The Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine

The Soulweaver by Heidi CatherineThe Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine
on January 1st 1970
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four-stars

She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.

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Review of the story:

The Soulweaver was a whimsical and beautiful book that explored the “what if” and afterlife in a way that I have never read before. The book was thought provoking and stayed with me for days after finishing it–and that ending! There are some religious undertones, but even if that isn’t your jam I think you can still enjoy the spellbinding tale. 


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Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown

Buried Alive by Stacey Marie BrownBuried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown
Format: Kindle
Published by Stacey Marie Brown on January 12th, 2018
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Source: Author
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four-half-stars

Nine years after a tragic accident, Hannah “Brennley” Evans has returned home to the snowy mountains of Whistler, Canada. This is the very place that destroyed her, where her whole world ended, and the reason she now goes by Hannah Jennings.

Struggling with his own tragic past, Rhys Axton, an infamous sexy snowboarding champion, wants nothing more than to be the next Olympic hopeful. Sex, snowboarding, and working out are all he cares about, which helps shut off the demons that haunt him and the family who rejected him.

The moment Hannah walks into his room, he knows something is different about her. Drawn to her, he can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious, guarded girl. They are two heartbroken souls who both understand the darkness.

Little does he know she lives in lies and carries secrets that will bring his universe to its knees and secrets that will bury them both alive.

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Review of the story:

First, I want to thank the author, Stacey Marie Brown, for providing me with an ARC to review. SMB has become one of my “read always” authors due to her strong female characters and a writing style that flows flawlessly through engaging story lines. In the last year I have read all of her books, with The Collector Series (see my review for book 1 here) being my favorite of her Paranormal Romance so far. While SMB is one of my favorite authors, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Buried Alive, as it is her first Contemporary Romance, and those can be hit or miss with me.

From the first chapter I was drawn in by Hannah and the unknown tragedy that shook her life up 9 years ago. Hannah exudes a silent strength throughout the book and we get to bear witness to her internal struggle with PTSD from a terrible accident that caused her to lose everything in just a few terrifying moments as a teenager. I thought SMB did a great job highlighting Hannah’s anxiety and PTSD without making it seem gimmicky or insincere, which I sometimes find in contemporary novels. The tragedy (don’t worry, no spoilers) was also something different than I’ve ever read about before and had my heart racing while I was reading about it.

Rhys was somewhat your typical “bad boy”. Dark past, moody temperament, a playboy, and sexy as hell. I appreciated the dual POVs because it gives the reader a little more insight into what made him so cynical and jaded. He was fun to read about and I had more than a few chuckles while reading his banter with his coach and Hannah.

The tragedy itself, as I’ve already mentioned, was quite different from what I was expecting. The reveal of the moments before the tragedy were truly shocking to me and I definitely didn’t see it coming. I’m usually pretty good at picking out plot twists, but this one really threw me for a loop! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and continue to be impressed by SMB’s ability to draw me in so wholly.


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The Ones That Got Away by Roni Loren

The Ones That Got Away by Roni LorenThe Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away, #1) by Roni Loren
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley, Bookish First
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four-half-stars

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs...

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Review of the story:

I won this book from Bookish First, which was super exciting! I read an excerpt and knew I had to continue the story, so I actually found it on NetGally and requested it there too. 

The premise of the story was really intriguing, as it is based on a group of adults who survived the worst mass school shooting in history. The book tells of Liv and Finn’s re-connection 12 years after the tragedy. They had led very different lives since, but sparks immediately fly when they see each other again. This is a second chance romance, which are some of my favorites. 

The two main characters are likable and complex, and the supporting characters are also intriguing. This is good since this is the beginning of a series, and I genuinely want to know what happens to the other survivors so I definitely be continuing the series. One thing I really liked about this book was the lack of romance tropes (jealousy, love triangles, misunderstandings, and the continued waffling back and forth “does he love me, do I love him?”). Both Liv and Finn own their love for each other very early in the book and don’t deny their feelings or the chemistry between them. Such a breath of fresh air! It was a pretty quick read and didn’t leave me bored once. I highly recommend it. 



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Top 5 Wednesday (16)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

I love this topic because I love to complain (hey, at least I’m honest about it). When I was getting my bachelor’s degree we read a study on how people bond more over mutual complaining than positive experiences. Basically, those ranting bitch sessions with your friends and/or SO are bringing you closer together! This is in moderation, obviously. Nobody like a negative Nelly that complains about eeevvvrything. 

Prepare for the petty train to arrive at the station, because it’s about to get nit-picky in here. 

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Adults who are either absent or morons in a YA or NA novel. 

  • Absentee parents
  • Parents who never listen to their kids
  • Parents who are basic idiots in general and refuse to acknowledge what the hero/heroine has shown them multiple times. GET IT TOGETHER. 

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Love Triangles. I loathe these. Someone always gets hurt and my second hand-embarrassment and compassion is always bleeding out for the one who doesn’t get “picked”. The one who isn’t chosen always seems to get some consolation prize love interest or is totally fine with “just being friends” all of a sudden. Hogwash


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Covers with someone’s face on it. This one is probably weird, but I like being able to picture the characters in my own head and develop how they look by interpretation of the the text and their personality. I don’t mind if it is illustrated, I just don’t like the ones with cover models on them. 


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Continued misunderstandings between characters. One or two is fine, but I can’t stand when I’m reading a book and the two characters keep failing to communicate and then by result misunderstand each other’s intentions. JUST TALK IT OUT ALREADY. 


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Arrogant protagonists. There is one in particular that I have in mind, but I’m going to dive into my issues with her during next week’s “naughty list” topic. I’m not a fan of characters who fail to listen to their advisers because they always think they know best. I do like, however, seeing the plans foil because of the arrogant protagonist 😈 *heh heh heh*😈, but if the protagonist continues to make the same stupid decisions I’m over it. 


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Top 10 Tuesday (14)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This one was a little harder because many of my favorite books are about zombies or set in a dystopian world. Neither of which I would like to be a part of, lol. 

As always, click on the book cover for a link to purchase the book and click on images to be taken to their source. I credit all art I find, but please message me asap if I have gotten the credit or link wrong so I can fix it or remove the image.

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Hogwarts. This is probably going to be on 90% of people’s lists, but it’s definitely my #1 bookish setting I’d love to visit. Actually, can I just live there?


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Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Post-war though… Yeah, I know the picture above isn’t actually Velaris, but it always reminds me of Velaris when I see it. 🙂


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300 Fox Way in The Raven Cycle series. Blue’s house is so hectic and chaotic. I couldn’t live there, but I’d love to visit and experience the chaos first hand. 


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Narnia. It was my first fantasy novel that I read so something about that place will always hold a special place in my heart. 


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Atlantis. There are so many variations of Atlantis, so it’s hard to choose which one. I’ve always been intrigued by the original story of Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias and how the city came to fall, by Plato. 


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The Lunar Chronicles Universe. I couldn’t pick just one setting here. I want to visit Scarlet’s farm, New Beijing, Luna, and the Rampion. The Lunar Chronicles remains one of my favorite series. 


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Antica. Preferably this would be post war as well, but the world building in Tower of Dawn made me fall in love with it. I want to go see the mountains and Ruks with Sartaq, the Torre Cesme with Yrene, and the beautiful Oasis with—well never-mind. Hasar was arrogant and self serving and I want nothing to do with her. #StillBitter


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The Capitol from The Hunger Games. I know it’s kind of crazy, and I definitely wouldn’t want to stay long. 


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Chicago in the Divergent series. Alright, so like above, I wouldn’t want to stay long, but I’d still like to visit. Actually, I really just want to do the zipline. 


The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

The Gender Game by Bella ForrestThe Gender Game (The Gender Game #1) by Bella Forrest
Format: Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
Series: The Gender Game
on October 28th, 2016
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Source: Audible
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four-stars

PREPARE TO ENTER AN ALL-NEW WORLD...

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus...

Ever since the death of her mother, Violet's life has been shadowed by bad luck. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now after two unfortunate incidents resulting in womanslaughter, she has been sentenced to death.

But one decision could save her life.

One decision to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy defies Violet's identity, but she must sacrifice everything if she wishes to survive the forbidden kingdom... including forbidden love.

How much of yourself could you give up to keep yourself alive?

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Review of the story:

I have been meaning to read a Bella Forrest novel for a while. I know she has the Shade of Vampire series, but I’m really picky with vampire stories so I never checked them out. To be honest, I didn’t go into The Gender Game with high expectations because I know Ms. Forrest pumps out books like crazy (like 4-5 books a year). I have found with other independent authors who crank out books that quickly that sometimes editing is sub-par, but as long as the story is good I generally don’t mind. With that being said, the book was better than I expected. Yes, there were a few issues: the letter at the end (don’t want to spoil it) felt too convenient and disingenuous to the story, some characterization for a major character in the book was a little underdone, and the world building left me wanting more. However, The Gender Game also had some great elements to it: 

-Strong and likable female lead character
-Unique dystopian world in a genre overflowing with unoriginal ideas
-Lots of action
-Quickly paced
-Just enough romance to tease you, but not to overpower the narrative
-Also, The author clearly did research on MMA fighting and the fighting scenes never felt forced
 

Overall, I enjoyed the book and will be continuing the series. I will likely not do reviews on this blog for the following books, but I will review on Goodreads, as I find doing reviews here for sequels not very helpful.  

Review of the audio:

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Soler since listening to the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I thought it might be difficult to separate Cinder’s voice from Violet’s, but I found it relatively easy as I was drawn into the story. Rebecca Soler remains to be one of my favorite narrators, as she brings life to characters through her superb voice acting abilities. Zachary Webber only did a small portion at the end of the book, but I have also listened to him before and enjoy his voice. 


 

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The Friday 56 (6)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of The Gender Game by Bella Forrest. 


Barely breathing, I felt my consciousness return to the sunny world around me. To Samuel, tugging at my impatiently. But I remained staring at the house. The silence was more disconcerting than the screaming.”


I also participate in “First Lines Friday”, to see the first lines of this book head over to that post by clicking here


A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…


 

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First Lines Friday (14)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

I’m using this book for my Friday 56 as well, so if you’re interested check it out here.



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A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…


 

The Gender Game is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.

Bad Bloods: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

Bad Bloods: November Rain by Shannon A. ThompsonNovember Rain (Bad Bloods, #1) by Shannon A. Thompson
Format: Audio
Narrator: Jonathan Johns
Series: Bad Bloods,
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on July 18th 2016
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: Audible
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four-stars

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

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Review of the story:

November Rain starts off with a bang, as Serena, our main female protagonist, is being marched to her own death. A stranger sets a plan in motion for Serena to escape and she becomes the first person to ever escape this particular “Bad Blood” camp. a Bad Blood is someone who has undergone a mutation that gives them superhuman abilities (similar to X-men). The society in which this is set does not recognize Bad Blood as being equal and therefore seeks to find and eradicate all of them. 

The story is full of action while still leaving room for character development and a steady story-line progression. November Rain is told from the POV of Serena and Daniel, another Bad Blood. The book is actually set over a period of only 8 -9 days, but the multiple POVs keep the story moving. 

If you are looking for a clean YA book that has lots of action, a great story, strong and loyal characters, and is a quick read – I recommend picking up November Rain. 

Review of the audio:

Johnathon Johns does a great job transitioning between Serena and Daniel’s POV without making it seem jumpy or disjointed. He has a smooth cadence that was truly enjoyable to listen to. 

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November Rain Giveaway: Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box


Author Interview

 

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.

My favorite (and first) part about turning Bad Bloods into an audiobook was discussing my book with the narrator, Jonathan Johns. I let him know some exclusive behind-the-scenes info that never made it into the book but was essential to understanding the characters. He was really receptive to it, and he truly understood what each person and scene represented. After he recorded, I listened to each scene and provided more notes. Then he recorded more, and now, we have an audiobook!

  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?

Yes, I think it’s absolutely possible—not to mention that there are readers who NEED audiobooks in order to access novels and other pieces of text, so audiobooks are extremely important.   

  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?

Yes and no. I always loved the idea of an audiobook, but I didn’t let it change my writing style. However, I always read all of my books out loud in the last editing phase to check the sound and overall flow, so that’s very similar. Sound is important.

  • How did you select your narrator?

My publisher sent me a few auditions, but Jonathan Johns stuck out the moment I heard his voice. He captured both the dark essence of the story and the characters’ individual voices. From the beginning, I felt as if he understood it more than anyone else, and he truly brought it to life.

  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?

Yes! I provided pronounciation for any words or names that might be difficult, but I definitely gave him insight into each character. Bad Bloods is very character heavy (and a character-driven story), and it was important to me that they were distinguishable and matched what I pictured when writing. He learned facts that will never even make it into the series. Why? Because those details often shape characters, but they might also be unseen details. I needed to know those details to create the prose, so I thought Jonathan would need to know them in order to create the audio. He absolutely nailed it!

  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?

I think there is truth in all types of writing, including fantasy. For me, I originally wrote this book shortly after my mother died very suddenly. I was eleven, so I had a lot of anger and depression and confusion about how terrible things can happen to very young people. Those feelings are scattered throughout Bad Bloods, and to this day, Bad Bloods still feels like the closest books to my heart—probably because writing these books saved me when I was young.  

  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?

I get burnt out all the time! I try not to, but I work full time (and often overtime). Writing books while working full time is hard, especially when you’re on a deadline, so I absolutely get burnt out. But I never lose my enthusiasm. No matter how difficult life gets, I always love writing, and I try to keep that in mind when I’m feeling down.  

  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

Actually (eek), I’m not. I have a difficult time remembering anything when it’s in audio format. Even when I was a kid, I struggled to learn from lectures. I’ve always taught myself by reading materials. (Maybe my dad was right when he said I was a bad listener. Ha!) But I’m so glad it exists for those who need and love audiobooks.

  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?

Jonathan Johns added some sound effects (wheezing, sighing, breathing) that helped bring the dialogue alive in very particular spots. I loved it!

  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?

YES. I would love to see the Amarna Period in Ancient Egypt, mainly because my soul is submerged in that time period for research right now. But there are lots of places I’d love to see. The future would be neat, too!


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Haven by Mary Lindsey

Haven by Mary LindseyHaven by Mary Lindsey
Format: Kindle
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 7th 2017
Genres: YA
Pages: 371
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars

"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

(Former title: Hide from Me.)

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 Review:

I was really surprised by Haven. I went into the book not knowing what it was really about, but that it involved werewolves. I wasn’t expecting the grittiness, romance, and suspense that Haven delivered though.

Aaron “Rain” Ryland comes from a life on the streets with his drug and alcohol addicted mother. When his mother fatally succumbs to her addiction he is sent to live with an Aunt he didn’t even know existed in a small town, very unlike the streets of Houston he is used to. A hard city kid is sure to be safe out in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of country bumpkins, right? *insert maniacal laugh*

I won’t delve into the plot any more than that because I think the reason I so thoroughly enjoyed this book was because of the twists and reveals I experienced while reading.

What I can tell you: This book is full of strong and fully developed characters, lots of romance (and less “fade to black” sex scenes, but still YA appropriate), plot twists, suspense, and of course: werewolves and magic. 


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