Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #661

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

THE TEMPTATION OF MAGIC BY MEGAN SCOTT

Goodreads Description:

As an Empyreal, Nicole has the ability to kill any deadly supernatural. But if her power ever awakened, the Wake—the organisation that governs supernaturals—would force her to be their loyal huntress. Or kill her, like they did her mother.

To stay safe, Nicole hides in a small university town, convinced the mythological art collection at a local manor contains a final message from her mother. But before she can study it, Kyan McCarter, the Wake’s most skilled Empyreal, arrives on his own hunt. When they discover his prey has stolen a painting for leverage, they’re forced to work together.

As the creature threatens to expose Nicole’s powers, her tenuous alliance with Kyan threatens her heart. If her true identity is revealed, Kyan will hunt her next. No one disobeys The Wake and survives. Especially when the art they’re seeking unveils a conspiracy that would change the lives of creatures and humans forever...

But Nicole may only be able to resist one: her wicked impulses, or a love that could repaint their world. And after a life of hiding her true nature, who could resist the temptation of magic...

SERPENT AND DOVE meets A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, in this luxurious, forbidden romance.

Format: 384 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: May 23, 2024 by Magpie
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I know, I know. This book is already out. But it is a book that I got via Fairyloot, and did not know about before getting it :) And now I'm curious. It sounds pretty exciting. Yet I'm nervous too. Hope to love it :)
What are you waiting for on this forbidden Wednesday?

Saturday, June 15, 2024

In My Mailbox #658

How is it already Saturday again? How rude. Time is moving way too fast :) It's summer, finally. But not all that warm, ugh. We keep getting a few days of a little warmer. Then back to colder. Doesn't look like it will get any warmer for a long time either. Sigh. I want some summer heat too. I'm fully exhausted this week. I hurt so, so much. And it's driving me insane. My wound is finally healing more, so I'm glad about that. But I have this intense pain in my left arm. All the time. It hurts to sleep, it hurts to sit, it hurts to move. Uuugh. And my strong painkillers doesn't help. Sigh. Got medicine a week ago. That should have helped. But no. It's worse now. Yeah. Doctor next week, to get an appointment to check the arm. It's hurting so goddamn much. Gah. I'm still doing my daily walks, but it hurts. Sigh. I'm tired of this. But doing my best :) I did read a book this week, eee. It was a four star, which I'm happy about. <3 And I watched the final four episodes of Bridgerton last night, which I also loved :) Only two new books this week, but I love them, ha. Just. I so want my health to get better. Ohhh. My spa bath. I finally got the new one I had to buy, after mine died. It was cheaper quality, which I did not like. But figured I would get used to it. Buut. It also had a production error, it was 10cm too low. Yeah. That was not okay. So I was able to send it in return. And they ordered me the one I actually wanted, the spa bath I already had before. Had to pay a little more, but less than if I had just bought it to begin with. I got an okay deal. I am happy with that :) Now just waiting for it to arrive, though. Ugh. Sorry for this very long weekly update, ha :D I just had too much to share. I'm going to read another book in the next few days, but a shorter one. Hope to love it :) This week I'm waiting on A Sea of Unspoken Things :) And I shared my review of Greymist Fair :D Hope you are all doing well this week. <3

Ruthless Vows. Eee! My gorgeous Fairyloot edition is here, at last :D And it is fully precious. I love it so :)
The Midnight Orchestra. Paperback edition :D Still haven't read this sequel, despite loving book one, ack.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Review: Greymist Fair by Francesca Zappia

This was a book I knew I had to read when I saw that gorgeous cover. I love it. And it sounded perfectly creepy and awesome. I'm so glad that I decided to read this book. Ended up as a four star for me. It was all kinds of amazing and I enjoyed it so very much. The writing was stunning. And I honestly loved the story.

I would say that the main character in this book is Heike. But the book is not only from her point of view. Because it tells the story of their town, Greymist Fair. And oh, how badly I loved that. And I so liked how everything fit together, from years past as well. It was so clever and so fully interesting and exciting. I loved it lots.

But this book was also pretty rude and evil. Because there were several deaths that I did not approve of at all. Hmph. But I liked that it was a little dark too. I liked all the twists from the different stories. Especially that everything fit together, making it all one big story. Set around the same time. I'm going to share a little bit of this book, but not too much. I really liked reading this one. And I think you will enjoy it too. The writing was so good, thankfully. I liked that it was based on some older Brothers Grimm fairytales. Though I could not actually tell you which was which, ha. But it was a spooky book. Full of love and family and evil and heartbreak. Full of death. And it was all kinds of thrilling. I do wish it had been a little longer, though. I wanted to know more. And I did not want some of them to die. Rude. But the ending was good.

This story takes place in the town of Greymist Fair. It is a small town with not that many villagers. It is in the middle of the woods, not easy to find. It does not get many visitors. But those who live there loves it. This book tells a few stories set around the same time in this town. All of them connecting. In the present time, we get to know Heike and Wenzel. They have been best friends since they were little. I loved how it was growing into more. Though I wish we had gotten to see more of it, but I guess there wasn't any time.

For the most part I adored Heike. She was sweet and fun. Her mother had died some years ago, and she missed her lots. I loved what we got to know of her too, especially her full story. She was amazing. Sigh. But yeah. I liked reading about Heike and her discovering more about who she was. But I wish there had been more from her, as there wasn't that many pages from her point of view. Still. It was enough too. I so loved her friendship with Wenzel. They were so cute together. I very much loved his sad backstory. Ack.

We got to read about when a prince visited the town, back when Heike was a child. How he came with performers but did not leave with them. How he was able to grant any wishes, how he was magical. But all had to answer a riddle first, and he could choose which one, if he wanted someone to get a wish. He did not grant the wishes of children. Because all wishes could come true. And because of this, the prince was not a kind person. I didn't like him much. I so loved what happened to him. Both in past and present.

We got to know Liesel a little bit, in the present. She seemed kind of nice. Kind of not. She discovered a secret in town, found some things hidden away. I very much loved that story. But I hated what happened to her. Ugh. Then there was Katrina, a few years past. I did not like her much. But I wish Heike had tried to be friends with her. She could have been great. Sigh. I enjoyed reading her story, though. Her parents were so bad, even though they never hurt her. She seemed like she could have been a pretty sweet girl.

Then there was the story of Fritz, mostly in the present. This boy did so many bad things, just because he was trying to be kind to his only friend, Hans. But gods. Hans was the worst person in the world. I did not like him one bit. But Fritz had only him. And so he made some bad choices. It was fully interesting to read about, though. But yeah. Hans was the actual worst. And he is in this book a lot, since he was part of the lives of many. Ugh. I liked how his story ended, though, haha. Hans was simply not a good person at all.

Then there was also Doctor Death. We learn a little about him. And his story from the past was so good. But also so sad. Yet I loved him so. Sigh. I wish there had been more. This book was several stories in one. And it felt a little too short at times, which is why this book is only a four star for me. But even so, I really enjoyed reading Greymist Fair. It was such an exciting and thrilling story. With the most wonderful characters. I'm so glad I read this book. Now you need to read it too. This was a most fantastic fairy tale.

Goodreads - Blackwells - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #660

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

A SEA OF UNSPOKEN THINGS BY ADRIENNE YOUNG

Goodreads Description:

A woman investigates her brother's mysterious death while coming to terms with her own haunting past in this atmospheric novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Unmaking of June Farrow

The only thing James and Johnny Golden have ever had is each other. For as long as she can remember, James’s deep connection with her twin brother, Johnny, has gone beyond intuition—she can feel what he feels. So, when Johnny is killed in a tragic accident, James knows before her phone even rings that her brother is gone and that she’s alone—truly alone—for the first time in her life. 

When James arrives in the rural town of Hawthorne, California to settle her brother’s affairs, she’s forced to rehash the ominous past she and Johnny shared and finally face Micah, the only person who knows about it. He’s also the only man she’s ever loved. 

But James soon discovers that the strange connection she had with Johnny isn’t quite gone, and the more she immerses herself into his world, the more questions she has about the brother she thought she knew. Johnny was keeping secrets, and he’s not the only one. What she uncovers will push her to unravel what happened in the days before Johnny’s death, but in the end, she’ll have to decide which truths should come to light, and which should stay buried forever.

Format: 272 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: January 7, 2025 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I am so very behind on books by Adrienne. Ahh! But I do own them all ;) Hoping to catch up soon. <3 And I think that this adult book sounds exciting. I'm hoping that it will be like my love for the books by Megan Miranda. It sounds mysterious enough at least :) Keeping my fingers crossed that I will love this story. <3
What are you waiting for on this ominous Wednesday?

Saturday, June 8, 2024

In My Mailbox #657

This week have gone by so fast. Gosh. Had a few nice summer days where I sat outside in the sun for hours. <3 Which was the best. But fully exhausting. I have been in so much pain this week. Sigh. My left arm is such a mess. I got medicine yesterday, which I didn't want. Will see if it helps on my arm, if not I'm going to a doctor this coming week. So far it's not better at all, just worse. Ugh. Only plus side, my wound is healing more. It's been slow going for weeks and weeks. Sigh. But it has healed more since yesterday. Please please please let it close fully this time. Ugh. So so tired of it. Anyway. I got a bit of lovely mail this week. <3 I sadly haven't read anything yet. But I have my next book ready, and planning on starting it in the next few days. I have spent these past few days re-watching season one and two of Sweet Tooth. <3 Just finished watching season three tonight :) It was awesome. I missed a few things, but it was a great final season too, I think. Loved this show. This week I'm waiting on She Waits For You Beyond the Dark :) Hope you are all doing well. <3 It's gotten cold here again. But will be a bit warmer tomorrow, thankfully :)

The Lamplighter. When I saw mentions of this I knew I had to have it. Sounds awesome. Hope to love it.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Of course I had to get this show tie-in as well, haha. I love this cover. <3
When Among Crows. The US edition. I'm hoping to read this book later this month. Hope it will be great.
Paper Mario. Another Mario game :D Well, an older one made new. But I haven't played it. It looks fun :)
Movies. I loved Teenage Kraken. And now I can finally watched the third Trolls movie. <3 So excited for it.
Funko Pop. Adorable chimchar was bought from amazon. Must buy all my books from them now too, ack.
Crocs. Eee! New Stitch Crocs :D I think these looks so cute. I love them. Had to own them, ha. Precious.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #659

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

SHE WAITS FOR YOU BEYOND THE DARK
(Death Games #2) BY KRISTEN SIMMONS

Goodreads Description:

"Death is not an ending, it’s simply the next chapter. Do not be afraid to turn the page...."

It’s been one month since Ian’s reunited friends escaped the hellish game of Meido and saved him. The survivors may have sealed the gate to the world of the dead shut and destroyed Empress Izanami, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still reeling over the challenges they endured. Trying to relax back in the world of the living, they take solace in the fact that they rescued Ian from the nightmare that tried to steal him away. But there’s just one problem―Ian didn’t come home alone.

The empress―now possessing Ian's heart―hitched a ride into their world and the only way to free Ian from her grasp is to find three artifacts for her, sacred objects which have been hidden across many realms. Unwilling to leave Ian behind a second time, his friends dive into a new deadly game, with terrifying challenges that not only test their mettle, but demand sacrifices―including their very lives.

If they don’t retrieve the empress’s artifacts, Ian will be lost forever, but if they do, it could be the end of their world as they know it.

Format: 304 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: March 11, 2025 by Tor Teen
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Hold it. Not out until March? HOW RUDE. I'm so curious to know what happens next :) I did like the first book, but I did not love it. Still. I'm excited for this sequel and can't wait to read it. <3 Hope it will be epic :)
What are you waiting for on this deadly Wednesday?

Saturday, June 1, 2024

In My Mailbox #656

This have been one exhausting week. Gosh. But I'm doing the best that I can :) We had a couple of really nice summer days; one day with 25c+ outside, eee. It was so perfect. Now colder again, ha. But hoping it will only last a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed for more summer weather soon. Plus side, it's finally lots of green outside. I love it. But.. this week also sucked. I'm hurting so much. But trying to deal with it. And this week my spa bath just suddenly died. Goddamn it. Have had to buy a new one, which was more than I could afford right now. Sigh. I'm a bit bitter. But I couldn't be without my spa bath either, so yeah. Hoping it will arrive next week :) Plus side, grandpa came home from the hospital this week, after being gone five weeks for an important and big surgery. But he's doing better, finally. Which I'm so very happy about. <3 So yeah. This week have been hard. But I'm doing my best. Not read anything yet, but I will hopefully do so this coming week. This week I'm waiting on Darker by Four :) Hope you are all doing well this week. <3


Sword Catcher. Eee! Thank you Bailey for trading with me :D The ARC looks all kinds of stunning. Love.
Lady Macbeth + A Crown of Ivy and Glass print. Eee! Thank you Jess for trading with me :D I love it so.
Sound the Gong. My personalized copy from Books of Wonder finally made it. Love. Bonus epilogue :D
When Among Crows. I'm so curious about this new novella by Veronica Roth :) It looks all kinds of great.
Tides & Drift. I had to buy this mini book of short stories. For the day I that I'll finally read the books, ha :)
Silver in the Bone. The UK paperback edition. <3 Because of course I had to own this version too, ha :D
Funko Europe. Yeah. Another new big order. Oops. I could not resist. I love those Inside Out 2 ones :D And new Harry Potter ones; I had to get those. More mystery minis, more doubles. But a new Stitch. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #658

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

DARKER BY FOUR BY JUNE C. L. TAN

Goodreads Description:

From Jade Fire Gold author June CL Tan, Darker by Four is the launch of an epic, sweeping contemporary fantasy duology that is the Shadowhunter Chronicles meets the Chinese underworld, drawing inspiration from diaspora folklore.

A vengeful girl. A hollow boy. A missing god.

Rui has one goal in mind—honing her magic to avenge her mother’s death.

Yiran is the black sheep of an illustrious family. The world would be at his feet—had he been born with magic.

Nikai is a Reaper, serving the Fourth King of Hell. When his master disappears, the underworld begins to crumble…and the human world will be next if the King is not found.

When an accident causes Rui’s power to transfer to Yiran, everything turns upside down. Without her magic, Rui has no tool for vengeance. With it, Yiran finally feels like he belongs. That is, until Rui discovers she might hold the key to the missing death god and strikes a dangerous bargain with another King.

As darkness takes over, three paths intersect in the shadows. And three lives bound by fate must rise against destiny before the barrier between worlds falls and all Hell breaks loose—literally.

Perfect for fans of This Savage Song and Only a Monster, Darker by Four will pull readers into a world of love and desperation and revenge—a world where every deal has a catch, no secret stays buried, and no one is exactly who they say they are.

Format: 400 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: April 1, 2024 by Hodderscape
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I know, this book is already out. But I only got it after it came out, from Fairyloot :) And my edition is all kinds of gorgeous. So I'm sharing about it today, because it is a book that I am waiting to read. One day, haha :D As I'm a little nervous. Lots of art of two boys and one girl. Does it mean a love triangle? Ahh :) Tried to peek a little at reviews. Doesn't look like any triangles? So I'm hopeful. Book sounds so good :)
What are you waiting for on this dangerous Wednesday?

Saturday, May 25, 2024

In My Mailbox #655

Another week gone by super fast. Ack. Been a busy one too. I'm exhausted. But been a good week too. As you can see, I got all the mail this week, haha :D Love it all so much. <3 We finally got a warmer day on Thursday, which was nice. Sat outside in the sun for a few hours. Then it was hospital again on Friday. Ugh. It was such a long and exhausting day. Had a good time too, a little food, a little shopping. But yeah. My body is fully dead. Ugh. This coming week I need to take more photos for instagram outside. And will hopefully decide which book to read next :) Want something epic, haha. This week I'm waiting on Legend of the White Snake. <3 Hope you are all doing well :) I'm excited about warmer days next week, finally :D

The Temptation of Magic. The May Fairyloot YA book edition :D Not heard of this before. I'm curious :)
Empire of the Damned. Realized I had not bought any of the paperback editions, haha. Had to have it.
The Familiar. The International paperback edition. <3 Because of course I need all the versions, haha :)
Skyborn. Book two, german edition :D These covers are so beautiful. And I so truly loved this trilogy. <3
Silver in the Bone. My second copy of the new paperback edition :D Ha. Of course I needed more of it ;)
Dune 2. The 4K steelbook edition. I just couldn't help but buy this better version, ha. I so love this movie.
Miraculous Ladybug. See that red plush and ornament? It's adorable. A mystery thingy that I had to buy :)
Funko Europe. Whoops. I could not resist ordering more, haha :D The new Stitch mystery minis are just adorable. Ahh. And tried for more Stranger Things and Disney Princesses. Only doubles. Sigh. Love the four new Stitch regular pop figures. And all the new Sleeping Beauty ones :D Love the dragon the most.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #657

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

LEGEND OF THE WHITE SNAKE BY SHER LEE

Goodreads Description:

A snake spirit transforms into a boy and must hide his true identity after falling for a headstrong prince in this lush, romantic retelling of the traditional Chinese folktale.

When Prince Xian was a boy, a white snake bit his mother and condemned her to a slow, painful death. The only known cure is an elusive spirit pearl—or an antidote created from the rare white snake itself. Desperate and determined, Xian travels to the city of Changle, where an oracle predicted he would find and capture a white snake.

Seven years ago, Zhen, a white snake in the West Lake, consumed a coveted spirit pearl, which gave him special powers—including the ability to change into human form.

In Changle, Xian encounters an enigmatic but beautiful stable boy named Zhen. The two are immediately drawn to each other, but Zhen soon realizes that he is the white snake Xian is hunting. As their feelings grow deeper, will the truth about Zhen’s identity tear them apart?

Format: 352 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: October 15, 2024 by Quill Tree Books / HarperCollins
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

Ohh. This cover is so very beautiful. I just love it. I have not read many m/m romances at all. But I am going to give this one a try. As it sounds all kinds of wonderful and exciting. I think I will love this book :)
What are you waiting for on this legendary Wednesday?

Saturday, May 18, 2024

In My Mailbox #654

This week have been long. Ahh. But good too. Had a hospital visit, which was a bit of torture, but went okay :) Finally got a doctor to look at my none-healing wound, after 16 weeks. Got a different ointment. Now it is healing more. What. Fingers crossed for me :) I want this goddamn wound gone already. Ugh. May 17th was Norway's national day, and so I had family time with food and cake :) Had a spa bath this afternoon, so I'm a bit too tired right now, ha. I also watched part one of season three of Bridgerton last night. <3 And I loved it so much. Sigh. Polin is my favorite couple. But yeah. I want part two now. Hmph. Still got a bit too much mail this week, oops. But I love it all so much. <3 A couple of new blog posts, as I did read a book this week too, yay :D I'm unsure what to read next, though, and when to try it. Do need a little break, I think :) I shared my review of The Magic Paintbrush :) This week I'm waiting on Release the Wolves :D I hope you are all doing well. <3 It's finally getting more green. But snow tomorrow. Ha. Rude.

Lightningborn. New Julie Kagawa story :D And middle grade! I'm very excited to read this book soonish.
A Breath of Mischief.  The new US paperback edition. I so love this new cover :) It is looking very fierce.
The Isles of the Gods. US paperback edition :) And of course I'm collecting every version there is, ha. <3
Silver in the Bone. New US paperback edition :D Eee! I do love the new cover. <3 And love this book so.
Taylor Swift. The rest of my TTPD CDs have made it, eee :D A little damage. But the deluxe are perfect.
Funko Pop. I could not resist getting this on sale on amazon. Sigh. May have to take it out of the box, ha.
Bukowski Plushes. Bought these at the airport after the hospital visit :) Favorite brand of plush, eee. Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #656

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

RELEASE THE WOLVES BY STEFAN BACHMANN

Goodreads Description:

A conquered land. An unstoppable horde of monsters released every seventy years. And one blacksmith’s apprentice on the run, determined to find his sister before the world ends again. An extraordinary novel about friendship, trust, power, and the monsters all around us, from internationally bestselling author Stefan Bachmann.

One thousand years ago, the Elduari conquered the country of Varen in a brutal war. Now, every few generations they subject their one-time enemies to a terrible tradition: bloodthirsty monsters are unleashed across the land, attacking indiscriminately, keeping the population in a perpetual dark age.

For Argo, fear of another Release is something he has always lived with. When his friend is killed by a monster during a routine patrol, Argo suspects that another Release is coming, and sooner than everyone thinks. But in a country built on fear, getting answers is dangerous. Elduari spies are hiding behind the most familiar faces, and any hint of disobedience could lead to the death of thousands.

As whispers of dissent circulate, rebellion grows in the villages. Argo's beloved sister Simna leaves town without warning. Masked figures stalk the alleys at night, offering dangerous gifts. When tragedy strikes a second time, Argo and his new ally, Ana—a mysterious monster hunter in disguise—set off on a dangerous journey to stop the next Release. But what if it’s already too late?

Format: 288 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: June 25, 2024 by Greenwillow Books
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

This book just looks way too awesome. And I must have it, haha :D The cover is so special and creepy. I love it. And I think the book sounds pretty great. I already own three books by Stefan that I haven't read yet. Oops. Only read the book that he wrote with several others, which I loved. Hope to read them all :)
What are you waiting for on this monstrous Wednesday?

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Review: The Magic Paintbrush by Kat Zhang with Eric Darnell and art by Phoebe Zhong

This was a book I knew I needed once I saw that stunning cover. It is so pretty and magical and I just knew I would like this story. And I did, but I did not love it like I had hoped to. So it ended up being a three star for me. It was such a quick read, though, and the writing was truly wonderful. The artwork was fully gorgeous.

This book takes place over just a few days. It's a story that is told mostly during the same moment. Which I did like, as it was such a fast read. But it also made me care less about everything. I felt like I didn't get to know the characters enough. It all felt a bit too rushed. But the story was still magical to me and I did truly like it.

I'm honestly not sure what to write about this book. I do not want to share spoilers. And this book was so short. But there are still some things that I can share, I think. As I mentioned, the writing was perfect. I also liked the main girl a whole bunch too. It is told from the point of view of twelve-year-old Amy. She's being forced to spend a week with her grandma, her Lao Lao, as her parents go off on an arctic cruise. She's not very close with her grandma, and so she is not all that excited to spent time with her. I did like how that changed, how Amy started to care more about her grandmother and how they then got closer. It was cute. With bonding over painting and art. So yes, I liked that a whole lot. But I did also feel like there was too little of it, with how short the book was. I would not have minded more family time. As I adored it.

Amy has a love for art. She loves drawing, mostly on her tablet, as she can then erase more easily. She used to draw more freely when she was younger. She was more creative then, drawing more fantasy and magical creatures. Now she's trying to be more grown up, and it's not as easy to draw for her. We get to know a little about her life, like her best friend Diego. I liked him too. They had been best of friends since they were small. Diego is in this book way too little, though. But I very much adored their easy friendship.

This book is about the week Amy has to spend with her Lao Lao. Her grandma encourages her to draw more, to show her what she's working on. While putting her stuff in the guest room, she comes across a paintbrush that looks different. She thinks she broke it. But when she puts the ends together, it becomes whole. Like magic. Which Amy does not really believe in. Still. She then uses this paintbrush to draw like her grandma told her to. So she draws her old imaginary friend, Luna. A mythical and magical creature.

And then he is suddenly alive. In her bedroom. Full sized and talking. I liked this twist, as it was pretty cute. I loved how her imaginary friend came to life. As you can see, he is on the cover. And Luna is truly beautiful. But this magical paintbrush is no easy thing. It's fully complicated. Especially when something else comes alive too, in a different part of the world. We get to read from the point of view of this young man. The villain, I suppose. I did not like him one bit. But he was also a bad villain, ha. Not at all scary.

I'm not going to say much more about this book. The story was so easy to read and I kind of wish it had been more complicated, haha. But it was a fan story even so. I loved how Amy and Luna became close. How Luna remembered being her imaginary friend for all those years. How quickly they bonded. It was cute. But yeah. There was a villain, who also wanted the magical paintbrush. It was a little silly at times, yet interesting too. And I really did enjoy reading this book. I only wish there had been a little more of it.

Thank you so much to PRH International for gifting me this free book to read as an eARC via Edelweiss. I'm so glad that I was able to read this story. While I did not fully love it, I found The Magic Paintbrush to be all kinds of magical. The story was sweet. A little dangerous at times for kids, which I liked. The family relationship was wonderful. And the artwork was truly stunning. I loved what was included in the book. It was just as pretty as the cover. I think you should all give this one a try. I'm glad that I read this cute story.

Goodreads - Blackwells - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Saturday, May 11, 2024

In My Mailbox #653

Hello. <3 Gods. I got the best book in the mail this week, eee :D I am SO EXCITED. <3 And so happy. So thankful. Sigh. My precious. So happy to own an ARC of The Mirror of Beasts. <3 It was my favorite book this year. I also read a book this week, The Familiar. It wasn't perfect, but I still loved it. Four stars. I have been walking more this week too, but it still hurts like hell. Yeah. So that sucks. Now been 15 weeks since my surgery. I'm not healed yet. It has stopped, again, for weeks now. So rude. I have a hospital visit next week, though, and going to try to find the doctor who did the surgery. Wish me luck. It's also finally getting a little warmer outside, eee. I got to sit outside in the sun for a while today, which was so good. Was more snow earlier this week, haha. But hoping for some spring feeling from now. I also got a bunch of mail this week too, oops. But a little less, haha. <3 A couple of new posts. I shared my review of The Familiar. <3 And this week I'm waiting on Lucy Undying :) Hope you are all doing well. <3 Do you have spring yet? :D

The Mirror of Beasts. AHHH! Thank you so much PRH International for this free book :D Eee! Precious. Gods.  I am so excited to have this ARC. Sobs. It's perfect. I loved it so much. Had to own this, eee. <3
Sound the Gong. Eeee. I adored this duology. Finally have the hardcover edition. <3 Signed to come :D
Return of the Vengeful Queen. Now I can finally read book one, ha :D Hopefully doing so this summer. <3
Taylor Swift. More of CDs have arrived. <3 One package is missing. But oh, I love the deluxe editions :D
Funko Europe. I had to place a new small order, haha. Love the LotR bitty pops. Love my Godzilla too. <3
Funko Nordic. Eeee! Thank you so much lovely people for this latest free ambassador gift :D I love it so :)

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #655

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

LUCY UNDYING BY KIERSTEN WHITE

Goodreads Description:

In this epic and seductive gothic fantasy, a vampire escapes the thrall of Dracula and embarks on her own search for self-discovery and true love.

Her name was written in the pages of someone else's story: Lucy Westenra was one of Dracula's first victims.

But her death was only the beginning. Lucy rose from the grave a vampire, and has spent her immortal life trying to escape from Dracula's clutches--and trying to discover who she really is and what she truly wants.

Her undead life takes an unexpected turn when, in twenty-first-century London, she meets another woman who is also yearning to break free from her past. Iris’s family has built a health empire based on a sinister secret, and they’ll do anything to stay in power.

Lucy has long believed she would never love again. But she finds herself compelled by the charming Iris, while Iris is mesmerized by the confident and glamorous Lucy. But their intense connection and blossoming love is threatened by forces from without. Iris's mother won't let go of her without a fight, and Lucy's past still has fangs: Dracula is on the prowl again.

Lucy Westenra has been a tragically murdered teen, a lonesome adventurer, and a fearsome hunter, but happiness always eluded her. Can she find the strength to destroy Dracula once and for all, or will her heart once again be her undoing?

Format: 464 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: September 10, 2024 by Del Rey
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I am so curious about this book. Ohh. Read some books by Kiersten, though I still have many more to read. And I very much loved her Frankenstein re-telling. I'm hoping this Dracula one will be just as good. Fingers crossed. I liked the cover, at least, ha :D And it sounds all kinds of interesting. Can't wait for it :)
What are you waiting for on this seductive Wednesday?

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Review: The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

This was a book full of everything. So much real history, most of it bad. A most amazing main girl. A stunning romance. Great side characters to read about. Fantastic writing. But it was also a little too much at times for me, so it is a four star. But I really enjoyed it. And I liked the ending too, felt like it was very fitting and good.

It is going to be difficult to describe this book for me. So I do not think my review will end up being that long this time. Though I'm going to try my best, of course. But my mind is a bit empty at the moment. This story was gorgeous. And interesting plus exciting. But also pretty sad and hopeless at times. Yet I adored most of it.

This book changes a bit between several point of views. But only small peeks at other people. As the story is all about Luzia. She is around twenty years old. She is a scullion, working for a family with more money than her. Her parents are dead and Luzia has just one living relative, her aunt. She meets her sometimes, but she does not really help her at all. I honestly did not like Hualit at all. She seemed to care for Luzia, yet not enough. And that truly bothered me. She could have taken her in, kept her from having to be a scullion and working for someone else. Hmph. Her life was kind of interesting to read about. Luzia had a small and not that great life. She did everything in the house she worked at, working for Valentina. I must say that at first I didn't like this woman at all. But she grew on me. And I ended up loving her greatly.

Luzia was such a great main character. I adored her so. She seems quiet at first, okay with her life as a servant. But she turns out to be all kinds of fierce and always wanting more. I loved that about her. And she is no ordinary girl either. She has a small magic. She uses it to heal burnt bread. Get more of small things. And she is living in hiding, also because of her being a Jew. I loved getting to know a little about her family history. How she knows a bit of her family language, a mix of Spanish and others. I loved it so.

Because Luzia is not living in a great time. I loved that it was part of real history, set during the Spanish Golden Age. I must admit to not knowing anything about it, haha. But now I know more, and I am curious about this time. It seemed awful to live during this time. Especially as a woman. And if you were different. If you were a Jew as well. And especially if you had a bit of small magic, like Luzia. Was either a gift from God. Or something from the devil. In which case they would torture you then burn you. Yeah. Not great.

I did like reading about this time period. But it was also a bit too much for me, as I grew a bit bored about all the history things. I did not care about much of it, to be honest. But still. The story was amazing and I liked reading about all the characters. I so adored Luzia. She gets caught doing her magic by Valentina. And she has her perform for her guests. So she can have a little better life. As Valentina did not have a great life at all. Her husband was a jerk. She was too, at first. Then she changed. I loved her very much.

Since Luzia begins using her magic more, claiming it as a gift from God, she is noticed by more powerful people. And she has to enter a tournament of sorts, where the winner will end up working for the king with their talents. This is how she meets Santangel. Whom does not seem like a normal man at all. He looks a little like death. I loved that, haha. I loved how he changed in this book too. Became better. He was a man of secrets. Also a servant. Tasked with teaching Luzia more about her small miracles, making her better.

I loved how they slowly became friends. I so adored reading about them together. Especially when they finally became more than friends. It took a while, but I loved it. And their romance was great. Sigh. A little doomed. Which I loved, ha. We get to know much about him too. He is kind of eternal. Have lived such a long life. With many stories to tell. I loved that. I hated what life was for him for so very long. And still was. I wanted him free. Which was no easy thing to get done. But I so loved that they tried to free him, at least.

There were other great characters in this book too. Not going to mention more of them, except for Teoda, the Holy Child. She claimed to have an angel whisper the future in her ear. And I adored her, ha. She was also a real miracle, in a way. I very much liked how Teoda and Luzia became friends, despite competing together. Honestly, Teoda was a joy to read about. I also enjoyed how Luzia and Valentina slowly became closer as well. Once a servant and master, now closer to friends. But I also wanted them together more.

There are still things I could say about this. But I'm not going to. It was a story about Luzia being part of a tournament. How that ended up going wrong. How she ended up having to fight for her life. And how all of that ended. I liked the ending. The Familiar ended up being such a stunning book for me. I enjoyed it very much. I did not fully love it, but I loved parts of it, and that's enough for me. The story was exciting to read about. A little sad, a little hopeful at times. A tiny bit of magical. Can't wait for even more books by Leigh.

Goodreads - Blackwells - Amazon US - Amazon UK

Saturday, May 4, 2024

In My Mailbox #652

It was my birthday yesterday :D I turned 31 years old. <3 Had a small celebration with my family, while some were missing. But had good food and cake. And some presents, though mostly just money, haha :) Had a good day, though. This week I got all the mail. Sigh. Help, haha. But oh, how I love it :D So many books. Many ARC trades; so happy. <3 I'm getting another ARC in the mail soon, and I just could not be happier. Sigh. And also got so many pop figures this week. Sobs. But they are so precious, ha :D I love it all. Also, my wound has not healed yet. Sigh. It's still just the same, no difference. I am so tired of it. Ugh. But I'm doing okay, somewhat. I still take my spa baths, and they are the best. <3 I shared my review of Red in Tooth and Claw. <3 And this week I'm waiting on The Lamplighter :) Hope you're all doing well. <3

Empire of the Damned. My personalized copy from Good Choice Reading :D B&N special too. Love it so.
Darker By Four. Fairyloot April YA book. <3 It looks so stunning. Never heard of it before, though, haha :)
Greymist Fair. Finally got to order this book :D Have been curious about it for a long time. Hope it's good.
Fangirl. I couldn't help but buy this new collector's edition of the book. I did love it back when it came out.
The Familiar. The UK paperback edition :) So excited about this one; reading my hardcover right now. <3
The Hurricane Wars + Winterkeep ARCs. Eee! A trade with Jess :D Thank you so much. I love them :D
Ninth House + The Heart of the World ARCs. Ahh :D A trade with Nicole. Thank you so much. <3 I am so happy with both of these. Sigh. I love Leigh. And cannot wait to read the book by Amy sometime soonish.
Fall of the School for Good and Evil ARC. Eee! Thank you Bailey for trading with me :) I so love this one.
Animal Crossing Graphic Novel. Book six. I own them all, haha. Still not sure if I'm going to read them :)
Taylor Swift. Some of my CDs have arrived. <3 I so loved The Tortured Poets Department, eee. Precious.
Funko Pop. This one I got from Amazon. Have been missing Piglet for a while, finally got him. Adorable.
Ray-Ban Sunglasses. Eee. Got these as a birthday gift from my mother. <3 I love them. Best sunglasses.

Funko Europe. Yeah. I got two big orders this week, oops. <3 I could not help myself, haha :D I love the new Godzilla x Kong pop figures; now I have them all. Final one coming next week. And that Stitch purse. Eeee. It's stunning. And new disney princess mystery minis :D I love them so. Still failed to get Max. Sigh.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #654

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

THE LAMPLIGHTER BY CRYSTAL J. BELL

Goodreads Description:

It’s an honor to bring light to the dark.

The nineteenth-century whaling village of Warbler is famous for its lucky ship figureheads—and infamous for people disappearing into the nightly fog. In this murky locale, the lamplighter is synonymous with safety and protection, and it’s a position Temperance assumes when her father is found hanging from one of the lampposts. Though Tempe proves competent, the town is still hesitant to let a woman handle this responsibility.

When a girl disappears after two lamps go out, Tempe’s ability to provide for her mother and younger sister hangs in the balance. She scrambles for answers, hindered at every turn by the village authorities’ call for her removal. As more villagers vanish under her watch, Tempe discovers unsettling truths about the famous Warbler figureheads and her own beloved father. But her warnings of a monster are ignored, even by her own family. Now she must follow the light out of her own fog of despair, as she faces the choice to look the other way or risk speaking out and possibly dooming herself and her sister to be among the lost.

Format: 304 pages, Paperback
Expected Publication: May 20, 2024 by Flux
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I saw someone share this cover. And after that, I must have this book, ha :D It looks awesome. It sounds both creepy and exciting. I think I will like this one a lot. So I shall give this book a try when it comes out :)
What are you waiting for on this haunting Wednesday?

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Review: Red in Tooth and Claw by Lish McBride

There was so much to love about this book. Gods. And I loved it all. It was such a perfect read. It brought me much joy. Giving it five stars, as I could not find anything to dislike about it. Nothing big, at least. It was a book that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The writing was stunning too, which I'm so happy about as well.

Finding the words for this book will not be easy. I shall describe parts of the story, but not much of it. And I'm going to write down some of my favorite parts. Just truly loved this one. The main girl was everything. The small romance was perfection. The growing friendships were so good. I honestly loved everything about this.

This book is a western story, set in the past, it seemed. I so very much liked this setting, as I truly find it fascinating to read about. And I very much did so this time too. This world was all kinds of exciting to get to know. I know, kind of dull, but I loved how they lived back then. And I loved reading about it. This is a book that tells the story of seventeen-year-old Faolan Kelly. She has been living like a boy since she was small, growing up alone with her Pops, her grandfather. But he just died. And she is too young to take over their home, eight months until her birthday. Everyone in this town thinks she is a boy. Things would be worse if they knew she was not. Still. She's not old enough. The mayor has her sent away to a different town, as he tries to take her land.

There is so much that I loved about Faolan Kelly. She was all kinds of smart. But a little bit wild and crazy and rash and sweet and kind and soft and also a bit broken. She was every kind of complicated. And I so loved that about her. I loved how fiercely she loved her grandfather. Even how much she loved her goat. I loved how she just wanted to be able to go back home to her house. And how her wants changed during this book. How she grew to care for more people around her, getting close to many. I just adored this girl.

We get to know a lot about this settlement she ends up at. It's a very small place, walled in on every side. It looks like things have tried to get past the walls. And inside is not much better. It looks okay. Better than she was expecting, which was a good thing. She ends up with a good place to sleep, getting good food at every meal. But things are not that easy at this place. It is run by a religious guy, called HisBen. And ugh. I truly hated him. I'm not a religious person at all. And he very much was. And not at all a kind one. Hmph.

Though at first it does seem like Faolan has ended up at a good place. Some of the people are nice. Like Miss Moon, the woman in charge of all the children who are there. I really liked getting to know her a little. She tried her best. I also really loved the gunslinger, Will. I loved his small romance with Miss Moon. Was adorable. He was also just really a kind person. I loved reading about how he and Faolan became such great friends. I felt like they both needed each other. I really loved how fun they were around each other.

Then there was Jesse and Dai Lo. Two teenagers who were also stuck at this settlement. Clearly in love. Which was adorable, to be honest. I loved how they loved each other. I loved how Jesse was drawing. I loved how Dai Lo wanted to be a healer. And I very much loved reading about how they became friends with Faolan. I loved how close they became, and how they ended up being so important to her. How they were helping her with the small things. It was the absolute cutest and I loved it so much. Best friendships.

But yeah. This place was not good at all. While she is out hunting with Jesse, they end up going off trail for a moment. He climbs a tree. Ends up falling down, hurting his ankle, while Faolan ends up sprayed by a skunk. Which was honestly hilarious, ha. I loved that scene. I loved their bickering. They end up being saved by the Rover people. I loved reading about them and how they lived. It was interesting and I loved it. This is where she meets Tallis. And gods. I loved how she fell for him right away, ha. It was the cutest.

There were so many amazing scenes with Faolan and Tallis. Their first meeting was adorable and fun. I loved how he called her little fox. I loved how it bothered her. I fully adored how he had to help her get rid of the smell from the skunk. He had to help her bathe. Which was not easy for her, considering she was pretending to be a boy. But she let him help her. I loved that scene so much. They were truly so adorable together. I loved how he helped her. And how he did not react to know she was a girl. Tallis was the best.

But then she and Jesse got back to the settlement a day later than they were supposed to. There were to be punishments for this. And she ended up spending three nights in the box. And this was fully horrible to read about, and yet I loved it too, for how real it was. While in there, she hears a creature outside the box. She hears something getting eaten. And it was awful. Yet so good too. Faolan is a little ruined when she comes out of the box. But Jesse and Dai Lo are able to help her a little. And I very much loved that. Sigh.

There was so much going on in this place. It was like it was being controlled by HisBen. They all had their chore to get done daily. And you were not allowed to do anything else or go anywhere else. It was so very strict. I hated it. But loved reading about it. I liked how Faolan learned more about this place, and how she wanted to leave, but did not want to leave her friends. I liked learning more about the creature outside the walls, most likely killing people, as several seemed to be missing. It was truly such an interesting mystery.

But for the most part, I loved reading about Faolan and Tallis together. Sigh. They truly had the very best scenes, eee. And the cutest growing romance. Sigh. I loved it all to pieces. I truly loved the scene where she was running in the forest at night, and he found her. I loved all the scenes where he had to help her heal. I loved their small bickering. It was so cute. They did fall pretty fast. But it felt real. I honestly loved their romance. It was a bright spot, among the murder and blood. Tallis was truly the sweetest boy. Sigh.

Okay. I may have already written way too much about this book. Oops. But yes. The plot. It is about the murdering going on. The missing people. The weird screams she hears at night. How crazy this HisBen guy was. What he was up to. There is a creature in a cave. Those scenes were all kinds of epic. Loved it so much. And that creature. Sigh. I loved it most. I'm not sharing more about the plot, just that it was all kinds of exciting and I loved how it all ended. The story of this book was so good. I enjoyed it very much.

Red in Tooth and Claw was such an exciting and thrilling book. I loved every moment of it. Such a strong main girl. Such amazing friendships formed. And a most awesome dangerous creature. It was just such a great story. I'm so thankful to the publisher for approving my request to read this early via Edelweiss. Now I just need to hunt down the print ARC to add to my collection. I'm going to need every copy of this book. I loved it the most. You are all going to love it too, when it comes out in October. It is a book you can't miss.

 

In My Mailbox #651

Another week gone by. Time is moving fast. It's my birthday next Friday already, ahh :D Which I'm always excited about, haha. <3 I just finished reading a book, which I'm so happy about. Writing and posting my review right after this. I did not get much mail, only one book. But next week I will get a ton of mail. Sobs. Save me. But so excited :D I have been fully exhausted this week. Sigh. But got to have more spa baths, which I'm loving. <3 My wound is still not healed. It's been.. thirteen? weeks now, I think. I so hate this. It looks better than before, but again, it's stuck in the same healing place for weeks. So rude. So yeah. It is making me fully exhausted and just so tired of it. Hmph. But I'm trying my best to stay positive :) I may be failing, though. I got more instagram photos taken. Been doing more daily walks. But still no energy in my body. How rude. This week I'm waiting on The Heart of the World. <3 Hope that you are all doing well :D

I'm the Girl. The new US paperback edition. <3 Despite not loving the book, my collection needed this :D

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Waiting on Wednesday #653

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

THE HEART OF THE WORLD (The Isles of the Gods #2)
BY AMIE KAUFMAN

Goodreads Description:

Magic and sacrifice will collide as lovers and gods, enemies and allies vie for the fate of the world in this heart-pounding sequel to THE ISLES OF THE GODS, which Stephanie Garber called "deliciously diabolical and full of heart."

When Selly and Leander began their treacherous voyage to the Isles of the Gods, the captain’s daughter and the playboy prince were strangers. But amid talk of war and a deadly attack on their ship, the unthinkable happened.

They fell in love.

Leander’s ritual at the island temple was meant to prevent a war between the gods. Instead, it nearly cost him his life, and drew the goddess Barrica back from exile. Now, as her Messenger, Leander is imbued with her deadly magic, and only Selly’s presence can stop it from consuming him.

But Barrica wasn’t the only immortal roused from sleep. The God of Risk, Macean, was awakened by an enemy all thought dead, and across the sea he’s calling for war.

The fight to save their world will take Selly and Leander from the gilded ballroom of the royal palace to the hallowed halls of an ancient library. Battle lines will be drawn, and bonds will break.

With the wrath of gods and the machinations of power-hungry rulers straining their loyalties, can their love withstand the trials that await them?

Format: 432 pages, Hardcover
Expected Publication: July 4, 2024 by Rock the Boat
Pre-Order: Blackwells and Amazon US and Amazon UK

I'm all kinds of excited for this beautiful sequel, eee :D Though I do think I will have to re-read The Isles of the Gods first. The book has been pushed back until September, though, aw. Buut. I may have traded for the UK proof copy, eeee :D And I am so very excited. I'm planning on reading both books next month. <3
What are you waiting for on this deadly Wednesday?

Saturday, April 20, 2024

In My Mailbox #650

Eeee! New Taylor Swift album week, ha. <3 Been busy listening to the album on repeat since yesterday. And I love it so much. And gods, so many extra songs. How rude! I love it. <3 Anyway. I haven't gotten to do my spa bath at all this week, not since Sunday. Been too windy and cold. Brrr. Rude. But this coming week should be better. Hopefully. I did get a bunch of gorgeous books this week, though :) And I read a book too, so yay for that. Need to take new instagram photos in the next days. And will be starting a new book too, which I'm excited about. I'm also in a bit of pain, so I'm hoping that will pass soon. Plus side, my wound is healing more. It's going slow, but it is healing. At last. Sigh. This week I'm waiting on Team Chu and the Wild Ghost Chase :) And I shared my review of Wish Monster. <3 Hope you are all doing well :D

Cress. Got a replacement copy from Fairyloot for some damage, which I'm happy about :) It's so pretty.
The Hemlock Queen. US & UK hardcovers. <3 I have not yet read book one. But I adored the other two books by Hannah. But.. I peeked at this. And that love triangle thing? It sounds the absolute worst. Sobs.
Daughter of Mine. Read this as an eARC :D And I loved it so much, eee. Such a pretty cover as well. <3
Against the Darkness. Book three :D Not read book one, haha. But I'm buying everything from Kendare :)
The Familiar. Eee! Waterstones edition and US edition. Plus my personalized one. I love it very much. <3
Beth Revis Patreon Swag. Eee. Latest swag package from Beth. <3 Love. Love the eclipse glasses, ha :)

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