Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WoW #261: The Queen's Assassin (Queen's Secret #1) by Melissa de la Cruz


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The Queen's Assassin by Melissa de la CruzThe Queen's Assassin
(Queen's Secret #1)
by Melissa de la Cruz
February 4, 2020
384 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he's the Guild's most dangerous member and the Queen's one and only assassin. He's also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow--to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts--to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they're forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they'll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they'll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen's Secret series.

 
I need this book in my life already!!!!!!

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West

 
Maybe This Time by Kasie WestMaybe This Time
by Kasie West
July 9, 2019
368 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year's Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn't so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.
 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #245



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S&S Canada surprised me with this romance title! I'm a huge Lauren Layne fan so thank you very much~
 
Pickles and Love on Lexington Avenue.
 
I got myself some pretty books from TBD and Book Outlet <3
 
UK Finale and Lady Smoke.
 
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WoW #260: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas


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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. MaasHouse of Earth and Blood
(Crescent City #1)
by Sarah J. Maas
January 28, 2020
648 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir...

 
It's SJM of course I'm waiting for it!!!!!! Also, I find it interesting that the series title is bigger than the title of the book??

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim

 
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Spin the Dawn
(The Blood of Stars #1)
by Elizabeth Lim
July 9, 2019
400 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #244


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A big thank you to Scholastic Canada for these two advance copies!! Victoria Schwab is my favourite so I can't wait to continue Cassidy Blake's story :D
 
Pickles with Shatter City and Tunnel of Bones.
 
Thank you to HBG Canada for sending me a copy of The Friend Zone!
 
Pickles and The Friend Zone.
 
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WoW #259: The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne


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The Stars We Steal by Alexa DonneThe Stars We Steal
by Alexa Donne
February 4, 2020
400 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one that got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now, he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself failing for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.

 
I loved this author's debut novel and am most excited for more from her!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Review: Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2) by Tracy Banghart


*Review contains slight spoilers from previous book.

Queen of Ruin by Tracy BanghartQueen of Ruin
(Grace and Fury #2)
by Tracy Banghart
July 2, 2019
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that "breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance" (Publisher's Weekly).

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi's sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina--polite, submissive Serina--is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they'll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.

The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart's unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #243


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PRH Canada very kindly sent me a finished copy of The Bride Test, thank you! I loved her debut, The Kiss Quotient :D
 
Pickles with The Bride Test.

I received these pretties from S&S Canada, thank you so much!

Say You Still Love Me and Ghosts of the Shadow Market.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WoW #258: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller


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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia LevensellerThe Shadows Between Us
by Tricia Levenseller
February 25, 2020
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

 
I loved Tricia Levenseller's debut duology. This new one of hers sounds like all kinds of wicked and delish~

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Review: Technically, You Started It but Lana Wood Johnson


Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood JohnsonTechnically, You Started It
by Lana Wood Johnson
June 25, 2019
384 pages
 
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Goodreads Summary:

When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you're talking to. Except there's two of them (it's a long story), and Haley thinks she's talking to the one she doesn't hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they're becoming addicted to each other.

There's just one problem: Haley doesn't know who Martin is. And Martin doesn't know that Haley doesn't know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster...

 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #242


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I'm so excited to read this one!! Thank you PRH Canada for this beauty <3
 
Pickles with The Beautiful.
 
A big thank you to HBG Canada for sending me these advance copies! I couldn't resist and have already devoured my most anticipated sequel Queen of Ruin. SO GOOD!!
 
Queen of Ruin and The Bone Houses.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WoW #257: Find Me Their Bones (Bring Me Their Hearts #2) by Sara Wolf


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Find Me Their Bones by Sara WolfFind Me Their Bones
(Bring Me Their Hearts #2)
by Sara Wolf
November 5, 2019
400 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
No one can save her.

In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet.

With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.

Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder.

But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart?

The hardest thing she’s ever done.

 
I have been waiting for more news on this sequel since I finished the first book. Finally we have a cover, synopsis and even a release date YAY!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne


Huge Deal by Lauren Layne
Huge Deal
(21 Wall Street #3)
by Lauren Layne
April 23, 2019
268 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #241


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The cat is guarding our precious haul! Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for these two fantasy reads. I can't believe I have Darkdawn O.O
 
Pickles with Darkdawn and Gamchanger.
 
I got a fun package from PRH Canada, thank you!
 
Starcrossed by Minnie Darke
 
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Event Recap: Raincoast Books present TeensRead Fall 2019 Preview


TeensRead Preview Fall 2019 banner
 
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the latest TeensRead Preview from Raincoast Books! It was such a fun time filled with book announcements and awesome swags~ It was exciting to learn that Wattpad will be publishing books :D

At the TeensRead Preview for Fall 2019!

We had special guest author Jacqueline Firkins there to talk about her debut novel Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things! She's a costume designer and it was so fun listening to her talk about the input she had in her cover design (the red sneakers is important!).
 
I'm looking forward to reading these titles (click on the cover for more info):

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41823536-there-will-come-a-darkness  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42867937-the-girl-the-sea-gave-back  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36381842-the-good-luck-girls
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43263520-the-grace-year  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43261131-hearts-strings-and-other-breakable-things  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43809371-cupid-s-match
 
Here are all the titles that were presented (click on the picture to get a better view):

TeensRead Fall 2019 Preview titles
 
Which title(s) are you most excited for?
 
The ladies also came up with this neat idea of matching horoscopes to the upcoming releases (click on the picture to get a better view):
 
YA Horoscope 2019
 
I'm a Scorpio and definitely excited to read Good Luck Girls which I actually got a copy of in my swag bag! I haven't had a chance to snap a picture of the goodies I received yet but I'll share that soon in a Stacking the Shelves post.
 
As always a huge thank you to the Raincoast team for an amazing time!! I'm already looking forward to the next one ;)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WoW #256: The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empire #1) by Jeffe Kennedy


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The Orchid Throne by Jeffe KennedyThe Orchid Throne
(Forgotten Empire #1)
by Jeffe Kennedy
September 24, 2019
384 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Welcome to the world of Forgotten Empires from award winning author Jeffe Kennedy that begins with The Orchid Throne.

A PRISONER OF FATE

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

 
I found this one on GR and it sounds right up my alley!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: Defy the Fates (Constellation #3) by Claudia Gray


Defy the Fates by Claudia GrayDefy the Fates
(Constellation #3)
by Claudia Gray
April 2, 2019
400 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Hunted and desperate.

Abel only has one mission left that matters: save the life of Noemi Vidal. To do that, he not only has to escape the Genesis authorities, he also must face the one person in the galaxy who still has the means to destroy him. Burton Mansfield's consciousness lives on, desperate for a home, and Abel's own body is his last bargaining chip.

Alone in the universe.

Brought back from the brink of death, Noemi Vidal finds Abel has not only saved her life, but he's made her into something else, something more. Not quite mech, yet not quite human any longer, Noemi must find her place in a universe where she is utterly unique, all while trying to create a world where anyone--even a mech--can be free.

The final battle between Earth and the colony planets is here, and there's no lengths to which Earth won't go to preserve its domination over all humanity. But together, the universe's most advanced mech and its first human-mech hybrid might have the power to change the galaxy for good.

 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #240


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I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from the author's Instagram giveaway! It's super pretty, thank you Crystal Cestari!!
 
Pickles with The Fairest Kind of Love.
 
Raincoast very kindly sent me The Grace Year and surprised me with Kid Gloves! Thank you so much!!
 
Kid Gloves and The Grace Year~
 
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WoW 255: Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore


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Bringing Down the Duke by Evie DunmoreBringing Down the Duke
(A League of Extraordinary Women #1)
by Evie Dunmore
September 3, 2019
320 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels, in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn't be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn't claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring...or could he?

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke....

 
I love a good historical romance and this one sounds meaningful and FUN!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson
June 4, 2019
464 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #239


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I actually got these books a few weeks ago but have just been lazy to unpack them haha. After eyeing these titles for some while on BookOutlet I finally got them! I've already read and loved Obsidio, now I just need to get to the rest of them XD
 
BookOutlet haul!

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