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ToniSwinehart6

ToniSwinehart6

Joined March 2017

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
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The Hideaway | Lauren Denton
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This book was a lovely story of a grandmother and grandaughter's relationship. New discoveries and strength that were never known until after it was too late to truly appreciate. Sara was charged with caring for and upgrading her grandmothers pride and joy. She finally learns to live a little while discovering her grandma, Mags life and why she was so quirky. She finds herself and true love on this new chapter in her life. 4/5⭐

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Looking for Alaska | John Green
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Wow, John Green, this one made me think... it's crazy how much a book can change how you look at life, even if it is only for a moment. I have been inspired to find my own "Great Perhaps", just as Miles did in this book. Alaska is someone worth looking for. 4/5⭐

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One of my favorite reads in 2019!
The three sisters must fight to the death to become queen. So many things go wrong in this book that you canNOT stop reading! Love it, the magic and matriarchy are different than other books that I've read. Truly enjoyable. 4/5⭐

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A cute read about young love and our potential to be whatever we want. I love that Hassan and Colin went on a roadtrip and found exactly what they needed, when they needed it. Lindsey Lee Wells and Mama took them in, gave them jobs and a chance to discover themselves. 3.5/5⭐

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Capturing the Devil | Kerri Maniscalco
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After a near heartbreak, I quickly recovered rooting for Thomas and Audrey Rose.
Jack The Ripper come back to life to haunt them, a ruined special day and fleeing to a land to find the true identity of their worst nightmare. The killer this time is after Audrey Rose and Thomas. I love how strong and true their relationship is. I could read these books for the rest of forever.Kerri is a genius and knows how to make you love the characters. 4.5/5 ⭐

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This book helps you learn how to interact with all different types of people. A must read for not only leaders, management, but people that want to be a better version of themselves and the people around them. 3.5 of 5 ⭐

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The servant is a great way to rethink management. (In life, managing staff, family, life...) I highly recommend, (just skip prologue, I almost didn't read it because prologue was so dry/long) worth it in the end.

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Broken Throne | Victoria Aveyard
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I am so glad to have everyone's story finished up with a pretty little bow.

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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Sweet story, about loss, love and learning how to love yourself. (Body and mind) Even though her heart loved someone her mind couldn't let herself fully give into that because she felt less than everyone else. 3/5 ⭐

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Caraval 3. Finale | Stephanie Garber
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I loved it, all the twists and turns made it a great adventure. This world was so well done I love the magic and the love and the even the pain. 5⭐ Julian, Legend and Jacks are great characters I love the mystery behind them and all the love and trouble they cause.
❤📚🎪

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter | Jeffry P. Lindsay
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I started the TV series first, decided to give the books a try. They're so different I still don't know if I like the book, one of the very few times I think the show may be better. Jeff Lindsay's descriptions of the moon always entertain me, he has an interesting way of writing, I like it just different than I've read before. Less gore and murder than I expected. 7 more books to determine my favorite , for now I will give it a 2.5⭐/5.

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I enjoyed the POV changes in this book, not only is the character development great but you also get to know how the main characters changed the lives of a few other characters. I love how their love hit them hard and fast like typical teenagers but had just a little different feel. Its a very sweet story. 4⭐/5

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Graduating and finally about to take their first steps as adults but can't seem to figure out their way "together". But love always pulls through, maybe not as we hoped. Lara Jean stays true to herself throughout this series. I love the way thet Peter K and Large love each other. I was hoping we would get a little more of step into their adult relationship. But a sweet ending to a cute series.

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Oh teenage angst! Really takes me back to the days of high school and being the typical high school girl only worried about who, what, where and why the boyfriend is, whatever...
Lara Jean discovers herself in this book a little more and I really have hope that she will flourish with her new found confidence and all-in love. This is such a cute, sweet love story and just enough bad luck to keep it interesting and quite entertaining.
4/5⭐

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4/5⭐
I saw the movie first and I loved it. It really goes really well with the book, such a rare gift! Lara Jean is a sweet innocent Junior, who found herself in sticky situation. She falls for the the guy she thought she couldn't. A charmer for sure, Pete begins a fake relationship with a quirky, cute girl he kissed in middle school so they can both "save face". Lara Jean learns how a relationship is supposed to work, and kind of fails big time.

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Son | Lois Lowry
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This book was by far the largest. They each have a sweet little lesson in them. The lesson I took away from this one is, there is real evil in this world and to defeat it you must not feed it.
Gabriel's mom, Claire never stopped, she truly loved her son. Gabe is the baby that escaped in The Giver with Jonas, Claire has looked for him, fought for him, trained for him. Strong and brave she fought her way to her son, the roller coaster is worth it.

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Messenger | Lois Lowry
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A quick, short read. This book was a nice reminder about how toxic secrets and lies are. Discovering his powers Matty now, a young man is a mature and loving boy that has the capabilities to heal. I am hoping the ending of this one is not true, I am sad because there is so much potential for him. 😭💔😭

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Kira's saved after her mother dies, she is told she is no longer welcome due to her disfigurement. Kira feels lucky to have been rescued from a hard life or even death, she is now protected by the guardians and is taken care of much better than she could have imagined. But the longer she stays the more she learns that something is just not quite right. She, Matt & Thomas decide to investigate and figure out what is happening. 4/5 ⭐

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I had some ideas about this book before I started it. Well, I was wrong on every one of them. A lovely story of finding yourself, love and learning to grow in spite of what happens to you. Poor Maddy could have had such a different life, such a sad and yet somehow sweet story. I will not give it away, but when I finally figured out what was going on I was very sad for Miss Maddy and all the things she hasn't done. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
I absolutely love King Nicholai, his compassion for his country and his people is just amazing. What we learn from Zoya and Nina makes this story complex with so many possibilities for the future and left me needing more. I absolutely adore Leigh's writing. She pulled me in instantly and her characters never cease to amaze me. This series is awesome and I would recommend them to everyone.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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My head is still spinning from all the surprises in this book. Alina and Mal on yet another adventure/mission, this time to find the last amplifier to make Alina strong enough to save Ravka. My heart ached for Nicholai and even Mal, though Mal was still a little dramatic. It definitely improved the story and I love that Leigh incorporated some real science in this story too! A lot of death in this one, so prepare your heart.
💔💔💔💔 out of 5💔

TheBookStacker I just started this today! 11mo
ToniSwinehart6 @TheBookStacker its such a great series! 😊 11mo
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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo, you are awesome! I love this amazing grishaverse you have created. I have nearly completed this one and I never know what is going to happen! Currently my heart is aching for Nicholai... meeting Leigh is going on my bucket list. 🤓📚

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I DID NOT want to read this book. As an assignment for work, I did. About 25% through I found myself applying this book to my life. Looking at how I treat others and what I am really doing when I decide to not be helpful or decide that another should do something because I think they're lazy and they need to get busy. I am trying to remind myself of the lessons learned in this book. There is really no way to explain it well, read it, its worth it.

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What an adventure! So unpredictable, engaging, I didn't want to put this one down! Kaz Brekker is the ultimate bad guy hero, his wit, sarcasm & charm & all his secrets make him irresistable.. Kaz and his crew on this impossible heist, & are opposites in the best way possible, & always seem to come out on top. But even the best can get be defeated. This story has enough twists in it to keep you guessing, and you definitely won't see the end coming.

Cinfhen Great review!! Makes me want to pick up a YA 😱 13mo
ToniSwinehart6 @Cinfhen You should give it a try, honestly it's a great book, I wish I could have said more about it but you only get 451 characters. I had to replace all my "ands" with "&" to fit everything. ? 13mo
TheBookAddict Definitely a great read! 12mo
JazzFeathers Planning to read it very soon 12mo
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Hubby built me some shelves... need more books! 😍

LeslieO That is beautiful. 12mo
ToniSwinehart6 @LeslieO Thank you! 12mo
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The Lost World | Michael Crichton
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An annoying scientist, Levine thought the possibility of a lost world, of dinosaurs could exist. There have been several reports of odd, large lizard-like creatures that are being found, and immediately destroyed by the government. This has put in motion Levine and his team of scientist (including Malcolm) to search, find and study this mystery untouched by extinction. Once found, the island is a crazy, thrilling ride. Not everyone gets out alive!

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The Lost World | Michael Crichton
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I am so confused... 5 movies from 2 books, and I really cannot tell how they used the second book at all?! 100pgs in and... nothing. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but why? It would've made a good movie, well, probably. It has the suspense. 🤔📚

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Escaping from Houdini | Kerri Maniscalco
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Oh how I love Thomas and Audrey Rose, this was another amazing read. I feel the first 2 books were a little more "on the edge of your seat" kind of read, but this one still keeps you guessing. I never had a get on with it moment, its an easy read that keeps you glued to the pages. Audrey Rose experiencing her doubts the relationship was a little hard for me, but I completely understood the draw in the sneaking magician. Looking forward to book 4.

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I love retellings, and this was a good Alice in Wonderland inspired book. I had a hard time rating the book only because I wanted more if the story with Gwen and Pete. I enjoyed the Maddox and Alyssa characters, all the trials they went through to try and end the disease that is killing them all, but I feel like I needed more Gwen and Pete and their love story. I did enjoy the interest that was arising from poor Duchess Alyssa, but now off to Oz.

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Life isn't meant to be fair, my dear. A fair is where you go to buy cotton candy, enjoy carnival rides, and pet smelly goats. Life on the other hand, is often filled with the unexpected. Sometimes the cards we are dealt cause us to have to shift our own anticipated direction. And other time fate deals us a hand that we are pleasantly thankful for.

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Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco
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I loved this book, it is so well written. Wadsworth and Cresswell are one of my favorite book couples. I am usually one that can predict an ending or at least most of it. I was shocked, still cannot believe the surprises in this book. I never found myself bored and wishing it would get to the point, it stays entertaining throughout and always guessing. Love, love this series. September 18th cannot get here soon enough. 💜

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Of course all great movies come from great books, I will say I was somewhat disappointed the action didn't start as quickly in the book. I kept bracing myself and then it went on about counting eggs, etc. I had a hard time following Malcolm on all his mathematical tangents, I found myself googling a lot in this book (dinosaurs mostly, I needed visuals), I learned a lot more than I thought possible on this type of book.
4 out of 5⭐s

JillR My son has just read and enjoyed this and now it has crept onto my tbr 😉 1y
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Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco
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😍 I just love how Kerri Maniscalco writes, I am immediately invested and can barely put the book down! 😍

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton

I like it, don't get me wrong but the book takes soo much longer than the movie to get to the "good stuff". Oh, and seriously, Malcolm is killing me with the chaos theory talk. ?

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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Stalking Jack the Ripper, I just loved this book! I love how she mixed the elements of real and her part of the story, it always kept me guessing, I truly had no idea who Jack was and had predicted it wrong several times. Love that there was just a touch of love story (too much fluff is not my thing), and all kinds of suspense. This is definitely a must read!

Mdargusch Great review! 1y
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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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I loved the new characters in this book. I love this world Stephanie Garber has created and I wish I could live there with Tella and Scarlett, but mostly Dante. Lol It was entirely predictable and there were quite a few surprises. I like the use of the tarot type cards and the twists with Tella and Jacks. One of my favorite books this year.

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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I enjoyed this very much. This is definitely one of those books where you read it slow because your don't wang this world to end. I love Cal and Mare and the whole series, I will say I wish the ending was different, but it wasn't awful. I just had high hopes or a different fate. 4/5🌟

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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She is so stubbornly alive, still burning like a candle fighting the rain. Ch 31

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard

I am loving this book, halfway done and I wish I didn't have to work so I could just read it. 😭📚❤

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4/5 stars
I enjoyed this installment a lot. You get to see all the characters in a whole new light, revealing parts of themselves that you didn't think possible. The ending of this series was perfect to me. I love a good happy ending for all parties, this had just that. ❤ I love A.G. Howard!
I was so happy Jeb and Morpheus finally saw what's best for Alyssa and made it work so beautifully.

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I enjoyed this book, just felt there wasn't enough to it... when it was over, I didn't feel satisfied. I really don't think it added much to the series. I love the characters/series overall, I still liked the book but whyyyy??? This definitely should have had more substance, more something... 🙄

GypsyKat It‘s a novella, not a full book so that‘s probably why you feel like that. 2y
ToniSwinehart6 @GypsyKat I know its a novella I just felt like there was anything added to the series. I don't know, I guess I just had higher hopes. Like by the end something big, an announcement if you've read it you know what I mean.. I liked it, I just wanted more. I've read novellas and felt like it completed, made a point, or added to the series as a whole this really didn't to me. 2y
ToniSwinehart6 I am just pouting about waiting for the next one. 😭 2y
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3.5 of 5 ⭐
I did enjoy this book, it just seemed to drag some. Alyssa is trying to ignore the Netherling part of herself and live as a human with her love, Jeb. Her art and Wonderland have other plans. This book feels like there's always something about to happen but it takes nearly the entire book to get some action. A lot of betrayal and lies in this installment. Looking forward to reading the next one and praying for more action. #TeamMorpheus

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I love the story, but seriously something happen already!?!

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Have you ever gone back through your posts and thought, "I must have been sleep typing." ??

Jess7 Haha! Yes!!! I notice it most often when I look back at text messages. Sometimes my iPhone auto corrects what I type and I rarely proofread my texts. Most often I just type fast and hit send. So when I look at ones from late at night I laugh because half of the time I am missing words in my sentences. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
ToniSwinehart6 @RaimeyGallant Glad I am not alone! @Jess7 I am guilty of the same. 🤣 2y
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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It was a good, quick read. I cannot say that I would want to read it again but I am glad that I read it. Sadly, I am lacking in my "classic books" but I am working on it. 3.5 of 5?

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Hexen's Cross | J. Kowallis
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Seriously, if you love mythology, danger and a hint of romance... READ THIS BOOK! I absolutely loved it. Dr. Grim, professor of occult studies find herself in a prophesy to find Odin's staff. While trying to find the clues left behind by her father she meets the man that is clearly supposed to help her complete the mission, and he is less than cooperative. I seriously loved this book and think everyone should read it!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5.

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Hexen's Cross | J. Kowallis
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Seriously, I think this is book is my favorite book so far this year! I am half way through and unlike most other books I am reading this any available moment I have. I cannot put it down! I am LOVING it!! 😍😍

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Hexen's Cross | J. Kowallis
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I'm being tasked to work with Coll Donovan, and I'd rather shoot myself in the foot - with a harpoon covered in hot sauce and vinegar.

I am seriously loving this book, I cannot put it down! So excited to be one of the first to read her new book, this is definitely a "must read!"

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New World Inferno | Jennifer Wilson
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This amazing ending to probably one of the best series I have ever read, still has me feeling too many feelings. Phoenix, our lead character has made such a huge change with her life over this series you cannot help but love her. All the characters are put through the ringer in this installment,and a shocking twist that I didn't see coming made me have to put the book down. That was only for a moment because the intensity is insane! Sad its over.