Archive for February, 2010

Mid Feb Children’s book update

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our mid month email is, once again, packed with new and exciting extra features to spice up your children’s reading. If they are environmentally minded then check out our revamped ‘Green Reads‘ category or if they want to get ahead of the pack try some of our ‘Pre-Publication Exclusives‘. Or just browse any of our many categories and download some free Opening Extracts to help you choose.

Conspiracy 365 – a year long action-packed adventure story!

Launched in January, Conspiracy 365 is such a a cool concept – a thrilling roller coaster adventure that unfolds over a whole year, with one episode published each month. February’s title is out now and there’s a great video trailer to really whet the appetite. So, get your children hooked (it’s not too late to catch up as each book is incredibly fast paced and under 200 pages long!) and they’ll be reading all the way through 2010.

Books to change the future – Green Reads

We at Lovereading4kids believe that books can change the world – that’s why we’ve put together a category of entertaining and informative books that will enthuse children of all ages about looking after their planet as they grow up. We’ve added lots more titles this month to turn your children green.

This Month’s Highlights – not to miss

Get them while they’re hot! Exclusive Pre-Publication titles

I Love My Mummy

Giles Andreae, Emma Dodd

For babies and toddlers – a simple and life-affirming book about all the wonders of mum!

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Don’t Want to Go!

Shirley Hughes

3+ Join young Lily as she finds out doing new things isn’t so scary as it seems – by the author of timeless picture book, Dogger.

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The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus

K.A.S. Quinn

9+ Imagine E Nesbit crossed with Philip Pullman and you’ll have an idea how good this first episode of a major new trilogy, The Chronicles of Tempus, is going to be.

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Little Darlings

Jacqueline Wilson

9+ A story about two girls, one from a council estate, one with millionaire parents, who find in each other something they’ve been missing all their lives.

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Triskellion 3: The Gathering

Will Peterson

11+ The third and final instalment in this gripping paranormal adventure trilogy.

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No and Me

Delphine de Vigan

14+ Translated from the French original, this is a tense, brilliant novel about the true nature of home and homelessness.

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As good today as they’ve always been – our Essentials category

If your kids are stuck for something to read, there’s no better place to look than our ‘Bookshelf Essentials’ page, featuring some guaranteed timeless reads. Newly added this month is Rosie’s Walk, a whimsical tale of a little red hen and a sly fox that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

And something we prepared earlier….

Blue Peter Book Award 2010 – young readers’ favourites

What makes the Blue Peter Book Awards special is that they’re decided by a panel of young readers and each category very much ‘does what it says on the tin’ with categories for ‘Most Fun with Pictures’, ‘Book you can’t put down’ and ‘Best Book with Facts’. So the books on the shortlist, all featured this month on Lovereading4kids, are pretty much guaranteed to thrill young readers. Have a look and download free extracts from the finest books and picture books of the last year. Find your favourites today…

Children’s Book – Most popular by Age range, 31 Jan – 7 Feb 2010

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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I Like Bugs I Like Bugs
Lorena Siminovich
A delightful touchy-feely counting book that depicts numbers and bugs through collage. Whilst looking at some wonderfully vibrant insects as your toddler progresses through the book he/she can also begin to learn to count the number of insects on each …
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I Like Fruit I Like Fruit
Lorena Siminovich
This is one of the most beautiful and touchy feely books I’ve seen for babies and toddlers for a while. Each spread depicts a colour and a fruit; for example, a strawberry and alongside it, the words and pictures of …
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I Love You, Little Bear I Love You, Little Bear
Claire Freedman, Gavin Scott
Little Bear loves to go exploring with his mummy and as they do so they discover new places and meet new friends. This is a wonderful story about love and the importance of friendships. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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Sylvia and Bird Sylvia and Bird
Catherine Rayner
Shortlisted for the Pre-school Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very
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Blue Chameleon Blue Chameleon
Emily Gravett
Prize winning illustrator Emily Gravett triumphs again in her witty story of how a lonely chameleon does what he does best in a desperate attempt to make a new friend. Changing colour comes naturally to the blue chameleon so he …
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For Just One Day For Just One Day
Laura Leuck, Marc Boutavant
Everyone’s dreams are brought to life in this wonderful world of make believe as a child thinks of all the things she’d like to be – just for one day. A buzzing bee, a creeping crocodile, a bunny rabbit, a …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures 2: A Right Royal Disaster
Simon Bartram
Bob, the much loved Man on the Moon, is back in a new adventure for beginner readers. As ever, he doesn’t believe in aliens! But when it looks as if he might lose his head after he tinkers with a …
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The General The General
Michael Foreman
As relevant as when it was first published, Michael Foreman’s very first book is beautifully reissued in this 50th anniversary edition. General Jodpur loves to train his soldiers making them the best fighting force in the world. But, one day, …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother …
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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
Hugely inventive and charmingly funny with laugh out loud zany humour and wonderful illustrations throughout that …
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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1) The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 1)
Lemony Snicket
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback, launches with the suitably named title that charts the unlucky reason why the whole woeful story of the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is a quirky …
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Frozen In Time Frozen In Time
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A page-turning mystery-adventure with a pleasingly old-fashioned feel as two children, frozen by cryonic suspension by …
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Flyaway Flyaway
Lucy Christopher
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
Tender and touching, this is a delicate story about facing up to difficulties and finding a way through. When Isla’s father develops a serious heart condition he can no longer take her to see …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Time Riders Time Riders
Alex Scarrow
This is a thrilling action adventure which hurtles across time and place at breakneck speed. Three children are on the bring of death: Liam is about to drown as the Titanic sinks in 1912, Maddy is on an aeroplane fitted …
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The Returners The Returners
Gemma Malley
The Returners is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller from the author of the equally provocative futuristic novels, The Declaration and The Resistance. What happens when your past catches up with you and you don’t like what you see? This powerful …
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My So-Called Afterlife My So-Called Afterlife
Tamsyn Murray
A wonderful debut novel which, as well as being laugh-out-loud funny, is full of insights, compassion, and love. Fifteen-year-old Lucy has been stuck in the men’s loo ever since she was murdered there six months ago. No one has been …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
A teen romance with a twist of danger and the supernatural told with a sure touch that makes it a headlong read from start

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Magic Under Glass Magic Under Glass
Jaclyn Dolamore
A hair-raising story full of suspense and intrigue. Nimira is picked out of her poor life as a music hall performer by the wealthy and mysterious Hollin Parry who asks her to sing for his automaton piano player. Parry is …
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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it. It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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New Children’s reading for February 2010

Friday, February 5th, 2010

We hope you and the children are having a great start to the new decade, and that books are playing a big part! According to our literary calendar, Judy Blume, Kenneth Grahame, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens were all born in the month of February, and every time we recall such brilliant children’s writers it inspires us to go out and find new talent to tell you about – to help kids of today fall in love with reading.

Our Bookshelf of fantabulous Books of the Month

MEGA BOOK OF THE MONTH! – Time Riders by Alex Scarrow

As well as our normal bookshelf of Books of the Month we want to shout a bit louder about one of the most anticipated new books for young readers. Written by an established adult author Alex Scarrow Time Riders is his first children’s book. Three teenagers have cheated death. Now they have to fix broken history, and stop time travel from destroying the world… Readers of 10+ will be transfixed by it. Find out more and read a free Opening Extract!

Help your kids’ imaginations with the books behind the films

Films are a wonderful way of piquing children’s interest in stories, but sometimes it’s good for them to read the book before they see the movie because when you read you can imagine how landscapes, characters and adventures look – it’s brilliant brain training. So we’re launching a new category with information about upcoming films and the books they’re based on – to help make books a part of the whole experience. Find out more about the brilliant new films due for release and created from even better books.

Win yourselves something fantastic – new competitions

After a brief break for January, our popular Free Prize Draws and Competitions section is back! This month we have prizes linked to cats, dragons and teenage spies!

Asking the big questions – Author of the Month Gemma Malley

Gemma’s powerful and gripping novels for young adults are often based on big ideas about science and moral duty.

Her new book, The Returners, is no exception. It’s an endlessly thought-provoking story set in an alternate future that questions the role of every individual in society.

Why not take a look at all the books from February’s Author of the Month and download some free Opening Extracts – we’re sure your teenagers will get hooked…

February – Debuts of the Month

The Badness of Ballydog

Garrett Carr

7+ Three teenagers in a grim coastal town have to try to save it from a vast ancient creature on the seabed…but is it worth saving?.

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Princess for Hire

Lindsey Leavitt

9+ An hilarious story about a girl who gets the chance to be a substitute princess, and makes one royal fiasco

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Superhumans: Meteorite Strike

A.G. Taylor

9 – 12 An action-packed SciFi adventure about two kids who survive an alien virus, only to be enrolled by a rogue international agency with ruthless goals…

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My So-Called Afterlife

Tamsyn Murray

11+ A terrifically funny story about a deceased girl with a pretty lame afterlife who gets a chance to put grisly matters to rest and meet the ghost of her dreams!

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Out of Shadows

Jason Wallace

14+ A memorable, moving and disturbing coming of age story set against the tumult of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. It’s incredibly powerful and definitely one for teenage readers.

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Beautiful Creatures

Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

14+ An exquisitely crafted dark Gothic fantasy story with unforgettable characters – this book is a future classic.

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Magic Under Glass

Jaclyn Dolamore

14+ A stunning blend of paranormal intrigue and doomed love that captures a perfect Gothic romance on every page.

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Guest Editor of the Month – Robert Muchamore

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Have you or your children read the cult Classic Catcher in the Rye?

The recent death of the author J D Salinger has reignited interest in his book, which is considered by many to be one of the most important books of all time.

Long a staple of GCSEs perhaps it’s time to take this out of the classroom and either revisit or say hello to the teen anti hero Holden Caulfield. Read an Opening extract and find out more..

We hope there’s plenty here to help your children keep on enjoying books, and to challenge them to progress their reading skills. Have a great February!

Most popular Children’s books, by age range, 24 – 31 Jan 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book) Nursery Rhyme Rainbow (board book)
Alison Jay
Beautiful illustrations with a delightful nostalgic feel bring to life the stories of a host of favourite nursery rhymes selected for their reference to different colours. Little Boy Blue dozes contentedly under a hay stack, the Owl and the Pussy …
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Let's Take a Trip on Animal Airways Let’s Take a Trip on Animal Airways
Sally Hopgood, Andrea Petrlik
The aeroplane in this book really does travel through the pages! This wonderful novelty format will help encourage counting, sequencing and recognition skills in any toddler.  Turn the page and the brightly coloured aeroplane pops out on a flexible ribbon …
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Baby Gym: Touch and Tickle Baby Gym: Touch and Tickle

Designed to stimulate the senses, this delightful board book that hooks into the baby’s first language – that of touch, is a book that will encourage interaction and bonding between parent and baby and thereby build a sense of security …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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Where the Wild Things are Where the Wild Things are
Maurice Sendak
When Max is sent to bed without any supper for making mischief, he sets off on an amazing adventure across the sea to the land where he meets the ‘wild things’. The wild things roar their terrible roar and gnash …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Spells Spells
Emily Gravett
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A stunning new picture book from Emily Gravett, full of witchcraft, wizardry and magic. We meet a …
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In …
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The Church Mouse The Church Mouse
Graham Oakley
A brilliant picture book thankfully now back in print. The stunning, detailed and humorous illustrations tell the entertaining story of how Sampson the church cat and Arthur the church mouse take over the local church despite the reservations of the …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Peter the Penguin Pioneer Peter the Penguin Pioneer
Daren King
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Most Fun with Pictures’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in early March.
Hugely inventive and charmingly funny with laugh out loud zany humour and wonderful illustrations throughout that …
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The Great Hamster Massacre The Great Hamster Massacre
Katie Davies
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at family life in all its intricacies as it revolves around pet ownership and the drama that surrounds it. Nine year old Anna tells how she and her younger brother …
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Batpants! Batpants!
Jeremy Strong
Loads of laughter for readers from comic master writer Jeremy Strong.  Batpants is his new creation, a madcap story of high jinks as Finn, Zac and Tilly learn to live with a pet orang-utan. Batpants is just part of the …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43
Harriet Goodwin
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is a quirky …
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Flyaway Flyaway
Lucy Christopher
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Award 2010
Tender and touching, this is a delicate story about facing up to difficulties and finding a way through. When Isla’s father develops a serious heart condition he can no longer take her to see …
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Frozen In Time Frozen In Time
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. The winner will be announced to coincide with World Book Day in March.
A page-turning mystery-adventure with a pleasingly old-fashioned feel as two children, frozen by cryonic suspension by …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Season of Secrets Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever.
Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old
legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic.
Resonant of classics such as …
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Auslander Auslander
Paul Dowswell
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
A tense and dramatic story of growing up in Berlin during World War Two. When Piotr’s parents are killed he is taking to an orphanage in Warsaw. But Piotr …
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Private Peaceful Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
One of our ‘Must Reads’. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Savannah Grey: A Horror Story Savannah Grey: A Horror Story
Cliff Mcnish
If you’re looking for a real page-turner that will have you gasping for breath then this is it.  It’s a horror story and a love story intertwined and 15 year old Savannah Grey is possibly the only person who can …
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The Carbon Diaries 2017 The Carbon Diaries 2017
Saci Lloyd
Laura’s witty diary entries cleverly combine the important events in her own life – managing her boyfriend and dealing with her attempts to be in a successful band – with the major and serious issues of climate change in a …
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My Love Lies Bleeding My Love Lies Bleeding
Alyxandra Harvey
This is a teen romance to really get your teeth into.  It’s an action-packed, urban fantasy full of Gothic seduction, teen angst, passion, wicked humour and adventure, all skilfully ignited by an age-old prophecy and a reluctant vampire princess that …
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