Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mini Review: City Cat by Kate Banks

City Cat isn't out in hardcover until November, but I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC of it :) It's a cute and fun read. The rhyming is good, not perfect, but I enjoyed it. And the pictures are pretty cute as well. We get to learn a bit about Europe, which I enjoyed. At the end there is a little bit info about each city :)

This book is about a stray cat that sort of hitchhikes with this family leaving on a European car vacation. We get to see some awesome pictures of this cute cat and his or her adventures through some different cities. We also see a bit about the family. It's a cute story. Nothing too much, a bit simple, and I loved it.

There isn't much more for me to say about this book. Just that it's cute and I think a lot of kids and adults will enjoy it :) Giving it a four star because I felt like the illustrations could have been a bit better, but I still loved them. Also felt like the writing could be improved, since there was a lot of City Cat in the same small paragraph. Hurt my head a bit. But it was a good book, and I'm glad I read it :)
Thank you so much to Ksenia at Macmillan Kids for the review copy of this awesome picture book :)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In My Mailbox #87

Well. I thought for sure that I was back to reading, since I read two books last week. But I was not. Sigh. But I will try to start a book tonight or tomorrow morning. I hope. Because I wish to read. I just don't feel like doing it or doing anything else, to be honest. Not sure what's wrong with me. Maybe just lazy. Sigh. Still. Hope I'll be able to read soon :) Not all lazy, though, cause I don't feel like I have time to do anything before the day is over, either. Oh, well. ANYWAY. I got some awesome things in my mailbox this week :D Although I wish there was more.. right now I'm just waiting on a few things that I have ordered. So little! Still missing a few things I've won :\ Pre-ordered a lot of books, though. But they aren't coming out just yet :) And I still have so many left to pre-order. What did you get this week?


Ponyo. Such a gorgeous picture book. The movie is just so cute and perfect. Sigh. I love this so much.
Divergent. I had to buy two copies. I HAD TO. It's Divergent. And it looks perfect. Love, love, love.
Charmed Vengeance swag. Got this from Suzanne via the Airship Squadron. <3 Love them! Gorgeous.
The Dance of the Red Death. Got this copy from the UK publisher. <3 Thank you Nina! Love it :)
After Daybreak. I don't know why I own all three books when I have not started it yet.. Heh. Still :)
Wreck-It Ralph. Oh, finally own this. <3 Need to play it soon :D Think it will be awesome. I hope.
Up. Just had to buy this. Wasn't too expensive, and the movie is just so so cute. Hope it's good :D
Sherlock Holmes. Only cost me about £2. Very cheap. Haven't watched nr 1 yet, but I own it :)
Petra Volare. Won this amazing signed book from Nutschell :D Thank you so much! So pretty.


Nausicaä. The Art of is so damn gorgeous. LOVE it. And another manga version :) Missing 2.
Castle in the Sky. Now own all the manga versions of this amazing movie :) Love them. Sigh.
Angry Birds. Soap bubbles! Had to get it, since it's Angry Birds, and it is pink! So, so pretty.
The Lost Sun. I'm really excited to read this :D Hope it's amazing. Hoping to start it very soon.
Winter Queen. I kind of adore the author. So I just had to buy this. Hope it's good :) It's really pretty.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns + Crown of Embers + The Bitter Kingdom. Won all of these pretty things from Bibliopunkk. <3 Thank you sweetie! My own ARC copy of The Bitter Kingdom :D So pretty.



The Real Boy. So happy that I finally got accepted for this via Edelweiss :D So excited to read it.
Doon. Think this sounds like a kind of awesome book, love the cover. I hope it is good, though :)
Asylum. I liked the summary for this book, and got accepted via Edelweiss. Hope it's good ;p
The Beginning of Everything. Well. Was SO EXCITED that I got accepted on Edelweiss for this book. And then I go to download. And it says it expired on June 5th. Even though on another tab it says July 27th. Either way, though, I CANNOT download it :'( Harperteen did not respond to my tweet.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Red Death Saga Blog Tour: Guest Post with Bethany Griffin

I'm so happy to be a part of the Red Death Saga blog tour today! I read The Masque of the Red Death last year and I quite enjoyed it. Cannot wait to read The Dance of the Red Death and see how it all ends :) I also really adore Bethany. She's pretty amazing. Today I'm having a guest post with her, where she's sharing her thoughts on writing a duology :) Thank you so much Bethany :) I love it! Thank you to Nina and the UK publisher for letting me be a part of this blog tour. Hope you all enjoyed this guest post :)


So- full disclosure- I’ve read a lot of trilogies, but I’ve never written one. I have written a stand alone novel, and of course, now I’ve completed a two books series, sometimes called a duology, a set, a couple of books? Right now trilogies are very popular, but they are far from a new thing, and usually they work.

Why do trilogies work? I think they generally follow the three act structure with the first book (while hopefully being a stand alone story) serving as the introduction, the second book encompassing the rising action and character arc, and the third book serving as the climax.

But the Red Death Saga didn’t fall into the trilogy mold. I meant to write one book, realized that I wasn’t going to be able to finish it in one volume and expanded into a two book series.

One of the challenges with two books is that book 2 in many ways has to do the jobs that books 2 and 3 would do in a traditional trilogy. Another difficulty inherent in the Red Death Saga is that book 1 ended on something of a cliff-hanger, so if you really think about it, rather than a book and a sequel, the two books are really just two halves of the same story rather than two stories featuring the same characters. If I ever write a two book series again, I won’t do it that way. 1. Because I don’t like to do things the same way twice and 2. Because I realized I love writing story openings; I’ve discovered that those are the most fun to write.

If I were to write two books again, each book would have an opening, a middle, and a climax.  Dance began at the point that would be the beginning of the book and it just kept building from there. It was fun, but didn’t have that new feeling of writing a new book that I always crave when I’m halfway through any manuscript.






Where to find Bethany Griffin:
Website - Twitter - Facebook


Red Death Saga: 
Website - Goodreads - My Review

Where to buy the books:
Amazon - The Book Depository - Barnes & Noble





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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #89

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

THE TRAP (The Hunt #3) BY ANDREW FUKUDA

Goodreads Description:

The explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy—perfect for fans of The Hunger Games!

After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene's mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy.


Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Pre-Order here.

Yeah. I cannot wait to read The Trap! I kind of really loved The Hunt and The Prey. Need to know what happens next in this awesome trilogy. Needs to know what happens with the characters and the world and just everything. Sigh. I think this finale will be amazing, and I just wish it was out already :)
What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mini Review: Elecopter by Michael Slack

Elecopter is a short and really cute picture book. When I saw that Macmillan had ARC copies of it I just had to request it. And I'm glad I did. It isn't out until September, but you should really buy it then. Because it is a really cute book with amazing illustrations :)

While this is a really short book with not much text to read I still managed to love it. Mostly because I kind of love picture books and middle grade books. There are some amazing illustrations in this book. Of Elecopter and a whole other bunch of pretty animals.

There is also a small plot in this picture book, featuring Elecopter. She's a blue Elephant mixed with a helicopter. Which I found to be really sweet, to be honest. She's just so cute; and a real hero :)

The book tells a short story about Elecopter and the things she does for the savannah. The animals she rescues from hurt and the things she does to keep them all safe. I just enjoyed looking at the pictures of it all and reading the little text :) It was a great picture book. It isn't very long, though, so I'm not sure what else I can say about it. Wish it was longer, but it was also really perfect the way it was.

I think a lot of kids will love this book. I loved it, even though I'm not a kid anymore :) So I think adults will love it too. At least they should, because it's cute and lovely. The pictures are really stunning, and I think I need to check out more of the artwork by Michael. I really enjoyed reading this short book.
Thank you so much to Ksenia at Macmillan Kids for the review copy of this amazing picture book :)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Let the Storms Break by Shannon Messenger

Sharing the cover for Let the Storms Break today :D It's the sequel to Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. <3 I adored the first book, and I cannot wait to read this one :D I need to know what happens next. I also really adore Shannon. She's just amazing. Can't wait for March 4th :) Anyway. I love the title for this, and the cover is just so stunning. Might even be loving it more than the first one. Maybe. I'm not sure. It's just so gorgeous. Sigh. I simply cannot wait to own it. What do you think of it?


Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

In My Mailbox #86

I read two books this week! I'm awesome, lol :D And I'll be starting another one tomorrow. Glad to be back to reading. I hope. First book I read I did not enjoy. But the second one I loved :) I got a few amazing things in the mail this week. <3 Still waiting on this important thing that I won :\ Sigh. Hoping it will arrive really, really soon :) Having a bit trouble with my kitty, though. What did you get this week?


Defy the Dark. Think this sounds awesome :D Lots of short stories by amazing authors. Sigh. <3
Star Cursed. I can now finally read Born Wicked ;) Such a pretty book. But evil ending.. Heh :)
The Pirate's Wish. Need to read book one as well, but think they both look amazing. Pretty, too.
Venom. Been wanting to read this for a while, so I just had to pre-order the paperback months back ;p
The Dance of the Red Death. Heh. I pre-ordered the UK paperback as well as the hardcover ;p Pretty.
Siege and Storm. Not sure why I pre-ordered two copies.. Hih. But it is really pretty :D I love it.
Shadow and Bone. UK paperback like the UK paperback of S&S :) So pretty. Love this book so much.
Totoro t-shirt. Oh, I love getting t-shirts from Qwertee. <3 This is just all kinds of gorgeous. Love it.
Kiki's Delivery Service figure. Now only missing two of these figures :D She's just so pretty.


The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die. Read this via Netgalley a while ago, and I needed my own copy :)
Tumble & Fall. Did not love this book, but oh. It is so, so pretty to look at. Thanks Macmillan. <3
Engines of the Broken World. This book looks pretty interesting, hope it's good :) Thanks Macmillan. <3
Altered. I have to read the first book, but I do think they both sound amazing :D Thanks Macmillan. <3
Horde. SO happy about this! Finally re-reading Enclave and reading Outpost :) Thanks Macmillan. <3
City Cat. Looks so cute! I cannot wait to read it. Think I'll love it :) Thank you Macmillan. <3
The Raven Boys. The Scorpio Races. Might have payed a bit much to get these two signed (A)
But I don't mind. They are just perfect. Maggie is amazing and I love both these books so much. <3 
Elecopter. Think this book looks so cute :D Love the cover. Excited to read. Thank you Macmillan. <3









Cause I'm a bit bad at remembering, I forgot to mention that I got accepted for Indelible via NetGalley last week :D I think it sounds pretty awesome, and I hope to be reading it soon. <3







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Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Today I'm sharing the cover for Into the Still Blue with you all. And omg. It's amazing. And stunning. And just so perfect. Sigh. I'm dying to read this book. I loved Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night SO MUCH. I just need more of Perry and Aria. <3 Dying to read this third and final book. I'm first sharing the US cover reveal, and then beneath that the UK cover reveal. I love them both so much, and I will be getting both to complete my collections of US and UK editions ;p Hih. So pretty. And omg. I love the tagline! Gah. I just need so much more of Perry and Aria together. Best part of the cover reveal? FIRST THREE CHAPTERS to be read HERE. Love love love. What do you think of the covers? <3


Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission—because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

I had been meaning to read Born of Illusion for a few weeks now. I first heard of it because Cat Winters told me to read it and so I knew I would love it. And then I got a finished paperback for review from HarperCollins International, which made me so happy. Today I finally started this book, and I just had to finish it right away. Born of Illusion was amazing.

I don't really know how to describe this book. I don't want to talk too much about it or give too much away. But oh. I loved it so much. First I loved the writing, which was a huge plus. I love it when I love the writing in a book. Sigh. I also really adore the cover. And then I loved the main character. Anna is amazing. And the rest of the characters too. They are so awesome.

The book is told from the point of view of Anna. Who is an amazing girl. I adored her so much. Okay, I might have been a bit sad about how much she loved her mother, whom I didn't like very much at all. I sort of understood her by the ending. Maybe. But I still didn't like her. But even so. Anna is a good person. Born of Illusion is a book about magic. Magic shows, séances, real and fraud. It was all really interesting to read about. There is Houdini too. The books is set in 1920, which I loved. Love that time frame.

There is a lot of things happening in this book. And I don't feel like giving it all away. But you should know that there is a lot of magic, yet I might have wanted even more. There are some betrayals. A bit of heartbreak. But also some happy moments that I loved so much. Swoon. The writing is just so good. I just could not stop reading and loving this. I'm at a loss for words. Probably won't be a long review. But that's okay. I just need to share how much I love it. And how much I loved the characters :D

As I said, I loved reading about Anna. Not her mother. Though she was interesting. I loved their manager a bit, though. Mostly near the end. But he was pretty awesome. And oh. Anna's neighbor was awesome. This old man and I loved him so much. Wish we had seen more of him. Anyway. Loved reading about Anna's magic. The things she could do. Not saying more than that. Because I loved reading about the plot in this book and I think all of you will too. There are lots of surprises.

One character that I really loved was Cole. He was just perfect. Sigh. He seemed a bit weird a few times yet to me it was a bit adorable. He is the love interest, for the most part. Anna really likes him. And I so understood that. He's an amazing character and I loved getting to know him. Wish we had gotten to know him a bit more, though. And that there had been a bit more romance, but there didn't need to be, because the plot was awesome all on its own. But yeah. Cole was amazing. Just, so much swoon.

One thing that bothered me was the kind of love triangle. There is this other guy, Owen. And he likes Anna too. They even go on a few dates. But yeah. I did not think that Anna liked him, and I loved that. Sigh. But still. Wish it hadn't been a part of the book, because it messed with my heart a bit. I do not like love triangles. But still. This wasn't all that bad. Nothing too dramatic, hih. Owen was an interesting character. Not sure how I felt about him. Just know that I didn't like him much from the beginning.

I suppose that is all I have to say about this book. I can't think of anything else, and I don't want to spoil what happens. Just, it was amazing. Born of Illusion is a perfect book. Full of mystery and magic and excitement and romance. It just had all of it. I loved mostly all of the characters. They were all interesting to read about, and I loved that. This was just a really good book, and I'm so glad that I read it. Will definitely be re-reading it someday. Just wish there was a sequel with more Anna and Cole.

I read a finished paperback edition of this book, thanks to HarperCollins International. <3 Thank you so much. But I will also be buying a hardcover copy of this book sometime soon. It was just so good that I need a hardcover of it as well, hih. You really should read Born of Illusion. It truly is amazing.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Tumble & Fall is an intriguing book. And it pains me to say that I did not enjoy it at all. I've wanted to read it ever since I saw that beautiful cover, which really is amazing. Thought it sounded like an amazing book with a great plot. The cover made it look like an epic love story, which was what I was expecting. But I did not get that. At all. And that made me so sad. I'm sorry if this review will sound a bit negative, but I just need to share my feelings about this book :) And be honest too.

I wanted to love this book. I really did. I just could not. It wasn't anything like I thought it would be, and while that didn't really matter, what it ended up being just wasn't good enough for me. First I'll talk about the writing. I did not like it. It's good enough, but I found so many things that annoyed me and I couldn't overlook it. And the way the characters talked. Sigh. Did not like that either. Or the way they were thinking.

This book is told from three different point of views. Read that someone found that a bit hard to understand, but I didn't have any problem with that. I just had problems with the characters. And the way they acted and spoke and just everything. At first I didn't, but then I got into the book and I started to get to know the characters and I just didn't like them. It tells the story of three different teens. Thought they would be friends or something, but they aren't. Thing is, it's told in just 7 days. That was the biggest thing that I disliked.

Just a warning. A bit of my review will be spoilery. I won't spoil the ending. Or some other important things. But yeah. I have to talk about things that happen in this book, and it will be spoilery. If you are planning on reading it, you might not want to know these things already. But then, I kind of wished I had known. Not sure I would have read it if I had known. Sigh. But I am glad I did read it, somewhat, even though I didn't enjoy it. It was interesting to read, and I kind of liked it a tiny bit. Maybe. Perhaps not.

I didn't think I had any feelings about insta-love. I thought I liked it, even. But in this book it's worse than insta-love. There is even insta-sex between someone. Which I didn't understand at all. It didn't make sense. And it just made my head hurt. Sigh. Problem might be that I didn't feel anything for these characters. Nothing at all. They didn't make me feel for them, and there weren't really enough drama or action for me to enjoy this. Summary mentions end of the world. True. But not shocking enough.

Going to talk about some of the characters. There is Sienna, who I kind of liked at first. Except that we didn't truly get to know her at all. She had a past I could have loved, if it had been done better. I just found her to be boring and her family drama too. She suddenly falls in love with Owen. Which I did not get at all. There was no romance there, to be honest. Nothing that I felt at least. That depressed me, since it was the only couple who could have had some romance in this book. A bit sad about it.

Then there is Zan, who I didn't like at all. Her boyfriend died ten months ago, and she's kind of crazy about it. I didn't like it. Didn't feel like we got to know her either. Didn't enjoy reading about her family either, because it was kind of depressing, in a bad way. I thought there would be romance between her and Nick, but there wasn't. Or it was. A bit. And it sucked. She was too obsessed with her dead boyfriend. They have an adventure. It was boring. Sigh. I tried to enjoy it and I failed. I'm sorry.

Then the third main character is Caden. Whom I almost hated. At first I felt sorry for him, but then he changed and I didn't enjoy reading about him at all. We has this weird life that we get to know some things about, and I didn't understand how his mother changed so much in 4 days. Not realistic. You see, he gets kidnapped. By his dad. And my god. It was so fucked up and I didn't like it at all. It was just weird and Caden was even weirder for not trying to "escape." I disliked Sophie a whole lot. Gah.

There is just a lot of weird in this book. And I'm sorry for being a bit negative, but I'm being honest about my feelings for this book and I do not feel like lying about it. I did not like it. I didn't enjoy reading about the characters. I found the things they did to be either boring or stupid. The whole end of the world thing wasn't done very well either. Felt like it could have been so much more. The way the people reacted didn't seem real to me either. Might just be me, though. But still. My feelings about it.

I don't have anything else to say about Tumble & Fall. It could have been an amazing book, like its amazing cover. But it wasn't. Not at all. Not for me, at least. I gave the book many chances to make me love it, but it just failed every time. I'm just happy that I actually managed to finish it, because I wanted to give it up so many times. Still. I sort of liked it a few times, which is why it's a two star and not a one star. It had too many bad parts for me to enjoy it. Hopefully others will like it more than me :)

When I first started this book yesterday I thought I would end up giving it a four star. Because even in the beginning I had some issues with the writing and connecting with the characters. And then later I changed my mind to a three star. And then just a short few pages after that I settled on a two star rating. I could say a two point five, but it wouldn't be true. I did not enjoy this book. Despite reading the whole thing. That doesn't mean that you won't, though, so you should give it a try in September :)

I want to thank Macmillan Kids and Ksenia for the review copy of Tumble & Fall. <3 Despite not loving it, I am happy that I read it, and so happy to own such a pretty copy. Thank you so much for the chance.

Waiting on Wednesday #88

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

THE REAL BOY BY ANNE URSU

Goodreads Description:

From Anne Ursu, the author of one of the most widely acclaimed middle-grade novels in recent memory, comes a new fairy-tale adventure of magic and friendship.

On an island at the edge of an immense sea there is a city, a forest, and a boy. The city is called Asteri, a perfect city that was saved by the magic woven into its walls from a devastating plague that swept through the world over a hundred years before. The forest is called the Barrow, a vast wood of ancient trees that encircles the city and feeds the earth with magic. And the boy is called Oscar, a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow. Oscar spends his days in a small room in the dark cellar of his master's shop grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island generations ago. Oscar's world is small, but he likes it that way. The real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite fit in.

But it's been a long time since anyone who could call himself a wizard walked the world, and now that world is changing. Children in the city are falling ill and something sinister lurks in the forest. Oscar has been content to stay in his small room in the cellar, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the trees will keep his island safe. Now, even magic may not be enough to save it...


Hardcover, 343 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Walden Pond Press
Pre-Order here.

While I didn't fully love the author's first book, Breadcrumbs, I still cannot wait to read this one. Because I adore middle grade books. And because I think this one sounds pretty awesome. And because the cover really is all kinds of awesome. So yeah. I cannot wait to read The Real Boy :) Oscar sounds amazing.
What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #21

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I need to start this. Think I'll love it.
2. Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts. Love the cover for this one. Sounds amazing. So excited :)
3. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown. I cannot wait to read this! Think it sounds amazing. Hope I'll love it.
4. Alienated by Melissa Landers. So excited for this one too. I really wish I'll love it. It's so pretty too.
5. Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick. Dying to read this. I need to get started. Think it will be epic. Sigh. <3
6. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. I did enjoy the first book, and can't wait to read this one :)
7. Enclave & Outpost & Horde by Ann Aquire. So excited to read them all! I cannot wait to get started.
8. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. Been meaning to read this for a while. I'm excited.
9. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. Excited to read this one! Seems pretty awesome.
10. Rush by Eve Silver. Love the cover for this book. I really hope I'll enjoy the book as well :)


Yeah. I have tons of books to read! So, so many. So I'm listing the top ten books I'm going to read next. Hoping to read them very, very soon, because they all sound amazing. Sigh. I just need some time to read. Maybe today. I hope :) Not all the books I have to read, though.What is on your list this week?

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Today I'm sharing the cover for Avalon by Mindee Arnett. I cannot wait to read this book! I read and loved her other book, The Nightmare Affair. This one sounds different. And the cover is different too. And I love it so much. I think I will love Avalon a lot. It just sounds kind of perfect, to be honest :) Cannot wait to read it. <3 Also, Mindee is just so amazing :) Avalon is coming out on January 21st 2014. Wish it was out right now, but I believe it's worth the long wait :D What do you think of the cover?


Jeth Seagrave is the leader of the Malleus Shades, the galaxy’s most accomplished and elusive band of teenage mercenaries. Working for feared crime boss Hammer Defoe, Jeth and his crew have made their name stealing unsecured metadrives – the complex piece of technology that makes faster-than-light-speed travel possible. The ITA–the far-reaching organization that produces and polices metatechnology–has been on Jeth’s tale for years, and is looking for any chance to take down Hammer’s black market metatech trade.

But Jeth doesn’t care about any of this. All he wants to do is earn enough money to purchase his parents’ ship, Avalon, from Hammer. His parents, former ITA scientists, were executed for treason years back, and Jeth, his sister Lizzie, and their uncle Milton fell into debt to Hammer. Finally, Jeth has found himself just one job away from freedom. This job, however, is going to give Jeth much, much more than he bargained for – and when he finds himself in possession of information that both Hammer and the ITA will kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s dreamed of for so long.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

I'm dying to read this book. Simply dying to. Been waiting so long for it and I just wish it was October already. Perfect Ruin is the first book in The Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano. And oh. I think it will be a perfect book. Lauren has shared so many amazing teasers, and I cannot wait to get to know all the characters and the amazing sounding world. <3 I just need this book. Anyway. I'm sharing the cover for it today :) I'm a bit unsure how I feel about it. I love it; of course I do. I love the details on it. I'm just a tiny bit unsure about the girl. But I'm hoping it will look even prettier in person. <3 Anyway. I think the cover is pretty amazing, even so :) And I just adore Lauren so much and I need to read this book right away. I need to get to know Judas ;p Hih. And Morgan. What do you think of the cover?


On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

In My Mailbox #85

I still haven't been able to read ANYTHING. I suck. But gah. It's just hard to find the time to read these days. First it was my new apartment, which I'm just about finished with. Then it was also the kitten which is still torturing me a bit. And then a few weeks ago my sister and nephew came home, and I've been playing Nintendo Wii with her every day since. Just, gah. I need to find some time to read! Right away. Because I do have a lot of amazing review copies to read. Sigh. Also. Did get some awesome things in the mail this week. <3 Still waiting on lots of things.. like my signed Shadow and Bone copy which I believe might be missing. Sobs. But hoping it will arrive soon. What did you get this week?


Dance of the Red Death. I did enjoy the first book a lot :) Hoping to read this one day. Pretty. <3
Fallen. Heh. I already own this book. Haven't read it yet. But I'm weird, and it was really cheap..
Unbreakable. UK paperback :D I love it. The book is all kinds of awesome too. Love this edition.
Dark Triumph. Pretty UK paperback. <3 Me love. The book is really amazing too. So amazing.
The Extincts. Review copy from The Book Depository :) Going to read it in a few weeks, I think ;p
Wreck-It Ralph. Ahh, 3D Blu-Ray. <3 Love this movie so much. Need to get a few more versions ;p
Les Miserables. Just had to get this two-disc special edition :) It's so pretty too. Must get the movie.
Unbreakable swag pack. Won this from Elizabeth :D Thank you. <33 Love it all so much! So pretty.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #87

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

REBEL SPRING (Falling Kingdoms #2) BY MORGAN RHODES

Goodreads Description:

Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series

Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world...

When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.


Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here.

I'm dying for this. Simply dying. Wish Edelweiss would accept me :) Falling Kingdoms was just so amazing. I, at least, loved it like crazy. And I cannot wait to read Rebel Spring! I need to know what happens next. Was a bit disappointed by the romance in book one, but hoping for an amazing one in this sequel :D I just cannot wait to read more about all the characters. Cleo. Jonas. Magnus. Sigh. <3
What are you waiting for? 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

This is actually sort of a cover and title reveal. Since we just learned the title a few days ago and the cover today :D Her Dark Curiosity is the sequel to The Madman's Daughter. Which was just so amazing and creepy and perfect. And oh. I'm just so in love with this title. It's amazing and really fitting, I hope :) And then there is the cover. It looks awesome! Don't think it is quite as perfect as the first one, since I'm really, really in love with that one. But omg. This is so pretty too. And London in the background! Oh. I'm just dying to read it. Truly dying. Wish it was out before January 2014 :) Just can't wait. <3


To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

In My Mailbox #84

Got a few amazing books this week. <3 That I myself have pre-ordered ;p Hih. But oh. I still haven't been able to read a whole book. Just a few short stories. But I also know why. Because I want to read, I really do. And I have some amazing books that I need and want to read right away. Like, These Broken Stars. Monsters. Tumble & Fall. Alienated. Born of Illusion. Rose Under Fire. The School for Good and Evil. And a whole bunch of other books. But it's been crazy in my life because of my kitten, whom I think I'm finally getting used to having around. Although I love her so, so much and she's really amazing. <3 And I did just move upstairs a few weeks ago. Finally almost finished unpacking :D Hoping to share pictures next week. <3 Of my apartment and of my book shelves :) What did you get this week?


Order of Darkness. Need to read book one, but I do think I will read them soon :) Sounds awesome.
Abandon. I still haven't read book one and two (A) But now I have them all :D Approve of ending.
Wild Awake. I read this a while ago, while I did not love it I just had to own it. It is pretty you see.
The Beautiful and the Cursed. Peeked at ending.. Not happy at all. Still, I am excited to read it ;p
The Elementals. This book was so amazing! Love love love. Read it in December :) So pretty too.
Dare You To. Sigh. This hardcover is so so gorgeous. Really hoping to get the time to read it soon.
Elegy. Oh, I cannot wait to read this. <3 Hoping to soon. I did love the first two books a whole lot.
The Great Gatsby. Seen so many people on twitter that loved this book. Was cheap, so had to get it :)
Siege and Storm. Sigh. Perfect book. Read in January. Need to re-read. Gorgeous, gorgeous hardcovers.
Shadow and Bone. Audio CD :D I just had to get it. Not sure I will ever listen, but oh so pretty. Love.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mini Review: The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo

Been waiting for ages to read this short story. And I can finally say that it did not disappoint. It's fast read, and I could not stop reading it. It's written really well, like everything else by Leigh. I don't know how to describe this short story. I kind of wish it had been even darker. Because I'm like that. Yet it is dark enough. And a bit funny and sweet. It's just amazing.

The Too-Clever Fox is told from the point of view of a fox named Koja. And oh. I really loved reading about him. It isn't such a long story, yet we do get to know enough. We get to know about Koja's life, from he was born and until now. It was pretty interesting to read about. Not saying more than that :)

We get to know a lot of things in this short story. Mostly just about the animals living in this forest in the world of Ravka. Which I loved. Because there are a lot of amazing creatures there. Like Ivan Gostov the bear. And Lula the nightingale. They were both awesome to read about. Sigh. Everything was amazing to read about. And while I loved every part of this story, I still wished it had been longer. Even though it is told from the point of view of a fox. But that just made me love it more and made me want even more. But I also felt like I got to know enough :)

Won't say much about the plot in this book. Just that there is a hunter. And that it's kind of creepy. And that I loved it and wished it had been even more creepy. We get to read a bit about this guy called Jurek and his sister Sofiya. They were a bit scary. But really interesting to read about, so I loved that a lot. Not much more to say about this short story. Just that I loved it so much. It's amazing. I loved the ending too. Although it was a bit shocking and a lot of heartbreaking. Sigh. It was just so good.

You should all know by now that I adore and love Leigh Bardugo. And everything she has written. And all the editions of her books. And all the jewelry based on her books. If you are curious about my collection, you should just search for Leigh Bardugo at the top my blog where there is a blogger search box, cause it searches all of my blog. Anyway. I'm dying to read the third book, Ruin and Rising :D And hoping for many more short stories by Leigh. <3 I just cannot wait to read it all. Sigh. Now, go read this :D

Waiting on Wednesday #86

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

ANTIGODDESS BY KENDARE BLAKE

Goodreads Description:

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.


Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen
Pre-Order here.

Wish it was September already! I cannot wait to read Antigoddess :D Think it sounds amazing. And, just sigh. I adore Kendare so much, and I loved her Anna books. <3 They were just so perfect. I cannot wait to read this and see how amazing it is. Can't wait to get to know Cassandra :) And the awesome plot.
What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: The Gorgon in the Gully by Melina Marchetta

The Gorgon in the Gully was just what I needed today. It's been just a few months since I first realized that the main character in this book is the little brother of Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road. And that there is a little bit of Jonah in this book. And because I that I needed it right away. And I'm so glad I read it. Because it's fun and cute and awesome.

This is not a very long book. Just over one hundred pages, yet there are very little pages with not that many words. Yet it was perfect. It tells a story, and a pretty amazing story as well. My review will not be very long, because as I said, short book. And it just tells one story, so there isn't all that much to talk about. But I do need to talk a little bit about it :)

This is a middle grade book told from the point of view of Danny Griggs. Who is an amazing person. I loved him a whole lot. He's pretty special too, although I felt like at the beginning he seemed a bit boring. But I still loved him. Thing is, he's scared of everything. Everything except for his family. Which is sort of cute, to be honest. We get to know him a lot, and his mom and Jack. I just loved getting to know Jonah's family better :) They all seemed pretty amazing. And I loved reading it all.

There is an interesting plot in this book. We get to see a lot of the school Danny goes to, and a lot of his friends and enemies. I loved reading about them all, because we get to know them a lot. I even liked all of them too. Especially Simon. He's not very nice in the beginning. But oh. He does change, and he was just one of the bestest friends. I adored him. It also broke my heart a bit to read about his home life, even though we didn't get to see all of it. Kind of makes me wish Melina will write about him later :)

Anyway. This is about the Gorgon in the gully. Won't say more about it, just that there is this thing Danny has decided to do. So there is a lot of planning and acting and I loved how all of the kids got together for it. It was cute. The Gorgon is someone or something living in the gully. And it has been taking everything that falls down there. Every kind of different balls and other items. Yet no one dare to go down there. Until Danny. I loved reading about it because it was interesting, fun and a bit sweet :)

The Gorgon in the Gully is an amazing book. There wasn't anything I didn't love about it. Well, okay, I might have wanted a tiny bit more Jonah, because I'm just like that. But it was amazing what we did get. Sigh. Jonah is just perfect. But yeah. This is the story of his brother, and I loved that even more. Because Danny was awesome too and I adored him a lot. This is a fun and quick read. It's a tiny bit sad, but not much. It was exciting all the time. So yes. I think you should all read this amazing book.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Giveaway Winners :)

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing the winner of my International Birthday Giveaway that lasted a month. There were more than 1180 entries. Which is so cool! You guys are amazing. Thank you all for entering. I gained a lot of followers with this giveaway, about 70. And I passed 1000 twitter followers :D Which is just too amazing. Thank you all for following me. You guys are the best. <3


Congrats to Lacey! I have just emailed her, and hoping to hear back from her very soon :) She won a book of choice from my pretty awesome favorites list. Even if you didn't win, you really should read all of my favorite books. <3 There are just twelve on the list. And they are all so, so perfect. Go buy them :)

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I also wanted to share who won my Of Triton Blog Tour Giveaway with an amazing prize from Macmillan. There were more than 570 entries. Which is all kinds of awesome. Even if you didn't win, you really should go and buy Of Poseidon and Of Triton by Anna Banks :) Because both books are amazing.


Congrats to Kendra! She's already responded to my email, so I'm hoping she'll get her prize soon :) She won a paperback copy of Of Poseidon and a hardcover of Of Triton and an Of Poseidon bookmark. Which is so amazing. I'm jealous :) Haven't read the books yet? Go buy them! :) You won't regret it.

Thank you all so much for entering and for following my blog and commenting on my posts! You guys are all so amazing, and I adore you all. <3 Thank you. I just love blogging. One of the reasons is all the amazing people I get to know :) Not sure when I will have a new giveaway, but hopefully soon. That giveaway will be of swag, at least a small swag pack from In the Shadow of Blackbirds :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

In My Mailbox #83

Yeah. I haven't read anything. Not one thing. Been almost three weeks now since I finished The 5th Wave. It's not that I don't want to read. Because I do. I really, truly do. I have a bunch of amazing books that I cannot wait to read. I need to start These Broken Stars. But oh. I haven't had the time to yet. It's because of the moving upstairs, cause I have a lot of things that needed unpacking and sorting and just everything. And it's a lot with the kitty too. But I'm getting there. Not too much left now, I hope. Hoping to read tomorrow :) Anyway. I did get some awesome things this week :D What did you get this week?




Monument 14: Sky on Fire. I haven't read book one yet, but I'm hoping to read both some day :)
Of Triton. I loved this book; it was amazing. And oh. My own hardcover is so gorgeous! I love it.
Reboot. International paperbacks are the best. I love it so much. And the book is amazing as well :D
The Near Witch. I won this from a blogger ages ago, and it finally arrived :D It is pretty awesome.
Stormdancer. A new kind of paperback :) I think I love it. Not as pretty as the US, but still gorgeous :)
Goddess. Heh. I still haven't started the series. But I own all. Just needed to know the ending first (A)
Timepiece. Not sure when I will read this. Author was SO MEAN to me a few years ago.. Loved bk 1.
Dare You To. Gah! I need to read this. Have it via NetGalley too. Think it will be amazing :) Pretty.
The Gorgon in the Gully. Did NOT know Jonah Griggs is in this book! Will read it very, very soon :D
The Little Prince. Hih. It was cheap on book depo so I just had to get it. It's also really, really pretty.
The School for Good and Evil. Rush. Born of Illusion. I got all three of these from HarperCollins International :D So, so, so happy. <3 They all sounds amazing! I hope to be reading them next week :D
Nausicaa. Heh, I own a few copies of this. Except for this US blu-ray :D And ahh. It's just so pretty.
ParaNorman. Had to buy it in 3D, since it was on sale. Think it will be the first I watch it 3D on my TV :)


I also just had to get Tumble & Fall and This Song Will Save Your Life via Macmillan on Netgalley. <3 Really hoping to get a print ARC of the first one, but if not I will read it via here :D Both books sounds amazing. Also got The Wrong Girl on Netgalley too :) Hoping it's good. It looks and sounds pretty ;p

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LAST CHANCE! To enter my INTERNATIONAL birthday giveaway :) It's ending it just over a day, so you should hurry up and enter :) Winner will get to choose between my favorite books. Enter HERE.

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LAST CHANCE! Did you see my blog tour post for Of Poseidon? It's awesome. And you can win a hardcover of Of Triton and a paperback of Of Poseidon + bookmark! You want it. US/Canada only, since publisher is shipping. Giveaway ends in just a few hours! So hurry up :) Enter HERE.