Category: Contemporary


#CoverReveal: The Trouble With Faking by Rachel Morgan

Posted 25 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, New Adult / 0 Comments

 

Cover Reveal

 

The Trouble With Faking by Rachel Morgan is released November 27th 2014.

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After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumor’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they/really/want to be with. What could possibly go wrong?

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Review: 4.5 stars to Model Misfit (Geek Girl 2) by Holly Smale #YA

Posted 22 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

 

 

Review:

I really liked this book. Although it wasn’t as funny as the first, it definitely had its moments. The trip to Tokyo was inspiring and I found I could really picture it as Harriet described it.

The situation with Nick got on my nerves a bit because I seriously thought he was screwing her around, and she really had no clue.

There was less of Harriet’s parents this time, which was both a shame and kind of nice because it meant more time for other experiences. Like meeting two new models in Japan only to find one of them isn’t quite so friendly as she seemed. I had thought Harriet was getting off lightly this time, but I guess not.

Some of the model shooting Harriet had to do though…genius! I mean, they really made me LOL and shake my head with the horror. I honestly thought she’d get fired every time something went wrong. It almost became a game of how far can she push Yuka.

Oh, and then there’s Harriet’s grandmother who cracked me up. You’d think she was her father’s mother. Not Annabel’s! Wilbur is back, and I absolutely adored him in book one. He’s eccentric without being annoying, which is so fresh because so many characters that come across as out there and…let’s just say….OTT just get on my nerves. By the way that’s Will with a bur not iam.  ッ

I was kinda glad about how everything got resolved in the end. I had serious doubts  but, yeah, it all came through good. I can’t wait to read book 3. I just hope it’s as witty and scandalous as usual. 🙂

Kat

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Review: 3.5 stars to The Trouble With Flirting by Rachel Morgan #Contemporary #YA

Posted 20 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself.

She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend.

But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

 

 

Review:

Okay so it’s probably somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars but putting that in the title is weird.

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review, and honest is what you’ll get.

I didn’t NOT like this. That’s something, at least. I didn’t love it, either. I wanted to. But there were far too many cheesy cliche’s (man, i hate that word!) and just some of the stuff that Livi thought and did were annoying. So that’s why the score isn’t higher.

What I DID like?

There were funny moments that just made me LOL like when Livi tries to be all sexy and cool but then it all turns out wrong. She tried far too hard, and I think she realises that by the end. Her attempts at being popular are pathetic, though, and just made me roll my eyes. And when she went into Uni with her slippers on….OMG.

I liked the bond between her and her best friend Adam. Also, Sarah. The emails between them were sweet and natural. I wanted to slap Livi whenever she messed up with Adam. It was clear how he felt. It was also clear she was an idiot. lol I wish we had seen or heard more of Sarah, but I haven’t read the first in this series. Realising I could this on its own was why I did, but now I’m wondering if Sarah was in the first book or maybe she’s in the 3rd? I don’t know.

The problems with her parents and the incident Livi gets told…well that can happen in any family, and I thought it was portrayed fairly well.

I realise that the over all story is about a girl finding out she doesn’t need to be someone else to get the guy, but it also just makes me incredibly sad that there are girls out there who care so much about image that it destroys who they really are. They take for granted the things that matter.

Okay rant over. The over all feel of this book was good and I found myself getting into it and awwing quite a lot, even if it was mind-blowingly cheesy, which I guess was the point. I also thought it was going to be predictable, but every time I thought I knew what would happen next, I was surprised.

Allegra turned out to be somewhat of a dark horse. I thought she had been lost for good but it was nice how things turned around. There were a couple of fairly real-life serious issues covered in the story and it really brought to light what can happen if you’re not careful. Pick your friends carefully, that’s all I can say. And then you have Carl…

The ending came at me with no warning and I found myself going “that’s it? noo!” but hey that’s a good thing, right?

As contemporary’s go, this was a pleasant surprise.

Kat

 

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#ReleaseDay: The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello #YA

Posted 4 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Release Day Blitz, YA / 0 Comments

Are…you…ready?

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For something EPIC?

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In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a
rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.  She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.

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One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own.  Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love.  But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

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When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

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About The Author

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

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Review: 4 stars to Vivian versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle #YA #Contemporary #RoadTrips

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-­year-­old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ -­ or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…

Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

 

 

Review:

 Well. I didn’t expect to actually like this book, if I’m honest. I’d seen some mixed reviews and I guess I have mixed feelings, but certainly this was worth a read.

I’m going to have to be very careful about what I say now because I’m not religious, much like the non believers in this book. I am cynical. So I don’t want to offend anyone who maybe is religious. I know how over sensitive some people can be. 

I found myself liking Vivian and Harp  almost instantly. I liked their bond, their personalities that made them each so different from the other. Harp especially. She’s wild, funky, she takes no crap. Whereas Viv starts out prim and proper, with only a little rebellion. Then throughout the book she gradually becomes more open and as she calls herself – Vivian 2.0. She’s less sure of anything, and does things that would shock her previous self. 

Viv and Harp find a guy named Peter who has connections to the Church of America, and they go on a road trip to find the original owner of The New Orphans across the country. Along the way they pick up someone they knew at school, Edie, who is heavily pregnant, and every where they go they have to avoid Believers. Because these people are not nice. They will kill you if they feel it will help them get taken in the Rapture. The first Rapture left behind several Believers and they did not take kindly to that. 

The story behind this Rapture and the Apocalypse is interesting and it definitely made me want to know more. This book is a journey in itself. The people they meet, the problems they encounter, it brought me closer to them. Vivian and Peter’s gradual relationship (well, it was quick but in the time frame it was also slow) was sweet and heartbreaking. I grew attached them. 

The reasons behind Frick, the man who prophesied the Rapture, and the Church of America, was certainly rather…I guess what I’m trying to say is…it holds certain parallel to this world with what religion can do to people. But I won’t go into that.

Anyway, the ending was a big bowl of “what the f***?” and not in a bad way. More like I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! kind of way. 

I would recommend this to anyone that likes  a contemporary with romance and a killer premise that will open your eyes to what happens in real life. There is quite a lot of swearing involved so maybe not suitable for young teens. I don’t know. Go for it! 🙂

Kat

four-stars
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Giveaway Time: Score a signed copy of Eleanor & Park!!! #YA #International #Giveaway #Books

Posted 25 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fun, Giveaways, YA / 0 Comments

It’s giveaway time!!

I realise since I’ve had my blog for quite some time now, that I’ve yet to actually do a giveaway. You’ve all been so nice and welcoming that you  deserve SOMETHING!

It’s only small, but here goes:

I’m giving away a signed copy of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. The giveaway lasts for a week starting today, through to next Monday 1st September.

Enter below! 

And good luck!

EDIT: SO IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS BECOMING A BIT OF A FAIL. SO WITH THAT IN MIND, I SAY FUCK THE POSTAGE, I’M MAKING IT INTERNATIONAL. GO FOR IT. THERE IS ONLY ONE COPY, SO CROSS YOUR FINGERS AND MAKE WISHES. 🙂

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Congratulations to Isabella on winning this signed copy of Eleanor and Park. 🙂

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My #Top5 To Read #YA #Supernatural #Dystopian #Contemporary #GottaReadThese

Posted 22 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Mature, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Uncategorized, YA / 0 Comments

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Are you like me and have a pile of books ready to be read but you just don’t know where to start?

I feel your pain.

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but mostly new books. And It’s so hard to choose out of the pile I have. *counts all 60 odd books* Yeah, it’s becoming a library in here. 

So I thought I’d write up a list of the top 5 books I want to read from my pile.

So here goes (in no particular order):

1)Ruins by Dan Wells. The third and final book in the Partials Sequence (series?) Sci-fi at its best, and also Dystopian…so I love the series. Very detailed and in-depth. I started it a month or so ago and although I was struggling, I was also distracted by shiny new books released that time. 

2) Enders by Lissa Price. I read the first, Starters, a couple of years ago, and loved it! It was definitely something new to my pile and I waited a long time to get Enders. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and still haven’t gotten around to it. So definitely…I will get to it before September.

3)Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – Another one I started a year ago and still haven’t finished (but really want to!).  From what I HAVE read, it’s good. And witches…I mean…I love witches. 

4) Dare You To  by Katie McGarry – yet another half read book that I keep putting down. I have nothing against this besides that it’s heavy and these teenagers just keep having problems and it makes me want to slap them upside the head…but in a good way. Like a teddy slap. The kind that doesn’t hurt. lol I will finish it. It’s on my pile to “finish”

And lastly, but definitely not leastly (?):

5) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa – I started this a couple months ago. I was eager to buy it and I got into it and…then something new came out. Can’t remember what. Something about it wasn’t hooking me as much as The Immortal Rules did. I declare I will read it, though! 

I’ll check in, tell you how far I got. This can be our weekly Friday post. It keeps me occupied, anyhow. 🙂

 Wish me luck.

-Kat

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Review: 3.5 stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins #YA #Contemporary #Romance

Posted 21 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

three-half-stars

The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. 
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. 
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

 

 

Review:

I wasn’t expecting to not enjoy this as much as I’d hoped I would. The previous books had been 5 stars, brilliant and romantic. But this left me somewhat deflated and…annoyed.

Isla can only be described as an obsessed stalker when it comes to Josh. Ever since her first year at the School of America in Paris (which is…in France) she’s been infatuated with him. He barely knew she existed, or so she thought.

Upon stumbling into a cafe in Manhattan where Josh is sitting quietly, his pen sketching away idly, Isla babbles on and on, drugged up on painkillers. It is kinda funny.

Months later, though, she hasn’t seen or heard from him and she has her best friend Kurt do most of the spying because she’s too much of a wimp to look herself.

I actually didn’t mind Kurt. Yeah he had his problems, but in honest, he was harmless. A bit too truthful, maybe. Blunt, yes. But he cared for Isla, and not in the whole romance way. Although there were times I was expecting him to declare his love. I think that’s just from reading too many love triangle centred books.

So when Josh actually enters Isla’s life, Kurt’s thrown out of the picture and I feel so bad for him because he doesn’t deserve it. I’m a strong believer in that if you get a boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever, you shouldn’t just ditch your friends (however unintentional) just because “you’re in loooove” I mean, really. NO!

The thing that really bothered me in this book, is how quickly Josh and Isla’s relationship moved on and it was a bit too eye-rollingly annoying. In the past two books, sure the girls/guys have liked each other from the start, but nothing has really happened until near the end because in that way, they can grow closer, and we (the reader) can understand them as people instead of them being thrown together and it’s just like those ‘insta-love’ stories. I have no time to process anything when that happens. Instead, I end up disliking Isla because she’s whiny, paranoid, and thinks so little of herself. And I guess in a tiny way, she reminds me of me. Minus the romance.

She was just too…much. And Josh was…a little over the top. Obsessive. It always makes me laugh when they say “I’ve been in love with you since I first saw you” REALLY? I hate to say this but…that’s SO cliche.

Okay, negatives aside, there were some moments that I liked and didn’t feel like I wanted to slap Isla and Josh over the head with a piano. The past characters showing up was probably my favourite. Later in the book than I’d anticipated, but it never fails to get me all excited. I miss the rest of them so much. And the little surprise that happened…aww. Although I have my thoughts, I just can’t say them without spoiling what happened.

The writing as always throughout this book reads just as effortlessly as the past books. How easily it is to slip into someone’s world just fascinates me.

Isla made a lot of mistakes and she was annoying (to me) but  in a way, she came out of it stronger. I’ll miss these characters that have left an imprint on my heart and I will probably reread them at some point, just to refresh the memories.

Over all, not a bad read. But sadly it wasn’t up there with the others. I guess, like with a lot of Calliope’s skating, 3 times in a row is not always guaranteed.

Kat

three-half-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Geek Girl by Holly Smale #YA #Contemporary #Funny @HolSmale

Posted 17 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. 

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. 

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did. 

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

 

 

Disclaimer: Maybe a few tiny spoilers but nothing that takes away from the story. I hope. 

Review:

It’s been  a while since I’ve read anything so funny it’s left me in stitches. (Okay, not LITERALLY!) And Geek Girl is definitely one of those books that I found hilarious.

Harriet Manners is a GEEK. Capital letters and everything. She knows more than most people in her school, except, perhaps, her stalker Toby. She’s unpopular, but has a best friend: Natalie. Who in my opinion, is rather stuck up. I couldn’t quite feel any connection to her. But Harriet…yeah that girl is one of a kind. I thought she was humble, honest, and funny as hell! Even when she wasn’t trying to be. In a way, I also felt sad for her because I also know what it’s like to not fit in, to be picked on for being different. Although not because I was smart. I wish!

Toby annoyed me for the most part, but like with Nat, I didn’t dislike him so much toward the end. Still, there was no connection for me. I could take or leave him. In a way, I felt that way with nearly all of the characters. Which is why I dropped a star. If I was to rate this book based solely off humour, It’d be a 5 all the way.

Harriet’s dad was just…hilarious. In a way, more a caricature of a “cool” parent. He was over the top, but also he could be a down to earth father. He was almost like a child in parts, being overly excited about the modelling opportunity in which Harriet was a part of. I couldn’t stop cackling with laughter every time he said something and Harriet’s inner monologue wanted to kill him or kick him out of the taxi. I swear…I was in hysterics. Annabel, Harriet’s stepmother, was hard to get used to at first, but she’s someone that shines near the end and I came around to liking her.

There’s another character which Harriet calls “Lion boy” whose real name is Nick. He appears throughout and works as a model. Nice enough I guess, but again, I felt no…spark toward him. I’m not saying I have to fancy or love every character, but when it’s the supposed “love interest” although that is putting it mildly in this case, it’d be nice to feel something. Maybe he needed to be in this more, who knows?

On to another character I DID like, but whom wasn’t in it for more than a blink of an eye – Natalie’s mother. She was a special daisy, for sure. The microphone scene cracked me up. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it. If not, watch out.

Then there’s Alexa who I thought was the epitome of a bully without a real cause. It was typical secondary school and it took me back.

So in all, yes I loved this book, but not necessarily for character chemistry, but because it was simply funny, and easy to read. It flowed well, meaning I turned the pages smoothly and didn’t want to stop reading. I’ll be picking up the rest of the series soon.

….Oh and I can’t forget Wilbur. A pure gem!

-Kat 😀

four-stars
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Review: 5 stars to Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins @NaturallySteph

Posted 14 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 2 Comments

five-stars

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

 

Review:

HOW DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE? a story by me.

So  I literally (well, twenty minutes ago) just finished this amazingly, well written, well romanced, really sweet book and I just have one thing to say: I’m done. I can’t continue anymore. How is it possible for fictional boys to get BETTER?!

I thought I had it all figured out and that there were at least some decent guys in the world, and not all the good ones were fictional, but then Cricket Bell came along and shoved them all out of the park!

But then there was Max, Lola’s boyfriend, who I liked at first. But then a side of him started to show and it was ugly. He wasn’t nice to Lindsay, Lola’s best friend, and he got jealous at any person in the Male category.

OH! I know this is supposed to be continued on from Anna and the French Kiss, but I was like “How is that possible? It’s different characters!” But then…St Clair appeared. And Anna. I tell ya, I freaked out. In a good way, of course. I was so happy to see them because I missed. They weren’t in lots  but it was just nice…y’know?

Cricket…Yes I’m going back to him, if you don’t mind. 🙂 I love him. Who can resist him? He actually reminds me of Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (If you haven’t read that, you so should! It’s hilarious and sweet.). Y’know, tall, skinny, nerdy…and adorable. He just kinda seemed similar. But that’s okay because I like them all. It’s so sad, though, how his story panned out and it wasn’t until the very end that anything was redeemed. His twin sister, Calliope (what an odd name!) is an extreme ice skater and is entering into the Olympics. The Bell family have constantly had to move locations because of her career, and Cricket has put most of his life on hold because he wants to support his sister. But then he falls for the girl next door and things turn bumpy.

It’s sods law, really. When you realise something but then when you’re ready to say anything, that other person has moved on. I was kicking myself (and Cricket!).

So without saying too much, I adored the chemistry between Lola and Cricket, and also…I liked her parents, who are two men. It was certainly a…different set up. I didn’t mind it, it was just odd to get used to. Andy and Nathan were interesting people, and Andy made me laugh sometimes. Nathan was very serious and strict when it came to Lola. Lola’s mother is out of the picture…for the most part. She’s a person who isn’t really in it enough to get a feel of her personality much, I didn’t think.

There was just nothing wrong with this story, and everything RIGHT.

I cannot wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After. No doubt that will leave me hopeless, too. I wish these characters were real. *sigh* If I could rate this a thousand stars, I would.

Kat

five-stars
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