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LibrarianRyan

Joined May 2016

Book crazy, or just crazy? You decide. ----------Same screen name on Litsy, Twitter, GoodReads, LibraryThing, BookSirens
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The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane | Stephen Cox, Yvonne DeCarlo, Butch Patrick
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So I watched this last night. (The new Rob Zombie Munsters) Anyone else seen it and severely disappointed?

#teammonstermash

Read-y_Picker Oh no! That's unfortunate :( I used to watch reruns of the show all the time growing up.
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Roary47 I haven‘t finished it yet, but like that they tried to give snippets of the original. It had me laughing quite a few times, but the acting is pretty bad. I think just to make it more of a “kids show”. 2d
LibrarianRyan @Roary47 yes that‘s it. More kid show like. I miss the heart. It‘s so over acted it feels like a bad nicolodian show. You nailed it. I was so ready for it to be over. If it was a show in 20-30 min increments I might have liked it more. 2d
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Sharpeipup I couldn‘t finish it. 2d
ChaoticMissAdventures I heard about it and ran to the trailer and immediately knew I was not going to watch it. I was so disappointed. I guess Zombie cast people like his wife who wanted to be in it but has zero acting ability. 2d
5feet.of.fury Oh no! I‘m sad to see the bad reviews, I meant to watch yesterday but didn‘t get home early enough so we are watching tomorrow. 2d
Librariana I started watching... and was severely disappointed. I couldn't get through it. 2d
mrp27 Good to know, won‘t waste my time. 1d
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4 ⭐ There are twins, who, for the last five years have been raised by their parents‘ friend as no one knows where their parents are. But it turns out they‘re good at solving mysteries. They found the neighbor‘s missing dog. And they‘re known around town for being quite unique. It‘s the late 60s before the moon landing by after Stonewall. and things in this town are not what you would imagine.

LibrarianRyan Turns out magic, evil, witches, spells, etc. are all real. This book is geared towards middle grade and YA. It‘s a fun wild ride. Perfect for anyone who likes something a little spooky, but not too graphic. I can‘t wait to read book 2, which is available now. 2d
LibrarianRyan Turns out magic, evil, witches, spells, etc. are all real. This book is geared towards middle grade and YA. It‘s a fun wild ride. Perfect for anyone who likes something a little spooky, but not too graphic. I can‘t wait to read book 2, which is available now.

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TheSpineView Excellent 2d
TheAromaofBooks Oh, this one sounds fun! I'm going to check the library for it! 2d
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2d
Catsandbooks Fun! 🧡 2d
Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 13h
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4 ⭐ This is a dark volume. You feel Sokie‘s hand in it, because the story is both dark and has a bit of humor. In it, a young woman, an artist, is trying to find her inspiration. She has found success but keeping that success has been hard. She heads off to the country, finds herself a haunted house, decides it‘s the perfect atmosphere in which to find her inspiration. But the house is a little more than just haunted.

LibrarianRyan It‘s possessed. By a spirit that seems fun but has a much darker side. This is a one-off story that‘s perfect for the spooky times. It‘s about looking at your inner demons finding them on the outside and finding ways to conquer them. I‘d say I‘d love to see where this is going, but I think it ends. It‘s an ambiguous end but it is and end. As like most Sokie Young stuff, the stories are intriguing and keep you wanting more. 2d
TheSpineView Great job 2d
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2d
Catsandbooks Yay! 👻 2d
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 13h
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐ This is short and sweet, but oh so deadly. We start with a family who‘s getting ready to run by following the underground railroad. They need to get out of a life of slavery. However, some slave catchers are out to catch them however, even a gun isn‘t going to save the runaways. The only person who can save the runaways is Harriet Tubman demon slayer. She knows what a vampire is, and she knows how to kill it.

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
This book, like the first is super short. The good thing about that is it leaves you wanting more. We are introduced to a new character that happens to be Harriet‘s son. And that creates way more questions than answers. I am thoroughly enjoying this and I am glad I have book 3.

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
Why are there only three volumes. This story is nowhere close to finished and I need to know what happens. I need to know if the family gets to Canada? We know those vampires exist and they mention werewolves, what else exists in this world? Not only that, how did Harriet become a demon slayer? There are just so many unanswered questions that I have to have the answers to. Please write FASTER. This book started from a Kickstarter!

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Hollow OGN | Shannon Watters
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4 ⭐ This is a modern graphic retelling of Sleepy Hollow. Our characters are Vicky Van Tassel, and Isabella Crane, and Bryn. Isabella is new to town and her parents want her to make friends, but she doesn‘t get the whole hype around Sleepy Hollow and its history. Vicky, being a real Van Tassel knows more about the history than she ever wanted to. She must live it day-to-day year-to-year, even though she just wants to be a normal girl.

LibrarianRyan Bryn is a prankster, head of the water polo team, and a big sports jock. Isabella gets the shock of her life when she finds out that the headless horseman is real and he‘s actually been trying to flag somebody down for 200 years. He needs to tell the Van Tassels he is there to keep them safe both now and in the future. This was a whimsical fun look at Sleepy Hollow. It‘s geared towards YA but I think it would be okay for middle grade and younger. 2d
LibrarianRyan There is a page where Isabella and Vicky R fell asleep in the same bed but they‘re in their pajamas. Overall, this was a fun atmospheric read and it could possibly have a sequel after all it says “the end for now”. 2d
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TheSpineView Great job 2d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2d
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 13h
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2 ⭐ This is a little all over the place. It takes a minute to figure out what‘s going on. Our main character is Chloe Love and she was in actress in a show called Ghost Reaper Girl. However, it turns out that she is also the perfect medium for ghosts, and all of them want in her body. It‘s very rapey. There are constant comments about getting in her body and her lack of free well while not actually rape, it feels like rape.

LibrarianRyan So that‘s a little sick. However, as the story develops, one likes her more, and it‘s not disliking the main character. It‘s how everyone sees her as a sex object that gets annoying. She even sees herself as a sex object at times between looking like a child, but being 28 (which is mentioned frequently), it‘s a little pedophilic. I do want to read the next one to see if it levels out any because nothing really happens to the character except they 3d
LibrarianRyan they sign a contract to become an actual ghost reaper but I think I might want to see where this goes. I‘m on the fence right now.

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IndoorDame Ick! I don‘t think I could handle that. (edited) 3d
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LibrarianRyan @IndoorDame it was not my taster either. Just ick 🤢 3d
DieAReader Great finish! 3d
TheSpineView It does sound sick. 3d
TheAromaofBooks It's interesting to me how an actual story concept can be really intriguing, but the tone in which it's written can absolutely ruin it. And I don't like stories that subtly green-light pedophilia, either. 😕 2d
LibrarianRyan @TheAromaofBooks I agree. They go out of the way to remind the reader that Chloe is 28 but then reiterate how young she looks. It's annoying and a bit disgusting. 2d
TheAromaofBooks I read a book maybe a year ago that was geared to MG and had 11-12yr-old characters and the author just used weirdly creepy words to describe them; when he talked about the one girl's “long, creamy legs“ I knew it was NOT the series for me. 2d
Andrew65 Oh dear 😔 13h
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2 ⭐ Volume two gets so much more into the action of Chloe Love being a ghost reaper. She needs another friend or acquaintance and learns more about her powers and how ghost reaping is like a video game. The more things she completes the more points she earns the more things she can afford. While this volume is not as heavy as the first one, you still have very sexual characters that are sexualized for no reason. ⬇

LibrarianRyan And I just don‘t really find myself enjoying it. This is more to do with the sexualization of the characters and less to do with the action sequences. There is actually a great story, but it is hidden under sexism and toxic masculinity. Therefore, I shall end this series with volume two. 3d
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DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 3d
TheSpineView Bummer 3d
TheAromaofBooks Sounds like it's time to throw in the towel on this series. Great review!! 2d
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TieDyeDude I don't know why I keep getting booted from this mailing list. Thanks for the reminder! I didn't love Siren Queen, but I'm interested in reading more from her. 3d
LibrarianRyan @TieDyeDude you r welcome. I still haven‘t listened to siren queen. I‘ll get to it eventually 3d
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Here is my #scarathlon #bucketlist for #teammonstermadness. I even got one item done already. I‘ll post picks later today. @StayCurious

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Watch Me Die | Lee Goldberg
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This is my #watchlist for #scarathalon #teammonster mash. Each pumpkin has a different focus. And on the left page I will keep my actual list. @StayCurious

CogsOfEncouragement I watched Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 yesterday. Silly fun for October. 4d
LibrarianRyan @CogsOfEncouragement We had a hocus Pocus pajama party Friday night. But it buffered so bad we only got through one movie, so I rewatched both with my on Saturday. She had not seen either which surprised me. 4d
CogsOfEncouragement I hate when that happens! So frustrating. Hopefully you had fun just being together. 4d
LaraS Oh I love the way you laid this out! 😻🎃 3d
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Here is my #bookspin for the month and I have 2 down already @TheAromaofBooks

wisherwishinguponastar I love your design! This looks awesome! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I love this!! 3d
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Raising the Horseman | Serena Valentino
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3.5 ⭐ Kat van Tassel is the newest in a long ling of Katrina‘s. She is a legacy. She is part of the town of Sleepy Hollow‘s history. That history is celebrated every year, and this year, Kat missed it. She was engrossed in reading a book and missed the celebration of dusk a few days before Halloween. Sleep Hallow and its legend is a very big deal in her town. The schools are devoted to it, every business has something akin to the legend, etc.

LibrarianRyan After missing the ceremony, Kat‘s mom Trina begs her daughter not to go out after dark because: Beware the Headless Horseman.

Kat joins her boyfriend as they try to raise the spirit of the original Katrina. Kat has not desire to be there, but a good thing happens she meets Isadora Crow. Isadora is new to town. She is not into all the hype just like Kat. The two hit it off and discover that it is okay to more than like a person.

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LibrarianRyan After that night Trina gives Kat the diary of the original Katrina. The story starts alternating between the two timelines. Both the reader and the characters see the similarities in Katrina‘s and Kat‘s realities. And the story moves forward.

I enjoyed this retelling. The author did a great job of incorporating characters such as the original author Washington Irving, as well as Ichabod Crane, Mr. Toad, etc.
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LibrarianRyan . While the story is slow moving, it‘s a slow burn romance with a little supernatural mixed in. Parts of the story, mainly the big reveal was predictable, but fits well with the story. There are certain characters I used to love in the original and now hate, but new characters have taken their place. 1w
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LibrarianRyan This was a great spooky tale for all ages. There is a scene where a tree bleeds on two girls, but that is as graphic as it gets. It is ready made to be a Disney movie. How the author incorporate the Headless horseman is unique and has me wanting more. And more could be available. The author steals a line from the Never-Ending Story twice: “But that‘s another story”, so maybe there will be a sequel. 1w
LibrarianRyan So, if you are looking for something atmospheric, and just a tad spooky for your October reading, pick this up in print or audio. It is well worth it. And as they say in Sleep Hallow, Beware the Headless Horseman. 1w
persephone1408 I just bought this book @LibrarianRyan I'm gonna read for #scarathalon. 1w
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4 ⭐ Ropa‘s business lost all credibility when she took time out to figure out what was happening to the kids that disappeared. She solved her case but wrecked her reputation. Now she must find some way to supplement her income to make sure her sister and grams have food and a warm place to stay. She has a great opportunity to apprentice for a with a renowned magic user who is a bit eccentric. ⬇

LibrarianRyan But never having been to a magic school gets in her way when she fails the magic test. So, no apprentice ship for her. However, the magic man sees potential and decides he wants to work with Ropa. But it will have to be as an intern. That means no money. Ugggghhhhh. However, Ropa can not pass up the opportunity no matter how much she may want to.

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LibrarianRyan To help earn a little green she takes on a case at the Our Lady of Mysterious Aliments magical hospital. Something has happened to a boy named Max Wu that is beyond all their knowledge of medicine and magic. 1w
LibrarianRyan While the main story is finding a cure for Max, this story has multiple story lines going just like the original books in the series. As readers we get to learn about the Bank of Scotland and how it came to be, how it exists in this alternative society, and how magic is tied up with all of it. We also meat a nice Canadian who just wants his family money out of the bank. 1w
LibrarianRyan Plus, we finally lean more about the library of the dead. There is actually more about the Library of the Dead in this book then there ever was in book one. And it is really interesting. Really.

I liked this book just like I did the first one. I find even though it is not the best book I have ever read; I cannot stop thinking or talking about it. I like how it mimics life where everything is happening at once.
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LibrarianRyan Not use one story line from beginning to end. The author does a great job of weaving and completing most of these story lines but leaving just enough to make you excited for the sequel. And that I am. I need book 3 now. But odds are I may have to reread books 1 and 2 before I start that a year from now. 1w
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Not the Witch You Wed | April Asher
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4 ⭐ This book was lots of fun. Is it full of tropes? Oh yeah. Let‘s list off the tropes real quick. They are fake dating, miscommunication, and it‘s a romance novel so of course, happy ending with an old friend. The story revolves around Violet. She is the dud of a three-sister witch group. She‘s the one without magic. Her sister is the soon to be the Prima witch, and must witch bond because it‘s required by law. ⬇

LibrarianRyan Lincoln is an old friend who also happens to be the North American alpha. He is a wolf shifter. The other trope, I forgot to mention was something went wrong in the past. Right out of high school these two would‘ve run away together. They hadn‘t been together as boyfriend girlfriend, but it was working up to that and Lincoln never showed up. And now it‘s 13 years later, both are on deadline for life altering things that are required by their magic 1w
LibrarianRyan magical and supernatural community and neither of them want it. Once again, this was fine. It‘s everything you expect in a romance novel. I can‘t wait to see some of the later books in the series especially the friend who is a succubus and the other friend who is a guardian angel. Bring it on. This was exactly what I want out of a witchy romance for the month of September 1w
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3.5 ⭐ This book is something else. It is not an easy read or listen to, because just like life, multiple things are happening all ⬇at once. Ropa is just 14. She lives in the poorest part of Edinburgh, in a caravan with her sister and her grandmother. Time is a bit hard to tell. It fells almost like an alternative universe, but Scotland is different from the one we know exists.

LibrarianRyan First off, ghosts are real, and they can ask for help, and there must be people there to offer it. Ropa end up on a journey to find not only a few missing children, but what the heck happened to the children that disappeared then returned looking old. But there are other stories taking place at the same time. Stories like the library and how Ropa makes friends and realizes she has some magic. It‘s just kitchen magic, not anything she could 2w
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To be honest, I don‘t quiet get the title as very little take place in or around the library and it‘s just a plot device. However, I did enjoy this book once I got into it. It was nothing like I thought it would be based on title and over, but once I was into the story I was hooked. And you HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION. The slightest thing may mean something and if you miss it you are
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LibrarianRyan lost. I listened to this on audiobook and had to keep rewinding. It took me like 16 hours to listen to a 12 hour audiobook. (I don‘t know the actual times). But here‘s the thing. I wanted to. That is right, I wanted to go back and get every relevant story point I missed.

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LibrarianRyan Is this the best story I have ever read, no. In fact, I don‘t even rate it high. I finished this a few weeks ago, and the story has just stuck like molasses. It is still here and with me. I started book two right away after my pallet cleanser. I am now addicted to this world and fell sorrow I must wait for book 3.

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LibrarianRyan While I don‘t love this book, I find it comforting in that it feels very life like. Ropa has a life just like all of us. You finally think you get ahead and something else comes up. You must cover more than just one story in life. There are tangents and there are curves that happen while the rest of life if still going on, and I think this author does a better job showing that then any other book I have ever read.

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LibrarianRyan So, once again, I liked this book, I didn‘t love it. But I live in this story. This story stays on my mind. And I want the next adventure. I want to see this alternative Scotland and know more about it. So while it may not “score” well in ratings, it is entirely worth the read. Be sure to have the next one ready. 2w
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4 ⭐ This was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. The three who survived last year are back. And we add a 4th that was unexpected. Frendo is back as well. In all honestly, that was expected. Our main girl, Quinn has gone off to school, but everyone knows who she is, and she just wants to be left alone. The boys, both rich guy and farmers boy survived, but didn‘t leave town.

LibrarianRyan One is trying to rebuild town, and the other is just trying to recover and prep for next time.
These three have become a product of fake news. There are people that believe them and believe what happened, but others who think they are the killers and they faked everything else. And these people who don‘t believe that the kids are the victims, they want their revenge. They usual social media to heat each other up, and eventually let loose.
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LibrarianRyan What I like most about this book, is that it seems semi-plausible. In our society we have seen what internet rumors about real places and events can do. There are people who do not believe in the holocaust, our nation had a mass shotting in a pizza parlor because or “pizza-gate”, and there are still many who believe our government is running a secret underground child sex trafficking cabal. So.. yeah, parts of this are plausible. Loosely.

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LibrarianRyan This story was a ride. It had it predictable moments. And in the first book where everyone and anyone could die, there seems to be an invisible shield over some characters. It seems like they should have dies but keep escaping. So that is a bit annoying. 2w
LibrarianRyan Is this book as good as the last book. No. However, I wouldn‘t expect it to be. I enjoyed the ride, the further adventures. Yes, I did have some eye roll moments at the predictability of somethings, but overall, I was happy with what I was given. The author mentions briefly in his note at the end that maybe he should write a 3rd. Could it be done? Yes, I would love to see what the survivors do after that last scene on on the last page. 2w
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4 ⭐ Sally and Jack have married. They honeymooned in Valentine town, and now it is time to get back to work. Sally is having a hard time trying to find her way as queen. She does not know what it means to be queen, she just knows, she is overwhelmed. She runs away to find some peace for a small bit of time, thinking to maybe find some and ask for advice. But at the glen of doors, she cannot bring herself to go through any.

LibrarianRyan She wanders away but finds a new door she has never seen before. It is covered with vines and leaves, and she opens it but decides to not go forward. Instead, she takes a nap. Upon returning to Halloweentown, everyone is sleeping, including Jack. There is no way to wake them. Now Sally really must be in charge and grow into her position as queen as she tries to save her love and her town.

This book was sweet. I loved it as a sequel and
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LibrarianRyan and would love to see it get a matching movie. At first, I get a little annoyed at how Sally seems fragile when in the original move she is strong. She finds her strength and does exactly what NBC fans want and love. The new characters are a great addition to those we already know, and the back story of Sally and her years before the Doctor are interesting and a bit sad, but also a point of empowerment for Sally. I listened to this as an audio 2w
LibrarianRyan and the narrator did a great job of sounding like Sally. It was a tad bit too wispy when in the car, but at home or in the office it was a pleasant listening experience and has me wanted more adventures of Sally and Jack in Halloweentown and others places as well. 2w
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Bitter Root Vol. 2: Rage & Redemption | David F. Walker, Chuck Brown
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3 ⭐ This book is all over the place. That doesn‘t make it bad it just makes it a little hard to follow. I am glad I did not have to wait a super long time between reading book one and book two because I would have been lost. Part of the thing that gets you lost is the time periods and the various dates. There are also multiple storylines and they‘re all going to come together. Quick reminder bitterroot is the formula or the medicine to charge to

LibrarianRyan Jingou back in to a human. A jingou is a person so full of hate that they become a monster, usually white people and their hatred and aggression towards Black people. This book takes place in Harlem, and in Tulsa during the massacre, and in Georgia where race problems were rampant. However, in book 2 we are introduced to a new type of monster made of grief. Just like the first book I do really like this book but don‘t quite love it. The only rea 2w
LibrarianRyan reason I don‘t love it if I‘m still trying to figure out where the story is going. In the story a hole between heaven and hell (purgatory with a different name). A monster/demon full of evil has come through trying to wreak havoc. As far as I know there‘s only one more book so we‘ll see how it concludes and hopefully it wraps up with an understandable finish.

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4 ⭐ We‘re getting close to the end. Norman and his team are out to start the destruction of the demons. While Emma and Ray have gone to the seven walls. They must figure out the clues to find the being that will help them in this debacle. We also get introduced to a new character that turned out to be a human raised by demon. Loved this book. About time they got back into the action and away from the emotional things.

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4 ⭐ It was never my intention to read the novel of this book. I am not into books that will make me cry if I‘m choosing for myself. However, when a graphic novel edition came along, I had to snap it up and give it a read. This book was exactly what I was expecting. It was gut retching, heartbreaking, sad, and very true to life. While this is a fictional story it is based on a real-life person who survived the child‘s camp at Auschwitz and acted ⬇

LibrarianRyan as a librarian while there. The love of books helped her survive a drastic portion of her life and we are better people for knowing her history and the atrocities that happened. This book was the first time I had ever heard there were specialty children‘s camps. It‘s not something readily talked about so this book did its job and brought to life new facts of history not seen elsewhere. 2w
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4 ⭐ This was really fun. It was nice to see Babymouse back in action. I am not sure what grade or age this is geared towards, but Babymouse is in middle school. But the humor, the writing and the storytelling would be great for those in elementary school as well. I love that after 20 years, Babymouse is in full color. Plus, this first book in a new series has a great tale and lesson. As usual, keep up the good work Babymouse.

MaureenMc My daughter is going to be so happy there is more Babymouse! 2w
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4 ⭐ I love Narwhal and jelly! They are always happy and ready for adventures. However, Jelly is a little tired for the upcoming adventure. Narwhal wants to be a real unicorn but to do that he‘s going to have to find some legs and get up on land. With the help of a wishing star his dreams come true and Jelly just wants to go back to bed. As always it always works out in the end and it‘s a fun adventure along the way.

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4.5 ⭐ Badger is eating a very big breakfast of blueberries. He says Hi to lots of his friends. Dog asks if he has seen his ball. When badger finds out it‘s a blue ball he‘s a little worried he might have eaten it. The story is typical and cliche, but it all works together very well. The illustrations are fun and vibrant, but also same time quiet. All in all, I love this book it was a fun story and would be fun to read with kids.

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We Are the Shapes | Kevin Jenner
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3 ⭐ This book has been done and been done better. We learn about how squares like things nice and equal, and triangles like to be creative and edgy, and that circles know how to get things done. Circle just wants everybody to work together and find out that their differences make them better together. However, this book is so wordy. Somebody will like it, just not me.

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4 ⭐ This was fun. It rhymes well. And the artwork is all watercolor and maybe part collage. Not quite sure. It is unique which makes the book stand out. Teddy is just a bear and a best friend who‘s there for everything. He‘s a protector he‘s a hero, and he‘s what every little kid needs.

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Better Way to Bell a Cat | Bonnie Grubman
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3 ⭐ Three mice have been living happy and cozy in the basement of a house. The owners get a cat and the mice decide they have to give it a bell so they can hear it approaching. But none of their plans work. Then one has a brilliant idea of a Trojan horse style attack where they climb into a stuffed dog and try to scare the cat. However, the cat‘s on to the mice and the cat is more than happy to make new friends. ⬇

LibrarianRyan This book is all right but nothing special. I like the illustrations, but it‘s been done before. And this is a fun for right now book however we won‘t be seeing it in 20 years. 2w
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3 ⭐ The need for this book exists but unless it was specifically requested, I won‘t be recommending it. The book is overly long but does follow the standard format of a book meant to teach something. You have a concept that‘s repeated and then the main character experiences the concept and learn from what they saw before. In this case it‘s an egg that doesn‘t hatch with the rest and a bear that got held back a grade. ⬇

LibrarianRyan Overall, this book would be a nice way of explaining why someone might need held back but as mentioned before it‘s overly long and more preachy than entertaining. 2w
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My Sweet Boy | Krystaelynne Sanders Diggs
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4 ⭐ Just like the title, this is a sweet book. It gives a different view of boyhood and that a boy doesn‘t have to be snakes and snails and puppy dog tails. Boys can be sweet like sugar and steady and calm and all those things that don‘t begin in toxic masculinity.

wanderinglynn What a fantastic message! ❤️ 2w
Gissy And the illustration is so colorful! 😍 2w
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Jeremy's Big Role | Matthew Silvestri
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3 ⭐ The best thing about this book is that it brings stuttering to light. But this is a lesson book, and the story is more about the lesson than the entertainment. It works fine for what it is, but it would not be a book I recommend over and over again.

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Shoo! | Susie Bower
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
I absolutely loved this book. It could be a new story time favorite. Miss Golightly does not like animals in her garden in her house anywhere, and she keeps telling them to shoo! However, when she‘s had a week of complete quiet and no visitors she realizes she might have liked them a little more than she thought. The artwork is spot on it enhances the feeling of the story and all around it‘s a sprightly rhyming cadenced great read.

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4 ⭐ This is a new book in the DC universe for younger readers, in this case YA. Zatanna comes from a magical family. Her father is a world-renowned illusionist and her mother his sidekick. Her family has always wanted her to go into the family business, but she has absolutely no desire. One of her best friends however would love to take her place. It‘s the summer before senior year and it‘s meant to be spent at Coney Island, on the beach,

LibrarianRyan and with her friends. But it‘ll be dangerous, dark, and a bit magical, when Zatanna learns she‘s not who she always thought she was. This was an interesting story and I wonder if it is a new character or a preexisting one? Either way I thoroughly enjoyed it. The art is fantastic, the color amazing, and overall, a joy to read. I need volume to right now. 2w
ShelleyBooksie Thank you for this review. My daughter will love this. 2w
LibrarianRyan @ShelleyBooksie yes I. Think she will, 2w
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5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I LOVED THIS SERIES! The ending was so good. The kids are back at Grace Field House. After book 19 they had taken over almost anything, but Peter Ratari was still left. Now it was time for his defeat. But should he die? Moral questions abound in this series, and I loved how the character Emma was always the moral compass. She could find if not the good in everyone, the reason for people to be the way they are ⬇

LibrarianRyan and how that influences their actions. And it is this special sight that helps the series wrap un in such an exciting, hopeful and loving way. I am a bit sad to part ways with this crew after 3 months and 20 books. It has been a long but wonderful ride. Now I just have to see the anime. I have heard it‘s fantastic. I hope it lives up to the books, because this series was wonderful. 3w
ShelleyBooksie What age group is this targeted for? Wondering if my kiddo (11) could read. She has just discovered manga 3w
LibrarianRyan @ShelleyBooksie it is really violent. And rated OT or T+. Now I would let my nephew read it but I‘m incredibly liberal. And their mother lets him watch worse. So if they do not like horror it might be too much. It looks fun and cute from the cover but is actually violent and semi gory. It‘s about humans being food sources for demons (monsters). 3w
Christyco125 Those stinking covers get me all the time. It‘s almost the cuter and fuzzier the cover the more horrific the story. My 13 year old had to school me on where to find the age ratings. 3w
LibrarianRyan Yeah I bought it for another‘s littens 9 year old daughter because I thought it was a Peter Pan retelling. Oops. 3w
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4.5 ⭐ Wow! Just wow. So much action. Warning, there are lots of kids with guns, and using them in this book. It is not all monster gore and blood. Now on to the story. This is the penultimate book. It is time to start wrapping things up. In the last book all the hierarchy was dead. The queen, dead. The royal houses, dead, many of the monsters dead. But turns out someone we thought dead over 7 books ago, not so dead. ⬇

LibrarianRyan And they become the voice of the monsters, creating a new power kingdom that will do wonderful things for the world. But the Kids are still in danger. One more book to wrap up and I can not wait. This book was full action from page one, and it flew by. 3w
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4 ⭐ The queen survives book 17 to pop back and create trouble in 18. But killing her and the remaining demons will not be easy. But should they be killed? Do they have any redeeming qualities? Plus, what about the Evil Blooded ones. We finally find out who they are, and why they travel alone. This edition was exciting, while being bloody and gory. But it also still just drags the story on.

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4 ⭐ It‘s all out war. Norman‘s plan is in action. Emma and Ray are trying to get back after a promise was made. Their goal is to Stop Norman from killing all the demons. But in the meantime, the demon war has begun, and Norman‘s plan to stay safe while the demons perish is pretty cleaver. This edition was fast paced and a quick read. There are only 3 books left in the series, so I am not quite sure where it is headed next

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I have so much union stuff and other to do this weekend. I hope to get reading time in because i need it. Too many overdue library books.

Simple readathon for those who like them.

Hosted by @andrew65

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1. SciFi or Fantasy
2. Not very often
3. True Confessions of Charlote Doyle by Avi

@Moonwitch94 #thoughtfulthursday.

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Go Hunt Me | Kelly Devos
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I am ready to MASH the competition as part of team #TeamMonsterMash for this years #Screamathlon2022.

I remember taking all my friends see IwaV for my 16th birthday. Man I feel old. But I loved it then, and i am down to rewatch anytime. Plus the new show. And I already put a copy of the tagged book in my cart to order when #AllHallowsRead matchs are sent out.

I plan to win this year! @Staycurious

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Dark Harvest | Norman Partridge
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4⭐
Ya know how sometimes a book gives you exactly what you want when you see the cover? Yes, Dark Harvest did that for me. Originally published in 2006, this book has been on my TBR for years because of how much the cover makes me think Evil Wizard of Oz Story. If you didn‘t know, Jack Pumpkinhead shows up in the second book and the second movie of the Wizard Of Oz stories. His pumpkin head sits on top of his stick boy, and has magical life.

LibrarianRyan When I see the cover for Dark Harvest my mind says Jack Pumpkinhead is burning and I have to know what is going on. This cover designer did an amazing job.

No on to the story. It‘s Halloween night (sing if you must), and The RUN is about to commence. It‘s 1963, and for decades Old Boy (sometimes called Ol‘ Hacksaw, or Sawtooh Jack) arises from his cornfields, armed and ready for murder.

Pete McCormick has been held as a type of hostage for
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LibrarianRyan for the last 5 days. While provided water, he was otherwise starved. Many of the kids in town suffered this same fate. On Halloween night they are released and the hunt or the run begins. One of these boys, aged 16-18, will be the winner. Defeat the October Boy and a life out of the small corn town is possible. Your family will be taken care of: given new cars, homes, money. What ever is needed. But the spoils only go to the victor. 4w
LibrarianRyan October Boy has some trick up his sleeve as well. Ol‘ Hacksaw drops Bit O‘Honey candy those starving boys love. But he is not just a rabbit to be chased. The October Boy is also a killer, after all it is a kill or be killed world.

This book is full of all the things that make a horror novel a frightful read. There is blood, there is gore, there is abuse and assault. It is all in there. I do not think it‘s extremely graphic but to some it
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LibrarianRyan it may be. But it is done in such a poetic way. Once started the reader needs to see the run to the finish line.

I enjoyed this book. It could become a staple of Halloween, and the prospect of the movie that is out in September 2023, just adds to the anticipation. This story would work amazingly in film, and I can‘t wait to see if the film is as compelling as the novel. The run has started, do you think you could beat the October Boy?
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Reggie The part where he goes back to his old house and has all those memories with his family…😭. I really liked this book. 4w
LibrarianRyan @Reggie YES!!!! I was just wowed. So much in so little space. All of it. 4w
sprainedbrain Loved this one! 4w
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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4 ⭐ (really late in posting this. I forgot).

Traveling down a dark road one night, Ivy and her boyfriend are confronted by a naked woman, standing where she should not. Avoiding the woman meant hitting the tree and getting a bit bruised and battered. It also starts a mystery that has been playing out longer than Ivy knows.

LibrarianRyan Ivy and her mom are not the closest. Ivy often fells like a third wheel between her mom and her mom‘s best friend, and this recent accident and other things just expands that gap more. However, this is a dual story, told in the now time from Ivy‘s perspective in suburban America. The other side of the story is from mom‘s perspective at the same age as her daughter in 1990‘s Chicago.

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LibrarianRyan This story is a thrilling mystery with a magical streak. Magic dark and light are the thread that sews together this story of family connections, family togetherness and family safety. If one is a fan of Practical Magic or other Alice Hoffman magic books, they are sure to enjoy this tale. It is dark, atmospheric, and completely engrossing. Once started this book will be hard to put down as the reader not only needs to know what happens next bu 4w
LibrarianRyan but also have their “who done it” theories slashed into pieces.

While not a tale of horror, this book is a witchy treasure perfect for long cozy nights. It has intrigue, it has heart, it has small bouts of scariness. So beware, dead animals are present, and so is underage drinking and crashes associated with that action.

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Endowarrior21 I missed it 😔 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Endowarrior21 I‘m sorry. I did a pretty quick turn around. I‘ll try another in the spring if this one goes alright 1mo
Deblovestoread Got mine but changed my handle from kdgordon88 to Deblovestoread 😊 1mo
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LibrarianRyan Crap. I forgot to change it. I‘ll let your match know. 1mo
Avanders 💃🏽🕺🏿💃🏽 Got it! 1mo
Readergrrl Received!! 4w
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An Alphabet of Rotten Kids! | David Elliott, Oscar De Mejo
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1. Dragonology

2. Jude Deveraux

3. Dark Crystal

4. Disturbed

5. Don't You Forget About Me! or Devil went Down to Georgia

@cbee #Manicmonday

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Dumbo | Helen Aberson
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Elemer by David McGee

P. D. Eastman (he helped me find my mother 😁)

Earth 2 (I liked this)

Eurythmics - I like some sweet dreams!

Elephants on Parade (hence the tag. This has been running through my head all day!)

@cBee #manicmonday

kspenmoll I used the Eurythmics too! 1mo
CBee I see what ya did there with Eastman 😂😂 1mo
RamsFan1963 You're probably one of the few people who remember Earth 2. I thought the show had a lot of potential, but was cancelled before it really got going. 1mo
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1. Grey and Acid Green
2. Fruity (Highly alergic to flower scents and vanilla
3. Toooo hard! Worst Witch??? LWW
4. I just got the Disney Villans set!
5. Neither
6. Either
7. NONE!!!!! Allergies!!!
8. the permission to be scared in a fun way.

#basicwitchswap @sprainedbrain

DGRachel The Disney Villains cards are AWESOME! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @DGRachel I know right! I have not had much time to look at them but I like what i have seen so far. 1mo
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Would You Rather: A Novel | Allison Ashley
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1. dragon or pet ghost dog
2. Yikes!! Clown in a cornfield, or It's the Great Pumpkin CB
3. I yell!
4. Monster Mash
5. Scream!

#HauntedHallowSwap @wanderinglynn

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Would You Rather... | John Burningham
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I know I‘m late pasting but better late then never. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Zoes_Human Cute layout! I love it ❤️ 1mo
Kenyazero This looks great! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Zoes_Human @Kenyazero it‘s one of the few times something in my head came out right on paper. 1mo
Kimberlone Looks great! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Never too late to BookSpin and I always love your creative spreads!! 1mo
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