Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #632

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


Goodreads Description:

A magic-tinged contemporary YA about grief and hope from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm novels.

Wilhelmina Hart is part of the infamous class of 2020. Her high school years began with the election of Donald Trump and they ended with COVID. Now Wilhelmina, like so many of her peers, is in limbo, having deferred college because of the pandemic. Compounding the national trauma of 2016 to 2020, Wilhelmina has wrestled with the devastating loss of one of her three beloved aunts shortly after the 2016 election. This is a loss she felt so keenly that she’s spent the last years deep in her personal depression, only obscured by the seemingly endless waves of national trauma. Now on the cusp on the most consequential election in living memory, Wilhelmina may have found a door in her darkness and perhaps the courage to pass through it, if she can decipher the bizarre messages that keep appearing in her life.

Format: 384 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: June 11, 2024 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Ohhh. I'm unsure about this book. It does not at all sound like something for me, haha. I do not do much of real world contemporary. But this is Kristin Cashore. So I will buy it, of course :) And read it one day. <3
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Saturday, November 25, 2023

In My Mailbox #629

Another week gone by. Ack. Another book read, though, so yay for that :) And I re-watched Squid Game with my mom this week, her first time. I liked it better this time, I think. And we saw the first five episodes of the Squid Game: The Challenge, which is awesome. I'm currently re-watching The Lord of the Rings, which is even better. <3 Sigh. My precious. Anyway. I'm exhausted this week. Finally got an appointment for re-starting my medicine, next week. Just have to visit hospital town to get it done. Uugh. Which sucks. But I shall survive. Hopefully :) Got a bit of stunning mail this week, ack. Too many books :) I shared my review of Artifice :) And this week I'm waiting on Daughter of Mine. <3 Hope that you are all doing well :)

The Hunting Moon. US hardcover :D I know. Have not read book one. But I think I will love them both.
Vengeance of the Pirate Queen. Unsure when I will read this one. Oops. I did mostly like the first books.
Dawn Breaker. I have not read book one yet, oops. But own all books by Jodi. I will read them one day.
The Hunting Moon. The UK Waterstones exclusive paperback :D Love the painted edges. So beautiful.
The Last Life of Prince Alastor. Second book in this series, UK paperback. Reading them both soon. <3
A Study in Drowning. Illumicrate edition, eee :D It is so lovely. Cost me a bit too much. Oh. But worth it.
Sword Catcher. Eee! Was able to to get this Owlcrate edition cheaper; small damage but I do not mind.
Champion of Fate & The Isles of the Gods. UK ARCs :D Ahh! Very happy about this trade. <3 Love them.
Funko Pop. Bought this chase Gollum from a seller in Norway. Finally have it, ha :D Been searching long.
Super Mario RPG. I'm hoping to love this new game for my Switch, eee :D It looks pretty awesome. <3
Funko Pop. Ohh. Duchess is the cutest. I think I'm going to take her out of the box, though, ha. Love her.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #631

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


Goodreads Description:

The new thrilling novel from Megan Miranda, the instant New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Last to Vanish, and The Only Survivors.

When Hazel Sharp, daughter of Mirror Lake’s longtime local detective, unexpectedly inherits her childhood home, she’s warily drawn back to the town—and people—she left behind almost a decade earlier. But Hazel’s not the only relic of the past to a drought has descended on the region, and as the water level in the lake drops, long-hidden secrets begin to emerge…including evidence that may help finally explain the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.

Format: 368 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: April 9, 2024 by Marysue Rucci Books
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Ohh. I'm excited for this one :) I haven't read the latest book by Megan yet, but I'm hoping to do so very soon. I have read almost all her books. And her stories are always awesome. I can't wait to read this :)
What are you waiting for on this thrilling Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Review: Artifice by Sharon Cameron

This was a book I had to read, of course. As I have read several books by Sharon and have enjoyed all of them. So I knew I would like this one too. And I did. Very much. Giving this a four star, as I didn't fully love it. But I liked this story a whole bunch. The writing was stunning, of course. The story was all kinds of heartbreaking.

But it was also a pretty slow book. About the German war, taking place in the Netherlands, in 1943. It could have been graphic and horrible and so sad. But it was not. It was more slow and soft and a bit hopeful. So many heartbreaking moments and some details about the war that were simply the worst. But yes. Silent, sort of.

Which was not at all a bad thing. I liked that this book was not in the middle of the war. That it was not a brutal and graphic story about being beaten and hurt and tortured. It was more about all that was happening on the side of the war. With art being stolen and sold to the Germans. It is about a girl trying her very best to keep herself and her father alive during the war. What happens when she does something she can not take back, that changes everything. I very much liked this story. It is told from the point of view of Isa de Smit. She was raised in an art gallery in Amsterdam with her parents. Her mom died right before the war. Her father has spent the past few years inside at all times, just painting and mostly going crazy. Not helping. With Isa being forced to take care of them, keeping them fed and safe from the Nazis.

I am not going to talk too much about the plot of this book. At least I do not think so. It is so complicated and so much happens. Yet, slow. And yet. It takes place in about just a week. So it happens fast as well. And it was heavy and slow to read. Which I liked. As this book was full of details. I liked getting to know more about this time period. I liked that Sharon made much of it very accurate, with many of the people being real too. I love that it seems like she did so much research for this story. Adored these characters.

First we get to know Isa a bit. And I very much adored this girl. I loved how she took care of her dad, even when he did not deserve it at all. I loved how she tried to keep their art gallery, though it had been closed for years and did not actually have any art left anymore. I loved how she would do anything to keep them safe. And how she was fully brave and loving and kind, most of the time. Fierce and rude too. But also a little bit stupid at times, ack. She made some wrong choices a few times, that hurt, but felt so real as well.

We get to know her best friend, Truus, though she has not been close to her since the war began. They do get closer again now, and I did like that. Somewhat. It was not easy to like Truus. But she was doing something so brave and good and I loved that. And Truus's boyfriend, Willem. I was a little unsure of him at times. But I liked him too. Then there were all the different art people, like the rich older guy who lived in a mansion alone. I did not like him one bit. But I really liked reading about his part in the story even so.

And then there was Michel. The Nazi soldier. The boy who wanted Isa to hide him, so he could desert his post. And oh. This boy. They get close once they meet. Isa hates him and what he is. But she starts liking him too, as she knew him when she was a child. Well, somewhat. He had been in the gallery many times with his father before. And it did not seem like he had actually killed someone. He just helped them steal art and get it moved. Which was enough, I suppose. But I liked him anyway. He was sweet yet a little bad.

This story is about Isa selling a fake painting to the Nazis. About Michel knowing it and trying, badly, to blackmail her for help. About her being dragged into what Truus was doing, trying to save Jewish babies. Getting her own to save, little baby Hildy. Whom was the sweetest little thing. I adored how they all cared for her. Sigh. And this whole story about saving the babies was the best. And yet also the worst, with how many did not get saved. And how those that were saved were taken from their family. It was so very sad.

But yes. The story in this book was exciting. It was about Isa having to sell another forgery. Figuring out how to get it to look real. How to get enough money to save the art gallery and more babies. And how not to get caught. It was not at all easy. But it was a little bit of fun too, and I liked that. I loved reading about Isa and Michel together. Sigh. I do wish there had been a little bit more romance, though. Aw. Those final pages were my favorite. But I wanted more, so I was a little bit disappointed too. Still. I fully adored them.

I shall not say more about this book. It was about the war, yet a more easy part of it, if that makes sense. It was still awful and still sad, but it was hopeful too. And I liked that. Oh. I just remembered what Truus was mostly at fault for and now I am angry with her again. That plot twist near the end of the book really hurt. Hmph. But anyway. Artifice was an exciting and stunning story. It was real and heartbreaking. It was interesting and full of great history to learn. A four star, but I liked it very much. You should all read it too.

Goodreads - Blackwells - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Saturday, November 18, 2023

In My Mailbox #628

I managed to read a book this week too, eee :D I'm happy with how much I'm reading lately, haha. I will be starting a new one tomorrow, hopefully. But yeah. I'm pretty exhausted these days. Been walking less too. Just been hurting too much, hips and arm pain. And I decided this week to begin my medicine again, as I cannot stand having these pains any longer. So yeah. I'm just waiting for that; took a bunch of blood tests this week. So waiting for hospital to get the results then decide when I shall begin medicine again. I do not actually want it. Ugh. But I need it. Sigh. So yeah. I'm hurting a lot lately. But I am doing my best :) Just so excited for it to be Christmas shortly, eee :D Not long left now. <3 A couple of new posts. I shared my review of The Scorpio Races. <3 My 13th read, eee :D This week I'm waiting on Under the Surface :) Hope you are all well. <3 Have you gotten Christmas up yet? :D Now almost two weeks since I did, haha.

Prosper Redding. Eee! Book one and two in hardcover. Had to buy from A marketplace; but looks good.
In the Serpent's Wake. Finally bought the US paperback edition of this one. Have not read it yet, though.
Stellarlune. I know. I'm so behind on this series. Yet I still get all the hardcover and paperback editions :)
The Fragile Threads of Power. Eee! Owlcrate edition. I had to buy this one. It just looks so stunning. <3
Funko Europe. I know. I had a small break from buying pop figures. Oops. But I had to get these, ha :D I love them all. Bridgerton figures! Eee! Had to have them. And diamond nightmare before christmas. Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #630

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


Goodreads Description:

An epic survival-thriller about four teens who get lost in the Paris catacombs for days—a gripping and propulsive story of love, danger, betrayal, and hope… even when all seems lost.

Ruby is terrified to cave to her feelings for Sean and risk him crushing her heart.

Sean is pumped to spend a week with Ruby in Paris on their senior class trip, and he’ll wait however long until she’s ready to take things further.

But when Ruby’s best friend sneaks out the first night to meet a mysterious French boy, Ruby goes after her with two classmates, but caves to another temptation: attending mystery boy’s exclusive party in the Paris catacombs, the intricate web of tunnels beneath the city, home to six million long-dead Parisians. Only they never reach the party.

Underground, as something sinister chases them deeper , they get lost in the endless maze of bones, uncovering dark secrets about the catacombs….and each other. And if they can’t find a way out, they’ll die in the dark beneath the City of Light.

Aboveground, Sean races to find the girl he loves as a media frenzy over the four missing teens begins.

From award-winning author and rising YA star Diana Urban comes a twisty tale of four teens lost in the dark beneath the City of Light and the race to find them.

Format: 368 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: July 30, 2024 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Ohhh :D I am pretty curious about this book. I have not read any of the books by Diana before, but I have followed her on twitter during this past year and I bought her latest book. So I will be giving this one a try as well, I think :) I like the cover a lot. And it sounds creepy and just awesome, haha. I think I will love it :)
What are you waiting for on this sinister Wednesday?

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Of course I had to read The Scorpio Races again this November. Now for the 13th time. It is impossible to not love this story. Even though I always worry that maybe this time I shall find some flaw in it. But I never do. I truly love every part of this book. Which is rare. This is the book of my heart and it means everything to me.

I have shared my love for this book over ten times. I have most likely shared everything there is to share about it, everything that I love about it. And yet I'm still writing new reviews. I still need to put down all my thoughts after reading it, to say how badly I love this story. How badly I adore Sean and Puck and Corr. My heart.

There truly is very much I could say about this. Of course I have already said it all, ha. But I still wish to share more. Though, yes, there is a big chance that I will be repeating myself from previous reviews, as I don't read them again. But still. This book is beyond precious to me. If you still have not read it, you are truly missing out on the best. The writing is stunning. The world is incredible. I love how it takes place on a small and deadly island in the sea. A place filled with deadly water horses around them. They come up to land around November each year, hungry. I so love this. It's such a unique story and I love it to pieces. The part about the horses are always so interesting. And I loved how special this island was. So precious. It's a book filled with magical horses, in a way. A book with the best characters. And a most exciting story.

What is the heart of this story is Sean and Puck. And how badly Sean loves his water horse, Corr. Which he should probably not do, considering all the water horses are beyond deadly and dangerous. But he's had Corr for years now. He knows him. And Corr knows Sean too. And their special bond is what makes this book so very good. I just. I cannot. It is precious. And also Puck with her regular island horse, Dove. She truly loves her as well and I loved their scenes together. Also love Finn and his barn cat, Puffin, ha.

I shall say a little bit about the characters this time. Puck lives with her younger brother Finn and her older brother Gabe. Both their parents were killed out at sea by the water horses a year ago. They are trying to survive by themselves, but it is so not easy. They barely have enough to eat. And then suddenly Gabe is leaving them, moving away from the island. So Puck says she will race in the deadly Scorpio Races, so he will stay a little longer. Then she finds out they will lose the house too. So she needs to win the money.

And this is what the Scorpio Races is about for Puck. Saving their house, trying to get more time with her brother before he leaves, which isn't easy. I still do not like Gabe. But I did understand him too. At least Finn is always fully adorable. And I fully love reading about Puck and Finn together. Best siblings. Just trying their best too. I so love reading about the three women in their lives, Dory Maud and Elizabeth and Annie. I love how they care about them, in the way that they can. I also liked getting to know about Peg.

Then there is Sean. He lost his dad to the races nine years before. And has lived in a small room above the stables to the man who owns most of the island and own the best horses. He has worked for him all that time, won the Scorpio Races four times since then, with Mr. Malvern taking most of the money. I very much did not like this man. Especially his son, Mutt. I always hate reading about that evil boy, haha. His dad too. Ugh. But yeah. Sean just wants to buy Corr, whom Malvern owns. He needs to win once more.

And that is what this book is about. The Scorpio Races. Puck is racing to save her house. Sean is racing to at last get to buy Corr, his heart. But it is no easy thing. Because this is a race of men, a race of only deadly water horses. So Puck is the first girl. And she is racing with her regular horse too. And oh, how much I love this story. I just cannot. I have shared too much. I just love it all so much. I love how they ride together. I love how they spend time together. I love the november cakes. I love every small detail. Sigh.

I have never cared for horses. And there are a lot about horses in this book. And I found all of this to be interesting and exciting and I loved every part of this story. Mostly because of how much Sean and Puck care for their horses. It is what made it interesting to read about them. Like the scene where Sean dives after a colt into the water, trying to save it. That scene always ruins me. Or when he finds the hurt water horse in the stall near the end of the book. It is the worst. It's so much better, because of how Sean cares.

So yes. This book is about the horses. But it is more about the people and their struggles and their hopes and dreams. And oh, how badly I love reading about Sean and Puck. Sigh. Still very much want a sequel. Of course there does not need to be one. I already feel certain about what comes next. But I badly want to read about it. It would bring me so much joy. Sigh. But even so. Re-reading this book again and again brings me joy, as this book is truly perfect. Okay, there could have been a little more of the romance, ha.

But there did not need to be either. As there is romance. And it is everything. The way Sean and Puck starts to care for each other is the very best part. Reading about their friendship was the best. And then it growing into more was truly perfect. I just shipped them very much. They fit together perfectly. It always annoys me how people around them said that Sean was not right for her, because he cared more for the races. And that was not who he was at all. How rude. Puck did not care, of course. She liked him anyway.

I have already said more about this book this time than I had planned to. And yet I have not said nearly enough. But I shall stop for now. I just. I'm so glad that The Scorpio Races is still precious and magical to me, over ten years later and now thirteen reads of it. I honestly love this book more than any other. It is the book I will read again and again and always love it. But yes. I do want more. And I will always want more, haha. I just want more of Sean and Puck. Sigh. They are perfect. Now. Do read this book already.


Saturday, November 11, 2023

In My Mailbox #627

Ohh. I'm exhausted this week, haha. I got all my Christmas decorations up this week :D Eee. And it is all so beautiful. Sigh. And there is snow outside, so it looks extra cozy, haha. Christmas is the best time. <3 And I read a new book this week. Another five star. What even! I have read ten new five star books this year, eee :D I am very happy with that, ha. Might to a re-read of The Scorpio Races next, though. I got a little more books this week. <3 Though no pop figures. Buut. I placed an order a few days ago so getting some next week. Oops. I just had to, haha :) I also got my fifth corona vaccine this week. So I have been aching because of that as well. Well. On top of everything else. I hurt so badly lately. My arthritis is very bad and everything hurts. Ugh. But I'm dealing with it :) This week I'm waiting on The Thirteenth Circle :D And I shared my review of A Study in Drowning. <3 It was so good. Sigh. Hope you are all doing well. <3

The Forest Grimm. Eee! Second official Fairyloot. <3 Love. Have the regular edition too. Reading soon.
A Crown of Ivy and Glass. Ahh! Bookish Box version. Cost me so much. Oh. But it is so gorgeous. <3
Lore Print. Eee! Finally managed to get the Fairyloot Lore print, from depop :D And it is perfect. Love it.
Artifice. I am so very excited about this book. I love the books I have read by Sharon :D It seems great.
Keeper of the Lost Cities: The Graphic Novel Part 1. Of course I had to get this, eee :D Looks stunning.
Switch Games. Oops. Two new ones, ha :D I just had to get the new Jumanji and Wario Wave: Move It.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Review: A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

This book was not what I thought it would be. I had wished to like it. And I ended up loving it to pieces. Oh. I did not know how very much this one would be for me. So happy that I read it right now. Every moment of this story was perfect. So adored the main girl. And such a sweet romance. Sigh. Writing was fully great as well.

There is so much I loved about this book. I do not know where to start. Or what to share. It all felt magical. I loved getting to know Effy and Preston. I truly loved reading about them spending time together. I loved how creepy the plot was. I so very much loved how soft and broken Effy was. It ruined me. I loved her the most.

I'm giving this book five stars, of course. Because I loved it from start to finish. It was such a stunning story. I fully loved the plot and the characters. I mostly loved the romance, ha. It was truly just perfect and sweet and I found that to be the very best. Sigh. There is much to share about this book. I shall share a little bit, not too much this time. I liked the world it was set in, though we do not get to see too much of it. It felt like something of the past yet also of the present as well. It was about two close countries at war with each other. Which was sad, but we didn't get to know much about it. It was about one of them, where Effy lived. In the south they believed in magic and things like that. And in the north, where she was from, they did not. Although Effy still did. And I so loved that about her. I loved everything she believed in.

I simply have to talk about Effy a little. This girl was the absolute best. She had recently begun studying at a university, where she was to study something she did not actually care about. While also being the only girl in this place. What Effy wanted to study was literature, but she was not allowed. Men only. And oh, it hurt to read about how women were kept from things in this world. Very much like ours, of course. Written very well too. But Effy was trying her best even so, and wanting to study what she could. It was not easy.

And that hurt the most, reading about what happened to her. We get to see small glimpses of it several times in this book. And it hurt every time. Yet I loved it too, as it made her even more real to me, because of how broken she was. And how strong she became. How at first she did all that she could do to survive. And then actually wanting to live, later on. Sigh. But yes. This girl went through so much. Too much. And yet not actually the worst thing, which made my heart a little bit happier to know. Effy deserved the world.

And then reading about her mother. Ugh. I hated her. And we do not actually meet her, only read about her. But yeah. She was not a good person. And what she did to Effy as a child. Well. I'm so not pleased. Because of this, Effy has been on sleeping pills and other pills since she was young. It was interesting to read about it, why she took them, and what they helped against. Well, somewhat helped. I just. I loved Effy. Every broken and hurt part of her. She was so afraid at times. But trying her best and so brave too.

Anyway. About the story. Effy had a favorite author. One of his books was her most treasured one, which she had read hundreds of times and that had helped her when she was hurt. And I so very much loved that. I loved how this book was a part of this story and how we got to see parts of it too. This author was her hero. And then she learned more and more about him and it kept getting worse. Ahh. I loved it, haha. But yes. Effy is invited to his home, six months after his death, to help redesign the place. She's excited.

But it was very much not what she had pictured when she arrived. It took six hours to travel by train. The house was far on top of the cliffs. Almost falling into the sea. It was very much a ruined and broken home. His son lived there, and gods. He was such a creepy man and it bothered me very much. But also written so well. Hmph. I loved the mystery of it all. Effy was not the only one from the university there. A boy was too, Preston. He was there for a different reason, to research the dead author, to figure out all his secrets.

And oh, they had such arguments about this at first, ha. I loved it. They had the best bickering. Because they were somewhat enemies, with Preston being half of the other country. And being a literature student as well, which was her biggest wish. So they did not start out very well. But it changed fast. They became friends. Started to work together a little too. Working to figure out the mystery of that very creepy house. And gosh. Preston was the very best boy. I loved him the very most. His story was so good as well. Ahh.

And then their growing romance was the actual best. Sigh. A little slow. At first. But very perfect. I loved them together. They fit so well. Both a little broken. Both a little soft. A little stubborn. And just the cutest. Okay. I may have written too much about this book already. Oops. And yet too little about the plot. There is a little hint of magic. A story of the fairy king. What Effy believes in, what Preston does not. How it fits with the house and the book. I loved the history of the drowning. I wanted more of that as well. Loved it.

There was just so much amazing in this story. I cannot deal with it. In a way it was not actually a story for me. I'm not much a fan of contemporary books. But this was not only that. And yet I still loved every piece of this. Sigh. I think it was because of loving the writing and how the characters were so perfect. A Study in Drowning was perfection. I loved the mystery of it all. I adored the precious romance. And Effy was the most perfect broken girl. And I loved how she changed as well. You should definitely all read this one too.


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #629

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


Goodreads Description:

The X-Files meets Scooby-Doo in THE THIRTEENTH CIRCLE, a middle-grade mystery from MarcyKate Connolly and Kathryn Holmes, featuring two unexpected friends, crop circles, science fairs, and Men in Black, perfect for both the highly scientific and cryptid enthusiasts alike.

Cat knows aliens are real, and she’s determined to prove it. By studying the Weston Farm Circles, her town’s legendary crop circle phenomenon, she’ll not only demonstrate the existence of extraterrestrial life, but also win the grand prize in the McMurray Youth Science Competition―a feat she’s sure will impress her distant NASA scientist father.

Dani most certainly does not believe in aliens. How can she, when they go against every scientific principle she’s been taught? So when Dani is paired with Cat to enter the McMurray Youth Science Competition―which she has to win to avoid going to her parents’ artsy summer camp―she knows she’s at a disadvantage. Her solution? Disprove Cat’s theory, of course . . . without telling her partner her true intentions.

But as the girls bond over science, it becomes clear that there is something strange about the Weston Farm Circles. And when Dani and Cat’s project is threatened by suspicious forces, they’ll have to work together to expose the truth, once and for all.

Format: 320 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: January 30, 2024 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Eee! New MarcyKate book :D Of course I'm excited for this one. <3 It's going to be amazing. And it looks gorgeous. I love this cover. I don't know Kathryn; but I'm sure she's a great writer too :) Ahh. This book just sounds like lots of fun. I cannot wait to get to know both girls and get to know this mystery as well :)
What are you waiting for on this strange Wednesday?

Saturday, November 4, 2023

In My Mailbox #626

I'm so sleeepy. Ugh. Been all kinds of tired this week. How rude. Started my week with a hospital visit on Monday, which went okay. Got to do a little bit of shopping and eating and swimming with my sister, haha :) I love those days. Although it is fully exhausting for me. Sigh. And then the plane was delayed for hours too, which sucked. Hmph. But I survived :) And doctor appointment went okay too. I haven't read anything this week, as I haven't been sure what I want to read next. Figuring it out soon, I think. Buut I will be busy during the next few days, ahh. As I will be getting my Christmas ornaments and stuff up, eee :D It's early, I suppose. But I am so excited. Sigh. I love Christmas time. <3 This week I did not get a lot of mail. Only two books, ha :) And no pop figures. What even. But also, thank god. I have spent too much money lately. Sigh. But I'm guessing they will be getting new pop figures that I just have to get this coming week. Ugh. But honestly, I'm hoping not, ha, as I don't mind waiting a little longer :) I truly need to save some money now. Oops. This week I'm waiting on A Tempest of Tea :) I hope that you are all doing well these days. <3

Sword Catcher. And now I got my UK hardcover edition, haha :) Of course I'm still buying every copy. <3
The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. I have not read this Hunger Games prequel yet. But I will. One day :)
Bukowski. EEE! The latest plushes I have bought, haha :D My favorite brand, almost impossible to find them. So happy the airport in the hospital town I visit have gotten some. I buy everytime I'm there, ha. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #628

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


Goodreads Description:

From Hafsah Faizal, New York Times–bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame, comes the first book in a hotly-anticipated new fantasy duology about an orphan girl and her crew who get tangled in a heist with vampires, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows.

On the streets of White Roaring, Arthie Casimir is a criminal mastermind and collector of secrets. Her prestigious tearoom transforms into an illegal bloodhouse by dark, catering to the vampires feared by society. But when her establishment is threatened, Arthie is forced to strike an unlikely deal with an alluring adversary to save it—and she can’t do the job alone.

Calling upon a band of misfits, Arthie formulates a plan to infiltrate the dark and glittering vampire society known as the Athereum. But not every member of her crew is on her side, and as the truth behind the heist unfolds, Arthie finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy that will threaten the world as she knows it. Dark, action-packed, and swoonworthy, this is Hafsah Faizal better than ever.

Format: 352 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: February 20, 2024 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Hello.I'm a little unsure about this book, as I have only read one book by Hafsah before, which was a three star for me. And yet I still want to give this one a try :D As I like the cover a lot. And it also sounds amazing. <3 So yes. I will be getting this book :D And I'm hoping to love it. Love that it's about vampires.
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