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Joined June 2017

There are mysteries worth solving and stories worth telling ~Sherlock
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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“This place gives much, but it takes much more.”
Stripping away the empathy. The pity. Piece by piece. Death by death.
“And what will be left in the end?”
Mia looked about the Sky Altar. The faces. The bloodstains. The shadows.
“Blades” she realized.
“Blades.”

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DARKDAWN. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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Usually the last book in a series risks to disappoint because of the great expectations that the reader has built. But this did not disappoint (except that maybe I would have liked even more blood and killing).

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Vicious | V E Schwab
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I read half of this book in less than one day, almost all in one sitting. I‘m totally in love with Victor, but also with Sidney and Mitch. The book is fast paced and easy to read and I love the mixture between magic and actual science.
P.S. I‘m not saying that I did it, but I might have added to my Amazon‘s shopping cart the Collector‘s Edition of this book…
P.P.S. Thanks to the Illuminae Files‘ naked covers for posing as Victor‘s blacked pages.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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I sort of know the story of Dracula (mostly the ending and, you know, the big revelation on the identity of the Count), but I don‘t know the details because Stoker was not an author I studied at school.
To be a lover of vampires, I lack the basis… Time to fix it!
Also, last year this month I was reading Frankenstein, I could really start a tradition of reading one “monstrous classic” per year.

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Capturing the Devil | Kerri Maniscalco
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Yesterday, I received (after a month, ‘thank you very much‘ Posts) my preorder of “Capturing the Devil”.
It was supposed to come with two dust jackets—the standard and the alternative—but I only received the alternative one because (somehow) the standard ones were finished.
At least, I was offered a partial refund to make it up for it.

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The Glittering Court | Richelle Mead
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What a dull book!
Fortunately, I hadn‘t already bought the sequels or I would have felt obliged to end the series.
I didn‘t like anything, nor the world-building, nor the characters, nor the writing. Horrible!

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Il Sognatore | Laini Taylor
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“You‘re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”

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La chimera di Praga | Laini Taylor
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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.

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Panpan

1.5-2 out of 5 stars.
I have so many problems with this book, but they all converge on how much I hated Radu and the setting.
I might have given 4 stars if it was set in an imaginary land, because it was nicely written and the two narrators were well characterized, but no, the author had to mess with history she doesn‘t know at all.
Considering other disappointments too, I‘m done with this author.

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The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I finished this book in a day and I loved everything!
Kady is an amazing character. Her love story with Ezra was cute and their chats were fun to read. However, my second favourite character is AIDAN.
I was worried the way the book is written would cause me some problems in the reading process, but I soon realized it wasn‘t true.
I saw the final revelation coming, but the rest was full of surprises.

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I started watching the Christmas special, I started crying… I turned it off. To me, this really is the end of the road: for various reasons, I‘m done with this show.
For the tears, the laughs, the feelings… thank you, Doctor. I let you go. 😢💙

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Sleep is good. And books are better.
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#georgerrmartin #cronachedelghiaccioedelfuoco

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Clockwork Prince | Cassandra Clare
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Once or twice [Alice] had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,‘ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?‘
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#lewiscarroll #alicesadventuresinwonderlandandthroughthelookingglass #alicesadventuresinwonderland #aliceinwonderland #throughthelookingglass

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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“To the people who look at the stars and wish.”
“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
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#SarahJMaas #Acomaf #ACourtofMistandFury #Bloomsbury #paperback

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“The rose‘s rarest essence lives in the thorns.“ Jalal al-Din Rumi
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#theroseandthedagger #reneeahdieh #larosadelcaliffo

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The Winner's Curse | Marie Rutkoski
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This book is a full three star (out of five). It‘s intriguing, overwhelming, endearing, but at the same time it misses that "something more" (example: the general idea for the world building was good, but the explainations are given through infodump and "as you know, Bob").
#thewinnerscurse #marierutkoski #ebook #ereader

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Charlotte's Web | E B White
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It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
Charlotte was both.
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#charlottesweb #lateladicarlotta #ebwhite #elwynbrookswhite
#childhoodstory #childhoodmemory #childhoodfaves

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