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living_for_literature

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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I'm not super intro thrillers but I really enjoyed this one. I didn't see some of the plot twists, and the ending left me reeling. I loved how all the characters were connected in ways you couldn't imagine.

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Very informative. Long-winded, reads like a Victor Hugo novel--but shares a lot of historical facts and inspires wanderlust. It can get confusing on who's perspective you're reading when there's stories within stories within letters.

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The Ancestor | Danielle Trussoni
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I'm new to the horror genre, and while I appreciaed the aesthetics, I found parts of the plot to be either unbelivable or disrespectful/problematic. Ex. Why did Luca leave in the first place? and how did they have a non-pregnant woman lactate? I don't have enough word count to go into the rest I found just...wild.

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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I don't know why so many people hated this book--I loved it. It had all the elements of a good dytopia with some major plot twists. I didn't like the love triangle though, bleh. Love quadrant? Speaking of which, Kilorn is totally Gale. Anyway, can't wait to read the next book.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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I will always pick up a book with the fake dating trope. This book made me cringe so hard at all the decisions the character made but even suffering from secondhand embarassment I wanted to read more. I love seeing characters slowly peeling away at each other until they know each other. I love banter. I hate problems that could be solved with SIMPLE COMMUNICATION COME ON. Anyway, I liked this book. Four stars.

shanaqui Oh dear, I'm worried about the second-hand embarrassment thing... I cringe easily... 3mo
living_for_literature @shanaqui I cringed so much haha but it made it enjoyable in a way 2mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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My word count allowance is to short to express how much I loved this cute, fun, and somewhat steamy queer romance. Alex and Henry are everything to me now and I loved the love quotes they sent in their emails, and I love the hope for a better world and all the complex characters.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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I loved this book! So many plot twists, with clever foreshadowing that I can see when I look back. Amazing, dynamic characters. Lessons on fate and forgiveness. Just amazing all around.

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The Existence of Amy | Lana Grace Riva
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I thought Riva did a phenomenal job and conveying the struggle of mental illness in a way that could also be relatable to those with similar struggles.
Despite these great points about the book, I found I just personally wasn‘t a big fan of the writing style: often choppy and a bit jarring to read. Plus, it seemed there was much more “tell” than “show.”

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This YA LGBTQ+ contemporary romance was so cute. The storyline in some ways seemed reminiscent of Prom (the musical)–I mean, a gay Indiana teen being ostracized because of prom things? In other ways, the novel reminded me of my own conservative midwestern town with powderpuff football games and tall cornfields. Liz as she tries to balance everything, complete with drama at each event. I thought it was also predictable but lovely.

GondorGirl I agree this one was predictable, but charming! It was nice to read about a LGBTQ+ PoC character in a YA romance though. 🧡 4mo
living_for_literature Yes! I loved all the representation! Very important and a needed novel! 4mo
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Hope and love. The very fact that love could exist in such a place as Auschwitz shows that there can be a glimmer of light in the darkest of times. The hope and the love–that‘s how these people survived.
I greatly admired Lale. He never gave up on trying to help others. He risked so much to help other prisoners within the camp. One recurring quote in the book really stuck with me: “Save the one, save the world.”

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I really liked the book. I was really drawn in with the descriptive writing and the well-researched “news articles.” I loved seeing the different perspectives and the way everyone‘s lives were connected. I loved seeing how there could be hope even in the most despairing of times.
My main issue was how jumpy it could be between the povs. I think it would have been better to divide them between chapters. I also wasn‘t too fond of the ending.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I might not be smart enough for this book! I appreciated the religious and perhaps even mythological symbolism but I'm sure there were metaphors and themes I didn't pick up on. It's a quick read, and a thought-provoking one, but not for every reader. Certainly not an escapism read.

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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I couldn‘t care less about how pretty Celeana was but the characters would ramble on about it. I also was a bit tired with the love triangle–especially because I already knew who I was rooting for and I predict they‘ll be together by the end of the series.

I still really enjoyed the read and I got more into it the further I read. The narrative really raises the question of morality. I loved the characters and worldbuilding.

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I really enjoyed this novel. It was very suspenseful at times but fun at others. While I love the 80s, I do think the nostalgia and references were a bit too much at times. The characters were also super cringey but I found that endearing, showing that even society‘s “losers” can be heroes. I also loved the theme of taking down monopolies and big corporations, almost as if it was directed at Jeff Bezos. 🤣

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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The chapters were short, and to the point. It was easy-to-read, as a middle grade book should be, but slam-packed with emotion. As I was expecting, Ness packed a punch in short sentences that a thirteen year old boy would use, which still made me feel all the emotions. The metaphors of the monsters really made sense, too. There are even some actions that caused me to wonder if the monsters were real–or were they in Connor‘s head.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I really adored Patroclus and how he always tried to do the right thing. Meanwhile, Achilles became too focused on his own glory that he sometimes lost his way. Patroclus was like his moral compass. I adored the writing style. I actually think The Song of Achilles was better than Circe. TSOA felt more personal and relational.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is I think it should have ended sooner than it did.

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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I was initially drawn into this book by the writing style. It was so descriptive and insightful. The setting was beautiful.

I was also so invested in the relationship between Lira and Elian. Their banter gave me life. Which is probably why I also loved the side characters so much.

. I thought the ending–betrayal to forgiveness and that sort of thing–happened way too quickly. I‘d think the characters would need more time to process everything.

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The writing style was captivating from the get-go. What I loved most about this book was how important the themes are–especially around sexuality. While I do in some part mean LGBT rights, I also mean how society pushes to either sexualize or desexualize women.
I also loved how the characters in it weren‘t completely good or bad. Evelyn Hugo wasn‘t the most likable character. She was self-centered and manipulative–yet capable of compassion.

kspenmoll This was such an enthralling read! Plus I live your sweater!!! 6mo
living_for_literature Thank you! 6mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I really liked the character development of Circe. She starts out as a shy little girl who wants to please everyone, desperate for approval. Later, she becomes hardened and bitter, hating everyone. As Circe learns, both these ways of living are not viable for a good life.
The writing style flowed well, almost poetically. The book, in my opinion, started out slow, but I later was enthralled in the story.

BkClubCare The audiobook is well done, too 7mo
living_for_literature I saw the audiobook also won an award! 7mo
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I‘d give this book three stars. It probably deserves more, but I couldn‘t deal with how sad this book was! It was a tear-jerker from page one. I think the pacing could have been better.
That being said, the descriptions and writing style in this book was beautiful.

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I liked the positive message that every life is worth living. I also love the idea of parallel universes and the foreshadowing of Nora working at String Theory.
However, the beginning of the book was a little slow and very depressing. In fact, a lot of the book is sad with little comic relief. I‘m also confused how some of the switching into lives works: where does the other Nora go when she takes over their life?

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A Vow So Bold and Deadly | Brigid Kemmerer
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What I like here is there is a theme of fear and how fear controls the actions of people. The book explores how fear can ruin us and how we can conquer fear. As well as how we can forgive those who have acted in fear.
However, SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH SKIP AHEAD. Brigid Kemmerer included my least favorite trope, the trope that most people hate. She had to make one of the characters pregnant.

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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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. It was the racism and sexism so potent in every page, an appalling prejudice even for the time it was written. The idea of the book sounds so appealing. But that‘s until you find out the road trips are just a means to get drugs, booze, and sex despite them having wives back at home. What was even more disgusting was how the character Dean would ogle and try to get with girls as young as 13.
The only characters I had sympathy for were the women.

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What I did like was the unique way the book was presented: different chapters had drawings, diagrams, emails, and journal entries making the book mixed-media.
However, that‘s where what I like stops. I felt the plot was way too slow. For much of the book, nothing happens. Then, when stuff does happen, the biggest plot flaw is how in the world do these two teenagers get money??? Plus, the romance was very insta-love.

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I absolutely loved this book. I read it slower because I went on vacation last week, and my days were so busy with activities, but whenever I could I grabbed the book and tried to read even a snippet at a time. It became addictive. So much so that I don‘t know how I‘ll be able to wait for the publication of its sequel.

Also I love Sel.

BookishMarginalia Lovely pic! 10mo
living_for_literature Thank you! 10mo
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Cinderella Is Dead | Kalynn Bayron
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I really, really liked this book, but I am always a sucker for fairytale retellings. The chapters went by fast. I love the representation, action, and plot twists.
What I didn‘t like as much was how the main character acted sometimes. This isn‘t necessarily a flaw to the book, as Sophia was always consistent in her character, but she still struck me as selfish sometimes.
I also thought the romance in the book was too insta-lovey.

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The Gilded Ones | Namina Forna
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The worldbuilding was fantastic. Namina really captured how the different cultures within the world interacted. An overall theme of the book was religion and this religion was very thought out.
I was disappointed with the writing style and pacing of the novel. The writing itself seemed too simplistic. In addition, the pacing was fast.
Plus, Keita was just too perfect to seem like a real character.

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I loved the theme of accepting the good and bad parts of yourself. The writing was so much better than the original trilogy. And I was excited to see Nina again.
Overall, I feel like we didn‘t get enough time with the characters. I also didn‘t like the way the plot was going towards the end. Without spoilers, all I will say is that they are calling to something in the original trilogy instead of bringing in a unique roadblock. .

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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So many chapters left me gripping the cover because I thought the characters were done for. the story looks through multiple perspectives so you always see limited knowledge of the job and events going on before jumping to someone with the other puzzle piece. The characters‘ banter with each other was on par. But don‘t get me wrong–I also cried at the book.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Usually, I‘m not too into heist stories but this book was amazing. The story shifted between five points of views but because it was between chapters that were clearly marked, I didn‘t find it confusing and actually appreciated the chance to get to know each person‘s story and background. Each character had their own gifts, beliefs, and backstory, as well as flaws that caused disaster throughout the novel. The dynamic was perfect.

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The final battle spans over almost the entire book, at least 260 out of 360 pages.
Also, I lived for Percy‘s and Annabeth‘s relationship in this.
I loved the theme of people being both good and bad. There were those who betrayed the Camp, and yet still saved the day.
I thought that Clarisse was kind of done dirty in this book. For most of the book, she‘s away, refusing to fight because of a silly disagreement.

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I found Ruin and Rising to be the most well-written of the trilogy. If you‘ve read my other reviews, you know I haven‘t been a big fan of this series. I found it slowly paced and, worse, the main characters–Alina and Mal–to be plain annoying. Yet in this third book there was definitely growth and redemption. I loved seeing depth to the side characters more, too. We learn more about those who stayed with Alina.

Sharv_Sona I can‘t agree more! 11mo
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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Shusterman is such a brilliant storyteller, how he‘s able to weave many characters‘ lives together. I want to give this book five stars for it‘s absolute brilliance. However, I have to knock a star out.

Mostly because I felt that this book had just too much to fit in. I think the storyline would have fit better over a longer series. The first two books span about a year, and then around four years take place in the third book.

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I love the character development and their relationships with each other. There is definitely a hint of romantic tension between Annabeth and Percy. We get to see Grover shoulder more responsibility in his search for Pan and he grows up a little more. We also see Nico grow beyond his years as he shoulders the burden of grief and loneliness. Riordan throws these characters together–along with a lovable cyclops–and creates a unique dynamic.

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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The first half of Siege and Storm was slow-going, particularly before we meet Nikolai. Alina is still annoying and whiny throughout the book. However, now the plot has higher stakes, involving political intrigue and an epic battle, and I am for it.

As much as I love Nikolai, I hate Mal. Alina, annoying as she is, is going through so much and I can feel a stroke of sympathy for her when Mal demand her to care for his fragile ego, too.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I thought the worldbuilding was amazing. Especially the explanation of the Grisha magic, or as they call it, the “small science.” I loved how there was scientific explanations for each elemental power.
As a whole, the plot felt rushed or the pacing was off. The learning of powers and the romance that develops in this book was rushed, as if there was a sudden change of feelings with no explanation or warm up.

BooksChocolatesCoffees Just finished it today and LOVED it! Was really surprised when the Darkling twist came. I kinda wanted Alina to end up with him. I also thought Mal had the chance with Alina but did nothing for it. After the book finished, I thought I was coming around Mal. 11mo
living_for_literature I‘m glad you loved it! I think throughout the series Mal has its ups and downs! 11mo
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The Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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OH MY GOSH. This series. This might be my new favorite series, or at least one of them. It destroyed me, but in a good way.

This final book was action-packed from the get-go and took so many surprising twists. . I loved seeing the character development over the series. I think a huge emphasis on this last book was on family and what it means to be part of one.

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I actually think this book is my favorite so far of the series. It was fun, and though I think there was a slow beginning with a lot of new information, there were plenty of action sequences to make up for it. There is a lot at stake, and we dive deeper into the characters. What I really enjoyed was that because the characters are getting older there are some deeper themes. I loved seeing the characters‘ reactions showing how they have grown.

BooksChocolatesCoffees This is my least favorite book out of this series, actually. I love it but something seemed off in this book and I also didn't like Thalia purely because I was really sympathetic towards Percy as he feels everyone have suddenly forgotten his glory and literally idolized Thaila. 11mo
living_for_literature @BooksChocolatesCoffees oh I‘m not a big fan of Thalia but I loved Zoey! I think that‘s why I liked it the most 11mo
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REBECCA | Daphne du Maurier's
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Some parts of the book had me gripping the spine, there were also parts that were so boring it was hard not to skip ahead.
I also disliked how the novel started in the future, letting the whole story be one big flashback.
Based on all of this–the problematic characters, the purple prose, the creepy dialogue, the gripping plot twists, the beautiful setting, and the beautiful ending, I would have to give Rebecca three stars out of five.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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I found The Wicked King to be a thrilling read full of twists and turns. It even made me cry and so few books these days do that. I think this sequel might surpass my rating of the first one as thrilling as it was. Though, admittedly, I did find the first one hundred pages to be a bit slow as it delved more into the world of politics and less in the way of action and romance until about halfway through the book.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I love that there were so many plot twists and reveals I didn‘t see coming. I loved that Jude was bloodthirsty and unapologetic about it. I loved the complicated family dynamics. I love Cardan‘s sarcastic comments towards the end of the book.
I didn‘t like how the epilogue ended. It felt too abrupt and made it seem like Jude was selfish, only craving power.
5/5 stars!!

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 8mo
living_for_literature Thank you! 8mo
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