Hey Everyone and welcome back to my blog!! Erm...it’s the end of November already...how? So let’s go over a couple things that I managed to accomplish this month.
First of all, I joined in all the fun in NANOWRIMO this month, and man, was that hard. I started the month thinking, ok, so I just have to write about 2000 words a day and I’ll be done way before the end of the month. Well, that was before I realized how hard it was to actually write all those words. To give you a sense, on average, my reviews and posts on this blog is 600-1200 words, and it takes me maybe 20 minutes (for regular posts) and 40 minutes for reviews. Of course this varies, but that’s just the average time. So given my calculations, it should only take 1.5-2 hours a day to write. It seemed like no problem but then school decided to kick in.
The only reason that I managed to finish was when I pulled a couple days during thanksgiving break of writing for the entire day and getting it done. It was hard but coffee got me through!
One thing that I really wish I got to was to write more reviews and read more this month. I was really counting on Thanksgiving break to catch up on reviews and schedule more posts for December when Final/Semester exams happen but it just didn’t happen. I started the month off strong with reviews, a lot of the books that I read in October but the number just decreased from there.
I only read 9 books this month, which is very few compared to the past couple of months, but they were all mostly books that I’ve been putting off reading for so long, especially Sarah Dessen books, and The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I also got 22 posts up this month, but there are a ton of reviews and cover reveals. I think cover reveals are my new favorite thing? Don’t worry, I don’t have as many planned for December (but don’t quote me on that just yet).
Oh! I almost forgot! I also have a giveaway on my Instagram account for ARENA by Holly Jennings and it ends this Saturday (12/3/2016) so go on over now to enter! There isn’t that many entries so your chances of winning is pretty high! My Instagram is : @thecozylittlebooknook
I guess that’s about it for what happened this month, but boy do I have a lot more info for you about December coming up on the first, so if you don’t want to miss that post, be sure to sign up for my email list which you can find it on the side bar on the main page, or you can follow me on social media @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will be back soon with another post very, very soon!
On another note, what did you get for Black Friday shopping? Let me know if you want to see what I got (it’s not bookish but still...if you want to see it, let me know!)
It’s Tuesday so here’s another Top Ten Tuesday Post!! This week’s topic is a Holiday Gift Guide Freebie so I wanted to list out some books that any YA book lover would want to get for the holidays. Also for those who don’t know, this meme is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Of course a lot of the books listed on here are just the first in a series so extra brownie points to you if you get them the entire series!
As always, let me know what you thought and all your thoughts in the comments section or find me on Social Media: @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will have another post up very soon!!
Today is the cover reveal for Lana's Ex Prom Date by Amy Sparling. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.
Lana's Ex Prom Date
By Amy Sparling
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 6 December, 2016
Lana Clarke just got asked out by one of the hottest guys in school. Toby Fitzgerald is undeniably gorgeous, but his charismatic personality makes Lana the envy of every girl at Fawkes High. Senior prom is right around the corner, and although Lana had planned on a stag outing with her friends, Ashlyn and Bennet, Toby asks her to be his date in the most romantic way ever. Her friends are bummed, but support her anyway. After all, Toby Fitzgerald is the boyfriend everyone wants.
Lana’s life is now perfect—until Toby breaks up with her three days before prom.
But he’s a nice guy, and he still wants to take her to prom as a friend. After all, they’d already rented a limo and picked out Lana’s dress together. Her friends think she shouldn’t ditch them for a guy who ditched her, but when she discovers Toby’s secret, she’ll have to choose between lying to her friends, or lying to the whole school.
About the Author:
Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.
You can find and contact Amy here:
- Website: http://amysparling.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmySparling
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Amy_Sparling
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writeamysparling/
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5841781.Amy_Sparling
Oh my god I am literally in love with the cover! It's so pretty. SO let me know what you think about the cover and if you love it as much as I do and if you're going to purchase the book! Let me know all your thoughts on my social media @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Keep your eyes out for more posts coming very very soon!
Hi everyone! It’s THANKSGIVING DAY here in the States so what better day than today to post the Thanks U Give post, part of a blog tour organized by Mishma and Hazel from Chasing Faerytales and Stay Bookish, respectively. So this tour is basically a time for bloggers and authors alike to talk about what they are grateful for.
My post is about what I’m thankful for in the bookish community. Also in a post similar to this one, you can check out my Top Ten Tuesday post for this week that highlights some authors that I’m thankful for (basically some authors I discovered this year). That’s the basic jist of the post today but I’m just going to start writing and see where it takes this post yea?
So as many of you who follow my blog know, I’ve been blogging for under a year now (My 1 year blogiversary is coming up in under a month! I may or may not have a giveaway for that…) but I’ve discovered so many books that I love and many of them I would not have come across if it weren’t from the recommendations of others.
One things that I absolutely love in the book community is that (for the most part) everyone is so accepting and welcoming. I wasn’t sure if book blogging was something that I actually wanted to do, and when I started my blog, it was at that point in my life where I just needed some sort of project to keep myself occupied. It was never about the free books or the fame, and it still isn’t. I didn’t expect anyone to ever read my blog, other than my sister, but everyday there are people reading my blog and I’m forever grateful for them.
Some of the bloggers I follow regularly and from the beginning of me blogging have been my inspiration for my own blog. Jillian from Jillian’s Books and Mishma from Chasing Faerytales were the first bloggers that I found last year and I absolutely love their style of blogging, and I have to give credit where credit is due and a large part of my original blogging style was very similar to theirs.
Another blogger that I look up to is Nori from ReadWriteLove28 who I met through her twitter chat, and then went on to work with her for the Book Blogger Creativity Project which she created. This project is also where the idea of Classic Fridays was born and I met many of the other bloggers in Team Grey. The Book Bratz hosted the Summer Blogger Promo Tour where I was able to meet old and new bloggers alike, and learn more about each of them.
Always, there are the many authors that I’ve been lucky enough to work with them, and join a couple street teams for them, working to promote their books and just in general, get to know them better and have fun.
Along with street teams, I joined with a couple book blog tour companies. The first one I joined with was YA Reads, where I stumbled across Nicole’s cry for help on a blog tour on Twitter. From there, I discovered that blog tours were an amazing way to collaborate and have more posts on my blog. The other two that I’ve been working with is Lola’s blog tours and YA Bound Books (Which you have been seeing a lot). I am so thankful for the lovely ladies that run each of these services and allowing me to be a part of them.
That’s it for this post today! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments or on my social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I’m currently running a giveaway on my Instagram for a copy of Arena by Holly Jennings so go on over and enter it! (There isn’t that many entries so your chances of winning are pretty high). As always, I will be back soon with more posts! Eat a lot of food and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The Sunshine Time: Episode 1 by Sonal Panse
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: October 16, 2016
Format: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MF8P22Y/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01MF8P22Y&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
Episode 1 - On the long train journey from Samanbar to her new home in Alsalem, Lea Chantry is intrigued by a handsome and taciturn Mitrione officer, quite enough to disregard the deep-rooted familial hatred of the dreaded paramilitary force and make a nuisance of herself.
The times are turbulent, and so are the romantic tangles.
18 year old Lea Chantry moves to Alsalem with her family and begins her first year as a Fine Art Student at the Eirwen Art College at the Alsalem State University. Irreverent, imaginative, and talented, she struggles to fit into the university social scene while remaining true to herself. Being officially an adult, she discovers, is not the complete breeze she had thought it would be.
Meeting the charismatic music student, Guy Caraindon, creates a seismic upheaval in her life that is as unexpected as it is bewildering. Is this renowned crackpot really the one true love that her favorite romance authors said everyone finds once in one lifetime? Or is Mr. Right just a trope best avoided by sensible people?
A coming of age tale recounted with humor and sensitivity, The Sunshine Time by writer and illustrator Sonal Panse is a YA romance that will remind you of the time when the world seemed to have happy surprises every day and there were wonderful adventures to be had just around the corner.
'The Sunshine Time' is a serial novel; that is, it is a continuing story with related episodes. The episodes need to be read in sequence. This is not a standalone novel. Please be aware of this.
Each episode will be published on a fortnightly schedule (that is, every two weeks). At present, 30 episodes are planned for Season 1.
I was contacted by the author to read and review the book and I thought, why not give it a shot? It’s a very interesting concept with each book being a episode of a season, kind of like a TV show with seasons. I haven’t ever read a book with a concept like this so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it.
WIth that said, I didn’t understand the plot very well, or the characters as there wasn’t really any background for them and didn’t know what was going on at all. Lea is on a train with her dog to go home and she meets a lieutenant traveling on the same train. This episode mostly consisted of their interactions in the car and in the dining room with a lot of interruptions from her dog, Mack.
Lea is very chatty, the type of person that you would get annoyed with if they were the only person there and just kept talking and talking and talking. The Lieutenant isn’t someone with a patience and is very short tempered. Already I can see signs of a potential romance between the two characters but I don’t see it progressing out very far.
The writing style wasn’t really what I’m used to so I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t enjoy the book that much. There also weren’t that much description about the characters, or the settings which I think is very crucial in this type of book.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy the book very much, I give the book a 3/10 (2/5 stars). The writing was good, but it was mainly the setup of the plot that I didn’t like as much. If you like books that are set up like episodes, then this is the series for you. I personally don’t really like books like this so I don’t think that I will be continuing on with the series. But if you get the book, let me know what you think about it and I may change my mind and give it another shot.
What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check back soon and I will have many more posts soon.
It’s Tuesday so here’s another Top Ten Tuesday Post!! This week’s topic is a Thanksgiving Freebie so I wanted to list some authors I’m so thankful for and books that I read this year, and other people that I’m thankful for! Also for those who don’t know, this meme is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
So without further ado, here’s my list!
-Sarah Dessen-I discovered her books this year, and I’m mentally smacking myself on the forehead for not reading her books earlier.
-Morgan Matson-Her book covers are absolutely amazing, and her writing style is so unique.
-Huntley Fitzpatrick-Her stories are amazing and I have read (i think) all of them. I loved jase and Sam’s story and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
-S. Usher Evans-I am so happy that I was able to discover S. Usher this year and be a part of her street team. Her writing is so different from other books that I’ve read and I can’t wait to read more of her books soon!
-Sariah Wilson-I fell in love with the Monterra world way before I started blogging (well just a couple months) and I was so happy to learn that she had her own kindle world and since then, I’ve read so many of the books in the Kindle world, and I can’t wait for her next one either!
-Entangled Publishing: I am so happy that I am able to work with Entangled teen publishing department to read and review advanced copies and I have read so many books from authors that I probably would not have learned about otherwise. Also I’m so grateful for Melissa who happily answers my emails although they probably had really simple solutions that I could have figured out myself :)
These are just a couple of the authors and people I discovered this year and I’m pretty sure that i forgot a couple so I’m so sorry if I did. Also, I’m joining in on the blog tour Thanks4Giving hosted by Mishma and Hazel this week and I will have my post either on Thursday or Friday (i need to check some dates to be sure) and that post will be all the bloggers that I have met/read this year so keep your eyes out for that. But the best way to not miss any of it is to follow me on my social media so you can see whenever I post! Head on over and follow me @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out my other posts this week and I’ll be back very, very soon!
Today is the cover reveal for Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Fiona Jayde: http://fionajaydemedia.com/
Want to receive a free advance sample of Finding Kyler before it releases? Sign-up for Siobhan’s Kennedy Boys mailing list: http://smarturl.it/KennedyBoysList
Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.
Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.
Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.
He’s off limits.
And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.
Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.
Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.
But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
You can find Finding Kyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32827843-finding-kyler
Sign-up for the Kennedy Boys mailing list (http://smarturl.it/KennedyBoysList) for a free sample of this book before the release day!
About the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.
Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.
She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
You can find and contact Siobhan here:
- Website: http://www.siobhandavis.com
- Blog: http://myyanabookobsession.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSiobhanDavis/
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/siobhandavis
- Google +: http://www.google.com/+SiobhanDavisAuthor
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8390357.Siobhan_Davis
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Siobhan-Davis/e/B00M8JJ8IG
- Kennedy Boys Newsletter: http://smarturl.it/KennedyBoysList
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Finding Kyler. These are the prizes you can win:
- One paperback of Paper Princess by Erin Watt
- One paperback of Fallen Crest High by Tijan
- One paperback of Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
Here's the link to the giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1000e4f1194/
(This giveaway is hosted by Lola and any questions should be directed to her) Good Luck!!
What do you guys think about the cover? Will you be getting the book? Tell me why or why not in the comments below and don't forget to follow me on my social medias, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Also I will have a lot more posts coming up real soon this week!
Fifty years of war have led to this.
Prince Galian spends his days ministering to the sick in Kylae, but his nights strategizing how to change hearts and minds of his people. With the death camp closed, the country is becoming more volatile, and even King Grieg may not be able to maintain control over the warring factions.
Across the Great Madion Sea, Theo Kallistrate seeks an audience with the Raven rebels, rumored to be brewing insurrection against President Bayard. But they don’t trust her, and progress has been achingly slow. When the war takes a major turn, Theo and Galian find themselves front and center in a political firestorm that could end with their union…or their funeral.
The final book in the Madion War Trilogy takes readers further into the political quagmire between Rave and Kylae, twisting and turning to a stunning conclusion that leaves readers breathless. All books in the series are currently available for preorder/purchase in eBook, paperback, and hardcover.
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After the events in The Union, the world is in a precarious position. Prince Rhys struggles to keep the country from imploding. To undo the damage done by his father, he must forge alliances with those he once considered enemies. Across the great Madion Sea, Olivia Collins oversees her company’s hasty cross-ocean move while closely watching the events back home. But when Prince Rhys asks her to help, she realizes they’re more alike than she thought.
This bonus novella is only available with preorders through SGR-Pub.com.
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For more information about the first two books in the trilogy,
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The Island, the first book in the Madion War Trilogy
The Chasm, the second book in the Madion War Trilogy
About the Author
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit. Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath, all published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
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Guys!! What do you think of the book? You should go and purchase a copy soon and if you do, you should post a review to Amazon as the author appreciates it very very much!! I haven't had a chance to read any of the books in the series but I hope I get the time to read it sometime soon! Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
It’s just under a week until Thanksgiving (at least for us in the US) so this week’s Classic Fridays is all about Thanksgiving!! TO be honest, the only thing I really like about thanksgiving is that there is no school and this year, I’m going to take this week to work on Driver’s Ed courses and to write. I’m so far behind on Nanowrimo right now so I’m going to need every minute I have writing. I am looking forward to that week-long break next week!
If you don’t know what Classic Fridays is, here is the page on my blog where you can get more information on it: Classic Fridays. A quick rundown of the project is that this is a weekly meme and anyone can join us in it!
As you can probably tell by the title, this week’s post is about Thanksgiving!
Which book/author/genre are you most thankful for this year?
I’ve discovered that I really love the YA Contemporary genre this year, and I’ve been reading a lot of Sarah Dessen’s books.
What’s one book that involves a thanksgiving celebration?
Actually, I can’t remember any book that I’ve read recently with a thanksgiving celebration. There probably is one but I just cannot remember which book it’s from.
What’s your favorite book to read around this time of year?
I love to read about winter romances, and the Olympics, and figure skating and hockey during this season. Especially romances involving figure skating and hockey players at the Olympics. See how I combined it all there? Too high standards? Ok…
What do you usually like to drink/eat while reading during this season?
I spend wayyy too much money buying starbucks drinks during this season than I care to share (seriously, it’s embarrassing) but I’ve been really loving the Creme Brulee Latte and the caramel Macchiato.
Some non-bookish questions:What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
My favorite thanksgiving dish has got to be mashed potatoes. Our family nevers gets a turkey and so usually the only ‘real’ thanksgiving part of our meal is the potatoes.
Do you like/dislike the weather during this time of year? Why or why not?
I have a love/hate relationship with the weather. I love how cold it is and it’s a nice change from the scorching temperatures we get here in Texas but also it’s so cold and I really hate having to wear so a thick jacket to school and then the school is like 20 degrees warmer than outside, and I have no place to put my jacket. Yes I know, first world problems right here.
What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored item? (can be food or other products like soap)
I really like pumpkin scented candles, even though I rarely use candles. I think it’s just the formula of the candles that I usually use that make the pumpkins smell better.
What are you most thankful for this year?
This is super cheesy but honestly, I’m most thankful for my blog, along with my family and good health. Seriously though, I have put so much time into my blog and everytime I want to give up, I just think of the people who actually read it and that’s what inspires me to keep going.
That’s it for the post today! Don’t forget to go and check out the posts from everyone else who posted Classic Fridays posts today! (The links are on the Classic Fridays page) :) Also if you have any suggestions for future week’s or just questions you think would be good, please email them to me at email@example.com, including your name and any information so I can be sure to credit you!
So what did you think about my answers? Share with me your answers to these questions as well! I can’t wait to read them all! That’s it for this week! Don’t forget to check back on that page and find out more information if you are interested in joining us next week!
As always, I will have more posts coming up this week so keep an eye out for that! I have another review scheduled for tomorrow and lots more for next week!
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Quantum By Hannah Godard
Genre: Young Adult
Nothing is more glamorous than the CIA … at least for Clara. All she wants is excitement and adventure, to help people … and to be a part of something bigger than life.
At nineteen, she leaves everything she’s ever had behind to join the CIA with her boyfriend Ross. But when the agency starts to fall away like shattered glass, Clara and her team get thrown into the biggest mission ever to hit the agency. How will they deal with the pressure?
Clara has all her cards out on the table and she’s trying to keep them all in place … except she can’t hold them all down on her own. She’s trained and she’s ready … but something isn’t right. Is the real way to win the game not to play it, or is the trick not to play it for too long?
About the Author
Hannah Godard was born and raised in the small town of Cochrane, Alberta where she is currently a grade eleven student. She continues to chase a life of creativity and imagination, creating characters to take her on adventures and maybe learn something from them along the way. She writes to tell the greatest stories that have yet to be told and create a spark in which to lighten up the world. Hannah credits her dad for teaching her everything she knows about the world, from politics to drive and perseverance. Without him, she would be a very different person.
Quantum is her first novel and the first in the Quantum series. It came to life in the same way as many other novels do, in third period Social Studies class. This class was spent with three out of four of her best friends, laughing, creating businesses, and being creative. It was the one class where she could be a kid, where people didn’t tell her words could only mean one thing, and where they could all be creative. It started as a joke, as a simple question; what if I was in the CIA? From that point on Hannah developed the character of Clara, with the help of her friends, and soon the story came to life. Each person who she knows, no matter how small, is somehow put into the novel, worked into the story line, because what they say is true: we write what we know.
I’m really bored. I’ve been walking for hours around New York, without Ross, communicating with Madison and Ethan through my earpiece and getting directions from Ethan. Every once and a while he’ll tell me to go into a restaurant or walk down a certain street because he has a lead. At least we have a lead as to where they are.
I walk down the sidewalks and along the busy streets. Every once in a while, I’ll stop at a shop and look around, or buy a bottle of water. I’m guessing Ross is somewhere close to me, because every time I stop to shop he laughs at me.
“I have water in my bag . . . and so do you! You bought a water ten minutes ago and you’re not even done, why do you need another one?” Ross asks me.
“You know what? I’m trying to look casual,” I reply.
“Walking around with a bunch of half empty bottles of water isn’t casual, it’s weird.”
I ignore him and keep walking. I think I like New York more than Los Angeles. The buildings and the streets are beautiful and the people, no matter what anybody says, are probably some of the nicest I’ve met. So far, there’s no sign of the men, but we’re going to keep looking until we find them.
“Clara!” Ethan’s voice comes in.
“Madison got a call from Lizzie. They’ve spotted the men on the corner of Lexington and 49th. Can you get there?”
“Okay on my way,” I say.
“Me too,” Ross’s voice comes in.
I don’t pick up my pace, as not to attract attention to myself, but walk at the same pace as the men and women hustling by to go on with their daily lives. In my ear, I can hear Ethan typing and Madison talking to someone. I can also hear Ross’s footsteps against the pavement; it sounds like he’s running.
“Ross, calm down, you’re attracting attention to yourself,” I say.
“Yeah Ross, slow down a little,” Ethan says.
His footsteps slow down. My heart beats faster as I near the corner where the men were last spotted. All I can think about is Lexa. My mind races, but I try to calm myself down. I need to make rational decisions; I need to stay calm. I feel for my gun on my waist. Somehow this calms me down. Without slowing my pace, I casually walk around the corner, but they aren’t there.
“What the hell Ethan? They’re not here,” I say.
I look around and then, going around a corner, I spot blonde hair, but it’s not Ross.
“Spotted, I’m going in, track me. They’re headed down an ally, with Lexa,” I say.
I can hear everyone hold his or her breath. And then Madison reports what we found back to base. I cross the street and follow where I last saw her. Before I go down the ally, I stop and wait, trying to catch my breath. Things are about to change. If they see me, I’ll be a real agent, and my life will change forever. If I don’t kill them, they’ll have everything they’ll need on me. If I don’t succeed, they’ll kill Lexa to get back at us.
Across the street, Ross and he spots me. I look at him for a minute and he smiles. I cock my head, confused, and he nods at me.
“Go. I’ll go around and cut them off,” he says.
With that I run down the ally, I can spot them a little way down the alley and I run after them. There’s no one else in the ally so I pull out my gun. Even while I run, I can get a clean shot of one of the three men with her. I aim, and breathe out. Before I fire, three shots come from down another ally and one of the men falls. I’m guessing it’s Ross, but he doesn’t come out. It’s not like the movies; we’re on an even playing field here. I throw myself against the wall and duck as the men look around for who fired. Lexa looks terrified, and it kills me to see her this way. They run, one of the men dragging Lexa by her arm.
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