Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #476

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

RED WOLF BY RACHEL VINCENT

Goodreads Description:

This high stakes, pacey reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood is perfect for fans of Stephanie Garber and Megan Spooner.

For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember the village of Oakvale has been surrounding by the dark woods—a forest filled with terrible monsters that light cannot penetrate. Like every person who grows up in Oakvale she has been told to steer clear of the woods unless absolutely necessary.

But unlike her neighbors in Oakvale, Adele has a very good reason for going into the woods. Adele is one of a long line of guardians, women who are able to change into wolves and who are tasked with the job of protecting their village while never letting any of the villagers know of their existence.

But when following her calling means abandoning the person she loves, the future she imagined for herself, and her values she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbors safe.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Eee. I am pretty much all kinds of excited for this book. The cover is gorgeous. The story sound amazing. I have read a few books by Rachel, and I cannot wait to read more by her. I think this new book sounds so very good. Sigh. Hoping it is dark and delicious, haha. And hoping for some romance too, always :)
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Review: Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater & Morgan Beem

I have wanted to read this since it was announced. As I adore Maggie and her books. It seemed amazing. I, sadly, don't know anything about the original Swamp Thing, only heard the name and maybe seen a little bit of artwork. And I haven't read many graphic novels. Which I hope to change, as I did love this one.

Giving this gorgeous graphic novel four stars, as it was almost perfect to me. Very much enjoyed it. The writing was stunning, the artwork was beyond beautiful. Loved the coloring. Simply put, I very much liked this book. I only wish it had been longer. Or that there will be a sequel. That ending was depressing, ha.

I will not be writing much about this one, as there is not that much to say. It was fast and easy to read, which I loved. I very much enjoyed the characters, twin brothers Alec and Walker. This was most about Alec, but a little about Walker too. And though they were very different, I very much adored them both. They had always been close. Until now, when they are slowly falling apart. Which was sad to see a little about, but good too, because they somehow tried to work it out. At the very end. How rude. I very much adored these boys, though. They are spending their last summer before they start college with their cousins, as their parents have some huge issues to try to work through. If they can. Alec brings with him all his plants, all his work.

Which is then destroyed by dogs when they arrive. Which was heartbreaking to read about, for him to have all of his hard work destroyed. He tries to save it, which he is somewhat able to. Alec spends most of his time at a lab at the local school, working on his plants. I liked learning different things about plants. It was interesting. I also liked Alec. He was diabetic, which I thought was done really well. He was also fully shy and not good with people. He just found it hard. I so fully got that. I very much liked him, though.

He also meets a girl, Abby. And I very much liked her too. She was awesome. She was learning things about a big ancient tree that was in her town. I liked that too. They were getting to know each other. As this was a graphic novel, there is so much we do not get to know. Sigh. But I liked getting to know them even so. Walker was so different from his brother. He was the life of every party, always getting to know people, getting them to like him. The brothers loved each other, though. And I liked them both very much.

I just wish this graphic novel had been longer, haha. And it ended so rudely. But so good too. I just need more. And so much want to know what happens next. This book was about Alec and his plants, how he was working on some type of experiment. Which changes the dogs. And then changes Alec too. I wish there had been even more about it all. Was very interesting. Four stars, as I wanted more, and felt like scenes just suddenly ended, next page something new happened. It did this often. Still, I liked this a lot.

Swamp Thing was just as good as I had hoped it would be. The writing was stunning, the artwork was perfection. The characters were amazing. And I so badly wanted to know more. Sigh. Though I had a few issues, they were small, and I really did like this book. Now I am just hoping that there will be more of it. Though I guess I should try watching that Swamp Thing tv show, which I have been curious about. I think you should all read this awesome graphic novel. I found this to be well written and such a great story too.


Saturday, November 21, 2020

In My Mailbox #472

Not even sure where this week went. Gosh. Time is moving so fast. Plus side, it is closer to Christmas, eee. So excited :D Bad side, I haven't taken any new photos for daaays. No reading for days either. Or catching up. Oops. Soon, I hope. Just too tired and exhausted. Hmph. Too busy with my Animal Crossing New Horizons, still, haha :D It's still the best. <3 Got a few stunning books this week :) All gorgeous. This time I took weekly photo with my iPhone, and will continue to do so during these so dark months with no sun. Ack. A couple of new blog posts. I shared my review of The Scorpio Races. <3 11th read. Eee. This week I'm waiting on Payback :D Today has been the busiest for me. And so I'm behind on writing this and posting it. Oops. Rude. Hope you are all doing well. <3 I'm still just doing my best :) And staying safe too.

Northern Lights. Oops. A new gorgeous illustrated edition of the book :D I had to have it, of course. <3
Shadow and Bone. Eee. The US collectors edition, finally mine :D It looks so very stunning. Sigh. Love.
Dune. I got curious after the movie trailer, haha :D And so I am hoping to read this one day. Gosh, huge.
Courting Darkness. Finally got to re-order this one. Sigh. US paperback. Got lost this summer. Ahh. Love.
Ninth House. Oops. Now gotten to order it via Waterstones too, haha :D Exclusive UK paperback. Pretty.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #475

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

PAYBACK (Vale Hall #3) BY KRISTEN SIMMONS

Goodreads Description:

The unpredictable truth will be revealed in Payback, the stunning conclusion to Kristen Simmons’ Edgar-nominated thriller series that started with The Deceivers...

Brynn Hilder has conned a lot of people. From the spoiled rich kids of Sikawa City to her mom's loser ex-boyfriend, from a motorcycle gang to a senator's son. If there was money to be gained, or a secret to uncover, she figured out how to get it done. And thanks to Vale Hall and its director, Dr. David Odin, she's found a family of hustlers just like her.

Together, Brynn and her friends have overcome doubt, deceit, and betrayal to unearth the truth--a truth even a group of professional scammers couldn't have predicted.

And now they must tackle the biggest con artist of them all: the man who brought them all together.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Tor Teen
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Cheating a little, since I haven't read book two just yet, oops. But I very much loved The Deceivers. Eee. And so I cannot wait for this third book to be out in a few months. Will then re-read book one, and finally read book two and three :D I cannot wait. I so adored the first one. And I'm so very excited for more. <3
What are you waiting for on this unpredictable Wednesday?

Monday, November 16, 2020

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It is November and so, of course, I have read The Scorpio Races again. This time for the eleventh time. I will never tire of the story. It is still the very best book to me. The one that I have read most. The one I will read again and again. Haven't listened to the audio yet, though. Maybe next year, finally. This book is fully beautiful.

Considering I have already written about this book so much, ha, I will not be sharing much about it this time. Just how badly I love it. How special everything is to me. The writing is still so perfect. The setting is incredible. I love this little island of death horses. I love that the book feel both old and modern at times. Very good.

Mostly I very much love these characters. I so love how the book is told from two point of views. Puck and Sean. Puck is officially named Kate, but goes by both names. I love her to death. She is fierce and so brave. I love her love for her two brothers. Finn is amazing. I am still upset with Gabe, even after having read this book so often, ha. I still understand why he would want to leave. But I will never understand how long he waited to let his siblings know, how he did not tell them about the house. That was not okay. So yeah. Still very upset with Gabe. Hmph. But Finn is all kinds of amazing. So cute and sweet. And such a great brother. I just adore this boy way too much. They are the best siblings. Parents are dead, a year ago. They are just trying to survive.

There is so much I could write about this story. But I won't. I already have. It's a story about a girl entering into a deadly horse race, trying to save her home. Trying to win some money to save her and her younger brother, after the oldest one decides to move away after the races. But this is no normal race. It is a race between deadly water horses. Much bigger and much faster than regular horses. And much more deadly. They would rather eat you than cuddle you. Puck is entering into this race with her regular island horse.

And also as the first girl to ever do so. Which means the men of this island is not kind to her. Which was all kinds of rude. Hmph. But Puck was the bravest and I adored her the most. Then there was Sean. I loved seeing them meet. Getting to know each other better. Getting to see them fall in love. Sigh. It was the best. Sean has his own water horse. Corr. There is so much going on there. All perfect. I loved them both beyond words. All the side characters were amazing too, as always. I love this story beyond words.

The Scorpio Races is still the most perfect book. It took me some days to read this time, because of my health and me not being able to focus well, but that did not make me love this book any less. It is still the best thing. It still gives me so much hope and love and despair too, haha. It is such an evil book. And I so love every moment of it. The romance between Sean and Puck still makes me the happiest. So slow and beautiful and the most perfect. Reading about Sean and Corr together is the most precious thing there is.

What I want most of all, still, is a sequel to this one. Another story of Sean and Puck and Corr. Another story with more of Finn and Holly and everyone else. I do not want this story to end. But of course, the ending is beautiful, yet I still want more. And so another year of hoping that Maggie will finally announce that she is writing a sequel, haha. Fingers crossed. Next year is the tenth anniversary of this book being out. Hoping for something special then. So excited. You must all read this book, if you have not already.

 
It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.


Saturday, November 14, 2020

In My Mailbox #471

Another week gone by. Ack. It took me ages before I started reading again. But now finally re-reading The Scorpio Races, eee :) Hoping to maybe finish it tomorrow, but might not be until Monday. Reading so very slowly these days. Just no energy and no will to read. Ack. I love reading. Very much. And love this 11th read the most. But yeah. I have no energy for reading and it just feels so very exhausting. Sigh. This year have been a bad reading year. Hoping next year will be better. Fingers crossed. So yeah. Just one new blog post. This week I'm waiting on Thornwood. <3 So anyway. I'm distracted these days. Worried about Corona. Now spreading like crazy in my little town. Shudders. I do not want to die. I do not want my mom and grandpa to die. (We are most at risk if we get it.) So yeah. Trying to stay safe. Just worried. I'm busy playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. <3 And Pokemon GO. And Wizards Unite. And then Frozen Free Fall too. So yeah. I play too much. But need the distraction. So, yeah. I am doing okay. Just worried and exhausted and in pain. Rude. Oh. And I put up all my Christmas things days ago, eee. And I don't regret it one bit. Have listened to Christmas music on my radio for many weeks now. Oops. Christmas is simply the best. Also got some stunning books this week too. I hope that you are all great and staying safe. <3



Instant Karma. Eee. I am so excited for this new Marissa book :D Hoping to read it very very soon. <3
The Camelot Betrayal. Oops. I must read book one sometime soonish, haha :D Excited for them both.
The Secret Commonwealth. Sigh. Still did not like this book. Yet still need to own all the editions. Oops.
Two Dark Reigns + Five Dark Fates + Anna Dressed in Blood + Girl of Nightmares. Eee. I could not stop myself from ordering these gorgeous Taiwan editions. Own two from before. So so so very stunning. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #474

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

THORNWOOD BY LEAH CYPESS

Goodreads Description:

This middle grade debut is Sleeping Beauty like you've never seen it before, about a girl who lives in the shadow of her older sister and the curse that has haunted her from birth.

For years, Briony has lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Rosalin, and the curse that has haunted her from birth--that on the day of her sixteenth birthday she would prick her finger on a spindle and cause everyone in the castle to fall into a 100-year sleep. When the day the curse is set to fall over the kingdom finally arrives, nothing--not even Briony--can stop its evil magic.

You know the story.

But here's something you don't know. When Briony finally wakes up, it's up to her to find out what's really going on, and to save her family and friends from the murderous Thornwood. But who is going to listen to her? This is a story of sisterhood, of friendship, and of the ability of even little sisters to forge their own destiny. The first in a three-book series of fairy tale retellings, these are the stories of the siblings who never made it into the storybook.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

This middle grade book looks all kinds of adorable. And sounds so good too. And I just cannot wait to read it :D Hoping I will end up loving it lots. <3 Maleficent is my favorite movie. Sort of same tale, haha :)
What are you waiting for on this thorny Wednesday?

Saturday, November 7, 2020

In My Mailbox #470

This week have been all kinds of long and exhausting. Gosh. Have been following the election, which never ended, until now, finally :D So happy that Biden & Kamala won. <3 Hoping things will finally go better for America. Ha. Doubt it will be easy, considering so very many of them actually voted for Trump. Again. What the hell. Sigh. Anyway. I'm doing okay. Still exhausted, but here. And still safe. I spent all week long reading the same book. Loved it very much, but too tired to read. But finally finished today, so I'm happy :) But now I have a long list of other books to read, must get started shortly. Gah. Hoping it will be easier. Got a little bit of mail this week, including the most perfect and most wanted ARC. Sobs. I am SO HAPPY, eee. <3 A couple of new blog posts too. This week I'm waiting on Blade of Secrets :) And shared my review of Murder on Cold Street. <3 I hope you are all doing okay and staying safe too. <3

Lightbringer. Oh my gods. AHH! I am dying. Thank you so, so much Sourcebooks for this most perfect ARC. I am still dying. So thankful. So happy. My most wanted ARC. Sigh. Collection complete. Love. <3
The Grace Year. Gorgeous US paperback edition :D Eee. I adored this book. And.. must have them all.
Grimm Tales. Okay, I may have bought this edition just because it says Philip. Oops. Reading one day.
Funko Pop. My most recently ordered pop figures. New Harry Potter ones. Cute. Most adorable Barbie.

 More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

My love for this Lady Sherlock series will never end. I love that Sherry is writing so many more. As I very much don't want these books to end. For this fifth book I did not re-read the others first. Will be doing that when they are all out. As I remembered pretty much all that happened, and how badly I loved all of the books.

I'm giving this one a four star. Not because I loved it less, as I still loved it. But for a few small reasons, sharing more below. I still very much loved all of these characters the most. And this mystery was all kinds of amazing. The whole series is incredible. The writing, of course, was fully stunning. No issues there at all.

Sherry is such an amazing author and person, and I adore her so. Will not be sharing too much about this precious book, only a bit about how I loved it. As always, this is a story about Charlotte Holmes. Pretending to be the sister of Sherlock Holmes, a great new detective in London. Except that there is no Sherlock, there is only Charlotte. And she is so very amazing. I just love this girl. So much. I fully love her love of food and cake. I so love her love for pretty and different dresses. I simply adore her so. In this fifth book, the story is focused more on Inspector Treadles. Still conflicted on him, both hate and love him, ha. He has been found with two dead men, holding the murder weapon. Charlotte has to work hard trying to find out if he killed them. We see much of his wife, Alice. I loved her so. And Mrs. Watson as well, always.

This was not an easy case, though. And pretty much all of the book is focused on this case. But there are also small parts of Charlotte and Ash, aka Lord Ingram. And their romance is changing in this book. And I loved it so very much. Sigh. There are more kisses. Eee. And it was so perfect. He is more relaxed and open in this book. And I loved that. I am still worried about her, though, because of her different views on love. But I have hope for these two precious characters. They are perfect together. And I love them both.

But back to the case. There is so much to go through. So many clues and sort-of witnesses. Many lies and surprises and twists. It was all kinds of interesting and exciting. I loved not knowing who did it, not for sure. And I very much enjoyed how they figured out what had actually happened. This story had some sad and evil parts. Which I very much liked. It had some villains I did not like. But everything was written so well. Mostly I loved reading about them all working together. Despite wishing for more, as always, ha.

There is still so much more I could write about this story. But I shall try not to write much more. It took me so many days to read this book. Not because I found it boring. Not because I did not love it. I just could not focus. But when I actually did get to read, it was the best thing. Because this book was so good and I just love these characters way too much. Sigh. I am so happy that Sherry began writing these books. And I cannot wait to read even more books by her. Right now just wishing this series will never end, ha. Sigh.

The reason for why I'm giving this one a four star is because I felt like it focused a little too much on the mystery. I wish there had been more scenes with the characters just being together, and enjoying parts of Christmas. I wish we had seen more of Olivia, that she had been with them all. But I also understood why she wasn't. And I did get why the mystery and murder of this book was such a huge focus of it. And the characters were still all together. Just, more during stress, haha. But yeah. Four stars, still a perfect book.

While Murder on Cold Street had a few small issues for me, it was still such a very perfect book. A most excellent fifth book into such a great series. Reading about Charlotte is still the very best. I adore her so. I love her friends. I love Lord Ingram. So much. And I always love reading about the different murders and mysteries included. I simply cannot wait to read the next book about Lady Sherlock and her friends. It will be all kinds of epic, I'm sure. If you still have not started this lovely series, then get moving. It is so good.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #473

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

BLADE OF SECRETS BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

Goodreads Description:

A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she's ever made.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims' secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world's known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.


Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

I am pretty excited about this book. Tricia is awesome and this one looks gorgeous. I love the cover. And sounds like such an exciting story too :D Hoping there might be some romance too, haha. Cannot wait :)
What are you waiting for on this secret Wednesday?

Saturday, October 31, 2020

In My Mailbox #469

Happy Halloween :D Another week gone by. So fast, ack. Feels like I have had Halloween ornaments up forever, haha :) Yet it's almost time to pack it all away. But eee. Christmas coming up before December. And I so cannot wait. Sigh. So excited. This week I have read one book. <3 Though an easy read, haha :) And started another one, which is harder, but loving that one too. Just taking me forever, as I'm not in the mood to read and have no time or energy. But loving the book. So slowly making progress on it. I am also busy with Animal Crossing, always. And Pokemon GO. And my sister with her kids. And just, life, ha. But doing my best. This week we got mail only two days, and I got nothing new. Oops. But got so many books last week, so I do not mind. Instead sharing about two pop figures I got weeks ago, that I forgot to include a different time, haha :) A couple of new posts. I shared my review of The Oddmire: Deepest, Darkest. <3 This week I'm waiting on My Contrary Mary :) I hope you are all doing well. <3 I'm doing as best as I can.

FINAL CHANCE! Ends in a few hours! Pre-orders of Foxheart and Thornlight by Claire Legrand. International. Ends 11/01.

Funko Pop. Oops. Dumbledore is huge. But I love him. And Maleficent is so very perfect :D Ahh. Love.
Super Mario. Eee. I haven't gotten to build this yet, but I am so excited for it. Looks pretty much amazing.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #472

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

MY CONTRARY MARY
BY CYNTHIA HAND & BRODI ASHTON & JODI MEADOWS


Goodreads Description:

Welcome to Renaissance France, a place of poison and plots, of beauties and beasts, of mice and . . . queens?⠀

Mary is the queen of Scotland and the jewel of the French court. Except when she's a mouse. Yes, reader, Mary is an Eðian (shapeshifter) in a kingdom where Verities rule. It's a secret that could cost her a head—or a tail.⠀

Luckily, Mary has a confidant in her betrothed, Francis. But after the king meets a suspicious end, things at the gilded court take a treacherous turn. Thrust onto the throne, Mary and Francis are forced to navigate a viper's nest of conspiracies, traps, and treason. And if Mary's secret is revealed, heads are bound to roll.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Expected publication: June 22nd 2021 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

This book sounds all kinds of awesome and I cannot wait to read it :D I very much adored the two Lady Jane books by these authors that I have read. <3 Own the third one that just came out, and hoping to read it very soon :) And so excited to read their take on Mary as well. Cover, as always, looks awesome.
What are you waiting for on this contrary Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Review: The Oddmire: Deepest, Darkest by William Ritter

This book is not coming out until next summer. And yet I could not resist reading it right away, after I got approved for an eARC via Edelweiss. And I do not regret it for one moment. This book was so very perfect. And I loved every moment of it. Five stars for sure. I will do my best to share a mostly spoiler free review.

I will be including a few important plot pieces, but nothing that really spoils what happens. Just, gosh. This third book was so very good. As I knew it would. I'm so in love with The Oddmire series. There must be more books. It could have ended with this one, but I do not think so. Still much more that needs to be told.

The writing was perfect, as with the other books too. I had no problem at all with connecting to the story and the characters. I decided to not re-read the first two books before I started this, as I did that this summer. So not too far ago. And although I wish I had re-read them, I did not need to. I remembered almost every detail, and this book was good at reminders too. There is just so much to love about this story. I do not know where to begin. Will not write too much about this book. Only sharing a little about what I loved about it. Which might be way too much, ha. These books seem to get darker and darker for each book. All of them are dark. But this one the most. Sad at times. But hopeful and happy too. But it did break my heart a few times. Very rude.

This is still the story about Tinn and Cole. And their friends, Fable and Evie. Their mother too. This time they are searching for their missing dad. Whom the twins have never known, as he went missing when they were babies. Cole wants to find him so badly. Tinn does too. But he is more nervous, so worried that their father will not want him. I understood so well why he was worried about finding him. But gosh, it was sad to read about too. I just wanted to hug this poor boy. He was so different from them. Still their family.

The book starts a little slow, with the boys searching for clues about how to find their dad underground. Then they learn more. And learn how they might be able to find him, if he is still alive. Which is how this next adventure begins. They all go underground. Deep, deep under their town. The twins and their mom, Fable and her mom, and Evie with old Jim too. They all wish to find the missing dad. But this was not a safe journey to take. And it very much does not go as they planned. Which was fully amazing, honestly.

There was so much going on in this third book. We get to see The Thing again. Which was both creepy and so awesome. We get to see so much underground. It was fully interesting and exciting. Things go badly for them all. There are falls and danger and pain. There are evil creatures underneath the earth. And getting to know more about them all was so great. I did not like them one bit, ha. But it was so good to read about. There is a great sleeping thing underneath the magma. Reading about that was the best.

The Oddmire: Deepest, Darkest was everything I wanted it to be. Fully perfect and so fun. Completely evil and heartbreaking at times. So dark yet full of hope. These stories about Tinn and Cole are the very best. I love these twin boys the most. Fable and Evie are both perfect too. And I just love their friendships so much. I will not say more about this book. Just that I loved it so very much and cannot wait for more. You must read them too. Thank you very much Algonquin Young Readers for the approval to read this early.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

In My Mailbox #468

Hello. This week have been all kinds of busy and exhausting for me. Gah. Haven't read much this week, only finished my book last Sunday. I know what I'm reading next. I just haven't had the time for it just yet. Ack. But hoping for the next few days. Fingers crossed. This week I have been putting most of my pop figures on new shelves just their size, in my staircase. It turned out awesome. But gosh, I'm tired, haha. And today I decided to finally get up my Happy Hello bookmarks on my wall again. You know,  my several hundred of those. Hahaha. Yeah. I'm dead. But also, worth it. Just a bit too much for my body. I'm simply way too tired and hurting all over. Hmph. But doing good. For now. Corona has officially made it to town. Eight cases so far. I'm certain it will spread. But gosh, I hope not. My family and I are not healthy enough to get this too. So yeah. Nervous and worried. Hoping we will all be safe. Anyway. A couple of new blog posts this week. I shared my review of Twin Daggers :) This week I'm waiting on Deepest, Darkest :D And holy crap. I got SO MUCH mail this week. Ahhh. All the books. Gosh. Help me, hahaha. So love them all, though. <3 Also. Reminder. Too few of you have entered my blog birthday giveaway. Two new free books, international. Link below. Do enter if you have the time. <3 The books are aaamazing :) Would so love a comment too. All the hugs. Winter is officially here. No snow yet, but soon. It is so cold, so dark, haha :)

Pre-orders of Foxheart and Thornlight by Claire Legrand. International. Ends 11/01.



The Lunar Chronicles Box Set. I already own all the new paperbacks. Oops. Had to get this box set. <3
Fairest + Stars Above. I know, I know. I got the box set. But already have them all too; needed these :D
You Were Never Here. I very much adored this book. So of course I had to have a stunning hardcover :)
Broken Wish. So very excited for this book :D Only read one by Julie so far, but I loved it. I'm so excited.
Among the Beasts and Briars. Felt a little bit meh about this, but could not resist buying that cover. Oops.
Cinders & Sparrows. This book sounds pretty awesome. And I very much hope that I will end up loving it.
Ninth House. US and UK paperbacks have arrived :D I didn't know about Waterstones. Sobs. One day.
Swamp Thing. I am so very excited for this graphic novel. Very much in love with Maggie and her books.
Fangirl. I simply had to have this graphic novel. As I did adore this book, all those years ago. Looks cute.
Serpentine. I had to have all the editions of this book. Oops. Could not resist. Ha. One day, I shall read it.
Fable + The Girl the Sea Gave Back. My personalized books are here :D And they are all very stunning.
Taylor Swift. Eee. Another of the different CDs have arrived, haha :) And gorgeous keychain. Love it so.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #471

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

THE ODDMIRE #3: DEEPEST, DARKEST
BY WILLIAM RITTER


Goodreads Description:

The third adventure in the beloved fantasy series full of folklore and mayhem, from the creator of Jackaby.
 
Brothers Cole and Tinn—one human, one a goblin changeling—are determined to solve a mystery almost as old as they are: What happened to their long-missing father?
 
Joseph Burton vanished without a trace, leaving the baby boys’ mother to raise them alone. Some say he abandoned his family, others that he met foul play looking for a way to get rid of the changeling imposter. Cole is determined to finally push through the rumors and learn his father's fate.
 
With the help of their friends—Evie, expert on the creatures of the Wild Wood, and Fable, the indomitable half human, half fairy—Tinn and Cole set out on a dangerous quest to the deepest, most deadly limits of the Wild Wood. Meanwhile a shudder runs through the forest. Increasingly powerful earthquakes shake the land, sinkholes form, and the spriggans, trolls, and other creatures along their path speak of an ancient evil on the rise . . .

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 22nd 2021 by Algonquin Young Readers
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Eee. I cannot wait to read this book :D And I will be reading it next. So excited that I got accepted for an eARC on Edelweiss. Sigh. I very much loved the first two books in this series. And I am very much dying to know what happens next to all these lovely characters. Gosh. This looks gorgeous. And sounds great.
What are you waiting for on this darkest Wednesday?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Review: Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly

Although it breaks my heart a little, I have to give this book two stars. I truly tried my hardest to love this one. But I simply did not. And I have a whole lot to share about it. While trying my best not to be too negative. As there were parts of this book that I did like. It was a mix between two and three stars. But closer to two stars.

It is heartbreaking to me, as I am huge fan of MarcyKate. Have adored her for years and own all her books and have read them all too. Have enjoyed them all very much. And I will of course still continue to buy and read books by her. As she is awesome. And although this book was not for me, I'll not stop reading her books.

I will try my best to share all my thoughts about this book. But I will also try not to share too much. Just enough. I so wish I could say that I loved this one. Sigh. But that just wasn't the case. Still. I am glad that I read it. And I will still be reading the sequel, since I do very much want to know what happens next to the characters. I just also had many issues with this story. Which makes me sad. But, oh well. It is what it is. I did not like this one much and I will be sharing why. I shall begin by saying that I had issues first with the writing. It wasn't bad, not fully. But I was not able to connect at all. I felt nothing for these characters. It felt like this book was only telling never showing. It felt stiff most of the time. The main character did not feel real to me. Which made it even harder for me to enjoy this book. I so wish I had loved the main girl.

It took me forever to read this one, as I could never ignore the writing. Which made me feel like the book never ended. Which was so not a good feeling. But it was not all bad. I did like the world created. I was curious about the magic and the techno parts. But some parts were a bit too much for me. It was like all Aissa thought about. How bad the technocrats were, how they killed all the magi one hundred years ago. And kills them still if they find them. Which was so horrible, of course. And exciting to read about at times.

But I did not like the way Aissa was thinking about all of it. Sigh. There was too much focus on certain things. How she would do everything for her people, and things like that. Then the romance happened too. How she fell for a technocrat. Her people's enemy. She is always thinking about that. How she and him are not meant to be. This book is said to be a somewhat Romeo and Juliet re-telling. I saw that, but not much. It was insta-love. Which I don't mind, but felt like I never got to see them actually be together.

Oh, and there was another boy. A childhood friend, another magi person like her. Whom was totally into her. But all she could think of was the other boy. And yet she cries into his arms. She spend a night out in the wild curled up into his arms for warmth. Yeah. It was very much almost a love triangle. Shudders. But not really that either, as nothing happened, not yet, at least. Sigh. But anyway. I wish I could have loved her romance with Aro. I just did not feel it. Not one bit. I liked him, I liked her, but loved none of them. Oh.

Another part of this world I liked was the story of the Heartless. Babies being born without a heart. Having to get a clockwork heart put into them from birth. And then a new one each year, before that killed them. Though they barely lived more than twenty years even so. It was heartbreaking yet so interesting to read about. And I liked learning more about that. There were also small magic parts in this book. I liked that a lot too. I wish there had been more focus on it, as I wanted to know way more different spells and such.

This book tells the story of Aissa and her twin sister, Zandria. Magi spies living in a world that hunt their people down. Trying with their people to take over again, to get their place back. But it is not as simple as that. Full of different twists and such. Secrets that were not really secrets at all, that I felt like the main girl was stupid for not figuring out. A lot of those. Gah. I kind of disliked their parents. Since they were never there. Barely spoken of. I sort of liked Zandria, but we barely saw her as well. This was the story of Aissa.

There is much I could say about this book. And I have already said enough. Yet barely even mentioned the plot. Oops. It bothered me that Aissa never figured out all the secret things. They were all so obvious. Some things were too convenient. There were mentions of her seeing torture. It was kind of dark, yet I felt nothing. I wish I had felt something while reading this book. But I just did not. Which still makes me sad. As I really did want to love this. But I tried. I wanted to know what would happened, just didn't care much.

Even though Twin Daggers was not everything I had hoped it would be, it was still a good read. It was still a good story and I am glad that I read it. I just wish it had been better for me. And I know that others will love it. Which is always the case. But yeah. Sadly this book was not for me. Still going to read the sequel, though. And hoping that I will love that one more. As I must know what happens next. But wishing I was more invested as well. How rude. Still. This book looks stunning and so thrilled to own it for my collection.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

In My Mailbox #467

Hello. Small update today. I am exhausted and so tired. Haven't gotten much done this week. Though I did finish watching The Haunting of Bly Manor, which I loved. <3 Hill House was better, though, ha. I am reading a book. But going so slowly. Oops. Got a few new books this week. <3 And a couple of new blog posts. I celebrated nine years of blogging :D Ahh. International giveaway too. This week I'm waiting on The Ones We're Meant to Find. <3 I hope you are all doing well. I am okay. Just so goddamn exhausted. 

Pre-orders of Foxheart and Thornlight by Claire Legrand. International. Ends 11/01.





The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. There is so much hype for this book. Gosh. It better be worth it, haha :)
The Lives of Saints. UK edition has now arrived too :D Such a pretty book. Must read one day soonish.
Shadow and Bone: Collector's Edition. Eee. I couldn't not buy this gorgeous thing. <3 Love this book so.
Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy. Oops. I still collect every edition of books by Shannon, haha. <3 Love.
Serpentine. Will be reading this story one day. One day. When I stop being angry about his latest. Uuugh.



 

The Oddmire: Deepest, Darkest. Eee! I am so so very excited. Got accepted to read this beautiful thing early via Edelweiss :D I cannot wait. I loved the first two books so very much. And this third one is going to be aaamazing. I think I will be reading this next after my current read :) Just can't wait until next summer.

 

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #470

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

THE ONES WE'RE MEANT TO FIND BY JOAN HE

Goodreads Description:

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-cities—Earth's last unpolluted place—are meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but they’re populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she'll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Roaring Brook Press
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Eee. This book looks so very gorgeous. And sounds so awesome. My gosh. I cannot wait to read this one :D Wish it was May already. Hmph. I read Joan's debut book, which was amazing, and I cannot wait to read this new book by her too. Sounds so very good. And I am certain that I'm going to love it the most :)
What are you waiting for on this twisty Wednesday?

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Nine Years of Blogging + Giveaway

Hi there. I cannot believe I have been blogging for nine whole years already. My gosh. Time moves way too fast. This time I did not forget about my blog birthday, ha. But I did wait until the last day before it to put together this blog post. Oops. But I did not forget this time, at least. And this time I am actually having a giveaway too. Which I have not had for so very long. I hope you will all enter it. I have been blogging for so long now. And it is still so amazing to me. I still love reading and reviewing books. I love sharing books that I'm waiting for and books that I get in the mail each week. I so love reading comments from you guys, though those have been so few. But thank you for visiting. It means the most to me. I'm still so far behind on everything, but slowly trying to catch up. But I am here. Still blogging, still tweeting. Always reading :)

I just peeked a little on my post from last year. Where I shared about going to the Taylor Swift concert in Oslo this year. Sigh. My heart is still breaking over that. I mean, we had everything ready. Plane, tickets, hotel. And then that damn Corona arrived. And no concert for me. Which is so heartbreaking. I know, it's small, compared to what everyone else is going through. I am lucky with where I live. But I am still sad that this concert had to be cancelled. Hoping there will be another time for it. Thankfully, Taylor did then release another album. Eee. Which is perfect. Anyway. I have been doing mostly good this year. Health is still the same as always, not very good, but I'm dealing with it. And doing the best that I can. I hope you are all doing okay too. Would love to get a comment with a small update from all of you too. All the hugs.

Giveaway details.
I am giving away two pre-orders to one winner. A hardcover of Thornlight by Claire Legrand and a paperback of Foxheart by Claire Legrand. Coming out in March and April. I will pre-order both for one winner, from book depository. Open to everyone. If they do not ship to your country, I'll send you an Amazon giftcard for the same price, so you can pre-order them yourself. That way everyone can enter. Giveaway will last for three weeks. Winner to be contacted when ended and have 48 hours to reply to my email. Many ways to enter, all in the rafflecopter below. Best of luck :D I loved these two so much.

Foxheart review. Thornlight review.

Rules.

International.
Will be one winner.
Must reply within 48 hours.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, October 10, 2020

In My Mailbox #466

Oh. Another week gone by. So fast. This time I did get to read a book, though, so I'm pleased with that :) Planning another one very soon. <3 I have been so busy playing Animal Crossing all the time. Oops. I haven't missed a day since late March. And I won't. Love it too much, ha. And also playing Pokemon Go each day too, on three accounts. Oops. So yeah. So busy. Then family too. And bad health. And I'm just trying to survive the days, haha. But yeah. Hoping to do more soon. Hoping to catch up more. Oh. And I also play Wizards Unite. Haaa. Yeah. Save me. I play too much. But love them all too much too. Oops. Oh, well. I'm still doing mostly good. No corona yet in my town. Still hoping it might never get here. But I know it will. Sigh. Then my life will be changed too, like the rest of yours. But so far I'm good. And I am hoping all of you are too. <3 A couple of new posts. This week I'm waiting on All These Warriors. <3 And shared my review of Wishes and Wellingtons :) And then there was all the mail I got this week. Eeee. Oh. Look at it all :D OH MY GOSH. Best trade. Amazing friend for helping. Lovely Lightbringer hardcovers. Sigh. So happy with all of it. Also remembered that my blog birthday post must go up tomorrow. Haaa. Yeah. So putting that together now :) Nine years. Gosh. I have been blogging forever, haha :) Still love it.




Lightbringer. EEE! My precious. My love. I am so scared. It is huge. And perfect. And so very pretty. Sigh.
The Lives of Saints. I cannot wait to read this gorgeous thing. <3 Stunning US edition :) Must read soon.
The Lost Book of the White. Oops. You know I must get all the editions. Including international pback :)
Murder on Cold Street. Eee! I am so in love with this series. And I can't wait to read this newest. Sigh. <3
The Tower of Nero. Haaa. Am I forever behind on the books? Maaaybe. Am I still buying them all? Yeah.
Splinters of Scarlet + All These Monsters + Shadow and Bone + Fable. AHH! Biggest thank you to God of Wax for trading all of these with me. Sniffs. I am SO HAPPY. And dying a little. Look how gorgeous :D Oh my gosh. I have Shadow and Bone. Sobs. SO HAPPY. Thank you Becky for helping me get them all. <3
Book Sleeve + Pin. Ahh! Thank you so much Becky :D Love this sleeve that I bought from her; Story Hero. <3 It is fully gorgeous. Eee. Igniting Darkness pre-order pin. Thank you so much for helping. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Review: Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

Feeling conflicted about how to rate this book. Unsure about three or two stars. Sadly I have to go with two stars for this. I tried so hard to love it. But it was simply not for me. Parts of it were great, though. But couldn't get past the writing and how annoyed I was by the main character. Sigh. I am sad about it.

As I really did want to enjoy this one. I was so lucky to win a signed ARC of it. Which looks gorgeous. And the cover is so stunning. I also very much liked the setting, set around 1896. I liked the idea of a djinni in a sardine tin. I liked the sound of great friendships. But I was sadly mostly disappointed with it.

I will not be writing too much about this book. I'm only writing down a few of my thoughts about it. I do think that others will probably love it, which is always the case with books. But for me, it was not good enough. I so adore reading middle grade books. Which is why I was sure I would love this one. But it felt so much younger than what it was. Main girl was thirteen years old. She felt years younger. I do not mind young books at all. But she was supposed to be thirteen. Yet she acted so badly. She was so very stupid for almost all the book. She was mean and rude. Book says feisty. I did not agree most of the time. Maeve was always thinking bad things about people around her. And she wasn't all that nice towards her two friends either.

This book tells the story of Maeve. A thirteen year old girl spending her time at a school for young ladies. Her only friend being her roommate, Alice. All Maeve does at this school is complain. And causing much trouble. It felt like every girl was supposed to be evil. It was a bit too much for me, the whole pettiness of it. Especially with how much she complained about her family too. She was always causing trouble with this one girl. Sure, the girl was awful, but so was she. She was always causing trouble with the teachers.

I wish I could have loved Maeve. She was interesting. But sadly nothing special to me. I liked her friend Alice. But their friendship felt a little thin to me. Then they got to know the orphan boy across the street, Tom. I sort of liked him. He was fourteen. And seemed younger than ten. It was weird, their ages. I sort of liked their friendships too. Except for how Maeve was lying to Tom, and how that never really mattered. A few other characters in this book too, a few of them interesting, most of them not. Sigh. I did like her dad.

This is a book about a djinni. Maeve is cleaning trash outside as punishment for one of the bad things she always did. Then she finds a tin of sardines. She's about to eat it, but something else comes out  instead. A djinni. A man who can grant her three wishes, anything she wants. She was so excited. And I thought it seemed great too. Until she makes her first wish. It was beyond childish and stupid and careless of her. And sadly made me dislike her a bunch. Sigh. She mess up the second wish too, that was more exciting.

There is a small desert adventure in this one. It lasted for, what, an hour. And is then not really mentioned again. There was an evil sorcerer. Whom we never see again. The djinni was all kinds of rude and full of warnings and threats. That never happened. I simply wanted more from this book. More adventure, more fun, more danger. There was too little of everything. Simply too much of Maeve being stupid and arguing with people around her. I did very much dislike the writing. It was mostly bad and weird, I'm sorry to say.

I really wish I could say that Wishes and Wellingtons was an amazing book. But it really was not. I wanted it to be full of adventure and exciting things. And it was not. At least I did not think so. Others may love it. But I sadly did not. Tried my best to write down all my thoughts about this book. But it's hard to find words when you do not love a book like you thought you would. It's a sad feeling. At least the cover is gorgeous. Though Maeve and her skin color is never mentioned. I wish it had been talked about. I wanted to know.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #469

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

ALL THESE WARRIORS (Monsters #2) BY AMY TINTERA

Goodreads Description:

In this highly anticipated conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Amy Tintera's All These Monsters duology, Clara and Team Seven's quest to expose the truth behind the scrab menace has them facing their biggest threat yet: their own demons. Perfect for fans of Warcross and Renegades.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here
and here #ad


 

 
I have an eARC of this gorgeous thing. Eee. And so I really must read All These Monsters soon. I do own a gorgeous hardcover of it. Will be reading it as soon as possible, and then reading this sequel right after :D I cannot wait to read both of them. These books sound aaamazing. Ihope and think I will love them :)
What are you waiting for on this monstrous Wednesday?

Saturday, October 3, 2020

In My Mailbox #465

Oops. I did not read anything this week. Ack. I just haven't been able to make myself start something. How rude. I know what I'm reading next. And I am excited about it. I just.. cannot start. Ugh. Hopefully soon :) A little bit of mail this week. <3 But only one blog post. Ack. This week I'm waiting on Wishes and Wellingtons :) I'm doing the best I can. A bit exhausted and behind on even more, as usual. And  taking down my spa bath tomorrow. Sobs. Will miss it so during these long winter months. But yeah. Haven't been having my baths as often as usual this year either. I just. Haven't had time or energy. Which fully sucks. Sigh. Hope this winter passes fast. Fingers crossed. So yeah. Hoping to start reading in a few days :) Also just busy playing Animal Crossing New Horizons all the time. Still. Oops. It is still the very best, eee. <3 Hope you are all doing well. And staying safe. The world is still very much a mess. Sigh.


Book of Maps. I saw this once. Had to have it. Eee. But got the UK edition. It's gorgeous. Love the maps.
Runaways: Canon Fodder. Oops. I haven't started volume one of this series just yet. I will. One day :D
Skyhunter. I could not resist buying this hardcover. Ack. I did not love this book, but I did like it even so.
Dæmon Voices. Oops. New UK paperback edition. With black pages. I had to have it, haha. Also, Philip.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #468

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

WISHES AND WELLINGTONS BY JULIE BERRY

Goodreads Description:

From award-winning author Julie Berry comes a brand new middle-grade fantasy adventure full of humor and heart.

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for "Upright Young Ladies." When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master.

Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery. It'll take all of her quick thinking and sass to set matters right. Maeve Merritt is one feisty heroine you won't soon forget.

First published as an Audible Original in 2018.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 13th 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
Pre-Order here
and here

This book looks all kinds of adorable. And I cannot wait to read it. I have this gorgeous ARC of it, and I think I will be reading it next, finally. <3 I'm hoping and thinking that I will love this book a whole bunch :)
What are you waiting for on this rigid Wednesday?

Saturday, September 26, 2020

In My Mailbox #464

This has been a mostly good week for me. I'm exhausted and haven't gotten much done online and such. Oops. But I did read two books. So I'm happy about that. Got a bit of lovely mail. Also currently listening to Christmas music on my radio. Oops. I want it to be Christmas already. Sigh. <3 Though we have some gorgeous fall colors outside right now :) And freezing cold. Ha. But this coming week will be warmer, so I'm excited about that. A few new blog posts this week. I shared my second review of Foxheart. <3 This week I'm waiting on Far From Normal :) And shared my review of Thornlight :D I shall do my best to do more catching up soon. Ahh. Not supposed to be so far behind on everything. Ugh. I'm doing as well as I can, though. Hope you are all doing good and staying safe. <3 Hope you're all reading amazing books :D

Maya and the Rising Dark. This book looks awesome and sounds pretty great too. I'm hoping to love it.
Far From Normal. This looks adorable and I'm hoping to love it a lot. <3 Crossing my fingers. So cute.
The Secret Commonwealth. UK paperback edition is out. Ack. I still hated this book. Sigh. But must own.
Super Mario 3D All Stars. One day I shall find time to play this awesome thing :D One day. Soonish. Ha.

 More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review: Thornlight by Claire Legrand

I have been waiting years for this companion novel to Foxheart. And then, suddenly, it's here. And I got a chance to read it early. I could not resist. I am so glad that I did not. Because Thornlight was every kind of perfect. I loved it beyond words. Giving it five stars, of course. This story was simply way too incredible. Sigh.

As always, the writing was so perfect. I never have any trouble falling in love with Claire's writing. She's amazing and her books have all been so too. Claire also writes the very best characters. And stories. This book was simply way too good. And I enjoyed it very much. I wish it had been even longer; I kept wanting more.

This book is told from three point of views. All amazing and all needed. I never had issues with jumping from one to the other. And I loved reading from all of them. Sigh. I shall try my best to not post spoilers about this precious book. But I will be sharing some details. All good, all awesome. This book was long and so precious and I  loved every moment of it. We get to know twins Thorn and Brier. And Queen Celestyna. There is so much to love about this. Like in Foxheart, there was magic. But not in the same way. Not many people in this place had magic. The witches were gone. There was a big chasm splitting their land in two. With darkness escaping and changing the land. With a monster trying to climb out of this place to kill them all. It was so awesome.

Thorn and Brier were twelve years old. And completely different. Brier was the hero of their town. Best at harvesting lightning to help them. She even has her own unicorn. He was great. Brier was amazing. And Thorn was not. She was the shadow of her sister. She swept trash from the streets. People did not notice her. She was quiet and shy and cried all the time. I loved her to pieces. And she and Brier were the best of friends. They loved each other the most. Their parents were even alive, haha. But away at the chasm.

Celestyna was sixteen years old, older than the twins. And she was the queen of this place. Her parents dead. Only her younger sister with her. She would do anything to keep the monster from breaking free. She would do anything to keep them all safe. And so she does. I loved this girl. But gosh. She was fully complicated. And I loved that even more. Her story was so sad too. And I cried a few times in this book. Mostly because of scenes with Celestyna. She was just amazing. And I loved her little sister. Adorable.

We get to read from all three point of views. And I loved that so very much. We also get another point of view. From Cub. And my gosh. He was amazing. I so loved his chapters. I loved getting to know him and learn about his past. There was so much to know. Sigh. I cannot fully describe this book. Just that I loved it so much. These characters went through so much. All broken at some point. All so strong and brave. I loved how they changed, got better, braver. Each had a journey to take. Reading about this was the best.

There is so much going on in this book. It is full of adventures. Dangers. Monsters. Curses. Witches. All of it beyond incredible. There is some type of special lightning that Brier harvests along with others each day. They use this lightning to try to keep the monster in the chasm from escaping and killing all of them. We learn so much about all of this. So many secrets. So much pain and death. I loved all of it so much. We get to know a bunch of characters, and I couldn't help but love all of them. Ha. They were awesome.

As this was a middle grade, there was no romance. But there were hints of romance to come. Between Thorn and Zaf. And it was the cutest thing. Their friendship was adorable and their almost romance was so cute. They would be perfect together. The friendships in this book were all written so well. Between the twins. Between Thorn and her cute animal Mazby. Between Brier and her unicorn Noro. Noro and Thorn too. They spent a lot of time together in this book. And it was so very awesome. I so adored this unicorn.

We also see Quicksilver again. And Sly Boots. And Ari too. They are not in this book a lot, just enough. A few years older, still fully adorable. It is not fully confirmed that Quicksilver and Sly Boots were a couple, but well. The hints were huge. And I still ship them the most, haha. So a couple it is. I just loved this small glimpse into what happened after Foxheart too. Thornlight is very much a companion novel, yet set in the same world, just a few short years later. Filled with magic and adventures. They're both incredible books.

Thornlight was even more perfect than I thought it would be. Completely incredible and heartbreaking. Such perfectly flawed characters. Such great friendships and relationships. Very well written magic and witches. This book had such a great plot. And I loved every moment of this book. It was simply perfection. Huge thank you to Greenwillow Books for my auto-approval on Edelweiss, so that I could read this book seven months before it comes out. I cannot wait to own all the finished copies. You must read this story.