Saturday, June 25, 2022

In My Mailbox #555

Gosh, this week have been exhausting. Good, but I am so very tired and no energy left at all. Oops. I still need to read. But soon. Hopefully in the next days :) Fingers crossed. I had my hospital visit this week, got more medicine. That went fine, thankfully. Now just waiting for it to work, so I can finally feel better :) Fingers crossed for me, please. <3 Got a bit of gorgeous mail this week too :D Bunch of books, oops. Will be busy these next days and all of next week. We are finally getting a little summer weather and heat. <3 Too excited :) Hope I will be able to read as well. This week I'm waiting on Malice House :) Hope you are all doing okay and staying safe. <3 Seems like there are always bad news these days. Which fully sucks.

Juniper & Thorn. I now own two books by Ava, and hoping to read both very soon. <3 It is so pretty.
Rise of the Vicious Princess. EEE! Finally a new C. J. book :D I am SO excited about this precious. <3
Rise of the School for Good and Evil. Another version of this pretty book, haha :D Reading it soonish.
Skyborn: Sparrow Rising. Of course I had to buy this paperback edition too, haha. Such a good book :)
The Ever Never Handbook. Two copies, of course. LOVE this new cover, eee. It looks so very epic. <3
Pop Figures. A couple new ones bought while out of town :) So love the DNA one from Jurassic, haha.
Animal Crossing. More Amiibo figures bought, from Amazon Japan. <3 They are just simply gorgeous.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #557

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

MALICE HOUSE BY MEGAN SHEPHERD

Goodreads Description:

New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd (The Madman’s Daughter) weaves a complex tale of dark magic and family secrets when a woman attempts to settle the estate of her father, an acclaimed horror novelist. Perfect for fans of Lovecraft Country, Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, and The Babadook.

YOU CAN'T KEEP OUT WHAT'S ALREADY INSIDE

“One step away from our world lies another: a land of violent fantasies, of sharp-toothed delights. . . .”

Of all the things aspiring artist Haven Marbury expected to find while clearing out her late father’s remote seaside house, Bedtime Stories for Monsters was not on the list. This secret handwritten manuscript is disturbingly different from his Pulitzer-winning works: its interweaving short stories crawl with horrific monsters and enigmatic humans that exist somewhere between this world and the next. The stories unsettle but also entice Haven, practically compelling her to illustrate them while she stays in the house that her father warned her was haunted. Clearly just dementia whispering in his ear . . . right?

Reeling from a failed marriage, Haven hopes an illustrated Bedtime Stories can be the lucrative posthumous father-daughter collaboration she desperately needs to jump-start her art career. However, everyone in the nearby vacation town wants a piece of the manuscript: her father’s obsessive literary salon members, the Ink Drinkers; her mysterious yet charming neighbor, who has a tendency toward three a.m. bonfires; a young barista with a literary forgery business; and of course, whoever keeps trying to break into her house. But when a monstrous creature appears under Haven’s bed right as grisly deaths are reported in the nearby woods, she must race to uncover dark, otherworldly family secrets—completely rewriting everything she ever knew about herself in the process.

“Haunting and beautifully written . . . an exploration of the mysterious power of stories.”
—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Last to Vanish

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2022 by Hyperion Avenue
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I'm pretty excited about this one, eee :D I have been a fan of Megan for so many years now. <3 I also do not read a lot of adult books. But I will read this one, ha :) It sounds creepy and awesome. Cannot wait.
What are you waiting for on this haunted Wednesday?

Saturday, June 18, 2022

In My Mailbox #554

Another week gone by. And gone by so fast too. How rude. I have not had a good week. I am always exhausted. And so very behind on everything. I have no energy at all, so I'm not getting anything done. My health is worse than ever, which really, really sucks. And so I need to start medicine again, got an appointment for next week already. I wanted a longer break, but not possible, as all of me hurts so badly. So yeah. Medicine soon, and hoping that will make me much better. Fingers crossed. I got gorgeous mail this week, though, so yay for that :D I just hope I will be able to read again soon, once I feel better again. Oh! I did manage to go see Jurassic World: Dominion yesterday. <3 And I loved it a bunch :) This week I'm waiting on The Dream Runners :D I hope you are all doing well. <3 I'm waiting for summer to return :)

The Midnight Orchestra. I'm very excited for this second book, eee :D As I adored the first one so much.
Rise of the School for Good and Evil. My personalized copy arrived. <3 And the sampler from Alyssa :D
Gilded Swag. EEE! Thank you so much Alyssa for helping me get this pre-order swag. <3 Hugs. Love!
Feather and Flame. Bought this because I have been a fan of Livia for so many years. It looks awesome.
For the Throne. US and UK editions :D As I have both editions of the first. <3 Hoping to read both soon.
Wretched Waterpark. Still buying all Kiersten books, ha :) Only read a few by her, yet so excited for this.
Mario Strikers. New Mario game for my Nintendo Switch :D Yay! Not a fotball fan, but it looks so great.
Pop Figures. First four are from Funko Nordic, eee. <3 Thank you so so much :D All new, all stunning.
Animal Crossing. Two new Amiibo figures for me :D Love. I'm missing more, but slowly buying them all.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #556

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

THE DREAM RUNNERS BY SHVETA THAKRAR

Goodreads Description:

A lush tapestry of dreams, myth, and magic--perfect for fans of Holly Black, Roshani Chokshi, and Margaret Rogerson.

Seven years ago, Tanvi was spirited away to the subterranean realm of Nagalok, where she joined the ranks of the dream runners: human children freed of all memory and emotion, who collect mortal dreams for the entertainment of the serpentine, immortal naga court.

But when one of Tanvi's dream harvests goes awry, she begins to remember her life on earth. Panicked and confused, she turns to the one mortal in Nagalok who might be able to help: Venkat, the dreamsmith responsible for collecting the dream runners' wares and shaping them into the kingdom's most tantalizing commodity. And as they search for answers, a terrifying truth begins to take shape--one that could turn the nagas' realm of dreams into a land of waking nightmare.

From the author of the Indie Next selection and Andre Norton Award finalist Star Daughter, this stand-alone contemporary fantasy, inspired by the nagas and garudas of Hindu mythology, is full of slow-burning romance, haunting intrigue, and shimmering magic.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2022 by Harperteen
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I am pretty excited about this one :D Got an ARC of it last week, eee. <3 First print ARC in ages. And I will be reading it this month. I'm hoping to end up loving it :) As it looks so gorgeous and seems great :D
What are you waiting for on this dreamy Wednesday?

Saturday, June 11, 2022

In My Mailbox #553

This week have been preeetty exhausting. Been having headaches every day, ugh. A little better now, but not too good. Have also been walking a lot this week, as I'm playing pokemon go, haha :) I suppose it's good for me, but it do make my body feel pretty dead. But anyway. This week have still been good :) Just busy and exhausting. Haven't done any kind of catching up yet. Gah. But have taken a few new photos, so I'm happy with that :) Got some books this week in the mail too, eee. <3 Waiting on more awesome mail too. This week I'm waiting on The Foxglove King :D Hope you're all doing well and staying safe. <3

The School for Good and Evil. Oops. I already own all of these paperbacks, ha. But wanted the box :D
Rise of the School for Good and Evil. Prequel story is here, eee. <3 And it looks so very gorgeous. Yess.
The Dream Runners. EEE! Thank you so much Harper360YA for sending me this ARC :D So excited.
Loungefly. Oops. I bought another Loungefly item, ha. A new purse. Which is just all kinds of adorable.
Pop Figure. Only one new pop this week, ha :D This was supposed to come last fall.. ha. But love him :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #555

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

THE FOXGLOVE KING BY HANNAH WHITTEN

Goodreads Description:

In this lush, romantic new epic fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Hannah Whitten, a young woman's secret power to raise the dead plunges her into the dangerous and glamorous world of the Sainted King's royal court.

When Lore was thirteen, she escaped a cult in the catacombs beneath the city of Dellaire. And in the ten years since, she’s lived by one rule: don’t let them find you. Easier said than done, when her death magic ties her to the city.

Mortem, the magic born from death, is a high-priced and illicit commodity in Dellaire, and Lore’s job running poisons keeps her in food, shelter, and relative security. But when a run goes wrong and Lore’s power is revealed, she’s taken by the Presque Mort, a group of warrior-monks sanctioned to use Mortem working for the Sainted King. Lore fully expects a pyre, but King August has a different plan. Entire villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, seemingly at random. Lore can either use her magic to find out what’s happening and who in the King’s court is responsible, or die.

Lore is thrust into the Sainted King’s glittering court, where no one can be believed and even fewer can be trusted. Guarded by Gabriel, a duke-turned-monk, and continually running up against Bastian, August’s ne’er-do-well heir, Lore tangles in politics, religion, and forbidden romance as she attempts to navigate a debauched and opulent society.

But the life she left behind in the catacombs is catching up with her. And even as Lore makes her way through the Sainted court above, they might be drawing closer than she thinks.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2023 by Orbit Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I am pretty excited about this book :D I have yet to read anything by Hannah, oops, but I own her first book, and her second that just came out, is on the way :) I just know that I will love all her books, haha. Just need the time and energy to read them. Soon, I hope. <3 And this newest looks so gorgeous, eee.
What are you waiting for on this glittering Wednesday?

Saturday, June 4, 2022

In My Mailbox #552

Another week gone by. I finished reading Lightbringer, eee :D In less than a week, ha! I'm proud of that :) Considering it took me three weeks to re-read Kingsbane. Oops. But yeah. I'm dead now. These books killed me. And I need a little healing time. I know what I'm reading next, but first going to spend some time re-watching some movies, haha :) This week we had several days with heat and sun. It was perfection. I spent hours outside and loved it so much. <3 I get tan just sitting outside for a moment, ha, so very tan now :) The sun didn't last too long, as we now have some days with rain. Rude. But still so happy to have had a few days of summer. <3 My health still sucks. Of course I got another cold this week, just a couple of weeks after my last one. Uuugh. But feels like this one is just small, ha, and hopefully almost over with already. Fingers crossed. I'm exhausted. But doing good. Busy with Animal Crossing New Horizons. <3 And pokemon go too :) Especially this weekend, as there is an event. This week I'm waiting on Strike the Zither :D And I shared my review of Lightbringer, eee. <3 I hope you are all doing well and staying safe :)


Pop Figures. A few more pre-orders arrived, ha :D Christmas one ordered last summer. So slow. Cute.
Loungefly. Eee! Isn't this Tigger the cutest thing? :D It's my second backpack. And I love it so very much.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Review: Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

These books have ruined me. And I do not know if I will be able to find all the words to describe how very much I loved this final book. Will begin by sharing that it is a five star, of course. I loved this with all of my heart. Well, what is left of it. Because this book completely ruined it. Not sure if there is anything left of me, haha.

There is so much that happens in this book. So much for me to write about. But feeling like I will not be able to share much about it at all. I feel a little empty. Lightbringer was just so good. So epic and fantastic. And so goddamn evil and hurtful. It took me almost two years to finally read this final book. To be brave enough for it.

And I needed that time, I feel like. But I'm glad I was finally brave enough, though. That I at last re-read Furyborn and Kingsbane. It took me less than a week to read Lightbringer, as I could not stop reading. It was exciting and thrilling from beginning to end. It also ruined me from the very beginning. So rude. I had been putting off reading this book for so long, as I peeked back then. I knew how it ended. I knew I would love it so, so much. But I also knew how very much it would break me. Ever since I read Kingsbane years ago, I have known what was to come between Rielle and Corien. And I did not want to read it. Not one bit. Because it would make me so very angry and sad and simply completely ruin my heart. It did. It really, truly did. But I also dealt with it better now, I think. It wasn't as bad as I feared. So I'm thankful too.

Okay, only thankful that it was not as awful as I feared it would be, haha. I still wish it had not been there. I wish it had not been that way. Yet I fully understand that the story had to go there. But still wishing it had not, ha. Because I never once liked Corien. Not one bit. The most evil angel to ever exist. He completely controlled Rielle, for a long time. And that ruined me most. Anyway. Enough about that for now. I simply can't get it out of my mind, ugh. It wasn't focused on too much, yet more than enough for my poor heart.

There is so, so much going on in this final book. Everything is coming together, everything is ending. And it was goddamn epic. Written so well and done so perfectly. Well, too much pain, ha. But I loved that too. I very much loved how this book was told from many different point of views. So we could know everything that was going on. We get to read from Rielle and Eliana. Also Audric and Ludivine and Navi and others too. All the point of views were important and I truly loved reading from every one of them. Sigh. So good.

I haven't really mentioned the magic at all in my reviews of my re-reads of the first two books. And so I will mention it now. The Empirium. What is really at the heart of this series. How it is a part of every living thing in this world created. First in Rielle's time, then when it is gone in Eliana's time. How it completely controls Rielle. We learn so much more about it in this. And it was truly interesting and exciting too. A bit scary. But I loved getting to know more. I loved how many of the people had different elemental powers.

I do not know what to say about this book. I cannot get my thoughts to focus. So much happens. And it takes place over several months. Which was even more heartbreaking to me, haha. Because this book begins with Rielle having run away from Audric, from her home. And gone to Corien instead. We get to see her with him. Get to see her change more and more. And it was completely heartbreaking. It ruined me. I loved her so. In this book I had so many issues with her, oh, but it all made sense. Still, the rudest.

What especially broke my heart was how long Rielle and Audric were apart. The whole book, almost. Uuugh. I know, we got their love in book one and two. But I still wanted more and more. Because they truly are the most amazing couple. And this book ruined it. Somewhat. Okay, it just made me really sad. Rielle is caught up in Corien and everything he promises her, that she can do with her powers. And she does so much. So many horrible things. Tt fully changes her too, which was even more heartbreaking.

Just thinking about it all is making me sad. But do not get me wrong. This book ruined me. But it was so good and I loved every moment of it. It was beyond epic and fantastic. It just hurt so, so goddamn much. Ugh. Not sure my heart will ever heal. Anyway. We learn so much more about Rielle in this story. Mostly bad things, ha, but good things too. And I loved her most near the ending. We learn more about Ludivine too, bad and good. I still love this rebellious angel a whole lot. But oh, she made so many mistakes. Sobs.

Then there was Audric. And I cannot with this man. I love him with all my heart. And seeing how much he suffered in the beginning of this book killed me. The most. He hurt so much. Because of how he pushed Rielle away. How it was his fault that she ran from them all. And yes, that it was, but what he said to her needed to be said as well, because all of her lying was not okay either. But yeah. It was very painful. But Audric grew in this book. His power as well. And I loved reading about all of that. He was my favorite one.

And then there was Eliana, in the future, a thousand years forward. Who got captured and was on her way to the emperor, to Corien. Shudders. Her chapters were the most difficult to read, I think. Because they truly had the most pain there has been in these books. She was tortured at Corien's for months and months. It was heartbreaking and so painful and so evil and yet so very good and perfect too. Oops. Just written so well. Sigh. This story killed me. Eliana changed very much too. And I loved her beyond words.

Of course, her story had the most pain, I think. Reading about Remy was going through as well was so sad too. He was changing too. And Jessamyn, who was now a different person altogether, was also a big part of Eliana's story. I did not like her. Except for a tiny bit, maybe. We got to read more about Navi as well, and her I did truly love. She was awesome. And Simon. Sigh. His betrayal. That was the worst and so hard to read about. His story was complicated. And learning it all, at last, was pretty much amazing.

Okay, I will say that there is one thing that bothers me. It is a small thing, but I noticed it, and I cannot forget it. How rude. Harkan died in book two, in such a heartbreaking way. And Eliana did not know this. When she finally learns about some of her other friends, she does not once ask about Harkan. It is not mentioned if someone tells her what happened to him. And that, to me, was so so painful. He deserved much more love. Sobs. Okay, fine. He was her best friend. Not really an important part. But I loved him.

There was so much going on in this final book. So many characters, all of them amazing. Audric's mom, as one of them. I hated her in the first books, but I loved the small parts of her that were in this final one. Sigh. There was a war happening. So many deaths. So much hurt and pain. Yet this book was not only about the pain. It was about hope too, hoping there would be a change, that this book would not end like we all knew it would. That the past could be changed, that Eliana could change it. If given the chance to.

And so I will mention a little about the ending. I very, very much loved it. It was the best part of the book. So fully exciting and evil and so perfect. I don't think I would have wanted to change anything about that final battle. Wait. No. There was one death I did not approve of. Hmph. But so good, even so. But then what came after the battle. I wish there had been more details, more love. I wished to know so, so much more. I feel like there could be more books coming. It hinted at it. And oh, how badly I wish that may be.

Reading these books took a lot out of me, emotionally. They are so heavy with everything. Full of grief and rage and hurt. But also full of love and family and hope. But yeah. Mostly pain, ha. I feel exhausted. I love these books the most. But oh, my mind is tired. Full, but tired. It was such a good ending too. I need more, of course, but I'm happy. I do feel like Rielle and Audric and Eliana got the endings they deserved, needed. I feel like one ending can be changed in the future. And I very much hope that will happen, ha.

Lightbringer was everything I wanted this final book to be. It ruined every part of me. But I loved it beyond words. It was perfect. I also want to mention that I love the covers for this series. I think they are so pretty. But I also would have loved covers with Rielle in dresses. Sigh. Would have been gorgeous. And Audric included too. Hoping that there might be covers like that coming out one day, haha. I would love them so. I very much think that you should all read this trilogy. It is so full of pain but fully worth every moment of it.

Waiting on Wednesday #554

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

STRIKE THE ZITHER BY JOAN HE

Goodreads Description:

An epic YA fantasy about found family, rivals, and identity, from New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He, inspired by Three Kingdoms, the first of the Four Classics of Chinese Literature.

The year is 414 of the Xin Dynasty, and chaos abounds. A puppet empress is on the throne. The realm has fractured into three factions and three warlordesses hoping to claim the continent for themselves.

But Zephyr knows it’s no contest.

Orphaned at a young age, Zephyr took control of her fate by becoming the best strategist of the land and serving under Xin Ren, a warlordess whose loyalty to the empress is double-edged—while Ren’s honor draws Zephyr to her cause, it also jeopardizes their survival in a war where one must betray or be betrayed. When Zephyr is forced to infiltrate an enemy camp to keep Ren’s followers from being slaughtered, she encounters the enigmatic Crow, an opposing strategist who is finally her match. But there are more enemies than one—and not all of them are human.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2022 by Roaring Brook Press
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

EEE! Look at that beauty of a cover :D Gooosh. It is so pretty. <3 And I am SO very excited for this book :D Yesss. I adore Joan. And her two other books were amazing. And so I simply cannot wait to read this beauty. It sounds so good. And I just know that I am going to love it a whole bunch. So beyond excited :)
What are you waiting for on this striking Wednesday?

Saturday, May 28, 2022

In My Mailbox #551

This week I have actually gotten a lot of things done, ha :) I'm feeling happy about that. <3 I read a short story. And I started reading Lightbringer, and have actually read over 200 pages already. Feeling proud, lol. My health still sucks the most. Even had intense neck and shoulder pain this week. It's finally feeling a little better. The bump under my arm is better too, after I stabbed it to death. But still painful. All of me is. But I managed to do things even so, and I'm happy with that. Glad I'm finally reading. And I'm watching Stranger Things season 4 as well. <3 With my mom, so going a little slow, but on episode 5 :) So much love. Aaand we have had summer weather a few days this week, what even! It was warm and sunny and I spent hours outside. Sigh. It was so perfect. I have taken a few photos too, of pop figures and books. So yeah. Was a good week. A couple of new posts. I shared my review of Queen of the Blazing Throne. <3 And this week I'm waiting on Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel :) Hope that you are all okay. <3

Hide. I am so very excited about this book :D It looks and sounds amazing. And I do adore Kiersten.
Animal Crossing. Second graphic novel version :) I haven't read the first, but had to own them, haha.
The Witcher. Bought from EMP. Love the notebook cover, eee. And the coasters are so very pretty. <3
Paper Mario. Another nintendo platinum points reward, ha :D These memo pads are just so cute. Love.
My Little Pony. This new nintendo switch game just looked so cute, haha. I had to buy it. Hope it's good.
Pop Figures. Gosh. I got aaaaall the pop figures this week, ahhh :D So many new Pokemon ones. <3 Love! The two that are flocked I got with the help of Casper :) Thank you so much. And oh. I just love all of these so much, eee. Some pre-orders that finally arrived, haha. But yeah. Fully excited about all my new pokemon pops. The most I have gotten in a week before, haha. Will be awhile until the next time :)


Turning Red + Moana. EEE! I have wanted that Disney Store panda plush for ages now. It is SO HUGE. And soft. And goooorgeous. And that figure set? Aaaadorable. But yeah. Disney do not ship to Norway. Haven't for ages. Ugh. So I ordered all of this from Double Boxed Toys. Expensive, but fully worth it too :)


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #553

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

STAR WARS: THE PRINCESS AND THE SCOUNDREL
BY BETH REVIS


Goodreads Description:

The Death Star is destroyed. Darth Vader is dead. The Empire is desolated. But on the forest moon of Endor, amongst the chaos of a changing galaxy, time stands still for a princess and her scoundrel.

After being frozen in carbonite, then risking everything for the Rebellion, Han is eager to stop living his life for other people. He and Leia have earned their future together, a thousand times over. And when he proposes to Leia, it’s the first time in a long time he’s had a good feeling about this. For Leia, a lifetime of fighting doesn’t truly seem over. There is work still to do, penance to pay for the dark secret she now knows runs through her veins. Her brother, Luke, is offering her that chance—one that comes with family and the promise of the Force. But when Han asks her to marry him, Leia finds her answer immediately on her lips . . . Yes.

But happily ever after doesn’t come easily. As soon as Han and Leia depart their idyllic ceremony on Endor for their honeymoon, they find themselves on the grandest and most glamorous stage of all: the Halcyon, a luxury vessel on a very public journey to the most wondrous worlds in the galaxy. Their marriage, and the peace and prosperity it represents, is a lightning rod for everyone in the galaxy—including Imperial remnants still clinging to power.

Facing their most desperate hour, the soldiers of the Empire have dispersed across the galaxy, retrenching on isolated worlds vulnerable to their influence. As the Halcyon travels from world to world, one thing becomes abundantly clear: The war is not over. But as danger draws closer, Han and Leia find that they fight their best battles not alone but as husband and wife.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2022 by Del Rey Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I must confess that I have yet to watch a Star Wars movie. Oops. I know most things. Just have not seen them yet. Aaack. But have played a lot of the new lego game with my nephew lately, and now I know more, ha. Hoping to watch the movies soon. I'm excited about this Star Wars book because it is Beth Revis, eee. Whom I adore. <3 I won't read this until I have watched the movies. Hopefully soonish :)
What are you waiting for on this idyllic Wednesday?

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Review: Queen of the Blazing Throne by Claire Legrand

I have at last read this stunning short story set in the Furyborn world. Meant to be read after Kingsbane, before Lightbringer. Which I have just done. And it was so good. Sigh. Five stars, of course. Only wish it had been longer, to be honest. Will do my best to write a short review, as this was not long. But so good.

This short story tells the story of twelve year old Obritsa. The young new child queen of Kirvaya. We met her first a few times in Kingsbane. And I adored her so then. This time I very much loved her. Sigh. But I'm also so worried that her ending will be brutal. Gosh, I hope not. I'm so still not ready for Lightbringer.

In this story we get to know Obritsa more. And I loved that very much. She is so young. But so very much grown and incredible. She has not had an easy life. And reading about all of that just broke my heart. The way she was brought up from age two. It was not kind. And I hope the person who did all those things to such a young child will have a very painful death. But despite all the cruel things that happened to her, Obritsa was still such a sweet and kind person. Mostly. I truly loved her relationship with her guard, Artem. Nothing romantic, at least not yet. I'm not sure if I ship them or not. I'm thinking yes, though she's still too young. But oh, their love for each other was the best. They are each other's only family. And protect each other very fiercely.

A lot of what happened in this story we already know, from Kingsbane. It is a lot of the same scenes, only told from Obritsa's point of view. But I very much loved that. As this young girl was all kinds of amazing and I adored her so. And I so loved reading a story about her. Wish there had been more. But oh, how I hope her ending is good. Ack. But there were new scenes too. When she went to the north. And those scenes were pretty brutal. Those poor dragons and children. Shudders. I very much need to know more.

Queen of the Blazing Throne was a most excellent short story. And I am so happy that I got to read it at last. I feel like it is a must read in this most wonderful world created by Claire. But oh, now I need to finally start Lightbringer next. And I am not at all ready for it. All the pain and heartbreak to come. Yet all of the hope and love to come as well. I know I will love it the very most. But so nervous, haha. This world is truly the best. And I am certain I could read all the short stories from it. Hoping there might be more, someday.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

In My Mailbox #550

Gosh. At last, I finished re-reading Kingsbane :D It only took me.. 23 days. Ahhh! But I spent very, very many of those days not reading. Sigh. I'm sad it took me so long, but I still managed to stay connected to everything, despite how long it took me to read. Oops. I'm reading a short story set in the world first, then I start Lightbringer. I'm not ready. Sobs. But I shall do it, ha :D Reading the short story tomorrow. Needed a few days of rest first, as reading it still not coming easy to me. Sigh. So rude. I love my books. I just do not want to read much at all. Hmph. Anyway. This has been a hard week, healthwise. My health suuucks. Huge abscess underneath my arm. It started as a bump that was there for months. It's now grown much bigger and much more painful. I hate it. It makes me wake up in pain so many times each night. Sigh. I just want it to go back in. Hmph. So I have at last gotten antibiotic pills from my doctor, hoping it will help. Fingers crossed. So yeah. I'm not doing so good, but also just doing my best. <3 Got no new books this week, but still got some mail, ha :D This week I'm waiting on Saint :) And shared my second review of Kingsbane. <3 Hope you are all doing better than me :) I hope my antibiotics will work to kill my bump. <3

Pop Figures. Eee. Mickey and Disney castle. So awesome. And baby Pegasus. So cute. And finally got the one that I wanted from the mystery pixar figures, eee. The cat and dog, ha :D And I so love the bird.
Maggie Stiefvater bookplate. Thank you so much Maggie for this sweet note and bookplate. <3 Love.
Pokemon swag. Another nintendo platinum points reward, ha. <3 I had some points to spend :) It's cute.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Review: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Reading this book for the second time was all kinds of torture. It took me over three weeks to read, because of health issues. But gods, how I love this book. But even though I was slow to read it, I loved every moment of it. And oh. The pain. It was just as cruel this second time, haha. My heart is completely shattered. Sobs.

Yet I love these books the most. I have been meaning to re-read Furyborn and Kingsbane for so very long. As I have yet to read Lightbringer. But I have been too afraid to start. Because I know the final book will kill me. But I know I will love it too. I am just so very nervous. And now I'm finally ready for it. Well, I must be, ha.

There is so much that I love about these books and this world. I could probably write about them for ages. But I will not. Because my mind is ruined and my heart is once again shattered. I will try to write only a little in my review this time. I do not know where to begin. Furyborn was every kind of epic. And this sequel was just as much so. Though the pain was worse, ha. Much worse. And much worse to come and I am dreading it. Gosh. But the love I have for these books is too strong. Because I love them way too much, pain included. These characters are all precious to me. Very much. Even when they are all being horrible, haha. I just adore them. And it breaks my heart to read about how broken they all are and how much more broken they become. Shudders. This second book has the worst cliffhanger. Hmph. So rude.

Yet I still waited this long before I read these books again, so I can at last read the final one. Of course, I did peek a little when it came out, ha. And I know I will love it. But I know it will ruin me too. And I haven't felt ready for it. Well, I'm still not ready for it. Ha. But I'm doing it at last, even so. As this series means so much to me. Even with all the pain it gives my heart. These characters are all incredible. And this world that Claire has created is truly the best. Fully evil and heartbreaking and cruel. But truly perfect as well.

I do not know what to say about this second book. I do not feel like saying much at all right now. All my energy is gone. That ending killed me a second time. These books tells the stories of Rielle and Eliana. Mother and daughter. Set a thousand years apart. It is such a rich and complicated story. And it is so so amazing. It is full of twists and secrets and lies. There is romance. There is a little hope. Then it is fully crushed. Ha. Sobs. There is still so much to come. And I cannot wait to read it. Although still not ready.

Will first talk a little of Rielle. She has always been my favorite of them all. Though in this book she killed me again. Because she is so angry all the time, almost. So very destructive. It is heartbreaking to read about. And made me so angry with her too, ha. She lied to Audric way too much. And that came back to hurt her in the end. Though it hurt me even more. Hmph. And yet. Despite how angry Rielle made me, I still do love her the most. I still want the best ending for her. Sobs. She is so precious. So powerful too.

Okay, fine. Audric might have been my most favorite character, haha. He is the most precious of them all, to be honest. Always good and kind and full of light. He finally speaks up at the of this. And everything then goes wrong. But I am so proud of him even so, because it needed to be said, and it was not wrong either. But oh, the heartbreak. And I just want to protect this boy and keep him safe. He deserves all the love and all the best things. Him and Rielle together was perfection. So fierce and hot and steamy. Sigh.

I also still so love Ludivine too. Though she is such a mess at times, doing a little too much. And yet not enough either. Hmph. I do like her friendship with them all, though. And I very much liked Rielle's guard. She was awesome. And Atheria. So adorable. I still don't really like Tal, especially not after this book. And Corien. Uuuugh. He is the very worst angel. And he is creating every mess there is. And I am so nervous. I hate him and Rielle together. Yet it is there. And I fear what will happen in Lightbringer. Oh. Not ready.

Then there was Eliana. I still love her, though I did love her more in this second book, which is good, ha. And her little brother Remy is still so very adorable. Though I feel like he wasn't in this book all that much. Though it might just be because of how long it took me to read it. Harkan killed me in book one. And now he returned to kill me even more. Very rude. He did a bad thing. But not that bad. And what happened to him was so unfair and it is killing me. Sobs. Okay, it was written so very well, but my poor heart is broken.

I suppose I should talk about Simon too. I still don't know what to feel about him. I hate him and I sort of love him too. There were parts of him that were so precious. But also parts of him I did not like. And yet I do love reading about him and Eliana together. Sigh. And I can't really help but ship them too. Somewhat. Not really after that ending, ha. Though I feel like that ending is a trick, in a way. Though I still don't know for sure, as I did not peek at that, ha. Oh. And Navi. So precious. Then she was missing for ages. Rude.

What. I was not going to write much about Kingsbane this time at all. And I have already written way way too much. Oops. Turns out I could not stop once I started. And I still have more to say. But stopping now. So much happened in this book. So much is still to come. So many bad things happened. So much death and pain. And it all destroyed me. Kingsbane was still every kind of epic and incredible. It still ruined me forever. And I still love this series the most. Claire is truly the best author. You must read these already.


Waiting on Wednesday #552

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

SAINT BY ADRIENNE YOUNG

Goodreads Description:

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns to the world of The Narrows with Saint, a captivating prequel to Fable and Namesake.

As a boy, Elias learned the hard way what happens when you don’t heed the old tales.

Nine years after his lack of superstition got his father killed, he’s grown into a young man of piety, with a deep reverence for the hallowed sea and her fickle favor. As stories of the fisherman’s son who has managed to escape the most deadly of storms spreads from port to port, his devotion to the myths and creeds has given him the reputation of the luckiest bastard to sail the Narrows.

Now, he’s mere days away from getting everything his father ever dreamed for him: a ship of his own, a crew, and a license that names him as one of the first Narrows-born traders. But when a young dredger from the Unnamed Sea with more than one secret crosses his path, Elias’ faith will be tested like never before. The greater the pull he feels toward her, the farther he drifts from the things he’s spent the last three years working for.

He is dangerously close to repeating his mistakes and he’s seen first hand how vicious the jealous sea can be. If he’s going to survive her retribution, he will have to decide which he wants more, the love of the girl who could change their shifting world, or the sacred beliefs that earned him the name that he’s known for―Saint.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 29th 2022 by Wednesday Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I'm so behind on books by Adrienne. Oops. One day soon I shall have to catch up and read the three I have that are already out. <3 But yess. I am still excited about this and will be ordering it, even so :D Ha.
What are you waiting for on this saintly Wednesday?

Saturday, May 14, 2022

In My Mailbox #549

Am I the slowest reader in all the world right now? Yes, yes I am. Aaaack. I think I have read more of Kingsbane only one time this week. What even. And only about sixty pages then. Siiigh. I just have no energy and no time, it feels like. I have had a cold for ages now, it feels like, ha. I'm finally starting to get better. Had so many health issues this past week. Things are getting better. But yeah. Have not gotten much done at all. Rude. But I'm okay. And catching up and reading when I'm well enough :) Though it makes me sad that it has now taken me weeks to re-read Kingsbane. Oops. I'm not forgetting anything, though, so that's good. <3 And I'm loving it so very much. Just, yeah. Need more energy. Anyway. I got a bunch of lovely mail this week, eee. All the Animal Crossing cards, yesss. <3 And precious books too :) And my pop figures, ha :) I have had a good week, despite having such a shitty body. Hmph. Behind on taking photos too. Hopefully tomorrow :) This week I'm waiting on Hell Bent :D Hope you are all well. <3

Bravely. Eee. I am SO excited for this one. <3 Got my personalized copy and my regular copy, haha :)
Book of Night. I don't know much about this at all. Suddenly saw it, so ordered it. I'm hoping to love it.
Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl. So excited for a middle grade book by Julie :D Looks great.
The Mystwick School of Musicraft. Of course I needed the paperback version too. <3 So loved this one.
The Imagination Chamber. I got my signed W edition last week, and regular this week, for reading :) Ha.
Pop Figures. New EMP exclusives :D I had to buy all these, eee. Diamond Squirtle! LOVE! All amazing.
Animal Crossing amiibo cards. YESSS. Thank you so much Megan for helping me get them. <3 LOVE.
Pokemon items. Eee. Some new nintendo store platinum point rewards, ha. I love them both. So cute :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #551

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

HELL BENT (Alex Stern #2) BY LEIGH BARDUGO

Goodreads Description:

Alex Stern returns in another tale of murder and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite…

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of hell—even if it costs her a future at Lethe and at Yale. But Alex is playing with forces far beyond her control, and when faculty members begin to die off, she knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if Alex is going to survive, she'll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university's very walls.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2023 by Flatiron Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad
 

I'm pretty excited about this one :D Despite not having read Ninth House yet. Oops. It sadly came out when I did not read at all, so yeah. I haven't made it yet. But I will read it right before this one comes out, and I cannot wait. I think I will love them both very much. <3 I very much love this disturbing cover, ack :)
What are you waiting for on this hellish Wednesday?

Saturday, May 7, 2022

In My Mailbox #548

This week have been exhausting. I turned 29 on Tuesday. <3 Which was awesome, ha :) Had a great time with my family, eating good food and cake and got some great presents too. <3 I'm still working on re-reading Kingsbane. I have not read much at all. Ahh! SO behind. Many days I haven't read at all. Sigh. It's so hard. I love the book, of course I do. But reading is so difficult for me these days. Trying my best, but yeah. It's going slow. Sigh. I'm also so goddamn exhausted and hurting and sick these days. It fucking sucks. Everything is trying to kill me lately. Ruuude. I even got a big bump on my goddamn eye this week. Driving me insane. Anyway. Got a bit of pretty mail. <3 Waiting on something amazing, eee. I will manage to finish re-reading Kingsbane this coming week. I have made it over halfway. Just need to make myself pick it up again. Oops. It's finally stopped snowing. Hope it will last. Today was sunny, full of wind, but the snow is melting at last. This week I'm waiting on Juniper & Thorn :) Hope that you are all doing well. <3

The Imagination Chamber. Of course I'm still buying anything from Philip, ha. Reading this one day. <3
Splatoon 2. Got as a birthday gift from my sister :D Eee. Playing it soon; I do think it looks pretty great.
Game & Watch Zelda. I have wanted to buy this for a while, finally did so :) I shall play it.. one day, ha :)
Pop Figures. More orders arrived. <3 Finally got Geralt; gift from my sister :D Love! And more Pokemon.
The Batman. I saw this smaller action figure and just had to get it too, haha :D He is just too cute. Love.


Funko Nordic Birthday Gift. EEE! Thank you so much to Emma at Funko Nordic for sending me this most amazing birthday gift. <3 I am beyond thrilled to me an ambassador for them on Instagram :) It's the best.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #550

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

JUNIPER & THORN BY AVA REID

Goodreads Description:

From highly acclaimed bestselling author Ava Reid comes a gothic horror retelling of The Juniper Tree, set in another time and place within the world of The Wolf and the Woodsman, where a young witch seeks to discover her identity and escape the domination of her wizard father, perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson and Catherynne M. Valente.

A gruesome curse. A city in upheaval. A monster with unquenchable appetites.

Marlinchen and her two sisters live with their wizard father in a city shifting from magic to industry. As Oblya’s last true witches, she and her sisters are little more than a tourist trap as they treat their clients with archaic remedies and beguile them with nostalgic charm. Marlinchen spends her days divining secrets in exchange for rubles and trying to placate her tyrannical, xenophobic father, who keeps his daughters sequestered from the outside world. But at night, Marlinchen and her sisters sneak out to enjoy the city’s amenities and revel in its thrills, particularly the recently established ballet theater, where Marlinchen meets a dancer who quickly captures her heart.

As Marlinchen’s late-night trysts grow more fervent and frequent, so does the threat of her father’s rage and magic. And while Oblya flourishes with culture and bustles with enterprise, a monster lurks in its midst, borne of intolerance and resentment and suffused with old-world power. Caught between history and progress and blood and desire, Marlinchen must draw upon her own magic to keep her city safe and find her place within it.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2022 by Harper Voyager
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I am pretty excited about this gorgeous looking book :D Eee. I do own the first book by this author. <3 Just haven't read it yet. Oops. So many loved it. I hope I will too. And really hope to love this as well :)
What are you waiting for on this thorny Wednesday?

Saturday, April 30, 2022

In My Mailbox #547

This have been a long and exhausting week. Gosh. I have read very little of my re-read of Kingsbane, but I'm making progress still :) I'm loving it, of course, but taking forever to read, as I'm never in the mood to read. Oops. We had finally started to get a little spring feeling. A little green grass. Then suddenly snow storms every day and almost a whole goddamn meter of more snow have arrived in the past few days. And colder again too. Very tired of this snow. Hmph. It's eeeverywhere. Will at least last about a week more. Hoping it will stop soon. So rude. Anyway. I did get some pretty mail this week, though, so yay for that :D And waiting on some epic things as well. <3 And oh! It is my birthday on Tuesday :D Eee! I am turning 29. Gosh. So old, haha. But yeah. I'm excited. I always love my birthdays. Presents from family. Good food and cake. I'm excited. <3 This week I'm waiting on Book of Night :) I hope you are all well. <3


The Art of The Batman. I just had to buy this art book, haha :D Because of Robert Pattinson, always.
ExtraOrdinary. I couldn't resist buying this one when I was ordering from Waterstones. Looks awesome.
Real Easy. Finally got to buy the UK edition, with special endpapers via Waterstones. Hope to read soon.
Thornlight. Eee. US paperback edition is out. Of course I needed two copies, for my Claire collection. <3
Pop Figures. Finally got to buy more Pokemon pops, via Amazon :D Love all of these so very much :)
Cat Peach. This figure I just had to buy. She is way too cute. And I almost never see any Peach items.
Plants vs Zombies. Couldn't resist buying this game for my Switch, haha. Used to play it on my phone.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #549

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

BOOK OF NIGHT BY HOLLY BLACK

Goodreads Description:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

With sharp angles and prose, and a sinister bent, Holly Black is a master of shadow and story stitching. Remember while you read, light isn’t playing tricks in Book of Night, the people are.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2022 by Tor Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I saw this book as an exclusive on Waterstones, so I couldn't resist ordering it, haha :D And I do think it sounds pretty exciting too. So I'm hoping that I will love this book. <3 Missed out on signed, though, aw.
What are you waiting for on this shadowy Wednesday?

Saturday, April 23, 2022

In My Mailbox #546

It took me a whole week to read, but I finished my re-read of Furyborn yesterday, eee. <3 I'm hopefully starting Kingsbane tonight :) I'm too nervous to re-read this one, ha. But so excited too, of course. Just. Yeah. My poor heart. This week have gone by so fast, I feel like. As I focused on being able to read at all. A little almost every day. A few spa baths this week too. And me just being fully exhausted and dead and hurting all over. Sigh. So rude. But I'm glad I finally read a book :) And I'm so happy that I still loved it just as much as the first time I read it. <3 That's the best feeling. Got a little bit of pretty mail this week too :) And two new blog posts. This week I'm waiting on Lumara :) And shared my third review of Furyborn. <3 Hope you are all doing well and staying safe :) I'm just waiting for spring. And for my health to be better.

Animal Crossing. Another lovely platinum points reward via nintendo. A pretty ACNH bag. <3 Love.
The Batman. Ha. Yeah. I bought this just because it's Robert Pattinson :D It do look pretty awesome.
The Mortal Instruments: Graphic Novel. Another volume is out. <3 I haven't read them yet, but one day.
Pop Figures. Eee. Top three are orders. <3 Bottom four are a gift from Funko Nordic :D Love them so.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, April 22, 2022

Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

At last, I have been brave enough to read Furyborn for the third time. It has been over four years since my first read, three years since my second. And I have still not read Lightbringer. Mostly because of how Kingsbane killed me, and I have not been brave enough to start my re-read until now, ha. I so love these books.

I know I will love the third book too. But oh, I'm beyond nervous. Simply because I adore this story and these characters so much. Will not be reading my older reviews before I write this. I am not able to have those in my mind right now. I haven't read a lot for so long now. And it took me a whole week to re-read this lovely.

But I am so glad that I finally read it again. Because I still love this book the most. It still gives me so much joy to read it. Even all the evil parts, haha. I am not at all sure my heart can handle my re-read of Kingsbane next. It will be hard. I love it so. But the paaain. Gosh. Still. I'm so excited too. Won't be writing such a long review of Furyborn this time. As I'm having trouble finding the right words. My heart is just full of love right now. It makes me so happy that I still love this book so much, all these years later. It is so not always the case. But it have always been so with books by Claire. Sigh. She is my most favorite author. And her books means the most to me. Words are failing me. It was good to read this one again, as I had forgotten so much of it. Not the important parts, but so many small details. All so exciting.

There is so much I could say about this story. Will only share a little. It tells such an epic tale of two girls. Set one thousand years apart. Connected through blood and secrets. I still love Rielle and her story the most. But I so adore Eliana as well. But yeah. Rielle holds my heart a little bit more. Her and Audric. They are from the past, have been best friends since they were little. Along with Ludivine. These three were so good together and I loved it the most. Their friendship was the cutest. I loved getting to know them more.

But the growing romance between Rielle and Audric was the best. And it still makes me so happy. Since it is so pure and adorable. They truly love each other. It's not without issues, though. And that just makes me love it more. Rielle has such an incredible journey to go through. Still dislike her father so much. Ugh. And I truly love her powers. They are dark, could be. But so special. She is one of a kind. A queen of an ancient prophecy. Dark or light. Full of magic and power. And I loved reading about this all so much. Eee.

Then there was Eliana, from the present day. Her relationship with her younger brother, Remy, was still the cutest. Eee. I adore that boy. And I so love Eliana too. She's dark and dangerous. But she do have a heart, buried deep within. I am still so bitter about what happened to Harkan, though, haha. I still feel like they were perfect together and still should have been together. Sigh. I know, it can't be. But I still wished for it. He was such a precious friend and I loved him so. They were the best, for such a short time. Rude.

But Eliana is meant for Simon. I suppose. I did like Simon more, I think. He is still such a mystery. And he does a lot of lying, keeping things hidden. But yeah. His story is dark and sad and I do like it very much. Reading about him and Eliana meeting and spending time together is interesting and exciting. I'm just a little bitter about that too, ha. But oh, how I love their stories. All of them. Navi too, especially. She went through so much heartbreak. Shudders. I liked getting to know them, all over again. Felt like the first time.

There is so much I still wish to say, but I won't. So much happens in this book. Yet much, much more is to come. Reading about the trials that Rielle had to face was so exciting. I had forgotten some details. And reading it again was the best thing. She is so powerful. And a little dangerous. But oh, how thrilling it was to read about everything. Then there are the angels. Corien. I still hate him. And I always will, ha. But that storyline is pretty good too. Just. Oh. The heartbreak to come. So rude. This story was just so good. Sigh.

Furyborn is still such an amazing and thrilling book for me. I still love it the most. The romance between Rielle and Audric still brings me so much joy. Sigh. All the friendships are simply the best. I'm so happy that I finally made myself read it again, so I can at last read book three soon. I am, of course, completely nervous. But I know I will love it. I just know my heart will break a million times first, haha. But it will also be worth it, I know. If you still haven't read these books, you are truly missing out. Read them. Love them.