Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I have been meaning to read this book for years now. As I very much love the animated Coraline movie. And I have wanted to read and love the book too. And now I finally got the chance to read this book. Sadly, I ended up being a bit disappointed by it. Sigh. Still, was a three star. For me, the movie was much better.

Even so, this book was not bad. Was simply not that good either. I very much loved the small pieces of artwork inside of the book; it was stunning. I found Coraline to be all kinds of adorable. And the cat in this book was the cutest thing. Which was pretty much everything I liked about this one. I liked that it was easy to read.

As this book was all kinds of short. For the most part the writing was okay, but it was sadly not for me. I did not like the way it was written; as it made me feel nothing for the story or Coraline. Yes, I adored her, and I found the story to be interesting, but I did not care. I so wanted this book to make me feel more, but it did not. This book tells the story of Coraline. She's just moved to a new place with her parents, and she doesn't know what to do with her days. She loves to explore. She ends up finding a small strange door. It leads nowhere. Until suddenly it does. In the other side, she finds a different mother and father. They have buttons instead of eyes. They feed her well, and she do seem to like them. But this other place is not safe. At all. And that is this story.

When it comes to the differences between the book and the movie. For me, personally, the movie was so much better than this book. Yet the book wasn't bad. And there were things that I liked about it, that were not included in the movie. In this book, Coraline is a lot younger. It is not stated that she has any friends. Her parents don't play with her, but they aren't rude as they were in the movie. And book Coraline was not very rude either, like she was in the movie. She was more soft. Yet I love movie Coraline more, haha.

This book also did not have Wybie. Which was just the saddest thing. That boy was so awesome in the movie. And the dolls in the movie too; I missed those. I felt like the movie was done better. It told a better story. Because I felt like this book left so much out. It did not do a good job of telling this story. It was a bit too boring and too short and too few details. Coraline only spends one day with the other mother before her parents are taken by her. It all happened a little too fast, I think. It also was not as scary, to be honest.

But even though I loved the movie so so very much more than the book, I did not hate this book. I just felt a bit disappointed by it, to be honest. I was expecting more. I wanted better writing. I wanted more from the story. Instead I got a story that was even less than the movie. So rude. I really did like reading about Coraline, though. She was adorable and small and just cute. While this book was not that scary, it was still interesting and a little creepy too. I'm glad that I finally gave it a try. Even if it was not perfect for me.

In My Mailbox #363

How is it already Saturday again? What. Time is moving way too fast. And I am still getting too little done. Ugh. Have a better feeling about the coming days, so I think I will finally be getting things done :D Fingers crossed. I did not read this past week. Well, I read half of Coraline yesterday, and the last half today. That book was so short, so I'm not sure that fully counts, haha. I just don't know what I wish to read right now. Hmm. Also got some stunning mail this week :D Which I love a whole bunch. A few blog posts this week. I shared about the cover for Shadow & Flame :D This week I'm waiting on White Stag. <3 I'm also sharing my Coraline review today, but not done writing it just yet. Would mean the most to me if you have time to comment. <3 I know, I'm so so far behind myself. But I will catch up. To all the posts I have missed these past months. I'm still having the worst health, but I'm doing okay :) Slowly starting to catch up and such. Still waiting for my laptop to come back from service. Most likely two more weeks. Gah. I may die. Haha.

Percy Jackson. Ohhh. Such a gorgeous huge illustrated edition :D I must re-read all of these books soon.
Sawkill Girls + Two Dark Reigns. Eee! Personalized copies from Blue Willow :D More on insta. Love. <3
Hotel Transylvania 3. Yesss. I finally finally get to watch this one shortly :D Waited forever and ever for it.
Dæmon Voices. I had the UK version of this, but had to have the US one too. Ack. Looks awesome :D
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. Eee, the international paperback :D It is so stunning. Love.
Into the Bright Unknown. US paperback :D My collection is complete. <3 Must read this third book soon.
Seeker. Finally managed to buy this paperback too :D Collection complete. <3 Haven't read it yet, aack.
Orgo Runners. Huge thank you to the author, R. J. for sending me this amazing book and plush :D Love.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #366

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


Goodreads Description:

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Wednesday Books 
Pre-Order here and here

I only heard about this book, for real, a few days ago. And oh my gosh, how I am curious about it :D Eee! That cover! It is stunning. And the summary is pretty amazing too. I simply cannot wait to read this one now. Eee. I might get to take part in the blog tour, and get to read an eARC of it. Crossing all my fingers.
What are you waiting for on this dangerous Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett

I am so so very excited about this book :D Is it June 4th yet? Hmph. I need this one in my life. <3 I very much adored the first book, Onyx & Ivory. And I am just beyond excited about this sequel :D Shadow & Flame is going to be awesome. And oh my gosh, it looks SO GORGEOUS :D Eeee! I am n love with this cover. I love how stunning it is. Sigh. Love. Cannot wait to own it too, when it comes out. There is not a summary yet for this book, but Mindee mentioned that this book will take place one year after book one. What! I am nervous. Nervous about my romance.. hmm. Yet so so very excited too. I am sure it will be done really well :D Wait. I checked again. And there is a small summary! Ahhh! I love it. I'm nervous. So excited. And gosh, I just cannot wait to read this one. Eee. What do you think of this gorgeous cover? :D

From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

In My Mailbox #362

It's getting darker and darker these days. Ahh. Which means all my pictures will start getting darker too. Hmph. How rude. I want winter to be over already, haha. It is also so cold most of the time too. I haven't taken my spa bath done yet, but it must be done this month sometime. I don't want to, lol. I have not been good at reading lately at all. Ugh. I finished Beneath the Citadel this week, but yeah, it was not good. Two stars. My latest five reads have all been three stars and below. I am so disappointed. And so so goddamn tired of reading bad books. Ugh. I need something aamazing to read. But unsure what I have that will be amazing. Hmm. I do have tons and tons to choose from, though, haha. I just need the energy to read as well :) Which I still do not have. At all. Got more medicine this week, though that is still not working for the rest of me. I'm also currently using a very very old laptop, which is not very good, because I had to send in my own for service, hoping to get a new one, as it has been having issues for ages. Sobs. So I'm now without my laptop for weeks, probably. I'm sad. But I shall survive. Probably. Also need to get started on catching up too. Soon. A few blog posts this week. Shared my review of Beneath the Citadel :) This week I'm waiting on Pumpkinheads. <3 And yesterday was my Seven Years of Blogging day, ahh :D Time has gone by so so fast. <3 I also got a whole bunch of stunning mail this week. Gosh. October has been so crazy so far with all the books out, lol. Loving all of them. <3 But gosh, no more room. Ahh! Save me :)

Shadow of the Fox. Such a gorgeous finished copy :D I adore Julie. <3 This book was pretty good too.
Vengeful. So gorgeous :D Unsure when I will be brave enough to read it, though, haha. But it is stunning.
Clash of Beasts. I have only read book one of this trilogy so far, ack, but will catch up one day :D So cute.
Grim Lovelies. Hardcover and intl paperback :D Both so so gorgeous. I adored this book. Love the cover.
Renegades. Second paperback has arrived, haha :D My Renegades collection is so crazy big. Gosh. <3
The Hollow of Fear. This finished copy is all kinds of gorgeous :D And I loved this book beyond words. <3
Give the Dark My Love + A World Without You + Rebel Rising + Swag. EEE! Thank you so much to Beth and Malaprops Bookstore for letting me order these books to be personalized :D EEE! I love them all so so so very much. <3 Sigh. Beth is the best. And the swag! I am dying. It's so perfect. Sigh. Thank you. <3
Pop Figures. These new nutcracker pops are so gorgeous :D I love them. Spyro is pretty much adorable.

More Instagram photos here. <3