Saturday, January 21, 2017

In My Mailbox #273

I only got to read one book this week, but I'm happy with that :) It took such a long time before the book arrived, and so I haven't had time to start something new yet. But hopefully tomorrow :) Right now I'm about to start playing my Pokemon Sun a little bit. Eee. I'm excited. And gosh. Leaving for Chicago in just 10 days. What. I cannot wait :D Would love some tips about it all, though. Anyone? This was mostly a good week. My health isn't the best, but I got my medicine, so hopefully starting to feel better soonish. Yay. I'm slowly starting to catch up with commenting, soon I shall be done with that too :) And eee, the sun is almost back. So very soon I will be able to take lighter pictures. So happy about that. But not just yet. Didn't blog much this week, but still two posts. This week I'm waiting on Here Lies Daniel Tate. <3 And I posted my review of Shadows of the Lost Sun :D I also got a bunch of gorgeous mail this week. Yay! I love it all so much. I'm still waiting on more pop figures, though, lol. But now only missing one Harry Potter pop to have my complete collection. Eee. The Bellatrix one. <3 She's not in stock yet. But then I'm also missing some of the store-limited editions.. ugh. Really hoping to find them all in Chicago :D Fingers crossed. Anyway. I just love buying pop figures. <3 Running out of room for them too.. sigh. But not yet.

Carve the Mark. I'm pretty excited about shortly reading this one :D This I will love most of it. I hope so.
And I Darken. Finally bought the international paperback :) Love. Sadly, damaged, so getting a new one.
Shadows of the Lost Sun. Eee. It finally arrived this week :D Already read and loved it. <3 My precious.
A Gathering of Shadows. Gorgeous paperback edition :D Pretty. Soon I will finally read this second book.
Magnus Chase. I still haven't read the Magnus Chase book, ack, but I still had to have this one too :D
Heartless. Eee! Thank you so much to the awesome Pan Macmillan UK for this gorgeous book + swag :D
Pokemon Sun. I just had to buy this game. So excited to play it :D I have always loved Pokemon. Always.
Pop Figures. Eee! More have arrived :D Only missing Bellatrix. <3 Have all the new disney princesses :)

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Shadows of the Lost Sun by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

I have waited so long for this book. And finally I have gotten to read it. Eee. This book was worth the wait. I just loved it so, so much. I do feel that it was way too short, though, lol. Waiting for book four will be torture. Because this book ends in a pretty bad place, and I am dying to know what happens next. Cannot wait.

I can't describe how much love I have for this series. They are just such amazing books. And gosh, the artwork. It is beyond stunning. And it all fits so well with the story. And I just love it the most. The writing in this third book was all kinds of awesome. I loved reading every moment of this book. It was simply so good.

There is so much I loved about this one. I'm not sure where to begin. There is tons more magic in this third book, and it is all incredible. And awful too. And I loved reading it all so much. This book is the darkest of the three, I think. Maybe the saddest one too, at times, at least. There is just so much happening at all times. And then there was that ending. I don't even know how Marrill and Fin will fix all of this. Gosh. But I know that they can. Because these two characters are the most amazing. And oh, how I love reading about them both. How I adore their friendship. It is the sweetest thing. I hope that they will one day be more than friends, though, hih. Crossing my fingers for that. Though I worry, because I'm very unsure how these books will end. Ack.

This whole book is an adventure. And I love that so much. Reading about Fin and Marrill is just the best thing. I adore them both so much. And I love getting to know them more and more. A lot of this book is about Fin, and his past, his family. There are so many things that got revealed. And my heart is breaking because of it all. I just love Fin the most. And I want him to be loved the most too. And I just. I need other people to remember him too. Hmph. But yeah, I really loved getting to know about his family. Just, sad.

I love that Remy is still there. She is the most awesome babysitter, lol. I really adore reading about her. She's fun. And shipping her and Coll so much. Ack. There is also more about Coll in this book. I loved that too. But I am so, so worried as well. Gosh. But yeah, learning more about Coll was all kinds of fun. Yet pretty awful too, because his past is not good at all. Aw. But even so. I adore Coll. He's an awesome character to read about. Him and Remy are both the sweetest. I still love the Naysayer, lol. He's great.

This book is also more about the old wizard, Ardent. I'm unsure what to think about him now. He was a lot more cold in this book. And that bothered me. I had so many times where I didn't like him at all. Aw. But other times he was all kinds of awesome too. Hmph. Ardent just spends all his time searching for the love of his life, Annalessa. And I did feel for him. Because some of the things he found out was heartbreaking. But I'm also really upset with this man. Hmph. He was a bit too obsessed, I think. And that made him bad.

There is a lot of new characters in this book. Like this new girl, who like Fin cannot be remembered by others. Marrill names her Fig, and oh, I loved that so much. At first I was worried that this new girl would come between Marrill and Fin, since he's spending time with her, but that never happened. And I'm so glad about that. I also hope beyond words that Fin and Fig won't become more than friends, lol, because that would just break my heart. Aw. Anyway. I did adore Fig. She was an mostly awesome person. Yay.

There is this one thing that bothered me about this book, though. Which makes me a bit sad. Aw. See, the summary says that Marrill and Fin will be without Ardent and Coll in this book. Yet that was not the case at all. They are with them all the time, until the end of the book. In the next book, they will be without them. But I kept waiting for it to happen in this book, because the summary said so. How rude. But still, despite that misleading, I loved the book the most. And I didn't mind that part. Just a little bit annoying.

I'm not sure what else to say about this precious book. I loved it beyond words. It was such an amazing third book. Eee. I just cannot wait for the next one. Hoping that book four won't be the last one. Fingers crossed. I never want to stop reading about Fin and Marrill. Just hoping that the wait for book four won't be too awful, lol. Shadows of the Lost Sun was the most gorgeous book. Full of adventure and amazing characters. This book broke my heart so, so often. I loved it the most. Go read these three books. Now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #275

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


Goodreads Description:

A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realized he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

It seems too good to be true when Daniel Tate, missing since he was abducted from one of California’s most elite private enclaves at the age of ten, turns up on a snowy street in Vancouver six years later. At first too traumatized to speak, he is eventually able to tell the authorities who he is and is reunited with his overjoyed family. In time, they tell him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing; all that matters is that they have him back.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing:

That boy isn’t Daniel Tate.

But he wants to be. A young con artist who’s been taking on false identities for years, this impostor has stumbled onto the scam of a lifetime. Daniel has everything he’s ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and most importantly, a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.

Until he realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all. Maybe someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be…and if he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Eee! Is it June yet? :D I AM SO EXCITED about a new Cristin Terrill book :D Feels like forever since I read her first book, All Our Yesterdays. <3 Which I loved. I simply cannot wait for another book by her :D Eee. So thrilled. This one sounds all kinds of amazing. And I'm sure that I'm going to love it. That cover is a bit weird, yet I'm starting to love it too, lol :) I just. Gosh. I want this book. I want it now. I will love it so.
What are you waiting for on this disappearing Wednesday?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

In My Mailbox #272

I read two books this week, again :D Which means that I have now read 4 books this year. I'm happy about this. Yay. I was supposed to read something this weekend too, but haven't gotten my book in the mail yet, so taking a little bit of a break until it arrives. Hopefully on Monday :) Though I'm not at home on Monday. Ugh. So Tuesday is for reading. I'm excited. I also blogged a bit more this week, so yay :) This week I posted a Top Ten Tuesday. <3 I'm waiting on Beanstalker and other Hilarious Scarytales :) I then posted my third review of The Map to Everywhere. <3 And my second review of City of Thirst :D I haven't had the best health this week, but getting more medicine next week, so hopefully feeling better shortly :) Just waiting for the sun to come back, so that I can take lighter pictures again. Also waiting for it to be May again, so that I can get my spa bath back together :) It needs to be warmer out first. Sigh. Anyway. I did get a bit of gorgeous mail this week :D I'm in love with all of it. And I so love getting pop figures. <3

Flying Lessons & Other Stories. I only know one of these authors, Soman, but hoping to love all stories :D
Stormdancer + Ruin and Rising. Eee! Japanese editions :D They are both gorgeous. Love these books.
Brave + Frozen + Dragons + Moana. More books from movies that I love the most :D They are so cute.
Movies. I haven't seen any of these movies yet, ack, so I'm excited to watch them all pretty soonish :)
Pop Figures. Eee! More are arriving :D More coming too. I love all of these so, so much. So adorable.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Recommendation: City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

Finally, I have had the chance to read this book a second time. And it never fails to break my heart. Ack. Such a sad book. Yet despite the sadness, this book is all kinds of fun too. I loved reading every moment of it. I think I loved it more this time than the first time I read it. Though that is hard to say, because I loved it the most both times I read it. Gosh, I just love this middle grade series the most. Cannot wait to finally get to read book three soon. Eee. I'm so excited. I hope there will be many more books from this world.

I don't mention it often enough, but these books have some amazing artwork. First there is the gorgeous covers. Which are just stunning. But there are also stunning drawings inside the book. Not too many, but enough, and they are so fun and gorgeous and I love them all the most. I wish they had been in color, but they are still gorgeous. I can't wait to see more in the next books. Because these drawings just make the books even better. And I just love looking at them all the most, lol. They are simply gorgeous. I love them.

There is so much to love in this book. And I don't know how else to describe it. It is such an amazing second book. It takes place about six months after the ending of book one. Which felt like such a long time, considering Fin was almost alone all that time, with no one to remember him at all. Again. Aw. I just. I love this boy to pieces. And this book made me feel so sad for him. And that makes me hurt a whole bunch. I want the best for Fin. I want him to be loved. And be remembered. To have people care for him.

But despite loving Fin the most, I love the other characters too. Marrill is all kinds of awesome. I really hope that her mom will get better. Aw. I also want all the best for Marrill, because I do adore her. Though, if I'm going to be honest, I was a bit upset with this girl in this book. Because of some things she does. Some things she forgets. I'm not sure I will forget it all that fast. I hope she'll make it better in book three, so that it will be easier for me to forgive her for it too. Because I need to. I'm crossing my fingers for that.

But either way, I still love this girl. I loved that in this book, she has a babysitter. Remy. And Remy is a big part of this book. I adored this older girl. She's awesome. And getting to know Coll and Ardent better was simply amazing too. I adore all of these characters so much. And reading about them all is just the best. I'm so glad I finally re-read these amazing books. Because they mean so much to me. And they are both so, so good. Well, all kinds of heartbreaking, but also the most fun. I love everything about this one. Yay.

City of Thirst is full of magic. And adventure. And I loved re-reading it the most. Most of this book takes place in a new city. And gosh, this place. I could never have been there. Shudders. But oh, how it was amazing to read about again. So different and so special too. There is so much I loved about this book. Every single thing. I cannot wait to read more about Fin and Marrill. Eee. I just, I need a happy ending for them both. Ack. If you still haven't read this amazing second book, then move it. It's so good. I promise.