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Today, August 18th, is a very special day. It’s Percy Jackson’s birthday!!!

Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a series that is invaluable to me and has impacted many different aspects of my life. Without Percy Jackson, I would’ve never got involved in online fandom, met my closest friends, or have continued read as much as I do today. But, the reason why Percy Jackson is so near and dear to my heart is because of what it did for me when I was struggling with ADHD in Middle School.

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Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my favorite people. She’s a Queer Latina who writes enchanting Young Adult Magical Realism stories that feature POC & Queer characters.

I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of her upcoming novel, Wild Beauty, releasing in October. Today, I’m going to be sharing 5 reasons as why you need this book on your TBR. Plus, there’s an International Giveaway for an ARC of Wild Beauty!!!!!!

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Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Content Warning: Guns, Death, Past Stalking, PTSD

SynopsisPitched as a teen version of You’ve Got Mail, Alex, Approximately follows Bailey “Mink” Rydell, who is developing a crush on her online film geek friend “Alex”.

Soon after Alex invites Bailey to come out to a film festival in his hometown to see North by Northwest, Bailey moves to Coronado Cove to live with her father. Without telling Alex. Confrontation avoidant Bailey decides to find Alex using the hints she’s gotten from their online conversations.

Then, her father secures her a summer job at a local Museum where she clashes with a very attractive security guard named Porter Roth. As the summer goes on, Bailey has to choose between her online fantasy with Alex and the boy standing in front of her. Unless, Alex is a lot closer than it seems.

 

Alex, Approximately has the exact formula I look for in Romances. Online friendship leading to more? Check. Hate to Love in real life? Check. Mistaken Identities? Check. Misunderstandings? Check. California Central Coast setting? Check. Characters with a traumatic past? Check.

Despite that, Alex, Approximately ended up being a disappointment (albeit a relatively cute disappointment). In part because of the hype, which made me go into it expecting to fall in love, and in part because of how the online aspect of the story was handled.

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Welcome to another Discussion Post here on Lacy Literacy! Today we’re going to be talking about Books vs. their TV/Movie Adaptations.

Recently, I was inspired by Mia over at Pen & Parchment who talked about her personal aversion to film adaptations of books. Because I have a lot of opinions that aren’t as popular, I decided that I wanted to share them in the form of a discussion post because Books vs. TV/Movie Adaptation opinions can be dividing and I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on them.

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Welcome back to Trope Tuesdays, a meme created by yours truly.

With the recent changes to my blog, there are going to be some chances with how I personally do Trope Tuesdays. As you may have noticed from the title of today’s Trope Tuesday, I’m going to branching out from just talking about one trope in Trope Tuesdays. That doesn’t mean there won’t be Trope Tuesdays focusing only on one trope because there will be. I simply thought breaking it up would be more fun. You can learn more about the basic Trope Tuesday format here.

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The worst feeling in the world is when you buy a physical copy of a book & then learn from reviews, or actually reading the book, that it is a problematic mess. I’ve found myself in this situation a couple of times and it sucks every time it happens. I get so bummed out knowing I wasted money and am now stuck with it.

Normally, I donate books I don’t like to my local Friends of the Library because it gives the library money (and I get a nice tax write off), but sometimes there are books that have content I deem too problematic for me to consider doing so. I don’t want to donate a Young Adult novel that has damaging representation or themes only for it to get in the hands of a young reader. 

But fear not readers, there are a ton things you can do with problematic books that you find too reprehensible to donate that don’t include book burning. 

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❈ Huge thanks to HarperCollins for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review ❈

 

29422692.jpgTitle: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1)
Author: Alisha Rai
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Content Warning: Depression, Suicide ideation

Synopsis:

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

 

Do you love Romances that involve feuding families who were once inseparable? Do you love childhood lovers who were torn apart by circumstances? Do you love stories about families rebuilding their bond? Do you love nuanced depictions of depression? Well, do I have the story for you…

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Living in California has afforded me with the blessing of being able to attend lots of book signings in the past year. At this point, I would call myself a book signing veteran. In my time attending book signings, I’ve seen some unfortunate behavior. So today, I’m here to share some general advice about Book Signing Etiquette so you can avoid being that person that everyone is side eyeing.

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