Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

I have been meaning to blog about this cover reveal for weeks now. But I am so behind on getting things done. Ack! But finally sharing about it today, eee :D And oh my gosh. How I am dying to read The Art of Theft. So adored the first three books about Charlotte Holmes. The third ruined me with how good it was. Sigh. I am pretty much dying to re-read all three before this one, haha. It will be the best. And just, gosh, this fourth book sounds so awesome :D And that cover is stunning. I love it so. I cannot wait to own this book, and to finally read it. Sherry is also the very best. What do you think of this cover? Isn't it just fully awesome? :D I need this book in my life. <3 It will be out on October 15th, which is forever away. I hope time will move fast :) The Art of Theft will be perfection. And gosh, how pretty all of them look together :D

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of The Hollow of Fear.

As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.

But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.

Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia's admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake...

Saturday, April 27, 2019

In My Mailbox #390

Okay, but what. Was it not Saturday just yesterday? Gosh. I actually did read a book this week, so yay :D But only one. Sigh. Hoping next week will be easier. I'm not doing too well, health completely sucks. And I am beyond exhausted every day. I spend hours with sister and her kids. It's the best. But exhausting. I do need to read more so badly. But no time. And I have done zero catching up. Ugh. I so hope that it will get easier soon. I just need a little more energy and then I can finally do things. Please let me feel better very shortly. But anyway. Eee. I got some stunning mail this week :D I love it all. So very much. Such gorgeous books. <3 Only two blog posts this week; hoping to get better at that. Ack. This week I am waiting on Five Dark Fates :D Then I shared my review of What We Buried. Which was not good at all. Ack. Also, I have been so busy with my spa bath.. My two hours of hot water each day is perfection. So tired, but worth it :)

The Red Scrolls of Magic. Eee. Two UK hardcovers and international paperback. It's all kinds of stunning.
Sky in the Deep. Got a replacement UK paperback that is not damaged, so yay :D It is so very gorgeous.
Grave Mercy + Elegy. AHH! Thank you so much Dana for this most stunning trade :D I am so happy. <3
Funko Prize. EEE! I won a Pusheen pop and got some extras from Funko Europe :D I love it so much.
Pop Figures. First of my dragons have arrived, finally :D SO cute. And my Johnny pop too. So awesome.
We Hunt the Flame Swag. EEE! Thank you so much Hafsah for this most perfect pre-order swag. Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

It will be impossible to write down my thoughts about this book. I shall try my best. I really wanted to love this book, as the cover is gorgeous and it seemed like such a thrilling mystery read. But ha. Liking this book was impossible. As I ended up pretty much hating it from the very beginning. Then all the way until the ending. Sigh.

I really wanted more from this book. Since, honestly, the mystery part was almost perfect. I enjoyed it so very much. But the rest of this book sucked. Completely. And that is why this is a two star for me. Mystery was so good, but it was only a small part. This book focused more on the two main characters. They were so horrible.

As in, truly the worst characters I have ever read about. I will not be able to describe it well enough. So I shall begin by saying that I did not like the writing one bit. It felt messy and wrong for me. It was impossible to feel connected to these characters at all. Which was pretty sad, as I truly did want to love this. Thankfully, despite the bad writing, it was an easy to read book. And it did not take up too much of my time. Though it ruined my mind a bit. Because the mystery truly was exciting. I wanted to know what had happened and all that what would happen. But oh. I could not care less about these characters. The siblings, Liv and Jory. Hated them so. Which is a strong word, but my god, how they deserved it. Ugh. I didn't care for them even a little bit. They were both awful.

I wish I could say that the characters were interesting. That they had exciting lives and great stories to tell. But they really hadn't. At least, I didn't find it interesting at all. Because of how stupid they both were. How they both acted like complete idiots. How they didn't seem like they could think for themselves. How they acted around each other; rude and silly. I wanted to love them both. But I ended up loving neither of them. The book is from both point of views, which was a little too much for me, to be completely honest.

Considering this entire book is about the two of them on a road trip, all alone. I did not need both point of views for that. Especially considering they kept having the same flashbacks about their childhood. It grew boring fast. These two siblings were so close as children. But they grew apart quite fast, because of their parents. Liv was beautiful. Jory had a facial paralysis that made him less beautiful to some. Including their own parents. They treated him badly, and that hurt my heart a whole lot. Because nobody deserves that.

Because, even though I could not stand Jory, because of his personality, I could not help but care about him because of his paralysis. It hurt my heart to read about people being mean to Jory, as he really did not deserve it one bit. This book focus a little on his paralysis, and I liked that. But, well, I also felt like it could have been written so much better. If the character had been written better. Sigh. But he was simply not a likeable boy at all. I felt for him, but I still hated him. Oops. I did not like his point of view much at all.

Then there was Liv. Their mom made her into a pageant queen as a child. Made her perform for years, winning often. This book is about Liv being sixteen years old, and deciding that her parents ruined her childhood, and so she is now suing them. Like others like her had done to their parents, and all had won. I wish I could say her story was interesting. But it was not. She was so spoiled. She claimed to be better, but she was not. She had these rage blackouts, that seemed so silly, to be honest. Not done well enough.

There was so much about this book that I did not like. I would never be able to write it all down. And so I will not say much more about it. Only that I completely hated the two main characters. This takes place in about a couple of days, but that was enough time for me to hate them both. Sigh. I wish I had loved them. But they were too difficult and not very nice at all. Sure, their sibling relationship do end up getting better than ever, but I did not care for it at all, sadly. It wasn't cute, it wasn't fun. Just silly. I wanted more from it.

But then there was the mystery. And I actually really liked that. It could have been done much better, of course, but still. It was almost done perfectly. I liked not knowing what would happen next. Liv and Jory are going on a road trip. To find their parents, whom disappeared the day of the court date. They both have reasons to find them, thinking they know where they are, what happened to them. They take their car and drive for hours looking for their missing parents. But nothing goes as they planned it. Not at all.

And I liked that a bunch. It was such a twisty mystery. Time was weird, memories were weird. Yet it was interesting and exciting too. Well, except for the stupid characters it was happening to, sigh. But yeah. I liked the mystery a lot. Trying to figure out where their parents went. Trying to understand why it feels like so many things they do have already happened before. Then the twist at the ending. What. I am so not sure what to feel about it. It was pretty excellent, though. And I liked the ending a lot. It was pretty great.

But yes. I'm still giving two stars to What We Buried. The mystery was so good, and the ending with it was pretty great too. But it was also such an open ending, and it needed way more closure. This book also had zero romance. Which hurt my heart. But yes. Two stars, because I could not stand these two characters. I did not like the writing. At all. And so many things bothered me about it. Still. The mystery was almost perfect. I would recommend this for the mystery, but only for that. The rest was not enough.

Waiting on Wednesday #393

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

FIVE DARK FATES (Three Dark Crowns #4) 

Goodreads Description:

After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here and here

I know, I shared about the cover reveal only a short time ago, here. <3 But gosh. I had to write about this book again, haha :D Because a longer summary is out. And it is killing me a little bit. Sigh. This book will completely ruin me, won't it? Ahhh. I am not ready. Bring my precious Pietyr back. Pretty please. So very nervous. So excited. Do not want these books to end. They have all been amazing. Rude, heartbreaking, but so good. And Kendare is the very best. Just. Gosh. This final book will murder me. And I cannot wait.
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Saturday, April 20, 2019

In My Mailbox #389

Gosh. I really wanted to read this past week. But I have had zero time for reading. What. And no time at all for catching up. Ahh. But oh. I have had such a great week, despite getting nothing done. My spa bath came up on Sunday, eee :D And had my first daily bath on Monday. It has been perfection. But my gosh, how exhausted it makes me. I'm always exhausted these days, and my spa baths make me so tired. But I do not mind, not really. As they are worth it. Eee. So perfect, so hot, so relaxing. The time not spent in my spa bath, is spent with my sister and her kids. It takes up so much of my time. Oops. But love family time so very much too. But yes. Please do let me be able to read soon. Tomorrow. I want to read I truly do. But also do not know what to read next. Hmm. Anyway. I only had one blog post this week. What even! Was too tired for reading and posting anything. Gah. I must get better. This week I'm waiting on The Mystwick School of Musicraft. <3 It is Easter week, so two days less with mail. But my gosh, I got a whole bunch of awesome, despite that :D Eee! And oh. How I love everything. Sigh. So much perfect. <3 I hope you are all doing well. I'm trying to catch up. Hoping my body will improve shortly. But I am still doing doing okay :)

The Place on Dalhousie. Eee. I love Melina :D But I cannot remember the first book at all. Oops. Pretty :)
Descendant of the Crane. I adored this book, and the finished copy is all kinds of gorgeous. I love it tons.
The Raven's Tale. This book look so very gorgeous. I love this cover. And I adore this author. So much.
Through the White Wood. Such a stunning finished copy. Eee. I need to give this book a second chance.
Vanguard. Suddenly noticed I didn't have this paperback for my collection. Had to order right away, haha.
To Kill a Kingdom. Had forgotten to order this one too. Ahh! I loved this book; so much. It is gorgeous too.
Archenemies. Okay, I know, two editions. I need to sell some of them, but together, oops :) But SO pretty.
Sadie. Ahh! Norwegian edition of this precious :D Thank you so much to the publisher for sending to me.
Pop Figures. Finally got these two; got the other two ages ago, haha :D They are just so cute. Love them.
Kingsbane Swag. EEE! Thank you soso much Page158books for letting me order from you to get this :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #392

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


Goodreads Description:

Humor and heart shine in this middle-grade fantasy about a girl who attends a boarding school to learn how to use music to create magic, perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil series.

Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end—until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

I adore Jessica. And I simply can't wait for her first middle grade book :D Eee. This one sounds all kinds of amazing and stunning. I have loved the updates she have shared about it on twitter. And gosh. I need this book in my life. That cover is so gorgeous. I love it. And it sounds so good too. I will adore this book :)
What are you waiting for on this musical Wednesday?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

In My Mailbox #388

I have had so little time this week. No time for reading, no time for laptop things or catching up. Hoping to read more this coming Easter week :) But yeah. I have been so busy. Busy spending the whole week with my sister and her three kids, my newest baby nephew, whom is one week old today. He is truly the cutest thing. Eee. And I have spent every day holding him for hours, lol. I hurt all over. My body is so not used to this. Oops. But I love it so. Family time is the best. But yes. I have had so little time for anything else this week. Sigh. I hope I will have more energy in the coming days :) Fingers crossed. And oh gosh, hoping to finally get my spa bath up again next week, eee. I want it so. Anyway. A couple of new posts this week. I shared my review of We Hunt the Flame :) This week I'm waiting on The Star Shepherd. <3 I also did not get a lot of mail, but still some gorgeous things :) Hope you are all doing well. Hopefully catching up soon.

A Gathering of Shadows. Gosh. I still have not read past book one. Must re-read it very soon. So pretty.
The Near Witch. I liked this book a bunch when it first came out, years ago. I needed this edition too :)
The Fates Divide. Paperback edition is out :D Gosh. I still have to read this second book. I will. Soonish.
Titanic Pop. Eee. My Jack have arrived, finally. Rose will get here soon. And oh, he is so very precious.

Serpent & Dove + Kingdom of Souls. I must admit that I do not know much about either of these books. Except for those gorgeous covers. Eee. When I saw them, I knew I had to have these books. And now they finally showed up on Edelweiss :D I simply can't wait to read them both. Hope they are amazing. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #391

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


Goodreads Description:

Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn't survive under such a threat. So they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.

Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He's spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.

When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro's father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn't return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pre-Order here and here

Eee. I cannot wait for this book :D It sounds so good. And looks gorgeous too. I love this cover :D And gosh. I have been a fan of MarcyKate for years now. Her books are awesome. And so I cannot wait to read this new book by her :) I have never read anything by Dan before, but he seems pretty amazing too, and I cannot wait to see how these two authors write together. I simply need this book in my life already.
What are you waiting for on this starry Wednesday?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Review: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I have been waiting so long to read this. I had every intention of loving it to pieces. But that did not happen. I feel so heartbroken about it. I have known this author for years, and she is adorable. And her book sounded incredible. And look gorgeous too. While parts of it was amazing, not all of it was. At least not to me. Sigh.

I wanted to completely love We Hunt the Flame. But I did not. I enjoyed it so, but no love. Took me many days to finish it. And I just did not have the excitement for it that I wanted to have. But even so. I'm so glad I got to read it. And I will still be getting my stunning hardcover of it, to look at. Giving this book three stars.

Not two, because I truly did enjoy parts of this book a whole lot. But also not four, because I didn't love it. My mind feel conflicted right now. I am not sure how to put my feelings for this book into words. But I will try my best. What I really enjoyed about this one was the setting. I adored this world and all the characters living in it. I liked that this place was separated into five different places where everyone had their purpose. The people were all different and diverse. All exciting to read about. And I very much liked getting to know more about this world, about the magic that it once had. I liked reading about the different cultures. I very much enjoyed reading about all the different food. I don't know much about this culture, but I really want to know even more about it all.

But sadly, I did not like the writing in this book. It was not horrible, but it was not good either. It was sort of a mess for me. It made it harder for me to read this book, as I could not focus for long. But. What I loved about the writing was the Arabic words included. They were written so so well and I always loved learning the new words. I very much enjoyed that. I only had an issue with all the words put together, as I did not manage to connect the way I wanted to. I truly wanted it all to get better, but it never did, not for me. Sigh.

This book tells the story of Zafira and Nasir. It is told from their point of views. I enjoyed getting to know both of them. But gosh, how slow the beginning of this book was. It took ages before the adventure finally started. We got to know the characters a little before that, know all the things about their lives so far. And that's something that bothered me. The romance is supposed to be about Zafira and Nasir. But more than a hundred pages is focused on a boy in love with her, and her somewhat caring for him. It hurt my heart.

Okay, it was not really a love triangle at all. Since the two main characters did not know about each other yet. But I will admit that it hurt my heart to read so many pages about Zafira having an almost boyfriend from home. And then learning about Nasir and his past, about a girl in his life too. It was a little too much for me. Because for me, personally, I do not want to read about past relationships. I so don't want to read about an almost relationship either, when I know the real romance of the book is still to come. It just hurts.

But anyway. I have already written too much about that. I will not say too much about this book. Only that we get to know Zafira and Nasir a whole lot. She is the hunter of her village of snow. They have no food. Only she can get it for them. But almost no one knows this famous hunter is a woman, in this town of men with power. And Zafira is afraid of letting anyone know. She does not want to be forced into marriage. She only wants to save the town by feeding them, save her family and her friends. Zafira simply tries her best.

Nasir is the Prince of Death. The son of the sultan. His assassin. He is the person killing everyone that the sultan wants gone. Criminals, innocents, it does not matter. Nasir must kill them all. And because of this his heart is all kinds of dark and broken. I must admit that I was expecting him to be more dark and broken than he was, haha. After he met Zafira, he was not very dark at all, and I wanted more darkness from him. Instead he was more of a lovesick boy. Sigh. But I still liked him. A whole bunch. Just, no love.

This book also tells of Altair. The sultan's general, whom ends up travelling with Nasir. They are hunting the hunter, whom have been sent on a mission to save magic. They are all going to a dark island full of danger. It was sadly not as exciting as I wanted it to be. Sigh. I wanted more death and pain, haha. But it was still interesting and exciting at times. Anyway. Altair. He was a little bit dramatic and way too rude at times. Yet he was also the character that I liked the most, I think. He was the fun one, and I adored him.

There were a few other characters too, but I'm not mentioning them by name. But do know that they too were interesting to read about. Not perfect, not fully exciting, but still cute. This story is about a mission to save magic. While surviving a dangerous island filled with secrets. And that is all I will say about it. Parts of it were pretty good. But other parts were not. I wanted there to be more exciting secrets. I wanted way more danger. I felt like this book was a little too long with too little happening most times. I needed better.

Although I did not love We Hunt the Flame, it was still a stunning book. And I think many of you will love it the way I could not. Though I very much want to see others be unsure about it too, to know I'm not alone in feeling this way. I wish it had been perfect for me. I wish I could have loved it the way I wanted to. But I did like it a lot. And that the ending was all kinds of rude, which means I very much want to read the next book. Which I hope that I will like more. The biggest thank you to the publisher for my Netgalley approval.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

In My Mailbox #387

Eee! Baby nephew was born this morning :D I'm now an aunt to three cuties. <3 And ahh, this little boy is all kinds of adorable and perfect. Though my life will now get even more busy. Ack. But I'm excited about it too; as my family is important to me :) So anyway. This past week have gone by so fast. I had my head shaved again yesterday, and now it's shorter than it have ever been before. Ack. But I love it. Love having it so short. But my god, this week have been hard for me. I'm exhausted. All the goddamn time. All I want to do is sleep. And so I do sleep a lot. Not as much as I want to, but still a lot. Sigh. So little getting done. I started my eARC of We Hunt the Flame days ago. Only gotten to read about an hour each day, so only halfway done now. Ahh. Hoping to finish it in a few days. Fingers crossed. I do want to read. But I am so not awake enough for it. Which sucks. But yeah. More medicine again this coming week. So hoping it will finally make me less exhausted. But I doubt it. Rude. Anyway. I got a bunch of stunning books in the mail this week, eee :D I love them all so much. <3 Sigh. Soso very happy. And blogged a little too. I shared the cover for Wayward Son :D I posted my review of Some Kind of Happiness. <3 This week I am waiting on Kingdom of Souls :) And I shared the cover of Ninth House, eee. <3 I hope you are all doing okay :) I will be spending these upcoming days with my sister and her children. And hopefully finishing my book in the evenings. It's hard to focus, sadly. But I want to read, so much. I'm crossing my fingers I will manage it :)

A Crystal of Time. Eee! All the copies. B&N exclusive. Personalized hardcover. International paperback. All very perfect. <3 Thank you Soman and Changing Hands for my personalized one :D Eee. Love it so.
One Dark Throne. Stunning US paperback edition is finally out, eee :D I love this series tons. My gosh.
Sky in the Deep. Eee! US paperback and UK paperback too :D Though my UK one has damage. Sobs.
Swag + Pops. Eee. Most stunning tote bag with my book :D Love it so. And Through the White Wood pre-order swag, which is just stunning :D And a few pop figures I have waited ages for, haha. Fully adorable.
Through the White Wood + Sherwood + Sawkill Girls. EEE! Thank you Daphne for this amazing trade :D Gosh. I am so in love with all three ARCs. They are just soso perfect looking and I had to have them. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, April 5, 2019

Cover Reveal: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Gosh, how I cannot wait for this book :D Eee. I adore Leigh. And have loved her books since her first one came out. Sigh. (Okay, I have not read King of Scars yet! Ack! But I will :D Soon. I own all the editions of it, haha.) But anyway. Leigh is amazing. Always kind and sweet and I adore her lots. And her books have all been perfect to me. Eee. And oh my gosh. Ninth House sounds amazing :D It seems like such a great adult book. Eee. I cannot wait to read it :D And oh god. This cover. It's gorgeous. What. So stunning. And awesome. I need this book in my life. It is going to be dark and glorious. I cannot wait. What do you think of this cover? :D Isn't it perfect? Wish it was October 1st already. As I already know I will love it the most.

The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #390

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


Goodreads Description:

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

The lush world building of Children of Blood and Bone meets the sweeping scale of Strange the Dreamer in this captivating epic YA fantasy debut.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Inspired by tales of folk magic in her own community, Rena Barron spins a darkly magical tale perfect for fans of Three Dark Crowns or Shadow and Bone, about a girl caught between gods, monsters, and her own mother’s schemes. 

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here and here

This book looks all kinds of gorgeous. And it sounds so exciting and interesting too :D I'm nervous about it, yet it sounds so good, and I am very sure that I will end up loving this book. Hoping there might be a romance too. Eee. Fingers crossed. And hoping it will be up on Edelweiss :) So excited about this book.
What are you waiting for on this hungry Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

This book is beyond precious. I cannot believe it have already been three years since I first read it. And I am so happy I finally decided to read it a second time. Because this book was exactly what I needed right now. It's heartbreaking and fun and beyond adorable. I loved it to pieces, once more. It is simply perfection.

There is so much about this book that I love. I will try my best to share most of it, but not too much. If you have not read this one yet, you are truly missing out. As everything about it is incredible. The writing is stunning. The setting is great. The characters are all the most adorable. I loved every second of this beautiful story.

And I am beyond happy with that. I'm so thrilled with how good this book is and how much I love it. But my gosh, how it ruined my heart too. Because it is all kinds of sad and real and honest. And I felt so connected to everything. It's a depressing story. But full of hope, sweet moments and the most stunning relationships. This book tells the story of eleven year old Finley. And she is the most adorable character. I love her the very most. Finley is a little broken. But so brave and kind and loving. Getting to know her more ruined my heart, as I wanted the best for this girl. Finley have depression. And anxiety. And it's affecting her life so much. She is trying to ignore it all at times. Trying to be happy, to pretend that everything is okay. But it's not. She is not okay. Not truly.

And I loved this girl so much. Because of how sad she is. Because of the blue days she have. Because she is still so brave and sweet and I just wanted to be there for her. She have not yet told her parents or anyone else about what she is going through. The darkness she feels inside of her. And it hurt my heart that she did not have anyone to help her with it. That she had to deal with these feelings alone. But my gosh, how well written it all was. I loved that. So very much. Finley was truly amazing and I adored her.

This book is the story of her having to spend the summer with her grandparents. Whom she have never met before. She has to stay with them for the summer, as her parents need to work through some things. They have not been okay for a while now, which has been affecting Finley too, and that hurt my heart so. This girl deserved more. And the fact that she often thought about how others have it worse than her, that she has no reason to be sad, made me so upset. It is so real, and so sad, and so honest. My poor heart.

But this book is not all about being sad. It is about the weeks Finley spend with her grandparents. And her cousins, whom she have never seen before either. Gretchen is her age, Kennedy a year older, Avery a teenager. And the eight year old twins. All of them ends up becoming so important to Finley. And I loved that so much. They become friends, family. They spend the summer together, having fun, and just getting to know each other. I adored Gretchen, and how she treated Finley. I loved their friendship so very much.

There is so much going on with this story. I will not write much about it. Only sharing a little bit about how much I adored this book. I loved reading about Finley. How she has good days and bad days. How she is trying to deal with everything alone. And how that is not possible as well. I loved that she wrote stories in her notebook all the time. There are parts of this story included, about the Everwood. Which was all kinds of cute. Finley was the best. I loved how she grew to care for her grandparents, despite being so nervous.

What I loved the very most, though, was her growing friendship with a boy living across the river from her grandparents. Jack. He was too cute. And I loved their almost romance. I loved how he made her laugh. How they spent time together. Finley and her cousins and Jack and his brothers. They were beyond cute together. But they were not allowed to spend any time together by the grandparents. It was forbidden. As this book had a secret. A family secret. And a pretty big one. And a mystery too, which I liked very much.

This book is about Finley. And her learning more about herself. Her finding new friends, new family. And it is also about her solving a mystery. About why her dad left his family behind all those years ago. About a mysterious burned house in the woods. About why they are not allowed to spend any time with the boys across the river. This secret was all kinds of big. And beyond heartbreaking. But interesting and exciting and so good too. And written very well. I loved figuring it all out again. Sigh. It is such an incredible book.

Every part of this book ruined me a little. I am so glad that I decided to read it again, finally. Because this book is so precious to me. It is so good and rude and heartbreaking and I love it the very most. This is a book that I feel everyone must read. Especially if you have ever been sad or worried. I feel like this book will help. I love that Claire wrote it. It is honest and real. Sad, but hopeful. Some Kind of Happiness is a perfect book. And I love it more than I can say. As I do with every book written by Claire. She is the best.