Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cover Reveal: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

EEE! The cover is here! And oh my gosh! IT IS SO PERFECT. I love it. It's stunning and has awesome colors too. I just cannot wait to own this precious. Eee. I adore Marissa Meyer more than anything. She is so awesome and I have loved her books ever since Cinder came out. Gosh, Renegades was aaamazing. And I am thrilled about Archenemies being out on November 6th :D Wish it was sooner, though, haha. <3 Cannot wait to know what happens next with Adrian and Nova. Eee. And oh gosh! It was also announced that this series is now a TRILOGY, and not just two books :D AHH! I am SO HAPPY. <3 I'm already dying because of the wait for book three. Hmph. But so so very happy, because there needed to be more with these characters and this world. Yesss. Also, years back, this was supposed to be three books. Then got changed to one. Ack. Then two. And now three again. But I am so so happy about these changes, eee :D Because three books is the best. <3 Cannot wait to read more about all of these amazing characters. So so happy. Archenemies is going to be so very awesome. And I love these covers so. What do you think?

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. 

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they are each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.
On sale 11/6/2018!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #345

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


Goodreads Description:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Oh my gosh how I am excited and nervous about this book :D Ahhh! It's going to be so very good. <3 I cannot wait to read more about Emika and all of her friends and more of this awesome world. Sigh. And Hideo. Swoon. My precious. I loved this boy so much in Warcross, and I ship them so so badly, and gosh, how I am worried about this romance. Ahh. But beyond excited too. I think I will love this sequel so much.
What are you waiting for on this wild Wednesday?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Wishing so badly that I could say that this second and final book was amazing. But it was not. And after having finished it, I'm left feeling pretty disappointed. I just read the first book, which was a four star, and which I found to be exciting and good. It was sadly nothing like that. I'm going with two stars for this. So sad about it.

I have a lot of thoughts about this book. And sadly most of them are not very positive. But I did enjoy parts of this book too. Which is why I had planned on giving this three stars, but after thinking about it some more, most of this story just disappointed me. And so I cannot give it three stars just because. It was not worth that.

There is so much I wish to talk about when it comes to Smoke in the Sun. I will try not to share too many spoilers, but yeah, there are things that must be written down. And I very much need to share my honest feelings about this book. First, I liked Flame in the Mist so much. And I had hoped this sequel would be even better. Instead it ended up being so incredibly boring and full of open endings. Just about nothing happened in this one. Nothing of import. And I feel so disappointed about it all. I liked the writing in book one, but it felt different in this one. And so I had issues connecting to the story. There are a lot of new stories to learn about, and they all had such open endings, and they all felt so rushed, and I failed to connect to any of it. Disappointed.

This book tells the rest of the story about Mariko. She is now at the royal castle and about to marry the brother of the emperor. While her love, Okami, is trapped in the prison. Where he is tortured all the time. It was not written very well. Should have been sad and such, but it was not, because there was not any comfort to be had after it. I'm so disappointed. This story is about Mariko and her choices. Sadly she does not do very much. I wish I could say more about the plot, but there really isn't much to say about this one.

After the Yumi short story, I expected her to be in this book a lot. She was not. She is barely there. She does not really do anything at all. I'm hugely disappointed. There are a lot of point of views in this book. Including Mariko's brother, again. And gosh, how I disliked this man. He kept getting worse and worse. Not once did he see this. We did not get to see an ending for him either. He was simply there to be awful. And honestly not make much sense either. His point of view bored me so. And it was awful to read it too.

Most of this book is from Mariko. Probably. I'm unsure, because there were a lot of views from so many different people. And it grew to be pretty boring, because they were there for just a moment, then nothing more. I so wish that I could say that I loved Okami once again. But I did not. He was just in this book to be tortured. And not on page either. He changed a little in the book, realizing that he needed to be more of a leader. Yet we do not get to see this leader thing at all. It could have been so great. But it was not there.

The romance. Gosh, the romance. Haha. This beautiful cover features a stunning heart. Which kind of screams romance. But the romance in this second book was incredibly bad. There was so little of it. I think they touch only a couple of times, at the end of the book. Sure, there are thoughts of love all the time, but they are not together for just about the whole book. It only takes place in less than two weeks, but even so. I'm so very disappointed. The romance was amazing in book one. It was not so in this one.

There is so much that could have been in this book. I was expecting it to be full of romance and fighting and more adventure. And more of the amazing Black Clan. But it had neither of these things. Instead it was all about court. And not written in a good way either. It was mostly about the two brothers. How the emperor is cruel and tortures and kills people all the time, even very much described torture of a twelve year old boy. That did not need to be there. Just saying. And the other brother was not that much better.

Just, yeah. I'm disappointed in this book. A lot of it was about Mariko wanting to get Okami out of prison, sure. They talked a little. But their romance was not epic like I expected it to be. And The Black Clan? Hahaha. They were barely there. For very very small moments. And there were a few deaths too, and it just meant nothing. This whole book meant just about nothing. Because barely anything happened. The first two hundred pages were so slow and boring and ahh. Still cannot believe how little this book was.

And now I have already shared way more than I had planned to. And yet not nearly all of my feelings about it. Mostly I just wish this book had been epic. And fantasy. And exciting. And romantic. Like it was supposed to be. Instead it was boring and just not good. I'm so sad about it, because I really wanted and thought that I would love it. Still, I am glad I read this series. 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 much.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

In My Mailbox #341

This week have been filled with sunny days and I have loved it. But gosh, how I am beyond exhausted. Have been sitting outside for hours each day in the sun, me and my cat. So good with the sun heat. And I have gotten so so so tan. But have had so little time to read. Ahh. I'm working on Smoke in the Sun, but so slow. Shall read a lot today, I hope. Also still behind on everything else. As this week I have been out in the sun most of the day, then taken my two hour long spa bath every evening. But now it shall be a few days with no sun, so I'm hoping to be able to read a lot and catch up too. Fingers crossed. My health also still sucks the most, though. Sigh. But must continue with this medicine at least until June 7th. Hopefully then they will realize that they must give me something else. So anyway. A bit of blogging. I shared about the cover reveal for Courting Darkness :D I shared my review for Flame in the Mist. <3 Then shared my reviews for Okami & Yumi :D This week I'm waiting on Muse of Nightmares :) I did not get a lot of mail this week, but got a little bit, and it is all so so awesome :D Eee! And waiting on much more, ack. Love.

A Reaper at the Gates. Gosh. Thank you so so much PRH International :D EEE! I am SO happy to have this ARC. It's gorgeous. But gosh. Now I must read my hardcovers of book one and two. Ahh. And very soon. Next month. I'm nervous. Yet I really really wish to love this fantasy books. Crossing all my fingers.
Lord of Shadows. New UK paperback version :D I cannot help but own all versions of these books, eee.
Pop Figures. Fury Road :D Eee! And the rest of my Jurassic Park pops. Love. And Will and Gollum. Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #344

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

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES (Strange the Dreamer #2)

Goodreads Description:

The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice--save the woman he loves, or everyone else?--while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

I am so unsure about this book. Strange the Dreamer was only a three star for me, and not a book that I will read again. Aaack. But that ending killed me. And I so wish to know what happens next. I need this series to have a happy ending, but I have no idea how that will happen. Hmph. I do know that I will read this second book, though. And I am crossing all my fingers that I will end up liking it more than book one.
What are you waiting for on this destructive Wednesday?