Saturday, October 25, 2014

In My Mailbox #156

This IMM post is going to be a bit different. As it is only the mail I got from Monday to Thursday. Because this post got written on Thursday. As I left Friday morning. <3 and will return late Monday. Going on a very long road trip, which I hope it all kinds of awesome :D It will be more than 30 hours by car :p So we are sleeping three night at hotels. Which I love, hih. I will be on twitter, though. But yeah. I haven't posted anything since Wednesday. And no new posts until Tuesday. But that's okay. Anyway. I got some pretty awesome things in the beginning of this week :D Which I'm all kinds of happy for. <3 the mail I'm getting on Friday and Saturday will be included in my next week IMM post. :) Though I only posted until Wednesday, I do have some posts this week. I shared the cover for Illusionarium. Which I love. And then I shared the cover for The Golden Specific. <3 Which I also adore. And another Cress Tuesday teaser. <3 Week 52! Eeek. And then I re-read The Thickety: A Path Begins. <3 Which I still love. And then I read the sequel, The Thickety: The Whispering Trees :D So much love. This week I'm waiting on An Ember in the Ashes. <3 I'm excited to get back from my roadtrip. What did you get this week?

Don't forget do enter my International Swag Giveaway. <3 It is awesome. Enter to win here.

Harry Potter. Big box set of Harry Potter books :D Yess. They are stunning. <3 But oh. Some of them are damaged inside o.O Which is breaking my heart, as nothing can be done about it. Hmph. Still. Perfect.
Divergent. Special collector's edition. <3 Since, you know, I own all the copies, I needed these too, hih :D
Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I got these on Tuesday. <3 GORGEOUS. I have yet to re-read book one and two, though. Hmph. I am scared. But I will. Hopefully next week. <3 And I cannot wait to read this book.
Trial by Fire. Gooorgeous bookmarks that I got from Josie. <3 Thank you so so much. Sniffs. Stunning.

All Our Yesterdays. ACK! So much gorgeous. Dies. <3 I am a part of The Insiders, which is just killing me, so so awesome. So I got all this special swag from Cristin. <3 I will be holding giveaways. Starting next week sometime. <3 Also, this book is all kinds of awesome. Read it. But you have read it, right?

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: The Thickety: The Whispering Trees by J. A. White

I'm so excited that I got to read this book early. Though it was also a bad thing, because now I must wait even longer for a third book. Hmph. But yeah. I do not regret reading this book already. Because I loved it a whole lot. Even with that kind of evil ending. But yess. I know book three will be epic. Though waiting for 2016 is torture.

This book starts right where book one ended. With Kara and Taff having entered the Thickety. Which I found to be all kinds of awesome. And it starts an very amazing adventure. There is just so much to love about this sequel. Though I do wish it had been even longer. Hmph. I did not want this book to end. And then. Evil ending :D

There is so much to love in this book. First there is the stunning writing. I found it to be all kinds of awesome. I loved reading about Kara. I loved reading from her point of view. Though the very short prologue is from the point of view of Safi. Whom I loved getting to know. Though I am all kinds of worried about what will happen next with her. Ack. She is the same age as Taff, so still so young. I do wish there had been more from her view, but that's okay. The prologue was awesome enough. And I love Kara too much to give her up, hih. Another thing I really love about these books are all the different creatures. Some are scary and awful but some are so cute. Loved reading everything.

I must be honest and say that I was sad to notice that there was no Lucas in this book. Sad face. But I can't be too upset about it. Because it made sense. And there wasn't room for him yet. But oh. He better be in book three. Cause I need him. Anyway. There are other characters in this book. And ack. I loved getting to know them all. Though there are so many betrayals. Which made my heart hurt. Yet I was also so surprised. Which I loved. One new character is Mary. Whom I would love to learn even more about.

I'm not going to talk about all the things that happen in this book. Because it is all so exiting and different and so so good. This book is an easy read, which makes me happy. Though, yeah, I wouldn't have minded if it had been even longer. Yet it was still long enough to be perfect. This sequel is not as sad as book one was. Because they aren't in the village anymore. No people to hurt Kara. Which made me both happy and sad. As I love depressing things. Yet this book was no less exciting than the first.

I just loved everything in The Thickety: The Whispering Trees. I adored reading about Kara. And her struggle with being a Witch. If she is good or evil. But then. There is one thing that breaks my heart. Hmph. Lost memories. I don't approve of that. And oh, I hope there is a way for her to get them back. I want that a whole lot. Yet it was also an awesome sort-of-twist. And it made sense. Still, sad to me. There is also another thing about lost things. Lost memories. Was so creepy! And so extremely perfect.

One of the things I loved the most about this book were the relationship between Kara and Taff. They are the cutest siblings. And I loved reading about them together. How much they both protect each other. Sniffs. Then there is their father. Whom isn't in this book, but still. I am so curious about it. I must know if there is a way to save him. There is just so much I must know. It isn't really a cliffhanger ending, but it is an ending that demands more. And I need more. Cannot wait for book three. <3

The Thickety: The Whispering Trees is such an amazing sequel. It is full of adventure and surprises. It is full of darkness. Yet full of love too, as it has the best sibling relationship. Kara and Taff are the best to read about. And I cannot wait to read more of their story. Though book three better include Lucas too, lol. As I need him and Kara together. <3 They would be so cute. Since there is already something there, hih. Anyway. You all need to read this book. Because it is perfect and I loved it so much. Go order it.

I want to say a huge thank you to the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books, for letting me read this gorgeous book as an eARC via Edelweiss. <3 While I do wish with all my heart that I had a print copy, I'm just so happy that I got to read it. And it is still a stunning book, even though I do think the artwork inside looks even more gorgeous in print. Which I will be seeing in my hardcover in March, when this awesome book comes out. I'm so glad I read it now, and did not wait, hih. As this book was amazing. Also, J. A. White is an awesome author. And so kind too. I cannot wait to read more books by him :)

Waiting on Wednesday #158

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


Goodreads Description:

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.

Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here.

This cover is still one of the most gorgeous. I just love it so much. And I think An Ember in the Ashes sounds so amazing. I'm just worried that there might be a love triangle. Hmph. I'm hoping there won't be, though, hih. <3 Still. I'm pretty sure I will love this book. And I cannot wait to read it. Just wishing it was April yet. <3 As, yeah. Laia and Elias sounds amazing so far and I cannot wait to get to know them.
What are you waiting for on this exciting wednesday?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Recommendation: The Thickety: A Path Begins by J. A. White

I just read this book in May. But I seem to have forgotten a bunch of it. So I had to re-read it. <3 Okay, I didn't have to, but I really, really wanted to. And I'm so glad that I did. Because this book is all kinds of awesome. But so damn sad. And heartbreaking. Yet it is full of magic and adventure and it is so much fun and it has so many feelings. Kara is the best main character. And I loved re-reading her story. I cannot wait to get started on my eARC of book two in a moment. <3 I'm just so excited to read more.

I will try not to write another long review of this book. Because I have just done so, it feels, yet I cannot help but talk about some things. And I just need you all to read The Thickety: A Path Begins. Because it is so exciting. And different. Though I have read a few books since May that reminded me so much of this. Yet they are not the same, though all were awesome. This book is different, though. It is so much fun to read. But in a dark way. Life for Kara is the worst and my heart is still breaking over it. So sad.

There is so much I love about this book. I love that there is magic. That there is a small village living in a cursed island. And they are all acting kind of crazy. Yet I loved reading about the way they live. So interesting and different. I enjoyed that they all hated witches. Though I do not approve. Because the book begins with Kara at five years old. Having to watch her mom get murdered for being a witch. It was the worst. Not full on details, but still so awful. The people are a bit crazy. But yes. So interesting.

The book is told from the point of view of twelve year old Kara. Whom is all kinds of adorable. I just love her to pieces. And her little brother, Taff, who is seven. I just loved reading about their life. How sick Taff is. How they miss their mother. How they aren't sure if they should love her or not. How their father is there, but not really there. How the people of the village treat them. How they are almost starving. It all made my heart ache. And it is so good. And I wanted to read more and more about it.

Not all of the people are mean, though. Kara has one friend, Lucas. Whom I really wish there were more about, hih. Because he is the bestest friend. And there could be so much more between them. And there is a beginning of a romance. But nothing yet. Hmph. Then there is that ending. And I fear there won't be a romance. But I wish it. Because I adored Lucas and I would love to read more about him and Kara together. As he was a true friend to her. And I loved that. I just loved that so much. It's the very best.

I won't say all the things about this book. Probably not. There is just so much. Yet the book is read really, really fast, so I don't think it's that long. Which is okay. Because there are sequels. But yeah. I do not have enough of this story. I loved the adventure and mystery about this book. I loved reading about the magic, and how it must be used. And the characters. Sigh. Grace. Just, oh god. She is an awful little girl. And I didn't like her at all. And Simon. I felt so sorry for him, but I still hated him. Hmph. Not nice.

I think what I liked the most about this book was The Thickety. The mysterious forest. And I cannot wait to get to read more about it in the sequel. As that ending? So evil. Yet so awesome too. I cannot wait to read more about Kara and Taff. And just everything. Anyway. I just wanted to share my love for this book, again, hih. Because I do love it. I love it so much. I even read it twice. This year. And I will probably read it lots more in the future. As I don't think I will ever stop loving this book. I hope not :)

If you have not read The Thickety: A Path Begins yet, I suggest that you do so. Because it is stunning. It is heartbreaking. And it is full of magic. This is one of the best books I have read. And it will stay in my heart for a long time. The story of Kara and Taff is beautiful. And I cannot wait to get to know them even more. So yeah. I'm really, really glad that I decided to re-read this beautiful book. And ack. Yess. Look at that cover. Isn't it just all kinds of stunning? There is some gorgeous artwork inside too. <3

I'm a witch. Just like my mother.

Cress Tuesday #52

52 weeks already! One year of Cress Teasers! Ack. So so exciting. Though I started posting them on October 29th, 2013. I had been wondering if I should stop doing these after one year. But I don't want to. So I will not, hih. Just wanted to say that I love doing these teasers so so much. <3 You must read this book. I don't think I will ever get tired of sharing these Cress teasers with you all. It just makes my heart happy to read small bits of Cress every time I choose a new teaser, hih. As you know, I adore these books. So much. And waiting for Winter is torture. November 2015 better arrive fast. <3 I'm also beyond excited for Fairest out in January :D It will be amazing. Sigh. Soon I will re-read them all. And I cannot wait. I adore this story and all the awesome characters. Marissa is amazing. I hope you are all enjoying these small and mostly non-spoilery teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3


"Cinder, look at me." He cupped her face. "I know you're scared, and you 
have every right to be. But you are not turning into Queen Levana."
"You can't know that."
"But I do."


All the faith! So much love.

Was allowed to do this by Marissa and Macmillan; Thank you. <3 Marissa is the best. Check out her amazing website :D I'm also very much in love with the Lunar Chronicles facebook. So pretty. I hope you enjoy the teasers :) There will be one teaser each Tuesday. Can't wait for you all to read Cress :) Also, the teasers are now from my finished hardcover copy of Cress :D And oh, how it is gorgeous. <3