Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #163

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

PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES 
BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER & JACKSON PEARCE

Goodreads Description:

From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes an exciting new series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations.

Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.


Hardcover, 176 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Pre-Order here.

Eeek! New Maggie book. <3 And middle grade too. And ack. It sounds all kinds of awesome. The cover is so pretty. And I just cannot wait to read this book. Crossing all my fingers that it will be amazing, which it sounds like :D Can't wait to read it. As I adore Maggie. She is awesome. And her books? Sigh. Her books are perfection. Which is why I know this one will be too. So so excited to read it in April. <3
What are you waiting for on this magical Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cress Tuesday #57

Already more than one year of Cress Teasers. <3 Ack! Which is so so exciting. I'm still not sure how long I will be posting these teasers, but I do not want to stop doing so, so I shall not, at least not for now. <3 As so many of you still haven't read Cress. Hmph. And I'm hoping my sharing of the teasers make you more excited about reading this stunning book :) And, well, I love sharing the teasers. <3 So much. You must all read Cress. Right away. But yeah. 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. Also, Marissa is all kinds of amazing too. I adore her. I hope you are all enjoying these small and mostly non-spoilery teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3 Have you read it yet?


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She threw her hands in the air. "And you can't think of a single reason why I would want to be at that wedding?" "One more fling with your toy before he becomes Levana's property? You were swooning over him an awful lot at the--" Cinder punched him. Jacin stumbled against the wall, already chuckling as his hand came up to his cheekbone. "Did I hit a nerve, or was it a wire that time? You have plenty of both, right?" "He's not a toy, and he's not her property," she said. "Insult either of us again and next time I'll hit you with the metal fist." "You tell him, Cinder!" Iko cheered. Jacin lowered his hand, revealing a red mark. "Why do you care? This wedding isn't your problem."

~


Aw. Jacin not understanding the truth about Cinder. 

Hmph. I had forgotten that he was kind of an asshole. 
Also. Hoping reading this teaser wasn't too difficult :)

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

I am so pleased that I read this book. Because I loved every moment of it. Sigh. The Map to Everywhere is just all kinds of perfect. Heartbreaking. Yet also fun. And full of gorgeously written friendship. Look at that gorgeous cover. It is the most beautiful. And art inside! Dies. It couldn't be more perfect.

I'm not sure how to manage to share all my love for this book. There is so much of it. First, the writing is stunning. So much love. And the characters are all just so awesome and written so well. And the story is so exciting and fun and heartbreaking and I loved it all so much. This book is just all kinds of amazing.

There is so much I loved about this book. It is just so stunning. There are things happening at all times. There are pirates. A ship. A wizard. Talking trees. Freezing cold. Dangerous water. There is so much. And it is all so so exciting and interesting and I couldn't get enough of it all. This book is kind of long, yet at the same time it wasn't nearly long enough. I need and want so much more. So much more of Fin and Marrill. And I hope there will be. Fingers crossed. There is also a map in this book. And it is so interesting to read about. And there is a bad guy too, the Oracle. Who cries all the time. It was kind of freaky. I loved it. There is also a cat. Karnelius. Whom you can see on the cover. I found him to be all kinds of adorable. So cute.

The Map to Everywhere is told from the point of view of Fin. And Marrill. Whom are both twelve, I think. And oh my gosh. They are both all kinds of adorable and I couldn't love them any more. I won't say too much about them, just that Marrill gets sort of trapped on a ship, far away from her sick mom, with no way of getting back to her. As there are many different worlds in this book. And oh. I adored reading about Marrill. How she fights to get home. How kind and brave she is. Just how awesome she is.

Then there is Fin. And my heart cannot take it. It is full of love for him. And full of heartbreak, because his story might be the saddest I have ever read in a book. Sobs. And also the best, I think. Sigh. I just need someone to love my Fin. You see. His whole life, no one has remembered him. He talks to anyone, then turns away, and they have forgotten about him. Every single person. Heartbreak. So Fin is now a thief. And he is all alone. And my heart cannot take it. It's so sad. Yet it is also all kinds of perfect too.

How many times had it been made clear to Fin that he was alone in this world? 
That no one else could help him, care for him, be there for him?

Which is where Marrill comes in. Because she sees Fin. And she remembers him. And my gosh. It is so cute. And so sad. Because Fin. He is so broken, in a way, despite being just a kid. It all just made me so sad. Yet so happy too, to see the growing friendship between Fin and Marrill. I just hope there will be more. I am not done reading about them being together. Not at all. And I am just so excited for more about this world. I want to read more about all of the amazing characters. Even the creepy trees.

I am not going to say much more about this book. Just that it is an fantastic middle grade book. It is full of adventure and heartbreak and all kinds of fun. The Map to Everywhere is a unique book. It will always have a special place in my heart. As will Fin and Marrill. Just hoping to read more of them. I just love how much I loved this book. And I know it is a book I cannot wait to re-read. And a book I need you all to read too. Because it truly is spectacular. And I think everyone will love it to pieces, like I have done. <3

There was one thing I disliked. One tiny small part about the ending. Hmph. I mean, the ending is all kinds of awesome. The happiest it can be. Probably. But. Book two. If Fin and Marrill aren't together in it I will be all kinds of heartbroken. Not sure I can handle that. So I just. I need them to be together again. Pretty please. I hope and think so, since this is a series, but I do not know, and it makes my heart hurt a little bit. But either way I think I will be all kinds of pleased with book two. I just cannot wait to read it.

The pirate dropped his dagger, pushing Marrill over to Fin. Her shoulder bumped against his, 
and he felt something strange tugging at his hand. It took him a moment to realize that Marrill 
had laced her fingers through his. She was holding his hand! No one had ever done that before.

Huge thank you to Hermione & Nina at the UK publisher, Orion Children's Books, for sending me the hardcover to read and review. <3 I'm so happy I picked it up right away. It looks all kinds of stunning. I also have the US hardcover. And I will be getting all the upcoming copies too. Because, sigh. This book is gorgeous. And so good. And I need to own everything about it. Just now dying for book two, and hoping for news about it very shortly. I need you all to read this book. It's amazing. Go buy it right away. <3


Saturday, November 22, 2014

In My Mailbox #160

This week have been better. Well, my body is dead at all times, but I know it will always be so. Hmph. But I have read a little bit. And I'm feeling better, sort of. This week I actually didn't get much at all. I got a whole bunch of movies, which I'm sharing, but not many books at all. Might be because I have so little space left, and I only pre-order books :p Sigh. One day I will win the lottery. I hope :D Anyway. I am happy with what I got this week. <3 And what I read this week. Though I wish I would blog more. I want to do a new weekly blog thing. But I'm not sure what. Any suggestions? This week I posted another Cress Tuesday. <3 I'm waiting on Fairest. So excited. I read Shutter, which I didn't like much. Sigh. Then I read the short story This Night So Dark, which I enjoyed a lot. And then I read This Shattered World, which I loved. <3 Ohh. Also. I didn't get any pre-orders this week. Sigh. But maybe next week. <3 Also. It is now winter here with me, which means dark almost all the time, so my pictures will not be light anymore. Hmph. But they don't look too awful. I hope :) Ohh! I also saw Interstellar this week. Which I really enjoyed. Though it broke my heart a little. And the wave planet! So awesome. But all those years. Sad face. But so good. Also got The Hobbit tickets for December 10th. <3 What did you get this week? <3



The Map to Everywhere. Eeeek! Huge thank you to Hermione & Nina at Orion publishing in the UK for this gorgeous hardcover for review. <3 I think I'm reading this one next. I can't wait. Sounds awesome :)
Ribbon. Gorgeous Pushing the Limits ribbon and bookmark that I got from Katie. <3 Thank you so much.


Movies. Most of these were on sale. <3 And I have to have all the Disney classics on blu-ray. I just have to, hih. Love so many of these. <3 Haven't seen all of them yet. :) I won Solan og Ludvig + Børning + The Fault in Our Stars from Platekompaniet here in Norway :D I won 8 movies, some aren't out yet, coming soon. So so excited, hih. I think I need to re-watch Noah very soon. I loved that one.



Illusionarium. Crimson Bound. These covers are so stunning that I needed to have the image be big, hih. I downloaded these two from Edelweiss, as I am still auto-approved for HarperTeen there, dies. <3 SO excited about Illusionarium. It sounds amazing. And I adore the author. I'm also so excited about Crimson Bound. But.. I peeked at the ending last night. And I saw something that made me so angry and upset and ugh. I am not reading this for a long time, I think. Sigh. If you want to know, you could ask me on twitter about it, hiih. It just made me so upset. Sniffs. But anyway. So excited about these :D


More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Reading this book was so much fun. And I'm so glad I was able to read it now. Because I loved it to pieces. Sigh. It was just all kinds of awesome. I was worried I wouldn't like it, as I had some issues with These Broken Stars, but I didn't have to worry. Because This Shattered World was all kinds of perfect for me.

Okay, I say reading it was fun. That might be a lie. Because reading this book was all kinds of heartbreaking. Yet there is so much to love in it too. And there is some fun scenes as well; scenes between Jubilee and Flynn. But for the most part this book is full of feelings. And I loved that. I loved that so much.

There is so much I could say about this book. So much about it that I loved. First I will say that I loved the writing, which might confuse me a little, as I seem to remember not liking it in book one. Hmph. But maybe I would enjoy book one more now, if I re-read it. Which I am going to do, one day. Fingers crossed. <3 Anyway. The writing in this book is stunning. And I loved that it is told from the point of view of Jubilee and Flynn. As they both are amazing characters. And I just adored reading about them both. Sigh. I loved how their relationship starts. There is kidnapping. And other hurtful things. Lots of pain. But then it turns into something more. And I loved reading about it so much. Because I found it to be very real. Well, at least to me. And it was just all kinds of fun. And they are just so sweet together. I'm so happy that I loved them both.

I really liked the plot in this book. Reading about the planet, Avon, was all kinds of amazing. It was different. And it seemed so awful. Just, swamps. Ugh. And fog. And no stars. And just so so interesting to read about. Then there are the rebels. And the soldiers. And all the differences. And I cannot even begin to explain it all. Just want to mention a few small things. How exciting all of it is. How much I loved getting to know everything. And how I wish there was so much more for me to read. I need more.

One thing I didn't fully get was the whispers thing. It were in book one. And in this one too. and while I understood it, for the most part, I just didn't fully get the point of it. But it was interesting to read about too. Just also a little bit sad. Sniffs. There is just so much about this story that I adored. I loved how everyone fit into it. I liked reading about Molly. He was awesome. And I found Sean to be an interesting character too. Well, probably. I only wanted to read about the J&F, but I liked them all.

There is so much I could say about Flynn. Sigh. He was just so amazing to read about. And I loved him the most, I think. Wishing I had gotten to know even more about him, though. But I loved what I do know of him. How strong he is, how brave, how gentle, how kind. He is also very smart. And I just adored him to pieces. And Jubilee too. I loved reading about her past. And how strong she is too. And how she doesn't dream. And just everything about her. She was a fierce character and I loved her so.

I'm not going to say all that much about This Shattered World. Just that it is different. Yet all kinds of awesome. And I enjoyed reading it so much. There are a whole bunch of sad and heartbreaking moments. Yet some really sweet ones too. There is a little bit of romance. Wishing there had been more, because there could have been, hmph. And oh. There are a lot of deaths in this book as well. And some I really wish hadn't happened. So mean. Yet I couldn't help but love everything that happened. <3

There is a bit of Tarver and Lilac in this book too. Not much, sobs, but also just enough, as I did fall in love with Jubilee and Flynn. But yeah. There is some Tarver in this book. And he is just all kinds of awesome. Sigh. I really hope there will be a little bit more of all the characters in book three. I would love to read more about them all. As I adore all of them and I don't think their stories are done. Okay, fine, I just want more of them all. Though this book is amazing. I just always want more of everything.

Huge thank you to Cassie at Disney-Hyperion for letting me be able to read and review This Shattered World via NetGalley. <3 I'm so glad I read this book right now. Because it was all kinds of awesome. And I cannot wait to get my pre-ordered hardcover of it. This Shattered World was an excellent book. It is full of heartbreak and pain. Yet also some hope and romance. It is one of the best books. And I'm so glad I was able to read it. I think you should all read this book. Because it is perfect. And I loved it so much.