The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

36626748.jpgTitle: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.


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Thank you so much to Dutton, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

THE LAST TIME I LIED was such a fantastic and thrilling  psychological thriller. I was completely blown away with that ending!

I was extremely excited to receive an early copy of this book. After reading Final Girls last year it quickly became my new favorite thriller, until I finished this book. I was really impressed with this book, it was everything I was hoping for and more. Riley Sager’s second book pays homage to horror films in terms of nostalgic feelings and
settings, it reminded me of Sleepaway Camp and Crystal Lake .The descriptions will make you feel as if you’re right there in the forest. My absolute favorite thing about this book was the mysterious setting of Camp Nightingale.

The Last Time I Lied follows the story about Emma a thirteen year old girl, who is gone to spend her summer at Camp Nightingale. Because she is late to arrive she is to stay in a cabin with three older girls. She becomes close to Vivian, the queen bee of camp.Emma idolizes Vivian to a point where she obsesses over her every move. One night the three older girls leave the cabin at night, and never return. Fifteen years later the camp is to reopen and the owner has asked Emma to be the painting instructor.  Wanting to find out the truth about the missing girls,Emma agrees to return to camp.

Emma was the perfect unreliable narrator, you know she has a secret and you question her sanity as she searches for answers.  The other character’s were interesting too, my favorite being Vivian I really wanted to know what happened to her and the other girls.

I don’t want to say too much about this book, because I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone else.This is one of my new favorite books, and I highly recommend picking it up this summer if your in the mood for a creepy atmospheric thriller. This will be released on July 3, 2018. Riley Sager has really impressed me and I will read anything he publishes in the future.


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Listen to your Heart by Kasie West

36127456Title: Listen to your Heart
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult,Contemporary
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.


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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review.

This is Kasie West’s newest novel, I am determined to read all her book’s this year so I was super excited to receive an e-arc copy from Edelwiess. I loved this one,honestly all of Kasie’s books are super sweet adorable reads, but this one is probably my favorite. Kasie West is my go to author when I just want something light and fun.

It was a little predictable, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. There was a slow burn romance which if you didn’t know is one of my favorite types of romances. The character’s in this were fantastic. The author is started be write more diverse character’s, I found in her earlier books all her characters were Caucasian. I related to Kate so much ! I to don’t like talking to people and am comfortable inside my little group of friends.Kate is funny and I love her friendship with Alana. I liked how being a part of the podcast allowed Kate to grow as a character. Diego is a sweetheart, he is the perfect love interest.

The podcast story line was really interesting, I myself have never listened to a podcast before and I’m now interested to try some. I really like some of the topics that were brought up such as the topic of bullying and the advice that was given.

I really enjoyed Listen to Your Heart. I highly recommend you pick up this book during the summer, you wont be disappointed.


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[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise

38316600Title:[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories of Connection and Otherwise
Author: Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace, Trista Mateer, Sara Bond, Canisia Lubrin, Cyrus Parker, Iain S. Thomas, Yena Sharma Purmasir,Liam Ryan, R.H. Swaney
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Humanity exists in a hyper connected world, where our closest friends, loves and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who
have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion and art with millions of fans.

Combining the poetic forces of some of today’s most popular and confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as your favorite poets connect with each other; offering their poetry to the next poet who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection and collaboration.


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I received an ebook proof from Netgalley for an honest review.

This was a really unique book filled with a wide cast of poets, some I love and some were new to me. Anthologies are difficult to review, as each story is different.I reviewed the  short stories individually, obviously my three favorite were Nakita, Amanda and Cyrus. I will read anything by these three authors,and if i had to pick a favorite story it would be Amanda’s. It was beautiful, magical and about the ocean,so it holds a special place in my heart.It was fun to discover some new poets,I really liked Liam Ryans writing and will look for more of his work in the future.

Nakita Gill 5 Stars
Cyrus Parker 5 Stars
Sarah Bond 3 Stars
Yena Sharma Purmasir 3 Stars
Iain S Thomas 3.5 Stars
Amanda Lovelace 5 Stars
R H Swaney 3 Stars
Trista Mateer 4 Stars
Liam Ryan 4 Stars
Canisia Lubrin 3 Stars

If you’re looking for a fun fast read, by amazingly talent writers then I highly recommend you pick up this book.


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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

32620332Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Adult, Contemporary,Romance
Pages: 400
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job,
no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her
biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to
leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition,
an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the
present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


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I have seen so many people gush about how much they loved this book,so when I had an audiobook credit I snatched it up. I went into this book knowing nothing about it,
except for what the title implies. This book was beyond my expectations. I could rave about this forever!! I found myself lost in this story, wanting to know more about Evelyn and her life.Oh my God, this was an amazing book!

This book is about Evelyn Hugo an aging movie star who is ready to tell her story to the world. Her story starts when Evelyn is a young girl wanting to be an actress, she marries a man so she can escape her current life and start chasing her dream. Evelyn is unapologetic is her actions,she is strong willed and willing to do anything to get the roles she wants. With every new man she meets, she quickly learns what she can gain from him. With each marriage I found myself becoming more and more invested in the story.

The story is told in two alternating timelines, present time is told by Monique is a journalist at a magazine that Evelyn requested. Monique is a biracial woman going
through a divorce, trying to make it in the journalism field. The other timelines are different periods of Evelyn’s life as she tells Monique the events of her life that landed her having seven different husbands.Her love life and career takes so many twists and turns, the true romance of this book was heartbreaking but so sweet.

Overall, this is an incredibly well written story,and this book was beyond my expectations. I could rave about this forever. I highly recommend picking up this book.


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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

29923707Title: One Dark Throne
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA,Fantasy
Pages: 464
Rating: 3 Stars


Synopsis

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is strongerthan ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out.And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


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I’m disappointed to say that I had such high expectations for this series and it turned out to be just okay. I really struggled to get into the story, yes this book had a lot more action scenes then book one. If you loved the first book than I’m sure you will really enjoy this one as well, I just don’t think this series is for me, and now it has been extended to four books.These book’s have a mixture of everything I love, dark,edgy powerful queens,but something just isn’t clicking.

I found a lot of the scenes were rushed and some plot points I didn’t understand, I felt they were unnecessary to the story. The pacing is really slow, and I don’t really connect with any of the characters. There are a lot of character arcs in these book’s. There’s the three queens,there suitors ,friends and family. Arsinoe is still my favorite but Katharine is making an incredibly close second.She has changed SO MUCH and I really enjoyed seeing the dark side to her.The romances I’m not invested in any of them, Joseph is a terrible person!

These books are enjoyable, and I plan on sticking with this series to see how it will end for the queens.


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Scream All Night by Derek Milman

32928987Title :Scream All Night
Author: Derek Milman
Genre: Ya,Contemporary, Horror
Pages: 400
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens
of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director
of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears
his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest
Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and
the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his
future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?


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ARC provided by edelwiess in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings for mental illness and child abuse.

SCREAM ALL NIGHT  is a coming of age story about a boy who has to face his childhood demons and return to his home. I was first drawn to this book because I love horror movies. This book’s main setting is a a movie studio that makes horror movies. What I
wasn’t expecting was the abuse that Dario suffers as a child and the mental illness representation. This book is an interesting and quick read.

This is one of the most unique Ya book I’ve ever read! Dario Heyward is a teen boy living in a group home after legally emancipating himself from his family. His father, the famous mastermind behind a horror movie production company Moldavia Studios,he leaves the entire studio to Dario in his will. He is given six months to make a profit or he is to sell to another studio. Oren, Dario’s older brother has an idea for a movie but it is not well thought out, the crew dose not  want to continue with his film.

This book gave me a lot of Rocky Horror feelings, with the cult following of the studios B-horror movies.Derek does an amazing job setting the atmosphere of the
castle! I loved Dario as a character,he was clever and cares about his family and friends. He struggles with coming to terms with his childhood trauma,and his relationship with his brother. Oren, is such a different character, hes quirky and he struggles to put his thoughts together. I loved reading about him,he was a bit problematic but he works on repairing his relationship with Dario.

This book is released on July 24th, This would be the perfect book is to read during a cold October night!


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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

38139409.jpgTitle: Sawkill Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Genre: Ya,Fantasy
Pages: 320
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: 3.5


Synopsis

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids
whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.


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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by Claire that I’ve read and I thought this book had a lot of potential,it was set up like a YA Horror, but turned supernatural. I was confused at the beginning, but I slowly got into the story. The monster was creepy and mysterious.The writing was beautiful and does a great job at setting up the creepy atmospheric vibe of the island.I loved the characters !! There is also bisexual and asexual representation in this novel.

Sawkill Girls is told is three different POV’s. Told by Marion,Zoey and Val, these three girls come together when girls on the island continue to go missing.This story is set during present time. It begins with Marion and her family moving to Sawkill after their father’s passing away. I adored getting to know Marion, she is a sweet girl who has gone through a lot of negative things but she continues to hold on strong. She is the rock of her family,she takes care of her mother who cannot cop with life after the death of her husband. She is pretty close with her sister Charlotte and I loved there relationship.

The second girl Zoey, was my favorite of the three. She is fierce, and she is asexual. She was in a relationship with Grayson until they had sex, she realized she didn’t enjoy sex and felt repulsed by it. Grayson remains her best friend and he is so sweet. Zoey is also grieving, her friend Thora was one of the girls who went missing.

Then there was Val,she is the popular beautiful golden girl of the island.I can’t reveal to much about her because spoilers, but i really grew to like her character. The relationships between the girls is intense,Zoey and Val are pretty much enemies.Marion’s family is employed by Val’s mother to be housekeepers,these three girls end up spending a lot if time together.The girls are amazing and flawed and just completely perfect.

Overall, this was a fun paranormal book with strong female friendships,girls fighting monsters and a cute f/f relationship. This book comes out October 2 and will be the perfect fall read.


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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

35707056Title: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Genre: Ya,Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 320
Rating: 4 Stars


 

Synopsis

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.


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I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I’ve seen it around and I never really had an interest in reading it. My daughter is teething and I needed an audiobook so I picked up this one. I ended up listening to in in two days, OMG I loved it so much !!

What I loved most about this novel was the friendship between all the girls. Mila our main character is a fat Mexican, also a wiccan who ends up resurrecting her friend Riley,but surprise she also raises June and Dayton. Mila and Riley were never friends with the other girls while they were alive, they were bullies or “mean girls”.But now they have all grown close in the search for who killed them within seven days. I loved how the girls all bonded with each other, despite there differences.I loved Mila’s sarcastic voice, while she is tough the author also shows her softer side as she grieves for her friend.

The murder mystery aspect was brilliantly done. I was constantly changing my opinion as to who the murderer was as more facts were revealed, I was wrong in who I thought it was.I also loved how it was explained that Wicca and Witchcraft are not the same thing (despite what many people think.)I took off a star rating because I felt that the ending was a little rushed.

If your looking for a fun diverse, murder mystery with a bunch of girls doing magic then I highly advise you to pick this one up.This book is a must read for 2018!!


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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars


Synopsis

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in
this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


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LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT picks up where SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA left off, Leah on the Offbeat follows Leah during her senior year. She is bisexual but she
is not out to any of her friends.I’m so excited that I got to read this book so soon after the release date to not be influenced by other reviews. I don’t have a whole lot to say about the world building as it’s a contemporary,but I love how its connected to Becky’s other novels.This is a book that is a very character driven novel, it is not plot driven at all.I loved seeing Simone and Bram together, ahh it’s so cute!!! After a week of thought, I’ve decided to lower my rating from a 4 to a 3.

Leah is a fantastic character,as a heavier girl I love how confident she is with her body.In this book we got so much more insight into her character than we got in Simone. I really connected with the anxiety she felt even in her friend group. But I feel as if she didn’t go through a huge character growth as I would have liked. However I felt that she was a difficult character to empathize with at times. She was really mean to her friends and her crush without being provoked. Leah also “Bi” shames her crush, which is a hard no for me. Leah hasn’t come out to her friends herself yet that she is bi-sexual so for her to criticize her crush for being confused about her sexuality was really hypocritical of Leah. She goes through very little character development and this is why I have decided to lower my rating.

Overall, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it.


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Providence by Caroline Kepnes

35226186Title: Providence
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 400
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Rating: 3.5


Synopsis

A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with
the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and
find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.


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I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited when I heard there was new book from Caroline Kepnes. You is one of my favorite books so I was really excited when I got approved on Edelweiss for a copy. I really struggled with what to rate this book, because one I did really like it. It’s a very strange book, I wanted to keep reading to see if it would explain what happened to Jon and if he fixes it. Two, it was one of the strangest book’s I’ve ever read, at times I was confused and wasn’t sure what was going on. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I started Providence, but I’m glad I read it. Although I wouldn’t say its a thriller, it has many sci-fi elements to the story.

Providence follows three characters who each have their own alternating POV’s: Jon, Chloe, and Eggs. Jon “basement boy” is our main character who is kidnapped in the woods as a child on his way to school and returns years later “changed”.I really wanted to know what happened to Jon and that is the main reason I kept reading.Chloe is Jon’s best friend, his only friend. Eggs is the detective who investigating strange deaths, where people die of heart attacks. He is borderline OCD, he get’s obsessed with the case, believing there has to be more to it than just heart attacks, the case becomes the only thing he can think about.

It’s hard to describe this book because I don’t want to reveal to much, it’s better going into the book not knowing much about it.I really enjoyed this book as an original story idea, I’ve never read anything like this before.I’m going to be 100% honest with you. I wanted so much to love this book.I really did. But, it was just such a weird concept. I’m still glad that I gave it chance and finished reading the book.


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