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Lucy_Anywhere

Lucy_Anywhere

Joined December 2018

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Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal
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Here we go... my #nomakeup #nofilter selfie for #BFCr2 I've had to wait for today as I was being a bit vain and was waiting for the scratch on my cheek to heal 🙈

#teamlitnfit

@mcipher @wanderinglynn

krayoncolorz You‘re gorgeous! I still need to do mine! I‘ve had such a busy week! Today is the day! 4h
wanderinglynn Beautiful! ❤️ And your eye color is stunning. Thank you for sharing. 2h
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The Ember Blade | Chris Wooding
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This chunkster took the best part of a week to read, but it means I can cross off one more book on the #TBRbingo

wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 20h
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The Ember Blade | Chris Wooding
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A new epic fantasy with lots of classic fantasy vibes, THE EMBER BLADE was a fun read. I really liked that it had a few more shades of grey than you usually find in classic-style fantasy, and I loved how much the main character grew throughout the story. My only niggle is the lack of strong female characters who really affected the story which, sadly, is too often the case with quest fantasies.

#fantasy

twohectobooks I read his YA duology called Malice and it was pretty decent but not mind blowing. Apparently he‘s written this and a ton of other stuff too, which I did not realize! 18h
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks I would say the same about this. I enjoyed it and I liked that it had the feel of a classic adventure fantasy with a bit of a modern twist, but it didn't blow my mind! 18h
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The Ember Blade | Chris Wooding
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I'm rather pleased with myself this week! I finished two books, and made a solid start on a third. Also, I did three yoga sessions, and two stints of housework as I'm moving on Tuesday 😬

#BookFitnessChallenge #BFCr2 #TeamLitnFit

@mcipher @BeckyB @krayoncolorz @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @okthislooksbad @DebbieGrillo @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 🎉 And good luck with your move! 1w
jillannjohn 👏 1w
mcipher Awesome week! Here‘s to a nice, smooth moving process! 😊 1w
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BeckyB Great job! Housework and moving are both great ways to get some exercise in! 7d
Lucy_Anywhere @mcipher @BeckyB thanks ladies! I'm despairing slightly at the amount of stuff I've managed to acquire over the year 🙈 7d
okthislooksbad Hope the move goes smoothly! Konmari ALL the things! 😅😂 6d
twohectobooks Hope your move is going well! 3d
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I'm a quarter of the way through #TBRbingo I love the summer holidays... lots of books and all the time in the world.

Except for packing up and leaving Spain. And then moving to Thailand. ARGHHHH...

mcipher That sounds like such an adventure! But probably not as fun in real life, huh?! 😊 1w
Lucy_Anywhere @mcipher You would not believe the paperwork! I am excited, though 😀 1w
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I enjoyed JUST ONE DAMNED THING AFTER ANOTHER a lot. It was fun and full of snark, and reading about the eccentric time-travelling historians of St Mary's was exactly what I needed after the interminable slog that was 2312. A quick, easy read that fit my mood perfectly. ⭐⭐⭐

Squidapus Just picked this up so good to hear Squidapus will enjoy it! 2d
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2312: A Novel | Kim Stanley Robinson
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I can't finish this book. I tried. I really, really tried but I've given up. The world-building is astonishing and KSR has some really cool ideas about what humanity could look like in three hundred years. But I need more than just cool world-building. Like a plot. And interesting characters. And a protagonist I don't want to punch in the face for being such an immature, selfish, spoilt and downright unlikable human being. Ugh.

twohectobooks Have you read other books by this author? I read The Years of Rice and Salt last year and the more I think about it the more I realize it was a slog but I wanted to like it so bad because of the cool premise. I wonder if all of his books are like that. 1w
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks This is the only KSR I've read! Like you said, I stuck with it for ages because he has such cool ideas - the main city of Mercury travels on tracks to stay out of the sun for example. And people have so much love for his books... I wanted to like it a lot more than I did 1w
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The Seventh Bride | T. Kingfisher
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Mehso-so

A light and easy to read YA fantasy with a very relatable heroine, a good sense of humour, and lots of heart. I enjoyed THE SEVENTH BRIDE but it didn't quite have the charm and humour of her more adult fantasies.

#fantasy #youngadult

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The Seventh Bride | T. Kingfisher
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Tackling Mount TBR with a #TBRbingo

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Paper and Fire | Rachel Caine
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Photo challenge for #BFCr2 I don't cook much, so boiled eggs on wholemeal toast is my go to healthy breakfast. Smashed avo on toast is another fave. No recipe needed!

#BookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn @mcipher

wanderinglynn I love fast & simple foods! Thanks for sharing! 2w
mcipher That looks delicious! 2w
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Paper and Fire | Rachel Caine
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Week 2 check in for #BFCr2 I'm pleased with the bookish side of things - hooray for the summer holidays! I'm not so pleased with the fitness side - I've done a couple of walks. It's been hot and I've been lazy 🙈 The top photo is the view from my teeny tiny balcony, and the bottom photo is Valdemossa - a gorgeous wee mountain town

@wanderinglynn @mcipher @DebbieGrillo @BeckyB @twohectobooks @krayoncolorz @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @okthislooksbad

krayoncolorz The heat can be hard but just remember small gains are still gains! The view is gorgeous and hope you enjoy your holiday! 2w
Books.Bottles.and.Babies Way to go!! This heat is the worst, so any walking is impressive! Even the smallest amount of activity is better than nothing!! 2w
Lucy_Anywhere @krayoncolorz @Books.Bottles.and.Babies Thanks, ladies! I'd loved living in Palma - it's so pretty! - and I'm sad to be leaving next week. I am looking forward to a bit of British weather ☔ cooler temps would be lovely! 2w
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okthislooksbad Gosh, those views are amazing 😍 Well impressed that you're braving the heat for any kind of activity! 💃 2w
BeckyB Great job and beautiful pictures! 2w
twohectobooks Gorgeous views! Coming from a place where we have sub zero temperatures eight months of the year, extreme heat makes me pretty lazy, too. 2w
wanderinglynn Sounds like you've had a great week! And gorgeous photos! 🙌 Keep making progress and you'll get there! 2w
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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First book down on the #TBRbingo 🙌

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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I liked this retelling of Beauty and the Beast even if I didn't love it. The story sweeps you up, there's lots of meaningful glances and guarded secrets, and I devoured the last few chapters all while rolling my eyes at the teenage intensity of it all.

#fantasy #youngadult #retelling

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The Prefect | Alastair Reynolds
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Here are my #Top6Reads of 2019 so far - thanks for the tag @DebbieGrillo

Tagging the rest of #TeamLitnFit @mcipher @BeckyB @okthislooksbad @krayoncolorz @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @twohectobooks

twohectobooks Hm, this could be tough... 2w
twohectobooks Love your choices btw. My sister is an enormous RJB fan. 2w
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks Thanks! RJB is one of my fave authors 😀 2w
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mcipher I will have to think about this one - a lot of good ones in 2019 so far. 😉 2w
Bklover I need to check out John Scalzi! 2w
Lucy_Anywhere @Bklover Do it! I only discovered him a few months ago, and really enjoyed his books 2w
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Thunderhead (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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I made a #TBRBingo for summer to help me tackle Mount TBR. I'm starting with Thunderhead for the Utopia prompt. I loved Scythe, so fingers crossed

twohectobooks This is a lot prettier than my TBR bingo hehe 3w
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The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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I forgot to post this last night - oops! 12 hours of reading done, and two books down. I started a third, DNF-ed it, and then got a few chapters into the tagged book. I'm pretty pleased with myself 🙌

#24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 A great time, well done. 🙌 I enjoyed the tagged book, but much prefer her Ruth Galloway Series which is one of my favourite series. 3w
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The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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My #BFCr2 check in! I read three books last week 🙌 so I'm happy about that. And although I didn't exercise everyday, I went for a couple of walks and spent two days digging out my classroom which #LitnFit have decided totally counts as exercise! Also, I'm slowly melting in this heatwave... It's 32 C / 90 F already 😧

#BookFitnessChallenge @mcipher @BeckyB @krayoncolorz @DebbieGrillo @okthislooksbad @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @twohectobooks

okthislooksbad I'm just looking at that picture of the harbour thinking "that looks so serene and lovely" and then I remember how hot it probably is... ☀ ☠ Great first week you've had, stay cool and don't forget sunscreen! 3w
DebbieGrillo Love the photo composition! 3w
twohectobooks Hope the heatwave doesn‘t last too much longer! 3w
mcipher I hope it cools down soon! Great first week - I bet cleaning the classroom is better than an aerobics class. 😆 3w
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Nocturna | Maya Motayne
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I enjoyed Nocturna a lot more than I expected to. Maybe it was the two glasses of wine, but I really enjoyed this Latino YA fantasy. Honestly, it felt like a Disney film from the 90s; fun characters, an action-packed plot, unexpected dark moments, and moments that just hit me in the feels.

#fantasy #youngadult

mcipher Disney film from the 90s?!?? Sign me up! 3w
Lucy_Anywhere @mcipher that's what I thought when I read it! Or it could have been the wine 🍷😂 3w
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Nocturna | Maya Motayne
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Solid start on the #24B4Monday readathon - not as long as I hoped, but I got tempted out for a caña or two!

Andrew65 A good start. 👏 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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My positive quote for #BFCr2 When the going gets tough, stand up straight, set your shoulders, and keep on going because to do otherwise is to give up. I love this quote (even if Churchill was a bit of a bastard).

#BookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Fantastic quote! One of my faves. 👍🏻 3w
twohectobooks Feel like I need to learn more about Churchill after watching Darkest Hour and The Crown. Definitely a complicated historical figure... 3w
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks Complicated is the right word! 3w
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Nocturna | Maya Motayne
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I'm packing and leaving Spain in two weeks, and I need to get some of my books read before they go back into boxes! The #24B4Monday challenge is exactly the push I need. Happy reading, folks

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

TheReadingMermaid Oooo 😗 that sounds very exciting! I hope you have safe travels sweetie ❤️😘 3w
Andrew65 Sounds perfect, good luck with the Readathon and your reading, not to mention the move! 😊👍 3w
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The Prefect | Alastair Reynolds
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The Prefect ain't flashy with it's bare bones prose, but I was completely hooked. It's half sci-fi thriller, half police procedural with ever increasing stakes and a deftly woven plot. An unexpected favourite of 2019 so far! Also, the first book for #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC

@mcipher @wanderinglynn

mcipher Yay! Glad you enjoyed your first challenge book. 😊 3w
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The Prefect | Alastair Reynolds
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Phew, it's getting hot this week 😓 my class and I went for a walk this morning so I've met my fitness goal for today! #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC #LitnFit

How's everyone's Tuesday going?

@mcipher @krayoncolorz @DebbieGrillo @BeckyB @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

twohectobooks Yikes, hope you can stay cool or at least hydrated! My local radio station was talking about this European heat wave this morning. 4w
okthislooksbad Oh wow, I thought we had it bad at around 30. What's the trick to not actually melting?? 😂 ☀ ☀ 4w
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks @okthislooksbad stay in the air conditioning! At least it's not as hot here as it's supposed to get in mainland Spain and Paris 4w
akckitty My Tuesday has been great! Not too bad of weather in Portland today. I'm hoping to get more reading done for the bfc goals :) you're doing great! 4w
Lucy_Anywhere @akckitty thanks! I've been doing better at the reading than the fitness lol! 3w
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The Prefect | Alastair Reynolds
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I'm excited! Today is the first day of the #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC Round 2. These are my goals for the next six weeks... wish me luck! I'm off to the beach today so I should be able to get in a walk and some quality time with the tagged book.

Shout out to my lovely team mates @DebbieGrillo @mcipher @krayoncolorz @BeckyB @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

LazyOwl Good luck 4w
BeckyB Have fun at the beach!! 🏖 4w
mcipher Have a great beach day!!! 🏖 4w
twohectobooks Beach reading is the best, enjoy! 4w
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I thought I would love this book, but I was so disappointed 😕 Aristocrats hunting demons in Regency London sounded exactly like my thing, but it was soooooo slooooooow and it was really dragging by the end. Also, I wanted Lady Helen to kick some arse, but all she did was moon around and go to parties. Sigh. Not for me.

#fantasy #historicalfantasy

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King's Cage | Victoria Aveyard
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Ugh, I've put this book aside for now. There's too much teenage angst and drama - it's exhausting. I get enough of it at work!

#teachersoflitsy #youngadult #dystopia

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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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Whew, this was an exhausting read! The plot hurtles along, things go from bad to worse to terrible, and teenage angst levels are off the chart. Teenage me would have probably loved this. Adult me just found the constant drama exhausting!

#youngadult #dystopia #rebellion

Shley9225 Well here‘s a teenager who also found the angst exhausting 😂 1mo
Shley9225 But King‘s Cage is better 1mo
Lucy_Anywhere @Shley9225 I'm reading King's Cage now and enjoying it so far! 1mo
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I'm going to give this fitness challenge a go because I'm obviously not busy enough with finishing up the school year and moving countries (twice!) 🙈

#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 💙 Welcome aboard! Hopefully this will be something fun to do in between everything else going on with you! 😉 1mo
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Leviathan Wakes | James S. A. Corey
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1. I just finished The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi this morning, and trying to decide my next read...
2. I'm in the middle of The Expanse and OMG it's sooooo good
3. Good Omens

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Happy birthday @Jerdencon What a fab way to celebrate! #49bdaygiveaway

Jerdencon Thanks for joining 😀 1mo
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This is my #litsyneighborhood @MrBook

It's lovely and peaceful until the church bells and the buskers get going!

MrBook Oh my goodness! That is so beautiful! 😱😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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I loved this book as much as The Collapsing Empire. It's fast, it's funny, and foul-mouthed with clever characters and lots of twisty political machinations. Great stuff!

#scifi #spaceopera

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The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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This space opera was so much fun to read, and exactly what I needed during a hectic week at work. Fun, fast, and foul-mouthed - it was a blast!

#scifi #spaceopera

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Magician Apprentice | Raymond E Feist
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So many people have so much love for this book, but I've put this classic fantasy aside at 25%. I realised that I was just... bored. I found it very narrative, the characters were a little too perfect and there was no real conflict. I need shades of grey in my fantasy!

#fantasy

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1. Luce is what I get most of the time
2. Tagged! Not so much strange as intriguing!
3. Not so much, but I tend to let books with lots of hype linger on my TBR for a while
4. Massively! For some reason, I really don't like covers with actual real-looking people on them!
5. Consider yourself tagged!

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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I liked this lush YA fantasy, but I didn't love it. The premise is fascinating, as is the world building which shows a society obsessed with beauty and celebrity. However, the book was slow to get going and the characters weren't as full-blooded as I like them to be. Still, it was a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon.

#fantasy #youngadult

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Full of twists and turns, dark family secrets, blackmail, and murder, this was a great read that was just as complicated as real life. What I really like about these books is that there's rarely a happy ending, and solving the mystery always has complications of its own.

#mystery #crime #london #blackmail

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Happy Saturday, folks! A whole load of books were donated to the school this week, and I nabbed this one as it's been on my TBR. It's a page turner - lots of complicated emotions, lots of backstory, and a mystery that kept me guessing. But I had to immediately buy the next book because of THAT ENDING... I need to know!

#mystery #crimefiction #london

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Everless | Sara Holland
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Morning everyone! I have a package arriving today which means hanging around at home until it comes - so a good excuse for a reading day! I finished up Everless today... and was so disappointed. The premise is really cool - time is literally money - but the plot relies too heavily on inexplicably terrible decisions and secrets that are kept secret FOR NO REASON other than to advance the plot. And the characters are boring. Ugh.

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SO FRICKING GOOD! Second books can be tricky, but The Bitter Twins just kept getting better and better. The stakes became higher, difficult decisions had to be made, things started to fray around the edges, and a fascinating antagonist has emerged. Loved it!

#fantasy #epicfantasy #dragons #vampires #aliens

imyril I loved this. I can‘t wait to reread it (rereading The Ninth Rain and then this to be ready for The Poison Song. Who am I kidding. I suspect I‘ll never be ready for The Poison Song) 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere @imyril I'm desperate to read The Poison Song! Such a good fantasy trilogy, and it seems so under the radar 2mo
imyril @Lucy_Anywhere it definitely deserves a higher profile! 2mo
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Happy Wednesday, folks! I finished up The Ninth Rain last night. While I wasn't completely sold on the premise, I did end up really enjoying this high fantasy. With vampires, witches, monster plants, and aliens from outer space, there's a lot going on but it kinda works!

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Picking my next read is tough, so I made this cute TBR jar!

rather_be_reading 👏👏 1mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Well late to the party I know, but I finished off Uprooted this morning. I'm in love with this lush fantasy steeped in Eastern European folklore and full of the dangers of the deep dark woods. And it made me dangerously teary-eyed in public.

#fantasy #retelling #folklore #magic

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Looking for a slow burn mystery that'll have you hooked? The Dry is full of unspoken secrets, small town rivalries, and desperate acts. Great read!

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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I think Robert Jackson Bennett is becoming one of my favourite authors, because his books are exactly the kind of fantasy I love to read. Foundryside is a full blooded fantasy with lush world-building, a magic system with actual rules, a clever protagonist, and a murderous conspiracy at the centre. Full of twists and turns and shot through with sly humour, it was a great read!

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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It's the holidays... and it's cold and windy. I don't mind though as it's perfect reading weather! I finished up Siege and Storm this morning. I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite live up to the first book. I loved the characters and the writing, but there was a long period in the middle where nothing really happened. I'd still recommend it though as the ending was fantastic.

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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Mehso-so

First lie in of the holidays, and I spent it in bed with a cuppa and this cute little historical fantasy. The world-building is a little skinny, and the mystery took ages to get anywhere, but I enjoyed Witchmark even though it didn't get me hooked. The romance is sweet, if a little instalovey, and I really liked the chapters that explored Miles' complicated relationship with his family.

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Sabriel | Garth Nix
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I just finished this gem! Sabriel is a fun, scary, and action-packed historical fantasy which is aimed at younger readers but I enjoyed it none-the-less. Sabriel is a great protagonist. She's a necromancer with dark and deadly abilities, but she's also tough and sensible and does the right thing even when it's harder than giving up. The middle sagged a little, but the last few chapters were absolutely gripping.

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Mehso-so

The Magician's Guild was ok, but not amazing or even particularly memorable. It's your stock-and-trade fantasy with a predictable plot and genetic world-building. Mostly it suffers from under developed characters who lack depth and complexity. But I liked the premise, and there were hints of a darker and more interesting story to come.

#fantasy #highfantasy #magicschool

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The Tombs of Atuan | Ursula K. Le Guin
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So I liked A Wizard Of Earthsea, but I loved The Tombs of Atuan even more. It's just as beautifully written, the world-building is compelling, and the story is simple but absorbing. What makes the difference for me, though, is that this is a story dominated by female characters - a rare bird in fantasy. How have I only discovered Ursula Le Guin now?!?

esurient If you've only just discovered Le Guin, you can look forward to having so many more books to read. ❤ ! 4mo
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