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Hazel0303

Hazel0303

Joined April 2016

i want all the books - mom of two goldens http://www.goodreads.com/MLipchick
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Starting this tonight!!

I‘ve heard the pace is pretty slow to begin with, so hopefully this won‘t disappoint. I‘ve adjusted my expectations down so hopefully that helps.

#currentlyreading #librarybook

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Mistress of the Ritz | Melanie Benjamin
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Mehso-so

I gave this 3 stars. I thought the ending was great, but the marital relationship and all it's ups and downs detracted from what could have been a great novel. I seem to be in the minority though, so check it out for yourself!!

See my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2810594131

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Correspondents | Tim Murphy
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5 star read - easy. One of the best books I've read in 2019. I agree with others that this was slower paced at first and the introduction of a lot of characters in the beginning were superfluous - (however, I didn't care because this book was right up my alley and I definitely enjoyed it, but I absolutely see how this wouldn't work for others). I urge you to read it. Not only for the wonderful story, but the points it addresses.

#netgalley

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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution | Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot
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When your #netgalley tbr doubles in size within an hour. Oops...🤗🥳🤪

ReadingOver50 Yea, I got in over my head with NetGalley last year. Now I severely limit what I request from them. 1w
Hazel0303 @ReadingOver50 I know, it's addicting! I was doing okay, but I forgot in the warmer months there is more time spent outside and the little one in the house is up longer so I didn't think about how I wouldn't have as much time to read. Eeek :) 1w
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The Night Before | Wendy Walker
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Pickpick

I struggle with the psych thriller/unreliable narrator genre, but this was actually good! What I liked the most about this was that I kept wanting to turn those pages and it didn't do anything unnecessary to try and get a bigger WTF reaction (you know how some in the genre do that). The Night Before was believeable and that is HUGE to me.

Thanks St. Martin's Press!!! #arc #netgalley #thenightbefore #stmartinspress

Chelsea.Poole Ok, you convinced me...I need to read this one! 2w
Hazel0303 @Chelsea.Poole Yay! I think you'll enjoy it! This was my first Wendy Walker read and a lot of my other book friends seem to like 'Emma In The Night' better, but still liked this one. 2w
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The Invited | Jennifer McMahon
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Pickpick

I haven't written my “official“ review yet on goodreads, but I'm going to go with a pick. This honestly sits in between a pick and so-so for me, but fortunately, the ending wasn't a lame as I thought it was going to be. There was some major cheese in the middle, but there was some brilliance spread throughout too. Ultimately, I would read something else by Jennifer McMahon and that in itself is an indication of something positive.

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Correspondents | Tim Murphy
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I'm only 65 pages in, but this book is FANTASTIC. I've had it on my #netgalley TBR shelf since Christmas time and I can't believe I had something this amazing sitting there waiting for me this entire time.

The publication date moved up from June to tomorrow, May 14th. I know I'm only a little of the way in, but I think this book can really be something. I hope it continues!!

#correspondents #timmurphy #arc

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The Invited | Jennifer McMahon
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Still working on this one...haven‘t had as much time to read as I would have liked this week.

Also, using my new mug!! Bought it in Canada last week when I saw Michelle Obama speak in Toronto!! 🇨🇦🇨🇦

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The Invited | Jennifer McMahon
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Enjoying some relax time with my new library book. Have you read this? What did you think?

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I loved this book. I will need to re-read it again because the marketing quotes on the cover kind of had me in the wrong headspace going in. I was anticipating something much more funny and it wasn't. That isn't a bad thing - I just had mentally prepared for something different.

See my full review! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1997499401

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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THIS WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!!

One of the best thrillers I've read since Gone Girl.

Please read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2657492717

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Mehso-so

I thought this was well written, but ultimately disappointing.

To read my full review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2614658818

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Mehso-so

I was really disappointed in this. I thought the main characters made some very silly decisions that ultimately cost lives. Also, things worked out very conveniently. I'm in the minority opinion though - feel free to check out my full review on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2685968220

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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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My favorite of the books so far. Diana's attention to detail is something to really appreciate. Can't wait for the next one! (Although I think the 5th one is supposed to be slower...)

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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book, but I struggled with some aspects. I would definitely read this author again, but this was just so-so for me. The writing is great, but I felt the character lacked consistency and the back half declined from the very strong middle.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Netgalley and Erica Bauermeister for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

Publication Date: 5/21/19

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I‘m really, really sad this book was so short! It was SO GOOD! It was so well written, creative, funny, touching and so many other things. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a knock your socks off read!

RaimeyGallant Yes!!!!! 4mo
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Currently reading!!!

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The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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Bailedbailed

Ugh. I tried. However, I am throwing in the towel on this. I usually give something around 150 pages before I bail, but at 78 pages I could honestly care less. This story just isn‘t that interesting and from other reviews I‘ve read even the three stars say it gets quite ridiculous in order to move the plot along. That‘s all I needed. On to the next one!!

PS - my pic collaging is still a work in progress 😬

Bookzombie I use Pic Collage too. It may help you to set the size of your pic to square or 1:1 before you do anything else. I think I mine does it automatically now. This way it will be sized to what Litsy uses. I hope that helps. 🙂 4mo
Hazel0303 Haha thanks @Bookzombie ! 4mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Well my first attempt at using pic collage kind of stinks, but you get the point!! This #netgalley read was fantastic. Perfect for book clubs and lovers of Ann Patchett and Celeste Ng. Full review on goodreads - link in bio!!

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The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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Started this last night. Barely made a dent, but so far isles just meh.

guinsgirlreads I‘ll be excited to hear your thoughts! 4mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This isn‘t coming out until June, but WOW IS IT AMAZING. If you like Celeste Ng then you will definitely like this!!! Only 34% in and I am glued to my iPad.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Mehso-so

I gave this 3 stars and while I‘m glad I read it, it wasn‘t the big deal I think people are making it out to be.

Full review on my goodreads - link in profile!

LaurenReads Felt the same way 5mo
Hazel0303 @LaurenReads 💁🏻‍♀️ 5mo
emilyhaldi I agree!!!🙌🏻 5mo
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Inspection | Josh Malerman
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Look who is the lucky recipient of this ARC today from #netgalley!!!

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
LauraJ Please tell us it‘s good! 5mo
BillBlume That book sounds freaky. 5mo
RadicalReader @Hazel0303 can‘t wait the description I read off of Goodreads says if you enjoyed bird box you‘ll enjoy this one!! 5mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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My New Year‘s resolution is to get back here and post about all the books I read!! Litsy has completely fallen off my social media map. Ugh!!

Anyway, this is definitely creepy - excited to keep going. Reminds me a lot of A Quiet Place though.

BarbaraBB Good to have you back! 5mo
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I think Ben did a good job of showing where he was frustrated with Obama and the limitations of government. I also think it is something everyone should read - it educated me in many ways and helped give background to some of my frustrations with how foreign policy was handled.
Obama is a once in a lifetime politician and President. I hope we live again to see someone like him. For my daughter‘s sake.

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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Pickpick

Finished this a few days ago, but t was a busy week!

I‘m giving this a pick, but that is because I‘m going to ignore the marketed summary and just appreciate it for the book that it was. If I considered the summary too much, it left me feeling disappointed. That‘s all I can really say without giving too much away. Full review on Goodreads!

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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Early morning reading. So this is pretty good so far. It‘s definitely unique and I like the original idea of the characters seeing alternate versions of their life playing out. Can‘t wait to see where this goes.

#arc #netgalley #ifthen

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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Just got approved for this! So excited to start! The summary is very intriguing to me and at only 290 pages it will make for a quick read! And that cover!

#netgalley #arc #ifthen

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I cannot possibly express how much I love this book so far!!

Just finished reading about the Bin Laden raid. It was intense.

#librarybook #obama

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Night Before | Wendy Walker
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#arc #netgalley #thenightbefore #wendywalker

Pub Date: May 2019

Finished this in one day. Look forward to posting my review in April! 😱

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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Can I just tell you how much this book is saving my life right now???

Preparing for lots of feels bc it‘s Kavanaugh or bust for all the powerful in the world and this book helps me escape.

It is wonderful- I‘m halfway through and I don‘t want it to end. #arc #netgalley

RestlessFickleBookHoarder It's sounds wonderful! 8mo
Hazel0303 @RestlessFickleBookHoarder it really is! Comes out in April! 8mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Oh I've already pre-ordered it 🤣 8mo
Bookcation74 I have preorder this one too!! Can‘t wait! 8mo
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Well, I suppose it was about time, but they forced my hand earlier than I wanted to. There was absolutely no effort to retain my membership. None. I don‘t care who you work for or what company it is. If you‘re not fighting for each and every customer - you‘re priorities are misguided. To think, I used to be a #botm ambassador. Pretty sad!

I will still look forward to seeing what there choices are, but sadly won‘t be giving them my business.

emilyhaldi Me too!!!! Such a shame 🙁 8mo
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Angry Tide | Winston Graham
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I am really upset right now!! 🤬 I just got this email from #botm advising that my 6 credits will be lost if I don‘t use them all by 12/22. I bought an annual subscription in fall of 2016 and at no time was there an expiration on how long you could skip for. I don‘t recall that being communicated when they went to the credit system and I can‘t find anything about it on their website.

Did anyone know about this? Or get a similar email?

Alfoster No, but that doesn‘t sound fair at all. Book lovers should be able to read and buy at their own pace! 8mo
TheLibrarian That‘s crazy and I never saw anything about this before. 8mo
Hazel0303 Thank you @Alfoster and @TheLibrarian ! I have written to them and will let you know how it pans out. I was going to cancel my membership anyway, but how do they expect me to use 6 credits in two months? Even if you order a second book for the month it‘s a $9.99 charge so I‘m losing regardless. 8mo
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BookishShelly I bought a year‘s worth of credits in January and they did state that I had to use them or lose them. They should have informed you when the system changed. That‘s awful they didn‘t. 8mo
BookishShelly @Hazel0303 they don‘t charge you 9.99 for the 2nd book unless you don‘t want to use a credit. I got 2 books for October and was charged 2 credits. (Though per book a credit costs more than 9.99, I plan to cancel soon and am trying to use my credits up.) (edited) 8mo
Hazel0303 Good to know @BookishShelly thank you! I‘m going to have to try and fight for adding a second book to my October box that I already ordered then so I can use them all up. I will just use them up on previous month books 🤷🏻‍♀️ what can you do? 8mo
irre That‘s ridiculous! I‘m not renewing my membership once my credits are out. 8mo
swishandflick So shady! 8mo
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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When you‘re the first person to review the book on Goodreads and the author is kind enough to like and comment on your review!!!!

Totally made my morning!! 🤗🌞💁🏻‍♀️

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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Pickpick

This one is coming to you live in Feb 2019 and it would make a great book club selection!

Marie Mitchell is an FBI agent in the 80s and is given an assignment to seduce the President of a communist friendly African country. The challenge? Falling in love with him!

See my full review on GR: link in profile

#netgalley #arc #americanspy

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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#currentlyreading

HELP #netgalley friends and experts: I have a question. This is my first #arc that hasn‘t been published yet. Under the Random House publishing page it doesn‘t give any instructions on holding reviews or comments until the release date (Feb 2019) so am I allowed to post at will on all social media? I want to be sure I‘m following the rules properly.

Thanks!!

Reviewsbylola I always do. 😬😬 I have no idea. 8mo
Hazel0303 Haha @Reviewsbylola I‘m glad we‘re in the same boat! 🤓 8mo
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This is a MUST READ. I could rave forever about this pleasant surprise! Perfect for this time in our lives and also a great book club read! #netgalley #nooneeverasked

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5 stars for this very well researched and interesting read! It really moves quickly, which I appreciate because sometime these books can get kind of in the weeds. If you love the Netflix series the crown you‘ll love this! Full review on my goodreads page! 🔗🔗Link in profile 🔗🔗 #netgalley #princess

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So I was approved to read this on #netgalley and was so excited. I‘m still excited, but felt like such an idiot when I realized this book has already been published... in APRIL. However, why was no one talking about it? It‘s so good! Unfortunately, it‘s similar in style to Big Little Lies, but different enough where it‘s okay.

I highly recommend so far! #nooneeverasked

Reviewsbylola I have to admit, I rarely pay attention to the Netgalley release dates. 😬 This one sounds good! 8mo
Hazel0303 I think you‘d like it @Reviewsbylola Big Little Lies was very good and it definitely had substance (domestic violence, bullying). This is kind of the same formula (again unfortunate and maybe why it doesn‘t have much (any?) hype.) However, the substance is race and socioeconomic background/stereotypes. Strong writing too. 8mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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While the topic is quite unsettling (and to be honest I probably would have skipped this had I known) it was very well done and very well written. Also, the ending was spot on for me.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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So we‘ve had our second and final block of furniture delivered this week as well as our new mattress (we moved in June) so it was a little hectic and I didn‘t have much time for reading. 👎🏻👎🏻 However, I look forward to getting some time this weekend!

Here is a look and what I‘m reading right now! Two #netgalley books and a #library book. My #BOTM should be arriving in the mail sometime today too!

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Yessssssss 💁🏻‍♀️💯📚👑

#currentlyreading

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Not so fun fact to open this one up. #currentlyreading #netgalley

Megabooks Sad 😔 8mo
Megabooks Interesting fact is that most Supreme Court decisions until the 80sish were unanimous. 8mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I finally finished!!!!! There were parts of this I really enjoyed and the premise is so good. It brings about so many questions. How could you possibly live your life the same way knowing the day you would die? It would inform every decision you ever made!

How each of the Gold children deal with that information is unfortunately very depressing. But what was I expecting I guess?? Ultimately, it didn‘t meet the expectations I had set.

BarbaraBB Great review. And i agree it didn‘t meet expectations. 8mo
emilyhaldi I was sorely disappointed with this one too 😕 8mo
Hazel0303 Thanks @BarbaraBB and @emilyhaldi I just finished writing my review on GR and I think that helped me realize it was more me than the book. It definitely will keep me thinking for a while though. 8mo
Lola Glad to know I wasn‘t the only one not bowled over by this book. It was a “good, not great” read for me. 8mo
Hazel0303 @Lola you definitely aren‘t alone! 8mo
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Before and Again | Barbara Delinsky
Bailedbailed

Bailing at 20%. I just don‘t care about the hacking scandal and I have a lot of other books to read. It‘s too bad, I was really looking forward to it.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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So I‘m going to admit that halfway into the second sibling‘s story I almost bailed. I haven‘t picked this up in a month. I really liked the first sibling‘s story so I told myself to keep going. I‘m really glad I did.

#currentlyreading

cariashley Hmm, I‘m considering picking this one up next... 8mo
Hazel0303 @cariashley it really makes you think 🤔 8mo
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So the boy drama was eh, but I don‘t want to be too judgy bc the girl was in her late 20s and early 30s and I had a “relationship” around that age that was toxic and anyone with a brain would have left the cycle of, but at that age you aren‘t as confident (at least I wasn‘t) so you keep putting yourself through things you shouldn‘t.

The behind the scenes was 👍🏻. Writing 💯. I didn‘t realize the steno got to travel too. PS - I miss Obama😫

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Almost finished with this behind the scenes look from the life of a White House stenographer during the Obama years and a little after. Livie‘s zoo puzzle pieces are appropriate for how crazy some of the staffers are.🤪🇺🇸🏛✈️⌨️ #fromthecorneroftheoval #currentlyreading #booknerd #bookstagram #bookaddict

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Started this book recently and am loving it so far!! 👑🐎📚 #currentlyreading #netgalley #arc #princess

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars all the way! What a fabulous read with some really stellar writing. The first book to make me cry in quite a while. It‘s coming of age, romance and mystery all in one! Every rave review is well deserved.

Mdargusch Great! I really want to read this so I‘m glad you liked it so much. 9mo
Hazel0303 @Mdargusch You will love it! 9mo
PutnamKatie Yay!! So glad you loved it. 9mo
Hazel0303 @PutnamKatie It will be the book I rave about to everyone I know until after Christmas! 9mo
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