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CaitlinSiem

Joined May 2016

"Book love is something like romantic love. When we are reading a really great book, burdens feel lighter, cares seem smaller." - Steve Leveen
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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I think I love the Illuminae Files a smidge more but this one grabbed ahold of my heart nonetheless. Super interesting and fun and the characters are all what you hope they would be.

This author duo can do no wrong in my eyes.

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This is not a book you read quickly. It is incredibly immersive and dense, but in a good way. I‘ve never read anything like this book, and it makes me, as a writer, feel rather simple minded.

The author wrote a story you either will commit to or you won‘t, and he doesn‘t care which way you choose. It‘s not easy or lighthearted. It is brutal and thick. But if you‘re willing to delve into depths you didn‘t know existed, you won‘t be disappointed.

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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I somehow managed to go my entire life not knowing anything about this book (I knew there was a guy named Gatsby and a girl named Daisy and that it took place in the 20s. That‘s literally it). And I am so terribly glad I got to just sit and read and enjoy this book with fresh eyes. It‘s much sadder and darker than I expected it to be, that‘s for certain. And this novel rang truer for me than I expected it ever to. I‘m glad I read this when I did.

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown

“Martyrs are a dime a dozen.”

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Steal the Stars | Mac Rogers

We had to move quickly. So I didn‘t dare kiss you. I might never have stopped.

But, oh, the smell of your skin. Lock the door from the outside and starve us to death. I could die happily in here.

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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I haven‘t finished a book since July. A lot happened (an insane job, moving halfway across the country—in under a week, mind you—and stumbling across the man who I‘m pretty sure is IT) and I know this is all a big part of it.

WELL THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME. I FINISHED A BOOK!

This was a cute read. I crushed hard on Porter and enjoyed the overall ride.

MarriedtoMrT Loved this one! And the book also kinda mimicked what you went through...the move and the man part, at least. 2y
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A Conjuring of Light | V. E. Schwab
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Our Dark Duet | Victoria Schwab
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I have never questioned or doubted Schwab. I have more trust in her as a writer than I do in most people I know. And she did nothing to diminish that trust here.

This book had everything I needed there to be. I cried, I laughed, I was scared and nervous and angry and anxious and relieved and heartbroken and filled with hope. The villains are perfectly evil and the humans find ways to be monstrous. As for the monsters, well...

Laalaleighh I love your reviews to death! I wasn't like, sure I needed to read this- but now I am! 2y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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I loved this book. The characters were wonderfully done, beautifully flawed, quirky and nerdy, and endearing as all get out. There was nothing cookie cutter about this book.

WDMR educated me and it made me think while making my heart flutter at the same time.

I 100% recommend this book.

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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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I don't have a lot of words for this one. I loved it. Adored it. It spoke to me on an existential level. Seriously, there was soul bonding involved.

The audiobook was fantastic. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna listen to it again. Right now.

Zelma Yes! I love this one too! 2y
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I've loved everything Maas has written. I went into ACOWAR with blind faith that I'd adore it like all the rest.

I got burned. Bad.

To me, this is what earlier drafts of her other books looked like. This certainly didn't feel like a final draft. The writing was poor and messy and she forgot the show don't tell rule.

I finished it. It was fine. But it left a gaping hole in my heart where I know ACOWAR could've been so much greater than it was.

BookFreakOut Bummer, I liked it. Do you think she's trying to crank out too much too fast? Multiple 600+ page books a year can't leave much time for the writing to marinate, plus touring all over. 2y
LiteraryinLititz That's such a shame! I hate it when that happens with an author you trust. 2y
Bookworm-Bobbie Omg same!! I'm halfway through and really struggling. I've love everything else she's written, but I'm finding this kind of predictable and a bit 'meh'. 2y
victoriaburstrom Finally I see someone with similar opinions of this book as me!! Everyone seems to love it, but I feel really disappointed by it😔 2y
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This is not going well, my dudes. And I'm not talking about emotionally because of the book/plot/characters.

Maas has broken my trust with this poorly written semi-mess. I don't even know what to think of this. I feel betrayed. 😭😭😭

ScorpioBookDreams I had a few niggles with this book too. I loved it just because of the characters but it definitely had some pacing problems etc. 2y
AliBG My writing friend said "It feels like a book that was written fast--like very very good fan fiction, but fan fiction nonetheless." I think she's right. It's not Maas's usual quality. But it's also so fun to be with Feyre and Rhys again that I'm willing to keep reading... 2y
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Twelfth Night | William Shakespeare
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I rather enjoyed this play. I'm a fan of Shakespeare and this one did not disappoint. I did forget just how sassy Shakespeare was, but he reminded me on multiple occasions in Twelfth Night. I laughed out loud several times and found myself entranced throughout the play. It is one I would love to see acted out.

Laalaleighh It's ACOWAR day!!! ✨✨✨ 2y
Laalaleighh Well technically yesterday was but I haven't been to sleep yet so it's still today for meeee! 2y
CaitlinSiem Girl, I'm so crazy excited! I'm only 38 pages in but I'm already stupidly wrapped up in it. @Laalaleighh 2y
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Laalaleighh I'm working on my reread but I'm speed reading through ACOTAR to get to ACOMAF and ACOWAR. It's killing me just sitting there looking amazing. 2y
Laalaleighh Not clicking on your post for ACOWAR is killing me. 2y
CaitlinSiem It's not a spoiler about the book so much as my opinion on it lol. But I definitely say don't do it. I don't want to alter your opinion at all. @Laalaleighh 2y
Laalaleighh @caitlinsiem ughhhh I need to read faster. 2y
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Gemina | Arnie Kaufman
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In nearly a month, before starting Gemina, I hadn't finished a book. I'm not used to reading slumps, it's not something I do, but it did.

Thankfully, this book helped pull me out of said slump. It was a little slow to start but did it suck me in fast and hard when it did. I loved the cast of Illuminae and was surprised to find I enjoyed the crew of Gemina just as much. This book was twisty and mind blowing and parallel universes like whoa.

Laalaleighh Was it gut sickeningly horrifying again? 2y
CaitlinSiem I would say yes, some parts were pretty impressive on intensity scale. They don't back down from things, that's for sure. But it was SO GOOD. @Laalaleighh 2y
Laalaleighh I loved illuminate but it legit gave me nightmares. 2y
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Poison Princess | Kresley Cole
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I'm glad I listened to this on audio. I don't do dialect well so I'd have probably liked it less if I'd read it.

I couldn't get behind Evie. She did nothing for me. I liked the idea of her but she wasn't executed well enough to root for. Also, I love bad boys a lot, but Jackson didn't do much for me either. The best characters in the novel arrived toward the end, IMO.

I heard the series gets better as it goes, so I'll be giving book 2 a chance.

emoluvie I've read this series, and I have all the audiobooks. I definitely prefer the audiobooks! (edited) 2y
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I'm amped up from THE END OF THIS BOOK. Okay. OKAY. Really, the entire book amped me up.

This is really hard to write without spoilers so I'll keep it brief.

I'll be the first to say that Rhy and Kell and Lila have claimed little pieces (or big. Whatever) of my heart and I didn't think there'd be room for another (slightly a lie, my heart is divided up amongst many) and then I met Alucard. *swoon* He's in there too now (much to Kell's dismay).😏

Scott_BookInvasion I felt the same going through this whole. Such a great mystical story of good vs evil and the character development was great throughout. The final book was definitely a rollercoaster! 3y
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"I've never been a fan of farewells. Or hellos, for that matter. Unnecessary punctuation."

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I didn't read a lot of books this month, but they were all over 400 pages so I think that counts for something!

Gezemice Definitely! Long books are harder, IMO. 👍👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Lindy Do you already know what your favourite March reads will be? Or are these your February stats? 🤔 3y
CaitlinSiem And that's what I get for making this while I was tired, @Lindy hahahaha thank you! All fixed now. 3y
Lindy @CaitlinSiem You're welcome. Looks good now. 😀 3y
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This is a go-to book for me. The third, and final book, came out this week and so I started the series over to prepare for the end. And it was like coming home.

The characters are amazingly real and fascinating. The world building is impeccable. Schwab is an inspiration and her writing is to be admired and cherished. It's a wonderful fantasy novel that you can get completely lost in, that you'll want to get lost in. I love it, so so much.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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THIS BOOK GOT ME SHOOK LIKE WHOA

How is one supposed to give coherent thoughts after finishing this? Outside of it's gorgeous packaging (it's so aesthetically pleasing inside and out), the characters were phenomenal, THE TWISTS WERE ENOUGH TO MURDER ME, and I was so invested in what was happening that I could hardly think straight.

This is one powerhouse of a sci-fi novel, that has blasted my brain into smithereens, and each piece is smiling.

TrishB Great review 😀 3y
Gezemice It is on my list - your review makes me anticipate it with excitement! 3y
AmandaRS82 I agree with Gezemice 😜 3y
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[DELETED] 3216391035 Okay! Requesting immediately! 😊 3y
haileybean I loved this one so much that I'm hesitant to go in to Gemina. 3y
CaitlinSiem Thank you, @TrishB. 3y
CaitlinSiem I really hope you enjoy it, @Gezemice and @AmandaRS82. I seriously couldn't get enough! 3y
CaitlinSiem Yay!!!!! @Basia. I seriously can't wait for you to read it! 3y
AmandaRS82 It's been on my TBR list for awhile now....I might be bumping it up now 😂😎😇 3y
CaitlinSiem Right, @haileyhugsbooks? Illuminae was just so good! But I've heard Gemina is awesome, too. I have two books to read first (since A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab came out and I am dying for that) and then I'm gonna tear into Gemina. I just don't think I can wait much longer than that haha 3y
Laalaleighh I had no idea going in his creepy this book was going to be. It so messed with my head that I didn't read anything for like a month. 3y
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.

(I am positively loving this book)

Reviewsbylola This has been on my TBR for too long. 3y
[DELETED] 3216391035 Oh, this sounds good. I look forward to your review! 3y
CaitlinSiem I felt the same way, @Reviewsbylola. And I am so glad I finally took it off! 3y
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CaitlinSiem Awe, thanks, @Basia!!! Hopefully it'll be more than gibberish because it's kind of blowing my mind 😅 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 It is soooo good. 3y
melrailey Such an awesome series. 3y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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The last 100 pages floored me. So many twists and turns. I was glued to the book until the last page (which nearly killed me. Shook like whoa).

This was so entertaining! I found a new boyfriend (or two? Hmm) which always makes a read more fun. So many times I thought I knew what was happening only to find out I was clueless. And I love that.

(The film rights have already been picked up *flails for days* I am so down for this being a movie!!!)

Texreader So how do I not add this one to my tbr after that review??? 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker Loved this book! The ending was awesome and I was a little upset I have to wait for book 2. 3y
Laalaleighh I was dream casting this in my head the whole time! 3y
CaitlinSiem Agreed, @Laalaleighh! I am so excited for it to be a movie. And I can't wait to see all the beautiful people who will play these awesome characters! 3y
Laalaleighh Same! Good luck on casting Julian though. He's going to have to be perfectly cast. 3y
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This is my third time reading this novel (well, technically I'm listening to it via audiobook this time around) and I still love it just as much as the first time. Schwab is a spectacular writer (and an awesome person) and it's hard to believe that the third (and final *sob*) book is coming out next week!

Joe_Jones I'm counting down the days until A Conjuring of Light!!! 3y
Scott_BookInvasion Great series! I don't want it to end either😩 3y
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You know what I like? Books that make me smile when I close them, and ones with ships, and have a bit of my wanderlust throughout. TGFE gave me all this.

With a diverse cast, an interesting look at cool historical things, and a great book crush, it definitely kept me interested from beginning to end. Some of it was a little simplistic but that's alright. I enjoyed this book for what it offers and I look forward to the second (and final) book.

BrittanyReads Had no idea there would be a second!! 👯📗👯 3y
CaitlinSiem Yup, it's a duology, @BBL4nkensh1p 😁 3y
BookNerdBritt Yay! Also can't wait for book 2! 3y
Bette It was fun! Waiting on the second. 😊👍 3y
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When I started, I didn't realize this was written in '64. This impressed me because there were scenarios in this book written in 1964 about people in 1548 that were relatable to me, a reader in 2017. It was a reminder that problems of love and family don't really change from one century to the next.

Lymond is fantastic. I missed him when the story focused on others. I'll definitely continue this series to see what other tomfoolery he gets into.

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This novel (the entire trilogy) is beyond beautiful. Laini has a way of lulling me into bliss with her words. It's like music on the wind, dancing through wildflowers in a field.

Which isn't to say that what happens is never gut wrenching or heartbreaking. Because every character is put through the wringer. But Laini makes the ride worth the suffering.

This trilogy will always be a personal favorite.

CherylC That quote is drawing me in even though this isn't my usual kind of book to choose. 3y
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January was a pretty great ready month. Books are really helping to keep me sane from the real world crap that's been piling up. I really don't understand how people who don't read can survive. Glad I'm not one of them!

Here's to February!

mrsbatman85 Chaos Walking trilogy 🖤🙌🏻 Patrick Ness is the literary love of my life 3y
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I'm not even 50 pages into this book and I am loving it. While it's intense with it's literary references (many that I know are going over my head), Lymond is positively hilarious and smart and sarcastic and quite the antihero, and I really like him already and can't wait to see where this goes.

LeahBergen I LOVE this series. There is a companion book (actually 2 volumes) to her work that helps with all of the literary references (and poems and quotes in other languages). I didn't find it until AFTER I read the Lymond Chronicles 😒but I will use them when I get around to reading her House of Niccolo series. 3y
LeahBergen They aren't necessary ... just so you know they're out there. 🙂 3y
CaitlinSiem Oh! Thank you, @LeahBergen! I found something like it online just now. I'll use it as I go, for sure. I am already in love with it, too. I just got to the scene where we meet Will and I was laughing out loud so much I was in tears. The snark is strong with these boys. 3y
LeahBergen You're making me want to start a Dunnett! 3y
Yamich49 Ahhhhh I just ordered these on thrift books last week and am waiting for this one to come in so I can start it (but every other one in the series has come in already). 😆 3y
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There's so much in this novel that reflects how things are in reality, today.

People complain about the sex in this series but, to me, it promotes body positivity. Anita is sexually forward and positive, and it shows a woman's right to choose how she wants to treat her body. I love that. I understand why others won't, but that's their deal not mine.

Also, it touches on the small-mindedness of some and how that affects the treatment of others.

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Carve the Mark | Veronica Roth
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Well, I'm glad that's over.

Outside of the chronic pain controversy (Roth said Cyra was dedicated to friends with CP and it's exploded) this was slow and dull. I was bored out of my wits most of the time.

The bad guy was stupidly flat. Okay, most of the characters were flat but I didn't mind Akos. And this could've taken place in my mom's basement or on Jupiter for how piddly the "IN SPACE" setting/world building was.

I won't be reading book 2.

Bookworm-Bobbie I've not read this (and nor will I now) but I love this review! 😂😂 3y
gibblr Wondering whether or not you read the Divergent trilogy and what you thought of those... 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 I thought "Divergent" was horribly written but I was thinking about giving Veronica Roth another shot. No longer. 3y
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BookNerdBritt Oh no! Her short story in Summer Days and Summer Nights really impressed me and made it seem like she's grown as a writer since the Divergent trilogy. I'm still going to give Carve the Mark a chance, but my expectations are low. (edited) 3y
CaitlinSiem I was entertained by divergent and insurgent (for what it was) well enough but I had everything in allegiant spoiled for me before I read it and it was enough for me to walk away, @gibblr. 3y
CaitlinSiem I was looking forward to seeing how Roth grew as a writer as well, especially since this seemed so different than her other pieces. This could definitely be more of a personal thing. For example, I didn't like Red Queen by Aveyard at all and it was highly successful and popular. I was just never sucked into the reader's dream and that's key for me. I'm sure many will enjoy this. I just wasn't one of them. @emilydecato @BookNerdBritt 3y
BookNerdBritt @CaitlinSiem Red Queen bugged the crap out of me! I just couldn't get over the idea that no one in the entire country thought to question the idea that a 17-year-old girl has never seen her own blood when she should be seeing it at least once a month. 🙄🙄🙄 3y
clutteredbooks @BookNerdBritt seriously? Never seen her own blood? A relief I didn't buy the book! I almost got sucked in by the pretty cover. 3y
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I don't read many contemporary romances but I may read more now because I really enjoyed this one.

There was more happening than just the romance but it all balanced nicely. I came to care about the characters. Enough so that I wish the book was longer, I wanted to know what was going to become of them.

If you want a quick read that'll make you happy, make you sad, and make you believe again, I recommend this book.

P.S. Why isn't this a movie?

Beckys_Books Stacked- You convinced me! 3y
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Cerulean Sins | Laurell K. Hamilton
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I'm so comfortably attached to these characters, it's like coming home every time I read an Anita Blake novel.

Jean-Claude will forever be one of my greatest loves (I know he's a fictional character, shut up), but Asher has a fabulous yet tragic role here. And my dear Jason. I'm realizing we have much in common (you know, just not the werewolf part, or being a vampire's pomme de sang part).

I still love this series; I don't think I'll ever stop.

Elisa I feel the same way about these characters! Jason was possibly my favorite, I was happy when he finally ended up helping Anita out with the ardeur later in the series! ☺️😍 3y
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Snowscape | Patrick Ness
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A quick little interesting look into the world beyond what we see in Chaos Walking, and it takes place after the events in the trilogy. While it's not focused on our main characters, I can say that it's definitely worth the read :)

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Monsters of Men | Patrick Ness
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This left me emotionally shaking, breathless, and temporarily blinded from tears.

There's so much pressure on conclusions. As a character on a favorite tv show of mine says: "Endings are hard." But Ness did it exceedingly well.

I never quite knew what was going to happen next, how it was all going to play out, who was going to make it, or if I was even going to make it. But I did. And came out for the better.

This was absolutely stunning.

britt_brooke Excellent review! 3y
Joybishoptx Added this book because anyone who quotes Chuck is to be trusted 😺 3y
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wanderlustywriter Agreed, it was the best one. It made me sob on the subway and I didn't even care 3y
Pruzy What is the show? Sounds familiar. 3y
CaitlinSiem Supernatural, @Pruzy. 3y
Pruzy @CaitlinSiem Haven't watched it, but heard good things! 3y
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There is so much depth in TAatA. The characters are forced to grow up and deal with major issues. Even as a reader, I was torn with what to believe. I'm still in the whirlwind of whoa.

This was intense and amazing and as astoundingly great as TKoNLG (a smidgen better?). When you see both sides of a war—see what they're each fighting for—lines get blurred. Ness puts the reader right in that blurred area. And it will leave you breathless.

Joanne1 I've read the first in this series, must get to this one soon. 3y
CaitlinSiem I highly recommend it, @Joanne1. I thought it was fantastic. 3y
raelaschoenherr Such a great series! 3y
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mrsbatman85 Loved this series SO much!!!!!! Did you know you can email the publishing team for the interim books? I still need to read them, but the plan is to go back to the beginning ❤ 3y
CaitlinSiem I actually bought the newer paperbacks which have the bonus novellas in the back. I definitely needed everything. I'm loving the series already! @creepycomforts 3y
mrsbatman85 Ooh didn't know that @CaitlinSiem on the wish list they go! X 3y
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A quick snapshot of a prequel. I love the insight into one of the main characters in TKoNLG. Ness works his magic once again so that I care about them even more than I did.

That-Bookish-Hiker Oh man I didn't know about this! I'm going to have to read it now. I love this series. 3y
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Holy effing crap, this book.

The world building was great (like a slow burn, Ness gives just enough, only as much as you need at the time). Todd's voice was beyond fantastic—it may be the best I've ever read—it was insanely, perfectly, real. (I usually abhor dialogue written in dialect. It never bothered me here. Ness is truly a magician of words.)

TKoNLG builds splendidly and leaves you gasping with tear tracks drying on you cheeks at the end.

BookNerdBritt I read this book years ago and I'm STILL not over Manchee 🐕😭💔 3y
LiteraryinLititz Great review! 3y
CaitlinSiem Oh yeah, @BookNerdBritt. That positively gutted me. I cried so hard. He was such a precious thing. Todd really gets out through the ultimate ringer in this one. 3y
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CaitlinSiem Thank you, @LiteraryinLititz! 🤗 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 I've had this book for awhile and haven't read it yet. It's on my #LitsyAtoZ list and you are making me so excited about it! 3y
CaitlinSiem I can't wait for you to read it, @emilydecato!!! 3y
wanderlustywriter I love these books so much 3y
wanderlustywriter @BookNerdBritt Yeah 😭 I kept being like, wait, but he's fine, right? He'll be back right? 😭😭😭 3y
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Middle Book Syndrome is a dreadful thing that tends to happen in trilogies.

But that isn't a thing here.

This is one of those books you hug after finishing, long and hard and with feeling. There aren't enough adjectives to describe the sheer magnitude of awesomeness DoBaS possesses. The characters burrow into your heart and refuse to leave. The feelings—even on an audio reread—are astoundingly vast, from heart-wrenching to beautifully tender.

elkeo_TheBookDragon You are making me want to #reread 💖✨💕 (edited) 3y
CaitlinSiem Nudge nudge @elkeo haha. It's such a wonderful trilogy. Have you tried it on audio yet? The narrator blows my mind. 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Sadly, my brain rejects audio. I keep trying but I guess it only sticks if I see the words. I DO want to reread these though - new reading challenge/To Do list! 3y
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CherylC I'm not familiar with this series but I love that quote! 3y
clutteredbooks I have tried the audio yet! I should. One of these days! 3y
CaitlinSiem I highly recommend it, @CherylC. It's a personal favorite. 3y
CaitlinSiem I am pretty picky about my audiobooks and I absolutely adore the audios of these, @wanderful.books. Definitely worth a listen! 3y
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I haven't had much time for reading over this holiday break (*sob*) but I've enjoyed what I've read so far in this. It keeps twisting my reality as it goes which I find to be a cool thing. And Todd's voice is just so vibrant! I love that.

Chessa I thoroughly enjoyed this series (this book in particular). 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 This is on my list for #litsyatoz! I'm so excited! 3y
raelaschoenherr Such a great series! 3y
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CaitlinSiem I've heard such great things about this series so I'm so excited to finally be jumping in! @Chessa @emilydecato @raelaschoenherr 3y
MinDea I am on the third book of the series. It gets so good and so many things happen! 3y
CaitlinSiem That's good to know, @MinDea! 3y
MinDea Excited for the movie! 3y
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This was a reread for me. And it was glorious. How wonderful this story is. It's the type of book that makes you want to open the thesaurus and use every synonym for wonderful that exists—but still that wouldn't do the book justice.

This book (and trilogy) will always be a favorite. It pulls on every emotional chord I have.

And the audiobook!!! Brilliant and fantastic. The narrator is pure gold. She does the characters perfectly.

Suzze I read the first and loved it so much. I have the second, but think I need to reread the first to get it back in my mind. 3y
CaitlinSiem I would definitely recommend that, @Suzze. And they flow really well into each other. I finished this and started book two on audio earlier today and am already almost halfway through it. I've always adored this series. 3y
intothehallofbooks Yes yes yes!!!! Oh I love this series so much. ❤❤❤ 3y
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PenguinInFlight One of my all time favorite series. 💓💓💓 3y
BookNerdBritt Loooved this trilogy. Can't wait for 3y
CaitlinSiem I am so ready for it, @BookNerdBritt!!! I was so bummed when it got postponed from this year to next but I know it's because Laini is just making it more awesome. 3y
BookNerdBritt @CaitlinSiem I thought the same thing! It's gonna be worth the wait! 3y
B.Reader Ooohh I never considered the audiobook! Good rec! 3y
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The Diabolic | S. J. Kincaid
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This book was fascinating, engaging, and so twisty that my mind just kept getting blown along the way!

It builds so well. The beginning is rather mild, but then the tensions grow, the characters grow, the suspicions grow! OOF

By the end, I was a nervous ball of feels; I had no clue what was gonna happen next. And I loved it! The author really pushes characters in ways many do not, and it worked.

This book definitely needs to be read. Enjoy it!

[DELETED] 3517561138 Is it a stand alone or the first of a coming series? Because I want to read it but I can't subject myself to another long wait like SJM!!!!!!! I'm trying to decide if I should read it now or wait... 3y
CaitlinSiem It's a standalone, @Prairiehomelibrarian. At least, it's listed as one and it reads like one. I mean, there is a small sliver left open at the end, but I'm pretty sure it's just for us readers to have something to chew on/ponder over. And it's not a cliffhanger or anything major. 3y
[DELETED] 3517561138 Perfect. Thanks!! I can't wait to read it and discuss it with you. 3y
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The Way of Shadows | Brent Weeks
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Mehso-so

It lacks some world building, feels a little standard—you can tell it was the author's debut. Some of the characters were interesting—although I didn't find myself caring about many of them.

The end was full of twists I didn't see coming which was entertaining. There was a love thing that mostly made me roll my eyes, I just didn't care enough for the characters for it to matter.

I'll read book 2 at some point because I know his writing improves.

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The Diabolic | S. J. Kincaid
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In a court of people who modified their appearance to sheer perfection, he stuck out for being imperfect like a common Excess. For a long moment, I wasn't sure how to respond without causing offense. "The stars would not lie to you, Your Eminence."

"I think you are right," spoke Tyrus. "As soon as I am free of these chains, I vow to exhibit my fine looks before admirers near and far..."

And like that, the lucidity of the Empire's heir was gone.

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The Diabolic | S. J. Kincaid
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I'm not very far into this yet, but I'm already intrigued. And definitely excited to see where it goes.

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This, folks, is what we call a whopper of a book.

Even after reading this book for the third time, it still packs quite the punch. So much happens in this one. Everything happens. Everything changes.

One of the things I like most about Anita Blake is her consistency as a character. It's also something I find completely infuriating but that's half the fun. Jean-Claude is still fabulous and treacherous. There's just a lot more 'whoa' in this one.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one was my favorite of the series I think, it was such a pivot from the books that became before and in such a great way. From versus the monsters to understanding and becoming one of them. I wish her character would reach her next great epiphany and pivot again moving her current storyline forward into new territory. 3y
CaitlinSiem I completely agree, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa. 3y
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Today I get to enjoy my first snow day as an adult (one of the side perks to being a school librarian). I'm spending it curled up on the couch with coffee and a book. This is my kind of Monday! (Also, this book is hot enough to melt the foot of snow we got yesterday, hence why I'm reading inside haha)

geodynamical 😆 3y
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"Sticks and stones will break your bones, but failure will get you killed."

JoRead That's some pep talk 😊😂 3y
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