Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

This book never fails to break my heart. And this fourth read of mine was simply perfection. Thrilled to finally be reading these books again. They mean so much to me. And they are so good. The characters are all amazing to read about, and the writing is the best. I love this world oh so much. The most stunning thing.

I'm not going to talk too much about why I love this second book so much. Only mentioning a few things. First, I'm so in love with learning more about Lyra and her story. She is still so fierce and brave and loving too. She makes bad choices at times, but she's also very smart and I love her to pieces. Her dæmon, Pan, too.

This book is also told from a few more point of views. And while I would rather have had Lyra and Will at all times, I didn't mind the extra point of views at all. Because they add so much more to the story and I love that so much. There is more of the witch, Serafina, And more of a new character, Mary Malone. Whom I adore and will adore even more in book three. But the biggest reason for why I love this book, of course, is Will. He is twelve years old, and he is not from the same world as Lyra. Getting to know this boy is the very best thing. And also the most heartbreaking. He has taken care of his mother for the past five years, all on his own. He is the bravest and most loving person. It breaks my heart how he doesn't have anyone taking care of him.

Will deserves the world. As does Lyra. And reading about them meeting in this book, and getting to know each other, and becoming friends was the very best thing. But also the most heartbreaking, because I do know what's coming in the next book, and I'm not sure I can handle it. Gosh. It will be the worst. Yet first it will be the best thing. But still. My heart will break all over again. And I simply cannot wait. And then The Book of Dust after that, eee. Just wish the second one was out already too. Need that one the very most.

So much happens in this book. I'm not going to mention much of it. Just that it is all exciting and horrifying and so well written. Lyra has stepped into a new world. A world that seems to be without adults. Children are running around alone. The adults have all been attacked by something horrible. And reading about all of that was so exciting yet the most awful thing too, because it was all so sad. There are also a lot of bad people in this book too. A little of Lyra's mother, whom I still do not like at all. Hmph. Other awful ones too.

There are a lot of different witches in this book too. Some that I liked, and some that I didn't really like at all. We learn so much about Will, the new boy. Whom is the very best character. I love him the very most. Sigh. His father has been missing since before Will was one years old. He's looking for him. And oh, that whole story line was just heartbreaking. Aw. There is also a lot about Lee, and that was so heartbreaking too. I loved that man. Aw. Simply put, this book is filled with amazing and sad things. I loved every part.

There is so much I love about The Subtle Knife. It's all kinds of perfect. And I'm not able to share all of my love for it at all. Just know that it's so good. And I loved reading about Will and Lyra and everything in this new world they found. I only feel sad that this book was so short. Just over three hundred pages. I never want this story and world to end. Sniffs. But even so, this book was still perfect, even on this fourth read of mine. These books are very much worth reading. So do that, if you haven't already. They are the best.

Waiting on Wednesday #314

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


Goodreads Description:

Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Pre-Order here and here

Ahh, I cannot wait for this precious thing :D It's going to be so so so good. I love all books by Marissa the very most. And this series is simply the best. And Iko is adorable. And I cannot wait to read this second graphic novel about her :D Eee. Such stunning artwork. Such awesome story. And all the old characters too. And romance about to happen for Iko. Well, I hope so, anyway :D I cannot wait for this lovely book.
What are you waiting for on this rogue Wednesday?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

This is my fourth time reading this. And I still love it so, so much. I was supposed to re-read it last year too, but I didn't make time for it, so it has now been over two and a half year since my last read. Gosh. Time moves so fast. Yet I still think about this trilogy all the time, because it has a special place in my heart. Always.

I can't even begin to mention why I love this book so much. It's just special to me. The writing is incredible. The world created is the most amazing thing to read about. Reading about Lyra just fills me with joy, because she is the very best girl and I love her so much. Reading about dæmons and bears never gets boring.

I must admit that the next two books are more special to me, simply because they are about Lyra and Will. And Will was not in this first book. But even though he wasn't, it was still such a spectacular book and I just love it oh so much. I'm not going to talk much about it this time. Simply because my heart is full and my mind feels empty. I'm so so glad that I finally had the time to read these most precious books again, as the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy is out this week, and oh gosh, I'm beyond excited. I'm so thrilled that Philip is writing more books from this world. And that they will all be about Lyra. When she's around twenty in book two and three, and I simply cannot wait. I have such high hopes and dreams and wishes and fears. Excited.

This book tells the story of eleven year old Lyra. She has lived at a college all her life, and she's a little savage because of this. And I loved that about her so much. She's a bit wild yet fiercely full of love too. She tells a whole bunch of stories and lies, yet she knows when things are important. In the beginning of the book she is very much a child, but by the end of this book, she has grown up a whole lot. Which is mostly because of all the awful things that happen around her, and that break my heart. So much pain.

I'm not going to mention all that happens in this book. Just that if you have not read it yet, then you are truly missing out. This book is full of everything. Lyra is the most awesome girl. And she has the cutest dæmon, Pan. Every human in this world has a dæmon, a part of their soul as an animal. Reading about all of that is just the most precious thing. I loved learning about it all over again. I had not really forgotten anything about this book these past few years, but it was still so lovely to read it all over again. I love it all.

There is so much that I could say about The Golden Compass. But I'm not going to. Just that this book is truly perfect. And I love it beyond words. And I simply cannot wait to re-read the next two books as well, and then finally get to read La Belle Sauvage. It's going to be so good. I'm simply unable to share more about why I love this book so much. Just that it is heartbreaking yet so lovely. Story is epic and exciting and so evil. So much happens, and I loved reading every moment of it. And I will never not love this book.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In My Mailbox #310

I got so much mail this week. Ahhh. So for the first time in ages, I had to take two photos. Ack. I wouldn't have had room for all these new books.. but I found more books to sell this week. Sobs. Anyway. I love everything that I got in the mail this week :D Eee. This week I didn't get to read as much.. I read all of Quests for Glory last saturday. <3 Which was awesome. And then on Tuesday I read all of The Fault in Our Stars. Which was not awesome. Ugh. Even though I had loved it like crazy twice before. So unfair. But anyway. Health still sucks the very most. Just waiting for my appointment in ten days. I don't want it, at all, but it has to be done, they say, to decide what medicine I can use now. Sigh. It shall be awful. But I will survive. Probably. Will be my fourth time this year that I'm put to light sleep. Haha. Hope that's safe. Anyway. A few blog posts this week :D And my blog turned six! Eeee. First, posted my review of Quests for Glory. <3 Then my review of The Fault in Our Stars. Ugh. And this week I'm waiting on The Beast's Heart :) And then my Six Years of Blogging + Giveaway post :D Despite bad health, my week was good.

Last Star Burning. I'm crossing all my fingers that I will end up loving this book. It seems so so good.
The Language of Thorns. The UK paperback edition :D Yay. It's so gorgeous. Still missing a few copies.
Into the Bright Unknown. Yessss. I cannot wait to read this final book :D Think I must re-read first, though.
The Knowing. Didn't love this one, sobs, but must still own it, of course :D It's beyond beautiful, though.
Invictus. Finally got my hardcover :D I enjoyed this book oh so much. And the book is oh so gorgeous.
Quests for Glory. My B&N special edition :D So lovely. And my final copy of this book. Ahh. Love it so.
One Dark Throne. B&N special edition :D And German edition. Eee. Both beautiful. Loved this book.
All the Crooked Saints. US and UK and AUS editions. Eee. They are all so beautiful. Hope I'll love this.
Magnus Chase. I now this whole trilogy. But haven't read it yet. Must first re-read all of Percy Jackson :D
The Silver Mask. Ahh, adored book one and two. Must read book three soon, then this one :D So excited.
Devils & Thieves. So excited about this book too. Hoping that I will end up loving it lots. Looks stunning.
Snow & Rose. Eee, I'm super curious about this book. It looks and sounds so amazing. Please be that.
There's Someone Inside Your House. Finally got this one. Reading it soonish, I hope. Wish to love it so.

Harry Potter. The newest illustrated edition. Eee. It's so pretty. Have them all, but not sure when I'll read.
Signed Leigh Bardugo. I AM SO HAPPY. Thank you Leigh :D And Parnassus Books for getting these personalized to me :D I love them all to pieces. And ahh. I got the pins. Beyond happy. Love love love.
Batman: Nightwalker. EEE! Thank you so much Penguin Random House International for this :D Love.
Happy Hello Bookmarks. Ahh. All my newest bookmarks. I have bought a bunch lately. They are perfect.
Swag. Eee. Three Dark Crowns crown + other gorgeous swag :D So happy. Thank you lovely Alyssa. <3
The Language of Thorns Pre-Order Pin. Yay! Thank you so much Jessena for trading this with me. <3
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark + Moana. That first movie is creepy and lovely. Finally bought right Moana.
Pop Figures. More of the new Harry Potter ones, finally :D Yay. And WW. And other lovely ones. Yess.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Six Years of Blogging + Giveaway

I'm not sure how it's possible, but I forgot about my blog birthday once again. Was only reminded about it by seeing some lovely friends tweet about their own blog birthday a few days ago. So this time at least I didn't forget about it until way past the date, haha :D Managed to remember before today, so that's good. Anyway. MY BLOG IS SIX YEARS OLD TODAY :D And eee. I have loved blogging all of these years so much. And I don't feel like quitting anytime soon. I do feel like I haven't gotten that many pageviews or comments lately, which makes me a bit sad, but I still love writing reviews and sharing what I get in the mail each week, so I won't stop doing any of it. And I am so, so thankful to all of you for still commenting, because there are a few of you that always visit. It means the most to me. <3 Thank you for supporting me and my blog :D Also, gosh, I'm not sure where the past six years have gone. Time is moving so fast.

I can't afford a big giveaway at this moment, sadly, but still wanted to give away a pre-order even so :) You can pick one of the books pictured below if you win. I have read all four, and I loved them all. You must read them too. The winner will get one pre-ordered hardcover of their choice from the books below.

Will be one winner.
Must reply within 48 hours.