Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trailer Reveal: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Hint: The correct answer is YES!

OBLIVION is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling LUX Series
It is being released on December 1st, 2015!!

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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...
 

 



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OPPOSITION


 

Author Photo #1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. 

Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. 

Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   



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#HOWTOBEBRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras

Author: E. Katherine Kottaras
Publication: November 3, 2015
By: St. Martin's Press
Amazon | Goodreads 

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

Reeling from her mother’s death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave – all the things she’s wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she’s always been afraid to do – including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most – and you learn that you’re stronger and braver than you ever imagined.





 ~ About the Author~


E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing.

Her debut YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (November 3, 2015). Her second book is tentatively set for a 2016 release.

 






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An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.  Reeling from her mother’s death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave – all the things she’s wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she’s always been afraid to do – including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most – and you learn that you’re stronger and braver than you ever imagined.   E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing.  Her debut YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (November 3, 2015). Her second book is tentatively set for a 2016 release.  ekatwrites.com  https://twitter.com/ekatwrites  https://www.facebook.com/ebkottaras  https://instagram.com/ekatpic/



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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Opposite of Right by Christi Barth

The Opposite of Right (Bad Decisions, #1)Series: Bad Decisions #1
Author: Christi Barth
Publication: November 3, 2015
By: Amazon Digital Services
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Kylie Stafford has spent her whole life doing exactly what’s expected. The right major, the right sorority, the right guys, just like her mother and her sister before her. But when everything falls apart for her, Kylie wonders if doing everything right has been utterly wrong. There’s only one way to find out.

She decides to try making all the wrong choices for three months. Hit on a tattoo-covered rock musician? Check. Go back to his dressing room for a hot hook-up against the wall? Gulp. Drop everything to be a roadie for him to binge on more of the best sex of her life? Maybe. Start falling for him despite her better judgment? Um….yeah. Figure out why doing everything that seems wrong feels so darn right?


*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*


The Opposite of Right, the first book in a new rockstar romance trilogy, is a fast and fun read! Kylie needs a change of pace. Her life isn't working out quite the way she planned, so she figures a few bad decisions can't do her any more harm. 

Cam needs to make amends from his own bad decision, one that left his band, Riptide, in near ruins. Neither is looking for anything serious, but when they find themselves sharing space for the next three months, they'll both discover some bad decisions can end up leading you in the right direction. 

I enjoyed this, and I'm looking forward to where the story takes us next. 


About the Author

 
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.
A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.
Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.


Monday, October 26, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3) by Caisey Quinn


 Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, this is my stop on the MISSING DIXIE blog tour!


~ About the Book ~

Author: Caisey Quinn
Publication: October 27, 2015
By: William Morrow Paperbacks
Fighting for redemption…

I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved—the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise—a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me even if she can’t forgive me?

Learning to move on…

 
Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I
may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I’m finally beginning to move on when my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.
 

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?





~ My Thoughts ~

 

*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

Gritty, heart-wrenching, and intense, MISSING DIXIE broke my heart in the best way before piecing it all back together again. It was everything I hoped for for Dixie and Gavin and then some.

I loved these characters from book one and I knew Gavin's story was going to gut me, hence the reason I was afraid to read this book. Afraid whatever Gavin had done would be unfixable, unforgivable, and not even a little bit redeeming. What I didn't expect, was the hope it would leave me with.

Caisey Quinn has done an amazing job of showing the good, the bad and the ugly parts of addiction and the ripple effect it has on everyone, not just the addict. She balances light with darkness, so it's not too angsty and depressing, and not too perfect to be true. Best of all, she gives Dixie, Gavin, and Dallas the endings they deserve, and one that is sure to warm reader's hearts. It did mine. I ugly cried. Like Daryl Dixon from the Walking Dead but with more tears and snot. 




It wasn't pretty, but it was totally worth it.
Just like Gavin and Dixie.




~ Excerpt ~

 

DIXIE: 
The constant heaviness I carry in my heart lightens a little. I am for Dallas and Robyn. I’m excited to be a part of their big day and literally ecstatic about becoming an aunt to my future nephew. But . . . something about the anticipation of it all, the impending burden of necessary smiles and laughter in the midst of my complete and utter devastation about having to face Gavin Garrison for the first time in months . . . It’s like getting the worst news of your life on the brightest, sunniest, clearest day of the year.

I’m a walking, talking, living, breathing storm cloud waiting to burst and rain on everyone else’s parade.

But I won’t. Because I can’t.

I had my chance. My one night. And even a little more than that. “Wait for me, Bluebird,” he’d said.

Apparently I should’ve asked for the specific details of just how long he intended to make me wait.


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~ About the Author ~ 


Caisey Quinn lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and several other New Adult Romance titles. Her Neon Dreams series about a country rock crossover band paying their dues in life and in love on their rocky road to fame is now available from Avon/William Morrow.


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COVER REVEAL: Christina Dodd's RULES


Lady Charlotte Dalrumple, Miss Pamela Lockhart,
and Miss Hannah Setterington
Are sick and tired of having their successful endeavors
rewarded with dismissal
Invite you to visit

The Distinguished Academy of Governesses

Born of their determination to seize control of their lives by
Offering the finest in governesses, companions and instructors
to fill any need
Serving fashionable society since March 1, 1839

Christina Dodd
presents
The Governess Brides Series
Rules Of Surrender
Rules Of Engagement
Rules Of Attraction
Read the Rules now!







RULES OF SURRENDER 

The Rules of Employment for The Distinguished Academy of Governesses: Always remember your station. Be sure to maintain a disciplined schoolroom. And never, ever become too familiar with the master of the house...

Lady Charlotte Dalrumple is known as England’s most proper governess, a woman who has never taken a misstep socially--or romantically. On the surface, she seems perfectly suited to accept the challenge of reforming Lord Wynter Ruskin, sadly uncivilized by his travels abroad. 

But Wynter has no desire to be taught manners. He glimpsed an uninhibited beauty hiding beneath Charlotte’s prim exterior, and he’d much rather spend his days--and nights--instructing her in the pleasures of the body and the passions of the heart. But before they can love both must also master the Rules of Surrender. 






RULES OF ATTRACTION
 
Hannah Setterington has decided to retire from governessing and become a paid companion to an elderly lady in the country. After all, she's looking for a more restful life. She sees years of calm restfulness ahead.   

But when she arrives at the country manse at midnight, the place seems awfully gloomy. And all the servants are most improperly whispering about the master. His strange moodiness... his coldness... and the rumor that he killed his wife.  

Back straight, our heroine walks straight into the baron's den, and as she looks at his strong shoulders from behind she instantly knows that he has not killed his wife even though the hairs on her own neck are prickling. He's totally innocent. How does she know? She is his wife.  

And the sparks will be flying. . .





RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 

Lord Kerrich's position in Queen Victoria's court is imperiled by his rakish reputation, so he attempts a desperate ruse. He hires Miss Pamela Lockhart to find him an orphan to adopt and give the patina of respectability. However, he quickly finds himself loving the irrepressible child---and seducing her beautiful, wary governess. 












 ~ Letter From the Author ~

I have a confession. In a former life, I was a poor but proud Victorian governess. That's the only obvious explanation for my obsession with governess stories.

I've read and re-read Jane Eyre and always fiercely wanted to be like Jane — proud, independent, clever and the winner of a noble (and rich) man’s heart.

I've seen “The Sound of Music” innumerable times and each time I'm swept up in the magnificent scenery, the thrilling music and the story of the poor but feisty governess who captures the noble (and rich) man’s heart.

For me, there’s something eternally enticing about the tale of a woman who endures personal hardship, tames unruly children, and at the same time finds, to her surprise, that she is irresistible to the master of the house. These women are seldom beautiful, not necessarily well-born, and actively resist love's allure. Yet love in the shape of a tall, dark and autocratic gentleman finds them, captures them, and by the end of the story they are wed to that nobleman and enjoying all the advantages of wealth, privilege and the best sex in the world.

The Governess Brides series begins when Distinguished Academy of Governesses opens its doors to train young women for respectable occupations:

Unfortunately, in RULES OF SURRENDER, Miss Charlotte Dalrumple discovers her first position is to teach Lord Wynter Ruskin, sadly uncivilized by his travels abroad, to take his proper place in society. Hint: it doesn't go well.

In RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, because of his unrepentantly disreputable ways, the Earl of Kerrich is in trouble with the queen. His solution: hire a governess and obtain an orphan to raise. That will make him appear respectable. Trouble: the kid is charming, he's falling in love with the unattractive governess … but other than that, what could go wrong? … Oh, so much.

In RULES OF ATTRACTION, Miss Hannah Setterington travels far into the lonely English countryside to take a new position and hears rumors that the master killed his beautiful young wife. Could any situation be worse? Yes, it could, for she knows the rumors are not true … because she is his runaway wife.

With eleven full-length books and one novella, the Governess Brides is my longest-running and most-popular historical series (six of the titles are on the Goodreads List of Best Governess Romances.) So when Avon Books announced they would repackage the books to introduce them to a new audience, and showed me the concepts, those compelling heroes with their direct gazes drew me at once into the stories.  I promptly sat down with the Rules books to reacquaint myself with the characters and stories and — guess what? I ended up reading them from beginning to end and living, laughing and falling in love along with my governess heroines. I've always said I write the books I want to read. I hope you read and enjoy the Governess Brides, too!

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd builds worlds filled with suspense, romance and adventure and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty+ novels — suspense, paranormals, and historicals — have been translated into twenty-five languages, won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year’s best by Booklist. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle — her mother was totally impressed. With more than twenty-five million of her books in print and eBook, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they’ve found, “an absolute thrill ride of a book!”

Enter Christina’s worlds at ChristinaDodd.com and join her free mailing list for book news and sales.
 

Friday, October 23, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS: YA Edition

*I received these audiobooks from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews*



Dumplin'
Title: DUMPLIN'
Author:
Pulicaiton: September 15, 2015
By: Balzar & Bray

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.


Story: DNF. This was getting a lot of hype and I was excited to read it, but unfortunately, it fell short for me. 

Audio: The 50% of the audio I listened to was well done.







Walk on Earth a Stranger
Publication: September 22, 2015
By: Greenwillow Books 

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush–era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.


Story: DNF. This was a very slow start for me and I ended up setting it aside. I do plan to go back once the trilogy is complete and give it another shot. Maybe I'll have better luck then.

Audio: Again, what I listened to of the audio was well done.





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Hotel RubyAuthor: Suzanne Young
Publication: November 3, 2015
By: Simon Pulse
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
5 STARS!

Stay Tonight. Stay Forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.


*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This cover and the uber creepy Hotel California vibe the summary has going on are what initially drew me to the book. That, and the fact that Suzanne Young wrote it. She's on my short list of,"I will read whatever this author writes."

Haunting, beautiful, and creeptastic. Hotel Ruby is the perfect horror read, especially for those who don't normally read horror or like gory things.  *points to self*
The characters, the setting, the plot, and of course the twists, I loved it all. And that ending...

Read it.


~ About the Author ~


Photo credit: Author's website
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Orginally from Utica, NY, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. 

Suzanne is the author of several bestselling books, including THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, THE EPIDEMIC, and HOTEL RUBY.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GIVEAWAY: #JoinTheResistance and get ready for WINTER!

WINTER is coming. Are you ready?

I am. See?
 
 
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If you haven't read The Lunar Chronicles yet, here's your chance to get started!
Macmillan/Fierce Reads have offered a fantastic US only giveaway. (This is just one reason I love them!) 
Here's what you can win...
  • Lunar Chronicles shimmer tattoos (see pre-order pic below)
  • A WINTER button
  • A copy of CINDER (Book One)



Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)CINDER: The Lunar Chronicles #1 by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.






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Monday, October 19, 2015

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Authors:
Publication: October 20, 2015
By: Listening Library 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

* Audiobook provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

 
Story: 4 Stars. Sci-Fi is not my first choice of genre, <<Error>> so the fact that I read this book and enjoyed it should tell you something. (Hint: GO BUY THIS BOOK!) I originally passed on the opportunity to read it <<Error>> but then Andye from Reading Teen convinced me (over french fries) that I NEEDED this book in my life. Mainly, because kissing. 

Sidenote: We have a thing for kissing in YA. Basically, #wewantmorekissing! For more info on the reasoning behind #wewantmorekissing, go here.

But really, this book and the story, and the characters are awesome! 

Especially Ezra Mason, I love a good smartasstic boy! (I may have just made that word, smart ass + sarcastic = smartasstic, up.) Ezra's funny, witty, and romantic, even if Kady doesn't see him that way in the beginning. <<Error>> She'll come around. <<Error>> Eventually. <<Error>> Maybe. Assuming they both survive and all. <<Error>>
 
Kady is a tough nut to crack. She doesn't put up with any bulls--<<Error>>, and she took a while to grow on me, even with that pink hair of hers. What I liked most about her was her bravery and her intelligence.

And then there is AIDAN, the AI. Super computer extraordinaire! <<Error>> And possible enemy of every human still alive. <<Error>> Maybe. You'll have to read the book to find out.

This story is full of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and few that made me choke up. The ending felt a little rushed, BUT is also left me wanting more. More Ezra. More Kady. More AI. More kissing. MORE ILLUMINAE!


Audio: THIS WILL RUIN YOU FOR ALL OTHER AUDIOBOOKS! Seriously, I don't know how I'm supposed to listen to another audiobook without this cast. They were fanfreakingtastic, each one bringing the characters to life in their own unique way. At times, I felt like I was watching a movie with my eyes closed. So, if audiobooks are your jam, BUY THIS ONE.  


To learn more about The Illuminae Files, go HERE. 

 

 
***I have a few predictions about book 2. WARNING. They are spoilery. So, you know, don't look at me <<Error>> them if you haven't read the book yet.***




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