[ARC Review] Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 26th July, 2016

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[ARC Review] Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie JordanHell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #2
Published by Avon on July 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss
Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .

Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.

He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.

Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.

I love Sophie Jordan and I will read anything she writes!!! I liked Hell Breaks Loose but sadly I didn’t love this book. It started out as something I thought I would absolutely love but it ended up just being okay.

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The President’s daughter is kidnapped. Grace is being held by a bunch of low life goons. Reid has just escaped prison to kill the man who sent him there. Of course, I don’t really need to explain where the story is going from here. It is one of those the enemy of my enemy type stories. Reid has to make it look like he is down for roughing up and then killing Grace. Holding Grace captive is the only way to get his shot to get close to the man who ruined his life. Meanwhile, Grace and Reid find themselves growing very close. I will hand it to Sophie Jordan because she sure knows how to write some very steamy sexy fun times.
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Honestly, it was that chemistry between Grace and Reid that kept me reading. Those steamy scenes definitely had me needing to fan myself a couple of times. The rest of the story though felt rushed. I felt like things could have been stretched out just a little bit more. The showdown between Reid and the man who ruined his life was very wham bam thank yon mam. It all went down in the last little bit of book and was over before it even got started. Getting over that part, it was a nice story about rising above your past. I did end up liking Reid and Grace together as a couple. I felt that even though they didn’t meet under the most ideal situation that the life and death seriousness of it made it all the more real. They even part ways for a little bit to make sure what they feel is real. Instead of a story about Stockholm Syndrome. I have to agree with Grace on this, when you find a man that looks at you like you brought his soul back to life, gives you happy fun times that rock your world, and would die for you that is a man you hang on to.

[ARC Review] P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 25th July, 2016

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[ARC Review] P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Published by Scholastic Press on July 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Edelweiss
What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

I don’t how Kasie West does it but she always manages to write these cute romances that leave my heart all a flutter. P.S. I Like You is no exception.

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P.S. I Like You is about a girl and a boy in high school. They can’t stand each other. One day in gym class Cade makes up nickname that has haunted Lily all through high school. From that day forward, Cade and Lily have been sworn enemies. In order to get through high school under the radar, Lily keeps to herself and writes songs in her notebook. It is in chemistry class one day when Lily’s life takes a fortuitous turn. Her chemistry teacher wants her to actually pass the class so he makes Lily stop writing in the notebook in class. Lily hates chemistry so she starts writing on the desk.   The next day someone has written a response and from there a pen pal relationship begins. Through the encouragement of her secret pen pal, Lily begins to ponder if she is good enough to actually finish writing a song and it enter in a song writing contest. Meanwhile, Cade becomes Lily’s little brother’s baseball coach. He starts hanging around more. Lily starts to discover that maybe Cade isn’t so bad after all. Lily’s life that was full of routines takes a turn for the hectic as she to juggle: her new friend, her music, and her new and maybe not unwanted feelings.

I really liked P.S. I Like You. It was just the kind of predictable fluffy fun I was looking for. It is not a story that is going to change your life. It is a good story to escape the day away with.   It is not only romantic fun but it is also a story about taking chances. I liked the message I took away, that sometimes it is scary but one will never know if one doesn’t take a chance and go for it. Lily has to decide if she is going to take a chance on her dreams as well as an unexpected romance. I know for a fact living day to day routines and never stepping out of your comfort zone can become a crutch. Sometimes, you have to step out of those comfort zones and take that leap even though it can be terrifying. I recommend P.S. Like You to anyone looking for light romance about taking chances, especially if you are a Kasie West fan like I am.

[ARC Review] Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 21st July, 2016

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[ARC Review] Nightshades by Melissa F. OlsonNightshades by Melissa F. Olson
Published by Tor Fantasy on July 19, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Urban
Pages: 176
Source: Netgalley
Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.

I liked Nightshades. It was a very quick read. For this review, I am going to do something different. I think for such a fast short read my review is going to be short and sweet. I am going to list the things liked and the things I didn’t like about Nightshades.


Things I liked about Nightshades:

It was short and therefore a very quick read. I liked the different take on vampires. These are not shiny misunderstood beings.

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The vampires are just like humans in a way. Some vampires are evil and some just want to do the right thing. Also, I liked the potential for a romance on the horizon.



Things I didn’t like about Nightshades:

Nightshades was not anything new. It is something I have I seen or read about a zillion times. The plot was something out of The X-Files. Some parts were boring. I found myself skim reading them. I liked the police procedural parts. I don’t some of it was a bit boring.


All in all Nightshades was a quick decent read. Speaking of The X-Files, Nightshades reminds me of watching a TV pilot I am not quite sure of yet. I am not quite in love with it yet but the potential is there so I am going to keep this series.

[Review] Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 1 Comment 12th July, 2016

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[Review] Defending Taylor by Miranda KenneallyDefending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Amazon, Netgalley, Purchase
There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

I just have to say Defending Taylor didn’t disappoint. I read this book in one day. It is one of those short breezy books that grab you and don’t let go until the end.

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I once heard someone I think it was another adult, say they didn’t like read because the parents are never around or they look stupid. I didn’t know what to say to that because it is true the parents are hardly ever around in YA. You know what I say now: so what. Even in Gilmore Girls Rory had to go off on her own to discover herself. That is what YA is about self-discovery. No one does it better than Miranda Kenneally. Her books are filled with so much heart. Yes the parents make mistakes and look stupid but so do the teens. In the end, we are all human.

I liked Defending Taylor because it is a story not just about a teen girl learning to find herself and move on from a mistake. It is also a story about finding real love. It is about finding love from a handsome boy who will defend you even to your own parents. It is about finding love and acceptance from new friends as well as old friends.  Most of all this story is about finding love and forgiveness from family, as well. Because, from the time we are born we just want to want to make our family proud of us. Sometimes people make mistakes but it how we learn and move on from those mistakes that matter the most. That is what I liked most about Defending Taylor because it was story about love and forgiveness. Tee and her family come out stronger for all the lessons they learn in this book.  I like the message I took away from this book. To live your life with integrity, honesty, but most of all to live your life for you.

[Review] Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 11th July, 2016

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[Review] Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya RodaleChasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale
Series: Keeping Up With the Cavendishes #2
Published by Avon on June 28, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedly tempting rake

Terribly Improper
Lady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London, so one night she escapes . . . and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay-Jones. He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls. How lucky, then, that one of them stumbles right into his arms!

Totally Scandalous
Alistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London, from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens. Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love. If anyone finds out, she will be ruined, but he will win everything he’s ever wanted.

Very Romantic
When Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming . . . will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?

I am sure it comes as no surprise that I love all things romance. I will read anything as long as it has even a hint of romance. Over the past couple of years I have become a big fan of Maya Rodale. Her books are sweet, very sexy, and guaranteed to have that happily ever after I am looking for. When I saw Maya Rodale had new romance out, I was like sign me up because I am all over that.


Chasing Lady Amelia was everything I hoped it would be. I truly fell into some serious like with this story. The best way I can describe this story is it is Roman Holiday.

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Lady Amelia Cavendish is an American trying to live the life of an English debutante after her brother inherits a Dukedom. Of course, she is not thrilled at the prospect of being the sister of a duke. Lady Amelia longs for her simple life as the sister of a horse farmer in America. The only purpose a lady of quality has it to marry men of quality. She does not like the restrictions, the long tedious balls, and most of all the boring men her the Duchess has picked out for her. One night Lady Amelia escapes out her window and right into the arms of a handsome and dashing man. Amelia and Alistair decide to spend one day together both of them not being honest about who they really are. When that day is over both of them will have decide what the future holds.

Like I said before, I really liked this story. But, then again I am a big fan of Roman Holiday and even the movie One Fine Day. I believe that great romances can built on one really fantastic day. For some people it may takes months to really feel a connection. For others, it only takes a day of adventure and stolen kisses for a connection to be. It’s not instalove but a day in which the spark of love is ignited. I liked that the rest book is about nurturing that spark but, of course, not without obstacles because every great love requires at least a few obstacles. I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what the future holds for the next Cavendish.

[Audiobook Review] The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 10th July, 2016

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[Audiobook Review] The Shadow Queen by C.J. RedwineThe Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 16, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Source: Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

I tried to read this book several times and just never could get into it. I mean I really tried. I feel like I have been reading this book for forever. I felt like if I could just get into then I wouldn’t have to DNF it so I put it on the back burner for a while. So, I decided to go ahead and use an audible credit and give The Shadow Queen another chance. I can say I am proud of myself for finishing The Shadow Queen this time. This audiobook felt like it took forever to get through and all I could keep thinking was: “Are we there yet.”

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Did I like the book once I was able to get through it? Um not really. I didn’t hate it with the power of a thousand suns but I certainly didn’t love it. I hate giving bad reviews but this book was just flat out boring. I just never connected with the characters or the story itself. I knew going in The Shadow Queen a Snow White retelling. I have read other retellings that are fabulous so this knowledge didn’t put me off. I mean what is there not to like about the “huntsman” being an enslaved dragon shapeshifter. I was like magic, dragons, and evil queens count me in. For me, The Shadow Queen fell flat. It was drug out and I felt like it took way way too long to get the big fight scene at the end. I know there is a lot of world building that has to go on but it was just tedious at some points. I felt like the romance was rushed. Maybe this was because I was listening to the book but I found the magic system a bit convoluted.

I just want to say the narrator Khristine Hvam did a decent job. I have listened to other books narrated by her and loved them so I can definitely say it’s not the narrator. In the end, I sadly just did not like The Shadow Queen. I found myself spacing out or just flat not listening to parts of the story because I was like hurry and get on with it. I can sadly say The Shadow Queen is not for me.

[Review] This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 7th July, 2016

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[Review] This Savage Song by Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Published by Greenwillow on July 5, 2016
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Edelweiss
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives

I like horror movies and TV shows. One of my favorite movies is Jaws. The Walking Dead and Supernatural rank high in my all-time favorite TV shows. You would think that would mean I like horror novels too. Wrong. I am very picky about the any scary book, or a book that I think might be scary, I pick up. The reason: I guess when I read and I get so invested in a story I just want to be somewhat sure there is going to be a happily ever at the end. I gave This Savage Song a chance and I got so involved in the story I couldn’t walk away from it no matter how much it made want to bite nails.

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I have to say I have read Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series so I knew I would like the writing style going in. I know I am not the first to say this, the world building in This Savage Song is spot on. It takes in place in dystopian society where the evil acts done by people create living breathing monsters. These monsters run the streets at night in a town called Verity. The town is divided by two leaders. One who offers protection from the monsters for a price. Another, who fights the evil alongside lesser evil monsters.

I ended up liking This Savage Song because it was arm hair raising creepy. It kept me guessing until the very end. I kind of saw the ending coming but I still had hope for a different outcome. More than that, I liked this book because it asked a very important question. Just who are the monsters really? Are they the shadow creatures who live in the sewer? Are they the blood drinking creatures? Are they soul sucking creatures? Or, are they really us, people like you and me? Going back to something I learned in Scooby Doo it’s not the things that go bump in the night that are scary. It’s the people hiding behind the masks that are the most terrifying.

Even though This Savage Song didn’t have anything I normally look for in a book which is basically a romance of any kind, it was one of those compelling reads that I just couldn’t stop reading. I also like the character growth in this book. I liked the friendship between Kate and August. It started out as something based on distrust but grew into something much deeper. In the end, monster or human we all just want to accepted and feel like we belong. That is what I took away from This Savage. It is a story about acceptance and finding out what truly makes us good or evil.

[Review] Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 4th July, 2016

I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Into the Blue by Chanel CleetonInto the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on July 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

I read the first book in this series, Fly With Me, in two sittings.  Luckily, I had won a copy of Into the Blue in a giveaway so I was able to dive right into this book.  I have to say I devoured this book.  I had both books read in one weekend.  I am now in so much like with these fighter pilots now, it’s not even funny!!!

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Into the Blue stars Eric, Noah’s friend from Fly With Me.  Eric and the rest of the squadron are still rolling from the events that took place at the end of Fly With Me.   Eric decides to take a mental health leave.   Because, sometimes you just gotta take some time to get the issues sorted out.  He decides to go back home to see his grandma and reconnect with his roots.  Along, the way sees the girl, now a woman, he left behind.  Then the sexy games begin from there.  Oh boy, they are some really sexy games.

I really liked this book about second chances.  Sometimes making a relationship work really is all about the timing.  I liked that in this story it wasn’t only the woman making all the sacrifices to make the relationship work.  Becca and Eric both learn that it takes compromise to make a relationship work. Compromise was something neither one of them really ready to do when they were 10 years younger.  Into the Blue was about two people who had a lot of growing up to do, then a lot of hurt to get over, and finally making amends.  Sometimes things have to play out a certain way because at the time we are not truly ready for them.  Into the Blue was everything I am now coming to expect from a Wild Aces story: sweet, seriously sexy, and pulls at the heartstrings.   I find myself now addicted to these sexy fighter pilots and the women who steel their hearts.  Now I want to read Easy and Dani’s story even more.

[Review]Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 3rd July, 2016

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[Review]Forevermore by Kristen CallihanForevermore by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #7
Published by Forever on June 28, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
Miss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she's managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she's received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one.

St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers.

They say all good things must come to an end.

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Forevermore is the last book in Darkest London series.   While I have enjoyed the side characters finding love in the last couple of books, it was great to go back to the trio of sisters and their long lost brother who started it all.  Forevermore was about Sin the brother of Miranda, Daisy and Poppy.  Sin has been made into a Judgement angel.  His first real assignment is to watch over Layla his mentor’s charge.  But, Sin means more to Layla than just a bodyguard.  Sin is her long lost childhood friend.
I really liked this book because it ties up everything nicely in neat happily ever after package.  This is a romance so I didn’t spoil that part of book.  But,  I won’t go into the details of how or why because, you know, I don’t want to spoil everything.  For me, every book in The Darkest London series is about redemption through trust and love.  They are stories about men and women who have lost everything but somehow manage to find their way back to love.  Forevermore is no exception.  Sin and Layla have demons to fight literally and figuratively.  I like how they are both able to heal their wounded hearts by loving each other.  Through the love of another learning they are also worthy of loving their own selves.  The only complaint I had about Forevermore was their so many loose end being tied up for everyone in the series that it did feel a little rushed.
In the end I really enjoyed Forevermore and I am slightly sad to it come to an end.  I can always dream for a spinoff story.  I am glad I read this series.  I am most definitely glad I read Forevermore.  This book was: sexy, steamy, sinful, sweet, and sad all rolled into one fabulous package.

[Giveaway] Just Couldn’t Put it Down July Giveaway Hop

Giveaways 42 Comments 30th June, 2016


Welcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Just Couldn’t Put it Down July Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks. This month we’re offering a Tracked giftbag full of books that we just couldn’t put down. This includes a signed hardback copy of Marked (the sequel to Tracked), a paperback copy of Tracked, A signed hardback copy of Dumplin’, a Tracked T-Shirt (XL), a $10 Amazon Giftcard, and all this comes in a reusable Tracked tote-bag.

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