Saturday, March 17, 2018

In My Mailbox #332

I read two amazing books this week, eee. And I'm feeling so so happy about that :D But I also read one that wasn't as amazing, lol. But three books read this week. I'm feeling happy about that. And this coming week I will be re-reading Illuminae and Gemina and then reading Obsidio. Aaack. I'm excited and nervous :D Cannot wait. As always, I must write a little bit about my health. Medicine still not working. And now I have gotten sick in another way too; ears hurts so badly, nose is bad, throat is bad, and small fever again. Just, uuuugh. So goddamn tired of being in pain all the time. Sigh. Please let my medicine begin working now. But besides that, the week was good. Great mail, good books read, and spent time with niece and nephew, which I love so much :D Baby is now two months old, and she is the most adorable. Oh, and I do spend all day with my stunning cat too, and that helps a lot as well. Blogged a little this week :) I shared my review of LIFEL1K3. <3 EEE! And this week I'm waiting on Give the Dark My Love :D Then shared my review of The Lies They Tell. It was meh. But then shared my review of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and ahh :D Loved it. So yeah. I read two aaamazing books this week. I'm so happy about that. Sigh. They were perfect. Health sucks, though, so I'm a bit behind on things, and just trying to relax so that I might get better faster :) But shall try my best to catch up a little bit each day too. If I'm able to :)

Obsidio. Eee, first hardcover is finally here :D It is gooorgeous. <3 Now ready to re-read Illuminae, aaack.
Mindee Arnett ARCs. EEE! Thank you for trading with me Calla :D I am SO happy to own all of these. <3
Shatter Me Series. Ack. I won these from the wonderful Whitney. <3 Unsure if I'll ever read them, though.
Sightwitch. I still haven't read book one, ack, but now I do own them all :D And I think I will love them too.
Miraculous Ladybug. Sigh, I love this show so so much. And oh, that newest episode! My heart. Love it.
Happy Hello Bookmarks. My latest order. So many :D They are all so gorgeous. Adore these bookmarks.
Pop Figures. Eee! They are all gorgeous. New Harry Potter :D My Balrog. Oh, they are all so so precious.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

My mind is pretty much broken from this book. I don't even know where to start with this review of mine. I had hoped that I would enjoy this book. And oh, how I did. I loved it so much. But oh, my poor heart. So yes. This book mostly broke me. And I could not help but love every moment of it. Giving this precious five stars.

I must admit to never having read the official Frankenstein book, or seen many movies about it. But I know most of the story, and have seen a few movies, years back. Which made it even easier to picture everything in this book. And now I must do even more research about it, ack, because this book has made me curious.

I shall start by mentioning that this book is all kinds of dark and awful and I loved every part of it. But it is not for those that can't handle dark things. There is a lot of death. A lot of sad moments. For me, it was so perfect. But do not go into this book expecting it to be all pink and happy. Because it was not. And I would not have wanted it any other way. Eee. I loved this book a lot. Even though my heart is also completely broken, I think. And I must say that I do wish this book had a happier story as well, I wish there had been a romance to make things more happy. But I also very much loved how dark this book was. There were a few hints of happy parts. But they were not many. This book was dark. Dark and lovely. And I have so many thoughts about it all.

This book tells the story about seventeen year old Elizabeth. And oh, how I loved this girl. Getting to know her was the very best. There are a few scenes that include things that happened with her growing up, and I loved those pages. Elizabeth has been living with the Frankenstein family since she was five years old, and her caretaker sold her to them. She did not have a good life before that. This new family got her as a gift for their son, Victor, whom was a little bit older than Elizabeth. And this couple has three children total.

Reading about Elizabeth was the very best. But also the most painful. My heart is forever broken because of her. She was such a strong girl. And all she wants is to stay safe and secure, to not be left with nothing if the Frankensteins decide they do not need her anymore. And so ever since she was five years old, she has done everything she could to stay with them. She became best friends with Victor. She was with him all the time, keeping him calm, mostly. She tried her best with the rest of the family. They were interesting.

And oh, this poor girl. I am not going to talk about most of what happens, just wanting to mention some things. Elizabeth is not happy. Because Victor is not a normal boy. He can get angry. He can hurt things. And Elizabeth is the only one who can calm him. He has been gone to school for the past two years, and Elizabeth is worried with him gone, worried she will be kicked out. And so she goes to look for him. Which is where this story truly begin. Because she does find him. But she also finds much more. Ack. My heart.

This book is filled with amazingly written characters. Elizabeth was my favorite. I wanted her to be happy and safe so badly. She has spent her whole life pretending. Being who everyone else needed her to be, so she could stay safe. And it broke my heart. She was so strong and awesome, though. For the past two years, she has had another best friend. Justine. Gosh, I adored this girl. She was a lot softer and kinder than Elizabeth, but I loved her so. And they were great friends. Reading her story pretty much broke me.

There were so many characters that I loved in this book. It's mostly focused on Elizabeth and Victor, but there were some others too that I enjoyed reading about. Like Henry. He annoyed me a little, but he was written so well. And Mary. I adored that girl. Wishing there had been more about her. She was awesome. And oh, then there was Victor. I am not going to say much about him. Just going to mention that he was written so well and was truly complicated. Sometimes I loved him. Then I hated him more than anything.

I'm not going to talk too much about this book. And I haven't really spoiled anything at all yet. And I won't. But oh, how I loved this book. I'm not sure how I will handle this heartbreak, though. This is not a happy story. There are a lot of deaths. And those killed me. There are some pretty gruesome scenes too. All of it were written so well, though. Writing was amazing. The ending was both good and bad. I'm not sure how I felt about it, to be honest. But it was an excellent ending, even so. And very fitting with the story as well.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every page of it. It is such a dark and hopeless story. But with the most fierce main character girl. Elizabeth was amazing and I loved getting to know her so much. This book broke me. Yet I am so happy that I read it and I know that I will read this book more than once. I can't help but hope that Kiersten will write more books like this one. Dark and awful and so perfect. I want more of it. Crossing all my fingers.

Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. I'm so thrilled I had the chance to read it early. As I loved it so very much. And I will treasure my gorgeous ARC forever and ever. Cannot wait to own the finished copy of this in September too. This book was a surprise in some ways, as I didn't know I would love it as much as I did. But I'm so happy about it. If you like dark stories, then you most definitely need to read this book. So worth reading.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

Finishing this book has made me feel so upset and disappointed. Which is such a shame, because this book started out very well. Enjoyed at least half of it so much, and found the small mystery of it all to be interesting and great to read about. Then everything went downhill closer to the ending. And I feel so sad about it all.

I shall start by sharing why I enjoyed this book, at least the first part of it. This is not really my genre at all, but I wanted to give it a try when I read the summary for it, as I thought it looked great and sounded interesting too. And for the most part, that was true. The writing in this book was pretty great, and I enjoyed that a lot.

This is told from the point of view of eighteen year old Pearl. She lives in a small town with her father, whom is a drunk. They are poor too, and she works at the golf club trying to earn enough to live by. In the summer, the place is filled with rich boys and their parents, out with their boats and having parties and such. Pearl was an interesting character to get to know. I liked her a lot, but also didn't know all that much about her. But she was sweet, and I liked her a lot. But oh, I'm not all that happy about her life. She works with her best friend, Reese. She's been in love with him ever since she met him. But they are only friends. He is in a relationship with a girl at work, and she sees them together all the time, and she's full of hurt. Just. Ahh. No. More on that soon.

First I'm sharing more about why this book is a three star for me. The reasons for why I liked it. This book is about Pearl and her life, but it's also about a fire that happened six months before, killing four out of five people from a very rich family. Pearl's father worked for them, and he got blamed for what happened. No one ever got caught for the deaths of the family, and her dad has lost almost all of his jobs. And Pearl is not okay with it at all. She wants to know what happened. Who is to blame. She want her father cleared.

And so this summer, when one of the rich boys starts talking to her, she decides to begin hanging out with them. To try to figure out more about what happened with the fire. So she's hanging out with the boy who lived, Tristan, and his two friends, Bridges and Akil. She's slowly investigating. And I liked this very small mystery a lot. I liked reading about her becoming friends with these boys, and hanging out with them and others too. They are all over eighteen. And at first I liked them all, sort of. But then that changed. So rude.

And sigh. While I did like this book a lot in the beginning, I still did not love it. And then some weird things started happening, and I'm not feeling very pleased about it at all. I'm going to try not to include too many spoilers, but I need to talk about all things romance. I have to. Because it's bothering me beyond words. First I wish to mention that Akil was such an asshole. I hated that boy so much; he was always rude to Pearl and he was not nice to any other girl either. I wanted him hurt, honestly. Shrugs. It did not happen.

In this book, Pearl has not had a boyfriend before. She's in love with Reese. But he's with someone else. And at the end she learns that he is moving in with his on-and-off girlfriend. And so Pearl is heartbroken. And I'm not okay with it at all. This book had no romance. I felt sure that Pearl and Reese would end up together. But they never did. They were just friends. But she wanted more, and I hated reading about it, how it never happened. Reese was mostly a great person, though. And I liked getting to know him a lot.

But yeah, when Pearl starts hanging out with the summer boys, she has to flirt a lot with Bridges. There are some kisses. She doesn't even like him. She was using him, somewhat. And he was using her too, kind of. And I just feel so truly disappointed by all of it. I wanted a good mystery book with an awesome romance too. Mystery was a little tame, and romance completely sucked. Ugh. There was even sexual tension between her and Tristan. What. Yeah. Three boys. No romance with any of them. Disappointed.

That whole drama was not even written that well. Ugh. I wish this book had been without all of it, to be honest. She should have just been friends with all of them. Or had a relationship with just one boy. Hmph. I'm bitter about it, and I feel I will think about it for long now. Ahh. Hope to forget about it soon, because it just makes me sad. But anyway. This book was about the mystery too. About Pearl trying to find the real killer. The ending was kind of good, but also not exciting. I had expected more, to be completely honest.

Overall, The Lies They Tell were disappointing for me. It started pretty strong, then ended really badly. I liked reading about Pearl a lot. But she didn't even get her happy ending, and I am really bitter about it. Ack. But yeah. I'm still glad that I gave this book a try; as it wasn't all bad. I feel sad that I didn't like the book more, but yeah. I do think that a lot of others might enjoy it lots, though. I'm curious to know. Huge thank you to HarperCollins International for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read and review.

Waiting on Wednesday #335

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


Goodreads Description:

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Razorbill
Pre-Order here and here

I mean, really. DOES THIS BOOK NOT LOOK GORGEOUS? :D AHHH! I am SO excited for this one. I adore Beth so so so much and this new book by her sounds so good. Eeee. I'm going to love it to pieces, I just know it. Simply cannot wait to get to know these characters. Eee. I'm so super excited for this one.
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Review: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

My wait for this book have been long. I feel so lucky and thankful to have been able to read it early. Eee. I've been excited about it for so long, as I am a huge fan of Jay, and have loved his books ever since Stormdancer came out. And gosh, LIFEL1K3 did not disappoint. It was everything I wanted it to be and so much more.

I am not even sure where to begin writing this review. Because this book destroyed me. I'm unsure how I'm going to survive the wait for the next two books. And not sure at all how anything will be in book two. So nervous. Yet beyond excited. This book had a killer ending. One that was so very good. Loved it beyond words.

The writing in this book was stunning. Which I'm so happy about. There is so much to say about this book. I have no idea how I'm going to fit it all. But I will not share spoilers, but gosh, trust me when I say that this book will murder you with awesome. It is so good. And I loved every part of it. Even that rude ending. Hmph. Not sure how it's possible for Jay to be writing so many amazing books. He's just awesome. I mean, yeah, he's awful, because his books are heartbreaking and evil, but gosh, how they are amazing too. And LIFEL1K3 even more so than the rest. Just, the writing. The characters. The world. The romance. And the friendships. Everything about this book was written so well. I would also say that it is very much an Anastasia retelling, eee. Loved that.

This book tells the story of Eve. She lives in a broken world, where being out too long in the sun will give you cancer. Where robots are a huge part of life, and they are used for almost all work things. This whole world was so interesting to read about. There are new things to know all the time. I loved it so. Can't wait to know even more about it later on too. Eve is such an amazing girl. And I loved getting to know her. She lives with her grandfather, and she's trying to make money to get him medicine, as he is dying of cancer.

She is awesome building machines and such, and so she has this great way of trying to make money. Until it goes wrong, and now everyone is looking for her, most to kill her. But before that, getting to know Eve was the best thing. She was fierce and brave and so awesome. Her grandpa was mostly great too, I was a bit unsure about him. She has this small robot friend, Cricket, he was all kinds of fun in this book. She also has a robot dog, Kaiser. And that dog was beyond adorable and I loved him so much. So cute.

Eve also has the very best friend in the world. Lemon. And this girl was the best and I loved her beyond words. Eee. Oh, I hope there will be more of her in book two. She was so much fun and sassy and just so perfect. She has some secrets, but she's still awesome. I loved her and Eve's friendship so much. They were adorable together and they had this awesome saying that I loved the most. Lemon is also a big part of this book, which was just the greatest. I have all the love for her. And so wish there will be more of her.

There is so much I could say about the plot of this book. But I shall not mention a lot of it. When Eve and Lemon are on their way home, before everyone tries to kill them, they find a body in the trash. Not quite a robot, but a lifelike. Creatures that were made a couple of years ago, and then every one of them should have been destroyed. But this one was not. His name is Ezekiel, and gosh, that boy brought a whole lot of trouble to Eve's life. The best kind too, haha. Well, okay, the worst sort of trouble, but still. So amazing.

While trying not to die, Eve starts having memories of a different life. Something that she cannot really remember. And this thing is a huge part of this plot. I won't say much more about it. But oh, how it was awesome. I adored reading about her and Ezekiel growing closer. How there were some secrets there. Heartbreaking. Romantic too. And oh, how I shipped those two characters. Ezekiel was an amazing boy to get to know; not quite human, but not a robot either. Lifelike. And very much so. Eee. I loved him tons.

I seriously do not know how to talk about this book. I want to share all the spoilers. I want to shout about that ending. Because it ruined me. I shall try my best to heal from it. But it made the entire book different. Made me see things differently. And made me fully unsure about how I want the rest of the books to end. Gosh. It was so good, though. But most definitely a cliffhanger. Worth reading, though. My mind is empty of words for this book. Only know that I loved it very, very much. And I need so much more. Right away.

LIFEL1K3 was everything I wanted it to be and more. Full of an amazing cast of characters. An incredible and dark future world. This story murdered my heart. And I loved every moment of it. This book is going to be big, and I'm so excited about it. These characters were all written so well and I fell in love with all of them so much. But oh, waiting for the next two books might end up killing me. I simply have no idea at all how this story will end. And that thrills me so. But I'm also beyond scared. Cannot wait to know it all. Eee.

Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. I'm forever grateful, and will treasure this lovely book beyond words. I am so happy I was able to read it early. Eee. I cannot wait to own all the finished copies of it too, they are going to be so gorgeous. If you are planning to read this book, then get moving. Order it right now. Because it's worth it. This book was amazing. You are all going to love it too, so much. I promise you that. It's beyond amazing.