Book review: Covet (The Clann #2) by Melissa Darnell

“Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.”

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Title: Covet (Book #2)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Recommended to fans of: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen

Series: The Clann series

Format: ebook

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart. 

Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake. 

Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for. 

A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive. 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The first chapter recaps what happens in Crave. When she promises the vampire council that she will stay away from Tristan and keep her powers in check
  • Nanna is kidnapped by The Clann as they think that Savannah’s family kidnapped Tristan
  • OMG, Sav is taking all the blame
  • NOOOOO! How could Nanna die?
  • Sav’s mom used to date Tristan’s dad, OMG, awkward
  • Now things take a turn for the worse as she is force to stay with her strict dad
  • Oh God, isn’t Tristan rushing into things? He wants to turn into a vampire! With or without Sav’s help
  • At least Sav’s dad wanted Sav and Tristan to be happy, but a descendant cannot turn, they would die
  • Urgh, Tristan is taking some random girl to the dance
  • Sav hears Tristan’s telepathy and feels his pain, he is in a car accident
  • Anne now knows about Sav
  • Ah, Tristan put a connection spell on Sav, but instead of feeling his emotions, she felt this physicality 
  • Emily’s so nice and dependable
  • Thank God Nanna and her mum WANTED  her to learn magic, Sav learns by reading the spell books Nanna left her
  • Haha, Gowin is so cool
  • Si is Ron a shapeshifting black cat and Anna is a hunter? (Yes)
  • With Sav’s ESP at an all time high, Tristan figured out that she could hear his thoughts
  • God, Dylan is such a dick
  • Some Clann members are found dead, it’s a vampire attack
  • It’s so painful to see Sav and Tristan as friends
  • Actually, Mr Coleman is pretty cool
  • OMG, Mr Coleman was killed by a vampire (I was tearing oh god)
  • I really wanted Emily to be the Clann leader
  • Sav’s forgiveness speech to herself brought tears to my eyes
  • HOLY SHIT, Gowin was the killer? Freaking unexpected plot twist!
  • OMG, Gowin got emily pregnant in order to create ANOTHER mix breed?
  • Oh God, Sav has to turn Tristan if she wants him to survive
  • And he is banished from The Clann
  • Gosh, I was tearing the entire time
  • Wow, this 2nd book was great, it wasn’t a 2nd book slump at all

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Crave (The Clann #1) by Melissa Darnell

“I needed her, needed her to be alive even if we couldn’t be together anymore.”

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Title: Crave (Book #1)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Recommended to fans of: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen

Series: The Clann series

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences.

(Thoughts)

I felt that Starving by Hailee Steinfield really fit this book!

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • So The Clann treats Savannah like dirt, ever since her pretend marriage with Tristan
  • All the descendants of The Clann cannot be associated with Savannah in any way as she is a ‘bad influence’
  • Actually, Tristan and Savannah’s relationship is quite cute and entertaining
  • So Savannah’s dad is an incubi vampire while her mother is a witch, ah, so she’s mixed (But usually they’re the most powerful ones though)
  • I really like the pacing and the development of the story
  • So Tristan has never taken his magic training seriously, but now, in order to protect Savannah, he’s going to be serious
  • The scene of Savannah’s conversation with her dad during her recital broke my heart
  • The one thing Savannah loves dancing is forcefully taken away from her
  • Savannah’s Nanna is so supportive
  • Savannah gets to be one of the managers in the Charmers and Greg is interested in her
  • Tristan;s jealousy towards Savannah’s new boyfriend; Greg is causing his powers to surge and it’s uncomfortable for ALL the descendants since the Colemans have so much power
  • Savannah is pretty savage
  • This book fells like Twilight plus Romeo and Juliet plus Sabrina the teenage witch
  • Tristan knows Savannah’s mom is a witch but he doesn’t know that she’s half vampire as well
  • I really like thies book and the characters
  • Melissa’s advice was really touching
  • Savannah and Tristan’s romance is like Cora & Cassian from the cage series by Megan shepherd
  • I wanted to read the 2nd book so badly (and the library is closed tomorrow), so I borrowed the ebook

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

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Title: Six of Crows (Book #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Recommended to fans of: The Grisha Trilogy, Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Series: Six of Crows Duology

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court

(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage

(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward

(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I think this was another one of my ‘this book is too hyped up and I cannot get into it’ phrases
  • It did feel really nostalgic to return to the Grisha world
  • So Six of crows takes place in the same world as the Grisha trilogy, just with different characters and storyline
  • Inej is like the logical yet kick-ass and serious girl
  • I felt that this book lacked world building, although set in the same world as the Grisha trilogy, I felt that this book needed to build it’s own version of the world for Kaz and his crew
  • Someone offers Kaz a LOT of money to rescue someone from The Ice Court (something like our version of Alcatraz)
  • I stopped reading at page 56, I really just couldn’t get into the story

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard

“Meekness is my camouflage; silence is my force field.”

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Title: A quiet kind of thunder

Author: Sara Barnard

Recommended to fans of: Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia, The lovely reckless by Kami Garcia

Series: –

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.

Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.

Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • It’s cool that the author added a guide tot he British Sign Language
  • I’ve produced a documentary about the deaf before, and I learnt a lot through that! (I learnt a tiny bit of sign language, but it’s definitely not enough to communicate)
  • Steffi is a selective mute, and since she knows how to sign, Rhys is put into her care (By selective, she means that she cannot control her muteness, her voice just doesn’t come out sometimes)
  • This book is really relatable, I’m not a selective mute, but I rarely talk around people. Because I believe that if you have nothing good to say, don’t speak at all
  • Teaching a bit of BSL in a novel is really cool! 
  • The chats between Rhys and Steffi are so cute OMG 😍
  • Steffi manages to speak with Rhys’s family, I feel so proud of her!
  • Steffi’s mum is so unsupportive and even contributes to her trauma
  • Is the author or Steffi an INFJ? That entire chunk on page 95 is literally my brain on an hourly basis
  • I’m so happy for Steffi and Rhys! This is the first time I’ve seen a couple end up together so fast in a novel! I LOVE the development
  • I love the fast pace of this book!
  • God, I can’t tell if Karam is insensitive or being a dick LOL
  • I like that everything is clear! Like, it’s really easy to tell when they sign, talk or write
  • I could really relate to Steffi’s character, the anxiety, panic attacks, the people who have gaslighted her
  • Thank God Steffi and Rhys always talked things through instead of giving up
  • I was looking at the back cover and read ‘ For older readers’ and scoffed because there was no such thing apart from mental illnesses, but oh boy was I wrong 😳
  • Looking at Steffi’s character arc and how she handled the situation brought tears to my eyes
  • The development of this novel is fantastic, one of the best I’ve seen
  • I really never expected to fall in love with this book OMG
  • The romance is extremely realistic and really well written and thought out
  • 5 big fat stars for this book because I was so pleasantly surprised at how good this book was

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

An Open Letter to Netgalley and Goodreads

Definitely agree with this post! Signing the petition!

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Dear Netgalley and Goodreads, 

Today I discovered that your sites will no longer be providing services (or limiting services) to international readers and I am absolutely devastated.

Contrary to popular belief, America is not the only country in the world.

For those who are unaware of what is happening, Goodreads will, from January 2018, prevent authors from creating giveaways for international readers. Basically, authors will have to pay $119 for a giveaway base package, and $599 for the premium. Previously, all authors had to pay for was shipping. Read more here.

Netgalley, on the other hand, has severely limited the amount of…

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Book review: The hearts we sold by Emily Llyod-Jones

“You see my dear, only a human that wants to make a deal can see a demon for what they are.”

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Title: The hearts we sold

Author: Emily Llyod-Jones

Recommended to fans of: –

Series: –

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give? 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Although I read a review by Nosestuckinabook, and had second thoughts, she definitely recommended to give it a go!
  • The story’s setting really sounded like a manga
  • A tragic event happens and Dee’s scholarship was cut
  • I was queuing to get a freebie (The queue was 1 hour by the way) and happened to have this book on hand, but it was difficult to get into
  • So her last resort is to seek help from the demon and in exchange, he want’s her heart
  • (I would think that if she fell in love with the demon, or the demon her, it would be more interesting, but the synopsis has mentioned that her love interest is James, so…)
  • I stopped reading at page 73, I really couldn’t get into the story, world and characters

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Batwoman Vol 1: The Many Arms Of Death (Rebirth)

I received a free eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“War took my family. I lost one way to fight back.”

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Title: Batwoman Vol 1: The many arms of death (Rebirth)

Author: Marguerite BennettJames Tynion IVSteve Epting

Recommended to fans of: –

Series: Batwoman series

Publisher: DC Comics

Format: PDF (eARC)

Genre: Action

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Batwoman returns with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 1, as a part of DC Rebirth!

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! 

With writing from Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), as well as spectacular art from Steve Epting (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) and Ben Oliver (THE MULTIVERSITY), this new series spins directly out of the smash hit DETECTIVE COMICS series! 

BATWOMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-6 and the one-shot special BATWOMAN: REBIRTH #1.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The illustrations are really nice and realistic
  • Kate’s parents were killed and she is a soldier
  • I’ve never read a DC comic in my life (so this is a first)
  • It felt like the comic was talking about the things AROUND her rather than her as Batwoman
  • I couldn’t relate to her or even classify her as a heroine
  • There was no strong coherent in the story

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo

“They bring death to anything I touch.”

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Title: Touch (Book #1)

Author: Jus Accardo

Recommended to fans of: Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi, The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

Series: Denazen Series

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Rating: 4/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect. 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Dez meets a random guy near the river, and the first thing he does is to demand for her shoes
  • So Kale comes out from nowhere and tells Dez that her father is evil and a murderer
  • Kale’s touch is deadly, but Dez isn’t dead. Oh God, this is a reverse version of Shatter me!
  • Kale tells Dez her mother is still alive. Meeting Kale has literally made Dez’s life fall apart
  • So Dez’s mum is also a six, who can change her appearance
  • Dez decides to help Kale and they are on the run from her father and his Denazen men
  • They meet Alex, on their quest to find the The Reaper, and Alex so happens to be Des’s ex, awkward
  • Dez’s daad happily gave her a tour of Denazen? And is telling her everything? That seems suspicious
  • Holy shit! I had a feeling that Dez had powers (I didn’t re-read the synopsis before I started reading the book) but I didn’t expect it to be mimicking, similar to her mother. But it really felt that it was just thrown in. If it was introduced at the start (and still kept a secret to the other characters, but the readers know), I felt that that would be better. When suddenly thrown in like this, it just feels convenient and just for the sake of it, you know?
  • Dez’s dad now knows she has powers (and I think it was actually too early for the reveal for that, since she’s been keeping it a secret from him for 17 years?!) I think it would have been cooler if she showed her powers to him during the final battle, that would have made it a lot more kick-ass
  • God, Alex used her for information, but he now claims he loves her
  • Oh God, not another love triangle (#TeamKale all the way LOL)
  • Dez’s mentality felt really weak, she so willingly went back to Alex after he said he still had feelings for her (and yet treated her like urgh?) and she just gave up all hope without EVEN trying to give a go at saving Kale first? Urgh
  • Brandt, Dez’s cousin is dead and he was a six
  • Oh, I totally didn’t expect Mercy to be on the good side
  • Wow, the plot twist was actually pretty good
  • I really liked the world building, but Dez’s weak character really turned me off
  • Oh God, Alex is such a dick (Forgive my language)
  • Oh God, I had a heart attack near the end, man
  • The ending was definitely open-ended and showed that it was aseries, but I really wanted to love this series, but I couldn’t
  • I really liked that Kale’s POV was included
  • I gave it a 4 star rating as I was really absorbed into the world, but what irked me was Dez’s weak character as a heroine and that was probably why I couldn’t form an emotional and personal connection with this book
  • But I really liked Kale’s character
  • I’m sorry that it’s quite ironic that I gave it such a good rating despite naming out a lot of flaws of the book! I think Dez’s character really annoyed me and I’ve decided not to continue reading the series, but I do hope that by book 3 she has a great character arc

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Wires and Nerve Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer (Author) and Doug Holgate (Illustrator)

“I know I’m not really human. But aces and stars, I wish that I was.”

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Title: Wires and Nerve Volume 1

Author: Marissa Meyer (Author), Doug Holgate (Illustrator)

Recommended to fans of: The Lunar Chronicles

Series: Wires and Nerve Series

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series. 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I was so excited when I saw this graphic novel sitting on the library shelf, because I’ve been checking regularly and my library had no record of this book. I was pacing around the library as though I opened my christmas present from Marissa Meyer herself😂
  • After reading the graphic novel, of course I gave 5 stars to this novel! All our favorite characters reappear once more and yet we have more insight about Iko and the events that happen after Winter
  • I wanted to keep the book so badly but as they say “If you love it, let it go” and I hope more people will have the chance to read this graphic novel once I return it!
  • So anyway, the graphic novel is set right after the book Winter, where Levana’s mutants are still roaming the streets
  • Although I wasn’t a fan of the drawing when I first saw it, I ending up liking it as through the panels , you could see how much effort and thought goes into each picture
  • Ikon takes matters into her own hands as she apprehends the mutants
  • The humour in this graphic novel is so cute
  • And this graphic novel really allows for Iko and Cinder’s friendship to shine through (even more than the novels!)
  • God, the Cresswell ship is flying and on cloud 9, but they are so cute together OMG
  • This book made me like Thorne more, not that I don’t like him at the start, but it gave more insight as to his different expressions and reactions
  • I smell a new ship coming (Iko and Liam) although this was hinted at in the book Winter, Marissa Meyer has made our dreams come true (for now)
  • I think all the fans want to see the wedding between Cinder and Kai, but that would be a really bittersweet ending, because once that happens, we know the story truly ends there.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Nil (Nil #1) by Lynne Matson

“It’s always one year. Exactly three hundred sixty-five days. If you miss that window, you’re done.”

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Title: Nil (Book #1)

Author: Lynne Matson

Recommended to fans of: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Series: Nil Series

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Thad is the leader of a group of teenagers who arrived in Nil
  • Charley JUST arrived but is alone and is depending on her survival skills to get by
  • Charley and Thad’s interactions are so cute
  • I like the writing style and development of the story
  • The double POVs was well written and shows how both their stories intertwine
  • I knew that there was something off about Bart
  • Charley’s skill is mapping and she manages to predict where some of the gates wold appear
  • The world building was really good, it sucked me in
  • This book made me really teary near the end
  • No matter how evil any of the characters were, I was genuinely hoping that they would make it out
  • OMG, the ending was so sad (Thad threw Charley into his gate and he was running out of time)
  • OMG, when Natalie called her I teared again
  • And at the end, OMG, Thad made it and he found Charley! Oh thank God, I am literally crying
  • Oh, cool! The books can be read individually as the other books have different protagonists but I think some characters will be brought back in Book 3 (book 2’s protagonist is Rives)
  • I have decided not to read the other books as this book has the closure that I needed
  • I really would love to see a movie version of this book!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂