Blog Tour: In Her Skin (Review + Giveaway)

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Title: In Her Skin

Author: Kim Savage

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Macmillan

Release Date: April 17, 2018

Edition: eARC

Buy the Book: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Kobo / IndieBound / iBooks

 

 


Hello everyone. Today marks my stop for the In Her Skin blog tour which will be release this coming April 17 on your local bookstore. Before sharing to you my review, I just wanna say thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this blog tour. Also to Farrar, Straus, and Grouz/Macmillan, the publisher of In Her Skin.


 

*SYNOPSIS*

A dark, suspenseful young adult novel about crime, identity, and two girls with eve-rything to lose.

Fifteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain takes on her biggest heist yet—impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and she hopes to cash in on a little safety, some security. She finds her opportunity with the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family tied to the unsolved dis-appearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Love-crafts welcome her with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. When hidden crimes come to the surface and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold on to an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late. In Her Skin is Kim Savage at her most suspenseful yet.

 

 

*MY THOUGHTS*

Some con artist are found in televisions and in real life. But some of them can be found in books. Books just like In Her Skin.

Dark, mysterious, and compelling story line are the right words to describe the book. In the book, we learn the things that Vivienne Weir  Jo Chastain  did in her biggest and fearless impersonation of a missing girl.

Tired of being in the sideline, Jo Chastain decided to impersonate Vivienne, who disappear when she was nine years old. Jo let the Lovecraft family that she is indeed Vivienne. Being clueless of what really happen the Lovecraft believe her.

I felt kind of dizzy when reading the first part of the book. As I didn’t understand what is going on. Later on, I understand what is happening as I discovered that it is written in a unique POV. Most of the books, the protagonist are the one telling the readers what revolves in the story. But in the story of Jo, she is not talking to the readers but to a specific character. With this kind of POV, it makes the story unique and one of a kind.

Just like the author’s name, the story is beautifully written savagely where you will find wondering and thinking what will happen next. It let you think critically who really is behind every scene in the story. The plot twist of the story is a plot twist you will not expect nor imagine.

I highly recommend the book for those who wants to experience and hear a story of a girl whose talent is being a con artist.

MY RATING:

5 stars

 

*FAVORITE QUOTES*

To be honest, I was engross reading the book that I forgot to highlight lots of quotes that I found in it. The following quotes that I will share are some of the unique and extraordinary lines that I find it cute.

  1.  “No good comes from thinking on the dead. Because no good comes from thinking on those you’ve left behind. There is only what lies ahead”
  2. “To have fun is to let down your guard”
  3. :Fun is not the  word I would choose to describe libraries. I’d go for safe, clean, even warm.”
  4. “Moving forward is best.”
  5. “A death blow is a life blow to some.”
  6. “The only people who talk about dead like it’s something pretty and fanciful are people who haven’t seen it up close.”
  7. “Better to accept who you are in this life and get on with it.”
  8. “Living in someone’s else’s skin is a lot easier when I’m being led.”
  9. “If you can’t hear something, three times doesn’t make it so.”

 

 Blog Tour Schedule

April 10th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

April 11th

A New Look On Books– Official Book Playlist

April 12th

The Last Page– Review
Vicky Who Reads– Creative Option
My Thoughts Literally– Guest Post

April 13th

Bookish In Bed– Review

April 14th

Phannie the Ginger Bookworm– Review & Favorite Quotes
Mama Reads Blog– Creative Option: Playlist
Staircase Wit– Review

April 15th

Jessabella Reads– Review & Book Playlist
Kat’s Books– Review
Bookablereads– Review & Favorite Quotes

April 16th

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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KIM SAVAGE is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels, After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (releasing March 27, 2018), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. Kim presents at conferences and book festivals nationwide; has been featured on NPR, Herald Radio, and on local cable stations; and she reads from her novels at bookstores across the country. A former reporter with a Master degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Kim’s stories are based in and around Boston. She lives with her family near Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells Reservation of After the Woods. Kim and her husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.

Author Links:

Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook / Tumblr / Pinterest

 

GIVEAWAY

  • 1 finished copy of IN HER SKIN by Kim Savage
  • US Only
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Blog Tour: Zombie Abbey (Review)

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Title: Zombie Abbey

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC

Edition: eARC

Pages: 300 pages

Buy the Book: Entangled Teen

 

 

Hello and welcome to my stop for the Zombie Abbey Blog Tour. Today I’m gonna share to you my review, an excerpt and a giveaway you don’t wanna miss. But first, I wanna tell Entangled Teen thank you for choosing me to be part of the blog tour.

 

*ABOUT THE BOOK*

1920, England

And the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they’d wear to dinner was their biggest problem…

Lady Kate, the entitled eldest.

Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver.

Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.

Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.

Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!

None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.

But none of them had ever seen anything like this.

 

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*MY THOUGHTS*

It was my first time to read a book about zombies. And reading Zombie Abbey enables me to be read more zombie books.

Reading it gave me vibes that only Pride and Prejudice can give. But the book is no way a carbon copy of it. It only has the vibes and some similarities from the book.

I love how the characteristics of each characters. As they show how woman can cope up with men and how strong they are. They are also some parts where the girls are a little bit confusing. They really start developing in a slow-paced but rest assured that their characteristics in the end will be well-developed.

There are some gruesome parts that are not suitable for young readers. But if the young readers insists in reading it, I suggest that prepare yourself for an epic adventure.

The ending is so good that it makes me want talk to the author why do that. And please write a sequel or a part two of the ending.

I really suggest that you should read Zombie Alley for those  who seeks action packed adventure that has Pride and Prejudice vibes.

MY RATING:

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*EXCERPT*

Dr. Webb was lurching toward the church out of the mist, something terribly off about his halting gait. More specifically, he was lurching toward Mr. Young.

“Are you all right, Dr. Webb?” Mr. Young called, the former joy in his voice replaced now with concern for the other man.

“Merry!” Lady Grace called out a warning. “Don’t go any farther!”

“But can’t you all see?” Mr. Young said, still walking forward. “Poor Dr. Webb is sick.”

Yes, Dr. Webb was sick. His clothing and general appearance were all disheveled. And he smelled bad, too, the duke realized, as a rotting stench made its way to his nostrils, which flared in response. Why, the smell was similar to that which had enveloped the dead valet, his dead valet, yesterday. Perhaps Dr. Webb had acquired the wretched smell while tending to some poor person in the village?

Dr. Webb still lurched, his arms spreading out now as Mr. Young approached.

“Merry, please!” Lady Grace cried. Then she moved to step forward herself, no doubt to try to stop Mr. Young, but Benedict Clarke held her back, catching her with one arm around the waist.

And now Mr. Young was opening his arms wide, too, as though to warmly greet the returning doctor, but when their bodies met and the doctor embraced him, he immediately began to chew on the closest part of Mr. Young’s body that was available to him, which, in this case, happened to be his upper arm.

The duke watched, frozen in horror as no doubt the others were, too, as the doctor chewed through Mr. Young’s jacket and shirt, straight down to the flesh beneath. It might have been almost comical, were it not so downright horrifying.

Among the things you never expect to see in life: one human being attempting to feed on another like an animal.

 

GIVEAWAY:

Click here to enter the giveaway. US only. Sorry INTL.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin’s Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series which she created with her husband and daughter). She’d love to dress up in period costume from the 1920s but she’d be a lot less excited about meeting zombies. Lauren lives in Danbury, CT, with her husband and daughter and cat, all of whom are writers (well, maybe not the cat).

Author Links:

Website / Twitter / Goodreads

Blog Tour: The Voting Game (Review + Giveaway)

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Title: The Voting Game

Author: Peter Gulgowski

Publisher: Self-published

Publication date: 06 March 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Links: Goodreads / Amazon

 

*SYNOPSIS*

In the year 2084, Every Interaction Counts.

Darrius Young’s sixteenth birthday brings a harsh reality: It’s time to join the Voting Game. Playing is mandatory and each day may be his last.

In this bleak future’s society, citizens rate their interactions with one another. Highest scorers are members of an elite upper class. An average score means you can keep playing.

Fall below average? You are taken and killed by the government entity known only as The Bureau.

Darrius has prepared his whole life for this challenge, knowing the reality he will soon face — especially after the death of his mother to the game.

But despite preparation, he’s losing — and not just the Game. Suddenly the people he loves are getting brutally downvoted and taken by the Bureau. It’s soon clear there’s a target on his back, drawn there by the Bureau itself. And Darrius has no idea why.

In a frantic race against time against a society that’s already sentenced him to death, can Darrius save himself and those around him before it’s too late?

 

*MY THOUGHTS*

 

In a world where every interaction is being counted, The Voting Game is like The Hunger Games meet The Purge.

To be honest, I’m scared if I will like the book, but reading the first chapter took all of my fear and hesitations. Just by reading the first few lines in the story I definitely know that this book will be super hecka awesome. And after reading the book… I could say that it really is awesome.

The characters are well-developed in the story especially Darrius and Jada. The two really did a great job in showing and teaching us what siblings and family  can do to protect each other in times of danger.

I love how unpredictable the book is. It is the kind of book that you will really think of what will happen. Think of who really did this things. Who in the right person have the capacity to do such horrible things.

There is also an aspect in the book where it will open up our eyes  how the government works nowadays. That even the President thinks only of what good he/she will gain, not minding the people in our society.

I also love how people reciprocate the good things that we did to them. That doing simple things can lead and help a person big time.  That people don’t mind what the consequences they will get as long as they can help each other.

All I could say is that Peter FREAKING nailed in writing the last part. I love how that cliffhanger took me by surprise and how I didn’t see that coming.

Lastly, if you are having a reading slump and looking for a fantastic book to read, I suggest that The Voting Game is the RIGHT BOOK that you should read.

MY RATING:

5 stars

 

About the Author

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Peter Gulgowski was born and raised in a suburb in Wisconsin. He began writing at the age of fourteen during a study hall session in which he had already finished his homework. Several years later, his debut novel, The Government, would become published. Mr. Gulgowski remains a student, with hopes of becoming a full-time writer.

Inspired by authors such as J.K. Rowling, John Green, Veronica Roth, and so many others, Gulgowski hopes one day to join their ranks in inspiring the next generation of storytellers.

His latest novel, ‘The Voting Game’ became the #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult LGBT Issues Fiction and is his fourth bestselling book. Currently, he is working on several new novels to be released later in 2018.

Author Links:

Website / Facebook / Goodreads / Instagram / Twitter / Youtube

Giveaway

For the giveaway, multiple winners will be drawn. 1 winner will receive a paperback copy of The Voting Game (US residents only), and 5 winners will receive a digital copy of the book (international residents).

Click HERE to enter.

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

09 April (Monday)

10 April (Tuesday)

11 April (Wednesday)

12 April (Thursday)

13 April (Friday)

14 April (Saturday)

 

 

BLOG TOUR: Orphan Monster Spy (Book Review)

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Title: Orphan Monster Spy

Author: Matt Killeen

Publisher: Viking Books

Edition: ARC

Pages: 432

Hi! I’m Carmel, and welcome to my stop for the Orphan Monster Spy blog tour which is hosted by Viking Books and Penguin Random House. During this stop, you will learn what the book is all about, who’s behind this gorgeous amazing book and the different person who shares and enjoy reading the book.

*BOOK DESCRIPTION*

Her name is Sarah. She’s blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world.

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare.

*MY THOUGHTS*

I received an Advance Readers Copy from Viking Books’ and Penguin Random House in exchange of my review for the blog tour.

Set in the world of Nazis and World War II, Sarah the main protagonist embarks a dangerous and treacherous journey where people are not to be trusted.

Orphan Monster Spy is not just an ordinary historical fiction story that you can find and read every day. It is the kind of story that will teach and tell you how dangerous our world was during the war years ago.

Home schooled by her mother, Sarah learn to cope up and survive threatening things she experience in the dangerous world of Germany. The teachings her mother taught her become handy when she engage herself to be a spy and infiltrate a Nazi boarding school.

If you do not speak and understand German language, having a dictionary and internet connection by your side is the best way to understand some parts of the story. It is because of the reason that there are lots of German words and phrases that you will encounter. Having the German words doesn’t make the story boring but it gives us factual information during those times.

The world building is something you don’t wanna miss and the character and plot development is to die for.

To sum it up, the book will take you to a roller coaster ride of thrilling and enjoyable ride that will make you gaga for more historical and thriller books to read in the future.

I highly recommend it for people who is a fan of historical fiction and for those who are eager to learn more about the World War II.

 MY RATING:

5 stars

Below are the links where you can find other people who participated the blog tour.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
 
WEEK ONE
3/12 – Crossroad Reviews – Review
3/13 – Twinning for Books – Q&A
3/14 – Live To Read – Review
3/15 – Spinatale Reviews – Review + Creative Picture
3/16 – Bookworm Banter – Review
 
WEEK TWO
3/19 – The Young Folks – Playlist
3/20 – Cracking the Cover – Review
3/21 – Bookish Connoisseur – Review
3/22 – Bookfoolery – Review
3/23 – Four Violet Reviews – Review
 
WEEK THREE
3/26 – Katy’s Library Blog – Creative Instagram Photo
3/27 – Adventures in YA Publishing – Q&A
3/28 – The Heart of a Book Blogger – Book Aesthetics
3/29 – Forever Young Adult – Review
3/30 – Bookablereads – Review
 
WEEK FOUR
4/2 – The Lovely Books – Review
4/3 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
4/4 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review + Fav Quotes
4/5 – Books Coffee and Repeat – Spotify Playlist
4/6 – Book Reporter – Review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matt Killeen was born in Birmingham, in the UK, back when trousers were wide and everything was brown. Early instruction in his craft included being told that a drawing of a Cylon exploding isn’t writing and copying-out your mother’s payslip isn’t an essay “about my family.” Several alternative careers beckoned, some involving laser guns and guitars, before he finally returned to words and attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored music and sports journalist. He now writes for the world’s best loved toy company, as it wasn’t possible to be an X-wing pilot. Married to his Nuyorican soul mate, he is parent to both an unfeasibly clever teenager and a toddler who is challenging his father’s anti-establishment credentials by repeatedly writing on the walls. He accidently moved to the countryside in 2016.
 
 

Blog Tour: Lies That Bind Review + Giveaway

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Title: Lies that Bind (Anastasia Phoenix #2)

Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Edition: eBook

Buy the Book: Entangled Teen

Hi and welcome. Today marks the day of my stop on the blog tour of Lies that Bind.  I will be sharing also my what Lies that Bind is, an excerpt, giveaway and of course my review.

Before anything else, here is a teaser of what the book is all about.

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*SYNOPSIS*

What do you do when you learn your entire childhood was a lie?

Reeling from the truths uncovered while searching for her sister in Italy, Anastasia Phoenix is ready to call it quits with spies. The only way to stop being a pawn in their game is to remove herself from the board. But before she can leave her parents’ crimes behind her, tragedy strikes. No one is safe, not while Department D still exists.

Now, with help from her friends, Anastasia embarks on a dangerous plan to bring down an entire criminal empire. From a fire-filled festival in England to a lavish wedding in Rio de Janeiro, Anastasia is determined to confront the enemies who want to destroy her family. But even Marcus, the handsome bad boy who’s been there for her at every step, is connected to the deadly spy network. And the more she learns about Department D, the more she realizes the true danger might be coming from someone closer than she expects…

*MY THOUGHTS*

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Entangled Teen for giving me this opportunity to become a part of the blog tour and review Lies that Bind.

Set in a world where no one should be trusted. Lies that Bind is the continuation of the  tight gripping story of Anastasia finding the whole truth about her parents and what is the mystery that envelop Department D.

Just like the first book, Lies that Bind is the perfect book for readers who love action pack ed adventure that will take you to a roller coaster ride. It is a story that you will not expect what will happen nor predict it. I love how it motivates me to read more of it and discover what will be happen and who are the persons behind it.

The characters are well develop and they are the characters who you wouldn’t want to mess with. I love how the story is being told and written. It is not your ordinary story, it is a story that will make you think and analyze. Think and analyze in a way that you will surely want to unravel the mystery that envelop the story.

The story ends with a nice shocking revelation and cliffhanger that will make you want to read next book.

All in all, Lies that Bind is a book that you will enjoy every bits and a book that you wouldn’t want to miss.

My Rating:

5 stars out of 5 stars

*EXCERPT*

“Mom and Dad are either dead or they abandoned us. I’m not sure which is worse,” I said bluntly. “But if they are alive, we don’t know how many people, how many lunatics, think we’re walking maps to their doorsteps. They’ll use us, and they’ll hurt us. Again.”

“Then we’ll stop looking for them.” Keira shrugged like it was easy. “Why do we need to go anywhere to do that?”

“Because everyone on that terrace is somehow connected to Department D, Marcus and Antonio especially!” I stared at the gray sky, aggravated. Did she think I wanted to do this? I was about to walk away from a guy I cared about because of our parents, because of things that they did. They committed crimes, they had an affair, and they put us in danger. All we could do now was survive. “As long as we’re linked to them, we’re not safe. Especially if Mom and Dad are alive. We have to go off the grid.”

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About the Author:

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Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix Series, three young adult spy thrillers (Entangled Publishing, 2017, ’18, ‘19). The first book in the trilogy, Proof of Lies, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best Young Adult Books for March 2017.” Bustle also listed her as one of the “Top Nine Latinx Authors to Read for Women’s History Month 2017.” Additionally, she is the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013).

She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, a school-based Workshop Instructor for Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, and has been a Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth since 2015. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

Author Links

Website / Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

*Giveaway*

Click here for a chance to win a signed copy of Lies that Bind + bookmark

Unboxing Maraudersdispatch December 2017 Box

As a bookworm and part of the book community, it is just normal to purchase and subscribe to different businesses which sells bookish merchandise.

Last December 2017 I subscribe to Maraudersdispatch book subscription box. Lately this week instead of taking a picture I did a stop motion video of it and posted on my bookstagram account.

Maraudersdispatch is a Philippine book subscription box that runs by two bestfriend namely Eira and Rika. The box contains different bookish inspired goodies. Every month they also didn’t forget to include mouth-watering chocolates to satisfy our cravings and sweet tooth. Things to love about maraudersdispatch is the items that you can find in their box. Some items are good for displaying in your bookshelf and some are useful items that you can use in your bookish daily life. Tumblers, mug, book sleeves and tote bags are just an example of useful items that you can get in their box.

Enough with the rumblings and below is the stop motion video that I did with my Dec. box and what are the items inside of it.

Content of the box:

All in all, maraudersdispatch december box is awesome.

A Taxonomy of Love (Short Book Review)

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Title: A Taxonomy of Love

Author: Rachel Allen

Published: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

Edition: Hardcover

Pages: 336 pages

*SYNOPSIS*

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

*MY THOUGHTS*

Thank you to the publisher by granting my request to read it through Netgalley. 

Cute, funny story about a boy who has Tourette syndrome battling his life with bullies and struggling to cope up with others is what Taxonomy of Love is.

The story is being told by Spencer’s perspective. Spencer loves scientific facts that he create taxonomies of different insects and his Tourette syndrome as well. I love how Spencer is despite having the condition that he still live life to the fullest and as if he is normal.

Reading the novel taught me different things. I like how being different is not a hindrance to wake up everyday and do normal things. It also reminds me that there are still people who will not judge you for being who you are but will help you to cope up with things.

I still want to say more but I will not as it will spoil you. All I will say is read the book to find out how beautiful life is and how to cherish it.

All in all, taxonomy of love is a novel that will teach you many things and how you will realized and accept that being you is a wonderful thing.

MY RATING:

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