Friday, October 28, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016!


In case the big banner at the top of this post didn't give it away, I'm doing NaNoWriMo this November! I'm super pumped!

Usually I disappear during the NaNoWriMo season, but this November, I'm doing something different. I'll be blogging multiple times a week, so stay tuned for posts with writing prompts, inspirational writing quotes, and the like! However, I will be focusing a lot of energy on my novel-writing and won't be responding to email or comments as quickly as I usually do.

I'm looking forward to going on this writing adventure! Here's to a great November!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: PLACES NO ONE KNOWS

Hello! I hope you are having an excellent day! I'm doing a short review on a book I read last week called PLACES NO ONE KNOWS.


PLACES NO ONE KNOWS is about two teenagers who fall in love. Everyone thinks that Waverly Camdenmar is the perfect friend of the popular girl. No one knows that Waverly can't sleep and spends her nights running until the blisters on her feet bleed. The boy, Marshall Holt, is a slacker with a horrible home life. He spends his nights going to parties and doing drugs.

With the help of a magical candle (which sounds really weird but works in the story), Waverly is transported into Marshall's life while she sleeps. The two get to know each other and fall in love, but will the barriers in their daytime lives keep them apart?

I thought that Waverly and Marshall were interesting characters but I felt that I didn't get a chance to get to know them as much as I would have liked to. I've never read a character like Waverly before, and I really enjoyed how original she felt.

In addition, the characters fell in love so quickly that it felt a little contrived. I wish I had gotten a chance to get to know them and their relationship better.

The story is written as literature rather than a fluffy romance read, so if you pick up this book, be prepared for lots of symbolism and figurative language. The prose is really interesting, so if you want to read some great writing in a YA novel, this is the book for you.

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!