Spotlight: The Forever Series by Tara Gallina

Today I’m here to tell you about a steamy romance that may be flying under your radar.

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Tara Gallina’s The Forever Series is a sizzling series full of romance, sex and Sebastian!

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Let’s take a look at the books and why they are just the perfect sexy romance you need right now.


My best friend has been obsessed with Sebastian since our freshman year in college. She wants him to herself, which is fine by me. He’s a paycheck, a means to an end goal. He’s temporary. But he’s also tempting—the way he looks at me, the things he says, the way he touches me… If I’m not careful, I might do something I’ll regret. ~Ainsley Belle

THE FOREVER SERIES
At twenty, Ainsley knows it’s time to follow her own dreams and not the future her that was planned for her—a future she never wanted. Losing her job couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Sebastian Gianni isn’t the ideal boss, but he has a position to fill and Ainsley is desperate. The sexy twenty-two-year-old comes from money, owns a successful business, and graduates from college in three months. He has his life together in a way Ainsley could only dream.
No wonder her best friend is obsessed with dating him. Even his ex-girlfriend is determined to get him back, although threatening him seems like the wrong approach. Ainsley would be a fool to fall for the guy, too.
By no means, should she trust him. He has more secrets than anyone she knows, which makes her wonder if the mafia rumors about him are true. It doesn’t matter that he’s a good listener, and sweet and protective at times. That playful flirty side he shares with her alone means nothing. Right?
When a kiss turns into a secret romance neither can give up, Ainsley learns the truth about Sebastian’s corrupt family and why his ex-girlfriend won’t go away. A future together is near impossible and comes with a risk that could get them both killed—or give them everything they’ve ever wanted.

Tawney’s Review: I highly recommend this book! I received an ARC for a review and couldn’t have been more pleased with this sexy romance!  There is wonderful chemistry and a smoldering passion between Ainsley & Sebastian. As their relationship develops you can feel the tension and the passion waiting to explode. There are also many thrills with Sebastian’s rumored connection to the Mafia. I couldn’t stop reading this novel and binge read it until the very end. And wow what an ending! If you are looking for a good sexy read with wonderful characters and some thrills, than Risking Forever is the one for you.


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The sequel to Risking Forever: vol 1. Continue the story.

The toga party and sheet draped loosely around my body didn’t make me kiss him. The alcohol and near attack by a drunk douche didn’t make me either. I can’t even blame it on the flirty dare Sebastian gave me a moment before I claimed his lips with a gentle kiss. While each contributed to the incident, I did it because I’m selfish.
For once in my life I took what I wanted. I didn’t think about anyone else but myself. I wanted a kiss, and I got a lot more. I figured it’d be good. I just didn’t know how much I’d grow to crave it—crave him.
No one can find out about us. If they do, I could end up homeless, friendless, or worse, in danger. It’s not like what we do in secret changes anything—other than my feelings for him. He’s as unattainable as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. At least now I know the truth about his family and why his life isn’t his own.
He made me an offer I refuse to accept. If I don’t find a way to separate my body from my heart when we’re together, I’ll end up as trapped as he is. ~ Ainsley

Tawney’s Review: So glad to be returning to Ainsley and Sebastian! Daring Forever takes us right where Risking Forever left off with Ainsley and Sebastian growing closer and closer. Now here’s where things get steamy as you can just feel the heat radiating between the two. Sebastian’s mystique starts to peel away and we get to see the real man behind those layers rather than the tough persona. The dialogue between the two is fantastic as they banter and flirt. Tara does a wonderful job at keeping the chemistry between the two sizzling. The description is vivid and you can feel every glance and yearning from Ainsley. And can we just sit and drool at these covers? I highly recommend The Forever Series if you are looking for a sexy read with steamy characters and hot tension. I can’t wait for the third instalment!

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The final installment to the Forever Series—for now.

It happened. I knew it would. I fell for him. The revelation didn’t rise within me like an orange sun emerging from the ocean. This wake-up call was more of a slap to the face. And now that it’s out, the silence from Sebastian has me wondering if I’ve lost my hearing.
What did I expect, for him to love me back? He’s made it clear since the beginning that can’t happen. This is on me. Walking away would be the smart choice. I have dreams to follow, and a new life to start far away.
If only I could take Sebastian with me. If only I could convince him the risk is worth the reward. If he knew he could escape his father without harm, he’d go. Not just for me but for himself. He may not love me, but he cares. I wouldn’t have given myself to him, if I had thought otherwise. ~ Ainsley

Tawney’s Review:  It’s the conclusion to Sebastian and Ainsley’s story and I couldn’t wait to see the outcome of this smoldering romance.  Sebastian and Ainsley have been through it all and author Tara Gallina likes to pull at your heartstrings. She does a wonderful  job at immersing the reader right with Sebastian and Ainsley. Her description and detail just paints the vivid picture of the complications that the couple go through. You can’t help but connect with Sebastian and Ainsley, rooting for them all the way. I couldn’t turn each page fast enough, as the pace was swift and some parts intense to the point I wanted to peek to the ending to see what happens. Well I didn’t and it was worth the read! There is such a connection between Sebastian and Ainsley that you feel it too as Tara takes you on a suspenseful fulfilling conclusions to their love story. 

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Just when you think it’s over here is another book in The Forever series with Sebastian’s point of view!

 

Hiring Ainsley was a mistake but firing the little beauty when she’s broke seems unfair. Besides, I like being around her. She doesn’t want anything from me like everyone else. She’s not aggressive or forceful. She’s sweet, unexpected, and, damn, if she isn’t getting under my skin. If I’m not careful, I’ll drag her into my arms, my bed, and into the dark pit of my world—a place she doesn’t belong. A place I don’t belong, but a place I might be able to withstand if she’s with me. ~ Sebastian Gianni

Sebastian – Risking Forever is the companion novel to, Risking Forever: vol 1, and told from Sebastian’s POV. **Warning**This novel contains spoilers that aren’t revealed in Risking Forever: vol 1 until mid-point in Daring Forever: vol 2. I kept the stories separate to maintain the mystery and suspense in Risking Forever and recommend reading the other 2 first.

Tawney’s Review: If this series couldn’t get any better we get Sebastian’s point of view! We get to hear his thoughts and perspective on Ainsley. Author Tara Gallina does a wonderful job at bringing Sebastian to life and taking on the man’s perspective. I was not disappointed. I do suggestion readers read this book once they finish with the series and Ainsley’s point of view. It was immensely fun and heartbreaking to follow Sebastian. You wanted to both hug him and hit him at the same time. This was the companion novel we needed. I immensely enjoyed this book.

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And so the big question now is what’s next Tara? Because we need more romance from you!


About the Author:

Tara GallinaTara Gallina grew up breathing the salty air in a small town near Clearwater Beach, Florida. The sun and sand were her playground, bathing suits and jean shorts her go-to wear.

After moving to Orlando, FL with her hubs, she left the workforce to enjoy motherhood and rekindled her love of writing. While romance is one of her favorite genres, she writes young and new adult and has a soft spot for retellings.

She has two furry writing companions who often steal her seat when she’s working: a mini shih-poo named Bella, and an exotic cat named Tigerlily but who answers to Kitty because the menfolk in the house like it better. Speaking of kitties, she is obsessed with Hello Kitty, has a pink office, thinks everything is better with sparkles, freezes in temperatures below seventy, and is happiest when visiting local hotspots like Disney World or Harry Potter with her family.

Follow Tara: Website * Instagram *Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

 

 

 

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XL Review

  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2019)
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WIll Daughtry is a late bloomer–at least, that’s what everyone tells him. On his sixteenth birthday, Will is just shy of five feet, and he is bitterly resigned to being tiny forever. His only comforts are his best friend and stepbrother, Drew (6’3″), and their pal Monica (5’10”), the girl Will’s been quietly pining for since fifth grade. Everyone else literally overlooks him. But with them, he feels whole. That is, until things take an unexpected turn, and he realizes he’s really and truly on his own.

That’s when he starts to grow. And grow fast. Astonishingly fast. For the first time, Will’s happy with his stature, and the world’s at his feet (for a change). People see him differently; more important, he sees himself differently. But the highest heights come with some low, low lows, and his most precious relationships suffer excruciating growing pains. Will has to figure out what to do with himself–and all of this new “himself” he never expected to have.


This book was a refreshingly cute YA.

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Being a teen is already hard with preparing for college and growing up, but add in some flaws and sometimes being a teenager just sucks. Will is short for is age barely making it to 5′ foot and those that surround him always tower above him. His best friend is his stepbrother Drew who happens to be a basketball star and Monica…who is taller than him by a foot.

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And with flaws there is always those that bully teens who are different. This book tackles a variety of teen angst from bullying, jealousy, friendship, and the need to be accepted. I found the plot interesting and lighthearted. It had its humorous parts and also sad parts and Brown’s writing was descriptive with a fast pace.

The humor was great but I think teenage boys would be more interested in this book than girls. Though any girl could understand the struggles of being abnormal, it’s more relatable to boys. Will finally grows and grows and it’s fun to read and watch the conclusion play out.

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Should you read it? Yes, an interesting viewpoint on being an abnormal teen and struggling with it while navigating friendships and school.

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The Silent Patient Review

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

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Tawney’s Review:

I love Thrillers. The Silent Patient caught my eye at the bookstore with its intriguing cover and plot.

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The book starts off with a murder, like every other thriller! A wife kills her husband but never states why she did it. Alicia remains silent and hasn’t spoken with anyone regarding Gabriel’s murder. There is a shroud of mystery around the deed and the criminal psychotherapist Theo wants to uncover those answers. So he takes a job at the hospital she is imprisoned in and starts to weed his way into her mind.

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There were many great scenes of dialogue between Theo and Alicia but little character development. The pace was slow at the start of the book and quickened toward the end, finishing a little too abruptly. It wasn’t as suspenseful as most thrillers nor was it engaging. I would find myself putting the book down and doing other things. I usually finish a thriller in one full sitting. This one I just couldn’t get into. I didn’t get that palpitating heartbeat turning each page for answers. 30 pages in I knew what happened.

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Unfortunately, there was no big mystery for me. I felt like I could guess what happened next so once I finished the book I was sorely disappointed and left unsatisfied.

This book wasn’t my cup of tea and I would recommend better thrillers like The Last Mrs. Parrish or the The Other Woman, but many people seemed to have liked it and the book has been opted for the big screen.

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Should you read it? Yes, even though it wasn’t my fav you might like it.

 

Risking Forever Spotlight and Interview with Author Tara Gallina

Today I am excited to have author Tara Gallina on the blog celebrating the release of her first serial book Risking Forever in the Forever Series!

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Want a sexy romance? Look no further than Risking Forever.


 

My best friend has been obsessed with Sebastian since our freshman year in college. She wants him to herself, which is fine by me. He’s a paycheck, a means to an end goal. He’s temporary. But he’s also tempting—the way he looks at me, the things he says, the way he touches me… If I’m not careful, I might do something I’ll regret. ~Ainsley Belle

THE FOREVER SERIES
At twenty, Ainsley knows it’s time to follow her own dreams and not the future her mother planned for her—a future she never wanted. Losing her job couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Sebastian Gianni isn’t the ideal boss, but he has a position to fill and Ainsley is desperate. The sexy twenty-two year old comes from money, owns a successful business, and graduates from college in three months. He has his life together in a way Ainsley could only dream.
No wonder her best friend is obsessed with dating him. Even his ex-girlfriend is determined to get him back, although threatening him seems like the wrong approach. Ainsley would be a fool to fall for the guy, too.
By no means, should she trust him. He has more secrets than anyone she knows, which makes her wonder if the mafia rumors about him are true. It doesn’t matter that he’s a good listener, and sweet and protective at times. That playful flirty side he shares with her alone means nothing. Right?
When a kiss turns into a secret romance neither can give up, Ainsley learns the truth about Sebastian’s corrupt family and why his ex-girlfriend won’t go away. A future together is near impossible and comes with a risk that could get them both killed—or give them everything they’ve ever wanted.

Order here!


And now to the interview!

1. Tell us a little about yourself? 
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Such an easy question. LOL  This sums me up pretty well. I love to read romance novels! I’m a fan of all romance genres. I write in both new adult and young adult.  I also love flowers, fairy gardens, butterflies and butterfly gardens, dresses, shoes, anything that sparkles, and the color pink! My office is pink. I have a pink fur office chair, and a slight obsession with Hello Kitty. She is on all my bookshelves with my books. I have yet to buy a pink car, only blue so far, but I’m not against it.

 

2. Your book is in the world! How does that feel? 

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Accomplished, but also busy and under pressure to get more books ready! This book is a serial novel with 3 volumes total from start to finish. Risking Forever: vol 1, Daring Forever: vol 2, Claiming Forever: vol 3. I also have a free companion novel, which is written in Sebastian’s (the love interests) POV. It’s his version of Risking Forever. You can get it from my website by subscribing. www.taragallina.com

 

3. How did you come up with the idea for Risking Forever? 
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I first wrote it as a ya novel for my literary agent at the time. The novel always felt older though, and I wasn’t ever happy with it. I kept rewriting it, against the wishes of my agent and my critique partners at the time. LOL  When I finally redid it as a new adult novel, it made sense. The characters fell into place and the story fit.

 

4. How many hours a day do you write?
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Hmm? This varies depending on appointments and/or other obligations. I have 2 older children and my husband travels a lot for work. I have 2 needy pets too, a little cat and a tiny furry dog. They’re always hungry. I try to write everyday. I am more about words than hours. My goal is 2000 words a day, 5 days a week. It does not always work out that way.

 

5. What is your writing Kryptonite?
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Partly my allergies. I have a bazillion and they cause migraines. It’s very hard to write let alone think with a migraine. The other part would be getting pulled away from writing one book to edit another. If I’m on a writing groove, I lose my flow and have a hard time returning to finish the novel.

 

6. What are you working on next? 
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A spin-off sequel to The Forever Series (Losing Forever) following 2 new characters. Braylee and Grayson–he is mentioned loosely in Sebastian – Risking Forever. The free read. I don’t know if it will have 2 volumes or 3.  Either way, I release the volumes within a week of each other so readers don’t have to wait. Daring Forever is available for pre-order now and releasing 3/18/19. Claiming Forever is also available now for pre-order and releasing 3/25/19.


Thank you Tara for stopping by!

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I highly recommend this book! I received an ARC for a review and couldn’t have been more pleased with this sexy romance!  There is wonderful chemistry and a smoldering passion between Ainsley & Sebastián. As their relationship develops you can feel the tension and the passion waiting to explode. There are also many thrills with Sebastián’s rumored connection to the Mafia. I couldn’t stop reading this novel and binge read it until the very end. And wow what an ending! If you are looking for a good sexy read with wonderful characters and some thrills, than Risking Forever is the one for you.

The Unicorn Quest: Secret in the Stone Blog Tour: Q&A with author

I’m so excited to be part of The Unicorn Quest book 2 blog tour!

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Today author Kamila Benko answers some questions regarding her book 2 on this part of the blog tour.

The first book The Unicorn Quest was a delight and I’m happy to return to Benko’s world again. Check out my review for the first book The Unicorn Quest here.

Let’s take a look at The Unicorn Quest: Secret in the Stone.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Series: The Unicorn Quest (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
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Claire Martinson and her sister Sophie have decided to stay in Arden–the magical land they discovered by climbing up a chimney in their great-aunt’s manor. If what they’ve learned is true, the sisters are the last descendants of the royal family, and only a true heir of Arden–with magic in her blood–can awaken the unicorns.

Since Sophie has does not have magic, the land’s last hope rests on Claire. The sisters journey to Stonehaven, a famed Gemmer school high in the mountains of Arden, so Claire can train in the magic of stone. As Claire struggles through classes, Sophie uncovers dangerous secrets about the people they thought they could trust. With Arden on the brink of crumbling, can Claire prove she is the prophesied heir and unlock the magic of the unicorns before it’s too late?


1. What was it like working on book 2? Was it different than book 1?

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It was very different! In book one, the possibilities were limitless! Your characters can say and do anything they want without being beholden to previous choices, and you can switch up the world to be whatever you need it to be. You need a mountain? Put it in! The forest needs to move north? Switch it! But in book 2, you have to stay true to the decisions you made in Book 1, and also set up the finale events of Book 3. And that was also challenging. Book 2 needed to be bigger and more exciting than Book 1—but not give away the ultimate ending of Book 3. It took a lot of work, and a lot of rewrites, but at the end of the day, I’m so proud of Secret in the Stone, and I can’t wait for people to read so I can talk about the ending!

 

2. What are you excited about for readers in regards to this new adventure of Sophie and Claire?

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In book one, the sisters spent most of the pages apart, but in book 2, Secret in the Stone, the sisters get to explore the magical land of Arden together. It was really fun to have the sister together and to be able explore the ins and outs of their relationship. It was particularly fun to hang out with Sophie, instead of only seeing her in Claire’s memories. She’s so spunky!

 

3. How do you unwind after a long day of writing?

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I really love to cook dinner. It’s a way of being creative that doesn’t involve the same brain muscles and my eyes can be so tired of looking at a screen or a page, that it’s not super relaxing to watch TV or read a book. Plus, writing always makes me hungry!

 

4. What are you currently working on?

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I’m currently working on Book 3 of the Unicorn Quest trilogy which should come out in about a year, as well as collaborating with Disney on a middle grade novel that will bridge the FROZEN with FROZEN II.


Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children’s book editor. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.

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Song of a Whale Blog Tour: Spotlight

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 5, 2019)
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In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl’s connection to a whale whose song can’t be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she’s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she’s not very smart. If you’ve ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.

When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?

Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.


 

If you want a feel good book Song for a Whale is for you!

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With wonderful characters named Iris and a whale named Blue 55, you couldn’t help but fall in love with the story. Iris is deaf and she finds it hard to be herself among hearing kids. Blue 55 can’t speak to other whales of his kind, they just don’t seem to hear him. Both come together in this special story.

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It was nice to see a disabled kid as the main character. Iris was strong but struggled to be herself among people who don’t understand her. It was Blue 55 that gave her something that she felt only she could do…find his song and speak directly to him.

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I just couldn’t put this book down and highly recommend it. I could picture Iris signing and Blue 55 swimming through the ocean. I love the fact that there were chapters in the book in Blue 55’s perspective. You felt his loneliness seeking someone to communicate with. What a wonderful job Kelly did on Iris’s struggle speaking with others. You felt the disheartening sadness as she tried but through all the emotions you felt in this book the ending brings you pure joy.

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Parkland Speaks Blog Tour: Review

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  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (January 22, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1984849999

 

 

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018, and continue today. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing, and hope.

The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings, and photographs from the events of February 14 and its aftermath. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change, and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.


 

Tawney’s Review: The collection of essays, poems, pictures and art were moving. With such a tragedy that had happened at this school and told by survivors some of these stories will wreck you.

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It was very eyeopening to read their experience during and after the horrors of that day. What they went through and felt draws a connection for the reader to these survivors. You feel for them. You cry with them. Very powerful words and art by students who should have never been through an experience like this.

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Should you read this? Yes! A book every teen or adult should read on a tragedy that brought loud voices to be heard.

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