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wanderlustywriter

Joined May 2016

YA Writer. www.wanderlustywriter.com
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Circe by Madeline Miller
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab
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These books are so good. I don‘t understand how Schwab creates characters who are so despicable, and yet you‘re on all their sides, even the worst ones. I‘m so sad to be leaving this world behind (unless there‘s another book? someday?) Allll the stars 😍

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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On my TBR since it came out. Excited for this one 😍

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99 Days | Katie Cotugno
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I‘m a big fan of epically poor decision-making, love triangles, and childhood friends to lovers, so this book was tailor-made for me. I flew through it and immediately ordered the sequel. I love the addressing of double standards when it comes to slut-shaming, I love how the ending doesn‘t tie up neatly in a bow. I wish we‘d gotten more resolution to the protagonist‘s horrible mother storyline but that‘s really the only complaint I have. 8/10⭐️

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99 Days | Katie Cotugno
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I am loving this. Sooooo many poor decisions!

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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR ME. I loved Eliza, I loved her insecurity and her anxiety, I loved her art, I loved her family, I loved what this book has to say about fandoms and creators and self-worth. It took an unexpected dark turn toward the end I didn‘t feel was wholly earned, but it could not hamper my love for this beautiful book. 9/10⭐️

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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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I feel like this book was written specifically for me 😭

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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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This is soooo good so far!

swishandflick One of my favorites!! 1mo
Johanna414 I loved this when I read it and I‘ve had so many students read it and love it since then! 1mo
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This was lovely. The main character was super sympathetic, I loved the real and heartbreaking family dynamics, I loved her friendships, in particularly Axel. The art interest was well done though the color descriptions got a little conspicuous after a while. The descriptions of Taiwan were beautiful. The magical realism was a bit too much, and the middle lacked tension, which is why it took me so long to read. But overall a beautiful story. 7/10⭐️

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SO MUCH THIS.

Also this book is lovely

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Beautiful, amazing, gorgeous, made me laugh, made me cry. I love this author so much 😭

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This book is SO GOOD that is all

sprainedbrain Yes!!! 2mo
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Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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I really liked this book. I love Oliver‘s writing, as always, so lyrical and evocative. I love outcasts, though I wish their voices had been a little more different from one another. The small town setting is perfectly drawn. The ending I did not see coming at all, though it was a bit anticlimactic. And I definitely could have done without the animal abuse ☹️ 8/10 ⭐️

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Broken Things | Lauren Oliver

I feel like this book is a puzzle that I‘m failing to put together as I go along because I‘m too dense or sleep-deprived or something. But I have no idea what‘s going on, which is fun

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Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Apparently I‘m on a thriller/crime kick

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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So good! This author is a master at creating stories that suck you right in. The characters were all realistic and easy to get along with, the dual POV was perfect for the story, the twists and turns kept coming, and even though I actually guessed the ending about halfway through the book it was still surprising the way it all went down. So much fun, I only wish it were longer! 8/10⭐️

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus

I WAS RIGHT about the killer and about THAT OTHER THING I feel SO SO SMART just call me Sherlock 🕵️‍♀️

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus

So many suspects! I have no idea whodunnit 😱

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Excited for this one 😍

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Super cute ending to the series. These books are so compelling, I read this one, as I did the others, in a day. I enjoyed the epically poor decisions these characters made, so realistic for college-age teenagers. I wasn't super thrilled with how one of the relationships we see a lot of, while the other happens so much off the page, making it hard to know why she picked one over the other. And the ending was too neatly tied in a bow. 7/10 ⭐️

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Mehso-so

The writing was lovely, but I can‘t actually say I *liked* this book. I couldn‘t get a handle on any of the characters, including the protagonist, the mystery seemed obvious and at the same time the ending was very confusing, and there was just an overall lack of tension. It left me confused and sad and weirded out. So I won‘t say it was *bad*, it was just definitely not for me. On to something more substantial. 3/10 ⭐️

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The fact that it‘s taking me over a week to read a short novel is not good. The writing is lovely but I don‘t like any of the characters and don‘t really know what‘s going on and don‘t actually care that much. I‘ll finish it because pretty writing and I‘m halfway through, but really looking forward to this one being over so I can read something more enjoyable.

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This book is sad and weird

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Gah this prose 😍

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These books are so cute and the angst is so real. I feel 16 again when I read them.

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These books are such fun 😍

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
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EH.
I may be done with these books. This was 900 pages long—and could have been done (and done better!) in 300. The first 350 pages were boring conversations—THEN there was some awesome and it got real good!—then the last 300 pages were more boring conversations. WAY too many POV characters, not enough tension, so much irrelevant detail. I wish someone would start editing these books again. 4/10 ⭐️

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare

Page 756: OH SHIT didn‘t see that coming! 😱

Edit: Oh. Cop-out 😐

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare

Page: 499: Ok HERE is the book I wanted! SO GOOD

This story should have started around page 350. So much unnecessary slog in the beginning, why?!

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare

Circa page 400, this book is finally picking up!

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
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A wizard of great power called OfficeMax 😂

kelsyreads22 That line was hilarious!! 3mo
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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
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Bit of a slow start but then yes, here we go, the faerie threesome I never knew I needed 😍

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
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All stories instantly get better when Jem shows up. I love him so 😍

That-Bookish-Hiker I love Jem! 4mo
RosaS That‘s so true! 3mo
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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
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Me: I‘m behind on my reading challenge 😩

Also me: For my next book I will choose this 900-page fantasy 🙃

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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So good! It did feel like a lot of setup for the following book, where I expect things are really going to go insane, and I wasn‘t super invested in Nina‘s storyline, as much as it pains me to say it. But Nikolai and Zoya were just perfect, and though partway through I guessed the book might end the way it does, it was thrilling nonetheless. I want the next book now! 8/10 ⭐️

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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“It was like being yelled at by a damp towel.” 😂😂😂

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Yesssss I‘ve been looking forward to this one and it‘s SO PRETTY

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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I‘M DONE WITH THIS MASSIVE BOOK.
Way too many details, no story structure or plot, just one thing happening after another. And yet...I still love these characters and this setting. The epicness of this series has me hooked. I will read the next one but I need a loooong break first with some shorter reads in between. 8/10 ⭐️

Kloves2read I have the same dislike for this book. It is still sitting on my end table, for the past year, unfinished. I love Jamie and Claire and the story as whole but I can't see mtself finishing it. 3mo
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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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Never have I related to Roger more 😂

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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Made it to page 1000! 400+ to go...

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon

This is *finally* picking up again. Autopsies and arson and assailants, oh my

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon

Is this book just people wandering around to each other‘s campsites having conversations or does something actually happen at some point?

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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Think I‘m ready for this!

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The Cheerleaders | Kara Thomas
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MEH. I almost bailed on this one but I did want to find out what happened, so I guess it had that going for it. But overall this was not a great book. The premise was so fascinating and the execution just fell totally flat. Not super well-written, cookie-cutter characters, a convoluted plot that never fully coalesced. The ending was kinda predictable, too. Too bad! 3/10 ⭐️

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The Cheerleaders | Kara Thomas

So far this is kind of eh. Maybe because I don‘t really understand why the protagonist is embarking on this quest suddenly after 5 years have gone by, maybe because the writing isn‘t amazing, maybe because there seem to be too many coincidences/plot conveniences I just don‘t buy... I‘ll finish it because I want to know what happens but I hope it gets better

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The Cheerleaders | Kara Thomas
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New book who dis

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In the Woods | Tana French

I feel like rereading one of my favorite books (for the... 4th time?) so I‘m gonna 😃

sprainedbrain You do you! 🙌🏻 7mo
Soubhiville Do it! 7mo
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How We Fall | Kate Brauning
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The good: well-written, well-drawn characters, a rich setting. Great romance, if you head-canon away the incest—I had to. The plot was meandering but it held my attention.

The less good: It tried to do too much. Her missing friend was a background thing while the romance was front & center. Then it turns into a suspenseful thriller that felt like an entirely different book. The protagonist makes bizarre choices, and not JUST the incest. 6/10⭐️

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How We Fall | Kate Brauning

I picked this one up because it came highly recommended, even though incest makes me quite squeamish... but so far I‘m liking it!

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It‘s Tana French so of course it‘s a pick, but oh what a sad book. They‘re all sad but this is my least favorite of hers, for sure. I think it comes down to a lack of likable characters, including the protagonist, and just the utter lack of hope it left me with. It was also the slowest moving and I missed the detective element of her other books. The prose was gorgeous, as always, but I hope her next book is a bit more of a return to form. 8/10⭐️

CareBear Agree with your review 💯 8mo
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This is definitely the most slow-paced Tana French so far, and it is weird not being in the POV of the detective. The protagonist actually kind of sucks as a human so far, but I think that‘s the point. I‘m still engrossed because it has a cool old house and her writing is just captivating, as always. I don‘t want it to end!

tjwill I need to get to this one soon! I love her writing. 8mo
wanderlustywriter @tjwill She is my absolute favorite writer! I‘m dreading finishing this book because it means at least 2 years without a new book of hers! 8mo
tjwill @wanderlustywriter She is definitely one of my favorites. I feel the same! 8mo
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