Saturday, June 25, 2016

In My Mailbox #243

This have been a difficult week. I have been so exhausted after my hospital visit, so have been napping a lot and just relaxing. And so I haven't read much at all. It took me around four days to read The Book Thief. Sigh. And I'm so tired all the time. And behind on all commenting. But I'm working on it. Just hoping to start feeling better :) But despite feeling so crappy, I do have some awesome news. Today we got our new Lay-z-spa Miami. And I am so so excited to start using it :D I love bathing. I love hottubs, lol. Tomorrow it shall be warm enough. So I shall spend a lot of time doing that :) But I do hope to start reading more shortly too. I just need to start feeling better. Hmph. Anyway. I did blog a little bit this week :) I posted my review of The Book Thief :) Which I enjoyed. I posted a new Top Ten Tuesday :D With my favorite books this year. And this week I'm waiting on United. <3 My newest Book Collection post is books by Marie Rutkoski. Eee :D I also got a bunch of stunning mail this week. I love it all so much. <3 Ahh.

Lady Midnight. Finally got the international paperback edition :D Love. But aw, 2nd edition. Sad face, lol.
Nevernight. EEE! Thank you so much Katie at the UK pub :D I LOVE this book. The most. So perfect.
Never Ever. I'm so curious about this one. Excited to read it. But I am worried about that ending.. oh.
Six of Crows. Yay for new UK paperback edition :D This book is so awesome. And oh so gorgeous. Sigh.
Grischa 2. German paperback edition of book two :D I own the first one. And the hardcovers. So pretty.
Let the Sky Fall. Finally got to buy this new paperback edition after they sent me the wrong one :) Love.
Prodigy. Eee, I love these books. Love that they are now in graphic novel format too. Sigh. It's gorgeous.
The Winner's Kiss. Finally got to buy this last one for my collection :D Yess. Expensive, but worth it.
Bukowski Plush. Ahh :D New ones. I love this brand. I love these plushes. They are so soft and perfect.
Pop Figures. I did not order Shrek, lol. But I do love him. More Game of Thrones pops too :D Love all.
Press Back Swag. YAY! Thank you so much Kristen. <3 These are gorgeous. Love the tattoos :D Pretty.
Zootopia. I got to buy these two pretty figures this week. Still missing a few, but aw. These are so cute.
Bookmarks. Eee :D More precious bookmarks. <3 They are the cutest. Shadow and Bone :D Ahhh. Mal.

Yesternight. EEE! I'm so happy to have gotten approved for this one on Edelweiss :D Thank you so much. <3 I do need the print ARC, though, to complete my gorgeous Cat Winters collection. <3 Just. Ahh. I cannot wait to read this one :D It shall happen next week for sure. I'm so excited to read it.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Collection #17

17th week of my new Book Collection posts. I will be doing this every Friday. And I am loving it. I own so many amazing books, and I love that I get to share my collection of many of them. I will be posting all my collections randomly, but I love them all. I hope you will all enjoy these posts of mine. Would love to know if you have any collections like mine; if you own and love these books too. Let me know. I love my books.

Books by Marie Rutkoski.

Gosh, I love these three books. I love them so, so much. The story of Kestrel and Arin is the very best. Sigh. I'm so happy with all of these. And I cannot wait to read more books by Marie. She's so awesome. I love that my collection is complete. Eee. Just missing the third book in paperback, that comes next year. I have both ARCs. And that ARC box. Swoon. It is empty in the pictures, though. Just missing some of the precious swag. Aw. One day, I shall have it all. I hope. Just. I love these books. So very much. The most.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #245

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 


Goodreads Description:

After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.

But the vacation is short-lived.

The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.

Hardcover, 300 pages
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by EverAfter
Pre-Order here and here

Eee, I cannot wait to read this final book :D I adored book one and two so much, and I cannot wait to read how it all ends. Ahhh. I'm a bit nervous, but I do know that I will love this book. And I'm beyond excited for more romance between Aelyx and Cara :D Yay! I think this book will end up being so exciting. And so romantic. And evil too, probably, lol. I cannot wait. See my cover reveal post for it here :) It's so gorgeous.
What are you waiting for on this earthly Wednesday?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #28

Top Ten Favorite 2016
Releases So Far This Year

1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.
When I read this book a few months ago, I knew it would be a huge favorite of mine. Probably cause of all the heartbreak it gave me, lol. It was so beautifully written and so good and gah. I loved this oh so much. Despite the heartbreak.


2. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
I had been so excited for this book for ages, eee, and I finally got to read it this month. Thrilled to say I loved it so much. It's even more awful than Illuminae, haha. I'm not sure which one I love the most, but I love them both oh so much.

3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
I had been waiting so long for this book. And when I read it a few months ago, it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Sigh. I love all the books by Cassie. And I loved this one the most. Julian and Emma are the cutest. Eee.

4. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski.
I'm so thrilled that I loved this book so much. I was a bit nervous before reading it, but oh gosh. It ended up having everything I wanted in a book. Everything I had dreamed of for these characters. I loved this book so much.

5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
There was no way I could not include this book as one of the best I have read this year. Because, gosh. It was perfection. That epilogue was truly the most awesome. And all the short stories. I love this world. I love these characters.

6. Foxheart by Claire Legrand.
Oh, how I love books by Claire. And just love Claire, lol. She's so kind and awesome. And her books are perfection. This one might be my favorite. I can't decide. It's heartbreaking. It's amazing. There is magic. I loved it oh so much.

7. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand.
And this one too. It's so sad and real and I loved reading every moment of it. Finley is the most amazing girl. I loved getting to know her. I adored all the friendships she made. And the boy she met, hih. This book is so, so perfect.


8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.
I knew I would love this book. And I did. So much. Eee. But I did not know it would ruin my heart so much. Hmph. And that I would feel so strongly about all the characters. Ahh. It was simply amazing. So much love for this precious.

9. Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin.
This book broke me. Sad face. But even so, I loved it so much. The story is just so amazing. And Yael is the bravest and strongest girl. I loved reading about her and her fight. This final book was so exciting and I loved it lots.

10. The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda.
I'm simply so happy with how much I loved this book. Eee. It was exciting from beginning to end. I adored the characters. And I loved the small romance. Ack. The story was so good and full of suspense. I ended up loving this book a lot.

Ahh, I have read a few amazing books this year so far :D Much less than I wished for, sad face, but hoping I will read much more in these next months. Fingers crossed. But yeah. I still managed to find ten favorites for this awesome topic :D Yay! I loved all of these books SO MUCH. I think they are in the right order. Most likely. But even so, I loved them all to pieces. The title links will lead to my five star reviews of all the books. If you haven't read any of these yet, then do so right now. They are perfection. Oh, fine, I know. Five of these aren't even out yet. Ack! But they will be soonish :D And you should pre-order them.

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by The Broke and the Bookish :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I'm glad I finally read this book. I saw the movie last year, which I liked, but still hadn't read the book. But wanted to for ages. And now I finally did. I'm a bit sad to say that I did not love it. But I liked it. I liked it so much. And I have a big reason for not loving it. Sigh. Even so, it was a four star for me. And I liked this book so much.

I don't know where to begin with this book. I'm not sure I will write all that much about it. It took me forever to read it. Many days. I never use this long to read a book. Ack. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I was dreading that ending. Hmph. Either way, I finally finished it, and I'm so glad I read it. Truly. But I'm also a bit sad.

My review will have spoilers about the ending below. But I do think that just about everyone have already read this book by now, lol, or has seen the movie. But yeah. About that movie. I didn't love it when I saw it last year. I found it to be a little boring. I do not remember too much about it right now, but I do remember that most of the book was not included. Many of the important parts were not there. Aw. But even so. I'm going to re-watch the movie in a moment, and I hope to like it much more this time. Fingers crossed. Sigh. This book. I wasn't in love with the writing, but I did enjoy it a bunch. I did like reading about Death. Mostly I loved reading about Liesel and Rudy. But yeah. The writing was good. I didn't like that the book spoiled itself, though. Ugh.

This book tells the story of Liesel. And gosh, I loved this girl so much. She's nine at first, but she's fourteen when the book ends. I loved her right away. It broke my heart that her brother died right before they both should have arrived with their new papa and mama. And this poor girl ends up having many nightmares for so long because of it. Which was just heartbreaking to read about. Aw. But she's still so strong. And fierce. And kind too, despite her stealing. But yeah. Liesel is an amazing girl. I loved her so.

I loved reading about her life. Her papa was the most awesome. Her mama a bit scary sometimes, but still the most awesome too. I loved how it was set around the Hitler war in Germany. So heartbreaking. So much death. Yet so amazing. This book doesn't focus all that much on the war, but still lots of pieces of it is in there. It hurts my heart that all of this happened before. And that it might even happen again, maybe. Oh, I hope not. But yeah. I simply enjoy reading stories about that time. They are well written.

I'm not sure what to say about the plot in this book. So I'm not going to say too much. It is mostly just about the life of Liesel. And how she spends her days. What she learns of the world. I loved her and Rudy so much. Sniffs. And I liked the plot a whole bunch. I just wish I could have loved the plot and that ending. Sigh. Wish it could be changed. Hmph. But anyway. I liked this story. It was interesting to read about. Interesting and heartbreaking. I'm glad I read this one, finally. So glad I got to meet Liesel and Rudy.

There is a Jew in the basement in this story. Twenty four year old Max. I did love this man a lot. He was pretty sweet and I liked reading about him. I loved his sibling relationship with Liesel. It was beautifully written. I hated how he had to hide there for so long, and then he had to leave, and ahh. It was a bit heartbreaking. But so interesting. I liked his ending. And oh. Liesel's ending. It made me sad. Sigh. But then I used google. And I found this post by the author, here. And I'm now feeling much better, haha.

I will be honest. The reason for why I did not love this book was because the boy died at the end. I shall never forgive it. I can't help it, if the couple isn't together at the end, not really a book for me. And while I have managed to love a book where this happens before, it was so different with The Book Thief. Sigh. Because this boy did not get to be fully happy before he died. He did not get the kiss he had wanted for four goddamn years. And then he died. And I just. I'm so pissed off about it. It shouldn't have happened.

The ending made me cry. Because of the boy. But also because of the other people who died. It was sad. And evil. And I just. I'm not okay with the boy dying. Sigh. I feel like the book would have been perfect, if he had still been alive. If they had gotten to be together, like they had wanted to. Hmph. I shall not forgive it. His death was just mean. I guess that others are okay with him dying. But I'm not. And it shall bother me forever and ever. Sad face. I would have loved it, if only he had not died. Which makes me sad. Aw.

But despite all that. I did like this book. I liked this book a lot. Because I did love Liesel. And her new papa. And mama. Mostly I loved Rudy. He was the most amazing boy. Sobs. And I loved his friendship with Liesel so much. I loved how much they cared for each other. I loved how they were together all the time. I just wish Liesel hadn't been so stubborn. I wish she had realized she loved him a little bit earlier. Ugh. Which is why I'm angry, lol. But anyway. I did like the book. If you haven't read it, then do so now.