The Duchess Deal

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon

Published: August 22, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

So I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was so cute though and I loved the romance and the characters! I actually got super attached to them and the story and it make me kind of sad that the next book will be about other characters most likely.

It’s about a guy who has scars from war and he is super self conscious about them and he has the ability to scare people away but Emma, while being shocked at first, isn’t scared of them. She was super sweet and saw him for who he was beneath the scars and the rude personality.

I think that’s why I liked her so much. She really was doing things for him and to him that he didn’t expect; and after keeping to himself for so long, he didn’t know how to handle it all.

I think the best example is when she gives him a new wardrobe and he was shocked because he asked her to get one for herself, but instead she got one for him and he was so surprised about it and it kind of hit him right in the feels for a bit.

I just thought it was so so cute of her to do that, and how she was really breaking down his walls. Their banter was so fun to read about as well. Emma never took his shit, and so when he would say something, she would say things back. She just was able to keep up with him and his mouth, which made this so much fun to read because they had such witty banter.

Also Emma had such fun friends, and they were sweet, supportive friends and I loved their girl banter and group. Female friendships are always my favorite and I love when authors include them in their novels because I think it’s so important to highlight that, especially healthy supportive friendships.

Ash was so deep and sad, and he had such realistic fears. He was worried that his future children would be afraid of him because of his scars, and Emma really helped him come to accept who he is.

Gah I just adore them so so much. I think that the way she was with him was very realistic and relevant, and I think they’re one of my all time favorite romance couples ever written. This is the second book of her’s I’ve read, I definitely plan to read more her works!

If you have recommendations for me to check out for Mass market romance I would love for you to leave some in the comments below because I am just loving these type of romances. I have so many I need to get to but I could always get more recommendations!

Let me know your thoughts as I would love to know and I’ll see you in my next post!

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Rookie Move

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Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Publisher: Berkely

Published: September 6th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

Oh my gosh this book was so steamy and swoonworthy! I loved it so much! Georgia and Leo were the sweetest high school couple until something horrible happened to Georgia and that caused the relationship to spiral downward. This ultimately lead to their breakup. I loved reading about their relationship as young teenagers, and their relationship now!

It was also interesting to read about her father’s issues with Leo, and how that really affects Leo and his relationship on the team. Her father really doesn’t like him and you see why and see how things get twisted around, sometimes by no fault of their own.

Georgia really tries to hold Leo back at arms length even though it’s obvious that she really does still have feelings for him, and him her. Now that he plays for the team that she works with, they’re thrown together all the time and it’s starting to weigh on them both! I really did adore Georgia and her friendship with her friend Becca was so cute and supportive and I just really enjoyed that dynamic! Especially since Becca was all down for Georgia and Leo to really work things out and find out where they went wrong years before.

It was so cute because Leo and her had such great chemistry, but also they were such good friends with each other. Leo as a young guy was perfect to Georgia and it was refreshing seeing a guy who really wasn’t a player with girls, but a decent guy.

Plus as an adult he was some sexy hunk of a man!

And a hockey player!

Love my sports men! I can’t help it! They’re just great!

But Leo was a great guy, even as an adult he was concerned with pushing her too much after what happened to her in the past, and sticking up for her with this teammates.

He was also super funny!

“‘Wait.’ His long arms reached for her hips. ‘I need to say goodbye to the tatas.’”

Also:

“Leo: so your room then?

Georgia: nope. 

Leo: but I need a word with the tatas. There’s something I forgot to say” 

Omg I love him! He’s hilarious! And I love that little tradition or quirk of his! So cute!

If you love sports romance, romance in general, or are just looking for a cute novel to read I highly suggest reading this book! You’ll fall in love just like me! I definitely will be reading the rest of the books in the series since I really just loved this author’s writing! Highly recommend this book!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it and the rest of the books in the series as I would love to know!

Book Club?

So I’ve been thinking about starting a bookclub on my blog.

But I want it to be a book club where we read classics (both older and modern classics), mainly to encourage people to give them a chance outside of reading them for classes. I have a small collection of classics published by Vintage and I want to read them but I am nervous to start them.

Classics are really out of my comfort zone since I read them for class and didn’t really enjoy myself.

But I want to give it another chance and try to read them! I mainly got the idea from April from Aprilius Maximus on Booktube since she really got into reading classics and likes to talk to them when she reads them.

I dont know..is it coming a few of you would want to be apart of? I would post a poll on my Twitter and you all would vote and we would then read that book during the month and then talk about it (meaning I would post discussion stuff and put my thoughts and you would answer if you felt like it in the comments).

I kind of want to do this so let me know if that’s something that interests you!

Vengeance Road

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Published: September 1st, 2016

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

I thought this book was so fun! It was a really fun adventure story of a girl trying to get her revenge on the Rose Riders who are a western gang, who she finds out killed her father. I never really read books set in a Western time period but I really did enjoy this book and I thought really did love the journey they went on together! As you can tell, journey stories are my favorite because I really feel like I went on that journey with them and had my own adventure!

I thought it was funny that she stuck with her disguise as a boy for a while, and it was really shocking for the boys when they found out she was a girl! I love that trope because when it’s revealed they suddenly have a new view of the girl! Will and Jesse were definitely shocked!

Speaking of the boys, I thought they were great characters! Jesse was the brooding brother, while Will was the funny brother! They had a horrible past having to do with family issues, but I really think that added so much depth to them as people and Jesse was such a cute brooding guy!

Kate was just fantastic! She was determined, capable and definitely a hero! She didn’t cower behind anybody and took matters into her own hands. She definitely wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, and help people who needed it. Her story with Lil was proof of that.

But wow were there so many twists! I really didn’t expect what happened and I was just blown away! You think you kind of figure out how things are going to happen and then suddenly they go in the completely opposite direction! Added so much shock and suspense that I really did enjoy! You meet a person that you didn’t expect to meet and the way that person came about what intense! Such a mind boggling situation! I loved it! I love when books do that! They take the floor out from under you and suddenly things are different! Cannot wait to see what twists she brings about in the companion book!

I highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy Western settings and books that involve adventure and journeys! The writing is fantastic and the dialogue is really easy to understand especially since they had some of the western slang and speech! Definitely put this book in your TBR!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as I would love to know!

The Bookish Box Unboxing-June

Hello everyone!

For the month of June I got my first Bookish Box! Link for their shop is here: The Bookish Box

This Book was Fantasy Kingdoms and was perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and ACOTAR! I of course had to get this box since I love both of these! I’m so excited to show you what’s in it!

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The first thing I got is this bookmark from Authored Adornments! It’s a Game of Thrones metal bookmark and I love it so much! I collect bookmarks so I’m super happy to add this to my collection! This shop always has the cutest things and I love love love their products!

Link for the shop: Authored Adornments

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So next I received this Rattle The Stars lip balm from Cherry Pit Crafts and of course it’s based on my favorite series Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas! It’s so pretty! I love this galaxy design on the label and I can’t wait to use it!

Link for shop here: Cherry Pit Crafts

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Next is this cool print with a George R R Martin by My Peculiar Life on Etsy! I am a sucker for prints so I really adore this small little one and I might post it somewhere in my room…maybe my dresser mirror…But I love this quote so much so I’m glad they used it!

Link for the shop: My Peculiar Life

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And one of my favorite item that was sent in the box is this shirt with a quote from A Court of Wings and Ruin! “If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear”- Sarah J Maas. I was so glad I decided to go with the shirt for this box! I love it! This shirt is in their shop on the Bookish Shop!

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Andddd another Sarah J Maas item is this pillow case from Evie who is a well known bookish designer! I’ll leave the links to her Society 6 and Redbubble shops! I have a bunch of her designs in my room and I have a phone case designed by her! If you havent ordered anything by her, you definitely should check her out!

Society 6: Evie Seo

Redbubble: Evie Bookish

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And lastly the book for the box is Dividing Eden by Joelle Charmonneau! She is the author of the Testing series and I cannot wait to dive into this book! It sounds so amazing  and it came with this signed book plate for the book which I’m so excited about!

Here’s the summary off Goodreads:

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

I cannot wait to read this and tell you my thoughts!

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And here we have the spoiler card for you all the check out! Let me know down below your thoughts on this box and the book as I would love to know! Do you get subscription boxes? Which ones do you get? Let me know!

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Q&A with Michael Mazza

Quick Author Bio:

Michael Mazza is a fiction writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is best known as an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. Along with being named National Creative All-Star by Adweek, his work appears in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress. He has lectured throughout the country and abroad, most notably at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He has attended the Iowa Summer Writers’ Workshop, the Stanford Creative Writing workshop, and the Wharton School Executive Education MBA program. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel. Connect with Michael at his website: Website or on Twitter and Instagram: @mazzastory

That Crazy Perfect Someday:

The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world’s wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she’s intent on winning Olympic gold. But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri’s personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf cliché to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.

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Q&A:

  1. What inspired you to center your novel on surfing?

My son took to surfing at an early age. On occasion, we’d ride waves together. But then he started to surf big and left me behind. When he began to compete in the NSSA, the contest schedule dictated long and tiring trips up and down the California coast. I became a surf dad, carting him to each contest for nearly a decade. This is where I absorbed surf culture and witnessed the talented men and women competing first hand. I’ve never come across a novel about a professional female surfer and thought how much I’d like to write a smart portrayal of one living in a world of high-stakes competition and the family drama that comes with it.

  1. You spent over a decade as a surf dad carting your son around to his competitions. 

Have you ever surfed yourself, and did this help you write the surfing action scenes?

Yes, of course. I surf, but by no means am I a surfer. The experience of riding a wave is like no other. When you feel the power of the ocean beneath you, carrying you along, the free and beautiful connection to the sea, you’ll understand the meaning of the word, stoked.

  1. That Crazy Perfect Someday is set in 2024. Can you tell us how the world has changed in this near future?

Machine learning and AI are evident in subtle and not so subtle ways. Cars drive themselves, surgery is performed remotely, holograms are in wide use, robots take on menial tasks, and chips are hacked under human skin to read vitals. Typical TV resolution is 8k. Drones monitor the sky and deliver packages. On the Social front, offerings become more fragmented, catering more and more to specific interests. Also, people shift brands, and Facebook begins its decline. Whether all of it or some of it comes to the fore, we’ll have to wait and see. My goal was not to predict the future but to make an entertaining read.

  1. How does your “day job” creating ad campaigns influence your writing?

Copywriting is clear and colloquial, designed to speak directly to the reader as a means of persuasion. Get the reader on your side, in other words. It’s often fast and to the point. I think I’ve carried that sensibility into my fiction.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Are there certain tricks you have to get creative boosts?

I begin my day at 5:00 am and write for a couple of hours before I take off for work. I read on the train on my commute in and out of San Francisco. My best creative ideas come when I’m walking or boxing, a sport and workout regime I’ve maintained for several decades.

  1. What can readers look forward to from you next?

I have two other novels in the works: One novel is in its fourth draft the other is half done. We’ll see where they go.

Appraising Pages Unboxing 

Hello everyone! So recently I went on Apprasing Pages (link down below) and I bought some shirts from their store!

They’re fun and Bookish related so I decided to share with you what I got!


For those that don’t know, Apprasing Pages is linked with The Bookish Box and they have Bookish related items and The Bookish Box is a month subscription box as well! They recently released some pretty awesome shirts that I bought and they’re related to two of my favorite fandoms!


So as I said I got 3 shirts! This first one is related to ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas and the quote is “Remember that you are a wolf and you cannot be caged“! Of course since it’s SJM I had to buy it!


The next shirt is from the Throne of Glass series, specifically Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. The quote is “She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one” which I think is my favorite quote in the series, or one of the many favorites!

Love this design!


Lastly is this Throne of Glass quote by SJM again! This quote says: “Libraries were full of ideas perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons” which I love! Another good quote from that series!


Link for the shop is here: The Bookish Shop

Definitely check them out! Their store is amazing!

Have you shopped there before? What did you buy if you did?! Let me know in the comments; as well as other Bookish shops you like to shop at!

The Traitor’s Kiss

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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Publisher: Imprint

Published: May 9, 2017

Rating: 5/5

The Traitor’s Kiss is about a young girl named Sage and her job as a matchmakers apprentice. She is sent to her at first to be matched, and when that goes wrong she takes a job helping her out. Now that there is a ceremony for future hopefuls to be matched she is given the task of watching over the girls and learning what each girl likes. When unrest develops, Sage teams up with a soldier to gather information. And it takes off from there…

I really enjoyed this book! It had a Mulan feeling to it with the matchmaker situation, and a character acting as someone they aren’t. I was sucked into the story from the get-go. The characters were pretty interesting, The semi political atmosphere was fun to read about as well. I would have liked to have had more world building, but I hope future books in this trilogy will have that.

Sage is orphaned when her father dies and is taken in by her uncle, and she has a passion for teaching. I really loved reading about her love of teaching, especially when she started teaching Ash. It was something that stayed with her throughout the entire novel and I think it added a little bit of charm to her character because she came across as pretty tough and closed off.

I think my favorite part about her though is that she’s extremely feisty and sharp! I always think that female main characters that are like that always just add a really good humor factor and I can’t help but feel that they are kick-butt. I lastly loved her ventures in espionage and it was such a fun ride to read about that.

And then we have Ash….He is just-gah! I just adore him! He’s an interesting character let me tell you, I honestly didn’t expect what came up with him and it added such a wow! factor to it.

Going on about twists and turns, I just…. wow! It was so interesting and threw me for a loop! It’s like everything changed… i’m definitely not explaining this very well am I?

Basically secrets are revealed and everything you thought you knew during the story aren’t true anymore.

And you meet Charlie and he is just a precious angel for this world! That’s all I’m really going to say about him because there’s just things that are best kept quiet until you get to them yourself.

The romance was fun and kind of cute; the many many characters were cool; The twists and turns really added to the plot and the experience; the world was pretty interesting; and I really enjoyed the writing. 

Highly recommend this book! Was so much fun! 

Weekly Reads TBR

So another week is on the horizon and that means another Weekly Reads TBR! So my TBR for this week is kind of short because last week it was a bit ambitious and I didn’t really read many from that list! Plus school is a little hectic right now so I didn’t have much time to really read. I hope to change that this week. Hopefully. So without further ado let’s get into it. 


So the first book I plan on reading is Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I finished Red Queen this past week on audiobook so if I’m having trouble getting into it I’ll check it out on there as well. I mainly want the read this because the third book comes out on the 7th so my goal is mainly to finish this book by then. 

Next is the Vailant by Lesley Livingston. This book comes out in like two weeks so I want to get this arc read and reviewed before then! From what I remember hearing about it is that it’s a young adult gladiator type book with a female gladiator. I’m all for it!

Next are the two that keep making my list! I really want to read them but I never get around to it! Soooo hopefully this week is the week! First is The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye which is some kind of historical fiction book in Russia with wizards or something! The next is Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman which I’ve heard is a YA Blackbeard origin story so I’m all here for that! 

I still have Aerie to finish up on my audiobook and then I don’t know what I’m going to listen to after that but I’ll let you know! 

Let me know down below what books you want to read this week; and your thoughts on the books I plan to read as I would love to know! 

Author of the Month-Jan

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the next author of the month post!

The January Author of the Month is Stephanie Garber!

She is a debut author who’s novel Caraval is releasing later this month. I had the pleasure of reading Caraval so I’ll be leaving the book description and my review down below to check out! I will also be leaving links to preorder the book, as well as information about the preorder giveaway going on.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Summary: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she, her cruel father, and sister Tella live. After Scarlett’s father arranges a marriage for her, she thinks her chances of seeing Caraval, the once a year performance involving the audience, are now dashed. When her invitation to Caraval arrives, Tella and a sailor she just met take her to the show. Once they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Legend, the Caraval mastermind. This year, Caraval revolves around Tella, and the person who finds her first is declared the winner. Now Scarlett must find her sister before the game is up, or risk losing her forever.

Rating: 5/5

Review:

I loved this book! My first reaction after reading this book was “Wow! Oh my gosh!” I just could not put the book down once I started it, and I really got into what was going on. It was a journey let me tell you! When I first started reading it, I was so curious as to what was going to happen as well as what was going on; and as I read I was sucked into the game and mystery! And I cried…I did because oh man! But it was great that you really get attached to the characters and really feel what they’re feeling, and when things get revealed, you’re just as shocked as they are!

You start off with letters from Scarlett to Legend, and continue on from there. You meet Scarlett, then Tella, and then Julian. He is probably my favorite character besides Scarlett in this whole book.

This book really does show that first impressions are not always accurate with characters. I really enjoyed that about it, because it makes you look more closely at the people and try to figure out who they really are. That was the main thing with Tella more than anyone in this book I feel. You’re introduced to Tella and from my standpoint, she was a bit annoying and just selfish. She didn’t seem to care about consequences for other people, as long as she got what she wanted she didn’t care. Or at least that’s what I saw, and what I thought throughout most of the book. That thought changes once you get further into the book and everything comes to light. What happened basically blew my mind, and I really felt like you were shown a side of Tella that really just changed everything.

I hated her father from the get go, he’s a dick! Ugh! Hate him! But that’s what makes him such an interesting character…he’s still a dick though.

Scarlett remained selfless the whole time, and while at times she got a little annoying, it was amazing to see someone who was so dedicated to their sister.

Julian I think was another character who threw you for a loop many times over. He would be one way, then another, then another, and then you found out more about him and it just blew me away. And shocked me to my soul! Wow!

Speaking of plot twists, those were insane, and so mind blowing to me that I just…fell in love with this book, and I cannot wait to read the sequel that I didn’t know I needed until now. Because I NEED IT.

I feel like I was in a Clue game mixed with The Hunger Games…okay Clue was a bad example. More like a Hunger Games like scavenger hunt.

Stephanie just introduced my favorite read of the year so far, I was that amazed with this! The writing was spectacular, the characters were so interesting and complex, the world building was great, and overall the plot was something so unique and amazing that I just have no words! I highly recommend this book to anyone, you’ll really enjoy it! I cannot wait to see what else Stephanie published for the world in the future! She’s definitely an author to watch!

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Stephanie Garber website: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SGarberGirl

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14137787.Stephanie_Garber

Preorder Giveaway page: http://us.macmillan.com/flatironbooks/promo/caravalpreordergiveaway

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caraval-stephanie-garber/1123015759?ean=9781250095251

Keplers Books: http://www.keplers.com/stephanie-garber-preorder-page