Silent child by Sarah A. Denzil book review

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I found this book while perusing kindle unlimited. The blurb sounded interesting, so I grabbed it and gave it a read.

It doesn’t quite live up to its gripping synopsis, but it’s well written, though there’s a lack of tension. I didn’t feel worried for the characters.

And it was very obvious who had taken Aiden, (to me anyway and I always say everyone, but who it was). Along with a couple of cliches of the genre that you’ll guess if you read it.

I would’ve liked more tension and perhaps more interaction between mother, son and father. We’re too much in the mother’s mind. I didn’t really get to feel the after effects of what happened Aiden, how it affected him. However, I did like how Emma was portrayed, I found her realistic.

It did keep me up at night though, stewing over the terrible events that happened in the book.

Despite this, it was a good, quick read if you’re looking for something crime/thriller-like that isn’t too heavy writing wise. It’s available on kindle for 99p or free on unlimited and I consider it worth it.

Note: This book does have themes of child abuse. It is only mentioned and never described graphically.

Normally, this would be considered a spoiler, but I considered it worth mentioning and considering the blurb, it should be fairly obvious anyway.

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Bunny drop vol 1 & 2 by Yumi Unita manga review

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Bunny drop Volume 1

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Art: I love the art. It’s very similar to other manga’s I’ve read, but what I really love is how clean the boxes are. What I mean by that, is there’s usually lots of boxes on the page, and therefore the art, is squashed, not the case for this book. The cover is GORGEOUS too!

People…PEOPLE! This manga is AMAZING! Only one volume in and I adore it! I love all the characters, particularly our Main characters.

It’s a sweet story with a hint of complex plot, (like families usually are!) It ends on such a cliffhanger. I’m desperate to know what is next! I immediately ordered the next volume.

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Bunny drop Volume 2

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Art: Again very clean and pretty. And I love the cover of this. There seems to be a pastel theme going on. It suits very well.

I am super in love with this so far, and I’m only on Volume 2! The pacing is on point and I adore the characters so far. I love how complex and real they are.

I was surprised that there was a big plot event so early on in the manga, I’d been happy for it to be strung out a bit more, but it was done very well, revealing some, but leaving so many questions. I need to know! MOAR!

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Obviously, I’ll be continuing this series, (and after I’ll be getting the anime because I won’t be ready for it to be over). It’s actually quite short, *sobs*, only ten volumes, so we’ll only be together for a short time. ;-;

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Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

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Adventures based on the best-selling video games! All your favourite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!

Art: In the first 3 volumes, the art is very good and very typical of other manga’s, nothing that sets it apart or wows me, (more than great art does anyway.)

Pokemon adventures Volume 1

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The pacing is super quick, Red, our main character, zooms through dramatic events at the speed of light.

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Pokemon adventures Volume 2 

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The same issue as Volume 1. They move through plot arcs way too quick. There a multiple in them and, honestly, I would happy with the entire volume focusing on one or two of them so it could stretch out and have a more climatic pay off.

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Pokemon adventures Volume 3

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Now this is what I’m talking ’bout! The first half has great pacing. It follows one main event happening and builds up the tension.(And then the last half goes back to its bad ways). I still would’ve liked the entire volume to focus on that, but, hey, there’s hope for improvement in the series.

Something I like to is the character development of other’s than Red, particularly Blue, (who is Gary Oak in the anime?)

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Pokemon adventures volume 4

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Well. WELL. I was not expecting that. This is brilliant. Excellently paced with a great twist that runs for the entire book. It focuses on that one storyline. I LOVED it.

It ends with me desperately wanting the next volume something other 3 didn’t quite leave me feeling.

And I’m even more in love with the characters!

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The anime is much better paced, but I think I like the character development better in the manga so far. (I still love the anime though. Netflix, why you only got one season?!!)

It just seems to plop you into the story situation, and zooms through it so quick, that I’m dizzy and didn’t get a chance to sink into the story. The pacing is the biggest problem. This changes in volume 4 so hopefully this marks an improvement!

 

 

MIA: Where I’ve been and blog plans!

Helloooo *awkward wave*

So, the last time I did a review was…*goes to check*…August? Ouch. I pretty much just disappeared from social media.

To my friends, I’m super sorry. I missed and love you. ;-;

So, where did I go? Or rather, why did I disappear?

I was way too intense with the blog and it lost the fun…ness(?) because of it. I’m also an introvert and I took break which continued to the point where it made it difficult to just come back. Yeah…

I’ve also been crocheting a lot, (even opened an etsy store!) (I also have a craft blog ) So reading took a little backseat.

BUT I’M BACK! \o/

My plans for the blog

Well, it’s still going to be a book blog, (obviously.) (Though the occasional TV/movie review may sneak their way  in.)

But, I’ll be taking a more relaxed attitude to it. No schedules of, ‘there will definitely be a book review this day or that day’. And, the reviews themselves will be a little more casual too. I’ll guess you’ll see when I post one!

I’ve been reading some Manga’s I’ve been reading, so you’ll see reviews on them soon, and I may do reviews on anime tv shows too. Even a manga Vs. Anime kind of thing.

I’m new to manga’s, so if you have favourites you should totally talk to me about them.

We’re getting off track. *Ahem*

For the most part, they will be spoiler free, but there may be the occasional discussion post so I can rant talk about things. I’ll always label with it’s spoiler free or contains spoilers.

You can still check out my previous reviews in the read section, either by Author or by genre.

There’s my to read section up too for 2017 which I’ll constantly be adding too.

I’m excited to get back to it. I’ve missed chatting about books and the like!

 

 

The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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Initial thoughts

This blurb immediately had my attention. Short, sweet and hooked. Along with the fact, that the bookish community loved this book!

Writing

The beginning of the book was crammed with telling me stuff, I remember thinking, “I hope it isn’t like this all the time.”

Thankfully, it wasn’t. The book got into its rhythm and showed instead of told me. I liked the switches of POV between the main characters. Although, I’d preferred more in Melanie’s POV because I believed her to be the MAIN character.

The sciencey bits went over my head and some of the words choices were unnecessarily complicated.

Plot

This book is labelled as a thriller all over the book, but it didn’t read that way to me. It’s a familiar post-apocalyptic plot, told differently. I kind of wanted it to delve further into what was presented at the beginning and tension from the beginning dwindled away by the middle. 

This is most definitely a stand alone, it’s all wrapped up by the end, and it seems unlikely of a sequel, but there are a few plot threads I wanted to learn more about. The ending was excellent though.

Characters

The characters are the best thing about the novel. They are incredibly well-rounded. A few started almost like ‘cliche’ characters, but were revealed not to be. (Their story arcs were predictable though.)

By far, my favourite character was Parks. 

Overall thoughts

*Sigh* Me and Standalone’s have a love/hate relationship. I wanted MOAR. But, I find standalone’s always tell a story in a unique way with a message that always has me quiet and thinking when I finished it. 

I was disappointed that a few things were never addressed or used after being introduced, but I enjoyed the plot, the ending and the characters.


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Rapid fire book tag

I was tagged by the lovely LetsBookAboutIt. She’s a lover of books and games so if either of those things interest you, head on over!

So without further ado…

Tag Questions!

 E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books. I just like holding them in my hands and they’re so pretty! I tend to forget about the e-books on my kindle. I’m trying to get better at that because there is some amazing bargains! And a lot of indie authors publish in e-book format only. 

Paperback or Hardback?

I love paperbacks. Much easier to carry around. Although, I rage when I inevitably dent the cover.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I love going in-store and browsing. It fills that well of satisfaction up for me of a purchase. You don’t get that buying online, (And you have WAIT. D:) There are some great bargains online though.

Trilogies or Series?

I would say I prefer series just from looking at my bookshelves. Big fan of HP, (Who isn’t?) And I love the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. 

Heroes or Villains?

Can I say Anti-hero? Either way, I prefer darker characters. But it really depends.

I’m not a fan of heroes who are little angst balls, completely, (and often instantly), in love with someone and they’re the most important thing, which is why they’re saving the world. It’s come to the point where if I get a whiff of love interest in a blurb, the book is going back on the shelf.

Wow…did not mean this to turn into a rant. (I want to say that if you love that, then that’s great! This is just my preference and there are always exceptions to this where I’ll ship my OTP with the rest of them!)

A book you want everyone to read?

Any book written (<-not a title) by Terry Pratchett.

I feel he’s such an amazing Author that people will be missing out on. He doesn’t write just humorous fantasy, (which would be fine if he did), but the character’s feel real. And some of them have made me look at the world a little diffrent on finishing them.

Recommend an underrated book?

Harry Pot- HAHAHA. Um. I’d say…The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. While it is pretty popular, I think it deserves a little more love. This was SO hard if it’d said underrated games, I could’ve answered easily.

The last book you finished?

Mudman by James A. Hunter. It’s an urban fantasy which, while not perfect, has one of the best and interesting, character’s I’ve read this year.

The Last Book You Bought?

I just bought these three books today. 

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I was PROMISED there would be no romance so I’m pretty excited about it. Whether there’s potential romance in future remains to be seen. Have to read and see if I catch a whiff.

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It’s so yellow. ;-; I love it. This has an incredibly interesting blurb that had me slobbering like a dog waiting for a treat.

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I discovered this in Asda, while food shopping and, not gonna lie, I would’ve bought it for the gorgeous cover alone. (The prince is on the back, similar style.)

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

My dog. If I’m desperate and need to do something quick. I lie it open on his back. Lazy thing doesn’t even twitch an ear. 

Used Books: Yes or No?

Absolutely. I love charity shop hunting for books. (Or buying online.) Give an old book a home. ;-;

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Mainly Fantasy and Sci fi, (including dystopian ect), and either thriller’s or children horror. Not adult. Too scary. ;-; Although, I NEED to try a Stephen King novel.

Borrow or Buy?

I prefer to buy. Or I’d borrow from the library if it’s a book I’m unsure about. I wouldn’t borrow from other people. (Not that I know many readers in IRL. ;-;) Because then I’d have to let them borrow from me and THAT’S NEVER HAPPENING! *Heavy breathing*

Characters or Plot?

Ouch, hmmm. I’d say plot at a push, but these things go hand in hand really. Can’t have a good plot without good characters, (or well written)

Long or Short Books?

Either or. As long as it needs to be. If the book is good then length doesn’t matter. But, if pushed, long books. 

Long or Short Chapters?

I’d rather have short. If I’m pausing in reading then I like to pause at the end of the page on a full stop or I’d forget my place on the page when I come back to it. D:

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Going postal by Terry Pratchett

Battle royale by Koushun Takami

The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett or just any of the Tiffany aching series. I don’t why, but, wow, I bawled with each of those books. 

Also, the first book that I remember making me cry? Harry potter and the order of the Pheonix by J. K. Rowling.

THAT DEATH. Right near the start, (I think?)

(Even though it’s been years since it was published I still don’t want to write spoilers!)  It was lunch time at junior school and I’m reading this book in the playground, when IT happened. People surrounded me in horror as I sobbed, snot and everything, guys.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I quite like a mixture. Judging from my bookshelves, I would say our world with a fantasy twist, but I’d say fictional at a push

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I tried. I really want to like them, but I can’t connect the story that way. Super frustrating because I’d love to listen to a audio book while doing other stuff. -_-

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Of course. The cover is the first thing you see. I do my best to still read the blurb. But something pretty will catch my eye and make me more likely to pick it up and find out what it’s about.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Hm, I’ve only seen one or two movies that have been faithful to the book. (The Martian by Andy Weir’s movie adaption is excellent.) I think, TV, it could be done for longer and, hopefully, stay true to the subject media. 

I mean, why buy the rights and then make it nothing like the book or change things? You’re just going to make a generic film and anger the book lovers. (I’M LOOKING AT YOU SEVENTH SON, YOU PIECE OF TRASH!)

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I preferred the Coraline film to Neil Gaiman’s book. D:

Series or Standalone’s?

Series. If I love a book/characters then I want MOAR. More of the world, the character’s ect. If I loved it then I don’t think I could ever be happy with a standalone. I think there are many books that are perfect as standalone’s; doesn’t stop me wanting more. 

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Weekly update

What I read last week

Mudman by James A. Hunter

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By far my favourite thing about this book is the main character, Levi. Has to be one of my favourite character’s of the year. 4/6


Usually, I read at least two books a week, but, wow, I’ve had a slumpy week. I’ve not wanted to read anything. I think it’s going around. Many of my bookish friends online seem to be in slump mode! :/

So, things I do to get out of a slump:

(There are many ways to get out of a slump, but here’s a few that work for me.)

  • Go for a walk/ exercise.

Sometime being cooped up without moving makes me feel crappy. A short walk in the fresh air does wonders and I come back motivated, whether that’s to read or other stuff!

  • Re-read an old favourite/ An ‘easy’ read

Some books are knife wielding serial killers who stab you right in the feels. When I’m in a slump, this is not generally the kind of book I want to read. I want something that uses simple language and tells a light tale. Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett are those kind of author’s for me. Fun, fantasy tales. (Although, TP can lay on the angst. ;-;)

Manga’s/graphic novels are great for this too!

  • Push through it

Sometimes, if I know that the reason I’m not enjoying a book is because of a slump and not because it sucks, I push through it. Many times, I eventually settle into the story and it can pull me out of the slump.

  • Do something else creative

Sometimes I feel the need to be creative myself rather than burying myself in someone else’s wonderful creativity. 

  • Go on twitter and see how excited other bookish peeps are

Excitement is contagious. Often I discover books through people talking about them, (or talking about books I want to read.) It makes me want to read and fangirl about them!

  • Buy a new precious!

Not exactly cost effective, but occasionally just buying a new book that’s caught my eye, which I immediately begin reading and devouring is a great cure for a slump! You can always go bargain hunting in charity shops for books too! 

Hope these help for anyone in a slump. If you do something else when in a slump then let me know! 


What I’m reading this week

I have started, and would like to finish these two books: 

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A sci fi, dystopian novella. A discovered this by reading this book review. It’s also christian fiction, something I’ve not delved into before, so it’ll be interesting to see a dystopian twist on that.

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A middle-grade, fantasy, horror WHICH HAS A WESTIE IN IT! *Ahem* I’ve read the first chapter or two and I’m hooked so far. (Also that book cover is gorgeous!!)

I also plan to read:

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That’s Charming is a whimsical fantasy/adventure novel with sprinklings of humour for a middle grade audience which was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian/Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize.

This is written by fellow blogger, Heather Lawson. You can find more about the book at its own blog here(you can read the first chapter free here!)and here. (Super gorgeous art on there. Check it out.)

So far, I’ve read the first two chapters and cannot wait to get my hands on the rest! Those two chapters, have helped immensely to end my book slump. 


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Mudman by James A. Hunter book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

I requested, (and received), an e-copy of this from netgalley. (My first netgalley review! Whoop! Whoop!)

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Levi Adams is a soft spoken, middle-aged Mennonite man—at least he tries to be when he’s not murdering people.

Levi’s a golem, a Mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp—killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn’t like it, but unfortunately he’s been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After seventy years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi’s trying to change his grisly nature. And the AA meetings and church services are helping. A little. But when he runs across a wounded girl, Sally Ryder, during one of his “hunting expeditions,” he realizes self-help may have to go on the back burner.

(I’ve actually left the last part of the blurb out because I feel it’s a bit spoilery.)

Initial thoughts

I really liked the premise of this book and, honestly, I sense that there may not be romance in it. I was in a very, ‘I do not want to read a book with a love interest’ mood when I picked this up.

Writing

I liked the writing. It moved with good pace and balanced action with explinations…when in Levi’s POV. There are two POVs. Levi’s and Sally’s. I wasn’t a fan of Sally’s POV. I had to grit my teeth between them, because then everything dragged. Luckily, it doesn’t happen often. 

The action scenes were brilliant, but they were just a smidge too long. If they were shortened a little I think the pace of this book would be top marks.

Plot

The plot is great. You’re immediately hooked by the mystery and it keeps feeding you little bits to keep you that way. It was incredibly enjoyable. The world is interesting too and I feel we’ve only scraped the surface. (And I need more of Levi!)

Characters

Levi is a fab character. I loved him to pieces. He was so different from the usual hero types and he’s an incredibly complex, but also simple character. (Yes, I make a lot sense.)

Sally…*Sigh* I don’t like her. I understand her character and she is a good character to a point, but she’s just meh for me. (This may be why I disliked being in her POV as well.) I feel she acted in stupid ways on certain occasions that were supposed to make her look like a badass, strong female and just had me rolling my eyes. 

Overall thoughts

Amazing, different kind of, main character with a well thought plot and world. Sally dragged the experience down for me, but many people may, and probably will, love her. 

It dragged a tiny smidge in places. The author’s hasn’t quite got a handle on the lull between action scenes, but it wasn’t a major thing. A great urban fantasy novel. Finger’s crossed there’s more!


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

This is the sequel to, The dark lord of Derkholm. Be sure to check out that review first!

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It is eight years after the tours from offworld have stopped. High Chancellor Querida has retired, leaving Wizard Corkoran in charge of the Wizards’ University. Although Wizard Corkoran’s obsession is to be the first man on the moon, and most of his time is devoted to this project, he decides he will teach the new first years himself in hopes of currying the favor of the new students’ families—for surely they must all come from wealth, important families—and obtaining money for the University (which it so desperately needs). But Wizard Corkoran is dismayed to discover that one of those students—indeed, one he had such high hopes for, Wizard Derk’s own daughter Elda—is a huge golden griffin, and that none of the others has any money at all.

Wizard Corkoran’s money-making scheme backfires, and when Elda and her new friends start working magic on their own, the schemes go wronger still. And when, at length, Elda ropes in her brothers Kit and Blade to send Corkoran to the moon… well… life at the Wizards’ University spins magically and magnificently out of control.

Initial thoughts

The Dark lord of Derkholm was the first Diana Wynne Jones book I read and I think one of the first fully fantasy novels I’d read. By that, I mean, properly set in fantasyland. It being the norm. 

I loved that book and so was super excited to discover a sequel. (Took me long enough to read it though.)

Writing

Diana Wynne Jones seems to have knack for juggle several characters at once. It doesn’t read chaotic or annoying. I really like enjoy it.

She does the occasional head hope, but not too much and, if I’m honest, it has a certain charm. (Rules made to be broken, am I right?)

Plot

The plot is fun and light hearted. No angst. Now I like me some angst, but sometimes it’s nice to read something that’s just good fun.

But there was a whole other plot happening in the background that you never get to see which sucked because it seemed interesting. A few things happened off scene. And some plot elements were wrapped up too quick or not evolved on. I think the book was a bit too quick and short. I would’ve loved more book.

I think you’d get away with reading this without the first, although you’d miss a couple of ‘inside’ things. 

Characters

Many of the characters from the previous novel show up, but only one is a main character. I was really sad about this because I’d loved those characters. 

But I really enjoyed the new characters too. 

Overall thoughts

The main let down is plot for me, but I still considered it to be an excellent, well worth reading novel. If you’re looking for something light and fun, then I recommend this!


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Three bags full by Leonie Swann book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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Initial thoughts

I was recommended this by Vicky over at booksandstrips a whiiiiiiile ago. I remember reading the blurb and being really excited about it. A sheep detective guys. SHEEP. DETECTIVE. 

This is also written by a German Author and therefore translated from German. I’m  always interested in reading books from different countries. 

Writing

Now, this is the second book I’ve read where it has been translated from its native language and I think, whoever did it, did a fantastic job. Nothing seemed to be lost in translation.

It’s written in third pov of a flock of sheep. And that’s done well. The pace is a little slow. It moves well at the start and then it sort of petered out. 

Plot

I found this to be unique and refreshing. Being in the POV of the sheep, the sheep could only understand what they understood, but on the downside of that, some of the events were lost in translation. (And I mean from sheep to human, not German to English.)

I felt really distance from the human drama, (which was the whole point of the book.) I did enjoy the sheepy antics.

I did like the ending, but the mystery itself was a let down.

Characters

It is a very character driven book. All the sheep’s had personalites and I loved each of them. I kind of wanted to know more about them, but they’re sheep. It’s hard to have complex backstories.

The human’s were looked at from a sheep’s perspective so its hard to get attached to them.

Overall thoughts

A fun, enjoyable read that I’d recommend because of its uniqueness, but the mystery is lacking. I’m disappointed that the second book hasn’t been translated into English because I would’ve read it.


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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