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Loric

Loric

Joined April 2017

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Deliciously creepy, Coraline was a perfect Halloween read. The audio was narrated by Neil Gaiman himself and was delightful.

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Emma in the Night | Wendy Walker
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I was sucked in to this crazy, dark read right from the start. This is a well crafted story with well developed characters and a story line that is full of secrets, lies, and a toxic family dynamic. It was captivating. While I had a sense of where things were going, I certainly didn‘t guess it. I intended to site down and read a few chapters and read more than 200 pages. That says something. I couldn‘t put it down.

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I Know Who You Are | Alice Feeney
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Mehso-so

This was a strong 4* star read for me until the ending and that unfortunately just completely ruined it. So many ways things could have played out differently making this a great story. I thought it was well paced, had good character development and it held my attention. I was stumped trying to figure things out, but I wasn‘t even close with this one (although I would have preferred my predictable version to they way this one ended). Blech!

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This is a decent enough YA mystery/thriller. Not earth shattering, no aha moments but still it managed to hold my attention. The last line was the best part.

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Published in 1962, this deliciously unsettling tale felt a bit dated but still made for a perfect Halloween read

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a devastatingly heartbreaking depiction of the horrors of WWII as seen through the eyes of two innocent nine year old boys, one German and the other Jewish.

The story is told through the unaware and inquisitive eyes of Bruno, capturing the innocence and naïveté of a child as the two forge a secret friendship. Such a haunting read, the final lines of this one will stay with me for a long time.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Mehso-so

I am in the minority with this one. I didn‘t love it but I didn‘t hate it. The narrative alternates between before and after the pandemic. It is a study on life and relationships, choices made and their affect on ourselves and others and how we survive in the memories of those who knew us as our actions carry on in a future without us. With all the ingredients for a book I should have loved, this one just jumped around too much for my liking.

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I am a bit surprised with the average ratings for this one. The narration by Imogen Church was terrific. Perhaps that made the difference.

In a Dark, Dark Wood is the perfect thriller. It held my attention right from the start and had my mind working overtime trying to figure it out. I intended to site down and read fifty pages and read 300. That is the highest praise I can give any book. If you haven‘t read this one, check it out!

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“It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - Albus Dumbledore

The second installment in the much beloved Harry Potter series, this starts off where book one ends, with Harry and his friends starting their second year at Hogwarts. While I love all of the character in this series, Dumbledore is my favorite. I just love his wisdom and the magical world of Hogwarts is truly spectacular.

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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A beautifully haunting and elegantly creepy blend of myth and magic of folklore. timeless allure of a fairy tale and a richly atmospheric setting perfectly weaves together dark and whimsy here. The aura of the moonlit moors and eerily hypnotic melody of the wind set a chilling tone that somehow also feels romantic, like a beautiful fairytale that enchants you. Originally published in 2011, it was a fun seeing how Schwab has grown in her craft.

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Stolen Beauty: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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A fascinating blend of fact and fiction, this is a story of Adele Bloch-Bauer, her portrait The Lady in Gold, painted by artist Gustav Klimt and her niece‘s quest to regain possession of the Klimt painting that was taken from her family during the Nazi invasion.

Beautifully written, I was easily transported back in time to the Viennese salons, studios and museums, bringing the Vienna Secession Movement and art culture to life. Enjoyable read

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Then She was Gone is a cleverly written, compelling, character driven psychological thriller that has a good dose of family drama thrown in. Alternating between past and present and narrated in multiple character POVs, Lisa Jewell has crafted deliciously dark, tangled-web of a tale full of interesting twists and unsettling turns that made for an addictively suspenseful read.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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Stalking Jack the Ripper is a morbidly fascinating read. Not my typical genre preference, it was a Club Read selection for Bookbattle. I really enjoyed the blending of historical facts surrounding Jack the Ripper within a fictional tale and the strong heroine with a passion for forensic science that constantly challenged what society deemed proper. A Sherlock Holmesesque mystery with a scientific approach to the whodunit, I found it entertaining

decorating.reader I thought it was entertaining also! 1mo
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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab
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Vicious was a story about two men taking control of themselves and their world. Vengeful is the story of the same two young men losing control and the three young women taking back control from a world that‘s tried to strip it from them. This is a dark and twisted tale of female rage and vicious vengeance. I think overall I enjoyed the first book in this series more, but I still found myself enjoying this one

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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From the first few lines you realize the kind of dark and deranged story you are in store for with Vicious. Amazingly written and well structured, I was immediately thrown off the deep end. Mundane moments gave a perversive sense that something deeper was buried underneath. Ambition, power And jealousy set the stage for this tale about control, destruction and vengeance. There are no hero‘s but you will still find your self rooting for someone.

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When Ashes Fall | Marni Mann
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Mehso-so

Overall the story was well written, the author did a good job portraying PTSD and I liked the chemistry between Alix & Smith. I knew right away what happened with Dylan, just not how, but the reveal was disappointing because it lacked creativity. The author basically to a horrific event and created fictional characters placing them into the event. I‘m not sure how I feel about that and even wonder how victims from that day may feel about it. 3*

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag for me. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts I found myself skimming through. I loved the magical setting. The writing was unquestionably beautiful in its description, creating an enchantingly whimsical atmosphere. The concept was unique, the story imaginative and I appreciated the visualization the lush descriptions created but the story lacked plot development, was slowly paced and the characters felt flat. Just ok.

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Tattered | Devney Perry
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Tattered is a sweet second chance romance. Overall it was ok, read more like a harlequin romance... wasn‘t great but wasn‘t terrible. I liked the characters but the story didn‘t have enough angst for my taste and I didn‘t see any need or purpose for the little side drama that went on. This was my first Devney Perry book. Not sure if will read more of this series but may try one of her other books down the road.

MrBook Great review! 2mo
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This story toes the line between creepy and scary. With the feel of a Hitchcockian gothic thriller, this sinisterly atmospheric story will have your heart racing.
Jules Larsen finds herself single, unemployed and without a home. Down on luck she takes a job as an apartment sitter at the exclusive Bartholomew Building in Manhattan‘s upper east side. Paid to live in a swanky apartment it‘s the opportunity of lifetime or is it too good to be true?

MrBook Great review! 2mo
Loric @MrBook thank you! This was a fun read! 2mo
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Irish Country Village | Patrick Taylor
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The Mister | E L James
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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The Silent Patient is a clever and compelling read. The author masterfully pieces together a mystery with a slow burning build that keeps the reader intrigued without revealing too much to soon. Lining up well developed character after character, each with their own sort of crazy, this one grabbed my attention from the start and kept me guessing right up to the explosive ending. This psychological thriller will really speak to you

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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This was not anything like the Archie comics I grew up on. It was darker than I expected with it‘s satanic and cannibalistic elements and full of outdated stereotypes. I don‘t love graphic novels to begin with so I shouldn‘t be surprised that I didn‘t like this one. Even the tiny Veronica and Betty Cameo was twisted. Selected this for a Bookbattle prompt and sadly it just wasn‘t my cup of tea.

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A Walk to Remember | Nicholas Sparks
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This has been on my bookshelf forever... well maybe not quite forever, not even twenty years, which is when it was published, but a long, long time. While I can‘t read Nicolas Sparks books one after another, reading them spread out always turns out to be a beautiful experience. A Walk to Remember didn‘t disappoint. Truly a beautiful story about rare, pure, true love.

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Twenty years late to the game for this one and I will concur that it proves worthy of every five star review it has received. Perfect for all ages and a wonderful addition to any book lover‘s collection.

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Spellcaster | Claudia Gray
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Witchcraft, evil curses and young romance made Spellcaster a fun enough read. With elements of paranormal, fantasy and a unique system of magic, I enjoyed the world Claudia Gray created, but the story was predictable, the two main characters were blah and too many POVs made things a bit confusing at times. Overall it was ok, the ending piqued my interest and the secondary characters were likable. I may move on in the series to see what happens.

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Forgotten Garden | Kate Morton
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Shadow Me | Tahereh Mafi
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The overall reading experience in Shadow Me was disappointing. Unlike the other novella‘s in this series where Tahereh Mafi successfully developed a specific character giving us insight as to how they became the individual they are while sharing their point of view, Shadow Me basically just retold the last few chapters of Restore Me through Kenji‘s perspective. I would have liked more depth and character development for this amazing character.

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Charmed | Jen Calonita
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Charmed is the second book in the Fairytale Reform School series. This series is Perfect for middle grade readers. The ending has enough resolution to satisfy the reader and yet there is enough suspense and a bit of a cliffhanger that will entice them to continue reading the series.

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A beautiful and bittersweet story that crosses four generations of women in the setting of a traditional family bakery that weaves together past and present taking you on a reflective journey about love, second chance, sacrifice, discovery, family and legacy that will leave you filled with hope and sadness all at once.

Don‘t be fooled by the beautiful cover, this isn‘t a light read. Set against a backdrop of WWII there is a lock of heartbreak.

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Kiss of Deception | Mary E Pearson
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A princess runs away on the day that her arranged marriage is scheduled to take place. While in hiding she befriends two men, an assassin hired to kill her and the prince that she jilted. Uniquely structured and told in multiple POV, each pretends to be someone else keeping their true identity from the heroine and reader. This one ends in a cliffhanger but the plot held my attention enough that I will keep on with the series. Audio was well done

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Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children took me by surprise. It was somehow gloomy yet wittingly uplifting at the same time.I loved the addition of all the old photos. The first book in this series, I am looking forward to following Jacob and his peculiar friends on their journey.

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No secrets with this little gem, it is as predictable as it gets, but the writing was fun, charming and witty. If you enjoy Julia Quinn‘s Bridgerton series, take a look at this one!

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Eleanor & Grey | Brittainy C. Cherry
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Brittainy C Cherry has a way with words that manages to push every emotional button I own. Her writing is so lovely. Eleanor and Grey was such a beautiful yet utterly realistic story about friendship, first loves, loss and the opportunity for second chances. It was a beautiful portrayal of fate, destiny and an honest reminder that timing is sometimes everything.

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A sweet, clean romance and a charmingly wonderful story about Milwaukee and the food scene that truly makes me want to go back again. A perfect summer read.

Dragon I bought this one at a booksale because I liked the cover so I‘m glad to hear it‘s a good book 👍😀🐉 3mo
Loric @Dragon I was a bit worried because I had been given the book The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake from a friend and it was soo sad. My daughter gave me this and I held off on reading because I thought it was going to be similar... and was pleasantly surprised 🤗 (edited) 3mo
Dragon I‘ll have to move it up my tbr pile 👍😀🐉 3mo
Loric @Dragon 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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Hidden Bodies was an enjoyable read but just not as captivating as You. I think part of what made You so special was that it made me feel incredibly vulnerable to the darker side of social media between stalking, FOMO, cyberbullying and online authenticity. While creepy sociopath Joe is still up to his antics, the storyline is starting to get too far fetched and knowing another book is coming takes away some of the angst of his getting caught.

Bklover YES!! 3mo
Loric @Bklover right? 3mo
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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This has been on my bookshelf forever. Glad I finally picked it up and read it.

GypsyKat One of my all time favorites! ❤️🐝🍯 3mo
Loric @GypsyKat don‘t know why it took so long for me to get around to reading it but certainly glad I did! 3mo
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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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Loved the first book but this one just didn‘t grip me the same. I think my biggest disappointment is with the main character Mare. I loved her strength, fire and spirit portrayed in Red Queen but in Glass Sword she evolves into a completely different character, a selfish, somewhat darker and impulsive character with a tendency to whine and brood. I‘m a bit on the fence as to whether I want to continue on with this series (photo from Pinterest)

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The Last Anniversary | Liane Moriarty
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A quirky mystery, a full cast of eccentric characters and a storyline full of drama, secrets with a good dose of humor speckled throughout, The Anniversary was a fun read that kept my attention. After having read several books by this author, it is clear that this is one of her earlier works, but enjoyable none the less.

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Song of David | Amy Harmon
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Amy Harmon never disappoints!

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Such a sad story about grief, loss and the breakdown of a family as they deal with the loss of a child/sibling. The writing was lovely, and the audio well done. The story was just a bit sad for me. I was impressed that this was a debut novel and will look forward to reading more for this talented author.

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This book had so much potential to be an inspiring and uplifting read but unfortunately the writing was too complex and clinical. Too many competing layers, timelines jumped around and too many facts (names, dates, places and scientific information) that overwhelmed the true story behind these brave, intelligent women whose achievements were so instrumental to the success of the space program.

lynneamch I enjoyed the movie, but might as well take it off the tbr. 3mo
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Pope Joan: A Novel | Donna Woolfolk Cross
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Pope Joan was, according to legend, a woman who reigned as pope for a few years during the Middle Ages. Whether you believe in her existence or not, the way she is portrayed in this book was just amazing. I can honestly say this was one of the most interesting and captivating books I‘ve read. Well researched and exquisitely written, this was a historical fiction delight. The authors note at the end was intriguing.

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A fun addition to any cookbook collection this is full of uncomplicated recipes, mouth watering photos, helpful tips and short tales of my Cedar Cove friends. Narrated by Charlotte Rhodes (one of the beloved characters from the Cedar Cove series) as she shares her collection of treasured recipes from the kitchens of her neighbors and friends, I love how the cookbook ties in with the series. I felt like I was swapping recipes with a dear friend.

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This was a cute story about two friends that find themselves stuck in a time loop on their eleventh birthday. I enjoyed following Amanda and Leo as they tried to figure out why this was happening to them and what they needed to do to make it stop. A perfect middle grade book for kids that enjoy fantasy or realistic fiction this touched on themes around being a good friend, being true to yourself and how choices and actions affect others.

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