The Lying Game

The Lying Game By:Ruth Ware

 

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Summary


On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog along a beach known as the Reach. The dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be a human bone.

The next morning, three women; Fatima, Thea, and Isa receive a text from Kate, a friend that went to school with them back in Salten, that only said, “I need you.” That was all they needed to hear to come running back to Kate.

The four girls were best friends at Salten boarding school, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, with varying ranges from dangerous to playful. The lies were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The rules of the game are strict no lying to each other ever. But with their lies becoming unraveled before their eyes someone has broken the rule, someone is Lying to everyone in the group. The Lie that has been spun cannot go unanswered this time for someone will surely find out the truth fore the truth has already been spoken to someone outside the group, but who told and who did they tell. What really happened on that night fourteen years ago?

Review


 

First thoughts

So this book already has “Pretty Little Liars” written all over it, four friends coming together all because a human bone is found and they all know something about it. I had already written it off as a copycat in a way, I liked the PLL series so I thought I would just go ahead and read the rest of this book. My expectations while reading this were low very low in fact then I noticed something. The way this story is written there is not a certain answer, like while i’m reading this im solving the mystery in my head and she will give me pieces of information and just when I think I might know who it is, BAM she just kills it with the next chapter. This book is the Lying Game, the story makes you believe in what you’re being told and they spoon fed you little bits of information so you think you are on the right tack to knowing what really happened, then it’s like the lie is busted open and the answer is once again long gone. I love it! I hate when a mystery book gives away so much at like the middle of the book and you solve the case before the end is even near then you must suffer through so much filler just so you can confirm you were right all along. So far that has yet to happen and i’m exactly halfway into this book.

The character are not characters that you grow attached to, but they are real people who act in their own ways, each person has their own personalities. So far the characters are pretty normal story characters, I don’t hate anyone and i’m not attached to anyone either. They are just like a real person though I feel like if I looked these characters up on the internet I would find them, the author put thought into these characters and made them the way they are for a reason that I have not found out yet.

Kate seems to be closed off from the world and scared to leave her house. She seems to be the one character who doesn’t really stick out of the group, she acts like the victim of something the way she runs away from everything.

Thea is like the bodyguard of the group she is a girl that doesn’t take anything from anybody and she’ll shut them up quick, she can be hot headed and fly off the handle at the others, but she is quick to say sorry and protect her friends.

Fatima is the momma bear of the group, she had kids first and is a doctor so I just feel like she has a level head about her, she is not afraid to speak up to the other girls when they need a talking down to, and she is always there for advice, she is the first one to know what to say when no one else does.

Isa seems to be a normal love mother who will go out of her way to make sure her sweet baby is always safe. She tends to get a bit irritated rather quickly when it comes to the other girls, she knows how to bite her tongue in some cases and when to lash out in others.

Final Thoughts

Ruth Ware you beautiful writer you, I loved this book. It drew me so hard that I just kept telling myself one more page then I will stop, but I kept going, just like the story did. I was hooked everything she wanted me to think everything she led be to believe I believed it, I became part of the lying game just like all the other girls they fooled back in the day, I have now been added to their ranks. The book is full of twist and turns that always keep you on your toes, the friends you think are friends are not, the people you think you hate are the ones you love. The ending to the book was one I would never have been able to predict, it was just one that came out of nowhere but it also tied everything together nicely with no questions asked, that is what I loved so much about this book.

The main climax in the book is everything I could ever have asked for and even more, I thought the ending was going to fizzle out when I had about fifty pages left and had uncovered all the secrets but Ruth Ware, this woman knows how to write a mystery book is all I can say, the last part of this book was another joyride on the rollercoaster of life. She even takes the time to literally break down the ending, like the solving part incase you missed any of who did what along the way or who got what wrong, she covered it all, broke it down into a mere two paragraphs if that. If I was confused about anything if I didn’t understand the person point of view or if I got lost in the reasoning of who in the heck they found out who did the thing, no worries because she spelled it out in big bold letters.

I will more and likely read this book again at some point in time if I want to read a thriller/mystery without having to buy a new book. I really enjoyed reading this book and my first thoughts of a Pretty Little Liars spin off have been blown out of the water, and if this book were a series I think I might even like it more.

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Bland & Boring

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue By: Mackenzi Lee

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Summary


Henry “Monty” Montague wakes up in the bed next to his bestfriend Percy after a long night of partying, which seems to be a pretty common thing for them, and today is the day they set out on their year long trip before Percy leaves for school, but before they get to leave they must sit through breakfast with Monty’s family and Percy’s Aunt and Uncle, who are like Percy’s Mother and Father, this is where Monty’s father tells him that this trip he had planned will now be a trip to get sober and sex free and when he returns home he must help his father with business. Along with the fact that he must not come into any sexual contact with a boy on this trip or when he gets back or he will be kicked out of the family for good.

While on the trip in Paris Monty, Percy, and Felicity are forced to go to a ball on behalf of Monty’s father where Monty is introduced to the Duke of Bourbon, they exchange some not so gentlemanly words and both are insulted. Monty finds a woman he wishes to bed and she takes him on a short tour which ends at her apartment which is actually the Duke’s apartment where Monty steals a box from his desk as revenge for the insults, but it is short lived when the Duke walks in on the two and Monty must now run away in nothing but his birthday suit.

After leaving Paris Lockwood agrees to drop Felicity off at school Monty will go home immediately and Percy will continue to Holland alone due to Monty’s actions, but it is cut short when the group is caught by some highwaymen who are looking for something and are willing to kill for it, the kids run into the woods and Lockwood is able to take the carriage. They walk to Marseilles  in hopes to find Lockwood but instead meet a traveling circus which help with a sick percy and hide them from the men trying to kill them. Monty explains the box he stole and two women in the group tell them the box belongs to Mateu Robles a alchemist who studies a pancreas a “cure-all”. Percy, Monty and Felicity decide to take the box back to Mateu in Barcelona, also with hope that he can help cure Percy.

Review


 

First thoughts

At the beginning of the book I thought I was not going to finish this book for two very simple reason, the first is I hate history never liked it and never will, the second is geography also a thing I hate. This book has a lot of both in it ue to the simple fact that it is a book set in Victorian era, now I like books set in different Eras if they have a lot of fantasy but this has none so you can see my problem here, but I still gave it a chance and they also put a map in the front of the book, I’m a weird person who likes a visual of the land is my characters are traveling a lot. Now I am going to tell you all the GOLDEN RULE OF READING 1. You cannot fully judge a book unless you have made it one-third of the way into the book, it’s like someone gave you a mystery candy and unwrap it just look at it then throw it away. You gave it no chance you didn’t even taste it, now if you taste it you will know if you like it, for instance if you don’t like mint and tasted mint you know you would hate it.

So I shoved on further into the book making it about 100 pages the story started to bigger than just some rich kid traveling the continent with friends, now there is a chance of someone being taken away forever, a chance they might all be killed, and a bigger meaning here. There are now stakes and life changing events happening and there is action and drama.

The characters i’m not hooked onto but I am hoping that will change. I think Monty is a spoiled brat and just needs to grow up a little bit and stop acting like everything is all about him, the sister is also a brat and only wants to do what she wants to do, it is she way or no way. Lastly Percy I guess I would have to like him the most he just seems the most down to earth here and takes nothing for granted, he is always the one with his head on his shoulders although he can act like a huge drama queen. I find these characters unattachable, boring, and very plain.

Final Thoughts

The plot in this book is one that takes time to build into, it starts out pretty simple, take a trip around the continent, don’t upset his father, and get Percy to love him a very simple and easy plot to follow is it not? Well that is what I also thought  but then it is like the camera zooms out and not only are we seeing just a flower but a flower in a whole field of flowers. Now they must travel to Barcelona to return a key to a man who maybe can fix Percy while running from a Duke who wants to kill them, then it develops even more into a betrayal by someone they thought they could trust, being taken hostage once again and still trying to help Percy all before they must go home. I will say the plot once you make it to about page 250 really picks up and is worth taking the time to read.

The characters in this book are still ones that I just do not fall in love with they aren’t real people to me they are just characters in a book, simple and plain. Monty is the only one that you really get to see evolve as a real person, he is the only one who learns from his mistakes and finds his true self the one he has been hiding throughout the book. I feel something for this character when I read about what his father did to him and all the pain he had to take just because he is who he is and he cannot help who he fancies.

Now for a book about the Victorian Era and Europe, I think this is a very good book, I was not bored to death while reading it even though it did take a little while to take off from the start. The ending was quite an okay ending I think it wrapped the book up well how everything played out and it was climactic but also flowed well with the rest of the book.

All in all these book was neither great nor terrible, I think maybe if I could relate to the characters a little more then maybe it would have been a better book. The plot and the story was very well put together but the characters I just found a little dull and not to my liking. This book is just an okay book, I might lend it to a friend or just put it up and maybe in a couple of years venture across it again or maybe not, it just didn’t make me love it.

I will say if you like books about different time periods and history, and queer love( as the author uses the term for her book) then I would say give this book a try.

 

Next Week Reviews

1. They Lying Game By: Ruth Ware

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The text message is just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.
Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cozy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, after what they did.
At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

2. Little & Lion By: Brandy Colbert

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When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse

 

 

3. The Woman in Cabin 10 By: Ruth Ware

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In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

4. A Million Junes By: Emily Henry

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For as long as Jack “June” O’Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides—quite literally—with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has known is thrown into chaos.
Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June—an O’Donnell to her core—never questioned her late father’s deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O’Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, but for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them. As Saul and June’s connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. Now June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored, and she must decide whether it’s finally time for her, and all the O’Donnells before her, to let go.

 

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A Court of Disapointment and Clifhangers

A Court of Wings and Ruin. By: Sarah J. Mass

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SUMMARY


Alright, buckle up ladies and gentleman because we have a lot to weather here, no really we are about to go through all four season of the high courts.

Ferye is back in the spring court pretending that everything is fine and happy just as it had been before Amarantha, she is eating, laughing and even painting again, however she is making the spring court a living nightmare. Ianthe tries to pull one over on Feyre telling her and Lucien how she thought they wanted Nesta and Elain to be fey like them, Feyre bits her tongue as does Lucien but she harbors her hate deep down waiting for the perfect moment to strike. While in the spring court the king of Hybern sends his niece(Brannagh) and nephew(Dagdan) who are twins, along with Jurian, to keep Tamlin company while also trying to bring down the wall. Ferye has been causing major problems for Tamlin and Ianthe, she makes Tamlin question Lucien and Feyre’s relationship, all his guards turn against him along with his people. One the last visit to the wall with Lucien, Jurian, Brannagh, and Dagdan, Feyre has decided to return home now that Tamlin’s court is in complete shambles and is ready to fall at any given moment, but along the way she finds Lucien, who then decides to come with Feyre to find Elain.

Feyre is poisoned by faebane so she cannot winnow like she had planned to do instead Lucien winnows them as far as he can but they must now trek through the Autumn Court, Home to Lucien’s family who would much rather see him dead than in their court. After a few days of traveling they are intercepted by Lucien’s brothers, one of whom is Eris(Oh yes the evil man himself, get ready it’s about to get good!) They fight against the brothers and are able to get away from them and they chose to settle in a cave on the mountains that hold the border of the Winter Court, here Feyre tells Lucien about her sister Elain. The next day they enter the Winter Court but are again found by Lucien’s brothers. However Cassian and Azriel arrive and take them to the night court.

Once Rhysand returns to Velaris, after being on the human side of the wall gathering information, him and Feyre reunite with each other and he agrees to take in Lucien but only after all three males threaten his life if he makes any mistakes. Feyre then goes to the house of wind to visit her sisters accompanied by Lucien and Cassian, she find Nesta in the library and discovers something strange and ancient rest inside her sister, she also finds out her and Cassian have been doing nothing but fighting daily. She then visits Elain’s room to find her heartbroken and wanting to return to her human love Graysen as they were to be married in a week.

The Inner Circle decides to host a meeting with all the High Lords of all the courts(yes this includes Tamlin and the Autumn court) to seek help and to band together to fight in this war. They also decided to seek help of a mortal queen, one the other sisters had cursed and sold to a man who adores beautiful women, but she is hidden somewhere on the human side of the wall and after a heated debate about who would go Lucien offers to go on the journey to keep his mind off of Elain, who still rejects his love. Amren is still trying to translate the Book of Breathings, and later begins training Nesta to use the magic she had stolen from the cauldron. While Feyre trains with Cassian to help improve her fighting and Azriel to help show her how to fly.

The meeting then takes place in the Dawn Court as Thesan agreed to. Thesan high lord of Dawn is accompanied by his captain of guard and lover. Helion high lord of Day with a few of his guards, followed by Kallias high lord of Winter and his mate Viviane who is Mor’s best friend. Next to appear is Tarquin high lord of summer with Varian and Cresseida, lastly in comes Beron high lord of Autumn with his wife and sons and right before they call the meeting to start Tamlin comes in by himself. Maybe they can stay civil long enough to prepare for the war that is to come and not kill each other.

Review


My first thoughts reading this book were how and the heck am I going to be able to get through so many pages of Feyre being with Tamlin! I was so hyped for this book I forgot I would have to suffer through that horrible event, but it wasn’t very horrible at all to be honest. I loved everything Feyre was doing to Ianthe and the evil Hybern twins, I was begging her to let Lucian slap Ianthe for what she did to the sisters talking about ” I thought you wanted to make them Fae,” she knows that is total bull. I must say though I think what Feyre did to Tamlin is a little bit wrong okay. I said it. I did, kill me know, but I mean he did it out of love. He feels the love for her that she feels for Rhys now you tell me Feyre would not go through what Tamlin went through to get Rhys back because I think she would. Maybe not as far as using her sisters but I mean everything else he did yes. He thought what he was doing was right and I get that it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies but he was trying. After a girl you love dies then comes back to life then wants to go back out into danger and is also forced to go see a Evil Night court guy (because that is how the rest of the courts see Rhys) I think I can see where I would try and keep her safe and protected.

I had such a hard time putting this book down throughout the middle of the book. I just wanted to make it to the ending I had so many questions that needed to be answered. There was so much character growth in this book that I just fell in love with everyone all over again. You get to see a new side of the people you thought you knew, secrets are exposed and there is such so much GOD I’m getting excited just thinking about it. The sisters are my favorite part I must admit, at first Nesta I hated she was so ungrateful mistreating my poor Cassian I wanted to smack her around, and poor Elain I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay, and the one person who she seems to connect with I was shocked at how different someone can act when around another person, Elain literally brings the good out in everyone.

Now this is where it gets ugly because the ending was a let down for me. All my questions I still have no answers to. Like everything this book had built up every single detail that I was so hyped to find out, after reading 707 FREAKING PAGES!! I still got no answers. I was so mad when I finished this book I wanted to scream. The Golden queen, what happens to her? Lucian and Elain? The Humans? The Fae? Tamlin? Just everything about this ending sucked for me! Then at the end we get a spin off book which people are saying will be from the point of view of one of the characters now but we have no for sure yet. So all these things you have rattling around in your head you might never get an answer. I feel like the ending was just not a good one, the book built up so much hype throughout it just to sizzle out in the end.

Another thing Rhys being all Night court primal male turns into Feyre’s lap dog. Like the dark sweet Rhys we fell in love with is gone and it’s just Rhys taking orders from Feyre and love Feyre, I was just so over Rhys and Feyre halfway through the book, It broke my heart a little to say that, The Rhys I fell in love with in the second book the strong alpha male who was like the back bone of everyone and was always protecting his family with his swagger of cockiness is just gone, so get ready for that.

I loved the series, I do I loved that start of this book but the ending it was a big let down. I think that the second book is still the best book out of all three, but this book is worth a read just don’t get all fully hyped about it unless you just like it for the story and the love then yeah you won’t care about the ending but I am invested in this book I sunk the time into loving this book. I grown attached to these characters that I need to know what happens to them I don’t want another cliff hanger and wait another year for a book that might or might not answer the questions that you will be asking yourself if your are also invested into it.

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.