we all looked up

to read a synopsis about this book on Goodreads, click here.


Well, this was a great book besides that ending, which I shall mention later. It got a lot more deep then I thought it was going to be, considering it’s about four teenagers. These teenagers get crazily philosophical with long paragraphs about the meaning of life and death. But I suppose that is bound to happen considering the end of the world is happening for them. I just wish those long paragraphs had gotten broken up into more manageable paragraphs.

What I really liked about this book is that there are four POVs and they all overlap in someway. I liked that because when one event happened that involved two of them, you got to hear from both sides of the story. Not a lot of books can pull that off and this one did it well. It didn’t seem repetitive to me, which is good because otherwise that would have ruined the whole book.

As much as I liked the characters, I found that I couldn’t bond with them all per se. I think each of them was very unique but at the same time, very cliche. We have Peter, who is the jock who is trying to be more than that. There is Eliza, a photographer and the slut of the school. Andy is the burnout going nowhere but he has a heart of gold. Lastly, there is Anita, whose parents demand she succeed and get into Ivy League schools but all she wants to do is sing. Each brought something to the table in terms of the plot but they felt very cliched at times.

I think that is what stopped me from giving this book a full five stars. I liked the characters but couldn’t connect with them. I was also really incredibly disappointed with the ending. But I think this book brings out a good point, which is to live each day as if it was your last. You legit never know when the end is coming so tell that human you love them and pet your dog extra because by tomorrow, you could be gone. Simple as that.

 

xxlacy

the tbr book tag

For those that don’t know what tbr means, it means to be read. As in, those mountains of books on your Goodreads shelf that you just pretend doesn’t exist while adding more and more to the pile.

Yeah, you all know what’s up. hides the baskets and totes of books in the closet. 

Anyway, I wanted to do a tag but couldn’t really think of one to do. So I searched book tags on WordPress and found one on a blog by Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books. Super clever name, might I add. So I decided why not give it a whirl.

As always, props to the original creator. Your hard work is appreciated in creating this tag.


How do you keep track of your TBR pile? 

Ha..ha…ha. Funny joke. say that in a Yoda voice. I got that from Game Grumps. Okay, honestly, I keep track using good ole Goodreads. I don’t know how I ever managed without that website. I have discovered so many books, much to my wallet’s dismay, on there. Now, when relatives ask me what book I want, I can whip out my iPhone and tell them! Easy peasy! Until I have to dig through hundreds of books to find that one book or I don’t have any service and can’t look at Goodreads. #firstworldproblems

Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?

To be honest, I have no idea. Maybe 10% are ebooks from Kindle Unlimited and the rest are probably print. Honestly, I don’t know. I assume that most of the books on there can be read in either print form or ebook form. I prefer print but I have gotten more comfortable with ebooks.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

This tag is full of funny jokes! Okay, so here is my process. I have a small basket where I put as many of my print books as will fit. I pick the first two and rotate as needed. I have a tote I unearthed (but we won’t talk about the five other totes I’ve found) and a basket full of thrift store finds. When I’m done with the book, I have a small box that I put it in. Once the box is full, I start the process of organizing the books to fit into a tote. I then create a label and a list of books in the tote.

As for my ebooks, I have Overdrive. What I did, a while ago, was added every single book from my TBR as I could find. I added them to a wishlist. I start at the very beginning and place holds. Once I get a hold, I read it, take it off the wishlist when finished and rate it.

I read one print and one ebook. There are times where I have to read two ebooks at once because Overdrive gives me a few at a time. I compensate by reading as many print as I did ebooks. It’s not perfect but it works for me.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest? 

World War Z by Max Brooks. I know that there were other books before that but I think I deleted them. I’ve been wanting to read this since I read the Zombie Survival Guide by the same author. One day I will read this book. Only so I can compare the movie to the book, which I’m going out on a limb here and saying that they probably are not the same.

I also have this weird obsession where, once I start reading an author and I like the first book, I have to read as many of their books as I can. If they don’t have very many, I feel compelled to read what little books they had. Even if I didn’t like the first one. I don’t know why.

A book recently added to your TBR?

The very latest book I have added is called The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr. I think it was recommended by Goodreads because I read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because that book is written in another country, like this one was. It sounds pretty good and it is being made into a mini TV series with Jessica Biel, so I mean it has to be good, right?

A book on your TBR strictly because it has a beautiful cover?

I will literally add just about any book because it has a pretty cover. For this particular one I chose This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis. I love simplicity as you can tell from my blog. The plain whiteness, the cut and the lettering just made this book really stand out for me. Plus, the synopsis sounds like it could be a really chilling tale. There aren’t a lot of books about a twin that had been absorbed in the womb. That right there is chilling.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

This is an interesting question. Because I mean, don’t we add books to the TBR to read them? Regardless, I chose Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks. He is the author of the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. I only added this book for my sister. She’s huge into Minecraft and I wanted to remember this book so I could get it as a gift for her. I told her about it and she sounded really excited about it. #bestbigsisterever

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for? 

Holy cow, there are sooooooo many books I’m beyond excited for. I think it would have to be the third untitled book of the Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake. I haven’t read the second one yet but if the second book is like the first one, I’m sure I’m going to love it regardless.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except for you?

To be completely honest, there are a lot of those. I’m one of those readers that waits until the hype dies down and then reads it. Nothing ruin a book more than the hype. For this particular question, I chose The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This series is still pretty hyped so that’s why I haven’t touched it yet. Plus, I have some books that I want to read more. Because it’s not that it doesn’t sound good, it’s just…I’m not super interested in it.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Surprisingly, I don’t get a lot of recs. I only have about 20 in my recs shelf. But I think for this one, I will choose Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I had a lot of people tell me to read it after the horrible book that was Caraval. I enjoyed Night Circus but I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I think it was the way the plot kept jumping between different points in time. I find that books like those are hard to get into.

A book on your TBR that you are dying to read?

There are a lot of books on my TBR that I am dying to read as well. I literally just get so excited about books. For this one I will chose See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. It’s a Lizzie Borden retelling. It combines a few of my favorite things: paranormal/horror stories and retellings. I only say paranormal because I believe the house that Lizzie Borden supposedly did this killings is haunted but I’m not sure about that. I keep trying to get it in Goodreads giveaways but the odds are not in my favor. Plus, I’m curious as to why there is a pigeon on the cover. Is there some sort of special meaning to it?

Number of books on your Goodreads TBR?

As of right now, at 7:15am (when I wrote this blog post), there is 340. I really did try and keep it down to the nice 150/200 level but that flew right out the window because I thought that if I had books to my TBR pile, I have a better chance of winning at the GR giveaways. I’m weird like that.

 

xxlacy

 

weekly wrap up 08/08/17

As I mentioned in my weekend away post, this is being posted a day late. But I had a super fun weekend and it was much needed. Although I came home, playing some competitive Overwatch and slept for 14 hours. It was all needed.


blog posts

the third kiss– an eARC that I received from Entangled Teen Publishing. It was a really good read with teenagers and love curses. What could go wrong?

far from you– where I cried like a baby and shouted on twitter about how much this book meant to me. I also may have shouted at a friend about this book as well.

weekend away– where I let you all know that I wasn’t going to be blogging or reading for a whole weekend.


overdrive

I didn’t get much from overdrive this week. But next (this) week is going to be awful. I’m #1 out of three copies on at least four books.

Far From You– 5 stars but I wish I could give it all the stars

Prisoner B-3087– 3.5 stars

We All Looked Up– I just recieved this today the rating will be in next week’s post.


getting through the massive amount of books I own

One of these days I’ll actually have a book here that I finished. But for now, I got nothing. I will be starting Paris though. So that’s good.


ARC approvals

Okay, so I didn’t get any ARCs per se. Last week I did mention that I got The Third Kiss. I rated that and wrote a post for you all. But I wanted to share that I won two Goodreads giveaways and I figured what better spot to share this than right here. I won Beautiful Animals and Girls Made of Snow and Glass.

I’m super pumped for both of this. Each sounded incredibly intriguing and I can’t wait to read them.


next week’s outlook

Now that I am back from vacation, things should even out here. I have a tag that I found that I am working on about TBR piles. I am going to try and get as many physical books done as I can before Overdrive hits me with those loans. I am also awaiting my copy of Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I already have Beautiful Animals. Expect that post sometime this week.

I am also hoping to get my blog back to order. My tweets and GR reading challenge wasn’t working. So hopefully those two will be back up and running again soon.

Let me know how your guys week was. Get any cool ARC’s? Read the worst book in history, excluding The Lord of the Flies of course? Or did you just have an average week?

 

xxlacy

weekend away

Hello everybody!

So I am going away for the weekend for some much needed girl time with my besties. It is soooooo needed, you guys have no idea.

Because I will be gone, my weekly wrap up will be posted on Tuesday instead of Monday. I will try and get some pre scheduled posts up while I’m gone so you guys have something to read. Try not to miss me too much while I’m gone.

Maybe, eventually, my posting will be consistent. A girl can dream, right?

 

xxlacy

far from you

to read a blurb about this book from Goodreads, click here


If I could give this book all the stars, I so would. Because this book deserves it! It deserves so much more recognition then it gets. I didn’t even know this book existed until I got the Overdrive app. But in a way, I’m glad I didn’t read it until now. I wouldn’t have appreciated everything this book offered. Young Lacy wasn’t into character driven stories like the current Lacy is.

I’m going to be honest. I didn’t expect much out of this book. I didn’t expect this book to rip up my heart, stomp on it and throw it back at me. I was intrigued by the pretty cover and the synopsis seemed okay. I figured I would end up dealing with a whiny woe is me MC who refuses to accept her mistakes. I have read enough drug related YA books to know what I was getting into it.

I was wrong. 

This book wasn’t just about Sophie, the MC, getting and staying clean. It was about her understanding her past and coming to terms with herself and finally maybeunderstanding the person she loved. It was about getting answers and clearing the guilt and blame from herself. It was about mending old wounds and beginning the process of healing the new ones.

I was a mess of emotions during this book. There was heartbreak and that was a major theme during the course of this book. Nothing but pure heartbreak. It radiated off the book in spades. I almost couldn’t go through with reading it because the heartbreak was almost too much. Sophie is completely lost without her other half. It’s a pain that nobody ever wants to experience. Hell, I wouldn’t wish it upon my most terrible enemy.

I mean, I was crying reading the last few chapters. Tears were streaming down my face and I didn’t know until one of them hit my Kindle. No book has made do that since I read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I usually cry in bursts during books. A tear there, a tear here. Not this full on, almost sobbing because this book was just so damn sad.

Seriously, you all need to read this book. But be warned. It’s not an easy book to get through. It’s very character driven and the chapters bounce back and forth from the past to the present. But it works. All of it works and it creates such a beautiful story that will make your heart heart so much. But it will be all worth it you learn a valuable lesson. That lesson is that you find all your friends and family, you tell them that you love them and you hug them until they can’t breathe. Because none of us really truly know when it’s going to be our last day.

 

I’m going to go find the happiest book I can and read that because my heart hurts. Or maybe some Tumblr posts. Anything. 

 

xxlacy

arc review: the third kiss

to read a blurb about this book on Goodreads, click here

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Expected publication: August 7


You would think that a love curse and the friends to lovers trope would be over played in the YA world, right? Well you are wrong when it comes to this book. And for the record, the friends to lovers trope is my favorite. Because the two characters obviously have something that made them friends in the first place. Being lovers is an added bonus and eliminates that awkward getting to know you stage. You all know what I’m talking about. It’s just soooo awkward. 

Moving on. I really liked this book. For a while there it was touch and go for me. I generally liked Jonas and Cora as MCs but I wanted to smack their heads together for pretty obvious reasons (once you read the book). Both were solid in their own way and I’ll talk about that later in the review. By the way they bickered and snapped at each other, you would think that they didn’t really like each other. But then again, I can be a nasty woman to my friends sometimes.

Jonas was a solid MC. I really like the word solid today, don’t I? I liked his point of view a lot. He was very smart and willing to admit when he messed up. He let us into his true feelings and you really felt the brokenness he hid so well. He was clearly affected by things in his past and my heart went out to him. But sometimes, he was a bit pig headed and really wanted to smack the crap out of him a few times.

Cora was the same way for me at times. It was awesome to see a girl interested in science and fighting but she was still girly. Yay for fellow nerd girl recognition! But she was also very stubborn to the point where I wanted to hit her as well. It was her personality, though. That was just how she was. She, too, was affected by her past, not as drastically as Jonas, but still. Trauma is trauma.

The concept of the love curse was very well done. I’ve never heard of the one that was used in this book but I’m sure there is some basis of truth. I might do some more research about it, just to satisfy my curiosity. To add more props to this book and author, the secondary characters were well done. They weren’t there for the sake of being there. They were a part of Jonas and Cora’s life in a very important way. I mean, overall, I couldn’t ask for a better start to what I’m sure will be an awesome series!

 

xxlacy

weekly wrap up: 7/31/17

What a week! I had a bunch of books come in for me all at once and I got a bit overwhelmed, to say the least. However, I persevered and read some pretty great books. Here is how my week went:


blog posts

the almost moon: a book about matricide and where I decide that Alice Sebold isn’t the author for me.

august 2017 releases: where I gush about all the newest books that I probably won’t read until next August.

monthly wrap up: I feel like this one is slightly self explanatory. Regardless, I shall explain anyway. This is where I wrap up for the month….I feel silly now.

arc review: project pandora: where I read about brainwashed children and find another anti hero to love.


overdrive

Overdrive once again decided I needed three books at the exact same time. Which is fine with me. I got to get the TBR pile down somehow.

Golden Son4 stars

Far From You– I wasn’t able to get to this book this week, unfortunately.

Prisoner B-3087– I wasn’t able to get to this book this week either.


getting through the massive amount of books I own

I only finished one book, which was The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. Be sure to read my blog post about it. I was not impressed with it. It was confusing and I didn’t like a lot of the characters.


ARC approvals

Now I know I didn’t have this section last time but that was because I didn’t have any ARCs. Well, lucky me I got two of them! I got one ebook and one physical book. I am awaiting to hear back from the other ARCs that I had requested from Entangled Teen publishing.

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros- I was given a copy of this book from Entangled Teen Publishing. It’s about brainwashing of children for a sinister plot. A very wild ride and man, it was just incredible! 4.5 stars. 

The Third Kiss by – This is an ebook and I will be starting this one by the time I post this post. So look forward to the review of this and I’ll talk more about this book in next week’s wrap up.


next week’s outlook

I am hoping that next week will settle down for me. I still plan on reading the two physical books I mentioned in last weeks post. I have a couple books that will most likely be coming in on Overdrive. I still have the hope to finish Mistborn next week as well but only time will tell. I would also like to post a bit more blog posts. I slacked a bit. I will try do some different variety type posts.

My best friend will be starting a short story series on his blog and he wants me to proofread for him. So I will be a bit busy with that. But have no fear, I will still have plenty of time to read and get reviews up.

How did your guy’s week go? Get any ARCs you’ve been dying to read? Did you have a good blog week? Let me know! I love to see everybody have a great week. Or if you didn’t that’s fine too! I’ll commiserate with you.

 

xxlacy