The Coffee Book Tag!

A massive shout out to Brigitte from The Book and the Bone for tagging me! c:

1. Black Coffee:
A series that’s tough to get in to, but has hardcore fans.
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Even though sci-fi channel recently released the TV adaptation, I feel like it’s really hard to get people in to the entire series. A lot of people stop after the first book The Magicians. A lot of people don’t like it enough to continue. To them I say KEEP GOING. The second and third book are amazing. Read them and then come talk to me about them.

2. Peppermint Mocha:
A book that gets more popular during a festive time of the year.
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I can’t do a tag without including Harry Potter, I can’t do it. But everyone knows, including the lovely lady that tagged me, if it’s Christmas IT IS TIME FOR HARRY POTTER. I don’t even know what it is about Christmas that makes us think of Harry Potter, but it does. But this year I’m going to hopefully read Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows. I’M GOING TO DO IT.

3. Hot Chocolate:
A favorite children’s book
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I can barely remember what even happens in this book (re-read time?) or what it’s about other than the obvious. But I remember absolutely LOVING this book  when I was in elementary school. My best friend and I were like the weird kids who liked witches and vampires. This was the 90’s before this stuff was popular, to all the teenagers out there. Be glad this is popular now, because it was rare to find a good witch book back then.

4. Double Shot of Espresso:
A book that kept you on the edge of your seat.
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It took me a while to read this, longer than I really wanted to. But I was so eager to know what was going to happen the entire time. I had extra hours at work last week and that’s probably why it took me longer than normal. But it was SO EXCITING. I was just so nervous to see what would happen on the next page sometimes I would have to process and put it down. But it was so satisfying, even with the open ending. 

5. Starbucks:
A book you see everywhere
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I have seen this book all over Booktube and on everyone’s blogs. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my “you need to get your shit together” shelf. I see it every time I’m at the bookstore. It’s always staring at me saying “REAAADDD MEEE”. And I’m like I AM WORKING ON IT. I really am looking forward to it.

6. Oops! I accidentally got decaf:
A book you expected more from
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I was hearing SO MANY good things about this series. I read it and I just wasn’t that impressed. I hated the religious system, I hated most of the characters and I found myself just wanting to hurry up and finish the series so I could be done with it. I know a lot of you guys love this series, but it just wasn’t for me.

7. The Perfect Blend:
A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
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I read this for my book club about a year ago. I was so PISSED at the ending and heartbroken, but in the end I was actually pretty satisfied.I really loved the main character, I thought that she was so fun and lovable. A lot of you are reading it right now because of the movie coming out soon, so good luck! Keep the tissues close.

8. Green Tea:
A book or series that is quietly beautiful
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I read this book a few years ago and I still think back to how much I loved it but didn’t really appreciate it as much back then. It’s set in the area that I live in (around Detroit, MI) and it tackles a very unique issue that we don’t hear about a lot. If you haven’t dabbled much in to adult fiction, this is a pretty great place to start. I know I read primarily YA, like a lot of people out there, but this really made me think of a lot of things in a different way. 

9. Chai Tea:
A book or series that makes you dream of far off places
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Outlander gives me the biggest sense of wanderlust ever. I’m not sure if it’s just how it’s written or what, but I just want to go on an adventure when I think about it. I have yet to read Dragonfly in Amber which is set in France. Which will probably give me even more wanderlust (I’m a Francophile, I admit it).

10. Earl Grey:
A favorite classic
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I don’t really talk about this one a lot, but I really loved it when I read it in my first year of college. That was really when I started reading more often. It’s a very chunky book, but it’s so worth the read. Dickens just has this style of writing that really takes you back to his time period and keeps you invested in the story.

There is another question in this tag which is “That Hipster Coffee Shop: A book by an indie author”. I didn’t have an answer, so I didn’t include it. I don’t really read indie authors. D: I’m a hype addict. Sorry.

Feel free to do this tag! Just make sure that you tag me so I can see your answers.

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Top 5 Wednesdays | LEAST favorite books in your favorite series

I’m not going to go in any particular order here. If a spoiler is involved I will make the text black so that you can simply highlight the text if you’ve already read the series and you won’t be spoiling yourself if you haven’t! 

The Harry Potter Series

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First off, I DO NOT hate this book. I actually quite enjoy it every time I decide to reread the series, but lesser than the others. It’s really just nit picking. But here are a few reasons why:
– I see Prisoner of Azkaban to be like the “pre-teen” of the series. It’s transitioning in to being a teenager. It’s nowhere near mature, but you can see signs of it ageing and growing. I just sort of feel like it’s a bit of an awkward balance.
– Unlike a lot of fellow Potter fans out there, I am not a huge fan of Sirius Black. I feel like a lot of the time he was more abusive than helpful through out the series. He treated Harry too much like he was a replica of his father and I just didn’t see that as the case. Though in some ways he did help see Harry through a lot of situations, I didn’t feel like he was a great role model in Harry’s life. And during a re-read we’re introduced to him in this book, so I’m just sort of like meh.
Every time I go to re-read the series, this one slumps me. I have no idea why.

Throne of Glass

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Keep in mind that I HAVE NOT completed the fourth book. Please do not spoil me in the comments.

When I was reflecting back on my favorite series, Throne of Glass of course came up. I’ve just finished Heir of Fire and everything is still exciting and current. But really if I think about it, though it was excellent while reading it, my least favorite is probably the first book. Here’s a few snip-its of why:
– You don’t notice it until Heir of Fire, but Celaena is far too childish and impulsive as a character in the first book. You do of course see it in the first book, but you don’t realize she won’t always be that way until the third.
The world is very small in this book. The world building hasn’t quite happened yet. We see things almost through a microscope.
We all knew she would win. Come on now.

 

The Mortal Instruments

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I don’t really have a good explanation of why, it just felt a lot like a filler book that was setting up to the next one. Still liked it, still loved Magnus more than anyone else. Nothing changed there. The ending was the entire reason this book happened and I feel like it could have been condensed in to one with City of Lost Souls

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This was the very last book in the series. So obviously here is where the spoilers will be. But as mentioned, they will be in black, you will have to highlight them to see them. So if you don’t want to get spoiled, don’t highlight the text. Sorry for repeating, but I don’t need to get blasted for spoiling. I’m just going to list all of these reasons out. If you can’t see it, it’s a spoiler. Deal? Okay. (Most of it is blacked out)

1. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. WHY DID SHE END UP WITH MAL. NO. NO.
2. The Darkling was a great character and he deserved to live. I will take that to my grave.
3. The story could have continued if she had ended up with Nikolai. They could have gone on grand adventures together. Godammit IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NIKOLAI.
4. The story DID have an ending that wrapped things up, but I wasn’t quite SATISFIED with it. I thought I was but the more I think about it, the more I want an open ending so I can just dream up scenarios. But it’s cannon and I cannot. =(
5. The whole “fading in to normal life” is not what Alina deserved. She deserved more than what she got. More than Mal, more than an orphanage.

So, I couldn’t honestly think of any in a few series that I’ve read that really stood out as books that I didn’t like as much. I was going to include Percy Jackson but I barely remember those books. If you asked me to recall what happened in any of them I probably couldn’t. Which is pretty sad. I know.

Anyway, comment below to tell me your least favorite in these series or what you thought of mine!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag!

This tag was created by Lindsey Rey over on booktube!

1. What book have you been unable to finish?
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It got to a point where I had been “currently reading” it for over a year. I decided to put it down and pick it back up at another date. I remember really loving a lot of the plot points and being enthralled in Anne Rice’s writing, but I felt that the book deserved a committed read rather than picking up where I left off over a year ago.

2. What book do you have yet to read because you haven’t had the time?
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So, I did read Fangirl some time ago. I think I went in to it overly hyped about it because I didn’t find it that impressive. But I knew that I would want to read RR’s take on fantasy. I told myself over and over that I was going to read this book and it just sort of never happened. One day, Carry On, one day.

3. What book have you not read because it’s a sequel?
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I am currently listening to A Darker Shade of Magic on audiobook so that I’m refreshed on the events that lead to the sequel. I really want to get to this since V. E. Schwab is my favorite author, but I didn’t feel like I could give it the attention it deserved until I reread the first one.

4. What book have you not read because it’s brand new?
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5. What book have you not read because you’ve read another book by the author that you did not like?
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I wasn’t a huge fan of the Shiver series. I liked the first one, then by the end of the second I knew I wasn’t going to finish it. It got too fluffy for me. But I’ve heard that these books are nothing like her previous books, so I’m still really looking forward to reading them.

6. What book have you not read because you’re not in the mood for it?
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I’ve been meaning to read this for the last few months before the second season of the show comes out, but I just have not been in the mood for a dense historical fiction. I keep seeing it on my shelf knowing I have very little time before it the new season starts and I just can’t.

7. What book have you not read because it’s HUGE?
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It’s everything I want in a book. BUT IT’S HUMONGOUS.

8. What book have you not read because it was a cover buy and had bad reviews?
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Both my best friend and I bought it at the same time, she read it before I did and didn’t really like it. We tend to really love the same books, so I just have kind of had this negative connotation with it ever since. I’ll never get rid of it because of the cover though!

9. What book have you not read because it’s the most intimidating book on your TBR pile?
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There are a lot of intimidating things about this book. Before I go in to that can we just appreciate how pretty this book is? It’s a non-fiction book with a stunning cover. Props to you, cover designer. First of all, it’s starting from the beginning of Roman history to it’s fall. That is a lot to cover. Second, a lot of history books get dry really fast. I’m hoping it doesn’t, but you never know. Third, it’s MASSIVE. I’m afraid.

Tag, you’re it
Holly from Belle of the Library
Jesse from Books At Dawn
Ayunda from Tea & Paperbacks
Brigitte from The Book and the Bone
Jocelyn from 52 Letters in the Alphabet

I hope you all enjoy doing this tag as much as I did. Make sure to tag me back so I can see your answers!

The Bookish Academy Awards 2015!

I’ve seen this on Regan’s channel on Booktube and it looked like such fun. So I decided to do my own! Keep in mind that these are books that I READ in 2015. They didn’t necissarily come out in 2015. 
First I’m going to list the nominees and then the winner will be highlighted in a different color. 

Best Male Protagonist
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– The Dragon (Uprooted)
– Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)
– Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass)
Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic)
– Tamlin (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I chose Kell because he was the most unique out of the five in my opinion. He was the most memorable. Even though Will Herondale is totally my book boyfriend, Kell had to win. When I was reading ADSOM I found Kell to be extremely unpredictable and endlessly fascinating.

Best Female Protagonist
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– Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)
Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices)
-Tiger Lily (Tiger Lily)
– Clare Beauchamp (Outlander)
– Elisa (The Girl of Fire and Thorns)

I had to pick Tessa. She’s everything I could ever want in a protagonist. She’s smart, she’s witty and she always does what she feels is right. She doesn’t let anyone decide her fate, she takes control of her own life.

Best Plot Twist
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– Kiss of Deception
– Uprooted
– City of Heavenly Fire
– The Wicked Will Rise

The ending was just so perfect. I was so worried about it because I was spoiled for part of it. It ended up being perfect. I was so happy about it. I cried a lot. But half of those tears were out of joy, I promise. That twist gave me a HUGE book hangover.

Best Book Cover
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Winner: The Heart of Betrayal

Best Supporting Character
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Earl (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
– Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments)
– Storm (The Girl of Fire and Thorns)
– Tik Tok (Tiger Lily)
– Kasia (Uprooted)

Even though I didn’t particularly love the book, most of my problems were with the main character. Earl was one of the realest characters I’ve ever read about and one of the few book characters I would legitimately want to be friends with in real life.

Most Unique World
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Winner: Magonia

I have never read about a universe more creative than the one in Magonia. Just the whole idea of the world above the clouds but not quite in space was sort of mind blowing to me. Even though it wasn’t my absolute favorite of the year, I can’t say any other is more unique.

Best Screenplay Adaptation
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Winner: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I liked the movie more than I liked the book. I think in the film they actually fixed a lot of the problems that I had with the book. Earl was always present, Greg wasn’t such an idiot, and I emotionally connected to it. I did like Paper Towns and Mockingjay, but I couldn’t say I liked them more than Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

A Book you would love to see Animated
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Winner: Through the Woods

It was hard for me to think of the books I read other than Armada as animated features. But Through the Woods would make an awesome animated movie. It’s creepy, it’s intriguing and I would definitely watch it if they were to make it.

Best Author (Who you read for the first time this year)
Sarah J. Maas

– Rae Carson
– Diana Gabaldon
– Naomi Novik
– Patrick Ness

I couldn’t not pick her. I absolutely adore everything I’ve read by her. EVERYTHING.

Best Collection of Short Stories
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It was the only one I read last year. So, it wins by default. But I did really enjoy it. It brought more perspective to the series.

Best Historical or Historical Fiction
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Winner: Vive la Revolution: A Stand-Up History of the French Revoltuion

I loved this book so much. It was such a new approach to reading about history. Especially about a subject that I love so much. I would recommend it to anyone who’s intimidated by historical novels. It was so hilarious and I refer to it a lot.

Best Book of the Year
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If you’ve read my blog, this should be no surprise. I just listened to it on audiobook as a refresher for when A Court of Mist and Fury comes out. I loved it just as much the second time. I fangirled so hard each time and I still think about it all the time.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know which of the books you would have picked.

~The Grisha Lieutenant

I’m tagging:
Eve Messenger
J Bookish
Cath
Island Geek Girl
YAPS!

If you do the tag, tag me so I can see your answers!


 

Top Ten Tuesdays | Spring TBR 2016

Guys, I just need to get my shit together with a few of these books. Others I am eagerly awaiting. I hate to admit it, but I am a hype addict. I thrive on the hype on blogs and booktube. If my girl Regan at PeruseProject recommends it, I’ll probably pick it up. So if it’s a new release, i’ll wait until I see it a few times and I’m convinced. Some of the new releases have already come out, others have not. It’s sort of a grab bag.

Comment if you’ve read any of these and what you thought! I don’t get enough comments/opinions. The more comments I get, the more likely I am to pick it up. I’m a recluse that thrives on motivation from people on the internet. Humor me.

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8.
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5.
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4.
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3.
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2.
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1.
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CAN’T WAIT. I WANT IT NOW. I AM READY. I AM RHYSAND TRASH.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these or plan to!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

The Hamilton Book Tag!

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The tag was originally created by Maureen Keavy on youtube.
Spoilers will be in a dark font and you will be warned before hand! Now, on with it!

1. The Room Where it Happens:
A Book World you would put yourself in.
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2. The Schyuler Sisters:
Underrated Female Character
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Mackenzie Bishop doesn’t get enough love for being a complete badass.

3. My Shot:
A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them
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Celaena Sardothien! No matter what the task, nothing ever gets in her way.

4. Stay Alive:
(SPOILERS) A Character you wish was still alive. (SPOILERS)

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Lupin and Fred. They did NOT need to go. 

5. Burn:
(SPOILERS)The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read(SPOILERS)
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Magnus and Alec. I was seriously more upset about that than anything that happened.

6. You’ll Be Back:
Sassiest Villain
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Athos!

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet
A twist that you didn’t see coming
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The ending. I won’t say what it was. But it was a very happy twist.

8. Non Stop:
A series you marathoned
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9. Satisfied
A book with multiple POV’s
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10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story:
A book series you feel will be remembered through history
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11. Helpless:
A relationship you were pulling for from the very start
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Agnieszka and The Dragon ❤

12. Ten Duel Commandments:
Favorite Fight Scene
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The Assassin and the Desert
You know the one if you’ve read it.

13. Say No To This:
Guilty pleasure read
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14. What Comes Next
Series you wish had more books
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Always.

15.Right Hand Man
Favorite BROTP
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Jem & Will

16. What Did I Miss:
A series that you were late getting to
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I didn’t read them until last year.

Consider yourself tagged! I’m not sure who likes Hamilton out there, but if you do, tag me in yours so I can know your answers!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

February Wrap Up | March TBR 2016

I’m sad to report that February was a slump month for me. I didn’t read nearly as many books as I had planned. Not even close all of those on my TBR. I guess it’s all the winter storms that got me not wanting to do much of anything but mindlessly watch things. I’m hoping to do better in March. These things happen, right? Anyways!

February Wrap Up

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
4/5 Stars
This book had me slumping around the middle of it. Not at all because it was boring or because it was bad. I just may have not been in the right mood for it for about three days. When I finally committed to picking it back up, I was drawn right back in the The Grisha universe. I absolutely adored Nina and Kaz. They were my favorites of the gang of misfits. I can’t wait until Crooked Kingdom comes out now. The ending left me wanting more and more.

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
4.5/5 Stars
I haven’t read a contemporary I loved this much since my first read through of Looking for Alaska. The treatment of mental illness in this book was beyond words. It’s been a very long time since I’ve related to a character on such a deep personal level. I read this book so fast that I almost want to reread it. For more thoughts, I did a post comparing the book and the movie. The Book vs. The Movie | It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
5/5 Stars
As always, I adore Sarah J. Maas and this book was no exception to that. I really loved seeing Celaena’s backstory and how she ended up in the Salt Mines. Every one of the stories were so well written and so enjoyable to read. Even though at parts it was quite heartbreaking, I would gladly reread any of these stories.

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Wuthering Heighs by Emily Bronte
2.5/5 Stars
I went in to this book thinking that I would really love it because Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time and I generally really enjoy classics. I have never been so wrong about a book in my entire life. I had so many problems with the characters that this book FLUNG me in to a slump. I hated every single character and got so irritated that I really think that this book ruined my reading month. Heathcliff made me want to pull my hair out. I cannot fathom why anyone would see that man as romantic. He ruined the lives of countless people because of his own jealousy and hatred. I wanted to throw this book across the room so many times.

“The Hangover Books”
These are books that I intended on reading during February, but unfortunately I didn’t get to. They’re going to get circulated back to my TBR shelve and possibly picked up in March.
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March TBR

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Let me know your (spoiler free) thoughts on any of the books above! Thanks as always for reading, and may the book odds be ever in your favor.

~The Grisha Lieutenant