Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #519

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

GRACELING: GRAPHIC NOVEL BY KRISTIN CASHORE

Goodreads Description:

The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds.

Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself during a royal banquet. Now she acts as her uncle’s enforcer, traveling the kingdom and threatening those who dare oppose him.
 
But everything changes when she meets Po, a foreign prince Graced with combat skills who is searching for the truth about his grandfather’s disappearance. When Katsa agrees to help him, she never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that could destroy them all.

With "gorgeous storytelling" (School Library Journal, starred review) and characters "crafted with meticulous devotion" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Graceling is a beloved classic that has continued to resonate with readers for over a decade.

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: November 16th 2021 by Etch/Clarion Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

It is no secret that these books are my most favorite. <3 And oh my gods, how excited I am about this graphic novel :D Ahh! It's going to be so beautiful and so very perfect. Gosh. I cannot wait to finally see Katsa and Po being brought to life :) I rarely read graphic novels about books, despite owning many. But this. This one I will read the moment it arrives. Because I know I will love it to pieces, eee :) And so pretty.
What are you waiting for on this unexpected Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Review: Curse of the Phoenix by Aimée Carter

I have been meaning to read this book for a few months now. But then I got into the biggest reading slump I have ever had, and simply did not manage to get started. Until now. And oh, how happy I am that this was the book I chose to read after so long without reading. Because this book was truly perfection.

I have been a fan of Aimée for so many years now. And I own pretty much all of her books, I think. And yet this is still the first book of hers that I have actually read. What. I'm the worst, ha. But I'm also so glad to have started with this one. As I loved it so much. And now I'm ready to finally read all her other books.

I will begin by saying that I very much loved the writing in this book. It was so easy to get lost in and I fully adored all of the characters. The book is told from the point of view of Zac and Lu, twelve-year-old twins living with their dad. Their mom died just a month ago, changing their entire lives. And their dad is having trouble taking care of them, so he has agreed to send them to an unknown family member of their mom's, all the way in England. Neither of them want to go, but they have zero choice. And the story truly begins when they arrive at this new place, meeting family they never even knew existed. I loved that the family wasn't too big, though. Only five new people to meet. Which was awesome, and they were all great to get to know.

But what I loved most about this book was Zac and Lu, and getting to know them both. Lu has been helping and feeding outdoor cats for a long time with her best friend. She loves to take care of animals. And she also has such a huge heart. I loved her so. But I must admit to having loved Zac a little more. Oops. Because he was so sensitive and broken and brave and I adored him to pieces. He has lived his entire life locked up in their house, almost. Because of being allergic to pretty much every single thing.

And so he spent so much time at hospitals with their mom. And all the other time at home, not being able to go out, not being able to go to school or visit anyone. Anything could kill him. And his asthma was bad too. And it was completely heartbreaking to read about. This boy was so precious and my heart ached for him. But he was also so sweet and he tried his very best. The twins were the best of friends during their first five years of life. Until she went to school, and he could not. Aw. They started drifting apart after that.

And it completely broke my heart to read about all of it. Okay, this book was pretty short and a fast read. So there could have been much more details. But I loved what there was. And it was enough to ruin my heart a little, to be honest. Zac and Lu lived together, but were barely together at all. Until they got sent away. And actually started spending some time together. And oh, how badly I loved that. I loved how they started to bond. To care more for each other again. And I loved most how they each protected the other.

Their sibling relationship was truly the sweetest thing. But this book was not just about that. Though them learning to bond with each other again was a huge part of this book. It was also about the magic of the Wildewoods. Which they always thought were just fantasy stories their mom had told them while growing up. Until they arrived with their family in England. And learned just what the real Wildewoods was. And I loved that so much. It was a protected space on their property. A secret place that no one else could find.

A place that their family had been made to protect for such a long time. Though, truly, it was actually a curse. Learning about that was pretty fun too. Okay, kind of heartbreaking, but I loved it. The Wildewoods was fully of mythical creatures. Dragons and unicorns. The last living phoenix. And a whole bunch of other creepy and scary things. I loved reading about all the creatures the most, I think. It was so much fun. The scene with the mermaids was awful yet so good too. Sigh. I loved learning about the animals.

There isn't truly that much happening in this book. I wish it had been longer. I wish it was a whole series, as I would so love to read more about everything. Though, with the ending, there does not need to be more. But I want it even so. This was a book about the siblings learning to love each other again. About them learning about a magical place and creatures they had never known were real. It was a little about them getting to know their family too, which I liked. It was a lot about grief as well. So sad but so good.

Curse of the Phoenix was everything that I had hoped it would be. It was such a magical middle grade story. Stunning writing and the most amazing characters. It was full of heart and full of sorrow. And so very cute. Zac and Lu were both incredible and I loved them so very much. Sigh. I loved how badly she wanted to keep him safe, when pretty much anything could kill him. I loved reading about his different allergies. It was sad, but so exciting too. He was just the best. I loved the story of the phoenix so much.

I may have written too much about this book already. Oops. It really wasn't such a long story to read, but I cared so much for it. And there was still a whole lot to learn. I loved when they visited the woods. Despite how everything was trying to kill them, ha. There was sort of a villain in this book too. It could have been darker, but I liked this story the way that it was too. So good. I would so love to read more from this world. And I am so glad that I read this book. I think you will all love it too, so get to reading. It was so precious.


Saturday, September 18, 2021

In My Mailbox #515

For real, Saturday again? Ahh. Time is moving way too fast for me. I still haven't forced myself to start reading again. Gosh. I am the worst. But I'm slowly getting a little better. Well, a little worse, a little better. Hospital visit this coming week. Then hopefully medicine day right after that. Fingers crossed. I will do my very best to read in the next few days. I also ordered something truly amazing yesterday, and I can't wait to get it in about a week or so, eee. Will share then :) I did get some truly great bookish mail this week, though. <3 Love it all the most. Only one new blog post, as usual, sigh. I will get better soon. Hopefully :) This week I'm waiting on The Midnight Orchestra :D Hope that you are all doing well and staying safe. <3

Lady Midnight. New special UK edition, eee. I couldn't not buy it, ha :D Lovely book. And love this cover.
Empire of the Vampire. First of six copies to arrive. Oops. Signed, black, Waterstones edition :D Love it.
Nevertheless. Oh my god. This soundtrack is THE BEST. Love all the bonus. Loved this show the most.
Luca. Oops. Another cute Luca book that I just needed to get, haha. It's too cute and the movie was too.
Pop Figures. My newest pop figures, ha :D I had to buy them all. Oops. The hippo is the cutest thing. <3
Alien + Animal Crossing. Love the Alien bottle opener. And my new Animal Crossing coasters :) Cute.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #518

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

THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA (Mystwick #2)
BY JESSICA KHOURY


Goodreads Description:

In this spellbinding sequel to The Mystwick School of Musicraft, Amelia must master the magic of Composing to help her school win a magic competition—and save her friends from a mysterious evil.

Things are finally looking up for Amelia Jones: she's officially a Mystwick student, and she even has a teacher to help her learn how to use her rare Composing magic. When Mystwick enters an international magic competition, it’s Amelia's chance to Compose something that will help them win the day. The only problem is that she still doesn’t understand how her powers work. But then she hears about a super exclusive Midnight Orchestra—half performance, half magical black market—and Amelia is sure that’s where she’ll find the answer to her Composing problem.

But the Midnight Orchestra is far more sinister than it initially appears and if Amelia can’t unlock her Composing powers, not only will Mystwick lose the musicraft competition, she won’t be able to rescue her friends from the danger unleashed in this thrilling adventure.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 14th 2022 by Clarion Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

EEE! Just how gorgeous is that cover? Sigh. I love it so very much :D And I so adored the first book in this middle grade series. <3 It was so awesome and so evil and heartbreaking. I cannot wait to read more from this world and these characters. Sigh. Also, Jessica is the best :) Just. June?! So far away. Ahh! <3
What are you waiting for on this spellbinding Wednesday?

Saturday, September 11, 2021

In My Mailbox #514

What. Another week gone by. I'm not even sure where the time is going these days. I still have not read anything. Have read so, so little this year. Which makes me sad. Aw. But need to feel like it too, need to be well enough too. And right now my body is a fucking mess, full of pain and shit. So yeah. I'm not ready to catch up to things yet. Soon, hopefully. This week I watched Nevertheless, on Netflix. And it goddamn killed me. So sweet and adorable and hot. Then so heartbreaking and rude. But a good ending too. So yeah. I'm still broken over it. But it was so good too. I know I will watch it again one day soonish. Oops. But oh, I hope to read again soon. Aw. Plus side, got some gorgeous mail this week :D Eee. Love all my new pop figures. Oops. Too many, ha. And love my books. Sigh. This week I'm waiting on Serendipity. <3 I really do want to make myself read something soon. Ack. Hope you are all doing well and staying safe :)

Divergent Series. This series meant so much to me back then. So of course I bought these new covers :D
Lightbringer. Yesss. Gorgeous paperback editions are here. <3 Bought two, as always :) Must read soon.
The Light in Hidden Places. Couldn't help but buy this paperback version too, as I really liked this book.
Pop Figures. Oh gosh. So many new ones. Oops. I love them all so very much, though :D New cats. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3