Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #456

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



DUSTBORN BY ERIN BOWMAN

Goodreads Description:

Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this post-apocalyptic western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 20th 2021
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here



That description shares way too little. Yet just enough too. Gosh. I cannot wait to read this gooorgeous book, eee :D I loved Mad Max: Fury Road so very much. And I adore Erin and her books. And so I just know that I am going to love this book the most. Also, how perfect is that cover? Click for bigger. LOVE.
What are you waiting for on this epic Wednesday?

Monday, July 6, 2020

Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Reading this for the fifth time and it is still every bit as precious to me as the first time. I'm always nervous before re-reading a book I have loved. Yet I had no reason to be nervous. As this was still so perfect to me. I still loved every single thing about it. Though, of course, it still ruined my heart at all times. Loved this so much.

The writing was perfection. Had no trouble connecting with these precious characters, again. This world created is still the best. I love this fairy tale world so much. The characters are all way too cute and evil at times. I could not have loved them more. And the plot of this book still kills me. Every time. Full of twists. So good.

I have probably already said everything there is to say about this book four times before, haha. Yet I'm still sharing my love for this story. Though I'm having trouble finding the words. I have waited so long for the final book to come out, and still haven't gotten my copy of it. Hmph. But I was still going to re-read the other books first. And I am so glad that I finally started. I was nervous, that I would not love it the same way. But I did. I very much still loved this book to pieces. It still made my heart ache and fill with love. Agatha is still my favorite of them all. And she always will be. I'm still angry at Sophie, ha. Yet I love her too. Tedros still needs to make things up to Agatha. Rude. Yet I love him too. Every thing about this book was precious to me. I'm so glad it is still so.

The School for Good and Evil tells the story of Agatha and Sophie. They are teenagers living in a small village, set far back in time, it seems like. They are best friends. Though only recently became friends, it seemed like. But they needed each other. Agatha was dark and quiet, hated by the village. Ignored by them, not having friends. Sophie was all kinds of stuck up and rude and did not have any friends either. They were so different. Yet they became friends even so, growing to love each other. I loved it so much.

This book is pretty much all about their friendship. How it came to be, and how it gets destroyed. It was all kinds of exciting and heartbreaking to read about. They have grown up reading fairy tale books. Knowing that every four years two children over age twelve are kidnapped into a dark forest surrounding the town. Never to return again. Until they show up in new storybooks, having lived through a fairy tale. Sophie had dreamed her whole life of being taken. Of becoming a princess, meeting a boy, having her own fairy tale.

Then the day comes and it is not so simple. Agatha does not believe in all of it. Until a dark shadow come from the woods straight for Sophie's house. It takes her, and Agatha runs after trying to get Sophie back. But she ends up being taken along with her. Both of them taken for the School for Good and Evil. Sophie is sure she is going to Good, that Agatha is destined for Evil. But this doesn't happen. Sophie get dumped in Evil and Agatha in Good. Which is what this book is about. If this was a mistake. If it can be reversed.

And gosh, how I loved this story. But oh, how it ruined my heart. It is fun and sad and full of heart. I love these characters so much. Agatha is my most precious one. She is so alone and hurt and full of pain. She does not see herself the way she is. And her finally learning how to see herself made my heart so happy. Of course, a lot of pain before that. Agatha was beyond good and precious. There wasn't a single person in this school more good that her. They were all supposed to be good, but hmph. They were all so cruel.

Then there was Sophie. Convinced she is good, that she does not belong in the school for evil. Yet we all know that she is not very good at all. She thinks so badly about everyone. Even Agatha, her friend. She hurts people all the time. And gosh, she does so much evil. Ahh. Yet I still loved this girl. Because she did have moments of not being evil too. But yeah, she was no Agatha, haha. Still. I adored her too. Reading about her complicated friendship with Agatha was the very best thing. Full of hurt and betrayal and hope.

There is so much I love about this. The different schools. The teachers. The classes. The blue forest. The trials. All of it was so awesome. And all the different students. Sigh. Hester and Anadil and Dot were still so awesome. Dot most of all. This book was filled with magic too. And I very much loved that. And filled with creatures. All awesome. There were so many twists and turns and secrets. I liked them all, still. This book is simply still so very precious to me. And I am so thrilled that I still love it so very much. Eee. Sigh.

Okay. So. Agatha is still the most precious of them. And she still deserves so much more. Sophie treated her so badly through a lot of this book. All of the students did. And I am not happy about it. My girl better get the most spectacular ending of them all in book six. Hmph. And I still so want Tedros to grovel at her feet, haha. Especially in the next books. Anyway. The School for Good and Evil is way too good. And if you still haven't started it, you are for real missing out. It is a fairy tale like no other. Complete perfection.

It had taken her whole life to make a single friend. And here these girls had become
best friends in minutes as if making friends was the simplest thing in the world. Agatha
prickled with shame. In this School for Good, where everyone was supposed to be kind and
loving, she had still ended up alone and despised. She was a villain, no matter where she went.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

In My Mailbox #452

Oops. Not a single thing arrived in my mailbox this week. Sad face. I am waiting on so many books. One audiobook has now taken almost two whole months to arrive. Yeah. Other books take at least one month to arrive. I hate Corona times. Uuugh. Waiting on so much. Nothing arrives. Sigh. Hope nothing gets lost.. gah. So yeah. No new mail this week :) But still writing this post, haha, as I love just writing updates and such. <3 I'm doing my best. Haven't read anything yet. I know what I'm starting. I just have no energy to get it done. Too tired, too exhausted, too busy. So rude. I'm still playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons every day, eee. It's still the best. And still, of course, playing Pokemon GO each day too, during the whole day. This week I got a pokestop almost just outside my door. Sigh. So I can take it from inside whenever, haha. Have dreamed of this since I started playing four years ago. Oops. Two new blog posts. I shared my review of Rebel Spy for the blog tour. <3 I adored this book. And this week I'm waiting on The World Between Blinks :) Oh, and I'm also trying my best to have my spa baths every day too. Which also takes up so much of my time. And makes me even more tired, ha. And still doing daily walks with mom too. And spending time with sister and her kids. I just do not have time for anything else, not really. So rude. Still. It is all good :) Just wishing I could read more. Will try my hardest to start tomorrow. Fingers crossed. I hope you are all staying safe and doing good. <3 Corona isn't bigger in Norway. But it will still come, of course. Gah. I have only posted once on instagram this week. Which was a photo I took the week before. Yeah. I need to take photos. Oops. And I need to read. And start catching up soon too. Just need more energy :)


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #455

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

THE WORLD BETWEEN BLINKS
BY AMIE KAUFMAN & RYAN GRAUDIN

Goodreads Description:

Discover a magical world where lost things are found.

Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family legend.

This summer, with the whole family reuniting for one last vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are in for a legendary trip of their own.

Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse—then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place where all kinds of lost things (and people!) end up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history—plus a few they thought were only myths.

But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s return journey doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world for good.


Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 5th 2021 by Quill Tree Books
Pre-Order here and here

This book sounds all kinds of adorable and fun :D I love Amie and Ryan. They both have such amazing books out already. And I am beyond thrilled that they are writing a book together. Eee. I cannot wait. <3
What are you waiting for on this magical Wednesday?

Monday, June 29, 2020

Rebel Spy Blog Tour: Review

Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi :) Hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Thank you for letting me take part in this tour. I'm such a huge fan of Veronica and have loved her and her books for years now. And so I knew I had to read Rebel Spy. And I knew I would enjoy this so very much. Which I did. Today I'm sharing my four star review of this lovely book. You all need to read this precious book too. It looks so stunning and it was so incredible too. Most definitely worth reading. Buy it :)



Review of Rebel Spy.

I have been waiting so long for the chance to read this book. Been a fan of Veronica for years now; she is amazing. And I knew I would end up adoring this book. So happy to say that I did. I am giving it four stars, as I had a few small issues. But for the most part I really adored and loved this story. The writing was fully stunning. I had to problem connecting with this beautiful book. The setting was incredible; I loved that this took part between 1776 and 1780. I very much loved how historical and lovely it was. Very interesting too.

This book tells the story about Frannie. She lived with her mom and stepdad on an island in the Grand Bahamas. There is so little of her life there, but gosh, it was so exciting. Wreck diving. A great best friend. I wish there had been even more of it all. Sigh. When she was fifteen, her mother died. And her stepdad wanted to marry Frannie next. Which was beyond gross and terrifying. And so Frannie did the only thing she could to get away. She took over the life of a dead girl she found floating in the sea after a ship crash.

Which is how this story begins. With Frannie escaping from her violent and so awful stepdad. And taking over the life of someone else. We see a bit about her few weeks aboard a ship after she was rescued by them, before she was taken to her new stolen life. We see how Frannie struggles to live the life of a rich young lady. How she has to learn to behave like she would have done, how Frannie has to change pretty much everything about herself. Which was kind of sad, yet the only way she would be able to live at all.

And oh, how I adored Frannie. She was such an amazing girl to get to know. I loved her fighting spirit. I only wish that there had been more about her as Frannie, and less of her as Emmeline. Though I loved her life as her too. But yeah. Frannie was much more awesome. I loved the small parts of her diving. It was so lovely to read about. On the ship, for a few weeks, she meets a boy. Asa. And falls in love right away. I liked reading about them together so much. A bit too fast, but so adorable too. But it ended badly.

Which is all I will say about that. It was so interesting too, though. I just so liked reading about them both. She was on this ship for a little while, until she arrived in New York ready to start her new life as someone else. Then the book skips three years. I wish we had seen more of the missing years, but also loved this jump. During those years, Frannie had to learn how to be a lady. How to do everything right, so that none would learn that Frannie was not really Emmeline. Her life was good, but also so boring for her at times.

But yes. I very much did like reading about Frannie in her new life too. Though her past life was way more exciting, haha. But her life as a lady was good too. I adored her new family. Lucy was fully adorable. And Charlotte, their friend, was too cute as well. I liked how they were her friends, even though she could not tell them her secret. Frannie hadn't seen Asa in three years. Until now. There was some drama, which I did not like very much, but it was not a lot of it. And I just loved this boy a whole lot. And shipped them so.

This book is about Frannie turning into a spy. Everyone she knows are with the British and the King. But she is secretly wishing for the Americans to win this war. She wants to help. And so she starts spying on those she spend time around. It was interesting, but it was also a little boring, as I had hoped there would be higher stakes and more happening, haha. It was good, though, despite that. The prologue shares that she will be caught spying. I liked this, but how she got caught was a little boring too, ha. But written well.

Okay. So. This book was about Frannie and her life as Emmeline. A bit about her spying too. But mostly just about her life and her feelings. Which is one thing I had issues with. The romance. Ack. Frannie was courting this guy, Duncan, for about a year. A few kisses. I did not really like him, as we had loved Asa first. And then he is there too, and somehow a tiny love triangle. Yet not really too, as it was not dramatic or silly. But I still wish the Duncan thing had not been included, haha. But it was a good thing for Frannie.

Anyway. The few things I had issues with in this book was as I mentioned the romance. And I wish that the ending had been longer, I needed to know more. Did any others get to know her truth? How did they react? I really wanted to see that. I wanted to see her come back to her home too. Sigh. I also felt like the whole spying this was a bit too tame. I liked the prison ships. Horrible and so real. But also wanted a little more horror and pain. Still. It was good and I liked it a lot. But wished there had been more of island life.

I must confess that I do not really know much about the war between America and Britain during this time period. Oops. Only the parts I remember from watching the Sleepy Hollow show, haha. Which is not a lot. And so I very much liked learning more about it all in this book. Learning about this war and things that took place during it. And how it was for people living in New York during this time. It was interesting and exciting too to read about. I think I must look more into this history of time. As I am now curious about it.

Rebel Spy was just as good and exciting as I thought it would be. Despite the few issues I had with it, I still loved this book. And I'm so glad that I read it. I cannot wait to get my gorgeous hardcover in the mail. Big thank you to the publisher and to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me read this via Netgalley for the blog tour. It was such a great book. I only wish it had a longer ending. Hmph. How rude, haha. You all need to read this book too. Now I simply can't wait to read even more books by Veronica in the future.


A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry.


Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather--and she takes it.

Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington's Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty--but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true "355" and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.






VERONICA ROSSI is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the UNDER THE NEVER SKY series. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, grew up in California, and graduated from UCLA. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, one of whom just surpassed her in height. Find her online at veronicarossi.com or on Twitter at @rossibooks.
 
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