BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON WINTER 2019 TBR

 

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The Biannual Bibliothon is back for another round and I am so excited. I am super busy at the moment and I might not get any of the challenges done but I at least wanted to do the reading challenges, so that is what I am focusing on. If I finish the reading challenges I will be one happy reader… anything further is icing on the cake.

 

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READING CHALLENGES:

1. Read the Group Book

2. Read one of the hosts’ 5 star reads

3. Read a book that got you into reading

4. Read an adult genre

5. Combine your favorite genre with your least favorite format or the opposite

6. Read a book with a cover you don’t like

7. Read a book by an author you’ve never read before

 

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MY TBR:

 

 

Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean

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This is the Group Book for this round of the Biannual Bibliothon and I am extra excited for this.

 

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I have had this book on many TBR’s through 2018 and haven’t gotten to it yet. When I saw it as one of the hosts 5 star picks I could’t resist putting it on my TBR.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

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I have said many times that the Harry Potter series are the books that got me into reading in the 5th grade. I love this series and am so excited to do a re-read of the series in 2019.

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This is an adult novel that has been majorly hyped in 2018 and I am so keen to see what all the hype is about.

 

 

Golden Curse by M. Lynn

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My favourite genres is retellings and this is a retelling of Rapunzel. I really enjoy any format of book, but if I were to choose one I would have to say e-book. So, I am going to read this one via e-book.

 

 

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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I am not particularly fond of this cover. I loved the TV Series and am interested to read the books it was based off of.

 

 

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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I have never read a novel by Mary H.K. Choi and this is one that has been liked by many a reader out there and I am very interested to read this modern contemporary romance.

 

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: COURT OF MEMORIES

 

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Court of Memories by Dyan Chick. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Illaria Publishing

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 24th December 2018

 

PAGES: 202

 

 

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Magic comes with a price. If Cassia wants a happily ever after in the Fae realm, she’ll have to join a brutal fight for a crown she doesn’t even want.

Cassia is so close to the life she always wanted. A changeling who was always out of place in the human world, she is on her way to finding love, magic, and happiness with four Fae princes. The monster threat against her life has been contained. For now. But they are attracted to her power and her untrained magic, and it’s a race against time before they break through again.

And the monsters aren’t the only ones trying to kill Cassia. The Queen’s Trial is approaching, and her power makes her a target and a threat to the other noble houses vying to be queen.

With her enemies piling up and only Four Fae Princes on her side she’s running out of options. There’s only one rule in Queen’s Trial: Survive.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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My story is probably similar to a lot of other writers out there. As a kid, I was creative, imaginative, and loved to write. I’d write scripts for plays and make my sisters act them out. I got excited about the writing prompts for standardized tests in elementary school. I started writing my first (unfinished) novel in 5th grade. Then started another one in middle school. For a long time, I was a closet writer. I didn’t tell anybody that I had a hard drive full of abandoned stories. After years of not finishing anything, I finally took the plunge and started taking writing, and myself as a writer, seriously. My first novel, Heir of Illaria, published January 23, 2017. Book 2 is right around the corner. It’s gone from closet hobby to full on addiction. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my characters as if they’re real.

 

 

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LINKS:

 

 

BOOK 1:

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BOOK 2:

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GIVEAWAY:

 

 

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

 

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

Week One:

12/24/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

12/24/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

 

12/26/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

12/26/2018- Burgandy Ice– Excerpt

 

12/27/2018- BookHounds– Excerpt

12/27/2018- Good Choice Reading– Spotlight

 

12/28/2018- Texan Holly Reads– Excerpt

12/28/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight

 

Week Two:

12/31/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

12/31/2018- Bookbriefs– Excerpt

 

1/1/2019- Sweet Things– Excerpt

1/1/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

 

1/2/2019- To Be Read– Review

 

1/3/2019- Oh Hey! Books.– Excerpt

1/3/2019- Parajunkee– Excerpt

 

1/4/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

BLOG TOUR: LADY SMOKE

 

 

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian. This tour is coordinated by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Delecorte Press

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 05th February 2019

 

PAGES: 512

 

 

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The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.

 

After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.

 

When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.

 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

 

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LINKS:

 

 

BOOK 1: ASH PRINCESS

 

 GoodreadsAmazonAudible,  B&N,  iBooksTBD

 

 

BOOK 2: LADY SMOKE

GoodreadsAmazonAudible,  B&NiBooksTBD

 

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GIVEAWAY:

 

3 winners will receive a finished copy of LADY SMOKE, US Only.

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

Week One:

1/1/2019- To Be Read– Review

1/2/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

1/3/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

1/4/2019- Random Bookish Banter– Review

 

Week Two:

1/7/2019- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Review

1/8/2019- Jrsbookreviews– Review

1/9/2019- Omg Books and More Books– Review

1/10/2019- Fiction Fare– Review

1/11/2019- Du Livre– Review

 

Week Three:

1/14/2019- Loie Dunn– Review

1/15/2019- A Court of Coffee and Books– Review

1/16/2019- Paws and Paperbacks– Review

1/17/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

1/18/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review

 

Week Four:

1/21/2019- Paper Reader– Review

1/22/2019- Adventures and Reading– Review

1/23/2019- Popthebutterfly Reads– Review

1/24/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

1/25/2019- YA Books Central– Interview

 

Week Five:

1/28/2019- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

1/29/2019- Colorimetry– Interview

1/30/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

1/31/2019- Kat’s Books– Review

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ADVENT READATHON DAY 24 CHALLENGE

 

 

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Welcome to Day 24 of the Advent Readathon and Christmas Eve. I hope you have enjoyed your time in the Advent Readathon and this festive season. The time has gone so fast. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

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The Challenge for today is:

 

Wrap Up your experience though the Advent Readathon.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ADVENT READATHON DAY 21 CHALLENGE

 

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We’re almost to Christmas and this holiday season has been so busy. The end of the year is a time to reflect on the year past – the ups and the downs.

 

Today’s challenge is to discuss your favourite and most disappointing read of 2018 so far.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ADVENT READATHON DAY 15 CHALLENGE

 

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It’s day 15 of the Advent Readathon and I hope everyone is getting some great reading in before the end of the year.

 

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Today’s challenge is to do with book formats. There seems to be so many different ways to read a book these days; physical, audiobook, e-book.

 

I am a fan of all three and generally have at least one of each going at a time. The challenge today is to answer a question:

 

If you had to choose a single book format to read for the rest of your life which would it be and why?

 

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ADVENT READATHON DAY 12 CHALLENGE

 

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We are now half way through the Advent Readathon and I hope everyone who is participating is having an amazing time and really enjoying all the books they are reading.

 

The challenge for today is Six Degrees of Separation with a twist. The idea is to link two completely different books through six degrees of separation.

 

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The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

 

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

CONNECTION:

 

Both The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and The Hate U Give feature protagonist who are going to mainstream school where they are a cultural minority.

 

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

 

CONNECTION:

Both The Hate U Give and Tyler Johnson Was Here feature the aftermath of a fatal police shooting and police brutality.

 

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

 

CONNECTION:

 

Both The Hate U Give and Tyler Johnson Was Here discuss race and the impact of cultural differences on a society.

 

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The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adhieh

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In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

 

CONNECTION:

 

Both The Help and The Wrath and the Dawn feature strong female protagonists not afraid to stand up for their beliefs.

 

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

 

 

CONNECTION:

 

Both The Wrath and the Dawn and Girls Made of Snow and Glass are retellings with strong female characters.

 

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There you go… I’ve tried to create a connection between these books while selecting a broad range of diverse books.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ADVENT READATHON DAY 9 CHALLENGE

 

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Today is Day 9 of the Advent Readathon and I am having so much fun and hope you are too. Today’s challenge is a blog one and is inspired by Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. I have recently finished the book and watched the Netflix movie today. I cannot recommend this enough – both the book and the movie. I adored them both.

 

The challenge for today is to recommend a book that you feel would be amazing as a Netflix movie.

 

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FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL

 

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Fangirl is a book with so many elements that I feel would play well into the visual format. We have the complexities of starting college and the bonds of sisterhood which are stretched within this novel. There is a beautiful and nerdy – sweet romance that seriously melts the heart. To top it off the fanfic of Carry On would be amazing to see on screen.

 

Honestly, I would love to see Cath and Levi on the screen soon and think a lot of people would as well.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

 

ADVENT READATHON DAY 6 CHALLENGE

 

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It is Day 6 of the Advent Readathon and I hope you are having a tonne of fun. Today’s challenge is a Blog Challenge. The challenge is to present a short fan fiction story with a holiday theme featuring characters from multiple books.

 

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The party was in full swing and everyone was having so much fun. The moon was full and the warlocks at the party were keeping the air abuzz with just enough magic that everyone was just slightly tipsy.

Magnus shared a grin with a fellow warlock as one particularly tipsy fairy went spinning past, her clothes slightly askew with a mad grin on her face. Another girl walked a short distance behind her keeping the girl in her line of sight, designated driver?

Suddenly, there was a large crash coming from the refreshments table. Magnus spun around in time to see Jace Wayland throwing a vampire across the room. Jace sprung again with his seraph in hand.

“Uh, uh…” with a wave of his hand Magnus stopped Jace in midair and sent him stumbling backwards.

“What the heck Magnus” Jace was now focused solely on Magnus and advancing fast. “Who the hell do you think you are?”

“The High Warlock of Brooklyn, and you would be wise to remember whose house you are in Shadowhunter.” Magnus flicked his hair out of his face and sent a glare in Jace’s direction.

Right then the vampire jumped up. Only it wasn’t a vampire… though the pale tone of the girls skin meant she was sure masquerading as one.

“You interrupted my mark you imbecile.” She advanced on Jace with a knife she had drawn from her boot.

Magnus rolled his eyes and held out a hand, “woman, would you put down the knife?”

“The name is Mia.” The girl growled. Magnus saw a shadow in the corner of his eye. A cat was skulking around Mia’s legs. Now Magnus had seen everything.

“Alright now. We can settle this without getting blood all over my rug, it is a bitch to clean.”

Just then the tipsy fairy girl from earlier stumbled into Mia. She spilled her drink over Mia and knocked both of them to the ground.

“Geez Fayre… I take my eyes off you for one second”. The other girl appeared and helped Feyre off the ground.

“It isn’t my fault” Fayre slurred “this damn warlock magic is going to my head. Can we just get out of here Jude?”

“Yeah, that’s probably a good idea. I just had to see Oak but he is fine. I need to get back and make sure Cardan hasn’t set anything on fire.”

Jace snorted a laugh and all the attention shifted back to him.

“What” Jude snarled. “I know all about you, don’t think you could be left alone for one minute without something going awry Mr. Perfect Shadowhunter”.

“Hold up”. Magnus groaned. “I will not have violence at any of my super amazing parties. You’ll all need to take it outside.”

“I was just leaving,” Mia had gotten herself off of the floor. “But watch out Shadowhunter, you’ve made it onto my list.” As quick as that she was gone.

“What the…” Jude said. “Where did she go?”

“I don’t know.” Jace said pocketing his seraph. “But I can’t say I’m sad to see her go.”

The two girl in the background slipped away quietly.

“Well,” Jace said “You never throw a boring party Magnus.”

“Merry freaking Christmas!” Magnus just smiled as he looked out at the party still raging around him.

 

 

*This story has nothing at all to do with any of the original texts, except the basic character concepts I played off of.*

 

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CHARACTER BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

Feyre – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Jace Wayland – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Jude – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Magnus Bane – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Mia Corvere – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati