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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Title: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
Series or Standalone: The Young Elites #1
Format: Hardcover, 355 pages

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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“I am Adelina Amouteru. I belong to no one. On this night, I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.”

This book gave me a lot of FEELS. Marie Lu did a great job playing with my freaking emotions throughout the story. While her other books didn’t really appeal to me, I was suprised that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I had so much fun with it.

Adelina. I liked this girl so much not just because she’s a strong heroine but every time I leaf through the pages, this girl always comes with a suprise. She always has something new to offer. That there’s more of her and all the characters in the story. And that excites me and increases my anticipation for the next installment. And Adelina is a complex character, battling with darkness and fury that’s engulfing her that makes her a threat to everyone.

Every characters has depth in them even Teren, the bad guy, has given his own pov so there’s an explanation behind his wrong doings. I liked all the members of the Dagger Society, they’re fantastic especially Rafaelle. Yes, this guy almost gave me an heart attack that I was like: Don’t you ever try to hurt him, Marie Lu, or the world will see my wrath. Yeah.

This is dark fantasy so expect to see tons of dead people. Because deaths are everywhere. And if you’re looking for a chessy romance, never mind about that because it’ll just break your heart. Trust me.

The conclusion is very satisfying that leaves me with a high expectation and that terrifies me. We’re promised to see more awesome and cool new characters. A stronger Adelina with a new purpose and great determination. And of course, more of Rafaelle (with his love interest *hoping*).

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Review: Kapitan Sino by Bob Ong

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Title: Kapitan Sino
Author: Bob Ong
Publisher: Visprint
Publication Date: May 2009
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 166 pages

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THERE IS SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

Naunahan na naman ang mga pulis sa pagtugis sa mga holdaper ng isang jewelry shop. Bago noon, may iba na ring nakahuli sa isang carnaper; sumaklolo sa mga taong nasa itaas ng nasusunog na building; nagligtas sa sanggol na hinostage ng ama; tumulong para makatawid sa kalsada ang isnag matanda; tumiklo sa mga miyembro ng Akyat Bahay; sumagip sa mga mag-anak na tinagay ng tubig-baha; naglanding ng maayos sa isang Boeing 747 na nasiraan ng engine; at nagpasabog sa isang higanteng robot. Pero sino ang taong ‘yon? Maliligtas nya ba sila Aling Baby? At ano nga ba talaga ang sabon ng mga artista?

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Matagal ko nang nabasa yung libro pero ngayon ko pa lang gagawan ng review XD

Ang kwento ay umiikot kay Rogelio Manglicmot na sa kalaunan ay nalaman niya at ng kanyang kaibigan na si Bok-bok na may kakaiba siyang kapangyarihan.

Nang matutunan na ni Rogelio na kontrolin ang kanyang kapangyarihan at napagdesisyunan niyang maging isang Hero sa pangalan na ‘Kapitan Sino’. At nang malaman ni Rogelio na isang halimaw ang anak ng mayor ay tinalo niya ito. Pero halos nawalan na siya ni lakas ng loob ng mabuhay pa nang mamatay ang kanyang kasintahang si Tessa na siyang huling biktima ng halimaw.

Hanggang sa isang araw lumaganap amg isang epidemya at lahat ng mamamayan ay despiradong makahanap ng lunas. Napag-alaman ng kinauukulan na ang dugo ni Rogelio ay maaaring maging lunas.

Nagtapos ang kwento ng may makasalubong siyang isang amang may dala dalang batang may sakit at sinaksak nito si Rogelio nang malamang ang dugo nito ay ang lunas.

OKAY. Maikli lang yung libro gaya ng ibang akda ni Bob Ong. Isa ako sa mga tagahanga ni Bob Ong, at isa to sa mga kwentong muntik nang magpaiyak sa akin. Pero medyo naboring ako sa pagbabasa kasi medyo common na yung plot. Pero gaya ng ibang akda, pinapakita dito ang buhay buhay nating mga pilipino. Inilalarawan ng libro kung papaano madaling makalimot ang mga pilipino sa mga nagawa ng mga bayani sa ating bansa. Na sa kabila ng ginawa nilang mga kabutihan sa ating bayan, hindi nabibigyan ng halaga.

Yun lang.

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Review: Le Portrait de Petite Cossette by Asuka Katsura

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Title: Le Portrait de Petite Cossette
Author: Asuka Katsura
Publisher: TokyoPop
Publication Date: July 3rd 2006
Series or Standalone: Le Portrait de Petite Cossette #1
Format: Paperback, 194 pages

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Based on the popular anime!

Eiri works part-time at an antique shop, where he becomes obsessed with Cossette, a girl whose portrait is on sale in the store. But Cossette has a tragic story: People who own the painting have all been murdered in bizarre ways. When Cossette’s spirit appears in front of Eiri, she asks him to save her…Filled with timeless themes of love and redemption, this tragic Gothic romance is an unforgettable journey into the heart of a tortured soul.

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The story was about a guy named Eiri who was haunted by Cossette who insisted a help coming from him.

Okay. The book was so creepy in a good way. I like the killings in every chapter, the mystery of Cossette, the way Eiri helped the girl, and also the graphic was really excellent.

The manga has only two volumes, its very short. Based on the popular anime. This one is worth a shot.

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Review: The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane

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Title: The Bells of Times Square
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: December 15th 2014
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Ebook, 326 pages
Source: eARC from the Publisher via NetGalley

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Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.

When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.

Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody— including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.

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Walter was his, and no one could take that away.

Do you know Katy Perry’s Thinking of You song? It’s one of the few songs I fall in love with. Listening to it everyday. Devouring each lines. Such a beaufiful piece. Well, I’m not here to talk about the song, but that reminds me of this book. Especially, Nate’s life after the war. This was a beautiful piece like the song. So emotional and so inspiring. And heartwarming. Loved this story! By the way, this was my first Amy Lane book and this wouldn’t be the last.

But truth be told, I had a hard time liking the story at first. Because I felt disengaged with the characters. They seemed so distant and I couldn’t find a way to feel them. Like, Walter was doing this and that dramatic stuff, crying and shouting and I was in my room reading that part, emotionless. So I almost decided to DNF it. But, thanks God, as I gave it another try, everything started to click. From the characters, to the plot, to the tension. Everything started to be very good. And I found myself unable to put this down. And asked myself why the hell I even tried to stop reading this book? this heartbreaking beautiful book??

For you, Nate and Walter, why gave me such heartache?? But thanks Amy for the HEA. Don’t really know what to do without that.

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Review: Suicide Watch by Kelley York

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Title: Suicide Watch
Author: Kelley York
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: December 20th 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 220 pages

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18-year-old Vincent Hazelwood has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades sucked. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might’ve finally found a place to get his life—and his issues— in order. But then Maggie keels over from a heart attack. Vince is homeless, alone, and the inheritance money isn’t going to last long. A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge, and now he’s starting to think she had the right idea.

Vince stumbles across a website forum geared toward people
considering suicide. There, he
meets others with the same debate regarding the pros and cons of death: Casper, battling cancer,’would rather off herself than slowly waste away. And there’s quiet, withdrawn Adam, who suspects if he died, his mom wouldn’t even notice. As they gravitate toward each other, Vince searches for a reason to live while coping without Maggie’s guidance, coming to terms with Casper’s imminent death, and falling in love with a boy who doesn’t plan on sticking around.

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Don’t ask me if I liked the book, because i loved it!

First things first. The cover caught my attention. I liked it. It reminds me of one of my favorites anime character, ‘L’ from Death Note.

Anyway, Suicide Watch. That book. That book breaks my heart. God, I’m being emotional again. Don’t do this to me.

Peraonally, the story really touched my heart. Its very heartwarming. Like i want to spend the whole day crying in my room and reminisce. The book has great characters. Casper. Adam. Vincent.  They are this kind of characters that would leave marks in your heart. And you are definitely gonna love and miss them.

And when I already finished the book, the feelings were overwhelming. I didn’t know what to feel. Whether to be sad or happy. Nevertheless, it was a good ending.

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Review: Hushed by Kelley York

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Title: Hushed
Author: Kelley York
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 229 pages

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He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one’toxic relationship to another— Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only
person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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Oh gods. This is so beautiful. After reading the Suicide Watch which had totally stolen my heart and now, having this, Kelley York definitely gave me more reasons to love her even more. I don’t know how to elaborate my feelings but this is really wonderful. Wait- am I the only who thinks the guy on the cover is cute? He is really cute. Anyway, the tone is obviously dark. Deaths were everywhere.Death. Death. Death. And. Death. And it was quite depressing and heartbreaking to see the characters you used to love died. Just ouch. But at the end of the story each pieces of our broken hearts will be stitched back with hope and love.

Kelley, with no doubt is really great in making fabulous characters. I do really love her characters so much that I am willing and desperate to search fairy godmother, to ask her to bring them to life. And give them warm hugs.

Vivian Hilton, this girl was confusing. I don’t know what to feel for her. Compassion? Anger? Annoyance? She had gotten raped by her brother’s friends and received no justice after. Her life was ruined. And yet, she chose it to be more miserable. Going out with different guys and letting them to use and hurt her. And she didn’t even bother to learn something, and kept doing it again and again. Oh gods. That made me want to slap her. Her terrible childhood experiences probably changed her view of life. And she chose it. And I really really feel bad for her, because she was broken and thought her actions were the right and good thing to do, which obviously were not. And some of us do the sameway. And Archer Pond did the same way. But he learned.

Archer was broken inside. With his mom hating him because of the death of his father. And also his obsession of Vivian. Vivian here. Vivian there. Always for Vivian. Oh gods that was tiring. But after he witnessed the rape of Vivian, he grew up promising to himself to avenge her. And he killed for her and he would do anything for Vivian just to make her happy. But Archer’s life wasn’t his anymore, it was Vivian’s. But things started to change when Evan Bishop came to his life. Okay. This is it. The best part of the story. I liked how they met. How the sparks flew. And it was awkward and cute. And I was like, at last! Bye bye Vivian! Hellooo Evan!!!

So Evan was the good guy who helped Archer in his worst times and to sort things out. And apparently, he discovered what Archer did in the past. And I was glad he haven’t freaked out that much. I told you he was the good guy. The chemistry between this two characters started innocently. Which was superbly cute. I mean they felt awkward sometimes when they were together. Especially Archer, when every time he found comfort and happiness in Evan.

This book is awesome. You’ll definitely love Archer and Evan. Go read it!

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Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: April 2nd 2009
Series or Standalone: If I Stay #1
Format: Hardcover, 201 pages

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Just listen, Adam says with a voice
that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.

I sit up as much as I can.

And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and
leaving her family and friends
behind?

Then one February morning Mia
goes for a drive with her family,
and in an instant, everything
changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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If I Stay gained quite popularity over the internet for the past few weeks. With its good reviews from the readers. But what really made me into reading this book was I found out that there would be an upcoming movie of the novel and the lead character will be played by Chloe Moretz. And I was like, i must read the book asap before the movie comes out.

So the girl was Mia. A cellist. And a girlfriend to a cool rockstar Adam. Her parents were both adorable who used to be punks. And there was her cute little brother Teddy, who insisted to be called ‘Ted’ because he thought he wasn’t a kid anymore. They were a happy family, bound with music.

Until a car accident occured when her family who gone for a visit. Leaving her the only survivor. She searched for her parents but they were both lifeless. And she looked for her little brother, but in her surprise she saw herself instead, covered with blood and lying on the snow.

The characters in the novel were very adorable. I liked how Mia used to play the cello because it reminds me of my favorite japanese singer who also plays the instrument. But the character sometimes managed to lose her confidence, doubting herself from doing anything. But Mia was very lucky to be surrounded with great people. There was her friend Kim who helped her to regain her interest to music. Her very supportive parents who left everything behind just to be good mom and dad to them.

And of course, there was this cool rockstar guy, Adam. A very fictitious character who would cross the deepest ocean and conquer the raging storm just to be with Mia. I like Adam here because her love to Mia was unconditionally. He never get bored hanging out with her, he tried to be okay with Mia’s genre.

The turn of the events were very gloomy. There were a lot of deaths. It was a sad story. But do you know the feeling that you just started to like the character and suddenly would die after? Ouch. Just ouch.

If I Stay is a heartbreaking novel. Recommend this to everyone.

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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: October 18th 2007
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

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Clay Jensen returns home from
school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual
narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and
heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

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With those glorious reviews and high ratings from the readers. I thought this was going to be a blast but it turned out not. And I always have this soft spot when it comes to death/suicide. But what I got was disapointment.  The thirteen reasons why Hannah Barker committed suicide were merely childish. I mean she took her own life just because people didn’t do good things to her, someone used her, made fun of her, stole her notes, or whatever the reasons were. Everyone experienced the same thing. Even worst. But those weren’t enough for someone to take his or her own life. I really was annoyed by it. But the idea of how this book created was great. And also there was this little touch of romance which was cute.

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Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Unbound
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Series or Standalone: The Archived #2
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

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Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to
creep into her waking hours, she
starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing
without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action,
romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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***This review contains some spoilers.

“For an instant, he stares at me,  blue eyes wide. And then the light goes out of Owen’s face”

He kept his word. He believed in something, however misguided.

Argh. I’ve never felt this sorry for an antagonist before. It just breaks my heart. Yeah. I know the fact that Mac has been through a lot because of Owen. But I dont know what the hell i am feeling right now.

But dont get me wrong. I liked the character of Mac. A girl who knew to kick history’s butts back to the Returns. I was overwhelmed by the character.

Anyway, the turn of the events is fantastic. Its thrilling. Its never boring. I mean, I thought the whole story would be all about Mac endlessly hunting histories and sending their asses back to the Returns. But the story got more exciting when Mac came back to school. With new cool characters.

The twists are very shocking. The Unbound is great book for everyone who loves YA and Paranaormal and Mystery.

Im very glad I’ve read this novel. Cant wait for the next one.

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Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: January 22nd 2013
Series or Standalone: The Archived #1
Format: Hardcover, 328 pages

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Imagine a place where the dead
rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are
called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what she once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often —violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous —it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might rumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined
novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and
present, love and pain, trust and
deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won.

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I’ll say it again.

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Awesome right? I was overwhelmed by the whole concept of the story. It’s unique. And every time I thumb through the pages the events are getting more and more intense and thrilling. That didn’t stop me from gripping the book.

The story led by a girl named Mackenzie Bishop. The character featured a strong woman. A very cool character that never annoyed me by being too girly. And also the chemistry between Mac and Wesley was good. I mean, it was not that overemphasized which was very okay for me.

And as you go on and on with the strory and as the secrets were unveiled. They were shocking, because you didn’t even consider those to happen. So there was a lot of guessing.

If you like a ya paranormal  book with new concepts and less romance. This book suits you.

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