Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Cress by Marissa Meyer

I'm sharing the cover for Cress by Marissa Meyer with you all today! And I'm just about dying. It is GORGEOUS. I love love love love it! I loved Cinder and Scarlet so much and I'm just dying to read Cress. <3 And then Winter in 2015. Sigh. Best books. Also, Marissa is amazing. I adore her. I will be re-reading Cinder and Scarlet in a few days, I hope, and I cannot wait :) Cress isn't out until February 4th 2014, which is breaking my heart a bit. I want it now! But ohh. It says that it is 560 pages long! I'm so excited for that :) I adore long books. Anyway. I cannot wait to read Cress. Especially now that I have seen this gorgeous cover. Sigh. I'm just so excited for it. What do you think of the cover? Isn't it gorgeous? :) You have no idea how much I NEED this book. Sobs. Just look at the peek of it from the official reveal post! So, so amazing. Sigh. I'm just dying to read it. Would just about kill for an ARC of it :)

Rapunzel's tower is a satellite. She can't let down her hair - or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Waiting on Wednesday #94

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

REVELATIONS (The Elysium Chronicles #2) BY J. A. SOUDERS

Goodreads Description:

The follow-up to J. A. Souders’s riveting SF psychological thriller for teens, Renegade

Six weeks ago, Evelyn Winters was locked away in Elysium, a city hidden miles beneath the sea, brainwashed into submission. With the help of Gavin, she fought free of her captors and the fog in her own mind. He took her back with him to the Surface, a world she's never known. Now she will begin a new life.

But her past is closer than she thinks...

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by Tor Teen
Pre-Order here.

I quite enjoyed Renegade. So I cannot wait to read Revelations :D Although I found the ending of book one to be a lot of depressing. And because of that I need to know what happens next. With Evelyn and Gavin. <3 I loved the romance in book one, and I just pray that there is no love triangle in this one :) I'm really excited to read this book, and I really hope I'll love it.
What are you waiting for? 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

I had been wanting to read this book for a while now. And I was so excited when I got accepted to read it via NetGalley :) Like always, I peeked at the ending, and I got a bit scared, so I waited a few weeks before I read it. I shouldn't have. Well, heartbreaking ending, but perfect book. Truly perfect.

I started this gorgeous book yesterday afternoon. And I could not stop reading it. Several times I tried to, because I wanted to go to sleep, but I just could not. I had to finish it. Because oh. All Our Yesterdays was really exciting and amazing and I did not want it to end. I loved it so much.

So I had to stay up until 1 am to finish it. And it was worth it. The writing in this book is so amazing and I loved that. On top of that perfect writing is the all too perfect story. I loved every moment of it. It's unique and really well done. At least I thought so. A few things in the beginning confused me a little bit, but not for long. This book centers around a time machine named Cassandra. Sort of. I liked it a lot. Might not have understood all too well how it got to be working, but I did love what it could do, even though the reasons for it being in this book were so heartbreaking. I just loved it all so much.

There are some amazing characters in this book. It is told from the point of view of Em and Marina. Both whom I loved. But I think I might have loved Em much. She was just so amazing. And she's my age :) Em is a really amazing person. As the summary says, this book starts out in a cell. Em on one side and Finn on the other. It just broke my heart so much. But I loved every moment. I might be cruel for wishing we saw more of the torture, but yeah. I wished a bit more. But still so good.

We get to know a lot about Em. How she got there and why she's in the cell. I wished we had seen a little bit more of her years on the run with Finn, but I loved the small glimpses that we did get to see. I enjoyed reading from her point of view, and I just wish there had been more. Sobs. Anyway. Then there is Finn, who I adored so much. He was the best character. He's so sweet and heartbroken. It just about made me cry. I just wanted him to be happy. He deserved to be happy.

I loved the small romance between them so much. Because yeah. The romance in this book is pretty awesome. But I wanted a tiny bit more. Sobs. Finn deserved a bit more love and romance. Sniffs. But oh. I still loved everything that happened so much. Finn and Em are perfect together. Also, Finn is an amazing person. I loved reading about the things they did together, even though so much of it were just awful. Like the doctor. And the director. Shudders. I hated them so much.

Then there is Marina. I did like her. Although gah. She annoyed me a bit and she made me feel embarrassed. Because Marina is in love with her best friend James. Whom I actually didn't like that much. He seemed okay at first, but he changes a bit. So yeah. I did not like him and I hated some things that happened between him and Marina. Was a bit heartbreaking. We see a bit of some girl friends that Marina has and I hated all of them. And her parents! Omg. I loved Luz, though.

The characters in this book is just so amazing. Like I said, my favorite was Finn. But I did love reading about all of them. There is a twist in this book, which I loved so much. But yeah. It gave me some heartbreak. Won't spoil it, but it was pretty amazing to read about. There is just so much happening in All Our Yesterdays. I loved all of it. And I just want and need more and more. I know I will re-read this book. It was just perfect. You should all read it and fall in love like I did.

I have pre-ordered the US hardcover of this book already. And the UK paperback, which arrived today :D It's so pretty. I just need all the copies. Because All Our Yesterdays was amazing. So glad that I read it. The ending speaks of a sequel. There needs to be one! Pretty please? I need more Finn. And Finn needs more love. Sobs. <3 I just cannot wait to read more by Cristin. Because I adored her writing and her story. I need more, lots more. You all need to read this book.

Thank you so much to the UK publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this early. <3

Goodreads - Pre-Order US - UK

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

I have been wanting to read this book for a few months now. Ever since I saw that gorgeous cover and read the summary. Was so sure that I would love this book. First I got declined a bunch of times via Edelweiss, but I finally got accepted a few days ago. Had to start it right away, even though I'm not reading much these days. But oh. I did not love it.

I wanted to love it, I truly did. But I just didn't. It wasn't was I thought it was going to be. I had imagined a fast paced book with lots of action and romance. And while I was pleased with most things in this book, it was just too slow for me. In the beginning I was confused, didn't understand if it was a flashback or not for the first 30 pages or so.

But then I got that cleared up, and I started to enjoy the story. I did like the writing. The writing was good. And I loved Lynn, the main character. She was awesome. I liked her mom too, somewhat. She seemed a bit weird and harsh a times. But she was loving and I did enjoy reading about her. Just didn't fully understand that one scene with the big coyote. I sort of enjoyed reading about their life by their pond. We get to know some things about how the world is and how it came to be that way. We learn how much and how little Lynn knows about the world.

We get to know Stebbs, their neighbor. He's a bit old and I adored him. He has a bad leg though, and I felt sorry for him a lot. Still. He was interesting to read about. Then we also meet some new characters, Eli and Lucy and Neva. I liked reading about them, although yeah. It was a bit confusing. But I loved Lucy, she was just a little kid. And I felt so sorry for her mom, Neva. Eli was the brother to Neva's husband. I loved Eli. But I wished we had gotten to know him a bit more.

Thing is, after we got to know of these three the book slowed down so much. And I disliked it a bit. Because I felt like it didn't have to be there, that some parts could have just been skipped. Although I did love reading about Lucy, but still felt like it didn't have to be there. I truly don't know what to say about this book. There is a lot of death and killing. Which I enjoyed. Maybe. There is some romance, which was sweet but also happened a bit fast and a tiny bit weird.

I don't really have anything else to say. I enjoyed the writing. I loved the characters. But I wished for more. The ending felt very rushed. And holy crap, how I hated the ending. It didn't make sense much. At least not to me. It was just heartbreaking and evil. This is a standalone book, with an epilogue. And to be honest, I don't even want a sequel. I did not enjoy the ending at all. It was just cruel. Sigh. Still. I sort of enjoyed the book. For the most part, I think. It was a little bit good.

I'm still a bit unsure about how to rate this book. But I have gone with a 2 star. Although it might be a 2.5 star. Because I did enjoy it a little bit in the middle. I was interested in the book, in the characters. Then the ending happened and I just did not enjoy it at all. It did not make sense at all. Which made me also realize that I didn't fully love this book like I had wanted to for so long. I'm sure others will love it, I just couldn't. I'm sorry. But oh, I am still getting my pre-ordered copy :)

Thank you so much to the publisher, HarperCollinsChildrens, and to Edelweiss for the chance to read this book early. Really happy that I got to do so, even though I did not end up loving it.

In My Mailbox #91

I did not get much this week. And only one book, which actually arrived today ;p Waiting on a few pre-orders though. And waiting on more How To Train Your Dragon things too, hih :D Plus side, I did get accepted for a few books. Oh, and I bought my new laptop a few days ago :D I'm still a bit unsure about it. Sniffs. It's so pretty and so much lighter than my old one. But I'm not happy with the inside. Windows 8, which I had to sort of change to Windows 7. And I thought the size of everything would be the same, since it's the same size as my old one. And it says on both laptops that the screen size is 1366, but oh. Old one could have the screen at 1600, and I did not know that :( Which means everything is so much bigger and annoying on my new laptop. But I'm hoping to get used to it, even though now all my reviews look weird for me. Sobs. Anyway! Did you see that I shared pictures of my bookshelves and apartment later this week? :D See those HERE.
What did you get this week?

Dragons. Heh, already own these. Had to get this, since I don't have Boneknapper on it's own :)
A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Haven't read book one yet, but I'm excited to read them both :D
Toothless. Big plush and little plush :D Both adorable, but the big one is just perfect. Sigh.
Snotlout. Hih, I kind of love this one. Have ordered the same one with Hiccup as well.
Baby Toothless and Baby Meatlug and Baby Stormfly. These are ADORABLE! Love love love love.

White Space. So excited when I saw this on Edelweiss. Even more when I was auto-approved :D
Not a Drop to Drink. Finally got approved for this! Only tried about 5 times. Hih. Reading it now :)
What I Came To Tell You. Auto-approved for EgmontUSA. This looks adorable. Had to have it :)
Countdown. Auto-approved for HarlequinTeen on Netgalley :D Unsure if this is for me, but maybe.

In My Mailbox is an weekly meme made by The Story Siren.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #93

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

HERO (Woodcutter Sisters #2) BY ALETHEA KONTIS

Goodreads Description:

Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Harcourt Books
Pre-Order here.

I cannot wait to read Hero :D I enjoyed the first book in this series, Enchanted, a whole lot. It was pretty amazing. I'm just really excited for this sequel, because I cannot wait to read more from the amazing world Alethea created. And the amazing characters. And romance. Excited about Saturday :)
What are you waiting for? 

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Apartment and Bookshelves in Pictures

Hi everyone! It's taken my forever to share this, but now I'm finally going to. Sharing pictures of all my bookshelves, and then under those pictures of the rest of my new apartment, if you wanted to see :) And because I wanted to share, hih. I'm not one hundred procent finished with the way things look, and I'll probably re-arrenge my books about a hundred times. But yeah. This is the way things looks here where I live :) Also, if you want to see some more kitten pictures, she's almost 6 months old!, you should check out my Instagram user. <3 Will be describing a tiny bit beneath each picture. Comments wanted :) Warning: I like taking pictures. So there are many in this post. Click to make bigger.

Bedroom. First my two bookshelves. But then the rest of my bedroom too, before my living room :)

These shelves aren't full, because I wanted to just have my favorites here. <3 Although, I guess when I get tons more books I'll need to add more here.. Sobs. Still, I love them :)

Some of my best swag. <3

Best best swag, I think :D But oh. This and the ones above is not there right now.. Because kitten has been going crazy wanting to sit on it and hit it away and play with it. Sobs. Hoping she'll stop soon :)

My wall of swag! <3 Not all that I own, but a lot of it :) Have added a bit more to it, on the bottom, which I'll be sharing on twitter later in the week. I think. We'll see when I can take a picture of it :)

Above my book shelves :D Oh, how I love these dolls of mine. Most I bought in Orlando. <3 Some in London. And a few I had to order via Disney Store and one from Ebay :)

My bed and my expensive t-shirts, hih :) I love them all. Sigh. Some Twilight most Studio Ghibli.

Window view :) Oh, and also, I live right next to the ocean. Better view the other way, hih ;p

A bit of my Wreck-It Ralph collection :D And some Brave things. <3 And my dressers. (?)

Closer and better look :)

Even closer, hih. <3 Love my pins and little things. Haven't taken these gorgeous dolls out of their boxes yet, and not going to yet. My cat might destroy them if I do. Sigh. Hopefully soon :)

After I took these first pictures I added a new shelf above my bed. And I'm in love with it. Sigh. Brave!

Living Room. First my bookshelves, then the rest of my living room :)

This one is closest to where I sit, and I adore it. All my Cassie Clare books in the last one :D Two rows. Oh, and my signed Robert Pattinson photo, and book on top of the shelf :D Love. <3

All three of them together. Details about each one below :)

Another two rows bookshelf ;p I haven't taken pictures of the row inside, but you could just see my Goodreads list of which books I own to read :) Which are quite many.

Some of my movies :D Not all of them, but most of them. <3 I love watching and owning movies.

This shelf will get filled up over time. Before 2014, if my pre-order list is correct, which it is.. Hih :) Right now on the bottom are my Robert Pattinson movies and my Studio Ghibli movies + favorites. <3

On top of my shelf :)

On top of my other shelf ;p

And all my Wreck-It Ralph cars :D

To get to my apartment you have to walk up the stairs.. LotR and The Hobbit lego :D

And, of course, my HUGE bookshelf :D Last one too. But ohh. It had room for a lot of books. Most books that I do not like, or have not yet read but aren't that excited about. (But, love the bottom shelf)

When you walk up you get to my kitchen first, cause my apartment isn't that big, but big enough :)

My kitchen is small, but adorable.

Shelf with my gorgeous cups, etc :)

Close up of my refrigerator. <3

And the other side :)

I'm quite happy that this hole were already here. And I have two! They are great to have things in :) My ornaments are just gorgeous and I love them so much. Also, kitten's litter box.

Close up. Some of my pretty plush animals :)

Close up of the other side ;p

My couch and my huge TV :D Heh, the pillows aren't really that way anymore, cause if they were I could not watch tv :p but they were supposed to stand this way :) Couch was way too big. Still, love it.

And hole number two plus my table :)

Close up of things inside. CD's, Wii Games, Brave books, The Croods books, and lots and lots of other different books :) All whom I adore so so much. Sigh. Oh, and gorgeous plush animals :D

And the other side :) Which have lots of my other dvds, which I could not fit in my shelf.

My Disney Animators dolls. They are PERFECT. Got them all in Orlando, and yeah. Had to buy another suitcase to get them home, lol. But it was worth it. And Rapunzel + Brave singing doll, which are adorable. And Boo doll and Merida doll and another gorgeous Rapunzel doll. <3

My chair, which I sit in for the most of the day, lol. <3 And two gorgeous shelves.

Close up. Studio Ghibli stuff! I love all of this so much. Love love love. Got all via Ebay :)

Close up of shelf two. A lot of Disney figures :D I love all of them. Lots of different movies.

Better view of how my apartment looks :)

Cat things. <3 I will be adding the top to this again very soon. Hope she'll love it :)

Bathroom. Sharing three pictures of my bathroom, which isn't very big, but big enough for just me :) Love that I got to have a bath tub. Sigh. Bathroom is right up the stairs, first door.