Saturday, October 10, 2015

Review: A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt

I really wanted to love this book. But it was impossible for me to do so. I had so many issues with it. And that just breaks my heart. Because I do adore this author, though I has been years since I read her first book, Storybound. I enjoyed that one. But this one was not for me at all. Sigh. But it do look so gorgeous.

I'm not sure how I will talk about this book. My mind feels empty. But I will try to talk a bit about the plot and characters. I'm giving this one two stars. I didn't like it much at all. But I also didn't hate it, so two stars it is. Because I did think it could have been amazing, as I liked a few small things a little. But most was bad.

My first issue with this book was the writing. I didn't like it at all. Felt like it wasn't done well. And so I ended up feeling nothing for the main girl, Wren. Whom is eleven years old. And super smart, and doesn't go to school. I just. I didn't think she felt very real. And the way she thought wasn't very good either, all the words that were used, yeah. I didn't think it was written well. It could have been lots better. But that might just be my opinion. I had issues with it. Shrugs. But I did like Wren. A little bit. She seemed sweet. Yet I did not get to know her much at all. Don't know what she likes to do or anything. Most of the book is just thinking about things that are happening, have happened. Not much talking with other people. Which bothered me a little.

I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this book. I usually love middle grade books. And this one looks so pretty. But yeah. I didn't fall for the writing. I didn't connect with the main character. I didn't believe in her friendships at all, because it is never written a scene with them having fun and doing things together, like it is written that they have done, but we did not get to read it. And that bothered me. I didn't believe in the friendships between Wren and Simon and Jack at all. Those could have been awesome.

And then there was the plot. I thought the whole falcon thing could have been interesting. But it isn't focused on much at all, and it wasn't written well. Sniffs. Then there is the magic. The whole point of the book. Oh, except they don't call it magic. It is stardust. And you play it and you sing rhymes to use it. It was, well, silly. I didn't believe in it at all. And that just breaks my heart. I wish it had been done better. But it wasn't. The whole magic thing was boring and not written well at all. Sadly, did not like it.

Something in the beginning bothered me. When Wren learned about stardust, how this Mary woman told her, and then told her parents she was going to spend a whole month with her training falcons. How her parents just let her go that same day, when they didn't know this woman at all. And Wren didn't know her either. And how Wren was just dying to go with her, how she didn't mind leaving her parents for weeks, and just. Ugh. I didn't find it believable at all. Just silly and a bit annoying. Hard to read this book.

I just thought that so much of this book was silly. I do think others might enjoy it, but it was far from other great middle grade books I have read. Which is, yeah, depressing. I wanted to love this one. But it was impossible. The writing was bad. The characters were boring and without any kind of story. The plot wasn't well done. That whole house thing they spent weeks in was so boring to read about. I didn't like it at all. Felt like so many books mixed together, and not in a good way. It could have been good, though.

One thing that I did like was the falcons, as I said. They were a bit exciting. But still not perfect. I did like how Wren had these dreams. But it was obvious in the first one that she was seeing real people while she was sleeping. I mean, they called her a dreamer. Ugh. She never got it. She never told anyone, even after weeks, even after a man told her he now owned her. What the. Yeah. I guess I didn't like Wren much at all. But point is. I could have liked those dream things a lot. If Wren hadn't been so silly.

Wait. I had to edit this in after I published my review. I forgot to mention a few things. I knew the twist that would happen with one of the characters very early on, so that was a bit disappointing too. And I also never liked that character. But I feel like that person will be forgiven in the sequel, ugh, because of sad past. Seriously. So annoying. I also didn't talk about all the rhymes in this book. I. Well. I didn't like them at all. They were all so silly. And so silly to use those to magic, lol. It might just be me, though :)

And that is all I'm going to say about this book. I don't have anything else that I wish to say about it. I wish it has been better. But it wasn't. And I had such a hard time reading this book. I wanted to just stop so many times. But it was a print ARC for review, and I could not do so. So I pushed through. Sort of glad I read it, but could have done without it. Ending was a bit good, curious about next book, but I won't read it. Sadly. Huge thank you to HarperCollins International for this precious print ARC copy. <3

In My Mailbox #206

This week wasn't all that good. I didn't read anything at all. I can blame Six of Crows being so amazing, lol, that I didn't want to read anything, but that wasn't the case. Though it was that amazing :D But I didn't have time to read anything. I have spent all week with sister and nephew, playing Wii U games. Especially Jurassic World Lego. Ahh. I do like it. But I didn't feel like playing it just yet, lol, but nephew forced me to :p So yeah. Haven't had any time for reading. But last night I starter A Sliver of Stardust. Which I will finish today. But not loving it, so that sucks. Ugh. I will be reading lots more this upcoming week for sure. So many amazing books that I wish to read. <3 Anyway. I have spent way too much money lately. Buying so many things. Ack. But I just love it so much, lol. Tomorrow my blog turns four years old. I will be holding a big international giveaway. It will cost me tons to ship, but I'm still doing it :) Few blog posts this week. But another two teaser Cress Tuesday. <3 I'm waiting on The Forbidden Wish :D And I shared the cover for Some Kind of Happiness. <3 It is just the prettiest. What did you get this week?

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Well. I wanted refund, got new copies. Amazon is the best. So pretty :)
The Anatomy of Curiosity. I adore Maggie. So I had to buy this one. Haven't read the first one, though :)
Twilight: Life and Death. The 10th anniversary edition. It do look pretty awesome :D Curious about it.
Allegiant. I had to buy this collector edition. <3 It is just all kinds of gorgeous. Love all the bonus stuff.
The Unwanteds: Island of Graves. I must read the rest of these books :D This is number 6. <3 Pretty.
The School for Good and Evil. Two book paperback boxset. <3 I just. Couldn't help myself. It is so pretty.
Magnus Chase. I will read this one soon. I will. It is so pretty. And I aadored the Percy Jackson books. <3
Ungodly. Eeek :D Thank you so much Alexis at Tor Teen. <3 You are the sweetest. I LOVED this book.
The New Hunger. I liked Warm Bodies a whole lot years ago. So I had to get this one too, hih. Pretty.
The Golden Compass. 20th anniversary edition. Ahhh! LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS. Perfection. Love.
Kendare Blake Swag. Ahhh. This is perfect. Thank you so much Kendare. <3 Sniffs. It is SO PRETTY :D

Inside Out. New gorgeous book from this awesome movie. <3 Isn't it just so precious looking? Love it.
Disney Short Films Collection. Finally bought this from Amazon :D I do love a lot of these short movies.
Snowpiercer + Tremors 5. I was curious about these. So I had to buy them :D Rewatching Tremors soon.
How To Train Your Dragon. Toothless. <3 New cutie :D A bit expensive now, ugh, but I just needed him.
Ariel + Charlie Pop's. Two new gorgeous figures :D I adore them. They are just way too cute. Ack. <3
The Blacklist. First CD from Amazon arrived broken. So they sent a new one :D I am very pleased.
A Darker Shade of Magic + Percy Jackson Bookmarks. These are GORGEOUS. And I had to buy them via Etsy. Buuuut. I ordered THREE sets of the first four. I only got one. Just, ugh. One is for giveaway..

Pillows. Look at these precious from Society 6 :D Supernatural and Spirited Away. <3 I just adore them.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cover Reveal: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

I adore Claire Legrand the most. Her books are aaamazing. And this new middle grade of hers sounds so good :D I simply cannot wait to read it. <3 I love her books so much. And I think that Some Kind of Happiness is going to be perfection. It sounds a bit heartbreaking. But also lots of fun and sweet. I think it's going to be so good. And I'm so excited to read it. May 17th better arrive fast, lol. Crossing all my fingers for an ARC of this one, though. I need it badly. <3 I can't wait to get to meet Finley. She sounds amazing. Ahh. I'm so excited for this book. The Pinterest board for it is so gorgeous :D I just think this book will be amazing. I'm so excited about it. And you all should be too. Isn't the cover just gorgeous?


• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real--and holds more mysteries than she'd ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination, for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #208

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


Goodreads Description:

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here and here

I adore Jessica. She's amazing. And I think this new book of hers sounds aamazing :D I simply cannot wait to read The Forbidden Wish. <3 It looks awesome. And the summary is just all kinds of perfect. I think this book will be amazing. I'm hoping and thinking that the romance will be very awesome too :D
What are you waiting for on this wishful Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cress Tuesday #102

I adore sharing these teasers from Cress. But I'm going to stop doing them once Winter comes out this November. Which will be a bit depressing, since I have done this for ages. Aw. But it is time to stop, I think :) But I have loved it so much. <3 As you know, I adore Marissa Meyer. She is all kinds of amazing. She's so kind and sweet. And she writes such perfect books. I have loved all her books and short stories so far. I'm dying to read Winter. <3 See the very gorgeous cover reveal for it here. I'm also dying to read her upcoming book, Heartless, which will be out next November. Oh. I cannot wait. <3 But it has been pushed back. And waiting for it is just going to kill me. Sniffs. I want it now. Also don't forget about the short stories book, Stars Above, coming out. <3 I haven't been brave enough to re-read Cinder, Scarlet & Cress just yet, but I shall be doing right before Winter comes out. As I love these books oh so much. They are the bestest. I hope you have all read these books by now. And if not, you really should. I hope you are all enjoying these awesome teasers from Cress :) See all the previous Cress Tuesdays here. <3


She took in a deep breath as she disembarked. Though autumn would be sweeping in fast over the next few weeks, New Beijing was still in summer's grip, and the day was starting off cloudless and warm. The temperature was just a click above comfortable, but not stifling with humidity as it had been the last time Cinder was in the city.


 Cress hummed to herself as she rubbed a towel through her hair, amazed at how the weight of it no longer pulled on her. She emerged from the washroom rejuvenated--her skin was bright pink from scrubbing and she'd managed to get almost all the dirt out from beneath her fingernails. The bottoms of her feet and the insides of her legs were still sore, but all those complaints were petty compared to the sensation of unexpected luxury. A soft towel. Short, clean hair. More water than she could drink in a year. Or at least, her long bath had made it seem endless.


Loved small moments like these two different ones. Love.

Huge thank you to Marissa Meyer and Macmillan Kids for letting me share these gorgeous Cress Tuesday teasers with you all. <3 They are the bestest. Thank you so much. I hope you are all loving the teasers :D I know that I am loving finding them and sharing them with you all. If you haven’t yet read Cress, I hope these teasers are making you more excited about it. <3 I’m sharing all these teasers from my stunning hardcover of Cress. Well, from one of my copies. I might be owning a whole bunch of them :D