GALGORITHM By Aaron Karo

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GALGORITHM By Aaron KaroGalgorithm by Aaron Karo
Published by Simon Pulse on 5/5/15
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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What if the secrets of dating and love were revealed in one simple formula? That’s the tantalizing proposition high school senior Shane Chambliss offers the hopeless and hapless guys who come to him for relationship advice.

After the girl of his dreams breaks his heart, Shane devises a mysterious formula called the Galgorithm and establishes himself as the resident dating guru at Kingsview High School. But his attempts to master the art of romance go outrageously awry.

As Shane tries to navigate the ensuing drama, he must follow his heart, abandon all the rules, and ignore his own advice in a quest for true love. What he discovers, no formula could ever predict...

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After having his heart broken Shane comes up with a formula to save other guys from the trouble of heart break. This book was funny, light and refreshing. There’s so many things I love about this book Shane’s friendship with Jak and I liked seeing all of the people that Shane helped. Shane is clueless sometimes, but he’s a cute character, he’s smart, loyal, funny, and caring. I loved Shane as a main character! Loved the story line and if you guys like this book you should check out I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, it kind of has the story line except the main character is a girl. Anyway this book is awesome and such a good read, it’s like a teen movie that’s hilarious but doesn’t have any drama.

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AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR By Morgan Matson

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AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR By Morgan MatsonAmy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on 4/23/10
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her dad recently died in a car accident, and her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut—just in time for Amy’s senior year. To escape from it all, Amy embarks on a road trip, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining her is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, but her feelings for Roger develop as the miles roll by….

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I was so excited to read this book and it didn’t disappoint! I loved the road trip aspect and going cross country with Amy and Roger. I like the way the book is written with the flashbacks and the scrapbook pictures and playlist. It is a little emotional especially because Amy lost her father in a car crash so we do get to see how she feels about that and how shes dealing with it. Roger also has his own problems with a recent break up. Over their trip these two let loose and try to have fun and enjoy themselves, they did take an epic detour, so why not have a little fun on the way. I loved this book and just wish it was a little longer I didn’t want the journey to end. I think a novella would be nice, so we can see what these two are doing after the events of this book.

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TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS By Liz Czukas

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TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS By Liz CzukasTop Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Published by HarperTeen on 12/9/14
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe's Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer's car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the "drowned rat" look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees— of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe's list of Top Ten Best Moments.

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Chloe works at a supermarket and has to work on Christmas Eve. If that wasn’t bad enough someone stole some money, now her and her coworkers are stuck in the break room until they can clear their names and figure out who took the money.

My Thoughts

~ I actually read this book when it first came out but never wrote a review for it. I thought what a better time to write a review for this book than around the time it takes place.

~ I love everything about this book, the characters, the plot, and the setting.

~ Our main character Chloe likes to make list which I found fun and interesting to look at. The story is told from Chloe’s POV she’s real and funny, and her daily observations about what happens at the market are hilarious to read.

~ Chloe’s coworkers are diverse and funny also. I like how they all band together to try to solve the mystery of who took the money so they can leave work jail.

~ Chloe also has a crush on one of her coworkers, Tyson. I thought it was cute, I mean what’s better than being stuck with your crush in the store all day.

~Bonds were made after being stuck together. None of the coworkers were really friends at the beginning of the book they were more like acquaintances, but they learn more about each other and bond and friendships are made.

~ The mystery wasn’t intense, but it does make you think about who could have done it.

Overall

This book is light, cute, and fluffy. It’s a great read for the holiday and you guys should read it. How many other books do you know that take place in a grocery store? Do you know how much fun it would be to get stuck in a grocery store and try to solve a mystery. Fun times my friends. Go read this book!

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THE HANDS OF TIME By Michelle Madow

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THE HANDS OF TIME By Michelle MadowThe Hands of Time by Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #5
Published by Dreamscape Publishing on 11/2/16
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
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Months ago, Nicole Cassidy’s life was turned upside-down when she discovered that she was a witch descended from the Greek gods. She and the four other witches gifted with elemental powers fought all over the world—and in another dimension—to battle the supporters of the Titans and fight for the people they love.

Now the Elementals must stop Typhon—the most dangerous monster in the world—from rising, and seal the portal to the dangerous prison world of Kerberos. But they won’t be able to do that without facing their hardest decision yet… a sacrifice so great that it may be one they’re not willing to make.

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Picking up right where we left off in the last book, Nicole has the chance to go back in time and fix her mistakes to save Blake’s life and Medusa’s head from being destroyed. Now her and the other Elementals have to finish their quest of stopping the Titans from rising.

My Thoughts

~ I loved this book but it was bittersweet. It’s the last book in the series, we lose a few characters, and sacrifices are made, but like all of the books they only get better and this was my favorite in the series.

~ When I started reading this book I had a few ideas about what I thought was going to happen but I was caught off guard by some of the twist. I don’t want to spoil anything but these twist were unexpected and I didn’t see anything coming.

~ The pace in this book was pretty fast. That being said I felt like some of the tasks the Elementals had to handle in the first half of the book were easy, but in the second half that’s when they had to deal with the bigger decisions that would impact their futures and lives.

~ I think the romance between characters in this book took a backseat mainly because they had bigger and better things to worry about and I didn’t really mind that.

~ This is hard for me to say but I did not like Nicole in this book. She was pretty selfish especially at the end. I mean I understand not wanting something to happen to your boyfriend but to act like someone else’s life isn’t as important just bothered me.

~ I loved Danielle, she seemed to be level-headed and always thought things through.

Overall

I loved watching these characters grow over these past five books and develop into the heroes they are now. This book was a crazy ride and left me speechless. It was a great ending to this series. I would recommend this series, these books aren’t long and you can just breeze through them. If you like mythology and witches and quest then pick this series up!

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TWISTED PALACE By Erin Watt

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TWISTED PALACE By Erin WattTwisted Palace by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #3
Published by EverAfter Romance on 11/2/16
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Format: eBook
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From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

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Twisted Palace picks up right where Broken Prince ended. Reed has a murder charge over his head and Ella has to deal with her father coming back from the dead. With all the things trying to keep them apart Ella and Reed have to try to find a way to stay together.

My Thoughts 

~ Both Ella and Reed have grown so much from the first book. I love their relationship I think they both make each other better people, they’re perfect for each other. I want what they have lol.

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~ In this book we still get both the POV of Ella and Reed, which I like because we get to see what each of them think especially with everything that is going on around them.

~ This book kind of felt like a mystery. I mean of course Ella doesn’t think her boyfriend is a murderer so she tries to find the person who actually killed Brooke.

~ These two had to deal with adversity, with people talking behind their backs and to their faces and doubting Reed’s innocence.

~ I almost forgot Ella’s father comes back which stirs up a lot of drama. He just popped up out of nowhere like it was normal. I didn’t really like Steve mainly because he just came back and was trying to change everything in Ella’s life.

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~ I love all of the secondary characters like Val! We get to see a little bit more of her and Wade’s relationship. We also get more of Dinah of course because she’s Steve’s wife. I’m still not sure how I feel about her I mean she was still rude to Ella but she just lost her best friend, and Steve treats her awfully.

~ I loved Ella in the first book and I still love her now. I will always root for Ella, she’s strong, independent, and caring. She won’t let people break her she always keeps going and I love her for it.

~The Royals are also more like a family with Ella around. She’s good for them and makes them better. And they’re like the family she hasn’t had in awhile.

~ The ending surprised me I wasn’t expecting it. Wow.

Overall

I would DEFINITELY recommend this series! It’s so addicting and each book seems to be better then the last. I fell in love with the Royals and i’m sure you guys would too. So check this series out! I would love to see novellas or maybe another book focused on a different character from this series but i’m going to miss this series. If you like a little drama and a swoon worthy romance pick this series up!!!

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REBEL SPRING By Morgan Rhodes

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REBEL SPRING By Morgan RhodesRebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Published by Razorbill on 12/3/13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 412
Format: Paperback
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Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . . .

•  CLEO is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people
•  MAGNUS stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia
•  LUCIA is haunted by the deadly outcome of her breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms
•  JONAS watches at the palace gates, a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius
When Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will forever change the face of this land.

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My Thoughts

~ We have all of our main characters from the first book and we meet a few side characters in this book.

~ Okay, so Cleo oh Cleo the people closest to her have died and her kingdom is now under the order of King Gaius. You would think this would break Cleo, but it only made her stronger and fight harder for the chance to win her kingdom back. Cleo was resourceful and quite smart, I think she was good at playing people. She’s my favorite character and favorite POV to read.

~ Magnus is still feeling a little broken after Lucia’s rejection of him. Magnus is still trying to follow his father’s orders and fight off his inner demons.

~ Jonas is trying to gather a rebel army to take on King Gaius, because he basically got screwed by the King during the battle. (Can I say that?)

 (But remember Jonas got screwed in the battle for Auranos not WWII)

~ Lucia is in a deep slumber after using so much of her power in the battle, so most of her POV is in her dreams when she’s talking to a watcher.

~ There was some romance and I thought I knew who I wanted to be together, but now I’m just so undecided after finishing this book. I think I want some more of Cleo/Magnus maybe.

~ We learn about Mytica’s history in this book. We learn about the goddesses Cleona and Valoria and their relationship with Eva the first sorceress and the Kindred.

~ I wanted a few more alliances I wanted to know who stood where! But I guess I’m just going to have to read the next book.

Overall

No cliffhanger again (yay). I just love this series, the characters are so complex and there’s so many layers to each of them. This book was full of action, adventure, magic, and mystery. I’m so excited to read the next book to see what will happen next. Definitely do yourself a favor and start this series!

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FALLING KINGDOMS By Morgan Rhodes

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FALLING KINGDOMS By Morgan RhodesFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Published by Penguin Group on 12/11/12
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 423
Format: Paperback
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Princess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a privileged royal, Cleo must now summon the strength to survive in this new world and fight for her rightful place as Queen.

The King of Limeros’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.

Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

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Falling Kingdoms follows four young people from different kingdoms. When one wrong move has the kingdoms at each others throats, our main characters fates become intertwined, as they’re now key players in which kingdom will come to power.

Characters

Cleo: A princess who tries to do the right thing often finds herself regretting taking action or not taking action.

Jonas: A boy who suffered the loss of his brother at the hand of a lord, and now searches for justice for himself and his country.

Magnus: The heir to his father’s throne who does everything to try and earn his father’s respect but only seems to be met with failure.

Lucia: A princess who’s scared of the power she holds. Her only problem is that her only confidant, her brother Magnus seems to be avoiding her.

My Thoughts

~ The world building was so amazing, it was fast paced, and none of the details will slow you down.

~ No one is safe in this book, the killings in this book were unexpected and some were shocking.

~ There’s so much action and drama in this book, my interest was always held and it kept me on my toes.

~ These characters and their relationships are complex, everything they do dictates their futures and how their paths cross.

~ This book was unpredictable the events and plot twist just keep you guessing at Rhodes will do next.

~ So there’s some romance in this book, some of them were crazy. But fear not because the romance is not the forefront of this book, but at some points it did drive the story forward.

~ There was so much violence and action in the end, and secrets revealed, and there wasn’t a cliffhanger!

Overall

I loved this book more than I thought I would, it was everything I would want in a high fantasy! I need to read the rest of the series. If you haven’t started this series pick it up, you’ll love it!

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BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN By April Genevieve Tucholke

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BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN By April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #2
Published by Speak on 8/4/15
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
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The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

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After the events from the last book Violet can’t stop thinking about River. The gang decides to leave Citizen Kane and go looking for River in different towns where strange things are happening.

My Thoughts

~ My favorite part of this book was the road trip the group is following leads to different places just to find River. The gang gets these leads from a radio show that only Neely and Violet are into listening.

~ We meet new characters in these towns where the gang visits. I feel like Violet is way too trusting of strangers. I don’t want to spoil anything but if you read the book you’ll know what I mean.

~ Violet finds Freddie’s diary and learns more about her grandmothers past and about her experiences with the “glow.”

~ I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first book. The world building was amazing. We get to go to mountains, towns near the sea, and another quint town that resembles Echo.

~ There was more character development in this book. Violet was more brave and tried to take things head on and Neely gets more of a focus in this book.

~ I didn’t like the romance in this book either. Violet was with Neely a lot in this book and I think she was just using him until she got back to River.

~ I liked Neely, we learn he has a lot of love for his family especially his brothers. Neely would use his power to counteract what his brother’s power was doing, even if it was slowly killing him.

Overall

This sequel is worth the read! The writing in this book is beautiful. The ending was a bit open ended and left you to use your imagination as to what would happen next. This book was enjoyable and entertaining. Check this duology out if you haven’t!!!

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA By April Genevieve Tucholke

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA By April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #1
Published by Speak on 7/3/14
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
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Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town... until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.

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Violet White and her brother Luke have lived in Echo their whole life. When their parents travel around the world to get inspiration for their art they leave the twins by themselves in the small town. When a mysterious and gorgeous boy named River rents the room in mansion, Violet realizes he’s not just any normal boy.

My Thoughts

~ The setting is what made the story for me, the atmosphere in the town was creepy and this small town had a lot of secrets.

~ Violet was a unique main character she was very perspective and always noticed the smallest details.

~ I didn’t like the romance between Violet and River, it felt like River was using his powers to make Violet do things.

~ When River arrives in town strange things start happening like kids hunting the devil in the graveyard.

~ River’s power was weird and it was hard for me to understand, he could manipulate what people saw and felt, especially Violet. I didn’t like how Violet knew that River was manipulating her feelings but did nothing about it.

~ There were quite a few side characters so there wasn’t much room for character development in this book.

~ I was a bit annoyed with some characters, mainly Luke. I didn’t like some of the things he said to Violet and I feel like some of the other characters would pile onto his insults.

~ There were twist in the plot that I wasn’t expecting that kept me reading.

~ The ending was… I don’t know how to describe the ending. It just made you wonder who you could trust because most of the people in the town were being manipulated by these powers.

Overall

I enjoyed this book, it was different from anything I’ve read. What kept me reading was the intriguing plot and it made me want to know what was going to happen next. I plan on reading the sequel just to see how things plan out.

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THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS By Mary E. Pearson

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THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS By Mary E. PearsonThe Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on 8/2/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 688
Format: Hardcover
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Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now?

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I was going to write a short synopsis but then I saw the one from amazon, which is above and I don’t think I can make one shorter than that so moving on to what I thought…

My Thoughts

~ Okay so hopefully you’ve read the other two books before you read this so I don’t spoil anything. After the end of the last book Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and are on their way to Dalbreck.

~ So this wasn’t my favorite book in the series. I mean first off what happened to the romance? The ending between Lia and Rafe just confused me. And the romance between Kaden and Pauline felt forced.

~ I liked seeing how everyone was preparing for battle and strategies.

~ I didn’t like Lia in this book, I liked her in the first two but in this book she was just rude and she was mainly rude to Rafe. I mean the guy risked his life for her and it felt like she was trying to use his feelings for her to get what she wanted. She went to his kingdom demanded help from his army, and she knew he had his own struggles to deal with in his own kingdom.

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~ It seemed like Lia didn’t care about anything except for the prophecy. I mean I know she was looking out for her kingdom too but she could have at least been more grateful to Rafe and his friends.

~ So about Kaden and Pauline it was definitely forced. It felt like they were locked into a room with each other and had to learn to trust and develop feelings.

~ At some point in the book, I wanted to stop reading but I pushed through.

~ The big battle wasn’t that captivating there was some fighting and then Lia gave a speech that stopped everyone in their tracks.

~ This book just didn’t feel like the first two it wasn’t anything special.

Overall

I’m still unsure if I would recommend this book. I like the first two but this one is a hit or miss I suppose. Maybe read the first two and skip this one? I don’t know but I think Lia is what made me dislike this book the most she changed so much from a girl who wouldn’t let anyone control her destiny to a girl who is now following a prophecy and letting it control what she does.

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