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The Main Dish

We don’t have a lot of young adult books on our page, but it’s time to shake things up a little. Introducing The Main Dish by Victoria Kimble. It releases in July, but the paperbacks are available for preorder now!

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers

Scarlet Williams is so close to living her dream–to be the youngest violinist at the Summerset Festival. She’s worked her fingers to the bone and put in the long hours to make sure she earned her spot… and the admiration of a boy she has her eye on. But when her sister Sadie is cast in a cooking show in LA, her plans go off the rails.

A summer in LA with her family while Sadie works to be the top chef on the show means a summer away from her music, and her shot at being in the festival. As much as she wants to stay, she doesn’t have any choice, and soon she’s packing up her violin and putting her dream on hold while Sadie chases hers. Though she’s not content with being invisible, and soon she makes a decision that could change everything.

Overall, The Main Dish was exactly what was promised–a YA story with sisters at odds and their individual dreams. The writing was clean and simple, penned in the way I imagined a teenage girl would write in her diary. Everything’s an explosion of failure in one moment and nothing the next, a glimpse into what it means to be a high school girl.

I normally don’t read YA, but I found The Main Dish to be a light read with a good message of sacrifice and honesty. The idea of the Young Gourmet show could be a book on its own! And Scarlet makes a few mistakes that hurt the ones she loves, but learns from it and becomes a better person. Although my daughter’s only five, this book will sit on my shelves until she’s old enough to read it.

Overall, I thought it was a good story with some totally teen moments with simple writing that conveys several very important messages. I would recommend this book to YA fans that enjoy light reading, particularly those in middle school.

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The Enchantress

After my last dabble in fantasy, I needed a pallet cleanser with a new witch-like woman to bring some magic into my bookshelf. Enter The Enchantress by James Maxwell, The Evermen Saga Book 1.

Heat Level:❤️❤️

Genre: New Adult Fantasy/Adventure

Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers

Ella and Miro are orphaned siblings, raised in a world governed by runes, a substance that has the power to both kill and create, an an emperor. While Ella goes to school to become an Enchantress and learn how to create the simplest of spells and cast the ones which might win the ever-present war, Miro trains to be a Blade Singer, the protectors of the realm. As they work on their craft, they begin to wonder the truth about their parents and where they came from.

Each country has a lexicon, a book of spells and runes that govern each country, which are almost constantly at war. Some live by fire and rock, others use theirs to create skyscrapers and walls. When the one in Ella’s is stolen, the newly made Enchantress needs to find the book and renew the magic within before the spells in her country fade and her people fall at the mercy of the emperor’s troops. Meanwhile, Miro roses through the ranks as his superiors either fall in battle or are taken over to the dark side.

They separately travel their world, gaining her skills, new allies, and learning more about the runes within the lexicons, and their own pasts…while trying to stay alive. This book was like Game of Thrones Jr. it had the same world building effect, but no dragons as of yet, and had a new kind of rune magic I honestly had never seen in a book before. The magic wasn’t all encompassing, it had time limits and blind spots that made it so no one was an all-powerful Enchanter or Enchantress. Their world was a delicate one that constantly needed to have its magic renewed and the ones on the edge of society that lived entirely without runes were seen as weak, although sometimes they were the strongest of all.

The only flaws I found with this book were that the twists were pretty predictable and both siblings were instant masters of their craft. Like a college student fresh outta class is going to be the president of Apple? Well, that’s what happened to Ella. And is a simple private in the Army gonna be made a General in a matter of months? Miro was. That’s the thing with some YA and NA books. The stars are usually the chosen one, the only person who can save the human race, the hero of the Hunger Games. Still, it was nice to see a male and female duo that weren’t romantically involved in saving the word and got matching word counts from both POVs.

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Second Snowfall- New Release by Sarah Fischer 

Hi everyone! I’m happy to announce that the second book in my college romantic suspense series is out and ready for you all! If you like hot firefighters or the secretly delicious computer nerd, then this is the book for you. 

It stars Annabelle. She is the best friend of the star of book 1, Violet. It does have a new romance so feel free to give it a try if you haven’t read book 1. However, First Semester is on sale for .99 cents so this is the perfect time to pick it up. 


Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Second-Snowfall-Elton-Hall-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0733MKZ45

Amazon UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Snowfall-Elton-Hall-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0733MKZ45

Amazon CA- https://www.amazon.ca/Second-Snowfall-Sarah-Fischer/dp/1640341382


I hope you enjoy this series and I hope it either takes you back to a time where you were able to let loose and really enjoy yourself or it gives you the opportunity to live through the characters who do


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Do You Know the Stars of PLL?

My love affair with Pretty Little Liars began well before the TV show came out. I discovered the books and quickly devoured them, waiting on baited breath for the next one to come out. However, when the TV show started, I got excited for a whole other reason. Holly Marie Combs was in it! She was in Charmed which is, to this day, my favorite TV show. But upon watching the show, I began to realize that there are other amazing actors gracing us with their presence. So, let’s see how well you know the actors. 

Troian Bellisario

troian

                    1. What age did Troian make her film debut?

                          A. 7

                          B. 20

                         C. 14

                         D. 4

                    2.  Troian wanted Spencer to die, why?

    A. She and Lucy didn’t get along

    B. The hours were negatively affecting her relationship with Patrick 

     C. She felt the show would be more interesting if one of the main four died since A seemed to put them in danger and then save them 

     D. She was unhappy with the way her story line was going and was offered a role in a different TV show

     3. Troian has always been an activist and has recently teamed up with who? (Hint: #SelflessSelfies)

     A. Shutterfly

    B. Burt’s Bees 

    C. Apple 

    D. Revlon 

Ashley Benson 

ashley

    4. Ashley is a big fangirl. Which fandom did she dress up to see the movie?

     A. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

     B. Breaking Dawn Part 2 

     C. Mockingjay Part 2 

     D. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

                    5. What was her first acting job?

                          A. Lil Romeo music video

                          B. Domino’s Commercial 

                          C. Day’s of Our Lives 

                          D. Community Theater with Vanessa Hudgens 

                   6. What did Ashley consider her “dream job”?

                          A. A guest role on The OC

                         B. A guest role on How I Met Your Mother

                         C. A guest role in Supernatural

                         D. A guest role on Zoey 101

Lucy Hale

aria

                   7. Lucy has an obsession with something on the darker side… What is it?

                        A. Horror Movies 

                        B. Unsolved Murders 

                        C. The paranormal 

                        D. BDSM books like 50 Shades

                  8. Which PLL character did Lucy initially audition for?

                       A. Spencer

                       B. Emily

                       C. Mona

                       D. Hannah  

                 9. Who was her first celebrity crush?

                      A. Zac Hansen

                      B. Nick Carter

                      C. Justin Timberlake

                      D. Zac Efron   

Shay Mitchell 

emily

              10. What is her food obsession?

                    A. Tacos

                    B. Chocolate 

                    C. Pizza 

                    D. Sandwiches

            11. She co-wrote a book. What’s it called?

                   A. Bliss  

                   B. Blame 

                   C. Blind 

                   D. Black

           12. What age did she begin modeling? 

                    A. 11

                    B. 15

                    C. 9

                    D. 20

Ian Harding

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          13. Everyone has a fear, what’s Ian’s?

                  A. The Ocean 

                  B. Heights

                  C. Spiders 

                  D. Snakes 

         14. Ian has a reputation for something around the set, what is it? 

                  A. Sleeping 

                 B. Flirting 

                 C. Pranking 

                 D. Eating       

        15.  Ian and one of his female costars are super close. Which one is it? 

                A. Shay

                B. Sasha 

                C. Ashely

                D.  Lucy

Sasha Pieterse

sasha

         16. Performing seems to be hereditary. What do her parents do?

               A. Singers

               B. Dancers 

               C. Actors 

               D. Write screen plays 

       17. She is a creative person. Sasha has her own jewelry line called what? 

            A. Rigid Accessories 

            B. Righteous Accessories 

            C. Rigid Creations 

            D. Righteous Creations  

     18. She, like Cady Haring from Mean Girls, lived in Africa and was homeschooled. But she graduated early. What age did Sasha finish school?

           A. 14

           B. 16

           C. 17

           D. 13 

Keegan Allen 

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   19. Keegan write poetry, acts, and is super into photography. But his real talent is dancing.

         A. True 

          B. False  

 20. He did not have his first kiss on camera. How old was he when it happened? 

        A. 10

        B. 15

        C. 18

        D. 12

21. Keegan has a close connection to a certain family member…who is it?

        A. His mom

        B. His dad

        C. His brother

        D. His dog 

Janel Parrish 

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22. She also sings! Janel was on the soundtrack for one of the TV Shows or Movies she acted in. Which was it? 

        A. Pretty Little Liars 

        B. Bratz 

        C. Zoey 101 with Jamie Lynn Spears 

        D. High School Possession 

23. Janel is also a broadway baby. What show was she in?

        A. Annie 

        B. Matilda 

        C. Les Miserable 

        D. Mary Poppins 

24. Janel likes her ink but do you know how many tattoos she has?

       A. 3

       B. 6

       C. 11

      D. 17

Bonus Question 

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How did Holly Marie Combs get the scar above her eye?

     A. She walked into a marble table as a child

     B. She got hit with a tennis racket 

     C. Horseback riding accident 

     D. Car crash

Correct Answers

  1. D                11. A                        21. A
  2. C                12. B                         22. B
  3. B                13. A                         23. C
  4. A                14. C                         24. C
  5. B                15. D                         25. A
  6. A                16. B
  7. C                17. C
  8. D                18. A
  9. A                19. B
  10. C                20. D

In case you’re looking on your phone and this is annoying, the questions with the correct answers in red are at the bottom of this post 

 

So, How Did You Do?

1-9 Correct: Do you even stalk?

10-19: Correct- I’m becoming impressed

20- 25: You probably already know who AD is, don’t you

About Me

My name is Sarah Fischer and I am a romance novelist. My books feature girls in college dealing with relationships, friendships, and of course…danger

First Semester can be seen on Amazon HERE

Troian Bellisario

 1. What age did Troian make her film debut?

               A. 7

               B. 20

               C. 14

               D. 4

2.  Troian wanted Spencer to die, why?

    A. She and Lucy didn’t get along

    B. The hours were negatively affecting her relationship with Patrick

     C. She felt the show would be more interesting if one of the main four died since A seemed to put them in danger and then save them 

     D. She was unhappy with the way her story line was going and was offered a role in a different TV show

3. Troian has always been an activist and has recently teamed up with who? (Hint: #SelflessSelfies)

     A. Shutterfly

    B. Burt’s Bees 

    C. Apple

    D. Revlon

Ashley Benson

4. Ashley is a big fangirl. Which fandom did she dress up to see the movie?

     A. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

     B. Breaking Dawn Part 2

     C. Mockingjay Part 2

     D. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

                    5. What was her first acting job?

                          A. Lil Romeo music video

                          B. Domino’s Commercial 

                          C. Day’s of Our Lives

                          D. Community Theater with Vanessa Hudgens

                   6. What did Ashley consider her “dream job”?

                          A. A guest role on The OC

                         B. A guest role on How I Met Your Mother

                         C. A guest role in Supernatural

                         D. A guest role on Zoey 101

Lucy Hale

                   7. Lucy has an obsession with something on the darker side… What is it?

                        A. Horror Movies

                        B. Unsolved Murders

                        C. The paranormal 

                        D. BDSM books like 50 Shades

                  8. Which PLL character did Lucy initially audition for?

                       A. Spencer

                       B. Emily

                       C. Mona

                       D. Hannah

                 9. Who was her first celebrity crush?

                      A. Zac Hansen

                      B. Nick Carter

                      C. Justin Timberlake

                      D. Zac Efron

Shay Mitchell

              10. What is her food obsession?

                    A. Tacos

                    B. Chocolate

                    C. Pizza

                    D. Sandwiches

            11. She co-wrote a book. What’s it called?

                   A. Bliss  

                   B. Blame

                   C. Blind

                   D. Black

           12. What age did she begin modeling?

                    A. 11

                    B. 15

                    C. 9

                    D. 20

Ian Harding

          13. Everyone has a fear, what’s Ian’s?

                  A. The Ocean 

                  B. Heights

                  C. Spiders

                  D. Snakes

         14. Ian has a reputation for something around the set, what is it?

                  A. Sleeping

                 B. Flirting

                 C. Pranking 

                 D. Eating

        15.  Ian and one of his female costars are super close. Which one is it?

                A. Shay

                B. Sasha

                C. Ashely

                D.  Lucy

Sasha Pieterse

         16. Performing seems to be hereditary. What do her parents do?

               A. Singers

               B. Dancers 

               C. Actors

               D. Write screen plays

       17. She is a creative person. Sasha has her own jewelry line called what?

            A. Rigid Accessories

            B. Righteous Accessories

            C. Rigid Creations 

            D. Righteous Creations

     18. She, like Cady Haring from Mean Girls, lived in Africa and was homeschooled. But she graduated early. What age did Sasha finish school?

           A. 14

           B. 16

           C. 17

           D. 13

Keegan Allen

   19. Keegan write poetry, acts, and is super into photography. But his real talent is dancing.

         A. True

          B. False 

 20. He did not have his first kiss on camera. How old was he when it happened?

        A. 10

        B. 15

        C. 18

        D. 12

21. Keegan has a close connection to a certain family member…who is it?

        A. His mom

        B. His dad

        C. His brother

        D. His dog

Janel Parrish

22. She also sings! Janel was on the soundtrack for one of the TV Shows or Movies she acted in. Which was it?

        A. Pretty Little Liars

        B. Bratz 

        C. Zoey 101 with Jamie Lynn Spears

        D. High School Possession

23. Janel is also a broadway baby. What show was she in?

        A. Annie

        B. Matilda

        C. Les Miserable 

        D. Mary Poppins

24. Janel likes her ink but do you know how many tattoos she has?

       A. 3

       B. 6

       C. 11

      D. 17

Bonus Question

How did Holly Marie Combs get the scar above her eye?

     A. She walked into a marble table as a child

     B. She got hit with a tennis racket

     C. Horseback riding accident

     D. Car crash

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Above the Flames

There is a battle brewing and it is likely to take you off guard. However, there is a plus side…book 2 is out! Above the Flames is book 1 and book 2 is Surrounded by Flames. Both are by Cassandra Fear and Surrounded By Flames is out today, so get ready to get your binge on!

Jasmine Reynolds has this ability to conjure blue flames that she discovers on her 16th birthday. But who cares? She continues to live her life as normal until she turns 18, when all chaos breaks loose after an earthquake releases the demons. Yes, I said demons. As it turns out, that battle I mentioned earlier is between demons and angels. Well, she was not prepared for this and she is captured.

But don’t fear! There is someone out to save her. Well, okay, he isn’t necessarily out to save her. Amon wants to get back into God’s good graces, as he is a fallen angel. What better way than to rescue the beautiful girl with the power to make all the difference?

As you may have guessed, Amon is gorgeous and Jasmine noticed. Hell, everyone has noticed. But they can’t run off and make eyes at each other because they’re still in the middle of a war. So, do they have the power to take a stand, or will they succumb to, not only their emotions, but also to their circumstances? Sometimes, you’ve fallen too far to come back.

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One of the things that I liked about this book was it seemed real. Okay, Sarah have you lost your mind? How can the book be real? Stay with me here. The characters had the angst and attitude of characters of their ages. Jasmine was 18. She was filled with frustration, and had a vulnerability about her that sometimes shifted to the confidence of a woman with the sexuality of a lady. I love this age group because  I think watching them come into their own is one of my favorite parts of these books. Well, that and Jasmine was feisty and hysterical. I loved reading her.

This is a great book, but fyi, there is a good amount of violence. This book is about a war, so the violence should be assumed, but I’m just putting that out there in case you missed it. It’s an older young adult novel, but I thought it was enjoyable anyway.

With book 2 coming out tomorrow, I am so excited. Don’t bother me! I will be in a reading nook with my kindle and a nervous tickle in my stomach because I can’t wait to see what happens!

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Be sure to check out First Semester. It is my college Romance and it’s available now on Amazon. Click Here

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Books and Booze Charity Basket

Sarah and Kelsey have donated a basket to the No You Cant’cer Foundation event in Atlantic City tonight. But they didn’t do it alone, not by a long shot. There are four lovely authors who have graciously given their books to be added to this wonderful prize, which will be raffled off tonight with all proceeds going to colorectal cancer and ostomy awareness and education.

17426088_10154400700772286_1265782561820900422_nSo let’s take a look at these four authors, and their wonderful books!

Jeniffer Loring: Firebird

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1. She has also published a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and a novel, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015). Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Firebird HERE!

JL Drake: Broken

Best selling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.

When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.

An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.

She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Broken HERE!

Jennifer Allis Provost: Heir to the Sun

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Heir to the Sun HERE!

Christine Hartmann: Wild Within

Christine Hartmann grew up in Ohio and Delaware and loves traveling to exotic, romantic settings. After a college semester in Kathmandu, her first three “real” jobs were all in northern Japan, where she lived for almost 10 years. She currently splits her career between her daytime occupation (improving the quality of veterans’ nursing home care) and her nights/weekend avocation (writing both fiction and non-fiction books). Her husband Ron Strickland is a well-known long-distance hiker and trail guide writer and the founder of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Christine loves reading, pilates, bicycling, snorkeling, and health foods that taste like they’re bad for you. You will often find her at a keyboard, a German shepherd at her side, and Ron whispering sweet edits over her shoulder.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Wild Within HERE!

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The Sorting Hat Goes to Scotland

Sarah and I aren’t just raving Sassenachs, we’re also “Potterheads”, as we grew up with Harry Potter and waited for our Hogwarts letters that never came. Sarah’s a Ravenclaw, as evident by her crazy work ethic and logical way of thought that she uses in her daily life. I mean, I’m an adult, but Sarah’s the adult I go to when I need an adult, if you catch my drift? Anyway, I’m a Slytherin because I look awesome in green and calculate my options before deciding what will best benefit myself and those I care about. So, we wondered what houses our favorite Outlander characters would belong in…

Geillis Duncan-Slythin

Is there anyone else who seems like more of a Slythin than Geillis? She loves potions, uses others for her own personal gain, and her eerie green eyes are certainly the Slytherin hue!

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Bree Randall-Hufflepuff

“A Hufflepuff?” you may ask. “But Bree is so smart! Surely a Ravenclaw? Or A noble Gryffindor?” Nah, she’s a Hufflepuff. She’s loyal to those she loves, and will defend them fiercely…I mean look at how angry she was with her own mother when she found out her bio father wasn’t Frank. Also, if given a choice, she would probably pick whatever house Claire wasn’t in.

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Roger Wakefield-Ravenclaw

Is there any doubt that Roger is a Ravenclaw? He’s intelligent, educated, and his musical prowess shows off his creative side. Also, couldn’t you see this mild mannered reverend’s son as a Prefect?

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Master Raymond-Hufflepuff

Hufflepuffs don’t get enough love, but we think Master Raymond belongs with Hegla Hufflepuff. He’s kind, longs to help, and very loyal to those he cares about. And those herbology skills he has would certainly come in handy during his time at Hogwarts. But some think he might have a pinch of Slytherin in him, after all, his blood line is what keeps things going and he’s very sly, although it’s for a good cause. His pure motives put him in the Hufflepuff house!

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Jamie Fraser-Gryffindor

Was this even a question? That bravery, that loyalty, that shock of red hair! He’s obviously a Gryffindor. Hell, is there anyone else who could give “The Boy Who Lived” a run for his wizard gold like “The Man Who Lived”? Jamie is an unstoppable force and old Voldemort would never stand a change.

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Laoghaire Mackenzie

Hello, she tried to get a woman burned at the stake because she wanted Jamie Fraser all to herself! Although I think a lot of us wish we could be Jamie’s main squeeze, Laoghaire went overboard, showing her cunning and the way she will destroy anyone who opposes her. Also, she’d totally be made into a Prefect because she’s a kiss-ass to those in authority.

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Claire Fraser-Ravenclaw

There’s no smarter woman in the 1700’s like Claire Fraser. She’s a plotter, a planner, and has the brains to potentially change history. Was there ever a question that she’s basically the new Rowena Ravenclaw?

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Mary Hawkins-Hufflepuff

Darling Mary, the poor soul who only wanted happiness and love is just the kind of gentle soul who belongs in Hufflepuff. She’s shy and soft spoken, but when it comes to those she loves, Mary can bare a set of fangs that would make a Slytherin run for cover.

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Black Jack Randall-Slytherin

You know this Grade A jerk would be the one who would open the Chamber of Secrets and don his Death Eater’s hood the moment he got the chance. I even bet he’d be the new Voldemort!

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Dougal Mackenzie-Gryffindor

Yeah, old Dougal can be a bit of a jerk, but often it’s because he’s doing what’s right. He’s still a brave man who wants freedom for his country and the people he fights with. I mean, remember when he trotted out into Redcoat territory and Bonny Prince Charlie practically swooned at his bravery? That’s a Gryffindor for you.

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Compt St. Germain-Slytherin

This slimy snake would sell out his own mother if it meant he could have a bit of power. You know he’d be in favor for the decimation of the muggle born wizards and probably mistreat his house elf. Total Slytherin.

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Murtagh Fraser-Griffindor

Has there ever been a more loyal friend than Murtagh? He’s basically the Ron Weasley to Jamie Fraser’s Harry Potter. He’ll go to the ends of the earth for those he cares about and always keeps his promises. A true Griffindor that belongs on a Chocolate Frog card.

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What do you think? Were all these sortings spot on, or do you have other houses you’d think they’d be better sorted to?  And what house are you in?

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