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Why kill Gabriel off? Why leave this protagonist to suffer for years before ultimately ending his own life at the age of twenty-two? If this had been an adult book, it still would have been problematic, but much less so. But you're writing a war book for teens, so don't pretend that there isn't any morality at all between these pages. So what is this book saying? There's no way to recover if you're broken. Forget it. Fuck life. Or, if you're broken and straight, you might be all right, but if you're broken and queer, you can FORGET ever being happy again.

But the thing is that I didn't sign on for that shitty pointless soapbox finale, and neither did I sign on to consume another piece of media that ends with more sad, dead queer people. I'm fucking sick of it and when I cried at the end of this, they weren't, "Oh, I'm so sad but enjoying this" tears, they were "I'm so sad and furious and there is no hope here, there is nothing but hatred, nothing to take away from it, nothing at all".

Van's death adds to this in that she was coded as gender non-conforming and yeah, of course, she died too.

Yeah, but you sent boatloads of cis, hetero characters off to live in peace while the only queer characters died. Yeah, but finding a decent well-written fantasy book with queer protagonists has odds. Finding a decent well-written fantasy book with ANY queer characters is pretty rare in itself, so when you then kill off all of those queer characters, who's fucking left? You have control over it, and symbolism is something that you create.

There is no symbolism in the real world, but novels are full of it. It's the whole point of them. Look at the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series: Absolutely devastatingly sad. But it didn't rely on killing off the only marginalized characters for shock value. In fact, almost all of the main characters survived. Did that make it less shocking? Did that make it less sad?

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Look at The Hunger Games: And it was also devastatingly sad, so honest and open and frank about the cost of war, and yet our protagonists didn't end up slumping down and giving up. They were not destroyed by their trauma. What do we look for in war novels? Do we look for messages of bloodshed, of violence, of the awful darkness in humanity? Why do we look for that? What's the point in reading war novels just to revel in how fucking dreadful people can be to each other?

A war novel that champions hope in the face of incredible adversity, that reminds us of the good that people can do even when they'd been compelled to do bad, and that speaks of the light at the end of the tunnel, is infinitely more compelling than a war book that throws its characters into a meat grinder and then does nothing with it.

I'm not asking for a book about how everything always works out fine after a war, essentially preaching that war is necessary, no - I'm looking for a book like Daughter of Smoke and Bone that rejects war completely, that presents peace as always being the better option, that speaks of the total senselessness that is organized violence.

Karou said to her people, "What do you see in our future? It doesn't ask whether or not war is necessary, and it doesn't scream "Yeah, I'm super gritty" and it doesn't annihilate its only marginalized characters just to show off how Super Dark it is. It rejects the idea of war altogether and illustrates how absolutely pointless it is. I loved the first two books in this series, because it seemed like this was the direction they were going.

Waking up to how peace is the only way to move forward.

The characters felt so real to me, and Nathan's voice was so strong, and I was so connected to it. But this brilliant protagonist who had survived being locked in a cage, mutilated, emotionally and physically abused, and ostracized by society was reduced to sad, just sad in Half Lost. I'm just so angry about this.

And it's not even all about the Kill Your Gays trope. It's about the waffling storyline, the confusing action, the total lack of a satisfying ending. There's about half a sentence of resolution for every major character we've been following over the course of the series and I actually could not believe that it cut off where it did: I'm still crying about this but they aren't cute tears.

They're fucking irritated tears.

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View all 30 comments. Apr 10, mith marked it as maybe-read Shelves: Do I care that it's a tree? The whole of Half Wild has left me shipping Gabriel and Nathan like no fucking tomorrow.

It has also left me hating Annalise, but I think that was there since Half Bad Mar 30, Bek rated it did not like it Shelves: This review is NOT spoiler free — please proceed at your own peril. Let me count the ways I feel so betrayed.

And then she did it. She did it good. View all 24 comments. Mar 30, venus rated it did not like it Shelves: Lmao, Green sure had fun jerking us around. When in doubt, queerbait! Even better if you can do it personally by interacting with your LGBT readers on your twitter: Watch them download your book! Then see them talk about wanting to kill themselves because of how your plotline made them feel and take no accountability!

This book was such a "ride". Because y'know, what a revolutionary ending, one more dead gay kid and one more abused bi kid who don't get a happy ending. Maybe some day I'll be able to be objective about this. Maybe some day I'll write a proper review. But honestly, it was deplorable how you acted, Sally Green, how you gave young lgbt readers - young abuse survivors who related with Nathan, hope that he would come out of his struggles alright, happy, healthy and alive.

You already stabbed us once, you didn't need to twist the knife in deeper. Eat my ass out. View all 7 comments. Mar 24, O. Such a tragic love story Always so hopeless. Like the ring, forever.

Respect,loyalty and devotion. Tragic war kids with one [spoilers] Why precious Gabby ; now every happy scene hurts. Tragic war kids with one simple dream they shared,hold onto to survive,brutally snatched away last second,when it was over. That's why both didn't make it. I wanted all whites to pay. Kill them all like Marcus said.

They were dicks. But in the end most got away with everything after making blacks' lives hell for years,even at the camp treating like tools and using slurs to describe them. Anna ruined everything and sickeningly simply excused herself, got happiest ending.

Nat suffered,lost everything and not all paid. After he lost Gab he did not even have strength for revenge anymore. Poor boys. I hated people always controlling Nat Hated the "equality" scene,glad he went against it,but at the end ended up so broken he didnt even care anymore. Where was fairness? Fought for the better future when they could just left. While Anna who done no good, worked against them, hurt Nathan, let her brothers torture him, murdered his father who could possibly have saved Gab, never worked for happiness, EXCUSED herself, got the happiest ending imaginable and others, just not Nat, forgave her.

Yet so expected: She never cared so just moved on. Im mad Sally let her live and killed Gab. Sick Why Gab out of everybody?

To take the last hope away. Makes me ill. Gabby deserved to live, not her. She got away with everything as he died for loving. Why he paid for loving? Such a stab. And with that Nat's last sanity, Gab his dream, gone. Only the thought of him saved him at the council but then he pretty much died with him. The fact that he waited to change into a tree proved he wanted to do it forever, not change first thing out of desperation to come back when healed.

I loved Nat's reaction to Gab's death. This is how it was meant to be esp as Gab would't have died if not him. He knew Gab only stayed because he loved him. Gab died, knowing their dream wont ever come true, there will be no Wales, he won't ever see them, be with Nat after everything was finally starting to seem possible. He was so happy It was heartbreaking. I don't get hurting those who fought and gifting those who did not or worse.

Im grateful that if Gab had to die then Nat's reaction was the one written beginning when he was looking for him. Gab was everything to him and that's it. Left the war: They both were in it only for Nat. Sparing his sister killed Gab. Taking Amulet saved Nat but killed Gab in result. Gab was completely sacrificed. If they just left the war like Gab wanted to I think that was part of why Nat completely broke. She who only hurt him survived. Like they dreamed. Love only growing stronger.

I loved Gab not letting Nat treat him bad,Nat feeling bad "how could I? The ring scene! They only had one dream. They were each other's dream. I'm so heartbroken and emotionally drained. Glad Nat was too.

But I just can't accept that the sunshine of the story is dead. It's not how it was meant to end. Poor war kid, he just wanted to live in peace. Never lived to see Wales,be happy. Only his body was taken there. Just when they thought it was over A second of relief. Happiness snatched away suddenly,poor Gabby trying to hold on,Nat scared,desperate holding his hands,him,begging,screaming,kissing,hugging,loving They deserved happiness the most after only suffering so hopeless.

They were teased, the visions, hopes, promises Be there for each other. They finally got together! Truly believed in it. Dreamed about it,clung to it. Worked for it.

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Just one dream they shared. But they were the ones who never got their happiness. Yet others did. I didnt like it "Wounded, not lost" They were just boys. Didnt they suffer enough? Gab did want to leave the war which would have saved his life. If he only did,he could had an ending like Nesbitt He could have been happy. But he stayed for Nat, trusting in their innocent dream. Nat's reaction to his death was perfect. I would not be satisfied if he moved on after Gab sacrificed himself,died for him.

They gave their lives to each other. They were both invited to Nes's wedding, Gab was meant to take care of Nat I liked that. For Nathan, who suffered more than enough, too. Because it could have been different if they left like Gabby wanted to. I think that was what broke Nat too. He knew Gab wanted to leave tired of everything, of being hungry Nat's worry over his thinness!

Nat proved he loves Gab just as much as he loved him. Beyond anything If anybody deserved a happy ending it was them. His death was only accepted by me because the other suffered so much because of it.

But it still hurt. Esp since people like Anna survived happy but Gab did not. Frustrating, feels like a stab. So unfair.

At least this wasn't done to have Nat pushed into her arms Id be raging then. Nathan stayed with the one he loved and it saved the situation. And maybe the fact that she lived and had a child but Nat still chose to stay with Gab said it all. Still unfair. And the child made it worse.

She didnt deserve to have a child of a boy she ruined. Poor kid.

Wedding with a dude,people forgetting what she did. They wanted to go to her wedding?! Nat never forgave. Just him thinking for a sec about what he wanted with her once made me cringe terrified he'd go back. Wtf someone broke you two,Nat? She did! Why was she mentioned at all! Why always excused! She ruined everything! The only good thing that came out of it was that Nat finally could see that Gab was the one who really loved him and he loved him back.

Wish Nat realised that instead of saying bullshit. I did like Nat saying how she will have to live knowing what she did. Brothers tortured Nat because of her. Marcus died because of her. Gab possibly wouldn't have died if not her. And yet she just excused herself and got happiest ending. Lost it. She never done a good thing for Nat. After what she did! Knowing about Gabriel! Way to piss on his sacrifice, sick. Trying to make Nat forget?!

Leave them alone. If Ann'd be the one who would "heal" him I'd rage for years and never get over it. It was enough she got an undeserved happy ending unlike the boys.

Thank god Gab did not die just so Nat would be pushed into her arms. It would be the worst. It is enough he died while she lived But Nat stayed by him even then. They had their dream, loved each other, just needed time to be given to them. Everything that could have been And Gab wanted to leave the war, so if they did If the amulet protected him too Nathan knew Gab was there for him and died. I'd break knowing, too. Gab loved Nat beyond anything and it killed him. Biggest sacrifice. But seeing Nathan joining him instead of moving on made it bearable.

I wouldnt accept it any other way.

When I've read about the child I just begged please don't do it to Gab, don't go back to her His desperation, begging him to stay, and promising him he won't die but he could do nothing as much as he tried Like they were meant to be.

Nat, the one who was full of rage, just broke when he lost Gab. He loved him beyond anything and it wasn't just words, it was real and it was proved. Just like Gab's love for him when he fought for his heart, stayed and risked his life, died for Nat. Nat gave him his life too. Even if he could only take his body. But he did. And lived there by his grave, when the grass grew over it, never wanting to leave, no matter how much others tried.

They pissed me off. Leave them alone! Boys only had each other And did not let others pull him away from him.

He just found a way to be with him again forever. Securing him. There, where promised, till the end, beyond it. That it happened after a few years, made the love even more real, because you knew he did not do it out of simple desperation right after his death[he chose to grieve first as unbearable as it was], so you'd think he would come back after he would feel better, but no, he said he will wait, and he did it after he calmed a little, but never got over it, he healed enough to not be in denial anymore, to not have them give him potions, but he never accepted it, the agony was still there ,he thought everything through with Gab never stopping being his priority,only love,he practiced,thought that through earth they became one when they were looking for the gift so it would be the same when he would change, and how Gab would love to have a tree by him And Nat did it.

Gave him more than a tree. Basically found a way to hold his hands again. After a few years he still only wanted him. Still most important. After a few years he did it as planned and that's how we know it was forever, not temporary. It was beautiful.

It was about their unconditional true love at the end, death could not change it, love Nat luckily returned, late but not too late. At least they could spend some time together before everything went to hell. Gab knew Nat loved him, he proved plenty, I'd hate if he died not knowing. Nat moving on, leaving, wouldn't be a happy ending to me. Because he would break the promise and leave when Gabriel never did. I suppose that's because of the parallels that can easily be drawn between Nathan's story and that of anyone who has ever been given a label before they've even had a chance to work out who they are.

I really liked all of the characters in this novel and there were quite a few. The author seems to have that special knack for delivering characters who do bad things and make the wrong decisions but still manage to get you on their side.

Characters you initially think are going to be merely "evil" like Celia are developed into something far more three dimensional and complex. But I said this book was two things and it is. As well as a very realistic story about a boy growing up, it's also a fast-paced, vicious, gruesome page-turner. It's not a small book but once I found time to sit down and read it, I was mesmerised until I finished it late last night.

My friend practically had to drag me away to go see 12 Years a Slave , even though I'd been looking forward to it for ages. View all 58 comments.

Mar 04, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: Oh, hi, Voldemort! This book is Snape: The Teenage Years.

Only without much magic. If I'm going to read Dracula , I want some fucking vampires, and I want them to suck the bloody hell out of some humans. If I'm going " If I'm going to read about witches, I want some fucking hocus pocus shit, ok?

He's also got a Lily to comfort him and some Marauders-wannabes beating him up. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will find the setting in this world quite familiar, which is good, because the setting in this book is very poorly built. The plot is vague, the setting is unclear, it's well-written for a character insight, but that's the limit of this book. The plot is long-winded, and there's not much of it. There are a lot of beatings, a lot of torture, a lot of discrimination and hate, a lot of angst, and not a whole lot of story or world-building.

The book was just all over the fucking place. Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way: The beginning of this book is confusing as fuck. Hang in there. It gets better. The Summary: Some people have the worst fucking luck in the world. Meet Nathan Byrn. He is Half-Black. No, it doesn't mean he's got African ancestry, it means that he is half Black Witch.

His father is a notorious Black Witch, a murderer of hundreds. A name reviled by the White Witch community. As his son, Nathan is despised. Nobody loves him but most of his immediate family. Not his mother, because his mother is dead. Dead because of him. Jessica shouts at me. His other siblings and Gran love him and try to protect him, but they can only do so much against a world that is inclined to discriminate against those with Half Black blood.

This is not a happy book. Throughout the book, we see how the world turns against Nathan. From his own sister, who constantly tries to intimidate him, to the bullies at school, who pound him into the ground.

Niall catches me on the side of the head with the brick and Connor is clinging on to me. Then I get rammed in my back, which must be with the brick again. It reverberates down my spine and stops me dead. Pain and misery and torture. That is the extent of Nathan's life. It never stops.

He puts the point back into my left shoulder blade and I clench my jaw and scream while he makes another cut. And I am going mad screaming and praying for someone to make him stop. But he makes another cut and then another and all I can do is scream and pray. Even his mentor is more prisoner than friend. The routine is the same as ever. And so is the cage. And so are the shackles. The choker is still on, loose but there. It never seems to end.

I scream and curse him and move my finger as much as I can but the ring tightens and the needle goes into me again.

He moves on to the top of my finger, over the fingernail. The needle goes through again. That's pretty much the entire book. There is a lot of torture, a lot of pain, and some very vague plans to find his daddy.

Actually, his name is Marcus. So I must go to him. I must go and find my father. The Setting: Vague as fuck. There is just no background. It is a contemporary English setting, without much of the setting at all. I wouldn't have known besides the fact that they watch "the telly. No setting. We know there's a vague We know that there are Hunters. Gran says they are employed by other Councils in Europe more and more as there are so few Blacks left in Britain.

Hunters are mainly women, but include a few talented male witches. They are all ruthless and efficient. And as you can tell from that passage, the world building is terribly trite and mundane ; there's no evocative writing here. I'm glad that I read Harry Potter first, because the world setting is very similar, in that magic is apparently an inherited trait, delivered by blood on a Witch's 17th birthday.

There is: Almost no magic at all within the book 2. No history, no background 3. An unclear reason as to why the fuck Black witches are so bad.

If someone were to tell you "Oh, XXX is a terrible person," you wouldn't just download their words for it. You'd want to know why the fuck that is. There's not much of an explanation for why Black Witches are so reviled in this book. We know that Marcus, the most evil one, kills and steals magic.

Do they all do that? The Black Witches in this book are the Boogeyman. They're just a vague presence in the background to scare children. That's it. The Plot: There is not much of a plot here. We see Nathan from up, from a child, to a year old. He gets tortured. He runs away. There is no huge, compelling, overwhelming plot, and the main clue that we were given turned out to be a red herring because the book didn't turn out at all the way I expected it to go ased on the hints.

I felt incredibly bad for the main character of the book. This truly is Severus Snape, the teenaged years. Everyone hates him. He is small, puny, and unlike Snape, Nathan is dumb as fuck.

In secondary school, he is barely literate. Here's a sample of his writing: He gets beaten. Thankfully, he has a Lily named Annalise to befriend him. A beautiful, clever, kind girl. Annalise has long blonde hair that glistens like melted white chocolate over her shoulders. She has blue eyes and long pale eyelashes.

She smiles a lot, revealing her straight, white teeth. Her hands are impossibly clean, her skin is the color of honey, and her fingernails gleam. A kind Slytherin. I hold out my picture. His other siblings, Deborah, and Arran, love him, but that's not enough when he knows that the entire Witch world hates him for his father's blood.

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Nathan constantly dreams of his father. Wild, impossible dreams that give him hope. My father is not evil at all; he is powerful and strong. And he cares about me.

And he wants to bring me up as his true son, to teach me about witchcraft, to show me the world. But he is constantly persecuted by White Witches who give him no opportunity to explain. But he is waiting for the right time to come for me and take me away with him. Nathan is so hideously persecuted. Nobody wants him. Nobody believes him. Of course I know. He is unsure about his nature: White or Black. But it's all up to his personal choice: Nothing about you is evil.

View all comments. Dec 30, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it it was ok. I really enjoyed the first 50 pages and the last 50 pages, but everything in between was underwhelming. I'm going to do a full video review to share more of my thoughts, so look out for that!

View all 25 comments. Mar 01, C. I actually love it so much it physically pains my heart. So there you have it. A I do have feelings [just a few] and B it's so so good. I'm hit again by how much of a stream-of-consciousness feel it has. Like, we're not reading about Nathan. And I'm.. Also it's been 3 years since I read this and I just?!????

So this is yes. The audiobook is fantastic. Half Bad had all the potential of pure freakish genius in it's pages. And what did it do? Yes, that's right, peoples, I bloody love this book! I love it! I - yeah, okay, you get the picture. It's a beautiful picture. I basically just want to fangirl, buuuut, you want to know why I liked it, don't you? High maintenance you lot are. First I'm going to squeak talk rationally about the writing: I love this style of writing.

It's different. It's genius. It starts off in second person, with "you" and all that. But that's only for part 1 so if it's not your pot of jam, don't fret. The rest is in 1st person, sometimes in past and sometimes in present. The style is different. The writing is blunt and so incredibly personal. I'm a sucker for writing that gets inside you, instead of, you know, throws words at you from a distance. I breathed this book. Also, because it was glued to my face for several hours while I read it in 2 sittings.

The entire story is extremely messy too. I like the whole "good vs bad" thing happening -- because is it ever that clean cut? The White Witches are horrific and cruel So basically: It could be titled: Seriously, I was freaking out at all the stuff they inflicted on Nathan.

Get me a pitchfork because I'm going after the White Witch Council. So let's talk about Nathan, shall we? Oh, wait, hold that thought, I just need to go collect my shattered feels and sticky-tape them back together. Saying "child abuse" doesn't even cover it.

The things they put Nathan through Because he's half White and half Black. I felt like the book was looking at the concept of: It's archaic, but, come on! That's still how we still treat things we don't understand. I loved Nathan's voice, and I also loved his personality. He starts the book as an 8-year-old and then it ends when he's years-old. Oh, gosh, I'm having a hard time summing him up. He was unbelievable unbreakable.

He was angry and kind of psychotic at time. Calm down, dude, but then I'm not calm. I'm freaking out. Did I mention that already?

I felt like it was a little slow in some places. That saying, though, I felt it balanced the freaking-out-scenes of torture and abuse. I couldn't turn pages fast enough. Excuse me, but I'm off to put this on my favourites shelf. And while I'm doing that, you can go read it, you muggles. Or fains, or whatever. View all 5 comments. Jun 07, Steph Sinclair rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, because of Harry Potter.

I didn't want to sit and compare the two and I had a feeling that I would. So it's a good thing this book was nothing like Harry Potter. It's interesting to see how split most people are on this book, and it's not hard to understand why.

The enjoyment of Half Bad is going to largely depend on your ability to adapt to the writing style. How do you feel about second person? How do you feel about first person? How do you feel about flipping back and forth from those two different point-of-views? If you answer is, "I can dig it! But if you answer is, "I hate it, I hate it, I hate it," then Half Bad might not be your cup of tea and I've got only one thing to say to you: Half Bad is brutal and spares no punches as we are introduced to the main character, who lives in a cage.

A cage. Immediately my interest was piqued. I knew this was a good sign for me because I'm the kind of reader that struggles with most book beginnings. However, the perils that Nathan endures really horrified me, and as terrible as it sounds, I couldn't stop reading about it.

And so Nathan grows up alone in the community of white witches who despise him. He desperately wants to be accepted and not judged purely on his parentage, but no matter how hard he tries, the Council of White Witches continue to send restrictions: Rite of Passage for Witches -He can't travel anywhere without first having permission It gets pretty ridiculous with the amount of rules place on a child, but the Council has their prejudices, and it's clear they don't plan to let up.

Nathan, who's only freedom included traveling to Wales every once in a while, refuses to ask permission for travel. Yet, his half-brother a white witch , who genuinely cares about him, begs him to reconsider. That scene was one of the saddest in the book for me. Later that night, when I am getting undressed, Arran has a go at talking to me. I guess Gran has asked him to try.

He says I should "rethink," "perhaps ask permission to go to one place in Wales," and some other stuff like that. Adult stuff. Gran's stuff. I just say, "Can I have permission to go to the bathroom? We stay like that. Him hugging me and me still stiff with anger at him, wanting to hurt him too. After a long time I hug him back, just a little. But somehow in all the abuse, Nathan finds a little happiness in a girl named Annalise.

Their romance was both short and sweet, and inevitably would fail since it's forbidden for white witches to fraternize with black witches. Sometime later, he ends up living in a cage outside. The writing, as I mentioned before, flips back and forth from second to first person in the beginning, but tapers off and settles on first person present tense.

I personally loved it because it's so different from other books. I felt like I could really get into Nathan's mind and understand how he felt. It also made certain scenes more intense because it forces the reader to imagine themselves in his situation. So imagining my hand being burned off from acid wasn't fun, but different. Kat and I happened to be reading this book at the same time and had similar thoughts about it being difficult to read at first.

It was very depressing in the beginning to see a child being mistreated and tortured. I don't often encounter that in most of the YA novels that I've read. The scenes don't fade into black, Nathan screams throughout some of them and they just felt very visual and hard to process at times. I'm not a reader of horror novels nor a watcher of scary movies that have a lot of violence, so my tolerance level for this might be low.

However, I do think those scenes are where Green truly shined. Plus, they'll make for a great movie. When I went through and read a few reviews, some mentioned the implications of race since Nathan is a black witch being persecuted by white witches.

It's interesting because I never really thought about it that way. Looking back, I suppose it is there. The black witches and white witches are different races in a way, but I viewed it more playing on the long accepted mythology that black witches were evil and white witches good and simply putting another spin on it.

In any case, I wasn't offended by anything intentional or unintentional. Strangely enough, even though Half Bad is about witches, there's not much magic in it.

There are a few instances where there are spells mentioned and used, but the vast majority boils down to witches making potions. There are no wands or cloaks or three-quarter platforms. I think this was smart, otherwise, would we see a lot of comparisons between Half Bad and Harry Potter floating around. As far as I can tell, they don't have anything in common besides the same paranormal creature.

As much as I loved the narrative and premise, I do agree with other reviewers that mention the second half isn't as strong as the first. This might have something to do with how violent the first half is, and therefore, a lot more engaging to read. I don't know if that's the right word, but the first half is definitely more interesting. However, I still enjoyed the second half because if the book had been filled entirely of violent torture, I don't think I could have continued reading.

The second half mostly involves Nathan, newly escaped from the Council, searching for a black witch named Mercury who can give him his three gifts on his 17th birthday. The ending took me by surprise due to the reappearance from a certain character. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I am eager to continue this series. Do I think it's the Next Big Thing? Who knows. But it's a damn good book. ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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It's an absolute joy. Scary, funny, sexy.Like I was a piece of furniture they were talking about. That takes talent too. The author seems to have that special knack for delivering characters who do bad things and make the wrong decisions but still manage to get you on their side.

He lost too much. Gab was completely sacrificed.

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