Saturday, July 30, 2016

In My Mailbox #248

I'm a bit behind on things these days. Ack. About two weeks behind on commenting. Behind on checking other things too. I just. I'm feeling pretty crappy lately. But also busy re-reading some stunning books. <3 And busy pokemon hunting. Which I have been playing for two weeks now, heh. Pokemon GO is just awesome :) And also busy with my spa bath, which I use 2+ hours on each day. And then I'm just feeling so dead when I'm finally ready to to things, late at night. And so I'm so behind. And gah. But next week. Next week I will catch up. I hope :) Getting more medicine on Tuesday, so hopefully feeling better then. Sigh. Fingers crossed. I did blog a bit this week :D And I did read 2 books, though I have less than 100 pages in book three, so 3 books read this week. YAY :D Though all were re-reads, lol. But I have loved re-reading this series. Sigh. Happy. Anyway. Blog posts. I posted my third review of The School for Good and Evil. <3 This week I'm waiting on Starfall :D I took part in the blog tour for The Voyage to Magical North :) I posted my third review of A World Without Princes. <3 And newest Book Collection post is books by MarcyKate Connolly :D I had a good week, despite feeling like crap. And I got some awesome things in the mail too. All my signed pre-orders have arrived :D Eee. So much love. What did you get?

Frozen. I can't help it. Still buying a few gorgeous Frozen books, lol. This one just seemed so cute :)
My Lady Jane. From Books of Wonder :D Eee, signed by all three lovely authors. <3 Lovely swag too.
This Savage Song. From Books of Wonder :D Signed to me! Swag! Ahh. I love it lots. So happy with it.
The Ever Never Handbook. From Books of Wonder :D Signed! Precious! I love it oh so much. Thank you.
Shades of Earth + A World Without You. Eee :D Signed via Malaprops. Thank you Beth. <3 I love them.
Lyra's Oxford. I adore this short story so much. When I saw this audio book version, I just had to buy it.
Pets Plush. This cat is oh so cute. A gift from my sister. I want to own all of them, hah. Loved this movie.
Ariel and Castiel. Two more gorgeous Pop keychains :D I don't use them as that, lol. But yeah. So cute.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Collection #22

22nd 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 MarcyKate Connolly

Ahh, I adore these two books. So much. They are beyond gorgeous. These covers are just so pretty. Sigh. And the insides are amazing too, lol. I adored reading these two books. And I simply cannot wait to read more books by MarcyKate. And oh, how much I love this collection of mine. I have both ARCs. Eee. And signed copies. I just feel bad that I wasn't able to order the personalized hardcover of Ravenous. Sigh. One day, I hope. I also own so much gorgeous swag from these two books, which means the most.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

Third time reading this precious book. And it just keeps breaking my heart more and more. Hmph. But gosh, how I love it. I simply adore this series. So much. But yeah. The heartbreak is real. Sniffs. And now I'm even more nervous about re-reading book three, lol. Because that one made me cry last year. And I think it will hurt my heart even more now. But I'm also so excited for it, because that third book was the most beautiful and perfect one too. Sigh. I love these covers so much. And such stunning artwork inside.

I don't know what to say about this second book in this series. My third time reading it. And I love it very much. But it also makes my heart hurt a bunch. Sad face. Yet I can't help but love that too. Because I find this story to be so incredible. So much fun too. And evil. So evil. I would not say that these books are for children. Shrugs. Okay, not young children, at least. They are perfect for me. And everyone must read them. Hmph. But anyway. The writing is, as always, perfection. Which is the very best. Love these words.

I loved reading every page in this book. Though I must say that my favorite part is the ending. I finally got the kiss I had been waiting ages for, lol. And it is such a bad cliffhanger. Ack. But so exciting. And makes me worry so much, despite knowing all of book three. I just find this book to be so exciting and awesome and mean. I must say that I am still angry with Sophie. Sigh. She keeps lying about things, and hurting Agatha. But I also like her a little bit too. Because she can be a good person too. Maybe. A bit unsure.

I simply love every part of this book. All the characters are so much fun to read about. I adore Hester and Dot and Anadil. The three witches. Though they are a bit mean towards Dot. Hmph. But yeah. They are all adorable and horrible and I love them so much. The other characters in this book are awesome too. Though Hort is, as always, a bit annoying, lol. Yet I do feel for him. Very much. The teachers are still awesome, except the male ones. How they treated Tedros.. well. That wasn't okay at all. Big no for me.

There is a new villain in this book. A new Dean. And gosh. I hated this woman. Even more this third time reading about her. She was so awful. Shudders. And she ruined so much. Hmph. But, as always, she was interesting to read about. Maybe. But yeah. Mostly I just loved Dovey and Lesso. They are both so awesome. I just found all the characters to be interesting to read about. And I loved learning about them all. I truly did. But yeah. My favorite character was, as always, Agatha. And Tedros. And a little bit Sophie.

Agatha is still the best person I know of. She is so so good. She doesn't see what Sophie has done, what she continues to do. She always tries to see the best in her. In everyone. And I love Agatha for that. She is the kindest person. And oh, how I love reading about her and getting to know her. Sigh. Then there is Tedros, her prince. And gah. So much drama in this one. And I loved every moment. I love getting to know this boy. Though he can really be such an idiot sometimes. Ugh. Yet I still love him the most. Aw.

I'm so glad I'm re-reading these books right now. Though my heart is already dying, lol, and I haven't even started The Last Ever After yet. Ahh. But I'm also feeling so happy, because these books are so much fun too. But evil. Yes. I'm so excited for book four out next year. And the movie out too. I need to know more about it. Ack. Anyway. I just loved A World Without Princes so much. And I love these books the most. And I simply adore Soman. He is the most awesome. Cannot wait to read more books by him.

The Voyage to Magical North Blog Tour: Review

Well. I was so excited to take part in this blog tour, as I did enjoy the book a lot :) But then. Well. I haven't gotten any details from the tour hosts before my post was to go live, I haven't gotten any giveaway details either, and they have not responded to my emails or my tweet. Which I am finding a bit unprofessional. And it's annoying me greatly. But even so. I'm taking part in this tour. And I have written my review. And I found all the details myself. Even if they are going to be unprofessional, I am not. Hmph. Though I am very annoyed by it all. You can see the full tour schedule here, though I see that many posts have not showed up, probably because they also didn't get any details. Sigh. But anyway :D I am so happy to take part in this blog tour. And glad that I ordered the hardcover of this book for myself, before I signed up for this tour. I liked the book a bunch, and today I'm sharing my three star review of it :) Book is so pretty.

I'm unsure how to describe this book. I wrote a little bit in my preview review, but trying now to write even more. I'm pretty glad that I decided to read this book. Because I fell in love with Brine and Peter. And I liked the writing in this book a whole bunch. It is a fast read. I do wish it had been longer, though. But oh, it was pretty exciting. A bit dark too, which I loved. While I had some issues with the beginning, I grew to like this book a whole bunch. Still, a three star for me, but I liked it oh so much. Gosh, isn't it so pretty?

This book tells the story of twelve year of Brine. She was found on the ocean three years ago, and she doesn't remember anything about her life before. Which I found to be pretty interesting. And I am dying to know about her life before, as we didn't get to know much in this book at all. Hmph. But in book two, I'm sure it will happen. And I cannot wait. Brine was an awesome girl to read about. I loved reading about her life now, though I felt pretty bad about her having to be a servant. Sigh. But it also made sense. Sort of.

Brine was an awesome girl to read about. I didn't fully love her, but I really liked reading about her. And ah, Peter. I'm pretty sure he is twelve too. And I simply adored him so much. Reading about him was so much fun. Also because he can do magic. Which I loved very much. Eee. So exciting. At first, he and Brine are not friends. They just live together in the same house. But things go badly, and they are forced to leave. And they start getting to know each other better. And I loved their growing friendship so much.

There is a lot of characters in this book. I liked reading about them all. Though, lol, I did find the villain to be a bit silly. Shrugs. But still interesting to read about. I adored the cat that is on the ship. I loved getting to know the new younger boy, Tom, as well. He was pretty sweet. I liked the crew of the ship a whole bunch too. I'm a bit unsure about the character Cassie, aka the captain. I didn't like her in the beginning. Sigh. She forced them to work a lot at first, then she tried to sell them. Hmph. She got better, though.

This book is full of magic. Which I adored so much. I love reading about magic. And I liked that not so many people have magic. And Brine does not have any magic, and she's the main character. That made me happy too. I loved that Peter had it. But ugh. Yeah, I do feel like Brine will end up having magic in book two. Hmph. But anyway. This book was so exciting. So many dangerous creatures. There is actually a lot of death happening. Which I'm glad for. But it was a bit brutal too, lol. Like killer penguins. Shudders.

There is one thing I can't stop thinking about. There wasn't any romance in this one, which made me a bit sad, but I didn't mind that much. But yeah, I do ship Brine and Peter a whole bunch, lol. They would be so cute together. And I feel like they got so much closer near the end of the book. But then. Then Brine was thinking, and she mentioned that Peter was the closest thing she has to a brother. And ugh. I guess that means all my hopes of them starting to have feelings for each other are not worth it. But gah. I still want.

I don't really have anything negative to say about this book. I know, it is a three star for me. Usually that would mean that I had a lot of issues with a book. But not when it comes to this one. I just didn't love it like I wanted to. It had a slow beginning for me. It took a while for it to make me care. But I grew to like it a whole bunch. Still not above three stars, but a very strong one. Because I liked it a whole bunch. And I found the ending to be so awesome. But.. well. There wasn't a hug on page. That bothers me so much.

But yeah. I'm pretty glad that I read this book. Because I did end up liking it lots. And I'm glad I own this gorgeous hardcover. The cover is so pretty. Eee. Love. I saw on goodreads that there will be a second book. It didn't say what it will be about, but from the title, I'm pretty sure it is a direct sequel. Which makes me very excited, because I really wish to read more about Brine and Peter. And about the creature that showed up at the end of the book. Ack. So excited and curious. Anyway. You should all read this one.

Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past--if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she's spent the past years keeping house for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter.

When Brine and Peter get themselves into a load of trouble and flee, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say "pieces of eight," they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists. If Brine is lucky, she may find out who her parents are. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters. It could really go either way.


I live in South Wales, birthplace of the famous pirate, Henry Morgan.  I used to work at Cardiff University, first in health and safety (you will notice that my pirates fight VERY safely) and then in the university science library.  Now I write full-time at home with my husband and my two cats, usually stopped every chapter or two to let them in or out of the door.  (My cats, not my husband: he can already open doors.)

In my free time, I like skiing, flying kites, and music – I can play the cello a bit and I’m learning the piano.  I enjoy gardening and grow a lot of fruit and veg so if I come to visit you don’t be surprised if I bring a jar of jam.

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Waiting on Wednesday #250

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


Goodreads Description:

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend... with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee, including Solara and Doran, are planning a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, they find Cassia ruling her home planet, having imprisoned the rogue prince who would have overthrown her family. Deep down, Kane knows that Cassia can't rule her world and be with the bastard son of a business man, but he's also sure she returns his feelings, and that makes the circumstances all the more painful. When the outer realms are threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew rally to protect the population from widespread enslavement. The reunion forces Cassia to consider who her true family is and if she can live without the boy who has been there for her through thick and thin.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Pre-Order here and here

I adore this author. So much. Melissa is amazing :D And ahh, I pretty much adored book one, Starflight. I cannot wait to read this second, companion, book. I think it sounds exciting and pretty good. I'm so excited to read it :D Just wish it was out already. Hmph. I hate waiting, lol. Wishing it was February already. Just, oh gosh. Isn't that cover so pretty? I love it :D I just simply cannot wait to read this one.
What are you waiting for on this star-filled Wednesday?