Reading Popular YA Series #2 | Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu 🌿

🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day, full of good readings.❤️ Today I bring you a super exciting post for me … as you already know because I’ve commented on several posts this year, one of my challenges for 2020 is finally reading some of the most popular series, trilogies & duologies that many people have already read and loved. Many of them have been in my TBR for years, so I think this challenge will allow me to finally read them and hopefully find some new favorite, but above all, I’m really excited to create this experience where not only YOU will be the one who chooses the series that I’ll be reading, but I’ll also be making this type of post where I’ll share with you ALL my thoughts about each book with small reviews & a final conclusion! and we can all discuss this in the comments, I’m very excited to know what you think. 🥰 
I take the moment to invite you to follow me on Twitter if you still don’t, since it will be there where I’ll be creating polls for you to vote for my next YA series to read.
I hope this is something that you find interesting and entertaining, I think it’s a fun way to read old popular books that I feel everyone has read but me, so this is the year where I get up to date. So I hope it’s something you enjoy, that you like to read & especially that you leave me your thoughts because you know that my goal is always to be able to interact with each one of you and that we can exchange opinions. 😍
I love you, thanks for the eternal support you give me with each post, I’m forever grateful! 💞 … Now without further ado, let’s start with my second series read: Legend by Marie Lu🌿

Here I’ll leave you my Popular Reading YA Series #1 all about Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard in case you want to check it out.


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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”

I LOVED this book and it’s not really a surprise honestly because I adore Marie Lu’s writing style, so I had this feeling that this wouldn’t be the exception. I can see that it’s an old school dystopia, though, but that was something that I was expecting, so I managed to enjoy every aspect anyway, especially the plot that I found interesting and super addictive to follow, and I also really enjoyed the political aspects of this world and learning about class differences, the way it’s built and structured. On the other hand, the romance can be the weakest point due to the fact that it’s cliche, but once I became more attached to the characters I began to enjoy it a little more of that.

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The book is located where the United States was, in a nation today called The Republic and we follow two points of view, on the one hand, June’s pov, the young prodigy of The Republic, raised for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. On the other hand, we have Day, who’s the most wanted criminals in the Republic, but his motives aren’t as malicious as everyone thinks. Now both boys find each other due to tragic circumstances: the death of June’s older brother. But in a turn of events, both will discover dark secrets hidden within an ambitious and dangerous nation.

I think one of the most solid things no doubt, as I already mentioned, is the plot and the way in which it’s built, that makes the whole story flow in a perfect way for me, isn’t heavy to read at any time and the author it only gives us the necessary and fair information to continue moving through the plot. The twists are also very good, I enjoyed them a lot and they surprised me, not exactly because of their great originality, I must say, but because of the surprise effect that they have, due to happen in unexpected moments, and that generates a very good effect. And of course, the political and social aspects are perfectly structured, in this world, there’s a huge wave of infected people due to an unknown virus and there’s a difference depending on where you live. While those of the upper class have received vaccines against this virus, the poorest part of this society doesn’t, so they’re the ones that suffer the most from this.

“Brave thoughts, but am I ready to follow through on them?”

It took me a while to get used to the dialogues, though, I don’t know exactly how to express this to you, but I think they’re a little corny or even cliche, they don’t have the same depth that characterizes the plot in this book, even so, I think that as you advance towards the ending is an aspect that improves a lot.

I adored the characters, it was a little difficult at first to feel close to them, but once I grew fond of them, I just wanted to know more about them and their lives and what would happen in the future. I think they’re built with very strong personalities, which allows you to get to know them well.

June‘s a great voice to follow, I really like that she’s determined and curious and daring as well, she keeps you waiting to know what decisions she’ll make, but one of my favorite things was the scenes that show us the love that unites her with her older brother Metias, which is their only family, they have a very powerful bond of love and it’s easily seen in the way they interact. As the plot progresses, June is forced to grow and make very risky decisions which makes her grow a lot, in addition to being put in terrible positions that will wake her up and realize a much more cruel reality. On the other hand, we have Day and although I couldn’t stand his dialogues with his friend Tess at first, it became easier throughout the end of the book, even so, I like this character, he represents a much harsher and cruel part of this society, where his family has been terribly treated by the Republic and they have made them starve and live a precarious life. Due to all this, he has had to go out to steal for his family and that’s why, as well as for his impulse of rebellion, he has begun to commit crimes until his name became one of the most wanted.
Then we have secondary characters that obviously also help make this story even more interesting, we have Thomas who’s Metias’ best friend and is super close to June, this is a very interesting character to explore with a very complex personality, Tess, who as I mentioned, is Day’s best friend and helps him in any way she can, she’s a very kind girl and Commander Jameson, a very severe woman who lives to serve the Republic. All of them very solid characters with great roles in the plot.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”


The romance could be one of the weakest aspects of the book, but once you get hooked, you just want more and more, that happened to me, but in the beginning, it’s very cliche and a little cringy.

The ending is quite open, but I thought it was good, I think it leaves you looking forward and ready to read the sequel, and find out what will happen to the characters after their lives take a complete turn and discover so many truths about their lives. Marie Lu’s writing style, as always doesn’t disappoint, is super easy and fast to read, but has a huge emotional charge in her words that makes you feel super committed to the story, which I love. I highly recommend that you read any of her works, she’s a fantastic writer and this is a great opening for an engaging, dark and addictive dystopian story.

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Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

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“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”

This is a pretty solid sequel, which I appreciate a lot because it’s what I expect when reading sequels, you know? there’s new information, new characters and also new conflicts that make the plot move more and develop in a deeper way, especially knowing more about the past of our main characters and they also begin to know each other on a deeper level. I saw a lot of internal battles in the characters and that kind of thing makes me feel like I think it’s the beginning for their true growth. I really liked it, it has a greater effect in terms of action scenes and obviously as I already mentioned, it’s more focused on the characters as such. But I found it a little over-descriptive at times.

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Prodigy takes place just seven days after the events of Legend and we follow June and Day escaping from the Republic to survive. We follow a Day that has lost to much to this point and is really tired and with a thirst for revenge and a June shocked by the cruel truth of a reality that she thought she knew very well & from here everything becomes a game of doubts, betrayals, and politics.

I know that in my previous review I mentioned that Legend was more focused on the plot, but I think on the other hand this book has focused more on the characters and has brought them to life for me, you know? This is the point where I really know that I’m fond of them and I want to see them be happy because they’ve already lost too much in their short lives. But it also focuses a lot on the revolutionary and political side, which I also enjoyed very much, I think that the author has decided to capture the political intrigue in a very realistic way, that really worked for me.

We’ll see a lot in this book on The Patriots a group of rebels who want to overthrow the Elector who’s at the head of the Republic, and I haven’t talked about this group because it was quite secondary in the first book, so I want to give it recognition right here. The Patriots are a great protagonist of this book, both June and Day are super involved with the new concept and new ideas of these rebels. And you know how it is, if you’ve read dystopia before, there’s ALWAYS a group of rebels who want to overthrow the existing government, it’s a widely used factor that you already expect to find, so obviously it’s not a surprise, I knew this topic would be more explored at some point, and although it’s cliche, I enjoy the new perspective that it gives to the plot. You can see more clearly what’s happening and how corrupt the current system is. I also appreciate this new group of people because they give June and Day a lot to think about and this is when they see themselves debating many aspects of their lives with themselves and what they want to do with their future, what has brought them together and what factors could separate them. I promise you that everything is super addictive and you want to know what will happen urgently because there’s a feeling of intense tension while reading the book.

“You know, sometimes I wonder what things would be like if I just … met you one day. Like normal people do. If I just walked by you on some street one sunny morning and thought you were cute, stopped, shook your hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Daniel.”


I’m absolutely on board with romance, and I know I said it was cliche and maybe it is, but OMG, it’s very good and engaging. There’s so much sexual tension between the characters, each dialogue between them was torture and I loved it. In this book, I feel that for the first time something real begins to form between them and although it’s unrealistic, the blind trust that both have in each other is shown despite being so different and having such a different upbringing from each other. Even so, I can say that romance is a secondary point this time and maybe that’s why I enjoyed it more, it’s more intense in politics.

As for the characters, I’ll be super brief because I don’t want to give too much info, but I do want to share a little of my thoughts. I’ll talk about June and Day in general because they’re the main characters so I’m always talking about them and I don’t want to be too much lol, I like that both characters are put in uncomfortable situations because this makes them have to make decisions based on their instincts and sometimes they make mistakes, which makes them grow in many ways. This is a book where doubt is the protagonist, both boys come from different worlds, so when what they always knew to be true is unmasked, everything gives a 360-degree turn and their lives become very chaotic, that’s why they begin to have doubts about themselves, their destinies and their relationship. On the other hand, we have Tess, and I found her quite annoying in this book, she begins to express her love for Day and things get a little messy, and all that drama bored me, but on the other hand, I like that she wants to help and that she’s looking for her own place. Razor is a super important character for this plot, he’s the current leader of the Patriots, a super complex and mysterious man who will give us more than one surprise. Anden is a character that took me by surprise, I didn’t think I was going to like him and all the time I was distrusting him but he ended up conquering me and I think he’s a very mature boy with very clear thoughts and ideas for the Republic, he’s responsible to this plot give such a new and interesting turn. Then we have Thomas who gives ur one of the most shocking revelations for me in terms of Metias, I really liked it, but I would like this to be more explored in the future & finally, I want to mention Kaede and say that I love this character, she was in the first book too, but I feel it makes more sense to mention her in this one where she’s absolutely wonderful, rebellious and risky and incredible, I adored her.

“Love is illogical, love had consequences–I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.”


The world is expanding more and more with each book and I really appreciate that, in this we know more about the Colonies a place that seems to be more organized, technological and perfect but it has its secrets, we don’t know much about it yet.

The ending is so sad and unexpected, it leaves you undoubtedly wanting to read the third book immediately, guys MY FEELINGS!! Marie Lu knows how to give us epic scenes with many feelings and unexpected twists, that’s for sure!. I can’t say much more that I haven’t already said cause spoilers, but I highly recommend that you read it if you haven’t already done so, these books are very entertaining and once you get hooked it’s very difficult to stop reading. I loved this sequel, it’s solid, it’s political, it has more depth in terms of characters & interesting twists.

 

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He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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“Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”

Ok, let’s start by saying that thinking about this book makes me want to cry, so I don’t promise it will be a good review lol. I loved this book, even though my rating is the same for each book, I think this is my personal favorite, it’s VERY intense and super tragic, but also the characters are SO mature here, I’m 100% proud of them. This book is full of feelings and hard-hitting moments, it’s really shocking. And it made me remember how one of the biggest factors that stands out throughout all these books is brotherhood, and I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned that before! but brotherhood is wonderful and something that I value so much, and we can see and feel a lot of that in these books.

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Champion takes place 8 months after Prodigy and the characters are now separated making each of them their lives after having somehow succeeded in the previous book. June’s now preparing herself to be a Princep, which is a super important position and if she wins it, will be the new right hand of the Elector & on the other hand, we have Day who today is very well-loved and recognized among the people of the Republic, who respect him for being their hero. Day is going through very tough times regarding her health. Unexpectedly the Colonies decides to attack one day and things become more chaotic than ever.

At this point in the story, I’m wishing someone would give my babies a break, they’ve been through so much and lost so many people in their lives that it’s ridiculous, I swear. I felt very much in this book the feelings of mental fatigue to which the characters are exposed and it’s so real and so well done that it can really be felt through words. I feel that this book represents the heart of the story because we see the most vulnerable and sensitive side of each of the characters, not only of Day and June, but of each secondary character that also has an impact on the story.

“It hurts every day, the absence of someone who was once there.”

Also, the matter of the infected is getting more and more out of hand and now there are cases in the Colonies, so they threaten to start a war unless the Republic gives them the vaccine, a vaccine that they don’t have. All this generates a huge tension and fear, and doctors think that Day’s younger brother, Eden, could have the cure in his blood for this new and terrible virus that kills people because he’s one of the children those who have experienced in. This fact of the disease hits even more strongly in this book because despite the fact that many people have been sick, this time the social classes don’t matter, everyone is at the mercy of it and much worse they could end up being overthrown by another nation because they don’t have access to a vaccine.

All this affects the characters a lot, I saw a more mature June taking things in such an admirable way, I think she has grown a lot as a person, she’s always putting the Republic before herself and I see her willing to do anything for then people. As well as Day, on the other hand, but he’s more focused on taking care of his brother for fear of him being hurt and obviously I understand this because he has already lost his entire family, so makes sense that he thinks about the welfare of his little brother before anything else. Also, he has to deal with the deterioration of his own health, which broke my soul, I felt so bad seeing him feel weaker every day, it’s a huge impact. I’ve seen other characters grow a lot too, like Tess and Anden, who I think have a lot of growth and maturity in this book. Seeing Thomas and Jameson was very interesting too because even though they’ve both had very cruel roles in the story, in this book they take completely opposite positions which is very interesting to follow. I loved the scene of Thomas talking to June about his brother, I think it was very harsh and cruel but full of powerful feelings.

The romance scenes in this book are 10/10 I’m absolutely in love with these two and every time they’re together I die a little!! It’s difficult for me to ship something nowadays, but June and Day conquered me they have undeniable chemistry and it’s truly beautiful and powerful to read.

 

“I scream for everything that has gone wrong. I scream for everything broken in our lives.”

 

I feel a little disappointed with how things turn out in the endI divide the ending into two parts, the first is when our boys face the “villains” of this story and that’s the part that has disappointed me, I feel that everything it’s solved very easily and conveniently. And the truth is that I think that one of the weakest factors, in general, is the construction of these villains or the opposite side to our main characters. It doesn’t have the power or presence necessary to really feel threatened by them, you know? so that was pretty “meh” for me. On the other hand, the final outcome… I just LOVED IT! It’s super tragic but beautiful at the same time, and makes you feel all the feelings, it broke my heart. It’s the kind of bittersweet ending that I always enjoy in my books, it leaves you smiling and crying at the same time, it’s a wonderful mix of feelings and the author has done an exceptional job in that regard.

I loved this book, is absolutely addictive and touches this like family, and the purposes of each character in their lives, it talks about the struggle for ideals and what it’s worth sacrificing for a life in peace. It’s very deep, but at the same time, it’s full of action and moments of tension that keeps you super expectant. This is a super solid trilogy, solid in the plot, solid in writing and solid in characters! so I couldn’t stop recommending and I’m very happy that there’s a fourth book, I don’t know what it is about, but I’m 100% willing to read it very soon!

 

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This was an incredible journey for me, I know that I still need to read one more book, but I wanted to take this series as a trilogy and judge it as such, and I think it’s a super solid trilogy and if I’ll have to describe the whole story with just one other word I say, SOLID: the characters are solid, the story is extremely solid and also all the components that accompany it from the relationships between the characters such as the political and social aspects.
I enjoyed each book SO much and I was able to easily put aside its weakest points and I loved it due to the addictive and intense nature of the plot, the author is extremely talented, and she shows it to me again. One of my favorite trilogies is The Young Elite by the same author and I highly recommend that you read it if you have enjoyed this one, it’s completely different since it is high-fantasy but it has impressive quality and unique twists. Returning to this incredible story, I only have words of love for it, and I know that they aren’t 5 stars for me, and that’s because I don’t think they reach excellence, but still, a 4 star is INCREDIBLE for me and it means that I would recommend it without a doubt if you enjoy reading dystopian stories with rebellious and complex characters. I also really appreciate the great growth these characters have had throughout all the books, they end up being completely different people, but so wise and mature that it honestly makes me feel super proud of them.
The ending is magnificent, I’m a BIG fan of bittersweet endings when you know destroyed your heart a bit in some way, but on the other hand, it made you feel every feeling so intensely, that for me is perfection. Only Marie Lu can give me that kind of ending.
I want to go back for a moment and talk about the social aspects that I think are very strong in this books, we see a society destroyed by a corrupt government, and while some are over-abundant, other people literally nothing, and although it’s very hard to read, it’s also important and eye-opening.
It has its weaknesses in terms of dialogues and the execution of villains, but you can easily overlook it due to the dramatic and intense plot itself that will keep you expectant from the first moment. I spent an incredible time with these books and I couldn’t stop reading them, it’s an addictive story that I can’t stop recommending you. SO happy to have read it!


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30 thoughts on “Reading Popular YA Series #2 | Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu 🌿

  1. You’re doing an incredible job, finishing these trilogies so quickly!! ❤ I love this ide actually. I have SO many unfinished series and trilogies, that I feel like I need to dedicate one month just to try and read only sequels and finish as many series as possible D:

    This one has been on my radar for a while, and I'm so glad you loved it! I don't actually own it, but I'm already considering buying it for my Kindle 😀

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    1. Thank you SO much, Alex!! I’m having a lot of fun doing it and it’s a great incentive to finally grab those books that have been in my TBR for years! 😅
      That’s a great idea, love!! It would be incredible to see you finish series, it’s always fun to share our opinions later. 😍👏🏻
      YAY!! SO happy you consider buying it, I think it’s worth it and already has a fourth book, so it’s the perfect time.😊 I hope you enjoy it a lot if you get to read them, you have to let me know! ❤️✨

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  2. This was a fantastic review, Sofii! I could feel your rollercoaster of emotions hahaha 😂. The trilogy sounds packed, and I’m relieved to hear that romance ended up growing on you instead of taking away from the plot. The dialogue does sound sort of off-putting, but it seems like it can be dismissed for all the commentary on society 😅. And ooo, I’m a big sucker for bittersweet endings, even though they RUIN me hahaha. I hope your challenge this year continues to go smoothly 😄!

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, beautiful! OMG, I indead have a lot of emotions reading it! 😅, I still think about the story and those feelings come back to me, I loved it.❤️👏🏻
      I really think that it only gets better and better, and in the end all aspects grow a lot, which is super important.
      Thank you! I’m very excited to continue the series, I’m having a lot of fun 😍✨

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  3. As I stumbled across this, I literally have just picked up Legend myself, much for the same reasons! It’s been on my TBR for years now. 😅 Great write-up on all three of these, I’m even more excited to tackle this trilogy. Also, great idea in general for a challenge – do you know what popular series you’re reading next?

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    1. Zoe! It makes me SO happy that you started the series! ❤️✨ I hope you enjoy it very much, honey & thanks! I’m having a lot of fun with the series, I’m still not sure what I’ll pick up next, but possibly I’ll do another round in June maybe, when I have more time 🥰

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  4. Wow I really like this series of yours ! It’s so impressive how you read them all and do huge reviews like this ! Thanks ❤

    I did enjoy the Legend series but I didn't feel too invested in the plot for some reason. Also I didn't like Day so….. That was a problem considering he's a main character x) I'm glad you liked it though 🙂

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    1. Jade! Thanks to you, beautiful, for your support! 🥰 I’m really enjoying making these posts and I LOVE marathoning series, so it’s a pleasure to do them!
      Oh, I’m sorry it wasn’t so amazing for you, but I understand that you didn’t like Day, I think it can be too much at times 😅.
      I hope you’re enjoying your reading this month! ❤️

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  5. I have had this book series on my TBR for a long while now and this review just gave me the push to get to it soon. Also I have said this before but I love this series of posts on your blog and it is really inspiring me to do something like this myself .
    I hope you have great day ❤

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    1. It makes me happy to push you to finally grab the series, it’s amazing and it just gets better, so I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ & OMG, thanks, that means SO much, I’d love to see you doing something similar too, I think it’s a great way to read those books that have been in our TBRs for a long time 😍✨👏🏻

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  6. Sorry, I haven’t heard of this author. There are just too many authors that I can’t cope up with new ones. Although I really like the story of these series. I will definitely try them. Btw, Sophie how did you add the Twitter link to your post?? I tried but it doesn’t work😞.

    P.S. You should try the millennium series. I think you will like them. ❤✌

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    1. I’m glad you find them interesting! It’s a great story & I’ve checked Twitter and now it’s going well, I don’t know what could have happened, thanks for letting me know, I’ve already tried and everything works fine. 😊✨
      I’m going to check the series you mention!! Thank you SO much for the rec ❤️

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      1. I am glad it’s okay now. I did follow you through my account as the link wasn’t working. You are welcome. I am sure you will like it. It’s one of the best series I have ever read. You are welcome.

        Stay safe❤✌😊

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