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Lady of Sherwood Review

Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski (Outlaws of Sherwood #1)

Published: May 15th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.

After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants—she wants revenge.

As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right—all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.

Lady of Sherwood (Outlaws of Sherwood, #1)


I received this book during one of Lit-Cube’s live sale on Facebook. Honestly, I really just wanted the tote bag and some of the other items, but I thought hey three books in one? Can’t be bad right?! Well, I should have looked up this book first and read some of the reviews, would have saved myself. I forced myself to read all the way to about page 210, and then I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was very disappointed in this book. This might have some spoilers ahead, so read with caution.

Robin wasn’t a very relatable MC and I found her very annoying. She complained about her arranged marriage, she complained about her mother, she complained about almost everything. So what is her response? Go run to Marcus, the guy she has loved since they were children, and sleep with him so that she doesn’t have her honor anymore (definitely seemed as if she was doing it to rub it in her mothers and soon to be husbands face than actually really loving Marcus). Then when (spoiler) Marcus is killed, she just wanted to exact revenge (she didn’t really seem like she was that heartbroken on his actual death). I mean she was sad, but she didn’t really act as if the love of her life was dead. Then once a new guy came along, she all of a sudden was in love with him (but also didn’t want him to know because she wasn’t “ready” to love again). See, she is kind of a wishy washy person.

They are clever girls, with brains in their heads.” Nice quote right? It was a nice compliment the first time we heard it, and then it was probably said about 50 or so times (at least it felt like it for the amount of pages that I read). With that being said, I was hoping that this would be more of a retelling with the authors own spin to it. It seemed as if I was reading the same Robin Hood story that we all know and love except that the only difference was that it was female Robin with her band of merry women. (Spoiler) If you thought someone was a man, surprise she was just dressed like a man to avoid being judged by society. This was a great idea the first time the author did it, but she should have left it with just one character.

As this is only the first book in the series, and I couldn’t even get passed 210 out of 290 something pages, I will not be finishing up this series. Hopefully, the rest of the series gets better for the people who did enjoy this book, and according to GR it seems as if a good amount does. I wanted to like it, I really did, but this was just not my cup of tea and there are way to many books out there to struggle through one.

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The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile since I have done a book tag! I saw this over at Thrice Read, and lets be honest they do the best tags and I love reading them and doing them myself!

 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – Choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

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Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm cozy clothing – What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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I wouldn’t mind being a really cool assassin!

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Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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I’m not a huge fan of people on covers of books.

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Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie….sweet potato anything really =)

 

What’s your favorite underrated books?

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Once and for All Book Review

onceandforallOnce and for All by Sarah Dessen

Published: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself. 

Once and for All

First off, I just want to say that I love Sarah Dessen and all of her books! When I first heard about this book coming out last year, I circled the date in my calendar and counted down the days. Well, okay, almost but I did circle the date so that I could remember to pick up a copy!

Isn’t that the way everything begins? A night, a love, a once and for all.

As much as I love Dessen’s books, I couldn’t help but think about her other books as I read this one and how similar they are. It’s almost like a formula: you have the cynical main character who doesn’t believe in love, then there is the happy go lucky boy who is determined to make the cynical girl live a little, and then there is typically only one parent in the picture. Now not all of her books follows these guidelines, but most do. Even though I know the formula after reading almost all of her books, I still couldn’t help but be sucked in after page one! This one even made me tear up several times (okay there is a point in every one of her novels that makes me tear up, but this one made me tear at least twice more than usual)!

Once and for All is told from Louna’s point of view in the present and then we get flashback chapters of her and Ethan spread throughout. We get a sense pretty early on that Louna is I wouldn’t really say jaded, but turned off on love and that whatever happened had to have been pretty bad (basically she comes with a lot of baggage). As we learn her story and what happened almost a year earlier, it becomes clear and you can’t help but feel for her. When Ambrose comes into the picture, I couldn’t help but wonder how Dessen was going to weave him into Louna’s story.

In contrast to Louna, Ambrose is very social and outgoing. He has a dating philosophy of no commitment and only enjoying the firsts of any relationship. When he starts to work for Louna’s mom, they make a bet basically to date using each others philosophy. They continue working at her mom’s wedding planning business and partaking of the bet. It becomes obvious early on that they both like each other, but doesn’t want to admit it to each other until one of them finally does. After that happens, the book kind of slows down for me until near the very end when we get our happy ending.

Other than Louna and Ambrose, we really get to know the secondary characters as well. Normally, I don’t really care for them or I forget about them as soon as the book is over, but this time Dessen made me remember them! I hope in her future books, she does the same thing.

Ambrose would again reach out a hand, asking me to dance. And this time, I’d say yes.

Overall, this was a very quick read because I didn’t want to put the book down! I loved going back to Lakeview and seeing how Dessen was able to weave in some of her past characters into this one. As much as I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t put it as my favorite (that will probably be This Lullaby or The Truth About Forever tbh). If you love contemporary novels and haven’t picked up a Sarah Dessen book, definitely do! She is probably one of my favorite (she used to be my only until recently when I discovered Kasie West) ya contemporary authors.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (6/14/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)

Author: Kiersten White

Expected Publication:  June 27th 2017

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

This must be the summer of sequels! I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, And I Darken, last summer and can’t wait of this one to come out.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (6/12/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Rook

Author: Sharon Cameron

Published: April 28th 2015 by Scholastic Press

Goodreads Summary:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. The mysterious Red Rook is a savior of the innocent, and a criminal in the eyes of the government.

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow ever higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.

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I discovered Sharon Cameron last year when I received The Forgetting in one of my YA book subscription boxes. I really enjoyed that book and decided to check out some of Cameron’s other books. Rook has been on my TBR shelf for a while now, and I finally checked it out at the library, when a friend and I decided to go there on a whim. I’m hoping to start reading this today or tomorrow since I have an actual deadline of when I need to return the book. This book has a lot of mix reviews, so I am hoping that I enjoy is as much as I did The Forgetting!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (5/17/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Once and for All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Expected Publication:  June 6th 2017

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Sarah Dessen is probably one of my guilty pleasures. Normally, I read a lot of fantasy and probably a little sci-fi, but sometimes I like to pick up a good fiction book. I have read probably about 90% of Dessen’s books and I loved every single one of them. I also like how she brings previous characters into the books through cameos. Sort of like Stan Lee in all the Marvel movies. Needless to say, I am super excited for this book to come out and I will most definitely be reading it as soon as it hits shelves next month!

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (5/15/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Published: October 18th 2007 by Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

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

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

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

I finished the Netflix show a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it! I just happened to be going through my Goodreads to-read section and noticed that it was in there since 2015! After watching the show, I am definitely interested to see how similar the two are and what liberties the show took. I have a friend reading it now, so hopefully I can borrow it from him sometime soon!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Lock & Mori: Mind Games Review

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Mind Games (Lock & Mori #2) by Heather W. Petty

Published: December 6th 2016 by Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: DNF

Goodreads Summary:

Sherlock Holmes and Miss James “Mori” Moriarty may have closed their first case, but the mystery is far from over in the thrilling sequel to Lock & Mori, perfect for fans of Maureen Johnson and Sherlock.

You know their names. Now discover their beginnings.

Mori’s abusive father is behind bars…and she has never felt less safe. Threatening letters have started appearing on her doorstep, and the police are receiving anonymous tips suggesting that Mori—not her father—is the Regent’s Park killer. To make matters worse, the police are beginning to believe them.

Through it all, Lock—frustrating, brilliant, gorgeous Lock—is by her side. The two of them set out to discover who is framing Mori, but in a city full of suspects, the task is easier said than done. With the clock ticking, Mori will discover just how far she is willing to go to make sure that justice is served, and no one—not even Lock—will be able to stop her.

Mind Games (Lock & Mori, #2)

I should have learned from the first book, but I was hoping that this one would be better. I really only read it because I received it with the first one in my Lit-Cube subscription last month.

I think it was really Mori that just drove me crazy that I had to stop reading it. With her constant back and forth with Lock and thinking that she is superior to everyone else. Mori is just not a relatable character and I have too many books on my TBR shelf to read a book I am not interested in.

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The Love That Split the World Review

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henrythelovethatsplittheworld

Published: January 26th 2016 by Razorbill

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

“Love is giving the world away, and being loved is having the whole world to give.”

I don’t know if I can write a review of this book and do it any justice. I liked it, but then there was elements that I just didn’t like at all. I thought based upon the title that it was going to be a contemporary novel with maybe a little bit of fantasy woven in. For the most part I was correct, only there was a lot more sci-fi  and a whole lot of romance involved.

“No matter how hard it feels, you don’t need to be afraid to move on, and you don’t need to be afraid to stay either. There’s always more to see and feel.”

I’ll start first with the elements I did not like about this book. First, there was a lot of info dumping. The characters would go on very long tirades about a concept and then you’re left feeling “what did I just read?” At some points it was a struggle to continue reading, I would have to put it down and pick it up later after some motivation.

Second, there was insta-love. Cringe. I liked Natalie and Beau together, but I just wish that they had at least some sort of build up into a relationship. For the contemporary romance side, this was a huge let down. Especially since this made up of at least 85% of the book.

Third, there was just so many elements to the story and I don’t think Henry was able to incorporate all of them very well. There was your romance, time travel, world jumping, therapy sessions, boy drama, identity crisis, and well you get the picture. With all these elements coming into play, there was no character development. So when it is all said and done, you don’t really feel anything for Natalie and Beau by the end of their story. Oh and Henry tried to make this book a little LGBT friendly by inserting that her research scientist/therapist is a lesbian during one of the many tirades. I am all for different types of relationships, but it should at least be thought out a bit more rather than thrown into a random conversation.

Lastly, this book was a little boring. It started off great, and then it went to snoozeville quite fast.  Halfway through I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue or not, but I was already invested so I had to finish! The last 10% of the book was very quick, Natalie was running out of time , and it felt as if the book was running out of pages to get the information down. I’ve read some reviews that don’t like the ending, but I actually liked the ambiguity of it.

“And because she jumped, our world began”

I know it seems as if I don’t like anything about the book, but I do, I swear!

This book has a very diverse set of characters, and I love it! The main character is Native American, who was adopted into a Caucasian family. Natalie feels that since she doesn’t look like her family, that something is missing in her life. I found this very relatable, since I am from a mix household. I never felt like I didn’t belong, but there was hardly any other half Asians in my little town of one stop light (now they have about 5 and maybe more diversity, who knows).

Natalie is also a feminist, which you don’t see very much in YA novels. Well she was very feminist in the beginning of the novel, but I felt she kind of lost it somewhere around the middle. But I like that Henry made a very strong, independent, and smart main character.

The writing in this novel was fantastic. Henry knows how to use her words and make everything sound wonderful (even if I was a little bored). What I enjoyed most was the Native American myths and legends that were told throughout the whole novel. I am not an expert on Native American stories, but the stories were told very respectfully and seemed as if it was the only aspect that helped advance the plot.

“Why did they have to sacrifice anything?”
“It was a symbol,” Grandmother explains. “Of an innocent dying on behalf of someone else—the greatest act of love. A choice to die so someone else doesn’t have to.”

This book is definitely one of those hit or miss for most people. I feel as if you are either going to really like it or just be totally disappointed in it. I for the most part fall in the middle, it was just eh. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

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The MakeUp Book Tag

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First of all, I would like to thank Sam @ RiverMooseReads for creating this tag. Her blog is awesome so please go check it out! Second, I would like to thank Ash @ OnceUponABookshelf for tagging me!

Primer
Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you

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This is a close tie with Six of Crows and Girl Against the Universe. Both of these books left lasting impressions in their own way. They almost had me in a book slump because I didn’t want to pick up another book that might not live up to the greatness I just finished.

 

Foundation
Favorite first book in a series

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Alice in Zombieland was the first book I read by Gena Showalter and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. I got sucked into this first book, and then quickly devoured the rest of the series.

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Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.

 

The two main characters in these books just really annoyed me. I could have lived my life perfectly fine without them. I didn’t know that a main character could have/be as many cliches as these two. 

Powder
Pick your favorite last book in a series.

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I do have some issues with the last book of the Lunar Chronicles, but I also absolutely loved Winter. This was just a great book to finish a fantastic series.

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Pick a book you think everyone should read

 

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I would probably say The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It has almost a little bit of everything for everyone.

Eyeshadow
Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

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I haven’t read this book yet, but I love the cover!

Eyeliner
Pick a dark and mysterious book

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This is a fairy tale retelling that you didn’t see coming. Cinderella isn’t the nice and innocent girl from the Disney movie, instead she has a bit of a mean streak.

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Pick a long book

 

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This is most likely the longest book on my shelves, but that isn’t surprising considering it is Harry Potter. I love this entire series, and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! 😉

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Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance

 

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Hmm . . . I would have to say that this was the most recent cringe worthy romance. You have your insta-love, and the “I’ll do whatever you say because I love you” mentality from the main character. Yikes.

Highlighter
Pick a book that brightens your day

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Dessen is probably one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I am in between series, I love just picking up one of her books and getting lost in her universe. Each book is set in the same town, so it is great rereading a book and seeing how they all fit in with each other.

 

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Your favorite book kiss

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I can’t really think of which characters shared a book kiss that is my favorite. But, I really enjoyed the little romance that was in this book. The ending though is what makes it all that much better!

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this quick fun book tag!