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IndyHannaJones

IndyHannaJones

Joined May 2016

I should be paid to drink coffee and read...
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Realm Breaker | Victoria Aveyard
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I loved this one. It seriously scratched an 'Epic Fantasy on a warm day' itch I didn't know I had.

EmilyMabb I am so excited to read this one!! 5mo
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The Bone Shard Daughter | Andrea Stewart
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This was good, not great; however, read it for Mephi (pictured above) and Jovis because they are the best part of the book.

julesG I agree! 6mo
IndyHannaJones @julesG I found the book to be a little dry....but I lived for those Jovis and Mephi chapters. 6mo
julesG Same here. Not to mention that the title of the book is a dead giveaway. 6mo
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See you on the other side, sugar lips.

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Palamedes Sextus was a saint and deserved better.

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Bloody Rose | Nicholas Eames
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This was bloody fantastic.

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Bloody Rose | Nicholas Eames

Reading an Eames book: Alright, a kick ass fantasy adventure! Wow, these characters seem complex. I'm connecting with them on a deep level. Wow, this is hilarious. Huh, that was a little heavy. Still funny though! Wait, no, stop...why am I tearing up? What is this brutal social commentary that's hitting me right in the gut. St WHY AM I SOBBING!? MY HEART IS SO FULL OF LOVE AND PAIN AND EMOTION I'M NOT SURE I'LL RECOVER FROM...Hehe owlbears.

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Going to be honest....I am sadly struggling with this one a bit, which bums me out majorly! Anyone else reading and having a hard time????

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Kings of the Wyld | Nicholas Eames
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Damn this was both FUN, HILARIOUS, and absolutely heart breaking in parts. For readers who like to play DandD while blasting Led Zeppelin, this one's for you.

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The Deep | Alma Katsu
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This book...promises so much and after 224 pages of insufferable rich people and a twist that I totally called by page 100 and has nothing to do with the Titanic (I peeked ahead), I'm just done and bailing ship (ha). I do think some people will enjoy its unique concept but good lord was it boring and unlikable for me. Although I'm a bit bummed, there's too many other books calling me name to struggle on.

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Kingdom of the Wicked | Kerri Maniscalco
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This was kinda messy BUT fun. There's a lot of exposition. Details got tangled up, as though the author had SO many ideas she just shoved them all in. There wasn't a lot of world-building or reality...Emilia is 18 in a small Catholic town and she just runs around doing whatever she wants and no one questions it...but all that being said it was quick brain candy. I look forward to the next one...hopefully Kerri can get some details reorganized.

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The Bone Season: A Novel | Samantha Shannon
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Damn. That's hot.

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Sky Beyond the Storm | Sabaa Tahir
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This left me with a lot of feels. My heart hurts to say goodbye and to leave them to their futures. While not a perfect book, it was a great conclusion...though I will say Laia pissed me off for most of it & there were a lot of threads in the series that got left to hang (Helene's healing power did nothing for the last 2 books and I still don't understand how the jinns work). Helene 100% wound up being my favorite character overall!

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Hogfather | Terry Pratchett
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The seasonal reread has begun!

Larkken awesome cover. Thanks for the reminder to hunt out the miniseries! 11mo
IndyHannaJones @Larkken I bought it! 11mo
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...i... don't know what to feel about this book. It was NOT what I was expecting. There were sever scenes that made me gag and then left me with a lot of questions. It was Shakespeare-ish... like if Shakespeare liked bugs and Romeo and Juliette were a lot more well adjusted kinda but also not

Again, not sure what to feel on this one other than I need a shower.

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The Toymakers | Robert Dinsdale

....I'm having a problem with this one. Poor Cathy...who has the character development of paper and seems to only exist to be the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl for the brothers and has one line of dialogue to the brothers' eighty....is in labor and the boys are still squabbling and being brats despite the fact that they are grown ass men. Okay, this may be a DNF soon if it doesn't get better...

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Okay....I'm not very far into this....but....does anyone else kind of find Naranpa a dumbass? She's supposed to be the leader of this organization but she has zero back bone and just doesn't seem that bright...

phantomx @IndyHannaJones I haven't read Black Sun yet, it is at the very top of my tbr list. I question when a character is presented as dumb in a story and they have an important job/role in the story. 13mo
TugstenDragon Hey I read it, I found all the priests and their organization kinda weak and useless but I liked the rest of the book 11mo
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What a gorgeous book. Alix has a beautiful, beautiful way with words and I kinda think this book made me a better woman. It is a little long, but I can't think of what I would edit out. I'll be thinking about Agnes, June, Bella and their ways for a long time.

kyraleseberg I just started this yesterday and it has been tough to put down! 13mo
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If I ever have a daughter, I'll tell her, 'Give 'em hell, baby girl'.

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Ow. My heart hurts. This was sooooo damn good. Messy and long and brief and poignant and funny and sad and so like life. God, it was beautiful.
I tried to get an artsy photo but Ella decided she wanted to be in the photo.

AlaMich That face!! 🐶❤️ (edited) 13mo
CaffeineAndCandy sᴏ ᴄᴜᴛᴇ 13mo
LeahBergen Ella! 😍 13mo
IndyHannaJones Ella is indeed the cutest 13mo
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This book is so special

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I'm concerned for our main character's sodium levels because it feels like ALL she does is eat instant noodles. This is skippable...just...boring and predictable with a flat main character who exists at the same level of complexity as a lot of C Horror movie victims. The cat's great though...

Michael_Gee 😂 14mo
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I'm taking a much needed day off to spend with my husband and this is how I'm getting started. Getting all those spooky vibes...

LeahBergen I love your little plague doctor mug! 14mo
IndyHannaJones @LeahBergen thank you. Back when quarantine started a local artist did a big campaign with them and I had to snag it. 14mo
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Look, this book isn't for everyone. It's pretty bleak...a lot of teens casually getting eaten in a dark purgatory-ish 'school', a lot of info dumping about the political maneuvering within the school, a lot of info dumping about how the magic works...but gosh darnit I loved El and her motley crew. El's snark and nuanced inner battle against her naturally evil abilities just made this book addicting to me and I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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Holy hell, I loved this one. Lou is so sassy and I love the French/Catholic/Pagan world building. Definitely a little tropey and the phrase 'my husband/my wife's appear five million times but God I loved it. It was fast paced, immersive, and kinda Christmasy? Most of the main action takes place around Yule sooooo I'm not complaining about the description of wreathes and cold weather...

phantomx @IndyHannaJones Omg! Your review makes me wanna read the book ASAP to get some feels for Christmas 1y
IndyHannaJones @phantomx it's about half way through the book and it's not a huge part of the story but they talk about St. Nicholas day and there's some descriptions of the festival 1y
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I think this book deserves more love. It was a quick, atmospheric read that got pretty damn dark and gorey (trigger warning for self harm). I loved the setting and characters and the ending opened up some fascinating opportunities for a sequel...I would say that the pacing was off and it seemed rushed...the major tension didn't happen until about 60% in but then it happened all at once. Overall, very entertaining and I look forward to the sequel

Gizmo86 Love this picture ❤️ 1y
Croissonter Those eyes 😍 1y
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The Year of the Witching | Alexis Henderson
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I really liked this one! Fantastic witchy imagery and suffocating, but sadly familiar, restrictions for women. I do wish we had spent more time actually in the woods with the witches...and I'm not sure I loved the way the witches were treated. But for a first novel, it was lovely and I would love a sequel.

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The Year of the Witching | Alexis Henderson
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Guuuuys....this book is, like, really awesome.

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The Sin in the Steel | Ryan Van Loan
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I finally finished this one.This has potential. Ryan, thank you for your service in the army. I think doing 6 years in Afghanistan positively impacted your ability to write about war; however, this was convoluted. Buc was such a bitch. There was that weird guy tone of 'oh she's not like other girls'; this is NOT empowering to women. Women like other women. It was kind of a mess, BUT...I do believe he's early in his career and will get better!

IndyHannaJones The concept was really cool but gawd there was some weird/cheesy sentences. Idk...it could be the start of a great series, but I was so happy to finish it. 1y
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The Angel of the Crows | KATHERINE. ADDISON
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This was just Sherlock Holmes with occasional mentions of magical creatures and the Sherlock character had wings. While charmingly written, there was no major tension other than the Ripper case which had an unsatisfying ending. Maybe there's going to be a sequel because there were A LOT of loose ends and things mentioned that never came up again. If you love Sherlock, give this a try. If you are looking for an original work of fantasy...pass.

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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So. This book. I'm not 100% sure what I should think. It's saving grace was the main character. I'd love to read more with her. This book got bizarre. It was fun, but sorta missed the mark in a way. Honestly, it could've taken place anywhere...I wanted more Mexican folklore/influences...and I'm still kinda confused about what actually happened. Solid B+ I guess?

That-Bookish-Hiker If you want more Mexican folklore then I suggest you read her book 1y
IndyHannaJones @That-Bookish-Hiker read it. Want a sequel. 1y
That-Bookish-Hiker @IndyHannaJones awesome! I want more Mexican folklore too after reading her books. I‘ve searched but sheesh it‘s hard. 1y
phantomx @IndyHannaJones Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut collection This Strange Way of Dying contains short stories filled with Mexican Mythology. Also, there's also her vampire novel Certain Dark Things, that follows the Mexican Folklore of vampiric gods and blood drinkers. 1y
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Oh my glob...these books. Ow my heart. I need more [error]. This was a magnificent ending to an incredible journey. Book 1: Creepy ass space horror. Book 2: Scifi Action. Book 3: EMOOOOOTIONS AND CHILLS. I [error] would love to see this as a tv show.

Am I not merciful?...says Ella

MsMelissa Awesome review! Well played 😊 1y
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Gemina | Arnie Kaufman
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I love this series! Admittedly, I like the plot if the first one better because it's so damn creepy...but I love Nik and Hanna (and not just because she spells her name thr correct way/does martial arts). Aiden is...in a strange twist...BAE.

MsMelissa This trilogy is fantastic! The first book ended up my favourite, but all three are good. AIDEN is my favourite 😊 1y
LibrarianRyan Book 2 was my fav. Espically because as someone who studied physics I didn‘t see the end coming. I was like whattttttt. I totally missed that and loved every bit of it. 1y
IndyHannaJones @LibrarianRyan the physics made my brain hurt...but in a good way. Like muscles after a hard work out haha gotta stretch those brain meats... 1y
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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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I have to say I'm actually really disappointed with the ending. The story was CREEPY until about the last 25% where I feel like everything was wrapped up way too neatly. 'It was actually the neighbor lady sneaking into your room telling you you were going to die and you thought she was a man and we don't really know why she would do that other than she was superstitious and German?'. Entertaining, but I wish it had left me with more chills.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Sweet fancy moses, this book was awesome. It did take me a little bit to get into the style, but then I was totally sucked in. The visual elements really add to this hilarious, absolutely terrifying, heart breaking story. Can't wait for book 2!

Am I not merciful?

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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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Hey book lovers! If you are ever in Franklin, TN come and check out Landmark Books! You never know what you'll find and it's a great local business to support!

Lesanne My parents live there (I‘m in North Carolina), I‘ll have to check them out next time I visit! 1y
IndyHannaJones @Lesanne the owner is a really sweet gentleman! 1y
Bakingbookworm I adore ‘Anne with an E‘. She‘s a Canadian classic. 🇨🇦❤️ 1y
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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...this...uh...may be a little too on the nose here....

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Aurora Burning | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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OMFG THAT ENDING!!!!! WTF AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MYSELF NOW!? JESUS CHRIST..I LOVE YOU AMIE AND JAY, BUT I ALSO REALLY HATE YOU.

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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Ow. My heart. Mothercustard, this was both really fun and really heart breaking. Jay Kristoff has that gift, I suppose.

Also now I'm eyeballing my succulents with suspicion....

phantomx I just started reading Aurora Rising, and I am loving every second of it! Cat really cracks me up 1y
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Sooo...I'm still not exactly sure what happened, but it was fun...like a messy night of drinking with good looking people that you can't quite remember their names the next day. Lighthearted and fast, I love Pocket even if I feel like this could've actually used a few more chapters and a little bit more significance...more ends tied up in a significant way? But...hey...we did a few shots together and I'd love another book with Pocket and Cobweb.

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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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I think this series has a lot of promise. The magic, creepy woods and creepy town are ingredients for a fun, spooky supernatural thriller; however, the relationship drama bogged it down. It wasn't instalove which was refreshing... it just went on and on and the Beast kind of got left in the woods checking his watch, wondering when he got to go on. I hope that since some of the FEELINGS got figured out, the 2nd book will be a bit more magical...

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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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So far, so good on this one. I'm pleasantly surprised by how creepy and engrossing it is so far....I love the witchy feel and the deep, dark wood vibe. Let's hope it keeps up!

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Carpe Jugulum | Terry Pratchett
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I don't know why it took me so long to read this one...I believe Sir TP's books are all special, full of laughs and sass and wisdom. This one definitely is up there with the more specialy-iest. Not only is it an introduction to the Wee Free Men and their ludicrous insanity, it's a reflection on faith, folk lore, knowing your own mind, and how do we make choices that are right and wrong. Plus vampires. And Igor. Yeth, mathter....

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So, we think it's time to read a very different kind of vampire book...🧛‍♀️

ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 2y
odeofrhythm Pardon me but I read your name as... Indyaana Jones 2y
IndyHannaJones @irhythm_ 😉 because I'm a wild adventurer 2y
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Mehso-so

Ella and I really are not sure what to feel about this book. On one hand, it's entertaining and a brilliant concept. On the other, I think it could've been executed a lot better. Not enough book club, not enough creepy vampire moments...the 'vampire' in question didn't feel 'vampirey' one but...not enough female empowerment, and don't get me started on Grady's lazy choice to use sexual violence against women as a plot device. So. I just don't know

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Ok, I was really feeling this book...
Despite the infuriating husbands...but then one of the main characters gets RAPED by the bad guy as a threat and he finishes inside of her and it kills her. How many times do we have to say thos? SEXUAL. VIOLENCE. AGAINST. WOMEN. IS. NOT. A. PLOT. DEVICE. It serves no purpose other than to put the threat on the main characters...they were already threatened...and to be really gross.I thought you were better.🤬

IndyHannaJones And don't forget the 17 old child who is sexually assaulted... 2y
Librarian_Jack Your feeling about this book seems shared by many. I was so disappointed 2y
IndyHannaJones @Jack_the_Comix_Librarian I'm so angry! We were going along so well and then Grady's like 'hmm...you know what's spooky??? Rape! That'll motivate those gals!' But Grady, they were already pretty motivated. 'Nah, nah,nah. Rape. It's super sppoooookkkky!' Fuck off. 2y
Librarian_Jack @IndyHannaJones Plus, like...the story was ALREADY dealing with rape? I mean, this guy makes people chemically unable to resist as he uses their bodies for his purposes...why take it further than that? 2y
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My lord, the men in this book need to be slapped upside their heads. Good gravey....

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This beauty came in the mail yesterday and I started it over very healthy oatmeal (gold star to me) but I actually have to go to work for a little while and that SUCKS...(see what I did there?)

BehindthePages I really need to read this one. I see this all over Litsy! 2y
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The Dragons of Nova | Elise Kova
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Stayed up past my bedtime to finish this one...loved it even more than the first one. The writing can be clunky in places, but it's action packed and rather sexy in places. You can't help but love the characters...even the bad guys...and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next book. And that's all I gotta say about that....

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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As a fantasty, I loved it. The world building is tricky and takes patience.There's references to languages/ religions that you just have to figure out. I loved the characters.There were some laugh outloud moments. As a radical look at gender, ugh. Tsira/Jeckran's relationship, while sweet, was creepy. The traditional gender roles were switched but the 'fem' character was treated as cute and viewed in a weird submissive sexual condescending way.

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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Welp, I honestly kinda thought about putting this aside for now....but things have definitely picked up a bit😂

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