Saturday, December 16, 2017

In My Mailbox #319

This week have been both good and bad. I managed to read two long books, which I'm happy about. I got some pretty mail, which I'm always happy about. But health is still not better at all. I have a smallish fever every night, and headaches every day. Stomach still sucks badly. And I'm up every night at least twice. It sucks. And I'm tired every second of the day. Which is a side effect of the new medicine. Which still have not started working. I knew it would take ages, but gosh, I'm so tired of waiting. Ugh. Just wishing to feel well. And not be in pain. So yeah. Please let the medicine start working shortly. Anyway. I am trying my best to deal with it all :) It's just hard, sigh. I blogged a little bit this week. <3 I shared my second review of Shadow Scale :D And this week I'm waiting on Dreaming Dangerous :) Then shared my review of Tess of the Road, eee. <3 Thank you so so much to all you lovely people for still visiting my blog and leaving comments :) It means the most. Also, I don't mention it on my blog often, as I only share pictures from instagram, but my cat is a girl, and almost five years old now :D The cutest. I love her the very most. <3

Unearthed. Eee, AUS final version. <3 I loved this book so so much. And it is beyond gorgeous. Love.
A Gathering of Shadows. Second German edition from this awesome series :D Had to get it. So pretty.
Trolls Holiday. I'm pretty excited about watching this short movie, lol. As I adored Trolls a whole bunch.
Olaf's Frozen Adventure. I haven't gotten to see this short yet, aw, but had to get the soundtrack for it :D
Pop Figures. My black friday orders are finally starting to arrive, eee :D I adored the newest Thor movie.
Rosemarked Swag. Eee, thank you so so much Livia :D I'm so in love with this gorgeous pre-order swag.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Feeling thrilled to say that I loved this book so very much. I have been waiting years to read this story. And I finally had the chance to do so now. It did not disappoint. I have so much to share about this book. I don't know how I will get to it all. But I will try my best. This book was pretty much amazing. But also very heartbreaking.

Which makes me feel the need to mention that this book is full of subjects that can be hard to read about. Tess has been through a lot. And it's mentioned often. It's so heartbreaking and cruel, yet I handled it pretty well. I loved reading her story. But yes. It is very sad. And full of details at times. But also very, very worth reading.

I am giving this precious book five stars. Because I loved it like crazy. Tess of the Road is a companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale. Set in the same world, around five years after the end of the second book. And it's written from the point of view of Tess, whom is the human half-sister of Seraphina. I also need to mention that despite the very stunning dragon on the cover of this book, this story is not about dragons. Although there are dragons in this world, they are not really included in this book. And I didn't mind that at all. I would call this a soft-fantasy novel, if that's a thing. It focus almost entirely on Tess and her journey to kind of find herself. Still fantasy, but not that much of it. I did not mind, though. Because I loved Tess like crazy. I loved her story.

This book tells the story about Tess. She is sixteen years old for most of the book, though a lot of it focus on her past as well, with some flashbacks telling what she was up to as a child and such. And all of those scenes were wonderful to read about. I mean, some of them just about killed me with heartbreak, but they were written excellently. At first, Tess is very much an awful person. She gets drunk every day, she lashes out in anger towards everyone. But she has her reasons for this. And those reasons are good. And rude.

The way Tess was in the beginning of this book was a bit hard to read about. She was so broken. And she had such angry thoughts at times too, towards her family especially. I can't help but say that I really didn't like the way she saw Seraphina. Hmph. As she wasn't like that at all in her own books. But I guess that is how a siblings views someone, lol. And oh, their poor father. My heart is aching for him. But gosh, Tess's mother. I cannot with this woman. She deserves death. Cannot help but say so. She was horrible.

There is so much I wish to share about this book, and I'm probably going to share a bit too much, but not many spoilers. Just details that I wish to talk about. Like Tess and her family. She has a twin sister, whom I cannot decide how I felt about. She was kind and sweet at times, yet pretty blind too. And just not kind enough, not the way Tess needed her. And their mother. It kills me, how she made Tess be as broken as she was. And their father. Sigh. He simply was not there. I liked the glimpse of her grandmother, though.

Not going to talk much about the plot of this story, or what happens to make it so. Just a little bit. Tess and her family has been going through some hard years, because the truth of her dad and his earlier dragon relationship came out. Because of this, Tess has had to work hard for her or for her sister to marry well, to save their family. Tess ended up broken because of something to do with this. Her sister ends up married, and probably happy with that. And then Tess ended up running away after her sister's wedding, all alone.

This book is about Tess being on the road. Running from her family, running from her past life. She is pretty awful at the beginning of the book, yet I could always see her heart, and she wasn't that bad. But she changes a lot on this journey. It takes about a year, and so much happens in between. She meets a lot of people, and I loved that a lot. Always interesting and exciting. And there is so much to learn about Tess too. Getting to know her past, piece by piece, it just about killed me. Was so good, but so sad too.

I am not going to say what has happened to her. But know that it was bad. And it was not just one thing. There was a bunch of things. And I can't believe how strong Tess is, to manage to bear it all. Yeah, she handles it badly at times, but she's still so strong and so fierce. I loved her the most. She also travels with a childhood friend, Pathka, whom is a quigutl. I would describe him as a mix between animal and dragon. They are human sized, I think, and pretty ugly. But Tess understands his language, and he is her friend.

I'm not going to mention too much about everything that happens. As I don't have the words to describe everything, and I have already written way more than I should have, haha. But yeah. I loved this book a lot. And I enjoyed reading about Pathka too, though I must admit that he was all kinds of disgusting and awful at times. Yet a good friend most of the time, and fun to read about too. Though he was a horrible mother, just saying. But still. This book was full of interesting and awesome characters to get to know.

I almost forgot to mention something about this book that was very important. Glad that I remembered it just in time. These books is part history too, seems like they are set very far in the past. While this wasn't such a big thing in Seraphina, it was a huge deal in this book, and in the world of Tess. There is a lot of focus on women having to marry, being virgins, and such. It was pretty heartbreaking to read about, and some of it made me so angry too. But it was all very fascinating to read about as well. I enjoyed all of it.

I cannot help but mention that there are small parts of Seraphina in this book too. Not her point of view, sadly, but there are views of her. And I got to know a bunch of things that have happened with her, and I am beyond happy with it all. Eee. I mean, I want more, much more, of course. But so happy with these small things. A little bit confused about some of it, but it was amazing to get to know more details about Seraphina and her life. It made my heart so happy. Hoping that she will be a little bit in book two as well.

There is not a lot of romance in this book. And there is an important reason for that. And so I did not mind at all. Though there are much more hints of it near the end of the book, and oh, I really do ship Tess with this person. Yet I cannot help but feel like it will not happen by the end of this duology. Hmph. How rude. But either way, I'm super excited to know for sure how this series will end. I adore Tess. And cannot wait to read how her story ends. I'm sure it is going to be all kinds of epic and amazing. I am so excited for it.

I really think you should all read this book. Tess of the Road was everything I was hoping it would be and more. I loved every moment of this stunning book. Reading about Tess, learning her story, all of it was so incredible. I can't wait for the second and final book. I need to know more about this precious girl. Though I fear it might kill me a bit too. And I can't wait for it. This isn't a usual fantasy book, and I didn't mind that one bit. I'm hoping you will all give it a chance. Because it was truly wonderful. I loved this book so much.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #322

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


Goodreads Description:

Brassmere Academy for the Extraordinary is a school for orphans with strange and wonderful gifts. Twelve-year-old Plum has lived there forever, and each night, she ventures into her dreams alongside her three best friends, Vien, Gwendle, and Artem, to fight monsters and journey on dangerous quests. But one night, Plum gets a mysterious warning that she and her friends are no longer safe. And the next morning, Artem is nowhere to be found.

As Plum, Vien, and Gwendle search for their friend—in both the dreaming and waking worlds—they start to uncover alarming secrets about Brassmere and its intentions. Will they be able to find Artem before it’s too late, or will they be next to disappear?

Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Bloomsbury USA 
Pre-Order here and here

Oh gosh. I'm really truly dying to read this book. I didn't know about it until this month. And there is a cover. And a summary. And there are ARCs too. Ahhh. I need one of those more than anything :D Dying to read the book. And want to complete my collection. I have loved every middle grade book by Lauren so far. And I think this one will be pretty awesome. I'm very sure I will love this one too. Just, I want it now.
What are you waiting for on this dreaming Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

This second read was all kinds of amazing. I didn't realize that I had forgotten so much about this book. How rude. So reading it again was so much fun. And was so exciting and heartbreaking too. I love this world that Rachel has created so much. Amazing characters and such a stunning story. Not sure I can describe it.

Shadow Scale is long and takes some time to read. And it was worth every page. I love this book so much and I enjoyed every moment of it. The writing is gorgeous. And even though the book was long, I wanted it to be even longer. As I am so much in love with these characters and so I do not want to let any of them go.

Which means that I am beyond excited about reading Tess of the Road next. Yesss. Different main character, but hoping there will be peeks at the older characters too. Fingers crossed. But even without that, I cannot wait to get to know and love Tess. I am so excited. But anyway. More about Shadow Scale. I guess some people would find it a little boring, as there is not much action in this book. And there is a whole lot of travelling. But it was never boring. Not even for a second. At least not to me. I loved reading about Seraphina, and all that she goes through. I just love this young half dragon so very much. She's fierce and gentle and loving and just all kinds of amazing. She's amazing at music, and that's a big part of both these books. Loved that so much.

This book starts three months after the end of Seraphina. The war with the dragons have started, and things aren't really going all that well. I'm not going to talk much about plot things and such. Just going to mention all the things I loved about this book. Which were a whole lot of things. I read the ARC version of this book the first time I read it, and I do not remember the small summary posted in the beginning of the book. And oh gosh, it was all kinds of amazing. Especially that last part of it. I loved it a lot. I want more.

But anyway. There is so much I wish to share about this book, yet I'm not going to share too much about it. So much happens. So much heartbreak. Yet a bunch of fun and exciting things too. The story in this book is about Seraphina leaving her home, and leaving behind Glisselda and Kiggs, to go search for the other half dragons that she knows about because of the garden in her mind. Which I won't describe at all. Just know that it was all kinds of exciting and interesting and horrible to read about, and I enjoyed it tons.

And so Seraphina and Abdo goes looking for all these characters. There is a whole lot of travelling. And I loved every moment of it. Because it was interesting and fun at times too. I just love Seraphina so much. There is a lot to learn about her in this book. Like her past with this very awful woman. It was so good to read about. Yet so heartbreaking too. And then there was Abdo. I love this little boy beyond words. He has the biggest heart. And he is simply incredible. I loved reading about him so much. Also, heartbreak.

Parts of this book is also about the war between the humans and the dragons. A lot of things happen with that too. And I really liked everything about it. I grew to enjoy reading about the dragon leader, though he was very weird at times. And I very much disliked that final scene with him, what he and another dragon had done. I did not approve. At all. Hmph. But anyway. There is a lot of dragons in this book. And I very much loved that. They were interesting to read about, and I loved learning many new things about them.

There is so much new to learn about Seraphina too. She gets to know herself a whole lot more too. And I loved that. She has grown so much since the beginning of book one. Must also mention that the romance in this book is almost not there. Seraphina and Kiggs are apart for almost all the book. But I did not mind too much, because they still very much love each other. And no triangles. But it is complicated, very much so. Yet I did not mind that either, because there was no drama. None. I simply ship them the very most.

I loved getting to know all the new characters in this book. There is a whole lot of new half dragons, half humans, like Seraphina. I'm still a bit sad that they cannot transform into a real dragon, lol. But they are all still amazing. I loved reading about them all so much. Some were kind and lovely, others were rude and mean. Yet they were all awesome. I loved how Seraphina went looking for all of them. Every single character in this book were simply amazing. Especially Seraphina and Kiggs and Glisselda and Abdo.

So much happens in this book. I can't begin to describe all of it. Just know that every page was exciting and I loved every moment in this book so much. I only wish that ending had been a bit longer. Ack. And that there would be tons more books about Seraphina. Aw. I don't want to stop reading about her and her life. And oh gosh. I need to mention Orma a little bit. Her dragon uncle. I loved this man so very much. He was always fun to read about. Things happen with him in this book, and my heart is broken because of it.

And that is all I'm going to say about that. Shadow Scale was such a stunning second and final book. Full of adventure and interesting moments. I really loved learning so much about all of these characters and this world and these dragons. I'm so thrilled with how much I loved these two books. Eee. And I cannot wait to read more books by Rachel. I hope she will continue to write. If you still haven't read Seraphina and Shadow Scale, then you really need to get starting. They are such incredible and awesome books.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

In My Mailbox #318

Gosh, I am exhausted all the damn time. So tired every single day. And in pain too. This new medicine have way too many side effects. And so far it isn't even working on my stomach. Ugh. But hopefully soon. I'm still crossing my fingers it will work. Anyway. I'm a bit behind on reading, sadly. But I do wish to read. Just have no energy. Hmph. I'm also feeling a little sad, as I love blogging so much, I love sharing all my thoughts on books and sharing what I get in the mail. But lately, well, I have barely gotten any comments on my posts. My last mailbox post got zero comments. And I feel pretty sad about it. Because I still have the same amount of page views I have had for years; just no comments. Still, though. I'm not going to quit blogging. Just a bit sad about it :) Anyway. I only read one book this week, and I have not gotten to start Shadow Scale yet. Ahh. But tomorrow for sure. So only posted twice. This week I'm waiting on Obsidio :D And shared my third review of Seraphina. <3 I'm simply exhausted all the time. But trying to deal with it :)

Renegades. Eee, finally managed to get two copies of the international paperback :D It is so so stunning.
A Darker Shade of Magic. Finally got my UK edition of this lovely book too :D This one is not signed, lol.
Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den. I will be reading these books soonish :D Wanted to own them all first.
All That Burns. I have yet to read this duology by this awesome author; but I will be doing it soonish :D
Miraculous Ladybug. This show is still the best. Sigh. And I love these comic books from the episodes so.
Shadow and Bone. Ahh :D I know. I already own the paperbacks. Ahh. But, box set! And poster! Love it.
Renegades Bracelets. Eee, thank you so much for trading with me Melissa :D I love them so so much.
Pop Figures. Home Alone is such an amazing movie. Love it so. Still waiting on Kevin to ship, ack. Soon.
Bookmarks. Eee, more Happy Hello bookmarks :D These are such a huge favorite of mine. So gorgeous.

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