Saturday, October 1, 2022

In My Mailbox #569

I don't even know where this week have gone. Time has moved so fast. I have been so busy. Went out of town for a hospital visit. It was an all day thing, with shopping and pool. It was good, but exhausting, and killed me for a few days. I still hurt. Rude. Oh, and then it was medicine day two days after that trip, which killed me even more. So, yeah. This week have been painful. Good, but hurting. And so busy and I have not had any time for anything. I have not read more of For the Throne for daaaays. Oh. Hoping to read a little tonight. I need to read more. I love this book. Just. No time, no energy. Will try to be better. Plus side of this week, had some great spa bath days. <3 Bad side, taking it down in just days. Sobs. Winter will be long, spa gone until April. Rude. But another good thing, got some lovely mail. <3 I got the Baymax chase :D Eeee. Could not be happier about it. <3 Yesss :) This week I'm waiting on The Pearl Hunter :D I hope you are having a great week. <3 And happy first Halloween day, ha :D I got all my ornaments up today :)

Descendant of the Crane. Eee! New US paperback edition is out. <3 Gosh, this new cover is stunning.
Animal Crossing. Yesss. Got my 2023 calendars, without any issues. They are perfect. Sigh. Love them.
Pop Figures. Oh. SO many pop figures this week too. Oops. Britney and Thumper was bought in person, as the town I went to actually have pop figures, ha. Mine doesn't. Ugh. I got my second Baymax soda. <3 Chase version :D Yesss. It's so rare and special and gorgeous. Love it so. And a bunch of other precious figures. Oh. Love the Jurassic moment. Love my Villainous Valentines mystery mini figures. Too cute. Oh! And Lucifer :D Eeee. He is precious. So glad I got to order all the D23 figures that I wanted. <3 Love :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #571

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

THE PEARL HUNTER BY MIYA T. BECK

Goodreads Description:

Set in a world inspired by pre-Shogun era Japan, this is a stunning debut fantasy in the vein of Grace Lin about how a young pearl diver goes to the ends of the earth to rescue her twin sister, who has been stolen by a ghost whale.

Kai and Kishi share the same futon, the same face, and the same talent for pearl diving. But Kishi is the obedient daughter, while Kai tries to push the rules, and sometimes they fight. Still, when Kishi is stolen and killed by the legendary Ghost Whale, nothing will stop Kai from searching for her, deep in the ocean, hoping for a way to bring her back to life.

But such a rescue is beyond the power of an ordinary mortal. Kai strikes a deal with the gods: she’ll steal a magic pearl in exchange for her sister’s soul. As she journeys across treacherous land scape, Kai must navigate encounters with scheming bandits, a power-hungry war lord, and a legion of conniving fox spirits.  And when a new friendship becomes something almost as powerful as her love for her sister, Kai must make impossible choices and risk everything just to get home again.

Woven through with Japanese culture and legends, this many-layered story will grip readers of all ages.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2023 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Blackwells and Amazon

That beautiful cover just drew me in. I knew I had to own this book. So pretty. Finally the summary is up too, as I saw the cover weeeeks ago. And it sounds amazing, eee :D I think I'll love this one a bunch. <3
What are you waiting for on this treacherous Wednesday?

Saturday, September 24, 2022

In My Mailbox #568

Another week gone by. Ack. So many autumn colors outside, though :) Love that. Today it is three months until Christmas. I'm ready :D A Christmas radio channel started playing again today, ha, so I'm listening to that a little too. <3 I started reading something new this week too, eee :D For the Wolf. Reading book two, For the Throne, right now. <3 Love them so much. Sigh. So happy to finally be reading a little more, more often, right now :) It is good. I'm still exhausted and feel like I don't have time for anything, though. Oops. But doing my best. The days are just going by too fast. I'm having a hospital trip next week, which will be so long and so exhausting. Only a day trip, and a fast visit, but a long day. It will be good, but I'm already exhausted, just thinking about it, ha :) This week I have a couple of new blog posts. I shared my review of For the Wolf. <3 This week I'm waiting on A Door in the Dark :) I got some stunning mail this week. <3 But a package is missing too. Hmph. I hope it is just a few days delayed in getting shipped, but worried they may have lost it before shipping it. How rude. Will see on Monday, I guess. Ack. Nervous. Anyway. Hope you are all doing well. <3 I feel pretty sick lately. But trying my best and still doing good enough :)

I'm the Girl. I'm so excited for this new book by Courtney, eee :D I just know that I will love it, of course.
The School for Good and Evil. Another of the movie-tie-ins, oops :) This time the UK paperback edition.
The Collectors. Of course I'm still buying every new Philip release. Oops. Already read this one, though :)
Beth Revis swag. A new gorgeous piece of swag from Beth for being a part of her awesome group. <3
Animal Crossing. Some gorgeous Animal Crossing merch :D As a gift from my sister. <3 I love all of it :)
Baymax Soda. Ahh! Funko Europe added it early by mistake. I got it, eee. So limited. So gorgeous. Sadly did not get the chase, aw. But I may be waiting on a new. Oops. In the missing package. Fingers crossed.
Funko Pop Figure. Only one order arrived this week, ha :) A stunning flocked Pikachu. <3 Gosh. Perfect.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #570

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

A DOOR IN THE DARK BY SCOTT REINTGEN

Goodreads Description:

One of Us is Lying meets A Deadly Education in this fantasy thriller that follows six teenage wizards as they fight to make it home alive after a malfunctioning spell leaves them stranded in the wilderness.

Ren Monroe has spent four years proving she’s one of the best wizards in her generation. But top marks at Balmerick University will mean nothing if she fails to get recruited into one of the major houses. Enter Theo Brood. If being rich were a sin, he’d already be halfway to hell. After a failed and disastrous party trick, fate has the two of them crossing paths at the public waxway portal the day before holidays—Theo’s punishment is to travel home with the scholarship kids. Which doesn’t sit well with any of them.

A fight breaks out. In the chaos, the portal spell malfunctions. All six students are snatched from the safety of the school’s campus and set down in the middle of nowhere. And one of them is dead on arrival.

If anyone can get them through the punishing wilderness with limited magical reserves it’s Ren. She’s been in survival mode her entire life. But no magic could prepare her for the tangled secrets the rest of the group is harboring, or for what’s following them through the dark woods…

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2023 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Blackwells and Amazon

I saw this cover and had to read what the book was about. I must admit that I am pretty curious about this one :D A new to me author, so I'm a little unsure. But I want to read this and I'm hoping that I will love it :)
What are you waiting for on this chaotic Wednesday?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Review: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

At last, I have read this most precious book. I have wanted to read it for ages and now I finally made myself start it. And I am so glad that I did so. Giving this five stars, as there was honestly not one part of this book I did not enjoy to pieces. I loved it very much. And I'm so glad that I am finally reading this lovely series.

Will start by saying that I loved the writing. Sigh. It was all written so well. I loved that the book is mostly from the point of view of Red. With a little of Neve included here and there. Both of them are amazing. And I can't wait to get to know Neve even more in book two. And hoping for more of Red and Eammon, of course.

There is so much that happens in this one. So much that I could share about. But I shall try my best to share just a little. Though that never seems to work with me, ha. But trying even so. I have always known that I would love this, as it sounded like such an epic fantasy story. It gives me much joy to know that I was right. That I did end up loving it so. That it was an awesome fantasy book. Full of magic and mysteries and most important, romance. Because this beauty of a book had such a great romance story too. Sigh. I loved Red and Eammon very much. Okay, I wish there had been even more romance. But it was enough, because it was so beautiful. There was no drama. And I am forever thankful for that. Their growing relationship was pure and perfect.

This book tells the story of twin sisters Red and Neve. They live in a world with magic, which is for the most part contained to the Wilderwood, which no one can enter. It is the home of the Wolf. It is the prison of the missing five Kings. And Red has been cursed since birth. The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. And Red has been for the Wolf since she was born second. It was pretty sad to read about how she was treated because of this, for twenty years. But Neve loved her completely.

Their sister relationship was so good to read about. For the few pages it was, ha, in the beginning. Before Red was sacrificed to the Wilderwoods, to the Wolf living there. I found it so fascinating to read about all their history, all their beliefs. They were pretty crazy, of course. But so interesting to read about. I shall not really mention it, but I loved it. Red was certain she would die when she entered the woods. She did not. She also had magic in her blood, after her visit to the forest years before. It is the start of her adventure.

Red is attacked by the Wilderwood trees when she enters the forest. They are after her blood. She's able to run, finding a decaying castle in the woods. This is where the Wolf lives. Where she meets Eammon. He is not what she was expecting at all. Not a monster. Yet not truly human either. A little cold, but kind. And oh, how I adored Eammon. He was simply perfection. Such a broody man, ha. And broken. Beyond broken, almost. But so kind and loving and sigh. He was truly the best. I loved them together the most.

He did not live alone, though. He had two others with him, also cursed. Fife and Lyra. They were beyond adorable too. I just loved them all. And I loved how Red started getting closer with them all. I loved her life in the castle. I loved how ruined it was, how the forest kept coming into it. I truly loved reading about Red learning about the magic in her blood. How it was dangerous. Yet also needed. And how it could be used to help things. Because Eammon needed a lot of help. The Wilderwoods was dying. Both needed Red.

And this was a book about trying to save it. Somewhat. It was a book about Red and Neve. Neve wanting to save Red from the forest, doing anything to get her back. Red, learning to love the forest, not wanting to leave. Her growing to love Eammon. And oh gods, I loved their relationship the very most. They were perfect together. As I said, no drama. And that just felt so good. Sigh. I loved how they were together. I loved how they started doing magic together. Just being together. It was so sweet. A little bittersweet too.

There is so much happening in this book. I have mentioned some of it. And I will not mention more of it. As there is too much. And I just wanted to share what I loved about this story. Though I haven't shared nearly enough about that either, ha. But I'm ready to start reading book two. This ended so badly. I must know what happens next. I need my happy ending for everyone. For the Wolf was everything I wanted it to be. An epic magical fantasy story. With the best characters and romance. I'm so glad that I read it now.


Saturday, September 17, 2022

In My Mailbox #567

Another week gone by too fast. Fully autumn now, and cold. Brrr. And rainy. How rude. Shortly time to take down my spa bath for this year. I'm not ready. I love my hot baths too much. But it's too cold to have up during winter here. This week have been good. Somewhat. I'm still just exhausted all the time. Which sucks. But I'm doing okay. I actually started a book yesterday and finished tonight, so I'm happy about that :) I got a little less mail this week, but still too much. Oops. No books, though. Aw. I don't really have that much to share. Waiting for Christmas, ha. Okay, Halloween first, which I have awesome ornaments for. But then Christmas :D Cannot wait. <3 This week I'm waiting on Scurry :D And I shared my review of Hide :) Hope you are all doing well. <3 I'm doing the best that I can do :) I'm staying positive, at least :D

Funko Nordic. Eee! Latest gift arrived :D Four lovely pop figures. <3 Two for a giveaway soon :) Love.
Splatoon 3. A new game from my Switch, oops :D I'm hoping to try playing this soon; I think it looks great.
Pop figures.
And a whole bunch of pop figures I bought. Oops. A little more from Funko Europe, as I had to order again. Sigh. I just love that Thor one. And my Eleven. So awesome. And I love the little mystery figures, eee. So cute. And more Pokemon. So precious. Hoping to take a little break from ordering, ha :)
Ornaments. Eeee. Look at these adorable Gremlins Christmas ornaments :D Love. And a little fox. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: Hide by Kiersten White

I have been excited to read this book for a long time. It sounded so creepy and exciting. Having now read it, I'm not sure how to describe it. I did enjoy this book, and I'm giving it three stars. But I sadly did not love it. And I'm unsure what to share about this. It messed a bit with my head. Yet not in that good, bad way. Sigh.

There is so much I should mention about this story. Will not share most of it, ha. I ended up with a three star. Though that feel like a little too much as well. As I did not truly like this book. I enjoyed the story, the somewhat mystery of it. But I sadly did not care for the characters. And I was not scared. Not even a little. Aw. Rude.

Okay, that might have been my own fault, because I did peek at the ending before I read the book, so I knew the twist right away. Oops. And I knew who survived. But this did not make me care for any of them, even so. And I did not find the story to be scary. So I don't really think that peeking made a difference, in the end. And yet. Three stars. Because I did like the idea of this book. I liked the story of it. Fourteen people, trapped in an abandoned amusement park, playing hide-and-seek there for seven days. Not knowing at first that the two people getting found every day are not really getting found by someone. That something else is going on, something more dangerous. I wanted this book to be scary and creepy. But it was not, not for me. I felt like it could have been better. And yet I did enjoy it too. Just not enough.

To be honest, the problem for me was most likely the way it was written. It gave me a little headache. I would have much preferred it if this book was only told from the point of view of the main girl, Mack. Well, a woman, not a girl, in her mid-twenties. But it was not. It was told a little from everyone. All fourteen and a few more. And it was not organized either, not really. So, yeah. I didn't like that. And I did not care much either. Those characters had no purpose. Their views weren't even scary. Wanted more death, more pain.

There was much going on with this book. I will try to share a little of it. The first few pages start off great. It seemed creepy and like it would be even more creepy. It wasn't. How rude. I mean, sure. There are a lot of deaths in this book. But we see too few of them. And they weren't exciting to read about, to be honest. I wanted more darkness, more thriller. At the very least, I wanted to care more than what I did. May just be my problem. This is a story meant to be about our world now, our problems. It wrote that well, I think.

Probably, anyway. Some parts of this book were exciting to read about. Though for the most part I just did not care much, which was depressing. One thing I liked, though, was the backstory of the main character, Mack. She had such a sad story, about how she lost her family. And I liked reading about that a lot. Might be because I'm a fan of true crime. Oops. But I also felt like some things about it were repeated too often, and some things were never mentioned at all, which I wish had been written more about. Still. Was good.

This book was a thriller. Despite me not finding it very scary. It was about those fourteen people trying to win the game they had been invited to play. Being told there would be one winner, who would get money. Which they all needed. They disappeared two each day. The rules were that they could only hide when the sun was up. I wish I had felt more suspense. But, honestly, those days of hiding just grew to be boring for me, haha. But even so. Three stars. I did like parts of this book. I did like the twist. But I wanted more.

And I also wanted less. I wanted less information about all those other characters that did not matter one bit. The main ones were Mack and Ava and LeGrand. I did like all three of them, I just did not love them or really care if they lived or died. Sorry. I honestly cared more for the other Ava, and was not happy with her fate at all. Oh. And Brandon. He deserved better. Also unsure about the ending. It was a good end, I suppose, but it just ended. There was very much I wanted to know, about the twist, what happened next.

I have shared enough about this book for now, though. More than I thought I would write and I have not really shared much about the story at all. Ha. But there truly was not that much to share. It takes place in less than a week. It was mostly just hiding and that was mostly boring. There was a little hunting. Which I wanted to know more about and that I liked the idea of. Overall, Hide was an interesting book. Not what I thought it would be and not as exciting as I wanted it to be. Yet it was still worth reading. So you should.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #569

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

SCURRY BY MAC SMITH

Goodreads Description:

LOOK OUT, LITTLE MOUSE...

The humans are gone, the sun is rarely seen, and a cold, dark rain befouls everything it touches.

As a group of house mice struggle to survive a long and strange winter, they stubbornly cling to their old ways, looting the abandoned homes nearby for any scraps they can find.

And while food is scarce, danger is everywhere. From mousetraps and poison to feral cats roaming The Neighborhood, every day is a struggle for survival...and the colony is becoming desperate.

But when the rumors of a wrecked truck filled with food gives the mice newfound hope, the colony's best scouts, including the brave Wix, embark on a perilous journey beyond the fence. For outside The Neighborhood lurks creatures much more dangerous than stray cats, and a world much larger than they know...

Acclaimed webcomics creator Mac Smith presents his stunning series in a single volume for the first time ever.

Included in Scurry, is a two-page READER'S GUIDE.

Paperback, 328 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2023 by Image Comics
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Blackwells and Amazon

Ohh. When I saw this cover, I knew I had to figure out what this book was about. Turns out it is a graphic novel, now three volumes in one. And so I am pretty sure I will end up pre-ordering this one, ha :D As that cover is just awesome. And I think I would like this story. Hopefully. Need to read more graphic novels :)
What are you waiting for on this dangerous Wednesday?

Saturday, September 10, 2022

In My Mailbox #566

Oh. This week have been busy. Busy, good, bad. All the things. I finally read Skyborn two and three, so two books read this week, eee. <3 I'm so happy about that :) As I loved them both so very much. Sigh. Hoping to start another book shortly too. Fingers crossed it won't take me ages, ha. My health sucks, so I'm just exhausted all the time, as always. I had some bad luck with some packages that are driving me insane and just makes me sad, honestly. But had a good week too, so trying to focus on that :) I did get a whole bunch of mail, though. Oops. I need to stop buying from Funko Europe. Gah. Can't make myself stop. Oops. Another package coming next week, ha. Oh, well. I love them all, eee :D I shared my review of Call of the Crow. <3 I shared my review of Phoenix Flight :D This week I'm waiting on A Tempest at Sea. <3 Hope you are all doing well :) I love that autumn is here. Just.. miss the warmth outside, ha :)


Lord of Shadows. Anniversary UK edition. <3 And I just think that it looks gorgeous. Sigh. Love it so :D
The School for Good and Evil. Paperback edition of the movie-tie-in. <3 Because of course I needed it :D
Nevernight LitJoy Crate. A missing piece of art card arrived in the mail, from that stunning book box set.
Pop Figures. Oops. More pre-orders :D Now I have all the villains, yesss. And more Pokemon. Love. <3
Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards. Oh. I bought from France again. This time customs. So, so angry. Ugh. But. I love the cards, of course. <3 Now just missing 7. Wish I had gotten them all, haha :D Next time. <3

Funko Europe. Oh. Too many pop figures this week too from Funko Europe. Oops. Two orders. All so so very awesome, eee. I love that I started collecting some Soda's. Oops. They are awesome :D Love the cute pink ones. <3 LOVE the new Scar one :D Finally got my The Little Mermaid special. <3 Sigh. Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #568

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

A TEMPEST AT SEA (Lady Sherlock #7)
BY SHERRY THOMAS


Goodreads Description:

Charlotte Holmes’s brilliant mind and deductive skills are pulled into a dangerous investigation at sea in the new mystery in the bestselling Lady Sherlock series.

After feigning her own death in Cornwall to escape from Moriarty’s perilous attention, Charlotte Holmes goes into hiding. But then she receives a tempting offer: Find a dossier the crown is desperately seeking to recover, and she might be able to go back to a normal life.

Her search leads her aboard the RMS Provence, sailing from Southampton for the eastern hemisphere. But on the night Charlotte makes her move to retrieve the dossier, in the midst of a terrifying storm in the Bay of Biscay, a brutal murder also takes place on the ship.

Instead of solving the crime, as she is accustomed to doing, Charlotte must take care not to be embroiled in this investigation, lest it become known to those who harbor ill intentions that Sherlock Holmes is abroad and still very much alive.

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2023 by Berkley
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Blackwells and Amazon

Eee. So excited for the newest Lady Sherlock story :D Yesss. Okay, I haven't read the latest book just yet, but hoping to soon. <3 I love this series so very much.. Such great characters :) I love the covers.
What are you waiting for on this murderous Wednesday?

Monday, September 5, 2022

Review: Phoenix Flight by Jessica Khoury

This was such an incredible finale to a stunning adventure. Yet I do not at all want it to be over. I want more so badly. But it was such a great ending. A most evil and heartbreaking third book. I loved every moment of it. As always, the writing was perfection. This world Jessica has created is truly the best. Love it so much.

There is so much I wish to say about this book. And so much I probably should not say about it, haha. I just loved it too much. I want another book more than anything. When the characters are a few years older. Since I need that romance to happen. It would be so beautiful and oh. I wish it most. Five stars to this precious.

Where do I even begin with this book. There is so much going on. So much happens, even with this being a short book. Still wish it was even longer, ha. But loved it so, so very much. This third book starts right where book two ended. After Nox died. After Gussie betrayed them. And after Ellie brought Nox back from the dead by putting him on fire. Eee. I just loved this story so much. Sigh. It was perfection. Exciting. So fully interesting. I loved reading about Nox now being a Phoenix, and not a Crow. It was so awesome. Though he did not think so. Not for a moment. And that was heartbreaking. Because this poor boy has so much pain inside of him. So much doubt about himself. And it hurt so badly to read about. Because he was so precious and I loved him the very most. Okay, fine. I loved Ellie just as much.

But I loved them together even more. And because of this I had one complaint about this third book. They spent way, way too much of it being apart. It broke my heart. It had to happen, I know. And they both had important roles to do elsewhere. But even so. I did not like them being apart for some weeks. It just made me sad, ack. Especially because of how it happened, with Nox just leaving. Sobs. The scene before he left was so awesome yet so sad too. I loved it. What I loved most, though, was their reunion. So beautiful.

Okay, fine. This is a middle grade series. They are just twelve and thirteen years old. But oh, I wanted them together so very much. And that romance must happen. It was so obvious that they feel more for each other than just friendship. That just made me love them even more. Eee. But also, their friendship truly was the best. And I loved reading about it the very most. But yes. They must end up a couple. And I so need another book so that I can read about it happening. I loved this story too much for it to be over.

There is so much going on in this final book. And I shall not describe much of it. There is a war going on. The King has gone pretty much crazy, with hunting for Nox, to kill him. There were so many bad things happening to everyone. It was pretty horrible to read about. And so awesome too. I loved how well written everything was. We learn much more about the gargols and the islands in the sky. I loved that storyline so much. It was always interesting to read about and I loved knowing more. I so loved how it all ended.

And the characters were truly the best. Nox and Ellie were my favorite, of course. But Twig was incredible and the sweetest. He suffered most of all. But he was still so brave and awesome. I grew to like Gussie again too, after her betrayal. It was so rude of her, though. I also liked that Zain got another chance to be Ellie's friend, that he was better at it. And his prince was awesome too. Their growing romance was the cutest. I honestly just loved them all. I so loved how they protected each other and cared for each other.

I have already written too much about this book yet not nearly enough. The Skyborn trilogy have been beyond incredible. I loved every moment of Phoenix Flight. I loved how everything came together and how it all ended. I loved how Nox and Ellie both changed more. Most of all I simply want them together. Oops. I loved how very emotional these books are. How full of heart they are. Ellie was the bravest girl. She changed the world. I shall always treasure these books. I know I'll read them again. You should too.


Sunday, September 4, 2022

Review: Call of the Crow by Jessica Khoury

This sequel was everything I wanted it to be and more. And I'm so glad that I re-read book one before starting this one. These books are just fully incredible. The writing is stunning. The world is beyond amazing. And the characters kill me with how perfectly broken they are. Sigh. I loved this sequel. Five stars, of course.

I have no complaints about this series at all. Well, I do wish the books were longer. I do not want it to be the end when I'm done with book three. I would want to read about these precious ones again and again. As they are all kinds of awesome. Will do my best to share my love for this book. But not sharing that much.

Call of the Crow takes place a little after Sparrow Rising ended. With the four friends being on the run, having gotten a little time to rest safely. They are still being hunted as thieves. And gosh, there is so much happening in this second book. Too much for me to write about. But I will share a little about my most favorite things. The book is still told from the point of view of Ellie and Nox. And I adore them both to pieces. I love how we see much more about them this time. They are both broken, in a way. Ellie always trying her best to do everything. Nox trying his best to not really care about anything. They go through so much in this one. Most of it bad. Ack. But they grow a little more too. And oh. I may ship them way too much, ha. They are just the cutest.

The friendships in these books are simply the best. I love how Ellie and Nox are still fighting a little. Yet are so very fond of each other too. They are the best. And I love them more than anything. I still so very much adore Twig and Gussie. They also go through so much in this book. Poor Twig. It broke my heart, what happens with him. But it was so very interesting and real and I loved it too. And ahh. The damage that happens to Ellie as well. It ruins my heart a little. And I loved it the most, ha. Fully sad and perfect.

What I loved most about this sequel was that they travelled a lot in it. I loved how they went to a jungle and how things were there. I may prefer that type of setting, I'm learning, haha. It was just beautiful and so exciting to read about too. I loved their travels in this book. Of course, they were always hunted, even by an actually crazy hunter. Which I also very much liked. We learn more about the skystones. About how they can heal wingrot. We learn more about everything. More about the dangerous gargols. I loved it all.

There is simply so much going on in this book. I shall not mention much more about it. I should mention, though, that the ending of this second book is the actual worst cliffhanger, ha. Fully exciting, though. But so rude. Thankfully for me, I had book three to start right after. And I may have just read eighty pages of it, before taking a break to write my review of book two. Oops. I simply could not have it end that way and not read more right away. I'm so in love with this series. I've been a Jessica fan for years. She is the best.

I very much recommend that you all read this most adorable middle grade series. It is about kids with wings. It's most awesome. It's full of heartbreak and love and everything that I wanted. Their world is not the best. There is so much wrong going on. And Ellie wants to fix it all. I adored her so much. Skyborn: Call of the Crow was such a stunning second book. It broke my heart all the time. Yet I loved it so very much. Because the characters are worth it. Ellie and Nox are truly the best. And the world is incredible.


Saturday, September 3, 2022

In My Mailbox #565

How has it been another week already? Ahh. Time is moving way too fast :) Already September! What even. Christmas soon, right? :D Ha! Okay, fine. Halloween first. I'm excited for both; as I have gorgeous ornaments for both holidays. <3 Though it is now already so cold. Brrr. I am so not looking forward to the cold and the dark winter. Shudders. Hoping time will pass fast this winter too, ha :) I am still enjoying my spa bath outside, my awesome 42c water. <3 Hoping I can keep it up until October :) If it does not get too cold before then. Hmph. This week have been busy for me. I'm exhausted. It was medicine week. And it goddamn killed me. That day was the worst. Shudders. I'm not sure it should be that way. Ugh. But a bit better now. But still exhausted. I did get a bunch of great mail this week too, though, ahh. <3 Help. Haha :D I just love it all too much. Sigh. Also.. it has gotten so expensive lately to pre-order books for me. I may have to order even less than what I already do. Sigh. Breaks my heart, but, well. So expensive. And I do not have room. Ahh. So, yeah. Will be more picky, I guess. This week I'm waiting on A Breath of Mischief :D Oh! And I watched the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. And I'm loving it so far. <3 I'm behind on reading. Hopefully starting in the next few days :) Hope you are all doing well :)

The School for Good and Evil. New movie-tie-in edition :D Eee! I CANNOT wait for the Netflix movie. <3
Funko Europe. Oh. I ordered a fifth time. New Jurassic exclusives. <3 And Princess book for my pins :)
Pop Figures. And more pop figure pre-orders from other places, ha :D More pokemon, eee. Love them.
Animal Crossing Amiibo. Oops. I have ordered too many. Again. I tried a new website. Still unsure if I have to pay customs or not. Think not, but still worried, haha. But worked good :D Love my cards. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #567

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

A BREATH OF MISCHIEF BY MARCYKATE CONNOLLY

Goodreads Description:

Brimming with danger and magic, this new fantasy adventure from acclaimed author MarcyKate Connolly will leave readers breathless as Aria discovers the strength of her courage―and the power of friendship.

Aria is raised by the Wind. She grew up in a castle, floating among the clouds with creatures of the air. She spends her days racing and soaring through the sky with her best friend, Gwyn, a young gryphling. At night, she falls asleep to the music of the Wind.

One morning, Aria is woken by a frantic Gwyn. The chimes are silent, there is not a breath of breeze, and their castle has settled on the ground. The Wind has vanished.

Aria and Gwyn go on a desperate search only to discover the Wind is being held captive by a sinister alchemist named Worton. To free the Wind, Aria and Gwyn must complete a series of trials to find and retrieve three magical talismans for Worton.

Nothing will keep Aria from rescuing the element who raised her―not a riddle, not a quest, not a race against time. Except Worton can't be trusted, and it's not just the Wind that needs saving...

Hardcover
Expected publication: April 4th 2023 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I'm so excited for this book :D Been a fan of MarcyKate for years now. <3 And this newest middle grade book from her sounds aaamazing :) That cover is stunning, eee. I cannot wait to read this precious book.
What are you waiting for on this windy Wednesday?

Saturday, August 27, 2022

In My Mailbox #564

Whoops. I got aaaaall the mail this week. What even. So much. Too much. I love it all the most. Eee. I simply got way too much awesome. <3 I mean.. I placed more orders from Funko Europe. Oops. Help. I could not stop myself. Sigh. They have too much amazing :) Plus side, I finally read a book this week, eee. <3 Was supposed to have started book two as well, but these past few days have been craaaazy busy. Spent a couple of days out in the sun and heat. We got another final summer day. It was precious. Now back to cold. Brrr. I am eeexhausted. My body is dead. Especially after today, after having played eight hours of pokemon go event. Sigh. It was good, but not that great. Eh. Also busy with both types of animal crossing still, haha. <3 And just. Exhausted. But doing good :) Glad to be reading. So so happy with all the mail that I got. Oops. This week I'm waiting on Vampiric Vacation :D And I shared my second review of Sparrow Rising. <3 Hope you are all well :D Can't believe it is already almost September. Gosh.

The Princess and the Scoundrel. I have yet to watch Star Wars. Oops. But I love Beth :D Had to get it.
Gravebooks. Also a big fan of J.A. <3 His books are always awesome. And I'm excited for this sequel :D
This Appearing House. A new to me author :D This middle grade just looked awesome. Hope to love it.
Aurora's End. The newest UK paperback :) Of course I had to own this for my collection too, ha :D Love.
Six Crimson Cranes. Ordered this on Waterstones a while ago, it looks stunning. And sounds great too :)
Strike the Zither Swag. Eee! Thank you so much Joan :D This pre-order swag is the best. <3 So pretty.
Pop Figures. Oops. More pre-orders from popinabox have arrived :D I love them all. <3 They sent me two pandas by mistake. I do not mind at all, ha ;) SO precious. And my pokemon collection is growing. Love.
Animal Crossing. EEE! Newest mini figures :D SO cute. And oh my gosh. The hugest package of amiibo cards arrived, thanks to the very, very amazing Megan in the UK for helping me get all of these. <3 You are truly the very, very best :) Eee. I got so many. Still did not complete my collections, though. Gah. But only missing 22 cards now, from series 1-4 :) Not many left now, eee. Hoping to be able to buy even more soonish. <3 Way too obsessed :) I just love these cards THE MOST. Such a huge Animal Crossing fan :)


Funko Europe. Oh. Help. I have an obsession. I ordered two more times from Funko Europe, ahhh :D And waiting on my fifth order. Oops. That one is not so huge, though, ha :D But goddamn it. All my money has gone away. Yet I do not regret it one bit. Oops. Well. Except for that huuuuuuuge Jurassic Park pop. WHAT EVEN. I did not know it was that big, that plastic box. Whaaat. Where will I put this? Ahhhh. I do not know. Sigh. I had planned on just taking the dinosaurs out, haha. But now I don't know. Anyway. SO much awesome :D Love the Disney calendar I bought. <3 Cannot wait for December, eee :) Just. All that I got are so amazing. I love everything. Love the mystery minis that I got. Though the Jurassic one was a disappointment. Hmph. Also love the gold Disney princess ones so much. And my cola bear :D Love. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Review: Sparrow Rising by Jessica Khoury

It was such a joy to read this book for the second time. And I am so glad that I decided to re-read it before I finally read book two and three. Had already forgotten some parts. And, honestly, this book is just so good and I loved reading it again. Also, isn't that cover just beautiful? Eee. I fully love the covers for these books.

I will not be writing such a long review for this book this time, as I already did that last year. Will simply share a few of my thoughts about reading this book again. About how much I still love it. It is still a five star read for me. The writing was still perfection and I very much loved all of these characters created. The world too.

There is much to love about this one. And I loved every moment of it, ha. It's a world where everyone has wings. They're all from different bird clans, with the main girl being a Sparrow. And the main boy being a Crow. I found this world to be every kind of incredible. I mean, I have always dreamt of flying. Sigh. And so reading about these precious kids getting to do that was simply the best. It sounded so exciting and thrilling. I found the world that Jessica made to be all kinds of fascinating. It was also a world divided. The high clans and the low clans. And how things were so very different between them all. The high clans were all the people with the biggest wings. Certain things were so wrong in this world. I loved reading it all. Change is coming.

And I am so very excited to at last get to read the next two books in this series. I'm sure they will be epic. I cannot wait to have all my questions answered. Because this first book left a whole lot of things open. And I very much need answers, ha. But oh, how badly I adored this story. Reading about Ellie and Nox and Gussie and Twig was the best thing. They were all adorable. And they all had such great stories. So loved getting to know each of them. And I must know more. Their growing friendship was the very best.

This book is for the most part the story about Ellie. About how she dreams of becoming more than what she is supposed to be. How she wants to honor her dead parents. There is so much to know about this precious girl. And I adored her so. It broke my heart a bit, to read about how people treated her. Because she was small. Because she was a Sparrow. But she was aaamazing. I also very much disliked how her supposedly best friend treated her too. Ugh. He was the worst. And Ellie was truly the best. I loved her.

Reading about Ellie meeting Nox and Gussie and Twig was all kinds of exciting. They were so different from her. Yet they all became such great friends in a short time. And I adored that. I cannot wait to read more about them all together. Nox has such an exciting story too. And I am beyond thrilled to finally learn more about it next. Eee. Skyborn: Sparrow Rising was such a thrilling first book. Full of adventure and the best of friends. It tells such an important story. I need everyone to read this most perfect fantasy story too.


Waiting on Wednesday #566

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

VAMPIRIC VACATION (Sinister Summer Series #2)
BY KIERSTEN WHITE


Goodreads Description:

The spooky summer adventures of the Sinister-Winterbottom twins continue in another gothic mystery: can Theo and Alexander solve the secret of the Sanguine Spa in the little Transylvania Mountains? The second book in the new Sinister Summer series by bestselling author Kiersten White, called perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Edward Gorey, and Roald Dahl, by Shelf Awareness.

After leaving Fathoms of Fun, the kids are on their way to the next odd summer destination their aunt has chosen for them. This time, they find themselves dropped off at the Sanguine Spa in the "little Transylvania Mountains." There they meet the owners: Mina, her mysterious little sister, Lucy (who is extremely pale, can't go in the sunlight, and has an affinity for hanging upside down from the ceiling), and their intimidating guardian, the Count.

When the Count sends all the children in the spa on a scavenger hunt, the Sinister-Winterbottoms use the excuse to snoop around and discover that this spa may be more than just eerie--it might also hold clues to what happened to their parents. When Wil starts to show vampiric symptoms, the twins resolve to investigate what's really going on at the Sanguine Spa.

The second book in the Sinister Summer series continues the adventures of the Sinister-Winterbottoms and their aunt who never saw a discount vacation destination she didn't love.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2022 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

Cheating a little bit, as I have not yet read book one, oops :) But I'm running out of books to share about. Ack. And I am excited about this one, as I am buying it, ha :D Because I do own the first one, and want to read them all together. <3 Also. Just. Look at that cover :D These middle grade covers are just stunning.
What are you waiting for on this odd Wednesday?

Saturday, August 20, 2022

In My Mailbox #563

This week have gone by crazy fast. As I have been so busy. Gosh. I had such a great week. I am fully exhausted, though, and still sleep like shit. Sigh. But I'm happy. We got some more warm summer days this week, which is not usual. So I got to sit outside in the sun and heat. <3 Been so lovely. I have not had time at all to read. But soon. I have been busy, as always, playing animal crossing new horizons. <3 And animal crossing pocket camp :D Still play it all day long, ha. Now been just over a month since I started. Gosh. And pokemon go every day too, of course. Busy with my cat. And my family, which is exhausting, ha. But so good too. So, yeah. I'm so behind. But I'm good. Funko Europe opened up to Norway, at last, ahh :D I placed two huge orders. Oh. My poor money. Then it arrived a couple of days later. And I am so, so happy. Sigh. So many pop figures, eee :D I cannot wait to order again, lol. And I got a new iPad this week too. Sobs. As a gift from a loved one. <3 So so excited. My iPad mini is years old and not working right. And this one is bigger and better to read ebooks on, so yay for that :D And my amiibo cards have been shipped. Might arrive next week, or week after. I'm beyond excited. So cannot wait for that package, ahhh. Will be epic, ha. <3 So. Yeah. I had such great mail this week. Eee. And had a good week as well :) This week I'm waiting on Stellarlune. <3 Hope you are all doing well :D And getting lots of great mail too :)

Nevernight Trilogy. Ahh. Bought from LitJoy Crate. <3 So expensive. But SO gorgeous. I love it, eee :D
iPad. I am so, so happy to finally own a new iPad, eee. <3 Will use it to read earcs :) And play AC, ha.
Pop Figures. Oh. I got so many of my pre-orders from pop in a box this week. <3 More to come :) Love them all, eee. Lapras was from Amazon, though. Which I'm not buying from again. They fully suck. Ugh.


Funko Europe. What. Ahhhh. My two very huge first Funko Europe orders have arrived, ha :D I bought so much. Too much. Not enough. Ha. And I love every single item, eeee. <3 Some I had pre-ordered from piab, that I have now cancelled. Some that were exclusives that I have wanted for some time. All truly aaamazing. Just wishing they will get some other exclusives back in stock soon, ha, that I have missed out on, before they shipped to Norway :) Also. My very first Funko Soda. And I got the chase, ah :D But.. wanted the normal edition, hahaha. Oops :) But so happy. And I love my squid game doll. It is stunning.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #565

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

STELLARLUNE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #9)
BY SHANNON MESSENGER


Goodreads Description:

In this stunning ninth book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie and her friends discover the true meaning of power—and evil.

Sophie Foster changed the game.

Now she’s facing impossible choices:
When to act.
When to trust.
When to let go.

Her friends are divided and scattered, and the Black Swan wants Sophie to focus on their projects. But her instincts are leading her somewhere else.

Stellarlune—and the mysterious Elysian—might be the key to everything. But finding truth in the Lost Cities always requires sacrifice. And as the Neverseen’s plans sharpen into terrifying focus, it appears that everyone has miscalculated. The Lost Cities’ greatest lie could destroy everything. And in the battle that follows, only one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same.

Hardcover, 800 pages
Expected publication: November 8th 2022 by Aladdin
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

Oh. I am so, so very behind on this series. Ahhh. I have still only read the first two books, oops, back when they came out, haha :) Buuut. I, of course, own all the copies of all these books, eee. <3 And I will be reading them all. One day. I do peek at all of them, ha :D And I am so excited. They are gooorgeous.
What are you waiting for on this powerful Wednesday?

Saturday, August 13, 2022

In My Mailbox #562

Ack. Another week gone by, and I have not started reading my next read yet. Gosh. But hopefully very shortly. Just been so busy and feel like I don't have time for anything. Gah. I have been busy re-watching Stranger Things with my nephew, his first time. <3 But finally on the final episode, ha :) I love it so much, though. Just. Exhausted. I have been sleeping like shit since I started my medicine again, now about two months ago. I have not had an easy night since then. And it feels a bit like torture. Having to wake up a million times every night, feeling like I'm not resting at all. It really, really sucks. Ugh. So, yeah. Behind on everything. Still. Hoping it will get better soon. Plus side: I got to meet Veronica Rossi this week :D EEE! She came with a cruiseship to my little town. <3 And I got to hug her and talk to her. Loved it so so much. She's amazing :) This week I'm waiting on Chain of Thorns :D Hope you are all doing well these days. <3

My Imaginary Mary. I am very much behind on these books. Oops. But still buying them :D It's pretty.
Six Crimson Cranes. EEE! Got this book as a gift from Veronica when I met her. <3 So excited for it :)
Beth Revis Swag. Love. New stunning special swag mail from Beth. <3 And it is gorgeous. Love it so.
Pop Figures. Gosh. Two huge ones arrived at the same time. Ahhh. SO big. SO beautiful. Love them. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #564

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

CHAIN OF THORNS (The Last Hours #3)
BY CASSANDRA CLARE


Goodreads Description:

James and Cordelia must save London—and their marriage—in this thrilling and highly anticipated conclusion to the Last Hours series from the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Thorns is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs has lost everything that matters to her. In only a few short weeks, she has seen her father murdered, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend, Lucie, destroyed, and her marriage to James Herondale crumble before her eyes. Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter.

After fleeing to Paris with Matthew Fairchild, Cordelia hopes to forget her sorrows in the city’s glittering nightlife. But reality intrudes when shocking news comes from home: Tatiana Blackthorn has escaped the Adamant Citadel, and London is under new threat by the Prince of Hell, Belial.

Cordelia returns to a London riven by chaos and dissent. The long-kept secret that Belial is James and Lucie’s grandfather has been revealed by an unexpected enemy, and the Herondales find themselves under suspicion of dealings with demons. Cordelia longs to protect James but is torn between a love for James she has long believed hopeless, and the possibility of a new life with Matthew. Nor can her friends help—ripped apart by their own secrets, they seem destined to face what is coming alone.

For time is short, and Belial’s plan is about to crash into the Shadowhunters of London like a deadly wave, one that will separate Cordelia, Lucie, and the Merry Thieves from help of any kind. Left alone in a shadowy London, they must face Belial’s deadly army. If Cordelia and her friends are going to save their city—and their families—they will have to muster their courage, swallow their pride, and trust one another again. For if they fail, they may lose everything—even their souls.

Hardcover, 752 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2023 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

Gosh. I am a bit behind on books by Cassie. Aaaack. Well, a lot of behind. I haven't started this series yet. Oops. But of course I own all the copies, ha ;) And one day I shall catch up to everything. <3 I'm such a huge fan of Cassie and her Shadowhunters. I know I will love this series so, so much. Once I start it :D
What are you waiting for on this chaotic Wednesday?

Saturday, August 6, 2022

In My Mailbox #561

This week have been so busy. And so exhausting. But I survived it :) Just.. so tired. And spend too much time in my bed, oops. And just spending all my days playing animal crossing pocket camp. Ack. Have not started a new book yet. But tomorrow I will :) Just needed a little more energy first. I got more medicine this week. It made me feel so so poorly. Hoping it will have a positive effect soon. Hmph. Last week I was so happy, as I had gotten to order all the cards I was waiting for. Ha. This week I'm so, so sad. Because they cancelled two of my three orders. Sobs. It's still breaking my heart. I had waited goddamn months. Now I might have to wait months more. I am not happy. Sigh. Okay, a little happy, as I did get some of the cards. But not all that I wanted. Rude. Anyway. Got a bunch of awesome mail this week, ahh :D Love it all. <3 And spent most of this week outside in the sun. It's been nice :) Today might have been our last warmish sunny day, though. Aw. I wish we had longer and better summers, haha. Plus side, it is closer to Christmas :D Ha! I'm excited for that :) This week I'm waiting on The Stranded :D Hope you're all well. <3

The Stars Between Us. I'm pretty curious about this. Have loved several books by this author before :D
Master of Iron. I have not read book one, oops. But I own all books by this awesome author, ha :) Pretty.
Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena. Only read one book by Julie, but now I need them all :D
Skyborn: Phoenix Flight. Eee! Book three :D I'm re-reading book one next. I'm so very excited for this :)
Aurora's End. Of course I had to get the new US paperback :D Ha! Have yet to read this, though. Oops.
The Art of Turning Red. Eee. This book is way too adorable and I had to have it :D Loved this movie so.
Digimon Survive. Oops. New game bought. I somewhat remember Digimon from when I was small, hah :)
Pop Figures. New cuties, eee. And love my new calendar :D Looks awesome. I love my unicorn so much.
Feather and Flame pre-order swag. Eee! Thank you so much Livia :D It all looks so gorgeous. <3 Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3