Saturday, March 31, 2018

Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Having a hard time figuring out my feelings for this book. I liked the writing a bunch, and the story was a four star for me. Enjoyed this world. But the romance. Well. That ruined it a bit for me. And I have a lot of feelings about it, that I must share. So I think that I am going to give this book three stars. Was good, but not perfect.

Despite it being a three star, I did like this book a whole lot. I only had some issues with it as well. But shall begin by saying all the things I liked about it. And to start with, the writing. I found it to be awesome and I never had any issues with it. Thrilled about that. The characters were all kinds of adorable and messy. Loved that.

This book is told from the point of view of Enne and Levi. They're both seventeen, yet they come from such different worlds. Enne has spent her life trying to become a Lady. She's tried her best to be liked by those in her school, though all of them seemed awful. Hmph. Levi lives in the City of Sin. He is a street lord. All kinds of ruthless and dangerous and all kinds of adorable. I loved him so much. I adored Enne too. I loved how in the beginning of this one she is so shy and proper and all that. Yet over the ten days this book takes place, she changes so much. She becomes harder and braver and stronger. I loved that change in her. She was so awesome. Levi was still my favorite character of everyone, though. I loved getting to know all about him. Need to know more.

This book begins with Enne having left her safe and quiet home, and is now going to the City of Sin, to search for her missing mother. Whom may be dead or not. Enne gets into trouble the very moment that she steps off the boat. And I loved that a lot, haha. I loved how she ended up meeting Levi, and how they ended up starting searching for her mother together. I loved their banter with each other. How they went from kind of hating each other, to starting to care. So awesome. Loved their growing friendship so much.

In this world that Amanda has created, every person is born with two talents. One that is more powerful, and one that is just in the background. One from each parent. Enne has the talent of dancing. Or so she thinks. There is so much for her to learn about herself in this book, while searching for her mother. Many secrets are revealed. And I liked that a whole lot. And just this world was awesome to read about. I loved the City of Sin. How it was awful and brutal yet so interesting too. There were always new things to learn.

There is a lot going on in this book. Enne is searching for her mother. Levi is searching for money to pay someone, so he does not end up dead. He does not have many days left. The book focus a lot on Levi, and how he is the Iron Lord in this town. Not going to describe it, just know that it was interesting to read about and I liked it a whole bunch. But gosh, Levi deserved better. Some people treated him so badly and I did not approve at all. Hmph. But his best friend, Jac, was awesome. Always. Loved him. And Lola too.

And now it is time to talk about why I did not love this book. The romance. Sigh. There will be spoilers. From the very start of the book I shipped Levi and Enne. They would be very perfect together. And over these ten days they flirt so much. And they each start caring for each other so much. By the end Enne is thinking about love, even. But she is always pushing Levi away. There is not a single kiss in this very long book. What. They obviously want each other, all the time. But no kiss. No nothing. So very disappointed.

I mean, I can handle slow burn romances. But this one was a bit silly. Since it was so obvious that they cared and that they wanted each other. But Levi is waiting for Enne to make the move, as he has been with lots of others, girls and boys. And she has been with none. And Enne. Ugh. She is always thinking about how she doesn't want this, how she wants to leave this town. She was always pushing him away. Even after she starts thinking she may love him. Still she push him away. And I did not approve one bit.

But I am trying to deal with this. But it was so incredibly disappointing. This book is long. Four hundred pages. And not a single kiss in those pages. Just a whole lot of sexual tension. I am not okay with that. And I just feel so sad about it too, to be honest. Yeah. That is why this is a three star for me. Because I cannot stop thinking about the romance, and how it could have been so extremely amazing, but it was not. Ugh. But even so. I did love reading about Levi and Enne together. They were both truly adorable.

So much happens in Ace of Shades. And I enjoyed every moment of it. There was gambling. There was dangerous games to play. People die. People get hurt. And it was such an interesting story to read about. I wish the romance had been better. But I did adore these characters. And I loved the world. And I think I will love the second book a lot. Unless the romance sucks again, then I will not enjoy it. Hmph. It needs to be better. I'm crossing my fingers. Sigh. Just, please don't let me be disappointed with it. Can't handle it.

For the most part I was happy about this book, and I am glad that I read it. But gosh, I wish the romance had been different. Had it been better, I would have loved this book so much. But it was not. Sigh. Still, it was a good book, and I am going to read the next ones. And hoping they will be better with the romance. Nervous. Yet I have hope. I think you should all read this book, though. Huge thank you to HarperCollins International for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read and review. I'm glad I gave it a chance.

In My Mailbox #334

This has been such a lazy week. Ack. I just haven't felt like doing anything lately. My health also sucks so badly, and I have no energy at all. Ugh. So I have not read this week. And only one blog post. Ack. But I did start Ace of Shades yesterday, and will finish it today, so review coming a bit later :D I'm enjoying it so far. And I'm planning on reading lots after this one, fingers crossed. I just need to feel better, which never seems to happen. Hmph. What I did do this week, though, was share a lot of pictures on instagram :D Which I loved. So do check that out. <3 And this week I'm waiting on Catwoman: Soulstealer :) Because of Easter, there was no mail Thursday and Friday. And no mail until Tuesday. Ahh. So I did not get a lot of books this week, but still got some, and I love it all :D Yay. But oh my gosh, the packages I'm waiting on. Gosh. I'm dying a little, just thinking about them, haha. <3 Cannot wait to share, when they arrive :D So so so excited. So anyway. This week have been a little exhausting, as I have just been sick most of the time, and not in the mood to do anything. Hmph. Not feeling any better yet, but trying to get things done even so. But still, I had a good week, and I just love spending time with my baby niece :D She's adorable.

Children of Blood and Bone. Gosh, I hope I will end up loving this one :D It seems so awesome and epic.
Obsidio. My AUS paperback version has arrived :D And it is so shiny and gorgeous and I love it so much.
Rosemarked Swag. Eee! Thank you Livia for this awesome reviewer swag :D Love it so much. Gorgeous.
Pop Figures. More of these :D So much love. The LotR ones cost me a fortune. But worth it. So stunning.
Plushes. Could not resist sharing, haha. I bought these this week, and I am in love. All so soft and cute.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #337

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


Goodreads Description:

When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

I will admit that the other books by Sarah are not for me, but I am still so excited about this :D Because I adored Wonder Woman and Batman in this series, so I must read Catwoman too. And I think it sounds pretty great :D Just crossing my fingers that I will end up enjoying this one so so much too. I want to. <3
What are you waiting for on this soulful Wednesday?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

In My Mailbox #333

This week have been both slow and long, good and bad. I re-read Illuminae and Gemina, and then read Obsidio, which was so awesome :D But my health is also the very worst, and I'm trying my best to deal with it, ugh, but it's hard too, as I'm so goddamn tired of being in pain all the time. So rude. But trying to stay positive too :) And reading lots of amazing books these days makes that very easy, eee. I got a bit of mail this week, not too much :) But now waiting on some awesome things too, and I'm just so excited. <3 But no room.. ahh. Not excited about that. Sigh. Blogged a bit :D Shared my third review of Illuminae. <3 This week I'm waiting on Grim Lovelies :D Then shared my second review of Gemina :) And my review of Obsidio, eee. <3 Not much mail, but love it all. Health bad, but trying to stay positive :) Had a good week.

Obsidio. Eee, international paperback edition :D It is gorgeous. Loved this book. Love all my editions :D
A Conjuring of Light. Ahh, stunning US paperback edition is out :D And it's so stunning. Must read it soon.
Vengeance. Ack, I haven't read this sequel, even though it's years old. But new paperback :D Gorgeous.
Pop Figures. These are so awesome :D Love my pop collection. And finally got to order a new Saruman.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

This final book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Such a thrilling third book. I loved how everything ended. But gosh, do not think I'm ready to be done with all of these characters. I wish there were more books coming, written in this way, with all these amazing characters. The ending was completely perfect, though.

There is so much that I loved about this final book. Shall try my best to write down most of it. So happy that I re-read Illuminae and Gemina before this third book, though. So many details that mattered. And of course, I love these books so much, and know that I will re-read them so many times. They are simply the best.

Obsidio completes stories that started in Illuminae and Gemina. With Kady and Ezra's home being attacked, and them now being chased across the universe by someone wanted to kill them too. With Hanna and Nik, and how they survived the awful attack on Heimdall. And how they are now together, and trying to escape, to tell their story to get justice for everything that has happened. There is so much amazing about this story. Not going to describe much of it, just that how they tell their story, and how they are trying to get justice, it's written so well and I loved reading about all of it. It's fully complicated and dangerous. I loved it so. This book had everything that I wanted. Eee. And it was full of all my favorite characters too. And new characters that I adored too.

This final book tells the story of Asha and Rhys. And all the other ones from the first books too. But first we get to know Asha. She is the cousin of Kady, and she did not make it off their home planet when it was attacked. And so she is still there, all these months later. BeiTech has taken control over the planet, until they are able to leave, when they will kill the rest of the citizens of this planet. Asha will not let this happen. So she is part of an resistance, hoping to be able to survive this war. It is not going all that well.

And gosh, how I adored getting to know Asha. She's fierce and brave and I loved her so much. She has a secret, which was both sad and awesome. She was an amazing person and I loved getting to know her. She's being forced to work as a nurse, which was pretty interesting to read about. She has a few friends, and I must admit that I did not like any of them, lol. But they aren't a bit part of this story at all. What is big about this story is Asha and her ex-boyfriend Rhys. And why she ended up at this planet three years ago.

And oh, Rhys. I must admit to loving this boy beyond words. Wish I could have gotten to know him even better, though. He has been up in space these past seven months, working as a tech guy for BeiTech. He has not been told anything about the war, despite working for the enemy. But then when their people are getting killed on the ground, Rhys is sent down. And he sees Asha right away. They have not seen each other for three years, and they had such a big relationship back then. Ah. This romance was complicated.

Yet beyond amazing. I shipped Asha and Rhys so much. Even though she took quite a lot of time to start caring for him again, and the fact that there weren't all that much romance between them. Sniffs. But still. They were so perfect together. And I loved how they started talking again, and spending a little bit of time together. I also loved that when Rhys learned all the details about this war, he was not okay with any of it. Rhys was a good person and I loved him tons. I loved Asha too. They were both such great characters.

Gosh, there is so much I could say about this book. I'm trying my best not to write everything about it, lol. But it's hard. I feel like I could write forever about these books. They are just so good. This third book is focused on Asha and Rhys, and how they are dealing with things on this planet. It's not going well. A lot of people are getting killed. It was so awesome to read about. And I loved everything about it. Interesting characters to get to know too. I adored the Duke. And I liked Oshiro too. A bunch of rude ones too. Hmph.

This book is also very much about Kady and Ezra and Nik and Hanna and Ella too. I loved that beyond words. Those characters are all my favorite. Ahh. And reading more about them was the very best. More Kady and Ezra romance. Eee. It was so much fun and adorable and oh, how I love them so. And reading about Nik and Hanna trying to deal with everything that happened was so great too. I ship them so much. And Ella. This poor girl. I love her beyond words. She's fun and awesome and just so so good. Loved her.

There was also a whole bunch of AIDAN in this book. And oh gosh. I am not sure how I felt about this crazy murder artificial intelligence thing. AIDAN helped them so much. Yet it did so much awful too, a lot of murder, and oh. I'm not sure if I was supposed to love it or hate it. I think I did both, at the same time. Written so well, though, and I loved that a lot. Not going to write more about this book. Just that it is full of space. And murder. And romance. And plot twists. Everything about Obsidio was perfection. Loved it so.

Obsidio was everything I wanted it to be. And so much more. Full of action and heartbreak and romance. Full of amazing twists. And such a stunning ending. I do want more, though, always. And now I cannot wait to read the next series these two amazing authors are writing together. I'm sure it will be perfection. Cannot wait. I'm thrilled with how much I love this series. The books are all completely heartbreaking and all kinds of fun. If you have not read these books, then you are truly missing out on the best adventures.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

So happy to have finally read this book a second time. I feel like I loved it even more this time, and had an amazing time reading it. It broke my heart a bunch, but it was so so much fun too and just completely amazing. I fully love this world that Jay and Amie has created so much, and I truly can't wait to read Obsidio next. Eee.

My mind is a little blank about what to share about this stunning book. I shall not write such a long review this time, I think, but I need to share my feelings for this awesome book a second time. I love that Gemina is written in the same way as Illuminae, told through messages and video footage and stunning artwork too.

This second book tells the story of Nik and Hanna. It is still set around the same time as the first book, and there are very small mentions of Kady and Ezra too. I must admit that I wanted more of them, but I am feeling more okay about them not being in this one a lot this second time reading this book. Because this time I knew what was coming, and I was able to enjoy everything much more. I'm very happy about that. Because reading about Nik and Hanna was the very best thing. Eee. The story takes place over just a few days, and I loved that. Gemina is full of twists and weird things and some freaky cows too. It was the best. This book was also all kinds of creepy, and I loved that the most. And also full of space. Which is truly awesome. Everything was perfect.

These characters were the best to read about. Yeah, I love Ezra and Kady the most, but Nik and Hanna were amazing as well. I loved Nik a little bit more, but they were both awesome. This book takes place on Heimdall, this big jump station, where other space ships come to travel far away. It was such an amazing setting to read about. Creepy when things went bad. And just all kinds of awesome. There is so so much about this plot that I loved, and I am not going to mention most of it, just a small note to say I loved it tons.

My biggest love in this book was Nik. This boy just about killed me. I loved getting to know him. His past broke my heart. I love how strong and amazing he was. I adored his crush on Hanna. I very much loved his relationship with his cousin, Ella. I loved how he managed to do so much, despite some mistakes. He was brave and I loved him oh so much. Sigh. The cutest boy. And eee, Ella was adorable too. I wish to read more about her as well. She was awesome at a computer, and just so much fun too. Loved her so.

Then there was Hanna. I must admit to still feeling a little bit conflicted about my feelings for her. I love her so. But I was also a little bit upset with her at times. I didn't like how she kind of kept leading Nik on, and how she was rude to him in the beginning. But I also adored her so much. Getting to know her was the best. She seems like a spoiled rich girl, and she is, at times, but she is so much more too. She was amazing at fighting and she was smart as well. I loved how she grew in this book. I grew to love her too.

What I loved the most was reading about Nik and Hanna together. They have been chatting for some time now, as he is selling her some drugs. See, Nik is from a very criminal family. And it was awesome. I loved reading about it. Also, a bit of heartbreak too. Nik and Hanna are not really friends. He wants to be, and wants more, but she is mostly just flirting with him, I think. Because Hanna has a boyfriend. And have had him for six months. Hmph. That still bothers me. But also not too much, this second read, thankfully.

I will mention a little bit about the romance in this book. Hanna has a boyfriend, for most of the book, but when things go bad in this place, things go bad with her relationship too. And I loved that so much, haha. They did not love each other, which was good. Because I did not like that boy at all. Hanna and Nik was meant to be, at least in my eyes. And their growing friendship and relationship meant the very very most to me. They were so cute to read about. Full of banter. And also getting to know each other. Loved that.

My review is kind of a mess. But my feelings about this book is a mess too. I loved Gemina so much. It was an excellent second book. And I'm beyond dying to finally get to read the final book next. I haven't mentioned the plot in this book yet. Just going to say that it was amazing. And that the Heimdall station is under attack, from the same people that attacked Kady and Ezra's home. A lot of people die. Things go bad. And it was so amazing to read about. This book was awful and amazing and I loved it beyond words.

There is so much I could say about Gemina. And I have already written more than I was planning to. And not nearly all that I wanted to. Just wanted to share a little bit about why I love this book so much. Which I think I managed to do. Probably. Reading about Nik and Hanna was the very best and I adored them so. This book ruined me a little. And that ending. Gosh. It was so good. I cannot wait to read the rest of this story. I'm just a little bit unable to put all my thoughts into words right now. Simply loved this one so much.

Waiting on Wednesday #336

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


Goodreads Description:

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Gosh, I actually thought this was a middle grade book, until I just now read the new summary for it, haha, and see that the main girl is seventeen years old :D And that just makes me even more excited about this gorgeous looking book, eee. It sounds heartbreaking. And SO AWESOME and I cannot wait to read this precious book. Cover is gorgeous. And story sounds unique and so good and I'm so so excited to read it.
What are you waiting for on this lovely Wednesday?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

My love for this book will never end. Finally got to read it for a third time, and I'm pretty sure I love it more and more each time that I read it. There is simply so much that I love about this book. Not going to write another long review of this, only going to share some parts that I loved about it. Which might end up being a lot.

One of the things I love the most about this book is the incredible writing. It's so different than other books. And so good. Illuminae is not told in the usual way. It is told through emails and security footage and pictures and things like that. And it is done so well. I loved reading this book the very most. The writing was the best.

This book takes place in space, in the year 2575. It tells the story of Kady and Ezra. Their home planet has just been attacked, and they are on two different and huge spaceships trying to get away, as another ship is hunting them. These two awesome characters have been a couple for the past year, but the day that their home is attacked she broke up with him. For a silly reason, compared to the issues they are now having. There's so much to love about this book. Kady and Ezra were the very best characters and I loved them to pieces. I shipped them tons. And getting to know them was so good. Their past together was the best. Sigh. But what I loved the most was their uncertain future. And how they went from being broken up to slowly getting back together again.

In the beginning of this book we get to read a little bit about what happened with the attack. But then it jumps forward about six months. Kady and Ezra got shipped to different escape spaceships, and they have not been together for these six months. Which I must admit made my heart hurt a little. But it also made a lot of sense, and I feel that their feelings for each other had time to become even more real in that time. They do not speak to each other for those months, although they could have done so. Hmph.

But we do learn a little bit about what they did in those months. They are on different ships, and Ezra has been training to help defend them all when the battle ship catches up to them. Kady is on the ship that is mostly just full of passengers, not a defense ship. She has spent most of the months hacking everything. And I loved that about her. She's awesome with a computer. And she is so badass and fierce and broken at times and I loved her beyond words. Reading about this girl was the best. She was simply incredible.

And then there was Ezra too. And sigh. This boy was the very best and getting to know him ruined me a little. There is so much I still need to know about him. And about Kady too. And reading about their past together was the best. And how they start talking again, after six months apart. Through emails and dms. It was the cutest thing. Their banter was the best and I just shipped them so much. Sigh. But of course, this was not a romance book. But there was a little of romance included. And it was the very best. Eee.

I'm not going to write much about this book. Already written more than what I was going to this time. Just wanted to mention how much I adored these characters. And this world created, even though most is just spent in these ships. It was awesome. The space part was so good. And oh, AIDAN. I cannot. Completely insane and fully amazing. Loved reading about this crazy computer. There is also this scary virus on this book. An outbreak happens. And it's so creepy and awful and beyond incredible. I loved it the very most.

I cannot help but mention that I adore Jay and Amie so much. Have now adored them for years, and their books together are so good. And their books alone are incredible too. I can't wait to read more from both of them. Eee. And their new series that will be out next year too, gosh. It's going to be so good. I cannot wait. But first I'm re-reading Gemina, and then finally getting to read Obsidio, and I'm so beyond excited. It's going to be the very best. But also heartbreaking, so I'm a little nervous as well. Will love it so much.

If you still have not read Illuminae, then you are truly missing out on the very best series. I mean. It is space. A killer virus. An insane artificial intelligence computer voice. The most stunning romance, though I wish there had been a bit more contact with that. Hmph. It still ruined my heart, though, and makes me so happy all the time. I can confirm that Illuminae is the best. And I'm thrilled to have read it a few times already. I shall never tire of reading this book. Illuminae is simply the best and I love this book so much.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

In My Mailbox #332

I read two amazing books this week, eee. And I'm feeling so so happy about that :D But I also read one that wasn't as amazing, lol. But three books read this week. I'm feeling happy about that. And this coming week I will be re-reading Illuminae and Gemina and then reading Obsidio. Aaack. I'm excited and nervous :D Cannot wait. As always, I must write a little bit about my health. Medicine still not working. And now I have gotten sick in another way too; ears hurts so badly, nose is bad, throat is bad, and small fever again. Just, uuuugh. So goddamn tired of being in pain all the time. Sigh. Please let my medicine begin working now. But besides that, the week was good. Great mail, good books read, and spent time with niece and nephew, which I love so much :D Baby is now two months old, and she is the most adorable. Oh, and I do spend all day with my stunning cat too, and that helps a lot as well. Blogged a little this week :) I shared my review of LIFEL1K3. <3 EEE! And this week I'm waiting on Give the Dark My Love :D Then shared my review of The Lies They Tell. It was meh. But then shared my review of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and ahh :D Loved it. So yeah. I read two aaamazing books this week. I'm so happy about that. Sigh. They were perfect. Health sucks, though, so I'm a bit behind on things, and just trying to relax so that I might get better faster :) But shall try my best to catch up a little bit each day too. If I'm able to :)

Obsidio. Eee, first hardcover is finally here :D It is gooorgeous. <3 Now ready to re-read Illuminae, aaack.
Mindee Arnett ARCs. EEE! Thank you for trading with me Calla :D I am SO happy to own all of these. <3
Shatter Me Series. Ack. I won these from the wonderful Whitney. <3 Unsure if I'll ever read them, though.
Sightwitch. I still haven't read book one, ack, but now I do own them all :D And I think I will love them too.
Miraculous Ladybug. Sigh, I love this show so so much. And oh, that newest episode! My heart. Love it.
Happy Hello Bookmarks. My latest order. So many :D They are all so gorgeous. Adore these bookmarks.
Pop Figures. Eee! They are all gorgeous. New Harry Potter :D My Balrog. Oh, they are all so so precious.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

My mind is pretty much broken from this book. I don't even know where to start with this review of mine. I had hoped that I would enjoy this book. And oh, how I did. I loved it so much. But oh, my poor heart. So yes. This book mostly broke me. And I could not help but love every moment of it. Giving this precious five stars.

I must admit to never having read the official Frankenstein book, or seen many movies about it. But I know most of the story, and have seen a few movies, years back. Which made it even easier to picture everything in this book. And now I must do even more research about it, ack, because this book has made me curious.

I shall start by mentioning that this book is all kinds of dark and awful and I loved every part of it. But it is not for those that can't handle dark things. There is a lot of death. A lot of sad moments. For me, it was so perfect. But do not go into this book expecting it to be all pink and happy. Because it was not. And I would not have wanted it any other way. Eee. I loved this book a lot. Even though my heart is also completely broken, I think. And I must say that I do wish this book had a happier story as well, I wish there had been a romance to make things more happy. But I also very much loved how dark this book was. There were a few hints of happy parts. But they were not many. This book was dark. Dark and lovely. And I have so many thoughts about it all.

This book tells the story about seventeen year old Elizabeth. And oh, how I loved this girl. Getting to know her was the very best. There are a few scenes that include things that happened with her growing up, and I loved those pages. Elizabeth has been living with the Frankenstein family since she was five years old, and her caretaker sold her to them. She did not have a good life before that. This new family got her as a gift for their son, Victor, whom was a little bit older than Elizabeth. And this couple has three children total.

Reading about Elizabeth was the very best. But also the most painful. My heart is forever broken because of her. She was such a strong girl. And all she wants is to stay safe and secure, to not be left with nothing if the Frankensteins decide they do not need her anymore. And so ever since she was five years old, she has done everything she could to stay with them. She became best friends with Victor. She was with him all the time, keeping him calm, mostly. She tried her best with the rest of the family. They were interesting.

And oh, this poor girl. I am not going to talk about most of what happens, just wanting to mention some things. Elizabeth is not happy. Because Victor is not a normal boy. He can get angry. He can hurt things. And Elizabeth is the only one who can calm him. He has been gone to school for the past two years, and Elizabeth is worried with him gone, worried she will be kicked out. And so she goes to look for him. Which is where this story truly begin. Because she does find him. But she also finds much more. Ack. My heart.

This book is filled with amazingly written characters. Elizabeth was my favorite. I wanted her to be happy and safe so badly. She has spent her whole life pretending. Being who everyone else needed her to be, so she could stay safe. And it broke my heart. She was so strong and awesome, though. For the past two years, she has had another best friend. Justine. Gosh, I adored this girl. She was a lot softer and kinder than Elizabeth, but I loved her so. And they were great friends. Reading her story pretty much broke me.

There were so many characters that I loved in this book. It's mostly focused on Elizabeth and Victor, but there were some others too that I enjoyed reading about. Like Henry. He annoyed me a little, but he was written so well. And Mary. I adored that girl. Wishing there had been more about her. She was awesome. And oh, then there was Victor. I am not going to say much about him. Just going to mention that he was written so well and was truly complicated. Sometimes I loved him. Then I hated him more than anything.

I'm not going to talk too much about this book. And I haven't really spoiled anything at all yet. And I won't. But oh, how I loved this book. I'm not sure how I will handle this heartbreak, though. This is not a happy story. There are a lot of deaths. And those killed me. There are some pretty gruesome scenes too. All of it were written so well, though. Writing was amazing. The ending was both good and bad. I'm not sure how I felt about it, to be honest. But it was an excellent ending, even so. And very fitting with the story as well.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every page of it. It is such a dark and hopeless story. But with the most fierce main character girl. Elizabeth was amazing and I loved getting to know her so much. This book broke me. Yet I am so happy that I read it and I know that I will read this book more than once. I can't help but hope that Kiersten will write more books like this one. Dark and awful and so perfect. I want more of it. Crossing all my fingers.

Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. I'm so thrilled I had the chance to read it early. As I loved it so very much. And I will treasure my gorgeous ARC forever and ever. Cannot wait to own the finished copy of this in September too. This book was a surprise in some ways, as I didn't know I would love it as much as I did. But I'm so happy about it. If you like dark stories, then you most definitely need to read this book. So worth reading.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

Finishing this book has made me feel so upset and disappointed. Which is such a shame, because this book started out very well. Enjoyed at least half of it so much, and found the small mystery of it all to be interesting and great to read about. Then everything went downhill closer to the ending. And I feel so sad about it all.

I shall start by sharing why I enjoyed this book, at least the first part of it. This is not really my genre at all, but I wanted to give it a try when I read the summary for it, as I thought it looked great and sounded interesting too. And for the most part, that was true. The writing in this book was pretty great, and I enjoyed that a lot.

This is told from the point of view of eighteen year old Pearl. She lives in a small town with her father, whom is a drunk. They are poor too, and she works at the golf club trying to earn enough to live by. In the summer, the place is filled with rich boys and their parents, out with their boats and having parties and such. Pearl was an interesting character to get to know. I liked her a lot, but also didn't know all that much about her. But she was sweet, and I liked her a lot. But oh, I'm not all that happy about her life. She works with her best friend, Reese. She's been in love with him ever since she met him. But they are only friends. He is in a relationship with a girl at work, and she sees them together all the time, and she's full of hurt. Just. Ahh. No. More on that soon.

First I'm sharing more about why this book is a three star for me. The reasons for why I liked it. This book is about Pearl and her life, but it's also about a fire that happened six months before, killing four out of five people from a very rich family. Pearl's father worked for them, and he got blamed for what happened. No one ever got caught for the deaths of the family, and her dad has lost almost all of his jobs. And Pearl is not okay with it at all. She wants to know what happened. Who is to blame. She want her father cleared.

And so this summer, when one of the rich boys starts talking to her, she decides to begin hanging out with them. To try to figure out more about what happened with the fire. So she's hanging out with the boy who lived, Tristan, and his two friends, Bridges and Akil. She's slowly investigating. And I liked this very small mystery a lot. I liked reading about her becoming friends with these boys, and hanging out with them and others too. They are all over eighteen. And at first I liked them all, sort of. But then that changed. So rude.

And sigh. While I did like this book a lot in the beginning, I still did not love it. And then some weird things started happening, and I'm not feeling very pleased about it at all. I'm going to try not to include too many spoilers, but I need to talk about all things romance. I have to. Because it's bothering me beyond words. First I wish to mention that Akil was such an asshole. I hated that boy so much; he was always rude to Pearl and he was not nice to any other girl either. I wanted him hurt, honestly. Shrugs. It did not happen.

In this book, Pearl has not had a boyfriend before. She's in love with Reese. But he's with someone else. And at the end she learns that he is moving in with his on-and-off girlfriend. And so Pearl is heartbroken. And I'm not okay with it at all. This book had no romance. I felt sure that Pearl and Reese would end up together. But they never did. They were just friends. But she wanted more, and I hated reading about it, how it never happened. Reese was mostly a great person, though. And I liked getting to know him a lot.

But yeah, when Pearl starts hanging out with the summer boys, she has to flirt a lot with Bridges. There are some kisses. She doesn't even like him. She was using him, somewhat. And he was using her too, kind of. And I just feel so truly disappointed by all of it. I wanted a good mystery book with an awesome romance too. Mystery was a little tame, and romance completely sucked. Ugh. There was even sexual tension between her and Tristan. What. Yeah. Three boys. No romance with any of them. Disappointed.

That whole drama was not even written that well. Ugh. I wish this book had been without all of it, to be honest. She should have just been friends with all of them. Or had a relationship with just one boy. Hmph. I'm bitter about it, and I feel I will think about it for long now. Ahh. Hope to forget about it soon, because it just makes me sad. But anyway. This book was about the mystery too. About Pearl trying to find the real killer. The ending was kind of good, but also not exciting. I had expected more, to be completely honest.

Overall, The Lies They Tell were disappointing for me. It started pretty strong, then ended really badly. I liked reading about Pearl a lot. But she didn't even get her happy ending, and I am really bitter about it. Ack. But yeah. I'm still glad that I gave this book a try; as it wasn't all bad. I feel sad that I didn't like the book more, but yeah. I do think that a lot of others might enjoy it lots, though. I'm curious to know. Huge thank you to HarperCollins International for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read and review.

Waiting on Wednesday #335

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


Goodreads Description:

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here and here

I mean, really. DOES THIS BOOK NOT LOOK GORGEOUS? :D AHHH! I am SO excited for this one. I adore Beth so so so much and this new book by her sounds so good. Eeee. I'm going to love it to pieces, I just know it. Simply cannot wait to get to know these characters. Eee. I'm so super excited for this one.
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Review: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

My wait for this book have been long. I feel so lucky and thankful to have been able to read it early. Eee. I've been excited about it for so long, as I am a huge fan of Jay, and have loved his books ever since Stormdancer came out. And gosh, LIFEL1K3 did not disappoint. It was everything I wanted it to be and so much more.

I am not even sure where to begin writing this review. Because this book destroyed me. I'm unsure how I'm going to survive the wait for the next two books. And not sure at all how anything will be in book two. So nervous. Yet beyond excited. This book had a killer ending. One that was so very good. Loved it beyond words.

The writing in this book was stunning. Which I'm so happy about. There is so much to say about this book. I have no idea how I'm going to fit it all. But I will not share spoilers, but gosh, trust me when I say that this book will murder you with awesome. It is so good. And I loved every part of it. Even that rude ending. Hmph. Not sure how it's possible for Jay to be writing so many amazing books. He's just awesome. I mean, yeah, he's awful, because his books are heartbreaking and evil, but gosh, how they are amazing too. And LIFEL1K3 even more so than the rest. Just, the writing. The characters. The world. The romance. And the friendships. Everything about this book was written so well. I would also say that it is very much an Anastasia retelling, eee. Loved that.

This book tells the story of Eve. She lives in a broken world, where being out too long in the sun will give you cancer. Where robots are a huge part of life, and they are used for almost all work things. This whole world was so interesting to read about. There are new things to know all the time. I loved it so. Can't wait to know even more about it later on too. Eve is such an amazing girl. And I loved getting to know her. She lives with her grandfather, and she's trying to make money to get him medicine, as he is dying of cancer.

She is awesome building machines and such, and so she has this great way of trying to make money. Until it goes wrong, and now everyone is looking for her, most to kill her. But before that, getting to know Eve was the best thing. She was fierce and brave and so awesome. Her grandpa was mostly great too, I was a bit unsure about him. She has this small robot friend, Cricket, he was all kinds of fun in this book. She also has a robot dog, Kaiser. And that dog was beyond adorable and I loved him so much. So cute.

Eve also has the very best friend in the world. Lemon. And this girl was the best and I loved her beyond words. Eee. Oh, I hope there will be more of her in book two. She was so much fun and sassy and just so perfect. She has some secrets, but she's still awesome. I loved her and Eve's friendship so much. They were adorable together and they had this awesome saying that I loved the most. Lemon is also a big part of this book, which was just the greatest. I have all the love for her. And so wish there will be more of her.

There is so much I could say about the plot of this book. But I shall not mention a lot of it. When Eve and Lemon are on their way home, before everyone tries to kill them, they find a body in the trash. Not quite a robot, but a lifelike. Creatures that were made a couple of years ago, and then every one of them should have been destroyed. But this one was not. His name is Ezekiel, and gosh, that boy brought a whole lot of trouble to Eve's life. The best kind too, haha. Well, okay, the worst sort of trouble, but still. So amazing.

While trying not to die, Eve starts having memories of a different life. Something that she cannot really remember. And this thing is a huge part of this plot. I won't say much more about it. But oh, how it was awesome. I adored reading about her and Ezekiel growing closer. How there were some secrets there. Heartbreaking. Romantic too. And oh, how I shipped those two characters. Ezekiel was an amazing boy to get to know; not quite human, but not a robot either. Lifelike. And very much so. Eee. I loved him tons.

I seriously do not know how to talk about this book. I want to share all the spoilers. I want to shout about that ending. Because it ruined me. I shall try my best to heal from it. But it made the entire book different. Made me see things differently. And made me fully unsure about how I want the rest of the books to end. Gosh. It was so good, though. But most definitely a cliffhanger. Worth reading, though. My mind is empty of words for this book. Only know that I loved it very, very much. And I need so much more. Right away.

LIFEL1K3 was everything I wanted it to be and more. Full of an amazing cast of characters. An incredible and dark future world. This story murdered my heart. And I loved every moment of it. This book is going to be big, and I'm so excited about it. These characters were all written so well and I fell in love with all of them so much. But oh, waiting for the next two books might end up killing me. I simply have no idea at all how this story will end. And that thrills me so. But I'm also beyond scared. Cannot wait to know it all. Eee.

Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. I'm forever grateful, and will treasure this lovely book beyond words. I am so happy I was able to read it early. Eee. I cannot wait to own all the finished copies of it too, they are going to be so gorgeous. If you are planning to read this book, then get moving. Order it right now. Because it's worth it. This book was amazing. You are all going to love it too, so much. I promise you that. It's beyond amazing.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

In My Mailbox #331

Oh. I got the most amazing mail this week. I'm just busy dying over it, eee. <3 So so happy :) This week has been good; I'm still spending so much time with baby niece. She is so adorable. But no kids for me, though, not ever. I blogged a bunch this week too, so yay for that. I shared my review of Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue :D Then I shared the title reveal for Renegades #2. <3 This week I'm waiting on Fury, ahh :D I took part in the blog tour for The Beauty That Remains. <3 Where I shared my four star review. Then I posted my review of Dread Nation :) I'm behind on catching up, ahh, but how can I focus on that when I have so many amazing books to read? Haha. And also not feeling good enough for catching up. Soon, though, I hope. I need to read LIFEL1K3 next, eee. <3 And I also need to re-read Illuminae and Gemina so that I can read Obsidio, when my hardcover arrives :D I'm so so so excited. And The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein too. And Pacifica. Ugh. My current reading list is long and perfect. <3 So excited to read them all. Also, I'm almost getting zero comments on my posts these days, and it's breaking my heart a little. And so, if you are reading this, please comment a little bit. <3 I will comment back :) Hugs. So anyway. This week was pretty good. I'm finally done with the antibiotics pills, so done being nauseous every second. I hope. They did not work, though, so that sucks. Still always in pain, but mostly dealing with it. I read a bit this week, and going to read more, especially with all these amazing books I got this week, and last week too, and ahh. I'm so excited :D Hoping to start LIFEL1K3 today. <3 Cannot wait :D

Hero at the Fall. Eee, hardcover is here too :D I must re-read book one very soon, to finish this series.
Heart of Iron. Oh, I adored this book a whole bunch. And this finished copy is all kinds of stunning. Love.
Pacifica. Ahh, I'm so excited to finally get to read this book :D I have high hopes for it; think I'll love it so.
To Kill a Kingdom. Eeee. I loved this book SO MUCH. And finished copy is beyond beautiful :D Love it.
Reclaiming Shilo Snow. Ack, I must read this book soonish :D I did like book one, and must know more.
Seraphina. Finally got them to send a replacement; two months delayed. Ack. Love love this edition of it.
Midnight Thief + Vitro + Lion Heart. Eee! Thank you so much for trading with me Nicole :D So happy. <3
LIFEL1K3 + The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. OH MY GOSH! I just about died when I got this package in the mail yesterday. EEE! Thank you so so much PRH International :D I'm so happy. <3 And dying. And thankful. And reading them SO SOON and ahh :D Thank you so so much. <3 Love them both.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

This was a pretty important book. It's beautifully written and full of awesome characters. It tells an important story of racism and how it affects black people. Heartbreaking at times. It's a fantasy historical zombie story, yet so completely real at times too. This book was not perfect to me, so a three star, but I liked it a bunch.

I shall start by saying that I liked the writing in this book a lot. I grew to care for the main character, Jane, a whole lot too. And I loved her voice. And getting to know her was the very best thing, as she was awesome, fierce and brave. She is black, her mom is white, and the world is a whole lot of trouble to her. Oh, my heart.

This story was all kinds of interesting to read about, so important too. I'm not going to be able to describe it well enough at all, but I am going to try a my very best at least. This book takes place in the past, 1800 something. It tells the story of Jane, a girl who has spent the past couple of years studying at a school. Studying to commit murder. As the dead started walking the earth around the time she was born. Everyone are trying their hardest to kill them. Except they are using only black people to do it. The whole story for it is complicated, and heartbreaking. Gosh. They claim slavery is over, because of a war. But I shall have you know that there is a whole lot of slavery in this book, and it was so sad. And honest. And written so well too. My heart hurts from all of it.

I'm not going to write too much about the plot. Only a little bit. There is a bit difference between white and black people in this world. The white think they owns everything, and for the most part they do. And it was all kinds of heartbreaking to read about. Made me so angry too, because so much of this book happens today too, and it is not right. Not right at all. Anyway. There is a lot going on in this story. Some politics, a whole bunch of awful people around too. I won't describe it all. But worth reading for sure. It's interesting.

This book tells the story of Jane. And she was a girl that I loved a whole lot. She is strong. Even when things are going so badly for her. She always wants to fight, and I loved that about her. The beginning of this book shares about how the dead came to be alive and killing people, and how Jane has been at this school learning to kill them. I enjoyed reading about the school a lot, and about how they learned things. Some of the girls she were with were so awesome. I wish there had been more about all of them, though.

We learn so much about Jane. And I loved that so, because she was awesome. We learn about her past boyfriend, Jackson. Whom is mostly not a good boy at all. Yet I could not help but fall in love with him the moment I saw him. Oh, I ship them so much. We meet Katherine too, whom is so rude to Jane at first in the book. But she gets better, and they slowly start to become friends, and I loved that so much. Because Katherine was so fierce and brave and I adored getting to know her so much. They were amazing friends.

There is a lot that I could say about this book. But I don't have the words for it. In the first part of the book, Jane and Katherine are both training to become Attendants, the hired help of rich white ladies. And in the second part of the book, they are mostly kidnapped, and forced almost to be slaves for some awful white men. That sheriff just about killed me, I hated him so much. There is a lot of racism shown in this one. All of it heartbreaking and so real. I wanted the best for Jane and Katherine. So much. They were amazing.

I have to admit that one of the main reasons for why this is a three star for me is the romance. There was not a lot of romance in this book at all. And considering how long it was, that made me so disappointed. Especially when there ended up being two love interests. Ugh. It's not a love triangle. Because no one is together with anyone. But it's annoying. Because I wanted Jane with Jackson, as I adored him beyond words, and I did not like Gideon at all. Shrugs. I feel that might become an issue in book two. I hope not.

Another reason for why this book was not so perfect for me, was because of how incredibly boring it was most of the time. Yes, the writing is gorgeous, and I adored Jane and Katherine, but I did not care for how boring things were so often. Almost nothing happened. I wanted more action. More romance, more dead people, aka shamblers. I wanted to be more terrified. But despite that, this was an important book, and I did like it a whole lot. I just wish it had been better with the fantasy parts and such. It was not fully for me.

Dread Nation was a book that I'm glad to have read. It was not perfect, but it was also incredibly amazing and good to read. I cannot wait for book two. Huge thank you to HarperCollins International for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read and review. Feeling so thankful. And I'm glad I had the chance to read this book. I'm so excited for the next one. Hopefully it will be amazing, as I'm nervous too. I think that everyone should read this book. As it is important and amazing too. I just did not fully love it. Almost did.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Beauty That Remains Blog Tour: Review

I'm so excited to be taking part in the international blog tour for The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk. I read this book on Monday, and I enjoyed it beyond words. It was such a stunning book and I'm so glad I had the chance to read it. Today I'm sharing my four star review of this book, and sharing a little bit about it too :D I hope you will all read this book as well. Because it was simply gorgeous. Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for letting me take part in this amazing international blog tour. And for sending me a free copy of the international paperback of the book to read and review. I'm so glad I got the chance to read this book. Because it meant a whole lot to me. Liked it so much. <3

To be completely honest, I was not sure if I would enjoy this book or not. Because this genre is truly not for me at all. Most times. But when I got invited to take part in the blog tour, I decided to give this book a try. Because that cover is all kinds of stunning. And this book sounded heartbreaking and interesting too, and I had hopes that it would be for me. And I'm so thrilled to say that I enjoyed this book a whole bunch. Eee. It is a four star for me, and there wasn't a single thing about it that I hated. I'm happy about all of it.

This is a story about grief. Told from three different point of views, all three teenagers. They have all lost someone close to them. Autumn lost her best friend. Logan lost his ex-boyfriend. Shay lost her twin sister. They are all dealing with these deaths in different ways, and oh, how I loved reading about them. Getting to know these characters was simply the best thing. Their chapters are written in some different ways. I liked that a lot. I very much loved the writing in this book. Felt that it was done so well. Loved the writing.

I must admit to having loved some of these characters more than others. Going to share why I loved them all. But first going to talk a little bit about this book. I am so happy that I read it, because it broke my heart in a way. Yet healed it too. I have not lost anyone, but even so my heart broke very much for these lovely characters. Music is a bit part in this book, and I loved that too. I loved how they were connected because of some music. I wish that the ending of this book had been a little bit longer, but I also loved the ending.

First to talk about Autumn. I loved this girl most of everyone. She lost her best friend a few weeks ago, and she is not doing well. She spent all her time with Tavia. Not having her anymore hurts her so much. And oh, how I loved reading about Autumn. Getting to know her was the best; I adored her so much. And wanted her to heal so badly. She also sorts of have feeling for Tavia's brother, Dante. Reading about that slow burn romance killed me a little. Full of grief and blame yet completely sweet and honest too. Loved.

Then there was Logan. I must admit to never loving this boy. I think maybe he was too extreme for me. With the drinking and smoking and cursing all the time. My heart broke for him, of course, because he was grieving a whole lot. But I also did not care too much. Ugh. He lost his ex-boyfriend. They had been together for nine months, but had broken up for six. Logan still loved him, though. But gosh. Bram was a horrible person. And every new thing I learned about him made me dislike him more. I could not help it.

And finally, Shay. I loved this girl so much. Almost as much as I loved Autumn. This sweet person lost her twin sister. Sasha had cancer, and had been sick for the past five years. Shay is not dealing well with her death. She's having panic attacks so often, and it broke my heart. I adored getting to know her. She has some amazing friends around her, like Rohan. I loved him. And her almost-boyfriend, Jerome. I shipped them so much and they were so cute together. But yeah, the story of Shay was the saddest of the stories.

I simply loved reading this book. And getting to know all of these characters made my heart both happy and hurt at the same time. I just loved them so. Ahh. I wish there was more about them all. I want them all to be happy and loved and gosh, I adored them so. They each had different ways of dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. And all their ways were good and sad and so interesting to read about too. There is also a music plot in this book, but I'm not going to talk about that. Loved it, though. It was written so well.

I think that The Beauty That Remains is a book that everyone should read. It's important and sad and just beautiful. I'm so glad that I read this book. I felt connected with it at all times, and getting to know all these characters was the best thing. This book surprised me with how much I adored it, and it was just the most awesome thing. Huge thank you to PRH International for sending me a free copy of this book to read and review for the blog tour. I'm thrilled that I decided to give this book a try, and that I ended up loving it a lot.

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band's music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

The Beauty That Remains is published by Delacorte Press. International ISBN: 9780525578284.

Ashley Woodfolk has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and currently works in children’s book publishing. She writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment where she lives with her cute husband and her cuter dog. The Beauty That Remains is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter at @AshWrites.

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