Sunday, July 22, 2018

Review: Fury by Rachel Vincent

I have waited three years to know how these books would end. And now I know. And I may never recover, honestly. This book was pretty amazing, but it also ruined me a little. I'm giving it four stars, because there were things I needed answers to, and I did not get them. But for the most part I loved this final one a bunch.

I have a lot of things I need to write down about this book. Will try my hardest not to share spoilers, but I will share my feelings about certain things, and some hints too. This is the third book in such an amazing series that I have loved reading. And I need all of you to read these books as well. So painful. But so important.

This book still tells the story of Delilah. It has been nine months now since she and everyone else managed to escape from the Savage Spectacle. That most horrible place. They have all been on the run since then. Most of them were separated. But Delilah ended up with Gallagher and a few others that she was closest with. I adored all of them very much. They were such awesome characters and I very much liked reading about them all. Though they escaped that gruesome place, they are still not safe or free. The world still wants all cryptids taken away or dead. And so they are now hiding at a cabin in the woods, trying to stay hidden until the baby is born. Delilah's baby. That is half-fae. Ahh. My heart. This pregnancy pretty much killed me. But so good.

There is so much to learn in this book. So many secrets and plot twists are revealed. So much more to know about Delilah and how she came to be. And I loved that a whole lot. This book is also told a little from the point of view of Rebecca Essig. She is important to this story, to Delilah. And I liked her small chapters a whole lot. Getting to know her story was awesome. I love Delilah the very most, but Rebecca was pretty great too. Though my favorite character will always be Gallagher, haha. I love him very much.

I enjoyed this final book because I simply love reading about Delilah and Gallagher. They are awesome together. And I love how he is always protecting her. And how they are always together. Just, yeah. I wanted more too. Hmm. But pleased with some things that happened, eee. And oh. They are having a baby together. The reason for why they are is still heartbreaking. But so interesting to read about it all, even so. I just love these characters so much. And learning more about them was so very awesome.

The thing is, though, there was not really a lot happening in this book. It was short. And so much is still left unanswered. But we do learn more about Delilah, and why she is a furiae. And what she is meant to do about this. But that is pretty much everything this book was about. That, and waiting for the baby to be born. I kind of expected a bit more from this final book? The first two were pretty brutal and awful. This one had nothing of that. I kind of missed the heartbreak and hope. Wanted a little more action, honestly.

But I also really liked this final book. I just wish that there had been more. It was a bit too little, to be fully honest. Still. Fury was a great final book. It's possible that I'm the only one wanting more from it. Oh, well. What I did enjoy, though, was getting to read more about my favorite characters. Reading about Delilah and Gallagher spending time together and talking was the best. But she was pushing him away a little at first too, and that broke my heart, ack. But they were so good together. Sigh. Loved reading about them.

But what was missing from this book was the other characters, the other cryptids. Most are missing after they escaped from the Spectacle. There is talk about how they are going to find the missing ones, but it has been nine months since their escape, and nothing has been done. And then this book ended without knowing anything else about that. I'm a bit disappointed, to be honest. I wanted to know more about the other cryptids too. I wanted to know if they were freed. I wanted to know where they all were, alive or not.

Then there was the romance. Well, the lack of romance. Through this whole trilogy I shipped Delilah and Gallagher the very very most. They are just perfect together and would make such an awesome couple. I will not spoil this book, but, well, nothing happens for more than half of it. Because Delilah does not want him to touch her, after how she got pregnant by him. Even though she still does not remember the details. That is what bothered me. I so needed this memory. And Delilah needed to know it too. But she does not.

I very much needed to know what happened in that scene. How Delilah felt about it. Sigh. And I cannot help but be a little heartbroken about it. Because this book is short. Only about three hundred pages. Felt like there could have been at least two hundred pages more, because very much is missing. I loved the book, but so much is left out. The ending was a little rushed. And I am not pleased with how it ended, to be honest. It was fitting for the story, which was good, but I personally am not happy about it all. Hmph.

Huge thank you to the publisher, Mira Books, for accepting my request to read this early via Edelweiss. Feeling so thankful for the chance to have read it a bit early. While it did not have everything I wanted, Fury was an amazing final book. There were answers. There was a conclusion. There were amazing characters and I simply loved reading about them all. Fury was a worthy final book. Though, yes, there were a few things I wish would have been different. But I shall get past it. So happy I read this trilogy.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

In My Mailbox #350

This week have been pretty awesome. But also completely exhausting. And so no catching up this week either. Ahh. Oh, well. I'll get there. We finally got summer heat and sun this week, eee :D It was even 30c outside two days. Which hasn't been for years and years. It was perfection. Sigh. A little too hot with the sun, but so lovely too. And so I have spent most days this week outside in the sun. And so because of the heat, I have not gotten to have my spa bath since Sunday. Ahhh. But finally colder this afternoon, so spa bath then, finally, I hope :D Missed it so. Also had just about zero time to read. I read Spectacle, but only just started reading Fury. Hoping to be able to finish it tonight. Fingers crossed. Then I will read Give the Dark My Love next. Ahh. SO excited :D Eee. So yeah. Not many blog posts; only two. Shared my second review of Spectacle. <3 And this week I'm waiting on To Best the Boys :D I also got some stunning mail this week, eee. And waiting on something more awesome too, I think :D Cannot wait. ALSO! I bought an iPhone X this week :D AHHH! It is PERFECTION. Huge. And bright. And so so stunning. I love it so much already. But beyond expensive. Gosh. But I was approved for being able to pay it all in 12 months, with no extra charges. Yesss. I could not resist. Since my iPhone 7 had lots of damage from a fall. And gosh, how I love my iPhone X. Sigh. It's so precious. So anyway. I also saw Skyscraper and Mamma Mia 2 at the cinema this week. They were both awesome :D Mamma Mia is my favorite movie, but oh, this second one was a little bit disappointing. But I still loved it. <3 Hoping to be able to read lots more shortly, when the cold comes back, haha :) But yeah. Hopefully able to finish Fury tonight. <3 Nervous and excited :)



Bright We Burn. Final copy for my collection has arrived :D This hardcover is so huge and so gorgeous.
Willa of the Wood. Eee, this middle grade book looks all kinds of stunning. I simply cannot wait to read it.
Jane, Unlimited. Gosh. I still haven't read this precious. I must. Very soon. Also, new paperback cover :D
Pop Figures. More Harry Potter for my very big collection :D And LotR. <3 And Stranger Things :D Love.



The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park. Eee! Huge thank you to the publisher for this lovely package of awesome :D The book looks so cute and I love all of the swag too. I will be reading this book next week, and will then also post a spotlight post with an international giveaway for a copy of the book :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

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
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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.
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