Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

Oh my gosh how I loved this book. I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it was. You will all love this book. I'm sure of it. Because it is gorgeous. The writing is perfection. I had to read this book right away once I got it from Edelweiss. So glad I did. Reading this book was the very best feeling. So much love.

I don't even know where to begin. This book is so beautiful. And so much fun to read. I have been wanting it forever. As I adore the author. She's amazing. And this new book of hers sounded perfect. Then the cover. Swoons. It is beyond gorgeous. So glad I could read it early :D But also longer wait for next one. Ahh.

I knew I would love this precious. But I didn't realize I would love it this much. And that pleases me greatly. Because my love for this book is huge. Very huge. And I can't think of what else to say about it. But trying my best to write down some thoughts about the story and the characters and the world and ugh. I cannot with this book. It was perfection. And I loved every single moment in this book. First it is the writing. Which was so beautiful and easy to read. Made me very happy. I also connected so well with the characters. I adored that it is from the point of view of Lorelai and Kol. And sometimes Irina too. They were all amazing. Sigh. Couldn't have loved them more. Or hated Irina more, lol. She was an awesome villain.

There is so much tragedy in The Shadow Queen. So many people die. Both Lorelai and Kol looses much of their family. And it is heartbreaking to read about. Yet so perfect. I loved it very much, despite my broken heart. And that one character I wish had not died. Sniffs. But yeah. It made the story even better, and I'm happy about that. There is also a lot of suffering in this book. All the people in the kingdoms are suffering, starving. It's so sad to read about. But I loved how Lorelai wants to change it.

But oh, how do I even begin to describe the plot. Well. I will say that it is based on Snow White. Yet it is very, very different from it too. But some things the same. And that was amazing. Such a stunning book to read. Sigh. Lorelai and her brother, Leo, lost their mom. Then their dad. And are on the run from the new Queen, Irina. She stole their kingdom. And Lorelai wants to take it back. And ugh. It makes for such an amazing story. And I couldn't have loved the plot any more. It was so so exciting to read about.

There is a bunch of characters in this book. I'm not going to mention them all. But I adored Leo, the younger brother of Lorelai. He was so much fun and so cute and ugh, I loved him. I also liked their sort of older guardian, Gabril, whom have been with the siblings for the past nine years, ever since they had to run away from their home. He was very protective and kind and I did like him a lot. And the people like Kol. I adored his sister, Brig. Wanted more of her. Loved his friends Jyn and Trugg. So awesome.

But the main characters in this book is Lorelai and Kol. I don't even know how to describe these two characters. They are both incredible. Lorelai is the true Queen of Ravenspire. She is trying her best to get it back. She is also one of the only two people in this country with magic. And it is awesome. Her powers are amazing to read about. Gosh. She is so fierce and strong and perfect. I adored reading about her. I loved her gyrfalcon. I just loved all of her. Getting to know her was the very best. Sigh. Much love.

Then there was Kol. Swooons. He was such a perfect boy. I adored reading about him so much. He just lost his mother and father and older brother. Which now makes him the King of Eldr. And oh, how my heart broke for him. I cannot. He wasn't ready for this. But he is doing so good. And also, he is part dragon. So he can turn into a dragon. And gosh damn. It was perfection. So much fun. So exciting. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this boy. He is kind and protective and full of honor. Loved.

There is romance in this book. But it isn't all that much of it. It starts a bit badly, but it grows into something beautiful. Lorelai and Kol are perfect together. They are so cute. I loved their bickering. And their sharing. And how they ended up sharing their thoughts which each other. It was the very best to read about. I can't say much more about this romance. It was so good. Wish it had been a bit more, but it was perfect. And their friendship was just so adorable to read about. Ugh. I just loved them so much.

I don't know what else to say about this book. The plot is amazing. The magic is stunning. Irina is such an awful villain. And getting to know about her was so interesting and horrifying at the same time. This book was just all kinds of exciting and I couldn't get enough of it. It was so surprising too. Loved it so much. The ending is gorgeous. The Shadow Queen is one of the best books. It's exciting, heartbreaking and romantic. I couldn't get enough of it. Everyone will love this precious book. I promise. Go order it.

The Shadow Queen comes out in February. You all need to pre-order it before then. This is not a book that you want to miss out on. It is a perfect fairytale fantasy retelling. So different and unique and amazing. There wasn't a single moment that I did not love. And I cannot wait to read this book again and again. C. J. is amazing. I adore her :) And she writes great books. <3 Simply can't wait to read more by her :D Now I need to hunt down a print ARC of this book. Because I need it badly. Would do anything. Huge thank you to Balzer + Bray aka HarperTeen for my Edelweiss auto-approval. <3 Means the most.

Cover Reveal: The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

I am so excited for this book :D It's going to be amazing. I adore Cat Winters. Truly. I adore her so much. She's such a kind person. <3 And she writes aaamazing books. I have loved her first three; In the Shadow of Blackbirds + The Cure for Dreaming + The Uninvited :D I haven't gotten to read her story in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys yet, since my copies haven't arrived, but I imagine I'll love that one too :) I cannot wait to read more by Cat. She is awesome. Her stories are perfection. And oh my gosh, I think The Steep and Thorny Way sounds AMAZING :D It looks so gorgeous too. The cover is stunning. Ahh. I simply cannot wait to read this book. March 8th feels too far away. <3 Waiting for this book is going to be long. But it's going to be worth it too. Because I know I'll love it :) What do you think of the cover?


A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #202

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

BLOOD AND SALT BY KIM LIGGETT

Goodreads Description:

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.


Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 22nd 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

I have not heard much about this book. But Crystal loved it. And so I want to love it too :D It seems creepy and awesome and I do love the cover a lot. It sounds pretty amazing. I really wish that I will love it. <3 Crossing all my fingers. And hoping for a good romance too, hih. Really excited to read this one.
What are you waiting for on this bloody Wednesday?  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

I was so worried about this book. When I first heard about it, I wanted to read it very much. So many others were excited about it too. But then reviews came in. And they weren't that positive. And I got scared. So I did not read my eARC from Netgalley. Sigh. But I still pre-ordered a hardcover copy of it.

And then today I finally decided to give this book a try. And, well. I didn't love it. I didn't love it at all. But my feelings are a bit complicated right now. I sort of hated the first one hundred pages. But the rest was a bit exciting. And the writing was pretty great. But still. I'm going to give this book two stars.

Which is all kinds of depressing. Because I did want to love it. But there was so much about this book that bothered me. And I'm going to try my best to describe it all, yet not talk that much about this book. There will be spoilers. Because I can't not mention this one plot point. And it is spoilery. Yet obviously not even a big part of the book, which is why it annoys me so much. Ugh. But even though I had some big issues with this book, and even though I'm giving it just two stars, I did enjoy the last half of the book. It was a bit exciting and interesting. Yet too silly as well, so that annoyed me. But it wasn't bad. Just not nearly good enough for me, so I did not love it. Yeah. Trying to explain all my feelings :) Which might be way too many. Ugh.

This book is about sixteen year old Elizabeth. Whom is a witch hunter. We get to know some things about her. But not nearly enough. So I never felt a connection with her. I liked her, a little. Until I found out that she had sex with the king before the book begins. It was rape, yes. But it disturbed me a lot. Because it isn't talked about. She thinks she deserved being killed for having herbs not to get pregnant. I hated how this book did not talk about what happened with the king. At all. Just, ugh. Very annoying.

First it bothered me, because I thought the king was all kinds of old. Then I found out that he is only nineteen. And that bothers me even more. Seriously. Why was it even included in the book? I hated it. And it made me not like Elizabeth very much either, which did not make me happy. Sigh. But it isn't a big part of the book. Which is why I hated it so much, hah. But yes. Very annoying to me. But even so. I did like Elizabeth. Sometimes. I just felt nothing for her. I wanted to like her, though. Wanted to so badly.

Especially because of her friendship with Caleb. I mean, it could have been a great friendship to read about. Except she was in love with him. And he was not in love with her. And it was so so very silly to read about. And I won't say more than that. I didn't think of this book as a love triangle. Considering he didn't seem to ever feel anything for her. Then there was John. I liked him a lot, but knew too little about him. The romance was way too fast; they didn't spend nearly enough time together. Not good.

I'm not saying much about the plot at all. Just that I did like it, somewhat. But it was also so silly and I didn't understand much of it. Why Elizabeth seemed to like these new people so fast. How they all seemed to like her so well too. How John basically fell in love with her the moment he saw her. I liked the part about the witches. I was curious to know more about all of that. But of course, not much in this book was about witches. Hmph. Not much about hunting either. So yeah. Could have been much better.

This book is set in a different world from ours. And while I liked that, it spent way too little time telling us about this world. I didn't know nearly enough about it. Just about nothing. Ugh. Just that there are witches. And witch hunters. And that Elizabeth is one of those. I thought she would end up being a witch. I was wrong. So that disappointed me too. I just, I wish this book had been better. But it wasn't. And that hurts my heart a bit. But yeah. I did like some things. But not nearly enough to enjoy this book.

There is this, you know, climax at the end of the book. The big fight with the bad guy, or whatever. And my gosh, it sucked. Truly. First, I couldn't tell if it was real or not, and that is a big no-no in books for me. Be more sure what is real and not real while writing, please. I need to be able to tell. Sigh. And then that fight thing was so silly and overdone and I didn't like reading about it at all. Which was a bit weird, as I had liked most of the things that happened before the fight. Hmph. Disappointed me so very much.

I just read that there is a novella from John's point of view. I think I want to read it. I'm not sure yet. I'm considering it. As I did like John a lot. But I felt like the romance didn't make much sense at all. Ugh. It could have been written so much better. Sigh. Yet I did like John. And I am curious about the sequel. But considering it is so far away, the chances are not big for me reading it. I probably won't. But I do wish to know what happens next, though I found the ending to be so silly. Which truly bothered me.

I don't know what else to say about The Witch Hunter. It disappointed me. But to be honest, I knew it would. I had hoped it would be better, but it wasn't. It still is gorgeous, though. And I did like the writing a lot. I just couldn't stand the story. Ugh. Which just hurts my heart a bit. I'm not really sure I would recommend this book to others. But I am curious to know what other people think of this one :) So you should read it, and then let me know. Because I didn't hate it. Truly. But I did not like it either. Hmph. Thank you oh so much to Hachette Children's Books for letting me read this book via Netgalley :)

 

Cress Tuesday #96

There are some awesome news that I must share. Short stories book coming! Stars Above. <3 Yaaay!
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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Strangely embarrassed by Iko's confidence, Cinder refocused on Kai's wrist. She's cut out so many ID chips in the past weeks she was almost used to it, though the first incision still reminded her of Peony's limp hand and the blue fingertips. Every time. A thick drop of blood welled up on his skin and Cinder instinctively tilted his arm so that it would roll down his fingers without soiling his white shirt.


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This scene was pretty amazing. Kai might have been unconscious, but still :D

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