Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

This was a book that I had to read when I saw that gorgeous cover and read the very exciting summary. And I am pleased to say that this book was pretty great. I didn't fully love it, but it was exciting and I enjoyed it a whole bunch. I am giving it three stars, though, because I know it's also a book that I am going to forget.

Which was a bit depressing. But it was still an exciting read, and I did enjoy it from start to finish. There was not anything about it that I hated. But there sadly was not anything about it that I loved either. I found the writing to be pretty great, which was good. The book was set far back in time, western time, which I enjoyed lots.

There is a lot to talk about when it comes to this book. Going to try my best to explain it all. It's a kind of long book, five hundred pages, but not full of words, so it did not take that long to read it. But I also felt that it could have done with a few hundred pages less, because I was bored so many times. Yes, there was some exciting moments that I enjoyed a lot, but it was also incredibly slow and not much happened at all. I felt like it could have been better. I have seen someone say it was a better version of Walk on Earth a Stranger, and haha. I do not agree with that. Because I loved that book so much, and this one I did not love at all. Devils Unto Dust was similar, except with some type of zombie. But it wasn't the same. This one was much more boring.

This book is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Willie. I enjoyed reading about this girl a whole lot. I sadly did not love her, as I did not get to know her well enough at all. But she was exciting to read about, and I did enjoy that. She lives alone with her three younger siblings, their mom dead and their dad a drunk. They are very poor. And living in the desert. I liked reading about her family, though. They were pretty sweet. But there was also too much focus on that in the beginning, for so long. Grew boring.

The plot in this book is about the desert not being a safe place. About ten years ago many people started getting sick, then they started attacking others. Sort of like zombies. I feel a little disappointed about this, because while I did like reading about these creatures a lot, there was too little about them. Way too little back story. I wished to know more about them. Anyway. This story starts with Willie's dad stealing money and taking off. With her being told to bring she had to bring him back or take his punishment for stealing.

I'm unsure what else to say about this plot. To be honest, there wasn't really that much happening. Willie sets out from her town, to go hunt down her father. She hires some young hunters to help her, because of the creatures outside the walls. All of this book is about her going a few days one way to a different town, then going back again a few days after that. Sure, there are some things happening in the middle of that, but, well, I had kind of expected this book to be a bit more than what I got. Which makes me a little sad.

But even so. I did like this book a lot. I found the story to be interesting, and I wanted to know what would happen to Willie. But I also did not love it. I did not love the characters. Felt like it could have been much better. Aw. I think that the reason for why I had issues loving this book was the lack of romance. As there was none. Then suddenly near the end there are hints of a romance. But these hints were way too small and nothing happened. I could have loved this book, maybe, if there had been some awesome romance.

I said I had a lot to say about this book. That turned out not to be true. Because I'm having issues finding the words. And I don't think I have anything else to say about it. Devils Unto Dust was exciting at times, but also incredibly boring most of the time. There was one death that just made me angry, and not sad. I wish I could have loved this book, but it wasn't to be. Some parts were good, but nothing I will remember, sadly. Thank you to the publisher for the eARC via Edelweiss, and a lovely person for trading it with me.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

In My Mailbox #324

This week have been all kinds of busy. My new niece arrived night to Tuesday, and I have been spending a little time with her each day. Eee. She's tiny and so perfect. I'm also still in a lot of pain all the time, so I haven't felt like doing much else. And so I haven't read at all this week, not since last weekend. Ack. But planning on picking up a new book tonight :D Fingers crossed. Just a bit exhausted all the time. But I did see Jumanji today, and it was awesome. I also got SO MUCH great mail this week, eee :D I'm in love with all of it. <3 Sniffs. So happy. Despite not reading much, I did end up with a lot of blog posts this week. Yay for that. I posted my review of Nightbooks :) I took part in the Batman: Nightwalker blog tour. <3 I posted my review of The Prince and the Dressmaker; which I read at the end of July :D This week I'm waiting on Iron Tide Rising. <3 Then I shared the cover reveal for The Hollow of Fear :D So anyway. This week was good. Baby Sophia is the cutest thing, and I love spending time with her. So I am a bit distracted too. But hoping to read more as well :) Soonish, haha. So thrilled with all the precious mail I got this week. Eee.

Batman. Both finished copies have arrived :D I love them so. Adored this book. Gorgeous hardcovers.
Unearthed. Yay! Finally got my hardcover of this most stunning and awesome book. Loved it oh so much.
The Cruel Prince. Ack, I'm really hoping that I will love this book :) It looks and sounds so so awesome.
Starfall. I still have to read this second book, ack, but soonish. Had to have this new paperback, though.
The Fallen Kingdom. Yay! UK smaller paperback is out. It is gorgeous. Sigh. I must read this final book.
Furyborn. EEE! I'm dying. SO HAPPY :D AHH! Final cover ARC! MY PRECIOUS! Loved this book so much. Love Claire. Love this ARC. Ahh. Thank you so, so much to the lovely publisher for this precious thing. <3 And thank you to Becky for helping so that I could get it to Norway, eee. I AM SO SO HAPPY.
Shadow Weaver + Devils Unto Dust + Ice Wolves + Reign of the Fallen + Tess of the Road + Night of Cake and Puppets. EEE! Thank you SO much God of Wax for trading all of these with me :D Ahh. I'm dying a little. They all look perfect. So much gorgeous. And thank you Becky for helping me get them. <3
The Becoming of Noah Shaw ARC + Unearthed Swag. Eee! Thank you so so much for trading with me Whitney :D I am so so so happy about all of this. <3 Sniffs. ARC is gorgeous. And the swag is stunning.
Shadow Scale. When I finished my re-read, I could not resist buying these gorgeous foreign covers :D
Tangled. I still can't resist buying these lovely tv-show books. <3 A bit behind on the show; but love it so.
Onyx & Ivory Bookmarks. Eee! Thank you so so much Mindee :D These bookmarks are so so gorgeous.
Plush. I couldn't resist buying this most gorgeous pink plush bird :D Adorable. I have a huge plush love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

Eeee! I am SO excited about this book :D It's going to be so so good. Sigh. I adored the first two books in this amazing adult Lady Sherlock series. They were both awesome. And so I cannot wait to read this third one. Eee. And more coming after this one too. Simply can't wait. SO excited. I adore Sherry; even though I have only read her YA trilogy and then these books. Must read her other books one day too. But ahh, so excited about The Hollow of Fear :D That title is amazing. And makes me worried. So excited. And gosh, this cover! Isn't it stunning? :D I love it tons. All three covers are beautiful. I can't wait to read more about Charlotte. And eee. Sherry says the romance will be heating up, a lot, and oh my god, I cannot wait. SO EXCITED. This third book is going to be the best. It sounds kind of rude, but I am thrilled for it even so :D

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women, an NPR Best Book of 2016.

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When her dear friend Lord Ingram stands accused of the murder of his estranged wife, Charlotte goes under disguise to help prove his innocence to Scotland Yard.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #327

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

IRON TIDE RISING (Map to Everywhere #4) 

Goodreads Description:

Magical worlds and incredible creatures fill the pages of this epic, action-packed finale of the Map to Everywhere series, from John Parke Davis and New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan!

Intrepid travelers Fin and Marrill have shared countless thrilling and treacherous adventures on the magical waters of the Pirate Stream. But neither could have expected that their final adventure would force them to team up with their oldest enemy: the evil wizard Serth! With the fate of the Stream and all their friends hanging in the balance, can they challenge the most frightening power they've ever come up against? Find out in this mind-blowing conclusion to the Map to Everywhere series!

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Pre-Order here and here

Eeee! There is a cover :D FINALLY. Been waiting so so long for this fourth and final book in this amazing middle grade series. <3 Loved the first three books beyond words. They are fun and heartbreaking and just the best. Sigh. And ahh, I cannot wait to read this final one, out in just under a month. SO excited :D
What are you waiting for on this rising Wednesday?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

When I saw this stunning cover, I simply knew I had to have this book. Though I don't usually read a lot of graphic novels, I was so excited about this one. Because that cover is stunning. And the summary is so amazing too. I'm thrilled to say that I liked this book a whole lot. It's adorable yet heartbreaking too.

I'm giving it four stars, as I had a few smaller issues with some things, but for the most part I loved this book. I only wish it had been even longer. Needed more. And especially need to know what happens after the ending. Hmph. Fingers crossed there might be a sequel coming one day. I would love that so much.

I adored the writing in this book. It's gorgeous and written so well. And oh gosh, all that stunning artwork. I can't. It's beyond beautiful. The characters all look so cute. And I loved all the details in the drawings as well. And it's full color. I loved that the most. Cannot wait to see the finished version of it as well. This is a book I know I'll read again and again. Because it's adorable. The Prince and the Dressmaker was an incredible story. It was fun to read, and I loved all the characters. It's also a bit heartbreaking, and it made me cry. How rude. But I loved it. I loved it a whole bunch. It's also a really fast read, which I loved, but also hated, because I really wanted this one to be longer. I loved reading about Sebastian and Frances and I wanted more of them both. Oh, how I hope there will be a second book. But if not, this one was amazing even so.

This book tells the story of Sebastian and Frances. And it's such an adorable story. Sebastian is a prince. Whom likes dressing up as a girl. Frances is a young dressmaker whom Sebastian has just hired to make dresses for him. And oh, these two young people were so cute to read about. I loved learning more about Sebastian and his life as a prince. His parents seemed alright, maybe. And I loved that he wanted to wear dresses. It suited him very well. I really liked seeing all the artwork of him dressed as a girl and a prince.

And Frances was amazing to read about too. I loved how sweet and kind she was. Since this is a graphic novel, I didn't get to know either of them as well as I wanted, sniffs, but I still got to know them very well. And I simply adored Frances. I loved how she wanted to get known for her dresses, and how amazing she was at making them. I loved the things she made for Sebastian. And their growing friendship was the cutest to read about. I loved them both so much. Just wish I knew them even more. They were amazing.

I'm not going to say too much about this book, as it is really short, but I do wish to mention some things. It is a secret that Sebastian dresses as a girl, and goes out as Lady Crystallia. But of course, every secret comes out one day. And I have to say that the way this secret became public, oh. It was heartbreaking. And I still feel sad about it. So rude. Yet written so well too. But yes. It was very sad. Sniffs. I just loved Sebastian so so much. And Frances too. And oh, I simply wish this book had been much longer. Hmph.

The reason for why I'm giving this a four star is because of a few issues with a part where the characters are separated for a little while. It broke my heart. And made me a little bit angry too, because they should not have let that happen. Hmph. But it was written well, and it didn't last long, so I didn't mind too much. But yeah, it was a bit sad. Also a bit sad that this stunning thing wasn't even longer. How rude. I wanted more of them all so much. But besides that, I loved the rest of this book a lot. Plot was exciting and good.

I'm so glad that I gave this book a try. The artwork was beyond stunning. And the writing gorgeous too. And I fell in love with the characters. Didn't know that a graphic novel could make me cry, but this one did. It's a quick and easy book to read. It's full of amazing characters, stunning clothes and a great friendship too. Wish there had been more focus on the growing romance, though. Aw. But there is a tiny bit of it, and I loved it lots, because I very much shipped these lovely characters. Adored reading about them so much.

Huge thank you to First Second for approving me via Netgalley to read this book early. Though my review isn't posted until now, I wrote it on July 30th, when I read this book. I simply can't wait to get the finished copies of it in the mail soonish. Eee. It's going to look so gorgeous. If you haven't read this book yet, then you most definitely need to order it right away. It's such a stunning story and you really shouldn't miss it. The Prince and the Dressmaker is so so special. Full of heart, beautiful dresses and amazing characters.