Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #322

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

DREAMING DANGEROUS BY LAUREN DESTEFANO

Goodreads Description:

Brassmere Academy for the Extraordinary is a school for orphans with strange and wonderful gifts. Twelve-year-old Plum has lived there forever, and each night, she ventures into her dreams alongside her three best friends, Vien, Gwendle, and Artem, to fight monsters and journey on dangerous quests. But one night, Plum gets a mysterious warning that she and her friends are no longer safe. And the next morning, Artem is nowhere to be found.

As Plum, Vien, and Gwendle search for their friend—in both the dreaming and waking worlds—they start to uncover alarming secrets about Brassmere and its intentions. Will they be able to find Artem before it’s too late, or will they be next to disappear?



Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Bloomsbury USA 
Pre-Order here and here

Oh gosh. I'm really truly dying to read this book. I didn't know about it until this month. And there is a cover. And a summary. And there are ARCs too. Ahhh. I need one of those more than anything :D Dying to read the book. And want to complete my collection. I have loved every middle grade book by Lauren so far. And I think this one will be pretty awesome. I'm very sure I will love this one too. Just, I want it now.
What are you waiting for on this dreaming Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

This second read was all kinds of amazing. I didn't realize that I had forgotten so much about this book. How rude. So reading it again was so much fun. And was so exciting and heartbreaking too. I love this world that Rachel has created so much. Amazing characters and such a stunning story. Not sure I can describe it.

Shadow Scale is long and takes some time to read. And it was worth every page. I love this book so much and I enjoyed every moment of it. The writing is gorgeous. And even though the book was long, I wanted it to be even longer. As I am so much in love with these characters and so I do not want to let any of them go.

Which means that I am beyond excited about reading Tess of the Road next. Yesss. Different main character, but hoping there will be peeks at the older characters too. Fingers crossed. But even without that, I cannot wait to get to know and love Tess. I am so excited. But anyway. More about Shadow Scale. I guess some people would find it a little boring, as there is not much action in this book. And there is a whole lot of travelling. But it was never boring. Not even for a second. At least not to me. I loved reading about Seraphina, and all that she goes through. I just love this young half dragon so very much. She's fierce and gentle and loving and just all kinds of amazing. She's amazing at music, and that's a big part of both these books. Loved that so much.

This book starts three months after the end of Seraphina. The war with the dragons have started, and things aren't really going all that well. I'm not going to talk much about plot things and such. Just going to mention all the things I loved about this book. Which were a whole lot of things. I read the ARC version of this book the first time I read it, and I do not remember the small summary posted in the beginning of the book. And oh gosh, it was all kinds of amazing. Especially that last part of it. I loved it a lot. I want more.

But anyway. There is so much I wish to share about this book, yet I'm not going to share too much about it. So much happens. So much heartbreak. Yet a bunch of fun and exciting things too. The story in this book is about Seraphina leaving her home, and leaving behind Glisselda and Kiggs, to go search for the other half dragons that she knows about because of the garden in her mind. Which I won't describe at all. Just know that it was all kinds of exciting and interesting and horrible to read about, and I enjoyed it tons.

And so Seraphina and Abdo goes looking for all these characters. There is a whole lot of travelling. And I loved every moment of it. Because it was interesting and fun at times too. I just love Seraphina so much. There is a lot to learn about her in this book. Like her past with this very awful woman. It was so good to read about. Yet so heartbreaking too. And then there was Abdo. I love this little boy beyond words. He has the biggest heart. And he is simply incredible. I loved reading about him so much. Also, heartbreak.

Parts of this book is also about the war between the humans and the dragons. A lot of things happen with that too. And I really liked everything about it. I grew to enjoy reading about the dragon leader, though he was very weird at times. And I very much disliked that final scene with him, what he and another dragon had done. I did not approve. At all. Hmph. But anyway. There is a lot of dragons in this book. And I very much loved that. They were interesting to read about, and I loved learning many new things about them.

There is so much new to learn about Seraphina too. She gets to know herself a whole lot more too. And I loved that. She has grown so much since the beginning of book one. Must also mention that the romance in this book is almost not there. Seraphina and Kiggs are apart for almost all the book. But I did not mind too much, because they still very much love each other. And no triangles. But it is complicated, very much so. Yet I did not mind that either, because there was no drama. None. I simply ship them the very most.

I loved getting to know all the new characters in this book. There is a whole lot of new half dragons, half humans, like Seraphina. I'm still a bit sad that they cannot transform into a real dragon, lol. But they are all still amazing. I loved reading about them all so much. Some were kind and lovely, others were rude and mean. Yet they were all awesome. I loved how Seraphina went looking for all of them. Every single character in this book were simply amazing. Especially Seraphina and Kiggs and Glisselda and Abdo.

So much happens in this book. I can't begin to describe all of it. Just know that every page was exciting and I loved every moment in this book so much. I only wish that ending had been a bit longer. Ack. And that there would be tons more books about Seraphina. Aw. I don't want to stop reading about her and her life. And oh gosh. I need to mention Orma a little bit. Her dragon uncle. I loved this man so very much. He was always fun to read about. Things happen with him in this book, and my heart is broken because of it.

And that is all I'm going to say about that. Shadow Scale was such a stunning second and final book. Full of adventure and interesting moments. I really loved learning so much about all of these characters and this world and these dragons. I'm so thrilled with how much I loved these two books. Eee. And I cannot wait to read more books by Rachel. I hope she will continue to write. If you still haven't read Seraphina and Shadow Scale, then you really need to get starting. They are such incredible and awesome books.


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)
BY JAY KRISTOFF & AMIE KAUFMAN


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?