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Melismatic

Joined July 2018

I like mysteries where I can‘t guess the ending, strong leading ladies, and unreliable narrators. 💕 Mystery, Horror, & YA. Goodreads.com/melismatic
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On to the next! A pick for #AuthorAMonth

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GHOSTS. | DOLLY. ALDERTON
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Maybe I‘m just the prime demo for this but I loved it. There were moments where I wondered where the plot was headed, sure, but ultimately this felt intensely human and relatable to many women‘s lived experiences to some degree. A few parts made me chuckle. A few made me tear up while reading on a public subway train. It also was painfully raw regarding a parent‘s medical diagnosis. I‘m impressed considering this was the author‘s debut.

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GHOSTS. | DOLLY. ALDERTON
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As a gal in her 30s who‘s spent quite a bit of time single, this author‘s really hitting it on the head with this one. I also wish I had a friend like Lola. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🙌🏻

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Mehso-so

This one was a bit of a head scratcher in a good way. The central character is “in love” or rather obsessed with an alleged serial killer, and her obsession leads her right to his family‘s doorstep. It is purposefully uncomfortable and often reveals our culture‘s darker impulses in “true crime” and misogyny. Some of the plot felt too fluid for me, too aimless and unbelievable. This type of dark “comedy” is def not for everyone.

Melismatic My thanks to Berkley Publishing & NetGalley for this ARC! This novel will be released this month - June 25th! 2w
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Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez
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3rd IRL book club was so much fun! 💖🫶🏻💫

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
marleed Ohh, I love this 🩷🩷 2w
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GHOSTS. | DOLLY. ALDERTON
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2 of 3 library holds came in this week so scooped ‘em up this AM. The tagged was recommended by the Brooklyn Public Library for their Taylor Swift/Tortured Poets Department challenge. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

The other will be the first of two #AuthorAMonth reads. I‘ve been wanting to tackle this author. 👏🏻💪🏻

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Decided on the above to be my requisite swap/donation gifts for tomorrows IRL book club here in NYC. 🗽

The tagged fits because 1) June is #Pride Month, 2) it was a romance I thought was done quite well (never saw the film version, though).

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That‘s a wrap on May! June will bring the tagged ARC, at least 3 library reads, 🤞🏻 I can squeeze in the Divine Rivals sequel, and a book club pick.

May: 2 audiobooks, 4 paperbacks, 1 hardcover
Fave of the Month: Station Eleven but Sea of Tranquility came in a close second. #AuthorAMonth was good to me. 🥰

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Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez
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Mehso-so

Labeling this a romance feels…odd. The over arching themes here are mental health and complicated family dynamics. Being in a healthy relationship won‘t magically fix your life and a lot of the cute elements in this are straight up codependent and not believable. My heart goes out to poor BFF Maddy — where is her gold medal for being a side character in all this? 🤔😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez
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Starting in on my third pick for my IRL book club. Romance is not my usual fare and I‘ve got plenty of dark/horror lined up for June so…we‘ll see. This has some pretty stellar reviews everywhere I look. 🤷🏻‍♀️🫖☕️

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Assassins | Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman
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Like so much of Sondheim‘s work - it only grows truer & more ubiquitous with time. It‘s shocking, really.

The fact that this show debuted after his arguably most commercially accessible musical (my fave - Into the Woods) shows the range this man offered us.

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Assassins | Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman
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Maybe this libretto is a weird choice to crack into this weekend but its subject matter feels more relatable than ever in this divided nation mindset. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Now I need to look up clips from the original off-Bway cast bc Terry Mann? Victor Garber? Annie Golden? Phew.

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Starting the tagged book this AM. Hits the itch points so far of common modern “anxieties” that feel very personal but are largely a common (or at least wider) overall experience.

dabbe Beautiful tree! 🩷🩷🩷 3w
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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Mehso-so

A clever idea in theory but in execution, it felt like a *long* walk to an obvious point. At times it reminded me of The Midnight Library but while I loved that book, this just felt shallow and sad.

Not sure what the takeaway of this tale truly is. Maybe that also got exchanged along the way in the attic? 🤷🏻‍♀️🪜🫖☕️

ChaoticMissAdventures So-so seems to be the general consensus here. I think I am going to take it off my TBR, too many friends think it is lacking. 4w
Melismatic @ChaoticMissAdventures maybe I‘m just wanting it to be something it just isn‘t? 🤷🏻‍♀️ The writing itself is well done…just the execution wasn‘t there for me. 4w
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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Starting this today courtesy of my library. It‘s quite funny so far… 💡 🪜

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m curious about this one! 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Excellent. A thought provoking addedum (or a sci-fi epilogue) to Station Eleven that was perhaps a bit autobiographical? (Maybe that‘s just my assumption.) Even more relevant to our beyond-pandemic lives today without being navel-gazey.

I think I need to read everything by this author.🥺 #AuthorAMonth

ChaoticMissAdventures If you read her other 2 big titles, they are all interconnected which is so interesting! You can read in any order, they just often have a few characters that pop around that you become familiar with 😍 1mo
tpixie https://youtu.be/QLYts682J7c?si=BM18NeYnd9-dLcWz I think this video does include that there is so autobiographical parts ‘autofiction‘ And this is a thoughtful article https://www.marmaladeandmustardseed.com/bookguidesblog/sea-of-tranquility 2w
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This was phenomenal. While I toggled back and forth between 4.5 and 5 stars (the ending felt too neat for me), I ultimately decided it was my first 5-star read of the year.

I‘m curious if folks who have read it pre-pandemic vibe with it differently, but man - post 2020? This and Parable of the Sower hit where it hurts. #AuthorAMonth

RaeLovesToRead I three starred this when I first read it, but since reading The Glass Hotel I feel like I finally clicked with the authors writing and I'd love to read it again. The atmosphere was haunting, but I don't remember much plot. 1mo
Melismatic @RaeLovesToRead I‘d def recommend a re-read! 💖 I found it well nuanced and very human in a way that few authors seem to do well. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I read it in 2016 and gave it five stars. Couldn‘t put it down. I‘m sure it would hit differently now. 1mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Started my #AuthorAMonth pick. My library copy is pretty beat up — it was apparently part of a school assignment. I‘m just a few chapters in and I‘m getting why this book would be pretty relatable for kids in school right now. 🥺🫣

Soubhiville Such a great book! 1mo
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Mehso-so

I enjoy this author‘s writing style - it deals with dark content in an upbeat way. She manages to make her central characters very likeable despite being layered and flawed (& in this case very nuanced). This story deals with DID (dissociative identity disorder) in the mix of a murder mystery on a haunted island. Is it too much? Probably. But the author provides a quick read. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3.5/5 stars.

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This book mentioned it was set in 2022 and I thought “Are they going to mention…all of it?”

Sure enough 😅😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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Month 4 complete making this year my longest continuing reading streak!

I like this Calendar feature in the Bookmory app a lot. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ April brought lot of scares. May is shaping to be more upbeat, I think.

Fave read was def the Ruth Ozeki…but Grady Hendrix came in a close second.

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Library coming in clutch! I *loved* ‘When No Ones Watching‘ - don‘t let me down Ms. Cole!! 💅🏻✨🫣

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One Hundred Shadows | Jung-eun Hwang
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Mehso-so

GR Goal complete 😅

I feel a little ambivalent toward this story. The prose was well-written & poetic but I feel like the metaphor present wasn‘t carved out enough. To me, this was a story of solitary lives & generalized depression - the shadows being a metaphor for this? So little happens that I‘m not sure what the author is trying to convey. I enjoyed the slice of life in Korea. But, I‘m not sure I fully understand the story presented.

Melismatic My thanks to Net Galley & Kensington Books for the ARC for review. 2mo
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What. A. Book.
Blows my mind it was written 25+ years ago bc it‘s every bit as heartbreaking and relevant today. Triggers abound tho. I‘m not technically a full vegetarian (more like flirting with it these days lol) but this makes me want to commit. Beyond just meat tho, the heart of the story is anti capitalist, pro feminist, it‘s just so *much* 🤠 #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville Wasn‘t this one good? I agree, it‘s still very timely. Also impressive debut! 2mo
Melismatic @Soubhiville very much so! I was shocked to see it was her first novel! 2mo
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Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez
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It‘s Indie Bookstore Day so I bought my next in-person-book-club pick (& some Swiftie pens) at my neighborhood shop, aka my Happy Place. 🥰

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Slotting in my #AuthorAMonth right under the wire 😅

I had originally planned to read two by this author because the titles seemed intriguing - perhaps another time. Like a lot of the authors this year, she is “new” to me.

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Starling House | Alix Harrow
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I hovered between soft Pick & So-So but ultimately the love story at the crux of this felt a bit needless in my opinion. The originator of the “curse” on the other hand was very compelling and the final quarter made me like the book infinitely more. This is ultimately a story of family (both found and inherited) - I wish that was the focal point throughout. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Overall, was a quick read with a great setting.

Melismatic (Cont‘d) I kept picturing Winchester House in my head - I guess that mixed with the house from Encanto. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 Thanks for the suggestion @DGRachel ! #AuldLangSpine (edited) 2mo
monalyisha I feel like it‘s rare for a book to win me over in the final quarter! Usually, it‘s the opposite. 2mo
Melismatic @monalyisha for me too, usually! 2mo
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Starling House | Alix Harrow
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The tagged *finally* came off hold for me! So on to a belated #AuldLangSpine pick 💖 @DGRachel @monalyisha

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Well, this lil dally into horror was a bit of a fail. Interesting premise that took too much of a walk to get to, then crash ending that was bewildering. Maybe if you‘re into Lovecraft you‘ll get more from this?

JamieArc That was my experience with one of his other books… That‘s too bad. I really want to like his books. 2mo
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The Angel of Indian Lake | Stephen Graham Jones
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Hmm. I won‘t pan it - though I‘m tempted. Maybe with time, I‘ll change my mind (like I did with Book 2) but this as an ending to an epic world building that started with Chainsaw (the absolute best horror book I‘ve read in a long while), the homage to slasher films turned too navel-gazey and ultimately got far too convoluted and confusing. I‘m sad about it to be honest. But Jade will always be a final girl to me.

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The Angel of Indian Lake | Stephen Graham Jones
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I eat sweets for breakfast and horror movies for lunch. 🤷🏻‍♀️

As a horror movie & book nerd, Jade Daniels has become one of my fave heroines to root for. It‘s for that reason that I had to postpone all my holds to read the ending to her trilogy as soon as I humanly could. 😭

I‘m a third in and not a lot has happened yet, which feels slow for this author, but I trust him to not let me down.

BookmarkTavern Looks delicious! 💖 2mo
Melismatic @BookmarkTavern it really was! 🤤 2mo
JenReadsAlot Yum! 2mo
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Despite this being a horror novel, this was quite wholesome. I‘d argue it‘s Hendrix‘s most accessible novel to horror-averse people yet. There‘s only a handful of scenes that are remotely “gory” (generous)…unless you‘re afraid of puppets. In that case, avoid this.😅 Overall, it‘s a well done commentary on family dysfunction and grief.

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Requisite eclipse pic 🌙🌖🫣

dabbe Now that could be on the cover of a mystery book! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
AmyG I couldn‘t even get a photo. 2mo
Melismatic @dabbe 🥰🥰 thanks!! 💖 2mo
Melismatic @AmyG I think my camera exposure did most of the work/lucky shot. Overall, it was pretty anticlimactic near us. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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Another successful in person Book Club meetup, discussing the tagged book! Scored a swap that I know so many on Litsy are raving about, as well as two used bookstore finds for under $10. 📚💖💪🏻

KadaGul I love going to book 📖club meetings in person! As someone who works remotely, I think 🤔 I appreciate 🙏them even more. There's just something special 🥰about being able to connect with others face-to-face and share our thoughts 💭and ideas 💡 about a great book 📖 2mo
Melismatic @KadaGul it‘s so true!! Such a great way to make more friends, too 💖 2mo
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Finished this ARC today just in time for its release on April 9th! 💃🏻

As a fan of the original ‘West Side Story‘ film since my childhood, I was intrigued to learn more about the actor behind my fave character, Riff. His memoir is quite thorough and unflinchingly honest, even about the more grimy parts of his past & behavior. I‘d recommend to fans of Old Hollywood &/or 60‘s counterculture.

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My Library Card expired so went in person to get a new one…featuring Jay-Z‘s album art. Brooklyn Public Library did a huge installation with him a few months back. 🔥

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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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Book Club pick finished! I found this one pretty clunky - rather than building a compelling mystery, so much is just held back til the last few pages like a giant gotcha. Also the MC? What the heck you doin‘, girl? So many elements took me right out of it. Still hoping it‘ll lead to a rousing discussion on Sunday, tho. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🫣

Photo is adorable Hello Kitty mochi a coworker brought back from his Japan vacay! 💖

tpixie Glad you got a cute hello kitty 🐱 out of the deal!! 2mo
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I inhaled this (just as I have every other Jewell book I‘ve read🤷🏻‍♀️). Admittedly, while it‘s twisty, many of the twists are predictable (the title seems like…a choice) but in terms of popcorn fast reads, this author is top class.

Will be gifting this in a swap for my Book Club on Sunday. Off to start our pick (with less than a week to spare 😆🥳🤯💪🏻).

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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The low rating on here has me baffled!

This is the perfect mix of wild, unnerving, and twisty- set through a lens of Black Women in the workplace. But if that is not you and you‘ve worked in (or can imagine) any cutthroat office environment, this really works, and makes you question *everyone‘s* motives. Some points shaved for some loose strings, but this has been one of my fave reads so far this year.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Learned a new phrase: “tabula rasa” = “blank slate”.

I like when books (about book editors!) teach me new vocabulary 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤌🏻

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Raining ☔️ hard outside so cooked up this cozy sheet pan meal and started diving in to the tagged book. Need to bring two books to Book Club in 2 weeks to swap (and I haven‘t even started the Book Club pick!) so figured I‘d use the weather to get a move on.

dabbe Looks healthy and good! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Halfway through and really enjoying the world building in this who-dunnit thriller set in rural Australia during a severe drought - adding an environmental element to the “why” in addition to cinematic setting. Apparently there‘s a film version starring Eric Bana 😍 - may need to find when I‘m done.

I don‘t think I‘ll get to another Harper book this month but I‘d def continue this series. 🇦🇺 #AuthorAMonth

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A timely choice — Women‘s Month, Ramadan, obviously the devastating situation in Gaza. This book sets up a modern-adjacent timeline from the POV of a young Palestinian woman (and largely focuses on the women in her orbit, her family & friends), a history of sorts of her life as effected by the conflict & general misogyny. Well done but a painful read. Triggers abound.

Ddzmini Looks yummy 🤤 3mo
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Happy St Paddy‘s! ☘️🇮🇪💪🏻

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Salt Grows Heavy | Cassandra Khaw
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This was poetically written —as poetic as a darkly gore-y fairytale adjacent can be, I suppose closer to the Grimm intent —but the flowery prose hid a lot in terms of plot advance.

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The Quiet Tenant | Clemence Michallon
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This started slow but ended well, really delving into the psychology of all of the women in Aiden‘s orbit and the effect of victimization & misogyny. Better than average thriller imho.

Still have yet to find my first real 5-star read of the year but this was a solid 4.

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Untitled | Untitled
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Tagged as Untitled bc it‘s not yet in the database.

This short story is free this month at Amazon First Reads (March 2024). I find Allende to usually be so solid but this was just too goofy for me. Two strangers, soaring on love, allegedly break into an art museum. A bit nonsensical to me.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas
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Three stars, I guess. After 23 hours, I feel…indifferent? I like Rhys as a character, I feel like Feyre has grown a bit but her self-centeredness takes me out. Do future books shift POV? A part of me wonders why Book 1 even needed to happen as it did? So many convenient coincidences & plot holes.

That said - I will get to Book 3 at some point bc I want to see how this turns out (and if it redeems itself?).

Kimberlone I agree book 2 basically retcons book 1 entirely, especially Tamlin‘s character. I don‘t think I even finished book 3 because the war plot line just got way too confusing for me. And yes, after the original trilogy, the rest of the books do change POV (haven‘t read them but from what I‘ve picked up they get a lot more smutty). 3mo
Melismatic @Kimberlone hmmm - that‘s good intel, thank you! Many ppl said the 4th was their favorite so I may continue til there (eventually?) but I‘m not so sold on the whole Maas-verse being for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Kimberlone @Melismatic I read the first few Throne of Glass books before losing interest, same with ACOTAR, I couldn‘t even finish the first Crescent City book, so yeah I‘ve come to the conclusion that SJM isn‘t really for me although I definitely get why they are so popular! 3mo
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Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas
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I‘m approaching halfway through and I think my main issue with this series (so far) is largely Feyre herself. She self-sabotages and is so defensive all the time and never hears anyone out - not her sisters, not Rhys, not even Tamlin. She paints herself like she‘s the big savior but in the end she always is helped at the last minute and that credit is rarely acknowledged. Sigh. I hope she heals bc this series will be tough if not.

Melismatic Image is from a live event at the Korean Cultural Center here in NYC, a preview of their upcoming video exhibit 3mo
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Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas
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Welp, I‘m back in the ACOTAR mode. So many people have said #2 is their fave of the series/when it starts to get “crazy”. I‘m almost a quarter deep and so far, the only character who doesn‘t make me deeply cringe is Lucien. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m not loving the retcon of Tamlin‘s whole character to further twerk on the obvious love triangle of it all but already Rhys is more likeable than in #1 so… 🤷🏻‍♀️😂👀