Saturday, June 15, 2019

In My Mailbox #397

This week have been pretty exhausting. Oops. But good too. I have read two books; though not sharing my review of Immunity until next month :) I got a bunch of gorgeous books in the mail this week. Ack. And waiting on even more special things. Eee. I got some amazing eARCs which I am super happy about. <3 Been spending a lot of time with family, as always. It's exhausting, but good. Still behind on every kind of catching up. Ahh. But working on it. Sort of. Maybe. Soon. Just waiting for summer to arrive :) It's so cold. The sun is hot, but the wind is freezing. Brr. My spa bath is super hot, though, and always perfect. Sigh. I blogged a little this week too :D I shared the cover reveals for The Secret Commonwealth, eee! <3 This week I'm waiting on Into the Crooked Place :) And shared my review of Serpent & Dove :D I am so so far behind on my reading goal for this year. Ahh. Have had so little time and energy to read for months now. But I'm hoping it's getting better. And hoping to make my goal :) I hope that you are all doing great too :D



Ghosts of the Shadow Market. Oops. All the copies. Three different ones :D Excited about these stories.
Kingsbane. Regular hardcover edition has arrived, haha. I loved this precious book so much. <3 Pretty.
Shadow & Flame. So excited to read this second and final book :D I think it will be all kinds of amazing.
Little Do We Know. I didn't get to buy the hardcover, ack, so had to get the paperback :D Excited to read.
The Book of Dust. Eee. It's finally out in paperback :D And it looks so gorgeous. Sigh. I loved this book.
Contagion. Love this new US paperback edition. <3 This book was so perfect. I must have all the copies.
The Safest Lies. I couldn't help but buy this new UK paperback edition :D This book was soso awesome.
Detective Pikachu. I could not resist buying a few books from this most adorable movie. Oops. So cute :)
Funko Pop. My final of the new How To Train Your Dragon 3 pops arrived :D And she looks so gorgeous.



The Art of Theft. EEE! Thank you Berkley for letting me read it early via Netgalley. <3 Gosh. SO excited.
Into the Crooked Place. Ahh! Auto-approved on Netgalley. <3 Gosh. Nervous. Cannot wait to read this :D
The Oddmire: Changeling. I will be taking part in this blog tour next month :D So excited about reading it.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

This book ended up being pretty much perfect for me. I enjoyed it so very much. I had hoped that I would love it and it makes me so happy that I did. A few small things bothered me, so it's a four star. But a good one. I could not stop reading this book. I needed to know what would happen next. I did not want this book to end.

There is much I could share about this story. Though my words seem to be failing me. Simply because I enjoyed this story very much. The writing was perfect. I had no trouble at all connecting to the characters and the story. I loved that. The setting was so interesting and good. I was curious about this world and its rules.

This book tells the story of Louise and Reid. Two very different people. Lou is a witch, having left her coven behind two years ago to live as a thief in the city. To protect herself from someone from her past that would hurt her. Reid is a witch hunter for the church. Grown up learning all witches are evil and must be killed. He grew up with the Archbishop as mentor. They both had such different lives. Both so interesting. And when they meet it was all kinds of awesome. They are different, but would be so well together. Sigh. Getting to know them both was all kinds of exciting. Lou had so much to tell. Her best friend, Coco, was pretty much adorable. I so loved that they were both witches. There was much to know about that. So much magic. And all was awesome.

There is so much going on in this book. Witches in this town are hunted down and burned. They are not all innocent, they have hurt a lot of people. But many were innocent too, and they did not deserve to get burned. There is a story about the witches having plans for the town and the people in it. Lou is a part of that. Though she does not want to be. And slowly learning to know all of the reasons for that was pretty great. This girl annoyed me at times. Yet I could not help but adore her. She was so fierce and awesome.

This is a story about a witch and a witch hunter slowly falling in love. Though he does not know she is a witch. And if he did, he would burn her at the stake. They meet with him hunting her, as she have been seen with a witch. The way he captures her is not good, as they have an audience. And because of this, the Archbishop decides that they have to be married right away. It was so awkward yet so awesome and I couldn't help but love it so much, haha. But oh, Lou treated Reid somewhat badly for a time. Sigh. Hmph.

But they got better together. They learned to know each other. Well, slowly. While Lou tried not to let Reid know who she truly was. She needed him to protect her. There is so much I could write about these two characters. There is so much happening in this book. It is long and pretty epic. But I will not share much more about them. Only that they had some of the most awesome scenes together. They live were Reid live, with all the other hunters. It was awkward yet somewhat fun at times too. Always interesting, though.

We get to know Lou and Reid the most in this story, as the book is told from their point of views. But there was also Coco. Whom I adored, most of the time, haha. I'm so curious about her and wish to get to know her more. Then there was Ansel, a younger boy training to be a witch hunter too. He was so sweet and awkward and I just adored him. There are witches to get to know. Most of them bad. But all of them was interesting to read about. This world was all kinds of amazing. And I loved all that was revealed about it.

This book is a four star for me for a few reasons. It was almost perfect. Such great writing that I loved at all times. Awesome characters that I adored. And such an exciting world and story that I loved getting to know more about. But it also had some drama that I did not like one bit. The girl is horrible to the boy for some time. It's supposed to seem like fun teasing, I suppose. But I didn't think so. It just hurt my heart. I got past this, but it was no fun, to be honest. I wish her sometimes cruel teasing had not been included.

One thing that bothered me a little about this book was how old the characters were. It seems they are supposed to be eighteen years old, both of them. Though it is never confirmed. They talk about this boy being sixteen like he is a child. Like they were sixteen themselves half a life ago. It was weird. This book also has a lot of cursing. Which I don't mind at all, though it was a little too much at times as well. Good too. And oh. There is a love scene. And it was so very perfectly written. Sigh. I loved that so very much.

I must say that I am so happy that I read Serpent & Dove. It was almost perfect to me. I enjoyed reading it a whole lot. Though I had not noticed that there would be second book, and now I'm so impatient to know what will happen next, haha. The ending is not really a cliffhanger, but it is filled with things revealed and bad things coming. I liked it a lot. This book hurt my heart a bit at times. But for the most part it was such a fun story and I adored these characters so much. It was such an adorable romance. I shipped them so.

There is still so much I have not shared about this book. But I have also shared too much, haha. It was such a great story. And you all need to read it when it comes out in September. I am going to need to own all the editions of this one. Big thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, for the auto-approval on Edelweiss so that I could read this book early. I will be buying the hardcover of this one for sure. And hunting for the print ARC to add to my collection as well. This is a book that everyone should read. It was worth reading.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #400

"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 BY ALEXANDRA CHRISTO

Goodreads Description:

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Feiwel and Friends
Pre-Order here and here

I'm pretty excited about this one :D I loved the first book by Alexandra, last year. <3 It was so perfect. And so I cannot wait to read another story by her. And this sounds so awesome :D Eee. It seems complicated and exciting. I simply can't wait to get sucked into this story. Wishing I could read it right away, though :)
What are you waiting for on this crooked Wednesday?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

EEE! There is a cover. Two covers! The UK and the US released at the same time. And oh my gosh. I am so excited about this book I might die. The Secret Commonwealth is going to be perfection. Just, why is it not October 3rd yet? Hmph. I need it in my life already. Such a huge fan of the original His Dark Materials trilogy. And La Belle Sauvage was amazing too. This second book is going to be even better, I am sure of it. Eee. Lyra will be twenty years old. Gosh. I'm so excited. Okay, all I truly want is for Lyra and Will to find a way to be together again. But I fear this will never happen. Sobs. But still have hope, though. And that it will not happen when they are old. Crossing all my fingers. Either way, though, I'm going to love this book to pieces and I just cannot wait. And gosh. The covers! Ahh. I'm dying. They are SO pretty. Both of them. All of them. I love the colors. I love the train. Now I just need the story to love as well. So so very excited.

UK Cover & Details.


Lyra Silvertongue's adventures in the North are long over--the windows between the many worlds have been sealed, and her beloved Will is lost to her. She does still have the alethiometer: the truth-telling device given to her by the master of Jordan College, which guided her journey.

Lyra doesn't know the full story of the alethiometer, though. Or the role that young Malcolm Polstead played in bringing both the instrument and baby Lyra to Jordan. She's now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. To her, Malcolm is Dr. Polstead, an overly solicitous professor she would prefer to avoid.

But intrigue is swirling around Lyra once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. They learn of a city haunted by daemons, of a desert said to hold the secret of Dust.

Powerful forces are about to throw Lyra and Malcolm together once again. And the dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.





US Cover & Details.


Lyra Silvertongue's adventures in the North are long over--the windows between the many worlds have been sealed, and her beloved Will is lost to her. She does still have the alethiometer: the truth-telling device given to her by the master of Jordan College, which guided her journey.

Lyra doesn't know the full story of the alethiometer, though. Or the role that young Malcolm Polstead played in bringing both the instrument and baby Lyra to Jordan. She's now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. To her, Malcolm is Dr. Polstead, an overly solicitous professor she would prefer to avoid.

But intrigue is swirling around Lyra once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. They learn of a city haunted by daemons, of a desert said to hold the secret of Dust.

Powerful forces are about to throw Lyra and Malcolm together once again. And the dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.




Saturday, June 8, 2019

In My Mailbox #396

Eee. I'm reading more this week. And I have been walking more this week than I have for ages, ha. Not a lot, but a little. Still exhausted all the time but have managed to do some things. Still behind on everything online, but hoping to get better at that too. I have at least gotten to read more. And I'm so so happy about that. I'm currently reading an early copy of Immunity, eee. Though my review won't be posted until July :) But gosh. I'm loving it so much. Sigh. And so I have three posts to share this week. I posted my review of Pacifica :D This week I'm waiting on Tunnel of Bones :) Then I shared my second review of Contagion :D Where I gave it a star more, eee. So good. I also got some gorgeous mail this week. Sigh. Two stunning special edition books. Awesome pop figures. And the best Coraline dolls. Eee. Love them so. Waiting on some amazing books as well, and gosh, I just cannot wait to get it all. So anyway. I'm doing pretty good :)



Aurora Rising. Eee! Goldsboro edition finally arrived :D Yesss. I will be sharing on instagram later on :)
Kingsbane. Yay! My stunning Fox&Wit edition with swag :D So pretty. Will share on instagram soon too.
Pop Figures. Yess. Look at all these awesome figures. Sigh. I love them so. I finally have Nebula, eee.
Coraline Dolls. Gosh. These dolls are beyond adorable. Possible to move in all ways. So small, so cute.


More Instagram photos here. <3