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brittanythebookdragon

Joined June 2017

I like stories. I like coffee. I like dogs.
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Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
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Soooo good! A villain we can all hate. Women we can all root for. Magic we would probably all like to have! Definitely worth picking up.

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Battlemage | Stephen Aryan
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So good! The violence, the war, the magic, the supernatural, the political strategy, intrigue, and espionage. The twists and turns. All tied together so well! I‘ll definitely be picking up the next books!

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I didn‘t like the present day characters Caroline and James but I was totally here for Nella and Eliza. I could‘ve done without the present day storyline entirely. 🤷🏻‍♀️

RainyDayReading I felt the same way when I read this one! Would have enjoyed it much better if there had only been the one timeline in the past rather than past and present. 3mo
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The Year of the Witching | Alexis Henderson
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A little culty. A little witchy. A little Salem Witch Trials-eque. A whole lot of badass woman. And fuck the patriarchy!

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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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Mehso-so

Meh. It‘s just too much. It ended up feeling convoluted to me. Too much going on. Unlikable characters all around. Too many trigger warnings. It was just meh to me.

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Beautiful Darkness | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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Pretty interesting. I didn‘t like Lena in this book so I‘m glad we didn‘t see a whole lot about her. We are definitely delve more into other characters and the plot is thickening.

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Crave | Tracy Wolff
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Not half bad. A little Twilight-y at times but I do think there‘s more promise and flexibility to really do some great things with the plot. I‘ll for sure keep going because dragons. And vampires. But also, dragons.

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Oh my. I loved this book but is so infuriated me. I never thought I‘d say the words but burn this library to the ground. The corruption and control. Overthrow it all, Jess!!!

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SO GOOD. Soooo well written and so damn candid. I wasn‘t expecting either but I got both. Probably one of the best, if not the best, autobios I‘ve ever read. Totally 5 stars and going on my keep shelf.

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The Source | J. D. Horn
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Seriously, this series is so damn underrated. I LOVE everything. The witches, the secrets, the murder, the family drama, the romance, the magic. It‘s all so good and we continue to be taken on this twisty-turny ride. I‘m always on the edge of my seat wondering what is going to be revealed next. What is going to happen next?!

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I could NOT put it down. The banter! My God the banter was glorious! I long for that sort of banter in a relationship. To just get someone and be able to lovingly spar with one another in that way that it‘s damn near foreplay.

I loved Gus. I loved January. I laughed with them and I cried with them. They weren‘t perfect people but they were so great for one another. This book just made my heart happy and I needed that.

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Fallen (Fallen, #1) | Lauren Kate
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Meh. It was one of those rare YA books that I felt I was too old for. Lots of rolling my eyes and being like uhhhh…his behavior isn‘t okay, fuck him. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BookishMarginalia It happens 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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YES to this book! If you‘re a psychological thriller fan, then YES! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time just wondering where Swanson was taking us. YES!

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I‘ve watched pretty much every paranormal show Amy has been on and I think she and Adam make an incredible team. Their show Kindred Spirits is why I subscribe to Discovery+.
I liked Amy‘s backstory and learning how she even came to be interested in the paranormal and how it was actually pretty normal for her growing up. I can certainly appreciate her perspective and wanting to help someone in need - even if that is from beyond the grave.

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I loved Mrs. Greene. I‘m glad Patty is a badass. I am jotting down the books the ladies read even though I‘ve heard of most of them. And I loved that this group of women was able to bond together over trials, tribulations, everyday life, and books. But most important of all, Carter is a fucking dick. I said what I said. And I meant it.

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Within These Walls | Ania Ahlborn
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This book is more than a story about a cult leader and his followers. It‘s more than a Manson retelling with factionalized names. It‘s a ghost story. It‘s a murder story. It‘s a horror story. And the ending is terrifying to think of the possibility of that shit actually happening out here in the real world. I went into this story kind of expecting one thing and that was absolutely flipped on its head. Bravo!

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I love Chip. I think he is absolutely fabulous. I‘m a healthy skeptic but I do believe he makes some good points in this book. As someone without kids, I think this could be a valuable resource if you suspect your child may have psychic abilities.

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Killing November | Adriana Mather
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For me, there was a bit of a slow build here. I get November has no idea what‘s going on so neither do we, but I feel like it took us a while to get to the good stuff of Strategia.
The political intrigue and caste system of this seemingly whole other world was fascinating. I totally dug the history lessons and learning more about each Family. I‘ll for sure keep reading the series because these psycho children are fascinating!

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Ed, dude, you‘re fucking creepy. This book was just kind of horrifying all the way around and I wasn‘t even creeped out about the murdered girl. Sean kind of messed me up and I‘m not going to lie, I‘m not mad at his fate. This was just one of those books where all of the characters were giving me bad vibes. I didn‘t really like any of them. I did however like the twists and turns. This is just one of those dark books where everything is fucked.

rather_be_reading Amazing pic! 9mo
brittanythebookdragon @rather_be_reading So kind. Thank you! 😊 9mo
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The New Neighbors | Simon Lelic
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Jack, I loved. I liked him from the very beginning. Syd, though, I was not a fan of. She immediately comes out the gate super aggressive. And I do understand why she is the way she is but it really set the tone for her through the whole book and I just wasn‘t a fan. I did enjoy the premise though, how Lelic brought all of the pieces together, and the conclusion was satisfactory. Syd still just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

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The Heiress Gets a Duke | Harper St. George
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Just what I needed to prevent a reading slump.

I really enjoyed August‘s drive for independence regardless of what the times might have dictated. She was smart and fierce and also fiercely protective of her siblings. I love that the things society may have shunned her for are the things Evan loved about her. Her parents were honestly kind of awful and I didn‘t see that coming seeing as how her dad had been so supportive of her work.

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I just...I LOVE. I can‘t stop thinking about this world and these characters. I want to cherish this first time reading these even though I know I‘m going to re-read this series. And I do not re-read books, friends. I also don‘t keep my books but pass them along to others instead. Not these. I will cherish the 4 of this series and fight you over them. Fucking read them.

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I effin LOVED this book. It‘s funny. It‘s RIDICULOUSLY quirky. It is AMAZING. I laughed. I giggled. I snorted. I was so engaged and engrossed in the world of Echo. I just really had a good time through all 544 pages!

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I really can appreciate that I had no idea who was behind the theft until the very end. I love how snarky Matt is and I liked his relationship with Devona. I liked the whole concept of Nekropolis‘ existence. This is definitely a series I‘ll continue. My only complaint is the proofreader didn‘t do their job. It‘s all clearly things that are from the author typing quickly and getting the story onto the page but the proofreader caught none of them.

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It‘s gothic, spooky, romantic, suspenseful. ALL THE THINGS! I loved trying to guess if it was a curse, bad luck, a deal with the devil, magic or just a damn bad guy murdering the sisters. The madness and playing on what‘s real or not. The utter heartbreak of losing loved ones. The hope of maybe it‘s over. The hope of love and a future. The mythology of their religions. It was just perfection. This book was legitimately all the things I love.

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I enjoyed the scavenger hunt that Miranda goes on, not to mention the many books mentioned throughout. I did guess the twist well before Miranda figured it out and Jay is such a frat guy who is totally wrong for her. He had no contribution so between him and figuring out the surprise, it didn‘t make it quite to a 5 star read for me. That said, it was still good and pulls at your heartstrings so it was worthy of a solid 4 stars.

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Outlawed | Anna North
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I‘m stuck between so-so and pan. It was okay. It was fine. A very lackluster book. Not a fan of any of the characters except Lark and he‘s not around much. Dragged a bit. Meh.

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Spelled | Betsy Schow
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I liked the concept of everything being flipped over on its head but some of the puns kind of made me roll my eyes a few times. I would‘ve had a solid 5 star read if that had been toned down a bit. Dot was absolutely infuriating in the beginning but she‘s supposed to be so you can see some actual character development. Kato was my favorite and combined with Dot actually maturing, it kept me engaged.

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Faking It | Cora Carmack
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I really enjoyed the opposites attract aspect and how Carmack was able to actually give Max and Cade some great chemistry. I also thought the baggage that each carried around with them was realistic and heartbreaking. It was nice to see Max go through some major character development and overcome her fear of showing her true self to her family. I think I‘ll have to now go back and read Losing It!

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The Secret Room | Sandra Block
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I legitimately think the Dr. Zoe Goldman series is seriously underrated. I never fail to fly through these books in a day or two. I‘m always fascinated by the psychology but also I remain drawn in because this bullshit would only happen to Zoe. If you‘re looking for a pretty fast paced thriller that keeps you intrigued but doesn‘t leave you needing to sleep with lights on, try this series out.

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The Disappearances | Emily Bain Murphy
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Good writing. Good characters. I like the concept of the disappearances themselves. I did not jive with the Shakespeare connection. Kind of just lost something for me. 4 stars because it did draw me in and I felt I was in this town, but the Will Shakes part is just not doing it for me.

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Bliss | Lauren Myracle
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Y‘all, it‘s not good. There are concepts that could have been good...if they were fully developed and focused into two different books. It‘s hard to tell if this book is supposed to be YA horror or a commentary on racism. But either way, neither storyline was fully developed. Don‘t take the racism storyline and use it as a means to an end for your other poorly, partially developed horror storyline. Skip this one.

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I just fucking can‘t. I‘m speechless. 5 stars. Know you are worth more and never deserve to have a man or woman put their hands on you in anger.

BookishMarginalia Agreed! (And lovely pic, by the way!) 12mo
brittanythebookdragon @BookishMarginalia Thanks so much! 😄 12mo
GreenGrl87 Speechless. Exactly. I‘m stunned. 12mo
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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Why have I waited so long to dive into this book?! The magic, the people, the aristocracy...it‘s like Victorian London meets a dystopian universe with magic sprinkled throughout.

Kelsier!! I love you, you impulsive, handsome, dashing, charismatic madman. And Vin...to watch her growth. Man oh man I can‘t wait to see where this story goes next. Starting off 2021 with a 5 star read means big shoes to fill for the rest of my reads this year.

Bookgirl Sold! 12mo
brittanythebookdragon @Bookgirl It really was a great read. SO MUCH happens but it doesn‘t drag. When I would start reading I didn‘t want to put it down. It‘s definitely one that leaves you feeling resolved but also wanting more. 12mo
Bookgirl @brittanythebookdragon He‘s one of those authors that I‘ve heard rave reviews about for so many years and I love fantasy. Time to put one on my TBR! 12mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Absolute perfection. I laughed, I cried, I hope I have a group of friends like these 4 when I‘m 80. I loved the tangled web and how in the end all of the pieces fell right into place. This book felt like a fresh take on a murder mystery and I couldn‘t put it down. You absolutely cannot go wrong by picking up this little treasure the next time you‘re in the bookstore. The shenanigans! The interpersonal relationships. Just a damn good story.

Cathythoughts Fun book ❤️😁 13mo
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All in all, a great first novel for a new series. Novik creates these worlds and has done a great job of explaining things without getting you bogged down. I‘ll for sure keep reading the series because I loved the growth I saw from El...and like what‘s going to happen with Orion? Love match? Enemies? Frenemies? And...will this gang of misfits and, dare I say friends, actually graduate next year? Who will be the next to die?!

Mavey Beautiful cover! 11mo
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Two Dark Reigns | Kendare Blake
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This one was a little less action packed than the previous 2 but way more supernatural. The hauntings and the mist added a new layer to the storyline. A nice addition to the continuing story and I‘ll for sure keep reading.

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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Not giving a book a chance based on the opinions of others. I know reviews can be helpful but I think sometimes reviews are misleading. What one person hates, you may love.
2. I‘ve not read any books that I can think of with an animal narrator except Animal Farm. And all I remember of that is ALLEGORY! Thank you high school English.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍 1y
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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While I utterly ADORE Lazlo, I love the concept, I enjoyed the plot except for the ending, I did not like the writing. At times the language was so flowery and poetic and striving for such romance that it completely took away for me. I actually rolled my eyes a couple of times and said out loud, “just get on with it already”. I did not need 3 paragraphs with superfluous adjectives talking about a kiss. The writing just missed the mark for me.

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Part was a pick. Part was a pan. So that balances to a So-So. I like Mikael but at the same time I don‘t. I liked the Vanger portion - I was totally invested. I didn‘t give a rat‘s ass about the financial stuff. I‘m not a huge Lisbeth fan and I feel there‘s a trigger warning portion that was unnecessary. It added nothing to the plot in my opinion. It was slow to begin and slow to wrap that shit up. I also don‘t like Berger, nor do I trust her.

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Beasts Made of Night | Tochi Onyebuchi
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I absolutely adore Taj and I‘m totally shipping him and Aliya. I kept waffling with who Taj should trust and my instincts were correct most of the time except that giant twist at the end. Tochi reeled me in and now I have to read the next book. I think some may find that ending coming out of nowhere but I loved that it brought this whole other level to the story. There was political intrigue, murder plots, subterfuge, and chaos.

ladym30 Great photo!❤️ 2y
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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LOVE. LOVE. F*CKING LOVE! I have no words for this book. I could not put it down. I could not take myself out of the loop. My mind is absolutely blown but I ate this shit up.

What better what to preserve our memories than through photos? I‘ve lost many people from this collection of photos and this book really gets you thinking about your past and your present. I just absolutely loved this book.

Victoriahoperose Yes!!! So good 2y
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I really wasn‘t feeling it. It was only 200 pages but I felt the actual story could have been half that. I didn‘t like the murderer‘s motivations or really lack thereof, nor did I think some of the stuff around the murder itself was necessary to the storyline. It all just got super convoluted for me and honestly I‘m just glad to be done. Maybe some of James‘ other writings are better but this was a huge flop for me.

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Disenchanted & Co. | Lynn Viehl
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This had so many of the things I love. Alternate history, this Victorian feel, steampunk technology, and magic! I liked the characters. I liked the ghostiness of it. I was all for it but then she threw in a time travel twist and that kind of made me go meh. If it plays a bigger part in the sequel then I‘ll probably change my opinion but if this is the only true mention of it then I could have done without that part.

Buchbeeg That teacup 🤩 2y
brittanythebookdragon @Buchbeeg Isn‘t it pretty?! It was a bridesmaid gift from a Bridal Tea a few years ago!! 2y
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Still Waters | Tami Hoag
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WHY am I just now reading a Tami Hoag book??!! This has been on my shelf for ages and I‘m so glad I pulled it down! I should have suspected the killer but I never did. I was so caught up in the lives of the people in this small town in Minnesota that I never even truly tried to solve this.

I loved this small town life, the scandal, the Amish, the murder...Hoag paints the picture I could clearly see. I really felt ingrained with these characters.

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So much unexpectedness that it kept me turning the pages. None of the usual adventure tropes were present and it was glorious breath of fresh air. I laughed, I kind of cried, and I couldn‘t put it down once I dove in.

I LOVED that there is this sort of mythology reminiscent of the Greeks about it but she has her own spin on it. The magic and just wondering who is pulling what strings. It‘s so many of my favorite things in one book!

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I love everything about this series. It has the medicine, the psychiatry, the twists and turns. And I love the fact that you know it‘s legit jargon because the author is a neurologist! Definitely recommend Dr. Goldman if you‘re into psychology and suspense!

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The Vanishing | Wendy Webb
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I flew through this in a day. She would leave each chapter with just enough to keep me going. I knew Julia wasn‘t a true stranger to these people but I couldn‘t wait to see how she was going to tie this all up. And then that ending! It‘s like she gave me just enough to satisfy me but also not enough that it‘s lingering with me still. We‘re entering book hangover territory, people. I keep thinking about this damn house, these people, this story...

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The Silver Witch: A Novel | Paula Brackston
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I swear Brackston has this beautiful, poetic mastery of the English language. While her books are often set in modern times, there‘s this old world, historical feel about her writing that is just beautiful. Basically, reading one of her books makes me feel like an adult. I think I still prefer The Witch‘s Daughter over this one, but it‘s also just a good book. I love Brackston‘s stories of natural witches. Plus this one had a ghost!

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Storm and Fury | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I now own my own gargoyle! I loved this book. I loved the storyline. I loved the mystery and the tension and the twist. I loved it.

However, this book fell just shy of absolute perfection because the proofreader missed a few things. Maybe it‘s just the copies put out by BOTM but there were some things I definitely stumbled over. With that said, I will absolutely, positively read the sequel and cannot wait to see where this story continues!