hogwarts tag

Of course, I couldn’t just ignore this tag. I mean hello, I am the ravenclaw library. I live and breathe everything Harry Potter. I often compare books I do read to Harry Potter and often wonder what House they are. I just love Harry Potter a lot, okay?

I saw this on Destiny‘s blog and I knew I had to do it. You all should go check her blog out. Her graphics are very cool and she is just a fair and honest reviewer. I love that she tries to find the positive in every book she reads. She is truly a great reviewer and she is mega kind. Go check her blog out!


am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Muggle born. I found out about Harry Potter from a friend. I was over at their house and they had the Chamber of Secrets on. I asked about it and they told me it was Harry Potter. Somehow I acquired the books and I read them, thus starting my obsession.

My mom hasn’t read any of the books but she has seen all the movies at least four times each. Of course, she has to text me and ask me questions about EVERY SINGLE THING. My dad has tried to read the books but he really couldn’t get into them. He totally supports my obsession with them though. So that’s a plus.

which wand chose me?

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This is Hawthorn wand. It has a Phoenix feather core and it’s 10 3/4″ in length and quite bendy, in case you couldn’t read the really tiny font. Hawthorn wands are complex and intriguing in nature, much like their owners, according to Pottermore. I find this to be true and it pertains to me immensely. Hawthorn wands can be dangerous and their spells can backfire, which is kind of a negative but oh well.

did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

I would have probably taken an owl with me. They are incredibly useful, delivering letters and whatnot. However, I wouldn’t have minded taking a cat with me either just so I have some to hug. Can’t really hug an owl. I’m afraid of toads so those are out of the questions and rats are just plain icky to me.

where did the sorting hat put me?

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I feel like this doesn’t really need an explanation.

what house did I want to be in?

To be honest, I always wanted to be in Ravenclaw. I thought that Ravenclaw’s traits were something that fit me. I didn’t want to be in any other House. Even though Hermione is my favorite character.

what lessons are my favorites and least favorites?

I’m one of those nerds that would have loved to take every single class and I would have loved them all. I think History of Magic would have been my absolute favorite. I love History and everything about it.

the form my patronus takes:

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Yeah, I know. I don’t want to talk about it.

what does a boggart look like to me?

My family and close dear friends telling me I’m not good enough for them and leaving me.

do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

If I was more cordinated, I would take up Quidditch. But let’s be real, I wouldn’t be that great at it. So I would probably just spend all my time in the library despite the mean librarian.

where would I find myself in my free time?

Like I said above, probably the library. Or I would be in the Ravenclaw Tower a lot too. It’s so dang pretty!

what would I most likely get detention for?

Knowing me and how I operate, I would get in trouble for being in a place I shouldn’t be and not knowing that it isn’t a place I’m supposed to be in. Because that is how I live my life.

what career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

I would probably want to do something at Hogwarts, like running the library or teaching History of Magic. I wouldn’t mind finding a book related job at the Ministry of Magic as well.

tags

Copping out on tags again. Because it takes forever to tag people. If this seems like something up your alley, give it a shot and ping me back so I can see your answers. I love learning about fellow Ravenclaws or any House.

 

xxlacy

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

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 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

weekend away

Hello everybody!

So I am going away for the weekend for some much needed girl time with my besties. It is soooooo needed, you guys have no idea.

Because I will be gone, my weekly wrap up will be posted on Tuesday instead of Monday. I will try and get some pre scheduled posts up while I’m gone so you guys have something to read. Try not to miss me too much while I’m gone.

Maybe, eventually, my posting will be consistent. A girl can dream, right?

 

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.

Golden Son4 stars

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

the almost moon

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


I’m starting to think that Alice Sebold isn’t the author for me. I was hooked by the beautiful cover and I needed to read this because I owned it and am on a book buying ban until I finish all my owned books. But this book flopped for me very hard and it sucks. I wanted to like it, I really did. Her writing is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. It reads like one long poem. But her plots make no sense half the time and I’m usually either lost or bored. Which is never a good thing.

This book is about matricide….I think. It had topics such as mental illness and divorce. I’m going to be honest and say that for the most of the book, I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on. The plot literally bounced from past to present in the span of a paragraph. One paragraph would be about the present and then the next time I know, we are in the past. It was confusing and incredibly frustrating at times. I think it tried to fit too much into a small amount of time and that’s one of the reasons why this book failed for me.

I didn’t like learning about Helen’s family sooooo slloooowwwllly. For being just shy of 300 pages, it felt like a 600 page book. Maybe I should say that because I have read some incredible 600 page books that read like they were 200 pages. There were be times where absolutely nothing happened and then there would be times were twenty different things happened and I had to go back and re-read parts of the book.

I couldn’t keep the characters straight because they had no personality, which didn’t help me in trying to figure out what the plot actually was about. Helen was terrible both in personality and as a narrator. I couldn’t really trust anything she said, which sucked because the entire book was from her POV. I had no idea and still don’t about whether or not she hated her mom or what their relationship actual was.

Clair was made to look like this weak willed individual with a heart of ice. I obviously didn’t care for her. Because Helen never really knew what was wrong with her, we didn’t either. Don’t get me wrong, that works for some books. But because this book was very character driven, I felt this really didn’t help things. I don’t know if I was supposed to hate Clair, feel sorry for her or both. The rest of the characters were so flat and dull that they aren’t even worth mentioning. Not to mention the fact that I can’t remember any of their names.

I think I am done with Alice Sebold. She has one more book that I haven’t read, which is a memoir. But honestly, I’m going to pass. She obviously needs to work on writing better and building better plots. You can write beautifully but still have a plot, like Roshani Chokshi. (If you are reading this, Roshani, I’m sorry to put you in this negative review because you are awesome and your books are incredible!) But if you just have beautiful words and no plot, the book falls flat. Like this one did.

 

xxlacy