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FairyHighRoad

Joined January 2017

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A very cute cozy mystery. It‘s the second book in a series but it could be read alone. I look forward to reading more of Callie and her Boston Terrier, Daisy. Plus I‘m a sucker for any book with a Boston. #NetGalley #DogsOfLitsy

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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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A quick read that fans of true crime podcasts will love. Josie‘s father was murdered when she was a teen and her twin sister‘s testimony convicted their neighbor of the crime. Twelve years later, a podcast reexamines the case and Josie no longer knows who actually killed her father.

It was pretty obvious how the ending would play out, but I still wanted to keep reading and see when Josie would come to the same conclusion.

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So excited to start this book!! ☠️ #ssdgm #mfm #murderino

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Small Sacrifices | Ann Rule
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I‘ve been in a book slump this past month. I‘m hoping the true crime queen leads me out of it with the insane story of Diane Downs and her 3 children.

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I forgot how much I loved the first book in this series. This book devastated me and I can‘t wait to continue the story.

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Murder Lo Mein | Vivien Chien
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I absolutely love the Noodle Shop Mystery books. Lana‘s family restaurant enters a noodle contest and murder is on the menu. Lana and her adorable pug, Kikko, are on the trail to find the killer.

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A highly detailed book about the murder of Sherri Rasmussen and how a cold case was solved 23 years after the attack. I first heard about this case on the Casefile podcast which featured the murderer‘s police interview. McGough dives deep into this case and features the murderer‘s own diary entries and case file notes. #NetGalley #arc

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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A sweet love story between the son of America‘s first woman president and the prince of England. If only the 2016 election had a similar result. #arc #NetGalley

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I first heard of the trial of Harry Thaw on My Favorite Murder and Criminal podcasts. Thaw murdered Stanford White for allegedly raping his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, when she was 16. Was this a justified killing or did Thaw have even darker secrets in his own closet? Baatz provides details into Thaw's trial and the aftermath. Evelyn becomes a bit of a side character and I wish more information regarding her was in the story. #mfm

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A fast paced thriller featuring two storylines - one deals with two teenagers raised in isolation and the other tells of a wealthy woman who no longer trusts her artist husband. The stories merge in a fascinating ending. #arc #NetGalley

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A great sequel in the Seaside Cafe Mystery series. Everly Swan hosts a wedding reception for her childhood friend. Swan's local tea shop is once again the scene of a murder. She now has to help find the murderer among a crowd of out of town guests, a noisy reporter, and a shady business partner. Baker does not disappoint and I can't wait to read the next book! #arc #NetGalley

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Live and Let Chai | Bree Baker
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A wonderful start to a new cozy mystery series. A prickly customer is found dead at Everly Swan‘s beach front tea shop. It‘s assumed her tea was poisoned. Swan is determined to prove her innocence and find the real killer. I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series. ☕️ 🏝 🐦 🐱🐚

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The Marble House and Belcourt mansions were always my favorite mansions in Newport. I was amazed to learn that Alva Vanderbilt Belmont lived in both mansions when I first toured them. This is the fictionalized story of Alva and her determination for a good life for herself and her family. There was a bit of a lull in the middle of the book, but I really enjoyed when the construction of Marble House began. #netgalley #arc

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An entertaining novelization of Harley Quinn's backstory. This story features Dr. Harleen Quinzel (pre-Harley) along with the Joker, Batman, Poison Ivy and other Gotham favorites. I would love a sequel that focuses on Harley and Poison Ivy's relationship. I always thought that was more interesting than her relationship with the Joker. ♦️♣️💋🃏

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The Red Room | M. S. Morris
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A psychological thriller with an obedient wife and a seemingly perfect husband. Their perfect life in a small village completely changes due to one letter in the mail. I wish the ending was different, but overall I really enjoyed this book. #NetGalley #arc

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Queen of the Unwanted | Jenna Glass
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Bailed at 30%. This is the 2nd book I‘ve read that claimed to be “feminist” literature and I‘ve been greatly disappointed. I thought this book was going to be about women claiming their own power, but it‘s mostly rape and misogyny. #arc #NetGalley

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This is the second book in the Very Cherry Mystery series. I didn‘t enjoy the story as much as the first, but it‘s still a very good cozy mystery. A famous and temperamental artist books a room at the Cherry Orchard Inn. Whitney must deal with the artist‘s bad temper and another murder scene in her business. I look forward to reading more about Whitney, Jack and the two goats! #netgalley #arc

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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What did I just read? Don‘t promise me a “feminist dystopia” and give me this crap. If anyone is interested in real feminist dystopias, I recommend Red Clocks and The Power.

Alfoster Agree! I was disappointed with this one too! 4mo
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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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A western/fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty is the best way to describe Unbury Carol. It's a departure from Bird Box but I really enjoyed this story. The interesting characters and world Malerman created are unique and entertaining.

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A great retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan. This book stays very close to the original story, but I love Jane Austen's story so I didn't mind. #netgalley

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The Spectators: A Novel | Jennifer duBois
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Pretentious much? duBois wants you to know that she took a SAT prep class and remembers those vocabulary words.

Joking aside - I bailed at 25%. The Spectators reads like two different books held together by one tiny thread. I enjoyed the present day story a bit more and wish that was the focus of this book. #arc #netgalley

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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I stopped reading at 60%. I thought this would be more sci-fi but it reads more like a general fiction book with a sprinkle of sci-fi. Four people in a small town see visions of a parallel universe. They start to question how they are living their lives. The story was a bit mundane and I didn‘t really care why the visions happened or how the books ends. #arc #NetGalley

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You will hate the main character in this book. Catherine West is a wealthy woman in her early forties. She reminds me of an older Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl - a rich girl from the Upper East Side who has no idea how the rest of us live.

Catherine lives a totally carefree life in NYC until a person from her past reintroduces himself. Despite the annoying protagonist, the story was interesting and I did want to keep reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Drawn and Buttered | Shari Randall
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Drawn & Buttered is the 3rd book in the Lobster Shack Mystery series. Allie is a ballet dancer recovering from an injury and helping her Aunt Gully run her lobster shack. Between serving lobster rolls and chowder, Allie becomes tangled in a murder mystery. 🦞🦞🦞🦞 #arc #NetGalley

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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An interesting concept that didn‘t quite land. A sleeping sickness quickly spreads through a college town. No one knows how it spreads or where it originated. The writing is beautiful but the ending leaves much to be desired. I was left with more questions than answers. #ARC #NetGalley

aeeklund I felt the same way! 6mo
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White Stag | Kara Barbieri
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White Stag jumps right into the goblin world from page one. A mixture of Vikings and Labyrinth, Nordic folklore is very prevalent. Janneke, a human girl, is taken and raised by goblins. She tries to maintain her humanity while surrounded by magical creatures. I quickly fell in love with Janneke, Soren, Seppo and Rekke. There is a lot of graphic violence and rape so it‘s not for the faint of heart. #netgalley #arc #recommendsday

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My one resolution was to not buy any more books until I get through my TBR shelves and NetGalley ARC‘s. That ended the moment I saw this book at Barnes and Noble! ♦️♣️🃏💋

BookishMarginalia 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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My #Goodreads #YearInReview - I spent most of my holiday break reading all 992 pages of Kingdom of Ash but it was worth it! 🎉 🥂 🍾 Here‘s to more great books in 2019!!

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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas
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I love any book that brings Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn together. ♦️♣️🃏🔫 💋

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Beautiful Corpse: A Mystery | Christi Daugherty
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I absolutely loved this book! I didn‘t realize that it was a sequel when I requested it from #NetGalley but I think this story can stand alone. Crime reporter Harper McClain is on the scene of a young woman‘s murder in the popular tourist district of Savannah. While the police suspect the victim‘s boyfriend, McClain looks into other leads that bring her face to face with a killer. I can‘t wait to read the next book in this series. #arc

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Star-Touched Stories | Roshani Chokshi
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Star-Touched Stories consists of 3 short stories that take place in the world of A Crown of Wishes and a Star-Touched Queen. I was excited to read more about Vikram and Gauri. Chokshi‘s writing is beautifully lyrical. I love being immersed in this magical world. ✨ 👑 ✨

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This is a cute, supernatural cozy mystery. Australian photographer Lily is hit with a double whammy when she finds out her brother is missing and she‘s a witch! She travels to England to help her sister-in-law find him and learn more about her powers. It was a bit obvious at who the kidnapper was but I still enjoyed the story. #arc #netgalley

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McKay wrote a descriptive narrative that mixes true crime and Victorian social norms with the emergence of a middle class. A decomposed body is found in the basement of a boarding house. The owner and his family are soon questioned as well as a former maid. McKay goes on to explain how an investigation, trial and prison sentences were carried out in England during the 19th century. #arc #netgalley

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I picked some spooky reads from #NetGalley now that it‘s my favorite time of year - Halloween!! 🎃 👻 💀 🔪

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The Whispered Word | Ellery Adams
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This is the 2nd book in the Secret, Book & Scone series and it picks up right where the 1st one ends. I did enjoy the first book more than this one - I felt like this story dragged on a bit. Nora is a book shop owner who discovers a mysterious young woman looking for work in her shop. This leads Nora and her new friends to a dead body, suspicious new business and an impressive book collection. Overall this was a decent cozy mystery. #netgalley

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Death and Daisies is the 2nd book in the Magic Garden Mystery series. I didn‘t read the 1st book in the series, but had no problem following the story in this book. Death and Daisies is a cute cozy mystery about Fiona Knox. Knox is trying to find her footing in her new Scottish home when a prominent figure in her village is murdered and she is right in the middle of it. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. #arc #netgalley

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The Spite Game | Anna Snoekstra
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The Spite Game is Mean Girls all grown up without Lindsay Lohan‘s prom speech when she gives pieces of the tiara to people. Ava was desperate to join the cool girls in high school until they embarrassed her one night at a party. Years later - she gets her revenge. Snoekstra‘s writing kept me wanting to know what‘s going to happen next the entire time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc #NetGalley

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Litsy has this ARC as “Miracle Submarine” but I think the title will be changed to “Miracle Creek” (publishing date: 4/16/19). This is a court room drama/thriller that deals with immigration, autism, parenthood and family. Kim handles these subjects exceptionally well all while creating tension and keeping the reader guessing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc #NetGalley

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I stopped reading about 25% in. I didn‘t read the first book so that may be why I found this story too disjointed. There was a robbery, abandoned dog and a murder all within the first few pages. I thought the story would flesh out soon after but it just was too much at times. I do love the cover though! 🐶 #arc #NetGalley

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Congrats @LaurenReads for reaching 100k!! My favorite nonfiction book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I read the hard copy and listened to the audiobook. He had me crying with laughter. 😂 #hundredgrand

Cinfhen Great book 10mo
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One That Got Away | Joe Clifford
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This is one of my favorite galleys I received from #NetGalley. The story kept me guessing the entire time. One girl was found kidnapped, bound yet alive while another girl was kidnapped a few years later and was never found again. Alex is the survivor & returns to her hometown to find out what happened to the second girl. The problem is everyone in this town has a secret. #arc

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I never read Helter Skelter so this book had a lot of new information about Manson, his followers and their killings that I didn‘t know. I enjoyed the details regarding the various parole hearings and Manson‘s own children and grandchildren. I was very surprised to learn that Manson wasn‘t a Trump fan during the 2016 elections. I thought sociopaths would be drawn to each other but I guess not. 🤷‍♀️ #MFM #ssdgm

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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The Poppy War reminds me of a Chinese-inspired version of The Name of the Wind and a bit of Red Rising. I wish it spent more time at the academy then on the war, but overall it‘s a wonderful fantasy read. TW: There are very violent scenes in some parts and rape is also described.

Yeah_I_Read I also thought it was reminiscent of The Name of the Wind! ❤️ 11mo
JazzFeathers I bailed on it halfway through. Maybe l'm too much of a demanding fantasy reader, but while l found the beginning at the village wonderfully new and refreshing, l found the acadamy part bit of the same old story. But l pushed on, wanting to see where it was going. The first battle was so unrealistic that l just couldn't take any more. Sorry, it didn't really work for me. 11mo
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I love that The Office was referenced in someone‘s resignation letter! Who would have thought that we could all learn some life lessons from Michael Scott.

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I‘ve been in a bit of a book slump so I‘m going back to some Ellery Adams. She never lets me down!

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I went to my local casino to gamble and it turned out it was ComicCon. I met King Ezekiel from The Walking Dead (with a photobomb from Iron Man). 🧟‍♀️

Eyelit Fun! 11mo
sprainedbrain Well that‘s awesome! 11mo
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Meg is the perfect campy, summer book. It‘s a fun and fast read that‘s great for the beach...if you‘re brave enough to get in the water! 🦈 #recommendsday

Seekingtardis I loved the book and I can not wait for the movie this weekend!! Even though I know it‘s going to be 100% different. 11mo
FairyHighRoad @Seekingtardis me too! I can‘t wait to see the movie. 11mo
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I really enjoyed The Last Time I Lied. It reminded me of a B-horror film. Four girls are assigned to Dogwood Cabin and three of them go missing. Fifteen years later, the surviving camper goes back to Camp Nightingale to find out what happened that night. Camp Nightingale isn‘t as scary as Camp Crystal Lake, but it‘s still creepy!! 😱

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This book was a wild ride. Part true crime and part memoir, it reminded me of I‘ll Be Gone In The Dark. Appelman goes down the rabbit hole of investigating who was the Oakland County Child Killer who killed 4 kids between ‘76-‘77. Appelman uncovers a pedophilia ring that involves wealthy & powerful men, local cops & suspicious suicides. I hope this leads to a suspect like The Golden State Killer. #netgalley #arc #ssdgm #mfm

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Surprise Me | Sophie Kinsella
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I usually love Kinsella‘s books and her characters crack me up. This book was a big disappointment. The plot is basically a married couple finds out they are very healthy and will probably live a long time. This causes them to spiral into worrying about what they‘ll do for the next 65+ years. Just count your blessings for great genes and go about your day! At least that‘s what I would do.

Reviewsbylola Yeah, the plot sounds boring! 12mo
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