Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #661

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

THE TEMPTATION OF MAGIC BY MEGAN SCOTT

Goodreads Description:

As an Empyreal, Nicole has the ability to kill any deadly supernatural. But if her power ever awakened, the Wake—the organisation that governs supernaturals—would force her to be their loyal huntress. Or kill her, like they did her mother.

To stay safe, Nicole hides in a small university town, convinced the mythological art collection at a local manor contains a final message from her mother. But before she can study it, Kyan McCarter, the Wake’s most skilled Empyreal, arrives on his own hunt. When they discover his prey has stolen a painting for leverage, they’re forced to work together.

As the creature threatens to expose Nicole’s powers, her tenuous alliance with Kyan threatens her heart. If her true identity is revealed, Kyan will hunt her next. No one disobeys The Wake and survives. Especially when the art they’re seeking unveils a conspiracy that would change the lives of creatures and humans forever...

But Nicole may only be able to resist one: her wicked impulses, or a love that could repaint their world. And after a life of hiding her true nature, who could resist the temptation of magic...

SERPENT AND DOVE meets A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, in this luxurious, forbidden romance.

Format: 384 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: May 23, 2024 by Magpie
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I know, I know. This book is already out. But it is a book that I got via Fairyloot, and did not know about before getting it :) And now I'm curious. It sounds pretty exciting. Yet I'm nervous too. Hope to love it :)
What are you waiting for on this forbidden Wednesday?

Saturday, June 15, 2024

In My Mailbox #658

How is it already Saturday again? How rude. Time is moving way too fast :) It's summer, finally. But not all that warm, ugh. We keep getting a few days of a little warmer. Then back to colder. Doesn't look like it will get any warmer for a long time either. Sigh. I want some summer heat too. I'm fully exhausted this week. I hurt so, so much. And it's driving me insane. My wound is finally healing more, so I'm glad about that. But I have this intense pain in my left arm. All the time. It hurts to sleep, it hurts to sit, it hurts to move. Uuugh. And my strong painkillers doesn't help. Sigh. Got medicine a week ago. That should have helped. But no. It's worse now. Yeah. Doctor next week, to get an appointment to check the arm. It's hurting so goddamn much. Gah. I'm still doing my daily walks, but it hurts. Sigh. I'm tired of this. But doing my best :) I did read a book this week, eee. It was a four star, which I'm happy about. <3 And I watched the final four episodes of Bridgerton last night, which I also loved :) Only two new books this week, but I love them, ha. Just. I so want my health to get better. Ohhh. My spa bath. I finally got the new one I had to buy, after mine died. It was cheaper quality, which I did not like. But figured I would get used to it. Buut. It also had a production error, it was 10cm too low. Yeah. That was not okay. So I was able to send it in return. And they ordered me the one I actually wanted, the spa bath I already had before. Had to pay a little more, but less than if I had just bought it to begin with. I got an okay deal. I am happy with that :) Now just waiting for it to arrive, though. Ugh. Sorry for this very long weekly update, ha :D I just had too much to share. I'm going to read another book in the next few days, but a shorter one. Hope to love it :) This week I'm waiting on A Sea of Unspoken Things :) And I shared my review of Greymist Fair :D Hope you are all doing well this week. <3

Ruthless Vows. Eee! My gorgeous Fairyloot edition is here, at last :D And it is fully precious. I love it so :)
The Midnight Orchestra. Paperback edition :D Still haven't read this sequel, despite loving book one, ack.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Review: Greymist Fair by Francesca Zappia

This was a book I knew I had to read when I saw that gorgeous cover. I love it. And it sounded perfectly creepy and awesome. I'm so glad that I decided to read this book. Ended up as a four star for me. It was all kinds of amazing and I enjoyed it so very much. The writing was stunning. And I honestly loved the story.

I would say that the main character in this book is Heike. But the book is not only from her point of view. Because it tells the story of their town, Greymist Fair. And oh, how badly I loved that. And I so liked how everything fit together, from years past as well. It was so clever and so fully interesting and exciting. I loved it lots.

But this book was also pretty rude and evil. Because there were several deaths that I did not approve of at all. Hmph. But I liked that it was a little dark too. I liked all the twists from the different stories. Especially that everything fit together, making it all one big story. Set around the same time. I'm going to share a little bit of this book, but not too much. I really liked reading this one. And I think you will enjoy it too. The writing was so good, thankfully. I liked that it was based on some older Brothers Grimm fairytales. Though I could not actually tell you which was which, ha. But it was a spooky book. Full of love and family and evil and heartbreak. Full of death. And it was all kinds of thrilling. I do wish it had been a little longer, though. I wanted to know more. And I did not want some of them to die. Rude. But the ending was good.

This story takes place in the town of Greymist Fair. It is a small town with not that many villagers. It is in the middle of the woods, not easy to find. It does not get many visitors. But those who live there loves it. This book tells a few stories set around the same time in this town. All of them connecting. In the present time, we get to know Heike and Wenzel. They have been best friends since they were little. I loved how it was growing into more. Though I wish we had gotten to see more of it, but I guess there wasn't any time.

For the most part I adored Heike. She was sweet and fun. Her mother had died some years ago, and she missed her lots. I loved what we got to know of her too, especially her full story. She was amazing. Sigh. But yeah. I liked reading about Heike and her discovering more about who she was. But I wish there had been more from her, as there wasn't that many pages from her point of view. Still. It was enough too. I so loved her friendship with Wenzel. They were so cute together. I very much loved his sad backstory. Ack.

We got to read about when a prince visited the town, back when Heike was a child. How he came with performers but did not leave with them. How he was able to grant any wishes, how he was magical. But all had to answer a riddle first, and he could choose which one, if he wanted someone to get a wish. He did not grant the wishes of children. Because all wishes could come true. And because of this, the prince was not a kind person. I didn't like him much. I so loved what happened to him. Both in past and present.

We got to know Liesel a little bit, in the present. She seemed kind of nice. Kind of not. She discovered a secret in town, found some things hidden away. I very much loved that story. But I hated what happened to her. Ugh. Then there was Katrina, a few years past. I did not like her much. But I wish Heike had tried to be friends with her. She could have been great. Sigh. I enjoyed reading her story, though. Her parents were so bad, even though they never hurt her. She seemed like she could have been a pretty sweet girl.

Then there was the story of Fritz, mostly in the present. This boy did so many bad things, just because he was trying to be kind to his only friend, Hans. But gods. Hans was the worst person in the world. I did not like him one bit. But Fritz had only him. And so he made some bad choices. It was fully interesting to read about, though. But yeah. Hans was the actual worst. And he is in this book a lot, since he was part of the lives of many. Ugh. I liked how his story ended, though, haha. Hans was simply not a good person at all.

Then there was also Doctor Death. We learn a little about him. And his story from the past was so good. But also so sad. Yet I loved him so. Sigh. I wish there had been more. This book was several stories in one. And it felt a little too short at times, which is why this book is only a four star for me. But even so, I really enjoyed reading Greymist Fair. It was such an exciting and thrilling story. With the most wonderful characters. I'm so glad I read this book. Now you need to read it too. This was a most fantastic fairy tale.

Goodreads - Blackwells - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #660

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

A SEA OF UNSPOKEN THINGS BY ADRIENNE YOUNG

Goodreads Description:

A woman investigates her brother's mysterious death while coming to terms with her own haunting past in this atmospheric novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Unmaking of June Farrow

The only thing James and Johnny Golden have ever had is each other. For as long as she can remember, James’s deep connection with her twin brother, Johnny, has gone beyond intuition—she can feel what he feels. So, when Johnny is killed in a tragic accident, James knows before her phone even rings that her brother is gone and that she’s alone—truly alone—for the first time in her life. 

When James arrives in the rural town of Hawthorne, California to settle her brother’s affairs, she’s forced to rehash the ominous past she and Johnny shared and finally face Micah, the only person who knows about it. He’s also the only man she’s ever loved. 

But James soon discovers that the strange connection she had with Johnny isn’t quite gone, and the more she immerses herself into his world, the more questions she has about the brother she thought she knew. Johnny was keeping secrets, and he’s not the only one. What she uncovers will push her to unravel what happened in the days before Johnny’s death, but in the end, she’ll have to decide which truths should come to light, and which should stay buried forever.

Format: 272 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: January 7, 2025 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I am so very behind on books by Adrienne. Ahh! But I do own them all ;) Hoping to catch up soon. <3 And I think that this adult book sounds exciting. I'm hoping that it will be like my love for the books by Megan Miranda. It sounds mysterious enough at least :) Keeping my fingers crossed that I will love this story. <3
What are you waiting for on this ominous Wednesday?

Saturday, June 8, 2024

In My Mailbox #657

This week have gone by so fast. Gosh. Had a few nice summer days where I sat outside in the sun for hours. <3 Which was the best. But fully exhausting. I have been in so much pain this week. Sigh. My left arm is such a mess. I got medicine yesterday, which I didn't want. Will see if it helps on my arm, if not I'm going to a doctor this coming week. So far it's not better at all, just worse. Ugh. Only plus side, my wound is healing more. It's been slow going for weeks and weeks. Sigh. But it has healed more since yesterday. Please please please let it close fully this time. Ugh. So so tired of it. Anyway. I got a bit of lovely mail this week. <3 I sadly haven't read anything yet. But I have my next book ready, and planning on starting it in the next few days. I have spent these past few days re-watching season one and two of Sweet Tooth. <3 Just finished watching season three tonight :) It was awesome. I missed a few things, but it was a great final season too, I think. Loved this show. This week I'm waiting on She Waits For You Beyond the Dark :) Hope you are all doing well. <3 It's gotten cold here again. But will be a bit warmer tomorrow, thankfully :)

The Lamplighter. When I saw mentions of this I knew I had to have it. Sounds awesome. Hope to love it.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Of course I had to get this show tie-in as well, haha. I love this cover. <3
When Among Crows. The US edition. I'm hoping to read this book later this month. Hope it will be great.
Paper Mario. Another Mario game :D Well, an older one made new. But I haven't played it. It looks fun :)
Movies. I loved Teenage Kraken. And now I can finally watched the third Trolls movie. <3 So excited for it.
Funko Pop. Adorable chimchar was bought from amazon. Must buy all my books from them now too, ack.
Crocs. Eee! New Stitch Crocs :D I think these looks so cute. I love them. Had to own them, ha. Precious.

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