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lauras.enchanted.library

lauras.enchanted.library

Joined March 2017

Welcome to my library. Current count: 1,500 books. 28/100📚
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Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell
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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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I actually didn‘t put this book down from the moment I started it until it was done. The romance was so cute and sweet and I needed more!

I know i had issues with one or two extremely minor things, but overall this was so much fun. Kestra was so headstrong and defiant and wonderful. and Simon?? 😍 He‘s so adorable I couldn‘t handle it.

It kept me guessing until the last page. I still don‘t know how to respond to all of what i just read.

4.5 ⭐️

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Oh my god y‘all I finally finished Children of Blood and Bone and I‘m just... wow.

This is one of my top 3 reads of the year (so far) - I‘m so bad at choosing a favorite read of the year 🙈

The world. And the magic. And the heartbreak. I‘m in pieces still. I cried so hard.

What an amazing read. I couldn‘t put it down.

5⭐️

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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These are the beautiful cards... and you can still see a Tato baby creeping up on them.

And this is the BEST picture of them. 😂😩

**And sorry for the spam!!! It‘s been a while!!!

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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This. This is why I can‘t take nice photos. 😂 (And why I can‘t have nice things)

She‘s so mad I wouldn‘t include her.

Anyway, I couldn‘t put this book down!!!!! Oh my god!!! Had my on the edge of my seat from page one!!!

This was so dark and twisted, like my black heart, and i loved every moment of it. I want more 😍😍

i got these beautiful cards from preordering my copy and I can‘t get enough of them 😍😍😍

4.5⭐️ all the way 😍

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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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Oh my god guys I finished Daughter of the Siren Queen and 😱😭😩

Let me start off by saying that I thought this was going to be a trilogy and so I thought I had more time. I found out at page 248 it was not.

And then I cried. Hard.

I couldn‘t put it down from the moment I started it until I finished it. Such a wild adventure. Alosa is my sister soul. I‘d join her crew in a heartbeat 😍 (Rah!)

Yup. I‘m dead.

5⭐️ all the way

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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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Yes, my face is hidden because I was legit sobbing. 😭

Amanda Lovelace is one of my must-buy/auto-buy authors, and so when I saw she had written another book of poetry I had to get my hands on it and it absolutely blew me away.

Definitely trigger warnings necessary when you read her material, but definitely worth the read. She speaks to you in a way no one else does.

5⭐️

ReadingSusan Loved this one. I also cried. 5y
lauras.enchanted.library @ReadingSusan i usually don‘t read poetry either but her words just move me. 5y
ReadingSusan @lauras.enchanted.library I don‘t either .. 5y
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This was such a fun, fast-paced, steampunk adventure that I couldn‘t put it down - especially since it had this video game feel to the world that was kind of cool.

I loved this world that was created, of monochrome and rainbows and magic and machine.

I loved the characters and the descriptions and Overwatch meets Hellgate London feel the cities had.

I enjoyed this one. A whole lot.

4⭐️

I‘m also loving this book without it‘s dust-jacket 😍

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Beauty | Sheri S. Tepper
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The Suze does not look happy 😂

So my mom gave me this book. It was really weird. And strangely had me pulled in wanting to know what happens next.

The premise is not explained. Anywhere. So i went in blind and came out oddly entertained.

As a retelling goes, this was so much fun. It was a mash-up of sleeping beauty and snow white and cinderella mixed in with fantasy and sci-fi and it was definitely... interesting.

3.5 ⭐️

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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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So um wow. This was actually a really beautifully written book.
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I loved the writing.
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And of course the beautiful cover..
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Iosbel and Rook grew on me. I think it took a while for, well, reasons, but once I got through the obvious ones it was a breeze.
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And can I just say, I LOVED the idea of tree-skeletal creatures?? Like OH MY GOD 😱
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4⭐️

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Cross My Heart | Sasha Gould
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Mehso-so

So this has been on my tbr for six years so i figured: why not?

I think i should‘ve left it that way but it‘s okay. It was a great historical piece. I couldn‘t care for the characters and i felt a lot of the plot was very “forest of coincidence.”

But i loved the setting and the atmosphere. Hated the insta-love.

3.5⭐️

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Devil in Ohio | Daria Polatin
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Mehso-so

This book had me kind of meh. i didn‘t hate it. Didn‘t love it. it floated in between all of it to just... exist. I wasn‘t a fan of any of the characters and had no sympathy for any of them when things happened, so it didn‘t help, but the story was interesting. I also couldn‘t understand how algae could bring a patient home when it‘s totally against the rules. But okay.

3.5⭐️, just because I love anything with creepy crazy shtuff going on.

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Assassin's Heart | Sarah Ahiers
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This was so beautifully written that I was pulled in quickly by all of the imagery. The plot was well thought out, and although it was another book with assassins (of COURSE it had assassins) it was still a breath of fresh air.

I couldn‘t get enough of this. Although i wished at one point she‘d stop pining over Val. 🙄

Either way, I‘ll definitely be looking at the companion novel to this in the future. I was so hooked ♥️♥️

4⭐️

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Everless | Sara Holland
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know. I don‘t know if I‘ll read the sequel. I want to, but, like, only for the ending.

I had a hard time getting into this one, with the love interest always being on her mind like 110% of the time. Just stop. I couldn‘t handle it anymore.

But then the world was so wonderfully constructed that I looked past it. I loved the mythology being built in this, like way more than I should.

It was certainly entertaining. 3⭐️

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So.

I binged this so fast. Literally, i couldn‘t put it down.

The New York of this world is definitely not the New York of my world, but I couldn‘t help but fall in love with this rich setting and story oh my god I can‘t 😍

I‘m such a sucker for retellings 🙈 and this was no different. I loved every moment, all the gorey details and creepy moments were just perfect.

5⭐️ hands down. This literally blew me away. (favorite read of 2018 so far ♥️)

398.2 This sounds good! 5y
lauras.enchanted.library @398.2 it really was!! It was a Vasalissa the Beautiful retelling, and it was just perfectly weird in every way!! 5y
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Wintersong | S Jae-Jones
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Mehso-so

Ok, so who else read this and immediately needed to watch Labyrinth? 🙋🏼‍♀️

So I liked it. Didn‘t love it. But there‘s a reason, and it‘s mainly because it felt a lot like a few other books I‘ve read over the last year.

But of course I enjoyed the writing and the rich setting. I loved how wonderfully rich everything felt, from the descriptions to the language.

Very Phantom of the Opera meets Labyrinth meets Beauty and the Beast. 3.5⭐️

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Dreamfall | Amy Plum
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What a creepy little book this was. I liked it.

4⭐️

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Even the Darkest Stars | Heather Fawcett
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So I‘ve been raving about this book since I started it, and I‘m not going to lie, it was totally worth every moment of suspense for me.

I loved Kamzin and her attitude, though she needed to shut up and stop her nonsense and just climb after a while. Which she did. Which I loved. She was such a fun character to follow from start to finish, and her journey is fabulously done.

I loved every moment of this. 4.5⭐️

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Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Mehso-so

Overall, this book tired me out. Sal‘s story felt very generic, it was every other competition/assassin type book rolled into one and honestly it annoyed me how easy it was for her - or him, depending on the day - to accomplish something that seemed so impossible at the beginning.

However, the end did surprise me. And yet it didn‘t. I liked it. 3.5⭐️

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The Beast Is an Animal | Peternelle van Arsdale
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From the first page to the very last, I was at the edge of my seat dying for what happened next. I NEEDED to know.

It was creepy, wonderful, a blend of the village meets soul-sucking-vampires meets dryads meets crazy puritans and I loved every single minute of it.
4.5 ⭐️

ReadingSusan That cover is beautiful! 5y
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Alif the Unseen | G. Willow Wilson
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Holy crap that was amazing. I loved the setting, the weaving combination of magic and science that flows throughout the entire book, and even the characters, though Alif needed a good punch in the face.

But overall, I found the world building phenomenal, and the story itself was fast-paced and had me turning pace after page as quickly ad I could.

4.5⭐️

#bookclubread #readingchallenge

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Alif the Unseen | G. Willow Wilson
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"There is no such thing as evil knowledge."

"I used to think so, too."

Two days in and I'm 263 pages in and counting. Completely addicting, though a lot of the imagery is lost on me and lord knows I can't pronounce half of the arabic words. But nonetheless, I'm loving it.

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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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Considering this is the first book i've read in a while, I couldn't put it down. The first 150 pages were a bit slow which made me sad, but by the time i hit part 2 it was like a snowball rolling downhill and picking up speed.
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Ugh!! Amazing!! WHERE IS MY BOOK 7?! 😭😭
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4⭐️

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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So after three months of not reading, I finally picked up a book. And of course it's the Hobbit ♥️

My meds have been kicking my butt, which leads me to why i haven't been reading: turns out I developed nerve damage after the surgery so between the pain, the meds, and my writing I have no time nor attention span to read.

So I'm going to try to read a book a week until the end of the year.

Also? I am LOVING my collectors edition of the Hobbit ♥️

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Well, research has been going so great lately that all I do now is write and research and then write some more.

And all of this research is helping me dive into unexplored layers of my own subconscious that I can't complain.

The tarot has always fascinated me, and, now that I'm taking the time to sit down and really study everything, I'm starting to come up with some awesome ideas.

And, of course, chocolate. 🤤🍫♥️

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1) Those are totally Darth Vader place mats 😬

2) I actually haven't been reading lately 😭 it makes me so sad but at the same time there is a good reason why:

Lately I've been doing more writing and, when I'm focused on my own stories, I tend to not read anything else except for books for research.

This book has been a great read so far, but I'm also staring longingly at Tower of Dawn on my shelf.

Should I write or read? 🤔

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Dividing Eden | Joelle Charbonneau
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I loved Carys, but i hated Andreus the moment we are introduced to him. Not only that, but for twins who are inseparable they were very easily separated.

The way the book was written wasn't appealing, and it had me struggling to remain invested in the story.

It breaks my heart when I don't like a book, but I did like certain elements (i.e. the plot, Carys, the vague magic that made no sense but totally called from the get-go).

2.5⭐️

398.2 The shame it sounds good. I was just going to buy this. Maybe I'll just wait for my library to have it. 5y
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Poison's Kiss | Breeana Shields
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This was so prettily written and there was some dark stuff and crazy stuff and lies and truths and holy crap!

I loved Marinda (although i called her Miranda until that scene in the cave😂) but I hated how pathetic she was for the first half of the book.

overall, however, it was full of rich descriptions and lush mythologies and characters who are flawed in so many ways and mythical creatures that could swallow a person whole.

I loved it. 4.5⭐️

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Wesley James Ruined My Life | Jennifer Honeybourn
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This was a cute, fast-paced, quick little read that entertained me greatly.

I loved Tudor Tymes, the medieval restaurant that Quinn works at. I loved Wesley - he grew on me certainly.

I loved how adorable this was. But Quinn did get annoying at one point, and I didn't like any of the other guys (although let's be real I knew someones like them).

Overall, Id give this a 4⭐️

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Wesley James Ruined My Life | Jennifer Honeybourn
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I love the extra add-ins for books, especially if it has to do with the story. Flipping through this book I found this and I'm already in love 😍😍

Starting it now!

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Starflight | Melissa Landers
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This was completely and totally #unputdownable and amazing and hysterical and it made me cry.

I enjoyed the humor and camaraderie and friendship and heartbreak and action. I loved the characters and the world in which they live and the fact that, although the end is a bit open, it makes sense.

And i loved that.

Not everything needs to wrap up neatly and pretty. It was rough and perfect and I couldn't get enough.

5⭐️

Lyn-Mara Agreed! I unexpectedly loved this one as well! 5y
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Starflight | Melissa Landers
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OH MY GOD!!! GUYS!!!

THERES A PLANET DISNEY!!!

i'm loving this book so far 😂

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ummmmm.... what?!

There were so many times when I'd start to question everything and poke holes in the plot but then, just when i think it would get more ridiculous, everything was explained.

And then that freaking ending (God i need someone to talk to about it 😅).

I thought this book was going one way but of course it kept twisting until it was insane.

Overall, 4⭐️

Chasing_Pages I have this in my TBR mountain waiting to be read. Glad to hear it's good, maybe I'll read it next. 5y
lauras.enchanted.library @Chasing-Pages it was definitely interesting enough to keep me entertained lol so I hope you enjoy it!! let me know what you think!!! 5y
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Reign of Shadows | Sophie Jordan
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I adore retellings, and this was no exception.

As a Rapunzel story it was awesome. As a fantasy story it was super detailed and intense. As a love story it crushed me and made me tear up.

I already bought book 2 🙈

But as a whole, this book was so much more than i thought it would be. I was expecting Mother Gothel but instead found a tyrannical king.

At least there was still a Flynn Rider. 😏

4.5⭐️

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This Is Our Story | Ashley Elston
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I don't even know what I just read but holy cow.

What a thrill ride. Honestly. And, as you can tell, this is another of the 4 authors I met the other day and boy am I glad i did.

This was amazing!! I had been guessing it was the wrong person THE ENTIRE TIME. I had no idea.

I shipped them (i won't say who...) and I was so intent on finding out the truth I forgot to eat. Again.

Not only was it unputdownable, but it deserves all 5⭐️
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The Suffering Tree | Elle Cosimano
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YOU GUYS!!! So today I went to Books of Wonder and met Elle Cosimano (along with 3 other lovely authors, all of their books are on my tbr for next week so you'll find out who they were soon!!) and not only did she sign my book, but DO YOU SEE ALL THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK SWAG?!

It's GORGEOUS!!!

I may have fangirled extra hard tonight 🙈

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Dead Girls Society | Michelle Krys
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This was a thriller and it took me on a ride.

At first I was like "oh, i could do this" and then the swamp dare and I thought "maybe not."

But besides how freaking crazy it was, and how intense each scene got, I have to say: I didn't like the ending. It felt like a total cliff hanger and it got me confused. Ugh.

However, with everything else considering, I loved it.

4⭐️

#readingchallenge #bookworm #booknerd

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Hunted | Meagan Spooner
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I loved the poetic language and constant stream of sadness that I continued to read and read until I finished it.

I enjoyed the beast, and so loved his brief moments in which we get a glimpse into his mind (which was heartbreaking).

I loved Doe-Eyes and Beauty, and was sad when i realized the Gaston character was actually a nice guy (i still hated him).

Overall, I thought it was beautiful and poetic and it wrapped up (relatively) neat.

4⭐️

KirstieE I absolutely loved this one!! 5y
lauras.enchanted.library @KirstieE it was sweet!! i loved the references to other folklore and fairytales 😊 5y
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The Suffering Tree | Elle Cosimano
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Ok, so not only do I get to meet this fabulous author on thursday, but today I started this beauty. And finished it. Because honestly? I couldn't stop reading it.

But anyway... witches and curses and spells and crazy vivid dreams and flashbacks, this story had it all.

I loved the history and the mystery, and i couldn't actually figure out the ending. I kept guessing and trying to figure it out and i couldn't.

5⭐️

(PS: I SHIP IT SO HARD!!)

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Bad Romance | Heather Demetrios
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Ok. So I gave this a second chance. And I think I had issues with this for more... personal reasons.

I still find that Grace's voice was whiney in the beginning but as the novel continued she became more developed and I found my heart breaking alongside her.

4⭐️

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City of Ashes | Cassandra Clare
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This was so much better than the first book and had me hooked from the beginning. I couldn't put it down. Definitely 4⭐️

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City of Ashes | Cassandra Clare
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Ok i'm wayyyy behind on this series but to be honest? I hated the first book when I had read it. (And am totally ashamed at how much I'm loving the second book.)

Already bought book 3 and i'm on page 325 (to clarify: i started this morning)!!

(And yes, I have a rune tattooed on me.)

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Mehso-so

i didn't hate it, but i didn't love it. Although the ending was crazy - and that cliff hanger was ginormous - the rest of the book had me struggling to keep reading.

3⭐️

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Bad Romance | Heather Demetrios
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Oh god. I can't. I can't force myself to read this anymore. I tried, I really did. I made it to page 49 before I said no. Which depresses the crap out of me because I loved her other books, especially the Dark Caravans series, but this was just awful.

It like a giant F.U. letter to the guy so everything is a "remember this?" or "i don't know yet but..." and I can't. It's annoying and causes me to become too detached. :(

Edit: I tried again. 4⭐️

monalyisha But the cover's so pretty! 😩 5y
lauras.enchanted.library @monalyisha i know!! i was so disappointed 😭 but i'll try again in a few months/years to see if my opinion had changed 5y
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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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This was one of those books that I started off feeling iffy about and then ended up sobbing and crying and broken in the end.

Although Finch annoyed me in the beginning (i know i'm not the only one who feels this way!) he grew on me until I learned to love him and Violet and this entire story about surviving and living and existing and being.

I couldn't put it down. 4.5⭐️

#booknerd #bookworm #readingchallenge

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The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories | Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff
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This collection of short stories had me enthralled since the beginning.
I have always loved Maggie Stiefvater's writing since picking up Shiver many years ago, and was delighted to read her work again.
As for Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff's writing? I own pretty much all of their books and haven't read them 🙈 i'm literally the worst.
But! After reading this beauty, I think I may have to add them to my August tbr piles.

5 ⭐️

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Alex and Eliza: A Love Story | Melissa de la Cruz
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I actually really enjoyed this. Although it felt dragged in the beginning and rushed towards the end, I fell in love with the story!!

I knew how the story would end - obviously!! - but it was still a twisty road with so much drama building up to that climax that even I was hooked!!

Definitely worth the read, if it for a great historical piece then for the epic romance ♥️♥️

4⭐️

#bookworm #booklover #readingchallenge

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This was definitely a prettily written book. The language was gorgeous and the setting breathtaking.

I loved the main character and her obsession, which you can feel as you read on.

I have to say, for me, it did drag a bit in the first half. Other than that i have absolutely no complaints about this book.

4⭐️

#readingchallenge #bookworm #booklover

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Shallow Graves | Kali Wallace
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This was... a heck of a lot different than what the description made it out to be like.
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And I loved it because of that.

There were a few things left unexplained/unsolved, but overall i enjoyed following Breezy as she discovers who she is now after death.

Very well written. 4⭐️

#readingchallenge #booklover #booknerd

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Mehso-so

Besides the slow start and the lack of, well, everything to keep me engrossed in the story for the first half of the book, tDPotF wont be on my favorite book lists. It fell flat in some places.
Although I have to say I love her language and the world and the story she was telling, the story also had issues. I also took off points for characters because I thought they were a bit bland for my taste.

I don't know. I guess it just want for me? 3⭐️

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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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A little too quirky for me at the moment but I'm still enjoying it. Sort of.

I have to catch up on books I've read. I've been quiet for so long here and I've read so much 🙈 I'm so sorry!! I'll be posting quick reviews soon as I'm taking a break from this.

Confession: I've been sick for a week now, so readings been going slow. Currently listening to the OUaT musical episode soundtrack and am considering reading the novels. Anyone read them?