I don't know if this was the best book to listen to audio for if you haven't read the book. I had a hard time keeping up a bit. I do think that I will...moreI don't know if this was the best book to listen to audio for if you haven't read the book. I had a hard time keeping up a bit. I do think that I will be reading the actual book when I have some time though and I predict that my rating will go up. (less)
4.5 stars - I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I’ve tried writing this review a handful of times and stopped because I wasn’t quite sure what t...more4.5 stars - I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I’ve tried writing this review a handful of times and stopped because I wasn’t quite sure what to tell you. This has become one of my favorite series out there … enough that I bought the books from overseas because I couldn’t wait until they finally came out here.
Haze actually picks up shortly after book 1, Shadows. Gaby is no longer having the nightmares that brought her and Rafa together, but she still struggles with remembering her other life. The life where she and her brother Jude were at odds. Mystery still plays a big part in this story because Gaby has no idea what happened with Jude… what caused the accident that has her believing he is dead and the question arises as to whether Jude is truly gone. Rafa is convinced he’s not.
Gaby struggles with moving forward… and continues to find reason after reason not to go on the search, which kind of stalls the progression of the plot of this story, but in no way took away from the enjoyment of reading for me. I can understand her struggle with hoping that Jude is still alive and I can understand her hesitancy to find out the truth about what actually happened a year ago. That doesn’t mean I’m not impatient and want her to suck it up and get going. I love Gaby. She has her vulnerable and soft side, but we almost never see it. She’s kick-ass and tough and snarky.
Rafa glances at me as we walk. His hair looks fairer out here in the sunlight. Right now I’d like to run my fingers through it, get a good handful, and smack his head into the brick wall we’re passing.
We do get to see some relationship type of things develop between her and Rafa here. But I have to say that the more Rafa refuses to tell Gaby about their past the more I’m curious to know exactly what kind of past it was. It only makes me more eager for Gaby to get all her memories back, and yet I'm afraid of what those memories will bring.
Rafa of course is arrogant, sexy and brooding … he’s determined to find Jude, but he needs Gaby’s help.
"But what if we can’t find Jude?"
He leans closer. His breath is warm on my ear. "We will."
"How can you be so sure?" I want to believe him so badly, but this is Rafa. The guy who’s all action and no plan. His smile is tired, knowing. An echo of a shared past I don’t remember.
"Because I’m not smart enough to give up, and you don’t know how to."
I love that the story hasn’t become about the romance between Gaby and Rafa … it’s hovering out there in the distance, and we get bits and pieces of it, but it’s not what Weston is focusing on. Instead we get to see snippets of the evolution of their relationship… the tenderness that Rafa is starting to show towards Gaby, the confusion that Gaby has because of her missing memories and how that impacts them together… I am really loving how Weston is pacing this part of the story. But what I really love about these two is that Rafa sees her strength and pushes her to try to remember who she used to be. Despite the fact that it may change her feelings for him going forward.
All that said, what Gaby’s stalling early on in the story does lead to, is a handful of subplots that while interesting, kind of slowed the book down a bit. We are drawn into several other dramas before we get to the meat of the story that I really had been dying for since the end of Shadows. Don’t get me wrong, they are interesting in their own right and definitely add to the overall arc of the story, but I was dying for these two to get to Melbourne. Let me just say I was so excited when we finally got there. We readers got some resolution!
And that’s all I’ll say about that.
What I will say is this – if you aren’t reading this series yet, go get it. Weston has created vibrant, wonderful characters that jump off the page and a story that will have you captivated from the start of book 1. If you’re looking for something amazing in the paranormal / fantasy genre then this series should be on top of your list. Filled with mystery, action, humor and romance… there is a little bit of something for everyone and the end will have you begging for the next book. I know I am! (less)
When I saw this book listed in netgalley I immediately prayed to all the book gods that I would be approved for it. A few days later... I looked like...moreWhen I saw this book listed in netgalley I immediately prayed to all the book gods that I would be approved for it. A few days later... I looked like this.
See, I loved Hex Hall, I enjoyed the story and the characters and when I heard that Rachel Hawkins was going to do a spin-off series I jumped for joy, but was admittedly a tiny bit worried what it would be about.
In School Spirits, we're better introduced to the Brannicks. If you've read the Hex Hall series, you might remember them as the family of red-headed women who fight and hunt magical creatures.
As you can imagine, Izzy's life doesn't lend itself to a traditional type of upbringing. After the mysterious disappearance of Izzy's sister, her mom decides that they need to take a break from everything and hone Izzy's skills by looking into a haunting at a high school. It will be Izzy's first time attending school and spending great amounts of time with people her own age, other than her sister. Only this isn't your typical haunting and Izzy gets to meet some wonderful characters.
I really enjoyed all the characters that Hawkins has created here again. Torin is back and still trapped in his mirror of course. But Izzy has definitely become a favorite. Pushed into this world where she has absolutely no clue and is watching an over dramatic high school television series in order to get an idea about what high school might entail had me chuckling. She of course seems to meet up with the class misfits right off the bat, and I truly like both Romy and Dex.
"What's your name?" Romy asked. A tiny dimple flashed in one cheek. "I mean, in my head, you'll always be The Girl Who Took My Desk, but that's kind of an awkward thing to call you all the time."
I instantly loved Romy - She was the perfect match to Izzy introducing her to friendship and girl talk and painting toes and gossip. Romy is the head of one of the school clubs... PMS or Paranormal Management Society, so what starts out as a means to get to the bottom of the ghost issues, turns into more. It also turns out that the simple haunting happening at the high school and to students really isn't as simple as initially thought.
I adore him. He's charismatic, witty, and sweet and oh so adorable.
Maybe it was his grin, which was a nice change from the glares/looks of horror I'd gotten in the gym, but I found myself giving a little smile in return. "Izzy. And there, uh, was a dodgeball incident."
"Perhaps the most intriguing phrase I've heard uttered in some time," Dex said, rocking back on his heels. "I'm obviously going to need you to elaborate."
Sorry. We probably haven't reached the inappropriate touching stage of our friendship yet."
"The clothes, I mean," he said, gesturing to his coat. "I know that I'm fashionable and well-groomed, and yes, I have been known to rock the occasional manbracelet."
He lifted his wrist, jangling the bracelet I'd noticed earlier. I could see now that it was plain silver, just a series of links.
"But," Dex continued, dragging another one of my fries through ketchup, "I also like ladies. And not as shopping buddies, but in the carnal sense."
But, Dex is special and Izzy still hasn't quite figured out what his deal is... she thinks he's prodigium but isn't sure and that's odd for her because she can always tell.
The good news for those of you new to Rachel Hawkins is that you don't really need to read the Hex Hall series in order to jump into this one. While you will have a better understanding of what the Brannick's do and who they are, you get a pretty good understanding right off the bat in School Spirits. And there is only brief mentions of Sophie and Archer in this book. The other good news is that you definitely have time to read the Hex Hall series before this one comes out in May 2013, so really you could read the three books in that series and be ready for this one come release day.
If you're looking for a YA Paranormal series with a bit of romance and a lot of fun this is definitely a perfect series.
Thank you to Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for the early copy in return for an honest review.
Please note that this is of course an early copy so the quotes are subject to change.
I think Dante is one of those characters you love to hate. At least he was for me.
He makes good girls...bad
Dante is a soul collector, and he's awesom...moreI think Dante is one of those characters you love to hate. At least he was for me.
He makes good girls...bad
Dante is a soul collector, and he's awesome. He's got looks, charm and he uses both to his advantage working for you know how down below, and he's become one of the best soul collectors out there. He's up for a promotion that will allow him to be on the surface for good, but he has one last job to do before he gets what he wants.... Collect Charlie Cooper's soul in the next ten days.
Dante has spent his life ... and his after-life caring about no one but himself, and Charlie Cooper isn't going to derail his plans to get what he wants, no matter how undeserving she is of what he's got to do.
I promise, you are going to think that Dante is the biggest douche ever when you first meet him.
"I say it slowly because patronizing people is fun."
She looks like a porcelain doll... beat three times with an ugly stick.
"I could have you kicked out of here."
"For what? Being awesome?"
"You don't know who your fucking with, princess. Ain't no one do bad like I do."
The boy has an ego the size of ... I don't even know - but it's damn big. Most of the time I found it amusing though, because he truly does think he's this amazing being.
What I liked though, was the evolution of his character. When we first meet Dante we know nothing about him. We don't know how he died, what his life was like prior to dying ... none of it. But as it's slowly revealed you get this sense that there is more to Dante. He's deeper than he appears and his reasons for working so hard for the man below become apparent. Yeah, he's selfish but I could forgive him it because once I knew why he was doing what he did you could almost see the sweetness inside him.
Charlie was a wonderful addition though, quite naive. I felt sorry for her and Dante was pretty awful to her in the beginning. I think, Dante got a much needed lesson in looking beneath the surface... people aren't the clothes they wear, or the hair they have on their head or how straight their teeth might be or even how big their boobs might be. It's absolutely what is in their hearts what matters. I loved that despite where she came from, her past and background, she was able to spin it into something positive and when Dante recognizes that it's a beautiful moment.
Maybe it's that I'm accustomed to her face, the way her cheeks glow when she's excited, or the curve of her mouth when she smiles. It's her face - Charlie's face - and in a strange way, I like it the way it is now. Without any changes.
I never expected Charlie and Dante to connect though. Even though, by the end, Dante had redeemed himself, you (or maybe just I) begin to wonder if even if she had never made any changes to her outward appearance if he would still have admitted to any feelings towards her. Yeah, he recognizes her inner beauty by the end, but it also now comes with a pretty outer package.
The plot of the story was good, it managed to bring elements of Heaven and Hell in without being preachy... the story was unique and well written, though the plot wasn't as fast-paced as I would have liked. There were definite times the story dragged. Occasionally I found the style of writing to be irritating and to be honest, if it wasn't for Dante, I might have set it aside.
With all that said, I would recommend The Collector to anyone who's looking for something fun, with a character you'll love to hate ... and eventually (hopefully) just plain love. It was definitely a book that made me laugh and cringe... and laugh some more. I'm looking forward to The Liberator to find out a more about Dante and Charlie's story!
When I picked up this book I was prepared to dislike it... I'm not even lying about that. I had my skeptical face on the whole first chapter. Then I r...moreWhen I picked up this book I was prepared to dislike it... I'm not even lying about that. I had my skeptical face on the whole first chapter. Then I realized that it still included some of my favorite characters from the previous books!
Edge of Dawn is set 20 years in the future from where Darker After Midnight left off, and this worried me. I was afraid it wouldn't be as fun and as interesting and have characters that I liked. I was wrong. What Adrian is doing is giving us the future of The Order.
When I finished book 10 I wasn't sure there were going to be anymore... I mean it left off at a good spot to end. I talked about this with the girls in 'book club' and we speculated on what the plans were and if it would continue.
Edge of Dawn is the story of Mira and Kellan. Remember them? Nope? I didn't either until I got a little more information. See while the younger Breed mates and warriors were in the stories, they didn't have much action in the stories so it took me a bit to warm up and remember who I was reading about. Adrian does a good job of reminding us though as the story progresses.
In the future, the government and The Order are working together to live peacefully... or that's the impression most people have. There are things happening that could disrupt whatever amount of peace there might have been.
Mira was a bit of an arc in Veil of Midnight (#5) where she is the girl that Nikolai and Renata are determined to take care of. In Edge of Dawn, we learn Mira as a squad captain has become a fierce warrior in her own right. Losing the one person she had loved since childhood has scarred her in ways that will never heal. A random assignment brings her face-to-face with the man she has always loved... the man she thought was dead and he's not who she ever expected he would be.
Kellan and Mira have to make their way, taking sides and figuring out what they truly believe in. The catch is that, if you remember, looking in Mira's eyes provides the viewer with a glimpse of their future. With both having seen what the future has in store for them, will they make the right choices?
I was so excited to see the return of some of the other Order members that you know and love. Lucan of course and Nikolai and their breedmates and several others.
I think this was an excellent start to the next chapter in the Midnight Breed series and I'm excited to see where Adrian takes this going forward.
Definitely a must read for fans of BDB and other similar Vampire Series books. (And to be honest, I love these more than BDB)Go check them out now!
Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for the advance copy of this book.
I absolutely loved this book. Paranormal is one of my favorites and I've been looking for something that would just pull me in and keep me...more4.5 stars!
I absolutely loved this book. Paranormal is one of my favorites and I've been looking for something that would just pull me in and keep me hooked and Shadows did that. It turned out to be a fast-paced debut that had me turning page after page.
Gaby is still dealing with the death of her twin brother Jude when we first meet her. She's been living with her only friend and basically is living day to day. It's been about a year and she can't really remember much of her life prior to the crash that killed him and injured her. Meanwhile, she's having vivid, violent dreams that are filled with unidentifiable beasts where she and a sexy sword wielding guy are in full battle. Entering a creative writing contest unwittingly brings her past back.
Suddenly she meets Rafa and instantly feels a connection to him that she attributes to him knowing her brother. He claims to be Jude's best friend, but Gaby doesn't know or remember him, yet he has pictures to back up his claims. It turns out things aren't exactly as Gaby seems to think. Certain people think that she is dead... and now that they know she isn't, they're going to be looking for her.
I really loved the world building and back story that Weston created for this book. I love Fallen Angel stories when they are done well, and this one is done very well. She took some common concepts and really builds on them to create her own world.
The characters for me totally worked. Gaby, while unsure and confused is never weak. And I really enjoyed that she was a bit older than your typical YA heroine. Rafa, while self-assured and witty, never came across as a jerk or a typical bad boy, and I truly appreciated that while there are hints of romance in this book, the plot was never abandoned for it. Even the secondary characters were a great addition the the story and really added to the story.
The history of both Rafa and Gaby was interesting to me because while Rafa could remember everything, Gaby had no clue and with Rafa hinting at it throughout (as well as a few others), I'm dying to know more about their past. You could really sense the struggle for him to keep his past opinion about her (they were on opposite sides of a disagreement) out of what they were currently dealing with, yet it was still apparent that he had feelings for her and really cared about not only Jude, his best friend, but her too.
I have to say that this is in my top of 2012 reads and I'm so glad I picked it up. I can't wait for the next in this series. If you're looking for the next incredible paranormal, fallen angel type story... look no further because this is it.
I mean... after reading this third book, I'm dying to get my hands on the fourth and final book in this series.
Betrayals in Spring opens with Althea and Lucas finally reunited!! The three of them, make their way to a safe-house of sorts and are forced to sort through where they stand what their ultimate plan is.
That's easy for Althea... find Deshi and join forces to save Earth from The Others. Of course everything can't be that easy. For as much as Althea wants to throw herself into Lucas's arms and tell him how much she missed him, there is something different about him. So they keep their distance.
"I get it Althea. Nothing is the same. Not you, not me. Certainly not us." His gaze flicks to Pax again, almost as though he can't help it.
My body almost rips in two, half wanting to shake sense into Lucas and the other part dying to step into his arms and beg him to see that we can still figure this out- that just because things have changed doesn't have to mean they're gone.
I'll admit it... after Winter Omens, I was on the fence about Lucas and to be honest, I was on the fence about him through the beginning of book 3, but HOMG this boy gave me all the feels.
"...I know we spent some time apart, and that we didn't make each other any promises last autumn. We didn't have time, really, but I wold have, Althea. I still would."
My heart bangs against my rib cage. I want him to stop talking. I want him to talk forever.
"But I know you're scared of believing in a someday that might not come true..."
Lucas was left alone last season and he only had his element father to connect with and it seems to Althea as though his views on what their purpose in this world is, might have changed. You can sense her holding back with him which is why their relationship is strained. Then the unthinkable happens and Lucas is forced to help The Others and she worries that she might lose him for good.
No matter what happens though, Althea is convinced that the next move is to find Deshi and so with a little help they determine where they need to go. And this is where I stop telling you about the story!
I absolutely love the characters in this series. Althea is strong and determined and while there is the underlying romance, it's not her main focus. She's determined to save Earth and save its inhabitants... her love life will have to take a backseat! She won't let either Lucas or Pax get in the way of her goal.
Even the secondary characters of Greer and Griffin and Nat are wonderfully done and I hope we get some more of them in book 4.
This story again has fast paced action and lots of twists and turns that I think all readers will enjoy, and the end has me counting down the days to February 19th and the release of the final book Summer Ruins. (24 in case you're counting with me)
Definitely put this series on your must read list! I definitely count this series among the best of the best in YA right now!
The Last Year Series is quickly moving up my list of favorite series of all time. If you haven't started this one then run out and pick up book 1! I p...moreThe Last Year Series is quickly moving up my list of favorite series of all time. If you haven't started this one then run out and pick up book 1! I promise you are going to love it.
Winter Omens picks up where Whispers in Autumn ends. Althea is alone again in Winter and on the run from The Others. The only thing that holds back her worry about Lucas is the note left for her stating he is safe. But she's not sure how long that statement will hold true so she is in a hurry to get back to him.
While in the Wilds, Althea encounters two important characters. First - Wolf. She's reluctant at first to encourage the animal to stay with her but because while making her escape to the Wilds she injured herself, he takes care of her in the only way he knows how and their bond begins to form. Wolf isn't really a wolf, but not having pets Althea has no idea that this isn't true.
The other person is Pax. Pax is another dissident... Autumn and he shows up smelling of apples, cinnamon and burning leaves and he knows who and what she is. We don't know Pax's full story immediately, he keeps bits and pieces of what happened to him and his history to himself as does Althea, but you know they have an immediate connection.
Pax has his own agenda ... to get back to Portland to see how his 'brother' is doing... to make sure he's okay. He doesn't care if Althea joins him or not, but Althea's desire to find Lucas is thwarted by Pax because until he can get back to Portland he won't travel with her.
I really liked the addition of Pax in this story. It's easy to tell early on that he makes up the third in a love triangle, but just to be clear, I didn't hate it. Normally triangles just make me angry, but the connection between Pax and Althea was believable and unforced and it made sense. They are helping each other though some pretty intense and major things and the result is something more than friendship.
While they travel to Portland, Althea realizes that her mother can connect to her via her sinum while she's sleeping which means that the Others in the Hive can also find her there if they desire and so this added complication adds to their desperation.
I really thought this was a perfect second book to the series. There was a ton of action and the plot was executed wonderfully. The flow of the story totally worked and I found myself loving Althea even more by the end.
Not only do we get to know more about the Dissidents, Pax, Althea, Lucas and Deshi, but we get more information on The Others. We get to see how cruel they truly are and learn a bit more about what they want and why. We also get to meet Griffin who is full of surprises!
There are obviously things I can't and won't tell you... I won't ruin this series for anyone. But I can tell you this, if you like edge of your seat action, wonderful world building and a story that will have you turning page after page this is the one for you.
As soon as I finished this book, I immediately picked up book 3 and book 4 (the last) is out in mid February so you don't have long to wait to have the full series in your hands.
Definitely run out and read these - The covers are lovely and these are definitely books I've got on my 'must have actual copies of' list!!
NO human on Earth is anything but serene, content, pleased. Except me.
The year is 2015 and a race of alien Others have invaded Earth. They h...more4.5 stars!
NO human on Earth is anything but serene, content, pleased. Except me.
The year is 2015 and a race of alien Others have invaded Earth. They have enslaved humanity by using mind control which has reduced all of mankind to content, happy robots.
All but sixteen year old Althea.
Althea isn't sure why, but she is considered Something Else... she's not controlled by the aliens but she has to hide because if she's found out, she isn't sure what will happen to her.
A mysterious note inside her locket tells her that she should trust no one and so she doesn't. Suddenly she's back in Autumn and meets Lucas. Lucas seems to be like her, different and someone that she could lean on and not be alone anymore.
When they finally realize their importance and how to work together, they are on a search to find out why they are different.
I was immediately hooked on this series. I know, you're thinking Aliens...
but in all seriousness, the aliens aren't green little martian people. I promise.
I'm going to keep a lot of specifics vague because the way this story weaves it's way is incredible. I can't give you a lot of details because anything I say, could potentially impact the story.
What I can say is this... The characters are incredibly written, the story, while dystopian in nature, is incredibly unique and different and I was wonderfully surprised by it. I was hooked from the very beginning turning page after page to find out what the hell was going on. The struggle that Althea goes through to try and come to terms with what/who she is, was written so well.
It's often crossed my mind, the obvious question that if I'm different - Dissident - does that mean I'm not human? And if I'm not... what am I? I'm nowhere near perfect enough to be Other, but the fact that I feel everything doesn't make a great case for my humanity either.
And Lucas... I really liked him from the very beginning, and even though Althea fights it, she likes him too.
I make a mental note to avoid looking at his smile if I intend to utter intelligible language afterward.
This is a definite must read if you're looking for something dystopian but unique. The third book in this series was recently released and I'm going to jump back into the second as soon as I can. I'm excited to see where Leigh takes both Lucas and Althea!
So I have to be honest, this book started out a bit slow for me, but I ended up really loving it. And I realize that the reason it felt a bit slow to...moreSo I have to be honest, this book started out a bit slow for me, but I ended up really loving it. And I realize that the reason it felt a bit slow to begin was because a lot of different elements had to be set up before we could really get into the meat of the story.
In Parallel, we first meet Abby Barnes working on the set of a soon to be released action movie with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. But this was never really her dream. She had aspirations to enjoy her last year of High School with her friends, go to Northwestern and graduate with a degree in Journalism and eventually work for a major newspaper. On the eve of her 18th birthday she finds herself wondering how things would be different if she had just made different choices.
When she wakes up the next morning, she's not where she expected to be and she struggles to make sense of what is going on. She's now living a life where her parallel self from a year earlier makes decisions that impact what is going on in her life today and she has to deal with the consequences of those decisions.
While I found myself thinking Abby was a bit self-centered and a bit whiny, I also found that I felt bad for her. Because of this 'event' happening the things that she wanted and had dreamed for her whole life were being affected and she had little control over the outcomes but still had to deal with the impact her younger self's actions caused.
The plot was incredibly unique and the way that Miller weaves the two parallel stories together really worked well, being able to see the choices that 17 year old Abby was making and why and then being able to see the impact of those choices at a later date really worked here and was really well done. I found myself trying to predict what was going to happen but really had a hard time doing so.
I loved that we also got to see the impact her choices had on her friends. You could really see the way her choices didn't affect just her and I think sometimes it's easy to forget about that.
There is a bit of a romance to this story... when I say bit, I just mean that while romance was a big part of the story for Abby, I didn't feel like it was a romantic book... Others might feel a bit different than me on that. I didn't get enough of a connection with either Josh in her parallel world or Michael in her current world to get a feel for her relationship with either one, but I did end up liking one more than the other.
There is a lot of Science involved in this story... not to the extent that you have to be a genius to understand... don't get me wrong, it's just there are some scientific theories that help to explain what is happening and why it is happening. The idea of a parallel universe is incredibly intriguing and this story was done to perfection. Is it real scientific information that is out there? I don't even know and to be perfectly honest I don't really care, because it totally worked for this book.
In the end, this story really is about fate and destiny and how that determines the outcomes of our lives. Do we really have a choice in where we end up or who we end up with in the end? I guess that's the big question!!
Definitely a must read if you find parallel universes intriguing and absolutely if you're looking for something different and unique!
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Violet Midnight is book one in the Violet Night series from Lynn Rush. This was my first foray into Rush's writing and I wasn't disappointed.
Emma Mart...moreViolet Midnight is book one in the Violet Night series from Lynn Rush. This was my first foray into Rush's writing and I wasn't disappointed.
Emma Martin finds it a bit hard to blend in with her fellow students on campus these days. She's got a glowing tattoo and unimaginable powers and... well, she hunts vampires. Think Buffy with violet eyes and a tattoo that tells her when one is near.
When she's discovered by the handsome Jake Cunningham they have an instant connection and he divulges some information about himself. Two years ago something happened to him and now he too has unexplained powers. Their assumption is that he too is a Hunter.
But something is happening in their small college town because after months of silence from the vampires, there is suddenly way more unexplained activity.
While I enjoyed this book, I didn't love it. The writing felt a bit too simplistic to me and the characters were not as developed as I would have liked to see. Plus... instalove always really really hurts me. It's just so hard for me to grasp and so I struggled with that a bit.
What I liked... a kick-ass heroine who isn't dependent on a guy to save her. Emma was tough and while she and I felt that she and Jake almost seem to fall for each other based on their circumstances rather than true feelings, she didn't let those feelings for him cloud her purpose. (You'll understand why I say that when you read this book!) Plus there is a ton of action! With the influx of Vampires in town we get to experience Emma and Jake in action quite a bit.
I think that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer might really enjoy this book and if it sounds like your kind of thing, you'll be happy to know that book two is due out today!
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