arc review: never apart

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

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: october 3


I need to own this book like yesterday. I kid you not. I started this book around 4:30am, thinking oh, I’ll just get a start on it and finish it tomorrow. Nope. I was instantly hooked and read almost continually until 7:30am. I couldn’t put the book down, it was that good!

This is also the kind of book that is hard to review because everything is considered a spoiler. Trust me, you’ll want to go into this blind so I’m sorry if my review seems really vague and mysterious. It’s better this way.

I feel like I can at least talk about the characters (somewhat) without spoiling anything. Grace was amazing. I adored her. She is this super shy girl with social anxiety and she was just so relatable. Normally, I have a hard time reading about characters with anxiety but for some reason, I could read about Grace and not feeling anxious about her anxiety at all. I just really loved her as a character and I loved her strength and her growth.

I didn’t care for Ander as a character but I still liked reading about him. He’s a very broken guy with a lot of issues. I could see the charm and why he was so well liked as a person. My heart did break for this guy and there was a while there were I was really rooting for him.

Finn was my absolute favorite. He wasn’t my favorite right away but once Grace got to know him, I liked him better and better. I understood his weird sense of humor and why he was the way he was. I feel like that is all I can say about him because anything more would be too much. Just trust me when I say that you guys will learn to love him.

There is just so much I want to say but I won’t because like I said above, this book is better off going in blind. As soon as it hits and I have money, I will be buying this book. I want to read it over and over again. I recommend that everybody read this as soon as it hits!

 

xxlacy

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arc review: 27 hours

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

I received this copy in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Teen publishing. A special thank you goes out to them! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

expected publication: october 3


Where do I even begin with this book? There were so many positives, I don’t think I could even begin to mention them all. First off, I have to shout out for all the representation in this book. I’ll discuss more what each character is but it’s so incredibly awesome that an author would find a way to organically fit in all this representation. It wasn’t forced. The characters’ sexuality wasn’t a plot twist. It felt legit and I can accept that.

This book takes place over the course of 27 hours, which is how long the night last on this planet. I don’t think I could even sleep for 27 hours no matter how tired I was. I thought this was a cool aspect though. I also really liked the reimagination of gargoyles, dragons and chimeras.

The POVs are from Rumor, who is a gay teen and is very angry. Jude, a gay teen that can see colors (almost like auras) surrounding people. Nyx, a Deaf pansexual lesbian. Braeden, an asexual teen boy. Each brought something to the table and not just their sexuality. Each character had distinct personalities and they were all incredibly likeable.

Nyx was my favorite. I simply loved this little human. She is Deaf and is not afraid to let people know that they shouldn’t be taking around her. She appreciated any and all attempts of communication, even if they didn’t know how. She didn’t freak out if they did something wrong. She loved the fact that they were trying. I think I loved that most about her. She didn’t let her Deafness hinder her. You will be seeing her on my top 10 favorite females after Hermione.

I really appreciated all the work Tristiana Wright went into helping the reader understand pansexuiality and asexuality. I’m going to be honest and say that the terms did confuse me even though I tried my hardest to understand. I now understand a little bit better. If I could have one teeny tiny complaint, it’s that I would have loved a Dahlia POV. She would have brought a little extra to the table and plus I just love her and Nyx. Overall, you really can’t go wrong by reading this book!

 

xxlacy

the girl with the dragon tattoo movie review

to read a blurb about this movie on IMDB, click here

to read my review about the book with the same title, click here

this movie is currently available on Netflix.

TW: a pretty graphic rape scene. it is mentioned in the book but it’s quite vivid in the movie. not as bad as The Last House on the Left but pretty close. 


I finally watched this movie! I was feeling watching a movie the other night, which almost never happens, and I decided why not watch this one? I remembered my promise to watch and review the movies and I didn’t want to let any of my readers down so I did and I have no regrets because it was super amazing! It takes a lot for me to gush about movies so you can be assured that it’s a very good movie!

I watched the Swedish version because, well the book is Swedish (translated to English) and I felt that watching the American version just wouldn’t feel right. Also, I don’t think the American one was available on Netflix. Plus I’ve heard that it isn’t very good. Perhaps, if it comes on Netflix or Hulu, I’ll watch it and do a comparison post.

Anyway, on to the actually review because I’m getting side tracked.

I am seriously blown away as I mentioned repeatedly. This movie literally copied the book almost to a tee. There were a few inconsistencies but nothing super major and it certainly didn’t detract from the story in anyway. The inconsistencies weren’t important to the story. They were more of just side things that happen when Mikael and Lisbeth weren’t together.

The actors that were chosen for Mikael (Michael Nyquist) and Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) were spot on. Nyquist has so many funny facial expressions when dealing with Rapace that it just brought the whole thing together. It’s not mentioned in the book, the facial expressions, but it really added to the movie. Lisbeth was played to a tee. I’ve been told that Rapace is actually a pretty famous Swedish actress, so that really helps. Rapace really captured the awkwardness and socially stunted Lisbeth so well, it was like the part was made for her. I am still thinking about this movie and I watched it a couple nights ago. That’s how good it is.

I will certainly be continuing with the rest of the trilogy, perhaps this weekend. I have a bunch of TV shows to catch up on so it might have to wait until next Tuesday. Regardless, I am anxious to see how well the portray the rest of the books and will be sure to watch them as soon as I can. If it’s anything like this anything like this movie, I’m going to be in for a treat. And I can’t wait!

 

 

xxlacy

shadow and bone

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


Okay, let me get this out in the open right now: I want to hit myself in the head for not picking this up sooner! This was such a cool and fascinating book! I mean, I’m just stunned at how awesome this book was. It’s clearly obvious that I missed the Grisha world by the way I am gushing. I seriously should have read it before Six of Crows , though because it explains each of the Grisha and their powers a bit better than SoC did.

On to the characters. Believe or not, I actually kind of liked Alina. At first I wasn’t so sure about her because she was just so weak. She didn’t seem to want to grow or want to change. She was constantly whining about how she didn’t belong in the Grisha world despite showing immense power repeatedly. She did a lot of things to hinder herself and I wanted to smack the crap out of her on more than one occasion. But finally, there was a turning point and she grew and grew and grew. I want to put my Kindle down and scream “Hallelujah!” Because up until that point, it was a 4 star read for me.

The Darkling was something else. I really did enjoy learning about his power as well. It’s a sign of a good author when I am still unsure if he is good or bad. Yeah, I’m still debating on it. And I probably will for the rest of the series. No matter if he is good or bad, I can’t help but deny that he is an interesting character and I am curious to see more of him and maybe get some history on him as well.

As for the romance/love triangle, it was actually really nice and it didn’t overshadow the story as much as I feared it would. I liked that Alina and Mal grew up together. That is my favorite type of romance because of all the history they have together. It gives me tingles when two friends, who grew up together, find out they are each other’s soulmates. Personally, I believe that is the strongest kind of love but that is just me.

As for Alina and the Darkling, I felt it but not really. I don’t like anti heroes all that much so I don’t pair them with the MC (unless it’s Six of Crows). But, as much as I don’t like anti heroes, I cannot deny that Alina and the Darkling had chemistry. Personally, I am still rooting for Mal and Alina.

Overall, I’m very surprised by this book. I had read a lot of conflicting reviews. Some were saying that this book is one of Leigh Bardugo’s shining moments while others say to skip this book and the rest of the series entirely. You want my opinion? I would say that reading this book first wouldn’t hurt. It talks a lot of Grisha and explains the powers, how they are trained, how they are tested, all that stuff that wasn’t talked about in SoC. I would personally recommend reading this book before SoC but you will not miss a lot if you don’t.

 

xxlacy

mistborn: the final empire

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


6/29/2017: On Twitter, there was a controversy surrounding Brandon Sanderson, the author of this book series. It was brought to people’s attention that Sanderson’s view on gay marriage was not good. Basically, from what I have gleaned from the tweets and some sources, he believes that gay marriage is wrong. That those in the LGBT+ community should resist the “homosexual urges” like he resists the urge to cheat on his wife. He is apparently a Mormon and this is where his beliefs stem from. 

When I started this series, I had no idea about any of this. I literally woke up, checked Twitter and saw this. I do not know where the one tweet that seemed to start this came from but a couple of people linked two different sources which I will also link so you all can see what is going on. 

I do not support what he has said about gay marriage. As I have mentioned, I am an avid supporter for the LGBT community and my blog is a safe spot. That being said, I will continue with this series because it was bought for me and I think it would be incredibly rude to not finish it.

source one

source two


I have no idea why I put this book series off for so long. Maybe it was the fear of the genre because fantasy has always scared me. Maybe it was the fear of the hype because super hyped up books have a higher potential of being awful. cough cough Caraval cough cough. Brandon Sanderson is so hyped up as this god author, right up there with Stephen King and Jk Rowling, and I have been so disappointed lately in hyped up books and authors that I didn’t want it to happen again.

I was so wrong.

This book was so cool. That was the word I was thinking while reading this book. I know, as a professional review, you think I would have more words in my arsenal. distant sarcastic laughing The world was probably my favorite thing in the entire book. Everything about the world just so fantastic and I read at the speed of light to soak it up. And there wasn’t any info dumping. Everything was told in a correct time and place. It was mentioned and then I would get slightly confused and desperate to know more and then it would be explained in such a natural way, like I had always known what it meant.

What I think really drew me in was the concept of metal and how it could be used. I haven’t read a book where one uses metal like it was used in this book. The fact that Vin and Kelsier swallow metal and use it like a form of power. I mean, that is just really cool. I could easily see that being portrayed very well in a movie, should they ever decide to make these books into movies.

Whenever the story started to feel stagnant or I felt myself getting a little bored, like with the planning scenes or the training scenes, Sanderson made something happen and I was sucked right back in. That is the sign of a good writer. And everything happened organically . Nothing happened for shock value. All the plot twists contributed to the story and weren’t just thrown in there willy nilly. Every single detail had its reasoning for being in the story. No word or sentence was wasted. I hate filler and this book had no filler.

If I could give one teeny tiny complaint, it would be the amount of characters and what all the characters could do. I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of everybody and what they did. I eventually just went with it and hoped I would figure it out on the way or remember a detail. I like a healthy amount of characters, but it did just get to be much. But this is really such a minor complaint. Because overall, this was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

 

xxlacy

harry potter series review

to read the blurb about the Sorcerer’s Stone on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Chamber of Secrets on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Prisoner of Azkaban on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Goblet of Fire on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Order of the Phoenix on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Half Blood Princes on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Deathly Hallows on Goodreads, click here.


This series essentially defined my childhood and continues to define my adult life. I base every book I read on Harry Potter. I often wonder what House a main character would be. For example, I think Kaz from Six of Crows would totally be a Slytherin. I own so much Harry Potter stuff, it’s ridiculous. You can say that Harry Potter consumes my life on a daily basis. I often talk about Harry Potter so much, my family gets rather annoyed with me.

Everybody always tells me that Harry Potter is a kid’s book and that it isn’t even that good of a series. Those nay sayers can shove off. Harry Potter is so much more than a children’s book. It contains tons of adult themes such as war, distrust of the media, death, etc. You could pick any book and find at least five different adult themes. It teaches children, teenagers and young adults so much about the world and it’s nastier side.

Words fail me when it comes to expressing my love for this series. I know that this probably sounds incredibly silly but Harry Potter got me through some really rough times. I was picked on a lot as a kid. I was just extremely socially awkward. I have anxiety but it was undiagnosed for a very long time. I didn’t know what was wrong with me or why I couldn’t act normal. As a result, I got kind of lonely because nobody could deal with me and how clingy I would become. Thank god I found a few friends that understand me and understand why I am the way I am. Without them, I would be lost.

I don’t know how I acquired the series. All I know is that I somehow got them because I saw the Chamber of Secrets at a friend’s house. I asked her what the movie was and she told me. I was instantly intrigued, once I found out it was an entire book series, and that started my obsession. These books kept me company and soothed my mind when it was racing. I knew that if I had a rough day, Harry Potter would be there, waiting for me.

This series also taught me that my awkwardness was okay. Hermione and Luna were a big part of that. Hermione taught me that being smart and a girl was completely okay. You can love learning and still wear dresses. Being a nerd was okay and people will still love you. Luna taught me that weirdness is fine. There is someone out there that will think you are perfect, weirdness and all.

I truly think that everyone should give this series a try. The first couple of books are a bit middle grade so they may seem simplistic. But it’s just building up to something so much greater, darker and amazing. I mean, man, I’m struggling for words right now. This series just means so much to me. I want everybody to love it as much as I do.

 

 

After all this time? 

Always.

 

xxlacy

scythe

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

 

Are you ready for my possible favorite book of 2017? I know that the year is young but I’m serious. This book has thrown me out of my reading slump and I am now excited to see what 2017 has to offer. I will definitely be considering picking up the author’s other books. And November seriously cannot come soon enough!

As the blurb kind of says, this is a word where there is no disease or death. People can live forever and can even reset their age to 21 years old if they so chose. There is no crime and no corrupt politicians or government. The world is run by a supercomputer called the Thunderhead. Everything is essentially equal.

But because people are living forever, the world can’t handle that. So the Scythedome is born. People are chosen to be Scythes. They adhere to their own rules and are above those that the Thunderhead sets for everybody. They are tasked to “glean” or kill a certain quota of people every year in order to keep the world population in check. Of course they can give out immunity if they chose, which they often do for the families of those that were gleaned.

Two teens, Citra and Rowan, are chosen by Scythe Faraday to apprentice with him. Both have strengths and weaknesses that would each make them a truly remarkable Scythe. But there are Scythes, from the old guard and the new wave, who were not happy with this and now it’s a fight to live…literally.

The world building was out of the world. I mean it was just incredible. I was not overwhelmed by all the information. It came in bits and pieces that were easy to digest and odd terms were explained naturally. They didn’t interrupt the story in anyway. As I mentioned before, I’m one of the weirdos that loves info dumping (to an extent) so I would have been happy if they piled it on for me. But I know that there are people who hate that, so this book would be perfect for them.

The concept of Scythes were my favorite part. I’m pretty sure it’s a play on the Grim Reaper and I loved it. It makes the Reaper seem like scary. The Scythes know that they are killing people but they know that they have to do it in order to keep the world the way that everybody likes. The rules that they have to follow are very interesting. Even if a government-less society, there are still government like groups in every dystopian.

I really could just gush and gush about this world but I think it’s better to go in blind. I think that this book could appeal to everybody. It’s YA but it’s not childish. There are parts where it is training and learning, that could be considered slow, but I think that it was important to have that in there because it comes up later in the story. There are hints of insta love but honestly, it takes a backseat and it’s more friendship and concern about another peer than anything. Overall, I will be thinking about this book for the weeks to come and wishing fervently for November.

 

xxlacy