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They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera — November 5, 2018

They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera

download (1)In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day, they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

This book hit me with the feels, right in the gut. And of course, when you look at the title, it’s obvious why. I loved Mr. Silvera’s writing style and how well he talked about death. All of the characters were so sweet and I loved how all of them stayed true to themselves. The plot was so well written and I loved it so so much and I can’t wait to read more of Mr. Silvera’s writing.

The writing style in this book pulled no punches. I was heartbroken and I wanted Mateo and Rufus to live (it’s not a spoiler)!!! I loved how Mr. Silvera wrote the different POVs of people that we think are unrelated to the story but then turn out to be critical. I loved the way that the story was laid out, with the different parts of the story. I was addicted to Mr. Silvera’s writing and I can’t wait to read more of his books.

The characters broke my heart!!!! In a good way, but still. I loved all of the main characters and the supporting characters. I was so invested in their story and even though I only knew them for a day, I felt like I had known Mateo and Rufus for years. I loved the way that those two interacted with each other and the supporting characters. I would love to name all of them but I don’t have the space to write about all of them and how they changed the story and my thoughts on Death.

The characters’ thoughts on Death rocked my world. Some of them accepted it and some of them fought it to the end. There was also some talk about whether there was an afterlife or not, which I thought was one of the most interesting parts of this book. I loved the way that the characters asked each other what they thought about the theories that they exchanged. I’ve actually thought about Mateo’s theory, but with a few small changes. I think that I enjoyed the fact that they could joke and laugh about death on their End Day. 

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The plot crushed me and I was so sad when they both died at the end. I was also broken-hearted because of some things that happened before Mateo and Rufus died an untimely death. I loved the way that everyone coped with their deaths, as it seemed very realistic and I understood why they were acting that way. I loved how Mr. Silvera was able to make twenty-four hours last 350 (more or less) pages. This book was very nerve-wracking for me, especially towards the end, but that was one of the many things that made this story unique. 

I loved this book so much and I highly recommend it to anyone with a soul. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi — November 3, 2018

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

download (1)Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

This book was AMAZING!!!! IT FLOORED ME (this review might be in all caps and if you don’t like that kind of thing than I’m sorry). I AM SO STUPID FOR NOT PICKING THIS UP EARLIER AND NOW I NEED THE SEQUEL!!! I hope that I can somewhat contain my emotions as I rave about everything, but we all know how likely that is.

The writing style floored me. I loved it and was addicted to it from the very first paragraph. I was very grateful for Ms. Mafi explaining the strikethroughs and other obvious typoes and reassuring us that it was supposed to be that way. That was very polite of her. I loved how unique her style was and how the book was written, at least on my Nook, I was also impressed with how well she described everything through Juliette’s eyes. Reading from her POV, that must have been quite hard. 

The characters were BRILLIANT!!!!! All of them were so unique and PERFECT and they all just made me want to sob. Juliette and Adam were such creampuffs and they need a happy ending more than anyone else in the world. I loved how these two loved and respected each other and cared about the other’s feelings. It was exactly what a relationship should look like in YA. I loved how Juliette morally knew right from wrong and didn’t want to hurt anyone (unlike some YA characters that I also enjoy reading about). I can’t wait to see what happens Juliette and Adam in the future.

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I loved the aspect of whether Juliette was insane at the beginning of the book. It certainly seemed like it at the time. But as the book progressed, so did Juliette’s mental health. I could see it as the book went on and by the end, my decision was made, I don’t think that Juliette was insane. Juliette was traumatized, but she will be able to get over that. I can’t wait to see whether there is a progression or regression in the next book. I loved reading about a character who constantly doubted her sanity and herself, it was very different from what I normally read.

The plot is amazing and I cannot wait to read more!!! The suspense and action KILLED ME!!! I died and then I rose back up from the dead just to die again. There was just the right amount of balance between planning and action and I loved how well it was written. I was impressed with the way that the family scenes were written out, with arguments and beliefs being changed, and forgiveness. I liked how willing most of the characters were to forgive others and how everyone else reacted to that.

So as you might be able to see, I loved this book to death and cannot wait to read Unravel Me. I highly recommend this book and (even though I haven’t read them yet) every other book that was ever written by Ms. Mafi. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Prince and The Dressmaker, by Jen Wang — November 1, 2018

The Prince and The Dressmaker, by Jen Wang

download (1)Prince Sebastian hides from his parents his secret life of dressing up as the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend’s secret.

This book was not what I expected it to be, but it wasn’t bad at all. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t connect with it until 100 pages in. That’s not very good for a book. I also didn’t know what time period this book was in, or how old the characters were. They looked like thirteen-year-olds to me. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and will probably pick up another book by Ms. Wang.

The writing (and drawing style) was very sweet and it spoke of an author who put a lot of time and effort into her work. I respect Ms. Wang for that and have to say that I loved that part of this book. The dialogue was all very realistic and I loved how anyone could be having conversations like these. I was very curious about how Ms. Wang would address the question of why Sebastian wears dresses and she answered it in a way that makes me think that Sebastian is genderfluid (which is fine with me).

The characters were all so realistic and I felt for them. I loved how well they were drawn and how the art portrayed how they were inside. There were feelings on their faces that could not be put into words well. I loved both Sebastian and Frances, although I felt like their romance was unnecessary. I enjoyed the way that Ms. Wang drew the characters in motion and I also loved how she made them relatable. I also enjoyed how Ms. Wang wrote the characters. I liked her art a lot, and I think that the book was better with kids than it would have been with adults.

The artwork was beautiful and I was addicted to it as much as I was to the book. Ms. Wang is a very talented artist and I loved how detailed it was. Ms. Wang’s art was probably my favorite part of this book. There were whole pages where there was just art, no dialogue. Those were probably my favorite pages of the book because I just sat there and drank it all in. Ms. Wang is a very good artist and I loved her work a lot.

The plot was very well written and I enjoyed it. But I did think that it was a little bit fast-paced, but I could deal with it. I liked how realistic it was but I couldn’t figure out what time period it was in. The Prince and The Dressmaker was said to be set at the dawn of the modern age, but everyone was still talking about carriages and corsets like it was the 1700 or 1800s. I still enjoyed the book, it just confused me more than I thought that it would. I couldn’t connect with the book very well either but that might have just been me. 

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This book was okay but I didn’t really connect with it and some things about it confused me. I wish that I had liked this book more, but I didn’t. I recommend it to people that love comic books and graphic novels. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Willa In The Wood, by Robert Beatty — October 30, 2018

Willa In The Wood, by Robert Beatty

download (1)In the late 1800s, a twelve-year-old nightspirit living in the Great Smoky Mountains despairs as homesteaders destroy her forest habitat until a chance encounter with a “day-folk” man changes everything she thought she knew about her people–and their greatest enemy.

This book was perfect in every way. I loved it so so much and I cannot wait for the sequel. I have loved every Robert Beatty book I have read, but I realized that I haven’t reviewed any of his other books on this blog, so I have to get on that. The writing style was very unique and so were the characters and plot.

The writing style was very complex and I loved it to my core. Everything was described beautifully and I was addicted. Mr. Beatty was very talented and I can’t wait to read more of his books. I loved the way that he described the world through Willa’s eyes and how she didn’t understand any of the machines or words that Nathaniel used, even being raised to speak formal English. I was overjoyed when I started reading this book because it was written with the dialogue from that time period. But, it was a little jarring.

Willa was so unique and beautiful and I loved her with all of my heart. Willa, Scout, and Nathaniel made a good team and I was rooting for them since the beginning of the book. Willa was such a sweet character and I felt for her the instant she encountered a problem and solved it. Her backstory was so tragic and I wanted her to have the perfect ending to her story, but of course, books don’t end with perfect endings. I can’t wait to read the next book in her series to see where Willa’s journey takes her.

The cameos in these books made me overjoyed. I encountered some of the characters that were in past books and I loved it!!!! All of the characters were so amazing and I loved how they interacted with the characters from the past books. I wanted to have more interaction with the characters from past books but I was okay with what I got because it has been hinted at that the characters from other books will show up at some point. I can’t wait for the next book and the encounters that will happen there.

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The plot was very intense and I was engrossed in it from the first page. There quite a few plot twists and I expected some of them and I was not prepared for others. I couldn’t wait for the next time that Willa learned something new or Nathaniel revealed something about his past. Those things were what told me that Mr. Beatty is a phenomenal writer. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and be engrossed in yet another enchanting world and be submerged in feelings for characters and plot twists.  

I loved this book and I highly recommend it and the rest of Mr. Beatty’s books. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E. K. Johnston — October 26, 2018

That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E. K. Johnston

downloadIn a near-future Toronto where the British Empire never fell, Helena, August, and Margaret are caught off-guard by the discovery of a love so intense they are willing to change the course of the monarchy to keep it.

This book floored me!!! I loved reading it and cannot wait until the sequel comes out. Ms. Johnston’s writing was exceptional and I was engrossed in the story from the first page to the last. All of the characters were very realistic and I felt for them all. I have not read very much steampunk, but this was a great introduction to the genre.

The writing style was very special, but it might just be because I don’t read very much steampunk. I loved the way that Ms. Johnston explained everything and talked in a way that everyone can understand. I loved how Ms. Johnston was very frank and logical, and everything in this book has a reason and is possible. I think that Ms. Johnston could write anything that she wanted to. I loved reading Ms. Johnston’s style. It was a real pallet cleaner. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

The characters were quite practical and I was quite impressed with their logic. Sometimes they made mistakes, but they owned up for them and dealt with the repercussions. I was quite proud of all of them for the way that they reacted to the challenges that faced them. Helena and Margaret were very good friends to each other and I was so happy to see a strong, realistic friendship between girls. Helena and August’s relationship was complicated, but they would have been good together. I hope that all of the characters get the ending that they need.

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There was something very cool about how this book talked about being intersex. I thought that the book addressed it very well and the way the characters reacted seemed to be very realistic to me. The way that the character found out using the genetic matchmaking computer was very cool to me. I was impressed with the computer and how the priests became programmers. I was so excited about that and I hope that this future becomes reality. The computer seems to not be an AI, and that disappointed me a lot. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Johnston takes this intricate system in the next novel.

The plot was very intriguing and I the romance was perfect. I don’t like books with romances as much as I like the friend and sibling relationships. The romance was very well written and it wasn’t insta-love!!! That was probably my favorite thing about this book. I loved the plot twists as well. The characters reacted very realistically to them and I was so happy with that. I loved how Ms. Johnston gave us background information. It was something between exposition scenes and background info through dialogue. That Inevitable Victorian Thing was a great read.

I loved reading this book and I can’t wait to read the sequel. I highly recommend this book. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Furyborn, by Claire Legrand — October 24, 2018

Furyborn, by Claire Legrand

download (1)Rielle may prove to be one of the Prophesized Queens if she survives the trials and a thousand years later bounty hunter Eliana helps a girl who could be the answer to the prophecy.

This book was nothing short of epic!!! I know that I have read some of Ms. Legrand’s works before and not enjoyed them as much as I thought I would, but reading this makes me want to give it another try. All of the characters were extremely well thought out, and I needed all of them to be okay. The writing style was so unique and addictive. And the plot was intense and it took me on an emotional roller-coaster.

The writing style was very unique and I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Legrand’s books. Her style was very addictive and it was also distinct. I loved hearing about the world and I can’t wait to learn about the setting some more. I loved how funny all of the characters that Ms. Legrand wrote were. All of them were quite sarcastic. Ms. Legrand’s style was very unique, and and I think it was better suited to Furyborn than The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls. I loved reading Ms. Legrand’s style and I can’t wait to read her sequel and be immersed in her style and her world again.

The characters were so realistic and sarcastic and that made me so happy inside. I don’t read as many sarcastic characters as I want to, but reading these has sated my appetite for now. Most of the characters had very interesting ways of using their abilities and I was impressed with their creativity. I loved the way that the dynamic of friendship and of humanity was explored in this book. You’ll only understand if you read the book.

There were a lot of odd things about this book, but one of them was the time span. I never knew, and still, don’t, the time difference from Rielle’s time period and Eliana’s. It was confusing. But I don’t really care that much. Another cool thing was the way that the abilities were described. It seemed like only some people were elementals or people that could control the elements, and others were normal people. And then in Eliana’s time, there was no magic, besides Eliana’s ability to heal herself. It was quite interesting to read about and I can’t wait to learn more about it in the next book. 

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The plot was intense and I cannot wait to read more about it. Everything in this book was very fast-paced and I was constantly kept on my toes. There were a lot of plot twists and heart-breaking cliffhangers and I hope that these continue on to the next book. The amazing thing about this book was that it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. Both parts of the story ended right after an action scene and I can’t wait to see if that carries on the next book as well (I don’t think it will).

This book was amazing and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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LifeL1K3, by Jay Kristoff — October 22, 2018

LifeL1K3, by Jay Kristoff

This book wasn’t that bad, but it also wasn’t Illuminae good. I liked it a lot, but in the beginning, I mixed up a lot of the characters, but at about 50 pages in I had it all under control. The plot was amazing and I was so engrossed and the setting was super descriptive. 
The writing style was so different from Illuminae. I think that it was because Illuminae was coauthored and LIFEL1K3 was only written by Mr. Kristoff. His style is not what I am used to reading, but it’s amazing all on its own. I am addicted to his writing and cannot wait to read more of his work. I think that it is very interesting that Mr. Kristoff can write coauthored books and his own at the same time. I am always impressed when authors can do this, and I hope that I can do this when I am a published author as well.
The characters were so intense and I even though I didn’t match names to personalities and dialogue until 50 pages in, I understood them all and felt for all of them. I missed reading about hackers, but it was fine. I loved the way that all of them talked and the dialogue that they repeatedly said (and it didn’t get very annoying). I can’t wait to read more about the characters and I hope that all of them get the ending they deserve.LIFEL1K3 Quotes
The Gnosis Labs were super interesting and I wanted to read more about that group. More than I have already been told, that is. I also want to know more about BioMass and Deadlus Labs. They seem really interesting and I can’t wait to hear more about them in the next book. The only big tech company that we heard a lot about was Gnosis Labs, which was understandable, considering the circumstances. I cannot wait to read more about all of the tech companies in the next book.
The plot was very interesting and I was engrossed in it from page one. I loved how the book started off, with a bot fight. That was a good way to get readers hooked on LifeL1K3. I was so interested in this book and I can’t wait to see what else Mr. Kristoff digs up when the next book in the Lifelike series comes out. The book ended with a plot twist that makes everyone need the next book. Now. 
I liked this book quite a lot, and even though it’s not as good as Illuminae, I will pick up the sequel as soon as it comes out. I got the summary from the publisher’s website. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons
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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell — October 18, 2018

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

downloadSimon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

I went into this book thinking that this would be some lame Harry Potter rip off. It wasn’t, really. It started off similar and then it changed, a lot. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot and the setting.

The characters weren’t that bad. I could tell that this was based on Potter/Malfoy but it branched off into a whole new direction. I really liked the way that the characters developed over the course of the book (except Agatha, I hated Agatha). I also really enjoyed the way that the characters talked and interacted. All in all, I really enjoyed the characters and their humor, except Agatha.

Baz was the most interesting character in the book. He was the one who taught us the most about the magic, whether he was the one describing it or he was doing something that someone else had to explain. I also enjoyed his perspective on life and his love/hate relationship with our hero, Simon Snow. He was really funny and he acted like he cared about some of the characters, Snow included. I really enjoyed his witty dialogue and the fact that he had annoying Snow down to an art form. He is the perfect morally grey character, in any book.

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The plot was intriguing to me from the start. I wanted to see where Rainbow Rowell took the characters while not stealing too much from Harry Potter. I could catch the references but it was very unique. There were a lot of plot twists that constantly kept me on my toes. I loved the way that the information was revealed, to the other characters, I could figure it out by reading the character POVs closely. I can’t really describe much else about the plot without spoiling it, so I’ll just move on.

The setting was very well written and I could easily imagine myself adventuring with the characters and watching them grow up and become closer than ever. I also really enjoyed Baz’s house and was smiling when I learned he played the violin. I can’t wait to see what happens to the crew in the next book, and anyone who has read Carry On knows what I’m talking about. 

This book was definitely not what I thought it would be. I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Chasing Eveline, by Leslie Hauser — October 15, 2018

Chasing Eveline, by Leslie Hauser

downloadSixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.

This book wasn’t anything special. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think that I’ll remember anything about it later. It was very underwhelming. I was expecting more from it. I wanted to be in love with the characters and invested in the plot from page one. That didn’t happen. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

The characters were subpar. I think that they could have been way better. I was prepared to fall in love with Ivy and Matt and I just . . . didn’t. I tried really hard and it took roughly 50 pages to actually connect with anyone. And it really wasn’t a strong connection. I should probably be ashamed but I’m not. The characters didn’t really change over the course of the novel, and nothing really interesting happened to them. They just tried to go meet a band, and while trying to do that, made big fools of themselves. 

The plot was not that bad. Things happened, just not what I wanted to happen. The visit to Ireland was basically a chapter and a half. I wanted it to be more. I think that the book should have been longer. Way longer. I also think that the plot could have had a little bit more action. All the characters did was talk about their lives and plan to go see the band. I think that the plot could have been way better. 

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The setting was pretty good. It was definitely the best part of this book.  And that wasn’t hard to achieve. It was pretty basic. There was only the house, the school, and the hospital. That was pretty standard. There was not very much backstory but I don’t think that it was needed. I honestly think that this book could’ve been way better. It wasn’t terrible. It just wasn’t anything special.

This book wasn’t like I expected, in a bad way. It was really forgetful and nothing of interest happened until the last chapter and a half, and even that was downplayed. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. I got the summary from Goodreads. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Odd and True, by Cat Winters — October 12, 2018

Odd and True, by Cat Winters

download.jpegTold from separate viewpoints, Odette returns in 1909 after a two-year absence, promising to rescue her disabled sister, Tru, from the monsters they were taught to believe in.

This book was very good. It was not like many fantasies, which was good because I was getting bored. I really enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the setting. This book was very interesting in a lot of different ways, one of them being the fact that one of the main characters had polio. The characters were the best part of this book. That’s not saying that this book didn’t have a few flaws. If you want to hear more then you should keep reading.

The characters were the best part of this book. I loved the different perspectives and how talented they both were. They both made their own future and told others that they could do it as well. I loved them both dearly and hope that they all have happy futures. I also liked that Tru had polio and didn’t let it get her down. And then she decided to tell another girl who had polio that she could do anything. The characters changed a lot over the book and I think that they would make great role models for anyone.

My favorite character was Odd. She was such a strong young woman and I felt like she could be anyone in any time period. She was just lucky enough to be in a book. I enjoyed her dialogue and the way that she talked about the monsters. Her chapters were my favorite from the very beginning. She was always very down to Earth and could be counted on to think rationally. I hope that she and Tru have a happy future, hopefully with Trudie.

The plot was pretty good. It was intriguing and I was invested in it from the very beginning. I never knew what was coming and was constantly surprised. I think that the plot could have been a little bit faster but all in all, it was okay. It was slow in the beginning but it gradually sped up. The book was split into two parts, Tru’s part, the present, and Odd’s part, all the events in her life leading up to the time the book started. I loved the way that information was revealed. I didn’t know what was important until it was mentioned later. All in all, the plot wasn’t bad.

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The setting was the worst part of the book. I’m not saying it was bad, I’m just saying that it wasn’t as good as the rest of the book. The backstory was explained very well, all through Odd’s chapters and that was what really invested me in the story. I loved how descriptive the backstory was, I only wish that it had been that good in the rest of the setting. I think that the setting could have been better, but not by much.

I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would, but enough to push it into the 5-star region. I highly recommend it. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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