Sunday, July 30, 2017

Preview Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

This stunning book sadly isn't out until February, and so today I'm only sharing a few of my thoughts about it with you guys. My full review will be posted closer to the release date, around January, I think. I have written it down, so it's ready to go. But yeah. I couldn't resist writing a smaller preview review as well.

Just to let you know that you guys need to pre-order this one. Or request it via Netgalley too. Because this graphic novel was adorable. And a bit heartbreaking. I'm giving it four stars, for a few reasons, more about that in my full review. But oh, I liked this book so much. I'm thrilled that I got to read it early.

I'm going to be buying the finished hardcover and paperback edition of this one. Simply can't resist owning all the versions of it. Only feel sad that this book wasn't longer. I wanted more about all the characters. Not going to say much more than that about the plot and such, lol. There is a prince. And there is a dressmaker. And reading their story was all kinds of incredible. I really think you should get this book. The artwork inside is in full color and it's so beautiful. I loved every page. So much. I cannot wait to see the final version as well; though this eARC felt pretty final too. So gorgeous. Huge thank you to First Second for the approval to read this one via Netgalley. I loved it lots. My full review will be up closer to the release; in the mean time, go pre-order this stunning thing. The Prince and the Dressmaker is a book worth reading. Amazing story.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

In My Mailbox #299

Haven't had such an awesome week. Been healing all week, and haven't been able to use my spa bath at all. So sad about it. Sniffs. I love my spa bath. And I want to bathe again. Hmph. Soon, I hope. The healing part has been going slow so far. In a lot of pain each day, for reasons. I just hate this surgery wound. Hmph. Should be healed shortly, but I sort of doubt it, because my body never heals like it should. Hate that. Anyway. Not feeling the best, as I'm in pain all the time almost. But trying to stay positive about other things, though :) Got a bit of gorgeous mail this week. <3 Love it. Yay. Again I read two books this week. And it was two books that I did not like much at all. Uuugh. Might be a bit busy this coming week, so won't have much time to read. Ahh. But I do have a lot of books that I must read shortly. Like, re-read Nevernight. Then read Godsgrave.. oh. I don't want to :\ But I must. How rude. Anyway. A few blog posts this week :) Posted my review of A Shadow Bright and Burning. This week I'm waiting on Odd & True. <3 Then I posted my review of A Poison Dark and Drowning. Sigh. Was so disappointing. Aw. Have read tons of bad books this year. And I'm so goddamn tired of it. Hmph. Need more amazing books. I'm a bit behind on commenting, only about a week or so, though, as I haven't done any since my surgery. But commenting today, so will get it done, hopefully :) Just, yeah. Pretty exhausted these days. And I'm so goddamn tired of always having a wound that needs to heal. Sigh. This one shouldn't take that long, though. But still. Pain. Always pain. So tired of it. I hate being sick for life. So rude. Plus side, got some great news about money and such this week, and I'm happy about that. Just wish I had more room too.

Vanguard. Pretty excited about this one :D Loved the original trilogy, ages ago. Hope to love this one too.
Bean Stalker and other Hilarious Scarytales. Didn't love this one, aw, but it was too cute not to buy, haha.
White Space + A Legend of Starfire. Eee, thank you Jackie for sending me these ARCs :D I love them.
The Bronze Key. Pretty paperback edition. <3 Still need to read this third book, though. Ahh. Soonish :D
Lyra's Oxford. The first one I got was broken, aw, but they sent me a new copy :D Yay. It looks perfect.
Figures. Eee, Wonder Woman :D She's so awesome. And new Belle pop. And a couple of Dorbz. And a tiny spider man pint size hero; only one I have been able to find online. How rude. Want more of that kind.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

I tried so hard to like this book. But it simply wasn't meant to be. I somewhat enjoyed book one, and felt curious about this sequel, and hoped that I would like it a lot. But I didn't. Not at all. Giving it two stars, which even feels like too much. But I did like parts of the plot. I felt like it could have been so, so much more, though.

I don't even know where to begin. I had so many issues with this book. The only parts I really liked were the last few pages. And even those weren't perfect. I'm going to spoil some things, with the romance, and some other obvious stuff. Nothing too big, but not writing it feels like it might kill me. Must get rid of my feelings.

I will start with the writing. Which I'm sorry to say that I hated beyond words. I have no way to describe how much I hated it. It was simply so awful. I couldn't connect to anything or any of the characters. I felt nothing for the main girl, Henrietta. I felt like she cared about nothing at all. She felt so so false to me. The writing was also very different from book one. With how she's thinking and such. She keeps cursing in her head all the time. Normally I don't mind this at all, but in this book, it made no sense, and it was highly annoying. One thing I noticed was that in book one it's mentioned many times that her skin is dark. In this book, it wasn't mentioned a single time. Which seemed odd to me. Well, all of the writing was odd to me, to be honest. Disappointing.

This book takes place two months after the end of the first one. I sadly knew right away that I wouldn't like this one. Sigh. Noticed how I didn't like the writing pretty fast, and I just couldn't make myself care about the characters at all. Henrietta is just so boring. Claims to love people. Didn't see that at all. Claims to feel guilty about things, yet continues to make stupid decisions. Not the chosen one, yet still acting like it, and she's the one figuring everything out and doing everything the best. So so unreal. She was not amazing.

Then there were a few other things that I disliked a lot too. How everything was so very obvious, yet none of them saw any of it. Like who the father of Henrietta really is. I saw that coming early on in book one. Yet she didn't get it at all. And when the prophecy girl showed up, there were tons of big clues that she was the one, yet none of them understood that either. And Henrietta did not see that Blackwood was in love with her, which was beyond obvious. Ugh. Stuff like that annoyed me to pieces. It was the worst.

Shall mention the plot a little bit. I liked it a lot in book one, but it felt a bit awkward and silly in this one. A lot of people die. Horrible deaths. Yet they don't really seem to care at all. I felt nothing. And the monsters even felt silly to me. The way they were written wasn't really good at all. Sigh. I am not sure what else to say about it. Just that I was disappointed. Had hoped for more. Still, two stars, because I did like some of the plot. And Blackwood. But for the most part, this book pretty much sucked. It could have been so good.

I have to mention that the summary is full of lies. First of all, there is barely any romance at all in this book. It isn't seductive at all. It isn't monstrously romantic. Not even close. There are a few kisses, but they are tame and I felt nothing from them. The romance isn't a focus. Not really. And this book doesn't focus at all on Henrietta trying to save Rook. Because she isn't really trying at all. And Magnus. That story line was pathetic, to be honest. Seems like he is in love with Henrietta. Yet he's just there, doing nothing.

And hah. The rest of the romance. I can't even mention it all. Henrietta claimed in all of book one that she was in love with Rook, her childhood friend. Yet she spent zero time with him. And she's still claiming now that she's in love with him. And he loves her too. And so they kiss. Yet once again they spend about zero time together. She barely thinks about him at all. I have seen zero reasons for why they should love each other as well. It is the most awful romance I have read about. Just, well, silly and did not feel real at all.

And then there was Blackwood. Sigh. I still love this boy the most, but even his story line is starting to annoy me. He's seventeen years old. Yet the author is trying to make him seem like he's seventy, with how much he knows, and how serious he is all the time. It got to be highly annoying. And I hated the way that Henrietta seemed to always be judging him for smallish things. He was an interesting character, but nothing amazing. I shipped him with Henrietta, though, and I liked their ending. But nothing special. Aw.

I'm not going to say much more about this book. Just that I'm really disappointed by all of it. I thought there would be a lot of romance, like the summary is claiming. This wasn't true. I had hoped there would be amazing fighting and magic and friendships. But it all just felt silly to me. I liked the new characters; Maria was pretty amazing. But it wasn't nearly enough to make me like this book. Even reading about the monsters were boring, considering how they were written. Bad writing can truly ruin a book for me. Sigh.

I'm a bit heartbroken over how much I just about hated this book. I disliked it so much. It could have been so good. But it wasn't. I'm sort of glad that I gave this series a try, but also disappointed to have wasted my time on them. Sigh. I think I will read book three, simply to see how it ends, and with the romance too. A bit curious. But not invested at all. Sadly wouldn't recommend A Poison Dark and Drowning to anyone. Sigh. Still, thank you so, so much to Penguin Random House International for this stunning review copy.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #302

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


Goodreads Description:

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Amulet Books 
Pre-Order here and here

Ahh, I'm excited about this book. Adore Cat Winters so, so much :D And her books are all amazing. I cannot wait to read this new one by her. Eee. Doesn't it just look beyond gorgeous? Love that cover so much. And it sounds creepy and amazing and oh, I can't wait to read it. Having an ARC coming my way in August, which is soon, and I'm the most excited. Really think that I will love this book to pieces. Yess.
What are you waiting for on this monstrous Wednesday?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

I didn't really know much about this book at all before I ended up with an ARC of book two. And then I decided to buy this one, to give it a try. And I'm glad I did so. I didn't love this book, but I did enjoy the magic a whole bunch. And the world was amazing too. But yeah, I did have some issues with this book too. How rude.

I shall begin with the writing. I had a bunch of issues connecting with this story at first. The writing didn't agree with me much, aw. I grew used to it, but never grew to love the writing, sadly. Hope that will change in book two, though. It was not that awful, just annoyed me a little. I notice the writing the most while reading.

I've decided to give this one three stars. I liked the story a whole lot, but had a lot of issues too. Hmph. I fear that something will bother me in book two, ahh, but also have high hopes about the plot and magic. So fingers crossed I will love book two a bunch. Feeling a bit unsure about what I wish to share about this book. And feeling a bit unsure about how I felt about it. It was sort of a quick read, and I didn't want to stop reading. I was curious about the plot and what would happen next. I liked reading about Henrietta a lot. She was an awesome main character. Had some issues with her feelings, ugh, but besides that I liked her a bunch. I loved figuring out things about her magic and such. Was fun and interesting. And I liked her as a person. She was kind.

But I also didn't love her, because as I mentioned, I had some issues connecting with this book. Mostly because of the writing. Sigh. I need amazing writing to fully connect to characters and things. But even so, I liked this book a whole lot. I loved reading about all the magic. About the sorcerers and magicians. About them finding out that Henrietta had magic, and her leaving her sad and small life to go live and train magic with a bunch of boys. It was fun to read about. I liked reading about her training and such.

And I liked reading about the boys too. They were interesting to get to know. I liked how Henrietta cared for them and got to know them. Though I also felt like there could have been a bit more about them all. And I must admit that I never did like Magnus, the flirt. And that is also why I had some issues. Because it seems like Henrietta is slowly falling in love with him. While also being in love with her childhood friend, Rook. And it just made zero sense to me. Sigh. Magnus was a good friend, for the most part. Not more.

He was an awful flirt and flirted with every girl. Didn't see at all how she could want to be more with him. There is only one kiss in this book. With him. Ugh. Though she does come to realize that she does not really want him. But she still seems unsure, and that bothers me. Then there was Rook. She insisted he move with her. Yet she never has time for him. Yet it seems that they both love each other, in secret. She thinks about loving him often. Sigh. Just never saw why. Didn't get to know him at all. Disappointing. Aw.

I suppose that this book has a love triangle. But it didn't really bother me, probably because I didn't really care about the characters that much, lol. But also because there wasn't a battle with the boys. Henrietta and Rook aren't a couple. They have never kissed. And she's growing closer with Magnus, sure, but she doesn't really love him either. Sigh. But, well, the boy I loved was named Blackwood. Not too much about him, sadly, but I cared about him a great deal, and wanted to know more about him so badly. How rude.

Anyway. Enough about the romance. It wasn't a big deal in the book, as it didn't take much place in the story. Mostly this book was about magic. And the girl learning to use it the right way. See, Henrietta can set herself on fire. And that is all kinds of awesome. And I wanted to read more about that very badly. And oh, this world was so exciting to get to know. There are awful creatures there. Monsters that kill and hurt. And reading about them was all kinds of fun and awful. I wanted to know more. So curious about them all.

Not going to say more about this book, just that I am glad that I read it, despite having some issues with it. I'm crossing all my fingers that I will love book two. A bit nervous, since I know the triangle thing will be a bit bigger, maybe. But hoping it will be amazing even so. It sure do look gorgeous. If you haven't read A Shadow Bright and Burning yet, then I really think you should. It is full of magic and evil creatures and handsome boys. It does not have the best writing, but it was an amazing story even so. I enjoyed it a lot.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

In My Mailbox #298

Just busy dying. I had my hospital surgery yesterday. Plus side, didn't have to take something awful first, like they told me I had to. Called the surgeon, and he said that I didn't need to. Hmph. So happy about that. But yeah. They put me to sleep, and then exam started. He said it went really well, and things look good, no new fistulas or abscesses. So yay for that. But, well. He also finally removed the seton thread I had in the older fistula. And holy crap I'm in a lot of pain right now. Not getting into too many details, but I had this one in the worst place, and now everything hurts. So much blood. Had a high fever last night too. And puked today. And uuugh. Not feeling good at all. But hoping this will heal fast.. fingers crossed. It doesn't look too bad, because it's mostly on the inside. But yeah. Still blood and pain. So trying to deal with that this weekend. Sigh. Three new blog posts this week. I posted my Book Recommendation of Flashfall. <3 Love it so. And my review of Flashtide :D And this week I'm waiting on Reign the Earth. <3 Because of my hospital visit yesterday, I wasn't in the mood to read anything after Flashtide until after that. So hoping to start a new book today :D Just need the energy. Body sucks at the moment. Oh, well. Please let me heal better. And fast. Ahh. Tired of pain all the goddamn time. And now I must have a break from spa bath too. At least a week, maybe. Uugh. But, plus side, we are finally getting a week of sun and heat from tomorrow :D Yesss. Will be outside. Despite pain. I need more heat, finally. Anyway. Not much mail this week, but still some gorgeous things :D Eee. And more next week too.. and, well, all the weeks to come, lol. Always getting mail. <3 Despite very, very little room left for more. Ahh. So rude.

The Forgetting. Stunning new US paperback edition of this lovely book. <3 Just love it so so much. Sigh.
A Shadow Bright and Burning. Since I got book two, had to get this one :D And I'm reading it next. Ack.
The Girl With the Ghost Machine. Thank you so much Kristie :D SO happy with this ARC. <3 Love love.
Riders. Eee, thank you Whitney for trading me this gorgeous ARC :D I love it so. And postcard too :D
Bukowski Plush. Got these from my mom. And eee. Tiny seal. Love. And big bunny. So fluffy. Love it so.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #301

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


Goodreads Description:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Bloomsbury
Pre-Order here and here

Gosh this cover is gorgeous. Looking at it makes me so happy. Ahh, I cannot wait to own this book :D Wish to read it right away. It sounds amazing too. So exciting. Though the romance makes me worry.. I don't like triangles at all :\ But hoping this won't be bad :D I think it will be amazing, though. <3 Can't wait.
What are you waiting for on this desperate Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Flashtide by Jenny Moyer

So happy to have been able to read this book so early. Eee. I loved book one, Flashfall, so much. And I have been dying to read this sequel ever since. This book was a fast and awesome read. I wish it had been longer, though. And wish there would be a third book. How rude. But this sequel was all kinds of amazing.

Though I did love Flashfall more. But I still loved this one very much. Giving it four stars; as there were a few things that that bothered me. Aw. A bit sad about that, as I wanted to love this final book as much as I loved book one. But yeah, a few issues. But nothing too big; for the most part I loved this book so much.

Flashtide takes place a few months after the end of Flashfall. And I liked that a lot. Orion and Dram have now been living in the mountains for a long time, with the new friends that they made. I loved reading about them. And this mountain place. Seemed like an interesting way to live; yet a bit heartbreaking too, as they had to move all the time, to avoid being captured. But ah, from the very first pages, Orion is having some doubts about Dram. And that made me a bit upset. But, thankfully, it wasn't a big thing, and it didn't really happen in the whole book, so I'm okay with it. Just, a bit sad. But yeah. The beginning of this was exciting. New creatures. New wounds. Ahh. There is so much that I liked about this world. Especially all the creatures.

Like with book one, this one is told from the point of view of Orion. And I loved that lots. This girl is still awesome and still fierce. And her relationship with Dram is the best. Yess. But aw, they don't spend all of this book together, and that made me a bit sad. Yet this book was so exciting and I couldn't stop reading it. So much happens. And it's all interesting to read about. I loved learning more about the flash curtain, and more about some new scary creatures. More about the ruling parts of this world too. Enjoyed that.

I'm not going to say too much about this book. Just some things about it that I liked and that bothered me a little bit. For the most part, though, I loved this book so so much. Flashtide was so exciting and awful and I enjoyed it so much. It's heartbreaking yet full of hope too. Lots of death. And other awful moments, like in book one. I liked that a lot. And Orion goes to tons of new places. I enjoyed reading about that too. For the most part, this book was amazing. And the romance with Orion and Dram made me the happiest.

The thing I loved most about this book was the romance. It's the most awesome thing. Orion and Dram are so cute together. And reading about them being in love was the best thing. They have some cute scenes together. Yesss. And I love how Dram protects her. But oh, something about this made me a bit sad and upset. I loved book one because of their teamwork. There was very little of that in this sequel. Near the end, Orion is so dramatic because of a change, and she hurts Dram, and I'm not okay with that.

Yes, something bad with Dram happens around the middle of the book, but he wasn't at fault for it, yet Orion is acting like he hurt her like crazy. She's being a bit too dramatic about it and I did not like that at all. Because she does not apologize for hurting him on purpose. Hmph. It was not nice. But it wasn't a bit part of the book, thankfully, and most of the book their romance is the very best. Eee. Loved it so very much. Also, to be clear, there is no love triangle at all. No hint of it. Never. And that was very awesome.

I think that one of the big reasons for why I didn't fully love all of this book was because of the time jumps. I noticed a lot of time going by. Like, almost every time a new chapter started, days had gone by. And that bothered me a little bit, as I wanted to know more about everything and every place. So a bit sad about the time jumps; they made me lose focus a few times. But it wasn't a big deal, not really. Because I still loved this book. And I still found everything to be exciting and evil and I enjoyed reading it all. So good.

But ah, another thing that bothered me about the time jumps, is that I didn't get to see nearly enough about some of the other characters. I didn't get to see how everything ended for them. I didn't get to see Orion being with some of them. Example, Orion finds out something about her parents. Yet that wasn't really written down. I only learned it because I figured it out myself; she didn't really mention it at all until later on. Hmph. But besides that, this book was the best. And I did like learning that secret as well. Yay.

I'm so thrilled that I got to read Flashtide early. Eee. Thank you so much precious friend for trading it with me. This book is precious to me. And I cannot wait for the finished copy to come out as well. I know that I'm going to read Flashfall more times. And while I didn't love Flashtide just as much, I know I'm going to re-read this one too. Eee. Already looking forward to it. If you have read book one, then you really must read this sequel. I loved learning how things ended for everyone. It's a great final book. You must read it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Recommendation: Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

It hasn't even been four months since I first read Flashfall. Yet when I got my ARC of book two, I couldn't imagine not re-reading this precious book first. And I am so glad that I did so. Because Flashfall is still perfect to me. I loved it beyond words, again. Oh, this book is stunning. I don't know how to describe it all again. So not going to talk too much about it this time. Just mentioning a few things that I love about it. Eee. If you still haven't read this one, then get moving. You are missing out on the most awesome book.

The writing in Flashfall is so perfect. I loved reading every page of this book. I loved that the book is told from the point of view of Orion. Whom I adore beyond words. This girl is amazing. So brave and kind and awesome. I love how broken just about every person in this book is, yet they still have hope, like Orion does. She makes the best out of everything. And she's starting to fight back against certain things. And I loved that about her. Oh, how I adored getting to know this fierce girl. She was simply the best person.

I loved that this book managed to creep me out again. A lot of it takes place inside awful caves. and it was the most awesome thing to read about. Dangerous. Scary. I loved every moment of it. These caves were the worst. Nine different ones, some more dangerous than others. The most dangerous being the one that Orion and Dram have to go into every day. And ahh, the creatures. I cannot with how awesomely they were written. So good. So awful. Loved reading about them the very most. But yeah, scary as well.

The plot in this book is simply the most awesome thing. I loved reading about this world. How it is divided between everyone. How Orion is living in one of the worst places. Reading about the flash curtain was so interesting, yet so horrible. This world is awful. And I loved reading about it the most. Eee. I loved reading about all the cave parts. And the different places that Orion ended up at for a short time. Shudders. This book is heartbreaking and evil and beyond exciting. Oh, so glad that I re-read it now. Loved it the same.

What I love most about this book is the friendship and relationship between Orion and Dram. It is the cutest thing. They have been friends and cave partners for years. And this friendship is finally starting to become something more. And it's so cute and sweet to read about. Not much romance, but enough, and it's the best thing. Oh, I hope it will be just as good in book two. Eee. A bit nervous. Yet so excited. Dram was such an amazing person too. So protective and fierce. And truly awesome to get to know too. Eee.

There is so much happening at all times in this book. And I loved reading about it all again so so much. Though this book is all kinds of sad. There are a bunch of characters to get to know and start loving. And then most of them ended up dying. Ahh. It was evil. Yet so well written that I couldn't help but love it so much. The ending is pretty happy, though, ack. Which is why I worry about book two. Hmph. But so, so excited to start it next. But seriously, read this book right now if you haven't yet. Flashfall is perfection.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

In My Mailbox #297

This week have been good and bad. Health is sort of okay; just got my regular medicine this Thursday, so hoping to feel lots better in a short time. Just dreading next Friday, as that is surgery day, and it shall be awful. Ahh. I hope healing doesn't take more than a few days. Oh, I'm worried about it. Sigh. Got some gorgeous mail this week, though :D Yay. Some is still missing, as the mail didn't arrive on Friday, not sure why, hmph. Rude. But next week it will get here, so yay. I also read two books this week. Re-read of The Forgetting. <3 My precious. Loved it so. But didn't love the companion book, sobs. Reading more this coming week; though the sun is finally coming back, after this whole week with rain and cold. So will be spending a lot of time outside. Yay. Didn't blog that much this week, but still a few posts. Posted my Book Recommendation of The Forgetting. <3 This week I'm waiting on Quests for Glory :D 300th post. Yay. And then I posted my review of The Knowing :) I also went to the cinema twice this week; I saw the new Spider Man, which was awesome, yet a bit boring too. But love the actors/characters. Especially Tony and Pepper. Eee. Then I saw Despicable Me 3, which was adorable. Loved it. Anyway. Good week :)

Because You Love To Hate Me. Yay both editions :D I cannot wait to read these stories. So so so excited.
The Savage Dawn. Curious to know how this trilogy ends :) Enjoyed book one, disliked book two. Ahh.
Now I Rise. Still so sad that I didn't like this book much. Sobs. But still. This UK edition of it is so pretty.
Blood For Blood. New UK paperback edition of this lovely thing. Adored this heartbreaking book so much.
Lyra's Oxford. Lovely new CD audiobook of this short stunning tale :D Must have all the new editions, hih.
7 ARCs. Oh god. Ahhh :D This was the best package. <3 Eee. Thank you so so much for trading with my Bridget :D You are amazing. I love these so, so much. Eee, I now have ARCs of Ashes + Shadows + Monster; the whole trilogy. <3 And ahh, both Traitor ARCs :D So so happy. And now I own every ARC by Lish too, and oh, I love them. So much. These books are all precious. Love all my ARCs the most. Eee.

Invictus. Eee! Managed to get this one from Netgalley :D And I am so so excited about it. Wishing for the print ARC too, though. <3 But will be reading this one soonish, and I cannot wait for it. Just hoping that I will love it lots.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

I have been so excited to read this book for ages now. Because I loved The Forgetting so much. I'm still a bit sad that this wasn't a direct sequel, aw. Instead it was a companion book, set around four hundred years in the future. I had hoped to love this just as much as I loved the first one. But oh, I did not. And I feel so sad.

Don't know where to begin. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed a lot. I loved how it was set in the same place as book one. With a lot of the same things, even though this is far in the future. But there were also a lot of things I didn't like about this book. Aw. Because of that, this ended up as a three star for me.

Which makes me incredibly sad. Because I really hoped and thought that I would love this book to pieces. Hmph. And I am heartbroken that I didn't. I am not sure how it was possible that this book was so very different from the first one. I just re-read The Forgetting. And I loved it beyond words. It was so beautiful. Yet the moment I started this companion book, I noticed a ton of differences. The writing was different too. I never fully connected with any of the characters. And that was so disappointing. Ugh. I'm not sure why it was so much different from the first book. But it was. This book is told from two point of views. Samara and Beckett. A chapter each. This change I did like, though, so yay. Mostly loved these two characters too. More on that shortly.

But this book wasn't all bad. Three stars is still good. I will be talking more about some things that I didn't like soon, aw, but will mention first some more things that I did enjoy. Because for the most part I did like this book. I just wanted so much more from it. Anyway. I adore this world the most. So interesting to read more about this whole place, and how it has changed these past years. And get to read more about the Forgetting trees too, and how people are still affected by all of this. I loved that. A lot of it was so exciting.

But, well. The biggest reason for why I didn't love this book was the chapters written from Samara. I really did like getting to know her. She was amazing to read about, and I found her to be pretty adorable. And I wanted to know more personal things about her. Hmph. But, yeah. The way the book was written from her point of view was so annoying. Because Samara is different. She's a Knowing. And so she Knows almost everything. And that word is with a big letter all the time and so often. It got to be too much. Aw.

But I will say that it was interesting to get to know about these new types of people. To read about all the things that Samara had to relive in her head, like she just learned and watched it all for the first time. It was a bit heartbreaking, yet I didn't care too much, aw. But it was interesting to read about, even so. To learn why only some people were Knowing. And how they were thought to be special because of this. Even though a lot of those like this ended up killing themselves. It was a bit brutal. Yet fascinating too.

This book tells the story of Samara and Beckett. Beckett just arrived to this planet from Earth. He and his parents are looking for evidence of what happened to the first people that got sent to this planet, many years earlier. And so Beckett and another girl his age, Jillian, have left their spaceship to look for clues. And, yeah. I had so many issues with Jillian. Which was depressing. She and Beck was supposed to be a couple, but he felt nothing for her. Yet she is a bit jealous and bitter and mean through this whole book.

There were some characters in this book that I just felt had no purpose. Jillian was one of those. She was there just to annoy me. Hmph. Sure, I guess she was important, but I did not like her. No love triangle, not really, just annoying for me. Hmph. Oh, and another boy that was in love with Samara. Sigh. No feelings from her, but he was a creep, and that annoyed me too. No drama like that in The Forgetting. Aw. I feel a bit sad that this book wasn't as perfect, and that I didn't enjoy it as much as I loved the first book. Sniffs.

I'm not sure what I wish to share about The Knowing. I enjoyed parts of the plot a lot. I did like reading about Beckett and Samara. I liked reading about their romance. But I also felt like this book was so much lesser that The Forgetting. And that makes me sad. I really enjoyed the peeks at the past, but those were few. And not what I really wanted. Aw. I hope there will be short stories, one day, about what happened with Nadia and Gray. I want that. I want that very, very much. Because I missed them like crazy in this.

I do think you should all read this book, though. Yet only if you have read The Forgetting. Because while this isn't a direct sequel, only a companion, it do take place in the same place, same world, same type of plot. And it would be much easier to understand things if you have read The Forgetting first. Plus, that book was awesome. I'm sorry that I didn't love this book more. Aw. But yeah, it just wasn't fully for me. But so curious to know what others will think. Thank you so so much sweet person for this precious ARC.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #300

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

QUESTS FOR GLORY (The School for Good and Evil #4)

Goodreads Description:

With every end comes a new beginning in the fourth installment of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series, Quests for Glory. Join Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods—The Camelot Years—where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives.

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever.

For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them...

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here and here

This is the book I want most of all the books. So it's only fitting that I chose it as my #300 WoW post :) Simply cannot wait to read this one. Gosh, it's going to be so perfect. Sniffs. I loved The School for Good and Evil trilogy beyond words. So much heartbreak and love and fun and so perfect. Thrilled that Soman is writing three more books with the same characters, eee. I cannot wait to read more about Agatha and Tedros :D And Sophie too, I guess ;p Gah. And there will be more romance too. And I just. I cannot wait. Will love this book so, so much. And eee, look at that cover :D Dying of gorgeous. See my cover reveal post for it here. <3 If you haven't read these books yet, you are seriously missing out. Read them. Now.
What are you waiting for on this epic Wednesday?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Recommendation: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

I'm so, so happy that I finally re-read this precious book. I first read it in September last year, and I have been wanting to read it again ever since. Especially once I found out there would be a companion book coming out this year. And when I managed to get hold of an ARC of that one, eee, I simply couldn't resist reading this book again. And oh, how I'm glad that I did so. Because I still love this book. So much. It's stunning. It's rude. It's perfection. And it has the cutest romance. And most evil plot. It's all very exciting.

There is so much that I love about The Forgetting. I'm not going to talk too much about it this time, but I do need to share again about how much I love this book. Which is a lot. It just makes me so happy. Sigh. Yet also sad, because I wish the companion book had been a direct sequel. Hmph. Because I want more of Nadia and Gray so, so much. If you haven't read this book yet, you are seriously missing out. Because it's the best. And you are going to love it beyond words. Like I have. Twice, now. And more times later on.

The Forgetting tells the story of Nadia, the dyer's daughter. And Gray, the glassblower's son. The whole book is told from the point of view of Nadia, which I loved so much. This girl is amazing. And I love how she was curious about things, how she wanted to change things, and fix things. I loved how much she changed in this book as well. She used to almost never talk to anyone, never spend time with anyone. But she gets better at all of that through this book. She opens up more. She's more happy. I loved it so.

And oh, how I loved getting to know Nadia. She's so interesting and I loved reading everything her. And everything about her past too. Some things were a bit sad to read about, aw, but written so well. Sigh. And ahh, her family. Her mother was not okay. And that just broke my heart. Her twelve year old little sister was beyond adorable. And oh, how I loved reading about her again. But her other sister, whom is older, I think, was not the best to read about at first. Hmph. But she gets better too, and I loved that so.

And ahh, Gray. I loved this boy beyond words. He was so sweet and fun and amazing. I loved how he and Nadia started to become friends. Started talking and hanging out and breaking the law together. And loved how they got to be more than friends too. Oh, this romance killed me with how amazing it was. Eee. Wish there had been even more kissing, but there didn't need to be. Because there was some, and they were beyond perfect. This romance is the best. No drama. No love triangles. No arguing. It was so sweet.

There is so much I love about this book. Won't mention it all. But oh, it's so good. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan. This place is all they know; they never leave the walls around their town. But Nadia does leave the wall. For hours. Without finding anyone or anything else. I loved reading about her leaving the wall. So awesome. But anyway. This city. It is ruled by Janis, this old woman. And oh, how I hated her. I hated her more than I can say. But she was an really awesomely written villain. And so evil. So yay for that, lol.

For as long as it has been written down, everyone in this city has been losing all their memories every twelve years. Complete losses. It was heartbreaking to read about. Because so many other awful things happened too. And it was so sad. Ahh. But so interesting as well. They all write in books, writing down their truth and everything they know about themselves for those twelve years, before they forget again. It was so fascinating to read about. Written so well. Especially because Nadia never forgot. Eee. Loved it.

I'm not going to say more about this precious thing. Already said so much, again, lol. Just that it is beyond amazing. I love it to pieces. And I know that I will read it again and again. Eee. I will never not love this book. The plot is the most exciting thing. So many secrets and surprises. It was exciting and interesting at every moment. So much to know. Loved it so. And the romance. Again, perfection. And so many other interesting characters too. Oh, this book means so much to me. Again, if you haven't read it, do so now.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

In My Mailbox #296

This week have been pretty awesome. Yesss. I got the most amazing mail this whole week. Sigh. I'm so happy. Books via trade. Books via publishers. Books via friends. Oh, I'm so so happy. <3 They are all perfect :D Ahh. I have been bathing in my spa bath a lot lately, and I love it so much. Sigh. Finally able to do this every day, lol. Just nervous about my surgery on the 21st. Worried the doctor will make it so that I cannot bathe for weeks. He better not. Hmph. Anyway. My health hasn't been fully perfect this week. My new abscess got bigger and I had to murder it myself. Thankfully, that helped, and the pain went away. Still not fully healed, but lots better, and no need to see a doctor about it. Sigh. So happy about that. So yeah, feeling a bit better now :) Just hoping I don't get another one. Ugh. How I hate having Morbus Crohn. It's the worst. Anyway. I read two books this week, one a bit meh, one I loved. Had hoped to read more, but took me days to read these. Have so little time to read lately, and I am so tired all the time. But trying my best. And reading lots more this coming week. Got so many books I'm dying about reading, eee.  Blogged a little bit. I shared the covers for La Belle Sauvage. <3 Yess. And posted my review of Before She Ignites :) This week I'm waiting on The Dragon's Curse :D And I posted my review of Wonder Woman: Warbringer. <3 Yess. I also finally got to see the new Wonder Woman movie at the cinema this week :D Yesss. I loved it tons. Just, oh, so much stunning mail this week. I now have tons to read :D Yay.

Serafina. I have only read book one, which I liked a lot, and excited about reading book two and three.
Our Chemical Hearts. This book was an accident; ordered for someone else, but used my own address.
Nevernight. Eee, this new UK paperback edition is so gorgeous. Love this book so so much. Stunning.
Lyra's Oxford. New gorgeous hardcover version of this book. Such a short story.. but so perfect. Love.
Mulan/Merida book. Cute little book with two awesome looking stories. I adore Mulan and Merida both.
Lord of Shadows Chapter Samplers. Eee, thank you so much Sabrina for trading with me :D I love these.
Godsgrave. Ahh, thank you so much HarperVoyager UK for this perfect ARC copy :D Can't wait to read.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer + A Poison Dark And Drowning. Thank you so much Penguin Random House International for these two stunning ARCs :D Ahh. They are gorgeous. I loved WW oh so much.
The Falconer. Oh gosh, thank you so much Lena for sending me this one :D So so so happy. Love it tons.
Flashtide. Ahh :D Thank you the most for trading with me Angel. <3 Dying to read this one. So so happy.
Heartless. Eee! Dying. Thank you so so so much Donna for sending me this precious thing. <3 Love it so.
The Golden Compass + The Knowing. Ahh! Thank you Kaitlyn for trading with me :D Dying of happiness.
Odd & True Swag. Such a stunning swag pack win :D Eee. I can't wait to read this book. <3 Love these.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I did not grow up learning about Wonder Woman. Most likely because of my town in Norway not having any comics. But I have seen more and more of her lately, and so curious about this superhero. I also adore Leigh like crazy, and so I simply couldn't wait to try this book. So happy to say that I loved this.

The writing in this book was stunning. I loved it so. And had no issues at all connecting with everything. I loved that the book is told from the point of view of Diana and of Alia. They were both amazing to read about and I loved them so much. It's long and a bit slow to read, and I loved that lots. Didn't want this one to end.

Giving it four stars, though, because I felt like some things could have been a bit more. There could have maybe been a bit more plot and even more friendship, a bit more from the island, and a bit more romance too. But there wasn't a single thing about this book that I did not like. Because it was amazing. Eee. I have so many thoughts about it. So thrilled to have read this book. And I cannot wait to own all the editions of it. There is simply so much that I loved. I'm not sure where to begin. Or how to mention most of it. So will just start by saying that you really should read this book. No need to be a fan of Wonder Woman before you start, but I will promise that you'll be a fan of her when you finish. As I am. Oh, I wish there would be a sequel. Badly need more.

This book tells the story of Diana. She's almost seventeen years old, and she is the baby of their island. I'm not going to get into the whole backstory, with the Amazons and such, just mentioning that I loved it so, so much. This island of amazing warrior women were so interesting and awesome to read about. I loved getting to know some of them a little bit; as this book doesn't take much place on the island. Aw. I wish there had been more about it all. But I did love this small part of Diana's life, her childhood. So good.

There is so much to love about Diana. She's brave and fierce and loving. And just so much fun to read about too. She's the weakest of all her sisters, and she has wanted to prove herself to them for a long time. She wishes to be strong like them all. But I would say that she already is. And she's just so sweet and I loved reading about her so much. Sigh. Leigh wrote her so well. This book tells the story about how she rescues a girl from drowning. A girl from the outside world, who should not be at this island. Loved it.

Because she saved Alia, bad things are happening to Diana's home. And she's trying her very best to fix it. And I loved that lots. I loved how she decided not to simply let Alia die, to save her island, but instead decided to be brave and leave the island with her. To save her and to save the world. And gosh, how I adored and loved Alia. She's so fierce and kind and just so amazing. Getting to know her was the best. She's an awesome friend and I couldn't have loved her more. Enjoyed learning about her parents too.

Alia has a few friends. Like Nim. Whom was the most awesome girl and I loved her fiercely. Adored her friendship with Alia. They are such amazing friends. And I loved how she accepted Diana as well. Was sweet. And then there was Theo, a boy that Alia has a crush on. No romance in this book, but still, I can see it happening, and oh, they are adorable. Theo was pretty brave and pretty awesome too. Enjoyed reading about him too. And oh, reading about all of these characters together was simply so much fun.

Then there was Jason. Alia's brother. I'm unsure how I felt about him. He was a bit too controlling, yet fun to read about as well, and I couldn't help but enjoy reading about him and Diana fighting a little. It was fun. And I sort of shipped them. But again, no romance, because this book is not about romance. And I loved that too. I do wish there had been more romance, always, but loved how it focused on friendships instead. And the growing friendship between Diana and Alia was amazing. I loved it beyond words. Yess.

There is so much happening in this book. I'm not going to talk about most of it. Just that I loved the plot oh so much. Diana and the Amazons live on their island, mostly in the past. But Alia live in our time, so most of this book is modern, though Diana is not. And I enjoyed that so so much. Because while Diana knows some things, there are so much she doesn't know, and so there were a lot of funny scenes. But not all was fun. There is a lot of fighting too, and some heartbreaking scenes. I loved reading all of them.

This story tells of the Warbringer. A person who will make the whole world go into war. Diana makes it her mission to stop this. And I enjoyed this story so much. Diana and Alia was an amazing team. The ending was awesome, just wish it had been longer, and wish there would be more. Wonder Woman: Warbringer was a stunning story. Full of fierce and strong and brave girls. Amazing friendships. I'm so glad I read and enjoyed it tons. Thank you so, so much to Penguin Random House International for the ARC copy. Love.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #299

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

THE DRAGON'S CURSE (Transference #2) 

Goodreads Description:

Six months ago, Princess Sorrowlynn stood beside Prince Golmarr to defeat the glass dragon. But when the prince almost killed her after inheriting the dragon's curse of hatred, he went into hiding to keep Sorrow safe . . . from himself.

Now the princess has been training to become a great warrior, with the hope of finding Golmarr. But her search proves difficult when she discovers she has been wed to the prince of an enemy kingdom. Desperate to end her forced marriage and be reunited with her true love, Sorrow must find a way to escape her captor husband. But there's just one more dangerous obstacle in her way. A two-headed dragon is hunting her and will stop at nothing until she is dead.

Can Sorrow summon the courage to wield the only sword that can defeat the beast and save her world from the destruction of the dragon's curse?

Expected publication: February 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Ahh. I cannot wait to read this sequel :D I enjoyed The Dragon's Price so, so much. And I'm dying to know what happens next. Eee. So so excited. Yet beyond nervous too. Six months have passed.. ahh. And sounds like there could be romance drama :( But author promised me there is no love triangle, eee, so I have high hopes for this one. <3 Just wishing I could read it right away :D I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this book. But gah. It isn't possible to pre-order this book yet. How rude. Cover was found here :D
What are you waiting for on this cursed Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

This book is so stunning. And I adore Jodi. I have been waiting ages to read this new book by her. Was sure that I would love it so much, as it sounds amazing. But oh, I ended up being a bit disappointed by this book. Feeling so sad that I did not love it. But yeah, I have a lot of reasons for why I didn't feel love for it.

I've decided to give it three stars. Which is low, yet also seems a bit high too, when I think about the fact that I did not really love anything about the book. Aw. But I did like it. And I did like the story and some of the characters. And I did like the dragons a lot. And I feel like I will enjoy the next books. Well, I hope I will.

I'm not sure where to begin to describe why I had issues with this book. I simply couldn't get into it. I couldn't connect with the characters or the plot. Not fully. I had big issues in the beginning with how it was written, and it just didn't get any better. Aw. The writing wasn't bad, I simply didn't enjoy it. Because I didn't love Mira, the main girl. The whole book is from her point of view. And while I loved so many parts of her, like her anxiety and counting, I also disliked lots of her. Like her vanity and her obsession with being pretty. Then her shame when people looked on her when she wasn't pretty. It bothered me so much. Because she did not improve. She is also so whiny and cries for everything. She cannot lie. And she doesn't do anything important or big or heroic. 

But I didn't hate this girl. I just had issues with her. Aw. I also liked her a lot at times. I just felt she was a bit too little as well. Which was depressing. As this book is about her being almost worshipped by everyone her whole life. Mira was born when the treaty was made and named after her. Everyone seems to adore her. But this book does not focus on her past life. Because instead it focuses on her right now, and right now she's being put in prison for something she said. Which, well, didn't make much sense. Weird laws.

Almost all of this book takes place in the pit, an underground prison. And oh, it grew to be a bit too much for me. Because so little happened. Was supposed to be a torture sort of place. But I felt like the villain in the prison, Altan, was a bit too little. He almost never hurt Mira. Which was disappointing. He just wasn't scary. Not to me. And that was disappointing. Ugh. Still, sort of interesting to read about even so. I didn't hate him. Which was also wrong, haha. Should have hated him. But yeah, I did not. Sigh. Disappointing.

This book is supposed to be about dragons as well. And it is. But they are such a small part. And I'm so sad about that. Because dragons are awesome. And I loved reading about the dragons in this book. I just wish they were there more. Hmph. And wish they had more awesome names, hih. But I adored reading about them. Just, yeah. Hope they are a bigger part in book two. Fingers crossed. Felt like this book was more of a prequel, despite being so, so long. Which was a bit disappointing. But excited for the next one.

Mira is in this prison for around two months. While I felt sorry for her and the other people in the prison, I sadly didn't care that much about it. Aw. Some parts were a bit horrible, but mostly it was just boring. So little happened. Mira tried to make friends with a few of her prison neighbors. Like Gerel. I liked that girl a lot, because she was simply more. Then there was Aaru, a silent boy next to her. I didn't care much for him at all. Only felt like he was a skinny and silent child. Aw. But I liked their growing friendship. Well, mostly.

And then there was the romance. Or the lack of. As there was none. And I made the mistake of reading a review that said someone was the love interest before I started. Turned out to be wrong. Sigh. But even if I hadn't read it, I still wouldn't have connected to the other boy, aw. At least Jodi says no triangle, so that's good. Except not good if this boy will be the romance, because I felt nothing for him. I liked how he thought her a secret code to talk, except I felt she learned it way too fast. And knew it too well afterwards. Hmph.

There were other characters too. Like the two best friends of Mira, from back home. Hristo and Ilina. And I thought Hristo would be the love interest. But he wasn't. Aw. But I want him to be. Sigh. He have been the official protector of Mira for years. And they are great friends too. He seemed awesome. But didn't get to know him at all. Ilina seemed so great too, but also didn't get to know her at all. Sigh. Despite Mira having been best friends with her for years. Rude. Maybe I'll get to know them both in the next book. Well, I hope.

Then there were Mira's parents. I think they love her. But barely see them. Mira always thinks that her mom would be so ashamed of her. Was a bit too much for me. Anyway. Enough about this book. Already written so much. It wasn't awful. I liked parts of it a lot. But didn't love it. Hoping that the next ones will be amazing. This cover is stunning, though. Huge thank you to Jodi and HarperTeen for the most amazing ARC that they sent me. I'll love it always. And buy finished copies too. Anyway. I do think you should read this one.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cover Reveal: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Ahh :D The covers for this stunning thing have been revealed! Eee! I'm not sure which one I love the most. Hmm. I love the artwork of the UK one. But I love the writing in the US one. They are both really gorgeous, though. And I cannot wait to own several copies of each edition :D Eee. So so excited. Oh, how I am dying to read this book. Eee. This whole trilogy is going to be SO GOOD :D I loved His Dark Materials to pieces. They are such huge favorites of mine. Sniffs. And getting to read more of this world is the very, very best thing. La Belle Sauvage is the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy. This first one takes place ten years before His Dark Materials. And so Lyra is only a baby in this whole book, but still. I'm so excited to read this one. To get to know Malcolm. And everything else. Book two and three will be about Lyra ten years after the first trilogy, and holy crap, I'm excited. I hope there that Will is going to be included too. Ahh. I worry that Philip will make Lyra love someone else; and I can't imagine that at all. If it happens, it would make the last book meaningless :\ So I hope not. Either way, I'm beyond excited for all three of these books to come :D Just wish they were all out now. Hmph. And wishing I knew when book two will be out as well. Aaack. Hope the wait isn't too long :D Anyway. Super excited about this new book by Philip. Huge fan of this amazing author. Yess. And just, gosh, these covers are perfect. Love them so.

UK Cover & Details.

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .

US Cover & Details.

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .