Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #297

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

BEFORE SHE IGNITES BY JODI MEADOWS

Goodreads Description:

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.


Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pre-Order here and here

Eee, I'm so so excited about this book :D It looks gorgeous. And sounds aaamazing. And dragons! Eee. And I adore Jodi so much. She's awesome. I'm reading this book very soon, as I have an ARC coming shortly, and ahh, I'm so thrilled about it. I hope and think I'm going to love this book oh so much. Just cannot wait to read it :D To get to know Mira. And everything. See my cover reveal post for it here. <3
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

UK Cover Reveal: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Oh, how this cover is gorgeous. I loved Nevernight so so much, and I cannot wait to read Godsgrave :D Eee. It's going to break my heart, as I already know some spoilers, ahh, yet I'm super excited to read this book :) Love all books by Jay, eee. And just, gosh, this UK cover for Godsgrave is STUNNING. So fierce. So awesome. I love it to pieces. Cannot wait to own all the different editions of it. Yesss. Just hunting for the US and the UK ARC as well. <3 Need those badly. And need to read this book badly too. Can't wait.


A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.







Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

Been wanting to read this book for ages now. Because it looks gorgeous; love that cover so much. And it sounded pretty good too. Finally got to read it, but oh, I'm pretty disappointed. Giving it two stars. Which break my heart a little, because I really wanted and expected to love this book. How rude. But it was so different.

Like, the goodreads summary is not very correct at all. It doesn't mention at all that Tori is cutting herself. And that she has been harming herself all the time for months, that she is full of cuts. It didn't bother me, but it could bother a lot of other people. It did bother me that I never got to know why she cut herself, though.

It also doesn't mention that a lot of this book takes place three hundred years earlier, in flashbacks. There were a lot of those scenes. And I am not sure if I liked them or not. They were my favorite part of the book, because those scenes were a lot of heartbreaking and awful. About slaves. About how they were treated. It wasn't nice to read about. But it was interesting, and I cared more for those characters. But I also didn't love it, because Nathaniel was in love with Em for years, yet she was in love with someone else. And reading about that just broke my heart, because this boy did not get much happiness at all. And neither did Em. Their years as servants were not good years, reading about it was heartbreaking. Some parts were boring, though.

But this isn't really their story. This book is about Tori, taking place our time. I wish I could say that I loved this girl, but I didn't, not really. I felt nothing while reading about her. I was curious about her family; liked some things about her too. But for the most part I didn't really like her. I didn't like reading about how she hurt herself every time she couldn't deal with something. It was painful to read about. I still didn't know why. She started before her father died. Think she was raped, but it was never said. I needed it said. Aw.

This book is about Tori moving with her mom and brother to a new place that they suddenly got from a dead guy. They don't know why they were left this house and land, but are trying to figure it out. The neighbors weren't very nice at all. Ugh. And there was a boy, Jesse. Seemed like he could have been a weird type of love interest, but he wasn't. He was a bit cruel and awful; he even went through all of her stuff in her room one day, and she did nothing about it. That bothered me too. But he wasn't important.

But yeah. I'm not sure what to share about this book. Don't really feel like writing much about it. It's about Tori seeing a boy coming out of the ground, clawing his way up. Nathaniel died three hundred years ago. He was cursed, sort of. And I liked reading about this boy a lot. Was so curious about his story. But, well, Tori never asks him about any of it. And that bothered me too. All I know about him is the scenes from the past; which isn't something he was telling her about. Wanted that. So yeah, that was disappointing too.

I'm not sure what else to say. I liked reading about the past. Though I only really enjoyed reading about Nathaniel. Tori just bothered me. She has two friends in this new place, but I cared nothing about either of them. One of them didn't tell her the truth about something important. And they just weren't really there. As Tori kept so many secrets from everyone, and I didn't approve of that either. Sigh. I felt like this book could have been so much better. Yes, I enjoyed some of the plot, but not most of it. I wish I had loved it.

Then there was the romance. Sigh. I felt nothing for the romance at all. And that bothered me a lot as well. I thought it would be swoony and awesome, but it was neither. I liked Nathaniel a lot, and I sort of liked Tori, but I didn't ship them together at all. Didn't get why they should get together. Plus the romance was really small and weird too. Didn't get why they were attracted to each other, or how it happened. One small kiss. Then second kiss turned into too much, and it just felt awkward to me. Just, so so depressing.

I wish I could say that I loved this book. But I didn't. I found the plot to be exciting most of the time, and I wanted to know how the book would end, but I also didn't care much. I just wanted the book to end at times, which isn't a good thing. Aw. I also didn't think the ending was very exciting; felt like it could have been more. Aw. But I am glad that I tried this book. Just wishing it had been better. Curious to know what others think of it, though. Have seen someone love it, and someone not finish it. Aw. Need more opinions.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

In My Mailbox #293

Finally got medicine this week. Yesss. So I think I'm finally going to feel a bit better. <3 My wound still hasn't closed, but it's aaalmost there now, yess. But, goddamn it. I was waiting for a surgery appointment, to get rid of this thread thingy, and they told me yesterday that it would be July 21st. I was upset about waiting three weeks over time, sigh, but couldn't change it. Then the note with the date came, and it says Wednesday, June 21st. Ahh. And that is just days away. Now I'm even more stressed. Especially since some places it says that I cannot bath for weeks after this surgery.. goddamn it. I hope that isn't true. Sigh. Please let it be so that I can finally take up my spa bath next weekend. Please. Hmph. Anyway. I did have a good week, though :) Got some stunning mail. <3 And read a bit too :D Nothing since Wednesday, as I'm a bit stressed, but hoping to read later today. I posted my review of The Adventures of John Blake :D Then I posted my review of Now I Rise. Aw. This week I'm waiting on Daughter of the Siren Queen. <3 Then I posted my review of The Girl with the Ghost Machine :D Yay. My tests before I went to the hospital weren't good at all, so now getting medicine every fourth week, instead of sixth week. Ugh. But hoping that means I will feel better for longer. Fingers crossed :) Anyway. I'm mostly happy with this week. <3



Lord of Shadows. YAY for gorgeous looking international paperback edition :D Love this book so much.
Our Dark Duet. Eee! I am so so excited to be reading this book soon. Just, I peeked. Aw. But still excited.
A Darker Shade of Magic. I simply couldn't resist buying this foreign edition of this gorgeous book. Love.
The Suffering Tree. Reading this one next, and I am so excited for it. Oh, please let me love it lots. Ack.
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. I enjoyed this book a lot, despite not loving it, so I couldn't not buy it :D
The Fallen Kingdom. Ahh. I cannot wait to read this final book. Just need to decide when to read it. <3
Miraculous Ladybug. Another of these stunning comic books from this awesome animated show. Eee.
The Girl with the Ghost Machine. Eee. I loved this book so so much. Adorable and heartbreaking. Aw.
The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart. Love this book to pieces. Paperback edition is so gorgeous. Love.
The Safest Lies. I loved this book so much, and I had to own the paperback edition of it too. Love it.
Moana/Vaiana. Finally out. But.. they call her Vaiana in the English version too :( Not okay. Need US one.
Moana + Tsum Tsum. New Disney Store order, hih. I love all my new plushes :D Moana is so, so cute.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano

I'm so in love with all the middle grade books by Lauren. She has now published three, and I loved them all. So much. They are gorgeously written and have such heartbreaking and real stories. I'm so happy to say that I loved this newest one of hers so much too. Eee. Been waiting ages for it, and was so worth it.

But I will say that I do wish it had been longer. It's so short, aw. Such little words on each page. I wanted to read so much more about all of these characters. But this small book was also just enough, because it was stunning. And I loved every word of it. Sigh. It was beyond heartbreaking and sad yet hopeful as well.

Since this book was very short, I'm not going to write too much about it. Just share some things that I loved a whole bunch. Eee. The writing in this book was stunning. And oh gosh, that cover is beautiful. I love it so much. And so so fitting with the story too. I only wish there had been artwork inside the book too. And that the book had been even longer. Aw. Because I loved it so. It's told mostly from the point of view of Emmaline, whom is twelve years old. But also a little bit from her dad and her closest friends. Oh, I really enjoyed getting to know Emmaline. She was so cute and kind and lovely. She lost her mom two years ago, and she's still grieving a lot for her. Her dad too. I loved reading about her mom, though. She seemed awesome. Wish she lived.

This book tells the story of a ghost machine. So not full reality. But so gorgeous. When her mom died, her dad started working on a machine that could bring her back to him. Which he has been working on for two years, without taking care of Emmaline. That part made me so sad. Because she deserved so much better. Hmph. Emmaline was simply awesome. And I loved reading about her. Thankfully, her dad did get better with time, and I grew to like him a bit. But he really should have taken better care of her. Not okay.

Emmaline is tired of her dad never being around, and so she tries to destroy the ghost machine, as it doesn't work. But instead she figures out how to make it work. And oh, it was a bit heartbreaking to read about. Yet really interesting too. There is a cost to using the machine, which was pretty sad, yet I'm glad was there. This book focus mostly on this machine, and stuff around that. And how Emmaline is missing her mom, yet she's moving on without her too. Oh, I just adored this little girl a whole lot. She's the best.

Some other characters I loved to pieces were her two best friends, Gully and Oliver. They are twins, and so adorable. I loved reading about their friendship, and I wish there had been even more about that. Aw. But what there is was enough too. I loved reading about things they had done together in the past, and things they are doing now. These three friends were adorable. But ahh. I'm not okay with what happens halfway into the book. It was so cruel. And the most heartbreaking. And I loved it so much, even so. Ack.

I'm so glad to finally have gotten to read this book. Eee. It was adorable and heartbreaking and so sad. It made me cry too. How rude. But I loved it so. You really need to read the middle grade books by Lauren. They are all stunning. So good. Just wishing they could all have been longer. Hmph. But I still loved them all so much. The Girl with the Ghost Machine was such a stunning story about loss and friendship and family. It was a bit short, yet so amazing. Heartbreaking but so good. I loved it lots. You must read it too.