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Joined April 2021

the c stands for constantly reading (mostly romance but sometimes other things)
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This book is very very good. Pointing out 4 areas that sex-classification should be removed, and how doing so, would bring us closer to intersectional gender equality for all.
He provides tangible suggestions for how to make these changes happen and resources to help accomplish them all. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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The Fiance Farce: A Novel | Alexandria Bellefleur
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Tansy‘s step mom is about to sell the family bookstore & Gemma only inherits the publishing empire if she‘s married. It may have started as a marriage of convenience for them both to save their family businesses but they fall in love quickly. go lesbians. I was wholeheartedly rooting for Tansy & Gemma the whole time, their love, them taking down toxic family members etc. wouldn‘t call it steamy or spicy but it was enjoyable all the way through

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Amos has worked at a living history park basically his whole life & he has a chance to submit a proposal for a new exhibit. Exploring the hidden LGBTQ+ people of the 1800s, a trans solider in the civil war starting it all, leads to a very inclusive research project about all potential excluded people of the 1800s. Along with his best friend, Chloe, a Black female, & his crush, Ben. Them being 13 seemed a little young but I loved this book, amazing

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Radio Silence | Alice Oseman
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As always, starts out like it could be light hearted and fun but ends up with heavy topics. Teens dealing with their future and what they want, mental health, parental abuse and demisexual rep. This is Aled‘s story, the quiet friend from heartstopper. Very brutal portrayal of true friendship. I‘m
“I‘m sure you think Aled and I will fall in love because he‘s a boy and I‘m a girl but we won‘t. That‘s not what this story is about”

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I'm So (Not) Over You | Kosoko Jackson
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If you‘re trying to write a second-chance romance, you have to tell me WHY they broke up the first time. Now I don‘t know if I want them together or not bc idk what their problems are. Wasn‘t fake dating really, they get back together quickly. I wanted to love it, was excited for the queer Black love but these characters are annoying and underdeveloped. Hudson is so entitled, non communicative, & kian needs to stand tf up, stop falling for this

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The Secret of You and Me | Melissa Lenhardt
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Queer women can‘t have joy, that‘s my take away. Closeted women experiencing hate &homophobia. This book was written by a straight woman (as far as I know) for cishet people so they can say they understand the potential fear of coming out. As far as romances go, this one sucks. “It‘s women‘s fiction” ITS NOTHING BUT WOMEN BEING SCARED & HURT FOR 400 PAGES BUT OPE A HEA SO ITS FINE! This book left a horrible taste in my mouth. I think it‘s vomit.

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Omg please get this book off YA shelves immediately. This is a YA mystery-thriller that revolves around two sapphic girls, photography, and murders. That's the bare minimum I can give because I think the synopsis of this book is misleading. The girls‘ relationship is toxic and manipulative and no real world consequences of this are shown or dealt with. The romance should have been one book and the murdering artist a second. Anyway, no. Just no.

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Raising the Horseman | Serena Valentino
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The first born girl of every generation in the Van Tassel family is named Katrina, after the first Katrina who was said to be protected by the headless horseman. When reading the original Katrina‘s diary, Kat see alarming parallels between her life now & Katrina‘s then. of course it all leads to the day of the Harvest Ball & the horseman‘s arrival. Decent bi rep, liked the girls, ex bf sucked, ending left me wanting more but quick read

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Solitaire | Alice Oseman
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The book that introduced the Heartstopper boys. This one is about Tori, some shenanigans at school, meeting new people, struggling with old friends & stress about life, family & mental health. This book is pretty heavy but Tori is a great character, I love Michael, seeing Nick and Charlie is great too. This book is so ace-coded, finding out Alice wrote it before she labeled herself as such, makes so much sense. TW: undiagnosed depression&symptoms

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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Wyn & Harriet have been together 8 years, they‘re engaged, at their favorite summer lake house with their best friends. Only problem is that they‘ve broken up &haven‘t told anyone. They‘re determined not to ruin the weekend but faking it around the people who know them best is hard.
Tbh didn‘t love this plot as much as Emily‘s past books but that‘s personal bc her characters are amazing, relationships sweet, always enjoy every second of her books

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The Subtweet: A Novel | Vivek Shraya
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I think I missed the part where this was supposedly queer? There‘s no canonically queer people or relationships in this book.
BUT it‘s good in a lot of other ways & brings up many important topics, female friendship, racism/colorism in the music industry, ownership in collabs, social media, accountability, etc etc.
the lack of emotional awareness/labeling that led to miscommunication was concerning & annoying but quick read and mostly enjoyed it

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The Business of Lovers: A Novel | Eric Jerome Dickey
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follows 3 brothers. André is an up and coming comic, Dwayne is an aging Broadway star with ex/mother of his child drama, Brick is recovering from cancer, which no one knows about &becomes a driver/security for 3 escorts. then becomes one himself. This starts at trying to break down stigma of men, specifically Black men, asking for help & discussing feelings. Focuses mostly on brick, who is the most interesting anyway, weird pacing but good overall

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Heartbreak Boys | Simon James Green
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Jack&Nate were childhood best friends that fell off then they find out that their boyfriends have been cheating on them. When the exes stay together & start posting their whole summer, Jack ends up on Nate‘s family roadtrip with him, posting everything as well. Getting their old friend back is just the start of the journey. It‘s childish but they‘re high schoolers so duh. Laughed out loud a ton at this book. Very cute. Wrapped up too quick for me

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Nicholas is a world renowned actor, in the closet, & finally got the role he‘s wanted his whole career, for one of his fave books.
Chris is a model, no acting experience, proudly out, &playing opposite Nicholas, known as the Big Bad Wolf of Hollywood, in a Parisian queer love story.
Their characters slow burn romance bleeds into their real lives & have to decide if it was just a filming fling or the real thing. Cute. Loved.

kera_11 Art department did them dirty with this cover 9mo
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Never Been Kissed | Timothy Janovsky
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Wren just graduated with a film studies degree and is going to manage the drive in theater he worked at all through childhood. Enter childhood bestie/secret crush Derick, who is the social media manager for the same theater. Wren has never had a first kiss and at one point wanted it to be Derick. Wren is very immature but funny, and I think discusses being part of the ace spectrum in some way, pretty well. Quick read, cute, no major issues with it

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Q Road: A Novel | Bonnie Jo Campbell
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There‘s quite a bit of abuse in this book, and used as a point to move the plot forward or to build a character. Did not finish.

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This definitely could have been condensed a bit and maybe a disclaimer that it isn‘t 100% accurate historical fiction. But I really enjoyed this book, one I‘ve the richest people in new York in the 1800s being a Black woman who made her money from prostitution and being a landlord. Had no idea she existed. The murder trial was an interesting twist too, her life was pretty wild.

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This book is a wild ride. So many things I didn‘t know about that the US has done and how empirical and imperialist they are while somehow mainly avoiding being labeled as such. It was well written in a way that mixes fact and story telling. I would definitely recommend it as a reality check to many.

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In the Woods | Tana French
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If you‘re going to mention TWO mysteries on the back blurb, you better solve both!!!
Honestly MC sucks, I know he went through something as a kid (that we don‘t know bc they won‘t solve that mystery!!) but that does not explain him treating his female partner the way he does or being dog walked by a 17 yr old psychopath. Seek help dude. Also officially done reading books where girls are the victims to drive the plot. BYE.

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The Fastest Way to Fall | Denise Williams
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Britta is a writer, covertly reviewing a fitness app.
Wes is CEO of said app & struggling, so he takes on a client to remind himself why he started all this.
Aaaand you know where this is going. This book is so fat positive in amazing ways, finally a book explicitly stating a fat woman isn‘t working out to lose weight, it‘s bc she wants to be active, AND THATS ALL. She can be fat, not want to lose weight & love her body. This book was super cute

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This book is great for fans of horror movies and people who aren‘t as versed in the genre. This validates the statement I‘ve been making for years that Jennifer‘s Body is a great horror movie and thoroughly a bisexual film. Anyway, this was super interesting to see the role queer/trans/etc people and ideology has played a role in horror movies over the years, whether as the villain, covertly or otherwise.

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In theory, this was very Shakespearean and tragic, the cross over between the plays the characters act out and how they connect to their real life was well done. However. I‘m struggling to review this bc I loved the ending twist, left me staring at the wall.
But. This played into some gross queer stereotypes that were awful and a characters‘ sexuality should not be a plot twist. All female characters written via the male gaze was tough to read.

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Little Weirds | Jenny Slate
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This book was interesting, very earnest and sort of rambling, but if you‘ve ever watched a Jenny Slate interview, it‘s pretty clear that she sees the world in a very unique way. It is part collection of essays and part memoir and part micro fiction all at once. It wasn‘t what I expected, wasn‘t my favorite but I did like it over all.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I was very intrigued by the idea of this book & the potentials of fate vs agency/choice in your life/decisions. If you thought you‘d die young would you act more recklessly & make it so? If you‘re told you‘ll die old, are you overly cautious? Which of the 2 people really lived in this comparison? So intriguing. That said, I have SO. MANY. issues with this book. She played into so many negative stereotypes, the characters are boring & they suck

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Obsessed with the first movie (no comment) so when I found the whole series at the thrift store for $3, had to buy. Took me maybe 8 hours to read all 3. So high school. So childish. Entertaining? Perhaps. Hope these kiddos learn to communicate. Glad I watched the movies first so I can picture the cute boys in my head while reading (again no comment).

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The Sun and the Star | Rick Riordan, Mark Oshiro
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I‘ve been waiting for this one!!!! Nico has been a side character through both Percy Jackson series and he finally gets his own book! With his BOYFRIEND!! As they go to the pits of the underworld to save a friend. Absolutely loved. Rick bringing in a queer co-author to make it inclusively written and modern, gods it‘s everything I wanted it to be and more.

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Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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This is like Wicked, the origin story of the villian we know as Ursula. Basically. I mean you knowww what‘s gonna happen, just a matter of how, and it wasn‘t that good of a reason. And I‘m still a little confused on the whys. very YA, felt childish in places, took a bit before I actually cared. It was….fine? Idk not my fave, I think there‘s a second book? Probs won‘t be reading it. I liked the idea of this book better than the execution

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Bet on It | Jodie Slaughter
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I loved Aja and Walker having separate mental health issues, which led to them being supportive and respectful of each other and their boundaries. Not entirely light hearted with past trauma coming up, but their bingo nights and friend dates were so cute. I really liked this one.

SW-T Good summary. I liked it for the same reasons. 🙂 10mo
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The Archer | Shruti Swamy
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I don‘t think I could do this book‘s description justice. Vidya falls in love with kathak, a dance style, and devotes much of her life to it, as she grows up, deals with familial hardship, identity, etc etc, you see how it steadies her and changes her. Beautifully written, melancholy in a few ways but that‘s life sometimes.

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Ship of Theseus | Doug Dorst, V. M. Straka, Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
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Very cool concept, 2 stories in one. The book itself, and the 2 scholars communicating in the margins about the mystery of who the author and editor truly were. The book itself wasn‘t all that engaging to me but the pair in the margins, I absolutely loved them, and all the extra letters and postcards folded in from them to each other. The different color ink to convey time passage and different read throughs, so good.

LoverOfLearning Similar concept to the tagged book! With the seperate stories in the margins of the book! 10mo
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What a Match | Mimi Grace
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Anthony has had a crush on his best friend‘s sister since the second he met her. He‘s kept his distance until he needs a place to crash for a few weeks & of course Gwen has room. Spending time together shows Gwen a side of Anthony she‘s never seen before &their attraction only grows. There‘s so many great moments between these 2, I absolutely adore them. And a brother happy for his sister without getting weird about it being his bestie?? LOVE

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If Only You | Chloe Liese
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Ziggy is a bisexual, autistic, professional soccer player &is tired of everyone treating her like the baby of the family. Sebastian is a pansexual, bad boy, professional hockey player who needs to clean up his image. A fake friendship seems to be beneficial for both of them. But can it stay friendship if you‘ve been attracted to each other all along? LOVED IT!! No third act break up, a man in therapy, self growth, a bookstore date to end all DATES

kera_11 Book 6 in this family series, absolutely obsessed with all of them 10mo
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The Fae Keeper | H.E. Edgmon
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honestly the plot and characters didn‘t feel as fleshed out in the book as I hoped, but there‘s some real character growth in this book. I really enjoyed the open communication between Wyatt and Emyr about their relationship, gender identity, sexual relationship, and boundaries. Wasn‘t the best duology ever written but over all, I enjoyed it.

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Mariel is prophesied to be the most powerful witch in her family in centuries. Which makes it even worse when she accidentally summons a demon who won‘t go away until he gets her soul. She can NOT let her mother find out so she pretends to fake date him to save face. The more time they spend together, the less he actually wants her soul. But something else is at play, trying to force both their hands. I loved this Can‘t wait for the friends‘ books

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The Witch King | H. E. Edgmon
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Wyatt is a trans witch, who ran away from his Fae prince fiancé, Emyr, after an accident with his magic. Emyr‘s throne is at risk bc of an ambitious& traditional minded cousin, he tracks down Wyatt & brings him back. Wyatt has to decide what he‘s willing to fight for. Some parts of this fantasy world was forced & didn‘t work for me but overall I liked it. Won‘t be buying book 2 in the library but I‘ll get it from the library to see how it wraps up

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Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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I generally enjoyed this but it wasn‘t amazing. Pacing is not great & based on the title I expected more witches & mermaids. Evelyn is sold to a man she‘s never met for marriage by her parents but inadvertently ends up on a pirate ship, where gender fluid, Flora/Florian, is tasked w/ guarding her. When their insta-love for each other kicks in, they have to fight their way back to each other & protect the others they care about. Love the cover tho

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Icebreaker | A. L. Graziadei
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pros: enemies to lovers/rivalry, hockey, queer, diversity, men showing emotion and platonic affection, therapy, mental health, communication, growth, family pressure, supportive sisters
cons: rushed ending, open ending (boooo!!), undefined motivations for character change/growth
Overall, really enjoyed it!! Read it super quick in one sitting, would recommend

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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A beautiful love note to the Earth and all of its beings. Filled with gratitude for what the Earth provides and how humans can be better to reciprocate. 100/10. Recommended reading for absolutely everybody. My copy is full of sticky notes and annotations, so good.

KadaGul @kera_11 My friend has #LFL/#LITTLEFREELIBRARY n as a steward she won 🔟 copies of #BraidingSweetgreat 🥰😍🙏 10mo
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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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Lira, a siren, is known as the Princes‘ Bane bc of how many she‘s killed. Prince Elian is known as the Siren Slayer for how many he‘s killed. Lira is punished & turned into a human. Elian & his pirate crew find her. All she has to do is bring back his heart to her mother. But Elian plans to find a hidden gem to destroy the Sea Queen. Decisions decisions for Lira. Banter wasn‘t that good, not enough bad ass siren action for me, this book is… fine?

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Devil House | JOHN. DARNIELLE
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this book felt like catching up with a person I never liked that much and can‘t stay on topic.
I was confused, didn‘t care, and hoping to be close to the end.
Anyway, if you like true crime, this may be for you.

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The Boyfriend Project | Farrah Rochon
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love a Black woman and Black Korean man in tech as our MCs. relationship was cute, realized I read this series all out of order and over the course of almost 2 years. but it‘s your basic rom com. so that means I enjoyed it throughly.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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This was a really good audiobook. I loved Marcellus the octopus as a narrator, it was so unique and I love him. Marcus was rescued and forms a friendship with the cleaning lady, Tova, and he helps her find out what happened to her son. I was skeptical that I‘d enjoy this book and be entertained with so much revolving around grief, loss, growth, etc but I did really enjoy it.

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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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this book is absolutely gut-wrenching. Morrison shows the vulnerability of children so well, and aims (I think) to show the psychological complexity of humans, and how we‘re driven by motivations, sometimes self-less, misguided, or just cruel. She doesn‘t aim to humanize the horrible people in this book, just explain their existence. I feel so emotionally heavy after reading this. Please please PLEASE look up trigger warnings for this book

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Something Fabulous | Alexis Hall
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A Duke chasing after his betrothed who has fled, with her twin brother in tow. Except maybe the sister isn‘t the one he wants. Did you know men could like other men, the Duke didn‘t?! This book is ridiculously over the top, and super queer, sweet, funny and spicy and so enjoyable all around. I think there‘s 2 straight characters in the whole book. I love a regency romance and it‘s even better when it‘s queer.

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Larimar is a Dominican American woman who works too much, as if that‘s not enough, she becomes a ciguapa, mythical Dominican creature, every full moon.She finally finds a man she thinks she can share this side of herself with safely, only to to find out he owns the bakery across the street from the chain bakery she‘s helping open.
I loved this book, good balance of romance and family relations/expectations, and fun lore too

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Devil's Cub | Georgette Heyer
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didn‘t realize this book was written in 1930s bc of the updated cover.
We have Dominic, a rogue so bad, he‘s nicknamed the devil‘s cub. He wants to run off with Mary‘s sister and she doesn‘t want her sister ruined. She takes her sisters place to protect her, and he does not take being tricked lightly.
honestly wish it focused more on just them and not all family members hunting them down, but alas, & hated that its written in 3rd person

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Jordan is a crime reporter & when a horrific death of a Black teen girl isn‘t getting the attention it deserves, she takes it upon herself to solve it. This book talks a lot about the disparity of reporting & work done around crimes against Black communities vs others & the horrific fates of young Black girls. I wanted to like this so much but it fell flat for me, very obvious first time author, pacing, tone & telling vs showing was all not good

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Out of Character | Annabeth Albert
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A classic friends-enemies-friends-lovers. Milo needs help tracking down game cards he lost, really rare, expensive ones. Him &Jasper haven‘t spoken in years but he knows Jasper could help. Jasper reluctantly agrees as long as Milo cosplays with his friends for their visits to the kids hospital. I think it dragged a bit plot wise tbh but it was cute, I loved both the MCs and their development & they had good communication which I loved

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Conventionally Yours | Annabeth Albert
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Conrad and Alden have been playing against each other for years. Now they have to road trip across the country together to the fandom‘s biggest convention where they‘ll battle it out for a spot on the pro tour and the tournament check of course. Spending time just the two of them is showing them how little they truly knew each other, & maybe them thinking the other person hates them has been a misunderstanding all along. not amazing but cute mlm

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The Third Twin | CJ Omololu
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Twins, Lexi & Ava made up a third sister, Alicia to blame for their trouble making as kids. As teens, Alicia is the one who dates boys they wouldn‘t be caught dead with. Until one of these boys is dead. All evidence points to Alicia, but Alicia isn‘t real. Was it Lexi? Ava? Can they trust each other? Or when another ex shows up dead, could someone else be pretending to be Alicia? I expected more from this plot but it was a quick read&entertaining

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