october wrap up/the end of #arctober

Well October has come and gone. Is it just me or did the month just fly by? I could have sworn it was September a day ago. Regardless, it was a pretty great month. I hosted a fun little event called #arctober where I challenged everybody to read ARCs for the whole month. I think it went well and I hope whoever participated had fun.

Alright, here are all the books I read, including non ARCs, along with ratings and favorites. Links to my reviews are located at the bottom.


books read:


stats:

Total books read: 16

Favorite books: 3 (One Dark Throne, Saving It, Wonder Woman: Warbringer)

Average Rating: 4.125 stars

ARCs read: 11 (Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Beautiful Animals, The Wife Between Us, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, The Murders of Molly Southbourne, Saving It, Disturbed, The House on Foster Hill, The Girl Who Lived, The First Kiss Hypothesis)

Owned books read: 4 (One Dark Throne, Beautiful Animals, The Wife Between Us, Girls Made of Snow and Glass)


links to reviews:

Just One of the Boys

Approximately Yours

One Dark Throne

Beautiful Animals

The Wife Between Us

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Dangerous Games

The Murders of Molly Southbourne

Saving It

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Disturbed

Heir of Fire

The House on Foster Hill

The Duchess

The Girl Who Lived

The First Kiss Hypothesis

 

 

xxlacy

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arc review: the first kiss hypothesis

the first kiss hypothesis

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

expected publication: november 6


What a fun contemporary! Although, contemporaries are usually always fun. There were so many positives in this book, it made my heart happy. Even though the MCs drove me a bit nuts at times with their really irritating teenage thought processes. But hey, teenagers of all ages drive me nuts. I think it’s because I’m old.

Like I said, this book has a lot of positives. One them is that Nora is huge into science and is all about advocacy for a variety of different things, like autism and tortoises. Which is amazing! So many girls don’t pursue science because it’s not “girly” or considered an appropriate career for women. So major shout out to the author, Christine Mandelski, for showing that girls can be into science and it’s completely okay. The side character, Abby, was also involved in science, which is another added bonus.

There was also really good representation of anxiety while driving. I know that it’s a bit of a minor thing but driving can be so anxiety inducing. I didn’t get my license until I was 18 years old because I was utterly terrified of driving. What Nora experiences while driving is a very real fear and I completely understand it.

The concept of the plot was very interesting. Nora is trying to find the right boy for her by kissing them and get hit with that spark, like her grandparents had. She has kissed a ton of guys and it made her a bit of social outcast at school, which is sad. But Nora is a scientist and is determined to get an answer to hypothesis.

Eli was the real star of the show. His POV was hilarious. He sounded like such a typical guy and it made me laugh! He knew when he was being a horrible person and (eventually) owned up to it. Plus, I love how much he loves his brother, Ari, who is on the spectrum.

Overall, this was a great read. Nora and Eli were hilarious, with Eli stealing the show. The concept, I think, was original and it was done very well. There was love and acceptance for girls involved in science and education on those on the autism spectrum. I couldn’t be more pleased with this book.

 

xxlacy

arc review: the girl who lived

the girl who lived

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Greyson Media, LLC for allowing me to read this early! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

expected publication: november 4


Now that this book is over, I can finally catch my breath and just relax. Because that book was a whirlwind of non stop action from start to finish with so much intensity. It had twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I didn’t know who to trust. I felt like I was losing my mind, trying to figure out what was going to happen next or who the bad guy was.

A special touch that I liked was that we got the POV of the killer for a few chapters. It was nice to see their thought process and their thoughts on what was going on. I wish it could have lasted longer but I’m glad with what I got. It added a more sinister element to this book.

Faith was so wild and broken. She had some of the worst survivor’s guilt I had ever seen. I felt nothing but pity for this poor thing. Everybody is against her and they just chalk her up to being crazy and a drunk. How she found the strength to figure out the truth of what happened that night her family was killed is beyond me. I probably would have given up if the entire town was essentially against me.

Overall, this was an intense thriller! I couldn’t figure out who was the bad guy was until I was told. Christopher Greyson made everybody look fishy and I couldn’t trust anybody. It messed with my mind! But I really do highly suggest this book for anybody looking for that real intense thriller.

 

xxlacy

#arctober: midway through and future plans

So for this particular post, I’m going to do things a bit differently that will also affect this whole #arctober. Firstly, I hope that everyone is enjoying #arctober and that is has been incredibly successful. Mine has been really good! I have been mixing in library books with ARCs so I don’t burn out my poor Kindle.

I have found out that I love the thriller genre. I am completely enamoured with it and want to read all the thrillers. Who would have thought? And it’s all thanks to #arctober.

Alright. Now to explain the changes that I’m doing. Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect you guys. What I am going to do is in this post, give a list of the ARCs that I want to finish this month. I have 7 ARCs that I have found on Netgalley’s read now section. That should get me through the rest of this month, since I’m interspersing with library books. At the end of the month, I’ll have a grand total of all the ARCs I read, all the books I read total along with an average rating. Doing weekly updates is kind of draining. Hence why I’m doing it this way.

Alright, enough blathering on. Time to show you all my ARCs I want to read.

update: While I was off work for two days, four more ARCs come through. Two from Entangled Teen and two from Netgalley. My month is filled to the brim with ARCs! 


broken mirrormargeret tudorakarnare   fireboltthe unclaimed victimthe first kiss hypothesis  offsetting penlitiesthe girl who livedthe lost season of love and snow


Well that is all! Unless I get accepted for some more ARCs during this month, which I guess there is only a few more days left… I will have my hands full for sure! If I finish all these by the end of the month, well that would be awesome for starters, but that would also get me to complete my Goodreads challenge of 150 books! Then I can read for leisure and not worry about the challenge. I’m only 18 books ahead of schedule anyway.

See any books you want to read? Let me know!

 

xxlacy

arc review: the house on foster hill

house on foster hill

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Bethany House publishers for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

expected publication: december 5


I didn’t know that this was a Christian fiction book when I requested this from Netgalley. I thought it was a mystery/thriller and I was sucked in by that beautiful cover. But I was wrong. Surprisingly, up until the end, the Christian aspect of it didn’t both me so much. It did get to me in the end though, which I will explain further.

The strength of this novel was the dual POV’s from Kaine (loved the name for a girl, by the way!) and Ivy. Kaine’s POV took place in the present while Ivy’s took place in the 1900s. The entire book centers around a house on Foster Hill and the terrible secrets it holds. The dual POVs told the story of this house, with each POV filling in where the other could not.

This was a slow burn mystery, which I found that I liked. And by slow, I mean slooooooooow. It took it’s time, building the stories of Ivy and Kaine and how they are connected to each other and the house on Foster Hill. The slow pace might bother some but I felt it was needed for this particular story. It hooked me into the story and I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next or what those two would find out.

Kaine and Ivy were both really good characters and I liked reading both of their POVs. Each had so much grief in their heart, which was a prominent theme in this book. Each had to deal with their grief in their own and watching them work through it was hard but I felt really proud of them for trying, nonetheless.

As for the Christian fiction thing, it was fine until the end. Then it started to get a little preachy and almost like it was trying to convert the reader or something. I didn’t much care for that but I understood, at the same time, that faith was important to these characters. And that leaning on their faith was helping them to deal with their grief. So I could accept it, even it was slightly annoying.

Overall, this was a real solid book. I really enjoyed the slow burn of the mystery of the Foster Hill house. I liked the two characters, Ivy and Kaine, and the growth that they experienced during the course of the book. If you are into slow burn mysteries with Christian based faith, then this is the book for you.

 

xxlacy

arc review: disturbed

disturbed

A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer publishing for allowing me to read this early! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

TW: mentions of child abuse/neglect

expected publication date: november 7


How does one even begin to write a review for a thriller? How do one even begin to explain the dread and terror one feels while reading a thriller? The fear of the unknown? It’s almost impossible. But I will do my best.

The book right away starts you out with a scene of gruesomeness. Chelsea survived an attack and the murder of her two roommates. The book then fast forwards five years to Chelsea slowly healing from it all. She has a lot of memory issues and she’s still very afraid but she is doing her best to move on. Until she starts getting threatening messages from the killer and all her hard work of rehabilitating starts to go downhill.

From the get go, I was hooked. Chelsea’s POV, which was in third person like all the others, was interesting to read. I felt her anxiety and her fear. I felt her shame and her pity about being so afraid and being just to debilitated to try and get better. She was completely unreliable at times, going back and forth on her feelings and events that transpired, due to her memory loss issues. But I didn’t mind it. It made focus on what was going on and to remember those details for later.

There were other POVs too, such as Boyd, who was her friend from when the murders happened at the time. Elizabeth, whom she met at a psychiatric hospital. Detective Lang, who was first involved in the murders/attack. Each brought something to table and added another piece to the puzzle of what truly happened the night Chelsea was attacked.

I just felt so much fear and suspicion of everybody. I thought that everybody was a suspect and I couldn’t trust a damn soul. This kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and there were times I had to put the Kindle down and just stare at nothing, trying to gather my thoughts. That’s when I know a book is good.

Overall, I liked this book a lot. Everything about it was creepy and unsettling. I’m going to be looking into her other work with the hopes that it will be as good, if not better, as this. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to be completely unsettled and disturbed during the entire book.

 

…that sounds weird, doesn’t it?

 

xxlacy

arc review: saving it

saving it

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

expected publication date: november 6


I loved this book! You are going to hear me say that a lot during this review. The minute I started it, I knew that I would just adore it. Eden and Josh are easily my favorite POVs and characters. Each of them were so humorous in their own way with their fun personalities. Even when I wanted to smack their heads together at their stubbornness, I still loved them.

I think of the best things about this book was that it felt like I was a teenager while reading. Sometimes, I find that adults have a hard time writing teens. They try too hard and make them sound incredibly stilted. Or try to throw in weird lingo that was cool in the 90s. Monica Murphy knows how to write teenagers. Sometime tells me she probably has teens herself.

Although I’m confused. Don’t teenagers text each other anymore? Or is it all about that Snapchat? Which I honestly still haven’t figured out. Gosh, I’m old. *insert grey haired grandma emoji here*

Another positive to this book was the POV switching back and forth. It switched from Josh to Eden in the middle of chapters. Now normally, that would infuriate me and I’d probably chuck the book at a wall. Not with this. I seriously loved the way the format was. I felt more bonded to the characters because I got to read both sides of their story.

Honestly, you guys got to check this book out. It’s so endearing and heartfelt. I just feel so fuzzy after reading this. I honestly want to go back and re-read it because I loved it that much. I hope we got a Molly and Abraham story! I liked those two. Come November, I’m going to get me a physical copy of this book because I just loved it.

 

xxlacy