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

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arc review: 27 hours

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I received this copy in exchange for an honest review from Entangled Teen publishing. A special thank you goes out to them! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

expected publication: october 3


Where do I even begin with this book? There were so many positives, I don’t think I could even begin to mention them all. First off, I have to shout out for all the representation in this book. I’ll discuss more what each character is but it’s so incredibly awesome that an author would find a way to organically fit in all this representation. It wasn’t forced. The characters’ sexuality wasn’t a plot twist. It felt legit and I can accept that.

This book takes place over the course of 27 hours, which is how long the night last on this planet. I don’t think I could even sleep for 27 hours no matter how tired I was. I thought this was a cool aspect though. I also really liked the reimagination of gargoyles, dragons and chimeras.

The POVs are from Rumor, who is a gay teen and is very angry. Jude, a gay teen that can see colors (almost like auras) surrounding people. Nyx, a Deaf pansexual lesbian. Braeden, an asexual teen boy. Each brought something to the table and not just their sexuality. Each character had distinct personalities and they were all incredibly likeable.

Nyx was my favorite. I simply loved this little human. She is Deaf and is not afraid to let people know that they shouldn’t be taking around her. She appreciated any and all attempts of communication, even if they didn’t know how. She didn’t freak out if they did something wrong. She loved the fact that they were trying. I think I loved that most about her. She didn’t let her Deafness hinder her. You will be seeing her on my top 10 favorite females after Hermione.

I really appreciated all the work Tristiana Wright went into helping the reader understand pansexuiality and asexuality. I’m going to be honest and say that the terms did confuse me even though I tried my hardest to understand. I now understand a little bit better. If I could have one teeny tiny complaint, it’s that I would have loved a Dahlia POV. She would have brought a little extra to the table and plus I just love her and Nyx. Overall, you really can’t go wrong by reading this book!

 

xxlacy

arc review: seize today

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

expected publication: october 3


I seriously couldn’t be more satisfied with an ending to a trilogy like I am with this one. I mean, I’m just blown away at everything this book has to offer. The concept of time travel and realm traveling fit into a dystopian society. What more could you want in a book and in a series?

In this book, we follow Olivia, the Chairwoman’s daughter. My poor poor Olivia. This child is the most broken of the three POVs we got during the series. She is a precognitive, which means she can see people’s futures. The concept of her precog is really cool. She can’t predict the future per se, but can see different paths people have the option to take.

Like I said before, Olivia is very broken. Her mother doesn’t love her. She has no real friends and doesn’t think she is worthy of any friends or family. She is basically a pawn in her mother’s world. What a terrible existence for someone to grow up in. I can understand why she did the actions that she did during the course of the book. But I’m glad that she had character growth and started to understand what it means to have a family.

Ryder wasn’t as involved in the book as the other love interests were, which was kind of upsetting. I liked Ryder and having known him from the previous books, it was nice to see him a bit more grown up. It just would have been nice for him and Olivia to have more conversations and things like that.

Overall, though, I really can’t complain with this book and the series as a whole. It was tied up together very nicely. It set up for other books, if the author chooses, along with novellas. But nothing makes me more happy then a well done series with a crisp clean ending.

 

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

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