Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #460

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


Goodreads Description:

Enter the world of the Grishaverse and Shadow and Bone, soon to be a Netflix original series!

Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is a magical keepsake from the Grishaverse.

These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.

This beautiful collection includes stunning full-color illustrations of each story.

Hardcover, 128 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Imprint
Pre-Order here and here

EEE! I so cannot wait to own this beautiful thing :D Gosh. It sounds so goddamn incredible. And full color illustrations in all of it too? Yes please. I am such a huge fan of Leigh and the Grishaverse. Sigh. It's been way too long since I read the original trilogy, though. I will be re-reading them soonish. And I simply can't wait. Mal and Alina were always my favorite ones. <3 I truly cannot wait to read about all of these saints :)
What are you waiting for on this saintly Wednesday?

Saturday, August 1, 2020

In My Mailbox #456

This week have been so very busy. But so good too. Have spent many days outside; as we finally got a bit of heat and sun :) It's been so good. Eee. <3 And finally finished my re-read and read of The School for Good and Evil series :D Ahh! Read them all in July. So happy. They are the best books. So much love. <3 But also happy to be finished, haha. As I have so many movies I want to watch now :) So on a small reading break, so I can watch some movies, finally. New blog posts this week :) I shared my review of A Crystal of Time :D This week I'm waiting on City of Spells :) I shared about the cover reveal for The Island :) Then I shared my review of One True King. <3 Sigh. No catching up just yet, as I do not have any time left at all. Not even for my spa bath most days. How rude. But doing good. And so far safe too, but that seems to be changing in Norway these days. Sigh. I hope you are all okay. <3 And enjoying summer :)

Igniting Darkness. This gorgeous thing arrived days ago, early :D Must re-read all books first, oops. <3
TRUEL1F3. Eee. I need to re-read book one very soon, to finally finish this trilogy :D I have peeked. Sigh.
Darkdawn. US paperback for this one too :D I know.. I haven't read it. Sigh. I may never, haha. Still. Love.
Immunity. Eee. US paperback is out. My gosh. This duology was beyond perfection. The best books. <3
The Iron Daughter. Second new special edition :D It looks so gorgeous. I love these new covers so much.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 31, 2020

Review: One True King by Soman Chainani

I have waited years to know how this series would end. To know if all the heartbreak and pain was worth it. To know if the happily ever after I was waiting for would come. To know if Agatha would get the ending she deserved. Finally all the waiting is over. And I am so happy to say that it was worth it. I loved this one the most.

Giving this precious five stars, of course. As it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I was nervous about this final book. That it would not be everything I had wished this would be. But it was. Very much so. This story has meant so much to me. I know I will be reading them again. I'll never stop loving them all.

There is so much that I loved about this final book. I will not be able to write it all down. But I shall try. But do know that I loved every part of this most precious book and I cannot wait to read all the books again and again in the future. They are so perfect. As always, the writing is so good. The illustrations are precious and perfect. I love how they fit with everything. The covers are fully perfection. I love them to pieces. This was a book about a boy becoming a king. About him learning how to trust himself, how to behave like a king. It is about a girl learning to trust her prince, learning how to not lead everything by herself. It is about another girl trying to find her happy ending, after so many bad loves. About her learning how to fight for herself and everyone.

This book was full of secrets and twists coming to light. Some were all kinds of obvious, but some I did not see coming too. And they were all awesome. This book is about Tedros trying to become king. Trying to kill the Snake, Japeth. King Arthur left behind a second, secret, will. With three tests to decide who the real king would be. And gosh. These three tests were all kinds of interesting and exciting. And dangerous. So many dead characters. Ahh. But I loved reading about it all so very much. So thrilling. And so fully evil.

There is so much to share about this story. Will not mention too much about what happens. But my gosh, how exciting it all was. Tedros and Agatha trying to win the tests. Sophie trying to get free from the snake, who was controlling her. It was so sad to read about. But so good too; Sophie was amazing. More scenes with Merlin, all awesome. I just completely loved reading about Agatha and Tedros together. Their love is the strongest. And the friendship with Sophie and Agatha. The very best. I love them all very much. Sigh.

Everything about this book was perfect to me. Okay, I may have wished for more Agatha scenes, haha. And a little more romance between her and Tedros. Yes, they are in love, but I wanted to see even more of this love. Sigh. I guess that is why this is a middle grade series. Hmph. Still. The romance is very much perfect. And I love that the most. Agatha had to learn some lessons in this book. Which broke my heart a little, as I loved how she always took control over everything. Oops. But I also loved her growing up more.

There was a lot of scenes with Sophie and Hort. And I loved that so very much. I may have shipped them for ages. But worried if it would ever happen or not. We learn the answer to that in this book. And I loved it so much. Sigh. I loved how Sophie grows in this. How she cares more for others, putting them before herself. Yet still loving herself the most too. She was just way too precious. An evil witch at times, but so good at heart even so. Her friendship with Agatha was truly the best thing. They are so perfect together.

There was just so many amazing characters in this book. I cannot mention them all. But oh gosh, how I adored all of them. Hester and Anadil and Dot is still the most perfect witch coven. I love how they take care of each other. I loved learning more about Dot and her past. I loved how Hester and Anadil were a couple. They were adorable. I loved reading about all the first years. And all of the new characters. Only thing I wish is that there had been a real epilogue. A long one. There is so much I still wish to know. Ack.

I am so very excited and nervous about the Netflix movie deal. It is the best place this movie could have ended up, I think. But gosh, how I am nervous. Worried that they will ruin it. But so very hopeful too. They better cast the most perfect Agatha. I just cannot wait to know more about it all. Though nothing can ever replace my love for the books. But really hoping the movie will make me love them both. Fingers crossed. But yeah. What I really want is for Soman to write more books in this world, with these same characters.

But I also know that this was the end for them all. Everything closed, for the most part. There does not need to be more books. But gosh. How badly I want more, ha. I just love these characters and this world way too much. I only have one thing to complain about. And that is how messed up time is in this book. So many things do not make sense at all. Almost like Soman forgot what he had written, lol. I noticed it many times, how the years are not right. Like Hester and old Hansel and Gretel. It made no sense at all.

But still. This did not make me love this book any less. Oh. And one more thing. I felt like maybe there were a bit too many deaths in this book. Oops. I don't mind many dead characters at all, but there were so many important ones that ended up dead in this book. Ack. What bothers me most is how they never speak about these deaths. Like when Agatha's mom died. They haven't mentioned it since. I wish there had been more grief. Sure, they do not really have time, but I wish it had been there. Made it more real.

And yet. One True King was everything I wanted this final book to be and more. So full of adventure and danger and romance. The most beautiful friendships. The most perfectly written characters. All so flawed and so perfect. You all need to read this series too. These books are fully worth it. And should be read by all ages. I am so happy that I started reading these books years ago. So happy that I found them and fell in love with them. And so thrilled that I still love them all the same. Which is with all my heart. Perfection.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Island by C. L. Taylor

Today I'm sharing the cover for The Island by C. L. Taylor, coming out in January 2021 :D And this cover looks all kinds of awesome. And the book sounds pretty great too. I'm curious about this one. And hoping that I will end up loving it :) Thank you to Lily at HarperCollins UK for inviting me to take part in this cover reveal day. <3 You should all check out this book too. Sounds like it's going to be pretty awesome. Buy it.

Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author.

Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?

Waiting on Wednesday #459

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

(Into the Crooked Place #2)

Goodreads Description:

City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo's gritty YA fantasy, Into the Crooked Place, finds the world on the brink of war and four unlikely allies facing sacrifices they had never imagined.

After the loss of Wesley and the horrifying reveal that Zekia is helping the Kingpin of her own free will, Tavia, Saxony, and Karam flee to Saxony's home to rebuild their rebellion. Meanwhile, trapped in the Kingpin's darkness, Wesley must fight against the deadly magic that invades his mind and find a way back to his friends before it's too late.

As the Kingpin's dark magic spreads and his army conquers Creije, these four unlikely friends have to decide just how far they’ll go―and how much they are willing to sacrifice―to win.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Feiwel Friends
Pre-Order here and here

Oops. I still haven't read Into the Crooked Place. Ahh! But I own all the editions of it, haha. <3 And it looks so gorgeous. And sounds awesome too. And I can't wait to read it. But I shall wait. Wait for this stunning sequel to come out first, ha :D So that I can read them both together. So yeah. Really excited for City of Spells. <3 As I very much adored the first book that Alexandra published. Which was so very magical. <3
What are you waiting for on this gritty Wednesday?