TTT. I'm Thankful For...

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish
This week on Top Ten Tuesday is what are you thankful for. I know Thanksgiving is an American tradition/holiday and I don't have much to thank for this year (as many of you know, this year has been terrible to me). However, I'd like to share the bookish moments that warmed my cold heart.  

I'm thankful for...

The release of A Torch Against the Night. Thank you Sabaa Tahir for creating such an amazing world. Thank you for making me dream. Thank you for making me count the days until I finally had my copy. Thank you for Elias and Laia (I'll go down with this ship).

Discovering Leigh Bardugo. This year was the first time I plunged into the Grisha World. I loved Six of Crows, I finally read Shadow and Bone last month (or was it this month?) and I'm currently reading Crooked Kingdom [slowly reading it because of uni :´( ]. Leigh Bardugo is an extraordinary writer and I'm thankful for having her novels on my bookshelf.

The announcement of Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I'm a huge fan of Lara Jean. And Peter. *.* I started reading contemporaries because of this series. So, I couldn't be more excited when a third book was announced. However, I'm terrified of the future of Lara Jean and Peter (please, don't break them up, Jenny). Because, let's face it, high school relationships don't last forever and the tittle kinda suggests a break up...

Being reached by authors to review their books. I may not be reached by well-known publishers or authors and my email are ignored because I'm from Portugal, but I get to know wonderful and touching stories that many people don't. And, I get the opportunity to help promoting them. And, this is something I really love doing. <3

Becoming a #bookstagrammer. If you aren't following me yet, here it's my account, @mybookishsecret. I've meet so many wonderful people and I've so much fun taking bookish photos.

Finally having a bookshelf!

And I must cut my list short because it seems I've uni work to do. =P However, you can check my Monthly Recap post and take a look at the Random & Randomness section to know which news made me super excited this year.   

Cover Reveal. Umberland

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Yesterday, Owlcrate revealed the cover of Umberland by Wendy Spinale, the sequel of Everland, which I do have on my shelf, but I haven't read it yet *hides in a corner ashamed* I confess that even though I haven't read the first book yet, I'm already excited for this one. Peter Pan meets Alice in Wonderland? You can count me in!

Umberland is expected to be released in May 9th 2017.

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"Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poisonous apple. Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there?"

Waiting on Wednesday. Roseblood

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

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

Who can believe this year is almost coming to an end? We already are in the middle of November. :O And, because of such, I decided it's finally time to choosing books that will be released on 2017. So,  this week on WoW is Roseblood by A.G. Howard. Of course, it's a retelling, a modern day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera (which I hope to read some day) and it's summary is so dark that I can't wait to have an opportunity to read this beauty (the cover is to die for *.*). The book will be released on January 20th 2017.

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"In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
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Monthly Recap. October 2016

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Hello November. I can't believe that two more months and 2016 will end (not that I mind, because 2016 has been an hellish year to me). Who's already counting the days for all those 2017 releases? *rises hand* I simply can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Hunted by Meagan Spooner.  

As it's known, I went back to college and my reading time has been reduced. So, of course, I didn't read as much as I wished this month (again). At least, I didn't read books I want to - why so many freaking articles?! Apart from the books mentioned below, I also started reading Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Nineteen Eighty-four.

  • Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop
  • Say Her Name, James Dawson
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorn [read for my masters]
  • The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare [read for my masters] 
  • The Shoemaker's Holiday, Thomas Dekker [read for my masters)
It's no surprised that I loved Marked in Flesh. Anne Bishop is an amazing writer that deserves a lot more recognition. Say Her Name (based on the urban legend Bloody Mary) has a dozen YA clichés, but I found it kind scaring. There was a moment I could swear I was hearing the drip-drip-drip (later I realized that I had forgotten to turn off the water after my cat drinking from it =P ).

After this month I'll probably need a new bookshelf... But there is not place to put it, so maybe I should just go through all my books and see those I read and didn't love and wish to unhaul (or hide in a dark corner never to be seen).

First, I didn't spend as much money as you may think. I pre-ordered my Six of Crows duology back when it was announced in the Spring. Heart's Blood I bought in August, but it got stuck in customs and I only got my hands on it now. Also, I pre-ordered Stealing Snow in August too. None of this money was spent this month. Oh, and Three Dark Crowns came with September´s Nerdy Bookworm Box, which means it was not an October expense. =P So, officially, only two three books were bought this month (missing in  the pictures Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Random & Randomness, as the name indicates, is about random bookish stuff. Inspired by a few blogs, I decided to create this little space where I share some bookish love.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Global Fan Event - I wish I had attended this event - sadly, global doesn't really mean global. I confess I wasn't (and I'm still not) a bit interested in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but I'm super excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You can read here everything that was announced during the event. Who's excited for, at least, five more films? *raises hand* 
  • Harry Potter Funko Pop! Vynil Series 3 - Aren't they gorgeous? *.* I think some of them are already being sold. I know I want Harry with Hedwig. And McGonagall. And Bellatrix. Oh, and Harry holding prophecy. Okay, it's easier to say those I don't want. 
  • Game of Thrones, Season 7: The First Photos - How am I going to survive until next Summer?! I want to watch the new season now! I just want my ship to finally happen (even if it's short-lived; I mean, we all know how Martin and the producers love to break our heart). Btw, have you seen the 20th Anniversary Illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones? *.*
  • Leigh Bardugo's new Duology - Are you excited? Because I know I'm. Since I read Six of Crows, I became I fan of Leigh Bardugo (and if you aren't following her on Twitter, you should).   
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 Coming to PS4 - I'm more than excited for this. For those who don't know it, I'm a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts. I always get goosebumps when I hear its theme song. I. FREAKING. LOVE. IT!
  • My review of The Shadow Queen.