The Empire of EVERYTHING

Empire of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas


Summary

Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, and Lysandra have traveled to a secret meeting area of Aedion’s, to meet with a few of the Lords of Terrasen who have decided that Aelin’s court is a disgrace and will not accept her as their queen and if she tries it will be an act of war. Shortly after Rowan is sent to get Dorian from Rifthold where the witches are attacking.  Dorian is found by Rowan in one piece along with Manon who is letting them escape. Once back at Morath Asterin is sentenced to death for Manon’s mistakes but Manon betrays her clan and attacks her grandmother then flies away

Rowan and Dorian meet up with Rolfe who has Gavriel and Fenris with him and they explain they were sent by Maeve to kill Lorcan and she is also sailing to Ellywe. Aelin arrives later, in full swagger mode, Rolfe tells the Fae to kill her to get in his good graces. She tells him if he joins her army she will make him Lord of the pirates. A warning bell sounds. Rolfe looks at the maps on his hands, showing the Valg are approaching. He finally agrees to Aelin’s plan. When  the battle is over and the group is assembled together, Elena appears to them. She tells them the lock is in the center of a temple in a marsh. They take off on a ship, headed for the marsh. They see Manon riding toward them on Abraxos. She is unconscious and falls off the wyvern and into the sea.

Elide and Lorcan join forces both hoping to find information on Aelin and Morath. They  are performing now, fortune telling and sword play. Lorcan’s display is much more popular. They both realize they are attracted to the other.Demons attack their camp looking for Elide. They tell Lorcan her real name. He tells the demon she’s not there. He confronts Elide after the fight is over. They share some truths about their backgrounds. Something triggers Lorcan, and he examines the amulet Aelin gave him. He realizes it’s a fake and roars in anger. He steers the ship towards Ellywe, where they finally find them, in the Marsh.

Aelin opens the chest, inside an ancient mirrors with the eye of Elena on the corner. The Fae males carry the mirror between them. Everyone is exhausted. When they return to the coast, they see 100 ships, Melisande’s fleet. Soldiers are already on shore. Aelin surprises everyone by striding directly toward them. The leader of the troops is Ansel of Briarcliff, who Aelin met years ago in the desert. Ansel brought these ships and warriors at Aelin’s request to repay the life debt she owes her. They will all sail north tomorrow to protect Terrasen. Ansel says it’s Maeve, not Erawan, who had been setting the fires, trying to make it look like it’s Aelin. Another armada is headed toward them, It’s Maeve. They know she will wait for daylight to ask for Aelin’s surrender so everyone can witness it.  After Aelin is asleep, Rowan flies to many of Maeve’s ships one by one to make a request of his cousins aboard. They will each consider it.

Dorian takes Aelin and Manon down to the mirror stowed below deck to show them something. He thinks Deanna’s riddle about it suggests that Aelin and Manon can use it to see the future, and determine how to defeat Maeve, and use the keys. The two join hands, press them to the mirror, and disappear. Aedion is furious, Rowan says they’ll continue to ready for battle. Aelin and Manon are in the past, seeing Gavin and Elena. They say that Malla’s bloodline must bleed again and use Malla’s gifts to forge the lock again, with Elena leading them. They will have to give every drop of their life force to do it, to send them home and eternally seal the lock between the worlds.

The battle ensues. Lysandra fights in her modified sea dragon form, attacking the ships marked by Rowan. Lorcan notices Maeve isn’t among her ships. He sees her ashore, near where he left Elide.

To find out what happens next you will need to read the book 😉

 

Review


 

Sarah J. Maas is once again put on a pedestal for all to look at as she gives us this book that is a masterpiece. I loved reading this book every time I open it I just get so excited knowing everything that is about to go down and I seem to find something new every time. Not only do we get the full Celaena swagger that we have grown to love we also get, sweet Dorian, Moody Lysandra and Aedion, the lovely Elide, and of course so much more. This book has taken all the other books and has brought them all together into one great overwhelming event that will have you thinking how can it get any better.

The characters in this book are some that I have grown so attached to in such a short time, Lysandra was just brought to us in the last book and yet I find her to be a very key apart in holding the group together. She seems to be the backbone and the go between when things get rough between Aedion and Aelin, she seems to always know what to do or say to make Aedion feel better about himself or just be there for him. Aedion seems still a little lost to me like he wants to be Aelin’s right hand but she still keeps him at a distance and Lysandra seems to fill that hole never letting him second guess his worth. Elide! God Elide I think she is my most favorite character in this entire book, this girl has been through so much pain and heartbreak, but yet she still has the heart to go out and trust people and find hope in the world, she hunts for a queen who she doesn’t even know is alive she is just going off rumors but yet she still lets herself believe fully that there is no chance she is dead. She even find good in Lorcan which I feel for also he goes out of his way to help Elide and starts to fall for her. He make her TAMPONS for god sacks like what man would do that. He is in so deep and he doesn’t even notice but when she tells him she hates him I can only imagine the pain he must feel. The other characters in this book seem to all grow as a person each and everyone not a single one of them is static and boring, they all have ever changing developments that just make us fall in love with them more.

The plot of this book is on point all the time we never stray from the end goal  While reading I felt like I was watching a movie not just reading a book I was so sucked into the action when Lys got hurt and Aedion was there for her I felt it my heart sink and the sadness seep in when he thought she was dead, or the fight between Manon and her grandmother I wanted so bad for Manon to put her nails through her face. God I really hate that old woman. You just get so invested when you read this book its like im actually in the book with them.

The ending was so Sarah J. Maas and we are left with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers like I cannot wait till Tower of Dawn! I think I want this book more than I wanted A court of Wings and Ruin.

This book keeps you in it and on the edge of your seat dying for the next book to come out I recommend this book, if you liked the rest of this series then you are going to LOVE this book.

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The Overwritten Child

The Child By: Fiona Barton

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This book is a point of view book, it switches from one person’s point of view to another person’s point of view.

SUMMARY


Kate waters is a reporter for the daily Post and comes across a story about a baby’s skeleton that has been found in the in the old building’s garden of Howard street in London. Kate makes this story how new priority with the question she cannot stop asking herself “who is the building site baby?” Kate with her new intern Joe go to Howard street to try and hunt down some clues as to who the baby might be. On Howard street the construction workers are in full swing as she walks to a house across the road to find an old woman there named Miss Walker who was more then happy to give her some information about the work site manager who had found the baby. Kate soon finds herself deeply involved in the story when the site manager tells her about where the baby was found and who actually found it.

Emma is a woman who used to live on Howard street with her mother and in one of the apartments where the baby’s body was found. She is known to have mental issues dealing with depression and anxiety and with the story of the baby popping up she seems to be even more on edge. Starting to worry about if her mother had seen the story in the paper or not she phones Jude, her mother, that she has not talked to in ten years to see what she might know, which turns into a reunion, but not a very happy one where  Emma must now go and visit her mother. Once there they start to bring up the past about Will, Jude’s boyfriend at the time, and how she had chosen him or her sending Emma to go and live with her grandmother at the age of sixteen. Will had told Jude it was tough love and it needed to be done.

Kate finds a detective that she is still pretty good friends with at a party for a going away co-worker and they start to talk about the baby’s body being found at the building site. The baby’s body had been buried for thirty to forty years and the detective, Bob Sparks, says he can think of at least three cases where children were taken from their parents but never found but only one of the cases could be the baby that was buried in the ground. It was a case about Alice Irving, a newborn who had been taken from her mother’s hospital room while she went to take a shower and was never found.

Angela Irving had been following up on the baby’s story in the paper just knowing that it had to be her baby, Alice, but she was driving herself sick thinking about and her husband Nick was starting to get tired of her crying and making herself sick from worry about the baby. After so many years of waiting to find out what happened to baby Alice she thought at last she had finally found her poor little girl. When Kate came to her door Angela had been waiting for this day she kept every single piece of newspaper clipping that had anything to do with Alice’s disappearance, but there was no connection as to how baby Alice could end up all the way on Howard street, and Kate had her doubts but Kate urged her to call the Detective to see about getting a DNA test to find out if the baby really is Alice.

Once the DNA had been taken from Angela Irving they would have to wait on the results, but Kate had other plans, she could not just stand around and wait so she and Joe went to go look up names that used to live in the apartments by looking at the electoral voters that had registered at that address. When the DNA test finally came back a few days later it turned out that the baby was a match to Angela and the baby was Alice, she was happy she finally found her child or did she?

 

REVIEW


So I must say this book literally drove me insane I want to know what happened to the baby and who the baby was. Then they tell you who the baby is like 100 pages in but then you have to read through  260 more pages and you’re like what could possibly be in these pages, why am I still reading this. Then you get like two more drama bombs dropped on your head and you’re like well I guess I need to keep reading. Then the whole time I was forcing myself to finish reading the book I figured out the ending on my own before I even finished it so then it was kinda a let down but I was hyped I guessed the right ending.

The last 100 pages I literally threw my book I was so aggravated that this book made me want to finish it because there was so much talking and running around I just wanted to know about the baby. I just wanted to know what happened to the baby, but I still had to read about the drama with Kate and her family, Jude and Emma and Angela and her daughter and husband. Then there was a bunch of crap going on with Kate, her boss and DC Sinclair. I was just going crazy I finally made it to the last 10 pages and I was so done at that point I was just completely finished with this book but still I had to finish it.

Once I did finish it I was kinda feeling like this 360 page book could have been a 200 page book if you would cut out a bunch of the useless crap, like Kate and her son fighting. Is that really a thing that needs to be put in the book? Or Angela and her daughter going to the spa? Like I get that you are trying to make these characters seem like real people and telling about their lives but I mean this book should not be 360 pages long because I wasted a lot of time going around in circles when I could have just went straight to the point. A book should not make you want to stop reading it. I book should make you want to finish it, which I did but only because it was taking so freaking long to get to the point of the book.

The characters in this book are all very bland except of Emma I think. She seems to be the most interesting to me seeing as how she went through all this crap in her life but is still there trying to make the best of things and fighting for the truth. Jude I simply hate, like really how self centered can you be, you stole someone’s baby to force a man to stay with you? Kate seems to be jealous of her son and when he doesn’t do what she wants him to do she throws a fit about it. Angela I just thought was pretty okay she is one character besides Emma who actually grew as a person no longer letting Alice be her entire world and focusing on the two kids that she did have until later of course.

All and all if you like a good mystery book I say give it a try you might like it I cannot say it was a horrible book because I did want to finish it but I think you can skim a couple of pages and still get all the information you need. BUT ONLY read this book if you like mystery or real life books because that is really all there is to this book with a slight hint of drama. I can say I will be putting this book on a shelf and will probably never read it again because I did not enjoy it very much at all.

Next on the Chopping Block!

download.jpgSo here is the order of the next couple of books that will be getting reviews. Hoping to do at least 1 a day!

1. The Child :by Fiona Barton

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As an old house is demolished in a section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn house by house into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

 

 

2. Empire of Storms by: Sarah J Maas

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t. Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin will have to choose what and who to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

 

 

 

 

3. ACO Wings and Ruin by: Sarah J Maas

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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords and hunt for allies in unexpected places along with her now fea Sisters.

 

 

 

 

5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzi Lee

 

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores

 

Here is good luck to me that I complete this list without dying!

 

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The Upside or Downside? Of Unrequited!

The Upside of Unrequited. By: Becky Albertalli

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SUMMARY


 

Mental note before we start Molly has never dated, kissed, or hardly even talked to a guy before she is a heavy set girl although she is not obese she is just curvy as I would call her but to Molly she is fat and unattractive. So she doesn’t do guys she does crushes 27 to be exact. So just keep that in mind while reading the summary!

The story starts out with Molly Peskin-Suso and her twin sister Cassie with their friend Olivia all at a party when they met a girl name Mina and her guy friends named Max and Will. They all leave together to catch the Metro before it closes down when Cassie gets Mina’s number(YES! cassie is gay). The next morning is Molly’s first day of work when Cassie tells her that she and Mina are going to hook Molly and Will up together, which Molly finds to be a devastating idea due to the fact that she does not date guys much less talk to them. Molly arrives to work to find out her co-worker is a guy named Reid and she will be spending a lot of time with him while at work which she at first finds terrifying until she starts to notice Reid is just Reid and she doesn’t really see him as a guy she sees him for who he is. When Mina and Cassie go to call it official and start dating Molly starts to fall behind, while Mina and Cassie are having a blast and Molly is being forced to tag along with them while Will is nice and small talks with Molly, Max on the other hand is just there with his friends.

Once Cassie and Mina start to get more intimate Molly starts to notice the distance with Cassie they always tell each other everything but Cassie wasn’t telling her anything about how her and Mina were doing but she had no time to focus on that right now because Gay marriage was now legal as of today and Molly had a wedding to plan because her two mothers had just announced that they were finally going to get married after waiting years.( Also Molly and Cassie and their little brother Xavier are all donor sperm babies)

Once back at work Molly starts to get closer to Reid and they go to the store together and she starts to notice that she can tell him things she would never tell another boy. She starts to flirt with Reid without realizing it and she even promises him cookie dough, but when Grandma comes down she starts to talk to Molly once again about her weight and how she should try and lose some and not eat so much then maybe she can even get a boyfriend, which only brings up memories of Molly being called fat in seventh and eighth grade. Cassie has yet to give up on the fact that Will and Molly must date each other because it would just be too perfect Mina’s best friend dating Molly, Cassie’s best friend and soon she has roped in Abby(Cassie and Molly’s cousin and best friend) and Oliva to try and talk Molly into giving it a shot.

Molly is back to hanging out with Cassie, Mina and Will but this time there is alcohol and Molly has too much to drink and Olivia takes her home, back at home Cassie has a fight with Nadien(One of her moms) and ends up telling Molly she would rather hang out with Mina than her. At work Molly tells Reid that she thinks he is pretty cool and they end up getting soaking wet in the rain on the way home and just when Molly was about to let herself fall Cassie opened the door to the house and they both left it there.

 SPOILERS BELOW! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE END!!!

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The next day Reid texted Molly to see if she wanted to go to a comic con with him and his friend but she told him no she was going to a party with Cassie and Mina, the party was full of teens with no parents and alcohol, a shady guy was trying to hit on Molly when Will stepped in to save her and said that they were dating after another fight with Cassie and making up the next morning they go to see Olivia who has been dumped by her boyfriend. That is when the girls hatch the plan of a sleep over with Reid, Will, Max, Olivia, and Mina, while at the sleep other Will seems like he is into Molly and clings to her while Reid watches them and the way they act. When Molly wakes up she finds Olivia cuddled up with Reid downstairs under a cover, they say they were just talking but Molly has a feeling there was more there. Not to mention when she arrives at work Olivia is there buying a picture frame and Reid offers to walk her back to Molly’s house and out of spite Molly texts Will to hangout. Molly lets herself fall for once in her life she takes a chance and goes to kiss Will and feel butterflies but she is turned down and Will tells her he just wants to be friends and he knows he acts flirtatious but he didn’t mean to make her think he liked her and she forgave and and moved on. Until she made it home to find Olivia, Mina and Cassie working on her center pieces painting animals on them and her and Cassie have another blowout along with Molly confronting Reid which just upsets them both when Molly refuses to tell Reid how she really feels about him. When everything is broken and she has nowhere else to turn to she calls Abby who helps her find her true self and she comes to terms with the fact that she does like Reid. Finally she texts Reid and tells him that she needs to talk and he comes willingly and tells her that he likes her too and they kiss. Molly’s First actual kiss. Molly now knows that her and her twin must make their own ways now not completely but they each need to let each other go just a little bit to share them with the person they love now.

REVIEW


 

Okay so let me start with the fact that this book is not a book I would normally buy or read at like all but I received it in a book box so I gave it a try and I didn’t totally hate it. In fact I found that I like this book more than I thought I would. Now I am a person who loves fantasy! Why would I want to read a book based on today’s world when I live in it like I read to go to different places and get lost in the magic of other worlds, but this book did give me faith that not all non-fantasy books are a waste of time.

I relate to Molly, I was like Molly in school I had crushes(Not 27 of them) but I had a couple and I was always so worried about my weight and rejection that I would never take a chance, I knew I wasn’t the skinniest girl in school nor was I the heaviest but I was pretty heavy I remember a couple of boys and girls making fun of the stuff I wore so I would keep covered you know always wear a jacket or something it was like my armor it keeps you hidden. There was this one boy who tried his best though and never gave up no matter how many times I shyed away or tried to keep myself hidden he would find me and break though. That boy is still with me and still my best friend and he tells me everyday how beautiful I am even though I think I could still lose some weight and I still try to wear clothes that cover me up.

Now don’t get me wrong this book was boring at the start I put it down at least three times and was like I am not reading this. Then I broke and was like fine i’ll give it a chance and I can say i’m glad I did. If you like books about love and romance along with a quirky girl and crushes this is your cup of tea, but for someone who is all about action and fantasy I would recommend you save your money and check this book out from a library or borrow it from a friend because you will more and likely only read it once unless you fall in love with Molly and Reid.

Molly and Reid are the only reason I fell in love with this book to be honest, I just love how they acted around each other and the way they found love. I could careless about Cassie and Mina or Molly and Will. I also think Will should be shunned from the group like you were not being flirtatious Will you were leading a girl on! I do not care what he says he deserves to be shunned at least for a couple of days. I only kept reading this book because of Molly and Reid if they did not end up together I was going to burn this book.

Cassie and Mina were just so bland and plain, Mina was just a girl with some guy friends who I thought was kinda stuck up in a way telling Reid that his shoes were a turnoff, but maybe i’m reading too much into this. I wish Abby would have been into this a little more I feel like her character could have offered so much more to the story.

All and all there is not a very compelling story and no action at all but I feel like this book is worth a read if you like highschool love triangles with a relatable character. If you love fantasy and action I would say pass it up because there is none of either the most action you will get is two sisters fighting and I can get that at family gatherings, or on reality T.V.

 

The Mask

The light flickers in the distance as the snow danced to the song of the howling wind and the restless trees, the sky was painted in the darkest blue and gray as the moon was fighting to be seen from behind the fortress of clouds that seemed to be unmoving. The wind and snow had already bitten all the warmth from Zuri’s face and was starting to cut through the cotton gloves that she was now cursing because she had chosen the cute cotton and lace over the fur and leather that would have kept her hands warm, why did she always fall for appearance first when it came to making decisions, it was one of her major flaws and she knew it was but she could never seem to overcome this ever losing battle. She could not think about that now she had come all this way for one reason and she could not let herself get cold feet now, she let a small chuckle escape through her shallow and labored breathing due to the fact that she really could not afford to get cold feet because she still had a little more walking to do and at this time of night if she stopped to rest and fell asleep she would surely freeze to death before anyone came close to finding her body when the sun would eventually shower the world with warmth once again.

The Mask she wore was one that nobody else have ever seen or had ever even known about, she had kept it her secret for so long she was beginning to lose herself, her true self. She knew she would have to do this even if she would lose the one person who had meant the world to her, he was the reason she was out here dragging herself through this frozen hell, ” So stupid” she kept repeating the words to herself, this whole idea, she should have just took some sleeping pills and forced herself to fall asleep so just for a few hours she could stop existing, it was all getting too far out of hand she could no longer handle this torture, waking up every morning to a new face. She forgot what it was like to look at her own face did she have freckles or not? What color were her eyes? What did her hair look like? These were the questions she would ask herself every night when she would lay awake staring at the ceiling.

The Mask was something she had just stumbled across at a flea market in a town down by the coast where her grandmother had lived, her grandmother had always warned her about finding things down by the coast she always told her scary stories about the ghost and spirits that haunted the wharf. She would tell her stories of a women who used to seduce men into her home and drink their blood to stay young and when their wives would come looking she would cast a spell on them so they would kill themselves in some of the most painful of ways. She used to love to listen to these stories when she was younger but the older she got the more she thought her grandmother was starting to lose her marbles.

She thought the Mask was so beautiful and mysterious  it was painted black as charcoal with matching feathers around the temples creating a cat eye effect, black lace with glitter was sewn onto the mask with swirls and jewels covering spots where the lace met together, around the eyes black and silver interlocked in a dance that made you look directly into them and the black satin ribbon that was used to tie the mask to you, it was so enticing like it was calling to her promising her that magical things would happen if she did and so she bought the stupid thing.

She had forgotten all about it until the day her grandmother died and she went back to her house to collect some of her stuff from the room she had when she stayed there, she remembered buying it and had never tried it on and once she did she noticed it the change her hair shifted to the color of black itself it was almost purple in certain light, her eyes were blue and gray almost white in a strange way, her skin was pale which she grew tired of due to everyone thinking she was ill all the time, but her lips were always a crimson red no matter how hard she tried to tone them down they always returned to that red and her eyes were always covered with black eyeliner and mascara with a gray and black eyeshadow to match, she thought she looked like a bit gothic but everyone was always drawn to her it was like her looks were more inviting and seductive rather than dark and scary.

She got bored with the fact that no matter what guy she asked out they all said yes and had done whatever she asked until the day she ran into Raiden who seemed to careless about how she looked or what she wanted, they worked together on a book editing project for one of her close friends but her boss had made Raiden tag along and she soon found him to be the worst person in the world until the day they were both going to kill each other, or so she had thought he had back her against the wall of the hotel elevator and she was just about to raise her knee straight into his privates when he crushed his mouth against hers and she lost all of her feeling. It was a kiss that made everything vanish around them, it was a hungry kiss, one that had been building for so long she could not help but let him come back to her room. The next morning he had still been there and told her how crazy she drove him and how much he needed her and surprisingly she felt the same way.

That was why she had to do this she had to tell him the woman that he loved was not her, that the mask she wore was one of lies and once she told him he would find her crazy more and likely but she had to tell him let him see the true her even if she had to wear this mask for the rest of her life and he would never get to see the person she used to be, the one she asked herself about every night she could not lie to him anymore. She was going to tell him and even if he thought she was completely and broke up with her she knew he had the right to know, she would make him see the real her, make him see that she was serious.

 

I think cliffhangers are the best don’t you ❤

 

Come back tomorrow for the rest of the story!