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LazyOwl

LazyOwl

Joined September 2016

🇦🇺 She/Her mostly fantasy/scifi https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7596967-kristy-harvey Follow me on Readerly or Storygraph: LazyOwl
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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
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Branded | Simon Archer
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I DNF'd this. I got sick of hearing about the fine cleavage and wonderful female form and so much innuendo.

I got this free on Audible. If I'd paid for it I definitely would have returned it for another credit.

Also, I've been absent from litsy for the past few weeks as I was on holidays, but back now and back to the daily grind.

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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After the more light hearted adventure of the last book, I was pleased to discover that this book feels much more like the first two. This one launches into a world with definitive rules of the goblin marketplace. I loved it and loved the narration.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky | Seanan McGuire
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two books which may be because I didn't enjoy the narrator as much. I found some of the voices a bit annoying which influenced my enjoyment of the story. This was a much fluffier story and didn't include some of the darker undertones of the prior books.

Still a pick though at ⭐⭐⭐

annahenke It‘s so hard when the narrator isn‘t a fit 2mo
BehindthePages The next one will be back to darker tones :) 2mo
peanutnine Yeah this one was definitely *sweeter* than the previous two 2mo
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LazyOwl @annahenke The next book has the original narrator, so I'm pleased 😀 2mo
LazyOwl @BehindthePages I've already started the next one and am enjoying. Love the Goblin market. 2mo
LazyOwl @peanutnine it was a good story, but I guess I was just craving the more serious darker elements of the previous ones. The first book is my favourite 💕 2mo
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I really enjoyed this look into Jack and Jill's origin story. Love the vivid description of the world they're launched into.

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Last Argument of Kings | Joe Abercrombie
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This is definitely not your average fantasy and doesn't have the usual tropes you see in fantasy. The story took me in unexpected twists and turns but the characters are so consistently true to themselves throughout right to the last page.

All the stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jovy Yes!! 🙌🏻 I love this series! 2mo
LazyOwl Such a great unexpected series. It's a refreshing change for someone who reads a lot of fantasy. 2mo
LazyOwl @Jovy sorry meant to tag you in the comment above. 2mo
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I really enjoyed this comic. I read some of the single issues a while back, but never got to read them all.

Wynd lives in Pipetown, but he has to hide his ears for his own safety. Magic is not welcome here.

Loved this one, and I definitely will try to get my hands on Book 2, The Secret of the Wings.

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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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Enjoying my The Expanse journey. I've been listening to the audio and would recommend. Love the characters which just jump alive to me. I'm not sure if that's because I've watched the TV Series and can clearly picture them because of this, but the narrator does a great job channelling the characters.

Scurvygirl This series is on my list to be read. Fantastic show. 3mo
LazyOwl @Scurvygirl it's definitely worth it IMHO. I love the show as well 3mo
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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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These books are hard to put down. For a fantasy series, there's not actually a lot of magic, but the characters are vivid and flawed and you can't help but root for them.

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Terra Nullius | Claire Coleman
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A definite worthwhile read. A little slow to start, but hang in there until about the 50% mark and it's worth it.

Definitely thought provoking and obvious parallels with the colonisation of Australia.

If I say anymore than this it will spoil the story.

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Crossover, Volume 1 | Donny Cates
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This was really fun.

What if all the comic book characters got dumped into the real world all at once? This tells the chaos of that story.

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You Had It Coming | B.M. CARROLL
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This thriller mystery was done quite well. Tackles sexual assault & how difficult it is for victims to go through the legal system

Had me continually guessing. I had several different theories going on in my head as to who the murderer was & kept changing my mind.

I was expecting a more tense thriller vibe, but this read more like a police procedural style

This was my IRL book club book this month & I think there will be some good discussion

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The Mandalorian Armor | K. W. Jeter
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I've been binge watching clone wars, rebels & bad batch which got me in the mood for more star wars. My husband has a ton of star wars books, so I thought I would read some.

The story follows Boba Fett after he has been swallowed by the Sarlacc. It was very dry with a ton of info dumping. I was completely bored most of the time & hubby did admit this one had not impressed him either.

LazyOwl I'm thinking I may give Star Wars reads another go, but will read some of the canon content available instead. 3mo
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Ive been a bit absent the past week as Ive been in a bit of a reading slump. I didnt read as much as I would have anticipated in August

My fav this month is tough as I really enjoyed the most recent instalment of Witchlands - Witchshadow. I also really enjoyed the Blade Itself

Leviathan Wakes was a re-read, but this time in audio format.

Servant Mage was between a so-so & pan for me. I was a bit disappointed as I expected more from Kate Elliott

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I read this for the #SwordandLaser Podcast

The language took a bit to get used to, but once I got into the flow of the book it was quite charming & enjoyable. A group of young women take on a job to protect a lady whilst she's in seclusion until her wedding day. Hijinks ensue & the ladies have to figure out who is behind the attacks.

The MC is a a fire witch and a disreputable lady with previous encounters with the law.

A solid 3 1/2 star read.

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Ruthless Ladies is Sword & Laser Podcast pick.

I was going to pick up You Had it Coming, but decided to start the Star Wars book from my husband's collection, so that one is up next instead.

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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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Still trying to put my thoughts in order. Not your average fantasy as there is not a huge amount of magic involved. I enjoyed and am definitely interested to see where the stories goes.

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Katerina Oh, I love this series! Not so keen on Abercrombies YA books, but The First Law trilogy and the stand alone books in the same universe are excellent reads!
I haven't read the Age of Madness trilogy yet, but it's on my list.

Such vivid writing and the characters just jump off the page. Love it :D
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LazyOwl Glad you enjoyed it. There's so much going on in the story. I agree the characters are really well written and each have their own unique quirks. I read the Shattered Sea series ages ago which I loved. I don't know why it's taken me this long to pick up another Abercrombie. 3mo
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This took me longer to get into than I expected, but that may be because I was unwell with headaches and migraines the week I started it. Once I had a good block of time to devote to reading it though, it really took off and there was a great reveal about half way through that I did not see coming.

There is so much going on in these books. Love the world building and lore and threadfamily.

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Dragon Wing: The Death Gate Cycle | Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs

1. Sometimes, but most times a twist will take me by surprise. I prefer the twists I cant see coming

2. Death Gate Cycle is one of my all time favourite series. Pictured is some artwork from the series from a Facebook fans page

3. I kinda like anti-heroes. I also enjoy found family

4. Today I'm grateful for dinner that I didn't have to cook

#WondrousWednesday

@Cheshirecat913 @Enchanted_Bibliophile @Roary47

Enchanted_Bibliophile Thanks for the tag 😁 4mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile I'm looking into this series, it sounds like something I should be reading 🤩 4mo
LazyOwl @Enchanted_Bibliophile Yes, I highly recommend 👌 3mo
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I didn't get much read this week as I've been plagued by migraines. Not enjoying reading as much as a result. Hopefully I get back into my reading groove soon.

You Had it Coming and Ruthless Ladies Guide to Wizardry are both Book Club books. One IRL and the other for Sword & Laser Podcast.

Smrloomis Hope the migraines go away soon! 4mo
Roary47 Hope you feel better soon! 4mo
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Leviathan Wakes | James S. A. Corey
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This was a reread for me, but in audio format this time. I thought the narrator was quite good, he didn't do a lot of different voices but I found I liked the narration anyway 🤷‍♀️

Cheshirecat913 My husband got me to watch the Prime show The Expanse last week, I have enjoyed it so far...maybe will have to check out the books. 4mo
LazyOwl @Cheshirecat913 I enjoyed the TV Series and I think the first book follows that pretty closely. 4mo
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast

I've heard good things about First Law, so looking forward to jumping into this one and very excited to read Witchshadow.

Enjoying listening to Leviathan Wakes, great narrator.

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I'm having the best time rereading the Witchlands books. There is so much going on in these books. Magical doorways, witches with elemental powers, mythical beasts, political manoeuvring, a raider king intent on domination.

Next onto Witchshadow, the newest book which I've not read yet.

LeeRHarry I have had to stop reading this series - my poor little brain can‘t cope, it is so confusing to me - may pick it up down the track 😊 4mo
LazyOwl @LeeRHarry There's definitely a lot going on. A second read through definitely solidifies things and for me Sightwitch was key to helping me understand the world better and what was going on. 4mo
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Servant Mage | Kate Elliott
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This is a great read if you're looking for a very quick fantasy read and don't want the long slog of world building that a lot of fantasy books have. It puts you into the action right from the start.

The story is about the oppression of those with demon wraiths that provide them with magical abilities. Whilst I found the premise interesting I must admit I wanted more world building and I wanted more back story. ⬇

LazyOwl I am an avid fantasy reader and have therefore consumed a lot of the genre. This was the quickest fantasy story that I've read (that I can remember) and unfortunately it felt lacking.

I think this would be a great book for someone who wants to dip their toe into the fantasy genre for the first time.

Expected publication is January 2022.
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His & Hers | Alice Feeney
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This was a great psychological thriller

Feeney is great at building the story gradually by weaving in hints of information piecemeal throughout the main narrative & the characters backstories

I thought I had things figured out several times, but kept changing my mind about who the killer was and there were several twists that took me by surprise.

A very satisfying psychological thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed reading

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LazyOwl CW - rape, domestic abuse, infant death, bullying 4mo
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Collage: A New Approach | Jonathan Talbot
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TIA

wanderinglynn I use PicMonkey. I like it because it has more flexibility than PicCollage on fonts, graphics, and overall design of the image. There‘s a web and app version—you can move back and forth between them. I don‘t think it limits photos in a collage but I can‘t say for sure. I know I‘ve had as many as 25 photos for a #bookspin bingo post. 4mo
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast

AUDIOBOOK: Leviathan Wakes, I'm enjoying the narration.

PHYSICAL: Bloodwitch is a re-read & I'm looking forward to the newest release in the series next, Witchshadow.

EBOOK: His & Hers. I'm enjoying suspense/thrillers at the moment, so hoping this one will be good.

Roary47 I‘m looking forward to leviathan wakes. 🥰 4mo
LazyOwl @Roary47 I hope you enjoy 😁 3mo
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July wrap-up & I had a great month with 15 books read. I decided to just go with mood reading instead of a planned approach which I really needed due to stressful work life and some anxiety the past couple of months.

My favourite was Sightwitch which was a re-read, but my non re-read would be Hollowpox.

Least enjoyed was Whisper Cottage. It was very lack-luster, disappointing & not what I was expecting for a so-called ghost story.

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This was a really great psychological thriller that had me guessing till the end. I enjoyed each of the characters & they were interesting enough for me to not want to put this book down. A close knit community where everyone has something to hide, but who is the real threat?
There were a couple of twists that also took me by surprise which I enjoyed.
Overall 4.25 stars & would definitely recommend for a light quick psychological thriller.

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Sightwitch | Susan Dennard
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This is my favourite book in the Witchlands series. The book is told entirely in diary entries and has illustrations on some of the pages. It's also a pretty quick read. It's a novella, but I actually think it is a very key read in the series as there is a lot revealed about the world and it's characters.

RaeLovesToRead I love the map! 4mo
GondorGirl This is my favorite ongoing series and I loved this volume. ❤ 4mo
LazyOwl @RaeLovesToRead Thanks, I love this map too! 4mo
LazyOwl @GondorGirl happy to know there's others out there that love this series as much as I do. This volume just brings the series together nicely and I love the format. 4mo
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Windwitch | Susan Dennard
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I'm thoroughly enjoying my reread of Witchlands. This is such an underrated series. I think it's aimed at YA, but don't let that deter you. There is so much going on with these books. It's LGBTQ+ that's done really well and is just seamlessly part of the story. There's a cool magic system, bonds of friendship, a prophesy, mythical beasts and so much more.

I'm excited for the next book which is my favourite of the series - Sightwitch.

LeeRHarry I have Bloodwitch to start shortly - definitely found the first two books a bit confusing but Sightwitch cleared a few things up 😊 Glad you‘re enjoying your reread 😊 4mo
LazyOwl @LeeRHarry Thanks, yes I am definitely enjoying my re-read. I've just started Bloodwitch now :) 4mo
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Not book related, but looking for some positive vibes.

I booked in my 1st pfizer dose. Someone in my family is antivax. I spoke with them today. I get anxiety at the best of times and feeling more nervous about the jab now after I've spoken with them, as they are very vocal even when I asked them not to talk about it.

Anyone who has had their doses, please send positive vibes my way.

Thanks in advance. 💕

MrsMalaprop Well done! I‘ve had my first AZ and my husband had his first Pfizer last weekend. 👍🏼 4mo
wanderinglynn Sending you positive vibes. 💚 You will be glad you got vaccinated. 4mo
Sahar I had both my shots, and with each one, I hydrated before and afterwards like crazy and had barely a reaction, besides a sore arm— and that lasted 1 day, tops. Drink tons of water 💦 and stay safe 🙌🏻 4mo
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MatchlessMarie 💉💚 I got the Moderna vaccine. Everyone reacts different but the only side effect I had was wanting to sleep like Rip Van Winkle after my second shot 😴 You got this! 4mo
Lesanne I had both of mine in January (Pfizer). I did great! A little achy after the second one but otherwise fine. And I felt such relief afterwards, it was so worth it! 4mo
zezeki I got my second Pfizer dose almost a month ago! I had just a little headache aftet both doses, and my arm was just a tad sore, but nothing too significant. Now that I think about it I was drinking a lot of water during that time, as @Sahar mentioned, maybe that's why I had such mild symptoms. 4mo
Hestapleton I got both Pfizer doses! The sore arm is annoying, but isn‘t too bad if you keep moving it! It‘s like a tetanus shot. I ran a fever for 24 hours after my first dose. I had COVID in November so my body recognized the shot! I felt carsick for two days after my second. That‘s it! Drink lots of water, schedule some time off work if you can, and view it as medically provided reading time! You got this. 4mo
Soubhiville I had the Pfizer too. After dose one I was just tired for a day and a little sore at injection site. Dose 2 I also felt blah for a day, but no fever. It was like the feeling I get right before actually getting sick, but only lasted 12 hours or so. Good luck, and good for you getting them! 4mo
CarolynM I'm glad you are able to be vaccinated. Sending you good wishes for minimal adverse reaction. I've had my first AZ shot with only the mildest of side effects. My second dose is due in 3 weeks and I'm looking forward to being fully vaccinated. 4mo
AmyG You will do just fine. The first dose you may feel a bit “off”. Your arm may become sore. The second shot you may be sick for a day....so plan for that. A day. Like any other time being sick. You get through it. The trade off???? If you do get covid your chances are SO SO reduced that you will be hospitalized or die. Why gamble withyour health, right? And yes....lots of water. Take tylenol after the vaccine if you don‘t feel well. And hooray 🎉 4mo
Libby1 You can do it! 💪🏼 I did have some after effects but I‘ve also had Covid and I can tell you they don‘t even begin to compare. You‘re doing something brave for yourself but also showing kindness to other people by helping to protect them. Think of yourself as a kindness superhero! ❤️ 4mo
Megabooks My vaccination went just fine, and it feels great to be protected. As a veterinarian who has given thousands of vaccines, they are important, they control disease and protect you/your family, and are painless with little to no side effects. 👍🏻 I had Pfizer as well and had a bit of soreness and tiredness after the second. After the first, I had no side effects. 💜 4mo
Tamra You‘ve got this! You will be happy knowing you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and others, plus well there is science and all that….😉 I got Pfizer and no side effects with the first and only the slightest of headache with the second, which honestly could have been hormonal. Yay for you!! 👏🏾 4mo
Reagan Positive vibes on route! I‘m fully vaxxed (AZ and Pfizer) and the most lasting side effect was immense relief. I didn‘t feel great after the AZ, but completely fine after Pfizer other than sore arm. Also, as parent of an under 12, thank you ❤️ she cant# be vaccinated and everyone who can and does helps protect the littles. (edited) 4mo
Roary47 Everyone I work with and majority of the people I know just felt achy and maybe a little sick. Once fully vaccinated there is record that that pesky Delta variant will not be a problem. Just take care of yourself and seek help immediately if your symptoms are extreme. Praying your symptoms are few and your anxieties ebb away. 💛 4mo
archaeolibrarianologist I got the Pfizer. It's super easy. No worries. 4mo
sprainedbrain I had Moderna, but my 4 older kids (ages 16-21) had Pfizer. Mild symptoms for 2 of us after the second shot, no symptoms at all for the other 3. So thankful to be vaccinated! You‘ve totally got this! ❤️ 4mo
LazyOwl @MrsMalaprop @wanderinglynn @Sahar @MatchlessMarie @Lesanne @zezeki @Hestapleton @Soubhiville @CarolynM @AmyG @Libby1 @Megabooks @Tamra @Reagan @Roary47 @archeolibrarianologist @sprainedbrain Thank you all for your encouragement, it really helped me go through with the appointment. I did have a panic attack whilst waiting at the clinic for my appointment, but the nurse I had was really lovely and helped me through it. One more to go! 4mo
Roary47 Yay! I‘m so glad your nurse was kind. Take care of yourself as your body learns to protect you and keep you safe. 💛 4mo
Lesanne Good for you! And remember, you‘re not only keeping yourself safe, you‘re helping keep others safe as well! 😊 4mo
wanderinglynn 💜 yay. I‘m so glad to hear you did okay. And yay for nurses! 4mo
AmyG One down, one to go. You got this! 👊🏻 4mo
sprainedbrain Good for you! Hopefully the second one is easier for you. ❤️ 4mo
Tamra Reward yourself with a great book! 😃 I find expressing anxiety to nurses & doctors helps and they get it. 💜 4mo
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This is my second reread through of Truthwitch. I'm completing a reread as I've recently purchased the latest published book.

I love this series, and I'm enjoying reading even more than my 1st time round. The magic system is really cool and I love all the characters with the flaws and the bonds they've formed.

This is definitely a massive favourite fantasy series and I will reread again.

GondorGirl This is definitely my favorite ongoing fantasy series. It's just brilliant! 4mo
LazyOwl @GondorGirl it's such an underrated series I think. Have you read Witchshadow? 4mo
GondorGirl @LazyOwl Not yet! I'm waiting until I have an entire day free to just read the entire thing. 4mo
LazyOwl @GondorGirl That sounds like a great idea. I hope you enjoy your reread as well. I'm currently reading Bloodwitch. Can't wait till Witchshadow but I'm enjoying me reread journey too. 4mo
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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I'm really enjoying this series. Yes it's YA, but I enjoy this different take on the fae with morally questionable characters and there is not too much romance, which I like. The books in this series are also really quick reads and nice in between books between your chunkier epic fantasy reads. I'm straight onto the third book.

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The Lost Sisters | Holly Black
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This was a super quick novella told from sister Taryn's point of view which I enjoyed. I don't think this is a necessary read for the series, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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I'm loving my journey with Morrigan. I think this was my favourite of the three books that I've read and I am eagerly looking forward to book 4 being published.
This is such a whimsical and magical story with the found family trope. These are such fun books to escape into for all ages. Love them.

tracey38 I really want to read this series! I've heard nothing but good things. 5mo
LazyOwl @tracey38 I definitely think it's worth a read 4mo
tracey38 @LazyOwl I just read the first book and loved it. Need to go get book 2 asap, lol. 4mo
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Whisper Cottage | Anne Wyn Clark
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A spooky cottage with an untoward past and a new family moves in with weird happenings occurring. I really wanted to like this story, as I found the premise interesting but it just didn't grab me like I was hoping.
To start off with I felt there were issues with the pacing. I wanted more intrigue and suspense. I would get hints of this very briefly and then the story would quickly move onto more mundane parts of the story.

LazyOwl The dialogue in the story didn't feel natural or believable and therefore I just didn't connect with the MC or any of the other characters for that matter. The MC was a new mother and as a mother myself, it just felt like someone wrote the character based off someone else's idea of a mother. The friend who only features briefly in the book was actually more believable as a mother than the MC.
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LazyOwl There was also a twist in the book at one point which I felt was completely unnecessary and didn't seem to fit with the story. It almost felt like it was added in as an after thought.

Maybe others will enjoy this book for what it is, but as I was looking for something spooky and suspenseful it just wasn't for me.
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Tove_Reads I also expected a lot more. During the first third I wondered how I even got this book, I would never request one like this. A really strange one. 5mo
LazyOwl @Tove_Reads yeah, it was definitely not what I was expecting. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I went into this having high expectations. I'd already read Circe & loved it. My expectations were that this would be even better as so many readers professed Achilles to be their fav

My high expectations were warranted & I really enjoyed this retold Greek mythology. I love the way the MC's relationship in this book developed over time.

LazyOwl It's difficult for me to say much more than this, as I think it's better if you read this without any further info & enjoy the journey.

IMO this did not top Circe, as I absolutely loved Circe, but it was still a very enjoyable read and subsequently I would love to read more from Madeleine Miller.
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AmyG I loved Circe, too….A little more than Achilles. Perhaps because she is a woman and mother I could relate to her more. 5mo
LazyOwl @AmyG Glad to know I'm not the only one. Maybe that's why I enjoyed more as well. 5mo
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A decent psychological thriller. A woman with agoraphobia likes to watch her neighbours until one day she witnesses a murder. There were a few twists in the book, one of them didn't come as a surprise. Some compare it to Gone Girl, but IMO I didn't think it lived up to that hype. Whilst I thought this was a good book, it just didn't wow me. Still a solid 3 1/2 stars though.

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My June wrap up. Not as many books this this month aswork has been crazy & I've not had mental capacity or much time to read

Favourite was Piranesi, but I loved all books this month.

Lots of tears & anger reading The Nightingale

Piranesi was just wonderful & made me ponder afterwards

Nevermoor was a fun start to a magical new whimsical world

Network Effect gave me much murderbot humour, even if I'm annoying human
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LazyOwl Southern Bookclub gave me the creeps

And I learned all about Greek mythology with Stephen Fry narrating.
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These are just easy, fun, magical books to read. The whole way through I was rooting for Morrigan. These books bring out your inner child and desire for dreams and magic and the possibility of the impossible.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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The Suspect | Michael Robotham
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I listened to this, as it was the free audiobook this month on Audible. I don't know if it was the book or the narrator but I did not like the MC. He just came across a bit pompous and I found the descriptions of women frequently unnecessarily sexualised.

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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 5mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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What happens when human children are raised by the fae as their own? How do they survive the ruthlessness of the fae lands. Plenty of morally grey characters. This felt like a good start to an interesting YA fantasy series. It starts off slow, but builds in momentum and it was definitely enjoyable enough for me to want to continue with the series.

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Fry does a great job of telling the story of the Greek myths, with his own brand of humour mixed in. Whilst I enjoyed, I have to admit I prefer Greek mythology stories told within a singular story/plot. Sometimes I felt a bit lost in the many gods & myths & after a while I lost a bit of interest. I listened on audio narrated by Fry & he does a wonderful job of narrating. It's obvious Greek mythology is a passion of his. ⬇

LazyOwl Overall a great read if you want to learn more about Greek mythology and how the stories evolved over time.

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SamAnne My book club picked this to read and I loved it. I'm a big greek/roman classics fan and love mythology and retellings. I need to read more Stephen Fry. 5mo
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LazyOwl @SamAnne I hope you enjoy. Are you reading the print version, or listening to the audio? 5mo
SamAnne @LazyOwl I finished the print version. It was a good read since I‘m planning to reread The Odyssey and Iliad, and have Song of Achilles and A Thousand Ships on my TBR 5mo
LazyOwl @SamAnne I loved Circe, and I have Song of Achilles on my TBR and I'm hoping to get to this in July. I've seen a few posts about A Thousand Ships, but don't know much about it. 5mo
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I really enjoyed Southern Book Club, as someone who grew up in the 80s and 90s it was full of nostalgia. This is my second book read by Hendrix and I wasn't disappointed. He has this great way of creating tension and ramping it straight up towards the end. The ending was satisfying but did leave me with some unanswered questions and I wonder if Hendrix may revisit the story in the future.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This started out slow, but in the end I just loved Piranesi. I went into this blind not knowing much about it, which I think is the best way to go. So I won't say much more about this, except that it was a great read that had me thinking and pondering and I loved the character development.

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TheAromaofBooks I keep seeing so many great reviews of this one but can't decide if I'm going to read it - I ended up really disliking Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 😬 5mo
Tamra @TheAromaofBooks I didn‘t enjoy Jonathan Strange either, but I‘m hoping to like (edited) 5mo
LazyOwl @TheAromaofBooks @Tamra I haven't read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, so I can't compare. Although based on what I know about JS&MN I think they are very different stories. But I guess it's about whether you like the author's style of writing. 5mo
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Only one book read this week. The Nightingale which is the book this month for my IRL book club. We're meeting today and I think there should be some good discussion.

70% through Piranesi. My first impressions were that it was going to be a bit boring, but now I can't get enough of Piranesi.

I'm most looking forward to getting stuck into Southern Book Club.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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This was a heart wrenching, at times soul crushing historical fiction set in WWII in France. The story whilst fiction has been derived from historical figures and tells the story of the sacrifices and amazing heroics of women during this period that often went untold.

LazyOwl This took me on a roller coaster of emotions. I railed at the unfair & horrible acts against the innocent to the truly evil actions of humans against each other. I cried at how much these women endured all whilst trying to protect their families. I felt hope for the women who took risks to selflessly help the vulnerable

A highly recommended & important read. My words do not do this justice, just go read this book

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Favourite of the past week was a tough pick, but I'd have to say Nevermoor, because it was just what I needed, something simple and fun that didn't require too much head space for.

The Nightingale is for an IRL bookclub.

Mythos I started on my recent road trip, but need to get back to at some stage.

Most excited for Piranesi, which is for Sword & Laser Podcast.

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Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I've now finished my reread of the Old Kingdom books. Goldenhand was probably my least favourite. The narrator did a good job, but also my least favourite out of the three narrators.

I recently found out there will be another book coming out this year, so my reread of the series has been quite timely, as I will definitely be reading that one when it comes out.

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A lot of action in this installment of Murderbot. ART makes a comeback and Murderbot has more feelings to process.

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