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Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson

Thank you so much NetGalley and Entangled Teen for giving me the chance of reading an early copy of Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson.

Hello everyone, happy Monday❤️ I hope you all have an amazing and wonderful day😊 What books did you read this weekend?📚 

I heard about this book a while ago and after reading the synopsis I thought this book was something I would definitely enjoy to read. The cover was absolutely beautiful and I was completely intrigued. I wanted to meet the characters and as soon as I started to read it, I knew I was going to love it!

In this story we get to meet two characters. Zoe, who never leaves her house because she’s afraid that something bad could happen and likes to spend her time in her safe space which is her study where she creates amazing art with paper.

And then we have Jackson a boy who, ever since her mother died, has been having problems with his dad. Then one day he decides to leave his dad and home for good and starts to get jobs to be able to go to College, something his mother wanted for him, but now that he’s homeless, it’s getting difficult for him to keep that secret from everyone else…. 

There are a lot of things that I liked about this book. The first one is the fact that we get two POV’s. I LOVE when a story has multiple POV’s, it really helps me to understand the characters and the story and thanks to that I was able to understand Zoe and Jackson’s life.

Zoe and Jackson have more than just one thing in common. They used to know each other in school before Zoe left and haven’t spoke to each other ever since and now, they play Chess Challenge on the computer under different names and that was my favorite part of the whole story.

I loved to read the messages they send to each other while they were playing, they made me laugh a lot and it was nice to see how they could be themselves when they were around each other. 

Paper Girl is a book that will make you laugh and swoon when you least expect it. It’s hopeful and it’s a story about not giving up and fighting for your dreams. It’s definitely one of the best books I read this year and I highly recommend you to read it, I really hope you like it as much as I did❤️

Have you heard about this book?📚 Are you planning to read it?😊 Please let me know in the comments below!

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Into every generation, ​a Slayer is born…Slayer by Kiersten White

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I love, love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was the best show of its time!!! So I was extremely excited for Slayer by Kiersten White. I went into this book open-minded, I didn’t want to overhype myself and be disappointed and I’m glad I did because I’d be super disappointed right about now. 😂

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Because Slayer by Kiersten White was just okay for me! Don’t get me wrong, It was an enjoyable read and I loved all the shows references. Which I have to admit give me super high nostalgic moments! (Which only served to remind me how much I miss this show, even though there was a lot of shade been through towards Buffy!)😠 
Slayer by Kiersten White wasn’t earth shattering it was a fun, enjoyable read. You’re dropped right in the middle of the story and if you aren’t familiar with the original show and comics, it can be a bit confusing but nonetheless still understandable as you read on.

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The main character, Nina is just like any other 16-year-old out there. Just like any other character she has her faults and wasn’t forward with her feelings, did things on impulse and made mistakes. Nina isn’t that different from anyone else in this world. She’s just like you and me trying to find her place in a huge world and be accepted. In the end, Nina learned how to ask for help and handled situations amazingly. This was an okay coming of age story with some good learning experience that we all can take note from. 📝

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There were a few moments that left me mystified but there was a part where I was most definitely disappointed in. And that was definitely a not so lovable character’s behavior, which, unfortunately I can’t describe because of spoilers. Nevertheless, it’s something that I think wasn’t handled properly, in my opinion. Let’s just say that a character was a bit problematic and just because there are representation traits of say character doesn’t mean you can excuse bad behavior as if that should explain everything.

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In the end, I liked the story, forgetting a few factors there were some endearing moments with humbling friendships. Maybe it’s because I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer or maybe it’s because I like to believe that people learn from their mistakes and mishaps, that I’ll try and give this series another shot, even though this book wasn’t perfect but then again who is “prefect “?

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For now, however, I have to go, and binge watch my favorite show of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer!❤️

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Have you watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or maybe read the comic books? Are you excited for  Slayer by Kiersten White? Let me know below and leave your blog link so I can visit. Have a great day.

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About The Author: Kiersten White 

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Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at

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An Epic Story: Once A King by Erin Summerill

I received this book for free from a Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

When I read the synopsis of Once A King I found myself eager to read the other books in the series, Ever The Hunted and Ever The Brave. I have been wanting to read those books since forever and of course that after loving the synopsis of this book so much – because honestly IT’S AMAZING – I immediately requested an ARC of the book. I jumped out of emotion when I got approved to read the book and I immediately started to read it.

Once A King is for sure one of the best YA, Fantasy books I have read this year and I can say with certainty that is definitely one of my new all time favorite books. As soon as I started to read this wonderful story, within the first five pages of the book, I knew I was going to love it. I was immersed into a fantastical world that I didn’t want to leave.

This is a gripping and beautiful written story that made me feel part of it, everything seemed so real and I found myself cheering for Aodren and Lirra from the beginning. One of the many things I loved about this story is that we get to read from Lirra and Aodren’s POV, it definitely helped me to understand the characters and the story in a better way. Their personalities were different from one another but they definitely complemented each other and the swoons….

Once A King has slow-burn romance! At the beginning Lirra isn’t very fond of Aodren and specially his kingdom because it took her mother away from her but as Lirra and Aodren start to work together, to discover who’s behind the creation of a powerful and deathly oil, she realizes that he’s not the person everyone, including herself, thought he was. These two will definitely make you swoon more than once!

Apart from the romance, the friendship in this book was amazing. Lirra and Orli have been best friends since forever and after a certain event that happened in the previous book, Orli is not the same. Lirra was very supportive of her and was always there when she needed her and Orli was always there for Lirra as well, she helped her when she needed her the most. And just as Orli, Leif, Lirra’s cousin and Aodren’s best friend, was an incredible character. He was brave and loyal til the very end. They all had dreams, hopes, fears and struggles and I was glad they had each other for support.

There was a lot of magic, secrets, betrayals and twists! Erin surprised me till the very end and it was impossible to stop reading once I started, this is definitely a book you REALLY don’t want to miss. It’s incredible and after reading and loving Once A King so much, I really can’t wait to go to the bookstore to get Ever The Hunted and Ever The Brave, I want to read more about the characters that were mentioned in this book.

Have you read these books?📚 Are you planning to read Once A King?👑🏰 Please let me know in the comments below!



About the author: Erin Summerill 

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

This was a great tale but not as great as Caraval, in my opinion. Legendary was slower and less magical. It was a story between two people and their love for each other. I was expecting more magic, more games or even just mystery, just like Caraval but in the end, this story was mostly character built then it was action. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it was still a prominent storyline with great characters.

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Even though I knew who Legend was from the beginning, it was still an entertaining story, for the most part. The plotting did have some enjoyable moments and some twists that were truly unpredictable. Still, Legendary wasn’t exactly a fast-paced story that I thought was going to be but I retained my need to continue till the end. If without, say, does pleasant bits I don’t know what would thoroughly grip this story from being overly tedious.

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With that being said I’m still looking forward to the third book in this trilogy. Even though I didn’t quite enjoy reading it because the trill and mystery weren’t the same as it was for Caraval. I’m still invested in these characters and quite honestly, I need to know what exactly is going to happen.

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A Magical Read – Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

I received this book for free from a Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Julie C. Dao is one of my all time favorite authors. Her book, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, was a beautifully well written story filled of darkness, magic and hope. It’s a book that as soon as I finished reading it I wanted to go back and read it again❤️

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix was absolutely beautiful and a definitely a delightful read.
What I love about Julie’s stories is how she incorporates both, the good and the evil and how we are able to see the way the characters take decisions that without a doubt could help them succeed on their quest or affect those they love the most.

This story was a rollercoaster of emotions. Just like in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie kept surprising me till the very end. One of  the things I love to read about in books is when the characters have to go on an epic quest and guess what?! In Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix Jade, alongside her friends, Koichi and Wren, have to go on a quest where they have to gather relics that will help them defeat Xifeng, the ruthless empress…

There are so many amazing things I loved about this book, one of them is Julie’s writing style. As soon as I started to read this book I was immersed into a world full of magic. Her world-building was amazing and the way she described everything in the story made me feel as if I was part of it.

As soon as I read about The Great Forest again, I didn’t know how much I’d missed it. I wish I could visit this magical forest someday. 

Another thing I loved was the fact that I had lots of favorite characters. Koichi, Wren, Fu, Ming and Jade. Jade was an authentic character that I think we can all relate to at some point. She was someone who struggled with her  fears and I admired the things she did to try to overcome them. She was someone who was often afraid of not being the person her people and her friends needed her to be, but Jade was a character who we can see gaining confidence throughout the story. She was brave even in hardest of times, she was without a doubt an incredible character.

Xifeng surprised me so many times. She was, without a doubt, a ruthless empress,  but as soon as Jade met her and they actually talk to each other… it was amazing because I didn’t know what to expect! I was nervous and I wasn’t even there😆 It was also nice to read about characters that appeared in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, all I’m going to say here is WOW because… WOW🙌

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is definitely one of my new all time favorite books. It was beautiful, once I started to read it I didn’t want to stop. Julie surprised me SO MANY TIMES. There was lots of storytelling, action and just the right amount of romance😍 IT WAS PERFECT, I highly recommend you to read this book❤️

About The Author: Julie C. Dao


Julie C. Dao (www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England.

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A wonderful and intriguing story: The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

I received this book for free from a Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ashley Elston is my new all time favorite author.

The Lying Woods is definitely one of my new all time favorite books. It’s the kind of perfect story that once you finish reading it you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. I’m saying this because I recently read this gem of a book and I’m still thinking about all the characters that made this story intriguing and amazing!

This story is about Owen, who is studying at an elite school in New Orleans and who’s life changes drastically when his mother arrives and tells him that his father disappeared with stolen money from the company he owned. And not only did his father ruined his and her mother’s lives but the lives of those that worked for him and trusted him too and now have nothing. 

When Owen was in New Orleans the only thing he had to worry about was the fact that his friend Jack was always pranking him and how he would prank him back, but now that he’s back in Louisiana he realizes that his mother didn’t tell her everything. Like the fact that she has been getting threats over the phone… 

So once Owen is back in town it’s clear no one wants him or her mother there because everyone believes they know where his father and the money is. Owen manages to get a job at a pecan orchard where a guy named Gus – my new favorite character – lets him work. That’s the place were Owen definitely feels better because he’s doing something for him and her mother.

Ashley’s writing style is amazing. 

The Lying Woods has the perfect beginning. It starts in a way that made me laugh and then there was a twist to the character’s life that intrigued me and left me wondering how this story would develop.

This book is told in two POV’s. One is Owen’s and the other one is from a character that plays a huge part in this story. I think the POV’s are definitely one of my favorite things about this story because one of them is from 1999, how amazing is that?! 

Ashley balanced both characters POV’s perfectly, the story never felt rushed or like there was something missing because thanks to that POV I was able to understand everything better and it was nice to know things before Owen discovered them!

Owen is an amazing character.

Even when his friends tried to convince him and help him to go back to their elite school he stayed because he didn’t want to leave his mom behind. He was a brave character who, no matter the things they said about him and her mom, always moved forward and proved to be better than his father who he was often compared to.

Gus is another amazing character. I liked how Owen was supported by him, he was, in his way, always there for him. He was mysterious and definitely the character that surprised me the most in this story. 

I also loved the fact that this story has the right amount of romance!

One of my all time favorite tropes is when best friends fall in love and Owen and Pippa are perfect together, ALL THE SWOONS. At the beginning Pippa is angry at him because they used to be friends and then he was gone but little by little they become friends again and fall for each other AND THEY ARE SO SWEET!!!

The Lying Woods is a gem of a book. This story surprised me so many times when I least expected, there were so many amazing characters that have a special place in my heart and I really can’t wait for you all to meet them. This story is about family, secrets, second chances and love, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Author Bio: Ashley Elston

Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Young Adult category of the International Thriller Writers Awards.

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An epic story – Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hello lovely people,
I hope you all have an amazing and wonderful day❤️ What are some of your favorite books that you have read this year?!📚 One of mine is Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky🙌📚🔥🌊

Has it ever happened to you that when you see a cover of a book it’s as if it where calling to you?✨ If so, that’s exactly what happened to me when I saw this gorgeous cover. This is one of the most beautiful covers EVER and after reading the book, I absolutely understand the meaning behind the fire and the water together. 

Demetra surprised me with this book in a way that left me speechless, it is definitely one of the best thrillers I have read in a while! ❤️

This is a story about Theo Mackey. He is the captain of his school’s diving team and one thing that has been haunting him forever is that he believes he’s responsible for destroying his home and loosing his mom. After he loses his father as well, he now lives with a grandfather that doesn’t want him to ask anything about that night…

Everything about this book was amazing and epic because Demetra kept surprising me till the every end. There were so many twists and lies that I read this book slowly and carefully because I didn’t want to miss anything!

Theo was a character that while he struggled with his past and the nightmares he had every night, he proved to be someone who wanted to move forward but everything changes when the school assigns him a history family project. While at the beginning Theo believes it will be pointless because he doesn’t think his grandfather will help him, little by little he uncovers things that made him doubt everything.

There’s a time when Theo doesn’t know who to trust and I’m glad he had an incredible friend, Chip, who was always there supporting him and who helped him to understand what happened that night.

This a story that you definitely won’t want to miss. It’s amazing, and the twists here will left you speechless! It is one of the best books I’ve read this year! 

Have you heard about this book?📚 Are you planning to read it?😊 Please let me know in the comments below!

About The Author: Demetra Brodsky 

Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs. She is a first generation Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers. Dive Smack, her debut novel, is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, a January 2018 ALAN pick, and a Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Spring/Summer notable mention. It’s also dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why. 

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A Lovely Book – Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Hello lovely people, I hope you are having a wonderful day❤️
What are you reading or planning to read this week?📚
I’m currently reading Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao🏰👑🔥 and I’m planning to read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! 👑

Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts about a wonderful story. A book that I highly and TOTALLY recommend you to read, Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka.

I LOVE Contemporary books with all my heart. I’m always looking for a new story that will make me swoon and laugh and after reading the synopsis of this book I immediately added it to my TBR. I thought it sounded amazing and something that I would definitely enjoy and guess what?! I ABSOLUTELY loved it.

Always Never Yours was a lovely and  swoony read.

It is the kind of book I have been wanting to read for a while and honestly, after I finished reading it I knew I would definitely read anything by these authors! This story was everything I wanted it to be and more.

Megan and Oliver are wonderful characters, I loved how different they were from each other but at the same time how perfect they were for each other.

Megan was a carefree and super talented character. I liked how she went after the things she wanted, how she always kept moving forward no matter what. She made me laugh so many times and there were other times when I felt bad for her when she thought she could be easily replaced.

While she loved to direct plays, because she didn’t like the spotlight, it was clear she had a talent for acting. She’s a character who grows throughout the story and who finds herself with the help of someone that changes her life forever. 

And Owen?! He and Megan are totally different and I think that’s what makes them perfect for each other. He loves to write and when he agreed to help Megan to get the attention from a certain guy, I crossed my fingers and hoped these two would fall in love😆

Another thing I loved about this book was how Megan made Owen blush and the best thing was when Owen answered her back and made her blush…it was amazing and adorable and I loved how little by little they got to know each other and fell in love.
                                         THEY WERE PERFECT OK?!?!🙌❤️

Emily and Austin wrote a beautiful story about friendship, love and family❤️
This is definitely one of my new all time favorite Contemporary books, I really can’t wait to read it again❤️
 I hope you guys like this book as much as I did, it was amazing!

Emily Wibberley:

Emily Wibberley grew up in Southern California, but instead of working on her nonexistent tan at the beach, she spent her time reading, making music and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Shortly after falling for her best friend, Austin Siegemund-Broka, she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. She and Austin now live and write YA contemporary together. Their debut, Always Never Yours, will be published by Penguin Books in Summer 2018.

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Austin Siegemund-Broka:

Austin Siegemund-Broka cowrites YA contemporary with Emily Wibberley. His debut with Wibberley, ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, publishes from Puffin/Speak in 2018. A former journalist in the entertainment industry, where he covered the courts and, yes, met a couple celebrities, he graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a degree in English and a focus on Shakespeare. When he’s not writing (or reading) YA, he enjoys combing every corner of contemporary music and watching Buffy with Emily.

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An Epic Story – Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

I received this book for free from a Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hello everyone I hope you all have an amazing and lovely day today!
What are you guys planning to read this weekend?  I’m not sure yet, there are so MANY books I want to read😆 but I’m definitely planning to read something!
Do you like to read more than one book at the same time?📚

I just finished reading one of my new all time favorite books EVER. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa was amazing and EPIC. There are so many things I loved about this book, and to be honest I’m not even sure where to start, the book is so good I don’t even know what to say.

This story is about Yumeko who is a Kitsune, a half Fox. She has been living her entire life at the Silent Wind Temple and knows nothing about the outside world. She has amazing abilities and loves to make pranks but everything changes when Master Isao tells her the story of the Kami Dragon and that she must protect a scroll, that if it ends in the wrong hands the world would change as she knows it now…for bad.

Shadow of The Fox is a story full of mythology, powerful demons, ghosts, spirits, samurais… It’s a world that, while it was filled of powerful creatures and terrifying witches, I didn’t want to abandon. I have never read a story like this one before, it was… so magical. AND THE ENDING WAS PERFECT.

I love books where the characters have to go on an epic quest, and this one didn’t disappoint. Yumeko met Tatsumi, a boy who was looking for the scroll as wel,l and while she doesn’t tell him that she has it, she lies to him and asks him for help. Tatsumi is a demonslayer – HOW COOL IS THAT?! – He never shows his emotions because if he does the demon inside his weapon could posses him! But I just loved to see how little by little he starts to change because of Yumeko. He starts to question everything he knows and… well he’s amazing!

One of the things I absolutely loved and adored about this book are the characters. Yumeko, Tatsumi, Okame, Daisuke are so special to me, they made me laugh SO MANY TIMES and surprised me with their courage whenever they tried to save those they encountered on their way. Also, I loved the fact that the personalities of these characters are so different from each other! I really liked seeing how Okame annoyed Tatsumi non-stop, he’s definitely a character you will love as soon as you meet him in the story.

Shadow of the Fox is a book you won’t want to miss. It’s definitely one of the best books I have read this year and I honestly can’t wait to read the sequel. Julie’s writing style made me feel part of a story I didn’t want to leave❤️

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The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

I received this book for free from a Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hello everyone, I hope you all have an amazing and wonderful day!
What are you guys planning to read this week?📚 I’m planning to read Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao! 

Today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts about The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke, which is a Fantasy retelling of Beowulf. I’ve heard about this book a few months ago and after I saw the cover I immediately added it to my TBR because it’s absolutely amazing and EPIC! 

Frey, Runa, Ovie and Juniper are a Mercy pack. They do what no one else wants to do and they are good at it. But every time they come across someone they turn around because with one look at their cloaks a word comes to their mind… death. Not wanting that for their lives anymore they go on a quest to kill the Blue Vee Beast who would give them what they want, a change in their lives.

The Boneless Mercies is a story filled with magic and fearless characters who wanted to do more with their lives.
They aspired to be remembered in a different way and certainly not only as Mercies. What I liked about this story was the fact that we meet four amazing characters who are capable of doing what they want to do with their lives and they don’t hesitate when something’s set on their minds.  I admired them because of the way they never gave up and how little by little they forged their destiny.

While I enjoyed reading this book there were times when the story was a bit slow for me and I almost stopped reading. But I’m glad I kept reading because the ending was perfect!

April introduced me to a new world where everything  is possible, once I started to read it I realized this was something different… magical. It is definitely a book you won’t want to miss! 

Have you guys heard about this book?📚 Are you planning to read it?😊 Please let me know in the comments below!
Rebeca xo

April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, and Wink Poppy Midnight. She also curated the horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She has received five starred reviews and her novels have been chosen for the Junior Library Guild, Kids’ Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she’s not writing, April likes walking in the woods with her two cheerful dogs, exploring abandoned houses, and drinking expensive coffee. She has lived in many places around the world and currently resides in Oregon with her husband

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