#Brandedversary: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

branded 2Branded by Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki
Series: Sinners #1
Published by Self Published on June 28th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 314
Source: ARC copy from author
Goodreads
five-stars

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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what i thought

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I recieved an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the authors. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

Surrounding the seven deadly sins, the Commander believed this what was causing the downfall of the country. Each person who commits one of the seven deadly sins is branded on their neck with a specific color that correlates with that sin. Lexi Hamilton is branded blue which stands for lust. Now in the Hole, Lexi is fighting for her life everyday.

It’s been a year now since I’ve finished this book and I’m still obsessing over this world. I cannot stop thinking about Lexi and all the characters and the world. I didn’t realize I would love the book THIS much. I absolutely LOVED it to pieces!!

I didn’t have any issues once so ever with this book, I absolutely LOVED it! It had everything you could ask for in a book; romance, great characters, death, love, action, an amazing dog, EVERYTHING. Everything about this book was perfection.

The dog, Zeus who is Cole’s dog; I ADORED THAT DOG. I need that dog in my life! He was such a sweet dog and extremely protective! Anytime he thought something was trying to attack Lexi or Cole, he DESTROYED said object. I busted out laughing every time Zeus did this. Even at times when the book got really sad, Lexi would mention Zeus and my mood would be lifted! I LOVE THAT DOG!

I’m adding Cole to my list of swoon-worthy boyfriends. That boy was just… Wow. Can’t get over him. Probably never will honestly. I loved Cole, I didn’t think I would love him as much as I did. I thought he was just Lexi’s guard and nothing else, nope. Totally wrong. Loved him!

I really enjoyed this world! It was so different from previous dystopian worlds I’ve read so far and probably one of my favorites. I liked having the world based upon the seven deadly sins. I haven’t seen any books yet that are surrounded by those. It was very interesting to see characters who were branded based upon a certain sin and how they reacted while in the Hole.
I can talk about this book all day and probably never run out of good things to say about this book! I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone!

 

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“”What was that?” I asked Zeus. It happens again but louder this time. Zeus runs into my room as a foul odor drifts by. “Was that a fart?” I laugh. “Oh my word, I can’t believe you’re afraid of your own fart.” I’m laughing so hard I snort.” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

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“Okay, I can handle this. Then he drops his shirt. Then again, maybe not.” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

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“You’re like my magnet. You pull me in. No matter how hard I pull away… your force is stronger. And when I get too close, it takes everything I have to remain at a safe distance.” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

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“I mean, I knew you were getting weak around her, but holy balls! You love her… Wow!” — Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki, Branded

 

 

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Review: Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon Thompson

take me tomorrowTake Me Tomorrow by Shannon Thompson
Published by AEC Stellar Publishing on July 12th 2014
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 252
Source: ARC copy from author
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

what i thoughtI received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was such an interesting take on a dystopian world!

Sophia is in a world where a drug called tomo has forced the government to enforce strict rules. The drug that caused an uprising 2 years ago. Not only is her father involved in illegal forgery, she is introduced to Noah who is always one step ahead of her. He’s involved with this drug and because of it and his involvement with Sophia, she is now risking not only her life, but her families to help him out.

My main complaint about this is the world building and the backstory. Everything was progressing very well, but the world building was constantly slacking. Shannon Thompson does a great job at creating this world, but doesn’t give enough explanation to the world and enough backstory. It made it difficult to really envision this world. I would have liked to see more about the president, Phelps. I mean, who is this guy? As well as backstory to Sophia’s friends and their involvement.

I didn’t particularly care for romance; though it was sweet and cute. It didn’t consume the book and it didn’t really happen until the last quarter.

The pacing and Shannon’s writing style does not disappoint! The action immediately begins and your completely immersed into her writing. Sophia is not a character to mess with, mess with her and you just might get a throwing knife thrown at you. I loved Sophia’s character, such a kick butt, brave and strong character!!Sophia’s character is proof that girls don’t always need to be saved and need a “knight of shining armor”. She is one of the strongest heroine’s I’ve read so far and is a fantastic character!

I wasn’t expecting the plot twist at all and was shocked when it happened.

I’m really hoping there’s a sequel; Goodreads shows it as a stand alone. If there is a sequel, I’m hoping there’s more backstory and world building. I definitely recommend this to fans of dystopia.

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“Wait,” Noah grabbed my hand, looking up at me with tired eyes, “Sophie?”
Apparently, he did remember me.
“I’m here,” I said after a moment.
“Stay,” he breathed, and I felt the blood rush to my cheeks. I turned away, only to be met by Lily’s widened gaze. Mile’s jaw dropped, and Lyn smirked like she knew he would ask for me all along. — Shannon Thompson, Take Me Tomorrow

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“I wanted to punch him and understand him at the same time.” ― Shannon Thompson, Take Me Tomorrow

Review: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

the murder complexThe Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 10th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 398
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

what i thoughtI followed this book and the author at least 6 months before the publication date (probably longer than that). This was one of my most anticipated books of 2014, and of course I just now read it! I absolutely loved every page!!

Meadow has been trained to fight by her dad all her life. No matter the situation, she will kill to survive; she will not be the one to die. Zephyr doesn’t know that he is one of The Murder Complex’s programmed assassins. Every night at the Dark Time murders happen all over making the death toll higher than the birth rate.

I had such a difficult time putting this down! This is a very fast paced, quick read even though it’s almost 400 pages. I pretty much read it in 1 sitting! Although this is dystopian and there are many out there, there is nothing like this! This is a dark, chilling and stunning dual perspective read. Dystopia is truly one of my favorite genres because of what can be done to the future by what we do to it. One of my favorite types of dystopian’s is featured in this; controlling the population.

My only problem was having more explanation to the world which wasn’t explained until about halfway through the book. I was having a lot of unanswered questions while reading and I’m very glad they ended up getting answered.

I admired Meadow’s character; she was so kick butt and tough. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to put up a fight or go after what she wants to protect her family. Her little sister, Peri was adorable and so angelic. She reminded me a lot of Prim from The Hunger Games trilogy. Both younger sister’s bring out the soft side in both Meadow and Katniss. Other than just Peri, I really enjoyed all the side characters! There wasn’t a character that I didn’t find interesting and didn’t care less about.

I had to warm up to Zephyr first before I really started liking his character. His position he is placed in this world was touching and hard to read at times. But I found his character very interesting. It really didn’t take much for me to start loving his character honestly.

I wasn’t much of a fan of the romance; though Meadow and Zephyr are good together. They had so many conflicts that it was hard to decide if I should root for them or not.

Definitely an action-packed, fast paced, gory read that can be read in 1 sitting! I had a lot of fun while reading and cannot wait to see what is going to happen in the sequel!

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“I wish I could find the words to tell you how beautiful you are,” I whisper.

“Your eyes are closed.” She lets out a nervous laugh. “How can you say that if you aren’t even looking at me?”

“You’re ruining the moment.” — page 278

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Review: The One by Kiera Cass

the oneThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 6th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

what i thoughtWhy did I wait until now to read this? That is beyond me. I read 50 pages the night before and read the rest the following day. I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. DOWN!

Kiera Cass (as I’ve already said previously in my review for The Elite) is a very talented writer! I have fallen completely in love with this series from start to finish. Yes, I’ve had some major problems with our main character, America, but words cannot describe my love for this series. I haven’t had a book that I was really invested in that I pretty much read in one sitting in a while. For that, I congratulate Kiera Cass on.

The one thing that drove me the most crazy was America’s indecisiveness. This drove me crazy to no ends. One minute she’s dead set on becoming princess and Maxon’s wife, the next she swears she’s going home. THIS DROVE ME BONKERS! This is my only complaint about the whole series, other than that, complete perfection.

I adore Maxon. He’s a complete sweetheart and has definitely won me over in terms of book boyfriends. No, he’s not my favorite (I’ve already got the top 3 permanently taken), but he’s definitely up there on top book boyfriends. He treats all 5 girls with so much respect as well as the country. He thinks about them before himself and really tries his best to make everyone comfortable.

I also really loved America’s maids! They are incredibly sweet!! I think my favorite of the 3 is Lucy because of her shy attitude. She’s incredibly sweet and I loved her ending.

I’m excited to see this continue in The Heir, because I’m most definitely not ready to let this go!

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“Your eyes look like chocolate,” I mumbled.
He smiled. “And yours look like the morning sky.”– page 129

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“Celeste walked up, as strong as I’d ever seen her, and whispered something into Maxon’s ear.

When she was done, he smiled. “I don’t think that will be necessary.”

“Good.” She left, closing the door behind her, and I stood to take whatever was coming.

“What was that about?” I asked, nodding toward the door.

“Oh, Celeste was making it clear that if I hurt you, she’d make me cry,” he said with a smile.

I laughed. “I’ve been on the receiving end of those nails, so be careful there.”

“Yes, ma’am.”– page 193

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“And there we were, in the background of it all, holding on to one another. The Perfectionist, the Sweetheart, the Diva . . . and me.” — page 213

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[spoiler]“America, my love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through sadness. You are the breeze on a too-war day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion. You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. Without you, my life would still exist, but that’s all it would manage to do. You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I’ve discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side. I love you, America. Yours forever, Maxon”– page 288[/spoiler]

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“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.” ― Kiera Cass, The One

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“The best people all have some kind of scar.” ― Kiera Cass, The One

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Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

the eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 23rd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

what i thoughtOH. MY. GOSH. How I’ve missed this world! I read The Selection late 2013 and just never picked this up. I even attended a signing for Kiera Cass and 3 other authors the day The One released. Still didn’t read it. I’m absolutely kicking myself for waiting SOO long! Words cannot describe how obsessed I got while reading this. I’m not a big fan of America, most of the time I just want to slap her for some of the decisions she made. Once I started this, I seriously could not put the book down! I was going crazy. All I wanted to do was just read this. I was getting very paranoid and very angry when I couldn’t find a copy of The One at Half Price Books that day (luckily Target loves me and knew I needed it ;) ).

Prince Maxon is now left with 5 girls to choose as a wife. All of them exceed great qualities as a wife for him. But he really only has eyes for America. But with America still deciding who she wants, Maxon or Aspen, Maxon starts to look elsewhere. Now with the possibility of the other girls instead of just America, she has to fight for who she really wants, stay and become princess or go home. Who will she choose?

Kiera Cass is one of those authors that immediately draws you in the second you pick up the book. Everything is so vividly described that you feel as if your right there in America’s shoes watching this all play out. She’s a very gifted writer! You feel attached to everything in this story, the characters (sometimes America), the world, the writing, everything! I’m so glad I picked this book up and continued because I forgot how much I really enjoyed The Selection and how much I was missing this world. Words cannot describe how obsessed I am with this series at the moment!

As I’m writing this review, I’ve already read and finished The One, but am very excited to see more of story continue!

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“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”– page 62

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“Darling, you’re perfect.”– page 80

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“Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”– page 213

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Review & Blog Tour: Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

rite of rejectionRite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich
Published by Self Published on December 4th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: ARC copy from author
Goodreads
four-stars

“Before you stands the future.”

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rebecca along with her classmates are waiting Acceptance day where they are accepted into society. However, if you are not accepted, your sent to the PIT because you could potentially be a criminal. This is the fate Rebecca is given even though she would never hurt a fly. So why is she in the PIT?
“In the PIT, no one is safe and every day is a fight for survival.” — Sarah Negovetich, Rite of Rejection
I really enjoyed this world, it did remind me of some other ones I’ve read and loved. Although, I didn’t feel any attachment to any of the characters. Rebecca at first came off to me as whiny, but as the story progressed, her character really started to develop and I started liking her more. I did like the side characters, Molly probably being my favorite of them. I wasn’t a big fan of the love triangle that developed, and thankfully that didn’t last long. I did like the romance that did blossom by the end of the book though. Though, at the beginning of the book I was rooting for the other guy and by about half way, completely changed my mind!
I’m hoping that in the sequel we will get to see more of the world. I’m curious to see the world outside the PIT as there wasn’t many scenes outside from the PIT. I felt this is where the book for me was lacking the most, was world development and back stories to better understand this world. The characters and romance definitely were developing, but as the story progressed, the world was left behind. I want to know more about the Cardinal and why he is like this and all things that come with it. I felt the back story that was given was a little rushed and I didn’t get to truly understand the world.
I also really liked the machine that would tell you whether your an acceptable citizen or a criminal. I found it very interesting how the machine told you whether you were or not. I also liked the concept of the Acceptance day and what went about that day- finding your potential husband and the dances.
I’m really hoping there is a sequel, mostly because of the cliffhanger at the end, but also because I want more to this world. This definitely could have been an easy 5 star read if I would have gotten more explanation to the world and connected more with the characters. I would still definitely recommend this to friends who are fans of dystopian.
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“I’m going to be a widow traveling with her sister. Of course, I’m heartbroken and you all feel horrible about my loss.” She winks at me and smiles. “I’ll wear black.” — Sarah Negovetich, Rite of Rejection
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“Aren’t we all a little bit broken inside?” — Sarah Negovetich, Rite of Rejection
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“Daniel’s hand reaches up and tucks a yellow curl behind my ear. “I think you’re beautiful.” — Sarah Negovetich, Rite of Rejection
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Prize pack includes:

Chapter 17 tissues (because that’s when you’ll need them), a jumbo sized chocolate bar (a hot commodity inside the PIT), an orange scented candle (courtesy of Rebecca’s fondest memory from home, a dandelion pen (as featured on the cover), hand-crafted Molly bag (these are used extensively by the main characters), and a $10 Amazon gift card.
Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with
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Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your
oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if
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working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her
life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their
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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published by Harper Collins on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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I was a little nervous- okay, very nervous- going into this. I was already spoiled (I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about this a billion times) before I even got to Insurgent. I think it overall ruined my thoughts of the trilogy as a whole. My least favorite was definitely Insurgent. Had the point of views not changed like it did, I probably would have had a lower rating or not even finished it. Tris did make up for her attitude in Insurgent, which drove me crazy. In Insurgent, she was extremely annoying and was constantly picking fights with Tobias. I definitely enjoyed having Tobias’ point of view on this and not just Tris.

I will honestly say I liked the trilogy as a whole. However, Divergent for me was amazing! Insurgent wasn’t that great, but Allegiant was better. This is definitely not a favorite dystopian series/trilogy, but I did enjoy it. I might have enjoyed it more had I not been spoiled before I could even get to the second book. I think I was just so upset and frustrated over that, I was kind of just done with the trilogy. I’m glad to say I’ve finally finished this trilogy and I can knock that off of my massive unfinished series/trilogies list!

Even though this wasn’t amazing for me, I would still highly recommend it! It is a great dystopian read, and I loved all the action and plot twists that happened! I am happy with the ending, but I do feel that maybe the ending could have ended differently. It didn’t HAVE to end that way… But I’m still happy with it. I didn’t cry, but I did have little tears.

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“I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”– page 372

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“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”– page 455

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“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.”– page 492

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“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”– page 509

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