Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #657

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


Goodreads Description:

A snake spirit transforms into a boy and must hide his true identity after falling for a headstrong prince in this lush, romantic retelling of the traditional Chinese folktale.

When Prince Xian was a boy, a white snake bit his mother and condemned her to a slow, painful death. The only known cure is an elusive spirit pearl—or an antidote created from the rare white snake itself. Desperate and determined, Xian travels to the city of Changle, where an oracle predicted he would find and capture a white snake.

Seven years ago, Zhen, a white snake in the West Lake, consumed a coveted spirit pearl, which gave him special powers—including the ability to change into human form.

In Changle, Xian encounters an enigmatic but beautiful stable boy named Zhen. The two are immediately drawn to each other, but Zhen soon realizes that he is the white snake Xian is hunting. As their feelings grow deeper, will the truth about Zhen’s identity tear them apart?

Format: 352 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: October 15, 2024 by Quill Tree Books / HarperCollins
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Ohh. This cover is so very beautiful. I just love it. I have not read many m/m romances at all. But I am going to give this one a try. As it sounds all kinds of wonderful and exciting. I think I will love this book :)
What are you waiting for on this legendary Wednesday?

Saturday, May 18, 2024

In My Mailbox #654

This week have been long. Ahh. But good too. Had a hospital visit, which was a bit of torture, but went okay :) Finally got a doctor to look at my none-healing wound, after 16 weeks. Got a different ointment. Now it is healing more. What. Fingers crossed for me :) I want this goddamn wound gone already. Ugh. May 17th was Norway's national day, and so I had family time with food and cake :) Had a spa bath this afternoon, so I'm a bit too tired right now, ha. I also watched part one of season three of Bridgerton last night. <3 And I loved it so much. Sigh. Polin is my favorite couple. But yeah. I want part two now. Hmph. Still got a bit too much mail this week, oops. But I love it all so much. <3 A couple of new blog posts, as I did read a book this week too, yay :D I'm unsure what to read next, though, and when to try it. Do need a little break, I think :) I shared my review of The Magic Paintbrush :) This week I'm waiting on Release the Wolves :D I hope you are all doing well. <3 It's finally getting more green. But snow tomorrow. Ha. Rude.

Lightningborn. New Julie Kagawa story :D And middle grade! I'm very excited to read this book soonish.
A Breath of Mischief.  The new US paperback edition. I so love this new cover :) It is looking very fierce.
The Isles of the Gods. US paperback edition :) And of course I'm collecting every version there is, ha. <3
Silver in the Bone. New US paperback edition :D Eee! I do love the new cover. <3 And love this book so.
Taylor Swift. The rest of my TTPD CDs have made it, eee :D A little damage. But the deluxe are perfect.
Funko Pop. I could not resist getting this on sale on amazon. Sigh. May have to take it out of the box, ha.
Bukowski Plushes. Bought these at the airport after the hospital visit :) Favorite brand of plush, eee. Love.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #656

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


Goodreads Description:

A conquered land. An unstoppable horde of monsters released every seventy years. And one blacksmith’s apprentice on the run, determined to find his sister before the world ends again. An extraordinary novel about friendship, trust, power, and the monsters all around us, from internationally bestselling author Stefan Bachmann.

One thousand years ago, the Elduari conquered the country of Varen in a brutal war. Now, every few generations they subject their one-time enemies to a terrible tradition: bloodthirsty monsters are unleashed across the land, attacking indiscriminately, keeping the population in a perpetual dark age.

For Argo, fear of another Release is something he has always lived with. When his friend is killed by a monster during a routine patrol, Argo suspects that another Release is coming, and sooner than everyone thinks. But in a country built on fear, getting answers is dangerous. Elduari spies are hiding behind the most familiar faces, and any hint of disobedience could lead to the death of thousands.

As whispers of dissent circulate, rebellion grows in the villages. Argo's beloved sister Simna leaves town without warning. Masked figures stalk the alleys at night, offering dangerous gifts. When tragedy strikes a second time, Argo and his new ally, Ana—a mysterious monster hunter in disguise—set off on a dangerous journey to stop the next Release. But what if it’s already too late?

Format: 288 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: June 25, 2024 by Greenwillow Books
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

This book just looks way too awesome. And I must have it, haha :D The cover is so special and creepy. I love it. And I think the book sounds pretty great. I already own three books by Stefan that I haven't read yet. Oops. Only read the book that he wrote with several others, which I loved. Hope to read them all :)
What are you waiting for on this monstrous Wednesday?

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Review: The Magic Paintbrush by Kat Zhang with Eric Darnell and art by Phoebe Zhong

This was a book I knew I needed once I saw that stunning cover. It is so pretty and magical and I just knew I would like this story. And I did, but I did not love it like I had hoped to. So it ended up being a three star for me. It was such a quick read, though, and the writing was truly wonderful. The artwork was fully gorgeous.

This book takes place over just a few days. It's a story that is told mostly during the same moment. Which I did like, as it was such a fast read. But it also made me care less about everything. I felt like I didn't get to know the characters enough. It all felt a bit too rushed. But the story was still magical to me and I did truly like it.

I'm honestly not sure what to write about this book. I do not want to share spoilers. And this book was so short. But there are still some things that I can share, I think. As I mentioned, the writing was perfect. I also liked the main girl a whole bunch too. It is told from the point of view of twelve-year-old Amy. She's being forced to spend a week with her grandma, her Lao Lao, as her parents go off on an arctic cruise. She's not very close with her grandma, and so she is not all that excited to spent time with her. I did like how that changed, how Amy started to care more about her grandmother and how they then got closer. It was cute. With bonding over painting and art. So yes, I liked that a whole lot. But I did also feel like there was too little of it, with how short the book was. I would not have minded more family time. As I adored it.

Amy has a love for art. She loves drawing, mostly on her tablet, as she can then erase more easily. She used to draw more freely when she was younger. She was more creative then, drawing more fantasy and magical creatures. Now she's trying to be more grown up, and it's not as easy to draw for her. We get to know a little about her life, like her best friend Diego. I liked him too. They had been best of friends since they were small. Diego is in this book way too little, though. But I very much adored their easy friendship.

This book is about the week Amy has to spend with her Lao Lao. Her grandma encourages her to draw more, to show her what she's working on. While putting her stuff in the guest room, she comes across a paintbrush that looks different. She thinks she broke it. But when she puts the ends together, it becomes whole. Like magic. Which Amy does not really believe in. Still. She then uses this paintbrush to draw like her grandma told her to. So she draws her old imaginary friend, Luna. A mythical and magical creature.

And then he is suddenly alive. In her bedroom. Full sized and talking. I liked this twist, as it was pretty cute. I loved how her imaginary friend came to life. As you can see, he is on the cover. And Luna is truly beautiful. But this magical paintbrush is no easy thing. It's fully complicated. Especially when something else comes alive too, in a different part of the world. We get to read from the point of view of this young man. The villain, I suppose. I did not like him one bit. But he was also a bad villain, ha. Not at all scary.

I'm not going to say much more about this book. The story was so easy to read and I kind of wish it had been more complicated, haha. But it was a fan story even so. I loved how Amy and Luna became close. How Luna remembered being her imaginary friend for all those years. How quickly they bonded. It was cute. But yeah. There was a villain, who also wanted the magical paintbrush. It was a little silly at times, yet interesting too. And I really did enjoy reading this book. I only wish there had been a little more of it.

Thank you so much to PRH International for gifting me this free book to read as an eARC via Edelweiss. I'm so glad that I was able to read this story. While I did not fully love it, I found The Magic Paintbrush to be all kinds of magical. The story was sweet. A little dangerous at times for kids, which I liked. The family relationship was wonderful. And the artwork was truly stunning. I loved what was included in the book. It was just as pretty as the cover. I think you should all give this one a try. I'm glad that I read this cute story.

Goodreads - Blackwells - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Saturday, May 11, 2024

In My Mailbox #653

Hello. <3 Gods. I got the best book in the mail this week, eee :D I am SO EXCITED. <3 And so happy. So thankful. Sigh. My precious. So happy to own an ARC of The Mirror of Beasts. <3 It was my favorite book this year. I also read a book this week, The Familiar. It wasn't perfect, but I still loved it. Four stars. I have been walking more this week too, but it still hurts like hell. Yeah. So that sucks. Now been 15 weeks since my surgery. I'm not healed yet. It has stopped, again, for weeks now. So rude. I have a hospital visit next week, though, and going to try to find the doctor who did the surgery. Wish me luck. It's also finally getting a little warmer outside, eee. I got to sit outside in the sun for a while today, which was so good. Was more snow earlier this week, haha. But hoping for some spring feeling from now. I also got a bunch of mail this week too, oops. But a little less, haha. <3 A couple of new posts. I shared my review of The Familiar. <3 And this week I'm waiting on Lucy Undying :) Hope you are all doing well. <3 Do you have spring yet? :D

The Mirror of Beasts. AHHH! Thank you so much PRH International for this free book :D Eee! Precious. Gods.  I am so excited to have this ARC. Sobs. It's perfect. I loved it so much. Had to own this, eee. <3
Sound the Gong. Eeee. I adored this duology. Finally have the hardcover edition. <3 Signed to come :D
Return of the Vengeful Queen. Now I can finally read book one, ha :D Hopefully doing so this summer. <3
Taylor Swift. More of CDs have arrived. <3 One package is missing. But oh, I love the deluxe editions :D
Funko Europe. I had to place a new small order, haha. Love the LotR bitty pops. Love my Godzilla too. <3
Funko Nordic. Eeee! Thank you so much lovely people for this latest free ambassador gift :D I love it so :)

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