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Peek Inside The Uncrossing

Luke can break almost any curse—they unravel for him like no one else. Working for the Kovrovs is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can’t break…

The Uncrossing

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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 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?


"A lovely story that combines clever writing, treacherous magic, and a swoon-worthy, fairy tale romance." –Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper

"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." –Laly, I Am Never Lost And Never Found Tumblr

"A stunning debut with lovable characters, an enthralling plot, and one of the best romances I've read. (Plus, it's really gay.)" –Mark O’Brien, Mark O’Brien Writes

"Meet the book I've affectionately dubbed "the new Raven Cycle". [...] The point is, read The Uncrossing for magic and blood and kissing and bad jokes and worse decisions and family and angst and curses, because it's really, really good." –Abi, Knights Who Say Book

"I loved the characters and the setting, and while I can be a grumpy curmudgeon about this, I found their teenage awkwardness about falling in love utterly sweet and adorable while not being tooth achingly cute (which is to say it never got too much)." –Sophie, Goodreads Reviewer

"I realllllly enjoyed this. Unique, an amazing ship, and complex characters." –Mandy, Book Princess Reviews

"The Uncrossing is one of those books that just put you in a great mood. You love seeing Luke and Jeremy’s push-and-pull; you root for them and want them to be happy and adorable together." –Danielle, Life of a Literary Nerd

"This book was just so damn adorable. Luke and Jeremy just made my heart all sorts of happy." –Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library

"The world-building in The Uncrossing was really creative and unusual. I found myself drawn into Melissa Eastlake’s complicated magical world with its bargains and curses and relationship drama from the start." –Kat, Kat With the Hat

"The uncrossing is a unique and interesting story. It had me guessing right to the end." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

"[T]his was amazing and cute as hell." –Laura, The BookCorps

"The Uncrossing is as much about magic as it is a slow-burn YA romance. [...] Eastlake has skillfully brought to life a unique and complex system of magic and an enchanting re-imagined New York City." –Jessica, Dreamer J’s Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633537
Release Date: Oct 2, 2017
Page Count: 412
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, fantasy, lgbtq, young adult
Tropes: enemies to lovers, forbidden love/off limits

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By Kat January 12, 2018

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 relat... ...more

By lacy [lacy’s library] September 14, 2017

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 Jer... ...more

By Laura October 17, 2017

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 l... ...more

By Mandy September 25, 2017

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 he... ...more

By Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd) September 22, 2017

"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... ...more

By Sabrina October 10, 2017

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 ca... ...more

By Sophie September 21, 2017

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 decide... ...more

By D.M. September 26, 2017

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 con... ...more

By Abi September 27, 2017

*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 affect... ...more

By c, January 11, 2019

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... ...more

By ren October 05, 2017

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 i... ...more

By Mark November 24, 2017

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! ...more

By Amanda October 02, 2017

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 wor... ...more

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 fai... ...more

By Shannon October 02, 2017

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... ...more

By Bee October 23, 2017

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.
n... ...more

By Linda October 02, 2017

The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake

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 th... ...more

By Laly Villablanca September 26, 2017

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 Sakavi... ...more

By Jessica September 27, 2017

'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... ...more

By TheHufflePuffle October 04, 2017

The Uncrossing is a fun and romantic story with dramatic twists and turns and deep-rooted plots of family feuds and unique and twisted magic. A story that at first looks like a fun queer romance that takes you by surprise with a bewildering, twisting plot and surprises down every turn.

The Uncro... ...more

By Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads October 01, 2017

The Uncrossing is a delightful read with fairytale-esque elements, a dash of mafia like family feuds fuelled with magic and a whole lot of romance. 

There's no curse Luke can't uncross but the one on Jeremy is like nothing he's seen before. This affinity sees Luke working for the Kovrov's and work... ...more

By Angela October 03, 2017

I received a free copy of this book through Chapter by Chapter, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the review copy!

It’s been 24 hours since I finished reading The Uncrossing, and I’m still starry-eyed over the wondrousness of this story. Usually it’s romance that makes... ...more

By Wendy F December 18, 2017

The Uncrossing is my first Negalley ‘wish’ that was granted. For real guys, totally one of the best feelings! I didn’t even know I’d gotten it, it just popped onto my Netgalley shelf for the next time I logged in. I’m pretty sure I cheered. It’s like getting a present! I even rearranged my schedu... ...more

By Queerly October 07, 2017

Hannah reviewed The Uncrossing at
Jeremy is pretty and awkward and sheltered, but never imperious, and Luke is drawn to him. What he doesn't realize is that Jeremy's been drawn to Luke since he was six - and that Jeremy is crossed with the ultimate curse. But who better to unravel his magical con... ...more

By Min October 06, 2017

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... ...more

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Melissa Eastlake

About the author

Melissa Eastlake

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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