The Bargainer Series by Laura Thalassa Review

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want... at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.
For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it.

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place.

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.

I don't know what it was about this book that compelled me to keep reading.

At first I wasn't sure I was going to finish it. The first few chapters where hard to get by. Not because is bad, the book is truly beautifully written I just couldn't get into the story.

I was maybe 3 chapters in when I got really intrigued and after that I couldn't put it down.

The bargainer is such an enigmatic character, you never know what he's up to other than it can be really bad or sinfully good.

Callie is a siren. A beautiful young woman with a troubled past that pushes through her insecurities to live her best life.

There's some dark topics that are mentioned here and there without being overly descriptive but we get the idea of when and what happened. There where times I got so angry for Callie, no child should ever be treated the way she was. I got mad and that's when I realized I was invested in the story.

Des and Callie are good for each other in the weirdest ways, despite the huge age difference they actually work together. I can't imagine Callie with anyone else. She's the good that's missing from Des's life and he's the spark that was missing from Callie's.

Callie is weird personality wise. She can be super self conscious about her looks and how she doesn't want to be a victim but always end up being one. But at the same time she's not cause she spends half the book doing the boom boom and training. Her Siren though it's super awesome I wish she was out full time. Her interactions with Des are super hawt and spicy. I love her.

Des I can't seem to figure out if I love or hate. He's super sweet and caring one second and the next he's scheming and keeping secrets. He's too manipulative but with "good intentions". He's fiercely protective and powerful. Like a huge peacock flaunting his feathers, he flaunts that body of his to have Callie do whatever he wishes.

I'm really liking the story and the hot scenes are super hawt. I love how their backstories are so similar it gives them a common ground. I jus wish there was a bit more info on how the Otherworld works, there are times that Des just through Callie in the middle of things she doesn't have a clue about and as protective as he is that kinda out of character.

I loved the ending. It was the sweetest thing ever.

Callie truly surprised me on this book, she's fierce and embraces her power with a vengeance. I loved her growth from broken girl to powerful woman.

Des will always be Des. He still keeps secrets even from Callie, but I have to admit that He does it all for a good reason.

I can't believe I ended up loving even the side characters that I know close to nothing about. Temper and Malaki should have their own book.

The thief of souls was down right creepy and at times I wondered if he was going to outsmart and outmaneuver Des and Cassie. He seemed an unbeatable force and I was truly worried.

I really enjoyed the story and the pace of it. It was sweet and super sexy, thrilling and agonizing. I was glued to the pages more so than the previous books.

The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is because I feel that some things were left unanswered or just glassed over but other than that it was pretty darn good.

Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

Have you ever felt the need to reread a book as soon as you finished it?

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition: Kindle
Rating 1000 out of five.
Best read of 2020

I have no words to describe how good this books was. It has everything I love to find in a book and then some. Its action packed, funny, romantic, sad at times and hawt too.

The action scenes are flawless I swear I could see it all as if I was in a movie theater. There where times I thought they weren't going to make it and I cringed with fear for many of the characters.

The romance is slowly paced through the book but once it's on, it is beautiful. Poppy and Cas are perfect for each other. He encourages her to become her best self. He doesn't holds her back, she's his equal and he treats her as such. His love for her is all consuming. Poppy grows into herself, she learns to accept every single part of what makes her unique and in doing so she accepts Cas for who he is.
I won't deny it I cried a lot. There's something about the way the author writes that sucks me in. I felt I was Poppy her pain and fear where my own. It's been years since I was this emotionally invested in a book.

Kiernan I wish I could put him in a bottle and carry him around with me forever. He's one of my favorite side characters ever.

Alastair gave me the creeps at one point I even stopped thinking of the ascended as the main villains. I think he is the one Cas and Poppy should fear.

This is the best book I've read this year. I don't even think I'll be able to find another book that can ensnare me as this one did, at least not for a while.

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, 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, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

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 Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Book Review


Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets - a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Do you prefer action or romance?

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Edition: kindle
Rating: 5/5 and my broken heart

I'm a romance reader, I love books that have a strong couple that endures everything that's thrown their way and come out closer and stronger.

That being said this book got me hooked from the get go. No it's not a romance. It shows a different kind of love, one that is born out hardship, pain, loss and loneliness.

This ragtag crew is as close as a family can get. They bicker and fight but they're there for one another when it counts. They love each other even if they don't say it.

The couples that formed within the crew are beautiful. Each story has a heart of their own. I laughed and cried with them all as their stories unfolded.

This book broke my heart in more ways than one. I feared for them all and when all was said and done my heart broke some more.

Kaz and Inej I loved. They are so scarred inside and at the same time so strong. They both are the glue that holds the crew together and I can't wait to see what becomes of them on the next book.

Wylan and Jes are the funniest. They've gone through hell and back but haven't lost that spark. I loved them and how they worked their way towards one another. They are essential to the crew not just because of their abilities but because they can put a smile on their faces no matter the situation.

Nina and Mathias are the sweetest most lovable couple. He's the most innocent man. He works through his beliefs out of love for Nina and learns to accept everyone for who they are no what they are. Nina seems strong but she's the sweetest. I can't say no more, I won't spoil this for you.

What this crew accomplished is nothing short of a miracle all the book is action packed my anxiety levels went through the roof. I swear I wanted to hurt their enemies so bad.

I loved seeing some characters from the Grishaverse verse too. I missed them a lot.

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.

Different POVs yay or nay? It's been a while since I read a book with so many change in POVs. So it took me a while to get used to it. That been said I loved it.

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Edition: Kindle
Rating 5/5

The world #leighbardugo created is amazing. My favorite character so far is Inej or maybe Matthias, I found their backstories super interesting and their voices easy to get into.

Kaz is a tough cookie to swallow but that's what makes me like him even more. All tough on the outside but a scared kid on the inside.

The way the author describes the scenery is beautiful you can picture everything.
All the gang is awesome and their adventure it's epic.

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her at LeighBardugo.com, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram.


Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout COVER REVEAL

 OMG guys finally the day has arrived the cover of Grace and Glory is finally here and I can´t stop staring. It´s so gorgeous and I´ve been waiting for this book for so long that I cant think of anything else but the Pub. date.

which by the way is 

January 6th 2021

Now it´s is my honor to present you with this magnificent cover

 Look at this beauty!!!!!!

Finally!!! It's here, #graceandglory. If you haven't read the Harbinger Series by @jennifer_l_armentrout this is the time to do it.


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Do you change genres or do you always read the same?
I tend to mix it up a bit, I've been reading quite a lot High Fantasy lately and I needed something to cleanse.

So I picked up some fluffy romantic comedy that I had on my tbr for quite a while and it didn't disappoint

The hating game is the kind of book I would pick to go to the beach. It was fun and fresh.
Lucy and Josh are hilarious. Those comebacks and the "I want you but I hate you" vibe had me glued to the book from the first chapter.

Lucy is a dorky psycho. Which is cute cause she's chihuahua size. Josh is a sexy giant with zero social skills.

There's great chemistry it's sexy and I loved it. It was exactly what I needed right now.

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Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and The Simpsons Movie director David Mirkin. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. The Hating Game has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.

Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, was released on 29 January 2019 by William Morrow Books and debuted at #37 on the USA Today Bestseller List.

Sally is writing two more books for William Morrow, and is currently drafting her third book.

Sally lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband Roland- plus a pug called Delia and a horse called Louie.


Grishaverse Series Review

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
This is the best series I read so far this year. I got lost between the pages.

The characters are amazing, I was drawn to them. Even The Darkling took a piece of my heart.

I loved Alina and her growth as the books progressed was amazing. She came into herself. She's not perfect but has drive and hope. The weight of loss and how she fights to overcome every obstacle thrown her way.

Mal I liked a lot, was he my favorite? No, but I'm deeply satisfied with how it all ended. A full beautiful circle of life, loss, fear and happiness. That's life for everyone even in books.

My favorite character was Nicolai he is amazing, witty, strong, fierce and loyal. A man after my heart. He fights for what he believes in, for the good of his country, his people and the few close to his heart.

Zoya, Misha, Tamar, Tolya, Genya, David. I could name all the characters in this series and find unique qualities to them all.

The world building was fantastic, the cities, the culture, tradition and faith it all plays an integral part of the story.

I ugly cried more than a few times reading this books.

This is a series that breaks your heart and puts it back together. But like with every good book the scars remain.

Aleksander I mourned for you too.

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Shadow and Bone

Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars--with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for Leigh's newsletter: 


Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….

I had a very hard time writing this review. It's not that I didn't loved the book, I did. But I wasn't really sure how I felt about the ending.
The book was action packed, Ren and Ivy where great as always. But Tink takes the cake he's the best, the greatest. He's hilarious and saves the day in the weirdest ways.

The human fae interactions where interesting, I see new bonds forming and maybe a hint of a new relationship there shhhh 🤫 no spoilers.

My problem with the ending is that I feel they tried so effing hard and at the end they kinda won but kinda didn't. I guess this leaves a door with open for the author if she wants to revisit this world.

All in all it was an amazing ending for the series and a beautiful ending for Ren and Ivy.

“Look at me.”
Slowly, his gaze lifted to me. “I’m looking at you, Sweetness. Always am, even when my eyes aren’t on you.”

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.