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I'm with the Banned

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Thank you Netgalley for this Arc! 

I started this book today and realized it is a sequel! Unfortunately I haven't read the first book in this series.  I think I would really enjoy it though and I'm going to go ahead and add the Afterlife series to my wishlist!

What I read of this book was fun and fast-paced.   I'm looking forward to reading the whole series over a weekend as soon as I am able!
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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley 

I got this for me and my bestie to binge read together and we both love it!
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I did read the 1st book in this series and enjoyed it as a fun, easy read, but I found this one to be even better. And yes, this one needs to be read as a series since this book does build off of the events and characters of this first one.

Now, that she's the Queen of the Vampires...or at least, for the district, and a witch, the politics of her situation are becoming a hard balance. Her laws are very different than the ones of her eviler predecessor, and the other paranormal communities aren't ready to trust her. Add the werewolves automatic hate for vampires, which is being kept at bay simply because her boyfriend is a werewolf, and it's a sticky situation. Especially when something keeps killing werewolves and they want to blame the vampires.

This is not a deep read but rather one with tons of tension fun. The main character has a lot of spunk and as a newbie to this entire vampire thing, is doing her best to balance it all. And considering she's still a teen, it's a lot on her plate. She's fun to read about, though, and her thoughts do cause some laughs and giggles sprinkled between the more dangerous scenes. It's a fun mix

Romantically, it's not as exciting as it could be as it becomes more of a battle to keep the werewolves and everyone balanced. Although there are some surprises on this end, too. But if you're reading this only for romantic tension, it's more of a fun action read (which I prefer). The hero is swoon-worthy, though, and things don't always turned out as expected, which keeps this book on its toes.

I can't wait to see if and when book 3 hits the shelves because these characters are quite a bit of fun for those simple reading moments.
I received an ARC and really enjoyed this one.
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The second book in the YA ‘Afterlife’ trilogy! Thanks Netgally and @ for my e-ARC! 

I was a bit nervous about this read because of the first book, however I really enjoyed it! The storyline and movement of the story improved so much with this book and personally I think it’s way better than the first one.

I really enjoyed seeing Tansy grow and deal with everything life threw at her. She definitely took everything in stride and handled things the best should could, being a teen Vampire Queen and all that. That being said, I LOVED how although she’s queen, Marlene made sure to still add in all the typical teen habits (if you will) into the plot. 

As I said earlier, the movement of the plot was so much better in this book and I enjoyed how there was always some kind of drama or mystery that the gang needed to solve. The addition of werewolves in this book was great- now we have everything I love; vampires, witches and werewolves all together again 🥰😂! 

This story was intriguing, sarcastic and comedic. It also had a sweet romance intertwined which I really liked. The romance between Tansy and Vaughn is complicated to say the least and I feel like Marlene did a great job of connecting their relationship and teenage drama to ‘real-life’ people 👏🏻. This is definitely a fun and easy read.

I am curious to see what happens in the next book!
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What a fun and bingeable read I’m with the Banned was! This one was much more fast paced than Afterlife, and I really enjoyed all the characters and the drama.
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I think I may have liked this one better than the first book. The story was just more fast-paced. I did not, however, like what happened between Tansy and Skyler. And I think Tansy was way too forgiving. 
Overall a great read, with a mean cliffhanger
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This book was fun, fast-paced and very enjoyable! I liked all of the characters and thought the conflict was fun. Marlene Perez's writing style is very beautiful and clear.
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If you’re looking for a comedy -horror this is the ruby for you. I’m With The Banned: book two in the Afterlife Series by Marlene Perez💜❤️. First saw Afterlife of the Party on the last shelf of the YA section at barnes and nobles, but like Travis’s siren calls, I gave it a stake. This unique take on Vampires was awesome! Just because he sparkles and has fangs doesn’t mean you’ve found your Edward. The first book took me on a [Afterlife] ride, so when I saw I’m with the banned, I had to request it! Hellcats! It did not disappoint,In this Edgy and Vampy with a dash of Comedy, you get to meet our new heroine, and Vampire Queen, Tansy Mariotti.  Where we realize even if you’re a Queen you have to get your hands dirty to fix a mess and save the lives of humans and vampires alike.  Add in finding whose (s)taking hearts while protecting your own. 

My hunches were always just the tip of the drumstick and it was an amazing feeling. The action parts had me rooting for the good girls and pets alike, just wish they lasted a bit longer. The Aftermath where the gang comes together had a hitch and had me thinking we wouldn’t get it after all. The hitch in question, the comments by “Schuler” that always hit their mark and I’d totally prefer a drumstick to the heart, since it hurts less. On that note, I hope to see a redemption arc for their friendship. But I have high hopes for this friendship because our Tansy  taught us that you never leave a girl behind even if her head’s in the wrong place or in this case, side. Ending had me looking up dates and stalking for the next book in the series. I’m ready for another ride with the supe gang and anticipating Voldemort’s entrance. 

Thank you, Netgally for this gem in return for my honest review
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This was so fun! So well built and fast paced that I wasn't able to put it down till I reached the end. I was absolutely captivated by the atmosphere, and the characters.
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The best decision I have made in regards to reading this year, was continuing to read this series. If you are looking for a ya vampire series that gradually has more action, fade to black romance scenes, mythical creatures, and a strong female lead you will not be disappointed. Bonus that the book is quick paced and easy to follow. I found myself being able to connect with the characters regardless of our current age differences. While this is a fantasy it is a fantasy, I will tell you I forgot this at times due to how well the story flowed.
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I'm with the Banned follows our girl Tansy as she navigates even stranger supernatural waters, and her new responsibilities as the vampire queen of California with the help of some old and new friends.

LISTEN HERE, TANSY DID NOT COME TO PLAY IN THIS ONE. She was awesome before, but now she's taking it to the next level and I'm here for it. She's growing more mature by the minute, my little baby. I love her so much.

Skylar surprised me with her behaviour. In book one the circumstances were different so she's forgiven for acting so odd, but now? YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE SKYLAR, NONE.

I almost started to like Vaughn, but then he would choose his friends over Tansy every time. I get it Vaughn, you have responsibilities and all that, but if you've been in love with her for so long why are you neglecting her now when you have her?

Tansy would go to hell and back for her friends, which she keeps proving time and time again, and yet they can't extend the same courtesy to her. It's infuriating.

Rose and Thorn got bigger roles, it's what they deserve. I hope we get to know them even more in the next book.

Surprisingly, Travis is becoming one of my favourite characters in the world. He's a lot funnier now that he's not kidnapping girls to drain them dry. I'm digging the western vibe, and how he's always at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I don't have much to say about the wolf pack, except if they don't all start liking Tansy ASAP I'm throwing hands. They're cool though (not Connor).

Hecate is one of the new characters too, and I want to hug the hell out of her. See what I did there? Authors don't often use hellcats in books, and Hecate is the prime example of why they should start. You cannot go wrong with a floofy hellcat who likes pies.

There's another character who comes back, but I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. I just want it known that I hate them with the passion of a thousand burning suns.

Now for the other tidbits.

This is one of those books that you can binge in a day if you feel like it. And you should feel like it, because it's super fun. Dare I say, even more entertaining than book one? I do dare.

The writing is better in this one too. In my review of The Afterlife of the Party, I said how it was choppy on occasion. Definitely not the case here, everything flows smoothly.

I can't wait to see what shenanigans these characters will be up to next. Less than a year till that happens, I'm counting down the days.

*Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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After the exciting events of Afterlife of the Party (which I loved so very much) I was impatiently waiting for this book, and I’m With the Banned doesn’t disappoint! 

The story starts out with Tansy staring in her new role as Queen of the Vampires and having a lot more responsibilities with a steep learning curve! She not only has to continue with her human responsibilities, like school and being a teenager but also with keep the vampires in line and that is a full-time job in and of itself. Especially while she is still learning all the rules.

On top of that Tansy is missing Vaughn, her handsome and fun boyfriend, after a summer apart. As excited as she can be, Tansy is looking forward to the first day of school because she will finally be reunited with Vaughn, or so she believes… Vampires, Werewolves, the return of  The Drainers, murder and more make up this action packed supernatural story. 

This story is another fantastic supernatural adventure that is full of wonderful characters, snarky lines, funny moments, twists, turns and a plot that will have the reader addicted to turning the pages. 

I devoured this story in one sitting and immediately wanted more because I was not ready to say goodbye to these characters nor this world! I hope this series continues. Highly recommended. I received an ARC via NetGalley and Entangled Publishers and I am leaving an honest review.
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Tansy is a busy high school senior. She's got school, homework, a catering gig on the side, a hot boyfriend and a finicky best friend, not to mention the upcoming homecoming dance! You know, all those things that take up your time when you're seventeen. Well, to top it all off, she's the freaking Queen of the (California) Vampires! What's a girl to do? 

This is a fun read, a mix of the dazzle and swoon of Twilight and the supernatural world building of True Blood.  I did come late to the party though, this is book two of the series. There's enough exposition to glean what happened in the first book, but more history probably would have added to my enjoyment of this one. There are some continuity challenges with the story, but I think that's beside the point. 

Vampires, Werewolves, Hellcats (this is a new one), and Witches! Who knows what can happen with that mix? 

My thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This is a story about surviving the almost dead.

I read both the first book & this one this weekend & was pleasantly surprised by how fun they were!  I love a good horror comedy (esp bc it’s the season!) & these were highly entertaining. 

Semi spoiler ahead- not for anything specific but a  couple general thing I didn’t love:

The MC’s best friend is the actual WORST.  Our protagonist is willing to walk through fire for her, and she’s honestly pretty awful in return… And I love strong friendships in books, so that definitely disappointed me.  Also I wanted the main character to be a bit more OP, since as she was I don’t think she would’ve lasted long in the established world.

Overall, a fun time was had reading both books!

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ . 💫 /rounded to 4

Thank you entangled teen  & netgalley for the eArc!
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"... I was about to go all girl detective"
This is just one of the really good quotes I found in this book. The thing about second books in trilogies is that they tend to be a little less than the prequel and not enough for the sequel... it seems this was not the case.
I found this book to have enough balance to keep up what was left from the first and leave me hanging to read the third.
For the fans of Twilight and Vampire Academy this book was a fun and interesting story about teenagers, werewolves, vampires and witches, about treason, friendship and love that I really enjoyed.
With a badass main character, her incredibly handsome boyfriend, her complicated best friend and her unique and strong grandmother, it kept me entertained till the very end.
I liked the dynamics between the characters and the plot development was so good and easy to follow , it didn't take me more than a day to finish it. 
It isn't just a really good urban fantasy book , it is so much fun too!
"The secret to why Tom Cruise doesn't age"
I know I'll take with me many things from this book but one message more than the others...
"We can't choose our parents, ... But we're not responsible for their mistakes either"
Leaving hints of what may happen after and how the characters may react to it, makes this story definitely fresh.
I'm glad I read it and many more people should
"Everyone is scared, Tansy, it's what you do with the fear that makes the difference"
"If you want your life back? ... Then take it"
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Nowhere on netgalley did this mention it being a sequel. I didn't know until I opened the book.
I honestly should have done some research before requesting this. 20 pages in and I have to dnf because I didn't read/know about book 1, and book 2 doesn't make sense without it.
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Tansy is a Queen in the sequel and it was cool to see her adventures continue. This book is perfect for fans of "Twilight" and "Crave." I will be posting a review closer to the pub date..
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I read the first book in the series before reading this one. It was full of twists and a fun read! I’m here for Tansy and will be continuing to follow this series as the books come out. 
Thank you to Netgalley for this arc ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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The is book number 2 in the afterlife series.  It was a very fun read and I have enjoyed watching Tansy grow into her role of being Vampire Queen. Even if she is in high school, she is still relatable to the older crowd (like myself) too. This book is a light read and still very heart warming.
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I really enjoyed this one! The second book of the series, make sure to read book 1st. I am glad I was able to read this. It YA paranormal and I throughly enjoyed it.
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