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Victoriahoperose

Victoriahoperose

Joined May 2016

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I really liked this book. It was SUPER dark, but a really interesting read. It definitely shows an extreme of the dangers of bullying and how mean girls can be and what can end up being the outcome. I loved the Alice references and the ending was exactly what I wanted it to be. Excellent writing and the story was truly unique!

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This is not what I expected and I loved it. This was such a creative story about a community in the woods and it had so many twists in it that I never saw coming. I loved the writing and the story behind it. It reminded me a bit of The Village, but so much better. I could not out this book down. Read it in less than 24 hours. If you haven‘t read it - you should. Why is no one talking about this book?!!!

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Stolen Tongues | Felix Blackwell
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This was definitely creepy but it dragged for me in some spots. I liked the story a lot and it definitely scared me at parts, but I found it to be a bit repetitive in some points. Overall, I thought the idea was very good and it gave me nightmares already.

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Mehso-so

This one was just okay for me. So many characters to keep straight and storylines and the ending felt rushed. It was a good twist, but I just felt like it came out of nowhere even though there were a few hints to how it was going to come together in the end. It was good, but just not anything that really made me super excited to keep reading or finish.

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Excellent mixed media book about being a girl/woman in today‘s world. Powerful and necessary. Read it.

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This was better than I even expected it to be. Some parts were a bit slow but I really liked how this was a thriller focused on a female friendship. The writing was really believable in the dialogue and the thought processes of the main character. I felt like the ending was a bit abrupt and rushed, but it kept my interest and I liked the way the author had it all come together at the last moment.

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This was so super cute. It‘s a YA romance about a fake relationship. Pretty much like every other book with that premise, but it was sweet and fun and I got lost in it for a day. I loved the way the author writes about reading and I thought this was really fun and entertaining!

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Before She Was Found | Heather Gudenkauf
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This was a pretty interesting book that used different types of media to tell the story (journal entries, chats, texts, and prose). It definitely was suspenseful with the story being told from so many different perspectives combining a ghost story with a horrible act that everyone is trying to solve. The end was not what I expected at all, but in some ways, I felt like it fell a little flat. I liked it overall and would definitely recommend!

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The Dogs of Babel: A Novel | Carolyn Parkhurst
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This was a really unique and unexpected book. I did not quite know where it was headed because it was very strange but the writing was just really captivating. It blended a lot of things together about mental health and grief and language. This book was definitely odd, but it had a really important message and I really loved the characters and what it had to say about love and loss and moving forward after grief.

BittersweetBooks I read this book in high school and it has stayed with me ever since. 3w
Victoriahoperose @BittersweetBooks I don‘t think I‘ve ever heard much about this one. It was recommended to me a long time ago and I put it on my shelf and put it off forever to read it and ended up really liking it. It‘s such a unique book! Really nothing quite like it that I‘ve read before. I‘m really glad I read it! 3w
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This was impossible to put down, but I figured it out almost right away which definitely disappointed me. I loved the writing and the way that Sager incorporated the movie theme throughout the book all the way to the end. I liked the element of disbelief in this book and the unreliable narrator, but I felt like it was just so unrealistic that it took away from the story. Overall, I liked it, but not my favorite one by this author.

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The Dating Charade | Melissa Ferguson
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Mehso-so

Cute story. But, not a lot of tension in the romance part of this to keep interest. I liked the theme of unconventional families and coming together, but it was a bit predictable and idealistic in some ways for me. Just okay for me. (Reading with my buddy today while I take a sick day - summer colds are no joke 😭😭😭)

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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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I thought that the writing in this book was really good. It kept my interest and had some interesting twists. I personally felt like the story was a bit familiar, like I‘ve read books that came together in a similar way and I figured out the ending pretty quickly. I did like the way that the story was told from different perspectives and places. Definitely a chilling story that came together well in the end.

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The Vanishers | Heidi Julavits
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This was just hard to follow and didn‘t keep my interest the whole way through. It was strange but not in a way that made me want to keep reading. Interesting concept, I just didn‘t care for the writing at all.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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I normally would never pick up a historical fiction book about The Great Depression, but I love Kristin Hannah so much that I knew I had to read this one. It did not disappoint. The writing was excellent and the story was so well thought out and came together so perfectly. It will definitely tug at your heart, but it is so worth it. I learned something from this book and felt like it was so relatable even though it was set a hundred years ago.

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May was such a busy month and I definitely didn‘t get through as many books as I had hoped, but I read some good one! My top pics are Things We Never Got Over, We Are All Made of Molecules, and She is Me, Too. Can‘t wait to read some more good ones for June!!

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I Said Yes | Kiersten Modglin
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Another good one by Kiersten Modglin. I‘m so glad her books were recommended to me because they are really well thought out with a lot of twists and turns and suspense! All of her books are very quick reads and I really feel like the storylines generally keep you going until the end. This one is a domestic thriller and it kept my interest - read it in a day!

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Jinx | Sage Blackwood
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This was a cute book for kids/young adults about magic and witches and wizards and everything in between. It took some classic fairy tale themes and mixed them in with the story. It‘s a coming of age type story with lots of fantasy and friendship mixed in. Super cute for a younger reader!

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This was such a beautiful book about acceptance and being a kid. It was almost like Mean Girls was mixed with The Big Bang Theory in some ways with a super smart, socially awkward boy and a very popular and beautiful and somewhat mean girl who come together in an unexpected way. I loved the story and the characters and the way the author took serious topics and made them relatable. This is a must read for young adults and everyone.

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The story in this moved a bit slowly for me at a lot of points in the book. I liked the characters but I didn‘t love any of them. I do think that it‘s hard to use the storyline of the main character going home to an estranged family and daughter with an old crime in the background that needs to be solved. There aren‘t many fresh takes for this trope and I definitely predicted the ending early on. I thought it was good, but I didn‘t love it.

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The Dinner Guests | Kiersten Modglin
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Mehso-so

This book was just okay for me. I felt like it took a really long time to get to the point or for anything to happen. I had a really hard time keeping the characters together in this one, too. I liked the concept and once it got to the point where things were happening, I found it interesting. I just didn‘t feel like it was as exciting as her other books.

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This is not normally a book I would think I would love. It was a mix of something off the hallmark channel and 50 Shades, but I loved it. I could not put this book down. Not only were the main characters, Naomi and Knox so fun to follow, but every other character that was introduced was even better than the next. This book made me so happy and there‘s going to be a sequel. I cannot wait. Drop everything. Read this book.

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Mehso-so

Quick short story collection to finish on a lazy day. Good writing, but a lot of it was slow and over detailed for me. I liked this one. But I didn‘t love it like I thought I would. Maybe it was the style, but I definitely was expecting more from this one.

SRWCF Those 👀 👁!!! 1mo
Victoriahoperose @SRWCF I know. I love them ❤️ 1mo
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sarahbarnes I read this in college and have been wanting to reread it. 1mo
danni0075 I liked the concept of the subverted fairy tales where the women are not always the victims! Such a drab and aged concept! 1mo
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I liked this one better than Beach Read. I loved the way she incorporated different places into this book. The locations really became like another character. I liked Poppy and Alex and how everything came together. It was a cute story and a fun summer book to read. I thought it was mostly predictable, but I still enjoyed it!

AileenRR Sometimes predictable is exactly what we need 1mo
Victoriahoperose @AileenRR so true 😊 1mo
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Fly Away Home: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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I love Jennifer Weiner so much. I‘m really never disappointed in anything she writes. This was a really well crafted book about family and secrets and not passing judgment on situations when you aren‘t in them. I thought this book had a lot to offer in forgiveness and moving on and forward in life and I loved the characters and the writing. It‘s a bit long, but worth the read.

BooksNBowls I love her too! I haven‘t read this one yet but it‘s on my night stand!! 2mo
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I love her so much! This one was really good. Every time I pick up a book by her I always instantly get into it and remember why I loved reading her books. I do think part of it for me is that I live in Philly and it‘s cool to read about a place you live lol. 2mo
BooksNBowls @Victoriahoperose Good in Bed is my favorite Im still working through all of her books! Glad you enjoyed this one I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I love that one too. I think my favorite is probably Goodnight Nobody or In Her Shoes but I also loved Big Summer. It‘s so hard to choose. I can‘t wait to see what you think of this one when you get to it 😊 2mo
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This was really well written. It‘s a story about magic and family drama which I really liked. It did get over complicated in parts and it lost my interest a few times. I liked the characters and the plot and the culture behind everything in the book. I wish it hadn‘t jumped around as much as it did, but I did overall enjoy it.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I really liked this story a lot. It was super twisty and steamy all at the same time. I don‘t think the writing was amazing, but it kept my interest and I loved the ending. There were parts that I predicted, but I honestly didn‘t fully guess the ending, which I really liked. Definitely worthwhile reading this one.

BooksNBowls I think I‘ve seen her promoting on Facebook! I really want to support her! She seems so sweet. 2mo
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I thought it was really good!! I definitely recommend 😊 2mo
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April wrap up! It was a good month for me 😊 hoping I can keep up my momentum, but I just broke my iPad this morning and need to figure that out now 😭😭😭 Top picks from April were The Night Swim, In Five Years, Instructions for Dancing, The Amendment, Skye Falling and The Hunting Wives. Can‘t wait to see what May brings 😃

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Mehso-so

This was really bleak. It was just such a depressing story with one thing after another that was just hard to read about. I liked it. I just didn‘t love it. It jumped around a lot and it was hard to follow in some points. The writing was absolutely beautiful but the style just was hard for me to get into.

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The Basic Eight | Daniel Handler
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I couldn‘t get past the writing style and the characters were awful. I was looking forward to this one, but it just didn‘t deliver for me. It‘s a YA book but it was so wordy and hard to follow. It almost read like stream of consciousness which just didn‘t work for me with this one.

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I couldn‘t put this book down. It‘s a little supernatural and a little romance and a little bit of a tear jerker at points and I loved it so much. The characters are all so endearing. I can see this so clearly being a movie and I‘m sure it will be since 2 of this author‘s books have been made into movies already. This is just a fun and sweet story about love and taking chances. It‘s a must read.

LeahBergen Kitty wasn‘t as impressed. 😆 2mo
Victoriahoperose @LeahBergen I know 😂😂😂 2mo
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The Amendment | Kiersten Modglin
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I liked this way more than I expected to. When I started off, I didn‘t think I was going to care for it, but by the end, I was hooked. I loved the way they continued this and the ending was really well done. I definitely want to read more from this author. She definitely knows how to give the reader a good twist.

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I liked the story for the most part in this. It was pretty relatable in a lot of ways when thinking about being a woman and going through a break up and how severely that can effect your mental health along with other factors. There was a lot going on though in this book, mental health, relationship and sex issues, racial issues, etc. I felt like it was a little too much at some points, but I did like it and how it came together.

Alfoster Me too!❤️👏 2mo
mcctrish It‘s been a while since I read this, and I did like it, but I seem to remember thinking it wasn‘t really marketed truly to match its full story. And the story was almost too big for itself-ish but now that I‘m thinking about it it fits with a millennial book list I read recently. That‘s a seriously intense sub genre (edited) 2mo
Victoriahoperose @mcctrish I agree. That‘s a really good way of describing this book. 2mo
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Mehso-so

This one was a little dense for me. It jumped around a lot and historical fiction isn‘t normally my favorite genre. There were parts that were a bit dry for me but I really liked the concept of this book and the way it blended genres between sci fi, thriller and historic. The characters were interesting and the writing was well researched. I just didn‘t love the story.

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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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This one wasn‘t my favorite. There were so many interconnected storylines that could have worked but it was just so much going on. There was so much tragedy in this book and I do feel like it was a good connector, but at the same time, I felt like it was hard to follow in parts and keep straight because some of the stories were similar. For me, it was a lot of characters and would have been better if it was focused on fewer stories.

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This was a quick read to preface The Last Mrs. Parrish. Not a whole lot happened but it gave us the back story about Amber and it was really fun knowing what was going to happen and the turn it would take. This was a satisfying novella to read and very quick to get through. Definitely great if you loved The Last Mrs. Parrish.

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This book was a rollercoaster. The subject matter is extremely tough. But, the writing was excellent. The different perspectives and the mix of the podcast format and letters just made this story so captivating. I never once put the twist together. The ending shocked me and I thought it was so satisfying. This was honestly perfect from start to finish, in my opinion.

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Far Far Away | Tom McNeal
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Slow. Weird writing style. Just not for me, unfortunately.

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Skye Falling: A Novel | Mia McKenzie
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This book was really different. First off, I have to say I‘m sure I loved this book so much because I live in Philly and can visualize so much of what the author wrote about. The characters just felt so real and came to life off of the pages. I loved the story behind it and each individual story. This book played out like a movie in mind and it had a perfect ending. Highly recommend this one.

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Untitled | Untitled
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I liked the concept of this but the writing was just bad. I could not get past it. It was also just super unbelievable, in my opinion. I hated the characters and I just felt like there was nothing redeemable about any of them. The story was interesting for the most part and I think it had a lot of potential, but I just disliked the writing and that killed it for me. (Wasn‘t on here for me to tag the book)

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In Five Years: A Novel | Rebecca Serle
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I did not know a lot about this book going in and I thought it was a rom com. It is not. It‘s about what happens in five years and what you expect may not always be what is going to happen. I loved this book. I don‘t even know if I can recover right now. The writing was beautiful and just the story. I highly recommend.

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Tuesdays with Morrie | Mitch Albom
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This is a beautiful story about a man and his teacher and the life lessons they share together. It really shows a side of humanity that is pure and good and heartwarming. The lessons were valuable in this book and even though this was sad, it really was insightful and important. It‘s a quick read and I enjoyed the fact that the author really paid tribute to his beloved teacher in this book.

CogsOfEncouragement I love this one. 3mo
Victoriahoperose @CogsOfEncouragement I can‘t believe it took me so long to finally read it! It was really good! 3mo
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This kept my interest all the way through. Every time I picked it up, I wanted to keep reading. The characters were super unlikable and hard to route for but the story was compelling and I thought it had a good twist. I mostly liked the story even though I felt like some parts were a bit cliche and silly, it was fun and I would definitely recommend it!

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March Wrap Up!
My top pick this month had to be Razorblade Tears. But, I also loved The Damage, Caraval, and Under the Whispering Door.
Can‘t wait to see what good books April brings 😃

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Mehso-so

When I started this book, I was really interested and thought it was such an interesting concept, but the further I got into it, I started to lose interest. I feel like the author just didn‘t explain enough in this book and it left me a bit confused and underwhelmed. It was a cool concept, but I just didn‘t care for the way it ended and how open everything was left.

Caitlin89 I felt similarly. I'm a big fan of Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go is astounding - but this felt a little messy compared to his usual, and like it would have been better suited as a short story as opposed to a novel. 3mo
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The Arrangement | Kiersten Modglin
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This would have been a lower rating if it hadn‘t been for the ending. I saw it going quite a few different ways but definitely not the way it went. I thought a good chunk of it was predictable and the story was a bit under developed. I wish there had been more about the characters so that I could really care about them, but it was a quick read and I couldn‘t put it down. Great ending and I‘m looking forward to the next book.

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Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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This was short and quick, but just not enough connection for me. I am going to probably guess that the translation just didn‘t work for the book and that‘s why I disliked this one. I read it in a few hours just to get through it and be done with it but I did like the bits of culture in this and learning some new stuff in this book. Overall, it just wasn‘t for me.

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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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I really enjoyed this story. It‘s a strong book about friendship overall and really shows that the only love you need in life is the kind that will always be there no matter what despite the hard times. The characters were so unique and well written that they felt like family and this book just made me feel warm in the end. I may have liked it to end a little differently but it was mostly realistic and I enjoyed it.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I loved this book way more than I expected. It was a magical story with a lot of twists and suspense. It‘s about a game that takes players into a fantasy world where they have to find a way to win at the end. I thought this was so well written and imaginative and I just didn‘t want to put it down whenever I picked it up. Can‘t wait to read the second book!

BehindthePages The way Caraval was described was so intricate and creative! Loved this book! 3mo
Victoriahoperose @BehindthePages I agree! This usually isn‘t my type of book to read, but I loved it and I‘m excited to see what the next book is about!! 3mo
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The Weekend Away | Sarah Alderson
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This was a quick read but just okay for me. I didn‘t care for the main characters and I felt like there were so many things that just didn‘t add up in the story. The ending made sense, but it was a bit rushed and I just didn‘t feel the suspense throughout this book. The author did a good job of offering a few people as suspects, but I was disappointed in the way it came together. Not terrible, but not great for me.

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This gave me some vibes like “A Walk to Remember” in some ways. It‘s definitely a sad book in the same likeness of John Green and Nicholas Sparks, but it really had a lot of moments that made me laugh and think about life and love. I really enjoyed the eclectic characters and it was a bit predictable, but I still really loved this one. My reading buddy kept me company with this one 😊

RaeLovesToRead Awww Kitty 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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