Forever by Maggie Stiefvater – Spoilery Review

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Title: Forever
Author: 
Maggie Stiefvater
Series Name: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 12th, 2011
Pages: 388 (hardcover)
Publishers: Scholastic Press
Rating:
3 and a half star

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then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

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That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment–a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

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You can find my reviews for Shiver and Linger by clicking the appropriate names. I will be making reference to them so I would suggest reading them if you haven’t already.

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Again I like the cover, they are all very similar which I like because they are obvious that they are the same series. I love how they match the colour of the text to the colour of the cover. Shiver has blue text, Linger has green and Forever has red. This is very unique and I have never seen a book before that didn’t have black text, so this was a cool touch.

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On of my views from Linger review still stands in this book, it’s hard to distinguish between characters POV. I didn’t find the continuous use of the same descriptive words as much of an issue in this book, I don’t know if that was because it improved or if I was just used to it at this point and didn’t notice.

At the end of this book the author does say that she is saying goodbye to Mercy Falls and this world, so that is just a bit of prove from those curious that her 4th book in the series Sinner was an add on after the series was concluded.

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This book was fairly action packed, well at least more than the first two book were. The ending was a little underwhelming though and left a fair few loose ends not tied. The part up until Isabel drives her SUV to the wolves to push them into the woods was action packed and kept me hooked but then the next chapter was a few hours later and just left a big gap of not explained. Grace had said it was 2 hours from Beck’s House to the lodge and that was by driving, it would have taken ages for the wolves to get from that big clearing to the lodge so how did that happen? At first they were taking directions from Cole sending the images but he was out of the question after that so how did Sam know where to go? Having only been there once as a human and not have full human consciousness as a wolf? How did they manage that. I get that when fleeing into the woods away from that clearing and away from the helicopter that would have been out of fear but what made them keep going? It honestly seemed like she got to the scene with Isabel and was like shit I want to get the rest of the story done in the next 20 pages so cut out a heap of info…

There was just so many things not explained?! And that was meant to be the end of the series, so is that why she wrote Sinner, to fix everything up that was never answered? Or does it still not get explained in that one?

I like the feeling of getting to the end of a series and everything falls into place, but I just feel confused and like there should be more.

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I’m not going to say much for this as I have already explained my feelings in the last 2 reviews and most of that still applies. I like Cole & Isabel’s relationship, if you can call it that, better than Grace and Sam’s. Cole & Isabel’s just feels more real, they are perfect and that’s perfectly fine. Grace & Sam’s still feels like insta love, that ‘perfect love’ that you literally only see in books and movies and is completely unrealistic.

I’m glad we saw a bit more of Rachel in this one, I was confused why she was so absent in the last one.. So that was a bit better in this one.

I like Isabel’s bitchiness, it reminds me of myself actually.

I like Grace’s Mum a bit more in this one, she seemed more realistic, her Father is still just a tool.

That about all for the characters I think.

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I enjoyed this one a little more than book 2 but not enough to give it a 4 star rating, there was still issues and confusion but overall it was pretty good.


And I have finished reading ALL the books on my June TBR! Except the audiobook of Gemina, but I’m waiting for next credit to come in on Audible for that one, will get to it as soon as that comes through, it’s the next couple days I believe!

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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater – Spoilery Review

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Title: Linger
Author: 
Maggie Stiefvater
Series Name: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 13th, 2010
Pages: 360 (hardcover)
Publishers: Scholastic Press
Rating:
3 and a half star

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the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

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For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

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Okay, so I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first. There is still a fair few issues that I have with it. But I’m also kinda stuck in the story at the moment and I read this in 1 day! So even though I am not enjoying the story more I can still recognise all the issues I have with it.

You can find my Spoilery review from Shiver HERE! Also I have changed my rating for it from a 3 1/2 to a 3. I double checked my rating system when went to rate this book and realised it belongs as a 3! You can find my rating system HERE!

This review contains spoilers and also spoilers for book 1, Shiver. Also read my review for Shiver first as a lot of the problems continue in this book so I won’t be explaining them again.

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Exactly the same as I felt about the Shiver cover! But one thing with this book, the cover of the book is green and I noticed before starting it that the text is actually printed in green! So I think that is cool, that’s not really Cover Art, but it’s still cool. I have never read a book with coloured text like this.

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So I have 2 things that were present in the first book as well as this one but I forgot to add to my review for Shiver as by the end I had just forgot about it and those are:

I love books with Multi POVs and I have said many times, it has to be done right! For this series I have trouble telling the characters apart and forget which POV I’m reading from because they feel the same. In the first book it was just Sam & Graces POV and they were hard to distinguish between.. That continued in this book between Grace & Sam, however it was easier to tell when reading from either Isabel or Coles POV. They felt like 2 different characters but Grace & Sam just read the same.

I also found that in this book when describing things the same words are used over and over. This isn’t a massive deal but I do feel like you could come up with something else as it does get monotonous at times.

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So the plot for this one was better than the first one. This book managed to drag me in a bit more and there was also a bit more action. This book is still really predictable, I guessed what was wrong with Grace when she first started getting nosebleeds and other major parts I also guessed. This book was a bit more thrilling though, even though I had guessed what would happen I still got dragged in when reading those parts until I actually found out if I was right.

There is still things in this book that aren’t explained. There was a little bit explained in this one that I didn’t get from the first book, so hopefully everything is summed up in the next book as it was originally the end of the series.

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So I think I fairly well summed up the characters in my review for Shiver and not much has changed. I still don’t feel any time of connection to Grace or Sam really. I didn’t have an as big of a problem in this book with the Instalove as I did with the last one as the Instalove was already over in the last book so now I just see them as people in a relationship… I do to some degree agree with Grace’s mother when it comes to Grace & Sam relationship that they do barely know each other and Grace probably doesn’t know what love actually is.

I honestly enjoy Cole and Isabel more than Grace & Sam in this book. I am guessing that Cole & Isabel end up in a relationship, but that is just a guess. But if they do I like where it’s starting. Starting out with Lust and kissing and then him rejecting to sleep with her when he barely knows her and he doesn’t want her to regret it. I am starting to like Cole, at the start of the book I was kinda like who is the moron but I’m liking him more as the story progresses.

I really don’t see Rachels point in this story, she just kinda pops up occasionally but that’s it. She doesn’t seem to have a purpose and they haven’t told her about the wolves and Olivia and I find it a bit weird that when Grace and Rachel talk they never mention Olivia. If Olivia was their best friend then wouldn’t Rachel still be worried, Grace knows she is fine but to Rachel she is still missing/possibly kidnapped as only Olivias brother got that fake email saying that she is fine and will be back soon… So why isn’t she more worried about her best friend?!

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So overall I have issues with this book, there is things that don’t make sense and there is things that don’t add up but it’s also not horrible. Honestly if I read this a year ago when I wasn’t a critical reader I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more as I wouldn’t have paid attention to a lot of things, I just would have read it. But now I notice all these things. Which to me isn’t a bad thing really, we don’t have to love every book!

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Spoilery Review

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Title: Shiver
Author: 
Maggie Stiefvater
Series Name: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 1st, 2009
Pages: 390 (hardcover)
Publishers: Scholastic Press
Rating:

 

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For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

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So if you don’t know already I’m not a huge fan of straight romance books. Going into this I did not realise that this book would be purely focusing on the romance rather than more of a heavy focus on the fantasy! I like going into books knowing nothing, so I tend not to read synopsis. If I had read the synopsis I probably wouldn’t have purchased this book or the next 2 in the series. This book wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I look for in books and there was a few issues I did have with it besides the romance part.

This review has spoilers! You have been warned.

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The cover for this book is really pretty but also simple! I own the hardcover and I really like the leaf indent in the front of the hardcover, it just makes the hardcover than little more interesting when there is something hiding under the dust jacket!

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This was Maggie Stiefvater’s second series, I have read her third, The Raven Cycle and it is one of my favourite series of all time! You can definitely tell that this book was earlier in her career, her writing in The Raven Cycle was a lot more developed then it was in this series, it still wasn’t bad though.

I have read somewhere that you should start with an author’s first book and read them in publication order so that way you see the development of the writing more than you point out how one series’s writing isn’t as good as the other.

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Honestly the plot was a little underwhelming for me. It wasn’t bad but with the romance being the main focus there wasn’t a lot of action and the book only kinda picked up in the last half of the book. At the start besides Sam getting shot and coming back human and meeting Grace there really wasn’t much going on. I also really hate insta love in books and this book definitely has that! Yes she has been watching a wolf for how ever many years but that wasn’t actually knowing the guy.. And a couple days after he turns human and you actually meet him for the first time you are ‘dating’ and a couple weeks later you are telling him you love him?? That shit only happens in books and movies and I hate it in books and movies! Anyway moving on from that.. Everything else was alright, there was a bit more action towards the end with Jack hurting Sam and everything but it was still a little underwhelming, I wanted more action and more going on than Sam and Grace hanging out…

There were also parts of the plot that didn’t really make sense, like when all the hunters decided to try and kill the wolves after they apparently killed Jack, yeah I got why they stopped that day because Grace told them that her friend was in the woods and they might accidentally shoot her, but why didn’t they try again another day.. Jack’s father was apparently angry that the wolves killed his son so why did he give up after that first day? That just one of the things that didn’t add up to me.

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So, the main characters were honestly kinda bland to me. There wasn’t much development with them. Besides Sam being cautious at the start and then kind and willing to do anything to possibly be with Grace we didn’t really learn anything about him. We learned his history yes but it kinda felt disjointed, like there wasn’t that much emotions towards those memories he shared except the memory of his parents and what they did and the fear that that caused him. Grace was exactly how Sam describes at one point, stoic. But underneath she is also emotional. Even though she claims she doesn’t usually cry she seems to cry a fairly often in this book.

The other characters were undeveloped as well, but they were side characters and this is the first book so that’s fairly understandable. I honestly don’t know what to feel about Rachel, she wasn’t really there that much considering she was meant to be Grace’s best friend.
Olivia was a little confusing, I really didn’t understand that fight her and Grace has with the photos, that made no sense and I didn’t really understand the point of it in the plot of things. I’m also confused with her own fascination with the wolves, I get she likes to take photos of them but after that argument it seemed like she actually had no interest in them she only did it because Grace was fascinated with them.. But then after that fight she is back taking pics of them.. I was just a little confused with all that.. I think that argument could have easily been left out, it didn’t seem to have a purpose except confusing me.
Isabel seemed like a little brat at the start but changed towards Grace after she found out everything that was going on. I guess your brother being turned into a wolf can change a person.
Jack I just didn’t like and honestly his death was one that I wasn’t upset about. If you are going to go into a woods and try and kill innocent animals for no good reason then you deserve to get turned to a wolf and have to suffer and him dying basically made everything easier. He was meant to be dead anyway so if the ‘cure’ had worked then how were they going to explain him suddenly rising from the dead without questions asked.. And if he had stayed a wolf he would have just been a pain in the arse for the rest of them and probably would have done something stupid that lead to the humans wanting to kill off the wolves.
Grace’s parents were just confusing and odd. It was completely unrealistic that they never questioned Sam basically living with them after finding out who he was? That’s not normal, did they never wonder if Sam had a home or why he was constantly there?! They never even mentioned the fact that he was staying in the house..
Beck was just kinda mysterious. Especially in the way that he spoke to Sam when Sam first finds him in this book.. If Beck had just been straight out rather than talking but not really saying anything real or that mattered then there never would have been that fight with him and Sam.. That could have simply been avoided and that kinda annoyed me, it was like he was deliberately trying to have a reason for Sam to walk away for a while until Beck was actually needed in the story. And also those 3 that he turned, where were they at the end? They weren’t mentioned again, if they were only freshly bitten then they would have been still changing back and forwards all the time, so why weren’t they in the house when Grace was there or when Jack was staying in the basement?

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Well as you can tell I had a few issues with this book. Some were just personal preference obviously which is why I still have the book 3 stars. If you don’t have an issue with instalove then this book will be more enjoyable for you but there is still a few issues with the book!

I will still be continuing the series as I do own the first 3 books. This is a book that you could easily read a standalone as it kinda cuts off nicely, not really on a cliffhanger or anything but as I own the rest I will be reading them. I don’t know if I will read the 4th book, I don’t own it and apparently it is more of a companion than a 4th book. I might read it eventually depending on how the rest of the series goes for me, but it won’t be straight after as I don’t own it and I’m on a book buying ban..


LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE READ THIS AND WHAT YOU THOUGHT?!

ALSO WHAT ARE YOU READING ATM?!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books with LGBTQ+ Characters

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I don’t have a top 5 LGBTQ+ Books as I haven’t read enough that I loved to make 5. So instead I’m going to talk about 3 Fantasy books with LGBTQ+ characters as I need to read more of them! And I have 2 of my favourite YA books with LGBTQ+ characters.


Fantasy Books with LGBTQ+ Characters

I’m only basing this on google that these books actually have LGBTQ+ characters.

1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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2. Half Bad by Sally Green

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3. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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This series has an LGBTQ+ character towards the end of the series I think.

Favourite books with LGBTQ+ Characters

1. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

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2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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If you have any recommendations of YA fantasy books with Diverse characters please leave them in the comments! I want to read more diverse books but as there is a larger amount of diverse books in the contemporary genre than the fantasy genre, and I don’t enjoy contemporary as much as fantasy, I just don’t read many

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

There may be slight. spoilers in this post.


1. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This would be an amazing game! Navigating the ships would be so fun!

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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This world would be awesome to explore in game form! Discovering and exploring Weep &  exploring the dreams would be awesome too

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

This would be an awesome story to follow! Trying to find out where the King was on the ley line.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Meeting new peculiar children would be awesome, navigating the world and trying to save the Ymbrynes. Would be awesome.

5. Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

I know Harry Potter already has the games that follow the books/movies, but I want something different! I want a game that you start by receiving your owl and going shopping in Diagon Alley for your school supplies. Then go to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express and get sorted! Go to classes and perform spells in Transfiguration, Defence Against the Dark Arts & Charms, make potions, train creatures in Care of Magical Creatures & locate stars in Astronomy. Depending on what skills your best at you can graduate and find what job you would fit in and train in that and then go on to do that job in the wizarding world!

The same general Idea could happen with Fantastic Beasts too, maybe even Illvermorny being added in there or just finding Beasts and Training them, saving them or returning them to their homes!!

Someone needs to do this last one!


Well that is all for today! What books would you like to turn into games?!

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March 2017 Wrap-Up

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I listened to a lot of Audiobooks in March! I’m happy with how much I read and listened to in March and I hope I can do just as good this month! And yes I have started listening to the Harry Potter series on Audiobook AGAIN, straight after finishing it. Not even mad!


Books Read

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Also, while listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Audiobook I read along with both the old edition and the new edition of the book so that I could see the changes and write my review about it.

Audiobooks Listened To

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Eddie Redmayne – AUDIOBOOK & NEW EDITION REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

TV Shows Watched

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Orange is the New Black on Netflix

I started rewatching this on Netflix as I was bored and couldn’t decide what to start watching.

Currently Reading

Well I actually finished reading Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton this morning, so I’m not currently reading anything until I start another book tonight. I’m considering starting Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden though. I read it when i was in Year 9 or 10 in High School, but I don’t remember if I read the entire thing, but I know I really liked it and I want to read the whole series! It’s a pretty short book, so this should only take me a couple days.

Currently Listening

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And that is all! I don’t think I watched any new movies in March.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)


1. J.K. Rowling

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2. Alwyn Hamilton

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3. Laini Taylor

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4. Maggie Stiefvater

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5. Ransom Riggs

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6. Amie Kaufman & 7. Jay Kristoff

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8. J.R.R. Tolkien

I know this isn’t actually possible, but I would still have loved to, so wanted to add it.

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9. Amanda Hocking

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10. Richelle MeadRichelle-Mead-2009-r-1000x1000


Well that is all, just a quick and easy post today! Love it!

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