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  • While I consider myself a bit too… ahem… seasoned to truly enjoy a middle grade book, I would not miss anything written by Seanan McGuire – and this one in particular, because of its ties with Middlegame, another book I thoroughly loved. Your mention of the author’s “”mesmerizing and enthralling writing style”” confirms me that this is a “classic” McGuire and that I would without doubt enjoy it very much.
    Thanks for sharing!!!!! 🙂

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    • Hahahaha I thought the same until I realized that some MG books can say a lot with so little and that’s why I’m remaining open to the idea of exploring them. But like you’ve mentioned, it’s especially because it’s Seanan McGuire that it was a no brainer to pick this up! 😛 When I realized the link to Middlegame it had, it was even easier for me to want this and I’m glad to confirm that it turned out pretty good! 😀 Thank you so much for reading, Maddalena!

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  • I’ve been feeling a strange pull lately for stories that seem to fall into the middle grade range. Not sure why, perhaps a desire to look back at my life during those times. This looks to perfectly fit what I’ve been imagining reading. Great review, Lashaan. Thanks for waking me up to this one.

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    • I totally understand. I feel like I missed out on a lot of excellent MG classics growing up, having really started reading during my teenage years. I sort of want to revisit that category just to know where the good MG stories are at. I hope you get to try this one, or even the adult fantasy Middlegame that it superficially connects to! Thanks for reading, Todd! 😀

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  • I see that you really loved that one Lashaan but I would be on the fence as Alice in Wonderland is my less loved fairytale!

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  • I am actually not that keen on Alice in Wonderland, but normally that I quite enjoy stories about entering parallel worlds. It does sound like a wonderful story and it also sounds like there is a moral message about having to overcome your differences and work together. That message wouldn’t go amiss amongst grown-ups either these days…

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    • I can see why Alice might not work for everyone hahah I think I’ve seen so many variations of the characters and the story throughout my life, before having finally read it a couple of years ago, that it made it easier for me to appreciate the concept of it hahah What I liked here is how those very moral messages are accessible to kids but are brilliant for adults too! Refreshingly insightful! Thanks for reading, as always! 😀

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    • Same! I was fully captivated by it when it was announced and even more when I realized who the author was hahah

      Yes! I love that it offers a similar adventure to Alice in Wonderland! I can’t wait to see what the sequel will be like. Thank you for reading! 😀

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  • Great review, Lashaan, it actually makes me intrigued in the book – but only mildly, my previous experiences with McGuire were rather discouraging, and I already tried three times, and still no charm 😉 So even though you bring up Alice in Wonderland, which I love, I think I’m going to give this one a pass, at least for now. I’m happy to worked so well for you, though!

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  • Great review, Lashaan! It sounds like a very refreshing book, and I feel like we all have both of these personalities in us – some leaning more towards one or the other of cours! The “Alice in Wonderland” vibes are definitely intriguing! I have never heard of Seanan McGuire before, but this makes me very curious to try one of her books! Thanks for sharing 😊

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    • Thanks, Juliette! I also find that the contrasting personalities really make it clear for Middle-Grade readers how everyone is different and that there’s always something to learn from one another. I honestly didn’t expect the Alice in Wonderland vibes but it was very refreshing, especially with the wordplay and the quirky dialogues! I hope you get the chance to try out one of her books (she has so many pseudonyms too) someday! Thanks, as always, for reading, Juliette! 😀

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