Monday, July 22, 2019

The Oddmire: Changeling Blog Tour: Review

Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for The Oddmire: Changeling by William Ritter :D Huge thank you to the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for letting me take part in this tour. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book early. For my post today I'm sharing my four star review of the book. I read it exactly one month ago today, and it was so good. I got a free eARC of this book from the publisher, which I am super happy about. Because this book ended up being so good for me. Fully adorable and all kinds of fun. Can't wait to read more about the characters in the second book. I think you should all read this adorable book.


Review of The Oddmire: Changeling.


I had not heard much about this book before I had the chance to sign up for the blog tour. I then read the summary. And knew I had to give this book a try. And I'm so glad that I did so. Because this story was all kinds of fun and so cute. The book was short and easy to read. The writing was stunning. The characters were the very best. I'm giving it four stars, as it was not completely perfect, though not far from it. I really liked the writing a whole lot. This book was fast paced and exciting. Full of magic and danger and family.

This book tells the story of twin boys. They are days away from turning thirteen years old. It begins only days after the birth of them. With a goblin about to steal a human baby and put a changeling in his place. But he makes a mistake. And has to leave both boys behind. Which is how they end up being twins. Their mother cares for them both. And they had such a great life with her. It made me so happy. One of them is human, one a goblin. But they don't know which is which. And yet their mother loved them both the same.

Which made my heart so happy. We get to know both boys in this story, Tinn and Cole. We get to know a little about each of them. And they were both adorable. Tinn was more quiet and careful, with Cole being loud and breaking all the rules. But they spent all their time together, having fun, being brothers. Getting to know them was the best. And I could not help but love them the very most. Eee. We also get to know their mother, Annie, a whole lot as well. And this woman was all kinds of epic and fierce. I loved her tons.

This book was fast to read, though it was not all that short. So much happened. Despite most of the story taking place in just one day. Tinn and Cole do not know which one of them is the goblin changeling. They worry about it, but it does not stop them from being brothers and loving each other. They are just normal boys. And I very much liked learning about their life. They live in an old fashioned village, in the past. This world seemed pretty great. Would not have minded learning even more about it all, though. I am curious.

The boys live a normal life, until the day they get a letter from the goblin that changed their lives. And so they must begin on a journey. A journey to save magic in the wild forest or end up with one of them dead if they fail. And they must do so before the end of the day. The journey through this dangerous forest was all kinds of fun. They meet this girl, Fable. And she was a little awkward but beyond sweet. They get lost. They get hurt. And reading about it all was simply the very best. Was such a great journey to read about.

Though they left without letting their mother know, they did leave her a note. And so just hours after they left she is going after them. I loved that very much. Annie was such a fierce character and so protective of her boys. There is a whole bunch of things going on in this one. There is a darkness in the forest. A thing that kills creatures. And it is hunting for the boys. It was creepy. But so good too. There is a witch in this forest too. And that was pretty exciting to read about as well. I just loved these characters so very much.

I will not be saying much more about this book. Only that it was pretty amazing. Not fully perfect to me, but almost. It was so much fun. Full of magic and magical creatures. A great story with a good ending. I must have the next book in this series. The Oddmire: Changeling was such an incredible story. With the best characters. The adventure was all kinds of fun. And the writing was stunning. Biggest thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for letting me read an eARC of this book for the tour. You all need it in your life.



Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are.






William Ritter is an Oregon author and educator. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.The Oddmireis Ritter’s first series for middle-grade readers. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling, award-winning Jackaby series for young adult readers. Visit him online at rwillritter.wordpress.com and find him on Twitter: @Willothewords.

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“Set in a magical world filled with incredible creatures from folklore, this fast-paced fantasy will keep readers turning the pages as they follow the twins through the dark and mysterious woods. Unique characters with complex personalities will give readers insight into the feelings and actions of not only Tinn and Cole and their mother, but the creatures—both good and evil—they encounter on their journey. A captivating series opener.” —Booklist, starred review

“A delightful series opener.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] charming middle grade fantasy…Ritter (the Jackaby series) crafts a well-paced adventure filled with whimsy and peril, in which the bonds of family and love prove stronger than any spell or curse. With memorable characters—especially the irrepressible protagonists, who make a delightful team—and an atmospheric setting, this is a strong series opener.” —Publishers Weekly

Saturday, July 20, 2019

In My Mailbox #402

Gosh this week have been long. I had to spend over a week with my sister to help with the babies. I'm exhausted, lol. But finally back home in my own bed and spending the nights as well with my cat :) And also, eee, we finally have summer weather here. I have waiting so long for it, lol. Finally some heat and sun. Sigh. So spending some time outside too. But yeah. My health isn't any good at all. New bumps and abscess and everything hurts. Ugh. Trying to deal with it, but it is hard. But I am okay. Mostly, anyway :) Still so far behind on every single thing. Behind on reading too. I have only gotten to barely start The Art of Theft. But hoping to read more tonight. Fingers crossed. Also, eee, I finally have my laptop back from service. Sigh. That do make things easier. But no new laptop, like I was promised, not until the next time it is broken again. Ugh. Which I'm positive will happen. How rude. Anyway. I got some pretty great mail this week :D A few books. <3 And some more pop figures, haha :D Only two new posts, ack. Posted my second review of The Hollow of Fear. <3 This week I'm waiting on Steel Tide :) Hope you're all doing well.



Serafina and the Seven Stars. I have only read book one, ack, but own them all now :D Excited to read.
Blastaway. I adore this author and I think this new middle grade book by her looks all kinds of amazing :D
The Magnolia Sword. Aaack! Thank you Kiara for trading with me :D I just love this book soso very much.
Pop Figures. Oops. So many :D My new LotR. So awesome. And JP jeep :D So stunning. I love them all.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #405

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

STEEL TIDE (Seafire #2) BY NATALIE C. PARKER

Goodreads Description:

The second book in a heart-stopping trilogy that follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord's powerful fleet.

Caledonia may have lost her crew, but she's not done fighting yet. After nearly dying at the hand of a powerful foe, Caledonia is pulled from the sea and nursed back to health by a crew of former Bullets that call themselves Blades. The Blades escaped Aric Athair's clutches and now live a nomadic existence, ready to disappear at a moment's notice should trouble come their way.

But Caledonia wants to do more than just hide. She wants to find the Mors Navis and her beloved sisters. She wants to continue fighting Aric's fleet and to take back the Bullet seas. She'll need to do everything in her power to convince the Blades that fighting is their only option, that there has to be a life better than the one under Aric Athair's reign, and that finding the women of the Mors Navis is the first step to revolution.


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here and here

I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. Though at the moment I cannot remember much about it. Oops. My memory lately is the worst, haha. But it was a four star. And I know that I liked the characters a whole bunch. And so I can't wait to read this second book. A bit nervous, but I'm  hoping to love it a lot :)
What are you waiting for on this fighting Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

This book was every bit as perfect as I remembered it. Sigh. So thrilled that I finally got to read it again. When I read it last year I almost died with how good it was. It gave me the same feelings this second time too. Which makes me the happiest. This series is simply amazing. Just can't wait for even more of these books.

I don't know where to begin with describing my love for this third book. As I loved everything about it. The writing was perfect, as always. The historical London setting was done so well. I loved everything about the history and the clothes and just all of it. But what killed me the most was the characters. Sigh. So very good.

Every part of this book was perfect to me. The mystery was still such a mystery for me, haha. Full of suspense and danger and fear. I loved every moment of it. And the characters keep getting better and better. We learn so much more about all of them. And romance. Oh my gosh. The romance in this book. Sigh. It ruined every part of my heart. And I loved it more than anything. It's still beyond complicated. But gosh how much I ship these two. More than anything. I need them together. And I want them in the same room at all times, ha. They have such passion and tension and are just adorable together. Such history. Much of it heartbreaking, though. Sigh. But good as well. There is no drama. A bit heartbreak, yes, but nothing horrible. Which I am happy about.

I will not say too much about this book this second time. Only sharing a little of what I loved of it. Though, well, I loved it way too much, so yeah. The Hollow of Fear was everything I wanted it to be. Full of tension and mystery. The romance I had been waiting for. And such stunning characters. Okay, the romance is so bittersweet most of the time, but gosh. It is perfect. Charlotte and Lord Ingram are perfect together. Sigh. I cannot get enough of reading about them being together. Their scenes are just the very best. And so fun.

There is so much to love about this third book. The mystery is so very well written. Full of surprises and some fearful moments for the characters. It was awesome. Even though I had read the book before, I still could not wait to know what would happen next. It was so exciting. And evil. But so good. And then there was Charlotte and Lord Ingram. My god, those two. They kill me. I love them so very much. And we get to know them both a little more in this one. And it was simply the very best thing, to be honest. I adore them.

But yes. This book focus on a murder mystery. The murder of Lady Ingram, Lord Ingram's wife. Yeah. It's complicated. His estranged wife, whom have not treated him well at all. Which still breaks my heart. Sigh. As this man deserves all the best things. My poor heart. Anyway. The story takes place over a few days. With Charlotte trying to figure out who really killed her. Trying to keep Ash from going to jail. It is not easy. At all. And so very complicated. And I still loved every single moment of it. Sigh. So perfect. And so rude.

But yes. What I loved the most in this third book was the romance between Charlotte and Lord Ingram. It is complicated. But they love each other so much. Despite possibly never being able to be together. But I need them to. So badly. They are perfect for each other. Sigh. Anyway. The small romance was so good. So perfect. But the mystery was just as perfect too. So exciting and thrilling. Parts of the story ruined my heart, though. With the whole asylum part of the case. It was rude and heartbreaking but so well written.

I have mentioned time and again how I have been annoyed with Inspector Treadles. And I still am. But in this third book I also started to like him more. As he is slowly changing. At least, I hope he is. He has so many doubts about everything. Which is kind of sad to read about. I do want him to be happy. And I want him to love his wife even more than he already does. She is adorable. So yes. He was better in this book. And I hope he will continue to become even more better with each new book. I do love reading about him.

I have already written way more about this book than I was going to. But I could not stop once I started. And I still want to share all of the things. Sigh. The Hollow of Fear was perfect to me. And it has made me even more excited about the next books in this series. I need to know more about every single one. About Charlotte and Ash and Livia and her secret man too. This whole story is complicated. Full of secrets and mystery. And every part of it is exciting and so thrilling. I'm so glad that I re-read all three books right now.

Sherry has done such an amazing job with these books. I so hope that she will never stop writing about Charlotte Holmes and those close to her. Each characters is so special to me. I want to read about all of them for years to come. Crossing all my fingers that there will be tons more books coming. As Sherry is such an amazing author. And person too, as she is one of the kindest people I know. If you still have not read her books, you really must get to it. The Hollow of Fear was every kind of perfection. You will love it.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In My Mailbox #401

This week has probably been the busiest and most exhausting week ever. And isn't over until Wednesday for me. Ahh. I'm spending all day and night with sister and her two youngest babies. I'm so so tired, haha. But it's good too. Though because of this I have not gotten anything done this week. Ugh. So far behind. I managed to read one book, so yay for that, but it took me forever, haha. Also blogged a bunch, which I'm happy about. Got the most gorgeous books in the mail this week too. Eee. So thrilled and so thankful. Still waiting on news about my laptop. It is done at service, but it have not arrived back yet. And then they will most likely tell me they won't give me a new one, so I have to argue with them, again, ugh. I'm not looking forward to it. But will do it. So anyway. My health still sucks. I got an allergic reaction on my face, not fully sure what from, and it is just burning all the time. And red and weird looking. Ugh. I'm hoping it goes away shortly. I hope you are all having the best weekend :) Please do comment if you are visiting. I pretty much never get comments these days. It's heartbreaking. But still here. Still writing my blog posts :) The newest ones this week are these. I took part in the Immunity blog tour :D Finally got to share my five star review, haha. This week I am waiting on Stargazing. <3 I shared my third review of A Conspiracy in Belgravia :D And I took part in the launch week blitz for Blastaway :) So far behind, but I'm still trying my best with it all.



Immunity. This book was so good, eee :D I loved it so. And my hardcover of it looks beyond precious.
Incarnate. Ahh! Thank you Mimi for trading with me :D Gosh. Complete collection. I am so thrilled. <3
Bid My Soul Farewell + Midnight Beauties. Oh. My gosh. Thank you so much Yara for trading with me :D I'm dying a little. SO excited to own these two. <3 And dying to read both of them, eee. So so so happy.
Kingsbane Swag. Eee! Thank you so much Whitney for this most stunning gift. <3 Oh. I love this swag.


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Blastaway by Melissa Landers Launch Week Post + Giveaway

Today I'm finally sharing about Blastaway by Melissa Landers; which came out this Tuesday :D Sharing a spotlight on the book with an excerpt and a giveaway too. Thanks to the awesome Rockstar Book Tours and Disney-Hyperion for the US only giveaway copy of Blastaway :) I have been a big fan of Melissa for years now. Though it has been forever since I read her alien YA books, ack. Must do a re-read soon, as I remember enjoying them very much :D Also, Melissa is super sweet. And I cannot wait to read this new book by her. Blastaway sounds like such a fun middle grade space book. Still waiting on my pre-order to arrive, but hoping to love this book a bunch when I read it :) I hope you are all planning on reading it too.

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/
Exclusive Excerpt.

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no longer on Earth.

I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.

(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on accident.)

I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep. And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the sentence, right?

Right.

An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had no intention of returning.    

I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.

“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”

Kyler Centaurus isn't your typical runaway. All he wanted was a quick trip to the legendary Fasti Sun Festival. Who wouldn't want to see new stars being born? Um, try Kyler's entire family. They couldn't care less about mind-blowing wonders of science.

When an accidental launch sequence ends with Kyler hurtling through space on the family cruiser, the thrill of freedom is cut short by two space pirates determined to steal his ship. Not happening!

Luckily, Kyler bumps into Fig, a savvy young Wanderer who makes a living by blowing up asteroids. She could really use a ride to Earth and Kyler could really use a hand with the pirates.

But when Kyler learns the truth about Fig's mission, the two must put aside their differences long enough to stop the threat of astronomical proportions racing towards Earth?

 





Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”

Where to find Melissa Landers:






Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a finished copy of BLASTAWAY, US Only.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Review: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

This book is still every bit as amazing as it was the first time that I read it. I just finished my third reading of this second book. I still enjoyed it the most. The writing is incredible. The characters are all beyond exciting and lovely. This mystery is still stunning and surprising, despite the fact that I have read it twice before, haha.

I don't know how I will manage to write a third review of this one. But I will. My mind is kind of a mess, though. I simply love these characters. This historical female Sherlock Holmes series is the best. Full of mystery and excitement and longing. No romance just yet, but it's coming, and it will be the best thing. So excited.

I am still giving this precious book a four star. Although I cannot remember at all right now the reasons for why it was a four star the other two times I've reviewed this book. Because I really did love this second book a whole bunch. I adore the characters to pieces. And the mystery is good too. But yes. I missed my Lord Ingram. He was there, but so little of him. And him and Charlotte were barely together at all. But this did not make the book bad. Not at all. Because Charlotte is still the most adorable person there is. I completely loved her love of food and cakes. Love how smart she is and how good she is at what she does. I so love her conflicted feelings about Lord Ingram. Sigh. Basically, I just loved pretty much everything about this book. Always so good.

There is so much I could say about this book. But I'm not going to. Simply because I can't find the words to describe how good it was a third time, haha. But I will share a little about what I love about this world and these characters. A Conspiracy in Belgravia takes place right after the ending of A Study in Scarlet Women. We see so much more of Livia in this book. And this precious girl just hurt my heart. I want all the best for her. She meets a man. Which is all kinds of complicated. And yet I loved every moment of it.

Charlotte is still doing detective work pretending to be a Sherlock Holmes. Working with Mrs. Watson and her niece. Both whom are beyond awesome. I love reading about them both. They are so kind and sweet and fun too. And it makes my heart so happy that Charlotte gets to live with them. Sigh. And I loved how well they all work together, how they solve the mysteries together. This book is mostly focused on one big mystery. But also a few smaller ones. All of them impossible to guess the answer for. Which I truly loved.

So much is going on in this book. So many secrets come out. And it was all super exciting and thrilling to read about. Okay, I wouldn't mind to only read about Charlotte and Ash, ha, but I love every other part of this series too. Charlotte is the very best and I so adore her to pieces. I loved her complicated relationship with Lord Ingram, aka Ash. I ship them so hard. And they might never even get the happy ending I want and need for them. The happy ending that they both deserve to have together. Sigh. I want this the most.

Okay, fine, I know I have mentioned this many times before. But I still do not love Inspector Treadles. Ha. He is such a complicated man. His wife is the most adorable. But his view of the world is not very good. Okay, most men felt like him in this time period, I'm sure, but still. I wish he had been a better man. I still adored him, as always, but he annoyed me greatly too. Yet I cannot help but love reading about him and Alice. And I do have hope that he will end up changing much more in the coming books. Fingers crossed.

My review is kind of a mess. But I do not know what else to share about this precious book. I still enjoyed it so very much. And all I want to talk about is how much I loved it, haha. How precious Charlotte is. How adorable Livia is. How much I swoon for Ash. Sigh. And this setting is so very good. If you still have not read these books you are seriously missing out. Because they are so fun and awesome. And I hope that Sherry will never stop writing about these characters, as I will never stop wanting to read more of them.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #404

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

STARGAZING BY JEN WANG

Goodreads Description:

Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.

When Moon’s family moves in next door to Christine’s, Moon goes from unlikely friend to best friend―maybe even the perfect friend. The girls share their favorite music videos, paint their toenails when Christine’s strict parents aren’t around, and make plans to enter the school talent show together. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she sometimes has visions of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn’t where she really belongs.

But when they’re least expecting it, catastrophe strikes. After relying on Moon for everything, can Christine find it in herself to be the friend Moon needs?

New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.


Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by First Second
Pre-Order here and here

After having read The Prince and the Dressmaker by this author I knew I had to read this one too. And I am pretty excited about it :D It sounds all kinds of sweet and maybe sad and I think I will enjoy it so very much. Fingers crossed about it. I simply cannot wait to meet these two friends in September. I'm excited.
What are you waiting for on this starry Wednesday?

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Immunity Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Eee. I'm so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Immunity by Erin Bowman today :D I was thrilled when I got accepted to take part in it last month. And then got an early ecopy of Immunity. Eee. I had to re-read Contagion right away, and Immunity right after. And oh my god. It was completely amazing. Sigh. So so good. Biggest thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to take part in this blog tour :D If you have not read Contagion yet, you are seriously missing out. This young adult sci-fi duology is beyond epic. The characters are aamazing. And you guys are going to fall in love with this series just like I did. I promise. For my tour today I'm sharing my five star review of Immunity. Gosh, how I loved this. At the end of the post I'm sharing a giveaway as well, US only, not hosted by me. Go enter it right now :)



Review of Immunity.

This sequel ended up being everything I wanted it to be and more. I could not be more happy about this book. It makes my heart happy. I had the best time re-reading Contagion before I started Immunity, and I'm so glad I did so. Reading these two books right after each other was the best thing. Though I already feel like putting my thoughts into words will not be easy. Because I loved this book with all my heart. And it feels impossible to write down that love. I can do it, though. You need to know how special Immunity is.

There will be spoilers for Contagion, so if you have not read that one yet you should not read my review. Instead you should go pick up the book right away. This duology is a must read. There is simply so much that I loved about this book that I do not know where to start. The writing was perfection. I had no trouble at all connecting with the story and the characters. This world was created well and I loved all the space parts. I loved all of the secret things coming out. I loved all the backstory included too. Five stars for this.

But most of all I loved reading about Thea and Coen again. There two characters are the very best and I love them with all my heart. Immunity picks up right after the end of Contagion. Thea, Coen and Nova are the only survivors of their crews. They have managed to leave the deadly planet behind. But they are not safe. They got taken in by some form of military, to be tested on, to be held as captives. Nova was almost killed and spends two months in a coma. Yet we get to read a little about that, which I enjoyed very much.

Though Nova is in a coma, at least she is safe. Thea and Coen are not. The people that took them on a bigger spaceship knows their secret; that they have been affected by the contagion. That they are hosts of the virus, but not sick themselves. They know that they can do things. That they are stronger faster and heal right away. They know, because there was videos from the ship. And because they know, things are so not going well for Thea and Coen in this book. Which broke my heart. But my gosh how exciting it was.

The book begins with Thea and Coen being taken to different cells. They get hurt if they do not do as they are told. They are being studied. Tested in every way. It was pretty horrible to read about. They so did not deserve this. And they were treated so badly. Thankfully not too badly, so wasn't the worst to read about. But it still hurt my heart. Yet it was so good too. I loved reading all of it. I loved this plot. And what I loved most was how they were able to talk to each other in their heads. Eee. It was so thrilling. And so cute too.

And it made the entire book even more perfect to me. Because Thea and Coen slowly get to know each other better. They connect more. They become better friends, slowly becoming more. Although they are still captives. But they are not alone. They have each other. And that meant everything. I loved how they talked to each other. How they spent every moment together, at least in their heads. And then that bond got stronger, in a different way. And it was so exciting and I loved every moment of it. Sigh. My lovelies.

Okay, it was awful to read about them being tested on and used for the virus in their blood. But it was so interesting and exciting as well. This book focus less on the infected and more on the characters. Their relationships. And I so loved it beyond words. Thea and Coen were my favorites. Getting to know them better was so good. And I adore them so much. They were the sweetest. And both pretty much broken. Yet they had each other. And that made my heart so happy. Sigh. This book was amazing. I loved it so.

But it was not all about Thea and Coen. Nova was there too, once she got out of her coma. And there was a new character as well, Amber, the young student taking care of Nova while she was in her coma and then after that too. Nova is a prisoner too. Though able to do more, as she does not have the virus, so they do not care much about her. But she is not allowed to see her friends. And her memories of all that has happened hurts her a whole lot. It was so sad but so good as well. Adored reading about Nova.

And Amber was a great character too and I really liked getting to know her as well. She is not broken like all the rest, but she is just as fierce as them all. Her growing friendship with Nova was pretty great to read about. Although Thea and Coen were my favorite characters, I still adored Nova and Amber so much too. They had a bunch of exciting scenes. And they were pretty cute together too. I shipped them. And getting to know more about them both was awesome. Many new characters in this book. All of them interesting.

There was so much going on in this book. About the contagion. About Thea and Coen and their bond. If there is a cure or not. Everything going on with those that captured them, what they want. There are more details about the different planets and those in charge of them. I liked learning everything new. So much happened. And I enjoyed all of it. The only thing I wish is that there had been an epilogue. Or just a little longer ending. Sigh. I wanted even more of them all, haha. But everything was perfect. Even the ending.

There is still so much that I could say about this book. But I will not say much more about it. I have done my best to stay spoiler free. But gosh. Immunity was everything I wanted and more. It was heartbreaking and evil but so hopeful too. So much bad happened to these characters. But so much good too. The bond between Thea and Coen killed me. Their small romance was beyond perfect. I loved it so much. There is tons to get to know in this book. All of it awesome. And rude. And I enjoyed it so. Cannot stop loving on it.

This is a series I know I will read again. Because there was not a single thing that made my heart hurt. Okay, there was heartbreak and death and awful things happening. But there was no drama. There was no silly jealousy between the main characters. This book did not make me feel pain in that way. Which is rare. It makes me so happy. And, of course, it was completely awesome as well. Exciting and interesting and I am positive I will read both books again and again. They are so worth it. Both books were so good.

Biggest thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me take part in the blog tour and allowing me to read an early eARC of Immunity a month ago. I'm beyond thrilled that I had the chance to read this book early. And I cannot wait to get my hardcover of it as well. Because it was so good and I am going to need all the editions of it. And that cover is so stunning. I love it so. If you have read Contagion then you really must read Immunity too. It was so perfect. And you are all going to love it like I did. I promise you.



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.




Erin Bowman is the Edgar Award-nominated author of numerous books for teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, and the Contagion duology. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. When not writing, she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children. You can visit her online at embowman.com, on twitter @erin_bowman, or on instagram @heyerin

Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.

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In My Mailbox #400

Excuse me. But where did this past week go? Time is moving way too fast. Gosh. But I am doing good. I read a book this week, eee. And reading more, finally. It took some time to get started, lol. But hoping this re-read of a series I love will make me want to read even more after it :) Fingers crossed. Still waiting on news about my laptop. I miss it so. Sigh. This old one is so hot and dangerous. Oh, well. It works at least, haha. I also got some pretty mail this week :D Yay! Some awesome books. I also got my new el scooter. Ahh. I haven't gotten to drive it too much, because of stupid rain. Ugh. But it is the best. I love it. So much fun. A few new blog posts this week, with another one being posted right after this post, which is why this is early today :) This week I'm waiting on The Fountains of Silence :D And then I posted my third review of A Study in Scarlet Women. <3 I also got more medicine this week. It was, as always, exhausting. But done with now for some weeks. Hoping I will actually feel better with my whole body this time. Ha. Maybe.



DEV1AT3. My AUS paperback edition have arrived :D And it looks stunning. I must read the book soon.
Heart of Iron. US paperback edition is out :D And book two coming veeery soon. Eee. I'm so so excited.
Shadow & Flame Swag. Eee, thank you Mindee :D Got for taking part in the awesome street team. <3
Pop Figures. Oops. A whole bunch of awesome :D New Stranger Things. <3 And The Lion King. Love.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Reading this book for the third time was all kinds of amazing. I simply cannot stop loving this story and these characters. And I know this is a series I will read again and again and never tire of it. Which is the best feeling. This book never fails to make me so excited. The mystery was excellent. The characters are the best.

This tells an adult story about a female Sherlock Holmes. Miss Charlotte. She is twenty five years old and is the most adorable person. I loved getting to know her beyond words. Okay, I knew her already, many times, but reading it all over again was still the best. Learning everything again and loving Charlotte even more.

The story is set in the past. And oh, the historical parts of these books are beyond awesome. I loved everything about it. I loved the clothes. I even loved the gossip and the rules. Every part of this world were interesting. This story tells of a murder mystery that Charlotte must solve to save the reputation of her sister and father. I will not say too much about this murder business. But it was so exciting. And even though I have read it two times before I still could not wait to find out how it ended, haha. Though the ending for the mystery was heartbreaking and rude and sad. But so good too. And complicated. And just so well written. Sherry knows how to write a story. And I simply adore her so. Sherry is amazing and always so kind. Her books are all truly the best.

I shall not write too much about this book this time. Well, I shall try not, haha. It is hard to not write down all my feelings about this book. Simply because I adore it so. Third time reading, and I'm still so charmed with this book and these characters. Charlotte was the most amazing. And she just ruined herself in this society. Which broke my heart. But was so interesting too. Especially with how Charlotte sees everything. Her mind is excellent. She is so smart. A little different. Beyond adorable and amazing. Every part of her.

This book tells the story of Charlotte. And her sister Livia. A little of their family, whom I truly despised. Oops. But they deserve it. It tells the story of Charlotte and her almost lover, Lord Ingram, Ash in private. And oh my god how I adored this man. He is two years older than her. Their pining for each other killed me. They want to be together so badly. But they cannot. Because he will not. And Ash does have good reasons. But oh, it's complicated. But I did not mind one bit. I ship them the most. They are beyond cute.

This book is about those most stunning characters. But also about Inspector Treadles, whom is the one investigating the murders that happened. The mystery was complete. And pretty exciting and interesting too. I liked reading about how he worked things out, though, honestly, I just wanted more of Charlotte and Ash. Ha. Sorry. But the murder mystery was good too. But Ash. Sigh. My love. There is also Mrs. Watson and the whole thing with Sherlock Holmes and Charlotte being him. It was written soso good. All of it was.

I am still giving this book a four star for the third time, though. Because even though it was pretty much perfect from start to finish, I still found a few of the parts with Inspector Treadles to be a little too long and boring, haha. I kept wanting to go back to Charlotte and Ash and Livia too. Sigh. But this does not mean that I did not love the Inspector too. Because I did. He was complicated. But so interesting and loving too. For the most part, ha. So much happened in this story. And all of it really needed to be there. All so good.

There is still so much I could share about this book. All of the time. But, well, considering this is my third review, I have tried not to share too much this time. But my gosh. You all need to read A Study in Scarlet Women already. This whole series is beyond incredible. I hope Sherry will never stop writing it. I cannot wait to re-read book two and three next, and then read the new fourth novel. It will be so good. I am very excited. And a little nervous too. Because the third book killed me with perfection. So good. I need more.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #403

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

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE BY RUTA SEPETYS

Goodreads Description:

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.


Hardcover, 512 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Philomel Books
Pre-Order here and here

I have read two books by this author before, and I enjoyed them both. And so I am pretty hopeful about this one :D But so nervous too, as I worry I might find it a bit boring, haha. But I do hope and think that I will enjoy it a whole lot :) It looks gorgeous. And I have an eARC of it; so hopefully reading it very soon :D
What are you waiting for on this silenced Wednesday?

Saturday, June 29, 2019

In My Mailbox #399

I have been without my laptop for almost a week now. It's been torture. Ugh. I got a borrowed laptop from the store, and it has been so horrible that I had to get my old ruined one again. And even that one's better though the light and heat is a little dangerous. But I'll survive a few weeks, I hope. Then they will get me a brand new laptop. Well, they better. Because of pretty much no laptop this past week, I have not gotten anything done. And been too busy with family to get any reading done. Ahh. But I want to read. And I will. Starting tomorrow. I hope. Will try my best. Only one blog post this week, as I have not been on my laptop much at all. And no reading. Sigh. This week I'm waiting on Hollow Dolls. <3 I have all of my next reads planned. And I'm super excited about them. Just need the time and energy. So far it's not easy. Sigh. But I'm trying. Got my older laptop ready tonight, so it will be easier from tomorrow. Hopefully. Hope you are all doing well. I'll try better to catch up and read :) Health sucks, worse than ever, so yeah. But I'm good.




The Red Scrolls of Magic. Oops. I had to get this one too, with the red pages from Waterstones :D Pretty.
DEV1AT3. Eee. Finally I can re-read book one, very soon :D I'm so excited about this one. And nervous.
Carry On. Ack. I found out a new UK paperback just came out. I had to buy it, haha. It is so pretty. Sigh.
Nightbooks. And this new US paperback edition :D Had to own it for my collection. As I adore this author.
The Last House Guest + The Walled City. AHH! Thank you so much Ashleigh for trading with me :D Love.
Coraline. Oops. My replacement doll. <3 As the first one I got was damaged, ack. She's just too adorable.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #402

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

HOLLOW DOLLS BY MARCYKATE CONNOLLY

Goodreads Description:

How can you keep secrets, when someone’s in your mind?

Simone is a mind reader. She knows a great many things about everyone she meets, but she can’t seem to remember anything about her past or where she came from. After finally being free for the first time in a long time, she sets off, determined to find her home.

When she stumbles across a man with two minds inside him – the real one, shoved deep down, and one of a body walker, someone who can take over a person’s body against their will – Simone is even more eager to leave her old life behind.

As Simone dives deeper into her history, she learns truths she never could have imagined. But when those she loves start disappearing around her, Simone knows only she can stop the evil.

Set in the same fantasy world as the Shadow Weaver duology, this series starter weaves a tale of secrets, power, magic, and the long path to home.


Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Eee. I'm so excited about this one :D I adore MarcyKate and I am so excited that she is writing so many books lately. Hollow Dolls has one of the characters from her latest middle grade duology, and I simply cannot wait to read more about Simone. She was awesome. This book sounds like it will be amazing :)
What are you waiting for on this hollow Wednesday?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

In My Mailbox #398

Oops. Another week gone by. Only managed to read one book this week, which I read today. Gah. Just so completely busy all the time. But I want to read. And I love it once I start. Simply the worst at making myself start reading these days. Hmm. Also so busy with my family, still. Oops. And my laptop is dying again. Turning it in for the third time on Monday. What. But this time they should give me a brand new one. Right away. Hopefully. Ugh. It's annoying, though. I want my laptop at all times. And I am tired of it being slow and crashing. Anyway. This week I'm waiting on The Light in Hidden Places :) And I shared the cover for Supernova, finally, haha. <3 And eee. I got so much mail this week. Oops. Some stunning trades. And a few books. And all perfect. Sigh. I have my next reads planned, and so I'm hoping to start reading early in the week. Hope that you're all doing well. Also, do leave a comment if you visit, please :)


Soul of the Sword. I'm pretty excited about reading this second book :D Looks so gorgeous as well. Love.
The Last House Guest. I adored this book a whole lot. Megan is awesome. Love the finished copy of it.
After the Flood. Eee! Thank you so much Natasha for sending me this gorgeous UK proof :D So excited.
The Magnolia Sword. Ahh! Thank you so much to Linde for trading with me :D Gosh. I am so so happy.
Taylor Swift CDs. Eee! I had to buy these from her store :D So cute looking and I loved this great song.
Pikachu. Oops. A few more of these adorable looking books :D This movie was simply the cutest thing.
Samplers. EEE! Thank you Caro for trading with me :D Gosh. Love the three samplers + passport + print.
Shadowhunters + Memento + Kingsbane. Oh. All pre-order swag. Thank you Alyssa for helping me. <3
Shadow & Flame Swag. Eee! Thank you Mindee for this awesome pre-order swag :D I love the art cards.
Pins. Alyssa helped me get these and more. <3 So thankful. Bought from BoxLunch; love them so much.
Purse and Bag. Oh gosh. Look at these cuties I bought as birthday presents to myself from Disney. Love.
Movies. Eee. I'm finally going to watch HTTYD3 soon :D Also loved Ralph 2. It was so adorable. Love it.
Pop Figures. Ahh! So cute. Love my Ariel. Also, Royal couple was a mistake. But I get to keep them. Yay.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cover Reveal: Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Eee! This cover is so awesome. All three covers are. But gosh, how I am nervous about Supernova, ahh :D I must know how it all ends. So worried. And beyond excited too. It shall be perfect, I'm sure of it. But also filled with heartbreak. Ahh. Confession time. I have still only read Renegades. I have had zero time to read Archenemies so far. What even. And considering it is already June, I know I'll be waiting until late October to re-read Renegades so I can finally read Archenemies. <3 I'm so excited. So nervous. And so so in love with this story. Also, Marissa is the most amazing author. Her books are so very good. And she is the sweetest. I simply cannot wait for Supernova. Can't wait to own all the copies, haha :) What do you think of this cover? I think all three of them fit together so well and look amazing. Can't wait for November.


All's fair in love and anarchy...

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #401

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

THE LIGHT IN HIDDEN PLACES BY SHARON CAMERON

Goodreads Description:

The extraordinary story of Stefania Podgorska, a Polish teenager who chose bravery and humanity by hiding thirteen Jews in her attic during WWII -- from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron.

One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make...

It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemsyl, Poland, singing her way into their lives and hearts. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio -- a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.

But everything changes when the German army invades Przemsyl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door. Izio's brother Max has jumped from the train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that will mean death. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefania's house for the German army.

With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.


Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Scholastic Press
Pre-Order here and here

I'm a big fan of this author. And so I cannot wait to read her new book :D This is usually not my genre at all. But I have read a few amazing historical books just like this one, and so I feel sure that I will enjoy this a whole lot. It seems heartbreaking and important and so good. And I simply cannot wait to read it asap :)
What are you waiting for on this hidden Wednesday?