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Karen3

Karen3

Joined May 2016

Books books and more books. I need more shelves.
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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This was such a fun, light-hearted listen. I really enjoyed the storyline of grandmother and granddaughter switching "lives" so to speak. I was rooting for Eileen the entire time to find her second chance man. There were several laugh out loud moments which is a great sign of me enjoying the book. Overall, I loved the story and the production. I would highly recommend it. Thanks, NetGalley and @bookbrag Macmillan Audio for the early review copy.

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH How was your experience with the App's audiobook player? I listened to a book and it was a disaster. It skipped chapters continuously...and all the chapter headings were the same. 2y
Karen3 @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH the audio was a bit “tinny” sounding if that makes sense. Wasn‘t the best quality audio ever but I did have it at 1.75 speed. I didn‘t have issues with it jumping around. That would have been a nightmare. 2y
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Fable (Fable #1) | Adrienne Young
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This book was amazing. I can‘t wait for the next. Fable has been left on an island to fend for herself after a shipwreck. Her only way to survive is to dive for treasures and sell them to the merchants that trade on the island. West has always bought her gems. When Fable takes the chance to seek passage back to her homeland with West, it set in motion more than Fable can imagine. Thanks for the ARC NetGalley and @StMartinsPress . 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

That-Bookish-Hiker I‘m super excited for this book! I preordered it. 😊 2y
Karen3 @That-Bookish-Hiker it‘s soooo good. I can‘t wait for the second one. The covers of both book are so cool when put together (edited) 2y
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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters | Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters
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@sprainedbrain I‘m all ready and can‘t wait to read this one! The covers of these make me laugh. #pemberlittens.

sprainedbrain Yay!! This should be fun! 🦑 2y
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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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Great mail day!! So fun having #Pemberlitten pen pals. And I can‘t wait to start this book. Thanks @Sace and @kspenmoll for the notes!

Sace Yay! I'm glad you got it 😁 2y
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austin
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I caved last night and finished the rest of the book. So much for a chapter a day. I loved this book but that doesn‘t surprise me. #pemberlittens 5🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 I‘m ready for our next read!!

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The Heir Affair | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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I was so excited to receive this ARC because I loved the Royal We. The Heir Affair takes off right after the doomed wedding of Bex and Nick. Life proceeds to have its ups and downs for the couple. I had so missed Freddie, Bea, Cilla, and Baz so much. All the characters were back in action. Secrets were aplenty, and the damage they caused was a rollercoaster ride. Thanks to Grand Central Pub and NetGalley for the ARC. I loved it! 5 shining stars!

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The Heir Affair | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 !
1) My current read, The Heir Affair. The shenanigans make me giggle.
2) Beach Read. All I will say is the letters... 😭😭😭

@bio_chem06 @smarkies and @cheshirecat913 if you want to play along!

#Two4Tuesday.

MoonWitch94 You‘re welcome 😊 📚⭐️ 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and Happy Tuesday! 😊🤩📚 2y
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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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Litsy mail going out tomorrow. Missed the mailman today. @Sace @kspenmoll @MoonWitch94 @Cheshirecat913 coming your way! @Smarkies and @bio_chem06 I sent you both emails!! #pemberlitten pen pals #litsymail. Sooo much fun!

kspenmoll Karen yours went out today as well! 2y
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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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This one took a bit to get into, but once it got good, I couldn't stop. And that ending!!!! I love when a book wraps up with a surprise punch. A lot I could see coming, but some of the twists were a fun ride. #BOTM 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Aurora Rising: The Aurora Cycle 1 | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Finished these both and I absolutely loved them. Loved the world and all the characters. Just hate that I have to wait now for the next book because that cliffhanger... 😳😳😳.

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Naomie and Nicholas drove me absolutely crazy for the first half of this book. But every time I put the book down to do real life things, I kept thinking about the two of them and when they would figure their stuff out. The story kept me very engaged, laughing at the ridiculous pranks the two played, and rooting for them to find their happily ever after. A fun quick read that was lighthearted and entertaining.🌟🌟🌟🌟Thanks #NetGalley for the ARC.

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The hubby and I really enjoyed this one on our drive in the RV. Several instances of laughing outright as well as “I didn‘t see that coming” comments. A solid 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Night Spinner | Addie Thorley
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A retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame... sign me up. The Night Spinner sucked me in right from the get go. There was so much action, twists and turns I didn‘t see coming, lies, betrayal, and of course a bit of romance woven in. The story follows Enebish from her banishment for her losing control of her magic to her search and capture of the rebel Temujin with a lot of fun in between. Another 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟read. Thank you #NetGalley for the ARC.

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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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This story is about love, loss, anxiety, and trying to survive when life is trying to knock you down at every turn. Casey is going through it all as she is doing her best to survive and finish her novel. Ups and downs make that one heck of a journey. I really enjoyed following her story and rooting for her to win in the end. Thanks NetGalley for the early review copy. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

Someday I will catch up on all my ARCs 🥴🥴

squirrelbrain Great review - this one is next on my NetGalley list. (I try to go by pub date) 2y
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This book was SOOOO much fun. I love Les Miserables so seeing all the references and inclusion of the characters from the original and some of the song lyrics from the musical was entertaining. I got lost in this world of France and its many Guilds and didn't want this book to end. There was action, a bit of budding romance, surprise, and angst. I highly recommend this book if you are any bit a fan of Les Miserables. 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 thanks NetGalley.

Slajaunie Oooooh...that sounds wonderful! The me of my favorite time periods. 2y
BethM I love Les Mis! 2y
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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So hard to stop at just one chapter. I may end up sneaking ahead a bit #PemberLittens. I missed posting a picture of my copy of the book so here it is.

sprainedbrain Sneak away! 😊 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Yeah, I found reading just chapter 1 was totally unsatisfying so I kept reading. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Chosen Ones | Veronica Roth
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I really wanted to like this one because I‘m such a Roth fan. Unfortunately, I found myself zoning out while listening. Maybe it‘s just me and the current circumstances that didn‘t keep me engaged. I might try it again at a later date. For now 3 🌟🌟🌟

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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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Let me start by saying, I do not do scary stories, but Riley Sager is a automatic read. So I went into this one a bit worried. Yes I got scared, but was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY. The story kept me reading well into the night even though I did not want to read this one after dark. All those noises I was hearing? Waking up at 4:54 am? All a sign that the story grabbed me and didn't let go. 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you #NetGalley for the early review copy.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I‘m it real sure what I think of this book. I can say I hate that there were no quotations used and that annoyed me throughout the entire book. The story was okay but I just wanted it to wrap up with Connell and Marianne pulling there heads out of their keesters and figuring things out. Not my favorite but I was interested enough to finish and see how it ended. #BOTM 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jinxed | Amy McCulloch
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I‘m trying to get through my backlog of #NetGalley ARCs. This was a fun adventure where technology has taken the world in a new direction. There was a little bit of everything, humor, budding romance, suspense. I really liked the idea of our phones being transitioned to our pets. The best of both worlds. Two drawbacks of the book were the essence of animal cruelty and the very abrupt ending. All in all I did enjoy the book. 3.5 ⭐️ Thanks NetGalley

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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This book was a mix of Lord of the Flies, Hunger Games, and The Handmaid‘s Tale for me. It was disturbing but in a very entertaining, I can‘t stop reading sort of way. The girls are sent away to an island for the “grace year” in order to burn out their magic and return home a year later docile wives. If they make it out alive. Tierney‘s story is one of courage and strength.🌟🌟🌟🌟. Thanks #NetGalley for the ARC. Trying to make a dent in my ARCs.

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Little White Lies | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Debutants, secrets, lies, kidnapping. You name it. A fun fast pace mystery that was entertaining and had me laughing. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A fun, quick read that deals with some serious issues. I enjoyed the small glimpse into a writer‘s world. 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #BOTM

rethier1 Reading this one, now! I‘m enjoying it, as well 😃 2y
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A Bad Day for Sunshine | Darynda Jones
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In true Darynda Jones style, this was quirky, funny, and entertaining. Sunshine has returned to Del Sol as the newly elected sheriff. There‘s never a dull moment as she‘s faced with solving an abduction, dealing with past demons, and raising her daughter Auri as a single parent. All the love for a new Darynda Jones series! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC #NETGALLEY 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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This book kept me up into the wee early hours with my heart racing. Two strong female main characters in a world driven by male dominance. How far would you go to disappear from your life and begin again? Claire and Eva swap plane tickets in a “chance” meeting in the airport bar in hopes to escape from their tormented realities. What happens next will keep you on the edge of your seat as this tale unfolds. Thanks NetGalley for the ARC. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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This was a very interesting read. To know that this was based on true life circumstances blew my mind. The bookwoman was such a strong enduring human being. Her story was amazing. 4 📚📚📚📚Catching up on posting everything I have been reading.

royallyregan93 Read this a month or so ago! Absolutely loved it! 2y
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The Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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What a great ending to this trilogy. I loved the ending but hated to finish my time in this world. Another #BOTM backlog. One day I will catch up. 5 👑 👑 👑👑👑

StaceyKondla LOVE this trilogy so much!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Making my way through my #BOTM backlog. I wasn‘t sure what to expect with this one and I was pleasantly surprised. The ending hit me like a ton of bricks. 4🌳🌳🌳🌳

Graciouswarriorprincess @karen3. Check out her talk on the BN Facebook page. This was the BN book club this month and she was on the site since we couldn‘t do the in person meetings. 2y
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Big Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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This book has it all. Friendship, betrayal, love, heartache, mystery and suspense. Drue and Daphne have t been friends since an e ending gone wrong so when Daphne comes waltzing back into Drue‘s life, she is tentative but is swept back into the whirlwind emotional roller coaster. Jennifer Werner is a favorite author, but this book took me to another fan level. I couldn‘t put it down! Thank you NetGalley for the early review copy. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Of Curses and Kisses | Sandhya Menon
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When I heard this was a Beauty and the Beast spin off I jumped. I had high hopes going in and this book did not disappoint. Jaya and Emerson lead us on one heck of a ride through family rivalries and ancient curses. I loved the setting of an international boarding school. Would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Beauty and the Beast. 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you NetGalley for the early review. #netgalley

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Being a Mr.Rogers devoted child, it was so fun to go back and hear about his life. I‘m not usually a fan of this genre but I loved it. My audiobook time has been all but cut since I‘m not commuting to work anymore so this one took a long time to finish. 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I read this one because before the virus, this local author was possibly going to do an event at our library. Not sure when that‘s going to happen now. The book was fun. Much easier to read than the Canterbury Tales that I regret to say is a DNF for me. 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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I love this world that Holly Black has created. All the twists and turns had me wanting more. I‘m so glad I waited to read these until they were all out. I can‘t wait to see how the next book plays out and the story ends. How will Jude deal with Cardan now? 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Harley in the Sky | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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My best friend moved across the country today 🥺. The only thing to cheer me up was a trip to Barnes and Nobel. Happy books but sad me.

kspenmoll So sorry!!! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m sorry! 💗 2y
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After reading One Day in December, when another Josie Silver book came around I jumped. With high expectations going in I was worried, but The Two Lives of Lydia Bird did not disappoint. Lydia's heartbreak is devastating, but when she gets the chance to live life with Freddie again, who wouldn't jump at that chance. I felt every emotion in this book: heartbreak, love, passion, laughter, anger, sorrow... you name it. Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.

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Emma | Jane Austen
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I‘m loving the look of these word cloud editions. Emma was so fun. I wanted to read it before seeing the movie and I‘m so glad I did. Not sure why I haven‘t read this before now. Loved it. Now to see the movie. 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Karkar I think I might be in love with those spines. 📚📚❤️📚 2y
CrowCAH Woohoo we have an Austen fan!!! 🥰 2y
Karen3 @Karkar aren‘t they beautiful? 2y
Karen3 @CrowCAH absolutely! 2y
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Continuing on with my #BOTM back reads, I did a dual physical book and audio. I loved Choi‘s voice in the audible version. I could listen to her forever. The story was very intriguing. I loved Ren‘s story line as well as Ji Lin‘s. Some of the superstitions were so interesting to me. This is a culture I don‘t know a lot about so it was great hearing a bit about it. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

8little_paws I had so much fun reading this one! 2y
BeckyB I did the audiobook and book too!!! Loved it!!! 2y
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Anna K | Jenny Lee
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Not quite sure what to say about this one. I liked it enough to read the entire thing and it kept my interest, but the ages of the characters threw me a bit too often. I know it‘s a YA novel but it just seemed a bit far fetched for 15-17 year olds to be doing a lot of this stuff. Wasn‘t ready for the sucker punch at the end. 3.5 🌟 only because of the age issue I had. Other than that it was a great retelling of Anna Karenina. #BOTM

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I absolutely loved this book. It was a great adventure in a new and different world. Amora, Bastian, Vataea, and Ferrick are my new favorite power group. Magic, mermaids, curses, pirate ships you name it. This book had it all. Right up my alley. 5 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 smiley star eyes for this one. #YABOTM #BOTM

The_Heeler_Booklife I‘m almost finished this and it is really good. 2y
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The Invisible Man | H.G. Wells
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This one was okay, but not my favorite. It was a lot more brutal than I thought it would be. Not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it. 3.5 Stars.

Paperback.Propensity Interesting, I did not know it was brutal. 2y
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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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This book grabbed me from the start and didn‘t let go. My heart ached for Edward and the pain he was going through. Losing a family is devastating and Napolitano made me feel ever bit of the emotional roller coaster that Edward lived. The story line was fun to follow on the two different paths and the character development was great. I felt like I could envision each of them. 5 ⭐️ for this one. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

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I‘m really making it a point to read my older #BOTM books. I really enjoyed this one. I wanted to strangle Mrs. Richardson by the end of the book. I‘m looking forward to watching the show on Hulu now. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

LauraBrook I have the same goal this year, to try and catch up with my BOTM‘s. I‘ve been a member for years and hardly read any of them. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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An interesting look at the way institutions were run. I was not expecting parts of the ending and it broke my heart. I now need to watch the movie that I have heard is very good. 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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I‘m not really sure what to say about this one. I enjoyed it even though a lot of the time I was lost. I loved Ruby Doyle 😍 and Bridie‘s relationship and loved where Kidd took that in the end. Have to admit I read her name as Birdie at then beginning of the story and could never change that once I realized that wasn‘t her name lol. 4🌟 #BOTM

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The story was entertains but I do believe I have had enough of Dr. Dolittle. Glad I have read some of the stories. Definitely not one of my favorites. 3.5 🌟

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Ashlords | Scott Reintgen
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This was such a unique breath of fresh air in the YA fantasy world. It was fun and kept me engaged the whole way through. Phoenix horses being reborn each morning out of their ashes, a race that only one can win, a society on the brink of war. What more can you ask for. Loved it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#YAbotmclub #BOTMclub

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Saw this movie last night and it was AMAZING!!! I don‘t usually say that about movies that were books first but I loved it. 😍😍😍

TooFoo I loved also! Such a great cast 😊 2y
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So I started listening to the Voyages of Doctor Dolittle without realizing that that was book 2 so I quickly found book 1 and listened to it. It was very silly and fun to listen to. I‘m wanting to go see the movie so had to read the books first. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I absolutely loved this book. Was it a bit wordy at times? Totally, but it didn‘t make me love it any less. I so didn‘t care for Amy but she grew on me. And I‘m so glad Jo got her happy ending. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 five of them from me on this one.

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So I‘m in between a pick and so-so just because it was soooo wordy and long. The story was great and the characters were memorable but just too long. 3.5 🌟 for this one.

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