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Victoriahoperose

Victoriahoperose

Joined May 2016

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No Matter: Poems | Jana Prikryl
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Mehso-so

This was an okay poetry collection. I didn‘t think it was excellent but it had some worthwhile pieces in it and it moved pretty quickly.

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Machete Squad | David Axe, Dulak, Brent
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This was a really dark graphic novel about a man‘s experience in Afghanistan as a medic. Heartbreaking, but very well done.

OnlyYoo The cover is mad intense and I love it lol 1d
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I really enjoyed this pick from Book of the Month! It was a powerful look at the things we pick up from our parents that can negatively impact our world view and the way we live our lives. Very strong writing and interesting story. #botm

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In a Dark Place | Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Ray Garton, Carmen Reed, Al Snedeker
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These books always scare the daylights out of me, but they are so good. Ed and Lorraine Warren did so much work with hauntings and such and I really like reading about their experiences. This was a really eye opening look at the true story behind “The Haunting in Connecticut” and super scary. Definitely a perfect book to read for Halloween!

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I really enjoyed this book. It was so different than what I was expecting it to be as far as the romance story woven into themes about identity and political scandal. I found it to be pretty predictable and idyllic, but overall, I really liked it and thought it was steamy and fun in all the right ways.

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The Invited | Jennifer McMahon
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This was an extremely well written and conceived ghost story perfect for this time of year. It didn‘t rely on gore and cheap thrills, but had a strong backbone of a story centered around a haunted town and the legacy of a woman who was believed to be a witch. I loved the way it came together and just thought this was so well thought out and clever. Great twist and great ending. I highly recommend!

Stacypatrice Such a cozy picture 🧡 6d
megzlynn Loved this book! 6d
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Forget You Know Me | Jessica Strawser
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I keep hoping to really enjoy something by this author because her books look so interesting, but this one just fell flat for me. Superficial people and storyline made for a bit of an annoying plot and I didn‘t care for the way it came together.

Reviewsbylola I got to meet the author last year but I wasn‘t impressed by her one book I read so I haven‘t been interested in reading this one. 1w
Victoriahoperose @Reviewsbylola was it Not That I Could Tell? I got that one as my book of the month when it came out and didn‘t love it. 1w
Reviewsbylola Yup, that one! 1w
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This was definitely a really interesting historical fiction book. I felt like it had a good amount of suspense and mystery to really drive the story and make it more interesting. The time frame and characters were also well captured and it moved quickly despite how long it was!

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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This was a fun and creepy book for October. I enjoyed the haunted house theme and the dark story. Also, this really combined the authors of horror stories and their ideas well with the horror story itself. Definitely a good book for this time of year!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it so hard to put it down, reading late into the night, promising myself to stop after one more chapter. It‘s hard to review this because I don‘t want to spoil anything. Whereas I found this book a bit predictable, I think the sense of vindication throughout the story really gave it the push over the edge that made it so interesting. It‘s a good reminder to not judge things by what is at the surface.

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Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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This was an interesting book about a man who joins the army and goes to Iraq and doesn‘t really seem to know what he got himself into. Written in a stream of consciousness type style, it really captivated the mindset of a soldier in today‘s world. Parts were a bit tough for me and a but repetitive. #booked2019 #solidersstory

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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I thought this book was really great. It was unique and fun and the characters were so engrossing. The side stories really moved the story along and it was a quick read with a very satisfying storyline and ending. I definitely recommend this one!

LaurenELovesToRead Exactly, the side stories were the best part! 2w
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I just did not like the characters or the storyline. The main character irritated me and it made it extremely hard to read for me.

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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This isn‘t my normal genre that I would be interested in which I think may have made it harder for me to get into. But, I found this to be a bit predictable and slow in parts. I wanted to give it a shot because I really enjoy books about strong female main characters and this fit the bill. I did enjoy the characters and the plot, but overall, I didn‘t love this one. #botm

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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I liked this book and it kept my interest, but it wasn‘t as great as I expected it to be. The ending felt rushed and a lot of stuff was left unresolved. I had some ideas about how it could and it felt a bit anticlimactic to me. I like the way the ending posed a question to get into the readers mind and I enjoyed the characters a lot. I liked this book a lot, I just bought it could have had more to it.

rkeo I was also underwhelmed. Easy read and entertaining, but it wasn't mind-blowing at all like people say. 3d
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I really enjoyed this book. It has such a strong women centric basis with strong women who have unique and important roles throughout the book. I loved the setting and the storyline and it really kept my interest. This book definitely surprised me at the depth and heart that was shown through the story.

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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I definitely enjoyed this detective style mystery novel. I really liked the characters, especially Cormoran Strike. I found that Strike had a lot of depth and I liked the chemistry with the other characters in the book. I found it to be a little bit wordy at times and I think it could have been cut down some, but I liked it overall. I suspected the ending to be what it was, but wasn‘t positive until it all came together.

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Differently Morphous | Yahtzee Croshaw
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I think I may have not liked the narrator and that effected my opinion of this but I really just couldn‘t get into this. I found it a bit dull and hard to stay interested in it.

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This book is so well written and really stands out among nonfiction books written about mental illness, in my opinion. The author blends her personal experiences with schizophrenia and other forms of mental illness with a lot of instances in popular culture that really illuminate the topic of mental health. I read this for #booked2019 as the book given to me as a gift. I can‘t remember who gave it to me, but it was excellent!

Cinfhen Sounds fascinating and I‘m digging the cover 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I picked this up on sale. Looking forward to it! 3w
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Bet Me | Jennifer Crusie
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This is definitely my new favorite by Jennifer Crusie. I loved the storyline and all of the characters. It felt like I was watching my favorite rom com. Predictable, but awesome all the same. The ending was perfect and I really enjoyed everything about this one. Definitely a great pick me up!

OneCent76 She has great books. 4w
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Enchante | Gita Trelease
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This is the reason why I love #lmpbc so much. I never would have picked this book up myself. I‘m not normally into books with a fantasy theme or historical fiction, but I ended up really enjoying this one! I will be sending it out by the end of the week! @ambam1987 @cwarnier @whippoorwill815

ambam1987 ditto! Can't wait to read this one. 4w
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This was really well written and researched. It‘s a tough book to read about the prevalence of rape culture in higher education settings. I think it‘s very important to see what has happened and how we can move forward and fight against this. Very good book, but definitely hard to read.

jenniferajanes I picked this one up when it was on sale for Kindle, but I haven‘t been in the right frame of mind to start it. Thank you for your honest review. 1mo
Victoriahoperose @jenniferajanes it‘s really good. But definitely read it when you can handle it. It‘s graphic in parts. But definitely worthwhile. 1mo
marleed I thought this book was excellent. I also respected his explanation that stats could have put his story in just about any smallish town in America with a strong University football program, and the ending would unfortunately be quite similar. Oh, and stating on behalf of family members with Grizzly season tickets ;) 1mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Very enjoyable and descriptive/well written dystopian fiction! I enjoyed this one and it was one I got from a #goodreadsgiveaway which is even better 😊

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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil
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This book was really entertaining and had a really cool concept. Slight jabs at our political climate and a unique plot made this book different and hard to put down. I thought the twists were really good and I enjoyed the ending. The story is based around a penal code that isolated criminals to an island where they are murdered by serial killers and it is broadcasted on a live stream. Hard to put down and very entertaining!

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Lily and Dunkin | Donna Gephart
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I did a quick search for diverse middle grade novels for the #booked2019 summer prompt and this came up. It‘s a book I had in my stack and I decided to give it a try. This book tackles so many issues - mental health, transgender identity, suicide, etc. This is the type of book that we need to be read to raise awareness and break boundaries. Excellent writing and storyline. 5 stars from me.

Cinfhen Great review and so happy that your MG pick was a hit. Overall, I think majority of readers enjoyed their MG books and were pleased with the quality and content 💕💕 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I may have took this one up. I like MG so much more than YA. Maybe because there‘s not usually insta-love. 🤪 1mo
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I actually really liked this book more than some others by this author. I felt like she really captured the minds of the people she wrote about that were involved in a competitive environment for gymnastics. There was a lot of suspense and tension and it kept me going until the end with curiosity and intrigue. Very interesting book that ended differently than I thought it would.

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The Night Olivia Fell | Christina McDonald
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I liked this book more than I thought I would. There was the aspect of mystery and suspense which really drove the book. But, I liked the fact that there were a lot of points in the story where I was challenged to think about how I would handle the situations and it really made me think. The ending was very satisfying and realistic in my opinion and I liked how the story came together!

LiteraryinLititz Great review! This has been on my TBR for a short time and I‘m looking forward to reading it. 1mo
Victoriahoperose @LiteraryinLititz I think it‘s super worthwhile. I hope you like it! 1mo
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Super enjoyable 3rd book in the series. Very fun and well written. I really like listening to this series. It comes together well and is easier to read. Definitely a fun book!

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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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This was a really sweet book. If you need something light with an upbeat story, this is definitely great to read. This has a Gilmore Girls vibe with a splash of magical realism. I really liked the characters and the story and how it all came together. Very cute book!

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This was crazy. It started out super slow in the beginning and I was a little disappointed at first because I wasn‘t getting into it like I gave his other books. But, when it picked up, it got so good that I didn‘t put it down and the way it came together was just so creepy and eerie. Very reminiscent or Rosemary‘s Baby which I also love. Riley Sager never disappoints. This book was worth the hype.

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I really enjoyed this book a lot. The writing was excellent and I loved the story. It really showed how hard growing up is when you are different and it combined some religious aspects along with strong themes of family and friendship. It tugs at the heart strings while bringing up some really good points about how to be the person you want to be and live your life fully. I would definitely recommend this one!

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Territory of Light | Yuko Tsushima
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I really liked the writing I this book. The description and sense of setting was very strong and I really felt like I was in the story. I feel like the lack of an actual plot made it hard to get through and a bit slow for me. I would have liked some more tension in the writing and something to power the book to the end.

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Cilka's Journey | Heather Morris
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I thought this book was very powerful and strong and eye opening. I know I have read so many books centered around the Holocaust that either end there or have a very tragic note resulting from the treachery of this time. This is a bit different. It‘s about the journey of someone who believes they are rescued but instead they are judged harshly on the life they were forced to live with during this time.

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Bookends: A Novel | Jane Green
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I usually really enjoy Jane Green, but this one had a lot of unlikable characters that made it hard to get through. I found to also to be a bit predictable. She‘s such a greater writer when it comes to displaying relationships and the inner workings of them, but this one just fell a bit flat for me.

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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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This book has a great ambiance. A group of strangers are stranded at a hotel due to a snow storm and a murder disrupts their stay in the middle of the night. I got a really strong Agatha Christie vibe from this book, but then it really fell flat. When the twist was revealed, I found it to be under developed and rushed. This book wasn‘t bad, but I just wanted it to come together better.

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I really expected to enjoy this book and I honestly found it to be a bit slow and repetitive. I really liked the idea behind this book, but it just didn‘t grab my interest past the beginning. Good premise, but the writing was a bit off for me.

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Tell Me No Lies | A V Geiger
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I really liked the first book in this series, but this one fell a little bit flat for me. I like the fact that the author really takes a strong stance on mental health and explores it quite a bit in her story, but I didn‘t love the way it came together in this book. It was okay, just not as good as the first one.

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This was a really good suspenseful story about a woman with a complicated past and her lies that come back to haunt her. I thought the ending was good - unpredictable and twisty. It definitely kept my interest all the way through!

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This book really is different than almost anything I have read. The author shares so much research and knowledge in this and made it very accessible to readers. It is terrifying to learn about bacteria that is common yet unheard of among most people that can kill you so easily. Her fight to save her husband and her will to best this “superbug” is really inspiring and interesting. Definitely great if you‘re a nonfiction lover!

LA_Mead This sounds so interesting! Also, I‘m a bit of a germaphobe, so I might never sleep again... 2mo
Victoriahoperose @LA_Mead it was really good! But probably don‘t read it because it will give you nightmares lol 2mo
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I really liked the cultural aspects of this book. There were some really interesting things that I felt like I learned while reading and the characters were fun. I felt like it was a bit disjointed and slow in parts and very predictable. It‘s a good quick read for a YA audience, but I think it could have been done better and brought together better.

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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I am so happy with my recent #botm pick! I loved this so much more than I even thought I would. The mix of the Renaissance Faire and the romance and the fun of all of it was so entertaining! I couldn‘t put this down and didn‘t want it to end. I definitely wasn‘t disappointed by this one and recommend it for anyone who wants something that will make them smile!

Lovesbooks87 I really liked this one too! 2mo
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I love the show This is Us. This is exactly what I needed while waiting for the show to come back on. Chrissy Metz is so genuine and humble and has a great outlook on life that she shares in this book. I loved reading this and really would recommend to anyone even if they don‘t watch the show!

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The Woman Inside | E. G. Scott
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This concept really isn‘t original to me after reading so many books with similar ideas, beginning with Gone Girl. This wasn‘t terrible - it was still a fun read even though it was pretty predictable. I just was expecting a newer idea in this one.

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The Dreamers: A Novel | Karen Thompson Walker
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I really enjoyed this one. I won‘t say too much since it‘s being passed on for #lmpbc but I love the storyline and the concept. It reminded me of Sleeping Beauties and The Fever. Very interesting and the writing is just excellent!!

whippoorwill815 Yes it reminded me of Sleeping Beauties too! 2mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I really like this author. She has a strong creative voice in the thriller genre. She really takes an idea and brings a lot of elements together to make it entertaining and suspenseful. This book is about generations of missing girls and murder centered in a town with a horror theme park at its core. There are so many interesting pieces of this story that made it hard to put this one down!

OnlyYoo I thought it was kind of fun all the different theories the main character came up with! 2mo
Victoriahoperose @OnlyYoo I agree! It kept me on my toes! 2mo
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Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
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I really was excited to read this book because I love Drew Barrymore. Unfortunately, I didn‘t love it. I enjoyed learning more about her, but parts of this were really slow and repetitive and it didn‘t really flow for me. There were parts I liked - especially the chapter about Adam Sandler, but overall I just wasn‘t super interested in this. I didn‘t love the writing and found it to be a bit disjointed.

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Anthem | Ayn Rand
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I read this graphic novel adaptation of Anthem for the graphic novel prompt in #booked2019. I really enjoyed this rendition and the artwork. It really illustrates the message and kept with the original story. I recommend this if you enjoyed the book! #graphicnovel

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 👊🏻📚♥️ 2mo
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I really enjoyed the idea behind this book - time travel with the intent to assist in the struggle for women‘s rights. I also really liked the two varying perspectives and stories. I didn‘t love the way the time travel was dealt with. I think I wanted it to be a bigger and more developed theme in the book as far as explaining it and giving more detail. I liked this, but thought it could have been better.

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I really related to this book a lot. I lost my sister when I was younger in an accident and I really felt what Juniper was going through. There was a desperate need to hold onto anything that could connect her with her sister that I really found accurate and true. At times sad and funny, this is well written and has a deep meaning.

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This book was so long. Interesting concept, but so slow. I just really struggled with this one.