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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 f ...more
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Published October 2nd 2017 by Entangled Teen
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☆ Todd
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it

3.25 stars.

I read the blurb and immediately knew that this would be a must-read for me, so I started my reading with very high expectations.

And then the rains came...



While I did like the story a good bit, this one wasn't an easy read for me, to say the least.

With 56 chapters and roughly 293'ish pages (according to my eReader), the book wasn't insanely long, but it definitely *felt* long to me.

There was something about the writing style that didn't quite flow in my mind, like books normally do.
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The Uncrossing was a weird book for me.

First of all, I really, really wanted to love it. I mean, the cover was pretty engaging, and I'd go gaga for a great YA, M/M fantasy book. Alas, this book wasn't all that it appeared.

For the first 30% or so (maybe more), I had no idea what was happening. We are simply thrust into this world with magic and paranormal stuff with very little background or information. And, really, none ever comes. I still really didn't get this world of magic (do lots of peo
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Hollis
I wanted so badly to love this. But sadly, for me, THE UNCROSSING is better in synopsis format than in the expanded format that is the story itself. Mostly because the synopsis actually tells you what's going on.

"You should say you're crossed, not cursed. Curse makes it sound hopeless."
"Maybe in hoodoo you get crossed. But in Mother Russia, curse gets you."

Common complaints about any kind of fantasy, or urban fantasy, tend to lie in the 'info dump' category. Well Eastlake definitely is not guilt
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Susan
Sep 29, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
DNF at 20%

I don't think I have ever quit an ARC before. Well, there's a first time for everything. And since this book is pretty long I don't want to go on.

The writing was so not my kind of writing. I'm often complaining about a book having too much tell and not enough show. Well, this was the other way around. We're told nothing. We just fall into this world and need to figure everything out by ourselves. I could follow along with that happened, but I didn't feel like I was actually in the stor
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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3 Stars

It wasn't bad, but it was underwhelming. RTC
Atlas
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Luke always smelled like church and magic

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3 / 5


The Uncrossing was an odd little book. It’s about a curse on a young man called Jeremy Kovrov, the adopted son of a powerful family, and another boy who can unravel almost any curse. It’s about magic in New York, about power and history and the lengths we will go to to hide the past. But it was also just plain weird.

"I know he's hard to like," Alexei had said, "but he loves you." There was nothing as simple as word for that.

Luke is employed by
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Kat
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read and review this neat debut from Melissa Eastlake. The world-building in "The Uncrossing" was really creative and unusual. I found myself drawn into ME's complicated magical world with its bargains and curses and relationship drama from the start.

Luke comes from a magical family that works for the Kovrovs. His sister curses people. He removes curses. Their parents run a store. This world is so complex, rich with stor
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lacy [lacy’s library]
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 4-stars, arc-copy, ebooks, e
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!

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 ha
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Laura
The Uncrossing was genuinely one of the cutest novels I have read in a long time. Melissa Eastlake’s debut hit every single one of my favourite themes and tropes that I adore as a reader. Diversity? Check. Fairytales? Check. Consent? Check. Positive family relations? Check. The Uncrossing was a literal dream come true for me, and I basically had a huge smile on my face from beginning to end.

The Uncrossing is an urban fantasy and that is obvious from the very first page. Although I read almost ex
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rin
May 18, 2017 marked it as maybe
sounds gay ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ
Mandy
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I realllllly enjoyed this. Seriously, I really enjoyed this. Eastlake creates a wonderfully unique New York with dueling magical families; an adorable ship that I so desperately wanted to sail; a unique little twist on a magical fairytale concept; and truly likable characters full of flaws and heart. I found myself devouring almost all of this in one sitting on a long car ride, and it was one of the most enjoyable car rides I've ever had because of it.

Let's start at the beginning! The world was
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
"You should say you're crossed, not cursed. Curse makes it sound hopeless."

This was just a fun-happy book that made me giddy and kept a smile on my face. I read so much urban fantasy from 2011-2015, but I’m really just getting back into the genre and I still love it. The Uncrossing creatively incorporated fairy tale elements into an imaginative New York, with ruling magical families and intricate spellwork. It was everything I wanted from the story.

Things I Liked
I really love the fairy tal
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Sabrina
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Checkout my full review + giveaway (ends 10/14) on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

This book was creative yet unusual. I felt awed at the magic system, thought, I felt confused by it at times. But this book is adorable. I really enjoyed the character interactions among all the cast of characters. I really liked the dueling magical family dynamic and the world building. It's one of the more unique ones I've read about in a while. It can get confusing at times but everything will
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Sophie
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, lgbt
This book had me hooked right with the first sentence.

I'm always impressed when that happens, *especially* when its a genre I'm not that into, which in this case means fantasy YA. But I had seen the cover and was intrigued even before seeing several enthusiastic reviews on Goodreads, so I decided I'd give this a try, and I am glad I did.

The whole story is set in New York, and in this New York, there is magic. Different families rule or protect different areas - and Luke's family is protected b
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D.M.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The uncrossing is a unique and interesting story. It had me guessing right to the end.

Crossing is to curse so uncrossing is to uncurse. Luke has a gift just like his sister. They are opposites. Luke can Uncross almost any curse. Jeremy is the one puzzle he can't work out.

Two powerful families control the magic in New York. Jeremy belongs to the Kovrov family. They are known to protect their own and be ruthless. Luke is aware of the dangers when he starts working with the family, but the opportun
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Shan(Littleirishbookcat)
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
May 18, 2017 marked it as zzzzz
Recommended to Elise by: Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Shelves: coverporn
i'm here for the fun mlm urban fantasy
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
*I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review*

Magical mafia turf war. Boys falling in love. Death, life, and in between. Curses, and the unraveling thereof. A little too much angst for my taste, but it's balanced out by lots of neon fashion choices. Meet the book I've affectionately dubbed "the new Raven Cycle".

Luke comes from a magical family. Jeremy comes from another, much more dangerous magical family. Luke likes boys. Jeremy's been in love with Luke since they were six
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charlotte
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: male bi mc, gay li, non-white side characters

I had never heard of this book before requesting it, and what made me request it was the blurb. It's an urban fantasy set in New York, about these mob-like families who control the magic in the city, each with their own way of doing magic. There's not a lot in the way of actually telling you this information, so there are no big info-dumps (a good thing), but it's pretty easy to pick up as you go along.

The book tells t
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ren
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know when you are really excited for a book, but cautiously wary because you’ve been disappointed too many times? That was me when I started reading The Uncrossing. This book looked like everything I want from a retelling, minus the contemporary setting: it’s queer, the worldbuilding seemed incredible and I had heard only good things about it.

I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint.

The Uncrossing won me over at first because of said worldbuilding. I loved the world Eastlake created, with curses
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Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Great diversity in this title. I was expecting a m/m romance with a fairytale retelling concept, but I was happily surprised that beyond the two main characters, Luke and Jeremy, there were other male bisexual characters in main roles in a way that was very well done. I particularly loved a conversation about the distinction between bisexuality and being a gay male and how one character, in particular, was adamant that his bisexuality not get erased as often happens.

Beyond the LGBTQIA+ represen
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Mark O'Brien
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunning debut with lovable characters, an enthralling plot, and one of the best romances I've read. (Plus, it's really gay.) You need this gorgeously written, captivating book. Review to come!
Amanda Prado
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book caught my attention mostly because of the pitch tagline: "The Raven Boys meets Shadowhunters". I love one of these series and hate the other, so I was mostly morbidly curious to see how this book would work out. And then of course we got the horrid cover reveal (which btw doesn't even depict the characters as they are; Luke isn't white, for starters) and my expectations got even lower. I stayed interested
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Olivia Farr
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"The Uncrossing" takes us to a world of magic which thrives within our own. In this world, people with magical abilities live in a mafia-style society, which is controlled by certain families. Luke's family is part of the Kovrovs mafia-style group. While the Kovrovs tend to take care of the people under them, they do wield a lot of power over them and control their financial success (just think mafia that happens to have magic). The book begins with the Kovrovs coming over to see Luke a
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Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
3.5 / 5 Fangs

The Uncrossing was such an entertaining and fast-paced book. This was a book full of magic, romance, action, crime, and angst. What more could one want?!

I really enjoyed the urban fantasy world the author created. The world the author created took New York City and mixed it with fairytale elements, magic, and crime families. I found the world extremely interesting! My only issue with the world was that it was confusing to understand at first. When the book started, it felt like I w
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Shannon

The Uncrossing is an engaging and entertaining novel that admittedly took me a little while to get pulled in to, but once I was, there was no putting this book down! It's confusing and mysterious and quite intriguing, it's everything you'd want in a young adult urban fantasy novel. And it has two totally endearing characters, which was just the icing on the cake!

Full of magic and mayhem and mystery, The Uncrossing also has a sweet romance brewing in its pages. Luke and Jeremy have known each oth
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Bee
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was good! It reminded me a lot of holly black's curse workers series (which I love) with the whole magical mobsters and all that. It's def my type of book.

luke and Jeremy were both great and I loved their romance. i also loved jeremy's family dynamics and his relationship with his brothers.
ngl I wish we had gotten more of Luke's sister tho she seemed so awesome.

I appreciated the rep a lot, such a cute m/m romance and luke being a black gay boy was great and bisexuality was treated so well t
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Linda Romer
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed The Uncrossing, I thought it was a unique read with elements of magic I've never read about before. This is an Entangled Teen Title with a M/M Romance, very sweet. I liked all the characters, Luke and Jeremy were very charming. The Kovrov and the Melnyk families were memorable and I enjoyed getting to know them. I liked the scare at the end and the story overall.

I give The Uncrossing 4 stars for its unique magical read with interesting characte
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Laly Villablanca
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: laly-s-favorites
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with this book after the first ten pages. That doesn't really happen to me, and the last book that gave me such a ride and the need to both slap and hug the characters was Nora Sakavic's The Foxhole Court. No other book has called my attention this way since then, and anyone who knows me knows exactly what that means.

Uncrossing is about magic, love, fate, choices, and surprisingly th
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Jessica
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ty-magic, arc-1st-ng
'The Uncrossing' is as much about magic as it is a slow-burn YA romance. Author Melissa Eastlake drops readers in the middle of a set of families who have been working together for generations, each person specializing in a different type of magic. Eastlake has skillfully brought to life a unique and complex system of magic and an enchanting re-imagined New York City. She employs an enjoyable blend of fantasy with real-world subway transit and social media.

Luke and Jeremy are young men caught a
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Melissa Eastlake’s debut novel, The Uncrossing, is coming in 2017 from Entangled Teen. She's a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and studied creative writing at Hollins University. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her partner and their dogs.
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