Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I have been excited about reading this book for a long time now. Because I have liked Veronica for a lot of years, and this book looked all kinds of amazing and sounded so good. Finally got to read it, and I am so happy with how much I loved this. Because it was truly an awesome book. Shall share all my thoughts about it.

I have seen people having issues with some parts of this book. And while I personally did not notice anything racist, I know that everyone reads a book different. Everyone has the right to feel the way they want about a book. And when it comes to me, I did love this book. And I think that everyone should give it a try too.

There is just so much I loved about this book. I don't know where to start. The characters in this book were written so well. I loved reading about them all beyond words. Getting to know Akos and Cyra was the most exciting thing. They are truly such interesting characters, and I loved them both so much. They are so broken. And so strong. And, yeah. I adored them. And shipped them so much, haha. There is some stunning romance in this book. Not as much as I thought there would be, but still a lot. And it is gorgeous. They fit together so well. I'm also really happy about the ending of this book, because while there is still so much that shall happen in book two, this ended in a happy way, for the most part. Gosh, I'm excited about reading more from this world.

I'm not going to mention much about the world and how things are there because I would not be able to describe it at all. But yeah, this book takes place in space, sort of. There are different planets. Different people, different culture. And there is the currentstream. Which I can't describe at all. Just that I loved reading about it. I loved how it gave every person a power, a gift, a curse. Depends on how you look on it. It was so interesting to know how it affected each person, to know what they all could do. I loved it a lot.

This book is told from the point of view of Cyra and Akos. And oh, how I loved reading about them both, from both point of views. Getting to know Cyra was all kinds of interesting. Her mom seemed like a good person, before she died. Her father seemed like the worst, before he died. And right now her brother is the worst person in the world, I think. Shudders. He was awful. Yet such an interesting villain too. I liked reading about him and Cyra, and their past, though most of it just broke my heart. Hmph. Did not like him.

I simply loved reading about Cyra. She is such a strong person, despite spending all her time being in pain. Her power is the power of causing others pain, but she is also in pain all the time. Which sounded like the worst thing. I also suffer all the time, so I know the feeling well. But Cyra is all kinds of strong even so, and I loved that. I loved how she started to resist her brother. I loved how she started to see things differently. She changes who she is, but she has always been a gentle person. Adored her lots.

And oh, Akos. I loved him the most. Reading about his past just broke my heart. Yet it was so interesting too. He gets hurt a lot in this book. Which hurt my heart so much. Ack. Yet he is also one of the strongest people. Yet also broken, and oh so gentle. I loved how he couldn't really handle having to kill people. I loved how he felt about it all. I just loved this boy so much. His power was pretty amazing too, loved it. And eee, his friendship with Cyra was the most awesome thing. They fit together so well. Sigh. Adored it.

There is just so much I loved about this book. The story was awesome and so so interesting to read. The characters were written so well and they were all amazing. I loved them to pieces. The romance was so awesome too, and I simply loved this world. Space books are just my type of thing, lol. I loved the little moments that took place inside a spaceship. Some horrible, some sweet. I must say that this book was full of torture, though. Ahh. It broke my heart. What happened to Cyra.. I cannot. But it was done so well.

I'm giving this book four stars. Because despite loving it to pieces, I did have a few issues with the writing. It was a bit hard to get into the book for me, took some time before I started loving it. And the writing also confused me. I have no idea how much time took place in this book. I thought it was only a few months, from how it was written. Then it seemed for a time that a couple of years was supposed to have passed, and I didn't see that at all, ahh. It's a little confusing. Hoping it will be easier to understand in book two.

So yeah. I loved this book a whole bunch. I had a few small issues, but they were not very big. I found Carve the Mark to be an amazing book. Full of stunning characters and gorgeous romance. The plot was exciting and horrible and I loved reading every moment of it. Some might love this book, some might hate it. And either is totally fine. That is the whole point of reading. For me, this book was amazing, and I am beyond thrilled that I read it. And I would definitely read it again, because I loved it lots. You should try it.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

In My Mailbox #274

Eee, the sun is back! Yay! I shall finally be able to take prettier pictures again, haha :) Though, today it is all kinds of dark, because it's cloudy. Ugh. But the darkest days are gone, finally. This week I did not read anything at all. Ahh! I just haven't felt good at all. I had the worst cold. Shudders. It has finally almost left me, so that's good. And.. I must admit. I have been busy playing Pokemon Sun every day. For hours. I just cannot stop, haha. I wish to be playing it all the time.. ack. I just love it so much :) But I am going to start a book today, because I need to finish a book before Tuesday. Ack. I can do it :D Because of this, I also only blogged once this week. Gosh. I will be doing better in February, I hope. But anyway. This week I'm waiting on Ally. <3 I also got so so so little mail this week. Only two books. And no pop figures. Hmph. Which makes no sense, because I'm still waiting on packages that got sent before Christmas. Ugh. So annoying. I hope they will make it here next week. Fingers crossed. Okay. I need to mention something. I'm leaving for Chicago on Tuesday :D And will be gone until late on Wednesday the week after. I have made WoW posts for then, but I will not be posting a IMM post while I'm gone. Aw. Not posting anything else either, I don't think, lol. But there will at least be WoW posts, so yay :) I'm just so excited to be going. Eee. And buying lots. But not too much. And eat tons of awesome food. And ahh. I'm so excited. Though the travel time is long, and that might kill me. Ugh. Anyway. This week I did comment a whole bunch. I'm almost all caught up; I will be finishing it before I leave on Tuesday. Have tons to do before then. Ack. I'm hoping I can get everything done :) I think I shall manage it. Fingers crossed. Overall, I had a good week.

Carve the Mark. Okay. Here's the thing. I'm starting this one today, and I'm actually really excited about it. Because I think I will love the story and characters and writing. Because I do adore Veronica. And I have mostly loved her previous books. Before I heard about all the drama, I ordered three different editions of this book. US hardcover, and UK paperback and hardcover. They are all stunning. And I would still have ordered them after the drama. I get that there might be racism in this book. I also read this amazing post by Sabaa about that here. And here's the thing. I'm not going to not read a book because someone tells me to. I have seen tons of people getting hate because they are reading Carve the Mark. And no. That is NOT okay. We all have the right to read whatever book we want. Sure, some people might see racism in this book, but others might not, some might be bothered by it, but others might not be. And that is OKAY. Because that is the whole point of reading. Having different opinions about stuff. So just, yeah. Telling people not to read this book is simply not okay. We all have the right to read whatever the hell we want without being told we are wrong. Just so you know. I'm reading this book next, and I'm excited. I might hate it, I might love it, but I decide that. No one else. Anyway. Have you read this? What did you think?

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #276

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


Goodreads Description:

Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground. 

But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust—including each other—in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order here and here

I liked Nemesis oh so much :D And I simply cannot wait to read Ally. So excited to know what happens next :) But gosh, I'm also nervous. Ahh. I want this precious romance to work. Crossing all my fingers. I'm not the biggest fan of the cover at the moment, ack, but hoping that I will grow to love it :D And that it will be even prettier in person. But gosh, I simply cannot wait to read this book. So excited for it. I will love it.
What are you waiting for on this ancient Wednesday?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In My Mailbox #273

I only got to read one book this week, but I'm happy with that :) It took such a long time before the book arrived, and so I haven't had time to start something new yet. But hopefully tomorrow :) Right now I'm about to start playing my Pokemon Sun a little bit. Eee. I'm excited. And gosh. Leaving for Chicago in just 10 days. What. I cannot wait :D Would love some tips about it all, though. Anyone? This was mostly a good week. My health isn't the best, but I got my medicine, so hopefully starting to feel better soonish. Yay. I'm slowly starting to catch up with commenting, soon I shall be done with that too :) And eee, the sun is almost back. So very soon I will be able to take lighter pictures. So happy about that. But not just yet. Didn't blog much this week, but still two posts. This week I'm waiting on Here Lies Daniel Tate. <3 And I posted my review of Shadows of the Lost Sun :D I also got a bunch of gorgeous mail this week. Yay! I love it all so much. I'm still waiting on more pop figures, though, lol. But now only missing one Harry Potter pop to have my complete collection. Eee. The Bellatrix one. <3 She's not in stock yet. But then I'm also missing some of the store-limited editions.. ugh. Really hoping to find them all in Chicago :D Fingers crossed. Anyway. I just love buying pop figures. <3 Running out of room for them too.. sigh. But not yet.

Carve the Mark. I'm pretty excited about shortly reading this one :D This I will love most of it. I hope so.
And I Darken. Finally bought the international paperback :) Love. Sadly, damaged, so getting a new one.
Shadows of the Lost Sun. Eee. It finally arrived this week :D Already read and loved it. <3 My precious.
A Gathering of Shadows. Gorgeous paperback edition :D Pretty. Soon I will finally read this second book.
Magnus Chase. I still haven't read the Magnus Chase book, ack, but I still had to have this one too :D
Heartless. Eee! Thank you so much to the awesome Pan Macmillan UK for this gorgeous book + swag :D
Pokemon Sun. I just had to buy this game. So excited to play it :D I have always loved Pokemon. Always.
Pop Figures. Eee! More have arrived :D Only missing Bellatrix. <3 Have all the new disney princesses :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Shadows of the Lost Sun by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

I have waited so long for this book. And finally I have gotten to read it. Eee. This book was worth the wait. I just loved it so, so much. I do feel that it was way too short, though, lol. Waiting for book four will be torture. Because this book ends in a pretty bad place, and I am dying to know what happens next. Cannot wait.

I can't describe how much love I have for this series. They are just such amazing books. And gosh, the artwork. It is beyond stunning. And it all fits so well with the story. And I just love it the most. The writing in this third book was all kinds of awesome. I loved reading every moment of this book. It was simply so good.

There is so much I loved about this one. I'm not sure where to begin. There is tons more magic in this third book, and it is all incredible. And awful too. And I loved reading it all so much. This book is the darkest of the three, I think. Maybe the saddest one too, at times, at least. There is just so much happening at all times. And then there was that ending. I don't even know how Marrill and Fin will fix all of this. Gosh. But I know that they can. Because these two characters are the most amazing. And oh, how I love reading about them both. How I adore their friendship. It is the sweetest thing. I hope that they will one day be more than friends, though, hih. Crossing my fingers for that. Though I worry, because I'm very unsure how these books will end. Ack.

This whole book is an adventure. And I love that so much. Reading about Fin and Marrill is just the best thing. I adore them both so much. And I love getting to know them more and more. A lot of this book is about Fin, and his past, his family. There are so many things that got revealed. And my heart is breaking because of it all. I just love Fin the most. And I want him to be loved the most too. And I just. I need other people to remember him too. Hmph. But yeah, I really loved getting to know about his family. Just, sad.

I love that Remy is still there. She is the most awesome babysitter, lol. I really adore reading about her. She's fun. And shipping her and Coll so much. Ack. There is also more about Coll in this book. I loved that too. But I am so, so worried as well. Gosh. But yeah, learning more about Coll was all kinds of fun. Yet pretty awful too, because his past is not good at all. Aw. But even so. I adore Coll. He's an awesome character to read about. Him and Remy are both the sweetest. I still love the Naysayer, lol. He's great.

This book is also more about the old wizard, Ardent. I'm unsure what to think about him now. He was a lot more cold in this book. And that bothered me. I had so many times where I didn't like him at all. Aw. But other times he was all kinds of awesome too. Hmph. Ardent just spends all his time searching for the love of his life, Annalessa. And I did feel for him. Because some of the things he found out was heartbreaking. But I'm also really upset with this man. Hmph. He was a bit too obsessed, I think. And that made him bad.

There is a lot of new characters in this book. Like this new girl, who like Fin cannot be remembered by others. Marrill names her Fig, and oh, I loved that so much. At first I was worried that this new girl would come between Marrill and Fin, since he's spending time with her, but that never happened. And I'm so glad about that. I also hope beyond words that Fin and Fig won't become more than friends, lol, because that would just break my heart. Aw. Anyway. I did adore Fig. She was an mostly awesome person. Yay.

There is this one thing that bothered me about this book, though. Which makes me a bit sad. Aw. See, the summary says that Marrill and Fin will be without Ardent and Coll in this book. Yet that was not the case at all. They are with them all the time, until the end of the book. In the next book, they will be without them. But I kept waiting for it to happen in this book, because the summary said so. How rude. But still, despite that misleading, I loved the book the most. And I didn't mind that part. Just a little bit annoying.

I'm not sure what else to say about this precious book. I loved it beyond words. It was such an amazing third book. Eee. I just cannot wait for the next one. Hoping that book four won't be the last one. Fingers crossed. I never want to stop reading about Fin and Marrill. Just hoping that the wait for book four won't be too awful, lol. Shadows of the Lost Sun was the most gorgeous book. Full of adventure and amazing characters. This book broke my heart so, so often. I loved it the most. Go read these three books. Now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #275

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


Goodreads Description:

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realized he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

It seems too good to be true when Daniel Tate, missing since he was abducted from one of California’s most elite private enclaves at the age of ten, turns up on a snowy street in Vancouver six years later. At first too traumatized to speak, he is eventually able to tell the authorities who he is and is reunited with his overjoyed family. In time, they tell him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing; all that matters is that they have him back.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing:

That boy isn’t Daniel Tate.

But he wants to be. A young con artist who’s been taking on false identities for years, this impostor has stumbled onto the scam of a lifetime. Daniel has everything he’s ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and most importantly, a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.

Until he realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all. Maybe someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be…and if he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Eee! Is it June yet? :D I AM SO EXCITED about a new Cristin Terrill book :D Feels like forever since I read her first book, All Our Yesterdays. <3 Which I loved. I simply cannot wait for another book by her :D Eee. So thrilled. This one sounds all kinds of amazing. And I'm sure that I'm going to love it. That cover is a bit weird, yet I'm starting to love it too, lol :) I just. Gosh. I want this book. I want it now. I will love it so.
What are you waiting for on this disappearing Wednesday?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

In My Mailbox #272

I read two books this week, again :D Which means that I have now read 4 books this year. I'm happy about this. Yay. I was supposed to read something this weekend too, but haven't gotten my book in the mail yet, so taking a little bit of a break until it arrives. Hopefully on Monday :) Though I'm not at home on Monday. Ugh. So Tuesday is for reading. I'm excited. I also blogged a bit more this week, so yay :) This week I posted a Top Ten Tuesday. <3 I'm waiting on Beanstalker and other Hilarious Scarytales :) I then posted my third review of The Map to Everywhere. <3 And my second review of City of Thirst :D I haven't had the best health this week, but getting more medicine next week, so hopefully feeling better shortly :) Just waiting for the sun to come back, so that I can take lighter pictures again. Also waiting for it to be May again, so that I can get my spa bath back together :) It needs to be warmer out first. Sigh. Anyway. I did get a bit of gorgeous mail this week :D I'm in love with all of it. And I so love getting pop figures. <3

Flying Lessons & Other Stories. I only know one of these authors, Soman, but hoping to love all stories :D
Stormdancer + Ruin and Rising. Eee! Japanese editions :D They are both gorgeous. Love these books.
Brave + Frozen + Dragons + Moana. More books from movies that I love the most :D They are so cute.
Movies. I haven't seen any of these movies yet, ack, so I'm excited to watch them all pretty soonish :)
Pop Figures. Eee! More are arriving :D More coming too. I love all of these so, so much. So adorable.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Recommendation: City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

Finally, I have had the chance to read this book a second time. And it never fails to break my heart. Ack. Such a sad book. Yet despite the sadness, this book is all kinds of fun too. I loved reading every moment of it. I think I loved it more this time than the first time I read it. Though that is hard to say, because I loved it the most both times I read it. Gosh, I just love this middle grade series the most. Cannot wait to finally get to read book three soon. Eee. I'm so excited. I hope there will be many more books from this world.

I don't mention it often enough, but these books have some amazing artwork. First there is the gorgeous covers. Which are just stunning. But there are also stunning drawings inside the book. Not too many, but enough, and they are so fun and gorgeous and I love them all the most. I wish they had been in color, but they are still gorgeous. I can't wait to see more in the next books. Because these drawings just make the books even better. And I just love looking at them all the most, lol. They are simply gorgeous. I love them.

There is so much to love in this book. And I don't know how else to describe it. It is such an amazing second book. It takes place about six months after the ending of book one. Which felt like such a long time, considering Fin was almost alone all that time, with no one to remember him at all. Again. Aw. I just. I love this boy to pieces. And this book made me feel so sad for him. And that makes me hurt a whole bunch. I want the best for Fin. I want him to be loved. And be remembered. To have people care for him.

But despite loving Fin the most, I love the other characters too. Marrill is all kinds of awesome. I really hope that her mom will get better. Aw. I also want all the best for Marrill, because I do adore her. Though, if I'm going to be honest, I was a bit upset with this girl in this book. Because of some things she does. Some things she forgets. I'm not sure I will forget it all that fast. I hope she'll make it better in book three, so that it will be easier for me to forgive her for it too. Because I need to. I'm crossing my fingers for that.

But either way, I still love this girl. I loved that in this book, she has a babysitter. Remy. And Remy is a big part of this book. I adored this older girl. She's awesome. And getting to know Coll and Ardent better was simply amazing too. I adore all of these characters so much. And reading about them all is just the best. I'm so glad I finally re-read these amazing books. Because they mean so much to me. And they are both so, so good. Well, all kinds of heartbreaking, but also the most fun. I love everything about this one. Yay.

City of Thirst is full of magic. And adventure. And I loved re-reading it the most. Most of this book takes place in a new city. And gosh, this place. I could never have been there. Shudders. But oh, how it was amazing to read about again. So different and so special too. There is so much I loved about this book. Every single thing. I cannot wait to read more about Fin and Marrill. Eee. I just, I need a happy ending for them both. Ack. If you still haven't read this amazing second book, then move it. It's so good. I promise.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

Just finished reading this precious book for the third time. Sigh. I just adore this book oh so much. It never fails to make me happy. And break my heart at the same time. This middle grade series is something that everyone should be reading. Because Fin is the most amazing boy to get to know. Marrill is so awesome too. And this world. I cannot with how amazing this world is. I loved reading about all the different places again. It felt so real. Such an amazing and yet terrifying world created. I love reading about it all the most.

I'm not going to write very much this third time. Because I feel like I have already said everything that I could possibly say about this book, yet at the same time feel like I can never say enough. This is the first book in this series. I'm thrilled to be re-reading book two next, though that one will make me a lot of sad, ack. And then I shall finally get to read book three. I'm so excited. There will be at least four books, but gosh, I really hope there will be even more. I never ever want to stop reading about Fin and Marrill. Sniffs.

There is just so much to love about The Map to Everywhere. The writing is stunning. The characters are all done so well, and I cared for all of them. The story is fun yet a bit sad too. There are some amazing creatures in this book too, and gosh, I loved reading about them all. I especially loved the Naysayer. He's awesome. This book was pirates. Which is awesome. It has the most creepy villain too, which I enjoyed reading about. This whole book is an epic adventure and I could not have loved it more. It's so awesome.

This book tells the story of Fin and Marrill. And gosh, how I adore these two twelve year olds. They are adorable. I loved how they first met, and how they became friends. It was awesome. I must say that I love Fin the most, simply because he has the most heartbreaking past. Sniffs. Getting to know him was simply the best. Though my heart is always aching for him. See, this boy is forgotten by everyone. If a leaves a room, no one remembers him at all. And it is the saddest thing to read about. Until Marrill comes along.

And oh, I loved how she could remember him. But there is a reason for that, and sniffs. Book two will murder me again. Hmph. How rude. But anyway. Marrill is also such an amazing character. She has the cutest cat, which is always there, and I adored him. I loved reading about her parents too, though that was pretty sad as well. Aw. But yeah. I loved these two kids. So much. And the rest of the crew of the ship too. This book is full of magic. And adventures. And creepy trees. And cold places. So much love.

I'm not saying more about this book this time. Simply because I loved it so much that there isn't really anything else to say. It is such a stunning story. I love that it is part of a series. I love that there is more of these amazing characters. Eee. They are just the best. I must say that if you still haven't read The Map to Everywhere, you are missing out. Big time. This book is a must read. And you really should get started. Right now. This book never fails to impress me. I love it more each time that I read it. And I always will.

Waiting on Wednesday #274

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


Goodreads Description:

Once upon a time, a girl skipped into the forest and became a zombie.

Wait, no, that's not how this story is supposed to go. Let's try again.

Once upon a time, a boy did a horrible job as a sheep-sitter and burned his tongue on stolen pie.

No, children in these stories are always good and virtuous. From the top.

Once upon a time, a king and queen tried to find a princess for their son to marry, and he wound up fleeing from a group of very hairy vampires.


What about, once upon a time, a bunch of fairy tales got twisted around to be completely hilarious, a tiny bit icky, and delightfully spooky scarytales... in other words, exactly what fairy tales were meant to be. Grab some flaming torches, maybe don't accept that bowl of pease porridge, and get ready for a wickedly fun ride with acclaimed author Kiersten White and fairy tales like you've never heard them before.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic 
Pre-Order here and here

This book looks and sounds so, so adorable. And fun. And awful. And I am so, so excited to read it :D Just wishing it was out already. <3 Crossing my fingers I might be able to get an ARC of it one day. But if not, I'm reading this precious book when it comes out this summer. Wish it would be longer, but I'm sure it will still be long enough and awesome :D Crossing my fingers that I will love it the most. I think that I will.
What are you waiting for on this fairytale Wednesday?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #30

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read
But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.
I don't even really know why I haven't read this book yet. I mean, I loved the first three books oh so much. And I have been dying for this one for so long. But first I must re-read the first books. I'm a little nervous. I'm reading it soon.

2. A World Without You by Beth Revis.
I know that I will love this book. I just know it. Because I adore Beth. And this looks and sounds fully amazing. But I also know that it will break my heart. Which is the reason for why I haven't read it yet. Ack. I just need to be brave.

3. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.
Just about everyone have read and loved this book already. Ack. I don't even know why I haven't read it yet. I just haven't had the time for it. I do think I will love this one, though. Because it looks and sounds amazing. Let me love it.

4. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas.
I adore this author so much. Yet I have only read her YA books so far. Which is why I'm excited to try this new adult of hers. It sounds so amazing. I do think I will enjoy it a lot. I'm just nervous since it isn't usual for me. I will read it soon.

5. The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen.
This one sounds all kinds of amazing. And I love that cover too. And I adore this author. I have wanted to read this one for a while now. I'm just really slow in starting it, lol. I do know that I will love it for sure. It sounds so interesting.

6. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry.
I'm unsure why I haven't had the chance to read this book yet. I'm pretty sure that I will love this. This book sounds so different and special and I'm super excited about it. I just got a little nervous when I peeked at the ending, lol.

7. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta.
I adore this author oh so much. I have loved all the books I have read by her so far. And I cannot wait to read more by her. The only reason why I haven't read this book yet is because it is adult. But I think I will love it even so. I'm excited.

8. Never Ever by Sara Saedi.
This book looks so gorgeous. I must admit I ordered it because of that cover. And because I adore Peter Pan. But gosh. The book arrived, and I peeked at the ending. Which made me not read this book then. But I will read it. One day.

9. Let the Wind Rise by Shannon Messenger.
Gosh, how I adore this author. I haven't read all of her books just yet, but those I have read I have loved. I adored the first and second book in this series. I must admit, I haven't read this yet because of the long wait. Ahh.

10. United by Melissa Landers.
I must get this book read soon. I really must. Because I simply adored the first and the second book. This third one is going to be even more awesome and have even more romance and I know I will love it. Ack. Just have to start it.

I couldn't resist taking part in this topic this week. There are so many books that I have been meaning to read, yet still haven't picked up. Ack. I do own all of these, and hoping to read all of them really soon :D These are the more recent books that I haven't read yet. I still have more than 400+ unread books, hah. Getting to them all one day :) Have you read any of these books yet? What did you think about them?

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by The Broke and the Bookish :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

In My Mailbox #271

Well. This week haven't been the best. I read the most awful book, and just waiting for it to leave my head :) Health isn't doing all that good, but it's not the worst either. This week we had a few days with over -20c outside, which was all kinds of cold. Shudders. Thankfully, the cold is all gone :) This week I managed to read two books, happy about that. But none of them were awesome. My next two reads will be re-reads, though, and I'm thrilled about that :D I will love those. And the third book I will read too. I'm so excited. I ended up blogging a bit more this week :) Yay. I shared my Best Books of 2016 post. <3 Then posted a review of Long May She Reign :) This week I'm waiting on Vanguard. <3 Then I posted my review of Allegedly. Ugh. I'm finally starting to catch up to comments; been commenting a bunch these past few days :) I shall finish it within a week, I hope. About 350 posts left to comment on. Ack. I shall do this :)

Zootopia + Moana + Trolls + Frozen. Eee! I love all of these movies+books, lol :D They are the cutest.
Vacation Movies. I have only seen two of these, so excited to watch the other two as well. They are fun.
Starflight. Yay for gorgeous paperback edition being out :D Wish it wasn't a bit damaged, though. Aw.
The Wish Granter + Allegedly. Eee! Thank you so, so much HarperCollins International for these two stunning looking ARCs :D So happy with them both. <3 Though I didn't like Allegedly at all, I am glad that I got the chance to try it. Hoping to find someone else to send it to :) Let me know if you wish to trade.


Shadow Run. I'm excited about reading this one :D I just hope that it will be amazing, and that the writing and romance will be good. Fingers crossed. Thank you so much to the publisher for accepting my Netgalley request for it :) Have any of you read this one yet? Or planning on reading it? I'm curious.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

You have got to be fucking kidding. This book was the biggest piece of trash I have read. I don't write reviews like this. I don't talk shit about books like this. But oh, with this one, I am going to. Not talking bad about the author at all, but my god. This book. I have so much to say about it. It was the worst thing I have read.

I don't even know why I wanted to read this one. But I did. When I first saw the cover, I knew I wanted to read this. So pretty. And summary was interesting. I thought this book would be exciting and pretty awful and good. I ended up beyond disappointed. This isn't usually my type of book, but I really thought I would love it.

I have never been so wrong before. Let me say that the only reason I finished this book was because I had a print ARC of it. Because the publisher was amazing to send it to me. Otherwise, I would have quit it very early on. I knew right away that I hated the writing. It was so awful. I can't even describe it right. It was bad from the beginning and all the way until the end. First the way things are written. So bad. Then the way they are all talking. It was the worst kind of writing I have read. Shudders. No one talks like that. But in this one every person talked like that. Ugh. And then there was the main girl. And the way she was thinking. It was so horrible. Every single person she met she thought shit about. Every one. Such an awful person. I couldn't stand it.

I don't even know what to say about this main girl. I wish I could say she was a character easy to love. But she was so not. She was also the stupidest person I have ever read about. For real. She annoyed me from beginning to end. I can't believe she was such a bad person. This story is about her, almost sixteen, being in a group home with other girls that have done bad things. Mary has been locked up since she was nine, charged with the murder of a three weeks old baby. She was charged with no evidence for this.

In this book Mary is trying to get her life around. Trying to prove that she did not kill the baby. And oh. This could have been an interesting story. But it failed at every moment. See. This girl is pregnant from the beginning of the book. With a boy that is in a group home for doing something truly awful. Shudders. It is a lot about her inside this home. With the other girls. With all of them picking on her. And hurting her. Stealing her things. And it never ever got better. It was drama all the time. It was just silly and bad. Ugh.

The boy. Oh god this boy was the worst person ever. I can't even write about him without getting angry. At first I thought he was sort of sweet. A bit stupid, but kind of alright. He couldn't talk at all, but that was just the crappy writing. I suppose. But then. Hah. Then the girl finds out that he is cheating on her, sleeping with lots of other girls, getting money from them. While he claims to love her. Hahaha. I cannot deal with it. Fuck them both. She even forgives him for it later on, she still loves him. I just. No. Big no. Truly awful.

I'm trying to decide what I wish to share about this book. But I'm coming up empty. This book was the biggest trash I have ever read. I don't understand how it could have been so bad. But it was. I guess it could have been good, had it been written differently. But it was not. Every character in this book is also described by skin color. It was highly annoying. And unreal. I'm just so angry about this book. I don't have any more words to share. Horrible book full of awful characters. I seriously could not stand any of them.

Oh. Wait. I just realized what else I wish to say about this book. I can't help but mention that this book was disgusting. The words the characters were saying were disgusting. Always mentions of piss and vomit and sex and bitches and "n****s" and oh my god. This book was full of awful words. And none of them were okay. I don't think anyone should read this book. It tries to make it okay to speak like this. Tries to make it okay to lie about hurting people. I cannot. I need to forget about this shitty book. Shudders.

Then that ending came, and ruined the whole goddamn story, and I was the most pissed off. I still am. That ending was the very worst. I can't believe how truly bad it was. Seriously. God, I can't wait to forget all about this book. Do not read it. I do apologize for this harsh review, but it couldn't be helped. I hated this book. I needed to get my thoughts about it out of my body. Now I'm ready to forget about it. Thank you so much HarperCollins International for sending me a print ARC of it. <3 I will give it away, though.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #273

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


Goodreads Description:

The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship's doctor, she can't wait. It's past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn't allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order here and here

So so curious about this one :D I loved the Razorland trilogy. Such amazing books. And this cover is so gorgeous. Sigh. I love it. But damn it. I am nervous. Because I seem to remember shipping Tegan and James Morrow beyond words. And this summary mentions a different boy. Whyyy? :( I'm upset already, haha. But I still have hope. That there won't be a triangle. That the romance will be amazing. And that the plot will be so much fun and awful and eee :D I'm pretty excited about this book. Just hoping I will love it :)
What are you waiting for on this epic Wednesday?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Review: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

I must admit that I wanted to read this one because of the cover. Which is gorgeous. Then I read the summary, and became even more curious about this book. Must also admit that I thought at first there would be magic in this book. I was wrong. No magic at all. Aw. But it was still such an interesting book to read. I liked it.

I'm giving this book three stars. But that does not mean that I disliked it. Because I liked it enough to pre-order a hardcover of it. And I liked it enough that I think I would re-read it sometime too. And I liked it so much that I would want a sequel. So badly. But I did still have some issues with it, but yeah. I enjoyed it lots.

This book is told from the point of view of Freya. Adored this girl. She's amazing at all times, which was just the best thing. She is the twenty third in line to becoming queen. Which means that it should never happen. So she has lived her life not doing much with the court and such, though she has been there sometimes. But then something awful happens, and the king and his family all die. Hundreds of people die. And so Freya is now the queen. And gosh. It was all kinds of exciting. I thought it would bother me a little, but it did not. It was interesting to read about. And a bit fun too. Freya is not ready to be queen at all. But she has to be. She gets better at it all, but she never changes who she is, and I loved that. So happy that I adored her at all times. Yay.

One of the things I loved most about Freya is that she loves science. She does so many experiments. And I adored that. She doesn't give it up when she becomes queen. Which is awesome. She also has the most adorable cat, Dagny. That cat was the cutest thing. And I loved reading about her. Reminded me so much of my own girl. And then there was even a guard named Carina in this book, like me, eee. I loved that even more, haha. I don't see my name in many books. And so I loved that it was included in this one.

I also adored that Freya had a best friend when the book began, Naomi. And I loved the most that they never argued in this book. They never stopped being friends. Not for a second. And that was the most awesome thing. Because they were such great friends and I loved Naomi. She was awesome. Freya does get another friend too, Madeleine. I'm not sure what I thought about this girl. Sigh. But I did like their friendship, even so. Freya needed her. Because, yeah, being queen did not make things easy for her.

I'm not sure what to share about this book. I'm giving it three stars, because I found it to be a bit boring. Okay, I wasn't bored while reading it, but nothing really happened. There weren't brutal scenes. There weren't a lot of romance. But even so, I liked this book a whole bunch. I didn't love it, but I loved parts of it, and that's enough. I wish there had been magic in this book, and I wish the romance had been even more, and that more had happened, but I was also very happy with this book. It was a really good read.

There is a boy in this one. William Fitzroy. And gosh, I adored this boy. Reading about how Freya and Fitzroy became friends was an amazing thing. I loved how they started to care about each other. There is a slow romance in this book. I wish it had been more. But there was a little. And it was beautiful. A bit unsure about the ending, but I think it was good. Wish there would be a sequel, though. But yeah, the book ended good. And I adored this boy. And the small romance. And their friendship. Eee. So precious.

I'm not going to say more about this book. Just that I enjoyed the plot a bunch. It is about Freya learning to be queen. While solving a mass murder. While trying not to be killed herself. Long May She Reign was an exciting book. And I enjoyed reading every moment of it. I think you should all try this one. Huge thank you to the publisher for the auto approval on Edelweiss; so glad I was able to download this one. I will be pre-ordering it for sure. While it wasn't a perfect book, I'm still so glad that I read it. You must go order it.