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Review + Blog Tour: The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake

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Hello there, everyone! For the very first time, me and my dear blog are joining a blog tour! How exciting, right?

Today’s spot is a review one, so I’m hoping you’ll enjoy my take on this magical book!

If you want to know more about this tour, you need only click on the banner 🙂


 

34328217Summary: Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can’t break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn’t be falling for.

Jeremy’s been in love with cocky, talented Luke since they were kids. But from their first kiss, something’s missing. Jeremy’s family keeps generations of deadly secrets, forcing him to choose between love and loyalty. As Luke fights to break the curse, a magical, citywide war starts crackling, and it’s tied to Jeremy.

This might be the one curse Luke can’t uncross. If true love’s kiss fails, what’s left for him and Jeremy?

 


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The Uncrossing is a very plot heavy book. Even within moments that feel like more character-development oriented, we still have small elements that help build up the plot, which was so nice to pick up on as I read! Because so much of this story is about secrets and curses, it’s hard to really get into it here without spoiling it, but I can definitely say this is a book built on twists and turns, and has the potential to keep you guessing.

While the complex plot is definitely a pro, it does sometimes detract from the pace, which in result means that the book feels longer than it actually is, and my reading itself was slower.

 

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The representation in this book is fairly straightforward. Our main character, Luke, is a biracial boy, and that is stated right away, not swept aside and not forgotten either. I can’t speak about how good the rep was beyond this point, since I’m neither black nor biracial. I encourage any readers who want to know more about this specific representation to seek ownvoices reviews!

As for sexuality, both Luke and Jeremy, our main characters, are openly queer from the summary. Literally. Though the world itself isn’t homomisia-free, as it is a world very close to our own (if you don’t count the magic stuff, of course ;P), it’s still there, the world is still heteronormative, and I enjoyed how that was shown, and shown as a problem, but in very small ways.

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The magical elements in this book are very unique. I enjoyed discovering the little bits of it at every chapter. While I did enjoy the characters and their interactions, this is a book that will please plot-driven readers the most.

The Uncrossing is interesting and intricate, and if you’re fond of stories with magic and complicated families, give it a go.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Melissa Eastlake’s debut novel, The Uncrossing, is coming in 2017 from Entangled Teen. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her partner and their dog.

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*Disclosure: I got a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review consideration.

 

 

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