Friday, August 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Thickety: The Whispering Trees by J. A. White

SO excited about this cover reveal. And about this book. As I LOVED the first The Thickety book. It was such a fun and sad middle grade fantasy book. So good. And I just need this sequel. I need it right now. Because the ending of book one? Pretty cruel. I need to know what happens next to Kara and her brother. <3 And I need Lucas to come back to Kara. As I kind of really want that whole romance thing between them, hiih. And I just adored their friendship. So I'm hoping for more of Lucas and Kara. <3 But yess. Mostly excited about the amazing world J. A. White created. So fun. And a bit awful. And I cannot wait to read more about it. And more about the Thickety too. Such a creepy forest. I cannot wait for this book :D And this cover! Ack. It is stunning. I love it so much. So gorgeous. Now I'm just waiting for March 10th :D Or crossing my fingers that I might get an ARC. <3 What do you think of the cover?


The second book in J. A. White’s critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy series continues the fantastical story of Kara and her journey into the Thickety.

After Kara Westfall’s village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won’t be followed: the Thickety. Only this time the Forest Demon, Sordyr, is intent on keeping them there. Sordyr is not the Thickety’s only danger: unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path. And then Kara and Taff discover Mary Kettle, an infamous witch with an unspeakable past—she is everything their village fears about magic.

When Mary shows them the path leading out of the Thickety guarded by Imogen, a creature more monster than human, Kara is hesitant to trust her. But then she offers to help Kara learn to cast magic without a grimoire…and this could be Kara and Taff's only chance to escape.

Or the first step down a dark and wicked path.




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

I knew when I first read about this book that I would most likely love it. And then I was able to read it early. Took me some weeks to be brave enough to start it, but today I really wanted to. So I did. And I was not able to stop reading. A few small things bothered me, but for the most part I loved this book.

I probably won't be able to get my thoughts quite together for this review. As I'm not sure what I should share and what I should not share. I just want to talk about that ending. I want to talk about those deaths. I want to talk about all that horror. And the few gorgeous relationships that ended way too soon. Ack.

First I want to say that I really loved the writing in this book. I found it to be stunning. And I really loved reading about Madeline. I found her to be an amazing character. And I loved that the book is from her point of view. She's a bit crazy. Yet so adorable. I wish we had known even more about her. Well, that there had been more to know. Yet I still managed to love her. At first I thought I wouldn't like how this book was written. With a lot of it told from the past. When Madeline was Ten. Thirteen. Fifteen. A lot of different ages. And I loved reading all of them. The chapters are really short. Yet also really amazing. Most of the book is when she is Seventeen and Eighteen. And oh. I loved those the most. But I did love all the chapters.

Madeline has a twin brother. Roderick. At first I thought he was younger than her. But then he was her twin. And I loved that part even more. They were so close as children. But then he got sent away to school at age ten. And it broke my heart. Because he is so distant. He isn't there for Madeline. And it hurt. I wanted him to care more. But thing is, I do not doubt that he loves her more than anything. Yet he still left her alone in that house. Which bothered me. Sigh. Still. I did love her brother a whole lot.

Madeline Usher's family is cursed. The house they live in is cursed. They can never truly leave. And ohh. This book is creepy! So damn creepy. And awful. And just perfect at the same time. I really loved it. A lot of the book focus on the curse. On this house. And I loved that. I loved learning more about it. Though it was creepy. I felt like I could have known more about the curse, but at the same time I think I know how it started. The dream she had about the first Usher. Shudders. So awful. So very perfect.

There are a lot of relationships in this book. And some confused me. Some I hated. A few I wanted more about. First Madeline and Roderick. I wanted them to be closer near the end. That broke my heart. Yet I loved reading about their relationship. So real and honest. I adored them. We see a little bit of a girl named Emily. Not enough. Sobs. But enough for me to love her a little. She was pretty amazing. And the dog. Cassandra. Oh. So big and loyal and loving. I really loved reading about this dog. So protective.

Then there are the doctors in this house. As there are many of them living there. They keep checking Madeline. Seeing her naked all the time, I think. That grossed me out. Especially when a new doctor arrived. Dr. Winston. He was very young. And handsome. And Madeline kind of liked him a little. And it was not okay with me. I didn't like him. And he just got more and more creepy. To me, that is, lol. Yet he needed to be a part of the story. I think. Probably. He was interesting to read about at least. Kind of.

We learn a little bit about Roderick at school. His best friend, Noah. Whom we get to meet a couple of times. And near the ending. Swoon. I ended up loving him a whole lot. But oh. I felt like I didn't get to know him nearly enough. Not enough at all. I want a sequel with him. <3 Fingers crossed. Anyway. I'm not sure what to say about romance in this book. A little bit? It didn't bother me that much. Because I loved the book so much. I loved Madeline so much. Mostly I just loved all of it very much, lol. So good.

I don't want to say much more about this book. I don't want to give away the plot. Though not all that much happens. There are a lot of small things. A lot of creepy things. Awful things. Horrible things. And they were all amazing to read about. This book scared me a little. And I loved every moment. I'm just so glad that I read it. I just never wanted it to end. Okay. That ending. I did love it. But I also felt it was a bit sudden. I want a bit more. So I'm still hoping for a sequel. <3 Would really, really love to read one.

Huge thank you to Greenwillow Books / HarperTeen for the auto approval on Edelweiss that made me able to read and review The Fall early. <3 I'm so glad that I did. Because I loved it. And I cannot wait to own it as well. I found The Fall to be a beautiful book. Full of mystery, horror and a few sweet moments. It was a truly stunning novel. And I cannot wait to read even more by Bethany. <3 She is amazing. Anyway. You all need to read this book. It comes out in October. So go pre-order it right away. <3

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #146

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

GATES OF THREAD AND STONE BY LORI M. LEE

Goodreads Description:

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.


Hardcover ? pages
Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Skyscape
Pre-Order here.

I'm excited about this book. And it is out next week :D So soon I will get to read it. <3 And I cannot wait. I learned about this book because I saw many people reading it and loving it. And many people wanting it. So I wanted it too, lol. Then I saw that gorgeous cover. And swoon. It is stunning! I can't wait to own this book. And I can't wait to read it. Really hoping it will be good :) Keeping my fingers crossed.
What are you waiting for on this sparkly wednesday?    

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

I'm not sure how to put my thoughts into words about this book. Most of the time I loved it. Most of the time it broke my heart. A lot of the time it made me smile. But I had a few small issues in the beginning. But then it got better for me. And so good too. But then that ending happened. And my heart will not heal.

Yet I also loved it so much. I'm rating it with a four star. Though most of the time it was a five star read for me. Especially the last half of the book. Because oh. This book was really good. So dark. So creepy. So heartbreaking. Yet also sweet and the same time. I'm really glad I got to read Monstrous early. I loved it.

The reason for why I'm giving this book a four star is because I had a few small issues in the beginning of the book. I didn't like the writing. Okay, I just didn't like the way Kymera was thinking. But then it was also done well, as she was just made. Just woke up. And she wouldn't have been able to think the best way. But it bothered me a little bit. But then later on I got used to the writing, and it did not bother me at all. <3 And I didn't mind that much, as I adored Kymera. She was a bit innocent and a bit dumb at first. But she was also so sweet and honest and kind. I just loved her all the time. One thing that bothers me a little bit. I don't know how old she is. The cover makes me think middle grade. But the writing makes me think young adult. And I'm kind of guessing she's above fifteen. But I don't know. And it don't matter. I loved her.

I'm just not sure what I should include in my review. I want to talk about it all. Yet I don't want to spoil this book or give away the surprises. Because there are a lot of things happening in this book. So much. So many awful things. There are a lot of death in Monstrous. And I loved every moment. But it's awful. And heartbreaking. Yet so real. And I'm glad the author wrote it this way. As I do love a great awful and heartbreaking book, lol. And it was so good as well. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was perfect.

It is told from the point of view of Kymera. And like I said, I really loved her. She was amazing to read about. The thing about her it that she was made by her father. She was made with a tail and wings and claws. And I loved every part of her. It was so interesting to read about. Yet also a bit creepy. Especially when reading about her father. About how he made her. And slowly learning more about him as well. Ack. But I did love that he created Kymera. She was special. And I adored her so much. She's awesome.

I will not say that much about the plot in this book. There is a wizard. He is making girls sick and later he kills them. It is awful. And so heartbreaking. Yet done so well and I kind of loved reading about it. A lot of the book focus on Kymera going out to rescue the girls. It is a very interesting plot line. And I loved reading about all the surprises and mysteries. Some things I saw coming. Yet they still surprised me. And I loved reading about it all. Though yes. There are so many sad parts in this book. Sniffs.

While Kymera is rescuing the girls she meets a boy. Though her father has forbidden her to talk to anyone; forbidden her to let anyone see her. But she talks to Ren. She gets to know him. And I loved reading about them together. Sniffs. I do think there could have been a great romance if this book had been longer. And I wanted it so much. But I also loved reading their friendship. And the betrayals. I didn't like this one betrayal from Ren. Yet I also fully understood it. Still, it did hurt my heart a little bit.

There is just so much in this book. Talk of dragons. Sea creatures. I loved reading about that place over the mountains. I would have loved to read more about that too. And the creature in the sea. Shudders. So awful. So fascinating. I want more of that one, lol. There are many characters in this book too. Some I liked. Some I hated. They were all interesting to read about. But sigh. I do wish more people had loved Kymera. Despite her looking like a monster. I wanted them to love her. To be friends with her. Sniffs.

I won't say much more about Monstrous. Just that I really loved it. And I'm glad that I read it. Despite all the heartache it has given me, hih. This book also made me happy. And scared. And worried. I loved it. And I could not stop reading it. I didn't want to stop. And I want to share all the spoilers. To talk about all of it. But I will not :D Just saying how good it was. <3 And surprising. The ending is still surprising me. So sad. So good. I'm just really glad that I read Monstrous. Because I did adore it a whole lot.

I'm not sure I can deal with the ending for this book. My heart is breaking. SOBS. Yet it was also a fitting ending. It was right with the story. And I do think the book needed to end that way. But I didn't want it to, lol. I wanted a little bit more. As in, a little bit of romance as well, hiih. But I'll forgive it. Someday. When the pain isn't killing me a little. I also need to get better at peeking when I peek at book endings. I didn't see this coming. I should have. It broke me. But I also loved it. Which is a bit weird for me.

Monstrous doesn't come out until February next year. But I just could not wait to read it when I saw it on Edelweiss. I needed it right away. And I'm so glad that I did. Because Monstrous was a stunning book. Full of heartbreak and discovery and sweetness. It broke my heart into a million pieces. And I loved every moment of it. So yes. I really need you all to pre-order this book. Or buy it when it comes out. And then you all need to read it. Because it truly was a stunning book. And I think you'll all love it. Truly.

Huge thank you to HarperCollins Children's Books via Edelweiss for letting me read and review Monstrous early. <3 I'm so glad I had the chance to. And I just cannot wait to own it in hardcover. It will be such a stunning book. I mean, really, just look at that cover. Sigh. It is gorgeous. I love Kymera. And her tail. And oh. She's just so pretty. Yes. I cannot wait to finally own this book. I needs it. I will also re-read it someday, when my heart has healed from that ending, lol. When I forgive it as well :D Hopefully soon.

Cress Tuesday #40

I love sharing these Cress Tuesday teasers with you all each week. Because it makes me remember my love for this book. And my love is huge. Sigh. Cress is just such a perfect book. Now I'm just waiting for Winter to come out. And it kills me a little that it isn't out until November 2015. The wait will be long. But also worth it. Going to continue with these teasers for ages, most likely, lol. As I love doing them. Hope you do too. It makes me even more excited to be re-reading the three books in the near future. Hopefully I'll have the time for that soon, as I need to re-read more about Cinder and Kai, hih. <3 Anyway. If you haven't yet had the chance to read Cress, I'm hoping these teasers will convince you to do that :) If you have read it, I hope these teasers reminds you about how amazing this book was. Sigh. See previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3 Hope you are enjoying these (mostly) non-spoilery teasers :)


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As far as the people of Luna and Earth knew, Selene had died thirteen years ago.
Levana was going to make sure it stayed that way.
She was the rightful queen of Luna. Of Earth. Of the entire galaxy.
No one would take that from her. 
 

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Ack. I love reading about Levana. I cannot wait to know even more about her in Fairest :D

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