seven deadly sins book tag

I’m back with another tag. I wasn’t really tagged in it, per se, but it looked fun. I found it on Frankie’s blog. If you haven’t checked her blog out, you seriously need too. Her reviews are fun and witty. Props, as always, to the original creator!

I’m also doing this tag because I’m currently in the midst of reading Harry Potter. I want to do a series overview of it so that’s why there is the lack of book reviews. I’m also reading a Sarah Dessen book and I got an ARC for Keep You Safe which I will be starting that as well. Don’t worry, once I knock out HP, I will be back with lots of reviews! In the meantime, enjoy this fun little book tag.


Greed: What are you most expensive and inexpensive book?

My most expensive book is Illuminae. It was actually a gift from my sister for my birthday!

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My least (new) expensive book is Blue by Danielle Steel. It was a measly $8USD. I would have put my thrift store books but I can’t remember which one was the cheapest.

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Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness? 

Easy. It is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. The hype surrounding it is real and I don’t want to be disappointed.

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Wrath: Who is an author you have a love/hate relationship with? 

Nicholas Sparks. There are a lot of his books that I adore but I really hate some of the endings that he does. They seem really pointless and hurt my heart. Luckily, my favorite, Safe Haven had a good ending.

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Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter, no questions asked. I have been re-reading it over and over again. I compare everything I have read to Harry Potter.

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Lust: What traits do you find attractive in fictional characters?

Personally, I like a sense of weakness. I like it when the character knows that they are weak in some areas and they work on fixing those problems. I always think of Neville when I think of weak characters. He knows that he is weak but he also knows his strengths as well. He works on those weaknesses and gets better and becomes a kickass wizard.

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Pride: What book do you talk about in order to sound intelligent? 

Hmmm, to be completely honest. I really don’t do that. I talk about all the books I’ve read, not to sound intelligent, but because I enjoy talking about books.


Envy: What book would you like to receive most as a gift?

I would love love love the duology of Six of Crows or the Ravenclaw Harry Potter book set. Each are super crazy beautiful and I wouldn’t turn them down.

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Tag

Anybody who wants to do this! This was a fun tag and it made me think quite a bit about my answers.

xxlacy

 

may wrap up

Another month has come and gone. It’s almost June. Where did the time go? Half the year is already over. So crazy how time flies.

Anyway, it’s time for another wrap up. In some very sad news, I had to lower my Goodreads challenge goal from 200 to 150. I think 150 is a lot more manageable. With the attempts to study for my GRE not going well, I think having my goal at 150 will be easier on me. I also did the math and I now only need to read 12.5 books instead of 17.

So I only read 11 books, which I guess is still a lot but for me it is not a lot at all. However, in my own defense, I read three adult books that were between 500 to 700 pages.

Without further ado here are the books I read. The ones that are bolded are my favorites of the month. So far, nothing has topped Scythe, although The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came close.

 

 

xxlacy

beautiful creatures

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

 

Ahh, it was so much fun to get back into the Caster world. Ever since Harry Potter, I had been looking for a magical world to suck me in. And I found it with this incredible series. Fun fact of the day: I was actually looking for the novel Beastly. Both covers are black with fun and pretty font. So I got confused but man, what a happy mistake.

We follow the lives of Lena and Ethan, even though the POV is entirely first person Ethan. Ethan is a typical boy living in Gatlin, a small town in the South. He feels like he doesn’t fit in with Gatlin. He is highly intelligent and loves to read. He even has a map of the US with markings from all the books he has read.

Then Lena blows into town and Ethan’s life is never the same.

The entire Caster world is really cool. I don’t want to give everything away because where is the fun in getting things spoiled. However, I’ll explain it a little. There are two types of Casters: Light and Dark. Light Casters have Light powers such as seeing into the past or healing. Dark Casters have Dark powers such as being a Siren (the power to control) or being a Shapeshifter. Both this powers don’t have to be considered bad but in this book, they are.

Lena’s family is unusual for a Caster family. In her family, when you turn 16, you are Claimed. Which means you will either be Light or Dark. In normal Caster families, you get to chose. In Lena’s family, you don’t get a choice. You either become Light or Dark. So Lena is terrified of becoming Dark because her cousin Ridley went Dark. They were very close, basically sisters. She doesn’t want to turn into Ridley, which is understandable. But turning into Ridley is the least of Lena’s problems…

Overall, I think this is an incredible start to a pretty incredible series. The Caster world is amazing and the love story between Ethan and Lena make me smile like a loon.I can’t wait to reread the rest of this series and get lost into the world.

 

 

note: There is a movie to this book. I have never seen it but I have heard mixed reviews on it. If it ever ends up on Netflix or Hulu, I’ll be sure to watch it so I can review it for you guys. 

 

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

5/13 thrift store haul

I went thrift store shopping again. Surprised right? Well Mom and I had the weekend off with nothing to do so of course we went shopping. We went to three different Goodwills and it paid off immensely! I had the best haul ever. I don’t think anything could top what I got.

As always, I will link each title to Goodreads. There are a few that I have read so I will link my reviews as well.

 

 

A couple of things here that I want to talk/flail about. First: I GOT THE ENTIRE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES SERIES! I kid you not, I found them in ONE STORE! There were the bottom shelf, all but forgotten. I almost had a heart attack. I grabbed them all and demanded that we find a cart at once. Mom was most confused and worried because I yelled “MOM MOM MOM LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!” and shoved them in her face. I had to explain what they were. She just looked at me.

Next, I am really excited because I completed/nearly completed several series that I have been working on buying. I have one more book in the Hunger Games series, one more in the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the Uglies series, and I think only one more in the Divergent series.

I’m just excited, you guys. I have my books in a basket so I can grab them as I finish. I just stare at them lovingly every so often. It’s causing me to get killed a lot in Destiny and Overwatch. But I can’t help it. Reading is my one true passion and books just make me so happy!

 

xxlacy

the girl with the dragon tattoo

to read a blurb of this book on Goodreads, click here. 

trigger warnings: rape and incest

 

This book has been in TBR pile for years before I even joined Goodreads. I had seen bits and pieces of the Swedish movie and had seen a trailer for the American version of it. I had friends that told me that this book was pretty good and I think even my dad recommended it to me at one point. Needless to say, this book was a constant in my life.

I regret wasting so many years. But at the same time, I don’t think young me could have handled what this book had to offer.

This is about Mikael and Lisbeth. Mikael is a financial journalist who has just been convicted of libel for printing a false story about a big financial mogul. Lisbeth works as a freelancer for Milton Security, gathering information about different people for a variety of clients. Mikael is tasked to find out what happened to Henrik Vanger’s brother’s granddaughter and to do this, he enlists the help of Lisbeth. What Mikael and Lisbeth find is so much worse than they could have imagined.

Lisbeth’s POV was my favorite. She was very interesting and I couldn’t help but feel nothing but pity for this poor thing. Life had dealt her a pretty crap hand. The way her mind works is incredible, though. Everything she does, she measures out all the possible consequences and determines the best course of action. It has to be exhausting living life like that but that is what is best for her. I could easily see myself as friends with her.  I hope that in the next book, we get more of a backstory with her. We only got a taste but I’m dying for more

Mikael’s POV was decent. I was incredibly intrigued with the task he was assigned to do. Mikael had some flaws for me, which nearly prevented me from fulling love this book, even though I shelved it under favorites on Goodreads. I’m a weird creature. Some of the choices he makes were dumb and he lived life like he was constantly in fear, which got old especially after having Lisbeth’s POV. He complained of things that he could easily change but chooses not too. But he has enough good qualities about him that I still want to read the next book.

The plot itself is very slow burn up until about the last 20%. But I think with this particular book, slow burn works well. It’s a mystery surrounded in mystery. We learn everything from Mikael and Lisbeth so we are left to only speculate what is going to happen. There were several times where I thought I had figured it all out but Stieg Larsson said NOPE and completely turned the tables on me. I thin mysteries are slowly becoming a very preferred genre with me.

To address the trigger warning I mentioned above: there are two different rape scenes. Each are very graphic so please read at your own risk. The incest is mentioned in passing several times towards the end but it’s not as descriptive. Still, please read at your own risk.

 

note: I haven’t seen the movie like I mentioned above but I will plan on watching it very soon. As soon as I do, you can sure bet that there will be a review about it. There is a strong chance that I will watch the Swedish version even though I don’t speak a lick of it. That version of the movie is more likely to follow the book because Hollywood can’t read. I’m looking at you, director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

 

xxlacy

april 28 thrift store haul

note: I’m sorry that this was posted a bit late. I left my books with my mom because I’m on a book buying ban. The boyfriend found out anyway because I’m horrible at keeping secrets. lol!

I orginally went to Goodwill to look at clothes with my mom. I ended up at the book section and found out that they had restocked their shelves. Even my mom was excited. I was a bit short on funds so I only was able to grab a few (but they are so worth it!) and I will be going back to buy the rest that I left behind.

As always, I will be linking the Goodreads link so you can guys can check out the books more fully.

 

freud’s mistress by karen mack and jennifer kaufman

fang by james patterson

allegiant by veronica roth

orange is the new black by piper kerman

pretties by scott westerfield (note: do NOT read the blurb for this book if you haven’t read Uglies and don’t want to be spoiled. The blurb spoils the end of the first book.)

angelopolis by danielle trussoni

beastly by alex flinn (fun fact of the day: I just realized that this was a series. I haven’t read the whole series. I thought it was a standalone. Good gracious, I have so many series to read!)

specials by scott westerfield (note: I wouldn’t read the blurb about this book either. They should really try and write blurbs without a lot of spoilers.)

 

I just have to point out a few things. I am BEYOND excited for most of these books. I have the first book in the Uglies series so to find two more (Pretties and Specials) is incredible! I only need one more. I also have a little novel that explains more about the world of Uglies. I was also excited to find Beastly. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling but in contemporary form.

Overall, I’m really quite excited to read these books. I will have to hunt out more of the Max Ride series and the Divergent series before I can read those and upon further research, I will have to hunt out the Beastly series. That isn’t stifling my enthusiasm in anyway.

Have any of you read read the books above? Which ones would you like to see me review on my blog? Let me know!

 

xxlacy