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.


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...

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)

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)

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)

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday #563

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


Goodreads Description:

Snowpiercer meets The Hunger Games in a gripping near-future dystopian: romances, betrayals, and fights for freedom in a world turned upside-down...

Welcome to the Arcadia.

Once a luxurious cruise ship, it became a refugee camp after being driven from Europe by an apocalyptic war. Now it floats near the coastline of the Federated States - a leftover piece of a fractured USA.

For forty years, residents of the Arcadia have been prohibited from making landfall. It is a world of extreme haves and have nots, gangs and make-shift shelters.

Esther is a loyal citizen, working flat-out to have the rare chance to live a normal life as a medic on dry land. Nik is a rebel, planning something big to liberate the Arcadia once and for all.

When events throw them both together, their lives, and the lives of everyone on the ship, will change forever . . .

Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2023 by Sourcebooks Fire
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I saw that awesome cover and knew I needed to know what this book was about. And ohh. I think I'm going to love this one, eee :D As I think it sounds so awesome. I mean. I love The Hunger Games and Snowpiercer, so, ha :D I'm always nervous about reading from new-to-me authors. But will try this one :)
What are you waiting for on this gripping Wednesday?