Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cover Reveal: Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

Oh, how I'm excited about this one. I loved book one and two beyond words. And I think this third and final book will be even better. Eee :D I simply cannot wait. Into the Bright Unknown sounds aaaamazing. I cannot wait to read more about Leah and Jefferson :D And their romance. Swoon. I need more. Beyond excited. And ahh, this cover! Gosh. It's beyond stunning. I love it so much. All three covers are perfection. Sigh. I just wish I could read this book right away. Fingers crossed for ARCs of it. Just. It's so, so pretty.


The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancĂ© Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Missing by Kelley Armstrong

I simply couldn't help but request this book the moment I saw it. Because it sounded just like my kind of story. I love mysteries, lol. And I really enjoyed the other book like this by Kelley. So I was really excited to read this one. While I enjoyed this book, I sadly didn't love it. Aw. But I did enjoy the mystery very much.

I had expected to love this book, so it was a little disappointing when I started reading it that I hated the beginning. Okay, I didn't fully hate this book, but I disliked so much about the first parts of it. Mostly because it was boring, yet it was not supposed to be. Probably also because the book started in a weird place. Sigh.

The reason for why I had issues with the beginning was because of the main character, Winter, I think. I felt like this book began in a weird place, cause I wanted and needed to get to know Winter more first. I'm not sure how to describe it. Just that it bothered me to read the beginning and not know the girl enough. I simply didn't like her enough in the beginning, which was depressing. I also found some parts of the beginning to be pretty silly. Which is why I'm giving this book three stars. Because I did not love it all. Aw. But. The book did get better. And I found the last part of the book to be all kinds of awesome. Not perfect, but I enjoyed it a whole bunch. I didn't really have any issues with the writing, just didn't love it either. I liked the book, but sadly no love.

Missing is told from the point of view of Winter. She's a girl living in this very small town, where a lot of the people are poor, she included. She's on her final high school year, and just waiting for the time to be able to leave this town. She's really smart, and she knows how to hunt. I wish I could say that I loved her, but I had some issues with her. Aw. Mostly because I felt like I didn't connect to her at all. I liked reading about her, I just didn't fully care about her, which was so sad. She was interesting, though. But I wanted more.

This book is about Winter discovering a boy in the woods where she spends all her time. He has been beaten badly, and seems scared of someone. She helps him heal for a couple of days, and gets to know him too. Sadly I didn't connect with this at all. Or really understand the point of it. She didn't take him to the police or a doctor. Or someone else either. She didn't call anyone. And he even kisses her when she doesn't want it. I just did not like Lennon at all. He was supposed to seem cute, I guess, but he was not.

Thankfully, this boy was not the love interest at all. Because Lennon goes missing a few days after Winter finds him. And then his brother comes looking for him. And ah, I loved Jude a whole lot more. I had a few issues with him, aw, but for the most time I loved him a lot. And I shipped him and Winter so much. I liked reading about how they got closer, how they became friends, while also searching for Lennon. They don't have the best start, but they do get closer, and I loved that. They were pretty cute to read about together.

This book is about missing teenagers. I was hoping to love that so much, but I had so many issues with it in this book. Aw. Probably because Winter and Jude were the only ones looking for these missing teens. No one else seemed to think they were missing. The local sheriff was the most awful person, that really bothered me too. It shouldn't be like that. Sigh. I enjoyed reading about Winter and Jude looking for clues, because it was interesting, but it wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. Some parts got boring fast.

But despite all that I found the mystery in this book to be all kinds of interesting. I liked finding out who the kidnapper was. I liked how it all fit into the story, with all the characters. I also liked the final scenes of the book. I liked the romance, though I wish that had been a bigger part of the book. Another thing I didn't like, though, was the ending for some of the characters. Someone died. I really needed to know what happened after that, and it wasn't written. Hmph. I needed to know more, so I was a little disappointed.

I'm not going to say more about this book. I'm just unable to think of anything else at the moment, lol. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I also had a lot of issues with it, and so I didn't love it. But I am glad that I read it. And I do think you should all read it too. The mystery was interesting. But ahh. I did not like that there were so many feral dogs in this book that got murdered, in awful ways. Shudders. Winter is also getting abused, and that bothered me too, because the reason for it was beyond weird and not okay at all. Ugh.


Waiting on Wednesday #280

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

THE FALLEN KINGDOM (The Falconer #3) 
BY ELIZABETH MAY

Goodreads Description:

The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by Chronicle Books
Pre-Order here and here

Feel like I have waited so long for this book already. And it's still not out. Ahhh. I loved book one and two a whole bunch, and I simply cannot wait to know how it all ends :) Though, based on the summary, I think this book will kill me the very most. Ugh. But hoping for a happy ending, lol. Fingers crossed. Just wishing I could read it now; been waiting so long already :) Will be worth the wait, though, I'm sure. I'm so excited.
What are you waiting for on this fae Wednesday?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Eee! I'm so, so excited about this book :D I loved Three Dark Crowns oh so much. Despite how really evil it was. Hmph. And that ending. Ahh. Rude. But I loved it. And gosh, I cannot wait for this final book. One Dark Throne is going to be amazing :D Eee. And the worst too, I'm sure of it, haha. I'm so nervous about romance stuff. Yet so excited too. I adore Kendare the most. Her books are all aaamazing. Sigh. And this one will be too. Is it September yet? I just cannot wait. Because ahh. This cover is so gorgeous :D I love it. And cannot wait for the UK cover too; hoping there will be more than one, as there were three covers for book one ;p Fingers crossed. Either way, it will be gorgeous too, I'm sure of it. What do you think? :)


THE BATTLE FOR THE CROWN HAS BEGUN, BUT WHICH OF THE THREE SISTERS WILL PREVAIL?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White

This book is so gorgeous. And I wanted to love it so badly. Which is why I'm so disappointed to say that I did not. I love fairy tales. And retellings are amazing. And I love middle grade books the most. Which is why I was so sure that I would love this book. As I also adore the author. But oh, I was a bit disappointed with this.

I don't think I will write such a long review of this book. Because it isn't really long, and because of the way it is told, there is not really that much to say about it. But will share my thoughts about all of it even so. I'm giving this book two stars. Aw. Makes me so sad. But I really didn't like this one much at all. Wasn't very good.

As I said, this book is all kinds of gorgeous looking. And I really did think that I would love it lots. And I do think that others might enjoy it a whole bunch, especially most children. But for me, it wasn't that good. I have read a lot of books for children that have been amazing. But I felt like this one was a bit too childish. The writing was not very good, and it was pretty boring. It's written like the writer is telling a story from her point of view, including a narrator inside the story. Which could have been amazing, but sadly I found it to be written really badly. Aw. There are supposed to be a lot of jokes included in the text, but I didn't find any of it funny. A lot of it is about spelling, and hearing words the wrong way. Which is interesting, but it wasn't interesting in this.

Sigh. Probably because I didn't find it funny that a boy had been making a soup out of pee. And had been peeing in a guest bed. That just wasn't for me at all. But I must admit that I did enjoy parts of this story. I liked that there are short stories about famous fairy tales, with different endings and such. And that they all fit together in the same kingdom. I liked that. I just didn't like any of the stories, lol. The writing was just not good for me at all. And I didn't really like the plot either. I found the ending to be pretty bad too. Sniffs.

I don't really know what to say about this book. I felt like it was really short, yet I couldn't help but wish that it had been even shorter. Aw. I'm so sad that I didn't like it much. I'm just so sad that it wasn't for me. Because I had been wanting to read it so badly and thought for sure that I would love it. But yeah, I have read tons of better written books for children, which is one of the reasons for why this one didn't work for me. But I would recommend that a lot of really younger children read it. They might love it. And might not.

This book have a vampire Snow White. And a zombie Red Riding Hood. And a really, really stupid Jack. I found some parts of it to be interesting, which is why I'm giving it two stars. But for the most part this book was too silly and not good enough. I feel sad about that. But yeah, nothing that can be done about that. It wasn't for me. Huge thank you, though, to the publisher for being all kinds of amazing and shipping this review copy to my hotel room. It means the most. Also so curious to know what others think of this book.