A Tale of Magic... (A Tale of Magic, #1)
A new series set in the Land of Stories universe from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Chris Colfer, perfect for new and old fans!Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for great things--that is, if she can survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom. Her only escape are books, but since it's illegal for women to read in her country, she has to find creative ways of acquiring them. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and allows her to sneak a few titles home when no one is looking. But one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. Magic is despised and outlawed throughout the world--Brystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bring--but her curiosity gets the best of her. By reading some of the text aloud, strange phenomena begin to occur and Brystal discovers she is capable of magic! And the more she practices it, the harder it becomes to hide. After being caught and convicted, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry. The woman takes Brystal to her Academy of Magic and teaches her to become a fairy. While Brystal studies magic and befriends the other students, Madame Weatherberry is suddenly called away on suspicious matters. When she doesn't return, Brystal and her friends work together to find and save their instructor. Along the way, the students discover Madame Weatherberry's true intentions for the academy are not what they seem, and they come face to face with a sinister plot that puts the fate of the world, and the fate of magic itself, in grave danger...

A Tale of Magic... (A Tale of Magic, #1) Details

TitleA Tale of Magic... (A Tale of Magic, #1)
Author
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult

A Tale of Magic... (A Tale of Magic, #1) Review

  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    [10/09/2019] - AHHHHHHHHHHHH! THAT WAS SO SURPRISINGLY GOOD!! WILL I EVER STOP YELLING? PROBABLY NOT--------[10/03/19] - THE TALE BEGINS NOW!!--------HOLY FREAKING SHIRTBALLS!!!!!!! ANOTHER SERIES!!!! THAT COVER!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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  • Caroline 💞🐉
    January 1, 1970
    i don’t care if this is middle grade and i’m a junior in high school, IM GOING TO READ THIS. and that cover,,, 😍
  • Yasmeena
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THAT COVERRRRRRR*fans myself*
  • TJ✨
    January 1, 1970
    The problem I have with most middle-grade books is most of the time the synopsis sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it but it's not long before i'm thinking "I'm too old for this shit"!!! With that said, that is never the case with Chris Colfer his stories draw me in and captivate me and I curse every single time I need to put them down. A Tale of Magic was such an exciting story with great characters and fun and touching moments a truly delightful read can't wait for the next!
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  • Carey
    January 1, 1970
    A Tale of Magic is the 1st book in a new series written by Chris Colfer. Even though it’s a prequel to his award winning Land of Stories series, readers do not need to be familiar with the characters in the first series. Chris’s books are written with middle grade readers in mind; however, I think “children” of all ages will enjoy them and immediately feel love for the characters. I adored the protagonist Brystal; she’s spunky and determined to not take the path her parents have deemed necessary A Tale of Magic is the 1st book in a new series written by Chris Colfer. Even though it’s a prequel to his award winning Land of Stories series, readers do not need to be familiar with the characters in the first series. Chris’s books are written with middle grade readers in mind; however, I think “children” of all ages will enjoy them and immediately feel love for the characters. I adored the protagonist Brystal; she’s spunky and determined to not take the path her parents have deemed necessary for girls. The other characters were tons of fun too. Readers will get to know a group of delightful fairies: Madame Weatherberry, Tangerina, Skylene, Xanthous, Emerelda, Lucy, and Mrs. Vee. You’ll also meet the evil monarchs and the Snow Queen witch. Their main goal is to stop magic from being practiced in the kingdoms. Chris skillfully weaves in the need for acceptance and equality into his story. I recognized immediately some of the situations we face in today’s world, such as discrimination, division, patriarchy, oppression, and much more. Together the fairies attempt to rid the kingdoms of the evil mentioned above. This fifty-something reader found herself laughing out loud at the situations the fairies and witches found themselves in during the story. All ages will love it! Thank you Chris, and Little, Brown, and Company for the ARC of this magical book.
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  • Queen Cronut
    January 1, 1970
    I don't care if I'm too old for middle-grade books...I want NEED THIS NOW!!!
  • Lukyan's Library
    January 1, 1970
    Book Two of the READING RUSH
  • Joey Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group for sending me an ebook review copy through NetGalley of A Tale of Magic written by Chris Colfer. This was a wondrous book and I enjoyed it immensely. I was hooked into the story from the first page and was enthralled at every twist and turn that happened. I loved the journey this book took you on, following Brystal Evergreen an exceptional girl in a set in stone dull world. She discovers so much more about herself, about the truth and about what the world Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group for sending me an ebook review copy through NetGalley of A Tale of Magic written by Chris Colfer. This was a wondrous book and I enjoyed it immensely. I was hooked into the story from the first page and was enthralled at every twist and turn that happened. I loved the journey this book took you on, following Brystal Evergreen an exceptional girl in a set in stone dull world. She discovers so much more about herself, about the truth and about what the world truly could be if change was in place. She found magic and with her magic she found a great leader and mentor in Madame Weatherberry, she found she was capable of great things in her life and she found people, friends, a family just like her and together the group of children brought together found that they were talented, and unstoppable and were the only ones that could guide the way to make the changes in their world.The story had a few premises one was a very political message that at times certainly seemed grown up and left me wondering if children would even actually understand the depth of the message. The other was to showcase love, acceptance and that no matter who or what you are you must value yourself as others will value, love and respect you for everything you truly are. A very important message to share in today’s society.I loved how this story was written, it was very well thought out and very detailed, the characters were unique and entwined together perfectly no characters were created the same, each one had a past, a pain in their hearts and a lesson they had to overcome. You could connect with each and every character and were rooting for their success. I loved all the magic and the things they were learning, I loved the plot twists that I never saw coming and it had me gasping when I got to them, i loved how change came into their world even though it was a battle to get it there, I loved that the centre of everything was the children and their magic and I loved the ending. This book was beautifully and creatively written and my goodness I enjoyed every part of it. I’m so glad I got to read this book and am pretty sure I’ll be reading it again.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Loved loved loved this book. For any fans of Chris Colfers other series - Land of Stories, this book is a must read for you! The book follows Bystal and her friends magical adventure. I can’t really reveal too much without spoilers but needless to say, I was squealing and jumping around while reading the book. It honestly made me so happy and I honestly loved it!!!
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  • Nikita
    January 1, 1970
    A Tale of Magic is magical, adventurous, and gripping. Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for amazing things, however she must first survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom and her only escape are books which are illegal for her to read. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and finds way to read them but one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. Magic is outl A Tale of Magic is magical, adventurous, and gripping. Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for amazing things, however she must first survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom and her only escape are books which are illegal for her to read. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and finds way to read them but one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. Magic is outlawed and the consequences will be serve for Brystal but by reading the book, she discovers that she is capable of magic however, after being caught, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman who brings her to an academy of magic. There she befriends other students and discovers that not everything is what it seems when one of her mentors disappears and goes in search of her only to learn the truth behind the academy and faces a sinister plot that puts the fate of world in danger. A Tale of Magic is filled with magic, adventure, danger, secrets, discoveries and friendship.Brystal Evergreen lives in a world where magic is considered evil and is punishable by death and in the Southern Kingdom, girls like Brystal are only trained to become wives and mothers. Her only escape are books which are forbidden to her and to gain access to them, Brystal takes a job working as a maid at the library where she discovers a book about magic. After reading the book, Brystal learns that she is capable of magic but is caught and is sentenced to death however she is saved and brought to an academy for magic by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry where she is to learn how to become a fairy. There Brystal meets other students and quickly become friends with them and learns more about world of magic and how to control her magic.However, when four witches comes to the academy asking for Madame Weatherberry’s help and Brystal learns of a threat in the Northern Kingdom and that there is more to her teacher than she thought. When their teacher goes missing and overcome with worry, Brystal and her classmates travel to the North Kingdom in search for her only to encounter danger and shock as they discover that all they have learned from Madame Weatherberry, may have been a lie. Upon entering the North Kingdom, Brystal and friends find themselves in a battle field between those of the kingdom and against the threat, revealing more shock and hard choices. As Brystal and her friends embark on the path to save their world, they are creating a new one.I adored Brystal immediately. She’s determined to live a different life than the one others have set for her. And you got to love a kid who loves to read and a desire to learn. Madame Weatherberry is warm, compassionate and mysterious. Lucy is awesome but a rebel. Other characters are engaging, funny and wonderful, even the other characters in the story are great. The world of A Tale of Magic is great with the very adult themes in a children’s book but it works.Overall, A Tale of Magic was great. I loved Land of Stories and was eager to read this new tale. I adore the characters, the plot and the setting. Chris Colfer is a great. A Tale of Magic is the prequel to the Land of Stories series which is so cool. I am seeing people and hints to stuff to the land of stories that made me scream. I’m thinking that Brystal is the Fairy Godmother, Alex and Connor’s grandmother and that Lucy is Mother Goose. This is a fun book for any age and a must read for fans of Land of Stories. I can’t wait to find out what happens next or what else Chrif Colfer has in sort for next.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.I didn't enjoy it as much as The Wishing Spell, but it was a promising start to a new series. You don't need to have read The Land of Stories series for this book to make sense although it is a prequel. I actually think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read that series because a lot of major plot points could be inferred based on what that series says. A couple of nitpicky things about this book: Chris Colfer uses italics a lot. Like I think it averages out to about once a page 3.5 stars.I didn't enjoy it as much as The Wishing Spell, but it was a promising start to a new series. You don't need to have read The Land of Stories series for this book to make sense although it is a prequel. I actually think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read that series because a lot of major plot points could be inferred based on what that series says. A couple of nitpicky things about this book: Chris Colfer uses italics a lot. Like I think it averages out to about once a page if not more. I love italics as much as the next person but that was excessive. Colfer has that annoying habit of complementing his own writing in the writing in a completely unsarcastic way. "'You're really good at giving pep talks,' Tangerina said. 'Like, sometimes it's weird how good you are.'" Not used for comedic purposes just a statement of 'fact'. We were also treated to a classic (by which I mean cliché) hero story. There was a cliché villain monologue and backstory so there's that. This book did have great positive messages although at times I did feel like the political messages kind of overtook the story. Like fighting against oppression is great and everything and we need to talk about issues around suppression more. But at the same time, I like to be completely immersed in a fantasy world and being constantly reminded of the real world kept me from doing that. This really would have been a 3-star book for me except the cover is gorgeous! Anyway, I wouldn't highly recommend this book (although I would go read The Land of Stories series that was really good) but it wasn't bad and if you think you'd like it you probably would.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    AD - GIFTEDThe best-selling author of the The Land Of Stories is back with another magic filled series. I found Chris Colfer's previous to be hit and miss so it's nice to get some refresh with something brand new.While The Land Of Stories relied on classic fairy tale characters, A Tale Of Magic doesn't which makes it wholly original to what readers have seen before from Chris Colfer. The story takes place in a kingdom where women are very restricted in what they are able to do, and where they ar AD - GIFTEDThe best-selling author of the The Land Of Stories is back with another magic filled series. I found Chris Colfer's previous to be hit and miss so it's nice to get some refresh with something brand new.While The Land Of Stories relied on classic fairy tale characters, A Tale Of Magic doesn't which makes it wholly original to what readers have seen before from Chris Colfer. The story takes place in a kingdom where women are very restricted in what they are able to do, and where they are able to go to the point where when Brystal is given the opportunity to leave it is a relief. The world is expertly built and does a fantastic job of showcasing Colfer's talents; every location the reader is taken to is vivid and distinctive. Brystal is a strong lead and I'm interested to see what her arc will be throughout the books. It's so easy to get behind her as her magic begins to manifest and she pushes for more rights.However, in terms of story I just didn't really connect with it. I feel in places it was just a bit too long, given it's the first in a series and there's a lot of set up. I did have times when I found myself distracted or skim reading to get through some chapters.A bold effort from Chris Colfer and I am intrigued to see what he comes up with next.
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  • Twyla
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite part was when magic was no longer outlawed and everyone magical went to Madame Weatherberry's school. My least favorite part was when it turned out that Madame Watherberry was also the Snow Queen, and that she had been lying. Learning that Madame Weatherberry was the Snow Queen and the witch as well was also the most surprising part of the book. Before I had even read this book, I had guessed that Brystal was related in some way to the main characters of the Land of Stories books, an My favorite part was when magic was no longer outlawed and everyone magical went to Madame Weatherberry's school. My least favorite part was when it turned out that Madame Watherberry was also the Snow Queen, and that she had been lying. Learning that Madame Weatherberry was the Snow Queen and the witch as well was also the most surprising part of the book. Before I had even read this book, I had guessed that Brystal was related in some way to the main characters of the Land of Stories books, and now I am even more sure, because Lucy mentions titles that Brystal could have, including fairy godmother. I also am pretty sure that Lucy is mother goose, and I had been pretty sure about that since her character was introduced. It's interesting to see the Land of Stories before all of the fairy tale stories had happened, and before even the kingdoms were the way they were in the Land of Stories books.
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  • Josh Talks Books
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my God. This book just blew me away. When I first read the synopsis I was skeptical of how this book would add to the Land of Stories universe but I am completely blown away by the way the plot of this book played out. The book follows Brystal Evergreen, a 14 year-old girl from the oppressive Southern Kingdom. She loves to read but women are outlawed from reading. One day she finds a book that teaches her magic and when she is caught she gets sent to a work facility but is then rescued by the Oh my God. This book just blew me away. When I first read the synopsis I was skeptical of how this book would add to the Land of Stories universe but I am completely blown away by the way the plot of this book played out. The book follows Brystal Evergreen, a 14 year-old girl from the oppressive Southern Kingdom. She loves to read but women are outlawed from reading. One day she finds a book that teaches her magic and when she is caught she gets sent to a work facility but is then rescued by the mysterious Madame Weatherberry and whisked away to an academy that will teach magic to young fairies and try to spread acceptance. Madame Weatherberry keeps leaving the school for long periods of time and it is up to Brystal and her friends to get to the bottom of it. This book does a phenomenal job adding to the history of magic in the Land of Stories, however, even if you haven't read the Land of Stories series it would be ok to read it because this is just expanding on the story.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Brystal Evergreen is a young woman living in the Southern Kingdom where magic is outlawed and girls are trained only to be wives and mothers. Despite access to books being forbidden to girls, Brystal manages to get a job at the local library as a cleaner, which allows her to indulge in her passion for reading. While there she discovers she can do magic and her life is never the same again. I felt an immediate kinship for young Brystal and her insatiable appetite for books. The positive messages Brystal Evergreen is a young woman living in the Southern Kingdom where magic is outlawed and girls are trained only to be wives and mothers. Despite access to books being forbidden to girls, Brystal manages to get a job at the local library as a cleaner, which allows her to indulge in her passion for reading. While there she discovers she can do magic and her life is never the same again. I felt an immediate kinship for young Brystal and her insatiable appetite for books. The positive messages this book conveys about fighting inequality and hatred are done so in a very subtle way similar to Aesop's Fables or the gentle wisdom of Mr. Rogers. Filled with compassion, adventure, magical creatures and friendship, I thoroughly loved this book and look forward to the next installment!
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  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun magical middle grade novel. A bit heavy on the message of acceptance and how it’s ok to be different but there could have been worse things wrong with it. Not that having a positive messages is bad in any way I just don’t like it constantly repeated and shoved down my throat. Other than that this was a really exciting adventure, fantasy book. I basically read it all the way through in one shot. The characters were unique and the plot was good. There was even a twist I didn’t see c This was a fun magical middle grade novel. A bit heavy on the message of acceptance and how it’s ok to be different but there could have been worse things wrong with it. Not that having a positive messages is bad in any way I just don’t like it constantly repeated and shoved down my throat. Other than that this was a really exciting adventure, fantasy book. I basically read it all the way through in one shot. The characters were unique and the plot was good. There was even a twist I didn’t see coming. The audio version was entertaining to listen too. The narrator put a funny spin on things and I liked the added sound effects. I’m excited to see where this series goes. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Let me clear up some misconceptions. This book does not pick up where the Land Of Stories left off. We do not see the quirky characters we know and love. This is, instead, a prequel. It answers questions I didn’t know I had, and lays a very effective, but still interesting, foundation for the other series. The good news is we have new quirky characters. Who here thinks Lucy’ll become Mother Goose? This is an enjoyable read, if not quality literature. I think I may have spoiled myself with good Y Let me clear up some misconceptions. This book does not pick up where the Land Of Stories left off. We do not see the quirky characters we know and love. This is, instead, a prequel. It answers questions I didn’t know I had, and lays a very effective, but still interesting, foundation for the other series. The good news is we have new quirky characters. Who here thinks Lucy’ll become Mother Goose? This is an enjoyable read, if not quality literature. I think I may have spoiled myself with good YA books, and thought that this might be equally beautifully crafted. This is a children’s chapter book, a compelling read, and done by Chris Colfer. Fan of Land Of Stories? Read this book. Not? You might not get out of this book what I did.
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  • Simone Z.
    January 1, 1970
    "A Tale of Magic" by Chris Colfer was an amazing book. It is about a prejudiced world that is being threatened by an evil witch, and only the few trained in magic can protect it. This is a spin-off series of one of my favorite series, "The Land of Stories". That series was my absolute favorite, so when another part of the story was introduced, I was thrilled. Besides being related to something I love, the book was the style of writing that every person hopes for. It was funny, serious, and sad. "A Tale of Magic" by Chris Colfer was an amazing book. It is about a prejudiced world that is being threatened by an evil witch, and only the few trained in magic can protect it. This is a spin-off series of one of my favorite series, "The Land of Stories". That series was my absolute favorite, so when another part of the story was introduced, I was thrilled. Besides being related to something I love, the book was the style of writing that every person hopes for. It was funny, serious, and sad. The author knew how to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and fun. This was a brilliant book, and I will definitely be reading it another five thousand times like all other books I adore.
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  • Antonia
    January 1, 1970
    A Tale Of Magic follows Brystal Evergreen, a young girl from the Southern Kingdom, through her life as a fairy!?! Brystal never knew that she had magical powers, but a dramatic change of events changes that! When the kingdom finds out about her powers, they don't take it lightly. Although, Brystal is saved in more than one way, and her journey takes a few wild turns!I loved this book just as much as Chris Colfer's others, and I recommend it to everyone! I hope that there is more like it in the f A Tale Of Magic follows Brystal Evergreen, a young girl from the Southern Kingdom, through her life as a fairy!?! Brystal never knew that she had magical powers, but a dramatic change of events changes that! When the kingdom finds out about her powers, they don't take it lightly. Although, Brystal is saved in more than one way, and her journey takes a few wild turns!I loved this book just as much as Chris Colfer's others, and I recommend it to everyone! I hope that there is more like it in the future!
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  • Tea.Books.Magic
    January 1, 1970
    This was an absolutely wonderful read! It is middle-grade fantasy, so I wouldn't classify it as young adult, considering that a great deal of new YA books deal with quite mature themes. However, this story is a phenomenal, fun read for all ages! This was a fun and easy read, I have loved 'The Land of Stories' series and this was a great spin off. I can't wait to read more by Chris Colfer.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book by Chris Colfer. There are many thinly veiled allegories for modern times, hopefully it will infect the young who read it with compassion. Others have noted the amount of cliches he uses in his novels, while noticeable to adults, it's probably not that noticeable to the main audience. And he uses them in funny ways that occasionally made me giggle. I can't wait for the sequel!
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  • Bella Bartz
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely incredible. This book is such an amazing allegory for all the social issues plaguing humanity. A definite page-turner, I finished it in about 3 days. The main character, Brystal, is a fantastic character with an amazing heart. This book is filled with amazing twists and turns all throughout and invokes a sense of compassion in the readers heart. Definitely my favorite book.
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  • Elizabeth Iman Torres
    January 1, 1970
    Waaaaay too preachy... but yet I couldn’t put it down for some reason. Once I learned whose story I was reading it got interesting. As always, Lucy saves the book with her comedic timing. The plot twists were so good though. 3.5 stars.
  • Daniel Rose
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely magical book from start to finish! I couldn’t put it down! I loved the connections to the main series and the ending took me by total surprise! I highly recommend this book and The Land of Stories series to everyone!
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOSH is all I can say right now. It was seriously the perfect prequel/sequel (whatever you want to call it) for TLOS. I absolutely loved it!! It was absolutely beautiful, if you loved The Land of Stories as much as I did you will definitely love this too
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  • Emerson Lenet
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an absolutely amazing prequel to The Land of Stories! It is a total page-turner, and it takes a GIGANTIC turn. The identity of the main character will be very shocking once you find it out!
  • Sage
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK IS DELIGHTFUL AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I read it a few months ago and couldn’t put it down - I read it in a few hours! It was so great, and I loved Brystal’s adventures at the Academy and with Madame Weatherberry. I can’t wait until the second book comes out! :) I want to read more!!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Chris Colfer has done it again!! I loved this book so much!! Can’t wait to read the next book! I love the world of Land of Stories so much! Highly recommend!
  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to follow but I love this book!
  • Ethan Redmace
    January 1, 1970
    I dnfed this book for now. I didn't like it too much.
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