Saturday, June 29, 2019

In My Mailbox #399

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

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

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #402

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


Goodreads Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 22, 2019

In My Mailbox #398

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

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

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cover Reveal: Supernova by Marissa Meyer

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

All's fair in love and anarchy...

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #401

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


Goodreads Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

In My Mailbox #397

This week have been pretty exhausting. Oops. But good too. I have read two books; though not sharing my review of Immunity until next month :) I got a bunch of gorgeous books in the mail this week. Ack. And waiting on even more special things. Eee. I got some amazing eARCs which I am super happy about. <3 Been spending a lot of time with family, as always. It's exhausting, but good. Still behind on every kind of catching up. Ahh. But working on it. Sort of. Maybe. Soon. Just waiting for summer to arrive :) It's so cold. The sun is hot, but the wind is freezing. Brr. My spa bath is super hot, though, and always perfect. Sigh. I blogged a little this week too :D I shared the cover reveals for The Secret Commonwealth, eee! <3 This week I'm waiting on Into the Crooked Place :) And shared my review of Serpent & Dove :D I am so so far behind on my reading goal for this year. Ahh. Have had so little time and energy to read for months now. But I'm hoping it's getting better. And hoping to make my goal :) I hope that you are all doing great too :D

Ghosts of the Shadow Market. Oops. All the copies. Three different ones :D Excited about these stories.
Kingsbane. Regular hardcover edition has arrived, haha. I loved this precious book so much. <3 Pretty.
Shadow & Flame. So excited to read this second and final book :D I think it will be all kinds of amazing.
Little Do We Know. I didn't get to buy the hardcover, ack, so had to get the paperback :D Excited to read.
The Book of Dust. Eee. It's finally out in paperback :D And it looks so gorgeous. Sigh. I loved this book.
Contagion. Love this new US paperback edition. <3 This book was so perfect. I must have all the copies.
The Safest Lies. I couldn't help but buy this new UK paperback edition :D This book was soso awesome.
Detective Pikachu. I could not resist buying a few books from this most adorable movie. Oops. So cute :)
Funko Pop. My final of the new How To Train Your Dragon 3 pops arrived :D And she looks so gorgeous.

The Art of Theft. EEE! Thank you Berkley for letting me read it early via Netgalley. <3 Gosh. SO excited.
Into the Crooked Place. Ahh! Auto-approved on Netgalley. <3 Gosh. Nervous. Cannot wait to read this :D
The Oddmire: Changeling. I will be taking part in this blog tour next month :D So excited about reading it.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

This book ended up being pretty much perfect for me. I enjoyed it so very much. I had hoped that I would love it and it makes me so happy that I did. A few small things bothered me, so it's a four star. But a good one. I could not stop reading this book. I needed to know what would happen next. I did not want this book to end.

There is much I could share about this story. Though my words seem to be failing me. Simply because I enjoyed this story very much. The writing was perfect. I had no trouble at all connecting to the characters and the story. I loved that. The setting was so interesting and good. I was curious about this world and its rules.

This book tells the story of Louise and Reid. Two very different people. Lou is a witch, having left her coven behind two years ago to live as a thief in the city. To protect herself from someone from her past that would hurt her. Reid is a witch hunter for the church. Grown up learning all witches are evil and must be killed. He grew up with the Archbishop as mentor. They both had such different lives. Both so interesting. And when they meet it was all kinds of awesome. They are different, but would be so well together. Sigh. Getting to know them both was all kinds of exciting. Lou had so much to tell. Her best friend, Coco, was pretty much adorable. I so loved that they were both witches. There was much to know about that. So much magic. And all was awesome.

There is so much going on in this book. Witches in this town are hunted down and burned. They are not all innocent, they have hurt a lot of people. But many were innocent too, and they did not deserve to get burned. There is a story about the witches having plans for the town and the people in it. Lou is a part of that. Though she does not want to be. And slowly learning to know all of the reasons for that was pretty great. This girl annoyed me at times. Yet I could not help but adore her. She was so fierce and awesome.

This is a story about a witch and a witch hunter slowly falling in love. Though he does not know she is a witch. And if he did, he would burn her at the stake. They meet with him hunting her, as she have been seen with a witch. The way he captures her is not good, as they have an audience. And because of this, the Archbishop decides that they have to be married right away. It was so awkward yet so awesome and I couldn't help but love it so much, haha. But oh, Lou treated Reid somewhat badly for a time. Sigh. Hmph.

But they got better together. They learned to know each other. Well, slowly. While Lou tried not to let Reid know who she truly was. She needed him to protect her. There is so much I could write about these two characters. There is so much happening in this book. It is long and pretty epic. But I will not share much more about them. Only that they had some of the most awesome scenes together. They live were Reid live, with all the other hunters. It was awkward yet somewhat fun at times too. Always interesting, though.

We get to know Lou and Reid the most in this story, as the book is told from their point of views. But there was also Coco. Whom I adored, most of the time, haha. I'm so curious about her and wish to get to know her more. Then there was Ansel, a younger boy training to be a witch hunter too. He was so sweet and awkward and I just adored him. There are witches to get to know. Most of them bad. But all of them was interesting to read about. This world was all kinds of amazing. And I loved all that was revealed about it.

This book is a four star for me for a few reasons. It was almost perfect. Such great writing that I loved at all times. Awesome characters that I adored. And such an exciting world and story that I loved getting to know more about. But it also had some drama that I did not like one bit. The girl is horrible to the boy for some time. It's supposed to seem like fun teasing, I suppose. But I didn't think so. It just hurt my heart. I got past this, but it was no fun, to be honest. I wish her sometimes cruel teasing had not been included.

One thing that bothered me a little about this book was how old the characters were. It seems they are supposed to be eighteen years old, both of them. Though it is never confirmed. They talk about this boy being sixteen like he is a child. Like they were sixteen themselves half a life ago. It was weird. This book also has a lot of cursing. Which I don't mind at all, though it was a little too much at times as well. Good too. And oh. There is a love scene. And it was so very perfectly written. Sigh. I loved that so very much.

I must say that I am so happy that I read Serpent & Dove. It was almost perfect to me. I enjoyed reading it a whole lot. Though I had not noticed that there would be second book, and now I'm so impatient to know what will happen next, haha. The ending is not really a cliffhanger, but it is filled with things revealed and bad things coming. I liked it a lot. This book hurt my heart a bit at times. But for the most part it was such a fun story and I adored these characters so much. It was such an adorable romance. I shipped them so.

There is still so much I have not shared about this book. But I have also shared too much, haha. It was such a great story. And you all need to read it when it comes out in September. I am going to need to own all the editions of this one. Big thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, for the auto-approval on Edelweiss so that I could read this book early. I will be buying the hardcover of this one for sure. And hunting for the print ARC to add to my collection as well. This is a book that everyone should read. It was worth reading.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #400

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


Goodreads Description:

Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Feiwel and Friends
Pre-Order here and here

I'm pretty excited about this one :D I loved the first book by Alexandra, last year. <3 It was so perfect. And so I cannot wait to read another story by her. And this sounds so awesome :D Eee. It seems complicated and exciting. I simply can't wait to get sucked into this story. Wishing I could read it right away, though :)
What are you waiting for on this crooked Wednesday?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

EEE! There is a cover. Two covers! The UK and the US released at the same time. And oh my gosh. I am so excited about this book I might die. The Secret Commonwealth is going to be perfection. Just, why is it not October 3rd yet? Hmph. I need it in my life already. Such a huge fan of the original His Dark Materials trilogy. And La Belle Sauvage was amazing too. This second book is going to be even better, I am sure of it. Eee. Lyra will be twenty years old. Gosh. I'm so excited. Okay, all I truly want is for Lyra and Will to find a way to be together again. But I fear this will never happen. Sobs. But still have hope, though. And that it will not happen when they are old. Crossing all my fingers. Either way, though, I'm going to love this book to pieces and I just cannot wait. And gosh. The covers! Ahh. I'm dying. They are SO pretty. Both of them. All of them. I love the colors. I love the train. Now I just need the story to love as well. So so very excited.

UK Cover & Details.

Lyra Silvertongue's adventures in the North are long over--the windows between the many worlds have been sealed, and her beloved Will is lost to her. She does still have the alethiometer: the truth-telling device given to her by the master of Jordan College, which guided her journey.

Lyra doesn't know the full story of the alethiometer, though. Or the role that young Malcolm Polstead played in bringing both the instrument and baby Lyra to Jordan. She's now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. To her, Malcolm is Dr. Polstead, an overly solicitous professor she would prefer to avoid.

But intrigue is swirling around Lyra once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. They learn of a city haunted by daemons, of a desert said to hold the secret of Dust.

Powerful forces are about to throw Lyra and Malcolm together once again. And the dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.

US Cover & Details.

Lyra Silvertongue's adventures in the North are long over--the windows between the many worlds have been sealed, and her beloved Will is lost to her. She does still have the alethiometer: the truth-telling device given to her by the master of Jordan College, which guided her journey.

Lyra doesn't know the full story of the alethiometer, though. Or the role that young Malcolm Polstead played in bringing both the instrument and baby Lyra to Jordan. She's now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. To her, Malcolm is Dr. Polstead, an overly solicitous professor she would prefer to avoid.

But intrigue is swirling around Lyra once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. They learn of a city haunted by daemons, of a desert said to hold the secret of Dust.

Powerful forces are about to throw Lyra and Malcolm together once again. And the dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

In My Mailbox #396

Eee. I'm reading more this week. And I have been walking more this week than I have for ages, ha. Not a lot, but a little. Still exhausted all the time but have managed to do some things. Still behind on everything online, but hoping to get better at that too. I have at least gotten to read more. And I'm so so happy about that. I'm currently reading an early copy of Immunity, eee. Though my review won't be posted until July :) But gosh. I'm loving it so much. Sigh. And so I have three posts to share this week. I posted my review of Pacifica :D This week I'm waiting on Tunnel of Bones :) Then I shared my second review of Contagion :D Where I gave it a star more, eee. So good. I also got some gorgeous mail this week. Sigh. Two stunning special edition books. Awesome pop figures. And the best Coraline dolls. Eee. Love them so. Waiting on some amazing books as well, and gosh, I just cannot wait to get it all. So anyway. I'm doing pretty good :)

Aurora Rising. Eee! Goldsboro edition finally arrived :D Yesss. I will be sharing on instagram later on :)
Kingsbane. Yay! My stunning Fox&Wit edition with swag :D So pretty. Will share on instagram soon too.
Pop Figures. Yess. Look at all these awesome figures. Sigh. I love them so. I finally have Nebula, eee.
Coraline Dolls. Gosh. These dolls are beyond adorable. Possible to move in all ways. So small, so cute.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Contagion by Erin Bowman

Ever since I first read this book over a year ago I have been so looking forward to reading it again. And now I finally have. It was so worth a second read. Just as good as the first time I read this book, and this time even better for me. It's going from a four star to a five star. And I'm so happy about it. I simply loved this book.

I was able to love this book even more this second time. I mean, I already loved it. So much. And this love keeps growing. I adore these characters. The writing is stunning. The world is killing me with awesome. And the plot was just so much fun and so horrible and I could not help but love every single moment of it. So good.

This book is everything I want from a space story. Creepy planet and characters. A scary story with an even worse ending. Some perfect characters that I could not help but ship together. Though this book only takes place in half a day. But oh, those hours were more than enough for me to completely fall in love with them all. For me to want Thea and Coen to be together, though there was not even a hint of romance between them. Yet. Eee. I have hope for book two. And I am just beyond excited for it. But yeah. This story was all kinds of incredible. I loved every moment of reading this book again. I will not be sharing too much about it this time, only a little of my thoughts about it. As explaining this book is pretty much impossible. It's so good. You need to read it.

This is a space book. Different planets in space to live on and different rules. And I enjoy these kinds of stories so much. Contagion was written so well and I simply enjoyed it so very much. It is told from a few different point of views, with the main ones being Thea and Nova, two teenagers. They begin this book evacuating from a planet they are working on because of a storm. A small team is ordered to go on this rescue mission. It takes two months for them to get to this planet where another ship have gone silent.

From the very beginning of getting to this planet things begin to go wrong. So much happens. This book could be pretty brutal at times. I loved it so. Oops. There are not that many characters in this story, and we mostly get to know all of them. Though the main ones are still Thea and Nova. Getting to know those two girls was the very best. They are so different, but both awesome. I loved Thea the most. She was so amazing. Just an intern, not really trained at anything, but so fierce and brave despite that. Loved her so.

Nova was pretty amazing too. And I adored getting to know her as well. She is gay, which is mentioned a lot, and I loved that. This book is also diverse and it was all written well. These characters were the best and I loved getting to know them all. But what I loved the most about this book was the creepy planet they ended up on. The contagion that was on it. How it infected people. How it all worked. It was creepy and so interesting and so exciting too. This was such an evil book. And I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Even though I have already read this book before, haha. It was still exciting. Every moment of it. For the two months it took this rescue crew to arrive to the planet, the people that were there are all dead. Except for one. Coen. And this poor boy have been alone for two months on the creepiest planet. I loved it. I still need to know more about him, though. But gosh, how I loved Coen. He was truly awesome. Fierce and cunning and strong. And pretty helpful as well. I needed this precious boy to live. Sigh. I loved his story.

There was so much I loved about this book. So much that happens. So much about all of the characters and how they all react to this planet and how they work together. But I will not share much more about it. Because I am not able to find the words for it. My love for this book will have to be enough. I'm so thrilled that I decided to read it again just now. I'm so happy that I loved it even more this second time. And gosh, how good the second book is going to be. I cannot wait. I need more of Thea and Coen. A bit of romance.

My issue with this book the first time I read it was that I found the beginning to be slow and boring. This time I did not have that issue. I think it is because I read a hardcover copy of this book now, and not an ecopy. I find that I enjoy books more if I can hold them. And it was true about this one as well. Because this second time I did not find the beginning slow. And this time I cared more for all the characters. Which is truly the best feeling. It makes me beyond happy to have read this book again and loved it even more.

If you still have not read Contagion then you really must get moving. The sequel will be coming out in a month. Which you need in your life. I'm lucky enough to have an early copy and I will get to start it right away. Though my review will not be up for another month. But oh my gosh. You need to read this book already. It's exciting and creepy and every kinds of perfect. I am beyond excited about Immunity. A little worried. But most excited. And hoping it will end up being everything that I want it to be. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #399

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

TUNNEL OF BONES (City of Ghosts #2) 

Goodreads Description:

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press
Pre-Order here and here

I'm pretty excited about this second book :D I did not love the first one, sobs, but I hope this sequel will be better for me. Either way, though, I'm positive I will like the book. And so I cannot wait to read it. Also, it looks so gorgeous. Eee. Cannot wait to own it as well. Fingers crossed this will end up being amazing :)
What are you waiting for on this ghostly Wednesday?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

I have been meaning to read this book for so long. And now I finally made myself start it. Which I'm so happy that I did. Even though I did not completely love this book, I enjoyed it so much. And I'm so glad that I read it. It is an important story. One that I think everyone should read. It felt so real and all kinds of scary.

There was so much I liked about this book. The writing was so stunning. The story was interesting. The characters were well done. And the history behind everything was perfect. And truly heartbreaking. So real and honest. And I loved that. The author note at the beginning of the book was everything. Was so good.

And then the story alone was pretty incredible too. What I liked most about everything was how real it was. This is a story set in the future. After the earth have started to collapse on us. With all the trash humans throw in the ocean. Liked how this story spoke about that. I liked how real it felt. Heartbreaking and a little scary. But real. And important too. I don't want our future to be the one in Pacifica. This is also a story about all the differences between the rich and the poor. It hurt my heart to read about. But that, too, was so real and so well done as well. I liked how Kristen included everything in this book. I liked how well she wrote it. There was not too much, yet there was enough. And I feel like this is a book everyone should read. About what could happen to us.

This book tells the story of Ross and Marin. The rich boy and the poor girl. Living in the same city, but on different sides of it. Living completely different lives. Ross is the son of the president. Marin is a daughter of a pirate. Though she has not been with the other pirates for five years. She has not been sailing on the ocean for five years. Which means she was way softer than I thought she would be. But I didn't mind one bit. Because Marin was fierce and brave and all kinds of sweet. I adored her. I loved getting to know her.

Then there was Ross. I could not help but love him a whole lot. He is the sheltered rich boy, not knowing the truth about those that do not have everything that he does. But he grows a lot in this book. And I liked that so much. He sees so much more. He was never unkind or cruel, though, only ignorant. Which means I loved him from the very beginning. He was adorable and so sweet yet fierce too. He would do anything for his best friend, Adam. Which is what he does. He risks his life for him. He would give his life for Adam.

And that simply made me love Ross even more. His friendship with Adam was awesome. Though we do not get to see them together much, considering the book begins with Adam being arrested and Ross is trying his hardest to find him again. Which is not an easy thing. I also liked how their friendship got better as the book went on; that Ross wanted to improve on himself. This book is about Ross searching for his missing friend. Doing everything he can to find him again, after he was arrested and sent away on a ship.

Which is how he ends up with Marin. She knows where Adam was taken. And she is willing to take him there, if he pays her. Which he promises to do. And so off they go on her small ship. And I have to admit that I enjoyed reading about them together and them sailing together. This book only takes place in less than a week. But it was enough time to make me adore both characters. I loved how they were around each other. How they slowly became friends, how they learned to care for each other. It was truly sweet.

There is a lot going on in this book. It is a search for Adam. But it is also a book about wanting to make their world a better place. Their city is running out of oil. And there is so much going on because of this. Secrets and secret plots. By pretty much everyone. It was interesting to read about. There is a lot about how the poor people were being treated. Which was sad to read about and made me so very angry too. Because it is so real and it is not fair at all. I hope this world we live in ends up getting better really soon.

I have already written too much about this book. Yet not nearly enough about everything that happens in it. And I will not say much more. Just that the reason for why this is a four star for me is because while I liked the book so very much, I did not fully love it. The romance was sweet, but not exciting enough for me. I wanted a little more action from the story too. And the ending was a little bittersweet to me. Pretty much perfect, but a little sad too. This book was not perfect to me, but it was not far from it. I liked it a lot.

I also have to mention that the summary for this book that is on goodreads is completely wrong. It was so confusing to read that before reading the book, considering that is not how the story is told. At all. Hmm. Okay, a lot of it do happen, but not in the way goodreads says. And the summary in the book is different from that as well. But that one was more real at least. So I do not recommend reading what goodreads tells you about this book. Because it's wrong. This book is much better than what goodreads has to say.

Pacifica was just as amazing as I had hoped it would be. The writing was gorgeous. The characters were interesting and amazing to get to know. The romance was small but cute. There was no drama. This was simply such an incredible book. I have been a fan of Kristen for years now. And I cannot wait to read even more books by her. She is also so kind and sweet. If you are not reading her books yet you are seriously missing out. They are all different from each other and all good and all important. You must read Pacifica.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

In My Mailbox #395

I have been the worst at catching up this week. Ugh. Behind on emails, tweets, comments, blogging. Just, everything. But I want to catch up. So very much. Just no time and no energy and gah. My health keeps finding new ways of sucking. So rude. But I'm dealing with it. And trying to do a little at a time. I'm currently reading a book, halfway done. But it's going so slow. Ahh. But I know what I am reading after it too, so hopefully getting more read this coming week :D Just so busy with family and everything. Which I do love. Just, no time or energy for anything else. Rude. Anyway. I only posted once this week. So rude. This week I'm waiting on Sea Witch Rising. <3 I got a little bit of mail, which I love so very much, eee :D I'm waiting on more. Which makes me so excited. Hoping to catch up soon. Hope you're all doing great :)

Kingsbane. Eee! My gorgeous personalized copy from Books of Wonder :D I love it so. And swag! Ahh!
Aurora Rising. The gorgeous AUS edition of this book. <3 A little bit beat up, ack, but so big and stunning.
The Blood Spell. AHH! Thank you so much Anna for trading with me :D I'm dying. Collection is complete.
Gendry Pop. I could not resist buying this Game of Thrones pop, haha. I do not own many of them, ack :)

Immunity. Oh my gosh. I am SO excited :D EEEE! I got accepted for the blog tour for this lovely thing. <3 To post a review in July. Ahh. And then I got sent an eARC of it :D Eeee! I adored Contagion. And I will be re-reading it next then reading this one. I'm way too excited about this. Sigh. So happy. I cannot wait.

More Instagram photos here. <3