Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #498

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

MISS MORIARTY, I PRESUME? (Lady Sherlock #6)

Goodreads Description:

Charlotte Holmes comes face to face with her enemy when Moriarty turns to her in his hour of need, in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England.

A most unexpected client shows up at Charlotte Holmes's doorstep: Moriarty himself. Moriarty fears that tragedy has befallen his daughter and wants Charlotte to find out the truth.

Charlotte and Mrs. Watson travel to a remote community of occult practitioners where Moriarty's daughter was last seen, a place full of lies and liars. Meanwhile, Charlotte's sister Livia tries to make sense of a mysterious message from her beau Mr. Marbleton. And Charlotte's longtime friend and ally Lord Ingram at last turns his seductive prowess on Charlotte--or is it the other way around?

But the more secrets Charlotte unravels about Miss Moriarty's disappearance, the more she wonders why Moriarty has entrusted this delicate matter to her of all people. Is it merely to test Charlotte's skills as an investigator, or has the man of shadows trapped her in a nest of vipers?

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 2nd 2021 by Berkley Books
Pre-Order here and here #ad

Gosh. Is it November yet? AHH :D And gosh. Book six already! What even! I am so in love with this series. <3 It's goddamn awesome. And that cover is gorgeous. Sigh. I cannot wait for this one, eee. Charlotte is the best. And her romance with Lord Ingram aka Ash kills me. Sigh. SO excited for it :D
What are you waiting for on this mystery Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Review: All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

This book gave me so much joy. Despite how depressing and dark it was most of the time. Which was a reason for why I loved it so. I have been a fan of Kendare for so many years now, and so of course I had to read this book as soon as I could. I do not regret it for one second. I stayed up to finish this, was so worth it.

I'm feeling a little lost for words. This book was so perfect to me. The writing was incredible, I had no issues with it. I so loved the setting of the book, taking place in 1958. I loved the town it was set in too. Most of all I loved these incredible characters. And the plot. Sigh. The feeling of not being fully safe was very awesome.

This book is from the point of view of Michael. It is written in a different way, with us reading his written down story about the murders and what happened after. It was different, and I enjoyed it so much. Michael was such an awesome character. I simply loved him to pieces. Sigh. Getting to know him was the best. He was the son of the sheriff. A good, kind boy. And I just adored him too much. His best friend was the best too. This book starts with a murder in his town. A family dead, their two-year-old surviving. All bodies free of blood. Just like all the murders that had happened in states near them for weeks now. No one knowing who did it, no leads at all. Until now. As there was a girl found at the scene. Completely covered in blood, none of it her own.

At first the police think she might be a victim. Until they learn the blood was not hers. And so she is put in a jail, where she will stay for a long time. But she is just a girl. A small, pretty girl. Innocent. And so they want her to give up the man they are sure must have committed all those sixteen murders. As there was no way this little fifteen-year-old girl could have killed them all. At least not alone. But she is not talking. Until she sees Michael at the station with his friends, being a good guy. She says she will confess to him.

Which is what starts this murder book. Michael is both nervous and excited to be interviewing her. He will try his best to find out the truth about the murders. Even though Marie makes it sound impossible. I shall not say much more about the plot. But gosh, it was amazing. Marie was such an incredible character and I loved her to pieces. She was the best. And her and Michael getting close was so good too. You know, despite her being behind bars. He just wants to free her. The world wants her dead. It was so impossible.

And that is a reason for why I loved this book so much. It was all impossible. Trying to get her free was not easy, trying to find out the truth even less so. Then there was Michael being watched and more. It was exciting and thrilling and fully creepy. I loved it so much. People were dead. Others wanted justice. Michael just wanted the truth. And to free Marie. And I just wanted the two of them together. Oops. This was a book full of blood and death. Full of great characters. An impossible story. I loved every moment.

This book is all about the mystery. And I very much loved that. Who killed all those people? Why were there no blood inside them anymore? Who did Marie work with? And I so loved trying to figure it all out. There are still some secrets left at the end of the book, hmph, but we got so many answers too. I simply loved it too much. It was all kinds of interesting and exciting. There was talk of vampires. All so awesome. And the mystery of Marie. Gosh. It was fully thrilling to read about, trying to figure out who she truly was.

There were a few side characters too. The person who tried to get Marie executed, whom I absolutely hated. Some school boys that I very much hated too. Oops. And then there was Percy. Michael's best friend. And I loved him beyond words. He was completely adorable and such a perfect and great friend. Their friendship was simply the best. I also really liked Michael's family. They were pretty awesome too. Oh, and Nancy, who worked at the police station too. She was all kinds of kind and sweet. I loved her so.

There was not really a single thing about this book that I did not love. Only a few things I wished for. More romance. It was only a hint of one, but I loved it so, and wanted even more. And that ending. My god. It was completely evil, haha. And so very perfect too. But also a little open, and I simply must know what happens next. Hmph. I know, I might never know, but oh, how I would love a sequel to this one. There is still so much that could happen. And I would love every moment of it. Fingers crossed for one day soon.

All These Bodies was every bit as perfect as I thought it would be. Stunning writing, excellent characters. Beautiful friendships and great families too. The murder mystery was all kinds of creepy and I loved that so. Simply put, it was a completely perfect murder book. Huge thank you to Quill Tree Books for the auto-approval via Edelweiss, so that I could read this book early. I very much loved it and simply cannot wait to own this beautiful book in person too. You are all going to love this one the most too. So you must read it.

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Ones We're Meant to Find Blog Tour: Review + Spotlight

Today I am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He :D I read this book some weeks ago, and I loved it so very much. Sigh. It broke me to pieces, though. I have already posted my review, but posting it below too. Along with a spotlight post for the book, with all of the details you need. Thank you very much to Paola at Love, Paola for letting me take part in this blog tour :) I'm so excited to be part of the first day. This gorgeous book comes out on May 4th. You need this in your life. Also. Joan has the most amazing pre-order offer if you order this book. <3 See that here. Go order it.

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.

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli. 

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

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

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Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy. Her next novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find, will be forthcoming from Macmillan on May 4th, 2021.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

In My Mailbox #494

Sigh. I just finished watching season one of Shadow and Bone on Netflix. <3 And my heart is full. It was so well done and so perfect. I loved the Crows included too, despite most of it not at all being canon. It was so good. Except. Goddamn it. They cut out all the Mal and Alina romance scenes. I am goddamn angry about it. And so sad. Those scenes were my very favorite ones. Sigh. Anyway. Still perfect :) And eee. I even read a book this week, at last :D I am very happy about that. And I have a date for my first corona vaccine. This coming week. Gosh. Hoping it will go okay. A little bit of mail this week, which is fully okay. I have gotten too much for too long now. Ack. So perfect, though. <3 Wait. I'm getting a big box of books next week from Alyssa. Oops. Oh, well :D This week I'm waiting on The Wolf and the Woodsman :) And shared my review of Any Sign of Life. <3 Hope you are all still staying safe and doing good. <3 Hugs.

Dustborn. This book was pretty much awesome. <3 And the finished copy looks gorgeous. Eee. Love it.
One True King. Such a pretty new US paperback edition :D Sigh. This was a perfect final book; loved it.
Moomin Colouring Book. I could not resist ordering this one :D Such a huge Moomin fan. So adorable.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Instagram on my firefox will not let me save photos like I have used to.
So odd screenshot today. Will be better next week :)