Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I don't know where to begin with this book. I did not like it. I wanted to, so badly. But two stars for me. Ugh. But oh, it is gorgeous. And I'm forever thankful to Mel for hosting the amazing giveaway that I won. <3 Thank you sweet girl. My hardcover is precious, despite me not loving the inside of it :)

I'm not sure how to describe this book at all, though. I have heard so many say they loved it. And I wanted to love it too. Because it sounded amazing. And it looks so gorgeous. But goddamn it. This book annoyed me greatly. And I have so many thoughts about it. Ugh. Shall try to explain all of them. Sniffs.

At first I thought I would like this book a whole lot. It seemed interesting. But then I got bored. And it took me three days to read this book. Which is not a good thing. I wanted to DNF it so many times, but I decided not to, because I'm not really one to DNF that often. Hmph. I regret not doing so. Well, I'm not saying that this book was bad. It wasn't awful. I didn't hate it. I truly didn't. But I did not like it either. I was so bored. This book is so goddamn long. And hard to read. And I never seemed close to finishing it. Plus, the writing is awful. Goddamn awful. The girl is telling a story, it seems like. Not much talking at all. She isn't even good at telling this story. And it bothered me so much. I just felt nothing for this book. Nothing at all.

Well, okay, I'm giving this a two star. Which means I liked some parts. Like how I thought it was good in the beginning, before I got bored. How I liked that one smut scene. Which then was ruined for me a second later. Ugh. I found some scenes to be all kinds of exciting, and I wanted to know what would happen next. But then it went back to being boring and long and never ending and ugh. I couldn't with this book. I wish I had loved it. But I don't see how I ever could. Which is making me oh so depressed.

I might also be holding a grudge against this book. My feelings about it might be silly, but near the beginning. The girl is almost raped. By a prince. He suddenly kiss her, and she's thinking that if he had asked her instead, she would have slept with him. What the hell. She didn't know this prince. Had never met him before. I did not like this girl. Ugh. She wasn't raped. But she did not want it anymore when he tried to rip her clothes off. So yeah. That scene was disturbing. And it annoyed me so goddamn much.

I just don't know how to talk about this one. The book is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Agnieszka. Whom has the weirdest name. It isn't used often. As this is just her thinking and telling and ugh it bothered me. Anyway. Main girl. I didn't like her much. She gets chosen by the Dragon. To live with him for ten years in his tower. First I was all, yay! But it was so silly. I didn't like this plot line at all. I wanted to. Also, the Dragon seemed like an interesting man. But not that interesting at all. Not really.

And Agnieszka is sort of acting like an idiot a lot of times. I didn't find her strong or brave or scared or amazing or anything. I just felt nothing for her. Not a good sign. And then, of course, she turned out to be a witch. And could do magic. I didn't get it. Not at all. She struggles a lot with it. She can only do a few things. And then suddenly she can turn mud into an animal? What the hell? I must have missed something. Yet I didn't. The magic in this one was weird. I wanted to love it a lot. But I didn't at all.

Another moment that I hated with a passion: girl passed out from doing too much magic. Was told by a healer she couldn't do any more magic for a week; that her body was all out of it. Yet the very same day she's walking through walls. She's making mud into animals. FOR DAYS. What the actual fuck. This book made no sense at all. And how the hell did she know how to do all of those spells? I didn't understand it at all. This book sucked at explaining things. Because it didn't really explain anything at all. Frustrating.

Now what to say about this book.. I don't know. The plot was weird. I was curious about the Wood, but even that was turned silly. Especially the last fifty pages. Gosh, they were awful. I'm pretty sure I read most of it not paying attention at all. It was so bad and boring and I did not like it. Sad face. Characters were pretty awful too. I sort of liked her best friend. Probably. For a short moment. The royal family were stupid. Too much time spent there doing nothing. Too much time spent doing nothing all over.

Then I should mention the romance. The girl and the Dragon spend a lot of time fighting in the beginning. Over things that made no sense to me. Ugh. Then just suddenly they seem to be in love. Their first and almost only kiss almost ends up with them naked. A bit weird. Came out of nowhere. And then the smut part, later on. I liked that a little, not in a lot of YA books. But then the girl ruined the moment for me the very next page, by thinking about silly things. I just. I didn't care for the romance.

I'm not sure what else to say. I could talk for ages about the things I didn't like about this one. But I don't want to. I just did not like it. It wasn't worth it to me. And that is oh so depressing. I'm sorry for not liking this book at all. But yeah. I wouldn't recommend it. Some will love it, sure, but I did not. And also, the epilogue sort of thing at the end. Gosh damn it was silly. I wouldn't say it ended good either. Not in my eyes. It was annoying to me. And silly. And yeah. I regret spending so much time with this book.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cress Tuesday #83

I adore sharing these Cress Tuesday teasers every Tuesday. I love finding new teasers to share. It's all kinds of fun. I shall be sharing these until November, when Winter comes out, most likely :) As you know, I adore Marissa Meyer. She is all kinds of amazing. She's so kind and sweet. And she writes such perfect books. I have loved all her books and short stories so far. I'm dying to read Winter. <3 See the very gorgeous cover reveal for it here. I'm also dying to read her upcoming book, Heartless, which will be out next February. Oh. I cannot wait. I haven't been brave enough to re-read Cinder, Scarlet & Cress just yet, but I shall be doing so soon. As I love these books oh so much. They are the bestest. I hope you have all read these books by now. And if not, you really should. I hope you are all enjoying these small and awesome teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3 Have you read it yet?


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A stranger, a girl, was sitting cross-legged in her cage, so close Scarlet could have touched her.
 Scarlet tried to push herself away, but the action sent pain rippling through her bandaged hand. 
She hissed and fell back onto the ground. 
 
Her hand was the worst of it--the hatchet had taken her left pinky finger to the second knuckle. She had not passed out, though she wished she would have. A Lunar doctor had been waiting to bandage the wound, and he had done it with such precision, Scarlet suspected it was a very common procedure. 
 
But then there were also the scratches on her face and stomach from her time spent in the 
company of Master Charleson, and countless aches from sleeping on hard floors for--well, 
she'd lost count of how many nights.

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Just, Scarlet, my love. She was so hurt in this book.
I need her to get a lot of love in Winter. <3


Huge thank you to Marissa Meyer and Macmillan Kids for letting me share these gorgeous Cress Tuesday teasers with you all. <3 They are the bestest. Thank you so much. I hope you are all loving the teasers :D I know that I am loving finding them and sharing them with you all. If you haven’t yet read Cress, I hope these teasers are making you more excited about it. <3 I’m sharing all these teasers from my stunning hardcover of Cress. Well, from one of my copies. I might be owning a whole bunch of them :D

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In My Mailbox #186

I haven't read a single book this week. Well, okay, I started and finished Illuminae last Saturday, but that is a whole week ago. Instead I have been watching Supernatural every day :) I'm almost done with season 4. So much love. I shall be reading soonish, probably. I'm good with taking a little break. Because watching Supernatural is the best :D Not that many blog posts this week. But still some gorgeous ones. <3 I posted my long review of Illuminae. I loved it oh so much. Then posted another Cress Tuesday :D This week I'm waiting on Velvet Undercover :) Then I shared the gorgeous cover for Riders. <3 And posted another Have You Seen This ... post :D I didn't get all that much this week, but so happy with what did arrive. <3 I started having a cold a week ago. It's still not gone. I'm not feeling all that bad, but it is very annoying. Hoping to feel better soon :) Hoping to read soon too. What did you get this week?
Oh! And also. I watched Mad Max: Fury Road this week. I loved it. I want to see it again. Now, please.

The Girl at Midnight. Hardcover. Two winners. US/Canada. Ends 06/01.



Big Hero 6. A couple of gorgeous books :D They are awesome. I'm getting more, just slowly, hih. Love.
How To Train Your Dragon. Yay for more dragon books :D I love them all oh so much. Just, the gorgeous.
An Ember in the Ashes. This UK version is stunning. But I'm wondering if I will love or hate the book.
The Cage. I had to buy this one, because it is stunning. <3 Just.. I'm worried I'll hate it. Sigh. Hope not.
Uprooted. Eeek! Thank you so much to Mel @ The Daily Prophecy for this one :D And the publisher, Pan Macmillan UK. <3 But mostly Mel, whom hosted this awesome giveaway. Reading it soon :) I'm excited.
Supernatural 9. Now I own them all :D Well, not season 10 yet, but yeah. Love this show so much. <3
Reign. Well. I wasn't going to buy this. But I had to. Sort of watching it. Hate it. Like it sometimes. Ugh.
The Winner's Crime. Eeeek! My collection is complete :D Love it! New collection picture sometime soon.
The Golden Compass. I saw these gorgeous cards on ebay, and I had to buy them. They are awesome :)
Hidden Huntress swag. Yay :D Thank you so much Danielle. <3 This swag is stunning. I love it a lot. <3



More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, May 22, 2015

Have You Seen This ...

Hi. <3 I'm re-posting this, to share about the books I'm wishing to trade for :D You can see my first post here. Where I also shared the books I have traded for already. <3 Huge thank you to Andi and Brittany for coming up with this amazing feature :D More details about it below. <3 Looking for a lot of ARCs :)

Andi’s ABCs and The Book Addict’s Guide have joined together to give you “Have You Seen This…”! Have You Seen This will be a way for bloggers to hunt down those hard-to-find books for their collections (think an international version or old ARC)! Both Andi and Brittany will have a specific page set up for this feature where bloggers can post which books they’re looking for and those with rare copies can check to see if anyone needs them.

The print ARCs I'm looking for. <3

Winterspell by Claire Legrand.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. 
All the Rage by Courtney Summers. 
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.   
Shiver + Linger + Forever + Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. 
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake. 
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.  
The Thickety: The Whispering Trees by J. A. White.

Okay, my list might be kind of long, hih. <3 But yeah. I really, really want these ARCs. Wishing for unread ones the most. I also have a wishlist page which lists all the other ARCs I'm looking for; newer ones. <3 I would be willing to trade for these, though I don't have that many newish ARCs to offer, but I do have some, and please see my ARCs for trading here. I would also be willing to buy new books for you in exchange for the ARC. <3 And I would, of course, pay for the shipping costs to Norway. Hoping you might be able to help me :D Keeping my fingers crossed. <3 Are there any ARCs that you are looking for?

You can contact me via my Twitter or my email: carina-olsen@hotmail.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Riders by Veronica Rossi

Oh! This cover is all kinds of gorgeous. And it sounds so good too. Sigh. I cannot wait to read Riders :D It shall be perfect. <3 Because I adore Veronica Rossi. So much. She's amazing. So kind and sweet. I loved her Under the Never Sky trilogy oh so much. And I simply can't wait to read more by her :D And just, gosh damn. This book sounds epic. The summary is so amazing. I cannot wait to get to meet Gideon :D And everyone. And ugh, this plot sounds amazing. I want this book so badly. February 2nd cannot arrive fast enough. I will love this book. And I can't wait to get to read it :D What do you think?


For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
They fail.
Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?