June OwlCrate!

Wow I feel like I just opened my May OwlCrate last week! But alas it is that time again. The theme for this month’s box is ROYALTY!

I will start this by saying this is by far the best OwlCrate that I have received. I mean thats not saying much, this is only my third box so I don’t have much to base this opinion on. But seriously I’m in love this month. (My obnoxious amount joy may be because I was really kind of bummed with the box last month just an fyi). Heads up the absolute first thing that I noticed about this month’s box was the weight, this box was super heavy. But that makes sense when you open it up and realize that the book for this month is a 500 page hardcover.

Here is a picture of what was included in this months box.

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Speaking of the book, the main attraction for this box is the new release hardcover, here is the information that I got from the Harper Collins website:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

Book Description

EDWARD is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown. . . .

JANE is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than in romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended . . .

GIFFORD is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

THE PLOT THICKENS as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

The comical, fantastical, romantical, entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey but not really

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

– Harper Collins Publishers

I am extremely excited for this book. I usually shy away from historical fiction, I’m not going to lie I usually find them pretty boring unless they are about my favorite time period. But this book I will actually give a shot, it seems as though it will be absolutely magical and hysterical and I’m super excited to read this. It’s nice to step out of your reading comfort zone every once and a while, right?

As for the extra bookish goodies for this month I am super impressed, while most of the items will be going into my “if I ever actually get a job this will be my prize/give away box” box, I still really like the items. The first item is an art print with a quote from the “Red Queen”. We also received an exclusive set of magnetic bookmarks by Craftedvan, as well as a funko mystery mini figure (mine was Merida from Brave). However my absolute FAVORITE bookish extra for this month is a bracelet from Rich Love Shoppe. I love this bracelet so much because it actually fits me! I am a big girl so most generic jewelry does not fit me, so the fact that this does and it is actually cute is a HUGE win for me!

If you have ever considered subscribing to OwlCrate I really suggest that you do. Opening this box is absolutely like a little Christmas that happens every month. To subscribe you can check out the link right here —> OwlCrate!

If you want to check out the items from the box for yourself. Below are links to the items as well as pricing information:

Disney Funko Mystery Mini $5.95 While I can not find a link to purchase these from Funko, I got the price from another retailer. So be warned prices may vary.

Handmade “Lunar Chronicles” inspired bracelet $12.00 Okay this link will take you to the “Rich Love Shoppe” Etsy page. They are  currently taking a break which means that you can see reviews for their past sales and pictures of products from past sales, but you can not browse items or check prices. So I’m going to be honest with you…I totally made up the price for the bracelet. I am just saying what I would pay for it, so the actual price of this product may be lower or higher. The world may never know.

Magnetic Bookmarks $7.17 This cute set of three bookmarks was created by Craftedvan. While the set sent in the June OwlCrate is an exclusive they do sell sets of book marks on their site that are extremely cute (like the owl ones that I have linked). So for pricing I based it off of their other sets of three bookmarks.

“Red Queen” Inspired Art Print $12.00 While I could not find this exact art print for sale, the link will take you to the artist’s shop where they have countless book related art prints to choose from.

“My Lady Jane” $17.99 This book is by authors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Also included in every box is a letter from the author(s), this box also included a paper crown and a coupon for $10 off the purchase of a bookmark from MyBookmark-shop.com. These items are not available for purchase so I have no pricing details for those. I can tell you that this box is $29.99 a month + $6.99 shipping and handling. There are 3 and 6 month plans that do bring down the overall price and you can check out that information here.

Just a heads up the theme for next months box is “Good vs. Evil.” They announced on their instagram that July’s box will be like nothing that they have ever done before and actually two different boxes will be sent out to subscribers. Half of the subscribers will get the “good” themed box full of hero related items, and the other half will receive the “Evil” themed box full of villain related items. (The book will be the same no matter what box you get, only the extra bookish goodies will differ.) ALSO current subscribers get a sneak peek at one of the items for the next months box, and the preview item for next month is a full-sized POP figure from funko. So for all of you peeps that are into that sort of thing you might want to check into ordering next months box!


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with OwlCrate, I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

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“Forgotten” by Cat Patrick

This was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. There is just enough mystery to keep the reader on their toes, and just enough romance to make the reader feel like a teenager falling in love for the first time.

Here is the description for the book:

Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting—before it destroys her future.

-Found on the author’s website

I really enjoyed this book, the idea behind the story is really unique. London has no recollection of the past, but she can see things in the future. So in an attempt to remember what has happened in her past she writes all about her day before she goes to bed at night. This is a system that has worked for her for years, but now she is a teen and things don’t always go as planned. For example the night that she accidentally falls asleep with her boyfriend Luke without writing her letter, she wakes up not remembering him, where they are, or how they got there. SO BASICALLY she wakes up terrified, as one would. Speaking of her boyfriend, she can’t see him in her future, he is the only person that she has to remind herself of every day. But don’t worry this is actually kind of romantic and not awkward like that one Adam Sandler movie.

This book has a lot of twists that you don’t see coming and I think that is really awesome, there are also a lot of really cute romantic moments which I personally love. I really like that this book does have a little romance but it in no way shape or form is graphic or smutty. When reading a YA book I tend to cringe if there are super smutty bits. If I want to read smut, I will, trust me. I also love the author’s writing style in this book, it is very easy to get into.

One thing I wish were different about this book is there is no real explanation as to why London doesn’t remember Luke at all, and why he is the only person that has this effect on her. Another aspect of this book that I am not a huge fan of is the ending, I honestly wish that the book were longer. I really loved getting a glimpse of London’s world and I wish that I could have stayed there just a little while longer.

Overall I really liked this book and I absolutely recommend this book if you are looking for a fun and unique YA book. As for rating I will give this book a 4 for quality and a 3 for popularity. Meaning this book has scored a total of 7 out of 10 from me!

 

 

Patrick, Cat. Forgotten. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011. Print. 288 pages.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, or you would like to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

Forgotten on Amazon     Forgotten at Barnes & Noble     Author’s website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

“Servants of the Storm” By Delilah S. Dawson

When I finished this book the first thing I did was yell “DAMNIT” as loud as I could. My dad then asked what the cat knocked over to which I replied: “THIS BOOK, I CAN’T HANDLE THIS BOOK!!!” I then immediately grabbed my computer and started searching for information about the sequel. Do you want to know what I found? Do you really?

First here is the description for the book:

Dovey learns that demons lurk in places other than the dark corners of her mind in this southern gothic fantasy from the author of the Blud series.

A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

-From the Simon & Schuster website

This book is one that grabbed my attention at the very beginning, I mean the first chapter is a description of a horrific hurricane. The way in which the author wrote this, you can honestly feel the fear of the two girls caught in the storm. It was so detailed that I felt like I was there, in the house, with them  about to die. So yea I was hooked pretty early on. And it just kept getting better. During this book you follow Dovey as she tries to save her best friend, her family, and her city from the demons that are just wreaking complete havoc on Savannah. During this time she is learning a lot about the world around her, the people who live in it, and she even learns some new things about herself.

So for the things that I liked about this book: I loved the fact that the scenes in this book were believable (kind of) I mean honestly you never really know with demons. The premise of this book was really unique and unlike anything I have read before. The book was well written, and I was constantly on edge never knowing what was going to happen next or where the next plot twist would take me. These are all very good things (Obviously).

Things I didn’t like about the book: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!! Some of the characters were super well developed, but others really weren’t. I really want to look past this because the main characters are fine, however there are multiple villains or villain like characters in this book that we know nothing about. For example the demon Josephine is supposed to be like the baddest demon bitch in town and she is honestly in the book for one scene and is never mentioned again. There are other characters who are important for the plot like Carley’s grandma and like the super demon she is in and out of the story in just a few pages.  But I will say that the way that these characters are written leads the reader to think that they may be better explained in the sequel (more about that later) which is why I’m trying my best to overlook it.

Another thing I didn’t like about this book is the ending. Seriously there are so many things that upset me about the ending, but I don’t want to list them out because nobody like spoilers! But seriously this book gives you no closure and the more I think about it the angrier I get. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING OR GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.

So this leads me back to the beginning of this post were I talked about looking for the sequel. There is no sequel. I REPEAT THERE IS NO SEQUEL! I found this quote on the authors website listed on a page full of reasons that you should pre-order this book (clearly it’s an older page but it is all that I could find mentioning a sequel). This is the final reason on the page and it reads “Because the ending will leave you wanting to know what happens next, and the sequel hasn’t been sold.” And she wasn’t lying about wanting to know what happens next.

So I’m not going to lie I’m pissed. The book ends with countless loose ends that I doubt we will ever see remedied.  Like seriously someone needs to buy the publishing rights to the sequel so she can write and publish it.

Now that I’m done ranting its time for the rating. I give this book a 3 for quality and a 3 for popularity. The low quality rating is for the character development and the loose ends. Like I said I really enjoyed this book, but I cant get over the fact that the ending was setting up for a sequel that we may never see. Sorry for mentioning it again I know I said I was done ranting and I really am now. So in the end this book gets a total score of 6 out of 10 from this blogger.

Honestly if you are looking for a suspenseful, creepy, supernatural filled read pick this up. I did enjoy the book and how captivating it was while I was reading. It will honestly grab ahold of you and refuse to let go. If you aren’t super crazy about having a sense of closure at the end of a book like I am you should be fine reading this.

**But seriously can we start a “go fund me” or a “Kick Starter” or something like that and fund the sequel? Please?**

**Okay I’m going to go read something else now. I’ll see you all again next time.**

Dawson, Delilah S. Servants of the Storm. New York: Simon Pulse, 2014. Print. 376 pages.

For more information about how to purchase the book, or if you are looking to learn more about the author, check out the links below:

Servants of the Storm on Amazon     Servants of the Storm at Barnes & Noble                                                                                  Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

This book is extremely clever and perfect for anyone who has ever been a fan of anything. I was honestly laughing so hard while reading that people came to check on me to ensure that I was okay.

Here is the description for the book:

Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him-his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make-or break-the people we call “celebrities.”

-Blurb from the book jacket

I have always known that fangirls were a special breed all their own, I have watched many a video from Comic-Con’s and other conventions that are essentially Mecca for fangirls. And I too have been known to get a little over excited at the prospect of seeing one of my favorite bands or actors in person. So I get it, I really do. But this book takes fangirling to the absolute extreme and I loved it. The obsessive nature of the characters in this book was some next level stuff and it was wonderful.

I think what makes this book so unique and fun is the language that is used and the overall tone of the book. This book was written in the first person POV, so everything was written as though it was the main character talking. (The reason that the author chose to do this is revealed in the last chapter and it’s really kind of cool.) It was as though I was really listening to a young teen girl tell me all about this crazy adventure/nightmare of a day from start to finish. And this was my absolute favorite part of this book. I loved that you could not tell that an adult was writing about teenage fangirls, it was just like listening to a fangirl. This was a really fun and entertaining read, and I never saw the ending coming.

Speaking of the ending,  I absolutely loved it. And I’m not saying that in a snotty “I was so glad when it finally ended” sort of way. I really did enjoy the ending. It had a really nice twist that I didn’t see coming, and the author took the time to make sure that there were no loose ends. She included information about every character and where they are now. The ending left me with no really big questions and I can appreciate that.

When it comes to rating this book I will give it a 3 for quality and a 3 for popularity. The reasons that I have for the kind of low rating are: The book contains a lot of slang that will not be relevant in a few years, meaning that this book will become outdated very quickly. Also this book reads like a fanfic that you would see online, which is fine and good, but not for everyone. As for popularity I know what you’re thinking “But I see this book everywhere, its in the stores, the library, everyone is posting about it on Instagram obviously it is popular!” And to that I reply, yea it’s kinda popular at the moment for certain groups, but this book just does not have broad YA appeal. So I am going to stand by my rating of 6 out of 10.

Overall this book is a fun quirky read. If you are a fan of slapstick comedy, have ever been known to be a “fangirl,” or even if you are just looking for a book that will entertain you for a few hours give this one a shot. You will more than likely enjoy it.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or you want to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

Kill The Boy Band on Amazon     Kill The Boy Band at Barnes & Noble                                                                                Author’s Twitter Account


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I was on the fence as to if I would blog about this book. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know if I will be able to discuss it accurately, or to do it justice. However I have decided to give it a go.

First here is a bit about the book:

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

-Candlewick Press Website

The Monster that comes to visit Conor tells him during his first visit that he will tell Conor three stories. When the third story is finished the Monster wants to hear a fourth story, a story of truth and Conor must tell it to him. The Monster tells stories about different people who lived during different times, and each story has a lesson.

This book was very intense and I think that is a big part of the reason that I didn’t know if I would blog about this particular book. The stories that the Monster told to Conor all showed him how humans can be complete contradictions and how they can justify anything. He also showed Conor that telling the truth can sometimes be the most difficult thing to do, and that depending on the truth being told some may rather die than let the truth be known.

I told you, this book got intense.

On the surface I thought this book would be about a young boy coming to terms with losing his mother, but there is so much more to this story. It is dark, haunting, and really makes you think. This book is full of truths about humans and how we act and what we value. I honestly was not expecting this YA book to be so full of insights and lessons. I thought I was just going to be reading a creepy monster story.

The illustrations are something that should be made note of in this book. They are all very dark and use only black, white, and shades of gray. Some of the illustrations are very clear, and some are very messy and hard to completely understand, they are almost abstract. The clarity of the illustrations definitely follows the story and when things are intense in the story, the illustrations reflect this and are a bit more difficult to see. This was honestly something that was kind of subtle, but I loved it. The illustrations honestly take this book to the next level.

As for rating this book I would give it a 4 for quality and a 3 for popularity. This book was very interesting and it is well written and I think with a little bit of a push it will become quite popular. This book is actually being made into a movie that will be released later this year, or early next year I believe. I think that once the movie comes out this book will be one that will be impossible to keep on the shelves. So overall this book gets a final score of 7 out of 10 from me.

Honestly give this book a shot. This book was intense and I am still in kind of a haze after finishing it. Also I am trying to not give too much away about the actual story, because no one likes spoilers. So that is why this post is a little off and kind of vague. But really pick this book up, it is a quick read and I think you will enjoy it.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or you would like to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

A Monster Calls on Amazon     A Monster Calls at Barnes & Noble     Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

WILD by Alex Mallory

“He’s from the woods. She’s from the world” Can I make it anymore obvious? (If you sing it to the tune of “Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne it’s 10 times funner and I look 3% more clever.)…Seriously give it a shot, I’ll wait.

 

Okay now that thats finished check out the book blurb found on the inside of the book jacket:

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understand that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

Juicy right? This book was something that I picked up on a whim. It had a cool cover, and looked exciting. I know, I know don’t judge a book by its cover. But I do…all the time, and honestly I’m kind of glad that I do. I have found many cool books and awesome authors who’s work I really enjoy all because I picked up a book with a pretty/exciting cover. So while I don’t think that you should always judge a book by it’s cover, I don’t think its a bad thing to do every once and a while.

**Now I will step down from my soap box and get back to the review.**

I was expecting this book to be an adventure story and it ended up being so much more. There were elements of adventure yes, but there were also elements of psychology, and survival mixed in as well. The way the author wrote the characters it was impossible to not fall in love with them. The entire time I was reading I just wanted to hold Cade’s hand and tell him that everything will be okay. I honestly felt really bad for him, he was ripped away from the only home that he had ever known and was essentially told that everything he had ever known was wrong, it was all a lie. The media caught wind of his story and he was made a spectacle of, it broke my heart. I just wanted to jump into the pages of the book and make it all better for him. Luckily he had Dara by his side, and I found myself cheering for them to work everything out  for the entirety of the book.

I want it to be clear that this book was so very beautifully written, Mallory took her time in making sure that this story was believable.The attention to detail is not something that should be glossed over, she should be applauded for it. You can tell that she did her research on the diseases mentioned, as well as making it believable that a teenaged boy could live in the woods on his own. It should be mentioned that this is a modern day retelling of the classic Tarzan. But while reading this book, that was the furthest thing from my mind. To me this was like reading a completely different story. I honestly had no idea this was a retelling of Tarzan until after I had finished reading, and had started writing this blog post.

A great thing about this book is it has a little something for everyone. There is absolutely the sense of adventure when the teens are attacked by a bear. There is mystery when the readers are trying to figure out who Cade is exactly, and what will end up happening to him when they figure it out. There is suspense present when the truth about Cade is starting to become known. There is even a little bit of romance for those of you who are into that kind of thing.

Now time for the rating. I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 for quality, and a 4 out of 5 for popularity. Bringing the total for this novel to 8 out of 10. Like I said before there is a little something for everyone in this book so there is a pretty wide appeal. Give it a shot, I honestly doubt that you will be disappointed.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of this book , or learn more about the author please check out the links below:

WILD on Amazon     WILD at Barnes & Noble     Author’s Website     Author’s Other Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

April OwlCrate!

This was my very first OwlCrate and I am super excited about everything inside! I decided to sign up for this subscription  box for a few reasons. The main being that I am going to be a teen librarian in a few months, this subscription box will encourage me to read books outside of my regular comfort zone so I will be better able to make recommendations to patrons. Also I might just stumble upon my new favorite book. You never know right? Another reason is obviously there will be things that come in these boxes that I will never use. I plan on putting those aside and using them as small prizes for various activities and programs at the library. I know what you’re thinking and yes, I will be a pretty awesome teen librarian someday.

P.S.If a library HR representative, or a hiring librarian is reading this, please fill out the short form on the Contact Me! page and I will send you my resume ASAP!

P.S.S. Seriously though, someone please hire me.

Back to the main event, you can see the picture below of everything that came in this months box. (I tried to be artistic and whatnot with the arrangement, however it didn’t really work out for me).

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The theme for the box for this month was Dystopia and there were items from many different series like “Maze Runner, Shatter Me, The Hunger Games, and 1984.” There were a lot of things to be excited about in this box like the 1984 notebook that I immediately put in my purse incase I ever have a brilliant idea that I absolutely must make a note of. Also the Mockingjay Bracelet was super cool as well. I can’t wait to wear it out and show it off! However, I am most excited about the book for this month, “Flawed” by Cecelia Ahern. I mean that is the main attraction isn’t it? A brief description for this book can be found below.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

-Description found on the book

Sounds awesome right? This is a book that is definitely different that what I normally read, and I am looking forward to starting it soon. Once finished I will absolutely post a review right here on my blog!

If you have ever considered subscribing to OwlCrate I really suggest that you do. Opening this box was absolutely like Christmas in April. To subscribe you can check out the link right here —> OwlCrate

I am really glad that I chose to subscribe to OwlCrate and I am looking forward to next months box!

So what exactly was in this months box?

Contents of the box broken down and where you can purchase the items for yourself!

WICKED Decal $7.50

Mockingjay Bracelet $8.00

1984 Manuscript Notebook $6.99

Hunger Games Magnent $1.99

Shatter Me Coaster $9.97

“Flawed” by Cecelia Ahern $18.99

There was also a mini poster and temporary tattoo for the book “Flawed”, a letter from Cecelia Ahern, and a print with a passage from the book”The Star-Touched Queen” By Roshani Chokshi. These items can not be purchased as far as I could find so I do not have any prices for them.


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with OwlCrate, I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

This book made me laugh at the witty, snarky, well written banter between the characters, and cry at the course of events. The events in the book feel real, and easily transport the reader to semi apocalyptic Seattle. The author flawlessly conveys the feelings of fear, helplessness, and love through the text. And the magic of this book is that the reader feels these emotions along with the characters.

The premise behind Tommy Wallach’s debut novel “We All Looked Up” is simple. The world is ending, and soon. A giant comet is headed towards Earth, when it hits in a few months 2/3 of the world’s population will die instantly. This book follows four teens all from the same high school and how they cope with the world ending. They all have their own groups of friends, and interests, but when the end is near they come together despite their differences and help each other out. The world is in chaos, stores are being looted, food is being rationed at the grocery stores, and there is arson everywhere. Thinks are looking bleak, so the teens do everything they can to make their time left on earth count, and have a little fun along the way. You’ll have to pick this book up to see what happens when the comet hits, I doubt you’ll see this ending coming.

This book is incredibly realistic, from how the world will end, to the chaos when people find out about the world ending, to the new unlikely friendships that are formed. It is completely believable that the events in this book could transpire at any time. The characters are easily relatable high school students. What I loved most about the characters in this book were that they were from all different social groups and classes. The characters are described as being an “athlete, slut, slacker, and the overachiever,” (very Breakfast Club-esque) However as the book progresses these characters develop and become so much more than their prospective labels, which I think is incredibly important in YA books. Teens can read this book and see that even though they may be labeled as one thing or another, if they want to change they can, and if they don’t they don’t have to.

As for the cover of this book, it is simple, just a picture of teens looking up at the comet. The cover fits the title of the book and I honestly love the simplicity of it. While the world all around is in chaos these teens take the time to pause and really take in what is happening, and how they will be impacted. And in the end all they have is each other.

This book gets a 4 for quality and a 4 for popularity, meaning this scores an overall 8 out of 10 from this blogger.

Wallach, Tommy. We All Looked Up. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2015. Print. 370 pages.

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Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I will be straightforward with you all, this is a time where I judged a book by its cover and I am SO glad that I did. I picked this book up because it looked spooky and I hadn’t read a creepy book in a while, so having never heard of this book I decided to give it a shot based solely on the cover. I honestly LOVED this book, I read it in just a few hours and it was great! This book not only has elements of spooky-ness but there is also a heavy base in history which is new for me. Usually I shy away from historical fiction, but this book makes me want to give more historical fiction a shot. Maybe it is just because this book seamlessly wove the historical and the supernatural together that I enjoyed it, it honestly was not like reading a historical book at all.

 

This story takes place in the early 1900’s in Portland, Oregon. Olivia Mead is the daughter of the town dentist, who honestly most people are afraid of because he is always smiling as he is pulling his patients teeth like he enjoys it. She believes that there is noting particularly spectacular about herself, however after going to see Henri Reverie, a hypnotist show, on her 17th birthday everything changes. Her father hears that she was susceptible to the hypnotism at the show so he hires Henri, the hypnotist, to try and “fix” Olivia. However what was wrong with Olivia was that she was opinionated and she believed that women should have the right to vote. Henri hypnotizes Olivia so that she can see the world for what it really is, and that she will say “all is well” when she is angry or upset. Once she is brought out of the trance she see people differently, for example her father looks like a monster, some people look transparent like ghosts, and others look like they are filled with beautiful light. This is naturally terrifying for Olivia, and not being able to express herself becomes infuriating. She tries to appeal to Henri, and in doing so she learns much about him, his family, and his past. Everything becomes even more intense when Olivia’s father has her hypnotized again. But what he doesn’t know is that Henri and Oliva have become partners of sorts and they have something big planned for anti suffragists in their area.

 

The characters in this book are incredibly detailed, and even though there are elements of the supernatural, the main characters feel very real and relatable. I mean at the end of the day Henri is a boy struggling to support his family, and Olivia just wants to be free to make choices on her own. Another element in this book that I enjoyed was the historical pictures placed strategically in the book. This offered a great reference as to what the people would have looked like during this time period. Also the author took the time to include an accurate historical timeline for women’s suffrage in the United States as well as a bibliography of other books to read.

 

As stated before this book does blur the lines between historical reality and the supernatural, which will be enjoyable for some readers like myself. But some readers will not enjoy this type of story.

 

I would give this book a 5 for quality, and a 2 for popularity. With a little push I believe that this book would become far more popular amongst readers. So overall this book gets a 7 out of 10 from me.

 

Not to shabby for a book that I just picked up because it has a pretty cover.

Winters, Cat. The Cure for Dreaming. New York: Amulet, 2014. Print. 342 Pages.

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Noah and Jude are twins, and until they were 13 they were inseparable, but then things started to change. They had always been competitive but the thought of going to an exclusive art school made their competitive nature even more prominent. Their mother was an art writer and while she loved both of her children, she expressed it more with Noah and this really upset Jude. Jude always felt pushed aside when it came to her mom, so she started to rebel. Fast forward three years later and Jude is a student at the art school, Noah is not, and their mom has passed away in a tragic car accident. Jude and Noah are barely speaking and everything is out of whack, and Noah no longer paints or draws.

Now flash back to when the twins were thirteen. A boy moves in next door named Brian, and Noah is absolutely smitten, but he cannot tell anyone. One night at a party Jude takes Brian in the closet for seven minutes in heaven, Noah views this as the ultimate betrayal. Fast forward three years and Jude is about to be kicked out of school so to avoid this she decides to make a sculpture out of stone. To do this she needs a mentor, so she begs artist Guillermo to study under him. She learns a lot, and even falls in love with his housemate Oscar. Meanwhile Noah is just trying to figure out his place in the world. The twins eventually come clean bout their past, But is it too late for them? Will they ever be able to be close again, or is the damage done just too much for the siblings?

This is a book that has very realistic and likable characters, and the overall tone of this book is serious. But have no fear, this book is a fairly easy read. This book is wonderfully written. It does a magnificent job of evoking real emotions from the readers, while discussing real life topics that teens deal with every day like first love, having secrets, and tragedy. This book stays very true to the topics presented such as grieving, homosexuality, and to trying to figure out who you are.

However there are something’s about this book that some readers may not enjoy. The first being the style in which this book was written, the book jumps three years back and forth every chapter. The book also changes narrators every other chapter which may be distracting for some readers. (I know this was something that I didn’t enjoy.)

This book strives to show the readers that there are always opportunities for a second, or third, or even fourth chance if you are willing to be honest and ask for forgiveness. The cover is bright and appealing. It is a play on a game that the twins play where they “own” and “bargain” with elements of the world. The Sun’s rays are rainbow colors which I believe are a reference to Noah’s sexuality and acceptance of his family of him.

I would give this book a 4 for quality, and a 4 for popularity meaning this book scores a total of 8 out of 10. This is a great book that I feel many teens will be able to enjoy and learn from.

Nelson, J. (2014). I’ll give you the sun. New York, NY: Dial Books. 371 pgs.

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