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: the uncrossing

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A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book early. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by being given this book!

expected publication: october 2


I got this dumb little smile on face and it’s because of this book. This book was just so damn adorable. Luke and Jeremy just made my heart all sorts of happy. Of course, it had its serious moments and there were moments where I wanted to smack Luke and Jeremy but overall, I couldn’t be happier with this book.

Luke has the gift of being able to uncross someone. I’m sure most of you have seen a Supernatural, where Sam and Dean are hunting witches and they have to find hex bags. Well the concept is similar. Luke can find those hex bags and cleanse the person or building of the hex. Cool right? Because I thought this was very cool. As for Luke as a character, I liked him. He was stuck up but I personally didn’t mind it. It fit him and his friends and family certainly weren’t afraid to knock him down a peg or two. And I think he did a lot of good for Jeremy, even if they fought a lot.

Jeremy is a precious cinnamon roll and must be protected at all costs. I never call anyone a cinnamon roll so that goes to show how much I adored this character. My heart hurt for this poor guy because of his secret, he couldn’t really live a normal life. He has family that kind of accepts him/kind of doesn’t in terms of him being gay. He basically has lived his life thinking that being gay and feminine is bad. I just wanted to reach into the book and tell him that he is perfect the way he is. Why can’t people just accept others the way they are.

The world building was very cool. It combined the real world, with mentions of Instagram, Snapchat and saying “drag me” (which I have no idea what that means at all) and combining it with old world magic and old families. The side characters were well done. They weren’t just placed there for the sake of being. Overall, I’m really impressed with this book and I’m anxious to see what else this author does.

 

xxlacy

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: 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