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

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wonder woman: warbringer

wonder woman

I wanna know who let me read this book, knowing full well it was going to destroy me. I’m basically feeling all the feelings I felt in Illuminae. How I’m going to compose an elegant review of this book when I can barely contain my excitement? I can’t even type, I’m that excited.

Okay, so I don’t know much about Wonder Woman. I knew, of course, that was Amazonian and part of the Justice League. I think her and Batman had a thing for a while as well but don’t quote me on that. I know that she comes from the island of Themyscira, where they do not allow mortals and men and they worship goddesses.

Alright, I might know a little more than I thought. Moving on.

This book was AMAZING. And no, I’m not being prejudice because Leigh Bardugo is becoming one of my favorite authors. Leigh brought Wonder Woman to life! I loved that this was a story of her coming of age. Those are my favorite types of books. I love seeing a hero realize that they are indeed the hero.

The world building and character development was out of this world. We got glimpses of Diana’s childhood and how the island came to be along with flashbacks of Alia’s life. Everything was explained in a manner that made sense. There was no info dumping. You can clearly tell that Leigh’s strength is in her world building and character development.

I loved all the rep that was in this book as well. We had a character that was bi, several black characters along with several other nationalities. And it was all just totally accepted. That is incredible!

I’m very anxious to see if there will be more to this. I know that it’s part of the DC Icons series but I would love to see Wonder Woman expanded. I would love to see a collab with other heroes and maybe of her time in the Justice League? The possibilities are literally endless.

Regardless of whether or not this book gets more, I am satisfied. This was a great first book to the DC Icons series and I am anxious to see more out of the other brilliant authors. Especially Batman. The book may be long but I promise that it’s worth 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

#ARCtober week 2 ending update and week 3 promises

Alas! Another week has left us. Before we know it, October will be over and Christmas music will be upon us all. I don’t want that. I can only handle about half a day of Christmas music before I lose my mind.

Anyway! I have been naughty and didn’t read what I said I was going. I was kind of in a book hangover after the Wife Between Us, which was incredible! Seriously, one of the best thrillers I’ve read. I haven’t read a lot of thrillers but it’s whatever.

We all know what books I’m going to read, from what I posted last week. But I got a new addition from Entangled Teen, which I’m excited about! I can’t wait to read it. I love a good contemporary.


ARCs read and reviewed

the murders of molly s   the wife between us

Entangled Teen Approval

saving it


I will read my ARCs that I said I would. Someone hold me to that! I hope everybody else has been successful with #ARCtober so far. I have a 77% on my Netgalley, which I think is pretty damn good. I’ve been liking all the books that I have read so far.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a good #ARCtober week!

 

xxlacy

arc review: the murders of molly southbourne

the murders of molly s

A special thank you goes out to Tor.com and Netgalley for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

publication date: october 3


This has got to be the most strangest novella I have ever read. It was just so out there but I found that I liked it. It was some dystopian aspects involved along with some science fiction thrown in as well. I found that it was really well done and I was satisfied with the ending and everything in, being that it was just a novella (which I honestly didn’t know when I requested it)

I would talk about the plot but since this is a novella, saying too much would spoil the whole thing. I’ll just sum it up by saying this: Molly shouldn’t bleed ever. Sorry folks, that is all you’re getting out of me. Whatever you want to find out, you’re just going to have to read.

This novella will not take you long to read at all. I finished it in about an hour. I do suggest this book if you are looking for some weird sci-fi or just need to mix it up and read something totally out there. I just hope you all don’t get queasy at the sight/mention of blood.

 

xxlacy

dangerous games

dangerous games

I know I know. I said I wouldn’t read DS for a while. I felt like her books were getting a wee bit repetitive and I wanted a change of scenery. However, this book was different. This was more grittier than what she normally does. It was very reminiscent of The Prodigal Son, which was insane on many levels and was completely unlike DS.

This book deals with Alix, an award winning journalist, and Olympia, who is the wife of assassinated president hopefully Bill Foster. The POVs are third person with Alix and Olympia but that doesn’t hinder the story in anyway. DS has a way of writing third person that makes you connect with each of the characters as if you were in their own mind. That gift comes from years of work and practice.

I like that this book deals with everyday situations. Alix deals with the constant dangers of her job, as she is sent to some very dangerous places with her cameraman, Ben. This book even deals with the aftermath of school shootings, which is something that is becoming frighteningly common. Olympia’s life is more of dealing with depression and survivor’s guilt, which is still just as dangerous. DS brought a human touch to this book and I appreciate it. Her books have a history of getting a little unrealistic.

Overall, I’m impressed with this book. This is a different DS than what one normally sees and I liked it. I hope that the new DS books continue with this trend of being more gritty and more focused on real life. Her books tends to get a little unrealistic at times, as I mentioned above. But, I’m impressed with this one so far and will be buying this book for my own collection.

 

xxlacy

arc review: girls made of snow and glass

girls made of snow and glass

A special thank you goes out to Flatiron books and Goodreads for giving me a copy of this early! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

publication date: september 5


For a while, this book was kind of boring. I enjoyed aspects of it but I had to force myself to read it at times. I liked learning about Mina’s past and how she came to have her glass heart and her horrible self esteem. I like Lynet and learning about her. I liked the aspect of magic that was used. It gave the world a different twist to it. But together, I’m not sure. I just couldn’t connect with with the characters on a level that I wanted too.

But there were a couple things that I loved. I loved the LGBT rep! It’s so hard to find that kind of rep in historical fiction type books. It’s not like it didn’t exist but often times, it’s simply forgotten or talked about in a very negative tone. It was very natural and wasn’t forced, which is something I always look for. It’s natural in the real word, why can’t it be natural in the book world?

I also appreciate that this story is about family and blended families. Too often, step parents are given that horrible rep. And yes, it is true that step parents can be horrible. There are often step parents are loving and wonderful. I love that this book explored both of those sides equally. The entire plot was Lynet trying to fix her relationship with her stepmom, Mina. I adored that!

I guess I don’t really have that much to say about this book otherwise. It was just kind of so so for me. I didn’t bond with Mina or Lynet. I cared very deeply about them but other than that, I didn’t feel much else for them. I’m glad my ship worked out. I just wish we could have gotten more of a history of the kingdom. It felt very one dimensional. I can see why others just adored it but it wasn’t for me.

 

xxlacy