Monday, September 1, 2014

Mini Review: Summerfall by Claire Legrand

I finally had the time to read this beauty. And I couldn't stop reading until I had finished it all. Also, it was longer than I had hoped for. Which makes me happy. But at the same time, it was also a whole lot meaner and more heartbreaking than I had thought it would be. Sobs. But also so good. I really loved it.

I read Winterspell a few months back, and I loved it to pieces. And ever since then I have wanted to read Summerfall, which is a prequel novella to Winterspell. Though I was also dreading reading it, since I knew how the story would end. And oh, how it broke my heart. It is so sad. Yet it's such a beautiful story. <3

I will try not to write too much about this novella. I just want to say that I loved it so much. And I adore Claire. She is one of the best people I know of. And her writing is stunning. Simply perfect. Which Summerfall is too. I couldn't have been happier about this novella. But at the same time, I couldn't have been more heartbroken either. Summerfall is told from the point of view of Rinka, who in human years is in her late teens, but in faery years is ninety. Which shocked me a little. But loved it very, very much. I adored getting to know Rinka. She was such an amazing character. Her friend, Garen, I'm unsure about. He loves her. But she feels nothing for him but friendship. In some moments I liked him. In others I hated him. But yeah. I approved of his friendship. There is a bunch of characters in this book. To be honest, they were all awful. Yet I loved reading about them. I got to know so much in this book. And I loved every moment.

Summerfall tells the love story of Rinka and Alban. He is a king. And married. They are the same age. And oh, there is so much happening. It is all so complicated. But I loved the heat and passion between Rinka and Alban. It was very real and sweet too. I wanted them together, so much. But oh. So many awful things are happening. People are tortured. People are betraying. I couldn't help but love every moment of everything. This book was just all kinds of amazing. And I adored the romance. I did.

I will not say much more about this stunning book. Just that I loved it so much. And it broke all parts of me. Claire is awesome. Winterspell is coming out late this month, and I need you all to buy it. You should probably read Summerfall first, but I'm glad I read it afterward. So that I knew how cruel this ending would be. Sobs. But now I want to read Winterspell again. Grrr. I will wait for my hardcovers. <3 Anyway. Summerfall was a stunning book. I'm so glad that I read it. You all need to read it right away.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In My Mailbox #148

This has been a good week. For reading. Sigh. So much love. <3 And I did get some pretty amazing books this week too :D So I'm happy about that. Much missing, though, as always. Which just sucks. Sigh. Anyway. There is a bunch of new blog posts on my blog this week :D First I read Fiendish last Sunday. <3 Then another new Cress Tuesday :D And I'm waiting on Blue Lily, Lily Blue. <3 Then there was the Summerfall by Claire Legrand teaser blast :D Where I share a teaser and host an amazing giveaway. <3 This Monday I decided to start re-reading His Dark Materials. Which I did. And which I loved. My heart adores these books. Though they still kill me with their sad. Sobs. So there are a lot of reviews coming. <3 Book Recommendation of The Golden Compass. Book Recommendation of The Subtle Knife. Book Recommendation of The Amber Spyglass. Review of Lyra's Oxford. Review of Once Upon a Time in the North. <3 And now I'm very excited to read them for a third time, hih. What did you get this week?

I'm giving away THREE hardcover copies of the Norwegian edition of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. You must all enter this giveaway. It's even International. And it has a gorgeous cover. Enter here. <3 

Don't forget to enter to win a Winterspell swag pack from Claire Legrand. <3 International. Enter here.

The Revenge of Seven. I.. have only read book one. Hah. But I did love it. And I do own all the books :)
Chasing Before. I adore Lenore. <3 She is amazing. And I did enjoy book one. Hoping to read it soonish.
Deliverance. Very soon I will read this. I must re-read book one and then read book two first, hih. Soon.
All Our Yesterdays. I do like this new paperback cover. <3 Just so heartbroken over no sequel :( Sobs.
The Year of Shadows. Claire is amazing. I adore her. And I love love this book. Gorgeous paperback. <3
Death Marked. Signed copy that I won from Leah :D Thank you so so much. <3 And I adore the bookmarks as well. So pretty. But oh. I am so damn heartbroken. I have peeked. I am not pleased. Sob.

How To Train Your Dragon 2. A huuuge Toothless that was a bit expensive, but I love him so much. <3 So big and gorgeous, hih. And a small/regular sized Cloud Jumper :) So cute. And Snotlout and Eret is in there too. So adorable. And then there are a bunch of books too. <3 I love them all so very much.
Lark Rising. I'm a part of the blog tour in September :D Thank you so much to Jaime for the ARC. <3
Deception. You know, I need all the editions of the books. Hah. So this is the US paperback. <3 Pretty.
Shannon Messenger swag. I adore these so much. Since I pre-ordered Exile. <3 Thank you Shannon :)
Aragorn's Quest. This was on sale, though still a bit expensive, but I wanted it. Someday I will play it :)

My signed copy. <3 Thank you  Leah :)

I downloaded this awesome sampler from Edelweiss. <3 So excited. But also so heartbroken, hah, as it is only one third of the book. Sobs! I want the whole thing so bad. <3 Maybe one day. March is still forever away. How unfair, hah. Anyway. I love the sampler :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mini Review: Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman

This short book is about Lee Scoresby. Whom I adored in the His Dark Materials books. And I'm so glad I got to read more about him. This is told from his point of view, when he was twenty four years old. And oh. I adored him so much. So glad that I read this book. Because Lee and Hester are both so cute to read about.

Once Upon a Time in the North tells the story of when Lee and Iorek first met. And I loved it. I loved it a whole lot. Sure, there is no Lyra. And no Will. Sniffs. But I love Philip's writing and I adored reading about Lee. And a young Iorek too. He is still my favorite bear. So I very, very much enjoyed reading this book.

I won't say too much about this. Just that it is kind of long, which was awesome, and we get to know a lot about Lee. And I just loved getting to know his hare, Hester, better as well. His dæmon is just adorable. And I love reading about them together. And sniffs. We get to know how he got his riffle too. It all just breaks my heart, because I know how it ends. It's all so sad.

Anyway. I'm not going to say much more about this. Just that it is a stunning short story. And I very much enjoyed reading it. It is full of adventure and murder and fun too. Yeah. It isn't the longest story, but it was long enough, and I loved getting to know Lee more. But sobs. Now I'm even more upset, because I don't have more to read about this world. I don't have more words about Lyra and Will or their friends. Which is breaking my heart. And I'm hoping The Book of Dust news will come very soon. <3

Mini Review: Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman

Lyra's Oxford is a very short story. But it is still perfect. As I love the writing of Philip. And there is Lyra. And Pan. And it is beautiful. But yess. It is very, very short. And there is no Will. Sob. But it is still amazing. And I know now that I will be reading a bunch more books by Philip Pullman soonish. Most likely.

This short book takes place two years after The Amber Spyglass ended. And we get to see a little bit about Lyra's life in her world. We get to read a little bit about her school, which I kind of loved, and we get to see more of the gorgeous Pan. I loved the form he settled on. He's just so cute and adorable. Love him so.

I do wish this book had been longer. Because I need to read more about Lyra. Adore her so much. And Will. Sobs. She thinks a little bit about him in this one. But not enough. Sniffs. Still, it is an interesting story and I'm glad that I read it. I just want more from the characters and this world. Sniffs. I don't feel like it is done yet. I just feel like there can be so much more. <3

Which is why I'm dying for Philip to share more about The Book of Dust. Which will be about Lyra. Most likely. And I just need to know more about it. I need to know if Will is going to be in it too. I need to know if they will find a way to be together again. Sobs. And I want to read more about Iorek. And everyone. So yes. I'm just waiting here for Philip to say more about it. Hoping there will be news very soon, and that he is finished writing it shortly. I can't wait for it. <3 Anyway. This book was awesome :)

Book Recommendation: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Oh. You beautiful trilogy. I cannot deal with how perfect these books are. And I'm so happy that I decided to re-read them at this moment. My heart is full. Though, of course, after this ending, it is also shattered into a million pieces. But I have hope. I have hope because I think I catched some hidden meanings in the ending. I hope. Yes. I'm going to hope. Otherwise this is just the saddest love story in all the world. But I don't think it is. I think The Book of Dust will heal me. Crossing all my fingers. <3

I could talk forever about The Amber Spyglass. Because there are about a thousand things happening at all times. And I loved reading about them all. I confess, I mostly wanted to read about Will and Lyra at all times. But I also confess to loving reading about the other characters. I loved getting to know them better and getting to see what they were doing. Though the scene with Iorek in the beginning was kind of heartbreaking. Sniffs. But it also made sense so it was kind of really beautiful at the same time.

There are a lot of different plot points in this book. And I loved reading about them all. I adored reading about the bears. The witches. I even liked the angels. And the little people. Sigh. They were kind of cute. But they all died so fast. Sniffs. Then there were the creatures Mary found, and I adored those too. It was so interesting to read about. Different. Yet all kinds of awesome. And I adored Mary as well. I enjoyed reading about her very much. And the things she did with her new friends. Yeah. I loved it all.

A lot of the plot is also about the Church. And the evil things they are doing in the worlds. And my god. I hated it. So much. As I do not believe in god, and I'm not a church person, so I kind of really liked reading about it all. Well. For the most part. It was interesting and it broke my heart all the evil things they all did. A bunch of different men, and they were all pretty awful. And then. Lord Asriel. I cannot with him. I hate so many things that he did. How many he hurt. But I also liked what he did in this book.

And Mrs. Coulter. I couldn't hate her. I tried to. Well, I hated her a little bit. She had done so many awful things. Hurt so many people. But she grew to love Lyra. And I couldn't hate her for that. And  did like some of the things she did in this book. So yeah. I did love reading about her and Asriel. They were interesting characters. Truly. I'm wishing we had seen a bit more about Serafina, though. But I did like reading about her at the end. Though that ending I will never forgive. Or forget. Sigh. So much sadness.

There are a lot of worlds in The Amber Spyglass. And I loved getting to see them all. Sigh. I loved watching Will with the knife. He's just awesome. Anyway. I loved when Will and Lyra went to the world of the dead. That was creepy. Yet also all kinds of amazing. I loved that plot twist. So good. But also so heartbreaking, when they were on the boat. Sniffs. And when Lyra fell. Sobs. But that was also beautiful to read about, hih, as the small romance between Will and Lyra killed me in this book. So good.

We see so much of Lyra and Will in this book. And I loved that. I loved that so much. But there is also not that much about them, as we get so many other point of views as well. Hmph. But I did love what I did get to read about them. They are just the most adorable characters. They are both so strong and brave and broken and loving and perfect. I couldn't love them more. They are so young. Yet so fierce and amazing. And they have the best friendship. Which turns into a bit more. And my heart. So beautiful.

The romance. Sigh. I wouldn't say that there is a lot of it. And it happens so late. And it's breaking my heart. But it is also the best romance of all time. Because Lyra and Will are so intense and they love each other so much and it's so beautiful and so heartbreaking and I loved it to pieces. It is written so well. But yesss. I do wish there had been a bit more. Sobs. And that ending. I will never forgive the ending to this book. It broke me. But it is also beautiful. And makes sense. But also so sad and awful.

One of the things I loved the most to read about in these books were the dæmons. They are beautiful and so perfect and my gosh. I want my own dæmon. Sobs. So much. I loved the relationship between Pan and Lyra. It is stunning. And I loved how person and dæmon can't be that far away from each other without dying. I loved how their bond works. How they understand and love each other. And ack. I just cannot. Philip Pullman did a beautiful job with these books. And I will forever and always love them.

There is so much I could say about this book. Because this book has everything. There is an epic adventure. Full of mystery and heartbreak. It if fun and sweet and sad. There is fighting. And death. And everything was beautiful to read about. I loved The Amber Spyglass to pieces. <3 So glad that I re-read it. You need to read this book. You truly do. Now I will be reading the short stories. <3 And wait forever for more news about The Book of Dust. I must know more. I must know it now. So excited. <3