Book review: The Siren

synopsisYears ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

my-thoughtsThis book was not what I was expecting despite what the synopsis implies this so much more then a romance which is a nice surprise, the synopsis is very flawed this is not a supper cliche romance it has a lot gong for it. All of Kiera Cass’s books have lot more depth then people give them credit for they are a bit cheesy but there so good they have great charecters and great romance. The romance in this one is very fast and cute Akenli is a sweetheart him and Kehlen are adorable, but they did fall in love ridiculously fast. I know that’s a huge turn off for a lot of people it is for me too, but it works in this. It was still annoying just not wholly unnecessary and I don’t know that there was a way around it. Even though he isn’t even in it much I loved Akenli however, I didn’t love Kehlen she was bland but I didn’t dislike her she’s just sorta there carrying the story along.

The most unique character is the Ocean she was extremely interesting but I can’t decide if I love or hate her, either way she’s a neat part of the book. Kehlen is the Oceans favorite they have a complex mother daughter like relationship that I felt was just as prominent as the romance. The Ocean and the way the Sirens are done is very cool and now I want to read more books about Sirens and Mermaids. I like all of the sirens especially Padma, I love Padma it’s amazing how much emotion and complexity Kiera managed to convey in her few short scenes. I really like how much being a Siren effects Kehlen the other girls have found ways to be content with their new lives but Kehlen can’t accept the terrible things she’s done and obsesses over the pepeople she’s killed.

The other sirens don’t exactly like what they do for the Ocean but their more forgiving of themselves then Kehlen. They all cope in their own way, but Kehlen’s way was not healthy, the others are just trying to live the best lives they can given the unusual and dificult circumstances. All of the girls conversations, and the complex feelings they have about being Sirens as well as their compelling individual storylines added a lot substance to the book. My main problem with this book is a mayor spoiler but basically there’s a twist that I didn’t like and I think there had to have been a better alternative too. This book overall is captivating every thread of story is interesting, but there’s also something about nearly every storyline that I feel could have been mproved upon. Ultimately The Siren is a very good book and I don’t think it gets enough love there’s so many good things in it you just have to be willing to look past the insta love.

Mini reviews: disappointing fantasy edition

Long May She Reign By Rhiannon Thomas

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Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

Rating: 3/ 5 stars
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I should have loved this it has a lot of good elements like: female friendship, political intrigue and a decent mystery yet as a whole I didn’t like it much, although, it was refreshing in a lot of ways. I’ve talked before about about how I think more fantasy’s should have Worlds in which everyone is equal this book has a world like that and I think this is the only book I’ve read that does I really enjoyed this element. I also liked Freya she is adorable and she has a fluffy grey kitty! I have a fluffy grey kitty that’s not something I thought I would ever have in common with a fictional character. Freya has anxiety and I was initially exited about this since mental illness is almost never represented in fantasy books, but in the last few chapters Freya’s anxiety just disappears, obviously that’s not the way it works in real life, and it really bothered me.
I’m disappointed I expected more I thought it would be exiting but]t it was dull and nearly everything in it is mediocre, and I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing it wasn’t awful but it did need more refinement. This took me a while to read and it felt longer then it was probably since it’s slow and not much happened until the end. Most of the book is spent in one place as the characters attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the massacre and Freya adjusts to being Queen, these things are interesting but there needed to be more going on. I didn’t particularly care for most of the characters and therefore the side stories, as usual I didn’t like the romance it was generic, and badly done, it came out of nowhere and the way it was wrapped up was odd. This was a decent standalone that had a lot of compelling aspects that could have made for a great book if they had been executed well, and if the the story had progressed faster.

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

 

I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

synopsis330811001As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Rating 2.5/ starsmy-thoughts3I have seen praise for this all over the internet and I wanted to love it, I thought I would love it, but I don’t instead it was only mildly enjoyable. It took me a few chapters to get into this during which I considered not finishing it the first third of the book is dull  but it picked up when they get to the palace. There was a lot of interesting concepts that ultimately weren’t executed well. The writing was good but needed more editing, I don’t even want to talk about the romance I feel like I keep repeating myself in every review as usual I didn’t like I didn’t like the romance, but this time it was harder to overlook then normal. The romance was my least favorite part of the book I might have given it a higher rating if it had been less intense there was no development.

I thought this would have a badass heroine but I didn’t like Kalinda she’s plain and doesn’t have many skills she’s feisty but can’t fight and isn’t even that clever everyone she encountered thought she was special but I couldn’t understand why. She isn’t a terrible character but she didn’t stand out to me in any way nothing in this book did. I was expecting more, there’s a lot happening but I didn’t love any of it, and it’s heavily bogged down by the romance. I also think that some of reasons behind the characters actions are weak and while the story is intriguing it’s also extremely predictable and familiar. I wanted to love this I though it would be captivating and action packed but it wasn’t either of those things and I’m disappointed, I just don’t think it’s a very good book overall.

Exiting releases for the last half of 2017

Most of the books that I was most looking forward to have already come out but there’s still a few potentially amazing books that have yet to be released. I apologize for the lack of covers I had made graphics, but then I decided not to include a few books and didn’t feel like redoing them. Plus I had put the book covers in the wrong order. Anyway here are some upcoming books that I’m excited for.

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  • The Library of Fates : This says it’s perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Star-Touched Queen I love both of those, I hope this is just as beautifuly written and captivating as they are. 
  • Daughter of the Burning City: This one sounds so interesting! It looks to be very fantastical, and unique.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer:  This is my most anticipated book on this list and maybe the year I can’t wait to see my favorite authors take on one of the most iconic charecters ever.

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  • Murder, Magic, and What We Wore: I actually have an E-arc of this but haven’t gotten to it yet, I will soon. It promises to be a regency set historical fiction with spies and a dash of magic it sounds delightful.
  • The Language of Thorns: Another Leigh Bardugo book I’m exited for because I just had to include this one I love short stories and folktales and I’m sure this will be fantastic.
  • There’s Someone Inside your House: Anna and the French Kiss is adorable this is so different and intriguing. Horror/ thrillers are not my favorite genre but I like anything if it’s done well and I think this will be.

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  • Among the Red Stars:  I definitely need a story, inspired by real life, about an all female aviation team in my life. So excited for this one!
  • The Midnight Dance: I love retellings and The Twelve Dancing Princess is one of my favorite fairytales, hopefully this will be a good retelling.
  • The Glass Spare: 24th I really like Lauren DeStefano’s writing style and her books tend to be unique the idea of this one sounds amazing.

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What upcoming releases are you most exited about?

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

synopsis3Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she’s around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought.

This has to be one of the best mental health centered books I’ve ever read it has such a fantastic, hopeful and pragmatic representation of mental illness. It’s clear to me from everything in the book that the author did her research it’s realistic, there’s setbacks, there’s small victories, and thankfully getting a boyfriend doesn’t fix all of Maguire’s problems. It was a combination of things that help Maguire get out of the dark place she’s in at the start of the book. It was a combination of going to therapy, playing tennis, the love and support of her friends and family, and her own strength the person who helps Magure the most is herself.

Maguire is strong, brave, and so caring you’ll be rooting for her from page one, sadly the love interest Jordy is not nearly as interesting. He’s cute, sweet, loves tennis and is beginning to taking charge of his life, but he doesn’t have enough going for him to set him apart from the dozens of other sweet, YA boyfriends. Despite Jordy being a bit generic the romance is cute and enjoyable I just wish there had been a little less of it. There’s quite a lot of tennis in this book I found these scenes kind off boring but I’m not a big fan of sports and I adore nearly everything else. I love how this deals with heavy topics in a wonderful, realistic way and how despite it often being melancholy it manages not to be a supper sad book above all else it’s hopeful.

My dream author panel

Today I’m bringing you a very fun post I was recently inspired by Eventbrite (the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events) their doing a project that encourages people to share who would be on their dream bookish panel. I’ve never actually been to any kind of bookish pane, or any kind of panel, but they definitely look like a lot of fun the two I thought up would be amazing if they ever became reality.
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  • Renee Ahdieh (author of The Wrath and The Dawn and The Flame in the Mist)
  • Leigh Bardugo (author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows)
  • Kiera Cass (author of The Selection and The Siren)
  • Roshani Chokshi (author of The Star-Touched Queen)
My list of favorite female characters is very long but these four ladies have written multiple fierce female characters who are some of my absolute favorites and they all have female friendships in their books! Something that is way too rare in YA I also foud their characters to all be different then your average YA heroine which makes me like them more. I would love to ask them all sorts of questions about the importance of girls supporting girls and what their definition Girl power is and of course what they think makes a strong female character strong. And discuss the need to call good female characters strong, really just every female character, but not good make characters, I personally think the word is becoming overused.
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  • Rainbow Rowell (author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl)
  • Ashley Poston (author of Geekerella)
  • Gen Wilde (author of Queens of Geek)
I love books about nerdy characters and fandoms there so delightful so of course I would love a panel about these kinds of books with the three queens of geeky books. In all three of their books there’s a fictional fandom the charterers are a part of I would like to know what inspired each of these fandoms and also ask them Geek related questions like what their favorite fandoms are.I would have to ask Ashley Poston if there’s even a possibility of a Starfield book, I really hope there is! I fell in love with Starfield (the fictional fandom in Geekerella) and think it would be amazing as a book.
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 Would you go to either of my dream panels? Who would be on your dream author panel? Tell me in the comments or make your own post about it!

Book review: Girl Out of Water 

I received his book from the publisher through netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way defects my opinion.synopsisAnise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

my-thoughtsI flew through this book it was so easy to read but after turning the last page it left me feeling underwhelmed, the ending wasn’t satisfying although I’m not sure what I would have wanted instead. I have a problem with the beginning and the ending but loved almost everything in between. In the first chapter your introduced to a group of friends who all seem to have a strong bond and a lot of potential. But after Anise moves she stops talking to them and all that potential goes practically nowhere. After she moves to Nebraska the story becomes more interesting Anise is completely out of her comfort zone and family takes center stage as she takes care of her cousins. Her cousins are adorable and just annoying enough to be realistic, I love her whole family her aunt and dad don’t have a ton of page time but are still good, distinctive characters.

Anise is a refreshing protagonist she’s sometimes aggravating and makes mistakes but learns and grows from them, she really cares about her family and tried her best to be there for them. The love interest, Lincoln is a sweetheart he was really nice to read about, he’s so positive and seemed to always know what Anise needed they worked well together. The romance felt natural and developed at a realistic pace, the characters don’t even say that they love each other that’s not something I encounter often in YA standalones.

If your a fan of diverse, character driven contemporary’s with adorable love interests who have dimples then this book is for you. Perhaps you’ll appreciate it more than I did, I still feel as if it’s missing something. Overall it is a great summery book that you could easily read in just a day it has lovable characters, skateboarding escapades and fantastic and immersive writing.

Book review: Geekerella

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion.

dividersynopsis2Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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This book is delightful, these light reads I’ve been reading recently have not disappointed and I keep waiting to read more and more of them. This one gave me all the warm and fuzzy feels. This is very much a love letter to Geek culture the acknowledgments literally are, I don’t usually mention the acknowledgment (but I always read them) is this case however I really liked them. The below quote is from them I completely agree with it, it’s great and it wonderfully captures the spirit of the book.

“Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy? That is never a waste of time.”

This perfectly captures nerd culture and was a pleasure to read, there’s so, so many references, including ones to Firefly, Star Trek, and The Princess Bride. Starfield is the fictional fandom the story centers around and the author did such a great job creating it. I became extremely invested in how the movie was going to turn out, I fell in love with a TV show that doesn’t even exist that says a lot about how good the writing is.

As a retelling it manages to stand out from the dozen of other Cinderella retellings, it stayed true to the original tale but I didn’t find Elle to not be that Cinderella like. Elle was a good character but she was inconsistent towards the end and not the best Cinderella. I liked the other protagonist, Darein but Elle’s friend Sage was my favorite character. All the relationships are well developed, the romance is cute and the characters are all likable except the evil stepmother of course. The nerdy aspects are amazing and that’s pretty much the whole plot, the book felt like a teen movie, like a really good classic Disney channel movie. I would love to see a movie adaptation and a actual Starfield TV show.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

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Discussion: Romance in YA

If you’ve been following me for a while you most likely know that I’m not the biggest fan of romance, I mention this often today I’m going to discuss it in more detail. I used to be less critical of romance and found myself shiping the character a lot more often then I do now. My opinion towards romance changed rather abruptly for a while every romantic sub plot big or small annoyed me, now it’s usually just kinda there I don’t usually care much about it. The biggest reason for my distaste towards it is that I grew tired of it being in everything, it’s hard to find characters who get to be happy and single. 

Romance is kinda just expected to be in every YA book, it’s aggravating how it’s tied with the genre YA is known for being filled with unrealistic romance, love triangles and insta love are the norm. Often the romance is unnecessary, I have read a lot of books that would have been better without romance. Books where it’s thrown in and isn’t even important to the story or well done. I don’t know why so many authors feel the need to throw it in it doesn’t have to be in every YA book,it’s actually only in recent years that’s it’s become so common. 

Based on what I’ve read on the history of YA and lists I’ve looked for of romance free YA I’ve come to believe that that YA without romance didn’t become rare until about ten years, ago maybe less. A lot of the popular books that helped make YA into the phenomenon it is today didn’t have any romance or very little. Examples are, The Giver, Sabrial, Speak, The Book Thief and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. All published before 2008 and all frequently appear when I search for YA without romance, along with other older titles. I’m not sure when or why all the love triangles started popping up all the time, at least love triangles seem to be becoming less popular, thankfully. 

I have read a whole eight YA books with absolutely no romance and I’ve been actively looking for them for the last two year. I’m sure there’s more out there then I know exist, I wish they happened to be more popular because at least it would make them easier to find, finding them in difficult. Most of the romance free lists also have books with a little romance mixed in and that’s not what I want, plus there seems to be the same ten books on every list. I’ve also noticed that the books without romance tend to be on the younger side of YA and are very light reads. I guess most people start dating when their around sixteen but I’m eighteen and have never had a boyfriend so not everyone does. 

letschatWhat do you think, do you think there’s a reason it’s so common? 

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Review: Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion.dividersynopsis2All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife

  • Add it on goodreads
  • My rating 4/5 stars
  • Release date: March 14th

my-thoughts2I clicked on this for the title which is one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs the song actually fits the storyline about the twins who have a rough relationship. Part of the book is set in the 1600s the way the past and present are woven together is very cool. I liked this part of the book but I didn’t think the twins reasons for fighting were strong and it felt as if I missed something but I didn’t it jut wasn’t set up well. The sisters story was good but I wish it had been developed more.

This is book is about witches, this is not a spoiler it’s set up in the first few chapters, I wanted more witchcraft it was mostly in the last quarter. I think my main problem with this book is that is was missing something there needed to be more happening. The first half was all set up this is normal except this book is only 272 pages when a book is that short it needs a faster pace or in the case of this one it needs to be longer.

The charterers are all okay there’s not much time for character development and in a standalone I don’t need the charterers to be amazing the only character I had a problem with was Heather’s aunt whose name I can’t even remember she was more of a plot device then a character.  What bothered me is that it seemed unrealistic for her to give Heather so much freedom when she had just gotten out of a wellness center for cutting herself.

There really isn’t much more to say this book was good none of the problems really bothered me until I finished reading it, I always like finding a nice standalone and the writing was great it flowed well and swapped between time periods flawlessly. But it needed to be longer, the ending was rushed and I wanted more chapters in the 1600s and more magic. Basically this a quick intriguing paranormal standalone that is worth reading, but that could have been so much better if the author had spent more time developing the story.divider3

January 2017 wrap up

lifeupdatepngSo far 2017 is alright nothing remarkable has happened but nothing bad has happened either so there’s room for improvement. That’s really all I have to say about my life, other then reading some good books and watching the amazing Netflix adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events,  nothing very notable has happened.

February looks like it’s going to be a little more interesting though, Valentines day is this month I’ve always liked Valentines I like to  spend it treating myself or having a girls day. Another cool thing happening is my birthday turning eighteen is scary it also means a lot of exiting things are ahead of me. With so many big decisions and changes happening I often feel overwhelmed but I’m trying to stay positive and I know God has a lot of good things in store for me. Now it’s time for the fun part the books!

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  • Done Dirt Cheap (4.2/5 stars)
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett (3/5 stars) Review
  • The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett (3.5/5 stars)  Review
  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (2.5/5 stars)  Review
  • The Star Touched Queen (4.5/5 stars)  Review
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One (3/5 stars) Review

I choose a good book to start the year with I’ll post a review closer to the release date I got it from NetGalley I finally made a account and I of course love it and the book too. Six books in one month is great for me I’m ahead of Goodreads goal! We’ll see how long that lasts. It was a good reading month except for failing my classic a month challenge that is hopefully I’ll do better this month. on-the-blog2

It was a decent blogging month I feel into a little bit of a slump for two weeks and only posting two things I had scheduled because I didn’t write any posts those weeks, luckily I conjured the slump. I have already scheduled a ton of posts for this month and will be posting twice every week. I’ve also been experimenting with my posting schedule and I decided to post on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s, obviously there will sometimes be reviews and spontaneous pots on other days.

That’s all for this wrap up, as always I hope you had a good month and that this one is even better. 

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