Sunday, June 24, 2012

On vacation!!!

I am on vacation at Bald Head Island! So excited!

Here is what I am planning on reading this week! Right now I am reading The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Then I think I will read Heresy or a biography on Princes Diana. Everyone vote in the comments and I will read based on suggestions. So please help!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!!!

I have been lucky enough to have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award by three of readers!!!  This makes me so happy, you don't even know!  And since I am so excited, I have decided to answer all three sets of post questions, then nominate my Liebster Blog Winners.  Thanks again Insomnia of Books, Andrea Hetsley Books, and xo'reads!!!

Here are the rules:

  1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves
  2. Answer 11 questions the tagger has given you and give 11 questions for the people you've tagged.
  3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  4. Tell them you've tagged them.
  5. Remember, no tag backs.
11 Facts About Me:

  1. I have a 1 year old Cocker Spaniel puppy named Sloopy (as in Hang on Sloopy).
  2. In case that seems weird, I can explain! I am an alumni of The Ohio State University, with a B.A. in English.  Hang on Sloopy is one of our school songs.
  3. I am a practising attorney in Ohio.
  4. I am married, but no kids yet.  I have an older brother and a younger sister.
  5. I have memorized the first paragraph of the Gettyburg Address.  No it wasn't a school assignment, I'm just a nerd.
  6. I was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. TBDBITL
  7. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.
  8. I went to Frnace & Italy in 2010 and it changed my life.
  9. I studied English Literature abroad in London, England.
  10. I have read Moby Dick and Anna Karenina.  It's an accomplishment, trust me.
  11. I love Starbucks!  Especially, the Starbucks in Barnes & Noble.  Books and coffee, what could be better??? Well, it would be better if they had wine, but then how would I get home?  Wait, if Barnes and Noble has wine, coffee and books...why would I need to leave?  Interesting....
11 Questions asked by tagger Insomnia of Books:

1. What is your favorite drink?
  • Spumante, which is Italian version of Champagne.
2. If you were on a deserted island, what two things would you take with you?
  • Can I take a working cell phone???  Otherwise, I would want a knife and a lighter...I know boring but practical.
3. If you were able to invent something, what would you invent, and why?
  • Something that would tell me if I am going to like a book.
4. What is your next read? Are you excited about it?
  • Probably The Beautiful and the Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
5. Which do you prefer: reading paperback and hardcover, or reading e-copies on Kindle and iPad?
  • Paperback, but not mass market.
6. Chocolate-flavored icecream or vanilla-flavored icecream?
  • Chocolate!!!
7. Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you want it to happen to you?
  • I am married, so it probably wouldn't be good at this point.  I believe in it for books and movies, but not necessarily life.  Being with someone forever is hard, and love is sometimes a choice instead of an affliction.  I guess I just think we have control, sometimes, over who we love, and love at first site means that you don't.
8. Do you like historical novels? Why or why not?
  • Love them!!!  It takes me to a simpler time, in a world I am unfamiliar with.
9. What is your favorite book? and why?
  • Pride and Prejudice, because it's the game of love.
10. What is your favorite place to read?
  • I have a study (library with a desk), and in that room I have my great-grandfathers captain's chair.  I curl up in their and the dog comes with me and lays on the ottoman.
11. If you want to go on a vacation, where would you go?
  • Florence, Italy.

11 Questions from tagger Andrea Hetsley Books:

1. How long have you been blogging?

  • Two Months
2. What genre do you blog about?
  • Fiction and some Nonfiction
3. Where are you from?
  • Ironton, Ohio
4. Do you have any ARC's right now, if so what?
  • No
5. What are you currently reading?

  • The Beautiful and the Damned
6. Who is your favorite author of all time?
  • Jane Austen
7. Do you usually read mainstream or indie authors?
  • Mainstream
9. Do you give your read books away, run contests with them, or keep them?
  • I keep them, but when I have extras I have contests!
10. How many books are in your TBR pile?
  • It's infinite...but at least ten.
11. What is your favorite food?

  • Probably pasta
11 Questions from tagger xo'reads:

1. favorite novel/series
  • See above... many books do you own
  • Who knows?! I have five bookcases, plus books in my bedroom, living room and basement. From 600-1000.
3.what made you start a blog
  • My husband got tired of listening to me.
4.where do you see yourself in the future
  • Being a mom, working as a lawyer, and the dream.
5.what character would you want to be
  • Elizabeth Bennet, b/c who doesn't want Mr. Darcy?
6. would you ever consider writting a novel
  • Yeah, but I'm too scared and busy right now!
7. the novel that has stayed with you the longest
  • Pride & Prejudice
8.what character do you wish you could date
  • Ummm...can't you already tell? Mr. Darcy!
9. favorite novel genre
  • Probably historical fiction
10.what character do you think youre most like
  • Elizabeth Bennet, b/c I am stubborn and I love to read.
11. what are you most known for
  • reading.

My 11 Tags for the Liebster Award are:
  1. Batty for Books and Loving It
  2. Reading Under the Willow Tree
  3. Contagious Reads...books and more!
  4. I'm a reader, what about you? (Ja Ĩitam, a ti)
  5. The Tiny Book Nook
  6. Reader's Corner
  7. Read That Also
  8. Lola's Book Cafe
  9. Know Your Books
  10. Harley Bear Book Blog
  11. Half Filled Attic

My 11 Questions are:
  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  2. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
  3. What sound do you love?
  4. Cats or Dogs?
  5. Favorite Sport to watch or play?
  6. What is your favorite book, movie, and song?
  7. If you could speak any language, what would it be and why?
  8. What is your guilty pleasure?
  9. What's your favorite midnight snack?
  10. Favorite drink?
  11. Where is your favorite place to read?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Enough Already!!!

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

From the Publisher...

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

From Me...

“It’s fascinating. You know all these words, and they’re all English, but when you string them together into sentences, they just don’t make any sense.”

― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

This is how I felt about this book.  I enjoyed it only because I enjoy the chracters, but honestly, this book was pointless.  I started the book feeling so excited, since Jace and Clary were finally going to be together.  Finally, the angst would be over and we can enjoy a blooming relationship...NOT!

The book starts out well enough, with Clary training to be a Shadowhunter, which is good because she throws herself in so many fights that having some training might keep others from getting hurt.  Jace is training her, and they definitely are enjoying their time together, until... BAM!!! I was thrown back into the first three books.  I wasn't sure what happened at first.  Did I pick up the wrong book?  Did I misunderstand the summary of this book?  No, this is the right book, but shouldn't we get a different plot?

Jace and Clary want to be together, but can't be together, then struggle to be together in moments.  *sighs*  Then Simon bumbles through the book, tortured and confused.  Then a battle where Clary has to be rescued and everyone almost sacrafices themselves to save her.  But everyone is ok and forgets the danger they could be in, and tragedy strikes.

Honestly, this book could have been skipped, and the ending added to book five.  That way, we find out that Sebastian is alive and then Jace is stolen.  That could have been Chapter one of City of Lost Souls.  I will say I did enjoy the people and some of the funny comments between Jace and Simon.  Speaking of funny, I saw this cartoon online, and it made me laugh, because this is how I felt having finished this book.

You should read City of Fallen Angels, if only to know the details for City of Lost Souls, but I won't judge anyone who just reads a synopsis of this book and then moves on.  In celebration for having finished all 5 books by Ms. Clare, I am giving away a new, paperback copy of City of Bones, enter below!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Weekend Wrap-up

Books I finished...

I finished City of Fallen Angels and The Selection last week.  I have reviewed The Selection, here's the link:

Books I started but haven't finished...

This week I am reading City of Lost Souls and American Adulterer.  I will be posting a review of City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls tomorrow or Wednesday.

I didn't get a lot of reading time this weekend, since it was Father's Day and I got to visit my family! Yay!!!  Did you do anything special for your dad?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Guest Post by Olivia Boler, Author of The Flower Bowl Spell

First of all, I want to thank Amy for hosting me today. It’s such an honor to shine a light on my latest novel The Flower Bowl Spell on this awesome blog! Also, thanks to ABG Reads Book Blog Tours for arranging it all. My heart feels all warm and fuzzy.

Speaking of warming my heart, I bet there are a lot of readers who love a good romance. Am I right? I know I'm one of them. Whenever there’s a decent rom-com on cable, I’m there. And even though The Flower Bowl Spell is not strictly a romance novel, there are certainly romantic elements—a bit of a love triangle, flirtation, taboo behavior, sex dreams. I did a reading and Q & A of the book last week, and the audience absolutely grilled me on writing sex scenes (I honestly think they had a bet going to see who could get me to blush first). I admit, I like to read a well-written sex scene, but really, it’s the romance that gets me hooked and makes me fall in love (lol) with a novel. When I’m writing about love, sex, or attraction in my stories, I like to find inspiration from books I’ve read that really stick with me. There are several novels that have great love stories, and below are the five that stand out for me.

One Day by David Nicholls. This is one of my favorite novels of the past few years. The relationship between Emma Morley and Dex Mayhew is funny, romantic, sexy, and real. A great read by a terrific “lad lit” author who portrays soul mates stunningly.

The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan. Not precisely a romance, Egan’s debut novel addresses themes that she revisits in all of her work, including the Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad, about idealism, politics, and love. In The Invisible Circus, Phoebe tries to find out the truth surrounding her older sister’s death years before. This leads her to seek out her sister’s boyfriend, Wolf, which leads to an affair that’s hot and intense for all the wrong reasons. But that’s what makes it so fun to read, right?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I could probably include this book or the characters or the author in every one of my Top 5 lists (maybe not paranormal fiction, but I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies yet). Ah, the beautiful, blooming romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. He falls for her utterly, would do anything for her even when he’s almost sure she won’t love him back. So frickin’ romantic!

According to Jane by Marilyn Brant. OK, this has a tiny paranormal element to it, and it does have Jane Austen’s ghost as a character, so I take back what I wrote above about Austen and paranormal lists, maybe. Inspired by Jane Austen’s work, as many, many novels are (even one I'm drafting now, ahem), Brant’s novel follows the up-and-down romance of Ellie and Sam. Although a bit meandering over Ellie’s “relationship” with Jane, who speaks to Ellie through her thoughts, the scenes between Ellie and Sam crackle, especially their “first time” encounter.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. I'm a big Emily Giffin fan. How does she make writing upmarket fiction/chick lit look so easy? Still, her first novel, Something Borrowed, is my favorite. You’ve got your love triangle. You’ve got your forbidden, taboo attraction. You’ve got your sneaking around. You’ve got another romantic lead named Dex (by the way, there’s a Dex in The Flower Bowl Spell, but he’s evil). It’s a fun better-them-than-me concoction.

So, let me know about your favorite romances. I’m always looking for a good lead. And thanks again for reading!

Friday, June 15, 2012

If the Broom Fits, Fly It!

The Flower Bowl Spell by Olivia Boler

From the Publisher...

Journalist Memphis Zhang isn’t ashamed of her Wiccan upbringing—in fact, she’s proud to be one of a few Chinese American witches in San Francisco, and maybe the world. Unlike the well-meaning but basically powerless Wiccans in her disbanded coven, Memphis can see fairies, read auras, and cast spells that actually work—even though she concocts them with ingredients like Nutella and antiperspirant. Yet after a friend she tries to protect is brutally killed, Memphis, full of guilt, abandons magick to lead a “normal” life. The appearance, however, of her dead friend’s sexy rock star brother—as well as a fairy in a subway tunnel—suggest that magick is not done with her. Reluctantly, Memphis finds herself dragged back into the world of urban magick, trying to stop a power-hungry witch from using the dangerous Flower Bowl Spell and killing the people Memphis loves—and maybe even Memphis herself.

From Me...

This book was really wonderful to read.  For the review, I would like to do that in two parts, the writing and the story. 

As for the writing, I really enjoyed the way the dialogue and the book moved.  Sometimes the sentences felt stunted, but by the end of the book I didn't notice that at all. I also very much enjoyed the way the author gave little snippets of information that would be explained later.  This kept me very interested in moving forward, even when the story wasn't necessarily progressing.  For instance, the main character's best friend died.  She blamed herself, but the reader isn't sure why.  I wasn't even sure how she died, but I kept getting little bits of information until finally the back story was fully explained.  I really liked this style of story telling!!!

The story was riveting at times, and a little slow at times (not in a bad way).  If a book is full throttle all of the time, then I get worn out!  I so enjoyed the protagonist's struggle with the guys in the book, though I wished that were flushed out a little.  I never really got attached to either man in the book, but this made the main character more prominent.  As a woman, I seriously enjoyed a book about a strong woman that did not depend on a male romantic entanglement. 

In the end, I have to admit I got mad at the book, only because the author intentionally left the ending ambiguous.  I guess that's life though, not everything is tied up in a pretty, little bow.

If you enjoy paranormal or fun stories, pick this one up! Check back here tomorrow as the author of The Flower Bowl Spell, Olivia Boler, will be doing a guest post!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

From the Publisher...

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

From Me...

I did not realize this was a series, but it seems like a good idea now.  The book was good, as the story is compelling.  Living in a caste system and being offered a chance to change their circumstances, the main character entered a contest to win the prince.  Ironically, she doesn't want him and actually finds a way to stay at the palace while supposedly helping the prince find his wife.  This front is rather silly as it doesn't go anywhere.  She likes him and he obviously likes her.

The dialogue is awfully childish at times, but the protagonist is still likeable.  She seems completely unaware of life, and I wanted to reach through the book and shake her at times.  Her initial love interest s named Aspen, and hoenstly he is childish and selfish.  HE complains about life and dumps America in a fit of stupid pride.  Then when he is assigned to the palace, after being drafted into the army, he begins pursuing America again, even though it would be considered treason if she was caught with another boy.  You would not risk the life of someone you truly loved just kiss them.

Maxin is very controlled, and hard to like at first.  However, he is ultimatelty kind, if not naive.  The fact that he thinks of country and family first is easily notable.  It makes rooting for him much easier. 

I liked the book, and gave it a three because the story lags at times, and the writing is stunted at times.  I will probably read the following books, if only to find out who she picks.  The best part about this book, is that you can't tell for sure who will win the girl.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

City of Ashes & City of Glass

City of Ashes - From the Publisher...

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

City of Glass - From the Publisher...

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

From Me...
I finished these two books in the same weekend, so I thought I would review them at the same time.  Jace and Clary are enthralling, and I can't help but feel drawn to their relationship.  I have a problem with Clary though.  I  like her, but sometimes she just gets on my nerves!  I guess I prefer strong female leads, and don't get me wrong, she is strong!  She also continually gets herself in situations that she needs to be saved from, which seems familiar (Bella anyone?).  I wish she would choose her path.  She can't continually pretend to be normal, yet insist on putting herself in Shadowhunter situations.  She's just putting herself and others at risk.

The writing in the book is really good, especially for YA.  I am laughing outloud at points.  Jace's personality consistently uses sarcasm as a defense mechanism, but the way he says things are so comical.  He is by far my favorite character.  He's also compelling in the way that he loves Clary.  He loves her as if she precious. He touches her as if she is precious.  What more could a girl want???

The story that carries these two books is compelling as well, though some of the side stories are skippable.  I get mad sometimes when she switches from one character to another, because I don't care about the other characters when they aren't involved in the main action or story.

These books are definitely worth reading!  I have had a lot of fun with these chracters, and I already know that I will miss them when the series is finished.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Musings of a Bookworm

I had a random thought last night that I wanted to share.  I was reading a book and I got to page 100.  I always get a little thrill when I get to page 100, like Ihave accomplished something.  The most interesting part is that I mentally acknowledge that I have read the first one hundred pages and can now settle into the book.  It's almost as if I have unwittingly designated the first one hundred pages of any book as the beginning, and once I am past I am reading the "meat" of the book. No more intrductions, no more prep, here is the story.

Does anyone else feel this way?  Or does anyone else have little reading quirks?  I would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA - Info About Me

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

  • I got into blogging because my husband didn't enjoy hearing about books that he hadn't read! So started blogging my thoughts with people who care.

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

  • I am currently reading the Mortal Instruments Series, and I am loving them!
3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

  • I am a big dog lover!  My puppy, Sloopy, is one of my favorite things in my life.
4. Where do you see your blog in five years?

  • Hopefully, it is still there, but with a bunch more people, and maybe a book club??
5. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

  • My booket list of course!!!

6. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
  • Fitzwilliam Darcy, because, well, he is the penultimate male character.
7. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

  • This is a hard one.  I would love to see Eden.  I know that the Bible is not generally considered literary, but Eden was perfect, and made to be perfect for us. 
8. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

  • Not yet, but its only been a few weeks.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Wrap-up

Books I Finished this Weekend...

I started and finished two books this weekend, City of Ashes and City of Glass.  This is #2 & #3 in the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.  I will definitely be posting reviews of these books later, but it should be mentioned that I am happy that Ms. Clare decided to continue the series.  Had she ended on book three, we would never know what happened to Sebastian/Jonathan.  I am happy that the issue with Valentine is gone, and I am excited to read Book #4, which arrives tomorrow.  In book 4, we will finally get to see Jace & Clary as a couple...yay!!!

Books I Will be Reading This Week...

You may have noticed that I only read one of the books that I had planned to read this week.  Instead of reading Heresy and The Flower Bowl Spell, I read City of Ashes and City of Glass.  I actually started The Flower Bowl Spell, which was really good, but City of Ashes arrived in the mail, and you know what happens when you get a book you are dying to read...

So this week, I will stick to my guns.  I am receiving City of Fallen Angels tomorrow.  Therefore, I will finish The Flower Bowl spell tonight, just in time to start City of Fallen Angels.  City of Lost Souls should be arriving later in the week, and I will finish it then.  Since  I am finishing the Mortal Instrument books so quickly, I will probably still have time to read one more book (or at least start it).  So, Heresy will this week's closer. Hopefully, I can stay motivated, but if not I will admit my defeat next week!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

City of Bones...Finally

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)

From the Editor...
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

From Me...

I have avoided this series since it came out for one reason...I knew I would get hooked.  So I started reading the first one, City of Bones, a week from today.  Now, a week later, I am reading the third one, and it only took that long because I had to wait for shipping.
As for the first book specifically, it is good.  The characters are engaging and witty, and the story is really interesting.  I have noted a lot of similarities between the characters of this series and of the Infernal Devices.  For instance, both series has a leading man who is sarcastic, orphaned and notoriously diffcult to like, which is ironic, since it is impossible for any character in the series not to love him, or at least like him. 
The City of Bones, with Jace and Clary is specifically engaging, since by the end of the book, you can't help but want them together.  Then, of course, you throw the book against the wall when you find out...
that they are brother and sister!!!  AAAHHHHH!!!  For both of them to be spawned from the evil Valentine (irony *giggle*), is almost unbearable.  I have to believe it can't be true, but who knows?!?!  All I can say is that I need to read book two in order to find out.
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