Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I just heard about this book yesterday, when it arrived in the mail. And I wanted to read it right away. So I did. And I enjoyed this book very much. Found the writing to be very good. And I liked the characters a lot. And the plot is just amazing, really. I even liked the ending. Yeah. This book was pretty amazing :) While I can't find anything I didn't like about it, it's still a four star for me. Because while I loved it a whole lot, there were a few things that could have been better for me. But not much. This book was nearly perfect, and I'm pretty sure a lot of other people will love it as well :) They must. Because it's awesome.

Unremembered is about this girl with purple eyes. She wakes up at a plane crash, where she is the only survivor. But she doesn't remember anything. Like nothing. She doesn't know regular things, like tv and a computer. She's not quite normal. And I found that to be so amazing. She doesn't remember anything about who she is, if she was a passenger on the crashed plane. She doesn't know what happened. And she's very confused, and no one is coming to claim her at the hospital, because no one knows who she is, since she doesn't show up at any DNA tests. Which kind of sucked. But also amazing.

She gets the name Violet, though. And I kind of liked that. I liked this book a lot. I liked learning things with her. Liked that she was confused most of the time. I won't spoil that much about this book. But I should mention a few things ;p While the police is searching for her family, she gets placed in a foster family, as she is only sixteen. And I liked her foster family. I think. They did seem nice enough. And I do suppose that I loved Cody, her thirteen year old foster brother :) He was kind of cool ;p I did like him.

There is a boy in this book. Zen. Who is the love interest. If you have read the summary, then this won't be a spoiler :) He is a boy that shows up where Violet is. Who claims to know her, that they were in love. He also says her name is Sera. Short for Seraphina. Oh. I very much liked Zen. He was amazing. A great love interest. He's kind and sweet. Might seem a bit pushy, but he's only trying to make her remember him :D And I liked that a lot. I liked reading about him. He's also very protective.

The plot in this book is very amazing. It's unique as well. And I liked it a whole lot. It centers around Sera and her memory loss. She and Zen is working on getting her memory back, and finding those who took it. There is a lot of exciting things in this book. Some action. Some funny moments. Lots of sweet moments. I found the romance in this book to be really good. Wish it had been more at times, because that's just who I am ;p But I also thought it was perfect. It was also very sweet and real. Liked it a lot.

I really don't know what to include in this review of mine. I really don't. I don't won't to spoil anything, so I really shouldn't say anything else about the plot :D I liked the plot very much, though. Some things surprised me. But I also enjoyed it. Lots of surprises. I felt like the book might have been too short. I wish it had been longer. But it is a series, thankfully, so there will be more. I cannot wait to read the next book(s). I liked the ending a lot. It's perfect. But it's also kind of a cliffhanger ;p

Unremembered is an amazing book. I'm very glad I read it. And I cannot wait for you to read it as well. The writing is perfect, and the story is amazing, and the characters are really great. There was one thing that kind of annoyed me. A tiny bit. At the ending there is this character called Maxxim, which I liked, kind of. We get to know that Maxxim is a she, a woman. But in every other word she is called a he. That was confusing. But this was only an ARC copy, so I'm sure it will get fixed later on :)

Either way, I enjoyed this book very much. I really did. Cannot wait for the next one. So many things I want to know. I want to know more about Zen. Felt like we didn't get to know him enough. So many unknown things about him. And yeah. I need more of that. I also need to know more about Sera. She was just so interesting. So yes. I loved her. Also need more romance ;p Hih. Anyway. Super excited for the sequel :) Thank you so much to Ksenia/Macmillan for the chance to read and review this book. <3 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #61

Hi! Happy Holidays everyone :D Hope you are all having an amazing time. <3 I had a very nice Christmas. Cannot wait for the new year :) I have read so many amazing books this year. I cannot wait to read many more. <3 Just read Jellicoe Road, which was so so perfect :D Not sure what book to read next, though. Maybe The Elementals. <3 Or Unremembered :D Looks so pretty. I didn't really get much this Christmas at all. Mostly money and a few little things :) But I am very happy with that. <3
What did you get this week?


Falling Kingdoms. Perfect, perfect book. Had some issues with my first copy, so they sent a new one :)
Divergent + Insurgent box set. <3 International Paperback editions :D So, so pretty. I adore these books.
The Hulk. I have not really watched this movie. And I do think it looks great. Hope it is amazing :D
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Seems awesome! <3 Had two get these two again from Amazon.
Origin. This movie does look pretty awesome. I cannot wait to watch it. Pretty cover. Seems so good :D
Swag that I got from KindleObsessed :D I love it very much. <3 Thank you so so much :) 


Package of 8th books! <3 I got all of these from Ksenia at Macmillan Children's Publishing. <3 Thank you so, so much :) They all look amazing! And I cannot wait to read them :D Starting with Unremembered, which seems so amazing. They all do, to be honest :) The 13th Sign. Midwinter Blood. Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace. Ivy in the Shadows. Soldier Dog. Marco Impossible. Unremembered. Furious.

My Neighbour Totoro. On Blu-ray! I just adored this movie. It is so so good. Now I have it on Blu-ray :D
Swag from Shannon Messenger. Keeper of the Lost Cities :D Omg. I adored that book. And this swag is so so so so so so pretty! I love it so much <3 Also love the Mallowmelt recipe :D Must make those soon :) They sound delicous. And I just adore those cards. They are perfect. Shannon is amazing. And omg! Let The Sky Fall bookmarks. <3 I adore these so much. Prettiest book cover and bookmark. I cannot wait to read the book. It will be so perfect. Sigh. Super excited for it :) Thank you so, so much Shannon. <3


Not the best picture, but these The Hobbit legos are amazing. <3 I love them so much. Got these for Christmas :D Very happy with them. Legolas! So upset that he wasn't in this first movie. Hih. And Gollum! He looks amazing. They all do. Didn't take a better picture because I haven't figured out yet where to put them ;p But oh. They are so pretty. I adore all the LOTR/Hobbit legos :D




The Elementals! I cannot wait to read this one. <3 Hoping to start it very very very soon :) I got it from the publisher, via NetGalley. <3 Thank you so, so much Houghton Children's Books :) Super excited to start it. <3 Seems amazing. And I loved The Vespertine and The Springsweet so much :D






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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I loved this book. It was just every kind of perfect. Ever since I first read the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina I have wanted to read more by her. Her writing is just so stunning. I love all her words. I was worried about reading this book, though. I was thinking that I wouldn't like it. I blame that on me not having read the summary all that well. Also, summaries lies. First, I thought it would be a boring book with at least two different point of views. But it wasn't. And it was so extremely good.

In the beginning this book confused me a bit. I loved the writing from the beginning, and the story did seem so good. But yeah. I was a bit confused about the war between all the teenagers in the Jellicoe town. Wasn't sure what it all meant. But it didn't take a long time for me to figure it out :) And once I understood it a bit better, everything just got even better. And I could not stop reading this book at all. The characters are perfect. The writing is stunning. And the plot is so great. Only thing I might have disliked was the ending :D Which was kind of perfect.

We get to know so many characters in this book. And they are all perfect. And full of flaws, which I just love so much. They are just all so broken and it's just so much love and I cannot handle all the goodness that is this book. The main character in this book is Taylor Markham. She is amazing. And kind of adorable. She's kind of broken, though. Hurting. And angry. And I just adore her so much. I always seem to love the broken ones. She's a bit mean at times, but she has a soft and strong heart. She's loving.

We get to know her very well. She's just such an amazing character. And I loved her a whole lot. She's been abandoned by her mother when she was just 10. When she was taken in by Hannah, at this school. We get to know so much about that. And while this book kind of takes place on a school, we never get to see them attend a class, thank god ;p I actually loved that school, with all the different houses and "leaders" and such. It was all pretty amazing. And written very well. I couldn't help but love it.

It centers around this war between the school, the Townies and the Cadets. It only happens six weeks of the year. But it's so amazing. It seemed like so much fun. They have divided up the town into their own parts, which place of the earth and clubs and such that each group own. And then they fight each other for it. Kind of. And if one on the other team crosses the boundary line things get ugly. Kidnappings, beatings. And yeah. I must admit that I loved it so much :D It was just so unique and amazing.

I loved reading about these teenage wars. They were pretty amazing. And so well told. Won't say more about them, just that they are pretty awesome :) The Cadets is this other school from far away that visits this town for six weeks each year to camp there in the forest. All of those guys seemed amazing. I'm pretty sure they were just boys, no girls. One of them is Jonah Griggs. Pretty much my favorite character in this book. He's a broken asshole. My favorite kind. But he's also really sweet and loving and I could not have loved him any less. He's an asshole in the beginning. Which I totally loved, to be honest.

There is a whole bunch of amazing characters in this book. Like Ben. He was just very sweet. Not a love interest at all :) I also really liked Raffy. Kind of think she's Taylor's best friend. She's just adorable. And a great friend, I liked her a lot. I also actually liked Jessa. She seemed a bit young and annoying at times, but she was also sweet. Then there was Hannah. Who I'm not sure if I liked or not. She was sweet, and she seemed kind. But she also didn't seem to care much for Taylor, and Taylor loves her so much. But yeah. Those things are explained, so I might have liked her a little bit ;p She was great.

I loved reading about all these different characters and their lives and it was all just so perfect and I need a sequel to this book. I need so much more from these characters. We get to know them all so well. Like Jonah. He's just so sweet. And broken. We get to know a lot of shit about his dad. And I hated it. And loved it. It was just perfect and heartbreaking. And Taylor. We learned so much shit about her mom. It was awful. And it broke my heart so many times. But I also wanted more and more pain.

Like when Taylor and Jonah have this small meeting with this old friend of Taylor, Sam. It broke my heart. He has it so bad. His mother is all kinds of crazy. She let so many bad things happen to him when he was smaller. And now he's living as a junkie and selling his body and it just broke my heart and it was so perfect. I need more books like this perfect one. I loved reading about Taylor's past. Even when it was so awful and heartbreaking. I just wanted more and more and more. I might be a bit awful for that.

The book is from Taylor's point of view. She is also reading this manuscript by Hannah, though. So we also get a few pages from the point of view of five other teens. Felt like we got too little. I adored reading about them. Webbs. Jude. Fitz. Narnie. Tate. They seemed so amazing. And what happened to them all was awful and it killed me and I just wanted even more. I loved reading about them. About all the things they did. About their romance and just everything. They were the perfect five. So amazing.

Another thing I kind of really liked in this book was the small things that made me think of other books. Like Chairman Meow, which makes me think of Magnus from City of Bones. <3 That fills me with love. I also liked the mention of Home and Away. Which I kind of watch. A bit. Norway is a couple of years behind, though, but I do know of a John Palmer, which is the name of a principal in this book ;p Also. Did I mention yet that I adore Melina? Because I do. I really, really do. Must read more books by her.

Everything about this book was perfect. Writing, story, tragedy. There are funny moments. Serious moments. Sad moments. There is also romance. Which I loved so much. It's sweet and perfect. I, of course, wanted more. Like I always do. And I very, very much want a sequel to this book. I know that there doesn't have to be one, but I don't want it to end. I want more. I also wasn't entirely pleased with the ending, cause I never support separations :p The ending was also perfect, I don't want to change it.

You must read Jellicoe Road. You must read it because it is perfect. It was so much more than I thought it would be. The summary doesn't give it justice. It's even more perfect. This book has it all. It made me cry. It's beautiful. And I cannot wait to re-read it. To read my favorite Jonah moments. Which there are many of. You really must read this book. It's so, so good. Now I must buy all the editions <3

"Because being part of him isn't just anything. It's kind of everything."

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Update: Newer and better review of the book can be found here.

Waiting on Wednesday #63

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

THE WARD BY JORDANA FRANKEL

Goodreads Description:

Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.

Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pre-Order here.

Another new book :D I think this one sounds amazing. What drew me to it was the cover. The cover is stunning. And I do adore covers like this one ;) And yeah. The summary is amazing, to be honest. I do love Dystopia books. And The Ward sounds so good. Really hoping I will like it; that the writing will be good :) I hope so. And I'm hoping the romance will be amazing :D Hih. I do adore a great romance.
What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Today I'm sharing the cover for Of Triton by Anna Banks with you all :D And I must say that it is gorgeous. So pretty and perfect. Love it a whole lot. Of Triton is the sequel to Of Poseidon. Which I kind of loved. The story was perfect. I just had some issues with a few romance things that I did not approve of :\ But I'm pretty sure I won't have any issues with this sequel :D I cannot wait to read it. Hoping it will be perfect, like the cover. <3 Isn't it just so perfect? May 28th yet? :D What do you think of the cover?


In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?


My very old review of Of Poseidon. Book Depository.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Swag Giveaway

This is my first giveaway where I ship something myself. Not sure if I will ever give away one of my books, because I love them all way too much :) But today I'm sharing some of my book swag with two lucky winners! Anyone can enter, no matter where you live. There will be two different swag packs, so two different rafflecopter forms so that you can choose which ones you want to enter. You can enter both if you want. The only rule is that you follow me publicly via GFC. There is a lot of extra entries, though :) This giveaway will last for two weeks, and then I will email the winners. Good luck, everyone! And I hope you are having an amazing Christmas. <3 Some of the swag is signed, and some isn't :)

Swag Pack One. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Swag Pack Two.


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

It took me a while to read this book. I wanted to read it and love it, I really did. But it was so hard to fall in love with this book. I love the cover, really do, so pretty. And it does fit in with the book as well, which was good. I also found the summary to be pretty awesome. So I was excited to read this book. And while it was very amazing, and a bit unique, I just failed to fall in love with it. A bit sad about that, actually. But still. :)

The writing is good. Not perfect, but not bad either :) I liked that. The characters are kind of awesome as well. And while I liked them very much, I still didn't love this book. But I liked Ruby. And Liam. And Chubs. And maybe Zu. Just didn't think that they were written well enough. But that's probably just my issue with this book. I'm sure others will love it a lot more than I did :D Because it is exciting, full of action. And a great plot. And some cute characters. Too little romance, though.

I did enjoy this book. I did. At least a little bit. So it might be a three and a half star. Maybe. I just didn't love it. Which kind of sucked. But anyway! What I did like about it was the plot. It's special and kind of awesome. I liked that just one day every child changed. For those above the age of 8. They got different. They started having powers. Things they could do. And yeah. That was all kinds of amazing. I liked that plot twist a lot. And I even liked that goddamn crazy place they got sent to. I mean, yes, it was awful. So, so awful. It hurt my heart a lot. But it was also perfect. Enjoyed that. But yeah. I didn't enjoy everything in this book :\

This is the story of Ruby. She got sent to this camp six years ago, when she was ten. There is a reason for why she was sent there. And it's a bit heartbreaking, but could have been better, I think. I still liked it, though. Everyone is afraid of these children. So they all send them to these camps, where they are supposed to get better, healthy. And I kind of understood that. But yeah. It was awful. But also pretty amazing. I do love a lot of pain. There is so many people in Ruby's camp. Many hundreds of kids.

We don't stay long in the camps, though. Just about 80 pages. But I liked reading about it, and I kind of wished the book had been from that place all the time. Would have liked it more, I think ;p A lot of awful things happened there. Won't spoil it, because I did like reading about it :) I liked reading about Ruby. I did. I just didn't love her. She was a bit dumb. And not just because she have been locked up for six years. Although I felt like she was too "smart" to have been gone from the real world for six year.

I mean, she knew the name of every car she saw on the outside of the camp. That annoyed me. And she knew many complicated words as well, and I don't think any ten year old would, or would remember after being gone for six year. It isn't a bit deal, but yeah, it annoyed me a bit. Still. I enjoyed Ruby. She has this power. And while I thought her power was amazing, I kind of hated her for having it, since she didn't do anything about it. She didn't even try. She just felt sorry for herself :p Did not approve.

But anyway! I did actually like her a bit :) We also get to know this guy called Liam. And I'm pretty sure I liked him. Just, well, I didn't fall in love with him, and that sucked. He could have been done amazingly. But he wasn't. First, on the same page, they call him Liam. Then Lee. Makes me think there is two different people. I liked the name Liam, though ;p I just didn't think he was written very well. He was a bit boring. And the romance could have been there, but it wasn't, and it made me upset.

The romance in this book is very little. Because Ruby is afraid and blah blah blah. It just annoyed me a whole lot :\ I'm sorry for being so negative. But yeah. I must be honest, and I didn't like it much. She and Liam could have been amazing together, though. And there is a little romance between them. But it's small, and it kind of sucked. It could have been so much more. Then, of course, kind of a love triangle. The other reason for me not liking this book much. So yeah. Down to a three star now :p

We get to meet this guy called Clancy. I think it was. He's kind of a love interest. I mean, Ruby spends A WHOLE MONTH in his goddamn bedroom on his goddamn bed with him alone. She doesn't see Liam at all in all that time. I hated it. And she thinks this new guy is the most attractive person ever and blaah. Heh. I just didn't like at all. She doesn't kiss him though, but he kisses her. Assaults her. And yeah. I hated it. Hated her a bit for it, because she wanted it, she says. Ugh. I did not like.

Anyway. There is other characters in this book that I did like a bit. Like Chubs. He was awesome. Well, okay, I didn't like him that much in the beginning, because he wasn't written right either, at least not to me. Sigh. But I did like him. He was sweet, and protective. But then this ending happened, and it wasn't fair, and I hated it. Ugh. Then there was Zu. I liked her a bit. But she was a bit weird as well. But she was cute and kind, but we didn't get to know her nearly enough. I didn't approve of that part at all.

Meh. I feel like my review is all negative things :\ I'm sorry about that. But not really. Because I do like being honest about how I feel about books. And yeah. I did not like this book. Okay, I did enjoy it a bit, and I will be reading the sequel, but I did not love it, and I doubt I will re-read it. But still. The plot is good. And I somehow enjoyed the writing. And I do think others will love this book, I just didn't. So you should give it a try :) Because it is good, kind of, and I mostly liked it ;p Bad ending, though.

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Update July 7th 2013: I had to change my rating for this book from a three star to a two star. Why? Because while it has been a while since I read it, I just realized that I was not being honest when rating it. I did not enjoy it as much as I claimed with my three star rating. And because of that I had to change it. Because I like being honest, and giving this a star more than it deserve is not being honest. It is officially a two star for me, because I can’t even remember much of the story, and I would not ever re-read the book. I’m sorry, but not really, because you can’t love every book.


Best Books of 2012

Today I'm sharing my Best Books of 2012. My list is of 24 books. It doesn't include all the books that I loved this year, because that would have been way too many ;p But I did want to include more than ten, so I didn't do the top ten tuesday post for it. Even if I didn't include your book, that doesn't mean I loved it any less. Just that I loved a few books a tiny, tiny bit more, and my list couldn't be that long. Hih :) I'm very happy with my list, though. Because all of these books were perfect. Truly. And you all need to read them. Clicking on the titles of each book will lead you to my reviews of the books. I'm aware that some of these books did not come out in 2012. But this is the year I read them, so I'm including them even so :) I could not choose between these books. So while they are numbered, that doesn't mean that I love one book more than the other. I tried my best to make this look pretty, hope I succeeded at least a little bit :) I cannot wait to read more in 2013! It will be an amazing book year. Do you have a list? <3


1. Cinder. Such a perfect book. I loved it so much. Cinder is a must read for everyone. Perfect retelling.
2. Shadow and Bone. This book is perfection. Mal is amazing. The plot is stunning. Dying for book two.
3. The Immortal Rules. Best book about vampires that I have read. So perfectly amazing. Loved it a lot.


4. Graceling. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite book of all time. Could not have been better. Read it!
5. Fire. This sequel is amazing. Almost as good as Graceling. These books are a must read. Truly.
6. Bitterblue. While this isn't as good as the first two, it's still very, very good. And very dear to me.


7. This Is Not a Test. This is a special book. Will always have a place in my heart. It is so, so good.
8. The Raven Boys. This book is amazing. I cannot wait to read it again. It is just very precious.
9. Warm Bodies. Best zombie book ever. You need to get to know R. He is just the best zombie ever.


10. Finnikin of the Rock. I adore Fantasy books. Finnikin is one of the best. Everything was perfect.
11. Froi of the Exiles. One of the most heartbreaking books I have read. It's beyong amazing. So good.
12. Quintana of Charyn. Perfect ending to a perfect trilogy. These books are truly perfect. Amazing.


13. Scarlet. Sequel to Cinder. So extremely good. I enjoyed it so much. Dying for book three.
14. Girl of Nightmares. I loved this one. Perfect ghost story. I will miss Cas so much, though.
15. Stormdancer. This book was amazing. Perfect fantasy. Buru is so cool. Can't wait for book two!


16. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. Perfect middle grade book. My favorite. So creepy!
17. Keeper of the Lost Cities. I loved this MG book as well. So exciting and so sweet. So good.
18. Liesl & Po. A big favorite of mine. Written so well, and the book is just so sweet and amazing.


19. Falling Kingdoms. This book was so amazing. Perfect fantasy book. You really must read it.
20. The Madman's Daughter. I adored this book. So creepy and fantastic and just so perfect. Loved.
21. The Hallowed Ones. Amazing vampire book. I adored everything about this book. Sequel soon?


22. The Diviners. Amazing book. Very long and so good. Also very creepy, which I loved a whole lot.
23. The Fault in Our Stars. Perfect book. It was so good. So amazing and heartbreaking, loved it so.
24. Seraphina. I cannot wait to re-read this book. Perfect plot. Amazing dragons. It is so, so good.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #60

Yeah. I might have gotten more awesome things this week as well :) I'm in love with it all. But oh. Still missing so many packages. Grrr. Not pleased. But anyway. I cannot wait for Christmas! Won't be getting any books for Christmas, but I will be getting other things. <3 Might share some in the next IMM post :) We open presents after 5pm on the 24th here in Norway. Cannot wait to eat turkey and such. It will be amazing. But oh. I miss my Tarzan so much. <'3 Happy Holidays, everyone! And! Tonight at midnight I will be posting my Best Books of 2012 post. <3 It will be awesome. Also! I will be starting my swag giveaway on the 24th. For two weeks. I have already taken pictures of the two prizes, though, yet I got more swag today. So there will be a bookmark of Small Medium At Large in the prize pack as well :)
What did you get this week?


Elixir. I now own all of these books. Yet I haven't read a single one yet. Heeh. Must change that soon :)
The Lost Prince. Gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS UK paperback <3 I adore it. Loved this book too.
The Land of Stories. Adore middle grade books. And this one does seem pretty awesome. So pretty :)
The Darkest Minds. Reading this one now :) Taking me forever, but I do seem to like it a little bit ;p
Lord of the Rings Lego Wii. OMG! Love love love. Must play this one very soon <3 Cannot wait!
The Dark Knight Rises. I now own all these books. Have not watched them yet.. But very soon, I think :)
Iron Man 1 & 2. Lots of people love these movies. I think I need to see them. They do look amazing.
How They Croaked. This one looks awesome :D I won it from Joanne. <3 And the plush! It is GORGEOUS. I love it. And the signed bookmarks <3 and the bracelets :) I love them. So pretty.
Rise of the Guardians tattoos <3 I adore these. Ten of each. They are gorgeous. Love them :)
Another iPhone 5 cover of my Tarzan, since the first one was damaged. <3 So pretty. Sniffs.
NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind figure. <3 SO pretty! I adore it so much. It's perfect. Sigh.


True Blood. Because I love True Blood and Bill, I needed this one very much. <3 Bought all on sale ;p
The Hunger Games. Hated the movie, but loved the books. Kind of needed this one, still (A) Hih.
Game of Thrones x2. Best TV Show ever. Must read books soon. These are GORGEOUS!


The Hobbit. This book is perfect. I love it. Gorgeous map inside as well! Ahh. It is PERFECT.
Angry Birds Space figures. Thought they would be like my other Angry Birds items. But no, these are hard and smaller. But they are adorable, truly :D And I love them a lot. Hih. <3 I'm so sorry for the very unclear picture. Didn't pay that much attention when taking it (A) Still. So pretty :)
I also got a copy of 'Til the World Ends via NetGalley :D Read and reviewed already. <3

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: Island of Fire by Lisa McMann

Today I'm sharing the cover of The Unwanteds: Island of Fire by Lisa McMann with you all :D And I must admit, it is GORGEOUS! Ahh. I love it. I cannot wait to read this book. It is the third book in this amazing middle grade series. I love these books so much. And omg. Book two ended so bad. It was so creepy and awful and perfect. I cannot wait to read this third and final (?) book. I'm pretty sure it will be epic. Anyway. This cover is so pretty! I love all the covers for these books. So pretty. I simply cannot wait to read this book. The cover gives me hope about something.. <3 What do you think of the cover?
Update: I just noticed this! The Unwanteds is a SEVEN book series! Ahh :D That is beyond amazing. Cannot wait to read them all. But omg. I really hope Island of Fire won't end bad.. :) September 3rd yet?


My review of The Unwanteds. My review of Island of Silence. Book Depository.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I have had this book for many months. But because I'm a coward I didn't read it until now. I was still afraid, though. With good reason. This book is heartbreaking. It's so sad. But only very near the ending. And it's so damn good that you cannot not love it. The Fault in Our Stars is a book about love. And it's perfect. It's also a book about cancer and living with it. Which is all kinds of awful. But it's also a happy book with lots of young love and happiness and it's all just so good and I never wanted it to end. But it did. So heartbreakingly good and gut wrenching.

This is the story of Hazel. A sixteen year old girl with cancer. I won't try to explain her sickness, because I would most likely suck at it. But know that it is awful, so awful. But it's also so perfect and so well written and I loved it a lot. It sort of gave life to the character, even if the cancer is slowly killing her. It's so interesting to read about. She has to have this oxygen tank on at all times, and while that sort of disturbed me a bit, I also loved it. It's unique, and it just made me love her a lot more.

There is a lot of pain in my heart from reading this book. A lot of pain. First there is pain for Hazel. She seems so sad all the time. And I totally get that. But she's also pretty happy, and I loved that. But she does everything for her parents, and that was sad. But I understand it so well. I actually loved her parents. They love her so much. And it's just so awful for them as well. Her dad is crying all the time. But he's also so caring and kind and I just adored him. Same with her mom. They were awesome.

This is also a book about Augustus. Hazel meets him at this cancer kid support group. He's deadly handsome. And just so amazing. Most likely my favorite character. It's just impossible not to love him. He's perfect. Gorgeous, kind, funny. Everything you want in a boy. He's also a great friend, perfect boyfriend. Another I loved in this book was Isaac, he's best friend. He's adorable. He also gets his heart broken. It was awful. But also so amazing. He was just really fun to read about. And I enjoyed that a lot.

There is a lot of sick kids in this book. But it isn't all about sickness. But those sick people we do get to know.. it's, well, heartbreaking. I don't have another word for it. There is just so much pain. But it's so good and I couldn't get enough of it all. I loved reading about Isaac's cancer. And Hazel's. And mostly Augustus's. It was just so bad. But so perfect. And I have no words for how good this book was. I'm doing my best to describe it, but I'm pretty sure I'm failing. I need a sequel to this book. Truly.

The plot in this book is amazing. Hazel is such an amazing girl. She loves this book that she's read so many times. She gets Gus to read it, and he falls in love with it as well. And I loved that so much. It was adorable. She has tried so many times to get in contact with the author of that book. And it's kind of amazing. There is even a trip to Amsterdam. Best trip ever. But also most sad one. I hated that author. Really hated him. But it was so good to read about. And it was done so well and I loved it lots.

The romance in this book is so great. It's sweet and amazing and just so perfect. I loved it so much. First there isn't much, I mean, there is flirting from the beginning which was awesome. But Hazel is trying to keep Gus from being hurt if she dies. But she gets over that. And then everything gets so much better. And it's all so good. And the romance is so sweet and I just wanted more and more. But we also got so much, and I will always cherish it. Swooning a bit right now, just thinking about it.

I'm not sure what else to say about this plot. It's so good. So much amazing things happens. So much heartbreak and painful and awful things. And it is all so good. And I just loved every part of this book. I know I will re-read The Fault in Our Stars so many times. It is a book that must be read and loved a whole bunch of times. You need to read it. Seriously. This is not a book to be missed. While it is full of heartbreak, it is also so good and happy and sweet and it all makes so much sense at the end. Well, okay, I still hated that thing at the end. But it's so good that you can't really dislike it too much.

There is this tiny thing that I will spoil. I will not spoil how this book ends. What it ends with. How it happens. But I will say that something happens. And ah. It's awful. But anyway. I kind of new it before starting this book, so I'm hoping that you do too. I was sure there would be a death in this book. And there is. And it's awful. But it also surprised me a whole lot. And it was even worse than I had thought. And it's so unfair. But it also beyond perfect and I just can't decide how to feel about it. I want a sequel to this book. I really do. But there should not be one. I just need to know what happens to this one character. I also want deleted scenes. Many of those. Pretty please. <3

Once you start reading this book you cannot stop. I had been planning on just reading a little bit of it today. I didn't know it would be so addictive. But it was. And I had to finish it right away. So glad that I did. This book is just perfection. The writing is amazing. The characters are perfect, well, flawed, but still so perfect and so well written. There wasn't a single thing to hate in this book. Okay. That isn't really true. There was this thing happening at the end. So heartbreaking and unfair. So much sobbing.

Goodreads - Buy it

01/05/13 UPDATE: I have written a book recommendation for this book. Read it here. With teasers and some fan art from other people. I had to re-read it after just a few weeks :)

Waiting on Wednesday #62

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

DARK TRIUMPH BY R.L. LAFEVERS

Goodreads Description:

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.


Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pre-Order here.

I cannot wait for this book! I loved the first one; Grave Mercy. Dark Triumph is told from a different characters point of view, but I don't mind that :) Cause I seem to remember that I did like Sybella as well ;p Anyway. I adore Fantasy novels, and I cannot wait to read this book. Especially since I loved the first book by this author that I read. And I cannot wait to read more from this world she has created :)
What are you waiting for?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: 'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa

This is a short review for Julie's story, Dawn of Eden, which is a short story from 'Til the World Ends. I have loved her book, The Immortal Rules, ever since it came out this April. This story is a prequel to it. And it's all kinds of amazing. Not as good as the long book, but it's still amazing and is a great read. I enjoyed the writing a lot, like I always do with Julie's work. I also liked the characters a whole lot. And yeah. The plot is beyond amazing. It's unique and special. And so well done.

Dawn of Eden is about Kylie and Ben. Kylie is a doctor, working at this clinic just months after the Red Lung virus started to spread. A lot of people are already dead. She's working with a few other people, trying to keep sick people healthy. It isn't going very well, though. Since most of earth is dying away. And ah. This sickness is kind of awful and all kinds of fascinating. I enjoy reading about it so much, which I probably shouldn't, lol :)

Suddenly this guy shows up at her clinic, with his sick friend. Kylie stitch them both up, but it's not going well for the hurt guy, Nathan. We also get to know Ben a bit. He does seem so great. A bit tortured, but I liked that a lot ;) If you have read The Immortal Rules, you probably know what happens next. But I will share it, still. Something awful is happning to Nathan. Suddenly he's dead, and he's smelling so bad, so fast. And then he wakes up. Changed. White eyes, sunken skin. He kills one of the people working with Kylie. And it's kind of awful but also so amazing. I might be a fan of a lot of death and blood. Which there is in this.

This is where we get to know about the Rabids. I loved reading about them so much in The Immortal Rules, and I loved reading about them in this one as well. They are an amazing plot twist. We don't really see any vampires in this book, but that's okay. I loved reading about Kylie and Ben. They make a great couple. Some might call it insta-love or whatever, but I felt like it could happen like that with anyone. I loved it a lot. I kind of thought this would be a YA book, but it wasn't. And that was amazing.

I don't really read Adult books, but I knew I needed to read this one because of my love for The Immortal Rules. And I'm so glad I did. The plot is amazing. Won't spoil more of it. Just that we get more of the Rabids. And we even get to see Kanin a bit! Ahh. Which was totally awesome, to be honest. But yeah. This book is amazing. Exciting and sweet. There is some steamy romance, and I liked it a lot. This is a must read for every fan of The Immortal Rules. Think you must read it either way, though :)

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harlequin for the chance to read and review this book early. <3 There is three stories in this book. But I only read the first one, Dawn of Eden, which is about 130 pages long. Maybe I'll read the others at a later time, but not yet. I'm very happy with this story, though. And I cannot wait to read more by Julie. Super excited for the second book, The Eternity Cure. <3

Cover Reveal: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Today I'm sharing the new cover for The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa! It's the sequel to The Immortal Rules, which I loved so, so much. I cannot wait for this sequel. Wants it right away. I'm pretty sure it will be all kinds of epic :) Also, I need so much more of Zeke. <3 Sigh. Anyway! We now have a cover for this book :D And I'm not sure what to think about it. Because it's a new cover design, so we also get a new cover of The Immortal Rules. I do have to admit that the old one is my favorite. But, these new covers are pretty :) And I'm pretty sure they will be gorgeous in person. I cannot wait to own it. Also! Added the summary. Which I must admit is pretty awesome. But yeah. I'm worried. I will not be happy at all if there is a love triangle.. Really hope there won't be one. Anyway. Is is April 23rd yet? I need this book. <3 Also, I do like the cover a lot :) It really is pretty. What do you think of the cover? :)


Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

It's been months since I first knew of this book. I wanted it right away. Because the cover is gorgeous. I love it. And it was a Fantasy book. I'm pretty sure Fantasy books are my favorite books. They are just perfect. And when I read the summary I wanted this book even more. But I didn't request an ARC of it, because I wasn't sure if I would be able to read it because of all the different main characters. I was wrong. This book was perfect. Heartbreakingly perfect. I loved it with all my heart. I wish I had read it sooner, but I also wish I hadn't read it yet, because I cannot survive a year waiting for the sequel.

Falling Kingdoms is amazing. The writing is stunning. Which was perfect, because I'm a sucker for good writing. All the characters are amazing as well. I fell in love with every one of them. Except for Aron, lol :) The story is incredible. I loved this book from the very beginning. It starts with deaths. And while they are awful, I have always liked reading about deaths. They are also done so well. Everything in this book is done so good. There was just one thing that I disliked, and it isn't even a big issue. I don't know how to describe my love for this book. But I will try. Starting with the characters.

The first kingdom is Auranos, the Southern kingdom. Where one of the main characters lives. Cleo short for Cleiona. I had seen that many people didn't like her. Once I started reading I didn't understand why. Cleo might have been my favorite character in this book. Sure, she's a bit young and stupid, but I found her adorable and likeable. Didn't like that she snuck out so many times, but I didn't dislike her for it. Cleo is a strong person. A strong princess. And I liked her a whole lot. Can't wait for more of her.

Cleo has a sister, Emilia. Who I adored. She is mostly ill in this book, but we get to know her still. And I liked her a lot. We also get to know Mira and Nic, both who I also liked a lot. Nic seemed to be in love with Cleo. But she just consider him her best friend. Thank god. Hih. Then there is Aron. My god. I hated him. He does the first killing in this book. The one that changes everything. He's also a drunk. And I just disliked him so much. He isn't a kind person. He's also engaged to Cleo. Do not approve.

Good thing, though, is that Cleo doesn't like him at all. She hates him. Thank god. But she can't do anything about the engagement because he knows this secret of hers. That is the one thing I disliked in this book. Her secret. I shouldn't care about it. But it still bothers me when I read about it in other books as well :p I'm just weird like that. But I also understood it. Maybe. Then there is Theon. Cleo's personal guard. I loved him. There is a small romance between him and Cleo. And it was so sweet and amazing and I just wished there had been so much more. It didn't end very well. Heartbroken forever.

The second kingdom is Paelsia, the Middle kingdom. There we meet another main character, Jonas. And, well, I kind of fell in love with Jonas early on. He's pretty amazing. He's very angry, though, and I'm not sure I approved of everything he did. But I have hope for him. He's full of grief because his brother Tomas was murdered; by Aron. And it's all so awful. But I loved reading about Jonas. While he seems like an asshole at times, I did find him to be kind and sweet other times. Can't wait for more of him.

We get to know a lot from that kingdom. While Auranos is a wealthy land, full of riches and green grass, Paelsia is almost dead. The people is poor, the grass is dead. Pretty sure the whole land there will be dead very soon. It's an awful place to live. We also get to know some characters. Liked Jonas best friend, Brion. Hated the chief of this kingdom. He was kind of awful. And so stupid. I did not approve of him. But I did love reading about Eirene. She was a very sweet old woman, and an interesting plot twist.

The third kingdom is Limeros, the Northern kingdom. There we meet the last two main characters in this book. Magnus and Lucia. Brother and sister. Prince and Princess. This kingdom is my least favorite of them. The ruler is the King of Blood. He's goddamn awful. I hated him so much. He did so many cruel things. I also didn't approve of the way he ruled his kingdom. No fun for anyone. No books, no singing. Sounded awful. And cold. But I did love many other things about this kingdom. I really did. Kind of :)

Like Magnus. At first I loved him so much. Such a great character. I loved reading about him. I also kind of loved his forbidden feelings for his sister. He just loved her so much. And I did find him to be really sweet. But I hated the secret about the scar on his face.. Shudders. I did like reading about Magnus and Lucia. But is also broke my heart so much. Because, well, she doesn't love him. Not like he loves her. And I kind of just wanted them together.. but she cares for him so much as a brother. It was so sweet.

My feelings for Magnus started to change though, towards the ending of the book. He did some awful thing. He killed a person I loved so much. It was his first kill, and I felt awful about it, but that doesn't make the person he killed come back to life. Sniffs. After his first kill he started getting worse. So much colder. And ahh. I did not approve at all. Magnus changed. There was a war, and he killed so many people. And it seems to have changed him so much. But I'm hoping. I'm hoping he gets better.

Then there is Lucia. She's a special character. She's sweet and kind and all kinds of adorable. She's also got a secret. I won't spoil it, but it's pretty amazing. And I loved reading about it. But it also gives me fears. I don't want her to ruin any more things in the second book. She mustn't. But I have hope. Because she is so sweet. And I did love reading about her. And while I know it will probably never ever happen, I really want her to start having feelings for Magnus. They would be so sweet together.

Falling Kingdoms is about so many people. I thought it would be too much for me to read. But it wasn't. Everything was perfect. Every character. This book is also about magic. Kind of. We get to learn about some legends, and some sorceress. It's pretty exciting too :) I'm sure we'll get to know a lot more about the magic in the sequel. But I did love what we did get to learn in this one. Just want more and more. We also get to know about some Watchers; just not enough. I need more of those too.

This book is an epic fantasy journey. It is so perfect. I could not stop reading it. I never wanted it to end. And oh. The ending is a killer. Big cliffhanger, kind of. I might survive waiting a year for the next one, but I do not want to. I want the sequel right away. Falling Kingdoms is full of heartbreak. Maybe too much. And not enough. There is so many deaths. Of people I loved. Never wanted them to die. But it was also so good. Written so well. And I do like reading heartbreaking books. Just didn't think it would hurt so much. But yeah. Falling Kingdoms is full of pain. And it's so fantastic. I loved it.

I'm so glad I read this book. I cannot wait to read it again and again. It really was perfect. I'm dying to read the sequel. Hoping it will be out soon. If you haven't read Falling Kingdoms yet, I really suggest that you do so. Because it's perfect. And you'll fall in love with it. With the story. The writing. The adorable characters. There is just so much to love in this book. And I need everyone to read it. It's perfect.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

In My Mailbox #59

I got more books this week, I think. <3 Ahh. I love them all. Cannot wait to read them :D Especially Falling Kingdoms. This week I read two books. The Archived and The Madman's Daughter. I loved both of them. But I'm still having trouble reading :\ Oh, well. It is good to have some time not reading. And I do have lots of time for reading later on. I cannot wait for Christmas. Just nine days left! <3
What did you get this week?


Falling Kingdoms. I'm reading this book next. Cannot wait to read it! It seems amazing and so good.
Scent of Magic. I might not have loved the first one.. but I'm hoping to love this one :D Seems great.
Let the Right One In. Bought on sale. Did enjoy the movie a lot :D Cannot wait to read it ;p Hih.
The Archived. Ahhhh. My second real ARC <3 I adore it SO MUCH! And the book was really good :)
Gravity. My two paperbacks have arrived. <3 They are gorgeous. Hoping to read this book soon :)
Level 2. SIGNED :D I won it from Lenore. <3 She's amazing. And omg. This book looks so good. Cannot wait to read it :D Also adore the magnet and the postcards. Gorgeous swag. Sigh. <3


Taylor Swift. This perfume is pretty amazing. Smells like many others, but I still love it :)
Madagascar. One two and three on Blu-ray :D I adore. The third one is so amazing. Hih :D
Magazines. A few Robert Pattinson magazines (A) Wanted the posters. Hih. Sucker for pretty pictures.
Cinderella. They shipped me the wrong one. So now I have the right one <3 she looks gorgeous :)
Taffyta. My first one could not sit in her car. So I got a new free one :D She is perfect. Love.
Ponyo. Ah. Another of these Studio Ghibli figures <3 I love. Ponyo is adorable. This is perfect.
Rise of the Guardians. Cards <3 They are so gorgeous. I have two of this one. I love them all.
The Hobbit. This little figure is of Kili :) He looks so good. Hih. Adorable. And cards! They are perfect :)
The Lord of the Rings. Ahhh. Gorgeous ring. I love it so much :) It has a chain too. So pretty. Adore.
Legolas. Sigh. Legolas is my favorite character. This one is adorable. Sad he wasn't in The Hobbit :(


Breaking Dawn wedding Edward. He is not ruined at all, like my first one <3 SO GORGEOUS. Adore.
Harry Potter. I know own four of these :D There are six. They are so amazing. Need them all <3 ;)
The Hobbit. Norwegian movie magazine. Got three for free, but was only two pages of The Hobbit o.O
The Hobbit. I also got a whole bunch of these for free at the cinema.. Heh. Popcorn boxes :) Amazing.
Gilmore Girls. Got this one on sale :D Used to love this series. Looks amazing. Can't wait to rewatch :)
Merry Xmas. New Christmas CD ;) It looks pretty awesome. I hope the songs are good, though.
Liesl & Po. I adored this book so, so much. I'm so happy with this paperback. It is beyond gorgeous.
Kick-Ass. Haven't watched this one yet, but lots of people love it :) Hope it's good, it looks great ;p
Greta and the Goblin King bookmark. Got from the author <3 It is gorgeous. I love it so much :)
The Hobbit - Gandalf. I must admit I'm not sure what this is. Some kind of bookmark magnet? I think. Maybe. But anyway. It is so gorgeous. And I love it a lot. Got it from my sister :)
Spirited Away! This one is so great. So gorgeous. And ahhh. I love it so much <3 Better picture below :D


I also got so many ebooks this week. Well, okay, just 5 but still :D I love them. 
Just read The Madman's Daughter, and hoping to read the rest of these books soon. 
They seem so good. Thank you so, so much to Edelweiss for accepting me. <3 Picture below :)


In My Mailbox is an weekly meme made by The Story Siren

Friday, December 14, 2012

Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

I must admit that I had never given this book a second glance until I saw it on Edelweiss. I then read the summary, and I thought it sounded amazing. So I requested it. And I got accepted! I knew I had to read it right away. And today I finally started it. Could not stop reading. Every word was perfect. The writing is stunning in this book. The characters are amazing. The plot is perfect. There is so much happening in The Madman's Daughter. And I loved it all. Well, almost everything. But even so. This book was perfect, and I'm super excited to read it again and again. A book that must be read again.

I'm not sure how to write this review of mine. Hoping the words will just flow out of me. We'll see. The Madman's Daughter was perfect. It starts really good as well, which doesn't always happen with books these days. The main character is Juliet, a sixteen year old girl. She used to be rich, but then this scandal with her dad happened. He has now been gone for six years, her mom is dead, Juliet lives at this poor house with 20 other girls. She works as a cleaning maid at the college, where this professor is always trying to sexually assault her. I did like the other cleaning women, though :)

Juliet isn't happy. Not really. She has one friend, Lucy, who I actually really liked. She was a true friend, and really sweet. Then there was that goddamn awful professor. He's just there in the early beginning, but I hated him. He doesn't assault her, not really, but it's still kind of awful to read about. But I did love what Juliet did to him. She's fierce. And strong. And all kinds of amazing. A bit mad as well. Just perfect. She does something awful, so awful that she loses her job and have to leave town.

That's where Montgomery comes in. Juliet ends up finding out that her father is alive; but he hasn't contacted her at all these past six years. He lives out in this remote Island, which takes many many weeks to get to by boat. Won't say how, but she ends up meeting Montgomery and his friend Balthasar. Montgomery was her childhood best friend. He was their servant, and he disappeared when her father did. She only has fond memories of him, though, and I'm glad for that. Very, very happy about that.

Montgomery is two years older than Juliet, and he isn't as she remember from when they were kids. He's taller and broader, more muscles. And deadly handsome. I loved reading about how she reacted to him. It wasn't overdone. Even if he is so handsome and amazing. It is written very well, and I loved that. I could see why Juliet was attracted to him. But she also cares for him, as a friend, even if she hasn't seen him in six years. And yeah. He is my favorite character in this book. Swoons. He's amazing.

This is where the plot starts. Montgomery is still working for her father, has been for all the years, over at the Island. Juliet decides to go back there with him. It is a long boat ride. I hate long trips. Hih. But it was awesome to read about. And I loved the slow romance between Juliet and Montgomery. Even if nothing happened. Damn it. And then, of course, we were introduced to the love triangle. This new dude showed up from the water, half dead. Edward. I disliked him a lot. Might have liked him a tiny bit.

I know that some people might end up adoring him. Maybe. But I starting loving Montgomery. And I'm sticking with him. It might be a bit of insta-love, but not for Juliet. Edward seemed to be falling in love with her right away. Was a bit weird. And while I normally hate love triangles more than anything, it wasn't that bad in this book. I will be spoiling a few things. But it has nothing to do with the plot, not really, so you should read what I say next, if you want to know important bits about the romance :)

It is a love triangle. Somewhat. Juliet really likes Montgomery. And he likes her as well. But then Edward showed up. And he likes her as well. She's attracted to him, and she wants him. Kind of. They end up kissing. But he kisses her, and she pushes him away. Liked that a lot. Except for what happened after. He held her close while they slept. She didn't mind. Then she spied on him naked in a waterfall. I did not approve. Because Montgomery wasn't first with the kissing, or the naked part :\ Ugh. Did not like.

But it wasn't really that bad. Well.. okay, maybe. Still giving this book a five star. Because I did feel that Juliet was certain about who she wanted. Who she loved. Even if she was attracted to someone else as well. But it is also resolved by the ending. Hopefully. It better be. It seemed like it, thank god :) So enough about that. The plot in this book is perfect. Truly perfect. Creepy and scary. Horrifying and exciting. I loved every part of the plot in this book. Even wished it had been more awful. Hih.

I won't say that much about it. But I must mention this one thing. Juliet ends up at the Island, where she meets her father. Who truly is a madman. But I sort of liked him. He created some amazing things, even if it was cruel and heatless. I won't say what he creates, but it's amazing. And horrifying. But also so extremely perfect. I loved it so much. And it has such a huge part of this book, which I adored. I also liked getting to read about her dad. He was just so cold and kind of amazing. He's a great villain.

We also get to know so many other amazing characters in this book. Some scary ones. But I might have loved them all, and I felt so extremely sorry for most of them. Sniffs. But it was also so perfect. Balthasar is amazing. So kind and sweet. Adored him. I also adored Alice. She was nice and sweet and so adorable. And.. yeah.. Montgomery. He's perfect. Kind, sweet, protective. I loved him a lot. Wished there had been so much more of him, though. But he was so perfect in every moment. Adored him.

There is so much happening in The Madman's Daughter. I loved it all. Great action. Amazing romance. Perfect characters. The best story. Everything was just so good. But the ending.. The ending was cruel. And heartbreaking and a cliffhanger. I'm nervous about the sequel.. it must be good! Ahh. There mustn't be more heartbreak. Do not know how I will survive waiting thirteen months for the next one. Need it right away! Also cannot wait to get my hardcover of this perfect book. Will be so pretty.

I cannot bring myself to give this book a four star, even if I did have a few issues with the triangle thing. And the heartbreaking ending. I just loved it too much. The writing. The characters. The world. Every single thing. The Madman's Daughter is a book that you must read. It has it all. And it is perfect. You really need to read it. Thank you so much to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for accepting me to read and review this book. <3

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I have waited for The Archived for many months now. It doesn't come out until January, and I knew there were ARCs out there. So I sent an ARC request to the publisher, and they sent me one :D Super, super excited about that. This book is gorgeous. The cover is stunning. The key looks amazing as well ;) And yeah. Keys have a big part in this book. I loved The Archived. It was amazing, like I thought it would be, but there was this one thing I didn't approve of. Will talk about that later. First I want to let you all know about the things I loved :D

This book is about Mackenzie. She's a pretty amazing girl. I liked her a lot. She's smart and kind. Well. Sometimes :D Didn't like that she lied all the time, and didn't really care too much about her best friend. But I did like her, even though they didn't live at the same place anymore :) We get to know Mac quite a lot. She just moved to a new place with her mom and dad. They are all still grieving the loss of Ben, Mac's little brother. Which was so sad, just so you know. He seemed amazing. But he was killed a year before, they haven't been the same since then.

We get to see her parents a bit as well, and I must admit that I didn't really like them. They didn't seem to care much at all. Might be because of Ben, though, so I can't really blame them that much. We also get to know Mac's grandfather. Her Da. First I thought it was her father, since I'm not used to the American words. Hih. But yeah. It's her grandpa. He's also dead, been dead for four years. But we got to see her memories of him. Must admit it might have been some of my favorite moments. I adored him.

Something I also loved in this book was the story. The story is amazing. I loved learning about The Archive, and the Keepers and the Librarians. And getting to know what a History was. It was so amazing, and unique, in a way. I just loved this plot so much. It was perfect. This book is kind of a big mystery. Lots of exciting things happen. Lots of scary things too. And it is full of mysteries. We get to know so many interesting things. We also get to know many amazing people. Like Wesley. Sniffs.

Anyway. First I must explain what Mac is. She's a Keeper. She lives a normal life on the outside, but in secret she has this job that her grandfather passed on to her when he died. She has to send the dead that wakes back to their "sleeping place." Okay. I suck at explaining this. But it is amazing to read about :) She hunts down the Histories. People who have died goes to 'sleep,' sort of, in the Archive. It's like a library, just that the dead is the books. They hold so many memories. But sometimes the dead wakes up. If there is too much noise around, or if someone wakes them. Then Mac must take them back. That's her job. And I found that to be pretty amazing, to be honest :) Everything about her job was amazing. Just wish this book had been longer, so we could have gotten to know more about it all ;)

Wesley is an amazing person, so be honest. He's funny and sweet and kind. I loved him a lot. I'm just also so sad. I'm giving this book a four star because of the romance. Or lack of. Well. Okay. I wouldn't have minded no romance :) Just hated that one thing that was there. Wesley was a perfect love interest. He liked Mac a lot, and he was just so damn sweet. Amazing, really. But Mac is a private person. She was supposed to be that. I think she liked Wesley as well. It seemed like it.

Tiny warning. Below this part there is a few spoilers about this one character, Owen. 

But she wouldn't give it a chance. Instead she went into the Narrows and found herself a History to make-out with. MANY make-out sessions. I do not approve one bit. She didn't love him, or seem to like him much. She just wanted to have the quiet that his mind gave her. So she used him. And I hated her for it. She didn't ever kiss Wesley or touch him or talk important things with him. And it just broke my heart over and over and over again. And it's almost making me cry now. Sorry. Heh.

Anyway. I'm just really sensitive to these things. Because Wesley liked her a lot. And she knew that. But she betrayed him. By going and kissing someone else. Many times. And gaaah. Even though it might have ended pretty good, and I might have enjoyed very much what happened to Owen, it was not alright. At all. And yeah. I can't give it a five star, because I didn't like that part :\ Also, kind of worst part: he was dead. And she didn't care one bit. She just wanted the quiet. Ugh. Not happy.

Anyway. Sorry about those negative things (A) I just didn't like that part at all. But still. The Archived was amazing. The story is perfect, and the characters were great. I loved getting to the bottom of the mystery. The climax was pretty good as well ;) Just, yeah. I wished for more romance with Wesley. Especially since there was so much kissing with Owen. It wasn't fair at all. This book ended way too soon. There must be a second one. There must be <3 Because I need more plot. And romance. And I just need more of everything. I loved The Archived. It was very much worth the wait :)

I must admit though that I had some trouble getting into the writing at first. But that is mostly just my own fault, since I have not read much lately. So it was a bit hard for me to start reading. But once I got over that, it didn't last very long, I ended up loving the writing. And I want more of Victoria's words. I cannot wait for the second book in this series. Hope it's out soon. If you haven't yet pre-ordered The Archived, then you must do so :) Because it is an amazing book that you must read. <3 It is also a book full of pain and sorrow. Which is totally amazing, to be honest :)

Thank you so, so much to Disney Hyperion for sending me a review copy of this book :D
I will love and cherish it always. <3