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Hello, Booklovers!

Okay, so this is a quick post. More of an update, and I’m a big believer in updating folks on changes. It’s nothing major. Just, if you’ve saved my site or anything of the such (which you probably haven’t. No big! Just in case) I have changed the site name and domain to more align with my blog! Also, my username as well.

If nothing’s changed for then beautiful! No worries! Like I said, because I’m paranoid, and I love you all, I made minor changes.

See? Quick post. Still The Scarlet Reader here.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

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Not in Kansas Anymore, Thank God – (Dorothy Must Die)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2014

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Rated W for some wicked crazy witch bitches with a smidge of addiction to magic. This isn’t Oz anymore.

 

I didn’t ask for any of this.

I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, didn’t ask to be brought to Oz, via tornado no less. Sure, her life in Dusty Acres sucks. Her mom is a junkie and a drunk who could care less about her existence. The girls at school bully her.

Landing in Oz, this magical land Amy grew up believing was make-believe, she’s shocked that it’s not all yellow brick road and munchkins. There’s a dark wickedness over the land. And her name is Dorothy. Shocking, right? She’s supposed to be good. She destroyed the wicked witch of the freaking west.

She’s twisted Oz with her magic and selfish bratty ways. Munchkins are slaves. Her friends: Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion are now horrifying monsters. Everybody must follow Dorothy’s crazy rules or else worse things than torture will happen to them.

Brought into the Order of the Wicked, she’ll be trained to be wicked by some of the baddest witches of Oz for one important purpose. To kill Dorothy. Easier said than done.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 4.

 

I’ve read some twisted fairy tales before and I find them to be very interesting. I’ve never read a twisted tale on The Wizard of Oz. This wasn’t a read that had me hopelessly addicted. It didn’t, but damn was I entertained. This was wild and shocked me a bit a few times. And let me tell you, nobody is safe.

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So much originality added to a good tale. Everything is flipped upside down and all around. I couldn’t put this down because I honestly just wanted to see how much crazier this would get. LOL. Was there an emotional attachment? Nah. Sometimes it’s about the fun of a story. That and seeing what happens at the end.

Amy is so spunky. Pink hair, loads of disgruntled commentary, and really hates secrets and being left in the dark about important info. She’s not the common protagonist. In fact, she didn’t even want to be the protagonist. It’s quite hilarious. Her allies, because they do not seem like much of friends, Ollie, the wingless monkey, Nox, a wicked, as well as a few other witches, are pretty salty ones too. I couldn’t get enough of the banter with all of the characters. It’s bold and snappy.

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Oz is exactly as I would’ve imagined it. A sugar high with a side of acid. Acid, the drug, not the skin peeling chemical. With Dorothy, it’s freaking creepy, reminding me—and if you folks have ever played PC games, yes, the ones that required CDS then you might know this one…possibly—of McGee’s Alice. Twisted landscapes with twisted characters, which you have to fix. LOL. Pretty wicked. Nostalgic with old Oz touches, but also new and horrifying. Who knew eh?

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Overall

I really enjoy how this story feels like a parallel universe, yet not. It’s like a sequel nobody ever realized. It doesn’t quite make the favorites, but it’s fun and unexpected and certainly has a spot on my bookshelves. Worth the read guys.

 

Quotables:

“I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday…” (Amy, p. 1)

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.” (Amy, p. 5)

“No rest for the wicked, is there, Amy.” (Glamora, p. 129)

“It’s not magic that makes you who you are. It’s the choices that you make. Look at Dorothy.” (Nox to Dorothy, p. 155)

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.” (The Wizard to Amy, p. 298)

“Doing Good had been uglier than I’d expected it to be. And the price…the price now was feeling like I needed to always be looking over my shoulder.” (Amy, p. 365)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

 P. S. Song today? All These Things That I Have Done by The Killers.

 

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Taking Life Back (Five Feet Apart – A Book Review)

Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Published: 2018

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Rated P for powerful storytelling that’s more than just romance, even though it’s sweetly predictable.

 

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant has been in and out of the hospital all her life. She has cystic fibrosis and follows a specific regimen to keep her oxygen levels up as she waits for new lungs. That also means staying away from anything and anyone. She keeps up a YouTube channel keeping people informed about CF and also keeping herself connected to the world.

Then in comes Will Newman, also living with CF but a more serious strain that could jeopardize everything Stella has worked for, but she’s never wanted to break the rules more than right now. Will is sarcastic and reckless, but he makes her want to live. In an effort to find some sort of middle ground she decides to claim one foot back in her life. Instead of staying six feet apart from everything she’ll take it to five feet. Is it enough though? With Will, it is.

 

I’m so excited to see the movie! While I know this book pairs with the script rather than coming first, I wanted to read it first. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to prepare myself before going to see the movie either. It was because I wanted to see if the book was as beautiful as the trailer, and what I assume the movie will be. And it was.

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The book was moving. I’ve maybe cried four times in all from books I’ve read. I didn’t cry during this book, but my heart did fall out of my body with a splat. Emotions pounded me like tidal waves. Poe, the bestest best friend with phenomenal cooking skills. Will, the sarcastic one with the charming smile that could care less. Stella, the determined and in control one determined to learn everything she can. And Nurse Barb, the warrior who protects them and their lungs. While cystic fibrosis rules their lungs, it doesn’t rule their hearts.

Will and Stella became Sour Patch Kids: sour but sweet. Really really REALLY sweet and they didn’t bust my tastebuds or turn them raw after too many. I couldn’t get enough of them and their ridiculous romantic antics.

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This book was truly a beautiful and endearing story of overcoming odds and circumstance while also learning to deal and make the best of a real tough situation that’s basically impossible. They didn’t stop living their lives even though they’re all missing out on so much. Because of each other, all of them lived their best lives and my heart was overflowed with the feels!

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And this is one of those books. You get so much beauty and love and blooming goodness that when you get slammed with the sadness…YOU…GET…SLAMMED. It brings out the realness of how life can take things away from with the snap of your fingers and it’s painful and it’s very real. It was very real in this book.

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The education of cystic fibrosis is so well done. Getting educated has never been more heartbreaking and informational than the two POVS of Will and Stella. I wasn’t turned off by it or annoyed. It wasn’t shoved down my throat. It came from people, albeit fictional, but still. It wasn’t textbook. It was moving and real. I got to discover more than I ever knew about CF and see its effects from more than just the medical standpoint.

 

Overall

Cute, humorous, and heart-jerking. I really enjoyed this book. I really value learning more about CF and the tolls it takes on lives. I can’t wait to see the movie. I’m hoping it’ll move my heart as much as the book has.

 

Quotables:

“It’s just life. It’ll be over before we know it.” (Will to Stella, p. 30)

“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.” (Will to Stella, p. 33)

“So is your plan to die really, really smart so you can join the debate team of the dead.” (Will to Stella, p. 105)

“When you have CF, you don’t know how much time you have left. But, honestly, you don’t know how much time the ones you love have left either.” (Stella, p. 155)

“Cystic fibrosis will steal no more from me. From now one, I am the thief.” (Stella, 172)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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War Bleeds Red and Silver (Glass Sword – A Book Review)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2016

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Rated T for understandable trust issues and bearing the treacherous weight of a revolution.

 

Kneel or bleed.

Mare Barrow is just getting used to being different. A Red, but also a Silver. She bleeds red, but she has powerful Silver abilities. She can feel electric currents and shot lightning from her hands, which also earned her the nickname, Lightning Girl, much to her chagrin.

Having escaped from execution by the new king and ultimate betrayer, Maven who was once her friend and fiancé, she and Cal are on the move with the Scarlet Guard. Granted, Cal is with them more or less against his will. With the help of the Guard and other unexpected allies, Mare and many others, including her brother Shade who was thought to be dead, hurry to find the others, like her and Shade, from the list that Julian left her. They’ll need to hurry too.

Maven has been laying down new laws, causing Reds to rage. His grip tightens, but Mare is determined to fight back and free everybody from the tyrant. But, in doing so, she runs the risk of becoming something dark and deadly. This fight against the monsters, Maven and his mother, threatens to turn her into one herself. Under the weight of this revolution and her comrades has she already been lost? At what cost is it enough?

 

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First off…SHADE IS ALIVE! I REPEAT, SHADE IS ALIVE. Since this is known, I’m not considering it a spoiler. Even in Red Queen when it was thought he was dead, the way Mare talked about him made he have such a crush on him! Ugh. Unreal. Love him. Annnd, yes, I got to the end and bawled my eyes out!

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The book brought me from sneaking around to full-on guerilla rebellion. I understood why Mare began to harden herself. There’s nobody she can trust outside of Shade, and even that was a little shaky. With all of the weight everybody put on her shoulders, forcing her to do what they didn’t want to, it’s no wonder she hardened harder than diamond. The young woman did things she should never have been forced into and put in positions that she didn’t deserve to be in! It outright grinds at me that she’d get glared at and chastised and be avoided and resented and yet, she does what they wanted her to do! They wanted her to lead this rebellion and when she does, she became the evil one. Rebellion isn’t clean. It’s dark and both sides get hurt. This isn’t a place to eat your cake and keep it pretty too. The one thing I hope for Mare is that she finds a light in the darkness to hold on to through this so she doesn’t lose herself.

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Maven. Maven. MAVEN. That sniveling shitbrain. I’m still a bit stunned from his betrayal. The way he dropped his Silver fist over his country was pretty horrifying. There are so many characters that I’m still mourning that died at his hands. Yet, there’s something compelling about him. He, in his own twisted way, loves Mare, and I hate to say it, but I feel like Cal doesn’t because he’s too afraid to, which in a way, is understandable and simultaneously left me very uncomfortable because I don’t like that the antagonist is more in love with her than Cal. That’s just unnerving.

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So much is happening in this book. I’m still processing it all. The Lakelanders, the ones that Reds are being forced to fight against, have a much larger role than I ever imagined. Romance is not a big player in this book. Power. Freedom. Rebellion. Trust. These are what rule the pages. Romance takes a small part, but not in the grand scheme and I really liked that. There was comfort to be had, but there was also heartbreak. Heartbreak from loss and failure.

There was so much action as well as new supernatural abilities. I was so excited and stoked! Being on the front lines of all of this was exhilarating too!

I had so many predictions and I hate that some of them came to pass. I was so strung at the end that I could barely breathe. A real feckin’ mess, I’m telling you.

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I think if I had anything to complain about this book it would be how often it reflects back on Red Queen. It did it so often that it was getting ridiculous. I know what happened in the first book and if any reader decided to read this book before that one then they should be told to go read it, not given a play-by-play. With knowing what happened, I really think Aveyard could’ve loosened up on it. I’m not a dummy. I remember it all. My heart ached for all that happened and thanks to this book, it now bleeds.

 

Overall

My nerves are shot, but am I going to read the next book because I’m addicted to pain? SURE! It’s no wonder I got through this so fast. I couldn’t put it down. There’s hope within me that is begging for Mare to be okay. I don’t know what’ll happen in King’s Cage. I’m getting ready to start it. But, I’m intensely attached to this series and must see it to the end no matter how badly it destroys me. Wow, this is taking me back to The Arcana Chronicles and that series drove me to need a drink after its latest installment, The Dark Calling.

 

Quotables:

“Anyone can betray anyone.” (p. 98)

“The best part about thieves is that you can trust them—to do their worst” (Mare, p. 183)

“I have been running for so long. Since before all this even started. Even back in the Stilts, I was a runner. Avoiding my family, my fate, anything I didn’t want to feel. And I am still racing now. From those who would kill me—and those who would love me.” (Mare, p. 249)

“We can’t choose who we love. I wish, more than anything, that we could.” (Mare to Kilorn, p. 255)

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.” (Julian to Mare, p. 411)

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Silver in the Red (Red Queen – A Book Review)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2015

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Rated R for radical rebellion and liberation that’ll possibly make you stop breathing sometimes.

 

Power is a dangerous game.

It’s their blood that separates them. Red and silver. Reds live in the slums and at the whim of Silvers. Silvers, with their godly, supernatural abilities, look down on the Reds with disdain and disgust.

Mare Barrow has lived in the Stilts all her life, stealing what she could to help her family survive. But suddenly and unexpectedly, she’s given a chance to prove she can be more than a thief, but it falls apart when she, along with all silvers, discover supernatural abilities, which she shouldn’t have because her blood is red.

Instantly she’s thrust into the deadly world of the silvers as a lost princess, and set to betroth one of the king’s sons. There are many deadly secrets hiding in the world of silvers and she’s only one. Delving further into the silver world, she’ll have to be careful. One wrong move could mean her life.

 

Sooooo…this is a reread. I read it a couple of years ago, but just having gotten Glass Sword and then King’s Cage, I wanted to relive this beginning. I’m very glad I did.

Mare is such an intense character. She’s very smart and quick on her feet and as a thief, she has to be. Now she has to do it as royalty or else she could end up worse than dead. Just like the first time, I was left holding my breath, and the end still shattered me. Mare’s heart broke and every bit of trust she harbored was obliterated. Everything she knew was ripped away and it messed me up good. Aveyard is great when it comes to the sting. And she stings a lot with the fierceness of a scorpion with dear Mare.

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And the Princes! Let me faint for a moment here. Both Cal and Maven are stunning and crush-worthy in their own way. I blushed more than once. But, there’s really only one thing for me to say. I love Cal. He’s always thinking and from every angle, even though Mare thinks otherwise. He cares so much and it makes him a cautious person, which is understandable. I love this and how it matches to Mare’s boldness and her willingness to do what others can’t (More to come about this in Glass Sword review. Promise.). I totally ship Mal or Care or Mcare or whichever their ship name is. I like them together. Such an epic team, if not a heartbreaking one too.

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Coming from the slums to the rich royalty, there was such a strong dynamic. There’s a darkness in both places. Each class struggles. The Reds because they live under the boots of Silvers. Silvers because they’re looking over their shoulder because they don’t trust each other at all and could kill each other for status. It’s really intense!

I also loved how the rebellion of the Scarlet Guard was born! Everything about it is so intricate! Like watching a plant poke up from soil and sprout and grow and spread. The rebellion just grew and grew and I was so enthralled! And this, because the war that has been waged for decades has finally broken the Reds.

Even in the beginning, The Scarlet Guard changed everything! Characters, places, the tone of the story. From this book, from the second Mare joins the rebellion, nothing will be the same. She’ll never be that same sixteen-year-old that just steals stuff. And I can’t get enough. For the guard!

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The world of Reds and Silvers rich and dark. While it glimmers like gems, there’s a dread and depression and fear around every corner. I could almost taste it. So well done both in the Stilts and in the summer palace of the Silvers. Each place also made me feel really uneasy and unsafe, which is pretty impressive. I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in either place, yet Mare and her princes are.

 

Overall

Such an awesome book! I’m hooked! The supernatural abilities aren’t unique, but the way they’re written makes them unique! The writing makes them as fantastical as fairies and gods. It’s beautiful and scary and I’m so enchanted. Such a surprising book that left me on the edge of my seat wondering, who’s not making it out of this? I couldn’t get enough, honestly. A fresh and stunning book. And honestly? What I imagine to be GOT in the far future when the dragons die and Westeros evolves into something so much more.

 

Quotables:

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars/ And they are no longer kind.” (Mare, p. 11)

“You are pretending to be raised Red, but you’re Silver by blood. You are no Red in the head, Silver in the heart.” (p. 95)

“We will rise. Red as the dawn.” (Will to Mare, p. 164)

“It’s our nature. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.” (p. 227)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Through the Door of Their Minds (The Drawing of Three – A Book Review)

The Drawing of Three (The Dark Tower #2)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1990

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Rated N for nightmarish, carnivorous lobstrosities with a hankering for human meat and psychotic mind-breaks that’ll leave you wondering if someone slipped you acid.

 

Three. This is the number of your fate.

Roland now follows the path that the Man in Black has set him on, knowing it will get him closer to the Tower. But is the deadly cost worth it? Dodging strange, monstrous crustaceans, the gunslinger follows his path, ready to draw three, as he’s been told he would.

Discovering mysterious doorways out on the beach wasteland, he enters America, as we know it. But he comes through those doorways through defiant Eddie Dean and smart Odetta Holmes. Joining together, they make their way through dangerous struggles and treacherous evils, unveiling that they need one another…for now.

They are getting closer to the Tower.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

This book was intense! Still a little drawn out, but those lobster creature-things were creepy! I also kept wondering what the hell they kept saying and if they were saying anything at all. They are vicious for sure. Fingers getting bitten off type of vicious.

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I’m still reeling at what happened to Jake and crossing my fingers that Roland will cross paths with him again someday. The new additions, Eddie and Odetta, are a handful! Eddie is a heroin addict while Odetta is legless while also schizophrenic with an alternate personality. Totally wild and also puts a kink in Roland’s mission. I really liked the dynamic though. These two are given an opportunity to do something of higher power, like a calling.

While the story pretty much stands still in its setting of apocalyptic beach, so much is happening. King is fantastic at standing still, but making sure the reader sees the whole picture, while also getting into their heads with boundary-breaking stuff. Yep, stuff. The intricate, following a string to see where it goes stuff.

 

Overall

Now I’m invested. After the craziness and unexpected drops, I couldn’t put this book down. This series is still a mind-bending trip that let me wondering if I was on drugs or not. I imagine the next book will be even more intense and WTF-filled.

 

Quotables:

“If you have given up your heart for the Tower, Roland, you have already lost. A heartless creature is a beast. To be a beast is perhaps bearable, although the man who has become one will surely pay hell’s own price in the end, but what if you should gain your object?” (p. 265)

“Who’s gonna come through some magic door and save you, man? Do you know? I do. No one. You drew all you could draw.” (Eddie to Roland, p.461)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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School of Fish Out of Water (Undertow – A Book Review)

Undertow (Undertow #1)
Author: Michael Buckley
Published: 2015

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Rated A for Aquaman approved.

 

First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope.

Lyric Walker’s life is changed forever as is everyone’s in Coney Island when 30,000 warrior Alpha storm the beach shore. Now, a few years later, the small town has turned into a military zone and the government is ready to try an assimilate Alpha into society. Not everyone is on board with this.

Lyric get assigned to help with the integration by helping the crown prince of the Alpha, Fathom. While he is aggressive and resistant, she can’t help but to start falling for him. There’s something about him that isn’t all bad. It’s dangerous to feel this way though, for both of them.

More so, there is a greater threat on the horizon than the Alpha. The darkness that drew the remaining race to shore.

 

This was a wild and intensely action-packed book with tension seeping out of the cracks. I really enjoyed it! While I do get the Aquaman vibes, I do find this to be interestingly unique and original! The in-depth look at the Alpha is really nifty. They weren’t just some Adonis god-like race to melt at, though Fathom is pretty attractive hehe. Though they have some epic abilities, like controlling water and fast reflexes and mega strength as well as some unique weaponry. Fathom, the prince, can actually pop out bony swords from his arms. Alpha also take on the features and characteristics of creatures of the sea. It’s freaking awesome!

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I loved all of the characters, even the assholes. They were all epic. Buckley really wrote some powerful people from the teens to the adults. I can’t find one I didn’t like, because even though there were characters I hated *cough* Mrs. Novakova *cough* it was for legitimate reasons! They were jerky, prejudice asshats. Just some powerful characters here!

I’ve also never read a book where Coney Island was the setting. It was wicked to get a close-up view. Crowded and mucky and not the Disneyland on the dock people imagine it is. In fact, Coney Island is turned into a scary place. (The cover art of it is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. And chilling. It’s that too.)

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The comical and honest look at racial lines in society was fantastic! Lyric gave such a great perspective on not only skin color, but culture, and with the Alpha, race. Diversity played a major role in this book and I really liked it. It was so well done and truly added more than just typical them versus us. It was everybody.

More so, the added element of domestic abuse and not just for humans but for the Alpha was heartbreaking. Both of these major themes expressed, in a sad way, that everyone shares these hardships in common. As well as these, they share their love for those they care about.

There was just so much more than I expected and I fell in love with this book.

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There were many shocking twists and turns. I was caught off guard a few times. Being left guessing is one of my favorite things with a book and this one was successful. Unexpected romance, and expected, of course LOL. And the loss ripped all of it away. Stop ripping things and people I love away from me!

 

Overall

This is really different from other YA I’ve read. It’s humorous, yet filled with love and heartache. There’s such a real spin on this and it really added to the salty imagery. I can’t wait to be blown away in the next book. The ending really left me hanging! I have so many questions.

 

Quotables:

“There’s also this idea that the Alpha caused all the weird racism and xenophobia, too, but whatever. This part of town was always a hotbed of racial sludge, and the various groups never played nice.” (Lyric, p.34)

“When someone is grieving, even a kindness feels like a slap in the face.” (Lyric’s mom to Lyric, p. 265)

“What was I supposed to say to you, Bex? I’m half mermaid and I have the hots for Edward Scissor arms?” (Lyric to Bex, p. 308)

“Nothing will stop me, because I am bigger than the world; I make the sea tremble. I am a wild thing.” (Lyric, p. 376)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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