WWW Wednesday  (Jan 17, 2018)

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Hey all…. it’s WWW Wednesday again! As always, it’s really easy because there are only THREE questions! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! Be sure to post your answers in the comments below and head over to Sam’s when you’re done!

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What are you currently reading?

confessions of ugly stepsister

While writing this post, I must admit I haven’t actually started reading this book yet. I probably will have read a few pages, once this has been published.

I’m finally getting around to reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire author of “The Wicked Years,” series. Based on the children’s story Cinderella. Maguire uses his typical flair to retell the classic tale from the perspective of the sisters left behind.

The story is set in 17th century Holland and since I’m not familiar with it at all. I’ll just have to read on to find out more about it.

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What did you recently finish reading?

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I finished reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, yesterday afternoon. The fantastical tale of a modern woman of the 70s transported to the antebellum South to save the life of a young boy named Rufus. Our heroine endures, the systematic abuse of the time period while trying to complete her mission and return home. This book will infuriate you, bring tears to your eyes and have you cheering for the unspeakable. But if you read it, you’ll be happy you did.

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I also recently finished Hart’s Hope by Orson Scott Card. I respect that man as a pioneer in the speculative fiction genre but regretfully disliked this book a lot. The reasons are endless and you can read more about them here. Definitely check it out for yourself before making your final opinions.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m honestly not sure I’ve been meaning to finish reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman, but I also wouldn’t mind starting a new series…decisions….

What Are You Reading Right Now? Leave A Comment Below!

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#NewBook Book Tag

Hey all,

I’ve been prepping for grad school, so my writing time has been limited to getting my portfolio together. Almost done though! 😇
I thought I’d attempt an update. I finished A Madness So Discreet a few days ago and was in the mood for another stand alone novel. Then I remembered that my sissy, bought me such a book for my bday!!! 

Night of the Animals by Bill Brown, is looking like a humorous story, our main character believes he can speak to the animals and uses this gift to interrogate them while also trying to set them free.

In oil painting across a blackened sky freckled with dimly lit stars, a young man wearing what appears to be an old school white nightgown is sitting on top of a bear. Thus covering all facets of the title, with the bear being the animal and the sky clearly night.

I’m not familiar with Bill Brown as an author but if I like this one perhaps he’ll have a new fan. 

 

I’m also still working my way through How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. Treating this as a textbook for writing, I’ve been able to learn a bit more about crafting a story. 

WWW Wednesday (Nov 22,2017)

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Week Two of WWW Wednesday! What a great way to get some recurring content and it’s really easy because there are only THREE questions! WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words!  Be sure to post your answers in the comments below and head over to Sam’s when you’re done!

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What are you currently reading?

How to write sf and fanatsyI  am trying my hand at multi-reading. I’m preparing for grad school so I’m reading through Orson Scott Card’s How to Write: Science Fiction & Fantasy a light read with lots of information for aspiring writers. This book is only one in a series of genre reference books published by Writers Digest.  Card is the author of Ender’s Game a book I haven’t read but seen in movie form. The four book series with mini A Madness So Discreet– novella attachments are enough to add at least eleven novels and ten short stories to my TBR list.

I’m also trying to make it through A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.  I’ve tried reading this book a few times, each time abandoning it for something more my cup of tea.  However, I’m noticing that this book has been making ti’s rounds aroung the blogosphere and it was featured in a post I was reading a few days ago. I insist on completing this book and returning it to it’s rightful owner…. Yup it’s borrowed.

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What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin ColferI feel a great sense of accomplishment both finishing the full series as well as having documented the reading and reviews as described in my 2017 reading challenge. Yay me! Also that puts me only nine books away from completing my 2017 reading challenge and it’s still NOV.

The Artemis Fowl series was a great read. The characters lived and grew with each new book and the final battle really put the icing on this series for me. There’s a full review of the book here, if you haven’t  read that yet.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Once I finish reading Madness and the Reference book I fully plan to return my attention to reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  It made it my Nov TBR list but I have yet to open a single book from the series. It hasn’t been forgotten, I just may need ro finish out the series in December which is perfect as the Buddy read with Do You Even Geek  will probably be 2018’s project anyway.

 

What Are You Reading Right Now? Leave A Comment Below!

 

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It’s The Great Pumpkin! (Book Tag)

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It’s fall, season of the pumpkin…so here we are with a pumpkin themed book tag! I found this one on Thrice Read  and to level with you all I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin. I didn’t try my first piece of pumpkin pie until junior year of college and I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall time for me is usually an caramel Macchiato or some warm cider. For those of you who do enjoy pumpkin flavored things, try out this book tag. Leave your link below so I can check it out!

Pumpkin: A writer you always make a point to read in October

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There is no particular author I read base don the time of year it is. My plan is usually to read the books as they come in the mail or as they’re released. For the remainder of 2017 my plan is to finish the Cassandra Clare series The Mortal Instruments. It’s also November and almost the end of pumpkin season and the beginning of peppermint takeover which I am a fan of.

Pumpkin Spice: A work you would read to impress a millennial

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I don’t know what would impress a millennial nor do I read books to impress people, but there are a few books that I feel smarter for having read. I’m a big fan of poetry and I have a book of Harlem Renaissance poems that I think is pretty impressive.

 

Pumpkin Pie: A work that makes you think of autumn

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, I read this story in Jr. high school which would’ve started in the fall around September or October. The story itself takes place over the course of the school year I believe also. The incident mentioned in the book occurred in a suburb of Philadelphia.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake: A work that was challenging to read but was a rewarding experience

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Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read. It was on my high school summer reading list my junior year of high school and I recall not being able to force myself through the entire book. I made it halfway through and had to finish reading through the school year to pass the tests that came along with the summer reading lists.

 

 

Pumpkin Bread: An underrated work by a well-known writer

I am so new to this I’m not sure who is well – known or who is just well known to me. I spent a few years not reading anything and so I’ll have to wait until at least next year to give a fair opinion on that one.

 

Pumpkin Soup: A work that you first enjoyed, but then lost interest 

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The very first series that comes to mind is The Immortals by Alyson Noel. The very first book Evermore  was amazing but upon reaching the ending I was annoyed and I found the main character so insufferable that midway through the second book I gave up.

Pumpkin Doughnut: A light, five-star read

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Sisterhood of the APF by Zane is both a light read and a five-star book though definitely not for children. Zane’s books discuss adult situations and are very steamy.  Sisterhood of the APF is one of my absolute favorites. I bought the book shortly after borrowing a copy of Nervous by the same author.

Pumpkin Picking: Within the last year, in which genre did you purchase the most books

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As always the genre I spent the most coin on was fantasy.It is my personal favorite and the genre I aspire to write for. Plus there are so many great options to choose from. .

Pumpkin Carving: A work that could have been trimmed down

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I try really hard to look at the entire body of work of a series. I have been fortunate enough to pick series that i’m interested in and that also have interesting plots and I haven’t been disappointed yet. When you commit to a series you have to be along for the ride.

Pumpkin Painting: A book with magnificent illustrations

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I love the illustrations in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. So far I’ve only read Wicked but the cover art as well as the title headings are very pretty.

Pumpkin Ice Cream: The most random work you would recommend

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The most random book I would recommend is actually a fantasy theme book called Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dugald A. Steer, Ernest Drake and Wayne Anderson. It was a book my mom got for me as a pre-teen when I was obsessed with dragons, the book has several fun activities to keep the excitement going and it’s very shiny. As far as books go it’s not the most plot driven but the illustrations are amazing.

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin/what is your favorite dish where pumpkin is the main ingredient?

So once again I’m not a major fan of pumpkin flavored anything, however, I do really enjoy Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cheesecake is one of my favorite food groups and I absolutely love caramel on anything so caramel cheesecake with pumpkin or any other kind of pie just makes sense.

What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin  Inspired Thing?  Leave a Comment Below!

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It's The Great Pumpkin! (Book Tag)

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It’s fall, season of the pumpkin…so here we are with a pumpkin themed book tag! I found this one on Thrice Read  and to level with you all I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin. I didn’t try my first piece of pumpkin pie until junior year of college and I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall time for me is usually an caramel Macchiato or some warm cider. For those of you who do enjoy pumpkin flavored things, try out this book tag. Leave your link below so I can check it out!

Pumpkin: A writer you always make a point to read in October

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There is no particular author I read base don the time of year it is. My plan is usually to read the books as they come in the mail or as they’re released. For the remainder of 2017 my plan is to finish the Cassandra Clare series The Mortal Instruments. It’s also November and almost the end of pumpkin season and the beginning of peppermint takeover which I am a fan of.

Pumpkin Spice: A work you would read to impress a millennial

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I don’t know what would impress a millennial nor do I read books to impress people, but there are a few books that I feel smarter for having read. I’m a big fan of poetry and I have a book of Harlem Renaissance poems that I think is pretty impressive.

 

Pumpkin Pie: A work that makes you think of autumn

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, I read this story in Jr. high school which would’ve started in the fall around September or October. The story itself takes place over the course of the school year I believe also. The incident mentioned in the book occurred in a suburb of Philadelphia.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake: A work that was challenging to read but was a rewarding experience

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Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read. It was on my high school summer reading list my junior year of high school and I recall not being able to force myself through the entire book. I made it halfway through and had to finish reading through the school year to pass the tests that came along with the summer reading lists.

 

 

Pumpkin Bread: An underrated work by a well-known writer

I am so new to this I’m not sure who is well – known or who is just well known to me. I spent a few years not reading anything and so I’ll have to wait until at least next year to give a fair opinion on that one.

 

Pumpkin Soup: A work that you first enjoyed, but then lost interest 

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The very first series that comes to mind is The Immortals by Alyson Noel. The very first book Evermore  was amazing but upon reaching the ending I was annoyed and I found the main character so insufferable that midway through the second book I gave up.

Pumpkin Doughnut: A light, five-star read

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Sisterhood of the APF by Zane is both a light read and a five-star book though definitely not for children. Zane’s books discuss adult situations and are very steamy.  Sisterhood of the APF is one of my absolute favorites. I bought the book shortly after borrowing a copy of Nervous by the same author.

Pumpkin Picking: Within the last year, in which genre did you purchase the most books

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As always the genre I spent the most coin on was fantasy.It is my personal favorite and the genre I aspire to write for. Plus there are so many great options to choose from. .

Pumpkin Carving: A work that could have been trimmed down

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I try really hard to look at the entire body of work of a series. I have been fortunate enough to pick series that i’m interested in and that also have interesting plots and I haven’t been disappointed yet. When you commit to a series you have to be along for the ride.

Pumpkin Painting: A book with magnificent illustrations

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I love the illustrations in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. So far I’ve only read Wicked but the cover art as well as the title headings are very pretty.

Pumpkin Ice Cream: The most random work you would recommend

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The most random book I would recommend is actually a fantasy theme book called Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dugald A. Steer, Ernest Drake and Wayne Anderson. It was a book my mom got for me as a pre-teen when I was obsessed with dragons, the book has several fun activities to keep the excitement going and it’s very shiny. As far as books go it’s not the most plot driven but the illustrations are amazing.

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin/what is your favorite dish where pumpkin is the main ingredient?

So once again I’m not a major fan of pumpkin flavored anything, however, I do really enjoy Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cheesecake is one of my favorite food groups and I absolutely love caramel on anything so caramel cheesecake with pumpkin or any other kind of pie just makes sense.

What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin  Inspired Thing?  Leave a Comment Below!

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Fall Time, Cozy Time (Book Tag)

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Subscriber: I’m starting to notice a theme on Blu Moon Fiction

Me: Yes, the theme is Fall. 

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been doing loads of fall themed posts, even if my reading doesn’t necessarily follow suit. Here’s another fun Book Tag, I originally found it on a watt pad page belonging to skye_ wolverine7  titled: Book Tags 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color! Choose a book that has reds, yellows and oranges on it.

Incantation

Incantation by Alice Hoffman. I’ve had this book for ages and yet, I’ve never actually read it. It looks to be a historical fiction about a young woman identifying as a spanish jew during a time when they are being persecuted. The story covers themes of faith, friendship, and persecution.

 

Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzy?

Blame It on Eve

I don’t remember why I never finished this book but, Blame It on Eve by Philana Marie Boles, for me is definitely one of those books. It’s a brilliant story of a girl allegedly with everything she’s ever wanted, who realizes that she wants and deserves more. The transformation she undergoes throughout the book makes you proud of the main character, I should definitely find out how it ends.

Fall storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book or genre to read on a stormy day.

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I absolutely love Urban Fantasy especially on a day when it’s gross outside. You may not know this about me but I am not a person who enjoys the elements up close. On rainy, cold icky days, you can find me curled up with a blanket and a book. Which is why this is the perfect job for me. 🙂 I have a few series I’m interested in reading over the next few months during what I call my “hibernation”.

Cool, crisp air: What cool character would you want to trade places with?

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Most of the characters I read about, experience some form of great tragedy which makes them awesome to read about. Of all of my favorite female reads, I wouldn’t mind swamping places with post Breaking Dawn Bella Cullen. Frozen at approximately 19 years of age, she is the only vampire excluding her mate Edward with a living breathing heir. Immortality aside, she also happens to be one of a few vampires magically gifted.

Hot apple cider: What is an under hyped book that you wanna see be the next hottest, biggest thing in the world?

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I know of a small community of readers who are aware of the series but I expected this series to be a major motion picture by now. The House of Night by P.C. & Kristin Cast is a book I discuss often. I truly feel that it doesn’t get nearly enough buzz. There should be movies, merchandise and collectible drinks that are fakey blood, but i guess the world isn’t ready.

Coats, scarves, mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most amazing book cover that you own that you would want to keep hidden from the public?

Dracula

I have several leather bound copies of books, a bejeweled dragonology book that I keep no a top shelf as well as an older copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that’s being held together with so much tape I’m embarrassed to show people but… none of my books are to be spirited away. Books are meant to be seen and read and loved!

Pumpkin Spice: What is your favorite food in the fall time?

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Funny story, I am not a fan of Pumpkin – spice. Orange Spice in my time with a gingersnap cookie. My nana and I used to devour boxes. It’s hard deciding on my favorite fall food because Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to all the things I love to eat. If i’m choosing my hands down favorite though, I have to say it’s sweet potatoes (yams) anytime of the year, but I can only ever seem to find Sweet Potato cheesecake in the fall. It’s the perfect blend of my two favorite deserts sweet potato pie and cheesecake.

Warm, cozy bonfire: Spread the warmth! Who are you going to tag?

As always I’m late to this dance so I’m pretty sure there is no one I could tag that hasn’t done this at least once, but just in case you haven’t feel free to tag yourself and leave the link below!

Which Books Do You Love To Cozy Up To ?  Leave a Comment Below!

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The Name Game Book Tag

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I found this book tag on The Book Owl and just had to try it! Before making it’s home at The Book Owl  this tag was featured on the blog of Madeline J. Rose!  Remember those cheesy poems we used to write as kids, using the letters of your name? It’s actually just like that, but with books!

The original post suggests using the titles of books you’ve read or recommended to spell out your name.  The books can have either have the letter in the title or as the author that starts with each letter of your name. I noticed in my bookshelf there are far more books I own than have read, so i’ll be using books I own or have read. I’ll also be spelling out my byline: Noel Bleu, feel free to use whichever name you’d like and leave a comment below!

 

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Night Star: Alyson Noel

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N – Stands for Night Star by Alyson Noel.  This letter was only slightly challenging as I only have a handful of N books. I have not read this book yet, but I do own it. I have read the first book in the series and half of the second book. Night Star, is book five in The Immortals six book series. Without having read it there’s not much to say but I do looooove the cover.

 

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Out Of Oz: Gregory Maguire

Out of Oz

O – Stands for Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire. I couldn’t think of an O book off the top of my head and wouldn’t have been able to find one in my shelf if not for my Nov book haul. I started this series with Wicked but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the rest of the books. It is the final book in The Wicked Years series.  As for now though it looks like I’ll be completing the series in 2018.

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E.B. White: Charlotte’s Web

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E – stands for E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web. Between The Immortals and Twilight I could spell out my name with just those two series, but,  for the sake of variation I decided to use the name of the author of one of my favorite children’s books. E.B. White is the creator of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, (I saw the movie but have yet to read the book.)

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Dangerous Liasions

L – stands for Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.  Finding L books are hard, this book only counts as L by acknowledging that the in french is Les. This book also known as Dangerous Liaisons also known as Cruel Intentions is a book that I haven’t ever read, but, I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count.  I actually picked this book up in college because I found out the movie was based on a book. Finding the original french written story was a bonus. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a difficult read if you don’t have the time to decode French and old English. It’s been listed on several classic books list so I’ll be reading it at some point.

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Breaking Dawn: Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

B – Stands for Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I had to travel to my bookshelf for this one but surprisingly I have several B books to choose from. I chose this one, a book that I both own and have read to completion! Breaking Dawn for me was the ending to a month long marathon/binge read that started mid-may and ended by early June. It was also the wedding we all waited for, the wedding night we wish we could’ve read more about and the incredibly gifted Renesmee Cullen. This is one of few series with an ending I loved but was sad to end.

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Lady’s Night

Lady's Night

L – Stands for Lady’s Night by Mark Anthony. This was another challenging book to find but I found it. I read this book when I was teenager, during a time when my literary interests were mostly urban fiction. Growing up in Philadelphia, it’s a lot easier to relate to the characters in these books. It’s been so long ago, that although I’ve read it, I can’t recall much besides the main character “Lady” ends up in a prostitution ring and that it has a happy ending.

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Evermore

Evermore

E – Stands for Evermore by Alyson Noel. I would’ve walked right by this book if the author’s last name wasn’t my middle name. (Yes, Noel is actually my middle name). I grabbed the book and felt the story was intriguing enough to buy. Feel free to make your own judgements, but, the main character is so frustrating that I have yet to finish book #2.

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Untamed

Untamed

U – Stands for Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast. Another book that I both own and have read to completion. It is book four in the House of Night series. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites but I do love the book because it ramps the action up a few notches. The series as a whole is one battle after the next, an amazing read for anyone who enjoys magical vampires and mythology.

 

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