Owl Post | Illuminae

Hey guys,

So recently i was sent the beautiful finished copy looking ARC of Illuminae courtesy of Random House and First In Line. It’s that beautiful copy everyone got at BEA and it looks exactly like the finished copy except it has the ARC stamp on the cover and the release date on the spine. I’m so excited to get to read this finally, I’ve been anticipating it for a while now and I was part of the promotion for it as well so every month i helped share a new addition to their website. It was all cool and I think the book is gonna be great!

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Also guys, I was going to post a Carry On related post that also offered a giveaway but I haven’t heard back from the publicist as of yet so idk where that’s going yet.

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ARC Review: A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis | BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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title: A Madness So Discreet

author: Mindy McGinnis

series: N/A

genre: YA, Thriller, Historical Fiction

page count: 384

publication: October 6, 2015

publisher: Katherine Tegen (Harper Collins)

format: Physical ARC

source: PUBlisher 

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.


When I got the pitch for this blog tour I immediately jumped on board because this book sounds great, and I haven’t read that many thrillers. It’s also set in the 1800’s which is perfect, I love books set in the past. It’s also set in an asylum which was a bit of a different scenery for me, but I liked it!

Grace, our narrator was an interesting point of view to say the least. She’s a bit insane, but she’s an interesting voice. All the characters brought their own little thing to the story which was great.

The writing was beautiful, it flowed nicely throughout, and it was very easy to follow. It’s not a really short book, but it doesn’t feel long while reading it if you get what I mean.

There were twists in the story, which some I saw coming, some I didn’t, and I’m sure it’ll be that way for a lot of others too.

Overall, I really loved this, I don’t know how much more I can say without spoiling, but I highly recommend it, and she also wrote Not A Drop To Drink which is a series I’ve been wanting to get into, so if you enjoyed that then you might want to check out her other work (even though they’re really different)


RATING:

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giveaway

One winner will win a Harper Teen Horror Themed Prize Pack which will include A MADNESS SO DISCREET along with a bunch of other horror themed Harper titles.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Mindy is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.
 
LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

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FEATURE: CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Hey guys,

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Today I’m working with St Martin’s Press to bring you guys a little feature post on Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON. I haven’t finished Fangirl yet, but if you’ve read the book you know CARRY ON is Cat’s fanfiction and Rainbow decided to write it down. This just came out today (it’ll be later when you read this) and I’m pumped to read it. I loved Eleanor and Park, and I loved what I’ve read of Fangirl so far, so I’m sure I’ll love this.


about the author

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RAINBOW ROWELL writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love. When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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Taming the Star Runner by S. E Hinton | Review & Giveaway

(Little Update, I’ve been trying to post this for the past couple of days, but I’ve had some difficulties so that’s why it’s a bit late)


Today, I’m taking part in the Banned Book Tour for Random House, I’ll be reviewing Taming The Star Runner by S. E Hinton.

Travis is the epitome of cool, even when he’s in759947 trouble. But when he’s sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he finds that his schoolmates don’t like his tough city ways. He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch. She’s the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her beautiful, dangerous horse who’s always on edge, about to explode. It’s clear to Travis that he and the Star Runner are two of a kind: creatures not meant to be tamed.

I picked that book out because she wrote The Outsiders (which I haven’t read) but I wanted to try one of her books. I enjoyed the book as a whole. It had many aspects that actually reminded me of The Catcher In The Rye (which I didn’t really enjoy), but Travis and Holden (I think that was his name) read similarly to me. The story, I enjoyed better than Holden’s. It’s a really short book, just under 200 pages, so it’s a fast read. I liked the plot of the book, and how the story flowed. I can’t make a comparison to her other works because this is the only one I’ve read, but so far so good.

Has anyone else read this? Let me know!


GIVEAWAY:

Random House is offering you guys the chance to win one copy of the book as well a special poster that they are creating in honor of this week that says “All the books you never would have read” and features the spines of many of these banned books.

If you want to win, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter and follow Random House on Twitter, and of course follow my blog (through wordpress, or bloglovin, ect.., just pick one), and comment below your twitter user name and you email too if you don’t have it posted on your contact page. If you followed through Bloglovin, be sure to leave that user as well (: 

Goodluck!


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Spotlight Thursday & Update

Hey guys ,

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve been super busy and tired and I haven’t had much time. Anyways, today’s Spotlight Thursday will be rescheduled for Saturday or Sunday and tomorrow afternoon there should be a review post up.

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Blog Tour: One by Sarah Crossan | Guest Post & Giveaway

Hey guys, today I have author Sarah Crossan with a Guest Post. Her newest novel One, will be released by Harper Teen on September 15. Which by the time you’re reading this will have passed, so go and get it, or keep reading for a chance to get a copy (: Also, make sure to check out my blogger twin Arlene’s Review on this, it’ll be linked below. 

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Synopsis:

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.


But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

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ABOUT SARAH CROSSAN:

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

She currently lives in NYC. 

 
LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Here’s the rest of the tour!

Here’s her guest post! 
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How to meet deadlines and remain sane: 

1) Pretend there is no deadline

I’m serious. One of the very worst ways to slow down the writing process is to listen to a clock ticking. It creates fear—fear of not completing the novel; fear of its not being good enough; fear of getting dumped by your agent, publisher, and hot new boyfriend. Write as though you’ve all the time in the world, and focus on the story and the characters rather than living by a “I must write 1000 words a day” mantra.

2) Don’t be a lazy Breaking Bad day waster

When fear does strike, and it always does, keep your ass firmly rooted to your writing chair. If you must, make tea and go for a walk. Get your limbs moving. But DO NOT sit in front of the TV, watching reruns of Buffy and The Walking Dead. This will not get your book written and will only make you feel guilty for having wasted hours/days/weeks.

3) Have balance

When you’re on deadline, it’s easy to stress out and cancel everything else in your life. No gym. No showering. No lunch with friends. The plan is always to write way more than is possible, but what usually ends up happening is that you write the same amount in double the time and feel like a big loser. Decide when you do your best work and do it then. The rest of the day should be spent living!


Make sure to also go check out Arlene’s Review on the book!

Harper was also kind enough to offer a giveaway! One US Resident will win a finished copy of the book.

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Spotlight Thursday | Announcement

Hey guys, 

So I’ve gotten so many review request from Indie authors, and I’ve denied quite a few because the book just didn’t seem like a right fit for me. I try to recommend them other blogs in my rejection reply, but I decided that I’d like to just start this Spotlight feature on here. I think I’ve seen some other blogs do it as well, and I decided to do it as well. 

So basically, it’ll be very Thursday, and I will Spotlight one or a few Indie books that day. So, when you email me your request, make sure to include whether or not you’d want a spot on the Spotlight. I’ll try to reply to all the request I’m rejecting as well and I’ll ask them if they’d like a Spotlight. Though the book might’ve not been right for me at that time, it could be for someone else, and I’d be more than happy to promote it. 

So yeah, tell me what you guys think of this idea! The first post won’t be this Thursday, because I already have a Guest Post scheduled for that day, but I’ll start next week. I’m really going to try to do this weekly, and if that doesn’t work out, then bi-monthly. 

If you’re an author and you’d like to get your book featured then email me  wordsweheart@gmail.com with the subject “Spotlight Thursday” 

Thanks! 

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Review

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title: Queen of Shadows

author: Sarah J. Maas

series: Throne of Glass #4

genre: YA, High Fantasy

page count: 645

publication: September 1st, 2015

publisher: Bloomsbury

format: First, American Hardcover

source: Purchased

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


Alright, so this book. Where to start?….

To just sum up without any spoilers, I’m just going to say that I loved this book, it’s my favorite in the series, and my favorite of the year. It was even better than I could imagine, and I’m so excited for book 5. Also, guys do read The Assassin’s Blade before this, it’s not necessary, but you’ll get a different view if you read it first, because old characters return. 

Okay, so this is the 4th book in the series, so I can’t really mention anything without spoilers, so from now on there will be spoilers, and I wouldn’t want you guys to get spoiled, so stop reading now, just know that it was great and I loved it! 


So, we start off with a Dorian chapter, and it broke my heart. I was on Twitter throughout reading this so I’ll probably include screenshots of the tweets I made throughout this review. But it was so heartbreaking seeing Dorian in that state, and I was just willing for him to fight. I knew he wasn’t going to die, because even if Dorian were to die (which he’s not) he wouldn’t die this early So I knew that they’d find a way to get him out of the collar, but it was still heartbreaking seeing him in that state. All of Dorian’s chapters were sad, and they were all short and abrupt and she just added them in there to break our hearts lol. 

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Then, Arobynn comes along. I’ve been waiting for that reunion for a bit, and it didn’t disappoint. See, Arobynn has some issues, I knew he was like this psychotic being, but he really is. It was crazy to read about. Finding out that he’d actually told Rourke what to do to Sam, he’s even sicker then I could’ve imagined. Then at the end there, when he put the ring on Aelin’s finger… I have to be honest, I saw that coming, it wasn’t entirely surprising, and I’m surprised Aelin and the crew didn’t see it coming. As soon as he saved the ring, I knew it was for precisely that purpose. That’s another thing with this book, I saw pretty much everything coming, and not to say it was predictable, because not everyone was like me and saw things coming, I think I feel like if I was a writer, I’d write the same way Sarah does, so I can see where she’s going with her story. I’ll get into other scenes where I knew what was going to happen a bit later… But I’m glad Arobynn is finally gone.

Lysandra, I was shocked by her return. Her and Aelin’s friendship I couldn’t have foreseen, especially after reading The Assassin’s Blade, I mean those two hated each other… It was nice though that she got another female friend.I didn’t expect Lysandra’s story line to turn so deep, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love that she’s a shapeshifter, and that she’s rare and unique, and I love that she’s part of Aelin’s court. It’s just all great. Also, she’s definitely going to be getting with Aedion later on, they’re adorable.

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Let’s talk about Chaol -__-…. Oh my I hated him in this book, by the end there, I liked him again, but he really needs to get his shit together, by the end of Heir of Fire I liked him again bu then we start off this book and he’s once again a piece of shit. It’s one or the other, choose and stick with it. Yes, there were certain points in this where I saw his points, but other times he was just ugh. But when he refused to tell her about magic, really…. I hate how he thought she’d just kill Dorian, like if she did it would be to save him from this life of despair, she cares about him just as much as you do.. Then he had some stupid line about how when magic returned, ordinary non magic wielders would be irrelevant, like shut up… I understand his concerns but he just went the wrong way about it. 

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As you can tell I was really aggravated lol. 

Then Chaol and Nesryn. I loved Nesryn, another badass female, and I liked her relationship with Chaol. I mean I hope they find happiness together, but I don’t really care if I’m being honest. Chaol’s future is really irrelevant at the moment, I no longer think he’s going to die now, because Nesryn is in the picture, but I don’t know. I don’t want him to die, because I don’t want Dorian to lose his friend, especially not now. When the King said he’d “killed” Chaol, I knew he was lying because he never actually came out and said ” I killed Chaol” I knew he was just toying with them. 

Soo, the King. As I got more into the book I started thinking what if the King was actually just like Dorian under someone else’s control. I didn’t really go too deep into the theory, it was just always in the back of my head, and turns out I was right. I don’t think his final words were lies, but a lot of things don’t add up. He says that everything he’s done was to protect Dorian, but he put a collar around his neck… I wasn’t sure if he was going to die at the end or not…but since he’s not the big bad wolf in this then I guess he had to go. I can’t believe Dorian is King, oh wow. So proud of my baby. He’s been though so much though, and he has to heal. Oh, and here’s what I was talking about earlier on, when Aelin went to the castle with Chaol not thinking the King already knew she was Aelin. I wasn’t surprised when he called her Aelin, and I’m not sure why she was. The man isn’t stupid, he can add two an two together.

Duke Perrington was a nice twist. I mean it doesn’t  make sense because Perrington seemed to be so submissive to the King, but I’m guessing he had to be to keep up appearances, since he’s only a Duke and he was the King. I’m so excited to see where this is all going. It was so sad seeing Roland, like oh wow. Then Kaltain, and the shadowfire. I’m glad she got to go out with that bang at the end. 

So now we’re getting more into Manon and her story line. I loved Manon so much, I actually think she might be even be more badass then Aelin is. I loved Asterin’s part in this book, I was actually quite surprised that Asterin broke that brainwash before Manon did. Hearing her story with the hunter, and her child, it was heartbreaking. I love that Manon is breaking through now too. By the end of this I think she’s definitely going to be fighting on Aelin’s side of this war. I loved that fight scene with Manon and Aelin, it was one of my ultimate favorites. I loved that Aelin saved her and in return Manon told her about Dorian still being in there. I loved the Elide story, it took me a bit to remember who she was, but when I figured it out… I’m so looking forward to that reunion too. So many reunions!  Also, Manon and Dorian, anyone else seeing a potential relationship brewing… idk, it’s interesting, but we’ll get more into that when I talk about Rowan and Aelin. This is going to be so long lol. 

Absolutely loved Aedion and Aelin’s reunion. Loved Rowan and Aelin’s reunion, my favorite was probably Aedion and Rowan’s meeting, because I’d been anticipating that one. The whole blood oath dilemma was sad, but I feel like that fight was dragged by both parties. I understand that Aedion had been waiting for this his whole life, but it was her oath to offer so he should’ve respected that, and Aelin, she knew how important it was to him, so she could’ve been more compassionate, but it all worked out in the end. I love Aedion and Rowan relationship, how they call each other brothers, and Aedion was willing to die for him. I knew that was the way it was going to end up between them once they got past their differences. I cried when Rowan came back, it was so beautiful. 

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So Rowan and Aelin’s relationship.I ship it, I do, but they’re not gonna last. One it’s too complicated, he’s immortal, she’s not, and also, they were introduced too early. There are still 2 books left, do you guys really think they’re going to stay together?.. No. I’m still 100% sure Dorian is endgame, and that’s why they’re not together now. Also, Rowan’s lines in this book though, I was shocked lol. I’d be fine if they ended up together, really, but it’s not gonna happen. I actually think that he and Manon will end up together, is it just me? Because Manon and Dorian are like something now, and it’s like really.. Aelin with an immortal, Dorian possibly with an immortal as well, so you see where I’m heading at…SO yeah. 

Also, I love how she changed the narrative from Celaena to Aelin, although I’m going to miss seeing Celaena written because it’s a beautiful name. I love how when Dorian saw her he said Aelin as opposed to Celaena ♥

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Alright, lastly that scene with Aelin and Dorian in that tower. I’ll just let my tweets speak for themselve , because they’re so endgame. 

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Yup, I mean, did you see how great and amazing and unstoppable they were together, INFINITE guys, INFINITE. Fire and Ice, I’ve been saying it all along, not even Rowan can keep up with that. 

Okay, I think I covered everything. Leave your thoughts below! 

I’ll include some other tweets that didn’t make it in the review below

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Unpopular Opinions TAG

Hey guys, I’ve been nominated for countless awards and tags and I just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone! I know I haven’t really been doing them, but I really do appreciate you guys thinking of me. Also, if you ever nominate me for something, please leave a comment on my ABOUT Page as opposed to just my recent post because that’ll make it easier for me to find it, whenever I do the TAG or Award Post. Someone actually did tag me to do this recently, but I can’t find the comment, so if it was you, let me know and thank you! I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile.


Here are the questions:

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like

This series, I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it either. I honestly probably finished the series just for Patch, but Nora, was a no-no. I started this book while I was on the road, so that’s why I continued. I gave Crescendo (the sequel) 2 stars, it was that bad, but I still kept reading, because this was before I got into blogging, and I just really like to finish what I start.


2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

I read this series I think back in 2013, I don’t remember if I watched the movie first or after, but I read them before I heard anything bad about them. I marathoned the series, and I really enjoyed them. I still have to read Dangerous Creatures, but I do enjoy this world and this book. It got frustrating at times, but not enough for me to stop.


3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with or an OTP you didn’t like

I always pick right lol, my streak hasn’t been broken, at least not that I can remember. I mean Throne of Glass is still going on but #TEAMDORIAN, I mean then Rowan is like … but I don’t think that’s going to happen, I mean it just, like just wait for my QoS review when I’m done with it lol. Dorian is endgame, and that’s final. For the Grisha trilogy, I’m still on The Darkling’s side, but I have to read more. Actually, I could’ve picked VA for this, but after reading Bloodlines, I’m good with who she ended up with. The 5th Wave I’m going for Evan. The Kiss of Deception, I’m still deciding but I think I’m with Kaden, but I’m like pretty sure she’d probably going to end up with Rafe, idk.


4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Horror.


5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like

Chaol Westfall. I liked him through the first 2 books, but now he just gets on my nerves.

Dimitri Belikov, I’m sorry, but I never got the whole appeal, I didn’t dislike him, but he wasn’t all that either.

Alec Lightwood. I’m really sorry but I never liked him, like I started appreciating his character more in COHF after the Pie scence, but even then, I still don’t really like him. I think Magnus deserves a lot better, I’m sorry.


6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

Hmmm, I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve tried to get into any popular author and not been able to.


7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing (examples: “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Weak protagonist that doesn’t know her worth and has to find this guy to help her realize it. I haven’t read any book where the protagonist is a male, and he’s weak, so why does it always happen with the females.

What I actually do want to see is a love triangle, but where the guy is the center of it. I do enjoy love triangles, but only if they’re done right, like in The Infernal Devices, and not like the one in The Selection.


8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading

It just doesn’t seem like my thing, and I didn’t really enjoy the writing from what I read of Pretties.


9. The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I think I’m going to go with Jane Eyre. I just read the book and while I enjoyed it, I think I enjoyed the movie more. I loved how the movie was told, and I think the book should’ve probably been told the exact same way. I know I there are many versions but I’m talking about the one that came out in 2011, it’s on Netflix.


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August Book Haul ⏳ 2015

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I didn’t get many this month, but I wanted to share anyways, so that way they don’t stack up too much.


#1 Armada by Ernest Cline

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#2- A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (ARC)

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This ARC was kindly provided for a blog tour review stop that I have, by Harper Teen. My spot is on October 12, so look for a review then!

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#4- Taming The Star Runner by S.E. Hinton

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This copy was provided by Random House for a Blog Tour they’re doing on Ovcotber. My spot is on the 2nd of October, so you may look for a review on that they. She also wrote The Outsider (which I haven’t read, but everyone loves).

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#4- Queen of Shadows  by Sarah J. Maas

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Yes. I’m still not done, but loving it. Dorian breaking my poor heart, and just it’s great.


So Yeah, that’s all I got, what’d you get this m=past month? Am