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November Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry this is so late! University has taken over my life and I’m behind on my posts! Anyway!

I actually managed to cut down the number of books I bought last month (it’s a miracle!), but there are just some books you HAVE to buy….right? I have discovered so many new authors and series last month, I can’t wait to read them all! Here they are:


Title:
 Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I read NOS4R2 a couple months ago and since then I have discovered such a strong love for Joe Hill’s writing! I know this is one of his first books, so I definitely wanted to read where his writing began!

Synopsis: ‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.
But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .

Title: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I am in such a horror mood recently and I was recommended this by SO MANY people! I found it in my local bookshop and had to get it! It sounds so good, and the cover is AMAZING!

Synopsis: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”


Title: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Again I love horror books, and well everyone knows the name Psycho! I found this and I wanted it so bad, I love classic stories and I can’t wait to read this!

Synopsis: She was a fugitive, lost in a storm. That was when she saw the sign: motel – vacancy. The sign was unlit, the motel dark. She switched off the engine, and sat thinking, alone and frightened. She had nobody. The stolen money wouldn’t help her, and Sam couldn’t either, because she had taken the wrong turning; she was on a strange road. There was nothing she could do now – she had made her grave and she’d have to lie in it. She froze. Where had that come from? Grave. It was bed, not grave. She shivered in the cold car, surrounded by shadows. Then, without a sound, a dark shape emerged from the blackness and the car door opened.

Title: Rivers of London by Ben Aaranovitch

A friend recommended this to me and can we just appreciate this cover??? It’s beautiful! I’ve actually read this and you can read what I thought in my November Wrap Up! It was so good and I loved it!

Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.


Title:
 Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaranovitch

The second book in the series – naturally after finishing Rivers of London I had to buy this one! ITS AMAZING TOO – check it out on my November Wrap Up too!

Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant, and I’m a Detective Constable in that mighty army for justice known as the Metropolitan Police (a.k.a. the Filth). I’m also a trainee wizard, the first such apprentice in fifty years. Officially I belong to ESC9, Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, otherwise known as ‘The Folly’, also known as the unit that nice, well-brought-up coppers don’t talk about in polite company.

Title: Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaranovitch

Yes okay okay I know I have a problem – but this series is so good! I can’t wait to read this book!

Synopsis: In Tufnell Park, North London, a pair of railway tracks diver under a school, taking train to and from Kings Cross. Wet, filthy, dangerous. Lovely place. And one Sunday before Christmas a sweet (sort of) kid called Abigail took me and my long suffering colleague Lesley May down there to look for a ghost. We found one.


Title: Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I literally LOVE the Shadowhunter world with all of my heart, so when I saw this had been released I just had to get it! I’m so excited to go further into Simon’s journey as a Shadowhunter!

Synopsis: Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.


Title:
 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’m still yet to read Six of Crows! But this was on Buy One Get One Half Price so I thought since I’ve heard amazing things about SOC I’d get this ready for my binge!

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


Title:
 Horns by Joe Hill

Another addition to my Joe Hill collection! I know people liked the film for this and I’m excited to read the book! Also I’m loving Joe Hill recently so that’s a bonus!

Synopsis: Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache … and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty. Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power – with just a touch he can see people’s darkest desires – to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge; it’s time the devil had his due.

Title: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

I LOVED THE YOUNG ELITES SO MUCH. Okay so I basically inhaled The Young Elites and I could not wait for the next book so I had to buy it! I just love this series, and what a beautiful cover!

Synopsis: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

That’s it for November! I bought some AMAZING books and I can’t wait to read them all!

What did you buy in November? What do you think of the books I bought?

Love,

Meggan x

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October Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I bought most of my books this month at the start of the month, from halfway through the month I didn’t actually buy any! Yay for kind of restraint haha! I did however buy some amazing books this month and I am SO EXCITED to read them!

My book haul for the month:


Title:
 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I loved The Book Thief and I heard this was similar so I had to get it!

Synopsis: For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.


Title: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Danielle Paige is AMAZING and I loved her Dorothy Must Die series! This is another retelling of Snow White and she is such a queen at retellings!

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave .
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate .


Title:
 
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and I’ve been putting off getting it for so long now. I decided to finally pluck up the courage to get it, I can’t wait!

Synopsis: “I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me”
So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

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September Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS SO LATE??? WHERE ARE THE MONTHS GOING?? September was a super good month for book hauling! I waited until mostly near the end of the month to actually buy books, which is one of the best shows of restraint I’ve ever had haha! Here are the books I bought:

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Title:
 The Graces by Laura Eve

I’ve heard such great things about this, mostly from book bloggers (Summer from Buttermybooks definitely!) so when I saw it on buy one get one half price, I had to get it! IT’S SO PRETTY!

Synopsis: Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

14804943_10205608382848348_1801116647_nTitle: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book!  It’s supposed to be one of the best books this year, and I’ve waited long enough! I got it and I am so so excited to read it, especially now Crooked Kingdom is out too!

Synopsis: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone.
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. 
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.
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Title:
 The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Again this book is so beautiful, and it’s been all over BookTube for so long that I was so excited to get it. It sounds so interesting and definitely right up my street!

Synopsis: Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A thousand-storey tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough. A hundred years in the future, New York’s elite of the super-tower lie, backstab and betray each other to find their place at the top of the world. Everyone wants something… and everyone has something to lose. As the privileged inhabitants of the upper floors recklessly navigate the successes and pitfalls of the luxury life, forbidden desires are indulged and carefree lives teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Whilst lower-floor workers are tempted by a world – and unexpected romance – dangling just out of reach. And on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have. So when a young woman falls from the top of the supertower, her death is the culmination of a scandal that has ensnared the top-floor elite and bottom-floor. But who plummeted from the roof? And what dark secrets led to her fall? Friends will be betrayed and enemies forged as promises are broken. When you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

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August Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry this is so late!!! I forgot to post it haha!!! Anyway:

How is it already the end of August?? Where is 2016 going? So this month was a successful book buying month because I got SO MANY bargains! I love bargain book buying and let me tell you, this month was the best. Here are the books I bought in August:

Charity Shop Book Haul
I had a couple of trips to the local charity shops this month and got some amazing and beautiful books in perfect condition for super cheap, always the best!

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Title:
 John Dies at the End by David Wong

I saw this book at the charity shop and it sounded so intruiging! I loved how it sounded and how the synopsis pulled me in so I was super excited to see it for cheap!

Synopsis: My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrock, about the invasion, and the future. But it is too late. You touched the book. You are in the game. You are under the eye. The only defence is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part about the bratwurst. Why? You will just have to trust me. Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we will have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherwordly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity. I m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: NONE OF THIS IS MY FAULT.

 

Title: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I LOVE classic books so much and it’s my goal to basically collect all of the great ones and read them. So you can imagine my happiness when I saw this beautiful edition for £1 in the charity shop! £1 for a perfect classic! I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

Synopsis: Great Expectations traces the growth of the book’s narrator, Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens’ most memorable characters.

Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Haversham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip’s good-hearted room-mate Herbert Pocket and the pompous Pumblechook.

As Pip unravels the truth behind his own ‘great expectations’ in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him towards maturity and his most important discovery of all – the truth about himself.

 

Title: Jane Austen Collection by Jane Austen

Another £1 classic in a gorgeous edition! I still need to read a book by Jane Austen, so I really loved this collection so I can finally read her books!

Synopsis: This collection includes: Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Mansfield Park.

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July Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

Okay so this month was quite a big haul! But I got books for my anniversary, and other books quite cheap so I’m going to say its okay hahahaha! This months haul:

Anniversary Presents:

13588962_10204929915207081_1067953563_oTitle: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter

I CANT EVEN DEAL WITH THIS OH MY GOD. I’ve been after this book for SO LONG and my fiance surprised me with it for our anniversary and it is literal perfection. Hamilton is basically my life at the moment and I can’t even express how beautiful this book is. The spine, the content, EVERYTHING. I’m so so so happy to have it in my possession.

Synopsis: HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages – “since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda – traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

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Title:
 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I already own this book and it’s my absolute favourite book! Because of this for my anniversary I got the 10th anniversary edition which is BEAUTIFUL! I’ve been wanting a hardback version of this book for ages and this one has a little bit of extra material in it too and it’s just so pretty! I love it!

Synopsis: One of the most enduring stories of our time, “The Book Thief” is just a small story really, about, among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
The 10th-anniversary editionfeatures pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches, and pages from the author’s writing notebook.”

 

Amazon Gift Card:
So I got a gift card for my birthday and finally decided to use it….on books of course! I got:

13621901_10204964329467416_986159927_oTitle: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The 2nd book in the Lunar Chronicles! I have been desperately searching for this book since I read Cinder! I found it and thought what better to spend my gift card on! I’ve already read this and my review will be up soon!

Synopsis: SCARLET BENOIT’S grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.
Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.
As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . .

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June Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I got some great book deals this month!

2016-06-12 15.08.27Title:  Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan

I got this in a 3 for £5 deal at The Works! I checked reviews of it and it sounded really interesting and exciting so I thought for such a cheap price I might as well go for it!

Synopsis: Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.

But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?

The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.

2016-06-12 15.08.58Title:  The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

I also got this in a 3 for £5 deal at The Works! I love history books and fiction books set in historical times so when I saw this I instantly wanted it. The cover is also so gorgeous!

Synopsis: 1382. Daughter of John of Gaunt, sister to the future King Henry IV, Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England’s most powerful men.

In a time of political turmoil, allegiance to family is everything. A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father’s wishes. Yet headstrong Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage. Rejecting her duty, Elizabeth weds the charming and ruthlessly ambitious Sir John Holland: Duke of Exeter, half-brother to King Richard II and the one man she has always wanted. But defiance can come at a price.

1399. Elizabeth’s brother Henry has seized the throne. Her husband, confidant to the usurped Richard, masterminds a secret plot against the new King. Trapped in a dangerous web, Elizabeth must make a choice. Defy the King and betray her family. Or condemn her husband and send him to his death.

Sister. Wife. Traitor. She holds the fate of England in her hands.

2016-06-12 15.09.59Title: Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone by G.S.Denning

This sounded absolutely brilliant. I love Sherlock Holmes and the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle so much (I have the collection on my shelf), so this parody/twist on the story is just great. The synopsis made me laugh and it’s the first time I’ve read the synopsis and bought the book without thinking. I can’t wait to read this!

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius. Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But hes brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldnt deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

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May Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

So this month I tried not to buy books because well I already have a load to get through and thought I better get through those first! Compared to most months I did actually do quite well book-buying wise, even if I still bought a few haha! I got a few from a charity shop, a few on the Amazon 3 paperbacks for £10 and a few from Waterstones! I’m also sorry that this post is going to be slightly long!

Waterstones Book Haul

13334303_10204737401634362_410539623_oTitle:  Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little

I loved the idea of this and I thought it was such a cute book! It was also signed by Toby himself at Waterstones so I couldn’t not! It’s nice to see such young people wanting to investigate the world and as a fellow Sheffielder, it was a must buy!

Synopsis: With the help of his mum, Toby started handwriting and posting letters to everyone from research scientists in Antarctica to game-keepers in Chad and even the Pope. Not only did Toby achieve his goal but the world wrote back.

Dear World, How Are You? is a collection of the most fascinating and heart-warming letters he sent and received. It shows that the world is only as big as your imagination and is full of potential friends, waiting to be discovered, no matter where you live.

 

13313406_10204737401354355_104396146_oTitle:  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and it’s been on my need-to-buy list for a while! It wasn’t until I read the opening line that I was completely sold to buy it. Also I think the synopsis for this book is one of the most intriguing things I’ve ever read! Here it is:

Synopsis: I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.

 

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Title:  Book of Lies by Teri Terry

My other half pointed this book out to give it a look and it does sound very interesting! I love finding books that aren’t highly talked about, normally that’s how you find the best books so I’m excited to read it!

Synopsis: Tell a lie and the darkness will find you.
Quinn and Piper are twins, but they’ve never met. A tragic event brings
them together, and draws them into a family curse that stretches across centuries.
One twin can command the darkness; the other could hold the key to breaking the curse.
But when lies become truth and truth looks like lies, who can you believe?

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