Girl in the Box Series

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The Girl in the Box/Out of the Box
Contemporary Urban Fantasy

Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes...

(Author's Note: Due to the long-running nature of these series - and the fact that the stories confusingly unfold across two different series, Girl in the Box and Out of the Box, I've broken them into story arcs akin to television seasons/series for reader convenience and easier readability.)





Season Two: Power

6. Broken: The Girl in the Box, Book 6
7. Enemies: The Girl in the Box, Book 7
8. Legacy: The Girl in the Box, Book 8
9. Destiny: The Girl in the Box, Book 9
10. Power: The Girl in the Box, Book 10

Season Three: Vengeful

11. Limitless: Out of the Box, Book 1
12. In the Wind: Out of the Box, Book 2
13. Ruthless: Out of the Box, Book 3
14. Grounded: Out of the Box, Book 4
15. Tormented: Out of the Box, Book 5
16. Vengeful: Out of the Box, Book 6


Season Four: Unyielding

17. Sea Change: Out of the Box, Book 7
18. Painkiller: Out of the Box, Book 8
19. Masks: Out of the Box, Book 9
20. Prisoners: Out of the Box, Book 10
21. Unyielding: Out of the Box, Book 11


Season Five: Nemesis

22. Hollow: Out of the Box, Book 12
23. Toxicity: Out of the Box, Book 13
24. Small Things: Out of the Box,  Book 14
25. Hunters: Out of the Box, Book 15
26. Badder: Out of the Box, Book 16
27. Nemesis: Out of the Box, Book 17

Season Six: Hero

28. Apex: Out of the Box, Book 18
29. Time: Out of the Box, Book 19* (Coming April 3, 2018!)
30. Driven: Out of the Box, Book 20* (Coming June 2018!)
31. Remember: Out of the Box, Book 21* (Coming August 2018!)
32. Hero: Out of the Box, Book 22* (Coming October 2018!)

 *Forthcoming - and possibly subject to wild, artistic scheduling changes. Including change of title.

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Discuss, question and speculate away!

76 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this series. Can you please tell me when the rest of the series will be available on audio? I drive about 20 hours a week for work and I am dying to finish the series. Please help!!!!

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    1. Sadly, it probably won't be, Audry. When last I checked a month or so ago, book four had only sold something like 300 copies, total, over the last year and a half of release. Unfortunately, that's just not enough to justify the cost of continuing the series in audiobook, as it does not even make enough to pay the narrator for her time. Sorry. :(

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    2. Geeky as it sounds (and IS) I've 'read' at least 30% of the 20 books out so far via my iPhones "voiceover" feature.

      It's not very expressive, but after 100 or so pages you really don't notice anymore as you're so 'into the story' the manner it's reaching your language center and transferring into your imagination becomes irrelevant πŸ€“

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  2. Okay Robert (I'm calling you that bcuz after ALL of the Sienna Nealon books I feel like we're on a first name basis!)!!! To say I'm angry with you is an understatement!!!! I'm so upset after reading Hunters t hat I screamed in rage, threw my tablet across the room, then scrambled to pick it up to (no, not check for damage) check and see how long I have to wait to read the next book. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix this mess Sienna is in....PLEASE!!!! Like I cried for her....I was so sad...poor poor Sienna...but I couldn't help but remember the last time she lost her powers (In the Box #4 I think) but she still opened multiple cans of badassery like no one had ever seen...my girl gotta get it together. Fix it Robert! Fix it!

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    1. As author, my job is not really to fix the mess my characters land in. It's to make it SO MUCH WORSE and let them try and dig out. I'm doing my job.

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  3. Are Veronika and sienna related? Lethe had a sister named Acheron, and that's Veronika's last name.

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    1. That seems a likely implication, yes. Though very far removed from one another in the family tree, I’d say.

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  4. TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING!!!!! I know because my moms birthday is exactly two weeks after mine and she’s December 1st! Yeah can’t wait. Happy thanksgiving!

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    1. Yup. Though right now I'm reading Sterling. I'm a masochist like that. I'll write a review in like... 3 months when I finally finish it, heh.

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    2. Brotha please I’m getting it tomorrow I’ll catch up . Although totally pissed you know who killed my favorite two people. I have to read it . It’s calling to me. I’ll check your review 😜

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  6. PLEASE OH PLEASE LET THIS BOOK NOT MAKE ME BAWL MY EYES OUT....... Sienna needs to catch a break from the Crazy Red Head. I am really hoping the random lady that stopped the hoard at the train station ends up being her grandmother and Sienna learns to accept help from family... and that family doesn't betray her!

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    1. Uhm...well...uhm...



      It's a book. And it'll be out December 1st.

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    2. Robert...... what does uhm well uhm mean? Arrrgghhhh

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    3. The strawberry blond has to be good right? Pleeeeaassseee

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    4. The strawberry blond is good! And also not Lethe, who died in 1989 or so. In Michigan.

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    5. THANK YOU I KNEW SHE WAS GOOD! I can’t wait I have no nails left to get me through the book! Uh oh 😁😁😁😁so excited knew it wasn’t Lethe duh haha yeah yeah I can’t wait to see where your mind takes us this go around😜

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    6. Lethe's hair was (naturally) the same shade as Sienna's. No strawberry blonds in that family, unless it came from a bottle.

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    7. 😜 naturally and you can’t get strawberry blond from a bottle only a few of us are lucky enough to be blessed with it😁

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  7. My wife and I read all your books and love them. We're hoping for sienna to win big!! Sanctuary is our favorite!

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  8. This is the best news on a book series since hearing that Harry lives! Well maybe not that exciting... since we all know Sienna will be with us for a while longer, but still. YAY!

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  9. What was Hera's power. I remember Sienna saying she was the last of her kind but didn't say her power unless I missed it?

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    1. I'm honestly not sure if she ever said and hell if I can recall now. I wrote ENEMIES back in 2013, so...it's been a while.

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    2. Good opportunity to do a cliche deus ex machina if you ask me. So, out of all the books coming, from nemesis to driven, which are you looking forward to us readers getting ahold of most?

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    3. The problem I have consistently run up against when coming up with powers is the limits to my creativity. When it comes to these things I'm not that imaginative, at least not on the fly, so I really try and take some time to come up with something good and, if basing the power on an established mythological character, like Hera, I try and dive into their history and pick something that fits their mythology. Zeus, Poseidon, Hades = easy, obvious. Hera, though...when it comes to a definite superpower she is much less easy fodder. I think at the time I sort of looked at it and said, "Whatever, she's not using her power anyway, I'm not going to even say." I *think* that's how it went. I've done that a few times. Call it laziness if you'd like, but I call it wisdom. (Also, laziness.) Once a power is set, I'm boxed in on it and can't change it. Which, in the case of someone like Hera, who doesn't even use her power in the book...seems pointless.

      As to your question, Leucien - NEMESIS. My Advanced Reader Group has it right now and it's prompting roughly the reaction I figured it would when I wrote it. Since about CRUSADER or so, I felt like my writing leveled off in terms of skill ups; after that book it has been very difficult for me to determine if I've improved/whether a book is great or not.

      With NEMESIS...I feel like I might have hit a career high. Early reactions bear this out. So that's the one I'm most looking forward to readers getting. And I don't have long to wait!

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    4. Also, the only one of those forthcoming titles I've written besides NEMESIS is APEX, so...tough for me to vote for TIME or DRIVEN when I'm not entirely sure how they're going to turn out yet.

      And that's not a vote against APEX - it's good. But it's a Season Premiere and NEMESIS is a Season Finale that we've been waiting for through two other books...

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    5. I'm eager to read Nemesis even more now, though I'm a little curious if the Advanced Reader Group is friends/family, proof readers, or just a lucky few; if the last option, what chance would I have of joining it?

      As for powers, I remember asking you a question a looong time ago, and it ended up making it into a book, just because a little flexibility allowed for it to be a joke/reference. If need be, I wouldn't mind hashing out ideas revolving around mythology/power sets, just so I can lighten some of the load on you.

      Take Driven, for instance. You said it's going to be a Reflex based Meta, so let's see... Could go with Hermes, and say that he is a power set that allows for insanely fast reaction times because he's able to process and respond better than anyone. Or you could go with a bit more on-the-nose, and say Phaetheon, the son of the sun god who stole his chariot and rode it until he died.

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    6. The ARC group is an invite-only thing I’ve done for some long-time reviewers in order to try and reverse a series of dive-bombing, day one negative reviews Out of the Box books were getting a while back. It’s currently closed because...well, if it were open I’m pretty sure every fan would like a free copy of the books weeks before release.

      Reflex-based metas are Artemis-types, btw. Long-established. Just my modern nomenclature versus the mythological based one. If you wanted to talk about coming up with something, though, I just sent you an email about an unrelated matter and we could discuss it there.

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    7. admittedly ive not really read girl in the box series very far, but i am REALLY into my greek mythology so i can give a list of the greek gods i can call to name for ideas:
      zeus:god of thunder/king of gods
      poseidon:lord of the wave
      hades:lord of the underworld
      artemis:goddess of the hunt
      apollo:god of archery
      hermes:messenger god
      demeter:goddess of harvest
      perephone:daughter of demeter, goddess of spring
      ares: god of war
      hephaestus: blacksmith god
      athena:goddess of wisdom
      dionysius:god of wine and revelry
      aphrodite:goddess of love
      hercules: demigod of strength
      kronos: titan lord of time
      iapetus: titan whos name means 'the impaler'
      hyperion: titan of light
      helios:god of the sun
      typhon: titan of storms
      atlas: titan general
      uranos: creator
      gaia: mother earth
      morpheus: god of sleep
      nemesis: goddess of revenge
      hecate: goddess of magic
      just ideas fo characters...

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  10. Invite only huh? That’s ok I’ll continue to review the way I always have. Right here. They are lucky indeed ! But then again so are we😁 I’m so excited I have a lot of thoughts on the coming books .... dec first can’t come soon enough great work my friend.

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  11. Two more days πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

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  12. It's out! that's my evening sorted :)

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  13. I actually had to leave my college classroom before finishing the book. That moment with all of the souls... I ran straight home and finished and boy was I howling. I am a very conservative person, though I do laugh and cry at times, never have I felt so emotionally mixed up in my life than reading these books.

    I am so angry but also so happy. I loved them all and you did that to them! But I get it too... things need to change (even if I don't like it :P). At least it's only another 2 months for the next book and I seriously can not wait.

    Thank you for bringing us a great series as it is.... totally kittens. :)

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    1. Yeah, that ending killed me, too. I do love this series, and I think you'll find APEX...an interesting turn for our dear Sienna.

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  14. That was another awesome book. Can't wait for the next one.

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  15. It made me sad but it was good. Really good. Sad Ariadne will never get her memory back now. Love the strawberry blond,(thank you) albeit a bit ditsy and that veiled reference to being left out any conversation and inserting her self into it no matter how. very ingenious Great job on this book. It was my favorite despite the end . See you in feb

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  16. I don't believe that just happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. How could you do that to your readers Robert

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    1. Agreed! Wish she could have kept Wolf and garikov but it needed to happen. ( Inserting here) 😜

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  19. I loved the ending, you have to have main characters dying, or else the threat of them dying becomes meaningless. I love this series. Any chance of a netflix or Amazon tv show?

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    1. There's always a chance, but nothing's in the works right now, unfortunately.

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  20. Hi πŸ™‹ just finished reading Nemesis (great read btw) I understand the reason behind the souls so I'm not going to ask. However I have a question. Probably wrong mind you 😊. If Rose didn't steal the memory from Sienna of Andromeda, would there be any chance of a "soul transfer" between the two because Andromeda was more powerful? Or wouldn't it work because she was just a memory? Keep up the great work. Sian.
    (P.s I know on FB you said you were taking a break from fans but I just had that question) Thanks

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    1. Whatever is left of Andromeda in her mind is just a shadow that left a sort of pre-imagined message for Sienna WAAAAAY back in FAMILY for use in DESTINY/POWER. That said...Rose probably did not get her, but she's not going to be of any use as a transfer mechanism because there's no power there. She's nothing more than memory, word, thought.

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    2. Okay, that was just a thought rattling around I had to get out . Thanks 😊

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  21. Well Robert, Nemesis bummed me out. Just sayin'. I get it; some change and trauma was necessary, but still... bummer! I haven't commented in a while, but I'm still checking this site pretty regularly!

    So, mass death of beloved and well-known characters, Sienna undoubtedly carrying some major PTSD, and missing huge chunks of her memory. Any chance she recovered some of that during her mind-meld with her "other self" in Rose's head, or will she go through life with some fairly substantial amnesia? I'd also hoped Harmon would have a chance to restore Ariadnes memories, but i appreciated the moment Dianna got to have with her anyway.

    I will say, the little nugget about Dianna missing childhood memories, together with Mac's reference to sisters, does sound promising.

    I'm feeling some combination of anticipation (to see how Sienna gets through this) and apprehension (because everything is so very different for her now, and it stinks!) To see where things go in Apex.

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    1. She has substantial amnesia, which will play a big role in 2018's storyline as she heads into confrontation with the powers that be in Revelen.

      Akiyama is actually coming back in book 19, TIME. Had to shuffle things around there to accommodate a big story change I did at the end of the Harmon arc (I didn't originally plan for Sienna to go on the run from the law). Because of that, readjusting to her new status quo takes an entire book before we can get over to Japan for that one.

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  22. Ps for some reason, auto-correct thinks that I must want to say "Dianna" every time I try to spell "Sienna"

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    1. PPS you said a while back that Akiyama would reappear in book 18; is that still accurate?

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    2. No. He's coming back in book 19, TIME.

      Sorry for the delay in reply.

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  23. Sean,

    I noticed the same interesting blend of confusion and had a thought that perhaps Sierra wasn’t sienna’s mother at all, rather her sister & Wolfe’s initial obsession with Sienna was because she was Lethe’s daughter rather than granddaughter.....
    for a psychopathological serial killer, I did have a soft spot for Wolfe.
    Loved all the books & continuous character development. One of my favourite series of all time!

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    1. Right here; had to take a break from the internet to get my life together.

      The deaths of the soul brigade was tragic, and I'll miss wolfe and Bjorn being antagonistic big brothers to sienna... but i trust robert; he wouldn't leave us with gaping holes in our hearts for long.

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    2. ...I wouldn’t?

      Err, I mean...yeah. No. I totally wouldn’t.

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    3. Nemesis was super good!!! But no more friendly souls is a big disappointment!!!! :( :( :(

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    4. Yeah, Robert, you won't. This isn't southern watch, where shit starts cool, and then gets worse, heh.

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    5. It’s true. I believe (and am told by early beta readers thus far) that APEX brings us back to a more even footing, while also reintroducing a fun old favorite character who hasn’t been around for a while and giving Sienna a little happiness somewhere in there.

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    6. Fun old favorite character? Okie dokie, not sure I trust you anymore your shock factor scale went through the top and broke now there’s just an opening at the top and nothing to stop the shock from soaring out 😏

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  25. Nemesis was a hell of a masterpiece. Congratulations on doing what you felt needed to be done, even though it kinda sucks. You know you're an amazing author when your readers cry for your MC! I'm excited to see where it goes from here!

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  26. In nemesis, it talks about sienna having her own biography. Are we reading her biography?

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    1. No. She's telling the story herself, so technically it'd be an autobiography if that were the case.

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  27. Mac asks Sienna if she met Lethe. Assuming he knew Sienna's age, Lethe maybe didn't die in 1989. Sierra could have easily pulled Sienna's memories of meeting her grandmother. Also I'm rereading nemesis and I love the fact that Rose gets her ass kicked several time. not to be morbid but my favorite part is when Sienna and Greg shoot her in the head.

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  28. I love this series so much but I'll miss Wolfe Bjorn and the others. Please bring them back in some way

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  29. I love these series so much!!!! I was wandering if it would ever become a movie or netflix series cause it would be really cool as a movie

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  30. Was about to ask if Driven was going to the last one, sooooo glad its not

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  31. I hate insipid, or predictable and you sir are niether! Here I was all “ah look at Reed being nice, he’s gonna die...” and boom shut the hell up Penelope what do you know. Here’s what I know ... I don’t know how you are publishing at the rate you are and where these worlds deepest be from, but I am mighty glad they do and I only want them to come the way they grow within .. thank you Sir x

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  32. Omg omg omg I literally finished reading it in like two hours it was sooo goooood. When the lady came into the bar and talked about Mississippi I was like awww and literally started bawling. Ahhh it was so good.

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    1. It's funny, cuz I try and put some emotion into every book...but that one killed me to write.

      I mean, uh...I had sand in my eye. Totally. Just a big ol' grain of sand.

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    2. Yeah, this was the first Sienna book to make me cry... more than once! Crying on Harry’s shoulder got to me, too.

      Btw, I always got the sexy vibe btwn Harry and Sienna in the earlier books, just saying.

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  33. Man! What a good one. I'm amazed this book came out so early... I was only lucky to notice it through my Kobo XD. The ending is bugging me though. Who is it? Now I feel like rereading the whole series to figure it out...

    Also I don't blame her bro having those thought about taking the guys power at the end. I myself was kind of hoping even with the supposed OP style he was (does the branching serum give him all elements if he has one? Don't fully understand how he received the water, wind and earth elements and also illusion).

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    1. The Branching Serum (Skill Tree Unlocker) gives him the powers genetically nearest to his, so he had one element and since the others were closely related, genetically, they were the ones he got. Illusion comes from a different tree, apparently close to his secondary power. Which was what made him unique, like Gavrikov, he had two powers by nature, and therefore got two different suites of powers from the Skill Tree Unlocker, plus the boost.

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    2. Okay I figured that but it's nice for confirmation. :) I'm excited for the next book with one of my favourite characters (Akiyama!) will be showing up. Can't wait to see how he will confuse time. XD

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  34. Welcome back Sienna! I loved it! I was so glad she asked before taking the guys powers. Kind a hope she didn’t take them. I miss that smart mouth bad ass kicking girl. When she was so invincible you just knew she was going to win good job Robert. Definitely more or less leveling the playing field youdid a nice
    job with this one! Missed Harry glad he brought her back around. One thing did get me though with such a traumatizing event her life Zollars just left? That threw me a little. Love the strawberry blonde always. Can’t wait till “Time” finally we get to see how Akiyama impacts her life. Ps hard to compete with the old souls so putting new ones in there too soon or at all would just be well too soon. Great job as always . Why would Sigourney save her if the ultimate goal is to defeat her unless Sigourney wants Vlad out of the picture and has been lying to him. I mean why not just let her die there. And Vlads Little Miss speak she looks so much like… Who could she look like Lethe? Or someone else? Cannot wait to see you on April 3

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    1. I had thought of Lethe as well as Archegrey but then I found that wouldn't work for Arche as others know how she looks. Lethe I don't think so as well as it seemed that they had met before so even if Lethe was actually alive what memories would they have taken from her? Baby memories? Could be wrong but eh.. just don't think it adds up as much.

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    2. I totes thought she was Arche, I can’t remember what she looked like before, though.

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