Book Review- Little Monsters

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte Press on July 25th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Pages: 336
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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

OH GOSH. Where to even start?

This book was NOTHING like I was expecting… in the best way possible.

I honestly had no idea what to think of this book. I had never read anything by Kara Thomas before, and I’m really not the biggest fan of Pretty Little Liars (which this book is “for the fans of”). I don’t know what prompted me to pick it up, but I am so glad I did.

Okay so this review is probably going to be a little ramble-y (like all of my reviews…) but I’m still in so much shock after reading this that it is a little hard to form coherent thoughts.

EVERYTHING about this book was amazing. From the scheming to the mystery to the reveal at the end. I was thrown in a loop so many times that it baffles me. There was just enough realness in the story to make it seem 100% real, like I was reading a true recounting of something that happened far away in Broken Falls.

The characters in the book were SO COMPLEX. I was surprised by them at every turn. The secrets and the jealousy. The backstabbing and the ulterior motives. What was even more scary than the eventual truth that came at the end was how hard it was to hate any of the characters. Even the characters who did awful, terrible things.

The plot of this book was incredible. That’s the only way to describe it. I’ve never read anything like it, and all I want is more. More, more, more.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Seriously. Everyone can take something away from this.

I am going to give Little Monsters five out of five hearts.

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Book Review- Follow Me Back

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Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Expected Publication by Sourcebooks Fire on June 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 354
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Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

I might have just found one of my new favorite books. Follow Me Back was AMAZING!!! I received an ARC in exchange for a review in the mail yesterday, and considering I’m in the middle of two other books, my plan was to read the first few sentences and put it on the shelf to read next. AND THEN I COULD NOT STOP READING. Literally I could not put the book down. I didn’t do anything until I finished it. I just sat there and read and read and OMG look who’s fangirling now.

The story is told in two narratives; a police interview, and back story. There was so much mystery and secrecy. I just had to know what was going to happen next the whole time. The whole book was fast paced and exciting.

The characters themselves were surprisingly relatable and likeable. It was easy to sympathize with Eric and to like Tessa. Their conversations were so cute, and despite everything else going on around them and in their lives, they had each other. What I liked most about that was how they got to that point. Their initial conversation was actually super believable, as was its progression. It just seemed organic and natural.

I just really loved everything about this book. I loved the characters and the plot. I loved the writing and the presentation. I loved the mystery and action and suspense and the danger. I would recommend this book to literally anyone who likes amazing books because that is what this is.

If I could give Follow Me Back more than five hearts, I would, but five seems to be the limit, so five hearts it is.

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Seriously though. Go preorder this book!! You do not want to miss this!!

Book Review- Nerve

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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Published by Dial Books on September 13, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 294
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A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Nerve was quite the game. Vee is a quiet, behind the scenes type of girl, until she decides that she doesn’t want to be anymore. Vee joins NERVE, an online game run by unknown people where contestants face their fears to win prizes. She gets partnered up with Ian, a hot and mysterious boy, and together they have to face the demands of NERVE, and try to survive.

I really enjoyed the story and the characters (and of course NERVE). It was fast paced and kept me gripped the whole time. I couldn’t help but squirm at the characters discomfort and gasp when something almost went (or just went) wrong.

It was easy to relate to Vee, and interesting to see her world through her eyes. Most of the characters had a strong presence, although some did seem a little stereotypical. I feel like there could have been a bit more individuality, although the characters did fit their respective roles quite well.

I did see this movie when it came out (so before I read the book, as I have a bad habit of doing), but let me just tell you this: besides the characters names and the name of NERVE, the book and the movie have nothing in common. The dares are completely different, the game is set up differently, and the ending is not even close to the same. Both are incredible, but don’t skip out on either one. You’re going to want to experience them both.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers, or wants to get into them. It is a really quick read (I did it in four hours over two days), so its great for you if you don’t have a whole bunch of time.

I am going to give Nerve four out of five hearts.

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Book Review- I am the Mission

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I am the Mission by Allen Zadoff
Published by Little Brown on June 17, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 432
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He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.

But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.

I am the Mission was I am the Weapon on steroids (or, ya know, tons of five hour energy). Every time I thought Boy Nobody-who adopts the name Daniel-is going to get a break, something crazy happened that totally threw the story in a new direction. No one is safe. I repeat: NO ONE IS SAFE.

So, incase you haven’t figured by now, I am the Mission kept me guessing the whole entire time. I saw nothing coming. There was so much going on and such high stakes. It was super intense. My only complaint is maybe there was just a little too much going on. At some points my brain just needed a break from all the action.

There are only five characters in I am the Mission that carry over from the first book. And I’m talking actual characters, not just people mentioned (like Boy Nobodies real parents). Those characters are: Boy Nobody (duh), Howard (yay!! love Howard!!), Mother, Father, and Mike. Everyone else is new. The setting is new. The mission is new. I actually really like that. The story feels fresh.

Again I love how downplayed the romance is in the book-if you can even call it romance. I mean sure, there is definitely something going on there, but its not the main focus of the book and I can not tell you how refreshing that is! I love the fact that the book is driven by events and characters rather than “love” (or rather, “lust”).

I am the Mission was a great read, and definitely the kind of book you want to read if you want to start reading thrillers and mystery books.

I am going to give I am the Mission four out of five hearts!

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Book Reivew- I am the Weapon

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I am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
Published by Little Brown on May 13, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Action, Adventure
Pages: 368
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They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when The Program assigns him to the mayor of New York City, things change. Somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and a girlfriend; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

I am the Weapon was intense. It is action packed and fast paced from the first sentence. Boy Nobody, who later adopts the name Ben, is a highly trained solider who lives his life mission to mission. Is he cool? Yes. Is he dangerous? Hell yea. Is he good? Now that right there is the million dollar question.

Throughout the book, Boy Nobody begins to reveal (or rather, remember) things from his past. Things from before he became Boy Nobody. Instead of following his instructions and completing his mission, he goes on a quest for answers, causing a whole lot of craziness in his wake.

One thing that makes me love the book is the relationship story line. I love how Ben and Sam aren’t immediately head-over-heels… it feels more real that way. They don’t trust each other (for good reason) and they have a lot of great entertaining conversations that drive the story line forward and have real substance.

The ending of the book took me by surprise. Well, I don’t know if surprise is the right word, because I expect nothing less than what happened from Boy Nobody… but I certainly didn’t see it coming. It broke my heart a little, and my only complaint is it didn’t break my heart enough.

I also feel like I am the Weapon would have been a great stand-alone book (besides the whole unresolved mysterious past). I don’t really feel compelled to read the second book, which is never exactly a good thing. But at the same time I’m curious, and I expect some pretty big things from I am the Mission.

I am going to give I am the Weapon four out of five hearts.

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Book Reivew- From Filth & Mud

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From Filth & Mud by J. Manuel
Published by CreateSpace on December 23, 2015
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Science Fiction
Pages: 485
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What happens when a scientist decides to play God? What happens when a megalomaniac CEO attempts to control that which can’t be? What happens when Jacob, a recently retired Marine, is pushed to the brink? Well, action that’s what, and it threatens to tear Jacob’s world apart, and perhaps everyone else’s, too.

Meanwhile thousands of miles away in sunny Silicon Valley, a young research scientist toils, and suddenly after a myriad of failures, eureka! Dr. Emmanuel Monte-Alban has created a cure for the inevitable scourge of humanity, a cure which might also save Jacob’s son. But this cure may prove to be deadly effective, and in the possession of his employer, BioSyn, it most certainly will. While the young doctor is pressed into perfecting his creation, a few competing sovereign interests discover his work. Could his creation be weaponized? Enter the Dragon, the Eagle, and the Bear. Oh my!

And when the good doctor disappears, Jacob is called to lead a highly-skilled team of contractors to find the doctor and his cure. There is just one catch. In doing so, Jacob must return to the site of his spiritual death, Basrah, Iraq in a quest for redemption. No outcome is certain, but Jacob’s fate, his son’s, and perhaps the world’s hangs in the balance. Let’s hope Jacob is not found wanting.

From Filth & Mud was a journey. The story follows several people from around the world as they are brought together and caught in the crossfire of Lilith; a living organism created in a lab that is capable of curing cancer or wiping out the entire human race.

Jacob, the main protagonist, is an ex-marine who is struggling to get back on his feet when an old friend, John, comes to him with a job offer. As the story moves on, more and more characters are added into the mix, raising the stakes higher and higher.

One thing I absolutely loved about the story was how well it was put together. There was so much going on and yet it was organized in a way that made it easy to follow. Although I have to admit that it did get a little confusing at times… but it always cleared itself up.

There was a lot of detail in From Filth & Mud. I could tell that everything was researched and thought out carefully. Every character was developed, even the less important characters. This did get to be a little much at times, especially when there was a page or two describing a character that only appeared once. That being said, the description really helped me understand the motive of each of the characters, even if it was a bit much.

I really enjoyed From Filth & Mud. It is a great debut novel, and I can’t wait for the next book from J. Manuel!

I am going to give From Filth & Mud four out of five hearts.

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Don’t forget to check out the interviews J. did with me! You can see the one for Keystroke here, and the one for my podcast, Book Talk, here.

*This book was given to be by J. Manuel for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way influenced my opinion or views of the book.

May Book Wrap Up

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Is it really that time already? I can’t believe how fast May went! This month was my first without school, so I went a little crazy with all the free time (read: binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy and the Harry Potter movies).

I got some good writing in with that time too. I’m writing chapter three of Candy Wrappers (progress has been a bit slow, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along), and I’m writing a story-blog with a friend called Typing Templar (it’s pretty cool, if I may say so myself. You should totally go check it out!).

I also started a podcast called Book Talk, where I share a bit about books I’m reading, new blogs and authors to check out, and some other cool stuff. I have an author interview in the making for the podcast, so I’m pretty excited about that.  And if you leave a review I will be forever grateful (no pressure or anything).

Somehow between all that jazz, I managed to read ten books! I really do amaze myself sometimes. So, without further ado, here are May’s books!

P.S. The titles are links to the original posts.

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Martini Henry

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I loved this book so much. It was fresh and thoughtful and original and an amazing read!

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Pale Highway

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was an okay book, but it lost me as soon as it started with the talking slugs. Other than that is was very well researched and an interesting read.

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Sick

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was a pretty good book, and I definitely did not see the twist in the end coming. Sick was a little disturbed, but still a very entertaining read.

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Sicker

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I liked part two of the Sick series much more than the first. It was pretty dark and twisty, but I couldn’t put it down.

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In The Highlands

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Thoughts: There were people in my fifth grade class that wrote better poetry than this. I was very disappointed.

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The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This was a truly beautiful book. It used poetry as a tool to reinforce the passages in the book. I think every feminist (and non-feminist) should read this.

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The Travelers

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This book was layer after layer of deception, secrets, and lies. The further I got the more it sucked me in.

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Wow. Just wow. Never before has a book so perfectly captured the chain reaction of a teenagers life.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: The book was deep and thoughtful, and the writing was absolutely beautiful. I do, however, feel that the hype surrounding the book is a little much, and I was expecting more than I got.

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Shatter Me

Rating: ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I haven’t actually posted the review for Shatter Me yet (the link is to my review on Goodreads), but I was very disappointed with this book. The writing style annoyed me, and there was way to much romance and desperation.

And there you have my reads in the month of May! What books have you read this month?

 

 

Book Review- Sicker

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Sick by Christa Wojciechowski
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on April 13, 2016
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 82
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John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.

But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.

Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed, confessing the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan.

Will she stay with him now that she finally knows the truth, or will she put an end to the madness?

Sicker was disturbing in the best way possible. The story picks up where the first novella, Sick, left off. In Sicker, instead of Suze narrating the story, her husband John takes over and I get to see the world through his eyes.

Most of the book is used to tell John’s story, explaining why he is the way he is. The story was compelling and heartbreaking. I found myself sympathizing with him, which is something I didn’t expect. Even more surprising, I found myself physically flinching every time he was hurt. I could clearly imagine it happening, which always makes for a better reading experience.

I really liked how in depth Sicker went into the human desire to be loved and cared for. It made something I never thought I would relate to, well, relatable. Much to my own horror (again, in the best way possible), I could see the reasoning behind John’s sickness.

The actual time elapsed in the book is hours at most. John spends the time explaining his past to Suze and convincing her to be okay with his sickness. I am very interested to see what happens next, and I can’t wait for the final novella, Sickest, to come out!

I am going to give Sicker four out of five hearts.

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* I was given this book for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way impacted my views or opinions of the book.

 

Book Review- Sick

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Sick by Christa Wojciechowski
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. on October 1, 2015
Genres: Psychological, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 70
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Everyone has a breaking point. Is this marriage based on unconditional love or an unhealthy obsession?

Susan Branch’s life revolves around the care of her charming and inscrutable husband John, a man born into wealth and prestige who lost his family’s fortune when his mysterious chronic illnesses left him bedridden. Together they live a decrepit existence beholden to the current owners of his family’s former estate.
After years of devoting herself to John’s care, Susan is worn out and frustrated. Yet she is determined to scrape together whatever resources she can to keep John comfortable and happy. This includes stealing Demerol from the doctor’s office where she works to feed John’s ever-increasing need for pain medication.

As John’s condition continues to puzzle doctors, Susan begins to notice strange objects appearing around her house. Ever wary of creepy Old Pete, the groundskeeper, Susan decides to confront the elderly man and put an end to his snooping for good.
John suffers a critical emergency, but he is saved and is soon released from the hospital. His health begins to improve, and Susan dreams of a normal life, but her hope for a miracle transforms into a nightmare one fateful afternoon when she discovers the true cause of John’s sickness.

Sick was, well, sick… for lack of a better word. The beginning was slow; I was introduced to Suze, John, their current living conditions, and how they got there. It was interesting, and more than a little strange. I wasn’t sure if I should sympathize with Suze or pity her.

As the story went on it became more and more compelling. The story really was quite short, so it didn’t take long to read. Even so, I found my reading speed quickening as I got further and further into the plot. I knew something was very strange, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until the big reveal at the end. Then everything clicked into place.

I really enjoyed the ending of Sick. All the pent up frustration and mystery came to a (pretty epic) conclusion. It ended the novella so perfectly.

Sick is one of the more mature book I have read, but not in an overly obvious way. It was rather low key, and that made it all the more enjoyable to read. Nothing was overly sexualized, yet there was an undertone of love that was both disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

I didn’t really enjoy the first half of the novella, just because of how slow the pace was ad how much information I had to absorb in such a short amount of pages. Even so, I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Sicker.

I am going to give sick three out of five hearts.

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*This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way influenced my opinion of the book.

Book Review- The Tenderness of Thieves

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The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas
Published by Philomel on May 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
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Jane is ready for a fantastic summer. In fact, she’s pretty sure the universe owes her one.

This past winter, Jane was held at knifepoint during an armed robbery and the specter of that night still haunts her. A summer romance with one of the town bad boys — sexy Handel Davies, who takes her breath away and makes her feel like a bolder version of herself — seems like the universe’s way of paying her back.

But bad boys always have secrets, and Handel’s secret just might shatter Jane completely.

I’m not the kind of person who usually reads romance. I bought this book a while ago, mostly because of it’s cover (which is beautiful) and because the synopsis was pretty interesting. That being said, I really did enjoy reading the book.

Donna Freitas has a beautiful writing style. All of her characters seemed so alive and real. It was very easy to relate to Jane and see the world through her eyes.

One thing I absolutely loved was how well the setting was described. I could imagine the little town where Jane lives, down by the ocean. I could see the women watching from the porches of their homes and imaging them gossiping in the background as the book went on. I could see the men coming in on their fishing boats at the end of the day and hauling in their loads.

Another thing I loves was Jane’s girls; Bridget, Tammy and Michaela. They were each their own person, clearly distinguishable from each other. It was almost as if I could hear what they were thinking before I read it.

Overall, I really liked the book. The ending was a bit predictable, but this book really was more about the journey there, which was extremely entertaining (and sexy).

I’m going to give The Tenderness of Thieves four out of five hearts.

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