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Actively moving from Goodreads, hopefully more people start using this site. :) My star ratings are: 1 - did not like, 2 - it was ok, 3 - liked it, 4 - really liked it, 5 - loved it A three star book is still a good book!

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50% complete! QuinoaQueen has read 6 of 12 books.

Ava Reid: A Study in Drowning (Hardcover, 2023, Del Rey) 4 stars

Effy has always believed in fairy tales. She's had no choice. Since childhood, she's been …

My Heart. My Soul. :(

3 stars

TW: Mentions SA

This is the first book by Ava Reid that I've actually enjoyed. While some of what I didn't like from her other works (cough The Wolf and the Woodsman cough) were still present (mainly repetitive prose and weird similes, though after the 60% mark it mostly went away) I ended up really liking the final messaging of the book.

There are consistent metaphors focusing on water, most of which I found incredibly relatable when they referenced Effy's assault. (When they didn't, it felt annoying) Effy's rage paired with how she feels like she's 'drowning' during those periods, feeling like she'll see her assaulter just around the next corner, wow. Though the prose stayed simple for the most part, with patterns to the text in the beginning that were a little bit annoying, I still think the message of female empowerment and overcoming odds that feel …

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stopped reading Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (Terra Ignota -- Book 1)

Ada Palmer: Too Like the Lightning (Hardcover, 2016, Tor Books) 4 stars

"The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our …

I can't give this book a rating because I dnf'd at around 30 pages in. The premise seemed interesting, but the prose came off as pretentious. The narrator kept monologuing and I didn't feel like slogging through page after page of hand-holding so the reader can understand exactly what the author wanted. It's a bit disappointing because I was excited to read it. Maybe I'll pick it up over the summer.

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Becky Chambers: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) …

Beautiful book. I am amazed at Becky Chamber's magic abilities.

5 stars

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