weekly wrap up: 08/21/17

Well, another week has come and gone. I feel like I got quite a bit done considering the stress I had this week. I found out that I need to have wisdom teeth pulled out along with a variety of mouth related procedures. I also laid to rest a cousin and that was incredibly difficult, more so than I thought it was going to be.

Next week will be awesome, I promise. I got approved for about five or so ARCS along with signing up for a bunch more because I clearly have no self control. But I’ll tell you guys all about that in the next week’s outlook section.


blog posts

black bird of the gallows: where I rave about the YA paranormal genre and how I need to get my hands on more of it.

wonder woman book tag: where I compare books to different parts of Wonder Woman lore.

anne of green gables: where I fondly talk about anne and how she wormed her way into my heart.


overdrive

the face on the milk carton: 3.5 stars


getting through the massive amount of books I own

The only book I ended up getting through was Anne of Green Gables. I bought it at Walmart and it’s the same cover design as my Pride and Prejudice book so of course I had to get it. And read it at once. Because, you know, I have no self control.


ARC approvals

I was approved for my first ever Netgalley ARC. I almost cried, I was so damn happy. I got an uncorrected proof of Queens of the Conquest (England’s Medieval Queens) by Alison Weir. Alison Weir is one of my most favorite historical fiction writers. The book is really good so far and I’m learning a lot. Expect that blog post very soon.

I was also approved for Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel from Entangled Teen publishing. Seriously, this publishing company rocks and I’m forever grateful of all the ARCs they let me read. I’m finding books I never would have picked up myself and finding new genres to explore. Check out my blog post on that book!


next week’s outlook

As I briefly mentioned up above, I was approved for quite a few ARCs from Entangled Teen publishing. I will mention them in next week’s ARC approvals section. I haven’t started them yet but they are downloaded and eagerly awaiting for me to read them.

I am also going to try and do one tag per week so break up the reviews. I have a few discussion posts on deck, as well, that I’m thinking about posting. I’ll keep browsing for new ideas to bring to the table. Also expect September releases I’m excited for to hit next week as well.

Tell me about your week? Was it good? Get any fun new books? Had a bad week? Let me know!

 

xxlacy

arc review: black bird of the gallows

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

I was generously provided this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen publishing! 

expected publication: september 5


Where can I find more paranormal YA like this? Seriously, this was so good! I’m going to be honest and say that I don’t care much for reading about the paranormal. I’m more content watching it because I get more scared that way or something. I don’t know why I torture myself with paranormal stuff. But this book has changed my mind. By instilling a little bit of Supernatural-esque lore like harbingers of death and the Beekeepers, this kept my attention from start to finish.

What I really loved about this book was the MC, Angie. She was a girl that was into DJing. Like how cool is that? I have yet to read a book where a MC girl is interested in something like that. Secret time: I used to want to be a DJ. I thought that controlling music like that was so cool. Perhaps I’ll get back into that. 😉 But moving on, Angie was a real solid MC. She didn’t make dumb decisions and even when there were girls being nasty to her, she was still incredibly strong. Given what her past was, I’m amazed she didn’t break down.

I liked Reese as well. Yeah, he tried to be the whole  I’m not going to tell you stuff because I’m macho and need to save you thing but that quickly dropped, which I am thankful for. He trusted Angie and what she was doing and that was refreshing. He let her make decisions, even if he didn’t agree with him. Even at the end, he was still letting her make decisions and accepting them, regardless if he liked them or not. I don’t know about you guys but that is a winner in my book.

A couple of other things that I really like was the dad/daughter relationship between Angie and her dad. He cared about her so much and let her be who she wanted to be. Their relationship was so open and refreshing. The friendships Angie had with Deno and Lacey (!!! I squealed excitedly when I saw my name (misspelled) in this book) were awesome too. Shout out to Meg Kassel for proving that guys and girls can be friends with no romantic overtures.

Overall, I am thoroughly pleased with this book. I took a chance on a genre I never read and it paid off in spades. I was just sucked in by that beautiful cover. I’m going to have to buy the physical copy when this book is released so I can stare at it all day. You all should do it too.

 

xxlacy

weekly wrap up: 08/14/17

This week has been a bit of a slow week. I was tackling an 800 page monster of a book about Paris, which I will discuss later. The Summer Games event came out in Overwatch so I have been focusing a lot of my energy on that. And I’ve been having a bit of a writing block. I want to bring some new content to this blog but I’m just not sure what I should post. I have a couple of things saved in my draft but other than that, I’m not really sure.

Enough of me bellyaching, it’s time to actually talk about my week.


blog posts

the tbr book tag: where I talk about my massive TBR pile and all around pretend it’s not overwhelming

we all looked up: where I talk about cliched teenagers that get intensely philosophical about the end of the world.

paris: the 800 page monster of a book spanning over hundreds of years about the city of Paris. I learned quite a bit.


overdrive

I only got one book from overdrive this week. But have no fear, I am next in line for at least four different books which means they all should be here sometime next week.

we all looked up: 4 stars.


getting through the massive amount of books i own

I finally read a book that I own! Yay! Granted it was only one book but still. It’s really only because overdrive was slow. On another note, I managed to organize my bookshelf at home a little bit. I still have to add one more shelf and then it’ll look like a complete mess.

paris: 3.5 stars


ARC approvals

I got approved for another ARC by Entangled Teen. If you guys haven’t checked them out, you really should. You can sign up for their emails and during the different seasons they send out a list of ARCs and you sign up for all or some. They will email you if you get approved. It’s super easy!

The ARC I was approved for is called Black Bird of the Gallows. I haven’t started it yet but I will just as soon as I finish this post. It’s a YA paranormal book, which normally isn’t something I read but I’m trying to branch out. Plus that cover is swoon worthy! Look for that review and information about publication sometime this week.


next weeks outlook

Next week, I hope to accomplish reading more books I own. I have won a few in a giveaway that I would like to start including Girls Made of Snow and Glass. I’m beyond excited for that one!

Overall, I’m just hoping to get a little bit more reading done then what I did. I’m also going to try and find more bookish related topics to discuss. Maybe I’ll bring in a weekly discussion post. My main goal is continue to try and weed down the books I own. We shall see what next week brings.

How did the week go for you guys? Good? Bad? Average? Feel free to let me know!

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

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