wonder woman book tag

So I love Wonder Woman, not as much as Batman but still. I don’t know that much about her but I love her. I love how strong she is and how she doesn’t take crap from anyone. Like, I wish I could be her. She is an excellent role model for young girls everywhere.

I have yet to see the movie and I want to get my hands on the book but I got to wait. So I’ll do this tag instead while I wait for forever. Miss May tagged me in this. Go check her blog out. She recently redesigned it and it looks really good!


wonder woman: your favorite badass female book character

I got to go with my girl, Hermione. Surprise surprise. But honestly she is like the ultimate badass. She keeps Ron and Harry in line while managing to save the Wizarding world. I really could just go on and on about how amazing she is but there are other questions that I should really get too.

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fantasy island: a book setting you want to escape to

I’m going to say the Kingfountain setting from the Kingfountain series. I have always wanted to live in a medieval world and what better place then one that offers powers. Granted the king is pretty awful but hey, can’t have everything right?

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london: a hyped book that let you down

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Okay, so I did rate this three stars and it really wasn’t that bad. But I expected badass dueling and more of Russia. Instead I got a weird love triangle and a couple of teenagers who didn’t even try. I’m hoping the second book is better but I’m not holding my breath.

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steve trevor: a book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (ex- great personality)

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros. The cover is just gorgeous in real life. I mean just stunning. And the story itself was incredible. Sleeper children agents with wicked code names based on Greek mythology. Count me in. Plus Hades, my poor misunderstood child. Ugh. I need to re-read this book again.

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lasso of truth: a book you hated

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. The first two of this series was incredible. I mean just out of this world. It was my first real taste of science fiction and I was hooked. And then this book came along. I was 90% confused and 10% pissed. I really didn’t think I had forgotten that much from the Infinite Sea and this one. The ending is what really pissed me off. I still don’t know what actually happened. I might have to do an entire re-read of the series in one sitting to see if it makes more sense.

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wonder woman’s shield: a book so sad you need a shield

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This book isn’t exactly sad, per se but goddamn, it ripped my soul apart. All I wanted to do was protect Charlie. He is such a good and gentle human and he needed all the love. So the book made me sad in that sense.

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ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. I have a bit of a confusing relationship when it comes to this character. He seems so dark and evil. But then you learn about his past and you realize is that you can’t hate him as much as you want too. But boy, how I wanted to hate him.

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the amazons: a book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

Captive Prince by C.S Pacat. I was recommended this book and overall I really did like it. It reminded me a lot of Beauty by Anne Rice. But really I was just annoyed by the back and forth that Damen and Laurent had. Did they like each other or did they hate each other? It didn’t seem like a M/M romance to me. But I haven’t finished the series yet so maybe it gets better.

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Tag:

Well, I’m one of those people that cops out and don’t tag anybody. Because honestly, I don’t know who’s been tagged in it and who hasn’t. So I’m going to say, go ahead and do this. Just ping me back so I can see your answers!

 

xxlacy

we all looked up

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


Well, this was a great book besides that ending, which I shall mention later. It got a lot more deep then I thought it was going to be, considering it’s about four teenagers. These teenagers get crazily philosophical with long paragraphs about the meaning of life and death. But I suppose that is bound to happen considering the end of the world is happening for them. I just wish those long paragraphs had gotten broken up into more manageable paragraphs.

What I really liked about this book is that there are four POVs and they all overlap in someway. I liked that because when one event happened that involved two of them, you got to hear from both sides of the story. Not a lot of books can pull that off and this one did it well. It didn’t seem repetitive to me, which is good because otherwise that would have ruined the whole book.

As much as I liked the characters, I found that I couldn’t bond with them all per se. I think each of them was very unique but at the same time, very cliche. We have Peter, who is the jock who is trying to be more than that. There is Eliza, a photographer and the slut of the school. Andy is the burnout going nowhere but he has a heart of gold. Lastly, there is Anita, whose parents demand she succeed and get into Ivy League schools but all she wants to do is sing. Each brought something to the table in terms of the plot but they felt very cliched at times.

I think that is what stopped me from giving this book a full five stars. I liked the characters but couldn’t connect with them. I was also really incredibly disappointed with the ending. But I think this book brings out a good point, which is to live each day as if it was your last. You legit never know when the end is coming so tell that human you love them and pet your dog extra because by tomorrow, you could be gone. Simple as that.

 

xxlacy

weekly wrap up: 7/31/17

What a week! I had a bunch of books come in for me all at once and I got a bit overwhelmed, to say the least. However, I persevered and read some pretty great books. Here is how my week went:


blog posts

the almost moon: a book about matricide and where I decide that Alice Sebold isn’t the author for me.

august 2017 releases: where I gush about all the newest books that I probably won’t read until next August.

monthly wrap up: I feel like this one is slightly self explanatory. Regardless, I shall explain anyway. This is where I wrap up for the month….I feel silly now.

arc review: project pandora: where I read about brainwashed children and find another anti hero to love.


overdrive

Overdrive once again decided I needed three books at the exact same time. Which is fine with me. I got to get the TBR pile down somehow.

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Far From You– I wasn’t able to get to this book this week, unfortunately.

Prisoner B-3087– I wasn’t able to get to this book this week either.


getting through the massive amount of books I own

I only finished one book, which was The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. Be sure to read my blog post about it. I was not impressed with it. It was confusing and I didn’t like a lot of the characters.


ARC approvals

Now I know I didn’t have this section last time but that was because I didn’t have any ARCs. Well, lucky me I got two of them! I got one ebook and one physical book. I am awaiting to hear back from the other ARCs that I had requested from Entangled Teen publishing.

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros- I was given a copy of this book from Entangled Teen Publishing. It’s about brainwashing of children for a sinister plot. A very wild ride and man, it was just incredible! 4.5 stars. 

The Third Kiss by – This is an ebook and I will be starting this one by the time I post this post. So look forward to the review of this and I’ll talk more about this book in next week’s wrap up.


next week’s outlook

I am hoping that next week will settle down for me. I still plan on reading the two physical books I mentioned in last weeks post. I have a couple books that will most likely be coming in on Overdrive. I still have the hope to finish Mistborn next week as well but only time will tell. I would also like to post a bit more blog posts. I slacked a bit. I will try do some different variety type posts.

My best friend will be starting a short story series on his blog and he wants me to proofread for him. So I will be a bit busy with that. But have no fear, I will still have plenty of time to read and get reviews up.

How did your guy’s week go? Get any ARCs you’ve been dying to read? Did you have a good blog week? Let me know! I love to see everybody have a great week. Or if you didn’t that’s fine too! I’ll commiserate with you.

 

xxlacy

mid year book freak out tag

I’m so behind in tags that I have been tagged in. It’s awful. I’ve been neck deep in the world of Harry Potter and I have no regrets about it. None. Not even a letter (5 pts to your House if you can guess the reference!)

Anyway, I was tagged in this by the oh so lovely Frankie. Seriously, she is such a doll for tagging me in things all the time. I totally appreciate the love. I seriously recommend you guys all go follow her blog. She is constantly posting fun and interesting things and her reviews are spot on all the time!

Anyway, this is the mid year book freak out tag. Can you believe that it’s June, almost July, already? I mean it feels like just yesterday it was my birthday (I was born in January). This looked like a fun tag so here I go! Props, as always, to the creator of this tag.

I’ve decided to not use pictures because otherwise this thing will be monstrous. However, I shall post Goodreads links to all the books. 


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Easy peasy. Scythe. If you follow me on Goodreads, you saw my gushy review and it was probably extremely incoherent due to me fangirling. I mean, this book was everything. I adore dark and creepy things so this was right up my alley. It’s basically a retelling/dystopian view of the Grim Reaper. Not going to lie, after watching Supernatural, my interest in the Reapers intensified. This book delivered. Seriously. Stop reading this post and go read it. I won’t be mad.


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. I had read Throne of Glass earlier this year and I was anxious to know how my Chaol and Celaena fared. I was also dying to know if Celaena actually became the assassin she claimed she was in the first book. I had even considered not finishing the series because I was just getting so frustrated with Celaena. I got some answers but am anxious to continue the series.


New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger. It seems like it’s a good book with representation for agoraphobia. Plus the blurb on Goodreads says it’s told through tweets, direct messages and police transcripts which reminds me of Illuminae. Which is a favorite book of mine.  So hopefully I will be able to read it soon.


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The Merciless 3: Origins of Evil by Danielle Vega. Technically it comes in July which is technically the second half of the year. I am super stoked! I read the first four chapters and I need more of it. I read the first two and this is an origin story explaining why the first two books happened. I adore origin stories so I can’t wait!


Biggest disappointment

The Mistress by Danielle Steel. The blurb made it sound like it was going to be a matter of life and death. Instead, I just got a guy obsessed with a girl who was basically a toy for a rich Russian. It wasn’t like anything that I thought it was going to be and it was just upsetting. Not one of her better writings.


Biggest surprise

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. This book received a lot of hate and criticisms. And I mean a lot. Because of all the criticism, I thought I was going to hate the book and regret spending my limited funds on it. Instead, I adored it. I saw why people got upset about it but I didn’t think it was a super huge issue. I think a lot people took things out of context (kind of reminds me of the Black Witch, which I haven’t read. I’ve just seen a lot of reviews about it.)


Favorite new author

Alison Weir. I read a couple of her books last year and read a lot more this year. I am so amazed at her attention to detail. In all her books, she notes that she tries to stick with the original story as much as possible and only takes liberties with things like conversations. She does a lot of historical fiction and is currently writing a six part series on King Henry VIII’s wives. So hyped!


Newest fictional crush

Ha, can I say Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series? I don’t really develop crushes on fictional characters anymore. I just really want to be friends with Lisbeth. She is so cool and awkward, just like me. I need more awkward friends in my life. So maybe it would be a friend crush?


Newest fictional character

I’d say Evie from The Diviners series. I really love how spunky and sassy she is. I’m still really hoping that my ship works out. I have never wanted a ship to work more than Evie and Sam. Because of her, I’m a bit more interested in the 1920s. I can’t wait for the third book even though the covers are getting progressively more and more ugly.


Book that made you cry

Illuminae and Gemina probably were the ones that made me cry ugly tears, which were hard to hide since I was at work. I mean really, what kind of author puts me through all of that? It was awful but I was so damn hooked. I’m being intentionally vague because spoilers. But yes, read those books if you want to cry.


Book that made you happy

The Royals series by Erin Watt. I know I know. There are a lot of things wrong with it but damn, I love a happy ending. The trials and hardships that Ella and Reed went through made my heart hurt but I also really enjoyed the happy times as well. The series ended well for me and that made me happy.


Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I’m going to have to answer with Illuminae again. Because once you took off the dust jacket, you see all this awesome writing from the actual book. I adore writing on books like that. There is just something so cool about the different fonts that are available to us and how it can be used to cover almost an entire book without looking overwhelming.


What books do you need to read by the end of the year

I need to catch up on the following series:

The Gender Games

The Kingfountain series

Throne of Glass series

Traci Crosswhite series

Crossroads saga

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty series

The Red Rising series

I’m sure that there are more series but these are the ones that stick out to me at this moment. I also need to get Origin by Dan Brown, the third Merciless, and Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. There is clearly a lot more. I mean look at my TBR on Goodreads. It’s up to 250 books despite me trying to keep in under control. Because I am extremely lazy, I’m not going to link this section to Goodreads.


Favorite book community member (blogger, booktuber and bookstagrammer)

I know it says favorites but I don’t like playing favorites. It makes people sad. So I’m just going to say if you want to do this, go for it. If you tag me in it, cool. If not, no biggie. I like to keep tags fun.

 

 

xxlacy

my favorite genre // part 2

I decided that since I haven’t finished a book in a while, I would do another my favorite genre post. I think this helps you guys get to know me better and what to look out for in my reviews.

Today, I think I will talk about YA. Yes, I know that YA is a very broad genre so I’ll narrow it down to YA dystopian. For those that don’t know, dystopian is (according to Google) relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

What started my journey into dystopians was the Hunger Games. Super cliche, I know. Basically everyone starts out their dystopian journey with the Hunger Games. It’s like a staple in the YA world. Regardless, the book was recommended to me by my dad, who doesn’t read YA a whole lot. So that is saying something about the power of that book.

I think what I like best about the dystopians is the different world and how people live in it. I like reading about the underdog that rose up from the bottom to attempt to take out the terrible government. Katniss and Violet (from the Gender Game series) are the two that really stand out for me as those underdogs that are fighting for what is right.

Another reason I enjoy YA dystopian is I love information. I love learning about every aspect of the totalitarian government. I love learning about how they got there. Those info dumps that most people don’t like are the things I generally love.

If you are looking into starting your dystopian journey, I would immediately suggest The Hunger Games and The Gender Games. The Gender Games is like the Hunger Games meets sexism/ sexist inequality. They are both very fast paced novels and you will easily breeze through them.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading a little bit about one of my favorite genres. What are some good YA dystopians you enjoy? I would love to hear about them so I can add them to my TBR list.

 

xxlacy

4/1 thrift store haul

Hello there!

Oh look. Guess who is back with another thrift store haul. Pretty soon, my apartment will be all books and nothing else. On Saturday, Mom and I went out of state (we live about 45 minutes away from a state border) and went to a thrift store there along with one in my hometown that I hadn’t cleaned out yet.

as always, I will be linking the books to the proper Goodreads link.

 

maximum ride: the final warning by james patterson

can you keep a secret by sophie kinsella

nicholas and alexandra by robert k massie

my sister’s keeper by jodi picoult

carrie by stephen king

divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood by rebecca wells

eye of the red tsar by sam eastland

thurston house by danielle steel

the last summer (of you and me) by ann brashares

the almost moon by alice sebold

red rising by pierce brown

 

xxlacy

 

march wrap up

Hello there!

It’s time for my first ever monthly wrap up. I hope to have these up around the end of every month or in the first few days of the new month.

As you are probably aware, I didn’t start this blog until the middle of the month or so. Because of this, I will attach my Goodreads reviews in the places of where a normal blog post would be. The titles that are bolded were some of my favorites. I don’t use the star system on this blog but if you are curious to know exactly what I rated a title, feel free to check out my Goodreads for that information.

My year goal is to read 200 books. I did some math and came to the conclusion that I need to read at least 17 books a month to stay on track. I, unfortunately, only read 15 this month. I hit a reading slump and had to power through some books just to finish them. Here to hoping April is a lot better month for me!

 

Do you see any of your favorites on there? Any ones that you didn’t like? Let me know in the comments below!

xxlacy