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Marialou

Marialou

Joined February 2022

I read books and I know things
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The Name of the Wind | Patrick Rothfuss
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Finally got round to reading this fairly recently and loved it!
Can definitely see why so many people love it so much.
A brilliant, character driven epic that has clearly inspired many other authors.

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Absolute delight of a romcom. Devoured it!

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Mehso-so

A fairly solid thriller that was definitely compelling and made me want to know all the secrets.
BUT I didn‘t connect with the characters and didn‘t really care about any of them that much.

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Gallant | V E Schwab
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Beautiful, eerie and gothic. A super compelling and dark quick read.
It definitely gave me Secret Garden vibes; orphan, mysterious house, a cousin who is not the friendliest, huge grounds with secrets and gothic atmosphere.
Loved it

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Loved this book! It‘s incredibly funny and dark. The author does not hold back or soften her protagonist who is absolutely a serial killer - and proud of it!

It is definitely a bit bonkers but I really enjoyed it overall and found the ending satisfying. Although there was one aspect that I would have liked to have played out differently it didn‘t ruin the book for me.

truthinfiction Hey, which aspect would you have liked to play out differently? 3w
truthinfiction I read the book around the same time as you and the ending led me down indescribably. What are your thoughts on it? Would you care to elaborate? 3w
Marialou @truthinfiction I would have liked her to be victorious, felt the reveal of the family member who outwits her wasn‘t right. 3w
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truthinfiction Oh my God! Same!!! It depressed me to no end. I had such a hard time coming to terms to that aspect only. Also, the fact that he's a privileged white male who had no trouble reaping the fruits of a woman's toils. It destroyed me. You also might wanna mark your comment as spoiler so that nobody accidentally reads it. You have to mark the danger sign next to the the send button. 3w
Marialou @truthinfiction exactly! I loved her and thought the portrayal of her was pretty fearless - no pulling back on her monstrous aspects - and then along comes this dude who outwits her?! I get why the author did it and it‘s obviously set up for her to get her own back but I didn‘t love it. I wanted her to be triumphant completely - not just partly, as an afterthought 3w
Marialou @truthinfiction thanks for the spoiler tip! 3w
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100% worth the hype

Powerful and beautifully written. Made me cry multiple times and I can‘t stop thinking about it

FashionableObserver I cannot believe how much I cried! Such a wonderful read! 3w
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Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
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Mehso-so

Intense and extremely clever hard sci-fi.

Some good twists and the connection to Chinese history - in particular the cultural revolution - is fascinating.

Character development was a bit lacking.

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Shakespeare's Counselor | Charlaine Harris
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Enjoyed this. A solid murder mystery that was more twisty than the others in the series. Lily‘s personal life was more of a focus here but that worked as the last book in the series needed to round off Lily‘s journey.

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Shakespeare's Trollop | Charlaine Harris
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After a slightly disappointing third book this one is back to the standard of the first two.

Lily is a little a less likeable in this book than she has been previously but it‘s a solid interesting murder mystery.

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Shakespeare's Christmas | Charlaine Harris
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Mehso-so

This is definitely a step down from the previous two - it suffers from moving outside of the town of Shakespeare.

Not bad at all but not as enjoyable as the first two.

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Shakespeare's Champion | Charlaine Harris
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Did not enjoy this quite as much as the first but still a really solid murder mystery. This time the story feels a bit bigger as it brings in more of the town, expanding the world of ‘Shakespeare‘. I continue to really like Lily who is unapologetically herself.

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Shakespeare's Landlord | Charlaine Harris
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A solid murder mystery. Lily Bard is a likeable and extremely sympathetic quiet and reclusive cleaner who finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

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Mehso-so

The cover does not match the book!

This was extremely hard going and upsetting at times; one of the lead characters goes through an awful lot including explicitly described horrific bullying.

The ending is also quite confusing and ambiguous.

It is beautifully written and an interesting premise and construction but not what I would call an ‘enjoyable‘ read.

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Mehso-so

Got this as the second-hand book in my Abominable Book Club box this month.

Trashy and silly but quick and entertaining. Kind of ‘so bad it‘s good‘!

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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Ferocious and fearless. My favourite book of 2022 so far.

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Fantastic book. Really nice to read a standalone fantasy for a change rather than a series.

This book is beautifully written and the descriptions of the world, people, clothing and food are stunning and vivid. The story is compelling and the characters fully developed. Loved it.

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Kingdom of the Wicked | Kerri Maniscalco
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Seen some people describe this series as romantic fantasy - not really getting that from this first book. This one is more about a young woman coming into her power, dealing with grief and trying to survive and protect those she loves.

A good solid fantasy with a particularly strong beginning.

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Lease on Love | Falon Ballard
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A quick and charming Romcom. Not very high on angst and the slow build of a relationship - roommates then friends and then partners - felt believable.

The supporting characters were a particular highlight!

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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Utterly fantastic.

Builds on the world and characters introduced in book 1 and impossibly raises the stakes and tensions even higher.

Funny and sexy at times but heartbreaking at others and always full of action.

The ending broke my heart, made my furious and delighted me all at once. Cannot wait for the next instalment.

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A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
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Mehso-so

Hades and Persephone retelling.

Definitely a compelling read and it is sexy and well paced. It was enjoyable overall and I liked the interpretation of various mythological characters.

Never really completely warmed to Persephone though and that‘s a bit of a problem as the whole book (and the rest of the series I believe) are from her perspective. This book also felt like a ‘‘part 1” - an opening to the series and therefore lacked some depth.

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Kind of like Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic!

Huge fun with a great ‘sister‘ relationship (technically cousins), a fantastic and very cool aunt, a cat with attitude and curses!

Easy reading romcom

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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Tiny but perfectly formed.

A gorgeous and furious retelling.

Madeline Miller continues to do no wrong in my eyes!

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A really interesting and insightful book with some great tips and suggestions for better mental and physical health.

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Americanah | CHIMAMANDA. NGOZI ADICHIE
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I have avoided this book for years! I never quite fancied it enough but have finally read it for a book club and think it is fantastic. It has to be said that not a lot happens in terms of plot but in this case it works because the book is about the characters; their experiences, their relationships, their feelings and their identity. It‘s also a fascinating book with interesting and thought provoking discussions of race, class and politics.

BarbaraBB I waited way too long to read it too and when I did I thought it was fantastic! 2mo
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Mehso-so

A solid and fairly straight forward action thriller. Fast paced and easy reading.

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A solid 3.5 out of 5 stars book. It‘s not perfect, it drags at little at times and I didn‘t always completely believe in the couple. Overall though it was a funny, poignant and sweet quick read.

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Marrying Winterborne | Lisa Kleypas
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Lisa Kleypas is extremely reliable when it comes to big swoony love stories.

This is lovely and I couldn‘t put it down. Not my favourite Kleypas but still fantastic. I love her heroines and Helen is no exception but Rhys steals this book. Excited to read the other books in this series.

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One of my favourite books of all time. I think it is perfect.

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This is a fascinating and lovely book. It‘s a quiet book; telling years of modern Russian history through the lens of a single man imprisoned in a hotel. It‘s full of cultural and political history but really it‘s about the life of a man; about his day to day existence, the things he witnesses, what he loves and what he hopes for. It‘s a very lush book too with gorgeous and evocative description.

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Malice: A Novel | Heather Walter
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I didn‘t love this book to begin with; it was slow to get going and not immediately gripping. BUT this book got better as it went on and ultimately I became completely engrossed. This is meant to be a villains story and the author doesn‘t shy from that. She doesn‘t minimise the villainy of Alyce and the final act is very satisfying but she ensures we understand Alyce, that we go through her story and villain development with her.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Absolutely fantastic. Fully formed and developed despite being a novella. World building is clear but not overly clunky or descriptive.

One of the best opening paragraphs I‘ve read in a while!

Independent rogue AI‘s are not a new thing in sci fi but this is the first time I‘ve read a book from the rogue AI‘s perspective and I fell completely in love with ‘Murderbot‘. They are so relatable, charming and funny.

I am forever Team Murderbot

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Panpan

Awful book. Forced myself to finish it and honestly can‘t say I enjoyed anything about it. Extremely rare for me to say this but ……. THE FILM WAS BETTER.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Cute but this book does not live up to the hype.

The heroine is ridiculous, incredibly ditsy and even a bit useless at times. The author leans too heavily into portraying her as a dizzy, clumsy damsel. The tone of this book is also a bit erratic. I don‘t think it does a good job of balancing the light and dark aspects of the story.

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A real delight. Fun and lovely historical romance.

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The Lady Rogue | Jenn Bennett
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This is a really fun read - very much an adventure movie in a book. Gave me The Mummy and Jungle Cruise vibes - lots of adventure and humour with a plucky heroine and a dash of romance.

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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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Really enjoyed this - definitely uses very familiar tropes and set pieces but the characters are very engaging and the story is compelling. A solid dark fantasy with aspects of fairytale retelling. It is going to be a duology but the first ends satisfactorily; the core of the story is the relationship between two sisters and so it‘s basically one book for each sister. I will definitely be getting the second when it comes out.