arc review: the uncrossing

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A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book early. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by being given this book!

expected publication: october 2


I got this dumb little smile on face and it’s because of this book. This book was just so damn adorable. Luke and Jeremy just made my heart all sorts of happy. Of course, it had its serious moments and there were moments where I wanted to smack Luke and Jeremy but overall, I couldn’t be happier with this book.

Luke has the gift of being able to uncross someone. I’m sure most of you have seen a Supernatural, where Sam and Dean are hunting witches and they have to find hex bags. Well the concept is similar. Luke can find those hex bags and cleanse the person or building of the hex. Cool right? Because I thought this was very cool. As for Luke as a character, I liked him. He was stuck up but I personally didn’t mind it. It fit him and his friends and family certainly weren’t afraid to knock him down a peg or two. And I think he did a lot of good for Jeremy, even if they fought a lot.

Jeremy is a precious cinnamon roll and must be protected at all costs. I never call anyone a cinnamon roll so that goes to show how much I adored this character. My heart hurt for this poor guy because of his secret, he couldn’t really live a normal life. He has family that kind of accepts him/kind of doesn’t in terms of him being gay. He basically has lived his life thinking that being gay and feminine is bad. I just wanted to reach into the book and tell him that he is perfect the way he is. Why can’t people just accept others the way they are.

The world building was very cool. It combined the real world, with mentions of Instagram, Snapchat and saying “drag me” (which I have no idea what that means at all) and combining it with old world magic and old families. The side characters were well done. They weren’t just placed there for the sake of being. Overall, I’m really impressed with this book and I’m anxious to see what else this author does.

 

xxlacy

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arc review: remember yesterday

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


And just when I thought my heart couldn’t hurt anymore by this series, Pintip Dunn just takes it and rips it up some more. I mean, my god, my heart can only take so much breakage.

It’s hard to review this book without spoiling some things from the first book. So if you haven’t read the first book yet, read this review rather cautiously.

But damn, if this isn’t a great series so far. In this one, we follow the life of Jessa, Callie’s sister. Jessa is 16 years old and boy, she is a very angry and hurt child. And I feel it is with good reason.

I mean, that alone hurt my heart. This poor child truly felt like no one really cared for her. Sure, they all loved her by association to Callie but it wasn’t ever really true love. My heart really broke for this girl.

I did find it a little hard to connect to Jessa in the beginning. Her POV was a bit different then Callie’s. She was ruled a little more by emotion then Callie was. But, as the story progressed, I found that I connected to Jessa more and more. I felt the resentment that she felt from her mom and everybody that was a part of Harmony. I chalked it up to her just been a moody teenager but then she started to interacted with different people and I was just like wow.

The relationship that developed between Tanner and Jessa was unusual at first. I didn’t quite understand it. I thought it was a hate to love trope, which I am always down for, but Tanner was more enamoured with her than what that trope demands. Of course, I judged too quickly and the story behind their relationship was explained. I now fully support it and I find that it makes a lot more sense than in the beginning.

I’m still very unsure of Harmony and the leader. Things were kind of proven to me during this book and I was glad for it. Because I hate feeling paranoid and have it turn out to be nothing. I still think that there is more to Harmony than what meets the eye and I hope my suspicions turn out right.

Overall, I’m still loving this series. I am anxious to see what the conclusion is. The blurb from the third book says the POV is from Olivia, the Chairwoman’s daughter. Should be interesting to get inside her mind, as she can see the future and just the fact that she is the Chairwoman’s daughter. I just so badly want everything to work out for everybody, even Harmony. Why am I like this?

 

xxlacy

arc review: forget tomorrow

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I received this ARC from Entangled Teen Publishing. Many thanks to them for being awesome and allowing me to read this! All thoughts and opinions are my own!


I’m hooked! Who would have thought that me, who reads pretty much nothing but historical fiction and romance, would be into science fiction dystopia novels? Well, I am. I am very much hooked and I want more!

The concept of memories and how it essentially ruled the world that Callie lived in was very cool. It’s not something that you read about a lot. Of course, I haven’t read much science fiction but still. I was very much intrigued from the first sentence. It was a little confusing at first, but after a while things started to make a little more sense.

I liked Callie as an MC. I loved her fierce devotion to her family and how she was willing to do just about anything to protect her family. I also felt the pain and the burden she felt at having to basically care for her younger sister since her mom was so busy at her job and missing her husband. I liked that Pintip Dunn showed the resentment that comes with being the oldest child because all older children have certainly felt that. I liked that Callie was matter of fact, straight to the point. There was very little wishy washy-ness about her. Nothing ruins a book more than a narrator you can’t trust. Callie was someone you could trust.

Logan was a bit hold and cold for me. I liked him at times but then I didn’t like him at times. I felt he had a good redemption story, though. Him and Callie had stopped talking for five years and he had just started talking to her again. I didn’t like that he hid a lot of things from Callie. When working on a relationship after five years of not talking, trust is incredibly important. I don’t like that Logan was acting like he couldn’t trust Callie right away. I did like that he tried to redeem himself in Callie’s eyes. I can appreciate a MC that knows when he messed up and works on fixing it.

I’m still a little iffy on Harmony, the society that was created for those that have very violent memories, and the leader (who I won’t say because I feel like it’s a spoiler). I feel that there is something that is being hidden from Callie and Logan about this group and I don’t much like it. But I could just be paranoid as well.

Overall, this is really a spot on series. The concept of memories and how they control an entire society is incredible. I’m anxious to see what more Pintip Dunn can bring to the table concerning this. I’m hoping my suspicions about Harmony are wrong and I hope that Callie and Logan get the life they deserve to have together.

 

xxlacy

arc review: black bird of the gallows

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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

shadow and bone

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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

fantastic beasts and where to find them

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to read my review on the movie with the same title, click here.


I love that Jk Rowling gave us a couple of textbooks from the world of Harry Potter. It really brings the story more to life because you actually get to read what the trio read. I am still waiting for Hogwarts, a History but until then, I will live with this book and Quidditch Through the Ages.

Out of both texts, I prefer this one. It reads very easily and is organized alphabetically. The beginning prologue, which explains how the Ministry of Magic rating system came to be and other information like that, is a tad on the boring side but textbooks can’t always be fun and exciting. I do wish that there was more information about each creature and maybe even some pictures. The movies only show a few of the creatures, like the ones that play a major part in the story. However, I did like the little notes and drawings that the trio wrote in them. It gives the book a more personalized feel so it’s not so much a textbook but an extension on the original series.

I really can’t complain though. This was highly informative and I’m glad that it was released to us Muggles. Yes, I know that I am American and should use the term “No-Maj” but honestly, Muggle sounds better.  It really is a must have for the die hard Harry Potter fans but it’s also a good book to have just in your library as well because the cover is so dang pretty!

As far as how this compares to the movie, you almost can’t compare them. The movie took the creatures from the text and put them into a situation. It would be fairly difficult to try and make a movie just from this text. The only way I can see this happening is if they did like an infomercial type of movie with Newt (or Hagrid) showing us each character. I could even see it like a documentary that is often on Animal Planet or Discovery Channel.

I am pleased with both book and movie. They each contribute something wonderful to the Harry Potter world. With the movie, we are introduced to Newt, a wonderfully adorable and awkward man and is the predecessor for Hagrid. In the book, we learn a little more about the creatures in the series and just how dangerous/not dangerous they are. Each has their own merits and I cherish both of them.

 

xxlacy

mistborn: the final empire

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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.

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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