Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #353

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

TO BEST THE BOYS BY MARY WEBER

Goodreads Description:

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.


Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Pre-Order here and here

Ohh, this book sounds awesome. I adore Mary, and I simply cannot wait to read this new book by her, eee :D To Best the Boys looks so incredibly gorgeous. And it sounds so amazing too. I am very excited about this book. And I am hoping so much that I will love it to pieces :D I think I will. Is it March yet? <3
What are you waiting for on this competitive Wednesday?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Review: Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Second time reading this book, second time having my heart broken. Gosh. This sequel is painful. But so good too. I once more loved it a whole bunch. Still a five star. I love Menagerie a little more, but oh, Spectacle is an amazing read. And I am so thrilled I decided to re-read these before reading the final one.

This series is all kinds of painful to read. Yet I cannot help but love every moment of them. Painful, yet hopeful too. This world that Rachel has created is the worst kind. And it hurts my heart at all times. But Delilah is so strong and I feel for her so much. She's the best. These books are so good. I enjoyed the writing.

I shall not be writing too much about what happens in this book, but I very very much need to write down my feelings about some things. And I have a lot of those. This book was just so good. But hurtful and evil and rude too. My poor heart may never recover. You all need to read these books too. They are painful. But worth it. Spectacle begins three months after the end of Menagerie. It has been three months since Delilah and the other captives took over the menagerie, and they have been running the circus ever since. Without the public knowing that the cryptids are free and not really chained up, like they all used to be. It has been three amazing months for all of them. I felt very happy about their freedom. Sigh. But this was not to last. Good things never do.

They are all captured. This time they are not to be part of a circus. They have been sold to The Savage Spectacle. Which is the very very worst place they could have ended up. And gosh. Reading about the time they spent at this place. I cannot. It was horrible. And my heart it still aching for everything these poor characters went through. Because this Spectacle is a place where rich people come to have fun. They can buy time with whichever cryptid and creature they want. And do whatever they want to them.

Which they do. And gosh. My poor heart. These people did not deserve this. Yes, the cryptids are not human, but they are not far from human. They think like us. They are just like us, they only look different and have some powers. It broke my heart to read about how humans treats them in this world. It is not fair. And it is not kind. At all. Spectacle is told from the point of view of Delilah, with a few other chapters by other characters. But this is still Delilah's story. And so we get to see everything that happens to her.

Thankfully, the most brutal parts of this place did not happen to Delilah. But she is not left unhurt. And so much happens to her. And it is painful to read about. Yet written so very well and I could not help but love every part of this book. Because Delilah is so strong and brave and just the very best character. I loved how amazing she was. And how caring she was. She was the greatest. This book is about her struggle to adapt to a new horrible living situation. And her trying her best to figure out how to escape with everyone.

My most favorite character is still Gallagher. I love how big and strong and brutal and sweet he is. Delilah means everything to him. And he would to anything to protect her. Which he has to do in this book. And everything he went through killed me. Still no romance between them. Sigh. I ship them beyond words. Just, gosh, the pain they both go through in this book. I cannot deal with it. Pain together, pain apart. Feel like Gallagher had it worst. And some things that happened to him were not made clear, and it hurts me.

There is so much going on in this book. Half of it is about them arriving at the Spectacle. The second half is eight weeks after they arrived. And gosh, that plot twist was rude. I cannot get over it. So good. But so very painful. Especially reading about the parts that were missed in those eight week. Gosh. So many surprises and secrets. My poor heart. This Spectacle is owned by the very worst man possible. And his wife. Reading about them was the very worst, and I wanted the worst death as possible for them, haha.

I am not going to mention all of the characters in this books, but gosh, they are amazing. Many cryptids and creatures. All different. All amazing to read about and get to know. I loved how Delilah wants to save them all, and keep them from pain. Even when there is nothing she can do. All of these characters pretty much broke my heart. And I loved them so. Want the best for all of them, and oh, how I wish for a happy ending. But gosh, I'm nervous. Because this world was so much not made for happy endings. But I wish.

I have already written way more than I had planned to. Yet not nearly enough about what I wanted to share. I want to talk about all the things. All the spoilers. All my heartbreak. But I will not. Will just say that you need to read this book already. It is so good. Though most parts killed me. And oh, I want Delilah to remember some important events. And I want her and Gallagher together so badly. And I want all the bad parts they went through to go away. Ahh. My poor soul. This book was so painful. But so so worth it too.

Feeling so thrilled about how much I love these books. Only wish I will feel the same for the third one, which I'm starting an eARC of very shortly. I'm so nervous, because I have peeked. But beyond excited too. I cannot wait to know how everything ends. It may end up breaking me, though. I cannot wait, haha. Spectacle was an incredible second book. Exciting and evil and just so good. There were a few things I wish had not happened, but I can live with that. Because most of this book was perfect. Loved it so much.

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

In My Mailbox #349

This week have gone by way too fast. It took me way too long to start reading the trilogy I was supposed to, ack, so I have only read one book so far. But going to get the other two read this weekend, I hope. My current reading list is huge and beyond amazing. Eee. I'm so happy. I simply cannot wait to read all these awesome books. Just, well, need to make myself start reading more. Ugh. I just have so little energy, still. Despite how my stomach is so, so much better. I'm still tired all the time and exhausted. How rude. Yet I want to read. I just cannot make myself start a book, haha. But I will read this summer. And a lot too. So far behind. On everything. And have tons of great books to read that I'm super excited about. This week I only blogged twice, ack. Oh, well. <3 This week I'm waiting on Two Dark Reigns :D And I shared my third review of Menagerie. <3 Although I have not read much, or done any catching up this week, gosh, I have been so busy. Lots of time spent with family, like always. And lots of time spent outside when the sun was up. And spa bath almost every day. Sigh. Love it so. Do not want summer to end. Though I do want it to stop being windy; because it is way too cold for summer. Rude. Anyway. I'm doing mostly okay. I also got so, so much stunning mail this week, ahh, and I am dying :D So so happy and thankful. <3 Love it all so.



The Golden Compass + Imprison the Sky + Sadie. AHH! Thank you so so much to Kat for trading these most gorgeous ARCs with me :D So happy to have these. Eee. I cannot wait to read Imprison the Sky.
Give the Dark My Love + Warcross. Eee! Dying! Biggest thank you to PRH International. SO excited :D
Godsgrave. Stunning UK paperback edition is now out. Such a gorgeous cover. Sigh. This ruined me.
Bright We Burn. Could not resist owning the UK paperback; to complete my collection of these books :D
Pop Figures. Eee, IT figures have arrived. So awesome. And more Moana and Stranger Things. Love.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 13, 2018

Review: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

This is my third time reading this book. And I still love it so very much. Which I am beyond thrilled about, as I always worry when re-reading books. But re-reading this one was the very best. It is still so good. And still beyond heartbreaking, of course. This book is a huge favorite of mine. Still a five star read. It broke me again.

I shall not write such a long review this time. I shall not mention most of what happens. But I will share all my thoughts about this book, and why I love it so much and why it continues to break me every time I read it. It is such a powerful book. And I loved every moment of it, once more. It never disappoints. Such a good read.

This book tells the story of twenty five year old Delilah. She is celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend and her best friend. He has bought tickets to visit a traveling carnival, the menagerie. Delilah feels so very unsure about going to this. Because in this world, there are creatures living too. Cryptids. And for years now, they have been captured and killed, or is forced to perform while trapped. This menagerie shows off these creatures, and many of them are not all animals. Which is still heartbreaking to read about. Delilah has studied cryptids for years, and she loves learning about them, but she is not okay with how they are being treated. Yet she wants to see them too, so yeah, she feels unsure about going. And oh, how I wish she had not gone to this place.

But she does go. And this menagerie is a pretty horrible place. For those that do not support animals and creatures in cages. Especially abused ones. Most people in this book want the cryptids in cages, which is so painful to read about. But Delilah is not one of those horrible people. She cares, and she wants to do better. At the menagerie, they see a young werewolf girl being hurt, trying to get her to perform. Delilah is not okay with this. And she gets very angry. Which makes something happen to her body. She changes.

And this is not a good thing. She hurts the person hurting the girl, which I was so happy about, but this means that she is not a human. And she is captured, taken to jail. And reading those scenes still kill me. Because they are awful to her. And I did not like it one bit. But so very interesting to read, even so. But heartbreaking. It is decided that Delilah is a cryptid. Though she did not know she was one until this night. Her boyfriend abandons her at the police station. Her best friend as well. Only her mother is there for her.

But that same night, she is bought. Bought by the same menagerie she just visited. And gosh, this does not end well for Delilah. I shall not mention a lot of the things that happens next in this book. But there is abuse mentioned. A lot of it. And it is heartbreaking to read about. Delilah is put in a small cage, like all the others taken. Little food, little clothes, nothing of her own. They are trying to figure out what she is. Trying to make her transform again, into a monster. But it is not that easy. And ahh. So painful to read.

But so good too. This book still kills me with awesome. I don't know how else to describe it. Menagerie is all kinds of horrible. And I loved every moment of it. Because Delilah was the very best character to read about. I loved her so very much. Loved getting to know her. Loved how strong she was, how she fought for her life. Even when nothing could be done. She was still strong, even when beaten. And I loved that about her so much. Loved that she wanted to save everyone else that was captured too. My poor heart.

Another character in this book that I loved beyond words was Gallagher. He works at this place, taking care of the animals and creatures. He is tasked with breaking Delilah. But he is not a bad person. At all. He does not hurt her. Or anyone else. He is kind, when no one else is. It also takes some time before Delilah starts trusting him. But gosh, their growing friendship meant the most to me. No romance. But so good. Gallagher has secrets, and they were of the best kind. And a bit horrible too. I loved it. I loved him.

There is still so much I could write about this book. And I kind of feel like maybe what I already wrote was a bit too much, maybe, oh, well. I simply wanted to write about this book again. Because reading it for the third time was so good. And so painful. I haven't even mentioned most of what happens in this book. And I will not. But gosh, it is good. And awful. And every kind of perfect too. It is very much adult, and so dark, but not that dark, which I'm thankful for. This book ruined me. In a good way, honestly. It will ruin you too.

I did not read my two previous reviews before writing this one. And I am not going to. I just had to share about this lovely book a third time, I could not resist, haha. If you still have not read Menagerie, you are really missing out. It is dark, yes, and adult, but it is amazing. Honest and heartbreaking. Yet full of hope too. It felt very real right now, with how things in the world are at the moment. Made it even more sad. Ack. But there is hope too. And I have hope for our world too. Everyone deserves freedom. Every one.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #352

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

TWO DARK REIGNS (Three Dark Crowns #3) 
BY KENDARE BLAKE

Goodreads Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island.

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here and here

Is it time yet? Time to have my heart broken into pieces again? Haha :D This series is killing me. And I love it so. Kendare is the best. But, yeah. That last book. My poor heart. I must know what happens next. Both excited and worried, haha :D I just cannot wait for Two Dark Reigns. Eee. It is going to be so so good. And so heartbreaking, I'm sure. I cannot wait. And so excited to own all the editions of it too :D
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

In My Mailbox #348

Another week gone by. And so fast too. Still waiting for summer over here. Ugh. 11C outside and rain. So rude. But looks like next week will be around 20C every day and sunshine. Just, please, no wind. It has been windy every week so far and it suuucks. So cold. I need summer heat already. Hmph. Ouch. I went to the doctor this Monday and had a mole removed. It was not simple like it was before.. about ten needle sticks first, then a lot of cutting and sewing and ahhh. It still hurts. Ugh. Removing the stitches next week. Hoping it won't hurt forever. Hmph. My (most likely) broken little toe still hurts when I move it too much. But it's better at least, so that's good. Medicine is still mostly working, so yay for that. I'm still exhausted and tired all the time, though, and I think that might be a new disease. Ugh. So rude. But anyway. This week was pretty good :) I'm playing a lot of PokemonGO, all the time, haha. And spa baths almost every day. So good. I only managed to read one book this week, rude. But I have planned to read more this coming week; hopefully I will manage that. Fingers crossed. My reading list is so huge. Ack. Only two new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on Willa of the Woods :D And shared my review of Aftermath. <3 Also gosh! The mail this week! I am dying of happiness :D Eeeee. It is all so so so awesome. Sigh. Love.



Dreaming Dangerous. So excited to read another MG book by Lauren, eee :D Think I will love it so much.
The Girl With the Ghost Machine. Paperback edition. <3 I own all copies of her MG books; so much love.
Fire + Rebel of the Sands. AHH! Thank you so so much Calla for trading with me :D I AM DYING! LOVE!
Crash Bandicoot. I remember playing this years ago; and I cannot wait to try this version :D Very excited.
Pop Figures. Gosh. Everyone arrived at the same time, haha :D All of them shipped a month ago; such slow shipping. Ugh. Still waiting on a few, but gosh, these are all perfect. My Stranger Things collection is just growing and growing :D Love them all. And more Moana :D And Harry Potter. Eee. Love. Also could not resist the Star Wars one, haha, despite not ever having watched one of those movies. Ack. So cute.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

I was both so excited and nervous before starting this book. Because I wanted so badly to love it, yet was worried I would not. Thankfully, I very much enjoyed this book. I even stayed up past three am because I had to finish it. Four stars for this, as it was almost perfect. Hoping Kelley will write more YA thrillers.

There is so so much to say about this book, yet I know I will not write down very much about it. Because this book just have to be read and be loved. I enjoyed the writing a lot, which I am happy about. Had no problem connecting to the main girl and the story. And gosh, this story. It was all kinds of heartbreaking and rude.

This book tells the story of sixteen year old Skye. Three years ago, her brother was one of three who shot and killed teenagers at their school. He did not kill anyone, but he had a gun, and he was shot and killed by the police. Days after, Skye and her mom moved away, because they could not live there any longer with how everyone was blaming them and wishing them dead as well. Skye has gotten a bunch of ugly messages and been bullied so much these past three years. It broke my heart the very most. She has not had it easy. With her brother being one of the shooters, her not able to remember him without having to hate him too. With her mother being very depressed. With her Gran having strokes. And then she have to move back to her home town.

Before the shooting three years ago, Skye had become best friends with Jesse. They had been hanging out for six months, and they were such awesome friends. And just beginning to become something more. Then the shooting happened. Skye lost her brother. Jesse's brother was one of those killed. Then Skye left. And they have not spoken together since then. There are a few small scenes remembering back to those times, when they were thirteen, and it was so good and sad to read about. Loved it so. My heart.

This book tells the story of when Skye returned to her home town to live with her aunt. And back to high school. Where everyone knows her, knows what her brother did. And just about everyone hates her too. Reading about how mean some of the kids could be was pretty heartbreaking. Skye did not deserve any of their hate. She did not have anything to do with the shooting, and she had no idea that it was going to happen either. Yet they all hate her. And it broke my heart. A few talk to her, and I so loved them for that.

Then she meets Jesse again, in school. He was not behaving nicely towards her at all. Which broke my heart even more. Ugh. There are a few chapters from his point of view, so we understand his feelings about things, and I loved that so. He is hurt. And he feels abandoned by Skye all those years ago. And so he is rude to her now. Which was not okay. But he do get better, thankfully. They have both changed so much in the past three years. Yet they are still the same too. And gosh, how I loved getting to know them.

Skye was such an amazing girl. Broken, yet strong. Getting to read about her past was awesome, she was such a fun girl. Though she is more broken now, she is still the same deep down, and I loved that. This girl deserves the best. And Jesse was amazing too. I so loved getting to know him. His complicated relationship with his dead brother. His relationship with his parents. Also, gosh, how I adored them. They were the very best. Yesss. Skye's aunt was kind of the worst, but she got so much better, and I loved that.

There is a lot going on in this book. Skye and Jesse meeting up again, slowly beginning to talk to each other. Getting to know each other again. And falling for each other all over again. Eee. It was the very cutest thing. Best small romance. I loved it tons. They are the cutest. This book is also a thriller, though. Skye is getting strange messages in her locker. Getting videos of the shooting sent to her phone. She is being bullied. Someone is telling her to look into the shooting. It was exciting and a bit scary too. Loved it.

The reason for why I'm giving this book four stars is because I sometimes had a few small issues with the writing. The very few Jesse chapters were written in a different way, which was a little annoying. Still good writing, but different, and easy to notice. Hmph. I also did not completely love everything about the book. Wouldn't have minded if the thriller part had been a bit more. But despite that, I very very much liked and enjoyed this book. It was so good. And I am so glad that I read it. And all of you should too. It is worth it.

Aftermath is a story about friendship and family and heartbreaking and tragedy. It is also a thriller. And about finding out the truth. It is about first loves. And I enjoyed every moment of this book. It was sweet and sad and exciting. And just so so very good. It is also a very real book. About school shootings. Which is happening all the time in the US lately. Which is all kinds of heartbreaking. This book is about a school shooting. And how lives are changed after that. It is a pretty sad story, but also very much worth reading.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #351

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

WILLA OF THE WOODS BY ROBERT BEATTY

Goodreads Description:

Escape into the story of a brave and unusual girl brimming with the ancient powers of the forest. From Robert Beatty, the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina books, comes a thrilling new series filled with the history, mystery, and magic of the Great Smoky Mountains. Kirkus Reviews described WILLA OF THE WOOD as "A moving, atmospheric journey of hope."

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.

Willa, a young night-spirit, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the cabins of the day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work--the day-folk kill whatever they don't understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.

When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon the old powers of her beloved grandmother, and the unbreakable bonds of her forest allies, to escape. Only then does she begin to discover the shocking truth: that not all of her day-folk enemies are the same, and that the foundations of her own Faeran society are crumbling. What do you do when you realize that the society you were born and raised in is rife with evil? Do you raise your voice? Do you stand up against it?

As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her forest home, Willa must decide who she truly is, facing deadly force with warmest compassion, sinister corruption with trusted alliance, and finding a home for her longing heart.


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
Pre-Order here and here

This book looks all kinds of gorgeous and sounds so awesome. Eee. I cannot wait to read it later this month :D So excited for it. I have only read the first Serafina book, but I have them all, and excited to read all of them soonish too. But gosh, I cannot wait to meet Willa. She seems amazing. Love this cover lots.
What are you waiting for on this dangerous Wednesday?

Saturday, June 30, 2018

In My Mailbox #347

This week I managed to read two books. So yay for finally reading a little :D My health is mostly okay. Stomach is way better after new medicine, yesss. But the rest of me is exhausted and hurting and tired. Ugh. I also forgot to mention last week that I broke my little toe. Ahhh! It still hurts. I skipped the last step in my staircase, so I fell. It did not end well for me. Ugh. But it's getting better. Probably. I'm doing okay, though. This week I shared my review of Shadow of the Fox :) And I am waiting on Through the White Wood. <3 Then I shared my review of Bright We Burn :) Ack. I also got a lot of stunning mail this week, eee. I love it all so very much. Sigh. Some pretty bought books and lovely swag. And gosh, the trades I have done this week. I am dying. Maybe arriving next week, ahh :D I cannot wait. Sigh. So happy. <3 But also out of money, haha ;) Anyway. I'm hoping to be able to read lots more this coming week. Wait. No. I don't think I will have much time to read at all. Ahh. We are finally, finally getting some heat and sun this coming week, eee :D I cannot wait to finally be able to be outside again, haha. Been too long now with 10c and less and no sun. How rude. I need some heat. I had a pretty good week, though, so yay for that.



My Plain Jane. Yay! Hardcover finally arrived :D And it is so lovely. I loved this book a whole bunch. <3
Godsgrave. Ack. US paperback edition. Must have for my collection, haha. And it is all kinds of gorgeous.
Warcross. Okay, this cover is actually pretty stunning. Very much liked this book and love this paperback.
Now I Rise. Gah. I could not resist owning the new US paperback edition for my big collection. I love it.
All the Crooked Saints. A new UK paperback edition that I had to buy :D Gosh, I must read this one soon.
Imaginary Friends. I have the full book, but this small sampler version of it was too pretty to pass up on :D
Contagion Swag. Eee! Thank you so, so much Erin :D I am beyond thrilled with this stunning swag. <3



Fury. AHHH! Thank you so so so much to the lovely publisher for accepting my request to read this book via Edelweiss :D Eeee! I am SO excited to finish this trilogy. <3 Gosh. But first I must re-read book one and two :) Very shortly. But also, I have peeked, and I am so not sure my heart will survive. Ugh. <3


More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

This series have been very complicated for me. I loved the first one. I very much disliked the second one. And this third one was right in the middle. Giving it three stars. It was a book that I could not stop reading. I loved the writing and Lada, but I did not love anything else about it. And I feel kind of disappointed, honestly.

Like the previous two books, this one is told from the point of view of Lada and Radu. Once again I really loved the writing of the book. I found it to be easy to read, and easy to connect with everything. Only wish the story had not hurt me so. Because, oh gosh, this book is painful. Most are going to love all of it, though.

But I did not. Because my feelings are a bit tender on certain things, haha. Romance especially. And I have a lot of thoughts about the romance in these books, which I will write about a lot shortly. But first I shall start with the characters. I still very much love Lada. She is the reason for why I'm reading these books; I have loved her so since the first book. She is so incredibly dark, though, and she does a lot of killing. Often killing a bit too much. But I didn't really mind, haha. I just loved reading about Lada. For the most part, that is. She was such an amazing girl and I loved getting to know more about her. But I also hated her at times. Ack. For how she treated Bogdan. For how she felt towards Mehmed. Hmph. This girl pretty much killed me. But loved her.

There is so much I could say about this book. I am not going to mention most of it. Though my review is probably going to end up pretty long, because there are some things I need to discuss. A few smaller spoilers, nothing huge, not really. This book was pretty exciting at times. There is war. And Lada is all kinds of brutal and dark. And I loved that about her. She does some horrible things, and those were the most exciting moments, haha. I loved reading about her as the Prince of her country. It was awesome.

Though this book was a bit boring at times too, because there were a whole lot of pages where nothing happened. Hmph. Yet it was still a good final book. I mean, nothing that I wanted to happen happened, so I'm sad about it. But the writing was great. And I loved this world. And the story was pretty interesting too. I just could not stand Radu and reading about him again pretty much broke me. Ugh. I shall not write too much about him. Just that Radu was not a kind man. At all. And yet he thinks he is. So highly annoying.

This book focus on Lada and Radu and Mehmed. Well, not really much about Mehmed at all. Just how they all live around him. And how him and Lada are going to war against each other. There is a whole lot happening. So complicated. Yet interesting to read about. Some things I did not care about at all, but I still could not stop reading this book. Which is a good feeling to have. But anyway. I'm not going to mention a lot of the plot. Only sharing some things that I had issues with about this, and how I felt. There is a bunch.

There is a whole bunch of characters in this book. And I loved some of them. Though I probably shouldn't have. Ugh. So many deaths. How rude. Lada is still my favorite, though. Despite how I did not approve of some of her choices. Hmph. Especially one choice made near the end of the book. It was heartbreaking and it bothers me a lot. Ahh. Lada deserved all the happiness. And it kills me that no one was willing to give that to her. Not even her brother. Hmph. I very much did not like their relationship. He was not good.

The romance. Sigh. I cannot with this romance. Mehmed is still obsessed with Lada, though he has not given her anything that she needed. Lada still has feelings for him too. And Radu is a bit unsure how he feels about Mehmed, as he cannot stop thinking about the other man he spent time with. There is truly no romance. Yet it still bothered me. Mehmed and Lada do not belong together, so I'm happy about that. But then there was Bogdan too, and Lada is sleeping with him and using him, and I so did not approve. Sigh.

I must mention that there was too much death in this one, too many important characters died. And we only really got one grief scene over all the deaths. And I did not care for that scene at all, because that death did not affect me one bit, haha. I was actually glad that death happened, to be honest. So that one grief scene was a bit annoying for me. Especially because a lot more important characters died, and I did not see any grief for them, and I wanted to, so badly. Those deaths may bother me for some time. Rude.

I must admit that I'm a bit bitter over the ending that Radu got. It was too good. And it makes me so so angry. Because I do not feel like he deserved a happy ending at all. He was not a good person. There was no pain and suffering for Radu. And I needed there to be. Ugh. I'm so disappointed about his ending, though I might be the only one who is, haha. He treated Lada so badly in all three books. And she always loved him, even so. I am not okay with that. Radu should have had a different ending. I did not like him.

Bright We Burn was sadly not the final book that I wanted it to be. It did not have the happy endings I wanted at all, and I'm still pretty heartbroken about that. I mean, the endings made sense, of course, and I loved how dark this book was. But I was still disappointed over how some things ended. Sigh. Though I will say that even though I was disappointed by this book, I still enjoyed reading it. Because I could not stop once I started. And I needed to know what happened next. I also really liked this world a whole lot.

I very much adore this author, though. Kiersten is awesome. But yeah, this series was a disappointment for me. I also have such a big collection of all the books, ack. But I don't really mind. They are gorgeous. Only wish I could have loved this final book. Sigh. But it was simply not for me. And it is a three star, not two, because I did not hate it like I did with the second one. Hmm. Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. Love my copy so.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #350

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

THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD BY JESSICA LEAKE

Goodreads Description:

Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon fire. Instead of punishment, Sasha offers Katya friendship, and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.

But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies have organized their own army of people who can control the very earth. Bent on taking over the entire world, they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed everything.

Katya and Sasha are desperate to stop the encroaching army, and together their powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, leaving destruction in their wake, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will they lose everything they hold dear?


ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here and here

Eee! I am SO EXCITED about this book :D I very much enjoyed Beyond a Darkened Shore, and I adore Jessica so much, and ahh. This new book by her sounds aaamazing. I need it badly. It is not possible to pre-order this gorgeous book just yet, ack, but hopefully soon :D You all need this gorgeous book as well. Gosh, I cannot wait to read this book. Fingers crossed I will be able to get my hands on the ARC once it comes out, eee. SO excited for this book. And oh gosh. THIS COVER! Ahh! LOVE. It's gorgeous. I love it.
What are you waiting for on this fearsome Wednesday?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

There was never any doubt that I would read this new book by Julie Kagawa. I have been a fan of her for years, since reading her first book. I'm a bit behind on reading her newest books, but still a huge fan of her. Because Julie is awesome. So I was super excited about Shadow of the Fox. Also since it sounds awesome.

I had high hopes about loving this book. But oh, I did not. And I shall be honest about my feelings about it. This ended up being a three star for me. I loved the story. Mostly loved the characters too. But I had issues as well, and I will be sharing those too. A bit heartbroken that I did not love this, but still very much love Julie.

I have so many feelings about this book. While I did not love it, I enjoyed it a whole lot. And I found it easy to read, and found the story easy to like. There is a lot of Japanese culture and history which I enjoyed reading about very much. It is also very much a fantasy book, filled with demons and other creatures. Very much enjoyed reading about those. The world this book was set in was interesting too, and I wish to know more about it all. The story of the book is how every thousand years a great dragon will rise, granting a wish to the human having the three scrolls of prayer. The time is almost ready. And everyone is searching for these three scrolls. Many would kill for them. Humans and demons alike. Which makes for an interesting story. And which it was.

This book is mostly told from two point of views. The girl, Yumeko. The boy, Tatsumi. She has grown up among monks, in a remote place. She is also half kitsune. With the power to change into a fox. And is full of tricks too. I loved that about her so very much. But oh, she does not do anything with this for almost the whole book. A little disappointed. Wanted to see more of her powers. She has grown up almost sheltered, and has never left the temple. Until it's attacked. By a great demon, and every monk she knew was killed.

And so Yumeko is forced to flee. With one part of the scrolls needed to make the wish, as the monks had one of the three hidden. While running in the forest, she runs into Tatsumi. And they start on this journey together, though she is lying to him at all times, as she makes him believe she does not have the scroll. And she does not tell him about her being a kitsune either. Sadly, this goes on for the whole book. Ack. I was very much looking forward to all the reveals, haha, and they did not happen in this book. How rude.

But oh. Tatsumi. I do not know how to describe this boy. But I shall try my best. He is a person that has been trained to kill for years now. He has been alone most of the time, never known any kind of kindness. He is simply put a killing machine. Well, killer of demons, mostly. He kills for his clan. He lives for them. Oh, and he has a demon inside his sword, which also means it is inside of his mind a lot of the time too. Complicated. But interesting. And I liked getting to know this boy a whole bunch. Well, most of the time.

Because I sadly did not love Tatsumi. I wish I did, but he was just not that interesting. Half the book is his point of view, but it all felt the same. Him thinking about how cold he is, without emotions. And then slowly starting to feel things for Yumeko. I sadly did not feel anything. Ack. I liked him a lot. And I shipped them so very much. But I did not love either of them. Because they did not do very much. They did not talk very much either. And I badly wanted to know more about them both. Hmph. Still, I liked reading about them.

The biggest reason for why I had issues with this book was the writing. It is told from first person point of view, I believe. And it just felt so awkward. I couldn't connect to either of the characters. And I feel so sad about that. The writing wasn't all bad, thankfully, but I never grew to love it. Ahh. But still. The book was good. Though most of it is just travelling through the forest. And then the action at the end, right before the book ended. I very much need to know what happens next. But wishing more had happened before.

There is still so much that I could share about this book. But I have already written so much, and I'm not going to recap all of the plot, haha. But I will say that this book is about Yumeko and Tatsumi. She has the scroll. He is searching for it. They become travelling friends. And they meet two other men too. It could have been a triangle of sorts. But it was not, thankfully. Also because no romance. What. Rude, haha. But I very much think the romance will only be between the two main characters. Seemed that way, at least.

I was lucky enough to trade for a print ARC of this gorgeous book, and I am so happy about that. I shall treasure it always. And I so cannot wait to get the stunning hardcover of the finished version too, eee. Shadow of the Fox was not perfect, but it was an entertaining read even so. I liked the story. I cared for the characters. And I very much need to know what happens next. But gosh, how I wish there had been romance in this one. Ack. And I wish it had focused a lot more of the kitsune parts. But, it was still good.

Despite my mixed feelings about this book, I still enjoyed it a whole lot. And I am so very excited about reading the next two books. I think they will be awesome, and that I will love them more. Fingers crossed. I wish I could have loved this one, but it just wasn't meant to be. I am very sure, though, that most people are going to love this book to pieces. Eee. And I cannot wait to see what you all think of it when it comes out. You must read it. Shadow of the Fox was a pretty incredible story. I did not love it, but I liked it a lot.


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.


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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.


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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?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

In My Mailbox #344

Honestly, where are the days going? Feels like it is always Saturday, haha. Time is moving so fast. This week I got to read a bit at least, so yay for that. But not good books. Ugh. I need to read an amazing one. And so I'm starting My Plain Jane next, which I hope will be perfect. Fingers crossed. I got new medicine on Thursday, and gosh, how I hope it will help, finally. Stomach feels a little better, I think, but not much. Fingers crossed for the next days. Ahh. I need to feel better already. Hmph. I blogged a little this week. <3 I shared my review of Cuckoo Song :) This week I'm waiting on Last of Her Name. <3 I took part in the blog tour for The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik :) Which I also then read and reviewed. This week has gone by fast, yet so incredibly slow too. I'm goddamn tired of being sick and in pain all the time. It sucks. But dealing with it. Probably. Hoping to start reading again tonight :D Or just maybe finally watch some movies. Hmm. Well, re-watch, haha. Also got a bunch of gorgeous mail this week, eee. I'm in love.



Furyborn. Thank you so much Foggy Pine Books :D Loved ordering from them. <3 Stunning hardcover.
Legendary. I now own book one and two, and must read them one day, haha. Looks so gorgeous though.
His Dark Materials. I could not resist buying this new copy of all three books in one. It is just awesome.
Vicious. I had to get this new hardcover edition, eee, I just had to. This cover is simply beautiful. I love it.
Quests for Glory. Eee, paperback edition :D With four chapters of book five. Ahhh. I loved them so much.
Hotel Transylvania. Eee, new books :D Could not resist. So cute. Dying for this third movie this summer.
Furyborn. Yesss. My personalized copy from Books of Wonder :D Thank you so much Claire. <3 Love.
Furyborn. Ahh. Audiobook. Expensive. And I do not like this hard and big version of audios. Ack. So I'm a bit upset about it. Aw. I like those smaller ones that are not made of plastic. Hmm. Still, I do love my copy.
The Adventures of John Blake. Couldn't resist buying the new paperback edition too :D I love Philip so.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik Blog Tour: Review

So excited to be taking part in this awesome international blog tour today :D I'm sharing my review of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold. It was my first book read by this author, and I do not know much about him. But he seems great. Have you read any of his books yet? Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for letting me take part in this amazing international blog tour. And for sending me a free copy of the ARC version of the book to read and review. Despite my mixed feelings for this book, I am glad that I gave it a try. And I am sure that so many of you are going to love this book. It was simply not really for me. But that cover is gorgeous. And parts of the book was still pretty great :)


I do not know where to start with this book. When I got invited to take part in the international blog tour for it, I could not help but say yes. Because that cover is all kinds of stunning and I found the summary to be interesting too, even though I do not read a lot of contemporary books. But I wanted to give it a chance. As I have loved a few books from this genre. And so I had hopes for this book. It is breaking my heart a little to say that all those hopes were crushed. As I did not like this one much at all. For so many reasons.

Honestly do not know how to put my thoughts about this book into words. It is a two star read for me. So wish I could say that I loved it, but I very much did not. But I also did not hate it, and I'm happy about that. But oh, I have so many thoughts about this book. Shall try my best to share most of them, without sharing spoilers and still writing down all of my feelings. This book tells the story of Noah and his life. It has some surprises, and some friendships. But mostly it was all kinds of boring and just about nothing happened.

Will begin with my thoughts about the writing. In some ways, the writing was great. But I did not like it one bit. Because of the way Noah was thinking and acting. I did not like it at all. It was a bit annoying and hard to read. Though the book did not take that very long to finish. But it was all a bit too much, I think. Noah is sixteen years old. He is different from just about everyone, of course. He does not drink, he is a virgin by choice, he reads lots of history and things like that, and knows so much. Just. Ugh. A bit too much for me.

I wish I could say that I loved Noah. But I did not. I didn't even like him. But I did enjoy learning his story. I just did not like any parts of it, haha. I felt like he was written to be too much different. And to me, that did not work well. His family was kind of interesting. I liked his little sister, Penny. And their dog. His parents were mostly okay. They were just boring, honestly. Noah is amazing at swimming, and could get a good college. But he does not want to swim. And so he is faking a back injury. Yeah. That was not really okay.

And his whole life is kind of going down hill. He did not seem happy. Despite having two amazing best friends. I loved Alan and Val so much. Well, most of the time. They were such great friends, and I wish there had been more of them. Hmph. Anyway. The plot. First we get to know Noah, then there is a party where he gets really drunk. And follows a strange boy home. Where he gets hypnotized. And when he wakes up the next morning, things are different. His mom has a scar. And other things have changed too.

Just about all of this book is about that. Noah and his life. How things changed after he got hypnotized by this strange boy. How he is trying to deal with it, with so much being wrong, and he being the only one to know that. Then there was his Strange Fascinations too. He is obsessed with four things currently. They take a big part of this book too. Not going to describe any of it, just that it was kind of interesting. I liked reading about the old guy and his life. But oh, so very little happened in this book. Most of it was boring.

And I have already written way too much in my review. Without really sharing what happens at all. Ugh. Because there really was not much going on in this book. I tried to like it. But I did not like Noah. Did not like his way of thinking, his way of living. The plot lasted forever, and nothing happened. I wanted more exciting moments. There isn't even romance. And that was so disappointing too. Felt like it could have at least been a little better if there had been some romance. Hmph. Just, yeah. This book fell short for me.

Then there was this ending. I liked the last fifty pages of this book more than all the other pages. The ending was pretty great. I must admit to having been spoiled about what happened, but I shall not spoil anyone else. It was still shocking and different and I liked it a lot. I thought this would change my rating from two stars to three stars. But then the rest of the ending happened. And I was not pleased with it at all. I wanted someone to get punished. That did not happen. I wanted more, simply put. I'm disappointed.

And so I am giving The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik two stars. This was not a book for me at all. But it was also not the most awful book I have read. Because I was curious from start to finish. I did want to know what would happen next. I just did not like any of it, haha. And I think a whole lot of people might love this one. I'm curious to know what you all think of it. Huge thank you to PRH International for sending me a free copy of this book to read and review for the blog tour. Wish I could have loved it more.




This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics disciple, now rotates in the Marvel universe. Subtle behaviors, bits of history, plans for the future—everything in Noah’s world has been rewritten. Everything except his Strange Fascinations . . .

A stunning surrealist portrait, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.




The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is published by Viking Books for Young Children. 
International ISBN: 9780451480477.


David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite, Mosquitoland, & The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, which has been optioned for film by Paramount. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam and Instagram @iamdavidarnold.

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