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ulrichyumiodd

ulrichyumiodd

Joined September 2018

PhD student | English Studies | Medieval lit | Writer | Fantasy | 🇨🇦
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Cursed by Thomas Wheeler
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Vampirates by Jeremy Dyson, Justin Somper
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Thank you so much @LA_Mead! You spoiled me. So many books! It seems I forgot to take The Girl From the Well out of my TBR - my mistake! It‘s actually one of my faves too! Lindt chocolate is the best chocolate! And those postcards look AMAZING. I think I‘ll put some on my walls! The face mask is such a fun idea.

@teebe #creepychristmas

teebe Love those postcards! I have the same ones and I always struggle to use them as actual postcards because I want to keep them as art 4w
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Just got my #CreepyChristmas package! I think it comes from @LA_Mead ! Thank you!! 🎄

@teebe

LA_Mead Yup! That‘s from me! Happy #CreepyChristmas! 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @LA_Mead Thank you! I can‘t wait! 1mo
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I mailed my #CreepyChristmas package yesterday. It‘s supposed to arrive way before the opening date.

@BeeMagical I forgot to tag it 🤦🏻‍♀️ I believe you should be able to recognize it! If you have any doubts, message me and I‘ll give you the tracking number!

@teebe

BeeMagical I forgot to tag mine too!!😂😂 So excited!!☠️🎄 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @BeeMagical I hope you‘ll like everything! I was hoping to add a bit more to it, but I didn‘t want to send it too late. 2mo
BeeMagical @ulrichyumiodd you are too sweet, I just know I‘m going to love it!!💛 2mo
teebe Awesome! 💀✨ 2mo
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Oh wow, @LeahBergen! What wonderful gifts! The bookmark is glorious, and I‘ve had my eyes on that wooden skeleton for forever, but I never managed to find one that was in good shape. It‘s a funny coincidence that Hill House was on my wishlist and was the book you had in mind! Thank you!!

#AllHallowsReadSwap @MaleficentBookDragon

LeahBergen Ohhh, so glad you like it all! I hadn‘t heard about Ten until I saw it was on your TBR. It sounds so good. Happy Halloween! 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen I was intrigued when I saw that Ten was inspired by Agatha Christie! I read most of her books as a teen, but never a retelling! Happy Halloween - and thank you again! 3mo
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Oh, wow, @BeeMagical! This might be too honest, but I‘ve been going through a hard time lately, and your thoughtful gifts put tears in my eyes. Thank you SO MUCH. It‘s like you channeled exactly who I am and what makes my spooky self happy!

#HauntedHollowSwap @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great box! 🎃🧡 3mo
BeeMagical @ulrichyumiodd I‘m so sorry you are going through a hard time❤️❤️ but I am so glad I was able to brighten your day! And extremely excited I was able to nail your vibe!! As soon as I saw the book ends, I KNEW you had to have them!!🖤🖤 always here if you ever need to talk🖤 3mo
LibrarianRyan Those book ends are cool. 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @BeeMagical Those book ends are amazing, as are the candles! Again, thank you so much! 3mo
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I just received my #AllHallowsReadSwap from the wonderful @LeahBergen ! Thank you! I can‘t wait to open it!

@MaleficentBookDragon

LeahBergen Yay! It made it! 💀💀💀 3mo
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wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
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Those two boxes have just been mailed!

#AllHallowsReadSwap is going to the US by Expedited shipping.

#HauntedHollowSwap is going next door (almost literally!) by Xpresspost.

Both should reach their destination with plenty of time before the opening date!

Thank you again @MaleficentBookDragon and @wanderinglynn for hosting.

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡 3mo
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I would probably pick witches AND vampires (though I‘m not the biggest fan of A Discovery of Witches, I must admit), as well as Black Cats AND Bats. I still tried to make a choice, haha.

#HH @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn I was the same—I really would‘ve picked both too. 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
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1. No.
2. Yes. Shoe size: US 8 (for women).
3. Black and red. Then purple. 🖤❤️💜
4. None.
5. I probably love all bookish accessories!
6. Alice in Wonderland‘s Mad Hatter. My best friends were Alice and the Cheshire Cat. I wish I could redo the costume in a more sophisticated way!
7. I actually look good wearing a hat, but I never do, haha.

#HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn What an awesome group costume! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
BeeMagical Such a fun costume! Im attempting the Mad Hatter this year!😂🧡 4mo
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Poison Study | Maria V. Snyder
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I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected. However, I wish we had gotten a little bit more development when it comes to the romance. While not exactly sudden, it was fast, and I didn‘t feel a true escalation from infatuation to love. I would have been happy if they had taken things slow OR if it had clearly been a passionate love that bloomed quickly. I do love the pairing - I just wanted more.

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The Family Plot | Cherie Priest
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Typical haunted house story. I enjoyed the characters and actually hoped there would be some romance between two of them (the two who aren‘t related!). Sadly, that didn‘t happen. The story was still good, but I think a little hint of romance would have helped character development and better explained the anger of the most threatening ghost.

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Let the Right One In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Surprising book. Lots of difficult subjects, including bullying, drug/alcohol abuse, complicated family relationships... and more. I would stay away if the dark side of humanity can be a trigger for you. Also includes vampires! I did enjoy it a lot, personally, but it isn‘t a light reading in any way.

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The Last Anniversary | Liane Moriarty
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I got confused and expected a common murder mystery, but it was a great read nonetheless! I guessed the truth about the Munro mystery before it was revealed, but the book was still interesting, with a wonderful cast of characters. I wish one specific character turned out to be bisexual instead of gay - it would have provided even more diversity (us bisexuals are so often forgotten!) and offered a final twist in another character‘s happy ending.

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The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories | Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Claire North, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kirsty Logan, E. J. Swift, Kamila Shamsie, Monica Byrne, Sophia Al-Maria, Amal El-Mohtar, James Smythe, Sami Shah, Catherine King, Hermes, Jamal Majoub, J. Y. Yang, K.J. Parker, Kuzhali Manickavel, Nada Adel Sobhi, Saad Hossein, Usman Malik
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This collection of short stories about djinns took me FOREVER to read. Some stories are amazing, others are so-so, and some even feel incomplete. Hurrem and the Djinn by Claire North was probably my favorite!

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I almost forgot it was opening day for our #creepychristmas swap!

Thank you so much @LeahBergen! You sent me such an amazing box!! I‘m in love with all the skeleton-themed items 🖤The chocolate won‘t last long, haha. I‘m excited about all the books, but especially Chosen. I almost bought it at least twice since I finished Slayer! And I also love that tea! Again, thank you!! I hope you‘re having a great time for the holidays 💚❤️

ulrichyumiodd @teebe Thank you for organizing and answering all my dumb questions ❤️ 13mo
teebe This looks great! What a great book sleeve! And there are no dumb questions, thanks for participating! 13mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you like it! And you DID say you liked skeletons and skulls ... 😂😂 Happy New Year! ❤️ 13mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen There are NEVER too many skeletons and skulls in my home 😄Happy New Year to you, too! Hopefully 2021 will be better. 13mo
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My #creepychristmas package has been mailed!

@FantasyChick Hi! You‘re my match! I‘m also going to send you a little extra directly from Amazon, but they couldn‘t give me a delivery estimate at the moment for some obscure reason, so fingers crossed that it reaches you before the opening date. The box I sent myself should have plenty of time to get there :)

FantasyChick Yay!! Can't wait 😊😊😊 13mo
teebe 💀🖤🎄👻 13mo
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@teebe I received my #creepychristmas package! And I‘ll send my own box very soon. I‘ve tested negative for Covid, thankfully.

@LeahBergen Thank you!! I can‘t wait for opening day! 💚❤️💚

LeahBergen I‘m so glad you tested negative! And I can‘t quite believe how pristine that box still looks after travelling across the country. 😆 13mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Thanks! It was a relief. And, yes, the box is almost as new, haha. 13mo
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Collage for the #CreepyChristmas swap. Things I love: Nightmare Before Christmas, The Legend of Candy Claws by Aurelio Voltaire and Shamine King, black Christmas trees, spooky ornaments, gingerbread (or gingerdead!) cookies, candy canes, yule log cake, Christmas lights, holly, and houses covered in snow. Also, I love all types of hot beverages: hot chocolate, coffee, and tea!

* I already own the gingerdead cookie cutter and the dragon ornament.

Chrissyreadit Nice! 1y
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Lost Boy | Christina Henry
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1 & 2. Lost Boy by Christina Henry. It‘s not the scariest book ever, but the tension keeps building up until you feel dread yourself. Also, The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe still gives me chills when I think about it!
3. Crimson Peak and Repo! The Genetic Opera are my kind of dark movies, instead of classic horror ones.
4. Skeletons!
5. Items with skeletons/skulls. I also have a collection of Monster High dolls repaints.
#CreepyChristmas

Clwojick Repo! I never hear anyone talking about that movie! 🖤 1y
ulrichyumiodd @Clwojick I love it ❤️ 1y
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The Camelot Betrayal | Kiersten White
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I. Love. This. Series. It has everything I want to find in an Arthurian story. I hope the characters get a happy ending in the next book, because otherwise it will break my heart. Also, I‘m swooning over Lancelot taking care of Guinevere. I want my own Lancelot! I love how the character has been reimagined, while still keeping the core qualities that make Lancelot “Lancelot”.

ShelleyBooksie Is this a graphic novel? Gorgeous cover 1y
ulrichyumiodd @ShelleyBooksie No, it's a regular novel. The first one in the series is titled “The Guinevere Deception“. I agree that the cover is absolutely gorgeous! 1y
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Opium and Absinthe | Lydia Kang
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Without surprise, I enjoyed Opium and Absinthe, after loving A Beautiful Poison. The book has a murder mystery, a vivid presentation of addiction, a love story, and a few cautionary tales sprinkled along the way... and all of that with a touch of inspiration from Dracula! I did figure out the reason behind the murder, but had the wrong culprit in mind. Also: after seeing him in two books, I DESPISE James Cutter.

Texreader Oh good!! I like Beautiful Poison too so picked this one. I haven‘t read it yet but hoping I like it too! 1y
ulrichyumiodd @Texreader It‘s familiar, yet different. I liked both. Hopefully you will, too! 1y
DeeLew I stayed up late last night to finish this one. It was so good. I‘ll admit I bought it because the cover was so gorgeous but I definitely ended up loving the story. ❤️ 1y
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nishaagni Is this book a part of a series? 4mo
ulrichyumiodd @nishaagni As far I know, it‘s not. There is another book by the same author that has a few links with it, though. 4mo
nishaagni Oh okay thank you 4mo
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The book isn‘t a literary masterpiece, but it‘s enjoyable for what it is. I assume the simple writing style and story are expected characteristics of cozy mysteries. I did find the characters to be intriguing. The mystery was okay - nothing special, but not bad either. The story is about witches and vampires for those who might want a little spookiness past Halloween!

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@katy4peas Thank you so much for that great swap box! The window clings and the lights are so fun! They‘ll fit right in with my usual decor. I‘m looking forward to reading the three books - thanks for sending a third one! The little ghost is very cute. And the chocolate looks delicious! 🎃🖤🎃 I hope you‘ll enjoy what I sent, too!

Happy Halloween everyone!

#BasicWitchSwap
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Scochrane26 Those look like interesting books, esp Toil & Trouble. 1y
katy4peas Yay! Glad you like everything! I couldn‘t resist the extra book when I saw it looking for a new home 😊 1y
katy4peas @Scochrane26 I agree! My library has a copy that may be coming home with me soon. 👍🏼 1y
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sprainedbrain Lovely gifts! I‘ve had my eye on Toil and Trouble, too! Happy Halloween! 🎃 1y
katy4peas I have to head out to work, but I did open my box! 😮 Thank you! I will post a picture when I get home, as it deserves a nice picture. 😊🎃🧙🏻‍♀️ 1y
ulrichyumiodd @katy4peas Have a good day at work! I hope the box gave you some spooky happiness this morning 🧡 1y
Meaw_catlady Blessed Samhain! 🖤🌙✨ 1y
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Since we‘ve got permission from @MaleficentBookDragon, here‘s my #AllHallowsReadSwap!

@DebinHawaii Thank you so much for the Halloween gifts!! Everything is so me, it‘s incredible! That print is gorgeous, as are the bookmarks. The book is one I‘ve wanted for quite a while now. And look at that cute little bat! Adorable! 🖤🦇🖤

Chrissyreadit 🖤🖤🖤 1y
Traci1 Bone Houses is a great book! 💀 1y
LeahBergen Lovely! 🖤🖤 1y
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DebinHawaii I am so glad you liked it & that it made it there unscathed! I had fun stalking your mood boards & putting it together. 🖤Happy Halloween ! 🎃🧛🏻‍♂️🧟‍♀️💀👻 1y
ulrichyumiodd @DebinHawaii You did a wonderful job! I took a picture of the wrapping, too, but I wasn‘t able to include it in a satisfying manner 😅Thanks again! 1y
ferskner Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that print!!! 1y
ulrichyumiodd @ferskner That sums up my reaction, too! 1y
MatchlessMarie Love that card 🧛🏻‍♀️🖤👻 1y
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Halloween just isn‘t enough! If you want a dose of spookiness in December, you should sign up for @teebe ‘s Creepy Christmas swap!

#CreepyChristmas

https://tinyurl.com/CCSwap2020

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Slayer (Slayer, #1) | Kiersten White
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I think I didn‘t expect enough from this book because I didn‘t want it to disappoint me. But it was AMAZING. I could feel Nina‘s emotions in my own gut, twisting my stomach with pain, sadness, relief, anger, disbelief... I also love the other characters or, at least, the likable ones. I‘m not sure if a sequel has been written yet, but it seems obvious there will be one. I can‘t wait to read it!

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@DebinHawaii Thank you for the #AllHallowsReadSwap package! I can‘t wait for opening day! 🧡🖤🧡

@MaleficentBookDragon

DebinHawaii Oh yay! 🎉 I‘m glad it got there. Hope you enjoy it! 🎃👻💀🧛🏻‍♀️ 1y
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The Vine Witch | Luanne G. Smith
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I truly enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the story in this one. There were some twists I saw coming and others I didn‘t, so, overall, I wouldn‘t say the events are too predictable. The concept of vine witches is also original and very interesting. I can‘t wait to read the sequel!

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How to Hang a Witch | Adriana Mather
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I really enjoyed the characters and the story in this one. I wish there was more, but, lucky me, there‘s a sequel! It‘s kind of funny that the book has water droplets dripping on the cover and I managed to get it water damaged it before I even read it. Witchcraft, perhaps?!

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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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I apparently forgot to review this book when I read it in August. Oops! I was surprised to find a retelling of Jane Eyre so interesting, since I really don‘t like the original. This story, however, is a lot more fun than the classic. Imagine Jane Eyre seeing ghosts!

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Dandelion | Gabbie Hanna
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I was curious about this book and hopeful about its content, but it turned out to be a disappointment. The problem with Gabbie Hanna seems to be that she does not develop her ideas enough, so many of her poems are closer to thoughts than they are to actual poetry. She could use the same lines at the start or at the end of a poem and create something interesting, but she doesn‘t seem motivated to do so. Some poems were good, but not enough of them.

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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I liked pretty much everything about the book EXCEPT Matthew. I honestly wish Diana had a different love interest. If witches and vampires are your thing, you will probably like this series!

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I loved everything about this book! The nonsense was absolutely delightful, while the hints of darkness here and there were chilling. I loved the new characters introduced in the story, especially Vivian and Katz (though the Queen of Clubs was great, too!).

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Boxes sent today for the #Basicwitchswap and the #Allhallowsreadswap 🎃 Both should arrive in the first week of October.

@katy4peas @Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain @MaleficentBookDragon

katy4peas Yay! Thank you! 🖤🧡🖤🎃 1y
MaleficentBookDragon Wow. That was fast. Thanks!!!👻🖤🎁🎃 1y
ulrichyumiodd @katy4peas Let's hope it arrives safely! I'm SO looking forward to Halloween now! 1y
ulrichyumiodd @MaleficentBookDragon I have Amazon Prime to thank for how fast that was, haha. 1y
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@katy4peas It‘s here!! I‘m so excited! I‘m sending yours very soon 🧙‍♀️My cat says hi, haha.

#basicwitchswap

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katy4peas Wow! It got there pretty darn fast! I‘m impressed! Yay USPS and CanadaMail! 😁 1y
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A Spell Of Trouble | Leighann Dobbs, Traci Douglass
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I thought I would give a chance to this free “prime reading” cozy mystery as it seemed a good fit for the Halloween season. The story turned out to be quite enjoyable, though the writing could use a little bit of improvement and the romance is sometimes cringy. I liked the characters a lot - the humans, the “paranormals” and the animals alike.

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I thought I would make a second collage for the #allhallowsreadswap. Not excessively Halloween-y, because I enjoy a spooky vibe all year long! Think gothic decor with bones, skulls, and skeletons + bats and crows + spooky creatures such as ghosts and vampires + villains and antiheroes + witches (do check my basicwitch collage!).

Books are in the first row at the top 📚🎃

wanderinglynn Spike & Lucifer!!! 😍😍😍 1y
MaleficentBookDragon Very nice! My Hades appreciates the Disney Hades.😹 1y
ulrichyumiodd @wanderinglynn Love them both 🖤 1y
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ulrichyumiodd @MaleficentBookDragon Haha! Maleficent was on my witch collage, which is why she isn‘t here alongside Hades. I found out I love way too many villains while trying to choose only a few 😂 Thanks for hosting the swap for another year ❤️ (edited) 1y
MaleficentBookDragon @ulrichyumiodd same here. My collage should really be like one of those photos made up of a million other photos.😁 1y
katy4peas I feel like you might enjoy Avi‘s The Man Who Was Poe. Middle grade, but a great read. 😁 and yay! Lucifer! 🧡 1y
ulrichyumiodd @katy4peas Thanks for the suggestion! 1y
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Here‘s my witchy aesthetic for the #basicwitchswap 🧙‍♀️

The decor items are from my own bedroom at my parents‘ house. I thought it was the best way to show my gothic witch vibe!

Books: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White, Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

TV shows: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Sabrina), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Willow & Tara), BBC Merlin (Morgana), Once Upon a Time (Regina).

Insightsintobooks I have a question.... what exactly do you use for these "asthetic" collages? What if you aren't sure of your asthetic? 1y
ulrichyumiodd @Insightsintobooks I‘m pretty sure they‘re supposed to help your match know what you like for swaps - though I don‘t think anyone would mind if someone does it just for fun! Most people include the witchy/spooky/Halloween/autumn things they enjoy, depending on the swap theme :) 1y
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I signed up for the #allhallowsreadswap earlier today!

Visit @MaleficentBookDragon to find out more.

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The Guinevere Deception | Kiersten White
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I‘ve been disappointed by many Arthurian retellings, but this one has everything I love. The characters are great, the twists make sense, and references to well-known Arthurian stories are sprinkled throughout without making the book unoriginal. The pace is slow, but I found every page captivating. I can‘t wait for the second book!

katy4peas Have you heard about this new one coming out in October? 🧙🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1y
ulrichyumiodd @katy4peas Oh, I hadn‘t heard about it, no! It sounds good! I‘m guessing we‘re a pair for the witch swap, haha. 1y
katy4peas Haha! maybe... 😉 but this one comes out too late to really work for the swap, so I just had to tell you about it instead! 😁 1y
ulrichyumiodd @katy4peas Thank you! I‘ll add it to my TBR! 1y
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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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I love this book. I just couldn‘t put it down. It is very well written, and the characters are flawed in a way that make them feel real. I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of the book, but I think I would have been fine with any culprit, as long as it made sense - and it did. As a side note, it was especially chilling to read about the Spanish flu while we‘re in the middle of a new pandemic. Stay safe, everyone!

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This book was not quite what I expected. I imagined Odette as having more of the qualities of the original Robin Hood. I also found the writing style disappointing and all the turns of events perhaps a little bit too convenient. Not a bad book by any means, but not an excellent one either.

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Empire of Gold | S A Chakraborty
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The Daevabad trilogy has been my favorite series in a long time. While the third book might be my less favorite, it is still quite interesting. The romance left me a bit indifferent, perhaps because I prefer the other ship (sorrynotsorry). Nonetheless, I absolutely loved the three POV characters. Nahri is, as always, the perfect mix between cunning and kind. Ali‘s discovery of his family history is compelling. And Dara... Dara made me cry. Twice.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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My feelings are mixed. I‘m giving it a so-so because 1) Lilith was not an interesting villain, 2) I didn‘t expect so much politics... or perhaps I expected a different kind of politics (without so much bluff), 3) I didn‘t know this was part of a series, and 4) I then learned that Harper is barely in the next book, which makes no sense to me. After seeing the reviews for the second book, I know I won‘t read it.

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Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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I must say that I already knew the biggest spoiler before starting the book. Yet, it did not truly spoil the story in any way. Perhaps it was even more interesting to know. I can‘t say that I “enjoyed” the book; in truth, it messed me up emotionally. But it was definitely a good read, apart from a few details I thought were unnecessarily provocative.

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The Grisha Trilogy | Leigh Bardugo
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Between a pick and a so-so.

While I did enjoy the books, I must admit that there was something missing. I think I couldn‘t quite relate to the characters, which could be as much my own fault as it could be the author‘s. In general, the characters just left me a bit indifferent - sadly, especially Alina. The Darkling would have intrigued me more without the big twist in book 1. Honestly, I liked where the story was going BEFORE the twist.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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I must say, first, that Jane Austen‘s books are not my cup of tea. I chose to read this one knowingly, so I do not hold against it its plot centering around entering society and finding love in social events. However, I expected a little bit more of a gothic vibe, which lead to some disappointments when I realized how minimal it was. I did enjoy it - as much as I can enjoy that type of books!

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The Crown | Kiera Cass
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Panpan

I was rooting for at least four boys, but I was not thrilled by Eadlyn‘s choice. I felt no chemistry, nothing that would truly make their love believable. The politics seemed much less interesting in Eadlyn‘s story than in America‘s, so losing interest in the love story as well was disheartening. Everything seemed to fall apart from that point on. Some characters I came to love were dragged in the mud. In the end, I found the book quite awful.

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ulrichyumiodd
The Heir | Kiera Cass
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Pickpick

I was intrigued by this twist on the Selection, reversing genders. I love Eadlyn. She is deeply flawed, yet she grows slowly. Hopefully, that will also be the case in the next book. My one complaint so far, as for the rest of the series, is how long it takes to get to a resolution. I thought this would be a one-book addition, to then find out there was another one!