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Unboxing and Review: April Owlcrate

  • Theme: Full Moon Magic
  • Overall: ***
  • Price: $41 shipped in the US
  • Shipping: ***** Owlcrate is rocking with shipping and updates during COVID, they have not been more than a few days off normal schedule this whole time, where other boxes are months behind.
  • Quality of items: ***
  • Overall value for the price: ***

Owlcrate March Unboxing and Review

Whats in the box:

🌒A bamboo moon phase banner inside a canvas pouch featuring a quote by Oscar Wilde, both designed by @paperbackbones
🌓A Shatter Me inspired tote bag designed by @unluckydesign
🌔Notebook featuring a quote from Oscar Wilde and artwork from @kimbeckerdesign.
🌕Winterwood inspired crescent moon bracelet designed by Team OwlCrate
🌖300 piece jigsaw puzzle illustrated by @atalienart featuring Remus Lupin
🌗A collectible postcard illustrated by @lovelyillustration
🌘The book for April is Boon Crier’s Moon by @kathrynpurdie! This exclusive edition features a shiny special cover and sprayed edges. It was also signed and came with a letter from the author
🌗The enamel pin of the month was designed by @whitewidewoods

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Unboxing and Review: March Fairyloot

  • Theme: Break the Curse
  • Overall: ****
  • Cost: $42 USD including shipping
  • Quality of Items: ****
  • Value for the Money:****
  • Shipping: **** This box was late due to COVID but I don’t hold that against them. They do ship with Fedex and they are very unreliable and slow even within the US.

Unboxing and Review Fairyloot March

Whats in the box:

  1. Cursebreaker Book Sleeve designed by @eviebookish
  2. Raven Boys Headband illustrated by @taratjah
  3. Wonderland Passport Cover designed by @noverantale
  4. Queen of Nothing Tumbler cup by @noverantale
  5. Caraval Lanyard by @catarinabookdesigns
  6. Genie Notepad by @catarinabookdesigns
  7. Tarot cards of the month inspired by Throne of Glass by @Gabriella.bujdoso
  8. Bone Criers Moon with sprayed shimmer green edges and artwork on the reverse of the dust jacket by @dianadworak

Unboxing and Review Fairyloot March

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Top Tuesday: Top 5 Releases for May

This month and June have been a bit crazy with tons of books changing publication dates. That being said there are still some really great reads that came out this month. Check out my personal Top 5 books to look out for this month, and best of all, a lot of them are already out!

1. Dark Skies (Dark Shores #2) by Danielle L. Jensen – May 5th

Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2)I highly recommend this series and author.

You can check out my reviews for both book 1 Dark Shores and book 2 Dark Skies. It is said that they can be read either one first since the events run concurrent but I felt it worked out better to go with publication date and read Dark Shores first, since there were some spoilers I felt at the end of Dark Skies.

Blurb:

A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST

A COMMANDER IN DISGRACE

A KINGDOM UNDER SIEGE

2. Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman  and Jay Kristoff – May 5th 

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2)

I have heard so many amazing things about this book… and also to be prepared with your tissues. After reading The Illuminae Files I will forever have Amie and Jay as auto buy authors.

Blurb: Our heroes are back kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxys best hope for survival.

3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0) by  Suzanne Collins –  May 19th 

HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL… enough said I have to have it! The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

Synopsis: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Purchase on Amazon here

4. Storybound by Emily McKay – May 5th

StoryboundI had a chance to read an Advanced copy of Storybound and I just loved it! Its like a little love letter to book worms and I highly recommend for anyone who wants a cute, fast paced YA Fantasy read. Check out my spoiler free review here.

Synopsis:

I’ve lived in nine towns in the past six years. I know my mom feels bad about it, but I don’t mind. Who wants friends anyway?
All I’ve ever needed are my books. I’ve lived a thousand lives, had adventures I couldn’t even begin to imagine. To me, the places I discovered between the pages of a book are as real as the world I live in.
When I walk into my favorite bookstore, the last thing I expect is to walk out onto the pages of the kingdom of Mithres…or that the book boyfriend I’ve loved more than life, Kane the Traveler, really exists. And he has no clue the fate that awaits him in book five…
Now that I know the truth, I have a chance to save Kane. But if I change the story, will I ever find my way home?
 

5. Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy 1) by Kat Dunn – May 5th Dangerous Remedy (Dangerous Remedy, #1)

I received the gorgeous book in the April (received in May due to shipping delays) Illumicrate and it sounds so good I cannot wait to dive in.

Synopsis: Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

Purchase on Amazon here

 

 

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Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Claire- Book 3 in The Dark Artifices Series

  • Overall: ***
  • Romance: ***
  • Reading Rate: **
  • Pages: 912
  • Release Date: December 4, 2018
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • I recommend if you liked: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices
  • Purchase on Amazon here

I am not sure if it was this story or if I have just read too much of the same storyline with the Shadowhunters’ novels. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. I think this story was just too much a repeat of The Mortal Instruments and trying to push relationships in YA books. I had to take a break after reading the first two books in this trilogy and only started this one back up almost a year later because it was available on audiobook through Scribd.

I listened to the audiobook and while James Marten (LOVE SPIKE) was a great narrator there was just so much that was not needed. I would zone out while listening for a few minutes to realize what I had done… and didn’t even miss anything relevant to the story.

What I liked:

  • It was nice to see the world tie together with other books and see where prior loved characters are now.
  • While it was a little out there, I did like that things were shaken up with the alternate dimension.
  • Not to spoil too much but OMG there was a Shadowhunter wedding and I LOVED IT!
  • The ending was left open for another series and I am so hoping to see some of my all time favorite characters come back with less politics in this next series.

What I struggled with:

  • I didn’t like the way some of the older characters like Clary and Magnus were portrayed, it seemed to take them down a notch from the prior series where they were the MCs
  • While I get that CC is trying to make a statement about inclusion in her writing there was a lot that just was not necessary for the story. She also had too many independent storylines running. I feel like she could have had some great short stories or standalone spins offs rather than trying to cram it all into this one trilogy.
  • While I liked the idea of the blight and Thule, the fact that narrow minded Shadowhunter who never learn from their mistakes caused all of their own issues is so frustrating, especially when you are on about book 13 of reading it.
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Unboxing & Review: Illumicrate Glamour and Gold Special Edition

Unboxing & Review: Illumicrate Glamour and Gold Special Edition

Illumicrate Glamour and Gold Special Edition

  • Theme: Special edition for the release of Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
  • Overall: ****
  • Cost: $ USD including shipping
  • Quality of Items: ****
  • Value for the Money:****
  • Shipping: *** This box was expected to ship in March around the release of the book was late due to COVID-19 which I dont hold against the company and they communicated well about. One of the items will need to be reprinted and sent out. Due to factory closures there is no estimated time for that replacement. Because they are based out of the UK the cost of shipping to the US

Whats in the box:

  1. Cortana Inspired Letter Opener by @fableandblack
  2. Infernal Devices triglyph with art by @rosiethorns88
  3. Tea for One set with art by @chattynora
  4. Shadowhunter Playing cards designed by @merwildandco (these are actually having to be reprinted due to a misrepresentation of a few characters)
  5. Mortal Instruments Blanket by @yoshitani
  6. Black and white art prints by @arz28
  7. Exclusive Edition of Chain of Gold with Cassandra Clare stamped signature. I didn’t realize this was only going to be stamped and not signed until I received it so was pretty bummed there, but the book is gorgeous and the sprayed edges are done perfectly.

Illumicrate Glamour and Gold Special Edition

Overall I was not super satisfied with this box and the only thing I plan on keeping is the Cortana letter opener. Time after time i am finding myself dissatisfied with llumicrate and their customer service and shipping experience, but FOMO of their special edition books has me hanging on. The only thing that is a saving grace is their items usually resell for enough to recover the money I feel I wasted.

Illumicrate Glamour and Gold Special Edition

Illumicrate Glamour and Gold Special Edition

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COVER REVEAL: The Green Door by Heather Kindt

From award-winning author, Heather Kindt, author of The Weaver Trilogy, comes the first book in the Eternal Artifacts series, THE GREEN DOOR, a YA fantasy with the game-like excitement of The Hunger Games and the adventure of the Chronicles of Narnia.
COVER REVEAL: The Green Door by Heather Kindt
 
Blurb:
 
The game was supposed to be easy… enter the door, find the object, collect the prize money.

But nothing is ever that easy for Meg Covington. Her dad keeps a roof over her head, but college is out of the question. Her best friend, Brek, will leave for school, and she’ll be trapped in her hometown—that is until Meg discovers the flyer for Rosenbaum’s game hanging in the entryway of the record store.

Within the basement of the mansion lies the white passage, a hallway lined with colorful doors. When each door turns out to be a portal to another world, things get complicated quickly. If they find the object within the world, Meg will take her first step towards freedom. But is it really just a game, or a one-way ticket to something much more dangerous?

The Green Door is the first book in Heather Kindt’s young adult fantasy series. If you like strong female leads, adventure, snarky attitudes, and sexy sirens, then you’ll love the first installment in the Eternal Artifacts series.

The Green Door Releases on June 11th but is available for preorder  on Amazon now and don’t forget to add to your Goodreads TBR!

 
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Book Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff

  • Overall rating : ****
  • Reading rate: *****
  • Romance:*****
  • Pages: 592
  • Release date: April 7, 2020
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen
  • Recommended if you liked: Jennifer L. Armentrout works, Vampire Academy
  • Purchase on Amazon here

This book was all over Instagram and I kept hearing great things so I had to hop on board. This book has been blurbed as a comparable to Twilight and while the cover does very closely resemble the series I didn’t find a lot of similarities outside of a few specific references.

What I liked:

  • INTALOVE!! Total sucker for it and there was some definite steam…. Jaxon (swoon)
  • Fun and fast paced, I don’t think there was a lull in action the whole book.
  • Left with a smidgen of a cliffhanger but not so much I was dying to know what happens next… I will 1005 be grabbing the next book to find out though.
  • I often struggle with a lack of information on a world, but the book is written so you are finding things out as the MC does so everything still made sense and flowed well…. I cant wait to learn more in future installments.
  • I also loved the bit of extra content after the end from Jaxon’s perspective.

What I struggled with:

  • A bit predicable
  • Dated writing, really targeted references and writing style for the current teen crowd. Made me feel too old to be reading the novel and I think will put off a lot of non YA aged YA fans

Overall it is not a work of literary art or anything of that caliber but if you are looking for a fun and fast paced Paranormal Romance read i highly recommend! The title and cover for book #2 Crush have already been released and I will 100% be reading as soon as it is released.

Synopsis:

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait. 

 

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Unboxing & Review: March Illumicrate

  • Theme: Worlds Collide
  • Overall: **
  • Cost: $52.68 USD including shipping
  • Quality of Items: *** I really felt like some of the items this month were rather cheap and not well done. For example the printing on the mug made the art difficult to make out. The necklace and keychain were also very low quality items.
  • Value for the Money:**
  • Shipping: *** This months box was late due to COVID-19 and while I don’t hold that against the company the box was also not well packed. Items were unwrapped and rolling loosely around the box and my mug was broken.
    • Ilumicrate did respond quickly to the request for a replacement but it will be several weeks before it arrives. Illumicrate Worlds Collide Unboxing & Review

I have yet to be impressed with the box items for Illumicrate but I buy for the special edition books. With UK shipping and conversion it is only a few dollars more to get the whole box and hopefully can sell a few items to even out a bit.

Whats in the box:

Illumicrate Worlds Collide Unboxing & ReviewIMG_0795IMG_0796

 

If you are in the UK this box is probably the way to go, but for us US peeps Owlcrate and Fairyloot have way more bang for your buck.

Do you even purchase book boxes? Which one do you feel is the best value?

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COVER REVEAL: The Curse of the King, by Winnie Lyon

***COVER REVEAL*** for THE CURSE OF THE KING, by Winnie Lyon! The Curse of the King is set to release September 1st, 2020 by The Parliament House Press.

Don’t forget to add to your GoodReads TBR!
COVER REVEAL: The Curse of the King, by Winnie Lyon
Synopsis:
“Laura Wilson is the heir to an ancient curse.

As a young witch descending from the very powerful trio of witches that had cursed Macbeth, the pressure she faces daily is non-stop. When Laura is forced to participate in her school’s rendition of the classic play, she gives herself a single task: breaking the curse once and for all.

This task proves itself to be more difficult than she ever could have imagined when a miscast spell leads to the summoning of her dead ancestor, Cecily Wilson, one of the very witches that cursed Macbeth.

As Laura attempts to send her resurrected relative back beyond the veil, she is faced with one of the harsh realities of high school—having a crush on her best friend, Holly. However, things only get more complicated as Holly pines after Peter, a lonely, quick-witted vampire.

While she grows closer to Cecily, Laura sees first-hand the true horrors of being a witch in Elizabethan England as demonic forces arise in her little town of Shipley Hollow.

Can Laura break the curse and save her family name before the curtains rise on opening night?

Brought to you by Winnie Lyon, The Curse of the King is an action-packed novel with mysterious and magical twists at every turn.”
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April Wrap Up & May TBR

April Wrap- Up

So this month was another great reading month for me with 10 books finished.  I also made some serious headway on series I have been meaning to read for a while, and they were all really great reads!!!! Most of these books had just minor flaws that kept them from being 5 star reads!THe Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinksa

ARCs Read:

 

  • The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska *** This was a unique take on a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling
  • Storybound by Emily McKay **** One of the cutest books I have read in a long time. Who doesn’t wish they could meet their book boyfriend?

New Releases:

  • Crave by Tracy Wolff **** Guys I devoured this book in less than 2 days! Full review Crave (Crave Series Book 1) by [Tracy Wolff]coming at you in a few days.

Also made some headway on series I have been dying to get to:

  • Obsidian: Lux #1 by Jennifer L. Armentrout ****
  • Onyx: Lux #2 by Jennifer L. Armentrout  **** I purchased a collectors edition of the first two books in one for a couple of bucks in a Book Outlet sale more than a year ago now and finally got around to reading…. I finished the first two books in a single day!!!
  • The Black Witch: Black Witch Chronicles #1 by Laurie Forest  **** I started this book for a readalong and am so so glad that I did. It does Ignite Me (Shatter Me Book 3)kick off a little slow but I highly recommend hanging in there.
    • Check out my full review here
  • The Iron Flower: Black Witch Chronicles #2  by Laurie Forest **** Just WOW, I read this entire book in a single day!!! Full review coming soon
  • Unravel Me: Shatter Me #2 by
    Tahereh Mafi ****

    • Check out my review of Shatter Me book #1 here
  • Ignite Me: Shatter Me #3 by Tahereh Mafi ****
  • The Iron King: Iron Fay #1 by Julie Kagawa ***

I included links above to full reviews for posted books. I have quite a few more full reviews coming your way in the coming weeks so be on the look out!

How was your April for reading? Reading anything great this month?

May TBR

I am largely a mood reader so my TBR is a bit informal, really what I would like to get read but completely subject to change.

Currently reading:

Where Dreams Descend: A Novel (Kingdom of Cards Book 1)

  • Iron Daughter: The Iron Fey #2 by Julie Kagawa – While I was not thrilled with the first installment the ending left me curious to see what happens next and this series has so many rave reviews! Plus I already own them all so better not to go to waste 🙂
  • Where Dreams Descend:Kingdom of Cards #1 (ARC Review) by Janella Angeles- I am just diving into this one, and its a little confusing right out of the gate but I will reserve final judgement until I have finished.
  • Restore Me: Shatter Me #4 by Tahereh Mafi- I am listening to this on audio book and so far not liking it as much as the original trilogy, but I will push through to end and decide if I finish out the series.

I also hope to read: 

  • The Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth– I ordered a Goldsboro signed edition and its just taken a little extra time to arrive with the state of the world.
  • I would love to finish the Lux series but I am making myself wait to get a few other “need to reads” out of the way because once I start I know I will not be able to stop.
  • The Crow Rider: Storm Crow Book #2 by Kalyn Josephson- I read book 1 last year and was not super impressed but being a debut novel authors often get better as they go so wanted to give the the author a second chance.
    • Check out my review for The Storm Crow book #1 here
  • Rebel Mages by Laurie Forest: This is a compilation of Novellas that accompany The Black Witch Chronicles. This is the next book in my The Black Witch Chronicles read along as we prepare for the release of The Shadow Wand in June.

What is on your TBR for May?