Saturday, June 23, 2018

In My Mailbox #346

Yeah. I had planned on reading lots this week. That did not happen. Haven't read a single thing. Ahh. But I am starting Shadow of the Fox today. I am. I will. I must. I want to read so so badly, but never have the time. Sigh. Always so busy, always so exhausted. I mean, I don't even have time to watch movies. Hmph. Or catch up. Ugh. But I got second dose of the new medicine this week, so I think it should start working more now. Fingers crossed. But oh, mail! I got such stunning mail this week, eee :D Some most gorgeous ARCs that I shall treasure so so much. Sigh. They are all perfect. Because of no reading, and no energy, I only blogged once. Ack. This week I'm waiting on Warrior of the Wild. <3 I also saw Jurassic World 2 at the cinema this week. And I loved it. But ahh, the next one isn't out for another three years? How rude. I want it now. So anyway. This week has been going by so so fast. But it's been good too. Just exhausted and sad that I haven't read at all. Hmph. But hoping for more energy now :) And much more time to read.



A Reaper at the Gates. Hardcover has arrived. Ahh. I need to read these three books soon. Nervous.
Strange New World. I now own both books, ack :D Hoping I will love them. I do adore this author a lot.
Sea Monsters. Eee, new Pip book. I must read the first two ones, though, haha. Will do so very soon :D
Pyromantic. Finally got myself the paperback edition. I loved book one. And must read this sequel soon.
The School for Good and Evil. Ahhh! Thank you so much Daphne :D UK ARC! I am DYING. Love it so.
Onyx & Ivory + Rose Under Fire. Love. Thank you so much Jaime for these two most gorgeous ARCs :D
Sawkill Girls + Pip Bartlett. Oh gosh. I'm pretty much dying. AHH! Thank you so much Xander :D Gosh. You are the best. Ahhh. I am beyond thrilled with these ARCs :D Eee! My Claire collection is complete :D
Pop Figures. Yesss. Jurassic World pops are here :D They are gorgeous. Love. And my Steve pop too :D
Bookmarks. Eee, more HappyHello bookmarks :D Oh, they are all so perfect. Just gorgeous. Love them.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #349

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

WARRIOR OF THE WILD BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

Goodreads Description:

How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.


Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order here and here


Eee, this book sounds all kinds of exciting. I very much like Viking YA books, and this one sounds like it's going to be so good. That cover is pretty awesome too. Gosh, I hope this book will be the best. I simply cannot wait to read it. Wish it was February already. Hmph. Also, hope there will be some romance too :D
What are you waiting for on this wild Wednesday?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

In My Mailbox #345

Another week gone by. So so very fast. I managed to read one book this week, at least, so yay for that :) Though I did spend a whole week without reading anything. Ahh. I hate having so little energy. But soon. I shall get better. The medicine is somewhat working, and I think and hope that with only a few more doses things will start getting better. Fingers crossed. I did not get to blog a lot this week. Only two posts. This week I'm waiting on Beneath the Citadel. <3 And I shared my review of My Plain Jane :D I also got a ton of gorgeous book mail, eee. Lots of ARCs for trade :D I'm so in love with all of them. <3 So so so happy. I still have so little energy, so I'm still forever behind on things, ahh. But will try my best to get things done. Soonish. I also very very much want to re-watch all the Lord of the Rings movies again, the extended editions, always :D Shall do it this coming week, I think. Love those movies so much. Sigh. And shall be reading a lot more too. I must. Have many books that need to be read, haha :) Also, if you are reading this, please do take the time to leave a comment. <3 Would mean so much to me. Almost all my posts these days get zero comments. I mean, I have only gotten four comments in all of June. Ack. I get that people are busy. <3 But, well, I'm still getting the same amount of pageviews, so it's a bit confusing too. Oh, well. I shall always continue blogging, though :) Despite always shitty health, I had a good week. <3



Shadow of the Fox + Sea Witch + Aftermath + The Masked Truth. Eee! Love all of these so so so much :D Thank you the most for trading with me Kelly. <3 SO excited to read Shadow of the Fox shortly :D Eee.
Renegades. Ahh! Love! UK ARC :D My collection is growing so well. Thank you so much Sarah-Jane. <3
Spectacle + Grisha Pins. Eee! Thank you so much Theresa :D I am thrilled with these. So so so much. <3
Our Dark Duet. Yay for the US paperback finally being out. Excited to read the new exclusive scenes in it.
Iron Tide Rising. The gorgeous UK paperback edition :D Must read this final book very soon. I'm nervous.
Onyx & Ivory Swag. Yay! Thank you Mindee :D Stunning swag pack for the Relay group. I love it all. <3
Pop Figures. Eee, my Miraculous Ladybug pop figures finally arrived :D And gosh, they are all so perfect.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

This book was all kinds of great and fun. Well, maybe not all fun, because it broke my heart a whole lot of times too. Rude. But it was such an amazing story. And I enjoyed it so very much. Ever since reading My Lady Jane, I have so been looking forward to more books by these authors. And I cannot wait for even more.

Giving this one four stars, as I felt there were a few small things that could have been done a little better. But for the most part, I very much enjoyed this book. I loved the characters very much. They were awesome to read about. The ending was incredible too. Only wishing that it had been longer. Wanted to know more.

This book is a story told from three point of views. Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte and Alexander Blackwood. And oh gosh, how I loved all three different views. They were all so awesome to read about and I just adored all three to pieces. Though, to be honest, Charlotte and Alexander were my favorites, ack. Jane mostly just hurt my heart, haha. But I did grow to love her. Shall not write too much in this review of mine. Will try my best to share why I loved this story. First I shall mention that I very much enjoyed the writing in this one. It was so great at all times, and things were written really well. This book is a somewhat retelling of Jane Eyre. Which I know nothing about, haha. But it is not needed to know either. This book is a historical ghost story adventure. So good.

This book tells the story of Jane and Charlotte and Alexander. It is also a story filled with ghosts. And I loved that very much. It begins at school, where Jane is a teacher and Charlotte is a student. There has just been a murder. And someone is coming to check the school for ghosts. Which is not good for Jane, because she has been able to see ghosts ever since she was little. She even has a ghost friend, Helen. And I very much liked her. So much happens in this book. I shall not mention most of it. It was so good.

The character I loved the most in this book was Charlotte. She is sixteen years old and she was all kinds of adorable. She loves writing, and is writing down almost everything for a story. I adored that about her. She has horrible eyesight, and wears her spectacles on a wand. Which caused trouble a lot of times. She was the kindest and sweetest person and I just loved her so much. I so so loved getting to know her and reading about what she wanted out of life. She was not scared of speaking her mind. She was the best.

And Alexander. Sigh. I loved this boy so very much. He is the star agent of ghost hunting. And reading about how he does that and such was so interesting. And I just loved reading about his life and getting to know him. There is much to love about Alexander. Like how he is looking for revenge, as his father was murdered when he was four years old. Alexander also has a ghost hunting partner, Branwell. And gosh, he was all kinds of awkward and fun. I liked reading about him a whole bunch. They were both awesome.

Though Charlotte was my favorite, I did love Jane too. Though she was a bit more difficult to love, as I did not like some of her choices. Like how she did not tell Charlotte the most important part of her life. How she did not trust her enough, yet they were supposed to be best friends. And I felt like Jane treated her poorly later on in the book too, and that just broke my heart a little. But she got better, and I'm so happy about that, because it made me care for her more. I very much liked the friendship between these girls.

Jane was so complicated, though. Her story is about how she just took on a job as a governess. And how she falls in love with the master of the house right away. He is twice her age. And is most likely about to be engaged. He is also angry a lot, and not very nice at all. I did not approve of her crush. Hm. But it was written well, and I did like reading about Jane. Just, heartbreak too. Jane deserved a whole lot better. Her story is not a love story, though, and there is no romance for her. Aw. A lot of complicated things, though.

There is so much going on with this story. Secrets about Jane and where she is now living. Getting to know more about Alexander and his work. And all the ghosts. And reading about Charlotte and Alexander maybe having feelings for each other, eee. That was a romance I very much loved. It was small, but was also so stunning. And I shipped them the very most. There is so much I could say about this book, but my mind is going blank. I do not want to spoil anything that happens. I simply very much enjoyed this story.

My Plain Jane was everything I wanted it to be. Full of amazing characters and a stunning ghost story adventure. I had a few small issues with it at times, where I felt like more could have been happening, and that Jane's story should have been more. But my issues were not big. And this book was all kinds of awesome. And I am so glad that I read it. Cannot wait to read the next book by these amazing authors. It shall be so good. If you have not ordered this book, then you very much should. You are going to love it.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #348

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

BENEATH THE CITADEL BY DESTINY SORIA

Goodreads Description:

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
 


In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.


Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Amulet
Pre-Order here and here

I have seen so many people be excited about this book. And I could not help but feel the same, seeing that gorgeous cover :D And the summary sounds so exciting too. I'm crossing all my fingers that this book will end up being awesome. <3 Wishing to love it. And I think that I will. Cannot wait to read and own it :D
What are you waiting for on this ancient Wednesday?