Saturday, December 9, 2017

In My Mailbox #318

Gosh, I am exhausted all the damn time. So tired every single day. And in pain too. This new medicine have way too many side effects. And so far it isn't even working on my stomach. Ugh. But hopefully soon. I'm still crossing my fingers it will work. Anyway. I'm a bit behind on reading, sadly. But I do wish to read. Just have no energy. Hmph. I'm also feeling a little sad, as I love blogging so much, I love sharing all my thoughts on books and sharing what I get in the mail. But lately, well, I have barely gotten any comments on my posts. My last mailbox post got zero comments. And I feel pretty sad about it. Because I still have the same amount of page views I have had for years; just no comments. Still, though. I'm not going to quit blogging. Just a bit sad about it :) Anyway. I only read one book this week, and I have not gotten to start Shadow Scale yet. Ahh. But tomorrow for sure. So only posted twice. This week I'm waiting on Obsidio :D And shared my third review of Seraphina. <3 I'm simply exhausted all the time. But trying to deal with it :)

Renegades. Eee, finally managed to get two copies of the international paperback :D It is so so stunning.
A Darker Shade of Magic. Finally got my UK edition of this lovely book too :D This one is not signed, lol.
Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den. I will be reading these books soonish :D Wanted to own them all first.
All That Burns. I have yet to read this duology by this awesome author; but I will be doing it soonish :D
Miraculous Ladybug. This show is still the best. Sigh. And I love these comic books from the episodes so.
Shadow and Bone. Ahh :D I know. I already own the paperbacks. Ahh. But, box set! And poster! Love it.
Renegades Bracelets. Eee, thank you so much for trading with me Melissa :D I love them so so much.
Pop Figures. Home Alone is such an amazing movie. Love it so. Still waiting on Kevin to ship, ack. Soon.
Bookmarks. Eee, more Happy Hello bookmarks :D These are such a huge favorite of mine. So gorgeous.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This was my third time reading this gorgeous book. And I still love it as much as I did that first time, more than five years ago. And then again just over three years ago. This book was truly amazing those two times, and it was even more amazing this time as well. I am so thrilled that I still love this book so much.

Though I cannot fully believe that it has already been over five years since I read it that first time. Time is moving way too fast lately. This book will always be incredible, though. The writing is gorgeous. And the story is beyond amazing. The characters are exciting and so lovely to read about. Everything was so perfect.

And fully horrible at the same time too, at times. Which I loved beyond words. The book might be a bit slow at first, before all the action starts happening. But every word is precious. And I found everything to be exciting and interesting. Reading about Seraphina and her world was the best thing, once again. I had forgotten a whole bunch, though everything felt familiar too. I'm not going to write too much about this book at this time, I don't think. But will share some of my feelings about it. Because I very much loved this book a bunch this third time reading it. And I need you all to read this lovely book, if you still haven't given it a chance. Because it's worth it. Every word is worth reading. The story is exciting and different and so perfect. You will love it.

This book tells a story about dragons. And it is the very most exciting story. This book is a mix of fantasy and history and I loved every moment of it. I loved how it was old fashioned in many things. And yet very much fantasy too, with the dragons. The story takes place in the kingdom of Goredd, and there has been peace between dragons and humans for the past forty years. Well, mostly peace. There are still certain people who are angry about it, and they were a bit vicious at times. But all of it interesting to read about.

I am not going to talk too much about the plot of this book, just a little bit. The dragons were all kinds of exciting. There isn't too much of them as dragons, as the story is told from the point of view of Seraphina. She is half dragon, though. But she is fully human too, and so she is not able to become a dragon. Which was a little bit heartbreaking. But I loved her just the way she was. Though it was very interesting to read about how the dragons could be dragons and then humans too. And how different they were as humans.

There is so much I could say about this book. As there is so much that happens. But I am not going to mention all of it. You need to read it yourself. Because it's all interesting and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I loved that the point of view is from Seraphina. And gosh, how I loved getting to know this half dragon, half human girl. She was lonely and kind and lovely and all kinds of perfect to read about. A bit broken too. A little angry, a whole lot of fierce and protective and loving. I loved every part of her. Sigh.

And there are tons of other amazing characters too. Like Lucian Kiggs. And oh, the small romance that happens between him and Seraphina. It is very small, and full of complications, but I ship them beyond words. And their growing friendship was simply the best to read about. And ahh, I adored Glisselda too. She was fun and pretty adorable at times. And Seraphina's uncle, Orma. I loved him beyond words. I was a bit unsure about her dad; did not like the early version of him. But I adored him at the end of the book.

So much happens in this story. And a lot of it is complicated. And a lot of it is fun and a bit heartbreaking too. There is a lot of secrecy, with Seraphina being half dragon. It is not something she can share with anyone. And she is a bit heartbroken about it. But she's still managing to make friends, and I loved that about her. She also has this kind of power with her mind, and I'm not going to describe that, but gosh, it was exciting and different to read about. And I loved it so. And those characters as well. So so amazing.

I think I have already written more than I was going to about this book. Yet I could probably write about it for ages as well. Seraphina is simply a gorgeous book. And I am so glad I read it for a third time. I know this is a book I will read again too. Because this girl is amazing to read about. Love her so. The dragons were both fascinating and horrible. I loved that. And all the friendships in this book were written so well. And all the plot surprises too. Everything about this book was good. I adore it so. Everyone must read it.

I simply cannot wait to re-read Shadow Scale next. Although my heart will break once again, that there isn't more books from the point of view of Seraphina. I need more from this lovely girl. Aw. But there will be Tess of the Road, which I will be reading right after Shadow Scale, and I can't wait for that. It tells the story of Seraphina's half sister, whom is very much human, and I'm so excited about it. The way I figure it, it takes place around five years after these books, maybe. A bit unsure. Either way, I am beyond excited.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #321

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

OBSIDIO (The Illuminae Files #3)

Goodreads Description:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Hardcover, 608 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Is it March yet? Ahhh. Already been waiting forever and ever for this final book :D I'm simply dying to read it. It's going to be SO GOOD. I loved Illuminae and Gemina so much, and I can't wait to know everything that happens next for all of these lovely characters. Hoping it won't end up killing me, though. Ack. Also, isn't that cover just so gorgeous? I shared about it here. Cannot wait to get all my copies of this book :D
What are you waiting for on this final Wednesday?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

In My Mailbox #317

This week have been pretty crappy. Ahh. Plus side, I did read two books. Wish I had read more, though. And I did get some pretty mail. And it's looking a lot like Christmas. I'm very happy about that. But, yeah. Not a good week. I got the new type of medicine just last week, and ever since then I have gotten at least over ten side effects. Small fever all the time. Teeth aches. Tired. Coughing. Intense pain in my chest. It's just, yeah. I'm so goddamn tired of being in pain all the time. And stomach isn't any better either. Could take many weeks still until I notice anything different. So I'm feeling a bit sad at the moment. Aw. More medicine next week. Hoping the side effects will pass. Otherwise I fear they will get even more, and I cannot deal with that. Already in so much pain. Really don't want more of it. Ugh. But anyway. A few blog things :D I posted my review of There's Someone Inside Your House. Which was disappointing. Hmph. This week I'm waiting on Devils Unto Dust. <3 Then I posted my review of The Scorpio Races :D Eight read, eee. So anyway. My week hasn't been the best with my health, but the rest of me is doing good :)

Giveaway over at Instagram: Win a Nevernight Bookmark set. Enter here.

A Darker Shade of Magic. Yay for gorgeous B&N edition :D Getting the other two as well. So so pretty.
The Becoming of Noah Shaw. Finally, finally my pre-orders arrived. Took forever. Ack. Gorgeous, though.
Outpost. Eee, thank you for trading this with me Christin. <3 I love it so. Now only missing Enclave :D
Tokoyo. Got this book for review; and I'm hoping that I will enjoy it :D Looks pretty, and it's short too.
Nightfall. Finally got my B&N edition of this precious book as well :D I really must read on in this series.
Into the Bright Unknown + Nightfall. Book two is personalized; and such lovely swag. <3 And ahh, book one was supposed to be personalized too, sobs, but it was not. Feeling a bit sad about it. Still, gorgeous.
Swag Pack. Eee, thank you so, so much Katie for this amazing swag pack :D It's lovely, and I love it so.
Pop Figures. I couldn't resist getting these figures :D Another WW one. And love the Nightmare ones.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My love for this book will never end. This had been my eight time reading The Scorpio Races since it came out. I did not re-read it last year, which I very much regret not finding the time for. As this book means everything to me. It's so, so good. Always. If you still haven't read this, you are seriously missing out on the best book.

I am going to try my best to write down all the reasons for why I love this book so very much. But might also not write too much, because I have already shared so much of my love for this book before. But I can't help it. The Scorpio Races means so much to me. The book is gorgeous. The characters are beyond amazing.

This book tells the story of Puck and Sean. They live in this small island in the middle of the sea, which was all kinds of awesome. I loved reading about this gorgeous but brutal place. I'm not going to write about the plot of this book, because I want you all to read it instead. So I shall instead just talk about the things that I love. Like the water horses. Because this island isn't only beautiful, it's so dangerous too. Especially in the winter. Because that is when the water horses come out of the sea, looking for things to eat. And oh, how I loved reading about these huge and gorgeous and brutal horses. It was, as always, creepy and beyond amazing. I love this book so much, and everything in it is perfection. The writing is gorgeous. And the story is so, so amazing. Always.

What I love most about this book is the characters. It's told from the point of view of Puck and Sean. Puck was all kinds of adorable. I loved her so much. She's fierce and a bit rude yet full of heart. She's so strong and I simply love how awesome she was. Her parents were killed by one of the horses a year ago, things have been bad for her and her two brothers since then, as they are very short on money. Broke my heart reading about it all again. But it's written so well. And they are being so strong about it too. Love them so.

I very much loved Puck's younger brother, Finn. He was so special and adorable and just the best. I want to read more and more about him. She also has another older brother, Gabe. And I still do not like Gabe, even after eight times of reading this book. He was selfish and rude. Sure, I can believe that he has his own reasons for what he does, but it is still not an excuse to treat your siblings like he does. And so I just cannot ever forgive him. Hmph. But I am dealing with it. Because Puck and Finn handled it all so so well.

And then there was Sean. Sigh. I love this boy beyond words. He's quiet, yet has the biggest heart. He loves this island, like Puck does too, and they would both never leave it. Sean has been working for this kind of terrible man for years now, ever since his father died. And ahh, this story. It just about killed my heart. Sean just wants his freedom, and Corr, his dangerous but beautiful water horse. But some things are never easy. And there is so much happening, all the time. It was so perfect to read about once again.

I'm writing all of this all wrong. But having trouble finding the right words for this book. It's impossible to describe it. It's all just so amazing. The story is about how every year on November first, this island has a water horse race called the Scorpio Races. It's a deadly race. And the winner wins a lot of money. Sean needs to win, as he has done four years before, for a very good reason. Puck enters this race for the first time, for family reasons. Except she's racing with her own regular horse. Many does not approve of this.

I simply can't write more about this book. I don't know what to say. It just makes me so so happy to read it. To read about Puck and Sean and Corr and Dove. To read about Puck and Sean slowly falling for each other. The romance is not big, but it's there, and it's beautiful. Reading about everything that happens on this island is so much fun. And heartbreaking too. I love every single moment of this book. Only wish that there were more. There are many great characters in this book. I still hate Mutt. I still love Holly the most.

I feel like I have written this review entirely wrong. Probably because I have already written so much about this book before. I simply couldn't find the right words for this book this time. But I tried my best. Either way, I once again loved this book beyond words. And cannot wait to read it again and again. The Scorpio Races truly is a perfect book. It's my favorite book by Maggie. And it's her favorite of her books too, which I love so much. Just crossing all my fingers that she will write a sequel to it. I need one badly.