Tuesday, October 18, 2016

September OwlCrate!

Hello! I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post. The past two weeks have been odd, but I'm hoping to get back to blogging every week!

Today I'm going to be reviewing the September OwlCrate box. For those of you who haven't heard of it, OwlCrate is a YA subscription box. They ship out a box containing a new hardcover book and some bookish goodies based on each month's theme. The September box's theme was Darkness.

(Oh, and if you want to check out OwlCrate's website and learn more about it, click here!)

(Note: I didn't want to post my review right away because I didn't want to spoil the box for other people, but since OwlCrate has already shipped the October box, I figure that I've given people enough time to receive their boxes. If you haven't opened your box yet, beware! There are spoilers below.)

Here's a picture of the OwlCrate box that came in the mail:

The box itself is really cute and a nice touch. OwlCrate does a really good job assembling every box, and it's like getting a gift every month! Definitely lots of fun. 

Here's a picture of (some of) the stuff that came in the OwlCrate box:

Here's an itemized list of the stuff that came in the box (with my perspective on each one):

Spoiler Warning Card: Every OwlCrate box comes with a card that lists the different items in the box and tells you about each one. My card came with a small imperfection on the front of it, but I love the design. It's so pretty, and I thought it captured the mood of the box so well (although I thought the snowy landscape was a little premature, considering the box shipped in September). 

Throne of Glass Candle: OwlCrate announced that this box would contain a Throne of Glass item, and that's one of the reasons I ordered it. I was a little disappointed when I realized that the Throne of Glass item was a candle that smells like cake. I'm not a fan of the scent AT ALL, and I wish that they had sent a candle that smelled more bookish (like an ancient library, perhaps). 

THREE DARK CROWNS: I started this book but put it down before I finished it. I will say that the books itself is very pretty (especially with the jacket removed), but the story hasn't grabbed me. To be fair, I'm in a little bit of a romance rut right now, so I'm not really in the mood to read anything that isn't fluffy. I'll pick it up again eventually. 

Fortune-Telling Bath Bomb: A fun idea, but because I don't take baths, I'm never going to use it. I wish that OwlCrate had included a real bookish item instead of something so general.  

Pencil Pouch: The design on the pouch is related to MISS PEREGRINE'S SCHOOL FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, a book I enjoyed but didn't love. The pouch itself is very good quality, but I feel a little odd using it because I don't love the book.

Six of Crows Bookmark: My favorite item in the box by far. The design is absolutely lovely, and since I'm a fan of the series, I don't feel weird using it. Love. Love. Love. 

In addition to these items, OwlCrate also included a pin that's similar in design to the Spoiler Warning card, a small booklet from Serial Box, a card announcing the theme of the next month (aka Once Upon A Dream) and some bookish goodies for two books I hadn't heard of. 

Overall, I think this box wasn't the right one for me. This is the third OwlCrate I've received (I forgot to take pictures of the first two), and it's my least favorite out of the three I've gotten. The other two I've received were wonderful, but this box missed the mark, which was quite disappointing. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Monday!

Hello and happy Monday! I had a draining weekend, so I'm a little frazzled. Rather than try to write a blog post when my heart's not in it, I'm going to just sign off with a huge thank you to everyone out there who is reading this. It means so much to me to see the number of page views climb when I log into my Blogger account. Seriously. You reading this makes my day.

Have a wonderful, book-filled day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oh look--It's Wednesday!

Hello! I'm so sorry I didn't post on Monday! I was gone all weekend, and now I have to catch up on some of the stuff I didn't have time to do over the weekend.

That's not to say I didn't read this weekend! I was able to finish THE WINNER'S KISS and P.S. I LIKE YOU. I'd like to say that I'm going to do reviews on them, but with my busy life and how many books I read, I feel like I can't make any promises. So I guess that's a "we'll see."

Anyway, have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Why You Should Preorder THE DIABOLIC (if you haven't already)

S.J. Kincaid, who is one of my favorite authors, is releasing a new book in November. It's a standalone novel, and it is absolutely breathtaking. Seriously. I don't think it is possible for me to tell you how great that book is.

Here's the stunning cover:

S.J. Kincaid is currently doing a pre-order giveaway, which means that you can get some amazing goodies if you preorder THE DIABOLIC. I've just gotten mine, and I can't tell you how excited I am for my shiny hardcover to come in November. 

If you're interested in learning more about the book, check it out here. You can also send in your proof of preorder here and get some pretty cool swag.

Trust me when I say this isn't a book you'll want to miss out on.

Friday, September 16, 2016


I can't contain my excitement! I've been waiting FOREVER for this book. I started rereading the first book in the series, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, to get reacquainted with the characters. As soon as I finish the first book, I'll dive right into the second.

I don't have an Instagram account (I'm really lacking in the social media department), but I wanted to share a picture I took of my huge hardcover and AN EMBER IN THE ASHES tote bag. 

Penguin Teen did a preorder giveaway for A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, and here's my collection of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES swag (which is really just a bookmark and my copies of the books) with the tote bag I received. I firmly believe that one can never have too many bookish tote bags (you have to lug your library books around in SOMETHING), and this one will be the fourth in my growing collection. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Checking In!

Hello and happy Monday! The past week was pretty busy, so I didn't have time to pull together a review for you. I did, however, manage to finish the Lunar Chronicles, LIFELINE, and SIX OF CROWS. They were all quite good, although I think SIX OF CROWS was my favorite. And the ending...when I mentioned that I thought there would be a cliffhanger, I didn't know there would be a cliffhanger like that one!

Yesterday I started a book I thought was YA but actually turns out to be very much adult. I feel like I can't just add it to my "did not finish list," but it's reminding me why I stick to YA and MG. I like them SO much better.

Have a great week!

Monday, September 5, 2016

What am I reading right now?

While my posting has been dismal over the past few weeks, I have been reading quite a bit, and I'm hoping to write reviews for them in the upcoming weeks. However, I decided to post the books that I'm currently reading and the ones that are next on my list. Here they are:

The Lunar Chronicles 
by Marissa Meyer

I'm really behind the curve on this series, but I'm really enjoying them! I'm currently reading the third book in the series, CRESS.

by Nicole Hopkins

I don't usually read self-published books, but a friend recommended it to me and I decided to give it a shot. I'm about a third of the way through it right now (yes, I read multiple books at once), and I'm finding it a fun read.

By Leigh Bardugo

I loved Leigh Bardugo's first series, and I've heard only good things about SIX OF CROWS. Plus the sequel comes out this month, so if it ends on a cliffhanger, I don't have to wait a year like those of you who have read it.


I love Kasie West, so of course I have to read her latest release! So many people have told me that it's amazing.


That's it for today! Have a good day!