25 Jun 2019

Review: All We Can Do Is Wait

 '' Life can end, suddenly. But it can also stretch on and on and on. ''

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:

Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart…right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.

And then there’s Skyler, whose sister Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.

Waiting for news is always the worst. You don't know if it'll be good news or bad, if you're going to get them in the next fifteen minutes or if you have to wait for hours. You just have to sit tight, hope for the best, and wait. 

18 Jun 2019

Review: Of Shadow and Light

'' ''Even for the immortal, life is always uncertain. You should always say goodbye; you should always tell those that matter you love them.'' ''

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
She will be the one to take his coldness,
She will unveil the Unseelie darkness and show them light.
She will unite what should never have broken.
The daughter of the moon will teach him love and the radiance of the sun.
Her inner light will purify the tainted ones,
And she will guide the fey by wisp-light.

'Prophecy of the Dark Prince'

Messina Doe was just looking for a warm place to spend the night. What she discovers is a place the human race had long ago buried and forgotten.

The dark Fey haven't forgotten humans. The throne room of the Unseelie court is the hottest underground nightclub around, but if you step through the wrong door, there is no going back.

No one ever escapes. Never.

Once, someone did.

Messina doesn't know what she's getting herself into when she accepts the offer to go to an underground party. The party for her only begins when it ends for the others. And it isn't something anyone would willingly participate in. 

9 Jun 2019

Review: Emmie and the Tudor King

'' Of course, it was dangerous. It was majorly playing with fire, and I could already see myself getting burned to a crisp - probably on a sixteenth-century stake. ''

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
One moment, Emmie is writing her high school history paper; the next, she's sitting with a gorgeous 16th-century king who vacillates from kissing her to ordering her execution.
Able to travel back to her own time, but intensely drawn to King Nick and the mysterious death of his sister, Emmie finds herself solving the murder of a young princess and unraveling court secrets while trying to keep her head on her shoulders, literally.
With everything to lose, Emmie finds herself facing her biggest battle of all: How to cheat the path of history and keep her irresistible king, or lose him—and her heart—forever.

Waking up on a field with no memory of how you got there can be terrifying. Waking up on said field over four hundred years in the past is even more so. 

4 Jun 2019

Literary Book Gifts: Writing Gloves - product review

I got sent these warm fingerless gloves to keep my hands warm when writing. I have always, like most people out there, written without any handwear. Sometimes, I even take my wristwatch out because it clinks against and scratches the laptops touch bar. 

They arrived fairly quickly after placing the order. The packaging is quite unimpressive, like almost all packaging on online shopping, but watertight, which is needed when shipping any clothing articles. 

Please, admire my DIY tripod. 
The gloves are 35% cashmere wool, mixed with cotton, polyester, and microfiber, according to the Literary Book Gifts website. They sure are warm and work perfectly as insulators when holding a hot cup of coffee, haven't burned my palms ever since.

The material will fall apart if you pick on the fibres sticking out after the fifth use. They are really comfortable to wear, didn't itch, and moulded into the shape of my wrist and hand perfectly. The downside was the length of the finger-part. My longest finger isn't even the length of a standard credit card. Since the gloves are one-size-fits-all, I had to fold the finger part a little to actually be able to write on a keyboard. 

This is what the website says about the gloves:
Fingerless gloves for writing! These soft cashmere knit gloves are perfect for handwriting, typing, touch screens, and crafting. Warm cold hands with this stylish accessory available in a wide range of colors from heather purple to blush pink.

Made of a breathable knit of about 35% cashmere wool. Cotton, polyester, and microfiber are blended in for durability.

The Literary Book Gifts Website has only a picture of the Light Feather Grey gloves even though there are twelve other options for colours. They ship domestically for 5USD, internationally for 10USD. For me, it was international shipping since Finland is a little farther away from the mainland US. It took about three weeks for the gloves to arrive. 

The gloves are sold for 52USD + shipping (possible customs taxes)