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Paradise Lost (Private Series #9)

Paradise Lost (Private Series #9)

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by Kate Brian, Julian Peploe (From an Idea by), Andrea C. Uva (Designed by)

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Paradise awaits....

Now that Cheyenne's murderer has been revealed and Reed knows the truth about who's been stalking her, she's ready to leave the heartache and turmoil of last semester behind. And what better way to recover than a five-star Caribbean vacation?

Reed is reunited with former Billings Girls Kiran and Taylor, and she and her


Paradise awaits....

Now that Cheyenne's murderer has been revealed and Reed knows the truth about who's been stalking her, she's ready to leave the heartache and turmoil of last semester behind. And what better way to recover than a five-star Caribbean vacation?

Reed is reunited with former Billings Girls Kiran and Taylor, and she and her friends take over the exclusive island. They spend their days tanning on white-sand beaches and their nights partying on sixty-foot yachts.

It's heaven on earth.

But as they raise their champagne flutes to toast their friendship, Reed worries that it's all too good to be true. Because even in paradise, the Billings Girls are never far from trouble -- and nothing's more dangerous than the calm before the storm....

Editorial Reviews

With the solving of Cheyenne's murder, Reed is due for a break. Still grieving for her departed friend and recovering from her own physical and emotional injuries, she leaves with Noelle on a winter break getaway for much-deserved rest and recreation. Joined by Kiran Hayes and Taylor Bell, she hopes to spend a few weeks of relative peace; but considering the girls' previous histories, can that be really possible?

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Kate Brian's Private Series , #9
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5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Paradise Lost


Not happening. This was not happening.

I walked down the hall of the ICU at Edward Billings Memorial Hospital, trying to look as if I belonged there. Holding my coat closed tightly over my now ridiculous-seeming gold minidress and trying to make the nurses and doctors believe I knew where I was going. But I didn’t. I didn’t know where I was going, or where I was, or how I’d gotten there. I had never navigated these sterile halls, never had to visit this cold, ominous place with its grim-faced orderlies and somber lighting. The one thing I knew was that this could not be happening.

In my mind’s eye, all I could see was the blood. I had woken up on the floor of the solarium in Mitchell Hall, the back of my head throbbing with pain. Noelle had been hosting a preparty there for Kiran Hayes’s birthday fête in Boston, and I had gone to confront Sabine DuLac about her relationship with Ariana Osgood. She had pulled a gun on me, I had blacked out, and when I’d come to, I had seen Josh’s prone body, his face pressed into the hardwood floor. And blood. Blood everywhere. The scream that had escaped my throat had sounded otherworldly, like something out of a science fiction film. Like nothing that could have come from my own throat. That was when Sabine had realized the bullet had missed me. Even though the gun was gone, even though Trey Prescott and Gage Coolidge were holding her back, she had made one final lunge, intent on strangling me or clawing my hair out—hurting me in whatever way possible. I had thrown myself backward in fear and had bumped into something hard. A second body. Dark hair had been splayed everywhere, arms bent at unnatural angles. Another scream, and after that, everything had become a blur.

The shouting as the police had hauled off Sabine. The Pemberly girl who, splattered with blood, had fainted dead away. The flashing lights of the ambulance. The EMTs shouting for us to stay back as they’d sorted out who was hit and who was unconscious and who might be . . . dead.

Now an orderly shoved a meal cart out of a room and right into my path. I was so startled that my hand flew to my heart. My knees felt like they could collapse at any second. I pressed my other palm against the wall to steady myself, my fingers landing just above a gold plate with a room number printed on it: 4005. Which meant that the next room was 4007. The room I was looking for. The room I dreaded.

Deep breath, Reed. You can do this. You have to do this.

I closed my eyes for a moment. This wasn’t about me. Yes, Sabine had tried to kill me. Yes, the person who, all semester long, I had thought was my best friend had turned out to be a raving homicidal lunatic stalker. Yes, I had spent months living in the same room with a girl who had then tortured me and drugged me and sent out a lewd video of me to the entire Easton Academy community. That was all about me. And I could deal with all of that later.

But right now. This. This was not about me.

I took that deep breath and stepped tentatively into room 4007.

Josh’s eyes instantly met mine, whisking the breath right out of me. I was aware of the machines—the beeping of the heart monitor, the strange twitching lines on the screen, the dripping IV. But for a moment, just one moment, all I could see were those eyes. The relief, the anguish, the longing, the fear. Everything I felt was right there in his eyes. He knew. He understood. But then he broke eye contact, and I dropped back to reality.

Reality, where Ivy Slade lay on a hospital bed, unconscious and pale, her eyelids appearing purple under the fluorescent lights. Tubes and wires and sensors were stuck to her temples and wrists, and her black hair was shoved back from her face in a haphazard, unparted way that she would have loathed if she could have seen it. The white hospital sheets were tightly tucked in all around her, giving her the look of a half-wrapped mummy. Only her arms were free, and Josh was holding her hand. Her delicate, seemingly lifeless hand. My throat went completely dry.

Why hadn’t she stayed outside like the police had told her to do? Why had she run back into the solarium? In all the panic, I hadn’t even realized that she had come up behind me. She didn’t have to be there. Didn’t have to come with me to confront Sabine. I had even told her not to come along, but she obviously was worried about me in my one-track state of mind. That track being the express train to confrontation with a homicidal maniac.

It was my fault that she was here. All my fault.

“Is she going to be okay?” I whispered.

Please say yes. Please, please say yes. I wasn’t sure I could handle another death. Another funeral. Another good-bye. I wasn’t sure if any of us could handle it.

“They think so,” Josh replied. He looked hopefully over at her. “The bullet went through her upper shoulder and just missed her lung. If it had been half an inch lower . . . She lost a lot of blood, though, which is why she’s unconscious right now. But yeah, they expect her to make a full recovery.”

My eyes misted over as a crushing weight was lifted from my shoulders. She was going to be okay. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Ivy and I had just started to become friends. If it weren’t for her, I may have never figured out that it was Sabine who was after me. That Sabine was the person who had killed Cheyenne Martin and had tried to make me believe it was my fault.

If it weren’t for Ivy, I might have gone to Kiran’s party with Sabine and ended up shot dead in an alley in Boston somewhere. Who knew what the details of the girl’s plan had been? It seemed that, as long as it had ended with me dead, Sabine would have deemed it a success.

Josh placed Ivy’s hand on the bed next to her hip and slowly got up to usher me out the door. As we left the room, I turned to him, prepared to be a good friend—a supportive friend and nothing more. To ask the right questions. The questions that Noelle Lange and Rose Sakowitz and all the other people down in the waiting room wanted me to ask. But before I could even open my mouth, I was in his arms.

“I thought she was going to kill you,” he said breathlessly.

Surprised tears jumped to my eyes. I savored the familiar strength of his arms, the crisp scent of his shampoo. I clung to him, gripping the smooth fabric of his oxford shirt like it was a life vest and I was about to go under.

“I can’t believe what you did,” I said as a tear spilled down my cheek. “Lunging for the gun like that . . .” I forced myself to pull back so I could look into his eyes. “When you hit the floor, I thought you were dead.”

Josh placed his hands on either side of my face and looked at me as if he was trying to reassure himself that I was actually there. “I didn’t even think. You were frozen, and there was a gun pointing at you, and I . . . I didn’t even think. It was either throw you down or go for the gun, and I guess I was closer to the gun, so . . . I just did it.”

“You saved my life,” I said, a sob choking my throat.

He moved his hands to cup my shoulders and touched his forehead to mine, blowing out a sigh. “You’re okay. You’re okay,” he said. “Thank God you’re okay.”

Just like that, my heart filled with bubbles of joy. Josh still loved me. He loved me so much that he couldn’t stop touching me. He loved me so much he had put himself in harm’s way to save me. Josh loved me. I felt so high, I could have floated right out the hospital window.

But then, reality. Like a lasso around my ankle, reality once again slammed me back down to the ground. Because Josh’s attempt to save my life had resulted in Ivy’s current state. He had knocked the gun just as it had gone off. Knocked it so that the bullet had passed me by . . . and had hit Ivy right in the chest.

In trying to save me, his ex-girlfriend, Josh had put his current girlfriend in the hospital.

We both looked over at Ivy’s room. I knew that Josh was thinking exactly what I was thinking, that Ivy didn’t deserve this. He let his hands slip from my shoulders, and he stepped away. Suddenly, I was freezing. For the first time, I noticed the bloodstains on the front of his shirt. On his hands. Under his fingernails. Ivy’s blood. It was everywhere.

“What happened to Sabine?” he asked flatly, as we started walking back to the waiting room.

“They arrested her,” I told him. “Pretty much everyone heard her confess, so . . .”

“I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this is happening.”

Josh pressed the heels of his hands into his eyes. I knew the feeling. It was all so overwhelming that it was hard to decide which part to try to sort out first. Cheyenne’s pointless murder, Ivy’s pointless injury, or the fact that Sabine was Ariana’s sister and, apparently, had come to Easton for the sole purpose of torturing me. How were we supposed to deal with that?

And then, of course, there was the issue of us. The “us” that now included three: me, Josh, and Ivy.

“So . . . now we just . . . ,” I trailed off. I knew Josh well enough to know that he always did the right thing. And the right thing at this moment did not include me.

We turned the corner and stopped down the hall from the waiting room. Josh leaned against the cinderblock wall. He looked miserable. Tired and gaunt and haunted. He raised his hands to his face again, making a little tent around his nose and mouth. For a moment, neither of us breathed. Then he dropped his hands, as if resolved, and looked at me. The emotion was gone. In its place was an expressionless wall.

“I have to stay with Ivy,” he said firmly. “I have to know she’s okay. She’s going to need . . . someone.”

My heart contracted painfully, and I allowed myself one moment of selfishness. One. But what about me? I thought. And then I let it go. Because he was right. Ivy needed him more than I did. Yes, I had been through a lot this semester. We both had. Cheyenne’s murder, our breakup, my falling-out with Noelle, and the constant feeling that someone was stalking me. All the heartache and paranoia had been because of Sabine. It had all been part of her little “torture Reed for hurting Ariana” plan.

I wished that Josh and I could have talked through all of this right then. That we could have sat together and figured out what it all meant. But at that moment, it all meant nothing. Because he cared for Ivy and, as much pain as I was in, Ivy needed him more.

I glanced over my shoulder toward the waiting room. I saw Noelle hovering, watching me expectantly. We hadn’t even had a conversation yet. Hadn’t cleared the air after our massive breakup and her kicking me out of Billings. But she had made a peace offering—she’d invited me to the party tonight—and after everything we’d been through in the past few hours, I knew that things were going to go back to normal between us. At least I hoped they were. She was all I had now.

“I guess I should go tell them what’s going on,” I said slowly.

The last thing I wanted to do was leave him, but I had to. Standing in front of Josh and not being able to touch him was going to kill me.

“Okay,” he replied, his eyes wet.

“Okay,” I repeated, somehow getting the word past the lump in my throat.

I turned and started down the hall, my footsteps heavy. A few doors down, I paused and looked over my shoulder. He was still standing there, watching me. Watching me walk away from him. “Keep me posted, okay? On how she’s doing.”

“I promise.”

So there it was. Good-bye. I was going to be strong. I was not going to pine and whine and wish. I was going to be good. For me, for Josh, and for Ivy. That was my promise to myself.

Meet the Author

Kieran Scott writes under the pen name Kate Brian, whose best-known books are The Princess and the Pauper, Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, Fake Boyfriend, and the bestselling Private series.

Actress and director Cassandra Campbell has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has received multiple Audie Awards and more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman.

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Paradise Lost (Private Series #9) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 275 reviews.
Kader33 More than 1 year ago
I hate that in every single review, people go off on how Ivy is such a bad person! I really like her and she is one of my favorite characters! I don't think anyone gets shot! I think Sabine will shoot herself which would make this story very interesting! I think that Reed will faint and thats why it says everything went black. I went online to Privatenovels.com and read the first chapter of Paradise Lost. I think its goingto be the best one yet! The person why got shot really surpized me. I think its goingto make the story very interesting. I heard this book is bout the Billings Girls spending Christmas in St. Barts so no one (important) probably dies! I still can't believe it was her! And that she is Ariana sister! But still, I think that if someone gets shot they wont die! They will get better but I do think that if Reed gets shot, that the story will start out in Josh's or Noelle's point of view! I really hope Sabine shoots herself tho. MOSt AMAZIN SERIES EVER

Ps. I heard that she is already workin on the tenth Private Novel called Suspicion is comming out but idk wen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT WAS SO GOOD!! i think that Paradise Lost will be at school and then it will go to Christmas Break. I think that she will be getting her paradise back, because it was lost. I really really hope she gets back together with Josh!! i think that reed was shot, and josh was the first one to help her. And so i think they will get back together cuz he still likes her, and he wanted to talk about her present to him!! so i really hope it happens! cant wait!!i also cant believe it was sabine!! i was totally stunned!!! but i liked it i thought it was a good twist to the story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooooooooooo good. Kate Brian does a great job once again. You will not be disappointed.
Love2ReadMS More than 1 year ago
Before I really got into reading, I didn't know what to read. My cousin gave me the first Private book, because she said she really liked it. After that... I was hooked. I've read every single book in the series and look forward to reading this one. Gosh the ending in Revelation was just a total cliff hanger! Once you read the first book in this series, you will just have to keep reading. I read one of these books in just a night! It kept me on my toes the whole time. I recommend this book to any girl between 12 and 18. Honestly people even older may like it.
twilight_loverx333 More than 1 year ago
Oh my GOD!!! This book was absolutley AMAZING! I could NOT BELIEVE THE ENDING!!! I couldn't even breathe i was so shocked it was rediculous i looked and acted like a crazy woman for like two hours after i was done with it! I cried and threw it across the room i COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT FREAKIN HAPPENED!! The whole series is so good but this one gave me such an adrenaline rush it was rediculous. THe whole series is amazing I can never even guess as to what will happen in the next books. Can't wait until February 24 <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anybody want's to read the frist chapter go to www.privatenovels.com and go all the way to the bottom and click paradise lost and you will get the frist chapter!!!!!!! it's gonna be a great book!!!!!!
R-21-F More than 1 year ago
okay so i agree with whoever said it...that Reed will get shot and everyone who turned on her will suck up to her again. but i dont think shell get josh back because hes with ivy and if he leaves ivy itll seem like he just used ivy and ivy will be pissed and then come after josh. i think reed will try to be friends with josh and try to be more but i dont think that will happen because the name of the book-lost paradise- prolly means nothing will be the same... i could be wrong...or reed could find someone else or she could even be dead and it could be from the point of view of someone else like josh or constance or noelle or even ivy. idk i wish kate brian would give us something that tells us a little of what the book is about. ugh i cant wait till february 24, 2009! oh and maybe josh takes the bullet for reed and dies or is injured badly or he knocks her out of the way and whoever was behind reed is shot..idk im just throwing ideas out there. i cant wait!!
MelanieJT More than 1 year ago
Revelations was AMAZING!
I think that Reed got shot, and then everyone at Easton who turned on her starts kissing up to her. Also, I think that everyone (including Reed) assumes that Josh is going to come back to Reed.
HOWEVER everyone is forgetting about Ivy who I doubt is going to let go of Josh without a fight. I also fear that Josh will stay with Ivy despite what happened with Reed.
That's why I think that the book is called Paradise Lost- Reed is betrayed and shot by her best friend, and no matter how hard she tries Josh will never be hers.
I might just be totally wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am so freaking excited!!!!! i cannot wait to find out what happens and who knows what. did reed get shot? did josh jump in front of the bullet? if so, will he die? did noelle know sabine was ariana's sister? what else is left to happen? and more importantly, will this be the last book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Cheyenne's murder been solved close and Reed is clear of wrong doing with a foe's death, as when Christmas break came early with the exams been pulled out since the shocking spree, so Reed really wanted to go home back in PA...noticed these reporters are about to chat it up with Reed, but her former friend and Billings member Nollee asked Reed to spend the hoilday at St. Barths with her family and friends along, leaving the drama and heartbreak along in America when both former Billings Kiran and Taylor came along as well and no trouble in sights. Think again...when trouble came along and everything is about to cracked up; everything here is not to be seen in paradise and somebody wanted to get rid of Reed for real, so much of R&R time.
NicolaWaldorf More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the Private series since it first came out. I've always been intrigued by the mysterious world of boarding school students, and have always loved a good mystery-and at first, the Private series succeeded at creating that. The first four books were incredible, and books 5-8 were good too, but simply not as good as the first story arc. Due to the writing out of likeable characters such as Natasha, and the introduction of beyond-annoying characters such as Sabine, Amberly, Portia, and Ivy, this series has gone downhill. I truely had hope for "Paradise Lost". Really, I did. I was hoping that we were FINALLY going to get a better glimpse of the world of Noelle Lange- and find out about her mysterious red scar and her mysterious family. Yet, nada. This book could have resolved so many open plot lines that it's not funny, but yet it didn't. Instead, it starts a NEW mystery, a NEW person out to get Reed. Honestly, it's all getting hoity-paloity at this point. So many people cannot be after one person in the world that hasn't done anything. And I, for one, have find Reed's narrative voice to become nothing but annoying "Why does everybody want to kill me? Why me? Poor me? WHY WHY WHY?" She is doing nothing but whining all the time instead of trying to fix her problems. I honestly did not realize this until I read "Privilege" and saw how whiny Reed was compared to Ariana. I honestly am finding the "Privilege" series much more entertaining and likable than "Private" at this point. Overall, this book was a huge dissapointment. Bringing Taylor and Kiran back made it much better, but still, I just wish that Kate Brian had closed some open plot holes before moving on to another "let's try to kill Reed" vendetta. It's getting kind of old, to be honest. Either way, I am anticipating the next book and hope that it is better than "Paradise Lost".
miranda23ME More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. The beginning was a little slow compared to some of the other books in the series, but towards the middle is started to get better. As I was reading more, I found I was enjoying the book more. The ending was graet. I hope Kate Brian writes more books for this series because I would love to find out what happens next.
bookworm1522 More than 1 year ago
this book was defiently different out of any of the others, but it wasnt disappointing. the drama going on during christmas was the usual but throwing upton in there made it great. i sorta think that poppy is behind reed going crazy. i dont think shes making it up. poppy wants upton, but after the casino night bedroom ordeal it kind of seemed that he wanted her too. i doubt reed dies because i would hate to see this seires end. it has been by far my favorite. everyone in our school is totally obsessed with 'private' seires. i hope september comes soon!!
Pennley_Love More than 1 year ago
I am a faithful Private series reader, and when i picked up the newest one(the day it came out!) I was so excited. I finished very soon. It was utterly impossible to set down. I loved this book. It was great! The ending had me hooked, and I can't wait till number 10!!! I recommend this series to everyone
Privateseriesluver More than 1 year ago
Wowww, this book was so great I really loved it. I can read it over and over again. i cant wait until the next book comes out ????. It is absolutely unforgettable!!!!!!!
Elle_W More than 1 year ago
I was kind of hoping that it would sort of pick up exactly from where Revelation ended to give us a more thorough idea of what happened. I like that they brought back old characters and characters from Last Christmas. I found myself thinking like Reed and I think Kate Brian did an EXCELLENT job of connecting us with Reed in this book. I felt Reed's emotion and reactions to things that happened. Even if you have never been through these things, you will feel connected. It wouldn't be a Private book without mystery so you will not be bored reading it and like every other private book, it will leave you begging for more.
Jonesin-ya More than 1 year ago
You know what I think? I think its was either poppy or sawyer!!!!! who couldve done it? I dont waant to give the ending away so I wont tell what it was. but i mean seriously could you be sadder? I mean we have to wait seven months for suspicion? (comes out september 8th 2009)!!!! this is like the best book series ever right next to luxe.!!!!!!! I cant wait I recommend this to anyone who doesnt like reading cause after that u wont put the books down!!!!
mystified_muse More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I got sort of prissy in the beginning when I realized there would only be one chapter of actual Josh and Reed conversation going on. But once I got past the fifth chapter I was floored I read this book in 3 hours, nonstop that's how good it was. And of course there is always a hot new guy to spice things up! But in true Kate style, the ending made me literally cry and pull my hair!!! a TOTAL cliffhanger, almost literally a mid-air hanger (literally!) I need detail about the next private book (and it isn't Suspicion that is a Privilege book!) Dear God help me I won't be able to sleep for awhile!! Read it now!!
AwSoMeChIcK More than 1 year ago
Seriously! this series is one of the best ones i have ever read. i may only be in middle school but i have read quite a lot of books. and of all the books i have ever read Kate Brian's private novels are extremely exciting. u CANNOT put the book down. trust me i have tried but it does not work. my parents ground me for reading 2 much. (mostly becuase of this series;D) At the end of revelation I satrted jumping up and down becuase it was such a fantastic book i cud not wait 4 Paradise lost.
These are some of my other most favorite series. I really hope you read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have fallen in love with many different types of teenage series; however, not as much as I did with the Private Series. After reading the second book, I constantly went back to Barnes and Noble for more. With every ending to the book, you have the desire to want more of the stories and things that makes up Reed Brennan's life. From romance to suspense, the rich life of these privileged boarding school kids, and friendship this book has it all. Also, I have definitely recommended this book to all of my friends and I'm anxiously waiting for the next one to come out on Feb. 24th.
Lemizzle More than 1 year ago
She's pretty great. Kate Brian's books are definetly interesting. I can't wait until this one comes out. I read a lot and these are definetly some of my favorites for sure. I recommend it to all girls and I can honestly tell you that you will fall in love with this series. (:
And I added the first one to this in case you haven't gotten started.
fellow_reader More than 1 year ago
If you have never read any books by her these books are an awesome place to start!!... I can say that I have read all of her books which don't dissappoint let me tell you... this lady can write (deffinently the right career choice)... well anyway, this whole series is completely worth reading your probably going to want to buy the books so you can reread them a must have!!.. well i don't want to give anything away about the series, but the Kate Brian is a good at leaving off on cliff hangers!!... I mean WOW!!!...read these books you will have to know what will happen to Reed while she tries to make a name for herself. These books don't disappoint. If I had to rate favorite authors in a row (being an avid reader) i would say Kate Brain, Stephenie Meyer, and more to follow...i know it sounds crazy putting Kate Brian second but she was first favorite and i was loyal to her before Stephenie Meyer came along...so in summary read this series and you will not be disappointed.. i promise.
passionate_reader More than 1 year ago
This series was really great. Who can wait for February 24??:( I had no idea that it was Sabine. I mean she was the best friend. I was on the edge of my seat while i was reading. I hope that Reed didn't get shot. If she did that would totally kill the book. With any luck maybe Sabine missed and it hit the wall. But i do definitely think that josh pushed her out of the way and she banged her head or something (and everything went black) and he got shot but it didn't kill him. I think that josh and Reed will without a doubt get back together. He jumped in front of a bullet for her why wouldn't they get back together. As for Sabine I hope that she ends up institutionalized just like her psycho sister.

P.S.- i know for sure that I want reed and josh back together but i still would like to know how the whole Reed and Dash flirtation started and also the spin-off with Privilege sounds very interesting
sPeMiLy More than 1 year ago
i love these books. i finished breaking dawn and my friend gave me the first one. i couldn't put it down. i read the first two in one day. i NEED to know what happened to josh/reed!!! did either of them die? come on! febuary? that is torture. i wish josh and redd could some how get back together, but ivy would probably have a spaz attack and there would be yet another murderer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew sweet little Sabine could be such a threat. I hope Reed is still alive...is she? I would have never guessed Sabine...at all. I don't want to ruin the book so I'll keep it short and smiple. I thought it was...Ivy S. I mean who wouldn't?