Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #370

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

THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT BY SWATI TEERDHALA

Goodreads Description:

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.
 


Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pre-Order here and here

I am pretty curious about this book :D That cover is stunning. And the book sounds pretty exciting too. I have not heard anything about it yet, though, ack. But, I have traded for an ARC of it which will be arriving later this month, and so I cannot wait to read this book :D I think and hope I will love it. Sounds awesome.
What are you waiting for on this legendary Wednesday?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

In My Mailbox #366

This week haven't been going all that well. Hmm. But I did read one regular sized book, finally. Ahh! My re-read of The Scorpio Races. <3 My most precious. And it was the first book I have read and loved in two whole months. What. So rude. I am planning on reading a bunch more this coming week :D Fingers crossed for me. Not feeling the best, as I had my first wisdom tooth removed on Thursday. It hurts. Can't open my mouth right and cannot chew right and only half taste things I eat. It sucks. And I think I have a cheek infection, because there is puss coming out, and I think that is the only place that hurts so. Inside of my cheek. Ugh. Because the dentist cut me with something, I think. Hmph. If not better by Monday, I have to go back. Which will be beyond painful, and I do not want that at all. Keep fingers crossed it will get better for me? Only blogged twice this week. Aaack. I shall be better. I'm waiting on The Clockwork Ghost :D And shared my review of The Scorpio Races. <3 Ninth read. Ahh. It's the most precious for me. I have taken new pictures of books to sell this week, and it's breaking my heart a little that I have to sell so many. Sigh. But no room. Need to get rid of older ones. Ack. But, no one is buying. Hopefully soon. I also got some stunning mail this week :D Eee. I love it all so very much. <3 I had a good week, despite all the pain. Hoping it will be better tomorrow :) Also! I have a giveaway for two finished copies of Borrowed. Which looks like such an amazing book. And it has so so so very few entries. Any chance you all could enter it? :D If you win, I am very sure you will like the book. <3 Thank you. Hope you are all doing well :)




The Sea of Monsters. Now pretty sure that I have all the graphic novels, haha :D Had to have them all. <3
The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel 2. I adore these books. Love this artist. Must re-read the books :D
Shadow in the North + Tin Princess. Now own all four from this series :D Hoping to read them all soonish.
Pippin No Lickin'. Yay! This looks adorable :D Thank you so much JKS Communications for this one :D
Lady Sherlock Swag. Ahh! Thank you so much Sherry for this most gorgeous swag :D So in love with it.
Pop Figures. Eee! A whole bunch of new ones. Love my Coraline ones. So cute. They are all adorable.


The Raven's Tale. EEE! Thank you so much Abrams for approving me for this one :D I'm SO EXCITED.
White Stag. Ahh! So excited to be taking part in the blog tour for this one :D Thank you so St. Martins :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Reading this book will always give me the most magical feeling. This was my ninth read of it. And it never fail to make me happy. And heartbroken too. The Scorpio Races is such a huge favorite of mine. I know I will always love reading it. There is not a single thing about this book that I do not love. Which is the best feeling.

There is so much I could say about this book. But I'm pretty sure I have already said it all, haha. I have shared about it for seven years now. And yet I will never tire of reading this book or writing about it, honestly. I need everyone to know about it too. To love Sean and Puck like I love them. To love it all the same way I do.

Will try not to write too much about the book this time, because mostly I just want to share a little about how much I love it. And how much I need all of you to read it too, if you haven't yet. This book means so much to me. And so this re-read was once again perfection. I love that every time I read this book I end up loving it more than before. Which should not be possible, considering how much I already love it. The Scorpio Races tells the story of an island. A small one, with not that many people living on it. Life is hard there, most of the time. Though those who love this island are happy. Like Puck and Sean. They have different lives, but I would say that they have the same heart, which is the most important. Reading about them makes me so so very happy.

This is a book about horses. Yet not the normal kind. These horses are from the water. And they are huge and deadly. And the most amazing to read about. It is also a book about getting to know someone. About Puck getting to know the island and herself, and Sean too. About her learning more about what is left of her family, and how to deal with that. It is about Sean learning how to care for someone other than Corr. About him learning to fight for what he wants most of everything. And risk losing it all. Which breaks me.

Everything about this book is perfection. And every time I read it, it kills me more. It's full of emotions and heartbreak and joy and I love every single moment of it. There is so much I could share about all of it. But I won't. Just that I love this book. So so very much. I love Puck. I love Finn, her brother. I am still angry at her other brother, Gabe. Hmph. I love the sisters they spend time with. It breaks my heart how they are living at the moment, a year after their parents died. I wish that people would have helped them. Hmph.

I loved reading about Sean and Puck all over again. How they first meet. How they start spending time together. And start caring about each other. How they race each other with their horses. The very best thing. Their small touches still kills me. I wish there had been a bit more romance, but I'm so happy with what is there. Sigh. I ship them so very much. This whole book is perfection. The november cakes. The november sea. The water horses. The race. The whole Mutt thing still makes me the most angry. Ugh.

But every part of this book thrills me. And I am so happy with how well written The Scorpio Races is. I just wish there was so much more after it. I wish it had not ended after four hundred pages. And that ending. My god. It is evil. Yet so hopeful. Completely perfect too. But yes. I very much need more. I need more of Sean and Puck and everything. I really hope there will be more. This book is simply stunning. In a way, it makes me feel alive. Which is the best feeling a book can give me. These characters are simply the best.

I'll admit that I'm still waiting for Maggie to share that she's writing a direct sequel to The Scorpio Races. It is my biggest wish. To get to read more about Sean and Puck and Corr and Finn and Holly and everyone. I don't feel that their story is over. Yet I fear that Maggie will not write more about them. And I need her to. So very badly. I have hope, though. Hope that she will soon announce a sequel. I am crossing my fingers for it. And hoping that it will not be a companion book, haha. I very much need a direct sequel for it. Sigh.

This book have been out for seven years now. And if you still have not read it, shame on you. Because it is the most amazing book with such stunning characters and the most precious story. The Scorpio Races is not a book to be missed. I am so thrilled that I still love it as much as I did the first time I read it, seven years ago. This ninth read have been amazing. I needed this lovely book right now. I have not yet listened to the audiobook, but I will. I am sure I will love it too. This book brings me so much joy every single time.


 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #369

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

THE CLOCKWORK GHOST (York #2) BY LAURA RUBY

Goodreads Description:

It was only a few weeks ago that the Biedermann twins, Tess and Theo, along with their friend Jaime Cruz, followed the secrets of the Morningstarrs’ cipher further anyone had in its century-and-a-half history—and destroyed their beloved home in the process. But the Old York Cipher still isn’t solved. The demolition of 354 W. 73rd Street only revealed the next clue in the greatest mystery of the modern world, and if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to discover what lies at the end of the puzzle laid into the buildings of New York by its brilliant, enigmatic architects, they will need to press on.

But doing so could prove even more dangerous than they know. It is clear that the Morningstarr twins marshaled all the strange technology they had spent their lives creating in the construction of the Cipher, and that technology has its own plans for those who pursue it. It is also clear that Tess, Theo, and Jaime are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure. As enemies both known and unknown close in on them from all sides and the very foundations of the city seem to crumble around them, they will have to ask themselves how far they will go to change the unchangeable—and whether the price of knowing the secrets of the Morningstarrs is one they are willing to pay.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here and here

I pretty much adored the first book in this series. And I have been waiting for news about the second one :D And eee! I simply cannot wait for The Clockwork Ghost. The summary sounds exciting. And that cover is so very gorgeous. Sigh. Is it May yet? The cover is not up on Amazon/Goodreads yet. Hmph. Despite being revealed a whole month ago. How rude. It is gorgeous. Laura shared about the cover here, and her story about the cat when she was younger just about killed me. Laura is amazing. <3 Can't wait to read.
What are you waiting for on this searching Wednesday?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

In My Mailbox #365

Another week gone by. Way too fast. Ahh. I read a short book this week; a very short one. But I am going to start my re-read of The Scorpio Races tomorrow, finally :D And hoping that will make me want to read more other books too. Fingers crossed. I have done a bunch of house things this week, and a tiny bit of catching up. A bit more behind right now. Ahhh. Plus side, my laptop is finally back from service :D Eee. And it is so so good to have my laptop back. Sigh. It's so much better. I do wish they had given me a new one, sigh, but I shall survive. So far, the problems seems to have been fixed. So yay for that. I just have not had any time to catch up yet. But soon. I hope. Need to get everything done before December. Today I have seen two movies at the cinema with my nephew, and cleaned cat pee. Ugh. My hips are killing me with pain right now. It's the worst. But I'm surviving, haha. Probably :D Also more blog posts this week :D Though they were all later in the week, ack. This week I'm waiting on Soul of the Sword. <3 I shared my review of Orgo Runners: The First Run :) I'm taking part in the blog tour for Borrowed :D Psst, enter the giveaway. Then I shared the gorgeous cover for Immunity. <3 Would mean the most to me if you would leave a comment. Thank you so so much to all of you that do so :D I will comment back. Soon. Just so behind. Hmph. And ahh! This mail week! I am dying :D So so much awesome. A bunch of trades. Some bought. Some ARCs gotten. Sigh. It is all precious and perfect. <3 This week have been pretty great :)



Percy Jackson. Realized I was missing some of the graphic novels, so working on getting all of them :)
The Hidden Blade. Ordered this at the end of august, with my other Sherry books, just now arrived. Ack.
Shiver + Linger. EEE! Thank you so much for trading these ARCs with me Megan :D I am so so happy.
City of Ghosts. Love! Thank you so much Amanda for this awesome ARC trade :D I love it so much. <3
Furyborn ARC Box. Minus the ARC :D Eee! Thank you so much Iryna for this amazing trade :D Love it.
Six of Crows paperback set. Final part of a trade with Jordan :D Thank you so much. Had to have these.
A Map of Days. I know, I hated book three. But I couldn't help it. I want to know what happens, haha :)
Song for a Whale. Eee! Thank you so much to RHC for sending me this book for the blog tour :D Love.
Sleepover at the Museum. Taking part in this blog tour; thank you so much RHC :D So excited to read it.
The Tiger in the Well + The Ruby in the Stone. Two of four arrived. Have not read this series just yet :D
Coraline. Eee! My Coraline doll has arrived :D And ahh! She is gorgeous. Love. And first of my pops :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, November 2, 2018

Cover Reveal: Immunity by Erin Bowman

Eee! I am so so very excited about this book :D I pretty much adored the first one, Contagion. And waiting for Immunity is all kinds of painful. Because of that very very rude ending. Must know what happens next. If the rest of the characters survive. If the romance I am wishing for will happen. Ahh. I must know all the details :D July 2nd cannot come fast enough. And oh my gosh. This cover. I cannot. Look how gorgeous it is! Ahh! They both look so stunning together. Love the colors for Immunity. Sigh. I simply cannot wait for this precious book to be out. I shall love it the very most, I am sure. What do you think of this cover? :D


Survivors of a deadly planetary outbreak take on a new, sinister adversary in the white-knuckle sequel to Contagion, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman called “gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures.”

They thought their nightmare was over, but Thea, Coen, and Nova’s rescue was only the beginning. After being imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety, it’s clear that the threat they left behind isn’t as distant as they’d hoped—and this time the entire galaxy is at risk.

Now that threat is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare. To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, the survivors must harness the evil they faced on the planet Achlys and learn to wield the only weapon they have left: themselves.

The first installment in Erin Bowman’s duology earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called the plot “intricate and action-packed,” and fans of Jonathan Maberry, Rick Yancey, and Madeline Roux will relish in Bowman’s tense, high-stakes conclusion to the events of Contagion.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Borrowed Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for Borrowed by Lucia DiStefano :D I have not read this book, but I might do it one day, because it seems pretty much amazing. I do not often read contemporary books, but this one looks great. And a bit heartbreaking. And I'm hoping to have the time to read it soon. Huge thank you to the publisher, Elephant Rock Books, for letting me take part in this awesome blog tour. Today I am sharing a great guest post by Lucia and sharing a bit about the book too, and hosting a US giveaway for two copies of this book being sent by the publisher :D Borrowed looks gorgeous and sounds stunning too.



Guest Post by Lucia DiStefano.

“Write what you know.” Common wisdom, right? I had it memorized before I was tall enough for even the TeaCup ride, and I remember feeling constrained by it. After all, writing a few stories had already exhausted what I knew in my young life. I didn’t want to stop scribbling in order to gather more knowledge, and anyway, most of what passed for story-worthy knowledge those days came from spying on neighbors, most of whom wisely kept their private lives behind the privet.

But in the decades after I shed that obnoxiously lurky kid-self, I’ve come to see that common wisdom sometimes deserves to be questioned. Sure, maybe the advice to write what you know makes sense: won’t the piece feel more accomplished when it explores a topic with which you can claim a certain level of expertise? Won’t the whole thing be better crafted if you can adroitly work in the requisite details? Maybe, but…

When I heard the better advice to “write what you want to know,” a whole lotta doors were kicked in for me. Ah, the power of one wee word. (Well, technically, one wee word plus a wee preposition.)

I believe that curiosity is every bit as important as knowledge when it comes to writing, and, when it comes to fiction specifically, perhaps even more important.

It’s said that if you want to learn how to do something really well, teach it to someone else. And I’d extend that further: If you want to know someone/something really well, draw them in your own words. I would hazard to say that writing is always an act of exploration, whatever the subject or however humble the platform. But to push past what you can comfortably write about and step into the chancier unknown-but-wanna-know takes a willingness to risk (which means a willingness to fail, if failing means getting it wrong).

“How can I write what I don’t know, though?” you may be asking. “Like, doesn’t knowing come first, before the writing?” Permit me to borrow wisdom from Anne Lamott and Ernest Hemingway: The “how” arrives in unapologetically shitty first drafts.

And that brings me to my favorite P-word. (Not popcorn, although the bag of peanut butter-coated popcorn I once wolfed down in Fredericksburg, Texas was pretty amazing, so maybe I should consider peanut butter and popcorn as runners-up P-words.) 

Permission. 

To write what you want to know rests on the foundation of giving yourself permission first to not already know everything worth knowing. (I know you know that, but you’d be amazed at how many people think that, if they don’t know something, it’s not worth knowing. Hmmm…four “knows” in one sentence. Not bad.)

And then it means giving yourself permission to explore (aka to play, which is another powerful P-word pertaining to writing). Permission to coast on “what if?” while you’re sussing out the whys and hows. Permission to write something that only pleases you as the first steps on the journey toward writing something that you’ll be proud to share with others. And permission to inhabit worlds and people you may never know experientially, but you can know through the transformative power of creativity.

For instance, my journey from flickery first idea to finished novel began with wanting to know what it would be like to feel the self you knew slip away as another self, one you hadn’t invited, took over. (The closest I ever came to that was the occasional reverse deja vu moment when I should’ve remembered something but didn’t. Hardly a parallel.)

I could have let the fact that I haven’t had a dramatic and sudden event causing me to question my personal identity stop me from exploring it via story and characters and language. I could have…

As Flannery O’Connor famously said, “I write to discover what I know,” which assumes that we know more than we give ourselves credit for (which also assumes different ways of knowing and various levels of knowing, which is a mega-discussion best left for another day, when you have time to sit with me over a cuppa something hot).

When you give yourself permission to wonder before you know, and when you permit yourself to engage in discovery through dreaming and plotting and writing, you dramatically expand the world for your first and most important reader: you.

Official release date: November 1st 2018. 264 Pages.  

Love, mystery, and danger collide in this new literary thriller with the dark heart of a Gillian Flynn novel and the lyrical prose of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun.

A triumph of authenticity, grace, and nail-biting suspense, Lucia DiStefano’s ingenious debut is an unflinching, genre-bending page-turner.

As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.

In another Austin neighborhood, Maxine braces for a heartbreaking anniversary: her sister Harper’s death. Between raising her brothers and parenting her grief-stricken mother, Max is unable to ignore her guilty crush on Harper’s old flame or shake her lingering suspicion that her sister’s drowning wasn’t really an accident. With Harper as the sole connection, Linnea and Maxine are soon brought together in fantastic and terrifying ways as the shocking truth behind Harper’s death comes to light.






A former high school English teacher, Lucia DiStefano currently works as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. First-generation Sicilian-American and daughter of an olive farmer, she admits to having recurring pasta dreams. Hailing from central Connecticut, Lucia lives near Austin, Texas with her husband and an old bloodhound named Waffle.


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Blog Tour Schedule:

August 1: Cover reveal at YA Interrobang
September 4: Review at Alice Reeds
September 10: Author interview at Alice Reeds
September 24: Cover reveal at BubblersRead
October 8: Review at Liz Loves Books  
October 9-15: Giveaway at Miss Print
October 15: Review at BubblersRead
October 17: Guest post at Liz Loves Books
October 22: Excerpt at YA Interrobang
October 25: Author interview at YA Outside the Lines  
October 31: Author interview at Katya de Becerra: The Last Day of Normal
November 1: Giveaway and guest post at Carina’s Books
November 5: Author interview at BubblersRead
November 12: Author guest post at BubblersRead
Week of November 12: Author interview at Cynsations
November 20: Author interview at The Story Sanctuary
And more to come, including a podcast special at The Writing Barn and an event with book blogger, reviewer, and YouTuber BookRatMisty!
  
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: Orgo Runners: The First Run by R. J. Furness

Ever since I saw a plush of an orgo runner on twitter owned by a friend of mine, I knew I had to give this book a try. And try my best to get the gorgeous plush for myself. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of this book and a stunning grey orgo plush from the author. Which I adore the most. I am glad that I decided to try this.

Though it ended up being a two star for me. Which was a little bit disappointing, but I'm still happy I read it. This book looks adorable and has such cute creatures. It was a fast read, which I was happy about. There are also some small illustrations in the book that was pretty cute too. This book was not really for me, but I did like it too.

I will not be writing too much about this book, because it was very short and so there wasn't a lot happening in it. But I will share my thoughts about it. It's a two star for me, because I had issues with the writing. It was a bit awkward and sadly not written very well at all. At least not for me. I'm sure there is a lot of people that would enjoy this book, but I was not one of those that would love it. I wish I had, but the writing was not good enough for me. I didn't manage to connect with the characters or with the story, even though it was short. But I also did not hate this story. I found it to be interesting, and I wanted to know what would happen after the end of the book. Unsure if I will continue with this series, though. But I might, if they are all as short and easy to read. As I'm curious.

What I did like about this book was the creatures and the world. I feel like if it had been written better and had been longer and more detailed I could have enjoyed it better too. Because I did like reading about the orgo in this one. They are the cute animals on the cover. They are super fast and they seemed adorable. Some things were a little silly, but still cute. The world also seemed pretty awesome and I wish there had been more about it. Would so have loved to learn more about everything, how it all came to be that way.

But I did not care for the characters. This short story is about Fayth and her friends Megg and Ink. They all ride the orgo and have their own races with each other. That is pretty much everything we get to know about these three young teenagers. Which was disappointing. I wanted to get to know all of them better. Because what little there was of each of them did not make me like them at all. Fayth seemed too rude. Ink seemed a bit too weird, without ever finding out why. And Megg was simply just there. I wanted more.

There are a few other characters in this book too, but they were there for such a short time that they are not worth mentioning. I did not care for how they were written, though, or how they spoke. It was a little awkward. But I was still curious about this world. And wanted to know more about the creatures. Simply wishing the book had been a bit more. Yet I'm still glad I decided to give it a try. It was an fast and easy read, and though I wish I had liked it more, I'm still happy with how I felt about it. It was not all that bad.

Since this book was so short I will not be sharing anything about the plot. Only that they are riding their orgos a lot, which was pretty awesome. Huge thank you to R. J. Furness for sending me a copy of this book along with the most gorgeous orgo plush. And even though this book was not for me, I think you should all give it a try. It was super fast to read, and I am so curious about the world and the animals. Would love to learn more about them. And so I might, one day, read more of the Orgo Runners books.


Waiting on Wednesday #368

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

SOUL OF THE SWORD (Shadow of the Fox #2) 
BY JULIE KAGAWA

Goodreads Description:

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.


Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 18th 2019 by Inkyard Press
Pre-Order here and here

Shadow of the Fox was a pretty good book :D And I adore Julie. And so I simply cannot wait to read Soul of the Sword too. Eee. It sounds awesome. And oh gosh, that cover! It is so gorgeous. I love it very very much. I'm hoping this second book will have a bunch more romance. Eee. Crossing my fingers for that :)
What are you waiting for on this possessed Wednesday?

Saturday, October 27, 2018

In My Mailbox #364

Another week gone by waaay too fast. And I have not read anything since I read Coraline last Saturday. Ahh. I just don't want to read any of the books I have. Hmph. Even though I have hundreds and hundreds of books unread. I just do not feel like reading any of them right now. Sigh. But I want to read. I do. Just hard to get back to it, I suppose. Also because of my health, which is no better at all. Hmph. So only two blog posts this week. Aw. More next week, for sure. I will read. I shared my review of Coraline :) And this week I'm waiting on King of Fools. I have also been sorting some of my books yesterday and today. And found more that I shall try selling. Ahh. Around a hundred books picked out so far. It's breaking my heart, but they do have to go. Sigh. I shall survive. Probably. Then there is The Haunting of Hill House. Eee. My newest obsession. I'm loving it so very much. Well, I mean, I saw all episodes last Sunday and Monday, and have currently seen seven episodes of my second watch, haha. I'm loving it the most. Eee. This is a show that I shall watch a bunch of times. Sigh. Love how well it is made. And creepy. And just wonderful. Have you seen it yet? If not, you must. It's the very best. So anyway. My health still sucks. I'm still forever behind, but slowly catching up a little. Still waiting on my laptop that is away at service. Waiting on some stunning mail too, eee. I'm excited. Also got a bunch of precious books this week that I love so much :D



Six of Crows. Ahh, look at this gorgeous UK collector's edition :D It is so perfect. Love it the most. <3
Invictus. Paperback edition :D I own them all, haha. Enjoyed this book a bunch. <3 And love this author.
The Becoming of Noah Shaw. Forever behind on this series. Gosh. I loved them back then. Own them all.
Spirit Animals. From a trade with Jordan :D Only Victoria book I did not own yet. <3 It looks so stunning.
Jurassic World 2. Excited about seeing this movie again soonish. I very much love my dinosaurs, haha :)
Sawkill Girls. Ahh! Thank you so much Asha :D I'm dying. I love love this UK ARC version so much. <3
Shades of Magic. Eeee! My first owned comic books. Expensive, but worth it. One issue, all so perfect.




Warrior of the Wild. Ahh! I wanted this one when it showed up on Netgalley, but it was not possible to get then. But days later, I looked at it again, and this time I could download it. And eee! I am so excited :D Yet also so nervous. I very much want to love this book. But I have had such bad luck with all my books lately, so I'm worried. But fingers crossed. I shall read it very soon :)


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #367

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

KING OF FOOLS (The Shadow Game #2) 
BY AMANDA FOODY

Goodreads Description:

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all...

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive...

Or die as legends.


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press
Pre-Order here and here

I'm still unsure if I wish to read this second book or not. Aaack. The first one was a three star for me. I did like it a lot. But I'm.. not really in the mood for more? At least not right now? Gah. Romance disappointed me. And I feel it will continue to disappoint me; and I can't handle more bad romances. So yeah. I need some reviews of this one first, before I know for sure if I will read it or not :D Still. Right now I'm curious.
What are you waiting for on this foolish Wednesday?

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I have been meaning to read this book for years now. As I very much love the animated Coraline movie. And I have wanted to read and love the book too. And now I finally got the chance to read this book. Sadly, I ended up being a bit disappointed by it. Sigh. Still, was a three star. For me, the movie was much better.

Even so, this book was not bad. Was simply not that good either. I very much loved the small pieces of artwork inside of the book; it was stunning. I found Coraline to be all kinds of adorable. And the cat in this book was the cutest thing. Which was pretty much everything I liked about this one. I liked that it was easy to read.

As this book was all kinds of short. For the most part the writing was okay, but it was sadly not for me. I did not like the way it was written; as it made me feel nothing for the story or Coraline. Yes, I adored her, and I found the story to be interesting, but I did not care. I so wanted this book to make me feel more, but it did not. This book tells the story of Coraline. She's just moved to a new place with her parents, and she doesn't know what to do with her days. She loves to explore. She ends up finding a small strange door. It leads nowhere. Until suddenly it does. In the other side, she finds a different mother and father. They have buttons instead of eyes. They feed her well, and she do seem to like them. But this other place is not safe. At all. And that is this story.

When it comes to the differences between the book and the movie. For me, personally, the movie was so much better than this book. Yet the book wasn't bad. And there were things that I liked about it, that were not included in the movie. In this book, Coraline is a lot younger. It is not stated that she has any friends. Her parents don't play with her, but they aren't rude as they were in the movie. And book Coraline was not very rude either, like she was in the movie. She was more soft. Yet I love movie Coraline more, haha.

This book also did not have Wybie. Which was just the saddest thing. That boy was so awesome in the movie. And the dolls in the movie too; I missed those. I felt like the movie was done better. It told a better story. Because I felt like this book left so much out. It did not do a good job of telling this story. It was a bit too boring and too short and too few details. Coraline only spends one day with the other mother before her parents are taken by her. It all happened a little too fast, I think. It also was not as scary, to be honest.

But even though I loved the movie so so very much more than the book, I did not hate this book. I just felt a bit disappointed by it, to be honest. I was expecting more. I wanted better writing. I wanted more from the story. Instead I got a story that was even less than the movie. So rude. I really did like reading about Coraline, though. She was adorable and small and just cute. While this book was not that scary, it was still interesting and a little creepy too. I'm glad that I finally gave it a try. Even if it was not perfect for me.


In My Mailbox #363

How is it already Saturday again? What. Time is moving way too fast. And I am still getting too little done. Ugh. Have a better feeling about the coming days, so I think I will finally be getting things done :D Fingers crossed. I did not read this past week. Well, I read half of Coraline yesterday, and the last half today. That book was so short, so I'm not sure that fully counts, haha. I just don't know what I wish to read right now. Hmm. Also got some stunning mail this week :D Which I love a whole bunch. A few blog posts this week. I shared about the cover for Shadow & Flame :D This week I'm waiting on White Stag. <3 I'm also sharing my Coraline review today, but not done writing it just yet. Would mean the most to me if you have time to comment. <3 I know, I'm so so far behind myself. But I will catch up. To all the posts I have missed these past months. I'm still having the worst health, but I'm doing okay :) Slowly starting to catch up and such. Still waiting for my laptop to come back from service. Most likely two more weeks. Gah. I may die. Haha.



Percy Jackson. Ohhh. Such a gorgeous huge illustrated edition :D I must re-read all of these books soon.
Sawkill Girls + Two Dark Reigns. Eee! Personalized copies from Blue Willow :D More on insta. Love. <3
Hotel Transylvania 3. Yesss. I finally finally get to watch this one shortly :D Waited forever and ever for it.
Dæmon Voices. I had the UK version of this, but had to have the US one too. Ack. Looks awesome :D
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. Eee, the international paperback :D It is so stunning. Love.
Into the Bright Unknown. US paperback :D My collection is complete. <3 Must read this third book soon.
Seeker. Finally managed to buy this paperback too :D Collection complete. <3 Haven't read it yet, aack.
Orgo Runners. Huge thank you to the author, R. J. for sending me this amazing book and plush :D Love.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #366

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

WHITE STAG BY KARA BARBIERI

Goodreads Description:

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.
 


Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Wednesday Books 
Pre-Order here and here

I only heard about this book, for real, a few days ago. And oh my gosh, how I am curious about it :D Eee! That cover! It is stunning. And the summary is pretty amazing too. I simply cannot wait to read this one now. Eee. I might get to take part in the blog tour, and get to read an eARC of it. Crossing all my fingers.
What are you waiting for on this dangerous Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett

I am so so very excited about this book :D Is it June 4th yet? Hmph. I need this one in my life. <3 I very much adored the first book, Onyx & Ivory. And I am just beyond excited about this sequel :D Shadow & Flame is going to be awesome. And oh my gosh, it looks SO GORGEOUS :D Eeee! I am n love with this cover. I love how stunning it is. Sigh. Love. Cannot wait to own it too, when it comes out. There is not a summary yet for this book, but Mindee mentioned that this book will take place one year after book one. What! I am nervous. Nervous about my romance.. hmm. Yet so so very excited too. I am sure it will be done really well :D Wait. I checked again. And there is a small summary! Ahhh! I love it. I'm nervous. So excited. And gosh, I just cannot wait to read this one. Eee. What do you think of this gorgeous cover? :D


From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

In My Mailbox #362

It's getting darker and darker these days. Ahh. Which means all my pictures will start getting darker too. Hmph. How rude. I want winter to be over already, haha. It is also so cold most of the time too. I haven't taken my spa bath done yet, but it must be done this month sometime. I don't want to, lol. I have not been good at reading lately at all. Ugh. I finished Beneath the Citadel this week, but yeah, it was not good. Two stars. My latest five reads have all been three stars and below. I am so disappointed. And so so goddamn tired of reading bad books. Ugh. I need something aamazing to read. But unsure what I have that will be amazing. Hmm. I do have tons and tons to choose from, though, haha. I just need the energy to read as well :) Which I still do not have. At all. Got more medicine this week, though that is still not working for the rest of me. I'm also currently using a very very old laptop, which is not very good, because I had to send in my own for service, hoping to get a new one, as it has been having issues for ages. Sobs. So I'm now without my laptop for weeks, probably. I'm sad. But I shall survive. Probably. Also need to get started on catching up too. Soon. A few blog posts this week. Shared my review of Beneath the Citadel :) This week I'm waiting on Pumpkinheads. <3 And yesterday was my Seven Years of Blogging day, ahh :D Time has gone by so so fast. <3 I also got a whole bunch of stunning mail this week. Gosh. October has been so crazy so far with all the books out, lol. Loving all of them. <3 But gosh, no more room. Ahh! Save me :)



Shadow of the Fox. Such a gorgeous finished copy :D I adore Julie. <3 This book was pretty good too.
Vengeful. So gorgeous :D Unsure when I will be brave enough to read it, though, haha. But it is stunning.
Clash of Beasts. I have only read book one of this trilogy so far, ack, but will catch up one day :D So cute.
Grim Lovelies. Hardcover and intl paperback :D Both so so gorgeous. I adored this book. Love the cover.
Renegades. Second paperback has arrived, haha :D My Renegades collection is so crazy big. Gosh. <3
The Hollow of Fear. This finished copy is all kinds of gorgeous :D And I loved this book beyond words. <3
Give the Dark My Love + A World Without You + Rebel Rising + Swag. EEE! Thank you so much to Beth and Malaprops Bookstore for letting me order these books to be personalized :D EEE! I love them all so so so very much. <3 Sigh. Beth is the best. And the swag! I am dying. It's so perfect. Sigh. Thank you. <3
Pop Figures. These new nutcracker pops are so gorgeous :D I love them. Spyro is pretty much adorable.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Seven Years of Blogging

I cannot believe it has been seven years already since I first started this blog. Gosh. Time is moving fast. And I have had the seven best years possible. Book blogging is the best to me, and I just love reading and reviewing books and sharing some bookish love :D Love most to share what I get in the mail every week, haha. And I am so thankful to every one of you for commenting on my posts. Thank you. So very much. It means the most to me. <3 I have blogged for seven years, and I do not plan on stopping. Not anytime soon. I love it too much. Sadly I do not have a giveaway this year. As I have not had the energy to put anything together. My health has been the worst since April of last year, and it just keeps getting worse. Hmph. I'm hoping I will start feeling better soon, as I'm behind on so much. A few months behind on commenting, but I have every post saved, and I will comment on them all once I feel a little better :D But yes. No giveaway today. I shall do my best to have a bigger giveaway later this year, though. Just. Thank you all for commenting and talking to me and just being here. It means the most. Love all of the people I have met thanks to book blogging. I use twitter the most, and there are so many lovely people there. You are all awesome. Although I'm super behind on everything, I'm still here. And always will be :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #365

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

PUMPKINHEADS BY RAINBOW ROWELL 
& FAITH ERIN HICKS

Goodreads Description:

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

Beloved writer Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award–winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place—and a person—with no regrets.


Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by First Second
Pre-Order here and here

Eeee. I simply cannot wait for this graphic novel :D I adore Rainbow. So very much. And this story looks all kinds of adorable. That cover is the cutest. Cannot wait to get to read this one :D So so very excited about it. But gosh, not out until late August of next year. Ahh. Forever to wait. But it will be worth it. <3
What are you waiting for on this autumn Wednesday?