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RiverKScottWrites

RiverKScottWrites

Joined March 2017

I write (and post about) heroic SFF that inspires hope in readers to choose their own lives and make a difference. 📚🖊 riverkscott.com
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Unpopular opinion: I did not like this book. The first half was fun albeit somewhat eye roll worthy. The second half was nonsensical. Feyre has no agency except to be stupid? I half wanted her dead by the end. Tamlin is your typical alpha until the second half when he becomes practically nonexistent. I did like Lucien. I ended up listening on 3x speed just to get it over with. Had to finish since I want to read Crescent City 2. #acotar #yafantasy

DGRachel I agree wholeheartedly. I hated this book. So. Much. 8mo
BookishGirl06 Do you plan to read the sequels? A lot of people say they‘re a lot better 8mo
RiverKScottWrites @DGRachel I do NOT see why everyone I meet loves it!! At least I am not alone 8mo
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RiverKScottWrites @BookishGirl06 According to my friend, I need to read at least through the third one? She said that CC2 won‘t make any sense otherwise. She also said they get better 8mo
sprainedbrain As a constant 2x speed listener myself, I‘m kinda in awe of your 3x. 😅 8mo
RiverKScottWrites @sprainedbrain I don‘t make a habit of it! I like 1.2–1.3x generally. This was an exception 😤 8mo
K_Huskic Book 2 is much better. Even book 3. I think 2 is my fave though 🙂 8mo
RiverKScottWrites @K_Huskic I‘m loving book 2! I am contemplating writing a Too-Much-Hate-Didn‘t-Read post full of all the book 1 spoilers you need to read book 2 so people can just skip book 1. 8mo
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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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2/2 But it was that bad. Unforgivable. Cancelable (had the roles been reversed). But I do believe that unforgivable acts can be forgiven by real people in real relationships. I don‘t know. I do feel that in the best books characters are changed forever by the end. But—and maybe it‘s because I don‘t read enough romance—these characters went from very real to absolutely storybook. It wasn‘t to my taste.

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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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1/2 I both enjoyed and hated this book in so many ways. Many reviews go both ways—5 or 1 star—all depending on how the reader experienced the one controversial scene. Like many of these readers, I despised the heroine for the act. And I despised the author for her careless handling of the aftermath. I even knew it was coming. I thought about quitting the book. But no. I enjoyed the silly banter and froth and thought it couldn‘t be that bad….

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Crossing Jordan | Adrian Fogelin
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The first of what I assume will be many to-reads from abookowlscorner.com book blog. I‘m freaking out that she actually wrote me back to say she‘ll review Shadow Status! Meanwhile, I can‘t wait to dig into one of Naemi‘s elementary school favorites from 2014 Crossing Jordan. #chapterbooks #childrensbooks #middlegrade #kidlit

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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My love, my love / remember the cries / when winter died for springs skies. / They roared and roared / but we grabbed our seed / and sowed a song / against their greed.

🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was heart wrenching and pulse pounding and I didn‘t want it to end. I want to write something that twists like this knife of a book. Kind of Hunger Games and Gladiator on Mars.

The song gets stuck in my head. 🎶

#sciencefiction #scifi #audiobook

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Project Hail Mary | Weir Andy
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🎧📚 How was this so cute?? Charming #hardscifi is not something you stumble on everyday. 100% recommend. So grateful for my writer friend Sarah who recommended this to me during our walk along Ebey‘s Landing on Whidbey Island last fall 🌊 #audiobooks #sciencefiction

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Invictus | Ryan Graudin
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Okay book, not mind blowing, not bad. It didn‘t make me feel anything, though, and that‘s what I go to books for. Maybe it was just me 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Windup Girl | Paolo Bacigalupi
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+ Excellent book although I didn‘t always like it and it is pretty slow at first. You have to want to read it. But it‘s worth it. Brutal book. Deep characterization. Fantastic world building. Harrowing imagery. Very much worth reading. Solid narrator. Listened at regular speed.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Decent book. Worth reading. I enjoyed the audiobook narrators although I did have to listen on 1.3x speed. Some of the characters were a little one-note and I thought the plot was a little predictable. But I enjoyed the relationships and the different perspectives and trying to handle the baggage that is passed down through families.

Texreader That cover!! 2y
RiverKScottWrites The cover is phenomenal! 2y
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Hunting in Bruges | E. J. Steven
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Wow. I have a personal policy not to review books on goodreads unless I can give them 5 stars. But because Litsy still remains relatively isolated, I‘ll take out my frustration here. This book was horrible. I have no idea how this author won awards. It was cringy & cliched from start to finish—from word choice to dialogue to sentence structure. Plot was almost anti-creative. Paper-thin characters. Only because I‘m a completionist did I carry on.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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This was a super cute book. I didn‘t want to put it down and I didn‘t want it to be over. You won‘t find anything really meaningful, but that‘s not why your want to read it. Pure silly, scrumptious escape. #yafantasy #fantasyreads

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Are you book monogamous? This is my literal current read list right now. I don‘t mean TBR. I mean I‘m currently reading all these books 😂 How many of you are reading more than one book?

Slajaunie I usually read two at a time. 3y
RiverKScottWrites Two is a more respectable number than this heap 😂 3y
ItsAnotherJen I can't seem to read less than 3 at once! All different formats. Audio, ebook, real book. 3y
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RiverKScottWrites @ItsAnotherJen Nice! That‘s definitely the way to go! 3y
persephone1408 I usually do one book and one audiobook at a time. Sometimes 2 books and 1 audiobook...like right now. 10mo
RiverKScottWrites @persephone1408 So you can do the audiobook on your way places or doing chores and then read the other book(s) when you‘re cozied up somewhere — at least that‘s how I do it :) 10mo
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Ice (Alaska Heat) | Stephanie Rowe
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Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Finished Children of Time a while ago because I wasn‘t ready to just dive into Book 2. They take a certain disposition for me to read...Do you find that certain books need you to be a certain headspace?

#sciencefiction #scifi

TheSpineView Yeap! 3y
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I was not expecting that. First I thought we were gonna get a sexy urban fantasy with some serious world building and a little too much Danika this and Danika that plus cringy dialogue tags. Then there was...well, then there came the end of Part 1. Woah. Intense.

Starting Part 2. And back to sexy? Weird.

Enjoying so far, in spite of my complaints. 😉

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Just started my first book by Sarah J Maas. 🙈

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I loved this. Some people have claimed it‘s just a setup story and full of tropes, but I just adored it and Malcom and Alice and the resilient and trusty La Belle Sauvage. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#hisdarkmaterials #bookofdust #litsylistens #bookofdust

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So I didn‘t expect a complete cliffhanger and tbh it was a little slow, but so rich and so relatable and so SAD and I still can‘t wait for the final! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#litsylistens #januaryreads #hisdarkmaterials

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The Thousandth Floor | Katharine McGee
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Despite a few gems, this book made me feel like when I‘ve dined at an expensive restaurant and eaten too much rich food. I wasted a lot of money for a stomach ache.

Don‘t get me started on the ending...what?? Really?? I‘m sorry, but I really didn‘t like this book. Everyone has their taste; some people will like a book, others will not. And it‘s okay to have an honest opinion. Right?

TrishB It‘s always ok to have an honest opinion 👍🏻 3y
Jas16 Honest opinions are always appreciated. 3y
RiverKScottWrites @TrishB I know...I worry I‘ll hurt someone‘s feelings, but sometimes it‘s a book just makes you want to vent 3y
RiverKScottWrites @Jas16 I‘m glad. I just don‘t want to be a jerk but I want to say how I felt about it 🙏 3y
TrishB We all love different stuff 😁 3y
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Invictus | Ryan Graudin
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Just started this one. The prologue was awesome. Main character meh so far but I love the tempo of the writing. Can‘t put it down. Does anyone else really hate fake cursing lol “Sit yet tail down!” And “Oh, Crux!” It just sounds silly to me. #scifi #yascifi #yalit

Lannerz I just started reading and the fake swearing is also driving me crazy hahaha 3y
RiverKScottWrites @Lannerz Right??! Idk sometimes it works. In high fantasy, I‘m tooootally down. But sci-fi just feels weird 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3y
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Dorothy Must Die | Danielle Paige
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I watched #TheWizardofOz in Technicolor every year at Easter. But when I was a kid, I must‘ve also read like 20 Oz books. Last night I spent a chunk of time down the Wikipedia rabbit hole last night trying to understand the Oz books copyright. Btw, if you donate at all, consider donating a coffee or two to Wikipedia.

And I finished Dorothy Must Die. Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️ She did nail the creepy, though, gotta say. How many Oz books have you read? #yabooks

TheBookAddict I haven‘t read any, not even the original. I do want to read them though and I do own most of that series. I did go watch Wicked and loved it! 3y
OrangeMooseReads I have gotten through 5-6 of the Oz books. I started them after I started this series just to know more. I don‘t think I‘ve ever seen the movie all of the through. 3y
RiverKScottWrites @TheBookAddict Ohmigoodness I love Wicked so much! The books are just nothing at all like the movie. Part of that is so many authors. And part of it is that they were released so many, many decades apart. 3y
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RiverKScottWrites @OrangeMooseReads Aren‘t they strange? I do think it helps make the Dorothy Must Die series more enjoyable when you know a little about the originals. 3y
OrangeMooseReads @RiverKScottWrites they are strange. They got to be a little too strange and I had to take a break. 3y
TheBookAddict @RiverKScottWrites yes, the play was amazing! I love The Wizard of Oz movie. For some reason it‘s one of the ones I choose to watch this season. Don‘t know why, but it‘s thrown in with our annual Christmas movies we watch in December. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3y
RiverKScottWrites @OrangeMooseReads haha fair enough ☺️ 3y
RiverKScottWrites @TheBookAddict It‘s a good ritual movie. I can see adding it to the Christmas season. You know, I might do that too! 3y
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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! No words. If you are a sci-fi lover, you‘ll enjoy this one. A treat! #litsyreads #scifi #sciencefiction #bookrecs #litsylistens

TheSpineView Loved it too! You need to read the 2nd book.😊 3y
RiverKScottWrites @TheSpineView Ahh just saw this!! Yes, my partner keeps telling me it‘s really good! I can‘t imagine something as good as the first one. 3y
Carolyn11215 @hermyknee have you read this yet? I‘m about 70% done and I think it‘s amazing! Thought you might enjoy. 3y
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RiverKScottWrites @Carolyn11215 @hermyknee 😍📚 It‘s enthralling! 3y
Carolyn11215 @RiverKScottWrites I‘m down to the last 30 pages and it‘s been such an amazing read! Looking forward to starting the second book in the series! (edited) 3y
RiverKScottWrites @Carolyn11215 I had NO IDEA how he‘d pull it off. Part of me was dreading the ending. But he nailed it! 3y
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Grabbed this one when it came through a BookBub ad. Do you use BookBub? I enjoyed this book. I was confused for the first half, wondering when it would become paranormal. I hadn‘t read her other works, so I wasn‘t prepared for what happened halfway through. But my confusion didn‘t lessen my enjoyment. It‘s book candy. 🥰

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Just started Shadowed Flame last night. A little slow so far and a bit weird, but the writing is solid and I love the cover and I‘m intrigued by the premise, so it‘s a go 🚦🚀

Have you read any indie authors lately? Any amazing indie books I should grab? #recommendations greatly appreciated 🙌🏽

#paranormal #urbanfantasy #indieauthors

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The Queen of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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Enjoyed! It was a little long and meandering and the ending was annoying but overall enjoyed and will probably eventually read #2.
#fantasy #sff #highfantasy

Eggs Hi River! My granddaughter is named River too💗💗 3y
RiverKScottWrites @Eggs Aww! Hello! What a great name 😍💞 3y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I, erm, don‘t really read #zombiebooks. So take the fact that I read this whole thing and actually somewhat enjoyed it with a grain of salt. Lots of gore, gross, and hella action-packed and don‘t even get me started on the witty one-liners that were fun until there were just too many. But it wasn‘t really a #scarybook, which is surprising since, you know, #zombie apocalypse. But I never had the urge to put it down.

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Storm Siren | Mary Weber
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ To me, just okay. I read through the whole thing voraciously and omg what a kick in the butt cliffhanger (not what I was expecting but not in a good way). The scenes were sometimes a little too chaotic — like the descriptions weren‘t enough to help me understand what was going on. And Nym was just...unrealistically angsty. I probably won‘t be picking up the next one. But if Book 2 landed in my lap, I‘d read it. Solid 3 stars for creativity.

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Storm Siren | Mary Weber
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Getting deep into this one ☝🏽⚡️

#litsyreads #fantasy #elementalmagic

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Great idea, @JoScho!

❤️ Tucson, Arizona
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💛 Writer, Climber, eLearning, Audiobook narrator
💚 Happily partnered
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💜 My pen name - River is part of my last name, Scott is my brother‘s middle name, and K is the middle initial of some of my favorite writers

Tagging my newest followers @Sace @Bianca @lesliemarie

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So yeah, this book. 💛😈😂⭐️ Lots of things. I laughed out loud & snorted not a few times. It‘s about sex but also not. It‘s about friendship & being honest with yourself. Couldn‘t put it down. It was rocky at first when I actually got a little offended on behalf of some of the characters, but I think ultimately it‘s a really good read—well, go read it yourself 😝 and you can tell me what YOU think! 😇

#currentread #youngadultromance

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just listened to this lovely book. Really fun. The ending was amazing. I loved the little bits of music performed throughout. Excellent narration. Definitely recommend! I gave it 5 🌟 on Audible because I‘m a notorious star upgrader. My true feelings can usually only be found here 😘😂 Have you read it? What did you think?
#litsylistens #audiobook #weekendreads #october

BethM Notorious star upgrader 😂 3y
RiverKScottWrites @BethM 🙈 I can‘t help it! Books are all so beautiful, even the, er, bad ones 😂 3y
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A Gift of Dragons | Anne McCaffrey
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🐉 This ebook, packed with lovely little tales, warmed my heart 💜

It really is A Gift of Dragons — aptly named.

What are you reading that‘s making you smile?

#fantasy #ebooksonsale #booksanddragons

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A Gift of Dragons | Anne McCaffrey
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I‘m a longtime Pern lover, and the opener to this book only cemented my affection for the planet, its dragonriders, and those lovely, hungry, wonderful beasts — the dragons of Pern.

Slajaunie 💙💙💙 3y
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How is possible that despite tracking apps and calendars, I‘m still am not 💯 positive whenmy period is?? 🤦🏽‍♀️ Meanwhile, I'm weepy over here and over-emoting about this book (which I started reading in high school but never finished)—I‘m adoring the audio. And, if you're wondering, today is also a day for parentheticals and run-ons and for celebrating how really amazing it is that we're all alive.
#philosophy #audiobooks #litsylistens

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The Witching Hour | Anne Rice
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😭I couldn‘t listen to the audiobook fast enough and it‘s gone back to the library 😢 #litsylistens

sprainedbrain That is such a long book! Sorry you have to wait to finish. 😢 3y
RiverKScottWrites @sprainedbrain It‘s super long! I had no idea 😂 But I really like it. And I‘m loving the audio 3y
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👻 Do you believe in ghosts? 🌙 I stayed up late to finish Some Can See. I liked it, if you're into paranormal mysteries with a dash horror and a good helping of characterization. It kind of reminded me of Anne Rice. However, I did have some trouble with the way it jumped chronologically, especially in the first half.

#paranormalmystery #asylum #ghoststories

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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🥀 Cliffhanger or no cliffhanger? What‘s your pref?

I cannot stress more that you should READ THIS BOOK 📚💖 I can‘t wait for the sequel!

They say if you want to make money on a book nowadays, write a series. Good advice?

#beautyandthebeast #fairytale #fantasy

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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Omg have you read this??? Go read it. Now. #yalit #contemporary #translit #romance

Jovy I loved this book! 3y
RiverKScottWrites @Jovy It was so good, I kept reading passages to my partner 😍 (edited) 3y
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The Witching Hour | Anne Rice
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Well this is the slowest and yet the most delicious book I‘ve started reading in a long time. Wowzer. 😂😍 #horror #annerice

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Impulse read. Was okay. I flew through it anyway. Easy read. So here‘s the real question: Do you have a system for your TBR stack? Like you‘re only allowed to read what‘s on top and new books go to the bottom? I used to be regimented that way but I cheat all the time now. Like what happens when a library book comes in?? It can‘t possibly go to the bottom—you‘d never get to it! 😂 #paranormal #romance

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Have you read Caraval? Opulent, delicious, un-put-downable? To be fair, some of the characters could have been more deeply fleshed out, and perhaps that happens in the next book. I simply devoured this one. If you like stylized YA Fantasy with a good helping of magical romance (f/m), then this is not a book to be missed. 😘🌹

Slajaunie I loved this one and the next. ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
RiverKScottWrites @BookFrog I seriously read it in one sitting! I couldn‘t stop 🙈😂💖 3y
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My friend gave me this book and a dozen roses for my birthday. It was her fave when she was a teenager. She was like, “It‘s super dated, so I can‘t tell you if it‘s *actually* any good, but I hope you like it.” 🌺 🎂 I‘m so excited to read!!

#vampires #fantasy #youngadult #urbanfantasy

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Something strange happened. I went from not being able to read scary stuff AT ALL (like nightmares for months) to being able to stomach almost anything. Why, I wonder? What changes are you noticing in your tastes as a reader? Do your tastes ebb & flow? 📖🌊
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📚 I‘m currently reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. It's pretty horrifying. But it's also gripping. Will let you know what I finally decide when I'm done. #fantasy #horror

CouronneDhiver I‘ve noticed that too... I‘m a more picky reader now than I used to be. But I‘m ok with it. 🤓 4y
RiverKScottWrites @CouronneDhiver Life‘s too short to read books that don‘t suit you 🙌🏽 4y
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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This booooook!!!! It is so long. But it‘s the only long book I ever wanted to be longer. I don‘t know why I had it in my mind that this was the end of the Stormlight Archive, but I did. So when I realized the book wouldn‘t wrap up, that the ending was still only another beginning...ahhhhh! Read them all. Or better yet, dedicate a year to listen to the all on audiobook.

#fantasy #highfantasy #stormlightarchive

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UnEnchanted | Chanda Hahn
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This is a fast read with a great premise that fell a little flat. Of course, all books are worth reading by the right person, but I will say that it's an interesting twist on the old fairytale canon. If you like young adult fairytale retellings, then you might like this one. It‘s on the younger end of the spectrum. Definitely"clean" fantasy.

What about you? What's the last fairytale retelling you read?

#fairytaleretelling #fairytale

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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“The most important step a person can take is always the next one.”

✨📚🐾📚✨

A quote to live by — When I get too far down the rabbit hole of planning, when I'm paralyzed by the vast number of options, this quote holds true. Just take one step. Stop thinking, just do. What are you procrastinating doing because all your ducks aren't yet in a row? What's the most important step for you to take on your new project? (Hint: see above 😉) #fantasy

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Future Shock | Elizabeth Briggs
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A great premise falls a bit flat for me re believability and character 3-dimensionality in Future Shock. Still a fun read. Like a bag of tasty potato chips. Ate them all in one sitting, then felt a little gross lol but would do it again. 😂 I...might not recommend this one unless you want something fast and brainless. Heck, we all need that sometimes. 🤷🏽‍♀️ So, if that's you—go for it!

📚 #yaromance #dystopian #yascifi #youngadultscifi

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Future Shock | Elizabeth Briggs
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Just started this one. Sucked right in 🤩 #yalit #dystopian #youngadultfiction

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Blessings to you. May you fail today. May your day be supernatural 💥 And may you also, just because it's nice once in a while, succeed. 😘

•📚*🌟*📚•

Book quote:

This is life. The longer you live, the more you fail. Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone.

— Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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#stormlightarchives #fantasy #brandonsanderson

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City of Bones | Cassandra Clare
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This book is well-loved by many and not at all by some—which reminds me how people told me how to dress ALL THE FREAKING TIME as a teen. Like every item I wore was up for discussion/criticism. Like maybe I *like* wearing bootie shorts, or a floral pattern tunic over striped leggings!😤

Point is, we have different tastes and that‘s not only okay but necessary for the survival of our species. 🔮🦎

#yafantasy #yabooks #shadowhunters