The Paladin Prophecy (The Paladin Prophecy Series #1)

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Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's ...

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Overview

Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's capable of--physical and mental feats that should be impossible--and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks, Mark Frost brings his unique vision to this sophisticated adventure, which combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

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His parents told him to be conscientiously mediocre, but Will West fouled up: He aced a nationwide exam that gave him a free ticket to a prestigious prep school, but his off the charts score also earned him a stubborn stalker contingent: He finds himself followed by mysterious men in a black sedan. Mark Frost's Paladin Prophecy launch hides some of its secrets in plain sight and incites excitement at every turn. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Will West has tried to obscure his special abilities all his life, at his parents' request. He makes a point of getting average grades, and he is careful to hold back when running cross country. However, when he gets a phenomenally high score on a standardized test, he finds himself running from strangers in black sedans who have abducted his parents and are targeting him for some reason. His only hope is to make his way to the Center for Integrated Learning, which has contacted him after finding out about his test score. Once there, Will can unleash his hidden physical and psychic abilities, but he and his new friends must also contend with school bullies who are part of a group connected to otherworldly beings from the Never Was. There is nothing terribly original here. The story is long on action and high-tech gadgetry, but short on plausibility, even for a sci-fi/fantasy novel; for example, the taxi driver who has just met Will smuggles him past a police roadblock, gives him an untraceable cell phone, and subsequently carries out complex espionage missions for him. Much of the plot, including the mysterious Paladin Prophecy, is unclear, though this may be cleared up in the next volume. While this title might appeal to readers of Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four (HarperCollins, 2010), its length may prove discouraging to reluctant readers. A film version is due out in 2014.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
The New York Times Book Review
The Paladin Prophecy is a superhero coming-of-age tale, and the action is delightfully comic-book-like. Frost's simple writing style, which reads almost like a screenplay, works well for this type of heart-pounding story…This is young adult literature as popcorn blockbuster. And Frost's consummate skill with suspense means reluctant readers should have no trouble breezing through its 547 pages.
—Marie Lu
Publishers Weekly
Frost, adult author and Twin Peaks co-creator, makes his YA debut with this densely plotted thriller, first in a trilogy. After a lifetime of keeping a low profile, 15-year-old Will West is forced to live up to his true potential when strange forces take over his parents’ minds and he seeks refuge at the elite Center for Integrated Learning, a prep school for the gifted. There, he’s confronted by a demanding academic schedule, but encouraged to embrace his abilities as a superhumanly fast runner and a scholastic genius. He befriends his roommates, investigates his parents’ odd behavior, is targeted by a malevolent secret society, and discovers the extent of his superhuman abilities. Disparate elements —super-science, evil conspiracies, genetic engineering, an extensive cosmology featuring a war between good and evil—give this adventure something of a split identity. Despite the feeling that Frost threw in everything but the kitchen sink, his story has serious entertainment value and pulls together satisfyingly by book’s end, while laying the groundwork for the sequels. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Ltd. (Sept.)
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Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone:
"Mark Frost has created a wonderfully inventive and exciting tale where one exceptional teenager must discover the truth about his family . . . and himself. The mysteries are unexpected and the mythology is impressively original. A remarkably suspenseful ride. I can’t wait for the next installment!"

Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Frost, screenwriter and cocreator of the innovative TV series Twin Peaks, joins the parade of adult authors trying their hands at YA books with this first in a planned series. Making an assured transition, Frost delivers an addictive Jason Bourne/Pittacus Lore/Harry Potter mash-up. Teen Will West has shaped his life by his father’s “Rules to Live By,” especially number three: “Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself.” Throughout many moves, Will has learned to appear mediocre until one morning, when he learns that he has scored off the charts on a national test and is offered a full scholarship to an exclusive prep school. After receiving a terrifying text from his father, Will flees to the school only to discover that he and his new roommates possess hidden talents and are linked to an ancient struggle for world domination. Nonstop action and a richly layered plot propel a breakneck pace, and if the characters fit a tried-and-true trope, the skillful dialogue and touches of humor make that easy to overlook. A cliff-hanger ending will have readers begging for the sequel."

Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, New Mexico:
"Anybody who loves adventure, thriller, or mystery must have this book! I don’t have the time to reread anymore. But I’ve already made time to read this twice. And I want to give it a third go. This is the best adventure book I have read in years. I can just see Dad’s Rules going viral. Best read the book before the obscure numbered tweets show up!"

Ashley (booknook)'s Reviews on GoodReads.com
"This book totally awed me. It’s like Harry Potter school fantasy meets kids-save-the-world Percy Jackson meets mind-blowing 'OH MY GOD I WANT THAT' technology meets the page-turning awe that is Dan Brown conspiracy, history-brought-to-life, secret society. Put it all together and you get this incredibly original story that will suck you in and won’t let you go."

The Book Stall, Chicago
"The Paladin Prophecy blends terror and comedy into one fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing must-read. Readers will stay up into the small hours of the morning to finish, and then the first thing on their minds will be, 'When does the sequel come out?'"

Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2012:
"New school and new mental powers meet ancient mysteries and ancient war."

Publishers Weekly, July 23, 2012:
"Frost, adult author and Twin Peaks co-creator, makes his YA debut with this densely plotted thriller, first in a trilogy. His story has serious entertainment value and pulls together satisfyingly by book's end, while laying the groundwork for the sequels."

The New York Times, November 11, 2012:
"Mark Frost, a co-creator, with David Lynch, of the seminal 1990s series "Twin Peaks," is no stranger to the art of suspense. It's unsurprising, then, that "The Paladin Prophecy," his first venture into young adult literature (he's written nine books for adults), contains thrills and plot twists in spades... A superhero coming-of-age tale... Heart-pounding... Breakneck pace... This is young adult literature as popcorn blockbuster."

A Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Autumn 2012
A Virginia Readers' Choice master list selection, 2013.

VOYA - Paula Willey
Will West has never had any close friends. He and his parents have never lived in one place long enough. Why do they move so often? Why do Will’s parents, who love him very much, discourage him from excelling in school or in sports? What is with all the rules Will’s father drills into him--rules like, “Let people underestimate you;” “Learn the difference between tactics and strategy;” “Never start a fight unless you can finish it.” Will has never really asked these questions, and now, with men in black on his tail and invisible monsters chasing him, with his mother kidnapped and his father accessible only by text, it is a little too late to start asking. Close readers may detect a whiff of abilities-based elitism, and bad guys are clearly coded--unattractive, bad breath, etc. Nonwhite characters either hew closely to hoary stereotypes (a Latino cabbie who calls Will “esse,” “holmes,” and “cabron” in the space of two pages; immense Samoan security guards who are all “friendly, trustworthy, and incorruptible”) or are dramatically opposed for comic effect (an ethnically South Asian boy with a deep Southern accent). Although flawed by these ham-handed depictions, The Paladin Prophecy is action packed and loaded with easily deciphered mysteries, and will satisfy fantasy/adventure readers. Ages 11 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
New school and new mental powers meet ancient mysteries and ancient war. Fifteen-year-old Will West's parents have moved him around a lot, and his father's taught him 99 rules to live by. One of the most important rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. When Will accidentally draws the attention of (and a scholarship from) the prestigious Center for Integrated Learning, it's a lucky thing, because his world shatters; he needs an avenue of escape. Arriving at the school, Will finds the mystery back home deepening. Who is he? And is his father safe? He makes new friends, and all of them must face an ever-widening net of conspiracies that make them question everything they know about reality and the history of the world. Twin Peaks co-creator Frost's first for young readers is a slick, hot mess of Judeo-Cthulhu-an, sci-fantasy palaver. The constant quoting of Dad's rules wears thin early on. Will's interactions with a helpful taxi driver from home while at school are stupefyingly improbable. The tale stumbles at nearly every turn: The plotting is clumsy, the dialogue is unrealistic, and the characters so annoying readers will be rooting for the bad guys. The fantasy elements are interesting enough, but they're strangled in an overabundance of detail and long-winded, extraneous scenes, making this twice as long as it should be--especially given the "Book 1" on the spine. Superficial adventure with arbitrary authorial intrusions at every plot twist. (Fantasy. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375970450
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Paladin Prophecy Series, #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 579,342
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK FROST studied directing and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University. He partnered with David Lynch to create and executive produce the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks. Frost cowrote the screenplays for the films Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of eight previous books, including The List of Seven, The Second Objective, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and The Match. 
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The Paladin Prophecy

Book 1
By Mark Frost

Random House Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2012 Mark Frost
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780375970450

A black sedan glided by as Will jogged toward the next intersection.

They're looking for an address they can't find, Will thought. Then he wondered how he knew that.

A faint marimba ring sounded. Will slipped his phone from his pocket and saw Dad's first text of the day: HOW'S YOUR TIME?

Will smiled. Dad with his caps lock on again. Will was about to text back when he heard the rasp of rubber on wet pavement.

The black sedan. Shrouded by exhaust, engine rumbling in idle, it was stopped in the intersection ahead of him. Will couldn't see through the car's tinted glass, but somehow he knew--whoever was inside was looking at him.

A marimba broke the silence. Another text from Dad: RUN, WILL.

Continues...

Excerpted from The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost Copyright © 2012 by Mark Frost. Excerpted by permission of Random House Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

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    The Paladin Prophecy rocks the young adult scene with the latest

    The Paladin Prophecy rocks the young adult scene with the latest and greatest hero - Will West. Opening with a quiet intensity, Mark Frost adds a humorous plot and deep, endearing cast of characters to a brilliant world of mystery and adventure.

    Peaceful Southern California sets the stage for the beginning of Will's journey. After spending his life following his Dad's 'Rules to Live By', rules that have kept him unnoticed and under the radar, Will's anonymity is threatened. The results of a test given to students nationwide sheds light on Will's extraordinary mind. Approached by Dr. Robbins, Will is offered a scholarship to a prestigious private academy that could possibly hold the answers to the questions that suddenly arise as his life is thrown into chaos. His parents are compromised and he's chased by men in black caps, proof if he ever wondered why his parents always lived so cautiously during his childhood.

    Taking a chance on The Center for Integrated Learning is either the worst, or best, choice Will makes. Here he discovers the physical and mental potential his body may have and forges friendships with kids he can finally relate to. The Center also seems to be the place that does grant Will answers to his questions while dredging up many more for consideration. Frost puts Will and his new comrades: Nick, Ajay, Elise and Brooke through the toughest obstacles, but their teen resilience and comedic interludes keep all sane, including the reader! There's a strong connection between reader and the story, even when the plot picks up in action. Frost crafted Will and his friends, in particular, with such skill that it's too hard to believe that they're only fictional characters. Their lives and personalities are so relatable that every reader can find something in them that mirrors their own life.

    The first title in what is sure to be a thrilling trilogy, The Paladin Prophecy demands attention. Frost gives readers more than just an entertaining novel that mixes ingenious supernatural lore with science-fiction elements. Will West will become part of every day lives and inspire young teens, especially, to explore themselves while reaching out for something more. Frost excels in speaking directly to the younger audience through characterization and hip dialogue, but any age group will enjoy and gain appreciation for The Paladin Prophecy!

    *I received an ARC via Random Buzzers' Ambuzzador program in exchange for an honest review*
    Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Amazing

    Gret book super enjoyable and extremely thrilling and for those who want to know its 539 pages in hard cover

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    I had a pleasure to start reading Mark Frost¿s The Paladin Proph

    I had a pleasure to start reading Mark Frost’s The Paladin Prophecy over the past two days. I was greeted with a well written, engaging story-line. This book was reminiscent of others within the Young Adult Fiction genre. Much like I am Number Four or Percy Jackson and the Olympians, we have a story that centers on youth who are supposed to save the world. The cover of Paladin is what first intrigued me to take a chance on the book, which coupled with the title promised to at least be an interesting story. 

    Paladin far exceeded my expectations. We’re introduced to Will, a teen who for his whole life has been on the move. Unlike most parents, his parents pushed him to be mediocre. For most of his life, Will did not understand that, what was the purpose? Why would they hold him back? Some of the answers to those questions comes crashing into his reality and starts him off on a journey where he must make new friends to survive. Who is friend and who is foe? Who can he trust when even his own parents are suspect?

    If you enjoyed I am Number Four or the Percy Jackson series, you will love Mark Frost’s The Paladin Prophecy. Due to the exemplary writing, and the enjoyment I derived from the book, I am happy to give Paladin 5/5 swords for a job well done. I eagerly await the next novel in this series.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    I need book two!!!

    Someone or anyone please tell me when the next book is coming out! PLEASE!!! This book is awesome! What a great story line! THIS IS A MUST READ!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Shlee

    Kicks your legs out from under you and holds the dagger to your neck (sorry im grounded i wont be on for a week)

    3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Were's the damn second book?!

    I just finished it, but i can't find the 2!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Great Read

    Fast moving, mysterious, engaging. Liked it alot. I hope the next book comes out soon.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    My Wife & I both love the book. So it's for the "young

    My Wife & I both love the book. So it's for the "young teen" - so it's still a Great Read - Good Characters, lots of fun, lots of twists, and sometimes it seems it will never pause - it moves along in superb page turned fashion. We devour between 5 and 6 books every week, and this one is a great find. Tell Mark Frost to stop all that non-essential activity like eating and sleeping. Tell him to: " write, write, write" - we want the next book NOW ! We LIKE these characters, and their doings. Signed M & MQ

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    AWESOME

    AWESOMEST BOOK EVER

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Awesomebook!!!

    I lovethis book, I can't wait for the next

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Nice Read!

    Frost succeeded in putting together a plot with plenty of action, lots of mystery, and the right combination of heroes, villians and stock characters. Add the supernatural element, and I can see this series appealing to children, YA and adults. Each of his 5 main characters has elements that could make this quite an interesting series. The prose was not forced and each chapter worked toward unraveling parts of the mystery. Great first installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Great!

    I've already read it twice. It's a really good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Lala

    My friend says it is a good book

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2015

    The Paladin Prophecy is the first in the book in the The Paladin

    The Paladin Prophecy is the first in the book in the The Paladin Prophecy series, written by Mark Frost. Mark Frost is an author who wrote the national and international bestselling novel The List of Seven and a sequel, The Six Messiahs. However, this is the first book that I have read by this wonderful and amazing writer.
    We are met with our protagonist, Will West, a high school student who lives in California. After scoring unusually high on a general aptitude test, Will is invited to join a private academy, The Center for Integrated Learning. With some amazing abilities, Will is able to look into people’s mind and “push” mental images into their heads, making them see and do what he wants. (Sort of like Professor X in X-Men) He can also run longer distances in a shorter amount of time without a hint of fatigue or weariness. While considering to join the Wisconsin private educational center, he soon notices that a black sedan has begun to fall him around. And at the point of getting a weird and strange text from his parents, Will decides he must run. But as to where, Will can only think of one place. He calls up his recruiter, Dr. Robins and informs her that he will indeed be accepting the invitation and would like to start attending as soon as possible. Jumping into a cab, driven by a guy named Nando, he takes off to the airport for this school. That is where everything breaks loose.
    Through the rest of the story the action is fast and hard hitting. Mark Frost does an outstanding job forming the characters and their unique personalities, making you feel like you could really be a friend with these sort of people, like you are part of the book. Either you are going to love them or hate them but in the end the character are what make this story come to life. Nick (who is my favorite character), Brooke, Ajay, Elise and Ronnie won’t fail to amaze as the book evolves into the unforgettable tale of adventures and thrills. However it is critical to pay attention to what you are reading at times for Frost plot twist and theme turns are at time confusing, yet excited and bring more detailing to the tale itself.

    In the end, I really enjoyed this book. I keep forgetting to place a damn book mark in the spot I stop at which wasn’t offend but I still. Guess it is time to start buying book with automatic bookmarks like epubs and mobi. I guess forgetting to bookmark your place just lets you know how much you really enjoying the book that you’re reading. I have read mixed reviews of book two, but I will keep my head up and positive when I read the next one.
    I think I will fall back on all that I read in this one and rely on that to look forward to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Ayame

    Waiting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Scott Lass Mrs. Ragland English III. 6th  12 Sept. 2014 Book Rev

    Scott Lass
    Mrs. Ragland
    English III. 6th 
    12 Sept. 2014
    Book Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
    This book is called The Paladin Prophecy, and it is a book by Mark Frost a New York Times bestselling author. The first interesting thing about Mark Frost is that he started writing at the age of ten and professionally at the age of fifteen. That is really interesting to be interested in writing at that age. A second interesting thing about him is that he has seventeen Emmy nominations for his show Twin Peaks, and he also received a Golden Globe Award for Twin Peaks also. A third interesting thing about him he wrote the book The Greatest Game Ever Played, which is about the birth of golf in America. He also wrote and produced The Greatest Game Ever Played for Disney.
    This book is about a kid named Will West he is a fifteen year old sophomore in Ojai Valley. He and his parents have been keeping a low profile since he was born, and they have been moving from place to place so they can stay away from the Knights of Charlemagne. The reason why they want Will is because he is special, and there is certain things he can do but no one else can. People in black sedans capture and brainwash his parents, so Will escapes to a prep school called, “The Center”  that he was invited to. The prep school is located in the cold wintery Mountains of Wisconsin, and it mostly set on the campus. There he learns certain Physical and Mental Abilities that no human could be capable of doing. What he figures out is that the Knights of Charlemagne are there too, and they control a deep dark force called the never was. So he and four other friends Ajay, Brooke, Nick, and Elise with their certain abilities investigate the Night of Charlemagne problem. They find out certain students are a part of the origination, and they are dressing up like knights to kill Will and his friends.
    The point of this book was to entertain readers. The storyline never rested it was a consent adrenaline rush the whole time. The author is trying to say that teamwork plays a big part in this whole book. Will, Ajay, Nick, Elise, and Brooke both all need to work together to defeat this evil force, and get to know each other. The plot twist close to the end of the book is very exciting, and Will figures out what he really is.
    Readers will enjoy this book it very exciting, hearts breaking, and gives you adrenaline rush from just reading the book. The readers will love the twisted plot, and they will scary ending of the book. Readers will also fall in love with the characters and the antagonists of the book. Will, Ajay, Brooke, Nick, and Elise are all dynamic characters, and they all change as they all figure out their new abilities.
    Teenagers will love these books especially teenage boys. Teenage girls will also like this book because they will idolize Elise and Brooke. They are such fun dynamic girls that are different in every way. Before readers read this book, he or she needs to be a good reader before they read this book. The plot in the story is hard to follow because the story goes to fast. Readers should love this book because there is so much action and adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Can't wait until the third book-Hurry Mark Frost!

    Can't wait until the third book-Hurry Mark Frost!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Beware of one though

    Sky full of blue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Awesome!!!

    I couldn't put down this amazing book. Kept my mind racing through the begining to the end. In all great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Briarpaw

    I was paying attention! I know where that is, she says sceptically

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