Waiting on Wednesday #41: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
February 27th 2018, Feiwel & Friends
YA Fantasy
The capable, confident, and occasionally ruthless heroine of Daughter of the Pirate King is back in this action-packed sequel that promises rousing high seas adventures and the perfect dash of magic.

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.
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I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEED. Okay, I absolutely LOVED Daughter of the Pirate King. Alosa is such a great main character and I loved her banter with Riden. These two together ♥♥♥♥♥ Plus sea adventures! Sirens! Ack, yes, I am very much waiting on this book.
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Brooding YA Hero Playlist!


Hi everyone! I'm super excited to share with you all today a very awesome and utterly magnificent playlist by none other than everyone's favorite book boyfriend, Brooding YA Hero! Broody's upcoming book, Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, releases TOMORROW and I cannot wait for everyone to read it! Super swoony. 100% broody. Even informative. Why, it is perfection! Read below more about this book from the Hit Twitter account @BroodingYAHero (by Carrie DiRisio & Illustrated by Linnea Gear) and listen to the most awesome playlist ever (NOT KIDDING, I love it so much!) and make sure to order a copy because you want this book in your life! Enjoy ♥
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Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie DiRisio and Illustrated by Linnea Gear
October 17th, 2017 from Sky Pony Press
YA Writing Fiction
Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

Broody McHottiepants is a master of all trades (Of course. Why would he be anything less than that? His current hobbies include making bad life choices, shedding manly tears, rescuing clumsy protagonists, and, of course, gazing into everyone's eyes. This is his first book, although he'd like to remind you he's starred in many novels and movies, including your favorite one. He'd also like to remind you to let out that breath you didn't know you were holding. When he's not saving the world from a bleak dystopia, getting crowned Prom King, or falling in a love triangle, he can be found sulking in a corner. You can follow him @BroodingYAHero.
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...Brooding YA Hero Playlist...
Listen on Spotify!


Love all these songs so much! Very broody & swoony! ♥
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About Carrie DiRisio

Carrie DiRisio YA writer and creator of @BroodingYAHero. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with one large fluffy cat, and is currently pursuing her masters in Digital Marketing, although her true dream is to become a Disney Villainess, complete with a really snazzy gown. In addition to writing and plans for world domination, she also enjoys running, coffee, Krav Maga, and knitting. You can follow her @writer_carrie or check out her website at creativelycarrie.com.
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About Linnea Gear
Linnea Gear was born and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona, a small town known for its Wild West feel. She has been drawing professionally since 2013. Linnea currently lives in Flagstaff, AZ, earning a BS in Chemistry and currently splits her time between drawing concept art and drawing chemical equations. She is the writer and illustrator of Dissent, a fantasy webcomic. You can follow her @linneadoodle and check out her art at linneart.tumblr.com.

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ARC Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published:  September 5th, 2017
Page Count:  264 pages
Format: ARC
Source: From publisher 


Summary:
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3/5 stars


.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.


This is my first book by E. Lockhart and boy did it stress me out! Told in reverse, I flipped through pages to discover the mystery behind the characters that I wish to never cross.

What I Liked:

I can't remember the last time (if ever) that I read a book in a backwards timeline. It's so unusual, but I liked it! I wanted to reach the end of the book to know how everything happens and what made the main character land in a run-down motel in Baja California, Mexico (so close to me!). And whoa, quite a disturbing ride! 

Without spoiling much, what I can say is that one of the main characters is the kind of person I never want to cross paths with. The kind of character who gives me the chills and why I stray far away from thrillers/mysteries. She is a social chameleon alright, who must always get what she wants from you and be LOVED by you if you want to stay safe. Super creepy yet interesting to read about. Sort of.


What Left Me Wanting More: 

I tried really hard to care for the characters in this book, but I couldn't. Sometimes, there wasn't even enough time for me to start liking them when the main characters would take them out of their lives. Often cold heartedly. And the main characters weren't likeable enough for some obvious reasons so at the end, I was left without a character to hold on to.

The end of Genuine Fraud left me a bit frustrated as well since there really wasn't any big reveal/plot twist to surprise me. It turned out to be predictable and the character doesn't seem to act any differently throughout the novel. It's not that I was expecting a redeeming arc, but I was expecting something more.

Final Verdict:

Genuine Fraud is certain to appeal to fans of mysteries with its backwards timeline and creepy characters. This is the type of read I kind of wish to erase from my mind, but I cannot deny it had me reading non-stop to get to the bottom of it all!

The Week's Entrée #171

Hi everyone! Welcome to this edition of The Week's Entrée!

How are your reading challenges coming up? I just reached 50 books out of the 120 goal I pledged in my Goodreads challenge and, while I am terribly behind, I'm just kinda glad I reached 50! It's a good number and it has me motivated to read faster. I hope. I certainly have lots of great reads to catch up with!

Some good news tho, I am now a rep for Whimsify Box! This is a super cool montly YA Fantasy subscription box that I've had my eye on for months now (blue box!!!) and I am simply honored to have been chosen as one of the new reps for Instagram. If you ever want to subscribe, you can now use my code READERCHEF10 to get 10% off! The November theme will be revealed later today, so be on the lookout for it!


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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Huge thanks to Random House Children's for the access to Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman on Netgalley! LOVE this cover and I'm excited to see what this book is about! :D

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To Read This Week:


I am barely a few pages in The West Woods by Suzy Vadori and I am hoping to finish it this week! This is a prequel novel to The Fountain and I am kinda struggling to remember a few details but I'm sure I'll remember eventually lol. And I've been reading on and off Brooding YA Hero for the last few weeks since it's part fictional, part info-type read but I am enjoying it a lot so far. IT IS BROODY AFTER ALL. ♥
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

ARC Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published:  September 26th, 2017
Page Count:  300 pages
Format: eARC
Source: From publisher via Edelweiss


Summary:
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.


An Enchantment of Ravens is such a charming read! Took me quite a few days to finish it despite not being that long, but it's because I wanted to make it last. Every page is a wonder to go through and fans of fair folk tales will enjoy this refreshing take!


What I Loved: 

I love reading YA books with fae characters, I've been a fan since I was a child, so reading An Enchantment of Ravens felt like coming home by visiting Whimsy and trailing through the spring, summer, and autumn courts! Everything is surreal and beautiful on the surface, but with many dangers lurking underneath all the glamour. I was deeply entranced by every place the characters set foot, silently mourning my inability to visit. The fae world is always intriguing to explore and Margaret Rogerson did it justice! 

My most favorite thing about this book is the portrayal of the fae. There's a certain ring of truth behind the idea of the fair folk looking aged and rotten underneath the glamour that makes them look like otherworldly beautiful beings. When they die, they cease to exist as living creatures and instead go back to being part of the earth, so why shouldn't they look like it when alive without their magic to hide their true selves? Loved this aspect so much! 

It's also super interesting how humans are not THAT disadvantaged when it comes to the fae. Some humans, like Isobel, have a special skill called Craft that can be for any artistic thing like cooking, painting, or writing. Fairies cannot do human craft, it is deadly to them, so they have to rely heavily on humans to acquire these goods and in exchange, they grant enchantments. However, these enchantments can go wrong and humans still have to be careful around the fae when not pleased, or else they find themselves on the end of a bad bargain. In Isobel's case, when she mistakenly paints sorrow into the autumn prince's eyes -- showing a weakness in front of those who already question his rule -- she is forced to follow the autumn prince straight into fae territory. 

My goodness, I dare you to not to fall for the autumn prince. It's impossible and I need one just like Rook! A fae prince who has human emotions (when they shouldn't) and is not afraid to fight for love? All. The. Swoons. Such a fun, sassy character to meet! And he has the ability to shape-shift, with a preference for raven form. His company is precious and the banter he has with our heroine is simply gold. 

Isobel is of course a great character to be around with. So talented and quick-witted when facing dire situations. What I liked most about her was her fight to control her human emotions and to think things through, but also not being afraid to be human. Her love for her aunt and goat-sisters (yup, it's true) comes first and it shows in her actions. 

What Left Me Wanting More: 

This is a GREAT read, but I must admit that I was expecting a far more complicated journey through the fairy courts and a lot more emotional punch/sacrifice. Half-way through the book I came to realize that the book had abandoned its original course of action and the characters set off to another course which was unsettling and left me a bit disappointed. I wanted to explore more! However, this is a standalone fantasy so I understand why it didn't go deeper story-wise. I so wish it did though!

Final Verdict:

Not only does An Enchantment of Ravens have a beautiful cover, but it's also lovely inside. With bright writing and a different take on fair folk lore, readers will end up wanting more of this world!

Waiting on Wednesday #40: American Panda by Gloria Chao


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


American Panda by Gloria Chao
February 6th 2018, Simon Pulse
YA Contemporary
An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
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Okay, I technically already have an eARC of American Panda but  I still cannot contain my excitement and feature it here. I haven't read it yet but it sounds so freaking amazing and I'm just waiting for the right moment, perhaps during the holidays, to read it. I hope it is the cutest thing ever. ♥♥♥♥♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #170

Hi everyone! Welcome to this edition of The Week's Entrée!

My inactivity on the blog frustrates me so much. Honestly, this is all thanks to me discovering that I have the Viki app in our TV which means Kdramas 24/7. Cannot help but spend my free time watching dramas and swooning over the cute male leads. I just finished The Legend of the Blue Sea and it was a good one! Now starting with One More Happy Ending and it is hilarious so far. Love funny dramas. ♥

Anywhoo, last week was a lazy week but I know this week will be much busier here on the blog. I have a Fairyloot unboxing coming up plus I'm planning to share a few reviews as well. Hopefully. ;)

Oh, almost forgot... HAPPY START OF OCTOBER! Hope this month is a good one for you! Now don't forget to enter my giveaway on Instagram for a chance to win one book based on my September book haul. This is open international.



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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.

I got a copy of Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett in the September Fairyloot box and I love how beautiful it is! Cannot wait to read it :D

{Purchased/Gifted}


I finally got in the mail my finished copy of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco! It is so pretty in person ♥ This series is one of my absolute favorites and I cannot wait for the third book to come out! Also huge thanks to Danielle L. Jensen for sending me a copy of The Gentleman's Guide  to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee for my birthday. Loved this book so much too!
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To Read This Week:


I'm still reading An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and ommgggg LOVING IT. I have been such a slow reader lately but I am definitely enjoying this book. Will also read The West Woods by Suzy Vadori this week and I hope to enjoy it!
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

The *Late* Week's Entrée #169

Hi everyone! Welcome to this super late edition of The Week's Entrée!

So it turns out that I forgot to hit publish to this post on Monday and here we are... Thursday... A BIT LATE ONLY, OKAY? I was not going to post it buuut, I did spend some time drafting it so here it goes! 

Today I want to bring a bit of awareness towards the situation on my side of the world. Central Mexico had a terrible earthquake last week of 7.1 magnitude. More than 20 buildings collapsed, including a private school where teachers and over 20 kids died. It's such a tragic loss and it shook everyone in our country. We are lucky to live in a state on the west coast, closer to Arizona, so it didn't reach us, but we are devastated by all the lives lost in the quake. Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, and other surrounding states seriously cannot catch a break with repetitions occurring every now and then. 

I didn't want to make this into a sad post but I just *have* to share about this because it's my country's current state. I may not agree on many things that happen here, but these are my people and they need all the help they can get to get back on their feet. So if by any chance you are looking for a way to donate, here's an article by The New York Times with several options. I personally recommend Topos México that is a group dedicated to rescue victims from collapsed buildings.

Anywhoo, I hope things calm down in the world. My heart also goes out to Puerto Rico who which was once again hit by a hurricane in such short notice. GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL. Stay safe, you guys ♥ How are things on your end?
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.




I received these three books in paperback a few days ago from author Wendy Terrien! I had almost forgotten I was getting them so I was a bit surprised to find them in the package. The Rampart Guards (and the other books) look fun and I cannot wait to binge on them!

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To Read This Week:


I'm currently reading An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and it's super good so far! People only rave about it and I am thinking of joining the crowd.  Will also be reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green for the #TurtlesAlltheWayCountDown readalong!
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And that's it for this late edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

YABC Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: Jared Reck
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published:  September 26th, 2017
Page Count:  272 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From publisher via Netgalley


Summary:
The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him. 

Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places' Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

I HAVE NEVER CRIED SO HARD READING A BOOK. Or laughed. Or laughed AND cried at the same time. I cannot even begin to express how much this book has touched me to the point of never wanting to release it from my grasp. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is incredibly funny, heart-warming, and heart-breaking--such an EXCELLENT read.

What I Loved:

EVERYTHING. I loved absolutely every single word and sentiment expressed in this book. A Short History of the Girl Next Door had me laughing from page one and falling in love with every character introduced. I wish I could just step into these pages and hang, if just for a few minutes, with Matt and Tabby, as well as Matt's lovable family. 

Gosh, there are so many things to love about this book. Supportive family, loving friendship, great teacher guidance, self-discipline. And it's not a book that showcases a perfect life or about leading a perfect life, it's a book that is ultimately about appreciating what you have. The little things. The big things. Enjoying the moments that make you happy and appreciating the people who are part of those moments.

I feel grateful for the opportunity to read Matt's unrequited love story. This boy is as sweet as they can get and there were a million times that I wished I could be there for him. Matt is a great human being and a great brother, the kind that takes the time to play Candy Land almost every night while making funny voices for his brother's stuffed animals. He's also a talented basketball player who strives to improve every day with admirable discipline. Seriously, he's a fantastic character. How can you not love him?!?!

I also adored the way he speaks about Tabby, the girl next door. He truly loves and respects this fierce but gentle girl whose company is precious throughout the novel. However, what I most admired about Matt is how, even if it would break his heart to see Tabby with another guy, he'd hope and wish for her well-being. That doesn't mean that he would not often hope that she'd realize HE is the one for her!

Being inside Matt's head was hands down the best thing about this book. His internal monologue was often hilarious, creating scenarios for how he wishes things to play out and mocking his own imaginary romantic movie, while comparing it to how things actually turn out. His thoughts are exactly how I imagine a sweet 15-year-old teenager to be and I enjoyed being privy to them. (Even with the constant use of swear words.)

I have to say that this book caught me off guard and before I knew it, I was a sobbing mess in the middle of the night. Even now I feel like breaking down. How does one go from laughing out loud just a few seconds ago to crying your heart out in the next few? How can one NOT feel when everything is easily relatable which makes it a 100 times more real? I FELT it. I felt every emotion that Matt goes through. His shock. His anger. The resentment. The unbearable pain. The unfairness of it all.

This book shook me to my core. I was not expecting such a plot twist right in the middle, but I cannot deny that it's splendidly executed. Author Jared Reck did a great job writing this novel that balances life's beautiful moments with heart-wrenching realities.

Final Verdict:

A Short History of the Girl Next Door now belongs in my top favorite reads of 2017 list. It is beautifully painful and it certainly leaves a lasting impression. Grab some tissues and go read this book!

Waiting on Wednesday #39: Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer
April 10th 2018, HarperTeen
YA Fantasy
A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice. 

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.
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 I enjoyed Spindle Fire (was it this year when I read it?!?!) which is the first book in the series, so I am quite looking forward to reading this sequel! I am especially looking forward to read more from Isabelle's POV which was my favorite :D she's super cool!
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What are you waiting on this week? :)