Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #319

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


Goodreads Description:

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself. 

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here and here

I'm both excited and nervous about this book. I have had it via Edelweiss for weeks now, but have yet to start it. Ack. I wish so badly to love it, because it looks gooorgeous, and sounds pretty awesome too. But nervous even so, as I kind of peeked, haha. But yess. I will be reading it soon. Hope I will love it lots :D
What are you waiting for on this timeless Wednesday?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

After having waited so long for this book, I have finally gotten to read it. I can honestly say that it was very much worth the wait. Because Renegades was all kinds of perfection. Loved this one so much. And I'm so, so happy about it. I am the biggest fan of Marissa; adore her and have loved all of her books so far. Yess.

And I'm thrilled that Renegades is another book of hers that I love like crazy. But ahh, the wait for the next and final book is going to be torture. I need to know what will happen right now. That ending was so rude. Yet so awesome too. But I'm nervous about what will happen. Want a happy ending for these people.

It is a lot more difficult to write reviews for books that I love so much. But trying my best to put my thoughts together to share why I loved this precious thing. First, the writing is the best. Like with every book by Marissa. I had no issues with connecting to the story or the characters. I loved how the book is told from the point of view of Nova and Adrian. They are both such amazing characters, and I loved reading about them oh so much. There is so much about Renegades that I loved. I don't know where to begin with describing it all. The book is long, yet not nearly long enough. There is still so much that has yet to be revealed. I'm very sure I know what happened with Nova's parents, and Adrian's mom. So curious to know if I'm fully right. And excited.

This is very much a superhero book. And it was all kinds of awesome. Pretty funny too. Yet also beyond heartbreaking at times. Like with that first chapter, about Nova's past, and how she watched her family get murdered. It was so cruel and written so well. I loved it, yet hated it too. There is a huge story there, about what happened to her family. And I feel like there were tons of clues, yet Nova hasn't realized it yet, and ahh. I hope it happens the way I want it to. So excited for the next book. It is all going to be so good.

Nova was such an interesting girl to read about. I loved her tons. Though I am still a bit unsure about her, because she is very much a villain. And while I was unsure at times whether she was bad or not, there were also times when she wasn't a good person. Yet I loved her at every moment. But gosh, that ending. Makes me see her even more as a villain, yet it might just be because I have strong feelings about her uncle Ace, and how I see him as the biggest villain there was. Though Nova did not see him as a villain.

Which is why I'm a bit conflicted about how I felt about her. She was so awesome and fierce and badass and gentle too. I loved her to pieces. But I feel like she might end up ruining a whole bunch of things, and I'm so nervous about it. Ahh. But even so, she was amazing to read about and I loved her so. She is an Anarchist, aka a villain, along with a few other people she has lived with for years. They are in hiding, as the Renegades, aka the heroes, are currently in charge of this town. And so she lives in subway tunnels.

There is so much about this plot with the Anarchists and the Renegades. There are tons of Renegades, but most of the Anarchists have been killed, years ago. And so Nova only lives with a few of them, and reading about them all were pretty fun. I disliked some, but adored a few of them too. Honey was pretty exciting to read about. Nervous about Phobia, and Winston was creepy yet exciting to read about. And oh, this whole town. And the whole superhero plot. I won't share about it, but it was so very interesting.

Then there was Adrian. And ah, I very much loved this boy. He is a Renegade, and the adopted son of two of the biggest heroes in this time. Reading about him was so awesome, and I loved his two dads a whole bunch. And just this boy was perfect. A bit flawed, of course, and made some mistakes too. But he was adorable. And his superhero power was all kinds of fun; wish I had that. He also has a secret, which gets him into some trouble, but I liked it a lot. And reading about Adrian and Nova together was the best.

There is still so much I could say about this book. But my review is already getting long enough. But do know that this book was epic and I loved every moment of it. I loved when Nova and Adrian meet, and how they spend time together, and how they start having feelings for each other. It was the cutest, and I ship them so badly, and I need it to happen in book two. There are also tons of other amazing characters in this book, like their team, and they were all awesome. Just, everything about this book was so good.

Renegades was everything I wanted it to be and more. It ruined my heart at times, yet most of the time it was all kinds of fun and exciting. The characters were the best to read about, and I loved all of them so much. The story was interesting and mysterious too. Pretty much dying to read the final book. Nervous, yet beyond excited. It's going to be so perfect, I hope. If you haven't read Renegades yet, then you really need to. Because this is not a book you should be missing out on. It was so perfect. And is so gorgeous.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

In My Mailbox #315

I'm just so exhausted all the time. Ugh. But trying my best to still get things done :) I'm reading a little, and catching up a little too. I'm currently reading and loving Renegades, finally, eee. It's so good. This week I also got a lot of stunning mail; love it all. And waiting on so much awesome. Ahh. So excited about it all. But also feeling pretty sad, because my laptop has been dead for two weeks now. The service place still haven't gotten the spare parts for it, so I'm still waiting to know about all my stuff on it. I need it. I want it back, now. I do love my new laptop, though. It's awesome. Though, well, it's still really slow, and I can't figure out how to fix that. Ugh. Might even have to send it in o.O But not until I get my old laptop back, at least. Blogged a bit. I shared my review of Batman: Nightwalker :D I shared the cover for Queen of Air and Darkness. <3 Then shared my review of Snow & Rose. And this week I'm waiting on Ash Princess :) This week have sort of been good. Just busy and exhausting. My health sucks the very most, and it's not getting any better. The wait for the 30th is taking forever. Sigh. I hope the new medicine then will work, and work fast. Fingers crossed. But right now I just want to feel okay for a few hours, which is just about impossible. Rude. So I'm still a bit behind, and slow in reading too. But still getting things done, even so :)

Renegades. Second hardcover has arrived :D And it is so gorgeous. Sigh. Currently reading and loving it.
Fragments of the Lost. Eee, I really liked this book. And finally have the finished copy. It's beyond pretty.
Flashtide + Flashfall. These books are both so good. Love my finished hardcover and paperback. Yess.
Renegades. And lovely audiobook has arrived too :D It's gorgeous. I own all of Marissa's audios too. <3
Trolls. Ohh, new Trolls short is coming up :D Couldn't resist buying the CD from it too, eee. Adore this.
City of Bones. Eee! 10th year edition; US version :D SO beautiful. Graphic novel too. Ahh. Love them.
Whichwood. I still haven't read her first middle grade book, ack. But now I own them both; reading soon.
Tangled. I can't help but buy these gorgeous new Tangled books. I adore this new animated series so.
The Wind Rises + When Marnie Was There. Yay for Studio Ghibli movies :D Haven't seen Marnie yet.
Flashfall/Flashtide Swag. EEE! Thank you so so much Jenny :D I am in love with all of this. Sniffs. Ahh.
Feisty Pets. Ahh :D I couldn't not have this precious thing. Cost a bunch, but it is beyond awesome. Love.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #318

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


Goodreads Description:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

Look at that gorgeous cover. Ahhh. I love it so. And oh my gosh, that summary is amazing. I must admit that I just recently read all of it, because I knew I wouldn't be able to wait if I knew all the details of the book. Hmph. And this was true. Because now I want this book so, so badly. It sounds amazing. And epic. And full of romance, I hope. Hoping that it will all end well. Fingers crossed. Hope to get to read it early.
What are you waiting for on this revengeful Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

When I saw this gorgeous cover, I could not resist buying this book. I also adore reading middle grade stories, and fairy tales, so this one sounded amazing. And so I couldn't resist reading it when my hardcover has arrived. But oh, I'm so sad to say that I was disappointed. I thought it would be amazing. But it was not.

My biggest issue with this book was the writing. It all sort of felt awkward. I didn't enjoy it at all. I didn't connect with the story or the characters. To me, it was written in a weird way and I didn't like it. Which was depressing. Good writing is a must, and sadly this wasn't good at all. Also felt like it maybe tried a bit too hard.

If that makes any sense at all. It was written like it was telling a story, a story about Snow and Rose. It just wasn't written good. At least not for me. I'm positive that others will enjoy this writing, but I did not. And so I am giving this two stars. Because since I wasn't able to connect with the writing, I also didn't feel anything for the story. Though that was not the only reason for why I did not like this book. I felt like this story was too little, too childish and too boring. I adore middle grade books. But this felt like it was written for way younger kids, and not in a good way. Aw. Snow is nine years old, and Rose is eleven. They are sisters and live with their mother in the woods. Their father went missing some time ago, which meant they had to leave their nice house.

I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's pretty short, and fast to read. I sadly wasn't that interested in the story, so it was a bit boring for me. The book also takes place over a year, and with just about nothing happening. We learn a little bit about both girls, and they were pretty adorable to read about. Their mom is a bit distant, missing her husband. But because of the weird writing, I didn't get to know the girls nearly enough, and so I did not love them. They just spend their days in the forest, walking around all the time.

Which I must admit was all kinds of boring. Sigh. There are a few animals included in this book, but I also felt like that was a bit awkward too. Some parts of the book were interesting, as there was a curse in the woods. Kind of. But there was too little focus on it, so it grew boring again. There is also a big bear, which was kind of interesting, but also very unrealistic, so I did not enjoy that very much either. Rose and Snow becomes friends with a boy who also lives in the woods, Ivo. He was kind of cute. Too little of him as well.

There truly isn't much I can say about this book. Because there really wasn't much happening. I suppose that the plot is about people going missing in the woods, and the girls being able to save the forest. But it wasn't focused on at all, so it wasn't that great. And I thought the ending was way too good, way too easy. So yeah. I was just pretty much disappointed by Snow & Rose. I had hoped it would be much more, with how gorgeous it looks. At least there are pretty illustrations inside. Curious to know what others think of it.