arc review: just one of the boys

just one of the boys

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

publication date: october 2


When I started this book, I thought it was going to be some cheesy little book about ice skating and hockey. How Alice and Hayden were going to fall in love and it’ll be all rainbows and sunshines. But I was wrong and I have got to stop predicting books like that.

This was so much more than a love story. Alice was such a desperate character. She tried so hard to show us she was this happy go lucky girl that wouldn’t let anything bother her. But she couldn’t keep that up for long. I saw the sad little girl who replaced feelings with hockey. With hockey, Alice reasoned, she couldn’t feel the feelings she didn’t want to feel anymore. This book was more than her trying to accomplish her goal. Alice was trying to find herself and I loved that. I can appreciate a good story arc like that.

Hayden was a mess and a jerk. I did not like him at first. I wanted to actually punch him a few times. But then we got to know him better, as Alice did, and I realized he was a just a hurt boy who didn’t know how to express himself. And my hate slowly thawed and I found myself actually looking forward to his POVs. He was actually a rational guy, which is something I can appreciate.

Overall, this was a good introduction to me to sports romance, a genre I don’t normally read. I was able to keep up with all the hockey gargon, despite having never played. The hate to love trope was used, which is always a plus to me because that is my favorite trope ever. Really, this was just a good solid contemporary.

 

xxlacy

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arc review: a messy beautiful life

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A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book early. Thank you so much! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

expected publication: october 2


My emotions are such a jumbled mess right now. This is one of the reasons that stand alones bother me. It’s because I want MORE of the characters! This book had me smiling at the adorable friendship dynamic to crying at the sadness of getting a cancer diagnosis. How unfair is life that cancer even exists? It makes my heart hurt.

Ellie was such a strong, flawed and all around awesome character. She was normal teenager and she reacted as a normal teenager should. I loved that. In YA, sometimes teen girls are written so meanly or they are written to be an airhead. Not with Ellie. I was attached to her immediately and loved reading her POV. Her wit and her strength were incredible. Not to mention, she is into improv. You definitely don’t see that a lot in YA. Especially not girls.

What I really loved about this book was Ellie’s circle of friends. Her support system was absolutely incredible! Her friends were just amazing. It is so refreshing to see girls supporting one another instead of turning against each other or drifting away, which can happen after a diagnosis such as cancer. Even though Ellie didn’t want to burden her friends with her illness, they wouldn’t leave her nor would they let Ellie leave them. And I think that is amazing. We all need friends like that.

Overall, I’m so happy with this book. The cover is beautiful. The story was beautiful, even if it was sad. The friendships will make you jealous and want you own pack. There was even diversity and LGBT representation in here that wasn’t forced. This is a good example of how YA books should be done. I highly recommend this book!

 

xxlacy

arc review: never apart

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

expected publication: october 3


I need to own this book like yesterday. I kid you not. I started this book around 4:30am, thinking oh, I’ll just get a start on it and finish it tomorrow. Nope. I was instantly hooked and read almost continually until 7:30am. I couldn’t put the book down, it was that good!

This is also the kind of book that is hard to review because everything is considered a spoiler. Trust me, you’ll want to go into this blind so I’m sorry if my review seems really vague and mysterious. It’s better this way.

I feel like I can at least talk about the characters (somewhat) without spoiling anything. Grace was amazing. I adored her. She is this super shy girl with social anxiety and she was just so relatable. Normally, I have a hard time reading about characters with anxiety but for some reason, I could read about Grace and not feeling anxious about her anxiety at all. I just really loved her as a character and I loved her strength and her growth.

I didn’t care for Ander as a character but I still liked reading about him. He’s a very broken guy with a lot of issues. I could see the charm and why he was so well liked as a person. My heart did break for this guy and there was a while there were I was really rooting for him.

Finn was my absolute favorite. He wasn’t my favorite right away but once Grace got to know him, I liked him better and better. I understood his weird sense of humor and why he was the way he was. I feel like that is all I can say about him because anything more would be too much. Just trust me when I say that you guys will learn to love him.

There is just so much I want to say but I won’t because like I said above, this book is better off going in blind. As soon as it hits and I have money, I will be buying this book. I want to read it over and over again. I recommend that everybody read this as soon as it hits!

 

xxlacy

arc review: summoner

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


Another book that has ripped my heart into shreds. I’m not sure how much more my heart can take these types of books. But damn, if they are addicting.

I think what is one of the best things about this book is it isn’t just about the paranormal. It’s about healing and the grief process and trying to get over survivor’s guilt. I think because this book had those factors, it made it much more powerful. I kept thinking about well this book showed the grief process and how guilt can eat at people who survive.

Allie was a good character. She readily admitted her flaws, which is something I always admire in a character. She was clearly still grieving and still healing from her mom’s death but she was slowly coming out of her grief, with the help of her friends and Cody. S.D Grimm shows the ugly side of grief, which is pushing your friends away and withdrawing. Allie also had really good character growth, which is always something I like.

Cody was such a broken character, it made my heart hurt. He carries so much grief and guilt, it was almost unbearable. Plus, I got to give S.D Grimm props for a disabled character. Cody is missing a hand and has scars. Now, I’m not disabled and I can’t speak for the disabled community. But I do feel that S.D Grimm represented the feelings that Cody goes through missing his hand. And how others react around him. He had a lot of character growth as well.

I think what I really liked best, besides what I mentioned above, is that this a romance where both characters benefit each other and help each other positively. There is not obession or Cody being some sort of dominant alpha male. Allie isn’t a b-word and she respects Cody’s wishes and vice versa. It was a very healthy relationship and I can dig that.

Overall, I am impressed. This was a real solid piece of work and I’m glad I was given the opportunity to read it. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be but in the end, I’m glad it wasn’t. I much preferred what I got instead of what I thought I was going to. I highly suggest that everyone check this book out!

 

xxlacy

arc review: breaking the rules of revenge

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Thank you to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me a chance to read this! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

expected publication: september 11


This was such a cute little read. Usually most contemporaries are. A bit on the cliched side but it really was just a fun little contemporary. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It reminded me of the Parent Trap but more modern.

The book switched between two POVs- Mallory and Ben. Mallory’s twin, Blake, has to be sent to a camp in order to learn how to behave. Mallory takes her place and to her horror, she discovers that Ben is there. The Ben that her sister got in trouble with a very bad prank.

Mallory was awesome. She reminded me of me. She is a book worm that is very shy and would much rather be reading and looking for fireflies. She was anxious and was constantly overshadowed by her amazing twin. Even though this was a short little book, I could see the change that happened to Mallory when she went to camp. Like I’ve said before, I love a book that has a character growth arc.

Ben was kind of the stereotypical “bad boy” from the “wrong side of the tracks”. Although, A plus to Samantha Bohrman for Native American representation. We soon learn that there is more to Ben then what meets the eye. I appreciated him as a character and I appreciated his POV but I didn’t bond with him like I did with Mallory. I usually have a hard time bonding with male characters, though, so this is just a me not you case.

Overall, this was a fun pleasant read. It wasn’t super deep or anything like but it was a fun break from all the serious novels that I have been reading. I would definitely recommend this if you are in between series or just need a light and happy fun read.

 

xxlacy

arc review: boomerang boyfriend

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I received this copy in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Teen publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen! 

I really wanted to love this book. It sounded very cute and adorable. And honestly, who doesn’t love a fluffy little contemporary? Plus, that cover just makes my heart all fuzzy. But there was just some things I couldn’t look past and it kind of hindered my enjoyment of this book.

I think for starters, my version of this book was formatted very poorly. I had a lot of column like pages and it made the book a little hard to read. This could be my Kindle as well. I have an older version of the Fire Kindle by Amazon. I also think that mine was uncorrected proof, which would make sense as there was a lot of little errors and sentence structure issues. This just needed a once over by an editor and I think it would be good to go.

I liked the characters for the most part. There was a lot but I was able to keep track of them all due to their personalities. They were fleshed out pretty well, which sometimes doesn’t happen with contemporaries. Delia was a good and solid character. I liked that she was confident about herself but she still had insecurities. Jack was alright. He was a little over the top with his issues about Delia keeping Aiden’s secret. Aidan and Zoe were fleshed out pretty well. I wouldn’t mind reading a book on Zoe. She was the most fun.

Overall, I liked this book but I think the formatting issues and editing issues really hindered me from loving this book. I think it was also a bit too simplistic. But that might be a me not you type of situation. I am 24 years old and my reading tastes have changed as I have gotten older. However, despite the less than stellar review, I think this book would be good for younger teens that are interested in starting romance and contemporary novels.

xxlacy

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