Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #666

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


Goodreads Description:

Margot is on the quest to uncover and reassemble an ancient—and cursed—vase, with the help of a boy who went missing in 1932, because it's the only way to put back together her broken heart in this stand-alone adventure rom-com, perfect for fans of What the River Knows and The Lost City.

The mythical Vase of Venus Aurelia hasn’t been seen since 1932, but Margot Rhodes is determined to change that.

Drawn by the vase’s supposed magical properties, Margot embarks on her school’s archaeological trip to Pompeii. Sure, it’s her first time holding a shovel, but she’s got something no one else does: lost teenage explorer Van Keane’s journal.

Poring over the poetic entries that serve as a map to the vase’s missing shards, Margot finds herself falling in love with the boy who wrote it a century ago. She’s shocked when her search leads her to a statue that looks exactly like Van, and then the statue comes to life.

Catapulted into the present, Van is nothing like the wordsmith Margot imagined. He’s all sharp edges, intent on retrieving the relic for all the wrong reasons. But it takes two to survive Venus’s death-defying challenges, and, together, Margot and Van must excavate the treasure—and their buried pasts—before their story ends in ruins.

With a blend of humor, magic, and love, Rachel Moore crafts another stand-alone adventure rom-com full of double- and triple-crosses, hilarious shenanigans, and frustration-fueled banter, where the best treasure is true love.

Format: 368 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: September 3, 2024 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I cannot help but be curious about this book. I have seen the cover several times now. And it is stunning. Finally read what the book is about, and I think I have to give this a try :D It sounds and looks awesome.
What are you waiting for on this ancient Wednesday?

Saturday, July 20, 2024

In My Mailbox #663

This have been a pretty good summer week, eee :D We have had some nice warm and sunny days. And still more to come, which I love. <3 Haven't gotten to take my spa bath much, though. But finally managed to tonight :) And possibly next weekend too. I have been playing lots of pokemon go lately. Also, always, animal crossing new horizons and pocket camp. Also still completely exhausted and hurting everywhere. Sigh. My stomach is a mess. My joints are super painful. Sobs. Medicine is so very much not working as it should. Sigh. Will argue more with the hospital this coming week about switching medicine. I did get a whole bunch of awesome mail, though. <3 And I'm doing good, despite my shitty health. London in less than a month. Ahh! I'm so nervous. Yet so very excited for the Taylor Swift Eras Tour concert, eee. And Mr. Pretzels, ha. It will be the very best trip. But yeah, I wish I wasn't hurting so much. Hmph. Anyway. I did manage to read a book this week. <3 So a couple of new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on Slow Dance :) And I shared my review of The Heart of the World. <3 Hope you're all doing well these days :D

Namesake. I ordered book one as well, as they are new paperbacks with edges, ha :D It looks so pretty.
A Ruse of Shadows. I am so in love with these Lady Sherlock books. I'm a bit behind; catching up soon.
The Darkness Within Us Swag. Eee! Thank you so much Tricia for this amazing pre-order swag :D Love.
Funko Europe. Yeah. This was one big order. I could not help myself, haha. <3 Love my Rapunzel pin. <3 Love my Moana pins. All so cute. Love the new Jungle Book pop figures :D Especially Baloo and Mowgli. Finally got the regular Galadriel soda. Love my Pink Panther. I finally got the last mystery bitty pop from The Lord of the Rings; Boromir. <3 Love my Puss in Boots. Ahhh. More mystery minis, but no new ones. Aw. And gods. That new Minnie Mouse Loungefly bag. Eee! Will use it in London. A bit big, but I love it :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Review: The Heart of the World by Amie Kaufman

This was a sequel I had high hopes for. As I adored The Isles of the Gods. And was way too excited and nervous to know how it would all end. I was lucky to trade for an early copy of this book and am so glad that I was able to read it early. As I loved it. Five stars for me. It was a most exciting final book in a great duology.

I'm going to try my best not to spoil this second book. And also not write way too much this time. Ha. I always fail at that. The writing was, again, stunning. And I love the world that this book is set in. Mostly I loved reading more about Selly and Leander and them figuring out their story and how they will survive it all. 

I loved that we got to see more of all of the characters. Though, honestly, I wanted most to just read about Selly and Leander, ha. But I did like them all. And their stories were so interesting. This book is more about the gods. Leander is now the messenger of Barrica. She wants him to create a door for her to enter the world again. And Laskia is the same for Macean. The two gods want to return to start a war. Which would end up with so, so many dead. And that is mostly what this is about. Selly and Leander does not want this war to come. While pretty much everyone else around them wants it. I did find it a little boring at times, with too much focus on the gods and the war part. I wanted more characters, more romance, more exciting times, haha. But I did like the plot as well. But I also honestly loved Selly and Leander most of all.

And we do get a whole lot of Selly and Leander in this book. We get to see their romance finally happen, after they spent all of the previous book being obviously in love. And this romance was all kinds of cute. Sigh. I do wish it had been a little bit more, yet I adored it so much. They were the cutest together. And they are bound together in a different way too, which I liked learning more about. But honestly, just them being together was enough. And they spent pretty much the whole book being close together. I loved it.

There is so much going on with the plot of this sequel. I'm not going to mention too much about it. But a little. They have just returned from the Isles of the Gods. With Leander now being a messenger for their goddess, Barrica. He is not himself. And I loved how Selly had to bring him out again. I did like reading about his new powers. I wish he had gotten to actually use them more, though. And missed seeing more of the magic of book one. But I loved how close Selly and Leander had to be in this one. It was the best.

I'm not going to say much more about the plot. Selly and Leander is trying to figure out how to survive. As other messengers in the past did not live long. They do not accept that Leander might die. I loved all that they learned. The good and bad. I loved how they were connected, even with the pain. I loved how Selly would do anything for him. Their romance was the cutest and it just healed my heart how very much they cared for each other. Sigh. No drama in this book, thankfully. But yeah. The plot was exciting and good.

There was a lot of Laskia in this book. What happened to her once she became the new messenger of Macean. Which was no easy thing for her. As she is in constant pain. Different from Leander, since she was not a magician. But she had a strong will. Although she was all kinds of crazy. And hurt a bunch of people. Yet I kind of liked her too. Somewhat. I liked her ending, at least. We see her sister, Ruby, more as well. And I honestly hated her. More than Laskia. She was not a nice sister at all. Hmph. So very rude.

We got to see more of Jude. While I did not fully love him, I did somewhat like him. He took part in some bad things in book one. But he did not actually kill someone. The book starts with his mother dying, while he was not there. Which breaks him even more. We get to see more of his boyfriend, Tom. And he was truly the cutest man. I adored them together and wanted to see more of him. But Jude is conflicted. He does not want to serve Laskia anymore. But he isn't sure what else he should do. I liked reading all of it.

We also see more of Keegan. Although, I must confess, I found his chapters to be most boring. Oops. I love him, of course I do. But more as a side character. I do love that he was a bookworm. That he loved reading. We get to meet his fiancée, Kiki. Whom he ran away from. And she was the actual cutest. I liked her. Wish we had gotten to know her a little more. But she was fun and kind and sweet. I wish they could have been together, but Keegan was not meant to be with anyone, which I also found to be a good thing.

There were only a couple of things I did not fully like about this book. First there is the cover. I'm not a big fan of it, ack. Or of the first book. They are pretty, yes, but they are not that good. Possibly because of the face closeups. Would have liked them more, if there had been more than just a face to see. Anyway. This second book was more telling than showing. And that annoyed me a bit. So little was actually happening. There was a little too much thinking for my taste, haha. But I obviously did not mind that much, of course.

For the most part, The Heart of the World was an excellent second and final book. I loved the ending a whole lot. How it ended for all of the characters, how we got to see them all. But I do wish it had been a little longer. I wish there had been a bit more of the romance. And a bit more of the world too. But I also found this book to be so good and interesting and I honestly loved it. I liked how everything fit together. I loved the characters. And I'm so happy to have read this wonderful duology. Now you must read this too.


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #665

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


Goodreads Description:

Back in high school, everybody thought Shiloh and Cary would end up together . . . everybody but Shiloh and Cary.

They were just friends. Best friends. Allies. They spent entire summers sitting on Shiloh’s porch steps, dreaming about the future. They were both going to get out of north Omaha—Shiloh would go to college and become an actress, and Cary would join the Navy. They promised each other that their friendship would never change.

Well, Shiloh did go to college, and Cary did join the Navy. And yet, somehow, everything changed.

Now Shiloh’s thirty-three, and it’s been fourteen years since she talked to Cary. She’s been married and divorced. She has two kids. And she’s back living in the same house she grew up in. Her life is nothing like she planned.

When she’s invited to an old friend’s wedding, all Shiloh can think about is whether Cary will be there—and whether she hopes he will be. Would Cary even want to talk to her? After everything?

The answer is yes. And yes. And yes.

Slow Dance is the story of two kids who fell in love before they knew enough about love to recognize it. Two friends who lost everything. Two adults who just feel lost.

It’s the story of Shiloh and Cary, who everyone thought would end up together, trying to find their way back to the start.

Format: 400 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: July 30, 2024 by William Morrow
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I know. This is very much not my kind of book. And yet. It's Rainbow Rowell. So I'm going to buy it. And give it a try. One day, haha :D As I think it would be a great book for me. Someday. It looks stunning :)
What are you waiting for on this fateful Wednesday?

Saturday, July 13, 2024

In My Mailbox #662

I'm currently all kinds of tired, so a small weekly update :) I re-read a book this week. <3 And have started reading the sequel. But will be a bit slow going, as we are finally getting some warmer summer days. And I will be spending those outside :) Also played lots of pokemon go today. And tomorrow as well. But gods, I hurt all over. My arthritis is the worst lately. And it hurts so much. Sigh. But doing my best :) I did not get lots of mail this week, but getting a lot of pop figures next week. Oops. A couple of new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on The Ragpicker King :) And shared my review of The Isles of the Gods. <3 Hope you are all doing well :) Today it is one month until my London trip begins, eee :D Eras Tour on the 15th. <3

City of Glass. New collector's edition from the UK. <3 Of course I had to own this one too, haha. Love. <3
The Darkness Within Us. Regular US hardcover pre-ordered from Amazon :) Hoping to read it one day :)

More Instagram photos here. <3