Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sex in the Title by Zack Love Review and Interview

My Review for Sex in the Title by Zack Love

  The book title "Sex in the Title" may immediately set off warning signals in your head, implying that the book is filled with steamy sex scenes and raunchy type characters, constantly spewing sexual innuendos. You may think, "I can't even tell anyone that I'm reading this book! It's too embarrassing," and not read it for that reason.
  I for one, was interested to see where this "Sex in the Title" would go. Would I like it? Will I be completely embarrassed the whole way through reading it?
  Instead, I held the book in my hands, looked at my friends and acquaintances with a crazy glint in my eye and said, ""
  Sex in the Title was absolutely INCREDIBLE!
  It had me doubled over laughing, it had me borderline crying at one point, and the entire time I was just blissfully happy that I got to enjoy this book for so long. I didn't want to rush it! Every chapter was hysterical and incredible.
  Sex in the Title follows the love lives, sex lives, and relationships of five men: Evan, Heeb, Carlos, Narc, and Trevor. These men all come from different origins and all different walks of life, but they all have one thing in common. None of them can find love.
  I think if I were to nominate a book for "Funniest Book of the Year," it would be Sex in the Title by Zack Love. It is hysterical, sweet, adorable, and positively one of my favorite books of the year so far.
  I have and will continue to recommend this book to everyone I know, it was just that incredible!
  Sex in the Title is my cup of tea!

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An Interview with Author Zack Love

The Literary Connoisseur: Hello, Zack! Thank you so much for joining me and my fans for a Q&A about yourself, your life, and your work! If you're ready, let's begin. Which of your main characters would you say you identify with the most? Evan, Heeb, Narc, Carlos, or Trevor? 

Zack Love: There's a bit of me in each of these men!  

The Literary Connoisseur: How did the plot for Sex in the Title come to you? What was your inspiration? 

Zack Love: I've always been fascinated by women, relationships, etc. There is no detail in any story that is exactly from my life but most details are inspired by something and then I imagine something much more interesting happening in the story. The story details sort of came together spontaneously -- in response to brainstorming and/or funny observations from life/friends/etc.

The Literary Connoisseur: How true to real life is the Sex in the Title story for you?

Zack Love: My crazy bio may be the best answer to that question:


Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.

To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.

The Literary Connoisseur: Many authors base main and secondary characters on people and friends they know in real life. Did you base any of your characters on anyone you know? 

Zack Love: These were composites of people. Each character had many traits from many different people. 

The Literary Connoisseur: Have you always known that you wanted to be a writer? 

Zack Love: Yes.

The Literary Connoisseur: If you could say anything to aspiring authors, what would you say? 

Zack Love: Look around you and you'll find a story nearby, as long as you unleash your imagination.

The Literary Connoisseur: What would you like your fans to know? Is there anything you'd like to tell them? 

Zack Love: Thank you so much for your support! The positive reviews help to lift morale when sales are down!  :-) 

The Literary Connoisseur: What would you like to say to possible new fans of yours? What would you like to say to those who are just reading your work, and those who are going to read your work in the future? 

Zack Love: I don't conform to any particular formula or genre. My stories and writing are totally out of the box, so it's best to read with an open mind...

The Literary Connoisseur: Are you currently working on any new projects? 

Zack Love: This is my next release:

The Literary Connoisseur: Where would you like to see yourself in ten years? 

Zack Love: Able to look back ten years and say, "Well that was a decade well spent!"

The Literary Connoisseur: Zack, thank you so much again for stopping by The Literary Connoisseur and answering some questions about yourself. My fans and I greatly appreciate your time! 

Zack Love: Thanks so much for having me!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Incomplete by Lindy Zart

  I have been lucky enough to be the recipient of many Lindy Zart books, and I can now say that I love every single genre and story she writes.
  Lindy Zart's books are pure magic.
  I started Incomplete by Ms Zart (Incomplete #1), and I knew from the very first page that I would love it just as much as I loved Ordinary, Unremarkable, and Take Care, Sara.
  Incomplete is the story of Grayson Lee, Lily Jacobs, and the secret love Grayson has had for Lily for as long as he can remember.
  Grayson and Lily are inseparable. When one of them is hurting, the other one feels it. When one is sad, the other is there to comfort them. They have the exact relationship everyone wants in a best friend. Except for one little thing...
  Grayson is in love with Lily.
  The first chapter or so of Incomplete began like every "friendship turns relationship" story I've ever read. Boy likes girl (or vice versa), but their friendship is too valuable to risk destroying.
  But that's where the similarities ended. Incomplete had a certain magic to it that I've never read before in an angsty, YA/NA (Young Adult/New Adult) story. Grayson and Lily were so beautiful and yet they caused each other such turmoil, it was heart-wrenching!
  I started and finished this book in less than twenty-four hours. I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading.
  From now on, when I read a book that just doesn't have that WOW! factor for me (especially ones where best friends become more than friends), I will think, "They are just not Grayson and Lily."
  I am so very thankful that there is a second book to this series (titled "Complete").
  Thank you, Lindy Zart, for writing Grayson and Lily's story, and for now making me want to cry every time I see Dove chocolates.

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Take Care, Sara by Lindy Zart

  What would you do if your one true love was suddenly taken from you? After a cruel twist of fate, you must learn to cope on your own, and keep on pedaling forward no matter how much it hurts. Or you break down, realize you can't take it anymore...and try to follow the same path your loved one took.
  This is where Sara Walker is now. Teetering on the edge of living, and barely functioning.
  Sara doesn't know what to do with herself. As her husband lies in a hospital bed, barely able to keep his heart beating on his own, Sara is losing it and she doesn't think she'll ever come back.
  But Sara has Lincoln, her husband Cole's brother.
  Lincoln is losing his brother as well, but he puts on a brave face to keep his sister-in-law from collapsing into oblivion. Thankfully for Sara, Lincoln is there for her.
  After reading Lindy Zart's Anything But series (Ordinary first, then Unremarkable- AMAZING series), I knew I would fall in love with anything and everything Lindy writes, even though she writes different genres.
  I was right.
  Take Care, Sara was so emotional and raw, her characters were so lifelike! There was no miraculous revelation of getting over her husband's vegetative state. Her characters showed real emotions, and when they hurt, I hurt as well.
  Her book was pure reality.
  Take Care, Sara was absolutely beautiful. Her characters' growth, the way Lindy portrayed what was running through Sara and Lincoln's minds, and the way Lindy wrapped everything up at the end was just so beautiful.
  I loved it.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kiah's Soul-Shifting Journey: The Quadrant War by Ann Denton

  Kiah lives in a post apocalyptic dystopian society where orphans are taken out of their homes at the young age of sixteen, and are inducted into the military to fight in The Quadrant War. Future North America has been split into separate Quadrants, all run by their own Quadrant leader, who only wants the best for their citizens... Everything seems like it's running perfectly.
  At least on the outside.
  Kiah was born with the gift of Soul-Shifting, which allows her to float out of her own body and travel in her sleep. A very handy tool to use in the Quadrant War. After Kiah's brother and mother die, and after her father leaves her to join the military, Kiah is left an orphan, quickly approaching her own day when she will join the Quadrant War.
  Kiah's Soul-Shifting Journey: The Quadrant War is the first book in the series, and I've got to say, it has some potential. The plot is exciting and quite interesting. It had the same impact on me as Margaret Peterson Haddix's Among the Hidden series.
  It's packed full of action, Kiah's romance with the charming Ryker is sweet and adds a few swoon-worthy scenes to the mix, and I can easily see it getting popular.
  I did have a bit of a hard time getting adjusted to the way the characters accentuated certain words when they spoke, but at about 45% into the book, I hardly even noticed. The plot became quick enough to bypass imperfections for me.
  I'd say that if you're dying for a taste of that Divergent-esque, fast-paced, action packed, suspenseful, nail biting type story, download a copy of Kiah's Soul-Shifting Journey: The Quadrant War. I will be reading on in the series to see where the story goes.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Falling Back Together by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Falling Back Together (Crashing #2)

by Kristen Hope Mazzola

ETA: May 20, 2014

Cover Artist: Cover it! Designs


“I don't know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I'm still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”

Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?

A portion of all royalties from Kristen's Crashing Series are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
{{ Please note: this is the second book in the Crashing Series, and should be read after Crashing Back Down }}

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Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)

Publication: November 4th 2013

Crashing Back Down is Kristen Hope Mazzola’s debut into the literary world. It is a New Adult Novel, with hints of contemporary romance and thriller.


Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy’s best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.

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I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time "day job" and by night I am author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world. 
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Monday, April 21, 2014

A Dreaming Moon by Tami Lynne

  Being half human and half God, Hatebe has been chosen as the sacrosanct, or speaker to the Gods. Because of her holy blood, she has been chosen to be the pure and blessed healer of her tribe. A lot has been put on poor young Hatebe's shoulders.
  Along with her coming of age, the growth of her feelings for her friend Ditan, and the pressure that's been put upon her, there are more troubles to come to Hatebe's tribe. Pale faced warriors are storming their land and killing everyone who inhabits it.
  With her life now in pieces, Hatebe must now rebuild her life, her faith, and her tribe.
  From the very first page of A Dreaming Moon by Tami Lynne, I was intrigued. There was no "slow beginning." Her writing was effortless and easy to get into (I didn't feel like I had to try to understand what she was describing), and her characters and scenery were just positively breathtaking.
  This book was beautifully done. Very well-written, incredibly entertaining, and there was a bit of everything in it for everyone. I cannot see anyone disliking this book.
  When I finished it, I rated it five stars. I thought that anything less wouldn't be doing it the proper justice. I even private messaged Tami Lynne and asked her about the other books in the Children of the Moon series...
  ...A few seconds later, she sent me an email with the second book.
  In addition to the many positives in A Dreaming Moon, I have to say, Tami Lynne is incredibly personable, and an absolute sweetheart.
  I will recommend this book to my friends and acquaintances, and I'm sure as I read on in the series, I will recommend the other books as well.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

George Knows by Mindy Mymudes

  George Knows is the story of George, an egotistical basset hound familiar, whose world revolves around food and his witch owner (girlpup, in George's language), Karly.
  Chaos has come to George and Karly's town when a business is attempting to tear down their local park, and a mysterious creature starts lurking in their forests...and leaving behind human bones.
  With both situations causing unease for the locals, George, Karly, and their family take it upon themselves to protect the town and those around them.
  George Knows is told by George, which gives you an interesting perspective on the story. While George witnesses the family working together and plotting their plan of attack, his mind constantly wanders to food, playing, and everything else you'd expect to constantly be running through a dog's mind. It definitely puts an interesting spin on the perspective of the story.
  It was written for Middle Grade readers, and I myself concur that this book is appropriate for children to teenagers. It has an intriguing and mysterious plot that can be intense, but it is not violent or inappropriate for young readers.
  I may not be the proper person to give a full opinion of this book because I am not of the target age, but if the plot is intriguing to you, your child, your niece or nephew, by all means download it!
  It's very entertaining, quite funny, and it has a very promising story!
  My time with George, Karly, and the mysterious creature was very enjoyable. Mindy Mymudes created a very different story that perhaps has a future as a movie.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lucy, Fallen by Yolanda Olson

  Good and Evil must come together to save the world as we know it, and save Lucy and Deveraux's love as well.

  Heaven and Hell are natural enemies, but what happens when an angel and a devil fall in love? Chaos ensues. Lucy has fallen in the Western Province and is now held captive by Deveraux, a beautiful and irresistible Elder Devil. Together, the two of them fight through Above and Below to save their friend, and their love.
  After being a fan of hers for as long as I can remember, I've finally read my very first Yolanda Olson novel! Lucy, Fallen was a brilliant choice. It had me entertained and hooked the whole way through.
  It is a short read (it'll take you less than twenty-four hours to start and finish) but you better believe I took my time with it! I very much enjoyed it.
  Lucy, Fallen is quite steamy! Steamy in a good way. I didn't get uncomfortable whatsoever while reading this novel. Sometimes, if there are frequent enough sex scenes, I become uncomfortable and deem it unnecessary, but Lucy, Fallen was a perfect balance of romance and steaminess. Yolanda did a fantastic job! It was very tasteful and sweet.
  I also became very attached to the characters, almost from the very beginning. I fell in love with Lucy and Dev almost immediately.
  Their personalities balance each other's quite nicely.
  After being introduced to Yolanda Olson's writing in a proper way, and instead of just following her on Facebook, I can now say that I am a true fan and I very much look forward to reading more of her work.
  Yolanda Olson rocks!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Kentucky Moon by Wes McCloud

  Kentucky Moon is about a man, his lovely wife, and their three dogs (who they treat as their children). They live in the depths of Kentucky during the Great Depression. They live a very simple life, but what they have is all they need; love, happiness, and dogs to cuddle up with at night.
  Everything is simple and perfect for Carl Webb and his family. Everything except for a mysterious and murderous killer, lurking within the dark maze of the forest and killing local wildlife.
  Carl doesn't know this, of course, until he stumbles across a massacred bear carcass, that was in no way killed by a hunter, or another bear... It was killed by something with normal-sized hand prints.
  Of course, as I was reading my first Wes McCloud novel, Kentucky Moon, I was more than intrigued. He had set up a plot-line that would no doubt keep me entertained, busy, and obsessively wondering for the next twenty-four hours. (I read quickly.)
  Kentucky Moon was very suspenseful, and in one chapter, spooky enough that I jumped at every single noise that happened around me. (Cats running around, people speaking to me, a speck of dust touching my arm, etc.)
  Wes McCloud has a talent for detail, absolutely no doubt about it. As soon as I started, I was quickly immersed in the atmosphere and the sights and sounds in this story. It was almost as if I were there with Carl, Lila, and Jon (Carl's brother).
  Now, there was one thing that I did get caught on while reading, and that was the strong accents of the characters. They all had a heavy twang, and I did have a hard time adjusting to it, but you'll get used to it like I did. (While hunting for a bear-killing creature, you don't spend too much time talking anyway!)
  Well done, Mr McCloud, well done. I enjoyed this book a lot.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

  Attachments is the third book I've read by Rainbow Rowell, and it is now one of my favorites. Of course, I say it's one of my favorites, but as of now there are literally only three books of hers out. But I love them all, so my "favorites" title still stands.
  Lincoln has just taken a job in computer security at the local newspaper, where his only responsibility is to read through emails and make sure that everyone is behaving. No inappropriate language, no illegal internet surfing, and the like.
  In the process, he comes across Jennifer and Beth, and their incredibly entertaining back and forth emails. They discuss everything from their relationships, to the people who work with them, to their futures. Lincoln should flag them, and stop reading their emails...but he can't.
  Lincoln is so charming and lovable, I just couldn't stand it! He was absolutely precious.
  Also, after reading Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, and Attachments, I've noticed that this is the first novel that Rainbow Rowell has written in a male's perspective. She did an excellent job!
  My opinion on the stories does not differ per perspective, I love them all equally. (Eleanor and Park has a little more of an advantage because...well, it was just so incredible.)
  Rainbow Rowell is one of my all-time favorite authors, she is truly remarkable.
  Her characters are so everyday and normal, you would think that they just walked onto the page from real life.
  Attachments, unlike Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, is actually an adult book, not written for young adults. Although I can see any age reading it. I don't see a difference really. (Except for the fact that Attachments is written about adults, and the same goes for Eleanor and Park and Fangirl being about young adults.)
  In my opinion, her books are interchangeable. Everyone can read them and everyone should.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

  The Doctor Sleep announcement was quite shocking, wasn't it? "A sequel to The Shining??" How could there be a sequel to The Shining? I would say that the end of the book was
  But no. Stephen King made it so, and so it shall be.
  Doctor Sleep has to be one of the best books I have ever read, ever, in my life. Ever. Doctor Sleep has left such a huge impact on me, that The Shining just feels like a back story. A prequel to the real story, Dan Torrance's story.
  If you haven't read the original story of Danny's life, and his parents' life, here's a brief, spoiler-free synopsis.
  To spend more time on his writing, Jack Torrance takes a job as the Overlook Hotel's winter month caretaker. He brings his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, along with him, but Danny has special powers that soon warn him about the dark depths and secrets of the huge, haunted hotel.
  Good, right?
  In Doctor Sleep, and after the Overlook's business is...completed, Danny is an adult (who goes by "Dan" now), and he's slowly backsliding into his father's life-ruining footsteps. He soon meets a little girl, who also has the same powers that he possesses, and he takes her under his wing just the way Dick Hallorann did for him.
  While reading Doctor Sleep, I was more than entertained. I was giddy, I was excited, and I was just dying to get back to Dan's story. It was incredible. Then of course, as the story progressed, I got impatient, I HAD to know what was going to happen! There were several times where I stopped reading and thought, "Wait, everything's happening now and I still have 200 pages left! What's going to happen in 200 pages?!"
  Yeah, it got me that badly. I was hooked. More than hooked. I was a fish who was just hooked and caught, and I was flopping on the sun bleached deck, Mr King standing over me with a gutting knife laughing maniacally. (Pretty descriptive image, eh?)
  Then...then I reached the end.
  This is NOT a spoiler. I repeat: NOT A SPOILER.
  I cried so hard when the book was finished, I just held it in my arms, praying that there would be more somewhere. (I have yet to read the Author's Note in the back though. Score!)
  This is not a spoiler because my emotional state had nothing to do with the story (well, at least half of my tears had nothing to do with the story). I cried because I loved it so much. I loved it so much, and it was OVER. Why do authors do that to their readers? What's up with that?? Just ending a book so suddenly, it's completely and entirely unfair!
  This book took me emotional hostage, and I developed Stockholm Syndrome. I was deliriously happy being held captive in Stephen King's storytelling grasp. The Shining...The Shining was a good prequel. But my book-loving friends...Doctor Sleep is where the real story is.
  Doctor Sleep is where Stephen King takes a bow.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley

  The Last Dragon Slayer is the story of Saul Karza, a talented wizard, Korhan, a young warrior, Harald, an adventurer, Votrex, an incredibly strong dwarf, and Silas, The Last Dragon Slayer, and their quest to slay a noble dragon in the land of Torea.
  Along the way they find Brael, a dark elf who's been sentenced to death because of his rare species (who also happens to be my favorite character), and Lady Vashni, a strong female elf who takes a liking to Korhan.
  As the book started, I got well acquainted with the characters and their quest to slay the mighty dragon. It started off slowly, which I didn't mind because I was thoroughly enjoying "meeting" these characters. Soon after we met Silas, "The Last Dragon Slayer," we met Brael and that's when I got hooked.
  I loved Brael, I loved his species, and I knew for sure that the story was going to be promising. But unfortunately, I have to say that if the plot focused more on his story, and the gang's adventure, I would have loved it all of the way though.
  I have a hard time adjusting to female characters once they're introduced in a "mainly male" story, and Lady Vashni was no exception. I didn't care for her at all, or the way she treated Korhan, and unfortunately after a bit into the book, she was the main focus.
  When Brael or Saul would speak up, I would get excited, hoping that the story was going to shift back to them again, but that didn't happen. Vashni and Korhan took over the story.
  I'm not typically one for fantasy either, but occasionally one will peak my interest. I was hoping that The Last Dragon Slayer would grab me like that. I adored all of Mr Stanley's other characters, I just wish he would have focused more on them.
  I'm hoping that in the future, we will learn more about his other characters, and that the spotlight will be taken a bit off of Lady Vashni so that the others will get a chance.
  Mr Stanley's story was promising, his writing was nice, and his characters have a lot of potential, but I'm sorry to say that this wasn't the book for me. Though if Brael got his own book, I would really like to read it.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Lost One by Meg Collett

  The Lost One by Meg Collett is the second book in the End of Days trilogy, and now, it is my favorite. Before I started it, I chatted with Ms Collett and she told me that this installment of the End of Days series was her personal favorite, and that she thinks she did the best job on it.
  Of course I thought, "Oh, she's the author. It's different for her. I'm sure The Hunted One (book one) will continue to be my favorite out of the two."
  And now...I say this: Meg was right, and I was wrong.
  The Lost One is AMAZING! The continuation of the story, the plot development, and the character progression are beyond incredible. Of course I fell in love with Michaela and Clark as soon as they met in The Hunted One, but as I read on in The Lost One, I truly realized how exceptional they are. They're not just neat characters, they're some of my favorite characters in literary history! Their chemistry is absolute perfection.
  If you are not (YET) a fan of the End of Days series, let me catch you up...
  In The Hunted One, Michaela has just been tricked by her angelic brothers and sisters, she is now cast out of Heaven, and her wings have been extracted from her body. Clark (a human ally) stumbles across a nearly dead Michaela and helps to nurse her back to health. Together they fight to bring Heaven back to the way it once was.
  In The Lost One, Michaela has been betrayed by her love Gabriel, and she's desperately trying to protect the seals of Heaven from the ones who want it most, the Aethere. Meanwhile, the sky is (almost literally) falling, and the ten plagues are being cast on everyone around them. All Hell has broken loose.
  The way that Meg Collett tells this story is truly remarkable. She has a knack for storytelling, and a talent for putting me on the edge of my seat!
  These books are beyond brilliant, I just can't get enough of them.
  Which brings me to my next question...Meg, when will I get a book three??

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