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Kaylamburson

Kaylamburson

Joined May 2016

Reader, Writer, Thinker, Creator. Senior Sales Manager in publishing.
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Beautiful Ugly | Alice Feeney
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Alice Feeney writes another edge-of-your-seat thriller with an ending you won‘t see coming! She is masterful at pacing and storytelling. Until almost the end I really couldn‘t see where the story was going, but it all just clicks into place right when she wants it to.

There‘s even a hidden Easter egg revealed at the end that is incorporated seamlessly and will have you flipping back to try to find it. I can‘t wait for others to read it!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love her books! 2d
Kaylamburson They are all so good!! This was her best, I think! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2d
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This was such a beautiful story about friendship, love, respect, and understanding of all beings and people from all walks of life. There were so many sweet and emotional moments, and even the characters with a bit of an edge make it impossible not to love them. It reminded me a bit of Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children but for adults.
I am so excited for the sequel!

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Read an advanced manuscript of the new Jason Rekulak and it was so good! The rich seem to always get away with everything and this explores that further as a widowed father tries to protect his estranged daughter who is marrying into a tech-billionaire family. The foster child Abigail was my favorite character and I love how her storyline develops.
A strong thriller I finished in a few days. The ending is a bit abrupt but it does answer it all.

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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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I couldn't put this one down! The concept of a magic attic spawning husbands like a dating app was intriguing. However, it grew repetitive as we barely connected with the many characters. The ending felt rushed, lacking closure. The message about finding happiness within was solid, but the pacing at the end could've been slower to enrich the experience.

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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This was a much stronger book than Beach Read! I liked the dynamic of the friend group, and I was routing for Wyn and Harriet‘s relationship from the beginning, but it wasn‘t until about halfway through the book I really started caring about the characters. It was a cute read and I appreciated how it touched on depression and how insecurities can pull apart a strong relationship.

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I enjoyed this despite it being a slow read. I live on a boarding school campus, so it was extra interesting to see that perspective through the MC‘s eyes. I needed to know who the killer was and it felt a bit like a true crime novel itself.

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Helpline | Katherine Collette
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed parts of this book, but I was never super excited to pick it up. Took me about four months to read and felt like a wannabe Eleanor Oliphant. Some great characters but also times where the main character was more frustrating than charming.

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Flamer | Mike Curato
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This is the top banned book right now so I wanted to see what it was about. I liked the art style and it was easy to follow the story while adding some depth to the emotion with the use of flames and orange/red coloring. There‘s a lot of mature content (sex, masturbation, and suicide), but it‘s ultimately about finding your place in the world and that everyone matters.

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Just finished the last book in this self-published Super Powereds series and it was so good! This was probably my favorite series since Happy Potter or The Hunger Games. The characters develop so much from year one to year four, and you get to root for their success every step of the way. I‘m so sad it‘s done! Each book is so long (this was 61 hours), but it read faster than some 8 hour books. Highly recommend!

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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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I watched the show last year and loved it, so decided to pick up volume one of the graphic novel. It is a super fast read and I finished it in about 45 minutes. I‘m not as invested in the characters since you don‘t get as much time with them, but I definitely felt the excitement near the end!

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The Villa: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the present day timeline in this book but wasn‘t invested in the past timeline, so it prevented me from really getting into the story. I enjoyed it but there wasn‘t anything surprising in it. And I feel like it ended abruptly.

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Better than Fiction | Alexa Martin
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The first half of this romance is a bit slow, and if it wasn‘t for our bookclub I likely wouldn‘t have finished it. However, the second half picks up and you start to root for Jasper and Drew to find their happily ever after. The beginning was a bit too tied up in family drama and the romance wasn‘t believable at first. But I became fans of it as it progressed. And it had a very sweet ending.

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Corpies | Drew Hayes
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This book added dimension to the superhero world outside of what we‘ve seen in the superhero school. This book follows Titan after a fall from grace. He makes his way back as a superhero after laying low for so long. He is a likeable character and we meet a lot of other characters with strong personalities that you grow very attached to. I really enjoyed seeing that there‘s a life for supers besides super hero work like rescue workers.

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Just finished year 3 of this series and it is branching out further from the safety of the super hero school, and we are being introduced to bad guys and forces outside of what we‘ve gotten used to in books 1 and 2. A bit slower than the first two books but still really well done and addictive. Especially for a 41 hour audiobook! We are learning more about Nick and other students families, so it‘s expanding the world in a positive direction.

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Year 2 of the Super Powereds series was just as addicting as year 1! It‘s the longest audiobook I‘ve ever listened to at 32 hours, but it flew faster than some 6 hour audiobooks I‘ve listened to. I do feel like there were some chapters that were redundant or didn‘t push the storyline or character development along, but they were few and far between.

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I really enjoyed Hannah Brown‘s memoir! I liked how she carried herself during the Bachelor and Bachelorette while also being unapologetically herself. She also experienced quite a lot by her early 20s, and it is definitely a reminder that there is more to a person than what meets the eye. I respect her a lot more after listening to her story, and she actually was a great storyteller and narrator. I‘ll give her rom-com a try this spring!

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I‘m surprised but I‘m loving this series! It‘s not something I would‘ve picked up on my own as I don‘t read a lot of self-published, sci-fi series, or really long books. But it was recommended, & I‘m glad I gave it a chance. The most impressive part is Kyle McCarley the audiobook narrator uses a full list of characters & differentiates voices between the characters. I can hear a voice and know who is speaking by their unique sound!

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A Cup of Holiday Fear | Ellie Alexander
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This was my very first cozy mystery, and it was fun! A nice switch up from the holiday rom-coms, while still keeping me in the holiday spirit. The whodunnit aspect was a bit abrupt as it didn‘t have a lot of lead up, but it fit into the story. I‘d definitely try another cozy mystery in the future.

Gissy The mug match perfectly with the book😍❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Kaylamburson It does!! I was very excited about that 😂 luckily mine was not poison haha @Gissy 4mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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McCurdy is an engaging writer & it‘s difficult to read about all the trauma she suffered at the hands of her mom, grandma & Hollywood. I‘m so glad she‘s doing better & was brave enough to share her story. I listened to the audiobook read by her, & she does a phenomenal job with it. She‘s a natural storyteller & even got Miranda Cosgrove‘s voice down to the point that I wondered if those lines were read by Miranda.
I can‘t wait to read her fiction!

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Faking Christmas | Kerry Winfrey
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My first book of the year to round out the holiday season! I read a handful of holiday romance-coms this year, including a different “Faking Christmas” title, but this was a top pick!

Laurel‘s boss Gilbert mistakenly thinks that Laurel owns and runs a family farm with plenty of Christmas traditions, but it‘s her twin sister‘s. So she tries to fool him with a fake husband (her nemesis) to attempt to keep her job. It‘s romantic and really funny!

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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This is so much more than a rom-com! Yes, there‘s a romance to root for & plenty of steamy scenes, but it‘s also about the evolution of Anna & Quan. They have major life struggles to face, & they come to accept themselves throughout the process.

The book is heavier than Hoang‘s others as Anna has to care for an aging father and unsupportive family. But, these struggles were so important for Anna‘s growth.
This is one of my new favorites!

Ddzmini Need to get this I‘ve already read the first two and loved them 💁🏼‍♀️ 5mo
Kaylamburson Loved the first two too!! They are all so good!! @Ddzmini 5mo
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Lovelight Farms | B. K. Borison
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Mehso-so

My last read of 2023! It‘s a cute Christmas romance, but it took too long to get to the heart of the story and plot. It definitely did not need to be over 10 hours long.

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Christmas by Accident | Camron Wright
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A cute premise about an insurance adjuster meeting a woman after her accident, and she and her sick uncle helps him see the joy of Christmas, but I didn‘t feel connected to the characters. A lot was going on, but nothing in depth enough to care about the outcome. It‘s a super short listen at about 5 hours on audiobook, so it was easy listening while cleaning.

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Faking Christmas | Cindy Steel
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I downloaded and finished Faking Christmas in one day on audio, & it is such a feel-good enemies to lovers! Yet it still tackles some deeper subject matter like grief without derailing the romantic momentum. The best part, there‘s no annoying communication issue break-up plot as is always the case with this trope. This definitely got me in the Christmas spirit, and I recommend for anyone wanting a young Hallmark-esque story. It‘s vanilla & sweet!

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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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This is a fun Christmas romance to gear up for the holiday season! It‘s very steamy with sex scenes every few chapters, and I really liked the plot of a porn star trying to get her next opportunity in a wholesome Christmas movie, while costarring with a former boy band pop star she was obsessed with as a teen. The book went on a bit long and there wasn‘t a lot of build-up to the relationship as it kicked off early on, but I still enjoyed it!

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This psychological thriller had an unexpected spin on it that kept me reading and needing to know more. There isn‘t a ton of motivation to explain the driving forces behind the plot, but if you take it at face value, it‘s an intriguing and entertaining book!

What happens when a one-night stand from your bachelorette party stalks you to your wedding and honeymoon?

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Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Britney‘s memoir is short and a quick listen on audio, but it still covers what many people want to know most about—her relationships and the conservatorship. It‘s a bit repetitive in parts, but the chapters are sort and you feel as if you‘re listening to a friend thanks to Michelle‘s narration. Britney has lived such a tough life and I truly hope she has sunnier days ahead and is able to spend more time with her kids.

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Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
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This was a fun rom-com about Dylan who is traveling to figure out what‘s next without family money, & he meets Addie who is managing the bed & breakfast. We see their love story unfold in “then” chapters & see why it ended in the “now” chapters when they inadvertently end up traveling to their friend‘s wedding together with her sister, his best friend who hates Addie, and a random guest.
Spicy & sweet & quite the adventurous road trip!

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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I‘m so excited about Spotify‘s new audiobook program for Premium users! Listening to Britney Spear‘s new memoir for free and available to download immediately with no holds! You get 15 hours a month of free listening and that‘s not too bad! 1-2 audiobooks a month depending on how long they are!

marleed That‘s cool! 6mo
quietlycuriouskate I'm feeling cheated. My husband told me to check this out 'cause he knew I'd love it: it turns out that only the main account (i.e his) gets the free audiobook hours. The other accounts (mine and daughter's) in our family subscription get nothing. 😒 6mo
Kaylamburson Oh no!! That‘s so silly. They should give it to all in the subscription or let you share the hours. Truthfully I‘m just logged into my husband‘s account as I don‘t have my own. As long as we aren‘t listening again the same time, it works @quietlycuriouskate 6mo
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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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So many twists and a really strong debut novel! I am still thinking about the ending and have been researching all the fan theories. I do think the most straightforward viewpoint makes the most sense, but was shocked by the way it all played out.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love all of her books!! 7mo
Kaylamburson The two I‘ve read so far are so good! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 7mo
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Make a Wish | Helena Hunting
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This was surprisingly emotional for a rom-com. I listened to the audiobook and the last several chapters I had to hold back tears so I could keep driving. Hunting does a really nice job bringing the characters to life and Peyton, the 9 year old daughter, added higher stakes and emotion to a romance that you don‘t often see.

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Incredible audiobook narrator that allows the listener to differentiate between the many characters easily thanks to her voice acting. In the vein of Big Little Lies, we have rich characters doing awful things, but you can‘t stop watching and wanting to know what happens.

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The Coworker | Freida McFadden
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This was an easy read that I sped through in a handful of hours. We have two polar opposite coworkers, both unreliable narrators, as you try to determine who is telling the truth. The “who” didn‘t surprise me, but the “how” & “why” was exciting to unfold. There are blurry lines and questions of morality, and McFadden does a good job of keeping it entertaining throughout. Although we could have pulled back on “turtles” as a personality trait!

rubyslippersreads The turtles were a bit much. 🐢 7mo
Kaylamburson Definitely a lot of turtles 🐢😂😂 @rubyslippersreads 7mo
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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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This was a much darker read than I expected. It‘s quite graphic in many scenes and feels a bit more like horror than thriller in some moments. It kept me on the edge of my seat and my heart rate was elevated for much of it!
It was a bit too long and convoluted, but I still enjoyed it.

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Layla | Colleen Hoover
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I‘m usually not into paranormal romance but this was just like every Colleen Hoover I‘ve read—fantastic! It was unexpected and thrilling, and I was surprised by the twist.

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The Rosie Project | Graeme Stinson
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I had such high hopes for this book as everyone always seems to love it and recommend it. I‘ve been planning to read it for years and now that I finally got around to it, I was bummed out. It was not as endearing as Eleanor Oliphant or The Kiss Quotient, and a bit slower, too.

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Before She Was Helen | Caroline B. Cooney
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I was obsessed with Caroline B Cooney books as a kid so I was beyond excited to find out she had an adult novel! I met her at a conference just before the pandemic and she signed the galley for me. And a few years later I have finally read it. It‘s a thriller in an unexpected location — a gated retirement community. I loved Helen‘s strength and tenacity, but she is also a realistic character. A grandma just trying to live her life & stay alive.

LeeRHarry I loved reading her Cheerleader books when I was a teen. 😊 this sounds good! 8mo
Kaylamburson Ohhh I don‘t think I ever read the cheerleader ones. I‘ll have to find those! I loved The Terrorist and Face on the Milk Carton. But this was definitely good! Some gossip, thrills, and mystery! @LeeRHarry 8mo
Bklover Wow! I didn‘t think she was a real person! I thought she was like Caroline Keene, sort of a composite. I loved The Face on the Milk Carton! 8mo
Kaylamburson Oh! Yes she is and she‘s super nice! If you actually scroll back a handful of posts on this book‘s page, there‘s the picture of me and her at the conference I mentioned! @Bklover 8mo
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Truly phenomenal and my favorite book of the year by far! It makes you think a little more deeply about life and death, and the characters are so well developed. I experienced every emotion while reading it. If you liked A Man Called Ove and The Midnight Library, I think you would love this one, too.

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The Blame Game | Sandie Jones
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Mehso-so

I read this a few months ago but truthfully can‘t remember much of it. So couldn‘t have been the strongest story. I remember being entertained but there were confusing moments and some plot holes.

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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Mehso-so

Entertaining audiobook, but it didn‘t really feel like a thriller. More gossipy and not suspenseful until near the end.

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An interesting memoir that really dives into the horrors of addiction and how it‘s not a choice, but a disease. Although it touches on Friends and his experiences in film and TV, it‘s more focused on how his addiction impacted those experiences. Always nice to listen to the audiobook with the author‘s own voice.

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Every Finlay Donovan book has so much humor, suspense, and spice. Love this series so much, but wish I didn‘t have to wait for the spring to find out what happens after that cliffhanger!
The audiobooks are really well done and I finished it in just a few days!

mcipher If you‘re on NetGalley the new one is available there! (edited) 8mo
Kaylamburson Thanks @mcipher ! I do actually have access to the manuscript since I work for Macmillan, but I am trying to decide if I should wait for the audiobook since I listened to all of them on audio! 8mo
mcipher Oooh nice! 8mo
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Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I enjoyed this audiobook—another domestic thriller from Hendricks and Pekkanen—but it was a bit slow. It took a while for anything to be revealed and the twists weren‘t that shocking. The main character‘s actions also didn‘t align up properly with her motivation, so some storylines felt like they were specifically for shock value. But it was entertaining and enjoyable. I wanted to know how it all finished so it kept me engaged.

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I liked this book, I really did. However, I think I‘m not as impressed as others because it received so much praise and love that it couldn‘t possibly be as good as I had envisioned in my mind. I was hoping it would be the best book of the year, and truthfully it was an entertaining story with a strong woman character, especially for the time period in which this was set, but it didn‘t stick with me.

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A fictionalized telling of what really happened to Agatha Christie when she went missing. A fascinating take and loved the speculation and reveal! A bit slow in moments but a fantastic audiobook.

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Started this book on our honeymoon in Lake Como & finished it early this morning, taking advantage of jet lag. The Block Party is the perfect summer read with plenty of gossip, drama, deceit, and murder. The relationships and dynamic of the neighborhood are multidimensional and it mostly feels like a women‘s fiction novel for the majority of the novel. But the last quarter is full of jaw-dropping revelations. I loved this start to finish!

Amor4Libros I have this on my TBR and your review just helped me decide what I‘m starting next! 🙂 Also, congrats on your wedding! ❤️ (edited) 10mo
Kaylamburson Oh yay! I hope you love it. So juicy and scandalous! And thank youuu!!! @Amor4Libros 10mo
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Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings | David Tutera, Kirstie Kelly
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I‘ve been MIA from Litsy the last several months as I‘ve been so focused on wedding planning, job stress, & I haven‘t been reading as much. Keeping up with book reviews started to feel more like work than fun, and then I got so behind with posting that it felt more stressful to try to catch up. But my book and fairytale wedding day is done (best day of my life!!) and I‘m ready to start fresh on Litsy and reconnect with you all! Missed you!

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Kaylamburson I appreciate you all and your sweet well wishes! @Bluebird @mabell @JessClark78 @Bookzombie 10mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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I waffled about giving this a so-so or pick. I did enjoy it. I listened to it in a couple days on audiobook (while dying sola wood flowers for my wedding!), & I was interested in where it would all lead. It was an adventure, mystery, and romance in one. With that said, the ultimate direction felt unrealistic and a bit toxic. I didn‘t like the games of the main characters so SPOILER ALERT

I didn‘t want them to end up together. It felt childish.

Lauredhel Oh, hard same. There was a lot to like about it, but the toxicity of the main relationship left me cold. I would read the heck out of companion novels about the minor characters, though. 1y
Kaylamburson @Lauredhel I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me. It was a unique premise but the motivations just ruined it for me. I would love to read stories focused on Smith, Rory, Georgia, or Summer! 1y
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My second Alice Feeney read! I really enjoyed it and was shocked by the big twist. I didn‘t love the ending, but I loved the journey that got us there. I‘ll definitely read more of her stories. #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks this was also my first read of the year and first book for book spin!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Starting #bookspin and #doublespin a bit late, but excited to participate for 2023 and hoping to cross more off the list this year! Thanks as always for hosting @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Never too late to #BookSpin !!!! 1y
Kaylamburson Yay!! Excited for it! @TheAromaofBooks 1y
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