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#YourNextBBF & Giveaway: Becks from Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

#YourNextBBF & Giveaway: Becks from Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman

I’m so excited to join along with the Meet Your Next Book Boyfriend Tour!  So check out my interview with Cookie O’Gorman below!  See why I can forever gush about Becks from ADORKABLE by Cookie O’Gorman.  I’ve listed some of my favorite quotes, which I’ve re-read an embarrassing number of times lol.  And there’s a fabulous giveaway you can enter too!  Good luck! ♥

 

About Adorkable:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz. Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take. Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast. Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties. The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless. This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question: Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

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Interview With Cookie O’Gorman:

✮ What’s one thing you hope readers will take away from ADORKABLE?
I hope readers take a lot away from ADORKABLE!  I hope it gives them a moment to laugh and smile, swoon and sigh–and geek out lol!

 

✮ What was your inspiration for this book?
Honestly, I was inspired to write ADORKABLE because I wanted to write a fun, funny, swoon-worthy YA romance!  And because I’m a dork and love other dorks :).  Also, I just wanted to put something positive into a world with a lot of sadness.  We need more happily-ever-afters!

 

✮ What is something that we might not know about Becks?
Hmm…Becks’s full name is Baldwin Eugene Charles Kent.  He loves soccer and is amazing at it.  He has a big, tight-knit, awesome family (youngest of five brothers, you guys).  He gives the best hugs on the planet, and he’d do anything for his best friend, Sal.  She’s his girl <3.  He’s also super hot, smart and kind.  And for the thing you might not know: He’s my ideal book boyfriend, and I’m basically in love with him.

 

✮ What was your favorite quality about Becks?
Ugh, that is so hard!  Can I just cheat and say ‘everything’ ha?  There is so so much to love about Becks…but if I had to pick my favorite quality…I guess I would say how kind/loving he is to Sally.  He really is her best friend (and soulmate).

 

✮ Without spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?
My favorite scene to write was definitely the scene in Becks’s bedroom where they do the PDA lessons–and the shaving scene at the party *swoons*.  I’m sorry; I couldn’t choose just one!

 

✮ Did you know how this book was going to end when you started writing?
Yes!!!  Though I did have to re-write it several times before I got it just right.

 

✮ And who is your most recent book boyfriend?
My most recent book boyfriend who I love is Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses series!  Gah, love him!

 

Why I love Becks:

Becks was Sally’s BFF.  He was beautiful, a player, a jock and everyone easily loved him.  Including myself.  He was one of my favorite things about this book!  And a lot of it had to do with the way he looked at Sally, the way he claimed her as his, the way he protected her, his jealousy, oh my gosh to even the way he touched her.  It ALL made my heart beat faster. 

But I had no clue what he was thinking some of the times, since we only got Sally’s POV.  Becks would say and do these things that implied he liked Sally more than just friends.  But then again, he was just playing a part of being her fake boyfriend.  And his words would reinforce that.  But when he suggested that they should start practicing touching….oh my goodness you guys….I had so many butterflies.

Becks conquered my heart so easily.  He stole my breath.  He made me fall in love.  He made me laugh and smile.  He was everything.  And you all definitely need to meet him!

 

Quotes That Make Me Happy:

Ducking, he placed a lingering kiss on the spot right below my ear. The move made my hand shoot out to grip his jersey. Becks laughed silently, little puffs of air hitting my neck, as I shivered.

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“But Becks,” she whined, “I don’t understand. Why her?”
“Nothing to understand really,” he said, smiling down at me. “Sal’s my girl. Always has been.”
As he squeezed my hip, I swear I stopped breathing.

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He was just acting, I reminded myself. But he’d sounded sincere, my heart insisted. And that kiss…

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With every pass of his mouth, I became a little more his.

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Even if he still just saw me as Sal, his friend who was a great girl but not girlfriend material, the thing I’d take with me, the feeling I’d bottle up and keep in my pocket if I could, was this: Becks kissed me like he meant it.

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“What’s your dream girl like?”
“Freckles,” he said, not missing a beat.
“What?” I scoffed, secretly pleased. I had freckles! “Way to narrow the field, Baldwin.”
“You didn’t let me finish.” Eyes moving over me with a focus that made my breath catch, he said, “Cute freckles, wavy brown hair, about five-six, hazel eyes. Naturally beautiful.”
“Becks—”
“She’s smart.” He talked right over me. “Can quote Star Wars, curses like a German sailor when she’s mad. Someone who makes me laugh out loud, a girl who’s herself and lets me be me. Sounds pretty great, right?” I stared at him. A moment , two hours, I didn’t know. He’d sounded sincere, but he couldn’t be. I wasn’t that lucky.

 

About Cookie O’Gorman:

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas.

Connect with Cookie:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

 

 

Giveaway:

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2018 Favorites From A Series

We are so excited that we get to share our favorite books in a series from last year with you!  We read them in 2018, but they could have been released a previous year.

Click our reviews to learn more about each book, or click on the cover to go to Amazon.    We organized our favorites by age and genre categories so it would be easier to find exactly what you want.  We hope you enjoy!
♥ The Star-Crossed Ladies

   YA Contemporary   


Cassie’s Review
 
Cassie’s Choice

   YA Dystopian   


Arielle’s Review

   YA Fantasy   


Chelsea’s Review

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Cassie’s Choice
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Jen’s Review

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Arielle’s Choice

Arielle’s Review

Arielle’s Review

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Chelsea’s Review

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Arielle’s Review

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Chelsea’s Review
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Chelsea’s Review
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Chelsea’s Review
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Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Review

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Cassie’s Choice

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Cassie’s Review

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Chelsea’s Review

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Chelsea’s Choice
Arielle’s Review

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Arielle’s Choice

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Arielle’s Review

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Chelsea’s Review

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Arielle’s Choice

Arielle’s Choice

Arielle’s Review

   YA Mystery   


Cassie’s Choice

Cassie’s Choice

Cassie’s Choice

   YA Science Fiction   


Jen’s Review

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Arielle’s Review

   NA Paranormal   


Jen’s Review

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   Adult Historical   


Chelsea’s Review

   Adult Thriller   


Chelsea’s Review

We hope you had fun looking through our 2018 Favorite Series! Are any of these your favorite books too? If not, what was your favorite series from last year?

2018 Favorite Singles

We are so excited that we get to share our favorite books that are stand alone from last year with you! They may be part of a series or have a spinoff, but they read so you are given closure upon completion. We read them in 2018, but they could have been released a previous year.

Click our reviews to learn more about each book, or click on the cover to go to Amazon. We organized our favorites by age and genre categories so it would be easier to find exactly what you want. We hope you enjoy!
♥ The Star-Crossed Ladies

YA Romance


Chelsea’s Review

Jen’s Review

Jen’s Review
 

 

YA Fantasy


Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Review
Cassie’s Choice
   

 

YA Thriller


Cassie’s Choice
     

 

NA Romance


Arielle’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

Jen’s Review

Chelsea’s Choice
 

Jen’s Review
     

 

Adult Historical


Jen’s Review
     

 

Adult Non-Fiction


Cassie’s Choice
     

 

Adult Romance


Arielle’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

Jen’s Review

Jen’s Review
 

Jen’s Review

Arielle’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

Arielle’s Review
 

Jen’s Review

Arielle’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

Arielle’s Review
 

Jen’s Review

Cassie’s Choice

Cassie’s Choice
Chelsea’s Review
 

Chelsea’s Review

Jen’s Review
   

 

Adult Thriller


Cassie’s Choice

Cassie’s Review
 

We hope you had fun looking through our 2018 Favorite Singles! Are any of these your favorite books too? If not, what was your favorite standalone book last year?

BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Most Tortured BBFs

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Today is the last day of our Blogiversary celebration!  We hope that you have loved going through our lists of book boyfriends and favorite heroines!  If you missed one, they are our Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, Favorite Heroines and Darkest BBFsSo for today, we are going to talk about Our Most Tortured BBFs.  These men completely enrapture our hearts, we ache for them as the story progresses and we can’t stop thinking about them long after we have closed the book.  We hope you’ll want to meet all of our favorites too!  And we’re wishing you lots of luck on our giveaway…..they’re 7 books that we loved!  Enjoy!  And thank you for celebrating with us!

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Rhys suffers so much for the people of his court during the entire series.  For 49 years he was used and abused Under the Mountain before Feyre came and even after finding his mate, he doesn’t think he’s worth that kind of love. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WORTH IT, RHYS.

 

Chaol from Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
* Amazon * Goodreads *

Chaol’s character goes through one of the biggest and best transformations throughout the course of the Throne of Glass series.  He starts off as a very unforgiving person with a lot of deep prejudices and after a few major and heartbreaking events, does a complete 180. His own personal journey from self loathing to acceptance in Tower of Dawn is incredible.

 

 

Will Herondale from Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
* Amazon * Goodreads *

I’m pretty sure Will is my oldest and most beloved of all the tortured BBFs I have come to know and love.  The fact that he was just going to let Tessa (his one true love) be with Jem because of his love for his parabatai is a knife to the freaking heart.

“I am catastrophically in love with you.”

 

Cal from War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

While Cal is certainly tortured throughout the entire Red Queen series, I feel he is at his most tortured during War Storm. He and Mare are in a difficult spot, he is still conflicted about his brother no matter how many awful things Maven does, there’s a major war going and he needs to reconcile his feelings about continuing the way things have always been done versus charting a new way for the people of his country. And I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a few additional conflicts out of that list, but you get the gist.

 


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Arcus from Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Arcus is the guy who is looking out for those who were there for him when he needed them most. When he had no one else. And he and Ruby may have animosity at first, but what grows from their banter is a loyalty and attraction (haha and forbidden) that makes my heart beat so fast I can barely breathe-he does everything in his power to protect her and save her….and I just adore him so much.

I brought you here to prepare you for a huge task,” he said, dipping the cloth in the water and touching it to my cheek again. “An enormous weight rests on your shoulders.”
I sighed, irritated at the reminder of what made me truly important. I wanted to mean more to Arcus than a way to melt the throne. 
“And now I wonder if I can let you go,” he added quietly.

 

Akos from Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Wow, did I love this guy. Used as a pawn to heal and keep pain from Cyra, he is anything but happy. But as their forbidden love grows and the preconceived notions against one another fade, the relationship blooms into something so fierce, you can’t breathe when they are pitted against one another. Just amazing. And let’s not forget his kindness that he refuses to let go of..but when he has to for survival, it rips his soul to shreds.

Once I reached the door, I paused with my hand near the sensor, listening.
At first, all I heard were heavy breaths that turned into sobs. Then Akos screamed, and there was a loud crash, followed by another one. He screamed again, and I pressed my ear to the door to listen, my lower lip trapped between my teeth. I bit down so hard I tasted blood when Akos’s screams turned to sobs.

 

 

Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

To be fair, Wallace should have been under kindest…but rules are rules and I need him on my list, even if he’s not wholly tortured. He was sweet and funny and endearing and kind…but he didn’t talk out loud. At least, not all the time. And mostly to Eliza and only his closest friends. And, in the end, at THAT scene where things are, ahem, made right, I saw a tortured soul who really doesn’t know what he’s doing at all-and I loved him even more, even after everything.

(Wallace) rainmaker: Weird, I didn’t know you had such a thing for timid guys.
(Eliza) MirkerLurker: Really does it for me when a guy is paralyzed with fear on a regular basis
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rainmaker: Aw. Sad.
MirkerLurker: What’s sad?
rainmaker: That it would never work between us. I’m too courageous.

 

 

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Reece from Black Bird of the Gallows (Black Birds of the Gallows #1) by Meg Kassel
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Reece may be one of the most tortured souls I’ve ever read about.  He gutted me.  He broke my heart and then shattered it into the tiniest of pieces.  But he also had the ability to completely captivate my attention and melt my heart.  And did I mention he was full of secrets?  He was such a complex soul and was deliciously addicting!  I loved, loved, loved Reece!

His lips brush against mine in the whisper of a kiss. It’s different from any other. It tastes of certainty and sadness and promises that can never be made.

 

Prince Caden from The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Prince Caden’s past haunted him over the horrors he was put through.  And while he could be cold and distant, he wasn’t always that way around Brighton.  He could be seductive, playful and the way he was protective of her was sexy as hell!  Caden was absolutely beautiful inside and out and he easily caught me in his web of seduction.

He drew my head back and then I felt his lips press to my temple. He kissed me there, and I don’t know why, but that act squeezed at my chest like my heart was in a juice grinder. It was sweet and intimate and… It was everything.

 

Rhett from ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Rhett was protective and intense, but he continually made me laugh and smile.  And at the same time, my heart hurt so horribly for him.  The love of his life doesn’t even remember him.  I even found myself with tears in my eyes during a few of those moments.  But I kept holding out hope that Ava’s heart would find her way back to Rhett and that she would love him as much as I did.

“….I’ll tell you this, no one in this world loves you as much as I do.” – Rhett to Ava

 

Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

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BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Darkest BBFs

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Today we’re talking about our Darkest BBFs.  These men take our breath away, even with all of the darkness within them!  If you haven’t met all of them yet, we hope you will!  And don’t forget about our wonderful giveaway below!
PS If you missed out on our previous blogiversary posts, they were Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, and Favorite Heroines.

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Nicholas Russo, aka Nico from The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1) by Danielle Lori
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Nico was seductive but dangerous, he was one of the most notorious men in the mafia.  He had a traumatic past, but he was a smart business man and got further than anyone else his age.  He was respected, feared and lusted after. And I found myself completely engrossed in everything that was Nico and his alpha ways. Especially when I read some of the chapters in his pov!  But those moments when Elena and Nico were together, they made me laugh, smile, swoon and fall deeply in love.  

I wanted to fuck her and ruin her for anyone else. I wanted to crush her wings and then put them back together again so she’d become dependent on me. I wanted her to need me. That dark, possessive, and dangerous feeling crawled through me every time she crossed my path.
Elena Abelli was my vice, and fuck if I’d let it kill me.

 
 

Iron Phantom from The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

The day after Abby was rescued by a new super, he was caught on video burning city hall.  And then he vanished.  The city dubbed him as a Supervillain and called him Iron Phantom. But he saved Abby so he can’t be all bad, right? Or can he?  BTW I loved Iron Phantom, he was seductive, cocky, brave, selfless, thoughtful and playful…sigh.

“Abigail,” he whispered, his voice so low it nearly got lost amid the hum of the AC unit. “I’m not the bad guy. I’m not a villain. If I wanted to hurt you, I would have done it already.”

 


Kaz from Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
* Amazon * Goodreads *

I had a hard time deciding if Kaz belonged in this category or that of Most Tortured.  Overall with his life and power gained with the Dregs in Ketterdam’s underbelly earns him a solid position as one of my darkest.  He may be cutthroat and one of the most dangerous minds in Bardugo’s books but I will forever love him.

 
 

Dante from Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Oh. My. Goshhhhhh.  Dante’s character in Caraval was nothing short of horrible but that all changes in Legendary.  He connects with Tella in a way that had me gobbling up each of their interactions. It’s clear he has an important and possibly sinister role during each Caraval game and finding out what that is at the end of this book is so worth it.

 

 


Elias from A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

I know this is kind of an obvious choice, but since a Reaper at the Gates just came out, it only solidifies just how dark Elias has become. Elias’ story has never been pleasant, but there’s been light spots here and there throughout the series. But by the end of Reaper, it’s practically pitch black. I hope the fourth book finds himself fighting to get out of the dark, but the ending of book three is about as far away from happy as you can go.

 
 


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Cardan from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Cardan is the bad boy you can’t help but drool over. He’s cruel, but he just..his heart is more than that. Or maybe I’m a hopeless, lovesick puppy that’s seeing more to it than there actually is but…I really hope there is. Layers, people. Layers. He’s dripping with depth (and desire EEPS). See: Forbidden.

“Have I told you how hideous you look tonight?” Cardan asks, leaning back in the elaborately carved chair, the warmth of his words turning the question into something like a compliment.
“No” I say, glad to be annoyed back into the present. “Tell me.”
“I can’t.” 

 
 

Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Apparently, for me, this is the year of the Fae because I am just OBSESSED. Rook is so hard to explain. He does everything in his power to prove his worth, even at the cost of the girl he hates-but-really-is-falling-for-even-though-it’s-forbidden (AGAIN)…yet, when it comes down to it, he’d die for her. Sorry not sorry-knife to my peril-loving heart.

“Are you in love with me?” I blurted out. 
A terrible silence followed. Rook didn’t turn around.
“Please say something.”
He rounded on me. “Is that so terrible? You say it as though it’s the most awful thing you can imagine. It isn’t as though I’ve done it on purpose. Somehow I’ve even grown fond of your – your irritating questions, and your short legs, and your accidental attempts to kill me.” 
I recoiled. “That’s the worst declaration of love I’ve ever heard!” 
 

Poet from Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster
* Review  * Amazon * Goodreads *

Ahhh my snarky, quick-witted, and silver-tongued jester. Need I say more, REALLY? Tough on the outside, hates the princess…until he doesn’t. What ensues is a forbidden love affair that strips Poet down to the core-and ohhhhhh the feels. When he is stripped bare…that’s when we see what truly lays beneath. And it’s oh so beautiful. Did I say forbidden? Lolz

As we crossed into his line of vision, Poet became aware of me and tensed, his shoulder blades locking. 
The crease of his spine. The waist that tapered and then rounded into a solid backside.
Anticipation flared. But he kept advising the girl, sparing me not a glance. 
Not until the distance between us grew again.
We craned our heads over our shoulders, our eyes smoldering.

 


Giveaway:

***There will be 5 winners, and prizes will be sent via Amazon Kindle. The first winner drawn will get to chose which book they want first, and so on.  Prizes are ebooks of:
*An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
*Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
*Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
*Angelfall, World After & End of Days (YES the whole trilogy!) by Susan Ee***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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