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September reading wrap-up books read

September Wrap-Up

September was a bit of a shit month. I had a family emergency which took me away for about 11 days. Everything is ok now and on the plus side, I had lots of family time 🙂 But I got very little reading done, pretty much everything here I read at the beginning of September.

Books Read

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer, #5)Conspiracy Game (GhostWalkers, #4)Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)

Highlights

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins ★★★★☆

I was really surprised by how much I liked this series. I didn’t expect to get as sucked into them as I did. I’m not going to get into what these are about since with the movies and series being so popular I think everyone has an idea of the story. I’ll just say I read all 3 in about 4 days and I saw the movies first and enjoyed them just as much as the books.

Hunt the Moon

Hunt The Moon by Karen Chance ★★★★★

This is a reread, I love this series! This is the 5th book in Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series following time-hopping clairvoyant Cassie as she battles gods, demons and over-bearing boyfriends. This one is probably my favourite, there’s a lot of insights into Cassie’s family and my favourite character, Pritkin. There’s also some of the best action scenes in this one and I think Chance manages just the right mix of action and story here.

Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham ★★★★☆

Ross Poldark has just returned from warring in America to discover his father has died, his love has moved on and his home has gone into ruin at the hands of drunk servants. He has no chance but to start again reopening his family’s mine and attempting to move on. Very good book.


So that was it for September I’ve already read more in October and we’re only 10 days in! I’m visiting my family again this month and I’m determined to get as many books in as possible before I go!

Till next time guys x

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Mid Year Book Freak Out

ok, we’re a good bit past mid year but I liked this one. Created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ Earl Grey Books


  • Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

    This is so hard to answer!!! I’ve read over 120 books this year, how can I pick just one??!!! Ok, I’m going to go with Ride the Storm by Karen Chance because it’s my favourite series and I really loved it. I was going crazy waiting for this book and it was everything I hoped it would be.

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  • Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

I’m going to go with Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland. It stayed true to the feel of the first book but still managed to broaden the world a lot.

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  • New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

    I have a few on my NetGalley list to get to still. The one I’m most excited to get to is The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I really enjoyed Practical Magic so I’m really interested in finding out more about the aunts.

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  • Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop. It’s moving in a new direction now but I’m excited to see where she takes the series.

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  • Biggest disappointment?

Oh man, I could name a few here too! Biggest one was definitely I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I was really excited to read it, expecting a creepy gothic book but it was so boring and not a bit scary. And the main character was a tool.

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  • Biggest surprise?

    Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I didn’t know anything about the book before reading it just that friends enjoyed it. Then it was picked for me in a ‘pick it for me’ on Goodreads and I freaking loved it! I was expecting typical urban fantasy fare but there’s so much going on in this series.

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  • Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

I’ve read very few new authors this year. Anne Bishop was new to me but I already mentioned her twice so can’t again! Ok, I’m going to go with D.B. Reynolds. I started her Vampires in America series this year and have really enjoyed the two books that I read. I wish they had better covers though…

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  • Newest fictional crush?

Hmm…. I’m not sure I have a new crush. I’m going to go with Spade from First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost. He’s been in all the previous books in the Night Huntress series but I didn’t care much about him until this book.

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  • Newest favourite character?

Hands down, Angel Crawford. She is hilarious.

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  • Book that made you cry?

    I don’t recall any of my books making me cry…

  • Book that made you happy?

I wouldn’t exactly say it made me happy but First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones sure made me laugh a lot.

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  • Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

The illustrated editions of Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.

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  • What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

Ha! We do not have the time to get into that!

  • Favourite bookish community member?

That’s a tricky one… instead of picking a particular member I’m going to say my favourite strand of the bookish community online is Goodreads. Cause that’s where the readers, books and challenges are.

Blood-Spattered Bingo

Blood-Spattered Bingo is a month-long readathon for October created by Quill’s Corner.

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The aim is to complete an entire row of tasks, it can be left, right, up, down, or diagonal. So to complete the challenge you only need to read 5 books in the month which should be pretty doable. The readathon starts October 1st and ends on Halloween 🎃 yay!


Since I’m a mood reader I’m going to pick out a couple of books that I might read for some of the topics. Check out the video for my picks 🙂

 

Slayer Challenge

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession


In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. 

Time to slay some beasties! This challenge is all about increasing your creatures “body count”.
First, pick the creatures/species/whatevs you want to read about. Second, choose how many books you want to read. You can choose how many you want to read for each one or just see how many you can slay.
Your chosen prey doesn’t have to be the focus of the book you read, just featured in the story somewhere e.g. There are zombies in The Iron Duke but they’re not the main beastie in the book.

Choose Your Prey (you can pick multiple or just one)
♱Hunter/Huntress
♱Vampires
♱Werewolf
♱Other Shapeshifter
♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
♱Psychics/Telepaths
♱Fae/Elves
♱Angels/Nephilim
♱Demons
♱Gods/Goddesses
♱Ghosts
♱Zombies
♱Aliens
♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)

Choose Your Body Count 
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Buffy: 50 Books
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Spike: 35 Books
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Willow: 15 Books
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Giles: 10 Books

Duration 
One year

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My books….

♱Hunter/Huntress
☠ The Darkest Passion 27/1/17

♱Vampires
☠ Carmilla 1/1/17
☠ Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
☠ Raphael 8/1/17
☠ Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
☠ Refugee 22/1/17
☠ Jabril 16/2/17
☠ Into the Darkness 29/4/17

♱Werewolf
☠ Shiver 5/1/17
☠ Before Midnight 8/1/17
☠ Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
☠ Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
☠ Alpha and Omega 14/4/17

♱Other Shapeshifter
☠ A Questionable Client 15/2/17
☠ The Harlequin 21/2/17
☠ Prey 3/3/17
☠ Shift 24/4/17

♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
☠ Small Favor 2/1/17
☠ The House at Cobb End 4/1/17
☠ Shitty Beer 6/1/17
☠ Turn Coat 10/1/17
☠ Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
☠ Web of Lies 6/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 22/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3/3/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 9/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

♱Psychics/Telepaths
☠ Slade House 25/4/17

♱Fae/Elves
☠ Changes 16/1/17
☠ Grizzly 31/1/17
☠ Cold Days31/1/17
☠ Darkfever 1/2/17
☠ Buying Trouble 4/4/17
☠ Thorn Queen 9/4/17
☠ Wintersong 6/4/17

♱Angels/Nephilim
☠ Skin Game 12/2/17

♱Demons
☠ Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
☠ Kiss of a Demon King 5/4/17

♱Ghosts
☠ Ghost Story 20/1/17
☠ Embrace the Night 22/2/17
☠ Macbeth 23/3/17
☠ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

♱Zombies
☠ Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
☠ Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story 1/4/17

♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)
☠ Depravity 15/1/17
☠ Deceit 16/1/17
☠ Devastation 17/1/17
☠ Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
☠ First Grave on the Right 28/2/17

Books
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Small Favour (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Shiver (I Lupi di Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene FrostDepravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)  by Jim Butcher Devastation (Beastly Tales, #3) by M.J. Haag Side Jobs Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1) by Carrie Vaughn Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim ButcherGrizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Spinnentanz (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5) by Ilona Andrews Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda JonesHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Ten Little Zombies A Love Story by Andy Rash Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) by Karen Chance Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) by Richelle Mead Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) by Patricia Briggs Shift (Shifters, #5) by Rachel VincentSlade House by David Mitchell Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) by K.F. Breene Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

reading challenge update

July’s Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession


July Monthly Challenge

Duration:
July 1 – July 31

How It Works…
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. Pick which level you want to do and that’s how many items you will need to check off..

Levels:
Transitional – 2 books
Fledgling – 4 books
Vampire – 6 books
Master – 8 books
Vampire King or Queen – 10 books

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1. July begins with J. Read a book with a word in the title, series, or author’s name that begins with J.

2. Choose one….
🍺 July’s birthstone is Ruby, which symbolizes contentment. Read a book with HEA – Happily Ever After.
🍺 Birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lilly. Read a book with flowers on the cover.
🍺 Zodiac sign is Cancer. A Water sign. Read a book with water/river/ocean/water fall on the cover.
🍺 International Tiger Day on July 29th. Read a book with a tiger on the cover. (Lots of shifter books out there)
🍺 National Sleepy Head Day (Finland). Read a book with bears or bear shifters.

3. July 1st is Canada Day. Read a book with Red or White, Red and White cover. Note the Red needs to be at least 50%

4. July 4th Independence Day USA – Read a book set in the USA. (Easy peasy)

5. Navy Day in Ukraine. Read a book where the the MC is in the Army, Navy, FBI, or any armed force.

6. Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Read a book with blood on the cover.

7. World Chocolate Day. Read a book with chocolate on the cover or a book with Brown Cover.

8. Nikolai Tesla Day. Read a book with fast cars/or bikes or even a magical transportation, Or any of them on the cover.

9. Elderly Men Day (Kiribati). Read a book with someone who is ancient….vampires/werewolves/Immortals!!

10. Malala Day. Read a book with a strong, kick-ass heroine.

BONUS: Read any book with Heroes (army/navy/warriors) to honour so many Independence Day in July. If you can’t find a book in any of the tasks, use this book to replace it.


My responses…

1. July begins with J. Read a book with a word in the title, series, or author’s name that begins with J. Jennifer Ashley Shifter Made 1/7/17

2. Choose one….
🍺 July’s birthstone is Ruby, which symbolizes contentment. Read a book with HEA – Happily Ever After.
 The Corinthian 2/7/17

3. July 1st is Canada Day. Read a book with Red or White, Red and White cover. Note the Red needs to be at least 50% Micro 1/7/17

4. July 4th Independence Day USA – Read a book set in the USA. (Easy peasy) Rachel’s Holiday 4/7/17

5. Navy Day in Ukraine. Read a book where the the MC is in the Army, Navy, FBI, or any armed force. Written in Red 5/7/17

6. Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Read a book with blood on the cover.

7. World Chocolate Day. Read a book with chocolate on the cover or a book with Brown Cover. Royal Passion 3/7/17

8. Nikolai Tesla Day. Read a book with fast cars/or bikes or even a magical transportation, Or any of them on the cover. The 100 10/7/17

9. Elderly Men Day (Kiribati). Read a book with someone who is ancient….vampires/werewolves/Immortals!! Pleasure of a Dark Prince 5/7/17

10. Malala Day. Read a book with a strong, kick-ass heroine. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 11/7/17

BONUS: Read any book with Heroes (army/navy/warriors) to honour so many Independence Day in July. If you can’t find a book in any of the tasks, use this book to replace it. Murder of Crows 12/7/17

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5) by Jennifer Ashley Micro by Michael Crichton The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer Royal Passion (Royal, #2) by Jennifer Blake Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2) by Marian Keyes Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole The 100 (The 100, #1) by Kass Morgan Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling Murder of Crows (The Others, #2) by Anne Bishop

My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Highlights

Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.


So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

Ride the Storm – Karen Chance

Ride the StormTitle: Ride the Storm
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Cassie Palmer #8
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.34/5
 
 
Synopsis: Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

 
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What I thought about the book:
Wow!! I said finally so many times reading this book!!!
Amazing, it was everything I wanted and so much more and of course now I’m dying for the next one.

My only complaint is that the action scenes sometimes slow down the story and I ended up skimming them a bit after a while. Chance writes great action scenes but I’ve noticed with the last 2/3 books they’re getting more frequent and it kinda stalls the story. Cassie does often make important discoveries during them but there’s more than one way to do that.

***Some Spoilers Ahead***
Some great things about this book:
  • Cassie finally starts taking charge of situations
  • We get so many questions answered
  • Pritkin!!! So much amazing Pritkin stuff
  • We find out what Mircea is really about
  • A certain someone finally makes an appearance

There’s a lot of really interesting character development in this one, especially with Rosier and Roger. Fatherly love seems to be a bit of a theme here with three Dads influencing Cassie in major ways.

And Mircea! I always really liked Mircea (but loved Pritkin) but after this, I’m not sure how I feel. Especially after the last few sentences of the conclusion.

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My Rating:
 5 paws
Ride the Storm
I got this as an ARC from NetGalley.