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mariaku21

Joined July 2017

when not adulting, I've got my nose stuck in a book. Find me: https://linktr.ee/mariakureads
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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
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Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
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The Search for Synergy | Brett Salter
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I was promised portals and dragons and the author delivered on both! A but of a slow start but after a few pages, I was totally entertained. Pretty good start of a new series.

Big thanks to Brett Salter for this fun middle grade read.

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This time around it seems that she has something that is wanted by a mysterious fae who will do anything to get it, including hurting people that Mercy loves. On top of that, Mercy is still struggling with her feelings towards Adam and the pack from the last book, giving her something else to think about.⁠

Like I said, trouble loves Mercy.⁠
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#21in2021 #fromthetbr

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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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I had more moments that I was rewinding because something would happen that I just needed to pause my work but what a good story. Gailey created characters that I cared about and by the first chapter I was hooked. This was such an interesting take on a western.

My only complaint is how quick this really was and that it ended too soon but it was a great listen.

#popsugarreadingchallenge #ReadingWomenChallenge

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Solid 3.5 read
Zitkála-Sá writes with such poignant honesty, poetically highlighting her heritage. It's both a memoir and yet poetry to read.⁠

Reading her work has me interested in learning more about her, her body of writing, and her position within and out of her tribe and in general more indigenous authors.⁠
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#popsugarreadingchallenge

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I'm a fan of Acevedo's work, listening to her narrate her work along with Melania Luisa Marte, this was taken to another level.⁠

Each one brought out the emotion in each chapter, and with each character owning a chapter at a time, even overlapping. And I do mean literally overlapping as Acevedo and Marte had stanzas in which they matched breathe and tone. ⁠

#popsugardreadingchallenge #readingwomenchallenge

GondorGirl I agree! She's an amazing writer, and her audiobooks are absolute perfection. 2mo
mariaku21 @GondorGirl I've only ever heard the audiobooks so I have no idea how it reads but she's one of those authors that I will always listen to 😍 2mo
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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop | Marvel Worldwide, Incorporated
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Kate Bishop is back in the hot seat in this volume, and it got me thinking"aww, no" at different moments throughout the volume.

I still love Kate; her whip-smart answers, eye on the prize attitude, and love of purple keep me coming back. Not to mention all the unanswered questions this one brought up! Got to find the next volume at the library!

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El laberinto del fauno | Cornelia Funke, Guillermo Del Toro
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I can't believe how easily I was sucked back into this world of Guillermo del Toro's thanks to the voice narration of Luis Avila!!

He captured the wonder and magic of the film that I loved so much!
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#popsugarreadingchallenge

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Can I just say I love the first person POV for this comic? It just works for the inner monologue that is Kate Bishop, and it had me laughing.

The art style and writing is almost as good as when I read Clint's series, which I also enjoyed. The guest appearance of Jessica Jones was a surprise and a treat.

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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy
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I walked into this knowing the little that I knew from the Netflix adaptation but the book was definitely better.

Once I got into reading this and having Willowdean in my head, I stayed way past what I should have to finish it because there is definitely more to this book than the tiaras and pageants. She is such a voice, aware of herself and her shortcomings, loves with all her heart, and like many wonders where she fits in the world.

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I knew of Thunberg but I had never heard a full speech, so it was nice to have them collected.

I read a speech a day so while it did get a bit repetitive, it's also driving the facts that difference needs to happen and now more than ever. Not only that but to trust the science, believe in the knowledge that they are presenting and to make these changes both locally and globally.

#readingwomenchallenge

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Anne of the Island (Special Collector's) | Lucy Maud Montgomery, L M Montgomery
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All are off to college or starting jobs, and there is that everyday humdrum of that in this book which was a nice change of pace between Anne's interactions with everyone. Not to mention the new introductions of characters that round out this book's cast.

But I'm not going to lie. I came into this with the full intent of more Anne x Gilbert and I got it.
Thanks to @SerialReader for having this one available.

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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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This book covers not just racism, and sexism, but how the healthcare system is a failure for women of color, most noticeably black women as well as sexual themes and misconceptions of women, in a way that not only I related to but in some cases had first hand experience in, while in others have heard about from other women. It's a read that gave me a lot to think about.

#readingwomenchallenge #readharder

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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This was a hard book to rate because it's rating an author's life and memories.

Here is a memoir that depicts all for the murky grey that people can be. This was angry and had every right to be and in that anger, there was a glimmer of something burning brighter.

......

#popsugarreading #readingwomanchallenge #readharder

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This was a hard book - not to finish but to start and accept it as a realistic fiction since it covers so many realistic triggers and sometimes with so much emotion that it felt honest and real.

It's a powerful story of a mother and daughter, alternating between their viewpoints to highlight their dynamic and the world around them as it weaves between a mother's past and her daughters present to tell their story.

GondorGirl Her first book destroyed me. I definitely be picking this one up. 4mo
mariaku21 @GondorGirl this was my first time reading her but I can see it. She's got a way with words 4mo
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The Roommate | Rosie Danan
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Rosie Danan where have you been hiding?!?

This was fantastic! the sheer back and forth of the dialogue got me the minute that Clara and Josh met! That first meet-cute that developed into friends into more, read as a natural progression of strangers to friends, to crushing and oh man you had me. You had me!
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#popsugarreading

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Sulwe | Lupita Nyong'o
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This was a better than adorable picture book talking about the beauty of our differences and how regardless of color, each person brings something unique that only they can.

Each person is beautiful for who they are, beyond skin color.

Totally recommend to all readers.. I don't care that the recommended was 4-8 or something like that because this was good.
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#popsugarreadingchallenge

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White Nights | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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In under 100 pages, Dostoyevsky gives the reader a realistic view of a dreamer's whirlwind romance and heartbreak.⁠

What a whirlwind this one was. Literally talk about a sensation of whiplash. The nameless man upon seeing this sad women one night is instantly attached to her. Just such an instalove that I was like "wait... what?"⁠

Thanks to @SerialReader for having this one and my first Dostoyevsky read.


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Queen of Hearts | Colleen Oakes
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Another one down from the tbr!

It felt familiar and new and that was part of the fun and the intrigue. I loved the twists and turns that this went through, even if I did figure out some plot points before it happened, because of how much I was enjoying this. Oakes' take on wonderland was just as rich and detailed as I remember the original being and it took me back to that world.

#21in2021 #popsugarreading

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Sometimes re-reading a book more than once is needed and this is one of my favorites.⁠

I listened to the BBC Audio narrated by Janet Suzman and she read this with just enough emotion to convey the sentiments of the characters and the intent of the words. As Austen's oldest character in any story, Anne, by her account is portrayed in the past and present landscape and Suzman makes an excellent interpretation of reading her.⁠

ChaoticMissAdventures Persuasion is my favorite Austen! I have read it many times 😍 5mo
mariaku21 @ChaoticMissAdventures It's become my all time favorite the more I read it 😍 5mo
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I knew of just one poem from Blake and that's Tyger, thanks to an episode of Batman: The Animated Series 🦇 so I was psyched to find this collection on the @SerialReader app.

I loved the second half of the book compared to the first half. I just connected better with it and this has me looking for more of Blake's work.

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"If Beale Street Could Talk" is my first James Baldwin book; I was unaware of everything he captured. This could have easily been a book about today's current climate and not something that he had written in 1974 - 1974?!?

This won't be my last James Baldwin, just the first.

#readharder

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This new version narrated by Tatiana Maslany made a difference in tone. Maybe because I'm aware of Maslany and her range from "Orphan Black," but she could capture Katniss in a different way than the previous narrator - Her Katniss is stoic, full of rage, saddened, naïve, and young. Yet, hardened, damaged both physically and mentally. She's deadened by war & loss, and that is evident in her actions & in her way of compartmentalizing herself.

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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On every subsequent re-read, I enjoy this series but there was something different going on with Tatiana Maslany's narration that I love.

The way her voice catches, the sighs and small dips in her voice. The confusion of her emotions from the last games through this victory tour and into the Quarter Quell really echoes through Tatiana's voice and brings another dimension to the role.

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I've read this book three different times, and each time, I appreciated it differently.⁠

This last time around, I borrowed the special edition read by Tatiana Maslany, and I was utterly sucked back into district 12, among the dirt and turmoil as I had to listen to Maslany narrate this in Katniss' POV and she sounds exactly as I imagined Katniss would be.⁠

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Bone Crossed | Patricia Briggs
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How can trouble keep finding Mercy? Asking for a friend... Because I swear it was just a few pages in and trouble was in Mercy's living room, looking up at her. Mercy being who she is of course, needs to get to the bottom of it and figure out the situation in order to save who she cares for.

I love the first POV as Mercy has these great inner monologues and it really helps define her character and growth from book one to this one.

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Did you know that Pizza Hut has a book club for kids? That they can get pizza voucher for reading?!?

https://parade.com/1210379/lindsaylowe/pizza-hut-book-it-returns-summer-2021/?ut...

mariaku21 To be a kid...and get my certificate... 7mo
Mindyrecycles Yes both my kids were all in for this program. 7mo
Literary_Siren Back in my day it was called Book It and you got a button that you put stickers on. Pizza Hut collaborated with the schools in Kansas. 7mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I was fond of Book It - although I read way more books than needed to get the free pizza! 6mo
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The Complete Poems of Sappho | Willis Barnstone
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My first time reading Sappho and I'm more interested in the woman behind the few words collected here.⁠
This collection, while complete, is still not. These translated words are but pieces of what are larger poems or songs.

These are the remnants of what the world has left of Sappho and in between her words, there's a tenderness, a longing, a quietness that I don't find in today's modern poetry.⁠

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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I think that I had hyped this up in my head a lot from reading "Force of Nature" first so that's on me but I did like this one overall but I stand by that she has a way o f writing which is why I'm going to keep reading her books ❤⁠
#tbrreadingchallenge #ReadingWomanChallenge #popsugarreadingchallenge

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Strange Grace | Tessa Gratton
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A 3.5 read for me on this one but what a book.
As a whole this book has a lot of everything. There is so much to unpack and I'm not sure where to start...

Story wise, it's a lot of interweaving between different POVs, all bringing something different into the overall story while still managing to be heavy in it's tackling of different topics like friendships, love, family, and the differences between them.

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Midnight Thief | Livia Blackburne
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Kudos to the narrator, Bianca Amato, because of her tone as she read this hooked me. ⁠

Overall the story was ok. I liked some things and others that raised questions, but it felt like a lot was thrown together that didn't gel for me, but I am glad to have read it and knocked it out of my TBR.⁠

#tbrreadingchallenge #20in21readingchallenge

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I had never read anything by Tiffany Midge before, so I wasn't sure what to expect from these essays, but overall, I found the satire to be humorous and witty.

Some pieces were straightforward and quickly read as satire, while others were on the fence, taking a current event and adding a twist to work for the author's favor. Those were a hit or miss for me in this collection, but I will definitely be looking for Midge's work at my library.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. East Los Angeles, CA
2. Los Angeles, CA... Didn't go very far but lived a few different places before coming back
3. I'm #4 of 6
4. I think it was a collection of fairy tales, like a Little Golden Book type

#wondrouswednesdays @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 💕💕 8mo
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This time around in the reread, I saw Scout for the smart kid that she is, Finch for a man stuck between a rock and a hard place, Boo Radley for a man trying not to get get involved for fear of the very town he lives in, and the town for the diverse cast of characters in any neighborhood, some good, some bad, most unaware. ⁠

Still as relevant today as it was when it was I first read this way back when. ⁠

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I haven't read King Lear since high school so my memory is vague about the story so I went with this graphic adaptation for a re-read.⁠

I can see that Hinds kept the larger aspects of the bard's original story and adding in some additional context in his adaptation but trying to follow the dashes from character to speech bubbles became confusing and in a digital format didn't read as well as maybe a printed version could.⁠

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Aside from the fact that the artwork is still as stunning as the first volume with its rich details and use of colors, this volume flips between past and present, giving readers more of Maika's backstory as she is still on the hunt for the remaining pieces of the mask but with obstacles in her way, she may be hunting for more than she was bargaining for.⁠

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Maybe this was just me, but I felt that this volume gave me a new story arc?⁠

Not bad, but also wondering if there was a need to do so, considering but this volume gave me more questions rather than tackle some existing open-ended questions

Yeah, more questions...⁠

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Part memoir, part musings, part cookbook, I enjoyed the slow journey to learning more about Padma.
The book has a back and forth narrative as she jumps back and forth from childhood to adulthood and all of the in-between, creating a more personal narrative. Almost like she's having a conversation with the reader.

Definitely recommend this one in audio 🎧

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Much Ado about You | Eloisa James
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The things that keep me coming back to reading Eloisa James, like the dialogue and quick wit, were very present. I absolutely loved the hero, Lucius Felton - Gave me haughty vibes of the Mr. Darcy variety, which in reading the book, loved more than the heroine, Tess.

Nothing against Tess, but I just loved Felton more. 😍

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Lost Lake | Sarah Addison Allen
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I'm making this year the year I really tackle my TBR so here's book 1 of the 24 I'm attempting to get through.

This was a page-turner for me that I had to force myself to slow down and be able to see Lost Lake, it's inhabitants, and the ghosts on the water.⁠

#fromthetbr

Texreader I‘ve started this a couple of times but it failed to keep my attention. Glad to hear it‘s a good one. Encouragement for me to try again 8mo
mariaku21 @Texreader I struggled with the beginning but once I got past that, it was a page turner for me, plus it has this great sense of a found family. 8mo
Elizabeth2 I love Sarah Addison Allen! 8mo
mariaku21 @Elizabeth2 she's one of my go to authors! 8mo
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Iron Kissed | Patricia Briggs
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It's a real slow build up in the beginning but it builds really great once hell breaks loose and things start happening and the story really starts to come through as trouble comes looking for Mercy or maybe it's the other way around but either way it builds into some twists and turns that towards the end gave me some mixed feelings but I need to see how the fallout from this book changes Mercy so I'm off to read the next installment. ⁠

robinb I love this series! 8mo
mariaku21 @robinb So far I'm really enjoying it and hoping to catch up! 8mo
robinb @mariaku21 I love how they are each very unique and don‘t seem repetitive. 8mo
mariaku21 @robinb I've noticed that from the few I've read so far plus I do love her dynamic with Zee. 8mo
robinb @mariaku21 Yes, I ❤️ Zee. Such a wonderful group of secondary characters. 8mo
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There is an honesty in these poems that have made me sit back and think.⁠
Ponder Limón's words about myself, about choices and life situations.⁠

Ponder how words shape and give voice to varying emotions and ages and moments, creating stories and depending on how a reader reads them can be emotional.⁠

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This volume has so many new characters and is a bit slow as it's starting to set a different pace and story arc from what it looks like since Chise is back at school and, of course, Elias was to follow. I mean, otherwise, he'd be morose...

I have to see if the library has the next volume

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King's book took me across the years and presented Fred Rogers as a child, a teenager, a young man trying to find his way to a married man, to the Mr. Rogers I grew up with and every variation in between as well as the people in his life, the ups and downs and I got to learn a lot about Fred and his life in a way that I never knew.⁠

Even now, I'm tearing up thinking about this book. Good tears.⁠

Tomigirl44 Have you heard the podcast series about him? I think it‘s called Findjng Fred (2019?) - I loved it. 8mo
mariaku21 @Tomigirl44 I didn't! But now I know what to listen to next after my current podcast listens! Thank YOU!! 8mo
Tomigirl44 @mariahku21 Glad I could help! 😊 8mo
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I tried to like this one because I really enjoyed the prequels but the children are just so annoyingly vapid that I was just done with the son. His sense of entitlement, drives the story, but seriously I don't blame anyone for wanting to hit him while the daughter, not likable either, at least realizes a few things about herself so all in all I was entertained.⁠

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Not a bad conclusion to the last volume but I felt like I missed a few things, maybe a few single issues that touched back on the characters because I could have sworn this one felt rushed as is because while there was a resolution to the larger story, it feels like some of the smaller ones were left open -ended so I'm undecided if that's because there might be more later but overall I was left wanting more.⁠

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Each subsequent volume picks up right from the last I noticed. Considering the cliffhanger vol.8 ended with, I had to just jump into this one and so glad that I did.⁠
The relationship between Chise and Elias is ongoing and with Elias trying to figure out how best to help Chise, and Chise is thinking of making her own bargains with Cartaphilus in hope for more answers to who she is, there's so much that happened in this volume. ⁠

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The Breakbeat Poets Vol 4: Latinext | Willie Perdomo, Jose Olivarez, Felicia Chavez
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Some of these poems were lyrical with varying beats, others were strong in imagery, others created worlds that felt like my home and family, and considering the mix of Latinx poets, it was something I was hoping for, and they delivered.⁠

This collection has brought many of these voices to my attention, and I will be looking forward to finding some again.⁠

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Every volume has me shaking my head at Chise since that girl keeps finding new ways to endanger herself.⁠
..this latest volume... I think Chise really outdid herself. 100% outdid herself. She managed to stop the dragon's curse but in doing so she's managed to curse herself. Not to mention that a witches coven has an issued an invitation to Chise so yeah I think her middle name is trouble.

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I realized I skipped a review 🤣
I love the pacing of these volumes, it's slow but interesting as the author sets it up so that she can show the world and the characters within the lore of magical elements and fairy tales as this volume had more details about the sidhe and their world and how it works as Chise, being the great stubborn person that she is, finds herself in a situation that only the sidhe can help her with.

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Volume 7 picks up after the last volume with Ruth on the lookout for Chise, who went looking for Elias, as he left her in quite a rush as he's struggling to figure out all sorts of new feelings that have arisen since living with Chise - which for a mage like him, has been a lot. I really liken to Elias like a teenager you know?⁠