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Jess_Franzino

Jess_Franzino

Joined May 2018

Writer | Hellenic Mythologist | Jungian Scholar | Witch | Ravenclaw | Brooklyn, NY | IG: @jessicafranzino
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A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
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Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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One of the many brilliant references to Les Miserables in this book. This one more subtle, which makes me love it even more. “Even the Darkest Night will end and the sun will rise.”
There is so much brilliance and beauty in this retelling. It truly gets to the heart of Victor Hugo‘s work, & is even a bit pastiche, despite being a cyberpunk setting. Loving everything about this book so far.

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Doing this while planning my beach trip!

1.) I‘m not a fan of what has come to be known as “beach reads”, so I bring whatever book I‘m reading & whatever‘s next on my TBR.

2.) Of course! 😂 Would rather have more books than I need, than plow through what I have faster than expected and be left without. This is also why I loooove my Kindle.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView 💜💜💜 kindle 1d
Jess_Franzino @TheSpineView Kindle is a MUST on vacations, because it means you always have access to new books if you happen to finish the ones with you ♥️ It‘s kept me from going book-less many a times! 1d
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Was playing #wizardsunite and a book showed up over my desk (and right next to a picture I have of JK Rowling on my cork board, though it‘s a bit blurry). 😂

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Who else is playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Let‘s all add each other! Here‘s my code! Respond with your code!

ReadingOver50 How is the game? Is it fun? 5d
Jess_Franzino @ReadingOver50 It‘s great! Very immersive, gets you out walking, always something new. Like it SO much more than PokémonGo ♥️ 5d
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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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“No, Mom! Don‘t read, PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” 😹 #catsoflitsy

MrBook 😻😻😻 5d
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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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Perfect way to spend the first official night of Summer, (which also happens to be a Friday). ♥️♥️♥️

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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NO. YOU CANNOT END THERE! I AM NOT WAITING UNTIL NOVEMBER! NEED ARC NOW!

Ahem. Now that I got that out of my system, it‘s safe to say that I REALLY liked the 2nd book! Jude finally grew on me. She matured a lot since “The Cruel Prince”. Somehow, I fell in love with Cardan. “Book boyfriend” love, (though now he & Jude are OTP). And the politics get just more & more yummy, too.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Any other #littens enjoy table top games & LARPS? Just wanting to show off my new lucky d20 because it‘s sooooo pretty! I put it on my copy of “The Wicked King” because I can tell Holly Black got some inspiration from Changeling: The Lost ♥️

Marilyncjackson I love table top RP! Love the d20 7d
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Sooo, this is a bit awkward, but “King of Scars” was my first “official” #grishaverse book, (not counting “The Language of Thorns”, since it didn‘t involve the characters). While I didn‘t have a problem figuring out the world & following the plot, I‘m kinda “meh” on reading “Shadow & Bone”, simply because I love Nikolai & Zoya as they are in this duology. Will be odd to backtrack. Either way, LOVED this book!

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1.) Disney soundtracks

2.) Fall

3.) YA Fantasy

4.) Had a roast beef sandwich

5.) 👍🏻

#friYAYintro

wanderinglynn Disney soundtracks! 🙌🏻 me too! 2w
xxjenadanxx Did we just become best friends?! Because same. 2w
Charityann Disney soundtracks are always fun!😊 2w
TheDrunkenLibrarian I love singing along to Disney music 🎶 2w
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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While I love my fiancé, I must announce that Nikolai is officially my new Book Boyfriend. While you might say that we‘re “moving too fast”, seeing how I‘m only four chapters in, I believe that when you know, you know ???

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Why all Grishaverse books MUST be bought in hardcover 😍

Caroline2 Ohhh 😯 soooo pretttyyyyyy 😍 🤤 2w
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Wicked As You Wish | Rin Chupeco
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I LOVE Rin Chupeco! I‘ve officially read all her books now & am super impressed by how no two of her series are ever alike. While this one isn‘t my favorite of her work, (personal opinion), it‘s by far her most ambitious. The world building on this in INSANE. “Alternate History” modern America, where fairytale & folklore characters are historical figures. Things like the “Battle of Wonderland” happened, etc.

(Review continued in comments)

Jess_Franzino (Review Part II) It has a GREAT sense of humor to it. Very frank & a bit snarky. The characters & cast are SO colorful! I also LOVE the Firebird. It may be a mythical being, but it‘s still a silly floof of an animal. It was ALOT, though, but I think it will be improved upon flow-wise & regarding info dumps between now & when it‘s released, seeing how it‘s not coming out until March 2020. I‘ll likely read the final version as well. (edited) 2w
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Rainy days = best reading days!
Sooooo rainy here in Brooklyn today! Though, I love how green it looks from my kitchen window.

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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Why oh why did I decide to read this book AFTER #bookcon, & totally miss my chance to get an ARC for the sequel? This book is just filled with everything I love. Ghosts. History. Folklore. Also, so well written! Great MC & supporting characters. Also, a ghost BFF, a cat, & Harry Potter references ♥️ Read it in about 2h30, so a fun & breezy read.

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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As a Ravenclaw, I can confirm that this is our opinion of Gryffindors 😂

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Wicked As You Wish | Rin Chupeco
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The chapter titles of this book kill me 😂 I love how Rin Chupeco is such a versatile writer.

TiffanyMichele Omy 🙈🤣 2w
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Sooo, I handed my fiancé the chapter I‘m writing, and asked him what should happen next. He started typing, and the highlighted part is his handy work. ? (By the way, my novel is a retelling of “The Odyssey” & other epics/Myths from Athena‘s POV. This scene is between Athena & Telemachus, which makes it even funnier). #amwriting #writersoflitsy

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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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3.5/3 Stars. I enjoyed the story & love anything involving pirates. Plus, Alosa is a fun character. It‘s a great read for when you‘re sitting at the beach because of atmosphere. The reason behind my rating, is that at some points, the book seemed very...disjointed. A lot of major things about Alosa were revealed way later in the book than they should have been, and seemed to come out of nowhere. Will still read the sequel, however.

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1.) “Death Watch” by Ari Berk

2.) “The Night Olivia Fell” (big DNF)

3.) “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern

4.) Currently on #50 of 100, but might up my goal.

#thursdaysurvey

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All except two 😂😂😂 #bookwormbingo

EclecticReaders Nice!! 3w
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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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After nearly losing my purse & getting trampled to get this #arc at #bookcon, I jokingly said “This book better be one of the best I‘ve read in a long time...”

It was.

•More ambitious than a lot of YA
•Gripping plot
•3D & realistic chars
•Inventive Magic system
•Topical (w/o pandering)
•Balance of drama & humor
•A cat named Barf , who I‘d die for ♥️

5/5. Add to your TBR. Comes out July 30th.

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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As if this glorious ARC couldn‘t get any more wonderful, how the character deals with her period & contraceptive is addressed! (Also bonus for mentioning that women use birth control for reasons other that contraceptive). The protag in this uses it for both. We need more of this in fantasy & ESPECIALLY YA fantasy. Props to Margaret Owen!

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A #shelfie proving that I‘m running out of space for all my books & am starting to “Jenga” them. #30JuneBooks

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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There is a cat in this book. The cat‘s name is “Barf”. I would die for Barf the Cat. 😻

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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Post-#bookcon exhaustion + cramps. Permission to stay inside my air conditioned apartment today and read this yummy #arc ? 😂

Follow.my.read Permission granted😘 3w
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Tagged “The Merciful Crow” because I nearly lost my purse and got trampled due to the crappy line organization awaiting it. Either way, my #BookCon #bookhaul. Three are ARCs. I would have gotten more ARCs, but after the mess that was “The Merciful Crow” line, I had reached my limit for cons. Still, I only ended up spending about $20 as a whole. Not bad!

Lisas.Library Lucky!! 4w
tpixie Ore: if go the BookCon, wear Armour! 4w
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So fun and such an enjoyment, especially after seeing the new movie. During the carpet ride, Aladdin & Jasmine travel to the kingdom of Ababwa (the fictional kingdom that the Genie said Aladdin was prince of). Such a neat addition to the movie and a wonderful adventure that adds even more depth to Aladdin & Jasmine‘s relationship. It IS important to see the new movie to get the most out of this book.

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Quotes that only make sense in the world of ‘Aladdin‘ 😂

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hahah I thought this was about the rug in the Big Lebowski. 😂 4w
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I‘m going to my very first #BookCon tomorrow, and was wondering what other #Littens will be attending. Is there a meet up planned?

Jess_Franzino @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! I just saw that @MrBook might have some kind of Litsy meetup. Would love to find out more ♥️ 4w
MrBook @Jess_Franzino Ohhh, this is awesome news!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🕺🕺 What‘s your email, I‘ll add you to your Slack chat group. Can‘t wait to meet such a fantastic Litten as yourself! ☺️🤗 4w
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Jess_Franzino @MrBook Thanks!!! My email is Jesslf.writer@gmail.com 4w
Jess_Franzino @MrBook Oh! Please let me know when you add me, as sometimes my email can get wonky. Thanks! 4w
MrBook @Jess_Franzino I tried and it keeps bouncing for some reason 😩 4w
MrBook @GripLitGrl Same thing with you. For some reason Slack will not allow me to add you to the group. Do you have alternative emails, Littens??? 4w
Jess_Franzino @MrBook Try jessfranzino@gmail.com ? 4w
MrBook @Jess_Franzino Okay, see if the invite went through. It bounced for that email too, but after a bunch of tries it might have gone through 4w
Jess_Franzino @MrBook I got the invite 😃 4w
MrBook @Jess_Franzino WOOHOO! 😁👏🏻🤗 4w
Jess_Franzino @MrBook I just had to install the app, so, getting that all set. 4w
GripLitGrl @MrBook i do use diffrent emails for personal & books would a gmail work better? If so mcpeluso1030@gmail may work 4w
MrBook @GripLitGrl Not sure. I‘ll give that one a go right now! 😁 4w
MrBook @GripLitGrl Says it sent! 😊🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
GripLitGrl Perfect got the email to set up an account working on it now thanks! 4w
GripLitGrl Set up the app clicked on your link. There are no updates or info yet i think if i did it right i hope ill check back tomorrow. 4w
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Have only gotten in about 4 hours on #24B4Monday, as I pretty much lost yesterday, but, one book down. A solid 3.5 stars, but only due to me being a bit “meh” about Jude (the MC), but she seems to be getting better. Still, the world is AMAZING. Perfect Fae & Changeling setting. The supporting characters are great. A bit slow at first, then HOLY CRAP political intrigue! I loooove political intrigue! Will be reading the next book in trilogy ♥️

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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My OFFICIAL #24B4Monday #TBR ! Not sure if I‘ll actually finish ALL of them, as I want to really savor the words in each of these books, & they‘re all filled with a lot of political intrigue so, despite 3 of them being considered YA, they‘re not “light reads”. Also, I have a lot of writing to do & am beta reading for one of my writer friends. But, I plan to finish all 4 of these by May 31st, so I can go into June with 50 books read so far in 2019.

Andrew65 Some great choices, good luck with the Readathon. 👍😊 1mo
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After seeing the new Aladdin last night, I went on a search to find Aladdin retellings, and found this new gem! The live action movie deals with more politics and whatnot than the animated version, and it looks like Disney got an awesome writer to expand upon the universe of the new movie! Sooooo excited! This is next in line in my #24B4Monday TBR 😍😍😍

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Despite how I‘m already 66% into this book, I just had to share the cover! I always remove dust jackets before reading hardcovers, as it annoys me when they slip off and I don‘t want them to get damaged. So, I LOVE it when the covers have little surprises like this behind the dust jackets 😍 When my book is published, I am SO insisting on cover designs. So much fun! #24B4Monday

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It‘s time for #24B4Monday again! YAAY!!!! I always love these, as it gives me a chance to really hunker down and finish a few more books before the month is out (even if I‘ve yet to ever make it to 24 😂). Not fully sure what my TBR is yet, will go where my reading mood takes me. I will see if I can slip in a banned book or two ♥️

TheReadingMermaid Woop Woop 🤘🏻😆🤘🏻 1mo
RadicalReader this will be my first #24B4Monday looking forward to it 1mo
Andrew65 Best of luck with the Readathon 😊👍 1mo
Andrew65 @RadicalReader Hope you enjoy the first #24B4Monday Readathon you have taken part in. 😊 1mo
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My local cinema tends to show movies that come out on Fridays on Thursday. I got to see “Aladdin” early! Sooooo good! Can‘t recall the last time I laughed so hard during a movie. The script is also fantastic. Bonus points for how awesome Jasmine is in it♥️♥️♥️

BookaholicNatty I want to see this!!!! 1mo
Jess_Franzino @BookaholicNatty It‘s better than I ever could have imagined! So, SO fun! 1mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Words for all writers to live by ♥️

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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You know you‘re old when you‘re reading YA and you agree with the parent/parental figure instead of the protagonist 😂

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Still not that big into audiobooks (I can read books in at least half the time). Still, this one was quite enjoyable. While I prefer the movie, (as it‘s my favorite ghost movie), this isn‘t as dragging and garrulous as a lot of classic ghost stories tend to be. It was quite spooky, even if the “good stuff” only came in the 2nd half. I also love the dog. I mean, his name is “Spider”. Such a great name for a dog 😂

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As beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside ♥️ While I wasn‘t a fan of ALL the stories, (as is to be expected with anthologies), the writing is gorgeous and the stories unexpected. I definitely want to check out the other Grisha books after reading this.

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One of the stories is a dark reimagining of “The Nutcracker”. So very lovely!

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Opposite of Always | Justin A Reynolds
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I got this in my Scribbler box, & while Contemporary YA isn‘t really “my thing”, I found this book to be an utter delight! Yes, it has a few YA tropes in it (unavoidable), but the voice of the narrator and the dialogue is so witty and sometimes even a bit meta, that it calls on those tropes a bit & makes for such a fun reading experience. It‘s very well written. Recommended for anyone who wants a nice “breather” book ♥️

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Opposite of Always | Justin A Reynolds
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I make some mean Brussels sprouts. They‘re actually my fiancé‘s fave. Can‘t say we associate Brussels sprouts with bad times and dinners.

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This book! I can‘t stop laughing! Such a fun narrator and wonderful dialogue. This line, though. I am SO using it regarding my fiancé at some point ?

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Fairest of Them All | Carolyn Turgeon
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Thank you @ulrichyumiodd for sending me this beautiful surprise of a book! I was curious to see how Rapunzel could possibly be made into Snow White‘s “Wicked Queen”. It was pulled off better than I could have imagined! Loved how Gothel, Rapunzel, & Snow all mirrored each other. Beautifully written, full of empowering women, witchy goodness, & Greek Myth allusion. Will def read more “retellings” by this author ♥️

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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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As mentioned in previous posts, the Romanov family meant a lot to me while growing up. Not just the mystery of Anastasia, but the Romanov family as a whole. Reading this book made me realize that though my intrigue in the Romanovs ended while I was still a teen, the heart & spirit of this remarkable family has shaped me in my writing & as a person. Though alternate history & magical realism, this book captures the spirit of my beloved Romanovs.

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I‘m just going to keep posting Alexei sass/snark 😂 As a kid, the old letters and journals of the Romanovs were so dear to me, that I came to love Alexei as though he were my own brother. Seeing him snark around, yet still be so noble and kind, brings me such joy.

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More Alexei sass. This warms my heart so much.

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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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Tsarevich Alexei: Family has been executed, is on the run, is bleeding internally.....and STILL manages some sass ♥️ As someone who grew up adoring the Romanovs, this is exactly how I imagined him based off his journals, letters, and photos.

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Fairest of Them All | Carolyn Turgeon
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Thank you @ulrichyumiodd for the absolutely gorgeous fairytale & magic themed #bookmail ♥️♥️♥️

ulrichyumiodd Such a pretty picture ❤️ I hope you‘ll enjoy the books! 1mo
Jess_Franzino @ulrichyumiodd I‘m so excited for those books! I wish the lighting was a bit better on the photo, though. 1mo
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