Saturday, October 3, 2015

In My Mailbox #205

This week went by so fast. Ahh. I got to read a bit, and that does make me very happy. <3 Health still sucks, and that is just depressing. Some other things made me sad this week too. Sigh. But lots of good things as well. I got some gorgeous mail, and I'm thrilled about it all. So that makes me all kinds of happy :D I'm behind on things, as usual, but working on getting caught up. But days are going by so fast, and I always have so much other things to do that aren't on my laptop. So it takes some time to catch up and such. But I'm working on it. Just so exhausted too. Hmph. But yes. This post was a bit late today, as I was busy spending time with family. <3 Which is always good. Posts this week. I read The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, which was good, but a bit disappointing. I posted another Cress Tuesday. <3 Love. And then I read and loved Ungodly SO MUCH. This week I'm waiting on Their Fractured Light. <3 I posted mini reviews for short stories When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami and then The Dogs of Athens. <3 And then I FINALLY got to read Six of Crows :D AHHH. It was so perfect. I loved it so much.

Six of Crows. STUNNING :D They finally arrived. I loved it to pieces. I love my books so much. Ahh.
The Shrunken Head. I'm going to read this one very soon. It looks so pretty. I very much want to love it.
Jurassic World Lego. Ahh, I had to buy myself this game. Nephew loves it. I.. well. Too much work, lol.
Mario Party 10. Eeeek. So glad I finally got to buy this game. I love it a lot. I wish to play it more often.
Still Alice. I got this one because I think it looks interesting. And KS. But I don't like her anymore. Hmm.
Kingsman. I saw this yesterday. It was pretty good. But silly, lol. That ass thing at the end was just.. no.
Mad Max: Fury Road. Eeek! I'm so excited to re-watch this movie very soon. Loved it so much. Stunning.
A Walk Among the Tombstones. I'm curious about this movie. Please let it be good. Crossing my fingers.
Inside Out. Another pretty book. <3 And Anger and Fear Pop!'s below :D Eeek. They are very gorgeous.  
How To Train Your Dragon. A few more precious episode books or whatever. <3 They are just so pretty.
Castiel. Finally got this regular Castiel version. <3 Now I have three of him. Ahh. SO GORGEOUS. Love.
Maximus. I finally got this precious Pop. <3 I love him lots. Rapunzel & Tiana still not shipped. Sad face.
Thor. YAY! I adore this fabrikation. He is all kinds of stunning. Also have Tony. Can't wait to buy more.

How To Train Your Dragon. EEEEK! The Book Depository suddenly got a lot of these books back in stock, from Australia. And I had to buy them all right away. I don't regret it at all. They are stunning. Ahh. I love books like these, lol. I'm so thrilled I got to buy them all. And from first movie too :D So precious.

Rise of the Guardians. All of these from Australia too. They are perfection. I adore this movie so much.
The Croods. Ahh, these are perfection. <3 I love them the most. This movie is so cute. Eeek. Precious.
Epic. I liked this movie a lot too, and so much love for all of these awesome books. Ack. Like them lots.

Jodi Meadows Swag. EEEEK! Thank you SO MUCH Jodi :D Perfection. I love it all to pieces. Love it. <3
The Witch Hunter Swag. Thank you so much Virginia :D This was a big surprise, and a lovely one at that. This swag is all kinds of gorgeous. <3 A bit sad, as I didn't love the book, but this swag is perfect. Ack.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, October 2, 2015

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I have waited the longest to get to read this book. I wanted so badly to get an ARC of it, but that did not happen. And so I had to wait. But once my pre-orders finally arrived, I could wait no more. And oh, how I loved this book. I loved it to pieces. Like I knew I would. Because Leigh writes aamazing books. So good.

I don't know where to begin. So I will start by saying that I adore Leigh Bardugo so much. She's so kind and awesome and gorgeous and she writes so well. I adored her Grisha Trilogy so much, and I'm thrilled to say that I love this new series of hers too. Her words are precious. The writing in this was the best.

Six of Crows is told from many different point of views. And I adored every single one of them. The characters are all amazing. But hmm. I don't think I saw a Wylan chapter, and I want that very much. In the next book, please. But oh, how I loved this book. There are so many people to care about. And I loved them all. So much. My favorite is Kaz. Whom is all kinds of broken and damaged. Yet so strong and a bit evil and closed off, yet I adored him. I just wish people would try better to get him to care more. I felt like they didn't try at all. And that hurts my heart a bit. Hmph. But yeah, Kaz could be pretty cruel. But even so. I loved him the most. And I loved getting to know him more and more. But I still don't know him well enough :)

This is a book about criminals. And they all are so. Well, except for Wylan. But the rest of them are pretty awful. They have all killed a bunch of people. I must say that I found that all kinds of exciting, lol. They were all awesome. This new series does not have anything to do with the Grisha books. But I think something might be happening in book two. But there are a few veeery tiny peeks at the other books, and I loved that. I miss Mal so much. Sigh. None of him in this one, though, lol. Which is okay. Mostly.

Because my heart is now full of all these new characters too. As I said, I loved Kaz the most. He is all kinds of broken and I loved it. I just want someone to love and care for him. Sigh. Next favorite was Matthias. A Fjerdan. His people were all kinds of crazy. So interesting and exciting and I liked it lots. But yeah. Matthias was an amazing boy. And I loved him lots. But oh, he just spent a whole year in prison. That is so not okay. So he is a bit broken too. But mostly angry. I must say, I didn't blame him.

I also adored Jesper like crazy. He was all kinds of adorable. And oh my gosh, I shipped him and Wylan so much. Sigh. I need them together in book two like crazy. But aw, I hope it is possible for Wylan to change back a bit. Fingers crossed. But yes. I adored Jesper. And Wylan. Though Jesper made one bad choice that we get to know about at the end of the book. And that just broke my heart. I don't blame him for it. Sort of. But it hurts my heart. I wish he will be forgiven for it. That he forgives himself too.

Then there was Inej, whom I adored so much. Her past broke my heart into a million pieces. I cannot deal with it. It hurts too much. I'm not okay with what happened to her, where she had to work for a year. Ahh. Hurts. But she is so strong now. I loved her lots. Though I felt like she could have given Kaz a better chance. Hmph. But even so, I ship Kaz and Inej so much. Ack. It may never happen, because of how broken Kaz is, but I want it badly. And I have hope that it will. So it better, lol. I need it to happen.

Another main character was Nina. Whom is the one I liked the least. But I loved her too. And I did spend a lot of the book liking her lots. But she also got Matthias thrown into prison for a whole year. And I'm not forgiving that. I'm just not. She needs to make up for it a lot more. Ugh. But at the same time, I ship them so much. Ahh. They are the cutest. And I need them together. But yes. I need her to make up for her mistakes too. Matthias did not deserve what she did to him. Sigh. But still. I did love her a lot.

There is so much about this book. And I will try to explain it a bit more. But oh, I'm not sure I can. It was just perfection. And I loved every moment. Yes, it is a bit slow at times, but I loved it lots. Because it is always interesting. And I loved getting to know the characters more. Reading about Kaz's past. It was so heartbreaking. And so exciting too. And my heart is just aching for this boy. I want him all the best. I loved every part of him. Especially that his leg is bad. Ugh. He is just way too cute. I adore him.

There is no romance in this book. But it is hinted at. And I think all my couples will happen in the sequel. Okay, they may not, they might all die, but I hope they will all end up together and alive. Kaz and Inej would be so adorable together. But I'm most worried about them getting together. Ack. Might never happen. And Matthias and Nina. I adore them. Conflicted feelings, but I want them together so badly. And ugh. Jesper and Wylan. I want them together the most, I think. They are just really cute together.

Now I really must mention the plot a bit. But it is so difficult to talk about. It was amazing to read about, though. They all live in Ketterdam, and they are all criminals. I loved reading about how they lived in this town, how they got by. It was most heartbreaking to read about Inej, I think. But I'm not sure. They were all so amazing and broken. Hmph. There are lots of other people too. Other gangs. So many people end up dead. It was all kinds of fun to read about. There is a lot of fighting. I loved it lots.

But yes. The plot in this book. There is a new job for Kaz, the sort-of leader of the Dregs. Kaz is the worst of them all and I loved him for it. This new job will give them all so much money. But it is also the most dangerous thing. But Kaz wants it. So he gets together a crew. Those lovely characters above. And then the story truly begins. It is so exciting to read about. Their journey at sea. Across Fjerda. I loved reading every moment of it. And ohh, the maps inside are just beyond gorgeous. I want them big size.

I think that is just about all I had to say about this book. I'm so glad I finally got the chance to read it, after waiting so long. But still looking for that precious ARC box, if anyone is looking to trade. Sigh. I cannot wait for the sequel in this duology. It will be perfection. So excited. Six of Crows was spectacular. I loved every moment of it. The characters are all criminals yet the most amazing people I have read about. I loved this book to pieces. And I cannot wait to get to read it again. You must all buy it. Now.

There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, 
and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mini Review: The Dogs of Athens by Kendare Blake

I loved reading this short story. It is set before the Antigoddess trilogy. And it is from the point of view of Artemis, Goddess of Hunt. And oh my gosh, I adored reading from her. But then I remember how she ends in Antigoddess, and that breaks my heart. I wanted to read more about her. She seemed amazing.

This story is about Artemis and her pack in Athens. She is looking for other gods, but she doesn't find any. Which is just heartbreaking. Especially knowing that they are all dying somewhere. Sigh. I loved getting to know Artemis a bit more. She's awesome. And I liked her talking dogs a lot too. Exciting.

I won't say too much about this story. Just that it is so exciting. And dark. Very dark. I adored it. But yesss. So short. Which is just so sad. Hmph. Yet it was short and perfect. I just wish there had been more. I wish to read more about Artemis. I want to read about how she dies in Antigoddess, from her point of view. It would be heartbreaking. Yet amazing. This is short, yet I got to know her a bit. And I adored her. And I got to know her dogs too. And they are changing. Becoming wild. Dangerous. It was creepy. And so interesting. Just wish it had been even longer. Kendare writes such amazing stories. Now I will not say more about this one. Just, it was incredible. And I think you must all read this short story. Loved it lots. Like I knew I would :)

They are not your dogs anymore, Artemis.
They are beasts.

Mini Review: When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami by Kendare Blake

I adored this Goddess War short story. It is about Athena, whom is my favorite character in these books by Kendare. And it is set in 1991, so a while back. The writing is gorgeous. But the story is oh so short. Ack. I wish it had been much longer. But while short, it was also amazing. And I very much enjoyed it.

I'm not going to say much about the plot, since it is so short, but still going to share lots of it. Athena is alone in Miami, and she's being followed by a fifteen year old boy. He thinks she's a vampire. And he wants to be one too. His name is Lark, and he was pretty cute. But total stalker and pretty crazy too, lol.

He follows her around, and Athena enjoys it. She takes him in for a day, as he is so skinny and alone too. A runaway. She feeds him. I loved how she took care of him for a little bit. But yeah. As I said, he was a little bit crazy. Wanting her to turn him into a vampire, but she isn't one. He did so much trying to make her turn him. It was a bit funny. Yet depressing too, as he was so young. Sigh. But anyway. This story is so short. And I'm not going to say more about it. Just that the writing is gorgeous, like everything that Kendare writes. She's the best. I adored reading a bit more about Athena. I think she's an amazing person. The ending of this story was a bit sad; I loved it lots. You really should read this story. It's interesting and exciting :)

Waiting on Wednesday #207

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


Goodreads Description:

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Pre-Order here and here

I adore this series. And I think this third book is going to be aaaamazing :D I cannot wait to get to know Gideon and Sofia. <3 And see more of Flynn and Jubilee and Tarver and Lilac :D Sigh. This third book is going to be awesome. And oh my gosh, it looks so pretty. Sigh. I'm going to love this one, I just know it. I haven't read other books by Meagan yet, but doing that one day :D But I have read Illuminae by Amie. And it was perfection. Sigh. So I'm even more excited for this one now :D My cover reveal post. <3
What are you waiting for on this fractured Wednesday?