Saturday, October 1, 2022

In My Mailbox #569

I don't even know where this week have gone. Time has moved so fast. I have been so busy. Went out of town for a hospital visit. It was an all day thing, with shopping and pool. It was good, but exhausting, and killed me for a few days. I still hurt. Rude. Oh, and then it was medicine day two days after that trip, which killed me even more. So, yeah. This week have been painful. Good, but hurting. And so busy and I have not had any time for anything. I have not read more of For the Throne for daaaays. Oh. Hoping to read a little tonight. I need to read more. I love this book. Just. No time, no energy. Will try to be better. Plus side of this week, had some great spa bath days. <3 Bad side, taking it down in just days. Sobs. Winter will be long, spa gone until April. Rude. But another good thing, got some lovely mail. <3 I got the Baymax chase :D Eeee. Could not be happier about it. <3 Yesss :) This week I'm waiting on The Pearl Hunter :D I hope you are having a great week. <3 And happy first Halloween day, ha :D I got all my ornaments up today :)

Descendant of the Crane. Eee! New US paperback edition is out. <3 Gosh, this new cover is stunning.
Animal Crossing. Yesss. Got my 2023 calendars, without any issues. They are perfect. Sigh. Love them.
Pop Figures. Oh. SO many pop figures this week too. Oops. Britney and Thumper was bought in person, as the town I went to actually have pop figures, ha. Mine doesn't. Ugh. I got my second Baymax soda. <3 Chase version :D Yesss. It's so rare and special and gorgeous. Love it so. And a bunch of other precious figures. Oh. Love the Jurassic moment. Love my Villainous Valentines mystery mini figures. Too cute. Oh! And Lucifer :D Eeee. He is precious. So glad I got to order all the D23 figures that I wanted. <3 Love :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #571

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

THE PEARL HUNTER BY MIYA T. BECK

Goodreads Description:

Set in a world inspired by pre-Shogun era Japan, this is a stunning debut fantasy in the vein of Grace Lin about how a young pearl diver goes to the ends of the earth to rescue her twin sister, who has been stolen by a ghost whale.

Kai and Kishi share the same futon, the same face, and the same talent for pearl diving. But Kishi is the obedient daughter, while Kai tries to push the rules, and sometimes they fight. Still, when Kishi is stolen and killed by the legendary Ghost Whale, nothing will stop Kai from searching for her, deep in the ocean, hoping for a way to bring her back to life.

But such a rescue is beyond the power of an ordinary mortal. Kai strikes a deal with the gods: she’ll steal a magic pearl in exchange for her sister’s soul. As she journeys across treacherous land scape, Kai must navigate encounters with scheming bandits, a power-hungry war lord, and a legion of conniving fox spirits.  And when a new friendship becomes something almost as powerful as her love for her sister, Kai must make impossible choices and risk everything just to get home again.

Woven through with Japanese culture and legends, this many-layered story will grip readers of all ages.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2023 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Blackwells and Amazon

That beautiful cover just drew me in. I knew I had to own this book. So pretty. Finally the summary is up too, as I saw the cover weeeeks ago. And it sounds amazing, eee :D I think I'll love this one a bunch. <3
What are you waiting for on this treacherous Wednesday?

Saturday, September 24, 2022

In My Mailbox #568

Another week gone by. Ack. So many autumn colors outside, though :) Love that. Today it is three months until Christmas. I'm ready :D A Christmas radio channel started playing again today, ha, so I'm listening to that a little too. <3 I started reading something new this week too, eee :D For the Wolf. Reading book two, For the Throne, right now. <3 Love them so much. Sigh. So happy to finally be reading a little more, more often, right now :) It is good. I'm still exhausted and feel like I don't have time for anything, though. Oops. But doing my best. The days are just going by too fast. I'm having a hospital trip next week, which will be so long and so exhausting. Only a day trip, and a fast visit, but a long day. It will be good, but I'm already exhausted, just thinking about it, ha :) This week I have a couple of new blog posts. I shared my review of For the Wolf. <3 This week I'm waiting on A Door in the Dark :) I got some stunning mail this week. <3 But a package is missing too. Hmph. I hope it is just a few days delayed in getting shipped, but worried they may have lost it before shipping it. How rude. Will see on Monday, I guess. Ack. Nervous. Anyway. Hope you are all doing well. <3 I feel pretty sick lately. But trying my best and still doing good enough :)

I'm the Girl. I'm so excited for this new book by Courtney, eee :D I just know that I will love it, of course.
The School for Good and Evil. Another of the movie-tie-ins, oops :) This time the UK paperback edition.
The Collectors. Of course I'm still buying every new Philip release. Oops. Already read this one, though :)
Beth Revis swag. A new gorgeous piece of swag from Beth for being a part of her awesome group. <3
Animal Crossing. Some gorgeous Animal Crossing merch :D As a gift from my sister. <3 I love all of it :)
Baymax Soda. Ahh! Funko Europe added it early by mistake. I got it, eee. So limited. So gorgeous. Sadly did not get the chase, aw. But I may be waiting on a new. Oops. In the missing package. Fingers crossed.
Funko Pop Figure. Only one order arrived this week, ha :) A stunning flocked Pikachu. <3 Gosh. Perfect.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #570

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

A DOOR IN THE DARK BY SCOTT REINTGEN

Goodreads Description:

One of Us is Lying meets A Deadly Education in this fantasy thriller that follows six teenage wizards as they fight to make it home alive after a malfunctioning spell leaves them stranded in the wilderness.

Ren Monroe has spent four years proving she’s one of the best wizards in her generation. But top marks at Balmerick University will mean nothing if she fails to get recruited into one of the major houses. Enter Theo Brood. If being rich were a sin, he’d already be halfway to hell. After a failed and disastrous party trick, fate has the two of them crossing paths at the public waxway portal the day before holidays—Theo’s punishment is to travel home with the scholarship kids. Which doesn’t sit well with any of them.

A fight breaks out. In the chaos, the portal spell malfunctions. All six students are snatched from the safety of the school’s campus and set down in the middle of nowhere. And one of them is dead on arrival.

If anyone can get them through the punishing wilderness with limited magical reserves it’s Ren. She’s been in survival mode her entire life. But no magic could prepare her for the tangled secrets the rest of the group is harboring, or for what’s following them through the dark woods…

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2023 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Blackwells and Amazon

I saw this cover and had to read what the book was about. I must admit that I am pretty curious about this one :D A new to me author, so I'm a little unsure. But I want to read this and I'm hoping that I will love it :)
What are you waiting for on this chaotic Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Review: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

At last, I have read this most precious book. I have wanted to read it for ages and now I finally made myself start it. And I am so glad that I did so. Giving this five stars, as there was honestly not one part of this book I did not enjoy to pieces. I loved it very much. And I'm so glad that I am finally reading this lovely series.

Will start by saying that I loved the writing. Sigh. It was all written so well. I loved that the book is mostly from the point of view of Red. With a little of Neve included here and there. Both of them are amazing. And I can't wait to get to know Neve even more in book two. And hoping for more of Red and Eammon, of course.

There is so much that happens in this one. So much that I could share about. But I shall try my best to share just a little. Though that never seems to work with me, ha. But trying even so. I have always known that I would love this, as it sounded like such an epic fantasy story. It gives me much joy to know that I was right. That I did end up loving it so. That it was an awesome fantasy book. Full of magic and mysteries and most important, romance. Because this beauty of a book had such a great romance story too. Sigh. I loved Red and Eammon very much. Okay, I wish there had been even more romance. But it was enough, because it was so beautiful. There was no drama. And I am forever thankful for that. Their growing relationship was pure and perfect.

This book tells the story of twin sisters Red and Neve. They live in a world with magic, which is for the most part contained to the Wilderwood, which no one can enter. It is the home of the Wolf. It is the prison of the missing five Kings. And Red has been cursed since birth. The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. And Red has been for the Wolf since she was born second. It was pretty sad to read about how she was treated because of this, for twenty years. But Neve loved her completely.

Their sister relationship was so good to read about. For the few pages it was, ha, in the beginning. Before Red was sacrificed to the Wilderwoods, to the Wolf living there. I found it so fascinating to read about all their history, all their beliefs. They were pretty crazy, of course. But so interesting to read about. I shall not really mention it, but I loved it. Red was certain she would die when she entered the woods. She did not. She also had magic in her blood, after her visit to the forest years before. It is the start of her adventure.

Red is attacked by the Wilderwood trees when she enters the forest. They are after her blood. She's able to run, finding a decaying castle in the woods. This is where the Wolf lives. Where she meets Eammon. He is not what she was expecting at all. Not a monster. Yet not truly human either. A little cold, but kind. And oh, how I adored Eammon. He was simply perfection. Such a broody man, ha. And broken. Beyond broken, almost. But so kind and loving and sigh. He was truly the best. I loved them together the most.

He did not live alone, though. He had two others with him, also cursed. Fife and Lyra. They were beyond adorable too. I just loved them all. And I loved how Red started getting closer with them all. I loved her life in the castle. I loved how ruined it was, how the forest kept coming into it. I truly loved reading about Red learning about the magic in her blood. How it was dangerous. Yet also needed. And how it could be used to help things. Because Eammon needed a lot of help. The Wilderwoods was dying. Both needed Red.

And this was a book about trying to save it. Somewhat. It was a book about Red and Neve. Neve wanting to save Red from the forest, doing anything to get her back. Red, learning to love the forest, not wanting to leave. Her growing to love Eammon. And oh gods, I loved their relationship the very most. They were perfect together. As I said, no drama. And that just felt so good. Sigh. I loved how they were together. I loved how they started doing magic together. Just being together. It was so sweet. A little bittersweet too.

There is so much happening in this book. I have mentioned some of it. And I will not mention more of it. As there is too much. And I just wanted to share what I loved about this story. Though I haven't shared nearly enough about that either, ha. But I'm ready to start reading book two. This ended so badly. I must know what happens next. I need my happy ending for everyone. For the Wolf was everything I wanted it to be. An epic magical fantasy story. With the best characters and romance. I'm so glad that I read it now.