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JessTedrick

JessTedrick

Joined April 2020

Mainly YA, horror, and dark fantasy with some classics and lit fic for street cred.
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Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
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The Hawthorne Legacy | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I actually may have liked this sequel better than the first one. Super quick and engaging read!

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Loved it! It took me awhile to get through because it was making me so anxious to read. The writing is amazing and the twist is perfect.

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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Really enjoyed this book but wished that the ending had been a bit ….more. There felt like a lot of loose ends, things to be done. Good set up for a sequel but I‘m not sure there is one planned.

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Carmilla | J Sheridan Lefanu
Mehso-so

Kind of expected more.

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I really enjoyed this one. If you liked Knives Out, you‘ll like this. Perfect for a chilly night.

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The Herd | Andrea Bartz
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Not too far in yet but it‘s so good!

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
Mehso-so

Please don‘t come for me.
I just thought the “twist” at the end was dialed in. There wasn‘t enough attention paid to it to leave me feeling like it even was one. It felt like throw away information.
I liked Hoover‘s style and will read something else from her but this one just didn‘t do it for me.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Just started this and oh boy.
Considering the amount of people at the bookstore who tried to load me up with it Colleen Hoover books as I went for this one, I am excited to start reading her.

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An interesting book. It‘s only 103 pages, and it‘s probably important to remember that it was a talk, turned pamphlet, turned book written in 1973.
The most interesting parts weren‘t what I had expected (the correlation between “witches” and practical healers) but the discussion of how class/race played into the demonization of women health care workers.

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I enjoyed this way more than I had anticipated. A really fun book.

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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There were some serious stylistic pet-peeves to overcome for me in this book but the plot kept me going.

I was fully prepared for this to be a DNF but once I was in, I was IN. Seriously, if you like a con artist plot, satisfying character arcs, and a lot of secrets then this is the book for you.

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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Ok, I‘m all in.

It was a rocky start and I still have some issues (all the parenthetical narration!!!) but the story itself is now so intriguing that I can‘t put it down.

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Ohio Book Store | Cincinnati, Ohio (Bookstore)

I‘m craving something new and since it‘s out of my usual genres, I‘m asking for some recs.

I‘m looking for a nice low-stakes story. Small towns, maybe beach vibes or woodland vibes, female friendships, not romance per se but some is fine.

Does anything exist that is a beach town or “finding yourself in a small town” version of a hallmark Christmas movie?

Help!

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown

I‘m four paragraphs in and there is already a phrase that has been reused. It‘s a book pet peeve of mine- double words and too many uses of the same or similar phrases.

Nit-picky, I know.

What are your book pet peeves?

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It took a bit for me to get into the story but once I did, it was a fast read. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Took me a bit to find my footing and get into this but I‘m 200 pages in and I think about it when I set it down to do other things so 🤷‍♀️

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Really liked this one.
If you were an insufferable English or Fine Arts student, or a fan of dark academia, lover triangles, murder mysteries, and Shakespeare, you‘ll like this.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I couldn‘t do it.
I skimmed ahead, I‘m happy with my choice.
The concept is great. The writing is not, but I‘ve seen it argued that this is on purpose. The characters are all awful. Not as in they are bad or flawed but that they are boring and one-dimensional.
And I stand by my statement, Ava is the worst. Full of herself, self-centered, judgemental, posturing, and a toxic friend.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Halfway through and I have to say, I‘m rooting for the Bunnies.
Ava is the worst and I‘m aware that‘s possibly an unpopular opinion.
🐇

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo

I can‘t seem to get invested in any books recently. The past few I‘ve read or tried to start reading have left me disconnected and in a rut.
I need a series that grabs me, I think. Something I can work my way through.

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I think I‘m learning that I need some time to digest a book before rating it. This book was...ok. The main issue with it, ironically, is that most of the characters are extremely forgettable. Henry is only the love interest bc he can remember Addie. He has no ambition or direction in life. Addie is known to us only through her relationships and her past relationships, where we could maybe see her personality develop, are given a backseat to Henry.

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First book of 2021
I loved the way this story unfolded. I thought I saw the ending coming but I didn‘t and that made it hit harder. I know a lot of people have said it left them sobbing but I think the end was triumphant. The kind of ending that isn‘t artificially sweet, it‘s realism for the folklore set.

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Consensus seems to be that this book makes people sob. Not looking forward to THAT but after a bit of a slow start, I‘m hooked now.

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Mehso-so

Someone mentioned that it read like fan fiction and that‘s pretty accurate. Not bad, just not something I enjoyed as much as I thought I would.
Entertaining but I probably won‘t be reading more of this series.

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If I were abducted by a hot Faerie and “forced” to live in their mansion, I‘d simply be happy to be away from my bleak life as a peasant.
RIP to Feyre, but I‘m different

Idk guys, this came so highly recommended but I‘m almost halfway and it‘s not grabbing me like I thought it would.

*marked for spoilers but I don‘t think there are any, everything is mentioned in the blurb 🤷‍♀️

LibrarianRyan The #litsyafterdark group read this right after #dicksoapgate just too see what all the fuss was about. I finished it, but ehhhh. Haven‘t jumped to the sequel yet. I liked it, I didn‘t love it. And I don‘t get all the hoopla 13mo
JessTedrick @LibrarianRyan I had to investigate what #dicksoapgate was and all I can say is yikes. Same here, I like it but I don‘t quite understand all the fuss. 13mo
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Love the plotting and political aspects.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Starts slow bc of wold building and set-up. Super worth it though.

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Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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Years ago, I fell in love with Holly Black‘s books.
I tend to go for fantasy in the winter and decided to pick up #TheCruelPrince. I ran through these. There is a lot of world building and plotting but once the action hits its intense. The Queen of Nothing took me six hours to read because I couldn‘t put it down. It jumps right into the action and hold you there. A fantastic end to this series.

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Battle Royale: Remastered | Koushun Takami
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Which should I start first?

TheNeverendingTBR I recently picked up this exact copy of Battle Royale, looking forward to reading it for the first time! 👌 1y
JessTedrick Nice! @TheNeverendingTBR I‘ve heard so much about it but I‘ve gotta say, it‘s 48% rating on here makes me a bit weary. 1y
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The set up is so promising! Broke nanny meets handsome mysterious (rich) man and after a whirlwind romance they marry and move to a mansion in the countryside. But both of them have a past they‘d rather keep hidden.

I ran through the first part of this book only to be so overwhelmingly underwhelmed by the rushed ending. The climax came ten pages from the end and both are awful people you‘ll be sorry you wasted time caring about.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this series in the order they came out. Practical Magic, Rules of Magic, and last, Magic lessons.

I didn‘t dislike it, but the way it was written seemed to keep me detached from the characters. Written like a fairy tale, the characters always felt too abstract.

I did love the dread that comes with learning the name of Maria‘s first love. That was a beautiful twist.

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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mehso-so

I think I liked this better than White is for Witching but I‘m not sure that‘s saying much.
I‘m not sure what that ending twist was...
And to keep from spoiling it but to still address it, calling it a “spell” that needed to be “broken” made it sound even more like JK Rowling.

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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Finishing up this book and loved this line.

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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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Watching Rebecca tonight and remembering again how infuriating I find Mrs. Danvers. I just want someone to stick up for the new Mrs. De Winter.

If anyone watches it, let me know what you think!

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Wow I‘ve been such an absentee parent to this little profile here. I‘ve been reading some books that just feel like autumn to me. Mexican Gothic, Cruel Prince (Holly Black‘s faeries are always good for the cooler months somehow), and Magic Lessons.

It was slow to begin but picked up after Maria got to Salem. So if you‘re finding it hard to get into, keep going!

daisyheadmaesie Everyone's reading Mexican Gothic these days! 1y
JessTedrick @daisyheadmaesie it seemed that way to me as well so I had to join in! It was pretty good, a real classic gothic feel to it and an ending that paid off, in my opinion. 1y
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I couldn‘t finish.
The main character was so self-pitying (yes, she had a lot happen to her when she was younger) and the dialogue seemed inauthentic. Just not for me, I guess.

IamIamIam Thanks for your honesty... I'm about 43% through and she's SUCH a busybody! Maybe it's the New Yorker in me and I get that the character has a missing sibling but LORD!!! Mind your own business! 1y
JessTedrick @IamIamIam right? Like she doesn‘t really know this girl and I understand the want to help but she‘s too quick to intrude on the other strangers in the apartment and to expect help from them. Overall for me though it‘s just that yes, horrible things happened to her, but she uses it as a crutch and revisits it much too often to even be believable. 1y
IamIamIam @JessTedrick I went over the edge when she randomly sent a DM to someone who commented on Ingrid's Instagram photo! I'd totally have blocked a weirdo like that!!! 1y
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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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If not now, when? You know?

readingjedi I had this book on my shelf for the best part of 20 years before the time was right 😂 1y
SamAnne Let me know if it's worth it....I love long books that are great, but I get really miffed if writers are so self-important they are incapable of editing themselves.... 1y
JessTedrick @readingjedi was it worth the wait? 1y
JessTedrick @SamAnne saaaame. I‘ll make sure to review this one. The rating so far on here is 62% so we‘ll see! 1y
readingjedi @JessTedrick Kind of. I was glad when I finished it 😂 1y
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Working and reading when I need a break. I‘ve never read any Vonnegut before.

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The Good House | Tananarive Due
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Oh man did I enjoy this! Multi-generational magic curses, a kind of haunted house, a love story, coming of age, strong powerful and multifaceted female characters. Highly recommend.

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pros: the writing is gorgeous and unsettling
Cons: each character‘s POV has them living a different version of the same story but none ever seem to come together at the end. It feels unfinished on every account.

I really did enjoy it but I just wanted it to go deeper than it did.

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The Good House | Tananarive Due
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About halfway through and it‘s getting pretty creepy.
I‘m loving it.

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Trying to digest this book. Finished it last night and stayed up thinking about it. I‘m not positive how I feel.
My main wish right now is that it had been more of a story of Ore finding her Soucouyant. I think for me, that was the most interesting part of this story.

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The Good House | Tananarive Due
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Currently reading both of these.
Both seem to be about haunted houses, both also, have some witchy aspects.
I‘m very much enjoying them both.
White is for Witching jumps POV a lot and it takes a bit to get who is talking at first but you‘re sucked in right away so you just make it work.
The Good House is so good, I love the main character. Her emotions and reactions are so real and raw.

Reggie I loved WIFW. Hope you like it, too! I‘ve never read Due, but she‘s been on my radar. 1y
JessTedrick @Reggie I‘m going to have to check out some of their other books. Oyeyemi is blowing me away with her style and Due is just so good at developing characters and building the story. 1y
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The Good House | Tananarive Due
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My reading has definitely been slowing down these past few months what with slowly starting to venture out more and the addition of a kitten who loves to eat my book corners.

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Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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Loved this!
Not only was it a fascinating look into ideas about the afterlife but budding relationships kept it interesting.
The main character didn‘t make safe choices, she made choices that spoke to her newly found desire to explore and be free and I loved her!

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The Gilda Stories | Jewelle Gomez
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Making an effort to diversify my bookshelves a bit more. As a teen who loved Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles, how did I not hear about The Gilda Stories???!
Not featured is “white is for witching” which is apparently backordered into oblivion.

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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I really enjoyed the story and the writing style. Cantero alternates between prose and script style writing and it kind of just worked for this style of novel. All in all, a really fun read!

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Controversial opinion but I LOVE annotated copies of used books.

Just got my copy of Beloved from thrift books and it is heavily annotated. Someone had A LOT to say about this book and I‘m so excited to see their notes as I read.

Leftcoastzen I‘m kind of mixed , with that book it would be interesting to see what they thought about the book,but a copy to keep , I would prefer no notes. (edited) 2y
JessTedrick @Leftcoastzen I can understand that! I think I‘m interested in what previous readers think but if it‘s a book that ends up being a favorite of mine I‘ll probably try to track down a clean copy as well 2y
Kimberlone While I myself frequently annotate my own books, I wouldn‘t want to buy a book with someone else‘s annotations.... 2y
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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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My new roommate is making it pretty tough to finish this book.

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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Love the writing in this book!