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BookDragonNotWorm

BookDragonNotWorm

Joined November 2016

I could be more literary, but genres have more fun! Read, write, repeat. www.shannonhollinger.com
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People Like Us | Dana Mele
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Standard YA book, slightly too predictable and erring towards being too trendy, but it held my attention and I enjoyed it. Guilty beach read.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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So I'm going to jump on the bandwagon here - this book was non-stop suspense. Every time I thought it was going to slow down, it sped up. This is the first book to get a lot of hype that I've agreed with in a looong time. Now I've got to catch my breath 😉

TamTracy I just got this and am soooo exited to read it! 5d
BookDragonNotWorm @TamTracy I hope you like it as much as I did! 4d
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This book has All. The. Twists!!!! The rollercoaster continued all the way down to the last few pages! Well crafted and crafty, this is what a plot should be. Will definitely be reading more by this author!

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Sparkles | Louise Bagshawe
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Happy 4th of July fellow Litsans! Here's to some explosive plots and dynamic reading!

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Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2019 | Don McLellan, Stacy Woodson, Chris Wheatley
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I don't know if any of you read Mystery Weekly Magazine or not, but my story, "Bad Moon Rising" is in this month's issue! If you read it, I'd love to know what you think - always looking for feedback on how to improve! ✍️? #amwriting

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💥 The Hunger Games
💥 Anything spicy
💥 Bad drivers (grey dawn 🚘)
💥 None (no one to blame means I had to be creative)
💥 I just moved back to my home state - anyone else in Brevard County, FL?!?!

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

danireads Omg same! I had no one to fight with, so it always ended up being my dad, and that never worked out well for me. 😂😭 3w
BookDragonNotWorm @danireads I used to blame the dogs or cats whenever I broke something! They even got into my mom's make-up once 😂 3w
danireads @BookDragonNotWorm Hahahaha those pesky critters!!!!! 3w
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Mehso-so

This wasn't a total waste of time, it had a decent premise, but the authors took way too long to develop the plot, and for the love of God, if you can't find your own typos, HIRE A FREAKING EDITOR!!!! I don't want to be a hater, but this is why I hesitate to read indie books. If you can't be bothered to publish a clean copy, why should I bother to read it? Don't be sloppy. Thank you, #grammarnazi

rretzler I‘ve noticed there are lots of errors even from books coming from publishing houses, unfortunately. I‘m with you though, I don‘t pick up many indie books anymore for that same reason. 3w
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Stumbled on this during my hike today while getting in my Sunday steps. Reminded me of Goonies 🏴‍☠️ I want it - looks like there's a nice window to read by up front 😉

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Six Months Later | Natalie D. Richards
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I liked One Was Lost (written by this author) so much that I looked her up and bought her highest rated book without reading about it. It completely wasn't what I expected. It certainly wasn't the kind of plot I'd choose to read. But to the author's credit, she kept me reading.

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I didn't like this one as much as some of his others, but it was still a solid read, great YA character and good insight into mental illness.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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This one was a slow burn for me. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first, Then I liked it but wished it would move a little faster, but by the end my patience was rewarded and I was satisfied!

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This was just barely a pick for me. I loved "The Kind Worth Killing" by this author, so much so that I keep reading his other books. The first half of this one kind of read like 'one time at band camp' in that it seemed like the author was in a rush to get to writing the good part. The second half was better, more developed, but predictable. A good choice if you don't want to think too much about the mystery you're reading.

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See All the Stars | Kit Frick
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I really liked this YA book. It stirred me emotionally more than any of the other books I've read lately. I felt for the characters, and was completely blindsided by the twist at the end. Score!

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This one was so totally not what I usually read, but I found it strangely intriguing. It held my attention, kept me reading, and only made me roll my eyes a couple of times 😉

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This is just barely a pick for me, maybe because all of the hype it's getting. I love a good dose of science and facts in my fiction, which this book has, but I felt underwhelmed by the overall story. The plot was predictable, and the prose wasn't as magical as I was expecting. I might have liked it better if I wasn't expecting so much. A nice story, but I never got emotional from it.

KristenDuck Definitely warned people not to buy into the hype for this one! 2mo
marleed I agree. I liked it but thought I‘d love it. It seemed a bit YA for me which would have been fine had I anticipated that. 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm @KristenDuck @marleed Thank you!!!! I kept waiting for an 'aha' moment when I got what everyone else was raving about! Good to know I'm not the only one who wasn't impressed! 1mo
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KristenDuck @BookDragonNotWorm yup. No huge twist. No unbelievably amazing ending. I was left feeling like “okayyyy...” 1mo
8little_paws I just started it this morning for book club and the characters feel super one dimensional so far. 1mo
lynneamch I did love it, but had no expectations ahead of time. Wasn't aware of the hype, so I guess that was good. Also, it was audio, which sometimes makes a difference. 1mo
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A Lily in the Light | Kristin Fields
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Mehso-so

I feel bad for not rating this higher, but for a story with such an emotional plotline, it really didn't raise my emotions. It was a good idea and had good bones, but I feel like the author really missed out on the chance to make this the tear-jerker it could have been. 3/5 ⭐

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Cold Waters | Debbie Herbert
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This was good, but not great. I think I enjoyed the author's writing more than the story, the plot was a little far fetched for me, but it held my attention and I have no regrets about the time I spent reading it. Plus, it was free 😁

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Huntress Moon | Alexandra Sokoloff
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I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book. The first few pages didn't impress me, but the fast paced, thrilling plot drew me in and kept me racing through the pages. My only big complaint is that the author couldn't keep her time line/corresponding ages straight. That kind of thing gets under my skin almost as much as bad grammar, but it's nothing too hard to fix. Not sure if I'll read the rest of the series yet.

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Shirley Jackson is the mistress of suspense. Almost 60 years after it was published, it still reads like a fairly modern book. I feel like she really contributed to female character development in terms of feisty chics with snarky attitudes - how can you not love that! A short (but not sweet) read well worth the time!

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I liked this one but found it frustrating. A good, twisty plot, but not at all what I was expecting, and in terms of a mystery, I'm not quite sure the author played fair. 4/5 ⭐

Nute Unfair play by the author...I'm intrigued. 2mo
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The Music of the Deep | Elizabeth Hall
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This is one of those rare books where I might have liked the characters more than the plot - but the plot was good! I liked the way the author wove the story, it was a great way to put a fresh spin on an overused trope and helps invest the reader in the outcome.

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Good pacing and suspense. The twist came in a way I never expected, which is rare but always welcomed. Parts seemed unlikely, but it kept my attention

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Get Even | Gretchen McNeil
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I've read another book by this author - I'm guessing a later title, as her writing skills were better in the first one I read. This one was decent, but ended in a cliffhanger a la Pretty Little Liars, and I don't like her writing enough to read the next one even though I'm curious about who the killer is. Bummer. Quick read, plot trumps characters, writing, etc.

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Witness | Caroline Mitchell
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This was an interesting concept, fresh and original, but a little unbelievable. The delivery was good, but I lacked that certain connection to the characters that makes me really invested in what happens to them. An entertaining stories, but shallow roots.

RadicalReader @BookDragonNotWorm a book I really enjoyed which completely gripped me and catapulted me from one chapter to the next was 3mo
BookDragonNotWorm @RadicalReader Thanks! I'll have to check that one out! 3mo
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One Was Lost | Natalie Richards
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This one was soooo good! Creepy YA mystery thriller with some eerie elements of horror. Plenty of suspense, loved the twist! Will definitely be reading more from this author!

RadicalReader Creepy mystery thrillers are the best 3mo
BookDragonNotWorm @RadicalReader I think so too! 3mo
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Disturbed | Jennifer Jaynes
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This was quick and twisty. It felt a little unpolished at times, but I liked it.

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The Weight of Lies | Emily Carpenter
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I had to get well into this before I could decide if this was going to be a good but superficial story or turn into something a little deeper, darker and more intense. It ended up being more of the latter, better than I expected and a nice surprise. 4/5 stars

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This one was good. I liked it, but didn't love it. Well written with and plotted, just too unbelievable and I didn't 'connect' with any of the characters, which meant I didn't care much about what happened to them so the stakes never seemed very high to me, but I did enjoy reading it.

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All These Beautiful Strangers | Elizabeth Klehfoth
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I really liked this one. An interesting structure for a YA book, the point of view shifting from the teenage girl in present time to both her mom's and dad's' povs in the years leading up to her mom's mysterious disappearance. Good main and subplot, plenty of suspense!

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Complete Stories | Flannery O'Connor
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Mehso-so

I'm not quite sure what to say about this one. I realize this was written during a different time, but what did I just read? The stories were dark, chock full of racism, and kind of boring. I think maybe I missed something in my reading. She won the O'Henry and the National Book Awards and has an award named after her, but I honestly couldn't pinpoint what made her stories exceptional.

Suet624 I felt that way after reading this one. 4mo
AshleyHoss820 I‘m a bit so-so on O‘Connor, myself. 🤷🏻‍♀️😕 2mo
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The Perfect Child | Lucinda Berry
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Certain things in this book were a little farfetched, but who cares when the story is so creepy and suspenseful?!?! This is the stuff nightmares (at least mine), are made of. Give me psycho serial killers any day, but the 'perfect' child is too much for me!

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Jill | N L Greene
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Tried this book three different times now, and now I'm sure. It's not me, it's the book. Final DNF. Had good reviews, but the writing is killing me - I just can't do it. 😵

wordzie 😁❤ 4mo
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Suspenseful, eerie, and masterfully plotted, as is usual for this series, but for the first time, it felt a bit forced and a touch farfetched. Still a great story! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I didn't like this one as much as the first in the series or any of the author's other books I've read. Super suspenseful, plenty of tension and creepiness, I just didn't like the storyline. Still good, but if this was the first book I'd read by her, there probably wouldn't have been a second. The plot was intricate and well developed, just not my taste this time.

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180 Seconds | Jessica Park
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This is a departure from the type of books I usually read. I was worried it was going to be too much of a romance, but that turned out to not be the core focus of the story. This was a surprisingly touching tale and I cried several times during the book. 😭

Stephaniereads1 I recommend Flat Out Matt by her also! 5mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Stephaniereads1 Thanks! I'll definitely check it out! 5mo
Stephaniereads1 Awesome. Let me know what you think. It‘s free on kindle unlimited. 5mo
Stephaniereads1 Lol flat out love 5mo
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The Darkest Secret | Alex Marwood
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I didn't like this one quite as much as her other two. A stellar plot, but I didn't like the format as much, even though it worked well for this story. This author does not shy away from getting her hands dirty with some nasty secrets! Marwood is a true mistress of suspense.

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A little late for Valentine's, but had to share. Top line: Stoker is a regular 💓, Poe is an anatomical heart, and Kafka is a cockroach heart.

DGRachel I love the Verne heart (and I‘m not sorry we can‘t see the Kafka heart😱) 5mo
CouronneDhiver Awww, the Shelley one is cool 😎 5mo
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True Places | Sonja Yoerg
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This is the best by this author yet! Lyrical prose, deeply damaged main characters that you can't help but like and identify with, and a plot that keeps you reading! Beautifully written. 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Ten | Gretchen McNeil
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This wasn't the best YA murder mystery that I've read lately, but I did enjoy it. There was some witty dialogue and some good ideas and plot twists. It was fast paced and a quick, good read. I did guess the killer - the book is a bit of an homage to a very famous book written by one of my favorite mystery authors. I've been waiting to see this plot twist used again and wasn't disappointed!

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wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 💜 I followed! ☺️ 5mo
BookDragonNotWorm @wanderinglynn Thanks, I followed yours too! 5mo
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For a while I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this book, because sometimes she lies, so everything was suspect. It got so crazy that I thought to myself that if the author pulled it off without copping out, I'd be impressed. Well, I'm impressed!

Book_Fairy_Mary That ending! Eek! I don't know what to think! 5mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Book_Fairy_Mary I know! The possibilities.... 5mo
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This is by the author of Fried Green Tomatoes, which is one of my favorite movies, and one of the rare occasions where I think the movie is better than the book. This story was funny and cute, but had a VERY dated feel even though it's only 11y/o and was not PC towards little people. I did laugh a few times, but, sadly, this was just barely a pick for me. #Towanda

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1) For me, audiobooks don't provide the same experience as reading.
2) Reese's Cups = the best of both!
3) Milton & Marvis, Robert & Ann
4) Goonies
5) London

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CouronneDhiver Marvis - that‘s a unique name. Love it! 6mo
eanderson Reese‘s!!!! And Marvis is just as unusual and unique as my husband‘s grandma Mafalda. I love it!!! (edited) 6mo
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Mehso-so

This author (literally) wrote the book on writing mystery and suspense novels. I think most, if not all, of her books have been nominated for Agatha awards.This is the 2nd of her books I've read, and while she definitely knows how to plant seeds and plot, I just don't enjoy her writing style. Or her characters. I think it's best I stop reading her fiction, but her guide for Writer's Digest is great. (This one was about creepy dolls, thus the pic.)

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I loved Following Atticus (same author), but was reluctant to give this one a chance because I knew it was a tear-jerker. I figured since I just lost one of my dogs to a brain tumor and I'd be crying anyway that now was the time to read it. I have mixed feelings. Ryan's writing is beautiful and eloquent. I didn't find the story inspiring or uplifting like many other readers, but maybe my reading was clouded by grief. I'm glad I read it.

C.Perone Sorry for your loss...Lost my sweet Beagle in May and for some reason I'm missing her to tears tonight 😢 6mo
BookDragonNotWorm @C.Perone I'm sorry for yours. It wouldn't hurt so much if they weren't so special. 6mo
Freespirit Our dogs really are part of our family😍Sorry for your loss 6mo
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I Am Watching You | Teresa Driscoll
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When I first started this, I found the ultra formal tone of the first narrator really annoying (even though it was part of the character development) and almost set it aside for another day. I pushed on, and found myself pleasantly surprised. I liked the differing perspectives, the plot was fresh and intriguing, and I didn't guess the ending! Score! I'd definitely read more by this author.

bookaholic1 I enjoyed this book as well 6mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Once again, I have failed. I knew this was going to be a great book (which it was), and I promised I was going to take my time and make it last (which I didn't). I practically have a blister from swiping the Kindle screen so fast, but I really needed some enjoyment, which this definitely provided. Too bad I now have to return to reality. ☹️ But I loved the book, totally didn't see the twist at the end coming, 5 stars! 🌟

Lovesbooks87 Agree with everything that you said! 6mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Lovesbooks87 😁 I hope McManus is a quick writer!!! 6mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Emotional, raw and gritty. Parts of the story are told through 'podcast', which lends an interesting dynamic to the story. My only complaint is that all my questions weren't answered by the end.

CBee Yes! So many unanswered questions..... 🤔 6mo
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I'm a sucker for a killer hook, and this one has a doozy! (Slightly perverse) sense of humor required - if I laughed this hard at comedy books, I'd read more of them. Tidy little twist at the end. 😉

Book_Fairy_Mary I enjoyed this so much! Would've loved it to be a full - length novel! 6mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Book_Fairy_Mary Me too! It was over way too quickly! 6mo
allureofbeauty I liked this one. 6mo
kspenmoll I also enjoyed this! 6mo
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Turn of the Screw | Henry James
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I remember thinking I liked this years ago. Too verbose and ambiguous for my taste now. I suspect I was just young enough to be influenced by how I thought I was supposed to feel. I'm not going to micro-analyze themes, etc. I think James wasn't sure which direction would make a better story, so he left it for the reader to decide. Lame.