anne of green gables

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Oh, how I just adore this book. This is easily in my top 10 most favorite books with Anne being one of my favorite MCs. I had forgotten just how good this book was and now that I have rediscovered it, I’m going to cherish it forever.

Anne is simply just an amazing character. You think she would be this annoying character that never shuts up and doesn’t know when to keep her immigration in check. But then, before you know it, she has wormed her way into your heart and you don’t know when or how that even happened. But you find that you don’t even care. That is me. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like Anne but I found that I liked her a lot.

I love that this is another classic that is so easy to read. Frankenstein is another classic that I found so easy to read. True, it’s not written in the way people from this generation talks but it’s still incredibly easy to understand. I was able to follow everything, even Anne’s ramblings about whatever it was she was talking about. Those big paragraphs get to be a bit much but they are still easy to keep up.

The growth of all the characters in this book is so refreshing. I strive for character growth in books. Anne grows up to be quite an ambitious girl who is thankful for everything Marilla and Matthew do for her. She goes on to prove to them that keeping her was the best thing they could have done. And she does it by being herself. I love that about her.

Marilla, by far, had the most amount of growth. She went from a snappy old woman to someone who was soft and full of love for her little family, but in a good way. She loves Anne in her own way and my heart couldn’t take it. I honestly didn’t think Marilla was ever going to change but I’m so glad she did.

Matthew, the quiet guy, even had some character growth, not that he really needed it. He learned to stand up, a bit, to Marilla and he spoiled Anne, which is something that Anne needed.

Overall, this is seriously one of the best classics out there. I adore everything about it and half the time, while I was reading it, I was smiling like a loon because Anne had just wormed her way into my heart. I honestly recommend everyone read this book and read the entire series. It’s just that good and easy to read.

 

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

paris

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Finally, I have finished this book. I feel incredibly triumphant. I don’t think I’ve read a book this big since Roots and that was back in high school. That book was over 1000 pages and it took me about two weeks or so to finish. This, however, wasn’t a bad book, but it took a lot out of you. You had to really focus on what was going on otherwise you would miss what was going on and it would ruin the story. I made that mistake a few times and spent several chapters struggling to figure out who was who.

I had written down all the characters at one point but I had to give up that endeavour after a few chapters. This book focuses on a few main characters but it’s spread out literally over hundreds of years. I didn’t know who was going to be considered important until I was well over the halfway point. It begins in 1700s (maybe earlier) continues until the 1960s. It tells the story of Paris and how she has weathered the most harshest of what history has to offer. From the Terror to WWII, Paris has survived and even thrived under the conditions humanity has put it under.

Like I mentioned above, this is a book you have to pay attention too. It bounces between many different periods of time and between many different characters. Most of them are all related or interact with each other at some point. If you miss out on one character and their history, you are basically screwed with the rest of the story. It doesn’t help that parents insisted on naming their children the same name. That makes it very confusing.

I rated this book a bit on the low side because it just took so much effort to read. I didn’t want to really read it at times because it was so dense and I wasn’t really in the mood to focus on it. It was good though. And I learned a lot about Paris that I never knew before. If anything, this book made me want to go find some historical fiction books about Paris.

As for recommending this book, I’d say that you have to be super interested in Paris and history. I am interested in history but not Paris so much. So be prepared for that. Also be prepared this a lot of time jumping, like I mentioned above. It gets a bit confusing at times but once you whether through it, this book actually becomes an enjoyable reading and learning experience.

xxlacy

we all looked up

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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

far from you

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If I could give this book all the stars, I so would. Because this book deserves it! It deserves so much more recognition then it gets. I didn’t even know this book existed until I got the Overdrive app. But in a way, I’m glad I didn’t read it until now. I wouldn’t have appreciated everything this book offered. Young Lacy wasn’t into character driven stories like the current Lacy is.

I’m going to be honest. I didn’t expect much out of this book. I didn’t expect this book to rip up my heart, stomp on it and throw it back at me. I was intrigued by the pretty cover and the synopsis seemed okay. I figured I would end up dealing with a whiny woe is me MC who refuses to accept her mistakes. I have read enough drug related YA books to know what I was getting into it.

I was wrong. 

This book wasn’t just about Sophie, the MC, getting and staying clean. It was about her understanding her past and coming to terms with herself and finally maybeunderstanding the person she loved. It was about getting answers and clearing the guilt and blame from herself. It was about mending old wounds and beginning the process of healing the new ones.

I was a mess of emotions during this book. There was heartbreak and that was a major theme during the course of this book. Nothing but pure heartbreak. It radiated off the book in spades. I almost couldn’t go through with reading it because the heartbreak was almost too much. Sophie is completely lost without her other half. It’s a pain that nobody ever wants to experience. Hell, I wouldn’t wish it upon my most terrible enemy.

I mean, I was crying reading the last few chapters. Tears were streaming down my face and I didn’t know until one of them hit my Kindle. No book has made do that since I read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I usually cry in bursts during books. A tear there, a tear here. Not this full on, almost sobbing because this book was just so damn sad.

Seriously, you all need to read this book. But be warned. It’s not an easy book to get through. It’s very character driven and the chapters bounce back and forth from the past to the present. But it works. All of it works and it creates such a beautiful story that will make your heart heart so much. But it will be all worth it you learn a valuable lesson. That lesson is that you find all your friends and family, you tell them that you love them and you hug them until they can’t breathe. Because none of us really truly know when it’s going to be our last day.

 

I’m going to go find the happiest book I can and read that because my heart hurts. Or maybe some Tumblr posts. Anything. 

 

xxlacy

arc review: the third kiss

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Expected publication: August 7


You would think that a love curse and the friends to lovers trope would be over played in the YA world, right? Well you are wrong when it comes to this book. And for the record, the friends to lovers trope is my favorite. Because the two characters obviously have something that made them friends in the first place. Being lovers is an added bonus and eliminates that awkward getting to know you stage. You all know what I’m talking about. It’s just soooo awkward. 

Moving on. I really liked this book. For a while there it was touch and go for me. I generally liked Jonas and Cora as MCs but I wanted to smack their heads together for pretty obvious reasons (once you read the book). Both were solid in their own way and I’ll talk about that later in the review. By the way they bickered and snapped at each other, you would think that they didn’t really like each other. But then again, I can be a nasty woman to my friends sometimes.

Jonas was a solid MC. I really like the word solid today, don’t I? I liked his point of view a lot. He was very smart and willing to admit when he messed up. He let us into his true feelings and you really felt the brokenness he hid so well. He was clearly affected by things in his past and my heart went out to him. But sometimes, he was a bit pig headed and really wanted to smack the crap out of him a few times.

Cora was the same way for me at times. It was awesome to see a girl interested in science and fighting but she was still girly. Yay for fellow nerd girl recognition! But she was also very stubborn to the point where I wanted to hit her as well. It was her personality, though. That was just how she was. She, too, was affected by her past, not as drastically as Jonas, but still. Trauma is trauma.

The concept of the love curse was very well done. I’ve never heard of the one that was used in this book but I’m sure there is some basis of truth. I might do some more research about it, just to satisfy my curiosity. To add more props to this book and author, the secondary characters were well done. They weren’t there for the sake of being there. They were a part of Jonas and Cora’s life in a very important way. I mean, overall, I couldn’t ask for a better start to what I’m sure will be an awesome series!

 

xxlacy