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The ''Kiki Strike'' books are a series of action/mystery/adventure books written for young adults by Kirsten Miller. They center on Ananka Fishbein, a teenage bookworm whose curiosity leads her to discover an underground city with a troop of delinquent Girl Scouts, known as the Irregulars.

There are three books out: ''Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City'' (2006), ''Kiki Strike: The Empress' Tomb'' (2007), and ''Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers'' (2013).
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!!Tropes Used:

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: One of Dee Dee's concoctions gives you this.
* BadassBookworm: Anaka eventually grows into this.
* BeautifulAllAlong
* BeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The [[http://www.kikistrike.com/ website]] demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable. The third book moves to the catacombs of Paris.
* BigApplesauce
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. [[spoiler:It's a lie to scare her into doing it]]. In the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.
* BrilliantButLazy: Ananka.
* BrutalHonesty: Why the girls often think Oona is rude.
** Leads to BigEgoHiddenDepths: Oona honestly didn't realize that people see her as mean and rude until Ananka pointed it out to her.
* CuteBruiser: Kiki herself.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Dee Dee Morlock.
* DeadpanSnarker: Oona Wong.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Luz Lopez.
* {{Delinquents}}: Luz makes illegal weapons, Oona's a forger and master computer hacker, and Kiki is a thief. And they're Girl Scouts.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler:In the third book, Ananka finds herself falling in love with Betty's boyfriend, Kaspar--or, at least, [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces she ''thought'' she was falling in love with him]]. In the end, the other Irregulars reveal that they already knew she had a crush on him, as she didn't really do anything to hide it (even Betty knew, but she was okay with it). Ananka eventually gets over her crush on Kaspar and presumably starts going out with a guy named Hector, who, as described by Oona and Iris, the youngest of the Irregulars, is essentially a male version of Ananka]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: In both the literal and figurative (high school social status) sense. The first book notes that there are so many deposed Eastern European princesses that no New York high-class social circle would be complete without one.
* {{Evil Prince}}ss: Sidonia.
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: In the first book, after solving the drug-smuggling ring in the Shadow City, the gang sells the patent to an invention they use to explore the city, split the profits, and (for the most part) go their separate ways. Kiki later reunites them to help her stop Sidonia.
* FieryRedhead: Luz Lopez.
* [[GirlScoutsAreEvil Girl Scouts are Morally Ambiguous]]: Or, at the very least, far too fond of illegal and/or questionably-legal activities to fit in well, which is why Kiki seeks them out at the beginning of ''Shadow City''.
* HandsOffParenting: Ananka's parents.
* HeroicAlbino: Kiki Strike.
* HotBlooded: Luz Lopez.
* MadScientistLaboratory: Dee Dee has one.
* MasterOfDisguise: Betty Bent.
* MineralMacGuffin: The ring Kiki has to steal.
* MysteriousPast: It's hard for Ananka to tell who or what Kiki is because she won't let on.
* {{Nerd}}: Ananka.
* NewTransferStudent: Kiki Strike.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Oona pretends not to understand English so she can spy on her salon-goers' secrets.
* TheObiWan: Verushka, Kiki's royal bodyguard.
* OnOneCondition: Ananka received an inheritance she's not allowed to spend on anything other than educational fees.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The inscribed ring.
* PennyAmongDiamonds: Subverted. See ScholarshipStudent below.
* PerfectPoison: Death by chocolate allergy...almost.
* ThePlan: Sidonia. Kiki pulls one over on her.
* {{Ruritania}}: Pokrovia.
* ScholarshipStudent: Subverted. At her school, where the students are split into "scholarship girls" and "wealthy girls", Ananka is the outsider, because one of her relatives left the family money that can ''only'' be spent on education and nothing else. Ananka is neither rich (outside of the education fund) nor a good student, though her low grades are because [[BrilliantButLazy she's bored]].
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Kiki Strike is the WaifFu-practicing leader of the Irregulars, but protagonist Ananka narrates.
* SixthRanger: Iris.
* TheSnarkKnight: Oona switches on and off with Ananka.
* TalkativeLoon: The captives.
* TruthSerum: {{Inverted|Trope}} in that said chemical actually just makes you seem trustworthy, which makes people ''more inclined'' to give you the truth. It can't ''force'' people to tell the truth.
* TheStoic: Kiki Strike.
* WaifFu: Kiki is the size of a young child and can take out grown men.
* WrenchWench: Luz Lopez.

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The ''Kiki Strike'' books are a series of action/mystery/adventure books written for young adults by Kirsten Miller. They center on Ananka Fishbein, a teenage bookworm whose curiosity leads her to discover an underground city with a troop of delinquent Girl Scouts, known as the Irregulars.

There are three books out: ''Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City'' (2006), ''Kiki Strike: The Empress' Tomb'' (2007), and ''Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers'' (2013).
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!!Tropes Used:

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: One of Dee Dee's concoctions gives you this.
* BadassBookworm: Anaka eventually grows into this.
* BeautifulAllAlong
* BeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The [[http://www.kikistrike.com/ website]] demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable. The third book moves to the catacombs of Paris.
* BigApplesauce
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. [[spoiler:It's a lie to scare her into doing it]]. In the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.
* BrilliantButLazy: Ananka.
* BrutalHonesty: Why the girls often think Oona is rude.
** Leads to BigEgoHiddenDepths: Oona honestly didn't realize that people see her as mean and rude until Ananka pointed it out to her.
* CuteBruiser: Kiki herself.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Dee Dee Morlock.
* DeadpanSnarker: Oona Wong.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Luz Lopez.
* {{Delinquents}}: Luz makes illegal weapons, Oona's a forger and master computer hacker, and Kiki is a thief. And they're Girl Scouts.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler:In the third book, Ananka finds herself falling in love with Betty's boyfriend, Kaspar--or, at least, [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces she ''thought'' she was falling in love with him]]. In the end, the other Irregulars reveal that they already knew she had a crush on him, as she didn't really do anything to hide it (even Betty knew, but she was okay with it). Ananka eventually gets over her crush on Kaspar and presumably starts going out with a guy named Hector, who, as described by Oona and Iris, the youngest of the Irregulars, is essentially a male version of Ananka]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: In both the literal and figurative (high school social status) sense. The first book notes that there are so many deposed Eastern European princesses that no New York high-class social circle would be complete without one.
* {{Evil Prince}}ss: Sidonia.
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: In the first book, after solving the drug-smuggling ring in the Shadow City, the gang sells the patent to an invention they use to explore the city, split the profits, and (for the most part) go their separate ways. Kiki later reunites them to help her stop Sidonia.
* FieryRedhead: Luz Lopez.
* [[GirlScoutsAreEvil Girl Scouts are Morally Ambiguous]]: Or, at the very least, far too fond of illegal and/or questionably-legal activities to fit in well, which is why Kiki seeks them out at the beginning of ''Shadow City''.
* HandsOffParenting: Ananka's parents.
* HeroicAlbino: Kiki Strike.
* HotBlooded: Luz Lopez.
* MadScientistLaboratory: Dee Dee has one.
* MasterOfDisguise: Betty Bent.
* MineralMacGuffin: The ring Kiki has to steal.
* MysteriousPast: It's hard for Ananka to tell who or what Kiki is because she won't let on.
* {{Nerd}}: Ananka.
* NewTransferStudent: Kiki Strike.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Oona pretends not to understand English so she can spy on her salon-goers' secrets.
* TheObiWan: Verushka, Kiki's royal bodyguard.
* OnOneCondition: Ananka received an inheritance she's not allowed to spend on anything other than educational fees.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The inscribed ring.
* PennyAmongDiamonds: Subverted. See ScholarshipStudent below.
* PerfectPoison: Death by chocolate allergy...almost.
* ThePlan: Sidonia. Kiki pulls one over on her.
* {{Ruritania}}: Pokrovia.
* ScholarshipStudent: Subverted. At her school, where the students are split into "scholarship girls" and "wealthy girls", Ananka is the outsider, because one of her relatives left the family money that can ''only'' be spent on education and nothing else. Ananka is neither rich (outside of the education fund) nor a good student, though her low grades are because [[BrilliantButLazy she's bored]].
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Kiki Strike is the WaifFu-practicing leader of the Irregulars, but protagonist Ananka narrates.
* SixthRanger: Iris.
* TheSnarkKnight: Oona switches on and off with Ananka.
* TalkativeLoon: The captives.
* TruthSerum: {{Inverted|Trope}} in that said chemical actually just makes you seem trustworthy, which makes people ''more inclined'' to give you the truth. It can't ''force'' people to tell the truth.
* TheStoic: Kiki Strike.
* WaifFu: Kiki is the size of a young child and can take out grown men.
* WrenchWench: Luz Lopez.
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30th Nov '14 6:32:21 PM 102372
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The ''Kiki Strike'' books are a series of action/mystery/adventure books written for young adults by Kirsten Miller. It centers on Ananka Fishbein, a teenage bookworm whose curiosity leads her to discover an underground city with a troop of delinquent Girl Scouts. Has 3 books out: ''Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City'' (2006), ''Kiki Strike: The Empress' Tomb'' (2007)' and ''Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers'' (2013).

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The ''Kiki Strike'' books are a series of action/mystery/adventure books written for young adults by Kirsten Miller. It centers They center on Ananka Fishbein, a teenage bookworm whose curiosity leads her to discover an underground city with a troop of delinquent Girl Scouts. Has 3 Scouts, known as the Irregulars.

There are three
books out: ''Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City'' (2006), ''Kiki Strike: The Empress' Tomb'' (2007)' (2007), and ''Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers'' (2013).



* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors- In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. But, [[spoiler: it's a lie to scare her into doing it]]. Similarly, in the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.
* BeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The website demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable. The third book moves to the catacombs of Paris.

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors- In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. But, [[spoiler: it's a lie to scare her BadassBookworm: Anaka eventually grows into doing it]]. Similarly, in the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.
* BeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The website demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable. The third book moves to the catacombs of Paris.
this.



* BigAppleSauce

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* BigAppleSauceBeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The [[http://www.kikistrike.com/ website]] demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable. The third book moves to the catacombs of Paris.
* BigApplesauce
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. [[spoiler:It's a lie to scare her into doing it]]. In the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.



* BrutalHonesty: Why the girls think Oona is rude.

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* BrutalHonesty: Why the girls often think Oona is rude.



* {{Delinquents}}: Luz makes illegal weapons, Oona forges and is a master computer hacker, and Kiki is a thief. And they're Girl Scouts.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler:In the third book, Ananka finds herself falling in love with Betty's boyfriend, Kaspar--or at least [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces she ''thought'' she was falling in love with him]]. In the end, the other Irregulars reveal that they already knew she had a crush on him, as she didn't really do anything to hide it (even Betty knew, but she was okay with it). Ananka eventually gets over her crush on Kaspar and presumably starts going out with a guy named Hector, who, as described by Oona and Iris, the youngest of the Irregulars, is essentially a male version of Ananka]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses : In both the literal and figurative, highschool social stature sense. The book notes that there are so many deposed Eastern European princesses that no New York high class social circle would be complete without one.

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* {{Delinquents}}: Luz makes illegal weapons, Oona forges Oona's a forger and is a master computer hacker, and Kiki is a thief. And they're Girl Scouts.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler:In the third book, Ananka finds herself falling in love with Betty's boyfriend, Kaspar--or Kaspar--or, at least least, [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces she ''thought'' she was falling in love with him]]. In the end, the other Irregulars reveal that they already knew she had a crush on him, as she didn't really do anything to hide it (even Betty knew, but she was okay with it). Ananka eventually gets over her crush on Kaspar and presumably starts going out with a guy named Hector, who, as described by Oona and Iris, the youngest of the Irregulars, is essentially a male version of Ananka]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses : EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: In both the literal and figurative, highschool figurative (high school social stature status) sense. The first book notes that there are so many deposed Eastern European princesses that no New York high class high-class social circle would be complete without one.



* TheFellowshipHasEnded: In the first book, after solving the drug smuggling ring in the Shadow City, the gang sells the patent to an invention they use to explore the city, split the profits and (for the most part) go their separate ways. Later on Kiki Strike reunites them to stop Sidonia.

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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: In the first book, after solving the drug smuggling drug-smuggling ring in the Shadow City, the gang sells the patent to an invention they use to explore the city, split the profits profits, and (for the most part) go their separate ways. Later on Kiki Strike later reunites them to help her stop Sidonia.



* [[GirlScoutsAreEvil Girl Scouts are Morally Ambiguous]]: Or at least too fond of illegal or questionable activities to fit in well, which is why Kiki seeks them out at the beginning of ''Shadow City''.

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* [[GirlScoutsAreEvil Girl Scouts are Morally Ambiguous]]: Or Or, at least the very least, far too fond of illegal or questionable and/or questionably-legal activities to fit in well, which is why Kiki seeks them out at the beginning of ''Shadow City''.



* {{Nerd}}: Ananka

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* {{Nerd}}: AnankaAnanka.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Oona pretends to not understand English so she can spy on her salon-goers' secrets.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Oona pretends to not to understand English so she can spy on her salon-goers' secrets.



* PennyAmongDiamonds: Subverted, see ScholarshipStudent down below.
* PerfectPoison: Death by allergy... almost.
* ThePlan: Sidonia... and then Kiki pulls one on her.

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* PennyAmongDiamonds: Subverted, see Subverted. See ScholarshipStudent down below.
* PerfectPoison: Death by allergy... chocolate allergy...almost.
* ThePlan: Sidonia... and then Sidonia. Kiki pulls one over on her.



* ScholarshipStudent: Subverted; At her school, where there are a lot of scholarship girls, Ananka is the outsider because one of her relatives left the family money that can ''only'' be spent on education and nothing else. Ananka is neither rich nor a good student (though her low grades are because [[BrilliantButLazy she's bored]].)

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* ScholarshipStudent: Subverted; Subverted. At her school, where there the students are a lot of scholarship girls, split into "scholarship girls" and "wealthy girls", Ananka is the outsider outsider, because one of her relatives left the family money that can ''only'' be spent on education and nothing else. Ananka is neither rich (outside of the education fund) nor a good student (though student, though her low grades are because [[BrilliantButLazy she's bored]].)



* TheSnarkKnight: Oona switches on and off with Ananka for this.
* TalkativeLoon: the captives.
* TruthSerum: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in that the said chemical actually is worn to make you seem trustworthy, not make the wearer of it tell the truth.

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* TheSnarkKnight: Oona switches on and off with Ananka for this.
Ananka.
* TalkativeLoon: the The captives.
* TruthSerum: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in that the said chemical actually is worn to make just makes you seem trustworthy, not make which makes people ''more inclined'' to give you the wearer of it truth. It can't ''force'' people to tell the truth.



* WaifFu: Kiki is practically the size of a small child and can take out grown men.

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* WaifFu: Kiki is practically the size of a small young child and can take out grown men.




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9th Mar '14 7:58:47 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* LesYay: Kiki and Ananka, oh boy. Ananka is "spellbound" by Kiki, and takes care to discuss her appearance in great detail. It goes both ways: Ananka is special to Kiki as well, being the only one of the irregulars who sought Kiki out instead of being recuited by her. All of the other Irregulars are there for some sort of reason-- master chemist, inventor, master of disguise, forger-- but Ananka is there because of her library, which is a flimsy excuse by Kiki for "I like her".
26th Jan '14 10:59:30 AM FrozenPrincess
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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors- In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. But, [[spoiler: it's a lie to scare her into doing it.]]. Similarly, in the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors- In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. But, [[spoiler: it's a lie to scare her into doing it.]].it]]. Similarly, in the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.


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** Leads to BigEgoHiddenDepths: Oona honestly didn't realize that people see her as mean and rude until Ananka pointed it out to her.
17th Dec '13 5:46:24 AM FrozenPrincess
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Added DiffLines:

* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler:In the third book, Ananka finds herself falling in love with Betty's boyfriend, Kaspar--or at least [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces she ''thought'' she was falling in love with him]]. In the end, the other Irregulars reveal that they already knew she had a crush on him, as she didn't really do anything to hide it (even Betty knew, but she was okay with it). Ananka eventually gets over her crush on Kaspar and presumably starts going out with a guy named Hector, who, as described by Oona and Iris, the youngest of the Irregulars, is essentially a male version of Ananka]].
29th Oct '13 11:29:10 AM luiz4200
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* OnOneCondition: Ananka received an inheritance she's not allowed to spend on anything other than educational fees.
27th Oct '13 9:57:06 PM wuggles
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The ''Kiki Strike'' books are a series of action/mystery/adventure books written for young adults by Kristen Miller. It centers on Ananka Fishbein, a teenage bookworm whose curiosity leads her to discover an underground city with a troop of delinquent Girl Scouts. As of November 2009, has 2 books out: ''Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City'' (2006) and ''Kiki Strike: The Empress' Tomb'' (2007)'.

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The ''Kiki Strike'' books are a series of action/mystery/adventure books written for young adults by Kristen Kirsten Miller. It centers on Ananka Fishbein, a teenage bookworm whose curiosity leads her to discover an underground city with a troop of delinquent Girl Scouts. As of November 2009, has 2 Has 3 books out: ''Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City'' (2006) and (2006), ''Kiki Strike: The Empress' Tomb'' (2007)'.(2007)' and ''Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers'' (2013).


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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: In the first book, after solving the drug smuggling ring in the Shadow City, the gang sells the patent to an invention they use to explore the city, split the profits and (for the most part) go their separate ways. Later on Kiki Strike reunites them to stop Sidonia.
14th Jul '13 12:27:24 PM MacronNotes
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* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Kiki. Although many characters, both good and bad, find her looks bizarre or unnerving.
31st May '13 7:56:08 AM spino
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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors- In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. But, [[spoiler: it's a lie to scare her into doing it.]]
* BeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The website demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable.

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors- In the second book, Ananka's parents threaten to send her to one if she doesn't get her grades up. But, [[spoiler: it's a lie to scare her into doing it.]]
]]. Similarly, in the third book, Amelia Beauregard's Institute is notorious for destroying a girl's individuality.
* BeneathTheEarth: The Shadow City, of course. The website demonstrates all the research that went into making it viable. The third book moves to the catacombs of Paris.



* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Kiki

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* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: KikiKiki. Although many characters, both good and bad, find her looks bizarre or unnerving.



26th Jul '12 2:15:26 PM Noilen
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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses : In both the literal and figurative, highschool social stature sense. The book notes that there are so many deposed Eastern Eauropean princesses that no New York high class social circle would be complete without one.

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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses : In both the literal and figurative, highschool social stature sense. The book notes that there are so many deposed Eastern Eauropean European princesses that no New York high class social circle would be complete without one.
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