Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #353, January 16th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Talon by Julie Kagawa, page 148.

"I looked at Garret. He grinned, looking eager and boyish as he grabbed his board and turned toward the waves."

Yeah, that sounds like a pretty fantastic time! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, January 15, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #345, January 15th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #344
Teaser Tuesday #352
WWW Wednesday #352
WOW #349
Will the Time Come #343
Third Sentence Thursday #334
Random Reads #320
First Lines Friday #348
The Reward Challenge Update #330
Book Blogger Hop #14
How Well I Stuck to It #174
Wrote that Review Update #179

Week 2 Reviews:
Final Fall
Aliens Abroad
Unearthed
A Perfect Obsession
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Extraordinary Means
This Is Our Story
Judgement Road

Tours:
Death Island: Review

OK, so I got 21 posts in 7 days, which is pretty good, a umber of good books, and the meme posts, of course. So I'm happy with this week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Cold Hard Truth, My Plain Jane, and Truly Devious.

Emmie O’Brien is a former good girl now on the fringe. She spent a crazy year involved with Nick, her mom’s drug dealer; after her arrest she was lucky to go back to her old life. But she’s haunted by the choices she made—first, to be with Nick, and then later, to testify against him.

Max Shepherd is a senior varsity hockey player with serious anger issues. His grief over the death of his girlfriend causes him to see injustice wherever he looks. When they meet in community service, Max is drawn to Emmie’s calm energy, but Emmie knows better than to get too close to anyone.

When friends of Nick show up seeking revenge, Emmie is forced to come to terms with her past, while Max has to control his protective instincts. They must trust one another, especially when Emmie’s situation takes a dangerous turn.
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Wrote that Review Update #179, January 14th

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Death Island, Final Fall, Aliens Abroad, Unearthed, A Perfect Obsession, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Extraordinary Means, This Is Our Story, Judgement Road, so I have 9 of 9 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #182, January 14th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 3:
Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown, My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: 2. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: NA.

Another short week, but as proved below, it does work better for me, so yeah, I'm happy with it!

Week 2:
Death Island by Kelsey Ketch, Final Fall by Heather W. Petty

vs.

Final Fall by Heather W. Petty, Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch, Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham, Death Island by Kelsey Ketch, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston, Judgement Road by Christine Feehan

Yeah, I'm happy with this, I read all that I wanted to read (not that I wanted much) and then much, much more! So yeah, this was a good week, and I like it! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Week 2 Review: Judgement Road

From Goodreads:
An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

A brutal education in a Russian training facility for assassins has taught this group of men one thing: 

It's a long road to redemption.

JUDGMENT ROAD

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat. 

Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul. 

My Review:


Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Torpedo Ink #1
Read: January 12th, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: I absolutely love her writing, and the first two series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley Books
Expected Publication: January 23rd 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: This Is Our Story

From Goodreads:
Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won't say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. 

Kate Marino's senior year internship at the district attorney's office isn't exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys' case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won't let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn't who she thought he was, and neither is Stone's prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn't uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

My Review:


Author: Ashley Elston
Read: January 11th, 2018
Source: Library
Reason Why: Sounded really good, I've enjoyed her other books, and it's a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: November 15th 2016
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Extraordinary Means

From Goodreads:
From the author of The Beginning of Everything: two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure.

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it's easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down. Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.

My Review:


Author: Robyn Schneider
Read: January 11th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Another Edelweiss book, and it's a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: May 26th 2015
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

From Goodreads:
A surprising and gripping sci-fi thriller with a killer twist

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents' tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can't help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there's more to J's mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone...

My Review:


Author: Lauren James
Read:  January 11th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: July 3rd 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: A Perfect Obsession

From Goodreads:
Perfect suspense from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham! The latest book in her New York Confidential series.

Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.

Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan's in lower Manhattan.

As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it...

My Review:


Author: Heather Graham
Series: New York Confidentials #2
Read: January 9th, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her books, and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Mira
Published: March 28th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Unearthed

From Goodreads:
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

My Review:


Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #1
Read: January 9th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love their books, and it sounded really good! And it's a 2017 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: January 9th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Aliens Abroad

From Goodreads:
With the human population growing and alien refugees pouring in from around the galaxy, Earth is becoming too overcrowded to sustain itself--and the solar system is filling up with the alien overflow. Advanced technology from the Alpha Centauri and Vatusan systems offers one possible solution. It's time to explore new planets and see if any uninhabited ones can be claimed. 

The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, aren't supposed to be on this mission, but what looks like a snafu during a political photo op on the newly christened Distant Voyager spaceship turns out to be a call for help from a planet that might be Earth's salvation...or its destruction. 

The discovery of a world at the opposite end of the galaxy that seems like it could be a twin to Earth creates the usual issues for Kitty & Company. It also raises questions of Z'porrah and Ancient influence--not to mention cloning, the multiverse, and, scariest of all, whether or not the Black Hole Universe Police are starting to take too much of an interest in this particular universe.

My Review:


Author: Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #16
Read: January 8th, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing so much! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: DAW Books
Expected Publication: February 6th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Final Fall

From Goodreads:
Sherlock Holmes and Miss James "Mori" Moriarty started at the top of their game—so they have that much farther to fall in this epic conclusion to the Lock & Mori trilogy, perfect for fans of Maureen Johnson and Sherlock.

You know their names. Now discover their beginnings. 

Mori is out for revenge. Imprisoned in the English countryside, with her brothers held as leverage, she's never felt angrier or more helpless. When an opportunity for escape arises, Mori takes it and flees back to the streets of London, where she is finally able to plot the demise of her recently freed father and his cohorts. 

But after a bittersweet reunion with Lock, she discovers that he may not be the ally he once was. In the face of blackmail, threats, and Lock's noble attempts to thwart her crusade, Mori has an impossible decision to make.

Can Mori wash the blood from her hands and walk away? Or will her final fall from grace be the end of everyone she loves?

My Review:


Author: Heather W. Petty
Series: Lock & Mori #3
Read: January 6th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a 2018 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, End of Series 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: November 28th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Reviews


Death Island: Review

From Goodreads:
Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather's crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.

However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.

There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather's past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather's legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

My Review:
Oh, yeah, this book was so fantastic! I made a lot of comparisons to Pirates of the Caribbean, especially in the beginning, a small-ish town under attack by pirates? Because they need a citizen because of something their ancestors did? Yeah.

First off, I want to get my one complaint off my chest. The writing was just a little bit over-much, sometimes, a bit wordy and awkward, that feeling of making it more complicated than it has to be. Other then that, I just have praises for this book!

There was both romance and adventure in this book! With pirates, what else can you expect? But I also enjoyed these characters and who they were, their stories, they were interesting and different! And it made me want to read about them!

That ending, that was just a little bit creepy! What with Ah Puch watching them, and knowing their future...yeah, that gave me the shivers! But even more so, what happened to the body of the Captain! Wow, that was a nightmare!

I enjoyed reading this book a lot, it was just really enjoyable!

Author: Kelsey Ketch
Read: January 10th, 2018
Source: Good Choice Reading Promotions Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Historical Fiction 2018 Book and a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Kelsey Ketch
Published: December 31st 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars
Bio:
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

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Book Blogger Hop #14, January 12th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Well, there's so many, so I'll only do a few, and that I can remember! This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch, Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara, Everlife by Gena Showalter, Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet, which has already come out, and I've already read. I think that's a good number to stop at!

What about you guys? Happy reading! 

The Reward Challenge Update #330, January 12th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Final Fall which counts 6 times as a 2018 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Edelweiss Book, End of Series 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Aliens Abroad which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Unearthed which counts 4 times as a 2017 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, A Perfect Obsession which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Death Island which counts 4 times as a Historical Fiction 2018 Book, Review Book and a SAC 2018 Book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe which counts 4 times as a Edelweiss Book, SAC 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Extraordinary Means which counts 3 times as a Edelweiss Book and a SAC 2018 Book, This Is Our Story which counts twice as a SAC 2018 Book, Judgement Road which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book.

So I have 34 counts which translates to $17 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

First Lines Friday #348, January 12th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

"The wind blew off the sea as the three Harleys made their way through the last series of snaking turns and hit the straight stretch on Highway 1 running parallel to the ocean. The night was well underway, a fact that Savva 'Reaper' Pajari was well aware of. He had to report to the president of his club, Czzar, the moment they arrived back in Caspar, but time didn't matter for that. Even if Czar was at his home in Sea haven, tucked close to his wife, Reaper'd just hit the roof and climb in through he bedroom window. He'd done it more than once." -Judgement Road by Christine Feehan

Yeah, this opening is pretty good at setting the tone for what the rest of the book is going to be life! I need to read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Random Reads #320, January 11th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 3327 which turned out to be Nightborn by Lynn Viehl! It's been on my TBR pile since March 12th, 2013, and I added it because I enjoy her writing! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #335, January 11th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"So I tell her everything." -This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston, page 127.

I hope that this is a good thing! I mean, "everything" is very broad, and could be good or bad!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #345, January 11th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own. 

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Why the time hasn't come yet...
I don't know! It sounds really good, and I really enjoy her writing! Hopefully I'll get around to it soon! What about you guys? Happy reading!