for anyone who's ever felt misunderstood. TBR it!

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A brilliant ending to the series, with an ending I wouldn't want to change. Actually, I can't think of anything I'd want to change!

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The Loose Ends List | Carrie Firestone
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Got an ARC of this from NetGallery and it was SO good! Maddie's gram is dying, and she books the whole family onto a 'death with dignity' cruise where they'll tick off things on her bucket list with her. Funny, wise, heartbreaking. Whack it on your TBR pile, you won't regret it.

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Ronan lynch's stare was a snake on the pavement where you wanted to walk. It was a match left on your pillow. It was pressing your lips together and tasting your own blood.

ShatterMeFangirl SO MANY PEOPLE are posting about this omg I must read it 3y
BookAndABrew @ShatterMeFangirl It's SO good! Have you read the other three? 3y
wanderlustywriter I haven't started it yet, I think because I don't want this series to end! 3y
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Ok so. I was a little reluctant to start this for some reason but I'm so glad I stuck with it. The writing was beautiful, the mystery was intriguing and it was so atmospheric. I loved the descriptions of the tree and Faith was was a kickass protagonist. Read it!

Lindy Atmospheric is a good way to describe this wonderful novel. 3y
BookAndABrew @Lindy Thanks! It's up for SO many book awards this year; you can totally see why. 3y
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She did not feel hot or helpless any more. She felt the way snakes look when they move.

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Blacksad: Amarillo | Juan Diaz
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Same as my review for Blacksad; more gorgeous illustrations bringing the stories of private detective cat John Blacksad to life. Don't expect cuddly kids' stories though, these are whip sharp, intelligent and gloriously dark.

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Blacksad | Juan Diaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido
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I ADORE THIS! Crime noir set in 1950s America, populated by anthropomorphic animals. Also, you know when the cover of a GN is so beautiful and you hope the art inside lives up to that promise but it never does..? This really does! It's beautiful, start to finish. Get it. Read it. Love it.

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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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This was such an important but uncomfortable read.

Emma's a pretty unlikeable 18 y/o who loves to feel desired by men. After waking up with a gap in her memory after a party, she learns the truth of the events of the evening through explicit photos on social media. Scary, relevant, cautionary.

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Every Exquisite Thing | Matthew Quick
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Got an ARC through NetGallery and loved it! At turns funny, thought-provoking, wise and sad, EET made me glad to not be a teenager any more and thankful I'm comfortable with myself and my life now.

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Tried so hard to like this, and love some of his other work. I felt this thought too much of itself and tried to be clever but didn't quite make it. I finished it but didn't enjoy it.

Lindy The only reason I finished this was for book club. I keep trying his work, because of said book club--they are all fans. Out of 7 of his, I've enjoyed only 2. 3y
BookAndABrew @Lindy So glad I'm not the only one! I read it for work; it's on the Carnegie award and I'm doing it with pupils. Amazon reviews score it highly and I just can't really see why. 3y
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Written as a sequel to the classic, the Psammead returns at the start of WW1. The family will not be the same by the end of the book.

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You Know Me Well | David Levithan, Nina LaCour
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Another brilliant LGBTQ offering from David Levithan and introduced me to Nina LaCour. Mark's in love with his best friend Ryan. Kate's in love with a girl she hasn't met. Their friendship is the core of the book. Loved it!

Joanne1 David Levithan is just so good. 3y
BookAndABrew @Joanne1 Isn't he though. I love how he writes characters as LGBT+ because people are LGBT+, rather than for a specific reason. He 3y
BookAndABrew 's an automatic-buy author for me (oops, early send). 3y
Joanne1 I teach English to a class of 13-14 year olds and the group I have currently are madly reading every Levithan they can lay their hands on. A few years back he would have been an author only for the brave readers who don't care what others think of them. I love this change I'm seeing in kids! 3y
BookAndABrew @Joanne1 That's awesome! What an excellent bunch of kids 😃 3y
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One | Sarah Crossan
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Grace and Tippi are homeschooled conjoined twins who decide to brave school for the first time, hoping for friendship and maybe even love, but mainly the chance to be as normal as possible. What happens will change their lives forever.

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Lies We Tell Ourselves | Robin Talley
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Loved this. Sarah and Linda are on each side of the integration struggle in a previously all-white highschool. Their lives become more difficult as they realise they're falling for each other. Uncompromising view of racism in Virginia in the late 50s. LGBT gets extra bonus points.

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Fire Colour One | Jenny Valentine
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Liked this more than I thought I would - arsonist Iris meets her dying uber-rich father for the first time in years, while her golddigging mother tries to work out how to get her hands back on his fortune. Lies are uncovered and revenge meted. Read it!

ramblingsofareader Same! Thought I was going to hate this one, but it turned out to be pretty good. The second half was so so so much better than the first half! 3y
BookAndABrew @ramblingsofareader Definitely! I left it towards the end of my Carnegie pile and none of the kids have chosen it yet, poor little book. I really enjoyed it! 3y
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There Will Be Lies | Nick Lake
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Shelby's been overprotected her whole life, but when she gets hit by a car her mum takes her on the run for reasons unknown. Also there's a mystical coyote who keeps appearing. It's way better than it sounds - read it!

Laura317 I'm intrigued! And who wouldn't like a talking coyote? 3y
BookAndABrew There are also talking elk 😃 3y
BookAndABrew @Laura317 forgot to tag, sorry! 3y
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You Know Me Well | David Levithan, Nina LaCour
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Ethan's Voice | Rachel Carter
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I loved this sweet story. Ethan lives on a houseboat and is homeschooled after a traumatic event causes him to stop speaking. He meets Polly, a girl his age whose friendship slowly starts to bring him out of his shell. Good for KS2 and low ability KS3.

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This book, and the whole Fitz series, is phenomenal. I first read this years ago and I read the series minimum once a year (usually just before a new book release). Hobb's world building is so intricate, her characters are well-fleshed and the premise is fascinating. This librarian's favourite ever.

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