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Joined April 2022

here we simp for hot, morally grey antiheros without fear of judgement //check us out on twt and ig @sept_scribbles
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Unnatural Ends | Christopher Huang
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I quite literally cleared my entire evening to finish this book. And I have 4 projects due tomorrow.

The twists and turns in this novel are unparalleled, and I especially enjoyed reading how the various subplots tied into the big picture. There are no 2D characters, and the aura of suspicion makes it all the better.

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Foul Lady Fortune | Chloe Gong

lyn and i have been declined for an eArc on netgalley for flf, but i've heard from the tvd/ove/chloe gong discord that the book ends with silas wanting a nap and being super tired. SO. there's such a good chance that phoebe x silas is a thing right? what if they got together in flf, but something happened and silas is exhausted because they got in a fight and he was just trying to protect her. SO MANY THEORIES AKFJNSF

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“I didn‘t know you had such a praise kink.”

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Britt Hanson, the MC, was entertaining to read about, but it felt like everything she did or didn't do revolved around soccer. As the story progresses, we learn more about why soccer is so important to Britt, beyond the UCLA scholarship she could've received. Beyond the character developments, the slow-burn romance was impeccable, considering the dynamic wasn't focused on just attraction. It's a great read if you like a lighthearted rom-com.

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A love story between a Tokyo princess and her bodyguard? I loved Izumi's self-discovery adventure throughout this novel, especially because she wasn't only focused on her feelings for Akio. In America, Izumi isn't American enough, but in Japan, she isn't Asian enough. But this was such a fun story to read. The chaos that Izumi got herself into kept me hanging with every page, and the final few chapters about Akio had me stressed beyond relief.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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Lovely War had so many intricate details about the history of WWI that I felt like I was reading half a romance novel, half a history textbook (which I don't mind). Each of the four characters lost something throughout the course of the novel, but they persisted until their happily-ever-afters. The ending between Aphrodite and Hephaestus was also- *chef's kiss.* It was a new perspective on Aphrodite being anything but the meddling love goddess.

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Eversion | Alastair Reynolds
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A mind-bending, makes-you-question-reality, unique novel featuring multi-dimensional characters and a fascinating storyline. The ending ties up the story nicely, and there's no worthless filler. Can be confusing at the very beginning, especially when the timelines are just introduced, but everything smooths out by halfway through the book.

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Foul Lady Fortune | Chloe Gong

FOUL LADY FORTUNE IS AVAILABLE FOR REQUEST ON NETGALLEY!!!!!

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Ricochet | Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
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We love character development!!!!!! *insert smiling but crying* Also, we finally get to meet Daisy better, and her dynamic with Ryke is amazing. Ryke-Daisy and Rose-Connor's easy banter lifted the mood in this book a lot, considering Lo's in rehab and Lily's struggling from abstaining sex, but still, this book was super good!!

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Booked on a Feeling was a really cute, friends-to-lovers romance, and it's enjoyable that most of the story involved working on revamping a bookstore. It's more appealing than having two friends hang out over a break, having them compete in a contest together or what not. But what's romance without pining? Watching Lizzy and Jack misinterpret each other's actions and delay their inevitable love was truly painful, but it definitely had me hooked.

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How We Fall Apart | Katie Zhao
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Nancy as a morally gray protagonist was everything. Not every main character is supposed to be a hero, and it's refreshing to have Nancy not stereotyped as a “hero“ or whatnot. Also, I don't get why some people are saying that it's a remake of One of Us is Lying. The only similarity I see is a murder mystery at school, so seriously, read How We Fall Apart without comparing it to other books. HWFA was an amazing debut book and deserves everything.

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How We Fall Apart | Katie Zhao

“A kid at our school died, and my parents‘ biggest concern is my calc grade. Smh —Anon”

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How We Fall Apart | Katie Zhao

““Two secrets down, two to go. Fess up or get messed up.““

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Addicted to You | Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
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Addicted to You's plot is entirely new and different from the other ya/na romance books I've read. The concept is beyond interesting, and it brings attention to what people struggling with addictions go through. Not only that, as a reader, you can see how toxic Lily and Lo's relationship is, even though they built it with good intentions, and personally, it was a relief when they decided to help themselves in order to be with each other.

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Ignite Me | Tahereh Mafi
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Following the aftermath of Unravel Me, Juliette is starting to become her own person and understand to accept herself. I loved seeing how Juliette's dynamic/relationship with Adam, Warner, and Kenji changed, and I was glad to see flaws brought up for certain characters. It gave them more depth. Ignite Me also didn't only focus on the love triangle. Other relationships were discussed, which includes Kenji, Castle, and James. 5/5 recommendation!!

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Unravel Me | Tahereh Mafi
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Unravel Me follows the events of Juliette's escape from the Reestablishment to Omega Point - the headquarters where people have special gifts like Juliette. One of my favorite parts is the way some sections are formatted. Sometimes the words are crossed out, which made me feel like I was reading Juliette's notebook rather than her point of view. I genuinely had to put the book down several times to walk because I was too invested in [redacted].

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a retelling of the famous Beauty and the Beast, following teenager Harper Lacy. The first sentence/line was amazing: “There is blood under my fingernails. I wonder how many of my people I've killed this time.“ Then, there were so many decisions that I was screaming at, which kept me hooked the entire time. In case I can't say character names, the villain is one of my favorite characters apart from Rhen, Z*, and Fr***.

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Foul Lady Fortune | Chloe Gong
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neither lyn nor i have read flf, apart from the snippets miss chloe has shared on her twitter and the extended excerpt on simonteen, so this is spoiler-free!!
- 🌹lili🌹

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