top ten tuesday

Beautiful Books On My TBR || Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


This week the theme for Top Ten Tuesday was a cover freebie. I decided to show some of the beautiful books that are on my TBR. There are so many beautiful books that I want to read, so picking only 10 was a challenge. This is a mix of books that I own and that I still need to get my hands on. With all of that being said, lets just get to all the beautiful books!


10. The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera


9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


8. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


7. Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim


6. Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko


5. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar


4. King of Scars (King of Scars Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo


3. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty


2. The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo


1. Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

August 2020 Wrap Up

August wasn’t the best month for me. The month started with me pulling a muscle in my back and not being able to move for a few days. That definitely wasn’t the way I thought August was going to start. Then I had to finish a paper for university, which was stressful as I expected it to be. Then my mental health was acting up, basically my depression was bothering me. As you can see, the combination of all of those things didn’t make August the best month for me. (Which is also why I haven’t posted much in August.)

On a more positive note, I did some fun things in August as well! (Basically it wasn’t all bad.) I ended up reading quite a bit, 3 books and 8 short stories (along with the fanfiction that I usually read each month). I watched some amazing tv shows and movies, which definitely managed to improve my mood. BTS released their song Dynamite, which was definitely a highlight. I love how fun and bubbly that song is! It’s everything that I need right now and I just can’t stop listening to it. On a more serious note, I had a job interview near the end of the month and I GOT THE JOB! I’m so exited and relieved about that, as I had been stressing about getting one for many months. (I actually started working in September.)

Basically August wasn’t the best month for me, but I did have some highlights as well. Now lets talk about the things I ended up reading!


The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

1.5 out of 5 stars

I really didn’t enjoy this book. I just had many things about it that bothered me. Full review coming closer to the release date.


Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

2.5 out of 5 stars

This book just wasn’t for me. I randomly found it on my kindle (I have no idea where I got it from) and decided to read it as I have heard many people enjoy this series. Obviously I didn’t become one of those people. Darkfever had elements that bothered and annoyed me, it wasn’t a very fun experience reading this book. I did enjoy the world-building, that was probably my favourite aspect of this book. There were also some scenes that I enjoyed, but that was that. I’m not going to continue reading this series.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

3.5 out of 5 stars

As you may know, Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors. Obviously I want to read all of her books and I finally got around to reading Warbringer in August.

enjoyed the writing style of this book, it was fast paced and it drew me into the story immediately (as expected of Leigh Bardugo). I also really liked the friendship between Diana and Alia, it was probably my favourite aspect of the story. Diana as a character was very interesting. Everything else about the book I had problems with. I lost interest in the plot half-way through, it just didn’t capture my attention. I also didn’t like the romantic part, it felt forces and really unnecessary. 

Warbringer was an entertaining read, but I hoped that I would have enjoyed it more than I did.


Lullaby for a Lost World by Aliette de Bodard

3 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting and dark story. I really enjoyed the way it was written and I was intrigued in what was happening from the start. With that said, I just wanted something more from this story (even though I’m unsure as to what exactly).


In the Sight of Akresa by Ray Wood

2 out of 5 stars

Wow, this was depressing. I really don’t know how to put into words the way I feel about In the Sight of Akresa without spoiling the story, so I’ll keep it brief and vague. The story was beautifully written and there were aspects of it that intrigued me, but there were quite a few things that bothered me as well. 


The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr

2 out of 5 stars

Well, this ended up being a lot different than I thought it would be. It was unsettling and I couldn’t stop reading the story, but I also had problems with The Maiden Thief. There was some wording in this story that bothered me, the way some things were phrased. There is also a somewhat casual rape scene in this story, so be prepared for that. I didn’t really care about any of the characters, but I wanted to read more and find out what was actually going on.


Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky

1 out of 5 stars

This was not a story for me. I really didn’t enjoy it and it made me very uncomfortable. I really don’t feel like going into more detail, as I don’t want to thing more about this story, so I’ll just leave it at this.

Side note: The cover art for this story is beyond gorgeous.


The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright

4 out of 5 stars

This was such an interesting story. It really kept me on my toes and I had no idea what was going to happen next. The writing style was great and I was very intrigued by the characters. The Library of Lost Things ended up surprising me in many ways. This story was also gay, which is always a plus.


This Chance Planet by Elizabeth Bear

3 out of 5 stars

This Chance Planet was exactly what I expected it to be in some ways, yet it managed to still surprise me. Petra was interesting, I enjoyed reading about her. I hated her boyfriend (I have no idea why she didn’t dump him ages ago), he reminded me of some people that I used to have in my life. Thank everything that I don’t have to deal with them anymore.


Thirteen Steps in the Underworld by Su-Yee Lin

3 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting story. I enjoyed the way (format?) it was written a lot. Thirteen Steps in the Underworlds was such an atmospheric story, full of hope and grief. With that being said, this story didn’t grip me that much. I didn’t feel that invested in what was happening to the character, or what was going on in the story.


The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson

3 out of 5 stars

It was very interesting getting to read from a cats perspective. I don’t think I have ever read a story from an animals perspective (or at least none are coming to my mind right now). Small Cat was an interesting character. The story was rather slow and it took me a while to get through it, though that did set up the whole mood of the story. The illustrations in this story are gorgeous, I loved seeing them as I continued reading the story.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson, Jo Rioux || Graphic Novel Review

Disclaimer: I received The Daughters of Ys from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


46223363Title: The Daughters of Ys

Authors: M.T. Anderson, Jo Rioux

Published: 11. August 2020

Edition: First Second

ebook, 208 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Mythology

Summary:

An Atlantis-like city from Celtic legend is the setting of this mythical graphic novel fantasy re-imagining the classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface..

Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen’s inexplicable death, her daughters drift apart. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

The Daughters of Ys was a much darker story than I thought it would be, from the synopsis and cover. Both the content and the atmosphere are on the darker side and I must say that I enjoyed that a lot. The illustrations in this graphic novel are wonderful, the writing not so much.

There was basically no world-building and many questions regarding the magic were left unanswered. I was interested in the overall story and I couldn’t stop reading The Daughters of Ys, despite not getting all the answers that I wanted. The only character that I liked is Rozenn, all of the other ones annoyed me in some way. The relationship between the sisters wasn’t well developed, or rather none of the relationships were well developed. I think it would have worked better if we got to see the sisters grow up together through the years, instead of flashing forward to when they were young adults.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Daughters of Ys. I did have some problems with this graphic novel, but despite that I was immersed in the atmosphere and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would recommend this graphic novel if you enjoy mythology and folktales, and don’t mind darker themes.


Have you read The Daughters of Ys? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Disclaimer: I know that it’s not Wednesday. I wanted to post this yesterday, but due to some things I didn’t get around to it. Still, I wanted to post this post for To Sleep in a Sea of Stars in August. Basically I decided to post it anyway, even though it’s a day late.


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Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


48829708To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Publication date: 15. September 2020

Summary:

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she’s awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope.


When I heard that Christopher Paolini was coming out with a new book I was beyond exited! As you may know, I have read and loved his Inheritance Cycle. I consider them to be some of my favourite fantasy books. You can check out my series review, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars sounds very interesting, both from the synopsis and from the things I have heard Christopher Paolini say about it (I watched one of his interviews). I’m interested to see him write a science fiction book. I’m not that well-read when it comes to sci-fi (especially if compared to fantasy), but I really want to read more books in that genre. I can’t wait for To Sleep in a Sea of Stars to come out and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on it soon! Side note: I really love the title of this book.


Are you looking forward to To Sleep in a Sea of Stars? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

A very late July 2020 Wrap Up

It’s the 24th of August and I’m just now getting around to writing my July wrap up. Better late than never I guess. The reason that this wrap up is this late is due to the fact that August has been such a hectic month for me, in some expected and some unexpected ways. With everything going on I just didn’t have the time to blog, or the motivation. So I decided to take an impromptu break, which lead to me not posting until now.

Side note: I really hate this new editor. It’s taking me so long to edit one post and it’s not even turning out how I want it to. (It’s so frustrating, but I guess I have to deal with it.)

July was an okay month for me. I visited my dad and spent a few days at his place, which was a lot of fun. Then I settled into my new place, which means that I had many boxes to unpack and just organise my flat in general. Aside from that I worked on a paper that I had to hand in in August and I studied for my upcoming exams. That was basically all that happened in July. I should mention that my mental health acted up a bit, but it wasn’t that bad (I just had a few more days when I didn’t feel well). It was also my 5 year blogging anniversary in July, I seriously can’t believe that I have had this blog for so many years.

That’s basically all, now lets talk about the books I read last month!


Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations #5-6) by Michael J. Sullivan

5 out of 5 stars

This was such a fantastic conclusion to the series! I have enjoyed each book in The Riyria Revelations more than the previous one. Hadrian and Royce are amazing characters and I loved reading about their adventures. I definitely need to pick up more books by Michael J. Sullivan in the future.


Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

4 out of 5 stars

This was so cute and sweet! I’m so glad that I decided to pick up Heartstopper now, it was exactly what I needed.

Trigger warnings: non-consensual kissing, sexual harassment, homophobia
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Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

4 out of 5 stars

Charlie and Nick are so freaking adorable! Seeing them together and interacting with each other, and their friends, brings me so much joy.


Heartstopper Vol. 3 by Alice Oseman

4 out of 5 stars

The third volume of Heartstopper dealt with some heavier topics. The characters are wonderful and I love their relationships, both with their significant other and their friends. This graphic novel series brings me so much joy!

Trigger warnings: eating disorders, mention of self-harm, homophobia, biphobia
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A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark

5 out of 5 stars

This was such a great story! I was intrigued by the story from the beginning and I flew through it, a lot faster than I though I would. Fatma was an amazing character and I loved following her through the story. I definitely need to read more things by P. Djèlí Clark in the future!


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag || 2020 Edition

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Yes, I’m aware that I’m VERY late with this mid-year book freak out tag. I wanted to post it at the beginning of the month, but I just didn’t get around to it until now. I’m only considering the books I read in the first 6 months for the questions (none that I ended up reading in July). Despite being very late with this tag I still wanted to do it, mostly because the mid-year book freak out tag has been a tradition on my blog ever since I started blogging. This is actually my 6th time doing this tag! (Which kinda feels unreal, if I’m being honest.)

With all of that being said, lets get into the questions!


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:

Naomi Novik


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020:

A Closed and Common Orbit


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:


5. Biggest disappointment:

Outrun the Wind


6. Biggest surprise:

Eat and Love Yourself


7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):

Naomi Novik


8. Newest fictional crush:

I don’t have fictional crushes.


9. Newest favourite character:

Miryem from Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

Naomi Novik


10. Book that made you cry:

Always Human


11. Book that made you happy:

Always Human


12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):

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13. What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?:


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


Victoria SchwabThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Publication date: 6. October 2020

Summary:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


As you may know Victoria Schwab is one one of my favourite authors, I’m always exited for new books by her. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue sounds so interesting! The premise by itself captured my attention the first time I ever heard of it (and that was years ago, when this story was only a concept).  This story sounds dark and captivating, exactly like something that I would love. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue!


Are you looking forward to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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blog updates · personal things

My Blog is 5 YEARS OLD! ✨

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Yes, you have read correctly, my blog is 5 years old!
🎉🎉🎂🎂💖💖

Technically my anniversary was yesterday, but I was too tired to post anything. So here we are today! I haven’t been the best blogger lately. I just haven’t had the motivation for it. Don’t get me wrong I still love blogging but I have felt somewhat disconnected from it. But that is a topic for another time, as I have quite a lot of thoughts regarding blogging at the moment and this isn’t the post for that. I definitely don’t plan on stopping blogging, I just can’t imagine my life without it.

💖 THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS! 💖

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Thank you for supporting me and my blog! Thank you for interacting with me and talking about all the things we love. I’m very thankful to everyone in the bookish community! I have gotten so many fantastic book recommendations, and recommendations for other things that I have come to love. Though I’m the most thankful that I have been able to make some really good friends! Once again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Vicious Spirits

Feature

Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


Wicked FoxVicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho

WARNING: Very heavy SPOILERS for the first book in the summary for this book.

Publication date: 18. August 2020

Summary:

As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung’s mother, Yena, and Jihoon’s grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy.

But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don’t know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let’s be honest, Junu isn’t known for his “generosity.” Meanwhile, the events at the end of Wicked Fox have upended the forces that govern life and death and there are supernatural entities lurking in the background that will stop at nothing to right their world.


I read Wicked Fox by Kat Cho last year and I completely adored it! It ended up being one of my favourite books of last year. If you are interested in more of my thoughts on Wicked Fox I have written a full review for it, which you can check out. Anyway, as soon as I found out that there would be a sequel I was exited!

I’m very interested to see where the story will go from the ending of the first book. The summary has me very intrigued, though I wouldn’t recommend reading it if you haven’t read the first book since it contains major spoilers. The cover for Vicious Spirits is gorgeous and I think I love it even more than for the first one! Though it’s definitely a tough choice, as the cover for Wicked Fox was beautiful as well. I seriously can’t wait to have this book in my hands!


Are you looking forward to Vicious Spirits? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

June 2020 Wrap Up

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June was a rather busy and stressful month for me.

I had my presentation, for a university class that I’m taking, on the 18th so I spent a lot of time researching my topic and preparing the actual presentation. I’m very happy with how it went! The professor was also satisfied with my work, which made me very happy. I know what theme I’ll be working on for my paper, which is a relief (as I don’t need to figure out the direction that I want to take with it).

The, around the 21st, I found that I had to move. You may remember that I had already move once in May (from one dorm room to another) and now I had to move again. Yes, I did have somewhat of a mental breakdown because of it. So I had to pack all my stuff, look for a new place and do all the things related to moving. Luckily my dad came and took my stuff to his flat, which was a great help. He is the best! ❤ I did find a flat and I moved into it on the 30th. Speaking of the 30th, that was the most stressful day that I have ever had. It was the final moving day, where I had to do a lot of official stuff all around the city and I even managed to break my phone. It was a nightmare and I’m so glad that it’s over.

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That was basically my month, as I said I was very busy and stressed. Luckily my mental health has been good in June, so I’m thankful for that (especially after May when I was struggling quite a bit).


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53758224._SX318_I Left The House Today! by Cassandra Calin

3.5 stars out of 5 stars

This was my first time reading any of Cassandra Calin’s comics and I really enjoyed them. They were very simple, but also very cute. All of the comics depict situations that Calin has found herself in. I found many of them funny and relatable, which made my reading experience a lot of fun. The reason that I Left The House Today didn’t get a higher rating from me is due to the fact that I wanted more from the comics. As I said, they are cute and relatable but that’s also it. I just wanted them to have more depth.


52757526._SX318_SY475_Always Human and Always Human – Season II by Ari North

4.5 stars out of 5 stars (for the first volume)
4 out of 5 stars (for the second volume)

Always Human was so freaking adorable! From the art style, to the characters, to the relationships. I read this story at the perfect time, it was exactly what I needed it to be.

There is so much fluff in Always Human and I adored every second of it. There were moments that I teared up, which I didn’t expect. This story hit me in a way I didn’t know it would, I seriously loved it. The romance between the two girls was adorable and I love seeing them come together. There isn’t a strong plot in this story, rather it’s more of a slice of life. This isn’t something that bothered me, but it’s something that I wanted to mention.


Aristotle and DanteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

5 out of 5 stars

I love this book so much! That is why I decided to reread Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe once more. I couldn’t have made a better decision, as I had a lot of fun reading this book again. I just adore the characters and the story sooo much! I consider Aristotle and Dante to be one of my all time favourite books. I would highly recommend it to everyone!




A Song Below WaterA Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

3 out of 5 stars

A Song Below Water is told from two characters points of view, Tavia and Effie. I had problems distinguishing between their voices, they were very similar and sometimes in the middle of the chapter I was wondering from whose perspective I was reading. I didn’t connect to the characters, they felt very flat and underdeveloped. Something that I did love about this book is the sister relationship between Tavia and Effie. I loved seeing how much they cared about each other and how far they were willing to go for the other person.


The Dark WifeThe Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

3 out of 5 stars

The Dark Wife was a fun book, though I had my issues with it as well. As you may know, I’m very interested in Hades and Persephone retellings. Obviously I wanted to read a sapphic retelling of that myth, so here were are.

The pacing in this book wasn’t the best and it was the aspect of this book that bothered me the most. The beginning and ending dragged, but the middle was really good. I liked the characters and their dynamic was great to read about. I felt that Persephone was childish from time to time, which did bother me a bit. There were many cute and fluffy moments, which I very much enjoyed reading.


Tor novellaInto the Gray by Margaret Killjoy

4 out of 5 stars

As I had only one day in the month left I decided to read a short story. This is one of the short stories published on tor.com, which you can read for free (of you are interested).

I very much enjoyed this story! It’s basically a love story between a human and a mermaid. Into the Gray was fascinating and dark, I’m so happy that I decided to read it. I definitely want to pick up more from this author in the future!


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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