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  • Saving the Last Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joe Broadmeadow
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Duncan Emeris loves to write. His imagination creates a world of dragons, wizards, and magic. His writing helps him cope with the reality of his world. When one of his stories draws the interest of Merrill Templar, his English teacher, Duncan discovers that the world of his imagination has become a reality. Saving the Last Dragon becomes Duncan's quest. He finds himself facing dangerous mythical creatures bent on stealing the dragon's egg to wield its power.

    Shane says: "Dreams of dragons come to life"
    "Dreams of dragons come to life"
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    Duncan Emerys has been having the most vivid dream of a society of dragons whose very existence is being jeopardized in a war against humanity and a handful of magical creatures. He writes his dreams into a story for his English class and it’s so entertaining his professor encourages him to press on and make a book of it. As the tale is revealed to him in dreams, Duncan begins to see that parts of his fantasy world are actually real.

    I really enjoyed the cross-over between reality and fantasy. It was reminiscent of the Neverending Story. Both stories also start with one boy and his journey into an imaginary place, but then end in our hero’s discovery that somehow, both places are a reality.

    It was cool to read about a protagonist that was confined to a wheel chair. It created a whole different set of rules. Duncan faced the adventure without letting his disability prevent him from rising to the challenge. I think children with disabilities might find encouragement in Duncan’s adventure.

    I received a free copy in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    I listened to this audiobook over a month’s worth of dad taxi duties with my nine year old son. I know he really enjoyed it because he asked me to take him to school just about every day! Fred Wolinsky narrated the story and had some very amusing voices for the antagonists. My son got pretty good at his Principal Core impersonation.

    I think this would make a good series based on how it ended.

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  • Return of the Darkening Series: Complete Boxset

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ava Richardson
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    High-born Agathea Flamma intends to bring honor to her family by following in her brothers' footsteps and taking her rightful place as a Dragon Rider. With her only other option being marriage, Thea will not accept failure. She's not thrilled at her awkward, scruffy partner, Seb, but their dragon has chosen, and now the unlikely duo must learn to work as a team.

    Claire says: "A new type of dragon rider"
    "An enticing, exciting, and surprising novel!"
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    Thea and Sebastian are the odd couple at dragon academy. He’s a poor smith’s son and she’s testing the boundaries of gender equality. As they struggle to fit in and to thrive with their dragon and at the academy, they also confront rumors that the darkening has returned. Will their training be enough to help them overcome an ancient evil?

    My ten year old son and I are listening to the Return of the Darkening Trilogy audiobook on audible and I asked him what he thought. “An enticing, exciting, and surprising novel.” Clearly the son of a book promoter! I agree with his assessment.

    I would much rather have him reading high fantasy books like this than stuff like Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This is a story that includes kids wanting something and undertaking self-improvement to reach their goal. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing preachy here, but everything is spelled correctly, the heroes aren’t snarky troublemakers (mostly), and… Oh no! I mention my little buddy and I go on a boring dad rant!

    These are Dragon Riders in the Anne McCaffrey sense of the word. They can psychically communicate with their riders. They fight bandits and evil dragon riders instead of burning alien death spores from the atmosphere and there is no sign of ancient spaceships, but girls can take charge and save the day with the boys, which I like.

    Read the book, the look up Shane’s Book Club on Facebook. I’ve posted a link to this review from its home at ScienceFantasyHub(dot)com and I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments! I received an audible code for free. I chose to leave a review because I liked the book. I also choose mustard at every sandwich opportunity.

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  • The Legacy of Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Craig Gallant
    • Narrated By Ray Greenley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
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    Penumbra, a haphazard city of outcasts, rebels, and malcontents, has floated around a dead planet in a backwater system for longer than living memory can recall. Its towers abandoned starships melded to an ancient, mysterious core, Penumbra is the last remnant of chaotic individualism in a galaxy where conformity to the will of the all-powerful Galactic Council is paramount.

    Stephen Bergquist says: "Review The Legacy of Shadow"
    "Save the galaxy, earn your business degree!"
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    People suck! You’ve heard that right? I don’t agree, but in Legacy of the Shadow, humans suck to everyone else in the galaxy. Then Justin and Marcus hit the scene with the hopes of changing that widely held opinion. One young man has been beat up by life decisions ranging from his authoritarian father to his dead end job to alien abduction. The other young man saw a UFO and grabbed his bug out bag!

    Boy do I love it when our hero holds a business degree! When I was in high school and thought I might one day figure out “what I want to be when I grow up” I thought business degrees were for evil greedy people who only wanted to squeeze cash from laborers. Then life happened, I’ve got a family, mortgage, and (gasp) a business degree… Which I recommend to anyone who wants to be successful at anything, by the way. The SCIENCE of business administration has been studied and practiced for hundreds of years because it is the practice of organizing work. Justin finds himself applying his education in a very unique place to some very common problems.

    I dig the setting! Not Northern Connecticut (though I am sitting about a forty minute drive away from where the abduction scene happened)… There is a giant metal planet/ satellite/ inactive mysterious center with all sorts of huge space ships docked up to it and interconnected. It is also one of the only grey zones in Galactic space.

    I was given a free audible code at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself at LARC-SciFi(dot)com.

    Ray Greenley did a great job narrating. There were a wide range of voices and his characterization accented the story well.

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  • The Ring of Carnac: The Tales of Gaspar, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian G. Michaud
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Ahoy, mateys! If you're scared of pirates, witches, and goblins, read no further! But if you're a brave soul, come aboard for the ride of your life! It's an adventure on the high seas for Alamin's wizarding apprentices, Kay and Jerra, but it's definitely not a pleasure cruise. They are in a race against time to stop the witch, Krellia, from releasing an ancient evil from its thousand-year-old prison. Only the Ring of Carnac holds the key to stopping Krellia and her pirate and goblin minions.

    Leslie F. says: "Entertaining read for fantasy lovers of all ages"
    "Another All Ages Adventure from Michaud!"
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    I liked the sequel even more than the first! Kay, Alamon, and the gang are back and this time they tangle with pirates, spies, wonkey wizards, and more evil doers. This book is great for kids just starting to read chapter books. Michaud presents a story that is accessible to the youngest readers but still approaches tough topics like betrayal and grief. I think it is essential to all ages fiction that we not underestimate the capability of children to begin pondering mature themes in the safety of such a work of fantasy. The book isn’t just for kids, as no all ages fantasy truly is. Are you an adult? Pick up a copy to read to your little buddy. He could use a break from tv.

    I listened to this story on audible any time me and my nine year old son took a ride. It started with a three hour drive to Lake George to enjoy the last week of summer vacation. As Kay and his adventurers traversed their world questing for a ring, the fam and I journeyed to school, ran weekend errands, and birthday partied. Sometimes my wife rode along. She pretends like she doesn’t care, but I caught her asking for plot fill-ins more than once on this book! My toddler even joined in with some Teelock imitations.

    I was given a free audible code at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself at LARC-SciFi(dot)com. You can read my review of Michaud’s first novel, the Road to Nyn there.

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  • Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B.T. Narro
    • Narrated By Brad C. Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (504)

    The first great war of Ovira is over, and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen's dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade, as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year.

    Cheri says: "Slow Start But Strong Finish!"
    "This was an excellent first book in the series. "
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think people who have just finished Harry Potter and want something similar yet completely original should give this book a try.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1)?

    Basen really reminds me of myself during my bachelor days. Each young lady he meets runs through his mind as a potential girlfriend. After twelve years of monogamy with a spotless record (thank you very much) I found it silly at first, but the more I thought of it, the more I realized that I was once in his shoes.


    Any additional comments?

    Basen’s uncle was King of a country called Cairo. He was also the bad guy who lost a war to the neighboring kingdom. Basen and his father were banished before the end of hostilities and started new lives on the bottom rung of society in a work camp. His only chance is to get accepted into the academy where Warriors, Psychics, Chemists, and Mages train for arm life.

    Narro has created a system of magic that is unique to me in my wanderings through the realms of fantasy. Well where have I been anyway? My most recent reads and reviews are on LARC-SicFi(dot)com/BookReviews. There is depth similar to what one expects from a genre giant like Brandon Sanderson. As if his magical system preindustrial world were not enough, Basen discovers there is more to manipulating Bastial and Sartious energy than people at the academy are aware of.

    I was given a free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.
    My copy was an audible audiobook. Narration was great! I’m not just saying that because I listen to a synthetic voice on an ereader when I don’t have audiobooks either. Young men, old men, and females all had distinct voices and traits. Narro and Wilcox made a great author and narrator team. My favorite was Stephen, who had a bothersome level of curiosity at all the wrong times!

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  • Mech Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jake Bible
    • Narrated By Andrew B. Wehrlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
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    The human race is about to be without a home, Earth having been turned into a toxic wasteland by decades of war and centuries of neglect. Now united and desperate to put down new roots, humanity sets off across the galaxy. But the galaxy isn't as hospitable as people would like.

    Quella says: "Battle is never glorious"
    "Aliens beware! Humanity brought robots."
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    One of the later battle scenes showed Bible’s ability to create suspense. A character has a Eureka moment that could save the day, but then gets tangled up directly, prolonging the battle as a result. Very well done! I was driving around woody western Maine and white knuckling the wheel while Andrew Wehrlen performed a variety of distinct characters. He really outperformed the virtual eReader I sometimes use. Since she’s virtual, I don’t mind telling you that she’s a bit monotone. Wehrlen brought Bible’s cast to life.


    What other book might you compare Mech Corps to and why?

    Boy do I like a book about giant fighting robots! Jake Bible made that notion very clear to me already with Fighting Iron 1 and 2. Check out my reviews for those at LARC-SciFi(dot)com/bookreviews. What could be better than Clay and Gibbons? How about the Jethro? A space ship full of battle mechs and the personnel to pilot, accompany, and support the big battle bots. It’s led by a woman who will cage-fight any of her crew that step out of line. They deal with hostile animal life as humanity seeks a new home.

    There was a reference to the AI from Fighting Iron about the cradle where the pilots sit within their mechs. I caught and enjoyed it! It also made me wonder if the cradle was the same stuff we saw in Fighting Iron 2.


    Any additional comments?

    Bible’s Fighting Iron series is told almost entirely through Clay’s point of view. I prefer to read and write with limited point of view characters because it is easier to get into the story without wondering who we are tagging along with. Mech Corps did run through a long list of POVs but the breaks were easy to follow and after the Jethro launched on the mission, I had a pretty good idea what was going on.

    This story really got my imagination going because humans are the alien invaders. A couple of the characters even discuss the fact while they are buddied up and traveling through the jungle. I’m interested to see where this theme goes if the story becomes a series.

    I was given a free review copy through Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knowing Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Elizabeth Powell
    • Narrated By Joel Froomkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Twelve-year-old Jack knows they shouldn't go but is unable to persuade his parents not to take the planned trip to the Lake District. Something was going to happen, but what? The weird feelings he had were always so fuzzy and they didn't always make sense. Maybe it was just because he'd have to spend time with his pampered cousin, Rosie? Anyway, it was nearly Christmas and what could go wrong with just staying in some cabin in the woods?

    Karen says: "Like a modern day Robert Louis Stevenson adventure"
    "Jack sees the future, and its a bit bleak."
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    Jack is a boy who seems to have a sixth sense. His father treats it like a mild personal superstition. This weekend’s trip to a friend’s cabin in the woods has just set him off. Is it his annoying cousin, Rosy? Could it be the winter storm? Find out for yourself. Seriously, I enjoyed this fast all ages read.

    Powell, whose work I adore in the realm of high fantasy, has impressed me with only a few easy dashes of the speculative. If fantasy books were deserts, a story Knowing Jack would be in the lemon bar family. The dessert struck me as follows- Hmm. Lemons… but there is powdered sugar on top. Then you try it and it is a little sweet, but rich beyond your wildest imagination in buttery wonder.

    The chase and adventure had danger, survival, suspense, and an unlikely bond formed between two characters.

    I received a free audible code in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    I’d recommend this book to anyone on summer break, looking for a good adventure while stuck in the back of a car on a hot day. It’s set in the winter, so it’s refreshing.

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  • Werewolf Asylum : The Amazing Wolf Boy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Roxanne Smolen
    • Narrated By Danny Randerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Sixteen-year-old Cody Forester is a werewolf. He lives in Loxahatchee, Florida, where his horrified parents banished him. He works hard at keeping his superpowers secret, yet the circle of people who know about him is expanding.

    Adriana B says: "Amazing wolf boy book 2"
    "I want that belt!"
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    Cody is the new kid in town. He’s hardly been around long enough for his crush to know he’s the Amazing Wolf Boy. Now his mother wants him committed to a Werewolf Asylum. Cody isn’t the only one having parent issues. Brittney and a runaway kid from the nearby Native American tribe also deal with some heavy family drama. Smolen is great at utilizing a recurring theme.

    I really liked the different method of shape changing that was introduced in this installment. If I could change into any animal, but it had to be one that I killed, I might end up being something wimpy. Then again, maybe I could get a hawk. It would be awesome to be a bird of prey.

    There is more fun in the nude camp next door to Brittney’s house in this one too.

    I received a free copy in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    There was a scene where a couple character surprised me with a show of loyalty that actually made me a bit misty eyed. Don’t tell the other guys…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Gate: The Third Jonathan Shade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gary Jonas
    • Narrated By Joe Hempel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
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    (53)
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    Stephen Noble, a board member of Dragon Gate Industries (DGI), is decapitated. DGI, a front company for wizards, decides to provide executive protection services for Noble's son, Graham, and daughter, Rayna. But Graham doesn't trust wizards and refuses their offer, so DGI hires Jonathan Shade and his team to keep the Noble family safe.

    Troublemer says: "Wow great story"
    "Best Shade Novel Yet!"
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    Dragon Gate is the best Shade novel so far! We get to know Jonathan, Kelly, and Brand pretty well by this point in the series. I’ve got to say that the places Jonas takes us in character development this time have raised the characters I don’t want to die tally from two to three (sorry Esther, you’re a ghost and don’t factor in).

    There is a dragon this time! That’s not a spoiler because its picture is on the cover. I like how every Shade novel brings us to a different corner in the paranormal woods.
    I received a free audible code in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    If you are looking for an action packed paranormal detective story to keep your eyes open on that long vacation drive, jump into the Jonathan Shade series. Joe Hempel’s narration adds emotion, depth, and character over Jonas’s storytelling that will keep you white knuckling the wheel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glitch: The Glitches Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ramona Finn
    • Narrated By Genevieve Kaplan
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    On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving. In Lib's world, it's dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn't live up to the Artificial Intelligence's standards, it's practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind: "It's all my fault." Lib is a Glitch - an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm.

    Rabid Reader says: "Interesting YA story"
    "Dystopia is no reason to get depressed!"
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    The Glitch is a fine example of dystopian science fiction that isn’t mopey and depressing. So the world as we know it fell apart. There is no reason is adopt pessimism as a lifestyle choice. They don’t live as long as people who are optimistic, anyhow. Lib had nothing going for her. She was stranded in some desert wasteland, outside from her techno utopian home, the NORM. She had no memories of her identity, but a head full of useful information. Her new buddies, the Tracker Clan don’t easily accept outsiders, either. Despite everything, she kept hope and tried to make her situation better.

    I normally give a book four or five chapters to let the author find the groove and for me to pick up on it before I decide if finishing the story is worth my while. With The Glitch, I was hooked right away. This girl with no memories is discovering a post-apocalyptic world and I was there with her.

    I think Finn covered an important theme for the Young Adult genre in loyalty and interpersonal relationships. As we millennials (I’m the oldest in the group but still count myself among their lot) depend more and more on social media to supplement our interpersonal communication, it can be easy to lose track of what is truly important in human relationships, trust and comradery. Our heroine is a great example of someone who will really be there for you. If the Glitches and Tracker Clan were the cookie parts of an Oreo, Lib would be the cream center.

    I received a free audible code in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    The narrator’s voice was very easy on the ears. I dare say it is a pretty voice. I hope she keeps at the audiobook game.

    Normally I’m preferential to third person limited point of view, but this first person adventure worked really well. The plot also covered everything needed to stand on its own two feet while also setting a larger stage for the series to play out on. I’m looking forward to the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron Highway: The Second Jonathan Shade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gary Jonas
    • Narrated By Joe Hempel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (70)
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    The dead won't stay buried in Denver, so Jonathan Shade isn't too surprised when a deceased woman shows up wanting to hire him. A necromancer stalker has stolen her heart - literally - and she needs it if she's going to live.

    med c says: "Acheron Highway"
    "Liked the first Shade novel, loved this one!"
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    I started this title on the fence, because some books don’t need sequels. Now I’m hooked on the Jonathan Shade series. Jonas has given the characters I started to like in his first installment a new depth and complexity through this installment.

    Another thing that really helped this book blow out my expectations was the remote viewing plot thread. It was really fun to call bluff with Shade as his investigation leads him down this path. I loved that movie Jonas referred to in the book, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and am intrigued by what those army guys really did in the seventies. Plus, George Clooney is great in everything, except Batman, but I think that was on the director, not the cast. Michael Keaton is my Batman.

    Kelly Chan is one of my favorite characters. Not just in this book, but ever. She’s probably a close second to Kaladin in Brendan Sanderson’s Knights Radiant series. She’s tough, impossibly tough, but Shade has convinced her that life isn’t just about killing baddies. It’s about uplifting the downtrodden and then killing baddies. She met a boyfriend at the end of the first book, and their relationship took some interesting turns in this book.

    I received a free audible code in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    Joe Hempel did a great job on the narration. This is the third book he’s read to me and I’m very impressed with his quality. The characters all sound different and the voices add to Jonas’s descriptions nicely.

    It’s nice when a book ends by tying all the seemingly separate plot threads into a pretty knot. The end of this book was unexpected and awesome! I don’t want to spoil, but just be assured that it’s a great ending. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.

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