Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #155

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

THE BOX AND THE DRAGONFLY BY TED SANDERS

Goodreads Description:

Artifacts. Miseries. Mysteries . . .

From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus--a sign with his own name on it--everything changes. The sighting leads him underground to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse brimming with peculiar devices. But there he finds only questions. What is this curious place? Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? And what is he to do with it?

As he works to master his newfound abilities, Horace quickly discovers that nothing is ordinary anymore. From the sinister thin man lurking around every corner to his encounters with Chloe--a girl who has an astonishing talent of her own--Horace follows a path that puts him in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between two mysterious factions.

Horace's journey leads him and Chloe deep into a place where every decision they make could have disastrous consequences. Most important, it links Horace to the Box of Promises and a future he never saw coming.

With an action-packed blend of fantasy and science fiction, Ted Sanders creates a world where everything is more than it seems and where friendship and loyalty have the greatest power of all.


Hardcover, 624 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here.
 
I saw a gorgeous ARC package for this book. And ever since then I have wanted it a lot. First, that cover is all kinds of gorgeous. Second, I adore middle grade books. Thirdly, this book sounds awesome. I think I will love it. Well, I hope :D Crossing my fingers. <3 Is it March soon, though? Because I hate waiting :)
What are you waiting for on this curious wednesday?  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Stray by Elissa Sussman

I do not know why it took me five months to read this book. I had it as an eARC for ages, as I was so excited about it, but I was too afraid to start it, thinking I wouldn't enjoy it. Then yesterday I knew I had to try. And oh. I really loved this book. It was all kinds of awesome. And I'm so glad that I finally read it.

I've decided to give Stray four stars. Because while I really loved it, I also had a few small issues with it. Mainly that I wanted it to be longer. It ended too soon. And the romance. Sigh. I loved how sweet it was, but it was just a little bit too little. Hmph. I'm just so curious too. I need to know everything about everything.

I'm not sure how to begin talking about this book. I really enjoyed the writing. Which is always a plus. And I enjoyed the characters too. I also thought the plot was exciting and different. It took a little while before the most exciting parts happened, but I also enjoyed the beginning of the book. The parts where nothing much happened needed to be there, as we got to know a bunch of people that I grew to love. And I saw Aislynn grow as a person. Which I liked. As I enjoyed reading about her so much, as I loved that the book is from her point of view. Though, sobs. I want more from her. I do not feel like her part of the story is over with. Hmph. I need more of her romance. And her pain. I need it so badly. Want it so much.

There is so much to love about Stray. And I'm not going to mention all of it. Because the plot is awesome and I wouldn't be able to describe it right. Sigh. Just. There are different schools. There are princesses. And fairy godmothers. And mean people. And cute boys. And yeah. This book is just all kinds of awesome and I'm so happy that I read it. Also, there is no love triangle. Boy in the beginning could have been something, but he isn't, so nothing to worry about when it comes to that. Just so you know :)

I just really enjoyed this story a lot. I loved reading about Aislynn. And who she is as a person. And how she changes. I loved the way she thinks and such. She's just awesome. I was a bit unsure about her parents. But I think I grew to love them. Probably. I adored her fairy godmother, though. Sniffs. Want to know more about her. Also. Linnea. I liked her a lot too. And oh, I just need to know what will happen next. I need to know right away. Also. There is a wolf in this book. Which is all kinds of awesome.

There is a boy in this book. Thackery. I love his name. There is not much romance, but there is a little bit. And I really enjoyed it. As it is sweet and I loved reading about Thackery and Aislynn together. <3 I just. I need another book about them. Hmph. Just hoping so so much that there will be more of Aislynn's point of view in the next three books. <3 Crossing all my fingers. As I want to know more about her. As I adore her. And how she hurt herself. Sniffs. It broke my heart, yet it was just all kinds of awesome too.

There is magic in this book. And I'm a little bit confused about it. And I want to know more. Sigh. This book was just too short. And I have so many questions. Yet this book was also all kinds of awesome. So yeah. But yes. The magic. It seems to me that only females have it. Which is why they must all be controlled, so that they do not Stray. Hmph. That bothered me a whole lot. Yet I loved it too. It is just so well done. And I won't say more about it. Just that the plot is so awesome and I loved every part of it.

I thought Stray was a beautiful book. It is exciting and fun and heartbreaking too. The characters are stunning and the story is unique. I loved reading about all of it. And I cannot wait to read more. I just know this series will be epic. And I will be here for every book. I think you should all read Stray, and right away too. It is out in a week. So go order it. Because this book is awesome. And I'm just regretting not reading it sooner, hih. But so good. Sigh. Thank you to Greenwillow for auto-approval on Edelweiss. <3


Cress Tuesday #49

I don't think I will ever get tired of sharing these Cress teasers with you all. It just makes my heart happy to read small bits of Cress every time I choose a new teaser, hih. As you know, I adore these books. So much. And waiting for Winter is torture. November 2015 better arrive fast. <3 I'm also beyond excited for Fairest out in January :D It will be amazing. Sigh. Soon I will re-read them all. And I cannot wait. I adore this story and all the awesome characters. Marissa is amazing. I hope you are all enjoying these small and mostly non-spoilery teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3


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Of course his brain would do this to him. Of course his insanity would reach such a depth that the hallucinations would return to him the only thing he had ever cared for, and they would twist reality so that she became just another one of his victims. Just another person bought and discarded.
Just another blood sample. Just another lab rat who hated him. His little Crescent Moon.

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I kind of really liked reading about Dr. Erland. Though his story is all kinds of depressing.

Was allowed to do this by Marissa and Macmillan; Thank you. <3 Marissa is the best. Check out her amazing website :D I'm also very much in love with the Lunar Chronicles facebook. So pretty. I hope you enjoy the teasers :) There will be one teaser each Tuesday. Can't wait for you all to read Cress :) Also, the teasers are now from my finished hardcover copy of Cress :D And oh, how it is gorgeous. <3

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

I'm so excited about this book. The first one, The Falconer, was perfect. And that ending! DIES. I need to know what happens next. <3 And The Vanishing Throne sounds AMAZING. The title is perfect. And this UK cover edition? Stunning! I love it to pieces. And it fits so well with the first one. Sigh. This book will be perfect, I just know it. And I cannot wait to read it. But damn it. I'm pretty sure it is still a whole year until it is out. Which breaks my heart a little bit. But I can wait. Probably. September 2015 better arrive fast. <3 As I need to read more about Aileana & Kiaran. <3 I think The Vanishing Throne will be amazing. And this cover. Sigh. It is so so perfect looking. What do you think of this stunning cover?


My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.

First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.

Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .




Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: The Witch of Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

I wanted this book once I saw both gorgeous covers for it. And read the awesome summary. But then I got worried, as I heard talk about how it ends. So I feared I would not like it. But I got a print copy for review, so I would read it. And I must say that I actually liked it a lot. Which makes me happy, as I did want to.

For the most part, I loved The Witch of Salt & Storm. Which is why I'm giving it a four star. Sure, I had some huge heartbreak and issues about something before the ending. Didn't see why it couldn't be changed. But I also didn't hate it. And I liked the rest of the book, so yeah. I kind of really enjoyed reading this book.

The book is told from the point of view of sixteen year old Avery. Whom I adored. I hadn't fully peeked at the ending, so I didn't know what she would choose, and I was worried that she would choose to do something that I did not approve of. But she didn't. So yeah. I really liked Avery. There was one choice I wish she had done differently, but it also made a lot of sense, so I can't really dislike that either. Mostly I just liked reading from her point of view. As I liked her. I'm not going to share details about the plot. As I don't want to. But I will share a few small things. Like her mother. I didn't like her mother one bit. Sure, she had reasons for doing some of the things she did, but I will not forgive her, because those things she did were not okay. They weren't. I might have felt a bit of pity for her, but not enough. Sorry :) I just did not like her.

Then there was Avery's granma. I can't decide how I felt about her. Though her I really did feel sorry for. Especially at the end. There is just so much pain and heartbreak and anger. It is a bit depressing. Yet all kinds of awesome. I do wish her granma had tried more, though, and not been so mean at one point. But yeah. I did like her as a character. There are a bunch of other characters in this book too. Some I disliked a lot. Some I liked. Liked Avery's friend, Tommy. Just a little about him, but he was so kind.

There were many things in this book that I liked. I loved that Avery was an almost-witch. I loved that she was able to understand what dreams meant. It was pretty awesome. I also liked reading about the other witchy things. Like the charm spells. Those were amazing. Though I hated how much the people counted on them. As if the witch owed them anything. That bothered me a whole lot near the end of the book. And made me dislike a lot of those people, lol. But not all of them. Some were kind. Probably.

The romance. Tane. There is a cute boy in this book. With tattoos. A broken past. Yeah. I pretty much loved Tane. Wishing there had been more about him, and maybe some crying/broken scenes, as I love those, hih, but I also loved the scenes that he is in. And though the kissing might have happened a little bit fast, it was also so sweet. And I just adored the romance. And I wanted to read about Tane and Avery at all times. Sniffs. And ohh. I did like it a lot when he gives a tattoo. That was all kinds of awesome.

There is a bunch of things I could say about The Witch of Salt & Storm. But I will not. I will just say that this book is amazing. The plot is exciting. The characters are awesome. The romance is sweet. I enjoyed this book a whole lot. And I'm so glad that I read it. Despite the ending making me cry a whole lot. How mean. Yet so good. Huge thank you to Victoria at Hachette Childrens UK via BooksWithBiteUK for the print copy for review. <3 I adore this UK edition. And my US hardcover. Now, go buy this book.