Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #497

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


Goodreads Description:

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: June 8th 2021 by Del Rey
Pre-Order here and here #ad

Eee. I have heard some great things about this book. And so I am all kinds of curious about it now too. And I think that it sounds pretty awesome. And I cannot wait to read it. Hoping to love it so very much :)
What are you waiting for on this bitter Wednesday?

Saturday, April 17, 2021

In My Mailbox #493

Time is moving way too fast lately. But I don't really mind. Problem is just that I still haven't read anything. Sigh. But hoping to actually start a book tomorrow :) Fingers crossed. I have simply been busy watching movies and shows. Oops. Recent show: The Serpent. It was crazy, yet I liked it a lot. Recent movie: Love and Monsters. It was so good. Just really hoping to read soon too. Hmph. I am also taking my spa baths, which are the best. <3 It's finally getting less snowy outside, haha. Hoping for start of green soon. Fingers crossed. Only one new post. This week I'm waiting on For the Wolf. <3 Got some pretty mail too, which I'm happy about :D Hope you are all staying safe. <3 I need to figure out if I'm getting the vaccine soon.

Rule of Wolves. Oops. Another edition. This time the UK paperback version :) Which is just gorgeous.
Thornwood. I couldn't resist buying this gorgeous middle grade book. It looks stunning. Hope to love it.
Aurora Burning. And then it was the new US paperback edition too. Simply must have all editions. Ack.
Hollow Dolls. Finally managed to order this new stunning paperback edition. <3 It is so very precious.
Pop Figures. Ahh! So many new ones. I love Baymax. And Raya. And Wonder Woman and Harry Potter.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #496

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


Goodreads Description:

The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.

Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2021 by Orbit Books
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

This book sounds dark and delicious. And I really really hope that I will end up loving it, eee :D I think it looks gorgeous too. And sounds all kinds of exciting. I am excited about reading it. And so want to love it.
What are you waiting for on this dangerous Wednesday?

Saturday, April 10, 2021

In My Mailbox #492

Last week I got no mail, and this week I got all the mail. Ahh. So many books :D I am so very excited. <3 Sadly have not read anything yet. Sigh. I just have not felt like it at all. I am watching a few movies each day instead. Hoping to feel like reading soon. Spa bath got taken up one week ago. <3 Spent a few days getting heated. And have now taken two baths :) Been too much cold wind for more. But it's up, and I can take a bath outside whenever I want, eee. I am so excited about it. <3 Sigh. The heat is the best. I love all the books I got this week. My health still sucks, the pain in my back is not good. Hoping to get it checked out soon. Only one new blog post. This week I'm waiting on Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales. <3 I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. I'm doing as good as I can :) I do need to read again soon.

Rule of Wolves. UK and US hardcover editions :D I know, have not read book one yet. But still excited.
Aurora Burning. UK paperback edition with gorgeous orange stained pages :) I did love this book a lot.
Monster Hunter Rise + Rayman Legends. I am excited about both of these games :) Monster looks great.
Winterkeep pre-order map. EEE! Thank you Becky. <3 This map looks so very perfect. I love it the most.
The Project pre-order swag. Ahh! Thank you Becky. <3 This swag is awesome and I'm so glad to have it.
Pop figures. I love my Raya ones :D So cute. And that Soul cat is the best, haha. Way too adorable. <3
Thornlight + The Project + The Mystwick School of Musicraft + Broken Wish + Among the Beasts & Briars + Catalyst + Wilderlore + Winterwood + Prince Alastor + Mark of the Thief. All of the ARCs. Oh my gods. Most awesome trade with GodofWax :D Thank you so much. And thank you so much to Becky for helping me get these precious ones to Norway. <3 Gosh. Thornlight! AHH! I am so so very happy :) All so perfect.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #495

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


Goodreads Description:

You think you know these stories, don’t you?

You are wrong.

You don’t know them at all.

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that capture hearts long kept tame and set them free, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .                           

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by HarperCollins
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Eeee. I am SO very excited about this one :D And oh my gosh. Look at that perfect cover! Ahh! I love it to pieces. Sigh. So perfect :) I love that there are twelve stories. Sounds like they will all be amazing. Sigh.
What are you waiting for on this beastly Wednesday?

Saturday, April 3, 2021

In My Mailbox #491

I am all kinds of exhausted and dead this week. Sigh. Feeling so sick. But doing my best too :) I just took up my spa bath today. Ahh! I am so very excited. It will take a couple of days to reach 42C, but sigh. I am so happy. Still fully winter and a little cold, but I don't mind. I sadly haven't read anything this week. Just haven't had the time for it. I started re-watching Stranger Things with my mom; her first time. <3 Only a few episodes left :) It's awesome, as always. So yeah. Behind on everything. But hoping to catch up more soonish. One new blog post. This week I'm waiting on Any Sign of Life. <3 Because of Easter, there was only one day of mail this week, so nothing for me. Aw. But I have downloaded a few eARCs, so sharing about those below. I hope to read this new week. Hope you are doing good and staying safe, always. <3

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales. Eeee. I love Soman. These stories sounds all kinds of incredible.
Any Sign of Life. I simply cannot wait to read this one. <3 It sounds all kinds of awesome. So excited.
The Hollow Heart. I couldn't resist downloading this sequel. I peeked. I'm excited about this one a lot :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #494

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


Goodreads Description:

#1 New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson delivers a harrowing and pulse-pounding survival story set in the near-future Midwest—with a cosmic twist. When a teenage girl thinks she may be the only person left alive in her town—maybe in the whole world—she must rely on hope, trust, and her own resilience. A must-have for readers of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Neal Shusterman’s Dry.

Paige Miller is determined to take her basketball team to the state championship, maybe even beyond. But as March Madness heats up, Paige falls deathly ill. Days later, she wakes up attached to an IV and learns that the whole world has perished. Everyone she loves, and all of her dreams for the future—they’re gone.

But Paige is a warrior, so she pushes through her fear and her grief. And as she gets through each day—scrounging for food, for shelter, for safety—Paige encounters a few more young survivors. Together, they might stand a chance. But as they struggle to endure their new reality, they learn that the apocalypse did not happen by accident. And that there are worse things than being alone.

New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson tells a contemporary and all-too-realistic story about surviving against the odds. The award-winning author brings the vivid world-building, memorable characters, and extraordinary writing she is known for to this near-future thriller. With page-turning suspense, a light sci-fi twist, and an emotional focus on the resolute qualities of the human spirit, Any Sign of Life will electrify fans of Rory Power’s Wilder Girls and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 12th 2021 by Greenwillow Books
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

I am all kinds of excited for this book, eee :D I adore Rae. <3 And I love this cover. Sounds like such an exciting story. I may have downloaded it from Edelweiss, to read earlier, oops. Simply can't wait for this :D
What are you waiting for on this surviving Wednesday?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

In My Mailbox #490

Ah. This week have gone by pretty fast. I haven't read anything since last Saturday. But I do not mind. Needed a little reading break :) Have watched a bunch of true crime on Netflix instead, haha. Hoping to read a new book this coming week, though. It's almost Easter. And I love all my different ornaments for it. So many yellow chickens, ha. And so just one new blog post. This week I'm waiting on Rise Up From the Embers :) I got some lovely mail too. <3 Still feeling exhausted and always in pain. Hmph. Keep getting new issues, which sucks. But I'm doing my best and just trying not to focus on it too much :) Stay safe. <3

Chain of Iron. Oh. Oops. Another copy, haha. The UK paperback. <3 Wait.. I haven't ordered the intl one.
Namesake. I am very excited about starting this series very soon. I'm excited to read them. So gorgeous.
Call Down the Hawk. I know, I know. I have yet to read this one. Oops. But needed new paperback still :)
Lord of the Rings. I couldn't resist buying this pretty tin of cards. <3 They are just so pretty. Sigh. Love :)
The Ones We're Meant to Find. EEE! Most precious pre-order swag from Joan. <3 Thank you so much.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #493

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

RISE UP FROM THE EMBERS (Set Fire to the Gods #2)

Goodreads Description:

Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in this epic duology conclusion about two elemental gladiators swept up in an ancient war between immortals and humans—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Kristen Simmons, acclaimed author of Pacifica and The Deceivers. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes, And I Darken, and The Winner’s Curse.

Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising.

Fleeing the ruins of Deimos, Ash and Madoc sail across the ocean toward their only possible allies: the water and plant gods. But when Anathrasa attacks on the way, Ash leaps to the defense—by using a power she didn’t know she had.

When Madoc made the fire and earth gods mortal, he inadvertently transferred their magic to Ash. Now, if Ash can get energeias from the other four gods, she will be powerful enough to end Anathrasa once and for all.

But not all the gods want the Mother Goddess defeated. To stop her, Madoc will have to become the obedient son his mother always wanted, and Ash will have to take a merciless place among the gods.

To defeat an immortal, Ash and Madoc must fight like gods—even if it means sacrificing their humanity.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Balzer + Bray
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

I am pretty excited about this second and final book :) I didn't completely love Set Fire to the Gods, but I enjoyed it a lot. And I think this second book sounds all kinds of exciting. I'm hoping to love it. Fingers crossed. <3 I am unsure about the cover. I think it's gorgeous, yet also a bit weird coloring. Still. I like it :)
What are you waiting for on this ruinous Wednesday?

Saturday, March 20, 2021

In My Mailbox #489

How has it been another week already? Ahh. Time is moving so fast lately. And I am actually quite happy about it :) Already almost April, eee, when I will finally get my spa bath up again. Sigh. Probably not until late April, though. Hmph. So very excited. This week I have actually managed to read two books. What even! I am so proud of myself, haha. But now need a little reading break. I have many others things that I need to get done. Oops. Hoping I can manage to get more done this coming week. Fingers crossed. My health still sucks. Sigh. But got more medicine this week. And hoping I might finally get better because of it. Hmph. Fingers crossed. A few new blog posts this week. I shared my review of The Project :) And this week I'm waiting on Steelstriker :D And I just shared my review of Red Wolf. <3 I hope you are all staying safe and doing good :) Fully depressing and heartbreaking to watch the news these days. Stay safe. <3

Moomin. A huge book in Norwegian about Moomin, Mummi. I just couldn't help but buy this one, eee :)
Chain of Iron. I know, another copy. Oops. Getting one more, though, haha :) UK hardcover. <3 Love it.
City of Spells. I know, I know. I haven't read book one. Oops. But it's just two books, so starting soonish.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent

This was such an interesting book for me. I loved the story and the setting. Had some small issues with connecting to the main character. But mostly I just really enjoyed this book. Beginning was a little slow, but then it picked up. And it was so awesome. The ending was dark yet hopeful. I'm so happy that I liked it a lot.

I'm going with four stars for this one. It was better than a three, as I really loved the story. But not a five star, as I had some small problems with the writing. But oh, it was such a great book even so. And I am so glad I read this stunning book. Can't wait to own a finished copy of it too when it comes out for real this summer.

This is a book that takes place in a village surrounded by a dark and dangerous forest. It felt like this was set far back in the past, when they were still burning witches. I liked the setting. It was so creepy and good. I had some trouble with the writing, but it was good too. I just never fully loved the main girl. I did like her a lot, but she was also blind to many things. But I couldn't fully blame her for that either. The summary says that Adele and her family are guardians. That the women in her family can change into wolves. That they are protecting their village from harm. But it does not mention that Adele does not know about this. At all. Until she gets attacked by a wolf inside the dark forest, and she turns into one herself. And I enjoyed reading about it all a whole lot.

First there was the dark forest. Normal people can not see into it at all. Their village was fully surrounded, except for a small river. Whenever people had to travel through this forest, they needed to bring lanterns with them. As fire was the only thing that could keep the werewolves away from them. But this forest was full of other monsters too. And I loved getting to know more about them all, haha. This book was dark at times and I liked it very much. This forest was the very worst and I so loved when Adele would enter it.

We get to read about her learning about being a guardian, about being a different type of werewolf than what lives in the forest. Her kind do not kill people. They are able to stay themselves when they turn into wolves. And so her mother and grandmother have protected their small village as best as they could for years. And now Adele is meant to do the same. But all she can truly think about is how she was meant to marry her sweetheart, Grainger. I did not really like him. Oops. But she seemed to love him, and him her.

But this was impossible, after she turned into a wolf. As he was on the village watch. And would burn her and all her family if he found out what she was. And then, of course, there was another boy. Max. Whom Adele had been engaged to since she was a baby. Without knowing it, until the day before he showed up in her village. She promises her mother to give him a chance to try to earn her heart. But that wasn't easy either. Sigh. Sort of a triangle. But I never liked the village boy. And I loved Max, so yeah. I did not mind.

And it wasn't a big deal either. As Adele was more focused on the werewolf part. And I sadly did not fully love Adele either, as I found her to be a little naive about some things, and blind about others. But I liked her a lot. And I liked getting to know her family history and all that they could do. Her grandmother and mother were both amazing. And I adored her little sister too. And I loved her growing friendship with Max. And how she started to grow apart from Grainger, as he started changing more too, in a bad way. Hmph.

There was a lot going on in this book, and yet it felt pretty short too. Adele ended up saving a lost child in the forest. No one knew who he was and he did not speak. I liked how the plot was somewhat about him and what happened because of him. I liked the monsters in this book, though they weren't there much. I loved reading about Adele as a wolf. I loved how Max could fight too, though only women were guardians and could turn into wolves. I did not like most of the villagers. They never knew who was protecting them.

Red Wolf was just as incredible as I thought it would be. Fully creepy and exciting. I loved the werewolves and the story behind them. I loved the setting. I loved the family part of this, how they loved each other. I even loved the ending, though it was dark and depressing as well. While this book was not fully perfect to me, I enjoyed it so very much. And I think you should all read this one too. That cover is gorgeous. Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me be auto-approved on Edelweiss, so I could read this book early.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #492

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


Goodreads Description:

Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in this riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu

As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Karensa Federation’s tyranny.

But Mara has fallen. And its destruction has unleashed Talin’s worst nightmare.

With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, Talin is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. She has no choice but to become the Federation’s most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter.

Red is no stranger to the cruelty of the Federation or the torture within its Skyhunter labs, but he knows this isn’t the end for Mara – or Talin. The link between them may be weak, but it could be Talin and Red's only hope to salvage their past and safeguard their future.

While the fate of a broken world hangs in the balance, Talin and Red must reunite the Strikers and find their way back to each other in this smoldering sequel to Marie Lu’s Skyhunter.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by Roaring Brook Press
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Okay, confession. I do not like these covers at all. Ahhh. They are just not good. Oops. But I love the colors. That I do :) And I did like Skyhunter. Did not love it, sadly, but still very excited for this second book. I did love Red. And hoping this final book will end up being more amazing. Crossing my fingers.
What are you waiting for on this striking Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Review: The Project by Courtney Summers

I do not know how to feel about this book. I had been waiting so long for it. Felt so sure that I would love it the most, as I so adore Courtney and have enjoyed all of her books so far. Then I started this one. And did not love it right away. And I got scared. And so now I am a little heartbroken to say that I am rating this two stars.

I wanted to love it, so badly. I thought I would find it to be exciting and thrilling and broken like every book by Courtney. But it was not. Instead I found it to be boring, with little happening for ages. There were parts I loved. But there were parts that I hated too. I will be sharing all of my thoughts about this book in this review.

I will begin by saying that the writing was wonderful. I didn't have any issues with that at all. It was sadly this story that made me dislike the book. Sigh. I tried very hard to love it. I wanted to so much. But it was not to be. It is mostly told from the point of view of nineteen year old Lo. She was in a horrific car crash with her parents when she was thirteen, she was the only survivor. She had an older sister, who should have been there for her after the accident. But she left her. She left her for the unity project. For him. Lev Warren. The face of the project, their leader. And so Lo had to grow up mostly on her own, with her aunt that she had never met before. This broke parts of her. Me too. Lo deserved the best, all the love. I was truly angry with her sister, Bea.

Because after she left her, she never once tried to contact her again, during all of those years. Now Lo works at a small magazine place, trying to work her way up to become a writer. For years she has tried to see her sister at the unity project. For years she has been turned away, without once seeing her. Now she finally has a real chance of being able to find out what is wrong with this place. This cult, which they deny being. Something is wrong there. She wants to prove it. To get her sister back from them. Home to her.

But things do not go as she wants. And there is just much going on in this book. And yet not much at all. It moved slowly. With little actually happening. The whole book is about getting to know Lo. Whom I did adore, until a choice she made near the end of the book. Ugh. And then we got a few small chapters from Bea, during the years before. I liked getting to know her a whole bunch. Except for how very brainwashed she seemed to be. It bothered me. I'm not a God person. I'm not a cult person. Very much not so. Oops.

And yet I wanted to love this book. Thought it would be more mystery, more murder, more excitement. But there wasn't. And I was left disappointed. It was too much about life at this place. With Lo searching it, getting to read about Bea being there. It was simply too much not for me, to be honest. It was too much about the boring parts, too little about the murder parts. I loved the emotional scenes. I did love getting to know Lo. But I did not love Lev and his place in all of this. I found him disgusting, at every part. Shudders.

This part will be spoilery. But I cannot not mention it. It is the one thing I hated about this book and I sadly will not be forgiving it for that. The main girl is nineteen years old. And the leader of this cult is twice her age. He was thirty-eight years old. And she starts a relationship with him near the end of the book, sexual and emotional. And it bothers me. So very much. He was way too old. It was not right. And I just cannot see past this. It would have been better, had he been five years older. But he was not. I just hated it so.

I suppose this was included to make us see how wrong that he was as a person, how he got everyone believing in him and his project. But to me it was simply wrong. Because he was so old. And she was so young. And he was using her from the very beginning. I understand why she was so vulnerable. And my heart was aching for her. But my gosh. This should not have happened in the book. At all. And is why I'm giving it two stars, and not three. It might just be a me thing. But yeah. It was not at all for me. That's that.

Still. Even though The Project was not everything that I had hoped it would be, I am still glad that I read it. And I am still glad that I am about to own three copies of it to collect. Oops. Regular hardcover, special edition, and the advance reader's copy edition too. Sigh. I just adore Courtney too much. And I love this cover. And I cannot wait to read what she writes next. But sadly, this book was not for me. But I do think that others would love it, and I must know what you all think of it. I wish that I could have loved this more.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

In My Mailbox #488

This week have not been easy for me. Sigh. Health just keeps getting worse. I'm doing good, as I always am, but getting goddamn tired of always being in pain, of there always being something new. Hmph. I did manage to read another book this week, which I'm happy about, despite not loving it. Ack. Hoping to start another book tomorrow :) Fingers crossed. Got some gorgeous books this week too, all lovely. And then I saw season two of Love Alarm yesterday.. and so goddamn disappointed. Ugh. My boy was completely ruined and left with nothing. I am not pleased. So anyway. I'm doing the best I can :) Exhausted, in pain, but happy too. This week I'm waiting on Lost Island. <3 Shared my review of The World Between Blinks :) Hope you are all doing well and staying safe, as always. <3 We're all trying our best, in this difficult world.

Chain of Iron. Oops. A few different editions, more to come :D A bit behind on reading these books, ahh, but getting to it very soon, I hope. <3 Two US hardcovers. And Waterstones special edition. So so pretty.
Bridge of Souls. Hoping to love this third book :) My feelings for the first two have been a little mixed, ack.
The World Between Blinks. Gosh, this Australian edition looks so goddamn precious :D Ahh. Love it so.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Review: The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman & Ryan Graudin

I had to read this gorgeous looking story. As I adore both these lovely authors and their books. I felt certain that this book would be for me. As it sounded so special and fun. And it was for me, I just sadly did not love it as much as I had hoped I would. And so I have to give this three stars. Not perfect, but still so very good.

I will try not to write such a long review of this book, just going to share a few of my thoughts about it. I will begin with the writing. Which was pretty much perfect, though I knew it would be. I had no trouble with reading this one and no trouble getting a little lost in the world. Just wish I had loved the story more. But still great.

This book tells the story of twelve year old Marisol and Jake, her cousin. They just arrived at their Nana's beach house for the last time. As she died a little while ago, and now their families have to sell her house, and so they are packing everything down. The two cousins are not happy about it. After they find a hidden map their Nana had left behind a photo, they set out on an adventure. Stealing or borrowing a small boat to take to a lighthouse nearby. Which is not at all allowed. Things go badly, and they climb up to try to signal their family. While doing so, they suddenly enter a different world. Which was called The World Between Blinks. Which they learn is a place where all lost things end up. Lost famous humans, places, treasures. Everything you can think of.

I did like reading about all of this. I liked this different world. I just had trouble connecting with everything. It annoyed me a little how an exclamation mark was used almost all the time. I did love the writing, but I hated that smaller part. Marisol and Jake arrive in this new strange place. And they learn so many new things. Like how they could get lost there forever, slowly losing all their memories. How the mega shark might eat them. How they can visit underwater cities and visit deserts as well. They both loved this place.

Yet decided to try everything to get back home. Right after they arrived, they were tricked by the villain of this book. And have to spend the entire book trying to hunt him down. I did find some parts of this a little silly, even more so when the villain was revealed. Yet kind of interesting too, and I did like reading about these cousins and their adventures. I simply wish I had been able to love this book more. Maybe I wanted it to be more fantasy. I don't fully know. It was a stunning book, yet sadly not that perfect to me personally.

Marisol is not at all ready to leave behind her Nana's house. She does not want them to sell her beach house at all. As she loves being there every summer, even with Nana now being gone. Jake is a boy that wants to forget things. All the friends and places he had to leave behind, all the bad memories. Marisol keeps holding on to things, Jake just wants to let go. All of this I did find to be pretty interesting. But I felt that the way it was dealt with, at the end of the book, was not done very well at all, sadly. Was too rushed.

I think one of the reasons for why I had a few issues with this book was that the boy and girl was cousins. Which is totally a me thing. As I can't help but ship every characters that I read about, especially in middle grade too. And with this book, that was not possible, with them being related. Still. I did adore them both a whole lot. I also felt like it was a little too much, a little too many famous people and places in this World Between Blinks. I know, that was the point of it, but I still grew tired of it, to be honest. Still. Not that bad.

Even though The World Between Blinks was not fully perfect to me, it was still such a great read. And I am glad that I read it. As it was pretty much adorable. And I will for sure be reading the sequel when it comes out. And reading more books by both these authors. I am hoping I will have more luck with book two, that I will love it a little more. Still. This book look stunning. The Australian paperback even more so. You should all read this story. The cousin relationship was written really well. I think you will all adore this.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #491

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

LOST ISLAND (Hollow Dolls #2)

Goodreads Description:

The thrilling conclusion to the Hollow Dolls duology continues Simone's story as she sets out with her friends to stop the body walker once and for all.

Simone is still reeling from learning the truth about her mother, Maeve. But she knows she has to stop her before she finds what she's looking for and ends up hurting her friends in the process.

When Simone stumbles across an old legend about a handful of folks with rare and powerful talents who fled to a secret island haven, she wonders if the soul summoner Maeve seeks could be there. So she and Sebastian set off to find it, hoping to get to there before Maeve does.

But as Simone and her traveling party draw closer to the island, it becomes clearer that Maeve will stop at nothing to get what she wants. And if her evil isn't stopped, it could mean terrible consequences for everyone Simone loves.

With the gripping feel of a new classic, the Hollow Dolls duology will enthrall middle school readers who love fantasy, magic, and danger. Perfect for 5th grade and above.

Praise for Hollow Dolls:
"Connolly... introduces new characters and a gripping plot with a twist-all sure to captivate readers."--Booklist
"[An] entertaining start to a new series...Simone's attempt to unravel the secrets of her past is relatable."--Publishers Weekly
"This fantasy covers a lot of ground-suspense, friendship, bravery, family, and magic. Plot twists will surprise even readers paying close attention...A recommended purchase."--School Library Journal

Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: October 5th 2021 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
Pre-Order here
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Eee. I am excited about this gorgeous middle grade sequel. <3 Such a huge fan of MarcyKate. And I cannot wait to see how Simone's story ends :) And just, gosh. Look at that stunning cover. So excited.
What are you waiting for on this lost Wednesday?

Saturday, March 6, 2021

In My Mailbox #487

Another Saturday, another week gone by. Plus side of the time moving fast for me: it is soon April, when I will hopefully get to take up my spa bath early again, eee. I am so very excited. <3 I have actually had a pretty good week. I read a whole book last Saturday, and spent this week reading another one. It took me longer, but finished it, so I'm pleased about that :) And I know what I'm reading next too. Have re-watched The Hobbit trilogy with my nephew, his first time. Watched some true crime things on Netflix. Just tried to take it easy. Still playing Animal Crossing New Horizons every day, and Pokemon GO every day too. A little of Wizards Unite too, though I am still mad at that game. Hmph. So my days are busy. Sadly health just feels worse this week. Uuugh. Toe is still infected. My back has gotten some intense pain that I do not know what is. Have an ultrasound appointment next week, hoping they will find something, so I will know what it is. And season two of Love Alarm arrives next week too. Ahh. I am fully nervous. It will break me. Yet I cannot wait. Sigh. Got a little bit of precious mail too. <3 A few new blog posts :) I shared my review of The Ones We're Meant to Find. <3 This week I'm waiting on Bluebird :D And shared my review of Such a Quiet Place :) I hope that you are all still doing good and staying as safe as is possible these days. <3

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. Thank you so much to prettygalsread for trading this lovely with me. <3
Foxheart. Eee. Finally a US paperback edition. <3 Of course I had to have two, as always with Claire :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, March 5, 2021

Review: Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

Of course I would be read this newest book by Megan Miranda. Have read and loved all her books, just one unread. So when I got approved to read it from the publisher via Edelweiss, I was beyond happy. As I have loved all books I have read by her so far. Felt sure I would adore this too. That was sadly not the case.

What even. I'm still struggling to understand it, to be honest. I'm going with a two star rating for this book. I wanted badly to love it. But I did not. Had trouble reading it from beginning to end. I have always loved Megan's writing, but with this book I did not. Which disappointed me a little. Will share most of my thoughts.

I do have a bunch of thoughts about this book. And yet I fear I will run out of words, not knowing what to say. Will try my best to not share spoilers. And not write too much, but knowing me I still will. Oops. I was expecting this book to be a full thriller. That it would be exciting, that there would be murders. But oh, it really wasn't. Nothing happened for at least over half the book. And it was fully boring to me. And I had such trouble reading through that first half of the book. Because I did not at all care about the main character, thirty year old Harper. I did not really like her at all, to be honest. She was boring. She was sort of a pushover too, and not in a good way. I felt like she didn't really change much either. I tried my hardest to like her. But I just did not.

This book is about Harper, where she lives, and her roommate that comes back from jail. She lives in a small neighborhood. With the houses close together, everyone knowing each other. They have their own online chatting place, just for those who own houses. They all spend their summers at the pool close by. They are all close. And so when two people end up dead next door they all come together, trying to figure out who killed them. Which ends up with Ruby, Harper's roommate, in jail. Claiming that she is innocent.

Harper got rid of all her things, after Ruby's dad told her to. She never once visited her either. She was supposed to be in jail for twenty years. But then, fourteen months after she was put away, she shows up at Harper's door. Free. As there was no real evidence that she had killed them. And now she's putting herself into Harper's life again. And Harper is too scared to say otherwise. She is unsure if Ruby is guilty or not. If not, there is a murdered among them, still free. I just. Sigh. I did not like Ruby. Not at all, sadly.

And now I do not know how much else to say about this book. I thought it would be full of suspense. It was not. I thought it would be a murder mystery. It wasn't really. It was more about getting to know the neighbors a little, getting to know Harper more. And I did not care one bit, to be honest. They were not good people. None of them. And Ruby might have actually been the best of them all, I think. I just felt like there was too little happening in this book. Too little murder, too little mystery. Wanted more of everything.

One thing I had an issue with in this book was the romance. Well, there wasn't any. It is mentioned that Harper moved to Hollow's Edge with her boyfriend, who turned into her fiancé. After he finished school, he just left her and moved away. And so she got a new roommate, Ruby. Then she ended up in jail. And a little after Harper slept with her boyfriend. And they had a small on and off relationship. And I did not like it at all. He was older, and he seemed kind of toxic, to be honest. Thankfully, she ended it with him.

I somewhat liked the twisty ending. One twist long before the ending, and that one I did not like at all. It had not needed to happen, and I did not approve of it. Sigh. And then the ending. I didn't see it coming, but that did not mean that I liked it either, sadly. I wish I could have loved this book. But I didn't. I tried so hard. But I simply did not care. About the characters, the murder, the setting. It was too boring to me. Sort of interesting at times, but not enough. I liked the twist, but it was too little murder, way too little suspense.

Despite not loving Such a Quiet Place like I had excepted to, I am still glad that I read it, of course. And I will still be buying the hardcover to add to my Megan collection. It looks gorgeous. I will still, of course, read whatever she writes next. I just had some bad luck with this latest book of hers. It's the only one of her books I have not liked. Still the biggest fan of her, just not of this book. But you all need to read it too. Curious to know what you all think. Big thank you to the publisher at Edelweiss for letting me read it early.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #490

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


Goodreads Description:

Sharon Cameron delivers another immersive, heartbreaking, uplifting historical novel, set in postwar New York City.

In 1946, Eva leaves behind the rubble of Berlin for the streets of New York City, stepping from the fiery aftermath of one war into another, far colder one, where power is more important than principles, and lies are more plentiful than the truth. Eva holds the key to a deadly secret: Project Bluebird -- a horrific experiment of the concentration camps, capable of tipping the balance of world power. Both the Americans and the Soviets want Bluebird, and it is something that neither should ever be allowed to possess.

But Eva hasn't come to America for secrets or power. She hasn't even come for a new life. She has come to America for one thing: justice. And the Nazi that has escaped its net.

Critically acclaimed author of The Light in Hidden Places, Sharon Cameron, weaves a taut and affecting thriller ripe with intrigue and romance in this alternately chilling and poignant portrait of the personal betrayals, terrifying injustices, and deadly secrets that seethe beneath the surface in the aftermath of World War II.

Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: October 5th 2021 by Scholastic Press
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

I am so very excited for this book. Eee. A huge fan of Sharon and her books. And this new one sounds all kinds of exciting and evil and good. I cannot wait to read it. Gosh. I think I will love it more than The Light in Hidden Places. It sounds like it has more action, maybe. Just, I can't wait. I know I will love this book :)
What are you waiting for on this terrifying Wednesday?

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Review: The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He

There is so much for me to love about this book. That cover is beyond stunning. There has been artwork shared that killed me with beauty. And so I knew I would end up loving this one. Also because I adore Joan and her first book. It was such a stunning story of two sisters, living in a floating city, set far in the future.

I loved this world that Joan created. It is science and the future and the world ending. Natural disasters killing almost everyone, because of what humans did to this earth. It is the story about Cee and Kasey surviving in their floating city. Or trying their best to. There is so much going on in this book. Loved every moment.

The writing was pretty much perfect too, and I loved that. I felt connected with these characters and I adored them so. Though they also ruined me most of the time. How rude. They were two sisters. Alike, but fully different. The beginning of this book is not easy to completely understand. The book is told from both point of views. We begin with Celia. Whom we learn has been alone on an island for the past three years. Then there is her sister, Kasey. It has been three months since her sister went missing. So we get to see from both sisters, at different times. We get some memories of them together, and I loved that so much. Wish we had gotten more of them together, though. Yet reading about them apart was all kinds of stunning. As I grew to love them so.

There is so much going on in this story. I shall not spoil anything big. Simply sharing my thoughts about certain things. This is a story about two sisters. A story about an earth that is dying. And how one sister might be able to save those who are still alive, if she wants to. We get to know them both so much and I adored them so. We get to see so much of Cee and her abandoned island. It was heartbreaking at times. But so very good and I loved it the most. She had a small bot with her, but not one she could truly talk to.

And we get to see a lot about Kasey and her life while living in the floating city about the sea. Where she shares about the failing earth and how no one knows how to save it. How she misses her sister, yet how she does not feel the same as everyone around her does. She was different. And I liked her very much. I may have loved Cee and her island life the most, but I loved Kasey just as much. And I loved how they were both searching for each other. All the secrets that were revealed. They all killed me, though. Sobs.

I cannot decide what I felt about the different types of romances in this book. Cee and Hero was the most adorable thing and I loved them so very much. But Kasey and Act. Well. I shipped them. And then I didn't, except I still did. And I am so confused about that whole thing. So well written, though. I loved getting to know Hero. He showed up on Cee's island, without memory as well. And I found him to be every kind of precious. Then there was Actinium. Felt so conflicted about him, and needed to know much more of him.

There was also the sister relationship between Celia and Kasey. We see more about them being apart. Thinking about the other. And they had a complicated relationship too. Yet so much love for each other. And I very much enjoyed that. I loved learning more about their past. Who they both were. And what they meant to each other. Kasey was difficult to love. Set more apart from others. And yet I loved her so very much. Cee was very easy to love, yet had such a gentle heart too. I simply adored these two sisters so.

It is a four star for me because of a few things. Firstly, some of the science was a little too much for me to understand at times. It also took me a little time to get into the book. Wish that the timing had been made clearer. Like how Cee was at three years, and Kasey at just three months. Then that ending. It feels fully open with many things not clear yet. Summary says "Lost with a satisfying resolution." I feel a bit tricked. Thought there would be a sequel, there won't be. And there is so much I do not know. What happened?

And yet I loved this book so very much. It captured me from beginning to end, made me love these two girls. I just wish the ending had been clearer. It does not feel like an end to me. It feels very much ready for a sequel. And oh, how I wish there will be one. Though I see that Joan has said there will not be. And that is breaking my heart a little, to be fully honest. I wish to know what actually happened so badly. I wish more so so much. And so I will try being hopeful, that Joan might be writing a sequel one day. Want it so.

The Ones We're Meant to Find was such a beautiful book. And I very much loved it. It was everything I had hoped it to be. And yet so much more. Such a huge twist that I did not at all see coming. I probably should have seen it, but I did not. And I very much loved that, haha. But it so ruined me. Then everything after the twist ruined me even more. It was so good, but oh, my poor heart. Okay, the ending was not that open. But I need answers even so. It was such an incredible story and I shall never forget it. Do read this.

In My Mailbox #486

It has been another week already. I wish I could say that this week have been great for me, but it really truly has not. Sigh. As if I didn't have enough pain in my body already, this week gave me more. Infection in my mouth. Infection in both my big toes. Still nauseous at times. Stomach bad again. Headaches. I am goddamn tired of all of this pain. But I'm doing my best, as good as I can. Today I finally started reading a new book too. And I actually read all of it today. What even. Writing my review now. I'm happy. <3 But all of me hurts worse now. Sigh. Also got some stunning bookish mail this week, which I'm pleased about :) This week I'm waiting on Namesake. <3 And I will be posting my review of The Ones We're Meant to Find before midnight :) Just wanted to share this post first. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. <3

Reaper of Souls. I still have not read book one. Oops. But now I have both, so hoping to read them soon.
Dragon Fury. Was too late to pre-order this, so finally got to buy it :D So behind, but own them all, ha. <3
Winterkeep. Eee. Had to order from a Norwegian sites to get these paperbacks, but worth it. Gorgeous.
Chain of Iron. Oh gods. I own too many copies of this book. My god. But still ordered this new UK pback.
The Hobbit 4K. I couldn't not buy this edition too, haha. LotR is my favorite, but love these movies too. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #489

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


Goodreads Description:

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Wednesday Books
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

Okay, I have yet to read Fable. Oops. But I do own it. And I am excited to read it, as soon as I get my pre-order of Namesake in the mail too, haha :) I must have them both before I start. <3 I am so very excited for that. As I think this duology sounds amazing and I hope to love it so. People I know love them a lot :)
What are you waiting for on this fighting Wednesday?

Saturday, February 20, 2021

In My Mailbox #485

Oh, hello. This week have been a little crazy. I just spent all day long playing Pokemon GO, which has ruined me, but was awesome too. And my nephew got so so happy when he got a Playstation 5 too, eee. So happy. <3 And oh gods. I got the most awesome mail this week. Eee. SO very happy. Best package arrived from Alyssa, eee. Two pictures shared of all of that, haha. <3 And oh. This week I also watched Love Alarm on Netflix, also Korean, because of main boy from Sweet Home, Song Kang, being in it. I so regret it. My heart is ruined forever. It broke me. And I loved it so goddamn much. That boy is my favorite. And now I must see everything he's in. And oh gods, new season next month. I need it. Worst cliffhanger. Drama. Heartbreak. It killed me so. But so good too. Sigh. So yeah. Still waiting on news about season two of Sweet Home, though, haha. I need that the most. So anyway. Some stunning mail this week, eee. Sadly nothing read. Aw. But soon, I hope. I just don't feel like it yet. My body huuurts. So yeah. But soon. So just one new post. This week I'm waiting on All These Bodies, ahh. <3 I hope you are all still safe :)

Fable. Okay, I still haven't read this gorgeous thing, but had to own this UK paperback of it too, haha :)
The Island. Eee. Thank you to the publisher for sending me this finished copy as a gift :) Looks awesome.
Super Mario 3D World. Oh, I am excited about this game. I loved it on my WiiU. This will be even better.
Funko Pop. AHH! Thank you so much to Funko Nordic for this most perfect gift :D Oh my gosh. Love it.

First: Thank you so much to Alyssa for helping me get all of this, eee. <3 I paid for all of this. And she let me use her US address to get it all, then shipped it to me later. I am so, so happy. And beyond thankful.
Taylor Swift Cardigan. AHH! I am SO happy to have bought this cardigan :D A little big, but so so perfect.
Unlocked. Eee. I had to order this via B&N, haha, for the bonus content. Sigh. So behind on these books.
Kate & Jesse. Have wanted this short novella for ages, and finally got to order it. I very much adore Erin.
Marrowbone. I might not be able to watch this in Norway. Oops. But loved it so on Netflix. 3 times. Sigh.
CDs. Folklore target edition. <3 New Katy Perry. Frozen 2. And signed Folklore with card :D Ahh! Love.
POPs. Eee. I am SO excited to own these. Bigger ones were crazy expensive here. Smaller exclusive :)

First: Thank you so much to Alyssa for helping me get all of this, eee. <3 Most are pre-order offers, where I bought the book, and Alyssa let me use her US address. <3 Beyond thankful. And a few gifts from her :)
Swag. There is so so much pre-order swag here. Oh my gosh. I'm beyond happy with all of it, eee. There is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. There is Among the Beasts & Briars. There is Lightbringer. There is The Other Side of the Sky. There is Skyhunter. There is Instant Karma. There is Grishaverse, two books. And then gorgeous Megan Shepherd swag that I got from Alyssa. <3 Eee. And that most perfect School for Good and Evil pin from her too. Sigh. And I bought that Iggy from Shannon Messenger pin :) And that awesome Lord of the Rings card set. <3 Just. Thank you so much Alyssa. <3 You are the most amazing.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #488

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


Goodreads Description:

Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation.

It starts with a lone victim, found on his front porch with his throat cut and his body drained of blood. By the time it’s over, the Bloodless Murders leave a trail of sixteen bodies littered across the Midwest, with no suspects and no witnesses. Only questions: how were the victims chosen? Why didn’t they fight? And where, where is all the blood?

Michael Jensen yearns to become a journalist and escape his small-town life. He never imagined that the Bloodless Murders would come to sleepy Black Deer Falls, not until the night in September when the Carlson family is murdered in their farmhouse. The only suspect in the case is found with them in the house that night: fifteen-year-old Marie Catherine Hale, unharmed but covered in blood. She claims the murderer abandoned her at the scene, and though her story is suspicious, no one believes her capable of committing the crimes on her own.

When Marie refuses to talk to anyone but Michael, he agrees to record her side of the story. But how can he trust her confession when it calls into question everything that he holds to be true?

Marie knows that her time is running out. But she chose Michael for a reason, and his search for answers gives her one last chance to tell her truth.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: September 21st 2021 by Quill Tree Books
Pre-Order here
and here #ad

EEEE. I am so goddamn excited for this book :D Ahh! Kendare is the best. And I love her books so so much. <3 And oh my gosh. All These Bodies sounds like perfection. It looks gooorgeous. I love that cover so much. Sigh. It's precious. And sounds like such an amazing story :D I know I'll love this one most. <3
What are you waiting for on this bloody Wednesday?

Saturday, February 13, 2021

In My Mailbox #484

This week have gone by so fast to me. I shared last week that I had just finished watching Sweet Home. And now I have watched it again; I watched it twice in less than a week. Sigh. Was so goddamn perfect. And I can't wait to watch it again, haha :) Waiting longer for next watch, though. And oh, please let there be a season two. I need more, so badly. I also finally read Winterkeep early this week, so yay for that :) I have a bunch of books to read next, and will start with an eARC, I think. Just not ready just yet. As I am currently re-watching Lord of the Rings trilogy, extended, in 4K on my PS5. <3 Sigh. So excited. One left. So might, maybe, read tomorrow. Will see :) Also got some pretty mail this week. Eee. I shared my review of Winterkeep. <3 This week I'm waiting on Curse of the Phoenix :) I hope you are all doing good and still staying safe. <3 The world is still a sucky place. I'm still thankful to have a town with close to zero corona, so I am still safe. And doing mostly good too. Health is just meh these days. But still okay despite this :)

The Iron Raven. I am a little behind on these books, but I so loved The Iron Fey books back then, eee. <3
Winterkeep UK ARC. Omg. Thank you so much Rachael for trading with me :D AHH! It is so gorgeous.
Payback. Eee. So excited for this final book :D Okay, still need to read book two, but will one day soonish.
The Project. EEE. Been waiting forever and ever for this book, haha. I'm hoping to read it very shortly :D
Spider-Man Miles Morales. One day I shall play this on my PS5 :D Eee. It do look pretty much amazing.

More Instagram photos here. <3