Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Oh, how I loved reading this book. I mean, I knew I would love it, since I loved book one so much, but I was still nervous. But yeah. I shouldn't have been. Because this book was amazing. But it broke my heart even more than The Map to Everywhere. Which is just way too mean. Hmph. But I loved it so much.

I don't even know how to talk about this sequel. I feel like I won't say much about it at all. My thoughts are all over the place. And my feelings too. I think my heart is broken. Yet this book was also so much fun. And I loved reading it. But yeah. It hurt my heart a lot. Which might be why I loved it so much :)

I had hoped to get an ARC of this book so badly. Yet I never did. But then it was up on Netgalley a little while ago, and I had to request it. And yesterday my request was approved. I was thrilled. And started re-reading book one right away. Which was so perfect. Sigh. But I was also a bit unsure, since Carrie told me they changed things from the ARC to the finished copy. But still. I couldn't not read it right away, not when I finally had it. But I need to know the changes. So will be looking through it all once my precious hardcover arrive. But anyway. I read this eARC. And I don't think anything was wrong with it. This story is incredible. The characters are amazing. And the writing is gorgeous. So thrilled that I loved this book.

I don't know where to begin when it comes to the plot in City of Thirst. It is just amazing. This book takes place about six months after the end of The Map to Everywhere. Six months since Marrill left Fin and went back to her own world. I do still love Marrill a lot. She's pretty awesome and fierce. And my heart breaks for her about her mom being sick. Sniffs. Marrill must also have a babysitter now; Remy.  I thought she would be annoying, but she really wasn't. I adored reading about her too. She was awesome.

But my most favorite character is still Fin. Whom is just the most adorable boy. And thief. And my heart is aching for him. Marrill was the only one who remembered him. Then she left. And Ardent and Coll still don't remember him, and it is so sad for him, and oh. My heart hurts. I just want Fin to be loved. To be remembered. And it is all he wants too. But he can't have it. And it huuurts. Yet it is so perfect. So evil. So great to read about. But even though Fin is hurting, he still isn't breaking apart. He's the strongest.

I don't even know what to say about the plot. There are lots of new places. And they are awesome. And creepy. And so much fun to read about. I loved them all. And so many characters. They were all very interesting to read about and I loved getting to know them all more. I just wish they all knew about Fin. About how amazing he is. Biggest wish is for people to start to remember Fin. And then remember all the times they have seen him in the past. I do need that from Ardent and Coll. Sigh. Fingers crossed.

There is so much happening in this book. I loved it all. But this one thing broke my heart the most. I'm not sure I should even mention it. But I have to. I must. Marrill starts to forget about Fin. And gosh. It hurt me the most. Because now no one remembers Fin. And it hurts him so badly. And it hurts me even more. I just can't. It wasn't fair. Fin deserves better. A better friend. He deserves to be remembered. And I need to read about that. I need to. My heart needs some hope. Sigh. I think it will come. It must.

I'm not going to say more than this. But yeah. I really liked this book. And I thought the ending was pretty perfect. Fin is just so selfless, and I adore that about him. Like I love everything about him. Sigh. Also, I do think Fin and Marrill could end up as a very cute couple. Which I am hoping for, hih. City of Thirst was a perfect sequel. Full of adventure and fun. It was always exciting. And so heartbreaking. I always wanted to know what would happen next. I seriously could not have loved this sequel any more.

This series is perfection so far. But waiting for the next books is going to be torture for me. I want to know what happens next right now. I need to know. Sigh. I just really wish to read them right away, hih. But I do know that the waiting will be worth it. But ugh, I hate waiting. Anyway. So excited for the next book in this series :D It's going to be amazing. And even better than this one, I'm sure of it. If you have read book one, then read this sequel too. These books are so worth reading. They are simply fantastic.

In My Mailbox #200

I have read a lot of books this week. Four. And this makes me very happy :D My health sucks, I have this awful hole, but I'm happy, because I read a bunch of amazing books. Sigh. So much love :D And I'm planning on reading much more too. Starting with my eARC of City of Thirst. <3 So excited. I also got some gorgeous mail this week :D Harry Potter Pop!s are arriving. <3 Still waiting on four more ;p But.. I think my Snape has the wrong colour. I'm not pleased. Ugh. And Hagrid has an almost hole on his face. And Harry arrived with his wand bent. Ugh. But think that one is fixed now; hopefully :) But anyway. I also got some gorgeous books this week as well. <3 So happy. Still waiting for tons more. Ugh :) No more room left, shortly.. I cannot. Must not think of that. Anyway. A whole bunch of blog posts this week :D I posted my review of Vengeance Road. <3 Which I really liked. Then I read Menagerie, which I loved :D Then posted another gorgeous Cress Tuesday. <3 And then I read The Witch Hunter; was disappointing. I'm waiting on Blood and Salt this week :D I shared the gooorgeous cover for The Steep and Thorny Way. <3 Then I read the very perfect The Shadow Queen :D And then I re-read The Map to Everywhere. <3 So much love. So many posts. I loved loved reading so much. It was perfect. What did you get this week?

Frozen. Pretty new Frozen book :D I need them all, lol. And this one is so gorgeous looking. Love it.
The Copper Gauntlet. Two gorgeous hardcovers of this. <3 And UK paperback :D So excited to read!
Hotel Transylvania 2. I had to buy a second copy of this book. It has such goorgeous images inside :D
Frozen. Another gorgeous new Frozen book :D I suppose I need to read all the stories sometime soon.
The School for Good and Evil 1&2. So many different editions :D Now I have them all. <3 So perfect.
Plus One. Yaaay! This paperback is STUNNING :D I'm in there too. Love love love. I love this book.
The Nightmare Charade. Thank you so much Alexis at Tor Teen for this gorgeous finished copy :D Love.
The Young Elites. I did love this book so much. So I couldn't not buy the new paperback. Ack. Pretty.
Iron Man. Gosh damn. He is gorgeous. Fabrikation thingy. Paid too much, ugh. But worth it. Love him.
Harry Potter Pop! YAY :D Finally getting my Harry Potter Pop!s. <3 They are truly gorgeous looking. Love.
Gates of Thread and Stone swag. Thank you so so much Lori :D You are the sweetest. <3 So much pretty.

The Shadow Queen. Ahhh! So thrilled it was on Edelweiss :D I have already read it. And loved it so.
A Drop of Night. So excited for this book :D Glad I got it from Edelweiss. <3 Reading it very soonish.
Flamecaster. Sort of regret getting it from Edelweiss. Ugh. But I'm still going to read it :D Hope to love.
City of Thirst. Yesss :D Thank you so much to the publisher via Netgalley. <3 Reading it next :) Excited.

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Book Recommendation: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Re-reading this book was perfection. So much fun. I first read this gorgeous book last November. And I loved it so much that time. Re-reading it now, I think I loved it even more. This book is so beautiful. It is full of adventures. It has such heartbreak. It has the most adorable main characters. Fin and Marrill are both so cute and amazing. I'm so glad I decided to re-read this book now. Will be starting my eARC of book two in a moment. And I simply cannot wait. It's going to be amazing. I'm so excited to read it.

I think I wrote all my reasons for loving this book in my first review of it. But I'm still going to talk about it, hih. I might repeat myself, but yeah, it has been almost a year since I last read this precious. And, oh, I'm just so glad that I read it again. Because it was so fun. And heartbreaking. I feel like I noticed a few more things this time around, so I'm curious to see if they will mean anything in the sequel. But yeah. I'll never get tired of reading this book. It was just as amazing and exciting this second time.

In my review from November, I included a few quotes. You should check out my link for it below, as I'm not posting those teasers again. But yes. They still mean the most to me. Those teasers break my heart. Sniffs. Yet they give me a bit of hope, too, because this book wasn't all sad. It was hopeful too. And it has such a great friendship with Fin and Marrill. Their friendship is the very best. I could not have loved those two twelve year olds any more. Sigh. I also loved Marrill's cat so much :D He was adorable.

My favorite character in this book is Fin. Love that half the book is from his point of view, and the other half from Marrill. They have one chapter each. But yes. Fin. Sigh. I cannot with this boy. He is so adorable and strong and kind. But he is so broken. Because he was left by his mother at age four. She was the only one who remembered him. Because Fin is forgotten by everywhere. No one ever remembers him. And it is so heartbreaking. Because he is adorable. And he deserves to be remembered. Sniffs.

But then there is Marrill. Whom comes flying into the life of Fin. And she remembers him. And it is so beautiful. Because it means so much to Fin, since no one has ever remembered him before. But Marrill does. And sigh. They get the most gorgeous friendship. I love how much they care for each other. How they get to know each other. Yeah. This friendship is the best. And I just have so much love for these precious characters. Fin is my favorite, like I said. He is so broken and so perfect and I love him lots.

But I also do love Marrill. She's adorable too. And a bit broken, because she just learned that her mom is sick again. So that is also all kinds of heartbreaking. I did love reading about Marrill's family. Though she isn't with them. Which is an awesome plot twist. Which you'll have to read about. But yeah. It is awesome. And sad too. I just adored Marrill. She's so kind and brave. And her cat is adorable. And yeah. I love how Marrill wants to take care of Fin. And I love the most that she remembers him. It's the best.

There is so much about this book that I love. It is full of adventure. There are talking trees. And those trees are so creepy. Shudders. Yet so awesome too. I loved the rumor and secrets part. There are also pirates. I even liked some of them, though sad that they couldn't remember Fin either. Sniffs. There is this one awesome wizard, Ardent, whom I liked a lot. And the captain, Coll, whom looks like a teenager, but I feel like he is much, much older. There are a bunch of great characters in this. I liked them all.

I loved that The Map to Everywhere takes place in a Pirate Stream. Most of it takes place on a ship. And it is so awesome to read about. This book is exciting. And I loved reading every moment of it. I won't say more about this book. Just that I love it with all my heart. And re-reading it was so much fun. Despite how much it makes my heart ache. The writing is perfection. I cannot wait to read the next three books in this series. It's gonna be awesome. But yess. You must all read this book. You'll love it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

Oh my gosh how I loved this book. I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it was. You will all love this book. I'm sure of it. Because it is gorgeous. The writing is perfection. I had to read this book right away once I got it from Edelweiss. So glad I did. Reading this book was the very best feeling. So much love.

I don't even know where to begin. This book is so beautiful. And so much fun to read. I have been wanting it forever. As I adore the author. She's amazing. And this new book of hers sounded perfect. Then the cover. Swoons. It is beyond gorgeous. So glad I could read it early :D But also longer wait for next one. Ahh.

I knew I would love this precious. But I didn't realize I would love it this much. And that pleases me greatly. Because my love for this book is huge. Very huge. And I can't think of what else to say about it. But trying my best to write down some thoughts about the story and the characters and the world and ugh. I cannot with this book. It was perfection. And I loved every single moment in this book. First it is the writing. Which was so beautiful and easy to read. Made me very happy. I also connected so well with the characters. I adored that it is from the point of view of Lorelai and Kol. And sometimes Irina too. They were all amazing. Sigh. Couldn't have loved them more. Or hated Irina more, lol. She was an awesome villain.

There is so much tragedy in The Shadow Queen. So many people die. Both Lorelai and Kol looses much of their family. And it is heartbreaking to read about. Yet so perfect. I loved it very much, despite my broken heart. And that one character I wish had not died. Sniffs. But yeah. It made the story even better, and I'm happy about that. There is also a lot of suffering in this book. All the people in the kingdoms are suffering, starving. It's so sad to read about. But I loved how Lorelai wants to change it.

But oh, how do I even begin to describe the plot. Well. I will say that it is based on Snow White. Yet it is very, very different from it too. But some things the same. And that was amazing. Such a stunning book to read. Sigh. Lorelai and her brother, Leo, lost their mom. Then their dad. And are on the run from the new Queen, Irina. She stole their kingdom. And Lorelai wants to take it back. And ugh. It makes for such an amazing story. And I couldn't have loved the plot any more. It was so so exciting to read about.

There is a bunch of characters in this book. I'm not going to mention them all. But I adored Leo, the younger brother of Lorelai. He was so much fun and so cute and ugh, I loved him. I also liked their sort of older guardian, Gabril, whom have been with the siblings for the past nine years, ever since they had to run away from their home. He was very protective and kind and I did like him a lot. And the people like Kol. I adored his sister, Brig. Wanted more of her. Loved his friends Jyn and Trugg. So awesome.

But the main characters in this book is Lorelai and Kol. I don't even know how to describe these two characters. They are both incredible. Lorelai is the true Queen of Ravenspire. She is trying her best to get it back. She is also one of the only two people in this country with magic. And it is awesome. Her powers are amazing to read about. Gosh. She is so fierce and strong and perfect. I adored reading about her. I loved her gyrfalcon. I just loved all of her. Getting to know her was the very best. Sigh. Much love.

Then there was Kol. Swooons. He was such a perfect boy. I adored reading about him so much. He just lost his mother and father and older brother. Which now makes him the King of Eldr. And oh, how my heart broke for him. I cannot. He wasn't ready for this. But he is doing so good. And also, he is part dragon. So he can turn into a dragon. And gosh damn. It was perfection. So much fun. So exciting. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this boy. He is kind and protective and full of honor. Loved.

There is romance in this book. But it isn't all that much of it. It starts a bit badly, but it grows into something beautiful. Lorelai and Kol are perfect together. They are so cute. I loved their bickering. And their sharing. And how they ended up sharing their thoughts which each other. It was the very best to read about. I can't say much more about this romance. It was so good. Wish it had been a bit more, but it was perfect. And their friendship was just so adorable to read about. Ugh. I just loved them so much.

I don't know what else to say about this book. The plot is amazing. The magic is stunning. Irina is such an awful villain. And getting to know about her was so interesting and horrifying at the same time. This book was just all kinds of exciting and I couldn't get enough of it. It was so surprising too. Loved it so much. The ending is gorgeous. The Shadow Queen is one of the best books. It's exciting, heartbreaking and romantic. I couldn't get enough of it. Everyone will love this precious book. I promise. Go order it.

The Shadow Queen comes out in February. You all need to pre-order it before then. This is not a book that you want to miss out on. It is a perfect fairytale fantasy retelling. So different and unique and amazing. There wasn't a single moment that I did not love. And I cannot wait to read this book again and again. C. J. is amazing. I adore her :) And she writes great books. <3 Simply can't wait to read more by her :D Now I need to hunt down a print ARC of this book. Because I need it badly. Would do anything. Huge thank you to Balzer + Bray aka HarperTeen for my Edelweiss auto-approval. <3 Means the most.

Cover Reveal: The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

I am so excited for this book :D It's going to be amazing. I adore Cat Winters. Truly. I adore her so much. She's such a kind person. <3 And she writes aaamazing books. I have loved her first three; In the Shadow of Blackbirds + The Cure for Dreaming + The Uninvited :D I haven't gotten to read her story in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys yet, since my copies haven't arrived, but I imagine I'll love that one too :) I cannot wait to read more by Cat. She is awesome. Her stories are perfection. And oh my gosh, I think The Steep and Thorny Way sounds AMAZING :D It looks so gorgeous too. The cover is stunning. Ahh. I simply cannot wait to read this book. March 8th feels too far away. <3 Waiting for this book is going to be long. But it's going to be worth it too. Because I know I'll love it :) What do you think of the cover?

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.