Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Review: Foxheart by Claire Legrand

It has been four years since I first read this book. Now, finally, I have gotten to read this again. To get ready for my eARC of the companion book, Thornlight. Eee. Very excited. Re-reading this book was the very best. I loved it so much back then. And I loved it even more now. It was such a beautiful and perfect story. Sigh.

As always, the writing by Claire is perfection. I have loved all of her books, always. And I cannot wait to read even more by her. Reading this book again was so very good. I had forgotten much of it. But not how badly I loved it. So happy that I still very much loved this book. So heartbreaking. But so stunning and exciting.

There is so much I wish to share about this book. I shall try to contain myself. Ha. Which will be hard. As I loved this one so very much. Sigh. This book tells the story of twelve year old Quicksilver. At age three, her parents left her at a convent. She never knew why, or what happened to them. She grew up at this place with a lot of other girls. She never told the nuns her real name. Even with how often they tried making her tell them. And so they started calling her Girl. Which was so rude and heartbreaking to read about. But even worse was when she got a little older. And another girl started calling her Pig. And Witch. And then Pigwitchgirl. She was so cruel. It broke my heart. Rude. But Quicksilver was so strong. She got revenge a bunch of times.

Quicksilver ends up having to escape the convent. As she witnesses someone hurting one of the nuns. She runs away, while hearing the rest of the girls screaming. She arrives in a nearby town. Where she meets a boy named Sly Boots. This is where she names herself. She tells him her name is Quicksilver. And so that is her name. And I loved that. I loved how she named herself, and how awesome that name was. She has not been all alone, though. She had a dog. Whom she named Fox. He was the cutest thing.

The day after she meets Sly Boots, they are watching the market, waiting to steal things to help his poor parents whom are ill. A stranger arrives. Whom turns out to be an older Quicksilver. With an older Fox by her side. This old woman time travels them all away, several hundred years into the past. Which is where this story truly begins. This is a story of witches. Of a Wolf King hunting them all down. Of seven old ones controlling him, trying to find the missing bones of their monsters. And oh, it was all so very exciting. Eee.

There is so much to say about this book. I shall not say too much. Just that the plot was fully amazing. I loved the witches and all the spells. I loved how Fox changed when they arrived in the past. I loved how alone and broken Quicksilver was at times. How she slowly let the old woman and Sly Boots get closer to her. I loved how heartbreaking this book was too. So many bad things happen. It broke my heart. I loved every moment of it. I simply can't mention all the things about this book that I loved. There was too much.

I had forgotten much about Sly Boots and Quicksilver. How they argued so much. How he betrayed them at one point. It was fully heartbreaking to read about. I was so angry with him. Yet did not want to be, as I loved their friendship the very most. And, of course, wanted them to be more than friends. Ha. They were just too cute together. But yeah. There were fighting. And bad things spoken between them. And it was all so very real and so very well written. I loved how they got through it too. They both grew a lot as people.

I am also a little angry at the moment. I saw that this book has few reviews on Goodreads. And that is simply not okay. Why haven't more people read this book? I hope this means that a lot of kids have read it. Because they very much should. Everyone else must too. Claire writes the most perfect heartbreaking books. And they are all a must read. All of her books are precious. And I need this one to get read more. Especially now that Thornlight is coming out too. They are stand-alones, but should still be read together.

Foxheart was still everything I wanted it to be and so much more. It was perfect to me four years ago, and it is still so today. I have been a fan of Claire since her first book. And that will never change. Claire writes the most perfect books. Full of adventure and action. Heartbreak and friendships and love. She writes the best girls. Broken and strong. Re-reading Foxheart was a must for me. And I am so glad that I did so. As this book only got better for me. I can't wait to read Thornlight next. You all really need to read Foxheart.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

In My Mailbox #463

Another week gone by. Gosh. Time is moving so fast lately :) The world is still a mess. I'm still doing okay. And I'm so thankful for it. There is so corona in my town. I can still live life as normal. For now. Spreading faster in Norway. But not here just yet. Not looking forward to it at all. Ugh. Anyway. I had a good week. I read one book, and starting another one very soon. I got a few stunning books. <3 A few new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on The Accidental Apprentice :) And shared my review of Dustborn. <3 I hope you are all doing well. Saying as safe as possible. I'm still behind on things, but getting better at doing little :)


Scorpio Sea Tarot. Ahh! I got this so early via bookdepo. It looks gorgeous. Sigh. I so love all the cards.
The Other Side of the Sky. Ahh.This hardcover is fully gorgeous. And gosh. How badly I loved this one.
House of Salt and Sorrows. US paperback edition was out :D And I had to have it, ha. I loved this book.
Sadie. Eee. New US paperback edition. Sigh. This book was so precious and evil. Courtney is the best.
The Witch's Boy. Gosh. When Kelly shared about this UK edition I had to order it. I adored this ages ago.






Thornlight. EEE! I am so goddamn excited. Ahh. A new Claire book. <3 I loved Foxheart so much. And this companion is going to be amazing. Eee. I'm about to re-read Foxheart, then starting this one. I cannot wait. Sigh. It shall be so perfect. Got this via Edelweiss, auto-approved from Harper. <3 I'm so very thankful.


 

 More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Review: Dustborn by Erin Bowman

This was a book I needed the moment I heard about it. As I am a huge fan of Fury Road. And a bigger fan of Erin and her books. I knew this new one by her would be amazing. So I could not help but request it the moment that I could. And very thrilled that I got accepted to read it early. Very much worth it. Giving it four stars.

Pretty much perfect to me. The writing was so stunning. Had no problems at all with connecting with the characters and the story. The world building was amazing. I loved the setting so much. It was awful and depressing and I loved every moment of it, haha. This book was filled with hope while they all lived in a bad place.

And I enjoyed reading every moment of this book. It takes place in a world like ours, set far in the future. The place in this book is all desert. Barely any water left to find. No green anywhere they know of. This is the world Delta lives in. And oh, how I loved it. It was a horrible life. A life I would not have survived living in. But Delta and her pack did. She lives with about fourteen others. Her mother and sister. They are doing their best to stay alive. While hearing stories about other people getting raided and killed. Hoping it will never happen to them. Knowing they will have to move from their homes soon, as their water is almost gone. Their home is in the desert. And though it was a very hard life most of the time, it was their life, and they were as happy as they could.

For a while. Until another short desert storm arrived, and her sister got into labor. Where things went wrong and Delta had to travel with her to get help when the storm passed. She wants her sister saved more than anything. It is a days journey of walking to find what passes for a doctor in their world. Delta makes it there with her sister. But her sister dies and her baby lives. Delta wants nothing to do with this baby. Yet she takes it with her, to bring to her mother. But when she arrives back home, no one is there.

Which is what starts this journey. Delta and this tiny newborn journey to try finding her mother and their pack. To get them back from this general person, whom she had never heard of before. It is a hard and difficult journey. And so much happens in this book. Gosh. I shall not write much more about it. Just a few things. It was such an interesting and exciting book to read. So great reading about the desert and how much Delta had to travel through it. How she was always thirsty. I could never have lived like this. Gosh.

There is so much going on in this book. I loved how much we got to know Delta. How she has a secret brand on her back, which her pack put on her when she was a child. How this is included in this book. How they are searching for a better place to live. How that search ends. Sigh. This book was awesome. And I liked it so very much. There is also a boy. Asher. And he and Delta shares a past. They were best friends until they turned nine. When Asher and half the pack stayed behind while the rest moved away.

I loved reading about Delta and Asher. I loved learning more about their past. When they meet again in this book it was not a good first meeting. Ha. And I loved it very much. They have some issues to work through. And I liked that very much. There is some small romance too. And it was so very sweet. Sigh. There is a villain in this book. I wish there had been more about him, as he was very in the background. Yet so interesting too. Not sharing much more about this. You all need to read it. It was very good. Eee.

I'm giving it four stars, because even though I loved it, I was still hoping for a little bit more. A little darker. A bit happier conclusion. A bigger battle at the end. Yet this was such a stunning book and I loved every moment of it, despite wishing for more at certain times. Because this book was also enough. Characters were awesome. And I very much enjoyed reading about this world. I just wanted even more of it all, haha. I wanted to feel more connected to the other characters. I only really cared about Delta and Asher. Oops.

But even so. Dustborn was everything I wanted it to be. Fully exciting with characters I adored. Such a stunning yet horrible world. It was a book filled with hope for a future that seemed lost. There were some awesome twists along the way and I enjoyed them very much. Made me a little sad too, haha, as these twists were rude. But so well written. So glad I read this lovely book. Huge thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers for accepting my request to read it early via Edelweiss. You all need this great book too.


Waiting on Wednesday #466

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

THE ACCIDENTAL APPRENTICE BY AMANDA FOODY

Goodreads Description:

A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods in this whimsical and cheeky middle grade fantasy debut—perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him.


Hardcover
, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 30th 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pre-Order here
and here

This book looks all kinds of adorable and awesome and I just cannot wait to read it. Eee. I am hoping that I will love it very much. And I think it will. It sounds pretty epic and fun. And just. I love the cover so much.
What are you waiting for on this accidental Wednesday?

Saturday, September 12, 2020

In My Mailbox #462

Another week gone by. Ahh. I haven't read anything yet. Oops. Haven't felt well enough yet. A week ago, after I published my IMM post, I went on my daily walk. And managed to fell on wet moss on rock. And twisted my knee. Sigh. Which hurt badly for a few days. Still painful, but much better. Hopefully nothing broken in there. But yeah. It hurt. And I haven't felt up to doing much since. Hoping tomorrow will be a reading day. Fingers crossed. Oh. And I also got my brand new iPhone 11 Pro Max this week, ahhh :D Which I'm loving beyond words. Gosh. It may have been too expensive. But worth it. It's amazing. Sigh. Anyway. I also got way way way too much mail this week. Help. But so in love with it all, eee. <3 Sadly only one new blog post. Sigh. This week I'm waiting on Lore :) I'm doing good. Hope you are all safe. <3



The Lost Book of the White. Eee. My Waterstones editions have arrived, haha. Had to get them both :D
The Red Scrolls of Magic. UK paperback edition. Oops. I know. I shouldn't. But still getting all editions.
Descendant of the Crane. US paperback edition of this gorgeous book. <3 Sigh. It was so so very good.
Twin Daggers. EEE! Thank you so much MarcyKate :D I won this lovely personalized ARC. So excited.
Blood & Honey. Ahh. I did like book one a whole lot. But unsure when I will get to read this one. Oops.
The Language of Ghosts. I only heard about this some weeks ago. And I bought it. Hoping it's amazing.
Taylor Swift: Folklore. Eee. Four other editions of this stunning album, haha. <3 I had to have them all.
Far From Normal Swag. Ahh :D Thank you so much Becky for this perfect pre-order swag. <3 Love it all.


Ahh! Package from Alyssa have arrived. <3 And oh my gosh. Look at all of this gorgeousness :D Oh. I am dying. Thank you so much Alyssa. You are the very best. Sigh. So happy with everything. <3 Some stunning pre-order offers that were only for US people. And some books I could only get in the US. And a lovely special edition of Maleficent 2, which I love so much. And two lovely pop figures. Some gorgeous swag from Alyssa below too. Ahh. I am beyond so so happy and thankful. Sniffs. Love it all the most. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #465

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

LORE BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

Goodreads Description:

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family's sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt's promises of eternal glory. For years she's pushed away any thought of revenge against the man--now a god--responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore's decision to bind her fate to Athena's and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost--and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.


Hardcover
, 480 pages
Expected publication: January 5th 2021 by Disney-Hyperion
Pre-Order here
and here

Oh. I need this book. It looks stunning. I like that cover a lot, eee. And I think it sounds pretty amazing too. I think I will end up loving this one :D And I just cannot wait to get to read it. Story sounds so good.
What are you waiting for on this ancient Wednesday?

Saturday, September 5, 2020

In My Mailbox #461

Another week gone by. I got medicine this week, in my own town, thankfully. Went okay :) I'm exhausted. And not feeling better yet. Ugh. But hoping I will do that soon :) One book read. And planning on starting another one tonight or tomorrow. A little bit of stunning mail. <3 Waiting on something epic this Monday. Eee. And I might have bought myself a new iPhone. Oops. More about that next week :D SO so excited. Sigh. A couple of new blog posts. <3 Shared my review of You Were Never Here. <3 And this week I'm waiting on Every Single Lie :) I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. <3 I'm as good as possible.



The Lost Book of the White. Okay, I haven't read book one yet, ahh. But so so excited for them both :D
Pop Figures. Some new Harry Potter ones. <3 Love them all. And a Shawn Mendes one, eee. So cute.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #464

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

EVERY SINGLE LIE BY RACHEL VINCENT

Goodreads Description:

In this gripping YA novel about social media bullying and half-truths, one girl's discovery of a dead baby in her high school locker room rocks an entire community.

Nobody in Beckett's life seems to be telling the whole story. Her boyfriend Jake keeps hiding texts and might be cheating on her. Her father lied about losing his job before his shocking death. And everyone in school seems to be whispering about her and her family behind her back.

But none of that compares to the day Beckett finds the body of a newborn baby in a gym bag-Jake's gym bag -on the floor of her high school locker room. As word leaks out, rumors that Beckett's the mother take off like wildfire in a town all too ready to believe the worst of her. And as the police investigation unfolds, she discovers that everyone has a secret to hide and the truth could alter everything she thought she knew.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA
Pre-Order here
and here

I am nervous and excited for this book, ack. It sounds like there will be school drama. Which is not really for me. Except. This is Rachel, whom I have loved books by before. And I think this book sounds pretty much exciting and different too. I think I will end up enjoying this one a lot. At least, I really hope so :D
What are you waiting for on this shocking Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Review: You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock

This book was all kinds of thrilling and I am so glad that I read it. I mean, I knew that I would, as I have been a fan of Kathleen for years now. And this new book by her sounded amazing. Happy to say that it very much was so. Giving this four stars, as I loved pretty much all of it. A few small issues, nothing big. I adored it.

Will begin by saying that the writing was perfection. No trouble at all connecting to the characters and story. Which was the best. I adored reading about all of the characters. So much. The setting was great; I liked this town. A small part of supernatural, family powers. It was so good. Really liked all of the twists. Well written.

I loved the main girl, Cat, the very most. The whole book is from her point of view, which was awesome. Getting to know this girl was simply the best. Most important, she was fat. Like me. And I very rarely get to read books where the main character has been fat. I can only recall one book right now. Which is disappointing. As reading about Cat was so very amazing. I loved that she was chubby. I loved how awesome she was. I loved how her being fat was mentioned in this book. How it was not a big deal. Simply put, this book was written so well. And Cat was the very best. And I am so glad that Kathleen wrote her as bigger than most characters in books. I so need to read more books with chubby girls. I know there must be more like this one; which was so good.

But that was not what this book was about. We get to meet Cat just as she is crossing the border into Canada. She's leaving her home to spend the summer with her aunt Jet. As her dad kicked her out and took her phone and laptop away, for reasons we do not learn until later. I did not like her dad. At all. He was okay at times, but yeah. Not a good dad. I disliked Jet at times too. Oops. But she turned out to be pretty much awesome and I grew to love her too. Cat has not been to visit her aunt since she was twelve.

Back when she learned something about herself and when she lost her best friend. One of the things that I loved about Cat was the secret about what she could do. How she could touch someone and see things. It was so awesome and I loved it most. I wish she didn't feel like she could never touch anyone. How she had been so alone and without touch for so many years. It was sad, but understandable too. I completely adored Cat. She had some faults, but I loved all of them. She was so cute and adorable and fully fierce.

We learn so much about her in this book. We learn about her past, what happened before this summer. And what happened those five years ago. We learned about her and Riley, her best friend for the summer she was twelve. She and him were amazing together. It broke my heart to read about how they stopped being friends. They were both at fault, but gosh, how I wish Cat had done something about it. Ahh. They were so good together back then. Sigh. But yeah. I loved reading about her past. Most about her present.

Cat makes some new friends when she arrives at her aunt's place. First the boy renting a room in the big house. Aidan. I will confess that I did not like him. Oops. He was fully handsome and flirted with her all the time. Which she wanted. And yet I did not like him. Most likely because we got to know the boy next door too, Noah. Riley's older brother. Riley had been missing for three months. Noah would do anything to find out what happened to him, to find him. Noah was dark and mysterious. And I loved him right away.

I would not call this book a love triangle. Sure, there are two boys. But romance was not a focus of this book. There was no drama. I had no bad feelings in my stomach. Okay, maybe this was because I never liked Aidan, haha. I wanted Cat with Noah. She is attracted to Aidan. But it feels like she has feelings for Noah. And though this book had almost no romance, for reasons, I shipped them so very much. Reading about Cat becoming friends with both of them were so great, though. I loved that she slowly opened up.

There was also Skylar. Whom was all kinds of adorable. I loved that girl. And her growing friendship with Cat was simply the best. And Joey and Chase too. They were great new friends. Well, I hated something Joey said. Very much. Hmph. But the others were great, haha. I just loved getting to know them. I loved getting to know Cat and growing to love her. I loved shipping Cat and Noah more and more. Okay, I wish there had been more romance. Sigh. But this book was still almost perfect and I enjoyed it so very much.

This book was about Cat trying to figure out what happened to Riley. Where he went. Did he choose to go, was he taken. A girl ends up in the river, almost dead. She does not remember what happened to her. But Cat is shaken. And want even more to know what happened to Riley, her once best friend. There was mystery in this book. Liked that very much. The final reveal was pretty great. I did somewhat wish there had been more death, ha. But I still liked this plot so much. And the town it was set in was awesome too.

Yoou Were Never Here was just as amazing as I expected it to be. Thrilling and exciting. Most amazing chubby main girl. A great mystery. I was worried about the romance, but I had no reason to. I only wish there had been more. Four stars, as I wish there had been a little more scary parts. And more romance. And because I felt like there were a lot of moments where nothing happened. Oops. But I did not mind at all. Such a great book. Thank you HarperTeen for letting me read this early via Edelweiss. So glad I did.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

In My Mailbox #460

This week have been mostly okay :) I read two books, eee. And planning on starting one tomorrow. I haven't been feeling the best this week, sigh. Feeling feverish and painful. And feel like medicine is not working like it should. How rude. Getting a new dose this coming week; hoping it will finally work again now. Anyway. A few new posts. Shared my review of The Other Side of the Sky. <3 This week I'm waiting on Cinders and Sparrows :) And shared my review of The Girl and the Witch's Garden :D I'm still behind on everything. Trying my best to get things done, but it's slow. Rude. Got a bit lovely mail this week, eee.



Twin Daggers. Eee. I cannot wait to read this one :D Such a huge fan of MarcyKate and all of her books :)
Shadow School: Dehaunting. I am hoping to re-read book one soon :D Excited for this second book. <3
Pop Figures. Sigh. So in love with these new Wonder Woman ones :D New adorable Harry Potter too :)
Taylor Swift: Folklore. Eee! My first four editions of the new album has arrived, haha. <3 Love them most.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Review: The Girl and the Witch's Garden by Erin Bowman

I knew I had to read this one the moment that it was announced. Because I already love this author and her books. And because this book sounded so very amazing and adorable. And the cover is beautiful. Finally had the chance to read it, and I am so happy to say that I very much adored it. Four stars, was almost perfect.

But for the most part this book was very good and I really liked reading about all the characters. The writing was stunning and I had no issues connecting with this story. The magic included in this story was pretty great too. I liked the sort of evil cat the most, haha. And the huge estate the book took place at was amazing.

This book tells the story of twelve-year-old Piper. She was just sent to live with her mother and grandmother. She has not seen her mom since she was smaller, since her mom left her and her dad behind and did not contact them again. But now she has to spend the summer with her. Because Piper's dad have cancer, and is trying his last chance at medicine to save his life. So Piper must stay with her mom. Which she is both excited and nervous about. Then she arrives, and her mom does not want her there. She does not treat her nicely at all. Her grandma is missing. And then she learns that her mom is fostering other children, three others that are all around her age. She left Piper, but is being a mom to others. Not okay. I hated how her mom treated her.

There was so much going on in this book. I shall not say too much about it. This is a story about Piper dealing with her dad maybe dying. About her trying to connect with her mom again. About her becoming friends with some new kids. I liked them all. Teddy the most. He was so kind and sweet. They all were, really. I just wish we had seen more of them all, haha. Wanted this book to be longer. Sigh. But I really liked getting to know Piper. She was adorable and I liked her so very much. Her dad was very great too.

Then there was the magic. Piper arrives at this place where she learns that magic is real. And that some people have a magic power. The kids at this estate all have powers. One who can time bend. One who can teleport. It was pretty great to read about and I liked this version of magic. I liked learning that Piper could do magic too, though she did not know it. Her learning more about it was pretty great too. The kids have a mission they must complete. An elixir that must be found. This part of the story was awesome too.

And ahh, this book has a white persian cat in it. And I loved that the very most. Eee. Because I have a white silver shaded persian cat myself. A little different, but almost the same. And I so adored this cat. Okay, it might have seemed evil for pretty much the whole book, ha, but I adored it even so. There is so much I could write about this book, but will not write down much more. Just that the plot was good and I adored the characters. I wish the book had been longer, that there had been more focus on some things.

The only thing I wish had been different about this book was all the lying. I wish Piper hadn't kept lying to the new kids she started living with. And she just did not stop lying either. I understood her reasons, of course, but they could have helped her. I am certain they would have helped her too. And so it was a bit sad that she felt like she had to lie to them. But I also do not blame her, considering her one best friend since forever just stopped being with her. Hmph. But yeah. Their growing friendships were still so great.

The Girl and the Witch's Garden was a pretty amazing book. Full of magic and growing friendships. And family and learning to let go. About learning to deal more with grief. Although I did not fully love this book, I still adored it so very much. And I am so glad that I read it. I simply adore Erin and have loved many of her books. I cannot wait to read even more by her. It feels like there could be more books after this one. And I very much would want to read more about these characters and their magic. You need to read this.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #463

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

CINDERS AND SPARROWS BY STEFAN BACHMANN

Goodreads Description:

A suspenseful tale of witches, family, and magic from internationally bestselling author Stefan Bachmann.

When a scarecrow climbs over the garden wall, delivering twelve-year-old orphan Zita Brydgeborn a letter saying she has inherited a distant castle, she jumps at the chance of adventure. But little does she know that she is about to be thrust into a centuries-old battle between good and evil. Blackbird Castle was once home to a powerful dynasty of witches, all of them now dead under mysterious circumstances. All but Zita. And Zita, unfortunately, doesn’t know the first thing about being a witch.

As she begins her lessons in charms and spells with her guardian, Mrs. Cantanker, Zita makes new allies—a crow, a talking marble head, two castle servants just her age named Bram and Minnifer, and the silent ghost of a green-eyed girl. But who is friend and who is foe? Zita must race to untangle her past and find the magic to save the home she’s always hoped for. Because whatever claimed the souls of her family is now after her.

Unforgettable and utterly enchanting, this stand-alone tale about family, belonging, and friendship will bewitch readers of Kate Milford's Greenglass House, Victoria Schwab's City of Ghosts, and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Cinders & Sparrows is a magical page-turner by the author of The Peculiar, the acclaimed international bestseller.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 13th 2020 by Greenwillow Books
Pre-Order here
and here

Eee. When I saw that cover and read about the book a little while ago I knew I had to have this book. And now I simply cannot wait to read it. Sigh. Will order a hardcover and read it when it gets here :) So very excited. The book looks gorgoeus. And sounds pretty amazing too. Just how I love my middle grades :)
What are you waiting for on this witching Wednesday?

Monday, August 24, 2020

Review: The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Oh. This feeling is what I want every book that I read to give me. It is the feeling of perfection. The feeling of such happiness. This book was everything to me. Every part of it was perfect. I loved it beyond words. Okay, that cliffhanger ending killed me, but gosh, how good it all was. Sigh. Five stars for this most precious book.

I knew I had to read this book when it was first announced. I very much love both authors and their books, together and not. Their writing is so good. Was even more perfect in this. It looked fully gorgeous. And sounded so very good. And I am so happy that I read this precious thing. Because it meant the very most to me.

Also, how gorgeous is that cover? I do not think I have ever seen prettier people on book covers. Nimh and North are so stunning. And I simply can't wait to own this book for myself when it comes out in just a few short weeks. I was not really prepared for how epic and amazing this book would be. I was not at all prepared for how much I would love both characters and how stunning the romance would be. Without them ever touching each other. Oh. This story was the best. And the worst at times too. I am not sure I can survive waiting for book two after that rude ending. I must know what happens next. Okay, it ended pretty amazingly. But so very evil. Book two will be incredible and I cannot wait for it. This world created was so very well written and so exciting.

There is so much I wish to share about this book. And even more I will forget about, which is always the case with books that I love. But where do I even begin with this book. I shall not write too much about it, as I do not want to spoil anything. This book tells the story of Nimh and North. He is a prince living on a floating island in the sky. His people have been there for so long, never looking down at the world below. Nimh lives on the ground, as the one living divine goddess among her people. They are so very different.

And reading about them meeting each other was the very best. Eee. But first, getting to know them both. They were so interesting and exciting to read about. North lived in the sky, where his people had all kinds of technology available. Almost like our world. Nimh lived on the ground, with no technology. With magic instead. Which was way better, in my opinion, haha. This book starts with learning a bit about them both. And then North falls from the sky in his self-made glider. Someone had sabotaged him; he couldn't stop.

They end up meeting because Nimh travelled at that time to look for a miracle to save her people. And she ended up finding North. And oh, how I loved these two the most. They were with each other for pretty much the whole book. And it was so good. No stupid drama, no hurt, no pain. Okay, a little hurt, but it was so good. I so loved how they began having feelings for each other. And how this was impossible between them. It was beyond good. I shipped them more than anything. And their growing friendship was the best.

Nimh has been the living goddess for her people since she was five years old. When the divinity chose her as its vessel. Her world have always had one divine person. A person who could help everyone. The last one was a healer, able to heal anything. And now there is Nimh. She cannot do a single thing. Which is not usual. And her people are losing faith in her. Which was the worst to read about. Nimh was lonely. Shut away. Being a goddess meant she could never touch anyone. Ever. Or she would lose her divinity.

And then North was there. And all she wants is to touch him. He is different to her, as he is the only one she has met that does not know her. And he falls for her quickly too. And just. Sigh. I wanted these two together so badly. Yet they never touch in this book. Not once. It was still the most perfect thing. And I so hope there will be touching in book two. And lots of it, haha. Anyway. I have not mentioned the plot much. And I will not. Nimh is searching for a miracle. North is searching for a way home. At least, he was at first.

There was so much that I loved about this book. I'm not mentioning all of it. But gosh. There was magic. And it was so awesome. There were other great characters too that I loved. This book has a special cat through this whole story. The bindle cat. And oh my gosh, this was the most adorable thing. I have a cat myself and always love reading about them. Sigh. This cat was most adorable and cute. And helped them a few times too. He was way too precious. And still alive, ha. I loved this book with the whole of my heart.

One of the things that I loved very much about this story was how diverse it was. The main characters are not white. And I loved that. They were also not all straight, and I loved that too. There are mentions of the main boy having planned on making a three with his two best friends, boy and girl. Which wasn't possible because of him being royal. But they all wanted it. And I loved how this was included in this book, how it was normal in this world. To me, at least, all was written well and this book included so much. All so good.

The Other Side of the Sky was everything I want in a book and so much more. It took me completely by surprise. I knew I would love it, but I did not know that I would love it this much. I did not know how much the story would mean to me. How exciting I would find everything to be. Just, gosh. This book was every bit of perfect to me. And I so cannot wait to know what happens next. Biggest thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, for the auto-approval on Edelweiss. So glad that I read this precious book. You need it too.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

In My Mailbox #459

I have finally managed to read a book this month, haha :) Which I was so excited about, then it ended up being meh. Sigh. But hoping this means I will read more this coming week too. Fingers crossed. I do have a lot of books I need to read, ha. Starting with more eARCs :) Sharing some of my newest arc downloads below, though not all from the last week. Only two books in the mail this time, haha. But that is fully okay :) A couple of new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on Maya and the Rising Dark. <3 Shared my review of Skyhunter :) I'm doing as best as I can. Feeling all kinds of awful. Pain all over. Sigh. My sister and her kids just had a cold. And I'm preeetty sure I'm getting it too. Sigh. Don't want to. It is not Corona, as my nephew got tested. And we don't have it in my town yet. But yeah. A cold is bad enough. But despite that I'm good :) Hope you are all staying safe. <3 I need to get better at catching up. Oops. Will do more soon.

TRUEL1F3. Got my Australian paperback edition. <3 Love the different covers. Love how big it is. Eee.
Midnight Sun. Oops. I had to get the UK paperback edition too, haha :D So big. My god. Still. I love it :)


Dustborn. EEE. I am SO excited that I got approved for this beautiful thing :D Beyond thrilled to read this.
All These Warriors. AHH! SO thrilled that I got excited :D Eee. Reading my hardcover of book one shortly.
The World Between Blinks. I had to download this precious thing when I saw it. <3 Adore both authors so.
Instant Karma. Ahh! Finally got to download it, from being autoapproved, haha :D Can't wait to read this.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, August 21, 2020

Review: Skyhunter by Marie Lu

I have some mixed feelings about this book. I had been excited to read it for ages, as I have been a fan of Marie since her first book came out. And this new one sounded pretty amazing. And it was. At first. I found the beginning to be pretty great. Thought I would love this book. But then I grew bored. I just did not love it.

Which breaks my heart a little. Giving this book three stars. I so wish I could have loved it. But I also still liked it a lot. I liked the characters a lot. I enjoyed learning more about this world. And the writing was good. Not perfect, as I had issues, but was good and I did enjoy a lot of this book. I just didn't love it like I wished.

There is so much I wish to share about this book. Yet I'm certain I will not be able to write much of it down. Will be sharing some plot details about it, yet not really any spoilers. This book takes place in a world almost ours. The people in this place knows that there were people existing long before them, better people who knew much more than they did. There were ruins of their cities and a few books about the things they did. But what happened to these ancient people are not known. They are just gone. And those living in this world now are just trying their very best to survive. One type of people are having a war with everyone else. They have conquered every land so far, except for one. The land and people of Mara. Where our main character, Talin, live now.

Getting to know this girl was pretty good. At first I felt certain that I would adore her. But I grew so bored with her and everything. I felt like so little happened and I felt like her thoughts just stopped being all that interesting. Which was the worst. But yeah. There were parts of Talin that I did love, though. She and her mom escaped from their home about ten years ago, when the Federation took over their city. They fled with so many others, while others lay dead behind them. It was so sad to read about. So real at times too.

And so Talin has lived in Mara for years now. With her mom and their people being forced to live on the outside of the city walls, not with the people of Mara. They are being called names and not treated well at all for being foreign to those who live there. It was heartbreaking to read about and so very real with the world we live in too. We learn about Talin and her mom. I liked them both. But Talin has a big hole in her memory, and I felt like this was being mentioned a little too much without anything ever happening with it.

Talin has not spoken a single word since the day she and her mom escaped from their home. And so she speaks with sign language. And that was another thing I really loved. I loved the diversity in this book and the inclusion of people who do not speak. I felt like it was done well, though I cannot know for sure, as I'm not without speak. But for me, it was written good. I adored Talin even more for this. Despite how I felt like this book was boring. Oops. But it was not all bad. As I liked learning about this world. Just wanted more.

Talin has trained as a Striker since she was twelve. Since a boy noticed her watching them. She was not allowed to be there, inside the city walls. But she was. And she wanted to be a Striker so badly. This boy helped her become one. When they had never included someone like her before. She wasn't treated well by everyone. Which was not good at all. But she had her Shield. The boy she fought with every day and trained with to get better. Corian. Whom then died straight away. Yeah. I felt like there was too little grief.

This book is about Talin and her now country fighting to remain free from the Federation. About her and her friends being the best to defend their land. They are trained to fight Ghosts, some type of awful man-made monster sent at them. I found that interesting, but not scary enough at all, to be honest. Ack. It is the story of Talin saving an enemy soldier from being executed. About being forced to then take care of him after that. A man named Red. I did like him a lot. Still, wanted more. Sigh. He was exciting, though.

Because Red had been through so much. He was not quite human. They had done experiments on him. Which was the very worst. Yet so interesting too and I liked reading about it all. I was just fully confused at times. It starts with him being whipped, until he was almost dead. Yet it is never mentioned again. Did he not have any damage, when he almost died? Too weird. How quickly he trusted Talin and her friends. How he suddenly just defended them and forgave them all. It seemed way too unreal and weird for me.

But yeah. I still liked getting to know Red and I liked reading about him and Talin. An almost romance. I shall not say much more about this book. Already said way too much. Oops. I liked the characters. I just found them a bit boring. I liked the plot, yet that was a bit boring too, which disappointed me. At first I did like the writing. But then I just wanted the book to be over with already and could not find it in me to care about any of them. Which I am not pleased about. Sigh. But still. Three stars. As I did enjoy this book too.

Huge thank you to the publisher, Roaring Brook Press, for letting me read this book early via Netgalley. I'm glad I read this one. And will still be getting a hardcover for my Marie collection. This book also ended on a big cliffhanger. I did not care that much, but I must know what happens next too, ha. Skyhunter was a pretty great book. Not perfect to me, sadly, but pretty exciting at times too. The characters were mostly good. The story was mostly interesting. I just did not love it. But so curious what the rest of you will think.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #462

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

MAYA AND THE RISING DARK BY RENA BARRON

Goodreads Description:

In this highly anticipated contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Maya’s search for her missing father puts her at the center of a battle between our world, the Orishas, and the mysterious and sinister Dark world. Perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and The Serpent’s Secret.

Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. Her friends try to find an explanation—perhaps a ghost uprising or a lunchroom experiment gone awry. But to Maya, it sounds like something from one of Papa’s stories or her favorite comics.

When Papa goes missing, Maya is thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father is the guardian of the veil between our world and the Dark—where an army led by the Lord of Shadows, the man from Maya’s nightmares, awaits. Maya herself is a godling, half orisha and half human, and her neighborhood is a safe haven. But now that the veil is failing, the Lord of Shadows is determined to destroy the human world and it’s up to Maya to stop him. She just hopes she can do it in time to attend Comic-Con before summer’s over.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 22nd 2020 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

I have seen this book so many times on Twitter. And now I have finally read the summary. And eee :D I cannot wait to read this book. I think it sounds pretty awesome and I think I will end up loving it. And so I shall pre-order it very soon. I also have the YA book by this author; though haven't gotten to it yet. Soon :)
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Saturday, August 15, 2020

In My Mailbox #458

Oh, help. I got all the books this week. Ahh. Bookdepo has suddenly been super fast in shipping books, haha. And got a few books that took two months to arrive. Oops. But they are all here now, finally. Sigh. And they are all goddamn gorgeous. But ahh. So many! Help. So happy with them all. Been so busy this past week. Exhausted, but good. Got some of my pop figures on new shelves, and eee. It is perfection. Sharing next week :) I have not read anything yet. Not for all of August. I know what I need to read. I just cannot make myself start. Oops. Soon, I hope. Have so much I need to get to. I'm simply too busy and too exhausted. I also might have re-watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy this week, haha. <3 Extended edition, always. They are my favorite movies of all time. So very good. But yeah. No books read. And so behind on taking instagram photos. Gah. Must get better :) And so, also, only one new blog post. This week I'm waiting on The Language of Ghosts. <3 I'm still doing mostly okay. Medicine not fully working. Ugh. But I'm good. And safe. And I really hope all of you are too. <3 The world is such a mess right now.

Seven Devils. Eee. I'm very excited for this book :D And had to have both the UK and US editions. <3
Midnight Sun. Will be forever and ever until I read this book. But I had to buy it, UK and US, of course :)
Darkdawn. I know. Not reading this book. Oops. But of course, had to own this new UK paperback of it :D
TRUEL1F3. Oops. I got a second copy; which I did not order. Hmm. Way too weird, haha. I don't mind :)
All These Monsters. Eeee. I'm very excited about this book. Will be reading soon, I hope. Seem amazing.
Splinters of Scarlet. It's here, finally :D I cannot wait to read this one soon too. Love this author a bunch.
Rebel Spy. Eee. Finally got this lovely book. Took forever, ha. And I enjoyed this book a whole lot. Love.
The Oddmire. Finally owning this book, haha. I adored it so much and had to own this pretty hardcover :)
The Girl and the Witch's Garden. Finally finally got this precious book. <3 I cannot wait to finall read it :D
One True King. Eee. My UK and international pback edition. Sigh. These books are the very best ones.
Igniting Darkness. Got my gorgeous UK paperback too :D It looks so very precious. Love this cover tons.
Imprison the Sky. Eee. I really really need to re-read Reign the Earth. Oops. Sooon. US pback edition :)
Wayward Son. Sigh. I still need to re-read Carry On. Oops. One day soon. I loved it so very much. Ack.
Descendant of the Crane. New UK edition of this lovely book :D I adored this one so much. And so pretty.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #461

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

THE LANGUAGE OF GHOSTS BY HEATHER FAWCETT


Goodreads Description:

Forced into exile on an enchanted, moving island, ex-princess Noa Marchena has two missions: reclaim her family’s stolen throne and ensure that the dark powers her older brother, Julian, possesses don’t go to his head in the process. But between babysitting her annoying little sister, Mite, and keeping an eye on the cake-loving sea monster that guards the moving island, Noa has her hands full.

When the siblings learn that their enemies are searching for a weapon capable of defeating Julian—whose legendary spell weaving is feared throughout the kingdom—once and for all, they vow to get to it first. To everyone’s surprise, the key to victory turns out to be a long-lost magical language—and only Noa can speak it.

But what if by helping her brother, Noa ends up losing him?


Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 8th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
Pre-Order here and here

I needed some new books to read, by new to me authors. And when I saw this cover, I knew I had to have this book. Eee. And so I have already pre-ordered it, oops :) I'm very much hoping that I will love it. <3 And feel pretty positive about it too. It looks stunning. And sounds so awesome. I can't wait to read it.
What are you waiting for on this ghostly Wednesday?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

In My Mailbox #457

Oops. This week I did not read at all. Or do much of anything. Simply relaxing after spending all of July reading, haha. Needed some time off too :) Got a bit of mail. <3 And got more medicine this week. But so far I'm not having any effect from it. Which is not normal at all. Uuugh. Hoping that it's just slow, and that it does not mean my medicine will not work on me anymore. Fingers crossed for me, please. Anyway. Only one new blog post. Oops. This week I'm waiting on The Lives of Saints. <3 I'm hoping to read a new book this coming week :) Though still just taking it slow. Hope you are all doing well. <3 And are staying safe :)


Keeper of the Lost Cities. Oops. I had to get the hardcover and paperback of this special edition. Love.
TRUEL1F3. UK edition of this pretty book :D I think that I love the new covers. Cannot wait to read this.
Descendant of the Crane Swag. Eee. Thank you so much Joan for this most perfect swag. <3 I love it so.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #460

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

THE LIVES OF SAINTS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

Goodreads Description:

Enter the world of the Grishaverse and Shadow and Bone, soon to be a Netflix original series!

Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is a magical keepsake from the Grishaverse.

These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.

This beautiful collection includes stunning full-color illustrations of each story.


Hardcover, 128 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Imprint
Pre-Order here and here

EEE! I so cannot wait to own this beautiful thing :D Gosh. It sounds so goddamn incredible. And full color illustrations in all of it too? Yes please. I am such a huge fan of Leigh and the Grishaverse. Sigh. It's been way too long since I read the original trilogy, though. I will be re-reading them soonish. And I simply can't wait. Mal and Alina were always my favorite ones. <3 I truly cannot wait to read about all of these saints :)
What are you waiting for on this saintly Wednesday?

Saturday, August 1, 2020

In My Mailbox #456

This week have been so very busy. But so good too. Have spent many days outside; as we finally got a bit of heat and sun :) It's been so good. Eee. <3 And finally finished my re-read and read of The School for Good and Evil series :D Ahh! Read them all in July. So happy. They are the best books. So much love. <3 But also happy to be finished, haha. As I have so many movies I want to watch now :) So on a small reading break, so I can watch some movies, finally. New blog posts this week :) I shared my review of A Crystal of Time :D This week I'm waiting on City of Spells :) I shared about the cover reveal for The Island :) Then I shared my review of One True King. <3 Sigh. No catching up just yet, as I do not have any time left at all. Not even for my spa bath most days. How rude. But doing good. And so far safe too, but that seems to be changing in Norway these days. Sigh. I hope you are all okay. <3 And enjoying summer :)



Igniting Darkness. This gorgeous thing arrived days ago, early :D Must re-read all books first, oops. <3
TRUEL1F3. Eee. I need to re-read book one very soon, to finally finish this trilogy :D I have peeked. Sigh.
Darkdawn. US paperback for this one too :D I know.. I haven't read it. Sigh. I may never, haha. Still. Love.
Immunity. Eee. US paperback is out. My gosh. This duology was beyond perfection. The best books. <3
The Iron Daughter. Second new special edition :D It looks so gorgeous. I love these new covers so much.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 31, 2020

Review: One True King by Soman Chainani

I have waited years to know how this series would end. To know if all the heartbreak and pain was worth it. To know if the happily ever after I was waiting for would come. To know if Agatha would get the ending she deserved. Finally all the waiting is over. And I am so happy to say that it was worth it. I loved this one the most.

Giving this precious five stars, of course. As it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I was nervous about this final book. That it would not be everything I had wished this would be. But it was. Very much so. This story has meant so much to me. I know I will be reading them again. I'll never stop loving them all.

There is so much that I loved about this final book. I will not be able to write it all down. But I shall try. But do know that I loved every part of this most precious book and I cannot wait to read all the books again and again in the future. They are so perfect. As always, the writing is so good. The illustrations are precious and perfect. I love how they fit with everything. The covers are fully perfection. I love them to pieces. This was a book about a boy becoming a king. About him learning how to trust himself, how to behave like a king. It is about a girl learning to trust her prince, learning how to not lead everything by herself. It is about another girl trying to find her happy ending, after so many bad loves. About her learning how to fight for herself and everyone.

This book was full of secrets and twists coming to light. Some were all kinds of obvious, but some I did not see coming too. And they were all awesome. This book is about Tedros trying to become king. Trying to kill the Snake, Japeth. King Arthur left behind a second, secret, will. With three tests to decide who the real king would be. And gosh. These three tests were all kinds of interesting and exciting. And dangerous. So many dead characters. Ahh. But I loved reading about it all so very much. So thrilling. And so fully evil.

There is so much to share about this story. Will not mention too much about what happens. But my gosh, how exciting it all was. Tedros and Agatha trying to win the tests. Sophie trying to get free from the snake, who was controlling her. It was so sad to read about. But so good too; Sophie was amazing. More scenes with Merlin, all awesome. I just completely loved reading about Agatha and Tedros together. Their love is the strongest. And the friendship with Sophie and Agatha. The very best. I love them all very much. Sigh.

Everything about this book was perfect to me. Okay, I may have wished for more Agatha scenes, haha. And a little more romance between her and Tedros. Yes, they are in love, but I wanted to see even more of this love. Sigh. I guess that is why this is a middle grade series. Hmph. Still. The romance is very much perfect. And I love that the most. Agatha had to learn some lessons in this book. Which broke my heart a little, as I loved how she always took control over everything. Oops. But I also loved her growing up more.

There was a lot of scenes with Sophie and Hort. And I loved that so very much. I may have shipped them for ages. But worried if it would ever happen or not. We learn the answer to that in this book. And I loved it so much. Sigh. I loved how Sophie grows in this. How she cares more for others, putting them before herself. Yet still loving herself the most too. She was just way too precious. An evil witch at times, but so good at heart even so. Her friendship with Agatha was truly the best thing. They are so perfect together.

There was just so many amazing characters in this book. I cannot mention them all. But oh gosh, how I adored all of them. Hester and Anadil and Dot is still the most perfect witch coven. I love how they take care of each other. I loved learning more about Dot and her past. I loved how Hester and Anadil were a couple. They were adorable. I loved reading about all the first years. And all of the new characters. Only thing I wish is that there had been a real epilogue. A long one. There is so much I still wish to know. Ack.

I am so very excited and nervous about the Netflix movie deal. It is the best place this movie could have ended up, I think. But gosh, how I am nervous. Worried that they will ruin it. But so very hopeful too. They better cast the most perfect Agatha. I just cannot wait to know more about it all. Though nothing can ever replace my love for the books. But really hoping the movie will make me love them both. Fingers crossed. But yeah. What I really want is for Soman to write more books in this world, with these same characters.

But I also know that this was the end for them all. Everything closed, for the most part. There does not need to be more books. But gosh. How badly I want more, ha. I just love these characters and this world way too much. I only have one thing to complain about. And that is how messed up time is in this book. So many things do not make sense at all. Almost like Soman forgot what he had written, lol. I noticed it many times, how the years are not right. Like Hester and old Hansel and Gretel. It made no sense at all.

But still. This did not make me love this book any less. Oh. And one more thing. I felt like maybe there were a bit too many deaths in this book. Oops. I don't mind many dead characters at all, but there were so many important ones that ended up dead in this book. Ack. What bothers me most is how they never speak about these deaths. Like when Agatha's mom died. They haven't mentioned it since. I wish there had been more grief. Sure, they do not really have time, but I wish it had been there. Made it more real.

And yet. One True King was everything I wanted this final book to be and more. So full of adventure and danger and romance. The most beautiful friendships. The most perfectly written characters. All so flawed and so perfect. You all need to read this series too. These books are fully worth it. And should be read by all ages. I am so happy that I started reading these books years ago. So happy that I found them and fell in love with them. And so thrilled that I still love them all the same. Which is with all my heart. Perfection.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Island by C. L. Taylor

Today I'm sharing the cover for The Island by C. L. Taylor, coming out in January 2021 :D And this cover looks all kinds of awesome. And the book sounds pretty great too. I'm curious about this one. And hoping that I will end up loving it :) Thank you to Lily at HarperCollins UK for inviting me to take part in this cover reveal day. <3 You should all check out this book too. Sounds like it's going to be pretty awesome. Buy it.







Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author.

Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?