Saturday, September 14, 2019

In My Mailbox #410

Another week gone by. Gosh. Time is moving way too fast. I got so so little done this week. I even spent seven days reading a book that I read in one day last year. Ugh. But so little time. And no energy at all. I thought last week was bad with my health. This week was so much worse. My eyelid got swollen. Badly. Went to two doctors, got antibiotics for it. It's better now, but gosh, it was painful. Then yesterday I noticed pain in my wrist. And bent it. Turns out I now have a ganglion bump too. Ha. Yeah. Not pleased. Another thing I had never heard about. Anyway. My health currently sucks. Doing okay despite that. Somewhat. I am so far behind. But I'm trying. Trying to feel up to doing more. I also got some gorgeous books in the mail this week, eee, which I'm super happy about :D It's all perfect. A few new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on Bid My Soul Farewell. <3 And shared my second review of Give the Dark My Love :) I'm trying to deal with my health and everything. It's hard, though. Hard to find time to do all the things I want. Sigh.



Darkdawn. Oops. Some pre-orders have arrived, haha :D And they just looks gorgeous. I love the covers.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back. Oops. Yeah. I did not love this book but had to own the gorgeous hardcover.
The Magnolia Sword. This book was SO GOOD. And I loved it so. Sigh. The finished copy is so precious.
Pumpkinheads. UK edition :D It looks all kinds of stunning. And this book was pretty much so adorable.
Tunnel of Bones. US and UK editions of this book :) Book one was a bit meh, hoping this one is better.
The End and Other Beginnings + The Grace Year. EEE! Thank you Rezanne for trading with me :D Love!
When She Reigns Swag. YAY! Thank you so much Jodi for this most precious pre-order swag :D Love it.
Pop Figures + Mirror. Captain Marvel and Lucas :D Both so awesome. And LotR mirror from a trade. <3




The Empire of Dreams. AHH! I could not stop myself from downloading this from Edelweiss the moment I saw it. Oops. So love being auto-approved by Harper so so very much. <3 Sigh. I adore Rae. And her books were so good. Her first trilogy was awesome and I can't wait to read this companion sequel :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Reading this book again was a must. And I'm so thrilled I finally had the chance to re-read it. Because, gosh, this story is good. Beyond heartbreaking and kind of evil and fully sad but so good. So perfect. And such a thrilling story as well. Cannot wait to read the final book next. It will be amazing, I'm sure of it. Very excited.

Give the Dark My Love was every kind of perfect the first time I read it. And it was just as perfect this second time. The writing is gorgeous. The world building awesome. And all of the characters were the very best. Reading about Nedra and Grey was still the best thing. They are adorable. Although this book ruined me too.

Because this story is all kinds of heartbreaking. It is a story about grief and loss and pain. A story about the plague. A story about a girl doing her best to help find a cure for this plague. It is a story about a girl and boy falling in love, despite Nedra not having time for romance. Despite all their differences. The romance is not a huge part of this book, but it was there, and it was every kind of adorable. I shipped them so very much. Sigh. The book is mostly told from the point of view of Nedra. With a few chapters from Grey included too. And I loved reading from both of them. I fell in love with them both. Getting to know their story was the best thing. Grey is the rich boy having lived a privileged life. Nedra is a girl from a small village with the biggest heart and best family.

There is so much about this book that I could write about. But this time I will not share too much about everything. Well, I will try not to, haha. I am simply so happy that I read this book again. Because it was all kinds of good. Though my heart feels like it will always suffer. Sigh. Nedra goes through so much in this story. So much pain and suffering. But many happy things too. A lot of happy with Grey. And that made me the happiest. I loved how she was so excited about studying alchemy. She was so awesome.

This book takes place at a private school. And on a quarantine hospital just across the water from it. First we get to know Nedra and her family. And gosh, how I adored them all. Her parents were adorable and her twin sister was so cute. I loved that Nedra had a happy family. She got accepted to this private school on a scholarship for a year. And she is so excited about it. About learning alchemy, learning more about the plague that is happening in the world around her. I loved how very excited she was about everything.

But oh, things were not all perfect and fun and full of learning. Because what Nedra do most in this book is spend time around people that have the plague. She learns everything there is to know about it, without finding a cure or the reason for why it all happened. She learns how to take the pain away from the sick people. Though most of them died anyway. There was so much death. And it was heartbreaking to read about. Especially considering how much Nedra cared about it all, and how much the rich people did not.

This is a book about the plague. And it was so interesting and horrifying to read about. I loved everything that was learned about it. And all the secrets that came out too. Especially about necromancy, which was forbidden in this place. Learning about necromancy was all kinds of interesting. It was all about sacrifice and death. Which Nedra learns so much about in this story. Sigh. Which broke my heart so very badly. I will not say more about it, but gosh, my heart hurt for Nedra. She didn't deserve all that happened to her.

I shall not say much more about this book. Only that I still loved it so very much. The story about Nedra and how she ended up turning dark was the very best. I so loved her relationship with Grey and with her family too. There was simply so much about this book that I loved. The world was so good. The story was so sad and rude and evil. Yet I loved every moment of it. Give the Dark My Love was still everything that I wanted it to be. And I cannot wait to read Bit My Soul Farewell next. You all need these books in your life.


Waiting on Wednesday #413

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

BID MY SOUL FAREWELL (Give the Dark My Love #2) 
BY BETH REVIS

Goodreads Description:

The stunning finale of the epic fantasy duology from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.

Alchemy student turned necromancer Nedra Brysstain has made a life-changing decision to embrace the darkness--but can the boy who loves her bring her back to the light before she pays the ultimate price?

Lunar Island is trying to heal. The necromantic plague that ravaged the land has been eradicated, and Emperor Auguste, the young and charming leader of the Allyrian Empire, has a plan: rid the island of necromancy once and for all. Though Greggori "Grey" Astor wants what's best for his people, he knows that allying himself with Auguste threatens the one person he loves most: necromancer Nedra Brysstain. Feeling like he already failed to save Nedra once, Grey becomes determined to help the Emperor rebuild Lunar Island while still keeping Nedra safe from harm.

Back at the quarantine hospital, Nedra's army of revenants are growing increasingly inhuman by the day. Wracked with guilt for imprisoning their souls, Nedra vows to discover a way to free the dead while still keeping her sister by her side.

But, still reeling from the trauma of the plague, the people of Lunar Island are looking for someone to blame, and Grey can only protect Nedra for so long. And when Nedra and Grey are thrust into a battle with an even more terrifying adversary, Nedra will be pushed to the darkest depths of her necromantic powers. But can Grey let her go that far?


Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here and here

Eee. This book is finally almost out :D I have waited so long for this second and final book, haha. I loved the first book so very much, and I'm re-reading it right now, as I have an ARC of this one that I will read right after, eee :D I'm the slowest reader right now, though. But oh my gosh, how I am excited about this book. It will be fully perfect. And probably all kinds of heartbreaking. And I cannot wait for all of it. Sigh.
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Saturday, September 7, 2019

In My Mailbox #409

How has it already been another week? Gosh. Time is moving way too fast and I do not have time to get anything done. Ahh. I only read one book this week, and it was a short graphic novel, ack. I am currently reading a longer book, but it's taking forever. Sigh. But working on it. I'm so busy lately. Spending all day long with my sister and her kids. Oops. I love it, I do, but gosh, I'm exhausted. And no time for anything else. Ack. Because I'm also all kinds of sick. My health sucks so badly. It all got worse after getting my regular medicine. Feels like I have gotten all the sideeffects. Ugh. I'm not pleased. Trying to deal with it, though. Sigh. And I did get some gorgeous mail, so yay for that :) Will be seeing IT 2 this coming week, which I'm so excited about. Only two new blog posts. I shared my review of Pumpkinheads :D And this week I'm waiting on Rebel :) Hope you are all doing well. <3 I hope to finally start catching up very soon.





Kingdom of Souls. I'm both excited and nervous about this one, haha. It sounds pretty amazing, though.
Serpent & Dove. This book was all kinds of good and the finished copy looks so gorgeous :D I love it.
Five Dark Fates. Ahh. I'm beyond nervous about this final book. I have peeked, haha :D But SO excited.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back. Oops. I did not like this book much, but I need them all for my collection :)
The Crimson Skew. I was looking at my collection and realized I was missing this paperback version, ack.
What She Found in the Woods + Sky in the Deep Art Print. Eee! Thank you for trading with me Donna :D
Pop Figures. Ahh! I got so many pre-orders this week :D I love them all so much. Ahh. New Pennywise :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #412

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

REBEL (Legend #4) BY MARIE LU

Goodreads Description:

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel.

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
Pre-Order here and here

The Legend trilogy ruined my heart. I loved it, but gosh, I will never forgive the ending of book three, haha. And so I have hope that this fourth book will make my heart alright again. Hopefully. I'm also all kinds of nervous about this book. Gosh. I need my happy ending. Sigh. But so very excited for this one.
What are you waiting for on this rebel Wednesday?

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Review: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

This book was all kinds of adorable, which I knew it would be. Gave me the perfect feelings of autumn and friendship. I knew I had to read this graphic novel the moment I heard of it. As I adore Rainbow, but also because of how gorgeous this cover was. How fun the story sounded like it would be. Which it was.

I am giving this stunning thing four stars. It was pretty much perfect. Full of feelings and the most perfect friendship that I wanted to turn into more. All the artwork in this graphic novel was simply perfection. I loved all of the drawings. I loved the writing as well. This story was all kinds of adorable and sweet.

I only wish there had been even more of it, haha. I wanted it to be longer, with more of Deja and Josiah having fun together. As they were the cutest characters to read about. I loved how they were drawn. I loved their friendship. And I loved getting to know little things about them. But yes. This is the reason why I wanted this book to be more, as I really wanted to know much more about both of them. As I adored them so. Sigh. I will not be writing a very long review of it because of it not being that long. Pumpkinheads tells the story of Deja and Josiah. They have been autumn friends for years now, only spending time together for two months a year, in the pumpkin patch. They are the best of friends despite spending so little time together each year.

This book tells of their last night working at the pumpkin patch. Next year they will be in college. This is their last night working together, maybe even their last night as friends. Josiah is all kinds of sad about it. And so Deja decides that they will skip out on working and instead go on a mission. A mission to make Josiah talk to the girl he has had a crush on for the past three years. The girl he has not even talked to before. And so they go searching for her. But she is never where she is supposed to be, always moving.

Which means this book ended up being a big adventure of the pumpkin patch. With Deja searching for different snacks to taste. They are searching for the girl, to make Josiah talk to her, before it is too late. Josiah is kind of a shy boy. And he seemed all kinds of adorable. I adored reading about him and Deja spending time together. Talking about their friendship and things they had done before too. They were such cute friends and I shipped them beyond words. Oops. They were truly perfect for each other. Sigh.

There is not that much happening in this book. It is simply Deja and Josiah spending an evening going through the pumpkin patch. It felt a little magical. A lot like autumn. I have never visited a pumpkin patch before, as I'm not even sure they exists in Norway. But this book made me want to visit one so badly. I loved all the illustrations of the food and all the things to do. It seemed like so much fun. This book also features a kind of crazy animal, which was pretty awesome too. With some other cute characters as well.

Pumpkinheads was just as adorable as I thought it would be. Filled with gorgeous artwork and stunning writing. The story was so cute and sweet. The friendship between Deja and Josiah was the best thing. And I loved reading about their adventure through the pumpkin patch. It was all kinds of fun. I would so recommend everyone to read this graphic novel. It made me feel so very happy and good. I have not read anything else by Faith yet, but I will one day. Her artwork was just all kinds of perfection. Loved it.


Saturday, August 31, 2019

In My Mailbox #408

I am exhausted. I had the longest hospital day on Thursday; stayed all the way until late at night. It was a great day, though, as I had my mom, grandma and nephew with me too, and we went to a new swimming pool in town there and did a bunch of shopping. But gosh, it ruined my body. Everything still hurts. Aack. And so I'm even more behind, as always. Ugh. But I'm trying. I made myself read a book this week, and so I have read a total of 5 books this month. Not a lot, but more than I have in months, haha :) I have my next reads planned still, and I'm hoping to finally have more time this coming week. Fingers crossed. This week was so busy because of family time. Which is still every day, all day long. Oops. But I love it so. But yeah. So exhausted. A few new blog posts this week :) I took part in the blog tour for The Jumbie God's Revenge :D This week I'm waiting on Wayward Son. <3 And I shared my review of The Grace Year, ahh :D I got some gorgeous mail too, eee. Some pre-orders, and my Lover editions, finally :D I love them so very much. Sigh. <3 The album is so good. I've had a busy week but doing good despite that. Somewhat.



Shadow School: Archimancy. I adored this book a whole lot, months ago, and love the finished copy :D
The Star Shepherd. This book was so cute. I loved it. Hardcover arrived super early; and it is gorgeous.
Pumpkinheads. I cannot wait to read this one, eee :D I have peeked, haha. This book seems so adorable.
Pop Figures. Eee. They are all gorgeous. More Stranger Things :D I love my Owen with baby dinosaur.
Lover. Yesss. Look at all these gorgeous things :D So expensive in Norway. But so very worth it. I love the different deluxe versions with the journals. And my special box with goodies inside :D All so stunning.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I did not expect this book to completely mess with my head. I knew I would most likely enjoy a whole lot. Which I did. But gosh, how it ruined me too. This book was all kinds of exciting and thrilling and beyond rude as well. I'm giving it four stars as it was almost perfect to me. I stayed up until two am to finish as I could not stop reading.

There is so much I wish to share about this one. Yet I have no idea how to write down most of my feelings. This story ruined me a little. The writing was all kinds of good, which I am so happy about. This world was interesting to learn about. The customs the people had in their small village was the worst but very exciting to read about.

The Grace Year tells the story of sixteen year old Tierney. She lives in a village where men control pretty much everything. The women aren't allowed to do much at all. There are rules for how they must wear their hair. There are rules for what they can and cannot speak about. They are not even allowed to dream. They are not allowed to spend time with each other. All they are to the men are breeding machines giving them sons. If any of the women break these rules, they are hanged. All of these rules killed me. The way these people lived was the very worst thing. But so very interesting to read about. I loved that. But gosh, how I wanted better for them all. These women had the most depressing lives. But most were used to this, accepted it. There was nothing else they could do.

But Tierney did not want this life. She did not want to be a wife and have children. Women were made to work if they were not chosen to get married. Which the men chose, the women had no choice at all if they were to get married or not. The year the girls of this village turns sixteen they are sent away for a whole year. The Grace year. Before they get sent away, the boys that are not married chooses a girl they want to marry when they come back again. The girls get no say in this. Which was all kinds of heartbreaking.

This book tells the story of Tierney. How she is preparing for her Grace year, sure she will not have to be a wife, as she have kept everyone at a distance her whole life. But when the day comes before the girls leave for their Grace year, she's chosen by a boy. And she is not happy about it at all. Honestly, though, I liked this boy a whole lot. But I also understand how betrayed she felt. This was how things were in this world. And so I did not blame this boy for choosing her to be his bride, if she were to return a year later.

Which was not certain at all. Because the Grace year is the worst year for the girls. Many of them never makes it home. Unless it's in a bottle, being sold for their magic. The men believes every girl has magic. That they need to be sent away for a year to rid themselves of this magic so they are ready to be married and start their life with the men. All the girls believe this to be true. That when they go away they will all finally learn their magic, and how to get rid of it before returning home. This was all kinds of complicated.

There is so much going on in this book. I do not know how to describe it. And so I will not say too much more about it all. But gosh this book was exciting. It was all about surviving and trying to be better, braver, stronger. The girls arrive at the place they must stay for a year. Two girls already dead before they arrive there after two days of walking. They are being hunted by poachers who will skin them alive for days, to sell their body parts for money. But these poachers were not the worst thing they had to fear in this year.

The scariest thing were the girls themselves. And how they treated each other. It was so heartbreaking to read about. Yet kind of exciting too. But gosh, how angry it made me. And how sad it made me too. There was the mean girl, hurting everyone around her, yet she was still the most popular girl there. There was another girl, Gertie, who was all kinds of sweet, yet so broken. Her story pretty much killed me. It was so good. But the scenes near the end. Gosh. My poor heart. This poor girl. I adored her so very much. Sigh.

This book is filled with death. It starts with thirty three girls going away for their Grace year. So many of them die. And so many of those deaths were included in this book. Shudders. It was fully interesting to read about, but so very sad as well. I feel like my review is all kinds of messy. And too long. But gosh. I'm blaming the book for that, haha. It messed with my head. I loved reading about Tierney and her journey. Getting to know the girls was so good. They were horrible at times but could be better too. Complicated.

There was one thing about this book that I did not really like, which is why this is a four star for me. The romance. Tierney ends up being rescued by a poacher, one of the men trying to kill all the girls. Ryker makes sure she doesn't die from wounds she has. And time is moving so fast, it's suddenly been many weeks, and they are supposed to be in love with each other. But we did not get to read about this. At all. How it happened, anything. So much was missing. And so I did not believe in this romance at all. Sigh.

Though, honestly, it might also be because I very much wanted her to be with Michael, which she was supposed to be when she got home from the Grace year. Michael seemed like he was a great boy and I adored him so much. Sigh. He had some faults, but those were not really his fault. This whole romance thing was tricky and a little complicated too. But yeah. I did not like her with Ryker. I wish I had, but there was no spark there at all. Not to me. The story was so interesting, though. And how it all ended killed me.

Because that ending was the rudest thing of all. I'm not even fully sure what happened on the last page. Okay, it seemed clear what happened, but I'm hoping that I read it wrong. Sigh. Because I was not okay with that final page, haha. The rest of it was pretty amazing, though. But the resistance did not take place in this book. At all. And it seemed like it would be many years until it would finally happen. I'm so beyond desperate for another book after this. As I would very much love to read about the real resistance as well.

One thing I was thinking about while reading this book was how I would have loved to see it as a movie too. And it will be a movie, eee. I am so excited about it. It will be all kinds of brutal and horrifying. But I cannot wait. This book was made to be a movie. And it will be so good. The Grace Year was everything I wanted it to be, and everything I did not know I wanted. It was brutal and heartbreaking and full of fierce characters. It ruined my mind and my heart. And I could not help but love every piece of it. Even the pain.

This is a book that I think everyone should read. And I am so thrilled that I had the chance to read it early. Cannot wait to own the finished copies of it too. This is a book I would read again, despite knowing how much it hurt me. Because this book is painful. Painful because of the torture and killing but also so painful because of the way girls and women were treated. It was not okay. But it was so good and interesting to read about. Huge thank you to Ebury publishing for sending me a gorgeous free ARC to read and review.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #411

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

WAYWARD SON (Simon Snow #2) BY RAINBOW ROWELL

Goodreads Description:

The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…

So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…

That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.

Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.


Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Pre-Order here and here

Eee. This book is almost here, finally. Feels like I have waited forever for this sequel to Carry On, haha :D It's been ages since I read book one. But gosh, I loved it so very much. I'm so excited to re-read it before reading this one. This book is going to be so good and I am beyond excited for it. And a little nervous too.
What are you waiting for on this wayward Wednesday?

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Jumbie God's Revenge Blog Tour: Spotlight

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Jumbie God's Revenge by Tracey Baptiste, hosted by the awesome Algonquin Young Readers :D Thank you for letting me take part in this tour. I have only had the chance to read book one, but it was pretty great. And now book three is almost out :D Today I'm sharing a spotlight post of the series, with a general Q&A with the author. These middle grade books have the most gorgeous covers. I love them so. And the story seems so very good too. If you have not read these books yet, you really should do so. I'm hoping to read all three one day :) As they all seem thrilling and exciting.

General Q&A with Tracey Baptiste.

How did you write THE JUMBIE GOD’S REVENGE? All at once, or did you outline the story?
I didn't think I had a 3rd jumbies book in me when Elise Howard asked me for one. And I was working on two other books at the time. So I started writing down little ideas on post-it notes and sticking them on the wall in my office. Eventually I had enough little ideas that I could see how the whole thing would come together. I outlined the story, something I usually don't do, and then I started writing.
What were some surprises (good or bad) in creating a trilogy?
This wasn't intended to be a trilogy. It has expanded by single books every time. Who knows where it will end at this point? The great part was that people wanted more and more jumbies, and if I had thought of a series at the beginning, I definitely would not have come up with the ideas that I did under pressure. The difficult part was that because I didn't intended for it to be a series there were things I didn't set up in the first novel which made things hard in book 2 and then book 3.
What gave you the idea for the series, and for how the story develops in THE JUMBIE GOD’S REVENGE in particular?
I originally thought I wanted a series, but then it wasn't bought as a series, so every book has had to develop on its own. The good news with that is that a reader could pick up any book in the series and start there. The idea for the jumbie god came while I was watching the awful hurricane season in 2017 and how it was devastating Caribbean nations. The Weather Channel mentioned a Carib god called Huracan. The Caribs are the indigenous people in Trinidad where I grew up. That was the very first thing I wrote on a post-it that went on my wall.
Do you have a favorite scene, quote, or moment from THE JUMBIE GOD’S REVENGE?
The moment that Corinne comes into her full jumbie powers when she is up in the mountains and goes to the fire to have a chat with Papa Bois is easily my favorite. It's powerful and surprising and also a little bit gross.
If you could tell your younger self anything about writing, what would it be?
That it has to be treated like any other skill. It takes time and patience and courage, but it also needs to be nurtured. I'd remind myself to be gentle. I went to Catholic all girl schools my whole life, so being gentle was never on the menu.
What are you currently reading? What’s in your TBR pile?
Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli (I read at least one physics book a year), Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly, Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby, Ancient West African Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, & Songhai by Mary Quigley (for research for a nonfiction book I'm writing), An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and quite a few others for both research and pleasure.
Do you write to music? If so, what were you listening to while you wrote THE JUMBIE GOD’S REVENGE?
I find it too distracting to write to music, but I often take dance breaks where my assistant Barkley and I, let off steam in between long writing sessions. My music choices for dance sessions are pretty eclectic. It could be anything from classical to pop to rock. Barkley is quite fond of Motown, but he is a terrible dancer. Two left feet. Two right ones, too.
Book Three.

In book three of the popular Jumbies series, Corinne must use her emerging supernatural powers to battle the angry god who would destroy her Caribbean island home.

When an out-of-season hurricane sweeps through Corinne’s seaside village, Corinne knows it’s not a typical storm. At first Corinne believes Mama D’Leau—the powerful and cruel jumbie who rules the ocean—has caused the hurricane. Then a second, even more ferocious storm wrecks the island, sending villagers fleeing their houses for shelter in the mountains, and Corinne discovers the storms weren’t caused by a jumbie, but by the angry god Huracan.

Now Corinne, with the help of her friends and even some of her enemies, must race against time to find out what has angered Huracan and try to fix it before her island home is destroyed forever.




Book Two.

Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.

To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D’Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D’Leau’s help comes with a price. Corinne and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik must travel with mermaids across the ocean to the shores of Ghana to fetch a powerful object for Mama D’Leau. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures across the sea is the foe that waits for her back home.

With its action-packed storytelling, diverse characters, and inventive twists on Caribbean and West African mythology and fairy tales, Rise of the Jumbies will appeal to readers of A Snicker of Magic, Breadcrumbs, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.



Book One.

A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have readers holding their breath as they fly through its pages.

Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen. And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne's house, cooking dinner for Corinne's father, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severine's plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn't know she possessed to stop Severine and save her island home.

With its able and gutsy heroine, lyrical narration, and inventive twist on the classic Haitian folktale "The Magic Orange Tree," The Jumbies will be a favorite of fans of Breadcrumbs, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.




Tracey Baptiste is a New York Times bestselling author who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago on jumbie stories and fairy tales. Moving to the United States at fifteen was one of the hardest and most exciting times of her life. Tracey is a former elementary teacher and editor. She writes everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels, both fiction and nonfiction. She currently teaches at Lesley University's MFA program in Creative Writing. You can find her online at traceybaptiste.wordpress.com and on Twitter: @TraceyBaptiste

Where to find Tracey Baptiste:

The Jumbie God’s Revenge
By Tracey Baptiste
Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-61620-891-2
$16.95
272 pages 5.5 x 8.2 inches

Saturday, August 24, 2019

In My Mailbox #407

This past week have been good and bad. I got so much mail this week, eee. I love my trade very much. Sigh. And I read a good book this week too, so yay for that. But my health completely sucks. Ugh. Have had a few days with a killing headache. It's been bad. But hoping it's over with now. Fingers crossed. And ahhh! New Taylor Swift album, finally, eeee :D I AM SO IN LOVE WITH IT. All the songs are perfect. Sigh. So good. Waiting on all my super expensive special editions, oops. But they may take some time before they arrive. Rude. Anyway. Two new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on The Beautiful :) And shared my review of The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street. <3 I have my next read planned, The Grace Year, and hoping to start it today :) I'm in a bunch of pain lately, but moving through it. Hope you are all well :)



Midnight Beauties. Oops. Hardcover and international paperback :D I must read this book soon. Nervous.
House of Salt and Sorrows. Needed to buy the gorgeous international paperback too :D Loved this book.
As She Ascends. Could not resist adding the paperback edition to my collection, lol. I own them all, haha.
The Thickety: The Last Spell. Finally out in paperback, eee. This series is SO GOOD. Must re-read soon.
Pip Bartlett. Bookdepo tricked me to think this was a paperback I did not own. They sent me a hardcover.
Pop Figures. Eee. These were expensive, but worth it. Ripley with the cat :D Ahh. And King Triton. Love.
ALL THE ARCs. Oh. My. Gosh. Ahh! Biggest thank you to GodofWax for this amazing trade, eee :D And thank you to Becky for always being so kind and helping me get these to Norway. <3 I just. What. Look at all these ARCs, ahhh :D I'm SO excited and thrilled to own all. Eee. Song of the Crimson Flower was SO GOOD and I needed the ARC so badly. Cannot wait to read The Beautiful and so many of the others :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review: The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver

The moment I saw this book on Edelweiss I had to download it. Still months until it is out in the world, but I had to read it as soon as possible. I am so glad I did so. Because this was just my kind of book. Full of magic and monsters. With great characters and such a good writing. I pretty much adored every part of this story.

I'm giving it four stars, as it was almost perfect to me. I had some small issues but nothing big. Found this book to be fast and easy to read. The story was exciting and fun and a little sad too. It was a book filled with interesting monsters that I loved reading about. This book was also an epic adventure with amazing friendships.

There was a monster guide included. Which I did like a whole lot. But will admit that having it before the book started was not good for me, haha. I was not able to focus as much as I needed while reading through it. Would have fit better at the end of the book, I think. Still. It was so interesting to read a little about the monsters included in this book. I will not write too much about this story, as it was not all that long, and because right now all I wish to say is how adorable this book and how much I enjoyed it. It tells the story of twelve year old Cordelia. She lives alone with her father and their monsters. She does not go to school. She do not have any friends. Except for all the monsters in her house. Yet she love living with the monsters and keeping them secret and safe.

Because this is not a world that would accept knowing about the monsters and letting them live alone. It takes place in the past and the book focus a little on that. About how horrible some people were towards others. It was sad to read about yet so important too. I love that it was included. Cordelia does not have any friends. Not since her best friend suddenly stopped talking to hear a few years ago. But then a boy shows up at her door, looking for her father to help his dog. Except it isn't truly a dog at all, but a zuppy.

One of the monsters that Cordelia knows all about. She helps the dog for the boy and they get to know each other a little. But the very same day her father goes missing while she sleeps. And all the monsters are gone too, except for two. Which were the most adorable. A tiny dragon and another creature that was so sweet. Cordelia and her father have lived with monsters in their huge house for years now. He helps them when they are sick and they decide to stay there. All kinds of different monsters. None of them evil.

This book tells the story of Cordelia having to search for her missing father and all the missing monsters. She goes looking with her new friend, Gregory, and their three monsters. It's not an easy journey. Though it takes place in only a few days. But these two children go through so much in those days. They meet a whole bunch of horrible people. There is a circus. With the most horrible man. They are close to death so many times. And every moment was all kinds of exciting and interesting to read about. I enjoyed it a lot.

There is so much to learn in this book. Getting to know Cordelia was the best thing. She was such an adorable girl and I loved her to pieces. I loved learning about her dead mom and how that happened. I loved reading about her and her dad and how they took care of the hurt monsters. I loved reading about their life. Wish there had been even more about it all, though. I also very much adored Gregory. He is an orphan living in the streets. And his story was all kinds of rude and heartbreaking. And I adored him tons.

I very much enjoyed reading about all the different monsters in this book and all that they did. I so loved reading about Cordelia and her adventure to find her missing father. But I also wish this book had been longer. Felt like it ended too soon, haha. But it had everything it needed, despite that. I feel like my review is kind of a mess. But finding the right words for this book have been fully impossible. Simply because I enjoyed it so very much and I do not know how else to say that. I would not have minded a second book.

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street was every bit as magical as I had hoped it would be. It was filled with monsters and amazing characters. The writing was stunning and the story was exciting. I loved reading about Cordelia and her monsters. You all need to read this gorgeous book when it comes out in February next year. I cannot wait to own a print copy of this book too. Huge thank you to the publisher for the auto-approval on Edelweiss, so that I could read and review this one early. I'm so thrilled that I did so.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #410

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

THE BEAUTIFUL BY RENEE AHDIEH

Goodreads Description:

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.


Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

I have been lucky enough to trade for this gorgeous thing, and so I'm hoping to read it very soon, eee :D It sounds all kinds of awesome. Been way too long since I read a vampire book. And so I'm hoping that this one will end up being amazing and thrilling and have some great romance. Excited about this one :)
What are you waiting for on this thrilling Wednesday?

Saturday, August 17, 2019

In My Mailbox #406

Oops. Another week gone by already, and I have still not gotten anything done on my laptop. Ahh. So so very far behind on every single thing. Sigh. I'm working on it, though. Only managed to read one book this week, which took ages, as it was so bad, ahh. But my current reading list is the best, and I am so excited to read them all, eee :D Cannot wait. I took a new profile picture today, ack, going up shortly. I have been spending so much time with my family. Love taking my small daily walk; my health is not better, but I love my walks even so. I also got some very gorgeous mail this week, ahh :D I love it all so very much. Sigh. And getting the best box of trades next week, gosh. Cannot wait to share about all of it :D Only two new posts this week, ack. This week I'm waiting on The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street :D And shared my review of After the Flood :) Ack. Hope you are all doing well :D I'm doing pretty good; and I'm happy.


Sea Witch Rising. Oops. I haven't read book one yet. But now I have them both :D Hope they're good, lol.
House of Salt and Sorrows. I loved this book a whole bunch, eee. And oh my gosh, it's beyond gorgeous.
Furyborn. Oops. I couldn't stop myself from ordering the Spanish version, haha :D Think it's half the book.
DEV1AT3. The stunning international paperback finally arrived, yay :D So gorgeous. Must read this soon.
Legend. Ahhh! Look at that gorgeous little thing, eee :D I love it so. So small, so gorgeous. Great book :)
The Grace Year. EEE! Thank you so much lovely UK publisher for sending me this :D Can't wait to read.
Pop Figures. Ahh. My most precious The Little Mermaid pop figures are finally starting to arrive :D Love.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

When I saw the gorgeous early proof copy of this book I could not stop myself from requesting a copy of it from the publisher. Although this is normally not a book I would choose to read by myself, as I pretty much never read any adult books, I wanted to give it a try. Because it seemed like it would be exciting too.

I was wrong. And I can't help but truly regret reading this book. Which makes my heart hurt a little. But gosh, how bad this one was. It almost killed me to finish it. But finish it I did. Felt like it lasted forever. Sigh. Giving it two stars, though, because even though I disliked it so, I did not feel that much hate towards it.

There is so much I wish to share about this book. And so much I'm not going to mention at all. But sadly, this review will not be very positive. At all. Because I did not like it. I so didn't like the characters. I very much did not like them. This story bothered me so many times. And the writing was so awful it was torture to read through the rest of it. But I read it all. Because it was a gorgeous print copy that I had gotten to read and review. And also because I wanted to know how everything would end. Because although I did not like the characters at all, I did like the world building. I liked that it took place in a future world, where the world has flooded. There is water almost everywhere. It was also so much like the movie Waterworld and the book Pacifica.

And because of that I was expecting this book to be pretty amazing too. I ended up being every kind of disappointed. I will try not to post too many spoilers. But I have so many feelings about this book, all of them negative, and I need to share it all. I wish I could have loved this book. But it was so very much not a book for me at all. Which probably means I should say that it was me, not the book, but ha. That is not how I work. I did not like the book, because to me, this book was all kinds of terrible. Will write about it all.

This story is told from the point of view of Myra. She is a thirty-something mother of two. She grew up in this world of flooding, although for at least twenty years of her life she lived pretty good, going to school, having internet, having all of it. But then another flood came and destroyed pretty much everything. I liked reading about this world, as I found it to be interesting and somewhat exciting at times. But there was too little of it all, honestly. This book focused way too much on Myra and her thoughts. And not in a good way.

Myra have two children. But one of them is not with her. Because years ago, when her daughter was five years old and Myra was pregnant with girl number two, their baby father stole Row and went away on a boat, leaving pregnant Myra alone with her grandfather. It has now been, I think, six or seven years since then. It was hard to tell, because times are barely mentioned. Myra went on a boat her grandfather was building for them, to stay safe. She had her baby, Pearl. And she never saw the rest of her family again.

And I did feel for her because of this. It must have been so painful to have your child taken away by your husband, losing them both. But my gosh, I did not care for this woman at all. She was not a nice person. It seemed like she had been taking so so badly care of her other daughter ever since she was born. Not caring for her the way she should have. And I did not like it one bit. I also did not like Myra as a person, when they finally met other people after years of them being alone. She was so not great to read about.

This book tells a story on the water. In the beginning Myra finds out that her missing child is still alive, but way across the ocean from her. And she will do anything to find her again. I found the reason for why she found this out to be way too convenient, to be honest. A raider finds them, he is going to take them in, but he is wearing the girl's necklace. Whom Myra has heart nothing about since she disappeared. There was also mention of this guy having raped the girl, probably aged eleven at the time. Yeah. It was so not good.

And so this book is about Myra taking her living six year old girl with her across the ocean for months to search for her missing child. The child she seems to care much more about. Which was a little painful to read about. They are able to join a crew on their boat, which was somewhat interesting to read about. But I did not care for this crew at all. Myra starts sleeping with the captain right away, for stupid reasons. Sigh. While she had gotten to know a different man for weeks before, that she has some real feelings for. Ugh.

The crew of the boat was simply there. They weren't really interesting to read about at all. The captain is a drunk and a former raider. It was beyond boring. Yet Myra feels so bad for them all, though at the same time she is lying to them about where they are going. Which I thought was silly, honestly. There was not really that much happening in this book. Although it lasted forever and ever. This was about Myra and her daughter taking a journey to look for her other daughter. They see some things on the way, nothing huge.

And then the ending of the book. I just. What. It was beyond silly and rushed and just full of wishful things that came true. It was not realistic at all. There is a fighting scene. It was not written well; was all kinds of messy. People died. I did not care one bit. Myra is a mess in the whole book. She was supposedly getting better and better. I did not agree or see that. She was always a mess. I so wish I had loved this one. But it was impossible. The ending was too much, ha. And not good at all, despite this book thinking that it was.

Although most of my dislike for this book was because of the characters and the bad writing, it was also because of how messy I felt like this book was. I really truly did not like the writing at all. It described way too much, and not in a good way. Myra was always comparing every single thing to certain types of fish. Even while having sex. Yuck. And my god, the two sex scenes that were written down. They were so bad. No heat, no passion, only bad writing. It bothered me. The writing of this whole book was simply so awful.

I really wish I could have had better things to say about this book. But I don't have that. As there was not much about this story that I cared for. It is only a two star because I managed to finish it. Because of the world that I somewhat enjoyed. The rest of the book was a solid one star for me. It do make me sad, but yeah. After the Flood was not a good book. Not for me. I'm sure there are others who will enjoy it as there always is. Huge thank you to Natasha at the UK publisher for sending me a free copy to read and review.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #409

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

THE MAGNIFICENT MONSTERS OF CEDAR STREET 
BY LAUREN OLIVER

Goodreads Description:

From the bestselling author of E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Liesl & Po comes a timely and relevant adventure story about monsters of all kinds—and a girl brave enough to save them.

Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them.

But their work must be kept secret—others aren’t welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call “monsters”?

One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters.

With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is).


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here and here

Eee. I got this book via Edelweiss, and I am beyond excited :D Ahh! I cannot wait until I finally have time to read it, haha. It looks so pretty. And sounds all kinds of adorable too. I think that I will love this book a whole bunch. At least, I very much hope that I will. Sounds epic and all kinds of fun too. I cannot wait :)
What are you waiting for on this magnificent Wednesday?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

In My Mailbox #405

Eee! One million page views :D Thank you all so very much. <3 You guys are the best. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my posts. And for commenting. Please do leave a comment if you have the time :) It means so much to me. Anyway. This week have gone by so fast. But I have finally read a little, and I am so happy about that, eee. Hoping to read even more this coming week. I have so so much I'm behind on. Ack. But getting there. Somewhat. Oops. And so behind on everything else too. Ahh. But I'm trying. Just so busy and tired and exhausted and hurting. Ugh. But at least I'm taking a small daily walk each day, which should be good for my health. Probably. Not much mail this week, but love it all so much. And a few new blog posts. I shared my second review of Monstrous Beauty :D This week I'm waiting on The Empire of Dreams. <3 And I shared my review of The Star Shepherd :D Hope you are all doing well.


Soul of Stars. Eee. I'm pretty excited about this gorgeous second book :D I think it will be so very perfect.
Swag. Ahh! I traded for all of this gorgeous with Erica. <3 Thank you so much lovely. I am in love with all of it. Ahh. The Marissa Meyer pins are beyond perfect :D So much love. I love it all. So so very precious.





The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street. When I saw this on Edelweiss, I had to download it right away. Oops. It looks SO CUTE. And sounds great too. I remember loving the first middle grade book by Lauren Oliver so very much; Liesl & Po. And so I cannot wait to read this gorgeous thing. I shall love it so much.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring & MarcyKate Connolly

I knew this book would be all kinds of adorable. And it very much was so. I have been waiting and wanting to read it for so long, as I have adored MarcyKate and her books for years. It is the first I have heard of Dan, but he seems amazing too. I simply adored this story they created together. And it was all kinds of incredible.

I have decided to give it four stars, even though I pretty much loved every part of this book. The writing was perfection. The artwork included so very beautiful and fitting with the story. All the characters were so very cute and great to read about. But four stars as I loved the first half more than I loved the second.

But this is not a bad thing. Because I found the ending of this book to be the most perfect thing. Happy and a little sad too. I truly wouldn't mind even more books about these too precious characters. There is so much I enjoyed about this book. It was such a great read and I adored these characters beyond words. The book is told from the point of view of eleven year old Kyro. Whom I loved the very most. He was way too adorable and so very loving and brave. But so sad too. And I loved that more than anything. For the past five years Kyro have been helping his father to save the stars. His mother was a star shepherd, but then she died. And now his father is doing it. But gosh, how I disliked his father. He should have taken better care of Kyro.

This book is a story about stars and stories and friendships and family. I loved reading about the history of everything. Kyro is a star shepherd with his father, rushing to save the stars when they fall down. They take them, put them in new castings and shoot them up in the sky again. There is a story about it all and it was so fun to read about and learn more about. I loved everything about the stars and how special they were and loved the work that Kyro had to do to save them. He was so good at it all too. I so loved his job.

He has been living a mostly quiet life with his father for years. With no friends, no other family. Except for Andra. She is the only person in the village that is nice to him, the only one that want to be his friend. Oh. Which was all kinds of heartbreaking to read about. As the other people in the village treat him so badly. It hurt my heart. Because Kyro was the sweetest person and deserved all the best. Sigh. But he had Andra. And that was the very best thing. She was sweet and kind and the very best friend. I adored her the most.

Reading about the friendship between Kyro and Andra was so good. They were mostly just so adorable together, haha. And I loved it so. I loved how she helped him with so much in this book. I loved how they were together, working together, talking together. It was the cutest. Kyro also had the most adorable little dog, Cypher. He was in the book the whole time and it was the very best thing. There are also a few other characters in this book, some that I adored, others that I did not. Hmph. But all interesting to read about.

There is so much going on in this book, even though it was not all that long. I will not be writing too much about it. But gosh, this story was all kinds of fun. I simply loved reading about Kyro and getting to know him more. He and Andra were the best. And everything about the stars were so interesting and exciting too. Different, and so well written. It was magical and so perfect to read about too. The only thing that I wanted more of in the second half of the book was the main characters, but I adored it all, despite that.

There were not only magical stars in this book. There were also some magical creatures. Some of them all kinds of horrible. It was so much fun to read about. I loved how Kyro dealt with everything, in the best way that he could. I'm having trouble finding the words to describe this book. Simply because I enjoyed it so much. And had such fun while reading it. It was so sad and a little heartbreaking at times, and I loved those moments so much. There was a small mystery too and it was written so good. I enjoyed everything.

The Star Shepherd was everything that I wanted it to be. This was such a fun and adorable middle grade story. Filled with stunning characters and an exciting plot. I loved the stars and the magic. I so adored the cute little dog. I'm so glad that I had the chance to read this book early, thanks to a trade. I cannot wait to get my hardcover copy of this book too. It's simply stunning. You all need to buy this book too. Because it was so adorable and sad at times too. I pretty much loved all of it and I need you all to read this one too.