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What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?
Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. 
A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.
Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?

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Can I just say what a stark contrast this is to my previous upload. I read Forgive My Fins and Lost Voices right after each other and oh wow are they different. This book is so incredibly dark and heartbreaking and all about doing what is right despite one’s own demons and it’s enchanting to say the least. I’ve only read the first book but if the consecutive two are half as good as the first they would be worth the read. 

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid—she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type—the instant they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

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This series is super light and cute. I’ve only read the first two but I really enjoyed them because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love mermaids? It’s just basically this really awkward mermaid princess (who doesn’t seem to act much like a princess) falling in love with this incredibly adorable guy. Really good books :)

An airborne Boeing 747 is headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats. Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun. 

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That synopsis does not even begin to do this novel justice. So far I have only read the first one (Left Behind) but I am waiting the next few that have already been ordered from Amazon. The first novel was so amazing. All twelve of these books are about the Rapture, which—for those of you aren’t up on your Christian doomsday predictions—is what happens when all of the Christians disappear from Earth and the seven years of tribulation begins for all of those who are “Left Behind.” The feeling you get when reading this book and seeing the characters each come to God is awe-inspiring, yet, this book is also terrifying because you get a chance to see what the world will be like when the Rapture begins. I would recommend this book to both Christians and non-Christians because I think that everyone should read this amazing book. You don’t want to get “Left Behind.”

Feb 4

I need to go to Barnes and Noble, I’m all out of books. I was just at Barnes and Noble three days ago. I bought three books, they’re all gone. Someone help me I have a problem. 

Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped — barely — from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation. Code name: Wolfsangel. Their mission? Capture the one person who can defeat the ultimate evil of Nazism! Der Fuhrer has destroyed Otto’s and Leni’s families, but what if the tables were turned? What if Hitler’s ultimate legacy was in their hands?… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …  … … … … …
I just finished this one. It was excellent! I really enjoyed it! It’s (almost) pure fiction, but the historical context and people is really intriguing! I would really recommend this book if you love history, WWII, spies, a we’re-not-dating-but-we-totally-should-be kind of relationship, want to get your heart ripped out. wait, what? or you like a lot of action in your books because this book has definitely got it. I would seriously recommend this book to everybody (although you are guaranteed to get some funny looks when people see what the book is called. I certainly did).
(I believe it’s called Hitler’s Angel in Europe but I could be mistaken)

Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped — barely — from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!

Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation. Code name: Wolfsangel. Their mission? Capture the one person who can defeat the ultimate evil of Nazism! Der Fuhrer has destroyed Otto’s and Leni’s families, but what if the tables were turned? What if Hitler’s ultimate legacy was in their hands?
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I just finished this one. It was excellent! I really enjoyed it! It’s (almost) pure fiction, but the historical context and people is really intriguing! I would really recommend this book if you love history, WWII, spies, a we’re-not-dating-but-we-totally-should-be kind of relationship, want to get your heart ripped out. wait, what? or you like a lot of action in your books because this book has definitely got it. I would seriously recommend this book to everybody (although you are guaranteed to get some funny looks when people see what the book is called. I certainly did).

(I believe it’s called Hitler’s Angel in Europe but I could be mistaken)

Crime lives—and dies—in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen—and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town’s victims and culprits. 
 
Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins’ old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out—and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

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Okay, these books are soo good. This is the first post I’ve made where I’ve actually read both books and both are amazing!!! What’s super awesome about these books is that they’re based on real murders, but not completely so you can still be surprised by the ending. What I love about these book are the main characters Hayley and Taylor who are twins that have this kind of psychic connection that helps them to be able to find the person who committed these murders, they also have their own past that, even after book two we’re still trying to figure out and it’s awesome. When I first picked up Envy, it didn’t look like the stuff I usually read and I was worried I wouldn’t like it. Boy, was I wrong! I finished Envy that night and then had to go to Barnes and Noble the next night to get Betrayal. I really hope there’s going to be a third one (and hopefully more than that after) because these books are too good not to be continued!

Which is more dangerous: being an international spy… or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

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I found this book to be super funny and great. I mean first of all, she’s a spy who’s never been to school, much less a preppy private school, and then she has to “befriend” this cute guy and I think we all know how that’s gonna turn out, all the while she has to keep her secret. So yeah, super cute, super funny, super cool spy book that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

And apparently that sequel just came out January 14th, so now I have to read it.

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
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It was the eerie cover that first attracted my attention to this book, along with the other creepy pictures inside. If you like influenza, and ghosts, and science, and old fashioned photography, this might be the book for you. My only qualms with this book was that it was slow, and it took a while for things to actually start happening. However, once they did, this book became exciting, and I really enjoyed the black and white pictures.

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

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It was the eerie cover that first attracted my attention to this book, along with the other creepy pictures inside. If you like influenza, and ghosts, and science, and old fashioned photography, this might be the book for you. My only qualms with this book was that it was slow, and it took a while for things to actually start happening. However, once they did, this book became exciting, and I really enjoyed the black and white pictures.

Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.
As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her.
Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?
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I’m not sure this really counts as a b-side book because technically it was a TV show (was being the operative word). And even though the TV show was so far off from the book and should not have been canceled (but that’s a rant for another time) the book is still amazing and completely different. It is technically four books in one which is why it’s as thick as The Goblet of Fire. But don’t let your ships be biased by the TV show (the way mine were), read the book and make the decisions for yourself, it is definitely worth the read.

Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.

As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her.

Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?

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I’m not sure this really counts as a b-side book because technically it was a TV show (was being the operative word). And even though the TV show was so far off from the book and should not have been canceled (but that’s a rant for another time) the book is still amazing and completely different. It is technically four books in one which is why it’s as thick as The Goblet of Fire. But don’t let your ships be biased by the TV show (the way mine were), read the book and make the decisions for yourself, it is definitely worth the read.

Violet doesn’t remember much about her late mother, but she is certain of one thing: she too can see ghosts and communicate with the dead. But when Violet discovers paranormal activity in the girls’ locker room, she finds herself ill-equipped for handling the school’s ghostly echoes. Through Violet’s own investigation and with the help of some unlikely allies, Violet discovers there is a lot she doesn’t know about her special skill—and more still that can stand in the way of its power. With sharp wit and determination, Violet sets out to uncover the truth behind her school’s haunting, to finish the investigation that led to her mother’s sudden death, and to learn why the only ghost she has ever wanted to see is the one that has eluded her forever.
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This book is one of my favorites. It’s cute and fun, and a little dark, but mostly quirky. It begins with the main character, Violet, talking to a grumpy janitor ghost in her father’s funeral parlor and get’s better from there. This book is very…Ghost Whisperer meets Mean Girls (kinda). Don’t be put off by the interesting title, this book is definitely worth the read.
The first thing I thought after I finished this book was “there should be a fanfic of this book crossed over with Danny Phantom-of course I’m sure it would be great for a Supernatural crossover too-I would write one, but not enough people know this book so this is kinda-sorta my way of getting it out there so that a fanbase can hopefully be created for it

Violet doesn’t remember much about her late mother, but she is certain of one thing: she too can see ghosts and communicate with the dead. But when Violet discovers paranormal activity in the girls’ locker room, she finds herself ill-equipped for handling the school’s ghostly echoes. Through Violet’s own investigation and with the help of some unlikely allies, Violet discovers there is a lot she doesn’t know about her special skill—and more still that can stand in the way of its power. With sharp wit and determination, Violet sets out to uncover the truth behind her school’s haunting, to finish the investigation that led to her mother’s sudden death, and to learn why the only ghost she has ever wanted to see is the one that has eluded her forever.

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This book is one of my favorites. It’s cute and fun, and a little dark, but mostly quirky. It begins with the main character, Violet, talking to a grumpy janitor ghost in her father’s funeral parlor and get’s better from there. This book is very…Ghost Whisperer meets Mean Girls (kinda). Don’t be put off by the interesting title, this book is definitely worth the read.

The first thing I thought after I finished this book was “there should be a fanfic of this book crossed over with Danny Phantom-of course I’m sure it would be great for a Supernatural crossover too-I would write one, but not enough people know this book so this is kinda-sorta my way of getting it out there so that a fanbase can hopefully be created for it

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile. 

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin. 

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight. 

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.

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What can I say? I love TV shows, movies, and apparently, books about superheroes, and this book is no exception. The plot line was great and the Audrey, the main character was headstrong and rebellious, not to mention powerful. My only problem with this book? There’s not enough of it. The ending left me wanting more. Clearly I need to read that sequel.

Kari plunges into the world of espionage on a mission to save her parents while trying to impress the guy she’s been in love with forever.When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated…
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All I can say is: plot twist. I’m sure you will not see this one coming because I was completely blindsided. This isn’t my absolute favorite spy book, but a pretty darn good spy book nonetheless. I definitely enjoyed it. 

Kari plunges into the world of espionage on a mission to save her parents while trying to impress the guy she’s been in love with forever.

When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.

Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated…

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All I can say is: plot twist. I’m sure you will not see this one coming because I was completely blindsided. This isn’t my absolute favorite spy book, but a pretty darn good spy book nonetheless. I definitely enjoyed it. 

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
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I know they say never to judge a book by it’s cover, but how could you not want to pick this book up with a cover that cool! That’s what first intrigued me about the book, and the book jacket sucked me in even further. And thankfully, the book delivers, boy, does it deliver! Aside from the incredible, dynamic, and strong female characters, this book is full of action and mystery and science, and steampunk awesomeness! 

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all 

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

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I know they say never to judge a book by it’s cover, but how could you not want to pick this book up with a cover that cool! That’s what first intrigued me about the book, and the book jacket sucked me in even further. And thankfully, the book delivers, boy, does it deliver! Aside from the incredible, dynamic, and strong female characters, this book is full of action and mystery and science, and steampunk awesomeness! 

Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! And it makes me sad that most people don’t know about this book and that there is no cool fan art or fanfiction about it because it would be so incredibly awesome!! I would recommend this book to anyone, it’s just so cool and so unlike anything I have ever read. It had rightfully earned it’s spot on the top of my bookshelf where I keep all of my favorite books. Also, it has a ship that had pushed it’s way to my OTP list because it is so freaking adorable!! Also there’s a good amount of action given that her father is a controlling drug boss! So yeah, awesome book and everyone should read it.

Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! And it makes me sad that most people don’t know about this book and that there is no cool fan art or fanfiction about it because it would be so incredibly awesome!! I would recommend this book to anyone, it’s just so cool and so unlike anything I have ever read. It had rightfully earned it’s spot on the top of my bookshelf where I keep all of my favorite books. Also, it has a ship that had pushed it’s way to my OTP list because it is so freaking adorable!! Also there’s a good amount of action given that her father is a controlling drug boss! So yeah, awesome book and everyone should read it.

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger …Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.
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This book rocked. I mean, it’s a paranormal murder mystery with a historic twist! This book also has A+ character development, a group of bitchy mean girls, the power of (true) friendship, and a cute French boy. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it, absolutely awesome!

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger …

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.

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This book rocked. I mean, it’s a paranormal murder mystery with a historic twist! This book also has A+ character development, a group of bitchy mean girls, the power of (true) friendship, and a cute French boy. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it, absolutely awesome!