love, and you turns one! and other news

Kindlei cannot believe it’s already been a year since my debut poetry collection came out and now it’s a year old! ahh!!! thank you all so much for your love and support throughout my journey. it all started here on this blog, posting poetry and getting tons of support. some of the pieces that are in love, and you were first published in this very blog and wow i can’t believe its come a long way. thank you thank you thank you! without you, the book wouldn’t be where it’s at now. i’m still in shock with how many lives this book has touched. i’ve received the loveliest messages of what this poetry collection has done to people’s soul. in the beginning i didn’t understand why i went through what i did but it all makes sense now.

 

 

as a thank you for the love and support alongside the celebration of turning one;

from now till the 8th of april
love, and you is FREE ON KINDLE WORLDWIDE!!!

here are some links, please check your
countries amazon if i have not listed it:
amazon usa | amazon uk | amazon ca

never heard of my book? it’s fine! here’s the synopsis and you can add it to goodreads here

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

(please be advised this book has mature content)


in other news

i know this was a very long time ago, but remember that poetry blog series i had in 2016 titled people i once knew? guess what?! it’s officially going to be a book with a new title ‘welcome to ghost town’ and it will be released in october of this year! add it to goodreads here.

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in case you’re wondering, i did change the name because i thought it was more fitting since it’s about the people who have haunted me and left a mark. if you’ve been around since people i once knew days, remember how i used to title them “people i once knew – part 1” “people i once knew – part 10” etc. ? well i left the parts in but now each part has a name with an additional 3-5 poems. i’m more nervous about this collection than anything because it’s different. there’s no healing pieces, there’s no self-discovery, it’s all about most people who have marked me. i hope you like it!


it’s national poetry month

it’s national poetry month and amber @ YA Indulgences is dedicating her blog this month to poets. each and everyday there is a different feature. today on my one year anniversary, i wrote a guest post titled “benefits of reading poetry”. i would love if you’d check it out and leave some love. amber is also running a giveaway. click on the photo to be directed to her blog.

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that is all for today! i would love to chat in the comments! i know it’s been a while ❤

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this piece comes with no ending

tell me then
about all these changes
the life imagined
a place of familiarity

where
problems
no
longer
exist

tell me about
how we came here
the wrongdoings
of our actions
and we no longer
dream of the
life imagined

tell me then
how love no longer
lives in our homes
and about the times
we forgot to live
because we became
so busy in our minds

poetry book haul

hello everyone! i am here today with a poetry book haul. i was gifted a barnes and noble gift-card for christmas and was like ” P O E T R Y  B O O K S !!!” lol so without further ado lets get started!

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36100966Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

Synopsis: Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav picks up from her previous international bestselling books including Love & Misadventure, Lullabies, and The Universe of Us, and sets sail for a grand new adventure.

This completely original collection of poetry and prose will not only delight her avid fans but is sure to capture the imagination of a whole new audience. With the turn of every page, Sea of Strangers invites you to go beyond love and loss to explore themes of self-discovery and empowerment as you navigate your way around the human heart.

 

 

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36282706the boys i’ve loved & the end of the world by catarine hancock

Synopsis: ‘the boys i’ve loved and the end of the world’ is the long awaited poetry and prose collection by catarine hancock, popularly known by the user “evanescent.love” on instagram. known for writing unique, raw and captivating pieces on everything from love and politics, to abuse and womanhood, catarine knows how to tug at both your heartstrings and your mind.

cover art by mikaela bailey.

 

 

 

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37004309from scars to beauty by nicki naomi

Synopsis: From Scars to Beauty is a poetry collection based on the epiphanies of a woman as she heads down the road to self-discovery during a difficult time in her marriage. She is blind sighted by the events of her traumatic childhood that rushed back to her during the process, although she had been pushing them aside for many years. She begins to write, hoping to organize her thoughts. Instead what she found was: truth, healing, a reborn passion, a voice, forgiveness and most of all, herself.

 

 

 

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36812982soft in the middle by shelby eileen

Synopsis:
“there are so many words I’ve left unsaid
so instead of going another year or five or ten
in brutal, crushing silence
don’t waste this opportunity
don’t be scared when the full weight of my heart
tests the strength of your hands
I’m trusting you with something I barely trust myself with
this knowing
this telling
this momentous uprooting
I’m here
I am
I am right here in these words”

A debut poetry collection about love, heartbreak, body image, how absolutely breathtaking girls are, flower blooms and starlight.

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36680203Lovely Seeds by R.H. Swaney

Synopsis: ‘Lovely Seeds’ is a collection of poetry that touches on the topics of mental health, self-love, and loving others with bite-size pieces that are meant to provoke thought and self-exploration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and that is all for today! i really cannot wait to read these. i don’t know which one to pick up first lol. i did read a sampler and reviewed shelby’s collection before. however, now that i have the full book in front of me, it’s a must read. all of these poets have instagram that you can check out for more poetry. a kindly reminder to please cross-review on both goodreads and amazon, it helps us indie authors in a great way. that is all for today, thank you!


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plan with me and currently reading

hello! how are you today? today’s blog post is a little chit chatty type of post. want to share with you my plan with me for the week of the 15th-21st of january, my monthly february kit, and also what i have been reading.


weekly spread

*names of shops will link you to etsy store

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i also used two different washi tapes by scotch and for writing, i use a pilot g-2 .07 pen. this is also an erin condren life planner.

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i tend to plan as i go because this is a pre-planned spread. this is how the spread looked on the 14th of january.

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this is how it looked today (the 21st). i did block out some stuff due to privacy. i’m still trying to figure out what works best for me when it comes to placement of stickers and functionality for me. also, i don’t write every single thing down that i do lol.


february monthly kit

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i hauled this in my last post! this kit is from happy planner gal. i used white out and a pilot g-2 .07 pen

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before the planner *screams into the ugly void*

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and after!!!! tadaaaaaa. i definitely messed up with the side bar but you know, you live and you learn lol. i am so excited for february because i’m going to vermont to relax and write. i would call it a vacation but i honestly don’t plan on doing anything extreme but maybe finish some projects.


currently reading

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synopsis:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


now that my life has taken a turn, it takes forever and a day or two to finish a book! this year i started the young elites which i am still in the very beginning, i loved the legendary trilogy and warcross. yet, i still hadn’t read the young elites and i thought “hey why not now?!” i heard this is an “anti-hero” type of story which i am all for. i really miss reading these type of stories and marie lu has never done me wrong. i never fall into a book slump with her. with what i’ve read so far, all i can say is that our main character, adelina, has lived a very sad life. i cannot wait to explore of this book tonight. knowing myself, i wouldn’t be surprised if i splurge and get books 2 and 3 if i do end up loving this. i am hoping to finish this book before the month is over!

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that is all for today’s blog post! i can’t believe the month of january is almost over! have you read the young elites? thoughts? let’s chat in the comments!


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planner, stickers, and camera haul! oh my! a talkative blog post.

hello there!!! how are you all enjoying 2018? i still can’t believe i was merely just “celebrating” the new year the other day and now we’re technically halfway into the month of january! *screams*

since this is a non-book related post, let me just put it out there: i gretchen gomez, poet, puerto rican, reader, writer, dog mom, ace, annnnnnnnnd all those things am a PLANNER ADDICT. yes, you have read it right. i am a planner addict. i love planners, plan with me videos, planner instagram accounts, washi tape, stationary, pens, stickers, kits, all of it! now, i am not the type of person to have 4 planners for different things, i feel like planning and planners are a very personal choice. you choose and do what works for you even if it doesn’t work for everyone else. i have one planner that fits all of my needs. let’s get started!

the planner:

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imagine getting this box at your doorstep and opening it to find GOODNESS?!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4604this is my 3rd spiral erin condren planner. i actually stopped using my 2nd e.c. because i had switched to bullet journaling. however, my life got super busy and i didn’t have time to sit down with my ruler, pens, and washi to do the monthly/weekly spreads. then i found out that erin condren was coming out with a small hardbound horizontal layout planner and i thought that my life was made. nope. never mind. it did nothing for me and i wasn’t happy at all. it helped me with basic task but not for keeping up with everything i wanted. and so i came back to my one love that has never failed me. planning really does balance this overly hectic life of mine! i chose the neutral color (inside) which is black and white with splashes of color vs. the color layout that has too much color. i also chose the black coil. if you know me, you know how dark i am lol.


the inside of planner:

*note: this isn’t all of the inside, it has a lot of extra pages with different things like note pages, 2019 calendar, extra e.c. stickers in the back, etc. this is only the monthly and weekly views.

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this is the beginning of how each month looks before we see the monthly spread. each month has a different color layout with a different quote. i love the color scheme on this one, perfect since it’s my birthday month lol!

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an overview of the monthly spread with the holidays on them and also the moon changes. which i personally love since i am all into that. there’s also a sidebar for jotting down.

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everyone is still trying to figure out why the boxes are dotted instead of lined!

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i am the vertical layout type of gal. i see things from up to down vs left to right. this has always worked for me. i personally recommend getting a layout that works for you in order to make the best out of your planner. e.c. offers vertical, horizontal, and hourly.

i have a referral link that saves you $10 off your first purchase by clicking here. i am not sponsored btw.


sticker time:

okay so i love to decorate my planner with stickers. not only for decorative purposes but for functional purposes. have you watched plan with me’s? omg amazing! i still have more stickers on the way. i will make a separate post for those! i will be linking each shop in captions ❤

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etsy shop: happy planner gal

this is a monthly (february) kit from happy planner gal and it came with a freebie sticker sheet (the small one). this goes over the monthly spread. i’m not fond of valentines day so i thought this was was perfect. dark, glasses, vintage floral, me!

 

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etsy shop: paperpastelco

i ordered the succulent stickers and it came with the thank you freebie! i have 7 succulent children here at home and i want to use these as reminders to water them.

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etsy shop: myfoxydesigns

my foxy designs really outdid herself with my order!!! i only ordered the laptop stickers and she added the iced tea stickers with a freebie, even a thank you note!!! i made another order from her and i cannot wait to get it in the mail!

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etsy shop: pearteastickers

AREN’T THESE THE CUTEST?!?! i didn’t even order the “love ya” ones. i bought the first two. and what i love most is that her “petty” girls come in different skin tones. i got the pomeranian stickers for my fur baby. the petty happy mail stickers are for etsy stickers only.

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etsy shop: sunshine sticker co

these happy mail stickers are to be used for any other packages like books/clothes/make-up/etc. they’re really small so don’t take up too much space on the planner which i love.

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etsy shop: planned and pretty co

lastly, i received this weekly sticker kit which i am going to use for this week (january 15th – 21st) i will be uploading a plan with me for this kit and february sometime this week. i cannot wait to share with you! this also came with a valentine freebie which i decided to not show.


the camera:

i have been contemplating on a camera for a while. i take my own photos for instagram (unless i’m not sharing photos that others took of my book) and now that i am doing different blog post, i thought it was time to invest! this camera came in a bundle with loads of stuff but ultimately i just wanted to share the camera itself!

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canon eos rebel t6

can you tell from some of the previous photos above that i used the camera already? lol! i wanted something good quality for beginners. this is perfect! look at my baby, baxter:

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and that is all for this blog post! do you plan? what’s your style? or have a sticker obsession like i do? i would love to chat in the comments!


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Fictional Books I Want to Read in 2018

Hey everyone! I wanted to share what books I really want to get to in this New Year! Since I don’t read as much as I used to, I wanted to keep this post small and to the point. Majority of these books have been released already and some I am still waiting for! The list is an no particular order. Without further ado, let’s get started! (all links lead you to the goodreads page)

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas a YA Realistic Fiction take on the black lives matter movement and police brutality.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbree a YA Contemporary book about a girl who’s an “overnight” internet sensation and when an online flirtation can happen in real life, how will she tell him that she’s a romantic asexual?

Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver a continuation of the YA SciFi Dystopian novel Replica. After discovering some uncomfortable truths about the Haven Institute and cloning, we see what happens afterwards in Ringer.

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco the continuation of the YA Historical Fiction Mystery Stalking Jack the Ripper, we follow the main character Audrey in another adventure featuring Vlad the Impaler. 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff in continuation of the amazing YA SciFi novels Illuminae and Gemina, comes Obsidio with more action and adventure. This is the finale of the teams and oh my heart be still.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo a YA Fantasy following one of my favorite heroes, Diana, who has risked exile for saving a mortal which changes everything.

Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner a YA SciFi that has to do with earth getting a message from a long extinct alien race, infiltration, secrets, and survival.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomy Adeyemi a YA Fantasy about magic disappearing in Orïsha under orders of a ruthless king, yet the main character is struggling with controlling her powers and feelings towards the enemy.

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller  a YA fantasy that has a female pirate, adventure, and hidden map!

Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer a YA Fantasy about secret identities, powers, vengeance, and justice.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell a YA Fantasy filled with time-travel and historical fiction, one character has to travel back in time to 1902 to steal an ancient book. However Old New York is filled with gangs, secret societies, and too much magic.

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff this Adult Fantasy continues the journey of our ruthless assassin main character where she is still looking for revenge.

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden a Fantasy Historical Fiction, this story continues the adventure of main character Vasya and what lies ahead for her.


and that is all for this post! any of these books you’re looking forward too? or you’ve read already? i would love to know your thoughts in the comments!


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The Cruel Prince Non-Spoiler ARC Review ft. Lilly @ Lair Of Books

26032825Title: The Cruel Prince (#1)
Series: The Folk of the Air
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: ARC Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pub. Date: January 2, 2018
Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


***thank you to little brown books for providing an arc***

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Graphic Scenes

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At the age of 7, Jude, her twin sister Taryn, and older sister Vivienne witnessed their parents murdered and were stolen away by Vivienne’s biological father Madoc. All three girls went from living in the human world to Elfhame. 10 years later, Jude and Taryn are trying their hardest to belong in Elfhame, more so Jude where she’s trying to become a Knight. Vivienne could not care less about the place and will forever hold a grudge against her biological father, Madoc. While Jude tries to fit in a world where she is not wanted and obtaining a place in the Court, she has to deal with the cruelest son of the High King, Prince Cardan and his gang of friends. However, as soon as she starts dabbling with the palace and her inner turmoil, secrets start spilling and so does blood. Jude will have to choose her humanity or Faerie.

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This will come as a surprise to many of you but this is my first Holly Black book. I have passed her books many many times as a teenager when I spent my time at the library. I am so happy that I finally picked up her book because her writing is phenomenal. She dances with a lot of themes but handles them with grace and eloquence. She knows how to write a rich detailed dark world without feeling like it’s too much. Someone should name her the Queen of Faerie because she definitely knows how to write a world. Holly Black also knows how to write the most complex characters ever. I didn’t know who I was rooting for at one point lol.

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Holly Black presents a lot of characters to us in the most complex way. We meet the main character Jude which her story is told from her point of view. Jude the fighter and the one who tries hard to fit in, she doesn’t take crap from anyone especially the son of the High King. She knows exactly what she wants and she will not give up until she has it. She will push and shove and go to deep lengths to obtain her wants. We also meet her twin sister, Taryn, who is the opposite of Jude. Where Jude is rough, Taryn is soft. Where Jude is loud, Taryn is quiet. Where Jude is being a rebel, Taryn is being compliant. Although twins, they differ in many many ways. This is a non-spoiler review, you will have to read the book to know where I’m going with this hehe.

Holly Black gives us an older sister, Vivienne. Vivienne is technically the twins half-sister, they have the same mother and different fathers which is why Vivi is fae. However, to all three they are sisters  no matter what. I love Vivienne’s “don’t mess with me” rebel attitude. She definitely has an older sister syndrome, the protector of them all, the fighter and the rebel. I hope I see more of her in the next book to come.

Cardan, one of the High Kings son, a true douchebag. I always cringed with what he was going to do next but I loved him. There was something about him that kept me intrigued. Cardan has many aspects of him that we learn throughout the book. There was also Locke, lover of stories. He loved stories so much that he would create them, it didn’t matter to him who he was hurting or intertwining with. There are many other important characters that we meet, however I would be here all day. (please read the book)

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Overall, I loved this book and I cannot wait for the continuing books in this series. Holly Black knows how to write!!!! She gave me plot twist, surprises, darkness, and an amazing expanded world. Although we meet many characters, she definitely flushes them all out while still keeping the complexity. This isn’t the happy dandy book which I actually tend to love more when it comes to Fantasy. Holly Black really has me wondering what she will come up with in the next books.


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cba6d7d1c59b92e5641f2b146efc70f1My twin Lilly @ Lair Of Books also read The Cruel Prince and you can check out her Spoiler-Free Review here! We asked each other the same 5 questions. And while chit chatting about the book through our FaceTime dates, I found that we felt the same and loved The Cruel Prince. Just like me, this was her first time reading a Holly Black book. In asking what was her experience like reading Holly Black for the first time, Lilly responded that she had a great experience. She enjoyed the dark writing, the lush world building and complex characters. Trust me bookish peeps, you should’ve heard her talking about this book, she was really ecstatic! I then asked her who was her favorite character and she responded with Jude! I mean it’s not that hard to love Jude, she’s pretty awesome. We then started talking about fae books and comparing it to other fae books we’ve read, we asked one another what made the world of Elfhame stand out. Lilly responded that the characters in The Cruel Prince were flushed out and there were also many descriptions in the story such as lush food, the laws, the do’s and don’ts of humans in Elfhame, and there was also political intrigue. In Cruel Prince, we meet Vivi who is the main character’s fae sister and opposes the idea of living in Elfhame. We asked one another if given the choice, would you live in the human world as a fae or would you live as a human in the fae world? Here is where Lilly and I started a fit of giggles! Twin said that she would live as a human in the fae world so she can figure out how to become a fae. She would network her way in similar to Jude and get to know the undergrounds of Elfhame. Lilly, you smart. Lastly we asked one another a vey important question. Do we plan on reading any of Holly’s other books? And the answer to that is OF COURSE!! Lilly definitely wants to read The Darkest Part of the Forest as her next Holly Black book.


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that is all for today book nerds! have you read the cruel prince or plan on to? what are your thoughts? i would love to chat in the comments!


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