Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #523

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

SKIN OF THE SEA BY NATASHA BOWEN

Goodreads Description:

An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata--a mermaid--collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable--she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There's the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn't, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 2nd 2021 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I love this cover so much. It looks gorgeous. And I have already pre-ordered this book. Despite not really having heard about it at all. Oops. I just love the cover. And I think it sounds aaamazing too. I have not read many books lately by new authors to me, but I'm giving this one a chance :) Hope to love this lots.
What are you waiting for on this treacherous Wednesday?

Saturday, October 16, 2021

In My Mailbox #519

This week my blog turned 10 years old :D Eee! Happy birthday to me, haha. I love that I'm still blogging :) Despite not reading much this year, aw. I still blog twice every week, the usual. So I'm happy about that. And yeah. I did not read anything this week either. Sigh. Just trying to take it easy. My body and health just sucks right now. But I'm doing okay. And will make myself read very very shortly now. Hmph. What makes me so happy right now, though, is the new Animal Crossing New Horizons update news. Eeee. SO much awesome is coming shortly. My god. I cannot wait. It will be epic, haha. But will also make me even more busy. Gah. Still. SO excited. And I will read more too. Hopefully. Got a little bit of lovely mail this week. <3 It's sadly getting darker and darker. Shudders. And so goddamn cold. I haaate it. Hmph. But Christmas is closer, haha :) We have also gotten the seasons first snow. Rude. Not sticking to the ground yet, but soon, I suppose. Two new blog posts. I shared my Ten Years of Blogging + Giveaway post :D Eee. This week I'm waiting on In Every Generation. <3 I hope you are all doing well and staying safe :)

All These Bodies. EEE! My most precious personalized copy has arrived. <3 See my instagram for inside look. It is perfection. Thank you so much Kendare and BallastBooksCo :D I love it so very much. Sigh. <3
Dune. I already own a special edition of Dune, but I so loved the movie. So needed this tie-in. So pretty.
Nintendo Switch OLED. Help. I couldn't help but buy this new edition. Ahh. My old one was from 2017. So I felt like I needed an upgrade, haha :) It is SO pretty. And I got my old one sold too, so happy about that.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #522

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

IN EVERY GENERATION BY KENDARE BLAKE

Goodreads Description:

The first in an all-new series by New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil.

A new Slayer for a new generation...

Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie’s happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers—including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi—might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born.

But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she’s next.

Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy!

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 25th 2022 by Disney-Hyperion
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

It miiight be possible that I have never watched an episode of Buffy. What even. And yet I am so so very excited about this book, eee :D And have traded for an ARC that I will get soonish, and I cannot wait to read it. <3 Because I am such a huuuge fan of Kendare :) And I think I can love this book without having seen Buffy. So I think I'm starting with this book :D And hopefully watching Buffy sometime after that, ha.
What are you waiting for on this slaying Wednesday?

Monday, October 11, 2021

Ten Years of Blogging + Giveaway

Ten years of blogging today. Gosh. How is this even possible? Feels like so much less. Time is moving too fast these days :) This past year have been pretty hard for me, to be honest. I have read so, so few books. I have done almost no catching up. And yet I feel so busy all the time. Busy with family, busy with my bad health, busy playing Animal Crossing. I have so little energy these days. Yet I am happy. And I'm pleased with what I am able to do. But oh, how badly I wish I could be reading more. There are so many books I still need to read. So many books that I still buy, all the time. I'm still blogging. I am still here. Just reading less. I still love reading, of course I do. And I want to read so badly. Just cannot make myself start anything. Which completely sucks. When I do read, I love the book so much. Hope to read more shortly :)

If you are reading this, thank you so much for following me and my blog. I still fully love blogging. And I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon. I do miss talking with people, though. Feel like I get so very few comments these days, and so few replies on twitter too. So many people are gone and not here anymore as well. I miss everyone. But so thankful to those of you that are still here, and that do still talk to me :) It means so very much to me. I have not been affected much by corona, thankfully. And I hope you are all doing well too, and staying as safe as possible. I hope the world will be back to normal soon, when it is safe. Are you guys reading the same? Would love to know more about you all and how you are doing. <3 

Giveaway details.
I have an extra signed paperback copy of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. So that is what I'm giving away today. It is open to everyone, everywhere. As I will be shipping it out myself. It's such a beautiful book and you are all going to love it. Photos below. Giveaway will end in four weeks.

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

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, October 9, 2021

In My Mailbox #518

Another week gone by, another week closer to Christmas, eee. Haha. I haven't read anything this week either. Sigh. Hopefully this coming week :) Fingers crossed that I will actually feel like reading soon. I have so many books to read. And I know I will love them a lot. I just need the energy and want to read. Hmph. This week I watched Squid Game at last. I did like it a lot, but it was not that perfect, ha. But the games were awful and I loved them. Been busy this week, and still have not done any catching up. Sigh. Soon, I hope. Plus side, wasp hive is gone and all my things are back in my attic. Hoping the queen isn't sleeping there somewhere, though. Shudders. At least she'll not be able to find food, get out of my attic or in again. Oops. Got some pretty mail this week too. My body is kind of a wreck lately, so I'm just trying to take it easy most days. Always in a bit of pain, but doing okay too :) This week I'm waiting on The School Between Winter and Fairyland. <3 I'm hoping to love it. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe :)

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales. Eee! My personalized copy has arrived. <3 And it is so precious.
Steelstriker. I couldn't not buy this sequel, oops :) I did not fully love book one, but hoping to love this.
Bluebird. I'm excited about this book, as I adore Sharon. <3 So I'm really hoping to love this book a lot.
Pop Figures. Oops. A whole bunch of new ones, again. Love the different cats, eee. Love all of them :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #521

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

THE SCHOOL BETWEEN WINTER AND FAIRYLAND
BY HEATHER FAWCETT


Goodreads Description:

Twelve-year-old Autumn Malog is a servant at the enchanting Inglenook School, where young magicians study to become the king's future monster-hunters. Along with her Gran and three too many older brothers, she works as a beastkeeper, tending to Inglenook's menagerie of terrifying monsters.

But when she isn't mucking out the wyvern stalls or coaxing the resident boggart to behave, Autumn searches for clues about her twin brother's mysterious disappearance. Everyone else thinks he was devoured by the feared Hollow Dragon, but Autumn is convinced she's heard--and glimpsed--him calling to her from within the castle walls. But who will believe a lowly servant?

So when Cai Morrigan, the "Chosen One" prophesied to one day destroy the Hollow Dragon, comes to her for help, Autumn agrees on one condition: Together, they'll search for her brother and uncover the dark truth at the heart of enchanting Inglenook School once and for all.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 26th 2021 by Balzer + Bray
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I'm pretty excited about this cute middle grade book. I do own something by this author, but haven't read it yet. Oops. Soon, hopefully :D Still going to pre-order this new one, haha. As I think I will love it lots :)
What are you waiting for on this magical Wednesday?

Saturday, October 2, 2021

In My Mailbox #517

Another week gone by. Gosh. Winter is getting closer. Brrr. But that also means Christmas is coming soon too, and that I am very excited for :D I think I have bought at least half the presents I need to buy to my family. So yay for me, ha. I haven't read anything this week. Ack. But I will start one shortly, hopefully tomorrow. Fingers crossed. I did get a bunch of lovely mail this week, though, so yay for that :D But oh gods. Look at the instagram photo below that. AHHH! This week we finally took down all my things from the attic. To look for the wasps hive we knew were there somewhere, considering they had been fully bothering me for weeks. Shudders. And we found it. Oh, we found it. Sobs. And it is so horrible. Ahhh. And so HUGE. What even. It was the worst to look at, haha. So I had to share a photo of it too :) I mean, it looks good? Made great, I guess. But so awful, and I still shiver a little every time I look at it. Thankfully, the wasps are all dead by now. Just need to get rid of this hive. And find the sleeping queen and kill her too. Shudders. And close all entries to my attic. Hmph. But yeah. I hate this. I hate that the wasps made this giant hive in my attic this year. Never happened before. So rude. Anyway. This week I'm waiting on The Last Legacy :) Hope you are all doing well and staying safe. <3 I'm a bit meh these days. But okay :)


Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales. Eee. Waterstones signed edition, and regular US hardcover. <3
All These Bodies. This book was so very good. Sigh. And the hardcover looks so very gorgeous, eee :D
Lost Island. Such a big fan of MarcyKate. <3 And I can't wait to read her newest stunning middle grade :)
The Last Legacy. Got signed copy last week, and regular to-be-read copy this week, haha :) Looks pretty.
Samurai Jack Pop Figures. Thank you so much Funko Europe for these :D SO glad that I won them. <3


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #520

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

THE LAST LEGACY BY ADRIENNE YOUNG

Goodreads Description:

When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth's eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 7th 2021 by Wednesday Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

Oops. I'm a few weeks behind in sharing about this book. But posting about it today, even so :D As I am excited about this one. <3 I adore Adrienne. Though I haven't read Fable and Namesake just yet. Aaack. And I need to read those two before I read The Last Legacy :) But I own them all. Even got personalized copies too. And so I very much hope and think I will end up loving these books. This looks so pretty. <3
What are you waiting for on this last Wednesday?

Saturday, September 25, 2021

In My Mailbox #516

This week I actually read a book! Whaaat! Ahh :D Haha. I finally made myself read the book that has been next to me for months now. <3 And I loved it. Sigh. Like I knew I would :) Just had trouble making myself start reading. But finally made it, after two months of not reading at all. Oops. I'm going to make myself start another book very soon; hopefully tomorrow :) This week I also got the most mail. Oops. So much amazing, though. And something veeery expensive. But worth it? Yeah. I love it so, ha :) I shared my review of Curse of the Phoenix. <3 And this week I'm waiting on Graceling: The Graphic Novel :D I have had a weird week. Hospital visit, which went okay. Then the day after I got home I got really sick. Aaagain. A cold, which sucks. Still sick. And waiting for it to pass. Sigh. So yeah, I'm not feeling so good. But finally getting medicine again this coming week. About time. I hope you are all doing better than me :) Oh! Also. I finally went to the cinema for the first time since 2019, I think. I saw Dune yesterday. Which was slow, but so good and beautifully made. But angry that it will be a series, I wanted more now, haha. And today I watched Boss Baby 2 with parts of my family. It was good, but I don't love those movies, ha :)

The Art of Luca. I had to buy this gorgeous Art of book. Own many Disney ones :) And this is so cute.
Empire of the Vampire. Oops. Three copies arrived :D Goldsboro is GORGEOUS. Reading it soonish.
The Hollow Heart. UK and US hardcovers, eee. Hoping to one day soon re-read book one to get ready.
The Last Legacy + Namesake + swag. Thank you so so much Adrienne for personalized books that I ordered via Union Ave bookstore. <3 They both look gorgeous and I love the special artwork so much.
TRUEL1F3. Couldn't not buy the US paperback for my collection, haha :) Soonish finishing this series.
The Rise of Flynn Rider. I even own the ARC too. Oops. Hoping to very soon be able to read this one :)
All These Bodies. Eee! UK paperback arrived. <3 And it looks so gorgeous. Love the shiny. Was so good.
Animal Crossing. I just could not stop myself from pre-ordering this small comic book, haha :) I love it so.
Pop Figures. A whole lot of new pop figures for me, oops. Love the Chase blue fairy. Finally got Lyra. <3
iPhone 13 Pro Max. Oh. Did I need a new phone, after buying my iPhone 11 Pro Max just one year ago? No, I did not. But did I still buy this brand new one? Yes, yes I did. AHHH! I couldn't help it, after reading about it, and the awesome camera on it :D Aaand. My sister bought my older one, so this one was a little cheaper.. So it was worth it for both of us. It arrived yesterday, and I already love it so goddamn much. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #519

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

GRACELING: GRAPHIC NOVEL BY KRISTIN CASHORE

Goodreads Description:

The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds.

Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself during a royal banquet. Now she acts as her uncle’s enforcer, traveling the kingdom and threatening those who dare oppose him.
 
But everything changes when she meets Po, a foreign prince Graced with combat skills who is searching for the truth about his grandfather’s disappearance. When Katsa agrees to help him, she never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that could destroy them all.

With "gorgeous storytelling" (School Library Journal, starred review) and characters "crafted with meticulous devotion" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Graceling is a beloved classic that has continued to resonate with readers for over a decade.

Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: November 16th 2021 by Etch/Clarion Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

It is no secret that these books are my most favorite. <3 And oh my gods, how excited I am about this graphic novel :D Ahh! It's going to be so beautiful and so very perfect. Gosh. I cannot wait to finally see Katsa and Po being brought to life :) I rarely read graphic novels about books, despite owning many. But this. This one I will read the moment it arrives. Because I know I will love it to pieces, eee :) And so pretty.
What are you waiting for on this unexpected Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Review: Curse of the Phoenix by Aimée Carter

I have been meaning to read this book for a few months now. But then I got into the biggest reading slump I have ever had, and simply did not manage to get started. Until now. And oh, how happy I am that this was the book I chose to read after so long without reading. Because this book was truly perfection.

I have been a fan of Aimée for so many years now. And I own pretty much all of her books, I think. And yet this is still the first book of hers that I have actually read. What. I'm the worst, ha. But I'm also so glad to have started with this one. As I loved it so much. And now I'm ready to finally read all her other books.

I will begin by saying that I very much loved the writing in this book. It was so easy to get lost in and I fully adored all of the characters. The book is told from the point of view of Zac and Lu, twelve-year-old twins living with their dad. Their mom died just a month ago, changing their entire lives. And their dad is having trouble taking care of them, so he has agreed to send them to an unknown family member of their mom's, all the way in England. Neither of them want to go, but they have zero choice. And the story truly begins when they arrive at this new place, meeting family they never even knew existed. I loved that the family wasn't too big, though. Only five new people to meet. Which was awesome, and they were all great to get to know.

But what I loved most about this book was Zac and Lu, and getting to know them both. Lu has been helping and feeding outdoor cats for a long time with her best friend. She loves to take care of animals. And she also has such a huge heart. I loved her so. But I must admit to having loved Zac a little more. Oops. Because he was so sensitive and broken and brave and I adored him to pieces. He has lived his entire life locked up in their house, almost. Because of being allergic to pretty much every single thing.

And so he spent so much time at hospitals with their mom. And all the other time at home, not being able to go out, not being able to go to school or visit anyone. Anything could kill him. And his asthma was bad too. And it was completely heartbreaking to read about. This boy was so precious and my heart ached for him. But he was also so sweet and he tried his very best. The twins were the best of friends during their first five years of life. Until she went to school, and he could not. Aw. They started drifting apart after that.

And it completely broke my heart to read about all of it. Okay, this book was pretty short and a fast read. So there could have been much more details. But I loved what there was. And it was enough to ruin my heart a little, to be honest. Zac and Lu lived together, but were barely together at all. Until they got sent away. And actually started spending some time together. And oh, how badly I loved that. I loved how they started to bond. To care more for each other again. And I loved most how they each protected the other.

Their sibling relationship was truly the sweetest thing. But this book was not just about that. Though them learning to bond with each other again was a huge part of this book. It was also about the magic of the Wildewoods. Which they always thought were just fantasy stories their mom had told them while growing up. Until they arrived with their family in England. And learned just what the real Wildewoods was. And I loved that so much. It was a protected space on their property. A secret place that no one else could find.

A place that their family had been made to protect for such a long time. Though, truly, it was actually a curse. Learning about that was pretty fun too. Okay, kind of heartbreaking, but I loved it. The Wildewoods was fully of mythical creatures. Dragons and unicorns. The last living phoenix. And a whole bunch of other creepy and scary things. I loved reading about all the creatures the most, I think. It was so much fun. The scene with the mermaids was awful yet so good too. Sigh. I loved learning about the animals.

There isn't truly that much happening in this book. I wish it had been longer. I wish it was a whole series, as I would so love to read more about everything. Though, with the ending, there does not need to be more. But I want it even so. This was a book about the siblings learning to love each other again. About them learning about a magical place and creatures they had never known were real. It was a little about them getting to know their family too, which I liked. It was a lot about grief as well. So sad but so good.

Curse of the Phoenix was everything that I had hoped it would be. It was such a magical middle grade story. Stunning writing and the most amazing characters. It was full of heart and full of sorrow. And so very cute. Zac and Lu were both incredible and I loved them so very much. Sigh. I loved how badly she wanted to keep him safe, when pretty much anything could kill him. I loved reading about his different allergies. It was sad, but so exciting too. He was just the best. I loved the story of the phoenix so much.

I may have written too much about this book already. Oops. It really wasn't such a long story to read, but I cared so much for it. And there was still a whole lot to learn. I loved when they visited the woods. Despite how everything was trying to kill them, ha. There was sort of a villain in this book too. It could have been darker, but I liked this story the way that it was too. So good. I would so love to read more from this world. And I am so glad that I read this book. I think you will all love it too, so get to reading. It was so precious.


Saturday, September 18, 2021

In My Mailbox #515

For real, Saturday again? Ahh. Time is moving way too fast for me. I still haven't forced myself to start reading again. Gosh. I am the worst. But I'm slowly getting a little better. Well, a little worse, a little better. Hospital visit this coming week. Then hopefully medicine day right after that. Fingers crossed. I will do my very best to read in the next few days. I also ordered something truly amazing yesterday, and I can't wait to get it in about a week or so, eee. Will share then :) I did get some truly great bookish mail this week, though. <3 Love it all the most. Only one new blog post, as usual, sigh. I will get better soon. Hopefully :) This week I'm waiting on The Midnight Orchestra :D Hope that you are all doing well and staying safe. <3

Lady Midnight. New special UK edition, eee. I couldn't not buy it, ha :D Lovely book. And love this cover.
Empire of the Vampire. First of six copies to arrive. Oops. Signed, black, Waterstones edition :D Love it.
Nevertheless. Oh my god. This soundtrack is THE BEST. Love all the bonus. Loved this show the most.
Luca. Oops. Another cute Luca book that I just needed to get, haha. It's too cute and the movie was too.
Pop Figures. My newest pop figures, ha :D I had to buy them all. Oops. The hippo is the cutest thing. <3
Alien + Animal Crossing. Love the Alien bottle opener. And my new Animal Crossing coasters :) Cute.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #518

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

THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA (Mystwick #2)
BY JESSICA KHOURY


Goodreads Description:

In this spellbinding sequel to The Mystwick School of Musicraft, Amelia must master the magic of Composing to help her school win a magic competition—and save her friends from a mysterious evil.

Things are finally looking up for Amelia Jones: she's officially a Mystwick student, and she even has a teacher to help her learn how to use her rare Composing magic. When Mystwick enters an international magic competition, it’s Amelia's chance to Compose something that will help them win the day. The only problem is that she still doesn’t understand how her powers work. But then she hears about a super exclusive Midnight Orchestra—half performance, half magical black market—and Amelia is sure that’s where she’ll find the answer to her Composing problem.

But the Midnight Orchestra is far more sinister than it initially appears and if Amelia can’t unlock her Composing powers, not only will Mystwick lose the musicraft competition, she won’t be able to rescue her friends from the danger unleashed in this thrilling adventure.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 14th 2022 by Clarion Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

EEE! Just how gorgeous is that cover? Sigh. I love it so very much :D And I so adored the first book in this middle grade series. <3 It was so awesome and so evil and heartbreaking. I cannot wait to read more from this world and these characters. Sigh. Also, Jessica is the best :) Just. June?! So far away. Ahh! <3
What are you waiting for on this spellbinding Wednesday?

Saturday, September 11, 2021

In My Mailbox #514

What. Another week gone by. I'm not even sure where the time is going these days. I still have not read anything. Have read so, so little this year. Which makes me sad. Aw. But need to feel like it too, need to be well enough too. And right now my body is a fucking mess, full of pain and shit. So yeah. I'm not ready to catch up to things yet. Soon, hopefully. This week I watched Nevertheless, on Netflix. And it goddamn killed me. So sweet and adorable and hot. Then so heartbreaking and rude. But a good ending too. So yeah. I'm still broken over it. But it was so good too. I know I will watch it again one day soonish. Oops. But oh, I hope to read again soon. Aw. Plus side, got some gorgeous mail this week :D Eee. Love all my new pop figures. Oops. Too many, ha. And love my books. Sigh. This week I'm waiting on Serendipity. <3 I really do want to make myself read something soon. Ack. Hope you are all doing well and staying safe :)

Divergent Series. This series meant so much to me back then. So of course I bought these new covers :D
Lightbringer. Yesss. Gorgeous paperback editions are here. <3 Bought two, as always :) Must read soon.
The Light in Hidden Places. Couldn't help but buy this paperback version too, as I really liked this book.
Pop Figures. Oh gosh. So many new ones. Oops. I love them all so very much, though :D New cats. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #517

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

SERENDIPITY BY MARISSA MEYER & MORE

Goodreads Description:

Love is in the air in this is a collection of stories inspired by romantic tropes and edited by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.

The secret admirer.
The fake relationship.
The matchmaker.


From stories of first love, unrequited love, love that surprises, love that’s been there all along, ten of the brightest and award-winning authors writing YA have taken on some of your favorite romantic tropes, embracing them and turning them on their heads. Readers will swoon for this collection of stories that celebrate love at its most humorous, inclusive, heart-expanding, and serendipitous.

Contributors include Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marissa Meyer, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Abigail Hing Wen.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 4th 2022 by Feiwel Friends
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

Would this normally be a book for me? No. But am I still excited about it? Yes. Eee. Because it is Marissa Meyer, haha. And I have only read books by her out of all these authors. Oops. But I will still read every story in this book :) And I'm hoping to love them all a whole bunch. <3 Either way, excited for this one :)
What are you waiting for on this romantic Wednesday?

Saturday, September 4, 2021

In My Mailbox #513

I am not certain how it is Saturday once more. Time is moving so fast these days. Gosh. It's already September! Ahh! I have still not read anything. Aw. But have been focused on healing and mostly just sitting still doing nothing, ha. But I'm happy with that too. But I will truly try my hardest this coming week to read a book. I love reading so much. And have read so, so little this year. Aw. But anyway. Healing is going well. Sadly got a whole bunch of other bad things going on, like a huge abscess. But doing better, despite all that, ha. No new books this week, but that is fully okay, as I'm waiting on many these coming weeks. Sigh. Help. But did get some mail at least :) This week I'm waiting on Bravely. <3 Eee! So excited for it. I hope to feel better/more okay this coming week. I hope you are all doing well, and are still safe :)


Aliens. Oops. Another Alien game, haha. This one newer. And hoping that I will end up loving it a bunch.
The Cry. I loved this short series so, so much. Needed to buy it, so I can watch it again soon. Oops. Love.
Pop figures. Finally got to buy Charmander :D SO cute. And eee, that Stitch is very awesome. Love him.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #516

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

BRAVELY BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Goodreads Description:

Merida goes on an all-new, life-changing adventure in this original YA novel set several years after the close of Brave!

What if you had one year to save everything you loved?

ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.

TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal consequences.

THREE VOYAGES. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all – herself?

FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH – OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2022 by Disney Publishing
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

Is this the best birthday present or what? :D Eeee! I am so very excited for this book. Gosh. I am such a huge fan of the Brave movie. Merida is the best. Sigh. And Maggie is such an aaamazing author and I love her so. This will be the best combo, I'm sure of it. I cannot wait to read Bravely :) And gods, it looks so very gorgeous. Ahh. And comes out on my birthday, so ha :D It will be the very best. <3 I'm so excited.
What are you waiting for on this brave Wednesday?

Saturday, August 28, 2021

In My Mailbox #512

Another Saturday. Another week of me not reading anything. Ahh. I am so behind. And I am so bad. I want to read. I really do. Yet I am so lazy and cannot bring myself to start anything. Siigh. But this coming week. I will make myself start reading, at last :) I will force myself, ha. What I have done is taking it easy. Still healing from surgery. Not sure if it's going well or not. Less pain, at least. No blood any longer. My cold is almost gone too, thankfully. So I'm doing better :) I also watched all of Making a Murderer. Which was such a heartbreaking but good series. I cannot believe that they are both still in prison, as they are both so obviously innocent. It makes me angry and so sad. Gah. I hope there will be good news soon. I got a whole bunch of pretty mail this week, eee. Love it all. <3 And today I finally got some new photos taken too, ha :) I so badly miss my spa bath. But needed to wait two weeks. So still a few days left. Rude. I want my hot baths. Hmph. This week I'm waiting on In the Serpent's Wake. <3 Eee. I hope you are all doing good and staying safe :) The world is kind of sucky these days. I'm doing the best I can, though :)

Snowpiercer. I really loved this dark and sad and great movie. So I had to own this new stunning book :D
Animal Crossing. I couldn't help but order this older sticker book too, ha. Love Animal Crossing so much.
Gods & Monsters. I have only read book one, oops, but needed to own this too to read them all one day :)
Pop Figures. Love the Nightmare Before Christmas moment, eee. Finally Pikachu. <3 First Deadpool :D
Alien + Spyro. I had to try this game for my PS5, haha. Hope it's awesome. Did not own Spyro yet. Ack.
Pusheen Clock. Oh. Hahahaha. This was goddamn small. Siiigh. Thought it was a little bit bigger. Oops.
For the Wolf bookplate. Eee. Finally got my gorgeous pre-order gift from Hannah. <3 Thank you so much.
Swag. Thank you so much Kennedy for trading this swag with me. <3 I love the pins and everything else.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #515

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

IN THE SERPENT'S WAKE (Tess of the Road #2)
BY RACHEL HARTMAN


Goodreads Description:

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Seraphina comes a piercing new fantasy adventure that champions our resilience and humility.

MIND OF THE WORLD,
OPEN YOUR EYES.


At the bottom of the world lies a Serpent, the last of its kind.
Finding the Serpent will change lives.

Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend.
Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity.
Marga is a woman staking her claim on a man’s world.
Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul.

There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden.
And those who would destroy it.

But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them—with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2022 by Random House Children's Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

EEE! I am SO excited about this book :D And so in love with that cover. Gosh. It is stunning, eee. So happy about it. <3 SO happy that there is finally a cover and a release date, haha :D February cannot come fast enough. I loved the Seraphina duology so much. And the first Tess book was so so good. Sigh. I just cannot wait for this second book. Sounds so good. Looks so perfect. I know I will love it so much :)
What are you waiting for on this wondrous Wednesday?

Saturday, August 21, 2021

In My Mailbox #511

I am alive. Somewhat, haha. Surgery went well this past week :) And the pain has been minimal too, which I'm thankful about. Still healing, though, and will for a few weeks. So I'm taking it easy for a while. It seems like the surgery went fine, so I'm feeling hopeful and that it was worth it. Been bleeding a bunch, but getting better too. So yeah. I haven't done much this week. Just healing and relaxing, as much as I can :) Did get a bunch of lovely mail, though, so yay for that. Love it all. This week I'm waiting on Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel :) Hope that you are all doing well and staying safe these days. <3


Luca. I couldn't resist buying this sticker album, eee. It looks so cute, haha. But also some fake stickers.
Shadow School 3: Phantoms. I need to catch up to this series soon, as I did adore book one. So pretty.
Rise Up From the Embers. One day I shall be reading this second and final book :) It do look gorgeous.
Luca. Another Luca book that I just had to get, ha. I so adored this most awesome movie. <3 So perfect.
Hotel Transylvania. I'm excited for movie four later this fall, eee :D This movie-tie-in looks so adorable.
Pop Figures. EEE! Thank you Funko Nordic for this most perfect gift. <3 Love. Bought Barbie myself :)
Lord of the Rings. Was so excited to buy this expensive steelbook set. <3 But box is damaged. Oh. Sobs.
Animal Crossing Amiibo. Eeeee. I am so in love with my new cards. <3 So so many. Thank you Megan :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #514

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

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
BY RUTA SEPETYS


Goodreads Description:

Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys's award-winning debut novel, and inspiration for the major motion picture Ashes in the Snow, is now a gorgeous graphic novel!

From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author and Carnegie Medal winner of Salt to the Sea comes a story of loss and of fear--and ultimately of survival--in a brand-new four-color format.

"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both." --The Washington Post


A New York Times notable book
An international bestseller
A Carnegie Medal nominee
A William C. Morris Award finalist
A Golden Kite Award winner

June, 1941. A knock comes at the door and the life of fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas changes forever. She's arrested by the Soviet secret police and deported from Lithuania to Siberia with her mother and younger brother. The conditions are horrific and Lina must fight for her life and for the lives of those around her, including the boy that she loves. Risking everything, she secretly passes along clues in the form of drawings, hoping they will reach her father's prison camp. But will her messages, and her courage, be enough to reunite her family? Will they be enough to keep her alive?

A moving and haunting novel perfect for readers of The Book Thief, now available as a stunning graphic novel.

Paperback, 160 pages
Expected publication: October 12th 2021 by Philomel Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I am pretty excited about this graphic novel :) I read the book years ago, and I remember liking it a lot. It was also all kinds of heartbreaking and sad. And I am excited about seeing it done as a graphic novel. <3
What are you waiting for on this haunting Wednesday?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

In My Mailbox #510

This week went by super fast. Gosh. I had planned on reading. That didn't happen. Sigh. Hoping this coming week will go better, haha :) I do want to read. I truly do. I just.. cannot make myself start. Which fully sucks. I'm also still exhausted all the time. Takes enough time to play Animal Crossing each day, haha, and Pokemon GO too :) But I love it so. But yeah, need to read soon too. Plus side, I finally took book photos for instagram this week too, so yay for that :D Bad side, my surgery is just a few days away. Help. I'm so nervous. I don't want it to be painful for ages. Fingers crossed it will go okay. Hoping to be well enough to write an update next week, after I have had my surgery this coming week. Shudders. Plus side, got some great mail this week, eee :D And next week will be even more amazing things. Sigh. I'm beyond excited. This week I'm waiting on Shadow School: Phantoms :) Hope you are all doing good. <3

Heartless Heirs. Eee. I'm excited about this second and final book. <3 Such a huge fan of MarcyKate :)
Graceling UK ARC. Ahh! Thank you Sian for trading this with me :D EEE! It is SO perfect. <3 Love it.
Pop Figures. Oh, help. I am buying too many, haha. Even a huge Stitch. Ahh! But I love them so much :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #513

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

SHADOW SCHOOL #3: PHANTOMS BY J. A. WHITE

Goodreads Description:

Cordelia’s last year at Shadow School brings readers back for the finale in the spooky middle grade trilogy by J.A. White, the author of the acclaimed Thickety series and Nightbooks. Cordelia must complete her quest to save the world of the living from the ghosts, and dangerous phantoms, who terrorize them.

It’s her final year at Shadow School, and Cordelia Liu isn’t ready to move on. Which is funny, considering helping ghosts “move on” is sort of her thing. But Cordelia can’t bear to give up the rare ability to see and help ghosts.

A field trip brings Cordelia, Benji, and Agnes face-to-face with a dangerous phantom—a ghost capable of reanimating dead animals—and a team of professional ghost hunters that disappear right after they capture the phantom. Cordelia can’t help herself—she needs to know more about the ghost hunters and the phantom.

It’ll mean getting Agnes and Benji to join her and the ghost hunters at a strange village called Shady Rest where ghosts live peacefully in their own homes. But soon, Cordelia, Benji, and Agnes realize that Shady Rest is not quite what it seems. Ghosts are disappearing from their homes. Others start to glow and grow frighteningly long necks and extra teeth. And some of them look strangely familiar. Didn’t they save these ghosts already?

In the creepy conclusion to the Shadow School trilogy, author J. A. White says a final farewell to this unique world of ghosts and phantoms even though some friends—and fiends—never truly leave you.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 10th 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

This book came out yesterday, and I am so excited about it :D A little behind, as I haven't read book two, but I very much adored book one. <3 And so I cannot wait to catch up to this series soon. The covers are so pretty and I loved the story so very much. Ghost hunting is always awesome, haha :D I'm very excited.
What are you waiting for on this ghostly Wednesday?

Saturday, August 7, 2021

In My Mailbox #509

Whoops. Nothing done this week either. But I will be reading this coming week for sure. Been so busy playing Animal Crossing. <3 Took me a couple of long days to finally get Judy. Gah. But worth it. And today we finally got a warm summer day again. <3 And better tomorrow. I know, the heat is just around 20C, but that is a lot for us, haha :) So I'm busy spending all day outside. And just so exhausted these days too. Hmph. And mostly just dreading my upcoming surgery. Less than two weeks left. Shudders. Will hopefully go fine, though :) Only one new blog post. This week I'm waiting on Feather and Flame :) And some stunning mail. Maaany more pop figures. Oops. I love them too much, haha :) Stay safe. <3

Harry Potter Pop-Up book. I have wanted to buy this one for ages, finally did. And it is pretty amazing.
Small Favors. Eee! I am SO excited about reading this book soon :D Gosh. Such a huge fan of Erin. <3
Red Wolf. This one was pretty much amazing. <3 And the hardcover looks so very stunning. Sigh. Love.
Pop Figures. Eee! The Mummy ones are peeerfect :D LOVE that little reindeer, haha. And HDM too. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #512

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

FEATHER AND FLAME BY LIVIA BLACKBURNE

Goodreads Description:

She brought honor on the battlefield. Now comes a new kind of war...

Following the war that made her a hero, Mulan spends her days training a militia of female warriors to protect their homes and lands. But when Shang arrives in her village with an invitation to the Imperial City from the emperor himself, her relatively peaceful life is upended. Upon her arrival at the palace, the aging emperor decrees that, having proven herself a great leader in battle, Mulan will be his heir and take the throne. Mulan is unsure of this path for her future, but before she can decide whether to accept the responsibility, the emperor unexpectedly dies.

As soon as Mulan accepts the mantle of empress, it becomes clear that not everyone is on her side. Her ministers are working against her behind the scenes, and the Huns sense a weakness in the throne. When one of Mulan’s own militia members comes under suspicion as a traitor, Mulan has no idea whom she can trust. But the Queen’s Council helps Mulan uncover her true destiny. With renewed strength and the wisdom of those that came before her, Mulan will own her power, save her country, and prove once again that, crown or helmet, she was always meant to lead. This fierce reimagining of the girl who became a warrior blends fairy-tale lore and real history—with a Disney twist.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 9th 2021 by Disney Hyperion
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I'm a little unsure about this book. I like the cover a lot. And I have been a fan of Livia for years :) And I do badly love Mulan too, so this book do seem like it will be pretty awesome. But I'm also kind of finding this summary to be a little.. dull? Oops. But I will still give this book a try :D And badly hoping to love it. <3
What are you waiting for on this twisted Wednesday?

Saturday, July 31, 2021

In My Mailbox #508

I have been feeling pretty meh this week. We had only one day with almost heat, nothing much at all. Aw. Now back to cold and less than 10C outside. Siiiigh. I want real summer. Hmph. But I suppose I live in the wrong place for that, haha :) I haven't gotten much done this week. Just taken it easy. Fuly dreading my upcoming surgery, and thinking too much about it. But should go fine, hopefully. Just, yeah. Not feeling like doing anything else. Hope it'll change :) This week I'm waiting on Daughter of the Deep. <3 Stay safe.

The Ones We're Meant to Find. Since my first paperback had damages, I got a new one. So so pretty. <3
Heart of Iron. Eee! Thank you so much Ashley :D I won this gorgeous and those artcards. So precious.
Pop Figures. A few more pop figures, haha :D Lilo and Baby are so very cute. Sigh. Love my wizard too.
Animal Crossing. Eeee! A whole bunch of new things :D Activity book from bookdepo, so that one was cheap, and so very gorgeous. Album 4 from a Norwegian site, and not at all cheap. Shudders. But I so neeeeded it. Sigh. Now just missing album 2 :D Ahh! Need it SO badly. Sigh. Anyone? And couldn't resist buying Amiibo Festival from that site too, oops. As I didn't own it. Love the figures and the cards. Sigh :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #511

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

DAUGHTER OF THE DEEP BY RICK RIORDAN

Goodreads Description:

New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 5th 2021 by Disney-Hyperion
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I know, I know. I am so behind on reading books by Rick. Oops. But I still own them all, ha :D And I will still be ordering this one, because it's the sea, and because it sounds so awesome. I hope to love it lots.
What are you waiting for on this deep Wednesday?

Saturday, July 24, 2021

In My Mailbox #507

Another week gone by super fast. Ack. But this time I have actually read a book, ha :D Yay for that. <3 Hoping to read something this coming week too, as I did not read the book I had planned on reading. Oops. Plus side, the book I read was epic, and that usually helps with me reading something after it too. Fingers crossed. I'm still having the bad headaches, though. And they are killing me a little. Sigh. Hoping they will pass soon. Hmph. Other than that I'm mostly doing okay. So so cold here these days. Brrr. But we are getting about three days this coming week with better heat. Ha. So little. But I'm so excited too :) Got a bit of gorgeous mail as well. <3 This week I'm waiting on Extasia. <3 Aaand I shared my five star review of Extasia too :D Eee! Hope you are all doing well and staying safe. <3 And hope you have heat :)

Such a Quiet Place. I did not love this book like her other ones, ack. But still needed to own it, ofc :D
Curses. I'm so excited about reading this book soonish. <3 It looks gorgeous and it sounds awesome too.
Zelda. A new Zelda game for my switch :D I am so behind on playing new games. Oops. But soooon.
Taylor Swift: Fearless. Got a replacement CD for the last one, which was broken. <3 It is so, so perfect.
Marie Pop Figure. Ahh. I ordered this as fast as I could, haha. A gorgeous glitter cat. She is so adorable.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, July 23, 2021

Review: Extasia by Claire Legrand

I cannot even begin to share how excited I was to start reading this book early. It is not out until February. But when I had the chance to read it early via Edelweiss, I started it right away. And I do not regret it for one second. This book was everything and more. I can't wait to own all the copies of this most perfect book.

I have been the biggest fan of Claire and her books for so many years now. Ever since her first one came out. I know I will love everything she writes. Yet I am still a bit nervous before starting something new. I had no need to be, with this book. I loved every single thing about it. Even the parts that tore my heart to shreds.

There is so much that I wish to say about this book. I will do my best to share no spoilers. But there is so much I want to share, haha. Will begin by saying that the writing was truly completely perfect. Not one thing I did not like about it. I loved connecting with the characters and this world. It was so good. This book tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl living in a small village. We do not know her real name. And we actually never learned it either. How rude, haha. We know the name Amity, which she is given early in this book, when the village elders make her into one of four young saints. All girls, all her age. Amity have wanted to become a saint all her life. For the chance to help her family get treated better, after the shame her mother left them with.

This book is all kinds of complicated. And I do not fully know how to describe it. I will do my best. I simply loved every moment of it, though. It takes a little while before it fully starts, but I did not mind that. I liked reading about this small and quiet world. Though every bit that was revealed about how they lived made me feel worse and worse. This was not a nice village. The men were in charge. And Amity did not know any better. All her life, she just went along with everything the elders said was true. Everything they did.

Extasia is a book about girls and women who have been hurt by men for far too long. About these girls learning to stand up for themselves, to see the truth of things. It is a book about men having taken control of a village. Of girls being taught they are less, that they ruined the world. That they deserve to be hurt and punished. That they do not deserve the same things as men. They are not allowed to read. They are not allowed a mirror. They are not allowed a knife. It is a world for men. And this was truly heartbreaking.

And completely terrifying to read about too. Yet so interesting and fascinating too. Claire did such a great job creating this world. At first it feels like a book set far in the past. But then we learn it is set in the future instead, after the world ended. And this village was chosen by God to live. Or so they believe. There was a lot of God and prayers and such in this village. I did not like this one bit. Shudders. It was too much at times too, which was the point. I very much enjoy reading about it, even though it was fully crazy at times.

There is so much bad going on in this place. It takes a while before Amity starts seeing this place for what it is. Not before after she is made a saint. When she has her own first visitation night. Which I think was once a week. And it was so fully horrible to read about. Oh, how they hurt these four girls. And how no one did anything. How they all accepted that this was just how things were. How Amity thought like this too. At first, at least. These people did not know anything other than their small village and their rules.

But she changes. She learns more about what happens to the women in this town. She realizes some truths about her own family too. Her father was not a nice man. And her dead mother was not the evil woman they all said she was. Her younger sister, Blessing, was all kinds of adorable, though. And I loved her so very much. I loved their relationship. It was so well written. I so loved the other girls we get to know too. Mercy and Silence. They were fierce and loving and brave. I adored them beyond words. Best girls.

There was a little romance in Extasia too. Between Amity and another girl. And it was so beautiful. Only small things. But they were important things and they gave hope to this dark book. At first there was a boy, Samuel. Whom Amity was meant to marry, her best friend. He loved her. And she loved him, just not in that way. I adored him beyond words. He had a few small faults, but he had a great heart. And he was her best friend. I loved that so much. They did not need to be a couple. I loved their friendship the most.

Another thing I really loved about this book is how later on, the girls choose their own name. What they wish to be called. And I loved that very much. It is also a book about the devil. A book about witches and the power they can have. It is a book of magic. And it was fully incredible and fantastic. I loved this book so very much. Gosh. Of course, it was also a book full of pain and evil and hurt. Which was so hard to read about, but was so good too. This village needed change. And change would come, bloody change.

There is so much I wish to say about this book. I have already said a lot, yet not nearly enough about what happens. What hurt me the very most about this book was when we read about what happened to Amity's mother. It was evil and cruel and it hurt so badly. And this thing happened to so, so many other women in this village too. It was so painful. But so important too. The elders of this place were no good. There is so much hurt in this book. So much darkness. So much pain. And it was great to read about too.

I have not said nearly enough about the witches of Extasia. And I won't say too much about them either. But gosh, it was exciting to read about. There were wild women outside in the woods. It did not go well when Amity meets them at first. But it slowly got better. And I liked getting to know them all. Okay, loved Amity the most, and her friends too. The witches weren't that awesome, ha. But I loved reading about them all. I loved reading about the power they had. The power Amity was learning. It was so amazing.

The ending was awesome too. A little sad. A little hopeful. A lot of evil. Makes me feel certain there will be another book, if not a direct sequel, then a companion. And oh, how I hope this will be true. I would love nothing more than to read more from this world. Even though it destroyed me. Even though it was such a difficult world to live in. I want more. I want more of all the girls. I need to know what that ending meant. But would be okay with nothing more too, as I fear a second book would bring so much more pain, sobs.

I still wish to write more about this book. Despite having written so much. Despite having already shared too much too. But my gosh. This book was excellent. It hurt me so badly. But it healed me a little too. It was full of surprises and twists. Most of them evil. All of them thrilling to read about. I did not want this book to end. And I want more so badly. Claire writes the very best books. And the best girls. I loved Amity the most. Her new name was the best, though. She went through so very much. And changed much too.

Extasia was every bit as incredible as I had hoped it would be. It completely ruined me. And I so loved every moment of it. It could not have been more perfect. Of course, it was all kinds of dark and evil. But I loved that too. I loved how grim it was at times. Because it was also hopeful at other times. There was so much that I loved about this book. And I cannot wait for everyone else to love it too in February of next year. This is a book that will hurt you. But it will also heal you, at least a little. The pain is totally worth it.

Wherever you are,
whatever you fight,
may your eyes see much,
may your rage burn bright.