Saturday, November 21, 2015

In My Mailbox #212

I haven't been commenting much lately. I'm behind on just about everything. Just feeling so badly and lazy and tired and exhausted all the time. But hoping to spend lots of time catching up this weekend. Will see what there is time for. Anyway. I did get some gorgeous mail this week :D Yay! Including, finally, my two hardcovers of Illuminae from Amazon. <3 Such slow shipping. Ugh. Still waiting on lots, though, as the book depository has gotten so very slow in shipping. Hmph. This week I read one amazing book. And one bad one. Which is just a bit depressing. Blog posts this week. I posted a preview review of Riders; full review to come in February :) This week I'm waiting on The Shadow Hour. <3 And then I read the aaamazing The Steep and Thorny Way :D Yay! I'm a bit sad that I'm not posting Cress Tuesdays anymore. Sniffs. But hoping to maybe start Winter Thursdays :) Just waiting for reply from Marissa. We'll see. Anyway. I'm behind on things, sigh, and I'm feeling crappy, yet I did have a good week. Got some pretty mail. Read an amazing book. Yeah. I'm pleased with that. What did you get this week?

The Good Dinosaur. More of these precious books :D YAY. I just cannot help but buy them all, lol. <3
Illuminae. YAY! My two pre-orders from Amazon FINALLY arrived :D They are so pretty. So much love.
The Golden Compass. I had to get a second copy of this special edition. I had to. It is just so perfect.
Frozen. I couldn't help but buy this one. Because pretty posters. No room for them, lol, but I needed it.
Carry On. EEEK! Thank you so much Andye and Lauren for this win :D It is perfection. And signed! Love.
Wolf By Wolf Postcard. Thank you so much Blue Bicycle Books and Little Brown Books for sending me this postcard, since I didn't get it with my signed pre-order. <3 Hugs. It means the most to me. It's so pretty.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

I have wanted to read this book for so long now. I knew I would love it. And I did. Which makes me so thrilled. I have read and loved three books by Cat Winters before this one, so happy that I loved this fourth book by her as well. And I simply cannot wait to read more books by this precious author. She is the best :)

I was a tiny bit nervous about reading this book, considering how much I loved all of Cat's other books, I worried a bit that I wouldn't love this one as much. As I always worry. But I hadn't needed to worry at all. Because I loved this book the most. It was so stunning. I'm so happy with how much I loved it. Ack.

The writing is just so beautiful. I love how Cat writes her books. And how she writes her characters too. Because oh how I loved all the characters in this one. The main girl, Hanalee, is all kinds of adorable. I loved reading about her. About her life. About her family. I adored getting to know her more. She was truly such an amazing sixteen year old girl. Sigh. I loved that this book was from her point of view. But sobs. I'm a bit heartbroken that Cat only writes standalones. Because I want a sequel to this one so badly; like with all her previous books too. But especially for this one. I feel like I'm not done getting to know Hanalee. I want to know much more. About Hanalee. About Joe. About everything. I wish for a sequel the most.

Everything about this book was perfection. And I'm not sure what to share about it. Ack. It is much harder to talk about a book that I loved than a book I didn't love. Because I have nothing much to comment on about this one, lol. Because I loved everything. And that is just about all I feel like saying about it. Ack. But I shall try to write more. Because I want to give you all a reason to read this book. To love it like I did. If you already own it, you should not put off reading it. Read it now. And love it now.

I love that this book takes place in 1923. I must admit, I don't really know any history from before. Only what I have read in previous books by Cat, lol. So I didn't know anything about this time before reading this book. And I'm good with that. Because I learnt so much while I read this one. The time period was so amazing to read about. There was so much hate. It broke my heart. Yet it was pretty stunning to read about, so I loved it a lot as well. To be honest, though, I could not have lived in this time period. Ack.

I must say that there was one thing that made me a tiny bit sad. That there is no romance in this book. Okay, there is a romance in my mind, and there is a kiss, but it isn't the focus of the book. Which made me a bit sad. But I didn't mind too much, because this book was perfect even without romance. The characters were all so strong to read about. But yeah. I did ship Hanalee and Joe so badly. Ahh. The ending is a bit open. But hoping Cat might answers some of my questions about it. Fingers crossed :)

There are so many characters in this precious book. Okay, there isn't that many, but still a lot. I adored Hanalee the most. But I also adored Joe so much. He is a bit different as well. And he is so hurt because of it. It isn't fair. Sniffs. He was so kind, though. And awesome. Hanalee has this best friend, Fleur. She was all kinds of awesome. Not in the book much, but enough for me to love her lots. Her brother, though, Laurence, him I hated. He was awful. And I wish his ending had been brutal, lol. Just saying :)

I'm not going to talk about the other characters. Just that I was so excited to read about all of them. I sort of disliked most of them, hah, but some I really adored. Like, I grew to love Hanalee's family a lot, despite disliking them at first. There were two twin brothers that I hated more than anything. I wish they had had a bad ending too. Hmph. I shall just have to imagine it myself, lol. But good or bad, I loved reading about all the characters. I loved everything about this book. It was all exciting and interesting.

I'm not going to say anything about the plot, not really. Just that to me it was mostly about the friendship between Hanalee and Joe. About them trying to live their life without getting killed. About people being awful, yet Hanalee not breaking down. It was a beautiful book. With a beautiful story. I couldn't have loved it more than I did. The Steep and Thorny Way is one of a kind. It is such a stunning book. I loved it the very most. The characters are all incredible. The plot is exciting and heartbreaking.

Huge thank you to the publisher, Amulet Books, for accepting my Netgalley request to read this book early. Means the most to me. So glad that I have now read and loved it, hih. I just. I own precious ARC copies of all her books. But not this one. And I want a print ARC of it the very most. If anyone have it for trade, please let me know. I'm dying to add it to my collection :) This book was simply perfect. And I need you all to read it when it in March. You will not regret it. So excited to see what everyone thinks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #214

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

THE SHADOW HOUR (The Girl at Midnight #2) 

Goodreads Description:

Everything in Echo's life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she's already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature--or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what's left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Pre-Order here and here

I wanted to do a cover reveal for this book. But I wasn't able to find a bigger version of it. Sigh. So just sharing all that I wrote about it below, hih :D So excited about this sequel. Yet a bit worried too :D I adored the first book, The Girl at Midnight. It was awesome. I loved reading about the characters and the plot. Ack. And oh, The Shadow Hour sounds so awesome. I just. I have some wishes for the romance, lol :D I think it will be awesome. And oh, this cover is SO PRETTY. I cannot wait to see it in person when I get my hardcover of it :D So gorgeous. It is coming out on July 12th next year. And I couldn't be more excited :D Though waiting for it is a bit awful. I want to know what happens right now, lol. I do think I'll love this book. What do you think of the cover? My Review of The Girl at Midnight.
What are you waiting for on this shadowy Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Preview Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

Today I'm sharing a preview review of Riders. As I can't post my full review until February. But I'm writing that one today too. Though I'm not sure what to say about this book at all. I wanted to love it to badly. I had been so excited for it for aaages. But when I read it, I didn't love it. And it breaks my heart so much.

First I do wish to say that I adore Veronica Rossi the most. She's an amazing author and person. And I loved her other books. But this one was just not for me. Not at all. I won't get into all the reasons for why in this preview. But I do wish to share a little bit. I had issues with the writing, and with the boy. Sad face.

But even though I didn't love this book, I did like it a bit as well. I'm giving it two stars. Mostly I liked a lot about the ending. That was the most exciting part for me. And then there is that cover. Sigh. Swoon. It is the most gorgeous thing. Though I didn't love this book, I will be buying a hardcover copy of it when it comes out. Because I adore how it looks. Thank you so much to Diana at Tor Books for letting me read Riders early via Netgalley. It meant the very most to me. I'm so sorry that I didn't love it. I tried to, I really did. But I just couldn't like it. But I think that others will enjoy it :) I'm excited to see what everyone thinks.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

In My Mailbox #211

I'm unsure about this week. I got to finally read the veeeery amazing Winter :D And I got two eARCs that I'm super excited about reading. <3 Yet I'm feeling a bit sad, cause my health still sucks. Sigh. But at least I have now gotten more medicine, and quit another one, so hoping it will get better now. Fingers crossed. I didn't post that many blog posts this week. And I only read one book. But that was Winter, and so I don't feel bad about it at all :) I'm planning on reading my eARC of Riders next. Hopefully starting it today. This week I posted my very last Cress Tuesday. <3 Sobs. I'm waiting on The Safest Lies :) And I shared my review of Winter. <3 My precious. I'm also feeling a bit depressed because it is just about always dark outside now. Very shortly the sun will leave for a few weeks. And ugh. I cannot take pretty pictures for my Instagram anymore.. That makes me a bit sad, lol. So I shall just have to share pictures with light from my lamp, and not daylight for a while :) I did get some precious mail this week. And I adore it all. <3 Still waiting for my very precious Illuminae hardcovers. Ugh. What did you get this week?

Winter. Best book. And oh so pretty. My hardcovers and audiobook. So much love. It is so heavy too :D
Illuminae. Yay! Finally got my audiobook version :D I love this book. And this version is so so pretty.
Cat. This one I had to buy. Look how cute it is :D Supposed to be a door stopper; I won't use it as that :)
Been There, Done That. I bought this book because of the amazing Claire Legrand. <3 Reading it soon.
Soundless. I'm super excited to read this book very soon. It looks and sounds gorgeous. Let me love it.
Wolf By Wolf. I love this book so much. I had to get this gorgeous looking UK paperback edition of it.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I have yet to read this. But I know that I will love it. So had to own this :)
The Bodyguard. I have never seen this movie before. So it was on sale. And so I had to buy it. Curious.
Harry Potter Coloring Book. YAY! This one looks so cute :D I must start coloring sometime soon, lol.
Frozen Fever. This book is so cute. And I adore this short story as well. Frozen is all kinds of adorable.
Frozen Sing Along. Well, I bought this one because Frozen Fever on Norwegian for my nephew to see :)
Torden og Magi. Not sure if this is out in America. But my nephew loved it. I thought it was pretty cute.
Frozen Fever Pop! Look at these gorgeous ones :D Elsa is a bit wrong when she stands, but so gorgeous.
Stuff. HTTYD mini figure I was missing. <3 So cute. Frozen figures too. Adore them. And that gorgeous deer is so pretty. I had to buy it to have on my table. It's just adorable. It's a bit like Shadow and Bone :)

Riders. EEEK! Thank you so much Diana at Tor for this eARC :D SO HAPPY. I shall read it next. <3
The Steep & Thorny Way. YAY! Thank you to the publisher on Netgalley :D DYING to read this one.
A Gathering of Shadows: Preview. Sad face. Only a preview. But I had to get it, even so :D Dying for it.
Also, a thing. I would do anything for print ARCs of these books. Anything. Would you be willing to trade?

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