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Joined September 2016

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I really enjoyed the concept behind this book. The mythical details included were great and fit in naturally. I wanted a bit more clarity on certain timelines and the way things fit together in the end. That said, I truly enjoyed reading this book and am excited to see where things go in the second book.

BillBlume Love this book and love the author. 4h
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Whispers Under Ground | Ben Aaronovitch
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Another awesome instalment in the life of Peter Grant! The wit and humour in these books always makes me chuckle. And I love the action combined with mystery. Such a great book. It was perfect for a cottage weekend as I just whizzed through it and couldn‘t put it down.

britt_brooke Gorgeous photo! 1d
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Moon Over Soho | Ben Aaronovitch
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I am always nervous when I read the sequel to an amazing book. The first book in this series was so much fun and I absolutely loved it. Moon Over Soho was an awesome follow up, and continued building this great world. The witticisms in the writing are just fantastic. The continued character development is wonderful. I can‘t recommend this series enough! It‘s like a British Dresden Files.

writerlibrarian So good. This series hasn't disappointed me yet. 5d
sparrowssavvy @writerlibrarian I‘m so happy it is still going as I‘m utterly in love with the books! 1d
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Absolutely loved this book! So full of interesting historical events and the cultural thought surrounding the human body in Victorian times. The author totally sucked me in with her incredible writing. This book was clearly so well researched and full of thought. I definitely will be looking out for more books by this author.

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Dinner and a good book

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I literally could not stop reading this book! It was fantastic! A retelling of the twelve dancing princesses in a lush fantasy world full of gods and magic! I want to know more about this incredible place! The characters were so unique and full of life. I also loved that this tale had an element of mystery to it, even though it became apparent towards the end what the resolution was. And I truly loved the gothic and ghostly ambience that ensued.

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Onyx & Ivory | Mindee Arnett
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The boyfriend treated me to a bookstore visit 😍

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The Doll Factory: A Novel | Elizabeth Macneal
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I love a good historical fiction and this totally fit the bill. It had layered characters and set a beautiful yet grimy scene in Victorian London. Each character had their own narrative style which I really liked. I definitely had trouble putting this down, although I did stumble a bit at the end and got distracted.

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Court of Shadows | Madeleine Roux
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The second instalment in this series definitely surprised me with the direction it took. I was very intrigued and greatly enjoyed how it played out. I felt that a few things needed more clarification and expanding, but it was a solid story. I‘m definitely curious as to where the third book will end.

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My new book outlet order came in!

KtheBookwyrm I recently read all 4 Jackaby books and enjoyed them so much! 2d
sparrowssavvy @KtheBookwyrm they are so good! I‘m about to start the second one! 1d
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Heads Will Roll | Kate McKinnon
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This was a totally fun and ridiculous tale. I loved it though, from start to finish. Kate McKinnon is just hilarious. The satire and wit in this was great

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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Heard so many great things about this book and it didn‘t disappoint. Such a fun adventure, I just wish it was twice as long! I feel like there was so much more that could have been fit in there. The characters were truly delightful as was the quirky feel to it all. Now I have to buy the other three.

Crewgurl Yes you do!!!! So good 😊 1mo
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Littlest Star | Richard Littledale
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Was feeling in the mood for a quick read this morning. Definitely cerebral and full of great concepts.

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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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Another incredible novel by Lisa Jewell who literally gets me hooked every damn time. I got sucked in completely and could barely put this down. The characters were just so much fun and so varied.

megzlynn Love the picture! ❤️ 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Excellent photo! 1mo
sparrowssavvy @megzlynn @Chelsea.Poole thank you both! 1mo
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The Forgotten Room: A Novel | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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This book was so beautiful and reminiscent of Kate Morton. A beautiful tale of love and longing throughout three generations. I whizzed through this! It was honestly just so romantic and delightful!

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I‘ve really come to adore books by Lisa Jewell. And this book was no exception. I could barely put it down. While not a traditional mystery, it had such rich and interesting characters, I was completely suckered. The humanity and complexities within each character and in their relationships with each other was so well done. Also, I just love this cover.

TheLudicReader I am also a big fan of her books. 1mo
sparrowssavvy @theludicreader I just find them so hard to put down! 1mo
sparrowssavvy @theludicreader do you have a favourite? 1mo
TheLudicReader @sparrowssavvy I‘ve liked everything I have read, but my favourite thus far has been 1mo
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Dark Shores | Danielle L. Jensen
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I completely admit to buying this for the cover. Anything piratey gets me. This really wasn‘t what I was expecting from this book, but it was enjoyable. I enjoyed the nods to Roman society and culture. However there was so much more to be explored about this world and it‘s mythology. I feel like it could have been a much more intense and amazing book. But still a good read.

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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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My godmother loaded me down with books she‘s read lately as a parting gift post visit. I literally want to read everything right away!

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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I love a good mystery where I can‘t put it down and just immerse myself. And this book totally fit the bill. I loved the various characters and their different viewpoints. I love a big climactic ending, and felt that this was a little less climactic than I wanted. But otherwise it was a really solid book and a great story!

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Sanctum | Madeleine Roux
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A very fun and enjoyable book. I was curious where the author was planning to go with this one as I felt the first novel was quite complete by itself. However I felt this was a plausible story and didn‘t feel tacked on to the original. It was fast paced and had great visuals, which really enhanced the tale. Still not sure where the author goes with the third, but I‘ll be getting into that soon.

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Skybreaker | Kenneth Oppel
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Loved this second instalment of the Matt Cruse series! Just as full of action and adventure as the first book. The characters continued evolving and there were some great new characters. The ambience and atmosphere was well done and I loved how well everything flowed. The pacing was so well timed and I just flew through this!

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This book was so informative and a great read! I especially loved the history at the beginning and wished that section had been longer. However, the modern environmental section was so interesting and something I feel everyone should have to read. I learned so much about the impact we humans have on our environments and ways we can reverse those negative effects. Will definitely look for more by this author!

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While this was enjoyable, it didn‘t catch me like other tales in this genre. I‘m undecided as to whether to continue on with the series or not...

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Heard so many rave reviews about this one and it definitely did not disappoint. The library and living books concept was fantastic and I loved seeing that come to life throughout the book! The individual personalities of the books was so great! The character development and plot was wonderful and very well paced! Overall an awesome fantasy read!

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Been so stressed lately that I have been missing my reading! Finally back to my wonderful books!

ofclumsywords I‘m reading this one right now as well!! Hope you are enjoying it. 2mo
Crazeedi Been there! Welcome back to your books! 2mo
sparrowssavvy @ofclumsywords it‘s definitely a lot of fun! I really like it! 2mo
sparrowssavvy @crazeedi thank you!! 2mo
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Love these illustrated editions so much!!

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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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Loved seeing everyone‘s top six reads of the head so far so I wanted to jump in on this. I actually had trouble choosing because I‘ve had some amazing reads so far this year!

Crazeedi Your books look really good! It's funny how so many are saying they've read great books so far! I'm definitely checking out a couple of these! 3mo
sparrowssavvy @Crazeedi I haven‘t seen as many bailed posts in a while which is lovely! I hope the second half of the year is filled with just as many good books! 3mo
Crazeedi @sparrowssavvy I know, me too!! 3mo
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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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I was so excited to read this book and it was everything I hoped it would be! I was immediately sucked in to the gothic Eastern European inspired settings and cultures. The concept of this was amazing and felt new and original to me. I loved everything about this book and definitely am counting down until the next one is released. The pacing, action, and characters were all fantastic! And I was so taken in by the lore and mythology of this world!

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Airborn | Kenneth Oppel
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This book was just so sweet and charming. It was a delight to read and I loved the action and adventure in it. The female protagonist could be a bit irritating at times, but was still a fun character. I‘m definitely going to read the other two in this series.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I honestly was expecting something grander and more gothic with some mystery or even supernatural elements. While I did enjoy this book and some characters were quite unique and enjoyable, it really could have been taken in quite a different direction. It focused more on the relationships between the characters and personal development than anything really to do with a more developed plot. I still did enjoy it though.

annahenke I felt the same. 3mo
sparrowssavvy @annahenke I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me. It got loads of stellar reviews apparently 3mo
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Utterly phenomenal book about such an incredible woman! Such an inspirational lady and such a powerhouse during her time. This book was exceedingly well written and well researched and a joy to read. It was full of rich historical details and kept things clear and concise! Such an amazing book!

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass | Melissa Bashardoust
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This retelling of Snow White was a sweet tale and a very typical PG YA novel. I would have liked more grit and depth to it, but as it was, it was just very sweet. I felt like there was a lot more that could have been done with the story as it was a great bare bones story. It had elements that reminded me of the Snow White and the Huntsman movie, which I utterly love. That said, it was still a fun read and a great retelling of a fairy tale.

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Lunchtime reading

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Watcher in the Shadows | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I love Carlos Ruiz Zafón so I automatically was predisposed to this lovely tale. It captured my attention right away and I was in love with the beautiful tale, gorgeous settings and gothic plot. It was so hard to put down, and while not as complex as some of his other novels, it was a beautiful read. I will definitely be rereading this soon!

emz711 I need to get on these! I read the first one but I keep wondering where the English versions are! 3mo
sparrowssavvy @emz711 I honestly adore these books! If you can get them, do it! 3mo
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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One of my favourite bookstores was having a deal on their YA section so here we are...

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House of Furies | Madeleine Roux
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Loved the concept and whole plot of this. I‘m very eager to read the next in the series and see where this evolves to. I loved the beautiful illustrations and formatting of this book as well.

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House of Furies | Madeleine Roux
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This book is gorgeous!

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The Queens of Innis Lear | Tessa Gratton
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This book was fantastic! It was well crafted and full of rich characters. The references to the original King Lear were wonderful, and it was so beautifully written. As always, I was craving more details from the history and mythology of this magical island. The pacing was great and it was very dramatic at all the right moments. The characters were so dynamic and full of unique and layered personalities. Fully recommend!

Yeah_I_Read I‘ve tried to read this so many times 😫. Maybe I‘ll give it another shot since I‘m not reading anything rn. Does it matter that I don‘t know what King Lear is about 😬😬😬🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
sparrowssavvy @Yeah_I_Read oh no! Is it just not catching your fancy? No, it‘s just an added bonus if you‘re a Shakespeare fan. It‘s still a wonderful read without knowing king Lear 3mo
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The Queens of Innis Lear | Tessa Gratton
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Some evening reading! So happy the sun is out for so long!

Crazeedi I love when I can read on my front porch till 9 pm!!😍 3mo
sparrowssavvy @Crazeedi it‘s one of the best things in the world!! I totally agree! 3mo
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Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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Quite enjoyed this stand alone tale. It had elements of Six of Crows to it and some other wonderful YA books I have liked. The world was quite interesting although I wanted more depth to the history. Plus I would have loved to have explored the two other quadrants. Really great concept!

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Truly fascinating! I honestly was so intrigued by this book and it was so full of information! Admittedly, every now and then the author lost me in a concept, but otherwise so interesting.

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The Shadow Land: A Novel | Elizabeth Kostova
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I was really into this book for the first three hundred pages but the pacing really bogged me down after that. The story itself was really interesting and it was a rich and detailed portrait of Bulgaria. The writing was lovely and very poetic. But I found that the ending felt rushed in comparison to some of the meandering passages in this book. I utterly adore this authors book The Historian, and her later books have never lived up to that one.

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Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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I couldn‘t help myself at the bookstore and am literally so excited to read all three of these!

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Between the cover and the blurb about this, I was so excited to read this book. I hate panning books, but I just found this to be overly verbose and almost purposefully pompous. I was actually intrigued by the story and adore French history, but it was so muddled by the random musings of the main character, who was extremely full of herself and totally elitist. It was a real struggle to finish. I found the phrasing purposefully obtuse as well.

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Spring has taken forever this year and I‘m so happy that I can finally read outside with Ollivander.

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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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I am seriously hoping there are more books coming in this series! Pirates, sirens, the ocean, so many wonderful things in one book! Just as fun and exciting as the first book.

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Not my favourite Agatha Christie but still a fun little mystery!

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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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Completely devoured this book! It had a fantastic atmosphere and such wonderful ambience! Well crafted with great history and details. I am extremely curious to see where it goes in the next novel! The pacing was perfect and it just amped up until the climax. It reminded me so much of the raven boys and I totally loved that! I just fell into the story and the setting so easily!

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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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Loving the gorgeous chapter headers in this book! And I‘m so into this book so far!

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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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Another successful book store trip

CoverToCoverGirl They are all gorgeous, resistance was useless! 😊 4mo
sparrowssavvy @CoverToCoverGirl I couldn‘t even resist!! 4mo
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