book review: the girls by emma cline

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Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Publisher: Random House Publishing

Rating: 5 stars

ARC, own, library: own (hardcover edition)



First Thoughts

Words are most likely going to fail me with this review but I will try my damnedest to bring you guys a great review and convince you all to read this. I loved every single minute of this book and I now want to read all the cult books. I even want to go watch cult documentaries, which is something that I can’t always stomach.

This book is just absolutely beautiful. It’s beautiful in the way it’s written. It’s beautiful in how the story is told. Yes, it’s dark and yes, it’s so very graphic. But I couldn’t help but love it and love everything surrounding it.


The Plot

I’m not sure how to classify the plot or describe it in a way that will do it justice. It was very character driven. It surrounded the character, Evie. But also it was leading up to this big event. The story was told through past chapters and present chapters, which was unique and I enjoyed it a lot. Evie is telling the story of how she became part of a cult without realizing it was actually a cult. I found that I enjoyed the cult part better than her present life. The cult life was more interesting and had more going on then her present adult life. There was more substance there. The adult Evie was just sad and lost, not knowing what to do or where to go next.


The Characters

Evie was the main character, as you might have gathered. I enjoyed her a lot as whole but I really loved teenage Evie. She was complex and flawed. She made horrible decisions and a lot of the time I wanted to shake some sense into her. She was a typical teenager (in the past chapters). I also gathered that Evie was bi. I don’t believe it was actually stated that she was bisexual but it was very much obvious to me that she was. She was very much in love even borderline obsessed with a girl from the cult, Suzanne. But she was also into several guys. It was beyond refreshing to see teenagers explore their sexuality.


Trigger Warnings

Praises aside, this book is graphic as hell. I’m talking super graphic and not for the faint of heart. I’m just going to list out all the trigger warnings. Beware, it’s a long list: weight shaming, parental neglect and abandonment, inappropriate student/teacher relationship mentioned, underage drinking, abuse (parental), drug use, sexual assault on a minor (repeated), and use of the word r*tard.


Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a fantastic book. It is very closely based on the Manson murders and the cult, at least that is the vibe I got from it. I don’t know how accurate it is or if the book was actually even based on it. Regardless of that, this book is definitely one you should not sleep on despite it being a few years old. If you can get past all the trigger warnings, I have no doubt many of you would enjoy this.

 

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arc review: war of storms by erica cameron

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Publication Date:November 5, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Rating: 3 stars

ARC, Own or Library: ARC (Netgalley and Entangled Teen)



Note: this will be in the form of my old reviews as I written it out before I started doing my new style.

This will be a hard review to write. Because I really enjoyed this book but I spent a lot of time confused. This series is one of those series that you need to binge read or at least read as close together as possible. A lot of things happened, a lot of detailed things that need to be remembered and I couldn’t remember what had happened in the first two books. And that was the problem. I hadn’t read the first two books since the end of last year.

Another thing that really bothered me was the weird dynamic between Khya and Tessen. I know that it wasn’t the main focus of the story but it was one of the best parts. In this book, this relationship seems strained. Maybe it was just the threat of war going on. They just didn’t seem that much into each other and it made me sad. Because their relationship was so great and positive. It did turn around a little but I couldn’t help but remember the early days of their relationship.

Alright, let’s talk about a positive real quick and believe me, this is one of the best things about this book. The sexuality, gender, everything fluidity is amazing. There are several non binary characters. There is a polyamorous relationship. There is just so much diversity. It makes my heart so happy. Even the cover model is a POC. Seriously guys, the diversity is awesome!

As far as the plot goes, it was good. Parts of it were pretty slow, like the traveling. (this is the part where a map would have been incredibly handy. I didn’t know the layout of the land that well.). But overall, I enjoyed it and I really appreciated the ending.

Overall, not a bad book. I think what I need to do is get this trilogy and read it back to back to back. Then I would know my rating would change. But still, it would be worth reading and checking this series out.

 

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book review: if walls could talk by lucy worsley

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Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Rating: 4 stars

ARC, ow, or library: own (paperback edition)



Note: this will be written in my old style review, as I typed it before I started doing my new style.

This was one of those random thrift store pick ups that you honestly wouldn’t even think to look at. I think my mom ended up finding this for me. She knows I am interested in all things United Kingdom and was sure I would like this book. It honestly sounded right up my alley.

This was definitely an insightful book. I learned quite a bit about the development of the different rooms of the home, although they were mostly about British homes. American homes were mentioned slightly. I have no idea if British homes are different than American homes.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the pictures mingled amongst the pages. It was interesting to see just what some of the rooms looked like. I am a visual person so seeing it helped me to visualize it better. It made me really want to visit the United Kingdom and all the old castles.

The negative of this book was how repetitive it got to be after a while. A lot of the topics overlapped each other so I was often reading the same thing and getting a lot of the same information. It did get old after a while.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book despite the reptiviness. If you are a huge history buff and are interested in old castles and the histories of them like I am, then adding this to your collection would be worth it.

 

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2019- the year of Lacy ft. January tbr

You guys like my title? I know, I know. I am super cliche.

Anyway. I have decided that this year, 2019, would be the year of me. I am going to make 2019 my best year ever. I am going to read a lot of good and diverse books. I have my goals or intentions (which personally I think sounds better) as one of my coworkers calls it. I’ll list more down below and explain them in detail.



2019 Intentions;

ΔRead 150 books: I really think I can do this. My times when I can read have changed but I can easily adapt. With this goal, I want to read more diverse books. I have realized that don’t read nearly enough own voices books from cultures different from mine and that needs to change. So bring on all the own voices books!

 

ΔKeep up with my blog social media/photography social media: I have all these awesome ideas for all my social media. I then forget about those ideas. This year will be different. I started bookstagram and i wanted to be active with that. Same goes for my photography. I want my social media to grow!

 

ΔBe the best me I can be: I haven’t been happy with the way I’ve been lately. 2018 messed me up. It chewed me up and spit me out. My anxiety and OCD got the better of me. But not this year. 2019 will see me kick its ass and take its name. My illness will not conquer me. I will conquer it.



January TBR;

So this year as part of my goal to be more active with social media, I joined two goodreads book clubs which are Dragons and Tea and Devour Your TBR. They each have books to read. Unfortunately, I am unable to get the Wicker King for Dragons and Tea book club so I won’t be reading that but as soon as it comes available at my library, I sure will.

However, for one of my books clubs the January book of the month is a jam jar Basically, you pick a jar, write all your books on pieces of paper and pick out a couple of pieces of paper and those are the books you get to read. I am going to be honest; I am lazy. I have over 400 books and that’s a lot of work to write each one on a pieces of paper. So I asked my mom and sister to pick a number between 1 and 298 (the number on my spreadsheet that I have done so far). The two books corresponding with their numbers are:

ΔSchool’s Out-Forever by James Patterson

ΔBeastly by Alex Flinn

 

I also have a couple of library books that I need to read. They are:

ΔRules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

ΔThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

 

There is also an ARC I need to read from Netgalley:

ΔAn Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks



So that is it for my books I must read this month. The rest will be filled with mood reading which will include the books Pretty New Doll (as I type this, I already finished it and the book after that, Pretty Broken Dolls) by Ker Dukey and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White.

 

Let me know what is on your guys TBR. I look forward to reading them.

 

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a short year in review-2018

So originally I wasn’t going to do one of these year in review.if you read over 100 books, they get to be a lot. They are a lot work trying to figure out averages of the star ratings and things like that.

Honestly, I would feel awkward and incomplete if I at least didn’t attempt to do one. So i decided to do a short one. It’ll be quick and brief. I will have a little section for stats (which will be brief) and some noteworthy books. I hope you all enjoy!



Stats;

ΔBooks read: 123

ΔPages read: 38,314

ΔAverage rating: 3.6 stars



Notable Books;

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ΔStar-Crossed by Pintip Dunn: It is no secret that I adore Pintip and all her works I have read so far (I am missing I think one or two books). Her writing is amazing and she always has such interesting story concepts. And this book was no exception. It had an unique concept of getting nutrition from pills with only certain people allowed to eat. It had a swoon worthy romance. The MC was of Thai descent and was proud of her heritage, not to mention there was talk of some very yummy Thai food! Everything about this was just amazing.

Goodreads page

My review



ΔProject Prometheus/Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros: I am probably this series biggest fan. There is nothing about this series that I don’t love. Hades had captured my heart and that one scene from Project Prometheus still has me in tears and a broken heart. The plot is intense and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Everything about this series screams buy now and I will make it my life mission to make sure you all buy this series and support this fantastic author!

→Goodreads page for Project Prometheus

→Goodreads page for Hades Rising

→My review for Project Prometheus

→My review for Hades Rising



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ΔTurtles All the Way Down by John Green: This book! Guys, this book! I haven finally read a book where my illness (OCD) is repped positively. The plot itself was kind of meh; but the amazing OCD rep makes up for it in spades. It just made my heart so truly happy to finally be seen and by John Green no less!

Goodreads page

My review

 



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ΔThe Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky: I read this book around January or so but it has captured my heart. It had beautiful prose with a haunting story line. Even the cover was stunning. Everything about this book was just stunning. And that is all you get because this book is best when knowing nothing about it.

Goodreads page

My review

 



Okay, so I hope everyone enjoyed this little review of the year. It’s not as extensive as years past but this year has been full of ups and downs. I hope everybody has a fantastic of safe 2019. Love you all!

 

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my bad reading habits tag

While I was doing some much needed blog hopping, I found this tag over at Books of Magic. Being the tag stealer that I am, I decided that I wanted to do this since most of my blog posts have been either reviews or wrap ups. My poor blog needs a change of scenery.

With this tag, you just list a few bad reading habits you have and give a little explanation as to why it’s a bad or why it ends up working for you. Spoiler alert: my bad reading habits don’t work out too well for me.



I wait too long in between books in a series

Okay, so I love series. I love being able to spend an extended period of time in a world, especially if I love it. There are some times where I binge an older series such as the Uglies series or Harry Potter. But I also have this awesome habit of waiting months, sometimes years before I go onto the next book. It isn’t that I don’t want to read the books, I just forget about them and get distracted by other books that I want to read. This is problematic because I often forget what happened in the previous books and spend most of the time confused. It’s a bad thing, honestly.



I burn myself out on favorite authors

This has happened to me with Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks. These authors follow pretty similar plot lines but yet I still gobble up everything they have. Which means that I read them exclusively for sometimes months on end. This causes me to get super burned out from them and not get excited whenever they release something new. I have gotten a little bit better about this but sometimes I just can’t help myself.



Pretty covers are my downfall

I am an amateur photographer and this often dictates the books I pick out. If there is a beautiful photograph or a model on the cover, this is a super high chance I will add the book to my TBR simply because I adore the cover. I won’t even read the synopsis half the time. This could be either a good thing or a bad thing. So far, I’ve been pretty lucky in my cover only choices but there will be a time where it will bite me in the butt and I will have nothing but regrets.


Well I think this will do it. I hope you all enjoyed a little sneak peak into my messy life. Because I never like to tag people, I am just going to say do this yourself if you want and let me know so I can read them as well!

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recent additions to my tbr #1

I have wanted to do this little segment for quite a while now but I just never remembered or had to the time to sit down and actually look at the books I added to my TBR. I got this from Inside My Library Mind, who always has such creative segments like this, and I decided I just needed to sit down and do it.

This was incredibly fun and it made me think about why I add the books I do. I was lucky this time in remembering why I added the books I did. But there has been a few times, when I went through my TBR, that I couldn’t remember why the book was on there to begin with. I have a pretty terrible memory some days.

Basically just list a few books you added to your TBR and say why you added it or why you are excited about it. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I’ll be sure to link the books I list to their Goodreads page so you can added them to your own TBR.


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 

Why this was added: I added this because it has been traveling around the twitter-sphere. The cover itself is amazing. The premise sounds intriguing. A lot of my trusted reviewer friends have sang this book’s praises and honestly, I need to be reading more diverse books. This is also a fantasy, which is a genre I hardly ever read and need to read more of. I am so ready for this book! The early reviews have been so very promising.



(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen

Why this was added: I have been open about this before but I have mental illness. I have OCD and anxiety. These illness aren’t often represented in books or if they are, it’s not positive and often filled with the “love cures” trope that I cannot stand. I have read several good anxiety/OCD rep and I am hoping this will be another one. It’s an anthology, which are another type of book I need to read more of, and I am so excited.



Brave Enough by Kati Gardner

Why this was added: I love ballet stories. I love reading about the ballet. I love watching the ballet. I love the music that accompanies ballet. I just really love the ballet. And lately I have been hankering to read more ballet driven stories. This one popped up on my radar and I was immediately enticed by the cover. I think this one will be more than just the ballet, as the synopsis mentions that it deals with addiction and cancer. I am ready to cry!



A Tudor Christmas by Alison Weir

Why this was added: This wouldn’t be a true ravenclaw library post if I didn’t have one historical novel in it somewhere. As you all might be aware, I am an avid reader of the Tudor time frame. I’ve always enjoyed reading about the Christmas feasts and I think this would be a fun little book to read during the holidays. Plus, I’ll learn a thing or two from the Queen of Tudor history.

 

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