First Lines Friday (5/21/21)

Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!
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“Each icy gust bit me to the bone. A daydream of roasting next to a fire in the kitchens while eating fistfuls of hot, flaky bread made the cold feel even harsher, the wind wetter and my stomach all the more empty. But the thought of death made me coldest of all.”

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I’ve had this on my shelf for quite some time now but haven’t picked it up yet. That seems to be my problem a lot, haha. I love the colors on the cover though and I am looking forward to getting to this eventually.

Have you read this book?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday: Float Plan by Trish Doller (2/28/21)

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

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Title: Float Plan
Author: Trish Doller
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance / Mental Health
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller’s unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself.

Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has spent the last year foundering on land, shipwrecked by her grief and inability to move on. But when a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take, she impulsively sets off in their sailboat, intending to complete the planned voyage around the Caribbean that Ben had mapped out for them.

But after a treacherous night’s sail and a brush with an ocean tanker, she decides she can’t do it alone, and hires a professional sailor to help her get to Puerto Rico. Much like her, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned, and he can’t refuse her offer. Together they find a way to rebuild their lives and the possibility of new love.” (Goodreads)

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I was asked to be a part of a blog tour for this book and I couldn’t refuse! I haven’t read it yet but it sounds like one I will really enjoy. I can’t wait to start it today.

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Cover Reveal: Happy Singles Day by Ann Marie Walker

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Hello Readers!

Today I wanted to share the cover for a new rom-com coming out next year! It looks really good and I can’t wait to read it.

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52658291Title: Happy Singles Day
Author: Ann Marie Walker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 19th, 2021
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

 

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Single and proud of it! Oh, oops…

Paige Parker proudly celebrates Singles Day on February 15 every single year. Who needs a man anyway? They have zero taste in quality television, leave the toilet seat up, and sleep with your best friend. No thanks.

The owner of a run down B&B, widower single dad Lucas Croft’s life is simple and quiet. It’s him and his five year old daughter. Who needs a woman anyway? They nag you to clean up your stuff, want the toilet seat put down, and expect the dishes to be done the same day the meal is served. No thanks.

But we all know the universe has a sense of humor, so of course Paige and Lucas’ two worlds collide–with hilarious results and a HEA.” (Goodreads)

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I’m a sucker for a plot with a single dad and it looks like there will be plenty of banter between these two!

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines for Random Books on My Shelf I Haven’t Read Yet

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Opening Lines. I am going to just pick random books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet and we will just see what those first lines are!

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1.) “History might be whittled down until all that remains are shining fables of fairy magic and curse-defying kisses. War go unmentioned in the polished children’s tales of the two girls with rose petal lips and hair of spun gold, the girls whom I was tasked with making queens.” – Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

2.) “A year had passed, but the nightmare began the same way it always did. Princess Anatolia crouched, hidden in the icy shadow of Southern Wall, panting through waves of fear that threatened to cloud her vision.” – Rise of the Dragon Moon by Gabrielle K. Byrne

3.) “Do we really have to play this game?” Delaney asked, the question coming out halfheartedly. She already knew what the response would be. “Come on,” Mariana pushed. “I’m nervous.” – Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

4.) “Pale fog filled he canyons and valleys of the Gray Range. The Dragon’s Tongue, Great Blade, and other peaks towered defiantly above the mist, tips raised toward the evening sun.” – The Dwarves by Markus Heitz

5.) “I feel the stars. Energy pulses against my skin, murmuring secrets about this small galaxy, about orbits and alignments and asteroids streaming in space.” – Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

6.) “Millie Gerdavey cheated on her boyfriend again. But it’s OK. No one needs to know, right? And no, she’s not going to tell Jack (‘Obviously!’), and she doesn’t want to be with Leo (‘That muppet?’). It was just a one-time thing. Again.” – A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

7.) “She’d never killed before tonight. “Stay back,” her sister hissed. Jana pressed against the stone wall of the villa.” – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

8.) “”Dead!” a woman screamed. “It’s dead!” My heart shot into my throat, and shocked cries rippled through the station.” – Something Strange And Deadly by Susan Dennard

9.) “”Block!” “Where?” “I can’t tell you where –you’re supposed to follow my movements!” – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

10.) “Some people say that all the world’s a stage. But here, a shaky scaffold in the paddies, Can hold a universe inside an hour.” – For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

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Have you read any books by an author that shares the same name as you? If not, have you read any of these books?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Ebooks Added To My Shelf This Week

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Hello Readers!

I’ve added six ebooks to my already long ebook tbr but how could I say no to free? I am a sucker for it!

These were all found on Amazon (US) so if you are interested in any of them, go get them while they are free!

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37261569._SY475_Title: Kate Watson and the Painter’s Plot
Author: Mez Blume
Genre: Mystery / Historical Fiction
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2017

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“Sherlock Holmes meets Shakespeare in this time-travel murder mystery with a twist of magic.

Eleven-year-old Katie is sure her summer is doomed. Sheltered because of her injuries from a horse riding accident, she longs to break free on an adventure like the ones in her favourite detective novels.
Instead, she’s stuck with Nan and Pop whose idea of adventure is touring old houses. But Otterly Manor isn’t just any old house…

When Katie discovers a secret chamber with a magical painting, she falls – literally – into a perilous adventure beyond her imagination.

Whisked back in time to the reign of James I, Katie makes an ally in Princess Sophia who helps her navigate the strange new world of superstitions, prim manners and very uncomfortable clothes! But Sophia and Katie’s fun soon plummets into danger when murder strikes at Otterly Manor. With the murderer on the loose and Sophia’s family threatened, can Katie prove her detective skills before life at Otterly Manor is ruined forever? Or could it cost her the chance of ever getting back home?” (Goodreads)

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26489591._SY475_Title: Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars #1)
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Genre: YA Historical Fiction / Retelling
Publication Date: March 15th, 2016

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“What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?”

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to — the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them” — things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora — the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.

In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.” (Goodreads)

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6698199Title: A Spy in the House (The Agency #1)
Author: Y.S. Lee
Genre: YA Historical Fiction / Mystery
Publication Date: April 6th, 2009

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Introducing an exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past. (Goodreads)

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41075686._SY475_Title: The Confectioner’s Guild (The Confectioner’s Chronicles #1)
Author: Claire Luana
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2018

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A magic cupcake. A culinary killer. The perfect recipe for murder.

Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake.

Now facing murder charges in a magical world she doesn’t understand, Wren must discover who framed her or face the headsman’s axe. With the help of a handsome inspector and several new friends, Wren just might manage to learn the ropes, master her new powers, and find out who framed her. But when their search for clues leads to a deep-rooted conspiracy that goes all the way to the top, she realizes that the guild master isn’t the only one at risk of death by chocolate.

If Wren can’t bring the powerful culprit to justice, she and her friends will meet a bittersweet end.” (Goodreads)

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32998753._SY475_Title: A Thief in Time (A Thief in Time #1)
Author: Cidney Swanson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Sci-fi / Romance
Publication Date: November 16th, 2016

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HE CAN’T STAY — SHE CAN’T LET HIM GO
Halley’s world is full of hand-outs and hand-me-downs. Even her apartment bedroom is shared, with her distant and self-centered mother. Halley has only a battered blue truck to call her own—until she meets Edmund, the second Earl of Shaftesbury.
Edmund has a manor, employs dozens of servants, and has never been close to falling in love—until Halley crashes into his life during an accidental trip to 1598. Now a spiraling series of encounters with a dangerous time-traveling thief will bring their worlds together with heartbreaking ramifications. (Goodreads)

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12035671Title: Memory’s Wake  (Memory’s Wake Trilogy #1)
Author: Selina Fenech
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 5th, 2011

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“Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.

Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.” (Goodreads)

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Have you added any ebooks this week?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday (4/6/20)

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Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

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20312462Title: Jackaby
Author: William Ritter
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Publication Date: September 16th, 2014

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“Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.” (Goodreads)

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I have had this on my shelf for a few years now. Will I ever get to it? Eventually! Haha, I wanted to in January but these months have gotten away from me.

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

WWW Wednesday (3/18/20)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently Reading:

I am listening to A Web of Air by Philip Reeve. It is the second book in a series which is the prequel to Mortal Engines. Honestly, it’s fine but not as great as the Mortal Engine books but I’m trying to read through the books I own.

I am reading Beauty by Robin Mckinely. I’m almost finished and I am enjoying it even though it had a slow beginning.

Recently Finished:

I recently finished up the last two books in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. They were fine for the most part but I could have been fine just reading the first book and calling it a day, ha.

Reading Next:

I will be listening to Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh next while I wait for a couple audiobooks to come in from the library to finish up a couple of series.

I will most likely be reading Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge but there are a few Kindle Unlimited reads I want to get to like Immortal Fire to finish up that series.

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday (2/3/20)

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Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

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34814099._SY475_Title: City of Brass
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017

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“Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .” (Goodreads)

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I have seen so many good reviews for this book and have had it on my tbr for a bit. I did just get it from the library so hopefully I can get to it this month!

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

January Wrap-Up (2020)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

January has been the best month of reading I have ever had! Maybe that’s why my blogging as suffered a bit when it comes to writing them beforehand (minus reviews). I also have been enjoying Minecraft again with my husband and his cousin.

This month I managed to 27 read books, 1 graphic novel, and 7 mangas.

I doubt I will ever read this many again but never say never!

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My favorite read was either Fae Hunter, The Great Gatsby, or The Bone Charmer! I can’t decide so don’t make me!

My least favorite read was Regretting you and yeah. If you would like to know my thoughts I have a review for it.

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5 Stars:

  • Yona of the Dawn Vol. 20 by Mizuho Kusanagi (manga)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (audio book)
  • The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis (audio book)
  • C.S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath (audio book)
  • Fae Hunter by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 21 by Mizuho Kusanagi (manga)
  • The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields
  • Storm from the East (Glass Alliance #2) by Joanna Hathaway (arc)
  • Not Your Idol Vol 1. by Aoi Makino (arc/manga)
  • Waiting for Spring Vol. 2 by Anashin
  • Waiting for Spring Vol. 3 by Anashin

4 Stars:

  • This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2) by Emily Suvada
  • Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (audio book)
  • Red Winter by Annette Marie (audio book)
  • Dark Tempest (Red Winter #2) by Annette Marie
  • Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka (arc/manga)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

3 Stars:

  • Nils: The Tree of Life by Jerome Hamon (graphic Novel)
  • Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey #1.5) by Julie Kagawa
  • Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (audio book)
  • Silverworld by Diana Abu-Jaber (arc)
  • All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault (arc)
  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (audio book)
  • A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos (arc)
  • Eclipse (Twilight #3) by Stephenie Meyer (audio book)
  • This Vicious Cure (This Mortal Coil #3) by Emily Suvada
  • Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer (audio book)
  • Prince Freya Vol. 1 by Keiko Ishihara (arc/manga)

2 Stars:

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (audio book)
  • The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa
  • New Moon (Twilight #2) by Stephenie Meyer (audio book)
  • Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis
  • Of Dragons and Fae: Is a Fairy Tale Ending Possible for the Princess’s Hairstylist? by Tsukasa Mikuni
  • A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate

1 Star:

  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

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How many books did you read in January? What was your favorite read? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

First Lines Friday (12/20/19)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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“My name is November Adley and I was born in August. The way my dad tells it, the Connecticut nights were unusually cool that summer, and the day I arrived our maple burst with color reminiscent of late fall–hence my name.”

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I bought this one during Amazons B2G1 sale and I’m excited to read it eventually! I liked this author’s other books and hopefully this one will be just as good.

Have you read this book or any by this author?

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