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NicoleCeBallos

NicoleCeBallos

Joined October 2016

Librarian. Reader. Lover of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and space.
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Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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Mehso-so

There's one fairytale retelling that I can never pass up, Ursula's origin story. I've no idea why. Maybe I just like a villainess. This story was fine. I would've liked to see her using her powers more or wrecking vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. It was a nice read, but I'll most likely have forgotten it in a year.

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Seafire | Natalie C. Parker
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I can go either way with pirate books, but I was a fan of this! Caledonia Styx is the Captain of an all female pirate ship. The crew have all lost their families and friends to the Warlord Aric, so they spend their time attacking his ships. Can't wait for the sequel! #pirates #YA #sisterhood

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This was so adorable and I'm not even really into the romance genre. Alex is the son of the first female (and Hispanic) president and he falls in love with his frenemy, Prince Henry. The characters were cute and the plot was solid. I wish our reality was like this. The hype for this book was totally worth it. #newadult #LGBTQ #happilyeverafter

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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Mehso-so

An interesting concept that fell apart in areas. The entire book built up to this epic battle, which was over in like 2 pages. The characters made some leaps that they shouldn't have been able to come up with on their own. It would've been better if the author had fleshed it out more.

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Half Bad | Sally Green
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This was a pleasant surprise. Nathan's father is a murdering Black Witch and his mom is a White Witch. He was forced to live in a cage because the council was not sure if he would be a Black Witch or a White Witch.

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Plum Rains | Andromeda Romano-Lax
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This was a great sci-fi book! In the future, humans are living much longer and Japan is importing foreign nurses to take care of their aging population. Hiro is an AI given to Sayoko by her son to be a companion. Anjelica is her nurse, who doesn't trust him. It's a fascinating story about humanity, secrets, and a dark part of WW II that the Japanese don't speak of. #robots #artificialintelligence

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Why is this band not real?!? I fell so in love with this book that I never wanted it to end.

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This started off slow and really confusing. The author just dumps you into this world and makes no effort to explain anything about it. But, once you understand the world, it really picks up. The characters are engaging and the plot pulled me in. It's a solid start to a fantasy trilogy.

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The Red Scrolls of Magic | Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu
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Awww. I've always liked Alec and Magnus better than Jace and Clary, and this book just reaffirmed they are one of the best couples in the Shadowhunter universe. This is their European "vacation," but it doesn't go according to plan.

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I combined Vol 2 and Vol 3 into one post because not much happened in either. There was a surprise from the Avengers and one of the orginal X-men joined Cyclops and his merry band of mutants. Oh and Jean has no idea how to control her powers, so fun for everyone!

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The Hidden Witch | Molly Knox Ostertag
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I love Aster and Charlie! Aster is learning how to be a witch and helping his grandma cure her brother. Charlie has a new friend at school, who is just an awful person. There's a magical shadow that is terrorizing the school. And one of the shifters has decided he doesn't want to shift anymore, he wants to go to normal shool. There's a lot happening in this book and it's so good! #graphicnovels #witches #shapeshifters

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I still don't get the love for the Weasleys. But I love the series! #HarryPotter #sisterread

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I ❤ Bobbie. Not as good as Vol 1, but I still enjoyed it. #Marvel #spy #agent #detective

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Marvel Rising | Ryan North, G Willow Wilson, Devin Grayson
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Mehso-so

Don't be fooled by the cover. There's only Ms. Marvel, Inferno, Miss America, and Squirrel Girl in this. I've tried so hard to like Squirrel Girl, but she's an idiot and I don't. I picked this up for Kamala and America. It was ok. Nothing amazing.

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Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain | Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk
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Bobbi is my favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Always has been and always will be. #Marvel #BobbiMorse #Mockingbird

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I'm trying to get back into reading the X-Men. They're just really hard to keep up with, and if you don't, then it's hard to get caught back up. There's so many different teams, different timelines, and different mutants that it's hard to keep straight who hates who, who is dead, and who has been resurrected. #marvel #xmen

TobeyTheScavengerMonk All-New is a great place to get back into things. Timey-wimey well-written fun! 4mo
xicanti The nice thing about the X-Men, especially in this era, is that none of them ever shuts up about anything important that‘s ever happened to them, so it‘s easier than it looks to catch up! 4mo
NicoleCeBallos @xicanti LOL. I noticed. 4mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Ostertag
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This was amazing!! The artwork was superb and fun. The characters were likable. I'm all about spooky plots. Aster is a 13 year old boy who wants to be a witch, but the females in his family are the witches and the males are shape shifters. Anyone who doesn't conform to this is ostracized from the family. #LGBTQ #spooky #fittingin #graphicnovel

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I read the Wonder Woman one a while ago and so I picked this up. Catwoman teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to rob Gotham. It was a fun read and an interesting take on the comics. #DC #Catwoman #PoisonIvy #HarleyQuinn #YA

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I forgot how moody and sassy Harry is in this one. Yet, I still love it #harrypotter #sisterread

annahenke So angsty 4mo
Avidreader25 I just finished rereading this one! So sassy. 😆 4mo
NicoleCeBallos @annahenke @Avidreader25 so angsty and sassy!! And DRAMATIC! 4mo
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The Queen's Poisoner | Jeff Wheeler
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I read this because of the cover and I wanted to read about the queen's poisoner. Sadly it was a disappointment. It was just really boring. It was told through the perspective of an 8 year old boy and this boy thought, acted, and spoke like a 40 year old man. If you want to write a book through the eyes of a kid, then it needs to sound like a kid. The queen's poisoner was barely in it and didn't do anything. Skip it.

Johanna414 I‘ve read one of his books and felt pretty much the same way. It was also told from a young child‘s perspective really poorly 4mo
NicoleCeBallos @Johanna414 I don't think anyone would really want to read a book told from a young kid's perspective, but if that's the perspective he wants to take, then he should commit to it. 4mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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This was part ghost story, part mystery. I picked it up for the ghost story part of it and found myself enjoying the mystery aspect of it too. I thought it was good. Right up until the very very unrealistic ending (keep in mind, there was an actual ghost in this and yet the most unrealistic part of it was the villain). I was waiting for the villain to start twirling his mustache as he monologued. #ghost #coolcover #mystery

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This was a fast read. Each chapter was very short, but engaging. Which is worse: being a serial killer or helping one get away with murder? Ayoola and Korede's story is a fascinating one. #serialkiller

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This was an amazing book!! I learned so much from this book. Did you know T-Rex were feathered and hunted in packs? Ptredocytals are not dinosaurs? Mainly I learned I should have stayed with my childhood dream of being a paleontologist.

#dinosaurs #bookstagram #bookrecommendation #paleontology #SteveBrusatte

Crazeedi Looks like a very interesting read! 5mo
NicoleCeBallos @Crazeedi it was very interesting! I learned a lot. 5mo
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The Red Pyramid | Rick Riordan
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The book started off a little slow, but picked up and was just as enjoyable as Percy Jackson. I vaguely remember reading it when it first came out, but I can't remember the next books at all, so I'm looking forward to reading them. #juvenilefiction #mythology #Egypt

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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I watched the show and thought it was creepy, so I checked out the book. The book is a lot more creepy and raunchy than the show because it's all told by Joe. #creepy #stalker #serialkiller

ReadingOverSleeping I agree. I watched the show first but Joe is really deeply deranged in the book 5mo
NicoleCeBallos @ReadingOverSleeping he is! I felt icky reading it. 5mo
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This series is a lot of fun. And the artwork is amazing! #graphicnovel #juvenilefiction

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I read these all the time when I was a kid. Literally all the time. I'm still a little surprised by some of the stories that are in here (the hearse song). I wish my library had the originals with the super creepy illustrations. #scarystories

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Unpopular opinion but the Weasleys are the worst. Especially Ron and Ginny. #harrypotter

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Completely lived up to its hype. She's such an amazing woman. #autobiography #memoirs #nonfiction

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This was brilliant! It was a time traveling, body switching, Agatha Christie style murder mystery and I loved it! Aiden is trapped in this house and has 8 days to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, but each day he wakes up in a different body. #mystery #bodyswitching

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The Last Olympian | Rick Riordan
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A fantastic ending to this series arc! I love Percy and Annabeth and Nico and all the other characters. I can't wait to pick up the next series. #percyjackson #mythology

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The Titan's Curse | Rick Riordan
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Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia try to help Grover take two half-bloods to camp, but a battle happens and Annabeth is taken. Percy, Thalia, and two Hunters head to CA to save her and Artemis. Another solid installment. #percyjackson #mythology

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Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson go exploring in the labyrinth to find Daedalus to save their camp. I kinda got teary eyed at the Pan part. #percyjackson #mythology

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This is my favorite Harry Potter and the illustrations were fantastic! #sistereead #harrypotter

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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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I was so excited to pick this book up and it didn't disappoint!!! I really loved Nari in book 1 and she's still good in this one, but Ali jumped from one of the characters I liked the least to being my favorite. Dara is still being Dara - poor guy. Jamshid and Muntadhir actually got some depth. I can't wait for the last book. #fantasy

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I haven't read Percy Jackson in years and apparently I've forgotten everything that happens. It's like I'm reading them for the first time and it's great! #mythology #juvenilefiction #percyjackson

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This is my least favorite HP book, but it's still great. #SisterRead #magic #wizards #Ravenclaws

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I don't have the words to describe how much I love this series. Just look at this cover!!! Vasya just keeps getting better. This was a fantastic ending to one of the best fantasy series in years and I'm so sad it's over. #fantasy #RussianLore #witches

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I'm not even embarrassed by how much I liked this book. I love campy, cheesy, B-list monster books and this horrible/amazing book checked all the boxes. 10/10 would recommend. #monstershark #megalodon

TheReadingMermaid The Trench (Meg #2) was also really good 👍🏻 6mo
NicoleCeBallos @TheReadingMermaid yay!! I was very happy to see it was a whole series! 6mo
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My sister and I are doing a buddy read of the series. Pretty sure we've both read them 500 times, but they never lose their magic. #HarryPotter #YerAWizard #magical

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I had to reread it after reading Aru Shah. Still enjoy it. #mythology #juvenilefiction

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I love mythology!!! If you like Percy Jackson and Co, you'll like this. Aru and Mini are soul sisters (literally) who have to save the world from The Sleeper. There's tons of cool Hindu mythology, intriguing characters, and a beautiful cover. #juvenilefiction #mythology #heroines

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Of Fire and Stars | Audrey Coulthurst
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Princess Dannaleia is betrothed to the Prince of Mynaria. Instead of falling in love with the Prince, she falls in love with the rebellious Princess. There was no real world building, you were just dropped into this world where magic is something that is feared. I like the idea of the book, but it didn't quite reach its potential. #YA #LGBTQ

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What You Want to See | Kristen Lepionka
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Just as good as The Last Place You Looked. I really like Roxane and I've liked both mysteries. #thriller #PI

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This was such an amazing book. There are few scientists I love more than Nikola Tesla, so I had to read this. There's a line that says "visionaries like Tesla, craftsman like Westinghouse, and salesman like Edison" and frankly, that's the best description I've ever heard of them. The movie better not suck. #currentwar #edison #tesla #westinghouse #cravath

Texreader Great review 7mo
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This is a great STEM book. Rosie, Ada, and Iggy are amazing characters who love science and do experiments and don't apologize for it. #STEM #juvenilebook

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This book was hilarious and cute! Ryan Higgins does it again. #chompchomp #friendsnotfood

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Very enjoyable. I thought it was an improvement over vol 1 and it makes me want to continue reading the series. #Marvel #Runaways

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This was awesome! I loved reading the developer's notes. The artwork was great and I liked seeing the different drafts of the characters. The developers put a lot of thought into this game and the details are mindblowing. The game is great and this made me have to play it. #LegendofZelda #Nintendo

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The last book of 2018 ended on a high note. This thriller was great. It kept my attention all the way through, I couldn't put it down, and the ending was actually realistic. #thriller #mystery

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