Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #328

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


Goodreads Description:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends  
Pre-Order here and here

I'm kind of in love with this cover. Eee. It's so beautiful. I haven't really heard that much about this book, and yet I am going to order it, because I think it looks so gorgeous and sounds awesome and I think that I will love this one. Eee. Crossing my fingers :D And hoping that there might be an awesome romance too. Oh, and also, after I wrote this post, I ended up with an eARC of this book. Reading it soon :D Excited.
What are you waiting for on this lethal Wednesday?

Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I did not really know that I wanted to read this book until a few days ago, when I finally truly read the summary for it. I requested it on Netgalley, and was approved yesterday. And I simply could not resist reading it right away. And eee, I'm thrilled that I did so. Because this book was all kinds of awesome. And I loved it lots.

I'm very unsure where to begin with describing it, though. I would say that it is a viking book. Which I loved a whole lot. I have not really watched any viking shows lately though, but I want to. And now I really wish to do so soon. The writing in this book was very good, and I never had any issues with that. Which was so great.

This book is told from the point of view of Eelyn. Whom is such a fierce warrior girl. She has killed so many in the fights against a different clan. Everyone in this book is a killer. And I loved that a whole lot. It was interesting to read about, though brutal as well, which I always enjoy. Eelyn was such a fierce girl to read about, and oh, how I loved her. Getting to know her was the very best. I loved her relationship with her father; it was sweet and so good to read about. Her mother is dead, and her brother has been dead for five years now too. At least that is what she thinks. Until she sees him on the battlefield in the beginning of this book. Fighting for the other side. And everything she thinks she knows get turned around. There is so much happening in this book.

And I loved every moment of it. Eee. I'm giving Sky in the Deep five stars, because I simply couldn't stop reading this book. Every scene was awesome. It's a bit heartbreaking and a little romantic and really full of violence too. I loved it all so much. I do wish that there could have been a bit more romance, because I adored this pair so much. Sigh. The romance was perfect, but I wanted more, of course. This is also very much a standalone, I think. But gosh, how I would want another book. With same characters, same world.

I'm not going to talk too much about the plot of this stunning thing, I don't think. But there are some things that I must mention. The story is about Eelyn finding out that her brother is not dead, that he has made a new life for himself, along with her enemies. She is not happy with learning this. At the same moment she learns it, they kidnap her. And so much happens to this girl. It broke my heart. And yet she was so strong, always. And I loved reading about it all so much. Not going to say more about it, just, such a good story.

There is a little bit of romance in this book too. Eee. And I loved that so much. Sigh. Eelyn and Fiske do not start the book liking each other at all. They almost kill each other. And they have so many things that make them hate each other. I enjoyed reading that a lot too. But oh, when they finally started to become friends, and then more than that, it was the sweetest thing and I loved it so much. Shipped them so much. And eee, Fiske was an incredible character. I loved getting to know this boy so much. Fierce and loving.

There are so many characters in this book. And I'm not going to mention most of them. I adored Eelyn. And her father. She also has a best friend, whom I adored too. She made me a bit angry at some points, but I also understood her. Somewhat. But ah, Eelyn's brother. Who wasn't really dead. I was angry with him. So angry. But I kind of liked him too, but I did not love him. Hmph. Such an amazing story, though. There was also this little boy that was all kinds of adorable and sweet to read about. And so many more.

I think one of the biggest reasons for why I loved this book was because of how much Eelyn changed in it. She is always fierce and amazing. But she grows to be more understanding as the book goes on. And I loved that. She has lived her whole life fighting with her people, and she has loved doing that. But in this book she spends some time with the enemy clan, and she starts feeling different about all the fighting. It takes some time, of course, but I loved how much she grew. Was interesting and amazing to read about.

There is so much that I could say about this book. I could probably just write forever and ever saying that I loved it, haha. But I'm not going to do that. There is still so much I haven't shared about everything that happens in this book. I have seen that there will be a companion book out next year, and I cannot wait for that. Hoping these characters might be in it too. Fingers crossed. Either way, I'm going to read and love it. I'm so happy with how much I loved this book. And I think that all of you will love it too. You must read it.

This book reminded me a lot of Beyond a Darkened Shore, which was also a book that I enjoyed a whole lot. But though they were similar, they were also really different. Which I'm happy about. Also just happy to love them both, so yay for that. Both are books worth reading. And oh, how I am glad that I read Sky in the Deep. It was all I had hoped that it would be and so much more. Such a stunning story and amazing characters. I couldn't get enough of this story. Huge thank you to the publisher for the Netgalley approval.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

This was a book that I had to read when I saw that gorgeous cover and read the very exciting summary. And I am pleased to say that this book was pretty great. I didn't fully love it, but it was exciting and I enjoyed it a whole bunch. I am giving it three stars, though, because I know it's also a book that I am going to forget.

Which was a bit depressing. But it was still an exciting read, and I did enjoy it from start to finish. There was not anything about it that I hated. But there sadly was not anything about it that I loved either. I found the writing to be pretty great, which was good. The book was set far back in time, western time, which I enjoyed lots.

There is a lot to talk about when it comes to this book. Going to try my best to explain it all. It's a kind of long book, five hundred pages, but not full of words, so it did not take that long to read it. But I also felt that it could have done with a few hundred pages less, because I was bored so many times. Yes, there was some exciting moments that I enjoyed a lot, but it was also incredibly slow and not much happened at all. I felt like it could have been better. I have seen someone say it was a better version of Walk on Earth a Stranger, and haha. I do not agree with that. Because I loved that book so much, and this one I did not love at all. Devils Unto Dust was similar, except with some type of zombie. But it wasn't the same. This one was much more boring.

This book is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Willie. I enjoyed reading about this girl a whole lot. I sadly did not love her, as I did not get to know her well enough at all. But she was exciting to read about, and I did enjoy that. She lives alone with her three younger siblings, their mom dead and their dad a drunk. They are very poor. And living in the desert. I liked reading about her family, though. They were pretty sweet. But there was also too much focus on that in the beginning, for so long. Grew boring.

The plot in this book is about the desert not being a safe place. About ten years ago many people started getting sick, then they started attacking others. Sort of like zombies. I feel a little disappointed about this, because while I did like reading about these creatures a lot, there was too little about them. Way too little back story. I wished to know more about them. Anyway. This story starts with Willie's dad stealing money and taking off. With her being told to bring she had to bring him back or take his punishment for stealing.

I'm unsure what else to say about this plot. To be honest, there wasn't really that much happening. Willie sets out from her town, to go hunt down her father. She hires some young hunters to help her, because of the creatures outside the walls. All of this book is about her going a few days one way to a different town, then going back again a few days after that. Sure, there are some things happening in the middle of that, but, well, I had kind of expected this book to be a bit more than what I got. Which makes me a little sad.

But even so. I did like this book a lot. I found the story to be interesting, and I wanted to know what would happen to Willie. But I also did not love it. I did not love the characters. Felt like it could have been much better. Aw. I think that the reason for why I had issues loving this book was the lack of romance. As there was none. Then suddenly near the end there are hints of a romance. But these hints were way too small and nothing happened. I could have loved this book, maybe, if there had been some awesome romance.

I said I had a lot to say about this book. That turned out not to be true. Because I'm having issues finding the words. And I don't think I have anything else to say about it. Devils Unto Dust was exciting at times, but also incredibly boring most of the time. There was one death that just made me angry, and not sad. I wish I could have loved this book, but it wasn't to be. Some parts were good, but nothing I will remember, sadly. Thank you to the publisher for the eARC via Edelweiss, and a lovely person for trading it with me.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

In My Mailbox #324

This week have been all kinds of busy. My new niece arrived night to Tuesday, and I have been spending a little time with her each day. Eee. She's tiny and so perfect. I'm also still in a lot of pain all the time, so I haven't felt like doing much else. And so I haven't read at all this week, not since last weekend. Ack. But planning on picking up a new book tonight :D Fingers crossed. Just a bit exhausted all the time. But I did see Jumanji today, and it was awesome. I also got SO MUCH great mail this week, eee :D I'm in love with all of it. <3 Sniffs. So happy. Despite not reading much, I did end up with a lot of blog posts this week. Yay for that. I posted my review of Nightbooks :) I took part in the Batman: Nightwalker blog tour. <3 I posted my review of The Prince and the Dressmaker; which I read at the end of July :D This week I'm waiting on Iron Tide Rising. <3 Then I shared the cover reveal for The Hollow of Fear :D So anyway. This week was good. Baby Sophia is the cutest thing, and I love spending time with her. So I am a bit distracted too. But hoping to read more as well :) Soonish, haha. So thrilled with all the precious mail I got this week. Eee.

Batman. Both finished copies have arrived :D I love them so. Adored this book. Gorgeous hardcovers.
Unearthed. Yay! Finally got my hardcover of this most stunning and awesome book. Loved it oh so much.
The Cruel Prince. Ack, I'm really hoping that I will love this book :) It looks and sounds so so awesome.
Starfall. I still have to read this second book, ack, but soonish. Had to have this new paperback, though.
The Fallen Kingdom. Yay! UK smaller paperback is out. It is gorgeous. Sigh. I must read this final book.
Furyborn. EEE! I'm dying. SO HAPPY :D AHH! Final cover ARC! MY PRECIOUS! Loved this book so much. Love Claire. Love this ARC. Ahh. Thank you so, so much to the lovely publisher for this precious thing. <3 And thank you to Becky for helping so that I could get it to Norway, eee. I AM SO SO HAPPY.
Shadow Weaver + Devils Unto Dust + Ice Wolves + Reign of the Fallen + Tess of the Road + Night of Cake and Puppets. EEE! Thank you SO much God of Wax for trading all of these with me :D Ahh. I'm dying a little. They all look perfect. So much gorgeous. And thank you Becky for helping me get them. <3
The Becoming of Noah Shaw ARC + Unearthed Swag. Eee! Thank you so so much for trading with me Whitney :D I am so so so happy about all of this. <3 Sniffs. ARC is gorgeous. And the swag is stunning.
Shadow Scale. When I finished my re-read, I could not resist buying these gorgeous foreign covers :D
Tangled. I still can't resist buying these lovely tv-show books. <3 A bit behind on the show; but love it so.
Onyx & Ivory Bookmarks. Eee! Thank you so so much Mindee :D These bookmarks are so so gorgeous.
Plush. I couldn't resist buying this most gorgeous pink plush bird :D Adorable. I have a huge plush love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

Eeee! I am SO excited about this book :D It's going to be so so good. Sigh. I adored the first two books in this amazing adult Lady Sherlock series. They were both awesome. And so I cannot wait to read this third one. Eee. And more coming after this one too. Simply can't wait. SO excited. I adore Sherry; even though I have only read her YA trilogy and then these books. Must read her other books one day too. But ahh, so excited about The Hollow of Fear :D That title is amazing. And makes me worried. So excited. And gosh, this cover! Isn't it stunning? :D I love it tons. All three covers are beautiful. I can't wait to read more about Charlotte. And eee. Sherry says the romance will be heating up, a lot, and oh my god, I cannot wait. SO EXCITED. This third book is going to be the best. It sounds kind of rude, but I am thrilled for it even so :D

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women, an NPR Best Book of 2016.

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When her dear friend Lord Ingram stands accused of the murder of his estranged wife, Charlotte goes under disguise to help prove his innocence to Scotland Yard.