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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Prince: A Wicked Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout + Excerpt

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

The Prince: A Wicked Novella
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
August 14, 2018
125 pages
From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….
Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for…
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EXCERPT
I needed to stop this. Right now.

My eyes drifted shut as his hand made its way from my neck, skimming down the side of my body, over my lax arm. The tips of his fingers coasted over mine, and then found their way to my hip. A pumping pulse picked up in several key points in my body, responding to the light, forbidden touch.

He didn’t speak as his warm breath kissed the curve of my cheek and I didn’t say or do anything. I could stop him. I knew I could. Or I could at least try.

I did nothing.

His hand slipped over my stomach, below my navel. I jerked, bringing us closer. Way too close once more, and I couldn’t breathe as something bizarre happened inside me. It was like all my senses woke up at once, sparking with life and flaming heat through my veins.

His hand dropped to the front of my dress, right above where a deep, deep ache had started. He growled deep in his throat as he said against the flushed skin of my neck, “Your pulse is racing so fast—too fast for someone entranced.”

Hell.

Oh hell.

The Prince might not recognize who I was, but he knew I wasn’t entranced. Fight or flight response kicked in, overriding the confusing heat pumping through my body.

Two years ago, I would’ve chosen flight. That was all I’d been capable of. Not anymore. A whole different instinct took over, a newly developed one. I had no idea why the Prince was here, in the pit of his enemies, and I wasn’t willing to risk finding out or being caught by him.

Spinning around, I gripped his forearm as I ducked and twisted, slipping free of his grip. I saw the flicker of surprise on his face and then I spun back toward him. Still holding onto his arm, I used his weight as an anchor as I leaned back. Planting my left leg back, I lifted my right and slammed my knee into his midsection.

The Prince grunted as he let go, but he did not move even an inch. That kind of kick would’ve brought a human down. Probably would’ve even knocked a normal fae back several steps, but not an Ancient. He lifted his chin, eyes narrowed with annoyance.

“That was unnecessarily violent,” he said, straightening to his full height.

He hadn’t seen unnecessarily violent yet.

I spun, picking up the chair. It was surprisingly heavy. Grunting, I swung it around, prepared to at least knock him once upside the head. Wouldn’t kill him, but would definitely give me a chance to escape without having to answer questions.

The Prince’s speed was mind-numbingly fast.

I didn’t even see him lift a hand. He just suddenly had ahold of the leg of the chair. He wrenched it from my grip, tossing it aside. The chair hit the wall with a bang, shattering into three large pieces.

Damn.



Jennifer L. Armentrout’s THE PRINCE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
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Besties, Books & Sunshine – Review & Excerpt
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Crazy Love 4 Books – Review & Excerpt
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Literaria – Review
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August 16th
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Zili In The Sky – Review
August 17th
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K-Books – Review
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Words are Life – Excerpt
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Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
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The Fancy Nerds – Review & Excerpt
August 19th
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Declarations of a Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Kiss and Tell Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Literary Misfit – Excerpt
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August 20th
A Chick, Her A Dog and A Blog – Review & Excerpt
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JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
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Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt
YA FANTASY WORLDS – Review & Excerpt
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A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt
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All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
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What's Beyond Forks? – Review & Excerpt
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Book Crook Reviews – Excerpt
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Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt
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Mama Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt
Pages to Explore – Excerpt
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Book Mania – Review & Excerpt
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Fictionally Sam – Review & Excerpt
Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt
SA Clayton – Excerpt
The Lux Fangirl – Review & Excerpt


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# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Review: Casting Spells (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 1) by Barbara Bretton

Casting Spells (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 1)
by Barbara Bretton
December 15, 2017
Pages: 324
Welcome to Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple may look like your postcard-perfect Vermont town but that’s where the similarity ends. Our librarian is a beautiful Norwegian troll. The funeral parlor is run by a family of vampires. The Sugar Maple Inn is owned by Fae while the werewolves keep our hardware store well-stocked. For centuries we have been home to house sprites, witches, selkies, spirits, shapeshifters, and elves.

And who could forget Forbes, our lovable Mountain Giant?

I’m Chloe Hobbs, the half-human/half-magick owner of Sticks & String, the most popular knit shop in New England, where your yarn never tangles, you always get gauge, and the knitter sitting next to you only comes out after dark. And did I mention that I’m almost thirty, single, and with no prospects in sight? My friends and neighbors have been casting spells to help me find Mr. Right but so far their efforts have been all wrong.

Who'd have guessed I'd find my soulmate in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple's very first murder? Bad news is he's 100% human which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like me--in love, in danger, and in way over my head.


Chloe comes from a long line of women filled with powerful magick, but she is half human and doesn’t have a lick of magick. She owns a very popular knitting store, Sticks & String which takes up the majority of her time. Her friends and neighbors are all some type of supernatural beings and their goal has been to find Chloe Mr. Right. When the town’s first murder happens, a cop is sent to town to investigate and he’s completely human. When Luke arrives in Sugar Maple he finds a cute New England town, but his cop instincts are screaming that it seems too picture perfect. When he meets the town mayor, Chloe he is drawn to her like he never imagined possible.

Sugar Maple sounds like the type of town I would love to visit, magick and all. The supernatural occupants each bring an added flavor to the town that makes it both charming and alluring. The story is filled with quirky people, humor and a story that will bring a smile to your face.

Getting 5 sheep






DeniseB


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In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes. 

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance! 


He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Epic Fantasy Author Craig A. Price Jr.: Pros and Cons of Owning a Wyvern …

Pros and Cons of Owning a Wyvern …

Hello, my name is Craig A. Price, a USA Today Bestselling Fantasy Author, and today I’d like to talk about the pros and cons of owning a wyvern.

Pro: It is much smaller than a dragon and will be able to fit in your house.
Con: It will eat all of your peanut butter.


Pro: You can fly.
Con: You can fall.


Pro: People won’t pick on you anymore with a wyvern to back you up.

Con: Fire burps.

Pro: You can pet its pretty scales.
Con: Your hand is bleeding.

Pro: You can teach it tricks.
Con: Backflips need ceiling repairs.


Pro: It licks its paws to clean itself.
Con: It bites its nails and it’s louder than a chalkboard.


Pro: It can roar really loud, and scare any intruders!
Con: It snores.


Pro: You can get to work so much faster!
Con: While there’s a parking lot for cars and motorcycles, there isn’t a wyvern parking lot.


Pro: The scales are pretty.
Con: The sun reflects off its scales, blinding you anytime you look at them.


Pro: Its scales look beautiful in the moonlight.
Con: It howls at the full moon, and your neighbors don’t like it.


Pro: Oh, my grandma, what big, beautiful teeth you have!
Con: You have to brush its teeth, and its breath stinks!


Pro: Your neighbor doesn’t come over to borrow the sugar anymore.
Con: You can’t get a date after it ate the last one you had.


Pro: It licks your face with affection.
Con: You thought a cat’s tongue was rough?


Pro: It cuddles at night.
Con: You can no longer afford food.

So, what do you think? Is having a wyvern worth it? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Do you have any other pros and cons to offer me?

To see more about how I portray wyverns and dragons, check out my new series, Dragonia Empire, starting with book 1, Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns.


Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns (Dragonia Empire Book One) 
by Craig A. Price Jr.
8/14/2018 
Genre: Epic/High Fantasy
Publisher: Claymore Publishing
ISBN: 1946968048
ASIN: B07DH6K38N
Number of pages: 268
Word Count: 56,000
Cover Artist: Mariah Sinclair
Who would win, Dragon Riders or Wyvern Riders?

The Resistance struggles to find a way to defeat the Dragonia Empire; all hope seems lost against the dragon riders, until they discover an island full of wyverns.

Devarius has lost everything. His parents murdered, his sister kidnapped, and the new village he called home: destroyed. The Dragonia Empire has gotten out of control, destroying anything and everything in its path searching for the Resistance.

Devarius is left with little choice but to find the Resistance, join them, and hope he can help them defeat the Dragonia Empire once and for all to bring peace to the land of Kaeldroga.



Excerpt:
Devarius craned his neck as he studied the inside of the wyvern’s throat. It was hard for him to see clearly, but he was curious about the anatomy of the wyverns. Both suns were in the sky that morning, the orange one barely larger than a moon now, but the inside of the wyvern’s throat was still dark. He wished he could use a torch, but if what he suspected was true, using a torch inside of a possible fire wyvern’s mouth would be suicide.

“Devarius!” Aquila whispered through clenched teeth.

Devarius moved his head out of the wyvern’s outstretched jaw and smiled at Aquila as she ran toward him. “Good morning.”

“What in the name of the Creator are you doing?”

“Researching.”

“Are you mad?”

“Possibly?” he said.

Devarius shrugged and stuck his head back into the wyvern’s mouth.

“Devarius! Get your head out of that creature’s mouth.”

He turned his head around. “I assure you, Aquila, I’m safe.”

“How do you know that?”

“Ayla told me.”

She glanced to the small wyvern, who nodded enthusiastically. Aquila clenched her eyes shut, her hands shaking as she watched Devarius turn back to inspect the inside of the wyvern’s throat.

“What are you looking for?”

“It’s interesting. This creature has a uvula like we do, but there’s a small hole at the bottom of it. At the tip of the hole, I see a dab of fluid … like it’s about to fall down onto its tongue.”

“Why is that important?” Aquila asked through clenched teeth.

Devarius turned around and grabbed a small wooden bowl. “Ayla, can you ask the wyvern if it’ll let me touch and … possibly squeeze its uvula gently?”

“You want to what?” Aquila demanded.

“Ayla?”

Ayla cocked her head to the side, then looked from the wyvern to Devarius. Her mouth opened and a vibration came out, but no sound. After a moment, Ayla glanced back to Devarius, paused, then nodded.

“Excellent,” Devarius said.

“Devarius, so help me, if you stick your head back in that wyvern’s mouth and squeeze its uvula, I’ll … I’ll ...”

“Don’t stress so much,” he said. “I’ll be fine.”

He winked at her before reaching his hand inside the wyvern’s mouth and squeezing its uvula gently. A thick translucent orange liquid dripped. Devarius wrinkled his nose as he watched small droplets of the liquid fall into the wooden bowl. He squeezed a little harder. The wyvern grunted, and its jaw shivered. Devarius watched as the drips turned into a small stream. He let go of the uvula and carefully exited the mouth of the wyvern.

Aquila stared at him wide-eyed. She exhaled a long breath like she’d been holding it since he began.

Devarius grinned at her as he showed her the small bowl of translucent orange liquid.

“You can close your mouth now,” Devarius said.

Ayla translated for him, and the wyvern shut its mouth. It looked down at Devarius and sniffed the bowl in his hand. Ayla bounced over and sniffed the liquid as well. Her head fell to the side, as if questioning what it was.

“I don’t know, but I hope to find out,” Devarius whispered to Ayla.

He sat on the ground and grabbed a few glass vials from his sash to study the liquid inside them. Aquila sat next to him.

“What is it?” she asked.

“I’m not sure.” He used a small metal scalpel to scrape a line of the liquid onto the ground.

“What are you doing?” Aquila asked.

Devarius didn’t turn away from the ground as he withdrew his flint and steel from his bag. With one swipe, sparks flew onto the ground. When the sparks hit the liquid, it burst into flame immediately. Unlike a natural fire, these flames rose over ten feet high. Devarius leapt back, diving over Aquila and pinning her to the ground. He placed his body over her, shielding her from the fire.

While holding her down, he turned around to stare at the flames. After a few seconds, they died down, but were still at least three feet tall. He got to his feet and helped Aquila up.

A perfect line where he’d poured the liquid burned furiously. The two of them stared in awe. Even the wyvern watched the flames curiously, its head to the side. Ayla nuzzled against him.

“What just happened?” Aquila asked.

“I think I discovered how a red wyvern breathes fire.”

“The liquid?”

“Oil. I felt it with my fingers. It’s oily. Whatever it is, it’s extremely flammable.”

“How does it catch the oil on fire? Can it create a spark?”

“I don’t think so,” Devarius said. “Remember how hot its breath is?”

“Yes.”

“If it’s hot enough, it’ll instantly ignite the oil.”

“That’s incredible.”

“I wonder if the other wyverns have similar oil. I wonder if it’s different.”

Aquila touched Devarius’s shoulder. “Don’t you put your head in any more wyverns, Devarius. I mean it.”

He smiled at her. “I won’t … today.”

“That’s not funny.”

Devarius forehead creased.

“Are you trying to raise your eyebrows?” she asked.

The crinkles on his forehead changed. “Yeah … why?”

She smiled at him. “Because you no longer have eyebrows.”

His eyes widened as he reached up and touched the soft, hairless skin above his eyes.

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Craig A. Price Jr. is a USA Today Bestselling Author. His novel, The Crimson Claymore, an Epic Fantasy Adventure novel that has garnered millions of reads, was featured in fantasy, had more than 17,000 votes, and more than 1,000 comments/reviews on the social networking platform for readers and writers, Wattpad.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Book Review: Entropy (Atrophy #4) by Jess Anastasi

Entropy (Atrophy #4)
by Jess Anastasi
August 6, 2018
290 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Captain Qaelan Forster is used to trouble. He lives on the wrong side of the law and he’s on the most-wanted lists. He’s mixed up in his cousin's mess who has problems on a cosmic level—like shape-shifting aliens who want them dead. But Qaelan’s not prepared for the cheeky kind of trouble called Camille Blackstone, whose infamous father has any man interested in his daughter executed.

After Camille drags Qaelan into an impulsive act of rebellion, she finds herself trying to defend the sexy captain from her overprotective father's wrath, even if she has to handcuff herself to the sexy captain to keep him alive. However, it soon becomes apparent there are much more dangerous things lurking in the dark corners of the universe than a vengeful pirate lord. And she's just landed in the middle of it.

The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum
Book #3 Diffraction
Book #4 Entropy


Jess Anastasi is one of the very few sci-fi romance authors that can capture my attention as a reader with her Atrophy series. I’m super invested in these characters and the bigger plot but most of all, I’m here for the fun she brings to each book.

That said, Entropy wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I think like a lot of readers, my attention is glued to Rian and his love/hate relationship with Ella that has been building for a few books now. It’s so delicious and tense that it’s difficult to concentrate on any other character. Oh, the frustration!

Qaelen and Camille weren’t bad characters but they weren’t stand out ones either. Qae and Camille have more of a friends-with-benefits relationship going on than a full out romance but I did enjoy their bickering and the fact that Camille could get the upper hand on the charismatic and often arrogant Qae. It’s just that their relationship was easily overshadowed whenever Rian was in the scene. Heck, Rian overshadows EVERYTHING because he’s just such an interesting character that demands attention wherever he goes! I really need his book to happen soon, the wait is driving me nuts.

Entropy wasn’t a total loss though. Anastasi continues to build on the bigger plot she started way back in book one but she also detoured into a different sort of adventure with Camille and her father’s reaction to Qae’s presence in her life. The book still fits into the rest of the series but it does have a bit of a different direction. Not bad different but I’m used to the way the previous books’ plots connected. And although each book in the Atrophy series can technically operate as standalones, I wouldn’t suggest just jumping into the series. Go back and read the series in order because I guarantee that you’ll get hooked and want to know just how everything fits into the bigger plot. Plus, Rian is irresistible.

Not going to lie, Rian is a larger than life character that the author has created and he will not be ignored. In my opinion, as long as he remains a secondary character, I doubt diehard fans are going to pay much attention to anyone else. He really needs his story told if any other characters hope to have the spotlight to themselves any time soon. Entropy isn’t my favorite book of the series but it does have a role to play and it has quite a bit of Rian in it so it’s worth the time.

Rating: 3 ½






Adria Reyes


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Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn't deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he's one of the kids. You can find out more about Jess at www.jessanastasi.com

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sheep Movie Review: The Meg (2018) Spoiler free

The Meg (2018)
Aug 10, 2018
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub
Written By: Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Cast: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Winston Chao, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy
Runtime: 114 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for action/peril, bloody images and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
A deep-sea submersible--part of an international undersea observation program--has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific... with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew--and the ocean itself--from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below.

Now that's a shark movie! If you go to a killer shark movie you are going to get exactly what you expect. The movie should judged based on that...it isn't meant to win an Oscar, it is meant to make you laugh...cause really, riding on the back of a Megalodon? That's some funny sh**. It is meant to make you cringe and possibly jump. And if Jason Statham is in it, there is going to be action hero feats of epic proportions. 

I saw The Meg with my 17-year-old daughter and a friend of mine. We all loved it. It has every shark movie cliche (except one...which I am so disappointed they didn't do it but I can't tell you cause possible spoiler) Anyway... if you think they didn't do that on purpose then you got no business seeing The Meg. This movie is not for you.

There isn't much else to tell...what you see in the trailer is what you get...Yay!

And if you are one of those "Does the dog die?" people (you know there is a website where you can go and find out if the animal dies in any movie.)

Here is the answer (Highlight): *******No, the dog lives****

All three of us give it 4 "Megalosheep"





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