August 2016 Book Haul

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Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in August! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


BMV Used Books

Harley’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


#IndigoFallPreview

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Run by Kody Keplinger

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Book Depository

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)


Giveaways Won

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)


ARCs

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Wrecked by Maria Padian (Algonquin Young Readers)

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (Ace)

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (Simon & Schuster Canada)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag. This looked like such a fun tag to do which may put me in some hot waters if a lot of my favorite books show up! So thank you Rae for all this wonderful torture I’m sure I am about to go through!

Rules:
  • Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. Thanks for that tip, it makes this so much easier)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or five) 🙂

Okay, let’s do this!


ROUND 1

BURN: The Iron Trial by Holly Black/Cassandra Clare. I just did not like this book. In my opinion it is a horrible middle grade.

REWRITE: The Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. But I think I would rewrite the first quarter of it and lay off the heavy romance nonsense that was there.

REREAD: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This book was great! Everything I could have wanted in a book with Superheroes and Super Villains.


ROUND 2

BURN: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger. No shock there. This book was boring as hell!

REWRITE: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I would rewrite the last quarter of this book. This three quarters are fantastic! But that last part when they’re in the cave and she is paraded around as a slave just made me so uncomfortable….

REREAD: Soulless by Gail Carriger. This was my first ever steampunk paranormal fantasy I’ve read and I loved it. It is well written and smart, and I loved all the characters too!


ROUND 3

BURN: Wayward Vol. 1 by Jim Zub. Sorry Wayward… I loved your story and your art, but up against these two, you’re going to lose.

REWRITE: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian k. Vaughan. I don’t know what part of this graphic novel I would attempt to rewrite because it was so freaking good, but I’m sure there is something I can add to it!

REREAD: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson. This novel was brilliant and heart breaking. I would read it a thousand times over!


ROUND 4

I should have stopped at Round 3… this one is going to break my soul!

BURN: Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. I’m so sorry Saga… you got the shit end of the stick this round! Nothing personal… keep on being your amazing self!

REWRITE: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. This is breaking my soul right now. This is one of my favorites from the Falling Kingdoms series and it’s absolute perfection. SO the only thing I will rewrite is the ending where a certain character I loved gets back stabbed… you know who Morgan!

REREAD: Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I literally just finished this book a couple days ago and man I was blown away! That ending needed to be read over and over again. Hot damn!


ROUND 5

BURN: Paper Towns by John Green. I hold no allegiances to Mr. Green, and although this is a good book, I might just have to burn it this round. Oops!

REWRITE: Rat Queens Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe. This graphic novel had a lot of chapters on character back story, and I loved it. But I might rewrite and throw some more action sequences into the mix!

REREAD: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho. One of my favorite sequels from an indie author I’ve read so far! I loved the time traveling adventure they went on this time around and would love to read it again sometime!


Man that was a tough tag to do, but oh so much fun! I hope you enjoyed my answers and not get offended by any of them. Let me know if you would have done anything differently, I’d love to know!

I TAG YOU

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Laashan & Trang @ Bookidote

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Joan @ Fiddler Blue

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Amy @ Book Enthral

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

JM @ Book Freak Revelations

Until next time,

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Gimme All the Pastries | TAG

44Hey guys!

I was tagged by Ashley from Socially Awkward Bookworm to do the Pastry Book Tag. It looks like fun and I love me some pastries so I decided to give it a go. If you haven’t checked Ashley out, then please do so, she’s awesome.


Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.

HP Philosopher's StoneDo I have to even say anything here? I mean come on, it’s Harry fricking Potter! I’m sure this series is the reason you all love to read in the first place, and if it isn’t then you still love it regardless.

Now if you are the sole person in this world that does not love Harry Potter then I will Wingardium Leviosa your butt to Mars. Bye bye!


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Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

Legacy of KingsLet me tell you how hard it was to get through the first quarter of this book. Everyone and I mean everyone was falling in love with someone. I mean it felt like everyone HAD to be in love or the story wouldn’t make sense. It wasn’t until the real story started unfolding that things started getting good.


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Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

Cinder-Cough cough- I’m sorry to all the Lunar Chronicle fans, but this book was so damn predictable and the characters except Iko were flat as hell. I will say the the rest of the series so far has been quite enjoyable.


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Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

A Court of Thorns and RosesI thought this was going to be as kick ass as Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire because it is written by the same author, but that ending quarter was just so odd. It started out great just as I expected it to… and then it got weird and a little uncomfortable in the cave.


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Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyThis was such a sweet story with a cool graphic novel written by the main protagonist. I loved every minute reading it and wished there was more Andrew x Rusty love story ❤

No one seems to talk about it much though which is really sad!


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Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

Red RisingThis book right here had me so confused with all the sci-fi lingo pertaining to the story itself. The world Brown created is so complex that I had to read and re-read a couple pages in order to get clarification!


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Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

The DUFFAs much as I enjoyed The DUFF, I can confidently say that I loved the movie so much more. It was hilariously funny and deviated a bit from the book’s concept without losing the story line in the process. You guys should go check it out if you haven’t already!


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Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

Red QueenYes this book was very bittersweet. Although I did enjoy it quite a bit, the hype ruined my high expectations. I was wanting new and innovative, but instead I got repetitive and old. If there was no hype to this book I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.


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Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

Falling KingdomsI could literally say everything book that I have read because this book is obviously aimed towards Americans… but I will pick a book that is in a totally different world then our own. That is non other than the epic high fantasy that is Falling Kingdoms. Set in Mytica, a realm in an alternate universe as many fantasy novels tend to be set in.


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Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

TwilightThat apple on the Twilight cover. Yes… that is right. I chose the apple from the cover. Why you ask? Well I don’t really pay attention to the food aspects when I’m reading a book and that apple just looks so damn yummy!


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Well there you have it! The Pastry Book Tag. I hope you enjoyed it and that I didn’t give you any cravings while reading the yummy pastry names.

Until next time,

Sig New

I TAG YOU:

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Trisha Ann @ The Bookgasm Blog

Alysyn @ Reinreads

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Totally Didn’t … | TAG

Totally-Didn't-Book-TagHey guys!

I want to start by thanking the two awesome book bloggers, Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks, and Jenna from Reading with Jenna who tagged last week. They are awesome and need to be checked out, so please do so now. Also, this was originally a YouTube tag and it was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildFire. She’s pretty damn crazy and hilarious, so go subscribe to her channel!


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO HAVE A SEQUEL/SEQUELS:

Lying Out LoudSo let me clarify before moving on to the reason why. I know this is not a direct sequel to The DUFF, but it is set in the same world and we see the two main characters make appearances in the books. So now the reason this book didn’t need a sequel was because it sucked. The DUFF was humorous, flirty and fun, but Lying Out Loud was just a mess. A book that didn’t need to be written whatsoever.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE POINT OF VIEW:

Throne of GlassI need to make another clarification. I love multiple POV’s and I’m all for it if it is written well. So when it comes to Throne of Glass I do believe it needs the multiple POV’s to get the full story across to the reader but I hate how the POV’s were written. In my opinion I like when each POV has it’s own chapter, but in the Throne of Glass series Sarah J. Maas sometimes puts more than one POV in a chapter. It’s more of a personal problem, but it just irritates me.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO CHANGE COVER ART THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE SERIES:

City of BonesCity of AshesSo I don’t hate the new covers, I actually really like them a lot. But I just don’t get why they decided to change the covers so late in the game. The series is over and the other covers sold well to the readers. It isn’t some special milestone year like a tenth anniversary, the only new aspect is the TV show which is going to be airing early next year. And to be honest that doesn’t really warrant cover changes in my opinion. Will I buy these covers? Probably. Are they necessary? Nope.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED A LOVE TRIANGLE:

LegendLet me tell you how pointless the love triangle in this series was. June x Day, and June x Anden. I’m not some raging fan boy but the June/Anden love story was just a snorefest and was utterly unnecessary. It was rather rushed at the end of the series don’t ya think? Am I the only one that feels this way? Don’t get me wrong, I liked Anden a lot. Probably more than Day actually… but the love triangle was pointless.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED THIS BOOK TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SERIES:

New MoonThis book… do I need to even explain myself? It’s pretty big for a boring storyline. I mean Bella spends most of the time moping around all because the sexy vampire left her and now she has to date the less then sexy werewolf. Can I just say how unnecessary that whole plotline is? We all know she is going to end up with the vampire in the end. Sorry Jacob, there was no competition there.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED A CLIFFHANGER:

Gone GirlThe ending to this book was so ambiguous it hurt my soul. I mean the whole book was confusing as hell at first but then the ending came and you’re left with many unanswered questions. We pretty much have to make up our own endings to the story ourselves. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, then you know what I’m talking about.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED TO HAVE JUST ONE POINT OF VIEW:

HP Philosopher's StoneCan I tell you how much more of masterpiece this series would have been if we got multiple POV’s? Imagine getting Dumbledore’s POV, or Voldemort’s POV? Maybe even Hermoine or Ron’s POV when they weren’t with Harry. How cool would it have been to know what Hermoine was thinking and feeling when she got petrified by the Basilisk? That would have been one of the many cool POV’s I wish we could have had.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED THAT MUCH HYPE:

Red QueenThis book and it’s hype was ridiculous. It was everywhere on the book blogosphere and BookTube. Posters, ads, blurbs everything imaginable. And for what? It was just a good book. That’s all. Nothing spectacular or innovative. It definitely won’t be the next Harry Potter or Twilight. Sorry Red Queen… but the hype probably ruined your lack luster content. I feel without the hype and just the word of mouth from the readers, people’s perspectives might have changed.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… NEED A RELATIVE BOOK REFERENCE:

Falling KingdomsThis book can comfortably stand on its own without the relative book references to Game of Thrones. In my opinion there really isn’t that much similarities to the two books at all. If anything Falling Kingdoms surpasses anything Game of Thrones can do. But that may be my inner fan boy. No but seriously… so much better! No comparisons.


TOTALLY DIDN’T… DESERVE MY TIME:

HunterDo I need to say anything about this book? It sucked. I did not finish it. The end.

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I TAG YOU:

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

CW @ Read Think Ponder

Aria @ Aria Stuck In Wonderland

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner

Until next time,

Sig New

Characters I Didn’t Click With | Top 10 Tuesday [8]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Characters I Didn’t Click With. I racked my brain hard this week to come up with 10 different characters that I really didn’t click with and could probably care less what happens or happened to them. I know that sounds harsh, but sometimes you just really don’t care!

Here are some you MAY have or MAY NOT have heard of:


10. Indigo from Hexed

HexedAlthough she is the main character of the story, there was just no connections with her. I would have liked it better if the story was about Bishop instead. At least I cared about him!


9. Bianca from The DUFF

The DUFFAnother main character… this may become a pattern. Although she brings the humor and wit to the book, I could care less really. I liked her movie character a lot better then her character in the book!


8. Eleanor from Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and ParkIf we put both main characters next to each other and choose one we connect with the most it would be Park. We had similar interests and styles, whereas there was no connection with Eleanor whats so ever. I found her rather bland to be honest.


7. Sam from Playlist for the Dead

17838490I read this book early in the year and just didn’t like it much at all. One of the biggest reasons was the lack of connection with Sam. He was more responsible for his friend’s death then he wants to admit.


6. Ella from The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We KeepOh Ella. Why couldn’t you just be yourself? Are you not good enough that you have to pretend to be your dead twin sister?


5. Lora from The Memory Key

The Memory KeyI found Lora to be so exhausting to read. I felt like punching myself for the decisions she made and her narratives. No connections at all.


4. Sonny from Lying Out Loud

Lying Out LoudShe was annoying.


3. Clary from City of Bones

City of BonesYawn. Her journey of discovering who she really was sucked. I had more of a connection with Church the cat then I did with Clary herself.


2. Linh Cinder from Cinder

CinderShe should have been portraying Sleeping Beauty, because the amount of times she almost put me to sleep was exhausting. Thank god for Levana, Thorne, and Cress in the later books!


1. Althea from Althea & Oliver

Althea & OliverQuite possibly the worst character ever? There are no amount of words that can describe how garbage she was. Not relatable on any level. She makes every villain and bitch in every other book look good. (And she wasn’t the antagonist of the story)


Well there you have it. The Top Characters I Didn’t Click with. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which characters made your list!

Until next time,

Sig New

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger | Review

Lying Out LoudLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Published
by Scholastic on April 28th 2015
Genres:
Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages:
309
Format:
E-Book

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Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with – secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand – a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually ‘like’ him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?


REVIEWLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger is a companion novel to The DUFF world. It follows main character Sonny and Wesley’s little sister Amy’s trials and tribulations with friendship, love, and high school drama.

As I have already read The DUFF, I am quite familiar with the world and style of writing chosen for these books. I knew ahead of time that this was going to be an easy lighthearted read like its predecessor. I found it entertaining but a little underwhelming. Here is why:

PLOT+WRITINGAfter reading the synopsis I was intrigued that there was more story to tell from the Hamilton High world but not so much with the story itself. This time following a different set of characters with some cameo’s from past favorites as well. The plot line was lacking more excitement, spunk, and more lovable characters. I’ve read a lot of books with similar aspects. The classic love triangle was the biggest downfall for this book for me. Boy likes girl, girl has no interest in boy, girls best friend likes boy. Maybe I was expecting too much from a book that was not living up to it.

As cat fishing is very relevant in this day and age I liked that it was used to drive the story forward. Possibly the only aspect of the story that saved it for me. I thrive on drama and secrets, so pretending to be your friend online to talk to the boy you like was actually entertaining. But unfortunately it went on for way too long. It started lagging when Sonny wouldn’t man up and tell people the truth. (I know that’s a contradiction to the title of the book, but it was getting boring).

The writing stays true to Keplinger’s signature style. There is humor, drama, and frustrating teenage banter. All makes for a quite enjoyable read but ultimately fell through for me in the execution of the characters.

CHARACTERSSonny as the main protagonist was a bit dull. She was a huge contradiction of a character. She makes poor decisions, lies about just about everything, even towards the people she supposedly loved. Why lie to the people who are being kind enough to put a roof over your head? I found her quite frustrating to read and had zero connections to her at all. I know she comes from an extremely horrible family life, so you would think she’d be more appreciative to the people that show her love and compassion. But nope.

Amy…. sorry, I fell asleep thinking about what to say about her. For a character who is Wesley Rush’s sister, she sure was a complete snorefest. Being pretty won’t get you far if you don’t have a personality to back it up!

Then we have Ryder. He was a complete jerk to Sonny for the majority of the book, thinking he was talking to Amy online instead. So when Amy is ignoring his advances, he starts to warm up to Sonny like nothing has happened. He too is having troubles on the home front, but I could not feel sorry for the guy. He was arrogant and rude the majority of the story and did not see the appeal in him whatsoever.

SETTINGWe have arrived in the halls of Hamilton High and the all too familiar home of the Rush’s. Being a teen romance novel, there really is not much to the setting. Most of the drama takes place at school or at home. The world is regular day America and there are no fantastical elements to speak of. (And by fantastical I mean swooning romancey scenes).  So for the story that this is, the setting fits perfectly. My favorite setting would have to be the vacant home of Sonny. It really put into perspective the hard life Sonny is living with a runaway mother and a father who is prison.

INCONCLUSIONLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger was a bit of a downer for me. I didn’t love, nor did I hate it. It was an average story when I was expecting something more like The DUFF. If you’re a fan of its predecessor I would recommend to read it, but if not move on to your next book on your TBR!

Until next time,

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Favorite Character Tropes | Top 5 Wednesday [#4]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5WFAMILY you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Character Tropes.

*a character trope are things you see often in books, maybe sometimes they get redundant or are overused (especially in ya) but you can’t help but love them.

The list is absolutely endless for this topic. So let’s begin!

5. The Conqueror

A true Conqueror strives to claim the whole of the known world through military means, and often succeeds.

Falling Kingdoms Throne of Glass Cinder

King Gaius – Falling Kingdoms

King of Adarlan – Throne of Glass

Queen Levana – Lunar Chronicles


4. Princely Young Man

The Princely Young Man being a young male of elite status, either by wealth, social position or sheer force of personality and popularity. Usually he is rich and his parents have a very high place in society, possibly in the form of a government job or ownership of an important company or corporation, which he might be expected to inherit.

The DUFF  Chamber of SecretsA Book of Spirits and Thieves

Wesley Rush – The DUFF

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter

Farrell Grayson – A Book of Spirits and Thieves


3. Dumb Muscle

The tendency for strength and intellect to be inversely proportional. The Big Guy and The Brute are usually slightly dim at the very least.

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Titus/Pax – Red Rising

Colin – Storm Siren

Rubeus Hagrid – Harry Potter


2. Badass Princess

With all the luxury afforded to a princess and all the knights dedicated to her protection, who would have thought the most dangerous person in the castle is the princess herself? Instead of knitting or gossiping, this princess has developed powers or abilities that make her more like a cactus than a delicate flower.

The Orphan Queen The Kiss of Deception Frozen Tides

Princess Wilhelmina – The Orphan Queen (I consider her a princess until she claims her throne)

Princess Lia – The Remnant Chronicles

Princess Lucia – Falling Kingdoms


1. Love Triangles

A is in love with B, but B is in love with C, while C is in love with A. Well, that’s one of them. A Love Triangle commonly involves three people, love, and decisions. It can be dramatic, or it can result in Wacky Hijinx. Sometimes a fourth person is brought in to make it right, sometimes somebody might be kicked out.

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Alyssa + Jeb + Morpheus – Splintered

Adelina + Enzo + Raffaele – The Young Elites

June + Day + Anden – Legend


Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. I really need to have books about these characters. Maybe I should write them?

Until next time,

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