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SassenachTheBookWizard

Joined December 2016

🇨🇦🍁 Hufflepuff | '19 Reading Challenge 144/200 | http://youtube.com/c/SassenachtheBookWizard
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The Backstagers | James Tynion IV
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It's like Narnia...but drama club edition.

I adored the graphics and vibrant colours in here. The layout and text bubbles were really well organized. Solid punny title (I'm a fan of dad jokes). I'll definitely have to pick up the next volume.

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The Backstagers | James Tynion IV
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Look, I'm a sucker for bad dad puns and I'm trying to read more graphic novels so I gotta read Rebels Without Applause

B.Reader 🐶💜 4h
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Im so anxious to get to this so I'm pretending it was in my original TBR and not a back up

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Hello Girls | Emily Henry, Brittany Cavallaro
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TW: THERE'S EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL ABUSE IN FIRST 1/3!

Basic run down: 2 girls from very different backgrounds runaway from their dangerous homes and go on a road trip hoping to find one of their mother's. The girls support and love each other through thick and thin. They're hella smart and don't put up with crap once they hit the road.
I'm not generally someone who enjoys contemporaries as a whole but I whipped through this book in a few hours.

mcipher Those eyes!! ♥️♥️ 1d
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Exile | Shannon Messenger
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I love this series so much. The world and magic is so whimsical. The politicians don't make things easy for Sofia so you can't help but root for her. I am annoyed already that I don't understand the Black Swan mystery.

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Hello Girls | Emily Henry, Brittany Cavallaro
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Hoping to love!

Scochrane26 I met both of these authors a few months ago. Emily Henry is a KY author. Both very nice. 2d
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Exile | Shannon Messenger
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Reading a couple chapters but then pausing. This weekend is reserved for binging Queer Eye season 4 and the Veronica Mars reboot soooooooo...

wanderinglynn Veronica Mars!!! 👍🏻👍🏻🙌🏻 3d
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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Okay so I don't honestly think I've ever read a horror before. I also avoid horror films like a millennial dodging a student loan officer. I legitimately refused to go outside when the It remake movie came out. Okay. I HATE HORROR STUFF...AND CLOWNS...also, the world in 2019 is messed up enough for my taste.

That being said...I loved this book! I loved the mystery , romances, the hidden clan and monster. The LGBTQ+ rep was also fantastic!

Megabooks This is the best review ever!! 4d
LiteraryinLititz I agree! Awesome review! 4d
IndyHannaJones Hey, I'm very good at paying my student loans thank you very much. 4d
tammysue I‘m sold, stacked! Terrific review! 😂 4d
TheRomantiCate I‘m glad to hear it‘s a good one; it‘s been on my list for ages!! 4d
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The Empress | S. J. Kincaid
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Holy crap the whiplash of this book hurts!

I was already having a day where I cried at everything and then the last 1/4 of this happened and I just melted into a puddle at the betrayal. Also, Why do I let authors hurt me with their star-crossed lovers romance?! Also, there's kinda time and space travel which I am ABSOLUTE TRASH FOR.

Linear Lol but the emotions is what makes a book great. Yeah? 4d
staci.reads I adore that series! Can't wait for the next one! 4d
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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Stepping out of my wheelhouse with a horror

rachelsbrittain I don't normally read horror either, but I really loved this one 5d
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A Conspiracy of Kings | Megan Whalen Turner
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Okay I feel like my love of this series comes from a very specific thing: the books are exactly as long as they need to be. I know that's a weird thing to notice but it's true. Everything that needs to be included...is included.

Also, we need to talk about this ending because the whole last 1/3 just sent me spinning! I just kept scream cheering! I can't wait to read the next book.

cookreadsleep That‘s an inspiring review! 5d
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The Empress | S. J. Kincaid
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I'm reading this for the Kpop challenge for the song Rocket by Seventeen needing a book set in space

brit91 Awww cute dog!!😍 6d
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A Conspiracy of Kings | Megan Whalen Turner
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It's go time! I'm almost caught up on this series

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It's like a million degrees here but glass half full: I didn't get assassinated!

I need to fall down a Romanov internet research rabbit hole for like a day

Birdsong28 It's fiction but really good 7d
Birdsong28 Then this is it's 'sequel' as it sort of follows on and mentions things that happened in The Secret Wife 7d
Birdsong28 This is non fiction and a really informative book 7d
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Can you guess which book I impulse bought because of the title? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

marleed It goes without saying sh*t! 1w
Squidapus Same 6d
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Plot twist: she dies 🤣🤣🤣

Why have I never read verse before this year?! It lends itself SO WELL to historical fiction!

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Puppies have been walked!
Tuesday video has been filmed!
Time to read in verse about Joan of Arc!

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Okay I've read this thing twice now and maybe I'll get attacked for this but I still don't get it.

Is it a fun fantasy? Absolutely! Solid characters, romance and conflict

Is it "sell your Barnes and Noble special edition copy for $300 USD"? No

I'll absolutely read the sequel and the ending to this was great but I just don't get why it's so different from all other YA fantasies with faeries

Sweetkokoro I have to agree, while I myself did enjoy the book, and it‘s one of the few YA books I will recommend (I don‘t like much YA) it‘s definitely not THAT good. Haha. Sometimes the hype around a book can be so over the top. 1w
Lucy_Anywhere While I enjoyed The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King and thought they stood out among YA fantasy, I just don't find YA as good as books aimed more at adults 1w
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I am giving the book another shot

Lucy_Anywhere Stick with it 😀 I wasn't sure at first, but it gets deliciously dark. And The Wicked King is a great read! 1w
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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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Omg why is this so amazing?! Easily one of my fav books. It's so damn dark and gorey and sexy and violent and I love it.

Areader2 Oh yay I just bought it on amazon for 2.99! Excited to read it now! 1w
pythoness I‘ve had a copy of it for over a year now (...or maybe closer to three) and I‘ve been meaning to read it but I just kept forgetting and getting sidetracked with other books. I should definitely make a note to read it soon, though—it‘s just in a box in storage right now, alas. 1w
BooknerdsLife I love this man‘s writing so much!!! 🖤 1w
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So I tried to read The Way You Make Me Feel but I'm giving up at chapter 10. I need something where I don't hate the main character and some badass-ness and Jay Kristoff has been aceing his marketing lately so TIME FOR A REREAD! TIME TO START PREP FOR DARKDAWN CAUSE I KNOW THAT BITCH IS GONNA HURT US!

IndyHannaJones That bitch is going to rip our hearts out 2w
Johanna414 I DNF‘d this one a few months ago too... 2w
Kristy_K I also DNF‘d this. 2w
Elisa Man, Darkdawn 😱 I‘m so excited about it, but also kind of dreading it. Going to reread NN and GG while on vacation! (edited) 2w
nikkiy_reads Glad to see this post. 1w
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Killing November | Adriana Mather
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Okay! Alright! Why do I so desperately want to go to a secluded boarding school that inevitably has a murder in it? 🤷🤷🤷🤷

Now I could have done without the romance. It was an unnecessary distraction for me. It's a damn school for assassins people! Keep your damn pants on! People are bring murdered!

I will definitely be reading the sequel.

BekahB Glad to know that you enjoyed this book! I loved How to Hang a Witch and it‘s sequel, but I wasn‘t sure about this one. I‘ll definitely give it a try. 2w
Bookzombie Lol @ “Keep your damn pants on!” 2w
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Killing November | Adriana Mather
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Finally getting a chance to pick this up. I didn't love How to Hang A Witch by this author but a secret boarding school training assassins is kinda my wheelhouse

JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, I read both of her other books, but not this one. I would definitely try it! 2w
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The Exile | Diana Gabaldon
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Mehso-so

I'm sort of torn on this. If this is aimed at people who are Outlander fans then I am the target audience but I found it just way too similar to the original for it to be particularly interesting. I also struggled with the illustrations themselves. Some pages were just so overwhelming and cluttered + some characters looked too similar.
The good: thank you for keeping those iconic lines from the book in here!

MicheleinPhilly Gorgeous pup! 2w
brit91 Beautiful dog!😍😍 2w
vkois88 I didn't know there was a graphic novel, but I'll have to check it out... awwww, hi Watson! 2w
cookreadsleep Is there less sex in this since it's a graphic novel? Or is it just even more awkward to read? lol 2w
SassenachTheBookWizard @cookreadsleep there's only one panel that shows the sex on their wedding night. 2w
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Dare You to Lie | Amber Lynn Natusch
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My marshmallow soul has been refueled.
This is literally Veronica Mars in YA form and omg I'm trash for this romance and omg I cannot wait to read my ARC of the sequel next month *screams into fist at slow romantic burn of enemies into lovers*

LoveToReadLiveToRead Ooo, I‘ll be interested to hear if this is any good! It does sound very Mars-esque! X 2w
Chrissyreadit I think I would love this, and my teens might too. Plus we are big marshmallows. 2w
Charityann I love Veronica Mars! Added this to my stack.😊 2w
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The Exile | Diana Gabaldon
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Going to squeeze in one more read on my day off

Scochrane26 One of the few comic books/graphic novels I‘ve actually read. 2w
MartinaLove Awe look at that handsome dog! 2w
brit91 Beautiful dog!😍💖 2w
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Dare You to Lie | Amber Lynn Natusch
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Intaking as much Veronica Mars-like things until the show returns this month

Johanna414 I need to start my rewatch! 2w
jmtrivera I rewatched the first few episodes over the weekend. I forgot how great it was! 2w
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Circle of Shadows | Evelyn Skye
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3.5/5

So this isn't as good as her Crowns Game book but it was better than the Crown's Fate.

I think it struggled at the beginning and the middle it was difficult to see why this wasn't like every other YA fantasy out there but it really did hit its stride in the last 1/3 or so. I REALLY liked the ending. It was logical and not "too clean" which is something I always complain about.

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Circle of Shadows | Evelyn Skye
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Reading for the Kpop Random Dance Playathon challenge for the song Crown by TXT to read a book with royalty

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This was hella cute! The boarding school + some Malfoy-esque characters + a McGonagall-like teacher + quidditch being football instead + a secret society are all elements that make for a book I am going to like. I feel deprived that I never got to go to a boarding school as a kid. Weird shit always happens at them! See examples: Harry Potter, Truly Devious, this book.

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Annnnnnnnnnnnd for some reason I need to reread book one of my favourite series 🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷

julesG I've been circling the audiobook for some time now. I'll cave soon. 😀 2w
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Time for a middle grade mystery!

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The Cold Is in Her Bones | Peternelle van Arsdale
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I can definitely see why it wouldn't appeal to some with it's pacing alone. Even the traveling by the characters is done at a slow pace but it's steady and the book is under 300 pages. The characters, the curse and the weird creepy ominous social atmosphere were just incredibly interesting. Also, I'm kinda terrified of snakes but I found them more interesting and mythical in this book.

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Peace out reading all weekend. Time to binge.

Maggie_Reads I‘m so curious about this show but I‘m in the middle of binging on Call The Midwife. This may need to be next on my list. 2w
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Wicked Fox | Kat Cho
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The Good:
1. I love this cover, title, series name and setting

2. I enjoyed most of the characters and the overall plot

The Bad:
1. The romance is weird and felt random.
2. DEAR LORD STOP CASTING AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS WHO TALK BREATHLESS AS IF THEY'RE A FAINTING GOVERNESS FOR THE WHOLE BOOK! I should hear a difference in your voice when you pour milk in cereal or get murdered!
3. Pitched as fantasy romance. Feels like paranormal contemporary.

allureofbeauty I kind of want to read that one. Also cute bookmarks. 2w
SassenachTheBookWizard @allureofbeauty thanks! I hope you enjoy but I wouldn't recommend the audiobook 2w
allureofbeauty @SassenachTheBookWizard what was bad about it? 2w
Ruri_kaichou Thanks for the heads up on the audiobook. I know it's subjective about the voice you prefer, but itcan totally make or break a reading experience so I like to see thoughts about them. I'll make sure to get a print copy 2w
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The Cold Is in Her Bones | Peternelle van Arsdale
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I'm just so curious about this and have heard nothing of it.
I'm reading it for the K-pop reading challenge for my own added song Dionysus by BTS with the prompt of: read a book with ancient gods or demons. Enter Medusa re-imagining

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Wicked Fox | Kat Cho
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My BTS bookmarks came in the SAME👏DAY👏I start Wicked Fox!

mdemanatee Where did you get those bookmarks? My friend is a huge BTS fan and has a surgery coming up where she will have more reading time in the recovery. 3w
SassenachTheBookWizard @mdemanatee on Etsy! Their Instagram is happyhelloart. They're based in Toronto and they had this set and another set of them in different outfits 3w
BookFreakOut I love Happy Hello's stuff! 3w
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rachelsbrittain So excited to read this one! 3w
DiruVamp Where did you get those bookmarks??? 2w
DiruVamp Ok saw your above comment 😂👍🏻 2w
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Grim Lovelies | Megan Shepherd
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Ugh I really tried but I'm throwing it in at chapter 28. I'm so so so incredibly bored and not interested and the characters are just dull.

SharonAlger It‘s frustrating when that happens, but at least you gave it a fair shake. 3w
sparrowssavvy This one had me so excited and I did get through it, but it reallllly slowed down for me 3w
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Grim Lovelies | Megan Shepherd
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I picked this up for a few seconds yesterday and wasn't feeling it so I am going to try again!

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I just wanted to make 100% sure that no publisher will ever want to have anything to do with my channel. 😆😆😆

https://youtu.be/4YSREFmQnQs

#booktube

Elizabeth2 I was unaware of metered access. Now it makes sense why some books in a series are available as ebooks from my library while others are not. How frustrating for you, as an employee who just wants to make sure the public has access. 🙁 Thanks for enlightening me. 3w
CouronneDhiver I love your videos! Thanks for sharing 😃😃 3w
mdemanatee I feel like I have been waiting for this kind of commentary on the ebook lending system forever. I‘m not in libraries anymore but when my director told me how much she spent on ebook titles I was like “yup gotta always finish those” and even the library board sometimes didn‘t understand what it was so hard to get new titles in as ebooks right away 3w
SassenachTheBookWizard @mdemanatee yeah we're re really struggling with eAudiobooks in Canada. Lots are released in the US but not Canada...even when they're Canadian authors and from Canadian topics/themes. We can't keep up already. 3w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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For 5 blissful hours today...I got to live in a world where instead of agent orange, the POTUS was a Democratic woman with a gay son who she still loved...who... *hiccups crying* wanted voter reform and healthcare *happy cry*

Also just realized this was an odd book to read on Canada Day but whatever. Also the sexy scenes 😏😏😏

Julsmarshall I‘ve got to move this up on my list! 3w
AutumnRLS I've only made it to page 78. It was a busy day, but I love watching the relationship develop. Great writing. So fun. 3w
BooknerdsLife I‘m dying to read this book 😍🥰 3w
KathrynElise Oh my lord, “agent orange” yessss 😂😂🍊🍊 3w
CharissaWeaksAuthor It was SO good. Can it be real life? Lol 3w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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"come on, you backyard-shooting-range motherfuckers."

Aka...Florida ????

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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It's time to start my July TBR and I am going with this new adult contemporary book! It fulfills prompt number 2 of the K-pop random dance playathon for 🎵 RPM by SF9 🎵. I've heard nothing but fantastic things about this

thewallflower0707 I have this on my birthday wishlist, the plot sounds like Fanfiction so I‘m pretty sure I will love it 💕 3w
AutumnRLS I just started this today and I already love the voice of the POV. This is totally outside my wheelhouse, but I'm loving reading new things this year and expanding my horizons! 3w
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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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I GREW up on Anastasia + the magic and romanticism of the monarchy helped me see this as fictional play on one of my fav movie rather than the Romanovs of history. I like how this book took the ill fated Romanov's and gave Anastasia a character. A personality. Sure, the plot and history and politics seemed VERY biased but whatever. It however does struggle with defining the magic system. That aside, I see myself rereading this 🤷🤷🤷

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful collection 💗📚 3w
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Now this is definitely not a book that I think everyone will like. It's pretty slow paced, not much adventuring and even the big scenes are very suspenseful with tons of action. If you're a fan of immense world building, character development and a lot of focus on politics then THIS is a book for you. The politics and conflicts just DREW me in.
Despite it's massive as hell size, this book didn't drag for me! Also hella here for that f/f romance.

Vinjii It looks so gorgeous ❤️ 3w
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