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danimgill

Joined December 2016

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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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This was an incredibly fun YA alternate history about Lady Jane Grey! Told by three authors through three character POVs (King Edward, Jane, and her husband G), this story twists the religion and succession crisis of the time into one about people who shape shift into animals vs ones that don‘t and gives these three characters all much happier endings than life did and really, what more could you want from a book?

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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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After a long Saturday shift in an overly warm old library I plan on settling in for the night with my air conditioner and this fun-looking YA alternate history! Hope everyone is finding their own ways to beat this heat wave ☀️🔥😓

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In Real Life | Cory Doctorow
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Mehso-so

The art in this graphic novel about a teen gamer who learns about the economic hardships of people who are paid to be gold farmers in-game was really good, but the plot was a little overly simplistic.

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This was a quick, interesting little story collection that‘s helping me get through waiting for my car to be serviced. I liked the first few stories about Maud more than the last two, which introduced other character perspectives about the same event. I couldn‘t resist the elderly lady murderer angle or that excellent cross stitch cover!

Tamra I would love to read more! 4d
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Goldie Vance Vol. 1 | Hope Larson
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Super cute, super fast read about Goldie Vance, girl detective. The retro style gives off big Nancy Drew energy, but Goldie and her friends are super modern. A fun mystery adventure series that I‘ll definitely have to continue reading!

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Mehso-so

Scavenger hunts and bookstores and family secrets all sounded very intriguing when I picked this book up but this ended up being a very meh read for me. The extended Tempest metaphor is neat and the scavenger hunt is interesting, but I never felt connected to the characters and it takes ages to get to the meat of the (fairly predictable) family secret.

Jaimelire I felt the same way about this one. 6d
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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Mehso-so

So I like the post-apocalyptic world Rebecca Roanhorse has built and I obviously like the three emotionally stunted badass female protagonists who really drive this book but something just didn‘t sit this one firmly in the “love it” category for me. The final showdown felt incredibly rushed and I had questions that weren‘t remotely addressed but as book 2 in a series I guess I should have expected those things.

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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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New homeowner achievement unlocked - I mowed our lawn today for the first time! I feel like I have definitely earned some quality time with this book in front of the air conditioner now 😝

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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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Mehso-so

I was really looking forward to a fun, witchy, queer YA romance/teen drama with this one but those pieces never quite came together for me. Honestly with all the never-fully-expanded-upon references to what happened between Hannah and Veronica and to some of the witch lore I thought I missed a whole first book! It ended up keeping my interest when the pacing of the mystery of who‘s after the coven picked up but I don‘t think I‘ll read the sequel.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Give me a jaded female private investigator and I‘m a happy reader. Give me a jaded female private investigator hired to solve a murder at a magic school where her estranged sister works??? I am signed up and already fifty pages deep. The premise holds up and I stayed up past my bedtime to finish reading this so despite any flaws in characterization or pacing this is a solid pick from me!

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I just finished this today too! I loved it! 2w
TheWintergarden What a terrific review! Stackidy-stacked! 2w
danimgill @TheWintergarden Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 1w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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The premise of this latest Jasmine Guillory is good - the mother of the Duchess of England‘s stylist flies across the pond for a Christmas visit and falls for the Queen‘s private secretary - but the execution is meh. There‘s no difference between what should be the very different narrative voices of Vivian and Malcolm (a flaw in her other books too tbh) and the ending was too rushed. Props for having an older couple in contemporary romance though!

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Enjoying a little Christmas in July with my latest arc from #netgalley! 🎄

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This was so good! Lori Gottlieb really knows how to craft a narrative and I really liked getting the inside stories of some of her therapy patients as well as the extra peek behind the screen of learning what her experience as a patient herself was like. It was a little long but honestly I found myself wanting even more time with everybody she described by the end. Brb, gonna go find a therapist of my own now 😜

Avanders One of my coworkers listened to this on audio & also highly recommends it! Must get hands on it... 2w
danimgill @Avanders You should! I don‘t want to overhype it but it drew me in so much more than I expected it to and I really liked it. Hope you can read/listen soon! 2w
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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I wanted to like this more than I did - the art is amazing and of course the premise and representation is wonderful - but the pacing and clunky dialogue just didn‘t work for me. Still cute, but not as fully realized as it could have been.

Sarahreadstoomuch I felt the same. It‘s a shame, so much potential! 2w
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Despite the fact that it gets a little rambly in places this was an absolutely fascinating slice of Hollywood history focusing on the life and career of Milicent Patrick, the artist who created the Creature from the Black Lagoon whose legacy was hidden by her jealous boss. The author is clearly passionate about her subject, and I enjoyed the parallels she drew between her own Hollywood career experiences and Milicent‘s.

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I really tried to switch from binge reading to video games but after I finished this entire (and entirely delightful) graphic novel while waiting for my laptop to update at the slowest possible pace I think it‘s time to call it a night 😴 But there will be more Squirrel Girl in my future I think! This self-contained story was funny and charming and I really enjoyed it.

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Overall this is exactly the kind of very general, multifaceted intro to sustainable living that I was looking for (my anxiety is very freaked out by climate change and wants me to Research and Do Something, so here we are). However, a few things have to be taken with a grain of salt and the squeamish among us should be warned there is a lot about animal cruelty in the kitchen section. Important info, but it does get sprung on the reader abruptly.

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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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So I like how this book ended, especially how all the interwoven minor storylines came back into play, but it took wayyy too long to get there.

The concept - woman changes the Aquarius horoscope in her magazine to get her recently resurfaced astrology geek childhood sweetheart to fall for her again - had me hooked but the execution ended up just okay. Not a bad summer Saturday read but not the best.

I def enjoyed the Aquarius love though 😉♒️

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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This was cute as hell! I‘ll be honest, it took a WHILE for Leon‘s chapters to grow on me, I really hated the terse, no-quotes-on-dialogue style of his POV (even though I know it makes sense for his character). But in the end, as Tiffy and Leon got to know each other and fall for each other, I fell for them too. They have a sweet relationship and both have great friends/side characters in their lives that I liked as well.

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I think this is a case of “it‘s not you it‘s me” - this book is jam packed with minutia of the social situation of Victorian England that Jack the Ripper‘s victims were enmeshed in and I just couldn‘t keep my attention on all those details. I‘m glad this book exists, I‘m always glad to learn more about the victims and not the murderer but it just wasn‘t the right fit for me.

tracey38 It happens. And there are too many good books out there we each will enjoy personally to worry about finishing a story we just aren't that into. 4w
GingerAntics I‘ve only managed to get through the first victim, and I haven‘t progressed beyond that in over a month now. I wasn‘t quite sure why I would rather read other things right now besides RL being weird right now, but I think I‘m with you on this. She could cut out all the little details and just get to the point and I‘d be happy. I think I may be with you on this one. 3w
danimgill @GingerAntics I only got through the first victim‘s section too! Glad to have someone else with me on this one, I keep seeing this book on “best of 2019 so far” lists and thinking I must be missing something 😂 3w
GingerAntics We can‘t be the only two. 3w
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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Just finished The Bird King! The plot moves pretty slowly but the writing is absolutely gorgeous and the characters and mythology were great. I loved the Reconquista setting, I never read any fiction set during that time and it felt very fresh to base a fantasy in. Now to pick something else from my growing library stack...

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Being at a kid‘s amusement park at night spooked me out a bit and made me think of the tagged book! It was “nostalgia night” and I went with my fiancé‘s family. We had a good time but nobody would have appreciated me bringing up Ray Bradbury so I‘m doing it here ?

tjwill I appreciate your literary references! 😁 1mo
danimgill @tjwill Why thank you! 😁 1mo
Nute Totally get that vibe!😜 3w
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I am trash for personality tests so of course I picked this up from the library! I wasn‘t overly familiar with the enneagram system going into this so I can‘t speak to how her updates compare to the original but I will say this was a fun, gorgeously laid out book that plants the seeds for future thought and research. It‘s not a be-all, end-all resource by any stretch but I don‘t think she meant it to be.

Any other Sixes out there? 🙋‍♀️

EKonrad I am! 🙋🏽‍♀️ 1mo
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Noteworthy | Riley Redgate
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I don‘t have a ton of tenor range but HOO BOY did I relate to Jordan‘s #altostruggle! This was very much an a cappella/performing arts boarding school She‘s The Man which was fun but I think I personally would have enjoyed it more had it been aged up to a college story. I sometimes got the minor characters in the group mixed up but the story did have some interesting things to say about gender perception even if it was often surface level.

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Faker | Sarah Smith
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The easy comparison to make with this one is to The Hating Game, and I have to admit, this one falls flat in comparison. The switch from enemies to lovers happens kind of abruptly but I did enjoy Emmie and Tate‘s chemistry. It definitely grew on me over time but it took well over a quarter of the book to get me there. Worth a read if you want something quick and mostly fun when it‘s out in October but maybe borrow, not buy. Thanks to #netgalley!

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Faker | Sarah Smith
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I may be eating radioactive microwave garbage for lunch yet again but it‘s finally nice enough weather to enjoy it outside so I am feeling good ☺️☀️

Bklover Enjoy!!! 2mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I checked this out on the recommendation of a coworker and while it‘s not the best thriller I‘ve ever read it definitely kept me turning the pages! And it made me jump when my doorbell rang in the middle of reading the last 100 pages this morning, so I was definitely sucked into it. I feel like I didn‘t connect enough to the characters to call it a five star read but it‘s certainly intriguing and fast-moving.

LiteraryinLititz Thanks for the helpful review! I‘m hoping to get to this in the next month or so. 2mo
Kaye Could you recommend something else that‘d be in the suspense type category that doesn‘t have a ditzy main character and not a romance sorta book ? 2mo
danimgill @Kaye I haven‘t read anything else in this genre recently but my same coworker who recommended me this one also recommended Looker by Laura Sims! It‘s a suspense about a woman‘s downward spiral into obsession with her actress neighbor and it‘s also a fairly recent release. 2mo
Kaye Thank you 😊 2mo
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The experience of reading this “lost” story of Sylvia Plath‘s is definitely better for having read her previously published work and for knowing her life story, but it‘s still a good, atmospheric, open-to-lots-of-interpretations short story.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Did I read a different book than everyone else? I DNF‘ed exactly halfway through, I was just utterly bored and felt zero connection to any of the characters. I‘ve been reading that the full cast audio is good so maybe I‘ll try that eventually but this was a big disappointing nope from me, especially because I had loved Evelyn Hugo so much.

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Panpan

I‘m so disappointed! I love the Shades of Magic series and I was excited to get a glimpse into Maxim‘s past but this was...not great, in my #unpopularopinion. The art inside is nothing like the cover, it‘s very dark and makes everything indistinct. I think I would have liked the storyline in prose form but I found this graphic novel hard to follow and ultimately just a setup for things to come rather than a narratively satisfying piece of story.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Nothing like starting a new book over lunch on the last day of a short work week! I‘m excited to dig into this one, I‘ve seen a lot of #litsylove for it.

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I haven‘t listened to the podcast for a while but I will always have a soft spot for it and I really enjoyed this chance to learn more about Karen and Georgia and what shaped them into the women they are today. Part double memoir, part advice book, and part homage to their fans, this was a great read to stay up past my bedtime for. #ssdgm

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Mehso-so

Phoebe Robinson is definitely funny and insightful and I‘d love to hang out with her as a person but some of these essays just didn‘t quite hit the mark for me. A few went on too long, and her writing style with the abbreviations and hashtags was a bit wearing over a whole book rather than in a long Instagram caption (her one about thirsting after that tennis player had me 😂)

Megabooks Her first book was so much better! 2mo
danimgill @Megabooks That‘s good to hear, I‘ll definitely have to give it a shot! 2mo
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Philosopher's War | Tom Miller
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This was a wonderful, better-paced sequel that I was excited to receive from #netgalley! This book focuses on the fighting front in World War I and how our protagonist Robert, the first male philosopher rescue flier in this alternate history/fantasy, fares along with his squadron. The author really did his historical research to ground the fantastical elements in reality, and it shows. Out on July 16th!

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Philosopher's War | Tom Miller
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Up at my future in-law‘s place in New Hampshire for the three day weekend! Relaxing with this arc from #netgalley out by the fire pit after a long day of Home Depot sales, craft fairs, and yard work 🔥

DGRachel I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the first book. Excited to see there‘s a sequel coming soon. 😊 2mo
danimgill @DGRachel Yes, it‘ll be out July 16th! And I‘m actually enjoying this sequel more than the first, so hopefully you‘ll find the same when the time comes 😁 2mo
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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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I wanted to love this book SO BADLY - a magical retelling of Anastasia that combines the history with the myth? Amazing! And yet.... this book was poorly paced and the magic part of the plot was pretty thinly explained.

I really liked this version of Anastasia as a character though, so that bumped my rating up a bit.

The author recommends Helen Rappaport‘s books about the Romanovs if you‘re interested in their history and I second that!

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Made a display at work to celebrate the end of Game of Thrones - no matter your feelings on the finale (mine are mixed for sure) we can all agree it‘s nice to pick out something to watch/read next on Sunday nights right?

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Locke Lamora 🤘 2mo
danimgill @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘m thinking about taking that one myself if it doesn‘t go out soon! 2mo
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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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Weather this nice calls for an outdoor lunch break ☀️

I‘m glad to finally be sinking my teeth into this arc, I‘m such a sucker for an Anastasia-related story!

rubyslippersreads I can‘t wait to read this! 2mo
IndyHannaJones I'm looking forward to this one 2mo
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I won this in a goodreads giveaway, which was probably the most exciting part about reading this. The title and cover are obviously 10/10 but the content felt a little all over the place. I did enjoy her sense of humor and her conversational writing style but it was heavier on the memoir and lighter on the “comedy philosophy” than I expected.

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While I feel a lot of sympathy for the author‘s tough situation, this book just wasn‘t really that well-written. A lot of details felt repetitive so the middle was a slog to get through. Which I‘m sure is what living it felt like, but I wish the written narrative version had been a bit more compelling.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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This was an absolutely enchanting story about the beauty and bravery of love during wartime. I picked it up purely based on the framing device - Greek gods narrate the interwoven stories of four young people during World War I - and devoured it for the beautiful prose and burning desire to find out what happens to these characters. It‘s categorized as YA but I think it easily walks the line of adult fiction and that anyone could enjoy it.

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As someone who is engaged, a lot of things in this graphic wedding memoir were pretty relatable. However, I felt like some depth was lacking - she doesn‘t really dive into some potentially interesting/heavy topics that she touches on, like her parents‘ relationships or the perception of bisexuality in the context of marriage. But the art is charming and she and her husband seem like genuinely good people!

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Star Wars Trilogy | George Lucas
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Another festive pop-up movie display brought to you by Star Wars Day! 🚀🎥

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🎶 Woooaaaahhhh we‘re halfway there! 🎶

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I liked this one better than One of Us is Lying, but it still had its own problems. Namely, there were too many secrets going on, some of which wrapped up too easily and some of which weren‘t answered clearly enough (don‘t want to spoil anything here). Still an enjoyable YA mystery though, and I will give major props to that chilling last line!

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Infinity Gauntlet | Jim Starlin
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The writing is overblown but I do admire this arc for the giant crossover cosmic cataclysm event that it was. The art is still very ~vintage~ since this came out in 1991 and the few female heroes there are all have that tiny waist/twisted back look to them 🙄 I‘m glad I read it to check it off the list but I don‘t think I‘ll be revisiting this one.

T minus 7 or so hours til I see Endgame and find out what spoilers were real or not!

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Infinity Gauntlet | Jim Starlin
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Finally reading this comic before seeing Endgame tomorrow! I understand why they didn‘t go with “Thanos is desperately trying to impress his lady love, Death” as his motive in the movies but damn is that so much cooler and more metal than “the universe is mismanaging its resources and have I got the solution for you” 💀

Texreader Hope you love the movie as much as I did! 3mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Having myself a wild and crazy Friday night on the couch... I feared a sophomore slump after The Hate U Give but I shouldn‘t have worried! Angie Thomas writes such wonderful well-developed characters and handles both big and small issues in a nuanced and accessible way. An excellent, timely YA novel about finding and using your own voice 🎤

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I love Vin a lot so I forgive this book for getting bogged down on itself in the middle there... though I will say the last hundred pages had me flying toward the end! Looking forward to picking up book 3 when I finish my current library checkouts.

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Made a quick fun popup display at work today with all the Marvel movies we still had on the shelves! I‘m so excited to be seeing Endgame on Saturday night 💥

MelissaSue81 Those are probably going to fly off that shelf! 3mo
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