Reread and Repost (Plus Some New Thoughts): Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Be sure to scroll down to the very end to see my new thoughts after rereading it! 

 

My Review

I had seen so much hype over this book and saw all the wonderful reviews, that I definitely had high expectations! And sure enough, they were met!! A Court of Thorns and Roses is similar in some ways to Beauty and the Beast but takes on a life of it’s own as events progress!!

Feyre has been the sole provider for her family ever since her father lost his fortune. Day after day she is forced to hunt the forests for meals and trade what she can in the local village in order to sustain her family. That is until the day she accidentally kills a faerie and gets swept away to Pyrthian (the faerie lands) by the mysterious Tamlin, . While there her life is turned entirely upside down as she discovers more behind the truth about faeries and their dealings with humans, falling for Tamlin along the way.

Feyre was the perfect female lead! She’s a badass, and doesn’t wait for a man to step in to do what a woman can just as easily do! She is persistent and was a wonderful character to experience. Her relationship with Tamlin was definitely slow on the uptake but it was oh so worth it. Though I would have liked for the romance to be a little bit heavier, there was sill plenty for enjoyment. Besides SO much happens in this first book, that the lack of more intimate moments did not impede on the excitement of the story whatsoever.

The plot movement was constant, and kept me on my toes throughout. There really wasn’t a slow moment in the story. In fact so much happened and progressed, that it almost felt like I was reading book one and two! The last 150 pages were so insanely epic and emotionally strenuous that it felt more like the sequel to the beginning pages. The last half was definitely the most amazing, but the first half was lovely and the perfect set up for the conclusion. Maas created a beautiful world in A Court of Thorns and Roses, one that was both captivating and alluring, as well as intriguing and suspenseful! Though most the loose ends were tied up and the book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, I can still see how there will be a book two. However, with such a great beginning, I’m afraid a sequel might dampen things. Nevertheless, you can be sure I’ll be reading book two!!

I would definitely recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses to any fantasy fans out there!! I’d recommend it to anyone really! Buy it on Amazon here!

SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK TWO DON’T READ ANY FURTHER

New Thoughts, now that I know what I know from book two:

Finally book three in ACOTR is out!! So of course, I had to slow myself down from devouring A Court of Wings and Ruin and take the time to reread the previous books! Unfortunately, its taking me longer than I thought it would.

Anyway, OMG why didn’t I see this before?! Of course Rhysand loved Feyre from the very start and had a connection with her! It was utterly devastating to read the book knowing she would eventually be with him and yet having to endure her rejecting him! Rhysand clearly would have done anything for her from the get-go, which made me appreciate him as a character all the more. His side of the story is just as unfortunate as anyone else. In fact, I’d say he’s an even bigger victim! 

Review: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by Heather Lyons

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Goodreads Summary:

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

My Review

I absolutely loved Heather Lyon’s Collectors’ Society series, so I was more than excited to read her Fate books! I have to say I’m a little disappointed. This book took me on such an emotional rollercoaster. Tt wasn’t the good kind of rollercoaster. I didn’t dislike this book by any means, I was just overly frustrated by the characters!

A Matter of Fate focuses on the perspective of Chloe, a Magical with the powers of a Creator. She can make and destroy most anything. Her power is very much so coveted, which puts her and all those she cares about at risk. Before she knows it there are forces after her that she has never heard of as her world becomes rocked to its core. To make matters worse, the boy she’s been visiting in her dreams all her life shows up with his twin in her high school. This boy happens to be the love of her life and she didn’t even know he existed until his appearance. Now her heart is torn as she finds herself equally drawn to not only him but his twin brother as all. Fate is cruel indeed.

Chloe’s emotions were all over the place throughout this entire book, I literally could not get my head around it. She was in love with Jonah, then she was in love Kellan and then Jonah and then Kellan. It was an endless frustrating cycle. I couldn’t understand why she was making the decisions she was making. It killed me inside to see her hurt each guy who clearly loved her so much. The book focused more on the insane love triangle than the plot with the magicals and the impending doom, which was surprising, but I should have expected as much based on the title!

I truly enjoyed the premise behind A Matter of Fate, it was highly unique and different from previous fantasy novels I’ve seen. The world that was created was intriguing and the powers that each person had were amazing to consider. However, I grew very impatient with the ongoing romantic struggle between the characters. The entire last 20% was spent over this insanely ridiculous conflict that could have been so easily resolved if it had not been dragged on so long. I literally rolled my eyes a few times. Don’t get me wrong, the content had me hooked throughout. I couldn’t put it down, but I just felt that the ending events were drawn out past the point of enjoyment. I’m glad that certain things were explained in the end to provide me with some closure at least.

I look forward to seeing what is in store for these characters in the following books. I would still recommend you read A Matter of Fate if you’re looking for an emotionally intense fantasy read.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs Movie

It’s that time again, I finally finished listening and reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire since once again, I wasn’t able to listen to all of the book on overdrive before it expired so I finished reading it with my physical copy.

WARNING: BOOK/MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Movie: The movie begins with Harry waking up in the Weasley’s home in preparedness for the world cup.

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Book: Mr. Weasley, Fred, George, and Ron arrive at the Dursley’s house to pick up Harry. They blow up the Dursley’s fireplace using the floo network. The twins purposely drop a toffee on the floor for Dudley to find and eat to which he grows an insanely long tongue, terrifying the Dursleys. (This scene was seriously wonderful!!)

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Movie: Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys go to the top of the stands to watch the game. Harry sees Barty Crouch Jr. (a dark shape to him then) shoot off the Dark Mark.

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Book: The gang meets the house elf Winky at the top of the stands at the World Cup who happens to be the house elf of Barty Crouch who works at the Ministry. She is then found knocked out after the Dark Mark shows up and is then blamed for casting it. 

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Movie: Hermione cares about creatures more than the rest of the gang. Her care for elves is implied but the organization SPEW does not exist. 

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Book: After witnessing how terribly Winky is treated by her masters and seeing the kitchens in which the house elves work at Hogwarts, Hermione is compelled to create the Society for the Promotion of elfish Welfare (SPEW). Ron gives her grief for it the entire book. 

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Movie: Neville is a herbology nerd who is told by Mad Eye about gillyweed and proceeds to give it to Harry to use in the second triwizard task. 

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Book: Dobby gives Harry the gillyweed, we later find out that Mad Eye planned for Dobby to overhear him talking about the plant so that he would give it to Harry.

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Movie: Harry finds Barty Crouch dead in the forest while walking through it with Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid.

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Book: Harry finds Mr. Crouch with Victor Krum after being briefed about the final task. Mr. Crouch is alive at the time and he is rambling about needing to see Dumbledore. You later find out that he was under the imperious curse the whole time and was starting to come off of the spell when Harry found him. We later discover that Crouch is killed.

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Movie: Rita Skeeter is slimy and conniving and writes a false article about Harry and another false article about his relationship with Harry. That’s the last we hear from her.

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Book: Rita Skeeter writes multiple articles on topics that she can’t possibly know any information about. Including the exposure of Hagrid as a half giant to the world. Hermione is continually humiliated by her stories about stealing Harry romantically, to which she receives many nasty letters from fans. Hermione is determined to figure out how Rita is finding out all these secrets and eventually captures Rita who is an undocumented animagus posing as a beetle.

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Movie: Barty Crouch Jr. is revealed to be the man behind Mad Eye Moody and admits his guilt after taking the veritaserum. Not much detail is revealed past that.

 

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Book: Barty Crouch Jr reveals his entire story: how his father broke him out of Azkaban using polyjuice potion and kept his son under the imperious curse for months under the supervision of the house elf Winky. Jr finally broke out of the spell and turned the tables on his father, Voldemort found him shortly after and they set to work on their plan.

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Movie:Harry is never shown explaining the full account of his experience in the graveyard with Voldemort. It is implied that he spoke only to Dumbledore about it.

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Book: Harry tells his story to both Dumbledore and Sirius who is on the school grounds as a dog. In fact, Harry keeps Sirius updated constantly about the triwizard tournament because he is staying near Hogsmeade. Dumbledore tells Mrs. Weasley, Bill Weasley, Ron, Hermione, and Snape that Voldemort has returned when Harry is in the hospital wing after the third task. He then has Sirius reveal himself to the group and Dumbledore forces Sirius and Snape to call a truce. 

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Movie: Dumbledore tells the school that Voldemort is back, and the fate of Barty Crouch Jr is never revealed. Though he is proof of Voldemort’s return, Fudge doesn’t except it in the next film. 

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Book: Barty Crouch Jr is kissed by a Dementor and has his soul sucked out because Cornelius Fudge is too stupid to stop it, believing him to be a terrible criminal. Crouch Jr is worse than dead and no good to anyone in proving the return of Voldemort. Dumbledore is livid over this fact, he was the key to Fudge seeing reason. (This seriously enlightened me so much as to why Fudge would be in such denial. I had completely forgotten about this part in the books)

 

Well there ya have it folks, I hope I was able to refresh your memories of the fourth book, I know I sure needed a refresher! Rereading these books has been such a lovely experience, and I hope to use these posts to never forget the little but so important details in these fantastic stories!

Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both. 

My Review

After absolutely loving An Ember in the Ashes, I was more than ready to get my hands on this second book! And can I just say: WOW! Tahir most certainly does not disappoint! A Torch Against the Night picks up right where the first book left off, with Laia having just freed Elias from execution under the terms that he promise to help free her brother Darin from the most guarded prison in the land.

While reading this, I needed to know that everything would be ok, because there were just so many heart wrenching events that occurred. Tahir is definitely cut throat when it comes to how far a character will go to get what they want. I would definitely not categorize this book as Young Adult just because of how brutal some of the killings are. Throughout the story, I kept freaking out over how things would possibly turn out in their favor, and honestly some things went to hell so quickly. I think Tahir utilized these terrible events to further drive the need to see the protagonists eventually succeed. I feel as if I have just as much of a burning need for vengeance as the main characters have.

Laia and Elias’ relationship evolves so much more in this second edition, which was wonderful to finally experience. They make one another stronger, and it is plain to see as their stamina is continuously tested. There was one particular plot twist that was revealed that absolutely blew my mind and changed everything for events to come. I am reeling after finishing this book, both from joy over certain romantic developments, and anticipation of the payback that is to come! Unfortunately, I have to wait till “bleeding” 2018 to read book three, which hurts my soul in every possible way!!

I would most definitely recommend you read book two in A Torch Against the Night!! Pick it up on Amazon here!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

I listened to the first half of Prisoner of Azkaban on audio that I had checked out through Overdrive. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish listening to it before it expired. Hence why it took me three months to have the chance to finish it by reading my own copy! I had forgotten how much I absolutely love the third book in this beloved series!! SO MUCH LOVE! So I’m very pleased to bring you the third edition of Harry Potter movie comparison post!

WARNING: BOOK/MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Movie: Harry meets and rides Buckbeak for the first time during his very first class of Care of Magical Creatures with Hagrid. Harry is the only one who really interacts with a hippogriff as Buckbeak is the only one present.

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Book: Hagrid has multiple hippogriff grazing and multiple students get to interact with them.

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Book: Harry overhears a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley at the Leaky Cauldron about Black being after Harry. Mr Weasley never approaches Harry personally. 

 

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Movie: Harry steps up to bogart in Professor Lupin’s class and it turns into a dementor in which Lupin jumps in front of Harry to block. 

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Book:Harry never gets a chance to approach the bogart, Lupin stops the class right before Harry can step up to it.

 

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Movie: Harry, Ron, and Hermione find their own to their first class of Divinations.

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Book: A knight Sir Cadogan who is quite buffoon leads them to their class. He is only briefly shown once in the movies and is noticeable only to those who have read the book. He replaces the Fat Lady as the password keeper for Gryffindor after she gets attacked by Sirius.

 

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Movie: Harry receives the Firebolt from Sirius at the very last scene that arrives with a hippogriff feather.

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Book: Harry mysteriously receives a Firebolt as a Christmas present. Nobody can figure out who its from. Hermione suspects its from Sirius whom she believes to be a criminal still at the time. She turns it in to Professor McGonagall who proceeds to have it thoroughly checked for jinxes before returning it back to Harry to use to win the Quidditch Cup, which they do in fact win.

 

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Movie: Harry uses the memory of his parents “just talking” to defeat the dementor bogart when he is training with Lupin. 

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Book: Harry meets with Lupin multiple times in order to finally achieve a patronus. The memory he uses to do so is of him being told he is a wizard and that he will be leaving the Dursleys. 

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Movie: Sirius attacks the fat lady and is not seen in human form again on the grounds.

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Book: Ron gets attacked in the middle of the night in the boys dormitory. His bed curtains are slashed and McGonagall comes out in her dressing gown to see whats going on. There is actually a deleted freeze frame (seen above) that I think is from this scene but we never actually see it in the movie.

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Movie: Harry sneaks out to Hogsmeade under the invisibility  cloak, and throws snowballs at Malfoy and depants Crabbe and gets away with it.

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Book: Harry throws mud at Malfoy but his cloak slips in the process and Malfoy sees his head. He then runs off and tells Snape who confiscates the Marauders Map from him. The map proceeds to insult him in more than one way. Snape then summons Lupin to read the map who takes it from there. 

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Movie: The whomping willow is on Hogwarts grounds and it just so happens to be located on top of the secret entrance to the shrieking shack.

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Book:Lupin reveals to Harry, Ron, and Hermione whilst they’re all in the shrieking shack that the unique tree was planted specifically for Lupin to use as a form of protection from others when he transformed into a werewolf. 

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Movie: Hermione howls to distract Lupin from attacking them causing him to run after her and Harry. Lupin as a werewolf then comes after them and almost kills them when Buckbeak fends him off. 

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Book: No suspenseful werewolf forrest scene takes place and the book is no less exciting for it! 

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Movie: As stated previously–at the end of the film, Sirius flys off on Buckbeak after having a heartfelt goodbye with Harry and Hermione. That is the last we see or hear from him until the next film.

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Book: Sirius sends a letter to Harry with a tiny cute owl while Harry is on the Hogwarts Express heading back to the Dursleys for the Summer. This is the point in time when he reveals to Harry that it was him that sent him the Firebolt at Christmas. He also tells Ron to keep the owl who had sent the letter so that he would have a new pet to replace Scabbers. 

 

 

Blog Tour: The Lost Codex (The Collectors’ Society #4) by Heather Lyons

THE LOST CODEX (The Collectors’ Society, #4) is LIVE!

Don’t miss the conclusion of this incredible series!

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Book Blurb:

Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

Purchase here: 

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My Review

After being with The Collectors’ Society since the very beginning, I was more than excited to see how it would end. Of course it was also extremely bittersweet! I did not want to let these beloved characters go! I also wish I had had the chance to reread The Forgotten Mountain before reading The Lost Codex, because I had to string together the pieces that my forgetful mind had lost.

The Forgotten Mountain ended with an absolutely MIND BLOWING cliffhanger!! I won’t include spoilers, but holy cow it was insane and I needed to know what was going on! Thankfully the story picked up right where it had left off which was in the thick of it all! I was sucked in from the start! Now that Alice has revealed the identity of the piper and his companions, she is more than determined to vanquish him once and for all. She will do whatever it takes to see him come to an end. Even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

The Lost Codex was most certainly unexpected! The emotion was the most intense thus far! My heart cried out for these characters in a way it never has before! I felt for every member of the society in new ways, and was utterly devastated by certain events that occurred. One thing that was steadfast throughout was the love and connection that Alice and Finn share. Lyons describes their binary love in such drastic and severe terms that leaves you completely emotionally invested in seeing their relationship succeed!

The action and plot developments were nonstop and the questions I’ve had since the very beginning were finally answered! The conclusion was absolute chaos and entirely astounding! I was utterly shocked by the turn of events, and though I was initially angry by the outcome, by the end of the last page I was left feeling content and wishing for more! The Collectors’ Society is not to be missed; never have I encountered anything like it, these characters, and this story will stay with me for a very long time.

Which Villain Do I Think Should Live in the World of The Collectors’ Society:

Bellatrix Lestrange!

I think this character would be absolute perfection in The Collectors’ Society, I could see her teaming up with the Queen of Hearts which is ironic since Helena Bonham Carter plays her in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I could see her throwing curses at Alice left and right and Alice responding with all the badassery she’s got!

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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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Release Day Launch: The Lost Codex (The Collectors’ Society #4) by Heather Lyons

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Today I am celebrating the release of THE LOST CODEX by Heather Lyons. This is the 4th, and final, book in The Collectors’ Society series. Be sure to check out the buy links below for it and the previous books in the series!! You do not want to miss this series!

 

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THE LOST CODEX by Heather Lyons

(The Collectors’ Society, #4)

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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