Book Reveiw: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One

I was so disappointed by this book. I absolutely loved Amanda Lovelace’s first poetry collection, The Princess Saves Herself In This One. I gave it 5/5 stars! I loved the message, the format, and the overall product in general! Imagine my surprise and dismay when I was forced the follow-up book a 1/5 stars.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One had the potential to be something amazing. It could’ve been empowering, raw, and inspiring but instead it came across sexist and bitter.

If this book had been written by a male author and the pronouns within the poems  were swapped, it’d be considered incredibly sexist. The goal of feminism is for both genders to achieve equality. Feminsim strives to shut down double standards, not create new ones. Men must be careful and deliberate with their words and mannerisms. They are expected to show respect for women, but a women belittling or insulting a man is often seen as a display of empowerment. Talk about a double standard…

I wholeheartedly understand that women have been faced with adversity regarding  judgement, gender roles, and inequality for years. However, we don’t become feminists by degrading men. Feminism is not a women’s angry agenda against the male gender. Feminism is achieving parity with men.


There are are ignorant men in the world, just like there are ignorant women in the world. There are men who are bad people,  just like there are women who are bad people. The single voice of a male rapist or an abusive husband doesn’t represent an entire gender. Quite frankly, I was offended as a women by Amanda Lovelace’s generalization of men. Not all of us ladies are so hateful! When we treat the entirety of the male gender as one large group of sexist, pigs we create the divisions that feminism strives to eradicate.

Sexism and misogyny have no place in our society. When you see sexism call it out, but don’t attribute one man’s idiocy to an entire gender. Consider your own behavior and words, would they be acceptable if the pronouns were swapped?

We can’t put an end to sexism with sexism. Two wrongs do not make a right. What we can do is try and stand up for one and other. We can try and understand each other’s struggles instead of attacking our potential allies. We can fight alongside each other.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One pointed the finger and played the blame game. The collection was a poor representation of feminism and after getting another look at Amanda Lovelace’s beliefs I don’t think I’ll have an interest to read any moreover of her work.

If you’ve read the collection and either agree or disagree with me I’d love to hear what you have to say!


“The Wonder Woman Book” Tag


Hello everyone! A little while ago I was tagged by the lovely Alana over at thebookishchick to do the Wonder Women Book Tag! It looks like a ton of fun and I’m so thankful that I was included! I’ll leave the link to her blog below so you can check it out!

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character…

I’m going to go with Blue from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater! I love her because she holds her own so well throughout the series! She’s every bit as present as the guys and she doesn’t allow herself to be overshadowed by them. Additionally, she plays a crucial role in the plot. She’s so much more than a tired romantic plot device.  She also carries a pink switch blade…need I say anything else? Not to mention she’s quite the little feminist. I’ll attach my favorite quote of hers!

“Right, sure. Because there’s no girls in politics! I have no interest. Voting? What? I forgot my apron. I think I ought to be in the kitchen right now, actually. My rolling pin”

Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

  I really want to say Hogwarts(because who doesn’t want to escape to Hogwarts), but I’ll try to be a little more creative😊 I think I’d really like to attend one of Jay Gatsby’s legendary parties from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There’s certainly settings and situations in that book that I wouldn’t ever want to find myself entangled in, but I can’t deny how cool it’d be to sip champange on Gatsby’s enormous West Egg lawn.

London: A hyped book that let you down…

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was a widely hyped book that let me down. It was cheesy, cliche, and basically Twilight with hot aliens instead of vampires. I enjoyed reading it but it certainly didn’t have a profound affect on me. Daemon was every YA trope and stereotype packed into one character and I couldn’t take Kat seriously for the life of me. I have no desire to continue the series.

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

A Work In Progress by Connor Franta has such a becatiful, aesthetically pleasing cover and the story’s heart warming and inspirational!  Not only is the cover absolutely stunning, but the formatting and the pictures within the book are lovely!


Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

I Never by Laura Hopper is a book I hated passionately. I have a very detailed review on Goodreads if you’re interested, but otherwise I won’t go into my issues with the book or we’ll be here all day!

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

The words “sad book” are really just a synonym for “Adam Silvera.” Of course I have  to go with History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. I could’ve picked any Adam Silvera book for this category and it would’ve been one hundred percent accurate. I chose History Is All You Left Me because it’s my personal favorite and I feel like it’s the most raw and real of Adam’s novels.

Ares: A villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

I love Professor Moriarity from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories as well as his page to screen adaption, Jim Moriarity, in the TV show. He’s such a delightfully, classic sort of villain it’s impossible not to love to hate him. His personality is a perfect compliment to Sherlock’ s and I live they’d dynamic!

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

I hesitate to say Harry Potter in light of all the recent Twitter drama, but I really feel like the LGBT community deserved some representation. It wouldn’t have been hard to incorporate a few queer charcters into the original series, but J.K. Rowling did not. However, she had the perfect opportunity to include some LGBT+ charcters in The Cursed Child, but once again she did not. It would’ve been one thing had she not confirmed that Dumbledore was gay. Without any acknowledgment of Dumbledore’s sexuality in the books it seemed like Rowling had announced it as a half hearted, cheap, ploy to appease the fans. I won’t even get into the Albus and Scorpius drama. The whole thing just seems a little bit shady and I can’t but feeling like the fans were left felling used and cheated.

I don’t really have any specific people to tag so if you’d like to do this tag consider yourself taggged!

Until next time!



2018: February Book Haul!

I know I’m a bit late in posting this haul, but I’d love to hear about the books you guys read in February😊 Leave links or comments about your February hauls and I’ll be sure to check them out!

February’s a short month, so I was pleasantly surprised by the four book I was able to read! I started off the month with the third book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I enjoyed this book, but I still had quite the book hangover from The Dream Thieves. I gave it a solid 4/5 stars but it seemed like a bit of a filler book to me. I mostly fantasized about the final book or reminisced in my deep love for the previous book.

I took a small break from the quaint little town of Henrietta to pick up two YouTube memoirs! I’d been obsessing over Troye Sivan’s new songs, My My My and The Good Side, and I was feeling a little bit nostalgic for old Troye Sivan YouTube memories. Naturally, I turned to my trusty friend the Overdrive app. I checked out A Work In Progress by Connor Franta and Binge by Tyler Oakley. Since Troye himself lacked a memoir I settled for reading about two people who had been consistent fixtures in his past.

I ended up enjoying both books much more than I’d anticipated! I listened to both in audiobook format and was surprised to learn that both were narrated by the author. The personal narration instantly allowed me to connect to the story,  I gave A Work In Progress 5/5 stars and Binge a 3/5. I defiantly preferred A Work in Progress out of the two and if you haven’t read it I highly recommend checking it out. I knew next to nothing about Connor Franta, but I absolutely adored the book! I’d also like to add that I think the cover is stunning!

The book I read throughout most of Febuaray was The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater. It was a relatively lengthy read to begin with, and I especially wanted to take my time savoring my final movements with the raven gang.

The Raven King was such a satisfying ending to the series. I loved the beginning, the end, and everything in between.  I didn’t want it to end. I’m not a series person at all. I get bored and lose interest quickly. I hadn’t completed a series in almost two years before the Raven Cycle. I only picked it up because of some insistent Goodreads friends.

I wasn’t expecting much. I didn’t realize what a surprise I was in for because I found myself caught up in and invested in these books. My focus and interest was captured by the characters. The Raven Cycle is most defiantly a character driven series and my oh my teh characters were fantastic! Their development and complexity was fabulous. Also…Ronan Lynch. Need I say anything else?

On a similar note, the single book I purchased this month was Opal by Maggie Steifvater. I preordered the small novella about Ronan, Adam, and Opal. I’m so excited for it beacaue…Ronan Lynch. Need I say anything else?


Until next month!


Book Reveiw: A Scandal In Bohemia(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes #1)


I’ve become obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. I watched the first episode of Sherlock on a whim. I love Benedict Cumberbatch because he played Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, so I thought I’d give the show a go. I’ve either made the best decision of my life…or the worst one.

A Scandal In Bohemia was an automatic 5/5 stars. Immediately after I watched episode one of the show, I knew I’d found a story I adored. I checked out the first three Sherlock Holmes short stories from the library and devoured A Scandal In Bohemia in one night. I’m now determined to read all fifty six Sherlock Holmes related stories of Arthur Conan Doyle’s.

I love Sherlock’s unique and charismatic personality! He’s much different in the books than he is in the TV show, but I love him nonetheless. While I relate to TV Sherlock, I admire and aspire to be novel Sherlock! Also, I’m almost positive TV Sherlock is asexual. It’s great to see some main stream representation for underrepresented minorities.

I also love John! He’s such a sweetheart and his friendship with Sherlock warms my heart. It seems more problematic in the TV show than it is in the books, but both are equally enjoyable to watch/read.

Irene Adler is brilliant and that’s all I’ve got to say about that. I hope I’ll be seeing more of her.

I obviously won’t reveiw all fifty six stories but I thought it was important to document my initial arrival to 221 B Baker Street! I’m sure Sherlock Holmes will be appearing more and more throughout my reading. This is defiantly the start of something beautiful!


“Getting To Know You” Book Tag

Hi guys! I saw this tag on the thebookishchick’s blog and she kindly gave me the go ahead to do it here on my blog:D Since Lacey Paris Book’s is just getting its feet off the ground I thought this would be a fun getting to know you tag! I’d love to see your responses so feel free to post them in the comments! I’ll also link thebookishchicks blog below.

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

I hadn’t finished a series in almost two years until I finished the final book in the Raven Cycle a few days ago. I’d always thought I just wasn’t a series kind of person but now I’m questioning my entire life. Maybe I just hadn’t found the right series? I’m going to say standalones, but a few more series may be worming their way into my reading life more often!

2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

It depends on the genre for me. I LOVE male main characters in contemporary. It’s something I rarely see and nothing makes me happier. I love getting to see the more emotional, personal side of male characters that seems to come out in contemporary books!  If anyone has any contemporary recommendations with male main characters please leave them in the comments below, and I’ll defiantly check them out. On the other hand, I love reading about strong, empowered female characters in fantasy and adventure books! It all comes down to genre for me:-)

3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?

B&N for sure! I love getting lost among the huge book store shelves while I browse! I love the feeling of crisp pages as I pick up shiny new books and film through them. I love admiring all the lovely displays of cute bookmarks or Harry Potter merchandise. I love the overall atmosphere in bookstores. Amazon just isn’t the same.

4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?

I’m going to tentatively go with TV shows. However, there would multiple seasons available to do my babies the justice they deserve. I’ll have high expectations and the show better measure up. There are no excuses for terrible adaptions if you get twenty episodes per season to get it exactly right.

5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

Is this seriously a question? My life would be complete if I read five books a week.

6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?

I think I’d want to be an author because what better legacy is there to leave than a book? I’d love for my words to be read and discussed long after I’m gone.  I don’t necessarily think I’d be a great author. I’d one hundred percent be the author who boycotts commas because they I don’t see a point in using them. I’d most likely end up boring my audience to death as well. I question how many people would enjoy reading about English imperial India. I’ve always had a fascination with that time period and I’ve had a novel idea centering around it formulating for years!

7. Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?

This one is so hard! I guess I’m going to go with only read the same twenty books. I know some people don’t care for rereading book but I LOVE to reread. If I love a book I can almost never get tired of it.

8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?

I’d defiantly want to own a bookstore! Someone has to truly love books if they’re willing to buy them and is live to be surrounded by fellow book lovers!

9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

My favorite author is Adam Silvera and he only has three books out so…I’m going with genre. I can’t narrow it down to one, so I’m going to cheat and say I’d read contemporary and historical fiction!

10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical books! I read ebooks faster, but nothing compares to a good old fashioned physical book.

What are some bookish pet peeves or habits that you guys have?



2018: January Book Haul!

I started off my 2018 reading year much stronger than last year! I read a total of five books in January, and I pickied up a few others to add to my tbr. The first book I read was Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself In This One. It was a poetry collection split into four sections that chronicled Lovelace’s life. Immediately after I read it I knew it would be a five-star read and become an all time favorite of mine. Each poem was lovely and relevant. I picked the book up at the cutest little book store called Tattered Cover, and I also managed to get a really pretty picture of some flowers and my favorite poem!


My guilty pleasure for the month was Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie. I had just come off a terrible reading slump, and I needed something shallow and fluffy. One of my lovely Goodreads friends recommended Manhunting, and I promptly checked the book out from Overdrive. I gave the book a 3/5 stars which was pretty generous. The main character Kate was unbearably whiny, and I got some seriously sexist vibes from her love interest Jake. It wasn’t a great plot but their were some steamy scenes I appreciated. It was definitely one of those books that you realize is terrible but you can’t help reading on anyways.

My next January read was I Never by Laura Hopper. I Never was a fantastic story with an inspiring message directed towards young adult women. I Never communicates that a women’s worth is based off a man’s opinions on her body, distrust is the key in any good relationship, and irresponsibility should be exercised when having sex for the first time. Needless to say I gave it a 1/5. If you’re still curious about this books empowering message you can check out my essay, I mean my review, on Goodreads.

Then I started in on a series I’ve been meaning to read forever. My Goodreads friends  have raved about it, my favorite Booktuber raves about it, and I’ve seen glowing reviews for it on Litsy. I felt like I was the only one who hadn’t read it yet, so I picked up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. My faith in paranormal YA has been renewed. Both The Raven Boys as well as The Dream Thieves felt fresh. The plot and concept weren’t the same tired old tropes and clichés! The characters were all incredibly well written and layered. I also now have an obsession with Ronan Lynch.  I hate series but I can’t wait to continue with this one.

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Now for the books I purchased this month. In addition to I Never and The Princess Saves Herself In This One, I picked up Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine at Tattered Cover! I’m always up for some contemporary adult fiction!

On a trip to B&N in pursuit of Blue Lily, Lily Blue I ended up with a few other new books. I purchased Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman at the request of a Goodreads friend that loved it. I also couldn’t ignore the hype surrounding one book in particular and I ended up with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo. I’m a sucker for basically all historical fiction. The final book I bough in January was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. All I need to hear is Harry Potter fanfiction and I’m in.

Until next time friends! I’d love to hear what books you read or hauled in January! Leave me a comment!


My Story

“No story lives unless someone else wants to listen.” -JK Rowling

I am every story I discover. I am chapters of spindly writing and stanzas of heartfelt poetry. I am heartbroken lyrics and breathtaking performances. I am vibrant watercolors and melancholy photographs. Each work of art who’s story I uncover becomes a part of me. I delicately sample each story, the books I read or the songs I listen to, and they dissolve in my mouth like luxury lemon drops until we are one and the same.

I created this space so I could share my own story. I would love for you to join me in sharing and discussing the books, poems, songs, art, and anything else that may have contributed to your personal story.

Together we keep the stories alive because we’re willing to listen. Together we are the dreamers that allow for new stories creation. Together we are infinte.