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Bookish_Gal

Bookish_Gal

Joined August 2019

I like big books and I cannot lie. Adventure fiction and poetry is my jam. The more diverse characters the better. Tea riding a dragon reigns supreme
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Reading buddy last night. Like Ixa to Deka, they don‘t leave alone their person. This trilogy ender comes slower than the previous. Endgame reasoning builds up good, a little too quick for things to feel settled with all the emotional damage to come of Deka. Could get really gory, which I am VERY upset over some… things happening. The ending tried to be bittersweet, though felt almost trying too hard. Yet was satisfying.

Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ 17h
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 17h
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Beasts of War | Ayana Gray
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Mehso-so

A lot going on that leads up to a big finale that felt less than such. Creative, yes, though it felt very anticlimactic. I enjoyed the book, read it quickly, though I didn‘t feel as connected with them as before. What I did enjoy was the character growth for them all. They grew older and more into themselves

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Mehso-so

I wanted to like and enjoy these short stories. Only a few of the 10 did I enjoy; Little Mermaid being one. Sleeping Beauty was a hard pass. These were darker, yes, and got creative. Just wasn‘t long enough for me to feel invested in. If you‘re looking for a quick read to satisfy your craving, it may be more for you. I enjoy longer stories.

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Gifted by my bff as their favorite childhood book.
Reminded me of Narnia and Oz, with the mystery and imagination needed. The professor gave me stranger danger at first, but grew on me. I love the many examples of how you can use your imagination to get through anything. I.e. bullies, hard times. The writing style is not a favorite, but it works well and simple for children. Challenge them to look up more, observe more.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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I have no words, just so many tears. 8 books, 2 months later; I don‘t know what to do with my book life. I care for these characters so much. I think I agree saying I prefer Aelin over Feyre. Aelin is so human, with her faults and need for dramatics. She would do anything to protect those she loves. And she loves a lot.
“Live Manon, live.” 😭 “Take it off.” 🥺

dabbe I love when a series enraptures us like that! 🤩😃😍 2w
Bookish_Gal @dabbe I don‘t remember the last time I was this insanely invested before. Off soon to CC - just got to wait for it to come in. 2w
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Too Bright to See | Kyle Lukoff
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This is a beautiful book about grief and loss. About a kid trying to make sense of the world without a family member who, now, appears to be haunting their family house. Manifesting ghosts through said grief allows Bug to figure what the Uncle needed to say as he prepares to pass. The result makes sense through the subtle hints.
Picked up because it‘s cause controversy as my library‘s new book clubs first choice.
#lgbtq

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Dolphin House | Audrey Schulman
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Historical fiction of a deaf woman who lived with a male dolphin during a research project on the brains of such animals. Also is a sexist time period. No SA, but close calls. Very emotional times through how the scientist works inhumanely on the 4 dolphins. I loved how human language was portrayed to a non-hearer. Very is well explained, with faded letters missed and lip reading.
Glad I read it before the author visits in a few weeks.

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Dandelion Wine | Ray D Bradbury
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Mehso-so

I was so confused like 75% of the time, yet I couldn‘t stop listening. The ways the words flowed together was poetic. Bradbury has an incredible way with words, in a way that feels deep. Deeper than a usual way, though sometimes too deep to understand. This story was about a boy going through an intense summer. Between the happiness machine, an old love waxing and waning for the next life, and something about grief.

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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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First off, this book is tiny small. Only disappointment is in length 22pages not giving time to really feel it. Picked up because it‘s challenged in my library.
So, it is a beautifully colored book about a boy, Julian, who lives mermaids. He aspires it so much he strips and uses his abuelas decorations to turn himself into one. No direct mention of trans, but a boy trying to be someone whom society generally says he can‘t be. Let boys be creative

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The Diamond of London | Andrea Penrose
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Mehso-so

Mixed review. I liked Lady Hester some of the time, because she was headstrong and cased her heart. Even as it wounded her. Multiple times. Through multiple men, which was kinda refreshing she didn‘t get stuck with one man. Then she turned around and fought to be who the men in her life saw in her. She tried so hard not to let adversity drag her down. That‘s what made the final bit so powerful. The last hurt more due to it. Was worthwhile.
#ouabc

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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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I don‘t understand how people said they didn‘t like this book. Tandem read. It‘s about Chaol healing from what has happened to him. But not just physical, but mental and spiritually. A lot to unpack, yet still had time for fleshing out. 95% new characters in totally new place. I love this place. I like how it was shown as “perfect society” as it slowly unraveled. Slow romance was amazing. I cried and laughed out loud. Do tandem read it.

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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
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Wowza. Tandem Read. Been a long time since I‘ve spoken aloud a wow while reading, or even having to pause while in the middle of a chapter. This was more all over the place as the ships moved. Hard to keep with locations, though the influx of characters was well done. Now I like Manon.
How does Maas do it?? End hundred pages was a new revelation. Tandem was intimidating, but the paper print made it easier.

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The Diamond of London | Andrea Penrose
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Honestly, I think this is the book club choice I‘ve found myself most intrigued by. The story of Lady Hester sounds incredible. Maybe just because it‘s historial fiction, if a woman who refuses to be tied down by society. She‘s from a family of adventurers, so why shouldn‘t she be one? I am really intrigued. These are my favorite characters; who refuse society‘s hold.
338 pages #ouabc

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TW: sexual abuse. Death.
Beyond impressed. With how sexual assault was explained; delicately yet with raging emotions. Manisha went from trying to find her voice to such an incredible woman fighting back the monsterous men. Pratyush is a walking green flag. The way the story is told, that mixed timeline, worked surprisingly good. I just can‘t with how this book made me feel. Looking eagerly for more on this Indian Medusa lore.
#RiordanPresents

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Manisha wiped her tears as they fell faster. “I don‘t know what to do. I don't have answers. But my mother used to say that life is like a ripple: cause and effect. Sometimes you have to be the drop in the water that causes a ripple that makes a change. She'd say: 'Beta, be a boulder, not a pebble, when you hit the water."
"Don't drop into the issue but splash so that the shores might feel it."
#RiordanPresents

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Fox Snare | Yoon Ha Lee
Mehso-so

Very short book with many twists and turns. Evident of Foxes. Yet this final book fell a little flat. It was too short and quick for putting together these characters and tossing in a new world. I wish there was more understanding between Min and the Pearl working with the government. Had hoped the book would have explored more. Who controls the gem that can terraform a planet in minutes? The “not to be trusted fox” or government?
#RiordanPresents

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Mehso-so

Not up to the hype, just above worth my time. The main integral part of the story, following Mrs. Chona, was what kept me going. How American puts the immigrant Jews in town against those blacks in the outskirts. The rest to of it? Hard to follow dialogue and characters. There‘s so much going on, not really connected after halfway. I‘m lost as to where the story went with the ever changing plot lines all over.

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The Assassin's Blade | Sarah J. Maas
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Go through all these novellas that made up the Assassins Blade. I can see where it said to read this prequel after the third book. Yet - YET - these would have been such a better introduction to Celeana‘s story in the Keep. This explained her plight more than “book 1”.
Underground novella was not a favorite of them, but it still showed quite a detail in who Celeana is as a person.

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This was a sweet story about an author looking to find her voice in writing. The love triangle wasn‘t fun, but I like how it was fleshed out who Dee ends with. I adore these such lovable characters, all showing their Scarecrow, TinMan and Lion(ess) characteristics. Adored the Tinman and Lion(ess) most. They were very well versed out. Was nice to see Dee grow, especially finally standing up to that awful ex.
#ouabc

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Leaving Time | Jodi Picoult
Mehso-so

Audiobook was very well done with each separate character personality. Otherwise, this is an incredibly heart wrenching mystery story of a girl looking for her mother. Though the ending twist came out of nowhere, with the hints only coming half way to me. The connection between elephants and human grieving processes was very well received. I also didn‘t know you could study grief.

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Queen of Shadows | Sarah J Maas
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Holy frick. I‘m at a loss of words. So much happened and I soaked it all up. The last books were incredible world building for this one to go full blast the whole time without any real confusion or hiccup. Usual Maas manner, built up to final 100 pages. Though here, it was earlier. I adore Rowan and am glad Chaol is over himself. Did not expect this glorious book to be so GOOD. Still not sure on Manon. I love Lysandra.
THAT ENDING TWIST 😱

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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Mehso-so

I think this is an important read. It delves into the horrors of enslaved people in a new way. Yet, still didn‘t sit well with me. Maybe that was the point. No happy needing, just horrors switching. Annis comes from a warrior family, grandmother stolen to America, and raped. Which is why I hoped more of her mom‘s teaching, of fighting, would be utilized. Disappointed in that regard. The spirit through me a loop every time she spoke with Annis.

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The Assassin's Blade | Sarah J. Maas
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My library has almost all the short stories separate. Or at least, with less time as the whole book of all has a 24 week wait. So no issue reading these.
Desert: I liked this one. The idea of the silent assassins and the Mute Master… incredible mystery at the end. Also, HORSES!!
Empire: wasn‘t too into this, as I already knew where it was going. Yes, it ached to know that. But it also didn‘t let it really sink in. Until the end. Just damn

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Heir of Fire | Sarah J Maas
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I can see why they say read acotar first. If I didn‘t already know Maas‘s writing, I‘d have stopped reading. This book is everything the series has worked towards. I held my exclamations of horror and laughter and tears through it all. Ice and fire; dragons and skin walkers; betrayal and new characters. It‘s all coming together nicely through incredible world building. So much nauseating death. Rowan compliments Aelin so well.

monibookishnerd Is this your first read of the series? Don't rant too spoiler anything, that's why I'm asking. 2mo
Bookish_Gal @monibookishnerd it is my first read through. So far this is my favorite of the series. 2mo
monibookishnerd I'm not saying more and I'll follow your updates on your reading progress :D 2mo
Bookish_Gal @monibookishnerd Haha. That‘s a way to go. Assassins Blade is next, before Queen of shadows. 2mo
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This is a reminiscence of a movie I grew up in enjoying because of how much my mother likes it. Looking at it, I am intrigued, but not heads over heels -yet.
Dorothy is looking for a place to belong. This Dorothy is an aspiring writer. After some negative publicity, she takes a trip to Ireland, which leads her to three odd companions. One of which is described as hot (not sure I like that). What I like is their fluidity; same yet different.
#ouabc

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Crown of Midnight | Sarah J Maas
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A good read, with more backstory of Celeana‘s past. Better than first. Was a bit of a drag at points, yet the mystery is rising. All this trust being thrown around… it‘s a major piece of Chaol and Dorian‘s life mixing with hers. The Kings magic thing is driving me nuts, trying to understand how it all goes along. For everything that makes sense, more questions arise. The whole portal stuff. I think I changed my mind on exploring the library.

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We Are Not Strangers | Josh Tuininga
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I love it when books include these references at the end. Historical landmarks being mentioned here, alongside the maps of Seattle, with news headlines, really help the feeling that was real. This really happened to these people.

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We Are Not Strangers | Josh Tuininga
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First off, gorgeous hc picture. This GN takes two perspectives together- Jewish man keeping his head down and his Asian “looking” friend as they are relocated after Pearl Harbor. This feels like Takei‘s book. An insight to how life was for two marginalized people, of which a new community is founded, to support the other. I wish there were more details in what Papoo did, yet it‘s understandable he kept his work secret from everyone.

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Mehso-so

First half shared amazing concepts that made me rethink racism. Very informative. The mentions of lyncing being public events was sickening. Liked the connections made between India and US caste system. It really does make sense. Could‘ve ended there. The second half lost me. Turned part memoir that didn‘t feel right in a way that is hard to describe. It didn‘t connect all together for such a long read.

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Not a favorite of all 5, but really good explaining relationship anxiety. Charlie and Nick love each other, and don‘t know who they are without the other. I liked how they handled this; they both grew separately yet trust the other all the same. The positive relationship examples were amazing. Especially this communication growth.
Implied sex. #lgbtq

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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Not bad, not overwhelming good. Maas knows how to use one whole book for world building. Which is my favorite part of any book. Celeana is an assassin brought to the Glass Castle -also don‘t like it- to fight to be the kings champion assassin. Adore her wit. We learn a lot about the kingdom and the lost magic. I see a love triangle coming. I like Chaol -no idea pronounce. Dorian gives odd vibes. Monster was crazy scary. Interested where story goes

monibookishnerd Did you also read the prequels? 2mo
Bookish_Gal @monibookishnerd Not yet. I heard it‘s best after the first three. 2mo
monibookishnerd The science behind reading SMJ's books 🤣 I enjoyed them very much and they are important for later. Not saying anything more to not spoil anything. 2mo
Bookish_Gal @monibookishnerd These books are all over the place! In a good way lol. I‘m hoping to get to the 2nd right after my current library book. 2mo
monibookishnerd Enjoy! I'm still setting up q plan for rereading to get ready for Crescent City 3. 2mo
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3.5 ⭐️-was a difficult read. In terms both of Eddie‘s past horrid life and present time dementia. Split timelines are not a favorite, and these mixed chapters showed how Eddie thought she was in both timelines at once. Great job uncovering past secrets as present Eddie remembered. I was confused where we were going, which is part the story, thou I still had trouble following. Felt like an insight to how dementia affects independents.
#ouabc

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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Feyre+Rhy is slow burn; Nesta+Cass is roaring wildfire. We know the world, now we see repercussions and horror Nesta feels she deserves and is too proud to ask for help to leave. Don‘t fully love Nes, but now I understand her depression. Which is what makes the ending so satisfying. She‘s fighting to be worth it. Emerie and Gwyn are amazing new friends of hers. Story is about working through trauma. Love Cassian.
Just keep reaching out and a hand.

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When the library loan for a book you forgot you requested because the wait is just so long.
Alright, let‘s give it a go.
Let‘s see how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system. #banned

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I see people‘s initial hesitancy, Through multiple perspectives and no full plot. But that‘s the beauty; as a Christmas special. Where characters finally get to be happy, to start healing, with the most stressful thing being buying gifts. I loved this novella. Best parts was seeing how everyone‘s healing, in own way. I love what Feyre is working towards. Pained for Nesta‘s way. Adored Insight on Cass and Az.
Pg 108 and 170: amazing

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Godkiller | HANNAH. KANER
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Mixed feelings. Mainly because it was a comparingly long time to get through. That only some start and then the end had my undivided attention. I just didn‘t get it. Mystery felt it was trying too hard. I forgot some parts of a mystery within another. Intriguing revelation of an end might not be enough for me to continue to the second book. I like the idea of a world now without gods because they became to powerful. Yet now people want them back.

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Flamer | Mike Curato
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Wowza. That was heavier than expected. Religious Boy Scout goes on a camping trip and finds himself feeling something new for another boy. The themes of bullying was so much. Aiden is bullied for his appearance, eyes & chubby. But also wonders his growing flame feelings for a boy. He can‘t like boys, that‘s a sin. Does that make him bad? Ending made me cry.
Half memoir; banned; Age: 14+
Tw: suicide, masturbation, bullying, boy jokes, almost nudity

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Love of My Lives | Yamile Saied Mndez
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When Madi was questioning if she was ovulating seeing a handsome man, I almost stoped The first third of this book is difficult to read. Madi is great, yet I wish she didn‘t want to get it in with this new guy after a failed proposal. Which she never thought of when in PR. Madi believes so much in initials showing destiny. Which disappeared. As it went through, it got lighter, easier. Manageable, not fully enjoyable. Nice to learn about PR
#ouabc

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White Chrysanthemum | Mary Lynn Bracht
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This is a difficult historical fiction book to read. The story of two sisters across time get confusing at times. As both sisters perspectives change times sometimes. The horrors of war, in simplest terms, from when Japan invaded Korea and raped girls in order to “win” their battles. Constant abuse, looking for a way home from one. The other is still searching for her sister. Heart wrenching story.
Pg: 289

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Love of My Lives | Yamile Saied Mndez
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I have to admit, it was like opening a box of the sun when I opened this up. So much bright yellowing sunlight. Felt good.
So Madi‘s life is perfect. A trip to Puerto Rico changes that outlook, as something feels it was still missing.
Not sure how I feel about the whole “engaged yet falls for another guy” thingy because of fated initials her abuela told her she was to marry.
#ouabc pages: 257

Roary47 I felt the same way for this #OUABC box. Nice and warm, but not sure about the romance choice. 3mo
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Incredible ending for this war. It went so quick yet also slow. Fast in its action packed scenes, slow meandering conversations. There‘s so much to say for such a book. So much mystery unlocked here, especially the other courts we finally see. Emotions running high, friends and foes. The ending slayed for multiple reasons. So much crying.

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas

“He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story."
She snorted.
"But I forgot to tell him," I said quietly, opening the door, "that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key."
"Oh?"
I shrugged. "He was the one who let me out."

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Oh, mother and cauldron. Beyond incredible. The first was decent, this was an explosion of everything else. I see why they say Maas is a crazed writer. This story was incredible in its slow burn and ptsd showings. I just can‘t with these bat boys. I‘m ravaged. Every single emotion reading this; crying, laughing out loud, exclaiming, screaming… Second book is everything better than first. I can‘t get over this; them. Found love, family. “Good soup”

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Murtagh: The World of Eragon | Christopher Paolini
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This book cause me physical pain over mentions of Thorns treatment in Uru'baen. Well, Murtagh too, though Throns hit differently. This whole book is about fighting for freedom from fear imposed by others will. They both grew so much. Looking back from start to finish, the connection between such a conquest is well portrayed. Paolini still writes such horrors of evil. The place they go is so chilling.
Ending gives room for potential follow up.

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Murtagh: The World of Eragon | Christopher Paolini

For he knew who he was and why he was there, and he no longer sought to fight with misery, but in pursuit of freedom.

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Wolfsong | Tj Klune
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This is Klune‘s older novels. Werewolf imprinting on human to be a mate. To me this felt borderline obsessive and controlling. Yet the love is mutual between the two guys. So, they figured it out. This relationship of through thick and thin was well portrayed. It hurt when one hurt the other, and as they hated what the other did, they still loved each other. It just dragged a lot to me. Totally not expecting the mating ritual.
#lgbtq

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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Just wow. 9hr 🫨Impressed it‘s just as good-if not better- than first. Has everything plus now a leading main mystery of Venin. Add spice, dangerous secrets, self-guilt. Violet and Xaden, my GOSH, talk like normal couple! I like how their relationship is challenged and growing. Especially Xaden. DAMN, that man. Top tier. Tairn is a still my favorite. Andarna gets to shine in her own Adolescent light. End😱😫
Rumor has it there will be 5 book total

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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Two amazing dragon books out on the same day??!!! Incredible. Both are signed? Oh My Gosh, I‘m so happy.
I barely knew which one to start first!! I remember devouring both of these books previous books.
#Murtagh #dragon #FourthWing

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Transformers #1 | Daniel Warren Johnson
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Reset timeline. New Origin story. Spoke and Carly hike across to Teletran1. Find themselves in the middle of the war on earth. What‘s starling is how gruesome this series I starting out as. Fan favorites are already killed off and humans are already squished. Let alone transformers killing humans in cold blood. Dark. It feels more grown up, and still so compelling.
#transformers