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GeekGirlOnAQuest

GeekGirlOnAQuest

Joined May 2018

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The Conjurer by Luanne G. Smith
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This was a really short story, just a glimpse into the past of the Darkling, but I found it interesting. I‘d actually really love more stories about Baghra, I find her fascinating and this story left me really wanting to learn more about her.

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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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I can‘t say much about this book without spoiling all of its many surprises, but it was quite a ride and a fitting ending to the series (so far, I hope). Let me just say that even though I didn‘t love all of the other books that led up to this, it was all made worth it to see how it came together in the end.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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What a great book! This is definitely my favorite of the Grishaverse books. I honestly wasn‘t as taken with the Shadow and Bone books, but this book has all my favorite characters from that series with a more compelling story and much better writing. I can‘t wait to start Rule of Wolves and see where this is going.

annahenke I‘ve been waiting to start this one - I‘ll have to dive in after this review! 2y
GeekGirlOnAQuest @annahenke I hope you enjoy it too! I already started Rule of Wolves and it‘s just as good so far! 2y
annahenke @GeekGirlOnAQuest oh that‘s great!! Super pumped! 2y
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I had trouble reading this book…through my tears. Seriously, I became way too invested in these characters for such a short book. I miss them. I want to know what they are doing right now. This book was magical and the characters were so charming and adorable that I didn‘t want to finish reading it! It was a satisfying ending but I really hope there is a sequel because I need more of these characters!

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I have been on the worst reading slump of my life - I started this book in October and just couldn‘t get into it. But I do not blame the book - while it started off a little slow, the last third of the book really picked up the pace and kept me reading finally! I enjoyed this take on the haunted house story - it was definitely creepy and well done.

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Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
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There is so much I love about this book - especially the female-centered societies and high fantasy world-building. I had put it off for a while due to its length, but it is a fast read and I didn‘t want it to end. My biggest criticism is there could have been so much more. The beginning has so much detail but then it seems to skip over so much toward the end. Still a recommended read though!

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This trilogy was a trip! I flew through all three books in a few days, neglecting sleep to see what would happen next. The last book was more uneven than the first two, introducing new characters and dragging the action out a bit, but it all came together in the end. There are so many more stories that could be told from this trilogy, I would love to see Ms Taylor revisit it one day. But I'm excited to begin Strange the Dreamer next!

Cheshirecat913 I loved this series too! I thought the adding of the new character in the third book did kind of tilt the book off it's path and dragged it out. Still, love the world she created! 2y
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The second book of the trilogy may have lost a bit of the magic from the first book, but it was still lyrical and exciting and a wonderful read. The ending kept building and I couldn't wait to start the third book the minute I finished this.

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This book....this book was magical. The world building was so beautiful, the language and imagery so lyrical - I was swept away and cannot wait to start the next book.

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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I loved this book. The writing style may not be for everyone, but it reminded me a lot of how I think so I enjoyed it. I felt it ended too soon and I wanted so much more for Jeannette, but it was an interesting insight into her community.

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Half a King | Joe Abercrombie
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I'm torn on this one - it took me a long time to get through, and overall it was good, but the ending ruined it for me. I'm not sure if I'm going to read the other books in the series.

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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I liked this more than Six of Crows, but I was still underwhelmed based on the reviews I had read. I actually enjoyed the Shadow and Bone trilogy more, and that was also a so-so rating.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I could not get into this book until almost the very end. I didn't care about the characters and the beginning of it dragged on. But the last quarter of the book got much better and piqued my interest in what the second book of the duology might bring.

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What a wild book, filled with creepiness and twists and turns that made it a gripping read. I loved the nightmarish take on the original story, even if it was a bit uneven in some parts.

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The Glamourist | Luanne G. Smith
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I loved The Vine Witch and wasn't sure I would be as into a book centered on Yvette, but this was just as captivating. While I missed the vineyard, the time period and the world Smith built kept it interesting. I'm looking forward to the third book to learn more about Sidra's story.

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Sour Candy: A Novella | Kealan Patrick Burke
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What creepy and disturbing madness did I just read? For such a short novella, it packed in so much detail yet kept the pacing so I was just carried along wondering what weirdness would I encounter next! I really enjoyed this and want to read more from this author!

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I keep writing a review and deleting it because I don't know the right words to say. This is a powerful book and we should all be reading more Black voices.

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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This was an education for me, and my overwhelming thought as I read it was how it could have been written today, because America has not advanced much in the 60 years since it was written. It is my hope that we are moving toward the change that Mr. Baldwin wrote about here, and that we do not waste this moment.

SamAnne This book is up next for my weekend. 3y
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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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It's a classic for a reason, even if it is dated. Lots of twists and turns, and an interesting psychological element.

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Last Light (Novella) | Dean Koontz
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I figured this would be a quick read, since it is only 106 pages, but the first 3/4 of the book dragged on. I wasn‘t enjoying it, and if it weren‘t so short I would have DNF‘d it. But I pushed through, and the last 1/4 of the book was pretty good. The pace picked up, but I still felt like it was missing something. It definitely didn‘t make me want to read the next novella, or the book the two novellas were leading up to.

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Great ending to the series - my kids and I are so excited for the Disney plus show!

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My kids love these books, and I love that they make my kids want to read more. I‘m catching up on reviews so we‘ve finished this series already and my kids asked if we could get the next series so they could read it on their own. It‘s so great to see them fall in love with an author!

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Titan's Curse | Rick Riordan
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I‘m catching up on some reviews that I haven‘t had the energy to post since coronavirus shook our world. I haven‘t read much in the past few months, but I‘m hoping to change that now. My kids loved all of these books, the were fun for me to read with them as well.

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The Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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This was an unexpected, fun, quick read. I honestly had no ideas what to expect going in, but I loved the idea of it and just enjoyed following where the story led me.

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I loved this twisted take on the Snow White story! Neil Gaiman is such a wonderful storyteller, and Colleen Doran‘s illustrations were perfect. My only complaint was that I wished it was longer!

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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I read this book in less than a day, but I didn‘t enjoy it at all. Maybe it‘s because of what is going on in the world, but the toxicity and depiction of abuse didn‘t sit well with me. I only read it because it‘s been on my kindle for a while and I‘ve been having trouble reading anything lately. This just made me sad.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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This was better than the second book, but it left me with so many questions. And the ending was a little too neat for my taste. But overall the world building won me over and I will most likely still continue to read the other books in this world to see where it goes.

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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I have too much to say for the character limit, but basically I felt let down and annoyed by this book. Alina and Mal have become unbearable to read, the love quadrangle is getting tiresome, and the plot was too drawn out and repetitive. If it weren‘t for the setting and the fact that I feel like there is so much potential for this story I would have given up on this series. I have low expectations for the third book, but will still give it a try.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m very late to the game with this series but I‘m so glad I finally started. I saw mixed reviews for this vs Six of Crows, but I really enjoyed this. I love that it‘s set in a Russian based world instead of the oft-used medieval or Renaissance setting. I don‘t love the main characters yet, but a lot of the secondary characters were such fun to read and I enjoy the world building and the magic system. Can‘t wait to start the next book!

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I don‘t normally read all the books in a series with my kids, but they LOVE these books. I have to admit, I‘m enjoying them too. The action is pretty consistent, but Riordan still takes the time to build the characters and relationships. We are enjoying looking up some of the mythological characters as we come across them and comparing these stories to others we have read. My kids definitely recommend these books!

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Finale: A Caraval Novel | Stephanie Garber
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I would love a book about the Fates, and Paradise the Lost, and the making of Legend, but I felt like the story of Scarlett and Donatella dragged on a little too long. Overall this was a good ending to the series though.

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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I actually enjoyed this more than the first book. I thought a repeat of the game would get boring, but there were enough new elements to the story to keep me intrigued. This world still feels a little flat compared to some of my favorite fantasy series, but I‘m still looking forward to starting the last book in the trilogy.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I liked this, but it didn‘t enthrall me like some of the other similar books I‘ve read recently. But it was fun, and interesting, and since the second one is available on Libby I‘ll give it a try.

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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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This was a quick, fun read that I picked mainly because it was on a list of books with main characters who deal with anxiety. It‘s a cute first-love story, but something about it felt off to me that I can‘t quite put my finger on. But it deals with a lot of issues that teens face and would probably make a good movie.

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I just started this series with my kids and it was a huge hit with the 10 and 12 year old crowd! I enjoyed it too - it‘s always fun to see a reimagining of the classic myths. We had studied mythology before reading this so they got excited when they recognized the gods and monsters as they showed up in the story. It‘s a fun read and my kids can‘t wait to start the next one.

mabell I loved this! I haven‘t read any further yet on the series, but I intend to! 3y
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The Vine Witch | Luanne G. Smith
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Wine and witches, I‘m hooked already! I loved this book - the time period, the premise, the characters - it was so good I didn‘t want it to end. I‘m looking forward to the sequel later this year.

blithebuoyant Side note, I love that Apothic Red on the left! 2y
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In the Night Wood | Dale Bailey
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I enjoyed this book. It moved slowly, there were times I felt I read a lot but not much progressed in the story, but it felt like it was layering and gradually building to the final conflict. It was creepy and sad, but something was missing, the characters felt a little flat - I didn‘t care enough about them as I thought I should have considering the subject matter.

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Beautiful writing, an intriguing story, and memorable characters - what more could I ask for? I was so glad to see the character growth of January through the story - those last scenes were wonderful. But I really wanted more from the other worlds - there seemed like there was so much more to tell. Overall I really enjoyed this though.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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My first read of 2020 and it was perfect. I love EM‘s writing, her use of language is so lyrical I just lose myself in the words. And, like The Night Circus, she created a world I didn‘t want to leave. I love books about books and libraries and this was just magical. But, like The NC, the story wasn‘t as strong as the language and the world. The last fifth of the book veered off and jolted me out of the story a bit, but I still loved it all.

ninergrl6 Same. The last part after D fell kind of lost me, but I love her writing style so much. 3y
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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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What a great book to end my year on! I loved this book - the writing style, the story, the characters - everything was wonderful. I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end!

Literary_Siren I loved this too! 3y
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Ugh, after that awesome trilogy this book was a letdown. It was okay, but I'm not sure what it's purpose was other than spending more time in this universe and getting some backstory. It was a good read for the Christmas season, but not one I'm dying to read again like the other books.

sprainedbrain Couldn‘t agree more! This one felt to me like a cash grab. 😕 3y
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I'm catching up on my reviews before the year ends! This was a great end to the trilogy. I really enjoyed this series and the twists and turns it took along the way. Too often a book will have a great build-up and a disappointing ending, but this was satisfying.

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Now this was everything I had wished ACOTAR had been! The story and characters got so much better (except for Feyre, she was still driving me crazy through most of the book) and the last few chapters had me flying through the pages to see what happened next. I can‘t wait to start the next book!

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Winterwood | Shea Ernshaw
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What a beautiful novel. The language entranced me from the very beginning and I couldn‘t put this down. I loved everything about this book and wanted to stay in its world and learn more about the woods. A great read for a cold December day!

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This was a fun read - I liked the beauty and the beast type story and the world Maas created. The writing was a bit uneven, and Feyre as a character was...annoying at times, but I am still looking forward to what the next books bring. I wanted more from this book, it felt like there could be so much more - but what was there was a good read.

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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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I wish it didn't take the movie coming out for me to find out about this book - I have always loved Stephen King but hadn't read him in years, other than re-reads of some of my favorites. I loved The Shining, but I think Doctor Sleep is even better. I'm still creeped out from reading it! But it was fun to read more about Danny Torrance and finish his story.

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Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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What a wonderful book. I read it with my kids and we all enjoyed it so much. I had trouble reading the last chapter through my tears, it was so touching - but there was plenty of creepiness and excitement throughout the book as well! I love all of Neil Gaiman‘s books, and this one was no exception.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I had read mixed reviews going into it, but it was an interesting take on the Beauty and the Beast story and I couldn‘t put it down. I‘m looking forward to reading the next book to see where it goes!

hannah-leeloo I loved this book and my fiancé pre ordered the sequal for me 😁 can't wait to read it 3y
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What a fun read! Felicity and Percy were my favorite parts of Gentleman‘s Guide - so I was thrilled that this book focused on Felicity. And it says a lot that although we‘ve come far from the time period this is set in, women still have to work harder and do more just to be seen as being equal to men in many fields. There were so many quotes in this that I loved and I saw so much of myself and women I know in Felicity, Johanna, and Sim.