Friday, 31 December 2010

Reviews by Title

Here is a complete list of all the books I've reviewed in alphabetical order.

-A-
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna and the Frech Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
As You Wish By Jackson Pearce
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

-B-
Babe In Boyland by Jody Gehrman
Beautiful Dead: Jonas by Eden Maguire
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

-C-
Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner by Dalya Moon
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

-D-
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Derlirium by Lauren Oliver

-E-
Entangled by Cat Clarke
Evermore: The Immortals #1 by Alyson Noël

-F-
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie
Forget You by Jennifer Echols

-G-
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

-H-
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
How to Ruin a Summer Vaction by Simone Elkeles
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

-I-

-J-
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton

-K-
Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon

-L-

-M-
Marked: House of Night #1 by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Matched by Ally Condie

-N-
Night World: Volume 1 by L.J. Smith
Night World: Volume 2 by L.J. Smith

-O-

-P-
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

-Q-

-R-
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

-S-
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

-T-
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

-U-
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

-V-
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

-W-
Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Wither by Lauren DeStefano

-X-

-Y-
You Against Me by Jenny Downham

-Z-

Thursday, 30 December 2010

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

Title: You Against Me
Author: Jenny Downham
Pulbished by: David Fickling Books
Age Group: Young-adult
Hardcover: 416



Rating: 5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!

Goodreads summary:

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's been accused of a terrible crime and you're the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn't that what families do? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn't do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love - for one's family and for another.

Review:

I love love love this book! When I picked it up I didn’t actually think that I would like the book all that much but when I started reading it I fell in love with it.

The novel is so well written and so realistic, it captures every aspect of two completely different families who live in completely different lifestyles and has brought them to life perfectly and the impact that the sexual assault has put on both families and how the individuals in both families all deal with it in different ways.

Downham’s characters are so realistic and so easy relate to. I loved Mikey from the moment that I that I first read about him in chapter one and he was perfectly well rounded. Mikey shows how hard some children/teenagers actually have it having to deal with really doing everything and practically being the parent for a good portion of the novel. The same goes for Ellie she was perfectly well rounded and even though she went through a different type of struggle with family life it still shows that families aren’t perfect no matter how you want them to be and that they are really never what they seem on the outside.

As well as the love between two people it also shows the many different types of love that family and friends and the novel is perfectly written.
For me this has to be a must read that will stay with you long after you have read the words The End.

Plot 5/5
Character 5/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com

Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Pulbished by: Puffin
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 366



Rating: 4- Great!

Goodreads summary:

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

Review:

As soon as this book hit stores I bought it, I was so looking forward to reading it, it just sounded brilliant. But when I first started reading it I think I might have set my bar a bit too high. The quarter of the novel wasn’t that gripping for me. I did like Cassia’s Matching Banquet but then it was less gripping after that then it picked back up a tiny bit when she was looking at her microchip, but I thought that Condie could have made it a bit more gripping when she was looking at it because of how on some summaries and the novel trailer that was meant to be a bit that changes things for Cassia, makes her think, makes her world turn upside down knowing that something has gone wrong in the society. But for me it just didn’t get there.

The characters: At first I was a little wary about Cassia’s character, but as I read on I saw her grow into a stronger character that was able to think for herself and not let the society and I grew to like her. Ky, I loved Ky’s character the most through he entire novel, I loved the mystery of him and his story I wanted to know what happened to him, I wanted to know his back-story and Condie did a brilliant good of giving piece of his story as the novel went on. The secondary characters were nice and rounded and she gives just enough detail about then, but I do wish that there was just a tiny bit more about Xander at times in the novel.

The plot was well thought out and I loved how even though she has put a very simple romance as in they barley even hug or hold hands let alone kiss it is still an intense and beautiful romance. I loved the ending it made my mind up about the book and made me realise that I really did want to read more about Cassia and Ky’s journey.

Please hurry up and realise the next book in the series!
Plot 4/5
Character 4/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes and Noble

Ally Condie website

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#5)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release we are greatly anticipating.

XVI
Julia Karr
Release Date: January 6th 2011



Goodreads summary:

Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Teaser Tuesday (#2)




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers



"Cassia Reyes, the Society is pleased to present you with your Match."

'A face comes back into view on the port in front of me. It is not Xander.'

page 35 'Matched' by Ally Condie.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

In My Mailbox (#4)



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren

In my mailbox this week I have books that I bought when I went Christmas shopping and just couldn't resist going into the bookstore and buying myself a book... or four!

Bougth:

Need by Carrie Jones


Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Gifted #1) by Marilyn Kaye


Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith


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That's all that I got in my mailbox this week! What did you get in yours?

I love with Covers (#10)

In Love with Covers is a new feature here on Book Geek Central and will take place every Sunday. The first thing that I look at when looking for books is the cover. The cover is the primary reason that I pick up a book. This feature highlights gorgeous covers of books I've seen either around the blogosphere or at the bookshop.

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I love the purple and I love the tattoo or what ever it is on her back!



Tempest Rising
Tracy Deebs
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

A contemporary paranormal romance out just in time to ride the wave of the newest creature craze: mermaids!

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.

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Thanks for checking out this weeks In Love with Covers I hope you liked my cover loves. What your most recent cover love? Leve the link in the comment box!
I hope that you'll be back for next weeks In Love with Covers!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Dear Santa! (#14)

Every Saturday i'm going to be adding three or more books that I have found and I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too just comment me with the link to your post and then it could be on next weeks post!

This week we have some books that I found on Goodreads, Amazon and other places:

Because it is December... Christmas!!!! instead of My Wishlist up until Christmas i'm going to be doing a Dear Santa! Feel free to join in! Leave the link to your blog post and let me see what books you want for Christmas! :D

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Dear Santa, I would like this book because... I love the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter and can't wait to read the twist that Emily Whitman has put on the myth.



Radiant Darkness
Emily Whitman
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

He smiles. "Hello."

It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

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Dear Santa, I would like this book because... Doesn't it sound cool!?



Awaken
Katie Kacvinsky
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

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Dear Santa, I would like this book because... the summary sounds so cool!



Demon Kissed
H.M. Ward
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

DEMON KISSED is a young adult paranormal-romance novel, by American author H.M. Ward. It tells the story of Ivy Taylor, a seventeen year old girl, who is claimed by both the martyr marked (people chosen to protect humanity from evil), and the demon kissed (soulless servants of hell).

While learning to survive in this new reality, Ivy discovers that she is at the center of a prophecy that foretold of her unleashing unprecedented evil into the world. Ivy relies on her friends, and finds herself in a forbidden romance, while trying to save the world.

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So, tell me what you think of my list to Santa for this week? What's on yours?

Friday, 17 December 2010

Book Blogger Hop (8) & Follow Friday (7)

Book Blogger Hop

Time for Blogger Hop from Crazy for Books

I've only done Book blogger hop a couple and I like it! I love following other peoples book blogs and looking what they think about new and older releases. It's a great way to get out there and meet new people who share the same interests as you.

This weeks question: "What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

My answer:
That is a hard one! It has to be a tie for me because when I read a book the plot is what drives the story on and if there isn't a good plot it's doesn't make a very good story, but at the same time the character are the most important becuase without characters there is no story and like I said for plot if there isn't good charatcers it's doesn't make a good story.




Follow Friday is an opportunity to discover and follow other book related blogs! Want to join? Check it out at Parajunkee

This weeks question: Carmel is studying web design... What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?

My answer:
I'm not in college nor do i work because i'm a comprehensive student (High School student). But for my optional subjects that I picked for GCSE exams I did pick, double science (so I could take the subject when it is optional to come back for further education when we leave school at 16), DnT woodwork, history, geography and drama.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Evermore by Alyson Noël

Title: Evermore (The Immortals #1)
Author: Alyson Noël
Pulbished by: St Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: Young-adult
Paperback: 356



Rating: 4- Great!

Goodreads summary:

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Review:

I probably walked past this book about twenty times when ever I was in Asda shopping centre looking at the books while my mother was doing the shopping. I finally bought it when I had to pick two books from the store to have for my birthday off my grandparents. I didn’t know what to think of this book at first and I took me a while to actually get into it.

The Characterization: with Ever I did think that the character was well rounder and she was easy to relate to, but at times I did find her annoying in the way that she gets jealous of everything that involved Damen especially when it was to do with Darina. For all the secondary characters I wish there was more of a back story with them especially with Darina and Miles it would have been nice to have known a bit more about them.

I do have a compliant about the ending; there could have been more detail again with what happened with Darina but I’m not going to go into much detail about that. The ending just seemed a bit far fetch for my liking; I think that Alyson should have elaborated more on that part of the story.

The book was very entraining, the plot was good and I liked how the story unravelled bit by bit. The writing was excellent and when I did get into the book I just couldn’t put it down!
I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

Plot 4/5
Character 3/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 3/5

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Rating System

Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

Alyson Noël website

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (#4)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release we are greatly anticipating.

Dead Rules
by Randy Russell
Release Date: June 21st 2011



Goodreads summary:

Sometimes falling in love means you've got to kill somebody.


Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were destined to be together forever. Of that, Jana was sure.

But Jana just died—in a bowling accident. And now she’s trapped in Dead School. Jana is certain that it won’t be long before Michael kills himself in order to spend eternity with her—but the days are passing and Michael is, inexplicably, still alive. So Jana decides to take matters into her own hands. And nothing—not even Dead School bad boy Mars Dreamcote’s enticingly warm touch or the devastating secret he holds about her death—will stop her from making her dreams come true.

Romeo and Juliet meets Heathers in this hilariously macabre take on paranormal romance, packed with heart-stopping suspense and sizzling star-crossed love.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

In Love with Covers (#9)

In Love with Covers is a new feature here on Book Geek Central and will take place every Sunday. The first thing that I look at when looking for books is the cover. The cover is the primary reason that I pick up a book. This feature highlights gorgeous covers of books I've seen either around the blogosphere or at the bookshop.

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I love the eyes!



Flawless
Lara Chapman
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

FLAWLESS is a modern retelling of the Cyrano story in which a senior-class salutatorian with a notable nose agrees to help her perfectly gorgeous best friend catch the eye of the new hottie at school, only to discover he's actually the perfect guy for her.

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Thanks for checking out this weeks In Love with Covers I hope you liked my cover loves. What your most recent cover love?
I hope that you'll be back for next weeks In Love with Covers!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Dear Santa! (#13)

Every Saturday i'm going to be adding three or more books that I have found and I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too just comment me with the link to your post and then it could be on next weeks post!

This week we have some books that I found on Goodreads, Amazon and other places:

Because it is December... Christmas!!!! instead of My Wishlist up until Christmas i'm going to be doing a Dear Santa! Feel free to join in! Leave a link to your blog post and let me see what books you want for Christmas! :D

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Dear Santa, I would like this book because... it sounds so cool!!!



As you Wish
Jackson Pearce
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

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Dear Santa, I would like this book because... it's sounds like it would be a great read!



Rosebush
Michele Jaffe
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.
Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she's forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

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Dear Santa, would like this book because... I've been wanting this book for so long and becuase i've read the rest of the books in the series and I want to know what happens... it's the last book in the series!!!!



Strange Fate (Night World #10)
L.J. Smith
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among uswithout our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

Sarah Strange's life was what you might call ordinary. Then her mother died.

Now Sarah has visions -- visions of a place where dragons darken the sky and a young girl is fighting to survive.

When Sarah confides in her best friends, Mal and Kierlan, about the devastation in her dreams, she discovers that her friends are not what they seem. They are part of the Night World -- and they believe Sarah has a special role in their world. And if Sarah's visions are any indication of the impending danger and destruction, there is no time to lose....

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So, tell me what you think of my list to Santa for this week? What's on yours?

The Epic Contest of Epic by Beth Revis



Beth Revis, author of the upcoming book Across the Universe is having an unbelievable contest! It's EPIC! If you'd like a chance to win this prize pack or many many others, CLICK HERE!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Book Blogger Hop (7) & Follow Friday (6)

Book Blogger Hop

Time for Blogger Hop from Crazy for Books

I've only done Book blogger hop a couple and I like it! I love following other peoples book blogs and looking what they think about new and older releases. It's a great way to get out there and meet new people who share the same interests as you.

This weeks question: "What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?"

My answer:
I love all the above, but I find I love different things more or less depending on the blog that i'm reading.




Follow Friday is an opportunity to discover and follow other book related blogs! Want to join? Check it out at Parajunkee

Do you have an under-noticed author that you think we should all know about?

My answer:
Joseph M. Rinaldo.
His books aren't YA and I wouldn't normally read them if I saw them in a bookstore (I probably wouldn't even be near the adult books shelf, really) but I am reading his book A spy at home, which he ask me to read himself and also sent me a copy... and to be honest i'm enjoying it so far I am enjoying it so far and in the way that he is putting things he knows like his daughters disability and into his characters son as well.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

In My Mailbox (#3)



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren

In my mailbox this week I have some books that I bought just before I went to Germany.

Bought:
Matched by Ally Condie


Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1) by L.J. Smith


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That's all that I got in my mailbox this week!

In Love with Covers (#8)

In Love with Covers is a new feature here on Book Geek Central and will take place every Sunday. The first thing that I look at when looking for books is the cover. The cover is the primary reason that I pick up a book. This feature highlights gorgeous covers of books I've seen either around the blogosphere or at the bookshop.

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I just really love this cover!!!



The Locket
Stacey Jay
Genre: Young-adult
Goodreads

Goodreads summary:

What if you got a second chance to fix your worst mistake?

What if you found out miracles could happen?

What if you found out that sometimes, miracles are curses in disguise...

One girl, two boys, and one very scary piece of jewelry.

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Thanks for checking out this weeks In Love with Covers I hope you liked my cover loves. What your most recent cover love?
I hope that you'll be back for next weeks In Love with Covers!

Sorry for not doing any updates I was in Germany Tuesday until Friday at midnight so I wasn't able to get to a computer in the week and I was sleeping most of the day Saturday so I couldn't get My Wishlist posted.
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