Review: Menacingly (By Autumn Summers)

Review: Menacingly (By Autumn Summers)

A Wattpad story written by Autumn Summers, Menacingly follows the story of Angela and how she winds up falling for a Mafia man.

It sounds a little weird at first because you rarely find yourself having to deal with these kind of men (Mafia men obviously) but reading Angela’s growing love for her captor, it was rather nice and different to stories I had read before, but was it a good read? Let’s see!

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Plot

Based around Angela’s new-found love with her captor, Adriano, the book’s plot doesn’t deter from the main story and offers the reader all the seduction and tears that they desire. From the passionate encounters between the two to the clashes they have, the plot successfully leaves the reader wanting to know more and even feeling sympathy for certain characters.

The plot also looks at the Mafia life and the rivalry that Adriano’s family has with another Italian Mafia family, and despite this being more subdued at the beginning of the book, the influence that the rivalry has on the two characters is big as you progress, making the plot juicy and addicting!

Additionally, I found that the chapters were balanced just right between these two major story lines and had a great effect with each and every character in this story, leaving no character behind and ensuring the reader has feelings for everyone and fully allowing the reader to indulge in the plot and the drama.

Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Characters

The main character was called Angela and she was someone who had gone through quite a tough time, leaving her relatively timid and jumpy. She was co-operate and patient, and even though at times she kind of got on my nerves because all she seemed to be was a puppy, I actually grew to like her. She was different to others I had read because she wasn’t overly strong or outspoken. She was fragile yet as the story progressed, she managed to gain a resilience whilst maintaining her fragility.

However, one thing that made me think she was completely dumb was the fact that she couldn’t figure out what Adriano did for a living. All the hints were there yet she seemed oblivious to what Adriano was – a gangster.

Speaking of Adriano, I found that I had mixed feelings towards him. He was hot one minute then cold the other (insert Katy Perry song here) and seemed to have an issue telling Angela his true feelings, and although I can see why he had such an issue doing so, it only made me roll my eyes. He was fighting his feelings then letting them be free, and even though it was tiring to see this occurring again and again, I really liked how he turned out in the end. He was protective and absolutely adored Angela, making me feel all gooey inside just reading how he felt about her.

As for the other characters, I found that even though they weren’t in much of the story, they all had dimension to them and felt real. You could get a clear image of them and what they were like, allowing the reader to have feelings towards them whether it may be love, hate or annoyance. One character in particular who brought out happiness in me and made me smile was Mike, Adriano’s younger brother and absolute flirt. Despite not being a major character, he definitely affected the story to the same degree and brought characters together. Everyone had a part to play, and I loved that.

Character Rating: 3½ out of 4 Stars

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I was absolutely addicted to this book and managed to finish it within two days! It was utterly entertaining and hard to put down, therefore I consider this book definitely gripping.

Grip Rating: 2 out of 2 Stars

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am a sucker for romance books, and the romantic content in this book had me thirsty for more! Autumn Summers delivered a very entertaining book worth recommending that had me laughing, crying, smiling and sometimes leaving me on edge!

Overall Rating: 4 + 3½ + 2 = 9½ out of 10 Stars

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Review: After the Fire (By Will Hill)

Review: After the Fire (By Will Hill)

After the Fire is a fictional novel written by Will Hill, and is centred on a young girl called Moonbeam who happened to be a part of a cult called ‘The Lords Legion’, but that’s not all. As the title says, Moonbeam has been witness to a huge fire at the cult’s base which has killed most of the people she called Brothers and Sisters. Now she is in the care of a Government section called the ATF, whereby we learn about her life in The Lords Legion and what really happened as she is interviewed by a Doctor and a FBI agent.

Here is where Moonbeam will begin her trip back to before the fire…

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Plot

This story starts off pretty sharply, with the fire currently blazing away and our main character in panic and pain. At first I was confused as to what was going on, and I liked that I felt this way because it meant that I was in store for some pretty riveting and potentially shocking information. Little did I know how long the story would take until we actually reach the explanation as to what led to the events that start off the story. Despite its length though, I enjoyed every page and even gasped at a few parts because of the disgust or sadness that I was experiencing. Every chapter had me feeling an emotion, but the last 200 pages had me at my most shocked because of the amount of twists that appeared. Disbelief ran through me and anger was something I felt too, so I must say that this story was an emotional journey that I wasn’t expecting.

Additionally, I found the non-chronological sequence of the story a better fit for it as it allowed for me to connect better with the main character as she told the story in parts whereby she felt strong enough to let the Doctor and FBI agent know, but it also allowed for an easier emotional response to events because of how intense they got as you progressed through the book. Essentially, I thought it was a good way to get through to the reader and allow a better build up of emotions because of how worse and unbelievable events became as Moonbeam spilled all.

Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Characters

Moonbeam is the central character within this story as it is her side of events and her experiences that tell us everything about The Lords Legion and where she fitted into everything. She’s a character that is clearly in shock after the fire (I mean who wouldn’t be?) and we are led to belief that she is to blame for the fire due to what she says inside her head. I liked this element of voices in her head because it added an extra something to her character that made her feel a bit more real to me, and gave me a bit of a better understanding towards Moonbeam as she’s a character who’s still in the middle of forgetting The Lords Legion and its’ beliefs or thinking it could be all true.

Even though she was a bit of a muddled character at first, I grew to like her and feel empathy towards her as the story progressed. The life she lived and things she experienced were terrifying, and I really wanted her to have a happy ending, but as to whether or not she did is for you to find out.

The Doctor and FBI agent that interviewed Moonbeam were likeable characters, and I found them to be really nice and understanding. They weren’t emotionless, but I did find the Doctor’s use of jargon to be a bit too professional as I thought Moonbeam wouldn’t be able to understand half of what he was talking about. Even so, Moonbeam came out of her shell as the story went on, and I found her ease with both men welcoming as it meant she was being brave for the sake of getting everything off her chest and telling them everything, even if she didn’t fully trust them yet.

Lastly, the one character that stood out and was to blame for everyone’s misery…Father John. The leader of The Lords Legion and alleged messenger of the Lord Himself. I can’t express my hatred for this man in words, but I will say this. He was an evil and power-hungry man who was the only one who benefitted from the cult (as per usual in cults).

Character Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

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In all honesty, the first few pages had me fuelled with curiosity, but after that it was a little slow. I stopped reading this book for about a week or two before I got back to reading it, and by then I became a bit more hooked as I progressed with the story and learned more and became intrigued again. Basically, it doesn’t become truly gripping until the last 200 pages when everything is just causing emotions to run through the reader like crazy.

Grip Rating: 1½ out of 2 Stars

In all, I really enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend it to anyone who finds cult based stories interesting. I am definitely a person who is intrigued by the power cults can hold over people, and I truly sympathise with those who have been through traumatic events caused by involvement in cults or anything else similar. This novel is an eye opener as it shows what kind of damage is inflicted on those who survive events like this, and I thank Will Hill for providing a novel that really gets the reader thinking and feeling.

Overall Rating: 4 + 4 + 1½ = 9½ out of 10 Stars

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Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister (By Beth Underdown)

Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister (By Beth Underdown)

The Witchfinder’s Sister is a book that has a story set in the past (17th Century to be exact) and focuses on a woman who has returned to her place of birth after a tragedy kills her husband. Here she is reunited with her brother, but he’s changed. How and why exactly is a mystery until you delve into this 400 page book.

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Plot

Based around witch hunts and 1600’s superstition, The Witchfinder’s Sister allows for smooth immersion into the story and really makes the reader feel as though they’re watching through the main character’s eyes. The woman who we travel with on this journey of exploration and understanding is called Alice Hopkins, and it is her brother who we come to learn has a terrible role in the witch hunts. Upon reading further on, I found that the story was incredibly saddening and bizarre because of how they misunderstood simple little things like having moles and all of that. The thought processes of people back then really scared me, therefore reading how Alice manages to cope under her brother’s role and his superstition of her was mind-blowing. It made me thankful that I live in an age where they don’t think owning a black cat means you’re a witch.

Additionally, the whole pacing suited the story as it was never rushed. It took its time telling Alice’s experiences with her brother and his work and I found this good for building up suspense.

Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Characters

As mentioned before, we follow Alice Hopkins within this novel and find out what she thinks and does about her brother’s involvement in witch hunting and witch trials. To be honest, I had no immediate opinions about Alice at the start because she hadn’t done anything that immediately stuck out for me, but as I read on I began to really like her because she wasn’t as mad as the people in her brother’s village. She had common sense and a tough personality which I found great for a lady of the 17th Century. She wanted to show that superstition about witches was nonsense and stop the invasion of privacy on innocent women, and by then I felt really emotional. The last few hundred pages of the book had Alice Hopkins make a real difference in regards to the trials, and I was tempted to shed a tear.

As for her brother, I hated his guts. Even after Alice was reunited with him, he was just cold and distant. I felt sorry for him a little bit because of an event in his past that left him physically scarred, but that still didn’t stop me from hating him. He lacked compassion, and it came across to me that he really didn’t like women (apart from his equally cold maid). He made a perfect villain (and he’s based off a real life man named Matthew Hopkins) and for that, I applaud Beth Underdown’s writing.

Character Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Grip

I wasn’t instantly gripped on this book until I was a few pages into it (like 30 pages), but I did finish this book within 5 days so…you could say it had me hooked once the story really started to get going. Upon reading Alice’s travels with her brother and what she witnessed, I wanted to know more, therefore I read every night and every few hours a day until I finished.

So is it really gripping? …Yes. Yes it is.

Grip Rating: 1½ out of 2 Stars

Altogether, I found this novel to be very emotional and interesting with a story that makes you want to jump in and knock out every superstitious man and woman in the village. I also found the fact that Beth Underdown incorporated fact into this novel awesome, so props to her! As for the story, I thought that it was quite something and in the end…I just sighed. Not because of something bad, but because of sympathy. I felt so sad and sympathetic for Alice. Poor, poor Alice…

Overall Rating: 4 + 4 + 1½ = 9½ out of 10 Stars

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Review: More Than This (By Patrick Ness)

Review: More Than This (By Patrick Ness)

More Than This is a teen novel written by Patrick Ness and follows a boy who is washed up on a beach, naked and confused. As weird as it sounds, More Than This is a world of mystery and this only touches the tip of the iceberg.

A boy drowns. He dies. Then he wakes up. 

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Plot

This story is set in a dystopian future, but it’s not apocalyptic. It’s something else, something different, and this is what makes the story so intriguing. We’re sent on a hunt for answers, and it starts with to a boy we find lying on a beach alone and as naked as a baby. This instantly sparked my curiosity and was actually successful in making me read page after page because of how Patrick Ness writes out the way this lost boy tries to discover more about where he is, who he is and why he’s here.

Now I won’t spoil, but something that has made itself comfortable in our world is the core to this story, and it is shown to have killed our real world while we live in another. It touches a scenario that I could see become real, and installed fear in me. Because of this I wanted to read on and on, never stopping unless I absolutely had to. It was all so scary yet compelling, and I loved it.

The journey that the boy takes is paced lovely, with characters making this plot even more adventurous, with the additional touch of humour that made me burst out laughing yet gripped to know what happens next.

Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Characters

So, what’s the name of this naked boy on the beach? Well, it’s Seth. Seth Wearing. And I must say, he is an absolute warrior. His determination surprised me because even though he was confused, I was expecting him to be more…desperate. There was something about him that made him different from main characters I’ve encountered in other teen novels. He wasn’t scared but rather utterly confused and wondered why he was alone and empty of memories. His strong and fierce personality made me really like him (he does have one memory/vulnerability, but I’ll let you find that out) and I felt like I was on this journey with him, trying to learn more about the situation. He made the most of what he had around him, and made the brave choice of deciding to venture out to truly understand what had happened.

Once he ventures out into the unknown, he bumps into two other characters who join Seth on his journey and enlighten him on the way with their theories. A teen girl and a young boy, they bring humour, knowledge and tears to the story, and I loved both of them. They added something extra to the story, and I couldn’t help but read more to understand them and their story as well as Seth’s. All of the characters were portrayed as strong youngsters, and their secrets/stories made them so real that I really felt for them and was tempted to shed a tear or two.

Now, there is another character within this book who acts as the villain, trying to get these youngsters for a reason unknown (later it’s revealed) and its name is The Driver. This character is absolutely terrifying (seriously though, I had hairs standing up on my arms!) and although I wouldn’t consider it a main character, it definitely plays an important role in the story. You may also be wondering why I’m referring to The Driver as ‘it’…well that’s for you to find out!

Character Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

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The mystery of what Seth was doing alone on a beach was just one thing that peaked my interest, and as the story went on, I found myself reading for hours. You can really immerse yourself in the story and imagine yourself walking alongside Seth, wondering about the world you’re in and what’s going on. I think it’s safe to say that the first page was instantly hooking, and I wasn’t satisfied with a few pages a night. I read this book under 2 weeks, so I was reading a few chapters a night!

Grip Rating: 2 out of 2 Stars

In conclusion, More Than This is an amazing story with unique characters and a gripping plot that sucks you in from the first page. Intense, adventurous and compelling, I highly recommended anyone and everyone read this book and experience the dystopian future that is More Than This. 

Overall Rating: 4 + 4 + 2 = 10 out of 10 Stars

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Review: The Good Girl (By Fiona Neill)

Review: The Good Girl (By Fiona Neill)

A dark and captivating read, The Good Girl is a novel all about the secrets we keep, those that get out and the ones that end up tearing us apart.

Written by Fiona Neill, this book promises to give us a dark story with lots of drama and destruction, but is it all that?

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Plot

This story focuses on a high schooler called Romy, who happens to be the ‘good girl’ of her family, but this isn’t the case for much longer. The secrets that her family keeps soon start to come to light, and this causes Romy to change and become that little bit rebellious. Now, I could see this kind of situation happening from a mile away and wasn’t at all surprised, but it was still really compelling and I just had to read on because it all happens at a great pace that manages to trap you beautifully.

Shortly after the first chapter, we are given the introduction of new characters. They provided the perfect fuel for Romy’s family’s quiet fire, and soon this fire is spouting out drama and threatens to destroy the perfect appearance that her family were trying to convey. Secrets were coming out/resurfacing and I loved it! Romy’s damaged family managed to put Romy in a good light, but soon even Romy herself is going to be involved in something so shocking and unbelievable that it threatens to put her in a bad light. The scenes that played out were amazing but all so predictable, and sometimes I thought it was a little exaggerated. Despite this, the drama was something that reflected actual events that happen in real life, so I was happy that Fiona Neill brought these to light.

Plot Rating: 3 out of 4 Stars

Characters

Romy is the main character for this story, and it’s told from her POV (Point of  view). From the moment I first looked upon the sentences that were written, I knew she was completely set on her feelings for everyone around her. That is a fact until she meets her new neighbours. I have to say though, I didn’t like her at first because she seemed so confident of her thoughts and of everyone else, and this made her come across as a judgemental girl. Throughout the story however, she slowly becomes less judgemental and because of the secrets that come out, she changes her views of certain people. Even so, I still didn’t like her. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but she’s just a bit of an over-confident teenager who puts herself first before anyone else.

As for the Romy’s family and the neighbouring family/other characters, I found them to be interesting as each had their own secret, but those secrets were pretty easy to guess, therefore it slightly dulled the excitement that was yet to come.

As for the neighbouring family, they have a young son called Jay, who also happens to be Romy’s age and attends her school. Jay is your average teenager who is desperate to explore the female body and well…I won’t spoil but I wasn’t surprised when I found out his secret. He soon becomes a part of her life, but that is exactly when the fuel is added to her family’s fire. The more interaction that occurs between herself and Jay, the more the fire builds up and soon will cause chaos to both families.

Character Rating: 2½ out of 4 Stars

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This whole story is full of revelations, but unsurprisingly they were easy to guess. Both families have their fair share of secrets and dark sides, but they were so predictable and a little too fictional that it wasn’t exciting. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read and definitely gripping, but not to the point that I was in love.

Grip Rating: 2 out of 2 Stars

In conclusion, it was a good read which undoubtedly started off great but soon became too wild and unrealistic and sadly I found the ending of the book disappointing, and frankly felt underwhelmed with the build up of events leaving you feeling whether you actually liked it or not.

Overall Rating: 3 + 2½ + 2 = 7½ out of 10 Stars

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Review: The Essex Serpent (By Sarah Perry)

Review: The Essex Serpent (By Sarah Perry)

The Essex Serpent is a novel of historical fiction written by Sarah Perry, who happens to be an Essex native herself. Her inspiration for this story comes from the legend of the serpent, whereby it is said to have lurked in Essex waters in the past, but who really knows, for a legend is forever a mystery…

So, what about this novel? Well, it’s set in the late 1800’s and is centred around Ms Cora Seabourne. Who is she? Well, keep on reading to find out!

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Plot

The first thing I noticed whilst starting to read this book was the style of writing. It was the type that you’d find in books written in the 1800’s, and I found this to be a great fit. It made me feel like I was reading a classic book, and I loved it. And it’s not just the style of writing that made me like this book, but the layout too. The use of letters and journal entries gave an even deeper insight to the characters thoughts, adding a greater understanding and a plot with depth. With everything that was happening, I could never guess what was going to happen next, and sometimes I was and wasn’t surprised.

Additionally, the plot is rich in detail, with descriptions of scenes and the environment written in a way I could picture them perfectly. The personalities of characters made it easier to imagine what they would have worn and what kind of decor they would have in their house or in their hotel room. With such clear and vibrant descriptions, I was able to have a vibrant imagination.

Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Characters

Cora Seabourne is a widow and our leading lady, and I have to be honest here…I love her! She’s unlike any Victorian lady I’ve read in classic books. She’s boystrous, outlandish and does not care about what she looks like, and I found her so refreshing. The only sad thing I noticed about her was that she acted the way she did because her marriage to her deceased husband was an unhappy one. It is hinted that she was on the receiving end of domestic abuse, therefore I concluded she found happiness in being free and not really caring about her character around other people. Even so, she came across as a strong character who only desired love, and I felt for her.

As well as Cora, there were others who occasionally took to the main stage, such as Reverend William Ransome and Dr Luke Garrett. Luke was a character I liked and disliked, but I enjoyed reading his little story because he had such strong affection towards Cora that edged on obsessive and it made me feel excited for what lay ahead. As for William, I found him to be a simple character who slowly began to question his faith once Cora came into the picture, but still he stayed true to who he was despite his urges and I liked this element. He questioned Evolution, but still considered it alongside his beliefs, and I found this kind of progression to be realistic to what would have happened to those in the late 1800’s who questioned faith over fact. Will’s character, and others, were just as important as Cora was because they allowed character progression and change, which was an exciting prospect.

Character Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

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Upon beginning this book, I found that I was already a little gripped just by learning about Cora and what was happening. It wasn’t excitement that enticed me to read on, but rather curiosity. Things were already in motion once I started to read, and I wanted to know more. Once I was in the depths of this book, I realise that this story is not one that you read because of the main title, but because of the exploration that the characters go through, between themselves and their surroundings. The Essex Serpent is only a small portion of this story, with the characters and their lives being perhaps more interesting than the myth.

Grip Rating: 2 out of 2 Stars

In all, The Essex Serpent is a satisfying read that I highly recommend to those with a taste for the old tales of mystery and unique love. It is packed with such detail that you dare not rush the book in fear of forgetting what happened in the previous sentence/page/chapter. The serpent itself is a mystery, and during this story I kept asking myself ‘What’s going to happen next’ and ‘Is there really a serpent in the Essex Blackwater River?’ Well, now I know. Now you MUST find out for yourself!

Overall Rating: 4 + 4 + 2 = 10 out of 10 Stars

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Review: Extraordinary Means (By Robyn Schneider)

Review: Extraordinary Means (By Robyn Schneider)

Extraordinary Means is a Young Adult novel that tells the story of Lane, who suffers from a strain of tuberculosis which has no cure. He is sent to a facility that is part school and part hospital whereby he bumps into a familiar face, and finds himself making new friends and falling in love, but Lane doesn’t realise that his world will slowly start to fall apart sooner rather than later….

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Plot

The whole story takes place around Lane and his friends at the half school-half hospital facility, and I found that it flowed really nicely. I never felt confused about what was going on and always found myself entertained, whereby I was either wiping a tear away, smiling or/and laughing.

The actions and emotions of characters within the story were understandable, and I felt that I could connect with each character in each situation, even though I can’t relate to them in regards to health. The connection made it easier to feel emotional for characters and I loved it. There was so much humour that balanced well with sadness, and I welcomed this happily.

Overall, the plot was consistent and I liked that TB was never out of the picture, but rather it in lurked in the background and pounced when you least expected it, sometimes mildly and sometimes severe. TB was the reason these teens were in the facility, and that’s one thing that Robyn Schneider doesn’t let sink into the black abyss.

Aside from the TB, the story is packed full of intrigue, youthfulness and hope, and I really enjoyed every page and chapter, savouring each sentence and really thinking about the actions of characters and the events that unfold.

Plot Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

Characters

If not made obvious already, Lane is the main character in Extraordinary Means. My feelings towards Lane were not negative at all, because he was actually my favourite character. At the beginning, I had no immediate thoughts about Lane, but progression into the story made me realise that Lane is your average guy (with an incurable strain of TB) who just wants to left in peace, and I can definitely relate. That is the case, until he sees a girl in the cafeteria who looks awfully familiar. Her name is Sadie and she has definite negative feelings towards Lane, until she actually gets to know him and becomes his friend. I found that the addition of friends to Lane’s character really brought him out of his shell, and I quite liked seeing him open up and become more comfortable with his environment and make the most out of what time he has left.

Now, this next thing was something I saw coming from a mile away, and that was the love that blossomed between Lane and Sadie. The beautiful thing about it was that Sadie made Lane realise that their TB wasn’t going to go away, and that this offered an opportunity that live life as you wanted within the time that was left. She was all about second chances, although I did find her version of enjoyment distasteful. She was set on the thought that alcohol was the way to go, and I thought that other ventures could have been used as a better way of enjoying themselves. Despite this, I thought Lane’s friends were a welcome addition to the story, and the love and sadness that they brought really changed them and the story to a degree that made everything quite sweet.

Character Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars

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I think the fact that I read this book in 5 days says a lot about how hooking this was! Humorous, heartbreaking and utterly inspiring, Extraordinary Means takes hold of your heart by the first page and doesn’t let you go till you’re finished. The main message that is embedded throughout this story is about second chances and the realisation of how much time we really have to do the things we love, and I found this beautifully motivational.

Grip Rating: 2 out of 2 Stars

In all, this novel is an extraordinary read and I would definitely recommend it. The youthful lust for excitement plus incurable TB really brings something to this story, and I think I know what it is – second chances.

Overall Rating: 4 + 4 + 2 = 10 out of 10 Stars

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