Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mini Review: This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I'm so glad I read this short story. Because it was all kinds of awesome. I had some issues with These Broken Stars, so I wasn't sure I would enjoy this, but I did. I liked it a whole lot. Though it is only fifty pages. Hmph. Wishing it had been so much longer. But yeah. This was a four star read for me. <3

I won't say too much about this short story, because it is very short. But it is a Tarver story. Whom I did love reading about in These Broken Stars. I loved reading this story from him. It is all kinds of interesting and a little bit creepy too. I also really liked the writing, which I'm so happy about. So thrilled I liked this.

I think what I liked the most about this short story is the very short peeks where we get to read a little bit about Tarver and Lilac. As I would love to read more about them. Sigh. I will be reading an eARC of This Shattered World next, and I cannot wait to read it. <3 As it sounds all kinds of amazing and I'm hoping so much that I will love it. Anyway. This Night So Dark is an amazing short story. It is exciting and sad and just all kinds of awesome. I'm glad I read it. And I think you should all read it too, if you have already read These Broken Stars. And if you have yet to read that book, you really should get started :) I just found this short story to be all kinds of interesting. And I'm just crossing all my fingers that I will love This Shattered World too. <3 I think so. And I can't wait to get started on it. Have you read these books yet?


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #162

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

FAIREST BY MARISSA MEYER

Goodreads Description:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.


Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order here.

I'm sure you all know of my love for Marissa Meyer and her books. As I have been sharing about it with my Cress Tuesdays for more than a year now. <3 And just. Marissa is all kinds of amazing. I adore her. And her books are just so damn good. Especially Cinder and Kai, hiiih. <3 But I also loved reading about Levana. Which is why I'm super excited about Fairest. It sounds so so good. And it is more from this amazing world. And I just cannot wait to read this book. I'm sure it will be all kinds of awesome. Just wishing I didn't have to wait so long for Winter. Ack! But it will be worth it, I'm sure. So excited. <3
What are you waiting for on this veiled Wednesday?

Review: Shutter by Courtney Alameda

I adore this book cover. It is all kinds of creepy and the book sounds so good. Which is why I knew I had to read it. So when I won an ARC from Fierce Reads I had to read right away. Except that didn't happen. Because it has taken me many days to read this book. And I didn't love it. And oh. It just makes me so sad.

I'm not sure where to begin. So I'm beginning with my rating of this book. I'm giving it a two star. Though a lot of the time it was a one star for me. But at the same time, it wasn't that bad. But yeah. It wasn't very good either. I just had such huge issues with this book, and it makes me so sad, as I wanted to love it.

My issues with this book started right away. I did not like the way it was written. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I wasn't scared. I didn't care for the romance. I didn't understand the relationship between the girl and the three boys. Because it isn't shown. There isn't any feelings in this book. At least not for me. I couldn't bring myself to care for any of it. The girl has a bad past, but I didn't give a damn. I wanted to. But it was written in a way I do not like, which means I didn't care at all. And this book focus on descriptions. It doesn't focus on the characters at all. It doesn't focus on the current plot much either. Most of the book is of the girl describing things in her head. I didn't get it. Sigh. I just wanted it all to be so much better.

The book is told from the point of view of Micheline Helsing. I'm not sure if I liked her at all. Her personality was kind of.. different. Sometimes I liked her, but most of the time I just found her boring. And I just didn't care much about her at all. Sigh. Her relationship with her dad.. he was an idiot. And I hated how she handled it all. Sigh. She could have been so much better. But she wasn't. I sort of felt sorry for her, her past with her mom and her brothers. But it wasn't done well enough for me to feel.

Micheline is friends with three boys. Ryder, Jude and Oliver. I didn't get this friendship AT ALL. I didn't see any connection with any of them. We didn't get to read about their friendship. WHY they are friends. I didn't see them being friends either. And this is a big reason for why I did not like this book. The friendship could have been so amazing to read about. It wasn't. It was dull. Just so boring. And that just makes me so sad. And a little bit angry. Because I really wanted this book to be so much more.

I'm not even sure about the romance in this book. Ryder and Micheline. It is weird. Kind of cute. But all kinds of boring and I didn't love reading about it. Sigh. And I love romances in books. But this. I just had no feelings for any of them. And it bothered me so damn much. I'm just really upset that I did not like this book. Hmph. But I also didn't hate it, which is why it's a two star rating. I just wish and wish I had loved this book. I wish it had been better for me. But it wasn't. And I'm going to be honest about it.

The plot. I am not sure about it. There were too many descriptions of it all. I wasn't able to pay much attention. Which does not happen often. I wanted this book to scare me. To be all kinds of creepy yet awesome too. But it wasn't. Not for me. There are ghosts. And necros. And a whole bunch of other things. They are all the best at killing them, taking them down. All skilled with a gun. And it just. It felt a bit over-the-top for me. I'm not sure why. Sigh. I just couldn't seem to like it at all. Hmph. How mean.

Thing is, I think I would have liked the plot and the characters if they had been in the book more. If most of it hadn't been descriptions. If the characters had talked. If more things had happened. I think I would have loved it. But it wasn't like that. And yeah. I'm probably just saying the same thing over and over again, but I can't help it. I didn't like this book. Sorry. Though not really. There were a few things I liked, though. But not many. Some of the story I really enjoyed. I think I liked the ending. Well, maybe.

But there was just too much about this book that I didn't enjoy at all. Which is why I know I will not read this book again. Sigh. It just makes me sad. But it is the truth. I wanted this to be a book for me; but it wasn't. I'm just glad I'm finally done reading it, as it did take forever. I am thankful that I was able to read it early. And I am glad I read it. I just wish I had enjoyed it. But yeah. The way it was written ruined so much for me. I just need books that are written well. As in, well for me. And this was not.

Huge thank you to Fierce Reads, since I won their twitter giveaway for this ARC. <3 I will treasure it always. Because while I didn't love the inside, I adore the outside of this book. It is so damn stunning. Also huge thank you to Macmillan Kids on NetGalley, as I also got the eARC of this book from there. Anyway. I had issues with this book. But I still think some might really like it. And I do think you should all read Shutter. I think many will love it and find it to be creepy. It just wasn't a book for me. Sigh.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cress Tuesday #56

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 gasped and raised her hand again, just as he shot forward. One hand wrapped around her wrist, the other clamped around her neck, his movements so fast Cinder fell onto the floor. For a moment it was Thorne on top of her, blue eyes surprisingly calm as he pinned her to the ground. Then he morphed. His stare became cold and crystalline, his hair grew longer and lighter, and his clothes melded into the red and gray uniforms of the Lunar royal guard.

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This is early in the book. Well. Sort of. And it is kind of creepy too. 
Shudders. Cinder is all kinds of awesome, though. <3

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

In My Mailbox #159

This have been a very, very lazy week. I'm not sure why. I just haven't felt like doing anything. No reading. No blogging. No Instagramming. Well, almost. I just haven't had time for much. Probably because I spend a lot of time playing Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U with my sister. <3 Downloaded the new tracks, and they are kind of awesome. Maybe. Still. I do love this game a whole lot. This week I got another bunch of pre-order books. <3 But.. I am trying not to think about the fact that I probably only have room for about fifty more books :( And then there is no more. And my heart is breaking. I will try to sell some old books. But not sure I want to. Or if it will work. Sigh. So yeah, trying not to think about it. This week I posted another Cress Tuesday. <3 I'm waiting on The Cage. And I read Soulprint. <3 Which I adored. And that's it. Hmph. But I do want to read. I have so many gorgeous ARCs. So I'm trying my best to read Shutter today. <3 At least read more than half. We'll see how that goes. Anyway. I'm happy with the things I got. <3 And I hope I will feel better soon. Everything just hurts. And it sucks. And I just wish I could feel one moment with no pain at all. Sigh. What did you get this week? :)

All Our Yesterdays Swag Giveaway. <3 International. So pretty. Enter to win here.



Game of Thrones. I have book one, so had to get this one too. <3 It is just all kinds of gorgeous, hih.
Frozen. Yeah. I need to own all things Frozen. And this book is pretty awesome, so I had to buy it. <3
Divergent. The UK special edition. Uhm. It is all kinds of ugly.. HAH. But I still wanted to own it, hih.
The Bane Chronicles. This gorgeous book. <3 So much love. Soon I will read it. I hope. I shall. I must.
Clockwork Princess. Finally is this gorgeous book out in US paperback. <3 Which means I had to have it.
The Infernal Devices. And box set with all the US paperbacks :) You know I need to own them all, hah.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Finally got my UK paperbacks. <3 First they arrived without the books. Now here.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer. UK paperback edition. <3 Which is also all kinds of gorgeous. Just saying.
Mortal Gods. Aw :D Huge thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a finished copy of this perfect book. <3



The Bane Chronicles. Gorgeous US International paperback edition. <3 Doesn't Magnus look awesome?
Mortal Heart. The UK paperback edition :D My collection is now complete. Will soon share picture.
Frozen. Heh. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to use these hairstyles (A) But wanted this book even so. So pretty. And tin box below with gorgeous cards inside :D And awesome figures too. Hih. So much love.
Dragons. Two more dragons for me. <3 I did not own these yet. Still not owning them all, but soooon :D


More Instagram photos here. <3