Top 5 Wednesday #T5WFamily

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Hey guys it’s that time of week again. & honestly I thought last week’s was hard. This is a lot harder.

The topic this week is Top 5 Siblings :

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#5 The two siblings are Sadie & Saskia from the Doppleganger Chronicles by G.P. Taylor. These two sisters were fun to read about & I really liked how they were always there for each other & if something happened to the other one they would do their best to find each other.

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#4 The three siblings are Violet, Klaus, & Sunny Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). I’ve read the first three books & I just love these siblings the way they interact with each other & are always there for one another.  I think out of the three Sunny is my favourite she brings the comedy to the bunch.

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#3 The twin siblings Elisha & Elijah from the Veritas Project by Frank Peretti these twins are dynamic & quite funny they also stick up for one another & always have each other’s backs & I really enjoyed reading about the two of them.

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#2 features the twelve sisters from Entwined by Heather Dixon, I loved these sisters. They are absolutely hilarious & they all have their own personalities that are so different but they’re great together & as well they all have a  way of bringing dynamic to the story as well as comedy.

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#1 Katniss & Primrose Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Well the whole story revolves around Katniss sacrificing herself for her sister Primrose & let me just say their relationship pulls at your heartstrings. What they have is very special & the way Katniss cares for Primrose & wants to protect her & the way Primrose looks up to Katniss is so sweet.

Well guys that’s it for this week, check back every Wednesday for more post like these.

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Happy Reading

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Alisha

Top 5 Wednesday #T5WFamily

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Hey everyone, welcome to a new series on my blog called Top 5 Wednesday. Every Wednesday I will be posting my top 5 of whatever topic is chosen for that day. This tag was created by gingerreadslainey on Youtube -> https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey . There is also a Goodreads group if you want to join in on the fun -> https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday . This is for anyone who has a Youtube channel or a blog. At the bottom of the post I will be posting the list of all the people a part of it so you can go check them out. Also on Twitter the hashtag is #T5WFamily in my title above. Let’s get to it.

The topic for today is Top 5 Book Quotes:

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#5 comes from the Fault in Our Stars by John Green & it says, “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”  I love this quote I actually had read the quote before the book & I fell in love with it. I love stars & everything like that & I just thought it was a cool way to describe when your thoughts are a mess.

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#4 comes from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & it says, “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” I don’t even know why, but I just love this quote. It’s probably because of the story & just the meaning it holds.

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#3 comes from the Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson & it says, ” For us mortals, love is greater than justice.” I really like this quote, it kind of shows what makes people human.

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#2 comes from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle it says, “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet for yourself.” I love this quote. It’s just a reminder that in life we’re given things & we have to choose what we’re going to do, or how we’re going to respond to those things.

#1 comes from probably my favourite book of all time The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien it says, “Where there’s life there’s hope.” This is my favourite quote because sometimes we find ourselves hopeless, but as long as we’re breathing there’s always hope, always something to look forward to.

Well guys those were my Top 5 Book Quotes I hope you enjoyed them. Check back every Wednesday for more Top 5 Wednesday posts.

Happy Reading!

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P.S. Here’s the link to all of the Top 5 Wednesday-ers.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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marissa_meyer_3Hey Everyone, I’ve been absent for far to long & that’s going to change. I’m going to be bringing a weekly post on Wednesday’s called Top 5 Wednesday so there’s more activity on my blog. Anyways super excited about this book!

This book is also available as an audio book from Macmillan Audio. Here’s a sample of the first chapter just for you guys!

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Synopsis:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Thoughts:

Okay, so this is the 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, & let me just say this series is one of my all time favourites. The first two books are Cinder & Scarlet. These books are fairytale retellings now when I say that I say it very loosely. They take parts of the story & stay true to them, but there’s a whole lot of other stuff that goes on with them. Now on to my thoughts on this book. Amazing! Each book gets better & better if that’s even possible. I loved the new character she brought such a different dynamic to the story. The other characters are really enjoyable & the plot is fast paced & will keep you wanting to read. I just don’t really know what to say. It was so good & I can’t believe I have to wait another year for the conclusion. & another thing I heavily enjoy & appreciate is the cleanliness of these books. Great job Marissa Meyer. I would recommend these book to anyone who loves YA, Fairytales, & just a fun fast paced read.

Content Guide:

Violence *** (There’s a war that’s on the brink of erupting, knocking people unconscious, shootings that leaving their mark, 2 characters at 2 different times being kidnapped one being thrown into the back of a van, another being shot with a tranquilizer & being hauled onto a ship, some side characters being shot with tranquillizers, mention of 2 characters jumping off a building, one character being driven crazy by a certain gift & then proceeding to jump off a building to her death, another character being tortured for information her pinky & some fingers are taken off with an axe (non descriptive), the same character has a dream of cutting a wolf in half & the blood splattering all over her, a character seen stitching up a wound, a disease that causes bruises all over the victim’s bodies, they begin to die if not treated, a character has this disease & begins banging on a window while isolated in a room & blood begins to smear on the window & the character soon after dies, a character who is not using her “gift” ends up making her go insane & she sees blood on the wall of her home.)

Drugs/Alcohol: None

Inappropriate Language: Mention of cursing

Magic/Spells: *(There are people who live on the Moon called Lunars & they have special abilities, they can pull up a glamour that changes their appearance to other people, & they can control other people with their minds due to bioelectricty around them.)

My Overall Score:

five-stars

Happy Reading

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Alisha

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

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Hello everyone, yes, I’ve been absent for a while but I promise you that’s going to be fixed I have some ideas for the blog up my sleeve so you might be getting 2 posts this week & I would love some feedback on the blog :)

Synopsis:

Come and mend your broken hearts here.

Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her — beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing — it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I had never heard of this fairytale before. I’m pretty sure it comes from the brother’s Grimm that being said it is quite dark, but nonetheless very enjoyable. I loved Princess Azalea & all her sisters. There were literally times when I read the book aloud to my family & we all started laughing because of the shenanigans the younger sisters liked to play on all the guests. The story was fast paced & really easy to read. There was also a lot about dancing , so if you’re into dancing you would love the detail the author went into to describe each dance. I really loved this book & I’ve already recommend it to a friend.  I will say on Goodreads they have a recommended age & it’s 13 & up because the story has some dark elements. Though I would recommend this book to anybody who loves fairytales, romance, & some suspense.

Content Guide:

Violence *** (Our main character is threatened by Keeper on many occasions in the book, there’s a scene where there are dancers all around her & she gets pushed to the ground & there’s a nasty cut on her face, there’s also another scene where Keeper does the Entwine dance with her & pulls the scarf so tightly around her wrists that they leave big welts on her wrists. There is also a point in the book where Keeper wants to kill someone & has a pistol & ends up shooting the character & there’s a lot of blood)

Drugs/Alcohol: None

Inappropriate Language: None

Sexual Content * (There’s suitors that come & if they can figure out the riddle they can marry Princess Azalea, two suitors who are interested in two of the younger sisters Clover & Bramble, nothing but kissing)

Magic/Spells ***** (This whole story centres around magic. The high King D’Eathe was a very nasty man who had magicked the castle during his reign & he was also a very evil King. He did things like trap people’s souls in mirrors until they died. There is also a mention of a blood oath that took place (& the rumour was that it was the blood of his lover who had died) that said until he killed a specific person he couldn’t die. There was also a story Princess Azalea brings to mind about a girl who died in the castle, who’s mouth was stitched shut & her hands had been removed so she had to crawl around the castle. Princess Azalea also sees her Mom with her mouth stitched shut which obviously is a pretty disturbing image for her. There’s a tea set that’s magic & a magic passageway within the house that leads them to a magical place. At one point pretty much the whole castle gets re-magicked & then at the end the magic is taken away & the high King D’Eathe is destroyed. )

My Overall Score:

five-stars

Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner Book 1: Starbound Series

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I was not a huge fan of this book, see reasons why below.

Synopsis:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

My Thoughts:

Okay so I don’t even know where to start. First & foremost I had been following this book for quite a while, it’s a new book it came out in December & I was actually close to pre-ordering it & I’m glad I didn’t. I was drawn to this book because of the absolutely beautiful cover, & because I’m obsessed with space & the synopsis intrigued me. But all that being said I wasn’t a huge fan. They were literally in space for maybe a chapter or two & then they crash land on a planet, you’re loosely introduced to the characters, & there’s no world building at all, none whatsoever. So I really didn’t like that at all. & then for literally half the book nothing happens they’re just wandering around on this planet. It’s pretty unexciting & the characters I found pretty annoying there was instalove, they talked for like a minute & our male lead was all of a sudden drawn to her, overall I didn’t enjoy this book & I’m not a fan & won’t be continuing with this series. It really wasn’t worth the time in my opinion. I wouldn’t recommend this book unless you feel like the content below is alright with you.

Content Guide:

Violence *** (A space ship crash lands onto a planet, there’s a lot of panic when that happens, a giant tiger type animal goes after Lilac & Tarver ends up killing it, they find a ship with 5 dead passengers on it, & later on they find the Icarus & about 50,000 people died on the ship, there’s also a scene where Lilac falls into a part of the ship where there are dead people, & they describe it as a rotting meat locker)

Drugs/Alcohol * (Mention of people drinking, & Tarver asking Lilac if he could buy her a drink)

Inappropriate Language *** (1 b**ch, 7 d**n, 5 d**ned, 2 G**d**ned, 27 h*ll, 12 G*d, 1G*dd**nit)

Sexual Content **** (Mention of a side character spending more nights in someone else’s room than her own, another side character mentions that Tarver is delicious & then asks if Lilac noticed how well he filled out his uniform, & continuing to say he’s not for you, but maybe I should look up his cabin number. Tarver mentioned how he’d pause to admire some women showing off their unlimited sleep ware budgets, Tarver’s character describes how there’s a tempting view down the front of Lilac’s dress, but he can practically hear her snapping at him like she had before, there’s quite a lot of kissing, & there’s a scene that implies a sexual encounter, then after mentioning how a fire makes it easier to sleep without clothes, Lilac mentions how when Tarver kisses her a certain way it usually leads to him taking a piece of her clothing off, Tarver thinks to himself how if Lilac wanted to distract him she could just take her shirt off, & there’s mention of how they’re bed was scattered around due to the night before)

Magic/Spells ** (There’s these whisperings that keep talking to Lilac at first & then showing her visions, it then ends up passing onto Tarver as well, we then realize later on in the book that they are Energy Beings that have been trapped between earth & their planet so they can’t come to them in proper form)

My Overall Score:

2-5-stars

Happy Reading :)

Alisha

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Hey Everyone,

This book is such a goodie!

Synopsis:

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

My Thoughts:

Okay this book is just amazing! It’s everything great when it comes to reading. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book because the topic is pretty heavy, but honestly well done R.J. Palacio. I think everyone should read this book. It teaches on how you should be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what other people think & it also shows that’s it’s okay to have moments (because we all know we have moments). It also teaches that others should not judge anyone by the way they look & in fact get to know someone before you do.  It also addresses a big problem today which is bullying in a way that’s relatable to kids going through school & how no matter what it’s not okay. I loved this book! It was enjoyable & you really do fall in love with the main character Auggie. I would recommend this book to anyone you will not be disappointed.

Content Guide:

Violence * (School boys fighting, shoving, & punching, one character punches a bully in the face)

Drugs/Alcohol: * (Mention of some seventh graders having cigarettes)

Inappropriate Language: None

Sexual Content: * (Mention that a character’s sister is hot, mentioning that a fellow student is hot, main character’s older sister has a boyfriend they kiss, a side character also having a boyfriend)

Magic/Spells: None

My Overall Score:

five-stars

Book Review: Taylor Davis & the Flame of Findul by Michelle Isenhoff Book 1: The Taylor Davis Series

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Hey Everyone,

I was contacted by the author of this book to give an honest review of the book.

Synopsis:

Against his will, Taylor Davis has been sucked into a supernatural world of angels and their adversaries. There, he learns the Flame of Findul-the sword that guards the Tree of Life-has been allowed to burn out. The only way to avoid disaster is to relight it in the forge of Findul the firesmith. Taylor and three teammates have been assigned to this mission, but a formidable enemy, one who has eaten of the Tree, stands in their way.

My Thoughts:

This book was really enjoyable. It had me literally laughing out loud at certain points, & sitting at the edge of my seat with anticipation of what was going to happen next. The characters in this book are very likeable & the storyline will keep you reading. I loved how the main character Taylor Davis even though he was called felt completely inadequate to accomplish what he was called to do, I mean how many times do we feel like that as people, but then reassurance comes along showing us that we’re called & we can accomplish the task at hand. It was really cool to see something like that within the storyline, especially since this is aimed towards Middle Grade readers, who I’m sure feel like this a lot. I loved this book, it was fun, adventurous, & action packed. I think this is something my 13 year old brother would love, as well as some of my cousins. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys Middle Grade, Fantasy, & Action & Adventure.

Content Guide:

Violence ** (Fighting supernatural monsters with weapons such as swords, bow & arrows; a sword fight with a spirit being)

Drugs/Alcohol: None

Inappropriate Language: None

Sexual Content: * (Mention of liking someone, two kids hoping to be in a relationship, thoughts given to a girl saying how she looks attractive)

Magic/Spells * ( This book is about angels, so there’s a huge supernatural element to this book with certain monsters, & a person who can’t die)

My Overall Score:

five-stars

Happy Reading :)

Alisha

Bout of Books 9.0 Read-A-Thon

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you know about a read-a-thon I’m going to be participating in & thought that you may be interested. If so go sign up at http://boutofbooks.blogspot.dk/2013/12/bout-of-books-90-sign-up.html

About:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

This is really exciting & I love participating in these types of things & I thought why not share it. Let’s have some fun!

Happy Reading!

Alisha :)

Book Review: The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

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Hey Everyone,

This book was so good, I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

Synopsis:

An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf’s bailiff—a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff’s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf’s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

My Thoughts:

This books is a fairytale retelling of Beauty & the Beast & I really think Melanie did a great job in retelling it. When I first started this book I couldn’t get into it & I thought here we go it’s just going to be another boring fairytale retelling, but she’s developing the characters/story & once you really get into it, it’s so good. I loved the message of this book which is forgiveness, God working things out for the good of those who love Him, & love. It was such a great story with lots of drama, suspense, & the perfect ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian Fiction, Romance, & Fairytales.

Content Guide:

Violence: *** (Character grabs at our main character Annabel threatens to hurt her & do things to her, he ends up pushing her down the stairs & she almost gets run over, there’s a scene where the same character grabs Annabel & drags her into the forest and grabs her arms, covers her mouth & pushes her to the ground holding her there, Annabel tries to defend herself by bringing out a knife which the attacker ends up getting a hold of, another character swoops in to try & help Annabel &  throws a rock at him which ends up hitting him in the head & knocking him unconscious. The towns people get upset at Lord Ranulf & come to kill him with spears, crossbows, & torches. There’s a scene where a barn is caught on fire & Lord Ranulf’s hand is badly burnt. A character dies but in a non violent way.)

Drugs/Alcohol: * (The characters drink ale, & it’s mentioned of servants serving ale on many occasions)

Inappropriate Language: None

Sexual Content: ** (Our main character Annabel is threatened on a few occasions & it’s implied that the person threatening her wants to do certain things to her, a servant accuses Lord Ranulf of bedding her & asks him if he would allow her to come to bed with him, some kissing & talk of marriage & children)

Magic/Spells: * ( The towns people believe Lord Ranulf has a curse on him & that he’s brought the curse to the town due to all the misfortune that befalls them)

My Overall Score:

five-stars

Happy Reading!

Alisha :)

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Hello everyone,

This pains me to have to write this review but it is what it is.

Synopsis:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

My Thoughts:

Okay, so this book for me is very disappointing. I received it as a Christmas gift from my two wonderful brothers & normally I do quite a bit of research before purchasing a book, but because this has since been made into a movie and is pretty clean & it having won an award I really didn’t think it’d be a problem. The story is very well written & very interesting. I really love historical fiction but the amount of language for me which you will see below in my content guide was just to much. I stopped reading this book about 100 pages in because I did some research & found that the language was just to much for me. Aside from the language I was truly enjoying the book & I’m very sad to have to put it down.

Content Guide:

Violence: (This is based on what I had read) ** (Our main character Liesel gets into a fight at school where she punches to boys and gives them black eyes and bloody noses, there’s another character Max that talks about loving fighting when he was younger and there’s mention of his fights growing up, there’s also mention of harassment against Jews, calling them names, painting things on their doors, & their business being forced to shut down.)

Drugs/Alcohol: * (Hans Hubberman smokes & rolls his own cigarettes as well as he gets his daughter Liesel to help him roll them, as well as he sells them on the occasion.)

Inappropriate Language: **** Moderate ( 6 d**n,  20 h*ll, 4 b*st**d, 9 a**/a**h*le[ from what I read I'm sure there's more because they say it in German as well], 13 Je*** , Mary, and Joseph, 2 Je***,  1 Je*** Chr**t,  11 Chr**t, 7 sh*t)

Sexual Content: * (Main character’s friend teases about winning a bet and kissing her if he does)

Magic/Spells: None

My Overall Score:

1 star