Wednesday 26 February 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #40: Take Me On (Pushing The Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

Take Me On
by Katie McGarry


Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help. 

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her - fighting for her - is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future. 

Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond formes between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for. 

Why I can't wait: I LOVE Katie McGarry, everything she has written so far is amazing. And West was one of my favorite characters from her previous book Chrash into You. 

Publication date: May 20th 2014

What are you wating for this week? 


Tuesday 25 February 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #21: Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks is:
Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished Yet

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It's more like a top 14 and I probably could have added more books to this list but this are the series that I definitely want to finish. 

What's your top ten this week? 


Monday 24 February 2014

Book Blitz: The Headhunters Race by Kimberly Afe


SynopsisSixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn't commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back - if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn't so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and, and worst of all, cannibal territory.
With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they're not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at eery turn and a boy she's trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to wint the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom - first she has to survive. 

This excerpt is from the day the race starts and Avene is getting ready.

                Hours later, when the birds start chirping, I know it's almost time to wake up. I get out of bed and change into my special clothes. The ones I've been saving for this day: a sturdy pair of jeans and a man's blue flannel shirt. Underneath I wear my white fitted tee-shirt, depicting a crudely drawn skull. I added the crossbones bearing a set of daggers with a nearly dried-up marker I found a year ago. It represents my mantra for the race: stay away from me or I'll kill you.
                I tie my sheath around my thigh, re-lace my boots with longer and sturdier cord I found on a pair of men's boots in the goodie two shoes clothing pile, and then gulp down several handfuls of water. I wipe the droplets from my mouth while I pace like a caged panther. A few minutes later I slug down another five handfuls before I remember to fill my water bottle.
            Zita leans up on her elbow. "You're sure you want to do this?"
            "I have to, Zita. It's our only way out. The only way we'll be free."
            She throws off her cover and leaps to her feet. "Well, we better do something with that hair. They'll start calling the prisoners out soon."
            Zita snatches our slop container from the table. She fills it with dirt from the corner and mixes in a bit of water. "I'm not sure how well this will work," she says, stirring it with her finger. "Sit."
            I sit on the ground cross-legged at her feet. She kneels beside me, takes a small lock of hair, and rubs mud all through the strands. The stringy tresses stick together, cold and wet against my cheek. After one side of my head is finished, she steps back and surveys her work. "Nope, this isn't working. Your roots are still too light."
            "Why don't you wash her whole head in it?" says McCoy.
            I stiffen. Leave it to him to think of dunking my whole head in mud.
            "You're a genius!" says Zita. She grabs my arm and pulls me to my feet. "Help me," she says to McCoy and I cringe at the thought of him touching my head when I'm a direct competitor. He might send his ninja blade across my neck.
            He grabs the sink, half full of water, water I need to drink, and dumps three quarters of it into the corner. "Hey, I need to drink that!" I say.
            "You can drink ours," says McCoy.
            Right. I'm not going to drink theirs. He'd love that. Especially now that he's going to have to hunt on his own and the only way he knows how is by poaching off me.
            Zita stops short of pouring in handfuls of dirt. Instead she goes to the fire pit and scoops out gobs of ash. She swishes it around with her fingers, stares at it like she's not satisfied, and goes ahead and dumps in a handful of dirt anyway. "Okay, bend over, girl."
            I lean over the sink while Zita pours the murky mixture over my hair and massages it in. It's gritty and gross.
            "Hand me that old shirt in the corner," says Zita.
            I'm looking upside down at McCoy while he retrieves the old shirt she uses as her dust rag. She wrings out my hair and then places the shirt over top and squeezes out the excess water. "I wish I had a comb," she says, flipping my head up and steering my behind back to the ground.
            "It's okay, I can use my fingers," I say.
            McCoy dashes into their room. "Boom has one, hold on."
            I lean my head back in defeat. He's determined to help me, to make me feel obligated to help him in return, but his niceties aren't going to work on me.

Author bio
Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog's best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. 

Title: The Headhunters Race
Author: Kimberly Afe
Series: Headhunters
Publisher: January Sky Publishing 
Publication date: January 3rd 2014


Saturday 22 February 2014

Review: The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of The Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

15811405After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. 
Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for - his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds foverever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all. 

- Goodreads -

It had been over a year since I read the first book in this series, The Lost Prince, and to be honest a lot of the story line I didn’t remember. But after just a couple of pages everything came back and after the Iron Fey series and The Lost Prince it was easy to lose myself again in the fey world.

After hating the fey for so long and dreading the world they live in, the Nevernever, Ethan now helps his nephew Keirran, who is half human, half fey, willingly out when he is in trouble. And he evens goes back in to the Nevernever, a place that he swore he would never get back into. After all it were the fey who took his sister Megan all those years ago, they are the reason he never sees her again. They are to blame for everything that went wrong in his life. At least that’s what he has always thought to be true. But when a friend and your family asks for help, you don’t refuse it. And this time he isn’t along, his friend Kenzie won’t leave his side even when he wants her to be safe in the human world. Kenzie is a strong headed girl, who’s determined to make the best of the days she has still left.
The Nevernever is still as dangerous as before, if not more know that the Forgotten are back and stronger than ever. Ethan and his friends must find a way to fix everything that they have broken and time is ticking away fast.
One of the things I loved the most about this book is that we got to see Puck again, I can’t remember if we got to see him in The Lost Prince, but in The Iron Traitor he got a fairly huge role. Which I loved since he was one of my favorite characters in the Iron Fey series and with Puck in tow a book can never get boring. And I loved that Ethan developed more as a characters, some of the walls he had been building for years came finally down. He realizes that he’s not alone anymore and that the people in his life do not plan to leave him soon.
Kagawa had some interesting plot twist to show us and I kept turning page after page to find out what would happen next. And then there were suddenly no pages left… I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, and I’m sitting on the edge of my seat because of the major cliffhanger I still can’t believe Kagawa did that to us… Anyway I loved this book and I hope that the next book will come out soon! 

Title: The Iron Traitor
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: October 29th  2013
Pages: 342 (paperback)
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Friday 21 February 2014

Review: This Much Is True by Katherine Owen + Giveaway

Fate brings them together
Fame & lies keep them apart
One truth remains...

18334339She's become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story...
At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party - a college party - where she can be among strangers and evade the whispering about her heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes.  She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford's famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense - when she lies about her age and who she really is - intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.

His only focus in baseball, but he can't forget the girl he saved on Valentine's Day...
At 22, Lincoln Presly's star is on the rise - about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball's upcoming draft - his cousin's party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine's Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can't quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What's the harm in getting to know this girl? What's the worst that can happen?

They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways...
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually seperate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they've come to trust the most; one truth remains.

This much is true.

- Goodreads -

This book turned to be a lot different than I expected it to be in a good way. I expected it to be like so many books out there, troubled girl meets troubled girl, they fall for each other, the fight and break up after a while they make up because they realize that they still love each other and can’t live without each other. In some aspects that was true for this book, but at the same time it was so much more.

Tally meets Lincoln a few months after she has lost her twin sister in a tragic car accident. She lies to him about everything, but Linc is not a saint either when it comes to the truth. But from the moment they met they have these amazing connection but Tally is still a mess and tries to push every one away afraid that she’ll be hurt again. The only thing that matters to her is ballet. Linc is a rising baseball player and he can’t afford to be portrayed in the press badly. Fame keeps them apart, but they can’t let each other go. But the lies keep building up between them and it seems almost impossible for them to ever have a happy ending with one another. So they try to move on, live their lives far away from each other. Linc traveling to play baseball competitions and Tally as the star of the NYC ballet company is travelling through Europe.
Sometimes months, even years pass between two meetings of them. But every time they are together there connection is visible. If only they knew how to communicate with one another instead of trying to keep some things hidden from each other.  After all the truth always catch up.
This book took me on an emotional ride and it was almost impossible for me to put it down. I loved how the characters developed throughout the book. Tally started as a seventeen year old with a lot of baggage already and at the end she’s this beautiful 21-year-old woman who finally knows what she wants in live. The same is for Linc, he knows wants what he wants in his live and he’s determined to never lose it out of his sight again.  The book was rather long but I loved reading it every single moment and I’m glad that the author didn’t cut in half, which she could have easily done.
Definitely a NA book that I will read again, it was what a NA book should be about. Finding yourself, when it’s almost impossible to see any happiness in your life. I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a great NA/YA read! 

3 paperback copies (Open Intl, but book can be signed if the winner is in the US)

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Author bio 
Dark. Edgy. Contemporary. Romantic. Were we describing me? Or my fiction? Sorry. I drink too much... coffee, not enough water. I swear too much for God an my mother, and I slip these into my fiction. Sorry. I'm impatient, a perfectionist, a wordsmith, a dreamer, which ends up being good and bad  I'm a workaholic; as my fam-dam-ily. I've written four novels in as many years: SEEING JULIA, NOT TO US & WHEN I SEE YOU, as well as my latest releas THIS MUCH IS TRUE. If you love angsty, upredictable love stories, I'm yours.    
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Title: This Much Is True 
Author: Katherine Owen 
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance 
Publisher: The Writing Works Group
Publication date: August 11th 2013
Pages: 432 (Paperback) 


Thursday 20 February 2014

Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

7171637In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London's dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies ar the demon-slaying Shadowhunters - including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

- Goodreads - 

I had some doubts before I started to read Clockwork Angel, I had read the first two books in the Mortal Instruments series and I liked them but nothing more. But since I like historical fiction I decided to give The Infernal Devices series a shot and I’m glad I did. I loved Clockwork Angel.

Clockwork Angel is a mixture of so many things: action, friendship, family and love. And that’s partly why I loved it so much. It never gets boring, when you think you finally know all the secrets and the mysteries there is a plot twist that you never expected. And with each puzzle piece you found another one pops up. And the biggest mystery of all? Will Herondale. From the moment he appeared in the book I loved him. He’s full of contradictions he’s funny but he never laughs, he cares for people but he doesn’t show it and het tries to push everybody away from him who comes to close. Except for Jem that is. And the fact that we still know so little about him after an entire book doesn’t help either, I’ve always have had a weak spot for mysterious guys. Then we got Jem, Jem is the complete opposite of Will. He openly cares for the people in the institute, while not related they are his family and he will do everything to protect them. And I love the fact that he was born in a foreign country, in Shanghai China. This way Cassandra creates a multicultural environment for her characters to live in. The other main character is Tess. She’s the American between all the Brits and if that wouldn’t make her an outsider in the institute than the fact that she’s a warlock would certainly do it. But nonetheless the shadowhunters accept her easily into their house. Tess is a fierce young girl, she does everything to protect her brother and her friends. But at the same times she’s a bit na├»ve and she doesn’t always see what’s right in front of her. But I loved her and I loved how she experienced all the things that happened to her in such a short time. Last but not least we got all the other characters such as Charlotte who runs the London Institute together with her husband Henry and Jessamine, a shadowhunter who doesn’t want anything to do with the world of shadowhunters and downworlders.

There is nothing that I didn’t like about this book, but I can see that there are going to be some things that I’m not going to like in the next book. You can see the love triangle coming from miles away and if there is one thing that I do hate in books than it are love triangles. But I do hope that the rest of the book will be able to compensate for it. I can’t wait to read the next book Clockwork Princess. 

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices
Genre: fantasy, YA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: August 31st 2010
Pages: 479 (Hardback)
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Wednesday 19 February 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #39: Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

by J. Nelle Patrick 


Natalya knows a secret. 
A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia's Winter Palace. 
It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics. 
A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov. 
Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.
But it's not in the right hands. 

Why I can't wait: I'm fascinated by Russia, they have such a beautiful architecture and one day I'm going to see it all. And of cours Tsarina is about Anastasia's mother and I love that film so I have to read this book!

Publication date: February 27th 2014


Monday 17 February 2014

Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

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Sydney is an alcemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far wors. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only beginning... 

- Goodreads -

Most of you probably know that I am a huge fan of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead so I was super excited when the Bloodline series came out. But for one reason or another I never wrote a review for Bloodlines or its sequels. Now I’ve reread Bloodlines so here is finally me review.

Some of my favorite side characters from Vampire Academy get the lead roles in this book. When I first read the names, Sydney, Adrian, Jill and Eddy, I thought how is this going to work out they are all so different. But that’s just why it works out so well. Sydney is the rational one, she makes sure that none of them do things that they will regret later while Adrian makes sure that there is some fun. And because of him Sydney learns again what it is to make fun.

Bloodlines is different as Vampire Academy but at the same time there are so many aspects that you’ll recognize. There are the hilarious conversations between the characters, especially between Adrian and Sydney, the right combination of action, friendship and love and of course all the characters, even the new ones, are amazing.  But what I love the most about Richelle’s book is that no matter how many times you reread them they will never get boring. Every time you read them again you will something new in them, a clue about what will happen further in the book you didn’t notice the first time you read the book, some joke you didn’t get the previous time you read the book but know you understand it… So the books get better and better every time you read them. And I would have never thought that I would love something as much as I loved Vampire Academy but Bloodlines comes so, so close and perhaps at the end of the series I will love it as much as VA who knows. I can’t wait to reread the next books in this series!

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 421 (hardcover) 
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Book Blitz: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard + Giveaway

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Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity. 

Author PicAuthor Bio
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Title: The Forgotten Ones 
Author: Laura Howard 
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
Publisher: Finding Bliss Publishing 
Publication date: April 28th 2013
Pages: 177 (paperback)

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    Sunday 16 February 2014

    Stacking The Shelves #29

    Showcase Sunday's/Stacking the Shelves aim is to showcase our newest bookNes or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea and Tynga's Reviews:


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    What A Girl Wants by Jennifer Snow
    Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn


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    Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting on the Sidelines #1) by Ginger Scott
    A Million Little Snowflakes by Logan Byrne

    Thank you Harlequin and Entangled Publishing!

    What did you add to your shelves this week? 


    Thursday 13 February 2014

    Cover Reveal: Dreams In Her Head (Sparkstone Saga #2) by Clare C. Marshall + Giveaway

    Open the door. 
    Step quickly, step through.
    Breathe in the darkness. 
    Until you are its master. 

    Ingrid Stanley is in more trouble than she knows. Ingrid's dead friend keeps showing up in her dreams along with mysterious visions that feel all-too real. What's worse is now the Collective knows that Ingrid  is supposed to have superpowers. They're waiting to pounce the moment Ingrid and her new superpower-wielding friends make a mistake. 

    When her family is threatened by Professor Jadore, Ingrid decides it's time to take matters into her own hands. A little student protest can't go wrong, she thinks. Not when her almost-boyfriend Ethan is fully supporting it. Not when her friends put an innocent student's life in danger to make it succesful.

    Not when a powerful alien is waiting for Ingrid to inadvertently summon him into this world. Everything's going to be fine. Absolutely no one will get hurt this time. 

    Wrong, and wrong again.

    Author bio
    Clare Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King's College, and is a graduate from Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats. 
    Prize: eBook copy of Stars In Her Eyes (Sparkstone Saga #1) and Dreams In Her Head (Sparkstone Saga #2)
    Open internationally 
    Giveaway ends February 24th 2014

    Title: Dreams in Our Head
    Author: Clare C. Marshall
    Series: Sparkstone Saga
    Genre: YA, science fiction/adventure
    Publisher: Faery Ink Press
    Publication dat: March 13th 2014


    Wednesday 12 February 2014

    Waiting on Wednesday #38: On the Fence by Kasie West

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

    On the Fence
    by Kasie West 


    She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.

    With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

    On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it. 

    Why I can't wait: I haven't read any books by Kasie West yet but all of there books are on my TBR. And just love the summerfeeling that the cover of this book give. 

    Publication date: July 1st 2014


    Tuesday 11 February 2014

    Top Ten Tuesday #20: Books that will make you swoon

    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks is:
    Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon: 

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